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Engrin. group helps
students find jobs
Thousands of demonstrators march toward a U.S. air force base near
Madrid yesterday to protest American military presence in Spain. The
march concides with the scheduled arrival of U.S. Defense Secretary
Caspar Weinberger in Madrid.
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SWE was founded in 1949 as "a
non-profit, educational, service
organization dedicated to making
known the need for women
engineers and encouraging young
women to consider an engineering
education." It now has more than
13,000 members nationally, 70
percent of them students.
The Michigan chapter has 253
members. About 15 percent of the
members are male. "We've had
many more men join, especially
this year Theresa Bonner, a senior
in mechanical engineering, said.
Men were originally in an auxiliary
group and were allowed to become
full members in 1976.
None of the women interviewed
said they felt discriminated against
because of their gender. Marchiano
said professors have always
encouraged her when she has come
for help with comments like "good
"I think people make a big
issue over it. I wouldn't want to be
hired over someone just because
I'm a woman," Bonner said.
Facktor said SWE is primarily
known for the services it provides.
It sponsors a "pre-interview"
evening where company represen -
tatives and prospective interviewees
can mingle in an informal setting.
SWE co-sponsors an annual career
fair with Tau Beta Pi, a national
engineering honor society.
THE society also compiles a
resume book every year. Students
give copies of their resumes to
SWE, which compiles them in a
book and gives them to prospective
employers. Bonner said she got an
interview from a company which
saw her resume in the book.
SWE runs an outreach program,
where members go to high schools
and talk about engineering. Many
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high school students think
engineering is only "building
bridges," Marchiano said.
Part of the outreach program is a
week-long introduction for women
who have already been accepted to
the University and want to know
more about the College of
Engineering. Marchiano said SWE
accepts 60 women for the summer
program. She said the society has
received an "overwhelming" number
Bonner said she was "sold" on
mechanical engineering after partici -
pating in a summer outreach
program at Michigan Technical
University similar to the one SWE
now sponsors here. She joined
SWE at the urging of male friends
and was impressed by the respect it
"Aerospace has such a tremen -
dous potential for growth. There's
so much yet to be discovered,"
Facktor said. She said she didn't
join SWE with the intention of
becoming its president, but she was
attracted to it because of its
accomplishments. She said one
company offered her an interview
because of her position.
M ozamb ique
WASHINGTON (AP) - Moz-
ambique is the scene of more hu-
man suffering than any other na-
tion, while Switzerland is the most
comfortable place to live, according
to an analysis by a Washington
The analysis, called the Inter-
national Index of Human Suffering,
was released yesterday by the Pop-
ulation Crises Committee. Using
data from a variety of sources, the
committee developed a numerical
scale of human misery with more
than 100 nations rated between zero
"Our basic message is to get a
snapshot of the world and how
we're doing,'and for much of the
world we're not doing very well,"
"said Dr. Joseph Speidel, vice pres-
ident of the Population Crisis
Mozambique, a former Portu-
guese colony on Africa's southeast-
er coast, was rated at 95 on the
scale, the most suffering recorded.
At the other end of the scale,
Switzerland was given a misery ra-
ting of only four.
sinks off N.J.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A
listing Soviet freighter apparently
sank yesterday, leaving behind only
an oil slick and some floating sacks
of flour while its 37 crew members
got a taste of American hospitality
ashore after a dramatic helicopter
The Komsomolets Kirgizii,
which was carrying flour from Can-
ada to Cuba, began listing in rough
seas Saturday and was last detected
before dawn yesterday by a Coast
Guard cutter's radar, said Coast
Guard Petty Officer Michael
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Bomb derails train in India
MADRAS, India - Saboteurs blew up a railway bridge yesterday in
southern India, derailing an express train and killing at least 22 people,
Police reported 150 people injured, according to the United News of
India news agency.
Investigators said leaflets left at the scene pointed to Tamil
extremists as the bombers, angry that India was not lending enough
support in the fight by Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka for a homeland in
that nearby island nation.
The bomb blasted the Rockfort Express locomotive off the track and
sent the engine and eight cars, most of them carrying passengers;
crashing into the dry riverbed below. Police said three coaches were left
dangling from the bridge, about a third of which collapsed. About 1O
feet of track were destroyed, police said.
UAW strike may target Ford
DETROIT - The United Auto Worker's strike target in this year'
contract negotiations is swinging between Ford Motor Co. and GenerMa
Motors Corp., with local union leaders favoring Ford in a report pu-
But agreement on a new contract with Ford might not help its larget
rival GM avert a strike, the UAW officials told the Detroit Free Pres
in yesterday's editions.
Ford's earnings in 1987 exceed those of GM by $350 million - th
first time Ford made more money then the industry leader since 1924
The union's contracts with both automakers expire Sept. 14.
Ford's robust financial health, coupled with the UAW's belief thizdi
Ford can better guarantee job security, has some union officials eager o
agree with the No. 2 automaker on contract terms the UAW then woul
demand of GM.
Hungarians decry enslavement
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Thousands of Hungarians marched arm-if-
arm through Budapest Sunday, singing, chanting and applauding call
by a dissident for democracy, freedom of assembly and freedom of th'
"We will not be enslaved any longer!" the crowd chanted, quoting
poem by Hungarian poet Sandor Petofi.
The loudest cheers came when dissident Gyoergy Gado evoked tlfh
memory of Imre Nagy, the former prime minister who was executd
after Russian tanks crushed the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution in Hungary.
Police photographed and filmed demonstrators, but did not directly
interfere with marchers on a national day commemorating the abortiv
1848 revolution against Austrian rule.
Last year, police wielding truncheons broke up a similar unaut-
Congress considers immunity
WASHINGTON - Congress is considering granting immunity to
key figures in the Iran arms affair before its investigators have
interviewed all the staff members who worked directly for formr
National Security Adviser John Poindexter.
"All I can say is that's it not the classic way to go about it," said
James Neal, who was associate special prosecutor in the Watergate case.
A source close to the Senate investigation, speaking on condition he
not be identified, insisted everyone relevant to the investigation would
be questioned. He said the panel might vote soon to give Poindexter
immunity as a "recognition of the inevitability" of providing that
immunity, but said Poindexter might not testify for two months or
more after that.:7 ' ur.:tx:
It's not easy being green
Twenty tons of love-struck toads are run down every year in
Hambleden, England as they migrate across busy roads in search of the
perfect mate. But the British have been up in arms - and buckets - to
protect the tiny Casanovas. For the past three years the toad patrol his
carried bemused amphibians across a highway the toads must cross to
get to the lake where they breed.
The Fauna and Flora Society of Britain has done the bucket brigad
one better. On Friday they cut a ribbon that opened a 10-inch high, 40-
foot long toad tunnel that runs under the lethal Henley road, 35 miles
west of London. The tunnel is placed along their migratory route, with
a foot high fence of clear plastic along the roadway to guide the toads to.
When the warty toads - Bufo bufo bufo in Latin - emerge from
hibernation later in the month, the society hopes more than 200 toads
an hour will use the thoroughfare, along with badgers, hedgehogs, and
other low-slung creatures. The Society hopes that the $4,000 tunnel of:
love will encourage other towns to build their own toad holes.
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