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Class addresses racism
BY DEBBIE HERZ
Black students, white students,
Asian-American students, and a host
of others gather each Tuesday in Al-
ice Lloyd's Blue Carpet Lounge for
class, but the topic they're tackling
isn't strictly academic. When they
Ulkl about racism and sexism, much
of the learning comes from real life,
Sociology Prof. Luis Sfeir-You-
nis says it is "ironic to teach
philosophy and other courses at the
University, and yet not address the
issues that affect us personally
now." Racism and sexism confront
students on a daily basis, he said.
IN INTER-GROUP Relations
and Conflict Resolution, Sfeir-You-
nis provokes his students to think
about and discuss the inequities in
our society. But he doesn't want
them to feel guilty.
a "You have inherited the problems
of racism and sexism," he tells his
students. "You did not create them."
Prof. teaches students about
conflicts in the real world
The conflict originates from the
structure of our society, he said, and
not because individuals are inher-
ently evil. But he challenges his
students to confront the issues and
work to resolve them.
The first part of the class ad-
dresses the history and causes of
conflict, including the educational
system, economics, and immigra-
The educational system is satu-
rated with members of the majority
groups, Sfeir-Younis said. "If all of
our role models are whites, then it
becomes difficult for white people to
respect members of other races."
ECONOMIC inequality also
prompts prejudice, he said, because
minority groups are often poor. The
history of U.S. immigration,
including the slave trade and forced
relocation of Native Americans, will
also be discussed.
The second half of the term will
deal with how to understand and re-
solve real-life conflicts. "Students
should realize that conflict is not
necessarily bad; it is the normal state
of society," Sfeir-Younis said. "We
become better human beings by re-
solving more conflicts."
Sfeir-Younis designed the class,
which is being offered for the first
time, in response to the conflict last
spring over a proposed required class
on racism and sexism.
But he doesn't think students
should be required to take an aware-
ness class. "I am not in favor of
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people should be encouraged to take
it," he said. He said he hopes the
course will be so good that many
students will take it without being
SO FAR, the response seems
positive. Shannon Rhoades, a first-
year LSA student, said she heard
about the problems of racism and the
proposed required class at summer
orientation. "I was very interested in
race relations and learning how to
combat racism," she said, and she
thinks the class is helpful.
Dave Schmeltz, an LSA sopho-
more, said the course is "definitely
opening up people's eyes to what is
going on here."
The discussion section of the
class is advantageous, said LSA
sophomore Adam Kurland. He said
they are "smaller and less formal,
causing people to open up more."
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But Keith Brand, president of
Students for Dukakis, said that as
president, "Dukakis would be some-
body who leads; Bush would be
someone who blames."
The two White House rivals also,
clashed over Social Security in their
second and final debate of the race,
which viewers agreed was more civil
than the first.
Bush vowed he'd never cut the
federal pension program, no matter
what Dukakis said. The Democrat
cited unsuccessful Reagan adminis-
tration efforts to do just that, and
said, "I'm sure you'll try to do it
Dukakis indicated that Bush only
made his claim due to an election-
year shift. On Social Security, on
ethics in government, and on the
environment, Dukakis said re-
peatedly, "I don't know which
George Bush I'm listening to."
Members of Students for
Dukakis, who gathered to watch the
debate at campaign headquarters, said
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clear on the issues."
Bush strongly defended vice
presidential running mate Dan
Quayle saying, "he could do the job"
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Trade deficit rose in August
WASHINGTON - The nation's merchandise trade deficit surged to
$12.8 billion in August as a record flood of imported products swamped a
continued boom in exports, the government reported yesterday.
The Commerce Department said the August imbalance was $2.7
billion higher than the July figure, which had been the lowest monthly
deficit in 3 1/2 years.
While the August figure was slightly worse than expected, financial
markets took the news in stride, unlike a year ago when a disappointing
trade report set off a chain of events culminating in the Oct. 19 stock
The Reagan administration, which has been fending off attacks on its
trade report by Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and
running mate Lloyd Bentsen, moved quickly to play down the
significance of the widening in the August deficit.
Commerce Secretary William Verity noted that the trade deficit for the
first eight months of the year is running at an annual rate of $138.5
billion, a 19 percent improvement from the record deficit of $170.3
billion run up in 1987.
Sudan allows U.S. famine
aid into rebel-held region
WASHINGTON - The Sudan has agreed to let the United States
provide relief to its famine-ravaged southern region, and food and
medical supplies began moving yesterday to thousands of sick and
starving people, the State Department said.
But there were no assurances that rebels fighting a guerrilla war with
the government would allow the assistance to get through. They have
attacked civilian airplanes and truck convoys, and interfered with
International Red Cross in its efforts to work out relief schemes,
spokesperson Charles Redman said.
The agreement, reached in Khartoum after Sudanese President Sadek
el-Mahdi met with U.. officials, breaks a deadlock between the
government and foreign aid donors.
The Sudanese government, which has fought an intermittent war with
rebels in the south, had resisted delivery of food supplies into the rebel
Reagan signs welfare bill
WASHINGTON - President Reagan yesterday signed the first major
overhaul of the nation's welfare system since it was created in the midst
of the Great Depression.
The legislation contains the most sweeping revision of the nation's
principal welfare program - Aid to Families with Dependent Children
- since it was created in 1935.
Under the agreement reached after two years of legislative struggle,
the government has pledged to provide training and support systems to
destitute parents if they take steps to become independent.
Each state must operate a Jobs Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS)
program to educate, train, and find employment for the AFDC recipients.
Over seven years, states will be entitled to receive $6.8 billion in federal
matching funds to pay for employment and training activities.
Mahfouz wins Nobel lit. prize
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Naguib Mahfouz of Egypt, a storyteller
who chronicled the search for human values from the Nile delta of the
Pharaohs to the back alleys of modern Cairo, won the 1988 Nobel Prize
for literature yesterday.
Mahfouz, the first Arab writer to win the award in its 87-year history,
has been compared to Charles Dickens for his vivid portrayals of poverty.
One book of his was banned in Egypt, and another attacked former
President Gamal Abdel Nasser's domestic and pan-Arabist policies.
The Swedish Academy honored him for advancing the art of the
novel, a relatively new genre in Arabic literature.
The award continued a recent trend of the 18-member body to seek
laureates outside the mainstream of European and American literature.
Wole Soyinka of Nigeria was honored in 1986. Exiled Russian poet
Joseph Brodsky won last year.
Bug trail leads to big bucks
TEMPE, Ariz - Kenneth Lain's discovery of a hidden $75,300
treasure while following a trail of cockroaches has officials bugged.
Tempe officials have been unable to decide who should get the money
and have asked the Superior Court to make the decision.
Lain said he found the money June 12 while hunting bugs in his
"I was just getting some chores done and I thought, 'I'm really going
to get these guys'," said the account executive for a credit bureau. "I
decided to spray under the air-conditioning vent because it looked buggy
When Lain stuck a mirror into the air-conditioning vent to check on
what was inside, he saw a white, dusty bag.
It was full of $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.
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