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HATE BOMB
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tence as a nation.
"That (nationalism) completely
devalues the contributions of India's
minorities by marginalizing them and
attacking the just place they have on
the Indian public landscape. Gujarat is
Gandhi's land. It is the ideology that
killed Gandhi that has been ruling the
state of Gujarat for the last 10 years,"
Varshney said.
"I cannot conceptualize Indian cul-
ture without Hindu or Muslim motifs.
Virtually no part of India, including
its architecture and dress habits, do
not bear the stamp of a joint nature,"
he said.
Because most of the violence took
place in areas of high segregation
between Muslims and Hindus,
Varshney proposed integration as a
possible solution to the conflict.
"The highly localized concentration
of violence occurs in certain cities
that have only 6 percent of the total
Indian population but half of the Mus-
lim-Hindu deaths. This is the result of
segregation in small towns leading to
ghastly riots," he said.
Javed Nazir, a visiting journalism
fellow, said international intervention
is necessary to resolve the long-stand-
ing conflict between Muslims and
Hindus in South Asia.
"My heart grieves over what hap-
pened in India and what happened
in Pakistan. In Pakistan, religious
places like temples, mosques and
churches have become killing
grounds for us," he said. "The rest
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of the world is building bridges but
South Asia remains one of the poor-
est regions in the world, and the last
50 years of war in the subcontinent
has impoverished us more and
more. The international community
has to nudge both countries to use
common sense. Talk of war is
senseless and self-defeating. It's
about time to wake up," Nazir
added.
LSA senior Olivia Ross said the
analogies Nooruddin drew between
India and America helped her to bet-
ter understand the strife.
"As students we think these issues
of conflict and diversity are so far
removed from us, but this discussion
really helped form a sense of connec-
tion with what's going on over there,
especially for me as a non-Indian,"
she said.
Though students appreciated the
diversity of opinions the panel pre-
sented, some were worried the audi-
ence would think Patel's views
reflected that of the entire Hindu
community.
Patel, who briefly stormed out of
the discussion after denouncing it as
"mental masturbation," repeatedly
interrupted the other panel speakers
and had to be restrained from making
threatening and offensive remarks.
LSA senior Sumanth Padmanabh
said he thought the event was inform-
ative, but did not agree with Patel's
views.
"He gave a skewed perspective
and make it look like all Hindus
believe what he believes," Padman-
abh said.

NEW ERA
Continued from Page 1
implemented a minimally adequate program to protect
workers from injury and illness in the workplace ...
has failed to protect workers adequately from severe
musculo-skeletal disorders (caused by repetitive stress,
awkward work motions and related safety hazards);
injuries caused by needle punctures; and the risk of
exposure to blood borne pathogens resulting from vari-
ous types of accidents and injuries."
According to the WRC report, New Era has also shown
"a persistent pattern of non-compliance with workers'
rights of association" and has refused to bargain with their
workers' union.
In a letter sent last month to Timothy Freer, director
of human resources at New Era, the University's com-
mittee voiced concern about whether the company was
operating under the University's code.
"The lack of a timely and appropriate response is incon-
sistent with the behaviors we expect from our business part-
ners and has placed our business relationship at risk," Root
stated in the letter.
Kolben and Root both said, despite its recommendation,
the committee hopes the contract will be renewed and that
New Era will acknowledge and remedy the problems that
have arisen.
However, Kolben said a lot of progress would have to
be made before the recommendation could be with-
drawn. Root said until that happens, the University will
most likely follow the committee's advice.
SPEAKERS
Continued from Page 1
ty member and professor of history and religion, Gray has
taught at St. Peter's College, Jersey City State College,
Montclair State College, Eastern Baptist Theological Sem-
inary and Temple University.
He served as the U.S. House of Representatives majority
whip and chairman of the Democratic Caucus from 1978
until 1991, when he joined the UNCF.
Gray moved the UNCF's headquarters to northern Vir-
ginia, developed an electronic system for linking their
offices to member colleges and created the Frederick D.
Patterson Research Institute to conduct research on African
American students.
Shalala will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws
degree. She is most well-known for her position as U.S.
secretary of health and human services from 1993 until
2000, in which she directed welfare, social security and
Medicare reform.
Shalala has committed a large portion of her life to the
improvement of higher education as president of Hunter
College, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madi-
son and as a tenured political science professor at Colum-
bia University, City University of New York and University
of Wisconsin.
Glaser, who will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Sci-
ence degree, has direct ties to the University of Michigan.
"In 1949, just after I got my degree, I taught there for 10
years as a professor of physics," Glaser said.
Glaser is one of the youngest scientists ever to be
awarded a Nobel Prize in physics. He developed the
bubble chamber, an instrument used to observe the
behavior of subatomic particles, during his time at the
University.
Despite his positions on the Biotech Companies Boards
of Directors and other awards, Glaser said he is honored to
receive an honorary degree from the University.
"Just as the name implies, it's a very great honor to
receive a degree from a university for which I have great
affection," Glaser said.
Rich, who studied English language and literature, is a
University alum and member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor
society. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters degree.
He is perhaps best known for directing the television
show "All in the Family" from 1971 until 1975. He
received two Emmy awards for directing and producing
the show.

DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
Students studying abroad were urged yesterday by the State Department to be wary of public
places, including churches, schools and restaurants.
State Dept. warns
overseas students

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s military bases are generally Americans overseas, relying instead on
ainst attack. But the schools more local workers.
rican kids go each day often Still other U.S. companies are spending
thousands of dollars to add guards and
e restaurants where American improve the physical security at com-
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Pakistan where an embassy nistraro said.
her daughter were killed. The U.S. military designates many of its
s are in growing danger as ter- bases in Middle Eastern countries and
ch for vulnerable targets, the other hot spots as "unaccompanied,"
ment said yesterday. It warned meaning that spouses and children cannot
eas to be wary of - or even go along. But that is viewed as a hardship,
id - any place where Ameri- and thus rotations have to be frequent,
ally congregate, including costing more money.
staurants and schools. It can be tricky to know when a place is
ld have hoped that there would unsafe.
pect for a church, but even that The Americans killed in Islamabad, Bar-
ays exist," said State Depart- bara Green, an employee at the embassy,
sman Richard Boucher. "So, and her 17-year-old daughter, Kristen
he best precautions we can." Wormsley, had only recently returned to
rity is impossible. Pakistan after the State Department decided
mpanies and the government in January it was safe. The two, along with
e workers overseas, and those many others, had left last September in a
it their families nearby. If fam- departure authorized by U.S. officials.
arby, they shop, they go to "The people at posts were looking forward
to having their families back with them,"
companies with operations in Boucher said. "And at that time, we operated
East or south Asia have in on the best security information we had."
hs relocated workers' family An additional 14 Americans - all private
other locations, like Europe, citizens - were injured in the church attack.
nough for frequent visits, said Terrorists have always looked for "soft"
istraro, a former government targets when their primary goals - military
rorism official who runs his bases and government offices - have
business. proved difficult to reach.

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WHITE
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ing, White said.
The purpose of the event is twofold,
Hollenshead said. "It gives the president
an opportunity to hear from women on
campus and for women to explain to
him some of the women's issues and
potential actions," she added.
The beginning of White's address
focused on the aspirations he has for all
people who choose to make their careers
at the University. "We need to continue
to do everything possible to be the best
public university in the nation and a
model for others," White said.
"That means preserving and develop-
ing areas of existing excellence. There's
no point in maintaining the University's
excellence in social sciences if we don't
simultaneously develop the capacity to
do other great things such as the Life
Sciences Institute."
White stressed his belief that the Uni-
versity has to achieve academic excel-
lence. "We are the opposite of a
boutique" White said in reference to the
University's academics. "We are very
broad in our academic strengths, and we
must value talented people as our most
important resource."

NAKED MILE
Continued from Page 1
According to a copy of the minutes
prepared after the committee's Feb. 5
meeting, the committee includes repre-
sentatives from the Ann Arbor Police
Department, the Department of Public
Safety, the Washtenaw Country Prosecu-
tor's office, and the University's offices
of the general counsel, student affairs,
athletics, community relations and com-
munications. The attendees included
Ann Arbor Police Chief Daniel Oates
and DPS Director Bill Bess.
According to University officials, the
committee has been in existence for sev-
eral years.
"We have pulled together a committee
for the past three to four years that repre-
sents campus," DPS spokeswoman
Diane Brown said. "This is also the
group that addresses the event itself and
how to manage it."
"About four years ago the University
decided to try to ratchet up the response
to eliminate the event," she added.
This year marked the first time stu-
dents were invited to join the committee.
A representative from the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly attended the March 5
meeting and will attend the next meeting

in early April.
"They're going to have a lot of police
officers at the event -more than at any
other event," Edgar Zapata, LSA sopho-
more and co-chair of MSA's campus
safety commission, said. "They're work-
ing really hard to make sure things go
their way"
The committee also included a repre-
sentative from the Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's Office to advise on legal
matters and to coordinate the prosecu-
tion of indecent exposure arrests.
"Since the committee started up sev-
eral years ago there has been more of an
effort in enforcement," Washtenaw
County Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecu-
tor Steve Miller said.
"We definitely prosecuted individuals
for indecent exposure last year," Miller
said. He declined to estimate how many
individuals were charged.
"The prosecutor was never part of our
operation at all," School of Public
Health student Jennifer Seamon said.
Seamon coordinated MSA student vol-
unteers in 1999 and said DPS was very
helpful assisting the volunteers. "It was
huge, but we managed to make it a very
safe event," she added.
The University considers the event a
serious criminal and public safety issue.

"Our ultimate goal has been to pre-
vent students from getting hurt," Peter-
son, a committee member, said. She
added that it was part of a multi-year
process to safeguard student safety.
"Last year, there wasn't really an
event," Peterson said, "I hope and expect
that is part of a trend."
Last year, only a handful of runners
completed the run after many AAPD
and DPS officers were present along the
run's traditional route. The University
also sent e-mails to students and printed
large posters for the residence halls
describing the event as potentially dan-
gerous for participants in hopes of dis-
couraging them from running.
The University committee plans to
pursue a similar campaign this year.
"It's important to remind people of
the dangers again," Brown said, adding
that DPS recognizes that each year the
student body changes. She said the cam-
paign would be updated to include the
fact that arrests were made for indecent
exposure last year and that few people
actually participated.
The committee is pursuing an out-
reach plan to communicate with the
Greek community, MSA, Eastern
Michigan University, athletic teams
and others.

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