The Michigan Daily.- Monday, March 1, 1993 - Page 3
by James Cho
Daily Staff Reporter
"If a boy wants to dream about
being Shaquille O'Neal, let him
dream. The only way to be like
Shaquille is to go to college," said
Dr. Elizabeth Allen, the opening
speaker of Friday's career confer-
ence presented by the University's
Women of Color Task Force.
More than 800 men and women
attended the 11th annual conference,
which focused on empowerment
"We must save our children, or
else we're going to lose a whole
generation without an education,"
said afternoon keynote speaker and
poet Sonia Sanchez. "If you watch
,MTV, you would not know there
was a women's movement.' .
Conference Co-chair Tamaria
Conner summed up the goal of the
conference: "The conference is dedi-
cated to drawing upon people of
color from various cultures so that
we can continue to strengthen our-
selves and emerge as a powerful
force in this society."
Through empowerment, change
can happen, added morning keynote
speaker Helen Zia, executive editor
of "Ms." magazine. "We can change
things when we're in power.
"The glass ceiling does exist and
it's called discrimination. Job dis-
crimination is covert and hard to
fight. We need to know our rights
and get organized," Zia said.
"Asians are not mobilized in the
political process. The Asian com-
munity is still in the beginning
stages. We don't have any national
organization," she added.
Conference presenters provided
tips for personal and professional
*development at 35 workshops
throughout the day. Topics included
health issues, interviewing skills, r6-
sum6 writing and multicultural
Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, di-
rector of the University Office of
Multicultural Affairs, conducted a
workshop entitled "How to
Incorporate an Afrocentric Perspec-
tive Into Your Supervisory and
"You can't depend on others to
cover your back," she said. "We
need to stop thinking like a minority
and start being responsible for who
Lynne Dumas, program associate
for the Affirmative Action Office
said the conference has a positive
impact on the University.
"As (people of color) become
nmore satisfied with themselves, they
are able to aspire and go places and
build people up to meet the
Religious cult leader kills four
federal agents, injures others
WACO, Texas (AP) - A fierce
gun battle erupted yesterday as more
than 100 law officers tried to arrest
the head of a heavily arched religious
cult. At least four federal agents died
and the cult's leader said a 2-year-
old was killed.
At least 15 agents were wounded
in the 45-minute shootout at the iso-
lated compound of the Branch
Davidians' sect about 10 miles east
of Waco. Several sect members were
also reportedly wounded, officials
Sect leader Vernon Howell, who
also is known as David Koresh, told
CNN a 2-year-old child was among-
those killed. He said. he was
The battle began when federal
agents hidden in livestock trailers
stormed the main home of the sect,
witnesses said. The agents had war-
rants to search the compound for
guns and explosives and to arrest
Howell, said Les Stanford of the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms in Washington.
After a cease-fire was negotiated,
ambulances and helicopters removed
wounded agents as other law en-
forcement officers remained en-
camped at the scene.
A spokesperson for Hillcrest
Baptist Medical Center in Waco that
three agents of the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
brought to the hospital are dead. At
least 12 other agents were being
"The rest of the injuries are a ma-
jority of gunshots, but the other in-
juries range from stable to critical,"
said spokesperson Marsha Jepson.
"We have one that has a couple of
The other dead agent was re-
ported at Providence Hospital in
Waco. Spokesperson Charlotte
Avalos said two more agents were
The standoff continued into the
night, and at about 6 p.m. violence
flared again, the ATF said, when
three members of the sect came out
of the compound and fired on the
agents. One was killed, one was cap-
tured and the third retreated back
into the compound, the ATF said.
The sect, an offshoot of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church,
moved its base from Los Angeles in
1935. The 77-acre compound is situ-
ated about 10 miles east of Waco.
In a lengthy report on the group
Saturday, The Waco Tribune-Herald
said that it was known to have a
large arsenal of high-powered
weapons. Howell acknowledged
having guns but said they were all
The article quoted investigators
as saying Howell may have abused
children of group members and
claimed to have at least 15 wives. , -
Howell, who denies the accusa-
tions of abuse, said he has had only
two children. He and his wife,
Rachel, were married in 1984 when
he was 24 and she was 14.
"If the Bible is true, then I'm
Christ," Howell told the newspaper.
"But so what? Look at 2,000 years
ago. What's so great about being
Christ? A man nailed to the cross. A
man of sorrow acquainted with grief.
You know, being Christ ain't noth-
ing. Know what I mean?"
Howell told The Associated Press
on Saturday that his group has
"regular, legally bought" guns.
"Do we not have right to bear
arms?" he said in a telephone inter-
The Tribune-Herald said it spent
eight months investigating the cult,
including talking to more than 20
Authorities had studied the group
but found insufficient evidence of
child abuse, the paper said.
Pretty as a picture
Ann Arbor photographer Chris Lauckner packages one of his pictures
for a customer yesterday. Lauckner sells his work on the corner of State
Street and North University Avenue.
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Students: experience in research
needed for med school admittance
by Tondra Bowman
While most students will be enjoying
their fun in the sun this summer, LSA se-
nior and pre-med student Paul Boyce will
be spending his warm vacation days doing
medical research at the University.
Boyce said he hopes to gain work ex-
perience in radiation rehabilitation to bol-
ster his r6sum6 and help him gain admit-
tance to medical school.
Boyce is not alone in his search for a
good summer internship. Many other pre-
med students are also looking for a way to
gain experience in their areas of study.
They said this type of training-is becoming
increasingly important in attaining their
aspirations of becoming doctors.
Representatives of the Office of
Admissions at the University's School of
Medicine said they are looking for the
most qualified students to fill the spaces in
the entering class. Director of Admissions
Katie Horne said research positions are
considered in the admissions process.
She added that students' jobs from as
far back as high school are examined.
"The most important factor in the
health care field is something that lets us
know that they know what it's going to be
like to be a physician," Horne said.
Max Ashford, LSA senior and Black
pre-med association president, has worked
with the research program at the graduate
medical education building on campus.
Ashford said his research took an alterna-
tive route to medicine - focusing on in-
novative ways to teach medical students
how to be physicians.
Ashford said he believes the program
was an excellent experience.
"It helped me in knowing what's ex-
pected of medical students," he said.
He added that any experience a pre-
med student may gain can be a worthwhile
"It shows that the student is interested
in medicine - that's important," Ashford
said. "Admissions wants to see what you
have done to prove you want to be a
One medical student said her hard
work as an undergraduate paid off unex-
pectedly after she began medical school.
"It was my experience and research
during undergrad that got me the job I
have now," said medical student Lila
Weems now works as a cardiopul-
monary technician on permanent salary in
the Department of Surgery at University
Here's my card
Dexter resident Tim Waidley uses the card catalog at
the Graduate Library yesterday. He was helping his
wife, who works at the library.
Students find easy parking in Ann Arbor during vacation
by James Cho
Daily Staff Reporter
Not all of the 36,000 University
students headed home or flew to far-
away places over Spring Break. The
students who remained on campus
last week found prime parking spots,
peace and quiet, a free table at their
favorite restaurant and heavy snow
"It was cool last week because
we could park anywhere and traffic
was not as bad. We did not have to
line up at the banks and the noise
level in our apartment was low,"
said Takashi Sugiyama, an Engin-
Tyler Ford, a junior in
Engineering and LSA, said, "I spent
the week in the attic jamming with
my nine-piece, double-kick Tama
drum set and my friend who is a gui-
tar player. We did some recordings.
"I work at O'Sullivans and it was
pretty dead and barren," he added.
Shirley Moraes, a graduate stu-
dent from Brazil, said she enjoyed a
break from the chaos of normal
"I live in a dorm and it was great.
It was so calm here. Many students
went home," she said. "I was not
able to do much because it snowed
every day last week."
For many international students
like Moraes, returning home would
have meant coping with jet lag and
expensive plane tickets.
Q Environmental Action Coali-
tion, meeting, School of Natural
Resources, Room 1040, 7 p.m.
Q Indian American Students As-
sociation, weekly board meeting,
Michigan League, Room A, 7p.m.
Q Michigan Student Assembly,
temporary meetings to discuss
Diag policy, Michigan Union, 3rd
Floor, 7 p.m.
Q Rainforest Action Movement,
meeting, Dana Building, Room
U Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
practice, beginners welcome,
CCRB, Martial Arts Room, 8:30-
Q Society for Creative Anachro-
nism, medieval recreation group,
workshop, 7p.m.; meeting,8p.m.;
EECS Building, Room 1311.
out, CCRB, Room 2275, 7-8:30
Events Q Violence Against Violence
Q African AmericansandtheMov- Against Women: An Avant
ies, exhibit of posters, NCC Garde for the Times, WestEngi-
Q Computer Simulation of Blood
Flow in the Heart, Chemistry
Building, Room 1400,4 p.m.
Q Dialogue Series Between and
Among People with Disabilities
& People Without Disabilities,
Chemistry Building, Room 1706,
Q Dynamic Systems Model of
Forces in the Community Af-
fecting Substance Abuse, Michi-
gan League, Henderson Room, 4-
Q The Molecule: A "Pass of
Thermopylae" for the Design of
New Materials, Superconduc-
tors and Ceramics, inorganic
seminar, Chemistry Building,
Room 1640,4 p.m.
Q Smoke-Free - A Stop Smoking
Program, University Health Ser-
neering Building, Women's Stud-
ies Lounge, Room 234, noon.
Q The Adoptee Gathering, drop in
to discuss specific issues that con-
cern adult adoptees, 117 N. Divi-
sion St., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
U ECB Student Writing Center,
Angell Hall Computing Center, 7-
Q Northwalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, Bursley Hall,
763-9255,8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Q Peer Counseling, U-M Counsel-
ing Services, 7 p.m.-8 a.m., call
Q Psychology UndergraduatePeer
Advising, West Quad, Room
K210, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Q Safewalk Nighttime Safety
Walking Service, UGLi, lobby,