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Panel explores
imperialism in
American culture
Scholars from the University and
around the country will discuss the
impact of imperialism in American
culture from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
today at the Michigan League.
The series of panel discussions
will include such topics as "Border
Policing" and the "Deployment of
V Indigenous People." Keynote
addresses will be given by Universi-
ty of South Carolina English Prof.
David Shields and University of
California at Santa Cruz history
Prof. Neferti Tadiar.
Arb seeks
volunteers to help
with restoration
The University's Nichols Arboretum
staff is inviting the community to help
them remove unwanted vegetation.
Visitors can also prepare new planting
sites from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday
at the Arb.
Participants also have the option of
bringing their own loppers or pruners.
Snacks and other tools will also be pro-
Hill Auditorium
remembers the
past nine decades
The University Musical Society
will present a series of lectures to
highlight different musical events
from the past 90 years of Hill Audi-
torium at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the
Ann Arbor District Library.
Featured recordings for the events
will include opera singer Ewa
Podles, pianist Evgeny Kissin, the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra con-
ducted by James Levine and several
other performers that had been
scheduled for the 2003 and 2004
Choral Union Series.
Brown sisters to
give lecture on
The daughters of the late Rev. Oliver
Brown, who fought for integration of
public education in the landmark case
Brown v. Board of Education, will
speak at Rackham Graduate School
Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Monday.
The lecture is called "A Conversa-
tion with the Brown Sisters," and the
sisters will speak on their own expe-
riences about the integration of pub-
lic schools in relation to the U.S.
Supreme Court decision in 1954.
In addition, the question-and-
answer setting of the program will
allow for students to share their own
experiences with the integration of
public schools and their experiences
in relation to the University's affir-
mative action cases.
This event is sponsored by the
Office of Academic and Multicultur-
al Initiatives.
Advocate, author
speaks about
disability rights
Adrienne Asch, a renowned advo-

cate, author and teacher will lecture
on the boundary between genetic
enhancement and disability issues at
the Michigan League on Monday
from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Asch is a professor of biology at
Wellesley College and her lecture is
being sponsored by the University's Life
Sciences, Values and Society Program.
Annual King
march to occur
The 22nd annual Martin Luther
King Jr. march will occur at 2 p.m.
starting at the Washtenaw County
Building on Sunday in downtown
Ann Arbor.
The march will end at the Second
Baptist Church which is located on
850 Red Oak St.
The program at the church will
begin at 4 p.m. with the event fea-
turing speaker Ronald Wood, profes-
sor of American studies at Eastern
Michigan University.
The event is being sponsored by
the Second Baptist Church of Ann
Arbor. The Ann Arbor Committee
for Peace will be marching with the
members of the Baptist church.
Acoustic quartet
from Virginia will

Keeping watch

The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 9, 2004 - 3
Brewer: No candidate holds
deci'ive lead iz state so far

Continued from Page 1
the party on Feb. 7 if they choose.
In presidential elections Michigan is typically a
"swing" state where both Republican and Demo-
cratic presidential candidates campaign heavily.
Even now, the Democrats look to reach a broader
constituency statewide.
"In Washtenaw County, I know that we chose
to have a voting site on (the Universityof Michi-
gan's) campus and we also have a site on
(Michigan State University's) campus. We're
really trying to reach students and minority
communities as part of our outreach effort,"
Brewer said.
"Currently, six of the nine Democratic candi-
dates have paid staff in Michigan and right now
no one is really in front," Brewer said. "The can-
didates will begin campaigning in Michigan
toward the end of the month after New Hamp-
shire and Iowa."
The Iowa Democratic Party holds its caucuses
Jan. 19 and the New Hampshire Democratic
Party holds its primary Jan. 27.
Some of the major issues at stake for voters in
Michigan are the current economic recession,
health care and what Brewer called "the creation

U.S. Border Patrol agent Mindi Thomas watches a Canadian Pacific train enter the
tunnel under the Detroit River on its way into Ontario from Detroit yesterday.

Continued from Page 1
the planning phase, restores Hill to its
early-20th century "Arts and Crafts"
decor. The University masked the orig-
inal design during a 1949 remodeling
"Because it's a restoration, we did it
so it looks like it's always been here,"
said Henry Baier, associate vice presi-
dent for facilities and operations for
the University, who oversaw the audi-
torium's latest makeover.
There are now, however, some
amenities - artistic, acoustical and
practical - that were absent from the
hall when workers originally complet-
ed its construction in 1913.
In regarding the interior of the audi-
torium - which is also listed in the
National Register of Historic Places
- project coordinators brought back
the house's gold, blue and bronze
color scheme, illuminating more than
300 "medallion" and "necklace"
lights on the hall's vaulting walls.
They also hand-painted the yawning
glass laylight that gazes down upon
the audience.
But whereas longtime patrons of the
auditorium may remember seeing blue
painted organ pipes on stage, workers
leafed those pipes in gold.
"They were very simple colors,"
Baier said, referring to the hall's 1949
motif. "They would be kind of a light
beige, a light gray, where now you look
it is very warm - very elegant."
In addition, the project organizers
- interior designer Mariuca Bran-
coveanu and architectural firms
Albert Kahn Associates and Quinn
Evans/Architects - fixed to the
ceiling's zenith a blue and gold 'M'
pendant and replaced the once
upholstered seats with velvet-cov-
ered wood-backs.
Aside from enhancing Hill's appear-
ance, project coordinators also
improved the auditorium's acoustical
A set of heavy, leather-bound
doors and an underground ventila-
tion system buried beneath the
Modern Languages Building assure
that unwanted noises from the main
lobby - also newly renovated -
and the air conditioning will not dis-
turb concertgoers.
"We were going to drop a pin on
stage and see if you could hear it at the
upper level and mezzanine level," said
Diane Brown, facilities and operations
While Hill's acoustics were by no
means poor before the renovations,
Bradley Bloom, associate dean of the
School of Music, said a new archway
constructed over lower-mezzanine
seats in the back of the auditorium
will eliminate the "echo effect" per-
formers experienced onstage in previ-
ous years.
During a media tour of the hall
before patrons began streaming past its
doors, Baier said preserving Hill's
sonic ascendancy was a chief goal of
all project coordinators.
"We took care not to change the par-
abolic geometry of Hill, which con-
trols acoustics," he said.

"We tried to preserve
the acoustics ... It will
feel very, very fine to
come back homt to
- Karen Wolff
Dean, School of Music
The ceremony's musical perform-
ances, quite literally, echoed Baier's
Between speeches from architects
and faculty, University music students
roused visitors with opera, rich violin
jigs and trumpet fanfares that cut
across the hall without the aid of
"We've tried to preserve the
acoustics," Music Dean Karen Wolff
said. "It will feel very, very fine to
come back home to Hill."
For situations that call for some
amplification, such as Freshman
Convocation and lectures, orators
can avail themselves of the hall's
upgraded sound technology, which
includes new speakers tucked behind
the organ pipes.
Renovations also make Hill a more
accommodating facility. Additional'
lobbies and meeting spaces, wheel-
chair-accessible seating, ramps
alongside staircases, updated fire and
alarm systems, brighter exterior
lighting and more bathrooms -
twice as many as before the project
began - enhance patrons' visits to
the auditorium.
"This was just a wasted space,"
Coleman said, referring to a now
refurbished, whitewashed lower lobby
that previously displayed only rust
and piping.
The space plans to soon exhibit the
Stearns Collection of Musical Instru-
ments, the University's collection of
more than 2,000 instruments from
around the world.
Despite a host of new amenities,
Baier said project coordinators were
forced to cut back on one of the
hall's features: seating. The restored
Hill contains about 500 fewer seats
than before its renovation, according
to fact sheets provided by the Uni-
But at 3,600 seats, it's still 1.5 times
the size of New York City's Carnegie
Hall, said Kenneth Fischer, president
of the University Musical Society.
Although the restoration project
proved costly, the proposal has been
handed down through five University
presidents - who held their tenure
during better economic times, Cole-
man said.
Now that the University has taken a
$16.4-million funding cut for the win-
ter term, administrators must begin to
focus more on issues that immediately
affect students, she said.
But she added that the auditorium
can be an educational asset in itself.
"It will allow our community to ben-
efit from not only having great per-
formers, but when those performers
come to the University, they visit the
classrooms," she said.

of an urban agenda."
Continued from Page 1I
the United Auto Workers and the I
Michigan Catholic Conference.
Also in opposition to Connerly,
BAMN has refocused its efforts afterc
this summer's court decision and plans
to match his door-to-door campaign r
with a similar effort.
"Wherever Connerly and his sup-I
porters are, we are going to meet themr
with a growing civil rights movement,"
LSA senior and BAMN organizer Kate
Stenvig said.
The activist group has already begunt
its efforts. Since last fall, BAMN hasc
waged a boycott against Coors, which
they say funds Ward Connerly and his
They have also mobilized support
from middle and high school students c
- most of whom live in the Detroit
metropolitan area.c
MCRI, however, is undeterred and
not surprised by the resistance. The e
American Civil Rights Coalition,i
MCRI's umbrella organization, has c

"Michigan has already lost 200,000 manufac-
turing jobs since Bush was elected president,"
Brewer said. "We're in a recession in Michigan,
and we also have a real problem with health care.
These are very serious bread-and-butter issues
that could cost the president in the fall."
In the last three presidential elections,
Michigan voters chose Democratic candidates.
"Everything is geared toward the election in
the fall toward beating George W. Bush,"
Brewer said.
But now the caucuses are the major focus,
Brewer said. "Past primaries have always depend-
ed on the (voter) turnout. The largest turnout we
ever had for a primary was in 1988 with 200,000
voters. With numbers like that, in this election
students could make the difference."
Michigan has 153 delegates that will attend the
Democratic National Convention from July 26 to
July 29. One hundred twenty-eight of those will
be elected based on how the candidates fare on
Feb. 7. The number of delegates is proportional to
the number of votes the candidates receive in the
"The elected delegates pledge their support for
the candidate and are bound for the first ballot at
the convention. If the candidate withdraws before
the convention, the delegates may then vote for
whoever they please," Brewer said.
n Wash- The language of the proposed
p. Leon amendment borrows phrases from the
id they landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
n these But there are conspicuous differ-
ences, most notably the addition of the
hey've phrase "preferential treatment."
Drolet, BAMN sees this phrase as an
g com- inflammatory distortion of the law's
original intent.
nitiative "It misuses and misrepresents what
517 sig- the Civil Rights Act was created for,
et a ref- which was to create opportunities for
oposed blacks and Latinos," Stenvig added.
The group said MCRI is "blatantly
some of lying to the people of Michigan" by
s either propagating legislation that is an "anti-
nitiative civil rights, segregationist and racist
attack," she said.
;et them But MCRI denied it is manipulating
the truth.
is as not "It's going to in effect put into
the Michigan Constitution what
ar side, everybody thinks the Equal Protec-
e) is an tion Clause already says," said
It's an Justin Jones, director of policy and
ttack on planning for ACRC. "There are
truth," those who want to be more equal
than others."

held successful referendums it
ington and California. State Re
Drolet (R-Clinton Twp.) sa
faced organized opposition i
states, as well.
"They are expected. T
cropped up everywhere," said
who co-chairs MCRI's steerin
Despite this opposition, the i
persists. The group needs 317,
natures by July 6 in order to g
erendum vote on the pr
But Drolet disapproves of s
the opposition's tactics. Group
distort or simply lie about the i
and its purpose, he said.
"Relying on the truth won't g
anywhere," he said.
BAMN views such statement
only false but also hypocritical.
"We have the truth on ou
obviously. (MCRI's initiative
attack on affirmative action.
attack on civil rights. It's an at
integration. And that's the
Stenvig said.

Continued from Page 1
intranasal version of the flu shot.
"Our d'efiind fbr FluMist has been very high," Krista
Hopson, media coordinator for UMHS.
The University decided earlier not to offer FluMist to stu-
dents because of certain risks associated with it. Despite the
shortage, their stance has not changed.
"We still don't have the confidence in FluMist to use it.
Unless you're at high risk you shouldn't," said Winfield.

Currently, not many students at the University are
among those at high risk.
According to an email update yesterday by Laura Bau-
man, epidemiologist at Washtenaw County Public Health
only 27 percent of reported influenza cases in Washtenaw
County have been of people ages 18-49.
Winfield saw similar results at UHS in the last three days
with less infected students coming in.
For such reasons, CDC has put off calling this year's
outbreak an epidemic, stating it is too early in the flu sea-
son to tell.

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