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Weeks of speculation. Months of preparation.
Years of tradition. It all comes down to ...
OMORR

Friday, November 17, 2006
UAAO
demands
society be
more open

TOP: Wolverine quarterback Chad Henne. BOTTOM: Buckeye leader and Heisman candidate Troy Smith.
In hostile Horseshoe, Better than drinking
everything on the line alone: Where to watch

Threatens to kick out
member groups
By CHRISTINA HILDRETH
Daily News Editor
The debate over the senior soci-
ety formerly known as Michigamua
has flared up again.
This time, entire student groups
are at stake.
United Asian American Orga-
nizations, a congress of 37 Asian/
Pacific Islander student groups,
passed a resolution last month
insisting that the senior society
meet five demands by the begin-
ning of winter semester.
If it does not, UAAO promised
to oust two member groups - the
South Asian Awareness Network
and the Indian American Student
Association.
IASA president Gopal Pai and
SAAN co-chair Ashish Shah are
members of the society.
The society denounced the reso-
lution, calling it a "strong-arm tac-
tic."
For decades, the controversial
society appropriated Native Ameri-
can imagery and artifacts in rituals
and various traditions, practices
now decried as racist.
The document, which was
amended into UAAO's constitution,
mandates that the society disclose
a new name and a list of unabridged
membership, issue a public apol-
ogy to students of color on campus,
implement an open meeting policy
in which non-members are allowed
to attend gatherings and dissolve
the tapping system - the secret
selection method used for genera-
tions to choose new-members.,
Society members refused to say
whether they are considering drop-
ping the tap system.
The society claims to have
already met some of these demands.
Last April, it announced the list of
members of its last two classes and
dropped the name Michigamua
(it has not yet announced a new
name).
The society has also publicly
apologized.
In an article in the Feb. 21, 2000
issue of the University Record,
Michigamua member Nick Delgado
is quoted as apologizing to "mem-
bers of the Native American and

MORE ONLINE
For complete statements from UAAOand the
society formerly known as Michigamua, visit
The Wire news blog at michigandaily.com.
University communities to whom
these actions have caused offense"
at a University Board of Regents
meeting.
But UAAO said this is not
enough.
"Michigamua fails to prove to
the campus community that they
are no longer a racist establishment.
The only way they could prove this
is through transparency, a method
they do not employ at this time,"
UAAO executive board members
wrote in a statement. "Because of
this lack of transparency, United
Asian American Organizations has
taken steps to ensure the safety of
the student of color community to
which we belong."
UAAO said the amendment
was "one of the few tangible ways
through which we could take action
against the group formerly known
as Michigamua."
Should the society fail to meet
the demands and UAAO suspend
IASA and SAAN, the two groups
would be eligible to reapply for
membership - as long as they can
prove their leaders no longer have
ties to the society.
Members of IASA declined to
comment for this article, but it
appears their group does not intend
to force Pai, the group's president,
to quit the society. It also seems
unlikely that they will force him to
resign.
SAAN has no intentions of bar-
ring its leaders from the society,
said Shah, SAAN co-chair and soci-
ety member.
"At this time, SAAN's central
planning team has decided to give
the opportunity to the organization
formerly known as Michigamua to
implement the changes it promised
last year," he said.
In April 2005, SAAN forced then
co-chair Neal Pancholi to resign
after discovering his society mem-
bership.
A person familiar with the pro-
ceedings, who was granted ano-
nymity because of the sensitivity
of the subject, said SAAN's deci-
sion severely affected attendance at
their annual conference.
See UAAO, page 7A

Players brace for
deafening crowd
By STEPHANIE WRIGHT
Daily Sports Editor
It's hard to imagine a game with
more on the line than tomorrow's
showdown between No. 1 Ohio
State and No. 2 Michigan.
An outright Big Ten title.
A possible Heisman Trophy
for the winning team's offensive
star (Ohio State's Troy Smith and
Michigan's Mike Hart).
And, most important, a berth in
the National Championship game.
With so much at stake, the
mania surrounding college foot-
ball's greatest rivalry has never
been bigger.
And the Wolverines know
they're goingto hear it from Buck-
eye fans as soon as they set foot in

Columbus for the 103rd meeting
between the teams.
"We're not going to have many
fans there ... so it's just us against
the whole stadium,
pretty much,"
senior co-cap-
tain LaMarr
Woodley
said. "We
know it's
going to be
rowdy.
From
the bus
ride, it's
always loud. ...
When you get 4
off the bus,
they're yelling.
When you're
on the field,
they're yell-
See GAME,

By AMANDA MARKOWITZ IF YOU DON'T WANT TO
and DREW PHILP GO TO A BAR
Daily StaffReporters

Are you bored of sitting in your
empty house watching football
games alone? Tired of trying to
push through a mob of people for
a cup of flavorless keg beer at a
Saturday-morning tailgate?
You need not fret.
Here's a list of a
few places to watch
Saturday's big game
against Ohio State:
THEARENA
Where: East Washington
Street and South Fourth Ave-
nue
When: Doors open at 11
a.m. Owner Gordon Loll
said he expects people to
be waiting outside before
then, so get there early.

Bars aren't the only places to
watch the epic clash on Satur-
day. You can always opt out of the
crowded bar scene. LSA junior Jer-
emy Nolan said he will spend the
game with close friends. He plans to
host a group of buddies at his spa-
cious apartment and avoid rowdy
crowds at the bar.
LSA junior Nadia Stecker said
packed bars are not for her. Sheswill
also entertain friends at home.
One thing is certain: Wherever
you go to watch the game, whether
you're equipped with fake lDs or red
cups, you won't find a matchup like
this for a long time.
Why: The Arena has more than
30 regular televisions. On top of
that, there are four high-defini-
tion TVs, three plasma TVs and
See WHERE TO WATCH, page 7A

Facebook racial slur

A HALF-BUILT HOME
FOR THE HOLIDAYS

targets foe of Prop
Increase in campus racial DON'T STAY SILENT

2

harassment reported after
Proposal 2's passage
By ALEX DZIADOSZ
Daily StaffReporter
There's a word in our language with a
peculiar amount of power. It's a word that
gets attention fast.
Last week, Business School senior John
Andrews, who was checking his Facebook.
'0 com profile between classes in the lower
levels of the Ross School of Business's
Executive Residence, found that word at
the end of a message.
The message was in response to his pro-
file picture, which shows a map of Michi-
gan and the words "No on 2" printed in
forceful red.
It began, "no on 2 eh??? im a WOMAN
and i say YES on 2!!!!!"

Students can report instances of harass-
ment to the Hate and Bias Report Line at
734-615-2427 or fill out an incident report
form at ww.urespect.umich.edu/reportform.
html.
It ended, "you must be a nigger."
Andrews, who is black, is no stranger
to unsolicited messages. During the 2004-
2005 varsity basketball season, he saw
playing time as a walk-on point guard. But
aside from the occasional jab at his ball
handling, the e-mails he received were
supportive.
"Nothing like this," he said.
After reading the message, he let the
word simmer for a moment.
"I was taken aback," he said. "It took me
a few minutes just to work through those
emotions."
The message was sent from a Facebook
See HATE MAIL, page 7A

Students did
their part to build
house - but
others did not
By EMILY BARTON
Daily StaffReporter
This holiday season, while
most students are yearn-
ing for new clothes,, the lat-
est iPod or a PlayStation 3, a
local family's wish to have a
roof over its head might go
unfulfilled.
Every year, students from
the Ross School of Busi-
ness raise money and build a
house for an underprivileged
family through Habitat for
Humanity.
This year, the project
hasn't gone smoothly.
The University's two

Habitat for Humanity chap-
ters raise between $25,000
and $30,000 each year. They
combine that with a contri-
bution fromthe HuronValley
chapter to fund the construc-
tion of a new home.
The Huron Valley chap-
ter usually arranges about
$25,000 worth of cash and
materials in donations from
various sponsors.
This year, the students
raised their share of the
money.
The Huron Valley chapter
did not.
Sarah Stanton, executive
director of the Huron Valley
chapter, said every year the
money "comes in pieces and
parts."
This year, the puzzle
didn't fit together.
The money just didn't
come in, Stanton said. Some
See HOUSE, page 7A

Business School senior John Andrews received a Facebook.com message that
used a racial slur to decry his opposition to Proposal 2.

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