The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 9, 1998 - 3A
offered to groups
Organizers of the Diversity Theme
Semester for winter 1999 are accepting
r plications for funding from student
rganizations looking to be a part of the
Suggested activities student groups
can organize include art exhibits, essay
competitions and speakers' series that
address issues pertinent to the theme.
A faculty committee will review the
applications on a rolling basis.
Applications are due Nov. 24. More
than 60 courses offered in the College
of Literature, Science and the Arts and
te other schools and colleges next
mester will provide the foundation
for the theme, titled "Diversity:
Theories and Practices." Details about
funding are available at the theme
semester Website: http://www.rack-
f The Office of New Student
rograms is beginning the selection
process for leaders for next summer's
first-year student and parent orienta-
The ONSP is looking for undergrad-
uates in good academic standing who
can interact well with groups of stu-
dents and parents. Candidates for the
positions are required to submit an
application and attend group and indi-
Student orientation leaders work
about three days a week with some
weekend work, and parent orientation
leaders work five days a week.
Employment begins May 24 and runs
through Aug. 13. Orientation leaders
receive a stipend of $2,700 plus room
and board in East Quadrangle
Residence Hall during training and ori-
Kitty Bridges, a long-time
University professional, has been
appointed as the coordinator of Science
Libraries and Head of theHarold
Shapiro Science Library.
Beginning her career at the U.S.
Wvironmental Protection Agency and
en at the Exxon Corporation, Bridges
has held a variety of senior manage-
ment positions at the University
Information Technology Division.
She recently worked at Merit
Network Inc., managing national
research and development activities in
creating Internet tools and services. In
her new position, Bridges will work to
develop new services that aid library
sers, particularly services that
enhance electronic access to informa-
tion resources and document delivery.
Science center to
host star viewing
Ann Arbor's Leslie Science Center
will sponsor a free program titled
"Astronomy" on Friday, Nov. 13.
The program will begin at sunset and
over information about the stars, plan-
ets and moons.
No pre-registration is required. The
program will be canceled if the sky is
overcast at sunset. More information
about the evening is available at (734)
ROTC to observe
The University ROTC units will
commemorate Veterans Day on
Wednesday with a flag-raising cere-
mony at North Hall at 8 a.m.
The ceremony will then move to
Rackham where remarks will be
made by Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid
Sheldon, Congresswoman Lynn
Rivers and Lester Monts, associate
provost for academic and multicul-
ural affairs. Veterans from the
orean War, the Vietnam War and
the Persian Gulf War also will
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Asma Rafeeq.
'U' study shows how kids
spend the hours in a week
By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
University students aren't the only
ones without enough time on their
hands. The lives of American children
age 12 and under are increasingly orga-
nized, with less time for leisure activities,
says a new report released today by the
University's Institute for Social Research.
The national study, led by sociology
Prof. Sandra Hofferth, examined the
habits and development of more than
3,500 children nationwide to determine
how children spend their time.
"Children are affected by the time
crunch - definitely," Hofferth said.
More than 200 interviewers ques-
tioned families across the nation in
1997. Since 1981, when the last study
of this kind was conducted by the ISR,
certain aspects of children's lives have
changed, while others have not.
For example, children ages 3 to 11
today spend two hours more a day in
school or preschool than they did in 1981.
But contrary to popular belief, chil-
dren watch about a half hour less televi-
sion a day now than they did in 1981.
The decrease in time spent in front of
the TV may be due to an overall down-
sizing in free time, Hofferth said.
"One quarter of their free time is
spent watching TV," Hofferth said.
"Children have less leisure time now."
Hofferth attributed the decrease in
free time and the rise in activities such
as school and playing sports, which
rose by 50 percent, to parents' increas-
ingly hectic schedules.
The time children spent studying and
reading showed no appreciable increase
since 1981. Children spend 1.7 hours a
week studying, 1.3 hours reading and
12 hours watching television.
The study also found a correlation
between parents' high expectations and
their children's academic achievement.
Achievement, Hofferth contends, is
directly linked to the way parents raise
"Parents can monitor how children
spend their time;' Hofferth said. "There
are a lot of concrete things parents can
do to affect their children's achievement
On average, parents spend 17 hours a
week playing and working with their
children. Education Prof. Elliot Soloway
agreed with the study about the impact
parenting can have on children.
"I think it's pretty clear that when
parents are engaged and involved, kids
do better,' Soloway said. "That's why
having a home where books are
respected is very important."
The study also found a correlation
between television viewing, reading and
test scores. Hofferth found that for every
extra hour of reading done each week,
test scores rose by 0.5 points while for
every additional 5 hours of watching TV
test scores were 0.5 point lower.
Sorority run benefits SAPAC
Eric Carlson, an Engineering first-year student, gives blood in the annual
Blood Battle in Alice Lloyd yesterday.
1th yea at 'U'
By Daniel Weiss
Daily Staff Reporter
Braving bone-chilling wind, more than 130 people partici-
pated yesterday in a 5 kilometer race organized by Alpha Phi
"It's not a big competitive thing," said LSA sophomore
Alison Rutz, a member ofAlpha Phi. "It's for a good cause."
The race's proceeds, from the $10 and $15 registration
fees, will go to the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center and to the Alpha Phi Foundation.
Participants could sign up on the Diag prior to the race's
start at noon. Racers milled about the Diag lacing their shoes
and trying to stay warm. Most were just looking to have fun.
"We're really just trying to finish," said former University
student Maureen McKinney. She ran with a friend who
inquired whether there was still time for a cigarette break,
and, after hearing there was, had a quick smoke.
Engineering first-year student Chrissy Williams showed up
with a group of friends to run in the race.
"I like to support Alpha Phi in their philanthropy,"
Williams said, adding that she was doing it "just for fun."
The racers started near the West Engineering Arch and
headed to State Street, then traveled through parts of campus
and ended at Palmer Field.
Brian Heidt, an Engineering fifth-year student, was the first
to cross the line, coming in at 18 minutes and 30 seconds.
"I'm definitely happy with the time, Heidt said. "It's a fun
course. Pretty flat."
The first woman to cross the line was Engineering sopho-
more Andrea Montbriand, who finished in 21 minutes and 40
seconds. A runner for the Ann Arbor Track Club, Montbriand
described the weather as "perfect."
Communication studies assistant Prof. Travis Dixon was
one of the runners catching his breath at the finish.
"It was good to see so many people coming together for a
good cause, and I was glad to be a part of it," Dixon said.
Others at the finish included a family with ties to the
University. Tania Santacroce, School of Business administra-
tion alumna, ran against her father, Guido.
Guido Santacroce said he runs two-to-three times a week
but admitted his daughter got the best of him yesterday.
"Tania took off too fast;" he said.
SAPAC will direct the funds toward workshops on such
issues as dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment.
The Alpha Phi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the
sorority, donates to various charities, including the American
Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
After the race, organizers offered bagels from Bruegger's
and cookies from Great Harvest Bread Company to finishers.
After everyone completed the race, prizes were raffled off,
including posters, Kaplan courses and University of
Michigan T-shirts and sweatshirts.
® The Blood Battle has
collected more than
200,000 pints of blood
By Lauren Gibbs
Daily Staff Reporter
Early Friday morning, mem-
bers of the Michigan Marching
Band played "The Victors!" on
the steps of the Michigan Union
as a banner was raised that read
"Show 'em That You Bleed Maize
The annual University of
Michigan vs. Ohio State
University Blood Battle kicked
off this Friday, marking the 17th
year the University has partici-
O'Leary, a member of Alpha Phi
"This is a great way to get
blood at this time of year, with
such a great rivalry going on
between Michigan and Ohio
Although the Buckeyes have
won the battle for the past six
years, the Wolverines are deter-
mined to take back the trophy this
"We have a lot more publicity
this year," said LSA sophomore
Megan Powell, a Blood Battle
"It was necessary for us to re-'
evaluate our goals to compensate
House GOP to choose leaders
for the fact that Ohio
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- Jennifer Gallinat
LSA first-year student
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LANSING (AP) - House
Republicans expect to pick majority
leaders this week in what's gone from
done deals to real contests for speaker
and majority floor leader.
Rep. Chuck Perricone (R-Kalamazoo
Township) was all but expected to slide
into the speaker's job until last week when
Rep. Mark Jansen (R-Grand Rapids)
decided to put his name in the hat.
"We need to ask ourselves are we
doing everything we can to take our
vision into the next century. That's all
I'm really doing. I'm just offering a
choice," said Jansen, who just won a
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"I told Chuck, and I believe this, he
has the best chance. He's got the extra
support when it's all said and done;' he
said. "Then it's never a question of if
someone should have run."
Jansen described himself as "probably
less of a bulldog than he (Perricone) is."
Perricone, for his part, says the com-
petition doesn't bother him.
"I am not going to campaign against
one of my colleagues. I have been
preaching to put the team first. He is a
talented colleague;" Perricone said of
"It is of the utmost importance with
41 new faces entering the system all at
once that we have leadership that has
served in the majority and has chaired a
committee. I've done that."
Perricone was elected to his second
term last week. Tuesday's elections gave
the GOP a 58-52 seat advantage in the
House. Democrats won control in the
1996 election after Republicans had
control for a term.
John Truscott, spokesperson for
Republican Gov. John Engler, said
Friday his boss is staying out of the
House leadership selections.
"We've let both candidates know we
will remain neutral. Either one would
be a fine leader,' Truscott said.
petition sponsored by the
University and OSU chapters of
Alpha Phi Omega, a service fra-
ternity and the American Red
The blood drive, which started
yesterday at Alice Lloyd
Residence Hall, will continue
through Nov. 20 at various sites
"I did this to help out anyone
that needs blood.
The Red Cross needs people
out there to donate their time and
blood," said LSA first-year stu-
dent Jennifer Gallinat, a blood
The results of the blood battle
will be announced during half-
time of the Michigan vs. Ohio
State football game on Nov. 21.
The winner of the blood battle
receives the prestigious "Blood
The goal for this year's Blood
Battle is to collect 1500 pints of
blood, said LSA senior Emmeline
pints of blood, an
biggest blood drive in
Southeastern Michigan, Powell
"Every year, U of M collects
thousands of pints of blood dur-
ing the Blood Battle, making this
event the greatest single
American Red Cross campaign
for blood donors,"said Greg
Vasse, chief executive officer of
the American Red Cross'
Southeastern Michigan Blood
"More importantly, the Blood
Battle comes just before the holi-
days, when community blood
supplies typically drop to critical
levels," he added.
Blood donors must be at least
17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. and
be in relatively good heath.
The entire donation process
takes approximately one hour.
To schedule a donation
appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-
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