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LOCAL/STATE

The MchgnDI rdyOter1 99-

CRIME
Elevator closes
on woman,
injures her hand
A female victim was injured by an
elevator in the Taubmann Medical
Library on Wednesday, Department of
Public Safety reports state.
Tie woman said the elevator closed
on her as she stood in the doorway and
injured her hand.
West Quad
resident fights
ivith ex-boyfriend
A student in West Quad Residence
Hall reported her ex-boyfriend was
breaking and throwing items, DPS
reports state.
The West Quad resident said the
incident occurred during an argu-
ment when the couple tried to break
up5.
A 'report for non-aggravated assault
was filed.
DPS tells student
to lock her door
A female resident of West Quad
Residence Hall reported Thursday that
her backpack was stolen sometime
between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. while
she land her roommate were sleeping,
-according to DPS reports.
* The resident said her room was
unlocked at the time of the theft. DPS
officers advised the student "to lock
(hdt) door while sleeping and at all
timnes to prevent this'."
Student reported
missing found
A student was reported missing from
Martha Cook Residence Hall on
Vluesday, according to DPS reports.
The student was later located and no
report was filed.
Student athlete
falls in Crisler,
gets treatment
A student athlete fell in the Crisler
Arena tunnel area on Tuesday, accord-
g to DPS reports.
The subject did not accept trans-
portation to University Hospitals, but
was treated by a team physician at
Schembechler Hall.
Larceny plagues
Alice Lloyd hall
In three separate incidents, more
than $1,800 in furniture was stolen
*om Alice Lloyd Residence Hall on
Mnonday night, according to DPS
reports.
The stolen items include an $1,800
couch and five chairs from the West
and Klein lounges,
DPS is investigating the larcenies.
Sleeping subject
told to leave
ere%
tVichigan Union
A subject was seen sleeping Tuesday
-,morning on the first floor of the
Michigan Union Art Lounge, DPS
reports state.
The subject was wearing a green

shirt and black faded jeans.
The subject was told he was tres-
passing and escorted from the build-
ing.
Sike valued at
$560 stolen
A South Quad Residence Hall resi-
dent reported his bicycle was stolen
Tuesday from the bike rack located
next to the building, according to DPS
repo-ts.
The student said the mountain bike is
purple in color and is worth about $560.
J/an found lying
on restroom floor
A male subject was seen lying on
the floor of the men's restroom on
the ground floor of West Hall on
Wednesday, DPS reports state.
DPS officers checked the man and
said he was healthy.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
-'Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud.

Anti-Klan demonstrator oun .i1y

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
More than a year after protesters and police
clashed over a Ku Klux Klan rally in downtown
Ann Arbor, an anti-Klan demonstrator was con-
victed of felonious assault yesterday, the city's first
court victory to date.
East Lansing resident Thomas Doxey, 21, was
found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon
for throwing rocks at police officers suited in riot
gear during the summer 1998 rally.
"We're very happy," said Patricia Peters,
Washtenaw County assistant prosecutor. "The jury
did the right thing. Justice was done."
Doxey will be sentenced at a Nov. 23 hearing.

He could face up to four years in prison and a max-
imum fine of S2,000.
Doxey is the only anti-Klan demonstrator to
be convicted of any charges. On Oct. 25, prose-
cutors will make their case against their only
remaining defendant Robin Alvare, who is
charged with inciting a riot.
The prosecution originally charged 19 individu-
als with a host of felonies and misdemeanors con-
nected to the demonstration, which resulted in the
destruction of city property and led police to fire
tear gas at the crowd.
But Circuit Court Judge Donald Shelton
ordered all of the misdemeanor and felony riot
charges dropped because of a lack of evidence.

"The jury did the right thing. Justice was done.
-aPatricia Peters
Wasbtenaw County assistant prosecutor
Prosecutors are currently appealing the jude's decision, adding "the cOnv\iction was against all

ruling.
"This limited and temporary achievement olthc
prosecutor's witchhunt should be put in the context
of a yearlong record of legal losses for them:' said
Miranda Massie, one of Doxey's defense attor-
neys. "They should relish it because it won't last
very long:'
She said the defense would appeal the jury's

the viCdence in the case.l
Massie said LDuxcyx past record
conv iction is for imio in possession

his only
speaks to

his innocence
D~uiing Doxey 's two-day trial, a police officer
who went undrcover in the anti-Klan group, teti-
fied that he had seen the defendant throw l( to 1
rocks at officers.

Panel
discusses
diversity
in Europe
By Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily Staff Reporter
The impact of diversity and affirma-
tive action in Europe and Canada was
the topic of discussion for about 30
graduate students, alumni and
University professors who met for a
day-long symposium yesterday in the
Rackham Auditorium.
Sparked by the two lawsuits filed
against the University challenging its
use of race as a factor in admissions,
"Contexts for Diversity: Europe and
North America" was one of four pro-
grams aimed at stimulating student and
staff response to affirmative action and
diversity issues on campus.
Alumnae Yolanda Dennis attended the
symposium to learn more about affirma-
tive action issues within the work force.
Dennis, who she was recently promoted
to Ford Motor Company's Customer
Service Division coordinator, said she
believes learning about the issues is cru-
cial for a productive work atmosphere.
The event was sponsored by the
University's Dialogues on Diversity
series and included visiting scholars
from Europe and Canada.
Nathan Glazer, professor emeritus of
sociology and education at Harvard
University, commented on the differ-
ence between affirmative action in the
United States and European countries.
"Legislation in Europe deals more
with gender equality ... than in our
country where race serves as the model
legislation," Glazer said.
Affirmative action, he said, is simply

Anita Allen, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, answers
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DAVID ROCHKIND/DaIy
LSA senior Trevor Boyen (left) and LSA junior Anthony O'Rurke yell outside
Angell Hall yesterday as part of a rally protesting sweatshop labor.
Grop protests
Gifford'sapparebl

questions rrom partcipans in a sympusum
not an issue in those countries because
they still have not addressed racial, eth-
nic, gender or physical discrimination.
Anita Allen, professor of law at the
University of Pennsylvania, spoke of
Europe's diversity and the misunder-
standings Americans have about them.
"Most Americans think of Europe as a
homogenous people when in fact, the fact
is that Europe is home to a very diverse
range of peoples. There is a whole immi-
gration settlement in Germany that still
thrives today, a large Eastern Indian cul-
ture in England and Chinese people living
in Ireland," she added.
She related the issue of affirmative
action to a mother with two children, one
with chicken pox and one without.
"Although both children need her, focus-
ing on one child more than the other is
urgent and to take care of a need," she
said, relating the urgency of minority rep-
resentation to the sick child.
All panelists agreed diversity does

n U U iy y y.
prove to be the people's choice in most'
aspects of life. Different foods, rel
Mions, music and li estvies are wel-
comed by most people,. Alen said, but
when it comes to the academic or work
setting - opinions change.
"People retreat from their cherished*
value of diversity when it comes to
business or academic allocations;' shec
said. Allen then urged society to "not,
stop" at the academic gate but look'
beyond that and understand the benefits.
of affirmative action.
Similar interactive discussion events
are scheduled to occur upon student_
request, said program director Pate
McCun. Dialogues on Diversity's t wo-
year run has included the theme semes-k
ter called the "Division, Theories and'
Practices" which attracted more than"
4,000 students enrolled in 112 courses
The event will be videotaped and.
televised over the University's televi-
sion station and Media One.

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
About 40 student labor activists
gathered on the steps of Angell Hall
yesterday to protest talk show host
Kathie Lee Gifford and a line of cloth-
ing bearing her name.
National Labor Committee and
United Students Against Sweatshops
released a report last week describing
poor working conditions in an
Salvadoran factory that produces
apparel for Gifford's clothing line. The
report includes comments from the fac-
tory's workers about the factory condi-
tions and labor practices.
The report is the second since 1996
to cite poor labor conditions in facto-
ries used by Gifford.
LSA junior Bill Abresch, a member
of Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality, said the activists
are important to the labor movement.
"We are here to help them in their
struggg," Abresch said.
The group hosted a mock fashion
show, wearing clothes said to be from
the manufacturers, to demonstrate the
wide variety of clothing available in the
United States that is made in sweat-
shops.
The protest at the University was one
of about 25 such events nationwide
since the NLC-USAS report was
released.
Student labor activists in Vermont
and North Carolina earlier this week
stormed 'Wal-Mart stores where
Gifford's clothing line is sold.
On Tuesday, 30 students from Duke
University and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered
around Gifford's retail display in a
Durham County, N.C. Wal-Mart and
hung tags with pictures of Central
American workers and information
about how to contact Wal-Mart
President David Glass.,
"At first, there was a lot of confu-
sion'" UNC at Chapel Hill student
Marion Traub-Warner said.

The student labor activists said they
were in the store for about 20 minutes
and stopped for a "commemorative
moment" to remember the workers in
sweatshop factories they have fought
for the past year.
Traub-Warner said when the manag-
er asked the group to leave they took
their protest to the store's parking lot.
Wal-Mart national spokesperson
Jessica Moser said she was not aware
of the incident. But said that Wal-Mart
officials are investigating the allega-
tions involving Gifford's factories.
In Vermont, 30 students from the
University of Vermont and Middlebury
College charged a nearby Wal-Mart on
Wednesday, informing store customers
of the report on sweatshop labor condi-
tions in Gifford's El Salvador factory.
Middlebury College student Alex
Zwerdling said the response from cus-
tomers was quite positive.
"Some expressed shock because
they were not aware of what Kathie Lee
had done," Zwerdling said.
After a 15-minute conversation with
the store manager, Zwerdling said the
group took control of the public
address system. They were then asked
to leave the store.
Moser said she was also not aware of
the protest in Vermont, but said Wal-
Mart is not taking the recent allegations
lightly.
"We are very responsible corporate
citizens,' she said. "This is something
we take very seriously."
Moser said Wal-Mart conducts sur-
prise inspections of its factories.
"We don't just sit around back and
let these things happen," Moser said.
Abresch said labor activists will
gather at the University on Oct. 20 for
the Anti-Sweatshop National Day of
Action.
NLC Executive Director Charles
Kernaghan, who first exposed sweat-
shop conditions in Gifford's factories in
1996, will visit campus with Central
American workers to speak.

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