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4A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 5, 2001

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daily. letters@urnich.edu

Returning from spring break reveals different A2


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've been taking
things too seriously
lately. All this talk
of elections, presidential
searches and major
national issues is getting
. on my nerves, so I'm
sure anyone who still
reads this column must
be really sick of it. So,
I'm going to take this opportunity to delve
into a topic that is not controversial, will
not shape the lives of millions and does not
enrage half the campus based on my own
For three years now I've left Ann Arbor
to take a break from classes, work and the
craziness of college at the end of February.
Without fail, snow lines the streets as I
begin my journey to spring break. And
without fail, there is some trace of snow
still on the ground when I return. But I've
been able to count on a more important
trait that first day I return to Ann Arbor as
well: A complete shift in attitude, feel and
atmosphere in the city. March in Ann
Arbor is a gorgeous time to be a college
student. With midterms behind us and
finals a far away blip on the radar screen,
finally we have the chance to enjoy the city
that has pounded us with sleet, snow and
freezing temperatures for months.
This winter wasn't that bad, but I still
yearned for the first day I could walk
through the Diag without a coat, see stu-
dents sprawled on the grass reading and

enjoy some cookies 'n cream from Stucci's
without rushing indoors. So, as this is my
final spring in Ann Arbor, I've been
reflecting about my favorite spring activi-
ties and planning for this year's enjoyment.
Let me say that I checked the forecast for
this week, and it's supposed to snow at the
end of the week. But let that not throw me
off course, because it's nice today, and I
can't wait for spring:
If there is one great place in Ann
Arbor to enjoy a drink, some friends and
the beautiful weather, that place surely is
Dominick's. I've hear unconfirmed rumors
that this watering hole will open its doors
for the season today, and I'll be there the
second they do.
While other campus bars add limited
outdoor seating when spring rolls into
town, only Dominick's can provide a truly
outdoor experience. Coupled with hefty
amounts of their coveted sangria, the
atmosphere at Dominick's can't be beat. If
they can only deal with the long lines that
will surely form moments after they open,
then fun is sure to be had by all.
o I love waking up at 6:45 and heading
out to the University Golf Course to be the
first one on the tee. Playing at your own
pace, a round can be completed in time for
your 11 a.m. lecture, with a stop at Brueg-
ger's in between. But the real gem of a
course for early spring golfing has to be
Rolling Hills. Tucked behind US-23 to the
east, this little known beauty looks nothing
like Pebble Beach or Augusta National, but

it has grass, greens and pins. That's all you
This place is barely a golf course, but
for three years now it has served as the first
track I've hit north of the Mason-Dixon
line in the spring. For those who have
never visited, yes, you do just pay the guy
in the coveralls $10 for all you can play,
and I highly suggest a beer from the club-
house. A roommate of mine and myself
will see you out there this week.
While I can't say that I've spent
excessive amounts of time in the Arbore-
tum, it's a great place, and the spring is the
time to be there. Later in the day the better,
trust me. It can be a fun place.
Finally, and perhaps most important-
ly, go buy a grill. It's an essential piece of
equipment for any Ann Arbor summer. If
you're lucky enough to have a porch rid-
dled with second-hand couches like me,
then few experiences could be finer than
grilling up some dogs and burgers, turning
your speakers toward the windows and
hanging out with some friends.
The only trouble I can see through this
spring is how to fit all of these experiences
in. I guess early morning golf, lunchtime
BBQs and evening Dominick's runs will be
in order. Oh yeah, and some class here and
there, too.
Mike Spahn's column runs every
other Monday. Give him eedback at
www.michigandaily.comnorum or via
e-mail at mspahn@umich.edu.


'Whenever the last game is over we'll do the evaluation.
I have not talked to any potential candidate or coach. I
would just not do that. Wait 'til it's over.'
-Athletic Director Bill Martin last week regarding the future
of Michigan men's basketball coach Brian Ellerbe.

Wilson has 'unhealthy
mentality of whites
vs. minorities'
In response to Adam Wilson's letter to
the editor ("Blacks, Hispanics have them-
selves to blame for low status," 2/23/01), it
is obvious that Wilson has never taken a
sociology or American culture class and if
he did, he did not learn anything from it.
I was shocked by Wilson's extremely
limited view and understanding of society
around him. It is unfortunate that he makes
it seem like all blacks and Hispanics are
the product of slums in his letter. He fails
to see the larger picture of the dynamics of
society and fails to ask himself why, on
average, under-represented minority
groups on college campuses, such as blacks
and Hispanics, have lower incomes and
"low status" as he puts it.
The answer is not because they do not
like money and don't want to get rich;
common sense tells us that everyone likes
financial security. The reason why there is
economic inequality is because there are
certain societal forces at work that put
many minority groups in the United States
at a disadvantage and denying this fact is
denying reality.
Undoubtedly, racism and prejudice is a
fact of life for minority groups and this
makes it tougher for these groups to move
up the economic and social ladder. As a
result, they are presented with many fewer
educational opportunities. It is important
for Wilson to realize that his parents are
not the only parents who "dedicated their
whole lives to making sure that (their chil-
dren) would have the best schooling possi-
ble." All parents want the best for their
children, however, everyone is not on a
level playing field to begin with.
I am sure that there are parents out there
who worked just as hard or even harder
than Wilson's parents in hopes of sending
their child to college, but their child is still
unable to receive the type of education that
Wilson might have received, not because
they or their child were slackers, but
because of the explicit, implicit and institu-
tionalized racism that exists today. It is
extremely unfair for Wilson to state,
"Don't blame white people, blame your
parents," in reference to blacks and His-
panics for the social inequalities that exist.
How can he blame the parents for the
inequalities that exist today? Wilson must
realize that the parents of blacks and His-
panics are not the cause of the racism and
prejudice in our society.
It is unfortunate that Wilson is trapped
in the unhealthy mentality of whites vs.
minorities with respect to college admis-
sions because these are exactly the close-
minded views that lead to resentment and
prejudice on campus. Besides studying to
earn our degree, college is a place where
students should learn from one another and
get to understand the differences and per-
spectives of different people. It should not
be a place where resentment is propagated
and stereotypes are reinforced, as Wilson
has unfortunately done.
LSA sophomore






this time," 2/22/01). One cannot double the
number of votes of his opponents (as Hide-
ki did) by running a campaign students
consider a farce (if this were the case, I
imagine the FRAT party would have been
far more successful).
I first saw Hideki the September before
the election, outside of Michigan Stadium,
holding up his now famous sign as students
walked to a football game, when no one
was thinking about MSA.
I was in the Mug on two occasions
when Tsutsumi stood up on a chair and
gave a speech about the importance of hard
work and good leadership to students who
mostly refused to listen. And I met Tsutsu-
mi when he approached me on State Street
one day, told me he was running for MSA
President and asked me what concerns I
had about the assembly. These are not the
actions of someone running a joke cam-
I saw the Blue Party, on the other hand,
the week before the election, passing out
cotton candy and t-shirts on the Diag. Had
they taken the election as seriously as
Hideki did, I'm sure they would have won.
Hideki may not have had the experience
necessary to be an effective MSA presi-
dent, but he certainly had the dedication.
His hard work and subsequent victory dur-
ing the election should not be trivialized as
"a joke," but applauded.
Graduate affirmative
action serves purpose
In response to Daniel Smith's letter
("Graduate affirmative action does not
make sense," 2/21/01) regarding affirma-
tive action at the graduate level, I find it
difficult to accept such a simplistic view
from someone who is a sophomore in col-
lege. Smith implies that students of color
are admitted to graduate level schools
based solely on the color of their skin.

Wilson singles out
Blacks, Latinos,
ignores class issues
I am writing in regards to Adam Wil-
son's letter to the editor ("Blacks, Hispan-
ics have themselves to blame for low
status," 2/23/01). It seems that Wilson
feels that Black and Latino students who
come from disadvantaged backgrounds
should blame their parents (not white peo-
ple) for their unequal access to education.
Well, I do not blame those kids' parents
and I do not blame white people. I blame
Wilson and other people who hold his
beliefs. In his letter, he talks about the
"poor," "poorer," "inferior education," and
"disadvantaged" people. It seems that Wil-
son is talking about a class issue, not a race
issue. Yet, he chooses to single out blacks
and Latinos. It would be wrong of me to
assume that all white people are as preju-
diced as Wilson. You cannot generalize
blacks and Latinos because not all of them
are poor. Not all of them sit around and
blame white people for what they are going
through. The problem here is the mentality
of which Wilson is so proud that he has to
look out for number one and you are
rewarded for what "you achieve."
Well we do not "achieve" alone, people
are here because of their parents, because
they had the good fortune of getting good
jobs which they got thanks to someone,
because they got an education thanks to
someone else and so on and so forth. So that
"pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mental-
ity is crap. The problem lies in a system that
allows education to be more than inferior, it
allows it to be unequal. And it is unequal due
to people who think like Wilson. Disadvan-
taged people have not made the decision to
live in poverty. It is the people who run this
country who want to keep-the rich richer and
the poor poorer.
Mr. Wilson, you live in the land of prej-
udice, in the suburb of ignorance and in the
house of privilege. What you need to real-





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