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'Daily Staff Reporter Alpha Phi
In an attempt to dispel attitudes about The alco
the Greek system and alcohol, the Alpha year anni
Sigma Phi fraternity and the Alpha Phi University
sorority worked together to dispel who died
stereotypes Saturday at the first Alcohol falling fr
ree Party held at Palmer Field. Markley
' Ve wanted to have an event that Although a
uld mix the Greek and University tor in her de
=communities which would be open to a Phi Delta
every student," said event co-coordina- to her fall.
tor Scott Schwartz, president of Alpha Event pl
Sigma Phi. pletely coin
"I think the event mixed together both Alison Rut
communities," said Schwartz, an LSA LSA junior
junior. "We had
The five-hour event was highlighted was no foo
by the appearance of pop star Brian over, and
rry, and included appearances by stu- planning w
G7.eit bands Twilight and Seymour. coincided,"
"Good friends asked us to participate," "There w
said Seymour member John Woodruff, a ple listenin
Music junior. football -
Students could also try their hand at Rutz said.
g gladiators by adorning gear and "The id
ling one another. an inform
'This is a good image to give of the per se -j
Greek system - that we're involved in the Greek
things other than what the stereotypes added .
students he
By Jennifer Sterling
Daily Staff Reporter
The Formosa Chinese Student Association along with
several other University and local associations organized
the Taiwan Earthquake Charity Fundraising Night on
Saturday to raise money for the Taiwan earthquake
Donations to the fundraiser will offer relief to sur-
1kors of the Taiwan earthquake that occurred Sept. 21.
,;,e death toll reached more than 2,000 people who fell
Victim to the 7.6 Richter scale earthquake.
Every penny helps. We're just trying to do our best,"
aid FCSA President K.C. Lee, an LSA sophomore. "I
feel really good that people came out to support us."
The event drew about 300 people, including students
and Ann Arbor residents, to the Chemistry Building
Atrium. While admission was free, participants could
Taiwanese food, various items including Hello Kitty
"When t
Continued from Page 1A should be
ple get the information they need to ernment)
start changing policy on the econom- said.
ic sanctions against Iraq. The
The sessions taught people the Conferenc
nature and language of the govern- terday, and
, t documents and helped them to movements
ter understand the sanctions. movement
Bennis also said that the policy is Rabiah, on
still in place because the government event.
is not paying a price for the effect People a
that this is having on the Iraqi peo- ent propos


The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 18, 1999 - 7A


id LSA junior Jill Newell, an
hol-free party fell on the one-
versary of the death of
student Courtney Cantor,
from injuries sustained after
om her sixth floor Mary
Residence Hall window.
lcohol was never ruled a fac-
eath, she was seen drinking at
a Theta fraternity party prior
anners considered this "com-
ncidental'" said co-coordinator
z, an Alpha Phi member and
the event today because there
otball game. Sorority rush is
we did not find out until the
vas complete that the events
Rutz said
was a united atmosphere, peo-
ng to music, playing pickup
a really chill environment,"
ea was to be during the day,
al gathering - not a party
ust to show there is more to
k life than alcohol," she

Continued from Page 1A
strength that "comes from the people"
from "confidence in the cause." She also
stressed that women play an important
role in peace negotiations.
"I don't believe there are any real
negotiations if only men are doing it,"she
said. "Only half of the population is rep-
In her speech, Ashrawi also talked
about the international perception of
Palestine. She said that people around the
world look at Palestine in relation to
Israel, rather than as a people, and a
nation in its own right.
"The Palestinians are not a vacuum in
history or geography," she said. "We did
not emerge only in response to Israel."
Ashrawi said she was also concerned
about what she considered an eerie
abstraction of the Palestinian people into
numbers, without names.
"We have been distorted for a long
time" she said. "It is only now that we
are getting to the point where the term
'Palestinian' can be uttered in normal
tones, not whispered."
Ashrawi ended her speech with an
analogy about the peace-making process.
"If you fly low and slow, you are likely to
crash. But if you fly high and fast, you
will succeed."
In a press conference prior to her
speech, Ashrawi said the message she
wanted students to take from her lecture

and visit to the campus was that each
person can make a difference.
"I am a firm believer in the responsi-
bility of the individual, and that in his-
tory there are no spectators, there are
shapers and there are victims;" she said.
She said she encourages students to
have the courage to intervene, to take
up difficult issues and to take risks.
"Be troublemakers! Question the sta-
tus quo, question the current views."
Students' reactions to Ashrawis
speech were positive.
Laura Wernick, a Ph.D. candidate at
Rackham, said she attended the speech
because she was interested in learning
what Ashrawi saw as the next steps for
the Middle East.
"I thought she was incredibly honest
and realistic, and also very cour-
geous," Wernick said. "She was really
LSA sophomore Paul Saba said he
came to hear Ashrawi because: "My
father is from the same town as
Ashrawi, and he recommended I should
go to hear her speak," Saba said. "The
requirements for peace she listed were'
both logical and forthcoming."
Ashrawi's appearance at the
University was arranged by the Center
for Middle Eastern and North African
Studies. Other sponsors included the
Center for the Education of Women, the
Center for Russian and East European
studies and the Department of Near
Eastern Studies.

Brian Perry, songwriter and producer for singer Shawn Mullins, sang at the
Alcohol-Free Party on Palmer Field on Saturday afternoon.

Erasing stereotypes was a common
theme for many members of the Greek
community present.
"This promotes a good name for the
Greek system,"said LSA sophomore Mike
Lawrence, an Alpha Sigma Phi pledge.
"I came to support the good event and
the good music," LSA sophomore
Demmy Spounias said.
Although the event did not draw a
large crowd, LSA sophomore Jason
Ramos said "it was a success with the
amount of people present. I don't know

if anyone heard about it- I only knew
because my roommate was involved in
the planning."
Event coordinators hope to continue
this event in the future and increase the
number of participants.
"Any event that attracts both Greeks
and non-Greeks is a step in the right
direction," Schwartz said.
"Hopefully a non-Greek organization
will help plan the event in cooperation
with a Greek organization in the
future," he added.

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lp victims of earthquake

products and take part in various games. Organizers sold
$5 tickets to play carnival games and to buy food
Fundraising was not the only goal of the evening;
educating people about the actual atrocity in Taiwan
was also a priority for organizers. But entertainment
was also an integral part of the event as supporters par-
ticipated in coin tosses, video games and dancing to
popular music.
FCSA Treasurer Jasmine Chu said she estimated the
event raised $3,000, including a donations made yester-
The sponsors have not yet decided which charity
organization in Taiwan they will send their profits to, but
they plan to send the profits next week.
Most items, such as belts and pendants, sold for $2.
Chu said Saturday night, "the food is cheap - only 50
cents an item - so I don't know how we're doing"
Dawn Wang, an LSA sophomore, who came to the

event as a supporter and sympathizer for the earthquake
victims, said that even after the food sold out many of
the students remained.
Most of the event supporters were of Asian descent,
many of them Taiwanese. Kelly Juan, an LSA sopho-
more who is Taiwanese, mingled and bought food as it
was the "only way (for me) to help,"she said.
Lee, whose family lives in Taiwan, said he was "real-
ly impressed how the Taiwanese community around
Ann Arbor has come together and helped." He added
that "a lot of Americans are helping here too."
Amy Seetoo, one of the founders of the Chinese
American Society of Ann Arbor, who sold items at the
event, said "We would like to do something for the
earthquake relief." Holding an belt she was selling, she
added, "We're very lucky to be here."
All sponsors provided free food or items and helped
collect donations.

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his becomes a policy that
abandoned (the U.S. gov-
will abandon it," Bennis

National Organizing
e on Iraq concluded yes-
brought together different
s from within the larger
for Iraq, said Deana
e of the organizers of the
re now submitting differ-
als, but there is no con-


crete plan for the next steps to be
taken, Rabiah said. But the confer-
ence was not meant to produce a
concrete plan for the steps needed
for policy change, but rather to facil-
itate the exchange of information.
"We just wanted to assess the situ-
ation, where we are and where to
go," Rabiah said.
Rabiah said that the different
groups now better understand each
other in terms of strategy and are
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