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Display to
tell Asian
. American
perspective
by Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporter
A display at the UGLi titled,
"Asian American Voices," will ad-
dress the stereotypes held by many
people that all Asian Americans look
and think alike.
"When people think of Asian
Americans, they don't think of the
Southern peoples from Pakistan,
Afghanistan, and India," said Yee
Leng Heng, Asian American repre-
sentative at Minority Student
Services. "Rather they think of
China, Japan, and Korea," Heng
said.
Indian American Student
Association President Muhammad
Mamdani participated in the display
to show people that people of Indian
heritage are Asian also.
Mamdani remembered attending
an Asian American Association
meeting where students were plan-
ning an Asian studies department.
"Most of the classes were Oriental
Asian, and there was not a single
Indian studies class.
"When other Asian students
know that Indians are Asians too, we
can let others know. Indians need
more involvement to overcome this
stereotype."
"Asian American doesn't mean
the stereotypical Charlie Chan or
Susie Wong. We are as diverse as
any other culture," Heng added.
He said the display, a series of
pictures and thoughts by 16 under-
graduate Asian Americans at the
University, will hopefully bring im-
ages of the diversity the Asian
American community possesses. The
display, beginning this Friday, will
be sponsored by Minority Student
Services.
The students trace their heritages
from Asian communities like the
subcontinent, the near east and
Hawaii, Heng said. However, he said
he did not find a student originating
from the Pacific Rim.
Heng stressed that Asian
Americans do not have a single rep-
resentative to voice their opinions
because they are so diverse, but said
Asian Americans share the same
dreams and goals, although they may
differ.
Heng asserted the importance of
understanding Asian American cul-
tures beyond traditional stereotypes.
"If you at least understand, you can
begin the process of learning," Heng
said. "From learning, you begin to
respect and appreciate one another."

LEFT: Outgoing
MSA president
and vice
president James
Green and Julie
Davies - both
members of the
Conservative
Coalition - try to
bring the
assembly to order
last night before
the new officers
took over.

Fox sworn in as
assembly leader

RIGHT: New MSA
president and
vice president
Ede Fox and
Hunter Van
Valkenburgh call
last night's
meeting of the
new assembly to
order. Fox and
Van Valkenburgh
won their
positions on the
Progressive Party
ticket in the
winter MSA
elections.

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
Last night's Michigan Student
Assembly meeting marked the end
of the Conservative Coalition's
(CC) year-long reign as CC
President James Green turned over
the gavel to the new Progressive
Party President Ede Fox.
"I'm both relieved that it's over
and also nostalgic but I'm very
proud of the work my administra-
tion and the assembly over the past
year has accomplished," Green
said.
New and old executive officers
said they were relatively pleased
with the assembly's efforts during
the past year.
"The best thing we did was re-
establish MSA as a credible organi-
zation. We're no longer as much of
a laughing matter as when we took
office," Green said.
"I suppose I'm glad that we
have a 24-hour library though I'm
not sure you can attribute that to the
last administration," Fox said.
Outgoing and incoming execu-
tive officers said there were things
that should have been different dur-
ing the past year.
"If I changed one thing it would
probably have been involving my-
self in the past election because I
would have been happier if the
election turned out differently,"
Green said. "I'd also get more pub-
licity for Alcohol Awareness Week.
That was the one thing that didn't
go so well."
Newly sworn-in vice president
Hunter VanValkenburgh agreed.
"Alcohol Awareness Week was
a big waste of money. Not that al-

cohol abuse is not a problem, but
I'd like to do things differently so
we spend less money or see that
what we spend has greater effect."
Incoming and outgoing execu-
tive officers had varying opinions
on the past assembly's worst deci-
sions.
"I think the one thing I'd like to
have seen change is to come up
with a way the assembly could have
gotten along better and set goals
and accomplished things as a
group," Julie Davies, outgoing vice
president, said.
"I suppose one thing I would
have changed is the way the meet-
ings were run," Fox said. "I think
the most important thing being ne-
glected now is a lack of respect fou
each other. We all need to have
some lessons in how to respect your
fellow man and woman," Fox
added.
Old and new assembly members
speculated about the assembly's fu-
ture.
"MSA is in its do or die stages
now and if MSA doesn't work to
improve their reputation around
campus then it will die," Davies
said. "I hope they are ready for the
challenges they will face and keep
the interests of students in mind and
not their own personal interests."
"I think the most important thing
for MSA to do this year is gain
some respect in the student body's
eyes," Fox said. "I plan to do
everything I can to build a strong
working relationship with the
regents. I don't want to cater to the
administration or be adversarial
either, but somehow approach a
middle ground."

Pryor Awards tap into students' entrepreneurial talents

by Karen Talaski
Daily Staff Reporter
Judges for the Ninth Annual
Pryor Award were confronted with
golf courses, wedding-planning
software, and mail order noodles
over the past month as they sought
the state's best entrepreneurial
project.
The $3500 Pryor Award is pre-
sented for the best-prepared, most
promising, practical business plan
submitted by the contestants. This
year's winners were Business
Administration seniors Lisa Quan
and Doris Tseng.
Quan and Tseng's business plan
was a mail-order catalog for food-
stuffs that are found in most Asian
grocery stores but not easily accessi-

ble to rural areas.
As the first team of undergradu-
ates to win the award, Quan and
Tseng were especially happy when
notified of the win April 6.
"It was a big accomplishment to
beat out the MBA teams. It felt good
to win because of how long we had
been working on it," Quan said. "We
were practically living together."
In a suprising turn of events, two
first-year undergraduate students
also made it to the final round of
judging. The award is open to all
students at the University, but is
usually won by graduate students.
First-year LSA students Daniel
Abrams and Boaz Weinstein's busi-
ness plan was to serve as a liaison
between people with advertising
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ideas and agencies.
Abrams and Weinstein were
happy just to make the finals against
their competition. "We thought we
were real innovative and we plan on
resubmitting our plan again next
year," Abrams said.
"We poured our asses into shifts
at the computer," Abrams added.
"We put in so much research and leg
work on this project. It was a
tremendous opportunity."
"The award is won by MBAs
usually," said Business
Administration Professor LaRue
Hosmer, one of the faculty judges.
"But judges thought the ideas of the
first-year students and all the others
were very good this year."
The plans were judged on their
conceptual innovativeness, clarity,

and practicality of marketing and
production methods. Contestants
were advised to focus on consumer
or industrial products, services, or
real estate products.
Other finalists' plans included
ideas for a barbecue restaurant, a
golf course and a wedding-planner
computer diskette.
The business plans were screened
by six faculty members from the
School of Business Administration.
The plans were then evaluated by a
panel of four entrepreneurs during a
15-minute oral presentation. This
was followed by a 45-minute ques-
tion and answer session.
The oral presentation was a new
addition this year. The presentations
"give the judges a first hand sense of

the vitality and enthusiasm found in
the plans," said Michael Gallagher,
president of the Ann Arbor Medical
Clinic and one of the final judges.
"We used to judge the written
plans only and then turn them back
in," Gallagher said. "It was different
this year because we got a first-hand
feeling for the individuals who wrote
the plans."
Gallagher was impressed by this
year's proposals. "There were some
very fine written business plans but
they were even better due to the oral
presentations -it energized them."
The award was established in
1984 with a $50,000 grant to the
business administration school from
University alumnus Millard Pryor.

THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Meetings
Ann Arbor Coalition to Unleash
Power, Michigan Union, Crofoot Rm,
7:30 p.m.
Hindu Students Weekly meeting
B 115 MLB, 8 p.m.
Korean Students Association, weekly
mtg, Michigan Union, Anderson Rm,
5 p.m.
"International Observer Magazine"
General Meeting 8:00 p.m. Michigan
Union
Latin American Solidarity
Committee, weekly mtg, Michigan
Union, Michigan Rm, 8 p.m.
Rainforest Action Movement, weekly
mtg, 1046 Dana (School of Natural
Resources), 7 p.m.
AIESEC, general meeting, 1276
Business Administration Bldg, 6:00
p.m.
You Can Quit! single one-hour stop
smoking program, University Health
Service, 12:00-1:00 p.m. free
Students Concerned About Animal
Rights, weekly mtg, Dominick's, 7 p.m.
American Advertising Federation
(AAF) 3040 Frieze Bldg. 6:00 p.m.
U of M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
weekly meeting, CCRB Martial Arts
rm, 8-9 p.m.
Discussion of Objectivism: The
philosophy of Ayn Rand" Business
meeting, Chapter 5, 2212 MLB, 8:00
p.m.
Speakers
"A Comparison of the Bias in four
versions of the Kaplan-Meier
Estimator," 451 Mason Hall, 4 p.m
"Hazardous waste in your
backyard," Dana Bldg, rm 1046, 12-1
p.m.
"From Wonderwoman to Ul-
traman," Angell Aud A, 7 p.m.

"Determination of Glucose in Blood
by FTIR Spectroscopy," 1650 Chem,
4:00 p.m.
"A Power Play," East Quad, 10 p.m.
"Romania between two elections,"
Lane Hall Commons, 12:00 p.m.
Furthermore
3rd Annual Feminist Seder, Hillel,
6:00 p.m.
Tarobriand Cricket: An Ingenious
Response to Colonialism and
Number our Days, free anthropology
films Lec Rm 2 MLB, 7:00 p.m.
Free Tax Help, VITA 9-5 p.m. 3909
Mich Union
Yost Ice Arena, public ice skating 12-
12:50 p.m.
Safewalk, night-time safety walking
service. Sun-Thurs 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,
Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop by 102
UGLi or call 936-1000. Also, extended
hours: Sun-Thurs 1:30-3 a.m. Stop by
Angell Hall Computing Center or call
763-4246.
Northwalk, North Campus nighttime
team walking service. Sun-Thur 8
p.m.-1:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8:00 p.m.- 11:30
p.m. Stop by 2333 Bursley or call 763-
WALK.
Undergraduate Psychology Peer
Advising, Undergraduate Psychology
Office, K-108 West Quad, 9:00 a.m.- 4:
00 p.m.
ECB Writing Tutors, Angell/Mason
Hall Computing Center, 7-11 p.m.
U-M Taekwondo Club, Monday
workout. CCRB Martial Arts Rm
2275, 6:30-8 p.m. Beginners welcome.j
East Quad/RC Social Group for
Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals,
weekly mtg, 9 p.m.
U of M Ninjitsu Club, practice, I-M
Bldg, wrestling rm, 7-8:30 p.m
Canterbury House, Eucharist, 4:10
p.m. Lord of Light Church

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