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Hoekstra encourages students to 'clamor for change'

Daily Staff Reporter
U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Holland)
wants to know what you're doing in
"You're going to be in what you hope
are your most productive years, and the
fiscal situation is going to be terrible,"
Hoekstra said. "You should be clamor-
ing for change right now because the
picture isn't going to be very pretty."
Hoekstra, who spoke to a group of 20
students last night in the Pendleton Room
of the Michigan Union, is running for re-
election in today's election.
He was invited by the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly as part of its "Election

'94 Showdown: Battle at the Ballot Box"
"I'm from a solidly Republican area
in what I consider to be a solidly Repub-
lican year," he said. "I don't think there
are many congressmen who can say they
spent the night before an election 150
miles away from the district."
Hoekstra, a former vice president of
Herman-Miller, a Fortune 500 company,
was elected in 1992.
"I ran because I didn't like what was
going on in Washington," he said. "I
knew it didn't look very good from a
grass-roots perspective. What I found
was it doesn't look any better from up
close than it does from far away."

Hoekstra explained to the students
that Washington is suffering from a fail-
ure of ideas.
"It is now time for the leaders to take
a look at the problems and realize the
solutions in place haven't been working.
"Foolishness is continuing to do the
same thing and expecting better results.
That's where I think we are in Washing-
ton," he said.
To get involved, Hoekstra said students
should be informed voters at the polls and
volunteer to work for campaigns.
"We need your involvement. We need
your help," he said.
LSA first-year student Shannon
Dudycha said she enjoyed Hoekstra's

lecture. "I'm glad I chose this to come
to," she said. "Besides the points he
made, I liked the humor he had."
Adam Clampitt, the MSA federal li-
aison and one of the event's organizers,
said he considered the event a success
despite the low turnout. "He really
stressed that the politicians in Washing-
ton have the students of the University in
the palm of their hand. Students have to
act now," Clampitt said.
Hoekstra was instrumental in writing
the Contract for America, a document
signed by all the Republican members of
Congress promising reform within the
first 100 days of the new session if a
Republican majority is elected.

U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra speaks last night at the Union.

New book details the
'best deals in town

Daily Staff Reporter
If you've ever thought that living
on a rock-bottom budget in Ann Arbor
.was an impossible reality, you should
,think again, says Annie Zirkel.
Zirkel, author of the recently pub-
*ished guide, "Cheap Living in and
Around Ann Arbor"maintainsthateven
in costly Ann Arbor one can get "cheap,
real deals."
The trick is knowing where and
how to find those deals.
Zirkel outlines the best offers and
places to shop in the guide. The guide
gives the lowdown on which super-
market has the lowest prices, Sam's,
where to find cheap housing and where
o find free offers.
Really good deals can be found at
secondhand stores, like Value Vil-
lage in Ypsilanti. Zirkel said that just
recently she bought 23 shirts and three
pairs of pants for $30 there. She was
quick to add that "not one of the
things isn't good quality."
Zirkel, who herself shops regu-
arly at secondhand stores and hits
4arage sales to find good deals, thinks
that living a cheap life isn't as hard as

it appears.
"You have to be a little adventur-
ous, a little creative. It's sort of like a
treasure hunt. You can shop second
hand and get what I call acceptable
alternatives. You can swap things with
people.... There are so many ways of
doing things. Actually, I think people
in the '90s are looking for ways to cut
down their life," Zirkel said.
Though her guide is aimed at an
older audience, including singles and
married couples, it also offers tips that
college students can follow.
"I think it's real expensive to be a
student in Ann Arbor," Zirkel said.
Zirkel suggests that student organi-
zations, like fraternities or sororities
use Sam's Club, adiscount, bulk food
store to help cut costs. Students who
need cash should also consider sell-
ing at resale stores.
Also, every Saturday, the Ann
Arbor News advertises merchandise
that sells for less than $70 in the
freebies section. Zirkel said some
excellent deals can be found there.
It's also a great place for students to
advertise because they can receive
three free ads.

'U' cancer care
center awarded
$7M in grXants
Daily Staff Reporter

Ito agrees to keep cameras in courtroom T
Judge Lance Ito sits beside boxes he said contain 15,000 letters lobbying
him to pull the plug on the camera in the O.J. Simpson courtroom during a
hearing in Los Angeles yesterday morning. Ito agreed to keep cameras in
the courtroom during the double-murder trial.

The University's Comprehensive
Cancer Care Center has been awarded
more than $7 million in grants to
continue its research and treatment of
breast cancer.
Eleven grants from the U.S. Army
Medical Research and Material Com-
mand and the National Cancer Insti-
tute will be awarded to the center over
four years.
The Army's
nine grants, to be The compre
distributed over center will
two years, were
appropriated by effects of e
Congress in the and age on
Defense depart-
ment budget, and cancer.
earmarked for
breast cancer research. The Univer-
sity is now one of the top four recipi-
ents of grants and total funding from
the U.S. Army.
Much of the $7 million will go to
researching various breast cancer is-
sues, including the development of a
human breast cancer cell and tissue
bank resource for University and na-
tional researchers.
National Cancer Institute funding
will be used to develop programs to
determine the effects of environment
and age on breast cancer.
In addition, the center will com-
pare outcomes of different breast can-
cer treatments, study the use of com-
puters in diagnosis and study the use
of gene therapy, which may stimulate
the body's immune system to destroy


breast cancer cells.
"Rather than concentrating on one
area, our approach has been very com-
prehensive," said Max Wicha, the
center's director. Wicha said he be-
lieved the University received the
grants because of its comprehensive
approach, and one specifically for the
center's recent advances in genetics
Wicha said the
;hensive efficiency of the
study center's organiza-
tional infrastruc-
nyironment ture has allowed
breast researchers to
work together,
helping the center
to receive grants.
"The opportunity for this money came
along at the right time," Wicha said.
U ..
The School of Public Health has
received a three-year, $390,000 grant
to "Study and Improve Minority
Health in Michigan" from the Depart-
ment of Health and Human Services.
The grant will directly fund 30
student internships and research
projects. Summer internships will
provide students with opportunities
to work with two community groups
from five different groups - Blacks,
Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian
Americans and Arab Americans.
In the fall and winter, students will
develop minority health manuals and
collect data on health problems, care
resources and funding for minorities.

Residents find substance-free rooms addictive

Daily Staff Reporter
Tired of cleaning up the empty
beer cans in your dorm room? Getting
sick of having to stay up until 5 a.m.
Wecause of the party going on next
door? Then perhaps the substance-
free dorm room is for you.
Currently, 2,317 students live in
substance-free dorm rooms. This
number represents a 3-percent in-
crease from last year; this is a 21
Vercent increase from 1989 when the
University started the program.
The University defines a sub-
wance-free room as a "room where all
roommates and their guests agree to
keep their room free from substances
at all times" - including alcohol,
cigarettes and drugs.
Alan Levy, director of public af-
fairs for the Housing Division, said,
the University began discussing a
substance-free program in 1988 when
a Bloomfield Hills family requested a
'supportive environment" for their
Wecovering alcoholic daughter who
was to be a first-year student that fall.
"At that time, we did not have

anything like substance-free dorms,"
Levy said.
Therefore, due to the family's re-
quest and the threat of state legisla-
tion that would require all schools to
provide such environments, the Uni-
versity first offered the program for
the 1989 school year.
Many believe that most students
request substance-free rooms because
they either do not drink or are recov-
ering from some type of abuse prob-
lem. Levy maintains that this is not
the case.
"The overriding reason people
selected (substance-free dorm rooms)
is that they thought it would be an
environment conducive to studying.
They do not identify as total non-
drinkers but in their rooms, that's
what they wanted," he said.
He added that less than one per-
cent of those who make the request
identify themselves as recovering
from substance abuse problems. Other
reasons cited were health, religion
and parental influence.
Richard "Deeg" Eaton, an educa-
tion senior and a resident adviser on a

I didn't want to room
with a pot-head.'
- Brett McGregor
Engineering first-year
substance-free hall in West Quad, said
his corridor agrees with Levy.
"These guys are serious about aca-
demics. They want to study. But they do
enjoy going out and partying," he said.
Eaton added that many of the stu-
dents in his hall are involved in ROTC
or sports, requiring them to keep very
strict hours. "It's an early-to-bed kind
of hall," he said.
Brett McGregor, an Engineering
first-year student who lives on Eaton's
hall, said that he moved to a sub-
stance-free room to avoid being paired
with a roommate who uses drugs.
"I didn't want to room with a pot-
head," McGregor said.
Levy said he is surprised by the
low number of violations regarding
the substance-free rules. His percep-

tion was that most students who
checked the box on the housing appli-
cation were doing so under the scru-
tiny of a parent. This proved not to be
the case.
The substance-free program has,
however, led to some concern regard-
ing the behavior of those not involved
in the program.
"The standard line we hear from
parents is 'if these spaces are sub-
stance-free, does that mean that any-
thing goes elsewhere?' The answer is
no. Students must still comply to state
law," Levy said.
While the numbers of students re-
questing to be in substance-free halls
has grown in previous years, Levy said
he is not definite about the future. He
feels that the program may receive com-
petition from the University's smoke-
free policy since many students in the
past requested substance-free primarily
to be in a smoke-free environment.
At the present time, Michigan is
the only state in the country where
every state-funded university provides
some type of substance-free program.

Students take advantage of
program to teach, live abroad

Call-in show to help students navigate 'U' libraries

For the Daily
Imagine living along in a foreign
country earning money by teaching
English. Through the University's
Overseas Opportunities Center, stu-
dent can apply to teach English abroad.
The center offers nearly 30 differ-
entprograms that place students in far
away place including Bulgaria, Hun-
gary, Japan and Korea
Many jobs are available in parts of
Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin
America. As an alternative to travel-
ing or studying abroad, teaching En-
glish can defray the cost of living in a
foreign country.
Eric Davis, a first-year Law student,
spent three years in Japan after graduat-
ing from college. Davis taught English
for two years and served as an inter-
preter for one year. In his spare time, he
travelled to other countries in Asia.
His experience abroad has given

him a new perspective on the world.
"My three years in Japan were
wonderful. The world has become a
lot smaller, and Iam able to look at the
United States more objectively."
Davis said the programs offered
through the Overseas Opportunities
program lets students see the world.
Bill Nolting, director of the cen-
ter, said the Japanese government's
JET program and the Peace Corps
seem to be the most popular, sending
thousands of students annually.
The JET program, which accepts
nearly 4,000 students across the na-
tion, is a one-year contract to teach
English in junior high or high school
in Japan.
Deadlines for many of the pro-
grams are fast approaching. Students
are encouraged to stop by the Interna-
tional Center for more information on
different kinds of work exchange pro-

For the Daily
To paraphrase a recent AT&T advertising cam-
aign: "Have you ever found research material
right in the comfort of your own dorm room?" On
Nov. 14, you will be.
"Madame Reference" is a call-in show that will
debut at 7 p.m. on UMTV Channel 29. School of
Information and Library Studies (SILS) Prof.
Maurita Holland will portray Madame Reference
as she answers audience and viewer questions.
"We're trying to find an entertaining way to
educate people about the library," said Mike
erostoff, a second-year SILS graduate student.
Through the new interactive communication
tool, called UMTV, University Libraries and SILS
hope to eliminate some of the frustration and diffi-
culties undergraduates experience when searching

through the stacks.
The Madame Reference character will be simi-
lar to other advice-giving personas, such as Doctor
Science, Miss Manners and Dr. Ruth.
Brostoff said that when students are researching
or pressed for time, they can call in or turn on their
TV Monday night and find out what other students
are looking for.
Brostoff said, "With more complicated ques-
tions, between shows we'll film Madame Refer-
ence finding the information in the library, edit it
together and then play it the following week."
Because the show is still in its experimental
stage, Brostoff said it may not be available in all
dorms by Nov. 14.
To select an audience for the show, Brostoff
said, "We are trying to get people to show up at
selected sites and to bring their questions with

them." He said participants will be surveyed about
how they thought it went. Refreshments and food
will be served, Brostoff added.
Engineering Prof. Lynn Conway, who heads
the UMTV project, said "No other university in the
world has anything like this (UMTV). ... Good,
open communication is really something we can
exploit in this university."
Dorm residents currently access Columbia Cable
channels and some UMTV channels. Conway said
that by the end of the year almost all of the dorms will
be able to see all 60 UMTV channels.
Conway said, "People can get an A/B switch and
go from Columbia to UMTV. ... (UMTV) could
become a major media force in the University."
MAny students interested in being an audience
member should contact Brostoff at
mbros@sils.umich.edu or call 769-5831.

Group Meetings
U U-M Gospel Chorale Rehears-
als, School of Music, Room
2043,7:30-9:30p.m., 764-1705
U Alianza Meeting, Trotter House,
Mail Lobby, 7 p.m., 764-2677

" Stop Smoking Program, free
introductory session, University
Health Services, Room 309,12-
1 p.m., 763-1320
Q Speaker Dennis Shields, Dean

Q "MongolorPersian-the Govern-
ment of the Ilkhanate," speaker
Prof. David Morgan, Rackham,
East Conference Room, 4 p.m.
Q "Cross-Generational Effects of
the WWII Japanese-American

QL 76-GUIDE, peer counseling line,
call 76-GUIDE, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
U English Composition Board
Peer Tutoring, Angell Hall
Courtyard Computing Site, 7-11


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