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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 27, 1988
Brush upj
Dental educatioff ultystudy is

Watch out! The cavity creeps may have the
upper hand in the constant war to achieve dental
A study released last week by University
dentistry professors said elementary school
teachers' knowledge about oral health and current
methods of prevention is "incomplete."
Dentistry Prof. W. Paul Lang, one of five
researchers studying elementary dental hygiene
education, said most people have little
understanding of the importance of certain dental
hygiene methods.
LANG conducted a study of 404 elementary
schoolteachers in Michigan to discover their
knowledge about healthy mouths.
The study showed that teachers believe regular
dental visits and reduction of sugar consumption

are most vital to one's dental welfare.-
But while teachers fight tooth and nail to get
their students to the dentist, they do not realize
that drinking fluoridated water and using sealants
are more important in preventing oral problems,
the study found. Teachers ranked these methods
low on a priority list, showing that they know
"fluoridated water is important, but not how
much," Lang said.
Elementary schoolteachers get their
information from dentists; 82 percent of the
teachers cite the dentist office as their source of
oral health knowledge, the study said.
THE MEDIA also plays a role in
distributing misleading information by
influencing the way teachers and the public feel
about dental hygiene, the study said. Ads for
toothpaste and dental visits are stressed, while

minimal importance is placed on fluoridated wa-
ter and sealants. .
Lang began the study about a year and a half
ago, collaborating with University Dentistry
Prof. Marilyn Woolfolk, research associate
Barbara Faja, and two professors at the
University of Minnesota.
Lang's study is only a beginning step to help
people brush up on dental health awareness, he
said. The research team plans on interviewing
elementary school students about their knowledge
of dental health, making more in depth
comparisons to the study done at the University
of Minnesota, and hopefully performing a similar
survey in Israel.
"It's easy to see trends, but we'd like to run
some tests on it," Faja said.


(Contnued fropPage 1)
read at a "ridiculously young age,"
though Davis will not reveal the ex-
act age.
When Davis was four years old,
she was a member of the Ann Arbor
Gifted Association.
HER MOTHER'S tutoring
blossomed at Detroit's Bates
Academy for the Gifted and the Tal-
ented where Davis attended seventh
and eighth grades.
She said she does not enjoy spe-
cial treatment or being called an
"I can be really silly, act really
stupid. It's an act. I'm me. I don't fit
a label," she said, remembering the
time she completed the wrong page
on an IQ test and "messed up my
score by a couple of points."
"When I was at Wayne County,
people thought I was 'Miss Air-

enius enjo
head."' Carla describes herself as "a
real dorky person" and "a world-class
bore" who enjoys "her own com-
pany," and she likes to spend time
alone reading.
CARLA SAID she finds guid-
ance and strength from her religion.
"Life is about getting to know
God. God knows what's best for us.
I really think of God as a real per-
son; when I pray I feel like there's
really somebody there listening," she
Davis said she believes disap-
pointment teaches people lessons
about themselves from God - she
doesn't shy from challenging herself
and trying her best. For example,
she described an economics class at
the University in Dearborn for which
she received a B.
"I was so disappointed but that's
when I realized that I was human and

ys re ading,
that brought me closer to God. God
was saying, 'Look, stupid, you're
human.' Now if I don't get an A but
I did what I could under the circum-
stances, then I feel that I've suc-
ceeded," Davis said.
DAVIS SAID she loves tc
spend time alone reading and writ-
ing. She said she has written nine
movie synopses. In her spare time,
she likes to play tennis and go
At the Dearborn campus, Davis
said she wrote for the Michigan
Journal. Editors refused to publish
an article she wrote about AIDS
because they thought it was too
controversial.,Davis decided to stop
writing for the paper.
Davis said she may apply for a
summer internship with the Ann
Arbor News. Also, she said she
wants to visit Spain next summer.

She looks at obstacles, hardships
and pain as "something that builds
you up."
"IF YOU really want to do
something, I think you can do it.
When you hear people say 'Well, I
can't do this because of racism or
sexism' or whatever, I think it's be-
cause you let it be there."
Davis has her own beliefs about
fighting racism. "It's the individual
person that causes the act of racism.
If we focus on education and then we
can change the individual person, "
Davis said, adding that, "In the 60s
white racist institutions were al-
lowed to exist. Martin Luther King's
movement was when people recog-
nized their power as individuals to
change things."
Without her extraordinary
motivation, Davis would probably
not be where she is now.

Compiled from Associated Press reports
Israeli police, protesters clash
JERUSALEM - Israeli border police in the West Bank opened fire on
Palestinian protesters yesterday, wounding one, and Arabs hurled
firebombs at soldiers in the Gaza Strip.
Defense Minister Yitzhak Shamir said the policy of using beatings to
quell protest applies only during violent demonstrations.
Border policemen shot a Palestinian in the leg when dozens of
protesters, many covering their faces with checkered Arab headdresses,
surrounded a patrol in the Jenin refugee camp, an army spokesman said.
He said the patrol used tear gas and rubber bullets first, then fired
because their lives were in danger.
The Arab-run Palestine Press Service said Israeli gunfire wounded two
Arabs, one 12 years old, during protests at the West Bank town of El
Bireh and the Jalazoon refugee camp near Nablus. Photographers saw 15
Arabs detained at Jalazoon.
Senators call Helms' criticism
of arms treaty a 'red herring'
WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators joined forces
yesterday seeking to discredit attempts by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) to
condemn the new Soviet-American arms treaty because it would destroy
only missiles and not their nuclear warheads.
The top U.S. arms-control negotiators at Geneva, Max Kampelman
and Maynard Glitman, said the treaty achieves the goal of eliminating
Soviet medium-range missiles as a military threat to Western Europe and
a political threat to the stability of the NATO alliance.
Several senators called Helms' arguments a "red herring" and one of his
fellow Republicans, Daniel Evans of Washington, said: "It's more than a
red herring. I would call it a crimson whale."
Legislators want budget details
LANSING - With 12 of 19 state departments ordered to reduce
spending, lawmakers said yesterday they want to know more about what
programs are going to be eliminated in the process.
After listening to a 30-minute briefing on Gov. James Blanchard's
proposed 1988-89 budget, members from the House and Senate
appropriations committees praised state Budget Director Shelby Solomon
for holding the line on overall spending increases.
But they also demanded more details about how Solomon plans to cut
up to $61 million in some departments when the new fiscal year begins
Oct. 1.
In the budget released Monday, Blanchard proposed cutting the
departments of Management and Budget by 41.5 percent, State'by 40.5
percent, Natural Resources by 10.9 percent, and Licensing and
Regulation, Treasury, Military Affairs and Civil Rights by more than 7
Engineers find flaw in shuttle
WASHINGTON - Detective work led NASA engineers to a critical
seal in a space shuttle main engine that was improperly welded by the
manufacturer, the space agency said yesterday. The repair may require
replacement of turbo pumps on all three shuttle engines.
While disassembling and inspecting one of the high-pressure fuel turbo
pumps on a main engine last Friday, engineers found cracks in a so-called
fish-mouth seal. It was determined the cracks were "use-related"-caused
by firing the engine.
"It is not known to what degree the condition of the seal might limit
its acceptability for flight," said Jerry Berg, a NASA spokesperson atthe
Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.
New magazine looks at past
NEW YORK - Unable to keep up with the Sean Penn-Madonna
saga? Having trouble telling Donna Rice from Fawn Hall or Jessica
Hahn? Confused by the scary price swings on Wall Stret?
Not to worry. If you can't keep up with today's rush of news, here
comes a magazine that will catch you up later. It's called "Memories,"
and most of the events it re-examines occurred 20 to 50 years ago.
It is the first new magzine from Diamandis Communications Inc.,
created last summer when it bought the CBS Magazine Group for $650
"There comes a point in your life that your personal life history
becomes more important to you as you grow older," he said.
"There is more going on here than nostalgia," said editior Carey
Winfrey, a veran reporter who was editorial director at CBS magazines.
Winfrey likes to call the publication "a news magazine of the recent

past occupying the no-man's land between People and American
If you see news happen, call 76-DAILY.


Ferris St. administrator
files racism complaint

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A
Black administrator has filed a civil
rights complaint against Ferris State
University, alleging both subord-
inates and superiors have subjected
her to institutionalized racial harass-
Joyce Hawkins, director of human
resources at the Big Rapids school,
said in her complaint to t h e
Michigan Department of Civil
Rights that the nine white employees
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on her staff banded together to abort
her leadership.
Hawkins, a 1975 Ferris State
graduate, also accused school officials
of not responding to her complaints
and failing to adequately investigate
an anonymous letter charging her
with mismanagement. Top univers-
ity officials received the letter in
Hawkins would not discuss her
complaints about her staff in detail
but said the white employees resented
her appointment to years ago and
tried to undermine her authority. The
problems in her office have reflected
subtle forms of bias against other
Black staff members and Ferris State
students, she claimed.


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