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The Miwhigan Daily -- Monday, November 20, 2000 - 3A

'CAMPUS

Lounge dedicated to former 'U'

activist

Regents approve
sale of historic
home in Dexter
The University Board of Regents
approved listing Gordon Hall, a his-
toric home in Dexter, for sale at their
meeting on Thursday.
The hall, built in the 1840s, was a
gift to the University from Katherine
Dexter McCormick, granddaughter of
former Regent Judge Samuel Dexter,
4and is listed in the National Register of
Historic Places.
The building is an example of Greek
Revival architecture from the period in
the Midwest.
Besides the 9,900-square-foot home,
the property also has an 1,800 square
foot garage and two additional houses
built by the University in 1956. It is
situated on 70 acres of land on the
western side of Dexter village, a few
miles west of Ann Arbor.
To protect the exterior of the house
from large change and demolition, the
University will look for a designation
with the local historic district and
expects attaining the historic status to
take six months.
Honors student
to give speech at
winter ceremony
LSA honors student Renee Safra
will deliver a speech at winter com-
mencements on Dec. 1 7 at 2 p.m. in
Crisler Arena.
Safra, originally from Atlanta, will
receive a bachelor of arts degree in
economics this winter. She is an honors
student, a member of Phi Beta Kappa,
a James. B. Angell scholar and an
active part of Students Honoring Out-
standing University Teaching.
Safra also teaches 3rd through 10th
grade students at an afternoon religious
school and tutors bar and bat mitzvah
students, while being a leaderof the Con-
servative Minyean in the B'nai B'rith
Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life.
Voting for Golden
Apple award to
finish this week
* Students w ho would like to honor
the tireless efforts of their lavorite pro-
fessor are encouraged to vote online
for the Golden Apple Award.
The award, given out by Students
Honoring Outstanding Unicrsity
Teaching, seeks to acknowledge pro-
fessors that teach each class with
enthusiasm and inspire in the pro-
cess.
Voting takes place online at
itwwumich.{a!ed!i/lumshOUt and will
continue through Wednesday. Last
year's winner was Kathleen Nolta. a
lecturer in the Chemistry department.
Emeritus Social
Work prof. dies
A memorial service will be held on
Dec. 10 and Social Work Prof. Emeritus
Henry Meyer who passed away Oct. 29.
Meyer, who was born in 19 I . taught
at the School of Social Work from
1957 to 1978, as well as conducted
4andmark research work and devel-
uped the University's interdisciplinary
doctoral program in social work and
social science.
His study, "Girls at Vocational High:
An Experiment in Social Work Inter-
vention,"examined the effects of social

work services on the lives of girls at
inner-city high schools.
Meyer's teaching and research cov-
red areas, including social psychol-
gy theory, labor disputes, evaluations
of rinental health and family service
programs. Before coming to the Uni-
versity, Meyer held positions at Wash-
ington State University and New York
University. He also worked as vice
hllair of the National Telephone Com-
mission and chair of the Wage Stabi-
lization Board for the National War
Labor Board during World War II.
The memorial service will be held at
Schorling Auditorium in the School of
Education Building. Contributions in
his memory can be made to the Henry
J. Meyer Scholarship Fund at the Uni-
versity School of School Work.
- Compiled by Daily SaffReporter
Lisa HofInan.

By Rachel Green
Di taffReporier

Vicky Barner, the first University student to
protest the senior honor society Michigamua,
was remembered yesterday as the former East
Lounge in Alice Lloyd was renamed in her
honor.
Barrier, a former art student at the University,
took legal action against Michigamua in 1972
for its practices, which allegedly disrespected
Native American tradition. Bamer, who gradu-
ated from the University in 1969, passed away in
1995 at the age of 76.
"We remember her as a mother, a wife, a
nurse, a veteran, an artist, a friend, a warrior
and eldc;r," said LSA senior Stephanie Masta, a
Native American Students Association represen-
tative.
Director of University Housing Bill Zeller said
Housing helped finance the renovation of the
lounge. He said plans for the lounge have been
under consideration for the past two years, before

the Students of Color Coalition occu
igamua's space in the Michigan Uni
February.
"We're very pleased to have this l
cated tonight," he said. "It will be a
tive contribution to the residence hall
University in years to come."
Darlene Ray-Johnson, assistant
residence education, said the dedica
multiculturally-themed lounge mar
in a series of residence hall loun
tions. The Kochiyama Lounge in S
and the Cesar Chavez Lounge in M
dan Residence Hall already have b
lished.
"We allowed NASA to decide
wanted the Native American theme l
named after," Ray-Johnson said.
Masta said NASA decided at its ma
to dedicate the lounge to Barrer.
"We started working on this last S
she said. "I feel that given the recentt
Michigamua, that we had to get thisg

apied Mich- Masta said she is impressed with the commit-
on tower in ment that University Housing has put into this
project.
ounge dedi- More than 100 people gathered last night in
very posi- the lounge, which is decorated with paintings
Is and to the from Barmer's estate, for the ceremony.
Majel DeMarsh, a friend of Barrier's from
director of her days as a student at the University, said she
ation of the believes the honor was long overdue.
ks the third "I knew Vicky early on when the Native stu-
ge dedica- dents were pulling together an organization and
youth Quad getting together for social events," DeMarsh said.
Mosher-Jor- She said Bamer was a leader not only within
been estab- the Native American community but across
campus as well.
who they "She led the first protest against Mich-
ounge to be igamua," DeMarsh said. "She organized com-
munities and made them aware of what was
ass meeting going on in terms of the misrepresentation of
our culture."
September," DeMarsh said Barrier's death was a great loss
events with to the community. "She was just able to touch
going." people's lives with what she said."
ConferenCe

LeRoy E. Barner (left) and family attend the dedication of the
multicultural lounge in Alice Lloyd Residence Hall named in
honor of his ex-wife Vicky.
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state student gover

By Jane Krull
Dally Staff Repoter
Taking its first step to create an organized voice of students
at Michigan public universities, members of the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly hosted the Association of Michigan Universities
Conference this weekend.
The association is the brainchild of the Michigan Student
Assembly's External Relations Committee as a way to unite
Michigan public universities in their lobbying efforts, commit-
tee chairwoman Sarah Pray said.
"Rather than being disjointed when voicing concerns in Lan-
sing, we will have a lot more clout with legislature as a single
voice of Michigan public university students," said Pray, who
co-organized the conference.
Thirty-five representatives from 15 Michigan public univer-
sities, except Northern Michigan University, attended the two-
day conference.
The representatives at the first conference had the tedious job
of working out the functioning structure of the new association,
including its mission statement.
"We have established a solid foundation and hopefully next
semester we can start creating a lobbying platform," Pray said.
Future AMU conferences will be held four times a year at
alternating public universities in Michigan. The next conference
will take place in February at Lake Superior State University.
University Vice President of Government Relations Cynthia
Wilbanks spoke to the representatives about the importance of
student voices ini the Legislature.
"The relevance of higher education is definitely something
that we want to keep in the forefront of Michigan residents."
Wilbanks said. "We want to focus on educating the next wave
of leaders and workers."
Shari Katz, chairwoman of MSA's Voice Your Vote Comnis-
sioni gave a presentation highligliti rgthe piograris and success

"it is going make us a lot
more aware of what's going on
around t state."
- Adam Woodruff
Central Michigan University Student Government senator
accomplished at the University.
Also at the conference, Peace and Justice Committee Jessica
Curtin asked for support in the lawsuits filed against the Uii-
versity chialleriging the use of race as a factor in admissions to
the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the Law
School.
"Part of what I hope comes out of this conference is for Mich-
igarn Liniversities to unite and defeat the lawsuits against U of
M," said Curiri, a Rackham student. "If we can effect public
opinion and mobilize the students around it, we can definitely
affect the outcome of the trial."
Many representatives were impressed at the variety of ideas
expressed at the conference.
"I like the infomiation sharing that is going on. It is going
to make us a lot more aware of what's going around the
state Central Michigan University Student Government Sena-
tor Adam Woodruff said.
MSA External Relations Committee member Alex
McDonough. an LSA sophomore, said he was confident in the
future ofAMU.
"1 am Optimistic about the enthusiasm the new AMU m -em
ber-s have shown," said MeDonorigh, who co-org anized fhis
weekend's conference. "I think that this is going to be a per-
manent organization that honestly lets Michigan students affect
their governiernt

[1 LiiWHIE/Daily
Shawn Coughlin, senior vice president of a Republican consulting company,
speaks to students about health care Friday at the Public Health Building.
Cogrss, prsdent
likely to experience
health care gCridlo

By Katy Armstrong
1 ITh0 h
Avoiding gridlock on health care
issues will be a iajor challenge after
the new president and Congress take
office in January, Sociology Prof.
EriirituIs Max Heirich said Friday
at a panel discussion among health
care and public policy experts.
With neither Vice President Al Gore
or Texas Gov. George W. Bush receiv-
ing an overwheliing mandate on their
health care policy proposals, coupled
with the nearly even split along party
lines in Coneress Ieirich said it is
important to look to areas for negotia-
tion.
The panel, titled "Prospects for
Health Policy Legislation: The New
Congress and New White -louse,"
highlighted health care reform issues
and considered the potential for
improvement in this time of budget
surpluses.
Moderator Marilynn Rosenthal, a
health policy professor at the Univer-
sity's Dearborn campus, welcomed
the crowd of about 100 faculty
and students. She introduced key-
note speakers Chris Jennings, deputy
assistant to President Clinton for
health care policy, and Shawn
Coughlin, senior vice president at
a Republican consulting company,
Steelman Health Strategies.
Coughlin said Bush has a "new
outlook, new priorities" and as being
willing to work on a bipartisan basis,
while the Democrats have an "our
way or the highway" attitude toward
creation of a patients' bill of rights.
The next president must "try to re-
establish some level of trust across
the aisle," lie said.
Jennings, meanwhile, countered
Coughlin's statement that Democrats

prefer to address health care issues in
the public sector rather than privately.
"Democrats want to get it done,"
Jennings said.
Cough Ilin said Democrats have
a historic advantaae of being con-
cerned with health care but Repub-
licans are increasing their focus on
health issues. lie said that unlike
Democrats. Republicans do not
have a unified approach on the role
government should play in health
care.
Coughliri summarized by saying
lie saw the most room for action in
providing coverage for the unin-
sured, as Democrats and Repub-
licans agree in principle on that
Issue.
Regarding Medicare and prescrip-
tion drug coverage for seniors, Cough-
lin said, "I believe the issue is ripe, I
don't believe the politics are yet."
Offering a more optimistic per-
spective from the Democratic side,
Jennings opened his speech by hold-
ing up a glass of water and declar-
ing, "I'm a half-full kind of guy."
Jennings urged that there is a
great opportunity for achievement
in Congress and suggested that
members of both parties feel pres-
sure to project an image of biparti-
sanship to avoid being viewed as a
roadblock to progress.
The event was sponsored by the
FORUM on Health Policy, a nonpar-
tisan, interdisciplinary, educational
program of the University Health
System's Program in Society and
Medicine.
"I thought it was extraordinary
... it was one of the most interest-
ing and infonnative forums we've
had," said Rosenthal, the event coor-
dinator and director of FORUM on
Health -Policy.

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