The Michigan Daily- Friday, September 23, 1988 - Page 3
warns of a
BY MARK WEISBROT
Is Israeli society moving increas-
ingly in the direction of fascism,
with a distinctly Israeli form of
racism? Is the concept of "Judeo-
Nazism" no longer a contradiction in
Prof. Ali Mazrui discussed these
questions in his lecture last night
entitled "Israel and South Africa:
Strange Bedfellows or Natural Al-
lies?" About 250 people filled the
Rackham Amphitheatre for the talk.
Mazrui, a political science professor
and author of the 1986 TV
documentary "The Africans," began
the discussion with a comparison of
Israel and South Africa.
Mazrui argued that Israel and
South Africa were in many ways
natural allies. Both countries are
surrounded by hostile neighbors,
globally isolated and ostracized, es-
pecially by the Third World. They
are both "a piece of the Western
world lodged in a non-Western area,
potentially a military extension."
He noted that Israel has sold
South Africa light weapons, com-
munications gear, and technology
data packages with designs of several
major Israeli weapons systems.
But Mazrui focused most strongly
on the doctrinal similarities between
the two countries, constructing.a
theory of the development of Israeli
society, which he said, bore a dis-
turbing resemblance to the rise of
German Nazism. The stages of this
development include: a martyrdom
complex, paranoia, extreme
nationalism, racial exclusivity,
militarization, and territorial expan-
Mazrui laced this part of his pre-
sentation with racist quotes from Is-
raeli leaders, such as Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir's declaration to the
Arabs that "in our eyes they are like
grasshoppers" and Menachem Be-
gin's reference to Palestinians as
These racist views, he warned,
"are becoming more influential whil
actual policies become more repreg-
sive." More than 400 Palestinians
have been killed in the uprising, and
yet polls show no sense of outrage
among the majority in Israel. Rather,
he said, they are denanding stiffgr
remove a body from a store yesterday where a gunner shot
where he shot three more people, killing two and injuring
and killed two people, then fled to a
the third. The gunner was shot and killed
U' forms international affairs post
BY ED KRACHMER
As the world becomes more of a global com-
munity rather than a conglomeration of individ-
ual nations, there is an urgent need for an
international perspective in education.
To respond to that need, the University has
established a post for international academic af-
fairs and recently -appointed Law School Prof.
John Jackson to fill it.
Jackson, as one of three associate vice presi-
dents for academic affairs, will be responsible for
the University's international academic activities,
and has been serving at the newly created posi-
tion since Sept. 1. The University's Board of
Regents approved his appointment at their
monthly meeting earlier this month.
"This appointment is intended to highlight the
importance of international and area studies at the
U of M," said Robert Holbrook, interim vice
president for academic affairs. "The international
dimension of teaching and research is a critical
component of today's liberal arts and professional
Jackson, who intends to hold the position for
one year said his chief goal will be to formulate a
long-range international academic affairs policy
plan to guide the University into the 21st cen-
tury. Jackson added that the scope of his duties in
the newly created post have not yet been clearly
"There is a lot of excellent work going on in
the University," said Jackson. "The thing the
University has lacked is a way to draw that to-
gether for better interdisciplinary work."
Jackson's office will also decide the fate of the
Latino Studies program, which has yet to be
made a permanent area of concentration. Jackson
said that he does not yet have enough informa-
tion decide the issue.
However, Jackson says that he sees the central
administration's role as mainly one of coordina-
tion rather than control. "A lot of the activities
should continue to remain the responsibilities of
the various units," he said.
Jackson, who joined the University in 1959,
has served as general counsel of the U.S. Office
of the Trade Representative, as a consultant to
the U.S. Congress on matters of international
trade negotiations and as a visiting fellow at the
Institute for International Economics in Wash-
ington. He plans on continuing his research and
teaching on a part time basis while serving as an
associate vice president.
... new Int'l Affairs VP
Computer aids the disoriented at 'U' hospital
Members of a Senate committ4e
yesterday faulted airline deregulation
for raising airfares for many
Americans and leaving some cities
dominated by carriers that control
local air service.
But Transportation Secretary Ji(n
Burnley told the Senate Commerce
Committee that even though "the
airline industry has its flaws," nearly
ten years of deregulation has
benefited most travelers.
"Overall the airline industry has
become much more competitive as to
price and service as a result of
economic deregulation," Burnley told
Burnley cited statistics showing
that since 1978, domestic air traffic
has grown from 275 million
passengers to more than 450 million,
while average fares have declined 13
percent, adjusted for inflation.
The secretary said that if most
Americans are asked if deregulation
has been helpful, "You'll find an
overwhelming perception that the
country has benefited enormously."
Burnley's defense, however, did
little to ease the concerns of
members of the committee, many of
whom come from sparsely populated
BY VICTORIA BAUER
Take a left at the water fountain, a
right at the double doors, another left
by the elevator, and right down the
hall to the right.... Got it?
Everyone in the long, white,
labyrinthine corridors of University
Hospitals is rushing off somewhere.
Patients, visitors, and even staff
members may know where they need
to go, but many times do not know
how to get there.
Amid the hectic atmosphere, res-
onates the calm, cool voice of the
"Wayfinder" computer willing to
guide anyone bold enough to touch
The first video computer system
of its kind, the newly installed
Wayfinder, shows and tells users how
to get to 135 areas within the hospi-
tal - from clinics and patients'
rooms to the cafeteria and pharmacy.
It even prints directions and road
maps to Metro Airport and large
cities in the state.
To operate Wayfinder, users must
make a series of selections by lightly
touching the screen. A soft, mono-
tone tells them where they will be
going while a videotape plays pre-
viewing the route in less than one
"It really helped. Especially when
you have multiple appointments. I
haven't been here in years and seeing
it made it all come back," said Bar-
bara Dormanen, a patient from
But even people who listen to the
computer and see where they will be
"I think (patients) need to talk to a
person rather than a computer. They
come in nervous and confused. They
come in after being in traffic and
'The hospital is huge, a monster structure. We
heard about the problem and put the technology
Center. Wayfinder was designed in
response to patients and visitors who
complained about the confusing hos-
pital complex in a survey, said
Associate Administrator Laurie Sta-
"The hospital is huge, a monster
structure," Dillon said. "We heard
about the problem and the put the
technology together," he said.
Dillon said the Wayfinder may be
further developed to be used in other
parts of the University.
Plans to make Wayfinder's video
sequences shorter are already under-
way, said Orlando Portale, the com-
puter's designer and program analyst
for University Hospitals.
-James Dillon, director of University
Hospital Information Services
heading, still get lost.
"People still ask for directions.
That will be forever," said Nancy
Wells, a registrar at the Infomation
Desk. "People need to be reminded
after the first couple of turns. If there
are more than four or five turns, for-
get it," she said.
Marie Bordine, a worker at the In-
formation Desk, said humans are
more effective in giving directions
having to park. They're uptight,"
But the Wayfinder's voice was
modulated especially to welcome and
set up a relationship with patients
and visitors, said James Dillon,
director of Hospital Information Ser-
The $12,000 computer system
was installed two weeks ago at the
visitor's entrance of the Taubman
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