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Page 2--Sunday, November 19, 1978-The Michigan Doily

The Michigan Daily-Sunday, Novemb

RAMBLINGS/judy rakowsky

I,

A LL MY LIFE my search for a
unique identity has been
repressed by the "all-American girl"
stereotype.
Granted my hair is stubbornly
straight and blonde, my eyes are blue,
and I hail from the exhilarating Lima,
Ohio. Although these factors contribute
to my image, I don't believe they are
enough to merit that insufferable
stigma.
Throughout grade school, teachers
made the unfounded assumption that I
was the sort who remained merely on
the periphery of trouble. They never
thought I was capable of being an in-
stigator, and expected my motives,
always to be altruistic.
When I was in boarding school, my
advisor sent a note home to my parents
which said I was hanging around with
"some suspicious characters."
Suspicious meant an individual who
snuck out to the fields to imbibe and ex-
pand his mental state. If not for the
shroud of all-Americanism, I'm con-
vinced I too would have been branded a
suspicious type.
The low point of my abhorrent, all-
American career came during my long-
anticipated first year of college. For an
as yet unknown reason, I selected
Tulane University in New Orleans,
Louisiana to be the realm of my self-

discovery - a realm-I have heard
college is supposed to offer.
When it became clear that no
stimulating activities existed on cam-
pus, I cynically endured one day of
sorority rush. I heard, "Hi 'yall, how
'yall doin'"' without interruption and
glared through the cloud of my
hangdver as the wax-faced sisters ser-
ved refreshments.
After sipping diluted Hawaiian punch
and munching daintily on dry cakes, we
moved on to the next house. On the way,
the daily downpour refreshed my
spirits which were soon to be drenched
by the most personal comment I'd
received all day.
"Oh, you look like the all-American
girl," a middle-aged chapter mother
exclaimed. As the plastic smile I had
worn for hours sickly froze, a familiar
wave of nausea overcame me, and I
struggled through the crowd of chat-
tering belles to an armchair. That was,
of course, the last time I entered a
sorority house.
But the label could notiave stuck
better if it had been written in indelible
ink across my forehead.
Let's face it, racial and sexist slurs
are denounced by most humanistic
souls. But even the most vocal civil
libertarians have not recognized, much
less championed, the desperate plight

of accused all-Americans.
I'm even suspicious that AA's are
specified on mailing lists. What kind of
a file must one have to get on Anarchist
Monthly or Imperialist Oppressor
Weekly's mailing lists? The most
politically-oriented package I ever got
through the mail was a pair of plastic
salt and pepper shakers that looked like
an Indian brave and his squaw, along
with the customary appeal for a
donation.
Of course, I realize it is hoped that
our generation will repent for the
naughty, unpatriotic activities of our
recent predecessors during the 60s. It is
presumed that in today's activist desert
we will succumb to the conservative
trend. But the all-American stigma in-
duced by anti-activism feels almost as
strangulating as that bicentennial
symbol was in 1976.It is always there.
PARANOIA has emerged within
me as a result of this stigma.
Sonetimes when I'm introduced to
people I see what seems like a shutter
closing in the person's eyes. They in-
stantly preconceive a picture of me as
tepid and happy-go-lucky.
At times, the paranoia gives rise to a
voice which almost screams from
within to say something totally
outrageous to the all-American bigots
just for the hell of it. "Down with the

capitalist, military, industrial com-
plex!" I want to shout, although I
haven't quite decided whether that
complex actually exists.
Besides the expectation that AA's are
politically void, the all-American girl
stereotype assumes other charac-
teristics. Prerequisites include some
experience in cheerleading (preferably
2-3 years), white teeth, and weaknesses
for babysitting, french fries, and
Robert Redford.
Many AA's do not even realize they
have been subjected to cruel
discrimination all their lives. They
have come to accept mediocrity as a
fact of life with which they must
reckon. They dare not challenge the
"be polite and be prepared" regime.
Of codrse, all-Americans are not
without distinguishing qualities and ac-
complishments. But it is most
discouraging, however, that in many
cases nothing short of a Nobel Prize can
liberate an AA-scarred individual.
-The label has definitely impeded my
self-discovery. .I find this especially
true as I watch my third year of college
slip by with no earth-shaking
revelations in sight. But being branded
in such a fashion has had at least one
advantageous outcome: I have learned
to balk at any and every inference that I
fit that all-American stereotype.

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BY
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POZSGAI
Copyright 1978
INSTRUCTIONS
Guess the words defined at the
left and write them in over
their numbered dashes. Then,
transfer each letter b the cor-
responding numbered square
in the grid above. The letters
printed in the upper-right-hand
corners of the squares indi-
cate from what clue-word a
particularwsquare's letter
comes from-. The grid, when
filled in, should read as a
quotation from a published
work. The darkened squares
are the spaces between words.
Some words may carry over
to the next line. Meanwhile,
the first letter of each guessed
word at the left, reading down,
forms an acrostic, glving the'
author's name and 'the title of
the work from which the quote
is extracted. As words and
phrases begin to form in the
grid, you can work back and
forth from clues to grid until
the puzzle is complete.

(Continued from Page 10)
service, however, the children must
stand and during these times there is
hardly an opportunity for prayerful
soul-searching. They squirm and
fidget, they pinch, and the young'ladies
quibble over who will sit on the unrolled
portion of the prayer rug.
The women who sit near the back of
the prayer room wear a varied
collection of costumes. A few are
cloaked in heavy black robes which rise
above their shoulders and wrap around
the tops of their heads. But most of the
women aresdressed inWestern clothing,
conservative knit dresses and pant
suits, and wrap thin muslin veils
around their heads. And then there are
a few younger women who rush in late
and simply , place a square
handkerchief over their head.
Kneeling along the back wall, the
women symbolize many of the changes
which the move to America has
inflicted on Arabic culture. Although the
South End community remains pure

in its Arabic traditions, many of its
residents who have been in the country
several years are moving out of the
South End and into all-white East
Dearborn or other Detroit-area
suburbs.
As they become increasingly familiar
with the language and the customs of
the U.S., Arabic immigrants and
second-generation Arabs find it easy,
and advantageous, to flow into the
American mainstream.
Some enter the ranks of the auto
industry's middle-class white collar
workers, and few, very few, break into
the professional field. Most of the Arabs
who have taken a firm grasp on the
ladder of upward social -mobility have
done so by operating small businesses,
mainly grocery and party stores.
Fred Hazimi, Saleh's brother, owns
one of the markets on Dix Avenue. He is
ambitious and proud of his business. He
marches down the aisles, bragging of
the quantity and the quality of the goods
See ARABS, Page 12

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200 V 201

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A. Wanders in mind
B. Feeling blue; in the dumps
(3 words)
C. Extreme dryness of the mouth,
often caused by smoking
Clue H (Path)
D. Supple; flexible
E. Exhibit; testimony
F. The-- Letters by William Burroughs
& Allen Ginsberg
G. Form of professional wrestling
(2 words)
H. See Clue C
I. Inner reality; vital
principle
J. Depressant
K. Profane expression; curse
L Flattened at the poles
M. Disorderly crowd; mob

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N. Incentive; pick-me-up
0. Takes too much; does to excess
P. Spume; foam
Q. Mushroom psychedelic
R. Symbols; badges
S. Dravidian cove temple
in India
T. Without preparation; impromptu
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in Clue A
W. Make calm or peaceful
X. Not permitted; unauthorized
Y. Worth a pound of cure
(3 words)
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mathematician 1642-1727

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Answer to Previous Puzzle
Sore losers have always
given gambling a bad name,
down through the ages.
Obnoxious winners haven 't
helped. Offensively they claim
their success comes through
God's love, then spend their
holy winnings on booze,
gambling and more drugs.
Mario Pazo Inside Las Vegas

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