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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 3

Students with kids may get new benefits

Man punched in
head while boxing
A man was struck in the head while
boxing at the Central Campus Recre-
ation Building Sunday afternoon,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports. He was not uncon-
scious, although his speech was inco-
herent. He was transported to the
University Hospital's Emergency
Room by Huron Valley Ambulance.
Car tires deflated
in possible slashing
A man claimed early Saturday that all
four tires on his car were out of air, DPS
reports state. It is still unknown if the
tires were slashed or if air was let out.
Class ring stolen
from bookstore
display in Union
A vendor reported Friday afternoon
that a class ring was stolen from her
display set up in the Michigan Union
Bookstore, according to DPS reports.
The ring was from Central Michigan
University. DPS has no suspects.
Drunk West Quad
resident given MIP
A West Quad resident was incapaci-
tated due to alcohol consumption early
Saturday, DPS reports state. She was
transported to the University Hospital's
Emergency Room by Huron Valley
Ambulance and issued a citation for
minor in possession of alcohol.
Peephole larceny
in West Quad
An unknown person stole a peephole
from a door in West Quad Residence
Hall Sunday afternoon, according to
DPS reports.
Cinder block used
to vandalize door
A cinder block was used to smash
out a glass door at the Canham Natato-
rium Saturday morning, DPS reports
state. Officers were called in to track
any suspects. The search ended in the
parking lot, where it is believed that
suspects got into a vehicle. There were
no items stolen from the natatorium.
Sick man faints in
Stockwell bathroom
A man in Stockwell Residence Hall
was sick, fainted and hit his head on
the sink before losing consciousness
Saturday afternoon, according to DPS
reports. His wife stated that he gained
consciousness, although she called an
ambulance. The man was transported
to the University Hospital's Emergency
Room by Huron Valley Ambulance.
M-Card stolen in
laundry room in less
than two minutes
A person's M-card was stolen from the
laundry room in Markley Residence
Hall Friday between 3:30 p.m. and 3:32
p.m., DPS reports state.
Man hospitalized
from head-butt
A male was head-butted in the lip at
the CCRB Friday afternoon, according
to DPS reports. He was escorted to the
University Hospital's Emergency Room
where he was treated for a laceration on

his upper lip that required stitches.
Radar detector, CDs
stolen from vehicle
It was reported Friday night that the
driver side window was smashed out of
a 2000 Cadillac, DPS reports. A $300
Cobra radar detector and five compact
discs were stolen.
Nintendo games
stolen from Mott
Children's Hospital
It was reported Friday afternoon that
Nintendo games were stolen from an
area of the Mott's Children Hospital Fri-
day afternoon, according to DPS reports.
- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Jeremy Berkowitz.

By Rich Everson
For the Daily
State Rep. Patricia Lockwood (D-Fenton)
hopes to make it easier for University students
with kids to continue with their higher education.
In a lecture last night at the Michigan
League, she pushed for the Senate approval of
a bill that will provide colleges and universi-
ties with funding to establish and operate par-
enting student service offices on campuses
The bill passed in the House last December
and is currently awaiting approval from the Sen-
ate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Edu-
Based on services currently offered at George-

town University, the Pregnant and Parenting Stu-
dent Services Act would provide $200,000 to
establish four charter programs.
These programs would offer benefits to preg-
nant students and those with children full cover-
age health care, family housing, child care,
flexible or alternative academic scheduling and
education concerning responsible parenting for
mothers and fathers.
"This bill is an education bill; my goal is to
keep everyone in school to get their degree,"
Lockwood said.
Citing the differences in incomes of female
students with and without undergraduate degrees,
she noted that those who graduated from college
earn an average of $13,000 more per year.
With 307,000 females enrolled at institutions

of higher learning throughout the state, the col-
lective increase would amount to nearly $4 billion
dollars each year, she said.
"The end result is going to be worth it, why not
give that opportunity to everyone," she said.
In response to a question from the audience
regarding whether or not the bill would limit
abortion as an option, Lockwood said abor-
tion counseling would continue to be offered.
But, she added, students seeking an abortion
would be referred to campus health service
departments instead.
"This is a life bill," she said, adding that the bill
would "give young people an opportunity to be
good moms and dads."
Though the bill is aimed toward community
colleges, Leslie de Pietro, director of Univer-

sity Work Life Resources, estimated that
there are currently 200 students at the Uni-
versity and 3,000 at Michigan State Universi-
ty that are either pregnant or the guardian of
a minor.
De Pietro said the legislation has good inten-
tions, but she believes it does not offer enough
Many students responded favorably to the leg-
LSA senior Holly Kralik, who worked last
summer with a single mother of four, said she
watched her co-worker struggle to balance her
job and her family while working to obtain a
degree at a community college.
"I think the help would be great for someone
like that," she said.

Defend Affirmative Action
Party fights for student rights

Kap Soo Chol tearfully describes her experiences as a sexual slave for Japanese
soldiers at Comfort Station during WWII to a standing-room only audience.
E-s ave exposes
abuses of women
In WWII Japan

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
Behind the Defend Affirmative Action Party's name
and its priority of developing the University into a leader
for a new civil rights movement lie a variety of other
goals through which the party hopes to defend the rights
of all students on campus.
DAAP vice presidential candidate Ben Royal said he
believes affirmative action will affect students on the
campus more than any other issue in the near future.
Royal said the University must be the leading campus
in the defense of affirmative action, citing the two law-
suits pending against the University's Law School and the
College of Literature, Science and the Arts, which chal-
lenge the University's use of race as a factor in admis-
"To win these cases at the Supreme Court level, or at
any level, we have to be building a new civil rights move-
ment," Royal said.
He added that the movement will center around "get-
ting people to the trial and making sure we have a strong
Royal said that DAAP representatives will try to win
national support by attending other campuses and civil
rights conferences.
Agnes Aleobua, DAAP's presidential candidate, said if
elected, the party also plans to educate students on affir-
mative action.
In addition to educating students, Aleobua said her
party would like to bring speakers to the University, peti-
tion the Supreme Court in defense of affirmative action
and transport students to participate in a pro-affirmative
action march in Washington.
In addition to its affirmative action defense, DAAP has
historically fought for the rights of all University stu-
dents, Aleobua said.
"One of the main things we've focused on outside of
affirmative action has been the fight against sexism," she
She added that DAAP has recently supported the fra-
ternities and sororities - which she said are composed
of predominantly white students - when they were
"scapegoated by police and the administration."
DAAP's other goals include lifting sanctions against
Iraq, stopping tuition increases, fighting Anti-Semitism

"To win these cases ... we
have to be building a new civil
rights movement."
- Ben Royal
DAAP vice presidential candidate
Winter 2002
and anti-homosexual bigotry and supporting the Gradu-
ate Employees Organization.
Issues including the sanctions on Iraq are important for
student government, DAAP candidate Cyril Cordor said.
They affect the student government not only because
they affect how minorities relate to other students on
campus, but also because debating them "puts out the
issues into public," he said.
Aleobua said that while she feels MSA should repre-
sent students' political opinions, the party also supports
funding student groups and working on campus proj-
The slate of candidates DAAP is running to defend stu-
dents' rights is dynamic and diverse because student
government should be integrated, she added.
"We're trying to give power to the people who have tra-
ditionally been disenfranchised in our society," she said.
"That means running blacks and minorities, that means
running gay and lesbian students, that means running
women," Aleobua said.
LSA junior Neal Lyons, running in DAAP for MSA,
said the candidates also have experience as student
activists, which will be important when the affirmative
action case is debated in the Supreme Court.
He said MSA will need "true representatives and
spokespeople for the student body when the national
media blitz arrives on campus and begins asking repre-
sentatives on student government what they feel about
the defense of blacks and minorities."
Royal said some of the DAAP candidates have served
on MSA and many have worked with its committees on
projects like "Stop the Hate."

Choi served as a sex
slave to the Japanese
military for 11 years
By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
Korean citizen Kap Soo Choi
emotionally described her harrow-
ing experience as a sexual slave to
Japanese soldiers in Manchuria dur-
ing World War II, speaking to a
packed auditorium last night.
For Choi, it was the start of life
that would be marked by great
"Americans know much about
Nazi atrocities during World War II,
but know little about Japanese
atrocities in World War II," Ok Cha
Soh, president of the Washington
Coalition for Comfort Women
Issues, said.
"It's a chapter that should not be
allowed to be forgotten," she added.
Soh explained that before and
during World War II, as the Japan-
ese military invaded and conquered
areas of Southeast Asia, the govern-
ment set up comfort stations.
These stations were designed to
hold imprisoned women who were
forced them to provide sexual
favors for the soldiers.
She added that an estimated
200,000 women were abducted.
Not until recently have former
comfort women come forward,
demanding the Japanese govern-
ment take action to redress its abus-
es, she said.
Choi, through the help of a trans-
lator, tearfully described how she
grew up in a poor family and was
eventually taken in by Japanese sol-
diers, who promised her food and
By the age of 14, she was forced
into a life of sexual slavery, servic-
ing as many as 40 soldiers a day.
"There would be no end," Choi said.
"I would have to wash up after every
client and prepare for the next."
She began her days at 9 a.m.,

worked well into the night and was
granted only a half hour each day
for dinner.
Choi said that her sexual abuse
lead to physical and emotional pain.
"Some of them were very rough
to me," she said.
"They would beat me so bad. It
would hurt, but I didn't complain
and I endured it all," she added.
Choi also suffered abuse at the
hands of the proprietor of the Com-
fort Station.
"The proprietor would take me
out and beat me for not being obe-
dient," she said.
She gave a detailed account of
how soldiers would often complain
to the proprietor so they could
receive money back that they had
paid for her services.
"He told us we were in debt to
him for the clothing, the food and
the lodging," Choi said.
She said she attempted several
times to pay her way out of the sys-
tem so she could return home to see
her grandmother.
Chinese and Russian forces even-
tually liberated Choi and the other
comfort women, although she said
"my life at the Comfort Station
doesn't even come close to what I
had to go through after liberation."
It took her four years to return
home to Korea, where she found her
grandmother and nine siblings had
She dealt with feelings of shame
and guilt.
Choi eventually adopted a boy
whose parents were killed in the
Korean War and married an impo-
tent man.
The audience was visibly moved
by her words.
"Her story is very touching. It's
amazing how she's survived," LSA
senior Mimi Song said.
But as Soh pointed out, the Asian
holocaust is a topic that needs to be
discussed and remembered.
"(The Asian holocuast) has to be
told before it's too late. We cannot
ignore the past," she said.

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