Page 8-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-Perspectives - Thursday, September 10, 1992
Lost on the way
to cum laude
I was going to attend every class, do every reading,
and ace every exam.
When I first came to the
University, I was just like many of
you. I was wide-eyed, confident,
idealistic, and ambitious. I knew
exactly what I was going to do, and
how I was going to do it.
But something happened between
the time I moved in to South Quad
A -E and my goal. I don't know what it
was, but it happened.
Maybe it was my first 8 a.m.
I had my new backpack, notebooks, pencils - every-
thing I would need to get through my 16-credit slate of
classes. I was ready.
But somewhere between the professor's introduc-
tion and Homer's Iliad, I dozed off. I didn't mean for it
to happen, but it did.
Undaunted by this minor setback, I went to the
bookstore. Very fortunately, the line wasn't as long as
I had been warned it would be, and I got my copy of
I immediately left for the Law Library's reading
room where I knew I would get to that reading. There
was no question in my mind that the first 100 pages of
an epic poem would be no problem - and it wouldn't
have. But somewhere between Ulrich's and the Law
Quad, well, let's just say that tennis game was irre-
That was OK, though, because I knew I'd get to all
of my reading before the first exam. About a week be-
fore the exam, I locked myself in my room and swore I
wouldn't leave (except for classes and meals) until I
got all that reading done. There was no stopping me
this time, and I asked my friends not to try.
But somewhere between my favorite study chair and
the end of that phone call, I realized the error of my
ways and decided I could, after all, go to that party. No
sweat, I had a week until the exam.
Then came the day before the exam. I pretty much
realized that doing all of the reading was physically
impossible by that point, but still with academic pur-
suits on my mind I figured I could at least read the
Cliffs Notes, and that I'd be alright for the exam.
So I went to North Campus - there wasn't any-
thing to keep me from my studies there, nobody knew
where to reach me. I was all set.
But somewhere between 2 p.m. and when the secu-
rity guard at the North Campus Commons woke me up
at 11:30, I realized that my will power was lacking.
Well, there were still nine hours until the exam. I
had my Cliffs Notes, the lecture notes I had photo-
copied from a friend who is much more of a morning
person than I am, and the actual texts, just in case I
needed to check something out.
So I walked into the exam at 8:00. I was sure that I
could do alright, having read the Cliffs Notes and even
recommended portions of the book.
But somewhere between the door to MLB
Auditorium 3 and the first essay, I decided that maybe I
could at least BS my way through the exam. I wasn't
really confident when I left the auditorium.
Maybe academics arent what college is all about.
Some people will tell you that it's critical thinking
skills that you really get out of that Cultural
Anthropology class, and that five years later you'll be
lucky if you remember your professor's name. I guess I
took that too much to heart.
So here's some advice: Go to every class, and stay
awake. Read all your readings in the allotted time.
Start studying for an exam early enough that your
social calendar can be worked around study times. Get
your papers in on time.
Trust me, the stress and all-nighters you avoid will
make it all worth it. There's nothing worse than walk-
ing into an exam with no sleep, and no answers.
Oh, and by the way, I got an A-minus on the exam.
Guess those Cliffs Notes aren't so bad after all.
Co-ops offer affordable housing
by Amy Clark
In 1932 a group of University students who
couldn't find affordable housing in Ann Arbor
decided to work together to create their own.
The result was the Inter-Cooperative Council,
better known as "the student co-ops." Unlike
other forms of student housing, the 17 co-op
houses are owned and run by the 550 members
who live in them.
"I like the fact that we're not paying land-
lords and helping them make money," said
Mark Giordano, a recent graduate. "And I like
that there's only 20 people at my house so you
can get to meet people pretty quickly."
The members work together to keep costs
down by buying supplies in bulk and sharing
the work needed to run the house. Some stu-
dents cook, others clean and others do admin-.
"It's up to everyone to make sure the house
runs well," said Amy Herrup of Vail
Cooperative. "But its a rewarding experience
because we know we own it."
Co-ops aren't for everyone. Members have
to be willing to live, and hence, compromise
with a lot of other people.
"I would recommend it to people ... if they
are willing to live with other people and take
responsibility for themselves," said grad stu-
dent Nauman Chaudhry.
The co-ops attract a wide variety of people.
"It allowed me to meet people of all differ-
ent types, from all over the world, in an envi-
ronment that allowed me to be more myself,"
said LSA senior Bill Woelkers.
Other students like co-ops simply because *
they think they are fun.
"It's kind of charming around here," said
John Hackert. "Every day is sort of fun com-
Clark is a member of the Inter-Cooperative
Co-op residents prepare dinner for their housemates. ICC members enjoy
dividing up household chores to make their co-ops run smoothly. Students
also vote on all house decisions.
by Christopher Powers
and Stephanie Santos
The University Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC) was started in 1986 in re-
sponse to students' growing concern about the preva-
lence of sexual assault and the need for education as a
means of prevention.
According to FBI statistics, one out of three women
and one out of 10 men will be sexually assaulted in her
or his lifetime.
Because so many of these sexual assaults are
committed by people between the ages of 17 and 24 and
because 60-80 percent of these attacks are committed by
someone that the survivor knows, it is extremely
important for college students to talk openly about
issues of sexism and sexual assault, especially
SAPAC provides an educational service by offering
programs in which trained male and female student fa-
cilitators lead discussions about acquaintance rape and
prevention strategies, as well as other workshops deal-
ing with rape culture, sexism awareness, or sexism in
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to
participate in the peer education program or in other
programs. They can plan awareness-building activities;
do community outreach; or staff the Counseling Phone
Line, in which trained peer counselors provide confi-
dential crisis intervention and counseling to survivors of
sexual assault and sexual harassment, as well as their
friends and families.
Other services provided for survivors include
support groups, professional counseling, and assistance
with hospitals, the criminal justice system or University
SAPAC is also concerned with coordinating physical
safety on campus. By working with offices such as the
University Department of Public Safety and the
Transportation Department, specific projects have been
designed to heighten the level of safety on campus.
These include the Nite Owl bus service, as well as
Safewalk and Northwalk, which people can call for a
pair of volunteers to walk them anywhere within a 20-
minute walking distance at night. Volunteers work in
female-female and male-female teams so women using
the service do not feel threatened.
Watch for annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week
activities in October. This is a time for the entire
University community to increase its awareness about
sexual assault and how to end rape on campus.
Powers and Santos are Peer Education co-coordina-
tors at SAPAC.
A student performs a war dance during a Native American Students'
NASA promotes awareness
of Native American interests
by David Austin
The Latin American Solidarity
Committee (LASC) works with the
people of Latin America as they seek
to exercise their right to self deter-
mination. LASC works to change
U.S. policy toward Latin America so
that the human and political rights of
the people there are respected by
both our government and by gov- 9
emments in Latin America.
LASC was formed in 1979,
shortly after the Sandinista Front
toppled the U.S.-backed Somoza
dictatorship in Nicaragua. Through-
out the '80s, LASC worked to end
aid to the United States' proxy army,
the contras, and to educate people
here about the reality of life in
Since that time LASC has broad-
ened its outlook to work on issues in
LASC's direct action work has
taken on several forms. LASC has
organized rapid response networks
to respond to human rights abuses
and letter writing drives to elected
LASC members have a
variety of political
officials to influence legislation. On
various occasions LASC members
have committed acts of civil dis-
obedience protesting aid to the El
Salvadoran military, aid to the
Nicaraguan contras and C.I.A. re-
cruiting on campus.
Educationally, LASC has orga-
nized several film series on Latin
America, written opinion pieces for
publication in local media, and held
teach-ins about Central America.
LASC has also organized study
LASC members have a variety of
political viewpoints, but non-inter-
vention is a common denominator.
LASC meets every Wednesday at
8:00 p.m. in the Michigan Union.
Austin is president of the Latin
American Solidarity Committee.
by Michael Dashner
The Native American Student
Association (NASA) was formed in
1975 with a commitment to pro-
mote the interests and awareness of
Native Americans at the University.
The membership of NASA con-
sists of students in various
University schools with majors as
varied as history, biology, business,
education, music, natural resources
and engineering. The backgrounds
of each member are equally diverse.
Some students were very active
within traditional Indian communi-
ties while others came from urban
environments. All members have a
common desire to become more in-
volved with their Native American
Each year NASA sponsors sev-
eral social, political, spiritual and
cultural events open to the public.
Past events have included visits by
Lakota and Ojibwe medicine men
and women along with writers, po-
ets, artists and scholars.
The end of each school year
brings the annual Ann Arbor Pow
Wow. This festival of dance and
music is recognized as one of the
top Native American celebrations in
North America and attracts cham-
pion dancers and singers from
across the United States and
To further promote the Native
American culture, NASA formed
the U-M American Indian Dance
Troupe with two goals in mind.
First, the Dance Troupe teaches
new members the various dance
styles and the meanings of tradi-
tional Indian music. Secondly -
by performing both for the
University community and for local
schools and groups - the Dance
Troupe increases awareness and
appreciation of Native American
Dashner is the Native American
Student Association's advisor.
Asian American Assoication provides a groove
Levy is the Daily's Summer editor-in-chief
RECYCLE-UM doesn't throw away a good thing
by Danielle Miller
RECYCLE-UM takes its com-
mitment not to "throw away a good
thing" very seriously.
A major goal of RECYCLE-UM
is to make it easy for students and
Ann Arborites to make a difference
in protecting our environment.
Some of RECYCLE-UM's best-
known projects are the annual col-
lection of used carpets from the
dormitories at the end of the year
and resale during the fall move-in,
our annual "REPEAT PERFOR-
MANCE" sale of used clothing and
other items on the Diag during Earth
Day, promotion of local businesses
with earth-friendly habits with
stickers, and public education
projects such as a showing of the
Lorax by Dr. Seuss.
We expect to develop new pro-
grams and projects in the fall to fur-
ther the goals of an environmentally
conscious University and
Be sure to look for RECYCLE-
UM carpets when you are moving
into your dormitories. You can save
money as well as landfill space when
you buy one.
Miller is a member of RECYCLE-
by Al Chan
Sometimes, it can be hard to find
your groove at the University. The
classes are large and everyone al-
ways seems on the go. Amidst the
academia, the studying, and the ex-
ams, people sometimes forget the
other reasons why they came to the
University - to make new friends,
to share new experiences, and to
learn more about themselves.
The Asian American Association
(AAA) can provide students with
those new friends and new experi-
ences. AAA has more than 200
members from all class levels and
fields of study. Our purpose is to
serve the needs and goals of Asian-
American students on campus. We
provide opportunities for students to
get involved on campus and meet
These events may be social
(dances, semi-formals), political
(weekly workshops on important
topics), or philanthropic (charity
fundraisers). You also may join the
Big Sib/Little Sib program, which
pairs new members with old
AAA members automatically be-
come members of the United Asian
American Organizations (UAAO),
the umbrella group for the
University's Asian-American stu-
dent groups. UAAO offers its own
programming and events throughout
the year including the Annual
Halloween Charity Dance and Food
Drive and an AA students' spring
conference. In addition to these
events, UAAO will be working
throughout the year to establish an
Asian American Studies Program at
Chan is president of the Asian
Ann Arbor Tenants' Union helps students deal with
landlord problems, find affordable rental housing
by Jeri Schneider
Almost all students live in rental
housing at some point during their
years at the University.
Each year, 64.5 percent of
students must enter the local rental
housing scene or commute to
According to recent U.S. Census
data, Ann Arbor rents rank among
the highest of comparable cities na-
tionwide. Ann Arbor rents rose 86
percent from 1980 to 1990.
The University has developed no
student housing since 1972, and has
(IPstrove(1 245 iunits of stuident
the means to pay the high rents that
landlords charge, nor do they have
the time to challenge landlords on an
individual basis. High rents often
force students to leave school and
prevent low-income students from
attending the University at all.
The Ann Arbor Tenants' Union
(AATU) was established in 1969, as
informational brochures, workshops,
and newsletter provide tenants with
quick and easy information about
We work with lawyers, city
administrators, and elected officials
to insure that the city's housing code
is enforced to protect tenants from
hazardous and uninhabitable
ing has historically come from the
Michigan Student Assembly, which
receives its funds from a small fee
that every student pays with tuition.
Last fall, MSA cut its allocation
to the AATU by 46 percent. As a
result of the cut, we had to lay off
one of only two full-time employees,
which has caused a reduction in all
This summer, the University
Board of Regents voted to freeze the
student fee at last year's level. This
means MSA is once again strapped
for funds and limited in its ability to
Students who live in private rental housing
are subjected to landlords who simply want
to milk tenants for as much money as they
can get. Students are particularly vulnerable