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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - 3

March 15, 1999
A group of 30 students occupied
University President Lee Bollinger's
office in the Fleming Administration
The students, all members of Stu-
dents Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality, vowed to con-
tinue the sit-in until the University
would comply with their demands
by adopting a strong set of stan-
dards for the collegiate apparel
The students left the building two
days later, after Bollinger presented
a policy for the University's expec-
tations for licensed manufacturers
at a University Board of Regents
meeting. The sit-in lasted just over
50 hours.
March 20, 1965
Four University students were
arrested while participating in a civil
rights demonstration in Montgomery,
The students, Barry Goldstein,
Helen Jacobson, David Aroner and
Diane Runkel, were arrested with a
group of 120 other demonstrators for
loitering on the state capitol
Students returning to Ann Arbor
reported that the four jailed students
had decided not to post bail, instead
starting a hunger strike until their
About 70 University students had
traveled to Montgomery for the
demonstration, led by Martin Luther
King Jr. The two-day event consisted
of several demonstrations and a march
to the state capitol, which flew the
Confederate flag at the time.
March 15, 1975
In front of a packed Hill Auditorium,
consumer advocate Ralph Nader lam-
basted American food producers for
selling food products that he said
lacked nutritional value
"The hot dog is an example," Nader
said. "It consists of fat, water, a little
meat and trash."
Nader proposed the establishment
of consumer co-ops to pressure
food companies and courses to edu-
cate the public about nutrition and
consumer affairs.
March 20, 1951
The University Young Republicans
were split over a report that a confer-
ence of Young Republicans from south-
ern colleges had endorsed a
Republican- "Dixiecrat" coalition for
the 1952 Presidential election.
YR president Dave Cargo
denounced the idea, calling it "the
most asinine, the most foolish I've ever
heard. And boy, I mean it!"
But YR member Bill Halby said he
saw merit in the proposed coalition.
"The Republican Party doesn't stand
a chance in the South as things stand,"
Halby said. "I'm all for it."
Young Democrats President Don
McNiel said he would not mind letting
the southern Democrats go.
"They'd make fine bedfellows,"
McNiel said of Dixiecrats and
Dwight Eisenhower later won the
March 16, 1958

Members of the Young Socialists
Club of Wayne County charged that
members of the Detroit Police
Department's "Red Squad" pho-
tographed them in an attempt at
intimidation while the group passed
out newsletters in front of the Michi-
gan Union.
The club members reported that a
group of men in a car with Detroit
license plates refused to identify them-
selves after taking the photographs.
Detroit police, as well as Ann Arbor
police, state police and the FBI,
denied knowledge of the incident.
March 15, 1935
A survey of about 50 female Univer-
sity students revealed that the ideally
dressed man wore a checked jacket, gray
slacks, a bright plaid tie and socks and
white shoes. Bow ties, stiff collars and
black shirts elicited a largely negative
The survey indicated that a slight
majority favored the wearing of hats
on dates, but derbies were widely
frowned upon.
March 17, 1983
Prof. Charles Tilly, with a speech
titled "Marx the Historian" before a
packed Angell Hall auditorium, kicked
off the two-day Karl Marx Centennial

Marching to their own beat

Students gather on
Diag in memory
of cancer victims

Douglas Flieschut of Hollywood, Calif. (center) bangs on his drum on Maynard Street yesterday while -
marching with his fellow drummers to promote the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which starts today.
'U' students commemorate death
of young activist in Middle East

By Adrian Chen
Daily Staff Reporter
At last night's frigid Cancer
Awareness Week Vigil on the Diag,
English Prof. Macklin Smith said
life after cancer was like "a time-
lapse movie in real-time."
This phrase also describes the
scene at the vigil: Steam languidly
rising from surrounding buildings
and shivering onlookers' mouths
gave the gathering a somber, slow-
motion feel appropriate to its topic.
Cradling candles and warm drinks,
a few dozen people showed up to
hear speeches about battles with
cancer and to remember those
affected by the disease.
The vigil is part of Cancer
Awareness Week, sponsored and
organized by University Students
Against Cancer.
Speakers at the vigil included
Smith and LSA senior Aaron Viny,
who reflected on their battles with
leukemia. Both Viny and Smith
shared experiences of diagnoses,
treatment and their changed lives
after the disease.
The speakers also touched on
how they coped with the difficulties
of cancer. Viny relied on humor to
deal with the "unbearable"
chemotherapy treatments and the
resulting seclusion. The movie
"Bubble Boy" - a comedy about a
boy quarantined in a plastic bubble
- was a favorite while Viny was
quarantined himself. Smith wrote a
book of poetry titled "Transplant"
to deal with the nagging memory of
cancer. The book was published by
local bookstore Shaman Drum.
"It was as if a muse had taken up
permanent residence in my right
shoulder, making me remember
everything again," Smith said.
Though their speeches varied,
both Viny and Smith urged onlook-
ers to register with the national
bone-marrow registry and men-
tioned the bone-marrow drive, tak-
ing place today in the Yuri

Kochiyma lounge of South Quad
Residence Hall and tomorrow in the
Michigan Union.
LSA junior Tara Needham, whose
mother died of lung cancer in 1997,
was impressed with the work put
into the vigil and the week's events.
"Tonight was great, I really liked all
the performances and I'm sure the
rest of the week is going to be
great," Needham said. "I wish I had
gotten involved earlier because
(cancer) has really touched my life
Cancer Awareness Week is "a week
jam-packed with everything USAC
tries to do throughout the year," USAC
organizer Jen Larkin said. The week is
about awareness - not only of cancer
but also of USAC and the enjoyment
its members receive in exchange for
their hard work. "We want to show that
you can still have fun and make a
change and help someone else out,"
Larkin said.
The week's events kicked off Satur-
day with a Necto bar night, which
Larkin said was a big success. All of
the proceeds - about $1,000 - went
to charities such as the Coach Carr
Cancer Fund at the Comprehensive
Cancer Center and Special Days
Camp, a charity set up to give kids
with lukemia to have a traditional,
overnight summer-camp experience
without jeopardizing their health.
Other events included a "Diag Day,"
where USAC members passed out infor-
mation on the prevention and warning
signs of cancer and an exhibit of art
made by people affected by cancer,
which is still on display in the Union.
Upcoming events include a band
night at The Blind Pig tonight and the
bone marrow drive today and tomor-
row. The week wraps up tomorrow
night with a fashion show at the
Union Ballroom.
USAC, an organization that aims
to promote cancer awareness on
campus, also holds events all year.
USAC members volunteer in the
community and raise money for
cancer-related charities.

By Victoda Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
Students and Ann Arbor residents
gathered for a candlelight vigil on the
steps of the Michigan Union last night
to remember the one-year anniversary of
the death of Rachel Corrie.
Corrie was a 23-year-old American
human rights worker who was killed
by an Israeli military bulldozer while
standing in front of the bulldozer to
prevent the destruction of homes in the
Gaza Strip.
In remembrance of Corrie's death,
students gave speeches concerning the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Corrie's
activism that cost of her life.
"I'm here for Rachel Corrie. She's an
inspiration for Americans who value the
truth, and who are willing to die for the
truth," said Rackham student Abdul
Suleiman added that although it has
been a year since Corrie's death, the U.S.
government is still reluctant to investi-
gate the case. The bulldozer that hit and
killed Corrie was supplied by the United
States, Suleiman said.
Apart from the government's lack of

desire to investigate Corrie's case, Engi-
neering senior Maher Iskandar said that
another important point is Corrie's pro-
Palestinian stance.
"People don't speak of the Palestinian
injustices, but they happen everyday.
People here are standing because they
have a purpose in life to stop these injus-
tices from happening - it is what I
stand for," Iskandar said.
Henry Herskovitz, a University alum
who attended the vigil, said he offers a
unique perspective because he is a sec-
ular Jew.
"Jews world-wide with a conscience
need to fight for the freedoms of Pales-
tine. It's the only way we'll be free,"
Herskovitz said. Still, Herskovitz said
his ideas have not been received well
in the Jewish community. Of the Jew-
ish people he's come in contact, with
he said about 80 percent have ostra-
cized him and only 20 percent have
accepted him.
"(There is) a basic unfairness in a state
that teaches ethnic superiority. It's some-
thing I want no part of. Jews were sub-
ject to years of discrimination - true -
but Zionism is a horrible solution to a
horrible problem," Herskovitz said.

"I am here for Rachel
Corrie. She's an
inspiration for
Americans who value
the truth and who are
willing to die for the
- Abdul Suleiman
Rackham student
But Brad Sugar, co-chair of the
Orthodox Minion, said although Cor-
rie's death was a tragedy, it should not be
blamed on Israel or the Zionist move-
ment. "I question the logic of people
who are upset. She went to a dangerous
area; she's not completely without fault
in her death. It's a war - and if you're
going to a war zone you're asking for
trouble," Sugar said.
Last night's vigil was sponsored by
the Muslim Students' Association and
co-sponsored by the Progressive Arab
Jewish Alliance and Students Allied for
Freedom and Equality.

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