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John Edwards
2004 Democratic vice-presidential
nominee John Edwards will visit the
University to conclude his Opportunity
Rocks Tour. The event will take place
at 11 a.m. at the Michigan League
Ballroom. Tickets are free and can be
obtained at http://projectopportunity.
org/tour-2005/tickets/.
Chamber Choir
Led by Jerry Blackstone, the choir will
perform pieces from Whitacre and Bill-
ings. The performance will take place at
8 p.m. at Hill Auditorium. The show is
free and no tickets are required.
Octubafest
As part of a three-day celebration,
Octubafest features tuba players from
the School of Music. Tomorrow, works
from Mozart and Rossini will be fea-
tured. On Saturday, the University of
Michigan Euphonium and Tuba Ensem-
ble will perform works from "Indiana
Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark" and
"Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the
Clones," among others. Performances
both days will take place at the Brit-
ton Recital Hall. The performances are

free and no tickets are required.
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King's Singers
The English a cappella group will
perform a wide variety of songs from
different eras. The performance will
take place at 8 p.m. at Hill Auditorium.
Tickets are $10-38 and can be pur-
chased at the Michigan Union Ticket
Office.
The Bang!
The Blind Pig will host The Bang!'s
four-year Anniversary/Halloween
Bang! - a dance night - this Satur-
day. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. $7 cover.,
$10 for under 21. 18 and over only.
Sunda 103005
Halloween Concert
The University Symphony Orches-
tra and the University Philharmonic
Orchestra will perform in two shows
and invite guests to wear their Hal-
loween costumes. The performances
will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
at Hill Auditorium. Tickets are $7-1
and can be purchased at the Michigan
League Ticket Office.

NEW LIFE
Continued from page 5B
English.
Acts 13:1-3 is the story of Barna-
bus, an early evangelist and associ-
ate of Paul, who was pulled from
his home to the task of spreading
the Word to as many Gentiles as he
could. To put the brief passage in
context Thursday night, the group
leader simply said, "Barnabus was
chillin' there for a while, then he
went out and did stuff."
Surprisingly enough, all of the
girls seemed to know exactly what
was going on in the story, even
with this rather unhelpful synopsis.
This is not a meaningless point; it
shows that New Life members,
at the same time as being typical
college students, are devout Chris-
tians with a deep understanding of
scripture.
The casual language that Life
Groups use in their discussions in
no way proves that New Life Church
takes its study of the Bible any less
seriously than other churches that
stick to formal English.
Keyes explained one reason why
she thinks New Life has been such
a success. If students are forced to
treat the Bible as a formal text, they
are likely to become frustrated with
the distance between them and the
language, thus them and the Bible,
and finally them and God.
That New Life is still thriving,
she said, is a testament to the suc-
cess of its strategy of encouraging
Life Group leaders to bring the
Biblical stories down to a college
student's level.
Life Groups are more signifi-
cant than learning about Barnabus.
Before delving into the Bible, the
Life Group went through a set of
motions that embody the real pur-
pose of the Life Groups, and even
more so, New Life Church. Going
around in a circle, each member
briefly spoke about her week. Each
of the five girls, without exception,
declared that she had had a "rough
week," and that she was ready for a
break from school.
It was an opportunity forsthem
to vent about their week, just as a
group of friends would get together
for dinner to complain about how
many midterms they had. In this
case, though, the get together had a
theme: Jesus.
New Life Church's growth can
also be attributed to its policy when
it comes to evangelism. "Aggres-
sively and creatively sharing the
Good News wherever we can,
wherever we go, whenever it is pos-
sible," is one of the church's core
beliefs listed on their website.
Milian said that her main focus
is on her relationship with God and
that she would never push her reli-
gion on someone.
"Love your neighbor as your-
self" is her attitude, no matter what
their beliefs are. If people are curi-
ous about her church, she said, they
will ask.

both men's and women's teams - cross
country, for example - the men's equiva-
lent often receives fewer scholarships.
"It seems that the men's team is very
aware of the fact that we get more schol-
arships than them," cross country redshirt
junior Jessie Stewart said. "It's bad form
among athletes to really discuss scholar-
ships, but sometimes it comes up."
The decrease in nonrevenue men's
sports scholarships hits those who par-
ticipate in them on many levels. The most
obvious of these is the relative dearth of
opportunities for men who have grown
up playing these sports continuing at the
collegiate level, especially in Divisions II
and III.
"I think it's an unintended conse-
quence," wrestling coach Joe McFarland
said. "No one wanted to see men's teams
get cut. I believe the opportunities should
be equal for both men's and women's pro-
grams. I think athletic departments need
to stop taking the easy way out - start
making adjustments and stop simply cut-
ting sports."
McFarland supports Michigan Athletic
Director Bill Martin's commitment to
maintaining all the programs that were in
existence when he took office in March of
2000. Martin's strong stance on this issue
not only springs from his respect for both
men's and women's sports, but also from
looking at collegiate athletics through the
lens of the Olympics.
As former president of the United
States Olympic Committee, Martin
believes that cutting programs such as
wrestling and gymnastics, hurts the
nation's medal count.
"Eighty percent of Olympic athletes

come through collegiate programs," Mar-
tin said. "And these programs that have
shrunk are important to us as a country."
In response to this trend, the NCAA and
the USOC have created a joint committee
that has made numerous recommenda-
tions to ameliorate the situation. Some
of these include increasing the resources
available to support at-risk sports - all
but two of which are men's - building
awareness and commitment, identifying
preferred strategies for controlling costs,
increasing their marketability, aligning
the NCAA's rules to support the mission
and setting goals to measure progress.
In order generate more public inter-
est in these sports, the USOC/NCAA
task force suggests "lessening restric-
tions on training time for athletes who
have achieved a certain high standard of
academic performance," relaxing rules
of amateurism so that athletes who
have earned money through sponsor-
ship might still be able to compete and
"facilitating the underwriting of athletic
scholarships by third parties including,
but not limited to the USOC or national
governing bodies."
But the most common proposal to alter
Title IX is to remove football from the
equation.
"When you add football - well, foot-
ball's sort of a different cat," McFarland
said. "I think taking football out could
make sense."
The solution seems simple enough
and - at Michigan, where football pays
for the bulk of the athletic program, and
where the athletic director is a propo-
nent of sports for all - it might even be
feasible. But Title IX is a national law,

and Michigan is an anomaly in terms of
the ..ay it operates and the way it funds
itself.
"Only one in six football programs even
pay for themselves, let alone other sports,"
Brennan said. "You can't have a different
law for Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
Colleges are not football factories, and so
they must have equal opportunities."
The issue truly boils down to one point,
which Brennan has made frequently and
famously.
"We don't have three genders - men,
women and football players," Brennan
said. "There are just two."
While Title IX's shape has the potential
to morph considerably, most agree that
it is too ingrained in American society
to lose its identity or to cease serving its
original purpose.
Sports are an indelible component of
culture, which is why people are so pas-
sionate in their response to the legislation.
Be it positive or negative, one thing is cer-
tain - they just want a chance to get on
the field, in the pool or on the court.
To Orr Davis, for whom sports are not
just a hobby, but a history and a lifestyle,
it is inconceivable that anyone might sup-
port exclusion.
"If you believe in sports, you have to
believe in sports for everyone," she said.
And in a day when before his death,
Canham attended a women's gymnastics
meet with his granddaughter, the softball
and field hockey squads have brought
home Michigan's two most recent team
national championships, and nationally
new wrestling programs are creeping
up to replace those that have been cut, it
seems people are catching on.

The first women's varsity basketba
during the 1977-78 season.

EUGENE ROBERTSON/Daily
New Life Church, which bought the Delta Zeta sorority house on Washt-
enaw Avenue in 1992, plans to begin contruction of a new auditorium on
that land in the near future.

. ~The Story o f
Sarsity status, Don Canham and the Board
in Control adamantly opposed awarding
Swomen the samnevarsity letter - the tra-
ditional maize block M - as they gave the
-Everyone' was saying, 'We'll give you a navy M,
well ive you a script M,' anything but what was
, said Sheryl Szady, who wrote her doctoral
dertationon women's sports at Michigan.
Saady and fellow athlete Linda Laird continued to
p, butt no avail. The already copiius opposi-
ton eased 10-fold when then-coaches Johnny
Or and So Schembechler wrote a letter to forme~r
athetes. alerting them of the potential "degrada-
tin otheir leters.
Finally, just dys before the Board in Control was
taeonthe issue. Detroit sportscaster Al Acker-

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ma~n got wind of the possible snul?..Htv i~~
feelings about the matter on the arr.
"He said, 'If Michiga.ontgivewomen the
letters, 111 never announce another U- I
Szady said.
This, coupled with the fact that the exact c '
for Title IX - which required equal a ad
through six days before the vote, dad vte h
favor of equal letters nearly anim
However, when the woren's jack 60w,,
the women's M's, though the appropriat sy e
cons iderably smaller than the men' T: ,. '
The women's jackets were smaller., Thi~ s art ,:
fidi ae er.Despite this difference, the equal M wa S,"ni
cant victory for women's sports and put Micia
ahead of schQols uch asMichgn &ate w ' ..
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