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Toxics
focus of
PIRGIM
display
i y Gwen Shaffer
Oaily Staff Reporter

Program helps women
break into job market

- Until yesterday, most students
*ere probably unaware that three
of Michigan's nearly 3,000 contam-
inated sites are on the University's
campus.
Members of the Public Interest
Research Group in Michigan
(PIRGIM) sought to inform stu-
dents about this and other environ-
mental issues by sponsoring
' Toxics Tuesday" on the Diag yes-
terday. The event coincided with
similar activities on college cam-
puses across the nation.
"Toxics Tuesday" was designed
to focus attention on two federal
bills that will come up for reau-
thorization soon, the Resource
Conservation Recovery Act
(RCRA) and the Clean Water Act.
Since Michigan state representa-
tives John Dingell (D-16th Dist.)
and Carl Pursell (R-2nd Dist.)
have not sponsored the bills,
PIRGIM members were soliciting
students kto sign a petition support-
ing the bills.
"Now is the time to put pres-
sure on the representatives," said
PIRGIM co-chair Vivian Babuts.
The bills should be voted on by the
end of this year, she said.
Babuts said University students
generally are concerned about envi-
ronmental issues, but need more in-
formation.
W People are surprised at how
many toxic waste sites there are in
the state, she said. "There is a lot of
concern on the national level and
-we want to bring that concern to
The campus level."
Babuts added that PIRGIM
will be looking into campus issues

by Lauren Dermer
Daily Staff Reporter
Women trying to break into the
job market after spending years as
homemakers are receiving practical
and personal help from a local orga-
nization.
Resume writing, job interview-
ing, and stress management are a few
components of "Target: Jobs for
Women," a four-week program -
being offered by Soundings, A
Center for Women - beginning
Nov. 5.
The job readiness program, which
will meet three days a week, is de-
signed to help single, divorced, or
widowed women who are starting
or returning to work.
"Many women today are facing
the transition from working in the
home to working outside of the
home," said Amy Bailey, the
trainer/job placement counselor at
Soundings.
"We want to help those women
who haven't worked for several
years to realize that skills used in
the home or in volunteer work can
be transferred and useful in other
areas," she added.

"These women have jobs already,
they are just not paid," she added.
"They need to realize that they have
a lot of valuable things to offer."
It is important that women do
not internalize stereotypes of
homemakers watching soap operas
and eating bon-bons, said Stephanie
Barbee, the volunteer coordinator at
Soundings.
'These women have
jobs already, they are
just not paid'
- Amy Bailey
trainer/job placement
counselor
The cost of the program is de-
termined according to each individ-
ual's income. Most of the program's
funding comes from sources such as
the State Department of Labor or
the Displaced Homemakers
Program, Bailey said.
"Other services of this type
could cost thousands of dollars, but
we are a non-profit organization,"
she said.
Although the program is offered

exclusively to women, the skills
emphasized are necessary for any-
body entering the working world.
"The things the women learn are
applicable to either sex; however,
they stress the special needs and
concerns of women who have not
been in the workplace recently,"
said Barbee.
By the time the women finish the
program, they have a complete
resume, are armed with answers to
open-ended interview questions, and
are mentally prepared to begin
work.
Of the six participants in the
center's last job preparation session,
which was completed on Oct. 3,
four of the women are now
employed.
"We have contacts with :local
companies and we let them know
that we have women who are eager
and dependable," said Barbee.
The staff at Soundings encour-
ages University students interested
in marketing or public relations to
get involved with the Target pro-
gram by helping to establish new
business contacts or by handing out
fliers, Barbee said.

LSA junior Jeff Koch plays his drum on the Diag yesterday.
environmentally concerned students urged others to sign
supporting PIRGIM's campaign against toxic substances.

He and other
petitions

Ex-Gov. Brown makes.
third run for president

such as the use of pesticides in
grounds maintenance and waste
disposal.
"We want to find out more
about toxic waste produced at the
University and how it is handled,"
Babuts said.
PIRGIM co-chair Dan
Rabinovitch said, "Environmental
groups in the past have failed to in-
volve communities. PIRGIM's
goal is to mobilize communities -
in this case, toward RCRA and the
Clean Water Act."
Students examining the dis-

plays and signing the petition said
they felt their participation could
potentially make a difference in
environmental policies.
"I'd rather be drinking clean
water than dirty water," said LSA
first-year student Scott Gold. "I
don't think enough people are
aware of what they can do to save
the environment."
LSA senior Jack Meoff said he
signed the PIRGIM petition be-
cause he is "scared of what the fu-
ture may bring."

by Travis McReynolds
Daily Staff Reporter

i

I-

*Akbar speaks to African-American
students about their 'responsibilities'

by Chastity Wilson
University alumnus Na'im
.4kbar, one of the country's most in-
fluential African-American schol-
ais, spoke last night to African-
* American students about the re-
sponsibilities and challenges of the
-lack intelligence.

This challenge involves three ba-
sic elements he told them. "First
you must define who you are as
African Americans," he said.
"Every effort has been made to
keep you disoriented, unfocused and
oblivious to who and what you are,"
he said.

E.i

,HTHE
What's happeningi
Meetings
U-M Baha'i Club, weekly mtg. Stock-
well, Rosa Parks Lounge, 8-9:30.
kaleidoscope, undergraduate art his-
tory club. Tappan Hall basement, 4:15.
U-M Students of Objectivism.
Dominick's, 8 p.m.
Yawp Literary Magazine. 7th floor
Haven, faculty lounge, 7 p.m.
Korean Student Association, weekly
Untg. Union, 3rd floor, 5:30.
Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan, weekly mtg. 4109 Union,
?:30.
Rockclimbing Day Trip, pre-trip mtg.
North Campus Rec Bldg, Conference
Rm, 7-10.
Students Concerned About Animal
-Rights, weekly mtg. Dominick's, 9 p.m.
American Advertising Federation,
student chapter mass mtg. 2050 Frieze,
6:30.
Speakers
"Possible Ecological Consequences of
Global Change," James Teeri, and
"Sustainable Agriculture," Mike
Garfield. 1014 Dow, 3:30.
"Changing Women's Roles in the
Soviet Union," Barbara Anderson.
~Lane Hall Commons, noon.
"Mechanistic and Analytical Studies
of Metalloporphyrin-Based Anion-
Selective Membrane Electrodes,"
Sung Park. 1650 Chem, 4 p.m.
"Heteroaromatic Compounds with
Unusual Heteroatoms," Prof. Arthur
Ashe, 1640 Chem Bldg, 4 p.m.
"An Overview of Research on Tree-
Based Models," Dr. Daryl Pregibon.
451 Mason, 4 p.m.
Furthermore
Safewalk, night-time safety walking
service. Sun-Thur, 8 p.m.-1:20 a.m.
and Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Stop by 102 UGLi or call 936-1000.
Extended hours are 1 a.m. -3 a.m. at
the Angell Hall Computing Center or

LIST
in Ann Arbor today

ECB Peer Writing Tutors. An-
gell/Mason Computing Center, 7-11.
Ultimate Frisbee Club. Mitchell
Field, 7-9.
U-M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
Wednesday workout. CCRB Martial
Arts Rm, 8-9.
U-M Taekwondo Club, Wednesday
workout. CCRB Martial Arts Rm,
6:30-8 p.m.
Guild House Beans and Rice Dinner.
802 Monroe, 6-7.
Support Group for those ages 17-25
whose parent has died. Gabriel
Richard Center at Saint Mary's
Chapel, 7-8:30.
"Thinking About Majoring in
English?" Talk to English Advisor
Derek Green every Wednesday. Haven
7th floor lounge, 4-5.
"Sexual Assault and Communities
of Color," panel discussion. South
Quad, West Lounge, 7 p.m.
Denise Chaivez, reading from her
work. MLB, 4th Floor Commons, 3-5.
"The Man With the Carnation,"
film. 2235 Angell, 7:30.
"The American Friend," film. Max
Kade German House, 8 p.m.
Russian Song Fest, informal group
singing. 185 Frieze, 7-9.
Student Coordinator applications
for the Emerging Leaders program are
available at SODC, 2202 Michigan
Union. Applications are due Oct. 28.
Career Planning and Placement.
Choosing Your Major. CP&P Program
Rm, 4:10-5.
On-Campus Recruitment Program
Information Session. Angell Aud C,
5:10-6.
Writing and Formatting Your Resume
on Computer. Bursley, 8-9:30.
University of California-San Diego,
employer presentation. CP&P, noon-1
p.m.
p.m. Stop by 2333 Bursley or call 763-
WALK.
U-M Ninjitsu Club, Wednesday prac-

The next step is to define per-
sonal responsibilities which include
no longer working for acceptance
from whites, but striving to be
one's own model, Akbar said.
The way to do this, he added, is
by networking within the commu-
nity, never losing focus of an agenda,
and by supporting Black educational
institutions.
Akbar received a doctorate in
Psychology from the University.
His visit was sponsored by the
National Society of Black
Engineers.
The purpose for the presence of
African Americans inhAmerica was
not to become a part of the melting
pot, but to create a proletariat labor
class that could be identified by
race, he said.
"Know that the original mathe-
maticians and engineers were
Africans... This does not make them
special, it's just fact," he said,
"Europeans were students of Black
teachers."
Akbar denied that he was a Black
supremacist, stating that he was not
trying to discredit the Eurocentric
interpretation of history, but,
merely restoring the balance by re-
claiming African contributions.
"In 1991, you are not here for a
job", he told the students, "That's
why other generations came, but
they had no options... an entire gen-
eration of African people are de-
pending on you."

Former California governor
Edmund "Jerry" Brown announced
his third try for the presidency on
Monday.
Brown made his official an-
nouncement in a low-key ceremony
in front of Philadelphia's
Independence Hall. There were no
buttons or posters, only two
American flags. His speech was pre-
ceded by some rock music, and he
left the podium to Ray Charles's
version of "America."
Calling himself a "party out-
sider," Brown said, "I have seen the
system from the inside," and "it
doesn't work ... who better than an
ex-insider to describe things as they
really are."
In Brown's speech, he expressed
his intention to stake out an anti-es-
tablishment theme in an effort to
appeal to voters who would nor-
mally stay home on Election Day.
Brown's campaign lashes out at
the Republicans as well as the
Democrats. He rails against
"corrupt political money" and the
"evils of incumbency. ' y
"In reality, there's only one
party," he said. "It's the incumbent
party. There are, of course, two po-
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names, but at the core they are the
same."
Brown, who has raised nearly
$20 million dollars in five previous
campaigns for statewide or national
office, said of the upcoming presi-
dential race, "if the corruption of
political money is the issue then the
answer is simply not to take it.
Therefore, I will not accept any con-
tribution over $100."
Brown has vowed to limit his
campaign funds and has declared he
will not accept any contributions
from Political Action Committees
or from special interest groups.
Brown addressed students during
a campus visit two weeks ago. He
discussed the difficulties in cam-
paigning for political office..
"It's very hard to get anywhere
in politics today. You need to have a
lot of money. Democracy has degen-
erated to the point where elections
are won by TV spots that bombard
the electors," he said. "The base of
Democracy is not about debate, it is
about getting into the minds of the

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electors by paid spots on TV."
Students generally reacted posi-
tively to Brown's talks. He received
several ovations during the course
of his speech at the Union.
"I wish him and awful lot of
luck. I agree with him - there defi-
nitely needs to be a change in our po-
litical process," Alisa Warshay, and
LSA first-year student, said after
hearing his address.
In response to the news of
Brown's candidacy, LSA senior and
College Democrats President, Dana
Miller said she was impressed by
Brown's campaign. She said, "I
think he has a chance of mobilizing a
lot of people who would not nor-
mally become politically active."
Currently, there are five other
major candidates campaigning for
the Democratic Presidential nomi-
nation: Arkansas Governor Bill
Clinton, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin,
Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, for-
mer Massachusetts Senator Paul
Tsongas, and Virginia Governor
Douglas Wilder.

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