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Non-Profi Org.
Ann Arbor, MI
Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVIIl, No. 12S Ann Arbor, Michigan- Friday, August 5, 1988 (*,
Dodge! Spin! 'Uresponds
rhrust! . .
'hese chain-mail-clad combatants aren't to U o n
kill each other. It's just part of the re-
th Annual Ann Arbor Medieval Festival,
from 10 a.m. to dusk at the School of
Saturday and Sunday. rsk
of other period-dressed folks besides
also take part in the festivities, includ-
rs, monks, jesters, plague victims - BY PATRICK STAIGER Ransby and other speakers tried to
- and wandering minstrels. The festival In reaction to the demands of the emphasize the role students can play
val theatre and food. s United Coalition Against Racism, to effect social change.
summer orientation officials replaced Panelists such as PRA member
-Photos by John Munson . a Talk to Us theater presentation Pedro Bonio related their personal
with a panel discussion about racism experiences with discrimination to
and other forms of prejudice, led by the incoming first-year students.
student activists.

Orientation administrators can-
celled Talk To Us last week, after a
UCAR protest broke up one of the
performances, calling them racist in
their use of stereotypes to deal with

Another student representative,
LAGROC member Mindy Adelman,
used a line from the Talk to Us skit
to describe a lesbian's typical en-
counter with discrimination.

issues of discrimination. Talk to Us frequently uses stereo-
typical scenes of prejudice to involve
The panel discussion will satisfy its audience with the issues. UCAR
the segment of orientation o n and other groups opposed the skits
"diversity and multiculturalism" - a for raising such stereotypes without
segment added last summer in re- adequately challenging them - and
sponse to a UCAR demand for not being prepared to. The skits,
orientation racism workshops. chosen for the workshop without the
The panel discussions, which be- input of anti-racist student activists,
gan yesterday, included panelists also left little time for discussion.
from the Lesbian and Gay Rights However, last week's protesters
Organizing Committee, the Puerto stressed that they blame the Univer-
Rican Association, People Organized sity administration - and not the
to Wipe Out Rape, UCAR, and an theater group - for planning an in-
assistant LSA dean, David Schoem. adequate racism workshop.
In the heat, panel members suc- Orientees then broke up into
ceeded in keeping the attention of smaller groups and discussed their
over 150 orientation students during reactions, which were diverse. Some
their 7 minute speeches. The talks students discussed their experiences
focused on personal and institutional with racism and other forms of
levels of racism, sexism, homopho- prejudice, but others reacted nega-
bia, and anti-semitism. tively to the panel.
"Racism is not a Black issue or a "It sounded like a lot of radical
Latino issue... it's a personal issue extremist views, possibly even a re-
and a societal issue," said Barbara cruitment. I'm not an extremist. I can
Ransby, who spoke for UCAR. think for myself," one orientee said.-

IiArms. Nwain top permanent candidate list:
Holbrook to be interim

provost and
University President-designate James Duderstadt has
asked Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Robert Holbrook to act as provost and vice president
for academic affairs this fall until Duderstadt finds a
permanent successor to his post.
The top candidates for the permanent position are
School of Natural Resources Dean James Crowfoot,
Rackham Dean John D'Arms, and Associate Vice
President for Academic Affairs Mary Ann Swain, said a
source on the provost search advisory committee,
adding that LSA Dean Peter Steiner is not on the list.
Duderstadt, provost and vice president for academic
affairs since 1986, will ask the University's Board of
Regents to formally approve Holbrook's appointment
at their meeting Sept. 15, but Holbrook - who re-
portedly does not want the post permanently - will
assume the responsibilities when Duderstadt becomes
president Sept. 1.

Vp this fall
The 13-member search committee, made up of one
student and 12 faculty and administrators, met for the
first time Monday and received an initial list of 50
candidates from him. Duderstadt, who chairs the com-
mittee, will present a short list of final candidates -
probably three to five names - to the regents, who
will choose the provost.
Duderstadt would neither confirm nor deny candi-
dates. But his assistant, Shirley Clarkson, said he
hopes a new provost can take office winter term.
If the search goes as planned, the committee will
accept nominations through August, screen candidates
in September, and interview the finalists in early
October in time for the regents to consider the short
list and interview their top choice at their monthly
The source also said Duderstadt wants the short list
to include one woman, one minority, and two white
males. The current list of candidates includes two
women and one Black.

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