The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 24, 1996 -
Not getting it done? Group aims to help
or Lose bus
rolls into town
MTV's trendily decorated Choose
or Lose bus is scheduled to roll into
Ann Arbor this Friday.
Armed with MTV stormtroopers
and Gen X-centered videos, the
Choose or Lose staff will join forces
with campus Voice Your Vote volun-
teers to register students to vote, said
Voice Your Vote co-founder Ryan
e Choose or Lose bus staff plans
fset up computer kiosks for various
student surveys and polls. TV screens
will also be playing public service
announcements and political videos by
President Clinton, Bob DoledRoss
Perot and other candidates.
Although the bus is scheduled to be
on campus from 1lI a.m.-3 p.m., coor-
dinators have not determined its loca-
tole returns to
Republican presidential nominee
Bob Dole plans to campaign in Detroit
today, while vice presidential nominee
Jack Kemp rallies voters on the west
side of the state.
The former Kansas senator is
s eduled to speak at a gathering at
- Detroit Economic Club at
The visit will be Dole's third stop in
Michigan this month. His last stint in
Michigan was for a rally with Kemp,
Gov: John Engler and U.S. Senate can-
didate Ronna Romney in Freeland on
Republican vice presidential nomi-
nee Jack Kemp is scheduled to speak
Grand Rapids today.
emp will address the staff at
America Seating, a company special-
izing in the construction of bus and
other transportation seating.
A host of Washington insiders,
uding University alum and former
President Gerald Ford, plan to wade
through political issues and rhetoric
Thursday at the "Trouble With
The conference and luncheon are
scheduled to be held at the Gerald R.
Ford Library on North Campus and
require a reservation. The event runs
from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Speakers and panelists for the
rference include former House
Speaker Tom Foley (D-
Washington), former Sen. George
McGovern (D-South Dakota), for-
mer White House Chief of Staff
Ken Duberstein, NBC News
reporter Andrea Mitchell and
Washington Post reporter Juan
Williams. Topics for discussion at
the event include pollsters, elected
officials, Capitol Hill and changes
he political climate.
face off in debate
After prolonged deliberations,
liepublican and Democratic camps
h ave scheduled two debates for
)ichigan U.S. Senate contenders
1onna Romney and incumbent Carl
The first debate is scheduled to be
held Sunday in a town meeting for-
mat at 3 p.m. at the WGVU-TV sta-
tion in Grand Rapids. The candi-
dates will respond to questions from
a live Grand Rapids audience and
voters in Detroit and Lansing by
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporters
Jennifer Harvey and Laurie Mayk.
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
If you even get there, you're expected to be late.
The University's Psychology Clinic is looking
for students who need help putting off procrastina-
tion, as it starts a support group for the chronical-
The 10-week support group, scheduled to start
tomorrow, is designed to aid graduate students
who are frustrated with their dissertations.
"I'm expecting people to sign up at the last
minute, if they sign up at all," said Mary
McKinney, the clinical psychologist who organized
the group. "They'll come late and feel very guilty
about it. The procrastinator is an expert about beat-
ing themselves up, (so) one of our goals is to help
people be more supportive of their own efforts."
McKinney said graduate students writing their
dissertations get hit in all possible weak spots.
"There are no externally set deadlines. One of
the things procrastinators typically do is only work
under a deadline, under pressure," she said. She
added a further note of caution that "you can't
complete a dissertation by pulling a few all-
nighters or cramming for a few weeks"
Natasha Raymond, an SNRE doctoral candi-
date, said the stress of the research and funding
processes wears some students down.
The loneliness factor is another obstacle. "I
think a lot of faculty don't help graduate students."
she said. "They're interested in their research.
They don't look at you as helping their career."
McKinney agreed. "The dissertation is particu-
larly hard, because it's a very lonely process. It's
the first time in a student's career that they haven't
had an authority figure telling them what to do and
when to do it."
McKinney said undergraduates face similar
strains with workloads.
LSA senior Jeremy Salzman said he considers
himself a heavy-duty, but functional, procrastinator.
"I procrastinate a lot," he admitted. "I'll get my
work done, but never, ever, ever before the night
before it's due. I need the pressure there, knowing
that it's got to be done really quick"
Salzman said sometimes he works on an assign-
ment until midnight, does half the work and then
wakes up early to finish just in time for class.
In addition to time out for sleeping, Salzman
said he plays games and gets snacks while he
writes. "I take breaks all the time. I can't sit still
long enough to cruise through."
Those who can't stop fidgeting, have writer's
block or have no inspiration will find support from
McKinney's group, which will discuss the roots of
procrastination, motivation and perfectionism.
For students who want to go it alone, McKinney
Tips for Procrastinators
1) Break ,down large projects into sub-goals.
2) Find ways to reward yourself forsmall steps.
3) Getting started is the hardest part.
4) Don't wait for inspiration.
5) Set a goal of two hours a day to study.
-source: r. Mary Mckizney. Universty Psychology Cinic
cautions that change takes time. "Don't turn over;
new leaf and try and change everything at one..
Tackle it one issue at a time."
"Everyone procrastinates sometime," she added.
"But the question is, does it impair your life?"%
Interested graduate students shouldn't postpone.
signing up, since there are only 14 spots available.
Sessions will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays-
in Suite 2463 of East Hall, and cost $15 per visit.
Another group may form for undergraduates.
For further information, call 764-3471.
By Brooke McGahey
For the Daily
If working out has become tiresome,
or roller-blading around campus is noth-
ing but a ho-hum adventure, then ice-
skating classes offered at the renovated
Yost Ice Arena may be just the thing.
Beginning Oct. 13, Yost Ice Arena
will offer various ice-skating classes
geared for everyone from 4-year-olds
to adults, from beginners to profession-
als. There are four different programs
to choose from: Learn to Skate, Parent
and Tot Learn to Skate, Adult Skating
and Adult Hockey.
Yost Marketing Director Tom
Koneeny said the tradition of opening
the arena to the public allows members
of the community to take part in a
"The classes give people the oppor-
tunity to skate on the same ice as the
1995 national hockey champions,"
The arena also offers open skating
beginning Oct. 12. Yost Skating
Director Anne Smith said these ses-
sions are, "crawling with U-M stu-
dents." On Saturdays, the ice is open
from noon-2:50 p.m. and 7-8:50 p.m.,
unless there is a game. On Sundays,
open skating is from 2-3:50 p.m. A
Thursday night session is also offered
from 89:50 p.m. and is the most popu-
lar among the students.
First-year student Nancy Nienstedt,
who is from the Ann Arbor area and has
skated at Yost for several years, said,
"The open skating sessions are a fun
way, to spend an afternoon and get
The completion of $5.5 million in
renovations to Yost will provide the
Ann Arbor community with "a much
more pleasant environment to skate in,"
An entirely new north end was com-
pleted, new team lockerrooms were
constructed along with additional seat-
ing, and an enlarged front lobby,
extended press box, pro shop and a sec-
ond-floor concourse were added.
Koneeny said the renovations should be
completed by Oct. 12.
Deemed the most popular skating
class among students, the Adult
Hockey class offers skaters the chance
to enhance their hockey skills and
learn the basics about the game,
Hockey Director Steve Knuble, who
is one of the instructors for the hockey
class, said he encourages students to be
involved in the program because
"hockey is a sport you can play for a
long time. It is fast-paced and uses a lot
of different skills."
Registration for the skating classes
ends Oct. 4. For more information,
contact the Yost arena offices at 764-
3 T Y
day of atonement:
Puppy dog eyes
Ann Arbor resident Stacie Dugis plays with five-month-old beagle Casey at
the Humane Society in Dixboro, yesterday.
By Jeff Cox
Daily Staff Reporter
About a week after ushering in the
year 5757, Jewish students on campus
celebrated Yom Kippur yesterday - a
day of fasting, atonement and forgive-
"It's kind of a day of death," said
Rich Kirsh, the assistant director of
Hillel, the largest Jewish organization
on campus. "It's a time that makes you
want to embrace life."
After sundown Sunday night, practic-
ing Jewish students attended services at
Hillel for orthodox and reform services
and the Power Center for the Performing
Arts for conservative services.
Yom Kippur lasted until sundown
last night, during
which many stu-
dents also attend-
ed various ser-
vices on campus. ison at
Yom Kippur is
the last day of the for
10 days of repen-
tance in Judaism. andmak
The 10-day peri-
od begins with amends.
the Jewish new -
year, the anniver-
sary of the day
Jews believe God
created the world.
"(These 10 days) are very introspec-
tive, (they are about) thinking what the
past year has been about," Kirsh said.
"The emphasis is on atonement for
your mistakes and making amends with
the people you have hurt," said Aaron
Kaufman, an LSA sophomore.
The Ten Days of Teshuvah, as the
time is called, are when Jews rectify
their shortcomings and make apologies
for their mistakes, both with God and
with their fellow human beings.
"I'm human, I make mistakes, and
this is my time to repent them and get
my affairs in order," said LSA senior
Scott Nagel, who is on the governing
board of Hillel.
Yom Kippur is considered the high.
est holiday of the Jewish year. -
"It's the holiest day of the year*
Nagel said. "It's our chance to start th&
year off with a clean slate."
During Yom Kippur, Jews are forbid-
den to eat, drink or engage in sexual-
conduct, Kirsh said, although many
Jewish students do not fast.
"It's about suspending one's normal
existence," Kirsh said. "By the end of
the day (of Yom Kippur), you are on a
The fast continued until the end of'
Yom Kippur, around 8 p.m. last night,'
at which point Jews "broke fast," whicb
is where the word breakfast originated:m
for my mis-
iement S t e v en
Aaron Kaufman Kippur are'.
.SA sophomore held :n:
the following morning. The evening
service begins with the chanting of the
"It's one of the most powerful ser-
vices," Kirsch said. "There's somethin
primal about it.
Though the holiday is undoubtey'
about the atonement of mistakes afid
repentance of wrongs, no one can dis-
count its family and community signif-
"It's a time when families get togeth-
er"' Kirsch said.
"I'm upset I'm going to miss getting
together with my family," Scharf said.
"It's not going to be the same without
By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
Every University student pays a fee
of $2.69 each semester to fund the
Michigan Student Assembly.
At tonight's meeting, the assembly
will finalize its 1996-97 budget plans
for the more than $200,000 it received
from student fees this year.
The assembly's proposed budget,
drawn up by MSA President Fiona
Rose and Vice President Probir Mehta,
includes allocating $90,000 to the
Budget Priorities Committee, which
funds around 600 student groups on
That figure is up from the $83,000
BPC received last year.
"I think it's great that the funding
keeps getting increased," said BPC
Chair Karie Morgan. "We will have
much better funding possibilities for all
the groups we talk to."
The proposed budget clears the way
for increased funding to BPC and other
committees by cutting the payroll of the
assembly's office staff by about $1,500.
"This budget reflects less internal
waste and more money to student
groups," Rose said.
Other highlights of the proposed
budget are increased funding to the
Minority Affairs Committee, which is
scheduled to receive $1,500, up from
just $600 last year.
The Students' Rights Commission
was also allocated $1,500, an increase
of more than $1,000 from last year's
SRC Chair Anne Marie Ellison said
the committee planned to use the
money to "energize" student activism
on campus by scheduling future speak-
ers, debates and other events.
"I don't believe (student activism) is
dead. It's only at a low point right now,"
Ellison said. "There's a lot we can do to
Rose said any discrepancies between
the proposed and final budgets will
reflect individual battles between
"Those who carry with them person-
al motives are going to split off and try
to accomplish'other things," Rose said.
"I don't think this will be a big problem,
but we are dealing with egos on the
Rose said the biggest problem with
MSA's recent budgets is that they have
relied on surpluses left over from the
year before. An increase in the student
fee will end MSA's surplus spending,
"We still pay one of the lowest stu-
dent fees in the country and our budget
has suffered," Rose said.
Mehta agreed. "What's 50 more
cents a term?" he asked. "We can use
that money to make a difference and
drastically increase services to stu-
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incorrect. In 1986-87, state appropriations made up 34 percent of the overall budget and in 1995-96 were 24 percent.
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