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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 3A

Jazzing it up at
Pierpont Commons
Starting at noon at Pierpont Commons,
Justin Walter's Jazz Quartet will be per-
forming for any and all. Sponsored by the
University Unions Arts and Programs, the
event will take place at Leonardo's.
Discussion to be
held on Native-
American issues
Karina Walters will be holding a
lecture and discussion on her inves-
tigations of Native Americans and
issues facing the community such as
drug abuse, mental illnesses and other
stresses. The discussion begins at 1:00
p.m. in the School of Social Work.
Credit card 101
Come learn about credit cards at this
workshop at the Industrial and Opera-
tions Building at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The
focus will be on the beneficial aspects
of owning credit cards, as well as some
consequences of inefficient use.
Martha Redbone to
perform at Union
Renowned singer, songwriter and
Native American Martha Redbone will
be performing at a concert at 8:30 p.m.
Describing her own music as "Native
Soul," her first album won the Native
American Music Awards Debut of the
Year prize in 2002.
Attempt to
steal cash box
A cash box in a management
office at the South Quadrangle
Residence Hall was found Tuesday
morning with what appeared to be
pry marks, the Department of Public
Safety reported. The office door was
locked, and there was no evidence of
a break-in. The apparent attempt to
pry open the cash box was not suc-
Student slices
elbow on vending
A student living in South Quad cut
his elbow on a vending machine Tues-
day night, DPS reported. The subject
was transported to the emergency room
of the University Hospital.
In Daily History

Greeks attend
workshop on
date rape
Nov. 17, 1987 - Members from
both the Pi Beta Phi sorority and the
Sigma Chi fraternity attended a sexual
awareness workshop conducted by two
members from the Sexual Assault Pre-
vention and Awareness Center.
The two-hour discussion began
by destroying common misconcep-
tions of sexual assault and listing
several facts about rape, including
acquaintance rapes accounting for
more than 80 percent of all report-
ed rapes: SAPAC volunteer Marya
Mogk put it bluntly, saying that
"rape is not a crime of sexuality,
it's a crime of aggression," as she
explained that men rape to assert
power. She stressed that men and
women must not follow stereotypi-
cal roles and instead communicate
to each other.
SAPAC defined rape as "any sex-
ual conduct that does not involve
mutual consent" and explained a
"force continuum" that men use to
coerce women for sex. The contin-
uum begins with mutual consent but
can quickly escalate to verbal abuse

Minority groups urged to work together

By C.C. Song
Daily Staff Reporter

There's a common history between Native
Americans and blacks. Tracing back to the
late 18th century, both groups sometimes
coexisted with one another and created inter-
racial communities that endure even today.
But for Tiya Miles, it's a complicated his-
tory that often goes unnoticed.
"African Americans and Native Ameri-
cans have been in close relationships since
the founding of European colonies," she said.
Yet currently members in both groups are
conflicted over their ties with each other, as
some Native communities refuse to recog-
nize the descendants of former slaves as true
Native Americans.
"The descendants would have voting rights
and equal access to tribal resources, but some
members of the Native nations in question
feel the descendents of slaves are black, and
not Indian," she said.
Miles, a Native American and African
American studies professor at the University,
urged both blacks and Native communities
to reconcile their past and use' their shared
history as a fulcrum to combat social issues
dealing with both groups.
Miles spoke last night at an event held by
the Native American Student Association
in South Quad Residence Hall in honor of
Native American Heritage Month.
Miles drew the audience's attention to
the historicil overlap between blacks and
Native Americans, comparing their similar
backgrounds rooted in oppression and their
importance in the founding of America.

"Blacks and Indians laid the literal ground-
work for America," she said: "And I mean,
really, the ground-work." She referred to
the ground work as the land taken from the
Natives and the enslavement of Africans
early in American history.
And this oppression continues today
through stereotypes that burden both Native
Americans and blacks, Miles said.
"It makes sense that African Americans
should be working with Native Americans,"
she said. "If we can see issues that way, we
can join together to form solutions."
Despite the current problems between the
groups, Miles said Native Americans and
blacks have had a positive relationship with
each other historically that can be used to
foster productive collaboration.
To resolve the current disputes between the
groups, Miles advocated both groups finding
creative solutions rather than relying on the
American court system.
"As students who have the opportunity to
study this history and come from these com-
munities, you should strive to become educat-
ed about these issues and to envision creative
ways of solving problems like these," Miles
Alyx Cadotte, an LSA senior and former
co-chair of NASA, said she organized this
event to raise awareness about the close rela-
tionship between blacks and Native Ameri-
"Blacks and Indians relationship is a topic
that's not discussed enough on campus," she
said, "People are sometimes forced to choose
either identity."
Deena Marshall, an LSA junior and a

Tiya Miles, a professor of American Culture at the University, spoke yesterday In the Afro-
American Lounge in South Quad.
member of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority her Native heritage after she joined NASA.
said that it's important to discuss this ignored "Growing up, I was always told that I was
issue to help the two communities merge black," she said. But after being questioned
together. repeatedly about her heritage, she said that
Marshall, who identifies herself as multi- she decided it was time for her to find out.
racial, is three quarters black and one eighth "I'm proud to have an Indian culture inside
Cherokee. She said that she chose to embrace of me."

Doctors talk
about their role
i n prison abuse

Ann Arbor and Flint campuses. The importance of reliable tech-
Levine said MSA didn't spend any nology was one lesson that was
Continued from page 1A money on publicity, but based the learned the hard way after ticket-
of dialogue during the concert." campaign solely on free press, fly- master.com shut down for an entire
Although the rapper did not seem ers on campus and Diag handouts. day, blocking ticket sales. Levine
to participate in any particularly Levine admitted that inadequate said that "in hindsight, (MSA)
valuable dialogue - "U of M girls publicity and undependable technol- should have probably done a lottery
give me U of M or made an authentic
head," was his most student website" to raise
notable quote of the ticket sales.
night - Levine said "You would usually think that Levine also said "it
he is satisfied with . t would not have hurt to
the outcome of the Ludacris would be in Detroit or have more publicity,"
concert. but that in light of the
"Never before has Something. It ShOWed tediversity numerous other events
an event brought so t student e that MSA was focus-
many people with ing on at the same time
so many different as the concert, this was
backgrounds togeth- - Alana Frankfort difficult.
er," he said. LSA senior Despite disappoint-
LSA senior Alana ing tickets sales, Levine
Frankfort, who said he considers the
attended the con- concert an "unqualified

By Deepa Pendse
Daily Staff Reporter

Many people throughout the world
felt the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was
an embarrassment to the officers direct-
ly involved, as well as high-ranking
military officials far removed from the
actual events. But one group of people
largely ignored during the scandal was
the medical team in Afghanistan that
witnessed the abuse.
In a lecture titled "When Good Men
and Women do Nothing: Doctors at Abu
Ghraib and Guantanamo," Dr. Leon
Eisenberg, a Harvard Medical School
professor, addressed the ethical issues
raised because of doctors' involvement
with prison torture.
Eisenberg said abuses at Abu Ghraib
and Guantanamo were the intentional
result of U.S. policy, not isolated inci-
dents, as U.S. officials have said.
"They knew what was happening,
they arranged for it to happen and they
still don't want to give up on (the poli-
cies)," he said.
He spoke about Army Capt. Ian
Fishback, who wrote a letter to Sen.
John McCain (R-Ariz.) in September
criticizing the response he received
from military officials when he tried
to get answers about the Abu Ghraib
prison scandal.
This letter was referenced in McCain's
amendment to the Senate appropriations
bill geared toward restricting the inter-
rogation techniques that the Defense
Department can use. Vice President
Dick Cheney is pressing the Senate to
exempt the CIA from those restrictions.

Eisenberg criticized Cheney's
actions, saying, "Well, why would
you want to exempt the CIA unless
you wanted the CIA to have the right
to practice torture?"
Eisenberg lamented the apathy of
civilian medical associations like the
American Medical Association, attrib-
uting it to the "professional culture in
which one gets along by going along."
He cited a survey of medical students
at six universities that showed that more
than half of the students had seen or
participated in unethical actions.
The study also reported that the
students had seen physicians refer to
patients in a derogatory way. The stu-
dents' reasons for not reporting the
unethical activities that they saw were
that they "wanted to fit in and fear of a
good evaluation."
Eisenberg said these less-severe
infractions are "precursors to the con-
spiracy of science that covers up medi-
cal infractions."
He stressed the importance of creat-
ing an atmosphere for medical students
in which they understand the importance
of "maintaining high ethical standards in
their own work (and) confronting unethi-
cal behavior whenever it occurs."
He argued that unethical tactics
learned in medical school carry on
through the students' careers. This in
turn creates a medical faculty that is lax
in dealing with ethical issues, he said.
Anjali Shah, a fourth-year Medical
student, said she has concerns about
some aspects of medical ethics. "I think
that what is preached is not always
what's practiced."

cert, confirmed the diversity of the
crowd. "It was worth the money to
see the social dynamics of the audi-
ence," she said.
Students were the target audience
for the concert and, as a result, MSA
publicized the event almost exclu-
sively to University students on the

ogy could have contributed to low
attendance, saying that "the interest
was there" and that the student body
seemed enthusiastic about Ludacris
coming to campus.
Levine said MSA "learned some
lessons" about event planning from,
the experience.

success" and believes the sponsors
accomplished their goal of encour-
aging diversity.
At least some students agreed.
"You would usually think that Lud-
acris would be in Detroit or some-
thing," Frankfort said. "It showed the
diversity of the student government."

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