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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 21, 2005 - 3A

* ON CAMPUS'
Hillel presents duo
of stand-up twins
The Sklar Brothers - Randy and
Jason - will perform their stand-up
comedy routine tonight from 7:30
to 10 p.m. at the Power Center. The
twins' television experience includes
appearances on "Late Night with
Conan O'Brien" and "The Late Late
Show with Craig Kilborne."
Tickets for the performance - pre-
sented by University Hillel and Big
Ticket Productions - are available at
the Michigan Union Ticket Office.
Nobel laureate to
give biology lecture
Princeton University Prof. Eric
Wieschaus will give a lecture titled,
"From Long Range Gradients to
Local Changes in the Cytoskeleton:
How Drosophilia Embryos Control
Cell Shape," the third annual Priscilla
Connell Memorial Lecture, from 4 to
5 p.m. today in the Rackham Build-
ing. Wieschaus is the recipient of the
1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology.
History prof to
discuss violence
in colonial U.S.
History Prof. Sarah Juster will
present a lecture titled, "What's
'Sacred' About Violence in Colo-
nial America? Some Preliminary
Thoughts" as part of the Institute for
the Humanities Brown Bag Series
from noon to 1:30 p.m. today in the
Osterman Common Room of the
Rackham Building.
Juster's work focuses on the role
of women and evangelism in colo-
nial American and Britain. The lec-
ture is free and open to all.
CRIME
NOTES

Media symposium debates regulation, free speech

Media conglomeration may
stifle voices of women, minorities,
speakers say; media regulation
may violate First Amendment
By C.C. Song
Daily Staff Reporter
The Federal Communications Commission is
currently working with the lowest racial diversity in
broadcasting history, FCC commissioner Jonathan
Adelstein said on Friday, advocating stricter regu-
lations on who owns broadcasting companies as a
way to promote diversity.
The lack of diversity in media ownership has wors-
ened since the Telecommunications Act was passed
in 1996, eliminating many restrictions on the number
of media outlets one company can own. Over the past
nine years, many racial minority-owned stations have.
been bought out by larger companies, according to
proponents of tighter regulations.
Lawyers, economists and political scientists
clashed on the Federal Communications Commis-
sion's role in regulating media ownership at a sympo-
sium in Hutchins Hall on Saturday.
Proponents of more regulation argued the con-
centration of media outlets into huge conglom-
erates is restricting the variety of viewpoints
available to consumers.
"The problem with only six corporations dominat-
ing the media is that all of them can fit into a Lexus

and discuss how they can control the media," said
Michael Good, professor of Political Science at Cali-
fornia State University at East Bay.
AOL Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company,
News Corporation, Viven-
di Universal, Viacom and
Bertelsmann are the six "The proble
corporations controlling'
the vast majority of media only six cor
outlets, said Eric Alter- dominating
man, the keynote speaker
and author of "The Nation media is th
& MSNBC.com."
Communication Studies them can f
Prof. Susan Douglas said
the homogenous makeup Lexus andc
of media outlet owners can h
be seen when looking at the hOw they c
small number of women c
and minorities who own COntrol the
companies.
"The representation of -
women and minorities as Political s
media owners is completely .
out of line with the actual CaliforniaS
numbers of women and
minorities in the popula-
tion," Douglas said. "Today, women and people of
color own less than 5 percent of media outlets. Only
.one television network, Oxygen, is owned and oper-
ated by women," she said.
Adelstein has been traveling around the coun-
try to obtain suggestions from the public, aiming to

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improve the role of the FCC in increasing diversity in
media ownership.
Further deregulation is widely supported by com-
panies that want to expand, Adelstein said, but it
encounters strong opposition
from diverse quarters, includ-
M with ing advocacy groups from either
side of the political spectrum.
'orations .Adelstein said he was con-
the cerned about a monopoly in
media ownership.
it all of "Less regulation will lead to
less diversity, leaving it to major
t into a corporations. We need to pre-
vent the concentration," he said.
liscuSS But Michael Baumann, senior
vice president of Economists
an Incorporated, said the FCC
media." should seek diversity in view-
points, not ownership. Baumann
said diverse perspectives should
Michael Good be created by the ideals of the
ence professor, journalists, not through FCC
regulations.
tate University "Idealism serves the interest
of the communities and gener-
ates larger diversity," he said.
Communications Studies Prof. W. Russel Neuman
also questioned the FCC's definition of diversity.
"The critical weakness to antitrust is how you
measure diversity," he said. "A true diversity of media
voices is an important principle to protect. But I'm
not a strong supporter. of FCC ownership rules and

content regulation. Supporting diversity through new
media voices on the web and multi-channel satellite
broadcasting is a better bet."
Neuman suggested that focusing on new media
outlets would increase diversity more than regulating
media ownership would.
"The evolution of high-quality video over the Web
will enable literally millions of voices for every coun-
try on the globe at the click of a mouse. Even 100-
channel cable can't compete with that," he said.
Martin Redish, professor of Law and Public Policy
at Northwestern University, saw a conflict between
Adelstein's efforts and the First Amendment.
"What we should not do is to recognize govern-
ment's ability to control ownership," he said.
"It is safe to say that the First Amendment is the
cornerstone of any modern theory of media regula-
tion. The values of free and open debate, as well as of
an informed public, are vital to the functioning of a
democratic society. Moreover, the media performs an
essential watchdog function, checking governmen-
tal excess and mistakes. Therefore all governmental
regulation of the media must first be filtered through
the lens of free expression," Redish said.
The Journal of Law Reform at the Law School
sponsored the symposium to promote discussion
among academics, journalists and regulators about
how to increase diversity in the media.
"Our hope is that going forward, regulators and
academics of a variety of disciplines turn to the sym-
posium transcript and papers as a source of infor-
mation and proposals for reform," said Law student
Ryan Calo, one of the organizers of the event.
act with we went to the (Ann Arbor) Hands-On
undrais- Museum," Zack said.
ring the It was thanks to all this support that
included dancers were able to withstand the 30
by the a long hours of standing.
charity "I am tired and sleepy, but I'm so
tourna- glad I did it. I definitely want to be a
-veloped part of Dance Marathon next year,"
eams by said Dance Captain Namitha Menon.
lar basis All money raised by Dance Mar-
athon is donated to the C.S. Mott
ties out- Children's Hospital and William
st week Beaumont Hospital.

DANCE
Continued from page 1A
The dancers were divided into
teams representing each of the fami-
lies involved.
"Dancers were put into groups and
then paired up with a family depending
on the amount of contact they wanted
to keep with the family," said Dance
Marathon's Family Relations Educa-
tion Chair, Janene Sabotka.
Each family meets its group in

October and maintains cont
the group through the many f
ers Dance Marathon holds du
year. Some of these eventsi
pumpkin carving, a concert 1
cappella group The Friars, a
ball and a Texas Hold 'Em
ment. Other families also de
their relationship with their ti
meeting with them on a regul
outside these events.
"Our team did some activi
side of Dance Marathon. La

DINGELL
Continued from page 1A
George Bush and his cutthroats," he
said.
The voluntary accounts are a major
pillar of Bush's plan for Social Secu-
rity. They could be created by divert-
ing 4 percent of total payroll taxes into
either government securities or various
stock indexes that buy all the stocks in
a particular index - like the Standard
& Poor's 500 - and represent that
index's total performance.
"Mr. Bush and his geniuses have
proposed two things happen: They
want people to borrow money from the

Social Security trust fund to gamble in
the market," Dingell said.
The market goes up and down like
a yo-yo. This is nothing more or less
than a scam."
Business senior Scott Foley, advisor
to the College Republicans, said Ding-
ell was using "scare tactics."
"That's outrageous to make it sound
like people will be gambling in the
market. The proposed plan is only a
small percentage of Social Security,
and they're not going to be gambling
on the market, it's a selection of mutual
funds," Foley said.
"Personal accounts do not solve the
issue," Bush said last Thursday. "But

personal accounts will make sure that
individual workers get a better deal
with whatever emerges as a Social
Security solution."
Dingell staffer Katie Murtha said
Dingell did not need a formal plan to
criticize Bush, only the ideas he has
already put forth to be considered by
Congress.
Foley said Dingell was being hypo-
critical and was wrong for saying Bush
has not put a proposal forward.
"He is communicating with the
American people, so the assertion that
the president isn't putting effort into
communicating a plan seems false to
me," he said.

Insulin kit taken
a from bus shelter
An insulin kit was stolen from
a bus shelter located across from
the Martha Cook Residence Hall
on South University Avenue Friday
morning, the Department of Public
Safety reported.
0 Heads collide at
the the CCRB
Two subjects sustained injures from
a head-to-head collision at the Central
Campus Recreation Building Friday,
according to DPS. Both subjects refused
transport to receive medical treatment.
Cocaine for animal
research stolen
A caller reported to DPS that two
orders of cocaine to be used for animal
research by the Psychology Depart-
ment were stolen Friday. There are cur-
rently no suspects, and an investigation
is in progress.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
University men
storm women's
dorms, houses
March 21, 1952 - Thousands of
male students rioted for seven hours
last night, invading all-women's resi-
dence halls - Betsy Barbour, Martha
Cook, Helen Newberry, Mosher-Jor-
dan, Stockwell and Alice Lloyd.
The riots began with a trum-
pet-trombone musical duel in West
Quad Residence Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Men - their passions aroused by
the instrumental battle - filled
Madison Street and proceeded to the
women's dorms, where they forced
their way in.
University President Harlan Hatcher
came to his front porch in an attempt
to quell the uprising. "All right boys,
let's go back to the dorms now," he
said. Neither his words nor the threats
of Ann Arbor policemen were enough
to stop the men on their rampage.

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