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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 28, 2002 - 3A

Visiting law prof
to speak about
Richard Janda, a law professor from
McGill University, will give a discus-
sion today, titled "The End of Global-
ization? Aviation Governance in the
Wake of September 11 ." The discussion
is part of a series titled "Hot Topics of
International Law," sponsored by the
Center for International and Compara-
tive Law.
The talk is in 116 Hutchins Hall at
3:40 p.m. and will be followed by
Poet reads work
to commemorate
Hopwood Awards
Heather McHugh, a poet and Univer-
sity of Washington creative writing pro-
fessor, will give a reading of her work
tomorrow as part of a ceremony com-
memorating past winners of the Hop-
wood Awards, an annual contest which
recognizes excellent University of
Michigan undergraduate and graduate
creative work in poetry, short fiction,
essay, novel and screenplay
The reading will be held in the Busi-
ness School's Hale Auditorium at 3:30
Workshop for pre-
med students
offered this week
A series of workshops and seminars
regarding the application process for
medical schools, including personal
essays and interviews will start tomor-
row and continue through Thursday in
the Student Activities Building.
For more information, e-mail
author visits 'U,
Don Lee, the editor of the literary
journal Ploughshares, will deliver a
reading Wednesday from his collec-
tion of short stories about Asian-
American lives titled Yellow: Stories.
The reading will be held at 5 p.m. in
Hale Auditorium at the Business
Social worker to
discuss issues of
substance abuse
Social worker Paul Schreiner will
lead a discussion tomorrow titled
"Grief and Loss," to discuss substance
abuse and other problems surrounding
The discussion, which is part of the
Community Education series, titled
"Dawn Farm," will be held at 6333
Stony Creek Rd. in Ypsilanti. Partici-
pants must pre-register. For more infor-
mation, call 485-8725.
Students of Color
Law Day held
Students interested in pursuing a
career in law are invited to meet
with recruiting representatives from
over 40 law schools throughout the
nation Wednesday at the Michigan
Students will have a chance to
obtain applications and talk to

recruiting officers from various
schools. This Career Planning &
Placement sponsored event will start
at 2 p.m. and end at 5 p.m.
University Dance
Co. to perform at
Power Center
The University of Michigan Dance
Company will perform its first winter
presentation, titled "Ancient Steps,
Forward Glances" Thursday in the
Power Center for the Performing Arts.
The performance is in conjunc-
tion with the University Museum of
Art's exhibit, titled "Women Who
Ruled: Queens, Goddesses, Ama-
zons 1500-1650," which begins on
Feb. 15, focusing on women leaders
who led states and kingdoms in
Europe during this time period and
who referred to themselves as god-
desses or virgins.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Daniel Kim.

Radio station could face broadcast fees

By Rob Goodspeed
Daily Staff Reporter
Federal law could require WCBN, the Universi-
ty's student-run radio station, to pay thousands of
dollars each year in fees for the live audio stream
available on its website - as well as meet other
WCBN will celebrate their 30th anniversary on
FM radio this year, but its future is uncertain. A
'1998 federal law known as the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act may force college radio stations like
WCBN to pay fees for the rights to stream their
radio broadcast on the web.
"It has all sorts of requirements that we just can't
follow," said WCBN's General Manager Josh Lan-
dau, an Engineering senior. Landau estimated that
the law could cost WCBN $2,000 each year.
WCBN's total budget, including paid staff, is only
about $64,000 each year.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act became
law in 1998. It was heralded by the music industry
as a long-overdue extension of copyright law to
digital media like DVDs, mp3 files and streaming
audio. But unlike the laws regulating traditional
radio stations, the law does not exempt community
or college stations from additional fees, reporting
requirements and content restrictions.
Landau cited a regulation restricting stations

from streaming more than three songs by the same
artist in one hour as an example of the act's unrea-
sonable requirements.
"We have a show dedicated to Duke Ellington,"
said Landau. "A lot of the requirements are just
impossible for us to follow"
Most importantly, the law would require the sta-
tion to pay additional fees in order to provide a live
web stream. Radio broadcasters have traditionally
paid set royalty fees to three organizations repre-
senting music composers for music broadcast on
FM radio.
"We pay a special nonprofit fee that takes into
consideration our size, revenue and content," said
Landau. "It works out to about $1,000 per year."
But a federal judge ruled last August that under
the DMCA, all radio stations that stream their
audio over the web are required to pay both music
composers and the record labels, in addition to the
standard FM broadcast fees. Non-profit radio sta-
tions pay the same fees as commercial stations for
web streaming under the new law. In traditional
broadcast radio, non-profits enjoy discounted
"It's one thing to ask a commercial station to pay
to webcast their stream, said Landau. "To ask us
to pay the same amount as them is ridiculous."
Although a group of webcasting companies are
challenging the law, when the fee rates are settled,

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act "has all sorts
of requirements that we just can't follow."
- Josh Landau
WCBN General Manager

the DMCA would require stations to pay the fees
retroactive to the passage of the law in 1998.
."The DMCA would obviously be detrimental to
college and community radio stations which broad-
cast over the web," said WCBN Music Director
Ben Tausig, an LSA senior. "It could potentially
force them to stop webcasting because there is a
clause in the act which states that retroactive fees
may be charged for past online streaming."
Landau said because WCNB began streaming
over the web in 1997, "we'd have fairly significant
back fees to pay."
Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Chris Cannon
(R-Utah) introduced the Music Online Competi-
tion Act to amend the DMCA. Activists at Rice
University's KTRU led a campaign to urge mem-
bers of the House to pass an amended version of
Boucher's act that would also alleviate restrictions
placed on non-profit radio stations.
Six House lawmakers wrote a letter in Septem-
ber to fellow members to discourage the passage of

the MOCA law. Signers of the letter included
Michigan's Democratic Rep. John Conyers.
"I think we'll end up paying something," said
Tausig. "It's hard to imagine that any law would be
able to enforce the end of college radio."
He speculated a compromise would be found
between radio stations and the recording industry.
In addition to the uncertainty surrounding
DMCA, WCBN faces other economic challenges
in the coming years. They plan to renovate their
studio in the Student Activities Building but are
uncertain how much more support to expect from
the University.
The Housing Department currently provides
WCBN with roughly $40,000 each year, which
they use to pay an FCC-required engineer. Landau
said they do not expect much support from the
"Before this year we hadn't had an increase in
funding for 15 years," Landau said. "There's noth-
ing we can really depend on from the University."

Sing a joyful noise

Speaker acts out need for
encouragement, tolerance

By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
The sound of 100 people
exclaiming "you are beautiful"
echoed through Angell Hall Satur-
day night at Michael Fowlin's per-
formance on diversity as audience
members turned to recognize the
beauty of the individuals around
Through his portrayal of several
characters ranging from a white
teen profiled for wearing a trench-
coat after the Colombine shootings
to a special education student who
had never been told he was beauti-
ful before, Fowlin addressed what
he said was the need of every indi-
vidual to feel appreciated and trea-
sured for their differences.
The event, titled "You Don't
Know Me Until You Know Me,"
dealt with issues including race,
discrimination, personal identity,
homophobia and suicide.
"This is not new stuff but this is
stuff we don't like to talk about or

deal with head on," Fowlin said. "I
hope people walk away with a sense
of feeling less alone - even if you
don't find yourself within one of
the characters you see today. Their
pain is very real."
Fowlin talked about living lives
as individuals, breaking stereotypes
and encouraging others to do the
He said people do not have to
preach at others to get the message
of acceptance across. Rather, peo-
ple have to be able to take a stance
on where they are individually -
and then positive atmospheres will
form as their influence spreads.
"Taking it into the community
starts on individual levels. The
important thing is when you're in
dialogue with others, that people
start to make small changes within
Instead of laughing at jokes that
make them feel uncomfortable they
can start by just being silent," he
Fowlin challenged audience

members to smile at people they
would not normally smile at, to try
to understand what other mindsets
might feel like and to take action to
make others feel more accepted.
"Be aware that in the midst of
40,000 people, there are thousands
of students that feel alone," he said,
asking participants to consider if
their words and actions help solve
that problem.
During the discussion following
the performance, audience mem-
bers voiced their concerns about
the challenge of seeing others as
equally beautiful.
"How do I find beauty in people
that have hurt others?" asked Rack-
ham student Lara Zador.
"He answered that everyone is
capable of hurting and not hurting
- and that we've all done both. I
guess if we knew all we'd forgive
all," she said.
A line of people waited after the
show to receive hugs from Fowlin
and tell him about their

LSA sophomore Lashanda Weldon sings with the University of Michigan Gospel
Chorale Friday evening in the Michigan Union Ballroom.
Haddad rem---ains
behind bars si
weeks afiter arrest

By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter

The future for Rabih Haddad and
his family remains uncertain as the
local Muslim leader, arrested on
charges of a visa violation, enters
his sixth week in detainment. Had-
dad's wife, Salna Al-Rushaid, testi-
fied last week on Capitol Hill in
front of a panel of the House Judi-
ciary Committee.
Haddad's lawyer, Ashraf Nubani,
said that Al-Rushaid's testimony -
although short - was comforting
to other Americans who were in a
similar predicament.
"She voiced solidarity with the
hundreds of others who are in the
same situation as her," Nubani said.
Nubani also said he felt some-
what optimistic about the hearing
and the reaction to Al-Rushaid's
"The congresspersons ... indicate
that there will be continuous efforts
to watch what is going on," he said.
Haddad has been incarcerated
since Jan. 17 at the Chicago Metro-
politan Corrections Center after
being held in Monroe and Detroit.
While he is scheduled to have
another hearing Feb. 19 in Detroit,
he may be subpoenaed to go before
a grand jury at an undisclosed date.
The grand jury may ask questions
about the charity that he co-estab-
lished, the Global Relief Founda-
tion, and its possible connections to
terrorist activities.
Al-Rushaid's testimony Thursday
was only one plea for help.

The American Civil Liberties
Union and David Cole, a law pro-
fessor at Georgetown University,
complained about the new legisla-
tion including the Patriot Act and
its effects on immigration and
racial minorities.
They also questioned Attorney
General John Ashcroft's credo that
"dissent is comforting to our ene-
Passed by Congress last year, the
Patriot Act gives the Justice
Department more leeway in identi-
fying and prosecuting terrorists.
Congressional response to Thurs-
day's hearing was very much sym-
pathetic to the testimonies of the
people present including Al-
Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) said
he felt that the hearing further
informed him about the ramifica-
tions of the Patriot Act and con-
vinced him that the committee
should look into some of the gov-
ernment's actions in all cases per-
taining to immigration and race.
"It certainly appeared that they
were overreacting in a number of
incidents," said Watt.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit),
who has been a vocal opponent of
the Patriot Act, called on the gov-
ernment to end the process of
destroying civil liberties of Ameri-
"It is up to us to remind the Bush
administration that the Constitution
applies just as forcefully after Sep-
tember 11 as it did before Septem-
ber 11," he said.

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