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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 3

Theater group to
perform classic
Today Wild Swan Theater will present
its version of "A Christmas Carol." There
will be two shows, one at 10:30 a.m. and
another performance at 12:30 p.m. in the
Mendelssohn Theatre in the Michigan
League. The play was written by Jeff Dun-
can and is based on the novel by Charles
Dickens. Wild Swan is an Ann Arbor
group that produces original scripts for
traditional tales. It will be performing in
*Ann Arbor until Sunday before moving to
the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
Cereal CEO to
lecture on business
' General Mills CEO Stephen Sanger
will give a lecture this evening at 5:30
p.m. in Hale Auditorium. Sanger will dis-
cuss General Mills's success as a leading
consumer food company and the chal-
lenges they have faced.
'Anchorman' to be
screened tonight in
Michigan League
The movie "Anchorman," starring Will
Ferrell, will be shown tonight from 8:30
to 11 p.m. in the ballroom of the Michigan
League. The cost of the event is $3 with a
student identification card.
Meditation focus
of workshop
University Unions Arts & Programs
will hold a workshop to teach students
meditation and offer tips for regular prac-
tice. The event will take place tonight in
the Henderson Room of the Michigan
League from 6 to 8.
DPS catches
wanted person
0 While pulling over a car for a
traffic violation on Monday, the
Department of Public Safety officer
discovered the driver was wanted
on a warrant held by the Ann Arbor
Police Department. The subject
was transported to the Washtenaw
County Jail with charges of operat-
ing a vehicle under the influence of
drugs and carrying a revolver in his
*Attempted break-
in at child center
A caller reported Monday that an
unknown subject tried to break into the
shed near the playground at the Univer-
sity Child Center on Cornwell Place.
DPS has no suspects.

*Man down, but
not found
A man reported seeing a person down
on the ground by the Northwood III
Apartments on Monday. The area was
checked, but DPS officers were unable
to locate the subject.
In Daily History
Regents call for
a tuition refund
after raising fees
Nov. 17, 1973 - The University's
Board of Regents agreed to a tuition
refund. The regents ordered the Uni-
versity's executive officers to develop a
plan to return about $1 million in excess
tuition revenue to students who paid
fees for the fall 1973 term.
The motion was proposed by Regent
Paul Brown. He recommended that the
University give rebates, reduce tuition
for the winter term or waive fees for term
r in order to correct an error in the 24 per-


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Knofski said she knows it's hard for the
hearing community to comprehend that
thought. Whenever someone thinks of the
word "deaf," they can't help but imagine
someone cut off from the world, she said.
But Knofski grew up with the silence, and
she said it never has prevented her from
living life to its fullest. Rather, Knofski
said she would like to ask people to
imagine what they might be missing out
on by hearing..
"I agree that hearing and the things
you can use it for is a wonderful gift.
With my remaining hearing, I often get
to experience those pleasures. But these
beauties can be experienced through the
eyes as much as the ears," she said.
People from the deaf community
emphasize things visually, said Paula
Berwanger, a linguistics lecturer. Speech
is not a possibility for most deaf
people since many
have never heard "If I tell p
words before andp
cannot articulate to repeat
them, she said.
"Spoken they say,
language is not a
natural language for more I as
people who are born
deaf," she added. less peop
Instead, willing t
sign language w ligt
embodies"their with me.
primary method
of communication. - 1
In recent years,
deaf people have
often been referred
to as a linguistic minority by academics.
The language has not only functioned as
a medium for them to communicate, but
also has united many deaf people into a
culture where their deafness is valued.
Despite their ability to communicate
through signing, many deaf people's lives
have revolved around society's norms on
how to communicate.
From this alternative worldview that
takes pride in their deafness, Rackham
student Richard Eckert said he plans to
argue in his dissertation that deafness is
in fact an ethnicity. Eckert, who is deaf,
said the stereotype that deaf people
are disabled has impeded people from
viewing deafness as a form of identity.
"There is a built-in belief of superiority
based upon physicality, and it is so deeply
embedded that seldom does one think
about it," he added.
Present since the times of Alexander
Graham Bell and his efforts to eugenically
sterilize people born with deafness, the
misconception of deafness as a disability
continues to permeate in the medical
world, Eckert said. With the development
of new hearing devices meant to treat
their so-called disability, Eckert says the

deaf community has become a victim to
a society that does not tolerate its different
way of life.
their values and beliefs for granted. Most
hearing people simply assume that the
deaf person must approach hearing culture
and that the hearing culture has little need
to approach deaf culture," Eckert said.
It's become an overbearing prejudice
for Knofski, which she said frustrates her
relations with people of normal hearing.
Isolated from the other students in her
classes, Knofski said she usually finds that
her perceived disability acts as a social
barrier. "If I tell people to repeat what they
say, they might do it once or twice. But the
more I ask, the less people are willing to
interact with me," she said.
She also said people are unwilling to
spend the effort to communicate with
her even though she wears hearing aids
throughout the day. She added that she
wished the roles were reversed, with
hearing people
.optlt forced to use
sign language to
hx a tcommunicate with


... the
sk, the
)le are
) interact
rabatha Knofski
LSA senior

I wish to just throw
out my hearing aids,
because I already
have a language
I can use without
having to do the
extra work for
everyone else," she
said. In tandem, the
mainstream media
also bombards
her with images of

Fraternity races to Columbus
n 187-mile relay for charity

By Kim Tomlin
Daily Staff Reporter
This Friday, 62 Pi Kappa Alpha broth-
ers will wake up at 4 a.m. to head to Ohio
State University.
The brothers will be starting the Sec-
ond Annual Charity Football Run and
are predicted to arrive 30 hours later in
Columbus, Ohio, where the Michigan
football team will be playing rival Ohio
State. Each brother
will run a leg in the
187-mile relay. Race tC
Baxter Allen,
an LSA senior and Each brother
member of the fra- Alpha Fraternity
ternity, is running the 187-mile rel<
three miles for the N The relay will
cause. "We are on Friday and is
really excited. It's take about 30 h
a fun way to raise 0 The event wil
money,"said Allen, mated $10,000
who started condi- Carr Cancer Fun
tioning for the event
at the beginning of
the semester.


for the relay. The event will raise an esti-
mated $10,000 - five times as much as
the $2,000 that last year's run brought, said
LSA sophomore Jon Krasnov, a member
of the fraternity.
The money raised will be donated to
The Coach Carr Cancer Fund, started in
1998 by Michigan football coach Lloyd
Carr. The fund originated with a donation
Carr gave to the University's Comprehen-
sive Cancer Center after his mother died
of breast cancer.
Housed within the
OSU center, the cancer
fund continues to
in Pi Kappa provide money that
vill run a leg in helps finance care
y to Columbus and support for
>egin at 4 a.m. cancer patients and
expected to their families.
urs "This money
raise an esti- is going to impact
or The Coach patients and fami-
lies right here in the
state," said Janet
Roth, development
officer of the can-

State's campus is not participating in the
fundraiser but is planning a reception for
the incoming runners.
To raise money, the University chapter
of Pi Kappa Alpha has sought donations
from alumni brothers and their families
and friends as well as by asking door-
to-door. The fraternity will be accepting
donations until tomorrow night.
This year it has decided to offer incen-
tives to the largest donors; fleece sweat-
shirts will be given to the five largest
contributors. The fraternity would like to
see the funds reach $50,000 and beyond
in the next few years as recognition
expands, Krasnov added.
He said he also would like the relay to
help bring awareness to positive events in
which the Greek system participates, in
response to the negative attention given to
fraternities for hazing allegations. But, he
added, "the most rewarding aspect is the
money raised is going to cancer patients
and their families."

success stories of deaf people triumphing
through medical breakthroughs, like
cochlear implants which can dramatically
improve a deaf person's hearing.
Knofski sees the device as a solution for
a person who became deaf through illness
or injury, but never for her. She said she
views medical research on ways to cure
deafness as an attack on her identity that
needs no treatment, although she added
that not everyone in the deaf community
adheres to the same belief.
But the sentiment to change her way of
life sometimes overwhelms Knofski. She
said she resists by constantly reminding
herself, "This is how they are trying to
make me feel. How do I actually feel?"
Knofski says rather than determining
her own identity, society seems to be
determining it for her, in spite of her own
"They can pity us since they have
justifiable reasons, which I don't blame
them for, since I understand those
reasons. However, when they do feel
that way and see us that way, there are
consequences that affect deaf people
and prevent our lives from being nonre-
strictive," she said.

LSA junior Matt Reed, a member of the
fraternity, is set to run 15 miles, the most
of all the participants, before handing the
football to the next runner. Last year he ran
30 miles from Ohio State to the Pi Kappa
Alpha house in Ann Arbor, Allen said.
C.J. Johnson, LSA senior and president
of Pi Kappa Alpha, said he is excited to
run his 10 miles of the relay but is nervous
about the cold weather conditions during
the early morning. "The hardest part of
the run, for me at least, is not the distance
part of it ... but rather the fact that the tem-
perature late at night during the 30-hour
run can fall to below freezing, especially
with the wind chill," said Johnson, who
has been running every day to prepare

cer center. "This is a big contribution in a
lot of ways. It is significant because these
are students with busy lives ... and they
have invested a lot of time and energy. It's
not just the time involved with the actual
running down to Columbus."
Krasnov said he is excited about rais-
ing money for the cancer fund while put-
ting the rivalry to good use. "Our vision is
to continue to raise money for the Coach
Carr Cancer Fund and to further enrich
the tradition of the Michigan-Ohio State
rivalry by one day running the ball into
the stadium before kick-off."
Currently, the ball is run to the stadium
rather than from fraternity to fraternity.
The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on Ohio

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Institute is conducting an in-clinic research
study evaluating an investigational
medication for migraine.
Participants must be 18 to 75 years old and
suffer no more than 2-8 headaches per month. A total of three
clinic visits are required. Visit 2 is a three to four hour
treatment visit while having an acute headache. Participants
must be available to come to the clinic during normal business

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