Daily Trojan, Vol. 139, No. 32, February 29, 2000
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In the I960n, many in tin* Ynjan family requested that the university's moniker lie changed from UC lo USC lo emphasize Dial the win Mil's initials reflect ilti full rank us a place of higher learniiiK up: Creatine can bulk people up beyond is Buildir their wildest dreams, but it may also be a nightmare for those who don’t know the facts, <f c INDI iU In the money: Editorial Columnist Patrick Srail reveals easy methods for getting hard cash, dtroJan9uM.edu http://www.UM.adu/dt For Vo ur Information 2 Nollglon and EthlCI 3 Lot ton 4 Tho Bum 7 ClHMlflodo 12 Croioword Puulo 13 NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Tint February 28, 2000 Vol. CXXXIX, No. 31 Organizations divided about state Prop. 22 Election: As the primary approaches, groups still have not reached consensus on the controversial Knight Initiative By GINA VALENCIA Stuff Writer With Ihe California primary only one week awuy, student supporters and opponents are still debuting the controversial Proposition 22, also known as the Protection of Marriage Act. Named the "Knight Initiative" ufter chief sponsur state Sen. Pete Knight, the proposition states “Only marriage between a man and u woman is valid or recognized in California." Proponents of the proposition say it will define marriage in California as between a man and a woman and does not take away anyone's rights or uttuck any group of people of their family, according to www.protcctmarriugc.nct, a web site in support of proposition. The Knight Initiative is divisive and is designed to polarize California voters, according to the No On Knight website, www.nuoriknight.urg. The proposition is a fight aguinst something that does not even exist, said Becky Petit, a Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgendered Association board member-at-large and u sophomore in print journalism and gender studies. “It's kind of silly,” Petit said. "It’s unnecessary because (the proposition) wants to deny (gays) rights that most don’t even have in the first place." Many states and countless individual companies do not acknowledge a person’s sexual orientation as protected, which means it would be legal for an employer to fire someone because they are gay, Petit said. “All it does it targets gays and encourages more discrimination, and anti-gay sentiment,” she said. California does not recognize same-sex marriages nor will this proposition make a difference whether homosexual couples can wed, but proponents say it is simply a way to clearly define marriage as something between a man and a woman. ‘This is a proposition that will help strengthen families,” said Dave Michaelian, director of Campus Crusade for Christ at USC. “It reinforces the biblical foundation of what God intended the family to be and I see Proposition, page 10 I Fair supplies information on Islam Group: Muslim organization holds Awareness Week; gives pamphlets, other materials By CHARLI SCHULER Assistant City Editor Aiming to dispel common stereotypes associated with Muslims, the Muslim Students' Association is combating ignorance through free public education. The association has set up a multi-media “Discover Islam” exhibit in Hahn Plaza, along with a series of lectures at Science Hall this week to answer questions related to Islam, basic Muslim beliefs and Muslim ways of life. “Most people, when they see a Muslim, what do they see? A terrorist. When they see a Muslim woman, what do they see? Oppression,” said MSA member Shariffa Carlo Al Andalusia, an American-born citizen who converted from Catholicism to Islam. "War and oppression are both forbidden in Islnin,” suid Zakuriu Al-Shaikh, an MSA member and a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention. “Rarely do you hear an unbiased version of Islam. (MSA’s) purpose is to address the growing need for people to be correctly educated about Islam and what Islam really is, not as it is portrayed by the media.” According to a booklet prepared by the Islamic Affairs Department of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, the majority of Muslims have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith; instead Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness. Those who do things that are “un-Islamic,” such as war and oppression are often the images people see in the media, said Carlo Al Andalusia, who helped set up tables full of free pamphlets and booklets in Hahn Plaza Monday morning. The information, along with a video presentation of Islam and a full array of Islam posters, will lie on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Wednesday. Carlo Al Andalusia and other MSA members will be present to answer questions and educate those who are interested in learning about it. “It’s not a matter of trying to convert people; it’s a matter of trying to make people understand,” Carlo Al Andalusia said. One of the most common inquiries concerning the Muslim ways of life include the manner in which men and women dress and conduct themselves socially. People who do not understand the Muslim way of life often feel pity for women whom they see covered from I see Fair, page 3 I Graduate student places in Miss TaiwaneseUSA pageant Contest: Francis Yang takes sixth; competition promotes participation in 2000 census By JENNIE BEYER Staff Writer Using the Southern California Millennium Miss TaiwaneseUSA to promote Taiwanese participation in the 2000 census, graduate student Frances Yang received sixth place in Saturday’s event. Yang, who is studying gerontology, was one of 12 semifinalists at the pageant, held downtown at the Bonaventure Hotel. She received the friendship award, the equivalent to sixth place, or third runner-up. To participate in the pageant, the contestant had to be at least 18 years of age, at least 50 percent Taiwanese ancestry, a single female, resident of the United States or student with legal status and have the sponsorship of a Taiwanese organization. “(The contestants) participate(d) in often traditional pageant events such as group dancing, runway walk, questions and answers with the host, as well as a talent,” Yang said. However, this pageant is different from other pageants around the country, such as Miss America and Miss Teen USA, Yang said. Not only were the contestants to showcase talents involving their Taiwanese heritage, but the overall goal of the pageant is to celebrate the Taiwanese culture and to raise awareness of the Census 2000 campaign, Yang said. These were the very reasons that Yang chose to participate in this particular pageant. Miss TaiwaneseUSA was the first pageant that she competed in, but the experience was so fulfilling that she said she would participated in another if the opportunity arose. “My presence at this pageant was for the cause (to promote the U.S. Census 20u0 and Taiwanese identity) rather than for the competition or for the money,” Yang said. The pageant was extremely successful in reaching the first goal of celebrating Taiwanese heritage. This was done through the talent and the question and answer portions of the pageant. “The question and answer portion was heavily weighed on knowledge of Taiwanese and American politics,” Yang said. “It was a challenge, but a great test for all the candidates." Yang lias also had the opportunity to use her enthusiasm and love of her Taiwanese heritage, as well as her desire for awareness of the Taiwanese-American population, in her field of study, gerontology. “Through a session of the Diversity of Aging course for the last three semesters at USC, I have been able to promote awareness of Taiwanese history and elderly health outcomes,” Yang said. Through her classes, the pageant and promoting U.S. Census 2000 Campaign, Yang feels she is celebrating her Taiwanese heritage. By accomplishing the Campaign’s goal, the Taiwanese-American population will become more recognized throughout the nation, she said. The Taiwanese American Citizens League is behind the Census 2000 Campaign and supported the pageant. The organization has been planning and promoting the in anticipation of the census that will be distributed April 1. The campaign is asking all Taiwanese-American citizens to check the “other” box in the race and ethnicity sections when filling out the 2000 Census and write in “Taiwanese” because there is no check-off category that represents the approximately 500,000 Taiwanese-Americans now residing in the United States. The census is important because it determines how many seats each state is allocated in the U.S. House of Representatives. Community leaders also use the census to anticipate the best locations for new schools, roads, hospitals, clinics, libraries, day-care and senior citizen centers, play-I see Pageant, page 3 I “My presence at the pageant was to promote the cause rather than for the competition or for the money.” Frances Yang graduate student gerontology Joanna Niles l Daily Trojan Information please. Pamphlets, posters and group representatives are all present at the ‘Discover ls)j/n* exhibit, held Monday through Thursday,
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Did you know...
In the I960n, many in tin* Ynjan family requested that the university's moniker lie changed from UC lo USC lo emphasize Dial the win Mil's initials reflect ilti full rank us a place of higher learniiiK
up: Creatine can bulk people up beyond
their wildest dreams, but it may also be a nightmare for those who don’t know the facts, |