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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 21, 2003 - 3A

Downtown A2 to
celebrate holiday
An old-fashioned celebration will
take place today in downtown Ann
Arbor. Marking the beginning of the
holiday season, Christmas carols will
be sung and the downtown tree lights
will be turned on. The lighting event,
Light Up for Life, will be from 5 to 7
p.m. on Main Street and is sponsored
by the Main Street Area Association.
Non-perishable foods and wrapped
toys will be accepted for the C.S.
Motts Children's Hospital. Refresh-
ments will be served.
Activist-author to
discuss gender
issues in prisons
Activist and author Angela Davis
will discuss gender issues in America's
prison system today in a lecture titled,
"How Gender Structures the Prison
Industrial Complex." The event, 7:30
p.m. in Rackham Auditorium, is part of
the 7th Annual Vivian Shaw Lecture
and is sponsored by the Department of
Women's Studies.
Museum exhibit
to display human
Today the Michigan Media Union
Video Studio will showcase the
works of Guillermo Gomez-Pena,
depicting various human fetishes, in
an event titled "Mexotica: A Living
Museum of Fetish-ized Others." The
event will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and
-is sponsored by the School of Art and
Play on interracial
relationships to
be shown
"Interracial," a play exploring
interracial relationships among
young people, is showing Monday at
the Mendelssohn Theater in the
Michigan League. The event begins
at 7 p.m. and is produced by the The-
atre Company.
Taiwanese poet
to give lecture,
In an event titled "The Empty
Pavilion: Poetry and Painting: A
Semiotic Approach," Lo Ch'ing will
lecture and present a slideshow of
his works and experiences. Ch'ing
has had his works displayed at vari-
ous museums around the world,
including the British Museum, the
Ashmolean Museum and the Royal
Ontario Museum. The event is spon-
sored by the Center for Chinese
Studies and the Asian languages and
cultures department and will be
° Monday at 4 p.m. at 1636 School of
Social Work.
Computer science
and engineering
building to open
University President Mary Sue
Coleman, Jerry Levin, American
Household Inc. chief executive offi-

cer, and Kevin O'Connor, co-founder
,of DoubleClick Inc., will attend the
groundbreaking of the Computer Sci-
ence and Engineering Building on
North campus. The event is today at
4:30 p.m.
Texas professor
to give lecture
University of Texas architecture
Prof. Michael Benedikt will lecture
on the architectural effect of doors
and lighting. Benedikt is a winner of
the Amoco Foundation Teaching
Award, the Chancellor's Council
Teaching Award. The event will be at
the University's Art and Architecture
Auditorium, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.,
beginning at 6 p.m. and sponsored by
the College of Architecture and
Urban Planning.
Poet, novelist to
give reading at
Business School
Poet and novelist Richard Katrovas
will read his poetry Monday at Hale
Auditorium in the Business School.
: :Katrovas also teaches English in
Prague and New Orleans. The event,
'which will begin at 5 p.m., is spon-

U.S. ambassador to Greece to speak at graduation

By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
When nearly 15,000 students graduating in
December file into Crisler Arena for their com-
mencement ceremony, they can expect to hear a
few words from the U.S. ambassador to Greece.
University President Mary Sue Coleman
announced Thomas Miller as the commencement
speaker at yesterday's meeting of the University
Board of Regents.
Miller, who received his bachelor of arts in polit-
ical science from the University in 1969, remem-
bers what it was like to sit at the ceremony.
"This is not going to be a major speech on for-
eign policy. I remember being a student, I just

wanted to celebrate with my family and friends
after the ceremony;' he said. Still, Miller has a lot
of experiences to share after serving as a State
Department diplomat for over 30 years.
Miller has served as ambassador to Greece for
two years. From 1999 to 2001, he was ambassador
to Bosnia-Herzegovina. He won the U.S. Depart-
ment of State's Equal Opportunity award and
served as special coordinator for Cyprus in 1997.
Miller, who also received two master's degrees
and a doctoral degree from the University, said the
skills he gained as a student have been fundamental
in his role as ambassador.
Miller and his wife Bonnie - who received a
masters degree in social work from the University
- were married as undergraduates. They stay in

touch with the University and anticipate this
weekend's football game even though they are out
of the country, said Miller.
"We owe the institution a great deal, but it's all
about the people. There are some professors that I
have formed lifelong relations with," added Miller.
Miller will receive an honorary degree, as will
philanthropist Ann Lurie, who has donated funds to
the Business School and College of Engineering.
University of Chicago Prof. Leo Goldman, who has
done work in sociology research methods, will also
receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.
"I am pleased that we will be hearing from one
of the distinguished graduates at commencement
and that we will be able to honor him and two other
great friends of the University," Coleman said.

Students travel to Florida to
protest NAFTA's expansion

The Shinning

By Adam Rosen
Daily Staff Reporter

In a protest against the further global-
ization of the world economy, 16 Uni-
versity students traveled to Miami
Wednesday to assert their opposition to
the expansion of the North American
Free Trade Agreement.
The new agreement, known as the
Free Trade Area of the Americas, is cur-
rently being negotiated by representa-
tives from all 34 countries in the
Western Hemisphere except for Cuba,
and will drastically enlarge the current
free-trade zone established by NAFTA
- which includes the United States
Canada and Mexico - under former
President Bill Clinton.
University groups Students Organiz-
ing for Labor and Economic Equality
and Anti-War Action! traveled by plane
or braved a 24-hour car ride for the
opportunity to voice their opposition to
the adoption of the FTAA.
SOLE member Becky Tarlau's deter-
mination led her to sell her Michigan-
Ohio State football ticket for $140 to
pay for airfare to Miami. Tarlau, an
LSA sophomore, said it is very
important for FTAA and NAFTA
opponents to attend the conference
and represent the people who will be
affected by the measures.
"Labor organizations, environmental
organizations, all of the people that will
be affected (by the FTAA) are exclud-
ed," Tarlau said. "The people who it
impacts are not invited to attend."
Economics and public policy Prof.
Alan Deardoff, who specializes in sever-
al classes on international trade and eco-
nomics, said that the proposed FTAA
agreement does not constitute complete
State steps 1
By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter

free-trade - rather, it is a "preferential"
free trade agreement at the expense of
countries in the rest of the world. But,
referring to the new free-trade zone of
the Western Hemisphere, Deardoff
argued the old economic theory of com-
parative advantage usually holds true in
agreements between countries like the
FTAA. Deardoff explained that compar-
ative advantage occurs "when countries
that engage in free trade get stuff cheap-
er because they can buy where it can be
produced the cheapest - increasing the
size of the economic pie"
He added that a natural consequence
of moving from a trade-barrier economy
to one without any barriers is displace-
ment and job loss.
"Anyone who competes with imports
will lose out," he said. But, "most peo-
ple in the U.S. aren't farmers anymore
- it's a painful process, but in the long
run the country is better off."
Tarlau said SOLE feels NAFTA has
already proved a failure, and that expan-
sion to the FTAA will only result in
making even greater the gap between
poor countries and rich countries.
"What happens is that every year,
100,000 Mexican farmers are pushed off
their land, because it is cheaper for Mex-
ico to buy American corn than to buy
Mexican corn, " Tarlau said.
RC senior Moira Birss said SOLE is
not concerned only with labor outside of
the U.S., and has been working with
organized labor such as steelworker's
unions to further their cause. "(Free
trade agreements) undermine labor laws
we have in the U.S.;' she said.
Tarlau said that aside from closing
manufacturing plants in the U.S. and
moving them to other countries that
offer cheaper labor, under NAFTA, cor-
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"(Free trade agree-
ments) undermine
labor laws we have in
the U.S:'
- Moira Birss
RC senior
porations also have the right to sue local
governments that they feel blocked their
ability to make a profit.
"In California, there was a really bad
chemical leak and the Canadian compa-
ny who was responsible sued California
because they felt the state was impeding
their ability to make a profit," Tarlau
said. "NAFTA allows corporations to
have a lot of power."
But, SOLE and its allies have found
protesting difficult, in light of a $9 mil-
lion appropriation to the city of Miami
to beef up its security and police forces.
Security has been high priority for cities
hosting international trade talks since
riots broke out in Seattle during the
World Trade Organization talks in 1999.
"Florida just passed a law stating that
if you are walking with more than a
group of seven, you are walking in a
'parade,' and if you are walking in a
'parade' without a permit, you will be
arrested," Tarlau said. In addition, there
is a fence five miles in perimeter sur-
rounding the site of the meeting.
Birss and Tarlau said their ultimate
goal is raise awareness of the problems
that are caused by free-trade agreements
between rich and poor countries. "I
think it is possible for there to be (world-
wide) regulations that would help the
poor and not just the rich," Tarlau said.
Overall, University students seem to
prefer the use of seatbelts. "I wear mine
almost all of the time," said LSA sopho-
more Craig Salveta. "It's just out of
habit - I almost feel more comfortable
with it on." Engineering sophomore
Scott Moore shares the same view.
"I wear a seatbelt for safety. It's
there, so I might as well wear it,"
Moore said.
The law enforcement agencies focus
on different violations at different points
in the year. For example, a similar pro-
gram is enforced for drunken driving
close to New Year's Eve.

Marty Crandall, keyboard player for the band The Shins, waves his
arms during a Monday performance at Detroit's Majestic Theatre.

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Law enforcement officers will be out
in full force this Thanksgiving week-
end, but perhaps not for the reasons
many might think. Officers will be
monitoring drivers for seatbelt use -
and issuing $65 tickets to violators.
Backed by a study released earlier
this month by the National Highway
and Traffic Safety Administration, the
Click it or Ticket program seeks to
enforce motorists' use of seatbelts.
The monitoring period was conduct-
ed for four hours on Monday, and will
resume over Thanksgiving weekend on
Nov. 28, 29 and 30 for about four to
five hours each day.
In Ann Arbor, enforcement zones
were set up at various locations
throughout the city by the Ann Arbor
Police Department. The areas were
clearly marked with signs stating "Seat-
belt Enforcement Zone," and accompa-
nied by a police car with its lights on.
"Everyone can see (the car). This is a
way to educate people to buckle up,"
said Sgt. Bruce Hill of the AAPD.
Fifty-two tickets were issued by the
AAPD during the four-hour period
Monday solely for seatbelt violations.
Violations were also given for speeding
and other offenses.
Michigan is one of several states that
enforces a primary law regarding seat-
belts - motorists can be pulled over
simply for not wearing their seatbelts.
In other states with secondary laws, the
driver must be pulled over for another
violation, and only then can be ticketed
for a seatbelt violation. Twenty- nine
states currently enforce secondary laws.
In addition to the AAPD, the
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Depart-
ment and Pittsfield Township Public
Safety Department, the University
Department of Public Safety is also
"DPS issued 68 citations for seatbelt
violations, issued four other traffic vio-
lations and had one arrest for driving
while license suspended (on Monday),"
said Diane Brown, DPS spokeswoman.
The study which sparked the pro-

has put into this effort," Brown said.
One example being the "Seatbelt
Enforcement Zone" signs, and police
car from the AAPD.
But according to the study, seatbelt
use has risen considerably over the
years, with as many as 83 percent of
motorists using seatbelts in 2002.
The study also shows that one cause
for this rise in seatbelt use, especially
in Michigan, was because of the pri-
mary law going into effect.
Seatbelt use increased by 14 percent
in 2000, the year the law went into

A satire by Alexander Ostrovsky
Translated by Stephen Mulrine
Directed by Malcolm Tulip
Mendelssohn Theatre
November 20 - 22 at 8pm
November 23 at 2pm
Tickets $20 & $15
Students $8 with ID
League Ticket Office
UM School of Music
Dept. of Theatre & Drama


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