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Ninety-eight years of editorial/freedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 81

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, January 27, 1988

Copyright 198'8; The Michigan Daily

Thirteen members of the United
Coalition Against Racism entered
LSA Dean Peter Steiner's office
yesterday, despite his protests, to
criticize Steiner's new initiatives and
hold a "teach in" on racism.
When the students demanded to
speak with Steiner about alleged
racist comments and policies, the
recently embattled dean offered to
talk to the group in the lobby but
refused them admittance to his of-
Steiner left his office as the stu-
dents entered and did not return. He
phoned campus security, and a secu-
rity guard responding to the call ar-
rived at the office to monitor the
students while he left, reportedly to
work at another office in the build-
As Steiner threatened to call
security while the students walked
past him, Pam Nadasen, an LSA ju-
pnior, replied, "We're not terrorists."
"There was a physical forcing
their way into the office when I told
them not to do so. I don't know if
there was pushing or not," Steiner
said later in the day.
After Steiner left the room, the
students read a statement which
called for Steiner's resignation.
"This will not blow over," LSA se-
nior Lannis Hall said.
UCAR members called the gath-
vring a "teach-in" - it lasted over an
hour, and included discussions about
racism in society and criticism of
Steiner's recently announced initia-
tives to improve LSA minority
relations. After Steiner left, the stu-
dents talked among themselves and
then quietly left the office.
Steiner's initiatives, announced
last Friday, include discussions
about forming a LSA Black faculty
advisory board; increased budget al-
See UCAR, Page 3


;an asks

for Contras
Proposal to foc us
on non-lethal aid

Steve McInerney tests his strength as Jeff Marderosian spots for him. The first year dental school students
find a reprieve from mental workouts in the CCRB weightroom.
Prof. says coldlege men, wom--en

battle extra we
Men are just as concerned about losing weight as
women, but the sexes fight the battle of the bulge in
different ways, said a University professor who con-
ducted a study examining bulimic behavior in college
Adam Drewnowski, professor of public health and
psychiatry, concluded from the study that both sexes
are unsatisfied with their body image.
Almost 90 percent of the women control their
weight by dieting, but men almost never do. When
men decide to shed extra pounds, they choose to exer-
cise rather than count calories, the study showed.
THE STUDY results also showed that 2.5 percent
of females surveyed used binging and purging -
symptoms of bulimia - to lose weight.
Drewnowski concluded that repeated dieting, not
body image, feeds the growing number of eating disor-
ders reported among college women.
He said eating problems exist prominently in female
students, because they fear the "freshman fifteen" -
the weight every college woman is predicted to gain
during her first year away from home.
Drewnowski said men seldom show signs of bu-

ight differently
limia. But he said athletes who are constantly con-,
cerned with weight gain, such as wrestlers, sometimes'
tend to have bulimic tendencies. Wrestlers often eat
large amounts of food and force themselves to vomit
before wrestling meets and "weigh-ins."
THE STUDY revealed that men at the University
prefer strenuous physical activity to reduction of caloric
"When I want to lose weight, I run. It doesn't mat-
ter how much I eat, I still lose weight," said a man ex-
ercising at the Central Campus Recreation Building.
For the study, Drewnowski surveyed University
students during summer orientation sessions. One
hundred men and 131 women responded to the ques-
tionnaire, which asked them to identify their feelings
about their present body weight, ideal body weight, and
pictures of perceived body appearances.
HE DISCOVERED that 40 percent of the men
wished to gain weight while 52 percent of normal-
weighted males wished to lose weight. This contra-
dicted previous studies which have shown that men are
usually content with body appearance, Drewnowski

ent Reagan told congressional leaders
yesterday he will seek $36.25 mill-
ion in mostly non-lethal aid to Nic-
araguan rebels, with $3.6 million of
it set aside for arms and ammunition
but held in abeyance pending a cease-
Under the plan, Reagan would
issue a certification on March 31 as
to whether a cease-fire was in effect
between the Contra rebels and the
leftist Sandinista government of
Nicaragua and whether other condi-
tions had been met.
The aid package is designed to
keep the Contras supplied for four
months. At one time, Secretary of
State George Shultz had said the
administration planned to seek $270
million to cover an 18-month period.
The administration maintains that
continued support of the Contras is
needed to keep the Sandinistas from
consolidating a base for the spread of
communism in Central America.
Reagan outlined the package at a
meeting with Republican congress-
ional leaders and a later session with
House and Senate leaders from both
parties. The president, who will
formally unveil his proposal today,
declined to discuss the issue with
But House Democratic Whip
Tony Coelho of California said, "It
isn't going anywhere. It's -just a pol-

itical ploy to gather a few more
It was understood that under Rea-
gan's proposal, the lethal portion of
the money could be spent, but the
ammunition purchased could not be
distributed until cleared by the
The non-lethal portion was said to
include $450,000 for monitoring
compliance with human rights stan-
The House is scheduled to vote on
the proposal on Feb. 3 and the
Senate the following day. Both
chambers are controlled by Demo-
A U. S. official, meanwhile, said
that if Congress approves Reagan's
request, Secretary of State George
Shultz will hold talks with Nic-
araguan representatives during a peace
mission to Central America. The
United States and Nicaragua have
held no substantive discussions since
The official, who asked not to be
identified, said Shultz would attempt
to accelerate the negotiating process
involving the five Central American
countries who signed a regional peace
agreement last August.
He said national security adviser
Colin Powell told the Republican
leaders that Reagan's proposal, to be
outlined at a meeting of the Reserve
Officers Association, would mention
that the United States would consult
with the Central American countries
before making such a determination.

Student genius dislikes 'intellectual' label

Carla Davis looks like a typical
college junior, but she's 16 years old
and never went to high school. She
doesn't like to boast about her intel-
ligence - even-her roommate
doesn't know that Davis has an IQ
of "around 175".
"I don't think I missed anything
by not going (to high school); I
think I'd just be bored," Davis said.
Her I.Q. ranks her as a genius -
in the top one percent of the popu-
lation. To observers, it's impossible
to tell, and that's exactly what Davis
"I don't think there's anything
special about me, being ultra smart
or anything like that. To my friends
I'm just Carla."
DAVIS SHARES a room in
Martha Cook residence hall with
Elizabeth Yaros, an LSA junior.
"She's just a regular person," Yaros
"First of all, I do not think o f

16-year-old attends U'

myself as bright. I think of myself
as just an average person who was
blessed to have good parents who
took the time with me and helped
me," Davis said.
Carla, who qualifies for MENSA,
a social club for geniuses, took the
Standard Aptitude Test at age 13.
Though she will not reveal her ac-
tual score, she said she got a "nearly
perfect score."
Then, instead of attending high
school, Davis enrolled at Wayne
County Community College. She
bugged her mother for three days to
enroll her; Mrs. Davis finally agreed
allow her daughter to "try it."
"WHEN I walked into Wayne
County Community College, I was
kind of scared... because I really
looked 13. I had this little barrette
and I really thought everybody was
staring at me," she said.
She had a 4.0 GPA there, be-
cause, she said, "I was a fanatical
In the spring of 1986, Davis en-

rolled at the University's Dearborn
campus where she completed five
semesters and. 'h a cumulative
GPA of 3.6. ' ansferred to Ann
Arbor this semester. She is studying
history and hopes to attend the Uni-
versity's Law School in the future.
Davis said her parents were a
great influence on her education. Her
father is a professor of mathematical
sociology at Wayne State University
in Detroit. Her mother, Claudia
Davis, has two graduate degrees - a
master of science and a master of ed-
HERE AT the University,
Claudia Davis is currently working
her dissertation on specialized cur-
riculum development and lives in
West Quad's Cambridge House.
Davis describes her mother as
somewhat protective.
"She's a friend. She calls me once
or twice a day, and we see each other
every other day." Davis said some-
times her mother calls her to wake
her up for her early morning classes.

"Now because I'm at this big big
school she's more protective, like
she wants to drive me to class,"
Davis said.
Davis said her youth limits her
social activities since she is too
young to partake in college pas-
times, like going to the bar.
"I can't go to the bar, but I don't
want to because I'd be uncomfort-
able. I wouldn't want to drink
something that would destroy my
brain cells, because I have so few of
them; I have to conserve them."
HOWEVER, Davis doesn't
seem to have "so few" brain cells.
She said that, as an only child, she
was an "educational guinea pig."
When she was three years old, her
mother was laid off from her job as a
high school teacher. While unem-
ployed, Claudia Davis tutored her
daughter, gave her I.Q. tests, quizzed
her with flash cards and workbooks,
read to her, and enrolled her in
classes at the Ann Arbor YMCA.
"Our whole attic was full of
books... and I had to go through
that. It was a lot of stuff," Davis
said. Her mother said she learned to
See STUDENT, Page 2

Carla Davis is a 16-year-old LSA junior and has an I.Q. of "around 175."
She's studying history and hopes to attend the University's Law School
when she graduates.

MSA condemns use
of the word 'JAP'

Study calls 'U' library science
school the best in the nation

Institutional racism stiexists
at the University,

The Michigan Student Assembly
unanimously passed a resolution last
night condemning the use of the
word "JAP" by the University com-
The resolution states that JAP, an
h A r

Greek system, and to be published in
some local Jewish newspapers to
increase awareness of the
discriminatory problem.
"When people use the word JAP,
they put all Jewish women in one
category, and that's discrimination,"
-ar A~n "Thaw An>n'tr limpawnt

Jay McInerney brings
bright lights to our big city,


A study of library administrators that ranks the
University's School of Information and Library Studies
master's and doctoral programs first in the nation will
most likely attract more students to its programs, li-
brary officials said.
ThP 1 G2 ctujho mc rPntl nuh ichhri n ; i . i

The University's SILS has a total enrollment of 301
students and 14 faculty members. The University has
offered programs in library science since 1926, but the
SILS officially became a separate entity in 1969.
Herbert White, dean of Library and Information
Science at Indiana University, conducted similar sur-
vevs in 1970, 1974 and 1980. In 1980 the University

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