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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 24, 1996,- 5A

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By Ann Stewart
Daily Staff Reporter
In a place on campus where there is
usually silence, the voices of survivors
can now be heard.
An exhibit of artwork by female sur-
vivors of dating and domestic violence,
rape and incest is on display in the Art
Lounge of the Michigan Union.
A The display also includes part of the
ilent Witness exhibit of silhouettes
representing dead victims of dating
and domestic violence. The exhibit is
currently touring the state of
Debi Cain, director of the Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center, said the purpose of the exhibit
is to make sure "the silence imposed on
survivors is broken."
s*The exhibition, which began
onday, will continue through Oct. 31.
It is sponsored by SAPAC as part of
Domestic Violence Prevention month
in October.
Joyce Wright, SAPAC prevention
and education coordinator, said the dis-
play provides its audience with an
increased awareness.
"You get a sense of the impact that
violence has on the lives of women,"
Wright said.
* Artwork by survivors and their fami-
lies includes a portion of the
Clothesline exhibit which consists of T-
shirts decorated with pictures, sayings
and short poems.
Some of the shirts displayed in the
Union berate their attackers, calling
them by name. One bore a single word:
Observers said the exhibit affected
h em in a positive way.
"I really, really appreciate this exhib-
it because the fact that they have this
shows these people as individuals," said
LSA junior Ellen Wang. "Each of their
suffering is different."
Another part of the exhibit includes

Mich. roads crumbling apart

LANSING (AP) -The drumbeat of
charges that Michigan roads and
bridges are crumbling was renewed
yesterday by a study calling on
Michigan to spend an extra $5.4 billion
over 10 years for smoother, safer roads.
The Road Information Program, or
TRIP, said a lack of money has delayed
scheduled construction while urban
congestion and traffic deaths are rising.
"Michigan has a high level of deterio-
ration," said Jim Fahey, assistant research
director for TRIP, a Washington, D.C.,
organization that researches data on high-
way transportation.
In Michigan, TRIP long has warned
of road disrepair. The Michigan Road
Builders Association has used its find-
ings to urged gas tax increases to pro-

vide added money.
"Increased funding will be essential
in making road and bridge improve-
ments," Fahey said.
Anthony Milo, executive vice presi-
dent of the road builders association,
said legislation which has cleared the
state Senate may save some money.
Included in the package was a limit on
road lawsuits and other measures aimed
at making the Michigan Department of
Transportation more efficiently.
Some legislative leaders have said that
will reduce the need for a gas tax boost.
But Milo said a gas tax increase will
still be needed. Michigan's tax now
stands at 15 cents a gallon, and there
has long been discussion of the need to
raise it.

"A gas tax increase has to be part of
the equation,' Milo said. And he noted
that many expect lawmakers to tackle
the issue in the "lame-duck"- ession
after the November election.
"Prior to the election, it's hard to get
anybody to focus on anything but the
election," Milo said. "This should be
the No. I priority in the lame-duck ses
sion. I don't believe Michigan motorists
want us to wait any longer."
A spokesperson for Gov, John inglei
said negotiations over a proposed gas
tax increase are still going on, but there
is no sign of an agreement in time for
the lame-duck session.
"There's nothing new," said John
Truscott. "We've continued negotia-
tions over the past couple of weeks.


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University student Rina Shah views the domestic violence art exhibit in the Art
Lounge of the Michigan Union yesterday.
You geta sense of the impact That
violence has on the lives of women".
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SAPAC coordinator

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several pieces of poetry and prose by
both anonymous authors and known
authors, such as Marge Piercy. Many
works express feelings of sorrow and
anger while others convey joy, such as
one piece titled, "reflections before the
speakout 1991."
speam happy / to know that i can walk
down the street with my arms swinging
/ freely / no more paralysis," the poem
The bright red Silent Witness silhou-
ettes stand over the lounge's occasional
visitors, displaying the jarring stories of
women who died in violent relation-
ships, including a 12-year-old whose

boyfriend said he stabbed her to death
"because she wouldn't leave."
Visitors said the stories shocked
"It's the truth," said Ann Arbor resi-
dent Louis Gaines. But, "to me it was
disgusting - some of the things I
Wright said the Silent Witness exhib-
it began after 1993, a year with a record
number of women's deaths in violent
She said the exhibit "points out the
horrors" of violence against women and
shows "how this particular crime can
lead to death."

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Soup kitchen will cater to kids


Mich. (AP) - A program designed to
make sure kids get a good, hot meal at
night in addition to help with home-
work and some fun with other children
is being put together in Genesee
Kids' Cafe is to open in January,
Michigan's first soup kitchen strictly
Jor children, says Stephanie Kotrofi of
Second Harvest, a Chicago-based non-
profit agency that serves 181 food
banks nationwide.
The kitchen will offer help with
homework, recreation and a warm
"There are a lot of kids here in the
Beecher (School) District that I know of
personally who are going without
evening meals and going to bed hun-
gry,"Verice Layton, program coordina-
or at the Salvation Army Beecher
orps, told The Flint Journal for an
article yesterday.
"Kids wouldn't be as comfortable sit-
ting in a regular soup kitchen because
of the stereotypes they've heard about
transients," she said.
"It might make them scared to be
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there. So we're going to put kids in a
kids' environment and make it more fun
for them."
The center where the cafe will be
located already is used by youngsters
for homework and recreation. Some
children told the Journal they are excit-
ed about the new kitchen.
"Sometimes I don't want to leave
when my grandma's friend comes to
pick me up; I like it here," said
Antogonie Leverette, 9, a fourth-grader
at Harrow Elementary School. "I hope
we can have pizza and macaroni and
cheese for dinner. And I really, really
like cupcakes."
Kids' Cafe will be among 40 nation-
wide, Kotrofi said. The Michigan cafe
expects to serve about 50 to 100 chil-
dren to age 18 each day.
Second Harvest launched Kids' Cafe
in Savannah, Ga., in 1993. Since then,
dozens have sprouted up across the
country, Kotrofi said.
"Not everyone understands a food
bank, but they understand hungry kids,"
she said.
William Kerr, chief executive officer
of the food bank, said more could

spring up within a year around Flint if
the Mount Morris Township kitchen is
Beecher officials said 80 percent to
85 percent of their students meet fed-
eral low-income requirements and
qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch-
"A lot of children receive the school
breakfast and lunch, but there's no din-
ner so they go all the way until morning
without food," Kerr said.
Kids Cafe is using a S12,886 grant
from the Community Foundation. of
Greater Flint and contributions from the
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and the
Salvation Army.
Salvation Army Envoy William
Racely says he hopes the cafe will help
strengthen families.
"We want to offer a well-balanced
meal so we know these kids will have a
supper time just like everybody else,"
he said.
"Parents are encouraged to bring
their children here and volunteer with
the meals. This is a program to bring
families together. not keep them

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