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Wednesday, May 8, 1996 - The Michigan Daily - 3

Matlock pleads not
guilty at arraignment

0 Date set for OAMI
director's criminal trial
for resisting arrest
By Sam T. Dudek
Daily Staff Reponer
John Matlock, director of the Office
of Academic and Multicultural
Initiatives, pled not guilty April 23 to
charges of resisting arrest and assault
and battery.
Now he must wait.
Jury selection in his criminal trial is
scheduled to begin July 12. But the
looming court date is not slowing down
the OAMI director.
Matlock is currently representing the
University at a conference in
Albuquerque, N.M., and is also busy
directing OAMI's preparations for fall
Matlock's supervisor and vice
provost of Academic and Multicultural
Affairs Lester Monts said the entire
department is busy preparing for

incoming students.
"(Matlock) has continued to serve as
director of OAMI and he has done an
excellent job," Monts said.
Associate Vice President for
University Relations Lisa Baker said
the University continues to value
Matlock and his services.
"He continues to serve the University
just as he always has," Baker said.
The charges against Matlock stem
from a Feb. 17 incident at the Central
Campus Recreation Building.
Scheduled to officiate a charity basket-
ball contest, he entered the CCRB
through an exit door. Upon entering,
Matlock and officers from the
University's Department of Public
Safety were allegedly involved in a
shoving match that resulted in the
OAMI director's arrest.
Matlock was not originally charged
pending a Michigan State Police inves-
tigation. The state police concluded
DPS officers acted properly, and
Matlock was subsequently charged.

On the lookout for lasersM
Designers examine a machine that generates an intense laser pulse at the University's Center for Ultrafast Optical
Science Friday. The center opened an $800,000 new research wing last week to test biomedical applications.

Hundreds participate in
annual naked mile run

New web site increases political activism

By Erena Baybik
Daily Staff Reporter
Cold weather didn't deter hundreds
students from running in the annual
aked Mile through campus on the last
day of classes.
The Naked Mile is a ten-year-old tra-
dition started by the University's crew
team to celebrate the end of the winter
"It's definitely something you have to
do your senior year," said LSA senior
and runner Drew Dullen.
This year's race began at 11:15 p.m.
9th the crew team leading the way. The
runners started at the intersection of
South University and Washtenaw
streets and ended at the Cube in
Regents' Plaza.
"I think if you run it later there's
harassment, but we (running earlier)
got stuck in the front with all the cam-
eras," said crew member and SNRE
sophomore Carrie Brecht.
On-duty Ann Arbor Police
Lieutenant Don Leach said many peo-
do not realize the danger of the race.
"There are a lot of people here that

have been drinking and the traffic in the
street is dangerous for the crowds of
people;" Leach said.
Running naked in the streets is illegal
and violators are subject to 90 days in
prison or a $500 fine. Leach said police
officers are less worried about indecent
exposure and more concerned about
safety issues during the race.
"There's not much we can do about
this; we just don't want people hit by
cars," Leach said.
As a precautionary measure, both the
University's Department of Public
Safety and the Ann Arbor police pro-
vided extra supervision of the area sur-
rounding the runners' path.
The risks, however, did not worry
this year's participants.
"I'm doing itjust to do it-flaunting
certain social conventions, said gradu-
ate music student Ron Sweedlund.
Some of the observers did not
approve of the race.
"I'm not embarrassed of my body,
but I would just not want to run; it
seems demeaning," said LSA sopho-
more Mindy Cook.

By Nathan Huebner
For the Daily
Thousands of activists showed their
support for U.S.-Israeli relations last
week by going to Washington and visit-
ing a new web site introduced by the
American Israel Public Affairs
On April 30, more than one thousand
activists, including University students,
went to Washington to show support for
U.S.-Israeli relations. This was the 37th
year that the Annual Policy Conference,
sponsored by AIPAC, was held.
This year, AIPAC decided to break

new ground by taking their conference
online. By visiting AIPAC's web site at
http://www.aipac.org, supporters all
over the world could learn about the
issues that were important to this year's
conference. By clicking on their respec-
tive-states on a U.S. map, supporters can
obtain the e-mail addresses of their local
members of Congress. In addition, part
of the conference was video "webcast"
worldwide so that supporters who could
not be in Washington could "virtually
"This is the first major political con-
ference to use this technology," said

Roger Schneider of . Traveller
Information Services, a company that
helped organize the "webeast."
Schneider said although AIPAC is a
"pioneer in the arena," he predicted
other political conferences would go
online as well.
AIPAC's agenda for the conference
included maintaining foreign aid to
Israel and supporting foreign oil sanc-
tions against Iran.
Since it was founded in the 1950s,
AIPAC has grown to 55,000 members.
It plans to double its readership by offer-
ing its services to 400 more colleges.

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