Refund due on parking permits?
I read, with great interest, the Assembly Roundup summary written by Theresa Maddix in The University Record dated March 27, 2000, which addressed some concerns about parking at the University of Michigan.
Now that Parking Services has mailed new applications for us to complete for the year July 2000June 2001, I wonder if I missed something about the issue of paying for parking for two months we didnt get. In other words, last year (September 1999June 2000) I paid the rate for 12 months of parking, but only received 10 months of privileges. (Sept. 1999June 2000: 12-month fees were $130 orange, $237 yellow, $430 blue, $860 gold; July 2000June 2001: $50 orange, $100 yellow, $436 blue, $872 gold). Is a credit due (16.7 percent), especially for Blue and Gold permit-holders, or how is this being justified?
Barbara Pearlman, office assistant, physiology
Editors Note: 19992000 parking permit holders did not pay a 12-month rate, according to Patrick Cunningham, director of Parking and Transportation Services. We moved last year to change the permit cycle to mirror the fiscal year, with permits granted for September 1999June 2000. Permit rates were prorated for the 10-month period. This year we will be on a 12-month cycle.
National group protests Michigamua
At its April 68 meeting at the University of Iowa, the CIC Native American Studies Consortium adopted the following resolution in response to the University of Michigans continued support of Michigamua:
The society of Michigamua has existed for 98 years as an elite organization inextricably tied to the institution of the University of Michigan. The organization was founded on the principles of University service and pride, yet chose the label Michigamua to create a pseudo-Indian identity predicated on an extinct Indian tribe. This appropriation of Indian symbolism and tradition has been used to facilitate a racial performance of the Indian and to authorize Michigamua as a student/alumni organization entitled to the use of Indian practices and cultures. Michigamua has destructively undermined Native American cultural and civil rights in its promotion of negative stereotypes of Native Americans, yet has been granted for almost a century distinctive privileges and protection by the University of Michigan.
For three decades the Universitys Native American community has worked with Michigamua and the administration to reeducate both communities on the destructive effects of the organization. In 1989, an agreement was reached that Michigamua would eliminate all references to Native American culture. Ten years later the University refuses to enforce the agreement and Michigamua continues to appropriate its identity from popular or racist representations of Native American cultures.
We protest, as well, that University resources are continuing to be spent in order to supply space to this organization. We remind the University that the allocation of space is never ideologically neutral and that the allocation of physical space cannot be separated from the Universitys commitment to a fair and diverse educational environment for all of its students and faculty.
We demand that the University defend the rights of Native Americans and eliminate all of its connections to Michigamua. We demand that the University of Michigan prohibit the use of Michigamua or any other derivative Indian name to its student/alumni organizations. We further resolve that the CICs Native American Studies Consortium will not meet at the University of Michigan until Michigamua has been removed from its campus.
The Native American Studies Consortium represents faculty and graduate students from the Universities of Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. We are committed to working within our national organizationssuch as the American Historical Association, the Modern Language Association and American Anthropological Associationto produce strong resolutions against the use of Indian symbolism and mascots at all universities.
Betty Bell, assistant professor of English, of womens studies and of American culture, for the CIC Native American Studies Consortium