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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 25, 2004 - 5A

Exibit gives experience

of dicnmination to all
M U"EUM "We had the students sit down and
basically yelled at them, telling them
Continued from Page 1A no matter what they do, they will
the mindset of closet gays and les- never attain the American dream,"
bians and shows how hard it is to Hernandez said
get out of the closet because of the After experiencing the strong
restrictive mindset and the deroga- emotions of each room, the students
tory slurs they go through so often. within the tour groups meet after-
There are so many different types wards with Amora and counselors
of things you experience that you to discuss and process the feelings
don't necessarily hear or see." they encountered while touring the
To Wayne State University freshman museum.
Don Magtivang, the LGBT room was "There were varying opinions
one of the most memorable because of from the students, from shock to
the confrontational method it used with crying. A lot of people were ready
the students on the tour. to change their own behavior and
"(The museum) made me take a step become more cautious of what they
back and think about whether or not I say or do," said Amora.
do any of this stuff and it makes you LSA freshman Megan Magrum, an
more aware of the things going on actor in the Women's room, said, "I
around you." hope the students leave with a real-
The Latino American room also ization of the absurdity of the pres-
evoked strong emotions from students. sures of society, which even society
The students within the tour group sometimes doesn't see."
were asked to come into the room, According to Lederman, the
with each person representing a differ- museum expects that more than
ent Latin American country. 150 students will tour the room.
According to Museum Coordinator They are hoping to make the
Rogelio Hernandez, after stepping into museum an annual event.
the room "America," the students were Minority groups that were not
all forced to wear brown bags over their represented in specific rooms were
heads. They were all called "Spics," given a wall for students to look
effectively losing all the specific Latin through so as not to leave any
American identities they carried. group out.

CRIME
Continued from Page 1A
occur because students leave their res-
idences or cars unlocked, Oates said.
"There is a criminal underclass in
this town that preys on students,"
Oates said. "We could impact crime in
this city significantly if we can get
students to lock their doors."
Students living on and off campus
tend to leave their doors unlocked and
don't keep valuables concealed. This
is particularly a problem in off-cam-
pus housing, where a large number of
students are living together.
"Students don't pay particular
attention to who is going into large
residences, and they become easy vic-
tims unnecessarily so," Oates said.
"When there are five, 10, 15 students
in dwellings, doors are left open and
people will steal." Oates attributes
this to students not knowing who else
lives in their residences and to large
residences usually have many people
entering and exiting frequently.
Oates added that more than 50 per-
cent of thefts from cars occur because
the vehicles are left unlocked.
"We've got a police department that
works very hard," Oates said. "We
have regular crime strategy meetings
with University police where we go
through recent crime trends."
The AAPD and Department of Pub-
lic Safety use these Wednesday-morn-
ing meetings to determine how to best

allocate police patrols in order to
respond to crimes that are occurring
around the University. "Our meetings
with them help," DPS Capt. Joe Pier-
santi said. "We share information on
crime trends, suspects and crime sta-
tistics. If we see a certain trend, I
show them to all the police bureau
supervisors and we decide how to,
deploy."
DPS also divides the University
into three districts and assigns offi-
cers to specific districts and to specif-
ic buildings within those districts,
Piersanti said.
"We try to open the lines of com-
munication between officers and stu-,
dents and officers and faculty," he
added.
In the effort to increase safety and:
decrease crime, the AAPD tries to
focus on apprehending individuals
who have a prior criminal record
because those individuals tend to
repeatedly commit crimes and have
outstanding warrants, AAPD Sgt. Jim
Stephenson said.
"What we are doing is taking a
more active approach in going after
fugitives," he said. "We are making a
push to focus on those with a known
criminal history." The AAPD has also
offered a $500 reward for information
that leads to an arrest of the attacker
who stabbed a University student on
Sunday. Anyone with information can
call AAPD Detective Robyn Gillen at
994-2529.

LAURA SHLECTER/Daily
LSA sophomore Rachel Lederman and LSA freshman Andrew Wong direct the
Boxes and Walls presentation at Hillel yesterday.

RIAA
Continued from Page 1A
for numerous reasons, and not always
because of the recent lawsuits. LSA
senior Mark Bonges downloaded an
average of two songs each day during
his freshman year, but his activity
has since waned. Programs like
Kazaa can often cause computing
problems, frustrating users enough to
delete the programs.
Even if the lawsuits fail to stop pirated
music online, RIAA hopes to precipitate
a discussion on file-sharing.
"Now they are far more likely to at
least think about the impact of their
actions' Sherman said.
If administration officials find the
subpoenas legally viable, they will
release the names of the students. Those
students would then face a lawsuit by
RIAA. Most cases are settled out of
court, with settlements averaging
$3,000, RIAA spokesman Jonathan
Lamy said.
But copyright law allows "statutory
damages" ranging from $750 to
$150,000 per downloaded song, Sher-
man said. The severity of sharing can
increase the settlement. The 532 users
subpoenaed shared an average of 837
songs per person.
ABORTION
Continued from Page 1A
Alycia Welch, co-organizer of the
University's V-Day College Campaign,
said that Bush's actions have contributed
to discussion the abortion debate.
"With Bush's recent policies on abor-
tion, particularly concerning partial birth
abortions and his new quest to obtain the
(University)'s hospital records on abor-
tion procedures they have provided for
women, Roe v. Wade is losing its hold,"
said Welch, an LSA junior.
Roe v. Wade was the 1973 Supreme
Court case that drew on a woman's right
to privacy in order to legalize abortion.
But while student feminist groups
agree that abortion is a central issue that
candidates should address, they do not
concur on whether one candidate would
represent all of their concerns.
In a written statement, Erin
Stringfellow, an executive board mem-
ber of Students for Choice, said,
"(John) Kerry is definitely a better
candidate than Bush, but it would be a
mistake to elect Kerry and assume
women's freedoms will be preserved.
"We can't lose sight of our long-
term goal to ensure that all people -
women and men - have the freedom
to make healthy and responsible deci-
sions, and that will take a lot more
work than electing a Democratic presi-
dent."
Hardikar said that although Kerry
has said he will support a woman's
right to have an abortion, it is possible
that his position will become more
centrist in an effort to appeal to a wider
range of voters as the November gener-
al election approaches.
Although abortion may become the
central women's issue of the election,
the students said there are other
issues at stake that are important to
women voters.
"Choice is not just about abortion,"
Hardikar said. "Reproductive rights have
to become more of a health issue
because it has been proven that in coun-
tries where women's reproductive health
is protected, their general health is bet-
ter," she said, referring to contraception.
Welch said another issue candidates
need to address is violence against
women.
"(Kerry) was one of the original co-
sponsors of the Violence Against Women
Act, which has provided over $1 billion

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