The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 5A
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Monday, April 21, 2014 - 5A
TOP: The Black Student Union hosts its Tribute Gala in Rackham Assembly Hall Friday. BOTTOM LEFT: Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs and professor of music, speaks to attendees. BOTTOM RIGHT: LSA senior Tyrell Collier,
the outgoing Black Student Union speaker, photographed members of the BSU for a display.
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Tiya Miles, chair of the Department of
Afro-American and African Studies, was
the faculty speaker at the event. Miles
discussed the importance of awareness
and preserving history.
She said recovering the history of
oppressed groups was difficult because
manyofthese groups relied onoral histo-
ries, were unable to write in English due
to limited access to education and were
often disregarded by official records.
"Although the histories of subjugated
groups are difficult to piece together,
it is a task that we must take up, calling
that we must answer," Miles said. "For
knowing history is a necessary aspect of
our lives. History shapes our identities as
individuals, as communities and as mem-
bers of a vast global society."
Lester Monts, senior vice provost for
academic affairs, was the Gala's keynote
speaker, recognized the work done by the
BSU in the BBUM movement.
"You (the BSU) have really moved an
institution," Monts said. "Not only here
at Michigan, but because you took such
advantage of social media, you moved demic achievement and work in improv-
institutions far away from here." ing the University.
In his speech, Monts emphasized the The first ever Adinkrahene - meaning
importance of history - especially the "chief of chiefs" in Akan, a West African
history of Black students at the Univer- language - award was given to Collier
sity. He showed video clips highlight- for his leadership and dedication while at
ing the experiences of Black students the University.
on campus starting from the 1960s and The BBUM photojournalism art exhi-
onward. bition previously shown at the Spring-
He discussed segregation and racism Fest was also featured in the Gala. The
at the University, as well as the efforts showing at SpringFest ended early due
to improve campus climate, such as the to heavy winds, so the BSU decided to
Michigan Mandate, which was launched include it in the Gala to give more people
under former University President James the opportunity to view the exhibit.
Duderstadt to increase and support The art exhibit was accompanied
diversity at the University through avari- by music from BSU's recently released
ety of programs. album, Second Aid, featuring music com-
Monts ended his speech with a call to posed by students who were inspired by
continue to strive towards equality and the BBUM movement.
diversity. The Gala also featured musical perfor-
"We work very hard to create diver- mances by students, video compilations
sity, people of color, bringing them into highlighting the experiences of stu-
a predominantly white setting, but that's dents from different classes and farewell
not enough," he said. addresses to the outgoing BSU executive
Two student awards were distributed board.
at the end of the evening. The Elizabeth "This was a great event that encom-
James Award from the Department of passed our vision and goal. It was great to
Afro-American and African Studies see the Black community come together,"
was awarded to LSA senior Dominique said LSA junior DaShuane Hawkins, an
Crump in recognition of her high aca- attendee of the Gala.
Body count rises as
recovery efforts for
ferry move forward
In day before marathon, thousands
gather in Boston in preparation
Divers unable to
victims of suken South
JINDO, South Korea (AP) - There
are no names listed as relatives huddle
around signboards to identify bodies
from a sunken ferry. Just the slimmest of
clues about mostly young lives now lost.
Many favored hoodies and track pants.
One girl painted her fingernails red and
toenailsblack. Another had braces on her
As divers increasingly making their
way into the ship, including a new entry-
way through the dining hall Monday,
there's been a big jump inthe discovery of
corpses. And so more grim work for rela-
tives gathered on Jindo, an island near
the ferry. Until recently, they have been
waiting and hoping that round-the-clock
rescue operations would find survivors.
Meanwhile, a newly released tran-
script shows the ship was crippled by
confusion and indecision well after it
began listing Wednesday. The transcript
suggests that the chaos may have added
to a death toll that could eventually
Many people followed the captain's
initial order to stay below deck, where it
is feared they remain trapped. Sixty-four
bodies have been recovered, and about
240 people are still missing. The ferry
sank with 476 people on board, many of
them students from a single high school.
According to the transcript released
by South Korea's coast guard, about 30
minutes after the Sewol began tilting
a crew member asked a marine traffic
controller whether passengers would be
rescued if they abandoned ship off South
Korea's -southern coast. The crew mem-
ber posed the question three times in
That followedseveral statements from
the ship that people aboard could not
move and another in which someone
said that it was "impossible to broadcast"
An unidentified official at Jindo Ves-
sel Traffic Services Center told the crew
that they should "go out and let the pas-
sengers wear life jackets and put on more
"If this ferry evacuates passengers,
will you be able to rescue them?" the
unidentified crew member asked.
"At least make them wear life rings
and make them escape!" the traffic-cen-
ter official responded.
"If this ferry evacuates passengers,
will they be rescued right away?" the
crew member asked again.
"Don't let them go bare - at least
make them wear life rings and make
them escape," the traffic official repeat-
ed. "The rescue of human lives from the
Sewol ferry ... the captain should make
his own decision and evacuate them.
We don't know the situation very well.
The captain should make the final deci-
sion and decide whether you're going to
evacuate passengers or not."
"I'm not talking about that," the crew
member said. "I asked - if they evacuate
now, can they be rescued right away?"
The traffic official then said patrol
boats would arrive in 10 minutes, though
another civilian ship was already nearby
and had told controllers that it would res-
cue anyone who went overboard.
Second-largest field in
history of the event to
compete in marathon
BOSTON (AP) - In many ways, it felt
like any other pre-marathon Sunday in
Families celebrated Easter, diners
enjoyed the spring weather at sidewalk
cafes, and runners - easily identified by
their trim builds and colorful jackets -
picked up last-minute supplies for what
will be the second-largest field in the his-
tory of the Boston Marathon.
But even as runners focused on the
exhilaration ofcrossingthe finishline, the
festive atmosphere was inevitably tinged
with sorrow, as runners, family members
and spectators recalled the twin bomb-
ings at last year's race that killed three
people and injured 260.
Marathon runners were blessed at an
emotional church service that celebrated
Easter and remembered thevictims, while
heightened security measures, including
bag checks, were in place at marathon
"It's different, comingback,"saidGisele
Goldstein, 55, of Germantown, Tenn., who
planned to run her 12th Boston Marathon
this year. "It's not just me-there's a sad-
At City Hall, a fast-moving line of sev-
eral hundred runners and their families
stretched around the building, where race
organizers served a pre-race pasta dinner.
"So many of us are running this year
because of that day," said Justin Jackson,
32, of Chicago.
Preparing for Monday's race has been
emotional, he said. While it had not ini-
tially occurred to him to be nervous about
another terrorist attack, a bomb scare on
Tuesday night "regenerated the worry
that there might be crazy people out