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Taking the march
back home: 'I hope
it reverberates'

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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 18, 1995 - 7

WASHINGTON (AP)-Black men
energized by the huge rally in the
nation's capital began spreading the
spirit yesterday, making plans to clean
up inner-city neighborhoods back home,
register voters and simply help each
other survive.
As Washington got back to normal,
meanwhile, both black and white mem-
bers of Congress urged President
Clinton to create a commission to study
America's racial divisions.
Organizers of the "Million Man
March" celebrated their success and
accused the government of a racist
undercount - the 400,000 men esti-
mated by the U.S. Park Service.
g After Monday's long day of prayer,
songs and speeches, many men trav-
eled all night by bus, car or train to
return home in time for work yesterday,
tired but still inspired by the brother-
hood they felt on the national Mall.
Even others who only saw the event on
TV said they were uplifted.
"I hope it reverberates around the
country in energizingpeople right where
they are," Joseph E. Lowery, president
of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, told ABC-TV.
Some men said they already are vol-
unteers in their communities but left
Washington determined to take on more
responsibilities.
Frederick Heard, a Detroit postman
whohelps out with an after-school sports
league, said he wants to plan a local
march with the same themes of self-
help and self-respect.
"We should get to all the inner-cit-
ies," he said.
Alvertis Simmons of Denver prom-
ised to encourage black fathers to pay
the child support they owe.
, "Brothers, make this commitment,"

he said. "If you know a brother who is
not paying child support, cut him off
because he should be taking care of his
kids."
James Bolden caught some of the
event on television from his home in
Topeka, Kan. The speeches were in-
spiring, Bolden said. But he hopes the
talk leads to action on issues such as job
discrimination.
"The march is general," he said. "We
need to break it down and make it more
specific to the problems at hand."
Several members of Congress sent
Clinton a letter urging him to appoint
a commission on race relations "to
issue a report on the progress and
failures that our nation has made on
race since 1968."
That was the year the Kerner Com-
mission, appointed by President
Johnson, issued its famous study that
concluded "our nation is moving to-
ward two societies, one black, one white
- separate and unequal."
There have been several calls in the
past for another Kerner-type study. But
Schumer said the rally and reaction to
the 0.J. Simpson trial underscored the
need for it.
At apacked news conference, Nation
of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and
other march organizers said they would
sue the U.S. Park Service overits crowd
estimate.
There were more than 1 million
people spread across the Mall,
Farrakhan insisted.
He also predicted the event would
increase black voting strength. More
than 100,000 voters were registered at
the rally, organizers said, and they have
set a goal of registering all 8 million
eligible, unregistered blacks before the
1996 presidential election.

Market for
trash opens
nChicago
CHICAGO (AP) - Forget junk
bonds. Now they're trading junk.
A national marketplace for buying
and selling recyclable trash opened yes-
terday at the Chicago Board of Trade.
The first transaction: Weyerhaeuser Co.
bought 100 tons ofold newspapers from
Oswego County, N.Y.
The venture promises to boost recy-
cling by setting quality standards and
publicizing prices for used paper, glass
and plastics. It can help small towns
with curbside collection programs find
big buyers of reusable materials.
"This is the biggest shot in the arm
for recycling in this country since mu.
nicipal recycling efforts began in the
1970s," said Mark Lichtenstein, Os.
wego County's trash manager andpresi-
dent of the National Recycling Coali.
tion, which includes both buyers and
sellers of recyclables.
Eventually, the Board of Trade may
launch futures and options contracts for
recyclables, turning old beerbottles and
milk jugs into investment vehicles.
The computerized system already has
60 subscribers who paid $1,000 each
for access to its electronic bulletin board.
Users can offer or bid for materials or
just check the prices at which recyclables
are trading.
"With these transactions, America
will take its recycling efforts from the
current state, which are really not un-
like having a national yard sale, to an
electronic marketplace for recycled
goods," said David Gardiner, an assis-
tant administrator at the Environmental
Protection Agency.
Currently, big companies buy most
of their recyclable materials from bro-
kers and commercial trash collectors
with whom they have contracts. But
small local governments have often been
at the mercy of local dealers because
they didn't know the going rate.

AP PHOTO
Donald Bronson of Washington, D.C., cries during the Rev. Jesse Jackson's speech in Washington Monday during the Million
Man March.
NAACP searching for exec. director

BALTIMORE (AP) - WANTED:
Skilled manager with unquestioned in-
tegrity and ability to be national spokes-
man and day-to-day leader of troubled
national civil rights group.
More than a year after Benjamin
Chavis was fired for secretly using
NAACP money to settle a sex discrimi-
nation lawsuit against him, the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People is still looking for an
executive director.
The search committee that was sup-
posed to submit one name to the board
at a three-day meeting starting tomor-
row in Baltimore was still interviewing
candidates this week. And it may not
come up with a choice in time.
"We had an unusually large number
of applicants. It's just taking a long

time," Julian Bond, a member of the
seven-person committee, saidyesterday.
But some critics said there's another
reason the nation's oldest and largest
civil rights group - 86 years old,
500,000 members strong--is taking so
long to pick a leader.
"Nobody wants the job," said
Michael Meyers, a former assistant
NAACP national director who now
heads the New York Civil Rights Coa-
lition. "The NAACP is dead, and ev-
erybody knows it."
Even some board members agreed
the NAACP has slipped from its lead-
ing role in the struggle for civil rights.
The NAACP refused to endorse
Monday's Million Man March in Wash-
ington, which Chavis helped organize
with Nation of Islam leader Louis

Farrakhan.
"We're a taillight," said Larry Carter,
an Iowa banker who has been on the
board for 6 1/2 years. "We've got to set
the stage. It should be the NAACP putting
together the Million Man March."
The NAACP is as much as $4 million
in debt and struggling to repair an im-
age damaged first by Chavis' ouster in
August 1994, and then by allegations of
financial improprieties by former Chair-
man William Gibson. Gibson was re-
placed in February by Myrlie Evers-
Williams, the widow of slain civil rights
leader Medgar Evers.
"I hope - I pray - that they will be
able to bring a positive report to our board
meeting. It is imperative, however, that
we have the best possible person, astrong
manager," said Evers-Williams.

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Lociisan 800-page World Wide Web
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students forcollege students. While on-
line at Loci, students can do a wide
variety of activities ranging from get-
ting travel advice to chatting on-line
with Leonard Nimoy..
Loci is the brainchild of the College
Division of Barnes & Noble, which
provided the grant for Boston
University's College of Communica-
tionto create the site. Students working
at Loci receive either work-study pay-
ment or course credit.
According to Promo magazine, there
are an estimated 20 million people us-
ing the Internet and 45 percent of those
people are 18- to 26-years old.
Although there are many sites on the
web catering to college students, most
are run by older adults. At Loci, any-
thing that goes into it is by students.

Maggie Battista, managing editor for
Loci, said that a major goal of the site is
to get college students around the globe
to participate.
"The goal of the site is to become a
place where everyone from all over the
world participates," Battista said. "We
have writers in California, in Florida,
and even one from Australia."
Loci is divided into several major
sections. In the entertainment area, stu-
dents can read reviews of music, mov-
ies and books. A subdivision called The
Muse allows a student to submit poetry,
short stories and plays in their own
voice and attach a photo.
The "GetaLife" section givescompre-
hensive advice on how to get a job after
college. Users can download templates
for resumes and read tips on how to score
big in the interview of a lifetime.
More than $18,000 in cash and prizes
will be offered in the fall 1995 semester
in the games section. In "Hyper Trav-
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trivia skills, travel knowledge and
Internet abilities.

The news area of Loci covers every-
thing from national news to links to
campus papers. Students can submit
reactions to stories and write articles.
A special aspect of Loci is its chat
section. Participants can chat with other
students using Loci at the same time.
The chat section also has the ability to
create your own face for other people to
see on-line.
In the events area, Loci brings the'
opportunity to talk to politicians, musi-
cians, writers and athletes.
Loci's main goal is to offer some-
thing for everyone.
"When a student goes into any site, if
they don't see anything valuable or
worthy of staying, they're going to
leave," Battista said. "Loci has strived
to have fresh content that changes al-
most every day. ... There's something
for everyone."
There is no charge to use Loci. Stu-
dents only need to access a web browser
like Netscape and connect to http://
www.loci.com.
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SPIRIT OF DIVERSITY
JOB FAIR
November 16-18, 1995
The Atheneum Hotel, Greektown
Detroit, Michigan
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A NEWSPAPER CAREER?
Editorial and business-side recruiters from more than 20 national, regional, and local newspa-
pers including the Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Lansing State Journal will recruit for internships and full
time professional positions at the third annual Spirit of Diversity Job Fair, Thursday through
Saturday, November 16- 18, 1995. The Job Fair is hosted by The Detroit News, Detroit Free
Press and Detroit Newspapers and co-sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America
and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
African-American, Native American, Latino and Asian-American students.and professionals are
invited to attend this job fair held to increase the level of diversity in newspaper newsrooms
and business departments. Newsroom positions require journalism majors (college newspaper
experience preferred) and business-side positions are available in finance, information systems,
marketing, advertising sales, human resources, production/printing management and graphics.
To register for interviews, roundtable discussions, and networking please call 800/766-FAIR by
October 23, 1995.

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