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One hundred eleven years ofeditmnafreedom


April 15, 2002

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'M' athletes
after fight
near Rick's
By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staf eporter
Two Michigan athletes were
involved in a brawl Saturday night,
beginning at Rick's American Caf6
and ending in the back of a police
Michigan football tight end Benny
Joppru and wrestler Mike Kulczycki
were separated
and put in hand-
cuffs at the corner
of Willard and
Church streets
around 11:30 p.m.
The Athletic
could neither
confirm nor deny
whether arrests
Joppru were made.
"I can't say that
it didn't happen,
and I can't say,
that it did. This is
the first I've
heard of this. I've
been gone all
day," Michigan
Director of Media
Relations Bruce
Madej said,
:ulczyckl adding that he
was out of the
office yesterday.
"I am not aware of any problems
of this sort in the athletic depart-
Business student Alison Shepard
said she saw several football players
and wrestlers at Rick's that night.
She said they "were bumping around
hitting each other jokingly. They
were overly drunk."
She added one of the athletes
threw a beer bottle at the ground.
Later, residents of the area said the
fighting broke up and the athletes
left Rick's. Outside, Kulczycki and
Joppru started to fight on the corner
of Church and Willard Streets.
One observer said they were trying
to "beat each other to death." When
other wrestlers realized Ann Arbor
policemen were arriving on the
scene, they tried to pull Kulczycki
away from the fight.
The Ann Arbor Police Department
could not confirm yesterday whether
the arrests were made.
Joppru, an LSA senior from
Wayzata, Minn., is scheduled to be
the starting tight end for the Wolver-
ines next season.
Kulcyzycki, a Kinesiology junior
and two-time letterwinner, attained
third place at the 2002 Big Ten
Championships at 149 pounds.
- Daily Sports Editor Steve Jackson
I contributed to this report.




refugee cai






By Daniel Kim
Daily Staff Reporter
Children held gruesome pictures of injured infants along the
curb, drivers honked in support and teenage boys wore Pales-
tinians flags over their shoulders as more than 600 people
gathered in downtown Ann Arbor Friday to march and protest
Israel's current military occupation in the West Bank.
Nazih Hassan, president of the Muslim Community Associ-
ation and main organizer of the demonstration, said there were
two main goals for Friday's event.
"The first is to highlight the Palestinian suffering of the
civilian population ... and the second is to highlight that the
(Israeli) occupation is the main source of all of the violence,"
Hassan said.
Taurus Colvin from the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor gave
the opening speech of the rally on the steps of the Federal
Building. "This is not just a Palestinian problem," he said.
"When you mess with Palestine, you mess with the entire
body of Islam. These are our mothers, our brothers and our sis-
ters. We are here to call upon Israel and her best friend to draw
back from what is not yours."
Colvin said there is too much pro-Israel sentiment within
the United States government and the U.S. should stop giving
financial and military aid to Israel. Colvin added that much of
the tax dollars paid by American citizens indirectly aid Israel
to buy "the finest bullets, tanks, helicopters" and other superb
military equipment that "take the bodies of the innocent."
"We want the U.S. to take a more neutral stand as the arbi-
trator of peace," LSA junior Ehab Elsharkawy said, adding that

his main goal for coming to the protest was to show that he
doesn't support the United States' tax dollars going to Israel.
"We are here as moral and conscious objectors to the killing
of the innocent," said Asad Tarsin, an LSA senior and presi-
dent of the Muslim Students' Association.
Tarsin told the crowd that the daily humiliation of the inno-
cent Palestinians through "check points, house raids and strip-
ping of men" must be stopped.
"A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice every-
where. We must speak out," Tarsin added.
Phillis Engelbert, a member of the Ann Arbor Ad Hoc
Committee for Peace, who identified herself as a Jewish
descendant, told the protesters, "Jews did not come out of the
gas chambers of Europe to become oppressors of others. If
Israel truly wants to achieve peace, then she must end the
"It transcends religion and nationality when it comes to
address a hunan rights crisis. All Americans, especially Amer-
ican Jews, have the responsibility to speak out against the
inhumane policies of targeting civilians."
Engelberr said she disagreed with U.S. support for Israel.
"I am very pleased to see so many people and so many non-
Muslims,' said Saline resident Fatima Alsadah, who came to
the demonstration with her one-year-old son and nine and
seven-year-old daughters.
Chanting "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it?
Now!" protesters marched from the Federal Building to the
city hall as police officers blocked off the streets and rerouted
the traffic.
See RALLY, Page 2A

Muslim Student Association President Asad Tarsin waves a Palestinian flag at a
rally Friday protesting Israeli aggression against Palestinian refugee camps.

Process of cutting New
Era, 'U' contract begins

White hopes New Era's
relationship with 'U' will
not end
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
The University's Committee on
Labor Standards and Human Rights
voted Friday to immediately start the
process of ending the contract
between the University and the New
Era Cap Company.
"The committee ... recommends
that the University immediately
institute procedures to cut the licens-
ing relationship with New Era Cap
Company and that reinstatement or
renewal of the license not be consid-
ered unless New Era adequately
demonstrates that it is in confor-
mance with the University's Code of
Conduct (for University Licenses),"

wrote committee chair Larry Root in
an e-mail to interim University Pres-
ident B. Joseph White.
The decision comes after seven
months of conflict that began when
the Worker Rights Consortium filed
a preliminary report containing sev-
eral allegations in reference to the
company's health and safety proce-
dures, among other alleged prob-
According to University officials
and members of the committee, New
Era did not start to respond to the
accusations until recently, and their
response thus far has been inade-
White responded that he will fol-
low the committee's advice and said
in another e-mail that the first
actions to end the contract will be
taken today.
The committee made their deci-
sion under heavy pressure from

White and members of Students
Organizing for Labor and Economic
Equality, who were present at Fri-
day's committee meeting.
At a National Day of Action rally
outside the Fleming Administration
Building April 4, SOLE members
asked White to make a decision
regarding the New Era contract. In
response, White said he was in favor
of cutting the contract, but the deci-
sion would be based on the recom-
mendation of the committee and
asked the committee to make the
decision at their next meeting.
SOLE members also asked White
on two occasions to cut a symbolic
version of the contract during the
rally, but White refused.
"I have decided not to participate
in a symbolic cutting of the contract
with New Era with a giant pair of
scissors or to do anything else that
See NEW ERA, Page 7A
Ann Arbor
bolts doorsa
to Zeta PSi
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily News Editor

Take Back the Night rally organizers listen to local musicians and artists perform
original pieces related to sexual assault and the empowerment of women Friday.
Rally empowers
victi'ms ofasul

Webber talks

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on d Martin
Sgifts, loans
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor
Former Michigan basketball star Chris Webber elabo-
rated on his relationship with Ed Martin during an inter-
view on Sacramento radio station KHTK-AM Thursday.
The Sacramento Kings' All-Star forward admitted to
receiving small cash gifts from Martin but nothing in the
neighborhood of the $280,000 in loans that a federal
indictment released March 21 alleges.
"It was a situation where it was a guy that I met when
I was in around seventh grade, eighth grade. It was a sit-
uation where he was a guy in the (basketball) communi-
ty," Webber told KHTK. "To a lot of kids (Martin) was
like a father figure to guys that didn't have fathers. He
was a guy in high school who would give you $20 here,
$20 there. And I'm not saying $20 here and there to
make it an insignificant thing."
Martin was indicted on federal charges for running an
illegal gambling ring, conspiracy and money laundering.
According to the indictment, Martin loaned $616,000

By Shoshana Hurand
and Men Hayes
Daily StfReporters
Donning posters stating "One in four
is too many" and "Stop rape now," a
crowd of about 200 gathered on the
Diag Friday night for the 23rd annual
Take Back the Night rally. The event,
organized by the Ann Arbor Coalition
Against Rape and University Women
Against Rape, sought to empower the
community to take action against acts
of sexual violence.
Ann Arbor resident Katherine
Drumright spoke to the crowd as a sur-
vivor of sexual assault. Molested at age
four, Drumright said she continued on
a path of self-destruction including
drug and alcohol abuse and depression.
Drumright said she wanted "to talk
to someone but didn't know who to
talk to." After she was clean for nine
months, the issues of her sexual abuse
surfaced and she felt if she did not get
her story out she would return to drugs.
Drumright said she was afraid to
reveal to people what happened to her.
She was finally able to deal with her
past after meeting with a counselor
through the Touchstone Program, a
therapeutic support group out of the
Sexual Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center which aids female sur-
vivors of sexual assault.

to seek treatment.
LSA senior Ben Osborne, a
spokesman for Men Against Violence
Against Women, also emphasized the
need for men to speak out against sexu-
al assault.
"It's sometimes not culturally
acceptable to speak out," he said. "You
can't remain silent about these things.'
Osborne added thatahe hopes everyone
- men and women - can join forces
to stop acts of violence.
"It takes a strong man to stand by a
strong woman," he said.
Ann Arbor resident Darren Schoen
agreed the issue needs to be addressed
by both genders. He said many men are
intimidated by rallies like Take Back
the Night.
"They're just thinking it's females
who are against males. It's not. It's peo-
ple against sexual assault," he said. He
added that gatherings such as Take
Back the Night bring sexual assault
into the public spotlight.
"(Rallies are) effective for women, to
come together and unite in a way that
is very empowering," said one LSA
junior who requested to remain anony-
The inclusion of men and women in
the audience was encouraging to sur-
vivor and social worker Diane Moore.
"I look out at this group and I feel so
supported," she said. She was first sex-

The city of Ann Arbor has closed
the Zeta Psi fraternity house at 1027
E. University Ave. City officials
boarded the front door and ground-
level windows and doors of the
building Saturday. A Masterlock
had been installed on the front door.
The move was spawned from a
death earlier this month when fra-
ternity member Dustin Goodman
overdosed on heroin in the base-
ment of the building following a
party. Goodman was found dead
around 1 p.m. March 29 with lethal
amounts of heroin in his body.
"The heroin is believed to come
from outside of Ann Arbor ... out-

Students rush off the field of Michigan Stadium Saturday
following the spring football game. For extended coverage,



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