The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 16, 1992 - Page 3
U-M students agree juggling
academics, activities is hard
by Saloni Janveja
With all the extracurricular activities
offered at the [l1-M, students often find their
grades teeter with their level of
"I live my life in two simultaneous
roller coasters," said Chris Curtis, a
Business School junior and co-producer of
1AC's I aughtrack.
"One is academic and the other is extra-
curricular," he said. " They both go up and
down but at diiflerent intervals, and some-
times those roller coasters even meet at the
top - and that's where the problem is."
There seems to be a general consensus
that some of the greatest learning in college
takes place outside of the classroom. But
students involved in outside activities often
find themselves dong a balancing act.
Ted Oherg, l.SA junior and Campus
B roadcastine Network general manager,
said his attention shifts from school to
"Sometimes it definitely cuts into my
classwork, he said. "With classwork and
CBN there are high points and low points.
Some weeks this takes priority, and other
weeks my classes do."
Oherg said that although extracurricu-
lars are an important part of learning out-
side the classroom, people should be aware
of the time commitments involved.
"lDuring Festifall everyone has a ten-
dency to sign up for everything they can.
You know, 11 i mom, ' ye been here two
weeks and I'in already a member of 15
different organizations,'" he said. "With
everything here it's easy to fall into that
trap. You need to limit your involvement
and see which ones you want to do and
which ones you're doing merely for
Maricel Schneider, first-year I SA stu-
dent and member of the crew team, said she
believes school is more than just
"You can't just go to school to do
work," she said. "You have to enjoy every
aspect of it, and that's what I enjoy - the
athletic part of' it.... Crew is almost like a
stress reliever. It's two hours every day
where I can go and not worry about
B'ut when the erades start slipping, par-
ents often demand answers. I leidi Messner,
first-year I SA student, said her parents
were concerned about her involvement with
the Michiganl nsian Yearbook as well as
her membership in the lDelta lDelta Delta
"They were really worried about it, but
they also realized that to me college is not
just academics," Messner said. "What I'm
doing now will help me later - probably
more than acadlemics will."
Messner admitted her cxtracurriculars
did take their toll on her classes.
"1 think it has affected my grades be-
cause sometimes I'rn not as well preparecd
for class as I could have been if I had stud-
ied longer." she said. "I have my days
plannedl out anml I have to stay focusedl all
"I don't ever have a half an hour where I
can just screw around," Messner said.
Many students say they become in-
volved in extracurricular activities because
they want to meet new people. But ironi-'
cally, Messner said her time shortage has'
had the greatest effect on her social life.
"1I domi't go out as much as I want to
because it just doesn't work, she said.
Catherine Konovaliv, first-year I.S A
student and member of the marching band,
said she joinedl f r similar reasons. 'I was
in band in high school and liked it a lot. I
also joinedl here to have a group of friends
so , idn'tget lost in this school because
it's so big.''
Konovaliv said she spends between 10
and 15 hours each week with the band.
"In the beginning of the year we had a
lot of home games and practices. ... When
I'd get home I'd be really wiped out and I
would still have homework to do. 'l'owards
the beginning my grades fell a little bit,"
In the end, it is mostly a matter of
Cutrtis said that sometimes IL aughtrack
comes first, and at other times his classes
"It's a lot of give and take, and take, and .,
Adam Hundley, an LSA junior ,gets his blood drawn in Markley yesterday by Registered
Nurse Doreen Dzymarek as part of the annual U-M-Ohio State Blood Battle.
tyofficils' aa cks o
Green beaing may ave
averted riots in Detriot
}) T R )OI'' (APl) - 'he city "probably
w could still be burning at its walls" if top offi-
cials hadn't quickly condemned the death of a
moto'rist beaten by police olficers, an olficial
from the National A ssoc iat ion f'or the
Advancement of Colored People said
The outrage expressel by Mayor Coleman
Young and police Chief Stanley Knox - and
the immediate criminal investigation they
launched - after the death of' Malice Green
likely headed ol violence similar to last
spring's } .os Angeles riots, said Jack (ravely,
national diiecto' of special projects l'or the
(Gravely spoke to about 20() people at a
meeting of' the civil rights group's l)etroit
- Knox suspentded seven officcrs withotut pay
the day after (,reen's Nov. 5 death, and Young
dccried the beating as "murder' ' on national
Warrants charging some or all of the ofi-
cers with unspecified charges are expected
Carly this week, Wayne County 1'osecutor
Jlohn ()' I lair said 1'riday.
Tl'he stands taken by Young and Knox con-
trasted sharply with that of lcs Angeles lead-
ers after the videotaped police beating of mo-
torist Rodney King, said Gravely.
"In all the cities that we have been in ... no
mayor or police chief has shown the leadership
... that we think is necessary to deal with this
matter," said Gravely, who has held meetings
in six cities on police misconduct.
'T'wo of' the of'ficers suspended af'ter Green's
death have a reputati n in the west-side neigh-
borhoods they patrol led as '"dirty co ps" who
often beat residents with little or no provoca-
tioli, residents say.
"'The department has a huge problem and
doesn't want to accept responsibility'' for
ireen' s death, Ron Ilackney, a retired 25-year
De troit police veteran and forcmer programn di-
rector fi ' the city's police academy, told 'l'he
I )etroit News.
"1 don't know what happened that night.
But f or yeai's we've needed improved training.
l'he handwriting was on the wall this would
State Rep. tights public sector raises
Employment records show private, public sector salary disparity
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - One of
Michigan's most outspoken spending crit-
ics is going back into battle this week,
anned with data she says prove she and her
colleagues don't deserve more money.
State Rep. Margau'et O'Connor delved
into Michigan Lmployment Security
Conunission records and found that public-
sector jobs have frued much better against
inflation in the past 12 years than those in
the private sector.
The figures show public-sector pay in-
creases outstripped the inflation rate by an
average 45 percent since 1980 in Michigan,
while private-sector jobs lagged 10 percent
behind inflation, said the Ann Arbor
"I'm not saying some legislators don't
deserve more. I'm saying that when the
private sector is below inf'lation and barely
keeping up, then we shouldn't raise salaries
for the public sector."
'l'he seven-member State Olicers
Compensation Commission meets every
two years to set salary levels for
Michigan's top lawmakers and state
Supreme Court justices. It begins this
year's deliberations with a public hearing
Tuesday in Detroit.
The commission has recommended
raises every year since its creation in 1968,
except 1 9)72. They always were accepted
- until the last session, when public outcry
over a nearly $t billion state budget deficit
in 199 1 forced the Legislature to vote down
salary increases ranging up to 16 percent.
''his year, the state's economic situation
isn't as dismal. Legislative leaders and the
governor have not said whether they'll ask
the commission for more money.
"We either ought to reduce salaries to
establish parity or we ought to at least
freeze salaries," O'Connor said. "'T'hat's not
going to be very popular."
''he figures provided by O'Connor
showed that the average public-sector em-
ployee in Michigan would earn $35,600
this year, compared with S 17,453 in 1980.
'l'hat's a 104 percent increase and 45 per-
cent above the inllation rate for the 12-year
Meanwhile, private-sector jobs rose to
an average $25,428 trom $17,056, a 49
percent increase that fell 10 points short of
the 59 percent inflation rate in the same
While team cleans up on field, football fans trash stadium area
by Marc Olender
Daily Staff Reporter
Every football Saturday,
Wolverine football fbans drop the ball
er, garbage. And the players
aIen't the only ones in town talking
On the half-dozen football
Saturdays each year, Ann Arbor's
population nearly doubles from
110,000 to about 200,00( people -
and they leave behind piles of
garbace f'or I I-NI maintenance crews
to pick up.
Michigan Stadium Supervisor
I con ''weedy estimates the football
crowd leaves "two big garbage
tiucks" worth of waste in the
'Tweedy oversees three clean-up
ci'ews, which work niear the stadi um,
the [J-M golf' course, and the
lHleming Administration Building.
"It's mostly just paper items - a
lot of' peanut shells, a l'ew cans,''
t'weedy said of stadium debris.
"We'e cleaned up and out of' there
in four hours, on Sunday morning."
'tweedy has also recruited about
400 Boy Scouts to pick up garbage
in the stadium parking lots.
"We pay them by the hour,"
't'weedy said. "It helps the troops
out. ''hey wanted to do it and we
asked them to."
Gary IHubler, Ann Arbor's street
maintenance supe'visor, could not
estimate how much garbage the
swell of people leaves behind city-
"We don't keep track of it,"
I Hubler said. "We just sweep it up."
The city does not clean up on
weekends, I uler said. No extra
sweepers are brought in f'or f'oot ball
"We don't pay a lot of' overtime
f'or it," said Ron ( )lson, directore of'
the city parks department. "More cl'-
fort is spent on pai'king ca's than a
whole bunch of people picking up
Some neighborhoods have taken
thei' own initiative and instituted
"No Parking ootball Saturdays,"
because of littering and vandalism
associated with people who park
there during the gamnes.
'[he city fbcuses more on traf''ic
control than cleanup on football
Saturdays. 'lhe normal 23,000 cars
traveling around the Michigan
Stadium area grows to 53,000.
The city spentS1I 9,800( on tra'ftic
control for football games last year,
said Nancy Gibson, Ann Arbor's
"Ligh t people work football
weekends, two on sign crew, five on
the signal crew, and one rover,"
The sign crew sets up bar'ricades
to block of'f traffic f'rom I-94 higeh-
way entrance i'amnps and places
cones along the road to change the
flow of t'aff'ic.
"The driveways are blocked off'
along the main Alt Arbo-Saline
coridom, to change it into a one-way
road," iibson said.
'The signal crew works with the
traffic signals throughout the city.
"At five interisections, the signals
are turned of'f completely, and the
police direct tral'l'ic." G;ibson said.
Because traffic slows, the city
also extends intervals at traffic
"NormIally, signals turn r'ed over
a 60- to 90-second cycle. We extend
the time to 120 seco)nds to get mrore
traffic through," Gibson said.
''he transportat ion departiment
works with Ann Arbor police to con-
trol the influx of drivers. All workers
are interconnected by radio.
"About 22 officers work traffic
control before the game, 32 after the
gamne," said Sgt. Deb Ceo, head of
traffic control for f)o)tbal Saturdays.
Before the game, these officers
are assigned numner'ous jobs in the
stadium area, Ceo said. After kick-
off, they dril't into the stadium to
take ca'e of problems there.
l)epending on the weathe' and if' the
IU-M is leading by a wide mu'gin,
they go back to the streets toward
the end of the game to take care of
t'he Ann Arbor 'T'ransportaltioU
Autho'ity (AATA) also helps to al-.
leviate the traffic co)ngestion proV
lemn. Buses run to and f''onm the game
t'oIm areas around Ann Arbor.
"We pick up at 10) different loca-
tions - mostly hotel sites - start-
ing two) hours befo'e gamne time,"
said I iz Ma'golis, manager of com-
mnunity relations for AATA.
"Over the first five home games
this year, we've shuttled 14,50()
people." Margolis said.
Sait (t)lson of the entire effort:'
'"T'here's more to) it than just clean-
LSA sophomore Craig Greenberg is an independent candidate for Michigan Student Assembly. This was
incorrectly reported in Friday's Daily.
Bread For The World, meeting,
Interfaith Council for Peace and
Justice Office, 730 Tappan St.,
Q Environmental Action Coali-
tion, meeting, School of Natu-
0 Indian American Students As-
sociation, board meeting,
Michigan League, room A, 7
Q Newman Catholic Student As-
sociation, Bible Study, 7:30
p.m.; RCIA, 7 p.m.; Vocation
Group, 7 p.m.; Saint Mary Stu-
dent Chapel, 331 Thompson St.
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice, CCRB, Martial Arts
Room, 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Q U-M Ninjitsu Club, practice,
I.M. Building, Wrestling Room
G21, 7:30-9 p.m.
U Undergraduate Philosophy
Room, 7-8 p.m.
Q Annual Food Drive, Bryant
Community Center seeking food
donations until November 20,
drop off donations at Bryant
Community Center, 3 West
Eden Ct., for more information
Q Careers in Psychology, presen-
tation, West Quad, Ostefin
Room, 7-8::30 p.m.
U "Focus on Michigan," photog-
raphy contest, City of Ann Ar-
oor Parks and Recreation
Department, accepting entries
until December 1, contact Irene
U Guild House Writers' Series,
writers reading from their own
works, Guild House Campus
Ministry, 802 Monroe St., 8:30-
Q New Developments in the Syn-
thesis ofNovel Ceramic Mate-
U U-M vs. OSU Blood Drive
Battle, Michigan Union, Ball-
room, 1-6:30 p.m.
U War and Peace: Prospects for
the Middle East, lecture, Hillel
Foundation, 1429 Hill St., up-
stairs, 7:30 p.m.
U Women's Book Group, discus-
sion group, Guild House Cam-
pus Ministry, 802 Monroe St.,
U Northwalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, Bursley Hall,
lobby, 763-WALK, 8p.m. -1:30
U Psychology Undergraduate
Peer Advising, sponsored by
Dept. of Psychology, West
Quad, room K210, 10 a.m. - 4
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