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LOCALISTATE

The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 3, 1997 -3A

Study: Students
addicted to 'Net'

Population
expert to speak
on contraception
The Michigan Initiative for Women's
*alth will sponsor a lecture Wednesday
by Nancy Alexander, who leads the
Contraceptive Development Branch of
the Center for Population Research.
The Center for Population Research
is a division of the National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development.
Alexander, whose specialties include
infertility and immuno-reproduction,
will speak on the future of contraception
from 3-4:30 p.m. in room 3001 of the
*ool of Public Health Building.
Former U' prof.
dies at age 97
The oldest tutor in English and for-
mer chairman of the University's
English department, Warner Grenelle
Rice, passed away January 22 at the
Glacier Hills Nursing Center in Ann
Arbor. Rice was 97 years old.
&ice worked at the University from
129-1969, first as a professor and then
as director of the University Library.
For the last two decades of his career,
he chaired the English department.
"The future of English studies in
America was one of his passions, a topic
he was still discussing in the last week of
his life," Associate English Prof E.L.
Cloyd said in a written statement.
There will be a memorial service for
Bice and his wife, who died last year,
March 22 at 1 a.m. at St. Andrews
Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor.
Memorial fund contributions may be
sent to Warner Rice Humanities Award
at the University, or the University of
Illinois Foundation, Harker Hall,
Urbana, Ill. 61801.
Random facts on
Michigan available
Little-known facts about Michigan
can be found in the Michigan
Statistical Abstract, 1996 edition,
released recently by the University of
Michigan Press. There has not been a
standard compilation of Michigan sta-
tistics in almost 10 years. The 664-page
book serves as a resource on every-
thing from the labor market to popula-
tion and housing.
IDS art exhibit
now on display
A unique art exhibit sponsored by
the Warren Robbins Center for
Graduate Sudies and now on display
features three innovative artists: Ann
Agee, Oliver Herring and Kara Walker.
Agee constructs ceramic figures
igned to depict the everyday lives of
women. Herring's specialty is woven and
knitted sculptural pieces that reflect the
toll of the AIDS epidemic on society.
Walker creates historical tableaus that
focus on life in America before and dur-
ing the Civil War with images of slavery
and race relations in early America.
The exhibit, which runs through
tomorrow, is being displayed in room
2000 of the School of Art and Design
tilding at 2000 Bonisteel Blvd. The
ibit is open 9-5 p.m.
Jpanese Profs.
o teach at 'U'
Hitoshi Myake and Hiroyoshi
Ishikawa have been chosen as the

recipients of the 1996-97 Toyota
Visiting Professorship appointments.
?e program, sponsored by the Center
or Japanese Studies, selects. Japanese
scholars to teach at the University.
Miyake, who is from Keio
University, is teaching the mini-course
:"Japanes Folk Religion and Shugendo
(Mountain Ascetics)" this term.
Ishikawa is from Seijo University and
,will teach a class on Japanese popular
culture in the spring term.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Alice Robinson.

University of Pittsburgh
study claims Internet
may be addictive
By Maria Hackett
Daily Staff Reporter
University students are no strangers
to long lines - especially while waiting
at computing sites. Some of these stu-
dents don't anticipate working on term
papers or assignments, but instead e-
mailing and Web surfing.
A - study conducted by the
University's Information Technology
Division in spring 1996 showed that
students spend an average of 1-4 hours
per week corresponding on e-mail, and
another 1-2 hours per week surfing the
World Wide Web.
But thepopularity of the Internet
may be more than a form of enter-
tainment - according to a recent
study from the University of
Pittsburgh, the Internet can also be
addictive.
"I would say there are things such as
(Internet Relay Chat) that can be addict-
ing ... surfing the Web too," said Ed
Slonina, a computer systems specialist
at Angell Hall.
IRC is an interactive forum where
typed conversations are instantly
relayed between participants.
The implications of the Internet as an
addiction raise questions about the
effects of getting overwhelmed in its
web, researchers said.
"Just like any other form of enter-
tainment, if you're not using it for acad-

emic purposes, it could affect your
grades," said LSA senior Jennifer
White.
Slonina said IRC can have a potent
effect.
"Since I've been on IRC, I've heard
people say that (their grades have been
affected) especially when they first find
it," Slonina said.
The diverse offerings of the thou-
sands of Web sites meet several stu-
dents' needs, ranging from entertain-
ment to research, some students say.
If nothing else, it gives students
"something to do between classes" said
LSA junior Mandy Holland.
Holland said she looks at sites on
topics "anywhere from things in (her)
major to things around school to enter-
tainment."
Eighty-five percent of the students
responding to the ITD study said they
view computers as a vehicle for social-
izing. This finding directly correlates
with the ages of computer users, since
younger respondents are more likely to
use computers for social purposes than
older students.
Seventy-four percent of students
responding to ITD's survey said they
use computers for intellectual stimula-
tion.
"Part of it is the appeal of informa-
tion," Slonina said. "Some of the
quality (of information) isn't as good,
but it's getting better as time goes
on."
Slonina said the Internet is not a good
primary information source for
research papers at this point in its devel-

MARGARET MYERS Daily
Engineering first-year student Wayne Ng checks his e-mail at the School of Education. Ng says he uses the Internet often,and
that electronic mail Is better than any other form of correspondance.

opment.
Yet many students find the Internet
useful as a starting point for papers.
"I think it's easier than going to the
library and searching through books
and card catalogs," said LSA first-year
student Matt Stein. "It's convenient for
me."
Stein said convenience is a factor
in the amount of time online for
those whose Internet usage has
expanded beyond scholastic endeav-
ors.
Holland said the amount of time she

spends online has declined since last
semester due to time constraints.
"If I had a computer, I'd probably be
on there a lot more," Holland said.
While most agree that the Internet is
useful, many disagree with the conclu-
sion of the University of Pittsburgh's
study, and say the Internet is probably
not addictive.
"My understanding of an addictive
practice is one that temporarily allevi-
ates acute symptoms as it simultane-
ously exacerbates the underlying
pathology producing those symptoms,"

said Communications Prof. David
Phillips.
"I can't see, offhand, how Internet
usage fits these criteria, but the authors
of the Pittsburgh study may be using a,
different definition of addiction," he
said.
"Students are spending a little more
time online now, but this is not nece-
sarily due to addiction," Anastasia'
said.
White said, "I'm not addicted, but
I guess it depends on your personal-
ty."

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Chicano week to
explore culture
through fine arts

By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Nine-year-old Jonathon Kosila was
so relieved after he finished explaining
his artwork to students and parents
Saturday that he wiped his brow in
relief and gave
his m other a < ..
hug.
Kosila was .....'sAr ~sl
awarded a first- U Feb. ,45 - Mi
place art award Lug
during a recep- ~ At~ipa
tion for winners * t
of a contest <
sponsored by cathe Chioa. r
La Voz Angell Hall Ad (
Mexicana, a Angel Hall Aud. D*,.
Chicano stu- am
dent group on
campus. The reception, which was held
in the Pierpont Commons lounge on
North Campus, kicked off Chicano
History Week.
La Voz Mexicana organized the art
contest for students in grades K-5 from
the Cesar Chavez Academy in south-
west Detroit. At the reception, the
group selected six first-place winners
from each grade level and various sec-
ond- and third-place winners. More
than forty people, including University
students, attended.
Parents and children traveled from
Detroit to attend the event, which
marked the opening of the University's
first two-week celebration of Mexican-
American history. Previously, Chicano
History Week had lasted only a week;
this year it will run through February 15.
Addressing parents and students,
LSA sophomore Diana Derige said
many of the entries displayed images of
gangs, drugs and violence in their com-
munities "because children do see (this)
and they're telling you this is what they
see every day."
Ten-year-old Hilda Benitez, who was
not present, drew a poignant scene of
child abuse. The third-place winner
drew a picture of a baby in a cradle with
the parents standing next to him.
In the explanation of her drawing,

Benitez wrote, "The baby's mother
doesn't give him food ... The baby is
going to die because they smoke in his
face. That's why the baby is going to
die."
"Her entry was very striking but in a
way was very
15(truthful) a. to
what happens in
kt mmns Loe our communi-
~an~ionst~ties," said
'p ionStudyEngineering
sophomore
-u ViwgofLucy Arellano,
tenco-chair of La
Movet iiVoz Mexicana.
ay) Other entries
tQrro3>> ranged from 9-
year-old Robert
Stones' expla-
nation of being approached to use drugs
to third-grader Victoria Aldape's picture
of kittens.
"I dream to have a kitten. I like kittens
because they are cute" Aldape wrote.
LSA junior Chueco Martinez said he
was surprised by the childrens' obser-
vations. "I just think that little kids are
all playing," he said. "But they really
pay attention to what's going on in their
communities."
Arellano said this year's celebration
of Chicano History Week was expand-
ed because it was the first time three
student groups - La Voz Mexicana,
Alianza and Movimiento Estudiantil
Chicano de Aztlan (MECHA) - col-
laborated for the celebration
"The purpose for Chicano History
Week is mainly to expose the
Chicano/Mexican American culture to
the U of M community, Arellano said.
Highlights of the celebration include a
lecture and reading by author Luis
Rodriguez this Wednesday and a "night
of community expression" Thursday at
East Quad's Half-Way Inn, with an
open-mic session, dancing, art and food.
The art exhibit in Pierpont Commons
will continue through Saturday, Feb. 8.
Additional entries will be on display in
the Michigan Union Study Lounge
through Saturday, Feb. 15.

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