The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 - 7
fast answers to questions
A bicycle parked near the Michigan Union serves as testimony to the year's first snowstorm yesterday as students ride
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By Mike Haven health information
For the Daily enjoyable manner
Are you addicted to smoking? Do "Our goal is to
you want to stop? Do you know way they can rela
how? the kiosks will h
The answers to these and other health like interactive f
related questions can be found on a net- ers."
work of interactive kiosks located in Strecher said th
libraries, health clinics, work sites, a person to shap
shopping malls and other public areas educational exi
throughout Michigan. interaction and
The University Comprehensive Care information.
Center launched the project to connect "Studies have sih
Michigan residents with updated health to standard mass-
information. such as pamphlets
"Health-O-Vision," a touch-acti- messages tailored
vated program, gives the public needs and interests
access to information specific to indi- ly to result in a pos
vidual needs and concerns. The pro- change."
gram currently has five channels that In order to creat
cover a wide-range of topics includ- ing program, the
ing breast cancer, prostate cancer eclectic group of
screening, smoking, bike helmet safe- health and medica
ty and immunization. rated with comput
The $1 million project was funded by graphic artists. Th
the state tobacco tax. It is the first pro- Writers Guild also
ject of its kind and calls for statewide ing a script to hold
deployment of fifty computers in hopes "We like to ref
of helping medically under-served peo- 'colabratory' rathe
ple. said Neil Quinn,
Victor Strecher, professor of public Media Research.
health and director of the Cancer University stude
Center's Prevention and Control nificant role in de
Program said the objective is to deliver Quinn said the labl
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SACUA member and SNRE Prof. Bunyan Bryant also
said that the action should not end discussion on diver-
"I think periodically we should reaffirm our core values
about diversity, Bryant said.
Bryant spearheaded the other proposal that was accepted
by the Senate Assembly, which asked the University Board of
Regents to divest their tobacco stock.
"Tobacco causes a lot of illnesses" Bryant said. "it didn't
seem right to me that the University, with moral principles,
to the public in an
teac h people in a
te to and enjoy, so
ook and act more
TVs than comput-
e kiosks will allow
e his or her own
hown that, compared
and booklets, health
to an individual's
arc much more like-
itive health behavior
e a fun and interest-
center gathered an
f specialists. Public
i specialists collabo-
er programmers and
e Hollywood Screen
contributed by creat-
d the users interest.
er to ourselves as a
r than just labratory,"
manager of Health
nts also played a sig-
veloping the service.
had a commitment to
involve the student body. Students with
backgrounds in computer science, pub-
lic health and graphic design contributed
to the project.
"Students bring a lot of fresh per.
spective and provide a lot of dynamic
input," Quinn said.
Glen Anderson, who worked with the
project's design and assembly, received
his masters degree in Environmental
Health from the School of Public
Health. He said he hopes the project pro-
vides helpful information to people of
"We want to provide prevention
methods and education about health
risks," Anderson said. "I hope that it
will reach a variety of people on all
income levels from rural to inner city
In the future, project coordinators
hope to distribute more kiosks and pro-
vide print-outs of area-specific informa-
"The project will move to providing
more functionality. In the year 2000
we'd like to have individual kiosks pro-
vide health resources for a certain
region,' Quinn said.
Three kiosks are located in Ann
Arbor at the UM Cancer Center,
Busch's Valu Land on 2240 S. Main St.
and the Ann Arbor Public Library on S.
DETROIT - An autumn snow-
,orm swept through parts of
ichigan, blacking out a quarter mil-
lion homes and businesses and leav-
ing at least one person dead, authori-
ties said yesterday.
Heidi Stafford was one of the
many without power yesterday. The
western Michigan woman said she
could hear loud snapping noises
outside around midnight and could
tell from the power surges that it
ias a matter of time before she was
"You could hear it from about I I
o'clock on, just popping," Stafford
said from her blacked-out Kalamazoo
home yesterday afternoon. "No elec-
tricity yet. They said it could be
(Tuesday) night or Wednesday.
Things are not really looking that
She said she was trying to warm
the house with a small propane
heater, leaving the windows open as
recommended for safety.
"I have a 95-year-old mother living
with me, and she needs a little
warmth,' Mrs. Stafford said.
At the height of the storm, 250,000
customers were without power, said
Consumers Energy spokesperson
Dan Bishop. But by I1 a.m. yester-
day, the number still in the dark was
down to 190,000.
"The middle section of the mitten
was awfully hard hit," Bishop said.
"The outages were caused by heavy
snow weighing on leaves not yet fall-
en from trees. They're now resting on
He said it might be tomorrow before
power was fully restored to the region.
The storm dropped five inches of
snow on Kalamazoo and surrounding
areas in just five hours - the heavi-
est one-day snowfall for the month of
October since 1962, the national
Weather Service said.
Many people awoke to trees on
their streets, in their yards, or crashed
into their cars or homes.
"I woke up, looked out and there
was my car with the window smashed
out," Melanie Holman of Kalamazoo
told the Kalamazoo Gazette. "A great
big tree branch fell down and just
missed the house."
One traffic fatality was blamed on
the winter weather, state police said.
Donna Kay Hosey, 27, of
Charlotte died after she lost con-
trol of her car on an icy road in
Battle Creek and crashed head-on
into another vehicle.
Stafford, who went through a five-
day blackout during a spring ice
storm, said at least the weather was a
bit warmer this time.
should be marketing death."
The proposal will go before the regents and the president
at the regents' monthly meeting.
Bryant emphasized that the faculty and regents will
work together to solve this divestment in the near future.
"I applaud the faculty for taking this position," Bryant
said. "Faculty members came down on the right side of
SACUA member Lewis Kleinsmith agreed that the University
should not be associated with these types of companies.
"Investing in tobacco stocks puts us in the position of
profiting from something that is used to addict young
children to a habit that is likely to shorten their lives,"
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The importance of being able to recognize and admit the
occurrence of abuse in a relationship was one of the issues
stressed by survivors.'
Deanna Duram, a University graduate student, explained
to the audience that breaking her silence is necessary.
"It's a cycle that cannot be seen from within. I could be
sat no longer," Duram said. "My story must be told. I must
be heard. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It's the
Trey Thompson, an Education graduate student and a sur-
vivor of rape, stressed the difference between being called a
victim versus being called a survivor.
"I am a rape survivor. I am not a victim," Thompson
said. "I have gone through too much to not be called a sur-
"We're not quiet. We're here. You need to know that we're
here and we're surviving," said Thompson between tears.
Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence often
feel a loss of control over their own lives due to their experi-
ence. Duram told the audience about her own feelings about
"I finally feel as if I am in control of my life," Duram said.
"And it is a control that I will never lose again."
Students who empathized with those women had experi-
enced sexual assault and domestic violence and were inspired
by the words of the speakers.
"It was pretty inspirational," said LSA senior Tiffin
Goodman. "I guess I don't know that much about domes-
tic violence and I wanted to get a more personal perspec-
SAPAC also provides support for survivors of domestic
violence and assault through a 24-hour crisis line at 936-
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now, that the successful candidate
should know the University well,"
Stewart said the committee chose to
look at the previous candidates because
members want to find a new dean as
early as late December.
"The notion was that the committee
generated a lot of candidates and made
a lot of evaluations not very long ago,"
Last week, Stewart sent letters to
members of the faculty inviting them to
apply for the position.
The committee already has con-
tacted deans and members of
Rackham's student government to
discuss the search.
"We really want the community input
in this process," Stewart said. "The
more input we have, the more likely it
will be a good outcome."
Stewart said the committee is look-
ing for someone who has a genuine
interest in and knowledge of graduate
"We want to hear from someone who
has a vision of what role this graduate
school will have on campus," Stewart
University President Lee Bollinger
said the new dean will have to be some-
one who is concerned with both faculty
"(The position) has become some-
thing of an intellectual center on
campus," Bollinger said. "(The new
dean) will have to be able to think
really well about graduate educa-
Physiology Prof. Louis D'Alecy,
chair of the faculty's governing body,
said the search committee should look
for someone who has a good sense of
the entire campus.
"As the dean of Rackham, more
than any other dean, you need to
interact with other units," D'Alecy
Art and Architecture Dean Allen
Samuels said it is important that the
search seek out a diverse pool of candi-
"I would always want as broad a net
cast as possible," Samuels said.
"Therefore, a national search seems
best. But the pool is still warm?'
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