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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 22, 1999 - 3A

, AMP LSA-SG candidates campaign on academics

Architecture
exhibit opens at
Hatcher Library
An exhibit on how modern theatre
architecture and scenic design
erives from the ancient texts of
itruvius is now open at the
,University's Special Collections
Library on the seventh floor of
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.
Vitruvius was a Roman author who
,wrote guidelines used to design the
stage, orchestra and auditorium
based on Euclidean principles of
.geometry.
The exhibit will focus on how dif-
forent editors throughout history
ve reinterpreted Vitruvius' trea-
se.
The exhibit, titled "Just Look at the
Pictures: Book Illustrations of
Theatre Architecture and Scenic
Design, 1513 to 1890" will feature
illustrations from 35 books ranging
from Renaissance woodcuts to
Baroque copperplate engravings.
The exhibit is scheduled to run
through May 28.
3otanical Gardens
offers classes
The University's Matthei Botanical
Gardens will be offering gardening
classes. The classes will allow gar-
deners to explore new and different
techniques for planting spring flow-
ers.
Classes will include a basic course
in growing roses and a hands-on class
i classical bonsai.
One class will also teach partici-
pants how to manage natural proper-
ty, including developing trails and
protecting wetlands. A weekly
morning hike will offer plant explo-
ration.
Among other events the garden
will be holding is the 19th Annual
Spring Plant Sale and Marketplace.
ke sale is a fundraiser for the gar-
ns. ,
For more information about classes
contact the Matthei Botanical
Gardens at 998-7061.
Council hosts
discussion on
nuclear wastes
The Interfaith Council for Peace &
stice plans to host a public discus-
sion on nuclear waste in the Great
Lakes tomorrow.
The organization claims that the
Great Lakes, which supply drinking
water to 41 million people, are cont-
amninated with nuclear waste.
.. East Lansing attorney Anabel
Lwyer and Michael Keegan who the
council describes as a "trouble spot-
r and whistle blower" at the Fermi
nuclear power plant in Monroe,
Mich., will lead the discussion. The
event is scheduled to begin at 7:30
p,m. at the Church of the Good
Shepard, which is located at 2145
Independence Blvd.
Agency changing
mailing policies
The state of Michigan's
iemployment Agency will be
changing the way that it mails out
unemployment checks to increase
-recipient satisfaction.
;.;Currently, the agency sends self-
4ailers, which are folded checks
.hued shut. This has spurred com-

.l-aint among recipients and the
postal office; which claims that the
checks often stick together because
the glue and cause one person's
eck to stick to another's.
Unemployment checks will be
mailed in envelopes the same day they
axe printed. But the speed of processing
the checks will not be slowed.
.,The agency said the new process
will get the checks to recipients just
as fast, if not faster, with the new
system. The new system will elimi-
nate the occasional problems with
the glue machine and reduce com-
ints of late or missing checks,
Wcording to a press statement from
the agency.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Yael Kohen.

i a-

By Angola Bardonl
Daily Staff Reporter
The College of Literature, Science and the
Arts may see some changes after the elections
are complete and the new members of LSA-
Student Government take their seats.
With the ideas candidates have brainstormed,
the current LSA-SG hopefuls said they want to
create an atmosphere that would improve the
academic experience of each LSA student.
LSA senior Seema Pai, who is campaigning
for LSA-SG president and her running mate
John Naheedy, an LSA junior, plan to institute
changes in the academic structure of the col-
lege.
"We want to act as liaisons between students
and administration," Naheedy said. "The
Communications Committee in LSA-SG has

been working, and will continue to work, with
LSA students in outreach programs to find out
what issues are important to the student body."
The most active committee in LSA-SG, said
Naheedy, is the Academic Affairs Committee.
Through the committee LSA-SG representatives
will work to reform math group homework and
institute a fall semester break allowing students
to have a week off near the Thanksgiving holi-
day, Naheedy said.
Although different parties back the executive
slates, the Pai-Naheedy team are Blue Party
members, and the Jeff Harris-Mehul Madia
team are Students' Party members, both share
the common interests.
Now that the Minor Program has been accept-
ed by the administration, LSA-SG candidates
said that they plan to make sure it is implement-

ed.
"We want to create a time line for the depart-
ments, so that the students will know as soon as
possible what specific requirements are needed
for the completion of a minor," said LSA sopho-
more Marisa Shetlar, who is running with the
Students' Party for a seat on LSA-SG.
The highlights of the Blue Party platform
include Student Outreach, improving LSA
Academic Advising, creating an online book
exchange and a fall break, altering the use of
group work in math courses and implementing a
minor program.
Through Student Outreach, a program started
by the Communications Committee, LSA-SG
members said that they want to inform students
about LSA-SG and get input from them on how
LSA-SG can improve student academic life.

In addition to the Minor Program, Student
Outreach, altering math courses and implement-
ing a fall break, the candidates backed by the
Students' Party have plans to change the foreign
language requirement, better prepare LSA stu-
dents for employment after graduating and to
create a standard in grading among multi-sec-
tion classes, such as English 125.
Candidates are also aiming to provide stu-
dents with greater flexibility in fulfilling their
foreign language requirement.
After completing three semesters of one lan-
guage, students could choose to explore a dif-
ferent language during their fourth semester.
Presidential candidate Harris, an LSA senior,
said he would like to work to develop programs
that will enhance the practical skills of students
as well as their intellectual skills.

Initiative
helps
C 0,
'mixed'
students
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Not all students can identify
themselves within one racial or
ethnic group, but the Mixed
Initiative, founded on Martin
Luther King Jr. Day 1996 for
bi/multiracial, multi-ethnic, cross-
cultural and transracially adopted
people, helps those students find a
place to call their own.
The group was founded because
"essentially there was a need for
people to talk about this mixed
experience," said Associate
Director for Admissions and
Career Development Tara Young,
one of the group's original mem-
bers.
Mixed Initiative founder Ursula
Liang, who began the group during
her senior year at the University,
said she had a difficult time within
social circles throughout her col-
lege experience because she didn't
know where she belonged.
People "come here, they don't
know how to fit in," Liang said.
But members said that during the
years they have received a lot of
criticism from other racial and eth-
nic groups saying that "mixed" peo-
ple are trying to segregate them-
selves.
"Mixed" people are not just part
of one group, and "we're tired" of
having to belong to so many dif-
ferent groups, Young said.
"My intention was not to self-
segregate" but to help people reach
out to other racial and ethnic
groups, Liang said.
The group, along with the
University's Minority Marrow

'U' student earns
chance to compete
on JAopary.

JEREMY MENCHIK/Daily
Woody Williams, a high school student from Cleveland, Ohio, reads his own
poetry during an open mike session Saturday during the "Mix: Coloring
Outside the Lines" conference sponsored by Mixed Initiative and the University
chapter of the Minority Marrow Donor Coalition.
"This is the first time that I can say
something I am"
- Jeremiah Sim
LSA junior

Donor Coalition, held its third
annual conference "Mix: Coloring
Outside the Lines," focusing on
the mixed experience this week-
end.
The conference included several
workshops to help students begin
to identify themselves. Workshops
included researching family
genealogy, bi/mulitracism, family
issues, identity, interfaith and
interracial relationships, the
media's portrayal of mixed people
and transracial adoption.
Guest speakers were invited to
discuss multi-racial issues at the
conference.
Lisa Funderburg, a freelance
journalist and author, is researching
racially integrated neighborhoods
around the country, according to
the conference program.
Naomi Zack, who has a Ph.D. in
philosophy, also came to address
the group.
Her current work includes racial
theory and the history of philoso-
phy.

In an open-mic session, members
and non-members were welcomed
to share their feelings about their
experiences stemming from their
racially or ethnically mixed back-
grounds.
Some students read poetry they
had written, while another student
read a poem by Langston Hughes
and other students spoke about
their own past and present experi-
ences with being multiracial or
multi-ethnic.
"This is the first time that I can
say something I am," LSA junior
Jeremiah Sim said during the open
mic session, adding that previous-
ly he only knew where he did not
fit in.
Music sophomore Emilia
Mettenbrink said she comes from
a mixed background but was never
able to fully identify with either

By Jeannie Baumann
For the Daily
As the Wolverines battle for NCAA
titles in a variety of sports, LSA sopho-
more Julie Ann Cohen is preparing to
compete in a different kind of college
tournament - College Jeopardy.
Cohen said she is "very excited"
about the opportunity to compete on the
award-winning game show. She said
she has always loved playing at home
and thought it would be fun to try out.
"I did it on a whim. I wasn't even
sure if it was something I wanted to
do, Cohen said. "But I decided to go
for it and just see what happens."
During the University tryouts, which
took place at Pierpont Commons on
North Campus on March 12, Cohen
went through a series of tests before she
qualified for the show. It began with a
10-question preliminary round, fol-
lowed by a 50-question pretest.
From this test, coordinators selected
12 names from a group of more than 80
Jeopardy! hopefuls - the last of which
was hers.
"I couldn't believe it when they
called my name," she said. Cohen and
other finalists then played a mock ver-
sion of Jeopardy!, complete with TV
monitors and an eight-second time limit
in which to answer questions.
Contestant coordinators also conducted
interviews, telling the students that if
they receive a Federal Express package
later in the week, they had been select-
ed for the show.
Cohen received her package
Thursday, but actually found out the
day before. She said she returned to
her home and had a voice mail mes-
sage that said, "This is Jeopardy!
Please call us." After finding out
that she made the show, Cohen said
she felt, "stunned, shocked, and so

excited."
In order to pick 15 students from the
tens of thousands who auditioned, Hea4
Contestant Coordinator Susanne
Thurber said the coordinators look pri-
marily at test scores, but also at contes-
tants' energy and game-playing ability.
"We try to spread it out throurghout
the country. Often students don't under-
stand why they didn't get picked, but
there are so many good kids," Thurber
said.
Publicity Director Rebecca Erbstein
agreed, saying the selection process is
not only hard for coordinators, but for
students as well.
"It's very difficult to select the con-
testants because there are so many
amazing students. Coordinators gv
through a long and difficult process'
she said.
Craig Barker, an LSA junior wh"
won College Jeopardy! in 1997;
recalled his experience as "really good.
Everybody there was fun and support-
ive. It was a really interesting feeling
(being on the show) since it was a total-
ly new experience."
He said he would advise Cohen t6
"practice as much as you can. Mak6
sure you know what your weaknesses
are and try to cover them. Above all
just try and have fun."
Cohen said that is exactly what she
plans to do. She added that her strategy
is just to enjoy herself.
"I've always had fun playing along,
on TV, and I'll play to have fun when;
I'm on the show,"Cohen said.
She is guaranteed to play in at least:
one game and even more if she makes it
to the final rounds of the tournament,
Cohen is scheduled to leave fors
Chicago in April to tape the show,
which will air during the first two,
weeks of May.

group.
"I didn't feel people
my situation until I
member of this
Mettenbrink said.

understood
became a
group,"

15th Annual Columbia Scholastic Press
Association Gold Circle Awards
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association presents awards each year to
student journalists who have excelled in their field of work. The Michigan
Daily staff received 18 awards this year.
We would also like to congratulate the Michiganensian on earning a
Gold Crown award, one of the highest honors in college journalism.
- Heather Kamins, Editor in Chief The Michigan Daily

4

Single Subject Presentation
1st place: "We're No. 1" book
by The Michigan Daily
Sports writing
1st place: T.J. Berka
Honorable Mention:
Sharat Raju
Sports feature
2nd place: Sharat Raju
Sports Column
2nd place: Jim Rose
In-depth News Feature
2nd place: Katie Plona
and Peter Romer-Friedman
Health News
3rd place: Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Health Feature
3rd place: Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Health Opinion
3rd place: Megan Schimpf
Spot News Photo
3rd place: Warren Zinn

Photo Story
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and Warren Zinn
Honorable mention:
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Honorable mention: Heather
Kamins and Erin Holmes
Honorable mention: Heather
Kamins and Adam Zuwerink
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