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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 8, 1987 - Page 5

New RHA officers set
goals for winter term

By ELIZABETH ATKINS
The four newly-elected officers of the Residence
Hall Association last night defined goals for winter
term, focusing on improving the organization's
reputation.
In December, President Peter Samet, Treasurer
Kevin Novak, and Secretary Bryan Case resigned for
academic reasons.
Newly elected Vice President Mark Davalos, an
LSA sophomore and former East Quad RHA
representative, replaced Will Houberson, who
graduated in December. Davalos said the group needs
to build its reputation for solving problems and being
helpful.
To do this, the association plans to "self-advertise"
by prompting changes in the University's policies
and decision-making that students will recognize.
Members discussed attempts to ease restrictions on
the residence hall party policy, for example.
LSA freshman Nanci Moehlman, voted RHA
treasurer in last month's elections, was the Betsy
Barbour residence hall representative, and Dan

Tobocman, an engineering freshman, was elected
secretary.
During the meeting, members set a goal to
strengthen RHA's reputation for leadership and
brainstormed for new ideas and activities for winter
term. Suggestions on the drawing board include a
residence hall Olympics, a lip-synch contest, and a
campus-wide formal dance.
Members are also considering hiring a separate
firm to take air samples in buildings, especially
residence halls with exposed asbestos.
"I hope to see a lot of new people at R HA
meetings with a lot of new input," said President
Rebecca Lawrence. Lawrence, an LSA junior, added
that RHA activities during fall semester were
successful and she hopes winter term will run as
smoothly.
Members say they raised more than $2,000 in
December by assembling fruit baskets for students
studying for finals. The "survival kits" were ordered
by parents who wanted to send their children study
snacks.

Heading for the finals
"Australia IV" narrowly defeated rival "Kookaburra III" on the Gage Roads yesterday by 24 seconds. Spec-
tator craft rushed to the 12-meter yacht's side to congratulate skipper Colin Beashel.

Students research hunger
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Nutrition programs. solely on welfare, for instance, they
it, is the only researcher for the Members are also talking to use resources available from
rbor area. She is interviewing recipients of those programs to Interfaith and the Salvation Army.

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employers at local private agencies
that provide hunger relief, such as the
Interfaith Council for Peace and the
Salvation Army.
Heitman said there are three main
objectives behind Hunger Watch:.

discover how the cuts are affecting
their lives.
Heitman feels that cuts in the
federal programs have caused
individuals and families to rely on
private agencies for relief more than

'We hope to sensitize people to the issues of hunger,
to educate people on the causes of hunger, and to
motivate people to work with the private agencies.'
- Jen Heitman
Hunger Watch researcher

The results of the Hunger Watch
research will be published in an
approximately 50-page report.
Heitman said she hopes the report
will be distributed to local, state, and
national legislators, as well as to
educators.
The report is scheduled to be
released in March, if members of the
group raise enough funds to cover
publication costs, Heitman said.
The Hunger Watch report will
include other information about
hunger relief, Heitman said.
Members are compiling a directory
with the addresses and phone
numbers of private agencies and state
and federal congressmen.

"We hope to sensitize people to the
issues of hunger, to educate people
on the causes of hunger, and to
motivate people to work with the
private agencies."
To educate the public on hunger
,issues, Hunger Watch volunteers are
interviewing administrators from
both public and private agencies in
the four communities to gather
information on how federal cuts will
affect families. Heitman said that
they are talking with the directors of
five federal programs, including the
Food Stamps and Child Care

ever. "We're interested in seeing how
the private agencies are handling this
burden," said Cindy Phillips, a
WHE-AC member.
Chuck Barbieri, a member of the
Interfaith Council's Hunger Task
Force, hopes Hunger Watch's
research will provide "concrete
information that will educate our
policymakers to the extent of hunger
in our area."
Barbieri believes the lack of
federal aid has caused the hungry to
seek relief in "layers" from various
private agencies. Instead of relying

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evacuation of about 100 people,
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Heitman hopes "people use it as
tool to learn about hunger and as
directory for ways to fight hunger."

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Hunger Watch receives most of its
funding from WHE-AC. Expenses
for the project generally consist of
long distance phone calls,
transportation and photo copying
costs, Heitman said.

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