Paje 2 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 23, 1989
BY NOELLE SHADWICK
A group organizing local partici-
pation in an April 29 march on
Washington met for the first time
last night to plan promotional and
fund raising activities.
The march, sponsored by the All
People's Congress, a national group
dedicated to progressive causes, and
endorsed by at least 160 other
groups, will protest eight years of
cutbacks in social spending by the
Reagan administration and will de-
mand that the Bush administration
take a more generous approach to the
problems of the poor, women, and
Students and representatives from
the Homeless Action Committee,
Committee to Defend Abortion
Rights, and the Intercooperative
Council attended the meeting.
National protest will draw local
residents to Washington
The march will be a united strug-
gle addressing many issues, said
Brenda Kirby, a member of Jazz for
Life, who led the meeting.
"The last eight years have been
nothing but attacks and conces-
sions," Kirby said.
The most recent attacks, said
Kirby, have been the passage of
Proposal A in Michigan which
"effectively denied poor women their
right to choose abortion," the pro-
posal to make receiving financial aid
dependant on military service, and
the proposal to spend millions to
bail out the bank industry.
Women's rights are being threat-
ened, and though people may feel
nervous about speaking up, "It is
necessary for all people to demand
and receive justice," said Susan Far-
guhar, adding that religious groups
lobbying against abortion remove a
woman's right to make decisions.
"People who speak up and out are
somehow perceived as being
wrong.... But the voice that so
many feel compelled to share isn't
wrong... the voice is our voice," she
Organizers discussed fund raising
and publicity projects.
The cost of a bus taking about
40-50 people to Washington is es-
timated at $2,100.
One organizer expressed concern
that those who will most want to
attend the march will be least able to
afford the trip, and therefore, that
fundraising should be a major prior-
A previous march on Washington
D.C. sponsored by the All People's
Congress in 1981 attracted two bus
loads of people from Ann Arbor.
About 100,000 people attended
Organizers briefly discussed a
possible bucket drive and raffle, but
some considered bucket drives too
prevalent on campus already and not
The next meeting for those inter-
ested in attending or organizing the
march is scheduled for 7 p.m on
March 8. The location has not yet
The march, started by a New
York student group, was originally
planned for April 9.
It's tough becoming an RA.
BY JENNIFER UNTER
Thinking of becoming a Resident
Adviser? It's not all that easy. There
is'an extensive process that RAs and
RDs have to go through before they
are accepted to the position.
Resident Advisers undergo a
more rigorous procedure than Resi-
dent Directors because of their
different obligations. Rob Meyer, a
junior RA in West Quad, said there
is room for improvement in the
process, but it's "pretty good." The
first thing that the applicant must do
is fill out an application consisting
of four short essays and background
After the application has been
received, the applicant must go
through two classroom sessions
where, "other RAs and RDs evaluate
how well you work in small
groups," Meyer said. "It was pretty
unnerving with people taking notes
of your performance without saying
The rest of the process that the
RAs go through is similar to the
process that the RDs go through.
The application is submitted to
housing and circulated. After that,
there are interviews with the resident
staff in different residence halls."
After the classroom sessions, the
RAs must have these interviews as
well. Meyer describes these inter-
views as "more laid back. The
questions deal with controversial is-
sues that might arise, like 'what
would you do if arstudent on your
hall was excessively depressed."'
After the first round of inter-
views, there is a final interview with
the building director two weeks later.
The second round usually takes place
in early March.
The screening process for RAs
is longer and more centralized be-
cause they are responsible for a cer-
tain number of students. Pelham
said, "The process to become an RD
is easier and it happens sooner. The
RDs are part of the administration
and help run the building. They also
supervise the RA staff."
Because of the longer process,
some students have difficulty finding
housing if they aren't accepted into
the resident staff. Students find out
in March after the housing selection.
Meyer said, "Most of the people I
knew who didn't make it through
had made previous arrangements for
Some students didn't though.
Matt Denno, an LSA junior, applied
last year and found out in March that
he hadn't been selected. "All of my
friends had houses at the time when I
found out. I finally found one in
May, but at the time it was a pain,"
Even though Denno didn't make
it the first time, he is going through
it again. He finds that the process is
more sped up this year because there
were many complaints last year.
The applicants will find out this year
if they got the second interview be-
fore spring break whereas last year it
was after. Denno said, "It is hard to
streamline the process because there
are so many people going through."
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Former KKK member sworn in
BATON ROUGE, La. - David Duke, a former grand wizard and of
the Ku Klux Klan, overcame two last- minute challenges and was sworn
into the Louisiana Legislature on yesterday as Black lawmakers vowed to
keep an eye on him.
Duke took the oath of office after surviving a lawsuit and an attempt
by a lawmaker to deny him his House seat in a dispute over whether
Duke was a legal resident of his suburban New Orleans district, which is
99.6 percent white.
"I want to allay fears that I will be divisive or a problem in this great
body," Duke told his new colleagues.
Duke also was accepted by the House Republicans as one of their own,
despite a move by national party chair Lee Atwater to repudiate him as a
member of the GOP. An anti- Duke resolution was drawn up Tuesday for
action on Friday by the GOP executive council.
Duke was grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan during the 1970's and an
international spokesperson for the group.
Consumer prices show high increase
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices shot up 0.6 percent last month,
their fastest rise in two years, a government report said yesterday.
Analysts cited it as fresh evidence of entrenched and accelerating inflation.
Propelled by higher costs for food, energy and a variety of other goods
and services, the seasonally adjusted increase in the Consumer Price Index
doubled the moderate 0.3 percent gains of November and December, the
Labor Department said.
Federal chair Alan Greenspan, testifying before a House Banking
subcommittee yesterday, called January's gain "disturbing" and said the
rising prices were probably the result of accelerating wage increases.
Increased food prices were attributed in part to after- effects from last
summer's drought, but also to generally higher costs of doing business,
including rising distribution and packaging expenses.
Bush begins five-day trip to Asia
ANCHORAGE - President Bush, heading to Asia in his first
overseas trip as chief executive, voiced American determination yesterday
to stay a Pacific power" and strengthen "key relationships with our
friends and partners" in the region.
Calling Alaska "the American gateway to Asia," Bush spoke briefly to
a group of U.S. servicemen and their families during a refueling stop at
Elmendorf Air Force Base, a traditional departure point for presidential
trips to the Far East.
Bush, speaking inside a hangar as snow fell outside, said the aim of
his five- day trip is to "strengthen key relationships with our friends and
partners in the Pacific region."~
"Alaskans understand that America is as much a Pacific nation as it is
an Atlantic one, and that the Pacific region is of great and growing
importance in international affairs," he said.
Supreme Court drops negligence suit
against Wisconsin in child abuse case
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, ruling against a child who
suffered brain damage from repeated beatings by his father, said yesterday
states may not be sued even if they negligently fail to shield people from
abuse by others.
The 6-3 decision said public officials have no constitutional duty to
protect those who are not in state custody. The court said there is no
legal recourse even in the "undeniably tragic" case where officials were
aware of the beatings but did not intervene.
The court dropped a lawsuit in behalf of Joshua DeShaney, a
Wisconsin boy who since age 4 has been retarded and is expected to
remain institutionalized for the rest of his life.
Child welfare officials and the state were sued by Melody DeShaney, on
grounds that her son Joshua was deprived of liberty without due process.
The boy first came to the attention of the welfare agency when he was
brought to a hospital in 1983 at age 4 with cuts and bruises.
Valentine's dinner ruined by
wife's affection for lobster
TACOMA, Wash. - A live Maine lobster bought for a Valentine's
Day dinner got a reprieve from a boiling pot when a wife told her husband
she preferred the sea crustacean as a pet.
Suzanne Brown had planned to serve the lobster to her husband, Dave
to crown a romantic, home-cooked dinner.
Shepresented her husband with the $14 catch, wrapped in newspaper,
valentine attached. But when it came time to drop it in the boiling water,
Suzanne proved to be softer skinned than her hard-shelled prey.
"I kinda fell in love with a lobster," said Mrs. Brown. "I decided I
wanted to keep him for a pet."
The 14-pound lobster, dubbed Oscar, stayed alive in the Brown's
refrigerator while Suzanne called around for help in setting up a lobster
The Seattle Aquarium couldn't help, nor could the University of
Washington. So Gary Gerontis of Johnny's Seafood took the lobster back
and promised to fly it back to Maine.
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The Board of Canvassers found
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Surovell said yesterday he did not
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