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Mn o
New Web site to
provide service
q+A new Internet site connecting mil-
ns of volunteers nationwide with
information about service opportuni-
ties is scheduled to be launched tomor-
row morning.
The site, called SERVEnet, is spon-
sored by Youth Service America, a
national umbrella organization for the
service movement, including more than
7,000 affiliated organizations around
the country.
SERVEnet aims at engaging all
nericans in volunteer service, with a
special focus on young adults. The site is
scheduled to provide information about
service opportunities in local areas
across the nation and the ability to inter-
act with other individuals and organiza-
tions interested in volunteering.
YSA officials said the site will pro-
vide collaborative information sharing,
problem solving and resource develop-
ent for more than 10,000 grassroots
vice organizations, 200 Youth
Service America affiliates and multiple
national non-profit partners including
Red Cross, Share Our Strength and the
National Association of Service and
Conservation Corps.
The SERVEnet site will be located at
http://www.SERVEnet. org.
Symposium to
4onor former prof.
A School of Information symposium
Wednesday on archival pioneers will
honor emeritus Prof. Robert Warner,
who is the University's historian.
Warner is professor emeritus and
dean emeritus of the # School of
Information, former director of the
Bentley Historical Library and former
archivist of the United States. He was
also interim director of the University
*brary and a professor of history.
The symposium honors Warner and
his.wife, Jane Warner, on his retirement
from the School of Information.
Titled "Archival Pioneers: A
Retrospective and Prospective Look,"
the symposium is scheduled for 2-4
p.m. Wednesday at the Gerald Ford
Library on North Campus. The event is
open to the public, but seating will be
limited. A reception is scheduled to fol-
the symposium.
Group sponsors
Israel trip
For activists in search of something
"exciting, meaningful and inspira-
tional" for winter break, the World
Zionist Organization is sponsoring a
-midyear conference and Israel tour for
Students from all over the country
will spend more than two weeks in
Israel from Dec. 25-Jan. 10 as part of
the conference.
While the trip costs $1,150 for all
expenses, including airfare, subsidies
are available.
For more information on the pro-
gram, call 1-800-27-ISRAEL, (212)

1ounCiI on Aging
seeks volunteers
The Council on Aging, a unit of
Catholic Social Services, is in need of
individuals interested in becoming Tax
Aid Volunteers to assist low-income
senior adults in obtaining tax credits
and drug rebates.
". Training for the program will be pro-
*ded in early January, and volunteers
-will be needed from January through
April 1997. Call 712-3625 for more
- Compiled from staff reports.


The Michigan Daily

- Monday, October 28, 1996 - 3

Harvard prof. speaks
on human well-being



By Bram Elias
Daily Staff Reporter
Maybe Harvard really is the Michigan of the East.
Thomas Scanlon Jr., the Alford professor of natural
religion, moral philosophy and civil polity at Harvard
University, delivered the University's annual Tanner
Lecture on Human Values this weekend.
In his lecture, Scanlon asked the audience, com-
posed mostly of graduate students and University pro-
fessors, if "well-being really
"It is absurd to say that it is a
individuals have no reason
to be concerned with their say that i
well-being," Scanlon said.
"But the fact is people aren't have no ri
actively thinking about their
overall well-being as they be concert
act on a day-to-day basis."w
The lecture, titled "The their weII-
Status of Well-Being," was
held Friday afternoon in
Rackham Amphitheatre. H
Saturday morning, at the
Michigan League, Scanlon joined a panel of three
scholars from various fields in a symposium to dis-
cuss and critique the lecture.
Scanlon, a Harvard philosopher, discussed issues
ranging from the definition of well-being to what con-
stitutes a "fulfilled life."
Reactions to the lecture were mixed.
"The lecture was pretty comprehensive, which is
very impressive," said Rackham student Manyul Im.


"The point of the talk was that well-being has more
interest from a third-person view, from benefiting
people, than in first-person deliberations."
Not everyone thought Scanlon's message was so
"What was the point? I didn't see the point," said
Blaine Neufield, a Rackham student. "It was a lot of
rambling. It was very interesting, there were lots of
interesting parts, but there was no punch."
Any questions about the
lecture were answered in
furdtoSaturday's symposium,
which began at 9:30 a.m.
iVid IS and stretched until 2 p.m.
The morning began with the
!son t panel discussing and cri-
tiquing Scanlon's lecture.
ed with Scanlon then was given an
opportunity to respond to
efi . any issues raised, followed
'homas Scanlon by both Scanlon and the
panel fielding questions
rvard professor from the audience.
Participants in the sym-
posium were Peter Hammond, professor of economics
at Stanford University; Shelly Kagan, the Henry R.
Luce professor of social thought and ethics at Yale
University; and Cass Sunstien, the Karl N. Llewellyn
Distinguished Service professor of jurisprudence, law
school and department of political science at the
University of Chicago.
The lecture and symposium served their purpose,
Scanlon said.

Harvard Prof. Thomas Scanlon delivered the
University's annual Tanner Lecture on Human Values
this weekend. He spoke on the notion of well-being.
- - - -- - -- -- - --- - --
"I'm very pleased with how it went," he said. "With
philosophy, your laboratory is in your head. Talking to
other people is sometimes the only way to check your
data. The critiques to my arguments raised some very
good objections, and that's why we do this."
Seeing Michigan after working at Harvard, Scanlon
had an opinion about the "Harvard: The Michigan of
the East" T-shirts.
"Harvard? Oh, I don't think it quite lives up to
Michigan," Scanlon said.

hail helps
By Jenni Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
There were plenty of things going
bump in the night in the basement of
North Hall this weekend.
Sword-fighting pirates battled to the
death near the tombstones that decorated
the North Hall yard. Creeping hands
grabbed for feet and Hannibal the
Cannibal was electrocuted. A maniac
armed with a chain saw came less than a
foot in front of the faces of those who
braved the dark.
The University Tri-service ROTC held
its annual Halloween haunted house this
weekend to raise money for the Ann
Arbor Ronald McDonald House and the
Avalone House.
Members of the Army, Navy and Air
Force ROTC constructed the haunted
house, acted as guides and dressed as
part of the Halloween fright. In all, there
were about 60 to 70 people working both

gfame rs
By Jenni Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
The Wolverine Gaming Club spon-
sored the University Convention this~
weekend at the Michigan Union -
but participants didn't go hunting for
furry animals. Instead, about 700
people went to test their skills at role-
playing and battle games.
Participants played board games, :
miniatures games and role-playing :0
games. Companies also featured new
games and UCon hosted special guest
Richard Garfield, creator of the game .;
"(People attend conventions).,
because finding a place to play
games is not easy," Garfield said..
"You need to find lighting, people to :
play with and a place. Conventions
provide that. They bring people in to
UCon is a branch of the Gaming
Club, which meets once a week in the
Union. -
"People aren't compelled too- be
here (at gaming club meetings), ikhn
they are in political groups," saidj
Joseph Saul, chair of UCon. "This is"-
more of a hobbyist-type group.
Attendance varies on people's class
schedules. Near finals there is almost
no one at meetings."
On the other hand, UCon draws a
larger number of participants from
across the state and from Canada.
The convention is one of six major
conventions in the state each year. It
is the second largest in Michigan.
"This is my third time coming to the
convention," said Allen Shock, a
Mount Pleasant resident. "I get to meet
other people who like my hobby and
try new things. I heard about it from my
friends who first attended in 1988."
The convention was open to both'
experienced gainers and beginners.
"We want to make (games) available,:'
Anyone who has a hobby wants to
share,' Saul said. "This is a good place
to learn how to play games. There are.
over 200 events of different varieties."
UCon staff members said they
were concerned about the number of:
people in attendance this year.
"We started up late with advertis-
ing this year," said Dave Morris, an
Engineering graduate student. "Last
year we had about 1,200 people, but
this year we may only get 700.".
Some exhibitors said they hopetog
show that computer games hava
become an activity that a group dC
people can share.
"We get more people to play, and it
becomes more social," said Mark
Lebay, who works at Digital Ops and
hopes to open a store in Ann Arbor
this year with his partner, JoM
"We're promoting social intera'
tion through graphic violence
Lebay said.
The convention is in its eighth ya
and is earning enough money toa
for itself each year. It also donate
some of the proceeds to th
Leukemia Society.
A longtime member of UCo
died of leukemia," Saul said.
used to rotate charities, but sincet
death that has been our primary cha

Navy ROTC Junior Steve Kaman prepares to execute Navy ROTC first-year student Anthony Ampezzan at the haunted house in
North Hall on Friday night. All profits from the haunted house will go to the Ronald McDonald House.

"We hope to raise about $5,000 to
$6,000 this year," Ona said. "We find

worthwhile charities to

"It's for a good
reason," said
Barb Moans,
sophomore. "The
proceeds go to
charity and we
don't have any
The $3 admis-
sion is first
applied toward
the cost of build-

"6The proceeds
go to charity and
we don't have an
- Barb Moans
Eggineering sophomore

donate to each
year. Ronald
House has been
our charity for
the past few
S t u d e n t s
attend the house
both for enter-
tainment and
they are athletes'
they can do

every corner."
Students waited in long lines both
Friday and Saturday nights.
"I haven't seen the end product yet
tonight, but there has been plenty of
entertainment floating around," said
LSA senior Mike Navratil on Friday
ROTC actors came by the line at inter-
vals, performing short skits to keep the
crowd entertained. There were also
numerous tombstones decorating the
lawn including - "O.J. Trial," "Student
Loans," and "Elvis isn't here." Hot
chocolate was also on sale to keep stu-
dents warm.
Not everyone said they minded wait-
ing in line.
"I think the lines are a great place to
socialize," said LSA first-year student
Amy Jordan. "That's what college is all

about. I've heard a lot about the house
and I really wanted to come through."
Jordan, an Air Force ROTC member,
said she did not have time to work at the
haunted house this year and wanted to
come see the finished product.
The haunted house draws many repeat
customers, who are often impressed with
the students' effort.
"It was a lot of people working this
year," said Al Hoye, a Whitmore Lake
resident. "We try to come almost every
year., Not everyone is so enthusiastic
after working in a haunted house a
ROTC attributes the larger crowds this
year to better advertising.
"We've had more people advertising,"
said Jeff King, LSA senior. "We put ads
on the radio and in the paper, along with
fliers on campus."

ing supplies, with the remainder donated
to charity.
"It takes about a month to get every-
thing together," said Ryan Ona,
Engineering senior and one of three
organizers of the event. "It's a communi-
ty building event and it's for a good
Last year, ROTC raised about $3,000
for the Ronald McDonald House. This
year they took in $5,200 before expens-

some stunts you don't normally get to
see in other houses," said LSA sopho-
more Stefani Miller.
Miller attended with 26 residents of
Stockwell residence hall. The hall coun-
cil paid half the admission fee for stu-
dents to attend.
"It's a good time to get scared and
have fun," said LSA sophomore Matt
Kosen. "Every time you turn around you
get scared. They're right back at you on

Mel Elfin is the college book editor for U.S. News & World Report. His name was spelled incorrectly in Friday's Daily.

U Pre-Med Club, MOAT Faceoff
Meeting, Michigan Union, Kuenzel
Room, 71p.m.
U Women's Book Group, 662-5189, Guild
House, 802 Monroe, 12-1 p.m.
U "Armando Rios: Day of the Dead," pho-
tographic exhibit opening, Michigan
Union Study Lounge, 9 a.m.
Q "Financial Resources for
International Students,"_spon-

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h penigt n Arbor today

Building, Room 3200, 4:10-5 p.m.
U "Latino/ atina Student
Conversaclones," sponsored by
Counseling and Psycho logical
Services, Michigan Union, Com
3100, 3-5 p.m.
U "MSA Romper-room," sponsored by
UNT, Channel 24 in all residence
hall rooms, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Q "The Clorox Company: Information
Session," sponsored by CP&P,
Patton Accounting Center, Room
1016, 4:30-6 p.m.
Q "U.S. Job Search: Strategies for
International Students," sponsored
by International Center,
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Union and Pierpont Commons, 763-
INFO, info@umich.edu, UM Events
on GOpherBLUE, and
www.umich.edu/-info on the World
Wide Web
U English Composition Board Peer
Tutoring, Angell Hall, Room
4440, 7-11 p.m.
U Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley
Lobby, 8-11:30 p.m.
U New Student Survey, 764-6413, first-
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filling out survey in residence halls,
seebuildingCORE forinformation
U Psychology Peer Academic Advising,
647-3711, sponsored by
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