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Chinese history
prof. lectures on
mortality responses
The University Center for Chinese
Studies, as part of the Brown Bag Lec-
ture Series, will host visiting Chinese
history Prof. James Lee today at noon.
His lecture, titled "Mortality and Living
Standards in Europe and Asia, 1700-
1900," is based on his new book which
compares mortality responses to short-
term economic stress in different rural
communities. The free talk will take
place at the School of Social Work
Building and although participants are
encouraged to bring a bag lunch, coffee
and cookies will be served.
Specialist lectures
on the telescope
Smithsonian Institute Physical Sci-
ences Collection Specialist Steven Turn-
er will give a lecture titled "Rochon's
Famous Micrometer Telescope and How
It Slipped Out of History," at the Uni-
versity Detroit Observatory meeting
room today at noon. The lecture is part
of the University Detroit Observatory
Lecture Series.
wLaw research fellow
talks on impact of
Europe globalization
The Center for Russian and East
European Studies will host Czech Acad-
emy of Sciences Institute of State and
Law research fellow Vladimir Balas,
who will give a talk today at 4 p.m.,
titled "Legislative Tornadoes: Globaliza-
tion's Impact on Central European Post-
Community Countries."
Engineering Fair
will be held at
Pierpont Commons
The 18th Annual University of
Michigan Engineering Career Fair
will be held today from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. at Pierpont Commons. The fair
will give students a chance to meet
with companies within their field of
study and see what professional
options are available to them. The
event is sponsored by the Society of
Women Engineers; Tau Beta Pi, an
engineering fraternity; and the
National Engineering Honor Society.
Acclaimed novelist
reads new book
Allen Kurzweil, author of "A Case of
Curiosities," will read from his new
work, titled "The Grand Complication"
tomorrow at 8 p.m at Shaman Drum
Bookshop. "The Grand Complication" is
about a wealthy and eccentric bibliophile
who hires a library employee to search
for a missing object from an 18th century
box. Signing and refreshments will fol-
low the free reading.
History of Newberry
subject of lecture
As part of its Noon Lecture Series, the
Kemf House Museum will host Univer-
sity Kelsey Museum Visitors Program
Coordinator Todd Gerring, who will give
a talk, titled "The History of Ann Arbor's
Newberry Hall" tomorrow at noon at the
Kemf House. Admission is $2.
Controversial fiction

writer discusses
book censorship
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., young adult fic-
tion writer Nancy Garden will talk about
censorship and the freedom to read at
the Ann Arbor District Library. She will
also read from her work, titled "Annie
on My Mind," a novel about two teenage
lesbians which has been banned across
the country.
Pulitzer Prize-winning
novelist reads work
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Rick
Bragg, best known for his memoir
titled "All Over but the Shoutin" will
read from his work, titled "Ava's Man,"
which is a portrait of his maternal
grandfather who lived in the
Appalachian foothills on the Alabama-
Georgia border. The free event will
take place tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the
East Liberty Street Borders and will
include a signing.
UAW president will
give talk about Iraq
The Muslim Students Association
will host United Auto Workers Presi-
dent David Sole tomorrow at 7 p.m at
Angell Auditorium A. His talk is
titled, "U.S. Involvement in Iraq and
the Coming War."

Night of music celebrates
Hispanic culture, hentage

By Allison Yang
Daily Staff Reporter
Participants danced, sang and listened to student speakers
last night on the moonlit Diag, which was filled with colorful
banners, streamers and pinatas in celebration of Hispanic Her-
itage Month.
The event was sponsored by the student organization La
Voz Latina and is the first annual "El Noche de Libertad,
Orgullo y Alegria," which translates to "A Night of Liberty,
Pride and Joy."
This night celebrated the independence of a multitude of Latin
American countries and is part of the month-long initiative to edu-
cate people on Hispanic culture and bring together their cultural
The main speaker at the event, Stephanie Alverez, said Hispanic
Heritage Month is "our chance to educate Anglo-Americans, but
most important to educate ourselves to reflect on who we are,
where we came from and where we are going."
Alverez, who is a doctoral student at the University of Miami,
said there has been a 58 percent increase of Hispanics in the Unite
States in the past 10 years, and Los Angeles is the third largest

Spanish speaking city in the world.
"Only 11 percent of Latinos have or will have a higher educa-
tion," Alverez added. "They are also the most likely to lose their
heritage as well."
"To be a part of this University and graduate from here is a start,
but not enough," she said.
"If you leave this University and only contribute to the commu-
nity economically, then that is not enough. You must continue the
tradition. Don't leave this college contributing nothing to the com-
As time passed, more than 60 people gradually filtered into the
Diag late in the evening greeting one another in the traditional Lati-
no way - with a kiss on the cheek.
The cool winter air was filled with the tunes of Mariachis
Especiales de Mexico, an area band that specializes in His-
panic music, followed by the reading of a poem recited in
While many students came specifically for the evening's
events, several others just passing through stopped to ask
"Five people were just walking though the Diag and
stayed," LSA junior Myrna Vaca said.

Engineering junior Art Tyson dances with LSA junior Arianna Ciseros
on the Diag last night at an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage
"They asked questions. This is what it is all about - bring-
ing out awareness in the community."

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"They're going to have to take the first
step," he said.
Business student Dan Salinas said he felt
that if the United States is in imminent dan-
ger due to the possible use of biochemical
weapons by Iraq, then defending itself is nec-
But, he has not yet seen enough evidence to
justify action.
"I think we're rushing into it. I don't know
what the burning platform is," Salinas said.
An issue that could affect many students is
the possible reenactment of the Selective Ser-
vice draft.
Conscription of American men has been
implemented in almost every American war
since the Civil War through the later half of
the Vietnam War.
But, if Congress chooses to, the draft
could be reestablished and men between the
ages of 18 and 25 would be drafted according
to a lottery.
History Prof. David Smith, who teaches a
class on the Vietnam War, said he doubts the
draft would be implemented again due to the
lessons learned from Vietnam about fighting
a war without broad public support.
He said the Bush administration has to
convince the American public that the con-

flict in Iraq is an important one, which will
not involve many American casualties, hence
more soldiers in the field.
"The lesson of Vietnam is to build national
support you have to build a case of why the
nation is going to war," Smith said.
"If there was a war, and the U.S. came to a
point where they needed more soldiers in the
field, it would have to make a decision to find
more troops or get other nations to support
them," he said.
Smith added that if the draft was reinstated,
it would not affect many University students
because they could get college deferments.
He said that during the formative Vietnam
years from 1964 to 1973, only 2.2 million of
the 18 million were actually drafted. An addi-
tional 8.7 men voluntarily joined to fight.
LSA sophomore Megan Schiltz said she
would be very worried if someone like -her
brother were to receive a draft notice.
Although she said she is reluctant to com-
ment on the Iraqi situation, she said she
would support a draft if it had positive rami-
"If it's for a good cause, it's worth it," she
Art and Design senior Stanko said he
would support the draft if it were brought
"People should want to be there for their
country," Stanko said.

LSA freshmen Nick Frye and Brett Mollard play frisbee in a deserted Palmer
Field yesterday afternoon.


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of the Patriot Act "pertains to law
enforcement more easily obtaining
business records in connection with
foreign intelligence investigations,"
said Jorge Martinez, a spokesperson
for the Justice Department.
"A U.S. person can't be investigat-
ed for first amendment protected
activity," Martinez said.
"I'm not aware of specific criti-
cism by any library related entity,"
he said. "But I'm not able to com-
ment on any FISA - related inves-
Wanda Monroe, head of public
relations at the University of Michi-
gan Libraries, said, "In the past we
have kept all information private.
We would refer any instance to the
General Counsel's Office first."
The University libraries' policy
keeps lending records private
except for cases where a search
warrant is present or it falls under
the Patriot Act.
The act states, "The Library will
not reveal the names of individual
borrowers nor reveal what books
are charged to any individual."
The Dearborn Public Library
declined to discuss the matter.
"What I can tell you is that there
is a Patriot Act," Dearborn Library
Administrative Librarian Carolyn
Hook said.
"Even if the FBI has contacted
us, we can't really talk to you about
it," Hook said.
She added that a provision of the
law made disclosure illegal. Hook
said that patron records are general-
ly kept private.

Librarians are prohibited from
disclosing information about FBI
investigations under the Patriot Act.
The University of Michigan at
Dearborn Mardigian Library has
not received any requests as of yet,
but has reviewed its privacy policies
since the Patriot Act was passed,
said Timothy Richards, director of
the Mardigian Library.
"To my knowledge, we have not
had any requests for information,"
Richards said.
"We've been pretty sensitive
because of everything that's hap-
pened since Sept. 11 ... we do not
release patron information unless
we receive a court order," Richards
Richards also said that any
requests for information would be
directed to the University Office of
the General Counsel first.
"Our position is that we aren't
going to do anything unless it's
reviewed by University attorneys,"
Richards said.
The Ann Arbor District Library
had not received requests for infor-
mation under the Patriot Act, AADL
Director Josie Parker said.
"We can't tell what a person has
checked out," Parker said, noting
that the library's computers do not
record a patron's history.
"When an AADL cardholder
checks out an item, that information
is recorded for the purpose of deter-
mining due dates and overdue
fines," the Ann Arbor District Pub-
lic Library's privacy policy states.
"However, when the book is
returned ... this information is
removed from the patron's record,"
it says later in the document.









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and with local communities and provid-
ing a system of rewards for University
students and faculty who engage in such
"There is tremendous importance in
getting communities and universities to
work better;"he said.
"I'd like to most see greater
engagement on the part of universi-
ties and community organizations
across the state."
Although tutoring can provide
children with role models and help

sity to a family where everyone has
gone to a university, I see the
importance of universities continu-
ing to be accessible to working-
class people."
Ahmed said if the University can
lessen the financial burden, it is
responsible to do so. In addition to
being "a very strong supporter of
affirmative action," he said provid-
ing an equal opportunity for rich
and working-class children to attend
the University is just as important as
ensuring racial diversity.
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