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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 26, 1994 - 3

tops forum
of county
Daily News Editor
As the candidates' children and sil-
ver-haired members of the League of
Women Voters looked on, Washtenaw
County Commission hopefuls last night
debated everything from abortion to
homelessness during a 90-minute de-
bate televised by local public-access
The commission oversees a $130
million annual budget, which funds
social services, public works, the
sheriff's department and the
prosecutor's office, makes appoint-
ments to boards and commissions and,
on rare occasion, adopts county ordi-
With a looming shortfall in the
county budget due in 1995, the as-
'*sembled candidates generally agreed
on cutting costs, not raising taxes and
keeping services intact.
Carlos J. Acevedo is a first-term
commissioner running for re-election
in the 4th district, which includes stu-
dent housing near Michigan Stadium.
Acevedo said he wanted to add money
to fund two additional prosecutors and
to fully fund Head Start programs.
"One of three county preschool
children live under poverty. One of
three children meeting Head Start eli-
gibility do not receive services because
of lack of funds," said Acevedo, who
has worked as a University financial
aid officer since 1981. "We must unite
to improve the quality of life for

Candidates will
voice opim1ons
in local face-off

Democratic County Commissioner Barbara Bergman speaks at last night's debate. Her opponent, Stephen Miller, a
Republican, is pictured in the background.

Washtenaw's poor children."
All of the candidates voiced their
displeasure with the embattled county
treasurer, Nancy Davis, who is alleged
to have mismanaged and misspent
county funds.
"We may have lost up to $1 mil-
lion," said GOP candidate Bob Carr, a
retired social studies teacher, who is
again running to replace Acevedo.
"There has been a lack of will to re-
move her by the commission."
Stephen Miller, a Republican run-
ning for the 5th-district seat, which
encompasses married-student housing
on Stone Drive, said the commission
may not have discretionary funds to
spend because of Davis's performance.
Miller, a professional engineer with
three degrees from the University, said

the commission needs someone who
has "had a real job."
"We need citizens who realize the
impact of raising assessments," Miller
said. Hequestioned whether the county
was in a fiscal crisis, noting that last
year's budget rose by $5 million.
His opponent, first-term Democrat
Barbara Bergman, who has made her
position a full-timejob, said it is impor-
tant to work to increase services.
"We must work to keep human
services funding," Bergman said. "We
have difficulties, but we must dig in
and solve them."
Wearing astars-and-stripes tieCarr
called on the commission to act in a
bipartisan fashion.
"In our system of government, the
two parties are kind of like an automo-

*Group aims to provide support
for multi-racial Asian students

Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to offer support to
students who ethnically classify them-
selves as "other," a new group People
of Bi-Multi Racial Asian Heritage
*has formed on campus and met for the
first time last night.
Created by graduate student Sara
Stapleton and School of Music sopho-
more Moon-Hea Sackrider, the group
aims to offer support for students who
are a mixture of Asian and other
"There are things with the census
bureau where you're forced to check
*off one race or the other. For some
people it's hard to fit into one cat-
egory," Sackrider said.
Sackrider and Stapleton came up
with the idea for the group after tak-
ing the "Psychology Perspectives on
the Identity of Asian-Americans"
class at the University.
The group's first meeting included
a discussion of students' ideas and
feelings about their own identity as
multi-racial Asians.
"We wanted to have a place where
we could explore issues," Stapleton
said. "We don't have a definite agenda
or political action goals, we just
wanted to give people a place to talk
about their ethnicity with others in the
same situation."
LSA junior Varisa Boriboon is a

Meetings will
explore issues
of ethnicity
multi-ethnic Asian American and
thinks individual identities are sacri-
ficed when students are pressured to
choose one ethnicity.
"If you're classified as one iden-
tity, then a student who is African
American and Asian may be forced to
choose one of those backgrounds. You
see this especially on a campus where
there are all these groups and you end
up bouncing back and forth. It be-
comes very hard to hang onto your
identity," Boriboon said.
Boriboon is secretary of the United
Asian American Organizations. The
group consists of representatives from
13 Asian American organizations on
Sylvia Kwon, the Asian Ameri-
can representative at Minority Stu-
dent Services, predicts the group will
help determine the feelings within the
multi-racial community at the Uni-
"Many of these students may feel
alienated, as they may not relate to
some of the issues addressed in other
groups," Quan said. "There really isn't

much room in U.S. society for bi-
racial people."
Another concern is the classifica-
tion of "Asian" on forms that ask for
ethnicity. Boriboon finds this term
too inclusive, as it clumps together
Koreans. Thais and Vietnamese.
"Within the Asian American popu-
lation there are a lot of different cul-
tures that tend to get pushed into one
encompassing category." Boriboon
"The problem comes when you
are half Korean and half Vietnamese
and therefore multi-racial. At the same
time, though, you lose these two dis-
tinct cultures and become grouped as
The People of Bi-Multi Racial
Asian Heritage also plans to address
the stereotypical image of Asian
"There is a lot of exoticizing of
multi-racial Asians," Sackrider said.
"We want to see if there is a corollary
between this body image and who
you are, along with where you fit in
with other groups."
Stapleton also said that society
tries to force the term "Asian" onto a
wide variety of people.
"I'm one-quarter Filipino and a
lot of people have given me a lot of
flack for not looking like it. There is a
definite difficulty with not looking
one way or the other," Stapleton said.

bile: The Democrats are the engine and
the Republicans are the brake," he said.
Carr vowed to raise funds for the
sheriff's department and put more pa-
trol cars on the roads.
Acevedo said the commission,
which is divided 11-4 in favor of the
Democrats, is working together.
"Ninety-five percent of the time, our
votes have been unanimous," he said.
Chockley said, "I plan to call con-
stituents up randomly to see what they
think. I hope that doesn't bother any-
Most students live in either the 10th
or I Ith wards. Candidates for those
seats will meet to debate tomorrow at
7:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Public
Library. Both debates are sponsored by
the League of Women Voters.
F ,
'U' prof,
die at86
[ trom Staff Reports
William K. Frankena, the
University's Roy Wood Sellars distin -
guished college professor emeritus of
philosophy, died Saturday at St.Joseph
Mercy Hospital. He was 86.
Frankena, pre-eminent historian
of ethics, came to the University in
1937 as an instructor and retired in
1978. Frankena's textbook "Ethics,"
first published in 1963, has been trans-
lated into eight languages and is still
widely used today.
Frankena was president of the
Western Division of the American
Philosophical Association in 1965-66
and delivered the prestigious Carus
Lectures to the association in 1974.
"William Frankena was a tower-
ing figure both in moral philosophy
and its history," said Louis E. Loeb,
professor and chair of the University's
Department of Philosophy. "His re-
search extended to the philosophy of
education and social philosophy. He
was known for his integrity, courage
and forthrightness, and his dedication
to the fundamental values of a univer-
"He was a member of the Michi-
gan Department of Philosophy for 41
years, serving as chair for a full third of
that period. Faculty and students have
benefited from his participation in the
intellectual life of the department for
an additional 16 years since his retire-

Daily Staff Reporter
City officials and University ad-
ministrators will be looking for safety
concerns like overgrown bushes and
poor lighting during a walk through
campus tonight.
In the Campus Safety Awareness
Walk-Through, University adminis-
trators and city officials will accom-
pany student volunteers from the
Michigan Student Assembly and other
organizations on a walk across cam-
pus. They will inspect on- and off-
campus areas populated by students
for safety concerns.
The officials will join the students
in small groups, each covering a sec-
tor of campus or an adjoining area.
The groups will look for potential
danger spots such as overgrown
bushes, dark, secluded areas and lack
of emergency phones or resources to
call for help, said Kinesiology Rep.
Jeff Brown, chairman of the Campus
Safety Task force, which organized
the event.
"I don't want to limit the groups.
... I want the groups to keep a very
open mind about what things they're
looking for - even something that
seems little, like a curve in a path that
someone could use as a hiding place."
Brown said.
MSA President Julie Neenan said
the idea "is to compromise, to have the
University help its students and the city
help its inhabitants," by identifying dan-
gerous areas and addressing them.
Brown said each group will be en-
couraged to record the safety problems
they find. Also, participants will be
asked to fill out a survey giving their

The groups will look for
potential danger spots
such as overgrown
bushes, dark, secluded
areas and laCk of
emergency phones or
resources to call for
impression of the area they covered.
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
and two City Council members have
agreed to attend, along with Vice
President for Student Affairs Maureen
A. Hartford. Vice President for Uni-
versity Relations Walter Harrison and
representatives from other Univer-
sity departments, Brown said.
MSA invited City Council mem-
bers, University Board of Regents
members and executive officers and
deans of all colleges, Brown said.
The safety walk-though has been
proposed in the University commu-
nity before, said MSA Vice President
Jacob Stern.
"I'm really excited that we're do-
ing this. The administration talked
about doing this all last year, and now
MSA is doing it. There are some re-
ally horrible areas out there," he said,
identifying South Forest Avenue and
many areas of North Campus.
Any student who wishes to partici-
pate in the walk-through can meet in
MSA Chambers on the third floor of the
Michigan Union tonight at 11, Neenan
said. Students will meet invited offi-
cials in the U Club at 11:30 p.m.

* Gubernatorial and
senate candidates
will send surrogates
in their places
Dai Staff Reporter
Organizers at the Jewish Commu-
nity Center of Washtenaw County had
high hopes for tonight's candidates
forum, scheduled to begin at 7:30.
But despite not being able to land
the major-party candidates for gover-
nor or U.S. Senate, their slate will still
be full.
Nine local, state and national can-
didates have committed to the event.
which will be moderated by Steven
Rhodes, a U.S. bankruptcy judge from
Detroit. Rhodes chairs the center's
Community Relations Committee.
Candidates or their representatives
will each be given three minutes to
speak on any issue, said the center's
executive director, Nancy Margolis.
After the short speeches, candidates
will answer questions from audience
"It's not a debate," Margolis said.
"The purpose of the forum is to give the
candidates an opportunity to speak to
the Jewish community on issues of
theirconcern, andgive the Jewish com-
munity an opportunity to question the
candidates for various offices."
Margolis said that despite the thrust

of the event, it is open to the general
ptublic free of charge. Organizers are
expecting about 200people to attend.
The following candidates are ex-
pected to attend, listed by seat.
* 13th congressional district:
Democrat Lynn Rivers and Republi-
can John Schall.
* 18th district state Senate: Demo-
crat Alma Wheeler Smith will arrive
late. Republican Joe Mikulec will not
* 52nd district state House: Demo-
crat Mary Schroer and Republican
Marty Straub.
53rd district state House: Demo-
crat Liz Brater and Republican Renee
* Ann Arbor mayor: Democrat
David Stead and Republican Ingrid
Sheldon will arrive around 9 p.m., after
an earlier debate.
Gubernatorial candidates Democrat
Howard Wolpe and Republican John
Engler and Senate candidates Demo-
crat Bob Carr and Republican Spence
Abraham will send representatives to
speak for them. Wolpe will send vet-
eran Ann Arbor politician Lana Pol-
lack, who lost to Carr in the primary.
The other three candidates had not an-
nounced their representatives as of last
The Jewish Community Center is
located at 2935 Birch Hollow Dr., on
Ann Arbor's southeast side. The phone
number is 971-0990.

City, 'U' officials, students
to appraise campus safety

I' I

Group Meetings
" Hindu Student Council, 764-
0604, Michigan Union, Pond
Room, 8 p.m.
0 Japan StudentAssociationmeet-
ing, 213-0639, Michigan League,
Henderson Room, 7:30 p.m.
" La Voz Mexicana meeting, 995-
1699, Michigan League, Room
C, 8 p.m.
U Rainforest Action Movement,
662-0232, DanaBuilding, Room
1040,7:30 p.m.
" U-M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do
Club, beginners welcome,
CCRB, Room 2275, 8:30-9:30
" U-M Taekwondo Club, 747-
6889, beginners welcome,
CCRB, Room 2275, 7-8 p.m.
[ Aetna Health Plans information
session, CP&P, Michigan
League, Kalamazoo Room, 6:30-

of Terrorism in Israel, 213-0643,
American Movement for Israel,
Diag, 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Q "Consumer Culture in Poland:
The Telecommunications Indus-
try", Brown Bag Lecture, Center
for Russian and Eastern European
Studies, Lane Hall, Commons
Room, noon
0 "Electronic Fair Use", sponsored
by School of Information and Li-
brary Studies, Ann L. Okerson,
West Engineering, Room 411, 5
Q "Fluorescent Covalent DNA/
RNA Cross Sections and Their
Laboratory Evolution", organic
seminar, Prof. Nelson J. Leonard,
Chemistry Building, Room 1640,
4 p.m.
Q Internship and Summer Job
Search, sponsored by CP&P,
Electrical Engineering and Com-
puter Science Building, Room
S111 5.10_1 -- (1 n m

Ave., 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Q Medical Admissions Seminar,
sponsored by EXCEL test prep,
Michigan Union, Pendleton
Room, 7:30 p.m.
Q "Peace: God's Gift, Our Calling"
discussion group, Lutheran Cam-
pus Ministry, 801 S. Forest,6 p.m.
Q "Our Jewish Environment",
sponsored by Reform Chavurah
and Volunteers in Action Hillel,,
Hillel, 7 p m.-
Student services
Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling phone
line, , 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Campus Information Center,;
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info 76-EVENT oil
UM*Events on Gopherblue
Q Discussion Group for Lesbian,
Gay and Bisexual People, spon-
sored by LGMPO, Michigani
Union, LBMPO Lounge, 5:15-
7:00 p.m.
FiNorth (C~ammm QInfonrmation n-l

Stuadenat DirectWories
are here!.
Dormitory residents may pick up a Directory in
their hall lobby this week (one per room, please).
if you don't live in a dorm, don't despair...
On-campus Directory distribution:
eMonday, Oct. 31 Fishbowl 10am-2pm
*Wednesday, Nov. 2 Diag 10am-1pm

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