The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 27, 2000 - 3A
SA M P U S
Show unites tu.,
Earth Week 2000
Earth Week events focusing on
"Environmentalism: Reaffirming the
Connections between Society, Culture
apd Ecology" will continue this week.
Beginning at 4 p.m. today and con-
tinuing through the evening will be a
series of lectures at the Michigan
League. The first lecture, "Global
Warming: A Campus Response" is
scheduled to be delivered from David
Konkle, coordinator of the Ann Arbor
Catherine Badgleyon, director of
the Environmental Studies Program is
scheduled to follow Konkle with her
address titled "Living as if Other
Species Mattered." SNRE Prof. David
Allan will deliver an address titled
"Ecological Restoration: So Many
Opportunities, So Little Time"
The week is sponsored by the Envi-
onmental Issues Commission.
WThe Michigan Animal Rights Soci-
ety, Basic Food Group and University
Dining Services are sponsoring a Sus-
tainable Food Day in residence hall
cafeterias from I11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Starting tomorrow at 4 p.m. the
Environmental Issues Commission
is sponsoring three consecutive lec-
tures in the Michigan League's
Economics Prof. Gloria Helfand is
scheduled to deliver an address titled
"On the Other Hand: Economics and
the Environment," followed by Ryan
Tefertiller, a researcher with Ameri-
corp and Michigan Groundwater
Stewardship Program, with "Ground-
water: Michigan's Hidden Resource
and What Can Be Done to Protect It,
and Nicolette Hahn, National Wildlife
Federation with "Keeping a Lake
*uperior: Protecting the Country's
Largest Freshwater Lake"
Qonele Wilkens, of Detroiters
Working for Environmental Justice,
will deliver a lecture tomorrow at 5
p.m.,in South Quad Residence Hall,
titled "Environmental Justice: Grass-
roots Activism and Bridging the Gap
Between the University and the Com-
munity." The lecture is sponsored by
the Environmental Justice Group.
The week's events began Thursday
and run through Sunday.
out writing series
A special two-day visit by author
Maxine Hong Kingston will complete
the, University department of English
and.Office of the Provost 1999-2000
visiting writing series.
The author is scheduled to complete
the series with a two-day event begin-
ning today featuring a reading at 7:30
p.m. and tomorrow will present a lec-
ture at 5 p.m. called "The Fifth Book of
Peace" Both events will be held at the
Rackham Amphitheater. Kingston has
written several novels, including "The
Woman Warrior" which won the
National Book Critics Circle Award.
Kingston is a Senior Lecturer at the
University of California at Berkeley.
td deliver lecture
National Security Archive senior
analyst and Chile Documentarian
Director Peter Kornbluh will visit
campus Tuesday for two talks spon-
sored by the Residential College.
Kornbluh is scheduled to speak at 1 I
m. in East Quad Residence Hall
rooms 24-26. He will discuss "The U.S.
'and the Pinochet Case: Accountability
and Historical Memory."
Kornbluh is also scheduled to
speak at 4 p.m. in the LSA Building
on a recently written book about his
Chilean documentary called "The
T.S and the Pinochet Case: Account-
ability and Historical Memory," in
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T Jodie Kaufman.
Students from across the
Midwest turn out for Gen APA
show at Hill Auditorium
By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
Fusing traditional flare with modern beats,
the 6th annual Generation Asian Pacific
American show took the stage at Hill Auditori-
um Friday night, filling the auditorium with
about 1,700 students from the University, local
high schools and other colleges such as Ober-
lin, Michigan State and Detroit Mercy.
"It's a good way to build up the Asian
American community and make connections,"
said event co-chairman Roger Toguchi, adding
that the show introduces people to the diversi-
ty on campus.
This year, the theme of the show was
called "Through the Looking Glass: A gate-
way into the lands of ethnicity, history,
media and spirit that define our generation."
Emcees explained that each act embodied
these four themes.
The show began with the beats of the Sin-
aboro traditional Korean drum corp. Oakland
University student Arpan Amin said he
enjoyed seeing the traditional aspects of the
show. "I find it interesting to see different cul-
tures," he said.
Engineering freshman Melissa Wu said she
decided to perform in Gen APA because she
likes learning about Asian cultures and getting
involved with the community.
Wu said it was a great experience to dance
in the Taiwanese American Student Associa-
tion hip hop performance. She has been prac-
ticing her steps for the past month, getting
"I was a little nervous, but it went off really
well," she said, adding that she loved the
enthusiasm the audience generated.
Gen APA provided a variety of different
ways to express APA culture - from dance to
song to martial arts.
Along with dance, TASA featured students
singing contemporary Chinese pop songs.
The Vietnamese Students Association also
featured music in their performance, acting out
the story of a young Vietnamese boy who trav-
els to the United States and grapples with
becoming a typical American while holding on
to his own culture and traditions.
In bright costumes of black, red, white and
gold, the Indian American Students Associa-
tion presented a traditional Indian dance to a
modern beat. The Filipino Student Associa-
tion also presented a colorful performance
inspired by tradition, using masks, scarves
Hip hop dance was exhibited by Groove
Culture and Jel - both displaying energetic,
fast-paced performances. Eye Candy per-
formed an upbeat dance highlighting pop
With an exhibition of kicks and weapons;
the Korean Student Association presented
KSA kombat, a display of martial arts skills.
Students performed stunts, such as kicking an
apple out of a student's mouth, and fighting.
Adding a spiritual element to the show, the
Chinese Christian Fellowship and the Asian-
American Christian Fellowship presented
"Free," a dramatic religious skit, and "body
worship," which is worship through sign lan-
guage and body motions to the words of a
Asian Fraternity Lambda Phi Epsilon exhib-
ited a "step" performance, stomping out
rhythms accompanied by chants.
In between acts, informational multi-media
presentations educated audience members on
Asian activities on campus, such as the Gandhi
Day of Service and ethnic Greek life.
The show was presented by the United
'Condom Queen' ieCtles
on minoty health issues
Vice President Al Gore speaks with students at L'Anse Creuse North Middle
School in Macomb on Friday.
G0R Eon Broadway.
"Be true to yourself," Gore said.
Continued from Page 1A "Be honest. Keep a good sense of
Gore said in talking with teachers what is important in life. Know
earlier in the day he learned their what your intention is, don't get
number one request was to decrease distracted and go straight for your
class sizes. Parents said they wanted goal."
"to find some way to deal with the LSA freshman Michael Udekwu
problems and pressures that make it came as part of Gore's motorcade. "I
difficult for a parents to get involved," think he connected with the kids,"
By Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily Staff Reporter
Jocelyn Elders, the woman known as the "Condom Queen"
for discussing topics relating to teen sexuality including mas-
turbation, caused another uproar amidst her audience at this
year's Minority Health Conference held at the Michigan
Union on Saturday night.
But this time, her listeners had nothing but hearty praise for
the former U.S. Surgeon General's words.
"She is simply outstanding," said Public Health student
Melva Hardy, president of the Public Health Students of
African Descent. "She addressed the tough issues and identi-
fied the disparities," she said.
Elders spoke on the common problems in minority commu-
nities including negligence to health, poverty and an individ-
ual's responsibility in improving living conditions.
"Our nation does not have a health-care system, it has a
very expensive sick-care system," Elders said, referring to the
lack of a national health care program in the United States
which would accommodate to people regardless of wealth,
age or race.
The basis of the system, she said, deals with treating the
problem instead of helping prevent the disparities altogether.
"The best time to prevent the pregnancies is before you get
pregnant,' she said.
"Her medical and political background is perfect for this
issue and make her so much more credible because she knows
what goes on in the inside," said Ypsilanti resident Martha
Taylor, who also attended the lecture.
Elders encouraged community involvement with health
issues and urged the audience to take a more active approach
to their health and well-being.
"I am tired of seeing our young whose, shoes light up when
they walk and brains go dead when they talk. It's our responsi-
bility to solve the problems," said Elders as she addressed
poverty, illiteracy and other problems of communities of colof.
Elders referred to many of the problems within minority
communities as a major "crisis" to ameliorate.
"Many people ask me why I call this a crisis," she said. "It,
depends on who you ask - ask a single mother who works all
the time and has no money for insurance and she will call it a
crisis. Talk to the four million people in this country without
insurance and the 131 million with severe diseases at the brink
of their insurance capacities, and you better believe they'll call
it a crisis."
Elders proposed "breaking the silence" by "demanding
more,' she said. This includes encouraging more minorities to
enter the health care professions early in their education.
Ypsilanti resident Cheryl Quiney attended the conference
with her 11-year-old son, Winston, and said she agreed with
"I'm glad I brought him to hear this. I thought her emphasis
on children was noteworthy because they are the least heard
and their plight is the least talked of," Quiney said. "I'm going
to talk to my son about what he heard and why it's so impor-
tant to consider health career."
Binge drinking, cancer, HIV, teenage pregnancies, unem-
ployment and violence were some of the topics Elders dis-
cussed which she said encompassed the total health care of a
"These are all problems of health care, she said, "and by
looking at these problems and asking questions, we are taking
a step towards improvement."
The conference was sponsored by the Public Health
Students of African Descent, Latino/a Health Associa-
tion, Association for Arab Health and the Black Medical
Quoting a teacher of 30 years,
Gore said, "The kids haven't changed
that much - parental involvement
has changed a lot."
When asked by an adult in the
audience if he thought he could be
viewed as a hero, Gore answered no,
but said, "I will never let you down ...
I think I can demonstrate to you that I
have the perspective and the heart to
do the job well."
L'Anse Creuse student Kristen
Rosky asked for advice from Gore to
reach her goal to become an actress
Udekwu said after the meeting.
But "he has to improve his interac-
tion with people. It doesn't seem
that smooth all the time."
If he is to be entrusted with the
presidency, Gore promised he would
continue the "School Days" and come
back to L'Anse Creuse.
Gore said at the close of the meet-
ing that he had learned the key to
good education was the teacher-stu-
dent ratio. "With all of these teachers
and one pupil," he said, gesturing to
the crowd, "I feel like I've been well
6 students charged in
death at Feris State
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By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
Charges have been issued to six Fer-
ris State University students in the wake
of the alcohol related death of a fresh-
man at the school two weeks ago.
The charges leveled include two
counts of involuntary manslaughter as
well as furnishing alcohol to a minor
causing death and furnishing alcohol to
a minor. All three are felonies, carrying
maximum penalties of 15 years, 10
years and 60 days in jail respectively.
The charges were brought by the
Mecosta Country prosecuting attorneys
office, and arraignments for the six stu-
dents are expected Friday. The specific
charges against each student will be
announced then. "We support the prose-
cuting attorney's decision," said Kevin
Courtney, the director of Big Rapids'
Department of Public Safety, which has
handled the investigation.
The students, whose names have not
been released, are members of the
underground fraternity known as the
Knights of College Lore or the Knights
of College Leadership that 19-year-old
Stephen Petz had been in the process of
pledging. Fraternity members were
unable to wake Petz after a night of
drinking and took him to the hospital,
where he was declared dead. Toxicology
reports found his blood alcohol content
to be .42 percent, more than four times
the legal threshold for drunkenness.
"First of all, we want to express our
sympathy to the family of Stephen Petz.
We are saddened not only by his death,
but also the harm it will bring to the
other students involved with the inci-
dent. We will follow up after the
arraignment and carry out our own
activities within our student judicial ser-
vices process," said Daniel Burcham,
FSU's vice president of student affairs in
a written statement.
Last year, student Adriene Allen died
after falling from a second-floor win-
dow at a party. The incident resulted in a
misdemeanor conviction against one
student for furnishing alcohol to a
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