The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 2, 1992 - Page 3
by Karen Talaski
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
Despite low attendance at some
of its programs, organizers of the 8th
Annual Sexual Assault Awareness
Week are calling the event a success.
"The people who came obviously
cared about the issues. They felt we
presented important and useful in-
formation to have," Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center
(SAPAC) Director Debi Cain said.
SAPAC sponsored all of last
week's events. "We kept sexual as-
sault awareness in the forefront,"
Cain said. "I would rate the week as
a success.. .
However, Cain said she felt dis-
appointed with the low turnout at
sessions like "Tuning In and Getting
Organized" and "Sexual Assault:
The Greek Perspective."
The last program, "Friends
Helping Friends: A Workshop for
Friends and Family of Survivors,"
vas held on Friday in South
Quadrangle. About 20 people at-
tended the support session led by
Kata Issari, SAPAC counselor.
The session was especially im-
portant because it was "meaningful
for family and friends of survivors to
take the time to learn about how to
meet their own needs as well as the
survivor's," Issari said.
"Sexual assault is a traumatic,
life-threatening experience," Issari
added. "It impacts every aspect of
someone's life and the lives of those
around them. It changes your view
of the world."
Issari told family and friends of
survivors not to expect a "quick fix"
when working with a recovering
"Anger and wanting to protect
the survivor are natural and logical
responses," Issari said. "But talking,
listening and being patient with them
and yourself is most important. Try
to. be non-judgmental and
With the' end of Sexual Assault
Awareness Week, SAPAC staff will
be doing evaluations to get feedback
from volunteers, clients and people
in the community, Issari said.
"We see what worked and what
didn't work, what we can do differ-
ently," Issari said. "After that, we'll
decide what we'll do for next year."
Issari said she feels sexual assault
awareness needs to be recognized as
an issue that is relevant to the cam-
pus community and every commu-
nity across the country.
"It's not any worse or better here
than it is anywhere else. People need
to address the issue every day,"
She added, "If every single one
of us made a few changes around
sexism or sexual assault in our life,
that would be 50,000 people on this
campus alone making changes. You
could feel the earth move if that
Students will be teachers in
environmental equity class
by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Environment Reporter
Students enrolled in Natural
Resources 306 won'! have to explain
to their professor that the dog ate
Four U-M students are designing
one of the university's first classes
taught entirely by students.
"Environmental Equity: Issues of
Race, Class and Ethnicity" - which
is based on the principle of student-
led education - will be offered be-
ginning winter term. Students in the
course will lead discussions them-
selves and have an opportunity to ac-
tively participate each class period.
The course will examine a broad
range of topics including environ-
mental racism, jobs vs. the environ-
ment, pesticide issues, and grass-
Douglas Heise, an LSA sopho-
more and one of the course's
facilitators, said he got the idea after
seeing a brochure describing the
concept of students teaching
"We are trying to remove the hi-
erarchy system," Heise said. "The
idea is to have an open forum."
The facilitators chose the course
subject because they felt issues of
environmental equity could not be
addressed effectively in the tradi-
tional lecture format.
"The idea of environmental eq-
uity is very opinionated," Heise said.
"You can't just have someone spit-
ting out information."
School of Natural Resources and
Environment (SNRE) junior Linda
Stalker, a co-facilitator for the class,
said the direction of the course will
depend heavily on the students par-
ticipating in it. "It needs to be a situ-
ation where people are tolerant and
accept each other's ideas," she said.
Heise and Stalker began develop-
ing the course during the summer,
along with SNRE juniors Jan
Schecter and Elena Takaki.
"We did a lot of researching over
the summer, and this semester we
each work about eight to nine hours
per week," Heise said.
Schecter said pulling the course
together has been time consuming
because there are few readily-avail-
able resources dealing strictly with
environmental equity. "We have to
access a lot of information and it is
sometimes hard to categorize it all."
Facilitators got involved in the
course for a variety of reasons.
Schecter said the idea of a student-
facilitated course appealed to her be-
cause she believes it will stimulate
more creativity among the students.
"Instead of having a professor
lecture at you, students will be able
to interact," she said.
Takaki said she was interested in
facilitating "Environmental Equity"
because she hopes to go into educa-
tion as a career. "That was a major
factor in my decision to facilitate,"
Stalker said she was surprised
that the administration has been so
supportive of the course. SNRE
Prof. Paul Mohai is serving as fac-
ulty advisor for the course.
"The response from faculty
members was very positive," Stalker
said. "I expected to have to fight for
Heise said the facilitators would
like to attract a diverse group of
"Ideally, we'd love to get the
broadest mix of students," he said.
"We hope to attract students who are
willing to question the ideas and
concepts they are confronted with."
The facilitators - who have no
previous teaching experience - said
they worry about the class' success.
"My biggest fear is just getting in
a situation where people aren't open
with each other and discussion goes
nowhere," Heise said.
Takaki said she believes these
fears are unnecessary. "We're flexi-
ble and ready to take anything in
Since all four facilitators had dif-
fering expectations for the course, an
occasional conflict arises, Heise
"Our small group is a microcosm
for what we expect to happen to the
larger class," he said. "Everyone
brings in their own ideas, and we
come up with a way to reconcile
Presently, the course is classified
as an experimental class in SNRE,
but the facilitators said they hope it
will continue for more than one
"If students taking the course
could carry it on, they will have this
model to draw from," Heise said
SNIRE junior Lisa Rives has ex-
pressed an interest in registering for
the environmental equity course be-
cause she said she likes the idea of
students controlling how a class will
"It is neat to get to take an idea
and hear what other people have to
say about it," she said.
Record pace APPHOTO
Lisa Ondieki of Australia takes a drink as she moves through the Bay
Ridge section of Brooklyn during the New York marathon yesterday.
Ondieki won the women's race with an unofficial time of 2:24.40,
breaking the course record by 50 seconds.
ENACT charges students
with environmental issues
by Andres Cortes
Earth Day 1990 marked the
beginning of ENACT-UM
(Environmental Action at the U-M),
but the group has grown by leaps
and bounds since then.
The group has since held
published a vegetarian cookbook and
participated in effective writing
campaigns to foster its
ENACT-UM has no president.
The group is run by a steering
committee consisting of facilitators.
ENACT-UM's activities have
included a series - of informative
symposia relating to current
"People don't know that the Bio-
Diversity Treaty was not signed this
summer by President Bush because
of the heavy lobbying by large drug
companies," said Crista Williams,
LSA sophomore and ENACT-UM
facilitator. The group discussed
environmental racism during the
Student Environmental Action
Coalition (SEAC) conference two
weeks ago. Environmental student
groups from Indiana University and
the University of Illinois attended
ENACT-UM also joined the
national letter-writing campaign to
keep Canadian electric company
Hydro-Quebec from building three
dams in James Bay, Quebec - a
project with an extremely
The writing campaign, along with
the persistent work of New York
Gov. Mario Cuomo, kept New York
from buying power produced by the
James Bay dams.
Another one of ENACT-UM's
projects relates to the U-M's
incinerator on North Campus.
The group - along with
community activist Dora St. Martin
- has engaged in a campaign to
force the U-M to obtain a filter for
the incinerator, due to emissions of
the radioactive isotope of Iodine.
These emissions are caused by the
incinerating of the carcasses of
The state Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) reported that the
incinerator is presently emitting
about 100 times what it is supposed
to be. The university promised a
filter early in 1989 and has since
applied for a permit.
ENACT-UM's Living Lightly
workshops have given the group
contact with other groups on campus
which are not necessarily associated
with environmental issues. Through
U-M College Republicans inform
students of conservative viewpoint
important function is
to provide a place for
people to come to
these workshops, ENACT goes into
fraternities, sororities and co-ops in
an attempt to educate people on how
to have less of a negative impact on
"There is lack of knowledge
about the environment," Williams
LSA sophomore Payal Parekh
said she is pleased with the large
amount of recycling done here at the
U-M, but would like to see the
university "complete the loop" by
purchasing more post-consumed
goods. Currently, the portion of the
U-M's purchases containing
recycled material is 5 percent.
"ENACT's most important
function is to provide a place for
people to come to share common
concerns and to have a link to other
environmental groups," Williams
by Kerry Colligan
This election season, one student
group has been working to inform
voters of Republican views of issues
and candidates in local, state and
The College Republicans are ac-
tively campaigning, distributing lit-
erature, placing get-out-the-vote
calls, attending rallies, and canvass-
With the aid of the State
Republican Committee, the group -
with an active membership of 50 and
a total membership of almost 80 -
was able to attend the final presiden-
tial debate on the campus of
Michigan State University (MSU).
College Republicans groups from
Illinois, Indiana and several in-state
schools met at MSU to show support
for President Bush. However, other
schools turned out in greater force
than the U-M College Republican
"Proportionally, our membership
is almost embarrassing," said Sean
Green, an LSA sophomore and a
member of the group.
However, the group's member-
ship is up from last year, and mem-
bers are optimistic.
"I'm very pleased with our ef-
forts thus far," said John Petz, an
LSA senior and the group's
These efforts, Petz said, must
continue to provoke thought among
"I'm a firm believer that the more
the students get involved, the better
our campus is, and the better our so-
ciety is," he said.
After the election, the group
plans to draft a platform, which
members expect to differ from the
national Republican platform.
"The platform will not just follow
in line with what the party does, but
it will be an opportunity for students
to express their concerns," Petz said.
John Damoose, and LSA senior
and editor of The College
Republican Voice, the group's
newsletter, expressed similar
The College Republicans also
plan to bring speakers with conser-
vative-to-moderate political views to
But, for the next 24 hours, the
group will focus on getting the vote
out and getting President Bush
"To be perfectly honest, two or
three weeks ago I would have said
we should pack our bags and go
home," said Petz.
"(Getting Bush re-elected) is just
a matter of convincing the people
that the president is not responsible
for every little nuance of happenings
in this country," he added.
Michigan poll shows Clinton leading Bush;
voters surveyed support term limitation
A poll released yesterday shows
Bill Clinton apparently maintaining
his lead over President George Bush
among likely Michigan voters, while
two surveys of the state's four ballot
proposals found the term limitation
measure enjoying strong support.
A telephone poll of 500 people
who described themselves as likely
voters showed the Democratic nom-
inee with support from 41 percent
and Bush 32 percent.
The poll's margin of error is plus
or minus 4.5 percent percentage
Ross Perot had support from 18
percent, and 9 percent said they were
undecided. The poll was conducted
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of
The poll also found that 25 per-
cent of those calling themselves
Republicans are backing Clinton or
Perot, while Clinton appears so far
to be hanging on to Democrats, Alex
Gage of the polling company Market
Strategies Inc. of Southfield said.
The poll was sponsored by The
Oakland Press, Detroit television sta-
tion WDIV and WJR radio of
Nationally, polls released
Saturday showed Clinton's lead
ranging from 8 percentage points to
just 3 points.
The Oakland Press-WJR-WDIV
poll also looked at Michigan's four
ballot proposals, which are two
property tax measures, one on auto
insurance and one to limit politi-
cians' terms. Of those, Gage said
only Proposal B, the plan to limit
terms, has strong support.
A Detroit News poll on the pro-
posals found Proposal B was favored
by 66 percent of the 609 people spr-
veyed. Twenty-eight percent
opposed the plan.
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Coliseum, 8-10 p.m.
Q Environmental Action Coali-
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Resources, room 1040, 7 p.m.
Q Indian American Students As-
sociation, board meeting, Michi-
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Q Michigan Women's Rugby
Club, practice, East Mitchell
Field, 8-10 p.m.
Q Newman Catholic Student As-
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sion, 7 p.m.; Saint Mary Student
Chapel, 331 Thompson St.
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice, CCRB, Martial Arts
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Macedonia, Rackham Building,
Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m.
Q "Focus on Michigan," photog-
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Parks and Recreation Depart-
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cember 1, contact Irene Bushaw
Q Guild House Writers' Series,
writers reading from their own
works, Guild House Campus
Ministry, 802 Monroe St., 8:30-
Q Lorrie Moore, reading from her
work, Rackham Building,
Amphitheatre, 4 p.m.
U "Study in Asia," panel discus-
sion, International Center, room
9, 7-8:30 p.m.
Q "The Private Collector and the
Support of Scholarship," lec-
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Ministry, 802 Monroe St.,12p.m.
Q Workshop Presenters Needed,
for 1993 People of Color Career
Conference, needed to plan and
conduct workshop, last day to
apply, contact Katrina McCree
Q Northwalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, Bursley Hall,
lobby, 763-WALK, 8 p.m. -1:30
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Peer Advising, sponsored by
Dept. of Psychology, WestQuad,
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