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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Friday, February 12,1993

Talk to Us, ResRep MEg
educate with drama L_ ;

UROP pairs profs.,
students to research

by Mike Goecke
Talk to Us Director Ramona
Brand Piracha said her theater
troupe has an unusual presentation
"We don't have props. We
have ourselves, we have issues,
and we have ideas," she explained
to the audience before the group's
Tuesday show at South Quad.
Talk To Us and Residence Hall
Repertory Theater Troupe
(ResRep) are University-
sponsored theater organizations
that perform in the residence halls.
Although most members are not
theater majors, the actors take
their work seriously.
"It's informal and relaxed, but
the things we deal with are serious
and real," said LSA senior Kyle
"Talk To Us does role playing
and allows the audience to
questions our actions. In ResRep
we say what we want to say
through skits," he said.
Although the two troupes

operate independently of each
other, they both focus on raising
issues and promoting dialogue
between students.
The programs are educational
for the participants as well as the
Talk To Us participant Emma
Kleerekoper an LSA sophomore,
said, "We've dealt with a lot of the
'isms'. It's a good way to get
confidence to deal with issues."
One of themes both groups
deal with is racism at the
University, which many students
said builds tension on campus.
Engineering first-year student
Damon Hewin watched the Talk
To Us show and said "(Racism)
doesn't get confronted. Integration
is the hard part of diversity.
Everybody has their own group
that they hang out with."
The two troupes attempt to pro-
mote dialogue on these sensitive
Brand Piracha said, "We want
to verbalize things, both positive

Residence hall Repertory Theater members practice one of their skits.

and negative. The first step to
solving problems is to get them
out in the open."
Bothgroups enjoy a diverse
membership which allows them to
better articulate and portray
various perspectives. Brand
Piracha said she is not completely
satisfied, however.
"We want to fill the whole
range of people. We can't deal

with issues without
representation," she said.
LSA senior Pat Hawk saw the
ResRep show and said, "They do a
good job of showing both sides of
issues. You have to get the
emotions out there and they did
ResRep and Talk To Us
perform Wednesdays - and
Tuesdays, respectively, at campus
residence halls.

by Randy Lebowitz
While the thought of conducting
research may intimidate some stu-
dents, many are jumping at the op-
portunity to do it under the mentor-
ship of University professors.
The Undergraduate Research
Opportunities Program (UROP)
pairs first- and second-year students
with the professors who need their
UROP Program Director Sandra
Gregerman said UROP participants
include 350 students and more than
200 faculty members from every
University school and college except
the law school.
"The program enables first- and
second-year students to have contact
with faculty members at such a large
University," Gregerman said. "They
learn research skills and focus their
interests without being in formal
Gregerman added that many of
the students have published articles
in important journals, and have
given presentations at conferences in
their fields as well as at departmental
"Doing research is more fulfilling
than other jobs," said Erika
Gottfried, an LSA sophomore who is
doing research for Sociology Prof.
Tom Gerschick. "The only problem
is that I have a lot more work and
have had a hard time finding time
for it."
Gerschick said he is impressed

with the three UROP students who
work for him. "I like working with
undergraduates, watching them face
challenges, and watching them grow
as a result of the skills they are
Engineering sophomore Michael
Carter is doing research with Dr.
James Penner-Hahn in the chemistry
department. "The most important
thing about the program is getting
research experience at a prestigious
university, especially as an under-
graduate," he said.
Students in the program have the
choice of working for course credit
or receiving pay as a part of the
University's work-study program.
However there are other benefits
for students in the program.
"(The program) helps (students)
get a letter of recommendation from
someone who knows their work,"
Gregerman said.
UROP also offers a staff of 20
peer advisors who have participated
in the program - and are responsi-
ble for trouble shooting, academic
advising, and career, planning and
placement. They also conduct semi-
nars where students in the program
discuss their research.
"UROP isn't just a program that
initiates opportunities for research,
but is also a program that has a well-
rounded agenda for creating other
programs that suit students' needs
such as tutors, computers, and advis-
ing," said Carter.


Seniors explore post-graduation options

by Michele Hatty
Come graduation this May, LSA
senior Dan Carroll has a plan.
Diploma in tow, he'll be packing
up his bags and moving to Athens,
Ga., to join a band and start an inde-
pendent record label. Carroll, who
has worked at Warner Bros. Records
in ;Los Angeles for the past two
summers, said he is ready to strike
out on his own.
"If there is any time to do it," he
said, "now is the time."
Carroll is one of few seniors who
knows for sure what he will be doing
after graduation. Most are still
searching for jobs and waiting for
responses from graduate schools or
work-abroad programs.
Terri LeMarco, assistant director
of recruitment programs at Career
Planning & Placement (CP&P), said
the feeling at CP&P about the job
market is positive.
"Last year, while other college
campuses experienced a decrease in
the number of companies recruiting
on campus, we did not," she said.
"This year we're up to 20-25 organi-
zations over last year. While they're

cutting other campuses, they're
keeping U-M."
Engineering senior Sonjae
Whang shares LeMarco's optimism.
"I'm looking for a job in the au-
tomotive field, specifically in power
train engineering," he said. "I've in-
terviewed with Ford and Nissan and
I am interviewing with Toyota the
week of the 15th. I know it's tough
out there, but I'm not worried about
getting a job."
While searching for a job in
publishing, August '92 RC graduate
Pamela Clein has found the job mar-
ket to be bleak. She attributes this to
the recession. "Instead of rehiring af-
ter a normal recession, most compa-
nies now have restructured so that
they can operate with fewer people
in order to be more cost efficient."
Rather than break into the "real
world" right away, many students
are applying to graduate schools.
Accordingly, some graduate pro-
grams are experiencing an increase
in the number of applications they
are receiving.
Katie Horn, director for admis-
sions at the University's School of

Medicine, said, "We are up 8 percent
this year and I understand that's a
national trend. All the medical
schools are reporting the same in-
LSA senior Julie Carroll said she
is feeling the impact of the rise in
applications. She's been applying to
medical schools and said, "Overall,
it's much harder to get in. Every
school I have interviewed with has
told me that their applications are
LSA senior Elliot Cosgrove said
he's trying to keep his options open.
He has not only attended job inter-
views and applied to graduate
schools, but has also applied to a
work-abroad program.
"I'd like to get into grad school,
defer for a year, go to Israel to work,
and then come back at the end of the
year," he said. "I am also inquiring
into the possibility of working in
Washington, D.C., with foreign pol-
icy issues."

International Center, said interest
has been high for work-abroad pro-
"We probably have the greatest
number of students working abroad
than any university in the country ...
Student status is necessary for the
summer jobs, but graduates are still
considered students for six months
after they graduate," he said.
Nolting added that approximately
200 students work abroad after
LSA senior Jim Kosters applied
to a Georgetown University program
in the former Soviet Union through
the International Center.
Kosters said he hopes to work as
a conversation teaching assistant in
Moscow if he is accepted to the pro-
"I didn't want to go to grad
school right away because I am sick
of school and I'm not ready to pound
the pavement looking for a job. I
thought it would be interesting to be
abroad for a year," he said.

Hijacker surrenders
after 11-hour ordeal


DETROIT (AP) - At least two
Michigan natives were aboard a
German jetliner hijacked yesterday
and forced to fly to New York.
No one was injured during the
11-hour ordeal, the first trans-
Atlantic hijacking in more than 16
The man hijacked the Lufthansa
plane carrying 104 people at gun-
point over Austria during a flight
from Frankfurt, Germany, to two
African cities. The plane was di-
verted to Hanover, Germany, where
it was refueled and allowed to take
off for New York when the gunner
threatened to kill hostages.
German authorities said the hi-

jacker, believed to be a Somali na-
tional being deported by Norway,
gave assurances he would surrender
once he arrived in the United States.
Karol Ann Sinicki is a
Hamtramck native who was aboard
the flight. Sinicki's mother, Elenore
Sinicki, said she spoke to her
daughter after the plane landed at
Kennedy Airport in New York.
"She said ... the both of them al-
most missed the plane. They were
the last two on it," Mrs. Sinicki said.
"She said he was a very nice young
man, very quiet and didn't act ner-
vous like he was about to hijack a


Nolting, director of interna-
opportunities for the

'UJ' Hospitals promote National Burn Awareness Week

by Julie Wolfe
Eight-year-old Troy Peckham
survived a severe burn with the help
of new technology available at the
University Hospitals Burn and
Trauma Center.
This week, millions are helping
Peckham and other burn victims
fight through their recovery in honor
of National Burn Awareness Week
- an effort by hospitals nationwide
to prevent dangerous burns.
"We want to show what it's like
for patients to go through such a
trauma and then get back into soci-
ety," said Dawn Lang, burn survivor
and coordinator of the University
Hospitals Burn Awareness/Preven-
tion Program.
Throughout the week, the
University Hospitals displayed pam-

phlets and information in the front
lobby and held public education ses-
sions in the evening.
Lang said this type of awareness
will prevent future cases such as
Peckham's - who was burned last
August when he and his friend were
playing with gasoline and matches.
Peckham was critically injured,
with 89 to 90 percent of his body
burnt, said Cindy Hocking, a social
worker at the hospital. "He had in-
halation (smoke and fumes in the
lungs) and burn injury."
"Troy had about ten skin grafts
and will need one or two more,"
Lang said, adding that after the
surgery, the new skin is extremely
Hospital official emphasized that
Peckham's experience should be seen

as an example of the potential dan-
gers of risky behavior.
New treatments used on Troy and
other burn patients have made recov-
ery easier and faster than in the past.
However, the process is still painful,
Lang said.
"Ten years ago, they used to
scrub the dead skin off in a tub.
There was a lot of poking and
pulling," she said. "Now, they cut
the dead skin off and cover it with
donor skin or his own skin, which
can now be grown in the lab."
More than five months after his
accident, Peckham is in the most dif-
ficult stage of recovery. Although he
is able to get out of bed for short pe-
riods of time, sitting up in a
wheelchair is painful, Lang said.
"He's learning to walk, feed him-

self, and get on and off the toilet,"
she said. "(These exercises) hurt, but
they will prevent correction surgery
in the long-run."
Peckham practices his exercises
during daily physical therapy ses-
sions, which aim to increase his
range of motion, Lang said.

But physical inhibitions are not
the only problems related to serious
burns. Patients often experience a
host of social and emotional difficul-
Peckham attends daily social
therapy to increase his confidence.
"Troy has to focus on day-to-day

survival, but he is becoming worried
about how he'll look and what oth-
ers will think," Hocking said.
Peckham will return to school in
about four months - after two more
months at the Burn and Trauma
Center and two months at Motts
Children Hospital,


As a Chinese philosopher,
Confucious provided social
leadership for many generations!
As a UAC Executive, you could
provide student leadership for
the entire University community!
Universities should provide social
leadership for the rest of

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Registrar's Office lists of all enrolled
These 50 students must notify the
Office of Student Affairs by Spring
Break if they are interested in serv-
ing on the panels.
The Student Relations Committee
compiled a list of 30 faculty mem-
bers, nominated by their peers, to
serve on the hearing panels. These
faculty members were sent letters
informing them of their nomination.
Seven or eight of them will be cho-
sen to serve for two-year terms.
The 1993
College Prep Program
is looking for
to work this summer.
We're looking for some
"Big Sibs" to help
guide high school
students from around
the nation through a

DeCamp said he thought the
faculty members had been chosen in
a manner that will benefit students.
"What makes me feel a bit more
comfortable is the faculty hearing
candidates were not selected by ad-
ministrators but they were screened
through a student-faculty committee
so they're not an administrative tool
to implement the code," DeCamp
DeCamp added, however, that it
is too early to know how effective
the panels will be.
"I don't know," DeCamp said. "It
depends to a large extent on the
hearing panel made of students. I
hope they will be rational people."
A training session to educate
those students and faculty who agree
to serve on the hearing panels is in
the works. Hartford said, ideally all
those asked should agree to serve.

"The theory is you are supposed
to do it as community service but if
there's some king of problem, like a
student is in France, it will be rea-
sonable not to participate," Hartford
Antieau is leaving for Florida to-
day to attend a four-day conference
sponsored by the Association of
Student Judiciary Advisors.
Discussion about policies and their
implementation will dominate the
Antieau said her office is also
producing a publication entitled
"Michigan Voices." The first issue,
which will be mailed to students in
March, will explain the policy and
its history. Future issues are planned
for later in the semester.
Antieau said she is pleased with
the University's efforts to implement
the code thus far.
"It's going well but there are a lot
of things to do at once and (to do)
very fast," Antieau said. "Everything
had to happen yesterday and it's
happening pretty close to yesterday.
I'm pretty happy."



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