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my car in red lipstick, 'U-M staff park-
ing only.' Because of this incident, we
aire getting together a letter to notify all
staff that this policy is in effect."
She continued, "Also, the spots are
not wide enough. They're normal sized
spots. If the space next to the driver's
side of my car is empty when I pull in,
then that's fine. The problem arises
when another car pulls in next to mine
before I come back. Since I have to
openmy door all the way in order toget
in and since the spaces are not wide
enough to account for that, I'm stuck."
Perhaps the biggest source of frus-
tration that mobility-impaired students
face is accessing buildings both on
and off campus. Even the seemingly
simple task of purchasing a
coursepack can turn into an ordeal.
"The coursepacks professors as-
sign are another potential problem,"

Susan shared. "(Mobility-impaired stu-
dents) will wheel all the way down to
those buildings and find that there are
stairs. And if you can locate an acces-
sible door, it's inevitably locked be-
cause the stores don't want students
using the alternative entrances. Instruc-
tors don't know that these places where
you get the coursepacks aren't always
Susan said she had one teacher
who, when she told him she couldn't
get into the building that sold his
course's coursepack, asked her if she
could get another student to buy it for
"He didn't realize that that just
wasn't the point. I shouldn't have to
be dependent on anyone else to do
simple things like buying my
coursepack," she said.
Still, Susan doesn't let the chal-
lenge of these daily adventures wear
her down.
"It pushes me even harder. It makes
me even more determined to make a

We've got a law now, but the only way the law
Is ever going to be enforced Is if we go at It.
- Susan Purdy
LSA junior

difference. We've got a law now, but
the only way the law is ever going to
be enforced is if we go at it. We need
more people to educate the public to
make a difference."
Kim Frania, an LSA junior, is eas-
ily recognizable around campus by her
deep laugh, her golden hair, her ever-
present cigarette, and herplayful golden
retriever puppy, Fenway.
Kim, too, is a paraplegic.
An avid basketball player and
water-skier, Kim says she sometimes
gets frustrated by the attitudes of other
students. But she says Fenway, a
trained dog who she acquired through
Grand Rapids' Paws With a Cause,
has helped.
"He's really opened the door to
communication because before people
would never come and talk to me but
now they come up all the time and talk
about the dog," she says, smiling
Watching the two interact, it is
easy to see that Fenway is an impor-
tant part of Kim's life. Whether whiz-
zing through the Diag with Fenway
doing the pulling or just staying in
one place messing around, the two
seem to appreciate one another's com-
When he's in his working mode,

Kim says, "It's like having a 24-hour-
a-day nurse. He pulls my chair, opens
doors, picks things up if I drop them,
turns light switches on and off and
answers the phone - it has a special
hook on it for him to grab. He'll help
me get up if I have a seizure. He gets
things out of the refrigerator and does
transfers to and from my chair for me."
But, she notes, he is also playful.
And despite his tendency to shake out
all of his fur in one monstrous body
clamor every 20 minutes or so, he is a
great companion.
An aspiring veterinarian, Kim said
her mobility impairment is hindering
her potential graduate school aspira-
"Michigan State will not even ac-
cept me because I'm in a chair. They
prefer not to even talk to me right now
... so I'll go to Florida State and get
the heck away from these cold Michi-
gan winters!" she says, her laugh not
hiding her frustration.
She states, her voice trailing off, "I
like for people like me to be treated as
normal as everyone else. Sure, there
are things that we cannot do, but on
the whole ..."
Be certain, Kim Frania is as normal
as normal gets.



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Monday, November 29
Composers' Forum
Recital Hall, School of Music, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 30
Early Music Ensemble
Edward Parmentier, director
Motets by Schutz, Byrd, Philips, Gabrieli, and Browne
Chamber music by Lawes, Couperin, and Handel.
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Thursday, December 2
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Creative Arts Orchestra
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Thursday-Sunday, December 2-5
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George Perle: Concertino (Stephen Thomas, piano)
Charles Wuorinen: Archaeopterex (Daniel Harris, bass trombone)
R. Murray Schafer: Theseus (Laura Sherman, harp)
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