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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 20, 1999 - 3

North Campus
cook taken into
jolice custody
A cook working for food services
-° Rn-Bursley Residence Hall was taken
'into custody by the Department of
, Public Safety on Thursday, accord-
ing to DPS reports.
.The Washtenaw County Sheriff's
" .iepartment forwarded information
to DPS earlier that day stating that
Kthe cook was wanted on two felony
warrants and one civil warrant.
.fyj .Officers were dispatched and con-
a'rmed the warrants. The subject
+ as handed over to the WCSD, DPS
reports state.
Man found lying
under porch
Occupants of a building in the
x700 block of South Division Street
reported a person laying under the
tIructure's front porch Friday,
*cording to DPS reports.
The Ann Arbor Police Department
was notified as well as Huron Valley
A;wbulance and the Ann Arbor Fire
ZkOfficers arriving at the scene
tflecked the subject and concluded
that the person was alive, but just
° covered up and cold.
The subject was revived and sent
bn his way.
rtowdy Couzens
resident gets
alcohol violation
A subject was on the fifth floor of
Couzens Residence Hall on Sunday
rining through the halls, tearing
°g things off doors and walls, accord-
ing to DPS reports.
The subject was described as hav-
ig light brown, spiked hair, wear-
ing a T-shirt and jeans and having
oscruffy facial hair, DPS reports
"Officers made contact with the
subject, checked for outstanding
-rarrants against him and issued a
citation for a minor in possession of
"A report was filed.
,PS picks up
male trespasser
in West Quad
Officers were dispatched to the
"pbby of West Quad Residence Hall
"-n Monday to meet with a trespass-
er, DPS reports state.
%' A warrant check on the 30-year-
1 ld male returned with a felony war-
rant out of Mt. Morris Police
Department for possession of
,,A statewide pick-up warrant was
confirmed by DPS and the subject
-was arrested and subsequently sent
to Washtenaw County Jail for pick
up in the morning by MMPD, DPS
'reports state.
A report was filed.
Student's TV taken
s practical joke
A University student left his

Iursley Residence Hall room
n locked and unattended for an
,°'-hour-and-a-half Thursday and
apparently was robbed of his 19-
inch Phillips Magnavox television
set during that time.
The student had previously
jinscribed his driver's license num-
ber on the back or bottom of the TV
as a precautionary measure.
Officers were dispatched, but the
student called back before their
'atrival because he discovered that
the TV had been taken as a practical
'Large mob surrounds
South Quadrangle
9 A group of several hundred peo-
ple was seen gathering around
South Quad Residence Hall on
Thursday, according to DPS reports.
+' 'The group was causing a distur-
bance and was very loud.
The throng of people induced sev-
eral cars in the vicinity to sound
'heir alarms.
No persons were cited for disturb-
*ing the peace and no report was
Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Avram S. Turkel.

Bollinger recommends interim


By Michael Grass
and Jaimie Winkler
Daily Staff Reporters
University President Lee Bollinger
announced yesterday that Dean of
Students E. Royster Harper will be rec-
ommended to the University Board of
Regents to become the interim Vice
President for Student Affairs.
Maureen Hartford, who currently
holds the position, is leaving the
University in mid-June to become the
president of Meredith College in July.
Hartford is the first female president
of the all-female college in Raleigh, N.C.
In a recent interview, Hartford said
the search to find her permanent
replacement will most likely begin in
Harper, who holds a bachelor's and
master's degree from the University, is

Search for deans for Information
and Art and Design also underway

currently pursuing a doctoral degree in
higher education from the University's
Center for the Study of Higher and
Postsecondary Education.
Harper was not available for com-
ment yesterday.
Searches for permanent deans for the
School of Information and the College
ofArt and Design also are underway.
Karen Gibbons, assistant to the
provost, said the search for a new
Education dean is currently inactive.
"It's in a holding pattern right now,"
said Gibbons. The interim dean of the

School of Education is Karen Wixson,
but the search to fill this position will
continue in September.
There is no interim dean for the
School of Art and Design, but current
dean Allen Samuels submitted his res-
ignation last September.
A national search to fill the perma-
nent spot for the dean of the School of
Information is still underway.
"Both of those searches are literally
still in progress," Gibbons said.
Last Monday, Bollinger appointed
Medical School interim Dean Allan

Lichter to the permanent position.
In a written statement, Vice President
for Medical Affairs Gilbert Omenn said
Lichter's experience as interim dean
familiarizes him more than other candi-
dates with the missions of the Medical
"During the past four months, Dr.
Lichter has served as our interim dean.
He has a clear understanding of the
strengths of the Medical School and the
Health System and the challenges fac-
ing academic medicine nationally and
locally," Omenn said,

Lichter received his undergraduate
degree from the University in 1968 and
his doctoral degree from the University
Medical School in 1972.
The University's proposed life sci-
ences initiative should make the begin-
ning of his tenure very exciting, Lichter
"Using our strengths and investing in
our future we can advance medical
research and education, while enhanc-
ing patient care as we move our school
into the highest ranks of medical
schools in the nation, "Lichter said in a
written statement.
Lichter, the president of the
American Society of Clinical
Oncology, pioneered the development
of a three-dimensional X-ray that
allows doctors to bypass healthy tissite
and focus radiation on tumors.

Ultimate fun

Migrant farmworkers face
challenges in daily work

..... r

By Sarah Lewis
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan is one of the many states
whose crops are tended by migrant
workers~-professional harvesters who
work at different farms throughout the
United States during the growing sea-
The challenges migrant workers and
farmers face each day to get produce
onto the plates of millions of consumers
is an issuebeing tackled by the govern-
ment, health care providers and
University students.
Gerald Deer, the acting state monitor
advocate for the Michigan Department
of Career Development, estimated that
about 40,000 to 45,000 migrants - the
majority of whom come from Texas -
work in Michigan each year.
The workers migrate to midwestern
states as early as February to tend.
greenhouses, pick up to 40 different
crops during the summer and, in some
cases, stay until the Christmas tree sea-
son, Deer said.
He added that most of the migrant
workers live in "supply states" like
Texas and Florida.
Deer said that after the Mexican-
American War, employers hired large
numbers of Mexican Americans to
work in the fields. The numbers
dropped during the 1930s when "many
left for manufacturng jobs," but by the
1950s there were 30,000 migrants pick-

ing cherries in Traverse City.
Bertha Lopez, the migrant outreach
coordinator for the Community Action
Agency of Lenawee County and orga-
nizer of a course that allows University
students to volunteer health care ser-
vices to migrants, said that in the 1950s,
U.S. representatives went to Mexico to
find workers who would harvest crops
during a 90-day stay in the country.
But some of the men stayed on after
their visas expired "and in the next few
years they brought their families,"
Lopez said, leading to a yearly migra-
tion in which entire families will leave
their permanent homes in the southern
states to work further north during the
This nomadic lifestyle can lead to
difficulties for the workers, including
language barriers and access to health
care and education, Lopez said. Young
children may fall behind in classes if
they bounce from school to school
when traveling across the United
"The University has strong ties to
migrant workers," said School of Public
Health and School of Social Work sec-
ond-year student Miguel Martinez, vol-
unteer coordinator for the migrant
health project. In addition to health vol-
unteers, there are summer classes that
train students to teach English to pre-
dominantly Spanish-speaking migrant
workers. Martinez said student organi-

zations on campus have done service
work and collected clothing for migrant
farm workers in the past.
Lopez's volunteers visit a migrant
farm once a week to provide health
"We make the programs come to
them instead of them coming to us" she
said. "They have such a hard job. It
impacts their psyche as well as their
bodies" The program has been success-
ful in providing doctors and medicines
in areas such as birth control and eye
and dental care, Lopez said.
Martinez said the nature of migrant
work - which includes long hours,
"backbreaking work," and sometimes
exposure to dangerous pesticides -
makes access to health care imperative.
In addition, a "lack of enforcement"
of housing and water regulations for
migrants makes life hard. Common
stereotypes of migrants being lazy are
completely unfounded, Martinez staid.
But he added that "They're like t nv
other population - they're working to
get ahead."
Lopez said that while migrants dor't
necessarily enjoy traveling so muci,
many have been doing it for gener-
Lions. "These are the people who put th
vegetables and fruits on the table for a I
of us," she said, pointing out that
migrants - whose average lifespan is
49 years - have been referred to as
"the invisible people" in literature.

LSA first-year student Jesse Miller practices for the Michigan Magnum
ultimate frisbee team in the Diag yesterday.
Native meic n

request U
By Risa Berrin
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite his meeting with University
administrators last Friday, Joe Reilly, an
SNRE junior, said he isn't sure action
will be implemented regarding the
demands of the Native American
Students Association.
"Since the early 1970s, the administra-
tion has been cooperative on the surface';
Reilly said. "But as far as implementing
structural changes, there has only been
minimal action taken."
NASA's demands include the estab-
lishment of a strong Native American
studies program, the termination of
University support for the senior honor
society Michigamua and formal recogni-
tion of tribal land influence in the estab-
lishment of the University.
Provost Nancy Cantor said she
believes last week's meeting with NASA
representatives was very productive.
"We're going to get to work now and
take the necessary steps," Cantor said.
"We are very concerned."
Cantor said she could not comment on
the specific steps the administration
hopes to initiate.
Rackham second-year student Andrew
Adams said the association hopes the
University expands its studies of Native
Americans. But in order for this to come
to fruition, he said, the American culture
department must be granted the freedom
to hire its own faculty.
According to Adams, American cul-
ture professors are currently recruited
through the English and history depart-
ments, which do not guarantee hired pro-
fessors will teach Native courses in addi-
tion to their English and history teaching
"If the American culture department is
able to hire its own faculty, Native
American professors can be recruited and
guaranteed that they will teach specific
Native Studies courses," Adams said.
Another aspect of NASA's demands
claims Michigamua stereotypes and mis-
represents Native Americans in the struc-

T' changes
ture of its organization.
The association said that historically,
members of the society made a mockery
of the Native American culture by paint-
ing themselves with grease paint and
donning cowhide breech clothes and
turkey feathers. The society also erected
its own totem pole.
Adams said Michigamua should
divorce itself from the name or the
University should terminate support for
the society.
"The University should withdraw sup-
port for Michigamua. The name is inher-
ently racist and the society has a racist
history" Adams said. "The society repre-
sents disrespect for the Native culture"
Another demand is for the University
to publicly acknowledge the historical
influence of the Native land donation
which led to the establishment of the
"We want a public display of that
donation - a statue or monument, in a
high-traffic area on Central Campus,"
Adams said.
According to the Treaty of Fort Meigs,
the Objibwa, Odawa and Potawatomie
tribes granted land to the American gov-
ernment in 1817 in order for the govern-
ment to create a college in the Detroit
area, In exchange, the government
promised to allow Native students admis-
sion into the college.
Native American undergraduates
enrolled in fall 1998 numbered 170 out of
23, 977. Despite the low numbers, Reilly
said he thought the University would have
recognized the presence of Native
Americans during the past 30 years.
"The University does not seem to
embrace that presence;' Reilly said. "I
would have thought these things would
have been dealt with a long time ago."
But Reilly said he has not lost his opti-
mism, explaining that he still sees the
potential for change.
"I feel that potentially it could be a
very encouraging situation since there is
a prospect for continued dialogue on
these issues,' Reilly said.

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