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128'- 1*6Michigan Daily Weeke4 Magazine - Thursday, Nmber 7, 1996
Student Focus
RC junior juggles Hillel Project
Serve, 'U' children's theater

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By Elizabeth Lucas
Daily Arts Writer
For most students, a typical day at the
University might include classes, study-
ing and talking to friends.
Charlie Walker, however, does all
that ,and more -the RC junior can usu-
ally be seen at Hillel, at the offices of
Project Serve, or at a rehearsal with the
University Children's Theater.
Though he is involved in a range of
activities, Walker's major time commit-
ment is to Project Serve. "There are
some weeks I'll put in 20 hours with

Project Serve,' he said.
Walker has previously taken part in
Alternative Spring Break, a program
that allows students to do community
service over spring break, and he is now
on the program's leadership team.
"I'm the special projects co-coordi-
nator, on the Alternative Spring Break
leadership team ... which is a new posi-
tion this year," he said. "We've been
doing a lot of different things, every-
thing from creating a summer break
program, to the selection process for
Alternative Spring Break, to collabora-

tion with other organizations, like the
Black Volunteer Network, the RC and
the 21st Century Program."
Walker said he is especially interest-
ed in planning the Alternative Summer
Break program. "That's something
that's really exciting. It's a way for more
people to get involved."
In addition to Project Serve, Walker
is also involved with a lesser-known
campus group - the University
Children's Theater.
"We put on shows for disadvantaged
kids in the area, and write, direct and
perform the shows ourselves. We've
done shows for as few as 10 and as
many as 300 kids;' he said. "It's a lot of
fun; it's a great stress release, in terms
of practices and rehearsals. And the
kids love it.'
In what remains of Walker's spare
time, he can often be found working on
programs at Hillel.
"My participation in the Reform
Chavurah and the Holocaust
Conference planning committee has
been very important for my Jewish
identity on campus," Walker said.
"Especially since I want to be a rabbi -
at least for right now."
With a schedule like this, at the end
of the day most students would be all
too ready to go home and relax. For
Walker, however, home has become
another opportunity to be involved as a

resident adviser in East Quad.
Walker described that experience as
"phenomenal. It is tough, because when
you walk in the building, you're on the
job. But my hall is great - it's a big, fun
hall with a lot of great people. And I've
been in a lot of different roles."
As RC senior Maria Job commented,
"I've worked with Charlie both as an
RA and in Children's Theater. I work
with Minority Student Services, and I
always see him in the offices of Project
Serve. I even went to Washington, to
take part in the March on Washington,
and I ran into him there, at a black-
3ewish event. .
"He's constantly doing things not just
for the U-M community, but for outside
communities - the Michigan commu-
nity, the University community, the
Jewish community," Job said.
One question that readily comes to
mind is how Walker manages to find
time for everything. He acknowledged
this difficulty, but said, "I'm starting to

manage my time better. I'm keeping a
planner this year, which is a new thing
for me."
As Job summed up Walker's level of
commitment, "He always does extra
things, and I have no idea how he does it."
And then there is a larger question -
why do it at all?
Walker said that he began his campus
involvement gradually. "I kind of got
my feet wet and slowly got involved,"
he said. "I was trying to figure out what
it was all about, and it became a natural
progression. You hear about these great
opportunities, and my problem is, I
hEave a hard tiie saying no tothem. But
at the same time, I love it."
This is fortunate for the University, Job
"He's so involved and so caring -
he's one of the most supportive RAs,"
she said. "Especially on this campus,
that's something you don't see a lot -
people who do things not for then-
selves, but for others."

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I just turned around and whaled him. He fell right to the ice, and I just
pummeled him. Here he was, thinking I was some priss -he definite-
ly learned his lesson.
"I'm not a goon or anything, but I'm not going to back down to some-
one who is on my back. No hockey player would."
Fights aren't common in women's hockey. In fact, CCWHA rules do
not allow checking or fighting. However, as freshman forward Rebecca
LeLeiko explains, hockey is a contact sport, and if the referee isn't look-
ing, you never know what is coming your way.
"Maybe give someone the shoulder or an elbow' LeLeiko said. "I'm
not saying give her a glove to the face or anything, but it's definitely a
contact sport regardless of the rule book."
Kate agrees.
"Just like guys' hockey, every team has a goon,'she said. "Maybe she
can't play hockey that well, but she is out there to rough you up. It defi-
nitely happened less than in men's hockey, but it doesn't mean it doesn't
Kate suggested that one reason for the more gentle women's play may
be due to coaching. She explained that although she grew up always
playing with guys, and learned to check and fight. Today many women's
coaches don't teach women to check or play rough.
"Actually, I guess that without the fighting and checking, the game is
much more beautiful to watch," she said. "The game truely is a game of
speed, agility and skill, and that's what women's hockey is all about."
With losses in the first two games of the season, the Wolverines are
learning to play together and have a different outlook than did last year's
6-7 team.
"Of course we are disappointed with two losses;" said Kate Winder,
who has scored five of the team's eight goals this season. "But this year,
some people are still learning how to play. As much as we all want to
win, right now we still need to practice and work hard to become a bet-
ter hockey team. Games like the first two have been very encouraging,
and really act as the best possible practice for the
next game."«
The two teams are very different. Only the 1996-97
older Winder and junior assistant captain, Flan Hockey!
Campbell, remain from last year's squad. One All game
reason for the difference is that last year, women Aos gamc
who were not affiliated with the University were
allowed to play. This year, all members of the V Dec. 7: 9 p ma
team are either students or somehow affiliated V Jan. 17, 1997: 1
with the University. A club sport requires that at Michigan St ate
least 50 percent of the team's members be ~ Feb. 7; 9 p.m,.aF
Michigan students. V Feb. 28: 11:30 p
"This year is so diffWrent,' Wider said. "This Green.
year it's all about the Usiversity of Michigan, and
it's all about the students ."
As Winder said, this year is all about Michigan, and every time the
team steps on the ice at Yost Arena, where it plays all its home games, it
represents the University. The team even wears the same jerseys as does
the Michigan men's hockey team.
"Knowing that I am playing hockey for the University of Michigan
makes me feel like I'm on top of the world," said Nelse Winder.
Older sister Kate agrees.

The women's club hockey players gather around their coach Kate Pinhey for instruction ouring practice at Yost ice Arena.

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"Playing a sport for the University of Michigan is something that Iam
very proud of, especially hockey, that sport that I have loved my entire
life;' said the older Winder, who transferred to Michigan after spending
a year at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) on a hockey schol-
arship. "To say that I skate or scored a goal for the University of
Michigan, is such an amazing feeling."
Kate originally chose UNH with the hopes of making the national
women's ice hockey team, and then playing in
the Olympics, as the sport becomes a full metal
Women's sport at the next Olympics. But she decided not
Schedule to pursue those goalsbecause she didn't wantthe
sport she loves to run her life.
I aed are at "At UNH, all I had was hockey and that was
Arena. all I did," she said. "I wanted more than that, and
ainst Toledo didn't want hockey to be my only memory in
1.30 p.m. against college"
With their games at Yost and the jerseys being
ainst Ohio State. the same, the two Michigan hockey teams
im. against Bowling appear to have a lot in common. Except for one
thing. Because the women's team is a club team,
almost all of the team's expenses, including trav-
el, ice time, equipment and jerseys, are paid for
by the team's members.
"We have a great team, but sometimes it's tough for some people to
come up with the money," said sophomore Ann Chopp, who is playing
ice hockey for the first time and has a goal and an assist on the season.
"There are times where some people can't make the road trip to an away
game just because it's so expensive"
Chopp said that in order to make money, the team plans on cleaning

the Yost Ice Arena stands after the men's hockey games.
"We support the guys' team so much" said Kate. "We also work very
hard and just hope that one day the fans and the guys' team will support
us the same."
Wednesday night, 10:45. Practice is about to begin.
Kate sits in front of the team's lockerroom with her sticks and huge
black hockey bag, hurriedly taping up her gear and fixing the chin sirap
on her helmet. The rest of the team has already headed onto the ice to
start the practice skate-around. Still concentrating on her chin strap, she
explains how the team got started last year and how she didn't join until
January. And as the strap seems to be fixed, she begins telling the story
of how she started playing hockey almost 15 years ago, when she was
only 6, when one of her teammates skates off the ice toward her.
"Kate, where are the pucks?" she asks, half frustrated and half laugh-
ing in disbelief that there aren't any pucks at practice.
"I don't know. I thought Jenny had them?'
"Nope, she doesn't have any."
"Are you kidding me - we don't have any pucks?"
"Well, I think I have a couple;" the captain says, reaching into her bag.
"Here are two, they will have to do for now."
Kate stands up and pulls her helmet over her blonde hair Shre smacks
her legs and shoutlders and chest to make sure all the pads are on tight
enough. The two head toward the ice with the two pucks for pmctie.
Kate turns around. Her blonde hair is just long enough to see hanging
out the back of her helmet and you can just hardly see her smile behind
the helmet's grill.
"That's what happens when you are a club team, you don't always
have everything," she says. "But one day we will. One day; right?"

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