(OTC reflects on
Air Force inception
The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 19, 1997- 5
By Kristin Wright
Daily Staff Reporter
With the lowering of the American flag and
words in support of the United States Air Force,
bcrs of the campus community yesterday
re ected on the formation of this branch of the
Cadets, officers and veterans celebrated the
50th anniversary of the National Security Act
yesterday afternoon on the front lawn of ROTC
headquarters at North Hall. The National
Security Act was responsible for the creation of
the Air Force.
The anniversary is an incredible mark in the
history of the Air Force, said Mark Lindke, an
y veteran and coordinator for the
htenaw County Council of Veterans.
"The Air Force has been on their own and
independent for 50 years. They have made their
mark in 50 years as a viable component," Lindke
There are about 90 student Air Force cadets
on campus, part of a total 280 University stu-
dents involved in the Reserve Officer Training
"I think that it is important. The Air Force
Ws you the skills you would not gain in
other ways - maturity and leadership," said
Rafael Toledo, an Engineering sophomore and
Air Force cadet. Toledo said the program
allows participants to learn "stuff for the real
world," going beyond the usual classroom
Andrew West, mission support commander
afid computer science senior at Eastern
Michigan University, began the commemorative
ceremony with a brief account of Air Force his-
"The Air Force has been involved around the
world - Somalia, Kenya, Bosnia, Iraq," West
said. "It has been a changing and challenging 50
years. It is our turn to take the Air Force and lead
After West's strong words of encouragement,
cadets performed a drill demonstration using a
series of sharp and complicated maneuvers han-
dling their rifles.
After a vigorous and cheer-provoking birth-
day wish to the Air Force, Lt. Mike Ferrario
shared his thoughts on what he expects of his
"The number one thing that I think of is ful-
filling my dream of flying. Many other dreams
can be fulfilled through the Air Force," Ferrario
Ferrario said another important aspect of the
Air Force career is "to serve our great nation and
her ideas. I feel I need to give back to what we
and our families have been given," Ferrario said.
Ferrario also addressed the importance of
"The more we work together and the more we
accomplish - the more lives we'll save and the
better we'll be able to defend the United States,"
Teamwork and the accomplishment of dreams
through the Air Force were the themes of the
Col. Tony Daniels commented on how impor-
tant the Air Force has been for the accomplish-
ment of his own goals and how important it will
be for the cadets.
PAUL TALANIAN/ Daily
ROTC members commemorate the creation of the U.S. Air Force, which happened 50 years ago. Members and military officials gathered at North Hall,
where ROTC is headquartered on campus.
"It meant the accomplishment of my dreams. American flag as cadets saluted in its honor.
You're going to have the opportunity to fulfill "It is a celebration of 50 years of work and
your dreams, and that's what I'm going to wish dedication. It's to show other branches our way
you on this 50th anniversary," Daniels said, of celebration," West said.
nearing tears. "I wish all of you a happy birth- Student cadets will not forget their involve-
day." ment and commitment to the Air Force, they
The ceremony ended with the lowering of the said.
Darlene Gines, an Engineering senior and
cadet, said her involvement with the Air Force
will be memorable.
"The Air Force is the one thing that I have
been most involved with at this university. It's
the one thing that I will remember," Giles
Professional fraternities offer benefits
By Sarah E. Ball
For the Daily
As rush begins, the University campus becomes
plastered with fliers and banners summoning first-
year students to join Greek life.
owever, a few fraternities are in a league of their
e - the professional and pre-professional fraterni-
Their names include the same Greek letters as tra-
ditional fraternities, but members focus on surviving
thd rigorous training required to become a doctor, den-
tis or lawyer.
three such fraternities are Nu Sigma Nu, a medical
fraternity; Delta Sigma Delta, a dental fraternity; and
Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity.
David Hanauer, president of Nu Sigma Nu,
explained that members do not rush or undergo a
ife here is very similar to life in a co-op," said
Hanauer. "If there is an opening in the house, we let
Although most people who live at the Nu Sigma Nu
house on 1912 Geddes Ave. are medical students, a
few residents are also graduate and undergraduate
students, Hanauer said.
"Life here is very
similar to life in a
- David Hanauer
President, Nu Sigma Nu
Living in this fraternity offers many benefits to vet-
eran medical students, as well as newcomers to the
"I've known a lot of med students who have lived
alone throughout school and have spent most of their
time in classes or by themselves," said Hanauer.
"Living in Nu Sigma Nu gives medical students an
inexpensive place to live, a place to come together for
social events, and it gives new students the opportuni-
ty to talk to upperclassmen and gain insight on what to
expect in the future."
Greg Hyde, the social chair of Delta Sigma
Delta, said professional fraternities help make the
transition to professional schools smoother for
many School of Dentistry first-year students.
"The time commitment is not as large as that of a
standard fraternity, and we are co-ed, but dues are still
required," Hyde said.
Both Hanauer and Hyde said the opportunity to
socialize with students who are experiencing the same
rigors of professional school attracts many students to
"There are a lot of social activities throughout the
year," Hyde said. "We have monthly meetings, tailgate
parties and four or five other parties throughout the
year, open to members and dental students"
Phi Alpha Delta, the only pre-professional fraterni-
ty on campus, invites to its organization undergradu-
ates interested in the law.
"They do a lot of stuff to get you prepared to
decide if law school is right for you," said James
DeVaney, a LSA first-year student interested in the
DeVaney, who said he attended some of the group's
meetings, said the fraternity doesn't have a house,
making it similar to a club. The prospective law stu-
dents have access to information that some under-
graduates might not have.
"They bring in guest speakers from many different
law schools throughout the year," DeVaney said.
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"We attacked the problem from all
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Shalala said that to prevent health
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