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Council
opposes
PIRGIM
fee)
(Connedrom PageD )
Engineering students support the
idea of a group like PIRGIM, but do
not respect the fact that PIRGIM
wants to rely on student apathy to
get money."
But Judy Hyslop, LSA senior and
chair of PIRGIM's Board of dir-
ectors, maintains that students over-
whelmingly supported the fee. "We,
as students, put it on the ballot and
over 69 percent (of the students who
voted) wanted the fee," Hyslop said.
L. J. Stock, a graduate student in
Mechanical Engineering and exe-
cutive vice-president of the council,
said, the Engineering students passed
the resolution for two reasons.
} First, several Engineering stu-
dents feel they were tricked intc
signing petitions last year that
34 helped support the present PIRGIM
x" fee. Many students thought they
I were supporting a positive checkoff
.! system for the fee, which means that
F- a student has the option on the
. student verification form of giving
s money to PIRGIM.
Under the new system, students
automatically have the 75 cent
PIRGIM fee tacked onto their tuition
t unless they fill out a form at the end
of CRISP and put it in a drop box at
v the exit. PIRGIM then sends the
i+ students a check for the 75 cents.
+n The council also supports the
petition because its members feel
that PIRGIM has an unfair oppor-
'v tunity over other student organ-
,t..izations. Stock said that no other
P student group can tack a fee on to
students' tuition
The resolution calls for the
present funding contract between the
student government and PIRGIM to
be ended immediately. However, it
6 states that the termination shall in
no way affect PIRGIM's right to
apply for money from MSA's
General Fund.
Students can also give PIRGIM
money on their own, the council
notes in the resolution.
The petition, co-sponsored by
Steve Angelotti, a Rackham repre-
sentative on MSA, and Jon
Bhushan, a Business School repre-
sentative on MSA, needs 1,000
student signatures- in order to be
rplaced on the ballot as a referendum
in the MSA election this March.

The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 29, 1988- Page 5
Slide show exposes
living conditions in
Palestinian camps

By LAWRENCE ROSENBERG
In a campus slide show last
night, the Palestinian refugee camps
in Syria and Jordan were portrayed as
overcrowded, run-down ghettos.
The slide show was presented by
Prof. William Petry of Lansing
University and his wife Julia. The
pictures were taken by the Petrys
during their visit to the Palestinian
refugee camps in Syria and Jordan
last summer. They portrayed the
history of the Palestinian conflict
and terrible conditions in the camps.
The camps were first set up in
1947 and were meant to be
temporary. They were expanded in
1967 after Israel occupied the West
Bank and now seem to be a
permanent part of the Middle East.
They are huge ghettos with
narrow streets and very poor health
care; one camp in Syria that held
thirty thousand people had no
running water.
During their trip, the Petrys
spoke with a number of Palestinians
and Prof. Petry offered a number of
possible explanations for the latest
uprisings: the deportation of
numerous Arabs from Israel in recent
months, imprisonment of Arab
"agitators", and the violence with
which the Israelis have met the
Palestinian protests.
The Palestinian situation has a
personal significance for Ms. Petry

because she was born in Palestine
and became one of the m a n y
displaced persons when Israel
acheived statehood in 1947. When
they were married in 1967, Prof.
Petry joined the cause and became
especially involved after Israel
invaded Lebanon in 1980.
Last night's show was sponsored
by the Palestinian Solidarity
Committee (PSC), formerly called
The Nov. 29th Committee for
Palestine; the General Union of
Palestinian Students (GUPS); and
the Association of Arab-American
University Graduates (AAUG).
The PSC members describe the
recent problems in the occupied
West Bank as a "Zionist/Palestinian"
confrontation rather than as an
"Arab/Israeli" conflict because, they
say, the problem in the West Bank
is not a religious struggle but a
political one.
As an organization, the PSC
concentrates not only on the moral
problems brought about by the
alleged mistreatment of Palestinians
in the occupied territories but also
on America's financial support of
Israel's political regime. The PSC
argues that because America
supports Israel with its tax money,
it is at least partially responsible for
Israel's acts.

Daily roto by KAREN MANLILMAN
Sophomores (from left) Yasmine Moideen, Nathie Malayang, LaDonna Joseph, and Denise White perform
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" at last night's opening ceremonies for the fourteenth annual Multicultural Arts
Festival at East Quad.
East Quad starts minority festival

(Continud from Page 1)
Because of this attitude, Chaffers
said, students will be more likely to
use any means - including present-
ing certain races as being inferior -
to gain an edge over others.
Chaffers added that those inter-
ested in ending racism should be
more concerned with fighting over-
competitiveness than fighting acts of
discrimination.
"Focusing entirely on fighting
acts of discriminatory behavior... is
like having a toilet overflowing on
the second floor and standing down
(on the first floor) with a mop" in-
stead of fixing it, Chaffers said.
Chaffers also criticized the use of
the term "minorities" to describe
Asian-Americans, Blacks, Hispanics
and Native Americans. He called
"minority" an "insulting" term
which implied that an inherent infe-

riority to a standard established by
whites.
"'Minority' is the late 20th cen-
tury word for nigger,"' Chaffers
said.
Following Chaffers' speech, the
festival continued with a Jazz concert
by Cadeaux a Vous in the Residen-
tial College auditorium.
LSA sophomore and Abeng
Treasurer Davina Taylor said that al-
though the festival begins Abeng's
celebration of Black Awareness
Month in February, the festival is
"geared toward a celebration of cul-
tural diversity" and includes the art
of other minority groups as well.
The East Quad Representative
Assembly funded most of the festi-
val. Other sponsors included the

Michigan Student Assembly, Black
Student Union and Housing Special
Events.
Saturday's festival activities in-
clude:
- A political workshop from'
12:30-4:00 p.m. in East Quad room
126, which will include discussions
on homelessness and the role of
volunteer groups in fighting poverty
and a forum on racism;
- An art exhibit from 1:00-4:00
p.m. in East Quad room 124, fol-
lowed by a discussion with New
York photographer Adger Cowans;
anid
- A fashidn/talent show at 7:30
p.m. in the RC auditorium.
The closing ceremonies, along
with recitals of poetry and classical
music, will be held at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday in East Quad's Greene
Lounge.

Professor given
By MELISSA GESSNER
About 60 faculty and staff
commemorated Sarah Power yester-
day as the Academic Women's
Caucus presented their award to
Professors Jacquelynne Eccles and
Maxines Baca Zinn.
The award, this year renamed to
the late Regent Sarah Power, was
created to honor the accom-
plishments of individuals within the
University community who have
shown accomplishment through;
their leadership, scholarship, and:
sustained service on behalf ofr
women. It has been presented, with
the support of the University

Power award
Affirmative Action Office, for the
past four years.
Eccles, a professor of psychology
and women's studies and assistant
vice president for research at the
University, has achieved world-wide
recognition because of her publi-
cations -and presentations on the
study of sex role socialization.
Zinn, a professor of sociology at
the University's Flint campus, has,
among numerous other accompli-
shments, authored nationally-acclai-
med "Diversity in American Fam-
ilies" and has studied the sociology
of Chicano women.

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