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Speech criticizes portrayal of Africa
BY KELLY GAFFORD
Most Americans see Africans as maleducated,
cursed people who live in adverse conditions, Dr.
Mutombo. Mpanyna told about 20 people during
a lunchtime lecture at the International Center
"Why can't the American people depict Africa
as as a little struggling guy trying to make it?"
Mpanya presented data during the speech
showing how the U.S. media prints only nega-
tive information about Africa. "Last year, 50
percent of all newspaper headlines were about
South Africa and Apartheid," he said. "Twenty-
five percent were on Angolia and Mozambique,
and 90 percent were on violence, corruption, and
warfare that existed in Africa. AIDS came in a
Africa has a poor self-image because the media
accentuates negative, and sometimes unrealistic
aspects of the culture, he said. For example, the
movie Coming to America portrays African
people as rich tribal kings and queens served by
slaves who do everything from washing their
bodies to throwing rose petals in their path be-
Nicole Martin, an LSA sophomore who at-
tended yesterday's luncheon, agreed with Mpanya.
"We (Blacks) don't feel good about ourselves be-
cause the media portrays Africa and other Black-
oriented things as negative," she said.
Mpanya, a native of Zaire, worked for the
Kellogg Institute for International Studies at
Notre Dame University, and has a doctorate in
Regional and Urban Planning from the Univer-
sity. He now works part-time for the Ecumenical
Center, which co-sponsored the event with St.
Nicholas Orthodox Church.
Mpanya ended his talk by urging his listeners
to critically challenge the information that is
presented by the media. In doing so, Americans
will be taking the first step toward changing their
misperceptions of African life and culture, he
'U' official to serve on federal med. panel)
BY ED KRACHMER
Vice Provost for Medical Affairs
George Zuidema will soon be ap-
pointed to the federal Council on
Graduate Medical Education, Rep.
Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth) said.
Zuidema, who came to the Uni-
versity in 1984 after serving as
Chief of Surgery at Johns Hopkins
University, learned of his future ap-
pdintment to the 17-member council
on Friday. Pursell nominated him,
but he will be officially appointed
this month by U.S. Health and Hu-
man Services Secretary Otis Bowen.
- Zuidema's four-year, non-salaried
term will start Oct. 1 and will end
Sept. 30, 1992.
"I'll take a viewpoint that really
includes a look at the particular set
of problems addressed by the council
from a standpoint as a university as
a whole, from the Medical School as
a trainer of physicians, and as an
administrator looking at the financial
side of the issues," Zuidema said. .
FORMED IN 1986, the
council is charged with advising
Bowen on federal policies regarding
the number of physicians in the
U.S., where they are located, current
and future physician specialty
shortages, and issues relating to
foreign medical graduates.
The council is chaired by Univer-
sity of Minnesota Vice Provost for
Health Affairs Neal Vanselow, a
former University Medical School
Zuidema, in addition to oversee-
ing the medical center, chaired a
staffing study for the American Col-
lege of Surgeons from 1970 to
1975, and was a panelist for the De-
partment of Health and Human Ser-
vices in the late 1970s.
" G I V E N Dr. Zuidema's
outstanding credentials and
background, he will add insight and
expertise into the council
deliberations," said Gary Cates, an
aide to Pursell.
Some of the big problems,
Zuidema said, "are how to find funds
for graduate education and residency
training of physicians... It's likely
to be an even greater problem as
there are attempts to decrease the
Medicare budget even more."
Of the 17 members of the coun-
cil, Zuidema will be among eight
physicians. The Council meets three
to four times per year in Washing-
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lot of gall to say that you, the
consumer, who's paying a lot of
bucks, have to do something,"
The federal Democratic Leadership
Council has considered requiring
public service for financial aid. Their
program, called the Citizen Corps,
would offer tuition compensation for
volunteering in various community.
Programs like Citizen Corps
would encourage public service, but
maybe for the wrong reason, he said.
"When you make public service a
requirement, it becomes not service
but servitude," he said.
The last official day to enroll in
Project Community was Sept. 16,
but as long as students obtain an
override before their section's first
seminar meets this week, there are
spaces open in most sections.
The Ritual Repertoire of the
Devadasis of South India
A Lecture/Demonstration by
Saskia C. Kersenboom
Thursday, September 22, 1988
The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Corner of South State Street
and South University
Sponsored by the Institute
for the Humanities
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Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Fire forces 500 to evacuate
VACAVILLE, Calif. - Anxious firefighters watched the winds
yesterday as they worked to create a blackened dirt barrier to hold a 4-day-
old arson fire at a road outside city limits.
Firefighters ordered the evacuation of 500 people along a 10-mile
stretch of Pleasants Valley Road, just west of city limits, fearing that
afternoon winds could fan the blaze toward scattered homes near the road.
But they expressed optimism that the fire would not go into the town
The Miller fire, named for the canyon in which it began, has burned
20,000 acres since it started Saturday. Seven homes were destroyed
Sunday. It is one of two major California blazes that have destroyed 31
homes and aout 28,000 acres of wildland, brush and timber since the
Elsewhere across the West, however, the situation was improved as the
worst summer for fires in three decades wound to a close. In all, nearly
70,000 fires have been tallied, blacking more than 4.1 million acres,
'about half of them in Alaska.
Dukakis pushes insurance
UNDATED - Democrat Michael Dukakis proposed a broad health
insurance program for American workers yesterday and told Republican
rival George Bush "it's about time you came out from behind that flag"
and addressed the issue. Bush draped himself in patriotism, visiting the
nation's largest flag manufacturer.
Dukakis, seeking support from working people, said the federal
government should enact legislation requiring most employers to provide
basic health insurance benefits for employees and dependents.
"I think it's time we did something," said Dukakis. He said he wanted'
to extend health insurance to all Americans, and that the first step would
be to provide it to working people through their employers.
Campaign aides said the first phase of Dukakis' program would give
benefits to about 22 million people who have none, leaving 15 million
or more Americans still awaiting protection under a national health
Flight attendant testifies
against TWA terrorist
FRANKFURT, West Germany - A U.S. Navy diver "never made a
sound" as he bravely endured savage beatings by the hijackers of a TWA
jetliner, flight attendant Uli Derickson testified yesterday.
Derickson said Mohammed Ali Hamadi, on trail for air piracy and the
murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem, also threatened to blow up the
The German-born woman, now a naturalized U.S. citizen and the
subject of a U.S. television movie earlier this year, said Hamadi held a
gun to her head shortly after the Athens to Rome flight took off on June
But in the most emotional testimony of the trial, the 44-year-old
Derickson described the suffering endured by Stethem.
The hijackers "took him up to the cockpit and started to brutally beat
him. They beat on him as long as he stood," Derickson told the court.
Haitian soldiers oust officers
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Soldiers from six units ousted
their commanders as a revolt spread through the military yesterday, as the
new president appointed a military chief and appealed for an end to the
Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, who declared himself president early Sunday
following a coup, said Haiti's military government was taking steps to
satisfy "the most urgent demands of the members of the armed forces."
But reports of reprisal killings, demonstrations and a rash of military
mutinies continued to grow.
Radio stations said gunners killed four people in apparent reprisal for
the Sept. 11 massacre of 13 people during a Mass at a Roman Catholic
church and other atrocities linked to the government of the deposed presi-
dent, Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy.
Mausoleum marriage, or
another wild wedding
FLINT -- To paraphrase an old saying: Bettei wed than dead -
particularly in that mausoleum.
That's where a Flint couple began their married life, because the bride
said such a structure represents the loving qualities of her new marriage.
"It's a sanctuary, a place of love and a place of memories," said Gwen
Lynk, the bride and a sales counselor at Flint Memorial Park.
"And we (employees and owners of the cemetery) all treat each other
like family here, and it was nice to be among family."
Lynk and Steven Schultz were married Sunday in the building, which
has skylights and stained glass windows, amid balloons, streamers, floral
arrangements, and tombs.
Some of the preceremony guests were people who came to visit
crypts, unaware of the wedding.
"They were favorably impressed that we were going to be married in
that setting," Lynk said.
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