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to hold
rally for
Prop. C
Prince cancelled his Ann Arbor
concert date, but people starved for
music - along with a little politics
- can attend a rally at noon today
on the Diag to support an environ-
mental cleanup bond issue on
Michigan's ballot.
The Public Interest Research
Group in Michigan's "Toxic Stop
Tour '88" will arrive on campus to
garner support for Proposal C,
which would allocate $660 million
for environmental programs if ap-
proved by the voters. Most of the
bond's funding would go to cleaning
up toxic and hazardous waste sites.
Two musicians and PIRGIM
members, University graduate stu-
dent Cory Dolgon and musician Tim
Hawkins began a state-wide tour
early last month and will visit toxic
waste sites in all of Michigan's 83
counties by the end of their tour.
On the Diag, Dolgon and
Hawkins will sing songs they have
written about toxics in Michigan.
PIRGIM Director Andy Buchsbaum
will also speak about Proposal C,
said PIRGIM's publicity coordinator
Liza Featherstone.
After the rally, PIRGIM mem-
bers will go to Gelman Sciences,
Inc. at South Wagner and Jackson
Roads. It is the fourth-worst waste
site in Michigan, Featherstone said,
because chemicals, specifically 1,4
dioxene, are improperly stored.
The chemicals are leaking and
"contaminating the water supply of
over 60 family wells" in the area,
Featherstone said.
At the waste site, the tour mem-
bers will hold another rally, and
Featherstone said some family
members with affected wells may
PIRGIM has also been holding a
bond pledge drive asking people to
sign a petition in support of Pro-
posal C. Featherstone said that be-
cause few people are aware of Pro-
posal C, the petition drive has been
a "good way of getting issue recog-



cut tribal

Darlys Vander Beek, director of Disabled Student Services, speaks about the realities of
assaults on the disabled at the Michigan League yesterday. Fifteen people attended the talk
which was held in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness week.

Rape of the physica
capped is a neglected to
they are thought to be as
abled Student Service
Darlys Vander Beek said y
As part of Sexual Ass
ness Week - organized1
versity's Sexual Assault
Awareness Center -
People with Physical D
focused on the specific p
handicapped face with sex
To emphasize that h
students are frequent vict
ual assaults, Vander Bee
Breaking the Silence, a fi
on interviews with handi
vivors of rapes at the Uni
Statistics on rapes of
capped are hard to obt
available data show that

er says handicapped
vulnerable to ra e
have been sexually assaulted, Vander disabled because ey are not taught
ally handi- Beek said, and 99 percent of the time to say no, she added, and usually feel
pic because it is done by somebody they know, obliged to the people who rape them.
sexual, Dis- The handicapped face problems Vander Beek said the most impor-
s Director that make them especially vulnerable tant thing that could be done would
yesterday. to rape, Vander Beek said. Most im- be to educate the population about
ault Aware- portantly, the handicapped often re- rape. "I will like to have a class on
by the Uni- ceive no sexual education. As a con- disabilities put in the school curricu-
Preventionseiquence, distinguishing invasive lum."

High schools and colleges across
the state may no longer be able to
refer to themselves as the fighting
warriors, braves, or chiefs as a result
of a decision made by the Michigan
Civil Rights Committee Monday.
The use of Indian tribal names for
logos and mascots by Michigan In-
stitutions is offensive to native
Americans because it dehumanizes a
people, said James Horn, director of
Information Services for the Michi-
gan Department of Civil Rights.
The civil rights committee ob-
jects to the use of Native American
tribal names as mascots because it
lumps them together with animals
and birds-the top two mascots in
Michigan. Also the depiction of the
Indians are often historically inaccu-
rate and built-on stereotypes. One
example is the use of the Indian
chief headress. "The most accurate
depiction (of the headdress) would be
to have two feathers down," Horn
The commission points out that
the only race of people used as a
mascot is the Native American.
Though some people point out that
the Irish have the leprechaun and the
Greek's have the Spartan, the lep-
rechaun is a fictional character and
Horn asks, "Have you seen a Spartan
Schools have begun taking steps

to investigate what actions will be
taken. Eastern Michigan University,
nicknamed the Hurons, will estab-
lish a committee of faculty and stu-
dents which will be chaired by the
athletic director of athletics said
EMU Communications director
Kathy Tinney.
EMU chose its nickname in the
'30s to honor the Huron tribe, Tin-
ney said.
The committee admits that while
many schools may have wanted to
honor the tribes, the depiction of
Native Americans based on stereo-
types makes the honor a joke.
Mike Dashner, Native American
Representative for the University of
Michigan says the problem lies with
media distortion of tribal names. For
instance, sports writers might say,
"Hurons are on the warpath, or are
out to scalp the enemy." This helps
stereotypes stay alive.
"Until people start objecting to
it, it's not going to change," he said.
The commission has requested the
complete removal of all Indian tribal
names and plans to work with
schools to achieve that goal. The
committee will report next year on
the status of the crime.
One other state, Minnesota, has
been successful in removing Indian
tribal names from logos.

"Rape and
roblems the
ual assault.
tims of sex-
.k presented
lm focusing
capped sur-
f the handi-
ain, but the
75 percent

medical practices from normal proce-
dure is often impossible.
Since transportation is often a
problem for the handicapped, getting
away from a potential assailant is
close to impossible. "We don't
count, we aren't counted, we are so
far down in people's priorities,'
Vander Beck said.
Rape of handicapped persons is
not gender-specific, she said.
Rapes are so rampant among the

In Ann Arbor the Center for Inde-
pendent Living attempts to deal with
some of these problems. Self-defense
classes are given to everyone.
"Most students would be nice to
the handicapped but they won't go
out of their way to get acquainted
because they are scared," said Julie
Steiner, director of SAPAC.
Today the Second Annual Sur-
vivors Speak Out, will take place at
the Michigan Union Ballroomas part
of Sexual Assault Awareness Week.


Two current female University
students and former cheerleaders, who
planned to begin working as strippers
this week have now apparently de-
cided different jobs may look better
on their resumes.
Cheetah's on the River, a promi-
nent Winsdor strip club, has been
advertising that "U of M Co-Eds" and
"Straight 'A' Students" were ready to

"Bare ALL", but Ryan Johns, the
club's serving supervisor, said yes-
terday the duo would not perform.
The women previewed their act
Saturday before an audience and had a
contract to perform all this week, but
Johns said the women cancelled be-
cause "suddenly they were bom-
barded" and "they feel like they're ru-
ined now."
He refused to divulge the women's

identities as part of their contract, but
indicated that their names would be
released once the furor had quelled.
The club has been inundated with
calls after the pair's debut from "the
Michigan athleticadepartment, other
departments, and all sorts of TV and
news reporters," Johns said.
"It's ridiculous. We've had
Michigan alumni just hanging

around waiting for them. The whole
thing just turned against us" he
"They originally approached us
because they wanted some extra
money for Prince tickets, but neither
of us expected this much contro-
versy" said Johns, "I think it was a
case of them telling too many

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Re-formed gospel choir tunes up

"Legal Aspects of Puerto Rico-
Hartford 15 Case" - Law School
Lounge, noon.
"The Formation of the Collec-
tion of Drawings at the J.
Paul Getty Museum: The Early
Years" - George Goldner, Curator
of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty
Museum, Malibu, Hale Aud., 7:30
"The Impact of Computers on
the Development of Chemical
Sciences" - Prof. Warren Hehre,
University of California, Irvine, 1200
Chem. Bldg., 4 pm.
"From Coffee Breaks to Li-
brary Budgets: Communication
Among Scientists" - Emeritus
Prof. W. Conyers Herring, Applied
Physics Stanford University, Schor-
ling Aud., School of Education,7:30
pm. Open to public.
"An Evening of Siddha
Meditation" - Visiting guest
speakers, Campus Inn, 615 E. Huron,
7:30-9 pm. In depth meditation in-
structions and practice. No charge.
"The Evolution of Group Liv-
ing: The Overriding Impor-
tance of Predation" - Clare
FitzGibbon, Ph.D., Sub-Department
of Animal Behavior, Cambridge Uni-
versity, E. Lecture Rm., 3rd floor,
Rackham Bldg., 4 pm.
"Conversations on the .Book of
Job" - Sylvia Scholnick, College of
William and Mary, MLB Lecture Rm.
2, 8 pm. Friday mornings, 10 am-12
pm, meet with the Scholar at Canter-
bury House, 218 N. Division.
Inter-Varsity Christian Fel-
lowship: Family Group Fel-
lowship -Bursley, East Lounge, 7
Palestine Solidarity Committee
-B119 MLB, 7 pm.
Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry -B101 MLB, 6:30 pm.
Conference on the Holocaust
Meeting - 1429 Hill Street, 6:30

Doctrine Study, 8 pm. 1511
Washtenaw Ave.
United Coalition Against
Racism - Michigan Union, 6 pm.
PIRGIM - Campaign to fight toxic
waste, 4th floor Michigan Union, 7
U of M Women's Lacrosse
Club - Practice, Elbel Field, 9-11.
"AAUUGH! I Wish I Would
Have Said....." - One session
workshop focusing on how to say
what you want to say assertively,
Counseling Services, 3100 Michigan
union, 7-9 pm, led by peer facilitators.
Career Planning and Placement
Center - Dr. Margaret Steward,
University of California, is looking
for junior faculty members in the areas
of sciences, agriculture, and engineer-
ing. Advanced graduate and post-
doctorate students. For more info call
Sharpening Your Interview
Skills - Career Planning and
Placement Center, 1:10-2 pm.
Employer Presentations - Bain
& Company, Michigan Union,
Anderson Rm., 7-9 pm; The May
Company, Michigan Union, Pendel-
ton Rm., 7-8:30 pm.
Survivor's Speak Out - Sur-
vivors of rape and sexual harassment
tell their story, Michigan Union Ball-
room, 8 pm. All are welcome.
U of M Fencing Practice - Hill
Coliseum, 7 pm.
Star Trax - Will be performing at
Zims of Briarwood mall, 8:30-12:30
pm. Record your vocals over a choice
of 400 songs for free.
"Mudhoney" - At the BEAT, 215
N. Main St., 10:30 pm. $3 cover
"The Holy Cows" - At the U-
Club, 10 pm. Presented by the
Soundstage and UAC.

The University of Michigan
Gospel Choir kicked off its first sea-
son after three years of inactivity at a
rehearsal and mass meeting at the
William Monroe Trotter House yes-
The choir has been inactive since
1985, when its musician-director
graduated. A number of students be-
gan inquiring about a choir and, with
the help of people in Minority Stu-
dent Services, succeeded in reforming
the group.
Almost 20 students with varying
musical backgrounds ranging from
church choir members, to ex-high
school chorus members, to students
in the music school, attended the
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will make lower-paying public
service jobs, such as nursing or
teaching more attractive.
But the income-redistribution ef-
fect of Dukakis' plan has many de-
tractors, George Bush included.
"The Vice President has a prob-
lem with some students subsidizing
others. That's not right," said James
Carroll, a Bush campaign aide.
Yale University experimented
with both principles of the STARS
program for six years in the mid-
1970s, as a plan to replace scholar-
ships that Yale could no longer af-
ford. Donald Routh, Yale's director
of financial aid, said the plan was
dropped when the federal government
started GSLs.
"It's still a plausible idea," Routh
said. "It worked pretty well for the
students who took advantage of it."
Routh said the problems with the
program are that it is very hard to
administer and that it "takes a long
time and a lot of money to get it to
pay for itself."
Bush's plan is not so compli-
cated. He, like Dukakis, advocates

Minister Mark Wilson, youth
minister at Hartford Baptist Church
in Detroit and a student in the de-
partment of sociology, led the re-
hearsal. Wilson encouraged members
to stay involved with the gospel
"A gospel choir can give some
identity and preserve spirituality in
an academic setting," Wilson said.
He leads the group tonight temporar-
ily - the choir is still in search of a
permanent director.
Although being a member of the
choir does require a two-hour weekly
commitment, Teina Christian, an
LSA junior, said that dedicating time
to the group is rewarding. "This is a
whose family does not have the re-
sources (to buy the bonds)," said
Janice Thurmond, a Dukakis aide.
Others question whether the tax-
free status is an adequate incentive to
buy the bonds and put so much
money away early.
A more pressing concern is that
Bush does not really mean what he
says. Many say he was part of what
he calls the "Reagan-Bush adminis-
tration" that has repeatedly asked
Congress to trim higher education
Carroll brushes off such criti-
cism. "You have to look at the eco-
nomic situation of the early 1980s,"
he said. A recession and a threaten-
ing international environment during
those years dictated governmental
spending priorities, said Carroll. The
Bush aide claimed that has changed,
and that there will be more funds to
spend on education.

good way for us to come together and
praise the Lord in song... it is a great
and fun way to meet people. I get
something and the choir gets some-
thing. We give and we get."
Barbara Robinson, a Black repre-
sentative in Minority Student Ser-
vices encouraged students to spread
the word about the choir, adding that
there is a great deal of talent among
Black students at the University and
she doesn't want to see that talent lie
Robinson also stressed that the
choir represents a part of Black cul-
ture and provides a way for Blacks to
present themselves to other people.
"Our goal is to have a well bal-
anced, disciplined choir and a group
that can represent the University of

Michigan and the Black Student
Community with pride," Robinson
said. Although not a choir member,
Robinson is helping to organize the
group, including oversight of the
purchase of uniforms.
In past years the choir has partici-
pated in Martin Luther King Day ac-
tivities and attended various church
functions. A schedule has not been
set for the group, but they do want to
get involved in Christmas concerts
and Black History Month in Febru-
ary, Robinson said.
Regular weekly rehearsals will
begin Monday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.,
although the group has not yet se-
cured a location for the rehearsals.
Further information can be obtained
from the Trotter House.












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