The Michigan Daily -- Wednesday, September 27, 2000 - 3
Students of Michigan State Universi-
ty's Bailey Residence Hall recently
woke up to their halls vandalized with
explicit writings and drawings.
Residents found message boards,
doors and walls covered in papers
sometimes containing racist or gender-
Students also noticed "cheez-whiz"
I over their locks, doors and stairways.
Hall President Patrick Walker, called
the incident a "massive malicious van-
California bans sale
of lecture notes
California Gov. Gray Davis signed a
bill over the weekend banning the com-
mercial sale of lecture notes at all insti-
tes of higher education in the state,
including the University of Califomnia-
system, the California State University
system, as well as community colleges
and private universities.
But the bill, authored by Los Ange-
les-area Assemblywoman Gloria
Romero, does not outlaw companies
that work in conjunction with a univer-
University of New
collect hair for kids
Three Clairol consultants were out-
side the University of New Mexico stu-
dent union last week to collect hair for
Locks of Love, a non-profit organiza-
tion that gives hair to children who have
lost it due to. medical treatment.
Twelve 10 inch or longer ponytails
ere donated. The ponytails are collect-
ed for wigs - requiring from 10 to 15
ponytails to create one wig.
Clairol is on a 16 week media tour to
college campuses and shopping malls
nation wide, and teamed up for the first
time this year with Locks of Love.
For more information on Locks of
Love, visit wiwlocksoflove.com.
UC system works to
prove access for
Universities across the country are
working to increase the accessibility of
technology for its disabled patrons.
Last week the University of Califor-
nia system sent a letter to the White
House promising to offer programs
ching engineers and scientists how
better design information technology
Making a strong statement, the UC
system pledged to give tenure to
employees who help propitiate educa-
tion in accessibility.
President Clinton said in a statement
that the step was a major one in getting
information technology to all U.S. resi-
dents, regardless of disability.
The University of California at
rkeley recently improved their out-
ted assisted technology center by
implementing a new security system
giving the center the same hours as the
'forced to attend
sThe college of Arts and Sciences at
Syracuse University will be hosting
Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peacej
Prize winner Elie Wiesel today and it is
mandatory for its freshman class to
attend the event.
Each year the college sponsors a
speaker as part of the Freshman Forum
The program also requires fresh-
men to attend weekly discussion
oups with their peers addressing
The groups are organized by faculty
members who will attend the speech as
-Compiled fiom U- WIRE reports fn,
Daily StaffReporterilodie Kasfinan.
Speech on abortion contrasts Diag display
By Rachel Schindelar
For the Daily
While anti-abortion activists sponsored the
Genocide Awareness Project on the Diag, about
100 people filled an auditorium at the School of
Public Health yesterday to hear a different view
The featured speaker of the talk, titled "Per-
spectives on Abortion: Epidemiological, Ethical
and Bio-Behavioral," was University of Califor-
nia at Berkeley population and family planning
Prof. Malcolm Potts.
A Cambridge-educated embryologist and abor-
tionist, Potts spoke about the importance of safe,
legal abortions and their impact on women and
society. "Safe abortion is essential for the health of
women," he said, calling abortion "a choice that
enhances the quality of life in the next generation."
Potts also said abortion is essential to reducing
maternal mortality and controlling population
Specializing in reproductive health for the past
30 years, Potts has headed organizations including
the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
The founder and president of International
Family Health in London, Potts works to increase
European donor aid for international family plan-
ning and reproductive programs.
While discussing the ethics of abortion, Potts
said looking at abortion in terms of the unborn
child's rights is not helpful because there is no
consensus on when life begins.
"Any country with the separation of church
and state should support safe abortions," he said.
Potts used social evidence to back up his stance
on abortion, stating that research has shown that
children from unintended pregnancies are general-
ly more likely to drop out of high school, not go to
college and become single parents as teenagers.
Children from unintended pregnancies, Potts
said, are also more likely to be born premature,
"Safe abortion is essential for the health of women."
- Malcolm Potts
University of California at Berkeley population and family planning professor
not receive prenatal care and have mothers who
smoke or drink while pregnant.
In his address, Potts approached abortion from a
biological standpoint. In nature, he said, males are
predisposed to control reproduction in females.
Potts said family planning and abortion can
make the sexes more equal when it comes to
reproductive control. This assertion made a strong
impression on the audience. "The predisposition
idea is very powerful," Rackham student Jennifer
Kennell said. "Women's reproductive freedoms
have been quelched by men, and abortion is an
important way for women to gain control."
Potts said many women view abortion as a
safety net in case contraception fails. "Abortion
is a bridge that lets you cross a river of prob-
lems," he said.
Yesterday's talk was the third annual John
Snow lecture, sponsored in part by the University-
Center for Population Planning and the Public
Health Forum on Women's Health.
The lecture series, which focuses on popula-
tion and international health issues, is sponsored
by the consulting firm John Snow International.
For some in the audience, Pott's talk was a wel-
come change from the Center for Bio-Ethical
Reform's Diag display. "In light of the demon-
strations on the Diag, it was nice to have the
other view heard," Rackham student Eliza-
beth Fancher said.
MSA allocates money to fund
aflirmative action programs
Bir Ganguly, a first year graduate student at the Ford School of Public Policy,
serves Martha Cook residents Marianne Smith (left) and Junko Hanayana.
Ganguly is the first male server in the residence's 85-year history.
with male w aiter
By Michelle Poniewozik
Daily Staff Reporter
Although concerns were raised in last night's Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly meeting regarding the assembly's budget, MSA
approved a resolution to transfer SI 1,785.75 from MSA's sur-
plus funds to the Peace and Justice Commission budget.
The money will be used to fund Affirmative Action 102, a
speaker and forum series to educate the student population on
affirmative action, and the Day of Action in Support of Affir-
mative Action scheduled for Oct. 19.
"I'm proud MSA has taken the lead of fighting Affirmative
Action and providing students with the education they need
to take a stand on the issue," said PJC co-Chair Jessica
Curtin, a Rackham student.
Before the resolution passed, MSA representatives debated
how much funding the assembly should give to the Day of
Action. "In general, it's fiscally irresponsible to spend that
amount of money this early in the year when we know we
have less funds than last year," Student General Counsel Alok
Agrawol said. "There's no better thing we can spend our
money on," Curtin said. The cost of hosting Affirmative
Action 102 is currently estimated to be S53,239.
Passing the resolution confirmed MSA's support and
endorsement of Affirmative Action 102 and the Day of Action,
as well as MSAs conttinued support of affirmative action.
In 1997, MSA sponsored Affirmative Action 101, which
was prompted by the announcement of the undergraduate and
Law School admissions lawsuits. The purpose of Affirmative
Action 101 was to educate students about affirmative action.
Curtain said Affirmative Action 102 is structured similarly to
its predecessor but is going to be on a larger scale.
The assembly also passed a resolution in support of Victory
Over Violence Week, sponsored by the Buddhist organization
Soka Gakkai International, pledging it will help publicize the
event to the student body through MSA's Communications
Committee. Victory Over Violence Week will focus on the
causes and effects of violence and is scheduled for next week.
Also at the meeting, the assembly named Rackham student
Ron Fritz vice chairman of the Rules and Elections Commit-
tee, and Rackham student Idris Elbakri and Social Work stu-
dent Diego Bernal were introduced as new MSA
MSA External Relations Chair Sarah Pray announced
that LSA junior Reza Breakstone, better known as the Uni-
versity's "Superfan," was MSA's liaison to the Association
of Big Ten Schools."It's going to be awesome,' Breakstone
said. Pray said eight University students plan to attend the
association's conference in Indiana Oct. 26-28.
Last night's guest speaker was Ann Arbor Democratic
nayoral candidate John Hieftje, who stressed the importance
of community involvenent.
* Famed all-female
residence brings first
male server at dinner
By Carrie Thorson
For the Daily
For the first time since its
founding in 1915, a male waiter
is serving the all-female residents
of Martha Cook Residence Hall.
Bir Gamguly, a Public Policy
student from India, served his first
meal at the exclusive residence last
Described by the Martha Cook
staff as "courageous and photo-
genic," Gamguly eagerly served the
female residents their dinner with a
Gamguly was excited to start
his job as a server at Martha
Cook after only two weeks at the
"I just saw the ad and didn't
really know it was a women's
dorm," Gamguly said, adding that
it was "all the more reason for me
to do it.
"I just got here and already I feel
like part of the community,"
Gamguly said. "This is one of the
best universities to come to. And I
like to break conventions," he
added with a smile. "I feel like it's
my University now."
Gamguly's service was definitely
"He's very nice, and he has a very
charming accent," said LSA fresh-
man Holly Moulton.
"I hope they get even more men,
and then we don't have to serve,
and all the men will serve us," said
resident, waitress and LSA fresh-
man Rachel Green.
For those who are not used to
anything but run-of-the-mill buf-
fet-style food, Martha Cook
serves a family-style sit-down
dinner to its residents three times
Salads and main courses are
passed around the table, while for
the past 85 years, waitresses have
served desserts and drinks.
This luxurious residence is filled
with traditions such as the custom-
ary sit-down meals, thus the break-
ing of the all-female tradition
concerned some residents.
"It's kind of sad that the tradi-
tion is broken, but at the same
time it's good to move forward,"
Rackham student Elizabeth
"I don't think it's breaking tradi-
tion," said house board President
Emily Cloyd, an LSA senior. "It's
helping traditions stay alive."
Other girls at the meal were not
nearly as affected by Gamguly's
"It's not as earth-shattering as
people think,"Fancher said.
"It really doesn't matter," LSA
freshman Sarah Glauser said. Many
residents shared her view, believing
that it was more of a big deal for the
The Martha Cook staff definitely
was excited for this 85-year-old tra-
dition to be broken.
They selected Gamguly because
of his eagerness and charming per-
"It took us 85 years to find him,"
said Martha Cook director Marion
"He was very enthusiastic about
working," said Kathy Emmolo,
dining service manager at Martha
Like most University dining halls,
Martha Cook had a hard time find-
ing employees this year.
"We can't turn this opportunity
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particularly for alumni and students of
the larger universities," Miller said.
Until the introduction of the auto-
mobile centennial plates in 1996,
Michigan motorists had no options
other than the blue-and-white plates,
The collegiate license plates are the
first major line of fundraising plates in
Miller said she has wanted to the
state to offer university license plates
"This is something I've been wanti-
ng to do before I left office," she said.
The secretary of state's office origi-
nally proposed the series, and there
was "excellent cooperation" with the
state u'niversities, Miller said.
The university plates share an off-
white oackground and blue embossed
"Michigan" logo, but each features the
individual school's name and logo.
"They're very distinctive and, I
think, very attractive," Miller said.
Supplementing the university
plates will be a limited edition line
of display plates, which say "Be
True to Your School" in lieu of a
license plate number.
"They're mainly for decoration or
out-of-state alumni who want to
show their pride," Miller said.
To make it easier for die-hard fans to
buy a university plate, a secretary of
state mobile office will be at Michigan
Stadium during the football game
against Michigan State Oct. 21. Fans
can walk home with their specialty
plate, University spokeswoman Julie
The University will be promoting
the plates all day Monday at the sec-
retary of state branch office at 353
N. Maple Rd.
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