The Michigan Daily -Friday , September 28, 1990 - Page 3
New student magazine
by Bonnie Bouman
LSA sophomore Heather Szerlag
looked at the student-run publica-
tions available on campus last year
and decided something was missing.
What was missing was a global
Szerlag's brain-child is the
International Observer, a monthly
20-page magazine will hit news
stands by mid November. The
magazine will be distributed free of
The IO staff hopes to offer readers
an informative, unbiased analysis of
world events and culture.
"It's not liberal, it's not conser-
vative - it's global," Szerlag said.
"We wanted something a little more,
in-depth, more thought-out than
what's available on campus."
IO's first edition will feature arti-
cles on German reunification, the
Soviet Union, and a cultural study of
Iraq by two students who lived there
last summer. Dave Bernstein, an
LSA junior, will start a column on
what he dubs "attitude satire".
Other possibilities for the publi-
cation include contributions from
foreign universities, editorials, and
articles on world culture.
The staff expects funding from
the Michigan Student Assembly.
They will also depend on advertising
revenue to finance the magazine.
The 10 staff expects its writers
will vary from foreign students and
people who have spent time abroad,
to anyone interested enough in a
subject to research it.
Szerlag found it difficult to pin-
point the exact aim of the Interna-
tional Observer, only that it will
fill a gap in an international view-
point on campus. Szerlag said that
even with the University's reputa-
tion as an international university,
students can become isolated in the
academic community and lose sight
of the rest of the world.
"This is a world magazine. Id
like to cover everything, not ju~st
Europe," she said.
"We don't want the World News
Tonight perspective," agreed Envi-
ronmental Editor Chris Bzdok, an
LSA sophomore. "Mouthing the
media is just one level, and we want
more than that."
Iranian kills student during
hostage stand-off at Berkeley
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - A
gun-carrying "deranged" Iranian man
with a hatred of blond Americans
died in a burst of police bullets yes-
terday, seven hours after he stormed
a bar, killed one man, wounded
seven people and took 33 hostages.
Six officers stormed Henry's
Publick House and Grille in the Du-
rant Hotel after police negotiators
decided they couldn't talk the man
out of the bar, said Lt. Jim Polk.
The man with the gun, identified
by University of California, Berke-
ley, spokesperson Ray Colvig as
Mehrdad Dashti, gave away his posi-
tion inside the bar by using one of
the terrorized hostages as an interme-
diary in talking to police by tele-
"Every time the hostage would
have to ask a question of this bad
guy, he would have to turn around
and look at him and this gave us a
good idea of where he was," said
Seconds after the burst of police
gunfire around 7:20 a.m., hostages,
some of whom had been forced to sit
in the windows of the bar as shields,
ran from the hotel.
Dashti, 30, a native of Iran, was
naked and bleeding when he was
loaded into an ambulance and taken
to Highland Hospital. He was dead
on arrival, according to hospital
spokesperson Phyllis Brown.
"He was apparently very con-
fused," said Berkeley Police Captain
Phil Doran. "Deranged is not a bad
"For some reason, he had some-
thing against blondes, Caucasian
women and blond-haired, blue-eyed
men," said Douglas Moore, 25, a
UC student and manager of the bar
who was one of the hostages. "He
had something against Americans."
"He said (American women were
the) kind of trash that was leading
guys like him on and that they de-
served to be punished.... He did ,i
pretty good job of degrading
Moore said Dashti claimed tce
"government owed him $16 trillion
for mental telepathy work and this
was his way of getting back."
Ann Arbor resident Jay Miller along with other members of the Inter-Cooperative Council are "dancing in the
Diag", hoping that others will join them.
ofer students break
from everyday stress
by Beth Halverson throughout his tenure with UAC.
If you're feeling like a 4.0 stu- Mini-Courses were, said Jackson,
dent in Stress 101, a couple hours a "instituted to primarily provide stu-
week doing the rumba, sipping fine dents with a service, and secondly, to
wines, or playing eight-ball might act as a UAC fundraiser."
be just what you need to make it Lisa Kruman, UAC Mini-
through the semester, Courses Chair, agreed with Jackson
The University Activities Center and said UAC does profit even after
(UAC), the University's largest stu- teachers' salaries, advertising, and
dent-run organization, is offering no- basic costs are subtracted.
credit Mini-Courses nightly this "Most UAC committees usually
term at the Michigan Union to inter- lose money," said Jackson, "but
ested students, faculty, and Ann Ar- Mini-Courses have proven them-
bor residents. selves to be a big money maker."
UAC classes, priced from $20- UAC exercise courses compare
$40, are available in self-defense, favorably to those offered at the
yoga, aerobics, bartending, sign lan- CCRB said one student.
guage, massage therapy, pool, wine Kristen Hallin, LSA junior, who
tasting, CPR, and ballroom dancing. has taken aerobics at both places be-
Participants must be 21 years old to lieves the UAC classes are "much
enroll in wine tasting. better" because UAC uses more con-
The combination of a relaxed at- sistent teaching methods she said.
mosphere along with the chance to "UAC classes are just as good as
learn a new skill have made Mini- the CCRB," agreed Jackson who
Courses increasingly popular extra- emphasized the fact that the UAC
curricular activities, said UAC Presi- price is about $20 cheaper.
dent Sarah Jackson. Ballroom danc- Registration for Mini-Courses
ing, wine tasting, and bartending - continues at the Michigan Union
taught with ,colored water instead of Ticket Office through Oct. 8. Course
alcohol - are the three most popu- lists are available at the UAC office
lar classes this fall. on the north side of the second floor
Students and specialized instruc- of the Michigan Union and at the
tors teach the various courses. Dave Campus Information Center.
Scheer, the owner of Village Corner, One final word to the wise: Mini-
has taught wine tasting for the past Courses, said Kruman, are often at
twelve years for the UAC. Scheer maximum enrollment just like other
said his self-taught knowledge of University classes and over-rides will
wine has consistently kept his be granted on a first come, first serve
classes at maximum enrollment basis.
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