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The Michigan Daily- Monday, November 11, 1991 - Page 3

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Program aims to
increase minority
graduate students

Peacekeeping
forces arrive in

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Cambodia

by Mona Qureshi
Imagine bonding with a profes-
sor for a summer, doing research at
the graduate school level, network-
ing with potential employers, and
being paid for it - while still an
*mdergraduate.
About 50 students from the
University of Michigan and other
universities had such an opportunity
this past summer while participat-
ing in the Summer Research Oppor-
tunity Program (SROP), sponsored
by Rackham Graduate School.
SROP, the only undergraduate
program sponsored by Rackham, has
several goals in mind - the most
*mportant being an increase in mi-
nority students attending graduate
and professional schools and becom-
'in statistics class, we
used situations. Here,
what I did meant
something ... in real
life'
- Valarie Burton
LSA senior
ing faculty of the University, says
Marilyn Gordon, coordinator for
Minority Affairs at Rackham.
The SROP program at the Uni-
versity is part of an initiatve by the
Big Ten Schools and the University
of Chicago to increase minority stu-
dent participation in graduate stud-
Oes. Overall, two-thirds of students
who have graduated after participat-
ing in the program have gone on to
graduate and professional school -
three times the national average for
all baccalaureates - and over half
show interest in becoming profes-
sors.
SROP has three parts - an eight
to 10 week research program with a
rofessor/mentor, weekly campus-
ased activities concerning graduate
school and research, and an annual
conference/forum, in which the stu-
dents and professors share their
findings.
Participants in the program must
be sophomores or juniors who are
U.S. citizens with an ethnic minor-
ity background as defined by the
University. Areas of study range
from engineering to theater and are
chosen by the students.
Astronomy Prof. Nancy Houk
has seen the successes of her stu-

dents since she began participating
as a mentor in 1988. One of her for-
mer students, Aaron Evans, a 1990
graduate, reported his findings at a
national conference of the American
Astronomical Society in 1989. Cur-
rently Evans is doing graduate work
at the University of Hawaii.
"People work for me on the project
as routine research," says Houk,
"but it's not as challenging as the
SROP."
Students and professors alike
have found several benefits in the
program, among the most men-
tioned being a "real-life experi-
ence" and a $2,500 stipend, funded
by Rackham, upon successful com-
pletion.
Valarie Burton, an LSA senior
majoring in statistics, had no
interests in graduate studies until
she began participating in the SROP
program two years ago. Burton used
her statistical knowledge to
research various methods of quality
improvement.
"By contributing to a project, I
had the experience of working with
something real. In statistics class,
we used situations. Here, what I did
meant something ... in real life,"
Burton says. Since August, she has
been employed at the Center for
Statistical Consultation, where she
first began her SROP research.
Victoria Anzaldua, a School of
Music senior and a theater concen-
trator, worked with Prof. Erik
Fredricksen on a theatrical combat
project. She said that she felt lucky
to collaborate with such a well-
known mentor on her project, which
took her to theatrical combat camps
in Las Vegas and San Diego for six
to eleven hours of training a day.
As a result of her participation,
Anzaldua has made connections
with several professional choreog-
raphers.
It's competitive considering 50
out of 230 applicants were accepted
last summer, she said, but students
should start applying at the end of
the fall semester.
"You don't have to-be a 4.0,"
Gordon says. "You just need the po-
tential to go on and the will to
learn more."
Anzaldua said she hopes more
people will become aware of the
program. "The more people know
about this program, the more we can
interact and present a big project."

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
(AP) - Australian soldiers in blue
berets arrived yesterday in
Cambodia, the first of a vast U.N.
force that will try to keep peace in
the country wrecked by 13 years of
civil war.
In yet another sign of hope for
the devastated Southeast Asian land,
U.S. diplomats were flying to
Phnom Penh today to restore rela-
tions severed 16 years ago. Japanese
diplomats also arrived to open a
new embassy, four days ahead of the
arrival of Prince Norodom
Sihanouk, who will lead an interim
government.
Under a United Nations-bro-
kered peace accord signed last
month, the government and three
guerrilla groups are to lead the
country toward democratic elec-
tions scheduled in 1993.
The war between them raged
since Vietnam invaded in 1978, oust-
ing the ruthless Khmer Rouge
Communists that three years earlier
drove out a pro-American govern-
ment.

An eventual $1 billion peace-
keeping force will be the largest
since the U.N. dispatched 20,000
soldiers and police to the Belgian
Congo, now Zaire, in 1960.
Because of the tens of thousand's
of land mines that are buried
throughout the country and lorig-
years of warfare, Cambodia has the'
highest percentage of war-disabled
in the world, along with an abysmal
health care system and the lowest
per capita income in Asia.
Today, Charles Twining is to ar-
rive as the charge d'affaires at a new
U.S. embassy, 16 years after
Washington closed its embassy
when the ultra-radical Communist
Khmer Rouge marched into Phnom
Penh.
None of the arriving diplomats
will establish ties with that 13-
year-old government, which was es-
tablished by Vietnamese officials in
1978 and is now headed by Premier
Hun Sen.
Instead, they will present their
credentials to Sihanouk, who is to
arrive Thursday from Beijing.

ANTHONY M. CROLL/Daily
Where're the brakes on this thing?
Don Newman challenges the laws of gravity as he delivers soap, paper
goods, and butter to local restaurants.

Blood - no guts and glory sought in
annual Blood Battle against Buckeyes

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by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Staff Reporter
The University hopes to reclaim
their trophy during the tenth an-
nual blood battle against Ohio
State University (OSU) by collect-
ing 2,240 units of blood during the
next two weeks.
The battle is sponsored by Al-
pha Phi Omega (APO), a co-ed ser-
vice organization, and the winner
will be awarded a trophy during
halftime at the Michigan-OSU
football game Nov. 23.
"We organized the battle to be
a competition between the two
schools in an effort to heighten
awareness that blood is needed and
to stimulate a little competition
between the two chapters (of
APO)," said Weezie Pauli, presi-
dent of APO.
Michigan has won the trophy
six times but last year OSU
claimed it.
"We don't want Ohio to keep
the trophy. We don't feel the Buck-
eyes are smart enough to even know
where to put it," said Neal Fry, the
Red Cross representative on cam-
pus. "There's no great love lost be-
tween us and OSU, and we don't
want them to have the trophy two
years in a row."
The University's blood drive is
the largest in Michigan and one of
the biggest in the United States,
said Heather Burrows, co-chair of
the battle. The 72 hospitals in this
area use 1,100 units of blood a day

and the blood battle provides 25
percent of the area's daily need for
blood during the next two weeks.
"We serve as a model for the
Red Cross," Burrows said. "They.
try to create other drives that are as
large and as organized as ours."
"It's the biggest event we do
all year long, and it encompasses
every aspect of our chapter and
what we stand for," Pauli said.
"Most of the chapter really
believes in it and sees it as a
worthwhile cause. Blood at the
hospital is so desperately needed
that anything we can do to help is
worth it."
The appointment system was a
new feature of the blood drive last
year allowing people to make ap-
pointments to give blood. A little
over half of the alloted times were
filled through this system, Barkan
said. Appointments for giving
blood in the Union can be made on
Monday through Wednesday and
Friday this week.
"People really appreciate the
appointment system because they
can get in and out in an hour instead
of waiting in line for an hour,"
Pauli said.
There are incentives for under-
graduates to donate blood. Stuc-
chi's coupons will be given to stu-
dents from the hall that donates
the highest percentage of blood in
the dorm. In addition, a pizza party
will be given to the sorority and
fraternity that donate the highest

percentage of blood within the
Greek system.
The top reason that people don't
give blood is because they aren't
asked, Burrows said. "It's hard to
ask 35,000 people but we are try-
ing," she said.
The drive will last for eight
hours each day. APO will have six
volunteers each hour who will
help with set up, clean up, registra-
tion, escorting people to tables to
give blood and to the canteen for

juice and cookies.
Each donor will give one unit of
blood and a few additional tubes to
be tested in Detroit for AIDS and
other diseases before the blood is
taken to area hospitals.
"Unfortunately, the percentage
of people who give blood on cam-
pus is not as high as we would
want. We want to get people
started giving blood now to make
this a regular event in their lives,"
Barkan said.


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THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Blood Battle 1991
Date Location Time
Nov 11 Bursley 3- 9
Nov. 12 MohrJra 3 - 9
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Nov. 14 E ast Qua d 2 -8
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N.v.t15 Mosrk/Dey 2-L8
Nov. 17 South Quad 1 -7
Nov. 18-21 Un ion 1 -6:30
Nov. 22....Union.....12 - 7:30
Christine Kloostra/DAILY GRAPHIC

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Meetings
Enact, weekly mtg. SNR, 1040 Dana, 7
p.m.
Indian American Student Associa-
tion, weekly board mtg. All members
welcome. League, 1st floor conference
rooms 1 & 2, 8 p.m.
U-M Greens, weekly mtg. Union, Tap
Room, 5 p.m.
Support Group for Women Who Are
or Have Been in an Abusive;
Relationship. First United Methodist
Church, 3-4:30
Asian American Association, fitness
workshop. Trotter House, 7 p.m.
Hindu Students Council. Topic:
Human Sexuality and Hinduism. MLB,
B115A, 8 p.m.
U-M Asian American Student
Coalition, committee meeting. East
Quad, 52 Greene, 7:30.
Undergraduate Philosophy Club.
Topic: Philosophy: A Graduate School
Perspective. 2220 Angell Hall, 7 p.m.
International Program in Uppsala,
Sweden, informational mtg. 443
Mason, 5 p.m.
Speakers
"The Ironies of War," Rashid
Bashshur, and "Historical Perspective
on the Middle East," Janice Terry.
1014 Dow Bldg,3:30-5.
"Activation of Dinitrogen at
Binuclear Sites," Kostas Demadis.
1640 Chem, 4 p.m.
"Structure Relations in Metal
Insulator Transitions," Brendan
Foran. 1640 Chem, 4 p.m.
"Perspectives on Peace: A
Journalistic View," Viewpoint
Lectures by Richard Strauss and
Hisham Melhem. Rackham Aud, 7:30.
"Israeli Econ 201: Jews, Arabs,
Money, and Peace," Joel Bainerman.
Hillel, 7:30.
I" _ - -J - i _-f W i -

102 UGLi or call 936-1000. Extended
hours are 1 a.m. -3 a.m. at the Angell
Hall Computing Center or call 763-
4246.
Northwalk, North Campus safety
walking service. Sun-Thur 8 p.m.-1:30
a.m. and Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.-11:30p.m.
Stop by 2333 Bursley or call 763-
WALK.
Ultimate Frisbee Club, practice. Be-
ginners welcome. Mitchell Field, 7-9.
Call 668-2886 for info.
Guild House Writers Series, Leisha
Jones and Reba Devine. Guild House,
802 Monroe, 8:30-10.
English Department Coffee Hour, ev-
ery Monday. Haven 7th floor lounge, 3-
4:30.
Blues Party and Open Mike Night,,
every Monday, $1.50 cover. Blind Pig,
8:30.
U-M Ninjitsu Club, Monday practice.
IM Bldg, wrestling rm, 7:30-9.
U-M Women's Lacrosse Club, Mon-
day practice. Oosterbaan Field House,
9-10:30. Call 996-3392 for info.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors. An-
gell/Mason Computing Center, 7-11.
611 Church, 7-9.
U-M Taekwvondo Club, Monday
workout. CCRB Martial Arts Rm,
6:30-8.
"Everything You Ever Wanted to
Know About Interfacing With the
Medical System," Lesbian Health
Series, free. Common Language
Bookstore, 7-9.
Ethnic Greek Dancing. Union, rm
1209, 7:30.
Israel Information Day. Hillel, 10-4.
The Yawp literary magazine is accept-
ing applications in 7629 Haven.
Emerging Leaders Program Group
Leader applications available at
SODC, 2202 Union. Applications due
Nov. 22.
Career Planning and Placement.
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