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The Michigan Daily-- Monday, September 19, 1988 - Page 9

Students live politics in
DC with internships

What were you doing this sum-
You could have been a lifeguard
at the local pool. Or maybe you
flipped burgers at a fast-food restau-
But Jill Foley, an LSA senior,
was at the Republican National
Convention. And Navid Mah-
moodzadegan, an LSA junior, spent
,iis summer researching political
} parties for the Brookings Institute, a
well-known political think tank in
Washington D.C.
These students were part of the
University's Public Service Intern-
ship Program, run through the Ca-
reer Planning and Placement office.
They were among about 80 other
University students who spent two
months in Washington D.C. work-
ing for politicians and a wide variety
of special interest groups.
"I could feel the pulse of the na-
lion," said Foley. As an unpaid in-
tern and staff worker for the Young
Republican National Federation,
Foley was doing footwork for high-
profile political figures.
"I didn't know exactly what to
expect," she recalled. But after two
months in the world of big-league
politics, both in Washington, D.C.

and in New Orleans, she knew that
she liked it.
So did Mahmoodzadegan. The
experience was "incredible and fan-
tastic," he said. "There was no bull-
shit work involved."
The major drawback of the
internship, he said, was the high
price of living in Washington. Most
of the internships were ui'paid, and
the students had to pay for food and
entertainment, as well as for housing
at George Washington University.
But the money spent was well
worth it, Mahmoodzadegan said. The
housing accommodations were great,
he said, and the experience was in-
Both Foley's and Mahmoodzade-
gan's internships, obtained through
PSIP, let them study the world of
politics first-hand.
They not only worked with
political leaders - they listened to
the president of Turkey speak at the
White House, they watched the Sen-
ate in session, and they toured the
Pentagon. In their free time, they
traversed the city and played softball
against students from colleges across
the country.
A few University students also
took internships in Lansing, but
Kerin McQuaid, PSIP's campus su-

I could feel the pulse of
the nation,'
-Jill Foley, LSA senior
pervisor, said 99 percent had jobs in
offices in Washington D.C.
The organization selects 100 stu-
dents each year. Once chosen, these
students participate in bi-monthly
meetings to teach job-search skills,
to help prepare resumes, and to find
resources for their summer experi-
Students are not allowed to repeat
the program, as the goal of PSIP is
"to teach students the skills to do an
internship search on their own,"
McQuaid said.
The selection of next year's in-
terns will begin tonight, and
applications will be accepted at the
Career Planning and Placement Of-
fice until September 28. Students
interested in Career Planning and
Placement's Business Intern Pro-
gram can pick up applications at the
Career Planning and Placement
Center. The deadline is Sept. 23.

Bicycling tour journeys
through state for lung assoc.


Another kind of exam

Lee larkavy, a
from University

Business School junior, has his blood cholesterol level checked by a nurse
Health Services Friday at Festifall on the Diag.

The best way to ' see Northern
Michigan, some say, is not from a
car window, but from the seat of a
bicycle. And though it's no small
chore to bike 100 miles in a
weekend, it's not as hard as it seems,
said Ann Arbor resident Karen
"You don't have to be an
,experienced biker to go," said Clock,
who has bicycled for four years in
the American Lung Association's
N Bicycle Around Michigan tour.
The first year she joined the tour,
Clock said, a 72-year-old man who
"could barely walk... finished the
trip like it was nothing.".He had just
-completed a cross-country ride from
San Francisco to Lansing, she said.
This year, the -lung association
held two tours: the Leelanau
Lakeshore Loop on September 9-11
and the Mackinac Island Tour this

Sharon Castle, director of Special
Events for the Lung Association,
said more than 150 participants from
over 32 cities participated in the
tours for this year. The cyclists
raised over $50,000 in pledges to
benefit the Lung Association's
Freedom From Smoking program
and sponsorships to help asthmatic
children attend camp.
In its fifth year, Bicycle Around
Michigan drew cyclists from age 10
to 71, with a wide range of skill
Each participant was required to
raise a minimum of $225 in pledges
and pay a $20 registration fee. Joan
Kozlowski, an Ann Arbor resident
and third year participant, said
"you're getting a whole weekend for
so little."
"This is the best organized tour,
the Leelanau peninsula is beautiful,

accommodations were excellent, and
all the meals were taken care of,"
said Kozlowski. In addition, tour
vehicles assisted cyclists and a bike
mechanic was on hand.
In between riding, cyclists found
time to shop, stop for lunch, swim,
and explore the Sleeping Bear sand
dunes. While on the tour, more
ambitious cyclists could take
additional rides, like the Pierce-
Stocking loop that took cyclists 3.5
miles along the south end of the
sand dunes, where they could look
out over the dunes and Lake
Despite this year's lower than
normal turnout, plans are in the
works for next year's tour in
September. "We only had 50 bikers
this year (on the Leelanau tour), but
our goal for next year is to get 50
from the Ann Arbor area,
Kozlowski said.

State senate to debate bills
on pornography, housing

LANSING (AP) - Legislation
designed to improve Michigan's
housing picture goes before a Senate
committee this week as lawmakers
also are scheduled to tackle bills on
pornography and teacher strikes win a
brief fall session.
With the $800 million bond
proposal safely on the Nov. 8 ballot
and action postponed on the school
finance issue, little of major conse-
quence is expected to snarl what pro-
mises to be a lackluster two-week
However, there is also expected to
be talk - if not major action - on
low level radioactive waste and the
medical waste that despoiled Lake

Michigan beaches.
After that, it's back to the
hustings for House members. But
even the brief session slated for after
the Nov. 8 election has little contro-
versial on tap. -
"We don't have an awful lot we
have to do," conceded Iouse Majo-
rity Floor Leader Lewis Dodak, D-
"The budget is pretty well in
place. The bonding is on the ballot.
It's going to be one of the easiest
(sessions) we've had."
In the Senate, the Human
Resources and Senior Citizens Com-
mittee is poised to act on a package
of bills to address some of the state's

most pressing housing needs.
"It's been a slow process, a
deliberative process to get at affor-
dable, decent housing in the state of
Michigan," said committee Chair-
person Fred Dillingham, R-Fow-
Among other things, the legi-
slation would create a home equity
fund in the Department of Treasury
to make loans to first-time home-
buyers for down payments. Another
bill would create a seven-member
housing commission in the gover-
nor's office, and an agency in the
Department of Commerce to coor-
dinate state housing responsibilites.

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