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4A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 11, 1996

420 Maynard Street RONNIE GLASSBERG
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Editor in Chief
Edited and managed by ' ADRIENNE JANNEY
students at the ZACHARY M. RAIMI
University of Michigan . Editorial Page Editors
Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of a majority of the Daily's editorial board. All
other articles, letters and cartoons do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.
A golden teacher
Hillel's award acknowledges excellence

'This is not a victory for me
but for all those who are suffering.'
- Dr. Jack Kevorkian, after an Oakland County jury
acquitted him for attending two suicides




j~or the first time, the Golden Apple Award
has ventured into unknown territory -
the School of Nursing.
Prof. Carol Boyd's dynamic energy and
passion for the study of women's health is
contagious. Her provocative, inquisitive ap-
proach inspires - ignites - thoughtful dis-
cussion about health issues that plague
women. In her Women's Health 220 course,
Boyd examines the dangerously ignored spe-
cial health needs and concerns
women face, taking students
on a comprehensive tour of
the nuances of women's
health. By addressing and de-
fining women using psycho-
logical, social, sexual, nurs-
ing, legal and cultural per-
spectives, Boyd paints a col-
orful portrait of all women.
Peppered with hard facts, her
nursing and life experiences,
and a genuine love for the
material, Boyd fully injects
herself into her teaching. She
engages her students in ques-
tioning social norms and stan-
dard thought, practice and misconception.
The University community has recog-
nized her dedication, deep compassion, un-
quenchable interest and style - Boyd is the
1996 recipient of the Golden Apple Award
for excellence in teaching.
The Golden Apple award, a brainchild of
Hillel Director Michael Brooks, aims to help
iefocus the University's attention on a range
of issues based solely on the voice of the
student body. By acknowledging and re-
Wyarding Boyd, women's health - a subject

sorely in need offurther study-gains center
stage. Boyd's research on the correlation of
mother-daughter relationships and women's
illicit drug use furthers understanding of the
lives of women and their needs, making
successful treatment programs possible.
Furthermore, the award serves as an out-
let for tangible student recognition of teach-
ing excellence. Enthusiastic student support
and direct, vigorous approval helps to shatter
the dark veil of apathy fre-
quently draped over the
1 University's student popu-


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This year, the selection
committee sifted through the
500 to 600 submitted bal-
lots, and based their decision
on both the content of each
ballot and the number of
nominations for each profes-
Hillel celebrates the art of
teaching by challenging pro-
fessors to deliver each lec-

The letters to the editor section is a very important part ofthis page. We are pleased that we
have received so many letters this term. Unfortunately, this enthusiastic response has created
a backlog ofalmost 60 letters. For those ofyou who have sent us letters, please be patient; we
will print them as space allows. For those who would like to send letters to us in the future,
please continue to do so, but be aware ofpossible publication delays. We are taking steps to
catch up with our readers' hearty responses to the Daily; however, we reserve the right to
choose a representative sample of many letters on the same topic. In the meantime, we value
your careful reading and thoughtful responses.
-Adrienne Janney and Zack Raimi
Editorial page editors.


Matt Wimsatt/Daiy ture as if it were their last,
and its belief that every lec-
ture should be as impassioned, lucid and full
as the finale.
Each recipient ofthe Golden Apple award
is given a $1,000 cash award and the oppor-
tunity to deliver a last, keynote speech. Past
lecturers - all from LSA - include Drew
Westen, Ralph Williams, Sidney Fine, Brian
Coppola and Tom Collier.
Carol Boyd will join this distinguished
class April 15 at 7:30 p.m., when she will
deliver her last lecture at Rackham Audito-

Through the wreckage
Peace in Israel despite radicals' violence

he land that flows with milk and honey
soured some last week, as several sui-
cide bombers ripped through Israel, placing
the fragile peace process in jeopardy. These
bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have
killed more than 50 people, including young
children celebrating the Jewish holiday of
Purim. The latest developments have placed
enormous strains on the Israeli and Palestin-
ihn authority governments and their people.
From beneath the blasted pieces of brick and
iportar, and in the midst of human carnage,
the citizens of the Middle East must heed a
simple, but somewhat elusive message: Peace
giust prevail.
The road to peace in the Middle East has
been rocky. It began in earnest four years
4go, when Yitzhak Rabin was elected prime
thinister ofIsrael. Rabin emphasized the need
tp put ancient antagonisms behind, and move
frward to create a more stabile and less
dangerous area. Soon after the election, Rabin
and Palestinian Liberation Organization
chairman Yassir Arafat shook hands at the
White House in September 1993, and signed
a declaration of principles for the peace pro-
ess. Since then, Israel has turned over land
slowly to the Palestinians to allow them self-
governance. In addition, Israel and Syria
agreed to forge a peace agreement.
Last fall, the process took a significant
urn for a worse: Rabin was assassinated by
4 right-wing Israeli who despised the peace
process. And now, the perpetrators are a
radical Palestinian group, Hamas, which pro-
fesses to be dedicated to championing Islam
in political, educational and social realms.
Leaders of the United States, Palestine
ind Israel must continue to work toward
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bloodshed. He reaffirmed the United States'
commitment to helping the process. In addi-
tion, the president promised that the United
States will do everything in its power to "stop
the killing, to bring the killers to justice and
ensure that terrorism does not triumph over
As part of his commitment,- Clinton is
scheduled to attend an international terror-
ism conference in Egypt this week. Clinton's
decision to attend sends a strong message to
the world that the United States will stand
behind the peace movement. He must con-
tinue to use his office to advocate peace.
However, Arafat is caught in a conflicted
situation. He pledged to do everything he can
to stop violence and to bring the killers to
justice. Now he needs to act swiftly to assure
Israel that he is still a proponent ofpeace, and
at the same time, he cannot completely ig-
nore the large contingent of Palestinians who
are opposed to peace. The Israeli govern-
ment, led by Prime Minister Shimon Peres,
may soon run out ofpatience if Arafat cannot
muzzle the violence. Arafat must demon-
strate his commitment by taking a clear pub-
lic stand against Hamas, for the sake of his
Moreover, all sides - those in favor of
peace and those against - must search for
more effective ways to protest. One, ofcourse,
is nonviolent protest. Another is the vote;
Israeli citizens have the opportunity to pass a
referendum on the peace process in the prime
minister elections later this year. Violence
only makes matters worse, and further rup-
tures stability of an already shaky region.
Now is the time for healing and peaceful
discourse. Whatever the outcome, humility
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Stop using
I would like to take this
time to express my outrage
at your flagrant use of
oppressive stereotypes that
refer to Native American
people in your cartoons
("Sharp as Toast," 2/28/96).
Over the past year I have
noticed your references to
"Indian stereotypes" with
appalling regularity and
dismissed them as ignorant
tools of produdt of a
.mainstreum cultre hat fails
to recognize the indigenous
rights of Native peoples. But
for these offensive portray-
als to be presented in a
student newspaper that
expressed an almost
"enlightened" grasp of the
issues concerning the
Michigan Indian Tuition
Waiver, I feel it is time for
me, a Native American,
student on this
"multicultural" campus, to
express my views. I would
ask you to stop using Native
American images, trying to
demonstrate a respect for
your cultural awareness, but
that has already been done
by a mentor of mine, Prof.
Bob Megginson, some
months back.
Your continued use of
derogative Native American
images demonstrates a
disrespect for Native
American culture and the,
Native American people on
this campus. Instead I make
an appeal to the editors of
the Daily to discontinue your
use of Jim Lasser's cartoons
as they give the Daily a
prejudiced air that offends
many Native American
people, despite any other
Native issues the Daily tries
to cover.
As the student paper on
campus conveys (or tries to)
the views of the campus
community, a Daily staff
that continues to offend
Native American people
through oppressive images
negates a "multicultural"
view and expresses a
disrespect forNative
American cultures.
Sc ran music

that he should be giving his
musical opinions to us. I've
read many reviews by Gnatt,
and I have disagreed with a
majority of them, to say the
Most recently I am
talking about his trashing of
the Bush show at the Palace
("Little things kill: Bush
comes down," 3/1/96). I am
not the biggest Bush fan in
the world, but I was at the
same concert (although you
wouldn't know it), and I
have to give them credit for
the great show they put on. I
don't know where Gnatt
was, but the people in my
section were rocking and
singing along with Bush the
whole night, and loving
every second of it.
Their music sounded
great, and Gavin played to
the crowd perfectly. I don't
know how he could have
fallen asleep (so he says),
because the crowd was just
in a frenzy, at least down in
the front rows where I was. I
was really impressed with
the music - they sounded
They opened with
Machinehead, which rocked,
and didn't let up the whole
night, including great;
renditions of Come Down
and Everything Zen.
I can't disagree more
with what Gnatt said about
the concert. I loved the
improvs and solos that they
added to the songs, and to
say that these things
detracted from the show is
just plain stupid. I mean, if I
wanted to listen to the CD, I
could have stayed at home.
His year-end review of
music was the most hilari-
ous ("Best of '95," 1/18/96),
and yet disgusting, thing I
have ever read in the Daily.
He said that the best thing to
happen to music was
somebody's death, and that
most music sucked. Well,
when you take a CD as good
as the one Alice in Chains
released and give it the
review he did, I guess
everything would suck. But
wait! The CD debuted at
No. 1. It has already had two
big hits, and many more on
the way.
Since the Daily obvi-
ously isn't going to scrap
music reviews, I think you
would be doing a service to
your readers to find
someone else to do some
musical reviews and leave
the "cool" stuff to Gnatt.

Settle GSI
contract in
When I first arrived to
the University last fall I kept
on seeing fliers for the
Graduate Employees
Organization. It wasn't until
the middle of the fall term
that my English Graduate
Student Instructor explained
to me what the term meant.
Only a couple of days later,
she read a memo or letter
given to her by GEO. The
letter asked GSIs to encour-
age students in their classes
to complain to the University
and to help GEO achieve its
goals. I can't help but think
other students in other
classes did what the letter
asked for, just to either
impress their GSIs or on
their own. I thought that
would be the end of it,
though, now I understand
that the same has happened
in classes at the beginning of
this term.
Now, apparently, GEO
has voted to strike because it
and the University have not
been able to come to terms.
This is scaring me and others
who I know into believing
that if GEO strikes, classes
would be delayed indefi-
nitely and possibly we would
not be able to finish our
courses this term. Many of
the students I have talked to
are now angry at the
University, because they do
not want to waste a whole
term because they and GEO
can't agree. I can't say 1
blame them. I propose that
the head of GEO and the
University put this off until
the summer. Why? First, it
will allow the students to
remain calm and feel secure
about finishing their classes
this term.
Second, the GSIs that did
not vote or want to strike
will know they have job
security till summer.
Third, the University will
most probably be more
receptive when there are less
students and therefore less
hassles than there are now.
In the end, waiting till the
summer will give both sides
more breathing room and
time to reflect, meanwhile
the students will not be
penalized in the process.

Dancing towad
marnage - or not
O nthe Wednesday before break I
saw the production of "The
Marriage Dance," a play my friend.
wrote. Writing that sentence makes
me proud. We have been friends for
eight years, and I feel like I have
piece of her accomplishment.
In July, I will attend -take part in,
actually - a different kind of event.
My roommate is
getting married
Although she and ;
I have been close
friends almost
four years, and
have lived to-
gether almost two
have had trouble
looking at her
wedding with the
same possessive KATE
pride as I have in EPSTEIN
my playwright
friend's show.
Possessive pride, perhaps, is not
the most selfless, logical response to
eitheroftheseevents. Neither ofthese
events belongs to me, though I sat
next to my friend at the play and will
hold my roommate's bouquet during
the ceremony. My job is to be happy
for my friends, but the best way I can
do that is by empathizing with them,
by somehow feeling that the event is
a little bit mine. Such blurring of ego
boundaries is an expression of love.
Love has been a little hampered in
the case of my roommate's wedding.,
I have felt that taking pride in another
woman's wedding comes danger-
ously close to believing that the wed-
ding event is the realization of all of
a young woman's hopes and dreams.
From the plaque of the young girl's
dream on the LSA Building, which
shows a woman turned mother and
wife, to the UHS doctor who, upon
hearing that my boyfriend and I had
not decided on marriage, assumed
that all reluctance was on his side, the
mythology is present in my life. As I
finish my undergraduate degree and
plan for a life independent of my
family, the presumption thatI want to
transfer dependence to a man seems
to surround me.
Aside from being sexist, the pre-
sumption that I really want to be
married demeans what forme and my
boyfriend is a fulfilling relationship.
It paints me as a woman unable to get
what I need and willing to settle for a
man who will give me less than I
need. Perhaps, one day I will marry
the man I love now or another man,
but it will not be because I fought for
it and he surrendered to it.
Treating my roommate's wedding
with the kind of prideful anticipation
with which I treated my friend's play
will always make someone presume
I want to be the bride instead of a
bridesmaid. It will always make
someone believe my roommates's
skills in her chosen career mean less
to me than her ability to catch a man.
Pride in my friend as a playwright, on
the other hand, will never seem to
squeeze out the pleasure I would take
in her wedding.
Obviously, the belief that the per-
sonal is more important than the pro-
fessional crosses gender lines. But
then, strangers aren't asking my boy-
friend if he's getting married. Instead
they're asking me if I can persuade
him to carry out what they presume to

be my desire.
In reality, my boyfriend and I share
a reluctance to make a lifelong com-
mitment just now. And the manrmy
roommate is marrying was never ca-
joled. He shares her enthusiasm for
the wedding event and for the mar-
riage with which it will begin. Stupid
people who presume otherwise can-
not change these realities.
In reality, my friend's play and
roommate's wedding have a lot in
common from my point of view.
Each is a public event to celebrate
something that essentially exists in
private. On the one hand, there is a
private relationship between two
people; on the other, a relationship
with language and ideas based on
talent and skill.
Both the play and the wedding,
coincidentally, present an image of
marriage. The wedding is, perhaps, a
dream of what marriage could be -
abeautiful fantasy ofpre-printed nap-
kins and rehearsed steps. On the real-
ism side, it allows many of the people
who will witness the marriage to wit-
ness its official inception."At its
best, (marriage is) a dance where no
one leads," says a character in the
play, which has "The Marriage
Dance" as its title.
Both the wedding and the play are
the culmination of a lot of work to-
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