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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1995-08-02

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Wednesday, August 2, 1995 - The Michigan Daily --3
i'U' students run
frnational peace

By Kristin Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter
Three teams of munners, including
some University members, braved the
*a ton July 26 as they set off through
n Abr ad Detroit, taing par in the
international Sri Chinmoy Oneness-
Home Peace Run.
At an early morning ceremony in
the Michigan Union Ballroom, Ann Ar-
bor Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon, Ypsilanti
Mayor Cheryl Farmer, Ann Arbor
Councilmember Toby Hanna-Davies
and LSA Student Government Vice
President Steve Madhavan honored a
team of 12 runners.
*In a symbolic gesture, Sheldon and
'Farmer together held the torch carriedhby
the runners.
"If we want to have peace in the
world, it starts with us," Farmer said.
"Peace is contagious. (It's) not our
words, but our deeds."
The Washtenaw County Boy Scouts
ran with the torch for three miles along
South University Avenue to join the
morning team of runners.
*The 12 runners present at the Union
will finish the race on the evening of July
26. They said they wereceager to embark
on the next leg of their joumey.
"(I've seen) beautiful nature and also
very nice people," said Sampan Nyman,
from Helsinki, Finland
"This Peace Run rekindles hope,"
said Mark Rollosson of New York City.
"It's the hope that lights up people's
faces that inspiresus:"
q The PeaeRuns Intemnational adver-
sea itself as an event that encourages
peace by having people from all nations
run together thus teaching individuals to
live together in harmony.
"I think there are many kindof work
that need tobe done to achieve peace and
justice," Hanna-Davies said. "The Peace
Run may reach people who wouldn't be
reached by other methods."
"This Peace Run is more of a grass
htsmovement. We are reaching people.
T'a great manisfestation of peace," said
)apilaCastoldi of the Pace Runsntemna-
tional office in Michigan.
The United States is one of 70 na-
tions hosting the Peace Run annually.
U.S. runners will cover 11,000 miles
through all 50 states, out of 51,000
miles worldwide.
"(This) is the first time (the runners)
have come through Ann Arbor," said
Kapila Castoldi, the Peace Runs Intema-
Wnal coordinator for Michigan.
The runners traveled fmmDexter at 7

am. to the Union ceremony. After leav- -
ing the Union, they set off for Eastr mA
Michigan University in Ypsilanti alongh
Washtenaw Avenue. Their route from
EMU took them through Dixboro and
Dearborn into Detroit. The runners
reached Ohio the following mornng,
Madhavan praised the runners and
emphasized the need for peace in the comuit.
"I am amazed and ovedoyed at this r
display of selfless dedication, mugged in- V
dividuals tirelessly travelling throughout t'
the country," he said. "They serve as a
symbo1 of determination and spirit, fill-
in salwt asadisiaint turn our thoughts to peace, especially .: j
amidst troubled times."
At the ceremony, Castoldi gave F
Sheldon and Farmer ccrtificates honor-
ing both for their dedication to peace. MIKE FITZHGH/SDiy
'The message of the Peace Run is in- Daniel Rubio, age 7, receives a balloon sword from KoKo the Clown last night during the National Night Out.
dividual effort at working towards har-
monious 'relations and oneness," !1.!
Sheldon said. "May the Peace Run reaf- S n s o i ej m m e e
mony and oneness."
Castoldi invited the team of12nrunners By Marisa Ma to answer questions and inform people siveness, Akouni said. We hope thai
on stage to share their experiencesaduring Daily Staff Reporter about public safety and fighting crime. people take this message and apply it in
the 9,300 miles they have travelled since Children raced around last night The Ann Arbor Fire Department pre- their everyday lives.
leaving New York on April 15. clutching twisted and knotted balloons sented a smokehouse to teach people Medical student Jenry Johnson said
"I want to reaffirm that it only takes courtesy of KoKo the Clown. Mean- bow to eseape from a burning home. The adults also benefited. We'ye talked to
one to make a difference," said runner while, music reverbrated through the hail Huron Valley Ambulance loanedarmn- poice officers and conservation offlcers,
Banshidar Medeiros of Hawaii. and a magic show baffled an audience. iature emergency vehicle that conversed and other safetypeople," Johnson said.
Others spoke of the communities they With abundant food and drink pass- with the children. "I didn't know some of these servicesaex-
had visited and the people they had met. ing around, a party seemed to be raging. LSA and School of Education senior fisted, like Safewalk."
"The only problem is when you findsa Yet the standing uniformed officers Barbara Roty said she thinks city real- Despite the event's purpose, some at-
community you really like, you're gone and informational booths lent a serious dents will leamn more than the students. tendees came simply for the food and fun.
again," said Kathleen Deming of San undertone to this party-like atmosphere. "Families should always look to in- "It provides a lot of fun," I-Miu Tso,
Francisco. Citizens, students and families gath- troduce their children to what's happen- a graduate student in biology said "It's a
Although only 40 people attended ered in the North Campus Commons to ing because there's no denying that great way to spend time with your kids
the Ann Arbor ceremony, morale re- celebrate National Night Out, a 12-year- there's crime out there and you have to on a rainy day."
mained high. "Numbers don't mean old event created to band law enforce- be aware of it," she said. This neighborhood event precedes
much," said Arpan D'Angelo, a runner ment agencies and residentsatogether for Roty said that students are too busy the National Night Out City Wide Event
from New York City. "The spirit that a unified front againstecrime. with their lives at the University to get , on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
was there (was) very poweiful" Along with 8,400 communites na- much from the event.
"I was glad we could play a part in tionwide, the University participated in But LSA student Dorothy Wilson
helping to sponsor the event in Ann Ar- the neighborhood event for thsefifth year. said she enjoyed the event. "I think kids Look Your Best
bor," Madhavan said. "I would have National Night Out is intended tomi- leamn, but it's more socializing. It's a FoTiaBiJbinevw
liked more people to come." crease drug andecrime prevention aware- good place to meetlpeople," she said. orTatBg'o itrve
In Detroit's Kennedy Square, all the ness, and to strengthen neighborhood Adele Akouriacrime prevention spe- Dascola Barbers
runners were honored by another cer- connections and relationshbetween police cialist attheAnnAsborPolice Department,
emony. Mayor Dennis Archer spoke and and communities. said the social gathering was one of the in- 615 E. Liberty Off State
Freeman Hendrix, Archer's chief of "It's important for people to get to tentionsasurroundingthe event. M-F 8:30-5:20 Sat Tit4:20prsi
staff, held the torch while he kept pace know law enforcement officials in a non- "To promote National Night Out isto
with the runners. enforcement setting, in acommsunity set- promote neighborhood watch andecohe- No Appointments Needed
Closeto 800peopleare expected topar- ting where they have conversations and
ticipate in the conclusion of the Peace Run, ask questions," said Elizabeth Hall, a pub-
which will be marked by a ceremony in Bic information officer at the University's G O NEUW 4 1'- . J7 ~ A
NwYrCiyoAu.1.Cimyth DeatetoPulcSft.S ESfounder of the peace run will begin the Representatives of agencies such as
ceremony with a moment of silence and the AnnAriorPolice Department, Huron Ou aae a S A H DP IE
will himself run with the torch. Valley Ambulance and DPS were present \A O rhsS A H DP IE


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