The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 28, 2005 - 3
speak on Diag
2004 Democratic vice presidential
nominee John Edwards will speak on
the Diag tomorrow from 11 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. The University is the last
of 10 stops on his College Tour 2005:
Opportunity Rocks. Seating is lim-
ited. Tickets are free and available
at projectopportunity.org by register-
ing and printing out a confirmation
e-mail with an e-ticket. The event
is sponsored by The Detroit Project,
College Democrats and the LSA Stu-
tomorrow at School
of Social Work
The School of Social Work is
sponsoring a recruitment festival for
students interested in career oppor-
tunities in social work. It will take
place from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
tomorrow in the school's McGregor
Commons. The fair will also have
information about the University's
graduate social work degree pro-
grams, the master of social work
and the doctorate in social work and
social science. The event is free but
Trotter House to
Eating homecooked food, dancing,
poetry reading and singing will take
place at the Philippine Culture Night at
Trotter House at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Tickets are $12 if purchased before the
event by e-mailing fasa-off@umich.
edu and $15 at the door. Proceeds will
go toward the the completion of the
Las-Ud school in llocos Sur province
of the Philippines.
Eyes of dining
A South Quadrangle Residence
Hall dining employee suffered
burning of her eyes after cleaning
solution got in them, the Department
of Public Safety reported Another
dining employee reported the inci-
dent on Wednesday at about noon.
No ambulance was requested.
from Mason Hall
A female student reported her purse
was stolen from Mason Hall Wednes-
day at about 11 a.m. It contained a wal-
let, $5 in cash and a miscellaneous ID,
she said. The purse was left unattended.
There are no suspects at this time.
from CCRB locker
A male student reported that items
from his assigned locker in the CCRB
were stolen on Wednesday at about 5
p.m. He claimed he had four pairs of
shorts and a magazine in the locker.
There was no evidence force was used
to break into the locker.
In Daily History
PIRGIM reveals A2
Oct. 28, 1977 - Widespread exam-
ples of deception and abuse in hous-
ing leases used by landlords have been
found in Ann Arbor and 18 other Michi-
gan cities, the Public Interest Research
Group in Michigan announced yester-
Findings of the student-based research
and lobbying group show "objectionable
clauses" in all of the 46 leases examined
in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, with an
average of 3.6 violations per lease. The
18-month study revealed that of 200
leases investigated state-wide, 99 per-
Peace Corps returns to its
roots on steps of Union
of Corps idea 45 years ago
By Joelle Dodge
For the Daily
Several generations of Peace Corps
volunteers gathered yesterday at the
place where the organization began
45 years ago - the steps of the Mich-
University and Peace Corps offi-
cials held a ceremony to commemo-
rate the anniversary of then-Sen. John
F. Kennedy's proposal for the Peace
Corps. A Peace Pole on the side lawn
of the Union was commemorated dur-
ing the ceremony.
E. Royster Harper, University vice
president for student affairs, gave a
brief history of the University's role in
the organization's history.
"It is certain that U of M students
played a key and viable part in its for-
mation," Harper said.
Kennedy delivered his historic
speech on the Union steps at 2 a.m.
without any prepared text, Harper
Kennedy arrived on the morning
of Oct. 14, 1960, from New York -
where he had just completed his third
debate with Richard Nixon - to find
10,000 University students who had
stayed up waiting for him.
Bolstered by the students' enthusi-
asm, he challenged them to contribute
to their country by serving overseas,
using their professional skills - like
medicine and engineering - to help
people in countries like Ghana. He
emphasized the need for personal
contribution and the value of sacri-
fice. The students responded with a
roar of cheers.
By early November, 1,000 students
had signed a petition, organized by the
University student group Americans
Committed to World Responsibility,
that demanded the implementation of
the Peace Corps.
Kennedy formally announced
plans to form the Peace Corps Nov.
2 in San Francisco, but that day on
the Union's steps was his first public
mention of the idea.
The connection with the University
did not end there.
Former Department of Psychology
chair E. Lowell Kelly helped decide
how to set up the Peace Corps's train-
Kelly then looked to two colleagues
at the University, Prof. Elton McNiell
and Prof. Donald Brown, to establish
the training program.
Brown traveled the country set-
ting up training sites and traveled the
world to visit trainees onsite.
There are currently 85 University
volunteers serving in the Peace Corps,
making the University of Michigan
sixth among large universities in
Peace Corps volunteers.
More than 2,000 people from the
University have served in the Corps
since its founding.
At yesterday's ceremony, Peace
Corps Deputy Director Judy Olsen
spoke on the present and future of the
program and unveiled a "peace pole"
at the side of the Union. She recalled
her own belief in the importance of
the spot on the Union's steps where
Kennedy delivered his speech.
"This is the spot that changed my
life forever," she said she had once
told her son, a University alum.
The Peace Corps today has more
than 178,000 volunteers and serves
137 different countries.
Olsen said she has seen a rejuve-
nated interest in the Peace Corps since
the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
There is a new passion among young
people to study abroad and to tell their
stories, she said.
Kennedy .challenged students to
contribute a part of their lives to help-
ing others during his address at the
Union. Yesterday, Olsen concluded
with a similar challenge: "We can do
more and we can be more."
E. Royster Harper, vice president for student affairs, speaks on the steps
of the Michigan Union to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the
announcement of the Peace Corps.
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In January, supporters of MCRI col-
lected enough signatures from Michi-
gan residents to place the issue on the
November 2006 ballot. Public opinion
polls in Michigan have indicated that
MCRI has public support, meaning
affirmative action could become illegal
a year from now.
Opponents of the initiative criticize
MCRI for a number of reasons, includ-
ing the effects it will have and the meth-
ods used by the initiative's proponents
to gather petition signatures.
Among these criticisms is a claim
that ending affirmative action will
reverse the progress blacks have made
since the Civil Rights movement, as
well as research indicating that ending
affirmative action would also hurt pro-
grams that favor women.
Those opposing MCRI also allege
its petition signatures were gathered by
providing false and misleading infor-
mation to the public, including tell-
ing people that it was an initiative that
favored affirmative action.
BAMN brought together college and
high school supporters of affirmative
action in a rally to voice all of these
Sharpton called on students to come
together to stand against racism and
"Only those that fight will get what
they deserve," he said. "So you stand
up and stay strong, and we will win this
fight by any means necessary."
BAMN hopes the rally will send
a message to government officials in
Lansing that young people in Michigan
support affirmative action and that the
policy is an essential part of promot-
ing racial equality in general, said Ben
Royal, a BAMN organizer and gradu-
ate student in the School of Education.
To demonstrate this support, BAMN
organized buses to bring more than 1000
middle and high school students from
Detroit public schools to the event.
"The fight to defeat the MCRI in
Michigan right now is the front line,"
he said, adding that ending affirma-
tive action would be a step back toward
segregation, Jim Crow and inequality
between men and women.
BAMN organizers said they hope
the rally will influence the decision of
the Michigan Court of Appeals when it
hears their case for keeping MCRI off
Standing at the back of the rally was
a small group of University students
opposed to affirmative action and the
methods BAMN uses to promote its
Affirmative action is outdated and
ineffectual, said Matthew Gage, a
LSA senior and events chair of College
"It's been around for 40 years, and
you look at the numbers, it's just not
working," Gage said.
In addition, affirmative action has
increased tensions between the races,
Gage said. A more effective and fair
system would be one based on socio-
economic status instead of race, he
The anti-affirmative action protestors
also alleged that BAMN uses violence
- including physical violence and prop-
erty destruction - to achieve its goals.
As an example of this violence, Gage
cited an incident last July in which stu-
dents at a BAMN rally in Lansing loot-
ed a nearby cafeteria.
Allegations of violence against
BAMN are only rumors and are "total-
ly unfounded," said Royal.
Yesterday's rally was largely peace-
ful, although some anti-affirmative
action students said they were spit on
or had water bottles and other things
thrown at them.
While the BAMN rally was loud and
confrontational, a second pro-affirma-
tive action rally held later in the eve-
ning took the opposite approach.
The "Breaking the Silence" gath-
ering, organized by several campus
groups including Students Support-
ing Affirmative Action and NAACP,
was a more subdued protest of MCRI.
Instead of thousands of students march-
ing, cheering and yelling, the event
involved a small group of students who
began the gathering with their mouths
The students wore the gags all day
to illustrate the silence that will be
imposed on women and students of
color if MCRI is passed, said Alex
Moffet, vice president of NAACP.
"If affirmative action is taken away
from this campus, then students of
color will cease to be on this campus,"
Moffet said. "(The gags) show what it
would be like in the classroom without
the voices of those students"
Students participating in the dem-
onstration said they were worried that
programs such as Women in Science
and Engineering and the Multi-Ethnic
Student Affairs office at the University
would suffer if MCRI is passed.
Although some critics claim that
students who benefit from affirmative
action policies are less qualified than
other university students, Shelton said-
the programs are important because
they help students who have historically,
been denied access to higher education-
"The door (to higher education) has
been opened," he said. "The key now is
to make sure that people know how to
even find that door."
Students still have to complete all
the work at the college level, Sheltoi
added. "College professors don't grade
on an affirmative action curve."
Rather than try to keep MCRI off the
ballot, NAACP will focus on educating
students and Michigan residents about
affirmative action and the problems
with MCRI so that it can be defeated at
the polls in 2006, said Riana Anderson,
the group's president.
"At the University of Michigan there
is a new cause every day," Anderson
said. "This is one that will likely last '
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