The Michigan Daily-Monday, April 11, 1988- Page 3
By KERRY BIRMINGHAM
Second District Congressional
Candidates Lana Pollack, state sena-
tor (D-Ann Arbor), and Dean Baker,
economics graduate student, vied for
support last night as they urged the
public to get politically involved.
Speaking at a forum sponsored by
the Women's Action for Nuclear
Disarmament, the candidates dis-
cussed a variety of issues including
military spending, women's issues,
and civil rights.
Pollack ard Baker are competing
for the democratic nomination and
the chance to face incumbent Rep.
Carl Pursell (R-Ann Arbor) in the
November general election.
The candidates agreed on most
social issues, but differed on their
prospects of success. "It's a long-
shot chance to beat Pursell," Baker
said, citing the difficulties in raising
money in a grassroots campaign.
Pollack was more optimistic. "I
can raise the money, and I still have
the commitment to the people," she
said. "I can win."
Both candidates stressed the need
for public activism as an essential
force in social change.
Pollack and Baker each criticized
the Reagan administration for the
overwhelming national deficit and
increased military budgets.
The Democratic primary will be
held this August.
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have reduced standards for physical
0 Women in Army ROTC in the
17-21 age group are expected to run
two miles in 18 minutes and 45
seconds, while male cadets are ex-
pected to run it in 15 minutes and 45
seconds. Men are expected to do 42
pushups, and women are expected to
do 18, said Annette Taylor, former
Company Commander in Army
ROTC and an engineering senior.
i Aaron Alacheff, a cadet in the Air
Force and an engineering senior,
said, "We give them just as much
work, and we expect just as much
from them. In some instances there
are bound to be some exceptions
made for them - that's human na-
But ROTC Air Force cadet and
engineering sophomore Scott Carter
said women don't get it any easier.
"We treat each other equally, and we
try to be as professional as possi-
ble," he said.
SOME MEN in the ROTC
program take on a protective role and
look out for the women cadets, said
Susan O'Donnel, a cadet in ROTC
Air Force and an engineering
sophomore. And the women some-
times say they feel a loss of femi-
ninity in such a traditionally male
"When you're in your BDU
(Battle Dress Uniform) it destroys
your figure," O'Donnel said,
describing the bulky uniform - a
brown T-shirt, camouflage pants,
and combat boots.
"You stop seeing each other as
male and female. Your see each other
at your worst, and there's nothing to
hide behind anymore. That's kind of
neat," Vermillion said.
"When I'm out of uniform, I can
be feminine and wear makeup. I can
then also put on my PT (physical
training) shorts and run with the best
of them," Pastva said.
ROTC members must wear their
dress uniforms - a green skirt and
Medical forum focuses
on diversity, attitudes
By VERONICA WOOLRIDGE
"Leave your titles at the door,"
Veena Nath told a group of 60 stu-
dents, faculty members, and
administrators Saturday, challenging
the participants to discuss diversity
and discrimination as common
members of society.
Nath, the regional coordinator of
the American Medical Women's As-
sociation, organized the day-long fo-
rum on diversity and discrimination
in the medical system, held at the
University's School of Business
"No one ever promised you life
was not going to be unfair," said
Barbara Lee, a doctor of osteopathic
medicine, who gave the opening re-
marks. "Survive, excel, but do it
THE FORUM, sponsored by
AMWA and several campus groups,
introduced methods to deal with dis-
crimination in the professional
world. The program included a panel
discussion, an experiential session
on the dynamics of discrimination,
small group sessions, and a variety
of workshops, from handling put
downs and classroom dynamics to
racial discrimination and sexual ha-
The forum was organized in re-
sponse to individual complaints
about the unhealthy climate for
women and minorities in the medical
system, Nath said. But she arranged
the forum to address both those who
are discriminating and those who are
discriminated against, she said.
Panelist Henry Swain, M.D., the
Medical School's Affirmative Action
liaison, introduced himself as a
"White, Protestant, elitist male."
He said the groups that are targeted
for discrimination are infinite in
number, but only three kinds of
people target others for discrimina-
tion: "the ignorant, the witty, and
SWAIN SAID the "ignorant"
use "Jew" as a transitive verb and
use "white" to replace the adjective
"admirable." He said the "witty" joke
and the "mean" misuse power to
Swain also raised the question of
how to improve things without re-
sorting to violence.
Participants tried to answer that
question as they discussed their own
personal experiences with discrimi-
nation. Minority and women
participants said their greatest obsta-
cle in the medical system is the the
fact that their credibility is always in
LEE, CHAIR of the Depart-
ment of Family Practice at Michigan
State University, said being Black is
a greater barrier to her than being a
woman. To fight Black stereotypes
of being "shiftless, lazy and irre-
sponsible," Lee said she had to work
to work twice as hard and longer
than any of her white peers to estab-
lish credibility in the medical sys-
tem. In addition, she struggled
against the misconception that she
was "fair game" because she is a
"No one ever encouraged me to
go to medical school," Lee said.
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Julia Hall, a first-year medical
student at Michigan State Universi-
ty, agreed that because she is Black
she had to work harder to prove her-
self. Hall has sensed some insensi-
tivity to minority issues in class-
room situations but also said she
found a lot of support in the admin-
She said it is irritating and dis-
couraging to hear that Blacks do not
succeed in the medical system be-
cause they clearly do. To get her
voice heard, Hall said she has to do
better than everyone else. "I feel up
to the challenge."
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Hearts for the homeless
Heart-to-Heart Walk-a-thon for the homeless participants Tiffany
Bickley, Rebecca Spires, Annastasia Bickley, Daniel Ovenshine, and
Michelle Maskills paint each other's faces at CArpenter Elementary
School following their 5-mile march from West Park. A live band, helium
balloons, and a miniature horse were also available for those who com-
pleted the walk for charity. The march was held to raise funds for five
local emergency sheltering programs.
blazer for Army ROTC women and a
navy blue one for Air Force and
Navy ROTC - one day each week,
when they attend their weekly lecture
and lab at ROTC.
"THEY WANT you to be well
groomed. When you are wearing
your uniform, you are representing
the whole corps," said Kirsten Faz-
zari, LSA first-year student and
cadet in Air Force ROTC.
Pastva said when she wears her
uniform, "Everyone stares at you.
They are all interested in what the
hell you are doing."
Seeger said some women in her
sorority feel uncomfortable when she
wears her uniform at the sorority
"They call me 'cute' a lot - I
never thought of wearing combat
boots as cute. I just think they think
I'm a little odd. That's their way of
dealing with it."
One woman said people look at
her differently when she walks down
the street in uniform. "They tend to
think, 'she's mean or strong, don't
get in her way."
VERMILLION SAID, "There
is that impression that females in
ROTC are very butch or lesbians or
there is something wrong with
them. In a lot of ways the females
are worse off than the men," she
"You often want to shake them
and say this (stereotype) is not true,"
Many of the students in the
ROTC program are on two, three, or
four year scholarships. The scholar-
ships, won for academic merit and
leadership potential, pay for a stu-
dent's tuition, books, and a stipend
of $100 a month.
In return, the student must main-
tain a grade point average of 2.0,
abide by ROTC standards, and serve
a minimum of four years in their re-
spective service after graduation.
In addition to spending at least
six hours per week in the program,
ROTC members take full course
loads, most often in LSA or the
School of Engineering.
Students in Army ROTC may
choose to serve active or reserve duty
as opposed to students in the ROTC
Navy and Air Force, who must serve
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On behalf of the entire Univer-
sity community, I wish to
congratulate and thank the
winners of the 1988 Student
Recognition Awards for their
selfless dedication through
cocurricular involvement. Their
spirit of volunteerism and ;
commitment to causes outside
of themselves is exemplary.
Vice President for
N. Gail Gilliland*
- Scott Langenburg
Alpha Phi Omega
Arnold Air Society*
Black, Hispanic; and Native
America Student Psycho-
Galens Medical Society*
Greeks for Peace
Michigan Music Theory
Society/in Theory Only*
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Nursing Students Association,
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