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Documentary film
on animal rights
to be screened
"The Witness," a documentary
film, will be shown tonight at 7 p.m.
in the Michigan Room of the Michi-
gan League. The film portrays
the unexpected friendship between
Eddie Lama, a calloused construc-
tion contractor from Brooklyn, and
a kitten. The free event is sponsored
by the Michigan Animal Rights
Ob-Gyn Prof to
give advice, talk
about experiences
The Health Science Scholars Pro-
gram is sponsoring a discussion with
University Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology Professor Rebecca
Liu that will take place tonight at
7 p.m. in the West Lounge of Alice
Lloyd Hall.
Liu's medical research aims to
find strategic ways to prevent ovar-
ian cancer from resisting chemo-
therapy. Tonight she will talk about
her career experiences and give
advice to those interested in enter-
ing her work field. There is no cost
to attend.
Prof to talk about
female prisoners,
violence exposure
University of Illinois Beth Richie
will lecture on women and the U.S.
prison system today at 7 p.m. in room
3222 of Angell Hall.
Richie's lecture, "Violence and
Gender Oppression: Girls, Women
and the Build-Up of U.S. Prisons,"
will discuss how women are espe-
cially vulnerable prior to incarcera-
tion due to the violence and coercion
in the communities in which they live.
The event is free.
Subject severs
mice tails in
Dentistry Bldg
It was reported on Monday morning
that someone cut computer mice cables
at the cyberstation in the main lobby of
the School of Dentistry, according to the
Department of Public Safety. There are
currently no suspects.
Vacuum cleaner
stolen from North
Campus building
A caller reported to DPS on Monday
that a University vacuum cleaner was
stolen approximately one week ago from

the Lurie Engineering Center. There are
currently no suspects.
Car window broken,
gas cap stolen
A caller reported at about 12:34
a.m. on Tuesday that his friend's car
was broken into while parked at the
carport on Church Street. Accord-
ing to DPS, the driver's side window
was smashed in and the gas cap was
In Daily History
Defense names
two others in VA
March 30, 1977 - Defense attor-
neys for nurses accused of poisoning
nine patients at the city's Veteran's
Administration Hospital blasted the
government's case against the nurs-
es as being based on circumstantial
Defense Attorney Thomas
O'Brien said he planned to present
evidence that nurse Bonnie Bates
and an unidentified man may have
been present during many of the
patients' deaths, some of which were
the result of breath ing failure.


The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 3

Writer recounts fight for gender equality

Activist says Augusta's
exclusion of women denies them
important business opportunities
By Amber Colvin
Daily Staff Reporter
For writer and women's activist Martha
Burk, admission into the Augusta National
Golf Club means more than just playing eigh-
teen holes. She says that not allowing women
into the club leaves them out of the important
business decisions that take place on the golf
Speaking in Hale Auditorium at the Stephen
M. Ross School of Business last night, Burk
shared her perspective on efforts to include
women in the Augusta National Golf Club,
home to the Professional Golf Association's
Masters Tournament.
She said that business deals are made on the golf
course, and by excluding women from the club,
Augusta and its members have impeded women's
access to top-ranking corporate positions.
"I have women calling me, e-mailing me,
saying this is trickling down to front-line
management. This is hurting our careers,"

Burk said.
The Augusta National Golf Club is comprised
of many high-profile names in the business
The club's membership list was kept secret
until an anonymous fax was sent to Burk with
the list of members, which includes chief execu-
tive officers of various companies, including
American Express, Citigroup, the Coca-Cola
Company, General Electric and SBC Communi-
cations. Burk then gave the list to USA Today,
which subsequently published it.
"It's an astounding list," Burk said.
Despite a protest outside last year's Masters
Tournament and countless letters from Burk
to sponsoring companies, Augusta National
remains exclusive to men.
Burk said if racial minorities were being
excluded instead of women, the CEOs involved
would lose their jobs in fifteen minutes.
"Because it's gender discrimination, it's
lesser. It doesn't matter," Burk said.
She said men have also suffered from work-
place discrimination against women. She told
stories of men being ostracized in the work-
place for standing up for their female co-
However, Jeffrey Mazzella, president of the
Center for Individual Freedom, a non-govern-

Burk said if racial
minorities were being
excluded instead of
women, the CEOs
involved would lose their
jobs in fifteen minutes.
ment organization that protects individual
rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution,
said there is no constitutional basis for Burk's
"Her effort was a complete and utter fail-
ure," Mazzella said.
He questioned whether men should be
allowed in all women's organizations.
"Martha Burk can't have it both ways,"
Mazzella said.
"I would be shocked if she were to throw
herself to the wolves again," he added.
Yet Burk said she would continue her efforts
in court instead of on the picket lines.
"I can't tell you who (the potential litigation
is) going to be against, but it's going to be a
familiar name," Burk said. "It's a long haul."

MBA student John Heffington said he did
not see how Burk could change the member-
ship policies of Augusta National.
"Men of Augusta National are products of
the time period in which they grew up," Hef-
fington said. "She's trying to change a culture
which cannot be changed at the present."
Burk's appearance was co-sponsored by
University Housing's Division of Student
Affairs and the Business School.
"I think having a dialogue about women's
equity issues is consistent with the social jus-
tice work we do in residence education," said
Kevin Konecny, assistant director of Residence
Education, a University Housing program.
Burk is the chair of the National Council of
Women's Organizations, which brings togeth-
er about 200 national women's groups and ten
million women. She is also a syndicated col-
umnist and has spoken about Augusta in many
news outlets.
Her latest project is a book titled "Cult
of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate
America and What Can Be Done About it,"
which details her experiences with Augusta
and the Masters Tournament sponsors.
-Tiffany Teasley and Madeline Tzall contrib-
uted to this report

Illegal gambling common1 in residence

halls despite Michigan,



College students
increasingly place bets
in University buildings
By Paul Blumer
Daily Staff Reporter
Because gambling is popular among
many students, they overlook the fact that
according to the Community Living at
Michigan handbook, "Gambling in resi-
dence halls in violation of federal, state
and local laws is prohibited."
Yet students often gather in residence
hall lounges like the Markley Under-
ground or Bursley's Blue Apple to play
Many students play on a daily
basis, whether in person or on vari-
ous Internet gambling sites, uncon-
cerned that gambling for money is
illegal in Michigan with only a few
Under the Michigan Penal Code,
betting money on any game of
chance - including Internet games
- is treated as a misdemeanor.
Lt. Robert Neumann of the
Department of Public Safety said
exceptions to state prohibitions on
gambling include licensed raffles,
lottery games, bingo and some car-
nival games.
Additional exceptions - including
gambling on Indian reservations and
betting on horse races through licensed
bookies - are provided for in the Mich-
igan Exposition and Fairgrounds Act.
Although it does not deter them
from playing, students try to keep
their games hidden from Resident

Advisors who can write them up or
report them to DPS.
"If I were to find residents gambling,
I would ask for their name and UMID
and write an information report," said
Lynn Kee, an RA in Mosher-Jordan
Hall, in a written message. "The resi-

dent would have to
meet up with the
hall director who
would implement
the appropriate
sanction." Other
RAs said they had
not caught students
gambling, and
some even said
they were unaware
of students gam-
bling in the resi-
dence halls.
"I'd be really
pissed off if an
RA came down
and stopped us
(from gambling),"
said one student,
who wished to
remain anony-
mous. "We mostly

"There's rea
reason for t
to stop us f
playing. W
disrupt any
don't get vi
It's just ag

gambling. She said DPS would only get
involved if an incident were reported,
adding, "Students in violation would
be punished according to the Com-
munity Living Standards Code rather
than by criminal prosecution."
Despite a general concern that
students are at
high risk for prob-
lematic gambling,
illy no a 2004 study by
the National Cen-
them ter for Respon-
sible Gaming
From found that just 42
percent of college
e don't students had gam-
bled in the past
,one, we year, compared
iolent. with 82 percent of
all adults.
ame." The study dem-
onstrated that stu-
dents are not more
t who gambles likely to gamble
residence halls than other adults,
though it noted
that the college
student figure
may increase if Internet gambling
becomes more popular through
advertisements for gambling web-
sites. Many websites for college
students - including The Facebook
- have advertisements offering dis-
counts to students who set up Inter-
net gambling accounts.
If students feel they have a gam-
bling problem, they can seek help
from residence hall peer advisors or
call Michigan's Gamblers Anony-
mous hotline numbers: (313) 792-
2877 or (616) 776-0666.

- Studen

play for fun. The

money just adds excitement. Our RA
doesn't even know we play."
"I don't even really care about
winning, though I obviously want
to," LSA freshman Daniel Albo said.
"It's a good way to hang out with
friends and have some friendly com-
petition." "There's really no reason
for them to stop us from playing. We
don't disrupt anyone, we don't get
violent. It's just a game," he said.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown
said DPS has not dealt with student

Engineering freshman Greyson LaHousse plays poker in the Blue Apple lounge
of Bursley Residence Hall on Monday night.

Teenage suspect arrested in school shooting

Authorities suspect
son of tribal chairman of
conspiring with shooter
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hours after
the school shooting that devastated his
reservation, Red Lake Tribal Chairman
Floyd "Buck" Jourdain said the Indian
tribe was in the midst of "the darkest days
in the history of our people."
A week later, it grew darker still for
Jourdain, when his teenage son was
arrested in the shootings that left 10
people dead.
Federal authorities refused to say what
role Louis Jourdain may have played in the
attack, but a government official who was
briefed on the investigation and spoke on
condition of anonymity said prosecutors
were contemplating charging the 16-year-
old with conspiracy to commit murder.
The official said authorities began investi-
gating Jourdain after determining that he
and the gunman, who were schoolmates,
had exchanged e-mails.
The arrest came as a surprise not only
because of the prominence of the sus-
pect's father, but because authorities had
initially said the rampage appeared to be
the work of single gunman - a 16-year-
old loner who took his own life during the
killing spree.
The tribal chairman issued a statement

room a few moments later. The hearing
was closed to reporters. Louis Jourdain
did not respond to questions afterward,
and his father politely declined to com-
ment beyond his statement. Court officials
would not comment on the proceeding
because it was a juvenile matter.
Later, five U.S. Marshals led Louis Jour-
dain out the back door of the courthouse,
his black hood pulled over his head to hide
his face. He was put in an unmarked van
and driven away.
The 40-year-old Jourdain took office
about eight months ago, becoming the
Red Lake Band of Chippewa's young-
est-ever leader. During the campaign's
final days, he jogged 80 miles through all
the districts in the reservation - a place
beset by poverty, alcoholism, suicide and
despair - and talked openly about his 20
years of sobriety.
Jourdain grew up on the reservation in
a tarpaper shack, with an outhouse and an
outdoor woodpile to feed the furnace in
northern Minnesota's brutal winters. His
childhood was filled with days of chop-
ping wood, hauling water and reading as
many books as he could get his hands on.

"As a 5th grader I read everything in
site," Jourdain wrote on his Web site.
"I could spew a ton of useless informa-
tion at kids that they would get sick of
rather quickly."
Jourdain graduated from Red Lake
High, the same school where five stu-
dents, a security guard, and a teacher
were shot to death by 16-year-old Jeff
Weise on March 21.
Jourdain and his future wife, Alberta,
moved to Duluth, where he attended
college and started to work in drug and
alcohol recovery programs. On his Web
site, Jourdain writes of becoming more
interested in working with young people
and helping to bridge the generation gap
between the tribe's elders and its youth.
The Jourdains returned to the Red
Lake Reservation in the 1990s to raise
their three sons - Louis, teenager
Phillip, and Andrew, who was 3 dur-
ing last year's campaign. A picture on
Jourdain's Web site describes Louis as
"my pride and joy."
Jourdain, a youthful-looking man with
muscular arms and a long black ponytail,
has been the public face of the Red Lake

reservation since the shootings.
"Our community is devastated by this
event," an anguished-looking Jourdain
said the day after the attack. "We have
never seen anything like this in the history
of our tribe, and without doubt these are
the darkest days in the history of our peo-
ple. We are in utter disbelief and shock."
Red Lake High principal Chris Dun-
shee said Louis had not been a discipline
problem. "He was a pretty good student,
to tell you the truth," Dunshee said.
He also praised the tribal leader as a
parent. "I just feel sorry for Buck," he

said. "If it could happen to his son, it
could happen to anybody because Buck
is a good parent."
Not everyone on the reservation was
happy with the way Jourdain handled
the shooting aftermath. After strict lim-
its were placed on journalists covering
the story, relatives of one shooting victim
complained that they were being pre-
vented from sharing their story, and that
Jourdain had even questioned one of them
before allowing her to meet with reporters.
Later in the week, tribal officials relaxed
the access rules.

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