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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 9

Smock named TSR
associate director

By Mica Doctoroff
Daily Staff Reporter

Sociology Prof. Pamela Smock was named
associate director of the University's Institute
for Social Research this month - the world's
largest academic survey and research organi-
zation. Smock will start the position at the
beginning of July.
Smock, who joined the staff in '94 is a sen-
ior associate research scientist at the ISR
Population Studies Center, where she served
as associate director for the past year.
Smock said she is excited about her new
position and plans to focus on hiring, promot-
ing and retaining women and minorities
among researchers in ISR.
Smock specializes in gender, social
inequalities and changing family trends in the
United States.
Her research includes topics such as the
economic consequences of divorce and mar-
riage, nonresident fathers, remarriage, single-
mother families, child support and unmarried
ISR Director David Featherman, a sociolo-
gy and psychology professor, said he hopes to
see Smock use her knowledge of diversity
issues to help create the best, most intellectu-
ally and scientifically stimulating ISR faculty
"I look forward to working closely with
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focuses on concepts of arithmetic, algebra and data an
Joseph LaManna, an LSA junior who is considerin
ing to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in English
is more inclined to take the essay writing portion.
"I think I might prefer an essay over multiple
because it gives you a better opportunity to show yoi
to think," he said. "It allows more room for a not-so
The long-term implications of this change for
schools is more complicated. The schools have to det
way to evaluate and weight scores on the new writin
relative to the other sections. Also, the new section
scored out of six points while the others are scored out
"We don't necessarily know how to read the
scores," said Gerald St. Pierre, a student services
with the University's Gerald R. Ford School of Publ
which accepts GRE scores for applicants.
"We had a history of being able to say someone wit
score of this will probably translate into someone doi
but now the school is unsure of how to do that, he said
In addition, the schools will have to determine
compare results of the newer tests to those from the e
sion, St. Pierre said.

Pam during the next two years," Featherman
"She brings with her some real passion," he
Smock joined the University in 1994 as a
sociology professor as well as a research
associate at the Population Studies Center.
Smock received her bachelor and masters
degrees from the University of Chicago and
earned her doctorate in sociology from the
University of Wisconsin.
Her honors include a predoctoral training
award from the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development and a Social
Science Research Council fellowship for her
dissertation, "The Economic Costs of Marital
Disruption for Young Women in the U.S.:
Have They Declined Over the Past Two
Active in professional service with the Pop-
ulation Association of America and the Amer-
ican Sociological Association, Smock has
also authored and co-authored numerous
journal articles and presentations.
Throughout her University tenure, Smock
has served on many ISR, sociology depart-
ment and Population Studies Center commit-
Established in 1948, ISR has been a leader
in the development and application of social
science methodology and conducts some of
the most widely-cited studies in the nation.
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alysis. aren't directly affected by HIV and
ig apply- AIDS, and by bringing it to the forefront
h, said he of the student population makes it more
real for those of us who haven't had
e choice direct experiences,' she said.
ur ability The kids used humor in their presen-
absolute tation, including several skits and a
dance set to Britney Spears music,
graduate which LSA senior and organizer Cara
ermine a Kunkel said helped to make the audi-
g section ence more receptive.
n will be "They're talking about something so
t of 800. touching, so dramatic ... yet they get it
new test across in a humorous way so everyone
associate can relate," she said.
ic Policy,
ng well," Continued from Page 1
. on the long term projects of the Univer-
a way to sity.

Continued from Page 1.
Kelly said the Gulf War never really ended and changed into
an economic war punishing civilian populations that can do
nothing about government regimes.
"There's a sentiment in this country that believes that the
war isn't accomplishing anything" she said.
Kelly said students need to be asking why the U.S. cannot
work toward negotiating solutions with other cotntries, engag-
ing in longer conversations with countries like Iraq and relying
on the U.N. for guidance.
"The attention of the world is very much focused right now
on U.S. decisions regarding the Middle East Peace Process and
Iraq," she said. "It's appropriate to ask questions of the media
and elected representatives."
Kelly said negotiation is possible and that Iraq needs to be
seen as more than its leadership.
"We need to start recognizing that the U.S. has been respon-
sible for promoting a state of siege that has primarily targeted
civilians who have no control over the government," she said.
"And in the process it has strengthened the government the
U.S. says it is trying to dislodge."
She stressed the need for a fuller picture and more education
in order to show the realities the U.S. media has refused to
communicate. Kelly also blamed mainstream media for a lack
of adequate coverage.
Kelly criticized the fact that a 1999 U.N. Children's Fund
report, largely attributing the deaths of 50,000 Iraqi children
under the age of five to economic sanctions, received only two
sentences of coverage in the Wall Street Journal. She added
that in 10 years, sanctions caused the- deaths of over half a mil-
lion children above pre-war levels.
"We might suppose that the deaths of over a half million
children might merit more than two sentences in a mainstream
paper, but I don't think you'll find it," she said.
Kelly said the U.S. is supposed to be the beacon of democra-
cy but that democracy is based on information and the general
public lacks knowledge of U.S. policy in the Middle East.
"The U.S. public is disadvantaged in relation to people else-
where," she said. "You can ask desk clerks, taxi drivers, most
anyone in Iraq. They can tell you about economic realities and
the nuances of political discussion, which is quite contrasted to
discussion in our country," she said.
LSA junior Fadi Kiblawi, who helped organize the event,
said Kelly was invited because of her expertise on what he said
is a "hot topic" on campus. Numerous speakers on campus
have denounced sanctions, Kiblawi said, adding that present-
ing the humanitarian effect of the sanctions was important.
"Most people on campus are very apathetic to this issue and
most people don't really know what's going on," he said. "Our
goal is to make people aware which we feel in turn will garner
more support ending sanctions.".
Medical student Dan Dorgan said he found it refreshing to
hear a viewpoint he feels is kept silent most of the time.
Dorgan added that Kelly's most important message seemed
to be a push for people to educate themselves and find sources
of information, a message he said he feels applies universally.
"That way people can understand and figure out how to ask
better questions about both sides of the issue, especially chal-
lenging the status quo and mainstream presentation of issues,"
he said.
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"You can't take your student athletes and put them in
jail," Bill Martin said. "They have a personal life, and you
can't control that. You have to instill upon them the values
and hope they learn the lessons."
"But we can control our boosters," he added.
Shortly before the Ed Martin indictment, Bill Martin said
he would welcome back the former Michigan coach Steve
Fisher, who coached throughout the time when most of the
alleged events occurred. "That invitation still holds for
Steve, the only difference would be that I'd probably have
general counsel sitting next to me," Bill Martin said. "And I
think we'd have some specific questions we'd want to ask
him "

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number of complaints about discrimi-
nation and profiling we received from
people and the response we received
from the municipalities we called,"
Sheffield said.
The public censures say the cities are
unsafe for blacks and advise them
against traveling to the areas in question.
NAN also encouraged consumers not
to shop at any of the city's businesses.
Sam Riddle, Sheffield's consultant
and a University alum, said Novi
received a travel advisory because of
the Novi Expo Center's discriminato-
ry hiring policies and the profiling of
blacks at Twelve Oaks Mall.
"Only 7 percent of the employees
that work at the center are black. And
we've received many phone calls
from African Americans complaining
about they way they were treated at
the Twelve Oaks shopping center," he
But Novi's Chief Operating Officer
Clay Klaver said the advisory against
the city was unfair.
"We don't feel that it was justified
because we don't feel we have prob-
lems with our private businesses or

our police department," he said.
The status of Warren and the East
side of Flint were elevated to travel
warnings rather than advisories
because of the violence that occurred
in the two cities.
In Warren, a pregnant woman suf-
fered a miscarriage and faced charges
after white women at an elementary
school attacked her.
"The police and the prosecutor are
not listening to both sides of the
story," Riddle said.
The act is so outrageous, and the
conduct of the police department
caused us to elevate the city to travel
warning status," he added.
NAN's public censure of the attack
on a black woman and her children by a
gun-wielding mob in Flint has caused
the Federal Bureau of Investigation to
open up its own case on the crime.
"The idea is not to punish anyone,"
Riddle said. "We are just trying to
alter institutional behavioral policy to
make it fairer. Clearly the hate crime
in Flint would have gone unnoticed
and unpunished if we hadn't raised
hell about it."
NAN is currently meeting with
Novi officials and expects to lift the
travel advisory within the next month.

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