The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 4, 1999 - 3A
fbcus on gender
The Uniersiy' GniueI for Reseac
thredyconference titled "Towards a
Definition of Gender-Based Censorship"
beginning tomorrow. The conference, to
be held at the Rackham Amphitheatre
will address the censorship against which
women struggle in redefined terms:
Censorship of women's ideas not only by
the, state, but also by economics, educa-
tion, culture and technology will be
explored, along with discussion about the
ways in which women censor themselves
t eet society's demands.
The conference, highlighting the
research of scholars from around the
nation, will include remarks by University
President Lee Bollinger and sessions with
a-range of topics including women in
prison, sexual harassment and child
A special event of the conference will
be the showing of "Naturally Native," a
fij by Dawn Jackson of Red Horse
IWe Productions, at Michigan Theatre
on Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Institute's Gender-Based
Censorship Project organized the confer-
Study: police use
aginst gay men
study released yesterday by the
Tmangle Foundation, the Lesbian Gay
Fgundation of Michigan, detailed several
instances of police misconduct against
gay men throughout the state of
Michigan. Rudy Serra, an attorney and
member of the Triangle Foundation board
of-trustees, headed the study, titled "Bag a
Fag: Police Misconduct, Entrapment and
Crimes Against Gay Men in Michigan."
Istgators claim the phrase "Bag a
Fa'is a code term used by some police
agencies in Michigan for operations to
arrest gay men.
sThed ivstiato,swhic inclde
instances of civil rights violations, illegal
entrapment and systematic targeting of
gay men for harassment, intimidation and
O hrries found to
A bowl of sour cherries could relieve
pain better than aspirin or ibuprofen,
according to researchers at Michigan
Stite University. A study published in the I
February issue of the Journal of Natural
Products concluded that the natural chem-
icals that give the fruit its red color can
reduce pain related to inflammation,
a-tis and gout. The research, headed by
Nchemistry Prof. Muralee Nair, also
slhowed that cherries could help prevent
artheroselerosis, the hardening of arteries,
which often leads to heart attack.
About 10 to 20 sour cherries a day give
the same effect as aspirin, researchers
found. Because eating 10-20 sour cher-
ries a day may not be pleasant for every-
one, MSU is negotiating for a patent to
make cherry pills. The non-toxicity of the
natural remedy makes it especially bene-
f:1 The investigators are still studying
v ther sweet cherries have the same
effect as sour ones.
iusic may aid in
WVhile simply listening to music does-
't~ make a person smarter, University of
-Wisconsin at Gshkosh child studies Prof.
~Frnces Rauseher has found that learning
I lay music does. '
Jrhe researcher conducted studies in the
laboratory and in the classroom, conclud-
ing that learning to play music increases
:eading comprehension, spatial and cog-
ni e ability. Spatial reasoning plays an
important role in the development of
abstract reasoning used in problems of
:math and engineering.
ILaboratory rats exposed to a Mozart
sonata completed a maze more rapidly
and with fewer errors than those not
-used to the music. Rauscher began
fafrher research on the topic last year in an
elementary school district in Wisconsin.
-Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
Photography, pastels, charcoal and oil paints
were just a few of the materials used in the works
of art on display at the opening reception of the
"Identities" exhibit last night at Pierpont
Commons on North Campus.
The exhibit, co-sponsored by the campus chap-
ter of Amnesty International and Kaleidoscope, a
group composed of undergraduate history of art
concentrators, is scheduled to run through Feb.
Last night's reception honored the top award-
winners of the first art exhibit sponsored by the
campus chapter of Amnesty International.
Amnesty International co-coordinator Russ
Jacobs, an LSA senior and organizer of the
"Identities" exhibit, said Amnesty International
was founded to fight against human rights viola-
tions across the world.
This year, Jacobs said, the group is focusing on
human rights violations in the United States,
which includes labeling individuals.
"The concept of identity is fundamental to
human rights," Jacobs said. "As Americans, we
constantly struggle with our identity."
Jacobs said when people aren't able to celebrate
their culture or be recognized as individuals
instead of part of a group, their individuality -
and personal identity - can be threatened.
"Identities focuses on the role of an individual
within society and how to define their role, and
adapting labels given to them by society to have
personal significancee' Jacobs said.
He added that the criteria for submission was
that the artist had to be a currently enrolled stu-
dent - the 26 entries came from students in ele-
mentary school, Saline High School, Eastern
Michigan Un iversity and University students.
Students also had to relate to a series of questions:
"To what extent does each individual choose his
or her own individuality? How do others impose
an identity on an individual? How does someone
Engineering senior Brian Hendrix looks at "Untitled," by Michael Krauthamer, during the "identities" art
exhibit last night in the Pierpont Commons on North Campus-.
belong to a group yet maintain his or her unique- there should be a unity in both black and white
ness?" culture," she said. "I identify with both sides, and
The works of art on display reflect a variety of I wanted to express how beautiful both heritages
perceptions about identi-
ties, ranging from cultural
destruction to bisexuality.
Although the art did not
necessarily have to reflect the
artists' personal back-
grounds, the majority of sub-
missions did, Jacobs said.
LSA senior Khadija
Walker won third place for
her "Union of Souls" a
piece that depicts two
queens - one black and
one white - greeting each
Walker, who is biracial,
and cultures are to me.
"This is the
way for me0
that there $
Art and Design
perfect sophomore JodiKran
said she was impressed
to express by the variety of art at
;hould be a "Each piece has its
blac andown uniqueness,"
Ii Afc @erman said. "I like the
re E vast array of materials
- Khadija Walker Elizabeth Majewsk, an
LSA senior Art and Design sopho-
more, said the variety of
ages of the artists and the
exhibits' simplicity made
it distinct from other shows she's attended.
"Art is a way of expressing yourself so the iden-
tities theme fit very welU," Majewsk said.
For Th Daild
The various student governments on
campus perform services ranging from
sponsoring social events to appropriat-
ing money to campus organizations.
But many students know very little
about how the organizations work.
"I know they exist, but I don't know
what they do," LSA senior Aimee
In an effort to increase awareness
among their constituents, the LSA-
Student Government is planning to
improve its visibility on campus.
"Outreach is a big thing for us this
fall," said Andy Kasten, LSA-SG com-
munications committee chair. He said he
hopes by going out and talking with stu-
dents, campus interest in LSA-SG will
increase. Kasten said other methods of
publicity will include posters, tables set
up in Angell Hall and a newsletter sched-
uled to debut lpter this month.
Some of the group's activities
include helping to formulate a minor
program in the College of Literature,
Science and the Arts.
The Rackham Student Government
takes a slightly different'approach in its
dealings with constituents.
RSG President Anne Reeves said in
a written statement, "We are a small,
low-key organization, representing the
6,000 Rackham (graduate) students
who are basically much to busy for stu-
Reeves said the fundamental role of
the RSG is to provide funds for student
and cultural events.
"We are, however, ready to go to
bat for (graduate) students whenever
the need arises -- as it did last year
when (the University's Information
Technology Division) drastically
reduced student services," said
The College of Engineering's student
forms similar duties.
"Student awareness of UMEC is on
the upswing. In the past, the organi-
zation assumed a passive role, and
didn't get involved in the daily activ-
ities of students," UMEC President
Jon Malkovich said in a written state-
All three organizations hold regular
meetings and encourage students to
attend. LSA-SG meets at 7:30 p.m.
every Tuesday in the Haber Conference
Room of the LSA Building. UMEC
meetings are held at 7 p.m. every other
Wednesday in the East Room of the
Pierpont Commons. The next RSG
meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the West
Council Room of the Rackham
said the piece was meant to show that all cultures
are different but equally beautiful.
"This is the perfect way for me to express that
PolitCa scienCe professor dies at 7
By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
Founder of the nationally renowned
University's Center for Political Studies
and former University Prof. Warren
Miller died Saturday at age 74.
Miller served for several years as the
center's first director, after its founding
in 1970. He also co-authored "The
American Voter" in 1960 with other
experts on voting trends in the United
Political science Prof. John Jackson
said Miller's enthusiasm for all research
dealing with political science was con-
"It was very exciting working with
him," Jackson said. "He had incredible
ideas and energy."
One of Miller's projects was a study
conducted in 1980, which explored the
effects of the media
on election turnout.
Miller questioned if
tions of states' pre-
liminary results in
an election changed
voter turnout in
those states. The
Jackson said. .
"The conclusion Mier
was that it did" affect
voter turnout --much to the consternation
of the media, he said. The findings led to
changes in the way preliminary results
could be broadcast by the media.
Despite his expertise on the subject,
Miller was a team player, Jackson said.
"He enjoyed having people around
who would raise questions" he could
discuss with them, he said.
Jackson said the founding of the cen-
ter was a positive addition to the
"The Center for Political Studies also
became an intellectual unit that brought a
number of important and exciting people
to the University" Jackson said. "They
were attracted to come to Michigan
because of the center."
Political science Prof. Harold
Jacobson said Miller was always look-
ing for ways to help the people he
"He was a wonderfully warm and
generous person who did everything to
advance the careers of his colleagues,"'
Jacobson said Miller's place in the
history of political science will not soon
"The importance of his contribution
... was immense"' he said.
Santa Traugott, a student in one of
Miller's classes during the early '60s,
said students felt comfortable express-
ing their opinions to the professor.
"He was very excited by whatever
research he was doing and he was a
very democratic person,'? Traugott said.
"Students could be his colleagues."
Miller left the University in 1980 to
teach at Arizona State University.
For resumes work
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DEARBORN (AP) - Using mas-
sive, rented generators, Ford Motor Co.
resumed limited production yesterday
in three out of the complex's six facto-
ries left without electricity two days
after a deadly explosion destroyed the
site's power plant.
Seeking to minimize the ripple effect
of Monday's explosion on its other
North American operations, the No. 2
automaker also said the other three
River Rouge complex plants idled since
the blast could return to partial produc-
"If we're very fortunate and everything
works out all right, maybe Monday" the
1,100-acre complex could be at full
speed, site manager Art Janes said.
"It's a very optimistic plan, but atti-
tude means a lot."
Once at full speed, Ford plans to
ramp up production at the River Rouge
plants to make up lost ground, help
refill the parts pipeline and mitigate the
blast's already visible effects. on some
Ford plants elsewhere.
Yesterday, Ford officials said as
many as 1,500 workers were back on
the job at the roughly 10,000-employee
complex's plants, again making fuel
tanks, automotive frames and such
stamped-out parts as hoods and doors.
Meanwhile, 16 workers injured in
the blast remained hospitalized as
Ford and private engineers still
assessed when the ruined, structurally
unfit power station could accommo-
date investigators in search of the
"Safety is paramount for us, we want
to make sure it's structurally sound,"
Ford spokesperson Nick Sharkey said.
Ford has refused to speculate about
what caused the fiery explosion that
killed 58-year-old pipe fitter Donald
Harper - a 35-year Ford worker from
Redford Township - and lef te power
station a mangled, rubble-filled hulk
Janes said would be razed after the inves-
Police Chief Ron Diezel said one of
the explosion site's boilers "was com-
pletely split apart" and has emerged as
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