The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 3A
Student groups to
on fair labor
Members of Migrant and Immigrant
Rights Awareness and the Labor Law
Roundtable are holding a conference on
immigration and social justice issues
today and tomorrow. Speakers at the con-
ference will include Baldamor Velasquez
the president of Farm Labor Organizing,
and Lance Compa from Cornell Universi-
ty. The conference will be held at the Law
School from 4 to 5:30 pm. today and at
the School of Social Work from 9:30 a.m.
to 6 pm. tomorrow.
Make a Wish
9 to host charity
The UM Stars for the Make A Wish
Foundation will be holding a bowling
night at Colonial Lanes tonight from 10
p.m. to midnight. All proceeds from the
event will go to the Make A Wish Foun-
dation of Michigan. Two round-trip air-
line tickets to anywhere in the United
States will be given away a the event.
Girl hit by door
A caller reported yesterday that she
was feeling dizzy after being hit by a
freight elevator door the previous night
at the West Quadrangle Residence Hall,
the Department of Public Safety said.
Medics attend to
An ambulance was requested yester-
day for a person at the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library who was reported
to be sweating profusely and possibly
vomiting, DPS reported.
A vending machine was accidentally
damaged at the University Hospital yes-
terday, DPS reported. There were no
witnesses and there are no suspects at
a THIS DAY
In Daily History
0 no contest in
brutal cat killing
January 18, 1980 - Five former
members of the Alpha Delta Phi fra-
ternity pleaded no contest yesterday
to animal cruelty charges associated
with the killing and burning of their
The five members of the fraternity
allegedly captured their house cat, cut
off its paws, strung it from a tree, and
then set the animal on fire.
The charges, first brought Dec. 6
against the LSA students, were filed as
a misdemeanor cruelty to animals under
the provisions of a city ordinance.
If found guilty, the five students
could face fines of up to $100 each, or
a deferred sentencing program involv-
ing 72 hours of community service,
according to 15th District Court Judge
S.J. Elden, who presided over their
City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw said
the students agreed to plead no contest
after the city decided to charge them
under the city ordinance. The state
statute defines the crime as a felony,
and therefore carries a harsher penalty.
Much to the chagrin of the police,
there was a profound lack of witnesses
and evidence, according to Ann Arbor
Police Capt. Kenneth Klinge, who
headed the investigation.
One house, member said the five
members actions could have been in
response to the cat's behavior. He said
the cat was defecating all over the
house instead of in its litter box.
The case sparked a huge contro-
versy, sending a deluge of phone calls
at the local authorities demanding
prosecution. The local Humane Soci-
ety chapter offered a $750 reward for
informatio nn thi cais
New book presents
American history from
the perspective of Native
By Mariem Qamruzzaman
Daily Staff Reporter
In this day and age, history is not
only written by conquerors - and a
new book proves it.
The Ziibiwing Center of Mt. Pleas-
Americans. The collection includes
biographies and books on origins, antiq-
uity and history of native tribes.
The new book includes sections on
the arrival of Europeans, the treaties
made with them, and the modern situ-
ation of Native Americans.
Benz said many contemporary
histories, which were written by
Europeans, portray the Anishinabe
as "uncivilized, stupid, ignorant and
Benz said the book will convey a
lished a book
Story." It is
scheduled to be
"It's very important
for the history of
native people to be
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released today. WV1LLCI UJWI1 VdLLUS
The book is there's not a lot that's
the first of its
kind to docu- taught about it."
ment the his-
tory of the -Casey Kasper
Anishinabe LSA sophomore
a tribal per-
woman fortheZiibiwing Center. Indian agents" who
"It gives a history of our tribe tions between the tr
from pre-contact to current times ers.
and has a spiritual reference to the The book consol
seven prophecies," Benz said. She well as oral histori
added that the prophecies describe nabe, which Benz
the tribe migrating from the East largely neglected b
Coast to southern Canada through "Oral histories.Ii]
the St. Lawrence seaway. es, are not to be dii
The term Anishinabe refers to Native they are every bit
Americans of the Great Lakes and maybe even more,"]
southern Canada and means "the first He added that the
man lowered down (from the Creator)." World Records lists th
It refers to the Odawa, Ojibwa and as one of the most con
Bottowatomi tribes, also known as The 161-page bo
the "Three Fires." year project involv
Central Michigan University His- ration of tribal n
tory Prof. Benjamin Ramirez con- American historian
tributed to the book. LSA sophomore (
"It stems from a major concern the book will serve an
and that is to bring Native history in the Native America
in from the margins of written his- "It's very impor
tory," Ramirez said. "We need to tory of native peoj
acknowledge in the historical record down because there
the place the Anishinabe people have taught about it," K
always held in our own culture." really glad that st
The University's libraries, which have being published. It
ordered copies of the book, currently to know these thing
hold about 14,700 books on Native with others."
is all from the
point of view,
but this histo-
ry is from our
point of view
and tells how
we saw what
us," she said.
the book talks
that were not
worked out rela-
ibes and coloniz-
idates written as
es of the Anishi-
said has been
,y most historians.
ke native languag-
as complex and
Guinness Book of
he Ojibwa language
mplex in the world.
ok was an eight-
ving the collabo-
s and others.
Casey Kasper said
tant for the his-
ple to be written
e's not a lot that's
asper said. "I'm
tuff out there is
's very important
gs and share them
State unemployment rate falls
Jobless rate down for first time
since 2000, but economists expect it
to bounce back in the next two years
LANSING - Michigan's annual unemployment rate
dropped for the first time since 2000 last year, but the
state remained well above the national average.
The state's annual jobless rate was 6.8 percent, down
from 7.1 percent in 2004. Its seasonally adjusted jobless
rate for December was 6.7 percent, up one-tenth of a
percent from November, state officials announced yes-
terday. The U.S. unemployment rate for December was
Despite the improvement in the state's annual rate,
most economists expect annual unemployment will edge
up this year and again in 2007.
University of Michigan economist George Fulton said
recently that he expects the state unemployment rate to
rise to 6.9 percent this year and 7.4 percent in 2007.
Although the state is adding jobs in some sectors of the
economy, the woes of the country's two biggest auto-
makers and some of their suppliers continue to hurt the
state's overall health.
But in some pockets of the state, economic develop-
ment officials are hopeful the worst is over and that
there is a trend toward improvement.
"For our region, we are definitely looking at an
upswing," said Tim Daman, vice president for econom-
ic development with the Lansing Regional Chamber
of Commerce. "We feel we have hit the bottom of the
The size of the state's labor force, the number of
people with jobs and the number of unemployed did not
change much in December compared to November. Total
employment in Michigan has been stable the past four
months, according to the state's Department of Labor
and Economic Growth.
Michigan gained an estimated 10,000 nonfarm pay-
roll jobs in December. About half of the gains came
from hiring in the professional and business services
and government sectors.
Employment dropped last month in the education and
health services sector by about 3,000 jobs.
Michigan had about 24,000 fewer nonfarm payroll jobs
in December than a year ago, according to the employer
survey. Most of the loss - about 21,000 jobs - came in
the manufacturing sector. Retail trade employment was
down 9,000 jobs from a year ago.
Professional and business services added 8,000 jobs
during the year. Leisure and hospitality services added
SPRING BREAK HOT SPOT '
Panama City Beach has been a
Spring Break hot spot for as long as
most Spring Breakers can remember.
The Sandpiper-Beacon Beach
Resort has been at the forefront of
Spring Break activities in Panama
City Beach since 1990.
Its popularity stems from its
"l=rld s Largest and Longest Keg
Par," and on-site resort bar, giving
Spring Breakers plenty to do without
ever leaving the resort. DJ Big
Donna has been playing the hottest
dance mixes since 1995 and the
Sandpiper has been host to
other well-known DJ's including
DJ Skribble. The Sandpiper-Beacon
brings the party to you - no driving,
just walk up to your room from the bar.
MTV's The Real World was at
the Sandpiper in 2005 with M and
Robin as special guests at an
Axe/Staff Magazine Beach Party.
They sponsored a model search, keg
party, free beer and a swimsuit
competition, Alloy Marketing has
also brought in model searches,
along with Classmates USA's
calendar model search. Spring
Breakers can expect plenty more of
the same this year with bikini and
wet t-shirt/wet jockey shorts contests
daily and nightly.
The Sandpiper is never short on
big-time entertainment, hosting such
acts as Bob Marley's Wailers, Tone
Loc and other major acts. Tentatively
scheduled for this year are the Black
Eyed Peas performing on the beach
behind the Sandpiper Beacon during
Jay Leno's show. Metro Nightclbs
is a Spring Break sponsor giving
away swimwear and the Corona
Beach Volleyball Tournament is
scheduled to take place behind the
Sandpiper this year. There will be
entertainment all day and all night at
the hotel throughout spring break.
to see what's on tap for Spring Break
2006 at the Sandpiper Beacon Beach
Resort in beautiful Panama City
Beach, Florida or call the resort at
Ann Arbor -
The University of Michigan
Board for Student
is recruiting to replace members whose
terms expire in May 2006.The Board is looking for candidates
who have experience and expertise in finance, journalism,
development or publishing.
The Board is responsible for three publications which