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The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 12, 2005 - 3A

Concert Band to
perform at Hill
Conductor Steven Davis will lead the
University's Concert Band in a perfor-
mance with pieces by Gabrielli, Rosetti,
Perischetti and Colgrass at 8 p.m. in Hill
Auditorium tonight. The concert is free
and no tickets are required.
Pianist to hold
free recital on
North Campus
Musician Kay Marie Zavislak will
perform a piano recital at the McIntosh
Theater in the EV. Moore Building
tonight at 8 p.m. The concert, "Dimen-
tions of Sound: A Panoramic Journey
Through Time and Space," featuring
the music of Toru Takemitsu. The recital
is free and no tickets are required.
More trees stolen
near campus
The Department of Public Safety
reported that two evergreen trees had
been cut down near a parking lot at
1700 Broadway last Thursday at about
2:12 p.m. In a separate incident, a caller
reported two people cutting down trees
in Nichols Arboretum at 10:44 p.m. on
Friday. Officers checked the area but did
not find evidence of the alleged crime.
Microwave in
room burns food,
sets off alarm
Fire alarms went off at 11:43 p.m. in
Couzens Hall on Thursday because of
food burned in a microwave. DPS ruled
the fire accidental.
Snowball fight
leads to violence
A caller reported being assaulted
during a snowball fight near South
Quad Residence Hall Friday at about
1:13 a.m. He said he was picked up
and dropped on his back.
Slippery street
causes injury
An icy spot on the 200 block of Zina
Pitcher St. caused a caller to fall at 11:33
a.m. on Friday, according to DPS. Main-
tenance was notified to clean up the area.
* Caller reports
laptop larceny in
East Quad
A laptop was reported stolen from an
East Quad Residence Hall cafeteria on
Thursday. The owner of the laptop report-
ed the incident at about 12:23 p.m. The
laptop was later found.

In Daily History
Students protest
Calif law banning
services to illegal
Dec. 12, 1994 - About 200 peo-
ple protested California's Proposi-
tion 187 last Friday, marching from
the Diag to the Federal Building,
resulting in the arrest of one par-
M-STOP 187, a coalition of Uni-
versity student organizations, orga-
nized the protest against the recently
approved proposition, which restricts
access to public amenities for illegal
"We're just trying to show that
there's people up here in the Mid-
west that care," said LSA sophomore
Angelo Cisneros of Sigma Lambda
Beta, a Latino fraternity.
Advocates of the initiative say the
limitations on public services would
discourage illegal immigrants from

Theme, speakers
chosen for MLK Day


Annual symposium will feature
spoken-word events focused on
Hurricane Katrina
By Katerina Georgiev
Daily Staff Reporter
Inspired by the theme of Martin Luther King Jr. Sym-
posium, "A Time To Break The Silence," organizers aren't
keeping quiet about this year's series of events commeno-
rating the civil rights leader.
"It is still amazing how enormous and inspirational this
dedication to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is,"
said Angelina Moya, organization committee member
and LSA junior.
The theme was inspired by a speech Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. gave to New York City churchgoers in protest of
the Vietnam War in 1967.
Faculty, students and Ann Arbor community mem-
bers will host 60 different events in an effort to continue
King's legacy and facilitate discussion of social justice
and diversity.
The conference will run from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31.
Several events will be dedicated to discussing Hurricane
Katrina. One will discuss race and class in the hurricane's
wake and another will explore the little-known "prison
epidemic" that occurred when authorities left prisoners
behind in the panic and chaos that ensued the tragedy.
The symposium will also include events to celebrate
New Orleans's culture, including a performance by a New
Orleans jazz band.

The conference's annual student event will put a poetic
spin on King's legacy by featuring renowned actor, art-
ist and filmmaker Saul Williams in a spoken-word per-
formance. His performance will be followed by several
student poets.
Flynn said she expects 12 to 15 students to partici-
pate and has already received entries discussing dis-
ability and race.
She added that she is encouraging students to submit
pieces that follow the symposium's theme and hopes that
students will feel inspired to break the silence about issues
that are important to them.
While the committee wanted to host former President
Bill Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to garner stu-
dent interest, the high cost of big-name speakers forced
organizers to turn to lesser-known people who are still
As keynote speaker, the committee chose Anna Deavere
Smith, an acclaimed actress, playwright and teacher whose
work explores America's multifaceted national identity.
Smith was one of Oprah's "People You Should Know,"
according to LSA junior Angelina Moyer, a member of
the planning committee.
This year's opening speaker, Business School Prof.
C.K. Prahalad, is known for his research in marketing to
low-income consumers in developing countries.
Prahland's selection is part of the symposium commit-
tee's effort to highlight University faculty, organizer Gena
Flynn said.
Charlene Teters. an artist, writer and advocate spe-
cializing in Native American issues, will close the

The City of Ann Arbor has asked Tommy York and Matt Mor-
gan,,owners of Morgan and York located at 1928 Packard to
take down their sign to bring it up to code.


Colleges could lose minority funding

Decree required Tenn
colleges to spend $75
million to increase staff and
student diversity
Tennessee colleges could lose millions
of dollars used to recruit minorities if
a 38-year-old desegregation lawsuit is
The Geier Consent Decree, estab-
lished in 2001 to settle a longtime
legal battle to desegregate Tennessee
colleges, is up for final review in 2006
by a federal court in Nashville. If the
court agrees that the terms of the con-
sent decree have been met, the case
will be dismissed.
The consent decree required Ten-

nessee to spend $75 million over
10 years to help public colleges and
universities diversify their student
bodies, faculties and staffs.
So far, about $67 million of the
Geier money has been budgeted to
establish scholarships, faculty salary
incentives, marketing campaigns and
other initiatives to attract black stu-
dents and faculty to state schools.
Black student enrollment at the
University of Tennessee at Chatta-
nooga has outpaced the rest of the
five-campus UT system. About 19
percent of the total student body
is black, up from 11 percent two
decades ago.
The University of Memphis
increased its black student population
from nearly 19 percent in 1984 to more
than 35 percent this year. The Univer-

"There are probably
better ways to
spend the taxpayers'
dollars than on
this program."
- Tenn. State Rep. Bill Dunn (R)
sity of Tennessee's rose from 4.6 per-
cent to 8.1 percent in that time period.
Other state schools saw smaller
increases: East Tennessee State Uni-
versity's black student population rose
from 2.7 percent to 4.2 percent; Ten-
nessee Technological University saw

an increase from 2 percent to 4.2
percent; and Austin Peay State Uni-
versity increased from 16.2 percent to
17.9 percent.
Deputy Attorney General Kevin
Steiling said the case likely will go
before the judge in July. Once Geier
is settled, any continuing programs
would have to include all minorities
rather than focusing on just blacks,
administrators said.
Tennessee state Rep. Bill Dunn said he
doesn't support continuing the funding
once the case ends because the money
has produced "little to no results."
Wendy Thompson, who manages
programs created by the Geier con-
sent decree for the Tennessee Board
of Regents, said she hopes the funding
will continue so that schools can con-
tinue to reach out to blacks.

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