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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, May 5, 1998

Community organizes
to counter KKK rally

By Dente Mastrl
For the Daily
In response to a Ku Klux Klan rally
planned for 1 p.m. Saturday in front of
the Ann Arbor City Hall, community
members and University students are
organizing demonstrations and protests
to counter the Klan's racist message.
Two years ago, the KKK held a rally
in Ann Arbor and was met by violent
opposition from anti-Klan protesters.
Members of the community "threw
rocks, lugnuts and bottles at both offi-
cers and Klan members," said Larry
Jarue, deputy chief of the Ann Arbor
Police Department.
This year, the Interfaith Council for
Peace and Justice has organized a "Rally
for CommUNITY and Justice," designed
to peacefully draw attention away from
the Klan's presence mAnn Arbor.
The rally will include musical enter-
tainment and "speakers ... from a vari-
ety of groups that are targeted by the
Klan's hate," said Tobi Hannah-Davies,
director of the Interfaith Council for
Peace and Justice and an Ann Arbor
City Council member.
"Our goal is to take the spotlight

from the Klan and to focus on respect
for all human beings and a united stand
against hatred -- using non-violence to
work for the social change our society
needs," said Hannah-Davies. "We want
to encourage people not to get caught
up in the violence that might occur out-
side of City Hall"
The National Women's Rights
Organizing Coalition is also organizing
a rally against the Klan. NWROC has
covered Ann Arbor with flyers boasting
the slogan "Smash the KKK!"
"We will do whatever we can and
whatever it takes to shut the rally down,
hopefully, before it starts," said Jessica
Curtin, an LSA senior and member of
Curtin said NWROC was discourag-
ing people from attending the ICPJ
rally, calling the city-endorsed event a
tactic to "split the people who are
against the Klan."
Other students defend the KKK's right
to free speech with some reservation.
Though she objects to the message of
the KKK, LSA sophomore Kristi
Wright said, "I still think they have a
right to be here."

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Clinton said. "It is one of our earliest ways of defining our-
selves and humans."
YoHA director Julie Ellison said the First Lady's visit was an
appropriate way to end the year-long efforts to promote arts and
humanities at the University and in the Ann Arbor community.
"What I hope the community left with is a lot of energy to
do things together and an eagerness to work with the public
to become interested in the arts and humanities," Ellison said.
The First Lady's speech focused primarily on the Arts of
Citizenship, a group of programs within YoH1A that empha-
sizes the importance and necessity of arts and humanities in
"sustaining a vibrant public culture." The Arts of
Citizenship's "Students on Site" program links University
faculty with teachers from select Ann Arbor high schools to
engage in discussions of literature, history and the arts.
"It is essential that we continue to celebrate the arts and
humanities, and you are showing us, here at this university, how
to do it," Clinton said. "It is through history and philosophy, lit-
erature and paintings, music, culture, poetry, arts, dance and
architecture and design, all of them, that we can reclaim our pop-
ular imagination, that we can rekindle our spirit ofcitizenship
and exercise the power of our ideas, experiences and feelings."
David Scobey, director of the Arts of Citizenship program,
said he hopes the community left the speech with the knowl-
edge "that the arts and humanities are not window dressing, but

central to creating a democratic society - and conversely, that
it is important for scholars, teachers, and artists to speak and lis-
ten to the larger public as well as the University conamnunit
In addition to the arts and humanities, Clinton discussedan
editorial in the Washington Post written by Bollinger and
Provost Nancy Cantor titled "The Educational Importance of
Race." Clinton tied together themes of arts and humanities
with those discussed in the opinion piece.
"At a time when our nation is so dogged by racial insensitivi-
ties and unfounded stereotypes, what better way to come to terms
with our multiethnic and multiracial wy of life than to share in
each others' ideas, emotions ... and attitudes," Clinton said.
Public support for the arts was repeatedly mentioned in e
speech. Public arts programs have sutfered fromtar'' f '
ing decreases in recent years, Clinton said.
"I find it disheartening when members of Congress, or local
school boards, or state governments decree that public support
for the arts and humanities is a luxury that we cannot afford,"
Clinton said. "I believe t lit is a necessity that we must afford."
Of the 4,500 available seats, 2,200 were allocated to
University students, many of whom said they enjoyed the
speech and were honored to attend.
LSA senior David Schneiderman said he thought the First
Lady's speech was "fantastic"
"She really emphasized that the arts and humanities ar' n
important part of life," Schneiderman said. "Sometimes
don't really get the attention they deserve."
- Daily Staf Reporter Mike Spahn contributed to this report.

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of section 24, where 700 seats were
used last fallto accomsodat 'the unex-
pectedly high need for student seating,
Molin said. He added the changes will
create a more unified student section.
"The dislocations are minor," Molin
said. "The seating is not diminished for
Ticket holders in sections now
assigned to students will also be eligi-
ble for comparable seats in sections 19
and 20. Molin said those ticket holders
who had been sitting in the student sec-
tion will benefit by not having students
standing in front of them.
"Their frustration is resolved," Molin
said."It permitsus tomeet allthe criteria."
In addition, Molin said the task force
is considering other changes, including
moving 100 visiting team seats, mandat-
ed by the NCAA, to the Southeast cor-
"We have a little flexibility, Molin
said. "We propose to put the 100 seats
closer to the end zone and visitor band
Molin also discussed the possibility of
encouraging corporations who hold
blocks of seats in sections 1, 2, 42 and 44
to move to other areas in the staditun.
"Those tickets, when we play a
Notre Dame game, are used by fighting
Irish Fans," Molin said. "Those seats
we're going after"
LSA junior Dan Grace said he was
excited about next fall's football sea-
"I was really worried about seating,"
Grace said. "I was worried my younger
brother, who is going to be a freshman,
would not receive a full season"
Goss said dealing with the student
seating configuration was difficult and
commended Molin for his hard work in
resolving that problem.
Goss said Molin, who recently
retired, "has really contributed and
agreed to do some of the skeleton work
in the future."
"All of his wisdom has really con-
tributed in a big way before I got here
and since I have been here" Goss said.
- Daily Staff Reporter Jennifer
Yachnin contributed to this report.

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those responsibilities," McFee said.
"We haven't determined who it's going
to be, and how we are going to fill the
McFee said Harrison has been a
valuable player at the University.
Dave Isger, director of Media
Relations at the University of Hartford,
said his university is fortunate to have
attracted Harrison.
"The search committee voted unani-
mously and the Board of Regents voted
unanimously in favor of Walt," Isger
said. "He is the perfect candidate to
lead the University of Hartford."
Harrison received his degree in 1968
from Trinity College in Connecticut and
said he looks forward to getting reac-
quainted with the area.
"Part of my attraction to the

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University of Hartford is that I have
always had a warm spot for the
Hartford community," Harrison said.
Harrison said his interest was
sparked as he learned more about the,
University of Hartford.
"I was really fascinated by their c
mitment to students;" Harrison s".
"It's an opportunity for me that I am
very excited about."
Although his term as president does
not begin until July 1, Harrison said he
intends to leave a month early to
become more familiar with the campus,
following Bollinger's example.
Harrison said he will do whatever he
can to ensure his absence does not
cause any problems for the University
of Michigan.
Harrison said he has deep roots
University of Michigan.
"The first song Iever knew was 'The
Victors,"' Harrison said.


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