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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1988 - Page 3

Local

protesters

Swain

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disrupt assembly
for new students*

Affirmative

BY DAVID SCHWARTZ
University President James Dud-
tadt didn't let the actions of four
student protesters distract him from
officially welcoming several thou-
sand first-year students Tuesday. In
act, Duderstadt's characterization of
the protest as typical University ac-
tivism drew laughter from the audi-
iehce.
He encouraged the students, who
assembled in Hill Auditorium for the
lannual Freshman Convocation, to
t!ake the most of the diverse opin-
ions, people and programs available
at the University.
BUT THE four protesters, who
tgok the stage after Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly President Michael
1 hillips spoke, criticized the
University for not promoting a truly
diverse campus.
JRackham graduate student Sandra
Steingraber said sexism and racism
pervade the University, and cited a
song performed by the Friars, a se-
*l0ct group of the Men's Glee Club,
earlier in the program. The song,
Harry Belafonte's The Banana Boat
;ong, is about peasant workers
c6mplaining about their intolerable
work conditions.
In addition, the protesters criti-
cized the University for imposing an
anti-discrimination policy, rescind-
ing a regental bylaw that guaranteed
sfudent participation in drafting such
acpolicy, and deputizing two campus
safety officers.
The protesters - LSA senior
Caleb Southworth, LSA junior Amy
Harmon Rackham graduate student
Mark Greer and Steingraber - told
dhe assembled first-year students to
pntest several recent decisions made
the University's Board of Re-
gents.

THE ASSEMBLED students
first reacted to the protesters with
amazement, then later with resent-
ment. While the protesters spoke,
many audience members booed until
the demonstrators departed.
Later, Duderstadt took the stage
and gave his first address to students
as University President. Shrugging
off the protest, he asked the students
to contribute to diversity on campus,
and stressed how important a role the
University will play in their lives.
"A college education is not the
end of education; rather, it is the first
step in a lifetime of education," he
said.
Phillips and Social Work Prof.
Beth Reed, chair of the faculty's
Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs, also addressed the
students.
Phillips encouraged the students
to question authority and University
administrators' decisions. "Never
passively accept authority, or the
decisions it makes for you," he said.
REED ADVISED the students
to experiment in many different aca-
demic and social areas, and warned
them against getting trapped in a
field of study too early in their aca-
demic careers.
The annual convocation, held in
Hill Auditorium, is the University's
official welcome to new students. In
the past few years, the convocation
has run without interruption of
protesters.
Southworth is the Daily Opinion
Page editor, and Harmon and Stein-
graber are both current Daily Opin-
ion staffers. Greer is president of the
Rackham Student Government.

BY AARON ROBINSON
Mary Ann Swain took over the
reins of the University's Affirmative
Action Office this week as interim
director, while the search for a
permanent director continues.
The post, vacant since former di-
rector Virginia Nordby was promoted
to Associate Vice President of Gov-
ernment Relations in June, will be
filled by Swain, who was previously
associate vice president for academic
affairs.
Swain, a nursing professor and
member of the University faculty
since 1963, said the Affirmative Ac-
tion Office is "critically important to'
the University," adding that as direc-
tor she will have a "full agenda."

SHE SAID the office had "a
number of initiatives moving in the
right direction," and declined to
specify any changes she might make
after assuming the post, saying that
it was "premature."
In the meantime, the University
will continue its search for a perma-
nent director. Colleen Dolan-Greene,
chair of the search committee for a
new Affirmative Action Director,
said the University hopes to select
someone during the fall semester.
"We are going very broadly with
a national advertising campaign,"
she said.
Nordby left the post last June
amid criticism of her stance against
amending the University's anti-dis-

Action
crimination bylaw to include sexual
orientation.
HOWEVER, Sharman Spieser,
program associate for Women's
Concerns who once served with
Swain on a University task force,
said she would be "surprised" if
Swain made any dramatic changes in
the office. "She won't have enough
time," Spieser said.
Swain's 25-year association with
the University began with a teaching
fellowship in psychology in 1963.
In 1975, she was named director of
the Doctoral Program in Nursing,
and in 1983 became Associate Vice
President for Academic Affairs. This
promotion made her the highest
ranking woman in the University
administration, along with Nordby.

Swain
... interim AA director

What's happening in
Meetings
Successful Resume Program
Wolverine Room, Business
School, 5:30 - 6:30. Sponsored By
Michigan Plus.
Graduate Women -
Introduction to Campus Life and
Organizations. Rackham Assem-
bly Hall and Terrace. 4-6 pm.
Public Health Conference -
Tribute to Prof. Myron Wegman.
School of Public Health and
Michigan League. All day. Free
admission.
Furthermore
Pete Seeger in Concert -

LIST*
Ann Arbor today
Power Center. 8 pm. Tickets -
$15.50 at Michigan Union Ticket
Office and Ticketmaster outlets.
September Dances - Various
dances. Performance Network, 408
W. Washington. 8 pm. Tickets $7
adults, $5 seniors and students.
Usher Applications -
University Musical Society is
taking applications for ushers. Hill
Auditorium Box Office. 1-5 pm &
6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Paella-making
Demonstration - with Spanish
Chef Antonio Buendia. Zingermans
Deli, 422 Detroit St
Moving Sale - St. Andrews
Church 306 N. Division. 10 am - 8
pm. Sponsored by the Women's
Crisis Center.

U' picks
interim
code
director
BY RYAN TUTAK
Cynthia Straub, director of the
Student Organization Development
Center, was appointed this week to
oversee the University's discrimina-
tory harassment policy on an interim
basis until Nov. 1, when the Office
of Student Services has promised to
fill the post permanently.
Straub said she will spend the
two months on the job explaining
the code to University community
members. She will also be
responsible for handling student
complaints about harassment and
discrimination. Straub will return to
her post in the SODC after a perma-
nent code administrator is hired.
No complaints have been reported
so far, she said.
Roselle Wilson, assistant to Vice
President for Student Services Henry
Johnson, said a search committee is
still reviewing applications of more
than 100 candidates for the post.
Wilson said she hopes interviews
will begin soon.
The University's Board of Re-
gents approved the code at its April
meeting, responding to increased
cases of reported harassment on
campus.
U.S.-Soviet
officials to
hold parley
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
United States and Soviet Union have
scheduled high-level talks to survey
prospects for improving superpower
relations and promoting arms control
measures during President Reagan's
last months in office.
The talks will be held Sept. 22-23
in Washington between Secretary of
State George Shultz and Soviet
Foreign Minister Eduard Shevard-
nadze, U.S. officials told The
Associated Press.
Michigan Daily
ARTS
763-0379

BY ERIC LEMONT
Building the Superconducting
Super Collider in Michigan could
harm 2,800 acres of wetlands, ac-
cording to a draft of the Department
of Energy's Environmental Impact
Statement released last week.
Though the Wetlands, which
provide a habitat for many plants and
animals, cover roughly 20 percent of
the project area in Michigan, state
officials involved with the project
say the effect it will have on Michi-
gan 's chances of landing the high-
speed atom smasher is minimal.
"There is a great misunderstand-
ing about the wetlands," said John
Mogk, President of the Michigan
Energy Resource Research Associa-
tion. Mogk said only 620 of the
2,800 acres of Wetlands would be
affected by surface construction, 360
of which would be returned to their
natural condition when construction
is completed.
The remaining 260 acres, Mogk
said, will be cared for as part of
Michigan's mitigation plan. The
plan would replace and improve the
Wetlands endangered by the project.
Churches
UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN CHAPEL
Bible Study at 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
Open House & Supper at 6:00 p.m.
1511 Washtenaw, 663-5660
Pastor Ed Krauss
* ** * ** *** ***
American Baptist Campus Center
First Baptist Chutrch
Huron St. (between State & Division)
Across from Campus Inn
Sunday:
9:55 Worship Service
11:15 Church School aasses for all ages.
On September 1 1-There will be a special
welcome brunch following the service.
You are our guests.
Wednesdays:
5:00 (beginning September 14)
Supper (free) and fellowship and Bible Study
A get acquainted supper will be held Sunday,
September 18, at 5:30. Please join us.
Center open each day
For Information call
663-9376
Robert B. Wallace, pastor

Impact statement: Super
Collider may hurt wetlands

GE

T ITE
EUOTH

But not all Michigan residents are
as optimistic as Mogk. Ann Arbor
resident and SSC opponent Scott
Mendrek said the local ecology can
be hurt by tunneling, a part of the
construction project. Mendrek is
worried that water pumped out of the
ground during drilling will endanger
the quality of the wetlands.
And Jeff Sherwood, Press Secre-
tary for the Department of Energy,
said the presence of wetlands is "one
of the many, many, many things
that is listed" in the several thou-
sand-page statement.
Mogk said other states have their
own problems, including the abun-
dance of desert surface in Arizona and
the mountains in Colorado.
"We feel from the reviewing of

the statement that we will have less
disruption of environmentally sensi-
tive area than other states," he said. 4
Currently, sites in Arizona, Col;
orado, Illinois, New York, North
Carolina, Tennessee and Texas arg
competing with Michigan to lan4
the collider, which will consist of a
53-mile underground ring through
which protons will smash into one
another at close to the speed of light,
The analysis of these collisions will
help scientists from around the world
to better understand the atom and the
creation of the universe.
The Department of Energy will
choose a "preferred site" for the col
lider in November, which Energy
Secretary John Herrington will con-
firm in January 1989.

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