The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-Perspectives -Thursday, September 10, 1992- Page 5
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plete AIDS prevention programs.
The 1980s saw tens of thousands
of gay men die of AIDS before the
government did anything. Media
hype about AIDS led to an increase
in gaybashing; assaults against gay
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invisible. The results? Many pre-
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These failures are well documented
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users (IDUs), partners of IDUs,
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by Emily Fries
I worked at a camp this summer. Not a traditional go-hiking-and-make-
a-set-of-macrame-dishes camp, this was a camp for kids who are on the de-
bating teams at their high schools.
Geek camp. Bright kids from all over the country come to the University
for three weeks to learn how to debate and to use the University's huge
One day, while discussing what arguments they wanted to work on with
my group of kids, I decided to take an informal poll. I asked them to write
down who they would vote for for President.
Remember, kids at debate camp tend to be a little smarter and slightly
better informed than normal high school kids. They have to read the news-
paper and be vaguely aware of the issues of the day in order to compete
I was shocked by their responses.
Ten said they would vote for Bush. One said Clinton. Seven said Perot.
Well, those seven didn't really write down Perot.
One wrote Pierrot. One wrote Perrow. Parow. Perro. And so on.
Not one of them spelled his name correctly.
This bothered me enough that I brought it up at the faculty meeting that
night. We talked about how the kids have become much more conservative.
We talked about how although they all think recycling paper is important,
they also seem to be less informed than the camp kids used to be.
The only explanation we could come up with as to why none of them
could spell Ross Perot's name was that none of them had ever read his
name. They'd probably all heard about him on the evening news, or from
friends at school, or from older members of their families.
They'd never read his name.
When I took a similar poll of my group in 1988, the majority of the
campers expressed a preference for Dukakis. Many of them said that the
reason they favored Dukakis wasn't so much because he was a great guy
with an awe-inspiring vision, but rather that the whole Iran-Contra-Ollie-
North fiasco left them untrustworthy of anyone having anything to do with
the Reagan administration.
They'd made an informed choice.
The kids this year were so different. One of them didn't even know how
to find a book in the library. That wouldn't be so weird if not for the fact
that kids who debate tend to spend all of their free hours in the library.
None of them could give a reason for voting for Perot beyond "he just
So, as you come to this great institution of higher learning, think about
what's going on in the world and what you can do to change the things you
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