The Michigan Daily -Friday, March 14, 2003 - 3
DAAP advocates diversity, focus on larger issues
kids to gymnastics
event at Crisler
Kids, gymnastics, giveaways ...
what's not to like? Michigan women's
gymnastics teams up with K-grams in
Crisler Arena today at 7:30 p.m.
University students and their K-grams
elementary school pen pals get in free to
watch the 9th ranked Wolverines battle
4th ranked Nebraska.
The event will include giveaways,
contests, autographs and photo sessions.
Group to auction
lunch with 'U' pres,
The Habitat for Humanity auction
is taking place at various locations,
including the Sophia B. Jones Room
in the Michigan Union, the School
of Art and Architecture and the
School of Social Work.
The auction, which started Monday,
will run through tonight at 9 p.m. Items
to bid on include guitar lessons, $500 off
Kaplan classes, lunch with University
President Mary Sue Coleman and a
capella concert tickets.
hosted by prof
English Prof. Ralph Williams will
facilitate an open forum wrap-up dis-
cussion on the Royal Shakespeare
Company's residency at the University
in Hale Auditorium on Monday at 7
p.m. The discussion will include a dia-
logue session on the residency's plays.
with music, film
The Scandinavian Culture Festival
will kick off with a performance by the
Chamber Choir in Britton Hall tonight
at 8 p.m.
A film about Swedish choir director
Eric Ericsson and a lecture by producer
Peter Berggren will be in Britton Hall
tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. The School of
Music will perform at the University
Reform Church tomorrow at 8 p.m.
explore issues of
Gideon Yaffe from the University of
Southern California will speak on "Con-
ditional Intent and Mens Rea" tonight in
the Kuenzel Room of the Union today at
3 p.m. as part of the 23rd Annual Michi-
gan Colloquium in Philosophy "Moral
Responsibility." Other speakers include
Gary Watson from the University of Cal-
ifornia at Riverside who will speak
tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Union Pendle-
ton Room, and Gideon Rosen from
Princeton University, who will speak
tomorrow at 11 a.m., also in the Pendle-
A Javanese Gamelan concert and
dance will be held in Rackham Audito-
rium tonight at 8 p.m. The dancing per-
formance will feature visiting dancers
Wasi Bantolo and Olivia Retno
The Michigan Chamber Players will
perform in Britton Hall Sunday at 4 p.m.
Selections include Weber's "Trio for
Flute, Cello and Piano," Schafer's "The-
seus" and Brahm's "Quartet for Piano
Series of slavery-
presented by CAAS
"The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow," a
four-part PBS series showing in the
Center for African American Studies
library, starts Monday at 5 p.m. The first
film is titled "Promises Betrayed (1865-
The other three programs run Tuesday
and Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday
at 5:30 p.m.
discussed by prof
Jianrong Tang of Washington Uni-
versity will host a colloquium titled
"Attempts for Investigating Extinction
of Aversive Memories" in 4448 East
Hall today at 3 p.m.
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By Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporter
While two political parties running in next
week's student government elections have chosen
to de-emphasize broad political issues in their plat-
forms, the Defend Affirmative Action Party contin-
ues to advocate race-conscious admissions and
boosting minority enrollment to the University.
DAAP Michigan Student Assembly presidential
candidate Kate Stenvig said a key point in her
party's agenda is building an April 1 rally in Wash-
ington, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears cases
challenging University admissions policies.
"We're using a campaign to build for the march
on Washington," Stenvig said. "After (last week's
presidential debates), people from the other parties
came up to me and said they supported a lot of the
things we were saying. Even though they were run-
ning against us, they definitely supported affirma-
But Stenvig said regardless of the Supreme
Court's ruling, her party will always stand for
admissions. inter 2003
"The question of
integration in educa-
tion is something
that's central to every 0 aYInIIs
student," she said. "If
your education is based on the promise of inequali-
ty between people and segregation, your education
is degraded, and that goes for everybody."
Stenvig added a Court ruling against University
admissions policies would significantly hurt black
enrollment to the University -- an argument sup-
ported by DAAP's website, which says without the
current policies, this year's graduating Law School
class would have only two black students.
In addition to calling for a march on Washington,
Vice-presidential candidate Cyril Cordor said the
party challenges the administration to bar student
tuition hikes, hire more minority faculty and
increase minority enrollment at the University by
expanding financial aid.
"Even over the past couple years, minority
enrollment has really been going down," Cordor
said. "The whole point of having affirmative action
is to integrate this campus."
Cordor said while other parties pledge to
improve campus life with the addition student
amenities, DAAP believes national and internation-
al issues are central to students.
"The student government definitely has to take
up these issues," he said. "When people say MSA
shouldn't take up these issues, it sounds like people-
are saying U of M has seceded as another country."
"I think it is necessary for other parties to
take a stance on these issues," MSA School of
Education Rep. Agnes Aleobua said. "They
can take a stance on Entree Plus and wireless
Ethernet, but affirmative action should be
first on their list."
While DAAP's opponents in the election
race say they believe campus upgrades will
draw the most voters, affirmative action can-
didates said controversial issues attract stu-
dents to the polls.
"I've been going to mass (assembly) meet-
ings for years," Cordor said. "When these
issues come up, that's when the most students
come to the meetings."
Last year, DAAP had 16 candidates on the
election ballot. This year, 20 students have
chosen to run on the party ticket.
"It's skyrocketed - the number of students
who are interested in running for DAAP or
campaigning for DAAP," Aleobua said. "I
think that is because of how close we are to
the Supreme Court case."
ery per- Yet, Shikaki said he was skeptical of
in him the arguments being advanced by Wash-
ington. He said that preoccupation with
ical sci- Iraq will not diminish after the war, and
dited the instead will intensify, causing regimes in
osed by the region to distant themselves from the
evailing United States and its policies, making it
about a difficult for the United States to imple-
United ment its policies.
safe for The war will not only perpetuate U.S.
n. and Israel interests in the Middle East,
arguing but it will also make it more difficult for
in Iraq Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate
brces of peace after the war and also intensify
radicalism, Shikaki said.
By Mona Rafkeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Using Gary Larson cartoons, exotic
language examples and a demonstration
of a secret childhood language she and a
friend invented in 1953, linguistics Prof.
Sarah Thomason analyzed how one fac-
tor - individual choice - can deter-
mine human language.
Thomason's speech, titled "Can You
Change Your Language? The Limits of
Historical Determination in Linguistic
Change," installed Thomason as the
William J. Gedney collegiate professor
of Linguistics. She is the first holder of
the position. "Any feature a speaker can
become conscious of, the speaker can
change;' she said. Going against the tra-
ditional view that individuals cannot
make choices regarding changes in one's
own language, Thomason illustrated that
people can and do deliberately influence
In the Ma'a language spoken in a
small village in Tanzania, a certain
sound is inserted into words, though it
has no meaning. Because the word is
hard to pronounce for outsiders, these
Tanzanians can retain their unique
accent. Thomason said other examples
supporting deliberate change include
synonyms from slang for the word
"crazy" and the Piraha language spoken
in Amazonia and Brazil.
Enough of these deliberate changes
can create a secret language, she added.
For example, speakers of the Uisai
language spoken on Bougainville
Island in Papua New Guinea
switched the male and female gender
systems in Uisai. Thomason suggest-
ed they were attempting to preserve
their language when nearby villages
began borrowing certain word struc-
tures from it.
The topic of language contact is rele-
vant to students, Thomason said. "The
examples were very exotic but this is
something that happens on campus as
well. We get students at the University
who don't speak English, who want to
sound more like Americans," she said.
She also noted that some students did
not speak standard English at home, or
come a variety of places from across the
United States. "This is a deliberate lan-
guage change - when students undergo
training or coaching to level out or fix
their dialects," she said.
Although Thomason's principal focus
is Native American language studies,
she is also interested in language con-
tact, or how languages evolved. She co-
authored a book called "Language
Contact, Creolization and Genetic Lin-
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and before you know it, they
ite of apparent similarities
n the speakers call for diversi-
the University's race-con-
admissions policy, Feehery
astert's position is not an
e of affirmative action.
believes that it is a good idea
urage diversity, but that quo-
not the way to get the job
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added. Yet, he presented a different argu-
ment by emphasizing justice rather than
sovereignty. "If the United Nations says
yes, then we will be given the political
right, the right to intervene. My argu-
ment is different. I actually place more
emphasis on another principle, which I
think is of a higher value than sovereign-
ty, and this principle is one of justice."
"War against Iraq in my opinion is not
only permissible, in fact when I say this
I shock a lot of people ... to me it's a
moral obligation,"he added. "Ev
son with an ounce of civility
should recognize this fact."
But Bir Zeit University Polit
ence Prof. Khalil Shikaki discre
current arguments for war prop
Washington, arguing that the pr
conceptions in the Middle East;
possible war in Iraq lie in the
States' desire to make the region
Israel and control oil in the region
Shikaki said Washington is
that a successful regime change
would greatly weaken all the fo
radicalism in the Middle East.
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