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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 109
rfhe Michigan Daily
for MSA to
By Kristen Przybyiski
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly presi-
dential candidates will be facing off in
three rounds of debate at the WOLV-
TV studio tonight. Students First can-
didate Jason Mironov, Kate Stenvig of
the Defend Affirmative Action Party
and independent candidate Tim Moore
plan to field questions from modera-
tors from WOLV TV, the Michigan
Daily and possibly WCBN Radio.
"There will be three rounds of
debate," said LSA junior Laura Averitt,
WOLV-TV news director. "The first
round of questions will be open to all
candidates and will address extremely
general topics about what the candidates
would like to accomplish."
In the second round, the questions
will directly address individual candi-
dates and focus on their previous state-
ments in the debate. The third round
will allow candidates to make any
rebuttals and closing comments.
The debate is not open to the public,
but students can watch it on Saturday,
Sunday and Monday at 10 p.m. on chan-
nel 22 for Comcast subscribers and
channel 70 in the residence halls.
There was some concern among can-
didates that tonight's debate may not be
impartial due to the fact that the current
MSA president, Angela Galardi of the
Students First party, was given a list of
specific questions that will be directed
toward individual candidates. Averitt,
who is serving as a debate moderator, e-
mailed the questions to Galardi.
Averitt said Galardi requested that she
have input in the questions as a person
who participated in the debate last year.
"(We did this) so that we could get feed-
back from someone who has debated
before and then WOLV would make any
See DEBATE, Page 7
By Michael Gurovitsch
Daily Staff Reporter
Supporters of a state constitutional
amendment banning gay marriage
failed to clear their first legislative hur-
dle yesterday as the House rejected the
measure by a vote of 65 to 43, eight
short of the two-thirds majority
"We are thrilled that this issue is not
going to be on the ballot in Michigan
this year. I am proud to say I live in a
state that values its gay and lesbian cit-
izens. We are excited to have this issue
behind us," said Sean Kosofsky, direc-
tor of the Triangle foundation, the
largest civil rights group for homosex-
uals in Michigan.
Rep. Gary Newell (R-Saranac) said in
a written statement he was disappointed
by the outcome, but hopes the legisla-
ture will reconsider the issue soon.
"(A) statute may not be enough for
us to safeguard the integrity and sancti-
ty of marriage," Newell said, referring
to a current state law that prohibits
same-sex marriage. "A constitutional
amendment would strengthen Michi-
gan's stance in favor of traditional, het-
Rep. Lorence Wenke (R-Richland),
one of three Republicans to vote
against the amendment, said the reso-
lution's purpose was to discriminate
against homosexuals, not to protect the
institute of marriage.
"This is a social policy issue. This is a
religiously motivated issue. The consti-
tution is not the place for those types of
issues;' Wenke said, adding that tradi-
tional legislation is the appropriate
forum to address social policy concerns.
"This is a social policy
issue. This is a
issue. The constitution
is not the place for
those types of issues.
- Rep. Lorence Wenke (R-Richland)
Newell said he disagrees with that
logic, insisting that the people should
determine whether they want to allow
"Michigan voters deserve the right
to decide whether we will protect mar-
riage, one of the cornerstones of socie-
ty, with a constitutional amendment,"
Should the resolution be considered
again - which is possible since the
House approved a motion to reconsider
it at a later date - it would need to
pass the House and the Senate with a
two-thirds majority in order to put on
the ballot. A majority of the voters
would then needto ratify the amend-
ment for it to be added to the constitu-
Michigan residents had mixed opin-
ions on the House vote. Recent Uni-
versity alum Gerald Montanto said he
was glad the amendment failed.
"I would have felt threatened. If it
did pass, I would try to get out of
(Michigan) as soon as possible," Mon-
tano said, adding that although he is in
favor of gay marriage, he is not sure if
See MARRIAGE, Page 7
James Gray, left, Juan Carcasquillo of Ann Arbor and John Hanley of New York drink last night at the Aut Bar. The three were
pleased to hear that the Michigan House of Representatives failed to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marrage
by the required two-thirds majority. All three are flight attendents for Northwest Airlines.
Research explores variations on feminism
By Genevieve Lampinen
Daily Staff Reporter
Newly compiled research on the way women across the
world perceive feminism is already making its way into
women's studies classrooms on campus.
The ongoing research was outlined yesterday during a
lecture on the Global Feminisms Project in Lane Hall yes-
The project is aimed at comparing feminism in four
countries- China, India, Poland and the U.S., said
Abby Steward, assistant professor of women's studies
Project members chose nations where individuals are
already running feminism projects. They created interna-
tional sites where coordinators collect video interviews of
women's movement activists and women's studies.
about future of
By Adrian Chen
Daily News Reporter
Protesters, a security entourage and video cameras gave
the impression of a White House press conference to former
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's timely lecture on
U.S. policy in the Middle East yesterday.
In yesterday's speech, titled "Prospects for Democracy in
the Middle East," Albright reflected on
the possibility of democracy in the Mid-
dle East, the Bush Administration's work
toward achieving democracy and the
obstacles it faces.
The Bush administration is presented
with many challenges as it strives to
fight terrorism through its "curious"
roundabout method of attempting to
"transform the entire Middle East" by
bringing democracy to the region,
Steward said that by the end of the project, it is expected
that 40 videotapes and their transcripts will be collected and
available to serve as a tool in women's studies education.
"We have fantasies of putting them on the Internet and
having lots of access (to the tapes) so that people can think
of lots of uses for them," Steward said.
She added that she thinks the primary use of the videos
will be to serve in teaching women's studies, noting that
some of the materials collected have already been used in
courses at the University.
Steward said although the United States is providing
most of the funding for the project, directors of the study
want it to be a decentralized effort. It is up to the inde-
pendent teams in each country to choose candidates for
interviews as well as to decide how they should be con-
ducted and compiled.
"Decisions are different in every respect. That's part of
the project, to get different perspectives" Steward said.
English Prof. Jennifer Wenzel said the idea of global fem-
inism differs in other areas of the world, especially Africa
and South Asia.
"There has been a struggle to expand the lens of the
western feminism and point out that feminism is not uni-
versal. To some in the U.S., that's a new idea," Wenzel
Janet Malley, deputy director of the Institute of Research
on Women and Gender, said the talks showcase the work of
faculty\ and different institutes, so University students have
the opportunity to talk about what they're doing and what
they want to be done.
"The talk on The Global Feminisms Project is timely in
the respect that it is an element to the value of women's
studies at the University. The project has been pretty active
this past year. It's coordinating activities across several
countries," Malley said.
The project, initially expected to take place from 2002 to
2005, is slightly behind schedule.
Project leaders expected to be about two-thirds of the way
through by now, and they are about one-half, said Steward.
Steward and Jaylati Lal, assistant professor of women's
studies and sociology, presented the lecture as co-directors
of the Global Feminisms Project.
The presentation attracted students on campus with an
interest in women's studies.
LSA junior Katie Lee said she gained new perspectives
on global feminism.
"I thought it was very interesting. It was on subjects that
you can't read about in a book," Lee said.
LSA junior Lynn Hasselbarth said the lecture addressed
important and interesting feminism issues.
See FEMINISM, Page 7
HIV victim discusses
double life he led
By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter
For decades, Derek Anderson lived a secret
life. During the day, he was a family man with a
loving wife and daughter. But at night, Anderson
frequently had sex with men.
Betraying his family was something he never
meant to do, yet Anderson said he could never
reveal his sexual orientation to his family. He said
he knew it would not only destroy them, but that
it would destroy his connection to the black com-
munity. "It's a big deal in the black community to
being labeled a homosexual. ... In the black com-
munity, they made me hate gay people."
But eventually his lifestyle threatened his life
and still does today. One night he had unprotected
sex with another man, which led him to contract
the deadly disease HIV
Speaking at the Michigan League last night,
Anderson said no student should suffer from the
same mistakes he did.
tant for black students, as the black community
still does not completely accept homosexuals.
Anderson said in his lecture that blacks have an
especially difficult time dealing with AIDS. He
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