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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 9, 1993 -- 3

.Filling early lectures is no
problem for 'good profs.'


At 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon,
when most students are preparing for
the weekend, thi Natural Science Au-
ditorium ispacked. About 400 students
listen attentively to Prof. Tom Collier
lecture on the Vietnam War, asking
questions and laughing at his jokes.
"He's one of the best professors
I've ever had," said ISA sophomore
Eric Mackie. "It's rare to get a really
good professor on this large of a cam-
With enrollment as large as 500 in
some classes, it can be hard to find
professors who will keep students in-
terested enough to attend an 8 a.m.
class and not fall asleep. But they are
out there, and their lectures are packed.
"It all comes down to time," said
English Prof. John Rubido. "I take two
hours for every essay I grade, and I
K ll' 1
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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -
The Somalisecurity chief forthe CARE
aid agency was killed yesterday when
U.N. peacekeepers fired on armed at-
tackers in territory controlled by
Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
The attack was the fourth on for-
eign troops in as many days and sug-
gested that Aidid's monthlong truce
with U.N. forces seemed to be crum-
A spokesperson for the U.S. force
in Somalia criticized Aidid as being
"uncooperative" and said the United
States was sticking by plans to put
American forces back on Mogadishu's
Aidid, whose followers control
southern Mogadishu, had been clash-
ing with the United Nations since June,
when the United Nations blamed him
for the deaths of 24 Pakistani peace-
keepers. After four months of fierce
battles with U.N. forces, he declared a
truce Oct. 9.
Some people have speculated that
Aidid was trying to buy time until the
United States withdraws from Somalia
in March.
Aidid has been known to strike
back when his power seems to be wan-
ing. And at a news conference Sunday,
he made it clear that the old acrimony
toward the multinational mission had
not dissipated.
He vowed not to negotiate with the
United Nations, and yesterday, his So-
mali National Alliance boycotted two
U.N.-sponsored meetings: one to dis-
cuss how to improve the city's secu-
rity,the other to meet face-to-face with
the faction headed by Ali Mahdi
Mohamed, which controls
Mogadishu's northern half.
"The United States has been bend-
ing over backwards tomeet some ofthe
tequests" by the Somalia National Al-
liance, U.S.military spokesperson Col.
Steve Rausch said yesterday. "We are
disappointed. They seem uncoopera-
He did not specify what requests
Aidid's faction made.
At his news conference Sunday,
4idid said there could be trouble if

U.S. troops return to the streets after a
ax-month hiatus. Yesterday, confron-
tation edged closer when Rausch reaf-
firmed that Army reinforcements soon
will be venturing beyond their com-
"You will see an increased pres-
ene.... These troops are very lethal,"
Aidid warned.

expect the same amount from them.
They work as hard as I do, and vice
LSA first-year student Kristy
Jakubiak said, "I've never missed one
class. People justdon'tmissit. (Rubido)
doesn't tell you to write a paper; if you
feel like writing, you do. If not, you
don't. I've learned more about writing
from him than anyone else in school."
Students said they are also attracted
by unconventional teaching methods.
Psychology Prof. Bob Pachella meets
with each student individually every
third week, then invites a small group
over to his house for a more informal
discussion. Grades are based on open
writings by the students.
"I'm not charismatic, nor am I a
good speaker. But the students know
I'm committed. I learn their names, I
learn who they are," Pachella said.
Kimberly Freeman, afirst-yearLSA

student in his class, said, "He looks at
school differently. You'rehere to learn,
not for the grades. He doesn't assign
books, he suggests them. I learn a lot
more when I read for myself."
Unorthodox teaching methods only
go so far. Students said truly good
professors know their subject matter
and lecture enthusiastically about it.
"I'm constantly reading about the
Vietnam War," said Colliersaid. "I just
love learning about it."
ISA sophomore Dana Kelly said,
"(Collier's) excellent. He makes jokes,
asks questions. It feels personal, even
in an auditorium of 400 people."
Students know when they've had a
good professor.
As V'ali Ford, a third-year Engi-
neering student, said, "If I can remem-
berwhat the professor was talking about
after the semester, I had a good profes-

Justin Carlson, Engineering senior, sits for his Michiganensian senior portrait yesterday in the Michigan Union.


A third-grade class, settled'i
midst of a poor community, 1o
upon them innocently. They a
"How many of you know people
have been shot?"
A multitude of tiny hands
Cousins, aunts, fathers, and mo
wereonthelonglistofthedead. M
riesbrought back tears and the chi
mourned their losses. Then they a
"Who expects to live until the
18?" Not a single hand lingered:
RCJunior Ben Reames experie
this scenario in Detroit, one o
seven sites visited by the Altern
Spring Break (ASB) program.
The ASB program, sponsor
Project SERVE, gives studentsa
ferent perspective of life, opening
minds to the poor and homeless.
Each year, ASB addresses i
--hunger, crime, poverty, drug a
homelessness, racism, health car
environmental issues. The pro
enables students to experience a
tensive week of work and fun.
"ASB is an excellent opportun
engage in service learning and s
change by living and working in
munities around the country,"
senior Charlie Grose explained.

lye Spring Bre~
unique chance
ASB places groups of 11 students A
in various areas where they explore Dako
n the and aid struggling communities. More more
coked importantly, they become more aware at the
sked, of the hardships others face. H
who Inpastyears,ASBparticipantshave painte
worked at New York City soup kitch- towns
rose. ens, the Kentucky Mountain Housing he lea
ethers project, the Sioux nation in South Da- H
emo- kota, and with SuCasa, a refuge for andu
ldren survivors of torture from Central and chant
sked, South America. "I
y are Students involved with the ASB that i
in the program last year agreed on the incred- concl
ible impact the experience gave them. 'T
enced Reames and his group joined Save ticipa
f the Our Sons and Daughters (SOSAD) in dents
native its fight against community violence. New
Working in schools, going door-to- litical
ed by door, and responding to community Quak
a dif- crisis were all a part of Reames' expe- SOSA
;their rience. chiai
"On one hand, it was relaxing be- P
ssues cause we had a week without school- requii
buse, work, but on the other hand it was A
e, and really invigorating, because it was such west b
gram an intense experience," he said. tive b
an in- After returning to campus life, partic
Reames said he had a new perspective RC
ity to of Ann Arbor, and of life in general. concl
social "It was a complete mind change we w
com- from what we were used to in Ann week
LSA Arbor," he said. "We almost didn't that w
want to come back here." our li

ik offers
to learn
nother ASB experience in South
ta changed Engineering sopho-
Greg Shannon's outlookand goals
e and other members of his group
ed a community center and aided
speople, Shannon said, addingthat
arned a tremendous amount.
e cited the vital role of listening
understanding in community
cannot believe the inspiration
this experience put in me," he
his year ASB will accept 110 par-
nts, 11 for each of 10 sites. Stu-
will work with AIDS hospice in
York, flood relief in Illinois, po-
l prisoners at SuCasa in Chicago,
er work camp in Philadelphia,
AD in Detroit, and rural Appala-
n Kentucky.
articipation in these organized trips
res an application process.
warded best program in the Mid-
by Break-Away National alterna-
break organization, ASB needs
ipation and volunteer help.
C sophomore Kesha Anderson
uded, "The Community Service
ere doing (in ASB) was not just a
-long experience, but something
we could experience everyday of

Brian Carr of Columbia Cable installs cable in West Quad yesterday

HUD representatives pitch plan to city
for increased say in public housing

Aproposed three-party arrangement
granting tenants a greater say in public
housing drewfavorable comments from
the Ann Arbor City Council last night,
but the body took no steps toward for-
mally endorsing the plan.
The proposal represents the next
logical step in more than 25 years of
self-government for low- and middle-
income tenants, representatives from
the federal Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) said at
yesterday's council discussion session.
Ann Arbor was one of two Michi-
gancities toreceive a HUDgrant aimed
at giving residents more clout in man-
aging public housing. The $85,000
grant was awarded last January.
Officials from HUD, the Ann Ar-
bor Housing Commission and resident
management group Unity, have been
exploring opportunities for sharing
power, which five years ago was con-

centrated in government agencies.
Unity officials said they founded
the group in 1988 in response to a lack
of security and deteriorating condi-
tions at Ann Arbor's public housing
sites. The group pressured HUD and
the housing commission to relax their
controls on public housing and give
more power to residents.
"With resident initiatives, the idea
is that people who live there know
what's best for them," said Tony Mar-
tin, resident initiatives coordinator of
the Detroit HUD.
Resident empowerment has been
slowly evolving since the mid-1960s,
Martin said, but has encountered resis-
tance alongtheway. "Anytime achange
is proposed, there's always going to be
opposition," he added.
Martin said some members of each
group have opposed the grouping of
HUD, the housing commission and
Through Unity, the 342 Ann Arbor

households in public housing have ex-
ercised limited power in contracting
for landscaping, janitorial services and
snow removal. But HUD Housing Di-
rector Robert Prescott told the council
the joint planning should blossom into
a full partnership.
Councilmembers and Mayor Ingrid
Sheldon voiced approval for the plan.
"Sitting in this room are the major
players that are going to make the plan
work," Sheldon declared.
By decentralizing administrationof
public housing, the three-way group-
ing could relieve the debt-ridden Ann
Arbor Housing Commission of some
duties. The commission recently re-
ceived a rating of 64 on a 100-point
HUD scale, just four points above the
"troubled" category.
The housing commission is pulling
itself out of a $250,000 debt incurred
primarily from 1990-92,whenthe com-
mission failed to provide HUD with
financial statements, Prescott said.

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Student groups
Q Adult Daughters of Alcoholics
and other Trauma, meeting,
Michigan Union, Room 3200,
7:30 p.m.
Q Arab-American Students As-
sociation, Arabic conversation
hour, Arabic House, Oxford, 7
U Christian Science Organiza-

Thompson St.
U Rowing Team, Novice practice,
boat house, men 3, 4 and 5 p.m.;
women 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 p.m.
U Alternative Spring Break, mass
meeting, sponsored by Project
SERVE, Michigan Union, 7-9

U International Forum, Tuesday
lunch, Changing Patterns of Po-
litical Contention in India,
speaker: Sweta Ghosh, Interna-
tional Center, Room 9, noon.
U Opportunities in the Not-for-
Profit Sector, sponsored by Ca-
i reer Planning and Placement,
Michigan Union, Kuenzel
Room, 4:10-6 p.m.

2553 LSA, 1-2:30 p.m.
U Travelers Company, sponsored
by Career Planning and Place-
ment, Michigan Union, Room
1209, 7-8 p.m.
U Was there an alternative to
Stalinism in the Soviet Union?,
sponsored by the Workers
League, Public Library, 343 S.
Fifth Ave., 6:30 p.m.

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