The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 28, 1998 - 3A
University School of Information
Dean Daniel Atkins recently announced
his resignation, which was effective Sept.
due to personal reasons. Atkins will
tinue as a professor of information
and electrical engineering and computer
Provost Nancy Cantor will recom-
mend to the University Board of
Regents during its Oct. 15-16 meet-
ing that associate School of
Information dean Gary Olsen be
appointed interim dean while a
national search is conducted for a
Michigan Quarterly Review Editor
and English Prof. Laurence Goldstein
presented the 61st annual Summer
Hopwood Awards for creative writing
and the Marjorie Rapaport Award for
poetry to seven University students this
Winners included Music senior
Jason Lindner, LSA sophomore
Amy Hayes and LSA seniors Neil
Chang, Matthew Schmitt, Kathleen
Mulcrone, John Ghose and Ericka
Rackham to host
Oackham Amphitheater is scheduled
to host three visiting writer events during
October. A Festival of New Jazz/Rock
and Poetry will take place Oct. 9, featur-
ing a unique blend of poetry and music
on topics including interlingual
English Prof. Tobin Siebers is sched-
uled to read from his memoirs on Oct.
26. Writing about what it was like to
up with polio, Siebers will com-
bme meditations and stories to express
emotions from a male perspective.
Writer's Harvest For Share Our
Strength will be held Oct. 29. The pro-
gram is a national lecture series aimed to
inform people about poverty and hunger
Tickets will be available at the door at
$5 for students and $10 for the general
e visiting writer series is co-spon-
d by the English department and the
Office of the Provost.
The University Office of Counseling
and Psychological Services will offer
local residents a free depression screen-
4. as part of National Depression
Sceening Day on Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. in the Michigan League.
The CAPS program will include a
short video discussing depression, after
which participants can take part in an
anonymous written screening test for
The program started eight years ago as
a part of Mental Health Awareness
Week. Last year, 80,000 people attended
National Depression Screening Day at
2.0 sites across the nation.
The Institute for Research on Women
and Gender is sponsoring three lectures
Johns Hopkins University Public
F th Prof. Laurie Zabin is scheduled to
er a lecture titled "Girl Youth: First
Sex, First Contraception, First
Pregnancy" in East Hall room 1324 on
Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. The event is free and
open to the public.
Cornell University Prof. Joan
Brumberg is scheduled to give a lecture
titled "From Corsets to Body Piercing:
Historical Perspectives on American
;Girls and Their Body Projects" in the
Modern Languages Building, Aud. 3 on
12 at 7 p.m. The event is free to the
'hc and will including a reception and
City University of New York Prof.
Blanche Cook will give a speech about
the life and legacy of Eleanor
Roosevelt in 4448 East Hall on Oct. 29
at 5 p.m.
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'U' prof. honored by Legislature
By Paul Berg
Daily Staff Reporter
History Prof. Sidney Fine, who has taught University
students for a half-century, was honored by the
Michigan state Legislature on Friday for his contribution
to higher education in the state.
State Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek) presented a
proclamation to Fine during his History 466 lecture, in
Angell Hall Auditorium A, praising his 50 years of
teaching at the University. It was signed by Gov. John
Engler and members of the state Legislature.
"He is a superb teacher and a gentleman," Schwarz
University President Lee Bollinger also spoke briefly
at the ceremony, after which Fine started his lecture.
Schwarz, a University graduate with a degree in his-
tory, first encountered Fine when the senatcr was a stu-
dent in the 1950s. He said he recommended Fine's class
to his daughter, also a history major, who is taking Fine's
class this semester.
"I've had perhaps two dozen students whose parents
were also in my classroom," Fine said.
University Regent Laurence Deitch (D-Bloomfield
Hills) and his daughters are another example of Fine's
"I attended his class last Friday, and he had just as
much excitement as he did 30 years ago," said Deitch,
who took two classes taught by Fine in the 1960s.
"One of my daughters is majoring in history and is in
his class now. My older daughter has gone on to law
school, but she also took a class with Sidney - both on
my recommendation," Deitch said.
Deitch said Fine has a way of relating history to cur-
rent events, putting them in a significant context for
"On Friday, he spoke about the muckraker journalists
of the 1930s, and made analogies with the present
Clinton situation" Deitch said. "He has a way of using
the past to help understand the present."
"Sidney is the best lecturer I've had the pleasure of lis-
tening to "said LSA junior Matt Wattenbarger, who has
taken two of Fine's classes and attended the ceremony
Friday. "The extent to which he has studied his lecture
topics is phenomenal. You can tell he has a real emotion-
al connection to the events, because he has lived them."
Fine began his career here in 1948, right after receiv-
ing a Ph.D. in history from the
After teaching history for 50
years, he said it is not hard to main-
tain a love for the subject.
"History is a constantly chang-
ing field, because the literature Fine
has become much better" he said. "We now hav
extensive literature on minorities, for example, that w
didn't have before'
Public Act I1, an amendment to the Elliot-Larse
Civil Rights Act of 1991, has come to be known as ft
"Sidney Fine Law," and was sponsored by Schwarz.
The bill abolished mandatory retirement for publ
and private college faculty in the state of Michigar
putting a stop to the University's policy of forced retire
ment before the age of 70.
Fine plans to retire in three years, when he turns 80.
"I could have left earlier to focus on research, but
love teaching," he said. "I've had opportunitiest
leave, but I like it here. I love the University, the sti
dents, the faculty and the amazing research facilitie
My family has been happy here."
Candidates gear up
for A2 mayoral race
By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
With just five weeks left until
November elections, Ann Arbor Mayor
Ingrid Sheldon and City Councilperson
Christopher Kolb are getting their cam-
paigns up to speed in a rematch of the
mayor's race two years ago.
The race pits Sheldon, known as a
moderate Republican, against Kolb,
who said Ann Arbor needs a more
Sheldon, running for her fourth term,
said her work ethic, non-partisanship and
coalition-building skills have allowed her
to keep the mayor's seat in the tradition-
ally Democratic city of Ann Arbor.
"I'm a moderate ... and open to
debate," Sheldon said. "I think it has a
nice leveling influence" on the council.
"I've always tried to work hard, to lis-
ten and try to be a reasonable voice for
local government. (Kolb's) a partisan
(and) he usually wants to be sure the
Democrats are going to agree before
ideas pass at Council," she said.
Kolb, when speaking about Sheldon's
tenure in office, said citizens must ask
themselves, "how long is long enough?"
He said he is not satisfied with the
status quo and wants the mayor's office
to be more pro-active in maintaining
the city's environment, neighborhoods
and downtown area.
"These are areas (where) we can't
wait to take action," Kolb said. "The
main difference between myself and
my opponent is she's willing to wait
for things to happen and I want to
make things happen.
Only a few percentage points made
the difference in the mayoral race two
years ago, and both candidates said
they expect another tight contest.
Kolb said he does not believe the re-
election bid of Gov. John Engler, who is
comfortably leading the polls, combined
with President Clinton's scandal will hurt
Democratic candidates in Ann Arbor.
"The (voting) fall-off in Ann Arbor
has never been as dramatic" as in the
rest of the country, he said.
Sheldon said she is not counting on a
depressed Democratic turnout to keep
her in office.
Despite their differences, both candi-
dates stressed the importance of the
city's relationship with the University.
Kolb and Sheldon said the future liveli-
hood of the University and city are
"I realize the economic implications
of the University," Sheldon said. "It's
very important to have a major univer-
sity in our community.
Michigan Student Assembly
President Trent Thompson said he
wants a mayor who is available to
address the concerns of students.
"We want someone who's willing to
go out and talk with students," said
Thompson, an LSA senior.
Kolb said public safety, housing, traf-
fic and parking are just a few of the
issues that should motivate students to
get involved in local politics.
"What I try to tell students (is) that
the issues they're concerned with -
like the price of student housing, affir-
mative action and the homeless - are
local," Kolb said. "When we show them
how these issues affect their lives they
get fired up and want to get involved"
in the campaign.
By Clay Shaker
For the Daily
Wearing red ribbons and walking
shoes, more than 1,000 AIDS support-
ers flooded the streets of Ann Arbor
yesterday for the sixth annual Ann
Arbor AIDS Walk.
Walkers hiked a three-mile trail that
took them up Main Street through
Kerrytown on the north side of Ann
Arbor, then to South University Avenue
through campus and back to Main Street.
The walk was organized by the HIV-
AIDS Resource Center, the Midwest
AIDS Prevention Organization and the
Hemophelia Foundation of Michigan.
The walk was part of a statewide
fund-raiser that is taking place in 10
cities. Walkers, who personally gath-
ered sponsorship money, registered
individually or as a team.
This year marks the first time the
walk has been an organized state event.
The walk was held in 10 Michigan
cities yesterday, including Detroit and
Traverse City. The money earned in
Ann Arbor, however, will stay in the
city for the organizations to use locally.
"The money makes a difference, but
it's the support from the community
that counts," HARC Event Organizer
Linda Heilman said. Heilman said she
was amazed at the outstanding turnout
this year, but more importantly, the
emotion from the walkers.
"When you see these people hug-
ging, and kissing and saying 'I care,' it
really means a lot" Heilman said.
The funds raised by the walk will be
dispersed evenly among the three organi-
zations and used toward AIDS support
groups, youth education on the virus and
written material geared at prevention.
Support for the walk skyrocketed this
year, as registration from last years' event
totaled 650 participants. This is the first
time the walk was held in September, as
opposed to June the past five years.
Having the walk during the fall semester
while students are in town is increased
participation, Heilman said.
Several students from surrounding
universities and secondary schools
showed up for the event.
"It's a great cause;' Eastern
Michigan University sophomore Tracy
Zimmerman said. After losing an uncle
to AIDS a year ago, Zimmerman want-
ed to do what she could for the walk,
personally raising $300.
The product of the overflowing com-
munity support is the massive funds
raised from the walk. Heilman said the
walk is expected to raise more than
$70,000 this year, which sets the record
above last year's $45,000.
Jackie Campbell, executive director
for the Hemophelia Foundation of
Michigan, gives much of the fund-rais-
ing credit to the teams that registered.
The Johnson & Johnson Health Care
Systems team donated $20,000 alone.
To jump-start the fund-raising effort,
United Airlines promised to donate a tick-
et to anywhere in the continental United
States to the walker who raised the most
funds. The fund-raising team that brought
in the most money won a pizza party
But not all donations were made in
monetary form. The walk was orga-
nized and began in the Detroit Edison
parking lot on Main Street and
Williams Street in downtown Ann
Arbor, which the organizations used
rent-free. Media One and The Edge
105.1 FM also sponsored the event.
The Edge helped boost turnout for the
event, said MAP Event Organizer
Yvonne Greenhouse. "We have so many
young people thanks to 105.1;' she said.
Folk artist Rory Block gets into the music while singing and playing the guitar at
The Ark last night.
Zapatista spokesperson discusses movement
By Lee Paner
Daily Staff Reporter
The day the North American Free
Trade Agreement went into effect, New
Year's Day 1994, a group of armed,
indigenous people of Mexico shocked
the world by successfully taking control
of four major cities in the southernmost
state of Chiapas.
While for the first time Mexico was
considered part of the first world, the
Zapatista National Liberation Army
(EZLN), with their now internationally
recognized masked leader
Subcommandante Marcos, became a
painful reminder of the plight of
Mexico's one million indigenous peo-
"Everyone was amazed at how it hap-
pened, and what it meant," said Cecilia
Rodriguez, the U.S. spokesperson for
the Zapatistas, who spoke to an audi-
ence of about 40 people in the Kuenzel
Room of the Michigan Union on
The Zapatistas "declared to the world
that they were a product of 500 years of
history," Rodriguez said. "They said
'we have absolutely nothing, and we
declare war against the illegitimate gov-
ernment of Mexico."'
The indigenous people also declared
war against the United States, NAFTA,
the World Bank, the International
Monetary Fund and the process of
globalization they feel has left their
communities poorer than ever.
The Mayan people of Mexico suffer
from an 80-percent illiteracy rate, high
rates of malnutrition, dirt-floor houses
without electricity or running water and
institutionalized racism promoted by the
Mexican government, Rodriguez said.
LSA senior Diana Derige, co-chair of
Alianza, the Latino Student Alliance
that sponsored the talk, said it is impor-
tant to bring speakers like Rodriguez to
"Cecilia (Rodriguez) and her mes-
sage keep us connected not only to our
indigenous past but to what will happen
in our future," Derige said.
While the image of Mexico, popular-
ized by the tourism industry and the
international media, is one in harmony
with its indigenous roots, today's
Mayan people say the Mexican govern-
ment ignores their adverse conditions
when it forges ahead with its interna-
tional economic plans.
Besides the surge of coverage sur-
rounding the dramatic uprising and sub-
sequent negotiation talks, the interna-
tional media attention has been spo-
radic since '94.
Anthropology graduate student
Elizabeth Enciso said she has followed
the work of the Zapatistas for a year.
"Recent coverage is almost non-exis-
tent," said Enciso, who said she gets
most of her information from EZLN's
Website (http://wwwEZLNorg) or
from online Mexican newspapers.
The Zapatista movement has exposed
a divided Mexico.
"The Zapatistas revealed two
Mexicos, the Mexico of above and the
Mexico of below" Rodriguez said.
The Mexico of above includes the
few wealthy business people who bene-
fit from the internationally expanding
The Mexico of below is the 80 per-
cent of Mexican farmers who still rely
on pre-Colombian farming methods to
grow their food.
NAFTA "forced corn farmers in
Mexico to compete with farmers in
Iowa" who have far superior farming
methods and equipment, Rodriguez said.
This has pushed indigenous people
off their lands, into starvation and ulti-
mately to the sort of organization that
led to the rebellion in 1994, she said.
Rodriguez spoke of how women aid
the movement, characterizing women
as the "pillars of Indian society because
they allow life to continue."
Women often confront the Mexican
army unarmed, attempting to prevent the
military from entering their villages.
The tactic used by the Mexican gov-
ernment to not have to negotiate agree-
ments with the Zapatistas, Rodriguez
said, is to maintain three-fourths of its
national troops in Chiapas.
If Americans feel adequately dis-
tanced from the crisis in Chiapas, they
must acknowledge many of the
Mexican army generals and troops were
trained in the United States at the
School of the Americas in Georgia,
"Under the guise of the drug war the
United States government ships lots of
our military equipment to Mexico,"
The Mexican military is both the
largest client of the training held at the
School of the Americas and the pur-
chaser of $250 million worth of mili-
tary equipment since 1994, she said.
The School of the Americas recently
has been under public scrutiny since the
U.S. government was forced to confess
its use of torture manuals at the school
in their training of Latin American mil-
itary personnel, Rodriguez said.
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