Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Volume XCVII -No. 9 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, September 22, 1987 Copyright 1987, The Michigan Daily
Safer Sex Day:
students warned ofrisks
By LISA POLLAK
First of a two-part series
University AIDS Education
Coordinator Polly Paulson knows
that somewhere on campus this
morning a student will wake up, see
an advertisement for today's Safer
Sex Awareness Day, and dismiss it,
thinking, "AIDS is a gay problem or
a bisexual problem or an intravenous
drug user's problem, but not m y
That student is precisely who
should attend today's series of pro-
grams on risk reduction strategies for
AIDS and other sexually transmitted
diseases, Paulson said. T h e
University Health Service-sponsored
program - aimed at a broad audience
though specifically designed to attract
young heterosexuals - "hopes to
quell fear and anxiety with basic in-
formation even for those who don't
feel personal threat or risk," she said.
Some health educators fear that
heterosexual college students -
many of whom don't fall into the
traditional AIDS "high-risk
groups"- are not feeling a personal
threat despite their "high-risk behav-
"I think most students on college
campuses don't think AIDS will
happen to them," said Dr. Beverlie
Conant Sloane, Director of Health
Education at Dartmouth College,
which sponsored a similar safer sex
program last winter. "But most stu-
dents who have the virus right now
don't even know it."
Safer Sex Awareness Day will
focus on preventing the spread of that
virus among sexually active students,
but even the non-sexually active will
need to use the information
eventually, Paulson noted.
The programs, to be held in the
Rackham Building, will feature a
discussion and classification of vari-
ous sexual practices as "safe,"
"risky," or "dangerous." In addition
to instructions for condom usage,
students will be able to receive free
condoms at each event. Speakers in-
cluding Dr. Jill Joseph, a social
epidimiologist from the School of
Public Health, will address the social
and behavior implications of AIDS
on the college campus.
Making AIDS information
"accessible to heterosexuals in a non-
secretive but also dynamic way" was
Paulson's primary strategy in plan-
ning today's event. Some degree of
strategizing was required, Paulson
admitted, to attract the substantial
campus population which neither
cares about nor recognizes the danger
Some health educators suggest
that previous hype over the AIDS
virus has filled students with fear but
left sexual attitudes and practices un-
altered. Only 25 percent of sexually
active college students reported using
safer sex methods in a study
conducted last year by the Stanford
University Student Health Center. A'
study published by Glamour maga-
zine in August showed that less than'
15 percent of the 1200 college stu-
dents surveyed used condoms or'
questioned their new partners' sexual
"Students are not taking (AIDS)
seriously enough," Health Service
Director Dr. Caesar Briefer said this
summer. "While there's a reasonable
consciousness level... most students
have not translated this into personal
Safer Sex Awareness Day comes
to campus at a time when heterosex-
ual college students - in the midst
of new sexual freedom and experi-
mentation - comprise what School
of Public Health Dean Dr. June Os-
borne calls one of her "most urgent
concerns." But solid educational pro-
grams can be the most effective for
this still relatively unaffected part of
See SAFE, Page 5
By STEVE BLONDER
The trial of a University student
accused of raping another student
began in Washtenaw County Circuit
Court yesterday before Judge Edward
The first day of testimony was
marked by emotion, including heated
exchanges between prosecution and
defense attorneys over the availabili-
ty of evidence for the defense, as
well as the victim's tearful testimo-
Under questioning from Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney Robert Coop-
er, the victim described to the eight-
man, five-woman jury how she was
allegedly assaulted by defendent
Griffith Neal, a 1987 graduate of the
University, in the Phi Gamma Delta
fraternity house after a Greek Week
dance practice last March.
THE W OMAN testified
extensively about the injuries she
sustained from the alleged assault
which included bruises, internal
bleeding, and two tears in her
Defense attorneys, while conced-
ing that sexual intercourse did occur
and that the victim was bleeding in
the defendant's bed, maintain that the
victim consented and that she in fact
went to the fraternity trying to
"pick-up" a guy. Over the next few
days, the defense is expected to- con-
tinually attack the victim's
In an interview last week, defense
attorney Dennis Bila said, "Everyone
is worried she (the victim) is not
telling the truth. I think everyone
knows she's not."
"The women's groups are
pressuring the sorority girls to testi-
fy in a certain way - maybe to
change or water down their stories,"
Bila added. "The prosecution does
not want any witnesses at trial. They
don't seem to be seeking the truth in
See ALLEGED, Page 2
. WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. military helicopter flying from the
frigate Jarrett attacked art Iranian ship in the Persian Gulf yesterday after
discovering it planting underwater mines, administration sources said.
The sources, who demanded anonymity, said the American helicopter
struck the ship and set it on fire. The confrontation occurred in the
central Persian Gulf, east-northeast of Bahrain, the sources said.
The sources refused to specify the type of helicopter, but it appeared
the aircraft was a specially equipped Army copter assigned to the
Special Operations Forces.
Marlin Fitzwater, the White House spokesperson, said in a
statement, "United States forces took defensive action in the Persian
Gulf Monday evening when an Iranian landing craft was discovered
laying mines in international waters 50 miles northeast of Bahrain."
A State Department official-said in New York that "the Iranians are
fully aware of our rules of engagement and the fact that laying mines is
an illegal act." The official, who was traveling with Secretary of State
George Shultz, asked not to be identified.
Pentagon sources had previously disclosed the dispatch of a Special
Operations aviation unit to the Persian gulf to augment the firepower
on U.S. Navy warships. The administration sources described the ship
as an Iranian "amphibious vessel," much larger than the small dhows
that ply the gulf's waters.
The confrontation occurred after nightfall in the gulf, the sources
The officials said they did not know what type of weaponry the -
helicopter had used against the Iranian vessel, but said the ship had
definitely been set on fire.
One official said the helicopter was "on routine patrol."
See SHIP, Page 5
, ' bchelor scores
on Dating Gane
By SHEALA DURANT
For first-year University medical student Alan Weissman, this past
summer was perhaps a dream come true. He was the lucky bachelor
number one on the syndicated show, The All New Dating Game. The
show aired last night at midnight on Detroit station WXON.
Weissman said he wanted to "completely get away from the studying
atmosphere." He and four of his University buddies loaded his car and
drove to California to spend the summer. When Weissman got to
California his only goals were to "lay on the beach, get on a game
show, or get discovered."
Weissman tried to get on several different game shows, but didn't
audition for The All New Dating Game until the last 10 days of his
vacation. Weissman described being on the show as "a totally new
"It gave me the Hollywood bug and I almost didn't come back."
Weissman went in for an interview, played three practice rounds and
was called back to tape the show.
At the start, Weissman's outlook wasn't spectacular. "I was excited
just to be on." Weissman said that he didn't own a suit and had to bor-
row his friend Mark Levin's "playwriting suit" - complete with a bow
tie. Levin is a Michigan Alumnus currently studying playwriting at
Yale University. Weissman said he also felt "kind of bad" because prior
to the show his hair was "moussed" and his face was made up.
When asked why Bachelorette Nicole Kramer, picked bachelor
number one, Weissman answered "I think that my U-M college educa-
tion (B.A.) more than adequately prepared me to win the game."
Weissman also mentioned that one is "my lucky number." When
Kramer asked the determining question of "What were you born to do?"
Weissman answered, " I was born to fly high above a silvery cloud and
take someone very special along with me, and you could be that person
His game show success can also be attributed to his campaign squad:
LSA senior student Eric Mintz, -LSA sophomore Lisa Mintz, and
Levin. They were in the audience during the show lending their support
See STUDENT, Page 5
M GDaily Photo by DANA MENDELSSOHN
This spirited Wolverine fan perches from the rooftop of an Arch St.
home. He has been there for a while and has no plans for coming
Workshops improve foreign TA's English
By ROSE MARY WUMMEL
This year, LSA foreign Teaching
Assistants scored better than ever
before on the Foreign Teaching As-
sistant screening tests due to inten-
sive workshops this summer.
Eighty-five percent of the foreign
TAs who took the screening test
demonstrated good language abili-
ties, compared to two years ago
when 42 percent fared as well.
The screening became mandatory
two years ago for all LSA depart-
ments and many Engineering de-
partments, according to Research
Associate Sarah Briggs, of the En-
glish Language Institute, which ad-
ministers the test.
Briggs attributed the improve-
ment to more careful selection of
TAs and the summer workshops.
Last summer was the first time
LSA Dean Peter Steiner made the
International TA Workshop manda-
tory for all foreign TAs, excluding
Steiner said the requirement was
prompted by the realization that
many TAs spoke poor English.
Sometimes foreign TAs can read and
write well enough to pass
competency tests, but have poor
communication skills, Steiner added.
Last August, 32 foreign LSA
students, most who had never been
in this country before, enrolled in
the International TA Workshop. The
intensive three week course stressed
acquainting students with American
culture, improving English, and in-
struction on teaching methods.
During the workshop, students
were video taped while they practiced
teaching in front of small groups.
They responded to TV sets that sim-
ulated student questions, learned to
design tests, and role played sticky
situations like dealing with a student
who is failing but won't drop their
Beverly Black, who is in charge
of the TA training program, said,
"The workshop was successful.
There was a real difference in how
they were when they came in and
how they were when they left."
Mary Jacintha, a chemistry TA
from Inbid, said the course was most
helpful in teaching what to expect
from the American student and the
American system of education.
"Education in Inbid is a cram, cram,
cram philosophy but in the U.S. we
take more time. Our system is very.
conservative; this is more free."
Jun Hyeong Goh, an economics
TA from Korea, said, "Some stu-
dents are very challenging and raise
many questions. The discussion is
very hot. In Korea, there is a very
passive attitude. Our professors are
According to Briggs, "The work-
shop is improved and targeting more
precisely the needs of the students."
The workshop prepares students
for the test which consists of an oral
interview, a short lesson presented
by the prospective TA and a role
Foreign students who do well on
the test usually end up with discus-
sion sections. Students who pass,
but with a lower level of proficiency
are often assigned higher level class-
es where not as much discussion is
"It was very noticeable if the per-
son had had the workshop or not,"
No engineering graduate students
took the International TA Workshop
last summer, though they have in
the past. Unlike LSA departments,
the course was not mandatory.
But foreign TAs in the engineer-
ing department rarely teach during
their first year at the University, in
contrast to the LSA programs where
it is much more common.
According to Prof. Tom Senior,
acting chair of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science, six students
had hoped to place into the course
but were unable to do so. As a re-
sult, they will take courses this
semester and their "TA-ships" will
Rent control is necessary to pre-
serve Ann Arbor's diversity.
OPINION, Page 4
Two new exhibits grace Univer-
sity art galleries.
ARTS, Page 7
The countdown towards the game
Opposing Central American
groups sponsor joint forum
By NANCY DRISCOLL
In a unique joint effort, two
groups who support opposing sides
in Latin American politics - the
Latin American Solidarity
Committee and the Coalition for
Democracy in Latin America - co-
"The American people are ill-
informed about what their
government has been doing in
Central America," he said. He labeled
the U.S.-backed Contra forces in
Nicaragua "the moral equivalent of
the mafia." According to nolls taken
Sandinistas. The big story is the
build-up on the Marxist-Leninist
Cameron said that in a country of
3 million citizens, the estimated
50,000 members of the Marxist-
Leninist nrtv renresented alame