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Puderstadt
discusses
women s
agenda
0 By ROBIN BARRY
Daily Staff Reporter
University President James J.
Duderstadt discussed the Michigan
Agenda for Women with University
women at a town meeting yester-
day.
The meeting, organized by the
Women's Commission, marked the
second time Duderstadt has met with
*niversity staff this year about the
agenda. A meeting with faculty is
scheduled for December.
Duderstadt described the agenda
as a multi-faceted plan to improve
the climate of the University for
women. He said it would target is-
sues from child care to violence
against women.
He told women in the audience
that their participation and feedback
as key to the cause.
"This is a powerful force for
change," he said. "I'm not trying to
stir up an army here but you are an
army that can change things."
Jayne Thorson, coordinator for the
agenda and director for faculty affairs
at the Medical School, said the meet-
ing was an opportunity for Duder-
stadt to hear directly from staff women
*out their work lives at the Univer-
sity.
"It will take a lot of people to work
on different issues," she said. "Many
issues raised will get relayed to the
appropriate people."
One of the major concerns brought
up in the discussion was flexibility of
the workplace.
Some audience members asked
ow their concerns would be met since
st of their employers are men and
See AGENDA, Page 2

Israel, Jordan sign peace

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Leaders now look to
comprehensive peace

As President Clinton looks on, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul-Sala
a treaty between the two Middle Eastern countries during a ceremony at a border crossing yesterday.
Clinton cites need to confront extremi

Los Angeles Times
ARAVA CROSSING, Israeli-Jor-
danian Border - Israel and Jordan
signed a peace treaty yesterday that
will launch their countries into an era
of cooperation after two generations
of hostility, and thus add momentum
to the search for an overall settlement
of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
With soaring hopes, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and King
Hussein of Jordan declared their
countries not only at peace but also
good neighbors interested in the
f h warmest of relations and partners in
rebuilding the Middle East as a re-
gion of prosperity rather than tur-
moil.
Beaming at one another like old
AP PHOTO friends, Rabin and Hussein spoke as
men achieving goals of a lifetime -
m sign for Rabin, the acceptance of the Jew-
ish state by another of its neighbors
m and for Hussein, political, military
S m and economic security for his some-
times wobbly kingdom from a new
opposes and strong ally.
n the re- Recalling the thousands of Jorda-
uld boy- nians and Israelis killed in the wars
they had waged against each other,
Clinton Hussein said, "I believe (the dead)
nter of a are with us as we come together to
th in the ensure, God willing, that there will
rld - a be no more death, no more misery, no
ications more suspicion, no more fear, no
fling fu- more uncertainty of what each day
might bring."
list theo- Rabin, too, noted both the historic
ls in the nature of the treaty and its impact on
that the daily life in his own war-weary na-
differ so tion. "It is not only our states that are
st, inevi- making peace with each other today,
Page 2 See MIDEAST, Page 2

Los Angeles Times
AMMAN, Jordan - President
Clinton, rejecting a view held by many
in both the Middle East and the United
States, declared Wednesday that no
inherent conflict exists between Is-
lam and the values of Western civili-
zation and that the two systems to-
gether should confront a common
enemy - extremism.
Terrorist groups, many affiliated
with fundamentalist religious move-
ments, "cloak themselves in the
rhetoric of religion and national-
ism, but behave in ways that contra-
dict the very teachings of their faith
and mock their patriotism," Clinton

said in a speech to the Jordanian
Parliament -the first by an Ameri-
can president.
"There are those who insist that
between America and the Middle East,
there are impassable religious and
other obstacles to harmony, that our
beliefs and our cultures must inevita-
bly clash.
"But I believe they are wrong.
America refuses to accept that our
civilizations must collide. We respect
Islam." Clinton's words drew loud
applause from the Parliament, but in
an indication of the tensions that his
words addressed, some 35 seats in the
hall were empty. Members of the Is-

lamic Action front, which
U.S. policies and influence i
gion, had announced they wo
cott the speech.
With his remarks, C
plunged himself into the ce
major intellectual debate bo
West and in the Islamic wo
debate with enormous impl
for either avoiding of kind
ture conflicts.
A number of fundamenta
logians and other intellectua
Islamic world have argued
beliefs of Islam and the Wests
fundamentally that they mus
See CLINTON,

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Students hold a candleight vigil on
the Diag last night.
Vigil on Diag
promotes peace
BY LISA BAGLEY
For the Daily
About 45 University commu-
nity members gathered on the Diag
last night for a candlelight vigil to
condemn terrorism and promote
peace.
The event commemorated those
killed in terrorist activities in Is-
rael in recent weeks. Three sepa-
rate attacks by Hamas - a terrorist
group in opposition to movements
toward peace between Arab na-
tions and Israel - have killed 26
See VIGIL, Page 2

Assault survivor forum attracts 200

Participants voice
renewed concerns in
light of search for
the serial rapist
Editors' note: The last names of
sexual assault survivors have been
withheld to protect their identities.
By ROBIN BARRY
Daily Staff Reporter
About 200 men and women gath-
ered to share personal testimony of
survivors of sexual assault and learn
from their experiences at last night's
eighth annual Speakout.
In light of a recent rape in the Ann
Arbor community, participants raised
fears of the serial rapist, but reminded
each other that most rapes are by
acquaintances.
Jennifer said she was beaten,
burned with cigarettes and raped when

she was 14, by someone she had
thought was her friend.
"He kept saying how great being
fucked was going to feel," she said.
Jennifer said the experience broke
the spell of childhood.
"In my 14-year-old world, rapists
came out of alleys. They were not
friends and things like that did not
happen to nice girls," she said. "Rap-
ists are your friends, I'm a nice girl
and it did happen to me."
Before the event, University
Sexual Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center (SAPAC) counselor
Elaine Barrington explained the rea-
son why she uses the term "survivor"
to referto someone who has experi-
enced sexual assault..
"Those who live through such vio-
lence are survivors," she said. "The
victims are those who are not here to
share their experiences with us," re-

ferring to those who have died.
Barrington also cautioned the au-
dience not to compare the stories that
they were about to hear. She said
there are differences among survi-
vors, both in what they have experi-
enced and their ways and levels of
healing.
Roseanne said she thought since
she knew so much about sexual as-
sault, she thought she was immune to
it. Then one night an assailant at-
tacked her while she was sleeping.
"He was such a coward to come at me
when I was asleep, because he knew
he couldn't getme when Iwas awake,"
she said.
She said she held her attacker off
for a long time and had found she was
stronger than him.
Lisa said she was abused for years
by her uncle. She said she feels like
she has paid for his sins by losing the

love of her aunt and by having to
struggle to find peace of mind.
However, she feels as though she
has broken through the barriers set up
for her by these experiences.
"The best revenge is success," she
said.
One woman who spoke said it was
important for her to talk about her
experiences to make men and women
realize the seriousness of rape.
She also said the fear rape causes
in a community limits women's free-
dom.
"I would like to catch the serial
rapist with my own two hands," she
said. "I have to call someone to walk
me home and I actually think about
buying a gun or a knife."
The event was sponsored by
SAPAC as part of Sexual Assault
See SPEAKOUT, Page 2

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
,speaker discusses her experiences at Speakout last night at the Union.

Panelists discuss future role
of ethics, religion at 'U'

By CRAIG SULLIVAN
For the Daily
We need to put soul back into the Univer-
*y, said various panel members during
yesterday's conference, "The Role of Religion
and Ethics in Transforming the University."
President James J. Duderstadt opened the
daylong conference that looked at the
University's religious and ethical history.
"This school was founded on religious prin-
ciples," Duderstadt said in his opening remarks
to a crowd of 100 in the Hussey Room of the
Michigan League. "Through the University's
rliest years, all students attended daily prayers
and public worship on Sunday."
Duderstadt says that discussion of religion
and ethics among faculty and students has been
silenced as a result of political correctness and
the fear of sectarianism.
But this shouldn't be the case, Duderstadt

thought that learning involved values and not
just specific knowledge," he said.
Deitch gave examples of the decline of val-
ues in society.
"There has been abreakdown in the values of
our society. Look at all the one-parent families,
the alcoholism, physical abuse of women and
sexual abuse of children," Deitch said. "In face
of this, wouldn't it be wonderful to turn out truly
excellent scientists, artists and teachers who
were also good healthy, happy, peaceful people?"
Deitch spoke about the emphasis of technical
prowess at the University and the neglecting of
spirituality. He also expressed his fears about
sectarianism.
"I would be the first to be outraged if Michi-
See RELIGION, Page 2
r INSIDEF

'U' calls for
nominations for
Rackham dean
By LISA DINES
Daily Staff Reporter
The University is accepting nominations for dean of
the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
Dean John D'Arms announced earlier this month that
he will step down in July. D'Arms will return to teaching
after his nine-year stint in the dean's office.
Provost Gilbert R. Whitaker Jr. said yesterday he will
form a search advisory committee by early November to
evaluate candidates. "There will be at least one graduate
student on the committee," he said. "It will be a faculty-
student committee."
The committee will forward an unranked list of candi-
dates to the provost, who will then consult with President
James J. Duderstadt to reach a final decision. Whitaker said
he hopes to have the successor in place by July 1.
Whitaker said the committee will decide whether the

Candidates court the Jewish vote

JOE WESTRATE/Daily

Renee Birnbaum, a GOP state Senate candidate, speaks at a forum. Page 3

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