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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 11, 1988-Page 5

Chicana feminist
speaks at symposium

Drinking rises among students
(CndsuedfrmParl) theme "Bring Public Health Back t-

By MOLLY FINLEY
Cherrie Moraga, an instructor in
Chicano Studies at the University of
California-Berkeley, read a critique of
her own play, Giving Up the Ghost,
in a University symposium yester-
day on Chicana feminist literature.
Moraga, a political activist, poet,
playwright, and essayist, describes
herself as a "political artist. I don't
think of those as contradictions."
She deals with feminist issues in
the context of a Chicano woman -
who is considered to be a woman of
color. She said the "Chicana writer
is a first generation writer - the
closest link to an indigenous voice
(in this country)."
Her play involves the relationship
between two Chicana women and
their attempts to reconcile their feel-
ings for one another.
Another participant in the sym-
posium, Eliana Raggio, a Residen-

tial College Lecturer in Spanish, de-
scribes Moraga's work as "out-front,
direct."
Moraga began writing when she
was in college in 1972, but didn't
start writing seriously until 1975.
She said writing came out of her
political activism.
Moraga said she is fortunate to
publish her literature because she
"writes within a movement context."
She said a major obstacle for
Chicana writers is that they are
barred from the mainstream publish-
ers. "There has not been one Chicana
writer that has ever been published
by a mainstream (publishing) house
- ever," she said.
Moraga has been named as a
King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Profes-
sor at the University for February
10--12. This visiting professorship
is sponsored by the Office for Mi-
nority Affairs.

height.
Both sexes in this age group
ranked among the more frequent ex-
ercisers, at 81.2 percent participa-
tors.
The study was conducted as a
random telephone survey, in which
more than 2,285 Michigan adults
were interviewed.
The three-day conference, with the

People", drew more than 300 local,
state, and volunteer health officials
to Ann Arbor this week.

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Cherrie Moraga, an essayist, discussed Chicana feminist writing and her
own work last night at the Rackham conference room. Moraga will read
and discuss her recent play, Giving Up the Ghost, in the Hussey room of
the Michigan League at 4 p.m. today.

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Pollack, Baker angered over Pursell's vote

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voice in future debates," that is, to
maintain influence within the Re-
publican party, also was a factor.
In a statement released last week,
Pursell explained his reasons for
voting as he did, saying he supports
the implementation of a regional
peace plan drafted by Costa Rican
President Oscar Arias, but "the only
way to achieve that implementation

in Nicaragua is to keep pressure on
that country's government."
Pollack did not accept Pursell's
justification for his decision.
"It is false to say the only way to
get (Nicaraguan President Daniel)
Ortega to move toward democratiza-
tion is to move toward the imple-
mentation of a war against it," Pol-
lack said yesterday. "I can't imagine
why Carl Pursell voted the way he

did.
"The U.S. has neither the right
nor the interest in supporting the
war in Nicaragua."
Baker also found fault with

Pursell's justification, but was glad
he gave an explanation. Baker said
he had only gotten information from
press reports on Pursell's motiva-
tions for the vote.

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