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TODAY
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TOMORROW
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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CI, No. 1 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, September 30, 1991ph" 9i

ACT-UP
gives'PC'
lesson to
students
* by Robert Patton
Daily Staff Reporter
The AIDS Coalition To Unleash
Power (ACT-UP) provided its own
orientation for University students
this weekend.
The second annual "Disorien-
tation" was held Saturday in the
Pond Room of the Union.
"The purpose of the event is to
provide students with information
only briefly touched on or not
touched on at all in the regular Uni-
versity orientation," ACT-UP
member and Disorientation coordi-
nator Pattrice Maurer said.
"PC and proud," was the subti-
tle of this year's series of lectures
and discussions on AIDS, racism,
sexism, homelessness, and gay and
lesbian life, given by a number of
campus groups.
The slogan refers to recent at-
tacks on "political correctness" on
campus by those who in fact hold
real power, Maurer said.
"George Bush was here at gradu-
ation and what he did was rant and
rave about PC and the supposed in-
tellectual hegemony of political
correctness," she said, adding that
the New York Times printed the en-
tire text of Bush's speech but made
no mention of those who protested
it.
"Whose intellectual hegemony
do we really need to fear? Not ours
... If Bush hates people who are PC,
then I want to be PC, I guess," she
added.
Maurer led the discussion on
"Racism on Campus," which dealt
with racism in general, as well as its
effect on AIDS treatment.
She pointed out that the country
of Rwanda, for example, hit espe-
cially hard by AIDS, cannot afford
to buy AZT, the only drug known to
be effective in treating the the
symptoms of the disease.
"What if this situation were in
France. It would be all over the pa-
pers: 'The plight of the French -
send money to France so they can
buy AZT,"' she said.
A woman in the audience pointed
out that racism and sexism affect
AIDS treatment at home, too.
She said a Black woman below
the poverty line can expect to live,
See ACT-UP, Page 2

Sigmas hold
sleep-out for
the homeless

by Uju Oraka
It was a cold, windy night as.
members of the Phi Beta Sigma fra-
ternity came to the Diag to set up
for the second annual sleep out for
the homeless.
The members planned. to stay on
the Diag from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Empty boxes were brought out to
hold clothes and canned goods, and
they also accepted money donations.
The seven hours might seem like
a long time, but it doesn't compare
to the days and months that many
Americans must spend on the
streets. Marlon Branham, an LSA
junior, said the members "took on a
new motto as a fraternity - com-
munity service. We decided to help

the homeless and felt that since they
have to stay out here every night,
one night shouldn't be too bad."
And the night was not that bad
because it made those walking
through the Diag, heading home to a
warm bed, aware of the growing
population of homeless people.
"One hundred thousand people will
be cut off G.A. (general assis-
tant/welfare) after October 1," said
Leon Wilkerson, a member of the
fraternity from Wayne State and
also one of the many that gave
money to the cause. "This (sleep-
out) is one way to confront the
problem. And I think it's great to
have it on a campus because they are
See HOMELESS, Page 2

Marlon Branham, a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, takes part in this weekend's sleep-out for the
homeless on the Diag.

Union addresses
student concerns
with access rules

They're No. I

by Mona Qureshi
The Michigan Union Board of
Representatives Friday held the
first in a series of briefing sessions
with student organizations - in-
cluding the Michigan Student As-
sembly and Black Greek Association
(BGA) -regarding the new Union
access policy.
The policy, implemented Sept. 6
by senior University officials, re-
quires identification to enter the
Union after 9 p.m. and prohibits en-
try after 1:30 a.m. on Thursdays,
Fridays and Saturdays.
Michigan Union Director Frank
Cianciola said the policy was im-
plemented as quickly as it was to
"assure the Union stays a safe, en-
joyable community and to have the
greatest flexibility to revisit the
procedure if problems arise."
Cianciola said the administration
wanted to implement the policy at
the beginning of the year, so that
modifications could be made, if nec-
essary, during the course of the year.
Student leaders expressed con-
cern that, by focusing on the Union

entrance policy, the University was
not directing its attention to other
security issues. They cited the riot
on South University and Church
Street the night before the Notre
Dame game as one example.
MSA President James Green said
he had been told that the new policy
was not keeping University police
officers from their other duties.
And that backup officers from the
Ann Arbor Police Department and
the Department of Public Safety
have been used for emergencies, as
well as some University police
working overtime.
The BGA and other non-profit
groups, who use the Union for
events to raise charitable funds, have
also expressed concern over the new
policy. Because it doesn't have for-
mal fraternity houses, the BGA re-
lies on the Union for large fundrais-
ing events.
Thei chief concern was the iden-
tification after 9 p.m. and the one-
guest limit. Students said the policy
has forced the question: "Which
See UNION, Page 2

Florida State cornerback Tommy Henry celebrates with fans after the Seminoles' 51-31 victory over Michigan.

Law firms chip in for charity

through new program

by Jennifer Silverberg
University law students visiting
firms for interviews can now help
the homeless as well as their future
careers by agreeing to take cheaper
accommodations and turn over the
savings to charity.
The Firm Commitment Pro-
gram, begun three years ago at Har-
vard University to provide support
for the homeless, has spread to the
University and law schools across
the country.
Harvard was the only school to
participate in 1989. Eighteen
schools were involved the second
year, raising a total of $100,000.

Twenty-one schools will partici-
pate this year.
The program, involving 150 law
firms in 35 cities across the country,
operates within "flybacks," the
second phase of law firm recruit-
ment in which students are invited
to visit a firm at its permanent loca-
tion. Students' hotels and meals are
paid for by the firm they are visit-
ing.
"Someone at Harvard noticed a
lot of money being expended on
these programs (flybacks) and they
wanted to channel this money to-
ward services for the homeless,"
said Phyllis Hurwitz, a second-year

University law student involved in
the program.
Law firms choose to pay for
meals, hotels, both, or use an alter-
native arrangement.
Instead of taking students to the
most expensive hotels and restau-
rants in town, participating firms
take students to less expensive
places and give the difference in
spending money to charity.
Firms participating in the meal
program save an average of $10-$15
per student per meal. "One firm
raised nearly $8,000 on the meal
component alone," Hurwitz said.
Firms participating in the hotel

component save an average of $20-
$40 per night per student. The pro-
gram has compiled lists of sug-
gested, less expensive hotels in New
York, Washington D.C., Boston,
Chicago, and Philadelphia.
Firms participating in the alter-
native arrangement either donate a
flat rate per student participating in
the program or they may choose to
donate a set amount of money and
not deal with hotel or meal ar-
rangements.
Firms send the money they save
to Harvard after computing their
totals for the year. "There are no
administrative costs," Hurwitz

said. "Everything is net gain and
goes right back to the shelters in the
same city as the firm."
Firms either designate a shelter
where they want the money to go, or
students at the schools in that re-
gion investigate shelters and are
then responsible for directing
money to those shelters. There are
three students at the University
who look at shelters in Detroit and
Ann Arbor.
The money goes to homeless
shelters, soup kitchens and battered
women's shelters. "The program
does not fund any.political activi-
ties," Hurwitz said. "The money

goes to direct service providers."
If a firm chooses a charity, all
savings go where they choose. If a
specific charity is not designated by
the firm, the money is divided
roughly evenly between various
shelters. There is very little drop-
out of firms and the list of firms
has been growing over the past three
years, Hurwitz said.
"Most people feel it's a good
idea," said a recruiting coordinator
at a Washington, D.C. law firm who
asked to remain anonymous. "The
only suggestion I have is that I've
noticed that sometimes when I men-
See CHARITY, Page 2

I

Terawatt lasers may obsolete
some x-rays in a femtosecond

by Andrew Levy
Daily Research Reporter
Try this little math lesson.
Take a second. Divide it by 10.
Divide it by 10 again. Do it thirteen
more times and you'll have a fem-
tosecond.
Imagine all the power produced
in the entire United States at any
given moment. Multiply it by two.

through a $5 million grant from
the National Science Foundation.
"We are producing short pulses
of (laser) light to study for ... pro-
cesses in physics, communications,
science, and technology. Once we
produce the optical pulses, we can
then apply them to basic science
and technological applications,"
said Mourou, who pioneered
chirned-nulse laser technology - a

tions in the medical and electronics
fields.
On the medical side, ultrafast
laser technology could be used to
replace x-ray mammography for
breast cancer detection.
"What we're trying to do is to
find a way of using regular light ...
to image inside body parts in place
of using x-rays. One particular ap-
plication is for breast cancer diag-

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