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The Michigan Daily -Thursday, April 19, 1990 - Page 3
Students protest
lack of street signs

by Diane Cook
Daily Women's Issues Reporter
Following two years of
reviewing police records of reported
sexual assaults and descriptions of
perpetrators, Robert Williams
combined his knowledge of self-
defense techniques with his image of
the sex offender and has since taught
people how to defend themselves in
workshops called Adventure Spirit
Training Program.
Williams, who conducted a
workshop for about 20 women in
the Pond Room of the Michigan
Union last night, said that his
workshops focus on the perpetrator's
actions, rather than on those of the
"Violence is when one person
establishes and exploits power over
inother person," he said.
Williams said it is important to
consider mental response to assault.
"If you have your mind on a
situation, it can be the most
powerful weapon for your defense,"
Williams said.
But he said people are constantly
practicing a form of self-defense in
their everyday lives.
"People adjust their body stance,
facial expression and tone of their
yoice all the time according to

women have an edge over men.
He stressed the fact that the
impact of a woman's kick is "harder
than the average male boxer can
"Most women have very strong
legs. You know, the big thighs, the
big gluts that everyone is so upset
about. Well there's a lot of power
there," he said..
Williams said one thing for a
person who is assaulted to
consider is that all of a person's
vulnerable body parts are
"When people fight, we have a
face and a head like a catcher's mitt.
Any blow goes straight to the
brain," he said.
Following the discussion section
of the workshop, Williams
demonstrated moves and the audience
followed along. In conclusion, the
audience sat in a circle and Williams
asked everyone to close their eyes.
He asked participants to visualize
themselves performing the moves.
Williams has several certificate in
the martial arts and spent two years
studying aspects of perpetrators by
combing through police reports of
sexual assaults in Austin, Texas.

Frank Krajenke
Daiiy Staff Writer
About 20 residence hall students
protested at the corner of Washtenaw
and Huron last night over a lack of
signs warning cars to watch for
The students want the city to in-
stall a light or a sign warning drivers
before the curve.
The students carried signs read-
ing, "Slow down, dangerous curve"
as they marched back and forth
across Washtenaw, while Ann Ar-
borites positioned themselves on the
corner and observed the protestors.
Mike Bilecki, a first-year LSA
student, said the protest was orga-
nized to "get better signs to protect
people crossing. It's a blind corner
- a sign that said, in flashing
lights, 'dangerous cross walk' before
the corner, how much could it cost?"
he asked.
Mike Sebaly, LSA sophomore,
agreed: "It's really dangerous as there
is nothing to slow cars down."
Cheryl Werner, first-year LSA
student, was passing by during the
protest and said she agreed with the

protestors. "I think it is great. I am
sick of cars whizzing by. It's hard to
see around to corner," she said.
While Joseph Nosse, Engineering
sophomore, agreed with the groups
goals, he disagreed with their
method. "I agree with something
needs to be done. It is a problem.
We need a light. I have almost been
hit a couple of times, but its danger-
ous to protest (here). Thank God the
cops showed up (to protect the
Vince Wilk, LSA sophomore
said the current sign fails to alert
drivers to the pedestrian crossing.
"Twice a day you hear cars screech-
ing to a halt," he said.
There are signs which hang above
Huron which alert drivers to the
"Adding a light, especially for
peak hours, would help," he added.
Students who are most effected
by the inadequate amount of signs
are residents of the Hill Dorms:
Stockwell, Alice Lloyd, Mary
Markley, Mosher-Jordan and
Couzens, Bilecki said.

Korean Riots
Two riot police are surrounded by the flames of firebombs hurled by
students yesterday during clashes after anti-government and anti-US
rallies at Konkus University. About 1,000 students with firebombs fought
against riot police using teargas.

Lesbians, gay men find 'niche in group

If you have your mind on a situation, it can
be the most powerful weapon for your
Robert Williams

energy being directed at them by
other people," he said.
"Most of the ways we change
ourselves are unconscious. The
changes are done for self-defense," he
said. "What we look at is making
use of them in a conscious way."
He said that for physical defense,

The self defense workshop,
sponsored by the Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center
and the Michigan Student Assembly
Women's Commission was part of
SAPAC's programs for April, Rape
Prevention Month. Call 763-5865
for information.

by Ian Hoffman
Daily Staff Writer
Finding a niche in a community
of 35,000 students is no small ac-
But for lesbians, gay males and
bisexuals at the University finding a
niche often seems impossible.
Enter David Horste, Jerry Galea
and the East Quad/RC Lesbian, Gay
Male and Bisexual Social Group
"We want to provide a network
~ for lesbians, gay males and bisexuals
in a non-bar environment," said
Horste, a Residential College (RC)
senior and co-organizer of the group.
"Too often the social scene revolves
around the bar or political issues."
Horste said when the group was
first founded they decided not to use
the word "support" in their title be-
cause of the its negative connota-
tion. He added, "Rather we are a so-
cial group made up of supportive
Horste, a resident director in East
Quad, founded the organization in
the fall of 1988. Today, he and
Galca, an East Quad resident fellow
and LSA junior, organize the
group's meetings.
Horste said while an average of
25 students attend the weekly
Wednesday night get-togethers in

'I am considered one the most 'out' people
on campus, but the words 'I am gay,' didn't
pass my lips until I was 22'
- David Horste
Organizer Lesbian, Gay Male, and Bisexual
Social Group

East Quad there are about 60 stu-
dents, faculty and staff who partici-
pate in the group from time to time.
The participants are an equal mix of
men and women said Horste.
LGMBSG conducts a variety of
"Sometimes we discuss issues
such as what does it mean to be gay,
gay marriages, homophobia or gay
culture," said Galca. "Sometimes we

cral awareness about gay males, les-
bians and bisexuals and contained in-
formation about AIDS.
While the group welcomes any-
one, Galca said joining the group
often involves more than just show-
ing up. "A number of people are
scared to come - they tell their
roommates they're at the library or
something. It can be a nerve-racking
experience for someone just coming

to come out to."
First year RC student Joe Ash is
one of those students who has come
out after joining the group.
"Once I could see there were other
people out there I felt more comfort-
able," Ash said. "By verbalizing
things to Jerry, I was verbalizing
things to myself."
Ash, Galea, and Horste all said
they feel lucky East Quad and its res-
,jnts support LGMBSG with
money and meeting space.
"No other building will take the
risk to host a group like this," said
Ash felt the same way. "There is
no designated space on campus
where we can share," he said. "It's
too bad no similar resources like this
exist in other halls."
But Mary Lou Anticau, building
director of South Quad disagreed.
"We had a support group in
South Quad about two years ago,"
she said. "I definitely would support
a another group. Our only problem
would be finding space for them to

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Socially Active Latino Student
Association - 7:30 p.m. in
Angell Hall Rm. 221
Earth Day Organizing
Committee - meeting at 7 p.m.
in Room 1040 Dana Bldg.
Michigan Video Yearbook -
meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth
floor of the Union
Amnesty International - cam-
pus group meeting 6 p.m. MLB
UM Cycling - team meeting
and rollers riding 6 p.m. in the
Sports Coliseum
Ann Arbor Libertarian League
- meeting at 6:30 p.m. at
Palestine Solidarity
Committee Meeting - meeting
at 7:30 p.m. at the International
Tagar - meeting at 8 p.m. at
Society of Women
Engineers(SWE) -meeting and
end of the year party with
comedian Tom Franck at 6:15
p.m. in 1013 Dow
"The East German Churches
and the New Revolution: A
Peaceful Uprising Against
Communism" - Bernhard Ohse
speaks at 4 p.m. in Lane Hall
room 200
"Domestic and International
Diversity: Challenge to the
University and the Country"
- a round table discussion at 4
p.m. in 361 Lorch Hall
"Lessons from the Ancient
Forest: Earth Wisdom and
Political Activism" - Lou
Gold speaks at 8 p.m. in the
Auditorium of the Natural
Science Bldg.
"Parental Strategies in
Hadza, Ikung and Other
Societies" - Nick Blurton
speaks at 4 p.m. in the .E.
Lecture Room on the 3rd floor of

"Strategies for Simultaneous
Detection and Estimation for
Unknown Signals" - Alfred
0. Hero speaks at 4 p.m. in
EECS 1200
"Beyond Steering and
Focusing with a Sampled
Aperture: Phase Aberration
Correction in Medical
Ultrasound Imaging"
Matthew O'Donnell speaks at 11
a.m. in 1504 GGBL
Women's Club Lacrosse -
practice 4-6 p.m. in the Coliseum
(5th and Hill)
Northwalk - the north campus
night time walking service runs
from 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in Bursley
2333 or call 763-WALK; the last
day of service will be April 24
with service restarting in
Safewalk - the night time
safety walking service runs from
8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. in UGLi 102 or
call 936-1000; the last day of
service will be April 24 with
service restarting in September
ECB Peer Writing Tutors -
peer writing tutors available for
help on papers 7-11 p.m. in the
Angell/Haven and 611 Church
St. computing centers
Free Tutoring - for all lower
level science and engineering
classes 7-11 p.m. UGLi 207
The Threepenny Opera -
Bertolt Brecht's work will be
presented by the School of
Music's Musical Theatre
Program at 8 p.m. in the Power
Arnold Jacobs - the tubist
will conduct a master class from
4:30-8 p.m. in the School of
Music's McIntosh Theatre (1100
Baits Dr.)
Music at Midday - Biza
Sompa brings Congolese

host social events like showing
movies or hosting dances."
He added that when the movie
Torch Song Trilogy was shown the
group's meeting room was filled to
capacity. LGMBSG's Gay Aware-
ness Dance two weekends ago,
which was open to people regardless
of sexual orientation, drew more
than 150 participants.
LGMBSG exhibited a controver-
sial display case in East Quad last
month. The display promoted gen-

Horste agreed that it is hard to be
gay at the University. "I am consid-
ered one the most 'out' people on
campus, but the words 'I am gay,'
didn't pass my lips until I was 22,"
he said.
But he added, "It's a lot easier to
come out when you have someone

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