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Thursday, November 2, 2006

"It's definitely not a depressing holiday."
- Maria Cotera, Latino Studies professor

Michigan wide receiver Adrian Arrington shows up to the 14A-2 Dis-
trict Court in Ypsilani at 9 a.m. this morning for a pre-trial hearing on
domestic violence charges.

Wideout's trial
date could be set at
next hearing
Daily Sports Writer
gan wide receiver Adrian
Arrington will have to wait
two more weeks to find out
if domestic violence charges
brought against him will go
to trial.
His next court date looms
just three days before Michi-
gan's match-up with number
one ranked Ohio State Uni-
The pretrial hearing
yesterday morning was
adjourned and postponed
until Nov.15 to allow time for
the defense and prosecution
to gather more information
on the case.
The charges stem from
an Oct. 13 incident in which
Arrington allegedly injured
his girlfriend during a dispute
over whether or not she would
drive him home. According to
the police report, Arrington,
who had allegedly been drink-
ing in an Ypsilanti bar, took
her car and drove himself
home against his girlfriend's
Arrington, dressed in a pink
button-down shirt and black
pinstriped pants, arrived at
toe Washtenaw County 14A-

2 District Court at 9 a.m., 30
minutes after his hearing
was scheduled to begin. He
arrived with his girlfriend
and attorney Christopher
Easthope. Judge Kirk W. Tab-
bey presided over the hearing
with a robotic efficiency.
Following a conference at
the bench between Easthope
and the prosecutor, Tabbey
agreed to an adjournment
until Nov.15, when a trial date
could be set.
Such adjournments are
common, Easthope said after
the hearing.
Michigan is scheduled
to face Ohio State in what
will likely be a No. 1 vs.
No. 2 matchup three days
after Arrington's next court
Easthope, who is also an Ann
Arbor City Council member,
said there was no effort made
to schedule the next hearing
for after the football season.
Although the charges
were brought on behalf of
Arrington's girlfriend, an
Eastern Michigan University
student, Easthope stressed
that she did not intend for the
incident to become a domestic
violence dispute.
"She did not lodge a com-
plaint about assault," East-
hope said. "She just wanted
the police to assist her in find-
ing her car."
In domestic violence cases,
prosecutors can file charges
even if the victim doesn't
See ARRINGTON, page 7A

A ceremonial altar draws admirers during a Day of the Dead celebration in Haven Hall last night. Altars traditionally include ofrendas, which are memorial trin-
kets, as well as other gifts for the departed souls of ancestors,
Traditional Mexican holiday graces Haven Hall
Alex Dziadosz I Daily Staff Reporter
or students seeking spiritual catharsis, the first-floor kets left for the souls of the dead.
Apart from supervising the project and
mezzanine of Haven Hall might seem like an odd place contributing a smattering of ofrendas for her
Sget started. recently deceased grandfather, Marroquin
to twas modest about her contribution.
Unless they were looking yesterday. The exhibit's realbeauty, she said, is thatit
Ustboth public and interactive. As visitors add
Last night, the Latina/o Studies Program and the Office of ofrendas, the altar develops new meanings.
.Sa.l"The richness comes from how people
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs held their annual celebration of interact with it," Marroquin said in her
Dia de los Muertos, which translates to Day of the Dead. openingspeech.
She referred to the vibrant cornucopia of
Latino studies Prof. Maria Cotera, who Cotera said, slicing a piece of sugar-encrust- handcrafted tin frames, tissue paper flow-
organized the event, described the small ed pan de muerto, a traditional Day of the ers, small candles and calacas, which aretra-
gathering as a "community effort." La Voz Dead pastry. ditional skeletons made of paper or, for the
Latina, Students of Color of Rackham, Sigma Apart from the Sabor Latino-catered buf- gratification of hungry souls, sugar.
Lambda Gamma and the Latino Students fet, the celebration's most notable draw was Despite the beauty of her own altar, Mar-
Psychological Association each contributed a commemorative altar, built by Art and roquin couldn't help reminiscing on a Barry
money and volunteers. Design graduate student instructor Nicole White-themed altar she had seen while
The Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov. Marroquin and several of her undergraduate Googling "Day of the Dead" earlier that
1, All Saint's Day, and Nov. 2, All Soul's Day. students. week.
Its roots are uniquely Mexican: a blend of Set against the stark, scarlet Haven Hall "It was so hot," she said, describing the
Catholic tradition and the 3,000-year-old walls, the altar resembled animmensebloom- champagne and candle-decked altar. "It was
Aztec belief that death is not the end, but a ing bush that had forced its way through an like, when he comes, I'm going to be ready for
continuation of life. otherwise blank stretch of pavement. him."
To celebrate, families often picnic among "Wow," mouthed one passing student, Every altar involves five elements: earth,
the graves of their ancestors. stopping to gaze at the rows of ofrendas - salt, sugar, water and fire.
"It's definitely not a depressing holiday," small, often brightly colored, memorial trin- See DAY OF THE DEAD, page 7A

Wiesel reintroduces ancient way to learn

Ralph Williams
to use traditional
Jewish method in
class next term
Daily Staff Writer
The Jewish Community Cen-
ter in this Detroit suburb has
hosted its fair share of large
gatherings, but nothing quite
like last night.
Nobel Peace Prize winner
and Holocaust survivor Elie
Wiesel addressed a crowd of
about 2,000 at the center's
55th annual Jewish Book Fair
yesterday. University of Mich-
igan Hillel bussed more than
200 students to the lecture.
Many consider Wiesel the
most important writer on
the Holocaust. His name has
recently been mentioned as
among the possibilities for
the next president of Israel.
Wiesel's address took a

life - to illustrate the theme
of the universality of suffer-
ing among human beings.
"We are linked to one
another by humanity," he
said. "God created man and
woman, and we are alldescen-
Audience members found
this learning process effec-
Prof. Ralph Williams plans
to use the havruta method in
his course next semester on
Primo Levi, the Holocaust
survivor who famously wrote
about his experiences at the
Auschwitz death camp.
LSA freshman Allison Pan-
cus said speaking with a fel-
low audience member gave
her a new outlook on the text.
"So when Mr. Wiesel was
talking again," she said, "it
had a lot more meaning."
Michael Brooks, the execu-
tive director of the campus
Hillel, found Wiesel's use of
the havruta learning method
extremely beneficial.
"He taught and provoca-
tively reframed a well-known
See WIESEL, page 7A

Nx" os^' .
From panelists,
a few last words
on Proposal 2

Leading thinkers
on both sides lay
out arguments
Daily StaffReporter
With only days remain-
ing before voters decide on
a ballot proposal that would
end affirmative action pro-
grams in Michigan, campus
heavyweights faced off last
In front of a crowd of
about 60, four panelists dis-
cussed the merits of affirma-
tive action and the possible
effects of Proposal 2.
The forum was sponsored
by LSA Student Government

and the Michigan Student
Assembly's Peace and Jus-
tice Commission.
Ted Spencer, director of
the University's undergradu-
ate admissions office, said
the University competes
fiercely with other promi-
nent schools over a small
pool of highly qualified
minority students.
He said the use of race
in recruitment and admis-
sions is key to attracting top
minority students to the Uni-
"If we abolish affirma-
tive action, the top minor-
ity students that we will no
longer be able to get will go
to Brown and Penn instead,"
Spencer said.
RC philosophy Prof Carl
See PROP 2, page 7A

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel talks with students from the University of Michigan Hillel at the Jew-
ish Community Center in West Bloomfield last night before delivering a speech to thousands.
unique form - instead of sim- Wiesel gave a summary of Afterward, he explained his
ply giving a speech, he used part of the story of Job fol- own perspective.
a traditional Jewish teaching lowed by a discussion period, Wiesel used the story of
method known as havruta to where audience members dis- Job - a man who overcame
help the audience understand cussed their interpretations personal suffering to raise a
a passage from the Torah. of the text among themselves. family and lead a meaningful


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