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investigate
*rape behind
South Quad
FROM STAFF REPORTS
An 18-year-old female Univer-
sity student was attacked early
yesterday morning on the 600
block of Monroe Street behind
South Quad.
* Ann Arbor Police Department
(AAPD) Sgt. Phil Scheel said the
woman was loading laundry into
her car at about 12:20 a.m. when a
man shoved her from behind.
He then allegedly pushed her
into the car, shut the door and
raped her, Scheel said.
A friend brought the woman to
University Hospitals yesterday
*morning. She was reportedly suf-
fering from minor injuries and
emotional trauma.
Department of Public Safety
(DPS) Chief Leo Heatley said in
an interview on Channel 50, "(The
attack could have been prevented)
if she had walked with someone,
if she had called out escort ser-
vice."
This is the fourteenth rape re-
*ported to DPS this year and the
fourth rape reported to AAPD this
semester.
The male suspect is still at
large.
Call the Ann Arbor Police De-
partment at 994-2911 if you have
any information.

World observesAI

Film Common Threads
12-2 p.m.
School of Public Health II, Rm M1152
Film Stop the Church
4-6 p.m.
School of Public Health I, Rm 3000
Speaker Sylvia Hacker
AIDS and Sexuality in the 1990's
4 p.m.
MLB Lecture Rm 1
Vi and March
6:30 p.m.
Steps of Rackham
Panel DIscussion ACT UP
Law School (Rm unavailable)
Speaker Kristine Gebbie
Federal HV/AIDS Policy Under
Health Care Reform
7:30 p.m., Dec. 2
Law School Hutchins Hall Rm 100
Speaker Kristine Gebbie
12 p.m., Dec. 3
School of Public Health t, Aud.
22 and s
By LaSHAWNDA CROWE
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Thanksgiving evening, and sea-
sonal feasting transforms into Christ-
mas feasting in the tan house with the
white picket fence at the end of the
block.
After celebrating another year of
survival with turkey and dressing and,
of course, football, the "Jones" clan
finishes the evening off in tradition
by trimming the tree for Christmas.
"Jim," a slim man with a toothy
smile, orbits around the tree weaving
a string of red lights throughout the
pine branches. While humming a

By LaSHAWNDA CROWE
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
It is a disease clouded in mystery,
more deadly than any epidemic in hu-
man history. By the year 2000 the World
Health Organization (WHO) estimates
more than 40 million people worldwide
will be infected with HIV, the virus that
causes AIDS - and this, WHO mem-
bers feel, is an understatement.
Today, WHO hopes the world will
put aside its differences and observe
World AIDS Day (WAD). Annually
observed on Dec. 1, WAD arose from
the World Summit of Health Ministers
on Programmes for AIDS Prevention
in January 1988. AIDS activists say
Dec. 1 was chosen because it was on
this date that the first AIDS-related
death was confirmed.
lurvivig
Christmas tune, Jim emerges from
behind the tree and trips over his little
niece "Kay." Landing on a box of red
bulbs he cuts his hand. As the crimson
streams of blood flow from the small
gash in Jim's palm, the members of
his family, who were singing and
laughing only moments before, be-
come deadly still and silent.
Uneasy, the family watches as he
takes a towel and begins soaking the
droplets of blood from the tan carpet.
A small cut on the hand may not be
much to worry about, but when they
must face the serious consequences
of being exposed to Jim's blood, this

Each year, WAD focuses on a dif-
ferent issue. In the past the goal has
been to educate and promote aware-
ness, but with AIDS raging out of con-
trol, WHO designated this year as a
"Time to Act!"
"WHO chose a 'Time to Act!' be-
cause now is the time that science knows
what causes AIDS and people know
how to protect themselves, but they're
not doing that. The point is to get people
into the community to act because ev-
eryone is at risk," said Ben Fauts, a
project officer for the Pan American
Health Organization of WHO.
In conjunction with the observance
of WAD, the U.S. Postal Service has
issued an AIDS awareness postage
stamp. The stamp is available in all post
offices starting today.
l ving v
little gash poses a genuine concern
for his family.
At 22, Jim is among the estimated
42,826 Americans ages 13-24 in-
fected with HIV, the virus that causes
AIDS. This age group is the fastest
growing population of new AIDS
cases, increasing 77 percent in the
last year.
Later, while walking the streets
under a cloak of twinkling stars, Jim
copes with his family's reaction.
"I understand their fear, and I don't
blame them. AIDS is something
people should definitely be scared
about," Jim said, who was diagnosed

"The stamp is perfect for raising
awareness," Fauts said. "People always
get mail. And by seeing the stamp regu-
larly this way they will become familiar
with the symbol and be reminded of the
dangers of AIDS."
WAD's ultimate goal - to have
people worldwide focus on and get
involved in AIDS-related events in their
communities - is being observed in
various ways.
The local chapter of the AIDS Coa-
lition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), an
organization dedicated to taking direct
action to end the AIDS crisis, will be
holding an educational awareness dis-
cussion about an action they took -
distributing condoms at Ann Arbor Pio-
neer High School.
ACT UP member Pattrice Maurer,
f
vith HIV
in 1992. "And in the case of being
exposed to contaminated blood, I un-
derstand their caution. ... I recom-
mend that type of educated caution,
but not misinformed (stereotypes)."
Many myths about AIDS and its
transmission still persist. Once
thought to be a disease of homosexu-
als, the spread of AIDS across the
world confirms that it is an "equal
opportunity" disease that knows no
boundaries.
A major misconception - that
AIDS can be contracted through ca-
See ILLNESS, Page 2

S Day.
who was arrested while distributing
condoms, said, "We chose to-do (this
discussion) because we take action all
the time, and wanted to talk about why
we (distributed the condoms) and forced
the issue about how schools keep AIDS
information from adolescents."
While "acting up" for AIDS aware-
ness is vital to these community mem-
bers, caring for AIDS patients is essen-
tial.
Margo Burrage, a staff member at
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (SJMH),
said, "We want to dispel misconcep-
tions people have about AIDS patients.
As caregivers of AIDS patients, we
want people to realize (these people)
need to be loved and cared for like
See DAY, Page 2

*Hearing-impaired use creativity, technology
to enhance everyday life at the University

More than three years ago, the
Americans with Disabilities Act be-
came law, its intent being to shake up
the status quo, to force so-called'
*"able-bodied" members of American
society to modify their mindsets and
to become aware of the basic needs
that people with disabilities share.
This week, the Daily explores the
concerns of students who face a veri-
table obstacle course each day at the
University. Today, we provide a look
at what three hearing-impaired stu-
dents face on and off campus.
By MICHELE HATTY
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
One glance around her funky dorm
room quickly reveals that first-year
RC student Megan Aldorfer is an art-
ist. She is also one of the hearing-
impaired students at the University.
Megan, who has a 50-decibel loss
in both ears, wears two hearing aids.
With them in place, her hearing is

don't really have a handicap and that
I'm just lying when I didn't hear them
say, 'turn in a paper,' etc."
Megan continued, "And I have
experienced a lot of difficulty apply-
ing for jobs because if I tell people
I'm hearing-impaired beforehand, I
find that they would often rather hire
someone who has no such disability
just so that it won't be an issue, or so
that they won't have to deal with it at
all - even when I have been well
qualified for certain jobs. This hap-
pens even if the impairment won't
effect the major function of the job,
but this discrimination is almost im-
possible to prove because there are
always so many applicants for jobs at
my age level."
Still, for the most part, Megan
says her experience at the University
has been similar to that of the general
student body.
She concluded, "Really, my life is
very normal. I work my butt off like
everybody else around here."
First-year Engineering student
Christine Anthony is also finding the
University to be a friendly place.
"I think my adjustment to U-M
has gone so much better than I ever
expected," she said. "Most of my pro-
fessors don't know about my impair-
ment or are extremely accommodat-
ing. My basic philosophy is, 'Don't
come to me - I'll come to you' so
they really don't do much. They just
wait until I say something. That's,
pretty much the way things worked in
high school."
Yet making the transition to col-
lege has required some changes from

AP PHOTO
An Israeli Army sniper aims at Palestinian stonethrowers in the Gaza Strip.
Massive blooshed,
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restored almost
fully in situa-
tions with little
or no back-
ground noise.
But in crowds,
her aids mag-
nify everything,
leaving her un-
able to make out
single conversa-
tions.
"This con-
fuses my friends

KHAN YUNIS, Occupied Gaza
Strip (AP) - Palestinians hurled rocks
and burned tires yesterday to protest
the army's attacks on PLO soldiers
and the lack of progress in peace talks
with Israel. Soldiers answered with
gunfire, wounding 65 Palestinians.
It was the bloodiest day of street
battles since the Israel-PLO accord
was signed Sept. 13.
Hundreds of makeshift barriers
blocked roads to enforce a three-day
general strike called by the Palestine
Liberation Organization. Clouds of
smoke from burning rubber rose over
the Gaza Strip.

The violence reflected Palestin-
ians' growing frustration over the lack
of change and threatened to compli-
cate negotiations on the handover of
Gaza and Jerico on the West Bank
scheduled to start Dec. 13.
Still, two meetings held yesterday
reflected continued efforts toward
peace.
Maj. Gen. Matan Vilnai, the Gaza
Strip military commander, met with
five PLO leaders in Gaza to discuss a
cease-fire, and a top aide to Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin arrived in
Tunis for talks with PLO chief Yasser
Arafat.

because I'll hear them perfectly one
minute and then once we get in a car
i can't hear a thins because the hear-

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