The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 - 3
Students participate in global programs
Fair to display
Several six-week, no-credit cours-
es - such as bartending, salsa
dancing and tae-kwon do - will be
displayed in a fair today at the Pier-
pont Commons on North Campus.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Uncom-
mon Mini-Course Fair is being
hosted by the Pierpont Commons
Arts and Programs Office.
explores life of
Hosted and sponsored by the Uni-
versity's Museum of Art, Russia:
Land of Tsars, Part IV will be
shown at 12:10 p.m. tomorrow.
Made by the History Channel, the
film documents the history of Russ-
ian tsardom and the major contribu-
tions of each tsar, up to the
Bolshevic Revolution of 1917.
A conference titled "Social
Change in Poland - What Have We
Learned So Far?," will explore
efforts by Polish scholars to system-
atically examine the dynamics of
the Central and Eastern European
shift to democracy and a market
economy. Slated for tomorrow from
2:30 to 5:30 p.m., the conference
will be on the sixth floor of the
Institute for Social Research. The
International Institute is sponsoring
to discuss Jewish
life in Russia
Benjamin Nathans, a humanities
professor at the University of Penn-
sylvania, will present a lecture titled
"Beyond the Pale: Jewish Life in
Pre-Revolutionary St. Petersburg."
Sponsored by the Jean and Samuel
Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
and the Center for Russian and East
European Studies the lecture will be
in the Frieze Building in room
3050, from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Orchestra to play
works of Schubert
The University Philharmonia
Orchestra will be performing at 8 p.m.
tomorrow at the Power Center. The
program includes Schubert's Sympho-
ny No. 2, Ravel's Pavane for a Dead
Princess and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and
Juliet. The concert is sponsored by the
School of Music.
MedSport to hold
grand opening of
MedSport, home of the Universi-
ty's Sports Medicine Program, will
host the grand opening of its new
facilities. MedSport will showcase
its new equipment to the public on
Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. The
opening will take place at 24 Frank
Lloyd Wright Drive, lobby A.
Refreshments will be served.
Gift of Life group
to hold mass
meeting in Union
The University's Gift of Life pro-
gram, dedicated to educating the com-
munity about the need for donating
organs, is having a mass meeting today
at 7 p.m. in the Kuenzel Room of the
Dance concert to
from Costa Rica
A dance concert, choreographed
by Sandra Torijano, in tribute to the
Costa Rican painter Francisco
Amighetti will be held at the Media
Union Video Room. The concert
will consist of eight dancers from
the Department of Dance. Spon-
sored by the School of Music on
Thursday, the doors will open at 8
Movie adaption of
novel to be shown
By Evan McGarvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Summers spent all across the globe,
from as far away as Thailand to as
close as Detroit, came together yester-
day afternoon in the Michigan League
ballroom as the Global Intercultural
Experience for Undergraduates cele-
brated its 2003 symposium.
"We try and bring Michigan learn-
ing into the world and try and bring
the world into Ann Arbor. People say
that college isn't part of 'the real
world,' but we're really trying to make
it a part," said A.T. Miller, the pro-
The GIEU summer program, found-
ed two years ago, encourages Universi-
ty faculty to propose a trip anywhere in
the world and to design a matching
academic program that incorporates
anything from the natural sciences to
local history to womens' studies.
These programs are submitted in
October, and students must apply to
the program in November before they
are matched up with the specific trip
of their choice in December.
This year some of the 12 GIEU
trips traveled overseas to countries
like India, Mexico and Ghana while
two GIEU trips stayed in North
America, one going to Toronto and
one to Detroit.
"Intercultural doesn't have to mean
international," Miller added.
LSA junior Chris March remem-
bered how he spent last summer on the
GIEU program in Thailand.
"(On) my first day working in a
Thai middle school I had to get up in
front up of about 1,200 Thai kids and
introduce myself in Thai. It was pretty
awesome. Working there was so
rewarding, my host family opened
their home to me and the kids in
school were so eager to learn Eng-
lish," March said.
Each of the programs has inten-
tionally small numbers, both to max-
imize interaction among the group
and between the students and the
"Intercultural learning happens
between students as well. We'll draw
students from across all the colleges
and we can keep the numbers small so
they really get to learn from each
other," Miller said.
Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts
addressed the crowd gathered for the
"A problem in the West is that we
expect the world to come to us. With
this program we can get out into the
world ourselves," Monts said.
Nursing Prof. Jody Lori proposed
and designed one of the summer trips
to Oaxaca, Mexico.
"Successful international programs
really help the University itself and
the University experience for stu-
dents," Lori said.
Because the GIEU emphasizes inter-
action with the local community, small
group sizes and homestays, both stu-
dents and faculty members said they
view GIEU programs differently than
traditional school terms abroad.
RC junior Lauren Heidtke said her
trip to Mexico was not comparable to
the other types of foreign learning
experiences she's heard about.
"(On) my first day working in a Thai middle
school I had to get up in front of about 1,200
Thai kids and introduce myself in Thai. It was
- Chris March
Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates participant
"It's not like the typical trip to a
college in Europe. Our program fea-
tured lots of discussions within our
own group and in the community,"
"Our work took us into the commu-
nity - it was more personal, we
weren't with our group for most of our
time. I felt like a minority for the first
time in my life," she added.
LSA junior Noelle Carampatan said
her trip to Maui offered something
other types of trips lack.
"We got to see a side of Maui that
isn't all beaches and resorts," Caram-
patan said. "We got really involved in
the community. On other kinds of trips
you wouldn't make as many intercul-
Program coordinator Edith Fernan-
dez said the administrators of the
program especially want students
with no international experience to
apply for a program.
"We want to attract freshman and
sophomores without any international
learning, or any other student who may
not have any other chance to travel
abroad," Fernandez said.
LSA sophomore Reed Swier was
unabashed about his feelings for the
program and his trip to Honduras.
"It was by far the best thing I've done
at the University so far," Swier said.
GOP proposal looks to
reject new department
LANSING (AP) - A Board of Magistrates, who is "It would be unfortunate if
Republican state representative appointed by the governor. the Legislature took one smal:
said yesterday he will introduce The Michigan Chamber of piece of that and vetoed our
a resolution to reject Gov. Jen- Commerce said the change economic development effort,'
nifer Granholm's executive would favor labor by leaving Hollister said last week.
order creating a new economic difficult appeals decisions to Granholm said the current
development department. an appointee of a Democratic workers' compensation appeals
Rep. Clark Bisbee of Jack- governor. process is inefficient.
son said he has a few problems "Uncertainty with regard to She signed the order or
with the new state Department workers' compensation is defi- Wednesday. It takes effect
of Labor and Economic nitely our main problem with unless the executive order is
Growth. He sited specific con- this order," Bisbee said in a rejected by the state Legislature
cerns with the proposed news release. "We need to have within 60 days.
restructuring of the workers' an honest debate to ensure the Senate Majority Leader Ker
compensation appeals process. new plan will not hurt workers Sikkema (R-Wyoming)
The reorganization would and restrict job growth." expressed concerns similar tc
eliminate the Worker's Compen- David Hollister, head of the Bisbee's about the executive
sation Appellate Commission new department, said the change order. He said the Senate
board and transfer its powers to reflects a drop in the number of would reject the order.
a two-member panel of appellate workers' compensation appeals Bisbee's House Commerce
magistrates. If the two magis- cases in recent years. The Committee was scheduled tc
trates don't agree on a case, the change would save the state have its second hearing on the
tiebreaker is the chairman of the about $1.2 million, he said. order at 10:30 a.m. today.
The broken water main on Palmer Field led to flooding and traffic backups. Water was shut off to Hill
Residence halls and the Life Sciences Institute Sunday morning to permit the installation of a new valve.
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valve could be installed.
She added that students in the residence h
might have experienced either low water p
sure or no water at all. Water was rerouted fi
the damaged pipe and restored to the buildi
by 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
Traffic on Washtenaw Avenue was shut do
temporarily due to flooding from the rupti
DETROIT (AP) - A lawsuit filed
yesterday by a conservative group seeks
to block the Ann Arbor Public School
District from providing insurance bene-
fits for same-sex couples, an option
offered in its employee contracts.
The Thomas More Law Center,
which wants to stop tax money from
supporting those benefits, claims that
the district's policy is an attempt to insti-
tutionalize same-sex marriage. But
backers of such policies say they ensure
equal compensation among employees.
The civil suit filed in Washtenaw
County Circuit Court says the district's
contracts violate a 1996 Michigan law
that defines marriage as "inherently a
unique relationship between a man and
a woman" and makes same-sex mar-
riages invalid in the state.
"The school district's transparent
effort to circumvent Michigan's law
defining marriage is unlawful and all
the more unfortunate because these
funds should be used to serve the legit-
imate needs of the district's students,"
Patrick T. Gillen, associate counsel
with the law center, said in a statement.
District spokeswoman Liz Margolis
said she couldn't comment on specifics
of the lawsuit, since the district hadn't
She didn't know how many of the
district's about 3,000 employees use
Jeffrey Montgomery, executive
director of gay advocacy group Trian-
gle Foundation, said the district
extends benefits to same-sex couples
not to legitimize same-sex marriage
but because those couples are prohibit-
Brown said. She added that it is possible traffic
will be disrupted again if investigation deter-
mines that the damaged pipe should be replaced.
She also said students did not need to worry
about the cleanliness of the water coming out of
their faucets now.
"Typically it's when water has to go through
an area that's somewhat at risk;" Brown added.
"We've isolated the broken pipe area so there
would not be any contaminants entering the
water pipe system."
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for safer access to the buses. Currently, eight
of our 15 routes must be boarded along
Fourth Avenue, with only seven pulling into
the off-street mall area," said AATA Execu-
tive Director Greg Cook in a written state-
There is also a possibility of an agreement
with Greyhound to use the transit center to
make more efficient transfers to intercity
AATA, which is maintained by local, state,
and federal funds, will pay half of the pur-
chase price around December 2003 and the
rest will be due when AATA takes possession.
It currently has $1 million in federal funds
for the purchase and is expected to have
another $1.78 million from the fiscal year
beginning October 1.
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