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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 2, 1997 -- 3A

Plant talk to be
hosted by
Darmouth prof.
William Wickner of Dartmouth
niversity's biochemistry department
will discuss intracellular movement
patterns in plants today.
The title of the talk is "Vacuole
Inheritance Provides a New Window on
Interorganelle Vesicular Traffic."
The lecture is sponsored by
University Hospitals and will be co-
hosted by Jack Dixon and University
President Lee Bollinger.
The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in
*om 6319 of the Medical Sciences
Building 1.
Visiting prof.
offersinformal
Swahili course
People planning to go abroad to
ast Africa in the coming years may
ant to brush up on their Ki-Swahili
skills. f
In conjunction with the department
of anthropology, visiting Prof. Mbogo
Murage of Nairobi University, Kenya
will teach weekly classes to those inter-
ested in learning or re-learning the lan-
guage.
The availability of classes is depen-
dent on interest.
To sign up, contact Murage by tele-
;,lone at 327-1364 or by e-mail at
mbogom@umich.edu.
CRLT offers
teaching classes
to grad. students
The Center for Research on
earning and Teaching is sponsoring
workshops for University graduate stu-
dents interested in improving their
teaching skills.
'The workshops, conducted at no cost
to GSIs, are planned for the early
evenings several nights a week through
early November.
GSIs whose first language is not
English are especiallyencouraged to
attend.
For exact times and locations, call
4-505.
Biology prof. to
talk about the
Cold 1W1ar
This week's installment of the New
Wrld Agriculture and Ecology Group
filfeature University biology Prof.
John Vandermeer as he talks about the
collision boundary between social and
natural sciences.
,While not a social scientist,
Vsndermeer is a population biologist
who has spent much time in politically
active countries.
The title of the lecture is "Discussion
of Lewontin Article on the University
and the Cold War."
The lecture is scheduled to begin
night at 5 p.m. in room 2004 of the
Natural Sciences Building.

eologist to
greak on rapid
imate changes
Gideon Henderson of the Lamont-
Doherty Earth Observatory will give a
ture tomorrow on climate change as
part of the department of geology's
Turner Lecture Series.
The lecture will focus on tech-
hiques used to predict future cata-
strophic temperature shifts as well as
lie causes of relatively recent climate
changes.
The talk is scheduled for 4 p.m. in
room 1528 of the C.C. Little Building.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
David Bricker

Free screening of Latino/a film tonight

By Christine M. Paik
Daily Staff Reporter
A free film screening of a movie that
bridges Latino/a Heritage Month and Native
American Heritage Month will be showing
tonight.
"Follow Me Home;" directed by Peter Bratt, fol-
lows four artists of different ethnicities on a jour-
ney across America to paint a mural of their ances-
tors on the White House.
Starring two Latino Americans, a Native
American and an African American, the film
connects Latino Heritage Month, which ends
Oct. 15, with Native American Heritage
Month, which begins Nov. 1. The film won't
be released in national theaters, but is open for

the public tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Michigan
Theater.
Diana Derige, co-chair of the student latino/a
group Alianza, said it is essential for the organiza-
tion to support and sponsor the film.
"We felt that it was good to support issues of
people coming together," Derige said. "So
many times we see movies where there are
people of different cultures, but they never.
interact. It's important to acknowledge that
people of all ethnicities and races interact in
everyday situations."
"Follow Me Home" weaves together the dreams
and struggles of the four main characters.
Although the film delves into issues of race and

"Th Bmessage it will
bring is that we can all
come together ag"
-Shannon Martin
Native American Coordinator for the Office
of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs
Coordinator at the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student
Affairs, said it also touches issues for all people,
despite their race.
"I think the movie will speak for itself, as far as
showcasing the different walks of life here,"
Martin said. "The message it will bring is that we

can all come together and realize similarities that
we all have.
"The characters come together for a goat and
they work together and learn about each other. This
is something that I hope University students will
try to do, despite different barriers."
Shannon Muir, secretary of the African
American Program Task Force, said she hopes
many people will come to the screening to learn
about different traditions.
"I think because the movie covers such diverse
topics, it will definitely draw a diverse crowd,"
Muir said. "I expect a lot of students to come
watch."
Following the showing, Bratt will be available
for questions.

ethnicity, Shannon Martin,

Native American

'U' to rovide
or United Way I.H

University will raise
about 15 percent of
charity's funding
By Rachel Edelman
For the Daily
The University often aims for lofty
goals in athletics and academics, so
perhaps it is no surprise that its charity
efforts are ambitious as well.
On Sept. 22, University planners
announced they would try to raise $1
million for the Washtenaw United Way.
United Way distributes funds to more
than 10( local human service agencies,
including the Ann Arbor YMCA, the
Domestic Violence Project and Ozone
House.
"The University of Michigan col-
lects more money for United Way than
any other single college campus in
North America, said Susan Fiedler,
one of the coordinators of the cam-
paign. "We're looking for an enthusias-
tic year."
If the University reaches its goal, it
will provide about 15 percent of the
Washtenaw United Way's overall fund-
raising goal of $7.5 million. To date,
Washtenaw United Way has reached
8.9 percent of the total goal.

About 400 University volunteers
inform students, faculty and staff about
the campaign, headed by Vice
President for Student Affairs and cam-
paign chair Maureen Hartford. The
solicitors work in eight regions or
areas of the University. The regions are
then divided into smaller districts and
units. Each region has a coordinator
working to solicit funds.
The University hopes to solicit
donations from 22,000 employees. All
funds are voluntarily solicited and
remain confidential.
"The funds generated through the
campaign help the residents of greater
Washtenaw County," said Jim Kosteva,
director of community relations and
one of the campaign's coordinators.
"The campaign is about people helping
people within the community."
United Way President Jim Ciselan
said members of the University com-
munity have a prominent role in the
fund-raising drive.
"The University takes a leadership
role in the campaign. Many people
from the University are involved in the
campaign effort," Ciselan said.
N'Tanya Lee, community education
coordinator of Ozone House, said
United Way helps many community

EMILY NATHAN/8ily
United Way President Jim Cisel stands Inside of the new Ozone House shelter yesterday. The United Way contributed some
of the funding that helped to build the new shelter.

service groups function in the Ann
Arbor area.
"We receive important funding from
United Way. Some of their allocations
made our new shelter possible. United
Way means a lot to community-based
organizations," she said.
This year's campaign comes in the
aftermath of allegations last year
against the former president of

Washtenaw United Way about mis-
used funds. The former president,
Vincent Bucciroso, resigned. The
United Way has since hired a new pres-
ident, streamlined its administrative
budget and eliminated direct services
and nine staff positions, Ciselan said.
"The board commissioned an over-
sight committee and made a series of
recommendations that corrected a lot

of problems in the past," he said.
"We're returning back to our roots.
Kosteva said changes in United
Way's structure are getting the organi-
zation moving again.
"There have been a number of dra-
matic changes at Washtenaw United
Way. It is aggressively streamlining
itself, and hopefully it is on a positive
track," Kosteva said.

Study finds higher welfare sure you

By William Abresch
For the Daily
A recently released study may ease the
minds of state legislators who worry that
raising welfare benefits in Michigan will
attract poor residents from other states.
William Frey, a research scientist at
the University's Population Studies
Center, recently published a study using
1990 census returns that finds high wel-
fare benefits do not act as a magnet for
the poor. The study, published in the
September issue of Population and
Environment, also found that poor
Americans often leave states that are
experiencing high immigration.
"The welfare-magnet effect is not
really that important," Frey said. "I1
think that one result of this study is that
one shouldn't be concerned about rais-
ing (a state's) welfare benefits in fear of
bringing in poor immigrants."
Social connections are far more
important in determining where poor
people move, Frey said.
"For poor folks, clearly family,
friends, and social support networks are
very important."
Michigan welfare workers have
reached similar conclusions through
their own observations.
Margarete Gravina, spokesperson for
the state of Michigan's Child and
Family Services, said that, "in the past
we've anecdotally asked clients return-
ing to Michigan about why they came
back." She said residents generally

"social support
networks are very
imgportant"1
- William Frey
University Population Studies ,
return because there is promise of a job,
they were looking for work, or they had1
family and friends in the state.
Gravina said that while Michigan's
welfare benefits are far higher than i
those in the southern states, few poor
southern migrants come to Michigan.
In Alabama, she said, a family of three
gets benefits of $154 a month, whereast
in Michigan a family of three in Wayne
County receives $459 a month.
Sometimes people do move simply ;
for benefits. Lena White, who pan-han- 1
dies near Liberty Plaza on Liberty
Street in Ann Arbor, said she has known
many people on welfare. She said mosti
of them haven't moved much between i
states, an observation that is consistent;
with the study. But many homeless peo-
ple move from Detroit to Ann Arbor for1
the better shelter system, whether or not
they know people in Ann Arbor, she !
said.
Frey also reported that domesticj
migrants are responding to the econom-
ic push of competition from new immi-
grants.

"Poor kids that are U.S.-born and that
are domestic migrants are moving to
different states than poor immigrants
ate coming into," Frey said.
Since the domestic poor are more at
home in the American system, they
"can more easily move to other parts of
the country if things are going badly
where they are," Frey said. But new
immigrants are more tied to economic
and social networks, tending to stay in a
few major metropolitan areas, he said.
The finding that domestic migrants are
moving to different places than foreign
immigrants should affect the way states
run their poverty programs, Frey said.
Varying demographics .in different
states should prompt state governments
to adopt welfare programs that reflect the
makeup of the population, he said. States
should take into consideration factors
such as single-parent households,
English proficiency and cultural barriers.
Michigan, for instance, which receives
many domestic migrants but few foreign
immigrants, ought to have a "more eco-
nomic focus" where high-immigration
states like California ought to be more
focused on issues like assimilation and
bilingual education, Frey said.
Gravina said Michigan's welfare pro-
grams are in line with this theory. "In
practice our focus is to get people into
jobs as quickly as possible," she said.
"And we also offer a lot of employment
support resources."

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