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Melissa McCormick knew she
should take off her shoes when she
entered a restaurant in Japan, but she
jwasn't sure what to do with the
slippers provided at the table. So she
put them on - big mistake.
McCormick, an LSA junior, and
her friends were scolded by the owner
for not knowing the proper social
customs: these were strictly
bathroom slippers, and they could
have destroyed the fragile floor-mats.
Now McCormick is back in Ann
Arbor, and she doesn't have to worry
about cultural mishaps. And she
feels let down. In Japan, McCormick
stood out, but here she said she feels
} like "one of the crowd."
But Theresa Vaughan, who spent
last term in Aix-en-Provence,
France, never escaped that feeling.
Among thousands of Americans
studying in France, Vaughan said
sometimes the only language she
heard was English.
Despite this, Vaughan, an LSA
senior, wishes she were back in
Many of the students who study
abroad in the University's 13
,exchange programs - or in
thousands of others available
through different schools - suffered
rmore culture shock upon return to
te U.S. than they did when they
arrived in their host countries.
LSA senior Dianne Lowenthal
tid she was so used to dealing with
r rid tape in Israel, that she expected
the same when she got back.
lowenthal put several hours' change
in the parking meter when she
signed up for her absentee ballot in
~ansas City. "I was anticipating the
4orst," she said, "I expected it to
:take all day, but it only took about
five minutes."
David Brant, an LSA sophomore
who spent his summer in Uppsala,
!lSweden, said he was disillusioned
kith American life when he returned.
the Swedish students, he said, were
d*etter informed and more politically
,conscious than their American
wpounterparts, who seem "rude,
ignorant, and obnoxious."
The return culture shock may
open students' eyes to problems in
their own society, or it may make
them appreciate their own country

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 20, 1988 - Page 7
Many miss
a cultural

Although the turnout at many
events during last week's Hispanic
Heritage Week were low, event
organizer Rosa Lopez said last
Friday's dance was a success and the
learning experience shouldn't stop
with the end of the week.
"There is one week of celebration
then the focus is forgotten," Lopez
said. "Students should take if upon
themselves to study and focus on the
various cultures not just one week
- but all of the time."
English Prof. Allan Wald said it
is important for students to
understand the historical background
of Latino-Americans. He said the
University has an obligation to
institutionalize a strong Latino
program, and cited that the present
one is weak.
The Latino program "... is a
peripheral slide show at present,"
said Wald. "(The University) should
bring in Chicano faculty and develop
resources," he said.
Lopez said about 100 people
attended the dance, where the DJ
played music from the Cumbia, and
Ranchea to Supersonic.

Lopez's 11 year old daughter,
Domarita, attended Hispanic Heritage
Week events with her mother. She
said she most enjoyed Friday's dance
and Wednesday's speaker, Alicia
"I liked the dance, but she
(Cuaron) made me think about the
future," Domarita said.
Cuaron, who is President of
Cuaron and Gomez, a Human
Resource development and leadership
training corporation, spoke
Wednesday at a workshop called
"Work Force 2000: Women's roles
in a Multicultural, Multilingual
Lopez said part of the reason the
turnout was low for the week, was
because she is currently working two
jobs. Lopez, who accepted a job
with the University's Student
Organizational Development Center
in July, felt obligated to continue as
the Minority Student Services
Hispanic Representative. The
University has not found a
replacement to fill her past position.
Minority Student Services has
sponsored Hispanic Heritage week
for about seven years.

Associated Press
.Dressing safely
Detroit Mumford High School students (from left) Eric Brown, Charles Tate, Eric
Denson, and Vincent Robinson show off their clothes, which now adhere to Mumford's
dress code. The code disallows gold neck chains and bracelets, jogging suits, tank
tops, dark glasses, and fancy gym shoes, among other things.

Continued from Page 1
the student policy on the condition
that a faculty staff policy was also
formed, as soon as possible," said
SACUA chair Beth Reed, a social
work professor.
BUT SOME members of the
Senate Assembly found problems in
the language and ideas of the draft
policy. Many of the faculty mem-
bers felt the policy would infringe
on their rights to teach what they
want in the classroom.
The draft prohibits certain types
of discriminatory behaviors in the
classroom such as verbal or physical
conduct based upon "race, color,
creed religion, national origin, sex,
sexual orientation, ancestry, age,
marital status, handicap, or Vietnam-
These actions are subject to
discipline ranging from informal
dialogues to suspensions, demo-
tions, dismissals, "or other types of
serious sanctions."
"This policy infringes on aca-
demic freedom in very real ways.
We're in too big a hurry to do
something fast, and not thinking
through the full implications of (the
policy)," said Peter Smousse, pro-
fessor of genetics.
FACULTY members must have

academic freedom, Lenaghan said,
but since they are employees they
are also subject to regulation.
Some professors, like history
professor Thomas Tentlen, say their
style of teaching might make stu-
dents feel uncomfortable, in order to
provoke a response.
Sociology Prof. Lawrence Rading
said, "It would have a 'chilling ef-
'This policy infringes on
academic freedom in very
real ways. We're in too big
a hurry to do something
fast, and not thinking
through the full implica-
- Genetics Prof. Peter
fect"' on the classroom environment,
stifling the relationship between
student and teacher.
Mary Ann Swain, chair of the ad
hoc committee which wrote the pol-
icy, said, "students tell us what goes
on in a classroom can be intimidat-
ing. The question is how to balance
academic freedom with this view."
the policy will "end up in the courts
the first time it hits the system."
Others felt that with some
changes in language, the draft policy

would serve the needs of the Univer-
"There is a need (for such a pol-
icy). The issues are serious and de-
serve consideration," said Robert
Lenaghan, professor of English and
SACUA member.
SACUA asked the faculty to ap-
prove a statement which said the
draft, with modification, is the basis
for an effective policy. Some mem-
bers felt it would be difficult to en-
dorse a policy when the modifica-
tions were still unclear.
THE POLICY discussed yes-
terday also mandates formal action
against faculty and staff if a com-
plaint regarding any romantic in-
volvement (by faculty or staff) with
students or subordinates is filed.
Discriminatory behavior can be
reported formally or informally.
A three person committee will
investigate and recommend actions
to be taken. The committee will
consist of a representative from the
Office of Affirmative Action, a rep-
resentative of the administration or
academic unit in which the accused
is employed, and the director of per-
sonnel or assistant vice president for
academic affairs.
The policy, which will effect all
faculty and staff, is expected to be
adopted this fall. It was first pub-
lished in the University Record of
June 20, 1988, and was published
with some revisions yesterday.

Continued from Page 2
in a disadvantage in getting a
qualified representative."
Many students who have come to
MSS and been unable to gather
resources concerning Latinos on
campus, said Martinez.
"It absolutely hurts the
component of student services," she

said. "A lot of the resources and
information are in the hands of a
person that doesn't exist."
Carlos Margarrez, a transfer
student student and an LSA junior,
recently went to MSS and was
"I didn't exactly go there for a
specific issue," said Margarrez. "I
just wanted to see what they had to
offer. Instead, I saw exactly what
they didn't offer."

Continued from Page 1
traditional Black and community
-Increased staff recruiting of mi-
norities, affirmative action, and
numbers of minorities in University
leadership positions; and
-Creating an environment to re-
duce racism and increase commit-
ment to diversity.
Officials such as deans, adminis-
trative officials, and supervisors will
be responsible for different aspects of
the plan to help ensure its success,
said Duderstadt.

Duderstadt plans to support the
plan by giving deans and department
chairs a free hand in hiring minority
faculty members.
The funds to hire more faculty
members will be made up by across
the board decutions from the
University's general fund.
He also hopes to expand minority
student financial aid programs, ex-
panding resources for nonresident
minority students.
"Something to promote more di-
versity is important," said engineer-
ing prof. John Meyer. But, he added,
"the University should first examine
those means which will be most ef-



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