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Vigil recognizes
survivors of
domestic abuse

by Karen Talaski
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
For more than 15 minutes,
'about 150 people stood silently on
rthe steps of the Rackham School
of Graduate Studies yesterday as
Safe House volunteers read the
names of women and children
killed by domestic violence.
Along with the 44 names, the
Ninth Annual Candlelight Vigil -
sponsored by the Domestic
Violence Project, Inc./Safe House
- highlighted the stories of
women of all ages who survived
domestic abuse. Safe House is a
'shelter for survivors of domestic
:violence.
Theprogram also included a
speech by Sen. Lana Pollack (D-
Ann Arbor), promotion of the Safe
House bond issue by Director
Susan McGee, and songs sung by
domestic abuse survivors.
"(My abuse) has been going on
for six years and my restraining
order still doesn't help," said
Diane, a domestic violence sur-
vivor, as. she read a card her al-
leged abuser sent her.
"We hold the vigil to honor the
; women and children who have

been murdered by their partners
and to celebrate the survivors who
have lived through the violence,"
vigil coordinator Sandy Henes
said. "It's an event that's very
powerful and very sad."
Survivors in the crowd were
identified by purple arm bands.
Yellow arm bands were worn by
people who were there to support
any person who needed "someone
to lean on," speaker Diane Goetz
said.
After the names of people
killed by domestic abuse were
read, candles were lit and the
crowd stood together for a mo-
ment of silence.
"They are still our sisters, even
if they couldn't be here tonight
physically. Their spirits are with
us," Henes said. "So many women
and children who are killed are
forgotten about or lost between
the cracks, and we don't want that
to happen."
After the candle-lighting cere-
mony, survivors were asked to
come forward and tell their sto-
ries. Women of all walks of life
discussed how domestic violence
changed their lives.

EPA
emissions
tests under
inquiry
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Expensive and controversial auto
emissions testing equipment the
government wants to require na-
tionwide isn't terribly reliable, a
congressional investigation found.
The inconsistency may result in
motorists getting unneeded car re-
pairs, said the General Accounting
Office, the investigative arm of
Congress, which probed the equip-
ment being pushed by the
Environmental Protection Agency.
The review found that 18 of 64
vehicles that failed an emissions test
passed a second test at another site
even though no repairs were made.
The EPA, responding yesterday
to the GAO report, said investigators
looked only at early data. Since then,
it has refined the procedures and
continues to work on improvements,
the agency said.
The EPA is under court order to
issue a final rule on emissions tests
by Nov. 6. It failed to meet a Nov.
15, 1991, deadline.
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.),
who requested the GAO investiga-
tion, asked EPA Administrator
William Reilly to respond to the re-
port.

Ann Arbor resident and U-M employee Kristin Schrader (middle) sings to "Song of the Soul" at last night's
candlelight vigil on the steps of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

Barbara said age is not a factor
in abuse. "I may be 60 years old
but I've taken a lot of butt-kick-
ing, physically and mentally. But I
pulled my way out of it. Thanks to
Safe House I am going to try to
stay out of it."
Rachael attended the vigil in
1989 where she spoke about her
abuse for the first time. "And that
night I got up and I started talking
and I couldn't even finish - I was
totally bawling. But I'm here to-
day and I'm happy and that's dif-

ferent than three years ago."
Laurie spoke as a survivor of
abuse by another woman. "I was-
n't going to speak, but I thought it
would be good to break the silence
about the fact that sometimes
women batter women. That hap-
pened to me.
"I've been out two-and-a-half
years and I will never not be at
risk as long as my assailant is
alive. I worry about when she
breaks up with the lover she's

got," Laurie said.
Pollack said she felt that first
and foremost, it is necessary to
make women's homes and lives
safe.
"The reality is that there is vio-
lence against women and children
inside our homes," Pollack said.
"We need to demand that our
country's leaders recognize that
we have a commitment to the
women of Ann Arbor and to
women wherever they live."

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Teaching program recruits
for rural, inner-city posts

by Christine Young
Daily Staff Reporter
While most college graduates
are busy applying and interview-
ing for jobs, many others are
spending two years teaching in
understaffed urban and rural
schools as part of the Teach For
America program. r
The U-M is the second largest
university for recruitment for the
program trailing UC Berkley, said
Furman Brown, a member of the
national production development
team for the organization.
A former teacher in the pro-
gram, Brown was placed in a
South Central Los Angeles fifth
grade class after graduating from
Berkeley in 1990.
Brown said he found himself in
front of 30 students, most of
whom did not understand English.
I was part of one of the first
groups of students to be placed in
schools that were in desperate
need for staff members. I was
frustrated with the current public
school system and felt I had a re-
sponsibility to try to improve the

education system in this country,"
Brown said.
Seven U-M graduates have
joined Teach For America Corps
this year. Eighteen joined in 1991
and seven joined in 1990.
Teach For America recruits at
more than 150 U.S. colleges and
universities for individuals who
want to give children opportuni-
ties to a quality education.
"Teach For America came
along at a great time. Students
want to give back to their com-
munity," said Elizabeth Lach,
public relations associate for
Teach For America.
"Public education is a big issue
and many students feel that they
have a responsibility to help im-
prove the education system by
teaching those children who are
not given the same opportunity as
others," she said.
The program targets all stu-
dents regardless of major, but re-
quires that candidates have a
bachelor's degree and a minimum
2.5 grade point average.
"Teach For America is not try-

ing to replace teachers but are try-
ing to get more people interested
in teaching education," Brown
said.
Lach explained that eligible
students picked for the teaching
positions work with the individual
school districts in which they are
placed taking emergency certifica-
tion programs to develop neces-
sary teaching skills.
The corps members' salaries
depend on the individual districts
that hire them - ranging from
$15,000 to $29,000.
"Our recruitment is very selec-
tive because teaching is a profes-
sion that should be considered
competitive. We want people that
have talent and personality and
who can deal with the intensity
and the challenge that comes with
the job," Lach said.
The program was created in
1989 by Wendy Kopp in her se-
nior thesis at Princeton University.
Since then, it has attracted 8,600
applicants.
Teach For America has trained
and placed 1,800 of these appli-

T each i-or A~merica is a
national teacher Corp of
people who commit two
years to teach in under-
resourced urban and rural
schools. Candidates must:
have a 2.5 minimum
grade point average
graduate from college by
June 1993
have a satisfactory
writing sample
cants in 12 communities and nine
states including New York,
Louisiana and Texas.
Teach For America has no sites
in Michigan because of conflicting
state teaching certification pro-
gram criteria, Brown said.
"Our aim is to expand the pro-
gram throughout the country. I
would not rule out the possibility
of a site coming to Detroit in the
future," he added.
"Teach For America has been
able to place people with vastly
different life situations in areas
that may change their viewpoints,"
Brown said.
"Education is the future and I
know that I contributed to
improving the lives of children
that needed me," he added.

Union implements
programs aimed at
reduction of waste

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Environment Reporter
As one of the largest trash gener-
ators at the U-M, the Michigan
Union is implementing several pro-
grams to reduce waste in the
building.
Folded paper towels in restrooms
are being replaced with paper towel
rolls, said Assistant Director of
Maintenance Mark Scott.
Scott said the paper towel rolls
were found to be the most environ-
mentally sound in a study comparing
cloth towels, paper towels and blow
dryers.
"You have to look at energy and
the detergent used to wash the cloth
towels," he said. "And paper towels
are a product of the recycling pro-
cess."
Although fast food vendors are
the Union's main source of garbage,
Scott said there is little his office
can do to make them use less pack-
aging. He said his office is encourag-
ing Wendy's to serve food on plastic
trays, as opposed to automatically

putting all orders in paper bags, but
it is up to the restaurants to change.
"They are coming from a corpo-
rate environment and working within
the industry standard," Scott said.
If customers tell the Union ven-
dors they would like to see less
packaging, Scott said change would
be more likely.
"When students go through the
Subway line, they should tell them
they don't want a plastic bag," he
suggested.
Although the Union is also the
highest volume recycler on campus,
there are often problems with con-
tamination, such as trash being
thrown in newspaper receptacles. To
help combat contamination, the
Union is participating in the High
Point Program. Thle program pro-
vides jobs for developmentally-dis-
abled teens and adults.
The Union has hired a develop-
mentally-disabled student as a
"quality control agent" to ensure re-
cyclables are placed in their proper
places.

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correction
Russell Anmuth is a Business School senior. He had a summer internship with International Investors Magazine.
This information was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

Potato combats pests,
will help environment

Student groups
U Christian Science Organiza-
tion, meeting, Michigan League,
check room at front desk, 7-8
p.m.
Q EnvironmentalIssues Commis-
sion, meeting, Michigan Union,
MSA Chambers, 6:30-7 p.m.
Iq In Focus, meeting, Frieze Build-
ing, room 2420, 6 p.m.
U Michigan Student Assemlly,
meeting, Michigan Union, room
3909,7:30 p.m.
U National Women'sRights Or-
ganization Coalition, meeting,
MLB, room B 134, 6:30 p.m.
U Newman Catholic Student As-
sociation, Catholic Update
Classes, Saint Mary Student
Chapel, 331 Thompson St., 7
p.m.
" SADD, meeting, East Quad, 66
Green, 7:30 p.m.
Q TaeKwonDo Club, regular
workout, CCRB, room 1200,
7:45-9:15 p.m.
Q U-M Asian American Student
Coalition, meeting, East Quad,
checkroom at front desk, 7p.m.
U U-M Bridge Club, free bridge
lessons, Michigan Union, room
1')AQ 2_n n

Events
Q "Analytical Applications of
Acoustooptic Devices," ana-
lytical seminar, Department of
Chemistry, Chemistry Building,
room 1300,4 p.m.
U AnuradhaSundram,ofCIGNA
MutualInsurance Group speak-
ing, sponsored by the Actuarial
Club, Angell Hall, room 3231,
4:10 p.m.
Q Custodial Appreciation Week,
unit activities, contact Theresa
Gleason 764-0521 for more in-
formation
Q "Development of Peer Aggres-
sion in Young Children: A
Transactional Model," semi-
nar, Center for Human Growth
and Development, 300N. Ingalls
St., room 1000 (10th level).
Q "Famine in Africa: A Product
of Capitalism," SPARK: Revo-
lutionary Discussion Series,
MLB, room B 122, 7-8 p.m.
U "Focus on Michigan," photog-
raphy contest, City of Ann Ar-
bor Parks and Recreation
Department, accepting entries
until December 1, call Irene
Bushaw 994-2780.

Q "Organometallic Compounds:
Key-Substances from Manu-
facturing Optoelectronic De-
vices," colloquium, Department
of Chemistry, Chemistry Build-
ing, room 1640,4:10 p.m.
Q "Recent Developments in the
Peace Process," sponsored by
Hillel Foundation, Hillel, 1429
Hill St., 7:30 p.m.
Q "The Fourteenth Party Con-
gress and China's Future,"
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Se-
ries, Lane Hall, Commons
Room, 12 p.m.
Student services
Q Kaffeestunde, Department of
Germanic Language and Litera-
ture, MLB, 3rd floor Confer-
ence Room, 4:30-6 p.m.
Q Northwalk Safety Walking Ser-
vice, Bursley Hall, lobby, 763-
WALK, 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Q Psychology Undergraduate
Peer Advising, Department of
Psychology, West Quad, room
K210, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
U Safewalk Safety Walking Ser-
vice, UGLi, lobby, 936-1000,8
p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
E3 1.Vafewalk Safety Walking Ser-

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
"green revolution" to feed hungry
mouths inthe developing world has
a promising new star, scientists said
yesterday: the hairy potato.
Unlike most potatoes that are
highly susceptible to pests, said sci-
entist K. Raman, the hirsute spud
fights them off.
The shaggy tuber is developed
from a wild potato with thin hairs.
These hairs on the plant's stalks and
leaves secrete a sticky substance that
traps and kills small insects as they
feed or reproduce.
The plant combats a larger com-
mon pest, the Colorado beetle, in a
'(The new potato
species is) the best
method yet to give a
broad spectrum of
resistance to insects.'
-Robert Plaisted
Cornell University
different way. The insect eats the
leaves and gets a serious case of
constipation from the sticky secre-
tion. The bug's stomach bloats,
crushing its ovaries and curtailing its
reproduction.

Lima, Peru, told a news conference
in Washington.
Of the world's major food crops,
potatoes require the heaviest
application of agricultural
insecticides, including highly toxic
compounds, costing developing
countries alone some $300 million a
year, the Consultative Group on
International Agricultural Research
said in a statement.
The Consultative Group, spon-
sored by the World Bank and the
United Nations, conducted the news
conference to announce that the
International Potato Center won the
biennial King Baudouin
International Agricultural Research
Award. The center was honored for
20 years of work to develop safe
pest management, protecting pota-
toes and the environment.
Methods already adopted include
sickening the pests with fungi, bac-
teria and viruses, attacking them
with predators such as tiny wasps
and parasites, and luring them into
traps with sex pheromones.
And now, the tufted tater, which,
in scientific talk, is a cultivar derived
from a wild diploid tuber with high
density of glandular trichomes.
Cornell Prof. Robert Plaisted said

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