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America's handed out death.
Africa's handed out life. 'African
American' is a confusing title.
That's like Jewish Hitler, Black
KKK, whatever."
"Female soldier."
"Female soldier, right. (Laughs)
It's that sort of ... ideology is very
confusing. I think that there could
be a duality of consciousness. We
are living in that duality. We don't
have to live in that duality. We can
look where our genes are looking,
to see who we really are. Really ...
we don't have to be stuck in that
ideology.. . duality of
consciousness ... That's what it is,
though. I agree with it. We need to
change it. We don't have to think
American. Why? No one is really
from America."
"Ecet ... I was going to say
Native Americans, I might be wrong."
"No, they don't even call this

place America. They're from,
they're the closest you're gonna get
to America. American. But they
don't even call this place America.
So what is America? Really ... It
definitely is not the people who
live in America, because the correct
title of this . . . is the United States
of America. And that of, meaning
that the states are coming out of
America, or from America, or is
owned by America, clearly shows
that we are United States-ians."
"How about the idea of giving
Africans their own share of America?"
"The one thing that stumps me
every time is who's gonna own and
control the land. That's the biggest
question. If Africa was to go to
Africans, still, who's gonna own and
control the land?If America gives
us sixteen states in America, who's
gonna own and control those
sixteen states? That's ... it all boils

down to the same thing all over
again. Socialism says we all own it.
Capitalism says a few people own
it. Both of these systems worked
out on paper ... we all would be
fine. But in real life, it doesn't
sound right. In real life, it isn't
acted out right. Until the
consciousness of the masses of the
people change.. .. then the systems
will work. If the consciousness
don't change, no system will work.
And even if Africa was for Africans,
we'd be fighting each other for the
land all over again. Who's gonna
own and control the distribution of
the land? Or the distribution of the
wealth of the land? Who? So I can't
even think on that level, 'cause it
bugs me out all the time. I haven't
even given it thought."
"This is another question of opinion.
Should we work within the system or
try to break the system?"

I

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"I think we should master the I
system. We don't have to work
within it, we should try to
understand it. We should try to
understand it, and we should try to
work ... we, I say that the masses
of us should work within the
system ... but the people who
have control, like these 240 bullshit
mayors we got in this nation, Black
mayors. We have 240 Black mayors
in major cities. We still ain't makin'
no noise. Still. And that's my
answer to working within the
system. But, the average Joe who
gotta work nine to five, I wouldn't
urge them to do anything out of
line, just go to work and chill. The
ones who want to make a change
should be true to their struggle,
and not front, like these mayors."
"Like my beloved mayor, Coleman
Young."
"Coleman Young, Mayor Goode,
Marion Barry, David Dinkins, all of
these house nigga, foot shufflin',
tap dancin' niggas. Stop frontin'
and do somethin' for their people."
"We got a lot of people coming up,
people my age and younger, who are
ready to try and break the system. Or
get broken. What do you think on this?"
"The system's too powerful to
break. We're really not gonna end
up breaking the system. But we
can change it. We can definitely
change it. These kids that are
coming up now is the system for
the future. The biggest fight is to
keep them blind, so they can
continue, the blind leading the
blind. That's their fight, that's the
government's fight, keep
everybody asleep. So we can
continue to rule, while they're
asleep. The biggest thing ... I'm
the worst enemy they've got.
Because I wake the people up. And
if I wake up people all my life, say
I live to be seventy-five, thirty-five,
or forty, whatever. If I wake people
up, for twenty years, I'm waking up
the people. Someone's gonna get
into a higher spot, and say, 'well,
KRS-One said this, that and the
other, maybe I should think about
that now that I'm in office.' That's
a person whose mind is awoke. Not
'cause they listened to me, but by
the matter of fact that they even
considered another way. Just
considered it ... And I think that
you can't beat the system, because
it's a mighty system. It's just a
mighty, mighty beast. This beast is
the beast. It takes an even mightier
beast to destroy this beast.
"The best thing you can do is
revolt within your own frame of
thinking. Change your frame of
thinking. You have to also ask
yourself some fundamental
questions. Are you on this planet to
get paid, or are you on this planet
to find self? And both of them are
legitimate, though. Most people
think if you say you're on this
planet to get paid, there's
something wrong with you. There's

nothing wrong with getting paid on
this planet. Matter of fact, getting
paid is better than finding self in a
capitalist system. But you have to
ask yourself the question, what are
you in it for? If you're in this
system to find self, then no
political system will ever ... should
ever make up your mind. Me
personally, I set my goals from a
universal standpoint. I think as a
universal being, a human being, my
responsibility is to serve humanity.
The plagues I see humanity with, I
try to cure. That's it. That's all I'm
about. That's it. I'm not looking to
get crazy paid, I'm not looking for
all this other nonsense. Now I do
enjoy money. Of course. I'll get as
much money as I possibly can. But
that's not my basis for existence.
That's not my state of being. If I
had no money, I would still be
saying the same thing that I was
saying back when I was homeless.
"Money gives you the ability to
say it to more people. You either
hoard it to yourself, or you invest it
in others. That's it. And I think
people need to stop frontin' and be
honest with themselves. Are you in
this life just to get paid, or are you
in this life to find self? Both are
legitimate. Although, I think the
ultimate reasoning is to find self. I
think we're all on this planet to
find self. But that's my opinion.
Period. It starts as an opinion, it
ends as an opjnion. I think we're on
this planet to find self, I don't
think we're here to work ... We're
here to work, but not nine to five,
summer electricians, bakers, cooks,
whatever. I think we're here to find
self. To conquer self, and to master
self. After that's done, all of these
systems will fall. The human spirit
will always be here. It always has
been here, and it always will be
here. So these little people that
wish to control Earth can go right
ahead. The universe is what we're
looking to be one with.
"That's an ideology for beatin'
the system. It's not even about the
system. It's more or less what
you're in the system for.
Everyone's ideology is different.
I'm not looking to beat the system.
I'm looking to educate people. I
think the system's a great system,
personally, for sleeping minds. As
long as the people stay asleep, the
system's excellent.
"My revolution is a mental
revolution that leads up to a
physical revolution. The mental
revolution when you revolt against
your own frame of thinking. After
you revolt against your own brain,
and you find out who you really
are, then all you have to do is
protect yourself from the people
who now want to kill you. That's
the revolution."

SA

you know WHERE to read this, only you
might have trouble finding one in East
Engineering - or any other University
building for that matter - if you happen
to be a woman

S

I

It wasn't the first time it happened...
I was maneuvering through the archaic
rows of desks in the dilapidated auditorium of
the E.H. Kraus Natural Science Building, on
the way to the worse off East Engineering when
I felt the calling. A gripping pull at my
bladder. An overwhelming, dire urge to pee. I
burst into the East Engine ladies room ony to
join the line of disgruntled women. They were
all waiting to use the two lone stalls in what
seemed to be the only women's lavatory in the
building.
It was clearly time for action.
I started by calling Ida Patterson,
Supervisor of the East Engineering
Building. Patterson acknowledged that
the "north side bathrooms are
all locked up" and might need
some work. She further
explained that the ongoing
construction would result in
something being done. She
wasn't sure when. She1
maintained that to date she
has "never seen any lines (for
the bathrooms)." I discovered
that she does not usually make her rounds
until after 5 PM, when the daily bustle has
petered out.
So, something was under construction,
but Patterson didn't know details. Nor did
she convince me that it would result in
more plentiful or effective curtailing of
the overflow of urination.
And there remains the question of
whether the student voice will be heard
with regard to this issue.
The excess demand for bathroom
facilities in East Engine, is a result of the
fact that there are, according to the
L.O.T. * Investigation, only four women's
lavatories in the entire building (or five
plus one unisex according to a blueprint
that also indicates that there's a fifth floor
in the East Engineering Building). I
personally counted ten men's bathrooms,
while the blueprint indicated eleven plus
one unisex on the infamous (nonexistent)
fifth floor. So, I couldn't even find these
supposed bathrooms with blueprints. (I
can't be that stupid - I got into U of M,
didn't I?)

Semantics aside, a problem exists. "I
went to the bathroom in the East
Engineering Building, and there were
about 20 girls in there, and I couldn't even
open the door. I think there's only one
bathroom in the building," said Caroline
Lawrence, a sophomore in the Art School.
Still, the East Engineering Building is
but one example of a larger "Piss Crisis."
As the research has shown, the bathroom
problem is not confined to one building.
Stephanie Dolgins, a sophomore in LSA
recalled that she had once left the Kraus
Natural Science Auditorium about 15
minutes before her Biology class began
but barely made it back in time for the
start of the lecture. (No, it
wasn't because she had
cramps.)
The supervisor of the
E.H. Kraus Natural Science
Building, Terry Coleman,
said "The way the
building's shaped (could
make it difficult to find
bathrooms). There's a men's
and a women's bathroom on each floor."
According to the building's blueprint, this
is not the case. Neither the basement nor
the fourth floor of the Kraus Natural
Science Building has a men's or a
women's bathroom. In total, there are only
seven lavatories in the entire building.
So how randomly are the decisions
made on who will pee where?
Robert Man of the University's Space
Analysis Department found that there are
452 assignable rooms in the East
Engineering Building, 450 in the Natural
Science Building, and 754 in the
Chemistry Building (new and old
combined). Brent Terry of the Facilities
Information Center, generous contributor
of the blueprints, told me that these
buildings are 279,342 sq. ft., 17,872 sq. ft.
and 527,814 sq. ft., respectively. Thus, out
of the three, Kraus has the highest ratio of
bathrooms per square feet, but the lowest
ratio of bathrooms per classroom, and the
Chemistry Building, with its new
addition, has the lowest ratio of bathrooms
per square feet.

I asked Meriamakich, Chemistry
Building Supervisor, if she was aware that
there are only four women's bathrooms in
the old Chemistry Building. "Yes," she
replied curtly. I then asked her if she
thought this sufficient and if not, what
action she planned to take in order to
rectify this situation. "I've never had a
problem with it, so I'd have to say I have
no comment," she answered abruptly.
Yakich's surly responses did not bode
well. Maybe she is embarrassed about the
aesthetic condition of the old wing of the
Chemistry Building. Maybe she is
ashamed of the lack of foresight in the
planning of lavatory locations for the new
addition. Maybe she has a bathroom in her
office, and she doesn't care.
On the other hand, perhaps Yakich is
right, and there are ample lavatory
facilities, but as Jamie Sheetz, a student in
the School of Physical Education, said
about locating a bathroom: "If you don't
know where it is, you're lost." Perhaps if
the administration has no plans (or
remaining funds) for increasing the
number of bathrooms in buildings on
campus, they could at least make them
more accessible. Signs indicating which
way to walk (and an estimated time of
arrival) would be a good start for aiding
wash room warriors.
The incongruity
between the number of
men's and women's
bathroom facilities,
combined with the
overwhelming excess of
demand by women for
toilets raises some points.
Do women simply pee
more frequently than
men? Are the women's
restrooms more difficult
to locate than the men's?
Has the University
failed to realize that this
is no longer an all-male
campus? It is about time
that the amount and
locations of toilets in
campus buildings be
made more equitable.
I propose a take-home
experiment. Bring an
average female and an
average male to the U-
Club, send them to the
john from the same spot
at the same time and,
adjusting for urination
time, determine who
returns to the
commencement point
first. It will probably be
the man, and not because
the woman had to pull
her pants down all the
way.
This is not intended
to be a grievance about
the horrendous smells,
deep floods and absence
of toilet paper in a
number of University
lavatories. The purpose
is to discuss the
bathroom situation from
the worm's eye view -
the view of a person
walking about campus
who feels the need to

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comply to the scream of her sat
bladder but instead is reduced u
squirming victim because of he
locate a toilet.
This is not the complete rec
all toilet searches at the Univers
Michigan. Without doubt, there
horrendous untold stories. Jenn
seems to sum up the dilemma c
bathrooms around campus quite
thoroughly: "They're fucking h
find."

* The L.0. T (Lac,
Investigation was a methodica
survey which consisted of m
around the named buildings anc
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