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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, March 22, 1988- Page 3

jury bid
A Michigan Student Assembly
member's request for a grand jury
investigation into threatening phone
calls received by students earlier this
month was rejected yesterday by
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Wil-
liam Delhey.
Delhey said the request, sent in a
letter by MSA Representative Wil-
liam Holmes, lacked sufficient ev-
idence to warrant such an investi-
The request stemmed from inci-
dents earlier this month in which
student members of the United
Coalition Against Racism and the
Lesbian and Gay Organizing Com-
mittee received threatening phone
HOLMES, a graduate student in
the School of Social Work, said he
filed the request last week because he
believes Ann Arbor police have
made unsatisfactory progress in their
"Number one, (the police) are
dragging their feet, and number two,
they kind of have their hands tied
because they don't have the power to
make any deals," Holmes said.
Grand juries usually investigate
cases in which potential informants
have withheld information. Holmes
said a grand jury would be more ef-
fective than a police investigation
because it has the power to grant
immunity, which he said would
Smake potential informants more
likely to testify about the threats.
But Delhey, who would have to
present Holmes' request to the
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
for approval, said, "There was noth-
ing presented in the letter that would
warrant a grand jury investigation...
no names, dates, times, or places."
HOLMES will press for further
investigation of the incidents,
bringing his request to the Washte-
naw County Circuit Court, and if
that fails, to the Michigan Court of
In the letter, Holmes requested
that the grand jury investigate
possible connections between the
threats and a reported sexual assault
'March 13 by an Ypsilanti man
against a co-worker. Police reports
said the man told the alleged victim
he was a member of a white
,supremacist organization, which
Holmes said lead him to consider the
But Delhey said a grand jury
could not question the suspect be-
cause charges are being pressed
against him and "I certainly wouldn't
I want to give him immunity in the
rape case."
Ann Arbor Police Detective John
Bodenschatz said yesterday the de-
partment's investigation is still ac-
tive and that police are "hoping for
new information."


Children lighten
the mood of city
council meeting

Ann Arbor city youth, supporting
two resolutions before City Council,
last night transformed the council's
normally staid atmosphere into a
festive one.
At the beginning of the meeting,
more than 100 parents and young
children crowded the city council
chamber, chanting in unison a
statement supporting aresolution
declaring April "Month of the
Young Child."
After the presentation, children
gave helium balloons, with the
words, "We Care for America's
Children," to Mayor Gerald Jernigan
and the councilmembers.
THE PURPOSE of the Month
of the Young Child is to "raise pub-
lic awareness to the needs of young
people," said June Spriggs, of the
Washtenaw County Association for
Education of Young People.
Members of the 19-member Citi-
zens Task Force on Free Time Ac-
tivities for Adolescents also spoke in
favor of a resolution to create a
Youth Activities Council which
would facilitate starting programs for
The task force, created in 1986,
included representatives from city
government, schools, police, par-
ents, and six young people.

Ann Arbor Pioneer High senior
Marty Robinson, a member of the
task force, supported the proposed
youth activities council saying
"there are not enough activities for
young people."
ROBINSON said teenagers'
views were considered in making the
recommendations. "They asked us
about everything," he said.
Task Force Chair Susan Con-
tratto said "what we are proposing is
not a particular activity but a system
for kids to have access to things
which meet their needs."
To determine the need for new
activities, the task force sponsored a
survey of 646 junior high students.
The most popular activities among
students surveyed were trips to
beaches and amusement parks.
The task force, worried that youth
who don't have other social outlets
will turn to drinking and drugs, sug-
gested having the city sponsor teen
dances and "a place where kids can
study and tutorial help is available,
but socializing is also allowed and a
place just to hang out."
Though neither resolution had
been debated at press time, the
Month of the Young Child was on
the consent agenda, which is made
up of resolutions expected 'to pass
without debate.

Democratic Presidential candidate Richard Gephardt, a 1965 University Law School graduate, addresses
students yesterday at Hutchins Hall. Gephardt spoke about his trade policy and restated his opposition to con-
tra aid.

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called for a withdrawal of American
forces from Honduras. He stated his
support for a negotiated rather than a
military solution to this problem in
Latin America.
Ricky Williams, a member of

UAW Local 735 who was listening
to the speech, said he liked
Gephardt's positions on "trade and
stopping American jobs from going
overseas." Williams said he would
probably vote for Gephardt in the
LSA junior Todd Loewenstein
said he was impressed with
Gephardt's idea that "we should have
the best educated workforce to pro-

duce the best products to compete in
the world market."
Earlier yesterday, Gephardt ap-
peared with Chrysler Chair Lee Ia-
cocca in front of Chrysler headquar-
ters in Highland Park. Iacocca gave
Gephardt his vocal support, but
stopped short of endorsing him, as
was expected.
-The Associated Press con-
tributed to this report.

Women panelists say skills, not majors, earn jobs


Women with leadership skills and as-
sertiveness are headed for career success, said
five women panelists at yesterday's seminar
about job opportunities for women with
women's studies backgrounds.
The panelists spoke to about 30 women
students and faculty members about their di-
verse vocations, career decisions, education,
and personal influences which led to their ca-
reers. The panel was made up of a lawyer, two
counselors, an administrator, and a political
The seminar, sponsored by the Women's
Studies Department, was the first of its kind

to help students apply their women's studies
education to future jobs.
"THERE'S a stigma attached to the
(women's studies) field," said Jo Goodwin, the
panel facilitator.
"A lot of people don't understand the pro-
gram. They look down on it. You really can
do something important with it," said LSA
junior Dana Beckerman.
Employers and graduate may harbor nega-
tive attitudes about a concentration in
women's studies, she said.
But the panelists agreed that the specific
concentrations are not as important as skills
such as decision making, leadership, problem

solving, writing, and personal interaction that
can be applied to any vocation.
"MY SUCCESS has been one tenth
luck and nine tenths the skills I've learned,"
said panelist Shauna Babcock, the leadership
development manager for the National
Association of Bank Women in Chicago.
Panelist Anne Monterio, the director of
academic services at the University's School
of Engineering said that skills, along with
aggressiveness and perseverance, are the vehi-
cle for moving up the career ladder
"You cannot be a doormat," Monterio ad-
vised the women students. She also empha-
sized the value of internships and volunteer

work for gaining skills.
A RESEARCH study conducted by the
Women's Studies Department showed that 80
percent of women with degrees in women's
'studies attributed their career success to as-
sertiveness and leadership skills they learned
in courses, Goodwin said.
Panelist and lawyer Barbara Kessler said
women need to have women mentors and
contacts to learn about job opportunities.
"Women in the work-force are paying more
attention to how they can act as role models
and help younger women fit into the system,"
she said.

SAPAC to start assault crisis hotline

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Cen-
ter is planning to implement the University's first 24-
hour rape crisis hotline to provide counseling, advice,
and support for rape survivors who often "feel lonely
and depressed" after experiencing such an assault, said
Audrey Haberman, one of SAPAC's volunteer coordi-
Part of the service will include SAPAC volunteers
taking assault victims calling on the hotline who may
need immediate medical care to the hospital, Haberman
SAPAC is holding a mass meeting this evening at
7:30 in the Welker Room of the Michigan Union for
all staff, faculty, and students interested in volunteering
for the hotline. All hotline volunteers will be trained
next fall, but people with counseling experience are

Julie Steiner, SAPAC's director, said that with
proper counseling, many women can recover from the
emotionally devastating experience of rape.
"Often a woman feels very alone and confused and
requires someone to talk to in order to let her know
that what she is feeling has a reason," said Steiner.
"Friends and family might not provide the most
supportive advice; however, the advice of hotline
counselors will be extremely helpful because it will be
given from someone who truly understands what a sur-
vivor of a rape is dealing with."
Applications will be distributed at the meeting. But
since this is the first year for the hotline since the cen-
ter opened in January of 1986, organizers are not sure
how many positions will be available or when the ser-
vice will start.
In addition to the hotline, SAPAC already provides
24-hour crisis intervention services for victims of rape
and sexual assault, as well as sponsors workshops and
seminars on assault prevention and awareness.

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preferred, Haberman said.

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Harold Cruse - Prof.
Emeritus speaks on "The Legal
and Political Impact of Non-
Economic Liberals: A discussion
of the origins and legacies of the
Civil Rights Movement," 7:00
p.m., Rm. 116, Hutchins Hall,
Law School.
Wang Shaoren - Prof.
Bejing Foreign Affairs College
speaks on "Sino-U.S. Relations,"
Noon, Lane Hall Commons room.
Michael Gurnis - California
Institute of Technology speaks
on "Large Scale Dynamics of the
Mantle," 4:00 p.m., Rm. 4001,
C. C. Little Bldg.
Ann Hood - Reads from her
work as part of Visiting Writers
Series, 4:00 p.m., Rackham East
Conference Rm.
Revolutionary History
Series - "The American
Communist Party; From Revolu-
tion to Stalinism," 7:00 p.m.,
Rm. B118 MLB.

Doctor: Delta
nermen," 8:00
Dennison Bldg.

and the B an -
p.m., Rm. 296

Jesse Jackson Campaign
- Canvassers needed at Guild
Center for Continuing
Education of Women -
."Students in Action" series, 7:00-
9:00 p.m., 350 S. Thayer St.
Susan Tachna, MPH student in
Health Education and Health
Behavior, describes her intern-
ship in Pakistan where she
worked in an Afghan refugee
Siddha Meditation Pro-
gram - 7:30-9:15 p.m., First
Congregational Church, 608 E.
William. Call 761-1932 for info.
Psychology Career Fair -
4:00-6:00 p.m., Pendleton Rm.,
Michigan Union.
Youth Ensemble Perform-

Faculty elects
3 new SACUA
The Senate Assembly, a govern-
ing body of the University's faculty,
yesterday elected three new members
to its top board.
Named to the Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs
were Urban Planning Prof. Kate
Warner, Sociology Prof. Gayl Ness,
and Dearborn Sociology Prof. Mari-
lyn Rosenthal. They will serve three
years on SACUA.
SACUA is comprised of nine
members chosen from the 90-mem-
ber Senate Assembly.
The new members to SACUA
and to the assembly will be seated
May 1. Leaving SACUA at that
time will be its chair, Aerospace
Engineering Prof. Harris McClam-
roch, Wendy Lougee, director of the
Graduate Library, and Natural Re-
sources Prof. Charles Olson.
SACUA will select a new chair
sometime during April.
- by Michael Lustig

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