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The Michigan Daily - Monday, February 23, 1998 - 3A

Organization
promotes student
internships
The student-run exchange organiza-
on AIESEC is now taking applica-
tions for students interested in paid
internships abroad.
Participants are housed with uni-
versity students from a variety of
schools while working in the pro-
gram. Internships are available in 89
countries. The organization helps
participating students with all
arrangements including housing,
visas and transportation. Students
so can get involved with cultural
Darning events and various social
events through the program while
they are abroad.
Applications from interested stu-
dents are due Feb. 25 in room 4217 of
the Michigan Union. Questions can
be e-mailed to aiesec.work
abroad@umich. edu.
Teaching group
ecruits grads
The national organization of Teach
for America is recruiting graduates to
participate in its education awareness
program.
Students with any academic concen-
tration or background can participate in
the program, which requires a two-year
commitment. Participants travel to dis-
advantaged areas of the country and
Weate extra-curricular activities,
rewrite curriculum and encourage stu-
dents in learning. Communities partic-
ipating include the South Bronx,
Mississippi Delta and South Central
Los Angeles.
Applications are due by March 2.
Interested students can call the national
office at 800-832-1230 for more infor-
mation.
R'rogram to
discuss work
and family life
A presentation to discuss the balance
between homelife and careers will be
sponsored by the Center for the
Education of Women and the Family
Care Resources Program.
The discussion will cover topics such
the modern family and ways to cope
with stress and the changing society.
There also will be discussion on rela-
tionships issues. Information will be
presented concerning families with two
working parents, single parents and
couples issues.
The presentation is scheduled for
Feb. 24 at noon in the Michigan
Union.
O' advisers to be
recognized
The LSA Advising Center is asking
students to help recognize advisers who
have been particularly helpful.
The office intends to award excellent
advising as well as improve the overall
effectiveness of the center.
To nominate a general academic or
concentration adviser, students
?ould write a few paragraphs
escribing the person who they are
crediting.
Submissions are due Feb. 27 in the
ISA Advising Center.

discussion of
black women and
conflict planned
Psychology and women's studies
Prof. Jacqueline Mattis will lead a dis-
cussion to present her research on black
women, primarily the way they deal
with conflict in their lives. Much of her
work focuses on the role of spirituality
in women's lives and dealing with diffi-
culties.
Mattis, who recently completed
her post-doctorate degree, will focus
on providing therapy for individuals
o had recently survived or wit-
'ssed traumatic violence in their
lives.
The presentation is scheduled to be
held at noon on Feb. 26 at the Center
for the Education of Women.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Melanie Sampson.

Cultural
elegance
displayed
at show
By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff Reporter
The soothing sounds of the Chinese
harp, the seductive rhythms of a
Chinese ribbon dance and the flair of
strobe lights and smoke fused tradition-
al and modern cultures Friday at the
fourth annual Huaren Cultural Show.
The show, which drew about 700
people to the Power Center, displayed
the arts of China, Taiwan and Hong
Kong through dance, martial arts and
instrumental performance. The show
also incorporated more modern ele-
ments, including a fashion show, skits
and a modern dance performance.
"I hope that the audience got a sense of
what being from China, Taiwan or Hong
Kong means," said Engineering senior
Daniel Chui, one of the show's coordina-
tors and producers.
The show was organized by the
Huaren Cultural Association, which
promotes the cultural traditions of
China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Loosely translated, Huaren means
"the people of China," and the show
incorporated various customs in a dis-

JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily
University students perform a traditional Taiwanese stick dance on Friday for the 1998 Huaren Cultural Show held at the

Power Center.
play of unity and cultural diversity.
"I think the show wanted to show
what the Asian American community at
the University is like. It showed how
diverse the community is," said
Engineering first-year student
Elizabeth Novak.
A traditional Chinese ribbon dance
kicked off the evening, followed by a
traditional stick dance and a Chinese
harp performance by Rackham student
Hua Wang.

Chui said this year's show was the
largest and most successful one ever
held at the University.
"It was very uplifting," said Nursing
first-year student Rochelle Ramos.
"There was a coming together of every-
one and a sense of unity."
Marketing consultant Robert Kumaki
spoke about the state of Asian Americans
in society in a presentation titled "Asian
Americans: Repositioning the Brand."
Kumaki discussed issues facing the

Asian Pacific American community,
including identity, classification as a
"model minority" and the media.
"It was enlightening," said
Engineering junior Michael Kim. "It
really brought together a lot of issues
that are unspoken."
The Descendants of the Monkey
God acting troupe, one of the first
Asian American arts troupes created
in the Midwest, performed for the
audience.

0
accomplishm ents

Professor,
economic
adviser
By Peter Romer-Friedman
Daily Staff Reporter
The University community lost an
inspirational and distinguished col-
league when H. Gardner Ackley, a
political economy professor and eco-
nomic adviser to two U.S. presidents,
died at age 82 earlier this month.
Ackley, who died on Feb. 12, dedi-
cated 43 years to teaching at the
University, serving as chair of the eco-
nomics department from 1954-1961.
"I knew him pretty well and admired
him," said history Prof. Sidney Fine. "I
admired him both professionally and
personally. I've been here since 1948.
He was a fixture here. He was a very
decent, honorable person."
But it was beyond the University
community where Ackley stood out
among the world's top economists.
Ackley was appointed by former
President John F. Kennedy to the
President's Council of Economic
Advisers in 1962 and became chair of
the committee in 1964 under former
President Lyndon Johnson.
After serving as an economic advis-
er to two U.S. presidents, Ackley
became the U.S. ambassador to Italy in
1968. He was recognized as a leading
authority on Italy's economy, receiving
the Cavaliere del Croce award from the
Italian government in 1969 for his
extensive writings on the nation.
"Not many of our faculty members
get that far, Fine said.
Although Ackley was a mild man-
nered man in outward appearance, he
was indeed a man of action, said eco-
nomics Prof. Jim Adams.
"The thing that is most amazing about
Gardner Ackley is how modest a person
he was given the substantial roles he had
played in American policy," Adams said.
Adams remembers that Ackley stood
up to President Johnson during the
Vietnam War, forcing Johnson to real-
ize the need for raising taxes.
"The time when he was the chair of
the economics department was when
(Johnson) wanted to spend money ofl
the War on Poverty and he had to spend
money on Vietnam," Adams said,
Johnson "didn't want to raise taxes as
he raised spending. He had the bold;
ness to tell the truth to the face of
President Johnson and say, 'You should
be raising taxes.' That takes a lot of
strength"
Economics Prof. James Morgan said
Ackley vigorously supported professors
targeted by the House Un-American
Activities Committee during the
McCarthy period of the early 1950s, dis-
playing his moral righteousness.
Ackley leaves behind his wife
Bonnie, four children and five grand-
children. Morgan said Bonnie Ackley
was very supportive of her husband,
who contracted Alzheimer's a few years
before his death.
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legal issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans this past weekend.
Studenitsbing1 ight
to APA legal issus

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
Students and faculty celebrated the
beginning of National Engineers
Week this weekend, a program
designed to laud the achievements of
engineers.
"We're trying to promote the engi-
neering profession and what engineers
have done" said Engineering senior
Ankur Agarwal, chair of Engineers
Week. "It's important to recognize the
great things engineers will do in the
future."
Founded nationally more than 45
years ago, the University officially
began celebrating Engineers Week
last year.
The University's Engineers Week
began early Saturday with
Engineering Service Day, during
which nearly 200 Engineering stu-
dents participated in local community
service projects.
"The idea behind ESD is to get
Engineering students more involved in
community service," said Lydia Heung,
an Engineering junior. "It's a good way
to realize you don't live in your own lit-
tle bubble."
Jerome Pettus, a representative from
the Saturn Corporation, spoke Saturday
to the participants in Angell Hall. He
emphasized the significance corpora-
tions place on community service.
"What you're doing here is vitally
important to your moral and profes-
sional development," Pettus said.
"What you'll be doing today to launch
E-Week is very common in the work-
place"
A luncheon was held yesterday in
the Michigan Union to officially kick
off Engineers Week. James
Duderstadt, former University presi-
dent and counselor for the National
Academy of Engineering, delivered
the keynote speech, drawing on his
engineering background to illuminate
the growing expectations society has

"Engineering is a
profession that
predicts the
future by
inventing ltE,
- James Duderstadt
Former University President and
Counselor for the National
Academy of Engineering
of engineers.
"There is no question that science
and technology are more important
now than they have ever been,"
Duderstadt said. "Technology by itself
is not sufficient to respond to the
needs of society. Engineering is a pro-
fession that predicts the future by
inventing it."
Many of the events planned for this
week involve creative engineering
activities, including an egg drop contest
and a Lego bridge competition.
"We're trying to make engineering
fun," Agarval said. "And though it
seems fun, at the same time, it is a prac-
tical application of what you do in the
classroom."
Another part of Engineers Week
involves reaching out to community
schools through the OutReach pro-
gram. Engineering students will discuss
various issues and try to spark interest
in engineering.
Well-rounded engineers are in
greater demand than ever, students and
faculty members said.
"People who hire engineers are look-
ing for people with four characteristics:
first, a capacity to communicate; sec-
ond, a commitment to continue to learn;
third, engineers need to flourish in a
highly diverse environment; fourth, a
capacity to drive change," Duderstadt
said.

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
To expand awareness of legal
issues concerning Asian Pacific
Americans, the Asian Pacific
American Law Student Association
hosted a symposium this past week-
end on a topic of law students say is
ignored at the Law School.
The conference, titled "Rethinking
Racial Divides: Asian Pacific
Amencans and the Law," was held
on Friday and Saturday and consisted
of panel discussions on affirmative
action, gender, sexuality and immi-
grati on.
Law first-year student Winnie Kao,
who helped organize the event, said
the purpose of the symposium was to
give students "learning we can't get at
the Law School," adding that APA
issues have been absent from classes at
the University for a long time.
"APA issues, from a legal perspec-
tive, are not covered in classes at all,'
Kao said.
Law second-year student Abhay
Dhir, chair of the symposium commit-
tee, said APALSA organized the con-
ference hoping to bring attention to
APA issues. Dhir said the two-day
event was organized so anyone could
walk in and get a sense of what is
going on in the APA community.
"We wanted to attempt an effort to
really bring out the APA scholars,"
Dhir said. "We are trying to' fill a

void."
Dhir said he was happy with the
turnout, adding that more than 100
people attended the affirmative action
panel. "One of our goals was to create
a forum that would teach people how
the law affects APA,' Dhir said. "It is a
teaching mechanism not only for law
students (but) for non law students."
Santa Clara University Law Prof
Peter Kwan, a panelist at the event,
reminded the audience of the progress
the APA community has achieved.
"We often forget how far we have
come" Kwan said. "No one talked
about race issues when I was in law
school"
Kwan questioned the notion of
defining of what is Asian American.
"We assume we know what Asian
American means, and I am not sure
that we do,' Kwan said.
LSA senior Probir Mehta said
there needs to be more discussion on
APA issues.
"This is the forefront of a new
brand of legal scholarship," Mehta
said. "We are in an academic setting.
We need to ask questions.
University of Oregon Law Prof.
Keith Aoki, who sat on the panel, said
it is restrictive to make generalizations
to define a certain minority group.
"Asian American might be a con-
cept constituted that has useful fuzzi-
ness to it," Aoki said. "Race is a tech-
nology."

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