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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 23, 1996 - 3A

GEO sets new goals, plans for year

Clinic offers free
screenings for
depression
The Center for Behavior and
Medicine is scheduled to offer free
depression screenings on Oct. 10 at its
Ann Arbor offices. The free screenings
=will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and 1 to 5 p.m. Qualified counselors
and therapists will be on hand to discuss
the results of the self-administered
screenings.
This offer is part of National
depression Screening Day. For more
"tnformation, call Lisa Pasbjerg at 677-
0809.
SCA offers park
service jobs
.The Student Conservation
Association has 1,200 expense-paid
positions available throughout the year
' more than 290 national parks,
idlife refuges, and state and private
lands. SCA's Resource Assistance
.Iogram provides college students and
adults with the opportunity to help con-
serve the public lands and natural and
cultural resources of America.
SCA has positions available in
endangered-species protection, ecolog-
ical restoration, air and water quality
monitoring, and natural and cultural
resource management. SCA resource
f"istants are provided with funds to
their travel to and from the site,
fod expenses, and free housing.
SCA is hiring volunteers for the win-
ter.and spring seasons. There will also
b'positions in the sutmmer and fall.
For more information, contact the
Student Conservation Association at
(603) 543-1700 or write to Student
Conservation Association, P.O. Box
550, Charlestown, N.H., 03603-0550.
school of Music
seeks ushers
The School of Music's University
Productions office is seeking volunteer
ushers for its 1996 season. This season's
includes two operas, two musicals, five
plays and a dance concert.
The ushers will assist ticket buyers to
their seats, distribute playbills and take
Ckets. Though they will not receive
Vlayushers are allowed to watch the
'tformances free of charge.
To apply, go to the University
Productions office in the Michigan
League between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30
p.m., or call 763-5213 for more infor-
mnation.
Memory Walk to
did Alzheimer's
The Alzheimer's Association is
gearing up for its sixth annual
.Alzheimer's Association Memory
Walk scheduled for Oct. 6 at Gallup
Park. The proceeds will be used to aid
}ocal persons and families afflicted
with the disease.
The walk-a-thon will have refresh-
:ments and entertainment for the entire
family. Walk-a-thon participants will
be given goody bags from local spon-
*rs.
For registration information, or to
sponsor a walker, call the association
at -741-8200 or (800) 782-6110. Prizes
will be awarded to the individual and
team that gets the most donations.
vocal honorary chair and KOOL 107
$M's morning show host Lucy Anne
noce will be broadcasting live from
Q, alup Park between 10 a.m. and

tnon.
ew entrance
leads to Matthaei
The recent road construction on
:Dixboro Road has paved the way for a
,new entrance to the University's
Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Barbed wire has already been
removed. Upcoming projects on the
4rainage ditches will create a clear line
;of sight into the gardens.
The next stage will establish orna-
'mental plant material, possibly includ-
ing 30,000 plants someday. The final
stage involves signs and fencing.
f -The gardens are located on Dixboro
Road between Plymouth and Geddes
Roads.
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Michael Blair

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Coming off last April's contract battle and a
summer's vacation, the Graduate Employees
Organization set forth its new goals and initiatives
this weekend at a conference of graduate employ-
ee unions.
Representatives from the University of Illinois,
the University of Kansas and the University of
Oregon coalesced at the Michigan League on
Saturday to exchange ideas and develop mobiliza-
tion techniques to show solidarity among graduate
employee unions.
"We are stronger than we've ever been," said
GEO President Michelle Mueller. "We don't have

a contract battle looming, so we can work on other
projects we think are important."
Mueller said separate committees have been
established to address affirmative action issues,
international graduate students and the training
process.
Phil Kugler, assistant to the president for orga-
nization and field services at the American
Federation of Teachers, said the biggest challenge
graduate student employees face is university
opposition,
"A lot of universities regard grad students as stu-
dents, not faculty," Kugler said. "A lot of graduate
students have indicated their interest to form a
union, but universities will fight it in court. This

costs thousands of dollars."
Last April, following a two-day walk-out and
hours of contract negotiations, GEO members suc-
cessfully changed their title from teaching assis-
tant to graduate student instructor.
It also succeeded in gaining a salary increase of
at least 2.5 percent in the next three years, and a
S700 fellowship for summer training for interna-
tional graduate student instructors.
But the problems between the administration
and GSIs have not entirely disappeared.
Mueller also said half dozen grievances have
already been filed through its grievance committee
since the school year began.
"The administration seems to like to ridicule us

when we complain, but they're fights we can
fight," Mueller said.
One of the grievances is the removal of mail-
boxes for GSIs in the sociology department.
Mueller said she did not think violations have
increased, but that more people are aware of GEO.
"We had 76-percent membership last year.
We're trying to aim high and get 90 percent this
year," Mueller said.
Conference attendees also brainstormed and
planned for a nationwide day of action for next Feb.
27 to show solidarity among graduate students.
The day of action is a move to demonstrate the
right of graduate employee unions to organize and
to fight for a living wage and health care.

Latina
activist
debuts
new film
By Ann Stewart
Daily Staff Reporter
About 80 students got a glimpse into
the past of Latino/a activism when
inspirational speaker Iris Morales
debuted her documentary film,
"Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young
Lords," on Friday night in the
University Club in the Michigan
Union.
"It told about a lot of stuff that's
going on that I didn't know about that I
wish I had known about earlier. I wish
more things like that were going on
now," said University of Illinois gradu-
ate Gabriel Martinez, who attended the
screening.
The film, whose title means
"Forward, Always Forward" is about
the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican
activist group of the '60s and '70s. It
includes interviews with former Young
Lords members and footage of their
activities.
"You get (from the film) a sense that
by collective action we can make
change," Morales said.
The film was shown as part of the
Latino/a Heritage Celebration and doc-
uments a brief history of the Lords'
activism in New York City, including its
repression by authorities and its internal
contradictions.
Some of the Lords' activism
described in the film includes the
takeover of the Lincoln Hospital in the
Bronx and the People's Church in East
Harlem, as well as providing lead poi-
soning and tuberculosis tests for the
poor community.
"The best part was their taking it
upon themselves to take care of their
community, to recognize there is a
problem and take action," said LSA
junior Lori Nicholson.
Morales was a leading member of the
Young Lords from 1969 to 1975. Born
and raised in New York, her parents
were part of the great migration from
Puerto Rico in the '40s.
She recently became the director of
education at the Puerto Rican Legal
Defense and Education Fund. Morales

New

'

center

welcomes visitors

By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
First impressions are lasting impres-
sions.
With that concept in mind, maize
and blue ribbons were cut to symbol-
ize the official opening of the
Huetwell Visitors Center - the
arrival gate to the University.
Connected to the Student Activities
Building on Maynard Street, the new
building will welcome University visi-
tors, from prospective students to
alums.
"Until now, we have not had a cen-
tral entry point to the University,"
said interim President Homer Neal.
The building, with its modern glass
exterior and three-story atrium, has
meeting rooms, a reception lobby and
auditoriums where visitors can watch
videos about the University and
prospective students can hear presenta-
tions by the Office of Undergraduate
Admissions.
Other services will still be located in
the SAB-Visitors Center, including
Career Planning and Placement,
Housing, and the Office of Financial
Aid.
Provost J. Bernard Machen said the
center will serve as an "important link-
age" and introduction for students and
faculty.
"It's appropriate they should have the
opportunity to interact from the very
beginning," Machen said.

Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit),
who also spoke at the opening, con-
trasted the campus's unwelcomin,
atmosphere during her first week on
campus as a graduate student in 1964 to
the friendly atmosphere symbolized by
the new center.
Varner said that while the building is
made of brick, glass and metal, it "will
radiate a sense of welcome."
The visitors center is designed to be
the first place for prospective students
to learn about the
University.
"So when they
leave, they'll take
away only good
memories of the
University of
Michigan," Varner
said.
Campus Day
leader Joht
Machen Antonini, an LSA
sophomore, said
the spring introduction to campus is
one of many programs that will be
greatly improved with the opening of
the center.
Previously, the University could
accommodate only small groups
because of limited space; now they can
hold luncheons and discussions in the
center's meeting rooms.
"With the opening of the visitors cen-
ter, first impressions will be greatly
improved," Antonini said.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Latina activist Iris Morales debuted her new documentary film at the Michigan
Union on Friday night. Morales was one of the leading members of the Young
Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group of the '60s and '70s.

graduated from New York University
School of Law in 1979.
"She is a role model. As a mother, as
a community activist, as a lawyer, she's
had to wear many hats," said Wilson
Valentin, a Rackham student.
Morales volunteered to do the pro-
ject, which began in 1988, in order to
educate the Latino/a community
about its past accomplishments. She
chose film as her tredium to appeal to
the younger, "visual generation."
"We felt a collective sense of wanting
to do something. The documentary
became important because it is our
responsibility to document our history,"
Morales said.
Only the first of the two-part film
was shown Friday. The entire documen-
tary will be shown on public broadcast
stations in the near future. While the
first part focuses mainly on the positive

aspects of the Young Lords, the second
part will include testimony on its dark-
er side.
"I wanted to show the positives and
the successes, but I also felt it was
important (for viewers) to know the
failures," Morales said.
Members of the audience said they
enjoyed the film and found it educa-
tional.
"I think it should be made a more
public film," said LSA sophomore
Noemi Cordes.
" There's a lot of negative ideas per-
petuated about Latinos and this shows
that we are involved and that we have
succeeded," Cordes said.
Students can check local listings for
the film on PBS or order a copy by mail
after Oct. 18.
For more information, call (212)
713-5125.

Station suspends ads

LANSING (AP) - A statewide
radio network has temporarily pulled
radio ads supporting Republican U.S.
Senate candidate Ronna Romney which
suggest some of the ideas of
Democratic incumbent Carl Levin are
like communism.
Full Circle Broadcasting Inc. of
Lansing had been airing the ads on
more than 50 of its 70 statewide affili-
ates, company general manager Jim

Rayl said Saturday.
Rayl said the ads will begin airing
again after a disclaimer is added that
states the ads are not endorsed by the
Romney campaign.
A portion of the 60-second ad states:
"Ronna is for smaller government. I
think big government is like commu-
nism. It doesn't work for the average
person, so I'm voting for Ronna
Romney."

Impromptu Diag sprinklers
rain on Festifall activities

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By Undsay Bleier
For the Daily
On a beautiful late summer day in
Ann Arbor, Festifall 1996 was rained
on.
As more than 275 campus organiza-
tions gathered around the Diag, the dor-
mant sprinkler system suddenly turned
on at approximately I1 a.m.
"The sprinklers usually come on
very early in the morning, normally,"
said University Grounds employee
Paulette, who declined to give her last
name. "But after 25 years of working
just fine, the timer went off without
warning."
Several organizations were com-
pletely drenched by sprinklers, particu-
larly the Greek and international orga-
nizations located on the central grass
area running between the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library and the

Chemistry Building.
. Zeta Phi Beta sorority members suf-
fered damage to memorabilia such as
paddles and fans from the unforgiving
sprinklers.
"It was rain without a rainy day," said
Rachelle Pipkins, an LSA senior and
sorority member.
Surrounding groups said the sprin-
klers -turned on without warning and
sprayed for 10 minutes until they sud-
denly shut off.
Some group members frantically
packed up their tables while others
threw jackets or bags over their displays
during the downpour.
Several other Festifall participants
voiced similar annoyance over the
soggy situation. Many said they thought
the sprinkler showers were caused by a
prank.
"It seemed to be a perfect time for a

prank, and I hope if it wasn't, that this
doesn't give anyone any ideas for next
year." said Brian Drozdowski, an LSA
senior and member of the University
Students Against Cancer.
"It just happened and we weren't
happy. ... The grounds and mainte-
nance people were really helpful and
got it taken care of right away," said
Roger Fisher, assistant director for cam-
pus activities and programs.
Despite several puddles and semi-dry
grounds, Festifall continued to be a way
to advertise to students about campus
organizations, and opportunities while
the majority of participants remained
dry.
Location proved to be ever impor-
tant, said Jason Herman, an LSA senior
and president of the Juggling Club.
"We were juggling just fine. No
water over here - dry as a bone."

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