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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 22, 2004 - 3A

Film explores
* tribes' ideas of
The Native American Student Asso-
ciation is sponsoring a screening of the
PBS documentary "Winds of Change,"
which examines three different tribal
governments and how they enact their
ideas of sovereignty, at noon in the Les-
bian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Affairs
office in the Michigan Union today.
Youth ensembles
perform together
at Hill Auditorium
A variety of ensembles made up of
youth from across the state will perform
at Hill Auditorium at 7 p.m. today. The
concert will include the Michigan Youth
Orchestra, the Michigan Youth Cham-
ber Singers, the Women's Youth Chorale
Concert and the Michigan Youth Band.
Brahms, Prokofieff
music featured at
piano concert
Pianist Martin Katz and cellist Thomas
Landschoot will perform a recital fea-
turing sonatas by Johannes Brahms and
Sergei Prokofieff today at 8 p.m. in the
Britton Recital Hall in the Earl V. Moore
Building. Katz is a professor in the School
of Music, and Landschoot teaches at Ari-
zona State University.
Shopping cart
stunt earns ticket
for drunken person
Department of Public Safety officers
found an underage individual not affili-
ated with the University sitting in a rolling
shopping cart early yesterday morning.
The person, who had been drinking, was
on the corner of South University Avenue
and East University Avenue. Police issued
a citation for minor in possession of alco-
hol and released the person.
Bag of pot found in
children's, ward
A caller from the University Hospital
notified DPS that a bag of marijuana had
been found on the floor of the pediatrics
ward Friday night. Police filed a report
and are investigating.
Reveler gets ticket
for missing toilet
A DPS officer discovered an underage
person urinating in the hallway of Mary
Markley Residence Hall early Friday
morning. Police arrested the individual
and issued citations for minor in posses-
sion in of alcohol and public urination.

Mirror sales in city
found to be legal
DPS received a report that a vendor was
illegally selling mirrors at State Street and
North University Avenue Saturday after-
noon. Police investigated and found that
the vendors were actually on city property
and had the proper permits, so there was
no violation.
In Daily History

'U' loses annual Blood Battle to Ohio State

By Jeremy Davidson
Daily Staff Reporter

Volunteer opportunities abound on campus

Saturday's football game wasn't
the only contest Michigan lost to the
Buckeyes this weekend - Ohio State
also claimed victory in the annual
Blood Battle against the University.
The Blood Battle is hosted by the
Alpha Phi Omega chapters at Ohio
State and at Michigan. Alpha Phi
Omega is a national co-ed community
service fraternity that holds a number
of community service events, includ-
ing the Blood Battle.
The blood drive is an annual com-
petition between the two chapters to
see who can collect the most blood in
the weeks before the hotly contested
rivalry game in late November. Ohio
State collected 1,874 pints of blood,
while Michigan raised only 1,601
"We lost by a couple hundred pints,
but we had way more volunteers than
last year. We also had help from the

Engineering Honor Society, and the
Business Professionals of America,"
said LSA Junior Stephanie Taylor, a
chair of the drive.
But the Blood Battle is only one of
many opportunities for students to vol-
unteer on campus. Alpha Phi Omega
and a multitude of other student orga-
nizations offer ways to get involved.
One such activity the fraternity sup-
ports is Knitwits, which consists of
hand sewing mittens, hats and other
such garments for those who wouldn't
have them otherwise. The fraternity
holds a noncompetitive rush in the fall
and winter, which consists of many
different types of events, some of
which are service projects.
Students can get involved through
religious groups, the Greek system
and other independent organizations

as well. "I went with Orthodox Church
Fellowship and did a park clean-up
at an elementary school. We cut out
buckthorn, which is an invasive spe-
cies that forces out other plants," said
LSA freshman Jacob McGlaun. The
fellowship sponsors many types of
community service projects, as do
numerous other church groups here at
the University.
Many students say they have been
able to volunteer through their fra-
ternities and sororities. "We made
coloring books and sold shirts that
would raise money for a cancer char-
ity, and there is a food drive in our
house," said LSA freshman Jessica
Epstein, a member of Kappa Alpha
Theta sorority.
Some Greek organizations are also
getting involved in community ser-

vice through many of the independent
service organizations the Univer-
sity has to offer, including K-grams,
The Detroit Project and Habitat for
LSA freshman Leslie Unroe, a
pledge for Delta Delta Delta, said
the sorority will become involved in
K-Grams, a student-run community
service group that sponsors many dif-
ferent types of projects.
"There are about 2,000 students
in our combined programs," said K-
Grams Executive Director and LSA
senior Heather McManus. "Our men-
toring program gets about 500 weekly
volunteers from students outside of the
res halls. We also hold the Kids Fair at
the end of the year, during which we
encourage people to have booths and
get involved. This usually draws about

1500 people."
K-grams' main project is the pen
pal program, which links about 800
University students with local ele-
mentary students in a monthly letter
exchange. They will be sponsoring
three events on Dec. 3, venturing out
to local elementary schools to interact
with students.
The Detroit Project is another service
program run entirely by University stu-
dents. The Detroit Project gets involved
with communities both in and sur-
rounding Detroit and provides tutoring,
test preparation and a variety of other
types of projects. Its website has a list of
more than 20 weekly projects, and their
calendar lists many one-time projects.
There will be an education forum held
today at 8 p.m. in the Michigan Room
of the Michigan League.


protesters rally against

School of the Americas

By Rachel Kruer
For the Daily
Protesters congregated in front of the
Ann Arbor Federal Building Saturdaytto
show solidarity with protests nationwide
calling for the closing of the School of the
The military institute, located in the
military base of Fort Benning, Ga, is the
U.S. Army's principal Spanish-language
training facility for Latin American mili-

Federal building, was part of a larger
web of protests. As the 11 protesters car-
ried their signs at South Fifth Avenue
and East Liberty Street to the occasional
approving honk of passing cars, a crowd
of 10,000 assembled at Fort Benning,
according to estimates by the Atlanta
Journal Constitution.
The protest against the school takes
place annually in the town of Columbus,
Ga., where Fort Benning is located.

Veterans for Peace

tary personnel,
according to its
But it has
trained a long
list of notori-
ous alumni in
combat, sniper
training, inter-
rogation tactics
and counter-nar-
cotic techniques.
Gen. Hector
Gramajo, Col.
Pablo Belmar
and Gen. Hugo
Banzer Suarez
compose only a
sample of whom
the school's crit-

"We want people
to take action. We
talk about terrorist
training camps and we
have one in our own
backyard funded by
our own tax dollars."
- Bob Krzewinski
President, Washtenaw County
chapter of Veterans for Peace

and the Inter-
faith Council
organized Ann
Arbor's first-
ever protest
of SOA. Bob
president of
the Washtenaw
county chap-
ter of Veterans
for Peace, said
he believed
the event
brought atten-
tion to what he
called the U.S.
own hypoc-
risy. "We want
people to take

world domination gone, the school
now serves unethical purposes to the
United States, Krzewinski said. The
leaders and soldiers it trains have
become autocrats under the sway of
U.S. officials and have committed
several human rights violations, oppo-
nents of the school said.
To demonstrate the casualties for
which some graduates are respon-
sible, Krzewinski read a portion of
the names, ages and professions or
relations of the 767 people that were
murdered at the at El Mozote, El Sal-
vador. in 1981. Krzewinski explained
to the protesters that many of the
soldiers and officials in this batal-
lion were SOA graduates. After each
person's information was read, the
protesters responded with the Spanish
word "presente" to symbolize that the
deceased were with them in spirit.
The ages and backgrounds of these vic-
tims ranged from infants to the elderly.
Schlaff, who had previously attend-
ed the larger protest in Fort Benning,
explained over a bullhorn the impor-
tance of a quote by assassinated Arch-
bishop of El Salvador Oscar Romero. "It
is not on us to bring peace to the world.
What we need to think about are things
we can do and things we can do well,"
she said.
Donning a U.N. helmet with a match- M KE HULSEEuS/Daily
ing flag, RC senior Ed Atkinson said he John Weaver of Lansing contemplates his army's next move dur-
was unimpressed by the student turnout, lug a game of MageKnight, a collectible miniature war game,
"I thought more students would be here, on the last night of a gaming convention in the Michigan Union
You can't just vote for John Kerry and yesterday.
think you did your part," he said.

ics call pastLatin American strong-
men trained by the SOA over the past
60 years. Because of this perception.
many protesters refer to hSOA as 'the
"School of Assassins."
The institute changed its name in 2001
to the Western Hemisphere Institute for
Security Cooperation to represent a new
focus on human rights. Yet some of the
protesters at the rally said this change has
only nominal value.
Abby Schlaff is a staff member of the
Ann Arbor-based Interfaith Council for
Peace and Justice, said, "Most of us feel
(the changes) would be as if they went
around the corner, changed their clothes
and came and said they were a different
The protest in front of the Ann Arbor
Post Office, which also serves as the

action. We talk aboutterrorist train-
ing camps. and we have one in our
own backyard funded by our own tax
dollars," he aid.
While the SOA website acknowledg-
es that tactics listed in the school's man-
uals during the 1980s violated human
rights, supporters of the school say it
does not "teach abuse, and ... today the
curriculum includes human rights as a
component of every class. (Supporters)
also argue that no school should be held
accountable for the actions of only some
of its graduates."
Built in 1946, the original school was
described by Krzewinski as a "Cold War
relic" built in Panama to combat the threat
of communism. The school moved to
Georgia in 1984.
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Prof pushes for
discussion of
defense research
Nov. 22, 1983 - Medical Prof. David
Bassett argued in front of the Faculty Sen-
ate Assembly that the Senate should spon-
sor a conference on military research and
academic freedom at the University.
The move came in response to con-
troversial defense research being con-
ducted by University departments and
following a vote by the University Board
of Regents shooting down a proposal to
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