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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 3

ON CAMPUS
Museum of Art
shows film on
musician Kitaro
The University's Museum of Art
Alumni Association will air the docu-
mentary The Silk Road: An Ancient
World of Adventure. This film, scored
by internationally renowned musician
Kitaro, documents the different Euro-
pean historical figures who traveled the
Silk Road in order to obtain the riches
of China. The movie will be screened at
University's Museum of Art at 12 p.m.
LSA lecture
analyzes North
Korean famine
The College of Literature, Science,
and the Arts will present a public lec-
ture by Meredith Woo-Cumings on the
famine that North Korea experienced
several years ago. This lecture will take
place in the Ampitheater of the Rack-
ham Graduate School at 4 p.m.
Professor speaks
on Christianity
and its history
Psychology Prof. Daniel Keating will
be giving the second part of his public
lecture on early Christianity entitled
"The Suffering of God in the Church
Fathers." This lecture will take place
in the Modern Languages Building in
Lecture Rm. 1 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
CRIME
NOTES
Staff member may
have experienced
heart attack
A staff member in the Harlan Hatch-
er Graduate Library reported to the
Department of Public Safety that she
thought she was having a heart attack
Monday afternoon around 12:30 p.m.
The subject was breathing and con-
scious when an ambulance transported
her to the emergency room.
Dining services
staff member cuts
own finger
A staff member of dining services in
South Quad Residence Hall cut her fin-
ger Monday afternoon. She was taken to
the ambulance by the DPS officer that
responded to the call.
Rock thrown at
Diag light fixture
An act of malicious destruction was
reported when an unknown person
threw a rock at a light fixture in the

vicinity of the Diag. There are no sus-
pects at the time.
THIs DAY
In Daily History
Union undergoes
renovations for
WWII servicemen
November 2, 1943 - In the midst of
wartime modifications, the Michigan
Union will continue in its capacities as an
athletic club and a haven for men. But it
will be modified to accommodate service-
men by converting ballrooms and enter-
tainment halls into comfortable lounges.
A lack of workers and food has com-
pelled the University to convert the ball-
room, also used as a dining room, into a
cafeteria. Despite the acquisition of a new
cafeteria, the already-existing cafeteria in
the basement will continue in its current
function. The Union will also keep its
male athletic facilities open and continue
to accommodate freshman orientation.
The traditional doorkeeper at the
front entrance will also persist in keep-
ing women and dogs out. Within this
guarded facility, male members may
comfortably lounge in the Pendleton

Two Republicans speak out against MCRI

Candidates concerned that
ballot measure will negatively
affect state policies if passed
LANSING (AP) - A proposal that would ban
some affirmative action programs in Michigan has
taken a major step toward making it onto the bal-
lot, but two prominent Michigan Republican can-
didates have come out against it.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Monday
that a state elections board should allow the pro-
posal to appear on the November 2006 ballot. The
ruling is a victory for the Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative, which backs the proposed constitutional
amendment to ban racial and gender preferences in
government hiring and university admissions.
On Monday, Republican gubernatorial
candidate Dick DeVos and GOP U.S. Senate
hopeful Keith Butler both issued statements

saying they oppose the MCRI proposal, while
GOP Senate candidate Jerry Zandstra said he
supports it.
Butler. who is black, had repeatedly declined
to answer earlier questions on whether he sup-
ported or opposed the ballot proposal. Monday
was the first time he announced his position.
He strongly denounced the proposal in a news
release.
"This proposal is wrong for Michigan. We still
live in a society where some among us still need
assistance," Butler said.
"I do not support quotas or set aside programs
for anyone," he added. "This proposal will, how-
ever, terminate many worthwhile programs includ-
ing, any Michigan program that aims to increase
opportunities for women including recruitment,
training, and outreach programs in public educa-
tion, and employment."
DeVos, expected to be the lone Republican to

"This proposal is wrong for Michigan. We still live in a
society where some among us still need assistance."
- Keith Butler
U.S. Senate candidate

challenge Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm,
also released a statement saying he opposed the
proposal.
"I am particularly concerned that this initiative
may have the unintended consequence of negative-
ly impacting programs aimed at helping women in
education," DeVos said in a statement. "It may also
restrict girls-only and boys-only schools that have
proven to be successful."
Zandstra, of Cutlerville, said he was ready to
debate Butler and the other GOP Senate candidate,
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, over
the merits of the ballot proposal.

"Congratulations to MCRI for their hard work
in getting on the ballot," Zandstra said in a state-
ment. "I am a strong believer in racial equality and
meritocracy."
Zandstra, Butler and Bouchard all are seeking
the GOP nomination to face incumbent Democrat-
ic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. A spokeswoman for
the Bouchard campaign didn't have a comment on
the issue Monday.
The Board of State Canvassers failed to approve
or reject the MCRI's petitions this summer,
prompting the group to seek court action to get on
the ballot.

BAMN
Continued from page 1
The NAACP claimed that when
BAMN bussed in hundreds of students
from the Detroit public schools to par-
ticipate in the rally, BAMN did not dis-
cipline the kids effectively because they
were roaming through the Michigan
Union, Angell Hall and the Diag.
The NAACP also claims that the
middle and high-school kids seemed to
have no involvement in the rally beyond
attending the event. Furthermore, mem-
bers noted the profanity and combative
language shouted by Detroit students
at the rally as evidence of BAMN's
improper handling of the event.
BAMN members said they had com-
municated with the Detroit students
prior to the event, but they did not
address Moffett's allegations of mis-
management of the event.
"I've given hour-long presentations
on the history of affirmative action to
students in Detroit," BAMN member
Liana Mulholland said.
Moffett said she didn't disagree
with BAMN about the importance of
affirmative action and the dire state of
Detroit public schools but that the issue
at hand was the way BAMN handled
the rally.
Before constituents' time started,
MSA President Jesse Levine moved
unsuccessfully to limit the speakers' list
- which traditionally has been open to
all who wish to address the assembly
- to University students.
Members of BAMN and the assembly
said they were appalled with Levine's
move, which they said they saw as an
aggressive form of censorship.
"The way Jesse tried to chair the
meeting (was) absurd," said Ben Royal,
a Rackham representative and BAMN

organizer. "This is a perfect example of
what happens when black youth attempt
to speak out against racism - there are
attempts to silence them and call in the
police."
Officers from the Department of Pub-
lic Safety were called prior to the meet-
ing. Levine explained that his intention
was to keep the meeting under control
and ensure the safety of students at the
meeting.
Moffett was verbally assaulted by
a BAMN activist during the meeting,
who yelled out, "Alex, are you scared to
be black?"
Levine read the heckler an order
to cease and desist harassment and
warned the activist that if another out-
burst occurred, the perpetrator would
be asked to leave. There were no other
instances of verbal assault.
"I think that Jesse had the best
interests at heart," Moffett said. "I
know his move (to limit the speakers'
list) was not discriminatory. I think
he wanted to avoid having the-meet-
ing erupt into a shouting match, the
way it eventually did."
MSA General Counsel Russ Garber
said that while the timing of the motion
to limit the speakers' list to only stu-
dents might have been poor, he trusted
Levine's motivations.
"I think his intentions were to control
the meeting as best he could."
Members of BAMN and other MSA
representatives were more skeptical.
"It's obvious why this is being applied
now," Mullholland said.
MSA Rep. Reese Fox took issue
with Levine's decision to limit the
speakers' list.
"This move lacks total foresight for
the future," Fox said, "This precedent
will block outside experts from speak-
ing in the future."

ROBBERY
Continued from page 1.
In all eight cases, the tenants failed to
secure their residences either by keep-
ing a door ajar or forgetting to put a bar
down to lock a sliding door or window,
Brown said.
In many of these cases, students were
sleeping when the burglary occurred.

She said all of the cases are still under
investigation, and there are no suspects
at this time.
Brown stressed the importance of
students locking their doors and com-
puters.
"Most of these incidents could have
been avoided by merely taking a minute
to follow commonsense safety proce-
dures," she said.

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