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,.._ ___The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 25, 1995 - 3

- FLYING HIGH

Commission sets
goals to improve

JOE WESTRATE/Daity
Angel Aranzamendi, the 1993 National Flyweight Tae Kwon Do champion, takes off and jump-kicks Brett Appleman, the 1994 U.S. National bronze medalist.

women '
Task force to
release study on
city, campus safety
In March
By MAUREEN SIRHAL
Daily Staff Reporter
As part of an on-going campaign
to improve the safety of women in
Ann Arbor, a special task force set
up by City Council met for the first
time yesterday.
The council established the Com-
mission on Increasing Safety for
Women last November to deal with
issues such as public safety and do-
mestic violence.
The commission, which will last
for three months, is composed of a
broad and diverse roster of mem-
bers, including representatives from
the University's Sexual Assault Pre-
vention and Awareness Center, the
Detroit Edison Co. and the city of
Ann Arbor.
The group listened attentively
yesterday as Mayor Ingrid B.
Sheldon defined the problems and
issues facing the task force.
"Our mission is that we do a lot
in the community to resolve some of
the problems," Sheldon said. "A lot
of the issues concern date rape and
domestic violence."
During the meeting, the mem-

safety
bers separated into three major sub-
committees to deal with prevention
and education, public policy and en-
forcement, and physical environment.
Topics to be discussed include:
lighting on the streets; stiffer penalties
for sexual offenders; education at the
elementary, high school and college
levels; responsiveness from police to-
ward domestic violence and rape situ-
ations; and cooperation between the
city, the county and the University.
Sheldon said the recent arrest of a
serial rape suspect should not end ef-
forts to improve safety.
"We have one suspect but there will
still be rape," Sheldon said. "Just be-
cause one person goes behind bars
doesn't mean we end the vigilance."
Councilmember Tobi Hanna-
Davies (D-1st Ward) said she and
Elisabeth Daley (D-5th Ward) will
bring these issues before the council.
Hanna-Davies said resolutions will be
seen "as soon as it's decided what the
task force would like done."
Emily Berry, Women's Issues Com-
mission chair for the Michigan Student
Assembly, said campus-related issues
also will be discussed.
"Hopefully, within a month we'll
start seeing the effects," Berry said. "I
am on the subcommittee for physical
environment, and right now we have a
lot of things we are working on -
things like better lighting."

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administrtr announ1Ices resignatio

By MAUREEN SIRHAL
Daily Staff Reporter
In a surprise move, City Adminis-
trator Alfred Gatta submitted his res-
ignation Monday after accepting a
position as city manager in Scarsdale,
N.Y.
"I am very unhappy. We already
have changes coming and he has been
an effective leader for administra-
tion," said Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon.
"He has been great for the business
end of government."
His resignation takes effect April

23. Gatta could not be reached for
comment yesterday.
As city manager, Gatta will per-
form many of the same duties in
Scarsdale as he performed in Ann
Arbor, said outgoing Scarsdale City
Manager Lowell J. Tooley.
"We used a recruiting firm to com-
pile a list of possible candidates,"
Tooley said. "The village board inter-
viewed seven and later three candi-
dates. Then they chose Mr. Gatta."
Since the Ann Arbor council hired
Gatta in 1991, he has faced a number

of challenges including several con-
flicts with former Mayor Liz Brater
and former City Attorney Elizabeth
Schwartz.
His departure is the latest in a
string of city officials to quit within
the last nine months, including the
city attorney and the police chief. He
leaves as the city faces a major litiga-
tion crisis involving the YMCA and
Great Lakes Bancorp.
"I wish him well," said
Councilmember Tobi Hanna-Davies
(D-Ist Ward). "I hope he is happy in

Scarsdale."
An interim city administrator will
likely be appointed, Sheldon said. "I'd
like the process to start soon. We will
probably look in the executive for a
leader. There are several candidates
that have been with the city for years."
Hanna-Davies said it will not be
difficult to find a replacement.
"I don't think it will be very hard
to find a qualified pool of candidates,"
Hanna-Davies said. "There was no
lack of good candidates for the police
chief search."

Diag vigil
.held for
bombing
R
VoC lnS
victims
By SPENCER DICKINSON
Daily Staff Reporter
s More than 50 students stood in the
Diag yesterday, braving the cold to
,honor the memories of 19 Israeli sol-
diers killed Sunday in a terrorist bomb-
ing in Jerusalem.
The American Movement for Is-
rael organized the evening ceremony,
but students of all faiths gathered for
the event.
LSA sophomore Josh Ruebner
spoke first. "Something is happening
in Israel," he said, adding that people
are "still in danger of being murdered
because they are Jews."
As the crowd listened, some bowed
their heads while others stared at
Ruebner, who called for "an end to all
forms of terrorism."
Nineteen randomly chosen mem-
bers of the crowd received candles to
hold as LSA junior Yael Ebenstein
*=read the names of the victims.
Ebenstein was moved to tears by what
she called "a feeling of helplessness."
LSA junior Darren Spilman fol-
lowed by reading an account of the

MSS, Trotter House help focus
'U' multicultural programming

By MAGGIE WEYHING
Daily Staff Reporter
The University has increased its
efforts to create and sustain a
multicultural environment in the past
few years. Leading the way is Joe
Willis.
Willis, who just recently took on
the job as director of multi-ethnic
student affairs last August, is in the
process of planning for the future.
"In a broad sense, we are setting
out to attempt to create an environ-
ment that is conducive to students of
color here on campus," he said.
One of the main changes from
past years is the recent merger of
Minority Student Services and Trot-
ter House, the student cultural center.
With the integration of the two units,
programming at Trotter House will
be enhanced by the establishment of
task forces, set up to advise students
of color.
Willis said specific task forces -
one each for African American, Asian
American, Latino and Native Ameri-
can students - will work on a variety
of programs.
"We want the programs to satisfy
the needs of the community - to be

'In the past, the activities that came out of the
Trotter House were minimal because students
were basically working on their own. The merger
will definitely help.'
- Joe Willis
director of multi-ethnic student affairs

co-curricular in nature - but at the
same time academic. The programs
will be culture-specific, but
multicultural in nature," he said.
These task forces will be respon-
sible for many activities to improve
the multicultural environment on
campus, such as bringing speakers to
the University, setting up art exhibits
and organizing information sessions,
Willis said. For example, the African
American task force is currently work-
ing on plays.
Willis emphasized that the join-
ing of Trotter House and MSS repre-
sents a new approach as well as a
shift in emphasis, because more
projects will be collaborative in na-
ture. He said the merger will allow
more activities to take place because
students and staff will be working

closely together.
"This merger will serve as an ad-
vantage to programming and activi-
ties," Willis said. "In the past, the ac-
tivities that came out of the Trotter
House were minimal because students
were basically working on their own.
The merger will definitely help. I have
great expectations and am very optimis-
tic."
One of the age-old problems Willis
said he hopes to tackle is the lack of
understanding among students as to
what services MSS offers.
"We recently did assessments and
found that many students don't under-
stand what goes on here," Willis said.
"This has been a'chronic problem, and
we really need to begin to familiarize
students with what we do. We need
more outreach."

DUGUULASKANT IER/Daiy
LSA sophomore Jonathan Prostak holds a candle during a Diag rally last
night to protest the latest suicide bombing in Israel.

funeral ceremonies in Israel and em-
phasized the need to see the victims as
individuals rather than as numbers.
Rackham student Josh Mitnick
said, "The people killed were sol-
diers, but they were also our age - 19
and 20 years old. They were recently
drafted and they were our peers. It is

as if a bomb went off at a bus stop on
North Campus."
After the speeches the crowd did
not immediately disperse, but stayed
around to talk. They discussed what
all agreed was "a tragedy," but as
LSA senior Ellen Kogan said, it was
"good to bring people together."

Oil prices can't be controlled, prof. says

Correction
The Environmental Law Society is a Law student group. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

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People, 763-4186, Michigan
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4 p.m.
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By THEKLA FISCHER
For the Daily
Countries in the Middle East have
been accused of inflating oil prices,
organizing embargos and conspiring
against the West. Yet Djavad Salehi-
Isfahani, an economics professor at
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, ques-
tions whether anyone can control the
world market.
Salehi-Isfahani, originally from
Iran, lectured on the Middle East and
the world oil market last night at the
Business School.
"My understanding of the oil mar-
ket is somewhat at odds with popular

conceptions," Salehi-Isfahani said.
Salehi-Isfahani emphasized that
anxiety over energy security in the
West is exaggerated. He said that in
the post Cold War era, "We (the
United States) will no longer have to
go to the Middle East to secure the
oil supplies from a Soviet invasion."
Referring to the Gulf War, Salehi-
Isfahani questioned the use of mili-
tary action to guarantee the flow of
oil from the region.
"What Saddam Hussein really
cares about is the dollars," he said.
"Sellers need as much to participate
for the foreign exchange as the con-

sumers need the oil."
Salehi-Isfahani also rebutted the
claim that a cartel or an individual state
could regulate the price of oil. "The
whole idea of ajust price is unfounded."
The market ultimately determines
the price for any commodity, he said.
"You can not decide at what price you
will sell your oil. There is a going price."
The speaker concluded that both
importers and exporters base their
thinking on memories of past embargos
and foreign control. "It would be a
great development for world politics if
the world oil market became less per-
sonal and more impersonal."

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U "Olefin Polymerization Cata-
lyzed by Homogeneous Zir-
conium Complexes," organic
seminar, sponsored by Depart-
ment of Chemistry, Chemistry
Building, Room 1640, 4 p.m.
Q "Progressive Zionist Caucus,
Is It Worth It?" sponsored by
Hillel, Hillel Building, 7:30
p.m.
U "Trial and Error: Construct-
ing History by Legal Means,"
brown bag lecture, sponsored
by CREES, Istvan Rev, Lane
Hall Commons Room, 12 noon
Student services
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