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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 19, 2001- 3A

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Conference looks at Palestinian activism

Researcher added
-to Life Sciences
Institute faculty
Alan Saltiel, a cell biologist and
diabetes researcher, has joined the
University's Life Sciences Institute.
Vt their March 15 meeting, the
University Board of Regents
approved Saltiel's appointments of
a professorship of internal
tnddecine with tenure and a profes-
sorship of physiology without
tenure.
Saltiel has been an adjunct profes-
sor of physiology at the University
smce 1994.
Coming from Parke-Davis Par-
maceutical Research Division in
-Ann Arbor, Saltiel has written
more than 175 articles for biomed-
ical journals.
Saltiel is a member of the editor-
i4:boards for four medical journals
and is an associate editor of the
otrnal for Clinical Investigation.
Prof. to speak on
authoritarianism in
Palestine, Egypt
Northeastern University political
science professor Deis Sullivan
will give a talk on "Confronting
Authoritarianism (and Occupation)
in Palestine and Egypt: How Can
Civil Society Remain Civil?"
The free lecture will be in 1636
Sihool of Social Work Building
Oomorrow ac 4 p.m., and is spon-
sored by the University Center for
.MddleEastern and North African
S:ftudies.
Lecture planned on
modern Buddhism
The University College of Liter-
ature. Science, and the Arts will
sponsor a lecture by University
Asian languages and cultures Prof.
Donald Lopez.
.'Iln conjunction with his appoint-
ment as Belser Collegiate Professor
in Buddhist and Tibetan Studies
Lopez will present a lecture titled
"The Making of Modern Bud-
dhism."
The free lecture will be tomorrow
at 4:10 p.m. in Rackharn Amphithe-
,tcr, on the fourth floor of the Horace
rackham Building.
Emory prof. speaks
on Holocaust denial
Deborah Lipstadt, Emorv Uni-
ve rsity modern Jewish and Holo-
caust studies professor will discuss
themes from Denying the Holo-'
C'aust: The Growing Assault on
'Wrath and Memory, her study of
"the'rise of Holocaust-deniers since
"World War II.
Lipstadt is part of the Hilel twenty-
second Annual Conference on the
'Holocaust.
This free lecture will be held at
Rackham Amphitheater, on the fourth
jfloor of the Horace Rackham Build-
ing at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
'U' poetry team
ooks to fill final
.Qur openings
The Grand Slam!, the University's
,,ozdry team, is looking for members
to MI1 its final four spots.
On Thursday at 10 p.m., anyone at
the University will be able to audition
to be on the team. After this competi-

ion, the members on the poetry team
lwill compete in the College Unions
Poetry Slam Invitational on April 14
Mandi. .
M'The opening event Thursday night
will be a presentation Kip Fulbeck,
film-maker, poet and associate profes-
sor of art and Asian American Studies
at the University of California in
Santa Barbara.
+The College Unions Poetry Slam
Invitational is hosted by the Uni-
"rsity and will include teams from
J ale, University of California at
Berkley, Case Western, Louisiana
State, Southern University and a
team yet to be determined.
This free event will be held in the
SMeun of Art. For more information
on how to audition or about the team,
x ;sit www. umich.edu/-poetslani or
cal(734) 763-3202.
Compiled by DaiIl Staff keporter
Whitney Elliott.

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
Whil.e some students headed to the bars to down
pitchers of green beer Saturday, others headed to Pier--
pont Commons to draw attention to what Steve Sose-
bee, founder of the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund,
said is the "most extreme level of oppression" the
Palestinian people face from the state of Israel.
"Education and Empowerment," was the theme of
the Conference on Palestine. During the first part of
the conference, which consisted of four simultaneous
sessions on specific topics, approximately 500 partici-
pants were provided with basic information about the
conflict. Speakers focused on Jerusalem, the Palestin-
ian right of return, Zionism, the United States' role and
past peace-making efforts.
The second part of the conference was designed to
give the audience an idea of its role in the conflict.
Speakers lectured on political lobbying, media
activism, grassroots and campus efforts and relief
work.
"Basically this is a way for people to learn about the
situation and find out what they can do once they have
learned," said LSA sophomore Sameer Hossain, who
helped plan the conference.
"Even though this problem has been around for a
while this is a relatively new issue ... being publicized
on campuses and in the media in general," he said.
Rackham graduate student Idris Elbakri, who chaired
the event, said he and other students wanted to respond
to the feeling of helplessness in the local Palestinian
community, especially since the outbreak of the current
violence and failed peace talks.
The event was the first of its kind at the University.
"We hope to do it again," Elbakri said. "I think the
fair was a great success."
"This kind of conference is timely especially in light
of the Palestinian popular uprising against the Israeli
occupation of their land," Turaani said.
The conference gave people statistics and facts to
reinforce their ideas, SNRE junior Norah Rabiah said.

"So many people feel a certain way, but they don't
have the facts to back up their feelings."
LSA sophomore Nada Abu-Isa said she appreciated
the empowerment section of the event because it gave
people an idea of what they could do. Knowledge of
the situation alone can leave people with a feeling of
frustration, but the empowerment sessions gave people
a sense of direction, she said.
"Don't just sit on your hands. It's our duty and our
obligation to help them I think," Sosebee said. Sosebee
stressed that people in America can have a role in pro-
viding aid to Palestinians, however small. "If you have
money but no time, give money. If you have time but
no money, give time."
"If you don't do it, who's going to do it?" asked
speaker David Sole. He credited the efforts of grass-
roots campaigns with drawing attention to the situation
and opening up dialogue on issues where there was
none a few years ago.
"I count that as a success," he said.
Sole cautioned that the campaigns were only a first
step.
"We need a mass movement and we can't do it with'a
handful of people," he said.
Letters to congressional representatives are another
way of showing support and working to change the sit-
uation, Turaani said.
Visual images were present along with speakers at
the conference.
"Innocence Under Seige," an art exhibit featuring the
drawings of Palestinian children in Jerusalem, ws
incorporated into the event. The pictures reflected the
childrens' reactions to the recent violence between
Palestinians and Israelis. Some showed stone-throwing
Palestinians facing Israeli soldiers with machine gunk
while several depicted the death of 12-year-oLd
Mohammed Jamal Aldura, who was caught in the miff
dIe of a skirmish and was allegedly killed by Israd
bullets last year while his father tried to shield him.-1;
A fair including organizations dealing with Palestint-
ans through relief, aid or other means also accompa
nied the sessions.

ELLIE WHITE/Daily
University of Cincinnati students Tala Ali and Fatma Salama inspect audio tapes
Saturday at the Conference on Palestine at Pierpont Commons.

'

I/ Ah Alop"ka. .

group begins Cancer Awareness Week

By Kara Wenzel
Daily StaffReporter
University Students Against Cancer will
kick off a week of events planned to promote
cancer awareness among campus and com-
munity members.
Today on the Diag, USAC members will
hand out blue ribbons signifying cancer
awareness and fliers promoting events for the
rest of the week. They will also be selling
bags for candles that patrons can dedicate to
cancer patients or relatives who died of can-
cer. The candles will be lit Tuesday night
during a candlelight vigil on the Diag.
Tonight in the Union USAC will open an
exhibit with artwork by community cancer
patients and survivors of all ages. Tomorrow
theyvill host a speaker from the American
Cancer Society.
Arb staircas

Wednesday USAC is hosting a Bar Night at
the Cavern Club. Proceeds from this and all
other events of the week will go to Special
Days Camp and Candlelighters.
"Special Days is a summer camp for
Michigan kids with cancer or their family
members. It is a chance for them to be nor-
mal for a few weeks and have some fun away
from the hospital," said U SAC member
Agatha Bommarito.
"Candelighters is a group that is helping to
write and publish a book for children who
have cancer. They want to help the kids cope
with their illness and make em feel better,"
USAC member Lauren Gudritz said.
USAC's new event for this year is Thurs-
day night's dinner and fashion show.
"We wanted to keep making this week big-
ger and better every year, so we had the idea
to have a dinner and fashion show. We didn't

know if it would work out because it is a
huge event with many campus groups
involved. There will be a cappella, dance and
music groups performing in addition to the
fashion show," said Gudritz.
A 5K run starting at Elbel Field on Sunday
will culminate the week. Anyone can run as
long as they register before the race at 8:30
am. USAC is expecting this event to cater to
community members.
"This week is a campus wide event. We
want everyone to be involved. Help from stu-
dents has made this event and USAC in gen-
eral bigger than ever," Gudritz said.
"Cancer affects everyone, and it is a lead-
ing cause of death. We are urging students to
take part in the cause as well as the fight
against cancer. Being knowledgeable helps
because we are all affected," said event co-
chair Anita Gupta.

Cancer Awareness
Week events
* Monday:10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Diag
Diag DTay
7 p.m., Union Art Lounge
Art Exhibit opning
8 Tuesday: 9 p.m.,,Diag
Candlelight Vigil
i Wednesday:9:30 p.m., Cavern Club
Bar Night
M'hursday. 7 p.m,,Union Baitoom
Dinner and Fashion Show
M Sunday:9 aim, Elbel Field
5K Run

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Engineering graduate
was killed while working
for the Peace Corps in
Tanzania
By Kay Bhagat
Daily StaffReporter
Friends and family of Natalie
Waldinger came together Saturday
to build a staircase in Nichols
Arboretum to commemorate the
1998 University graduate who died
in January while working in Tanza-
nia for the Peace Corps.
Local friends collaborated with
those from New York and San
Francisco to begin work on the
project.
"A couple of weeks after Natalie
died we realized we had to do
something, she meant a lot to us.
We wanted to make a memorial,
she always did services to clean
up, and always put her friends to
work," said Amy Fischer, a first-
year aerospace engineering gradu-
ate student.
After much organization and
preparation, a team of volunteers
planned to create a permanent, con-
crete memory for their friend.
Approximately 40 people gath-
ered to lay the foundation of the
project. They said they anticipate
the staircase will be complete by
the onset of summer.
"We are starting this project with
the group most involved with
Natalie, then utilizing other stu-
dent volunteer groups," said April
Pickrel, the project coordinator.

Pickrel remembers the extensive
work that Waldinger did in the
Arb, as well as urging her friends
to volunteer with clean up projects.
Co-organizer and 2000 graduate
Tia Sutton finds irony in
Waldinger's past efforts.
"It's kind of funny, because
when Natalie started community
service, she always put us out to
work. Now this is the third time,
and Natalie still made us come
out," she said.
The College of Engineering is
donating the materials necessary to
execute the project, Fischer said.
The building of the staircase is
expected to run smoothly, weather
permitting. The ground may be
frozen, making it difficult to dig
steps out of a hill and put in a
sloped staircase, Sutton said.
"When the weather clears up, we
will install a memorial bench,"she said.
While the excitement of finaliz-
ing this long-awaited project was
apparent in the attitudes of
Waldinger's friends and family,
her father said he does not believe
that she would approve of this
effort.
"She would hate it. She didn't do
things to seek personal recogni-
tion; she did things that had to be
done," said Paul Waldinger.
He described his daughter as a
one with a kind persona and chari-
table deeds.
"She touched the heart of every-
one she came in contact with, not
only her friends and at home, but
worldwide," Waldinger said.

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