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SETTING A HIGH BAR A-IG-IASDVENTURE
The men's gymnastics team claimed :Greg Mottola's Adventureland'takes
its first Big Ten title in nine years. the amusement out of amusement park.
See SportsMonday, Inside See arts, page 5A

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Monday, April 6, 2009

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TEACHING ADVOCACY
Law Clinic to
ight human
trafficng
Students will defend example, in businesses-like hair
salons.
victims of 'modern "It is estimated that worldwide
slavery is more prevalent now
day slavery' than at any other time in history,"
she said.
By VERONICA MENALDI Aaron Wenzloff, a second-year
Daily StaffReporter Law student, said he plans to par-
ticipate in the human traffick-
A new University Law School ing clinic this fall. Wenzloff was
clinic will be one of the first in involved in an Urban Communi-
the country to take aim at human ties Clinic led by Carr last fall and
trafficking - or, as one official said he thought this opportunity
calls it, "modern day slavery." would be a "great fit" for him.
The clinic will focus on a grow- Stemming the mounting trend
ing industry that now involves in human trafficking involves
the illegal trafficking of 60,000 more than simply stopping the
to 80,000 people per year across traffickers, Wenzloff said.
international borders - the "Part of the role of a lawyer
majority of whom are women and is to tackle problems holistical-
children sold into sex industries, ly, and that means helping find
according to the U.S. Immigra- supportive housing programs,
tion Lawyers website. education programs, and other
Law School students will oper- social services for the victims,"
ate the clinic and provide legal he said.
representation to human traffick- Carr, who has previously repre-
ing victims in the United States. sented human trafficking victims
The students will also work on in the Detroit area, said students
international law form.projects. will be primarily responsible
to help strengthen anti-human for running the clinic and will
trafficking laws in other coun- receive course credit for their
tries. involvement.
Bridgette Carr, a visiting "The clinic will represent vic-
clinical assistant professor at tims of human trafficking in the
the Law School, who worked on U.S. and also work on prevention
a similar project at the Univer- projectsbothinthe U.S.and other
sity of Notre Dame last year, will countries," Carr said.
lead the clinic. The clinic atmosphere, Wen-
Carr said that while human zloff said, will allow students
trafficking most commonly takes the opportunity to be directly
place in the sex trade industry, involved in the practice of law.
this "modern day slavery" also Since he has taken a clinical class
exists in many other forms, for See CLINIC, Page 7A

Community members join representatives from local Native American tribes to perform a tribal chant at the 37th annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow on Saturday.
Saline, Powwow moves on
despite strained U relations

Disagreements with
'U push organizers
to relocate after 19
years at Crisler Arena
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
Daily StaffReporter
SALINE - Native American
songs sounded through the halls,
dancing pounded the gym floor and
the smell of traditional foods waft-

ed through the air at Saline Middle
School this weekend.
These were usually the sights
and sounds of Crisler Arena during
a weekend inthebeginningofApril.
But for the first time in the past 19
years, the annual Dance for Mother
Earth Powwow was held at a new
location. In its 37th year, the pow-
wow left its stadium setting for the
fieldhouse at Saline Middle School
in an effort to reduce the Univer-
sity's involvement with the pow-
wow and as a statement against the
University's continued possession

of Native American artifacts.
The move follows more than
a year of controversy about the
University's continued possession
of more than 1,900 remains and
artifacts housed in the Museum
of Anthropology that the Saginaw
Chippewa Tribe claims belong to
the tribe. Last March, members of
the tribe appeared before the Uni-
versity Board of Regents to request
the artifacts be returned.
Since then, the University has
refused to return the relics, claim-
ing they are "culturally unidentifi-

able" and returning them would.
violate federal law. According to
the 1990 Native American Graves
Protection and Repatriation Act,
museums must retain possession
of Native American artifacts if they
cannot be identified with a specific
tribe.
In part because of the Univer-
sity's handling of this issue and
in part to reduce the University's
involvement with the powwow, the
Native American Student Associa-
tion decided last month to move the
See POWWOW, Page 7A

Another hit for Hash Bash Amid fun, Relay for Life nets

Attendants celebrate
state's new medical
marijuana law
By VALIANT LOWITZ
DailyStaffReporter
High noon on the first Satur-
day in April means only one thing:
Hash Bash.
A smoky haze filled Monroe
Street Saturday, as a mixture of
old-time activists, University stu-
dents, adult spectators and mari-
juana enthusiasts came together
to support recreational marijua-
na use, oppose United States drug
laws and enjoy an afternoon in
the sun.
And this year, the mood was a
little more celebratory than usual.
In its 37th year, Hash Bash had
a significant reform to commemo-
rate: the legalization of medical
marijuana in the state of Michi-
gan.
Proposal 1, which was passed by
63 percent of Michigan voters last
November, legalized the posses-
sion of medical marijuana within
the state for those with a doctor's
recommendation. The law took
effect Saturday, the same day as the
festivities.
Andrew Kent, president of
the University's chapter of the
National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws - the
event's primary organizer - said
this year's event attracted more
students than he had ever seen
during his three years at the Uni-
versity.
Between 1,500 and 1,600 peo-

$280K for cancer research
More than 2,900
people gather at .it
Palmer Field for
24-hour fundraiser
By A. BRAD SCHWARTZ
Daily StaffReporter
Students passing by Palmer
Field this weekend encountered
an unusual sight: a ring of tents
and thousands of students con-
stantly circling the track, as well
as flags, banners and a stage with
live musicians.
The spectacle was the seventh-
annual Relay for Life, a 24-hour
fundraiser sponsored by the
American Cancer Society. The
event, according to the ACS web-
site, raised more than $280.000e
this year for cancer research.
"We have three mantras: 'Cel-
ebrate, Remember, and Fight
Back,' " said LSA junior Christine
Schepeler, who was the event's
co-chair. "Celebrating everything
that we're doing, everything we've
done; remembering those who
we've lost and who are here with
us; and fighting back is what we're
doing right now." SAID ALSALAH/Daily
The event consisted of 193 LSA sophomores Noah Neary (left) and Nick Teeda (right) play the lawn game
teams made up of 2,965 registered Cornhole at Relay for Life on Palmer Field Saturday.
participants - 32 more teams and "I attribute that completely to with their friends, the event held
almost 400 more participants than the people on our committee," she special significance for those in
last year's relay. Despite the regis- said, "and how much work they attendance who battled cancer
tered tally, Schepeler estimated were willingto put in this year." themselves.
more than 4,000 people partici- Though many students were Colin Pineau, Saline High
pated throughout the day. present to support the cause See RELAY FOR LIFE, Page 7A

CHRIS DZOMBAK/Daily
Ann Arbor resident James William Middlestadt (right) plays a didgeridoo and a
drum while LSA sophomore Zachary Zeidner (bottom) plays a sitar on the Diag just
after Hash Bash on Saturday.
ple gathered on the Diag for the Kent attributed the increased
first half of the event according to turnout to wider acceptance of rec-
Diane Brown, a spokeswoman for reational drug use both on campus
the Department of Public Safety. and across the country.
In 2006, an estimated 900 people "I think that drug use is becom-
turned out for the event, according ing much more normalized in our
to The Michigan Daily. See HASH BASH, Page 7A,

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