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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 18, 2002 - 3

MPAA urges students against 'Internet theft'

Human Values
symposium draws
national scholars

Professors from different universi-
ties and fields of study will speak
today at "The Specter of Group Image:
Its Unseen Effects on Human Perfor-
mance and the Quality of Life in a
Diverse Society." The symposium, part
of the philosophy department's Tanner
Lecture on Human Values, features
Stanford social sciences Prof. Claude
Steele, University of Pennsylvania law
and philosophy Prof. Anita Allen-
Castellittp, UCLA psychology Prof.
James Sidanius and Boston University
economics Prof. Glenn Loury. The lec-
ture will be at the Michigan League
Ballroom at 4 p.m.
Japanese gangster
flick 'Kamikaze
Taxi' to be shown
The Center for Japanese Studies is
showing "Kamikaze Taxi" in Japanese
with English subtitles tomorrow at 7
p.m. at Lorch Hall. The satirical film,
made by independent filmmaker
Masato Harada, chronicles the career
of a novice gangster. Disgusted with
the cruelty of his gang, he goes on the
move after robbing his boss.
Society to open
up sky to 'U'
The Student Astronomical Society is
offering members of the University
community to study the night sky from
the 5th floor roof of Angell Hall tomor-
row. Telescopes will be available and
club members will be available to
answer astronomical questions. The
event starts at 10 p.m.
Walk to raise
funds for breast
cancer research
The American Cancer Society 's
. "Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer" charity walk on Sunday will
raise money for breast cancer
research. Before the start of the
walk, a breast cancer survivor and a
medical professional will be speak-
ing about the disease at 8 a.m. Par-
ticipants will leave from Michigan
Stadium at 9.am. and walk approxi-
mately three miles through down-
town Ann Arbor.
Annual anime-a-
thon features
television series
With four screens for viewing, the
annual anime-a-thon, "Con Ja Nai -
Not a Convention" is back this year.
Japanese animation from different peri-
ods will be shown, including episodes
from "Pita Ten," a television series
about cute elementary students and
"Rah Xephon," a futuristic drama
series about a space invasion in Tokyo
and feature films.
Anime fans are encouraged to dress
as their favorite characters and enter a
costume contest for all ages. The event,
sponsored by the Japanese Film Soci-
ety, will start at 10 a.m. Sunday at the
Modern Language Building.
Museum curator
discusses Chinese
Maribeth Graybill, senior curator of
Asian art at the University's Museum
of Art, will be discussing Chinese
painting Sunday at the museum.
The lecture is in conjunction with
a current exhibit, "Masterworks of
Chinese Painting: In Pursuit of
Mists and Clouds." The discussion

starts at 3 p.m.
Lecturer speaks
on architecture,
minimalist designs
Deborah Berke, a New York City-
based architect well-known for her
minimalist and elegant furniture and
house designs, will be speaking at the
Taubman College of Architecture and
Urban Planning Monday at 6:45 p.m.
The title of her lecture is "Architecture
and the Everyday."
Pulitzer Prize
winner analyzes
the science of love
Deborah Blum, a 1992 Pulitzer Prize
winner and Shaman Drum Bookshop
National Association of Science Writ-
en~ vjicepresdent. will be readgincr from

By Autumn Brown
For the Daily
The debate over the legality of file-sharing
at universities nationwide has recently taken
the form of a letter sent to a number of high-
er education officials. Executives of the
Motion Picture Association of America and
the Songwriters Guild of America are urging
students to discontinue downloading movies
and music and pressuring schools to support
their position.
"We're simply trying to appeal to the uni-
versities for their help in making students
aware of Internet theft," said Jack Valenti,
president and CEO of the Motion Picture
Association of America in a written state-
Executives involved in the entertainment

industry remain concerned about students'
file-sharing activity, because university elec-
tronic resources often offer high-speed Inter-
net connections - allowing movies and
songs to be downloaded quickly, the state-
ment said.
According to the Chronicl of Higher Edu-
cation, the letter's authors estimated that stu-
dents use three quarters of available
university bandwidth intended for academic
files for file sharing.
During freshmen orientation, University
staff warned students about abusing the Uni-
versity's electronic resources and mentioned
possible repercussions, including criminal
charges, according to the Guidelines for
Implementing the Proper Use Policy of the
University of Michigan on the ITD website.
James Hilton, associate provost for aca-

demic, information and technology affairs,
said the University believes people should
honor copyright laws and behave ethnically
and legally.
Hilton maintains that the University hon-
ors the Digital Copyright Act and will ask an
individual to take down a file believed to be
operating in violation of the act.
"But downloading is a hard thing to regu-
late," LSA senior Nate Kuzma said. "It's a
violation of our rights, because we should be
able to use the bandwidth for anything. I
choose to watch movies here rather than at
the theater because movie tickets are expen-
LSA sophomore Jacqueline Milton
agreed that downloading music and movies is
an inexpensive alternative to buying albums
and going to movie theaters.

Coldand iserbleDEMOCRAT:
Cold and m isera bleContinued from Page 1
the transformation of the soo
vacant YMCA building onI
T Street into residential housin
X "We need to think more
dense housing in the dow
' area," she said.
Democrat Chris Easth
incumbent runningsunoppo
one of the council seats in
has pointed to the council's
to streamline the budget by
q ing the number of city em
while maintaining the samel
"We're looking at ex
across the board to mak
everyone is justified," he sai
Easthope also noted the c
support of commercial re
within the city, which he p
expand next term by look
new recycling routes and co
ing more material recovery
But Republicans runni
election have accused thep
rat-controlled council of a1
financial understanding th
say has ravaged the city 1
Each referred to his work i
ness, arguing that the fiscal
edge will help the council tc
manage the budget.
Jeff DeBoer, running for a
Ward 3, pointed to his owne
a small product design bu
Jeff Hauptman, running inV
emphasized his completion

"I think the musicians make enough money
as it is, and they are not exactly dying of
hunger," she said. "Besides, it's good music
and I like to support the groups what I like."
Michigan Union Computer Showcase
manager Phil Harding said he considers file-
sharing tantamount to stealing. "If you write
a term paper for three weeks and someone
uses it online, is it stealing?" he said.
"It may be small stealing and people may
rationalize it by saying that they are poor stu-
dents, but its still stealing."
"I think the University should mention
piracy, but students shouldn't be browbeaten
about it," he added. "Students are adults
when they come here; they can make their
own decisions."
- The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
S Galleria Mall on South University
Avenue and his role in organizing
the construction of the South Forest
on to be Street parking structure. Kenneth
William Timmer, running in Ward 4,
ag: referred to his role as engineering
e about manager for Ford Motor Company.
wntown The Republicans have empha-
sized the city's early retirement plan
ape, an as evidence of the council's failure
sed for to project costs.
Ward 5, In an attempt to reduce the num-
attempt ber of city employees on payroll,
reduc= the council adopted the proposal to
ployees offer workers an opportunity to
level of retire earlier, allowing the city to
pay them less costly pensions as
penses opposed to their full salary.
:e sure But when the plan went into
d. effect, many more employees left
ouncil's work than the retirement funds
cycling could handle, leading the city coun-
lans to cil to draw upon the parking reserve
ing for to manage the initial payout of the
nstruct- workers.
facili- "If you have a budget and are not
paying attention to financial spend-
ng for ing, you may find yourself in posi-
Democ- tion to cut things that you don't
lack of want to cut," Hauptman said.
at they In their defense, the Democrats
budget. asserted that the parking reserve is
n busi- over funded and that the funds will
knowl- accommodate only the initial payout.
o better "(The reserve) has no use within
the parking system," Carlberg said.
seat in "It's a one-time payment for
rship of retirees, with a one-time fund bal-
isiness. ance from the parking system. Over
Ward 2, time, this early retirement plan
of the could save the city millions."

Members of alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority and Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity brave the cold
weather yesterday on the Diag as they hand out flyers for a Halloween dance party.

Continued from Page 2.
Afro-American and African Studies.
Kathrada and seven colleagues were
given a life sentence based on accusa-
tions that they took part in African
National Congress bombings of
Apartheid buildings. He spent 18 years
imprisoned in isolation.
Kathrada discussed the importance of
freedom of speech while he was impris-
oned. "One of the many deprivations that
one suffers in prison is the deprivation of
freedom of speech and now I'm making
up for that 26 years.... In prison, strug-
gle takes limited form," he said.
He also discussed the difficulties of
communicating with his colleagues
while in prison."We had to communi-
cate. It was our political duty. And we
succeeded in doing that."
Kathrada spoke on the dehumaniza-
tion of prison life, describing how
prison guards made black prisoners,
including former South African Presi-
dent Nelson Mandela, wear short
pants, whereas "colored" prisoners
were given long pants.
"Regardless of age, all black people
were either boys or girls, and boys are
supposed to wear short trousers."
Kathrada, who is of Indian origin,
described other instances of Apartheid
policies in prison. "By law, my (black)
colleagues were given less sugar than we
were. They were not allowed bread."
He spoke of eventual changes in
prison policies due to pressure from his
colleagues, such as larger rations to
black inmates and hot waterrand beds
for all prisoners. He also spoke of his
mission to change attitudes while he was
in prison.
"Our job was to humanize the guards.
Fortunately, because of our demon-
strations and hunger strikes, (abusive
wardens) were removed from Robben
Island," he said.
Kathrada commented on the roles
of passive resistance and civil disobe-
dience in ANC activism, stating, "We
graduated to passive resistance after
other methods failed. And after pas-
sive resistance failed, we switched to
an armed movement.
"We were taught from childhood ours
was not a struggle against a people, it
was against a system, against laws."
Forgiveness also played a crucial role
in the peaceful transformation of South
Africai into a democratic 'society "Pea-

"One of the ma
deprivations the
one suffers in
prison is the
deprivation of
freedom of
-- Ahmed I
former South African

In a question and answer session fol-
lowing the lecture, various audience
ny members brought up the topic of divest-
ment from Israel as a parallel to the.
divestment that occurred in reaction to
South African Apartheid.
"We are not in a condition to pre-
scribe to anyone anywhere how they
should conduct their struggle," Kathrada
said. "We hope and pray and work
toward peaceful negotiations."
"I was taken aback by the questions
(about divestment)," said LSA sopho-
more Stephanie Fitzwar. "They're
important questions to be asked, but
Kathrada not now"
political Kathrada urged students to take
prisoner action in South Africa. "When we speak
to you, we urge you to take an interest in
our country. We've got a long way to go
has really and we are confident that we will need
peaceful your help."

Continued from Page 1
and Palestinians.
Ratsabi and Abelow, who have
both completed their required
active duty in the Israeli army,
spoke about their experiences in
Palestinian villages, which they
said have no water or electricity.
"They live such a simple life. It
is like a Third World country. They
have nothing compared to what
their officials have," Ratsabi said.
Though they said they often did
not feel comfortable stopping trav-
elers and citizens at checkpoints or
enforcing curfews on Palestinians,
both said they felt the security pre-
cautions were necessary to protect
everyone in the area, not just
"I think there are unfortunate sit-
uations where we have to impose
curfews. However, I think that if we
have information that there is a ter-
rorist, then we have to stop that,"
Abelow said.
"I'd rather the Palestinian
Authority stop the terrorists, but I
haven't seen that."
The three acknowledged the ten-
sion between Israelis and Palestini-
ans but said they still recognize the
existence of a Palestinian state.
They added that they feel sympathy
for the Palestinian people, who they
say are oppressed by the Palestinian

"I'd rather the
authority stop the
terrorists, but I
haven't seen that."
- Avishai Ratsabi
Israel at Heart member
Authority and not the Israeli gov-
The tension "is not something
you can ignore. It's very deep, its
very rooted," Ratsabi said.
"I could hate you, but I can still
understand that we both have the
same rights. I can hate and still
know that they have the right to
have their own state," Gordon
Ratsabi and Gordon said they felt
the Palestinian people living in
Israel and the occupied territories
do not recognize those same rights
when speaking of Israel.
New leadership for the Palestin-
ian people is the only way to solve
the conflicts, they said, adding that
it is not something that can be done
"Using terrorism and trying to
cause casualties on both sides will
not get us anywhere," Abelow said.

Nelson Mandela. "The ANC
set a standard with regard to

democratic transformation."
LSA Student Government President
Monique Luse introduced Kathrada,
reminding the audience, "We are in the
presence of living history." She also
spoke on her experience studying at
Robben Island. "It's a place that can
change you ... As a student activist on
campus, you become quite apathetic.
But meeting Mr. Kathrada showed me
this is something that could be my life."

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The Department Of Philosophy
The University Of Michigan

Claude M. Steele
Lucie Stern Professor in the
Social Sciences Stanford University
The Specter of Group Image:
Its Unseen Effects on

Claude M. Steele
Professor of Law and Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania
Professor of Economics
Boston University




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