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8B - The Michigan Daily - PerSpeCtiVeS - Thursday, March 6, 2003

Random citizens

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By men McGarity
Daily StaffWriter
The Michigan Daily: Hey, I was
wondering if you guys would be inter-
ested in being interviewed for The
Michigan Daily? It's the paper at the
University?
Random 1: Sure.
Random 2: Yeah, I'll do it.
TMD: So what are your names?
R: I'm Evan.
R2: My name is Darnell.
TMD: Michigan is considered a very
liberal campus. Do you think this is true
or is it all talk?
Ri: It depends on the situation. It
could go both ways I think.
TMD: Do you think the students are
the ones who are more liberal or do you
think everybody is?
R2: It's a mixture.
TMD: There are a lot of protest ral-
lies on campus, but only a few students
and community members get involved.
Would you ever participate in a rally?
R1:No.
TMD: If you could protest anything
in a rally, what would it be?
R2: Lack of local programs for the
youth so they don't get into trouble.
They can't get out of their neighbor-
hoods and see what happens. There are
no places for them to have fun, you
know?
TMD: Ann Arbor has a lot of home-
less people for its size. Do you ever give
money to homeless people on the

street?
R2: Someone asks me for a dollar,
I'm like, "Man, I'm at work right now"
Rl: They have it a lot better than
anywhere else in the state of Michigan,
and probably the United States. These
people seem like they would have
enough sense to get a job or pick them-
selves off their feet.
R2: No, man. You have to check the
situation of each person. Anything
could happen to make any of us home-
less. You have to find out why the per-
son is homeless before you put that cap
on everybody.
Rl: Even if I came close to having a
job, I would find something to do.
TMD: What about Shakey Jake?
Have you ever seen him or heard him
play?
Rl: Oh yeah, Shakey's a character. I
like him.
TMD: Do you have any of his mer-
chandise?
Rl: Of course. I have the postcards.
TMD: What about his bumper
stickers?
Rl: No, but they are on the backs of
people's cars.
TMD: What about the Naked Mile?
Have you ever participated?
Rl: Oh no way.
TMi: Do you know anyone who's
ever participated?
Rl: No, I don't, but it's a big thing.
But now it's getting smaller kind of like
Hash Bash.
TMD: Do you agree that the partici-

pants should be arrested?
Rl: If it offends people. You know,
half the people are offended, half the
people it doesn't. To me, I really don't
care. I think it's kind of funny.
TMD: What about the photographers
who take pictures and post them on
websites? What do you think of that?
Rl: Uh, that's illegal.
R2: Not.
TMD: You don't think the people
participating deserve that?
R2: If you take off your clothes and
walk down the street and get your pic-
ture taken, that's your fault.
Rl: Thank you. That's what I'm say-
ing right here.
R2: We're talking about humans.
Both sexes want to see the opposite sex.
Some same sexes want to see the same
sex. Think about it. You're going out
there and you know there are cameras.
Rl: Personally, I wouldn't be the one
taking the pictures for the website.
R2: I know you wouldn't. The ques-
tion is, is it wrong?
Rl: If you're posing for the camera,
you're putting yourself out there.
R2: People are going to be gawking,
taking pictures, you know that.
TMD: How about the Ann Arbor Art
Fair? Have you ever been?
Rl: Oh yeah, I look forward to that.
TMD: What do you usually buy?
R1:Yeah, that's one of the times dur-
ing the year when I spend the most
money.
TMD: On what kinds of stuff?

Rl: Good clothing sales and all. I'm
into fashion.
TMD: If you could briefly state your
opinion on the war ...
Rl: I can't say I don't care about it
because it's definitely reflected in
what's going on around here. I'm not a
Republican, so I don't approve, but I
guess you gotta do what you gotta do.
Seems like every time there's a
Republican in office, we end up in a
war. The country was a lot better before,
when a Democrat was in office.
R2: For one, I think it's a continu-
ation of Bush senior's problem when
he was in office and also it's Bush's
way of staying in office. He got in
office the wrong way. People don't
want to speak on it, but it doesn't
make any sense.
TMD: If you could put any former
president in office to replace Bush,
dead or alive, who would you pick?
Ri: That's a hard question, but I did
like Mr. Clinton.
TMB: Why did you like him?
Rl: He was down to earth. He was
real about the issues.
TMD: So you didn't think that his
personal life had anything to do with his
work?
R2: He's the man. Many presidents
cheated. I'm not saying it's right, but it's
a fact of politics.
TMD: Do you think that Ann Arbor
is the University, or can the city stand
by itself?
Rl: I think this city's made from the

University. That's what keeps the money
coming and what makes it a high popu-
lation area.
TMD: So who has the right of way
around campus: cars or students?
R2: Oooo, now there's a good ques-
tion. Wow.
Rl: During orientation, they're
telling these students to just walk out in
front of traffic. I mean sometimes the
pedestrian has the right of way, but I've
had instances where people almost got
really injured.
The students should be more aware
of their surroundings. In front of the
Union- that's the worst spot. I'm like,
I'm driving down the street and the
crosswalk is a block further. Students,
look both ways before crossing the
street.
R2: And remember, if I don't see you
on accident, I'm in a car!
TMD: What about testaurants in the
area. What's your favorite?
R12: Man, if you don't say it, I'm
gonna tell.
R1: You know what, I love Afternoon
Delight.
TMD: Where's that?
Rl: On Liberty.
TMD: What kind of food do they
have?
R.: They have breakfast, lunch, din-
ner.
TMD: What's your favorite thing to
eat there?
Rl: Walter's Fried Chicken
TMD: Ok, that's it guys. Thanks.

The Michigan Daily - Per8ped1
Strengths unite campus and community
As one of the most influential members of the University and community, President
Mary Sue Coleman knows a lot about the interaction between the two. Coleman shared
her views with Daily Staff Writer Charles Paradis about the diversity and future of stu-
dents and the community.

HillIel's 24th Annual Conference on the Holocaust presents,....,

On how the community and the campus interact ... The
campus and community bring together their respective
strengths to create an exciting learning environment in a
socially and culturally dynamic mid-sized community. The
University is an attractive
place to teach and learn. It
is located amidst a viable
downtown business district,
great schools and a variety
of safe, well-maintained
neighborhoods. The diverse}
interests and talents of peo-
ple that attend the
University create a broad
economic impact that
inherentl comes with any
entity of 30,000 employees
and 38,000 students.
If you are asking how the
community and campus
interact operationally, the
answer is quite well: In
place, there are extensive
communication venues and
opportunities where com-
munity and University per-T
sonnel work to address
basic concerns such as:
parking, traffic, public
safety, construction, hous-
ing,~ technooytransfer,
hosting visitors and gener-
ating community well
bigand overall economic
On what the role of the
campus is within the role of
the community ... The cam-
pus is one part of, and aw
partner with, the communi-
ty. Just as every community
might be described as a y
mosaic of its various parts,
I think the University con-
tributes significantly to
Ann Arbor's mosaic. From
the varied talents and inter-
ests of our faculty and students, to the public assets that are
the University facilities, libraries, museums, to the econom-
ic driver that is derived from our own employment the com-
panies spin off from University discoveries and the area
businesses that are dependent upon student or institutional
expenditures.
On how various events bring the campus and the commu-
nity together ... Enriching events such as the current Royal
Shakespeare Company performances or the "Ann Arbor
Reads' activity where everyone is encouraged to read the
same book (this winter: "Lincoln's DNA") and share in dis-
cussion sessions and lecture programs are far better exam-
ples of the campus and community: partnering, sharing
strengths, celebrating life and coming together.
Though the campus is impacted, the University has little to
no involvement with the Hash Bash and Art Fair.
On the level of activism on campusaas direct result o com-
munity awareness and social responsibility ... I think that the
unique levels of community awareness and social responsi-
bility in Ann Arbor contribute to an atmosphere that conveys
to students; you can express yourself here. People are toler-
ant, open, to diverse ideas and respectful civil discourse is
the norm in this campus/community.
On how the cam pus and the community approach issues of
homelessness and drug abuse differently or similarly ... As
individuals, campus and community members approach
these issues similarly. As an institution, the University
.. fr i I f II ( ! Ji i - t r ! ! J.

approaches these issues as a provider of service as well as a
partner in addressing these problems. Not only are we
preparing the next generation of social workers, psychia-
trists and counselors; we are also providing direct assistance
and services to the existing
population. The work of
our Family Medicine sup-
ported Free Clinic and our
compact with Washtenaw
County Mental Health
Department provides indi-
viduals, here in Ann Arbor,
assistance with both their
mental health and physical
health challenges.
On what role the
University has in helping
students become good
leaders for the community
... The responsibility of
x h preparing future leaders, in
all fields, is at the core of
the University's mission.
Aside from the leadership
~ ~development one might
$: expect from coursework,
instruction and experience,
the University has support-
ed theestablis ment of a
community service learn-
ing center and fostered stu-
dent service opportunities
and local interns hips.
On wether or not stu-
dents on campus see them-
selves as part of the com-
munity..
While the experiences are
as varied as the number of
students, in general I don't
think most students see
Uykthemselves as part of the
g hlocal community. The seeds
of that mindset are sown at
the start of the higher educa-
tional experience. It is often
said that one, "leaves home"
to go to college. Most all rent living space while attending class-
es. Students are even statistically categorized by many as part
of the "transient population." Understandably, student focus is
also more inwardly directed. That is, they are attending the
University to gamner knowledge and skills which they can then
utilize in making a difference in the "outside" community.

Film: The Power of Good
3/10/03 -7:30pm- Michigan Theater
For nearly half a century, Englishman Nicholas Winton
kept quiet about the lives of 669 children he saved during
the few months before World War II. Join us in watching
this inspirational and International Emmy Award-Winning
Documentary. Followed by a lecture with Dr. Elisabeth
Maxwell, "Uncovering the Tale of a Hero"
Art Opening and Reception
A Young Girl at Ghetto Terezin:1941-1944
Drawings by Helga Weissovi Hoskov6
3/11/03 -8:00pm- Pierpont Commons Art Lounge
During an exhibit of children's works in Terezin, Helga was
told to throw hers away because they were too truthful and
accurate. Instead, she saved them. The exhibition of Helga's
15 drawings will run through March 28.
1st Annual Creative Expression Contest
If you had to express your thoughts or perceptions of the
Holocaust, what would you create? Find out more about
this exciting new event we hope will become a University
tradition. Student entries will be collected and displayed
in November 2003. The top three submissions will receive
significant scholarships.

24-hour Vigil and Reading of Names
3/12/03 -Noon -3/13/03 Noon. -DIAG
This annual event features the continuous 24-hour reading
of the names of those who perished during the Holocaust.
Public participation is encouraged. The Memorial of Names
will conclude with a service conducted by Rabbi Shena Potter.
Survivors: Miriam Brysk, Irene Butter,
and Eva Kor
Shabbat Dinner and Oneg
3/14/03.- Following Services - Hillel
As the Holocaust recedes farther into the past, the need for
dialogue with those who experienced it becomes greater and
more treasured. Join us for an evening with survivors to hear
their stories and to share your thoughts and questions.
Book Signing: Daniel Asa Rose
3/15/03 . 8:00pm - Shaman Drum
Daniel Asa Rose, author of Hiding Places: A Father and His
Sons Retrace their Family's Escape from the Holocaust, will
discuss his latest book after which he will sign copies.

Performance of Professor Henry
Greenspan's play "Remnants"
3/18/03. 8:00pm." East Quad Auditorium
REMNANTS is the fruit of twenty years of conversation
between U of M Professor Henry Greenspan and Holocaust
survivors. The play was first produced for radio and distributed
to National Public Radio stations in 1992. Following the
performance, Professor Greenspan will initiate a Q & A
with the audience.
Lecture with Dan Raviv
3/19/03-7:30pm- Rackham Auditorium
How did the world's news media report - or ignore -the
mass murder of six million Jews and other victims of Nazi
Germany? Did the media learn any lessons? Would magazines
and newspapers act any differently now? Dan Raviv thinks
the answer is yes. For more than twenty years a foreign
correspondent for CBS News on radio and television, Raviv
is now the Washington-based National Correspondent.
For more information contact Courtney
at crangen@umich.edu im

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