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Bamboo and gong
The University Bamboo and Gong
Ensembles will be presenting "Gong
Pinoy" at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Brit-
ton Recital Hall in the School of
Music. This free concert will feature
The ensembles are under the direc-
tion of Felicidad Prudente, a professor
of ethnomusicology at the University
of the Philippines. She is currently vis-
iting the University's School of Music
and teaching a class on the music of
Comp Lit show
* nature and jealousy
Students in Comparative Literature
436 are producing something a little dif-
ferent from the average term paper this
semester. Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomor-
row at 2 p.m. the class will perform a
staged version of "Decreation: A Hypo-
thetical Opera in Three Parts" in the
video studio of the Duderstadt Center,
formerly called the Media Union.
The event is free and open to the
public, but seating is limited. It is sug-
gested to reserve tickets at decre-
The production written by Anne
Carson is a reflection of jealousy in
three different scenarios.
A discussion titled "Michigan
Debates on Urbanism III: Post Urban-
ism" will take place at 5:30 p.m. Mon-
day in the Art and Architecture Building
Auditorium. This is the final event in a
series of three in-depth, one-on-one
debates designed to explore three
schools of urbanism that have emerged
in the last decade in America and
Europe: Everyday Urbanism, New
Urbanism, and Post-Urbanism.
The event will feature Peter Eisen-
man, principal architect at Eisenman
Architects in New York, and Barbara
Littenberg, principal architect at Peter-
son Littenberg Architecture and Urban
Design in New York.
new art exhibit
The Institute for the Humanities will
be hosting the opening reception for
the new art exhibition "The Mirror of
Souls." The event will take place Mon-
day from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Oster-
man Common Room in the Rackham
Building. The art exhibit will be at the
University until May 30.
The artist, Kim Anno, worked in col-
laboration with Anne Carson, an Eng-
lish professor at the University, to
publish a book titled "The Mirror of
Souls." The art exhibit features the
illustrations from the book.
In conjunction with playwright Arthur
Miller's visit to the University, "An
Arthur Miller Celebration" will be pre-
sented tonight at 8 p.m., tomorrow at 8
p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The show will be held in the
Trublood Theater in the Frieze
Building. Directed by Mark Lamos,
the production highlights the depth
of work Miller has contributed to
the American and world stage. It
focuses on the Great Depression,
love and persecution.
The play contains scenes or mono-
logues from 12 of Miller's works: "All
My Sons," "Death of a Salesman,"
"The Crucible," "A View From the
Bridge," "After the Fall," "Incident at
Vichy," "The Creation of the World and
Other Business," "The American
Clock," "A Memory of Two Mondays,"
"Broken Glass," "Mr. Peter's Connec-
tions" and "Resurrection Blues."
Poets walk in
Arb, read poetry
The Fifth Annual Poets' Walk will be
at noon Sunday. The walk will start at
the Reader Center in the Nicholas
Arboretum and faculty members from
the Department of English Richard
Tillinghast and Keith Taylor will lead a
walk through the Arb with stops
throughout for poetry readings and
Activist discusses works of 'guerilla installation'
SArtist's controversial work
izcludes protests of death penalty,
French nuclear testig
By Adrian Chen
Daily Staff Reporter
One hundred life-sized plywood water buffalo,
a replicate of a death-row waiting room and an
80-foot floating inflatable balloon: These are
some of the projects of self-described artist and
activist Richard Kamler.
Kamler, who spoke at the Michigan Theater
last night, was educated at the University of Cal-
ifornia at Berkley as a sculptor and has been
making "issue-driven" art since he created his
first piece in 1976 titled "Out of Holocaust" -
a full-scale replica of one of the barracks in
Auschwitz. His work addresses such issues as
capital punishment, nuclear weapons and the
U.S. justice system.
Kamler said many of his installations are
"clearly interventions, guerilla actions without a
permit." These are temporary pieces set up ille-
gally in public places, usually shut down by
police and intended to send a highly visible mes-
sage through the media. Other pieces are more
formal, housed in museums.
During the lecture, Kamler who has been
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mad flurry of bargaining and more But t
flexibility on the part of the Univer- of supp
sity that we had never seen up until gradual
Since last August, LEO has met 100 con
with the administration 37 times, tenta- versity
tively agreeing on 18 contract articles terday r
- most of them regarding noneco- strike b
nomic issues which are not among LEO
LEO's core concerns. During the next statione
few weeks, they will attempt to reach saw a n
agreements on their remaining issues, signs in
including improved health benefits. are ma
LEO is not the only union to cite friends,'
difficulties in negotiating with the Uni- But t
versity. In her experience working with have be
the administration, Graduate Employ- said. Ac
ees Organization Vice President Holly of most
Burmeister said the University often classes
"will not make substantive offers at the The can
bargaining table until they're forced to LSA de
do so by labor power." "The
GEO negotiates its contract every puswide
three years and has been bargaining Univ
with the University for nearly 30 years. added,"
The organization also staged a one-day is quite
walkout two years ago, and it reached it, we ho
a new contract agreement shortly after- get back
ward. But t
Peterson said, because both sides are visibly
capable of lobbying sufficiently, the school
University does not believe a strike is through
ever necessary. puters w
LEO estimated that 175 lecturers Comput
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they didn't go about this right," LSA ter wor
sophomore Dan Tietz said. 1975 w
He added that he thinks lecturers GEO, a
should have continued to negotiate contrac
with the University instead of "arbi- GSIs fa
trarily" striking. "I sa
Other students, such as LSA jun- once G
ior Adam Stenavich, said they went more p
to classes simply because they were empow
convinced that some departments over th
did not mistreat their lecturers. quality
"I went to my economics class because
because my professor explained to good jo
us that (the economics department) lecture
takes care of their employees. She was a G
didn't talk about the other depart- 1972 an
ments though. I'm not educated GEO
enough on the subject to really have out two
an opinion," Stenavich said. ing ar
English Prof. Martha Vicinus said wages
she has mixed views on LEO's ly after
demands of the University. and GE
"I think LEO should have a con- new co
tract. It is important to pay our lec- Sarge
turers a good salary," Vicinus said. paved tl
But Vicinus said she does not as LEO.
agree with LEO's demands for "I thi
health care benefits, because they out with
want benefits greater than those of the inst
the University faculty. decently
She added LEO should differenti- with the
ate between the three campuses - long tim
Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint - the wall
because of the different living costs present:
in the three locations and the vary- A wa
ing sizes of the institutions. Univer
The LEO was not unprecedented. campus
teaching at the University's School of Art and
Design for the past week, reflected on some
of his more recent projects. An 80-foot long,
20-foot tall inflatable loaf of French bread,
floated into San Francisco Bay in 1996, is an
example of the offbeat "guerilla" art Kamler
Kamler dragged the piece, created in just three
days as a response to French nuclear testing in the
Mediterranean Sea, into the bay with some help.
It was emblazoned with the slogan "Make bread
not bombs" and painted with the colors of the
Adding to the effect was the presence of a
number of high-level government officials on the
bay observing the activities of Fleet Week - a
week celebrating the U.S. Navy - who eventual-
ly tried to sink the inflatable with helicopters.
Kamler, however, was anything but apologetic
for the disturbance.
"The intention of some of this public action is
really to embarrass," he said.
Another notable guerilla installation was
titled "The Sound of Lions Roaring." This
action was prompted by the plight of Robert
Harris, the first prisoner to be executed after
the end of California's short-lived ban on capi-
At the time of Harris's execution, Kamler
and a group of sailors stationed off the coast
blasted the sound of lions roaring through huge
speakers outside the waterfront prison, where
the state executed Harris.
Kamler said this was an audible expression of
the protesters' anger. The sound was so loud that
it could be heard by employees inside the prison,
who promptly responded by sending the U.S.
Coast Guard to arrest Kamler and his group.
"The sound really was enormous - this
deep bass sound coming from the dark," Kam-
Kamler also spent significant time discussing
his current project, titled "Seeing Peace" Kamler
said this piece is unlike some of his other work in
that he is striving to obtain the necessary permits.
However, he said he still aims to send a powerful
Its main focus is on "bringing artists to the
table" in the field of politics, thereby injecting
imagination and creativity into the global politi-
cal debate. Kamler said he believes strongly that
an increased focus on imagination could prevent
a lot of political strife throughout the world, espe-
"What if Picasso had painted 'Guernica' before
the bombs had dropped?" he asked, referring to
Picasso's masterpiece addressing the horrors of
the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s.
Kamler said his plan for "Seeing Peace" is to
bring 191 artists - one from each member coun-
try of the United Nations - to the U.N. general
assembly to sit with their respective representa-
tives for one day. It will also be accompanied by a
gallery in which each artist's representation of
peace will be displayed.
The lecture concluded with a scaled-down ver-
sion of "Seeing Peace" using University students'
own interpretations. Students walked to the Diag
and gathered in a circle holding letters that
spelled "Seeing Peace," which they created in
class under Kamler's guidance. Each letter was
supposed to be a representation of how the stu-
dents perceived of peace.
The event was the culmination of Kamler's week
long visit to the University, where he worked with
students taking the Concept Form and Concept
course. Kamler said the goal of his visit is that "stu-
dents think of the role of imagination in peace -
how we can envision it."
Art and Design junior Joe Ostrander said he
thought Kamler's visit was informative and that
the school was "taking a step in the right direc-
tion" by bringing experienced artists to the Uni-
"It was great to be able to talk to someone with
experience in the art world," Ostrander said.
Art and Design sophomore Ariel Sundel
echoed Ostrander's sentiments, adding that Kam-
ler's presentation gave her new insight into art
"I think seeing this tonight has really reaf-
firmed (the compatibility of art and activism),"
I yesterday, and even more can-
lasses. LEO serves more than
on-tenure-track faculty on all
here were also numerous signs
ort from graduate and under-
te students, along with other
In a sign of solidarity, nearly
struction workers near the Uni-
Hospital halted production yes-
morning when informed of the
y LEO organizers.
secretary Marc Ammerlaan,
d outside Haven Hall, said he
umber of students take picket
stead of going to class. "There
ny of us, and we have many
he impact on students may not
en significant, the University
cording to an "informal survey
colleges and departments," few
were canceled, Peterson said.
celed classes occurred in some
impact of the strike cam-
was not that great," she said.
ersity Provost Paul Courant
The effect of the walkout per se
small. They said they would do
ped to avoid it, but now we can
to work and get a contract."
he Angell Hall complex was
less crowded than on normal
days. Few students passed
the hallways, and many com-
ere available at the Angell Hall
aduate Employees' Organiza-
s also used collective protests
ast 30 years to fight for bet-
king conditions. A strike in
'as led by the newly formed
fter negotiations on a first
t between the University and
w a lot of improvements -
SIs had a union they attracted
ositive people. They were
ered because they had a voice
eir working conditions. The
of the GSIs has improved
they know that they have a
b with respect," said retired
r Ann Marie Sargent, who
JSI at the University between
also staged a one-day walk-
years ago, that time demand-
new contract with higher
and childcare benefits. Short-
the walkout, the University
O reached an agreement on a
nt added that she feels GEO
he way for more unions such
nk that the University found
h GEO that they have to treat
tructors fairly and pay them
,. They have been getting away
exploitation of lecturers for a
le. They've seen the writing on
; they are just prolonging the
situation," Sargent said.
lkout was also staged on the
sity's Flint and Dearborn
"I think the problem
was that they were
trying to (reach a
settlement) at the last
minute of the (11th)
- Bonnie Halloran
Despite the progress achieved in
Wednesday's meeting, many LEO
members expressed uncertainty about
the negotiations ahead. While both
sides are optimistic and eager to reach
an agreement, LEO's concerns about
working conditions will influence what
LEO decides to do in the future.
Halloran said job stability is impor-
tant both to students and lecturers.
When lecturers stay for long periods of
time, students develop relationships
with mentors, which is necessary for
students seeking recommendations.
But Courant has said LEO's pro-
posal would provide lecturers with
more job security than most other
faculty at the University, including
those with tenure.
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usually held In Mason Hall, in the basement of Starbucks yesterday to avoid
crossing LEO's picket lines.
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Many state Republicans who oppose
the bill advocate spending decreases
instead of tax increases to resolve the
Bird said the actual size of the deficit
depends on taxes collected this month.
"There are a number of revenues
that have not come in as expected,"
he said. But he added that April is a
crucial month for the state budget
he~ac tnxec en~n eithepr hrmnprin either
predict how much revenue the state
will bring in.
"Certainly we are anxious to hear
what they have to say about the state of
our economy and our budget," Boyd
said. "The cigarette tax is obviously on
the table. We are anxious for state law-
makers to pass the bill,"she added.