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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 13, 1996 - 3

Yale prof. killed
i plane crash
TheYale University community suf-
fered a loss last Thursday when a
*oeing 727 jet crashed in the jungles
of Nigeria and killed about 142 pas-
sengers and crew, including visiting
political science Prof. Claude Ake.
Ake, a prominant critic of Nigeria's
current regime and the Shell Oil com-
pany taught a lecture and a seminar on
African politics at Yale in New Haven,
Witnesses saw the plane circle a few
times then disappear in an explosive
all of flames before it crashed,
4cording to wire reports. Nigerian
officials said they are investigating the
cause of the crash, which remains
Brigham Young
students promote
orange juice
As part of a nationwide contest,
trigham Young University's chapter
of the Public Relations Student
Society of America was one of 13
chapters selected to implement a new
national orange juice campaign for
"100-percent pure Florida Orange
BYU's campus Dining Services'
orange juice dispensers now sport the
Florida Orange Juice logo, tables hold
displays telling the benefits of orange
ice and members of the student
group are targeting football fans on
The contest, which is looking for
the "best" juice campaign, is spon-
sored by the Chicago-based public
relations firm Golin/Harris
Communications. The client for the
campaign is the Florida Department of
Citrus, an organization representing
jrowers of Florida oranges.
i Winners of the contest will be flown
to Florida to present an evaluation of
their campaign to the Florida
Department of Citrus.
names Delta Chi
The arrival of Delta Chi will mark
first-ever substance-free fraternity
'ik Northwestern University's campus,
the school's Office of Student Affairs
announced Monday.
Fraternity Adviser Steve Dealph
said the new chapter is expected to be
ready for Winter Rush because the fra-
ternity has obtained housing.
Delta Chi was the top recommenda-
tion of the Fraternity Expansion
Committee, which also had consid-
ed Alpha Epsilon Pi and Alpha
igma Phi for substance-free living.
"All three fraternities had strengths,
but since Delta Chi is not founded on
a specific religious tradition, it might
have broader appeal," Dealph said.
Texas A&M
closes fraternity
The Texas A&M chapter of the
*appa Alpha Order was suspended for
three years last Wednesday by nation-

al Kappa Alpha officials and the
University's lnterfraternity Council
Judicial Board.
The suspension resulted from an
incident at a fraternity function during
which a pledge sustained an injury to
the groin area. As a result of the
injury, a Dallas physician surgically
moved one of the pledge's testicles.
The chapter will not be recognized
as a unit of the national fraternity, nor
will..it be allowed to hold any orga-
nized functions until the suspension
period expires.
Compiled fromi University Wire by
Daily Staff Reporter Janet Adamy.

Project links Shapiro library to residence halls

By Christopher Wan
For the Dly
Late at night, it may seem as if the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library - and all its resources -
are miles away.
But a project to interactively connect the
Shapiro Undergraduate Library toall the residence
hall libraries aims to bring the information closer
to home,
The Interactive Reference Assistance project
will provide a visual and audio link for residents
to see and talk to a librarian at the
Undergraduate Library reference desk via a
small eyeball camera fixed on top of the com-
puter terminal.
"This application is to allow the residents to
establish a connection with the reference librarians
at the Undergraduate Library from the comfort of
their own residence halls," said Valeda Dent, direc-
tor of Residence Hall Libraries.
"The kinds of questions the residence hall

librarians usually get demonstrates that there's a
need for reference experience at some point of
their academic careers." Dent said.
She said many students experience "librarian
anxiety," such as not knowing how to use online
facilities such as MIRLYN or what questions to
ask when they need help in their research.
Dent said IRA would help to "alleviate" some of
those problems.
"It would be a good idea for the library to come
to (the residents), instead of having them go to the
library," said LSA sophomore Thompson
Marzagao, information reserve library consultant
at South Quad.
"I think it's important to show that they have a
new way of doing research:' Marzagao added. "It
can make research more interesting because many
people don't like to go to the library and it's more
comfortable in the dorms."
LSA first-year student Jamie Cowden, librarian
assistant at Mary Markley residence hall, agreed

that IRA is a "convenience thing."
"It's a good idea because people feel more com-
fortable talking one on one:' Cowden said. "It
would be easier for you to help (the reference desk
librarians) and them to help you to get your infor-
Because of technical problems, the availability
of the service has been inconsistent. The lack of
publicity has also made the service little known
among students.
LSA sophomore Eslena Eng, library informa-
tion assistant at Bursley residence hall, said that no
one had used IRA for its intended purpose and the
few who have, tried it because they thought the
technology was "cool."
The project, which started in October 1995, is
still in a troubleshooting phase.
"We're still working out all the bugs making it a
standard service that's offered in the residence hall
libraries," Dent said. "Hopefully by fall '97, we
would like to see it being implemented"

There are two main technical difficulties the
libraries are experiencing at this point, Dent said.,
"The first problem is .compatibility of the kind
of computer that we're using and the software.'she
said. "We're trying to make adjustments with the
amount of memory that's allocated to the software
to make the IRA run more efficiently."
The other problem is with the ethernet connec-
tion. Dent said.
"The Ethernet has a certain capacity for the
amount of information that can be transported at
any given point of time and we suspect that the
IRA might exceed that capacity." she said. "We're
left trying to get IRA to work given the limita-
Engineering sophomore Rachel Bautista. library
information assistant at Mosher-Jordan residence
hall, said she shares Dent's frustration.
"I think (IRA) is a great idea - when you have
reference questions it's a lot easier:' Bautista said.
"But I just wish it would work."

DPS drive aims to
raise food for holidays

By Jenni Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Can you bag 600 pounds of gro-
ceries? The Department of Public
Safety's community oriented policing
DPS-COP's food drive, which began
Nov. 1, is in its second year.
"The COP effort started last year,"
said David Dupuis, Ann Arbor police
officer and founder of the food drive.
"It is a way for us to get across to the
community that we are not only here to
police it, but also to help the communi-
Last year's effort was conducted
on short notice, Dupuis said.
However, the department still man-
aged to raise about 600 pounds of'
food for donation.
"We tried to find (a charity) that
deals with food," Dupuis said. DPS-
COP selected the Huron Harvest Food.
Bank and Food Gatherers as the recipi-
"They cover all of Washtenaw
County," Dupuis said. "They're very
The food collected from the drive
adds to the two tons of groceries that
Food Gatherers distributes every day in
Washtenaw County.
"We're encouraged and inspired by
whatever volunteers decide to do," said
Eileen Spring, executive director of
Food Gatherers. "There .is a role for
everyone to play in community
Safe OfficerI Tiffany Nesbitt. an LSA

senior, said. "Anyone who does a food
drive to give to charity has a good idea.
It helps show that DPS cares about the
The main contributors to the DPS-
COP food drive are employees. This
year DPS-COP placed an ad in The;
Ann Arbor News and passed out fliers
to spread awareness.
"As we do this more, we'll get 4
little better and get students
involved." Dupuis said. "There are
lots of those who go without during
the holidays."
The more people involved. the more
food that can be collected, said
Elizabeth Hall, DPS spokesperson.
"We try to raise student awareness
about the drive," [all said. "We distrib-
ute information through the student.
paper and with fliers."
DPS-COP has set up collection sites.
for canned and boxed foods within its
offices. Food can be dropped off
between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday"
through Friday at the DPS main office
at 1239 Kipke Dr.
Students can also donate food at the
DPS substations 525 Church St.,
Room G419 Mason Hall and Pierpont
Commons. Food can be donated at
these offices from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Donations will be accepted until
Nov. 21.
Requested items for donation,
include baby food canned meats, pas~
tas or rice, powdered milk and other

And here's the question
Muslim Students Association member Yusef Saad talks to Ypsilanti resident Stephen Shurtlifter after a round of Islamic
Jeopardy in the Michigan Union. The game is part of Islamic Awareness Week and will continue all week.
MSA -pharties squen off in
firost-ever re*t*%:,hprez 1sentative debate

By Bram Elias
Daily Staff Reporter
The first-ever Michigan Student
Assembly debate between parties
touched on the University fight song,
the concept of improving things by
destroying them and the death of the
television character "Barney."
And that was all before the modera-
tor had finished reading the party
Representatives from the Victor's
Party, the Nihilist Party, the Crush the
Purple Dinosaur Party and the
Michigan Party squared off in the first
of two one-hour debate sponsored joint-
ly by WCBN radio and WOLV-TV last
night at 6 p.m.
While the debate may have shed light
on MSA candidates, audience members
said they didn't feel any more confident
about the University's student govern-
"What some of the people said
tonight sounded really contrived"
said Engineering junior David
Barrett. "This makes me feel really
bad about MSA if some of these peo-
ple are elected."
Panelists spent the hour trying to
define their respective party's plans, but
the debate often slipped into open bash-
ing of MSA.
"We're here to cast out the demons of'
stupidity that currently dominate the
MSA," said Jim Riske, chair of the
Victor's Party. "MSA does nothing pro-

MSA Rep. Michael Nagrant. repre-
senting the Michigan Party, said he did-
n't think that was the case.
"When I first joined MSA. I was
amazed at the depth and breadth of the
people involved," Nagrant said.
"Overall, we do seek to help this cam-
pus .
Andrew Serowick. chair of the
Nihilist Party, said if elected, his party
would change MSA's priorities.
"We've heard (from MSA), 'lob-
bying. lobbying, lobbying,' and 'task
forces, task forces, task forces.'
We're spending a lot of money on
this, with questionable results,"
Serowick said. "Our party has more
realistic goals -- end excess spend-
ing and return the money to student
The Crush the Purple Dinosaur
Party's goals are simple, said Chair
Trent Thompson. They want MSA to
be taken seriously again, and are
seeking to do this by removing the
existing sense of partisanship.
"Parties shouldn't matter so much,"
Thompson said. "Once you're elected
to MSA. parties don't matter. What
matters is getting things done and how
to get them done."
After outlining general party
stances, discussion turned to specific
Serowick said the Nihilist Party takes
issue with MSA's policy of spending

money for real-world political lobbying
"(MSA) should primarily be about
dispersing student funds to student
groups," he said. "We should lobby
regents, but we shouldn't spend money
galavanting people ofl to Lansing and
Washington, D.C."
Nagrant highlighted the Michigan
Party's hopes for new University
President Lee Bollinger.
"We should feel that the president is
accessible," he said. "I don't know if it's
possible, but if he had office hours,
when students could just come in and
talk to him, that would help. If he is
going to try to improve student life, he
needs to know the content of student
The Victor's Party, Riske said, advo-
cates "common sense" legislation.
"It's time for MSA to do some-
thing productive." he said. "We
should reform (the Information
Technology Division) because charg-
ing 8 cents per page is ridiculous.
Move the drop/add deadline to after
midterms. Look into monorail trans-
portation to North Campus. It's not
that hard."
Thompson, of the Crush the Purple
Dinosaur Party, said whether or not a
student is part of MSA isn't as impor-
tant as some people think.
"Groups can make a difference with-
out being elected," he said. "I'm here
because I want to help the University."

Videoconference to
explore diversity

By Alice Robinson,
Daily Staff Reporter
When most people think of diversity,
the first associations that usually come
to mind are race and ethnicity.
But University staff members who
helped set up tonight's videoconference
exploring diversity said they hope par-
ticipants will leave with a much more
accurate understanding of the familiar
term. They point out that the word
diversity is wide-reaching.
"Diversity is not limited to race and
ethnicity," said Tait Sye, Asian Pacific
American coordinator for the office of
Multi-Ethnic Student ' Affairs.
"Diversity is a very broad concept." he
Sye said the conference, which is in
the Kellogg Auditorium at 7 p.m.. will
also focus on how sexual orientation.
age, religion and class affect our daily
Students will hear from two estab-
lished scholars on multicultural issues
during the summit, titled "The Way
Things Are ... The Way Things Can
Be." The University will be one of 200
schools chatting interactively with the
panelists - University of California at
Berkeley Prof. Ronald Takaki and
University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill Prof. Michael Dyson.
Student Activities and Leadership
employee In Taik said diversity is

important because it affiects everybody.
"For me personally, I think that all these
issues play a role in just about every
relationship that we have with people,"
she said.
Takaki, an ethnic studies professor,
wrote the 1993 book "A Different
Mirror: A History of Multicultural
America." Dyson calls himself a "hip-
hop" intellectual. He is the author of
"Between (God and Gangsta Rap:
Bearing Witness to Black Culture,"
published this year.
,Jeff Howard, who directs the Office
of Community Service Learning and
helped involve the University in the
videoconference, said issues of mul-
ticulturalism surface at all universi-
"U-M is no different from any other
campus here in the United States,"
Howard said. "We all wrestle with
issues and problems related to diversity
and multiculturalism."
Five University offices, including the
OCSL and SAL, are sponsoring the
multimedia conference.
Organizers said they hope 100 to 200
students will show up to make the
activity a success.
Time Warner and Project Change, a
division of the Levi Strauss
Foundation that supports anti-racism
efforts, are the national sponsors of
the event.

What's happening i Ann Arbor today

Know of any
Call the Daily.

J College Republicans, meeting,
Dennison meeting, Room 296, 9
jPre-Med Club, Student-Faculty
Mixer, Michigan Union, Pendleton
Room, 6-8 p.m.
Reform Chavurah, weekly meeting,
669-0388, Hillel, 1429 Hill St., 7
"Bible Study and Evening Prayer,"
sponsored by Lutheran Campus
'Ministry, Lord of Light Lutheran
Church, 801 South Forest, 6

Maize/Blue, 1st Floor SAB, 6:10-7
:J "MSA Rep. Debates," sponsored by
WCBN 88.3 FM and WOLV-TV 70,
South Quad, WOLV Production
Studio, Room 9001, 5:30 p.m.
audience welcome
J "Second Wednesday Supper Forum,"
sponsored by Guild House Campus
Ministry, Guild House, 802
Monroe, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
j "Starting Your Job Search," spon-
sored by CP&P, Maize/Blue, 1st
Floor SAB, 4:10-5 p.m.
J "Study Skills Workshop," sponsored
by Counseling and Psychological
Services, Michigan Union, Room

Union and Pierpont Commons, 763-
INFO, info@umich.edu, UM'Events
on GOpherBLUE, and http://

J English Composition
Tutoring, Angell
444C, 11 p.m.

Board Peer
Hall, Room

J Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley Hall,
8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
j Psychology Peer Academic Advising,
647-3711, sponsored by
Psychology Department, East
Hall. Room 1346, 11a.m.-4 p.m.
J Safewalk, 936-1000, Shapiro Library
Lobby, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
J Student Mediation, sponsored by



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