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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 4, 2002 - 3A

CAMPUS
Prof. to lecture
on tobacco-related
diseases
University Health Management
and Policy Prof. Kenneth Warner
will give a lecture titled "In Harm's
Way? Harm Reduction and the
Future of Tobacco-related Death
and Disease" at 4 p.m. Wednesday
in the Michigan League Hussey
Room.
The lecture is the first in a series
designed to honor the Distinguished
University Professors, an award cre-
ated by the University Board of
Regents. Since their inception in
1947, the regents have awarded 30
such honors.
Native American
myths debunked
by author-activist
"Killing Indians: Myths, Lies
and Exaggeration's" will be the
topic of a talk by Native American
activist and author Sherman Alex-
ie. The talk will be held in the
Michigan Union Ballroom at 8
p.m. tomorrow and will be fol-
lowed by a book signing.
Davis to attend
MLK symposium
The University's Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Symposium continues
Wednesday with a lecture by actor,
director, screenwriter and civil rights
activist Ossie Davis. The talk is titled
"Civil Rights and the Mantle of Lead-
ership."
It will be held in the Chesebrough
Auditorium in the Chrysler Build-
ing, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd, at 7:30
p.m.
East African dance
troupe comes to A2
In celebration of Black History
Month, the east African dance troupe
Children of Uganda will perform a
program involving African story-
telling. The troupe will perform Satur-
day at 1 p.m. in the Ann Arbor
District Library.
Author discusses
research on low-
wage occupations
Author Barbara Ehrenreich-wig
come to Ann Arbor to discuss her
research for her latest book, "Nickel
and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In
America." Ehrenreich researched the
lives of the poor by quitting her for-
mer job and working in low-wage
occupations.
The talk will be held in the Michi-
gan Union Pendleton Room at 4 p.m.
on Thursday, and will be followed by
a reception.
Avery headlines
poetry slam
Vancouver poet C. R. Avery will
read his poetry tomorrow at 8 p.m. at
the Heidelberg Restaurant, 215 N.
Main St.
Open mic readings and a poetry
slam will accompany Avery's perfor-
mance.
Prof. to lecture on

labor law reform
The "Hot Topics in International
Law" lecture series hosts Califor-
nia Western Law Prof. Ellen Dan-
nin. Dannin will give a talk titled
"Hail, Market, Full of Grace:
Transnational Migration of Labor
Law Reform."
The lecture will take place today
at 3:40 p.m. in 116 Hutchins Hall.
AOSS continues
'skies' lecture
The University Atmospheric,
Oceanic and Space Sciences
Department concludes its lecture
series "The Changing of the Skies"
Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
The talk, which asks "Can We
Blame The Sun for Our Changing
Climate," will be given by AOSS
Prof. Joyce Penner in 170 Denni-
son.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jordan Schrader

LGBT groups host 4th Queer Visibility Week

By Tyler Boersen
Daily Staff Reporter
Facing the challenges of equality and
affirming its commitment to diversity, mem-
bers of the University's lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender community join with the
Michigan Student Assembly's LGBT Com-
mission and the Office of LGBT Affairs to
host the 2002 Queer Visibility Week.
"We need to make sure people are aware
that the University has the responsibility to
protect all of the campus community mem-
bers," said Jim Leija, co-chair of the LGBT
commission.
"Our community isn't always as protected
as it seems to be," Leija said.
The fourth annual Queer Visibility Week
begins today and continues through Feb. 15.
"This is a week of celebration, but it is also
a week of education and political awareness.
[Dina-miite

We offer these kinds of events for people to rights.
learn what is going on in the community so LGBT will hold the annual
that people ... know why things are changing on Feb. 15, which last year w
in the world," Leija said. 15 protesters, including several
Keith Boykin, former aide to President drove from Kansas to displa
Clinton and a professor at American Univer- signs during the rally. Leija sa
sity, will speak Friday about his experiences know if the protesters will ta
as the highest ranking homosexual in the U.S. again this year.
government. The rally will be followed1
Boykin shares the message that there is an the Fleming Administration
intersection between the different equality, protest the University's support
movements, Leija said. Way - an organization with
"We have to be aware that when we are the Boy Scouts, which has rece
fighting for LGBT rights, we are also fight- for its ban on homosexual scou
ing for African American rights and Asian Events during the two-wee
rights. We can't corner ourselves off into lit- also include workshops and d
tle communities," Leija said. health, safety and awarenes
The events are also aimed at creating visi- events also coincide with the p
bility of the LGBT community, educating na Monologues, and the V-Da
about health issues and sending a message to stop violence against women.
the University administration about equal "We encourage everyone,
Raczkowski

Levin in U.

By Louie Meizlish
Daily StaffReporter
The words "entrenched incumbent"
mean nothing to Andrew "Rocky"
Raczkowski.
Raczkowski, a Republican state rep-
resentative from Farmington Hills, for-
mally announced his candidacy for the
U.S. Senate last week, setting up a
challenge to veteran Democratic
incumbent Carl Levin. Levin, one of
Michigan's senators since 1979, is the
state's. longest-serving member in
Congress' upper chamber. Based on
his seniority, he currently chairs th'e
Armed Service Committee and the
Permanent Subcommittee on Investi-
gations.
Raczkowski, 33, emphasized that
Levin has been serving in the Senate
for two-thirds of Raczkowski's life.
"I can't tell you one good thing he's
brought back for the citizens of Michi-
gan," Raczkowski said last week. "If
you haven't done it in 24 years you
won't do it in another six."
Raczkowski said he was tired of
older generations claiming to have the
solutions to the problems America
faces.
He promised to think "out of the
box" on issues such as the economy,
environment, education, health care
and security issues.
He also criticized Levin for support-
ing Senate Majority Leader Tom
Daschle (D-S.D.) in his opposition to

President B'
bill.
Levin spo
defended Le
people of Mi
tor Levin's
and he'll b
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"Kiss-in" rally Queer Visibility Weekevents
as targeted by : e.
children who
ay derogatory AndesoR 6:00pm
id he does notz
rget the ral no HEAL (Healt: EducationndAwaretness fo
getherally te LGBT nity), Feb2,UniontmeT8A
by a picket of
Building to rum,?3 or oous Fb1,H. uio
t of the United
strong ties to S liss-in Raly. Feb. 15, DIg.
eived criticism
t leaders. political or personal beliefs, to go to some
k period will events and come away with a better under-
liscussions on standing of the issues," said Ben Conway, co-
s issues. The chair of the LGBT commission.
lay, The Vagi- This year marks the 30th anniversary of the
y campaign to' creation of University's Office of LGBT
Affairs. The organization, founded in 1971,
regardless of was the first of its kind in the world.
will challenge
. Senate race
ush's economic stimulus nate.
Dan Allen, spokesman for the
keswoman Tara Andringa National Republican Senatorial Com-
vin's record, saying, "the mittee, said the greater part of the
chigan are aware of Sena- NRSC efforts would be not be spent in
record of public service Michigan, but rather in grabbing from
e proud to run on that the other party seats currently held by
incumbents in Minnesota, Missouri,
served as an assistant South Dakota and Iowa. They also
neral of Michigan and hope to retain the seat being vacated
esident of the Detroit by Sen. Jesse Helms in North Caroli-
cil prior to joining the na.
When asked why the NRSC is
ns had a difficult time field- only "observing" the Michigan race
date to challenge Levin. as compared to races in other states
:hed U.S. Rep. Peter Hoek- where it is expending vast amount
nd, Gov. John Engler's for- amounts of resources to get its
fstaff Dan Pero and even desired candidates elected, Allen
pin, a former cast member said in other states the GOP quickly
ion show "Survivor." Each settled on candidates who would
ore Raczkowski agreed to not face competitive primaries and
ge. was thus able to quickly anoint a
mocrats are not taking challenger. Raczkowski, however,
s candidacy seriously, not- faces a potential primary challenger
tatewide name recognition in Mark Powell, a legislative aide in
nuscule and that Levin has the state House and a former radio
aces with wide margins. show host.
said, however, the senator However, Allen said, "The Republi-
igorous campaign against can Party is strong in Michigan and if
it runs a strong candidate we can
-third of the Senate up defeat Carl Levin."
oth parties are trying to Raczkowski is an attorney and a
vherever they can. Fol- member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
James Jeffords' defec- He served as House majority floor
e GOP, Democrats hold leader in the 1999-2000 session.
najority in the Senate, a Levin defeated his last chal-
ey hope to increase and lenger, Republican Ronna Romney,
publicans want to elimi- with 58 percent of the vote in 1996.

Laura Leach carefully sketches a dinosaur skull at the University's Exhibit
Museum yesterday afternoon.
Security standards
for dri--ver's licenses,
photo, IDs tghen
By Courtney Crimmins
Daily Staff Reporter "There is no

Because there are no national stan-
dards for the information displayed on a
driver's license, the American Associa-
tion of Motor Vehicle Administrators is
pushing for federal standards to increase
security when obtaining the IDs.
A special Task Force on Identifica-
tion Security has been created by the
AAMVA to form minimum-security
standards for driver's licenses and
photo IDs. These security standards,
called for in light of the Sept. 11
attacks, have sparked controversy over
rights.
Most states, including Michigan',
require the date of birth, driver's
license number and the expiration date
on licenses, but there is no legal stan-
dard across all 50 states. The unique
identifiers to be used on the new dri-
vers licenses have not yet been deter-
mined, but Michigan has already
shown resistance toward any change.
"Michigan will take a very con-
servative approach to adding infor-
mation to the driver's license," said
Elizabeth Boyd, spokesperson for
Secretary of State Candice Miller.
"We have just recently upgraded
our technology and we have a digi-
tal drivers license now and are in a
good position."
AAMVA chairwoman Betty Serian
said the task force is working to devel-
op security standards to regulate
license information.
The AAMVA is a non-profit
association representing chief
motor vehicle administrators and
law enforcement officials. The Task
Force for Identification Security is
broken down into four divisions:
license issuance, citizenship, docu-
ment security and technology.
This new short-term legislation has
raised questions about the intention of
these new standards, as they may be a
shortcut to developing Federal ID

intention of
tracking anybody"
- Betty Serian
AAMVA chair
Cards.
The right to privacy may be chal-
lenged by these IDs, which may
require fingerprints or retinal scans
as uniqueidentifiers to cut down on
underage drinking and financial
fraud. There is also concern that
the licenses will be used as minor
tracking devices of the 184 million
licensed drivers in the U.S.
As a tracking device it could assist
officials by making them aware of sus-
pected terrorists attempting to board
planes, enter the country, or even use
ATMs. But Serian said these worries
are unfounded.
"There is no intention of tracking
anybody and it is not about databases
but the task force aims to take licenses
for identification purposes and make
them better," she said.
Miller is calling for changes that
would require those registering for dri-
ver's licenses to be U.S. citizens.
"In response to (Sept. 11), Secre-
tary Miller did call for changes in legal
status in the country before receiving
drivers licenses, as well as to require a
background check for those applying
to be commercial drivers of hazardous
materials," Boyd said.
These new measures are covered
under the U.S.. Patriot Act signed in
October 2001. They will be imple-
mented later this year.
Currently Michigan law prohibits
the use of finger prints as an identifica-
tion device.
If fingerprints become a unique
identifier, it "would require a change
in state law," Boyd said.

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