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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 13, 1992 - Page 3

Algerian
gov't may
postpone
el ections
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -
Seeking to shut out the fundamen-
talist Muslims who were ready to
take power, Algieria's goverment
prepared to scrap last month's elec-
tion results and put off a new vote,
reports said yesterday.
A day after the surprise resigna-
tion of President Chadli Bendjedid,
the army - which opposes the fun-
damentalists - kept a tight lid on
the capital with tanks in position at
key buildings.
The State Security Council, a
* government organ formed after
Benjedid's resignation, also declared
it was "temporarily taking over all
matters that could threaten public
order and state security."
It said that because of the
"impossibility of continuing the
electoral process," the elections set
for Thursday were canceled.
Muslim fundamentalists had
scored a crushing victory in the first
*round of balloting Dec. 26.
A leading opposition figure said
the takeover of power by the new
interim government, which includes
the defense minister and the mili-
tary chief of staff, was a coup d'etat.
Algiers and other large cities
were calm yesterday, but in recent
months, the government has blamed
the fundamentalists for sparking
bloody riots, and it apparently
feared an angry reaction to the latest
developments.
Some such anger was already ap-
parent. The fundamentalists, who
overwhelmingly defeated Bend-
jedid' s ruling party in the first-
round parliamentary elections two
weeks ago, bitterly objected to the
government's reported plans to put
off the second-round elections
* scheduled Thursday.
In a statement, the fundamental-
ist party, the Islamic Salvation
Front, said it "insists on the contin-
uation of the electoral process ...
the only guarantee of stability and
the everlastingness of the people
and the country."
But the government appeared de-
termined to halt the fundamental-
ists' march to power - even though
0it means putting an abrupt end to
the transition to democracy.
Reports of the government's
plans came from the French televi-
sion network Antenne-2 and the
Algerian newspaper Le Matin.
Without citing its sources,
Antenne-2 said the second round of
parliamentary voting would be put
off and the first-round balloting in-
validated. Le Matin also said with-
out attribution that Thursday's
election would be canceled.
The network said elections for a
new president would be postponed
well beyond the 45-day period set
by the Constitution, possibly taking
place between June and September.
It also said a new government body,
the State Council, would be formed,
and would include Prime Minister

*b Sid Ahmed Ghozali and the military
chief of staff.

SAPAC to search
for new director
in February

Putting your guests to work
Boston College sophomore Sue Broughton helps her friend clean up and recycle after a party.
Speaker urges students to 'feel good'
about gaining grades, greatness, goals

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
The Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is
beginning the search for a new coor-
dinator as a result of Julie Steiner's
resignation last month.
Steiner left SAPAC to pursue
other interests, after working at the
center for six years.
Kata Issari - who has worked as
a SAPAC counselor for more than
four years -- has been named in-
terim coordinator while the Univer-
sity administration searches for a
permanent replacement, said Asso-
ciate Vice President for Student
Services Royster Harper. They plan
to post the opening in February and
to have someone "on board" by
July, Issari said.
"We have not started looking
for a new coordinator, but I am
drafting a timeline for the process,"
Harper said. "We have not talked to
Kata about filling the position per-
manently," she added.
Issari said she has not decided if
she will apply for the position.
"Right now my focus is making
sure activities at the office are very
strong," she said.
Issari said she will continue to
counsel clients, in addition to her
new role as interim coordinator and
participating in the job search.
SAPAC is planning to hire some
temporary help to deal with the
staff shortage, Issari said.
Issari said she believes there are
both advantages and disadvantages
to holding a national job search.
"Sometimes it is good to bring
in someone from the outside who
will have a fresh approach. But it
could also be advantageous to hire
someone who is familiar with the
issues in the area," Issari said. "The
most important thing is that we get
whoever is most qualified."
Issari said someone with a vari-

ety of experiences would be ideal
for the position.
"It should be someone familiar
with a university setting, issues of
sexual assault, and someone who has
real commitment to sexism and
other forms of oppression," Issari
said.
Harper said it would be prema-
ture to comment on what goals
SAPAC may pursue under new
leadership.
"We just want to keep moving
positively," Harper said.
Miriam Gershow, a SAPAC vol.
unteer who helps staff the phone
it needs to be
someone who sees
rape and sexual
assault in a broader
sense and not limited
to traditional
definitions.'
- Marc Israel
SAPA C educator
lines, said she would like to see the
phone-line volunteers become more
integrated with the rest of the cen-
ter.
"Right now, once you are
trained, you are independent from
the office," Gershow said.
Marc Israel, who has been a peer
educator with SAPAC for two
years, said he hopes new leadership
will implement a stronger focus on
diversity issues in workshops.
"We need to make sure we are
not excluding people by taking race
and sexuality issues into account,"
Israel said.
Israel added that he feels only
someone committed to "progressive
ideas" should fill the job opening.-
"It needs to be someone who sees
rape and sexual assault in a broader
sense and not limited to traditional
definitions," he said.

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporter
At one point in motivational
speaker Dennis Rahiim Watson's
educational career, all he could+
think of was a girl in his class1
named Linda.+
Linda, Watson said, would talk
to everyone but him. One day, by+
coincidence, she sat next to him at a
school basketball game. Addressing
a crowd of 200 in the Michigan
Union Ballroom yesterday, Watson
grinned as he recalled what Linda
told him.
"She told me to smile, and I've
been smiling ever since," Watson
said.
Watson's speech, titled "Getting
Serious About Good Grades,
Graduation and Greatness: 100
Challenges Facing African
Americans in the 1990s," stressed
positive thinking among young
African Americans and other

ethnicities.
Watson involved the audience in
singing, filling in phrases he left
out of his speech, a skit and a
bonding routine. In the routine,
eight randomly-selected audience
members stood in front of the
crowd in pairs. They repeated
positive words that Watson
dictated to them and hugged each
other.
"Feeling good is the basis of
success," Watson said. "If you feel
good, you become successful. Every
time you're successful you raise
your mother and father's name."
On "Black-on-Black crime,"
Watson said, "Young Black males
are dying across the country for
silly things. No one has the right to
kill me because I looked at his
girlfriend for too long ... We have
to respect each other, forgive each
other, and love each other whether

we're black, red, yellow or white."
Stressing the importance of
respect for parents, peers and God,
Watson left an impact on much of
the audience.
"He brought together three very
important things - the family,
students and the church. These are
the most vital things in life," LSA
senior Janissa Moore said.
University alumnus Karen
Miller agreed. "Not only did he
give hope, but he gave a direction,"
she said.
"He said a lot of things,"
Engineering junior Jimmy Roberts
said. "Many things are tearing apart
the image of the Black male, both
mentally and physically. The media
in general has the potential to give a
negative image. I look at myself and
say, 'Not you. You're more than
that.' ... It was excellent."
Watson has spoken at more than
250 colleges across the U.S.,
including Harvard and UCLA, and
has been heralded as "a cross
between Jesse Jackson and Bill
Cosby." His University visit was
sponsored by the Association of
Multicultural Unification and
seven other organizations.

Teens reluctant to heed

warnings ab
DETROIT (AP) - No matter
how many celebrities contract
AIDS or the virus that causes the
deadly disease, some Detroit-area
high schoolers say they won't listen
until someone they know is
stricken.
"I hate to say this, but if some-
one at Athens got it, or if someone
who graduated from Athens got it,
then it would hit us," Marie Va-
lente, a 16-year-old junior at Troy
Athens High School told The De-
troit News for yesterday's editions.
Despite Magic Johnson's revela-
tion that he had the HIV virus,
many students told the newspaper
they still believe the disease won't
affect them.
Some said they had become more
selective in their sexual partners,

THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

out safe sex
while others said their first thought
in using condoms was to avoid preg-
nancy rather than disease.
Still others said they still have
unprotected sex.
"After you have sex, you think
about protection. You think, 'What
disease could I have? Is she preg-
nant?"' said a 17-year-old student at
Detroit's Southwestern High
School who identified himself only
as Alberto.
Some educators say students
don't use the lessons they're taught.
Students often claim to be too em-
barrassed - either buying condoms
or using them - to practice safe
sex.
But other counselors say the
message slowly is sinking in.
"I feel there is definitely a shift
in attitude and their awareness,"
said Kathy Gerus, program consul-
tant for Midwest AIDS Prevention
project, a non-profit group.
"They want to know how to
change their behavior."
Alexandra Stinnette, 17, a senior
at Southfield-Lathrup High School,
said she doesn't know what it will
take before the potential danger hits
home to her peers.
WHERE IS YOUR
WORLD GOING?
*r

The Difference Between A Job
And A Career Is
The Company You Keep.
Over 60 Michigan Alumni have joined
The May Department Stores Company
Sales of $10 billion
25th largest employer in the United States
Salaries competitive with Fortune 500 companies
Opportunities for long-term growth
Genuine commitment to promotion from within
Interviewing for our
Executive Training Program at
The School of Business Administration and
Literature, Science and the Arts
Thursday, February 13
Want to learn more?
Open House, January 21,10am-3pm
Michigan Union, Welker Room,
or see your placement office.

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U E

Meetings
ACT-UP Ann Arbor, meeting,
Michigan Union, Crofoot Rm, 7:30
p.m.
Graduate Employees Organization,
membership meeting, Rackham East
Conference Rm (4th floor), 7:30 p.m.
U of M Cycling Team, information on
bike fitting, Michigan Union,
Wolverine Rm, 7:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Philosophy Club,
philosophy games 2220 Angell, 7 p.m.
Undergraduate Psych Society, mass
mtg. 2235 Angell, 7:30 p.m
U of M Sorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
weekly meeting, CCRB Martial Arts
rm, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
speakers
"Language, Ritual, and Authority:
An Introduction," Roy A. Rappaport.
Natural Science Aud. 7:30-9 p.m.
Furthermore
Safewalk, night-time safety walking
service. Temporary service. Sun-Thur,
8 p.m.-11:30 a.m. Stop by 102 UGLi or

walking service. Temporary service
Sun-Thur 8 p.m.-11:30 a.m. Stop by
2333 Bursley or call 763-WALK. Full
service begins Sunday, Jan. 26.
English Department Coffee Hour,
every Monday. Haven 7th floor lounge,
3-5:00 p.m.
"Teach English in Czechoslovakia!",
International Center, 7-8:30 p.m.
U-M Taekwondo Club, Monday
workout. CCRB Martial Arts Rm.
2275, 6:30-8 p.m.
U-M Gilbert and Sullivan Society,
Auditions for Pirates of Penzance,
Michigan League, Jan. 14, 16, 17 7-10
p.m.
Career Planning & Placement,
Welcome to CP&P, CP&P Library,
4:30 p.m.; Employer Presentation:
Deloitte & Touche, Michigan Union,
Welker Rm, 5-6 p.m.; Searching for a
Summer Job or Internship, CP&P
Program Rm, 6:10-7 p.m.; Employer
Presentation: Andersen Consulting,
Michigan Union, Kuepzel Rm, 7-9
p.m.; Writing and Formatting Your

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