The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 22, 1993 - 3
Out of the sandbox, college journalists invade White House
By DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
WASHINGTON -The kids were
in town and the grown-ups didn't like
it one bit.
About 40 college journalists, pri-
marily from the East and Midwest,
went to the West Wing of the White
House to cover the signing of the
National and Community Service
Trust Act of 1993 and get a behind-
the-scenes look at the workings of the
press corps while interviewing celeb-
rities and politicians.
UPI correspondent Helen Thomas
grunted, "out of my way," to students
straining to see the president. CNN's
Wolf Blitzer accidentally got in the
collegejournalist line. APwriter Adam
Nagourney joked with students dur-
ing President Clinton's speech.
New York Times reporter Gwen
Ifill laughed at college students trying
to hurriedly write down President
Clinton's complete remarks, knowing
full well that the press secretary would
make texts available later.
Many college journalists re-
sponded by networking or fighting, if
necessary, for access.
General confusion was par for the
course as White House officials did
not have complete lists of all college
journalists who had requested creden-
tials. So, anyone who showed up and
looked reasonably like a journalist
was allowed into the ceremony, said
Ethan Zindler after the ceremony.
Zindler is an assistant press secretary
in charge of college press relations.
College journalists were allowed
to "roam" the West Wing and see the
inner workings of the offices and see
the "real" journalists in action.
White House officials invited the
college press to the event in hopes that
favorable coverage by students-and
not simply The Associated Press -
would increase interest and spark en-
rollment, said a spokesperson.
Because the proposal "spoke for
itself," White House officials needed
to do little more than let the pack loose
and listen to the politicians, Zindler
And listen they did. After the cer-
emony, star struck students listened to
Democratic Senators Edward
Kennedy (Mass.), George Mitchell
(Maine), and Harris Wofford (Pa.)pro-
pound the benefits of the plan, along
with various cabinet secretaries who
chatted with students before heading
for lunch with Clinton.
Many college journalists com-
mented that the White House briefing
room is incredibly small --about half
the size of an East Quad dining hall
and much smaller than television pic-
tures would lead viewers to believe -
as is the amount of space allocated for
the press in the basement of the White
As if cramped cubicles weren't
enough, the press invariably is la-
beled "juvenile" by long time observ-
ers as well as students on a first visit.
Yesterday was no different. The
regular press wanted to roam the
crowd, trying to get interviews with
members of Congress on the
president's health care plan. The White
House said "no." Members of the press
started making sarcastic jokes, like
"Oh, no, they're going to kick us out."
The press secretary snapped back at
them, "You don't need to be rude."
And so on, to the amazement of stu-
dents - many of whom considered
this the ultimate job for a journalist.
"I can't believe that they act like
spoiled brats when they have such an
important job," said Lisa Rogers, an
Indiana University reporter.
In usual manner, the press corps
waited 20 minutes after the ceremony
for the president to meet with them.
But when NBC's Andrea Mitchell
asked a difficult question on NAFTA,
the president merely ignored the press
corps and went back to work.
MTV correspondent Tabitha
Soren, who does not have a perma-
nent press credential for the White
House or Capitol Hill, had an inter-
view with Clinton about the merits of
the service plan after the ceremony.
She stood in line with the student
journalists, signedautographs and took
snapshots of members of Soul Asy-
lum, who played a 20-minute set of
Soul Asylum members, accompa-
nied by movie star Winona Ryder,
signed autographs and discussed the
band's plans with college journalists,
who were interested - unlike most of
the regular corps who were instead
wondering what to order for lunch,
said CBS News reporter Bill Plante.
Not all of the college reporters
"dressed for success." A Columbia
University journalist wore an outfit of
black leather pants and jacket to the
dismay and amusement of members
of the press corps.
Lack of ethnic
*diversity exists in
By SARAH KIINO
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Despite its efforts to achieve a
multicultural campus, some students
say a lack of diversity remains within
the University's largest minority
Asian and Asian American repre-
sentation on campus is proportionally
larger than in the general population.
So these students are perceived as
"overrepresented" and are nbt re-
cruited with the same fervor as other
minority groups, said Assistant Di-
rector of Admissions Robert Seltzer.
Al Chen of the Midwest Asian
American Student Union (MAASU),
saidmostpeople from SoutheastAsian
backgrounds do nothave the financial
and educational advantages as other
Asian groups and therefore do not
have the same access to an education
at the University.
Sue Rasmussen, affirmative action
planner, said, "The University is re-
ally clear about underrepresented
groups being recruited more actively."
She said Asians and Asian Ameri-
cans are overlooked because Univer-
sity officials think they have similar
backgrounds as white students - fi-
nancially and educationally. However,
she acknowledged there are Asian
subgroups who do not fit into this
"model minority" myth.
Asian and Asian American stu-
dents composed 40 percent of the
jniversity's total minority enrollment
in Fall Term 1992.
Asian and Asian American groups
*on campus have been speaking out on
behalf of these subgroups - specifi-
cally Hmong, Laotians, Cambodians
and other Southeast Asians - decry-
ing what they see as a lack of diversity
within the Asian and Asian American
John Matlock, director of the of-
fice of academic multicultural initia-
tives (OAMI), said while most Asian
andAsian American students on cam-
pus come from suburban backgrounds,
the populations of underrepresented
Asian groups are concentrated in
poorer urban areas.
'For a University to be
truly multicultural it has
to encompass all groups,
and it hasn't in the case
of Asian Americans.'
- Marie Ting
Office of Academic
Varisa Boriboon of the University
of Michigan Asian American Student
Coalition (UMAASC) attributes the
problem to the "modelminority"myth.
She said the University does not
divide Asian and Asian Americans
into theethnic subcategories, soAsians
and Asian Americans from disadvan-
taged backgrounds are categorized
together with the "overrepresented"
"These students are not actively
recruited. Those who cannot afford to
come to campus are not treated as
other minorities," she said. "Economic
and ethnic lack of diversity tend to
In an effort to address this prob-
lem, Marie Ting of OAMI started
Project Lighthouse last year.
Project Lighthouse is a program to
bring Hmong middle school children
from Detroit to the University for a
day. Asian American students at the
University show the campus to the
kids and act as role models.
'ing said after the program, the
truancy rate of the Hmong students
Matlock said, "We've always had
interest in Project Lighthouse. (Itdem-
onstrates) sensitivity to that there are
groups ofAsian Americans who come
from poor backgrounds. One of the
things we're trying to do is advocate a
greater understanding of differences
between ethnic groups and within
Ting said, "For a University to be
truly multicultural it has to encom-
pass all groups, and it hasn't in the
case of Asian Americans."
kill 2 armed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -
American soldiers aboard a helicop-
ter gunship shot and killed two Soma-
lis armed with rocket-propelled gre-
' y keeper was wounded in a militia at-
tack on U.N. forces.
The U.N. troops were sent to help
ti Somalia recover from its famine and
They have gotten caught up in a
battle with the gun fighters of fugitive
militia chief Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
Several women were injured Mon-
day when rioting erupted among about
400 Somalis outside a food distribu-
tion center in Mogadishu.
The women were cut and scratched
on barbed wire barricades when the
crowd surged forward amid rumors
that food was running out.
The wounded Pakistanisoldier was
inspecting amine on October21 Road
when his unit came under fire.
Capt. Tim McDavitt, a U.N.
spokesperson, said the Pakistani's
wounds were not serious. October 21
Road in northern Mogadishu is a fre-
,,. quent battleground.
After the shooting, the crew of an
~ American Cobra helicopter spotted
two Somali soldiers with rocket-pro-
5**.pelted grenades and opened fire on
F w. them, McDavitt said.
He said both men were killed.
The fighting erupted after a night
of sporadic battles, with Somali troops
firing mortars and U.N. helicopters
S.. , replying with rockets and 20mm can-
vR.U.N. officials have issued a war-
rant for Aidid's arrest, blaming him
for attacks that have killed 50 peace-
keeping troops since May.
JOSH DETH/Daily In the overnight fighting, the U.N.-
A bicyclist passes the Geddes Street bus stop yesterday. The stop boasts a new look, complete with crossing signals and controlled airport was hit by 12 mor-
trees shading the median. tar rounds, McDavitt said.
Israeli government debates peace accord
ister Yitzhak Rabin put the Israel-
PLO accord to the test in parliament
yesterday as tensions rose between
Jews and Palestinians over the new tie
that binds them.
"Let the sun rise," Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin told lawmakers, bor-
rowing a line from a famous Israeli
peace song as parliament began de-
bating the agreement.
In the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip,
The umbrella organization for the Asian and Asian American student groups on canpus is named the United Asian
American Organizations (UAAO). This was incorrectly reported in Monday's Daily.
assailants shot to death Mohammed
Abu Shaaban, 35, a top leaderofYasser
Arafat's Fatah group, Arab reports
said. His family blamed opponents of
the agreement, but Arab reports said
he may have been killed by rivals
It was the first political killing
since the Sept. 13 signing of the ac-
cord and came amid growing fears of
a major conflict between Palestinian
supporters and opponents of the agree-
Widespread violence and blood-
shed could limit the ability of Israel
and the Palestine Liberation Organi-
zation to carry out the plan, which
calls for limited self-rule in the occu-
pied territories, starting in the Gaza
Strip and the West Bank town of Jeri-
In other violence, tens of thou-
sands of right-wing Israelis marched
from the Western Wall, Judaism's
holiest site in Jerusalem's walled Old
City, to the Knesset, or parliament
shouting "death" to PLO chairman
"We won't give away an inch!"
they chanted. "Israel is in danger!"
Near the Old City's Damascus
Gate, demonstrators carrying blue-
and-white Israeli flags confronted
some 500 Palestinians who raised their
own red-white-black-and-green flags.
The Israelis broke through police
barriers and chased the Palestinians
up a main commercial street. The two
sides battled with flag poles, but po-
lice had no immediate reports of inju-
Inside parliament, lawmakers dug
in for intense debate expected to last
several days. A vote wasn't expected
before Thursday to give each member
an opportunity to speak out on the
Rabin said the balloting on the
agreement was a vote of confidence in
his coalition government.
Rabin appeared to have the back-
ing of 61 members of the 120-mem-
ber legislature. Labor party leaders
were working to widen that margin by
negotiating with wavering religious
lawmakers of the Shas party. It con-
trols six seats and was demanding a
national referendum on the peace ac-
"This is an hour of goodwill, of
great possibilities, and we will do
everything not to miss it," Rabin
vowed in anationally broadcast speech
to parliament, his voice frequently
drowned out by hecklers.
"We who have fought against you,
the Palestinians, say to you today in a
loud and clear voice: enough tears and
enough bloodshed," Rabin said. "No
In a 70-minute speech, Likud op-
position leader Benjamin Netanyahu
called for early elections to test public
support for the treaty. He accused
Rabin of laying the groundwork for
Palestinian statehood, opposedby both
major parties in Israel.
"It is our historic obligation to try
and prevent what could bring disaster
to Israel," Netanyahu said.
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
rejected the call for a referendum on
the accord, saying it would only result
in more violence by extremists.
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