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Monday, March 29, 2004

News 3A
Opinion 4A
Sports 8B

Judge rules in favor
of MCRI initiative
Zac Peskowitz
doesn't think
politicians are cool
The Daily challenges
your knowledge of
the baseball team

Tom Hanks returns to comedy in 'The Ladykillers' ... Arts, Page 8A
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Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 122

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Dance for unity

Pow Wow rallies
Native American

Milan Gajic and Eric Nystrom show their disappointment after
Boston College handed the Wolverines a 3-2 overtime loss in
the final round of the NCAA Northeast Regionals yesterday.
Icers Fro en
Four hopes
melted away
By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Writer
MANCHESTER, N.H. - All season long, when the
Michigan hockey team was playing at its best, its opponent
was irrelevant. The Wolverines would win faceoffs, control
the puck and outshoot their opponents. That was their for-
mula for success Saturday in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament when Michigan cruised past host New Hamp-
shire, 4-1.
But last night, in their 3-2 overtime loss to Boston Col-
lege in the Northeast Regional final, the Wolverines discov-
ered how those teams felt: even with their best effort, they
were ultimately overwhelmed by a more talented opponent.
Michigan held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but in the end, the
Eagles' unyielding pressure was too much for the Wolver-
ines. Forward Patrick Eaves tied the MHGN 2
score with less than five minutes left in
the third period, and his brother and
linemate, captain Ben Eaves, batted in a rebound 10:08 into
overtime to send the Eagles (29-8-4) back home to Boston,
this year's host of the Frozen Four. The Wolverines finished
the season 26-14-2, and did not make the Frozen Four for
the first time in four years.
Michigan made it into overtime thanks in large part to
goaltender Al Montoya, who saved a career-high 42 shots
and was named to the regional's All-Tournament team
(along with defenseman Andy Burnes and winger Brandon
Kaleniecki). The Wolverines were outshot 45-17 and lost 46
of 76 faceoffs.
"He's an unbelievable goalie," said Patrick Eaves, who
played with Montoya on the U.S. team at the World Junior
Championships in December. "I don't know how to describe
how he plays. He's always there anticipating. He's a terrific
goalie because of it."
Most of the game was spent in the Wolverines' zone, as
they had trouble getting the puck out of their side of the ice
throughout the game.
"They forechecked us hard - real hard," forward Eric
Nystrom said. "They were real aggressive and we weren't
moving the puck quick enough. Their forwards were fast
and crafty. That's why they're heading where they are."
The Eagles controlled the puck from the start, but were
unable to generate any quality opportunities. The Wolver-
ines, on the other hand, made the most of their first chance.
Mike Brown received a pass from Burnes at the blue-
line and skated all alone along the right boards towards
the net. The freshman forward wristed a shot from the
right circle. The puck slipped past Eagles goalie Matti
Kaltianinen's arm and trickled into the net at 12:09 in the
first period.
In the second period, the Eagles had a pair of power-
plays, and evened the score on their second opportunity
when Ben Eaves took a puck from behind the net and
passed to Tony Voce, who was right at Montoya's left
side. Montoya was looking the wrong way, and Voce easi-
ly batted the puck into the net.
See EAGLES, Page 4B

By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter
Centuries ago, Native Ameri-
cans cleared open fields of grass
to hold a pow wow. At Saturday's
Ann Arbor Dance for Mother
Earth Pow Wow, Native American
dancers continued the same tradi-
tion, opening the weekend's event
through a Grass Dance, symboliz-
ing the clearing of the grass so
many years before.
Open fields of prairie used to
stretch across the land when the first
pow wows were held, Native Ameri-
can dancer Ronny Preston said.
During the year, the prairie grass
would grow tall. Whenever the tribes
living in these lands needed a meet-
ing place, the elders would send out
the young men to clear the fields by
stomping down the grass.
As the young men stomped on the
grass, the elders noticed how beauti-
ful their motions were. So the tribe
made a dance out of it now called the
Grass Dance.
Dressed in traditional Native
American clothing, Preston and
hundreds of Native Americans
from tribes all over North America
joined Ann Arbor residents in this
year's Pow Wow for fun and to

immerse themselves in Native
American culture.
The 32nd annual Pow Wow was
held over the course of the weekend
at Crisler Arena and sponsored by
the University.
Pow wows, dancer Jody Gaskin
said, are meant to gather the commu-
nity together, allowing them to
socialize and meet new friends. This
particular Pow Wow was also a dance
and drum competition where per-
formers were judged by their group's
But the pow wow also serves an
equally important purpose of provid-
ing the Native American community
time to express their long-standing
With thousands of yellow and red
beads spread across his clothing,
decorating the pattern of shapes and
symbols on his garb, Preston said he
made his dance wear over the winter
from the knowledge passed down
through his family.
"My mother taught me how to
bead when I was real small. I never
forgot it," he said.
Gaskin said he learned Native
American dance when he was five
and now teaches his children the
same dances.
See POW WOW, Page 2A

A Native American performer dressed in traditional attire attends the Pow Wow Saturday in Crisier
Arena. The annual event drew more than 1,000 audience members and performers.

u dget troubles burden celebration

By Aymar Jean
Daily Staff Reporter

While many campus events can attract
large crowds, certainly no event can rival
the Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow in
its celebration of Native American culture.
The throb of drums, the roar of music
and the aroma of frybread tacos lure thou-
sands of spectators to Crisler Arena each
year, drawing them to an event that fosters
cross-tribal and cross-cultural exchange.
But budget cuts have undermined this
year's Pow Wow, most notably by reducing

its usual three-day span to two. The Univer-
sity has cut the budget of the Division of
Student Affairs, the event's main sponsor,
by 4 percent this year.
The Pow Wow has lost an estimated 25
percent of its University funding this year,
coordinator Steven Abbott said. Adminis-
tration officials could not be reached for
specific budget figures.
The decrease in revenue has correspond-
ed with continual increases in costs, includ-
ing renting the Crisler Arena, hiring
Department of Public Safety officers and
covering maintenance fees.

University funding only covers a portion
of these costs, although organizers must
pay to use University services.
But costs increase every year campus-
wide, and all events sponsored by the Uni-
versity must use some of their funding to
cover costs, Abbot said.
Members of the Native American Stu-
dent Association, the Pow Wow's main
organizer, have criticized these costs. The
decrease in funding means organizers must
pay the University about twice the amount
they receive in sponsorship.
Abbot said the event's funding base has

decreased over the past few years, forcing
organizers to increase their funding efforts.
But the planning process, which starts early
in the fall, is taxing, and the campaign to
solicit more funding from private donors,
businesses, tribes and University depart-
ments is only one part of the preparation
"It's an enormous event to try to put
together," Abbott said. The organizing
committee must coordinate publicity
efforts, solicit volunteers and extend invi-
tations to all the Native American groups
See CUTS, Page 2A

Registration changes surprise students

By Donn M. Fresard
Daily Staff Reporter

The beginning of registration for next fall's
classes may catch students by surprise -
some because of Wolverine Access's new look
and features, and some because they were
unaware that registration was approaching.
University students will begin registering
for classes today on the newly upgraded
Wolverine Access. But since the Office of
the Registrar has failed to send out e-mails
alerting all students that their registration
appointment dates are available online,

some students said they had not yet heard
about registration for next fall.
According to the Office of the Registrar
website, registration appointments have
been viewable on Wolverine Access since
March 22. Appointment dates for graduate
students run from today to March 31, and
appointments for undergraduates run from
April 1 to April 19.
Last semester, the office alerted students
via e-mail on Nov. 10, the day that registra-
tion appointments and pre-registration back-
packs were made available.
The Registrar's office could not be

reached for comment this weekend.
MBA student Andrew Bayley said he had
not heard that registration appointment dates
were available on Wolverine Access. "I didn't
know when the start date was" Bayley said.
Social Work graduate student David Steed
said he received an e-mail from the School of
Social Work informing him that his registra-
tion appointment date was available. The
school maintains its own registrar's office.
But most undergraduate students said
they had not yet heard about registration
appointments. "I have no idea (when my
registration appointment is)," LSA sopho-

more Jeffrey Kahn said.
Students who do know their registration
appointment dates will find the new Wolver-
ine Access more robust and dependable than
the old system, said Nancy Firestone, com-
munication consultant for Michigan Admin-
istrative Information Services.
Among the changes is an additional two
hours of availability each weekday. Wolver-
ine Access will now be accessible from 7
a.m. to 4 a.m. on Monday through Friday.
In addition, the "backpack" and registration
are now on separate pages, with a modified

Kiss-In rally rounds out
Queer Visibility Week
By Mona Rafeeq He said the rally is a chance to show affectio
Daily Staff Reporter in a visible but protected environment.


Most people don't think twice before kissing a
loved one in public, but many gays say society's
homophobia forces them to keep their signs of
affection hidden.
More than 100 students wore rainbow-colored
ribbons and waved rainbow-colored umbrellas
against a cloudy sky as they gathered on the
Diag Friday to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexu-
al and transgender community and protest cuts
,r to University services for gay students.

"The rally makes people realize that this type
of love is real," Weltman added.
LSA freshman Kim Shindel, an ally to the
LGBT community, said she saw the Kiss-In not as
a sexual statement, but as a sign of affirmation.
"It's a sign that says, 'We're here and we love
and we deserve the same rights that you have,' "
she said.
Shindel added that the rally's message of pro-
moting acceptance is relevant to the campus-
wide community.

Kerry and Bush
lay out plans for
economic reform
By David Branson
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - While President Bush and presidential
hopeful John Kerry outlined the economic plans for their
election campaigns on Friday, neither presented new
material but instead continued to repeat past pledges of
economic reform.

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