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Forum focuses
on sexism in
Some advertisements perpetuate violence against
women by portraying them as sexual objects or by
showing fragmented body parts, said Dr. Jean Kil-
bourne in a film shown at a seminar on sexist adver-
tising yesterday.
Over 100 students, men and women, packed a Ma-
son Hall classroom for the seminar, forcing more than
another 50 to be turned away. The one-hour seminar
was the second of five weekly discussions on sexism in
society presented by Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC) volunteers.
The series, called "Bagging the Rape Culture," is
:part of SAPAC's effort to educate the community
;about "rape culture" - the sexist attitudes embedded in
;society's institutions, said Audrey Haberman, SAPAC
volunteer coordinator.
"VIOLENCE is inevitable whenever you turn a
N human being into a thing," Kilbourne said in the film,
called "Killing Us Softly".
"Advertisements create a climate where violence
against women is tolerable," she said.
Kilbourne added that advertisements create warped
conceptions of what a woman should look like. She
said 80 percent of advertisements are of women under
the age of 40, which perpetuates the expectations that
women be young, white, beautiful, thin, sprayed, and
"Ads sell values and images of love, sex, romance,
and most dangerously of normalcy," Kilbourne said.
"They tell us who we are and what we should be. We
feel guilty when we fail to achieve the flawless image
of the woman in the advertisement."
KILBOURNE CITED a study showing that one
out of five college age women have an eating disorder,
such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia
"Women need to be honest with each other about
how they feel about their bodies. Looking a certain
way doesn't really make you happy. Women are killing
themselves by starving and by smoking to lose
SWeight." SAPAC coordinator Pam Kisch said.
After the film, about half the students in the room
stayed for a short discussion which touched on the is-
sues of eating disorders, the way advertisements pit
women against each other in competing for men,
women's self-concepts, and strategies for changing
LSA SENIOR Toby Higbie, a SAPAC volun-
teer, suggested writing letters to publications with
sexist advertising, boycotting the publications, and
Italking about the issues with friends.
"Awareness is the key to changing attitudes," LSA
senior Jim Burg said. "If more people were made more
aware,.more would be empowered to take action. Too
many people just back and let the images bombard

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 17, 1988-Page 3
Sen. Simon makes
state campaign stop

Special to the Daily
DETROIT - On the heels of his Tuesday
victory in his home state of Illinois, Demo-
cratic Sen. Paul Simon brought his presiden-
tial campaign to Michigan yesterday, saying
he hopes to do well in the state's March 26
caucuses, though he does not expect to win.
"I sense that the support we have is real
here... we can pick up some delegates," Si-
mon said at a press conference at Detroit City
Airport yesterday afternoon.
Simon said he expects to win the Demo-
cratic nomination at this summer's conven-
tion in Atlanta, at which, he predicted, "there
will be no first-ballot nominee." He said his
ability to appeal to a broad spectrum of the
electorate would make him the most logical
choice to represent the party in November.
SIMON SAID he has talked with several
prominent party members pledged to support
other candidates who told him they would
throw their support to him in the event of a
deadlocked convention.
The financial problems which forced the
senator to withdraw from campaigning in last
week's Super Tuesday elections will also pre-
vent him from airing paid radio and TV adver-
tisements in Michigan, Simon said. But he
said he will make personal appearances
throughout the state.
"You'll probably see more of me than you
want," Simon quipped.

Before fielding questions, Simon made-
short speech stressing his commitment to so-
cial programs, particularly in the areas of edui-
cation, jobs and health care for senior citizens.
ASKED IF HE HAD any suggestions
for dealing with yesterday's reported incursion
into Honduras by Nicaraguan troops, Simon
said he did not know enough about the situ4-
tion to offer specific advice, but urged Presi-
dent Reagan to work with the Organization of
American States to resolve any conflict in the
"I don't want to see any unilateral action
by the United States," Simon said.
Simon's first-place finish ahead of fellgw
Illinois native Jesse Jackson Tuesday was the
first victory for the senator in 29 primaries
and caucuses and gave a much needed boostdo
his beleaguered campaign, which suffered set-
backs in the inaugural New Hampshire pri-
mary and in the South.
Simon said he believes he can win "a con-
siderable number" of Michigan's 150 dele-
gates, and also hopes to do well in Wisconsin,
New York and Pennsylvania, among other
Presently, Simon is fourth behind Maj-
sachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, Jackso4,
and Tennessee Sen. Albert Gore.
Earlier in the day, Simon stopped in Lans-
ing, where he met with state. representatives
and held a press conference. Campaign work-
ers said he will return to Michigan Saturday.*

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
Laurel Hufano from the Burns Park Girl Scout Troop No. 141 sells Girl
Scout cookies yesterday in front of Ulrich's. The scouts are selling the
cookies to raise money to go on a camping trip.

Search continues for new School of Ed. dean

A 12-member committee is searching
nationally for a new dean for the Univer-
sity's School of Education.
The committee was chartered in
November to seek a replacement for Dean
Carl Berger, whose five-year term expires
June 30.
They plan to present a final list of
candidates to the Board of Regents and
Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs James Duderstadt sometime next
month, said Jay Robinson, who is head-
ing the committee.
COMMITTEE members met Mon-

day to discuss the search, but Robinson
said he could not release the names of any
of the candidates. He said the committee
is considering candidates from both inside
and outside to the University.
"We are looking for an experienced
person who has both scholarly and
administrative experience," Robinson
said. "We're still going through the pro-
cess of considering a large number of
Berger said the responsibilities facing a
new dean include: increasing funding for
students from sources outside the Univer-
sity, working closer with elementary and

secondary schools in the area, and
expanding the school's leadership in edu-
cational technology.
The committee has employed a variety
of avenues to find candidates for the dean-
ship. They have, for example, solicited
personal recommendations from over 200
professors and faculty members around
the country.
A national advertising campaign is
also underway in education publications
such as The Chronicle for Higher Educa-
ADDITIONALLY, the committee

has sought input from about a dozen pro-
fessional consulting firms which particu-
larly target women and minorities for
"The original plan when the school
was reorganized (five years ago) was to go
to a national search," Robinson
said. "We're sticking with that original
In 1983, financial problems faced by
the University forced the regents to order
a 40 percent budget cut for the School of
Education over a five year period.

Five win essay awards

MSA. Student Rights Committee chair Mike Phillips' comments in
Monday's Daily were made before the student groups met Sunday evening to
discuss an anti-discrimination proposal. They did not concern anything
brought up during that discussion.
YWhat's happening in Ann Arbor today

Five University students received
scholarships last night for their short
essays on the topic, "Private Lives
and Public Responsibilities".
The five LSA students were cho-
sen from a pool of 29 entrants by
members of the Academic Affairs
Commission, as part of the Under-
graduate Colloqium.
The winners were: sophomore
Pam Wallach, junior Jennifer Kohn,
and seniors Keren Melnik, Andrean
Kalemis, and David Katz. Each will
receive $150 from the Undergraduate
Initiatives Fund.
Irving Howe, Professor Emeritus
of English at the City University of
New York, critiqued the winning pa-
pers and fielded questions from the
audience of about 50.

Howe is the editor of Dissent
magazine and author of several
books, including Socialism in
America and Politics and the Novel.
Howe said he was impressed with
the papers, but he also offered
scathing criticism, declaring at one
point, "If I were your professor, I
would return four of these five papers
and say, 'redo them."' He explained
that this was due to the number of
typographical errors and spelling
mistakes he found.
Fridays in The Daily

Causes and Effects of
Tropical Rainforests - Peter
Gosling, Professor of Southeast
Asian Studies; Jim Burchfield,
Director International Forestry
Seminar; John Vandemeer,
Professor of Biological Sciences,
and Richard Tucker, Adjunct
Professor of Natural Resources. 7
p.m., SNR, room 1040.
Prof. David Noel Freedman
- The Prophetic Books, second of
a three-part series called "The
Unity of the Hebrew Bible." 8
p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre.
Bert Hornback -readings from
the work of William Butler Yeats,
5:50 p.m., Graduate Library, rare
books room.
Hythom Younis -
"Understanding Islam and it's
Misconceptions," 7 p.m., Couzens
Hall Library.
Ivan Kovalev and Tatyana
Osipova - "Human Rights
Before and During Grobachev '
Epoch," 8 p.m., Angell Hall, Aud.
Linda Gregerson - "Fallen
Rhetoric, Colonization and Family
Romance in Paradise Lost, 8 p.m.,
Rackham, West Conference Room.
Dr. Charles Adams - "The
Black-Jewish Dialogue," 7 p.m.,
Rackham Auditoreum.
Scott Russell Sanders -
readings from his work, 5 p.m.,
Rackham East Conference Room.
Mark Eric Clement -
"Transportation Mechanisms in
Porous Media: Dispersion and
Diphasic Flows," 4 p .m.,
Chemistry Bldg., room 1200.

Presented by the Conference on the
Holocaust and the Hill Street
"Charlotte: Life or
Theater?" - Presented by People
Dancing, Whitley Setrakian and
Dancers., 8 p.m., the Performance
Network of Ann Arbor, 408 W.
Democratic Socialists of
America - "The Democratic
Party and the Democratic Left"
7p.m., Michigan Union, room
Hillel - Idit Bechor and Yafet
Ozery will answer questions about
studying in Israel.
"The Presidentai
Nomination Process:
Candidate Selection and the
Role of the Media" - First
Undergraduate Conference of
Political Affairs, 1 p.m., Rackham
Amphitheatre. Preregistration
Compufair - a computer trade
show. 9 a.m., Michigan Union.
"Eclipse of Reason" - a
movie about abortion. 8 p.m.,
Ann Arbor Public Library.
University Lutheran Chapel
- Dollar Dinner and Devotion, 6
p.m., "Origin and Canon of
Scripture," lecture and discussion
led by Dr. Maynard Hilgendorf,
7:30 p.m. 1511 Washtenaw Ave.
MS-DOS Basic Skills -
Registration required. 9 a.m., 3001
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