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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 8, 1997 - 3A

Researcher
promotes fight
a gnst cancer
Mark Moyad, a University cancer
researcher and health educator, will
begin a 10-week War Against Cancer
cross-country trek Thursday.
The campaign is an attempt to
raise awareness about the disease
and make the issue a high social pri-
ority. Moyad will speak at several
rallies and schools during his jour-
ney.
Moyad hopes to collect letters from
" ple in all 50 states about their
experiences with cancer. He plans to
give them to President Clinton at the
end of his journey.
Moyad's campaign is being spon-
sored by the University's Medical
Center, Saint Joseph Mercy Health
System-Ann Arbor and area busi-
nesses.
%panese Studies
awards grants
The University's Center for
Japanese Studies has awarded eight
research grants to faculty members
this academic year.
The group includes lecturers, fac-
ulty associates and associate pro-
fessors. The recipients are Ruth
Campbell, Michael Fetters, Sadashi
izuka, Yuki Johnson, Abe Markus
Nornes, Jonathan Reynolds,
Jennifer Robertson, and Seonae
Yeo.
The scholarships provide resources
for the scholars to study Japanese
culture at the University.
Rackham series
4o explore
American values
The Rackham School of Graduate
Studies will be sponsoring a series
of discussions concerning American
values throughout this academic
year.
The first of these talks will be held
Sept. 11, in the Rackham Auditorium,
featuring Lawrence Levine. Levine is
award-winning historian and
thor of "The Opening of the
American Mind."
Levine will act as a visiting pro-
fessor while on campus and partici-
pant in a multi-disciplinary seminar
with University faculty and stu-
dents on issues concerning race,
history, education and multicultur-
alism.
Tind, body
healing expert to
visit campus
Mind and body healing expert Dr.
Deepak Chopra is scheduled to
speak at the Power Center on
Saturday. He often speaks on the
foundations of medical healing
through the balance of the
*nd/body with spirit.
Chopra is the author of 19 books,
including his latest "The Seven
Spiritual Laws for Parents." Chopra
will sign books at the event.

Tickets for the event are available
at the Michigan Union ticket office
and Ticketmaster.
AUW book sale
ofund education
foundation
The Ann Arbor chapter of the
American Association of University
Women will sponsor its 45th annual
used book sale this weekend at
Concordia College on Geddes Road.
More than 1,200 boxes of books
have been donated for the sale. The
*oks will be sold for approximately
$2 each, and the sale is expected to
draw book dealers from all over
Michigan.
The Ann Arbor chapter of the
AAUW donated more than $15,000
this past year. The foundation helps
to provide financial assistance to
women working on a graduate-level
degree in fields women do not tradi-
nally pursue.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Marla Hackett.

Synergy helps students locate activities

I New publication assists
students in finding campus
activities that interest them
By Sam Stavis
For the Daily
While opportunities may abound on a campus
with more than 36,000 students, they can some-
times be difficult to find.
"There is more available for you to do here,
but in a smaller college, things find you. Here,
you have to go out and find them," said LSA
first-year student Nate Walker.
Synergy, a new publication founded last year
by alumnae Nellie Yeretsian, was created to help
University students locate co-curricular activi-
ties that best suit their interests.

"With the U of M being so large," Yeretsian
said, "I thought students needed some kind of
resource for activities.
"I thought Festifall and Winterfest were great, but
they only happened twice a year, and if you missed
them, there was nothing else you could do."
Yeretsian said the publication was created to
give "visibility to all the opportunities that await
students - it's a reminder that it's not just one
or two groups that give life to this campus."
Susan Wilson, director of the Office of
Student Activities and Leadership, also oversaw
the creation of the publication. "Synergy is an
important vehicle for finding out what is avail-
able to you in the area of student involvement
and student leadership development," Wilson
said.
Essentially a listing of every student organiza-

tion and activity at the University, Synergy took a
full year to complete and was published by the
Office of Student Activities and Leadership.
Hundreds of individual activities are listed,
ranging from the Nihilist Party to the
Descendants of the Monkey God, and each
activity has a paragraph-long description.
"Students need to know what's available to
them. They need to know first-hand what the
groups are actually doing," Yeretsian said.
The activities are grouped into 12 categories,
including recreational and athletic clubs, perform-
ing arts groups, religious groups and nearly
everything in between.
"Synergy can do something for everyone,"
Yeretsian said.
While a guide like this may be particularly
helpful for new students beginning to discover

the University, more experienced students stand
to gain much as well.
One complaint about Synergy is that it does-
n't contain the phone numbers or addresses of
the listed organizations.
"It's great that they have so many listings, but
they should give us a clue about how to get in
contact with the groups," said LSA first-year
student Nora Coleman.
However, the Michigan Student Assembly and
SAL offices are usually able to provide informa-
tion about activities in question. There is also a
listing of Internet addresses in the back of the
Synergy booklet.
While students asked about the publication
said they knew little about it, Yeretsian
expressed hopes that Synergy will become a
campus mainstay.

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Teacher: Ferris gave
$500 bonuses for
minority recruitment

DETROIT (AP) - A former
Ferris State University teacher
alleges in a lawsuit that the school
paid bonuses to administrators and
departments who recruited women
and minorities.
The school denies that any such
payments were made. But two
employees have given sworn state-
ments about the bonuses. The allega-
tions were made in a lawsuit filed by
William Topping, who claims the
school dis-

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yesterday on Wayne State University's campus.
New 'U' students 'plunge' into
commIun1ty service initiatives

criminated
against him.
"I'm not
the story,"
Topping
told The
Detroit
News for a
story yester-
day. "The

"The story i"I
affirmative
policy"
Former Ferris State

Thorp, head of the social sciences
department, told him he received a
$500 bonus for every minority or
woman hired and that the "bounty"
was concealed by including it in
department heads' merit increases so
that "no one could prove that the
bounty policy exists."
Meg Hackett Carrier, assistant
general counsel for the university,
said the school has paid no such
bonuses. Thorp denied the state-
ments in his
own sworn
the statements.
If Ferris
action State had the
T o p p i n g
--William Topping describes,
University employee legal experts
say it's not
clear whether
it would violate any court rulings on
affirmative action.
While many private companies
pay bonuses to managers who
increase the diversity in their depart-
ments, it's more complex for public
institutions, said James Fett,
Topping's lawyer.
He said paying bounties might be
acceptable if a school is trying to
make up for past discrimination. But
he contends that isn't the case with
Ferris.
Carrier said the affirmative action
policy that ties pay to recruiting efforts
simply means that officials should
advertise nationally and diversify the
pool of candidates.

By Stephanie Hepburn
Daily Staff Reporter
New students dove into community service opportunities in
Ann Arbor for the annual Community Plunge this weekend.
First-year and transfer students who turned out for the
plunge dedicated their time to various service-oriented pur-
suits including working with small children, helping out at
local hospitals or building houses in inner city Detroit..
Before their departure to different sites, students who filled
the lobby of the Chemistry Building said they were excited to
be lending a helping hand to those in need around Metro
Detroit.
LSA first-year student Carissa Hindman said she was
drawn to Community Plunge because it offers a chance to
have fun and give to the community.
"Community Plunge gave me a chance to do community
service, which is a good way to get to know other people as
well as getting to know Ann Arbor and try different things,"
Hindman said. "It's just a great way to get involved and help
out."
LSA first-year student Sarah Primeau said she chose Bortz
Health Center for her site to help out in a field that interests
her.
"I'm interested in medicine and I want to volunteer at the
hospital later in the year," Primeau said. "Doing community
service at the health center would help me figure out if this is
an area that I want to go into."
LSA first-year student Lisa Montagna said community ser-
vice enriches both students' lives as well as the community as
a whole.
"Community service makes an improvement on the com-
munity and upon ourselves," Montagna said.
Junior transfer student Robert Gold said community service

"Through community service I gain a greater appreciation
of what I have," Gold said. "Trying a wide variety of commu-
nity service and giving back to the community and under-
standing people's life dilemmas offers me perspective so I
don't complain when I have to study for a test"
LSA first-year student Jennifer Traugh said doing actual
hands-on work at the Community Daycare Center in Ann
Arbor was extremely rewarding.
"Physically going out and doing things and wanting to
change things are different,"Traugh said. "There's a difference
between talking about changing things than actually doing it."
Traugh also said the upkeep of Ann Arbor's campus area
reflects on the University's reputation.
"It's a reflection on the University and students need to give
back to the community," Traugh said.
LSA first-year student Carolyn Miller worked on the site of
Recycle in Ann Arbor and said Community Plunge opens
doors for future student community service and is a good
opportunity to learn more about Ann Arbor and meet its resi-
dents.
"Community plunge is a good way to make contacts in
community service and find out what different projects are out
there:' Miller said. "It's about meeting people and learning
about Ann Arbor and improving where we are going to be for
the next four years."
Gold said working as a team on a Habitat for Humanity site
allowed students to make substantial improvements on an area
house.
"It was impressive that we all worked in a team and it was
amazing how much we got done in one day," Gold said. "The
family was there so we saw who we were helping, which put
a personal view on it; instead of just working on the house,
you see who's going to live there - it was a really fun expe-
rience."

story is the affirmative action poli-
cy.
Barbara Larie, a secretary for
social sciences at the university, said
she had firsthand knowledge of the
bonuses.
"The department that hired a
minority or a woman would receive
$2,000 in the supply or expense
budget for that academic year," she
said.
Larie said the school stopped pay-
ing departments the $2,000 bonuses
and now reimburses the deans'
recruiting budgets for expenses in
recruiting minorities or women.
Another employee, Donald Roy,
said in a sworn statement that John

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FESTIFALL
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ing for students.
"It can be awkward for students to
talk to booth holders, a person needs to
be outgoing to feel comfortable
approaching strangers," Waters said.
"Although some people feel intimidat-
ed to go and approach the booth, it's
still better than just seeing the organiza-
tion's name printed somewhere.
"At Festifall you can ask questions
and interact with members who are
involved with the organization of inter-
est," Waters said.
Women's lacrosse team member
Kristen Ray said Festifall gives organi-
zations the opportunity for free publici-
ty.
"It's a great chance to let everyone
know about the women's lacrosse team,
especially incoming freshmen and
sophomores that could make a contri-
bution to the team," Ray said. "It's also

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"At Festifall, you
can ask
questions.Y
- Mike Waters
Student of Biology club
a great way to spread the word about
the women's lacrosse to more people on
campus."
Engineering first-year student Katie
Norris said she was surprised by the
amount of organizations on campus.
"I didn't know it was going to be this
big or that there were this many organi-
zations to belong to," Norris said.
LSA first-year student Emilia
Kwiotkowski said the variety of cam-
pus activities makes choosing just one
or two organizations difficult.
"There is so much to do, it's hard to
choose what I want to do,"
Kwiotkowski said.

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