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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 22, 1992 -Page 3

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Earth Day
events to
take place
on Diag
by Christopher Scherer
Daily Staff Reporter
Earth Day festivities will com-
mence at noon today, with the bands
Southgoing Zak and Hour of Power
performing on the Diag.
From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on
the Diag there will be tables full of
educational material on various
environmental topics. Other events
include lectures, panel discussions
and hands-on exhibits.
In case of rain, the events will be
moved to the Michigan Union
Ballroom.
From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
bands will perform a benefit concert
at Palmer Field near the Central
Campus Recreation Building. The
bands include Frank Allison and the
Odd Sox, °Jonni and Mr. Picasso
Head.
Nytasha Walters, a research assis-
tant at the Institute for Social
Research, said the groups that will
be on the Diag won't only represent
students.
"It is a coalition of different
groups who want to emphasize envi-
ronmental awareness," she said.
Some of the organizations sched-
uled to be on the Diag are Air
Conservation, concentrating on
Global Warming, Ozone Depletion
and Acid Rain; the Ann Arbor
Ecology Center; Greenpeace and the
Sierra Club/EPA.
"There are 25 different organiza-
tions for everyone to attend to get a
perspective on a variety of compo-
nents of environmental organiza-
tions," she said.
LSA senior Rachel Rubenfaer
said people attending Earth Day
would find out how easy it is to con-
serve and help the environment in
various ways.
Rubenfaer said the goal of Earth
Day is "for people to be aware of the
problem and then to be able to find a
solution."
Stewert Kaplan, coordinator of
the junk mall project, sad the slogan
for Earth Day is "Earth Day '92 and
You: Small Steps to Big Solutions."
Kaplan said his table will collect
junk mail then send it back to com-
panies in envelopes with rocks in
them. "If they pollute our campus
then they are going to pay for it."
Kaplan related his concern about
the environment to a typical child-
hood experience. "I've got an anal-
ogy - ifs sort of like when our
mothers and fathers tell us to clean
our rooms. We tell them we'll do it
later because we want to talk on the
phone, watch TV or something,"
Kaplan said.
"People on the planet are saying
they'll do it later. We're starting to
realize each year there is no later."

ABC's Beth Nissen
recalls life since 'U'

by Karen Pier7
Daily Staff Reporter
ABC correspondent Beth Nissen's warm+
voice and cool demeanor project an unlikely
veneer for a journalist who has experienced
the 15 years of hard work and struggle which1
have brought her from the newsroom of the+
Wall Street Journal to the battlefields of
Nicaragua.
Sitting in the peace of her parents' Ann
Arbor home, Nissen talked about the contra-
dictions of a woman in a war zone, a television
reporter who is uncomfortable on television
and a woman who - despite her parents' long
and stable marriage - is afraid of marriage.
As the daughter of LSA Assistant Dean for
Academic Affairs Eugene Nissen, her choice of
where to go to school was obvious.
It was at the University that she discov-
ered journalism.
"I started to write for the Daily during my
sophomore year.... I didn't like the competi-
tion for the front page, so I started my own
weekly column on the editorial page, called
'Paragraphics' about issues that interested me.
"I had enormous fun with the column. I
did my writing and interviewing outside of
the Daily, and then I would bring it in or send
it in through campus mail. I think I was doing
that because I realized that if I got too close
(to the Daily) I'd get hooked."
But she did. "Once I got involved I was
hopelessly wedded to this business."
She continued her education in journalism
when a professor encouraged her to go to
Columbia University for graduate work in
journalism. That professor told her, "even a
year in New York would be good for my
Midwestern soul," she said.
As part of a Pulitzer fellowship she won
there, Nissen had a pro forma interview with
The Wall Street Journal. At that time, it had
no openings.
Later, however, there was an opening at the
Journal's Dallas bureau, and she immediately
went to talk with the bureau chief. In Dallas
she faced a special challenge: the bureau chief
had never hired a woman willingly.
Nissen was interested. She went to Dallas,
and got the job in an unusual way: "I think I

basically out-drank the guy."
As her new assignment, Nissen began to
cover Central America, mainly because at that
time nothing was happening there, she said.
Shortly afterwards, Nicaragua had a revo-
lution, and Central America became a politi-
cal hotbed.
Death visited her beat frequently.
Dean Nissen recounts something his daugh-
ter had told him. "She was crossing a street
under fire, holding the hand of a little eight-
year-old girl. The next thing she knew all she
was holding was the hand. The rest of her was
blown away."
"I thought in a macho culture a blond
gringa like me would be safe.... Then I real-
ized if white blond American nuns could be
killed, they could kill me too.
"I knew my parents were concerned about
me," Nissen said quietly, "but they also
trusted me (to use good judgment).
Sometimes I abused that trust"
After covering Central America for
Newsweek, she taught at Columbia
University. While there, Amnesty;
International invited her to speak on a panel
about human rights, along with ABC
Nightline host Ted Koppel, who had just re-
turned from South Africa.
Following the panel, at the reception,
Koppel said he was impressed with her, and
asked if she was interested in broadcast
journalism.
"I made some flippant remark saying
something like, 'Every time I think about it, I
lay down until the feeling passes."'
Koppel persuaded her to visit the
Nightline set, telling her it was a serious
show, and she did come visit the set.
Nightline did not have the money to hire
her, so she was transferred to ABC Nightly,
News as a trainee. On her second day there the
Iran-Contra scandal broke.
Since then, Nissen has become a correspon-
dent on "The American Agenda" segment of
the ABC Nightly News, which covers
American problems such as poverty, AIDS and
drug abuse.

What is it?
If you don't know what this is a picture of, you obviously have not started your term paper
yet. This plethora of geometric shapes watches over students as they squint and sweat, cry
and create in a garden of technical delights. Next time you get writers' block, look up for a
glimpse of this scintillating scene.

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UNIVERSITY LUTHERAN CHAPEL
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China land wars evict
peasants from fin
BEIJING (AP) - Small, bloody
land wars are breaking out in the
Chinese countryside as local
officials looking for quick profits
push peasants off their land and sell
it.
Although technically no land can
be bought in socialist China,
businesses are buying "land use
rights" and evicting peasants who
know no other life but farming and
have no way to obtain new land or
jobs.
"Deng Xiaoping doesn't care
about us," one dispossessed peasant
said after appealing in vain to
authorities in Beijing.

W RIT E OR T HE M IC HIG AN D A IL Y'
CONGRATULATIONS!
Jodi Wilktowski
Darlene Ray Johnson
Reinaldo Schumann
You are the three lucky winners
of a $50 gift certificate for dinner at
Bella Ciao.
Please bring a picture I.D. to
The Michigan Daily 's Senior Staff Office,
located on the second floor of the Student
Publications Building before April 30th to claim
your prize.

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THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Ann Arbor's
DEADQUARTERS

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ootbags
d jewelry
clothing

Meetings
Ann Arbor Coalition to Un-
leash Power,Michigan Union,
Crofoot Rm, 7:30 p.m.
Hindu Students Weekly meeting
B115 MLB, 8 p.m.
Korean Students Association,
weekly mtg, Michigan Union, Ander-
son Rm, 5 p.m.
LatintAmerican Solidarity
Committee, weekly mtg, Michi-
gan 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..
Students Concerned About An-
imal Rights, weekly mtg, Do-
ininick's, 7 p.m.
American Advertising Federa-
Lion (AAF) 3040 Frieze Bldg. 6:00
p.m.
U of M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do
Club, Weekly meeting, CCRB Mar-
' ial Arts rm, 8-9 p.m.
}Iscussion of Objectivism:
The philosophy of Ayn Rand"
)Business meeting, Chapter 5, 2212
MLB, 8:00 p.m.
Speakers
4Chemistry Speaker: The
Pauson Khard Reaction in
Organic Synthesis," 1 6 4 0
Chem, 4:00 p.m.

ing 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. today is
Last Day of service,
Northwalk, North Campus night-
time 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. Today is last day of
servicef
Undergraduate Psychology
Peer Advising, Undergraduate
Psychology Office, K-108 West Quad,
9:00 a.m.- 4: 00 p.m.
ECB Writing Tutors, An-
gell/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 wel-
come.
East Quad/RC Social Group for
Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bi-
sexuals, 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
Stress and Time Management,
Consultations with peer counselors
available, 3100 Michigan Union, 1-
3 p.m.
Editor's Note: For weekly events
returning next year, a new list form

215 S. STATE
Ann Arbor
995-DEAD
(upstairs)

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