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University hosts
welfare conference

The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 17, 1986 -Page 3
Greeks give
for charity

The American welfare system,
ough. plagued by inefficiency,
inhumanity, and lack of incentive,
still represents the only viable option
for feeding poor people in a capitalist
society, a group of social welfare ex-
perts agreed last weekend.
'There are no successful alter-
native models operating, not in
Eastern Europe or the third world.
What scares me about the conser-
vatives is that they want to take us
ck to the 20's, when we had no
odels. We all realize that we have a
problem, but they don't have an an-
swer," said Alfred Kahn, a professor
of social work at Columbia Univer-
KAHN, Arizona Gov. Bruce Bab-
bitt, and Charles Murray, author of
The controversial book Losing
Ground, headlined a conference en-
titled 'Social Welfare Policy in a
Market Economy: The Visible Hand.
ther participants included Agnes
ansour of the Michigan Department
of Social Services, and Irwin Gar-
finkel, a professor at the University of
The conference, which attracted
approximately 4,500 people to
Rackham Auditorium was organized
by students at the Institute of Public
Policy Studies. They held a similar

conference last year.
"We like to bring these prac-
titioners together, so we can learn
how public policy is perceived from
different sectors. Every year we pick
a differnet policy; last year it was in-
dustrial," said Caren Rothstein, a
conference organizer and IPPS
Conference participants, who
ranged from social workers and
bureaucrats to renowned
academicians, attended a series of
seminars and debates which touched
on such topics as workfare, children,
and poverty, and affirmative action.
Mansour, in a luncheon address,
criticized the nation's welfare policy
for its inhumane treatment of the
"You don't punish the poor for being
poor. What we need are social
programs whose design reflects the'
dignity and self-worth of individuals,"
Mansour said.
Mansour also called for more sup-
port for children's programs.
"We've got to begin to invest our
resources to child day care and
education, because this is the most
critical time of our children's lives,"
she said. "If we don't have children
who can read or write, who will fight
our wars, or work in our factories, and
ultimately pay our pensions?"

With last night's Greek Sing and
Variety Show, fifty-three par-
ticipating fraternities and sororities
showed that Greek Week has hit Ann
Arbor once again.
"This is our biggest event by far,".
said Mike Smonte, co-chairman of the
Greek Week steering committee and
member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.
The Variety Show is expected to bring
in over $7,000 of the $30,000 the Greeks
hope to raise through this week's ac-
THE TEAM of Alpha .Xi Delta
sorority, and Delta Tau Delta and
Delta Phi fraternities gained an early
lead in the week-long competition by
receiving first place in both the choral
and variety divisions.
"We're really excited because we
want everyone to know that we are a
great sorority and team," said Julie
Sarotte, a School of Nursing
sophomore and member of Alpha Zau
Delta sorority. The sorority which
was just formed last term, par-
ticipated in Greek Week for the first
During the show, organizers also
announced that first place in the
Greek Week banner contest went to
the team if Kappa Kappa Gamma
sorority, triangle, and Chi Psi frater-
"IT'S POSITIVE publicity for the
Greek system to raise all the money
that we do during the week," Simonte
said. The proceeds from last night,
Greek Weeksweatshirts and button
sales go toward the local Ronald Mc-

Donald House, the United Way, and.
the Washtenaw Area Council for
"Each house that sponsors an event
then sends the proceeds from that
event to its own philanthropy," ac-
cording to Simonte. "We've already
raised abut $12,000 through the events
so far," he added.
The planning for this year's Greek
Week began last April, and was
organized by a central core of 28 st-'
udents who made up the steering
committee. Campus fraternities were
divided into 18 teams during last mon-
th's pairings party.
THIS YEAR'S theme, "What A
Week To Be Greek," has been visible'
on over 3,000 Greek Week sweatshirts, "
that have been sold.
The students on the steering com-
mittee have not been the only Greeks
anticipating the week's events. Most
sororities and fraternities have been
organizing their efforts all year, and
practicing weeks for last night's .y,
"This is a side of the Greeks that.
people don't usually see," said David "'
"The Picture Man" Sternlicht, who
photographs Greeks all year at
various activities. "They're not just w
animals, - they're showing great en-,;
thusiasm for a good cause."
"It's a week to blow off homework
and have fun," said John Chang of
Tau Gamma Nu fraternity.
Today's main event is Twister-
mania, followed by Anchor Splash on
tomorrow. A dance contest, Mr.
Greek Week, Bed Raceland and
Greek Olympics will also be included
in the week's festivities.

'Court's decision
hurscivil rights

Daily Photo by JAE KIM

Supreme Court's decision in a sex
discrimination case two years ago has
led to diminished enforcement of a
range of laws designed to protect
omen,. racial minorities, the
disabled and the elderly, civil rights
groups say.
"Americans can no longer feel
assured that the schools, hospitals,
airports, correction facilities and
other institutions which they support
through their federal taxes are
required to treat them fairly," ac-
coridng to a joint report of the NAACP
Legal Defense and Educational Fund
,and the American Civil Liberties
THEIR study, released yesterday,
virtually matched the findings last
month of several other groups, in-

cluding the League of Women Voters,
the Leadership Conference on Civil
Rights and the National Women's law
All complained of a serious erosion
of four key civil rights laws since the
Supreme Court ruled in February 1984
that the government can't cut off all
federal aid to a college because it
practices sex discrimination in a par-
ticular program that doesn't directly
receive taxpayer assistance.
In that case, involving tiny Grove
City College in Pennsylvania, the
court narrowly interpreted Title IX of
the Education Act of 1972 and
"created a giant loophole through
which institutions can now
discriminate even if they are
receiving substantial contributions
from the federal government," the
latest study says.

'Amaizin' sib
Robbie Beier, held up by Bonnie Sherr, vice president of the Student
Alumni Council, was the winner of the most maize-like hair contest
Saturday at the Alumni Center during little siblings weekend.
Speake r discusses God's
existence afterHolocaust



Wh t's happening
around Ann Arbor

* Campus Cinema
Jagged Edge (Joe Eszteihas &
SRichard Marquand, 1985) MTF, 8
p.m., Mich.
Jeff Bridges' wife is suddenly
murdered and Glenn Close plays his
lawyer convinced of his innocence,
basically because she commits a
lawyer's no-no: she falls in love with
him. This psychological mystery is a
definite nail-biter.
Bars and Clubs
The Blind Pig (996-8555) - Steve
Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio.
The Earle - (994-0211) - Larry
Manderville, solo jazz piano.
Mr. Flood's Party - (995-2132) -
Private Sector, R&B, reggae, blues,
and rock.
The Necarine Ballroom (994-5436)
-DJ Roger "Night Fever" LeLieve
plays new music.
Rick's American Cafe (996-2747)
(Bop) Harvey, reggae.
Work and Critical Life Events for
Women at Midlife and Older Age - .
Facilty Women's Club lunch and
listen, 11:30 a.m., Michigan Room,
Kathryn Glasgow, Andrew Tang
- Guild House Writers Series, 8
p.m., 802 Monroe.
History of Jazz - Eclipse Jazz,
7:30 p.m., Union.
Glen Lewandos - "Mechanist
Probes of C-H Bond Activation by
Trfansition Metals," Chemistry, 4
p.m., 1200 Chemistry Bldg.
Paul Dotson - "Palestinians: Op-

ce?" Population Studies, noon, Con-
ference Room, 1225 S. University.
Lawrence Langer - "Ethical
Choices Within the DeathCamps:
Testimonies of Holocaust Sur-
vivors," Hillel, 7 p.m., Pendleton
Room, Union.
Women Student Network: Gearing
Up for Life After Graduation -
CEW, 1:30 p.m., 350 S. Thayer.

(Continued from Page 1)
"The horror of the Holocaust comes
not only from death but comes even
more from the quality demanded of
the murder," he said. "It raised the
theological dilemma to a breaking
point- Holocaust brutality brought a
fundamental problematic: where was
God at Auschwitz?"
To address the issue he presented
an expose of classical and conterr-
porary responses to the issue. They
ranged from the ancient question of
the creation of evil by a benevolent
God to Richard Rubenstein's 1986
syllogism in After Auschwitz: "If
there is a God, Auschwitz could not
have happened: Auschwitz was,
therefore, there can be no God."
KATZ said the idea of the "suffering
servant" has been deeply rooted in
Jewish culture and is often used to ex-
plain the role of the Jews at Ausch-
witz. In this theory, the Jews
represent "the perfect one without
sin" who "suffer for the rest of the
world." Katz said.
He added that the "suffering ser-
vant" theory "sounds profoundly
christological" but that it still poses a
fundamental theological question.
"What kind of God would allow,
require the redemption of the world
by so much suffering?" Katz asked.
"This robs us of God that can redeem
us... Vicarious suffering will not do."
The caption beneath the picture of
Muhammed Darawshe in last Thur-
sday's Daily incorrectly identified
him as having been born in Palestine.
Darawshe was born in Israel.

KATZ proceeded to dismiss each of
the responses, concluding that many
of the theories were too simple or too
narrow to be satisfactory.
The speech ended positively, for-
cing the audience to concentrate not
on the death of six million Jews during
the Holocaust, but on hope for the
"There will always be evidence for
and against the existence of God,"
Katz said. "There will be positive
realities in life and negative realities.
We have to look more broadly than
Rubenstein to the totality of Jewish
history: 60 percent of the European
Jewish survived. The Jews defeated


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