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Thursday, March 11, 2004

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Opinion 4A
Sports 5A

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www.michigandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 110 @2004 The Michigan Daily

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
MSA pres. candidates
lock horns on issues

Protest,
9 fuhdih9 cuts

Students are speak-
ing out against the
Division of Student
Affairs' budget cuts to
the Offices of Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Affairs
and Multi-Ethnic Stu-
dent Affairs, changes
to the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Aware-
ness Center and the
division's actions
regarding the William
Monroe Trotter House.
Graphic by ANDREW KAPLAN/Daily

ADMINIST

Student Affairs
budget slashes
met by protests

By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter
As an act of defiance against the
administration, students from groups
across campus gathered yesterday to
discuss allegations of the administra-
tion's budget cuts, acts of negligence
and questionable practices.
In meetings held in the South Quad,
Alice Lloyd and Bursley residence
halls, an ad hoc coalition of student
groups met to discuss issues in student
affairs. Those present criticized alleged
cuts to the Offices of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Affairs and
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.
Students also charged the administra-
tion with neglecting the William Mon-
roe Trotter House - a center created to
support multicultural activities - cut-
ting funding for this year's Dance for
Mother Earth Pow Wow and fragment-
ing services at the Sexual Assault Pre-
vention and Awareness Center, among
other accusations.
"They're pissing off everybody, and
the fact that they're doing that means
that groups who might not normally
work together are going to unite around
something," Art and Design junior
Emily Squires said.
But President Mary Sue Coleman
said the budget decisions were difficult
for administrators to make. "Nobody
can know what it's like to sit in this seat

and have to make these tough (budget)-
decisions. And I don't expect people to
know. But ultimately I have to take in
all the information and do the best job
that I can to protect the University for
the future," Coleman said.
Staff members from the Office of
Student Affairs could not be reached for
comment.
Students at the meeting enumerated a
lengthy list of the administration's trans-
gressions.
The LGBT Office recently received
cuts to its budget. Most significantly,
office staffer Holly Ferrise will not be
rehired next semester,- Law student and
LGBT member Pierce Beckham said.
He added that Ferrise had been kept
part-time for seven years, although Uni-
versity policy maintains that any part
time position must be full time after one
year. Ferrise is credited with the cre-
ation of the Speakers Bureau, one tool
for education and outreach in the LGBT
community on campus - a tool that
some say may not exist after Ferrise is
let go.
Advocates for MESA and the Trotter
House were also present at the meeting,
decrying the condition of the multicul-
tural center and the staffing problems at
MESA.
The Trotter House currently does not
have a formal program director. "Other
universities have a director," said
See PROTESTS, Page 7A

JORDAN STECKLOFF/Daily
From left, Michigan Student Assembly presidential candidates LSA senior Kate Stenvig of the Defend Affirmative Action Party, Business School junior Jason Mironov of
Students First and LSA sophomore Andre Radojcich of the Other Political Party, field questions during a televised debate in the WOLV-TV studio last night.
TV debate previews elections next week

By Kristen Przybyisid
Daily Staff Reporter

Four distinctly different Michigan Student Assem-
bly presidential candidates were revealed during a
debate at the WOLV-TV studio last night.
Kate Stenvig of the Defend Affirmative Action
Party, Students First candidate Jason Mironov, inde-
pendent candidate Tim Moore and Andre Radojcich,
an Other Political Party spokesperson who stood in
for candidate Charles Heidel, faced three rounds of
questioning.
Although the event was publicized as a debate, the
evening featured less dialogue between the candidates
than it did opportunities for them to tout their plat-
forms and records.
"I've been organizing in the defense of affirmative
action on this campus for five years," Stenvig said. "If
we win against the current attack on affirmative
action, I think it will end the series of attacks on inte-
gration programs."
Diverging from the issue of affirmative action in
the second round of questioning, Stenvig addressed

(Moderators) got the candidates
warmed up with general
questions ... before moving on
to individual questioning.
DAAP's support of the Graduate Employees Organi-
zation and the Lecturers' Employee Organization.
"Whether or not GEO and LEO win in their negoti-
ations is really crucial," Stenvig said. "It's really a
question of not just fairness in employment, but really
the quality of education."
Moore expressed his desire for MSA to focus on
issues that bring students together and mentioned his
experience as a member of the Interfraternity Council
and the Business School's Student Government Asso-
ciation. He added that issues such as affirmative
action are not the business of the assembly.
Moore commented on IFC in the second round of
questioning and said IFC President Casey Bourke

should have apologized for an incident of alcohol
abuse during a University-funded retreat at Tau Beta
Camp in January, which led to a vote of no confi-
dence in some executives.
"I don't necessarily think (the executives) should
resign. ... However I do think the president of IFC
should have apologized," Moore said."The Greek sys-
tem needs to bring up its image"
Mironov stressed his familiarity with MSA proce-
dures and University administrators as MSA student
general counsel. He also said that he would like to
continue MSA's current efforts regarding the Colle-
giate Readership Program, AirBus, renovations to the
William Monroe Trotter House and the addition of a
bus route extending to Washtenaw Avenue.
"(I want to) put energy and time into things that we
started last year," Mironov said.
In the second round of questioning, Mironov also
said that MSA would like to provide funding for the
Ann Arbor Tenants Union or a group with a similar
function that would assist students living off campus
in recognizing and resolving issues with landlords.
See MSA, Page 2A

Aibright lectures
on globalization

By Adhiraj Dutt
and Elena Satut
Daily Staff Reporters

Homeless to Harvard: a child's struggle

By Koustubh Patwrdhan
Daily Staff Reporter
Liz Murray has triumphed over
adversity: she used to be homeless but
currently studies film at Columbia Uni-
versity.
Her lecture last night in Hutchins
Hall at the Law School, during which
she spoke at length about her experi-
ences with homelessness and a rough
childhood, was part of Child Advocacy
Week and sponsored by Medstart, an
organization comprised of graduate stu-

dents from many different departments
seeking to raise awareness of children's
issues.
The week's focus this year is child
poverty and includes many lectures, as
well as panel discussions and benefit
concerts.
Murray vividly documented her life
as a child in "neglect," surrounded by
drug addicts, and then as a homeless
girl on the streets of New York City. She
talked about the unusual paths her life
took that eventually led her to Harvard
University, her first college experience.

She described how her life had so
many "strikes against her" but said she
still made it. Using her personal experi-
ences as examples, she said how Med-
start's initiatives are an excellent way
for people to help distressed children.
Murray grew up in the Bronx in an
area with a reputation for drugs and
violence and said her family survived
on welfare checks.
She skipped school and only showed
up to take exams. She educated herself
through junior high school by studying
on her own from the books that her

father brought home from the library.
She said social workers were apathet-
ic toward her situation and many times
were unresponsive to her needs. "One
social worker told me that I was old
enough to take care of the house when I
was eight years old," Murray said.
Eventually she became homeless.
Amanda Floyd, a graduate student at
the School of Social Work, said she
enjoyed Murray's story.
"As a social worker, her story made
me feel sad and ashamed that people
See MEDSTART, Page 7A

Hundreds of students and commu-
nity members turned up at the Busi-
ness School's Hale Auditorium
yesterday to hear former U.S. Secre-
tary of State Madeleine Albright dis-
cuss her views on globalization and
international relations.
In the speech, titled "U.N., WTO,
IMF: Time for a Change?" Albright
briefly mentioned the World Trade
Organization and the International
Monetary Fund while focusing her
attention on the Bush administration.
This speech is her second at the Uni-
versity this week, following a lecture
on U.S. policy in the Middle East on
Tuesday.
"Most people in most places like
globalization," she said, citing the
results of a survey she chaired at the
Pew Research Center for the People
and the Press in Washington. "Our
goal should be to have global benefits
of trade more widely shared."
Albright emphasized that globaliza-

tion is inevitably sweeping across the
world and that it must be managed in
order to assure that nations aren't left
behind.
"International institutions fail
because of the inactions or actions
of their members," she said.
"(There is) no substitute for leader-
ship."
The Bush administration, accord-
ing to Albright, "sees international
institutions as obstacles." She agreed
that Bush was right to go to the Unit-
ed Nations 18 months ago and
demand actions against Iraq but
wrong to not allow the U.N. time to
take such actions.
"The president deserved great credit
for putting us in position to insist that
inspections (continue)," she said.
"(But) we went to war because it suited
the calendar of some people in the
administration."
Albright contrasted the Bush admin-
istration's handling of Iraq with the
Clinton administration's handling of
Kosovo in Yugoslavia. She said the
Clinton administration worked with
See ALBRIGHT, Page 2A

Hillel commemorates Holocaust
victims with name-reading vigil

LAURA SHLECTER/Daily
RC junior Casey
Cohen reads
names of
Holocaust victims
during the
University of
Michigan Hillel's
24-hour vigil on
the Diag

By Farayha Arrine
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