The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 12, 1994 -- 3
By LISA BAGLEY
For the Daily
While at college, Ben Reames
didn't sun on Myrtle Beach or Cancun
with his buddies during Spring Break.
He spent his time helping others
while participating in the University's
Alternative Spring Break program.
,ut he doesn't think he's missed any-
ing. Rather, the fourth-year RC stu-
dent feels satisfied.
"The first time I did this was the
best experience I had at college,"
Reames said. "I worked with Save
Our Sons and Daughters in Detroit
and it was intense."
Alternative Spring Break is a
week of sharing experiences, a chance
to live and breathe as part of a group.
* allows students to experience and
learn from the problems in communi-
ties in the United States and Mexico.
This is the sixth year for Alterna-
tive Spring Break, which started in
1989 with two sites. This year there
will be 21 to 23 sites in the United
States, with one site in Oaxaca,
Mexico, with 40 site leaders.
Among the American site loca-
ons are Chicago, New York City,
ew Orleans and Miami. Opportuni-
ties include working with AIDS pa-
tients, homeless people, Haitian and
Cuban refugees, and dealing with is-
sues such as domestic violence and
"This will be a different experi-
ence from last year," said LSA junior
Abe Bates. "This is a year-long expe-
rience. It has a different focus then
*st year. It isn't just one week and
then it's over. When we come back,
we continue to give back to the com-
munity. It's a two-way process."
Participants meet with their groups
a few times during the fall and winter
semesters before spring break. Dur-
ing this meeting, they learn about the
environment and issues they will con-
front on the site. They will meet about
n hour or two every two weeks.
,, Mostgroupswillmeetafterthe break
to apply the lessons to their communi-.
ties. All participants must attend a
Multisite Reflection in early March.
"I'm really excited. I think it's
going to be a great experience," said
Tovah Calderon, an LSA senior. "I've
never done this before and I always
wanted to get involved."
There is a meeting today for all
*terested in Alternative Spring Break
at 8 p.m. in the Union. Applications
are also available in the Project Serve
office, 2205 Michigan Union.
return to court
on assault charge
This allosaurus is looking for a home with some loving student, family or organization - for a low price.
For Sale:.'U musumsofer
dinosaur 'vo""bones at .low pricees
MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) - A
man and a University student in a
custody dispute that hinges on her use
of day care for their 3-year-old da ugh -
ter faced off in another court yester-
day over charges that he assaulted the
woman two years ago.
The dispute drew publicity when a
judge ordered Maranda Ireland-Smith
removed from her mother's custody
and given to her father in part because
Jennifer Ireland, 19, an LSA sopho-
more, placed her in day care when she
attended the University.
Steven Smith, 20, said his mother
would care for Maranda if he got
custody. An appeals court blocked
the July custody order while it re-
views the decision.
During the custody dispute, the
Macomb County Prosecutor's office
revived a 1992 assault case in which
Ireland said Smith grabbed and choked
her at her family home in Harrison
That case went to trial yesterday.
In opening arguments. defense attor-
ney Sharon Edwards said the case
would turn on Ireland's honesty.
"She is a liar. She lies about big
things. She lies about little things,"
Edwards told the jury. "Steve Smith
is going to testify. He is going to tell
you what really happened, and he is
going to tell the truth."
Assistant Prosecutor David
Portuesi said Smith attacked Ireland
on Dec. 24, 1992 after an argument
Smith put his arms around
lrelansd' neck and then refused to
leave her house, Portuesi said. Smith
then grabbed her and lifted her off the
ground. he added.
Ireland testified that she pulled
Smith by the arm after he refused her
order for him to leave the house. Ire-
land said the attack left her with
bruised arms and neck. Under a harsh
cross examination, she denied giving
different accounts of the incident at
Taking the stand in his own de-
fense. Smith denied choking Ireland
and said he grabbed her arms only
because she was hitting him.
"I grabbed her to get her to stop
because I was getting beat up," he
Smith's mother, Deborah, testi-
fied she once listened as Ireland made
up a story about car trouble in order to
get out of a traffic ticket.
"She said she was going to play on
the judge's sympathy. She was going
to say her car was overheating and she
didn't want to get stranded," Mrs.
The defense was expected to wrap
up its case this morning, followed by
closing arguments and jury delibera-
In July, Macomb County Circuit
Judge Raymond Cashen ruled that
Maranda would be better off in
The misdemeanor assault charge
carries a maximum sentence of 90
days in jail and a $100 fine. He en-
tered an innocent plea on July 27.
By MATTHEW SMART
For the Daily
For those students not interested in
purchasing Barney toys to satiate their
questfordinos, the University ofMichi-
gan Exhibit Museum of Natural His-
tory is putting a real dinosaur on sale.
The Exhibit Museum is having a
"Buy a Bone" project to raise the
$20,000 needed to put a Deinonychus
skeleton on permanent display.
But don't sell those furry, purple
The dinosaur bones are not actually
for sale. People can sponsor parts of the
Deinonychus for varying amounts of
money. Sponsors will receive a per-
sonalized certificate and get their names
on a plaque to be put on permanent
display with the dinosaur skeleton.
"The Museum hasn't had a new
(dinosaur) display in 30 years," said
Daniel Madaj, administrative associ-
ate at the Exhibit Museum. Madaj also
said the Museum hasn'tchanged much
in many years and this is the beginning
of "new and exciting changes."
The skeleton will not be made of
real dinosaur bones ,but replicas made
from an actual Deinonychus skeleton.
Using fabrications instead of real bones
helps to prevent damage to the original
These replicas will be lighter and
cheaper than real dinosaur bones. The
light weight combined with the rela-
tively small size of the dinosaur, ap-
proximately 14 feet tall and 9 feet long,
will make the exhibit more mobile for
various poses, Madaj said.
The prices for sponsoring a bone
range from $5 for a tooth to $1,000 for
the skull. This makes the programavail -
able to many types of interested indi-
viduals and groups such as families,
classrooms and businesses. Madaj says
his personal favorite is the "Terrible
"For $50, you get this weapon of
destruction," Madaj said.
The fund-raiser began in mid-Sep-
temberand is planned to extend through
January and possibly February. The
museum hopes to have the skeleton
mounted by early February, when it
will have a grand opening.
The exhibit will be on the second
floor of the Natural History Museums
building. Other exhibits, including an
Allosaurus and an Edrmontosaurus, are
currently open for viewing.
Coinciding with the planned skel-
eton, the display area is receiving a
facelift. New lighting is being added
and otherimprovements are being made.
. The "Buy a Bone" project is an
unique fundraiser, Madaj said. The
Exhibit Museum, however, is one of
only a few to attempt this sort of thing.
The first museum to solicit spon-
sors for bones was the Field Museum
in Chicago. Madaj said this project is
a fun way to get people involved and
doesn't require coercing the public to
The Exhibit Museum receives fund-
ing from the University in the form of
an operating budget. The University
also pays the employees' salaries and
owns and maintains the building.
But as with many departments on
campus, funding is spread thin, re-
stricting the addition of new exhibits.
To supplement the operating budget,
the Museum offers school tours, plan-
etarium shows and runs a gift shop.
Nonetheless, admission is free for
the more than 80,000 visitors to the
Museum each year.
The most expensive bone sponsored
so far has been the $100 femur. Madaj
said many parents and grandparents
have purchased bones for their chil-
dren because then they can visit the
museum together and locate his or her
When asked why he believes people
are fascinated with dinosaurs Madaj
responded, "They're big, they're fero-
cious and there are none around."
U For more information or to
sponsor a bone, contact the Exhibit
Museum of Natural History, 1109
Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-
1079, or call 764-0478.
Students go abroad
for fun , experience
Conference to highlight conservative views
By TRACEY ROGERS
For the Daily
Hundreds of students interested in
going abroad filled the Union Ball-
room yesterday to meet students who
have lived in exotic locales ranging
from London, England to Accra, Ghana.
At each table, students were given
specific information about the coun-
tries involved in the University's study
abroad program. Summer, semesterand
academic year programs are available
in nearly 25 different countries.
Carole Dickerman, the director of'
the Office of International Programs
(OIP) for the past two years, feels that
the annual Study Abroad Fair continu-
ally proves to be successful.
Making students aware of their op-
portunities and helping them to go
abroad is the main objective of the OIP.
Last year, approximately 300 students
went abroad through the OIP.
According to Dickerman, this is not
enough. "If I had my way, every stu-
dent would know about the programs
abroad, and every student would be
able to afford it."
Students who have gone abroad in
the past were eager to help and offer
advice and information to prospective
students. LSA sophomore Stacy
Heenan said, "I am planning on going
abroad next year and I found this fair to
be very informational. The students are
responsive and interested in my ques-
The OIP makes several efforts to
help students financially. It is policy of
the University to extend financial aid
abroad and offer a variety of scholar-
ships. Also, the OIP will CRISP for
those students abroad and all students
are guaranteed in-residence credit.
Students who do not want to go
abroad just to study found out that they
have other options. The University In-
ternational Center also offers work and
According to Bill Nolting, a repre-
sentative from the center, "These pro-
grams offer opportunities for all stu-
dents, not just undergrads to have an
The Peace Corps and teaching En-
glish are some opportunities grad stu-
dents are offered. Eurorail passes, stu-
dent International ID discount cards
and Youth Hostel memberships are
available through the center.
This is the fifth year that the OIP
has held the Study Abroad Fair to help
students acquire preliminary informa-
tion about the programs offered through
Follow up meetings will be held
about specific programs so that the
students can talk not only to students
who have gone abroad, but to faculty
and staff as well. These meetings will
be held from 5 to 6p.m. from Oct. 17 to
There are still some spaces open
for students wishing to study abroad
this winter. For more information,
contact the OIP in their new location
on the ground floor of the Union, next
to the International Center.
By JONATHAN BERNDT
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to rally the troops and
lighten others, two groups are bring-
ing a cast of conservatives to campus.
The second Conservative Confer-
ence will examine national and Uni-
versity issues through the eyes of sev-
eral prominent speakers. The event
kicks off this afternoon with former
U.S. Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.) speak-
ing on cultural dilemmas at 5:15 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Richard Ebeling, an
Wonomics professor at Hillsdale Col-
lege, will go into what he terms the
failure of big government philoso-
phies, specifically "Clintonomics."
"We picked these specific speak-
ers because we felt that they gave us
perspectives on the varying aspects
of conservatism," said College Re-
publicans Chair Mark Fletcher, add-
ing that this was "a perspective rarely
heard around here."
College Republicans and Students
for America are sponsoring the event.
The conference's highlight should
be U.S. Rep. Nick Smith (R-Addison).
He is expected to emphasize propos-
als in the Contract for America Friday
at 6 p.m. Smith will also relay some of
his experiences as a first-term mem-
ber of the U.S. House.
Tomorrow night, Ron Robinson,
president of the Young America Foun-
dation in Washington D.C., will urge
young voters to get involved in poli-
tics beginning at 7 p.m.
"Whether you are interested in
social issues, economics, or election
'94, there should be many speakers
that will interest the students on this
campus," Fletcher said.
Smith joined about 300 Republi-
cans in signing the contract last month.
It promises to take action on a bal-
anced-budget amendment, tax cuts,
an anti-crime package, welfare re-
form and other social issues.
While Democrats have called it
irresponsible and a "gimmick," the
GOP sees an opportunity to win 40
seats they need to control the House
for the first time in 40 years.
Fletcher said he hopes the confer-
ence will not only educate students in
conservative principles, but also en-
courage them to take leadership roles
and motivate other students as well.
All the talks will be in the
Henderson Room on the 3rd floor of
the Michigan League at 911 N. Uni-
I a -1
Q Gargoyle Magazine Mass
Meeting, 763-0303, Student
Publications Building, Room
104, 6 p.m.
U Hindu Student Council, 764-
0604, Michigan Union, Pond
Room, 8 p.m.
Q Rainforest Action Movement,
662-0232, Dana Building,
Room 1040, 7:30 p.m.
U U-M Cycling Club, 764-7814,
Angell Hall, Auditorium C, 6
U U-M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do
Club, beginners welcome,
CCRB, Room 2275, 8:30-9:30
U U-M Students of Objectivism,
913-5530, Modern Languages
Building, Room B122, 7:30
J. Bard, Chemistry Building,
Room 1640, 4 p.m.
U "Explaining Unexplained Infer-
tility in Humans: From Voo-
doo to Science," Dr. John F.
Randolph, sponsored by U-M
Research Club, Michigan
League, Kalamazoo Room, 4-5
U "New Student Study Break,"
sponsored by Hillel, 7:00-9:30
U Lord of Light Eversong, Luth-
eran Campus Ministry, 801 S.
Forest, 7 p.m.
U Michigan Conservative Confer-
ence, Rep. Phil Crane and Dr.
Richard Ebeling, sponsored by
U-M College Republicans and
U-M Students for America,
Michigan League, Henderson
U Syntel, Inc Info Session, spon-
sored by CP&P, Michigan
League, Hussey Room, 6-8 p.m.
U "Transformation and Recon-
struction of Jewish Identity i
Post-Communist Russia an
Ukraine," Professor Zvii
Gitelman, Lane Halt, Commonsl
U 76-GUIDE, peer counselin
phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
U Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info 76-EVENT oi
UM*Events on Gopherblue
U Law Day, Michigan Union, spon-
sored by CP&P, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
U Law Day: Admissions Deans
Panel, Michigan Union, spon4
For all you love-sick puppies-
SWEETEST DAY IS APPROACHING!
But this year, forget the flowers, the candy, the
card, the expensive & crowded restaurant.