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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 2, 1993 - 3

.Vigil, march
held in memory
.of AIDS patients

By LASHAWNDA CROWE
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
"I hold a number of lives in my
hand," said Dr. Charles Craig through
a megaphone to a crowd gathered on
the steps of Rackham. Raising above
his head the long list of people who
have died of AIDS-related illnesses,
he begged, "Don't let those who suf-
fer (with AIDS) die alone."
Last night, with about 300 other
participants, Craig "acted up" for
World AIDS Day (WAD) by taking
part in aremembrance vigil and march,
one of the many events dedicated to
those who are infected or have died
after contracting HIV.
The group marched through Cen-
tral Campus and up State Street carry-
ing red candles and banners inscribed
with this year's theme, "Time to Act!"
Craig, who works with HIV and
AIDS patients, asked, "When will we
all wake up and understand that throw-
ing billions of dollars at the disease
will not cure the social problems that

are the cause (behind its spread)?"
Sexism, racism and poverty are
social ills Craig attributed as major
factors behind the spread of AIDS.
First-year School of Public Health
student, Nicole Adelman was one of
few young faces in the crowd. "This
is something I feel is important. Ev-
eryone needs to know about (AIDS)
and take part (in building awareness)."
However, those hardest hit by the
epidemic-the 13-24-year-old popu-
lation and African Americans - were
sparse among the crowd last night.
As chilling winds fought to extin-
guish the flames .of hope, various
speakers representing the wide scope
of AIDS activists declared the impor-
tance of community involvement to
end the crisis.
But community involement is not
the first step to stopping the spread of
this disease.
"We've got to get rid of this 'It
can't happen to me' attitude," said
Dr. Pat Welsh, co-chair of HIV/AIDS

ANASTASIA BANICKI/Daily
Kathryn Friedman, a Rackham student, blows out her candle before entering a State Street chuch after last night's
march, part of the World AIDS Day vigil.

Clinton
pledges to
fight AIDS
epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Clinton marked World AIDS
Day with stamps, speeches and sym-
bolic gestures, visiting AIDS patients
in a hospital and pledging to fight an
epidemic that has brought out "the
best and the worst in America."
Post offices began selling millions
of 29-cent stamps showing the red
ribbon of AIDS awareness.
The White House floodlights were
doused for 15 minutes last night as a
reminder of the disease that has
claimed more than 200,000 Ameri-
can lives.
AIDS quilts with mementoes of
the dead were hung from the upper
floors of the Old Executive Office
Building next to the presidential man-
sion.
Health Secretary Donna Shalala
and Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders
donned aprons and dished out
scrambled eggs and sausages to HIV-
infected homeless men in a clinic
atop an inner-city shelter. Half the
Cabinet marked the day at other cer-
emonies.
Clinton began his day jogging in a
T-shirt that proclaimed, "Time to Act:
World AIDS Day." Later he met with
AIDS patients at Georgetown Medi-
cal Center and delivered an emotional
speech before an audience of doctors,
researchers and activists.
A quilt on the wall bore a picture
of Dan Bradley, a Clinton friend and
former Legal Services Corp. official
who died of AIDS in 1988.
"For nearly every American with
eyes and ears open, the face of AIDS
is no longer the face of a stranger,"
said the president.
World AIDS Day, he said, is a
reminder that "our attitudes, behavior
and passion should be revved up in
the other 364 days of the year."

Resource Center. "It can happen to
you. It happened to me the night I lost
my virginity," he said. "Then people
will start taking the necessary actions
to prevent its spread."
Welsh, who now has full-blown
AIDS, said, "I would like people to

talk about AIDS - the more we talk
about it, the less it will be stigma-
tized."
Welsh said the younger genera-
tion "must become activists, because
a large part of the burden will fall on
its shoulders," citing a slow reaction

by the government in preventing the
spread of AIDS.
Craig said, "We all must care about
each other. Only in caring is there
ever a hope for a cure." Caring, he
said, is the most powerful weapon
needed to combat the epidemic.

.'U' prof. tells audience to 'just say know' to sex

By MAGGIE WEYHING
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
People should focus on the pleasure of sex,
rather than sinmply viewing it as a means for
reproduction.
Dr. Sylvia Hacker told an audience of about
100 yesterday that this attitude shift would be a
way to slow the spread of AIDS.
"Most of the courses that are labeled 'sex ed'
only include lessons on reproduction. This only
perpetuates the problem of only focusing on
reproduction when it comes to sex," she said.
Hacker, a University professor and author of
"What Teenagers Really Want to Know About
Sex," spoke as the University community ob-
served World AIDS Day.

Hacker said in today's society, sex is still a
difficult subject. She added that a shameful
silence prevents proper education about AIDS.
"There is a lot of sexuality going on, but it is
still cloaked in shame," she said. "I'm one of the
pioneers that is trying to get out of that."
Throughout her lecture, Hacker suggested
that people engage in alternatives to intercourse
for sexual pleasure. She said this would reduce
the risk of AIDS.
"We need to legitimize masturbation and
and mutual discovery among sex partners -
you can still have an orgasm without having
intercourse. We need to realize that that the
meaning of sexuality is more than intercourse."
Hacker said most people do not really know

what they are doing when they are having sex.
"We have to start talking the language of the
activity," she said, adding that anal sex must be
candidly discussed.
Hacker said more and more teenagers are
engaging in anal sex, defying the myth that only
homosexuals do it.
"In the past five years I have started to get
questions from junior high students about anal
sex because they hear so much about it when
they hear about AIDS," she said.
And while anal sex is a common means for
transmission of the AIDS virus, Hacker said a
high dose of the virus must enter the blood-
stream to cause infection.
She added that people can contract HIV

through oral sex if they have abrasions in their
mouth.
Hacker said men who engage in sex fre-
quently weaken the tissue on the tip of their
penises, and therefore become more susceptible
to the HIV virus if they have sex with an
infected partner.
Hacker said that she would like to change the
common saying "just say no" into "just say
know."
She added that sex is not going to go away.
"I want all people to admit that we're all
sexual. There have been studies done of ultra-
sounds that show male fetuses having erec-
tions," she said. "We are sexual from the womb
to the tomb."

A flasher and a
splasher
A nude man caused quite a stir at
the Oasis Hot Tub Gardens on State
Street Friday evening. According to
Arbor Police Department (AAPD)
reports, the man became upset when
employees told him that his appoint-
ment was over. In protest, he left the
room naked and walked through the
lobby swearing at the clerk and other
customers, reports said. The man left
the establishment in a leased car.
Man robbed in
Arborland lot
An local resident told the AAPD
he was assaulted and burglarized in
the parking lot of Arborland Mall
Tuesday night.
The victim said a man approached
him and asked for a jump. According
to AAPD reports, the man was getting
his jumper cables when he felt some-
thing hard in his back. He said he
heard the suspect say, "You know
what time it is, give it up."

Police$
Beat
The man alleged that when he told
the suspect he did not have any money,
the assailant told the man he did not
want money, butjewelry. The suspect
allegedly ordered the victim to pass
his jewelry behind him without turn-
ing around. According to the report,
the suspect took the jewelry and fled
toward a nearby restaurant.
The suspect stole $3,050 in jew-
elry.
Wild driver threatens
students
University police are looking for a
driver who allegedly attempted to run
over a group of students last week.
The alleged incident occurred near
the intersection of Bates and Duffield
Roads Nov. 23.
The suspect allegedly drove

through a stop sign at the corner of
Murfin and Bonisteel Avenues, nar-
rowly missing a group of five stu-
dents who were crossing the street.
The pedestrians were using the cross-
walk. The driver stopped his car in the
intersection, reports said.
The rear passenger side of the ve-
hicle struck one of the men as the car
passed. After he stopped the vehicle,
the driver allegedly backed up toward
the group at a high rate of speed. One
student dove out of the way of the
vehicle as it came toward the group,
reports said. The incident allegedly
occurred in the middle of the
southbound Murfin pedestrian cross-
walk.
According to police reports, the
struck student looked at the driver
and hit the vehicle on the top of the
roof before the car drove off. Despite
the circumstances, police said, the
man sustained no injuries.
The county prosecutor's office is
investigating the incident.
-by Ronnie Glassberg
Daily Staff Reporter

Committee ruling: The Rock won't
roil, students to paint with respect

By JAMES NASH
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The Rock, a lodestone of contro-
versy between students and local resi-
dents last summer, may now be coated
in hues of cooperation as the two
groups work to keep the stone at the
corner of Hill Street and Washtenaw
Avenue.
Yesterday was the deadline for
the city-appointed Rock Monitoring
Committee to present its recommen-
dations to the city council. The com-
mittee missed the deadline but ex-
pects to report to the council next
Monday. It will recommend:
The Rock will be allowed to
remain in its present location as the
cornerstone of George Washington
Park, where new rules will be en-
forced;
George Washington Park will
be spruced up with landscaping,
ground covers and a smaller sign;
City park officials will continue
to cooperate with the University, lo-
cal residents, fraternities, sororities
and other student groups to educate
the public to obey rules at the Rock;
Police and park rangers will
continue to enforce Rock rules; and,

Park officials will work with
Zeta Tau Alpha sorority to clean the
sorority's pillars and the Hill Street
sidewalk.
These recommendations were ap-
proved Nov. 10 by the committee,
which was established in July.
In negotiations last summer over
the Rock's fate, campus groups
sparred with nearby residents over
moving the Rock. Residents com-
plained of noisy revelry associated
with Rock painting and of pollution
generated by paint.
Students pleaded on behalf of the
Rock, and it was allowed to stay.
Under the compromise arrangement,
the Rock was incorporated into
George Washington Park, where a set
of new rules is enforced. Among other
restrictions, people are prohibited
from painting anything other than the
Rock and from entering the park be-
tween midnight and 6 a.m.
The agreement was hailed by stu-
dent leaders. Months later, they said
the compromise endures.
"Most of the feedback I've gotten
indicates that the situation with the
Rock has improved, not gotten worse,"
said Brian Kight, vice president of the

Michigan Student Assembly. "We're
trying to do more on our end to make
sure the compromise continues."
Kight said the assembly plans to
appoint a liaison to the community to
represent student concerns about the
Rock.
Although complaints of Rock-rd-
lated disturbances have dropped
sharply this fall, not all students are
adhering to the new rules. Seven or
eight local residents have reported
violations ofRockrules and late-night
disturbances, said Ann Arbor Parks
and Recreation Director Ronald
Olson.
"There are some people who don't
seem to respect the interests of the
park area," he added. "They need to
realize there is up to a $500 fine for
violating the rules."
Six weeks have gone by without a
complaint of disturbances at the Rock.
Winter is typically a season of low
activity around the Rock. But if the
spring thaw brings a rash of deca-
dence near the old stone, the Rock
may again be in jeopardy.
One alternative would be to sim-
ply pluck the Rock from campus. Or
it could be made a no-paint zone.

0
Correction
Last night's political forum about tuition increases was organized by the Michigan Student Assembly's external
relations comittee with input from the campus chapter of the Michigan Collegiate Coalition (MCC). State Sen.
David Honigman (R-Bloomfield Hills) attended the forum. Kellye Roberts is MCC chair

I I

Student groups
Q Amnesty International, weekly
meeting, Dana Building, Room
1040, 7:30 p.m.
Q Archery Club, meeting and
practice, Sports Coliseum, 6-
10 p.m.-
Q Campus Crusade for Christ,
weekly meeting, Dental Build-
ing, Kellog Aud., 7-9 p.m..
Q English Association, meeting,
Haven Hall, 7th floor lounge, 5
p.m.
Q Gospel Chorale Rehearsal,
Trotter House Auditorium, 7
p.m.

nomic Conversion, weekly
meeting, Angell Hall, Room
444C, 8-10 p.m.
Q Rowing Team, novice practice,
boat house, men 3, 4, 5 p.m.;
women 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 p.m.
Q Saint Mary Student Parish,
graduate/young professional
discussion group, education
commission 331 Thompson, 7
p.m.
Q Taiwanese American Students
for Awareness, elections,
Michigan Union, Room 2209,
7:30 p.m.

for Japanese Studies, lecture se-
ries, Lane Hall Commons
Room, noon.
Q The Image of Spain Abroad,
speaker: Jose Varela Ortega,
sponsored by the department of
romance languages, West Con-
ference Room, Rackham, 4p.m.
Q Moving and Shipping, spon-
sored by the International Cen-
ter, 4 p.m.
Q Practical Training & Employ-
ment for International Stu-
dents, sponsored by the
International Center, 10 a.m.

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