The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, October 13, 1992- Page 7
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by Andr6s Cort6s
Few classes at the university can
be labeled dangerous, but every once
in a while, students in chemistry labs
have some, well, hairy experiences.
Few who were there will forget
the time nearly four and a half years
ago when a woman got too close to a
Bunsen burner in her Chemistry 130
lab and her hair caught on fire.
Although no major injury oc-
curred, Richard Giszczak, safety di-
rector at the chemistry building, said
he is still on the watchout for other
Giszczak has been at the U-M as
safety director for four years. In this
time he only remembers calling an
ambulance on two different
"And it was done so as a precau-
tion rather than a necessity,"
Giszczak said. "We are primarily
concerned about people fainting on
us while they are standing up."
Giszczak also recalled the time
he and a nurse carried a dizzy stu-
dent from the chemistry building to
Student Health Services.
There are many chances for
"freak" accidents to occur. But there
are more cuts and scrapes from bro-
ken glass than anything else.
LSA junior H.L. Greenberg re-
members the time that a glass pipete
shattered in his hand because he said
he was not told how to take the rub-
ber stopper off. "But I didn't need
stitches," Greenberg said.
"Of course spilling acid on your
skin is not uncommon either,"
LSA junior John Pyken recalls
the time he spilled potassium
permanganate on his hand.
Although he immediately washed
it off, his hand was "stained" blue
for a couple of days. "It was gross,"
Nitric acid can also stain skin
yellow and in some cases cause
blisters, although this is less com-
mon, Giszczak said.
Eyes are especially sensitive as
chemicals may enter the blood
stream through them if they are not
Students are also warned that
contact lenses can be particularly
dangerous. Particles may get
wedged between the eye and the
contact and either scratch the cornea,
or fuse the contact to the eyeball.
Students who have not worn
glasses in public for years often
must pull them out for chemistry
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Peter Kakuk, an Engineering first-year student, works in his Chemistry 125
class yesterday on a dilution of copper nitrate to examine how ions flow.
Inhaling certain chemical odors
may sometimes require a student to
use a respirator, Gizczak said.
Again, however, this rarely happens.
Despite the few everyday occur-
rences, Jack Novodoff, director of
the U-M's Lab Administrative
Management, said he is satisfied
with lab safety.
"There will always be accidents,
but as long as students use precau-
tions, there is no need to worry; cuts
and scrapes can be taken care off,"
Michigan schools accused of censorship
(AP) - An Oakland County
public school district is letting
librarians decide which students can
check out books that are put on a
reserved list. Whether that's subtle
censorship or a school's duty is a
matter of interpretation, officials say.
"A librarian may notice a book is
f high frequency and see it's not being
solicited for its literary value," said
Howard Heitzeg, an administrator
with the Waterford school district.
"It will be placed on a reserved
list. They'll give it to students who
are reading rather than those who are
looking for explicit material. In that
sense, there is some censorship, I
guess. Some books you have to ask
The state Board of Education
doesn't have a policy concerning
book restriction, said Bob Harris,
Education Department communica-
"It's an individual school district
decision," he said. "But I don't know
of any other districts handling it like
"We're a local control state. The
to decide. The librarians do not de-
cide what books the children should
read once they're on the shelf."
Books on the reserved list in the
Waterford schools include recent
'The librarians do not decide what books the
children should read once they're on the shelf.'
- Linda Morrow
spokesperson for the Michigan Library Association
"I don't think we've had a local
complaint about book censorship in
school for some time," Wineman
said. "We would check out any such
complaint. After all, it involves the
first amendment. We just haven't
Steve Wasko, spokesperson for
the Detroit Public Schools, said he
was not aware of any school in the
district practicing a similar policy.
The libraries could be even more
rigid, said the American Library
Association. The organization said
librarians and educators often avoid
controversy and simply will not buy
a book or will quietly remove it
when it is criticized.
According to the association,
books that have been removed from
some school libraries include John
Steinbeck's novel, "Of Mice and
Men" and Mark Twain's
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
state doesn't make decisions like
that unless it got into a matter of
pure censorship. It would have to be
a legal question and even then I
don't know if we would address it."
Linda Morrow, spokesperson for
the Michigan Library Association,
said she wasn't aware of any other
districts putting books on reserve.
"Libraries conform to the rights
to read," she said. "It's up to parents
works by horror novelist Stephen
King, Heitzeg said.
"Some of the early books were
very good literature," Heitzeg said.
"Some of the more recent books, the
motive seems to be profit rather than
Overt censorship is minimal in
southeast Michigan, said David
Wineman of the American Civil
Chinese Communist Party vows
to continue capitalist reforms
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BEIJING (AP) - The world's
last major Communist Party yester-
day bet its future on capitalist-style
economic reforms while showing
little interest in erasing corruption
and power abuses that triggered past
The Chinese Communist Party
opened its 14th congress with a re-
port vowing to continue the mix of
economic liberalism and tight politi-
cal control followed since Deng
Xiaoping became paramount leader
Deng, 88, holds no formal post
but exercises power through his se-
niority and personal connections, es-
pecially among army officers.
He did not attend the opening
ceremony in the Great Hall of the
People, but the party report bore the
stamp of his ideas and made frequent
references to him.
The weeklong congress is seen as
Deng's last chance to ensure that his
policies survive him by appointing
younger, reform-minded officials
into top posts. He is unlikely to sur-
vive until the next congress five
years from now.
However, the main function of
congresses is to present a unified vi-
sion of the future that the party's 51
million members and the nation's
1.1 billion citizens can rally around.
The vision contained in the 57-
page report that took General
Secretary Jiang Zemin two hours to
read aloud sounded more capitalist
than communist. It dropped past ef-
forts to cloak the economic reforms
in Marxist jargon and called for a
market economy with a vastly re-
duced role for the government.
"It is no minor patching-up of the
economic structure but a funda-
mental restructuring of the econ-
omy," Jiang said to approximately
2,000 delegates in the vast, banner-
China has already substantially
modified its economy over the past
decade from the former Soviet
model, in which the central govern-
ment set quotas for every factory and
farm and monopolized distribution
and sales. A flourishing private sec-
tor has developed and even state fac-
tories buy and sell on the free
The next step, Jiang said, is for
the government to give state compa-
nies more autonomy so they can re-
spond to market demands and be-
come profitable instead of relying on
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