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U' Leadershape
plans to advertise

LOCAL/STATE

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 12, 1998 - 5A

It's raining money

Flirting survives
in the face of
social objection

N Coordinators plan to
paper co-ops and resi-
ence halls with fliers.
By Matthew Schwartz
For the Daily
Traditionally, student participation in
the University's Leadershape program,
a division of a national program that
helps develop leadership skills, has
depended on word of mouth. But now,
in an attempt to attract a more diverse
student body, coordinators have taken a
ew approach - publicity.
This year, program coordinators have
been publicizing Leadershape in every
residence hall, co-op and at meetings of
various student groups, in order to try
to diversify the program.
"The value of the program is really in
the diversity of the participants,
because that generates the kind of dia-
logue and discussion that people can
Sbenefit from." said LSA senior Janae
ooley, co-chair of the Leadershape
entral Planning Team.
Leadershape first came to the
University in 1992 through a joint ini-
tiative of students and administrators in
the,College of Engineering. Since then,
more than 750 students representing all
schools and colleges within the
University have graduated from the
program.
The program lasts one week and is held
at a camp in Fenton, Mich.
"The biggest thing is that they teach
you how to lead with a vision for where
you want to take yourself, and where you
want to take the people that you're lead-

ing," said LSA sophomore Seth Meyers,
who attended Leadershape last summer.
LSA junior Albert Shin, president of
the Mosher-Jordan House Council, said
his experience at Leadershape helped
him more effectively perform his job.
"It helped me have a better sense of
trust among other people who I don't
know too well. I feel like a more friend-
ly person than before - a little bit more
outgoing," Shin said.
Group activities such as role playing
and physical challenges, such as climb-
ing a 10-foot wall, "necessitated a sense
of trust among the members so that we
could work together toward a common
goal," Shin said.
Leadershape also prepares students
for a diverse society, Cooley said.
"In real life you're going to be faced
with a lot of people who are very differ-
ent from yourself, and this opportunity
gives you the chance to be in that kind of
diverse environment," Cooley said.
Meyers said that Leadershape exposed
him to people on campus he would never
have met otherwise. "When you meet all
these new people you can really share
ideas on what the best ways are to moti-
vate people," Meyers said.
Participation in Leadershape is open
to all students, regardless of their lead-
ership experience. Students selected to
attend are granted free admission with
funds provided by the Division of
Student Affairs, various schools in the
University and corporate sponsors.
Applications are available at the
Leadershape Center in the Michigan
Union, or online at
http://wuimic ih. edu/~mli/leadershape.

By Trevor Gardner
For The Daily
Despite many objections to the social
inconveniences of political correctness
in the work-place, flirting and other
forms of sexual innuendo appear to still
thrive in offices across the United
States, according to a recent study in
the February issue of Details magazine.
The study suggests that most workers
readily acknowledge the prevalence of
office flirting, but profess to never
engage in the activity.
Dwayne Swierczynski, grooming
editor at Details magazine, said the
study was formulated by outside
sources.
"We had a firm do a telephone pole,"
Swierczynski said.
The firm, Willard and Schulman,
formed the pole during the course of
one week through 400 telephone inter-
views of Details readers who were at
least 21 years old. Screening questions
were used before each interview to con-
firm that the respondents were
employed and worked in an office or
retail setting. The results revealed that
the once distinct line between business
and pleasure is now slowly fading.
More than half of the respondents in
Willard and Schulman's study said they
believe flirting with and dating cowork-
ers is appropriate. While 39 percent
have dated coworkers, only 4 percent
admit to have dated their boss. These
statistics confirm the prevailing notion
that flirting between bosses and
employees can be problematic. The
study reported most workers say they
hope to avoid situations where they
may be intimidated by an authority.
Though most students at the
University have not officially started
their careers, those who have part-time

jobs said they had mixed opinions
about the prevalence of flirtation in the
workplace.
LSA junior Jabeh Peabody said she
feels comfortable admitting to occa-
sional, innocent flirting with co-work-

ers.
"There is a negative connotation to
flirting in the workplace," Peabody
said. "I think it can be there, but it
shouldn't be seen. You make it subtle,.
or do it when others aren't around.
Peabody, who works in the computing
site at the School of Business
Administration, said that because she
works in a comfortable environment,
people flirt without tension or intimida-
tion.
LSA sophomore Dan Jyung also said
that flirting between co-workers is
harmless.
"As long as the company is not losing
money, I'm all for it," Jyung said.
Jyung said flirting may or may not
detract from a productive work environ-
ment.
"It depends," Jyung said. "Certainly
it doesn't enhance working, but defi-
nitely in light flirting, I don't think there
are many problems."
But when the employee's boss is pre,
sent, the protocol for behavior is a little
different, Jyung said.
"In that scenario. there should be
some guidelines. A person can't get a
raise after some serious flirting action,"
Jyung said.
Many in the job force follow this line
of reasoning. Jenny Yang, a LSA junior,'
said that many people take it upon'.
themselves to flirt. Yang advised work-
ers to take caution in developing social
relationships with bosses. "It's a per-
sonal decision, but I don't think it's a
very wise decision."

DANA INNANE; Daily
LSA junior Charmaine Cardezo collects funds yesterday for a spring break
service trip to the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia and Kentucky.

Religious experts discuss affirmative action
RELIGION
Continued from Page 1A
Jackson, who outlined his views
on affirmative action as an Islamic
man, discussed several major
objections that people have to
affirmative action, including that it
violates the principles of equality. F.
"Human beings want first and
foremost to be treated as humans.
Equality in the absence of v
humanity has little social mean-
ing," Jackson said.
In his closing remarks,3
Williams stated that the United
States is at an important histor-
ical point in terms of affirma-
tive action and the decisions
that must be made.
He also stressed the impor- 4 .
tance of the University's affir-
mative action policies.
"We have to make a respon-
sible choice," Williams said.
"We're playing without a safe- EM:LYNATHA.Dail
ty net ona verwih s l Prof. Sherman Jackson speaks last night at a panel discussion about religious perspectives on affirmative action held In the
wire," Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union.

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TV
Continued from Page 1A
everyone. To everyone of all different
kinds of cultures such as affirmative
action," Larson said.
Michigan linebacker Dhani Jones
said the show has reached a broad
audience with its topics and innova-
tive ideas. Jones has his own spot on
the show featuring CD reviews and
poetry.
"People can understand and see it as
real and happening;" Jones said.
Jones added that the diverse student
body at the University can learn to
appreciate the show.

"The great thing about Michigan is
everyone is so diverse and open-mid-
ed," Jones said. "A lot of folks come to
college to broaden their horizons and
broaden their minds.:
The show will soon expand its audi-
ence by premiering on public access in
Ann Arbor and Detroit in about two
weeks.
The show airs tonight at midnight,
and will continue to air every four
hours until Monday on WOL, which is
on channel 70 in University residence
halls. Tonight, the show will feature
guests including football players Ray,
Jones and basketball player Robert
Trayl or.

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GM
Continued from Page 1A
Mich.
While GM is not expecting any
immediate results, Ezzat said he is opti-
mistic about the project's outcome.
"We have access to some excellent
technical skills at the University," Ezzat
said. "We're looking at long-term
research, but it is fairly targeted and
focused."
Although GM's partnership with the
University is a first for the automotive
manufacturer, Ezzat confirmed GM's
*ommitment to the project.
"We're looking at a strong, long-.
term relationship with one of the pre-
mier research institutes in the country,"
he said.
The College of Engineering is accus-
tomed to such joint ventures with
industry on a lesser scale.
Papalambros said the College of
Engineering has worked hard to form
bonds with "industry in general, and
the automotive industry in specific,"
nd is working to form alliances with
all of the Detroit Big Three automotive
manufacturers.
Papalambros said he expects
between eight and 10 faculty members
and about the same number of graduate
students to participate in the project.
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