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£ 'Elfin


Today: Sunny. High 61. Low 3
Tomorrow: Sunny. High 72.


One hundred nne years ofeditona lfreedom

November 9, 1999


Novembe. r 8 199


conference focuses on racial profiling

$y David Enders
Tiily Staff Reporter
Police officers can make a traffic stop
number of reasons, including running a re
or not wearing a seat belt. But many m
s oving violations are only used as an
w en police ask them to pull to the side
road - instead it is the color of their sk
1alarms officers.
Across the country and in the Ann Arbc
minority motorists allege that police c
stop them simply because they are mm
The practice is referred to as "racial pro
By Shomari Terrelonge-Stone
Daily Staff Reporter
Yaron Svoray, the Israeli son of
Holocaust survivors, risked his life to
expose the growing threat of
Germany's new Nazi movement in
Europe and the United States by going
undercover as a Nazi sympathizer and
supporter named "Ron Furey."
oray learned how to become an
anti-terrorist fighter when he served as
an Israeli commando and detective
sergeant in the Israeli Central Police
Combining the knowledge he
learned as an Israeli commando with
his passion to expose injustice, Svoray
infiltrated Nazi organizations where he
unveiled continued racism, anti-
Semitism and other shocking and dis-
g discoveries.
tsing as a business executive, Svoray
was able to charm and come into contact
with key Nazi leaders and middle-class
citizens who subscribe to the Nazi
beliefs of racial hatred. superiority., anti-
Semitism and Holocaust denial. These
extremists invited Svoray to their private
social gatherings under the impression
that he was an editor for a neo-Nazi mag-
azine called "The Right Way."
tells the full story in his book, "In
Hi er's Shadow," the HBO original
movie "The Infiltrator" and is sched-
uled to speak tonight in the Michigan
Union Ballroom at 7:30. The event is
part of the Conference on the
Holocaust and is sponsored by
Conference on the Holocaust,
Michigan Student Assembly and the
LSA-Student Government.
Business senior Lani Roth, who has
heard Svoray speak before1 said,
" re are very few speakers who have
moved me as much as he has."
Rabbi Rick Kirschen of Hillel
described Svoray as one of the most
fascinating speakers he has heard.
"I think he has a very compelling
style of the way he tells his story, and I
think that what he did as far as infil-
trating the Nazis in Germany is really
important information to have. The
st .hetells is very shocking and it
rA s you think twice about fascists
md hate groups in this country and
naybe how much we underestimate

and the "offense" has become known by many
motorists nationwide as DWB or "Driving
While Black" or "Driving While Brown."
Recent high-profile incidents have highlight-
ed the issue in the Detroit area. Michigan State
Sen. Kwame Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) was asked
to step out of his car and, as his two young chil-
dren watched. officers pulled guns on the sena-
tor. Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer's son and a
female lawyer were stopped while driving on 10
Mile Road, and allege the stop was made
because they are black.
On the University campus, anecdotal evi-

dence of racial profiling abounds and many stu-
dents say it goes beyond traffic stops.
An LSA senior who declined to give his name
remembered a run-in he had with an Ann Arbor
Police Department officer on a snowy
November evening during his first year at the
University five years ago.
"I was walking to (Mary) Markley
(Residence Hall) with some friends. We were
going down South University (Avenue) and it
was snowing really hard and all my friends
had run ahead - I was walking down South
Forest (Avenue) and a cop car drove by me

really slow. Then he stopped backed up and
got out of his car and said '1 heard what you
said to me, dog' and stuff like that, trying to
use slang, and he reached into his car and
pulled out his gun. One of my friends came
running back and the cop got back in his car
and drove off," he said.
The student also alleged that the officer was
careful not to identify himself. "He covered the
badge with his other hand," the student said.
Campus chapters of the American Civil
Liberties Union, National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People and Mixed


face Asi
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
As next week's semi-annual election
for representative seats on the
Michigan Student Assembly approach-
es, University students, faculty and
staff will not see some of the major
changes to the election code - literal-
The assembly passed a resolution
two weeks ago that bans any postering
of campaign materials in the Angell
Hall complex, which includes Tisch,
Haven and Mason halls. The resolution
amends an Election Code chapter that
already prohibits campaign materials
from being affixed to glass or painted
"It's always nice when a government
does what its constituents tell them to.
We've heard for years that abuse of
fliering is annoying and counter-pro-
ductive," MSA President Bram Elias
"This year, MSA has new rules that

atives hosted a forum at the Michigan Union
d "Driving While Black," focusing on racial
Ithough few er than 10 people attended the
n. local lawyers presented information on
ii profiling and an open dialogue took place
ribing whit to do when driv ers feel they are
target of a racially-motivated traffic stop.
Iichacl Steinberg, a lawyer and the Legal
ector for the Detroit ACLU said that racial
iling has wide societal implications.
t undermines the criminal justice system;
idat es
are going to free elections to be more
focused on contacts with individuals
and communication of your ideas. The
rules change is good for the environ-
ment, good for
people whiA
have classes in Code Changes
Angell Hall
and good for'-f
the democrat- 3
ic process. GCn iatts yt
Now it's up for in esince fils mus
students to ''Wear pactes.
prove us ocitation in
right," he said. revence hans or
MSA Rules alow- b twfln
and Elections 10 a m, am8 a
Chair Mark
Sherer, an LSA junior, said the
amendment applies to fliers about
candidates and ballot items but not to
posters that promote voting in the
"We intend to publicize elections but
See MSA, Page 7A

Ann Arbor sixth-grader Andrew McNamara works onh a Celtic stamp project at the Celebration of Irish Culture at the
University Museum of Art yesterday. The'event featured music, dancing And a display of Irish arts and crafts.
Museu of Art hosts
Iishclur isplay,

Thriller 1

By Jon Zemke
Daily Staff Reporter
Children frolicked, danced and
made jewelry yesterday at the
University's Museum of Art's "A
Celebration of Irish Culture."
Museum Curator of Education
Ruth Slavin said the crowd that
packed the building - the biggest
gathering the museum has seen
this year - was comprised of
people who do not normally visit
the museum,
"We wanted to have an event
that would contextualize the Irish

painting show .., for a broad audi-
ence including kids, college stu-
dents, families and adults," Slavin
"We wanted to offer a variety of
things so that everyone would
find something of interest today,"
she said.
A combination of activities for
children and adults were offered
including Irish performances
including Uilleann pipe playing
and a demonstration of step danc-
The children's activities, such

as pressing metal to create large
gold colored necklaces, drew
dozens of families and area resi-
"I came because I am Irish,
because I just got back from
Ireland and I am delighted to see
the museum used like this," Ann
Arbor resident Christine
Hennessy said.
"The museum should really be
used like this, more hands on for
the children and more perfor-
mance based," she said.
See MUSEUM, Page 3A

Parents indulge
1n student life

By Undsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
Many University students finished
the weekend on full stomachs as par-
ents swarmed campus during Parents
An innumerable number of families
journeyed to the University for the
weekend and more than 2,000 fami-
lies registered with the Student
Alumni Council. The council initiated
Parents Weekend more than 10 years
ago to give students' parents a sense
of what goes on at the University.
The weekend activities included
nom~ii tr>>r rcy~rn n, ron1

rants and Michigan Stadium over-
flowed with students and parents
enjoyingeach other's company.
"We didn't register for any of the
activities, but is was a beautiful day and
the game was really fun," said Sally
Floody, who traveled from Wisconsin
to see her daughter Heather Floody, an
LSA first-year student. "This was my
first football game since Princeton, so I
really enjoyed it."
Andy Rosenberg, father of Art and
Design sophomore Elyse Rosenberg,
traveled from Pennsylvania for the

Brian Woolridge, a Michael Jackson impersonator, dances in an alley off of East
Liberty Street yesterday. The fan of the King of Pop, says he does it for the fun
and exercise.
Carnival marksend
ofDiwali celebration

By Krista hullo
For the Daily
Hugging and greeting each other
with "Happy Diwali" and "Shubh
Deep-awali," which literally means
"Sacred Diwali," students and com-
munity members gathered Saturday

In a legend associated with the origin
of Diwali, the god Rama defeated the
demon-king Ravana. The nine days prior
to Ravana's death are called Navaratri
and the 10th day marks Ravana's death.
The legend states it took 20 days for


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