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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 4, 2005 - 3

Dance Marathon
to hold mass
meeting today
From 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kuenzel
Room of the Michigan Union, Dance mar-
athon will hold a mass meeting to discuss
this year's goals and new membership.
Dance Marathon is a student run
organization that holds events dur-
ing the year to raise money for chil-
dren in need of rehabilitation.
Former football
player to talk on
the power of sports
Former quarterback Don McPherson
will discuss how recreational sports can
be employed within the community as
a tool to combat issues of substance
abuse, violence and self-esteem.
The lecture is sponsored by Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness Cen-
ter and will be held from noon to 2 p.m.
in suite 202 of 715 N. University Ave.
a cappella group
to hold auditions
The co-ed a cappella group 58 Greene
is holding auditions for male singers and
beatboxers from 8:30 to 11 p.m. in room
2105A of the Michigan Union.
58 Green is a multicultural singing
group started in 1993 and regularly per-
forms around campus.
Caller: pillows
missing and used
condoms found
A resident reported to the Depart-
ment of Public Safety that his room
in South Quad Residence Hall was
broken into over the weekend.
The caller said there were three
pillows missing and that used con-
doms were found in the beds. There
are no suspects at this time.
High schooler
returned to father
after receiving MIP
A 17-year-old intoxicated high
school student was found in Mary
Markley Residence Hall on Saturday
night. The officer present cited the
student for a minor in possession of
alcohol. He was then turned over to
his father because he was under 18.
Mix of medicine
and alcohol lands

student in ER
An intoxicated University student
was found in the parking lot across
from Mosher Jordan Residence Hall
last night.
The student was cited by DPS
officers and taken to the emergency
room due to the high level of medi-
cation and alcohol in his body.

Asian students
protest radio
show content

By C.C. Song
Daily Staff Reporter
Asian student groups on campus are
condemning a local radio station after
one of its shows were accused of using
racial slurs while discussing the Sept.
15 incident that involved two University
students allegedly urinating on two Asian
In a Sept. 23 segment of the "Drew
and Mike in the Morning" show on 101.1
WRIF, the show's hosts inserted audio
clips in their discussion of the Sept. 15
incident and of the low wages of Chi-
nese autoworkers, that said "Me no speak
Chinese" and "I must go toilet," in fake
Leaders of Asian student groups on
campus submitted a letter to the radio
station last Wednesday, saying the Asian
community was outraged by the radio
segment and demanded the release of the
audio tape of that segment of the show.
The Asian students also requested a meet-
ing of the WRIF management with Asian
representatives from the University.
But 101.1 WRIF denied the allegations
of promoting racial harassment. that the
United Asian American Organizations
and the Asian American Association
have made. The radio station has yet to
officially respond to the letter from the
Asian community. , .
Tom Bender, the regional general man-
ager of 101.1 WRIF in Detroit, defended
the show's unpredictable style, adding
No bids
sought for
The president of Snead State Com-
munity College, who lives at the
school's hospitality center for $275
a month, did not seek bids before
authorizing a $182,000. renova-
tion of the building, according to a
recent audit by state examiners.
Snead President Devin Stephen-
son uses the Elrod Hospitality
Center on campus at Boaz as his
primary residence, and still owns a
house in Walker County. The hos-
pitality center is also used to house
out-of-town guests and for recep-
tions and meetings.
The state Board of Education
requires competitive bidding for
any type of construction or renova-
tion of campus facilities that exceed
Such projects must also be sub-
mitted to the board for approval,
which never happened when Ste-
phenson authorized the project in
2003, the audit said.
Jody Upchurch, dean of Financial
Services at Snead, yesterday said
Stephenson wasn't advised on bid-
ding rules by the college's business
manager at the time, who has since
left his post.
"I cannot speak as to why it was
not bid, I really have no idea. It was
the responsibility of the business
manager of the time to advise the
president," Upchurch said. "More
than likely, if I had to guess, the
personnel at the college probably
misinterpreted the bid law."
Stephenson in his response to
Friday's 2003-04 audit by state
examiners of public accounts said
the original estimates for renova-
tion to the Elrod Hospitality Center
came in under $50,000.

However, the costs piled on
after safety hazards - including
an eroding foundation, termite
damage, faulty electrical wiring
and mold - were discovered dur-
ing an inspection.
The audit also reported that Ste-
phenson was behind on rent pay-
ments when he lived in another
campus building. The school also
was late to fix an accounting error,
which failed to withhold Social
Security taxes from his paychecks
from January-March 2003.
Stephenson said he was never late
on payments, but that he sometimes
paid rent in full on a quarterly basis.
He also said the error regarding his
pay was corrected.
"We've addressed all these com-
pliance issues and have taken cor-
rective action on everything," he

that the accusations of racial slurs used on ...
the radio show were false.:..:
"The style of the'show is very casual,
irreverent and sometimes sarcastic,"
Bender said.
Bender added that the show often uses:-
"drops" or short pieces of audio from TV,.
movies, news clips or records to enhance
the radio segments.
"Over the years, Drew and Mike have
amassed a large number of these, which
can occur at any time during the show, .
with or without warning," Bender said.
But Denny Chan, an LSA sophomore -
and the external chair of UAAO, said that
sarcasm and casualness could not justify Forh.
the racist behavior demonstrated on the
radio show. R1
"Regardless of whatever context they're
in, they are very insensitive to the (Asian
Pacific Islander American) community. 44 < .x#.
Chan recognized that WRIF was in fact g }
condemning the Sept. 15 alleged incident
involving the two Asian students, adding
that, "I think in general they're support-
ive, but at the same time, the statement
cannot stand alone and be unchecked."
American culture studies Prof. Scottr k
Kurashige said he was also outraged by
the dismissive attitude that the hosts had
toward the alleged urinating incident. ~. ~..
"The 'Drew and Mike Show' is EMWANOLA /Daiy
certainly lowbrow, but I question the LSA junior Ayodele "Ayo" Alit performs at "Katrina A Poetic Presentation," a benefit for the vi-
morality of anyone who would find tims of Hurricane Katrina held at the Michigan Union yesterday.
humor in the allegation of a serious
hate crime," he said.
UtaSttpresident re'cruits in Iaho

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The
president of Utah State University
is headed to southern Idaho to try
to recruit students for the Logan
campus, where competition and a
change in Utah law have contrib-
uted to an enrollment decline.
A USU delegation led by Presi-
dent Stan Albrecht begins its third
annual Road Scholars Tour today.
"This is a very strong signal from
the president that southern Idaho
was Utah State University's territo-
ry, and we want it back," said John
DeVilbiss, a university spokesman.
Utah State's enrollment this fall

is 23,128, down 780 students from
2004 and at its lowest level since
In 2001, there were 208 students
from Idaho enrolled at USU. In
2004, there were 140, DeVilbiss
Two significant changes have
contributed to the decline - a 2003
state law that boosted the number of
credits that an out-of-state student
needs to qualify for in-state tuition
and the conversion of Ricks College
in Rexburg, Idaho, to a four-year
institution as Brigham Young Uni-
versity-Idaho, DeVilbiss said.

The tour was to have started last
Thursday in Preston, Idaho, but was
postponed after the Sept. 26 van
crash that killed eight USU agri-
culture students and their instructor
near Tremonton.
The Preston visit will be resched-
uled, said Whitney Wilkinson, a
university spokeswoman.
This week, the delegation of
USU administrators, professors
and scholars will visit Idaho Falls,
Pocatello and Malad.
The group will meet with pro-
spective students, parents and com-
munity leaders and also will talk to

school principals, administrators
and counselors to get their input on
higher education issues and the uni-
"We have long-standing ties with
southeastern Idaho communities,"
Albrecht said.
"We have thousands of alumni
still in the region.
Many of our best professors are
from the area, and we continue to
attract some of our best students
from Idaho. Most important of
all - these are our neighbors and
It's our turn to visit them."

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n Daily History



Flint faculty
supports war
Oct. 4, 1969 - A "collective pub-
lic expression of our condemnation
of the continuing military involve-
ment in Vietnam" was called for
by a resolution of the faculty of the
University's Flint campus.
The faculty voted Thursday to
support a nationwide cessation of
classes on Oct. 15 to protest the war
in Vietnam.

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