The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 24, 2003 - 5A
Ex-Green Party candidate discusses Native American rights
By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter
Many may not remember Winona LaDuke, Ralph
Nader's running mate for the 2000 presidential elec-
tions. But while the two lost their bid for the White
House, LaDuke - a spokeswoman for Native American
rights and an environmental activist - is still advocat-
ing for the same causes that the Green Party champi-
"She's one of the top thinkers of our time," Law stu-
dent Maren Norton said, referring to LaDuke, who
graduated from Harvard University. LaDuke has been
promoting Native American and indigenous peoples'
rights since the age of 18, when she addressed the Unit-
ed Nations on behalf of the International Indian Treaty
LaDuke delivered the keynote address at the Annual
American Indian Law Day Symposium Friday at
Hutchins Hall in the Law School, addressing how glob-
alization and the environment impact Native American
While discussing globalization, she commented on
the current war in Iraq and its effect on her community.
"As I watched the 7th Cavalry advance into Iraq, I
had a really bad feeling in my stomach," LaDuke said.
She expressed concern about the high percentage of
Native Americans that are enlisted in the military, say-
ing "my community is over there in (in Iraq)."
Law student Matt Pryor said he agreed with
LaDuke's statements about the war.
"I think the general sentiment that she conveyed
about how it's a war for oil ... and a war without a base
of support was very well stated," he said.
LaDuke also said questions regarding whether the
United States. is fighting a just war are especially rele-
vant to Native American communities, who were once
the victims of what she called "the righteousness of
American military power." She compared the war in
Iraq to the type of colonialism that allowed European
settlers to justify their conquest of the Native Ameri-
cans and their continued oppression.
"The development of the largest economy in the
world, the United States, is directly related to the
underdevelopment of native people," LaDuke said.
.She said Native Americans have suffered the most in
"As I watched the 7th Calvary advance into Iraq, I had a really bad
feeling in my stomach'
- Winona LaDuke
Native American civil rights activist
the violation of their land rights, which has caused
structural poverty and a loss of political power.
LaDuke is currently director of the Land Recovery Project
on White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, where she resides
with her family. It is a small, community-based project dedi-
cated to recovering the reservation's original land base.
"The only compensation for land is land," LaDuke said.
The reservation is home to LaDuke's tribe, the Mississippi
Band of Anishinaabeg. They are currently involved in
many projects that aim to improve the environmental
condition of their reservation, including a campaign to
protect the tribe's right to farm wild rice, or
"manoonin," in the face of competition from scientists
seeking patents for genetically modified versions of
their native crop. LaDuke argued that modern farming
practices are unsustainable and more damaging to the
environment than her tribe's traditional farming meth-
Public Health student Elizabeth Lowerey said she
had mixed feelings about LaDuke's attack on genetical-
ly modified wild rice.
"I see some of the benefits of genetic engineering,
but I do see that there are dangers," Lowery said.
But Lowery said she is in favor of LaDuke's proposal
to utilize wind technology as a cleaner method of pro-
ducing electrical power.
"Indian reservations on the Great Plains are some of
the windiest places in the nation," LaDuke said.
The event was hosted by the Native American Law
Students Association and the Environmental Law Soci-
ety. It also included a panel titled "The Intersection of
Environmental and Indian Law."
'African Lights' highlights history,
aids Ethiopian drought victims
By Sohail Choksy
and Min Kyung Yoon
Daily Staff Reporters
In a night of entertainment and education
filled with dance, music and skits, the African
Students' Association's sixth annual African Cul-
tural Show was an attempt to raise awareness of
African culture and contributed to the relief
efforts of the ongoing Ethiopian drought.
The show, titled "African Lights: The Connec-
tion," was held at the Michigan Union Ballroom
LSA junior Eileen Buckle, vice president of
the African Students' Association, said the show
began six years ago in order to educate the Uni-
versity community about Africa and to dispel the
myths and stereotypes that most people hold
about African culture.
"Many people do not realize the rich contribu-
tions that Africa makes to the world, from
exporting petroleum products to the production
of precious stones. The purpose of our organiza-
tion is to unite and to actively educate our com-
munity about the richness of African culture,"
Buckle also emphasized the need for educa-
tional awareness in order to remove personal and
'U' to add mo
By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
Students should soon be able to access their
laptops from any place on campus, thanks to a
wireless network that the University is working
Associate Provost for Academic, Information
and Instructional Technology Affairs James
Hilton said the entire campus should be wired
within a few years."We are currently working for
the infrastructure needed for a campus-wide
deployment. In the next couple of years, we will
see ubiquitous wireless technology," Hilton said.
Presently, wireless technology has already
been employed at the computing sites in Angell
Hall and the Shapiro Undergraduate and Hatcher
Graduate libraries. The University is looking to
do the same thing in the Michigan League,
Michigan Union and Pierpont Commons areas,
Information Technology Central Services Execu-
tive Director Katherine Bridges said. But Hilton
said because the University is spread out, the
current level technology makes it logistically
impossible to make an immediate complete cam-
pus-wide transition to wireless computing.
"So we are evaluating technology, the stan-
dards needed to support it on campus and the
infrastructure. And we expect over the next two
years the technology will mature to a level that.
social misunderstandings about African culture.
"We want all persons who come to this show
to not only be entertained, but to also be educat-
ed," she said. "Our goal is to get people to think
about their own personal misconceptions and
how these hinder them from expanding mentally
and socially. In times such as these, it is through
education that we gain true liberation."
The show's theme centered around the rela-
tionship of native Africans and those who have
been displaced throughout the African Diaspora,
which began in the early 16th century and dis-
placed tens of millions of Africans from their
ancestral continent to various sites throughout
the western world.
"We will explore the divergence amongst
blacks that has occurred from the time of
the Middle Passage up until the present
era," Buckle said.
LSA freshman Anisha Patel said the show dis-
pelled inaccurate perceptions about the African
culture prevailing in today's society and present-
ed the true Africa.
"People tend to think Africa has not pro-
gressed in terms of what we perceive as progres-
sion," Patel said. "But the show showed clearly
that was not the case."
The show presented a wedding proposal skit
that illustrated the conflict and tension between
American blacks and native Africans due to cul-
tural differences. It also showed a depiction of
the civil rights movement during the 1960s, a
fashion show displaying colorful traditional
clothing, a fusion of modern and traditional
dances and a dramatization of the Middle Pas-
sage - the route of the former slave trade.
"I think it portrayed everything correctly, such
as the civil rights and the Middle Passage," Engi-
neering freshman Tayo Ladeinde, whose parents
are from Nigeria, said. "The wedding proposal
was accurate and it showed the conflict and ten-
Part of the proceeds from the show will
be donated to an Ethiopian drought relief
fund. Since last year, Ethiopia has faced a
severe drought that has forced the displace-
ment of many communities. As a result,
there are high levels of malnutrition, mor-
tality, illness and threats to food security,
especially in the Afar, Somali and western
Harerge regions. Close to 6.5 million
Ethiopians, directly affected by the severe
drought in 2002, are facing another famine
of the same magnitude that was reached in
1984 through 1985, according to the World
Vision Ethiopia Officials.
re wireless computing sites
would support a campus-wide wireless environ-
ment.-But we obviously can't deploy that until it
There are students who do not feel that the
University should spend more money on becom-
ing wireless. "Personally, I would rather see them
put more computers in the labs than wiring new
places," LSA junior Brett Schroeder said.
But ITCS spokeswoman Susan Harris said
that at this point, there are no direct costs to stu-
The biggest benefit of this
new wireless technology is
dents for use of these public zones, as each Uni-
versity department is responsible for maintaining
its own wireless infrastructure.
"This has been highly requested by stu-
dents and faculty and staff. The mission is
to serve all University students, not just a
specific school or college. They already
have wireless communication in some
schools and buildings, but they are set up
specifically for that college," Harris said.
She added that the mission of common
campus buildings and University libraries
is to set this service up for all students. The
libraries have had this program available
since January 27. Special pilot programs
have been implemented in Angell Hall's
computing site and the University's
libraries. This is new for the campus to
pilot a larger public implementation in the
area, and to see how it goes, Harris said.
The University libraries, the Michigan
Unions and Informational Technology Cen-
tral Services are all in partnership to
implement this transition, she added. The
biggest benefit of this new wireless pro-
gram is mobility, Harris said.
LSA senior Jared Cook said wireless comput-
ing would be helpful, considering the lack of
wired computer access. He said it is often hard to
get a standard computer at places like Angell
Hall, and more people using wireless would free
up lab space.
Bridges said a wireless card is needed in addi-
tion to the laptop to activate the system, if the
card is not already built in to the laptop. A wire-
less card can range in price from $75 to $100.
"Anyone with a laptop that is wireless and able
can access it. You authenticate it the same way as
any other service by putting in a uniqname and
password," Bridges said. This website,
www.itcom.itd.umich.edu/wireless, gives an
overview of the technological instructions for get-
ting started with wireless computing.
Residence Hall librarians picket in front of the Michigan Union Friday afternoon. They have
decided to postpone today's demonstration in favor of increased negotiations.
Librarians halt picket
to furthier negotiations
By Elzabeth Anderson
and Eve Ueberman
Daily Staff Reporters
Special guest appearances and a display of enthusiasm and rainbows
marked this year's fourth annual Queer Visibility Kiss-In and rally. The
event, held on the Diag Friday afternoon, was designed to promote the les-
bian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on campus and was the
closing event of Queer Visibility Week.
Surrounded by more than 100 students and community members, sever-
al speakers took the podium to inform the ralliers about the LGBT com-
munity. Many spoke of the seeming invisibility of LGBT students on
campus. "By simply holding a woman's hand on this campus, I become
invisible, Rackham student Julie Konik said. "We need to show the diver-
sity in our queer community," she added.
Speakers emphasized the necessity and force of an LGBT presence on
campus. "You cannot turn back. You can't pretend we don't exist. We are
central to campus," Konik said. "You may try to keep us in the closet, try
to push us away ... but we will keep coming back."
Michigan Student Assembly LGBT Co-Chair Stacy Agosto, an event
organizer, said one of the main purposes of the rally was to educate the
University population. "Events like this try to push boundaries," Agosto,
an RC junior, said.
LSA sophomore and speaker Eryk Glenn said he appreciated the
support for the LGBT community showed by those attending the
By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
After pickets by the Graduate Employees
Organization and contract negotiations with
the University last week, the Residence Hall
Librarians will not be striking today - even
though two issues of their contract remain
Although a strike was scheduled today,
GEO is demonstrating a "good faith gesture,"
GEO President Dan Shoup said. "We hope
that by not having a strike, it will help the
process of negotiations while still reserving
the right to take action in the immediate
future if this week's bargaining proves unsuc-
cessful," Shoup said.
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said
the GEO's decision not to strike will help to
facilitate further discussion on the matter.
"With GEO not striking, it gives us positive
indications that they are ready for more negoti-
ations," Peterson said.
Negotiations will resume tomorrow when
the issue of wages and retroactive pay coverage
for Residence Hall Librarians - who are stu-
dents in the School of Information - will be
Rebecca Yoo, head librarian at Mosher-Jor-
dan Residence Hall, said although the librari-
ans work 30 hours per week while taking a full
course load, the Residence Hall Librarians are
paid at a lower rate than Graduate Student
Last week, the University proposed that
residence hall librarians receive the same
salary as other University librarian associ-
ates, who are also School of Information
students, but do not kork in the Residence
Hall libraries. University librarian associ-
ates are paid approximately 75 percent of
"I think the Residence Hall
Librarians are less
respected than GSIs, but
they put in so much time
into their jobs. "
- Rachel Warnick
what other GSIs make, Yoo said.
"We just want to be paid fairly," Yoo said.
"Librarians all over the world are paid low,
even though you have to have a masters degree
to be a librarian."
Another issue that will be discussed
tomorrow is the GEO's current proposal to
extend retroactive pay coverage to last
semester, when the University agreed to
officially recognize the librarians as GEO
The University has not counter-proposed
the back-pay proposal, Peterson said.
LSA senior Rachel Warnick, who works
at the Mosher-Jordan Residence Hall
library, said the librarians provide a very
valuable service to the living community of
the residence halls.
"I think the Residence Hall Librarians are
less respected than GSIs, but they put in so
much time into their jobs," Warnick said.
GEO Chief Negotiator Gretchen Andry said
she was disappointed at the lack of compro-
mise by the University.
"We have demonstrated our willingness to
make compromises at the bargaining table by
offering counter-proposals on every issue, but
the University refuses to make any effort to
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LSA senior Scott Toporek and Eastern Michigan University senior Cesar
Rowley exchange kiss at the 4th annual Kiss-In rally on the Diag Friday.
get it's not easy to be out," Glenn added, "I want to congratulate us for
The rally concluded with a kiss-in, where all attendees were invited to
Most students who attended said they found the rally and kiss-in inspir-
ing. LSA senior Erika Erlandson said she was thankful that support for the
community has grown. "It's important to have visibility. It's important for
everyone to be here," Erlandson said.
But not all University community members supported the visibility
aspect of the rally. LSA junior Jae Lee said although he didn't mind the