"History matters. It matters when a student reaches full potential. Chicana/o Studies has a rich fund of knowledge that should be shared with everyone. It holds the key to the dropout problem that Chicano Studies set out to stem...The tragedy of what has beset Chicana/o Studies, and indeed the education of the Chicana/o, is that ignorance is winning out. History has been erased, and over fifty years of research on how to teach Mexican Americans has been ignored." - Rodolfo F. Acuna
1/11/95 Corey, Ken Cover sheet of Memo to Provost Simon “Dear Lou Anna, Here is an initial product from one of you Ethnic Studies investments. THANKS for the support.” Ken
1/11/95 Aisner, Art. "Minority Group petitions FCC again" Campus, The State News.
1/11/95 ( ) “Illegals don’t deserve tax dollars” The State News.
1/17/95 Flakne, Jack. “No funds (for) being an illegal alien” Opinion, The State News.
1/19/95 Aisner, Art. “Groups dispute data against grape boycott” The State News.
1/20/95 Marroquin, Emily. “Michiganians are affected by Prop. 187” Letters to the Editor, The State News.
1/20/95 Memo titled “Target of Opportunity Candidate” from J. Scholten to History department steering committee.
1/20/95 Draft Letter invite for the “Ethnic studies in arts and letters at MSU.” from Patrick McConeghy.
1/25/95 Vu, Trong. “Prop. 187 an issue of legality, not race.” Letters to the Editor, The State News.
SPRING/95 Ok Lee, Dong “Syllabus: The Asian American Experience” MEMO to (Lee) June, (Robert) Banks, (Deb) Pogel, (Barbara) Steidle Full syllabus describing ISS 335A offered Spring 1995. “The course is designed to help you understand the experience of Asian Americans from a broad perspective crossing disciplinary boundaries”
1/20/95 Scholten, J. “Subject: Target of Opportunity Candidate” MEMO to History Department Steering Committee (LoRomer, Silverman, Tabuteau – Chair – Walker; Stewart, ex. Off. Describes a target of opportunity hire for Dr. Kathryn Bard of Boston University. She is presented as an opportunity to expand or help build the ethnic studies specialization.
1/20/95 McConeghy, Patrick M. (1/20/95) “Draft Letter: Ethnic Studies in Arts and Letters at MSU” Invitation draft for 2/16-17/95 workshop featuring Professor Zaragosa Vargas. Workshop was to answer these questions: 1. The parameters of ethnic studies at MSU: where are our strengths, 2. Issues of authenticity and voice, 3. The objectives of an ethnic studies specialization as seen through case studies from the classroom and in scholarship, 4. How our students and our society will benefit from a specialization in this area, 5. Additional suggestions from the participants.
1/24/95 McConeghy, Patrick M. “Letter: Ethnic Studies in Arts and Letters at MSU” Invitation for 2/16-17/95 workshop featuring Professor Zaragosa Vargas to Professor Phil Korth Same letter as above addressed specifically to Phil Korth and dated four days after the draft.
1/24/95 Mireles, Ernesto. “President’s grape decision tastes sour” Opinion, The State
1/26/95 ( ) “A Grape Disgrace” The State News.
1/26/95 Corey, Kenneth E & Eadie, John W. “MEMO: Concerning the structure of the Ethnic Studies Specialization To Dorothy Harper Jones” Outlines the charge from Provost Simon to move the two colleges toward creating an undergraduate specialization in Ethnic Studies. The memo asks the question, “The feasibility study raised the question whether we should seek to offer a specialization in “Ethnic Studies,” as originally charged by the Provost, or would it make sense for us to develop a specialization in “Ethnic and Racial Studies?”
1/26/95 Corey, Kenneth E & Eadie, John W. “MEMO: Concerning the structure of the Ethnic Studies Specialization To Refugio Rochin, Director Julian Samora Research Institute” Same memo as above.
1/31/95 ( ) “LUPE Scholarship” The State News.
2/3/95 McConeghy, Patrick M. Draft of cover letter: Outline of materials being sent for the Zaragosa-Vargas workshop. Cover letter listing five items being forwarded to each participant, 1. Program, 2. Annotated reading list and packet of readings, 3. Curriculum vitae of the featured speaker, Professor Zaragosa-Vargas, 4. List of strategies to handle multicultural dissonance in the classroom…5. Form, requesting case studies from your classroom or research experiences, to be returned to me by Monday, February 13.
2/3/95 McConeghy, Patrick M. (2/3/95) Cover letter: Outline of materials being sent for the Zaragosa-Vargas workshop to Philip Korth Same letter as above but addressed directly to Philip Korth
2/6/95 Aisner, Art. “Events celebrate culture” The State News.
2/7/95 Aisner, Art. “Conference celebrates Chicano, Latino women.” The State News.
2/8/95 Aisner, Art. “Library collection honors Cesar Chavez” The State News.
Listen to the speeches made that day
2/10/95 Aisner, Art. “Grape issue ferments at ‘U’” The State News.
2/13/95 Aisner, Art. “Sit in at the Admin” The State News.
2/15/95 Holguin, Gerard. NO GRAPES cartoon. Opinion, The State News.
2/16/95 Stuever, Sue Ann. “Latino community is just sour grapes” Letters to the editor,
The State News.
2/17/95 ( ) Dia de la Mujer” The State News.
2/20/95 Marroquin, Emily. “McPherson not off hook on grapes issue” Letters to the
Editor, The State News.
2/21/95 Rojas, Dominica. “Boycott supporters equal more than 40” Letters to the Editor,
The State News.
2/22/95 Holguin, Gerard. “No Mas McPherson” Cartoon Opinion, The State News.
2/22/95 Smith, Jeanette. “McPherson touts 1st-year successes” The State News.
2/23/95 Aisner, Art. “AS ONE disputes speech statement” The State News.
2/23/95 Guy Jr., Andrew. “Grapes are ‘pretty safe’” The State News.
2/23/95 Robbins, Lawrence H. Memo: Support for Kathryn Bard to John Eadie
Letter of support for hiring Kathryn Bard in the department of Anthropology.
2/27/95 June, Lee N. (2/27/95) Subject: Information Regarding the Ethnic Studies Specialization MEMO to Ernesto Todd Mireles “Attached please find three memoranda regarding the development of an Ethnic Studies Specialization. The memoranda are dated May 19, 1994 (from Deans Eadie and Corey to Provost Simon), August 9, 1994 (from Provost Simon to Deans Corey and Eadie) and November 28, 1994 (from Provost Simon to Deans Eadie and Corey). This information is provided as promised in the meeting of February 16, 1995.”
2/28/95 ( ) Indian Tuition Waiver Rally. The State News.
2/28/95 Kraus, Laurie. “Panel Takes Heated Advice about Q106” The State News.
2/28/95 Flakne, Jack. “Boycott not a ‘grape’ big issue or ‘U’” Opinion, The State News.
3/1/95 Author Unknown. "Groups debate street name change" (either Lansing State Journal or The State News)
3/1/95 Aisner, Art. “Wilson Hall my join boycott” Campus, The State News.
3/3/95 Delgado, Rainer. “Flakne doesn’t know Jack about boycott” Letters to the Editor,
The State News.
3/10/95 Miner, Besty J. “Student stage walk out for suspended teacher” Front Page,
Lansing State Journal.
3/10/95 Unknown. “Marchers - Eastern student protest showed respect, class” Opinion,
Lansing State Journal.
3/13/95 Indian Tuition Waiver Rally
3/14/95 Torres, Mark. “Lansing community groups support suspended teacher” The State
3/20/95 Upton, Jodi. "Fight to honor Chavez not over" Lansing State Journal.
3/22/95 Author Unknown. "Chavez better than Grand" The State News Opinion.
3/23/95 Hedger, Brian C. “RHA endorses grape boycott
3/23/95 Holguin, Gerard. “Jack Flakne’s mouth” Cartoon, The State News.
3/30/95 Mireles, Ernesto. “For the last time … boycott grapes” Opinion, The State News.
3/30/95 Hernandez, Pastor. “‘U’ grape boycotters don’t get it” Opinion, The State News.
3/31/95 Author Unknown. "Chavez" Lansing State Journal Opinion.
3/31/95 Memo from Patrick McConeghy to John Edie “Ethnic studies follow-up issues for Summer 1995”
4/13/95 Flyer “National People’s Campaign” Defeat the Contract on America.
4/14/95 Aisner, Art. “Students decry Contract” The State News.
4/18/95 Memo from Robert Banks to John Eadie “Ethnic Studies Courses”
4/27/95 Templeton, Eleanor. “Cinco de Mayo celebration to honor Chavez” The State News.
4/28/95 Conference on “Immigration and Ethnic Communities: A focus on Latinos”
5/6/95 Bauza, Margarita. “Festival day to remember” Lansing State Journal.
5/8/95 Upton, Jodi. Registration deadline looms to vote on city street names” Front Page, Lansing State Journal.
5/31/95 Freedom of Information Office Billing Statement: Fees for FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles Sent in response to fulfilling a FOIA request made by Mireles on 3/24/05, the total bill was 26.56. The invoice number #071995.F030.1
3/31/95 McConeghy, Patrick M. Subject: Ethnic Studies Follow-up issues for Summer 1995 MEMO to John W. Eadie Memo list six concerns from McConeghy to Eadie, 1. What level of commitment exists for ESS on the part of the University, 2. How will ESS be characterized as an area of study, 3. What needs and interests are being addressed by this subject, 4. What administrative form would ESS take, 5. How do the terms American studies, ethnic studies and cultural studies related to each other, 6. Where the faculty strengths, where are the gaps?
4/18/95 Banks, Robert F. Subject: Ethnic Studies Courses MEMO to John Eadie
Letter outlines financial support to have Prof. Haeja K. Chung teach sections about Asian women writers. Banks also expresses concern that “in light of recent recruitment outcomes in the College of Arts and Letters, it is my understanding that there may not be an individual available to teach a course on Latino History … as you know, this had previously been planned.”
4/25/95 Eadie, John W. Subject: Ethnic Studies Courses MEMO to Gordon Stewart “How should I respond to this?”
4/27/95 Unknown "Cinco de Mayo celebration to honor Chavez" The State News.
5/8/95 Stewart, Gordon T. (5/8/95) Subject: Ethnic Studies Courses” MEMO to John W. Eadie Stewart gives Eadie an update of what has been done in their department concerning ESS but in particular Latino/Chicano field, he writes, “The Latino/Chicano field remains a high priority for the department.”
5/8/95 Author Unknown. "Registration deadline looms" Lansing State Journal Front page.
5/19/95 Mireles, Ernesto Todd. LETTER: FOIA Request to Bruce Benson, Director of Public Safety MSU. Request for video taken by police during an administration building sit in that occurred on 2/1/95.
Mireles, Ernesto Todd LETTER: FOIA Request to M. Peter McPherson, President MSU. Request for video taken by police during an administration building sit in that occurred on 2/1/95.
Mireles, Ernesto Todd LETTER: FOIA Request to Lee June, Vice President Student Affairs Request for video taken by police during an administration building sit in that occurred on 2/1/95.
Mireles, Ernesto Todd LETTER: FOIA Request to Dean John Eadie College of Arts and Letters Request asking for all information “concerning the creation of an Ethnic Studies program or specialization at Michigan State University from the dates of January 1, 1994 to May 15, 1995.”
Mireles, Ernesto Todd LETTER: FOIA Request to Kenneth Corey, Dean College of Social Sciences. Request asking for all information “concerning the creation of an Ethnic Studies program or specialization at Michigan State University from the dates of January 1, 1994 to May 15, 1995.”
Mireles, Ernesto Todd LETTER: FOIA Request to Lou Anna Kimsey Simon, Provost MSU Request asking for all information “concerning the creation of an Ethnic Studies program or specialization at Michigan State University from the dates of January 1, 1994 to May 15, 1995.”
Mireles, Ernesto Todd LETTER: FOIA Request to William B. Allen, Dean James Madison College MSU Request asking for all information “concerning the creation of an Ethnic Studies program or specialization at Michigan State University from the dates of January 1, 1994 to May 15, 1995. And specifically the 1984 report by Professor Katherine O’Sullivan See on ‘ethnic/racial studies thematic.”
5/25/95 Freedom of Information Office Acknowledgment of FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles Standard letter acknowledging receipt of FOIA letter to Dean William Allen and detailing the dates it will be ready.
Freedom of Information Office Acknowledgment of FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles Standard letter acknowledging receipt of FOIA letters to Pres. M. Peter McPherson, Dr. Bruce Benson DPS and Dr. Lee June Student Affairs, detailing the dates it will be ready.
Freedom of Information Office Acknowledgment of FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles Standard letter acknowledging receipt of FOIA letter to Dr. Kenneth Corey, Dr. John Eadie, Dr. Lou Anna Simon, detailing the dates it will be ready.
5/31/95 Freedom of Information Office Billing Statement: Fees for FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles Sent in response to fulfilling a FOIA request made by Mireles on 5/24/05, the total bill was $34.20. The invoice number #061995.F029.1
Freedom of Information Officer FOIA Response Cover Letter: FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles to William Allen Enclosed was the 1984 Study done by Katherine O’Sullivan See.
Freedom of Information Office FOIA Response Cover Letter: FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles to Bruce Benson Requested police surveillance video was enclosed.
Freedom of Information Office FOIA Follow-UP: FOIA Request by Ernesto Todd Mireles - Letter contacting Mireles and informing him that certain charges concerning the filling of the FOIA requests have incurred a cost greater than $15.00.
6/1/95 Stewart, Gordon T. Subject: Latino/Chicano History MEMO to John Eadie and Robert Banks “On May 8, 1995, I sent a memo requesting permission to conduct a national search for a Latino historia in collaboration with Director Rochin of the JSRI. If we are to act in 1995-96, a decision has to be made by the end of July 1995.”
6/8/95 Banks, Robert F. Subject: Ethnic Studies Courses MEMO to John Eadie and Gordon Stewart Memo outlines the financial support for hiring a historian to teach Latino/Chicano History for the 1995-96 school year. It sets out money to be used and agrees that JSRI will conduct the search jointly with the History department.
6/8/95 Banks, Robert F. Subject: Latino/Chicano History MEMO to John Eadie Banks says the national search will be conducted during the 1995-96 school year and that the position will be filled beginning with the 1997 school year.
6/9/95 Affirmative Action Report Academic Position Request from Gordon Stewart concerning the search to be conducted in the 1995-96 school year. Document lists the retirement of F. Dewitt Platt and says “as confirmation of History’s commitment to university goals and changing configuration of discipline, History is ready to mortgage this retirement for a Latino/Chicano appointment. Depending on the final candidate’s interests and credentials, there may be a joint appointment with the Julian Samora Research Institute, which would alter the salary distribution and percent time figures above.”
6/9/95 Stewart, Gordon T. Subject: Latino/Chicano History Position MEMO to John Eadie, Robert Banks Memo stating the above paperwork has been completed and turned in. Reiterates History department’s commitment to “diversify the curriculum and faculty.”
6/13/95 Stewart, Gordon T. Subject: Latino/Chicano – Ethnic Studies MEMO to John Eadie and Robert Banks Outlines some of the challenges to be faced in recruiting new professors for the ESS as MSU switches over the a year round teaching schedule. Stewart is also informing Eadie and Banks about the administrative steps he has taken to more a new faculty member.
6/12/95 Templeton, Eleanor “Vote May Rename Chavez Avenue” The The State News
6/12/95 Approximately 17.24 percent of the registered voters in the city turned out to vote ‘yes’ on Proposal A and change Chavez Avenue back to Grand Avenue. The street signs were taken down shortly afterward.
6/13/95 Author Unknown "Vote restores street name to Grand Ave." The State News.
6/13/95 Author Unknown "Healing" Lansing State Journals Opinions.
6/13/95 Author Unknown "Voters bring back Grand" The State News.
6/14/95 Author Unknown "City seeks way to honor Chavez" LANSING STATE JOURNAL or The State News.
6/16/95 Author Unknown "Not Even Grand" The State News.
6/19/95 Rochin, Refugio. RE: Latino/Chicano History EMAIL to Gordon T. Stewart, cc’ed to Ken Corey, John Eadie, Robert Banks Rochin is accepts Stewart’s offer of conducting a national search for an ESS history professor. He lists several professors that he would like to see at MSU starting with Dennis Valdes.
7/17/95 Stewart, Gordon. Subject: Kathryn Bard MEMO to John Eadie Stewart again writes “to summarize the salient features of the Kathryn Bard candidacy in History.” He goes on to enumerate her strong points.
7/21/95 Eadie, John. Subject: Faculty Positions for FY 96/95 MEMO to Robert Banks Cover letter for papers “necessary to activate positions already approved by the Provost” in History (2), Philosophy and Romance and Classical Languages.
7/26/95 Eadie, John. Subject: Faculty Positions for FY 96/97—History MEMO to Robert Banks Eadie is recommending Kathryn Bard to Banks as hire for the next year.
8/30/95 Makinen, Tim “Hispanics angry at mayor” Lansing State Journal.
9/11/95 ( ) “la feria” The State News.
10/12/95 Mireles, Ernesto (10/12/95) Editorial: ‘U’ needs more than ethnic studies THE STATE NEWS Opinion piece that outlines materials gather from a series of FOIAs written during the spring of 1995. Mireles lays out a strong argument for Chicano Studies as opposed to Ethnic Studies, which was the official university line.
10/23/95 ( ) “Latin Explosion” The State News
10/28/95 MacDonald, Christine “Protesters battle DJ’s comments” The State News.
1995 Torres, Mark "Chavez Ave. legacy of greatness" The State News.
12/5/95 Silverman, Henry. Subject: Progress Report on Latino/Chicano Activities – Spring Semester 1996 MEMO to John Eadie Silverman, the chair of the history department is providing and update about the joint faculty search being conducted by History and JSRI. A conference is proposed where 15 Chicano historians will be invited to campus. According to Silverman “there will also be an opportunity for students, both graduate and undergraduate, to meet with these historians to discuss the nature of the new Chicano history and historiography.”
1/15/96 Johnson, Heather. “Chicano Latino Studies on the rise” State News (Front Page)
1/18/96 Johnson, Heather. “Protesters from across the state converge to disrupt speech” State News (front page).
2/2/96 Johnson, Heather. “‘U’ Honors Chicanos” State News (Front Page).
2/12/96 Gawenda, Mary J. “Community celebrates Chicano History Week: Mexican speakers raise awareness of culture, beliefs” State News (page 3A).
2/13/96 MEXA Students start a seven day water only fast in support of the UFW Grape Boycott.
2/14/96 Johnson, Heather & Perry, Rachel. “McPherson reviews successes: Activists’ hunger strike to continue ‘until we win’” State News (Front Page)
2/15/96 Johnson, Heather. “Fasting students face day 3: MEChA seeks ‘U’ support in grape boycott” State News (Front Page).
2/18/96 MEXA students end water only hunger strike by signing an agreement with the University that documents a process by which residence halls can vote to boycott grapes.
2/20/96 ( ) “Grape Fast” The State News.
3/21/96 Silverman, Henry Subject: Rochin’s message re Valdez EMAIL to Robert Banks, Refugio Rochin, John Eadie Details funding cut for GA positions in the History department and how they asked Rochin to help with funding for those positions.
2/26/96 Walker, David W. Subject: Chicano Sub-Committee Search Final Report MEMO to Henry Silverman, David LoRomer Three main points to this memo, 1. Search committee wanted to hire Dennis Valdes and Camille Guerin-Gonzales 2. Search committee for Chicano Historian was forced to rank candidates, 3. Majority of the department endorsed the offer to Valdes.
2/29/96 ( ) “MEChA @ Eastern High School” The State News
4/13/96 ( ) “Beltrans”
4/18/96 ( ) Wilson Hall Boycott” The State News
4/26/96 Banks, Robert F. Subject: Associate Professors: Tenure as of Date of Appointment MEMO to Lou Anna K. Simon, M. Peter McPherson Shows the University’s offer to Valdes, tenure on appointment and salary of $60,000 a year. Banks makes a request to President and Provost for approval of the offer to Valdes.
7/8/96 Rochin, Refugio I. Re: Specialization in Latino Studies at MSU MEMO to Dean (Kenneth) Corey SSC Chairs and Directors “The following is submitted to you as a draft proposal for a Specialization in Latino Studies.
Article about student sentiment concerning the postponed HST 327: History of the Mexican American in the United States. People quoted: Andres Guerrero, Henry Silverman, Daniel Soza III, Refugio Rochin.
8/26/96 Silverman, Henry. Letter to John Eadie Letter details why the HST 327 class was cancelled and the factual errors found in the Carter article from the day before. Silverman details his conversation with Carter concerning the issues around Valdes appointment to the faculty at MSU.
8/28/96 Rochin, Refugio I. Re: Delayed Chicano Class MEMO to M. Peter McPherson Rochin explains in details his and Silverman’s efforts in attempting to hire Valdes. He gives a good account of the process and negotiations mentioning the possible sticking point. He also references a couple of emails attached to the memo, which we do not have.
9/4/96 Unknown. “MTV to showcase grape boycott” The State News.
9/9/96 Silverman, Henry. Letter to Dennis Valdes Silverman thanks Valdes for considering the offer to teach at MSU. But insists that time is important in knowing whether or not he will accept. Outlines some of the terms of employment that were agreed upon.
9/9/96 Unknown. “MEChA’s boycotting effort deserves praise” The State News.
9/10/96 Unknown. “Grape workers plight hits close to home” The State News.
9/15/96 Bauza, Margarita. Is new precinct anti-crime tool or ‘occupation’? Lansing State Journal. Front page.
9/16/96 Rochin, Refugio I. FORM: Request for a New Academic Program Submitted to the Office of the Provost requesting a new program called “Specialization in Latino Studies.” It is stamped received 10/30/96
9/23/96 Carter, Kelley L. “Documentaries Offer ‘U’ Chicano History” The State News Article about the showing of the Chicano! PBS series at MSU. Quoted: Chris Campa and Tomas Soria
10/1/96 Unknown. “Debate won’t cater to all local candidates” The State News.
10/1/96 Rojas, Guillermo. Letter to Dennis Valdez Rojas (chair of Chicano Studies at Minnesota) is responding to salary requests from Valdez.
10/2/96 Valdes, Dennis N. Letter to Henry Silverman cc: Refugio Rochin Valdes clears up some minor details from the 4/10/96 letter Silverman wrote him. He expresses his continued interest in Michigan State University with the hopes of resolving the issue of partner Guadalupe Luna.
10/3/96 Silverman, Henry. Subject: Dennis Valdes MEMO to John Eadie Silverman informs Eadie of Valdes request for a salary increase and agrees that given the effort put into bringing him to MSU they should accommodate.
10/9/96 Unknown. “Student Enters board debate” The State News.
10/9/96 Silverman, Henry. Letter to Dennis Valdes cc: Refugio Rochin, John Eadie, Kenneth Corey, Robert Banks Silverman informs Valdes that they are accepting his corrections and the request for the salary increase. He also makes mention of the length of the negotiating process and that he is glad that it appears to be coming to an end.
10/10/96 Unknown. “Students off to civil rights march” The State News.
10/10/96 Unknown. “‘Lucky Minorities’ work hard for success” The State News.
10/14/96 Unknown. “Trustee hopefuls discuss issues” The State News.
10/15/96 Unknown. “Rally criticizes Columbus Day” The State News.
10/17/96 Unknown. “Police investigate alleged attack” The State News.
10/22/96 Unknown. “Activists react to allege attack” The State News.
10/22/96 Unknown. “Four trustee candidates to speak tonight” The State News.
10/25/96 Unknown. “Group may penalize fraternities” The State News.
10/30/96 Unknown. “Candidate wants to reduce tuition” The State News.
11/4/96 Unknown. “150 brave cold for ‘day of the dead’ march” The State News.
11/6/96 Unknown. “Marchers had wrong idea in protest” The State News.
11/13/96 Unknown. “Letter on MEChA’s goals offensive” The State News.
11/13/96 Unknown. “Racial charge not proven Theta Chi members charged with assault” The State News.
12/6/96 Unknown. “EL police unit to educate on rights” The State News.
1/1/97 UFW public action office staffed by Ernesto Mireles and Nora Salas opens in Southwest Detroit.
1/8/97 Unknown. Chicano/Latino history course planned” The State News.
1/9/97 Unknown. “Theta Chi members go on to trial” The State News.
1/13/97 Morrison, Charles. Subject: Specialization in Latino Studies MEMO to Tess Tavormina Cover sheet for materials that outline the proposed Latino Specialization.
1/14/97 Unknown. “Grape workers don’t want boycott or union” The State News.
1/19/97 Tavormina, M. Tess. Re: Latino Studies Specialization Proposal LETTER to John Eadie Tavormina acknowledges receipt or the proposal for Latino Studies Specialization and ask for direction on how to respond, noting that while “the program itself looks interesting [it is] heavily dependent on courses for which we do not have the staff.”
2/3/97 Unknown. “Chicano salute begins” The State News.
2/6/97 Silverman, Henry. Letter to Dennis Valdes reiterates MSUs desire to have Valdes teach in the History department. Seems to give a two-week deadline.
2/7/97 Unknown. “Week a time to learn about Chicano history” The State News.
2/17/97 Valdes, Dennis N. Letter to Henry Silverman cc: Refugio Rochin Valdes turns down the position at MSU.
3/13/97 Unknown. “Writer makes gross generalizations” The State News.
3/13/97 Unknown. “Columnist too quick to judge people, city” The State
3/18/97 Report of the UCC to the Academic Council “Establish a Specialization in Latino Studies in the College as follows.” Full report of the committee.
3/31/97 Unknown. “Residence halls go grape free for holidays” The State News.
4/9/97 Unknown. “Grape boycott debated at forum” The State New.
4/14/97 Unknown. “Group hopeful after troubled conference” The State News.
4/28/97 Unknown. “Mexican-American history class, program to debut” The State News.
5/9/97 Tavormina, M. Teresa. Subject: RE: your mail on Chicano position EMAIL to Henry Silverman Tavormina responds to Silverman request that she contact Banks about funding for the “Chicano/Latino position.” Silverman tells Banks he was reluctant to cancel the class again.
6/30/97 Unknown. “Group hopes to spread activism” The State News.
7/1/97 Unknown. “‘U’ community reacts to Mexico’s public election” The State News.
7/14/97 Unknown. “Chicanos, Latinos face Disney discrimination” The State News.
9/18/97 Unknown. “Hispanic heritage month set to begin” The State News.
9/21/97 Torres, Mark & Salas, Rosa & Perez, Esmeralda & Soza, Daniel & Lambertson, Nathan Letter to Provost Lou Anna K. Simon Members from MEXA, Culturas de las Razas Unidas, Brown Berets de Aztlan – Lansing Chapter, North American Indian Student Association (NAISO) ask Provost Simon to direct Deans Corey, Silverman, Poston and Vanderpool to make “available a Xicana/o Studies major for the Spring 1998 Semester.”
9/24/97 Freedom of Information Office FOIA Response Cover Letter: FOIA Request by Rosalinda Salas to M. Peter McPherson, William Allen, John Eadie, Kenneth Corey, Lou Anna K. Simon “I request any and all correspondence, memos, notes, bulletins, electronic mails, academic studies and meeting notes concerning the creation of an Ethnic Studies program, thematic or specialization at Michigan State University”
9/29/97 Salas, Rosalinda. Letter to Provost Lou Anna K. Simon Letter is a follow up to a meeting held 9/21/97. Four points are listed from the meeting, “1. You will not give a direct order to the Deans of the respected colleges to implement Xicana/o Studies, 2. There cannot be a Junta Directiva as outlined in the Plan de Santa Barbara, 3. If the decision was ever made to create a Xicana/o Studies degree program it would take 10-15 years to implement, 4. Through administrative action, the “Latino Specialization” could be changed to “Xicana/o Specialization.”
9/27/97 Tingson, Connie Rose. Letter to M. Peter McPherson Outlines the changes in the Minority Advisory Council (MAC) to the Coalition of Racial/Ethnic Minorities (COREM). Includes draft by-laws for the new organization.
10/3/97 Salas, Rosalinda. Letter to Provost Lou Anna K. Simon (same letter as above – present on this new date and stamped received the same) Letter is a follow up to a meeting held 9/21/97. Four points are listed from the meeting, “1. You will not give a direct order to the Deans of the respected colleges to implement Xicana/o Studies, 2. There cannot be a Junta Directiva as outlined in the Plan de Santa Barbara, 3. If the decision was ever made to create a Xicana/o Studies degree program it would take 10-15 years to implement, 4. Through administrative action, the “Latino Specialization” could be changed to “Xicana/o Specialization.”
10/15/97 Unknown. “Groups comment offensive to Italian Americans” The State News.
10/22/97 Unknown. “Police break up protest at Cowles House” The State News.
10/27/97 Unknown. “Groups actions are often out of bounds” The State News.
Fall 1997 Salas, Rosalinda. “A lot of wasted time on Ethnic Studies” EDITORIAL unpublished Discussion on the failure of the University to act in a timely manner in creating Chicano Studies while wasting years debating the saliency of Ethnic Studies. Hand written on the back – “Demands – Fired 1. Director of Admissions, 2. Recruitment & Retention Report Elba Santiago / 1. Xicano Studies, 2. Fired Positions
11/3/97 Unknown. “Groups use day to honor ancestry” The State News.
11/4/97 Evans, Tavia. “Michigan State students lobby for Chicano Studies major” The Daily Northwestern “Cultural distinctions have led to debate over the Latino studies department at MSU” Quoted: Max Monroy-Miller
11/10/97 Santiago La Bonte, Elba & Smith, Linda Lou. Subject: Hispanic/Latino Issue Report MEMO to Hispanic/Latino Issues CQI Committee Asking this committee for helping in recruiting Hispanic students from the Lansing area to attend school at MSU.
11/19/97 Chicano/Latino Association (CHiLa) Report Card Report done by the faculty/staff association on how MSU is doing in terms of servicing Latinos.
2/11/98 Woodhams, Fred “Speech Protests ends in 3 arrests” The State News Details events during the State of the University Address, where three students were arrested protesting for Xicano Studies.
2/11/97 Staff Editorial “No Gracias” The State News “McPherson inappropriately reacted to student protest”
2/12/97 Neering, Kari. “McPherson Under Fire” The State News “Group calls comments during address inappropriate”
1/14/98 Burns, Deirdre R. “U students rally for Mexican groups” The State News, 9A.
1/22/98 Flyer - United Farm Workers Potluck and Discussion. Strawberry workers from the Watsonville, Calif., area will be speaking and answering questions at the UAW/UFW office about the current campaign and what the largest organizing drive in the country looks like from the trenches.
1/31/98 Detroit Brown Berets and MSU MEXistas attend raza march and rally in against of 150 years occupation under the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Tucson, Az.
2/11/98 Woodham, Fred. “Speech protest ends in 3 arrests” State News. Front Page.
2/11/98 Editorial. “No Gracias” State News. Opinion page.
2/12/98 Neering, Kari. “McPherson under Fire” State News. Front page.
2/27/98 Burns, Deirdre R. “Students call for apology” The State News “U president’s comments fuel groups demands” Details press conference after the State of the University address and McPherson’s “No Gracias” comment.
2/27/98 Monroy-Miller, Max. “President has given Chicano lip service” Letter to the Editor.
2/28/98 MSU College Republicans Learn to speak Spanish with MSU President M. Peter McPherson – flyer – Followed by a presentation on … “Why I hate Mexicans” Flyer was put up around campus and the East Lansing area following the 2/11/98 action and before the 2/26/97 press conference.
2/27/98 Author Unknown. Untitled – Remarks for the 2/26/97 press conference. This speech outlines a number of issues concerning the state of the Xicano Student at MSU and makes five specific demands, “1. The immediate establishment of an indigenous based Xicano Studies program, 2. Open and free enrollment for all people into that program, 3. Absolute community and student control over curriculum and the hiring/screening of professors for the program, 4. The creation of computer and technology centers in several cities throughout the state, concentrated in Xicano communities as an extension of the “Technology Guarantee,” 5. A five year moratorium on tuition for incoming Xicano freshmen”
1998 List “Demands from Xicano/Latino Student” submitted by MEXA, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Sigma Lambda Beta, Zeta Sigma Chi, Omega Delta Phi Eight demands submitted to President M. Peter McPherson: 1. Full funding for Xicano/Latino Studies, 2. One room for use by Xicano/Latino Students per complex, 3. Three Minority Aides per complex for Xicano/Latino Students, 4. Re-institution of program started in summer of 1998 in the Office of Admissions to work for recruitment and retention of urban and rural students similar to CAAP and SUPER, 5. Mentoring program students granted AUTOMATIC admission upon graduating from High School, 6. Two part time graduate students hired through OMSA – immediately as agreed upon in Spring of 1998 between MEXA and President McPherson, 7. Guaranteed CORES budget increase for Xicano/Latino students of 100,000 per year plus inflationary increases, 8. Creation of a Xicano/Latino living option in Wilson Hall.
Spring 1998 Monroy- Miller, Max (Spring 1998) Letter to President McPherson and the Board of Trustees Appears to be a letter to the editor from Miller. Urges McPherson and the administration to create a Xicano Studies program.
Spring 1998 Author Unknown. FLYER: Xicano Studies Now! – MEXA, National Brown Berets de Aztlan, Capital Area Xicano Student Alliance, concerned community members of Lansing Flyer announces a press conference and outlines six demands from the community: “1. The immediate establishment of an indigenous based Xicano Studies program/department, 2. Open and free enrollment for all people into the program, 3. Absolute community and student control over curriculum and the hiring of faculty, staff and consultants for the development for a Xicano Studies Department, 4. The creation of computer and technology centers in several cities throughout the state, concentrated in Xicano communities as an extension of MSU’s Technology Guarantee”, 5. A five year [tuition] moratorium for incoming Xicano freshmen, 6. The implementation of a Xicano Institute at Michigan State.”
2/17/98 June, Lee N. Subject: Some Significant Actions Taken During Your Administration in Reference to the Chicano/Latino Community MEMO to President M. Peter McPherson cc: Nancy Pogel List of eight different actions taken by McPherson that directly answered requests on the part of MEXA and the Xicano community.
2/17/98 Rochin, Refugio I. Subject: Chicano Studies EMAIL to Nancy Pogel, Robert Aponte, Francisco Villaruel, Juan Marinez, Rene Rosenbaum, Marcelo Siles, Danny Layne, Jeanie Limon, Laurie Briseno, Linda Rochin Rochin gives a description of JSRI and makes an attempt to provide plausibility to the University not creating Chicano studies. Interesting email.
2/18/98 Briones, Lucinda. Subject: Chicano Visiting Scholars at MSU EMAIL to Nancy Pogel, Briones is forwarding information to Pogel from Rochin who is traveling.
5/8/98 Email Exchange between Max Monroy Miller and Kenneth Waltzer Miller questions Waltzer about some of the early efforts to create Ethnic Studies programs at MSU. Waltzer gives him some background and offers advice on tactics for the MEXA group.
Spring 1998 Melendez, Theresa Chicano Studies Curriculum Development Proposal Final proposal for Chicano Studies, this one was finally accepted by the University. The title says it all if you look where the emphasis began. The University may have been working along on the subject of Ethnic Studies but only the students were demanding Xicano Studies. “The current specialization in Latino Studies would come under its purview but a title change to Specialization in Chicano Studies would more clearly announce its purpose (and distinguish it from the Latin American Studies program). Students interested in this specialization would be advised though this program.”
3/18/98 Smith, Philip R. Letter to Martha Hesse, Assistant to the Provost Cover letter for packet containing information about Rochins’s proposed Specialization in Latino Studies, contains a brochure created by Daniel Soza III and Andrea Funkhouser. Contains a photocopy of the Specialization for Latino Studies brochure.
3/19/98 Steidle, Barbara C. Subject: Chicano/Latino Academic Ventures MEMO to M. Peter McPherson Per a request from Bob Banks – a summary of information relative to Chicano/Latino academic course offerings and other developments.
Spring 1998 MEXA & CRU (Spring 1998) List of Demands – Press Packet to M. Peter McPherson List of 15 demands from Students, Flyer with a McPherson quote and a history of the TOCE (formerly LUPE) Scholarship.
4/10/98 Banks, Robert F. Subject: Chicano/Latino Curriculum Issues LETTER to Philip Smith, Associate Dean College of Social Sciences and Refugio I. Rochin. Letter acknowledges receipt of Melendez’s proposal and offers to set up a meeting between Banks, Smith, Rochin and Melendez. “In addition, it should be noted that the reference in the first paragraph on page one to an autonomous curriculum development unit refers only to the autonomous role that faculty have in curriculum development, not to a proposed establishment of a separate administrative unit.”
9/24/98 Freedom of Information Office (9/24/98) FOIA Response Cover Letter: FOIA Request by Maximiliano Miguel Monroy-Miller to M. Peter McPherson, Lee June and Lou Anna K. Simon “I request any and all correspondence, memo’s, notes, bulletins, electronic mails, academic studies, and meetings notes concerning the creation of a Chicano Studies Program or Specialization at Michigan State University from the debates of August 30th, 1997 to April 30th 1998.”
2/3-9/99 Slaughter, Jane. “This land is our land” Metro Times Details events happening at the Xicano Development Center in Detroit during Xicano History Week.
2/19/99 Sell, Mary. “Protesters check out books to prove point” The State News Article about the MSU main library action.
2/25/99 Caufield, Kevin. “Protest supports affirmative action” The State News Article about a pro-affirmative action rally at the University of Michigan.
2/25/99 Hudson, Mike “Hudson returns to share wisdom, enlighten” The State News Columnist Hudson highlights the Library action in Issue #2: MEXA and the library books.
2/25/99 Sell, Mary. “Students battle for a full-degree program” The State News Article talks about the lack of funding for the Chicano/Latino Studies program despite the widespread interest from the student body at Michigan State University.