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Students weigh merits of service classes

Orpheus Singers
to perform concert
at Music School
Jerry Blackstone, the Music
School's director of choirs, will lead
the Orpheus Singers in a concert
tonight at 8 p.m.
The event will be held in the
Music School Recital Hall.
Astronomy buffs
to congregate at
The University Lowbrow
Astronomers will host an open
house this Saturday from 5 p.m. to
12:30 a.m. Local astronomy buffs
can head to the Peach Mountain
Observatory on North Territorial
Road in Dexter.
The event is free and depends on
clear weather. Bring your own tele-
Pagan chant
night offers open
mic to rookies
All are invited to join the Seven
Generations Community Center in
"Chant Night," to learn, recite and
sing pagan chants like "Fur and
Feather" and "Blood of the
If you have a chant, please bring
handouts for everyone. The event
will be 8 p.m. Friday at the center
on 1910 Hill St.
Students receive
chance to pine
over holiday decor
The Michigan Union will be
offering students time to create
pinecone wreaths for the holiday
season. Beginning tonight from
7:30 to 11, ArtsBreak will be held
in the basement of the Union.
Arts exhibit will
feature fiberarts,
artisan guild
An arts show highlighting the
fibers media will wrap up its
exhibits today beginning at 8 a.m.
in the Wall Gallery in the Pierpont
Featuring the works of artisans of
the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild, the
show contains weaving, spinning,
basket making, beading, quilting,
surface design and doll making.
The showing is presented by
sponsored by the Pierpont Com-
Film portrays
flight attendants
in 1950s Asia
The film Air Hostess will be
shown in room B-120 of the Mod-
ern Languages Building at 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Cinema Guild,
the free film encapsulates the
atmosphere of late-1950s Taiwan
and Thailand in a tale of three
women who work as air hostesses.
Directed by Yi Wen, the movie is
about 105 minutes long.
'U' museum will
feature poetry
reading, no art

The University of Michigan Muse-
um of Art will observe the 15th
annual Day Without Art on Dec. 1,
beginning at 5 p.m.
The day coincides with the World
AIDS Day and features a poetry
reading that recalls the deaths and
illness caused by the AIDS virus and
reflects on personal loss.
Band to perform
concert on Bach,
The Concert Band will perform
pieces by Shostakovich, Schuller,
Bach and Corigliano tonight in the
Michigan Theater.
Sponsored by the School of
Music, the performance begins at 8
p.m. and is conducted by Stephen
The Concert Band is an ensemble
of about 80 undergraduate and
graduate music majors.
Buddhist teachers
instruct on how
a to find zen

By Lindsey Paterson
Daily Staff Reporter
Community service is a pursuit that benefits
society while at the same time providing self-ful-
fillment - so wouldn't it be great to also receive
school credit for it? Some students agree whole-
heartedly while others think the credits aren't worth
the work.
This winter term, several courses grant credits
for performing community service. The classes'
curricula involve working with preschool children,
traveling to Detroit schools to mentor students and
going to women's prisons to study the lives of
women before and during incarceration.
Psychology 211, also called Project Outreach, is
a two-credit course that has five different sections,
with topics including "Working with Preschool
Children; Big Sibs: Community and Opportunity;
Juvenile Delinquency and Criminal Justice; Health,
Illness and Society; and Exploring Careers."
All of these sections include a weekly seminar,
discussion and four to six hours of field experience
per week.
LSA junior Lindsay Sutton took Psychology
211's Health and Big Sibs courses last fall and win-
ter. As a pre-pharmacy major, she found that the
health course was more applicable to her interests.
Sutton was assigned to the emergency room and
the Women's Breast Care Clinic in St. Joseph's
Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was given duties such
as changing the sheets in the emergency room, and
said that it was "very high-paced."
"I learned more from the clinical settings (the
class lectures) than the field experience. We had
guest lecturers and registered nurses that spoke.
They really wanted the students to learn," Sut-
ton said.

Sutton said she thinks that two credits is a fair
amount for this course but warns students that it
is a lot of work. While there are no tests or
quizzes, there are weekly journals - and hours
of fieldwork.
"If you are really interested in it, it is worth the
two credits, but if you are trying to get more cred-
its, you may end up working more than you get
credit for," Sutton said.
More information about Psy-
chology 211's courses is available "Experien
at www.umich.edu/-psy-
cours/21 1. of intellec
Sociology 389, "Project Com- learning. I
munity," is another course that
offers credits for community 'rich and t
service.1 . ,,
Thiseclass is three to four cred- learning.
its and requires the corresponding - S
weekly hours of community serv- Director, Lives o
ice in addition to a weekly semi-
nar, weekly readings and journal
assignments, a midterm assignment and a final]
paper or project. Project Community offers more
than 35 service settings, including "schools, hospi-
tals, correctional facilities, a domestic violence <
shelter, advocacy agencies, and care organizations,"
according to the LSA 2004 Course Guide.E
Freshmen are urged to look into the first-year
seminar University Course 151, Section 4, which
grants three credits in conjunction with the program
LUCY - Lives of Urban Children and Youth. The
program not only consists of this course but also i
encourages first- and second-year students to make
a two-year commitment to LUCY.
Students in this class have two weekly require-t
ments - to attend a seminar and to perform four to <
six hours of community service at one of four com-t

munity sites in Detroit.
"Experience is part of intellectual learning. I call
it 'rich and textured learning,"' LUCY Director
Stella Raudenbush said. The students serve as men-
tors and tutors to children in grades K-12 through
after-school and in-school programs.
"It's really, really exciting. Not only do the
students study the sociology and history of
Detroit, but they work first hand and affect the

ce is part
call it
Stella Raudenbush
of Urban Children
and Youth

life prospects of children in
Detroit," Raudenbush
Participants in Section 20
of Women's Studies 484 also
work with primary and sec-
ondary school students - in
a partnership with students
from Wayne State University
- and spend time with mid-
dle school girls. The program
is also called "GO-GIRL:
Gaining Options: Girls

Many students who said they would be inter-
ested in these courses are simply unaware that
they exist.
LSA sophomore Kevin Francies said, "I'm as
interested in community service as the next per-
son." He said that he did not know that these cours-
es were available but now plans to take Psychology
211 since he is a psychology major.
LSA freshman Jill Setter was also unaware of the
community service courses. She thought that a
class that volunteered at a children's ward of a hos-
pital would be worthwhile. Setter added that she
was interested in the health topics since she intends
on becoming a dental hygienist.
But the credits granted for these courses may
be inadequate for the amount of work involved.
LSA junior Sabrina Claude said that the two
service classes she had completed had this
Claude took Sociology 389 and worked with the
Ann Arbor Tenants Union in fall 2001, and again in
winter 2003 when she worked with the Full Circle
Mental Health Center. The Ann Arbor Tenants
Union required more than four hours per week of
outside work, plus class time and other outside
The Full Circle work entailed three hours of
community service per week, an hour and a half
of class time, and two hours of outside work per
"We were definitely doing more than three cred-
its worth of work," Claude said. She added that she
thought it should be a four-credit course.
Most classes are willing to work with students
regarding transportation. Please see the Winter
2004 Course Guide for more details, prerequisites
and restrictions regarding the community service

Investigate Real Life."
GO-GIRL emphasizes the importance of math
for middle school girls and encourages undergradu-
ate students to enrich the lives of these impression-
able females. The program hopes that by sharing
experiences of higher education, college students
will persuade seventh graders to follow in their
This course meets 10 Saturdays during the
semester, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 or 3:30 p.m., depend-
ing on travel time needed.
Women's Studies 333, Women in Prison, is
another community service class offered this win-
ter. It focuses on women's lives before, during and
after prison, specifically the "oppression" plaguing
their lives, according to the Course Guide.

Organization surprises campus
with random acts of kindness

A different look at laundry

By Bartosz Kumor
For the Daily
If you happen to be strolling through Ann Arbor minding
your own business, be on the lookout - good will is on the
prowl. Members of Do Random Acts of Kindness, a serv-
ice-oriented campus organization, may ambush you with
balloons, candy, hot chocolate, nice notes and a general ran-
dom assortment of kindness.
"It feels so good to brighten someone's day," said
Stephanie LaGrasso, co-director of the group. Asking for
nothing in return and often remaining completely anony-
mous, the group is responsible for numerous acts of kind-
ness occurring both on and off campus. Just this semester,
DoRAK members say they have spent an estimated 500
hours "RAKing."
"We gave cookies to people at the blood drive. Last
year we RAKed the dancers at Dance Marathon with back
massagers, candy and gum," said LaGrasso, an Education
Last winter, the group passed out hot chocolate on the
Diag. This year's football game against Purdue was RAKed
with noise-makers.
On Sunday, DoRAK's target was the Meijer store on Ann
Arbor Saline Road. RAKers assisted employees in bagging
groceries, while customers found random nice notes in
carts, among other RAKs, leaving most recipients scratch-
ing their heads and smiling simultaneously.
But while the group has come far, its origins were hum-
ble. DoRAK was born in the fall of 2001 as a committee
within Circle K, another University service organization.
Now an independent organization that boasts 84 members,
DoRAK is making its mark on campus and beyond.
The group never expected to become as large as it is,
said LSA senior Anne Kellogg, who is also one of the
founders of the group. "We were practicing for our first
mass meeting, expecting three people to show up. Sixty-
five did."
Both of the group's directors admit they would not be sur-

prised if other RAK clubs appeared around the country. In
Colorado, a Random Acts of Kindness Foundation performs
tasks similar to the campus group, but on a much larger
The foundation's website boasts worldwide chapters and
allows users to post inspirational quotes and stories. "Ran-
dom acts of kindness has brought meaning into my life, and
I am committed to spread the word," wrote Carol, a Hawaii
state parent facilitator.
Like the foundation's members, DoRAK is more a way of
life than an extra-curricular activity. "Once you realize how
easy this is, you start doing it all the time," said Kellogg,
also adding that she plans to take this philosophy past the
University by incorporating it into her daily life after she
Circle K President Payal Patel, LSA senior, is impressed
with DoRAK's progress thus far.
"That's a really cool thing DoRAK did. It's great for Cir-
cle K, because a lot of these groups sprouted from us, and
our mission is to develop in people a commitment to serv-
ice," said Patel, who is also a captain in DoRAK. "If they
can, we encourage people to go out and do their own thing."
Both directors said they are hoping to cause a ripple
effect with their work, in which one RAK spawns another
and the good will spreads. Measuring their successes in
smiles rather than money or votes, DoRAK members are
generating quite a response from people they have affected.
In one of the grateful letters DoRAK received so far, a
Michigan alum wrote, "Finding parking on campus is hard!
I really appreciated coming from my seminar at the Busi-
ness School to find that I indeed did not have a ticket on my
car - thanks for feeding my meter!"
Asked if the commitment to DoRAK is exhausting
LaGrasse said, "No, the group is well-organized and has
more people now than it used to." She added, "It's worth it.
It's fun."
Putting into perspective just how addictive anonymous
random kindness can be, Kellogg said, "I do DoRAK before

Kinesiology senior Bryan Fenster does laundry at Mr. Stadium
Coin Laundry & Dry Cleaning yesterday afternoon.

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ability of classrooms as well."
While recent budget cuts have taken
a toll on the University, Nurse said
that they have not affected course
offering in LSA.
"In budget discussions last year,
Dean Terry McDonald, LSA made
sure that undergraduate education was
It may not be readily apparent, but
additional resources were earmarked
for courses in high demand."
But Amy Roust, Student Services
Assistant in the Romance Language
Department, sent out an e-mail to
Spanish concentrators Friday
requesting that students not plan-
ning to remain in upper-level cours-
es drop them so others could
Most upper-level Spanish classes
were closed by Friday afternoon,
one day after registration for under-
graduates began.

BECKY TARLAU/For the Daily
Florida residents and many University students participate in the Miami protests
and march over the weekend.

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ple, women and people of color.
Goldstein said police tore the
clothes off a transgendered activist;
Sobin said police took the shoes of
an arrested transgendered activist
and forced him to stand in a wet
prison cell.
Goldstein said one female pro-
tester was forced to perform sexual
favors in prison.
Goldstein, an LSA senior, said
that although the event at Oneline
Studio was originally scheduled as
a celebration of Moment's second

should do is have a benefit for these
detained individuals," he said.
Goldstein said the journal is part
of the independent media movement
around the country.
"Although it's not official yet,
Moment is a progressive journal
that is a print media outlet for Indy-
media.org," Goldstein said.
Submissions include poetry,
essays, news analysis and artwork.
He added that once the finances
of Moment are finalized, the con-
nection between Indymedia and
Moment will be official.
Moment distributes around Ann
Arbor and Ypsilanti and plans to

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