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6B - The ichigan Daily - Weekenietc. Magazine - Thursdayoovember 4, 1999




"I o a oto ou ate hri duy oic uprvsr rcot

Students escape problems by helping alleviate others'

By Sarah Blitz
I )y As mrtsWicr
With oxverwhelming force, an unde-
niablv positive trend is sweeping the
UniVeCrsitv campus. Students and facul-
tv alike are selflessly gixving back to the
Ann Arbor communit . They are acer
to volunteer for local, national and
wxorldwide prorams with interests
uch as work inc w ith children and the
cldcrly clani. up the cnvironllent,
and .! rkin2 to rid poxertv and dis-
c rimsinsation
No attcr what olunteers con sdcr
thcn intentions to havc been for gtting
inxolved in the community (mlanx cited
boredom or res'ume paddcin as an ini-
ial motiVtat ion} b\ oini ng the increas-
in - Ann Arbor N olunteer population,
'sndenvs consitentlv report fcling

enjoyment and a sense of fulfillment. If
they can rise through the ranks of a
group that is one of the most appreciat-
ed on the local scene, so much the bet-
Catherine Pavulet, an LSA junior,
said her frequent volunteer work is
exclusivelv for fun. "It's nice to do
something non-academic sometimes
and to be around some non-University
people e ery so often," Pavulet said.
.It's good to get involxed and offer
your help to the organiations that need
a little assistance from the community
in running a smooth program [" .SA
junior I.auren Charme concurred. "It's
a arcat wav to make a difference and to
meet new people.
Both enjoy regularly volunteering
approximately txo to fixe hours per

week to help the community. "It's not
important that you give all of your free
time to serve the community though,"
LSA senior Monica Fedrigo said. "If
you just give an hour or two per week.
or get involved in a seasonal money
drive, you are giving an invaluable ser-
vice to the community. Not to mention,
the recipients of your efforts will be
cxtremely appreciative and you'll feel
really good about yourself too."
The University offers numerous out-
lets for students and faculty alike to get
involved in not only the local commu-
nity, but the national and global com-
munities as well. Innovative programs
like Project Serve, an umbrella organi-
zation Ior six other community servxice
organizations on campus, and Circle-
K. an international community servi e

club including over 10,000 members in
over 500 groups in 12 countries, make
it even simpler to aid people from
around the world without ever leaving
the comforts of Ann Arbor.
Through Project Serve, hundreds of
students work together in a common
goal for social change. In the process,
they learn about leadership, work
towards real solutions to real communi-
ty problems, collaborate with each
other as xvell as with other groups, and
gain knowledge about the social prob-
lems they are attempting to allev iate.
Through Alternativ e Spring Break
(ASB), an opportunity for members of
the university to spend spring break
doing service at one of thirty-one sites
nationally, Project Serve is one of manv
campus service groups to participate in
a blossoming trend.
Some of the other xolunteei opportu-
nities specifically tailored for spring
break include Collegiate Challenge.
sponsored by habitat for Humanity,
and St. Marv's Appalachian Spring

Libby Reece, a junior at the
University, is a member of Project
Serve's ASB leadership team.
Originally, she "got involved in the pro-
gram as a freshman to meet new
friends and to make a difference."
"I worked at an HIV'AIDS site
called the Living Room in Kansas City
my first year (in college)., Reece relat-
ed. "My uncle died of AIDS that year
and working with the program was a
healing process for me. Volunteering
helped me get through it a little better.
We just hung out with the patients and
prepared some meals for them. It was
great!" After the program, like many
others trhust into intense experiences,
Libby felt she could see just how many
people in the nation live Without sup-
port. She said, "I made life long rela-
tionships just working for one week at
the Living Room."
As a member of the leadership team,
Libby is now working hard to place the
nearly 400 University members that
will participate in ASB this year into
fun, affective, and rewarding projects
around the country. But before volun-
teers can leave on their adventures.
they spend several hours per week rais-
ing money for theiir cause. learning
about their issueand researchinnlocal
institutions where they will volunteer
throughout their stav in the area.
In the presence of so many such
opportunities, interested students find
in nearly impossible not to find a cause
they are interested in helping. Hands
down, there appears to be a contagious-
ly positive attitude among local volun-
"I have gained such a sense of ful-
fillment through seeing the smiles on
people's faces when I come to spend
time at the nursing home," proclaimed
Lauren Charme. Catherine Pavulert
said, "I have gained a sense of respon-
sibility through volunteering. I hax e
learned not to take what I haxve for
granted. The people I work with at the
forensics center get excited when the
volunteers come and throw a small
party for them, and they get broccoli
and dip."

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"Most of my friends have moved out
of the dorms specifically because of
that," said Brown. "I'm not comfortable
with any type of law enforcement,
regarding my situation as a minority in
the U.S. But I wish they could be more
considerate to students on this campus."
Another area where students have con-
cerns regarding DPS has to do with par-
ties of black Greek organizations.
"A lot of students of color feel that the
Union isn't really a student union," said
MSA Vice President Andy Coulouris.
"There is a large presence of DPS at
functions held there - they look at that
as a slap in the face to a large population
of the student body."
"I don't think there's any animosity
towards specific DPS officers and their
treatment of students;' observed LSA
junior Monique Giflord.
"But many students ask 'Why do they
have to be here?'"' said Gifford of DPS'
presence at all black fraternity patties.
"We are required to be in any
University building whcre parties are
held, including the Union." Lewit said.

"It's simply based on geographical loca-
tion, not who is sponsoring the parties."
Vice President for Student Affairs E.
Royster Harper said DPS presence at
black Greek parties is a result of the fact
that black fraternities don't have houses
and have most of their functions in the
Union, an "open building of the Univers-
ity where it's required that a certain num-
ber of DPS officers be present for activi-
ties involving large numbers of students."
The history of segregation in this
country, whereby blacks formerly could
not buy houses in Ann Arbor, led directly
to the current fact that most black frater-
nity parties are held in the Union and are
subject to DPS regulation, Harper said.

"If you had most of your parties there, it
could feel that way, she said in response
to students' concerns regarding possible
"There is a general position (on behalf
of) the administration to reduce the pos-
sibility of incidents that occur," said
William Bess, the newly-appointed direc-
tor of DPS. Bess also added that larceny
and alcohol abuse have been the most
frequent problems on campus.
"If an individual has a complaint about
a specific officer, they can notify an on-

duty police supervisor or cont
Oversight Committee. We are w
to complaints from students' Bes
The DPS Oversight Committee
sisted of elected faculty, staff at
dents, and functions to consider
ances against DPS from the comn
"We have not received many
plaints from students regarding
said Committee Chair Stephen l-
adding this may be because stude
unaware such an option exists.
Harper also said that the Divi


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