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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 21, 1996 - 3A

ROTC house
turnS into
haunted house
The old morgue at North Hall, which
was once a hospital, will return to part
of its former function this weekend.
Ghosts and fright replace guns and
strategy in preparation for Halloween.
Members of the Reserve Officers'
Training Corps will apply their knowl-
edge of military strategy toward hosting
the perfect haunted house this weekend.
The subbasement of North Hall,locat-
ed at 1105 N. University Ave., which
once served as a morgue, will be trans-
formed into a classic house of horrors
from 7-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
ROTC members adjust the experience
for each visitor and welcome all ages.
The cost is $3 and all proceeds will
benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Saturday night, WQKL radio station
will broadcast live from North Hall.
For more information, call 332-6117.
*Social Work
honors its own
The School of Social Work Alumni
Society will present awards to distin-
guished alums and faculty at a reception
from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Vandenberg
Room of the Michigan League.
The Distinguished Faculty Award
will be given to Social Work Prof.
Charles Garvin. Social Work Prof.
* Maeda Galinsky will receive the
Distinguished Alumni Award for
Academicians. Delois Whitaker
'Caldwell, director of the Family
Services Administration for the state's
Family Independence Agency, will
receive the Distinguished Alumni
Award for Practitioners.
YMCA holds life-
*guarding classes
The American Red Cross will spon-
.or a full lifeguard training course at the
Ann Arbor YMCA beginning Saturday.
The class includes lifeguarding, CPR
and first aid.
The first class will be this Saturday
from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Classes continue
each following Saturday from 10:30
u.m.-4:30 p.m. through Dec. 21. Class
will not be held Nov. 30.
*f The cost is $145 for members and
$175 for non-members. Books are
included.
Call the YMCA at 663-0536 for
more information.
Interns can work
at new museum
Internships are immediately avail-
able at the Museum of African
American History in a range of posi-
tions, preparing for the opening of the
new museum in February.
When the new Museum of African
American History opens in Detroit in
February, it will be the largest museum
:of its type in the world.
Both graduate and undergraduate stu-
dents interested in museum work are
encouraged to apply. Students should
submit a cover letter and resume detail-
ing their area of interest, availability and
typing experience. For more informa-
tion, call William Goinsz, director of
education for the museum, at 833-9800.

.Berki memorial
Siervice on Friday
A memorial service will be held at I
p.m. Friday to honor Sylvester Berki,
professor emeritus of health policy and
management, and one of the pioneers
in the field of heath economics.
The service will be in Room 3001 in
the School of Public Health Building I
at 109 S. Observatory St.
Berki died on July 10.
- Compiled from staff reports.

Some students experience life on welfare

By Matthew Rochkind
Daily Staff Reporter
Fathers pawned home appliances and children
dealt drugs to survive in the basement of St.
Mary's Student Parish on Saturday.
Participants resorted to these and other unfamil-
iar behaviors when community organizations
inserted them into a welfare simulation.
Kathy Slay, director of the event and a member
of the Welfare Rights Union of Washtenaw
County, said the simulation was designed to "sen-
sitize us to day-to-day life of low-income families.
Welfare isn't quite what you see on television."
For the first hour, 36 participants role-played a
month in the lives of low-income families, while
volunteers played the roles of people that welfare
recipients encounter. Although groups of plastic
chairs symbolized a family's house in this state of
poverty, Slay emphasized that the experience was

far from imaginary.
"This is not a game. It's a simulation," Slay said.
"The situations in the simulation happen to real
families," said Tobi Hanna-Davies, a member of
the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, a co-
sponsor of the program.
For lack of money, families in the simulation
could not buy food, were forced to pawn
microwaves for $30 and still many were evicted
before the month was out.
"The average welfare recipient in Washtenaw
County does not receive enough money to pay the
rent," Slay said. "If you don't have the money,
you're homeless."
Social Work Prof. Sheldon Danziger said there
is a "safety net" of services set up to help the
unemployed survive. However, he said, "Many of
them fall through the cracks."
It sometimes took two weeks for a family to fin-

ish the paper work necessary to get food stamps.
Unfed, uncared-for and delinquent children were
frequently taken to foster homes.
Danziger, who was not at the simulation, said
these things do happen, but are not the rule. He
said the process is slow because many people do
not know what information they need to bring to
the welfare office, and to prevent people from tak-
ing advantage of welfare.
"The people in the (welfare) eligibility office
need to see birth certificates to make sure (appli-
cants) actually have kids," Danziger said.
"Obviously some kids are taken away" but not
very often, he said.
Even in simulation, these experiences were
emotional and revealing for participants.
"You can read stats as much as you want, you
really have no idea unless you experience it," said
LSA senior Amy Zandarski, a political science and

women's studies concentrator who played a moth-
er in the simulation.
Ann Arbor Democratic mayoral candidate
Christopher Kolb role-played a father, and found
that survival was the name of the game.
"Even knowing it was a simulation, it was still
so frustrating," he said. "I realized it was all about
geting cash. I realized there are people that go
through this every day. It's not over in an hour-(for
them)"
After the simulation, participants and volunteers
discussed the emotions involved in the simulation
and in living in a low-income family.
There will be another simulation in the Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall on Nov. I1 from 10-11
a.m. The discussion will follow on Nov 13 at the
same time. Registration is $5, and interested par-
ties can get information or register with ICPJ at
663-1870.

I

Students explore
Chinese American
roots, traditions

By Prachish Chakravorty
Daily Staff Reporter
Even Chinese yo-yos can bridge cul-
tural differences.
That was the idea behind one event in
last night's Chinese Cultural Evening at
Mosher-Jordan residence hall, orga-
nized by the Council for the
Advancement of Minorities at Mosher-
Jordan.
The show, presented in association
with the Chinese American Society of
Ann Arbor, included different examples
of Chinese music and dance performed

offered to help us out," Wigder said.
"We just wanted to see some interesting
culture:'
Tai-Hsing Chou, a senior from
Huron High School, dazzled the audi-
ence with an artistic Chinese yo-yo rou-
tine. Chou agreed that promoting
Chinese culture was important. b
"Every little bit counts. I don't kadw
how much impact it has on the students
as a whole, but it's a definite plbs,"
Chou said.
Amy Seetoo, a founder of CASAA.
spoke on the history of China and *of

Eat, drink, dance and be merry
David Swain, director of the 1i - V - I Orchestra, leads his band in a Cha-Cha at the Heidelberg Restaurant last night. His
band performs there every Sunday night for the swing crowd.
Arab Americans discuss their
ro e in preS1dential campaign

by children from
local elementary
and middle
schools and some
first-year students
at Washtenaw
Community
College.
About 50 par-
ticipants feasted
on traditional
Chinese cuisine
and guest speak-
ers addressed
issues relating to
Chi riese
Americans.
The free event
University students.

"We all came
with different
experiences. We
allhave a lot to
offer each other."
- Amy Seetoo
CASAA founder

Chinese in south-
east Asia. Seetoo
emphasized the
importance 'of
C h i n e s'e
Americans play-
ing an active role
in society.
"(We need)
more contact and
more exchanges
of minds'" Seetoo
said. "We all
came with difftr-
ent experiences.
We all have a iot
to offer each

was open to all

other."

DEARBORN (AP) - Prominent
Arab Americans from around the coun-
try are in Michigan to discuss ways to
maximize the community's impact on
next month's election.
The Arab American Institute's fourth
annual conference - Decision '96: The
Arab American Vote - was for the first
time held outside Washington, D.C.
"Michigan is a key area in the elec-
tion. And both the parties are actively
courting the Arab American vote," said
James Zogby, the nonpartisan institute's
executive director, noting that metro-
politan Detroit has the largest Arab
American population in the nation, with
300,000 people.
The conference, which concludes
today, will include sessions on increas-
ing voter registration, encouraging more

Arab Americans to run for office and
becoming more active in campaigns.
They also will hear from Michigan con-
gressional candidates and representa-
tives of the presidential campaigns.
"Regardless of party, Arab Americans
need to be active in the political process
and influence the debate," said Tim
Attalla, a Dearborn attorney appointed
to the Michigan Civil Rights
Commission by Gov. John Engler.
Locally, Arab Americans say the par-
ties are paying more attention to their
concerns this year.
Osama Siblani, editor of the
Dearborn weekly Arab American
News, told The Detroit News in yester-
day's edition that the Clinton-Gore
campaign paid $1,000 to place a full-
page ad in next week's paper.

"This is the first time a presidential
campaign has advertised in our paper.
Both parties are taking the community
very seriously," Siblani said.
In an informal poll of 12 community
leaders by the Arab American News,
nine supported President Clinton and
three said the decision was up to the
voters, Siblani said. None endorsed
Republican nominee Bob Dole.
"They believe Clinton has done a
good job," Siblani said.
Michigan congressional Democrats
Sen. Carl Levin and Reps. John Dingell
and David Bonior had strong support.
"The overwhelming support for
Levin surprised me. I guess Romney's
nasty campaign against Spence
Abraham turned off many Arab
American voters," Siblani said.

"CAMM is about promoting multi-
culturalism throughout the University
of Michigan, not just Mo-Jo," said
Nikki Robinson, president of the orga-
nization.
"For the most part, it's a residence
hall council. It's devoted to increasing
awareness and promoting multicultur-
alism and also to make sure the inter-
ests and needs of minorities are served,"
said Chris Tsou, minority peer adviser
at Mosher-Jordan.
Tsou added that the evening aimed to
"disspell some stereotypes" and high-
light "genuine Chinese culture."
Alex Wigder, chair of the Forum
Committee of CAMM, planned the
evening's events.
"We called (CASAA) up and they

Tait Sye, a coordinator at trit
University's division of Multi-Ethic
Student Affairs, also spoke and chal-
lenged traditional stereotypes . of
Chinese Americans.
"There's a distinct Chinese Ameican
identity and Chinese American experi-
ence," Sye said. "The media usually
portrays Chinese Americans as foreign-
ers. That's not really the Chinese
American experience."
Sye said that events such as the
Chinese Cultural Evening last night Ore
good because they bring up issues that
aren't usually discussed.
"There's a real tendency for people to
focus on the costumes and food, and the
foreignness of being Chinese
American," Sye said. "This was the
flip-side of that."

REG ENTS
Continued from Page 1A
ing searching."
Regents would not speculate on the
likelihood of adding names or when in
the process that may occur, but Deitch
said it was unlikely that regents would
bring up another candidate before the
four interviews.
The hushed ambiance of the
Regents' Room on Friday was indica-
tive of the board's stress during last
week's hectic pace - from a lawsuit

early in the week to quickly revising its
search plan and announcing a list of
finalists by Thursday.
Baker contended that the lawsuit has
severely constricted the board's activities.
The suit, filed by three area newspapers,
found that the board's original search
plan of closed meetings and closed inter-
views between regents and candidates
violated state open meetings laws.
"It just presents us with a very diffi-
cult situation," Baker said. "I'm sure
we'll be able to proceed and find a very
good president, but I just say that for

public record."
During this week, regents said they
will do a lot of individual research on
the candidates. Under the new plan,
regents cannot discuss candidates with
each other unless they meet in public.
After the lawsuit, one candidate
dropped out. The advisory committee
had planned to recommend five candi-
dates, but Lehman said the fifth person
had wanted one-on-one interviews with
regents, which is no longer permitted
under the court ruling. Lehman would
not release the candidate's identity.
"It's unfortunate that the way the
process evolved took away something
important to the candidates," Deitch
said. "This person felt they were missing
something by not being able to do that."
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Session," sponsored by CP&P,
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