The Michigan Daily -- Sunday, March 10, 1985 -- Page 3
MIT prof: Women
should use computers
for men 's dorm
'By KYSA CONNETT
Sherry Turkle admitted that she used
to be a technofoe - she had a hatred for
new technological innovations like the
modern computer. And she was jealous
of the computer's ability to organize
things in a way she couldn't think.
But Turkle, now an associate science
professor at the Massachusetts In-
stitute of Technology, has changed her
attitude toward the computer. She told
a crowd of 400 gathered yesterday in
Rackham Auditorium that she has
learned to tell herself "I can make
something of this technological object."
THE KEYNOTE speaker at a sym-
posium entitled "Women's Lives in the
Information Society," Turkle is author
of the critically acclaimed book, The
Second Self: Computers and the Human
Turkle noted that there seems to be a
difference in the way males and
females approach learning how to use
"There is a difference between the
girls and the boys," said Turkle. "I
don't think it's in their genes, but in the
way they are trained." Turkle ex-
pressed her own fear of using a com-
puter and compared her early dislike of
computers to a distaste for outlining
her ideas before she wrote them out. "I
expected computer programming to be
outlining type of stuff," she said.
Virginia Blakenship, an Oakland
University assistant professor of
psychology, defined what she termed
computer hesitancy," a phenomenon
she noted in a study she was involved
with. In contrast to men in the Oakland
University study, "women quickly
questioned their own ability when
making mistakes on computers,"
Blankenship said. "Women globalized
She said that the way in which com-
puter-use is taught to women con-
tributes to the feelings of alienation
they experience. Blankenship said she
found that teachers explained how to
correct a mistake to men who then
fixed it themselves, whereas "the
women were often helped by the
teacher correcting a mistake through
The Creation Science Club will present a lecture by guest speaker John
Fricke, "Darwinism Revisited Spontaneous Generation or Creation?" It
will take place at 3 p.m., Room 2003 Angell Hall.
AAFC-Closely Watched Trains, 7 p.m., Aud. A, Angell.
Alt. Act-The Dead Zone, 7 & 9 p.m., MLB 4.
Mich-Lord of The Rings, 4'& 7 p.m., Michigan Theater.
U-Club-Animal House, 7:10p.m., Union.
Pilot Program - Streamers, 7 p.m., Alice Lloyd Blue Lounge.
School of Music - Faculty clarinet/piano recital, 4 p.m., William Ransom
piano, 6 p.m. ; Blane Shaw, voice, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Performance Network-Four by Beckett, 6:30 p.m., 408 W. Washington.
University Musical Society-Paul Badura-Skoda, pianist, 4 p.m.,
Rackham lecture Hall.
PTP-Hot'l Baltimore, Trueblood Theater.
Hillel Foundation-Gimpel The Fool, 7:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater.
Today's Brass Quintet-The Music of J.S. Bach, 2 p.m., Kerrytown Con-
cert House, 415 N. Fourth Avenue.
His House Christian Fellowship-Dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Bible Study, 7 p.m.,
925 East Ann.
The School of Public Health will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Helen Caldicaott,
"The Threat of Nuclear War: Can Women Make a Difference?"
Rackham -Lecture Hall.
Near East & North African Studies-The Predators, 7 p.m., Aud. B,
School of Music-Katerine Kliemann, viola; Michele Cooker, piano; Jef-
frey Gilliam, piano, 8 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
Performance Network-Staged reading, Three Square Meals, 7 p.m., 408
Computing Center-Forrest Hartman, "Introduction to Textfirnm Part
I," 3:30 p.m., 165 Business Administration Building.
Law School-Melvin Eisenberg, "The Social Functions of Courts," 4 p.m.,
120 Hutchins Hall.
Near East & North African Studies-Rashid Bashshur, "U.S. Policy in
Lebanon," noon Lane Hall Commons.
Urban Planning Alumni Society-Steve Serchuk, "The Planner as A
Developer: The Real Estate Aspects of Planning," 7:30 p.m., room 3105 Art
& Architecture Building.
Engineering-"Propigation on Random Media," noon, Room 4040 East
School of Art-Ann Noggle, 7:30 p.m., School of Art Auditrorium.
Center for Russian & East European Studies, William Odom, "Dilemmas
and Directions in Soviet Force Development," 8p.m., Room 25 Angell Hall.
Anthropology, Center for Japanese Studies-Theodore Bestor, "Asserting
the Past: Traditionalism and The Legitimation of the Japanese Social Or-
der," 5 p.m., Lane Hall Commons.
Asian American Association-6 p.m., Trotter House.
Turner Geriatric clinic-Women of all ages join the Intergenerational
Women's Group, 10 a.m., 1010 Wall Street.
Christian Science Organization-7:30 p.m., League.
Reader's Theatre-8:30 p.m., Room 2013 Angell Hall.
Tau Beta Pi-Tutoring, lower-level math, science & engineering, 7 p.m.,
Room 307 UGLI, 8 p.m., Room 2332 Bursley Hall, 7 p.m., Alice Lloyd, Red
Guild House-Poetry Reading, Suzanne Burr & Laurence Goldstein, 8
p.m., 802 Monroe Street.
Chemistry-Seminars, Alexander Blumstein, "Structure Property
Correlations in Main Chain Thermotropic Liquid Crystal Polymers," 4 p.m.,
Room 3005; Luigi Marzilli, "195Pt, 3pP, 1H NMR Studies of the Interaction
of Metallo-Antitumor Agents with DNA," 4 p.m., room 1200, Chemistry
Daily Photo by DARRIAN SMITH
A Fletcher Hall resident takes a breather from the Bombay Flour Face
Relay at yesterday's "Fletcher Follies." Relay contestants attempted to
retrieve candy buried in pans of flour with their mouthes and tongues.
Measles afflict E. Quad
By VIBEKE LAROI
Members of the University com-
munity have forgotten something over
the years - a little, red brick building
tucked away from the hustle and bustle
of Central Campus - best known -
or, apparently, least known as Fletcher
Thirty-five of the 60 residents in the
all-male dorm gathered, together
yesterday, christening their
preliminary attempts to remedy the
dorm': anonymity, the "Fletcher
JINNY BARTEL, head resident and
the only female in the building, said
dorm residents realized they needed to
do something about the fact that few
University students have ever heard
that the dorm exists. According to Bar-
tel, Fletcher is the smallest, oldest and
least known dorm on campus.
Saturday's games were only a
preview of events planned later this
month to promote the dorm. Fletcher
Awareness Week begins March 18 with
the Rolf Benirschke Competition and
concludes with football games dubbed
the Mudbowl. Other scheduled events
include a Big Tim Wrestling Night and
The Flop-a-Fletcher party.
Yesterday at the follies, Fletcher
residents devoted their energy to
various events such as the Chinese Egg-
Drop Relay, Bombay Flour Face Relay,
Tokyo Trot, and Munichal Chairs.
THE international flavor to the
games stems from the fact that half of
the dorm's residents are foreign,
hailing from distant countries like
Singapore, Jamaica, Turkey, Korea,
At the Chinese Egg-Drop Relay, par-
ticipants found good concentration and
a solid bite to be the key to success. The
trick involved is balancing an egg on a
spoon, which is placed in the mouth.
In the Tokyo Trot, students scuttled
around the building in the traditional
three-legged fashion, screaming and c
heering. Municahl Chairs involved an
internationalized version of musical
PERHAPS the day's most en-
thusiastic participants were those who
competed in the Bombay Flour
Face Relay. The object of this game is
to retrieve candy buried in a pan of
flour by sticking the face into the pan
and searching with mouth and tongue
- all while hands are tied behind the
For those who are unfamiliar with the
Rolf Benirschke competiton, LSA
sophomore Mike Schulte said it is a
game which originated when residents
kicked empty milk cartons down the
hall, yelling out "Ralph Benirschke" -
the name of a professional football
Fletcher's history goes back to 1922,
when it was built by a group of alumni.
It was taken over by the University in
1933 and has essentially housed male
students, except for a period from 1954
to 1960 wheni it was converted to a
female dorm because of a campus
women's housing shortage.
Although Fletcher's image is quite
subdued thesedays, it aroused a great
deal of attention about 55 years ago
when the Ann Arbor police raised the
dorm to crack down on illegal
distribution of liquor.
Residents know that this month's
events won't prove quite as eye-opening
as that incident, but they hope more
students will decide to trot over to Sybil
St.: across from the IM Building to
check out the dorm.
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weren't able to get to East Quad for
Winfield is optimistic that the out-
break won't grow to reach more serious
proportions. "All measles have been in
one housing unit. The ones who have
had it haven't circulated too much,"
Winfield said that when he heard of
the two most recent cases he made a
housecall to the students' dorm to
prevent them from infecting more
ACCORDING to Winfield, the earliest
symptoms of measles include irritated
eyes and nose, which are similar to cold
symptoms. Fatigue and pain when
looking at bright lights are also com-
A cough and a rash usually appear
three to four days after one has been in-
fected, Winfield said. The rash starts at
the back of the neck and spreads
gradually to the rest of the upper body
and the lower body. Five days after the
rash appears, one usually recovers.
Winfield pointed out that measles is a
"very contagious disease". Someone
with measles can infect someone else
about four days before and four days af-
ter the rash occurs.
Because measles are so contagious,
Gorelick strongly urges students who
have not been immunized or who
received shots between 1957 and 1968 to
Newlyweds find dorm life
and marriage compatible
THIS WEEK'S SPECIALS
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in the dorm.
"YOU SORT OF get used to him as
sort of an RA or something," said
Stephanie Bickelman, an LSA
Indeed, when a rowdy group of men
from West Quad payed a surprise visit
to "trash the halls" of Barbour last fall,
Ray blocked the door and refused to let
them in. Ray often attends weekly
house council meetings and sits with
the other women in the cafeteria.
But residents say the dark-haired,
mustached man is a very private per-
son who would prefer to downplay his
presence in the dorm. For this reason,
he declined to be photographed or in-
terviewed by the Daily.
"HE'S IN A DIFFICULT position
because resident staffs' lives are
public, so his life is automatically
public. . . he's trying to seek out as
much privacy as possible," said Miller.
"I wouldn't describe him as quiet,"
she said.. "The better you get to know
him, the more he'll tell you (about him-
Ford said that some residents fail to
understand Ray's sense of humor.
"HE'S KIND OF LIKE a big brother.
You know that they like you, but they
aren't going to tell you that," she said.
Ray.is the type of person who claps
when someone accidentally drops his or
her tray in the cafeteria, residents say,
or who routinely criticizes stupid
television commercials and soap
The couple will-move out of the dorm
after this term when Trish graduates
from the music school's masters
program in voice performance. Ray, a
major in organ performance, will com-
plete his undergraduate degree next
December or May, 1986.
IN ADDITION TO supervising the
dorm, both Ray and Trish juggle two
jobs and their schoolwork. During the
day, Ray works at First of America
Bank as a proofer of checks and tellers'
tabs. At night, he repairs organs as an
assistant to the University's organ
Trish dashes in and out of the dorm
each day to her five hours of class,
voice practice from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and
rehearsal for her performance as
Josephine in the upcoming Gilbert and
Sullivan production of "HMS Pin-
She tops off all of that with 20 to 30
hours a week of RD responsibilities, a,
weekend job at Gantos in Briarwood
Mall, and on-going interviews for
summer positions in opera companies
and festivals across the country.
"I like to be busy, otherwise I'm
disorganized," Trish said with a soft
laugh. "But sometimes it's over-
Ray and Trish are so busy that most
residents only see them in the cafeteria.
And to most of them, the novelty of
their RD's lifestyle has worn off.
By now, Ford said, "It's just old hat."
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