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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 29, 1996 - 3A

Leadership
award seeking
nominaions
The Office of Student Activities and
Leadership is asking members of the
University community to nominate stu-
dents and student groups for Michigan
Leadership Awards.
The awards, formerly called Student
Recognition Awards, are intended to
recognize students and student organi-
zations for their outstanding accom-
plishments in co-curricular activities
and service to the University and sur-
*ounding community.
Michigan Leadership Awards are
given to student leaders, student orga-
nizations, the adviser of the year, pro-
gram of the year and an outstanding
new member of an organization. In ad-
dition to the awards, the Student Alumni
Council will give $500 stipends to five
Outstanding Student Leader nominees.
To nominate a student or group, any-
one in the University community may
*ilI out an official form at the Office of
Student Activities and Leadership. In-
formation may also be sent over e-mail
to salead@umich.edu or a form can be
filled out on the Internet at: http://
www.umich.edul-salead. Nominations
are due Feb. 2.
The Office of Student Activities and
Leadership is located in the Michigan
Union, Room 2209. For more informa-
tion, call 763-5900.
.rIsis line needs
volunteers
The Domestic Violence Project/
SAFE House is looking for volunteers
to answer its 24-hour crisis line, pro-
vide 24-hour response after arrests for
domestic violence and work with the
women ad children staying at their
shelter.
Training begins toward the end of
anuary. Call 995-5444 to schedule an
interview.
The Domestic Violence Project/
SAFE House is a United Way agency.
'Dark Embrace' exhibit
on display at museum
An exhibition titled, "Dark Embrace:
Images of War, Death and the Apoca-
;ypse," is on display at the Museum of
rt until March 17.
The exhibit is in conjunction with the
Program on Studies in Religion and the
University's theme semester of"Death,
Extinction and the Future of Human-
ity."
Book says scholarship
funds go unclaimed
With confusion over federal student
rant approvals, direct government stu-
dent loans and changes in college fi-
nancial aid guidelines, students may
have difficulty identifying and under-
standing their aid options and may miss
out on receiving assistance that could
be available to them.
The National Academic Funding
Administration says there are more than
375,000 scholarship and grant sources
.available that do not have to be paid
*ack. According to NAFA, more than
80 percent of these scholarships do not
depend on family need or exceptional
grades, but are awarded based on fac-
tors such as the student's interests, hob-
*bies, academic focus, age, heritage and
parent's work or military service.
According to the National Commis-
sion on Student Financial Aid, more

than $6 billion of funding goes uncol-
lected each year simply because stu-
lents are not aware of it and do not
apply for it. NAFA, in an attempt to
help students locate financial aid, has
published abook for 1996 that provides
,.updated scholarship information.
To receive NAFA's 1996 Scholar-
ship Guide, send a No. 10 self-ad-
dressed, double-stamped envelope and
$2 for handling to: NAFA, 815 Middle
St.,Suite 1400, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
-Compiled from Daily staff reports.

SNRE students:
Environment key
to '96 election

By Anita Chik
Daily Staff Reporter
Recognizing the importance of rais-
ing environmental awareness in the
1996 election, environmental groups
and students in the School of Natural
Resources and the Environmental or-
ganized a three-day conference last
weekend called "The Greening of Poli-
tics."
Conference organizer Christian
Sinderman, a second-year graduate stu-
dent, said progress begins with educa-
tion.
"Theyearof 1996 is most important for
environmental issues. Lobbying, writing
letters and making phone calls to the
current Congress do not get us anywhere.
We have to educate voters on environ-
mental issues," Sinderman said.
Chuck Barbieri, director of the Ann

ticipants, invited local politicians and
environmental activists such as Sierra
Club Political Director Dan Weiss and
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbgr)
to help students organize a strategy for
the 1996 presidential election,
Sinderman said. -.
"The Greening of Politics" opeped
with a speech by Rivers, who urged
students to get involved.
"You must participate. We all h ye
to roll up our sleeves and get in-
volved," Rivers said. "It makes a dj-
ference who is in the White House
because people are making decisions
about pollution, the air, the endap-
gered animals."
Rivers told participants to "make a
statement" in the 1996 election cam-
paign. She said the most powerful way
to influence environmental decisions in

DIANE COOK/Daily
On Guard!
David Ross of The Society for Creative Anachronyism practices medieval fighting with fellow member David Hoomstra
in the Michigan Union yesterday. The group will be demonstrating their craft at Eastern Michigan University's
McKinniey Union next Saturday at 1 p.m.
Indian Anerican students
create new political network

Arbor chapter of
Greenpeace and
co-organizer of
the conference,
said, "1996 may
be the last chance
to change things
around because
the 104th Con-
gress has de-
stroyed many en-
vironmental laws
for decades."
Barbieri said
many students
lack the knowl-
edge to practi-
cally carry out
their environ-
mental concerns.
The three-day
workshop helped

It makes a
difference who is
in the White House
because people
are making
decisions about
pollution, the air,
the endangered
animals3"
- U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers
(D-Ann Arbor)

Congress is to par-
ticipateinpolitics.
Weiss said
with humor, but
in an urgent tone,
"Environment. is
an issue about fu-
ture, children,
values and char-
acter. If each of
you talk to 100
voters, that'll-hbe
1,0 oes"Weiss urged the
participants to get
their views into
news and otherpo-
litical media pro-
grams, including
calling radio talk
shows and news-
paper.

By Katie Wang
Daily StaffReporter
Last year, the University's Indian
American students did not have a po-
litical organization that solely repre-
sented the political issues they confront
on a daily basis.
This year, that void has been filled
with the formation ofthe Indian Ameri-
can Political Awareness Network-an
organization that offers Indian Ameri-
cans the opportunity to become politi-
cally active.
"There is a serious problem in that
many Indian Americans of this coun-
try are politically unaware of the is-
sues that affect them," said Probir
Mehta, an LSA sophomore and mem-

ber of IAPAN.
Citing racism, sexism and lack of
representatives in government as is-
sues that IAPAN plans to address,
Mehta said the group is "solely dedi-
cated to political awareness."
A group of students laid the founda-
tions for IAPAN last fall when they
decided the campus needed an organi-
zation to concentrate on political issues
involving Indian Americans.
On campus, the Indian American Stu-
dent Association concentrates on social
and volunteer work, Mehta said.
"I decided to join (IAPAN) because
it's something different from IASA,"
said Shafali Dua, an LSA sophomore.
"It's for issues that Indians face that

Prisons overcrowded;
Engler says crisis near

LANSING - Michigan prison boss
Ken McGinis has not taken to wander-
ing the streets of Lansing with a sign
warning, "The end is near."
But he has triedjust about everything
else to persuade lawmakers the state
faces an impending prison overcrowd-
ing crisis.
Trouble is, his warnings have yet to
come true. And that makes skeptical
lawmakers even more reluctant to heed
his warnings and find money for more
prison beds.
"That's created a credibility problem
with the Legislature," said Rep. James
McNutt (R-Midland), who chairs the
House budget subcommittee on correc-
tions.
Department of Corrections spokesper-
son Warren Williams said it may look
like McGinnis is crying wolf, but he's
not.
"Absent affirmative action on the
part of the Legislature, there is going to
come a time when we are at least figu-
ratively going io need to put 'No Va-
cancy' signs up in front of our state
correctional facilities," he said.
Gov. John Engler's administration
began the warnings in 1995 when he
asked for $205 million to build four
more prisons. McGinnis told lawmak-
ers Feb. 9 of that year that the prison
system would run out of prison space
by the end of last March.
"The reality we've been talking about

for three years is coming to bear,"
McGinnis said.
But March came and went without
the state having to turn away prisoners.
On May 2, McGinnis had a new tar-
get date for doomsday. The prison sys-
tem had only 103 empty beds and would
exceed its 39,002-person capacity by
July 15 unless lawmakers authorized
5,500 more beds.
"Within the next 12 weeks every
available state prison bed will be occu-
pied and there will be no acceptable
options left for the housing of addi-
tional prison inmates," he said then.
But July 15 came and went without
the state having to turn away prisoners.
McGinnis then pushed the dooms-
day date to October 1995. But October
came and went without the state having
to turn away prisoners.
Last week, McGinnis gave a new
date - the end of 1997 - by which
time "Michigan's prison system will
literally burst at the seams with nearly
1,600 more prisoners than prison
beds."
Williams said the saturation point
will be reached even sooner, by April
1997, even with the 2,500 additional
beds approved by lawmakers last year.
Earlier predictions were wrong, he
said, because courts sent fewer people
to prison than expected.
Felony convictions also leveled off
and paroles increased.

you can't find in social things."
Harprit Bedi, former president of
IASA, said he welcomes IAPAN.
"It builds a route for issues that
need to be discussed - it's good that
it's here," Bedi said.
He added that he thinks it's reason-
able for IASA to focus on social and
community events.
IAPAN made its debut in late Octo-
ber when members participated in a
boycott of the Nectarine Ballroom.
Members are planning a conference
that will focus on political awareness
and the dual identity of Indian Ameri-
cans.
IAPAN meets Mondays at 10 p.m.
in East Quad's Madrigal Lounge.
f3 years ago
lin the Daily
"A catastrophic explosion blew
apart the space shuttle Challenger
75 seconds after liftoff yesterday,
sending schoolteacher Christa
McAuliffe and six NASA astro-
nauts to a fiery death in the sky
eight miles out from Kennedy
Space Center.
"... A slow-motion replay
seemed to show an initial explo-
sion ... The tank burst into a fire-
ball that destroyed Challenger high
above the Atlanticwhile crew fami-
lies and NASA officials watched
in despair from the Cape ... Never
before in 56 manned space mis-
sions had Americans died in
flight."
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advanced.
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to get more people to take a stand on
environmental issues and prepared
them to work on political campaigns
for the environment, he said.
Sinderman, who is majoring in envi-
ronment advocacy, came up with the idea
for the conference. He said the main goal
was totrain people to become morepoliti-
cally active and to mobilize them to stand
up for environmental protection.
The workshop intended to combine
lectures, seminars and discussion groups
to provide students with hands-on po-
litical skills, Sinderman said.
The conference, with about 100 par-

Participants responded to the
speeches with enthusiasm and qoes-
tions. '
Most students said they planned to
volunteer to work,.on environmental
issues in political campaigns or to look
for a job in related areas after complet-
ing the workshop.
Kati Evans, an RC junior who isprs-
ently working forthe Ann Arbor Ecology
Cebter, said, "I want to go beyond letn-
ing about environmental issues. It'srtn6're
effective to get people elected than trying
to convince people who're already in
office to change their minds."

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Wednesday, January 31, 1996

GROUP MEETINGS
0 Bread For the World, 487-9058,
Interfaith Council for Peace and
Justice Office, 730Tappan, 7:30
P.m.

U Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club, men
and women, beginners welcome,
994-3620, CCRB, Room 2275,
7-8 p.m.
EVrNTS

pus Commons, 763-INFO,
info@umich.edu, UM*Events on
GOpherBLUE, and http://
www.umich.edu/-info on the
World Wide Web
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