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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 - 3A

University profs
lecture on recent
tsunami disaster
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. in room 1800 of
the Chemistry Building, the Geology
Department will hold a symposium
discussing the tsunami disaster that
impacted South Asia, Southeast Asia
and East Africa.
Guest lecturers will include Geology
Prof. Larry Ruff, who will speak on
tsunamis and earthquakes, and Anthro-
pology Prof. Daniel Birchok, who will
speak on Southeast Asian culture and
history. School of Public Health Prof.
Gregory Button will speak on natural
disasters and relief efforts.
A discussion session will follow
the lectures.
Coach's Corner
program highlights
U' gymnastics
Today's Coach's Corner program will
highlight Bev Plocki, coach of the Uni-
versity's Women's Gymnastics Team.
" Students can spend their lunch breaks
listening to Plocki share her coach-
ing experiences from noon to 1 p.m. in
the Henderson Room of the Michigan
League. There will also be an opportu-
nity to interact with the coach during a
Q & A session.
Career Center to
hold internship
fair for students
The Internship Fair, today from
2 to 6 p.m. in the Michigan Union,
offers students an opportunity to con-
nect with numerous organizations and
employers. Registration is free and will
take place at the event.
For more information on the fair, go
to the Career Center website at cpp.
Grad student to
make music from
* various appliances
School of Music graduate student
Jeff Myers will present a day-long
sonic event consisting df nothing more
than the amplification of.lectrically
powered machines in the Duderstadt
Center's Media Union.
Juvenile inmate
briefly on the lam
A subject escaped on Monday from
the Arbor Heights Center, a state-run
juvenile facility, according to Depart-
ment of Public Safety reports. The indi-
vidual later returned.
Student's birthday

celebration comes
to painful end
A University student reported that
he was hit by a car Saturday morning at
2:30 a.m. as he walked home from cel-
ebrating his 21st birthday. The student
said he spent the night in University
Hospital, but had no serious injuries.
In Daily History
Hockey players
plead no contest
to assault charges
Jan. 18, 1989 - Four members of
the men's varsity hockey team were
arraigned in court after charges were
filled that they harassed two women
on campus earlier that month.
The four men chased the women
in a truck, where the men yelled
sexually abusive threats as they fol-
Jowed the women from N. University
Avenue to the Diag, police said.
The four men pleaded no contest
to the charge, which is treated the
same as a guilty plea, although the

State prisons to
keep jobs vacant

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State
corrections officials are looking to
keep open more than 100 job vacan-
cies and put off prison maintenance
projects in an effort to hold down_
spending after the Michigan Court of
Appeals ruled they can't reduce shifts
in prison guard towers.
The appellate court late last month
continued a temporary injunction on

Marlan said.
Marlan said the department is look-
ing to leave open 137 vacant posi-
tions it had planned to fill, including
positions in record offices, human
resources and counseling. The vacan-
cies will be difficult for the depart-
ment, he said.
"With some of the budget cuts
we've had over the past couple of

the proposed guard
the issue is decid-
ed by the Michi-
gan Civil Service
Ingham County
Judge James R.
Giddings origi-
nally granted
the injunction in
The Michi-
gan Corrections
which repre-
sents more than
10,000 correc-
tions officers and

tower cuts until

years, every spot

"With some of the
budget cuts we ve
had ... every spot
we planned to
fill is desperately
- Russ Marlan
Department of
Corrections spokesman

we planned to fill
is desperately
needed," he said.
The depart-
ment also will
delay a number
of maintenance
projects at pris-
ons across the
state, including
new prison roofs
and some securi-
ty improvements,
Marlan said.
It's unclear how
much can be saved
by cutting back
on spending and

other prison personnel, asked for the
injunction. The union was worried
fewer guard tower shifts would mean
greater risk for injury because fewer
people would be watching inmates.
The state Department of Correc-
tions proposed cutting 20 guard shifts at
Michigan's most violent prisons to save
an estimated $12.8 million in the current
budget year.
The department is going ahead
with other cost-saving measures
because the earliest the Michigan
Civil Service Commission could take
up their plan is March 22, nearly half-
way through the fiscal year that began
Oct. 1, corrections spokesman Russ

keeping job vacancies open longer than
expected. But Marlan said the department
likely will have to come up with about $6
million in savings if it can't reduce the
number of guard tower shifts until half-
way through the fiscal year.
Mel Grieshaber, executive director
of the Michigan Corrections Organi-
zation, said the union understands the
state's continued fiscal constraints, but
emphasized that guards are needed in
the prison towers to protect inmates
and other prison workers.
"They think the guard towers are
a mechanism to prevent escapes,"
he said about the department's

South Quad hosts first cultural carnival'

By Eboni Mack
For the Daily

Students wishing to gain a better
understanding of different cultures
could take a quiz to try to label the
Canadian provinces, play an African
board game called mankala, listen to
hip-hop music or try foods like pita
bread and hummus at South Quad
Residence Hall's first-ever Cultural
Carnival on Sunday.
14 accord nce with the Universi-
ty's Martin Luther King Jr. Sympo-
sium, the event aimed to break down
ethnic stereotypes by making stu-
dents aware of cultures with which
they might not be familiar.
Booths were set up by students to
represent various cultural groups.
Many of the booths used poster
boards, ethnic foods and games to
educate viewers on their cultures.
LSA sophomore Kwaku Sareong-

Agyeman, who helped run the Afri-
can booth, said it is beneficial for
people to learn and ask questions
about cultures they would not nor-
mally be exposed to.
"It's like an informational ses-
sion," he said.
At the Israeli booth, LSA junior
Roy Braid commented on the impor-
tance of events to educate students
about different cultures. Braid added
that it is important to have different
countries represented because peo-
ple know about their own cultures,
but should also be educated about
William Huang, an LSA student
and representative at the Chinese
booth, said he hoped the carnival
would be held again next year.
"It's a really great idea," he said,
also calling it "a great way to get a
feel for other cultures."
Huang added that learning about

new cultures from peers also helps to
eliminate stereotypes students might
have about those culture.
But some presentations created ten-
sions between the different groups.
The spokesman of the Israeli Stu-
dent Organization, Orrin Pail, said
he was disturbed by a Power Point
presentation that was part of the
Arab display, which he considered
an attack on Zionism and the state of

"I was very angry to see the Arab
cultural table bring politics into the
environment and found many of their
statements offensive and inappropri-
ate in a place that is meant for people
to embrace their own cultures, not
attack others," Pail said.
But LSA sophomore Rama Salhi,
who represented the"Arab culture,
said it was important for students to

also be aware of the current politi-
cal situations of their cultures, since
other cultures have impacted their
South Quad's Residence Staff, the
Honors Program and South Quad's
Multicultural Council organized the
carnival. Jennifer Black, a South
Quad resident advisor, said atten-
dance at the cultural carnival had
been better than expected.

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