The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 27, 1989 - Page 3
BY FRAN OBEID
A permanent University Affirma-
tive Action director could be named
within a month, according to mem-
bers of a search committee that has
been meeting since September.
The committee has recommended
a list of four candidates, none of
whom are from inside the Univer-
sity, to University President James
Duderstadt for his. final selection.
Search officials would not release
"President Duderstadt wanted the
position filled as close to the first of
the year as possible," said committee
member and Rackham graduate stu-
dent Todd Shaw. "We need a strong
leader who works well and who is
concerned with diversity issues."
Duderstadt's selection will replace
interim Affirmative Action Director
Mary Ann Swain, who is also
assistant vice president for academic
afSwain replaced former director
Virginia Nordby, who was promoted
to associate vice president for gov-
ernmental relations in June, but
continued in the Affirmative Action
office until November.
"Four candidates were brought to
campus for interviews," said Chair
of the search committee and Assis-
tant Vice President for Academic
Affairs Colleen Dolan-Greene.
"Several members of student groups
also interviewed some of the candi-
i The search committee is com-
posed of seven faculty members
from various departments and two
students appointed by the Michigan
Student Assembly. Out of 150 ap-
plicants, the committee determined
about 40 were qualified for the posi-
tion, and from that group the top
four were sent to Duderstadt. He will
either select one of the four or reject
all the recommended candidates,
which would start the search process
Two men robbed a Domino's
pizza delivery person Wednesday
night on the 500 block of Long
Shore Drive, said Ann Arbor Police
Sergeant Sherry Vail.
The victim said one of the men
was armed with a long piece of me-
tal, according to the report.
The suspects stole the pizza he
was going to deliver and the money
he was carrying. The suspects fled
on foot after the robbery, Vail said.
Vail said police are continuing to
investigate the incident.
By Monica Smith
discuss life in
BY JENNIFER MILLER
Asian American women often
face a conflict between the demands
of their traditional backgrounds and
American culture, said students yes-
terday during the first meeting held
to bring South and East Asian
The Indian and Pakistani-Ameri-
can Student Council sponsored the
forum "to increase awareness of
Asian women on campus and to cel-
ebrate our culture," said group
founder Dexa Patel, an LSA junior.
Radhika Sharma, a group member
and facilitator, began the meeting by
recognizing that despite differences
in Eastern and Southern cultures,
there is a need to build upon
"This coming together was the
beginning of the binding of Asian
women that will carry out goals,"
said Sharma, a Public Health gradu-
The women met in workshop
groups in which they discussed
positive and negative experiences as
Asian Americans. "I am proudest of
our culture and the importance it
puts on family and community sup-
port. But I dislike the box that peo-
ple put us in," said Sharma.
The discussion groups, limited
only to Asian Americans, gave the
women a chance to vent their com-
plaints and also celebrate being part
of two cultures.
The women noted a contrast be-
tween what they saw as their more
conservative heritage and the liberal
"Some people think I am tough
because I don.'t show emotion as
freely as some white Americans,"
said one participant. "In America, it
is hard because you have to be part
of the blonde-hair blue-eyed main-
stream to be accepted."
"There is a general arrogance
among students at the University,"
said another participant. "I am used
to everyone staring at me when I
speak. But it is not just Asian stu-
dents - it is any foreigner with an
accent or different color skin."
Sharma said the meeting, which
about 20 people attended, helped
create an awareness of the conflict
between the two cultures.
"Tonight was exciting because
there was so much strong, open par-
ticipation. In a University classroom
dominated by white males these
ideas and opinions don't come out,"
Getting a University response is
one of the main goals of IPASC.
"We want to build up the South
Asian studies program," said Patel.
"There has not even been a political
science professor in the field for
IPASC was formed in August as
a political awareness support group.
Member Sree Nallamoth believes the
group is succeeding. "It is going
slow but we have strong people and
ambitious ideas. We are getting
closer and closer all the time."
Andy Klouck and Brent Rasmussen,
pick-up hockey yesterday at Gallery
students at Ann Arbor Huron High School, play
BY MARK MENDELIS
Imagine floating almost lifelessly
in a giant white egg. Not a real egg,
but an artificial one.
Envision yourself in a capsule of
total darkness and pure silence -
except for your own body's life pro-
cesses - floating in a special tem-
perature-regulated saline solution in
which your body and soul feel abso-
lutely no gravity.
In short, you are in an environ-
ment in which there are no external
stimuli, an environment in which
your mind is free to concentrate
solely on your mind's thoughts and
While this may sound like some
bizarre dream, such an experience is
yours for the taking if you are daring
enough to visit Ann Arbor's Peak
Recently opened, the center offers
the latest innovations in "stress
reduction, therapeutic message, and
performance enhancement," with Re-
stricted Environmental Stimulation
Therapy (REST) flotation tanks.
The flotation tanks, as they are
commonly referred to by owners Jo-
celyn Granger and Mike Twigg, are
large egg-like chambers filled with
about 10 inches of water. Grang
The tanks are sound and light trasensor
proof when closed, and the water has to your1
been saturated with over 1100 pounds clearly<
of Epson salts to ensure "total body problems
buoyancy" during the typical hour-
long sessions, according to Granger. Co-o
By maintaining the water in each graduate,
tank at a constant temperature of fit that "
93.5 degrees, the same temperature of you have
the skin's surface, the body loses its Althoi
sense of gravity, "effectively creating for onlyt
a blank-out of the sense of touch, already
pressure, fiction, and other skin sen- already C
sations," according to author Michael students,
The creation of such a sensation She sa
(or lack of sensation) is a key ea- with Thc
ment in creating an atmosphere that Universi
expands levels of concentration and partmeni
mental prowess, according to neuro- creating
physiologist John Lilly, the father of allowStig
the flotation tank. languag
Lilly found that about 90 percent environr
of our neural activity is dedicated to tanks.
interpreting gravity and computing
how to move about without falling. Such
The flotation tank was designed spe- possible
cifically with this in mind: to free up have vid(
this 90 percent of neural functioning side thenr
for more intensive and creative men- viewing.
ger said that because "... ex-
ry input is no longer going
brain, you can think (more
and intensely), work out
s... become very creative."
wner Twigg, a University
added as an additional bene-
the more you float, the less
ugh the center has been open
two-and-a-half weeks, it has
stablished a clientele of 214,
0 of which are University
aid she has already conversed
Xmas Kavanagh, chair of the
ty's Romance language de--
t, who expressed interest in
a program which would
udents to learn their foreign
es under the "superlearning"
rent created by the flotation
a program could be made
because the flotation tanks
eo monitors and speakers in-
n which allow for videotape
Engin. search team meets
BY MARION DAVIS
A committee of seven faculty
members, one alumnus, and a grad-
uate student will meet tonight to
begin the search for a new engineer-
ing dean, committee chair Albert
Schultz said yesterday.
Schultz, a mechanical engineering
professor, said the meeting will be
an organizational one in which the
group will discuss search procedures
and set meeting dates.
Schultz said he is keeping an
open mind about the search and is
not necessarily looking to fill the
position with a current engineering
faculty member, he said.
"(We) just want to pick the best
people," he said. "The college has
had some very nice leadership over
the years and has had some changes
for the better."
Schultz said he hopes that who-
ever gets the job will continue the
college's positive progress.
Charles Vest vacated the position
when he was promoted to provost
and vice president of academic affairs
Engineering Prof. Daniel Atkins
is serving as interim dean. until a
permanent replacement is found.
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BY JESSICA ST RICK
Two women professors who have
been active both in campus and state
political life were honored yesterday
for their contributions by the Aca-
demic Women's Caucus, during the
group's fifth annual awards cere-
Social work Prof. Beth Reed and
UM-Dearborn political science Prof.
-Helen Graves were given the second
annual Sarah Goddard Power Award,
named for the University regent who
0 died in 1987.
"(The) award is given to a person
who makes a contribution to the
betterment of women," said Margaret
Lourie, the associate director of the
Women's Studies Department.
Reed, who chairs the Senate Ad-
visory Committee on University
Affairs, was a prominent choice be-
cause of her commitment to work
* "very hard to have a creative, posi-
tive atmosphere on campus" and her
dedication of "many, many hours of
her time to help students," said Di-
ane Kaplan Vinokur, assistant dean
for research and development in the
School of Social Work.
Caucus Co-Chair Judith Heady
agreed: "Beth has been active in try-
ing to promote the academic status
Upon receiving the award, Reed
recounted a sense of fulfillment at
her own personal achievement as
well as the progress that the caucus
has sustained. "It's something about
these two things coming together
that makes this so powerful," she
Graves has provided "energetic
leadership" for the University's po-
litical internship programs both in
the United States and Canada,
according to a program issued by the
caucus, as well as service as a dele-
gate to state and national Democratic
Eli Lilly and Company
(A Research Based Pharmaceutical Manufacturer)
Invites University of Michigan Students Interested in
Careers as System Analysts and Summer Internships
to a Reception and Presentation
Today, Thursday, January 19, 1988
Room 1311, EECS Building
5:15 - 7:15 P.M.
A strong computer background is desired with CS,
Engineering, Natural Sciences or Business degrees.
Resumes are requested. Refreshments will be provided.
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The University Symphony Orchestra
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