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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 1, 1995 -3

Parents' sexual
views strongly
impact children
A daughter's lifestyle choice of
whether to cohabit or marry is greatly
influenced by the views of her mother,
University of Michigan and Univer-
sity of Chicago researchers said in a
recent study of more than 700 young
adults and their mothers.
Researchers found that for those
mothers who believed cohabitation to
be acceptable behavior, both their sons
and daughters married at a significantly
*lower rate. Results also showed many
young women chose not to cohabit due
to parental disapproval rather than a
personal objection to cohabitation.
Daughters were more likely to
cohabit if their mothers were divorced
or pregnant before marrying, and less
likely if their parents were religious
or still married.
*Religion lowers
blood pressure
Although medication and diet may
control high blood pressure, research
by a group of schools, including the
University, has shown that attending
religious services also may be benefi-
Previously, researchers attributed
lower blood pressure among religious
,people to lower tobacco and alcohol
use. However, studies comparing groups
where the amount of smoking is similar
indicated religion itself was a factor.
Non-smokers who frequently at-
tended religious services were seven
times less likely to +have hyperten-
sion, and their smoking peers were
four times less likely to have abnor-
mal blood pressures.
U' students named
GEM fellows
The National Consortium for Gradu-
ate Degrees for Minorities in Engineer-
ing and Science Inc. has selected 10
University students to receive the
consortium's GEM fellowships.
The consortium aims to increase the
number of minorities in graduate study
Oprograms for science and engineering.
TheGEM fellows will participate in
paid internships this summer at Fortune
500 companies and government labo-
ratories before beginning theirgraduate
Aggressive behavior
in children related
*to family structure
In a study of 393 fourth-grade
children from low- and middle-in-
come families in the Baltimore area,
researchers from the University and
John Hopkins University drew as-
sessments of behavior from each
child's teacher and primary caregiver.
Teachers assessed boys from
single-mother families as being three
Otimes as likely to be in the top third of
aggressive behavior ratings as boys
from families with both parents
present. Aggressive girls were more

than 2 1/2 times as likely to be from
single-mother, families.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Matthew Smart

Women's commission to kick off new programs

By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
While campaign platforms and an
election push begin to surround the
Michigan Student Assembly, the
Women's Issues Commission is kick-
ing off an equally chaotic spring. More
than four new programs addressing
women's concerns will begin in the
next few months.
During the first few weeks of
March, the commission, in conjunc-
tion with the University's Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center and the National Organization
for Women, will organize a group of
University students to travel to Wash-
ington, D.C., on April 9 for the "Rally
'47 Taiwan
By Spencer Dickinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Kristie Wang, a Taiwanese inde-
pendence activist, gave the first 2-
28' Memorial Lecture yesterday to
commemorate theTaiwan massacres
of 1947.
Wang, who is the program direc-
tor for the Center for Taiwan Interna-
tional Relations in Washington, D.C.,
focused on the 1947 uprising and the
current political situation in Taiwan.
She drew a parallel between the
events of 1947 and the "Taiwan Ques-
tion" troubling international policy-
makers today. "The riots in '47 are like
what is going on today," she said. "The
people are demanding to be heard."
Wang said the incident began with
the seizure of a Taiwanese cigarette
merchant's wares by Guomindang
forces in the capital city of Taipei on
Feb. 27, 1947. The merchant was
badly beaten after she resisted.
Taiwanese people came to her aid
and confronted the soldiers. This
snowballed into massive uprisings
during which the Guomindang gov-
ernment killed 20,000 Taiwanese,
Wang said. This was a product of
tensions caused by the Guomindang's
rule of a territory that had been under
Chinese and Japanese rule.
Today, the Guomindang govern-
ment in Taiwan is all that is left of
Republican China since the party was
overthrown on the mainland by the
Communist Party in 1949.
Communist China has blocked the
Guomindang-ruled nation' s inclusion
in the United Nations. Wang said a
movement for a democratic Taiwan is
gaining powerdespite thegovernment's
tight control of the media.
Membership in the United Na-
tions is one goal of CTIR. "Without
global recognition, Taiwanese dig-
nity is still denied," Wang said. "It is
time to let Taiwan be Taiwan."
Wang studied public policy at
Harvard and the University of Chi-
cago, and worked in Taiwan as a
student. "Working there really opened
my eyes (to the severity of the situa-
tion)," she said.
Taiwanese American Students for
Awareness sponsored the lecture.

for Women's Lives," a statement
against domestic violence.
"We want to get as many women
and men possible to Washington," said
Alison Hanover, an LSA sophomore
and Women's Issues Commission
member. "The point is to get them
there to get Congress and the govern-
ment to realize that what's being done
right now just isn't enough."
LSA Rep. Elizabeth McHenry, a
junior and Women's Issues Commis-
sion member, agreed that the rally
will increase government awareness.
"It's going to be a really great
experience. Personally, we just want
to get busloads of people and just go
down there and make people aware of

what's going on," McHenry said.
Before April, the commission will
continue to aim toward empowering
women, beginning by sponsoring a self-
defense workshop this Sunday from
noon to 4 p.m. in the Intramural Build-
ing. Emily Beny, the chair of the com-
mission, said self-defense will always
remain a valuable asset for women.
"Regardless of the recent rapes on
campus, self-defense is a necessity.
While fear may have been triggered
recently, this course is always impor-
tant," Berry said.
Hanover agrees that a self-defense
workshop will help empower women.
"This has always been a problem and
the idea of walking alone at night has

terrorized'a lot of women. It's not
really fair that half the population
can't walk outside after the sun goes
down," she said.
Another ongoing item on the
commission's agenda is the push to
bring feminist speaker Betty Friedan to
campus in mid-April. Friedan, 74,wrote
"The Feminist Mystique," which is of-
ten attributed with beginning the sec-
ond wave of the women's movement in
the 1960s. The commission is currently
fund-raising from other women's orga-
nizations to cover the $10,000 cost to
bring Friedan to Ann Arbor.
"I'd really love to hear her ideas
on women in today's culture and so-
ciety," McHenry said. "She could give

some great ideas on how to gain re-
spect in today's world. I think sheS
very interested in coming, and it may
really happen."
In addition to bringing a speaker
to campus. the commission is encour-
aging students to voice their opinions
during the Women's Coffee Hour,
beginning tomorrow at 9 p.m. in the
Gratzi coffee shop. The Coffee Hour
will be an informal discussion group
on issues that concern women.
"I wanted to make it so that we can
talk about anything," Berry said. "One
issue we might discuss is the viola-
tion of women's rights in the Jake
Baker case. It's just an easy forum so
women can get together and talk."

Mich. would lose
3 military bases~
in Pentagon plan

military facilities in Michigan were
on the Pentagon's recommended base
closing list released yesterday, but
the hundreds of jobs that would be
lost are mostly civilian jobs.
Smaller facilities are listed for clo-
sure -the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant,
the Naval Reserve Center in Cadillac
and Selfridge Army Garrison in Mount
The closures would affect 62 mili-
tary jobs and more than 700 civilian
jobs, with the bulk of them - 555 -
at the Selfridge Army Garrison. The
state would have a net loss of 280
federal civilian jobs and no net loss of
military jobs because two Michigan
bases would get a boost in personnel.
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive
and Armaments Command in Warren
stands to gain 186 jobs, and an agency
at the Battle Creek Federal Center
would get 97 jobs under the proposal.
Despite Michigan's losses, the
state emerged relatively unscathed
compared to the hard-hit states like
Texas, which stood to lose about 7,000
jobs. Defense Secretary William Perry
said the 146 closings and realign-
ments nationally would translate into
nearly $6 billion in savings by 2001.
The Pentagon's list now goes to
the Defense Base Closure and Re-
alignment Commission, which will
make a final recommendation to the
President by July 1.
Aside from the 555 civilian jobs at
the Selfridge Army Garrison, 54 mili-
tary jobs would be lost, according to
the list. The garrison is located on the
Selfridge Air National Guard Base,
which would gain 54 military person-
nel, the Pentagon said.
Army spokesman Eric Emerton
said only 328 people, including 16
military personnel, work for the Army
at the base. The Pentagon public af-
fairs office was swamped with phone

calls about such discrepancies and
did not return calls yesterday.
However, commission spokesman
John Earnhardt said such discrepan-
cies would be resolved as the com-
mission reviewed the list. "We'll go
over each recommendation with a
fine-tooth comb," he said.
The garrison personnel maintain
the 945 housing units for the base.
The Pentagon said it could close the
Selfridge Army Garrison because
there was ample public housing for
military personnel in the surrounding
The Pentagon estimated it would
cost $5 million to close the guard base
Closures would
affect 62 military
and more than 700
ciilian jobs.N
and would save $140 million over 20
The Selfridge Air National Guard
Base currently has 500-600 military
personnel and 1,800-1,900 civili%
employees. The joint-use installatio(
serves the Air Force, Air Force Re-
serve, Coast Guard and Marines and
is home to ,the 127th fighter wing,
which flies F-16s and the 191st air lift
group, which has C-130 transpdyt
The Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant,
part of the U.S. Army Tank-Automo-
tive and Armaments Command, has
about 260 civilian employees who
make tank parts, and they all work for
General Dynaamics Land Systems, said
GDLS spokesman Pete Keating.
"Those employees could be trans-
ferred to other facilities. It's too soon
to tell what our decision will be."

Bus spills fuel
Martha Breneiser and Chris Dart of the Hazardous Material Division of
Occupational Safety and Environmental Health clean up a diesel spill from
a Univeristy bus in front of the Michigan League.
Tax package nearly finished

LANSING (AP) - Only one bill
stands between Gov. John Engler and
completion of his $1.5 billion tax cut
The House and Senate sent three
of the eight bills in the governor's
five-year plan to his desk yesterday.
Four others were approved by both
chambers last week.
The House sent the last bill - to
raise the personal exemption on in-
come taxes by up to $550 - to the
Senate for final approval. That could
come today.
The personal exemption will go up
at least $300, from $2,100 to $2,400. It
could go as high as $2,650 if May
revenue projections come in $80 mil-
lion higher than estimated in January.
Yesterday's action came six weeks
after Engler said "just do it"in unveil-

ing the tax cut plan in his State of the
State address.
The Senate overwhelmingly
passed two measures yesterday, send-
ing them to the House. Those bills
would reduce the Single Business Tax
and would provide a tax credit for
college tuition and fees.
The first bill, passed 33-4, removed
the costs of unemployment insurance
and workers' compensation from the
base of the business tax. The House
approved it hours later, 76-26.

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

'P The Psychology Peer Advisors Present P
Winter 1995
Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Psychology
Thursday March 2, 7:45-9:30 pm, West Lounge*, South Quad
" Refreshments will be served at all events.
" Faculty members and graduate students will be available to answer your questions and discuss these issues.
RSVP to the Peer Advising Office at 747-3711

Q AISEC Michigan, general member
meeting, 662-1690, Business Ad-
ministration Building, Room 1276,
6 p.m.
Q Coming Out Group for Lesbian, Gay
and Bisexual People, 763-4186,
Michigan Union, LGBPO Lounge, 7-
9 p.m.
Q Cycling Club, 764-7814, Angell Hall,
Auditorium C, 7 p.m.
Q Discussion Group for Lesbian, Gay
and Bisexual People, 763-4186,
Michigan Union, LGBPO Lounge,
5:15-7 p.m.
Q Hindu Students Council, weekly
meeting, 764-0604, Michigan
Union, Kuenzel Room, 8 p.m.
Q La Voz Mexicana, weekly meeting,
995-1699, Michigan League, Room
C, 7 p.m.
Q New Italian Club, weekly get-to-
gether, 668-1402, Amer's on State
Street, 12:30 p.m.
Q Overeaters Anonymous, 769-4958,
Michigan Union, Room 3200.,12:10-1

U Undergraduate Philosophy Club,
764-8602, Michigan Union, Tap
Room, 7 p.m.
J WOLV Channel 70 Programming: U-
Talk, 7-7:30p.m. and 7:30-8 p.m.;
Burly Bear, 8-9 p.m.; MSA, 9-11
J "Ash Wednesday Ecumenicial Taize
Worship for Campus and Commu-
nity," sponsored by Lutheran Cam-
pus Ministry, First Presbyterian
Church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue,
7:30 p.m.
J "Atlas Shrugged Chapters 11-12,"
sponsored by Students of Objectiv-
ism, Michigan League, Conference
Rooms 1 and 2, 7 p.m.
J "Bonhoeffer's Cost of Discipline,"
soup and study, sponsored by
Lutheran Campus Ministry, 801 S.
Forest, 6 p.m.
U "Incident at Oglala," conflict and
community public film series. spon-

sored by CREES, Lane Hall Com-
mons Room, 12 noon
Q "Welcome to CP&P, Office Tour,"
sponsored by Career Planning and
Placement, Student Activities Build-
ings, Room 3200, 5:10 p.m.
Q "Winona LaDuke," sponsored by
Offices of Academic Multicultural
Initiatives and Minority Student
Services, Michigan League,
Vandenburg Room, 7:30 p.m.
Q 76-GUIDE, 764-8433, peer coun-
seling phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
U Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info 76-EVENT or
UM*Events on GOpherBLUE
Q North Campus Information Center,
North Campus Commons, 763-
NCIC, 7:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m.
Q Northwak, 763-WALK, Bursley
Lobby, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Qi Psvchologv Acandemic Peer Advis-

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