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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 25, 1996 - 3A

Museum of Art
shows exhibit of
Rembradts
*"Bold Strokes: The Inventiveness of
Rembrandt's Late Prints," an exploration
of Rembrandt's late-career restatements
of previously treated themes, will be dis-
playedat the Museum ofArt now through
April 28
The exhibit includes some of
Rembrandt's earlier works in conjunc-
tion with various later works to provide a
contrast in his treatment of themes in
paintings like Abraham, Tobitand Tobias,
Grist Preaching, the Presentation of
Christ to the People and the Crucifixion.
This exhibit is organized in conjunc-
tion with the University Institute of Ger-
ontology and its symposium investigat-
ing artistic productivity in later life.
Dow awards $1.2
million to School of
*ublic Health
The Dow Chemical Company is giv-
ing $1.2 million to the School of Public
Health, to be used to establish a Dow
Professorship.
The first professorship, focusing on the
health effects ofchemicals in the environ-
ment, will be given to afaculty member in
toxicology.
. ,A major challenge for this program
will be to discover innovative ways to
link laboratory research results to human
*alth and relay the information to the
public, said Rudy Richardson, director of
toxicology.

Summit looks at
black activism

Student leaders
discuss academics,
apathy on campus
By Kate Glickman
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA senior Ruqaiijah Yearby sat at a
table in each residence hall on campus
last week getting the word out.
Yearby and the African American
Programming Task Force hosted the
first Black Student Summit during
the weekend, an event giving black
students a chance to vent frustration
about experiences on campus and to
brainstorm strategies for improve-
ment.
"Why waste money on programs or
events that people don't show up to?
Let's get to business," said Glenn
Eden, chair of the task force. Eden
worked with Yearby to orchestrate
the weekend's three panels and regis-
ter members of the University com-
munity.
The summit was an effort to better
understand why many programs offered
to black students have low attendance,
but the summit itself had a low turnout.
While 250 black students registered in
residence halls andthe Michigan Union,
only about 30 came to the summit in
East Hall on Saturday.
Many who came were the same stu-
dents who regularly attend events, the
black student leaders on campus who
are trying to understand why more

than 200 students who registered
didn't show. One discussion addressed
this rising black student apathy.
"The main problem is lack of student
involvement," said Patrice Petway,
president of the Black Greek Associa-
tion. "I love (Sherise Steele, president
of Black Student Union), but I get tired
of her. I want to see more people here.
This is a perfect example. There's no
cohesion."
The summit gave leaders an oppor-
tunity to reflect on their own respon-
sibilities in reaching out to other lead-
ers and to black University students at
large.
The first panel covered "The Afri-
can American Student Experience."
Students discussed the general mis-
trust between black students in class-
rooms or on the street. Most said they
felt sad about competition, or what
one panel member called the "'I've
gotta get mine and you've gotta get
yours' mentality."
In free-ranging discussion, three pan-
els and about 20-40 audience members
spent Saturday analyzing the black com-
munity and trying to create specific
strategies for improvement and interac-
tion.
"Organizations aren't united," said
Law student Trek Carethers, a mem-
ber of the Black Law Student Alli-
ance. "People don't get involved be-
cause they (the organizations) aren't
effective."
Student groups rarely retain infor-

DIANE COOK/Daiy
Alicia Moten of the Black Undergraduate Law Association speaks at the Black Student Summit on Saturday. Student leaders
from various African American groups discussed academic issues and the challenge to build momentum in activist groups.

mation and goals from year to year,
Carethers said.
An audience member suggested
computerizing information on orga-
nizations to promote continuity from
year to year.
Other proposals by LSA seniorAndre
Hewitt, president of the Black Volun-
teer Network, included a new branch of
Leadershape, a conference for black
student teaching skills in recruitment
and organization.
Problems in group cohesion and rela-
tionships are nothing new for the black
community or any community inter-

ested in social change, audience mem-
bers said.
"These are the same problems that
people have been talking about for 20
years," Yearby said.
During the last segment of the sum-
mit, attendees made a list of 15 ideas
for improving relationships on cam-
pus.
The ideas addressed opening up so-
cial interaction between black students,
more academic collaboration, better
recruitment in organizations and creat-
ing stronger ties between black leaders
in different schools or interest groups

on campus.
Despite the low turnout, most said
the event was beneficial.
"I gained insight on some of the
things that are going on," said LSA
first-year student Michelle Morgan.
"I had no idea people felt the way they
did."
Yearby said the conference gener-
ated a lot of constructive feedback.
"I think it was a success because
people came, and I think they learned
something," she said. "You start to re-
view why you're doing things, self ii-
spection."

Job Fair offers
:opportunities to
graduates
Graduating seniors can meet with pro-
spective employers looking to fill entry-
vel positions at the Michigan Collegiate
Tob Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at
Burton Manor, located at 27777
Schoolcraft Rd. in Livonia.
More than 100 employers are ex-
pected to attend this event, co-spon-
_sored by Wayne State and Eastern
Michigan universities.
On-site registration is $20 and free
parking will be available.
Further information can be obtainedby
ling Nannette McCleary at 577-3390,
i Meyer of EMU at 487-0400, or by
contacting local university placement of-
fices.
Cheap European
transportation
available to students
Beginning April 1, students can take
advantage of unlimited one-month travel
roughout England, Scotland and Wales
by purchasing the new Great Britain Pass
from Eurobus for$110.
Passengers are able to travel to 1 l
popular locations, known for their beauty
and history, in the British Isles.
The buses are modern Volvo motor
coaches, and show movies and various
travel videos en route.
Eurobus claims it is perfect for inde-
pendent travelers who want to see major
ttractions in Britain without spending a
eat deal of money.
.Faor further information about the
':Great Britain Pass, contact the Ameri-
can Institute for Foreign Study at (800)
- '2'-2437.
Hearst Minority
Fellowship applications
due April 1
* Applications for the Hearst Minority
~Fellowship, which is designed to provide
members of minority groups with the
opportunity to engage in the study and
practic ofphilanthropy while pursuing an
M.A. or M.P.A., are due April 1.
For further information or an applica-
tion, call the University of Indiana Center
on Philanthropy at (317) 274-4200.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Carissa Van Heest.

GOP hopeful
talks.7 to student
GOP hopeful talks to student backers at 'U'
By Matt Buckley
Daily Staff Reporter
Boasting ofhis common-sense business background, above
those of Washington politicians, Republican congressional
hopeful Joe Fitzsimmons spoke to a group of College Repub-
licans on Friday night.
Fitzsimmons portrayed himself as a hard-working busi-
ness executive with real-world experience in the job market
and the feelings of Michigan residents.
"I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not a politician," Fitzsimmons said.
The top priorities facing the district and nation, Fitzsimmons
said, are primarily economic concerns. Calling the federal
government "the last great dinosaur," Fitzsimmons said
economic development will be slowed unless the federal
government changes some of its policies.
Fitzsimmons said he supports tax reform, regulatory re-
form and reducing government waste. Comparing the gov-
ernment to a company, Fitzsimmons said that increasing
productivity per person and gross domestic product are two
of his top priorities.
Reinforcing his economic themes, Fitzsimmons talked
about his work with University Microfilms. Fitzsimmons
took the company from a net worth of $5 million to $200
million, with the "government fighting me every step of the
way." f _
Government regulation and other " tude
bureaucratic obstacles choke off entre-
preneurial initiative in the economy, eneraII
Fitzsimmons said.
Fitzsimmons also discussed several under a
social issues with the 20 audience mem-
bers, including crime, gun control, edu- Democrat
cation and campaign reform.
Fitzsimmons echoed Republican as tint/ng
calls to dissolve the Department of
Education. He supports local and state are conci
control of educational standards and
a several different types of schools. themisvl
"We're all different. ... We come
from different backgrounds, we have the short
different interests, we have different
desires," Fitzsimmons said. "We have
a system that tries to make us all the LSA fir
same."
The speech was received well by the crowd, which con-
sisted largely ofCollege Republicans members. Most claimed
that Fitzsimmons' ideas were better for students than those of
incumbent Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor), Fitzsimmons'
opponent.

Troy schools publish
Math Manual for Parents

TROY (AP) - New math can be a
problem for parents. But Kelly Sprague,
who teaches a university business pre-
calculus course, was surprised when
she couldn't answer her 6-year-old son's
math problem.
"There's a lot of vocabulary that's
different from the vocabulary I know,"
said Sprague, who teaches at Oakland
University.
It's a problem many parents face. So
Troy Public Schools officials have dis-
tributed a "Math Manual for Parents."
The 75-page handbook was developed
by district administrators and teachers.
The handbook grew out of requests
by parents, many of whom wanted to
help their children with homework
but found they didn't quite know how,
said Michael Williams, Troy's assis-
tant superintendent for elementary in-
struction.
"The book will help parents under-
stand the program, how it works and
how they can work with their children
to help strengthen their math achieve-
ment," he told the Detroit Free Press for
a story last week.
Troy schools have been teaching a
program called Everyday Mathematics
for four years. It's based on the Univer-
sity of Chicago School Mathematics
Project, the National Council of Teach-
ers of Mathematics New Goals and state
curriculum guidelines.
Rather than having students memo-

rize rules and equations, Everyday
Math emphasizes problem solving,
independent thinking and applying
math concepts to everyday life. It in-
troduces algebra, geometry and trig0-
nometry into all grade levels "so that
youngsters develop an ability to thik
mathematically at a younger age;"
Williams said.
The handbook explains the program
and provides examples of its coi-
cepts. It gives detailed steps showing
how those concepts are taught and
what materials are used. The han4-
book includes suggestions for math
games and has an extensive glossary
of terms.
The concepts aren't all that different
from what parents learned years ago,
but the terms and methods of teaching
are, said Carol Hermann, Troy's K-12
mathematics coordinator.
"The feedback I've gotten so far on
the book is that parents seem pleased,"
she said.
Maurine Dailey, who has two sons in
elementary school, said the book is ter-
rific.
"It clarifies things. Now it's all here
in black and white," Dailey said.
Sprague said the manual encourages
parents to get involved.
"It will help parents understand a
little bit more and make them feel more
a part of what's going on in thdir
children's lives."

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WALKER VAN DYKE/Daily
Joe Fitzsimmons, a Republican hopeful running for the U.S.
Congress, addressed the University's chapter of the College
Republicans on Friday night. A local business executive,
Fitzsimmons is running on a program of economic growth.
"Students generally need to understand that Democrats,
as far as timing goes, are concerning themselves with the
short run. Mr. Fitzsimmons' ideas are definitely looking
at the long run," said LSA first-year student Evan Knott.
Knott said that Fitzsimmons' solu-
tions to economic problems like the
federal deficit showed this long-run per-
S spective.
nee ut "Students are paying hundreds of
thousands of dollars to come heredand
Id that they want a job when they come out,
and his ideas will help create that envi-
s. as far ronment (ofjob availability)," said LSA
goes, Fitzsimmons commented on his ties
to the University, noting that he once
rimn taught in the School of Information.
Three of his five children attended the
RS thUniversity as well
Fitzsimmons will face Rivers in the
run., general election this fall for the 13th
- Evan Knott District House seat. The district includes
Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and several other
t-year student Detroit suburbs.
The College Republicans sponsored
the event as part of College Republicans Week. Other events
last week included a talk with Scott Sherman, the deputy
political director for the Ronna Romney campaign for the
U.S. Senate, a group roundtable discussion on current issues,
and elections for next term's College Republican cabinet.

1 ThePsychology Peer Advisors Present
FOCUS GROUPS
Winter 1996
OPPORTUNITIES IN PSYCHOLOGY
Summer Offerings, Including Volunteer Work and Research
Tuesday, March 26 7:00-9:00 pm, 4th Floor Terrace, East Hal**
-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 Room 1346 East Engineering at 747-3711
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
**Enter East Hall by the main Church St. entrance. Take the elevator to
the 3rd floor. When exiting the elevator, turn left around the corner to the
first Exit door. Take the stairs to the 4th floor. Peer Advisors will be
available to direct you to the terrace.
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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

GROUP MEETINGS
Q Alliance for the Mentally 11l of
Washtenaw County, 994-6611,
St. Clare's Episcopal Chruch,
2309 Packard, 7:30 p.m.
Q Burning Bush Campus Ministry,
930-0621, Michigan Union,
Watts Room, 1st Floor, 7-8:15
p m.
Q Nlnjitsu Club, beginners wel-
come. 332-8912, Intramural

International, Angell Hall, Room
G-144, 7 p.m.
0 "Celebrating Change: Creative
Student Presentations," spon-
sored by SERVE Week, Michigan
Union, Kuenzel Room, 7 p.m.
J "Hidden Children," film screening
and discussion, sponsored by
Hillel, Hillel, 1429 Hill Street, 7
p.m.
Q "How to Come Out to Your Par-
ents," sponsored by PFLAG and

sored by Hillel, Hillel, 1429 Hill
Street, by appointment, 769-0500
STUDENT SERVICES
Q Campus Information Centers, Michi-
gan Union and Pierpont Commons,
763-INFO, info@umich.edu,
UM*Events on GOpherBLUE, and
http://www.umich.edu/~info on
the World Wide Web
Q English Composition Board Peer
Tutoring, 741-8958, Mason Hall,

PARTIES
Continued from Page 1A
to be said about experience," said Olga
Savic, Students' Party vice presidential
candidate.
However, even some in MSA say the
independents best represent students.
"It would be beneficial to the student
body to have them communicating with
the administration, because they're on
the same level with the students," said
LSA Rep. Andrew Marcus, a Michigan
Party member.
Students' Party presidential candidate
Jonathan Freeman noted that "all the big
parties at one time were small parties."

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