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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 23, 2001- 3

cultural show features dance, dialogues

Drive-by shooting
suspects at large
a U7 he Ann Arbor Police Department
responded to a drive-by shooting at the
intersection of Page and Jewett Avenue
early yesterday morning after neigh-
* reported gun shots.
'There was a number of bullets and
acouple hit a car," Sgt. Ed Stuck said.
"One went into a house next door and
missed a 12-year-old who was sleep-
There were no injuries and no
aambulances were called.
Lt. Khurum Sheikh said the AAPD
have at least two suspects. He was
unable to reveal whether the suspects
were male or female. A detective has
assigned to the case and an inves-
tggation is ongoing.
Vistor's death due
to heart attack
;A 56-year-old man visiting campus
on business died Tuesday morning
after suffering a heart attack in the Art
and Architecture Building, according
t epartment of Public Safety offi-
cs. An ambulance was requested
after Daniel West began having
seizures.
West was administered CPR but was
pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m., DPS
spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
Man with bat
assaults subjects
Two subjects were assaulted near the
ont Commons while attemptig
hark their car Monday evening, DPS
reports state. A male armed with a
baseball bat assaulted the subjects and
was arrested by DPS officers. No one
was injured in the incident and an
investigation is pending.
Mian flashes 2
wlmen near Arb
female subjects were walking
near Nichols Arboretum Tuesday
evening when a male subject exposed
himself to them while driving by,
according to DPS reports. The white
male was described as being 25 to 35
years old, with a light complexion and
pock marks on his face. The case was
under investigation.
$bject keeps
ditional change
A female subject was reported for
fraudulent activities at the Michigan
League Wednesday morning, DPS
reports state. The subject asked the
wdrker for change for $40 but insisted
she didn't get enough money back.
The employee then gave the subject
another $20.
Aspect engages
in unwanted chat
A subject in Tisch Hall on Wednes-
day reported being harassed over
American Online Instant Messenger
for the past two months, according to
DPS reports. The unwanted conversa-
tions discussed the victim's English
glass.
3 bjects charged
th MIP in Arb
Two minors were found in Nichols
Arboretum in possession of alcohol
early yesterday morning, DPS reports
state. The two were charged with
minors m possession of alcohol and

arrested. They were later released and
given a court date.
Fbsidents given
MIP, hospitalized
Two Alice Lloyd Hall residents were
arrested and charged for minors in
possession of alcohol early yesterday
morning, according to DPS reports.
One of the subjects was taken to the
hospital for alcohol poisoning.
Driver strikes car
;subject reported striking a parked
cot in a West Medical Center Drive
parking structure Wednesday morning,
DPS report state. A unit responded and
fied a report.
- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Jacquelyn Nixon.

my" .n prow
Daily Staff Reporter
After months of preparation and with hopes of
unifying the University community, the annual
"Generation APA" multicultural show goes on
stage tonight.
But those students wishing to attend will have a
hard time getting in the door. LSA junior Rebecca
Yeh, publicity manager for the show, said tickets
have been sold out for more than a week.
The performance features a series of acts writ-
ten, directed and choreographed by students in a
variety of cultural campus organizations, includ-
ing the Alpha Iota Omicron and Lambda Phi
Epsilon fraternities, the Alpha Kappa Delta Phi
sorority, the Chinese Christian Fellowship and the
Korean, Hmorig American and Japanese student
associations. The United Asian American Organi-
zation sponsors the event.

"The show doesn't just represent one culture, it
represents a variety of cultures," said GenAPA
core team co-chair Dan Suh, an LSA sophomore.
"This is definitely open to the whole campus
community and everyone from the outside."
Suh said the show's focus is to unify the campus.
"We support all the groups on campus. It's a
way for students to meet each other and interact
with each other. It's a way for students to learn
about cultural differences,"he said.
Performers were required to get to know each
other by participating in community building exer-
cises, such as a candlelight vigil against hate crimes
and fun nights at the Central Campus Recreation
Building.
"This is not just a show, it's the six months that
led up to the show. It's all the community build-
ing, the practices, and everything that we think
about diversity on campus," Suh said.
Another important aspect of the show is its

educational value.
The acts range from the traditional Indian
dance Raas - a high-energy dance performed
with two dandiya sticks, which are hit together
to produce the beat - to dialogues, body wor-
ship, hip hop and spoken word. Ball tossing,
which is a form of courtship in the Hmong cul-
ture, will also be incorporated into one of the
skits.
"We feel that hip hop and spoken words are
very important to today's culture,"Yeh said.
Other traditional dances being performed are
the Chinese ribbon dance, Korean fan dance and
traditional Hmong dancing.
Many of the acts will combine different dances
with new age stepping and other performance
mediums.
"They are multi-dimensional. There is not a
group that only does one thing," Suh said. "We
call them acts instead of skits because they are
polls undei

Juggle i

'U'

substance abu
By Ted Borden Sean
Daily Staff Reporter that sur
pared ti
In an attempt to gain a better perspective on student College
drug and alcohol use, the University Substance Abuse and abu
Research Center-is releasing a survey to 5,000 under- students
graduate students this week. "We
"Our broad aim is to hear from students about their pare to
attitudes and beliefs about substance abuse," said center educatii
Director Carol Boyd. "One goal is to evaluate our past sity und
and current health promotion efforts. These data will be Unde
used by the University to determine what behaviors are Boyd
associated with the consequences of problem drinking." "The
This is one of few surveys of its kind to go solely to it's 100
undergraduates. "We decided not to send it to graduate vate res
students or other University. members because the people Univers
who are really suffering the negative effects are the Half4
undergraduates," Boyd said., the Inte
Like most substance abuse surveys, this survey asks mailedc
respondents about drug and alcohol use. But students are Thisc
also asked where and when they drink and use drugs, mode o
why they do and the consequential events of those mine tI
actions. hopes tc

hard to categorize.
The performance is a part of this weekend's
Michigan Midwest Asian American Student
Union 2001 Spring Conference. According to
the MAASU, the purpose of the conferencet
which began yesterday with spirit games and
lasts until Sunday afternoon, is to encourage
activism and increase awareness among the
Asian community.
In addition to GenAPA, the conference will fea-
ture entertainment by the Pacifics, a freestyle hip-
hop group, and the Tongues, a group which
emphasizes words and communication. The con-
ference will also have workshops on interraci4
relationships, domestic violence, gang culture ag
environmental justice.
GenAPA is the largest pan-Asian cultural shoe
in the nation, with more than 400 student partic
pants. The show begins at 7:30 tonight at t4
Michigan Theater.
rgrads in
se survey ;=
McCabe, survey co-principal investigator, no
vey results, available in the fall, will also be coq
o data collected by the Harvard University 260
Alcohol Study, a national study on substance 05t
use completed by 17,000 college undergraduV
will see how undergraduate students here cos
undergraduates attending institutions of higi
on nationally, as well as to past cohorts of Univie
dergraduates from Michigan," McCabe said. :
rgraduates were also surveyed in 1993 and 1999.
noted that the survey is completely confidentiaL
University does not know who is participating
percent confidential," she said, adding that a pfn
earch firm, MS Interactive, an agency outside .1
ity, will be collecting the data.
of the surveys were already sent via e-mail ai
rnet, while the pen-and-paper surveys are beia
out today.
decision will allow researchers to conclude which
& administration is more popular and could deter
he survey's future distribution. Boyd said sh
o continue this survey every two years.

Rackham students Bill Carrell and Fred Isaman juggle yesterday on the DWag
as warm temperatures brought many students outside to study and play.
Prof. mks fim
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ilustrating Iia
st uggle for liber-ty

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Computers and the Shaping ofPublic Opinion
Deliberative Polls
...and the potential for extending them using computer systems
James S. Fishkin & -Robert C. Luskin,
University of Texas, Austin
Democratic Deliberation on the Internet
Vincent E. Price, Marsh Visiting Professor
Friday, March 23 3:00 in 6050 ISR
Reception to follow in 6080 ISR
Sponsored by Communication Studies and The Center for Political Studies

By Ahmed Namid
Daily Staff Reporter
Akbar Ahmed, the executive pro-
ducer and co-writer of the film "Jin-
nah" and an associate anthropology
professor at Princeton University,
spoke this week about the making of
his film with students and faculty.
Ahmed's 1999 film is based on
Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Mahatma
Gandhi's counterpart who represent-
ed Muslims in the Indian struggle
for independence from the British
and founded the state of Pakistan.
Steve Pastner, a University of
Michigan adjunct associate anthro-
pology professor, who has been in
contact with Ahmed for 25 years,
praised his perseverance in the mak-
ing of "Jinnah" against what he
called "absolutely hair raising logis-
tics."
"Akbar Ahmed has what Tom Wolf
refers to as the 'right stuff,"' he said.
"The making of Jinnah is almost a
miracle," Ahmed said in regard to
the strenuous circumstances endured
by those involved in the Jinnah pro-
ject.
The film crew faced a myriad of
problems and opposition while film-
ing in Pakistan, especially in terms
of funding and bad press.
"Money that had been committed
in writing by the Pakistani govern-
ment was refused to us," Ahmed
said.
A potential reason for the with-
holding of funds is the movie's
emphasis that Jinnah had created
Pakistan as a secular state and was
against mixing religion with politics.
"This is clearly portrayed in the
movie," Ahmed said. He also
recalled a quote from one of Jinnah's
speeches in which he said, "Pakistan
will not be run by a theocracy." But
Pakistani rulers, especially since the
military reign of General Zia-ul-
Haq, have not upheld this belief.

"If we show Jinnah as a man of
belief, a man of democracy, the
rulers of Pakistan are uncomfortable
since Jinnah holds a higher place
than them," Ahmed said.
"There were also problems with
the script and casting," he added,
referring to attempts by the Pakistani
press to shroud the movie in contro-
versy.
Ahmed said the press also over-
played the argument that Christopher
Lee, the actor who portrays Jinnah,
was not fit for the role since he
played Dracula in a film more than
two decades ago.
"The newspapers particularly
played a very nasty role," Ahmed
said. "There were headlines that the
women who are playing Fatima Jin-
nah and Mrs. Jinnah are prostitutes."
But Ahmed said if the "Jinnah
model" succeeds in the Muslim
world things could change for the
better and failure to notice it could
result in the Taliban model taking
hold.
"Jinnah is the symbol of Pak-
istan," Ahmed said. "We first saw
him in the movie Gandhi and are
taking on and countering the nega-
tive images of Jinnah in such films."
History Prof. Juan Cole said,
"'Jinnah' the movie is a series of
vignettes and retrospectives. The
post-modernity of 'Jinnah' distin-
guishes it from Attenborough's
'Gandhi."'
In regard to the release of the film
in the United States, Ahmed said he
had talked to companies like Warner
Brothers and MGM, and although
they had liked the film they thought
it was not fit for an American audi-
ence.
"The big heads of MGM and
Warner said that the U.S. is not
ready for a film with a Pakistani,
especially a Muslim hero, since the
American public views Muslims as
fanatics and terrorists," he said.

To Members of the University
You are cordially invited to the
IVERS4 OP Mn i
M~cHIGANLEAD'RSH

Community,
22nd annual
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Honoring students, faculty, an
following award categories:
Outstanding Student Leader
Outstanding New Member
Outstanding Student Organi
Program of the Year
Advisor of the Year
Student Legacy
Tapestry

Monday, March 26, 2001
Ceremony begins prompty at 4:00 p.m.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater
Reception to follow in the Alumni Center.

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