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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 24, 1988 - Page 3
'U" Press club
BY DAN GODSTON
The United States has been eroding for the
past several decades because it places its em-
phasis on money rather than on working to-
gether, said former Michigan Governor George
Romney, who was the keynote speaker at
Friday's University Press Club conference.
The all-day conference at the Michigan
League featured panels about journalism and
the presentation of "Excellence in Journalism"
awards to six state newspapers, two television
stations, and two college newspapers.
Within the last several decades, "there has
been a tremendous erosion in the power of the
people," Romney said. This erosion, he
maintained, has taken place governmentally,
economically, and socially.
His conviction that the United States must
gain strength through the "power of the peo-
ple" lies intrinsically with volunteer organ-
izations. The emphasis on volunteering is as
"weak as dishwater" in some areas, he said.
While working under President Richard
Nixon in 1968, Romney persuaded the presi-
dent to look at volunteer organizations in
ghettos, as well as organizing the first United
After his speech, Romney answered ques-
tions regarding his speech, opinions on gov-
ernmental issues, and opinions about pres-
idential candidates George Bush and Michael
Panels held in the morning and afternoon,
which featured journalists and politicians from
across the state, addressed maintaining morale
in the newsroom, "Chasing the Copyediting
Blues," and covering politics. A "slide show
of horrors," that is, a slide show of bad news-
paper articles, was also shown to give ideas
on what type of articles to avoid.
Then the University Press Club presented
Between the traditional "Go Blue!" chants, Michigan cheerleaders entertain with acrobatics. This
member soars over nine teammates at Saturday's Homecoming game against Indiana.
Cheerleaders cure boredom
...speaks at Press Club
its Excellence in Journalism awards, naming
The Detroit News the best daily newspaper in
the state with a circulation over 50,000. Five
other newspapers were given awards in differ-
ent size categories.
WDIV-TV Channel 4 Detroit was honored
as the best television station in the Detroit
area. The Student Movement, the newspaper
from Andrew University, was named best pa-
per in the university division. The Collegiate,
the newspaper from the Grand Rapids Junior
College, received honors in the college cate-
BY NICOLE SHAW
Although they probably wouldn't
:want to admit it, some people go to
'the football games just to watch the
With 80-year traditions such as
"bowling," "card spells," "flips off the
wall," "circle back tucks," "body
pitches," and "pyramids," the co-ed
cheerleading team often saves fans
from boredom when the games cease
"They are so spirited, and you can
tell they're enjoying what they're do-
ing. They are a lot of fun to watch,"
said Lisa DiPonio, a first-year Interflex
The team had been all-male for 80
years, explained co-captain David Ka-
plan, a business school senior. Until
last year, it was the only male squad in
the country, but the male squad merged
with the female cheerleaders after the
American Civil Liberties Union filed a
protest. Now, ten men and ten women
perform together during the games, as
well as at pep rallies and alumni func-
In preparation for the season, the
team goes to National Cheerleading
Camp for one week each summer, and
they return to Ann Arbor two weeks
early to start training. During the year,
~the squad practices three times a week.
The squad combines both gymnas-
tics and cheerleading in the group
stunts, but each member works toward
mastering an individual acrobatic
A typical practice consists of
warming up, conditioning, tumbling,
practicing formations, and "lifts," in
which team members lift each other
into the air, vaguely resembling a
bunch of Mexican jumping beans.
Ideas for the team's stunts come
mainly from brainstorming and varia-
tions on old tricks.
This weekend, the cheerleaders were
joined by alumni cheerleaders whore-
turned for Homecoming. "I thought it
was great that the alums and the pre-
sent team had so much fun working
together," said LSA first-year student
The most important part of the
Michigan Football Cheerleaders,
members said, is the team's sense of
The cheerleading team also makes
an effort to interact with cheerleading
teams from other schools during the
games. Team members say this en-
ables them to practice and learn stunts
from other squads, as well as to ease
tensions between the two schools.
Detroit Job Fair targets
minorities in journalism
BY THERESE PADUA
After failing to find a job with an
advertising agency in the seven months after
graduation, Michelle Banks thought she'd
better branch out into other areas of the media.
So last weekend, the recent communica-
tions graduate took her resum6 and portfolio
to interview with a newspaper company at the
Minorities in Newspapers Job Conference in
"Before, I stuck to advertising agencies, but
I saw the ad (for the conference) and decided to
try for a job in advertising sales at a paper,"
Banks was just one of 250 job hunters who
met with recruiters from 30 different news or-
ganizations at the conference, which ran
Thursday to Saturday.
The conference was one of 13 annual job
fairs around the country that are part of an Af-
firmative Action effort to increase the low
number of minority professionals in the news
business, according to Mireille Gates of the
American Society of Newspaper Editors,
which sponsors the conferences.
Currently, only seven percent of all media
jobs are held by minorities, Gates said.
Banks said she found the conference helped
her circulate her resum6 with people who
knew of immediate openings or might know
of future ones.
"You never know when something might
pop up," she said, adding that meeting stu-
dents who knew of other jobs was also help-
"I met a guy who ran into someone who
worked for an ad agency that likes to hire
University students. I would have never gotten
(the agency's) address or name if I hadn't gone
to the conference," she said.
Banks said she interviewed with Detroit
papers for advertising positions, but found
that the Free Press and the News were not
hiring until a Joint Operating Agreement cur-
rently being worked out goes into effect:
The agreement would allow the financially
ailing papers to continue publication by com-
bining their business operations while main-
taining separate news and editorial staffs.
"After the JOA, they'll start hiring again,
and I'll have that to look forward to," she said.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
"From Lancelot to Giraffe:
Patterns of Change" - Prof. Carl
Gans, Rackham Amphitheatre, 8 pm.
Final part to a three-part series, recep-
to follow in Rackham Assembly
'Hall. Free admission.
"4Synthesis and Solution Prop-
ertiessof Substituted Oligo-L-
Prolines; An Investigation of
Polyproline Mutarotation" -
Robert Bloodworth, Macromolecular
Science and Engineering Program,
1300 Chem. Bldg., 3 pm.
"The International Power of
Bilingualism" - Prof. Rafael
Diaz, University of New Mexico and
Visiting Prof. King-Chavez-Parks,
3050 Frieze Bldg., 12 noon.
Syntax" - Sharon Inkelas, Stanford
University and Draga Zec, Linguis-
tics, 3050 Frieze Bldg., 4 pm.
"Punishing the Poor: U.S.
Policy in Indochina" - Ravi
Khanna and Rev. Barbara Fuller, Pen-
delton Rm., Michigan Union, 7:30
pm. Sponsored by World Hunger Ed-
"Unearthing Iwo Jima" - Spon-
sored by Asian Studies Student Asso-
ciation, Commons Room, Lane Hall,
5:30 pm. Open to the public.
"Integrated Pest Management:
What is it Really?" - Vivienne
Armentrout, Leslie Science Center,
1831 Traver, 7:30 pm.
"Predation Risk and the For-
aging Behavior of Competing
Stream Insects" - S. Kohler,
1046 Dana, 4-5 pm. Coffee and cook-
ies served at 3:30-4 pm.
World Hunger Education-Ac-
tion Committee - 4202 Michigar
Union, 6 pm.
Asian American Association -
Guest Speaker: Ron Aramaki, MSS,
Trotter House, 7 pm.
U of M Taekwondo Club -
2275 CCRB, 6:30-8:15 pm.
U of M Archery Club - Coli-
seum, 7-10 pm. For more info call
7644-4084, or send message to
Archery @- UB.
Union of Students for Israel -
Michigan League, Rm. D, 7:30 pm.
Topics for discussion are Israel elec-
tions and government system, and the
Volunteers for Israel program.
Asian Studies Student Associ-
ation - Lane Hall, Rm. 49
(basement), 5 pm.
Employer Presentation - Re-
cruit USA, Michigan Union, Welker
Rm., 3-7 pm; Strategic Planning As-
sociates, Michigan Union, Kuenzal
Rm., 7:30-9:30 pm. Sponsored by
the Career Planning and Placement
Choosing Your Major - Career
Planning and Placement Center, 4:10-
Women for Guatemala - Orga-
nization Meeting, Guild House, 802
Monroe Street, 4 pm.
The Guild House Writers Se-
ries - Kevin Walker and Chris
Brockman reading from their works,
Guild House, 802 Monroe St., 8 pm.
Connections between Racism
and Sexism - A panel discussion
covering the Legal System, Racism in
the Women's Movement, and connec-
Two in anti-Nazi
protest to perform
BY DAVID SCHWARTZ
A University student and a former student were each
sentenced to 72 hours of community service last week
for disturbing the peace at an anti-Nazi protest in March,
during which several protesters hurled rocks at Nazi
Former University student Paul Lefrak, an Ann Arbor
resident, entered a plea of no contest Thursday to a charge
of disturbing the peace. Both he and LSA junior Rashid
Taher, who pleaded no contest to the same charge Sept.
29, were sentenced by 15th District Court Judge George
Under a plea-bargain agreement reached before appear-
ing in court, Lefrak and Taher entered their pleas with the
stipulation that an additional charge of assault and battery
would be dropped.
Both Lefrak and Taher have maintained their inno-
cence throughout their trials. Their attorney, Detroit
lawyer Eileen Scheff, said, "They pled no contest because
of the time and cost involved in a trial."
"We were reluctant to (give in) without fighting, but
there was an absence of a large mobilization" on our be-
half, Lefrak said, although he added, "I think there was a
lot of passive support."
Scheff said Taher and Lefrak should not even have
been tried for their participation in the protest. "The real
acts of violence at the demonstration weren't protesters
throwing rocks," but the Nazis espousing their views,
"I think the question is how to stop a movement that
is based on genocide from growing," Lefrak said, defend-
ing his participation in the demonstration.
Lefrak said of his sentence, "They couldn't get away
with an especially severe sentence because that would
make them look bad."
BY JEFF HASS
The much-touted reforms in the Soviet
Union instituted by Soviet leader Mikhail
Gorbachev have led to some increase in the
emigration of Soviet Jews, but have not
eliminated the suffering of the refuseniks who
remain in the country, speakers at a sympo-
sium on Soviet Jewry said last night.
Three panelists spoke to a crowd of 44
gathered in the Henderson Room in the
Michigan League for over two hours, at a
program sponsored by the Student Struggle
for Soviet Jewry.
Barbara Gaffin, congressional liaison for
the National Conference on Soviet Jewry,
spoke about efforts that can and are being
made by her organization to alleviate the
plight of Soviet Jewry through lobbying
Congress. She said members of Congress and
officials in the State Department are very re-
sponsive to this issue, and she views the mo-
bilization of the American Jewish community
as her group's greatest challenge.
"Both [presidential] candidates have flaw-
less records on Soviet Jews," said Gaffin, re-
ferring to Vice President George Bush and
Gov. Michael Dukakis.
Refuseniks are Soviet Jews who have ap-
plied for permission to emigrate from the So-
viet Union but have been refused by the So-
Psychology Prof. Howard Shevrin ex-
plained that many refuseniks also suffer from
stress because of the discrimination and ha-
rassment they endure.
"The Soviet government by its actions was
isolating a large group of people (refuseniks).
from their traditional social supports,"'
Shevrin said. The stress and social isolation
inflicted upon refuseniks by the Soviets could
lead to a doubling of their mortality rate, he
Dan Grossman, a representative from the
Soviet desk of the State Department who has
served in the Soviet Union, said Jewish emi-
gration has increased under Gorbachev, but has
not come close to releasing all who wish to
Now is an opportune time for Americans
to press for improved treatment of Soviet
Jews because of the great, fundamental re-
forms the country is undergoing as a whole
under Gorbachev, Grossman said.
The RAND Graduate School (RGS)
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cations for 1989-1990 is February 1, 1989. RGS, which is fully accredited by the Western Associa-
tion of Schools and Colleges, is an integral part of The RAND Corporation. Its curriculum consists of
multidisciplinary course work and policy workshops, combined with on-the-job training (OJT), leading
to the dissertation and award of the Ph.D. in Policy Analysis. Sub-fields of specialization include
health policy, national security policy and Soviet studies. Students typically receive OJT support
enivalent to doctoral fellowshinS Fellowshins are also availhle for innlieants with snecia1 interests