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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 4, 1993- 7

NUBS' printer saves stud

By MAGGIE WEYHING
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Rummaging through desk draw-
ers for change and begging room-
mates for a loan only adds to the
monotonous task of making copies.
Unfortunately for many students, a
trip to the copy shop can be quite
costly.
However, instead of having to
spend money to make copies of notes
and papers, students have the option
to print out numerous copies free of
cost on the Kodac printer available in
the North University Building Sta-
tion (NUBS) computing center.
Although the Kodac has been
located in NUBS for the past year,
many students are unaware of its
existence.
"I don't think thateveryoneknows
that the printer is available, but we
have students who do use it for large
print-outs," said Tim Donnelly, su-
pervisorof the NUBS computing cen-
ter.
Donnelly explained that the

University's Kodac printer is a beta-
test printer, or a printer that has been
given to the University by the manu-
facturer in order to be tested out.
"Kodac gave us the printer be-
cause they wanted us to test the ma-
chine - they want it to be in an
environment where it will get a lot of
use and have a lot of commands
thrown at it."
However, Donnelly also said that
in the past the printerhas notbeen 100
percent reliable.
Besides just being able to printout
copies, the Kodac printer is able to
staple, fold and sable stitch.
Although the Kodac printer is only
available at NUBS, Donnely said stu-
dents can access it through almost
anywhere on campus.
"The Kodac is a basic high-speed
printer," Donnelly said. "Earlier, we
hada 1370 Kodac printer, but now we
have a 1580, which is a step up from
the 1370."
Many of the copying that students
have to do is the result of peer work-

Lents money
shops, a method used in many En-
glish classes. In peer-workshops, stu-
dents are required to make copies of
their paper for the entire class to read
and critique.
Prof. Adela Pinch, in English and
women's studies said, "I think (the
Kodac printer) is a good idea. Al-
though I think that it's essential that
students have peer workshops so that
students can get feedback not only
from their teachers but from their
peers as well, I don't think that they
should have to pay a lot of money
making copies."
Susan Maskery, a sophomore in
chemical Engineering who partici-
pated in a peer workshop said, "Al-
though it didn't cost that much, it was
a pain going to Kinko's to make cop-
ies. The Kodac printer sounds like a
good idea."
Donnelly said he has not received
any complaints from copying store
claiming that the Kodac is taking away
business. He said, "We are not using
the Kodac as a copying machine, it is
a printer."

Freed hostage relates inspiring
account of 444 days in hell

*Rodriguez to deliver 'mother's
perspective' of political harassment

By RACHEL SCHARFMAN
FOR THE DAILY
Nov. 4,1979 was the day Colonel
Charles Scott entered hell.
Taken hostage along with 51 other
American military personnel when
he was ordered to surrender the U.S.
Embassy during the Iranian revolu-
tion, Scott would not see the light of
day for the next 444 days.
He told his horrifying and inspir-
ing tale to a packed house of deeply
moved spectators yesterday as a part
of the Town Hall Celebrity Lecture
Series at the Mendelssohn theater.
Scott's presentation told, among
other things, of the physical and emo-
tional torture he endured during the
14 months between his capture and
release Jan. 20, 1981.
He focused primarily on the mes-
sage that human beings can make it
through any crisis by tapping their in-
herent "supernatural strength." Also of
monumental importance, Scott said, is
keeping a sense of humor at all times.
"Humor very often is the lubrication
which lets us tap our stength," he said,
citing it as an invaluable tool that allows
people to survive crises unscathed.
Utilizing his own caustic sense of
humor to keep the audience in the
palm of his hand, Scott-who said he
is proud to be American - lauded the
indomitability of the human spirit, of
which he is a living example.
Scott's own spirit enabled him to
endure the unimaginable. Watering
down his nightmarish experiences for
the benefit of the audience, the edited
version was still potent enough to
C'a
Close.but
no.Sug..ra

by SARAH KIINO
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Josefina Rodriguez never asked to
be a U.S. citizen. Rodriguez is from
Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the
United States. Like all Puerto Ricans,
she is accorded U.S. citizenship -
with all of the benefits and disadvan-
tages that accompany it.
Rodriguez's two daughters have
lived the last 13 years in United States
maximum security prigons. They were
convicted of conspiracy against the
J.S. government, and one was also
sentenced to 90 years for conceal-
ment of weapons.
But Rodriguez's daughters have
chosen to claim political prisoner sta-
tus, as they do not recognize the U.S.
overnment as the government of
Puerto Rico.
They claim their convictions were
made on the basis of their involve-
dent in the struggle for Puerto Rican
Independence.
Rodriguez, in a speech tomorrow
at 4 p.m. in the Michigan Union, will
deliver a "mother's perspective" of
the harassment and oppression she
claims her family has been put through
by the U.S. government - such as
tapped phone lines and censored mail.
She will also discuss mistreatment

of prisoners in U.S. jails and other
human rights violations.
"She has several perceptions about
the situation of her daughters ... in
terms of the human aspect, any parent
suffers when her child is in trouble,"
said Marta Cruz, of the Puerto Rican
Solidarity Organization (PRSO).
PRSO, which is sponsoring the
Rodriguez speech, is a political
group that advocates the indepen-
dence of Puerto Rico and amnesty
for Puerto Rican political prisoners
in U.S. jails.
All Puerto Ricans became U.S.
citizens under the Foraker Actof 1917.
"We never fought or advocated for
U.S. citizenship," Cruz said.
Although Puerto Ricans have been
able to vote for their own island gov-
ernment since the 1940s, they still
have to abide by all U.S. laws, she
said, and cannot vote for the U.S.
president unless they reside in the
continental United States.
Cruz stressed that Rodriguez's
perspective affects not only Puerto
Ricans, but all people of color in the
United States.
"It relates to the same issues that
were fought for by the Black Panthers
and Young Lords (a Puerto Rican
independence organization in the

ANASTASIA BANIOKIflJDIy
Col. Charles Scott speaks at the Mendelssohn theater yesterday.

'60s) - civil rights recognition of
minorities in this country," she said.
However she added that the PRSO
advocates peaceful change rather than
armed liberation.
She expressed her hope to reach
all U.S. citizens because "the future
of Puerto Rico is in the hands of the
U.S. Congress, not in the hands of the
Puerto Rican people - we can only
voice our preferences."
"I want them to become aware
that there is a political situation in
their own backyard. They have the
power to influence Congress," Cruz
said.
Supplementing Rodriguez's
speech will be a series of two films
about the Puerto Rican struggle for
independence in Angell Hall at 11
a.m. Saturday.

elicit tears.
For the first three and a half weeks
ofhis imprisonment, Scott was brutally
interrogated. During this time he was
deprived of decent amounts of sleep,
water and air, as wellas denied the
privilege of going to the bathroom.
Scott was then placed in a 5-by-7
foot subterranean cell, blindfolded and
bound with his arms tied behind his
back with wire. He remained in soli-
tary confinement for the next nine
and a half months.
"I had some really good days in
solitary confinement ... I'm good
company. If I can't get along with
myself, how can I get along with

anyone else," he added wryly.
Scott's bravery under these un-
imaginable conditions has been mani-
fest throughout his 31-year military
career. During that time, he received
the Distinguished Service Medal -
the U.S. Army's highest award for
distinguished service, the Silver Star
for heroism, the Bronze Star for valor
and 17 other medals including the
Vietnamese Honor Medal and Gal-
lantry Cross.
Added to that list are Scott's nu-
merous civilian awards, including the
nonfiction Author of the Year award
for the account of his imprisonment,
entitled "Pieces of the Game."

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