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The Michigan Daily-Monday, February 8, 1988- Page 3

Snow
sculptors
show o
their art
By LINDA McFALL
After four days of frigid chipping,
shaping, and scraping, 16 ice
sculpting teams flaunted their snowy
creations on Main Stree yesterday in
the first annual Snow Sculpting
Competition.
The three person teams competed
by carving figures into four-ton
blocks of snow which measured six
by six by 10 feet.
The first-place winner, a team
from Cranbrook Kingswood high
school, made a sculpture called "Ann
} Arbor's Bar" - a life-size sculpture
of a man sitting at a bar covered with
bottles. The team won a trophy for
the creativity, technique, and the
message which their sculpture
conveyed.
"You have to make something
that usually isn't made from snow
sculpture. You have to go beyond,"
winner Clay Wellman said.
Winners of this competition will
have the chance to represent
Michigan in the U.S. Sculpting
Competition in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin next January. If they win
the U.S. competition they will go on
to compete in the World
Championship which is held every
four years during the Olympics, as an
Olympic Arts event.
The contestants came from all
over Michigan to compete.
One team of University art
students entered the contest after
event coordinator Eric Johnson
visited their class.
"We totally learned while doing
it," School of Art sophomore Luke
rJohnson said.
The other teams consisted mostly
of people who have sculpted in
various mediums as a hobby or
professionally.
Before the event, each team
submitted a drawing of what they
intended to sculpt. When approved,
they were given a tool kit and a
block of snow that had been made
with snowguns at the airport.
The contestants were allowed to
bring their own tools as long as they
were not power tools.
Despite the cold, participants
agreed the competition was a success.
Old Man Winter, a sculpture by a
team from Saginaw, won The
People's Choice and The Artist's
Choice awards.

Flood damages Union

,

computing
By ANNA BORGMAN
Last Friday at 4:00 a.m. students We turne
in the Michigan Union computing came pour
center looked up as water dripped on mess
their heads. ms
. By 4:30 a torrent was rushing -Jona
from the ceiling - 21 computer
terminals were damaged as well as immediately,
the floor, ceiling, and one wall of the and 5:30 bef
room. actually stopp
The flood started when a copper The comp
line in a window unit heater ruptured Friday at no
in the International Center, which is Friyt o
located one floor above the up print jobs
computing center, Supervisor of remained clo
Maintenance for the Michigan UnionaEugene Ki
Mark Scott said. Union and Ni
The water leaked through the floor saidnhanwasu
and made its way through the ceiling h as
into the computing center. An muhdamag
estimated one dozen students were to 15 were t
forced to leave their terminals as the The dollar am
center was shut down. . epdo na
WORKERS and security officers depend upon
hurried to cut the chains which held replaced. a
the computers in place and to move Tpaired.
the terminals out of the way of the possibly tot
flood. "We tried to help each other ...60000 if all
everyone really chipped in," said bereplaced.
Ramona Stevens, the supervisor on Approxim
duty in the computing center. ceiling tiles
Although the main valve for the wall was rep
burst pipe was turned off blistered. W

center

d some of the machines over and water just
ring out. It (the computing center) was a real
than Hoyle, Union computing center assistant

it was between 5:00
ore the flow of water
ed.
uting center reopened
on for students to pick
, but the terminal area
sed until 4:00 Saturday
ssling, supervisor of the
ubbs computing centers,
unsure of exactly how
e was caused. Of the 21
t were rained upon, 12
aken away for repairs.
ount of the damage will
how many need to be
[d how many can be
VS said damage could
al as much as $50-
of the machines need to
ately one fourth of the
were replaced, and one
ainted where paint had*
orkers vacuumed excess

water off the computing center floor-
Except for the missing terminals,
no signs remain of the flood.
Nothing was damaged in the
International Center except for the
floor.
ALTHOUGH workers could not
agree which machines were damaged
in the flood, Jonathan Hoyle, a data
processing assistant at the Union
computing center, said that at least
two graphics terminals, one Zenith,
and eight Ontels were taken away.
"We turned some of the machines
over and water just came pouring
out," said Hoyle, who was at the
computing center during the flood.
"It (the computing center) was a real
mess.... I'm shocked how well they
cleaned this place up."
Louis Markus, a graduate student
in English, was also in the
computing center during the flood.
"The water just kept pouring down,"
he said, "It was pretty wild to
watch."

Ann Arbor synagogue holds
forum on fighting local r

Doily Photo by ALEXANDRA BREZ

LSA sophomore Teri Wolf and Engineering Senior Greg Kosti dance the
night away at the School of Nursing dance-a-thon Friday. The dance was
held to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.
Dancer r aise ca.sh
for McDonald House

By LISA WINER
From dusk 'til dawn, about 40
students "kept on dancin'" and
endured 12 hours of blisters, chafing,
and sore knees at the Third Annual
Ronald McDonald Dance-A-Thon
Friday night at the Ann Arbor Inn.
The event - which lasted until
Saturday morning - was organized
by the Student Nurses Association.
The group has raised over $3,000 in
previous years for the Ronald
McDonald House, a temporary
"home away from home" for the
families of seriously ill children
being treated at the University
Hospital.
Students danced throughout the
night despite their morning plans.
Eastern Michigan University first-
year student Jorge Espinosa had a
class at 9:00 Saturday morning.
"The true hero behind it all is the
D.J.," second-year Medical School
student Alex Lin said. His class
pledged $300 and sponsored him and

his friends in the dance-a-thon.
Dancers took ten minute breaks
every hour. Every three hours they
were allowed a half-hour to eat pizza,
ice cream, and in the morning,
bagles. Some dancers attempted to
bribe the DJ into giving them a
longer break, but the DJ could not be
coerced.
Major sponsors of the event were
WIQB, who announced the event
every two hours, and hlocal
merchants, who generously supplied
prizes. Mark DeMers from WIQB
was the disc-jockey for the event.
The SNA has not yet calculated
the amount of money they have
raised from the event.
The dance-a-thon is the SNA's
major project. Aside from this event,
the group devotes most of its time to
promoting a positive image o f
nursing, recruiting minorities into
nursing, and involving themselves
politically in issues concerning
nurses.

By LISA WINER
About 50 people participated last
night in a forum which focused on
fighting racism in the community.
The forum entitled, "Confronting
Racism: Working for a Diverse
Community," was held at the Beth
Israel Synagogue and included
speakers University Vice Provost for
Minority Affairs Charles Moody,
Ann Arbor City Councilmember
Larry Hunter (D-First Ward), Ruth
Zweifler of the Student Advocacy
Center, and Rev. Herbert Lowe of the
Church of the Good Shepherd.
The congregation's Social Action
Committee sponsored the forum
which focused on racism in the
public schools, the city of An n
Arbor, and the University. The forum
was designed to establish interest in
community members to work toward
fighting racism.
The forum specifically focused on
racism as it affects the Black
community, although Rabbi Allan
Kensky said that anti-semitism
makes his congregation more
sensitive to the problem of racism.
Kensky and his congregation were
motivated by their wish to "establish
a dialogue with the Black
community" and to become better
informed of Black people's lives in
the community.

"It is a fundamental statement of
our faith that all of us are created in
the image of God," said Kensky. "It
is our deep concern as Jews to bring
all the citizens of Ann A r b o r
together."
Moody stressed his belief in
acting to fight racism, rather than
simply labeling people as "racist."
Moody said people must "stop
believing our own press releases
about how liberal we are. Ann Arbor
is the most conservative town in the
world."
Hunter stressed the problem of the
isolation of the Black community in
the public school sytem and in the
city as a whole. Hunter recreated
some of his own experiences as a
child in Ann Arbor.
When first admitted to school as a
child, Hunter said he was
immediately placed in lower-level
classes. Only upon his mother's
intervention was he moved to the
higher-level "track."
"If you do not have an advocate to
push that, you are lost forever," he
said.
Expressing her concern about the
fear of the Black community in the
public school system, Zweifler spoke
of teachers and administrators who
treat Black students differently from
white students.

-e
Moody
. .. speaks at racism forum
a
Lowe said people must recognize
racism within themselves before they.
can begin to fight it on a larger scale.
He said that being a reverend 2d
years ago in Warrenr- second only
to Dearborn in its "racist
understanding of life" - was less
difficult than being a reverend in
1988 in Ann Arbor because then, he
said, "people knew who they (racists)
were."

THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speaker addresses extinction

Speakers
Joe Clements and William
Rice - Dueling poets, Guild
House, 802 Monroe, 8 p.m. Guild
House Writers Series.
Meetings
El Salvador workshop -
East Quad, Rm. 124, 7 p.m. Mich-
igan Student Assembly Peace and
Justice Committee
Public Relations Club -
Kay Erdman from J.P. Industries.
Frieze Building, Rm. 2035, 4:30
p.m.
Deciding Your Career Pt.
I (Jrs. and Srs.) - Career
Planning and Placement Office,
Student Activities Building,4:10
P.m. CP&P
Summer of Success -
MLB, 4:10 p.m., CP&P
CP&P Employer Presenta-
tion - Paul Revere Insurance
Company, Michigan Union, Wol-
verine Rm., 7 p.m.
Bible Students of U of M
-"'The Divine Plan of the Ages,"
Fletcher Hall, Basement Lounge,
7:30 p.m.
Crossroads Africa - Infor-
mational meeting on interneships
in Africa for minority graduate stu-
dents, International Center, 3 p.m.
The Nitty-Gritty of Trav-
el in Europe - International

Michigan Hodgkin's Dis-
ease Foundation -monthly
meeting, Providence Hospital
Medical Building, 8th floor, Rm.
C, Nine Mile Rd., Southfield, 7:30
p.m.
Graduate Student Group -
For older grad students interested
in forming a group (discussion and
social), Michigan Union Grill, 7
p.m.
Basic Concepts of Data
Communications -4212 SEB,
9 a.m. Registration Required 763-
7630
VersaTerm Terminal Emu-
lation hboxProgram - 3001
SEB, 10:30 a.m. Registration Re-
quired, 763-7630
Lotus 1-2-3, Part I -
3001 SEB, 1 p.m. Registration re-
quired, 763-7630
Computer Networking
Technology, Part I - 4212
SEB, 1 p.m. Registration Required,
763-7630
Moday Programmer's
Seminars (C Minicourse 2)
- 4003 SEB, 7 p.m. Registration
Required, 763-7630
Florence - Italian Language
program, MLB Commons, 4th
floor, 3 p.m. Center for Western
European Studies.
Fvrfit mnr

By BERND STRUBEN
During the past 100 years the
number of threatened and endangered
species has risen in Michigan from
zero to 280 and many species have
already become extinct, said a
speaker from the Department of
Natural Resources.
Sylvia Taylor, head of the DNR's
wildlife supervision in the state's
seventh district, spoke Friday to
about 60 people at the Matthaei
Botanical Gardens.
Taylor, who spoke as part of the
University's Distinguished Speakers
Series, addressed issues, problems,
and solutions to w i l d l i f e
preservation.
TAYLOR, who has done
extensive research with endangered
species, said most of Michigan's
plant and animal species can be

recovered from the endangered
species list. One of the key issues of
conservation, she said, is the "search
for an ideal balance between man and
nature."
Taylor said plants and animals
should be saved not only for
aesthetic reasons - people enjoy
looking at pretty plants, impressive
birds and animals - but every
species has an ecological value.
Therefore, one species' extinction
hurts the rest of the species in some
way because the loss creates an
ecological imbalance.
In 1974 Michigan passed the

Endangered Species Act which gave
people like Taylor the power and the
funding to restore declining plant and
animal populations.
Taylor has worked extensively to
keep more species from becoming
extinct. She said her organization
learns finds out which species are in
trouble and sets up a system to
protect them.
ONE OF Taylor's greatest
successes is the Kirtland's warbler, a
small ground nesting bird whose
numbers have been rapidly depleting.
The birds' nest only under the Jack
Pine tree which grows only in areas

where there has recently been a forest:
fire. Since large forest fires in the
state have decreased in the last few
decades, fewer Jack Pines have
grown. As a result, warbler
populations have also decreased.
Once the birds' plight wal
discovered, Taylor initiated a series
of steps to prevent their extinction,
including setting controlled fires and
planting thousands of Jack Pine.
Many species have been making a
comeback in the last few years,
Taylor said, so the future for these
species is not hopeless.

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