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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 23, 2000 - 3A

I AESEARCH

A2 PoW
By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter,

ow to adress Michigamua

Study: Wages of
welare women
steadily increase
University researchers have found
hat wages of women on welfare and
women not on welfare will rise at the
same rate if the women on welfare
work full-time jobs.
Mary Corcoran, a public policy and
social work professor at the University,
and Susanna Loeb, an assistant profes-
sor of education at Stanford University,
examined the wages of about 4,000
Women between the ages of 18 and 27.
The study found that while the start-
ng wages for female welfare recipients
and non-recipients was very close -
S6.32 an hour and $6.80 an hour
respectively - the gap grew over time.
A. gap of $4.48 per hour existed
between recipients and non-recipients
by age 27.
The researchers attribute the gap to
the fact that women on welfare
0rked fewer years and were more
ely to work part-time. The rate of
wage growth per year was stable at 6
percent between welfare women and
non-welfare women.
dNght lights don't
cause blindness
Researchers in Boston and Ohio
conducted separate studies to see if
night lights cause nearsightedness -
Pcalled myopia - in children.
he study was conducted after a
report published last year that linked
myopia to night light use by children
two years old and younger.
The Ohio researchers looked at
1,220 children that hd perfect vision as
well as nearsightedness. They found
myopia in 20 percent of the children
who slept in the dark, 17 percent that
s t with a night light on, and 22 per-
twho slept with the room lights on.
The Boston study also found that
there-was no connection between
nearsightedness and night light use
from their pool of 213 children.
The studies also looked at the rela-
tionship between myopic children and
myopic parents.
The studies found that myopic par-
ents were more likely to use night lights
in their's and their children's bedrooms.
*he Ohio and Boston researchers
were skeptical of the study released
last year because myopia is genetic
and the parents were not taken into
account in the study.
Researchers of last year's study
claim that the parents of myopic chil-
dren in the Boston and Ohio studies
might have lied about night light use
because of guilt of damaging their
c 1ren's eyesight.
lagra could
elp men taking
antidepressants
Viagra might help men that have a
lack in sexual desire because of anti-
depressant use says a joint study cur-
rently underway at the University of
Arizona, the University of New Mexico
ar he Massachusetts General Hospi-
ta .
The researchers are giving Viagra to
90 men who have overcome their
depression, but still take antidepres-
sants, to combat the side effects that the
medicines have on a man's libido.
Preliminary results show that 75
percent of men who were given Via-

gra have increased sexual desires as
ell as an easier time achieving an
orm. About 11 percent of the men
that were given a placebo have also
shn an improvement.
Rescarchers hope that women will
be included in the study sometime
next summer if Viagra proves to be an
ective way to return sexual function
to antidepressant users.
The researchers expect to find simi-
lar results bet seen males and females.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
L indsev A/pert f om wire reports.

Eight weeks before University alum Sonya
Suponcic left Istanbul, Turkey, to travel back to
for Ann Arbor's annual Pow Wow, she began
using the Internet to research the discomfort
between the Native American community and the
senior honor society Michigamua.
Although she comes to the pow wow each year
- no matter how far away she is living at the time
- Suponcic said this year the sense of cohesion
generated within the Native community by the
event is especially important. "It's our only hope -
to support one another and to be together," she said.
Togetherness is fundamental to Native Ameri-
can pow wows, said members of the Native
American Students Association.
NASA has worked with the office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs for an entire year to orga-
nize the event, which attracts at least 15,000

people annually. This year's pow wow will take
place tomorrow through Sunday in Crisler Arena.
"The primary function of the pow wow is for
Native people to develop new relations and fortify
old ones. It is important in the sense that it brings
Native Americans from different tribes and cul-
tures together," Rackham student Andrew Adams
said
Shannon Martin, student services associate at
the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Affairs, said
pow wows take place regularly throughout the year
in the Native American community, usually occur-
ring on the weekends and lasting two or three days.
In 1972, the first Ann Arbor Pow Wow was in a
University library, Martin said. As spectators and
participants escalated in size, the pow wow was
moved to a local field and finally to Crisler Arena.
"It's unique that we can say we are the largest
student-coordinated pow wow in America and we
are the largest indoor arena pow wow as well,"
Martin said.

"It's unique that we can say we are the largest
student-coordinated pow wow in America."
- Shannon Martin,
Student services ssociate

Adams said there might be a relationship
between the first pow wow and an alum who filed
a complaint with the Michigan Civil Rights
Commission in 1972 for Michigamua's refer-
ences to the Native American culture.
"It is interesting that this is the 28th year for the
pow wow and also in 1972, Victoria Barner filed a
legal complaint against Michigamua,' he said.
Students of Color Coalition spokesman Joe
Reilly, a member of NASA, said the Native com-
munity will address its concerns with Michiga-
mua at the pow wow.
Adams said guests of the pow wow come from

across the United States and Canada. The Ontario,
based drum group Whitefish Bay will perform.
Adams said the gr.oup is popular in the Native
community, and travels all around the world.
Reilly said participants will not only observe
the talent of more than 500 dancers - many of
them championship dancers - but they will also
have the opportunity to participate in inter-tribal
dances. He said inter-tribals are planned regularly
throughout the weekend.
In addition, participants can expect to see perfor-
mances from 15 different drum groups and more
than 100 traders, artisans and crafts people.

I Swede emotion 1

Alliance admits to
d isrupting Boillinger

By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
The Graduate Action Alliance announced yes-
terday that they were part of the disruption dur-
ing President Lee Bollinger's First Amendment
Speech last month.
This was just one of the non-violent actions
the group has participated in recently.
Last Thursday GAA checked out more than
3,000 books from the Shapiro Undergraduate
Library in an effort to make a statement to Uni-
versity administration that "words don't mean
anything unless they're backed by action, GAA
member Irfan Nooruddin said.
The group, which is open to all University stu-
dents and community members, has three goals.
GAA is calling upon the University to "reverse
the drop in minority enrollment, recruit, retain and
promote faculty of color and improve the climate
for students of color on campus to enhance their
educational experience and thereby retention,"
according to a statement given out at a GAA news
conference at the School of Social Work.
Four other University groups are standing by
GAA to support the Students of Color Coalition's

stance against Michigamua, which is accused of
being a racist society.
Michigamua is not interested in pursuing these
views.
Michigamua spokesman Nick Delgado said
"we're trying to distance ourselves from political
rhetoric, they are only fueling political fire that
we are not going to participate in. If they contin-
ue to provide political rhetoric, we're not going to
engage in it."
Kenya Arnold, of the Alliance for Black Social
Work Students, said "we are in support of fairness
- beyond Michigamua, it is about having equality
on this campus, no matter what race."
Arnold added that it's OK for people to dis-
agree, but people should take a stance.
"If you don't stand for something, you'll fal
for anything, so we are standing for something,'
Arnold said.
The Coalition of Asian Social Work Students,
Students of Latino/Latina Social Work and Social
Work Advocates for Multiculturalism were all
present to share their agreement with GAA and
SCC.
"We are not SCC" Nooruddin said. "We sup-
port SCC and all its demands."

PETER CORNUE/Daily
Sofia Carlson (right) and Mats Eden, members of Swedish folk band Groupa, perform at the Ark
yesterday.

ELECTIONS
Continued from Page 1A
Liz Haynes, an LSA freshman, said
she already cast her vote. "I think
MSA is changing now, and its impor-
tant to vote for those who will repre-
sent students the best," Haynes said.
The Friends Rebelling Against
Tyranny Party set up a keg of root beer
on the Diag and were giving away con-
doms. "Things are going astoundingly,
amazingly well. There really aren't
party lines out here, we're just having
fun," said Mike Wilson, an MSA rep-
resentative candidate with the FRAT
Party.
Glen Roe, the presidential candidate
for the Blue Party, said the best part
about the day was getting to talk to
students. "Things are going great. Peo-
ple are really coming out and support-
ing us,' Roe said.
The Blue Party set up a tent and
Roe's parents and siblings, as well as
vice presidential candidate Elise
Erickson's mother, helped out.
"My mom used to help with things
when I was little, but now that I'm half
way across the state, she can't come
over all of the time. She came to find
out what I'm doing and have a good
time," Erickson said.
Tsutsumi and his vice presidential
candidate, Jim Secreto, said they were
disappointed because they had planned
on the band Donkey Punch playing,
but Diag restrictions prevented the
band from attending.
Tsutsumi said he believes he has
influenced the way students are cam-
paigning in this election.
"They're all campaigning more vig-
orously than before - that shows the
influence I have had," Tsutsumi said.
B.J. Orandi, the Wolverine Party
presidential candidate for LSA Student
Government, said the party had been

successful campaigning on the Diag.
"A lot of people have been coming
up to us and asking questions. Right
now I think people are a little over-
whelmed to go into the Diag, but
there's free food at least" Orandi said.
Rob Shereda, a Blue Party candi-
date for LSA-SG, was elated at the
turnout.
"It makes me feel like student gov-
ernment is being perceived as the
legitimate institution it is," Shereda
said. "Finally students are recognizing
that student government can make a
difference."
John Alexander, Wolverine candi-
date for LSA-SG, agreed.
"Students have become increasingly
disappointed with student govern-
ment's lack of focus on issues that
truly affect them and consequently are
turning out in record numbers,"
Alexander said.
Erika Dowdell, the presidential can-
didate for the Defend Affirmative
Action Party, said many people were
asking questions. "This is so much
more interesting than in the past two
elections, mainly because there are so
many parties running and so many
people are involved," Dowdell said. "A
lot of people are voting this year or
saying they will vote."
Liza Rios, an LSA junior running
for MSA with the All Peoples' Party,
said her party would be on the Diag
and going to student groups, trying
to talk to as many students as possi-
ble.
"Students should vote because I
think if you have an option to exercise
your right to vote, you should take
advantage of it. Many people have
fought for that right. If many get
together, they really can make a differ-
ence," Rios said.
- Daily Staff Reporter Josie Gingrich
contributed to this report.

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