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Panelists discuss 'U' mandate
'U' needs minority input to
reach goals, speakers say

The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, January 24, 1990 -Page 3
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by Mark Katz
Minority Issues Reporter
University President James Dud-
erstadt's Michigan Mandate needs
further definition and must reach out
to minority communities in order to
be successful, participants in a panel
discussion on "Diversity and the
Michigan Mandate" said yesterday.
Center for Afro-American Studies
Director Lemuel Johnson, a panel
participant, said that as an African
American he is "somewhat dis-
mayed" by the construction of the
document. The Mandate has an
"inability to generate morally en-
lightened vision of where these mi-
norities are coming from" by over-
looking the intellectual contribu-
tions minorities can offer.
However, Johnson added that he
was not cynical about the document.
"The great sense of managing confu-
sion (of the Mandate) bothers me but
also gives me some kind of hope."
Panel participant Rosemary Sarri,
a professor of social work and fac-
ulty associate at the center for Polit-
ical Studies, emphasized that in order
for the Mandate to succeed, the ad-
ministration must engage in dia-
logues with some of the people and
communities to which the document
is directed.
"The goals must be personified in
daily actions and decisions," she
said. The faculty, students, adminis-
tration, and University community
"must address what it is to be a mi-

nority on campus... We cannot ex-
pect working class minority students
to fit into our traditional social
structure."
Comparing Michigan's document
to similar documents at other col-
leges around the nation, including
Brown University and the University
of Wisconsin, Johnson said, "To
read any one of them is to read all of
them."
He said the constant use of the
word "diversity" without further ex-
planation appears in all the docu-
ments.
Sarri, who called the Mandate
was "very lacking in specificity,"
said she hopes that the "change
agents" will get underway quickly
and the "concrete issues" will be ad-
dressed.
"If the University takes the
(Mandate's) goals seriously... the
University must change fundamen-
tally," she said, adding that it is "not
impossible" to conceive of Michigan
taking a leading role among the na-
tion's schools in this aspect.
The discussion was the first of a
series of Conference on Teaching of
Ethics and Values forums on the
implications of the Mandate and
other ethical questions at the Univer-
sity.

by Amy Quick
Daily Staff Writer
Students straightened their ties,
adjusted their jackets, and quickly
glanced over their resumes as they
waited in line for the 16th annual
Minority Career Conference at the
Union last night.
"This is an opportunity for mi-
norities to show their stuff," said
Student Coordinator Kenneth John-
son. "We're prepared, we're re-
searched and we deserve jobs."
The conference, sponsored by Ca-
reer Planning and Placement regis-
tered 117 companies and graduate
schools who attended to recruit stu-
dents.
Over 300 people pre-registered for
the conference with CP&P's Profes-
sional Improvement Program, said
coordinator Jackie Dearing. At 7
p.m., the halls filled with lines of
unregistered students.
After changing its scheduled time
from the daytime, during which stu-
dents often had classes, to 7 p.m.
this year, coordinators expected an
increase in student attendance, said
CP&P coordinator Deborah Orr
May.
"It seems packed, it's crazy,"
May said.
Johnson, a senior political
science and psychology major, has
headed the conference for two years.
The rescheduling of the conference
made a big difference, he said.
"It's much better this year. Last
year emplcyers left early because
they were bored... this year students

are going to keep coming until
10:00," he said.
There were also more students at
the pre-conference workshops, John-
son said. "Students are better pre-
pared this year, with stronger re-
sumds. They've done better research
on the companies."
The workshops prepared students
for the conference by helping them
improve their interviewing skills and
resum6 writing.
"I want to give students a chance
to evaluate us," said Shelley Letts, a
representative of General Motors'
Truck and Bus Group. "Students
should ask a lot of questions about
us, too. It's a two way street.- If
'It's good network-
ing, and a good way
to meet people and
get experience and
confidence in talking
with recruiters.'
- Kevin Kim
engineering junior
someone doesn't want to know
about us, it makes us wonder how
serious he or she is about a job."
"I think even freshmen and
sophomores should go," said partici-
pant Kevin Kim, an aerospace engi-
neering junior. "It's good network-
ing, and a good way to meet people
and get experience and confidence in
talking with recruiters."

Rosemary Sarri, professor of social work, discussed University
President James Duderstadt's Michgan Mandate yesterday.

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by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
A resolution to put the question
of a "zone of reproductive freedom"
in Ann Arbor on the ballot in April
was postponed by the City Council
Monday night.
The referendum - sponsored by
councilmember Liz Brater (D- Third
Ward) - proposes that, if abortion
ever became illegal in Michigan, the
-violation would only be punishable
with a $5 fine in Ann Arbor.
The vote to table the proposal
split the council along partisan lines
all six council Republicans sup-
ported the move to table.
"This is not a partisan issue. The
people want to say now that they are

in favor of choice and that they are
in favor of a zone for reproductive
freedom," said councilperson Ann
Marie Coleman (D-First Ward). "It's
time to lead rather than to follow."
Councilmember Jerry Schliecher
(R-Fourth Ward) said he didn't think
the referendum was necessary be-
cause Michigan currently has no
laws prohibiting abortion.
Both Braeter and Councilperson
Larry Hunter (D-First Ward) said
they would reintroduce the resolution
at next week's meeting. The deadline
for the council to place referendum
questions on the April 2 ballot is
Feb. 2.
However, even if the council de-
feats or postpones the resolution

next week, the issue might still be
included on the spring ballot.
A three week petition drive to
make the issue a referendum question
was conducted last December by the
Citizens for Reproductive Freedom.
The city clerk's office is currently
verifying the 4,127 signatures col-
lected.
Herb Katz, a spokesperson for the
clerk's office, said he expects all the
signatures will be checked by late
next week. If 3,600 of the petitions
signatures are legitimate, the pro-
posal will be placed on the April
ballot.
Braeter said that it was rare that
the clerk's office had decided to ver-
ify every signature.

ballot
However, city clerk Winifred
Northcross explained Monday night
that because the petition drive ex-
ceeded the minimum number by
only 400 signatures, a comprehen-
sive verification was needed.
Northcross said there was no set
rules regarding verification.
If it is ever approved by voters,
the "zone of reproductive freedom"
- which is patterned after the $5
pot law - would make Ann Arbor
the first city in the country to adopt
such a law.
"It's a real strong statement to
send to Lansing if it passes," said
Karen Piehutleoski, a member of Ci-
tizens for Reproductive Freedom.
"We're counting on the community
to get behind this issue."

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by Gabrielle Durocher Campus was evacuated for an hour At approximately 9:30 a.m., all "The explosion was the equ
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THE. LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Daniel Atkins, interim dean of
the College of Engineering, said the
explosion occurred when a small
amount of silane gas escaped from a
cylinder while a defective valve was
being changed during a routine ser-
vicing procedure in the Solid State
Electronic Laboratory.
Silane is a non-toxic, air
flammable gas which is used in the
manufacturing of semi-conductors.

said.
It caused no damage, and no one
was injured as a result.
The explosion automatically
triggered the building's alarm sys-
tem, prompting the subsequent eva-
cuation. After the removal of the
damaged silane tank, which took
about an hour, people were allowed
to return to the building.

Special stones
Cathy and Emily Bilsky from Dearborn raise money for the group
Environmental Advocacy by selling stones in the Michigan Union
yesterday.
Jury returns verdict In
telephone tapping case

Meetings
UM Shorin-Ryu Karate-do
Club - 8:30-9:30 in the CCRB
Small Gym
Asian Studies Student
Association - 7 p.m. in Lane
Hall Rm. 48
Undergraduate Political
Science Association - mass
meeting at 7 p.m. in the Union
Anderson Rm.
Women Worshipping in the
Christian Tradition - 7 p.m. at
the Canterbury House (218 N.
Division)
Philosophy Club - meets at 7
p.m. in the Angell Hall
Commons Rm.
Speakers
"Hypervalent Organoelement
Compounds" - Paqresh Savla
of the Chem. Dept. speaks at 4
p.m. in Chem. 1640
"Non-Linear Self-Training
Adaptive Equalization of
Multilevel Partial-Response
Class-IV Systems" - Dr.
Giovanni Cherubni of the IBM
Zurich - Research Laboratory
speaks at 2:30 in EECS 3427
"Encounters with Bulgarians:
Political Change in a Land of
Contrasts" - Luan Troxel, a
PhD. candidate in Political
Science speaks at noon in the
Lane Hall Commons Rm.; brown
bag
"The Scene of the Crime

"The Ukrainian Literary
Renaissance of the 1920s" -
Assya Humesky speaks at 7 p.m.
in 2231 Angell Hall
"From Saint-Denis and
Aachen to Westminster and
Reims Royal Iconography in
the Twelfth and Thirteenth
Centuries" - Willibald
Sauerlander of the Zentralinstitute
fur Kunstgeschichte in Munich at
7 p.m. in Angell Hall Aud. A; re-
ception follows
Furthermore
Avant-Garde Cinema -
Rhythmus 2, Ghosts Before
Breakfast, Symphonie Diagonale,
and Entr'acte ta, a 31-minute
program, begins at 7 p.m. in
Angell Aud. C
Society of Minority
Engineering Students - 14th
Annual Industrial Awards Banquet
5:30-10 p.m. at Weber's Inn
CP&P Programs - Minority
Career Conference (Interviews)
from 9a.m.-4 p.m. in the Union
Ballroom and Pendleton Rm.;
Choosing Your Major from 4:10-
5 p...m. in the CP&P Conference
Rm.; OCRP Info. Session from
6:10-7 p.m. in Angell Aud. B;
Harris Trust & Savings Employer
Presentation from 6:30-8:30 in
the Union Kuenzel Rm.
Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance - 7-9 n.m. in Hale

CINCINNATI (AP) - A jury
concluded yesterday that two former
Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. in-
stallers defamed a company supervi-
sor by claiming he directed them to
perform illegal wiretaps.
However, the eight-member
Hamilton County Common Pleas
jury returned an inconsistent verdict
on the overriding question at the

trial: whether the former employees
defamed the company by saying it
had them perform hundreds of illegal
wiretaps in the 1970s and 1980s.
Judge Fred Cartolano sent the
jury back to clear up the inconsis-
tencies in its verdict given yesterday
afternoon.
The company has denied any in-
volvement in any illegal wiretaps.

* Resume Packages
" Quality-Thesis Copies
" Course Packets
e Fax Service

" Term Paper Copies
" Collating/Binding
. Passport Photos
* Color Copies

"ECONOMIES OF ART: HISTORY AND THEORY"
JANUARY 25-27, 1990
RACKHAM AMPHITHEATRE
Thomas Crow (History of Art)
2:00 PM, January 25, "Contemporary Art and the Market
in Theory"
Biohun Jeyifo (English, Cornell)
2:00 PM, January 25, "Arrested Decolonization and the Discourse
on Literary Value"
Ruth Behar (Anthropology)
8:00 PM, January 25, "Crossing the border with a Mexican
Woman's Life Story: Economies of Fieldwork and Textwork"
Cora Kaplan (English, Rutgers)
2:00 PM, January 26, "'Like any other rebel slave': Gender,
Race, and Nation in Jane Eyre"
Gary Tomlinson (Musicology, University of Pennsylvania)
2:00 PM, January 26, "Music, History, Value"

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