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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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News 3 MSA comes out
against Proposal 2
Arts 5 Holly Golightly
keeps up the pace
Sports 10 Braylon and Marlin
create intense
practice matchups

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SLSA sophomore Beth Turk looks at shirts carrying slogans decrying sexualized violence. The shirts were displayed as part of the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center's clothesline project before SAPAC's Speak Out event yesterday.
Survivors speak on sexual violence

By Alex Garivaltis
Daily Staff Writer
Third-party candidates may not
have gotten their day in the sun during
the televised national debates, but in a
debate yesterday at the Law School,
they all got to speak their piece.
The debate, hosted by The Michi-
gan Daily, afforded student representa-
tives from the Democratic, Republican,
Reform, Socialist, Libertarian and
Green parties, as ble
well as a represen- I 1
tative for Ralph
Nader's campaign, of OppOrt
a chance to air their e+t
party platforms. equality
Iraq took center If
stage as LSA junior /
Andrew Moylan, equality, v
chair of the College
Libertarians, said he be equall
disapproved of the
war but noted that _-
the United States
should be commit-n
ted to restoring law
and order to Iraq,
arguing against set-
ting a firm deadline for the withdrawal
of troops. "It's clear we've stuck our nose
into something that's very difficult to get
out of," he said.
The auditorium erupted with laughter
when Jamison Ruth, a member of the Col-
lege Democrats executive board, said "John
Kerry is not pro-war, but I wouldn't call
him anti-war either." Ruth, an LSA sopho-
more, qualified his statement by saying.
Kerry would have conducted the war with
more moderation than President Bush.

n equality
:unity, not
)f results.
nt absolute
we can all
Spoor."
)avid Wolkinson
nember, College
Republicans
North, a member

a Rackham student,
argued that the inva-
sion of Iraq was a
"war of aggression"
whose illegality was
firmly established
by the Nuremberg
Trials, in which
Nazi officials were
tried after World
War II. Tanniru was
applauded after he
called members of
the Bush adminis-
tration "war crimi-
nals."
Lively debate
ensued when David
of the World Social-

David Wolkinson, member of
the University College Republicans,
addressed whether Bush's case for war
is still adequate given the failure to find
weapons of mass destruction.
Wolkinson, a Law student, said Sad-
dam Hussein's obsession with weapons
of mass destruction and his willingness
to use them against his own people jus-
tified the war.
In a rebuttal, Joseph Tanniru, presi-
dent of Students for Social Equality and

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter

Rape may be the biggest violation that can be
inflicted on a woman. But for LSA junior Nicole
Terwilliger, the anniversary of her rape four
years ago is something she wants to celebrate,
not for the act itself, but for the strength required
in overcoming it.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center's 18th annual Speak Out yesterday provided
Terwilliger and other sexual assault victims and
their friends an environment in which they could
freely share their experiences. The largest turnout

of students to date for a Speak Out attended the
event in the Michigan Union yesterday, with a final
tally of around 100, said SAPAC spokeswoman and
LSA junior Lindsay Jolley.
"With each passing year there is more aware-
ness about the issues. It's really great that so many
people came to support" sexual assault survivors,
Jolley added.
The speakers who chose to discuss their expe-
riences, all of whom were women, were given the
choice of speaking at either the media or confiden-
tiality podiums. The podiums, side by side on the
stage, gave victims who wanted more anonymity
the choice to do so.

"The goal was to give people an area to speak. A
lot of times survivors don't have an area where they
can express what happened and where they can be
believed," LSA junior and SAPAC volunteer Caro-
line Roberts said.
Terwilliger, who chose to speak at the media
podium, was one of several women who spoke
about her experience with sexual assault. She tear-
fully described the assault that occurred to her at a
party during her senior year of high school.
"I was raped by someone I'd gone to school
with since seventh grade. I didn't know him super
well, but I still didn't think he'd do that to me.
See SAPAC, Page 7

ist Web Site editorial board, asked the
Democratic and Republican representa-
tives if they believed the current "vast
political polarization" and "economic
inequity" is good for the nation.
Wolkinson emphatically delivered the
Republican response. "I believe in equal-
ity of opportunity, not equality of results.
If you want absolute equality, we can all be
equally poor,"he said. Wolkinson stated he
See DEBATE, Page 7

Gay, transgender community critiques task force proposals

By Ekjyot Saini
Daily Staff Reporter
"We're on a journey ... the closer we get to the
end, the heavier our legs get to make those final
steps," said Vice President of Student Affairs E.
Royster Harper last night while delivering to a group
of concerned University and community members
the first report regarding the progress of the Trans-
gender, Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay Task Force.
The task force, created last spring, issued a
report in April discussing the climate on campus
for transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay faculty,
staff and students and also provided a list of rec-
ommendations that should be implemented. Sug-
gestions include rewording the University bylaws,

Transgender issues prove hot-button topic at meeting

greater education and training of the University
community regarding transgender rights, creating
accessible facilities for transgender students and
reassessment of the Comprehensive Gender Ser-
vices at University Health Services.
Specific efforts suggested in the report to com-
bat discrimination against transgender individuals'
include establishing more unisex bathrooms and
signs indicating the existence of these facilities.
The report refers to the need for safer health care
through UHS, including the provision of hormones
needed to maintain sex changes and drawing up
lists of staff specially trained in transgender health.

University Provost Paul Courant opened the
meeting discussing the creation of subcommit-
tees that would oversee issues of education and
visibility, health care and name changes for those
in the gay and transgender community.
Many present at the forum were concerned
with transgender issues, the impact of upcoming
elections and the lack of a public statement from
University President Mary Sue Coleman regard-
ing Proposal 2, which would ban gay marriages
in Michigan. Andre Wilson, co-founder of Trans-
forum, a group for the University's transgender
community, made an emphatic point regarding

the lack of attention being given to discrimination
of the transgender community in health care.
"(Health care) is a fundamental issue of dis-
crimination. It is something that cannot take
years down the line," said Wilson, a graduate
student in the College of Architecture.
He said that the University's MCare and
GradCare health insurance plans exclude the
transgender community.
Law Prof. Bruce Frier, chair of the task force,
made clear that many legal and financial issues
complicate the removal discriminatory health
care policies. He also went on to mention that the

purpose of the task force was to assess the issues,
not to create the policy and decide how it would
be implemented.
Concerns regarding the impact of Proposal 2, as
well as the potential impact of the upcoming Uni-
versity Board of Regents election, were addressed.
Courant said the University will continue to defend
against any possible challenge it may face regard-
ing its policy toward the gay and transgender com-
munity, especially affected faculty and staff who
receive benefits. Some at the meeting expressed
concern that support for work on transgender
See TASK FORCE, Page 7

University capital
fund completes
first public offering

BREAKING FAST TOGETHER
Fast-A-Thon
feeds students,
A2 omnity
By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter

I By Adhiraj Dutt
Daily Staff Reporter
After six years and the contribution
of about 80 students, the University's
Wolverine Venture Fund completed its
first initial public offering for the stock
market earlier this month - boosting
its capital to about $3.5 million and
providing real-world investment expe-
rience to business students.
The sale of IntraLase, which devel-
ops lasers for LASIK eye surgery, is the
most recent activity of the fund, which
operates out of the Ross School of Busi-
ness and allows MBA students to gain
experience in the venture capital pro-
cess.
Since the Fund was created in 1997,
it has made 20 investments in 11 differ-
ent early-stage companies, said Timo-
thy Faley, the fund's managing director.
IntraLase, which began trading on

board with venture capital experience.
"Other universities have venture
funds, but we are the only school to
let the fund be fully run by students,"
Faley said.
The fund began with the involve-
ment of six students, and nearly 80
have worked with the Fund in its
short history.
"It is a student-led fund. Students are
making all the decisions. We do have
advisors who are entrepreneurs and
venture capitalists," said MBA student
Tony Pandjiris, who is in his second
year of working with the fund. "While
the students are making the decisions,
the advisors give the students their per-
spectives on how to approach deals, and
the students are able to discuss their
conclusions with the advisors."
The Fund is always searching for
new investments. The students current-
ly running the Fund are divided into
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From sunrise to sunset yesterday, more than 100 non-Mus-
lim students gave up food and water as they participated in the
Muslim Students' Association's third annual Fast-A-Thon.
Participants not only raised money for the Ann Arbor Food
Gatherers, who donate food throughout the community, but
also caught a glimpse of the value of fasting in the Islamic
holiday of Ramadan, when Muslims believe their holy book
the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammed.
As participants in the Fast-A-Thon, non-Muslim students
observed the holy month for one day, in an attempt to both
raise their awareness about hunger in the United States and
combat misconceptions about the holiday.
Fast-A-Thon co-chair Zeenah Khader said through fasting,
non-Muslim students could discover the reality of both issues.
"It gives students a day of purification and also lets students
discover how those in need feel about having no food" she said.
Local businesses also donated funds to the Ann Arbor
Food Gatherers for every non-Muslim who fasted.
The students' sacrifices came with another reward. though.

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