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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 1, i993 - 7

.Wildfire cleanup continues,

new wind

- Jack and Elaine Lund lost their
home, clothing and 25 years of memo-
Gries when a wildfire leveled theirhouse
*near Emerald Bay.
But when they went to church
Sunday in newly purchased clothes,
they volunteered one of their few re-
maining possessions to help others
left homeless in last week's firestorm.
They offered the use of their pickup
truck to carry victims' belongings.
'There may be people worse off
than us," said Lund, who retired from
*the Army in 1968 and ran agoif cart
distributorship afterward. "We lost
all the material things of the house,
which means nothing."
At St. Catherine of Siena Roman
Catholic Church in Laguna Beach,
and at churches and homes arouind
returns to
'U' to speak
As dozens of people were turned
*away at the door, students, faculty
and other Ann Arborites huddled close
together in the aisles of a Modemn
Languages Building auditorium Fri-
day night, waiting for University alum
James Earl Jones.
When Jones enOered the room, his
mere presence merited a standing ova-
tion by the crowd, which consisted of
people ranging from aspiring young
actors to fraternity buddies who said
*ey were getting a taste of "culture"
not available on a typical Friday night.
Christina Rich, an LSA first-year
student, came to hear the actor known
for his commanding voice"because
he graduated from here and I was so
impressed that he came here and made
such a spectacular liefrhimself. ..
I just wanted to hear him speak be-
cause he has such a great voice."
Jones began with adramatic exerpt
about his birth from his new autobi-
ography, "James Earl Jones: Voices
and Silences." Jones said he remem-
bers only the light, a light he saw
again when viewing several musical
theater productions in New York with
his father, saying, "I saw the light
again. ... I wanted to be there."
In a discussion that lasted a little
over 15 minutes, Jones interspersed a
reading of passages from his book

s may spark
Southern California, people like the away from
Lunds were stepping forward to help. northeastc
And they were relieved that, despite acre fire i
the destruction wrought by fires that percent cc
flared up with ablast of Santa Anas, High c
nobody was killed. the regioni
Thirteen major fires in a 200-mile weather t
stretch from Ventura County to the the upper
Mexican border torched 167,700 forecast li
acres, damaged or destroyed 787 hundreds
buildings, including at least 650 to the area
homes, and injured 62. A estimate the West.
from the state Office of Emergency The Na
Services put damage at $500 million, the Santa
The Laguna Beach fire, which from the e~
destroyed 366 homes and businesses California
andcharred 16,680acresof brush and again Mo
suburban landscape, was contained The winds
within a line of bare earth. A destruc- mph to 3C
tive 5,700-acre blaze above Altadena mph - n
was 60 percent contained but burning spread the


ihomes into the mountains
ifLos Angeles and a39,000-
n Ventura County was 90
bouds drifted over most of
i, maintaining cool, moist
hat helped firefighters get
hand on the fires. But the
ent urgency to efforts by
of firefighters who rushed
from across California and
tionalWeather Servicesaid
Anas - hot desert winds
ast or northeast in Southern
-could begin blowing
nday night and Tuesday.
are expected to blow at 20
Imph with gusts up to 45
iilder than the winds that

LA sophomore Andre Hewitt plays basketball with two kids during Saturday's 'Into the Streets' service project.
Practicing jump shots, 300
students go 'Into the Streets'

University alum James Earl Jones speaks Friday at the MLB.

with anecdotes and reminisences
about his time at the University. He
then answered audience questions.
Jones remembers becoming inter-
ested in theater when taking a few
drama classes as a break from his pre-
med science classes. He explained
that he had thought, "I'm not enjoy-
ing my pre-med studies. I will go
where I can do something that I may
never have the chance to do again -
study theater and acting. And there
were girls in the theater."
Asked what advice he would give
to University African American stu-
dents, he said, "There still exists rac-
ism in society. ... Acknowledge it as
a reality and then forget it as quick as
you can. ... Be stubborn. ... Don't let
it defeat you."
Giving more suggestions, but this
time to theater students in the crowd,
Jones advised, "You have no way to
measure self unless you have .., great

potential actors studying with you."
After the signing, Jones said he
wished he had more time to discuss the
book; his life and his career, adding that
he was happy to be a part of the "great
tradition" of booksigning in America.
He said he especially enjoyed interac-
tion with students because he doesn't
"get around very much."
Geoff Ehnis-Clarkc, an ISA junior
who is majoring in Fine Arts, said he
enjoyed the presentation after reading
the autobiography. "The thing for me
was to actually hear the words from him
adds a whole new depth to it."
Other audience members were dis-
appointed with the brevity of Jones'
appearance. "I was hoping he might
spend more time discussing related
issues of his career and of his life
experience," said Benjamin Bolger,
an LSA junior. "I think he more or
less presented a brief but great outline
of his career."

At a little past noon, the streets of
Pinelake Village Cooperative are bar-
ren from the nippy winds that whip
the snow into small tornadoes. Not a
creature is seen or a sound heard,
except for the bouncing of a balL.
Behind the white building, which
is no bigger than a classroom and
serves as a community center, voices
rise up in laughter and cheer.
"Do you have the skills? Do you
have the shot?" laughs LSA sopho-
more Andre Hewitt.
"Yeah," screams Ronnie, a7 year-
old resident of Pinelake, as he re-
leases the maize-and-blue-striped
basketball. The ball strikes the rim
and bounces off toward the smalllake
at he bottom of the hill. Ronnie bows
his head.
After Hewitt retrieves the ball, he
hands it back and begins again.
"This is it. Do you have the skills?
Do you have the shot?"
In Hewitt's opinion encourage-
ment is nourishment.
Saturday, Hewitt took part in the
nationwide community service project
"Into the Streets." With the help of
Project SERVE, a University student
organization, Hewitt and about 300
other students were able to affect the
life of the community.

Among the chilling temperatures
and first snows, ahalf dozen of the 35
boys and girls gather around Hewitt
to learn and play ball.
"We have to wear tags," Hewitt
said, pointing to a 12-inch strip of red
ribbon pinned to his sweater, "to let
the kids know who we are. I'm trying
to show them money doesn't make a
person, and shouldn't dictate how a
person should be treated."
Just then a little boy who has
missed a basket walks by with his
head down, discouraged because he
has failed. Hewitt runs and picks him
up. As Hewitt spins the little boy
around in circles he lets him know:
"It's okay to fail." .
"It's important for people to take
part in community service," Hewitt
said. "Here we are in college, so-
called successful, but we're down here
with the kids letting them know they
can be (a college student) too, and
that they matter."
When the winds become too much,
Hewitt and his troupe of youngsters
move into the Pinelake Community
Center for the Halloween Party. In-
where hot dogs, chips and pop are
being served. A couple of tables set
up where students are painting Hal-

loween characters on children's faces.
And, of course, lots and lots of kids
enjoying the festivities.
The Pinelake community, pre-
dominately low-income minority
families, uses the center to erase ste-
reotypes associated with its socio-
economic status. Pictures of African
American and Hispanic heroes line
the walls, and astaff of regular minor-
ity volunteers offers an atmosphere
of support for personal growth.
Hewitt, who is African American,
said, "It is even more important for
(the African American community)
to take part in community service.
We're at a disadvantage, so we must
show them they are equal and they
can achieve their dreams on their own.
Education and motivation are the keys
to them making it."
But before children are colorized
they are children, said Julie Lubeck,
an RC sophomore and SERVE volun-
teer, who turned a child into a vam-
pire and dished out candy.
"I wanted to do something with
children because they are still innocent
and haven't been ruined by our society
yet. They can still be taught todo better
in giving back to the community,"
Lubeck said. "We can still teach them
to be the best persou they can be."

'U' Tech Day tries to entice future engineers

Although Saturday was not a vic-
torious day for Michigan's football
team, the College of Engineering's
*Tech Day program ended up a big
"It was a great turnout," said Tech
Day Chair Matt Holland. "About 550
high school students and their parents
came out." Students from as far away
as Indiana and Ohio stormed North
Campus to participate in the Univer-
sity of Michigan Engineering
Council's (UMEC) recruitment pro-

"This is by far the biggest recruit-
ment effort by the college," said
UMEC president, Jennifer Starrinan.
"It's a collaborative effort between
the UMEC, engineering societies and
the individual engineering depart-
Tech Day's primary purpose is to
increase student interest in engineer-
ing and the University's programs.
"It shows engineering is not your typi-
cal gearhead impression," Starman
The events ranged from panel dis-

cussionswithengineering faculty and
graduate students to distribution of
financial aid information. Displays
and demonstrations includedavirtual
reality simulation.
"Students had the chance to speak
to graduate students and ask ques-
tions," Holland said.
Parents who accompanied students
were encouraged to attend certain
events. UMEC External Vice Presi-
dent John Senger suggested attending
discussions concerning financial aid
and co-ops and asking questions about
how to get into the program.

Many students who attended said
they learned a lot. Some even felt
inspired to become engineers.
"This day helped me find out alot
about the classes and the buildings,"
said Younus Baig, a 10th-grader at
Detroit's Cass Tech High SchooL-
Mason High School junior, Rich
Firman agreed. "I found (Tech Day)
to be interesting," he said. "I'm con-
sidering engineering more now."
All Michigan and area high schools
were invited to Tech Day free of
charge. Interested students pre-regis-
tered for presentations and tours.

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