The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 21, 1986 - Page 3
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN
Responding to the recent surge of
racist incidents on campus, a
coalition of student groups is putting
up posters and pushingrfor a new
University course on racism and
sexism in an attempt to "fight racism
on all fronts."
"Racism and bigotry are hazardous
to our social health and will not be
tolerated on this campus," reads a
poster circulated by the United
Community Against Racism (UCAR).
The group, which is funded by the
Michigan Student Assembly,BLSA
Student Government, the Black
Student Union and the B'nai B'rith
Hillel Foundation originally formed
MSA AND HILLEL provided fun-
ding for the 500 posters, which have
"gotten a pretty favorable response,"
according to Howard Jacobson, an
LSA seniior and the coalition's foun-
Jacobson added, however, that the
life of posters around campus often
Jacobson originally came up with
the idea for the coalition from an in-
cident last November where anti-
Chinese slurs were found in a Chinese
student's carrel at the graduate
HE THEN approached MSA
President Paul Josephson, who
agreed with his plan and gave it
According to Josephon, all student
groups were asked to participate in
the forming of the coalition. "It is
more like a committee of MSA, not a
separate student group," he said.
MSA has since actively worked with
UCAR in putting together a proposed
non-credit University course to be
required for all freshmen. In ad-
dition, University President Harold
Shapiro created a task force agianst
racism at the end of fall term.
UCAR MEMBER Matt Tucker, who
is also chairman of MSA's academic
affairs committee, said he is one of
two students appointed to the task
"We want the efforts of UCAR and
the task force to work together,"
Susan Lipchutz, an assistant to
President Shapiro, refused to
disclose more details about the task
force, but Josephson said Shapiro
initially failed to appoint student
"WHEN I asked him, though, he
said that he just forgot and made two
student positions" Josephson said.
As far as the required course goes,
Josephson said, MSA and UCAR
within a month "plan to present a
detailed proposal to the presidential
committee on racism, and within two
months to the regents. Although
there are many stumbling blocks, I
have yet to meet someone in the ad-
ministration who is against the idea."
"The desire is there, and it's not
totally unrealistic to try to have the
course for this fall's freshmen,"
Josephson added. LSA sophomore
Alan Weiss said UCAR "wants to
provide support for trying to get"
things done at the University about
racism. We want to provide a place
for people to go for support, and
ideally would like to foster com-
munication between different
minority groups," he added.
RACISM AND BIGOTRY ARE HAZARDOUS
TO OUR SOCIAL HEALTH AND WILL NOT
BE TOLERATED ON THIS CAMPUS!
UCAR (UNITED COMMUNITY AGAINST RACISM)
MICHIGAN STUDENT ASSEMBLY /HILLEL
The United Community Against Racism is distributing 500 of these posters across campus.
Ballot dispute opens RSG seats
By MICHAEL LUSTIG
Twenty-nine disputed ballots
delayed Rackham Student Gover-
nment officials from announcing the
winners of three representative seats'
in this week's Rackham elections.
All voters were required to show
their student ID cards before voting.
The cards were then verified on a
master list of all Rackham students.
iRegents approve housing
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The most significant increase is the
cost of an economy triple. The 9.8 per-
cent increase brings this year's cost
up to $2,298.44 over last year's
$2,547.02 per person.
"THEY PAY more in total because
if there is a third consumer, there is
an increase in utilities," said David
Foulke, assistant director of housing.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)
expressed concern for students living
in a triple because they "decide to
economize as much as possible."
The percentage increase for a triple
is twice the percentage increase, of a
double room. Roach questioned the
logic of increasing the percentage
cost of a triple at twice the rate of a
double, when "instead of having two
people in a double you have three
people in a double."
ALONG another line of questioning,
regents Roach and Dean Baker (R-
Ann Arbor) asked Hughes whether
the University should consider
building additional housing.
Hughes said the residence halls are
operating at 102 percent capacity,
allowing 42 percent of returning
students to live there. Ann Arbor's
vacancy rate is 0.79 percent, one of
the lowest rates in recent years.
If off-campus housing vacancy
rates remain the same "there's going
to be a point where we come back to
you and talk about what to do. We
don't think there is as much student
housing off campus as there was,"
BAKER said, "I don't think we
should be particularly pleased with
the housing facilities as they are" and
rate in erea se voters were also required to put their
names, ID numbers, and division
numbers on the ballot. Several of the
ballots were unsigned and on others,
suggested building University-owned students forgot to put their division
apartments. numbers. Some ballots were disputed
-ButHughssiebecause the students' names did not
But Hughes said he has been reluc- appear on the master list.
tant to propose additional housig BECAUSE of the questioned
because of the cost involved ballots, one of the social science and
Hughes said he is pleased tha the both physical science and engineering
amily ousing commi as en representative seats remain unfilled.
an about-face and increased their Incumbent Mark Weisbrot retained
rates in order to provide capital im- one of the social science seats with 66
provement programs. In the past the oe ofthia sen sets with
committee focused its efforts on votes. Within a few votes of each
kenng rateslo other are Institute of Public Policy
Candidate Erik Stalhandske, with 54
votes; incumbent Mark Greer, with 51
votes; and Institute of Public Policy
challenger Eric Norenberg, with 50
In the Physical science division, in-
cumbent Gus Teschke and write-in
challengers Sonja Pettingill and
Alison Barry are all tied. No vote
count was released for this race.
Vice-president Thea Lee, over-
whelmingly re-elected to he. position
on the RSG, said the vote is "a solid
endorsement of our policies of the
past year" and that graduate students
favor RSG's involvement in inter-
national issues and supporting
"WE LEARNED what grads are in-
terested in," said Lee. She added that
many students asked her to try and
get the Rackham building opened for
use on Sundays.
Lee said, "We didn't realize many
people thought we weren't com-
municating," and said thatnif more
people were involved in RSG, com-
munications would improve. With the
endorsement of their past policies,
Lee said the RSG will continue its in-
volvementdin current issues and in
bringing speakers with a wide range
of views to campus.
She also said, "We don't want to
disqualify ballots where students just
left off their division numbers." She
was uncertain as to what will happen
to the other ballots, and said that a
decision will be made on their validity
at the RSG's March 3 meeting, or
Bart Edes, who lost to Lee,
congratulated the victors, but said "A
three to four percent turnout cannot
indicate the political leanings of
graduate students." Only 248 of the
nearly 6,00o Rackham students voted.
Edes said one of his and his running-
mate, Peggy Kuhn's weaknesses was
that Lee and RSG President Dean
Baker have been at the University
longer. He'also said that Baker and
Lee were able to motivate their frien-
This is "a rather significant and
heartening change of attitude," he
said, adding that the residence halls
have consistently instituted im-
Case in point is the installation of 83
computers and four laser printers in
the dorms. A total of two hundred
terminals will be in place by next fall.
SAT scores will continue to improve
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Zajonc's study focuses on the num-
ber of siblings the student had at bir-
th, because he said, the first years of a
child's life are the critical period for
developing verbal skills.
The SAT slump of the '70s coincided
with an increase in the size of families
into which the tested students were
born. In 1963, the beginning of the
decline students on the average had
1.5 siblings born before them and the
Iowan fined in football riot
IOWA CITY, Iowa (UPI) - The
University of Iowa student charged
with inciting a riot at last year's Iowa-
Michigan football game has been
The riot charge was dropped again-
st sophomore Robert Pellati of Glen-
view, Ill., in exchange for a guilty plea
to disorderly conduct, Johnson County
Police said he incited students to
tear down a goal post at Kinnick
Stadium following Iowa's 12-10 win.
average SAT score was 490. By 1980,
however, the average student had
become the third family child, with
scores falling to 455.5
The SAT score of a student is
depressed by about 15 percent for
each sibling alive at birth, Zanonc
said. This effect is the same for both
sexes, he added.
This trend reversed in 1980
however, and test takers are now
coming from smaller families.
Zajonc predicts this trend will
through the 1990s.
In 1979 the average newborn was
the second child of the family. These
children will be tested in the late '90s.
The report predicts that in 1986
there will be another three to four
point rise in the SAT average, and the
average could rise to as much as 510
or 515 by theturn of the century.
Hunter Breland, of the Education
Testing Service, also found a
correlation between performance on
the test and family size, but he
questions Zajonc's findings. "It could
be socio-economic factors that ac-
tually cause higher scores. Rich
people tend to have smaller families,"
Zajonc countered, saying, "Even if
you control for social-economic
status, family size predicts perfor-
mance on tests of all sorts," he said.
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Many humorists and comedians, including Mark Twain, W.C. Fields and
Freddie Prinze, were victims of depression.
Today this common disorder afflicts over 20 million American children,
adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. It's often masked by symptoms that
can fool you - sleeplessness, forgetfulness, loss of appetite, and anxiety.
Left untreated, depression can contribute to severe disability and death.
To increase understanding of this devastating disorder, our next
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experts who are internationally recognized for their pioneering work on
depression. Hear John F. Greden, M.D. and Roger F. Haskett, M.D.
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