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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 14, 1996 - 3A

New book
explores violent
tendencies
Bad moods and stormy tempers
sparked by insults are not something
most people relish witnessing.
Unless you're University psycholo-
gist Richard Nisbett.
Nisbett, co-author of a new book,
"Culture of Honor: The Psychology
of Violence in the South," organized
staged insults of white male Univer-
sity students and then measured their
ger and hostility.
According to Nisbett and Univer-
sity of Illinois co-author Dov Cohen,
a "Culture of Honor" exists in the
South, where Southern white males
exhibit more violent tendencies when
insulted than those in the North.
Nisbett said Southern males who
have inherited cultural traditions from
their Scottish and Irish ancestors may
feel insults intensely and often seem
iven to defend their honor, as op-
posed to their Northern peers, who
are descendants of Puritan and Quaker
farmers.
Dying star can be seen
in March
A dying star currently fluctuating
in brightness was at its most visible
oint Monday, said University as-
onomer Richard Teske. It can still
be seen in the Western hemisphere for
most of the month.
"Mira is below Venus and to its
left, about halfway between Venus
and the horizon. If sky conditions are
not perfect, binoculars may help to
locate Mira," Teske said. "When the
sky is very dark, observers.will notice
that Mira is about the same brightness
the North Star, Polaris."
Mira received its name, which
means "The Wonderful," from a Dutch
clergyman who discovered its bright-
ness variations 400 years ago.
Invisible to the unaided eye most of
the time, Mira brightens to easy vis-
ibility every 332 days and lingers for
several weeks.
About 6,000 long-period variable
stars like Mira have been officially
listed, all but a handful of them too
pint to be seen without a telescope.
"These are ancient stars, many older
than our sun, that have burned up the
hydrogen fuel in their interiors," Teske
said. "Mira and the long-period vari-
ables like it are several hundred times
the size of our sun."
New technology could
ut car pollution
New EPA emissions standards in
new cars could cut the amount of
smog-generating chemicals sent into
the air from automobile exhaust by as
much as two-thirds, a University re-
search team headed by physics Prof.
Marc Ross found.
The reduction of emissions is a re-
sult of a new high-quality emissions
control system technology in new cars.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Alice Robinson.

Films on
women,
economy
end today
By Maggie Weyhing
Daily Staff Reporter
About 75 to 100 people gathered in
the Modern Languages Building last
night to view and discuss films dealing
with issues concerning women and de-
velopment in a global society.
The Women and Development Film
Series, which began Sunday and ends
tonight, was organized by Vera Britto,
a graduate student of communications
and president of the Brazilian Student
Club. Britto said she planned the series
for two reasons.
"I think it's important to address how
the global economy is affecting woman,
even though they are usually left out of
the equation when the decisions are
made," Britto said. "I also wanted to
look at how international and
transnational policies affect women on
a local level."
During the four nights of the series,
participants watch films and discuss the
issues with the help of panels led by
professors, graduate students and ac-
tivists.
Last night, participants watched "La
Operaci'on," a documentary dealing
with the systematic sterilization of
women in Puerto Rico. The film also
exposed the policies of the U.S. gov-
ernment during the 1960s of using
Puerto Rican women to test birth con-
trol pills.
Carla Caringi, a graduate student in
social work, said the film angered
her.
"It's an outrage that the government
seemed to think that Puerto Rico's eco-
nomic and financial instability was the
result of overpopulation. Because of
that belief, many woman suffered," she
said.
Charo Montoya, a member of last
night's discussion panel, said the film
studies an abuse of women that many
people know little about.
"It is a history that not many of us
know about. It's important that we learn
of these abuses and it is more important
that we realize that it continues to take
place," said Montoya, who teaches a
course and does research on Puerto
Rico.
Connie Gonzalez, a graduate student
in social work, said she had seen the
film before, but viewing it for a second
time had a greater impact.
"I am absolutely horrified - I have
seen the film before and read a lot about
what happened in Puerto Rico, but see-
ing it again really drove it home," she
said.
Lessie Jo Frazier, another member of
last night's panel and a doctoral candi-
date in women's studies, said the film
raises questions of eugenics.
"In 1972, 100,000 to 200,000 people
were sterilized by the U.S. government
and these sterilizations tend to target
both the poor and minorities," Frazier
said.
Tonight, "Dying for Sex", a BBC
documentary about trafficking and pros-
titution in Asia, will be shown at 8 p.m.
in MLB Auditorium 4.

2 female faculty
members honored

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the Academic Women's
Caucus honored LSA Dean Edie
Goldenberg and Lois Gage, professor
emerita of Nursing, yesterday for their
contributionsto University female faculty.
Thehonoreesreceivedthe Sarah Goddard
Power Award, named after a former Uni-
versity regent and women's advocate.
Both recipients expressed surprise
and gratitude, and Goldenberg said the
recognition from fellow female profes-
sors was especially meaningful.
"I think there is nothing so sweet as to
be honored at home, by one's own col-
leagues," Goldenberg said. "My cur-
rent position makes me keenly aware of
the accomplishments of women."
Gage attributed her successes to the
caucus.
"What I've been able to do at the
University of Michigan is a reflection
of my associations with the Academic
Women's Caucus," Gage said. "It pro-
vides valuable interdisciplinary network
and faculty colloboration."
Caucus member and Music Prof.
Margo Halsted agreed. "It does a lot to
inform women of opportunities here; it
lets us know what's available to us."
Jean Loup, a member of the group's
selection committee, said she was proud
the caucus sponsored the award.
"It's delightful and heart-warming to
see women's accomplishments recog-
nized, especially those accomplish-
ments that let other women do what
they want to do," Loup said.
Provost J. Bernard Machen and Re-
gent Laurence Deitch (D-Bloomfield
Hills) gave introductory remarks at the
ceremony and acknowledged the posi-
tive influence of the caucus.
"One of the reasons I came here was
because of the (University) excellence
and this caucus," Machen said. "As a
(former) dean, I've had an easy time
recruiting women."
Deitch said he admired the group's
activism.
"I'm a big believer of citizen in-
volvement," Deitch said. "Peoplebring-
ing energy and ideas can make a differ-
ence. I met Sarah Goddard Power years
ago; she was a model of committment
and dedication in a selfless way."
Goldenberg said being rewarded in
Power's memory was a meaningful part
of the acknowledgement.
"It's a great honorto be selected for an
award in the memory of a woman who's
worked at the University," she said.
The caucus, which is open to women

JOSHM BIGGS/Daily
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg speaks at
the Sarah Goddard Power Award
ceremony yesterday
faculty from all three University cam-
puses, has been giving the award
since1984.
"One of the things we've consistently
done is the awarding of the Sarah
Goddard Power Award," said Cynthia
Marcelo, co-chair of the Academic
Women's Caucus and Medical School
professor.
"When (the Academic Women's
Caucus) first began, the first years were
dedicated to finding each other on cam-
pus," Marcelo said of the group's ori-
gins in1975.
Gage said one the most memorable
experinces of her career was attending
the second U.N. Women's Conferente
in Kenya.
"Women talked from all over the
world. Some were highly educated, and
some were from villages," she said.
"But they all worked for health. They
were leaders who displayed initiative,
self-belief and self-worth."
Goldenberg recalled an experience
from her career regarding the Univer-
sity community's surprise at having
their first female dean in 1989.
"I am disappointed because I had
hoped by the end of the century to reach
the second, third or fourth (female
dean)," she said. "We are not there yet,
but we are making steady progress:"
Lillian Ostrand, professor emerita of
public health and nursing and a caucus
member, said she was glad women were
fnally being recognized.
"I think the business of honoring
women is long overdue," Ostrand said.

JOSH BIGGS/Daily
Let's Go Blue!
Cheerleaders Jamie Flowers and Mike Barnes demonstrate their
handywork on the Diag yesterday.
Spf. aunces
hewill run for House

By Melanie Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Mechanical engineering Prof. David
Felbeck announced his candidacy yes-
terday in the Republican primary for
the 52nd District Michigan House of
Representatives seat. Felbeck plans to
retire from his position at the Univer-
sity in June.
Felbeck said he had decided to retire
prior to his resolution to run. "I began
watching the legislation and laws and
watching the loss of our freedom, how-
ever, I was ineligible," Felbeck said. "I
decided to retire, and then realized this
opened the opportunity to be a candi-
date."
Felbeck has no previous experience in
government, yet said he has much to
offer.
"I have absolutely no experience. I
have been a college professor nearly my
whole life," Felbeck said. "However, I

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am very familiar T.
with the political;
process. I would
like to bring a bet-
ter understandings
of the Constitution
of the U.S. and of
Michigan, which '
have been grossly
violated."
A social liberal,
Felbeck is con- Felbeck
cerned with infringements on First
Amendment rights.
"I'm not sure the Supreme Court can
read the English language," Felbeck
said. "We must start reversing this trend
toward restricting free speech. I'm get-
ting tired of the whole thing and it's
getting worse and worse."
Government laws regarding the
Internet, gambling and seatbelts are among
the restrictions Felbeck singled out as
unfair.
"The seatbelt law makes me mad.
What business does the state have telling
me what I should do to protect myself?"
Felbeck asked. "That's what freedom is
all about, the responsibility to do good or
bad things is yours, not the state's."
Associate Vice President for Univer-
sity Relations Cynthia Wilbanks said
many University professors have run
for office and have held positions in
Michigan's government.
"The Michigan Legislature has had a
number of Michigan professors run in
the past," Wilbanks said. "Actually,
when (State House Speaker Paul
Hillegonds) came a few weeks ago, he
spoke to our faculty members about
running for office."
Wilbanks also said professors bring
many interesting ideas to office.
"(Professors) certainly bring a per-
spective of education to office, how-
ever, we would be shortchanging them
to say they bring only educational views
to office. They have a broad interest in
many areas," she said.

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