The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 23, 1997 --3k
Gregory bashes racism
ime, survey finds
During their first years at the
4iversity, students are more likely to
use computers in residence halls, but
oder students tend to use computers in
campus computing sites like Angell
According to the Jan. 15 issue of
Information Technology Digest, the
Information Technology Division con-
ducted a survey of University faculty,
students and staff to learn how comput-
ers are used on campus.
The survey found that more than 90
Orcent of first-year students arrive with
at least three years of computing experi-
ence, but less than half have used e-mail
prior to coming to the University.
The study indicates that nine out of
10 students "like using computers,"
while only one in 10 feel that they are
difficult to use or understand.
Yet, 52 percent of students and 46
percent of faculty members admit that
y have trouble keeping up with the
atest technological advances.
The study also says that students
spend approximately 12-14 hours a
week at a keyboard when classes are in
session and nine hours a week when
classes are out.
Nearly 60 percent of students say
they own computers, a statistic that
remains fairly constant by class level,
while more than 90 percent of faculty
aim to own computers.
The Center for Research on
Learning and Teaching is launching its
programs for the winter of 1997, which
will include a faculty workshop.
The winter workshop, "Moving
iward an Inclusive Classroom," will
be Monday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
A brown bag lunch will be held for
graduate student instructors from noon
to 1 p.m. the same day. The conference,
The GSI Juggling Act," will be held in
the East Conference Room of Rackham.
Those interested in helping commu-
nity groups disproportionately impact-
ed by environmental hazards are invit-
ed to apply to the Environmental
Protection Agency by March 7.
Anyone interested should write sug-
gestions that relate to at least two envi-
onmental statutes - the Clean Water
ct, Safe Drinking Water Act or Solid
Waste Disposal Act, and how their pro-
gram will meet at least two goals.
The goals of the program include
identifying necessary improvements in
communication, making the community
aware of identifying improvements in
communication and enhancing commu-
nity understanding of the environment.
For additional information, contact
Paul Cunningham at 936-1289 or
safe in pregnancy
A new study found no sign that tak-
g Prozac during pregnancy can harm
n unborn child.
Prozac is the most widely prescribed
medicine for depression, taken by more
than 12 million people worldwide.
The study, in today's New England
ournal of Medicine, found no evidence
that women who take Prozac during
pregnancy affected their children's IQs,
language development or behavior.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Marc Lightdale from staff and wire
By Carrie Luria
Daily Staff Reporter
A captivated audience of more than
100 people laughed at and cheered on
theories and examples of racism and
corruption in society at a lecture on
campus last night.
Dick Gregory, an accomplished
author, civil rights activist, comedian,
nutritionist and anti-drug crusader,
opened his lecture by comparing today's
experiences with those of years past.
"If you think it's hard to be black in
America today, try Biloxi, Miss., in
1952," Gregory said.
Gregory concentrated on the idea that
money equals power in America. He said
rich, powerful white men are racist and
discriminate against anyone unlike
themselves. This group includes women,
blacks and any other minorities.
"When I say 'white folks,' I don't
mean a person, I mean an attitude,"
Gregory used examples to show how
the U.S. government is following the
same pattern as did Hitler before
Nazism spread throughout Germany.
"He gave so many examples," said
University alum Dorian Butts. "I'm
going to the library now to look up
Gregory showed inconsistencies in the
press and popular beliefs. He explained
his theories on the murder of Bill
Cosby's son, the O.J. Simpson murder
trial and general topics such as minori-
ties in the job market.
"We are not accomplishing anything
by sending black students to the best
schools in the country, only so they can
go work for the system that continues to
discriminate against them" Gregory said.
Gregory kept the crowd laughing at
the realities of their lives.
"You can't have it both ways,"
Gregory said, as if speaking to the
"white folks." "Either we are using up
your welfare or we've got your jobs."
Gregory made reference to "the sys-
tem" and how it makes Martin Luther
King Jr.'s message hard to carry on.
"We have a system that reduces you
to teaching you how to make a living
but not how to live," Gregory said.
Gregory said King's message is trying
to tell people how special they are as
individuals, while today's society divides
people into stereotyped factions.
"Do you really understand who you
are?" Gregory asked. "That's what King
was trying to tell us"
Gregory said the world is run by
economies affected by different forces.
"This country is controlled by isms:
racism, communism, sexism," Gregory
said. "And if those don't work, terror-
Gregory's speech left many listeners
confused but awed.
"He's way up there and our mind-set
is way down here, so I don't know what
to say," said LSA first-year student
Sylvia Robinson. "He showed so much
knowledge in so little time."
AJA DEKLEVA COHEN/DaidlI
Author, activist and comedian Dick Gregory speaks to students about racism in
society as part of a continuing celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
By Ericka M. Smith
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who missed Festifall - fall
semester's Diag ritual of campus
groups trying to recruit new members
- get a second chance today.
About 130 organizations are partici-
pating in Winterfest '97 from 11 a.m.-4
p.m. today in the Michigan Union
Ballroom and Pendleton Room.
Winterfest, sponsored by the Office
of Student Activities and Leadership,
offers an opportunity for both students
and organizations to come together.
Susan Wilson, director of SAL, said
this is the fourth year SAL has spon-
sored the event.
"Winterfest is a chance for first- and
second-year students who have their
feet wet to get involved," Wilson said.
Environmental, religious, Greek and
athletic organizations are among the
diverse groups recruiting members
LSA senior Jeanine Resseguie, a
member of Students Helping the
Advancement of Research Education
said she was excited about WintelfAt
and hoped many students would
"(Winterfest) is a wonderful oppor--
tunity for students to get a wide cope,
of organizations, and a chance f56rrga-
nizations to let (students) know ivhat's
going on," Resseguie said. t;
Roger Fisher, assistant dire'er of
activities for SAL, said Winterfe t '97
also celebrates the new form4;bn of
the Organizational Peer Consulting
Group, part of the SAL office. r
"(OPCG will) be a resource for stu-
dents' organizations and stadents
involved in student organizatiorto get
as much involvement" as possible from
each other, Fisher said.
The new organization consists of 2
trained by SAL to work as consultints
for both students and campus groups
Consultants are passing out panipllet$
and informing students about c
An organic experience
Heinz spokesperson Vernon Howes displays a jar of Earth's Best organic baby food at the Midwest Vegetable Growers
Association convention in Grand Rapids yesterday. The convention aims to get Midwest farmers to grow organically.
Student electrocuted at Bursley
during housing malntenanCe
Shock from radio
sends student to
By Jenni Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
While standing in front of his mirror
one afternoon, Larry Lee got the shock
of his life.
Lee, an LSA first-year student, said
he was electrocuted by his radio in
Bursley residence hall on Jan. 13, while
housing maintenance was repairing a
"A pipe had broken and mainte-
nance was repairing the broken steam
pipe," said Department of Public
Safety spokesperson Beth Hall.
"When power was restored it shocked
Maintenance officials were fixing
a pipe in the room next to his, Lee
"I went to take a shower and every-
thing was fine," Lee said. "I got out of
the shower and havoc broke loose. The
heater next door and ours were both
broken, then (maintenance) cut the pipe
open and 180-degree water flooded the
Lee was escorted to his room after
the water flooded the shower.
Maintenance officials shut off electrici-
ty to part of the building to protect res-
idents from the possibility of electric
"(The flood) had shut down part of
the electricity," said DPS Lieutenant
Wesley Skowran. "(Lee's) radio was in
a puddle of water that he was standing
rooms for prop- I got r
after the pipe fro mMY
burst and then
left, Lee said. U to mY
know the radio
was on because LSA fi
it was on so low,"
Engineering first-year student Brett
Thompson, a Bursley resident, said he
overheard maintenance officials before
power was restored.
"I heard the guy who told (the
other maintenance worker) to turn
the electricity back on," Thompson
"They went into the actual room
where the (pipe) was leaking and
said they had all of the electrical
stuff off the floor. I guess they just
didn't think about the other rooms
- Larry Lee
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