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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 23, 1997 - 3

Fatal crash kills
driver on North.
Campus
A fatal crash occurred Friday at the
corner of Plymouth Road and Beal
Avenue.
. According to Ann Arbor Police
Department reports, a white Nissan
was traveling westbound on
Plymouth Road when the driver
made a left turn in front of an
oncoming pickup truck heading
.,eastbound.
' The driver of the pickup truck was
*ed in the accident.
Man enters
home, attempts
to hurt resident
A woman sleeping on her couch
Thursday morning awoke abruptly to
find a man standing over her, according
VAPD reports.
As the woman began to scream
the man attempted to strangle her,
AAPD reports stated.
The woman lives on the 1000
-blck of Cornwell Street.
The suspect, Richard Croley, was
-warded off by the woman and her
roommate.
-Croley has been arraigned and faces
a-home invasion charge, which carries
ra maximum sentence of 20 years in
*son.
Armed robber
strikes at mall
A girl was approached from behind
as 'she ran through the Arborland Mall
parking lot to her car during a rain-
;form Friday evening, according to
'AAPD reports.
The suspect placed a hard object to
Or head and said, "Don't turn around,
and give me your money," AAPD
..eports stated.
The suspect fled with $70 of the
4victim's money.
She reported the theft to AAPD
d Arborland Mall security.
Bomb threat
made at Denny's
An unknown male entered
Denny's restaurant on Washtenaw
Avenue twice Friday night to warn
that a bomb was on the premises,
AAPD reports stated.
A search conducted by employees
sand AAPD officers ended without
.inding the alleged bomb.
-:AAPD has no suspects in the
se.
*ight breaks out
in Couzens hall
'A man called the Department of
Public Safety from Couzens residence
A-all Saturday night to report that his
tir lfriend was assaulting him in the
hallway.
There were no weapons involved in
e incident, DPS reports stated. Dps
ade no arrests at the time.
Student steals
chair from Union

A student was seen walking out of
Kt e Michigan Union on Saturday
--ight with a chair, according to DPS
Sreports.
0 A custodian reported to DPS that the
6uspect was seen walking in the direc-
tion of West Quad.
The area was checked by DPS
officers, but the suspect was not
located.
=!' catering van
m Stolen from arena
A University catering van was stolen
m the Crisler Arena tunnel area
Saturday, DPS reports stated.
The truck is a 12-foot-long refrig-
erator truck, according to DPS
reports.
DPS has no suspects in the inci-
tdit.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Alice Robinson.

Researchers focus on divorce's effects

Expert
SayS kids
feel pain
ofdivorce
By Kristin Wright
Daily Staff Reporter
As the divorce rate in the United
States continues to rise, increased
emphasis is being placed on the chil-
dren of divorced parents.
Divorce expert Judith Wallerstein
addressed the University community
yesterday evening in Rackham
Auditorium concerning the effects of
divorce on parents and children and
strategies to cope with the divorce.
Wallerstein founded the Judith
Wallerstein Center for the Family in
Transition in Main County, Calif., and
is now completing the 25-year follow-
up of her original California Children
of Divorce Study.
"I feel like a tribal warrior. I've been
through all the battles," Wallerstein
said in reference to her extensive back-
ground dealing with children and
adults who have experienced divorce.
Betsy Lozoff, director for the Center
of Human Growth and Development,
explained why the issue of divorce is
such an important research topic.
"Among growth and development,
divorce is one of the bigger issues in
the U.S." she said.
Wallerstein focused primarily on the
effects that divorce has on a child's envi-
ronment and upbringing. Wallerstein
said the problems of divorce often sur-
face when the child enters young adult-
hood.
"It is the years in the post-divorce
family that really govern the child,"
Wallerstein said. "As the child reaches
young adulthood, there is a crescendo
in the anxiety and concern about, 'Will
my relationship fail?"'
One University student who attend-
ed the speech commented on why

'U' prof. corrects
divorce myths

By Reilly Brennan
For the Daily
The common negative views about
divorce aren't necessarily true, accord-
ing to a new study by Abigail Stewart,
a University psychology and women's
studies professor.
Images regularly associated with
divorce, such as dysfunctional fami-
lies and neglected children, aren't a
reality in most cases, she said.
Stewart recently conducted an 18-
month survey of 160 families in the
Boston area. She and a team of four
professors found that fighting
between parents generally hurts their
children.
One University student said he dis-
agrees with Stewart's finding that
divorce is better than having parents
constantly fighting.
"I don't think it was positive when my
parents got divorced. It was traumatic;"
said Paul Lanterman, an LSA first-year
student. "Although, it never affected my
schoolwork, I was very depressed."
The group's findings will be pub-
lished soon by Guilford Publications
in a book "Separating Together: How
Divorce Transforms Families?'
"Our goal was to evaluate the myths
about divorce" Stewart said. "We were
interested in the things that change
when a family goes from a two-parent
home to a one-parent home."
The professors heard a myriad of
responses during their large-scale study,
but Stewart said each case is different.
"The most important thing to
remember is that one size doesn't fit
all. Different families, different
divorces;' Stewart said.
But some students tend to believe
that divorce can sometimes have more
positive than negative effects.
LSA first-year student JeLaina
Frelitz said her family life stabilized
after her parents divorced.
"It was definitely better for everyone

Parting Myths
Divorce happens because par-
ents don't care about their kids'
well-being,
S Divorce is a catastrophe for
children that leaves misery in its
wake.
Divorce leaves at least one of,'
the post-divorce family units
economically vulnerable.
E Mothers should stay at home
after the divorce to be available
to the children.
Parental conflict is inevitable.
r It is important to maintain reg-
ular routines for children; particu-
larly non-custodial parent visits.
in my family that my parents got
divorced." Frelitz said. "It allowed my
brother and I to grow away from many
problems."
LSA first-year student Kate Stubelt
also thinks the aftermath is usually
better. "Everyone hears how bad
divorce is, but I'm thankful. It would
have been worse if my parents stayed
together" she said.
In some cases, the pain caused by
divorce never really goes away. "My
parents still fight, and they don't know
it hurts my sister and me the most;'
said LSA sophomore Alicia Minns.
Regardless of the effects, Stewart
said each family's divorce is shaped
differently. But in all cases, Stewart
said that divorce is another step in the
process of family life, and problems
mostly occur when family members
focus on the negative aspects of
divorce.
Lanterman agrees that divorce cannot
be weighed too heavily. "A two-parent
home is always better than a single par-
ent home, but in the end, divorce can
have some positive outcomes," he said.
Professor Stewart said that in
today's society "the fluidity of family
life is an important concept.' -

DANIEL CASTLE/Daily
Divorce expert Judith Wailerstein talks to a crowd of students and faculty about
the effects of divorce on children yesterday in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

divorce is an important issue for her.
"I was interested in seeing whether
or not what Wallerstein had to say was
true of my experience;" said LSA
sophomore Ronda Haralson.
Wallerstein told the audience about
an ongoing study that she has been
conducting for the past 25 years.
In this study, Wallerstein inter-
viewed two 5-year-old children who
were products of divorced parents. She
conducted follow-up interviews on the
children when they turned 10, 15 and
25.
The effects that the divorce had on
the emotional development of the two

children were opposite extremes of one
another, but shared one common qual-
ity -- lack of trust in relationships.
Wallerstein used this example to
communicate to the audience how fac-
tors resulting from divorce influence
the psychological development of chil-
dren.
Wallerstein said children need sta-
bility, communication and faith in their
parents to bounce back after divorce.
Wallerstein attended Columbia
University, the Topeka Institute for
Psychoanalysis, and received her Ph.D.
in psychology at Lund University in
Sweden.

Cultural expert
attacks stereotypes

By Diba Rab
For the Daily
Cultural expert Edward Said argued
last night that Western stereotypes may
be hurting how the world perceives non-
Western cultures.
Said spoke to more than 350 students
and faculty in the Rackham Auditorium,
which reached its capacity. Pin-drop
silence and laughter
marked the 90-
minute speech.
"Culture may
f change, but people
are fixed in their
identity as though
there was a meeting
between everyone
and they decided
what a civilization
Said entails" he said.
Born in Jerusalem, Said chairs the
doctoral program in comparative litera-
ture at Columbia University. He has
written for publications around the
world, and some of his award-winning
books have been translated into 26 lan-
guages.
Said filled his lecture, titled
"Imperialism and the Clash of
Civilizations," with humorous and
satirical remarks about the lasting
effects of stereotypes. Using comments
from other experts like Samuel
Huntington and Judith Miller, Said
pointed out false and biased statements
they have made.
"Judith Miller can't speak Turkish,
Persian or Arabic but is able to write
'authoritative' literature on Islam,' he
said sarcastically.
University President Lee Bollinger
introduced Said and noted his relevance
in today's cultural debate. "Edward
Said urges us to broaden our intellectu-

al horizons," Bollinger said.
Students attending the event said that
Said is someone who has a profound
influence on intellectual thought by shap-
ing the public's view of common sense.
"It was a good introduction to the
direction of his thinking," Rackham
graduate student Laura Stahman said.
"This might lead me to read some of his
work.'
Said spoke openly about the clash of
Western and non-Western cultures, said
Margaret Bloomfield, a Rackham stu-
dent.
"He had a lot of things that should be
said to a general audience" Bloomfield
said. "He was setting a tone for what
academic work should do?'
Not everyone agreed with Said's
opinions. During the question-and-
answer session, one individual chal-
lenged Said's view that the West always
acts superior to other civilizations.
"It is important to remind people of
the whole discussion of civilizations in
regards to identity. I am half Lebanese
and half German, so I feel it's not
important to stress the identity of one
civilization over the other," said Layla
Hourani, a Rackham graduate student
from Germany.
"For me, this discussion is not new. Is
identity that important? Should we base
ourselves on ethical or religious back-
grounds?;' she said.
Rackham sponsored the lecture in
celebration of the D'Arms Awards for
Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in
the Humanities.
Faculty members who won D'Arms
Awards include English Prof. Anne
Gore, romance language and literature
Prof. Cedomil Goic and history of art
and women studies Prof. Patricia
Simons.

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community.
"We want the whole community to
be involved," said LSA-Student
Government President Lauren Shubow.
The group decided that the declara-
tion would be most effective with the
support of as many student organiza-
tions as possible.
In addition to these topics, the group
discussed wording in a letter sent to
Markley residents from Housing staff
members after the Markley vandalism.
"This letter is more offensive to me
than an individual bigot" Michigan
Student Assembly Rep. Barry
Rosenberg said. "I would like the
University to issue an apology and clar-
ification and to develop a plan to
reduce the likelihood of these inappro-
priate letters reoccurring."
The students at yesterday's discus-
sion agreed to begin drafting the decla-
ration and to meet again Monday.
DPS is asking anyone who may have
information regarding the defacement
of the Reform Chavurah poster to call
763-1131.

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TISCH SPORTS SEMINAR
Managing Professional Sports
a conversation between Bob Tisch
and his friends
Bob Tisch - N.Y. Giants
Fred Wilpn - N.Y. Mets
Bob Ner-nder - N.Y. Yankees
Denise Illitch-Lites - Detroit Tigers/Red Wings
moderator
Bernie SMilovitz - WDIV-TV channel 4
Friday 26 September 1997
3:00 pm
Hale Auditorium - corner of Hill &Tappan
Q&A follows * Free and open to the public
THME UN IVERSITY OF IC HGAN

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