One hundred nine years ofeditoridfreedom
April 7, 2000
By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Beginning in September, any student
groups wishing to perform in Rackham
Auditorium will have to be registered
with Rackham Student Government.
This will prevent the majority of stu-
dent groups on
campus from using
the facilities, as
only groups with a
of graduate students
involved are recog-
nized by RSG.
the policy "is not
"We all ha
in the building.
"The Rackham building was intend-
ed to primarily serve the needs of the
graduate student community, acting as
a focal point for graduate student
activities on campus," Fairfield said.
"Over the past several years RSG,
Rackham and other graduate student
ve all worked together
toward the creation
here. of a unified gradu-
SU, ate community on
stUCk. campus, with the
- Kym Stewart at its heart, as its
A Capella United founders intended,"
DAVID R ©CHKI f'iU/
LSA seniors Josh Klaff and Colin McDermott practice in the Huron River with the rest of the Michigan men's rowing club yesterday. Team members do not plan to
run in the annual Naked Mile next Friday for the first time since the rowing and lacrosse teams started the event in 1986.
Tams toski Nakeil
so much a radical departure from the
norm as it is a move to finally bring
the use of Rackham Facilities into line
with the original, legally binding
terms/wishes of the Rackham Deed of
Trust on which Rackham was founded
in 1935," RSG President Damon Fair-
field said in a written statement.
The deed said that, among others,
no undergraduate activities or organi-
zations would be permitted to perform
RSG recently began registering
groups to make sure their membership
is in compliance with the policy, Fair-
"We've always asked for groups to
provide this information, but we've
never officially asked for them to reg-
ister with us," he said.
Kevin Gilmartin, director of the
Office of Major Events, said the policy
See RACKHAM, Page 2
qY Jen Fish
ily Staff Reporter
After 14 years of being at the front of the line of
the Naked Mile, the Michigan men's rowing club
has decided to boycott this year's run.
The men's lacrosse club also announced that
they will not participate in the annual event, which
was started by members of the rowing and track
teams in 1986.
Members of both teams said they have become
t icreasingly disgusted with the tradition, which
s evolved from a show of senior spirit to a
nationwide spectacle broadcast around the world
on television news and the Internet.
"I'm a senior and from what I saw when I was a
freshman, it's just not something that's a college
tradition or a men's team tradition anymore," said
Greg Walker, president of the men's rowing team.
Lacrosse coach John Paul agreed, saying, "It's
just a mess."T
Paul said he ran the mile him-
self when he attended the Uni-
versity but would not run with
the current atmosphere. "Back
then, it was just us having a good
time. I wouldn't run it now," he
said. "It was so different b# ck
The Naked Mile initially
the years as more and more non-University affiliat-
ed people have flocked to watch and join the run.
Aside from the numerous safety issues the event
presents, many of the run's critics are concerned
with the possible exploitation of students from
people who sell pictures and videos of the naked
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs E.
Royster Harper called the two teams' decisions
"wonderful" and "an act of leadership."
"It's not ours anymore as a community. It's been
taken over by people who take pictures for profit --
people who prey on our students,"' she said. "It's not
the same event and we act like it is."
Both Paul and rowing coach Gregg Hartsuff said
the players made the decision to boycott the event
See NAKED MILE, Page 5
'Night' march on
Diag goes co-ed
began as an occasion for students to celebrate the
end of winter classes. In the past, the rowing team
has led the run along with the lacrosse team.
The event has drawn increasing criticism over
By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
Fair aims to dispel
myts of feminism
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Striving to dispel harsh stereo-
types of feminism, Feminist Unite
handed out cotton candy, popcorn
and offered turns on a moonwalk
yesterday at the Feminist Fair held
on the Diag. The fair, which was also
sponsored by the Michigan Student
Assembly, featured several booths
concerning women's issues, includ-
ing the Women's Issue Commission
and Third Wave Magazine.
"The non-abrasive popcorn envi-
ronment conveys that feminists
aren't aggressive," RC freshman
Monique Luse said. "The fair expos-
es students to what real feminists are
The fair began at noon with
speeches and music performed by
women. Members of the feminists
groups quickly ran out of t-shirts to
sell and students lined up for the free
"We hope that students realize
that feminism isn't just about nega-
tive issues. There is a positive side to
feminism and it should be celebrat-
ed," said fair organizer Lara Zador,
an LSA senior.
Feminist Unite members agreed
that feminists are often stereotyped
to be bitter and uptight.
LSA senior Kasey Gordon said
feminism is simply "a way of
acknowledging what is not right in
"There is little truth in the stereo-
types of feminists," Luse said.
"There are those that say 'Oh, you
hate men,' but I love all people and
want everyone to have equal oppor-
tunities," Luse said.
This is Feminist Unite's third year
on campus. The group is one of the
few feminist groups on campus and
it focuses on issues ranging from
See FAIR, Page 5
For the past 21 years, female Uni-
versity students and community mem-
bers have marched to protest violence
against women. But this year, men are
invited for the first time to participate
in the Take Back The Night rally and
march, beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow
on the Diag.
During the event, students + r
and local residents are plan-
ning to join together to take
a stand against rape, sexual
assault, domestic violence
and violence due to sexual
orientation and gender.
"The Take Back The
Night march reclaims the
spaces taken away by the .
ever-present threat of vio-
lence while celebrating our collective
strength and the strength of those who
marched before us," said organizer
Anna Phillips, an LSA senior.
"Unfortunately a lot of the demands
we have made over the past 21 years
have not been met," Phillips said.
Although support services for sur-
vivors of sexual assault have improved,
she added, people need to take
accountability for sexism, racism and
violence - all factors that contribute
to violence against women.
"In part, this event is about con-
fronting all these larger social prob-
lems," Phillips said.
Speakers scheduled for the rally
include local musician Lisa Hunter
and activist Suzanne Sippola, as well
as poetry by RC sophomore Eseohe
Arhebamen. Three survivors of sexual
assault are also scheduled to speak
about their experiences.
Sexual violence against men will be
also be addressed in the
A rally and march.
"In the year 2000, we
cannot ignore the one in
four women and the one in
six men who are survivors
of sexualized violence,"
Howard, who has partici-
pated in past Take Back
the Night marches, said in
a written statement. "We
must take a stand against violence
But Rackham graduate student Gary
Brouhard said the White Ribbon Cam-
paign, an all-male organization that
discourages violence against women,
is planning a workshop as an alterna-
tive. Brouhard said that although men
are invited to participate he thinks an
all-female march could be empower-
ing for women.
"I respect that women-only space,"
See NIGHT, Page 5
Seven-year-old Samantha Bransdorfer, daughter of Rackham graduate student
Mark Bransdorfer, jumps on the moonwalk at the Feminist Fair on the Diag
Habitat for Humanity finishes home
B ndsey Alpert Year, One House, One Family." leveling the backyard. House Leader Scot
Daily StaffReporter "We're hoping to build another house in the Norris would drive in from Grosse Pointe
Six hundred students, $50,000, seven
months and 4,200 hours later, the University
chapter of Habitat for Humanity will com-
plete the building of the first-ever chapter-
sponsored house this weekend.
Finish-ing touches will be made on the
house tomorrow and a dedication ceremony
wake place on Sunday.
"We've done the legwork from beginning
to end," said LSA junior Ronny Luhur, vice
president of the campus chapter.
The money, which took three years to raise,
came from can drives, Residence Hall meal
sacrifices and grants from the Michigan Stu-
fall," Carr said. "We received a grant of $10,000
from the Social Workers (Investing in Neighbor-
hood Growth), but we have a long way to go"
The chapter works with the Habitat for
Humanity of Huron Valley, which has built 28
homes in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor since 1989.
The organization centers around the philosophy
that the house is "a hand up, not a hand out."
Recipients of the homes need to put in 400
hours of "sweat equity" and pay for the home
with an interest-free loan set up for 30 years.
The recipient of the home is chosen by need,
willingness to participate in the program and
ability to repay the loan.
"It's been really exciting building the house
each workday to supervise the building.
"Scot would bring a crew every week from
Detroit," Luhur said. "Those guys really
helped us out coordinating the building and
telling us how to do things."
Students have worked since October for
about six hours on Saturdays starting at 7:15
a.m. "I've met a lot of students," said Con-
struction Coordinator Katie Norris, an Engi-
neering senior. "We got about 20 new people
each week, and I don't think anyone has had a
bad experience on the worksite with us."
The final building day will take place
tomorrow, when the driveway and sidewalks
will be poured, the kitchen countertops