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By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Smid little fanfare and spectacle, Prof.
id Halperin's hotly contested English class
"How to Be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Ini-
tiation" began yesterday much as any other
class at the University would.
While there were no protesters, there was at
least one dissenter in attendance -- Republican
University Regent Dan Horning.
"I'm offended," said Horning, who has spo-
ken out in the past advocating cancellation of
the course. "There's no excuse for having this
rse. I'm bitterly disappointed in the Univer-
se of Michigan."
Horning drove two-and-a-half hours from
his home in Grand Haven to sit in on the class.
"I came today to sit in and hoped that I
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For the Daily

would change my view ... but unfortunately it
didn't," Horning added.
Halperin said that he did not know that
Horning attended the class. "I'm glad that he
came," Halperin said. "I'm especially pleased
that he took the time to learn about the class."
LSA junior Noel Rozny, who is enrolled in
the class, said she disagreed with those who
oppose the class. "I understand it's a very dif-
ferent kind of class, but the things people were
saying were ridiculous," Rozny said.
If there was a unanimous attitude among
those who attended the class, it was that despite
the course's title, its aim is not actually to make
people gay.
"No one's going to this class to learn how to be
gay," said Jack Tocco, an LSA senior. "It's an
examination of how gay men learn about gay cul-
ture. No one is going to this class to be initiated:"

Despite intense political and media interest,
the seats in the Angell Hall auditorium where
the class is held were sparsely filled. However,
most of those who attended the class expressed
an overwhelming desire to remain enrolled.
LSA senior Tiffany Harden said she regis-
tered for the class to obtain "a broader under-
standing of a culture I'm not familiar with. I
definitely think it will be worth it."
Tocco said he would remain enrolled in the
class as well.
t'it's great that any class that focuses on sub
cultures ... can be offered at our university,"
he said. "It's unfortunate that people would
try to stifle academic freedom because of their
Since Halperin's class is an English course,
significant attention is paid to literature and
film. Reading listed in the course syllabus

"There's no excuse for having this course. i'm
bitterly disappointed in the University of
- Dan Horning
University regent (R-Grand Haven)

includes poems by Walt Whitman and Herman
Melville's "Billy Budd." Films include
"Shane," "The Importance of Being Earnest,"
"Wigstock" and "Gypsy."
In addition to reading various works of litera-
ture and viewing films, students - as in all other
English classes - are required to write several
essays. In one writing assignment, students are
asked to choose one of the following statements

that best describes their own view: "To be gay is
to become what one is ... To be gay is to become
something new ... To be gay is to become some-
thing other than what one is."
Despite sitting through most of the class,
Homing was still not convinced the class has any
educational value.
"I just don't see any academic merit in this
class,"he said.

force faculty
out of Haven

While State Street was blocked
off for most of the summer due to
construction, today the street will
be blocked to support the football
Alpha Delta Phi fraternity is holding
its 20th annual "Run for the Roses,"
pep rally from 6 to 7 p.m. at 556 South
State Street.
Following in its tradition of attract-
* many students, Alpha Delta Phi
expects to 3,000 to 5,000 students and
community members to join in the fes-
tivities this year.
This communitywide, nonprofit
event will feature an array of music,
dancing and motivational speeches
to rally students for the football
Chapter vice president and event
c rdinator Justin Schmidt said the
y is open for students and Ann,
Arbor residents and is not just for
members of the Greek system.
The entire 450-person Michigan
Marching band, led by drum major
Greg Whitmore, will be in full uni-
form performing. Along with the
band, the Michigan Dance Team and
Michigan Cheerleaders will be per-
forming live in the streets during this
e highlight of the hour will be a
~ech given by Michigan football
coach Lloyd Carr. Schmidt said at
least two of the four football captains
and Athletic Director Bill Martin are
also scheduled to speak.
Schmidt added that former Michi-
gan football coach Bo Schembechler
may be on hand to energize the fans
for the Wolverines game against Rice
tomorrow at Michigan Stadium.
IQB-FM 102.9 will broadcast live
from the fraternity's balcony during
the pep rally.
During the event, Alpha Delta Phi
members plan to hand out prizes. Ann
Arbor merchants will also pass out gift
certificates, t-shirts and souvenirs to


Engineering freshman Ryan Dawson and LSA freshmen Miguel Quintanilia, Codi Harris and Matt Castle stacked their
desks in one room of their Mary Markley Residence Hall quad suite and their beds in another to optimize space.
use every inch of sp Nace

History and political
science offices move off
campus until 2002
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
History and political science fac-
ulty find themselves in unfamiliar
surroundings these days, with offices
in a high-rise apartment building and
above a popular campus bar.
To prepare for upcoming renova-
tions to Haven Hall and the Fish-
bowl, the departments relocated
off-campus over the summer and are
still getting accustomed to the new
History offices are now on the
second floor of University Towers,
an apartment building at the corner
of South University and South Forest
Political science offices are on the
second floor of 611 Church St., the
building that houses Campus Video,
Dollar Bill Copying, Amer's and
Rick's American Cafe.
"We're still trying to figure every-
thing out," said Dorothy Marschke, a
staff member in the history depart-
ment's main office. "It's been inter-
esting. The movers had to lock the
file cabinets, and faculty come back
and don't have a key. We've had to
jimmy the locks."
Both departments are scheduled to
return to their newly refurbished digs
in October 2002.
For many students, however, the
most obvious sign of the upcoming
changes is a maze of metal poles
snaking around the western side of
the Diag.
University facilities spokeswoman
Diane Brown said the poles mark the
path of a fence that will organize
construction traffic, particularly for
The fence will run from the corner
of State Street and South University,
around Haven Hall and on north to
the parking lot next the Natural Sci-
ence Building.
The fence will have gates that can
be closed to block student traffic for

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter

Freshman RC student Brittany Irey's East Quad Resi-
dence Hall room is infested by a small colony of stuffed
animals, perched on top of a futon she never thought
would fit in the Il-foot by 17-foot space.
"We had to smash everything together to get it to fit,"
Irey said.
Both desks and dressers are squeezed side by side on
one wall of the room to open up the other wall for the
bunk beds and futon. Tie-dyed hangings enhance the
atmosphere, and a zebra-print flannel blanket Irey's
mother made for her lies at the foot of her bed, waiting
for winter. For now it's just a decoration.
These days an abundance of fans scattered around the
room provide the most comfort.
The estimated 9,400 students living in the residence

halls this semester had to manage the heat of late August
in the stifling rooms, but didn't have to tolerate an extra
Alan Levy, director of housing public affairs, said the
residence halls are filled to capacity, but for the first time
in 20 years there are no students in overflow rooms.
While students are no longer adapting to overflow
rooms, some are still experiencing problems fitting their
possessions, plus those of another person, into their
Engineering freshman Sarah Ray peeked into her dou-
ble in Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall on move-in day
and found a bed, a dresser, a desk and a chair.
"It looked full with only stuff for one person," said
When University Housing brought the additional fur-
niture for her roommate, the two decided they could not
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NORiMAN ~NG/uaily
African history Prof. David William
Cohen sits in his cramped temporary
office on the second floor of University
Towers yesterday.
deliveries, but Brown said the Uni-
versity will attempt to limit deliver-
ies when the Diag is most crowded.
Brown also said it is likely the
doors to the Fishbowl facing the
Diag will be closed to students dur-
ing construction.
Once renovations are complete,
the Fishbowl area will have wider
corridors and be eight stories high.
Haven Hall will gain an addition
extending toward the center of the
But for the next two years, stu-
dents and faculty will have to deal
with the temporary offices scattered
around campus.
"Moving to an off-campus, leased
place makes for special considera-
tions," said Jean Jones, 'administra-
tive manager of the history
department. "For instance, we're no ;
longer in the University's custodial
system. We had to get an outside
vendor to help us."
Margaret Howard, a political sci-
ence visiting assistant professor, said
the move does come with benefits.
"It's a little bit of a longer walk
each day, but it will make me a
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lAmazed by blue

Forum looks at future
of welfare assistance


By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter

Four scholars from the University
and across the nation yesterday debat-
ed the fate of Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families with varying per-
spectives but with surprisingly similar
Ninety students- and community
members gathered in the Anderson
Room of the Michigan Union to hear
the one-hour debate that encompassed
the possibility Congress will reautho-

program by administering block grants
to states.
The panel - consisting of Public
Policy Dean Rebecca Blank; Social
Work and Public Policy Prof. Sheldon
Danziger, New York University politi-
cal science Prof. Lawrence Mead and
University of Chicago public policy
doctoral student [Hanns Kuttner -
emphasized how their knowledge of
the past and current state of welfare in
the form of TANF can be used to legit-
imize its reauthorization.
The debate largely focused on the

Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
12:10 p.m., ESPN-Plus
The Owls conclude the second of a two-
Sa me deal with Michigan tomorrow. Rice
fell to the Wolverines last year, 37-3.
Michigan, now third in both polls, will start
freshman John Navarre at quarterback. The

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