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November 14, 1997
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)aily Staf Reporter
Unlike many political pundits who comment on poverty
rom the outside looking in, Starr Parker critiques the condi-
tion of the poor as someone who once
was on the inside.
Parker, who spoke to a crowd of about
75 students last night, was a welfare
recipient in south-central Los Angeles for
seven years, before she started her own
magazine and founded a policy institute.
"I lived the welfare system," said
Parker, who now heads the California-
based Coalition on Urban Affairs. "It
cripples the free market system."
arker An outspoken critic of welfare and
government intervention in the econo-
ny parker related many of her personal experiences to ongo-
n ebates over welfare, the minimum wage, affirmative
ction and premarital sex.
The minimum wage, Parker said, is not an economically
ffective way of eliminating poverty because it violates the
ree market theory.
"Anytime you set up an artificial minimum wage, you hurt
he people who want to start on the bottom rung and then
vork their way up," Parker said.
One way to help poor people start on an equal playing
field. Parker said, is using the school voucher system, in
wlbh parents can choose the schools their children attend.
See PARKER, Page 2
Hospitals and Medical School
consider smoking ban throughout the
entire health system
Ry Carly Southworth
Two nurses stand in the courtyard of University Hospitals
:hating back and forth. They ignore the white clouds their
reath makes in the crisp, morning air. They're on a smoking
@t starting in July, the courtyard and other areas outside the
vledical Health System will be off limits to their nicotine clouds.
Currently, smoking is off limits inside University
Hospitals, clinics and the Medical School, but is allowed out-
ide in designated areas of the Health System. The Smoke-
ree Environment Task Force plans to make those outside
reas also smoke-free.
Michael Harrison, director of public relations for the
Vedical Center and the task force, said the plan is intended
o change the attitude and culture of the Health System. This
lan should make the system a model of health and preven-
i Harrison said.
Wficials also hope the new plan will make the Health
system and its services a tool to help smokers quit.
Because smoking negatively affects health, Harrison said
hat education about smoking's effects needs to be available
n addition to the plan. Programs and services to educate and
elp smokers quit will be available when the plan is imple-
"That kind of education has to go on all across the Health
System," Harrison said.
See SMOKE, Page 2
By John Lerof
IDal Sports Editor
'T1he talk of the town is still Michigan's
34-8 trashing of previously unbeaten
Penn State, but the Woherines have
something else on their minds:
The nation's newly crowned No. I will
have the opportunity to take a giant step
toward its first Rose Bowl berth since
1993 with a win over No. 23 Wisconsin
in Madison. The game will be televised
nationally by ABC (Channel 7 in Ann
Arbor) at 3:30 p.m.
The Wolverines are just getting used to
their No. 1 ranking avter knocking off the
Nittany L ions. Now, Michigan (6-0 Big
Len, 9-0 overall) is a serious contender
for the national championship. Only
Wisconsin (5-1, 8-2) and No. 4 Ohio
State stand in its way.
"1 can't lie, being No. I means a lot to
us." Michigan All-American Charles
Woodson said. "t feels great, but the sea-
son's not over yet, and it's not over for us
until we reach Pasadena.-
That road travels through Madison,
where the Wolverines haven't won since
a 41-2 win in 1990. Ironically, that win
vaulted Michigan into the No. I spot in
the Associated Press poll, an honor it lost
the following week and didn't regain
until last week.
Even more ironic is the fact that the
last time the Wolverines walked into
Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium as
the nation's top-ranked team was in 1980,
when the Badgers pulled off a 21-14
upset of epic proportions. Wisconsin
coach Barry Alvarez thinks it will take a
similar effort to knock off the Wolverines
"They don't have any weaknesses,"
Alvarez said. "They've really stuffed
people. They have a great, great defense"
Michigan boasts the top-ranked
defense in the country, but Alvarez coun-
ters with the nation's third-leading rusher
in sophomore Ron Dayne. Dayne suf-
fered a serious ankle sprain in the first
quarter of the Badgers' 13-10 upset of
See WISCONSIN, Page 7
No. 1 Michigan (6-0 Big Ten, 9-0 overall)
vs. No. 23 Wisconsin (5-1, 8-2)
Camp Randall Stadium (cap. 76,129
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. EST
Michigan by 15r
Snow showers likely, high around 30.L
LSA first-year student Srivitta Kengskool presents a lotus flower boat to celebrate the Thai
national holiday Loi Krathong, or the Thai Festival of Light, last night in Stockwell's Blue Lounge.
Thai Festiv o Light
cele ;brates Buddhism
ABC, Channel 7
The Wolverines lead 41-10-1 but haven't
won in Madison since 1990.
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
The majority of Thailand's citizens celebrated
the Buddhist holiday Loi Krathong yesterday -
and so did more than 50 University students.
During this Thai national holiday, also called
the Thai Festival of Light, lotus flower boats
filled with candles and incense are symbolical-
ly assembled and placed into bodies of water.
With paper, styrofoam plates, potpourri, sta-
ples and glue, University students in
Stockwell's Blue Lounge constructed their
own replica krathongs and sent them off into
three water-filled blue sleds.
LSA first-year student Srivitta Kengskool, a
Thai Student Association member, said the
event has several meanings.
"The purpose of it is to pay homage to the
Lord Buddha," Kengskoot said, explaining that
the lotus flower boats represent innocence and
"When you light (the candle), you're lighting
your sins away and you're purging yourself of
your sins," Kengskool said. "When Lord
Buddha reached enlightenment, each lotus blos-
som opened up under his footsteps. Water is
important because it is a symbol of prosperity"
Rackham student Mui Komolpis said last
night's celebration allowed students to remem-
ber the November holiday amidst their busy
"I think maybe that we have an opportunity
to get together and reminisce the time we have
in Thailand when we do this," Komolpis said.
Although most students attended the event
to celebrate the holiday, some said they were
attracted to the event for other reasons.
"I'm from Indonesia and this is as close as I
can get to home cooking,' LSA sophomore
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grow in popularity
Nobel Prize winners
rally against mines
By Maria Hackett
and Neal Lepsetz
Daily Staff Reporters '
When Brian LaLonde started a
Website during his sophomore year in
high school, he had no idea it would
lead him to collaborating on a Website
with people as far away as Singapore.
But like many University students
and Web afficionados nationwide,
LaLonde has become intimately famil-
iar with the wonders of the Internet.
"It's fun to have. It's kind of like putting
yourself on the Web and saying, 'Here I
am,"' said LaLonde, an LSA first-year
student. "Just knowing that I have a little
space on there is kind of neat."
With a Website that includes infor-
mation about his band Tinker Toy Joe
and his father's electric car, LaLonde
said his site blends the best of science,
entertainment and the potential for
"If you want to find something out
there, it's out there. For my page to be a
part of that, it's just putting it further,"
The World Wide Web seems to be
weaving its way into every corner of
society, snaring classes, students and
companies in its net. Many classes use
Websites, and some even require stu-
dents to construct their own homepage.
"Using the Web extends what's possi-
ble in the classroom," said Kim Bayer,
instructional program coordinator at the
Office of Instructional Technology.
Bayer said professors are "trying to
make their courses more interactive by
See WEBSITES, Page 7
By Margene Eriksen
Daily Staff Reporter
In chilling temperatures yesterday, a
small group of onlookers gathered on
the Diag to listen to members of the
anti-landmine group that won the
Nobel Peace Prize last month.
Yesterday's protest, orgapized by the
International Campaign to Ban
Landmines, was the first in a series of
events intended to encourage students
to become active in the worldwide land-
mine protest movement.
"I think there is not yet enough infor-
mation on the humanitarian problems
that affect the general public," said
Petter Quande, a landmine protest
worker from Norway. "The American
armed forces sets the agenda for
American foreign policy more than in
during the Michigan-Ohio State foot-
"If students hold up one shoe in silent
protest during the 'Star-Spangled Banner,'
it will be a patriotic and humanitarian ges-
ture to represent people who no longer
need a shoe" Piatti said.
He then explained the meaning of hold-
ing up one shoe. In countries like Bosnia,
Cambodia and Afghanistan, many stores
will sell only one shoe because so many
people have lost legs to landmines.
"We hope to enlighten the public to
pressure (President) Bill Clinton to do
the right thing. As the biggest military
power on Earth, the U.S. should be the
leader for getting rid of this cowardly
weapon," Piatti said.
One of the few students who vocal-
ized their willingness to get involved in
the movement was SNRE sophomore
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