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LOCAL/STATE

CAMPUS

Lighting a flame

Expert speaks on
assistance with
contraception
Susan Kahn, director of the
Hadassah International Research
Institute at Brandeis University will
be speaking at a talk titled, "Repro-
ducing Jews: A Cultural Account of
Assisted Contraception in Israel,"
sponsored by the Center for Judaic
* Studies.
The lecture begins today at noon
in the Lane Hall seminar room.
Musician performs
new CD on campus
Kristy Hanson will be performing
new music live in the piano lounge
of Pierpont Commons today at
noon.
Her concert, titled "Music at
Midday," will feature Celtic, folk
and original songs, reflecting her
work on "Half the Moon."
Prof reads from "A
Christmas Carol,"
acts like Dickens
Charles Dickens scholar and Eng-
lish Prof. Emeritus Bert Hornback
will read Dickens' popular holiday
story, "A Christmas Carol," to mem-
bers of the University community
tonight at Clements Library at 7
p.m.
Hornback is world-famous for his
Dickens performances, in which he
even dresses as Dickens, wearing a
Victorian costume.
Before he begins the story, Horn-
back will discuss current political
events with the audience, something
he feels Dickens would do.,
A compilation of holiday songs
performed by a vocal trio of Univer-
sity students will accompany the
reading.
Chamber music to
be performed by
Music students
A student ensemble will be led by
Harpsichord Prof. Edward Parmen-
tier in a concert titled "Early Music
Ensemble." Pieces of baroque
chamber works are on the program,
including Couperin's Les Nations,
Monteverdi's "Ecco, Silvio" and
arias by J. S. Bach.
The concert will also feature
choral works by Peter Philips,
O Michael Praetorius and Orlando di
Lass.
The performance begins at 4 p.m.
tomorrow in Blanche Anderson
Moore Hall.
Alum screens film,
holds discussion
The Department of Film and Video
Studies is screening "Unforgettable," a
film by University alum Mark Mara-
bate. Set in a small cabin in Northern
Michigan, movie tells the story of a
dark, haunted night.
Following the film, Marabate will
answer questions from audience
members. The film begins tomor-
row at 6 p.m. in the Natural Science
Auditorium.
A capella group to
perform in various
* languages, genres
Kol HaKavod, a Jewish a cappella
group, will hold its fall concert Sat-
urday at 7:30 p.m. The group per-
forms songs from several different
music genres, including Israeli rock,

traditional and contemporary Jewish
music and original songs.
Songs will be in English, Hebrew,
Yiddish or Ladino. The concert is at
Hillel Green Auditorium.
Curator discusses
Chinese art exhibit
The Museum of Art is sponsoring
talk titled "Masterworks of Chinese
Painting: In Pursuit of Mists and
Clouds," by Maribeth Graybill, Asian
art senior curator to discuss a current
Chinese art exhibit.
Local Chinese painting scholar
James Cahill, owner of the collection,
will make opening remarks about the
exhibit.
The talk begins Sunday at 3 p.m. at
the Museum of Art.
Students perform
classical pieces
at band concert
Profs. Michael Haithcock and
Timothy Reyinsh lead the Sympho-
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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 6, 2002 - 3
Contamination from
Bhopal gas disaster
highlighted in film

By C. Price Jones
Daily Staff Reporter
Dissatisfied with the cleanup of a chemical
disaster in Bhopal, India that occurred 18 years
ago, University students and Greenpeace
activists protested with a candlelight vigil in
front of the home of Dow Chemical Co. Presi-
dent and chief executive officer Mike Parker in
Midland. The Tuesday protest occurred midway
through a week of action to remember the
Bhopal disaster and ended last night with a
video documentary that showed the continuing
effects of the contamination.
"The victims of Bhopal have been waiting for
18 years," said Ryan Bodanyi, a co-facilitator for
Justice for Bhopal, a student group that co-organ-
ized the week's events. "We should bring this
issue home to Mike Parker because the contami-
nation is causing hundreds of thousands of people
to suffer."
The gas disaster at the Union Carbide India
Limited Plant on Dec. 2 and 3, 1984 occurred
when methyl isocyanate poured out of a tank and
spread into the nearby area by wind, killing 4,000
people and affecting 400,000 others, by some
estimates. The disaster was legally resolved by
Union Carbide in a $470 million settlement that
was placed in a trust fund for the Bhopal victims.
"We don't think that anybody should certainly
forget the tragedy," Dow spokesman John Musser
said. "But legally the matter was settled
... absolutely."
Musser added that the protestors' actions were
"pushing the limits" and were with obvious intent
to intimidate Parker.

The documentary presentation by Indian
filmmaker Nadeem Uddin focused on the
remaining chemical tanks that are infecting
the drinking water and the lack of action taken
on the part of Union Car'bide. The presenta-
tion's footage also showed the prolonged
depression common to the population and the
physical deformities resulting from the con-
taminated soil and water.
One point of contention between Dow and the
protestors is the settlement's compensation for
only the victims and not the environment -
namely, the decontamination of the drinking
water. Suits are still pending concerning the com-
pensation of Bhopal's environment.
"It's self-suiting for Dow to decide when the
liability ends even though the court cases are
ongoing," Bodanyi said. He added that Justice for
Bhopal aims for Dow to clean up the contaminat-
ed site, provide access to clean water and research
the medical and health impacts of the survivors.
Dow Chemical Co. merged with Union Car-
bide in February 2001 when Dow purchased the
company's stock.
"The settlement is peanuts compared to the full
sum," said Rob Fish, toxics campaigner with
Greenpeace. "The settlement is a small fraction
of what was necessary, and the amount was not
negotiated with the survivors. ... The Bhopal
tragedy will not end until the U.S. multinational
Union Carbide, now Dow Chemical, accepts its
liabilities in Bhopal."
The Greenpeace and student protestors at Park-
er's residence offered to pay for Parker's airplane
ticket to Bhopal so that he might correct the envi-
ronmental damages, but he declined.

JOHN PRATTIDaily
Rackham student-Gary Brouhard and LSA sophomore Jeff Removic participate in the
Men Against Violence Against Women candlelight vigil last night on the Diag.

PERCEPTION
Continued from Page 1
their sexualities in an attempt to diminish the
effect of stereotypical images and to avoid
fueling degrading ideas.
She recounted her experiences as a lawyer
in New York City working to provide legal
assistance to minority women with HIV so
they could apply for disability benefits.
She said she observed a collective reluc-
tance to speak publicly and openly about
would
FUNDINGmoyh
money
Continued from Page 1 "therew
more for the University of Michi- pausing
gan. But S
Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D- was th
Salem Twp.), top Democrat on the have vo
Senate committee, voted against the "The
executive cuts. off men
She said the income tax reduc- sions,"s
tion, which she blamed for much of who cha
the state's current budget woes, Gov.-
should have been paused to pre- now in
serve higher education funds and luxuryE
revenue sharing. took ov
The order is likely to increase the James
cost of college, she said. spokesr
"That income tax cut has a value But C
for the average household ... of $30 with al
a year," Smith said. "The students year.
aren't out of the woods. Their par- "The
ents aren't out of the woods. But by beginni
God, you saved $30 in personal to have
income tax." --
Schwarz said while a tax freeze Kass

their bodies.
Pearson noted that these stereotypical ideas
are still having an effect in modern society as
a result of a 500-year legacy of racism.
"How do those images play themselves out
today?" Pearson posed to the audience.
She used the example of the celebration of
black women with big buttocks and breasts as
another way to objectify black women, even
within their own community. She said the
harm lies in the value that it places on exter-
nal standards of beauty.

have provided the necessary
to protect higher education,
was no hope whatsoever of
the income tax cut."
Smith said halting the tax cut
e only solution she could
ted for.
governor was able to buy
embers with certain conces-
she said of the two senators
anged their votes.
elect Jennifer Granholm will
herit a balanced budget, a
Engler did not have when he
ver from his predecessor,
Blanchard, Engler
man Matt Resch said.
Granholm will have to deal
ballooning deficit for next
cuts made today are just the
ng (of those) that are going
to be made," Schwarz said.
Daily News Editor Elizabeth
ab contributed to this report.

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RC
Continued from Page 1
track faculty who teach in the RC,"
Owen said.
Owen also denied rumors of a hir-
ing freeze.
"All LSA (faculty) have been told
that the college cannot fund as many
new positions as we would like
because of an expected reduction in
our state funding," Owen said.
RC students still remain upset
about the recent change in 2001 as
grades were added to the traditional
written evaluations. The decision to
implement grades to the RC's cur-
riculum has upset some students,
while administrators believe the
change necessary.
Weisskopf said the grading was
implemented after a two-year discus-
sion and committee formation
between RC and LSA administrators
and RC students.
Grades are necessary because of
"increasing demand ... for GPAs and
grade measures" placed on RC stu-
WE KNOW IT'S
FINALS TIME AND
IT'S IREEZING COLD
OUTSIDE, BUT NEWS
STILL HAPPENS, SO
LET US KNOW
ABOUT IT.
76-DAILY.

dents, Weisskopf said. "Some stu-
dents are happy, some students are
unhappy," Weisskopf said, emphasiz-
ing the ever-present student division
on grading.
Owen agreed with Weisskopf's
assessment on the grading change.
"The change to grades plus narra-
tive evaluations was done based
upon recommendations from an
external review of the RC, and also
because a number of government
agencies, graduate programs, and
agencies that provide scholarships
and fellowships demand grades
rather than narrative evaluations,"
Owen said.
Some RC students feel grades take
away the value of the evaluations
and forcethe RC to assimilate to
LSA standards. RC senior Joe
Mueller expressed his discontent
with using grades.
Giving RC students letter grades
is a "devaluation of evaluations,"
Mueller said. "Generally the senti-
ment is classrooms are more com-
petitive."

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