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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 30, 2000 - 3A

CAMPUS

MSA participates in Big

Ten conference

Former U prof
to present poetry
Former University visiting profes-
sor Thomas Lynch will present a poet-
ry reading Thursday in Rackham
Amphitheater at 5 p.m.
Lynch, who now works as a funeral
director in Milford, has received the
Heartland Prize for non-fiction for his
essays, "The Undertaking - Life
Studies from the Dismal Trade." The
work also won the American Book
Award, and was a finalist for the
National Book Award.
" Lynch also won the Great Lakes
Book Award for his second of three
books of poetry, "Bodies in Motion and
at Rest."
Artist to present
views on body
The College of Engineering and the
School of Art and Design will sponsor
a free performance by Australian
artist Stelarc on Thursday at 8 p.m. in
Rackham Auditorium.
The performance, "Zombies and
Cyborgs: Absent, Involuntary and
Automated Bodies," showcases Ste-
larc's use of his body as a way to inves-
tigate biological limits on the human
body and improvements made on the
body by technology for more than 30
years.
Stelarc's visions include a complete-
ly prosthetic body that is not subject to
the limits on human life.
He is currently working on an extra
ear, an extended arm, and a motion
prosthesis.
RC to sponsor
symposium on
Alger Hiss case
The Residential College will spon-
sor a symposium on the Alger Hiss
Case with events beginning Friday at
7:30 p.m. in the RC Auditorium and
continuing throughout the weekend.
On Friday, students and faculty are
welcome to view the film "The Trials
of Alger Hiss." Following the screen-
ing, film maker John Lowenthal will
hold a discussion.
Lowenthal will also give a talk on
Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 126
East Quad about his upcoming article,
"Verona and Alger Hiss."
Author Tony Hiss will discuss his
book, "The View from Alger's Win-
dow," on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the
East Quad corridor, followed by a
book signing session.
For more information, contact
Anne Shore at 936-1998.
* Museum to host
rainforest lecture
The Exhibit Museum of Natural
History will host a lecture given by
University associate biology professor
Robyn Burnham on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Burnham's lecture, "Can Simple
Things Save the Rainforest," connects
to the exhibit she created at the muse-
um. The exhibit, "Treasures of the
Rainforest: Treasures at Risk," exam-
ines the relationship between people
and plants in a rain forest ecosystem
and will be on display until Dec. 31.
Student awarded
ADA grand prize
at conference

Dental student Marjon Jahromi
won the American Dental Associa-
tion's grand prize in basic science
and research this weekend at the
association's annual conference in
Chicago.
Jahormi was given the opportunity
to deliver her presentation, "Gene
Transfer of Platelet-Derived Growth
Factor to Periodontal Cells," in Chica-
go, after winning the grand prize in
basic science research at the School of
Dentistry's Research Table clinic ear-
lier this year.
Jahormi, who holds a bachelor's
degree in microbiology and molecular
genetics from the University of Cali-
fornia in Los Angeles, is considering
several post-graduate programs fol-
lowing her graduation in May.
- Compiled by Daily Staff!Reporter
Lisa Hojfinan.

By Jane Krull
Daily Staff Reporter
BLOOMINGTON - Conducting business
as usual, Michigan Student Assembly mem-
bers worked on passing resolutions - only
this time it was at the Association of Big Ten
Schools Conference this past weekend at the
University of Indiana.
Peace and Justice Commission Chair Jessica
Curtin proposed two resolutions to the associa-
tion pertaining to affirmative action in higher
education.
The first resolution supported moving the
admissions trials from Detroit to Ann Arbor and
expressing solidarity with the fight to defend
affirmative action. The University's Lew School
and the College of Literature, Science and the
Arts are being sued over the use of race as a fac-
tor in admissions.
The resolution was amended to lend support
toward educating University students on affirma-
tive action but not to actively defend affirmative
action.
Also, a resolution in support of the Nation-
al Summit of the New Civil Rights Movement
to be held at the University in January failed
8-9.

"ABTS had a prime opportunity to act, but
choose to cower between their legs,' Associated
Students of Michigan State University Rep.
Quinn Wright said.
Some MSA representatives thought the Uni-
versity's student activism was a factor that made
it positively stand out from the other Big Ten
institutions.
"I came to realize how passionately active
our students are with the issues that pertain to
them," LSA Rep. Edgar Zapata said. "Other
(Big Ten) students are opposed to take on
higher authorities through their student gov-
ernments,"
MSA President Hideki Tsutsumi said he thinks
student activists are a hindering factor for the
assembly.
"I thought it was lucky that other schools don't
have activists so they can focus on more tangible
campus issues," Tsutsumi said.
Minnesota Student Association President Matt
Clark was surprised to hear about the MSA's
attempted resolution on the conflict between
Israelis and Palestinians, addressed at its meeting
two weeks ago.
"We wouldn't touch that with a 10-foot pole,"
Clark said of his student government.
ABTS also held issue sessions during the con-

"I thought it was lucky that other schools don't
have activists so they can focus on more tangible
campus issues."
- hideki Tsutsumi
Michigan Stuaent Assembly president

ference where the 80 attending representatives
could share their different approaches to campus
matters.
This past fall, the University of Illinois started
Webmail, an Internet-based e-mail system. Web-
mail has been a successful alternative to Telnet,
Illinois Student Government Director of Federal
Relations Jeff Shapiro said.
"It makes Telnet look like Flintstones," MSA
External Relations Committee Member Kristy
Heiss said.
Heiss plans to talk to the University of Michi-
gan's Information Technology Department to see
if a program like this could feasibly be started in
Ann Arbor.
Tsutsumi said he was very enthusiastic about
some programs started at the University of Min-

nesota, such as having bookstores put their text-
book list on the Internet, an option he has been
campaigning for.
"I am very encouraged that this can happen,"
Tsutsumi said.
Minnesota also began a "U-Pass" program
that teams the university with the city bus sys-
tem to expand routes and have more frequent
buses to help the 80,000 commuters to eam-
pus.
The U-Pass program "took 2,500 cars off
campus, which has made parking easier," Clark
said.
Tsutsumi hopes to start a similar program at
the University and said the Ann Arbor Trans-
portation Authority has already agreed to expand
routes and times.

South African delegation
visits campus on U.S. tour

Students on tour from
South Africa see how
University functions
By Susan Luth
Daily StafTReporter
Agnes Kekana had never been in the
United States before, had never been
exposed to the noise and calamity of
having automobiles on the road and
never expected the welcoming embrace
of an American community.
Kekana, along with a group of stu-
dents, teachers and administrators from
South Africa, visited the University on
Friday as part of their visit to the United
States for a weeklong Civic Literacy
Conference at Wayne State University
in Detroit.
Their stop in Ann Arbor was an
opportunity to see how students at the
University function on a day-to-day
basis and to give them insight as to what
life would be like for them if they chose
to attend college here.
The students, some dressed in tradi-
tional African clothing, toured campus,

went to classes and ate in a cafeteria and
went shopping.
Friday afternoon, they met in Alice
Lloyd's Multicultural Lounge to discuss
their impressions and experiences in the
United States.
The group discussed the sense of
pride that can be seen here.
"The Americans don't apologize for
their existence," said Kekana, a high
school principal.
"They carry themselves with dignity,"
he said.
The delegation was brought here
through a program called the South
African Education Experience program,
or SEE.
The program promotes political liter-
acy and social intelligence among those
in the community.
The trip is an opportunity for the stu-
dents to go outside the classroom to
gain experiences that might further their
understanding and personal implication
of the program's goals.
"Sometimes you have to look out to
look in and appreciate," said John Mat-
lock, assistant provost and director of
the Office of Academic Multicultural

Affairs.
In one of his observations of South
Africa, Matlock said the United States
does not boast as rich of a history as
Africa.
"Here, anything over 50 years is old.
Then I'm amazed when I hear people
from Africa tell of a tree they've been
meeting at for 100 years or something
that has been passed down in their fami-
lies for 500 years. I have so much
respect for the history of Africa," he
said.
Joining them in their discussion was
Summer Camps Director Dejuan
Woods.
Although he is employed by the Uni-
versity, Woods volunteered his personal
time to bring the group to the Universi-
ty.
He was also joined by his parents,
David and Lyllette Woods, who are co-
chancellors of the SEE program.
University President Lee Bollinger
also was scheduled to be present at the
event.
But due to a schedule conflict, his
chief of staff, Chacona Johnson, attend-
ed for him.

ELLIE WHITE/Daily
Summer Camps Director DeJuan Woods, Office of Academic Multicultural
Affairs Director John Matlock and Nomawethu Tyota of South Africa
listen to a discussion Friday at Alice Lloyd Residence Hall.

Kent County launches pilot
program for young offenders

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) --On the eve of the trial of four
men - veterans of the juvenile court system - charged in
the beating death of a 66-year-old man, Kent County Family
Court has launched a pilot program aimed at getting more
intensive help to young offenders being raised in neglectful
homes.
Charged in the death of Willie Jones are Mark Kopp, 19,
Joshua Rogers, 18, Chad Maleski, 18, and James Rivero,
20. Jury selection in their trials was expected to begin Mon-
day.
Jones was abducted from a bowling alley, severely beat-
en, thrown into the trunk of his car and stabbed before
being left to die in the woods, police say. His body was
found in Mecosta County in March.
The four charged had been in and out of the juvenile
court system for years. All had been neglected by their par-
ents, according to court records.
Judge Patricia Gardner and other Family Court officials
poured over the suspects' thick case files. The boys, they
found, had been given every remedy the court had to offer
- probation, counseling, foster care and even institutions.
Under the Family Court's new plan, the court still will

deal with a child's jU1enile crimes. But at the same time,
DA Blodgett Services' for Children and Families, a social
service agency, will work with parents to improve home
environments.
The venture is a joint project between the court and the
Kent County office of state Child Protective Services. It is
focused on children ages I1 and younger who are referred
to Family Court, usually because they've committed a
crime.
Typically, these young offenders are not violent. They
commit nuisance crimes, such as shoplifting, property dam-
age or theft from other children.
But a closer look at their home lives often reveals
many hours spent unsupervised and without curfews,
and parents with drug or alcohol problems, court offi-
cials said.
The children's repeated visits to the courthouse leave
judges and caseworkers frustrated, especially if parents
seem unconcerned.
Gardner hopes this early intervention program, with
its separate focus on the parents, will curb chronic
offenses.;

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CANTOR
Continued from Page 1A
the position and reiterated her devotion
to Michigan.
"I'm very committed to my job
here," she said.
The position of chancellor is rough-
ly equivalent to that of the president at
the University of Michigan, Durand
said. Wisconsin's Madison campus has
an enrollment of about 40,100 stu-
dents. It has a faculty of about 2,135
and an annual operating budget of
S1.4 billion, with S514.5 million com-

ing from funding for research and
development and S236.4 million from
annual gifts and trust fund revenue.
Cantor began her career at the Uni-
versity in 1989 as associate dean for
faculty programs at the Horace Rack-
ham School of Graduate Studies. She
left the position in 1991 to join the fac-
ulty of Princeton University, where she
served as chair of the psychology.
department from 1992 until her return
to Michigan in 1996. Prior to her
appointment as provost in 1997, Cantor
was dean of Rackham and vice provost
for academic affairs.

SENATE
Continued from Page 1A
"We are very energized, obviously,"
Stabenow spokesman Robert Gibbs
said. "I think a lot of people counted
us as down and out, but it's clear from
what we're seeing, voters are starting
to clearly see the differences in this
race."
The Zogby poll is the second poll
conducted within the past week that
shows the race to be extremely com-
petitive. An EPIC/MRA poll
released Thursday placed the race
even, with each candidate receiving
41 percent.
Both Stabenow and Abraham
returned to Washington last night for
voting in the House and Senate,
respectively, but will return to Michi-
gan for campaigning throughout the
week.
Abraham spokesman Joe Davis

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