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Tickets available
for Ludacris
concert tonight
Hip-hop star Ludacris will perform
with a heretofore unannounced special
guest at 8 p.m. tonight at Hill Audito-
rium. Tickets are still available at the
door for $30. No cameras or bags will
be allowed. The event is sponsored by
the Michigan Student Assembly, Uni-
versity Activities Center and Hillel.
Doctor to speak
on women's
health issues
Timothy Johnson, an expert in wom-
en's health, will be speaking about
women's health research at the Uni-
versity and the impact of the Michigan
Initiative for Women's Health on recent
research at 12 p.m. in the Michigan
room of the Michigan League.
Poetry slam to be
held at Union
There will be a Poetry Slam at 8 p.m.
at the Michigan Union. Poets who wish
to read their work should come at 8,
those who wish to watch should come at
8:30. The cost is $3.
* Escapee from
juvenile facility
still at large
Staffers of the Arbor Heights
Center juvenile detention facility on
Washington Heights Drive reported a
male juvenile escapee, according to
the Department of Public Safety. The
escapee, who walked out the back
door of the minimum-security facil-
ity, is still at large.
Angell Hall
sign damaged
The sign on the west side of Angell
Hall was damaged sometime in
August, DPS reported. The damage
was accidental and, as such, there are
no suspects.
Police bust
subjects drinking,
smoking pot in car
Three nonstudent subjects in a car
were given open alcohol tickets, and
one was arrested for possession of
marijuana in a parking lot on Broad-
way Street, DPS reported.

In Daily History
'U' opens research
center in Japan
after World War 11
Nov. 3, 1950 - The Center for
Japanese Studies announced today
that a research branch will soon be
established in Okayama, Japan. Four
graduate students and two profes-
sors plan to move into a Japanese
house in January in order-to study
the social structure of several vil-
lages and one city on the island of
Honshu. The team will be study-
ing the effects of industrial civili-
zation on the island community in
the hopes of expanding the Western
world's knowledge base about Japa-
nese culture. Although they will be
immersing themselves in the culture,
all food, automobiles, furnaces and
supplies will be delivered from the
United States. In fact, Gen. Douglas
MacArthur approved the program
only on the condition that the Uni-
versity unit provides all of its own
food and necessities.
After World War II, University stu-
dents and professors began to realize
the importance of having a knowl-
edge base about Eastern cultures, so

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 3A
Students honor
Parks i Diag vigil

Civil rights legend
remembered as a quiet but
profound activist
By Jen Halas
and Liz Wahl
For the Daily
Students honored Rosa Parks, the woman
known as the "mother of the modern civil
rights movement," last night with a candle-
light vigil and song.
University students and members of the
Ann Arbor community gathered on the
Diag to honor Parks, who died in Detroit
on Oct. 24, in an event sponsored by the
University's chapter of the NAACP and the
Black Student Union.
Parks is most often remembered for her
1955 arrest after refusing to give up her bus
seat to a white man in Montgomery, Ala.
The act of civil disobedience was the
catalyst that prompted the year-long Mont-
gomery bus boycott and launched. Martin
Luther King Jr. to fame as the driving force
behind the civil rights movement.
University President Mary Sue Coleman
attended and spoke at the vigil. "It was
enormously inspiring for me to see the out-
come," she said of the funeral held yester-
day in Detroit, which was both a celebration
and a farewell.

University Vice President for Student
Affairs E. Royster Harper also spoke.
"Tonight we praise an unknown seam-
stress," she said, "and her act of defiance."
The idea of "quiet strength" is a philoso-
phy that guided Parks's activism over the
years. "Some of the greatest communica-
tion we can have is what is not said," LSA
senior Isaiah Pettway said.
A number of students expressed gratitude
for Parks's silent action. Jillian Walker, an
LSA junior who also sang at the event said,
"She meant a lot, not only to the black com-
munity, but to Americans."
The evening's speakers challenged the
crowd to continue Parks's legacy. "The com-
munity needs someone that still has the spir-
it of Rosa Parks," said Pastor Mark Lyons
of the Second Baptist Church. "Somebody's
life will be different because we took a stand
for justice."
"Where's the next Rosa Parks coming
from?" Lyons asked. Answered LSA fresh-
man Lisa Lozen: "There's a lot of us that can
take that extra step to go out of the box and
out of prejudice."
The evening concluded with a perfor-
mance by the University Gospel Chorale and
a moment of silence. Organizers said this was
a purposeful ending - expressing remem-
brance of a person who inspired change with
her action, rather than what she said.

Sexual assault survivors speak out to help others

By Katerina Georgiev
For the Daily

Contemplative silence punctuated by survi-
vors' testimony, both jarring and emotional,
was the scene at the Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center's 19th annual "Speak
Out," held yesterday evening in the Michigan
Union Ballroom. SAPAC presented the event
as an outlet for survivors of sexual assault,
dating and domestic violence, stalking and
sexual harassment to voice their experiences.
The event was designed to be a respectful
and safe environment. Survivors could choose
to speak in front of the media or behind a
black curtain.
All received hugs and flowers from SAPAC
volunteers after they told their stories. Of the
audience of about 75 people - mostly, but not
all, women - many cried and nodded their
support for the speakers.
The focus was on breaking the silence
that surrounds these issues, which are often
thought of as taboos in our society.

"In our culture, women and survivors of any
gender are asked to be secret-keepers, and the
keeping of these secrets creates a boundary
that cuts people off from themselves and oth-
ers around them," said Johanna Soet, director
Survivors recalled experiences including
child sexual abuse, date rape, domestic abuse
and stalking. While situations varied, there
were common themes.
Many survivors knew and trusted their
attackers. Some said they felt embarrassment
and denial about the incident or incidents.
Some struggle, even years later, with blaming
themselves for what happened.
For many survivors, it has taken some time
to acknowledge with conviction that the abuse
Additionally, many survivors cited alco-
hol as a factor in their assaults but went on
to acknowledge that drunkenness is never an
Some speakers said they shared their sto-
ries not only for personal release, but also

"In our culture, women and survivors of any gender
are asked to be secret-keepers, and the keeping of
these secrets creates a boundary that cuts people
off from themselves and others around them"
-Johanna Soet
SAPAC Director

to empower others. One survivor, who had
been assaulted by a friend's brother, encour-
aged listeners and fellow survivors to "learn
from it, grow from it, let it make you stron-
ger." Another survivor, after recounting her
harrowing experience with domestic abuse
and stalking, said she hopes her story will be
a "red flag" for anyone in a similar abusive

"The 'Speak-Out' is about breaking down
boundaries and about setting them; it is about
refusing to be kept in a cage and to be buried
in shame," Soet said. "By speaking or listen-
ing, we are tending to our souls and the souls
of others, as we break open the silence that
binds us all."
The SAPAC 24-hour Crisis Line is (734)


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