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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - 3

Calif. prof to hold
talk on martial
arts, masculinity
University of California at Berkeley
film studies Prof. Chris Berry will
speak today at noon in room 1636 of
the School of Social Work building.
His lecture will examine the connec-
tion between Chinese martial arts and
the American concept of masculinity.
The presentation will give detailed
examples from the work of martial
artist Bruce Lee.
Berry edited "Perspectives on Chi-
nese Cinema." He has also translated
a Chinese compilation of memoirs
from members of the Beijing Film
Academy. The lecture is part of the
Center for Chinese Studies' Noon
Lecture series.
Music festival to
present work of
students, faculty
A two-day music festival will be held
today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the
Rackham Auditorium. The event will
feature Stanford University music Prof.
Mark Applebaum as a special guest.
Sponsored by the School of Music,
the festival will focus on new electron-
ic music and experimental remixes,
including video and. dance from Uni-
versity students and faculty.
The festival will be enhanced on an
eight-channel surround sound system. A
pre-concert talk will be held at 7:30
p.m. in the Rackham Auditorium both
today and tomorrow before the concert.
League will hold
0 open house for
75th anniversary
Students who are feeling stressed
coming back to classes after winter
break can unwind at an event called
"Fun at the League" tomorrow from 6
to 11 p.m. in the underground of the
Michigan League.
The event will feature body mas-
sages, caricatures, crafts, and free ice
cream sundaes. The film "Old School"
will be shown at 8 p.m. in the League
The event will also include per-
formances by members of the improv-
isational comedy group ComCo and
will end with a live concert by Tally
Hall, a campus rock group. The event
is part of the League's 75th anniver-
sary celebration.
* Vietnam native to
speak about work
as spy for CIA
Yung Krall, a current advocate for
the underprivileged and former spy
for the Central Intelligence Agency,
will speak tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the
Kellogg Auditorium in the School of
Dentistry building.
Krall will speak about her father,
former Senator Dang Wuang Minh,
who was the National Liberation
Front's ambassador to the Soviet
Union, and who negotiated for arms
and ammunition that were used to fight
against the South Vietnamese and
American armies.
The lecture, which is sponsored by
the ROTC, is the first in a series of
talks called "Vietnam: Then and Now."
* Speaker to
address global
climate justice

Amrit Srivastava, coordinator of the
India Resource Center in California
and director of the organization Global
Resistance, will speak on Thursday at 4
p.m. in room 1040 of the Dana build-
ing. His lecture is titled "Climate Jus-
tice: Linking Human Rights,
Environmental Justice and Climate
Srivastava has spent many years
working to build a grass-roots response
to climate change and recently helped
to draft The Bali Principles of Climate
Justice as part of an international coali-
tion of environmental groups.
The Environmental Justice and Cli-
mate Change student group, the School
of Natural Resources and Environment
and the philosophy department will
sponsor the event.
Meeting to focus
on production of
A three-day conference, examining
the connection between social science
and literary approaches to document-
ing everyday life, will begin on Thurs-
day at 8 p.m. with a book party and

Wolverine seen
in Mich. for first
time in 200 yeLars

,ULL W ILDM i ly
Members of the Other Political Party, a new student party, discuss the upcoming Michigan Student Assembly elections in the
Tap Room of the Michigan Union yesterday. Elections begin at the end of March.
race, new OPP pa created

By Nala Moreira
Daily Staff Reporter
It's big, it's ferocious, it growls and
it goes by the name "wolverine."
But unlike the Michigan hockey
team, the wolverine sighted in Huron
County last Tuesday is a rare visitor to
the state - so rare it marks Michigan's
first confirmed sighting in the wild of
the University's mascot in at least the
last 200 years.
"We have pretty good records going
back a couple of hundred years and we
have no confirmed records of wolver-
ines - this is really the first," said Uni-
versity Museum
of Zoology cura- "They cane
tor Philip Myers.
A group of these unusu
coyote hunters
discovered thef"n .
animal near the behold, it tur
town of Ubly,t
located at the tip tobe a wolv
of the Thumb.
"They came Biologist, Depar
across these
unusual foot-
prints," said state Department of Nat-
ural Resources biologist Arnie Karr,
"and put the dogs on to see what it
was, and lo and behold, it turned out to
be a wolverine."
The hunters and their dogs cornered
the wolverine in a tree until Karr
arrived to confirm the sighting. Karr
and the hunters took photos of the
black- and tan-colored animal until it
fled the area.
Wolverines are native to Arctic
tundra and brush, Karr explained,
and are currently largely restricted
to northern Canada. "We don't know
why it's here," he said. "It's certainly
way out of its range and way out of
its natural habitat."
Two theories could explain the wolver-
ine's presence in the state, Karr said. The
animal could be a wild wolverine that
wandered across frozen Lake Huron.
Alternatively, it could have escaped or
been turned loose from captivity.
Myers called the latter possibility
more likely. However, since wild popu-


and to and
rned out
-Arnie Karr
tment of Natural
in response to

to the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, lit-
tle is known about
the natural extent of
wolverine territory
in the United States,
since the animal is
shy and rarely
observed. The serv-
ice cited this lack of
information when it
refused to list the
wolverine as an
endangered species
an October 2003 peti-

lations of wolverines roam the forests as
nearby as Ontario, "there's no reason
why we couldn't get an occasional
immigrant across the ice."
In the early 1900s, Myers said, Uni-
versity biologist and museum curator
Norman Wood tracked down all reports
of wolverine sightings in the state. His
findings spanned the previous 100 years
and included news articles, trapper's
reports and even letters that mentioned
wolverines. Yet, "although lots of people
claimed that they had seen or trapped a
wolverine, there was nothing really con-
vincing," Myers said.

By Cianna Freeman
Daily Staff Reporter

As the University Party disbands
and some of its members decide to run
independently, a new party, the Other
Political Party, will be going against
the Defend Affirmative Action Party
and Students First in this month's stu-
dent government elections.
Former U Party member Anita
Leung said she disagrees with the
party system partly because of high
campaign expenses, hinting at reasons
why the party disbanded.
"The party system has gone out of
control ... a candidate should not
have to spend money to be part of stu-
dent government," said Leung. "We
are one of the few Big Ten schools
that have parties."
Members of both the U Party and
OPP commented on the high cost of
waging a campaign on the party level.
However, OPP members said they sup-
port the party system because it is
more realistic and makes elections
fairer and more regulated.
One of the main goals of OPP is to
establish direct communication between
the Michigan Student Assembly and the
student body, said OPP vice presidential
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become more comfortable making that
donation, and they will view it more
and more as philanthropy, and they
will get what their true capacity is to
support our scholarship initiative and
our facility needs." Parker said that
although the program has only been in
existence for one day, the general reac-
tion has been "pretty favorable."
"If you look at schools that have a
stadium of similar size like Penn State
or Ohio State or Tennessee, all of those
schools have annual ticket programs in
excess of $14 million," Parker said.
"The best year we've ever had in

candidate Matthew Lapinski, who has
never served on MSA.
He added that the OPP wants to
reach out to non voting students to
make sure they have an opportunity to
voice their opinion.
"We are really out to get a lot of
people who don't really vote," OPP
candidate Katie Tobias said.
The members said they want to
ensure students that their campaign
issues are feasible.
"We're not going to run on things
that can't be done" said Lapinski. "We
want people to vote and actually take a
stance on what they think government
should do."
Some of the main issues that OPP
chose to focus on are school spirit, the
bus system and tenants' rights.
"We need to increase school spirit to
increase unity among students," said
Kinesiology candidate Ryan Shienska.
"We want to bring more University-
sponsored pep rallies and buses that take
students to football games, like at Notre
Dame and University of Wisconsin."
Members wanted to establish more
late night bus routes for the safety of stu-
dents and expand the bus routes to
include areas such as south of Hill Street.
Tenants' rights and involvement with
Michigan athletics' annual giving pro-
gram is about $4 million."
The program has been in the works
for many years, and Athletic Department
officials said they have taken substantial
time entertaining different ideas that
would cater to fans' needs and concerns.
"In the late '90s we found ourselves in
a little bit of trouble related to our ability
to balance our budget;' Parker said. "It
was at that time that everyone started
looking at, 'Okay, what are the ways we
can enhance our ability to generate funds
to support the athletic program?' "
Another fundraising strategy that the
athletic department has considered in
recent years is corporate sponsorship
in Michigan Stadium.

the Ann Arbor City Council was also
an imperative topic for the OPP.
The OPP is also concerned about
off-campus housing issues and wants
to deal with this issue by lobbying the
City Council, Lapinski said.
"We want to create a student group
that is linked to City Council," added
OPP candidate Mike Affeldt.
Members said they are really excited
about talking to students and keeping
communication open between MSA and
the various schools. "We want to mesh
all the schools," Tobias said.
The new party wants to put a twist on
its campaign strategy and make it more
"We do not want to be overbearing,
but we want students to come to us,"
said party member Brent Carr, who is
running for a seat on MSA. "We would
rather the students see our faces in per-
son than on a flyer."

tion by the Biodiversity Legal Foun-
dation and five other organizations.
In Karr's opinion, Michigan most
likely achieved its nickname, the
"Wolverine State," because of all the
wolverine pelts that passed through the
state with the fur trade.
The wolverine, a member of the
same family of mammals as weasels
and badgers, also possesses a natural
fierceness and strength that uniquely
suit it for mascot status.
"They are ferocious. They're very
stubborn. During the summer, they
seem pretty clumsy when they move
around, but when they're on the snow,
they're very quick and agile," Myers
said. "They're able to do that because
they have very large feet which act like
Myers emphasized that wild wolver-
ines are only dangerous when cornered
and prefer to run away from people.
Still, he said, "I certainly wouldn't
mess with one."

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