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Chinese students reported that
they were facially harassed over
the weekend. Of the 28,000 stu-
dents on campus, less then 350 are
Chinese, Pearce-Burton said.
"Some of the harassment are
expressions, of people who don't
know how to deal with this, so
they make flippant comments," she
said. "They don't realize that racist
jokes manifest discomfort in soci-
Because of the emphasis placed
on the collective in Chinese cul-
ture, many in the Chinese commu-
nity hold themselves somewhat re-
sponsible for the shootings.
"One has to understand the
Chinese culture to understand
what the Chinese are feeling now,"

Pearce-Burton said. "That a coun-
tryman could bring such shame and
devastation on their country is
causing them to experience guilt
even though they couldn't control
Shuqin Guo, a Chinese graduate
student, said members of the
Chinese community are worried
about how the "outside world"
will look at them now.
"The Chinese students are
afraid it will be difficult for them
to find advisors and dissertation
committee members," Guo said,
adding that while the intense pres-
sures faced by Chinese students are
not fully to blame, they did play a
role in Lu's shooting spree.
"Chinese lay great value on aca-
demic things. When they finish
studying here, they do not want to
go back, but it is very hard to find a
job," Guo said.

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Hong Yi, a university employee
from China, agreed.
"If a Chinese student fails out
of school, they feel like it is the
end of their life," Yi said.
"Chinese students feel a lot of un-
certainty about the future."
Yi said the shootings have upset
"It is scary because in the uni-
versity environment, getting
turned down for an award is so
routine," Yi said. "It feels so ter-
rible that such a tragedy is related
to the routine."
But Chinese students and fac-
ulty are reluctant to seek help to
deal with Friday's tragedy, Pearce-
Burton said.
"Chinese don't reach out, even
if they feel bad," Yi said.
Students said that Friday's
shootings have caused them to
think about social issues.
"The Iowa City community
should check their own handgun
ordinance," said Iowa senior Terry
Graduate student Chris
Rosebrook said, "Often it takes a
catastrophe for us to grow. Good
things like improved communica-
tion and strengthening of friend-
ships are coming out of this."
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going on (after developing the re-
search unit)," Anderson said.
"Sometimes students' perspective
of what has happened at the univer-
sity evolves as they move through
the years."
In addition to research methods,
Anderson said she likes to maintain
regular face-to-face contact with
students, as well as meet weekly
with student leaders.
"She really had an open door pol-
icy with students," said Jim Hanna,
president of the Associated
Students of WSU, the student gov-
ernment. "She's really personal.
You put a stereotype on administra-
tors and she really doesn't fit that."
While Hanna agreed that a lot of
Anderson's contact with students
was through organization leaders,
he said she is still accessible to the
average student. For example, he
said if a student needed money to go
home for a family emergency,
Anderson might be able to help find
"That's the more personal side
of her job - dealing with students
like that one-on-one," Hanna said.
Anderson said a program involv-
ing the residence hall education ex-
perience was one of her most suc-
cessful projects at WSU.
"I'm probably most proud of the
connections we've made through our
programs in tying in the faculty
more into the lives of our stu-
dents," she said.
WSU Vice President of
Extended University Relations
Fred Dobney said Anderson's skill
in bringing groups together was one

of her most valuable contributions.
In her position as Vice Provost,
Anderson was in charge of
university services ranging from
Housing to the Registrar's Office.
"I think she's been very effective
in harnessing the energy of all those
different offices," Dobney said.
"She's done more to make the rest
of the administrators aware of stu-
dents' concerns than has been done in
the past."
Hanna suggested that
Anderson's skill at bringing the
students and administrators to-
gether would be welcome at the
"We really use our administra-
tion to get things done. She could
take a lot of that to your student
government," Hanna said.
Although she thinks it is impor-
tant for students and faculty to have
ties outside the classroom, there are
limitations to how much influence
universities should have in the lives
of students, Anderson said.
"I generally don't believe the
university is involved in their lives
off campus unless their actions
threaten the welfare of others," she
Anderson gave as an example a
student selling drugs on the fringe
of campus. "We would probably
take a close interest in that."
On a more positive note,
Anderson said setting up places for
students to socialize as an alterna-
tive to the 21-and-over bar scene is a
legitimate role for her position.
"I think these are the kinds of
things student affairs should be in-
volved in," she said.
The people, the activities, and the
campus attracted Anderson to the

University when she visited during
the search process.
"I was very, very impressed with
the people I met. They were all do-
ing things," Anderson said. "I like
working with really bright people,
and I think that typifies the
University of Michigan student."
The Ann Arbor campus reminded
Anderson of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
where she did her undergraduate
"It was really a college town,"
she said. "You couldn't tell where
the campus ended and where the
town began."
Anderson has mixed feelings
about leaving WSU, but said it was
time to move on.
"The people with whom I work
are the most critical part of my job
satisfaction, and a lot of them had
left (WSU)," she said.
Dobney said people at WSU were
sad to see Anderson leave, but that
they were happy that she was mov-
ing to a school with the reputation
of Michigan.
"She was too good to stay in that
position for long. It's the kind of
job she was well overdue to get,"
Dobney said. "I think it's a good
Meanwhile, Anderson will have
two busy months as she prepares for
her move to Michigan and her
November wedding to George
Hartford, WSU's vice president of
Business and Finance.
Hartford is looking for a job in
this area.
"I've always believed that work
should be fun," Anderson said.
"And I've always believed that I
had the best job in the university."

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exercise in a short time, plus fun,"
said Loomis, who discovered the
group inadvertantly while swimming
in the Intramural Building's pool.
The group has been meeting there
since the Union, where the
Flounders used to play, closed its
"In regular water polo, you only
go after the guy who has the ball. In
our game you go after anybody,"
Loomis added.
But, he said, alertness and consid-
eration are stressed during the game,
and the object is to play and have
fun, not to hurt the other players.
"As we don't keep score, it's not
a sport," he said. "It's a game that
everybody wins."
The Flounders accommodate all
ranges of skill. Teams are adjusted to
match the abilities of the players. "If
it's not fair, it's not fun," said Andy
Crawford, a University alumnus who
teaches in the Engineering school.
"So there's a big effort to make it
"Everybody gets a good feeling of
scoring and being scored on," said
English professor Richard Bailey,
who is a 26-year Flounder veteran.
Crawford started bringing his son
to play with the group at age seven.
"The kids like being part of it. They
almost never feel stressed and they

get to score a lot," he said.
And the oldest member, 86-year-
old former professor and Regent
Eugene Power, has no trouble keep-
ing up with the high-contact and
fast-paced game, his teammates said.
"You don't have to be an out-
standing athlete to do this," Bailey
said. "It is very strenuous, but also
very rewarding."
Although the Flounders have ad-
vertised the game to the community
'Everybody gets a
good feeling of
scoring and being
scored on'
- Richard Bailey
English professor,
veteran Flounder
in the past, they presently have no
need to do so, said Loomis. The
group has around 20 active members
who come regularly.
"There are essentially two ways
you get into the group," said Bailey.
"One way is that somebody tells you
about it, or you hear about it from
one of your friends. The other way is
you just happen to be swimming, or
happen to run into the group. We re-

ally encourage anybody to play, but
we don't seek them out," he said.
Crawford added, "It's not a game
that people find easy to get into and
start playing. In a good year we get
one or two new players. But once
you get used to it, it's so much fun
that you tend not to stop."
The Flounders also enjoy food
and good conversation at the U-Club
lunch following their 12:30 to 1
p.m. game.
"It is a celebration of whatever is
happening in our lives," said
Crawford. "We're all good friends
and when we get together for lunch
three times a week, it becomes a
time when we can all share good
news and accomplishments -
things like that."
Flounder tradition dictates that
anyone who announces an honor, or
whose name or picture apears in a
newspaper, must buy coffee and ice
cream for the group.
"I propose to buy coffee and ice
cream for the group in honor of my
50th high school reunion," Loomis
said at Friday's lunch, to the ap-
plause of his companions.
Political science professor Greg
Markus promised to buy another
time in honor of his having success-
fully completed the Hawaii Ironman
Dishes of vanilla ice cream ar-
rived at the table while the Flounders
cheered and congratulated their friend.


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wished to remain anonymous, said,
"being Asian, people expect more
out of you academically."
A visiting student from Beijing
conceded that academics are more
competitive in China than in the
United States, which sometimes
leads to depression and suicides.
Nevertheless, "it could have been
anyone," she said.
"I feel that foreign students
should receive more psychological
counseling due to culture shock,"
she said, adding that she did not be-
lieve an unhealthy academic envi-
ronment sparked the Iowa mas-
sacre. "Competition is good for so-
ciety. If there is no competition,
there is no improvement."
Engineering senior Alfred Poh
said he experienced racism as a re-
sult of the killing. "I went back to
my dorm and people started joking
saying 'One of your pals killed peo-
ple at another university."' Poh
said Chinese students are under
close scrutiny because they are a
minority, and consequently the
butt of racial jokes.
Anne Moore, a grad student in
Library Sciences, said academic
competition could not be dis-
counted in the killings.
"If our society is set up so that
people get that upset about not get-
ting an award, we've got prob-

Lu is not alone in channeling
academic frustrations through vio-
lence. An angry student murdered
his business professor at Ferris
State University in 1980, and
Stanford professor Karel W.
deLeeuw was hammered to death
by a disgruntled graduate student
in 1978.
But psychology professor Chris

Peterson argued that academic pres-
sure is not an acceptable explana-
tion for deviant actions.
"School pressure doesn't do
this to people," he said. While aca-
demic pressure may result in de-
pression, anxiety, drug abuse, and
eating disorders, Peterson said,
"academic stress isn't more likely
to result in murder or suicide."

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