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The Michigan Daily -- Wednesday, March 26, 1997-.3

Women deans share their
triumphs, troubles at forum

Explosion shuts
down UMass
A chemical explosion closed the
University of Massachusetts at Boston
or a day earlier this month. A student
as cleaning a refrigerator when the
explosion occurred in a laboratory, The
Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
..One student was critically burned and
two campus laboratories were destroyed
in the explosion that authorities believed
was caused by sodium amide reacting
with water from the student's sponge.
The fire caused $500,000 in damage.
s rown offers
aster HIV test
Brown University's Health Services
will be offering a new, bloodless HIV
test to students for a limited time, The
Brown Daily Herald reported.
The OraSure test was approved by the
FDA in 1996. The company that manu-
factures the test kits chose Brown as one
of 10 sample college sites to see how
ceptive students will be to the test.
Brown was initially given 100 kits.
OraSure tests a person's interstitial
fluid from the cheek membranes rather
than from blood to determine if the per-
son is HIV positive.
President's wife
accused of fraud
q An auditor has accused the Alabama
&M University president's wife of fal-
sifying payroll documents to collect
$33,500 from the school, The Chronicle
of Higher Education reported.
President John Gibson and his wife,
Mayme Gibson, have denied the allega-
tions. Gibson was named university
president this past July.
The auditor claims Mayme Gibson
allegedly billed the university for operat-
g a weekend computer laboratory for
Sschool's cadets. However, the build-
ing where she claimed the program took
place had been locked on weekends, and
tIo students were enrolled in the course,
acdording to The Chronicle.
Mysterious meat
burglaries occur
. Several fraternities and the Hillel
undation at the University of Illinois
ve been struck by mysterious meat
burglaries over the past couple of
months, The Daily Illini reported.
In all, 16 fraternities have been hit and
the Hillel Foundation estimated between
$600 and $700 or 150 pounds of meat
had been stolen from the foundation's
two freezers.
A thin man has been seen at the scenes
of the robberies. After a recent burglary,
e suspect was locked in a room by a
iok but slipped out the back door
before police arrived.
DeKierk declines
Yale fellowship
The former president of South Africa,
,NW DeKlerk, turned down an honorary
fellowship at Yale University, The
Chronicle of Higher Education reported.
DeKlerk cited student protests and
*ssible embarrassment to himself and
the university as his reasons for declining
the offer.
Yale intended to honor DeKlerk for
is role in ending apartheid, but Yale stu-
dents protested that DeKlerk was aware
pf human-rights abuses in South Africa
ond did nothing.

ChisCompiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Chris Metinkofrom the University Wire.

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
When Edie Goldenberg was asked to
become a candidate for LSA dean in
1989, she responded with a "no thanks"
and hung up the phone.
But serendipity fused with a determi-
nation to pursue paths she liked most led
her to reconsider her initial refusal. She
has now served as the LSA dean for
eight years.
Yesterday, Goldenberg, Rackham
Dean Nancy Cantor and School of Public
Health Dean Noreen Clark - the
University's three female deans -
offered advice and shared anecdotes
about their experiences as administrators.
"There are instances where male
administrators are imagining how
women are thinking" Goldenberg said.
"But if their imagination is all they have
to rely on, their imagination may not be
Clark stressed the importance of men-
torship for females in academia.
"Things have really changed since I

started out in academia," Carter said. "It
is extremely important to recognize
when there is change. We tend to get so
involved in the moment it gets difficult
to recognize change"
Clark, who received a Ph.D from
Columbia University, joined the
University as an associate professor of
health administration in 1981. In 1995,
she was appointed as dean of the School
of Public Health.
Goldenberg said she was not prepared
for the amount of questions she received
when named the first female LSA dean.
"When I was named the first woman
dean of LSA, I was totally unprepared for
all of the questions" Goldenberg said. "I
just wanted to live through the week. I
think I was naive not to anticipate it."
Goldenberg said it was burdensome to
carry the distinction of being the first
female LSA dean.
"One of my goals as LSA dean is to
appoint a lot of women, so women don't
have to always be the first," Goldenberg
said. "Women, like men, have a full

range of interests and talents, so we don't
have to constantly excel and burden
being first."
Aline Soules, co-chair of the
Academic Women's Caucus, which
helped sponsor yesterday's discussion,
said it is important to share ideas of other
women in academia and use them effec-
"I think these women make a differ-
ence and some of the ideas they have
presented to us will help us make more
of a difference as we move forward in
academia," Soules said.
Goldenberg also stressed the impor-
tance of mentorship, especially for
female deans.
"All of us benefit from the mutual
support we find," Goldenberg said.
Goldenberg joined the University as
an assistant professor of political sci-
ence in 1974. She was one of the five
finalists in the University's last presi-
dential search before withdrawing her
name days before the finalists were

Bone marrow drive
targets minorities

By Ericka M. Smith
Daily Staff Reporter
Students can register to save some-
one's life at this week's minority bone
marrow drive.
The drive is a three-day event aimed
at registering minority students as
donors for the National Marrow Donor
Tim Chu, a member of the
University's Minority Marrow Donor
Coalition, said registering minorities
for the drive is one of the group's top
"We definitely want anyone (to regis-
ter) who wants to come out, but for
minorities there is a particular need
because there's a shortage (of donors)
for people of color;" said Chu, a Law
third-year student.
The drive's sponsor, MMDC, is a
new organization comprised of sev-
eral campus minority student organi-

zations, including Sigma Gamma
Rho, the Asian Pacific American
Law School Association and United
Asian American Students
Of the 2.5 million donors currently
registered with the national registry, 80
percent are non-minority members,
according to the organization's statis-
MMDC member Eleanor Chang said
the lack of minority marrow donors
poses a problem for people of color suf-
fering from blood diseases such as
leukemia because bone marrow and
other blood elements are genetically
"Bone marrow is composed of red
blood cells, white blood cells and
platelets," said Chang, a Medical
second-year student. "White blood
cells fight bacteria and viruses and
platelets are important for blood

Minority Narrow
Donor Coalition
Drive dates:
r Today, 8 aim to 3 p.m.
School of Medicine's Taubman
Tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m,
North Campus Commons
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m,,
Michigan Union Pond Room.
Two tablespoons of blood will be
drawn from each participant at the
drive. Then, the blood samples will be
sent to the national registry to be
"typed" and categorized as part of the
national database.
MMDC received federal funding to
sponsor the free event, which usually
costs potential donors $45 to register
their blood samples. The funding came
because of the immediate demand for
minority donors.
While this is the third time the
event is being held on campus, it is
the first year MMDC sponsored the

Rackham Dean Nancy Cantor shares her experiences at a forum with other fehmle
deans yesterday afternoon in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union.
'U' seeks direCtO,,
for Media Union

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
A newly formed committee of
University officials is looking to find a
director for the Media Union, which
opened a year ago.
"It is really important that the person
has proven and demonstrated ... leader-
ship in an interdisciplinary academic set-

head-hunting firm to help with" the
search, which may be completed by th4
beginning of the fall semester.
Director said he would like the indi'
vidual to have experience in multimei
dia systems and to work externally to
secure funding. The search, he said, will
be conducted nationwide and nomina-
tions can be sent to the search commite

ting," said
Dean Stephen
Director. "The
Media Union is
a strong symbol
that the
University is
committed to
this concept."
serves as chair
of the 10-per-

UI's a building
that bets on the
creativity of man
and woman.
-- Gov. John Engler

tee via e-mail to
MU. Exec. C'ome
@ umich. edit.
Some of the
building's high+
tech gadgets
include a vOrtugl
reality laboratory,
an online library
and interactive
multimedia class-

State Senate approves
three spendig bills

son search committee. Other members
of the committee include LSA Dean
Edie Goldenberg and School of Music
Dean Paul Boylan.
Currently, an executive committee of
deans oversees the operations of the
$40 million, technologically robust
North Campus building.
He said the committee is in the
process of finding an independent

for the building began in 1994, and the
doors officially opened last year. Most
of the funds for the constructionvc*
from the state.
"The Media Union adds anoMr
world-class dimension to this aready
world-class University," said GoZht
Engler at the building's dedicationcdre-
mony last July. "It's a building thgyets
on the creativity of man and wongr :

LANSING (AP) - The state Senate
continued work yesterday on a spending
plan for next year, sending three budget
bills to the House for its approval.
About $1.1 billion in general fund
spending for the Family Independence
Agency for the fiscal year that begins
Oct. 1, was approved 36-2.
Senate lawmakers tacked on a pro-
vision requiring courts that reunite
sexually abused children with the
family member who victimized them
to state on the record why they are
doing so.
The move came as the state's
Families First program has been under
increased scrutiny. The program uses
counseling and other assistance to try to
keep more abused and neglected chil-
dren with their families.
An amendment offered by
Democrats to remove a one-time $11
million FIA appropriation and allow
state grants to local governments for

1,000 more community police officers
passed initially. But Republicans
pushed for a reconsideration, and the
change was deleted.
Another Democratic effort, to
require the state to ask the federal gov-
ernment for a waiver to continue hand-
ing out food stamps to nonworking
adults in areas of high unemployment,
also failed after long debate.
The FIA's fiscal blueprint, as pro-
posed by Gov. John Engler, includes
$10 million to adopt recommendations
made in a report by the Lt. Governor's
Children's Commission.
The commission, headed by Connie
Binsfeld, said the state should hire more
child abuse investigators, help families
before children are in danger, take away
the veil of secrecy that protects abusers,
and immediately and permanently
remove children from parents who tor-
ture, severely hurt, kill, rape or abandon



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