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TheMichigan Daily - Thursday, October 6, 1994 - 3

Silent Diag artist
attracts attention

'U' professor to
discuss war-torn
Bosnian republic

Students leave artist
odd gifts, cigarettes
Daily Staff Reporter
The Jack in the-Box on the Diag
yesterday was not really Jack butBrian
Tubbs, an Art school junior whose
performance art attracted a lot of at-
Tubbs - with painted markings
on his face and pierced anatomy -
enclosed himself for five hours in a
wooden crate surrounded by decay-
ing, clay figures on the golden 'M' of
*e Diag.
With the help of friends, Tubbs set
up the project to make a personal
point. The reactions from passers by
ranged from bewilderment to non-
"As far as the art was concerned, it
wasn't about other art forms," Tubbs
said. "It was more about people. It
was about people not communicat-
g, not knowing how to communi-
ate because they watch so much TV."
Rachel Barish, a Rackham stu-
dent, stopped by out of curiosity.
"I think it's interesting looking,"
Barish said. "I wish I knew exactly
what he was doing. I asked him what
he was doing, and he wouldn't an-
swer me ... which I assume is part of
what he's doing."
Despite the curious on-lookers,
Wbbs' refusal to talk to the crowds
was the most intriguing part of the
"That was the biggest thing,"

Tubbs said. "I discovered really how
people have lost their ability to ana-
lyze things on their own. Millions of
people asked me 'What are you do-
ing?' I wanted them to ask themselves
what I was doing. It made me un-
happy that they had to be spoon-fed
Tubbs' silence caused students to
gather around in concern.
"I was offered an immense amount
of food," Tubbs said. "People were
putting cigarettes and coins in the box
- and I thought that was funny. I had
no idea that was going to happen."
Bruce Spencer, a Rackham stu-
dent, said, "Is it protest, is it art? ...
It's sortof hard tojudge without know-
ing what this is meant to be."
Tubbs had other intentions for his
work as well.
"It was also to spark people's
imaginations and to open people's
eyes in realizing we could do any-
thing we want," Tubbs said. "Why are
we all wearing the same uniforms,
suits or Michigan attire and doing the
same things?"
Tubbs thought police officers
would remove him from the Diag, but
they let him continue his demonstra-
"I actually predicted that I was
going to get busted and get hauled
away, but it didn't happen, surpris-
ingly," Tubbs said. "At 4 o'clock, a
cop came down and just walked on
"Only at U-M," Carrie Voris, an
LSA senior, remarked. "It's amazing,
the way people express themselves."

Daily Staff Reporter
The University of Sarajevo sits on
an open square, the parliament sits
nearby next to the national museum.
When it is running, the streetcar
picks up passengers here. Serbian
nationalist guns sit two blocks away.
What was once the political and cul-
tural heart of Sarajevo is now one of
the most devastated areas in the city.
"The university is not functioning
normallyto say the least," said Univer-
sity Prof. John Fine, who visited
Sarajevo this summer. "There is no
heat, most windows have been shot out
and the library is in boxes somewhere.
Yet, amazingly, they held some lec-
tures in the building last winter."
Professors - determined not to
let the siege destroy the intellectual
spirit of the city - face the moral
dilemma of whether this determina-
tion is worth the physical risk.
Fine, along with a former doctoral
student, Robert Donia, visited
Sarajevo in July as part of a summer
long cultural festival dedicated to the
survival of the arts in Sarajevo.
"Humor is a kind of resistance,
without it we would go crazy," said
festival organizer Sauda Kapic when
she visited Ann Arbor last spring.
Ironically, the cessation of most
of the heavy shelling - after the

market massacre in February brought
increased international pressure on
the besiegers - has brought with it
new dangers to the people ofSarajevo.
"The shelling kept everyoneon edge,
determined to survive," Fine said. "But
now they are just trapped. Boredom,
depression and suicides are reportedly
up since the shelling stopped."
Contact with the outside world
became one of the main needs for
people in Sarajevo. Under siege now
for more than two years they worry
that the international community has
forgotten them, according to Fine.
"It was an issue of morale, mostly,"
Fine said. "We wanted them to know
that they are not forgotten, that their
friends and colleagues care about them
and their work."
Organizers of the festival hope to
build a new kind of university out of
the ruins of the war.
"People live together here in peace
because they have to. We want to
spread the symbol of Sarajevo all
over Bosnia," Kapic said.
Fine and Donia will be joined by St.
Lawrence University's William Hunt
and the directorof the national library in
Sarajevo, Enes Kujundzic at 4 p.m. in
Lane Hall. They will be discussing the
situation in Bosnia and the pffght ofte
library that lost a large part of its collec-
tion in a 1992 fire.

.. ... .....

A colorfully painted art student sits amid chicken wire in a wooden crate in a
protest on the Diag yesterday.

'Enough is enough:'Alum reveals tips for raising hell in new book

Daily Staff Reporter
Tired of having no power, no money and
no influence to change the world? Are you the
type of individual who would love to raise
hell over certain policies affecting students
but you don't know where to start?
University alum Diane MacEachern has
the answer in her new book, "Enough is
Enough! The Hellraiser's Guide To Commu-
nity Activism."
MacEachern, president of the public rela-
ns firm, "Vanguard Communications" in
Washington, campaigns on behalf of social is-
sues such as health care and the environment.
Although she been a successful activist for more

than 20 years, she first became involved in
community activism while a student at the Uni-
versity in the 1970s. Here she became involved
in a campaign to pass Michigan's bottle bill, still
in effect today.
MacEachern has come a long way from
the days when she went door to door, collect-
ing signatures for the bottle bill.
Since then, she publicized the Earth Day
celebration in 1990, launched Farm Aid IV
and orchestrated a nationwide campaign that
saw 50,000 empty cans mailed to the White
MacEachern is a firm believer that anyone
can be a leader and bring about change, as
long the person has a "really good strategy

and the right tactics" to initiate the change.
MacEachern said she has often been part
of unsuccessful campaigns.
"(I lose) at least as many if not more than
you win. But that's the way it is. It's impos-
sible to win all the time. Sometimes you have
to take baby steps but if you eventually get
there that's all that counts," she said.
MacEachern's400-plus page book is writ-
ten for "idealists without illusions," espe-
cially those budding activists without money,
experience or power.MacEachern lays out a
clear step-by-step guide on organizing a suc-
cessful campaign for change.
Part one of her book contains chapters on
picking the "right issue; building up a potent

organization; and raising money."
The second part of her book explains
how to accomplish an organization's goal
by mastering the strategies and tactics be-
hind communications, lobbying and politi-
cal action.
"Enough is Enough" is filled with success
stories of average citizens who decided to do
more than just complain.
Students can become inspired by the teen-
ager who, with the help of his schoolmates,
brought McDonald's to its knees - demand-
ing that the mega corporation get rid of its
environmentally friendly packaging.
Students can also follow the example of
a minister who helped thwart a multi-mil-

lion dollar cigarette campaign launched by
R.J. Reynold's that targeted African Ameri-
cans just 13 days after the product's intro-
Throughout the interview, MacEachern
stressed the importance of getting involved
with the community.
Whether a student is interested in crime
prevention, housing, civil rights or the envi-
ronment there is a lot of work to be done and
there are hundreds of organizations one can
get involved with.
She advised students who have little spare
time to "go out and vote and be as informed as
you can" so you can at least have a say in the
issues that affect their daily lives.

.NR'~ Fk)kDoctorU honored for work wihdisabled

Daily Staff Reporter
Remembered as "an eloquent
man" and "a focused and dedicated
person who was making a difference,"
the annual award in memory of James
Neubacher was presented yesterday
to Dr. Theodore Cole in the Regents'
Room of the Fleming Administration
Neubacher was a University alum,
a former columnist for the Detroit
Free Press and an advocate for people
with physical disabilities. He is rec-
ognized as having been one who went
above and beyond the call of duty to
help the disabled.
The award is given each year to
commend an individual who has exem-
plified the kind of devotion to the field
of physical rehabilitation as Neubacher
did. This year's recipient, Cole, a Uni-
versity professor, has worked in nu-
merous organizations to promote
progress in rehabilitation work.
Cole served as chair of the Depart-
ment of Physical Medicine and Reha-
bilitation at the University Medical

Center and worked with the National
Institutes for Health and the Ann Ar-
bor Center for Independent Living.
Each year's winner is selected by
the Council for Disability Concerns,
which nominates people in the spring
and reviews each candidate's work in
the summer to determine an award
"We're looking for people who
have done an extra amount to help
people with disabilities," said Brian
Clapham, the Americans with Dis-
abilities Act coordinator for the Af-
firmative Action Office.
In a presentation titled "Rehabili-
tation in Health Care: An Invention of
the 20th Century," Cole pointed out
that no work was done in the field of
physical rehabilitation until the end
of World War I when an influx of
amputees returned from overseas.
The field expanded when the po-
lio epidemic raged through the coun-
try in the 1940s and '50s and a large
number of people, especially young
individuals, suffered severe motor

Cole began his career in internal
medicine and noted that radiology
and rehabilitation were once a single
field named X-ray radium and physi-
cal therapy in the 1920s and '30s.
Cole said he got into this field
after working in internal medicine
and discovering that he wanted to
work with people long enough to find
out where they go once they leave the
hospital, how they're doing and what
they're doing.
Cole said rehabilitation is per-
ceived as a "major health care prob-
lem and expense," and added that
"good rehabilitation is considered to
cost a fortune, but bad rehabilitation
costs two fortunes," referring to the
ultimate costs of neglecting such a
pertinent aspect of modern health care.
His presentation was a compre-
hensive span of many issues relating
to rehabilitation and its relationship
to traditional medicine. He took it
further to relate information about
physical incapacities to how they af-
fect the everyday lives of disabled

Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker (right) presents Dr. Theodore Cole, a University professor, with the James Neubacher
award yesterday in the Fleming Building.

Group Meetings
Q Christian Service Commission,
663-0557, Saint Mary Student
Parish, 331 Thompson St., 7
Q Circle K International, weekly
meeting, Pond Room, Michi-
gan Union. 7:30 p.m.
Q Haiti Solidarity Group meet-
ing, response to recent events,
971-8582, First United Meth-
odist Church, 120 S. State, Pine
Room, 7:30 p.m.
Q Homeless Action Committee,
741-0486, Guild House, 802
Monroe, 5:30 p.m.
Q Pre-Medical Club mass meet-
ing, 995-5489, Michigan Union,
Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.
Q Sisterhood meeting (Temple
Beth Emeth), 994-6382, 1716
Charlton, 8 p.m.

the KKK planning meeting"
East Quad, Room 164, 7 p.m.
" "An Analysis of the Upcoming
German Elections." Dr. Gerd
Wagner, Michigan League,
Vandenberg Room 3rd floor, 5-
6:30 p.m.
D "Bosnia: Before, During, and
After the War." photographic
exhibit, North Campus Commons
Atrium, 7 a.m.-l1 p.m.
O "Change Your Mind, Change
Your World." Dr. Richard
Gillett, School of Education
Building, Schorling Auditorium,
1 p.m.
" "Federal Government Job
Search." Career Planning &
Placement, 12:10-1 p.m.
U "Fighting the University's In-
State Residency Policy." spon-
sored by Rackham Student Gov-

sored by the Department of En-
glish, Borders Books and Mu-
sic, and Latina/o Studies.
Rackham Ampitheatre, 5 p.m.
Q Benzinger Lecture by Susan
Wright, head of the Residential
College Science Program, "Ge-
netic Engineering Revisited."
Room 126, East Quad, 7 p.m.
Student services
Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, call 76-GUIDE, 7
p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Campus Information Center,
763-INFO; events info., 76-
EVENT; film info., 763-FILM.
Q North Campus Information
Center, 763-NCIC, 7:30 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.
Q Psvcholoey Academic Peer

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