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1983, is scheduled to speak at Hutchins Hall in
support of affirmative action at the Law School
on Monday, said Jessica Curtin, a member of
the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By
Any Means Necessary. Conyers' speech is one
component of BAMN's Summit of the New
Civil Rights Movement, a series of events cul-
minating in the start of the affirmative action
trial against the Law School on Tuesday.
BAMN has organized a march to begin at
noon Monday at the corner of
Forest and South University The symj
avenues and proceed to theI
Diag for a rally. Students from "traditioi
numerous schools, including
the University of Virginia, the been one
University of Wisconsin and
the University of Toronto are largest a
expected to attend.
The symposium focuses on cornpreh
matters other than affirmative ta
action and the trials. #
Activist and actor Edward
James Olmos will deliver the
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial lecture as part of
the symposium. Olmos' speech will focus on
the symposium's theme of "Commitment and
Renewal." Olmos created "Americanos: Latino
Life in the United States," a multimedia depic-
tion of Latino culture, in April 1999.
The symposium "traditionally has been one
of the largest and most comprehensive in the
nation," said assistant Provost John Matlock. "It


is certainly the largest at the university level."
The holiday is a way for the University to
celebrate diversity, Williams said. This is
reflected in the more than 75 events on campus
that comprise the symposium, which continues
through February.
The events are planned and scheduled by
various groups such as student organizations
and University departments and consist of
activities ranging from community s.ervice dri-
ves to speeches by prominent individuals.
"King himself meant many different things
to many different people," Matlock said,
adding that people cele-
osium brate King's commitment to
economic and social justice
ally has around the world. Williams
said the symposium has
of the "grown tremendously"
since its beginnings, bring-
id most ing together many diverse
aspects of the campus and
'wsive in community.
it Even so, "Dr. King's
71 --legacy remains unfinished,"
-John Matlock Williams said.
The visible targets of
Assistant Provost institutionalized discrimina-
tion may have been abol-
ished, but "vestiges remain in place now,"
Williams said. The annual holiday serves as a
focus point.
"It's a reminder how far we've come in one
sense, but it's also a reminder of how much we
must do," Matlock said. "We're still a long way
from the dream that King and many other peo-
ple espoused."

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while McFadden combined economics and psychology to cre-
ate new models in the field of economics.
In addition to Willis, director of neuroscience Prof.
Richard Hume spoke about Arvid Carlsson, Paul Green-
gard and Eric Kendal who were recipients in the catego-
ry of medicine or physiology. Carlsson worked on a
revolutionary new method of treating Parkinson's dis-
ease, which affects one million Americans, including
Janet Reno and Michael J. Fox.
Kendal developed ways to reduce seizures and Greengard
conducted behavioral research on the habituation and sensiti-
"Everybody expected Kendall to win for the last 20 years,"
Hume said. "These are very eminent men - everybody was
delighted by this prize."
The more dramatic part of the evening occurred when
South Korean native Prof. Henry Em spoke about the strug-
gles and triumphs of South Korea and its president, Kim Dae-
jung, the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
"He is the symbol of conscious and actions by his unwill-
ingness to compromise in the struggle for democracy and
human rights," Em said.
Dae-jung, who was elected president of South Korea
in 1997 met North Korean chairman Kirn Jong-il last
June, in a historic meeting that "moved many to tears,"
Em said.
"The search for peace is more pressing than ever," Em said.
"The country is still divided with the most militarized border
in the world - a peaceful unification holds well for Northeast
Asia and the rest of the world."
Rui Gardner, visiting scholar and graduate student, said the
history lessons Em offered were very beneficial.
"As a bio-chem major I didn't know anything about Korea
- that's why I came here," Gardner said.
Engineering graduate student Chien Huang said the entire
symposium was "quite interesting" from which he gained new
CSCS director Carl Simmon said the symposium acted as a
way to bring together diverse interests and encourage "curiosi-
ty across fields."
"The speakers were all local experts on their areas," Sim-
mon said.
"There is nothing in it for these people - they give up so
much time and energy. Their only reward is the excitement
they get from their field," he said.
The second part of the series will be about the Nobel Prize
Awards in physics, literature and chemistry and will take place
on Jan. 25.

Chao, Zoellick named to Bush Cabinet
WASHINGTON - President-elect Bush, completing his economic team and
re-concluding his Cabinet, chose former Peace Corps Director Elaine Chao as
labor secretary and Robert Zoellick, a diplomat in two previous Republican
administrations, to be U.S. trade representative.
Two days after his first labor nominee withdrew under fire, Bush also mounted
a spirited defense of two other nominees who have generated opposition: fo
Sen. John Ashcroft (R-Mo.) as attorney general and former Colorado Attor
General Gale Norton as interior secretary.
"You know, what happens in this town is, the voices of the special interests
like to tear people down," Bush said, showing irritation.
He urged "senators to tone down their rhetoric."
Chao, the wife of a Republican senator, was Bush's second selection for Labor
and appears likely to be confirmed. He picked her after his first choice, Linda
Chavez, withdrew following disclosures that she provided shelter and cash to an
illegal immigrant who did household chores.
"I never expected our nominees to sail through without harsh questioning and
good confirmation hearings," Bush said as he wrapped up a twoday visit to
Washington and headed back to Texas.
ie will return in the middle of next week to await his Jan. 20 inag*
Jeb Bush defends was caught completely off balance, by
surprise?" said Mary Frances Berry,
inaction in election chair of the panel investigating allega-
tions of voting irregularities in the
TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Jeb Bush state during November's presidential
told the U.S. Commission on Civil election. "I was surprised that he
Rights yesterday that although he was came and testified that he had o
aware of predictions that the presiden- responsibility."
tial race in Florida would be close,
and that minority voter turnout was Black woman t
expected to be high, he took no spe-
cial measures to ensure that the clec- executed since 1954
tion was conducted properly.
Bush, the brother of President-elect McALESTER, Okla. - A woman
George W. Bush, told the panel that as convicted of killing a childhood
governor "my duties are to certify the friend and later murdering a lesbian
election" and exercise "a moral lover was executed yesterday night,
authority to see that the laws - state becoming the first black woman exe-
and federal laws - are upheld." Elec- cuted in the United States since
tions, he said, are the responsibility of 1954.
the secretary of state and the supervi- Wanda Jean Allen, 41, received a
sors in each of the state's 67 counties. lethal dose of drugs at the Oklahoma
Bush's as rtion that he had little State Penitentiary.
reason or authority to make special "Father forgive them," Allen said
provisions in advance of the election before she died. "They know not what
drew questions from several panel they do."
members, who seemed puzzled by the Gov. Frank Keating, an ardent death
governor's comments. penalty supporter, cleared the way for
"He never said, 'I wonder what's the execution by denying a late request
going to happen on election day?' He for a 30-day stay.
tacts, in Washington - followed secu-
rity meetings that led yesterday to the
renew peace talks easing of Israel's blockade on the West
Bank and Gaza Strip.
JERUSALEM - Israel and the An aide to Israeli Prime Minist r
Palestinians resumed high-level peace Ehud Barak, Danny Yatom, told Is
talks yesterday after a rapid series of television that both sides are interested
conciliatory gestures and a drop in in whether they can "agree on some
violence, reviving hopes of some kind kind of wording" before Clinton's
of last-minute deal before President term ends Jan. 20.
Clinton leaves office.
Israeli negotiators, led by Foreign Former Serb leader
Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, arrived at
the Gaza Strip's Erez checkpoint just pleads innocent
before midnight, entering directly into
talks with a Palestinian delegation THE HAGUE - The highest-ra
headed by senior negotiators Yasser ing Bosnian Serb official in the hais
Abed Rabbo and Saeb Erekat, accord- of the U.N. war crimes tribunal pleaded
ing to officials from both sides. The innocent yesterday to charges stem-
meeting site was closed to journalists. ming from atrocities committed during
Nabil Aburdeneh, an aide to Pales- the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia.
tinian leader Yasser Arafat, said short- Biljana Plavsic, the 70-year-old for-
ly before talks resumed "the next 72 mer Bosnian Serb president, is charged
hours could be decisive, and we hope with every crime in the tribunal's
these efforts will lead to something," statute: genocide, war crimes, crimes
The session stretched into the early against humanity and grave breaches of
hours today. the Geneva Conventions.
The return to negotiations - three
weeks after the last high-level con- - Compiledfrom Daily wire repor.

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