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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 19, 2001-- 7A

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country, praised Kolb and told him to
move his fight to Congress.
"The closet is an upright coffin,"
Toy said. "Michigan must come out of
the closet of anti-queer bigotry."
Frederic MacDonald-Dennis, direc-
tor of the campus LGBT office, also
spoke, praising the record-breaking
crowd of hundreds for contributing to
the "most successful week in the last
30 years."
The Diag erupted in applause as he
added, "no oppressed group has ever
achieved freedom through silence ...
Stand tall. Stand proud. And most of
all, be visible."
Susan McGarry, pastor of St.
Aiden's Episcopal Church, spoke for
area churches, welcoming the LGBT
community. "God loves you. God
loves us ... God gave us from the get-
go, from the start, an immeasurable
amount of worth."
LSA senior Naomi Baum came out
and invited the crowd to join "the
quest for equal rights ... the final battle
of the United States civil rights war."

wd shows support at rally

The energy of the crowd escalated
throughout the hour, as more speakers
made their way to the microphone and
welcomed the University's LGBT
A queer history lesson, given by
Music and LSA junior Jim Leija, one
of the organizers of the rally, was also
a part of the hour. "Today, you are his-
tory," Leija yelled out to the crowd.
The lesson named such famous people
as Virginia Woolf, Melissa Etheridge
and Oscar Wilde as being members of
the LGBT community.
"Today is dedicated to everyone
who has ever caused change, and to
everyone here today who is making
change," Leija said. "Come out, come
out where ever you are, if you're a
queer, then you're a star."
Derek Anderson, a gay man infect-
ed with HIV, created the most sober
moment of the hour by speaking about
his experiences and the stigmas placed
on HIV and the queer community. He
asked that the community join him
and demand equality in order to "erad-
icate the stigma."
"Today we celebrate our queer iden-
tities openly and unapologetically,"

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schools play in training future leaders,
and referred to the language in Pow-
ell's opinion that called diversity a
compelling government interest.
"Compelling is almost too tame a
word - this is an educational necessi-
ty," he said.
In contrast to the legal arguments
made by Kolbo and Payton, lead
counsel for the intervening defendants
Miranda Massie appealed to Fried-
man's sense of justice in making his
"The future of affirmative action
and integration is my future and it is
part of your future," she told the

"It's all of our future. It's the future
of everyone in this age regardless of
age, gender, race. It's the future of the
thousands people across the state of
Michigan. We'll move forward togeth-
er or we'll move back. We can make
more steps to equality and to justice
and to democracy. It's all our future.
Help make it a bright one."
And while all of the parties
expressed relief at the trial's end,-it is
with the understanding that Friday's
closing arguments are not the begin-
ning of the end, but the end of the
beginning of the University's defense
of its policies.
But for now, all there's left to do is

University alum Amy Greenburg receives a kiss from Lindsey Simms, also an
alum, Friday at the Kiss-In rally on the Diag.

Anderson said.
Following Anderson's address, Tic-
Tac breath mints were handed out to
the crowd and public displays of affec-
tion ensued.
"The event was very supportive. It
shows that a lot of people do care
about the cause and the significance of
it," said Eastern Michigan University

senior Cara Miller.
"It was amazingly successful, the
best attendance I have ever seen at
any such rally. It was largely due to
the presence of the feeling of the pre-
sent attack. The enemy was very
clearly defined. It created the need for
people to stand out in the cold," Sev-
ers said.

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The only physical confrontations between the two
sides involved shaving cream, pies and spray paint.
One University student was arrested for malicious
destruction of property after spraypainting a protest-
er's sign, DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
Multiple suspects were detained by DPS officers
after throwing cream pies and spraying shaving
cream at WBC members. The incident is being
investigated, Brown said.
After the Kiss-In, the group made its way to the
Cube for a 90-minute protest, during which the pro-
testers used obscene language and cited the Bible in
order to get their point across.
"Go live for hell, or go live for Heaven. I don't
care. If you live for Heaven, that's great, but right
now, you are not prepared to meet your God. When
you do meet God, and rest assured you will, you
won't have an excuse," said Sam Phelps-Roper, one
of Phelp's 51 grandchildren, the most vocal member
of the group.

Some students debated the protesters' caustic
shouts but found the attempts futile.
"It's just a shame they have to live like this. I
don't want to have to believe in these people's God
if that's the way it has to be. I just don't know what
they are trying to accomplish. They hate every-
body," said LSA sophomore Anthony Visioni.
Students and community members who attended
Lord of Light Lutheran Church at 810 S. Forest
Ave. yesterday morning were also greeted by the
Westboro group, who picketed the entrance of the
church with large signs with anti-homosexual mes-
"No fags, no idols, and you women are supposed
to have uncut hair," said Margie Phelps.
Phelps' church targeted Lord of Light Lutheran
because two years ago Donna Simon, a lesbian,
served as an intern there. Simon was recently
ordained in Kansas, which upset WBC members.
"People are really comfortable here," said LSA
senior Emily Sippola. "And we welcome bigots,"
she added.
Ann Arbor Police Department officers who had

been with WBC throughout the weekend said they
had not caused any violence or harm.
"They stayed on public property and stayed with-
in the confines of their First Amendment rights,"
AAPD Sgt. Brad Hill said.
Most students were quick to agree.
"I'm happy to be in America. In what other coun-
try can a man express himself than here?" LSA
sophomore Dustin Bringley said.
Despite being ignored by most students at the
University, members of WBC said that they are
going to continue spreading their message.
"We've been doing it for 11 years somewhere
everyday, and we're just getting warmed up," said
Margie Phelps, the lawyer for the church.
Throughout the protests, the LGBT community
remained united and even managed to profit from
them. A pledge drive, in which members of the
community were asked to donate a sum of money
for every minute that the church members protested
at Aut Bar in Kerrytown, on Saturday generated
around $6,000 for the Washtenaw Rainbow Action

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signed after Friday's approval. There-
fore, companies who already have
"contracts with the University are not
-currently affected.
However, Root said nearly all of
*the contracts.signed with the univer-
sity last only one year. When the
companies renew their contracts
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licensees will be under the new
code," Root said.
But despite the committee's
efforts, Root acknowledged that
there may be'companies who do not
want to work under the University's
code. Bollinger agreed with this,
saying that making the licensees
agree to the new code will be the
next step.
"The next stage will be to make a
contractual agreement with the
licensees," he said. "There must be
some room for negotiations, and the
committee is open to that."

Continued from Page 1A
The website, which began pilot test-
ing with about 1,800 students last
November, will begin a new phase of
testing tomorrow known as open pilot
testing, in which all students will be
allowed to try out the service.
Linda Place, director of the Univer-
sity's Web Coordination, said that
although an online address book for e-
mail is not yet available, one will be
available "probably by fall and possi-
bly in the middle of the summer."

The purpose of the open pilot test-
ing, Place said, was to gauge reactions
and receive feedback from members of
the University community.
"We really hope that there is a really
strong and positive reaction from stu-
dents, faculty and staff at the Universi-
ty," she said.
"I would definitely use it," said
Engineering junior Heather Kernick,
adding that she found the present sys-
tem "kind of primitive."
During that time, Place said, the
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