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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 3

Lecture focuses
on church and
China nationalism
Emeritus history Prof. Ernie Young
will speak on Catholic missions and
Chinese nationalism in the 19th and
early 20th centuries today at noon in
room 1636 of the School of Social
Work Building. Sponsored by the Cen-
ter for Chinese Studies as part of its
Noon Lecture Series, the title of the
lecture is "Catholic Missions and
Nationalism in the Era of the Unequal
Students speak
on Islam, Arab
Rackham student Mucahit Bilici and
Public Health student Sawsan Abdul-
rahim will present a dual lecture today
at 7:30 p.m. in room 3050 of the Frieze
Building. Bilici will speak on Arabs in
America and representations of Islam
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Abdulrahim will address questions of
Arab American identity and whiteness.
The Muslim Graduate Students Associ-
ation will sponsor the event.
Civil rights activist
to hold lecture,
show documentary
The documentary "A Civil Rights
Journey" will be shown today at 8 p.m.
in the Michigan League Underground.
The film records the civil rights move-
ment in Huntsville, Ala. from 1962 to
1963, as seen through the eyes of civil
rights activist Sonnie Hereford. Footage
of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches to
the Huntsville leaders is also included.
Sponsored by Dialogues on Diversity,
the program will be followed by a ques-
tion-and-answer session with Hereford
and refreshments will be provided.
Hereford is the leader of what is con-
sidered one of the most successful civil
rights protests in Alabama history. In
1963, he and the Community Services
Commission sued the Huntsville
School Board on behalf of his son and
four other students, resulting in the first
desegregated school in Alabama histo-
ry. Hereford used psychological tactics
and nonviolent, peaceful protests to get
his messages across to opponents of
Diag vigil honors
cancer victims
In accordance with Cancer Aware-
ness Week, a candlelight vigil will be
held today at 8 p.m. on the Diag. Eng-
lish Prof. Macklin Smith and LSA stu-
dent Aaron Viny will share their
personal cancer stories. Performances
by The Harmonettes and The Michigan
Men's Glee Club will also be featured.
Health strategies
are focus of
annual conference
The University's Health Management
Research Center will sponsor its annual
conference tomorrow beginning at 8
a.m. at the Michigan League. The
theme of the conference is "The Value
of Health" and it will focus on strate-
gies to increase participation in work-
place wellness programs.
Health management specialists

will include Sheila Calhoun of Pfiz-
er Inc., Beth Spyke of Sparrow
Health Education and Steve Cherni-
ak and William Sullivan from the
United Auto Workers-Ford Motor
Speaker talks on
gender themes in
new media art
The Center for Japanese Studies will
feature a lecture by University of Mon-
treal Prof. Livia Monnet Thursday at
noon in room 1636 of the School of
Social Work Building.
The title of the lecture is "Technohor-
ror's Time Machine" and Monnet will
explore themes of gender, history and
the uncanny in women's new media art.
Monnet is a professor of compara-
tive literature, film and media studies
at the University of Montreal. Her
publications cover a wide range of
areas, including the literature and cul-
ture of Japanese women, feminist the-
ories, the feminist cinema and queer
Talk remembers
labor's challenge
to corporations
As part of the corporate account-

MSA hopefuls suit up for elections

Students First
Cuts to Student Affairs: "We must not tolerate budg-
et cuts without student input- it's our money, it's our
lives, we should make the choices." - Presidential can-
didate Jason Mironov
Voter Registration: "As a student government, we
have the resources and the responsibility to encourage
civic participation in any way possible.
Regardless of party affiliation, students should realize
the importance of educating ourselves about political
issues. When students don't vote, politicians don't care
what we think." - Vice presidential candidate Jenny
Trotter House: "Trotter House holds special impor-
tance not only to minority students, but also to the uni-
versity community at large in the form of increased
understanding of and ability to experience different cul-
tures." - Mironov

Jason Mironov (P) and Jenny Nathan (VP)

Defend Affirmative Action Party

Defend Supreme Court victory in Grutter v. Bollinger:
"Our campus prides itself on its diversity. If we allow the
current attack on affirmative action through the misnamed
'Michigan Civil Rights Initiative' to succeed, our campus
loses that diversity and the University will be de facto reseg-
- Presidential candidate Kate Stenvig
Build up the May 15 march on Washington: "This May
will mark the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of edu-
cation decision, and we will be mobilizing the campus and
the nation to march against the separate and unequal condi-
tions that still permeate American education." - Stenvig
Reverse the cuts to Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center: "This is just not acceptable. Women on
campus who have faced rape and sexual assault need a
place to go for help and support."
- Stenvig

Kate Stenvig (P) and Cyril Cordor (VP, not pictured)

In dec.pendent
candidates ,

Candidates for
executive office
lay out planks
By ClannaFreeman
Daily Staff Reporter
With the election only one day away, candidates for the
Michigan Student Assembly continue to vigorously campaign
and convince students why they should be chosen as the leaders
of the MSA.
Students First party president and vice president candidates
Jason Mironov and Jenny Nathan said that their commitment to
the students is what makes them ideal to lead MSA next year.
The party currently holds the majority of seats on the assem-
bly. MSA President Angela Galardi, an LSA senior, is a mem-
ber of Students First.
"I think that students should vote for me and the Students
First candidates because we do exactly what our name says:
We put students first in all matters both on and off of cam-
pus," Mironov said. "Our goal is to make sure all students
feel welcomed to bring any issue that is on their minds to
MSA and that they find that MSA is receptive, responsive
and proactive."
Nathan said she plans on making sure that students know
what MSA is and how to get in contact with the assembly. "I
plan to be there to listen and respond to the representatives as
well," she said.
"A student government is at its most productive when it can
foster an environment of trust, openness and mutual respect,
and as vice president I plan to be open to listening to any and
all questions and concerns," added Nathan, an LSA junior.
Mironov, a Business School junior, said the three most
important issues facing campus are housing, Trotter House ren-
ovations and abating the effects of budget cuts.
But independent president and vice-president candidates Tim
Moore and Anita Leung, said MSA needs to be renovated.
"If you think MSA doesn't do anything for the students, vote
for us. ... If you don't care about MSA because you've never
heard about it, vote for us" said Moore, a Business School jun-
ior. "We will bring MSA back to the students, opening lines of
communication, improve relationships with administrators and
make MSA productive for once."
Moore and Leung said they want to begin improving MSA
by working with the Residence Halls Association and the
Information Technology Central Services to improve MSA
"To begin with, we will push through a lot of campaign and
election reform, working with ITCS and RHA and emphasize
that parties and party politics do not belong on student govern-
ment," they said. "Monthly meetings of reps and the exec will
make reps more accountable, and as (executive board) we will
actually hold regular office hours for any student needing
access to us," they added.
Students in the Defend Affirmative Action Party said they
want to become leaders of MSA for a more specific reason, the
preservation of affirmative action at the University.
More exactly, DAAP members are fighting a ballot ini-
tiative backed by the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative that
would seek to ban race conscious admissions policies in
the state.
"We, DAAP, were at the forefront of organizing and
leading the 50,000-person April 1 national march on
Washington that secured that victory (in the Supreme
Court), and now we are at the forefront of leading the
campus in defending our victory," DAAP presidential can-
didate Kate Stenvig said.
"No other party running for MSA has even taken an official
stance on this key question facing the campus. ... Whether or
not we defeat this attack on affirmative action (the MCRI) will
determine the climate on this campus."
Steving, an LSA junior, said MSA needed to become more
than just resume filler for assembly members.
"We will make MSA into a student union that stands up and
fights for students' rights and interests, rather than a junior
partner of the administration," she said.
"If there was a strong DAAP leadership on MSA right now,
the administration would not be prioritizing cuts to (Sexual
Assault and Prevention and Awareness Center) and other stu-
dent services."
Matt Lapinski, the Other Political Party vice president candi-
date, said he believes MSA is in need of a good leader.
"In my past experience I have been responsible for
managing a sizable staff which included conducting meet-
ings and making sure the entire team of employees was
motivated and on task, not to mention the fiscal responsi-
bilities of being in charge of an organization," said Lapin-
ski, LSA junior. "These are skills that seem to be lacking
in student government."
OPP presidential candidate NickChuck Heidel, an LSA

junior, said that currently MSA is in disarray.
"MSA is currently dysfunctional, redundant and abortively
pedantic," he said. "I hope my presence in MSA will ignite an
orgy of productiveness."
The MSA election is tomorrow and Thursday. Students can
vote online at vote.www.umich.edu.

Budget cuts: "We need to get on top of the Universi-
ty's budget situation because the long-term effects of
eliminating such critical parts of our campus are quite
frightening." - Presidential candidate Tim Moore
Making MSA cohesive and productive: "Working to
rebuild MSA's reputation and productivity, eliminating
divisiveness caused by the party system and remember-
ing that we are there to serve students, not promote
individual agendas." - Vice-presidential candidate
Anita Leung
Student unification: "Residence Hall Olympics,
CareerTools ... these are all examples of great projects
that serve all students,which is the essence of
MSA."- Moore

Anita Leung (VP) and Tim Moore (P)

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Tenant rights: "The idea of bringing back the Ann Arbor
Tenants' Union is a phenomenal one but it can't stop there,
there needs to be more ... The truly substantive measures
of tenant's rights will live and die by the Ann Arbor City
Council." - Vice-presidential candidate Matt Lapinski
Housing: "I have campaigned on North Campus, and
there is a strong sentiment to re-flatten the wave field so it
may be used as prime real estate." - Presidential candi-
date NickChuck Heidel
Beer: "I believe the next step is bringing beer back to
the Big House in the vending booths as is common in many
other arenas." - Heidel

NickChuck Heidel (P) and Matt Lapinsky (VP)

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"The city's noise ordinance is some-
thing that we've been talking about. For
instance, Leopold's can't have live music
and all the bars have to close at 2 a.m. -
which is pretty early. I think live music is
important to drawing a creative commu-
nity," taskforce member and LSA senior
Rob Goodspeed said.
True to Granholm's worries, many
students do plan to leave the state after
graduation. They feel that larger cities
have more to offer. "I'm staying for now,
but I plan on transferring out at some
point. I don't want to stay in Michigan. I
want to go to someplace like Chicago -
to a real city that's not falling apart,"

Continued from Page 1
Honors Program.
He said he established the blog in order to
instruct students to give outsiders - including
prospective students and their parents - a sense
to things that go into the Honors Program.
Some professors said they use weblogs to
remain active in their fields of study. Linguis-
tics Prof. Sarah Thomason is one of more
than a dozen contributors to the national lin-
guistics blog, languagelog.org. The site began
last fall, headed by linguists Mark Liberman
of the University of Pennsylvania, Geoff Pul-
lum of the University of California at Santa
Cruz and Arnold Zwicky of the Ohio State
The linguistics blog discusses "anything

son said.
For students, blogging often serves as a tool
to voice their perspectives.
Rackham student Nathaniel Poor, who studies
communications, said he keeps his blog for per-
sonal enjoyment. Poor said when he started his
blog in January 2003, the reason for developing
the site was because he missed writing on a reg-
ular basis.
One University course this year requires stu-
dents to create a blog.
LSA sophomore Rachel Pultusker said she
kept a blog for "University Course 151 - Com-
munity in the 21st Century: Exploring Home,
Identity and Place in Virtual Context," taught by
Prof. Maurita Holland in the 2002 fall term.
"It was an assignment on virtual communities
and how people stay connected when they're not
close geographically," Pultusker said.

Continued from Page 1
it would only make sense for the buses to go there" Chen
Beth McCarty, an LSA sophomore, said she would travel
to Detroit more often if buses went there.
"So many events happen in Detroit. If the buses went
there, I would definitely go more often" said McCarty.
Political science Prof. Greg Markus said Detroit resi-
dents would benefit from having transportation to outside
regions. About 30 percent of city residents do not have
access to a vehicle and need transportation for daily
affairs, Markus said.
"(Extended bus routes) would be great for thousands of
Detroit-area residents who are elderly or disabled, and need
to come to Ann Arbor to see their doctors. It would be great
for all of us who want to visit museums or restaurants or
sporting events in Detroit, and for folks in Detroit who want
to tin the ca~me. thingr here-" he si-


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