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Six members of
faculty receive
Fulbright grants
Six University faculty members
received Fulbright scholar grants for
Among the recipients are econom-
ics Prof. David Lam, Engineering
Prof. John Halloran, associate com-
munications studies Prof. Richard
Allen, assistant Social Work Prof.
Ron Astor, psychology lecturer Gail
Eisen and David Nicholls, a
'Rockefeller resident postdoctoral fel-
ow at the Center for Afroamerican
and African Studies.
The grants are funded by the U.S.
Information Agency as well as partici-
pating governments and sponsors
around the world.
Former University
administrator dies
%fter illness
David Heebink, former assistant to
the president, died in Los Altos, Calif.
on Jan. 10 following a long illness.
Before he came to the University,
Heebink was a member of the faculty
at Stanford University and an associ-
ate dean in the School of
He came to the University in 1969 as
*ssistant vice president for state rela-
tions and was named assistant to the
president in 1973.
In 1986, Heebink returned to
(California, where he continued to work
ifor the University in semi-retirement.
Associate prof.
named recipient
%f Junior Award
Anthony Waas, an associate profes-
sor of aerospace engineering, was
named the first recipient of the Junior
Award from the American Academy of
Mechanics. The award recognizes out-
standing research in the field of
mechanics by "young people in the
first decade of their careers."
Waas, who joined the Engineering
*aculty in 1988, has researched subjects
such as structural mechanics, biome-
chanics, composites and smart materi-
als and structures.
Prof. Weisman
wins honors for
women's health
0 Health management and policy
Prof. Carol Weisman received the
Excellence in Women's Health
Research award from the National
Association of Professionals in
Women's Health.
Weisman received the award based
on her studies on improving women's
health services delivery. Recently,
she conducted a study to collect sys-
tematic information about the vari-
A us types of women's health centers
n the United States

Provost seeks
nominees for
diversity award
The Office of the Provost and
Executive Vice President for
*cademic Affairs is seeking out fac-
ulty nominations for the Harold R.
Johnson Diversity Service Award.
The award, named in honor of
Social Work Dean emeritus Harold
Johnson, recognizes full-time
tenured or tenure-track faculty on
the Ann Arbor campus whose work
contributes to a more ethnically and
culturally diverse campus.
Five awards are made each year
nd include a stipend of $5,000. To
btain a nomination form and selec-
tion criteria, call 764-3981, e-mail
oapama@umich.edu or stop by
room 3084 in the Fleming
Administration Building.
Nominations are welcome from fac-
ulty, staff and students.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Josh Rosenblatt.

LO AL TA EThe Michigan Daily - Monday, January 26, 1998 -3
intr rush nay attract reCord numbers


By Lee Palmer
Daily Staff'Reporter
Greek leaders on campus predict a larger than
normal turnout for winter fraternity rush, an event
that usually pales in comparison to its counterpart
- fall rush.
Winter rush, which begins today, allows stu-
dents who chose not to rush in the fall another
chance to join a house.
"The chapters have re-focused their rush tactics
to recruitment year round," said lnterfraternity
Council President Brad Holeman. This change
could result in the largest number of winter rush-
ers in eight to 10 years, he said.
Winter rush for fraternities follows the same
format as it does during the fall, with all but two
fraternities in the li-C participating.
Engineering sophomore Adam Silver, rush
chair for Alpha Sigma Phi, said he recognizes
the importance of winter rush and continual

recruitment throughout the year for his frater-
"The biggest advantage of winter rush is for
first-year students who want to get their foot in the
ground academically and establish their GPA
before they rush," Silver said.
"It's also important to see the fraternity not
just with parties but with other-activities," said
Silver, who explained that his fraternity has
held "must-see TV" Thursday television nights
this past semester and had a Super I3owl party
last night for the brothers and potential
LSA first-year student Charles Chen
described rushing as a "wonderful opportunity
to meet new people, especially on a campus as
large as this one." ('hen, who lives in South
Quad Residence flall, said he finds it hard to

"In a fraternity, it's easier to get to know peo-
ple because living with the guys, you feel clos-
er to them," Chen said. "I didn't rush in the fall
because it was my first semester here and my
top priority was academics. Also, coming here
I only knew of the stereotypes about fraterni-
ties and that steered me away from the idea.
Now, I've gotten to know people who are
already involved with fraternities and the idea
of a brotherhood attracts me."
Not all students describe the experience as high-
LSA first-year student Ryan Meroz said he had
planned to attend winter rush and he still might go
to some of the dinners, but his enthusiasm has
waned after reports from his friends.
"A lot of my friends de-pledged after rushing in
the fall because the time commitment was too
great, they didn't like to be told what to do all the
time, or they didn't like the guys in the house,"

Meroz said.
While fraternities expect a large turnout, only
three of the University's Panhellenic sororities are
holding winter rush, which began last Tuesday and
will end next Monday.
"Panhellenic does not formalize the process like
fall rush"' Panhel President Mary Gray said. But
the sororities that do choose to participate in rush
find that winter rush allows the women to get to
know the rushees better and they feel this results in
a better pledge class, Gray said.
President of Alpha Xi Delta Jen Riesenberger
said that her sorority benefits greatly from winter
"Because winter rush is a lot more informal, you
get to know the rushees better and you can spend
more time one-on-one' Riesenberger said. "We
have done winter rush for the past few years and
we have gotten a lot of great new people through

maintain friendships with
large dormitory.

people in such a

Asian Business Conference
focuses on financial crisis

By Hong Lin
Daily Staff Reporter
The recent financial crisis in Asia
spurred concern among many
University students who attended the
eighth annual Asian Business
Conference on campus this weekend.
Business graduate student Bob
Wilson, who chaired the event, said he
was pleased with the turnout of the two-
day conference.
"Over 700 people attended the
two-day event," Wilson said. "We
were expecting about 600, but more
The conference addressed the current
financial situation in Asia.
"There were people who are very
optimistic about the future of Asia,"
Wilson said. "There were also peo-
ple who are very pessimistic. But
overall, most people were opti-
David Weinstein, associate profes-
sor of international business at the
School of Business Administration,
said he is optomistic about Asia's eco-

nomic futures.
"I am bullish on Asia," Weinstein
said. "I believe that there is a lot of
room for growth in this region."
But some panelists said they are con-
cerned about the future of this region.
Veteran investment banker Gene Dattel,
who sat on the conference's
Japan/Korea panel, said Japan is facing
difficult times.
"Japan will go through a very diffi-
cult transformation period," Dattel said.
"Some companies will restructure well,
but for some sectors it will be a real
Students said they attended the
conference to learn about how the
crisis is affecting different Asian
"The conference was very infor-
mative, very well organized and
insightful," said Locesh Vij, an MBA
first-year student. "I wanted to get a
feel for what these businesses are

International Center, said the confer-
ence speakers did a good job of
explaining issues without becoming
overly technical.
"The speakers had different per-
spectives," Chang said. "The picture
that they painted covered a wide
range of topics. That helped me to
get some perspective on the Asian
Henry Chen, a Rackham first-year
student, said he came to the conference
because he wants to learn more about
doing business in China.
"I am here to get a perspective on
Asia," Chen said. "There aren't
many opportunities to learn about
The people who attended the confer-
ence said they were satisfied with what
they heard from the speakers.
"There are a lot of opportunities in
Asia, but expansion in Asia is not
going to be easy," Wilson said.
"Asian government has to become
more transparent and America has to
get involved."

doing inI


a foreign-student
the University's

N'Tonya L.ee, a community education coordinator for the Ozone House, talks
about the importance to connecting with others with a small group of students.
elU' leadersgather
at Campus Su'm-mit

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well," Daughtery said.
Four local Ann Arbor high school students, Lissa
Sperlich, Jean Wallace, Janada Halbisen-Gibbs and Jesa
Rae, performed an interpretative poetry act.
Halbisen-Gibbs began with the Pledge of Allegiance
as the others joined in simultaneously with their own
poetry. Rae concluded the performance by covering her
hands with black and white paint and blending it togeth-
Several more poetry recitations, performances by Music
students and an energetic show by the Gospel Chorale fol-
SNRE sophomore Janelle Jenkins recited an original poem
about her father. She said she felt it represented the "freedom
of expression (King) died for."
Engineering senior Autwan Fuller recited a personal

poem, titled "Tired of Waiting." He read, "I am tiredof
waiting for people to wake up and see how ignorant they
are ... I am going to love my Asian sister, I am going to
teach my white brother ... I am going to rid childrei6f
The evening concluded with Bishop performing the sdng
"Change the World," which spontaneously led into "It's So
Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
"I hope that you all learned that we can all do more.and
we can all do something," Mirkin said at the show's conclu-
"I expected it to be ordinary, but it turned out to be
spectacular. Everyone got something from it," said LSA
first-year student Kristina Derro.
Wallace said the performance created a sense of unity and
was successful in its mission.
"I was really inspired by everyone," Wallace said. "I
just thought it was beautiful that we could have all these
people together with the same purpose."

By Erin Holmes
Daily StaffReporter
Nearly 50 students gathered in the
Union on Saturday as the first annual
Michigan Campus Summit kicked off
with balloons, cake and high expecta-
tions for problem solving.
The planning for the summit took
place in May and August, when stu-
dent leaders attending the Michigan
Leadershape conference combined
ideas to improve interaction between
campus organizations. The result of
their brainstorming was this weekend's
opportunity for students to get together
and discuss their goals for campus out-
"It started as a vision," said LSA
junior Phil Randall, a coordinator for
the event. "It was a way for students to
work together to create awareness (of
campus activities) and solve prob-
LSA sophomore Diana Economy, a
coordinator for the summit, agreed that
the summit gave students the chance to
facilitate their ideas and work together.
"Too often student groups are run by
the same people," Economy said.
"This summit lets the students know
that everyone on campus definitely has
a voice."
The summit's turnout, which was
only half of what was originally
expected, included undergraduate and
graduate student representatives from
a variety of campus groups.
Students broke into small groups
and were encouraged to outline issues
of concern to students on campus and
consider possible solutions. The results
of their group work, generated after an
hour of discussion, were presented" to
their peers.
LSA junior Ryan Friedrichs, an
MSA and Project SERVE representa-
tive, addressed the problem of generat-

ing student interest on campus. "At the
beginning of the semester, everyone is
ready to get involved." Friedrichs said.
"Group leaders should tap into this
right away and things will happen."
Student presentations focused on
ways to get the several hundred
groups on campus working together,
and many participants agreed that
the words of their peers were inspir-
ing on both personal and group lev-
LSA first-year student Vikram
Sarna, a representative of the Dance
Marathon planning committee, said
unity was one result of the summit.
"The summit was a good way to cre-
ate awareness about other groups and
their goals" Sarma said. "Even if only
two groups come together for some-
thing worthwhile as a result of today, it
was worth it"
The event ended with a presentation
by N'Tanya Lee, a community educa-
tion coordinator for the Ozone House.
Lee expanded on the summit's themes
of working together in her speech.
Along with a description of key
events from her career. Lee discussed
the lessons she learned while working
with others.
"Despite currently weakened social
movements, there is a very strong need
for people to feel connected," Lee said.
"They need to feel like they have a
meaningful role in the community."
Although the nine-person audience
was smaller than expected, Lee used
the opportunity to address problems
people face when working together to
tackle large projects.
"The biggest problem students on
campus have is being frank with each
other," Lee said. "We grew up in a time
when self-gain was most important.
Our challenge is to meet self-interest
and also do something to help others,"


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