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"At the final College Democrats'
meeting (last semester), non-student
people in the LaRouche movement
were being extremely disruptive," said
LSA junior Ilya Rusinov. "The sup-
porters are literally cultists."
Despite what he calls a media
smear campaign, Abdul Muhammad,
a Michigan LaRouche campaign coor-
dinator, remains steadfast in his sup-
port for the candidate.
"(Opposers) make up excuses to
deny him adequate voices in debate.
It's getting to the point where they
can't slander him anymore," said
Muhammad, a member of the
LaRouche Youth Movement.
Robinson, who serves as the inter-
national chairman of economic and
political group Schiller Institute,
founded by LaRouche, spoke highly
of his accomplishments.
In her book, Bridge Across Jordan,
she writes, "Aware that the miseries
befalling mankind were in no way
limited to just blacks in the United
States ... Mr. And Mrs. LaRouche
built a movement, taking up where Dr.
King had left off. They realized ...
there must be an universal image of
mankind, which transcends all racial
differences and barriers."
Starting Aug. 28, Robinson traveled
the United States, Asia and Europe,
speaking in countries including Iran
and India.
"She has such a sense of purpose,
and it is very admirable," said LSA
freshman Karen Spangler, who attend-
ed the discussion.
In addition to speaking across the
nation for the Schiller Institute,
Robinson also wrote an autobiograph-
ical account of her life and involve-
ment in the fight for civil rights.
After her trip to Michigan, Robin-
son will return to her home in Georgia
before beginning another series of
trips in which she will continue to
speak about challenges people face to
be "mentally free."
"A voteless people is a hopeless
people, whether you are one or one
million" Robinson said.
The event was sponsored by the
LaRouche Youth Movement and the
University's Student Chapter of the
National Association for the Advance-
ment of Colored Persons.
"We were interested in the civil
rights movement, her past and her
views on voting in the presidential
election next year" said Erin Johnson,
president of the University's chapter
of the NAACP.

What is art?

New legislation aims to
libntQ rev £'e Patriot Act

Elementary school children examine artwork at the Romanov Collection exhibit in the University's
Museum of Art yesterday.

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The Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action and Integration and Fight for
Inequality By Any Means Necessary
said it wants to stop Connerly's cam-
paign as early as possible.
"We're not waiting for them to get
this on the ballot," BAMN member
Kate Stenvig said.
BAMN plans to drum up support
during its national conference here next
month. It also will continue picketing
businesses of Connerly's supporters in
"We are going to mobilize a mass
movement," Stenvig, LSA senior, said.
"Wherever they are, they'll be met."
But BAMN's aggressive tactics have
turned off many people in the Universi-
ty community. When Connerly spoke at
the University in July, BAMN members
heckled him during his speech on the
Diag and Department of Public Safety
officers escorted them away from the
rally. Recently, they picketed Connerly
ally state Rep. Jack Brandenburg's (R-
Harrison) business. When Brandenburg
went out to speak with them, he said he
found them to be insulting. But Stenvig
defended BAMN's protest methods.
"I think we've shown that building
a movement and going on the offen-
sive is the way to win," Stenvig said.
"I think we need to be aggressive in
order to win."

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opportunities for theft - we wouldn't
leave belongings unattended."
Oxford Housing resident advisor
Erica Elden said she agrees that the
new safety procedures do take away
much of the opportunity to commit
crimes in the dormitories.
"I feel the new precautions will take
(the burglary statistics) down. The
door lock takes the responsibility off of
the students to lock their own doors it's
good. ... I think taking away the
opportunity to commit burglary is a
good way to stop it," said Elden, an
LSA junior.
Although the University has made
recent alterations to its budget, the

security measures will not be affected.
"There will be no cutting down of
(residence) hall security. Programs to
install cameras and door locks will
continue. There were dollars set aside
when the original proposal was
approved," Brown said.
She added that follow-up statistics
for the spring and summer semesters
have confirmed that residence hall bur-
glaries have decreased, which she were
a result of these new security meas-
These reports are released annually
by DPS at the beginning of the follow-
ing school year.
Besides crime statistics for the pre-
vious year, they also include safety tips
as well as definitions of the types of
crimes that may occur on campus.

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"He's making this a key piece of the
campaign platform;' said David Swan-
son, press secretary for Kucinich's
presidential campaign. "We do not
need to strip ourselves of the Bill of
Rights to protect ourselves against ter-
If passed, the Kucinich-Paul bill will
roll back 10 main points of the 2001
Patriot Act - including secret proper-
ty seizures, expanded grounds for
deportation of terrorist suspects and a
broadened definition of domestic ter-
rorism. The bill also seeks to mandate
a review period before Congress can
enact new sections of the 2001 act and
challenges federal policies calling for
local law authorities to enforce immi-
gration law.
"The local law enforcement doesn't
really have that power, but they've
been asked by the federal government
to do those things in their communi-
ties," Wagenheim said. "That's work
that the FBI or the (Bureau of Citizen-
ship and Immigration Services) should
be doing."
Aside from Paul, no other Republi-
can has sponsored the True Patriot
Act. But at the local level, leaders of
the University College Republicans
have expressed support for Bush's
"The (Patriot Act) is a good piece
of legislation," said Steve MacGuid-
win, co-president of the College
Republicans. "Just from speaking the
party line and what I understand, the
Patriot Act itself is not unconstitution-
al, it's just bringing our current justice
code up -with the times. In this day
and age we have such a threat by ter-
rorists, they can coordinate an attack
in less than an hour."
Although several challenges to the
Patriot Act have reached Congress
since 2001 - including a House
repeal of the secret search clause -
the Michigan ACLU was the first
organization to dispute the act in court.
"We have a lawsuit that we filed on
one of the provisions - the first con-
stitutional challenge to the Patriot Act
on section 215," Wagenheim said,
referring to a section of the act granti-
ng the government access to classified
personal documents, such as medical
records and business files.
To push repeals of the Patriot Act,
the ACLU has appealed to municipali-
ties to not assist the government in
detaining aliens or terrorist suspects.
Along with Ann Arbor, 160 cities have

passed legislation ensuring "that local
officials are upholding the constitu-
tion," Wagenheim said.
Along with the 19 other sponsors of
the Kucinich-Paul bill, Conyers said
the Bush administration overstepped
its authority in pushing certain points
of the 2001 act.
"Time and again, the Ashcroft Jus-
tice Department has demonstrated that
it does not respect the constitutional
rights and civil liberties of the Ameri-
can public;' Conyers said in a written
statement. "It is the Attorney General's
shameful record that has forced those
of us in Congress to take away those
powers the department has not used
Because many terrorist organiza-
tions monitored by the government are
Islamic-based or of Middle Eastern
origin, activists said the Patriot Act has
mainly victimized Arabs and Muslims.
Officials added that southeast Michi-
gan, with its particularly high concen-
tration of Arab- and Iraqi-Americans,
has seen more civil rights violations as
a result of the 2001 act than any other
part of the state.
"Certainly we have a large reason to
be more sensitive,"Wagenheim said.
"The Patriot Act ... has definitely
affected our community especially
because it was introduced after 9/11
and has been used against some in our
community," said national CAIR
spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed, refer-
ring to the Arab and Muslim commu-
nity. "Many people have been arrested
without evidence or any connection
with criminal activity - some have
been deported."
But Wagenheim added that the
Patriot Act has come down hard on
many ethnic groups.
"I think on the west side of the state
we're seeing that the Hispanic commu-
nity is being targeted," she said.
While early protests against the
Patriot Act focused on protecting sus-
pects of terrorism from civil liberties
violations, recent arguments have
accused the government of wrongly
applying the Patriot Act to non-terror-
ist issues. A recent report from the
U.S. Department of Justice cites more
than a dozen instances where federal
intelligence officials have invoked the
Patriot Act to resolve issues not
directly related to terrorism.
"The inspector general's report that
came out earlier (last) month con-
firmed our other concern - that
these laws were being used in ways
they were not intended to - things
like drug trafficking," Ahmed said.

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stages," said Carol Weng, chairwoman
of Breast Cancer Awareness in USAC.
"Hopefully, we will see everyone
wearing a pink ribbon to support the
fight against breast cancer," Weng, an
LSA junior added.
The American Cancer Society, along
with USAC, is also hosting Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer, a 3.5-
mile walk on Oct. 11 that begins and
ends at the Michigan Stadium.
OThe fundraiser will raise money that
will support research, education, advo-
cacy and patient services.
"Some of the highest priorities in
research is to identify the cells that cause
cancer to spread and find new innovative
chemotherapy methods," Newman said.

"We wanted to do something that
involved people in the community to go
out and get involved," local ACS volun-
teer Christina Morrow said. "This will
remind people to get the mammogram
that might save their lives and will raise
money for research."
The Alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority
will be holding their fifth annual charity
ball on Oct. 4th. The proceeds will go to
the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The Sigma Lambda Gamma and
Delta Sigma Theta sororities sponsored
yesterday's informational session.
"We thought it was very important to
commemorate the month, so we put out
a program that was educational and
entertaining," said Erin Hendrix, LSA
senior and president of Delta Sigma
Theta. "We are very committed to serv-
ing the community."




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