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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 24, 1991 - Page 7
Project SERVE draws students 'Into the Streets'

by Uju Oraka
Daily Staff Reporter
Battling homelessness, hunger,
and environmental hazards are only
a few of the many community ser-
vice projects which students will
be able to participate in through
the second annual "Into the
Streets" program on Nov. 1.
The program, which is spon-
sored by Project SERVE, seeks to
encourage students to volunteer on
a long term basis.
Engineering senior Helen
Bellanca, a member of the SERVE
coordinating committee, said the
main goal of the program is to try
to get as many people as possible to
incorporate service into their
lifestyle, now and beyond college.

"Once you start doing service
you are more aware of the commu-
nity. You are more aware of how
the community works and you ap-
preciate life more," Bellanca said.
Bellanca said the only require-
ments for participation in the pro-
gram are a willingness to work and
learn, and an open mind.
This year, Project SERVE plans
to focus "Into the Streets" on
seven issues: homelessness, chil-
dren and youth, education, the envi-
ronment, hunger, senior citizens,
and community revitalization, she
said.
The event will begin at 10 a.m.
with a "motivational" speech, de-
livered by LSA senior Susie
Hassan. The speech will stress the

importance of community service.
Afterward, students will be
split up and sent to 15 to 20 differ-
ent sites across Ann Arbor for a

"We are only involving Uni-
versity students this year because
we had such little time to get
things together," Bohn said. "Next

'Once you start doing service you are more
aware of the community. You are more
aware of how the community works and you
appreciate life more'
- Helen Bellanca
SERVE coordinating committee member

concept of "Into the Streets" be-
gan at a COOL (Campus Outreach
Opportunity League) conference, a
national program which encourages
students to take part in volunteer
activities.
"COOL would have an 'Into the
Streets' wherever it had its confer-
ence. But this year we decided to
make it a national event. So 200
campuses across the country are
also having an 'Into the Streets'
event on Nov. 1," Bohn said.
LSA senior Janel Robinson, a
coordinator of the event, said she
enjoys being a part of SERVE and
plans to make community work a
part of her life once she graduates.
"I started volunteering last
year and thought it was a lot of fun

and it has made me more ambi-
tious," Robinson said.
Registration tables for the pro-
gram will be at the Fishbowl and
the Michigan Union, as well as the
SERVE office at 2211 in the
Union, until 5 p.m. tomorrow.
If students cannot participate in
the event itself, the Project
SERVE office can refer students to
organizations actively recruiting
volunteers.
Anita Bohn said she is happy
with the number of University or-
ganizations involved in the event.
"People from other student or-
ganizations are sending people
over, such as the Black Student
Union and the Angel Club," Bohn
said.

one day volunteer project.
Organizers said they hope this one-
day project will inspire them to
adopt a more long term one.

year, we hope to make it more of a
communitywide event."
Anita Bohn, director of SERVE
and a University alumnae, said the

EVICTION
Continued from page 1
,state subsidy ended Oct. 1 when
Engler eliminated the $246 million
General Assistance program. The
rent on her apartment on Detroit's
impoverished lower east side is
$265.
"Now I have no income coming
in," said McGhee, who is studying
for a high school equivalency
diploma in hopes of landing a job.
"All I'm getting is food stamps."
Ingham County Circuit Judge
James Giddings ruled Oct. 11 that
welfare benefits must be restored
for almost 83,000 recipients of
General Assistance. The judge ruled
the state had given inadequate notice
of the cutoff..
Demonstrators who shouted,
"Housing is a right. We're going to
fight, fight, fight," said they had no
choice but to protest when
Giddings' ruling was blocked by the
Michigan Court of Appeals.
Resolutions were introduced
Tuesday by state Rep. David Jaye (R-
Utica) and Sen. Jack Welborn (R-
Kalamazoo) urging Engler to re-
move Giddings from the bench be-
MIDEAST
Continued from page 1
Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and the
'Palestine Liberation Organization
agreed not to strike any separate
peace deal with Israel, such as the
Camp David accords signed by
Egypt in 1979. The officials spoke
on condition of anonymity.
"There will be total Arab coor-
dination," said Syrian Foreign
Minister Farouk al-Sharaa.
Egypt, which is to attend the
peace conference only as an .observer
and potential mediator, plunged the
Arab world into political disarray
vhen it took its military might out
of the Israeli-Arab equation with
the Camp David accords.
The conference is expected to
break up into three sets of bilateral
talks between Israel and Syria,
Lebanon, and a joint Jordanian-
Palestinian delegation.

cause he intruded in a legislative
matter.
Protest co-organizer Jerry
Goldberg of the socialist Workers'
World Party said poor tenants re-
mained hopeful the city would tem-
porarily stop evictions. That step
was taken by many U.S. cities during
the recession-wracked early 1970s,
as well as during the 1930s,
Goldberg said.
Detroit's city charter gives lead-
ers the authority to declare a state
of emergency and then enact ordi-
nances such as a moratorium on evic-
tions, he added.
Resolutions that included a ban
on evictions were introduced but
quickly withdrawn Tuesday by
Detroit City Council President
Maryann Mahaffey and
Councilmember Mel Ravitz.
"It's illegal. It would require
landlords to give free rent to every-
body," Ravitz said.
Job training programs that
promised job leads but failed to de-
liver drew Detroit resident Thelma
Garth to her first protest. Garth
said she fears losing $145 in
monthly General Assistance bene-
fits will keep her from making a
$129 house payment.

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