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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 8, 1999 N ATION/W ORLD
Dlag Scream n drawS CrOW d

SCREAM IN
Continued from Page 1
services; Trailblazers Club, a psy-
cho-social rehabilitation group;
University Counseling and
Psychological Services; the Sexual
Awareness and Prevention Center;
University Psychological Clinic; and
the Undergraduate Psychological
Society made information readily
available through pamphlets and fly-
ers, and by answering the questions
of passersby.
Along with passing out pamphlets,

screaming and reading related litera-
ture, one student read from a long list of
well-known people who suffered or suf-
fer from a mental illness.
The list included artists from Vincent
Van Gogh to Beethoven to Earnest
Hemingway, and some people, such as
Abraham Lincoln and J.C. Penny,
whose illnesses were not as publicized.
The participants' message was clear:
people with mental illness live through-
out our communities.
"I missed out on childhood. I missed
out on being an adolescent. I wouldn't
wish that on anyone," said Betsy Davies,

a Mentality member. "Everyone has a
mental health; it's something that people
need to take care of It would make me
really happy if(the Scream In) could help
mental illness become a more discussible
issue in our culture."
Davies, along with other Mentality
members and a few Ann Arbor resi-
dents, read materials ranging from per-
sonal poetry and essays to a Newsweek
article in hopes of grabbing the atten-
tion of stpdents walking by.
It worked. Heads turned to look and
listen to the stories dealing with clinical
depression, bi-polar disorder, schizo-

phrenia and suicide.
One self-proclaimed preacher, vying
for students' attention on the Diag,
announced his opinions on mental illness
while preaching his interpretation of the
Christian faith during the Scream In.
"Your so-called mental illnesses are a
direct product of your habits of mastur-
bation," said the preacher.
Students participating in the Scream
In commented on the preacher's
demonstration, saying the ambiguities
surrounding mental illness in society
have to be eradicated through height-
ened awareness of the issue.

AROUND THE NATION
House votes to expand health coverage
WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House approved a package of
tax breaks Wednesday to help the uninsured afford health care coverage, overrid-
ing complaints from Democrats that the plan would be financed out of surplus
Social Security funds.
The vote, 227-205 and largely along party lines, served as prelude to a clash
yesterday over a White House-backed bill to strengthen patients' hands in dealin
with their insurance companies. "The American people are concerned about th
fact that they can't gain access to affordable health care," said Rep. David Dreier
(R-Calif.). He argued on behalf of a measure that GOP leadership said was essen-
tial to help the estimated 44 million Americans who lack insurance. But
Democrats contended the GOP bill would do little to solve that problem.
"This bill does nothing except to help the insurance companies and the
well-to-do and the healthy," said Rep. John Dingell of Michigan. He and other
Democrats added it would rely on funds in the Social Security surplus to
finance the tax breaks, a step that Republicans have promised not to take and
that is the subject of a GOP advertising campaign.
"There's nothing in this bill that invades the Social Security trust fund," and that
was certified by the Congressional Budget Office, retorted Rep. Bill Archer (
Texas) chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

RELIGION
Continued from Page 1
Rabbi Aharon Goldstein, Alter's father, who works
at the Chabad House with his son, said students do not
have to follow a traditional route to spiritual leader-
ship.
"A number of-our (University) alumni are rabbis,"
Aharon Goldstein said, referring to the fact that
many students do not enter college planning to
become rabbis but discover this path later.
In some religions, students do not have many for-
mal opportunities for religious leadership. Anthony
King, member of the Jewel Heart Tibetan Cultural

and Buddhist Center, said Buddhism does not offer
any large scale centers for professional preparation.
"As a career goal, there is no infrastructure for spir-
itual leadership in America today," King said, adding,
however, that he anticipates an increase in Buddhist
spiritual leaders from the United States during the
next 15 to 20 years.
Buddhist leadership teaching programs, although
there are relatively few, are available for students
looking to grow in their spiritual expertise. Haju
Murray, resident priest of Zen Buddhist Temple,
located on 1214 Packard Rd., said the temple offers
a seminary for those interested in becoming teachers
of the faith.

Haju said the program takes three to five years to
complete. She said students in the past have decided
not to finish their studies, but the "effect" on their
"lives will go on forever."
For some students, it is a circle of support that
has eased their worries about devoting themselves
to their faith. Engineering senior Alem Yacob said
he is thinking about studying at a seminary and his
involvement with Campus Crusade for Christ has
helped ease the anxiety involved with this life-
altering decision.
"Going into something like this is not exactly the
cultural norm and it's encouraging to have people
doing it or thinking about it," Yacob said.
NIKE
Continued from Page 1
labor groups, he said.
Now that Nike has disclosed the fac-
tory information for factories that man-
ufacture apparel for some schools,
Wheatley said other colleges and uni-
versities should demand the same.
"This opens things up for other uni-
versities," he said.
Nike critic Charles Kernaghan, exec-
utive director of the National Labor
Committee, said other companies
should follow Nike's lead.
"This is a good first step for Nike and
if they can do it, why not Wal-Mart,
Kathie Lee (Gifford), Liz Claiborne,
Disney and the Gap ... what are they
trying to hide?" Kernaghan asked.
According to the disclosed informa-
tion, Nike uses 38 factories in the United
States and abroad to produce University
apparel.
Twenty-two of those factories are locat-
ed in Bangladesh, China, the Dominican
Republic, Guatemala, Malaysia, South
Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
The remaining 16 factories are locat-
ed in the United States in Alabama,
Colorado, Florida, North Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina and
Virginia.
Pestridge said a common misconcep-
tion is that a large number of its facto-
ries are located in the United States,
\p e adding that about 45 percent of goods
for Nike's domestic market are manu-
factured in the United States.
"But we must realize that Nike is
only one company" Ballinger said,
adding that there is a lot of work ahead
to have all apparel companies release
their factory information.

$3 billion offered to
Holocaust survivors
WASHINGTON - Germany
offered yesterday to pay S3.3 billion to
former slave laborers and other victims
of the Nazi regime, calling the figure
"a considerable amount" given the
country's budget problems. Survivors
said they'd fight for more.
"It's an insult,' Rudy Kennedy of
London, whose mother, sister and
father were killed in the Holocaust,
said outside the State Department.
"The world will judge the morality
of this offer and ... will condemn it,"
said Mel Weiss, an attorney for some
survivors.
Yesterday's offer came on the closing
day of a multinational meeting aimed at
working out compensation for an esti-
mated I million to 2.4 million people
who worked in forced or slave labor
camps to the benefit of Adolf Hitler's
war machine - as well as a number of
other types of victims of the Nazi period.
It is the first time in months of talks,
that a compensation figure has been put

on the table.
German envoy Otto Lambsdorff,
who presented Germany's joint govern-
ment and industry offer, said a founda-
tion would be set up to administer the
funds. About a third of.the money is
from government and two-thirds from
German industry, negotiators said.
Real estate tycoon
to run for president
WASHINGTON -- Real estate
tycoon Donald Trump announced yester-
day that he was forming an exploratory
committee to help him determine if he
could win a presidential race as a
Reform Party candidate.
He said his first choice for vice pres-
ident would be Oprah Winfrey. 19
"The only thing that could interest
me is if I could win. I'm not talking
about the nomination, I'm talking
about the whole megillah," he said in a
telephone interview from New York,
where he plans to build the world's
tallest residential building and where
he lives in a marbled penthouse in a
Fifth Avenue tower bearing his name.

AROUND THE WORLD

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Gandhi's party loses
Indian election
NEW DELHI, India - India's
ruling coalition handed Sonia
Gandhi's party its worst defeat yes-
terday, winning election on promis-
es to widen economic reforms and
revive peace efforts with Pakistan.
The comfortable majority of Prime
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 22-
party alliance will give him more con-
trol over the coalition and may allow
him to govern for a full five-year term,
which the last four governments failed
to do.
His last government collapsed in
April when he lost a confidence motion
in parliament by a single vote when one
party defected.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif said he hoped Vajpayee
would move quickly to solve ten-
sions between the two countries,
which have fought three wars and
now have nuclear-weapons capabili-
ty.

With winners declared for 523 of the
543 elected seats, Vajpayce's alliance
had won 288, while Congress and its
allies trailed at 130.
"We accept unhesitatingly the ver-
dict of the people," Mrs. Gandhi said
a statement. "The result calls for intro-
spection, frank assessment and deter-
mined action."
Japan worries about
nuclear spill effects
TOKYO - As the investigation con-
tinues into Japan's worst nuclear acci-
dent the government and environme@
tal activists are increasingly concerned
that it may have been more serious and
affected more people than initially
reported.
The government decided to expand its
examination of people possibly exposed
to radiation near the uranium processing
plant in Tokaimura, according to the
Science and Technology Agency.
- Compiled ivnm Daily wire report

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