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'U' hosts largest
College Bowl
tournament ever
Seventy-two teams participated in
more than 500 tournaments at the Uni-
versity intramural College Bowl tour-
nament last Monday.
The Screaming Itos took first place
in the general division, and Delta Chi
won the Greek division.
College Bowl is an academic game
of questions on a wide variety of sub-
jects including art, literature, current
events, science and popular culture. The
University's varsity team finished third
at the national tournament last year and
second in 1993.
In inter-collegiate play this year, the
University will most likely play teams
at Penn State, Bowling Green, Michi-
gan State, Harvard, Vanderbilt and
Interested students can find out more
information at the UAC office,
763-1107, or by e-mailing
March of Dimes to
sponsor event
" The March of Dimes will round up
prisoners for its Arborland Jail from
Oct. 17-20.
Volunteer "police officers" arrest
people from around the city on humor-
ous charges. The "prisoners" serve a
one hour sentence, during which time
they raise "bail," which benefits the
March ofDimes Campaign for Healthier
The March of Dimes' goal is to pre-
vent birth defects and infant mortality.
To volunteer or have someone ar-
rested, call the March of Dimes at 761-
Kellogg Eye Center
to hold feast
Mexican Town Restaurant in Detroit
will hold its second annual benefit for
the University's Kellogg Eye Center
from Oct. 17-22.
During the week, the owners, Col-
leen and Frank DiMattia, will donate
proceeds from all meals to the center to
support juvenile retinoschisis research.
"It is wonderful that the DiMattia
family understands the bigger implica-
.tion of research and then gets involved
to help others," researcher Paul A. Siev-
ing said in a statement.
Retinoschisis is a genetic and age-
.related disease which leads to loss of
central vision and the ability to discern
Mexican Town is located at 3457
Bagley St., two blocks west of the
Ambassador Bridge to Canada.
library offers
.display space
The Ann Arbor Public Library offers
a variety of free exhibit space to organi-
zations and individuals.
Acommittee oflibrary staffand com-
munity volunteers select the exhibits
from theproposals. Exhibitors also may
hold a reception in conjunction with
their display.
Two-dimensional hanging exhibit
space and three-dimensional locked
cases are available. Interested exhibi-
tors should submit proposals to Jane
,Conway, fine arts librarian. For more
information, call 994-8512.

Local groups to hold
candlelight anti-
violence vigil
Anti-domestic violence groups will
hold a candlelight vigil for victims
Wednesday on the Diag at 9 p.m.
The vigil will protest the 2.5 million
incidents of domestic violence crimes
each year. Participating groups include
the Body Shop, the YWCA,
SAFEHouse, the Sexual Assault Pre-
vention and Awareness Center and the
Assault Crisis Center.

Fenis State
settles with
fonner dean
BIG RAPIDS (AP) - Ferris State
University will pay a former associate
dean one year's salary plus $12,000 in
exchange for his dropping a civil rights
complaint against the school.
The agreement calls for Billy C.
Hawkins to receive his salary in a lump
sum plus get $12,000 "as full and com-
plete payment for additional duties per-
In return, Hawkins agreed to release
Ferris State from "any and all potential
claims, which includes his withdrawal
of a complaint he filed with the Michi-
gan Department of Civil Rights," ac-
cording to an Oct. 5 memo from univer-
sity General Counsel Scott Hill-
Kennedy to President William
The Pioneer of Big Rapids filed a
Freedom of Information request on Sept.
18 seeking a copy of the agreement
between Hawkins and the university.
The request was granted Friday.
Hawkins' most recent continuous em-
ployment at Ferris State began in 1985.
He had held a variety of administrative
posts in the College of Education, most
recently associate dean.
The agreement, however, gives
Hawkins the title of "acting dean"
retroactive to April 11, when Dean
Scott Whitener began an extended
sick leave.

The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 16, 1995 - 3A
Civil rights leaders
discuss past, future
at Law School-

Wrapped In a tin foil blanket, Engineering senior Colleen West celebrates her
completion of the Detroit Free Press/Mazda international Marathon yesterday.

By Kate Gllckman
Daily Staff Reporter
Civil rights leader Derrick Bell told a
packed audience Saturday that "progress
is a phase," at a weekend-long sympo-
sium sponsored by the University's Law
"We have gained rights only to lose
them again," said the former NAACP
attorney and Harvard law professor.
Bell was one of three keynote speakers.
"We need a foundation for new tactics
to deal with problems."
Panelists and speakers gathered at
this weekend's symposium on civil
rights to discuss new problems facing
African Americans, from changes in
the civil rights movement over the years
to their vision for tomorrow.
Among the topics discussed were af-
firmative action, welfarereform, immi-
gration and crime.
Gathered in Hutchins Hall, the audi-
ence sat in complete silence as Bell
began by singing a hymn. He said gos-
pel music has traditionally inspired per-
severance in times of "racial hostility
and economic bad times."
In a Friday panel on welfare reform,
Howard University Prof. Lisa A. Croons
spoke about her frustration with people
who stereotype many African Ameri-
can women as "prototypical black,
single females who procreate irrespon-
She said black women are scape-
goats for a problem that originates in
economics. She urged lawmakers to
"work with difference" and to allow
people "to maintain their identity with
no boundaries."
To that end, Kathleen Sullivan, asso-
ciate clinical professor at Yale Law
School, said she has been working with
women in Connecticut who are affected
by welfare cuts.
"I have a vision of our future,"
Sullivan said, "where we listen to (wel-
fare) clients and trust their judgments."
Sullivan said welfare reform has been
an intellectual and political debate, but
those being affected most by cuts are
not being consulted.
Croons' concerns about stereotypes

We have gaindr
rights only to losem
them again."'
- Derrick Bel;
Former NAACP attorney ano
Harvard law professpc:
were echoed in a Saturday panel _dlx
cussion on media and affirmative z
tion, where University communications
Prof. Laura Mosely said the media havc
covered affirmative action irrespon si-
bly, with what she calls "shallow rc
porting." I
Instead of covering affirmative a' i
tion in depth by including both politice
sentiments from the left and the righ,
Mosely said journalists often se'nsa.
tionalize the topic for ratings with "pee.-
sonality-driven quotes."4
This "entertainment news," Mosely
said, covers up important issues liik
corporate downsizing and misleads tie~
public by using affirmative action'asa
"prop problem."
Bell agreed that the media fall short
in reporting concerning African Amen"i-
cans. He said there is not enough dis-
cussion about "morally bankrupt eco"
nomic practices and cut-backs in social
"These are issues we only pay -lip
service to," said Mimi Raoul, a first-
year Law student attending the eveit .
"People are hesitant to open up about
such sensitive topics."
Raoul said she hoped thcse issues
would be discussed in classes follow~
ing this weekend's symposium.
"Now it's out there," she said. "It's
right in our face."
"The overriding theme, to me, i's
how much work is to be done," said
Susan Gambling, a University of Wi~r
consin law student in town for the
"I think we are at a real crucial
time. It is important to spend tin-M
talking about the resurgence of these
civil rights issues."

Panel addresses ways to curb
pollution, help the environment

By Michele Moss
For the Daily
Worried that the City of Trees may
not always be so green, a panel of three
community leaders met in the Samuel
T. Dana building Saturday with about
50 members of the community to dis-
cuss ways to prevent pollution.
State Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor)
said she called the meeting to share
ideas being worked on in the legislature
and at the University regarding pollu-
tion prevention, and to hear input from
the community. Brater said the govern-
ment has an ongoing obligation to make
sure prevention occurs.
"We all have an interest in protecting
this for our children," she said.
The panel consisted of Janis Bobrin,
the Wayne County drain commissioner,
SNRE environmental advocacy Prof.
Bunyan Bryant and Prof. John Ettlie of
the Business School's program for Cor-
porate Environmental Management Pro-
The panel centered on three main
concerns: community outreach, corpo-
rate case studies and education, and
environmental justice.

"It seems we all want to do the right
thing, but the wrong thing keeps hap-
pening," Bobrin said, adding that pol-
lution prevention is a new cause.
Bobrin predicted that only an edu-
cated citizenry could take action on
pollution and influence legislation.
She added that the Ann Arbor area
will see a 40-percent increase in devel-
opment of natural areas over the next 20
All the panelists agreed that local
efforts will need to get aggressive in
order to fight environmental destruc-
"I vacillate between thinking we can
make a difference and that we are just
roadblocks to ever-encroaching doom,"
Bobrin said.
But Jonathan Buckley, an audience
member and SNRE professor, said he is
still optimistic.
He said the "Big Three" auto compa-
nies have voluntarily reduced their use
of mercury in automobiles. Cutting cor-
ners is human,;Buckley said, and many
people are coming up with new ideas
for increased environmental protection.
"Young people, the students, are re-

ally interested in pollution prevention,"
Buckley said, adding that he believes
students will get into the field and uti-
lize these practices.
Bryant, approaching the issue from
anotherangle, said the community needs
to be better informed about pollution to
help prevent it.
He noted that landfills and hazardous
waste facilities are disproportionally
located in low-income and minority
Bryant said "fairly and justly applied
environmental regulation" isneeded for
the future, so that all communities can
enjoy an environment that is safe and
healthy. He called for an increase in
legislation addressing toxic materials
in agriculture and industry.
Bryant said the University should
increase education dealing with pollu-
tion prevention. He also suggested the
University appoint a vice provost of
sustainability to work on environmen-
tal-friendly academic research and pro-
curement practices.
The problem ofpollutionprevention,
Bobrin said, "really means everyone of
us has to get involved."

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Tort law'out of control,' lawyers


to blame, so
By Heather Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
With approximately 1 million cases
filed annually, tort law is "out of con-
trol" and in need of reform, panelists
said this weekend during a two-day.
symposium at the Law School.
The forum was held Friday and Sat-
urday and consisted of 10 speakers
from different realms ofthe legal com-
Dr. Roger Hanson from the Na-
tional Center for State Courts said of
the approximately 1 million tort cases
filed each year, about 23,000 cases are
tried by juries.
"Tort law is seen as corrupt and
corrupting," said Michael Horowitz
from the Hudson Institute, a conserva-
tive Washington, D.C., organization
that studies governmental policies.
"The system doesn't work.
"We lawyers run this system for our
own benefit," he said.
Judge Paul Kelly from the 10th Cir-
cuit U.S.Court of Appeals agreed.
"We have to place blame where it

ty e professio
belongs - on us," Kelly said. will only get worse.
He said the public's perception of However, he said "just by identi
lawyers in 1995 is at an all-time low, the problem wehaveapartial solutio
lower than that of Congress. (but) all the tort reform in the worldi
"Lawyers are just a little bit ahead of going to reform the dishonest law)
piranhas," Kelly said. Horowitz said tort reform ne
Horowitz said the public is well be- add rights to the consumer rather
yond "attorney bashing," which he take them away.
called an "American sport." He added that reform should no
"The view of lawyers that the Ameri- off the rights to sue. The focus si
can public holds is rather stunning," he be on the good cases rather tha
said. "Given that view, how come we've frivolous ones.
had so little tort reform?" "Denying Americans access tc
Dr. William Niskanen from the Cato courts is wrong and won't work,"he
Institute, a Washington-based research Pain and suffering compensatio
organization, said most problems in tort form also was discussed.
law are not from lack of attention, but "(Pain and suffering) damag
from poor reform measures. the objects of ridicule," said Pro
"The issue of professionalism is cru- Kip Viscusi from Duke Universil
cial in tort reform," Kelly said. cited the infamous McDonald's c
Kelly said lawyers abuse the system cup case as an example.
and that commercialism must not over- He said the problem is "juries
shadow ideals. He used an example of a no incentive to act perfectly be
lawyer who billed 62 hours for one they may not fully understand na
day's worth of work. market implications (of their
Kelly said ifjudges and leaders of the sions)." As an example, he sai{
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Although Viscusi said pain and suf-
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