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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Thursday. Januarv 6

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ON CAMPUS
Korean pottery
acquired for Art
Museum
Nearly 250 works of Korean pot-
tery were acquired last month and are
being shown at University's Museum
of Art until July. 24.
The pieces of pottery were crafted
by Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp, who
are from California, and include
ceramics, metalworking, paintings
and other decorative arts.
Art museum hosts
final installment
* of African exhibit
In the final installment of the Muse-
um of Art's exhibit "Masterworks of
African Art", curator Michael Kaan
will be showing art from the Yoruba,
a people of southwest Nigeria and the
Republic of Benin.
The exhibit, which began Nov. 13,
will continue through May 8. The
exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 9
p.m.
MSA sponsors
website for
cheaper books
To provide textbooks at a cheaper price,
the Michigan Student Assembly sponsors
DogEars.net, a website that allows stu-
dents to exchange their textbooks with
other students across the nation.
Currently, 2,883 students are regis-
tered under the website and 1,61 text-
books are listed, ready for sale. There
are no advertisements on the site and
the website also includes books from 43
other colleges.
Students can go to www.dogears.net
to register and begin browsing for books
to buy and sell.
CRIME
NOTES
Trespasser
escorted out of
restricted area
On Tuesday night, a trespasser was
found walking into a construction site
near Palmer Drive parking structure.
He was contacted by the construction
staff and told to leave the premises.
Upon arrival, the Department of Pub-
lic Safety reported that the trespasser
had already left the area.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Economics
Dept. shrugs off
building fire

Jan. 6, 1982 - Two weeks after a fire
burned through the Economics Building
over winter break, staff found that most
of the interior contents of the building
did not survive the destruction.
Some professors were forced to
. relocate classes and the department had
to reschedule its courses. But despite the
damage, faculty and students said the
University had handled the disaster well
as most classes were not canceled.
The fire occurred on Dec. 24 at 10
p.m. and was fueled in part by how
being nearly entirely constructed out
of wood. Firefighters did not put out
the fire until Christmas Day. The
cause of the fire was undetermined.
Robert Darvas, a local consulting
structural engineer, estimated the cost
to reconstruct the building with the
same model at $2.5 million.
CORRECTIONS
In yesterday's article "Regents OK
new academic building plans" on Page
1A, University spokeswoman for Facili-
ties and Operations, Diane Brown was
misquoted as saying the new academic
building on Thayer Street did not con-
tain major research bases, or areas where
research is done.
The article should have said Brown

Theme semester focuses on Middle East

New semester aims
to educate students
more on the region
By Melissa Ackerman
For the Daily
For students who have been curious about the
Middle East, the School of Literature, Science
and the Arts is here to lift the veil. Students will
have a number of opportunities to learn about
the Middle East, from mastering the art of Ara-
bic calligraphy to learning the fundamentals of
Islam.
In an effort to show the more personal side of a
region that some Americans consistently view as
a hotbed of violence, religious fanaticism and ter-
rorism, LSA's winter 2005 theme semester pres-
ents "Cultural Treasures of the Middle East."
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the (Uni-
versity) and Ann Arbor communities to gain a
fuller appreciation of the Middle East's rich and
diverse heritage," said Mark Tessler, vice provost
for international affairs and director of the Inter-
national Institute.
The aim of this undertaking is to focus on Mid-
dle Eastern culture rather than politics by offer-
ing a wide variety of courses as well as events.
Included are film series, lectures, exhibits at
university museums, and concerts in conjunction
with the University Musical Society's Arab World
Music Festival Series.
Marcia Inhorn, director of the Center for Mid-

dle Eastern and North African Studies, said the
theme semester is "all-inclusive" in terms of how
it encompasses region, time-span and medium. It
strives to include as many Middle Eastern coun-
tries as possible.
"We tried to make this very inclusive and
broader than just the Arab world to include Iran,
Turkey and Israel, as well," said Inhorn.
Christine Fergus, a MENAS
graduate student, said misconcep- "It is hard
tions abound about the various
cultures and ethnic groups of this aWay fror
region of the world.
"It is hard to break away of the Mi
from the view of the Middle
East as monolithic - all des- as monoli
ert, all Arab, all Muslim - desertall
even for me, someone who'sal
gone abroad," Fergus said. all Muslin
"Even the term Middle East
is detrimental, because it tends for me, so
to lump all these different peo-
ples together and continues who's gon
stereotypes. That is why this
theme semester is so exciting.
It has the possibility to erase
stereotypes," she added. R
Theme semester events
span various subjects, ranging
ancient art forms such as mystic Sufi music to the
Lebanese experimental singer, Sam Shalabi, hail-
ing from the Montreal underground music scene.
"We in the U.S. don't know enough about this
region of the world," Inhorn said. "Our goal is to
open up people's minds to the Middle East."
Inhorn said that many other centers across the
country are similarly focusing on Middle Eastern

culture, in lieu of the politics.
Applications to the Middle Eastern and North
African Studies masters program have doubled
since last year, and job openings in fields related
to the Middle East also have doubled.
After the conclusion of Winter semester, LSA
will have two semesters which focus more on the
natural sciences, and another semester centered

to break
n the view
ddle East
ithic - all
Arab,
n -even
)meone
e abroad."
Christine Fergus
Rackham student

upon the social sciences.
Fall 2005's, "100 years
beyond Einstein," sponsored
by the Departments of Physics
and Chemistry.
The theme semester will
focus on scientific research
and progress since Einstein's
landmark publicationa hun-
dred years ago of a series of
papers concerning physics
which revolutionized the sci-
entific world.
For the Winter 2006, a col-
laborative effort by numerous
university departments and
museums will look at biologi-
cal evolution from a variety of
disciplines ranging from pale-
ontology to psychology and
philosophy in a theme semes-

Cultural
treasures
Theme semester events
From today to June 5 the
Museum of Art will host an
exhibit exploring the art of
writing in the Middle East.
On Jan. 12, Middle East-
ern artist Sam Sharabi will
performa fusion of Middle
Eastern music with Western
format the Lydia Mendels-
sohn Theatre at 8 p.m.
Starting Feb. 4 and con-
tinuing throughout the year,
the Kelsey Museum will host
an exhibit examining the
early arts in Iran, looking at
the period before the devel-
opment of writing.
More general information
on the theme semester can
be found at www.lsa.umich.
edu/sa/theme/middleeast/
Information of courses
for the theme semester can
be found at www.lsa.umich.
edu/cg/

ter that will be titled "Explore Evolution."
Finally, academic year 2006-07 will look at,
"The Theory and Practice of Citizenship: from
the Local to the Global," sponsored by the LSA
Dean's Office and other faculty members.
These theme semesters will also promote their
goals through lectures, courses and outreach pro-
grams.

i

Jobs come easier for bilingual students

By Eboni Mack
For the Daily

Many undergraduate students at the Universi-
ty are concerned about what is in store for them
after University life, as it is often difficult for
students to find that ideal job right out of col-
lege.
But many students are discovering that con-
centrations in a second language, particularly in
Spanish, give them an edge in the applicant pool
and enhance their undergraduate experiences as
well.
Maria Dorantes, a language assistant and lec-
turer in the University's Department of Roman
Languages, said there are benefits in many
career fields for language concentrators.
"Students who do know a foreign language
would be compensated (because they have more
credentials)," Dorantes said.
"The workplace continues to be multicul-
tural," said Terri LaMarco, associate director
of employer relations in the University's Career

Center. The more exposure you have with differ-
ent cultures, the more you are able to be com-
fortable, to better contribute and relate readily
within the workplace, LaMarco said.
Recently, Spanish is a language that has aided
students in connecting with their very first jobs.
Students like LSA junior Allison Ewing are
finding that having a Spanish concentration will
eventually be beneficial in their search for a
job.
Ewing, who wants to go into education, said
she wants to use her Spanish speaking abilities
for traveling and to possibly teach immigrants
- a demographic that Ewing said usually miss-
es out on opportunities due to lack of teachers
trained to assist them.
Susanna Coll, a University lecturer who teach-
es intermediate levels of Spanish, said Spanish
is comparable to English because you can go to
many countries and speak the language and it
opens a lot of doors professionally.
To Ewing, speaking Spanish is more than just

Approximately 500 million people speak Spanish
worldwide and it is the second most used language
among speakers of more than one language
according to the Abanico School of Spanish.

learning a language.
"Being able to speak another language allows
you to communicate with people that you nor-
mally wouldn't communicate with."
She also said there is a culture behind the lan-
guage that promotes an interest in other things.
Another benefit is that students can apply the
language they have learned by studying abroad,
Coll said. She added that in studying abroad with
knowledge of the country's language, students
can see the world with different eyes, offering
them a new perspective on life.
As there is a great number of students that
choose to study another language, the Univer-
sity offers a program called International Career

Pathways, which is a fall study abroad program
that educates students on how to find career
opportunities abroad.
According to CollegeBoard.com, an organiza-
tion that helps students find a college, Spanish is
extremely valuable for business and government
careers. Other critical jobs for Spanish speak-
ers are banking, social services, translating and
international student exchangeprograms.
According to the Abanico School of Spanish,
an organization that helps students study the
language in Spain, approximately 500 million
people speak Spanish worldwide, making it the
second most used language among speakers of
more than one language.

Despite death rate,
internationi aid to
Congo decreases

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
skies over Asia are being darkened
these days by an abundance of relief-
bearing cargo planes, reflecting the
huge outpouring of international
sympathy and support in response to
the tsunami crisis.
But in eastern Congo and other regions
of Africa afflicted by humanitarian hard-
ship, people might reasonably ask, "How
about some relief for us?"
The crisis in the Democratic Repub-
lic of the Congo is widely viewed as the
world's deadliest.
A study released Dec. 9 by the
New York-based International Res-
cue Committee reports that 3.8
million people in eastern Congo
have died since 1998 and that about
31,000 continue to die monthly as a
result of continuing conflict.
However tragic the fallout from the

Much of the instability in eastern
Congo stems from the presence of
thousands of Rwandan Hutu rebels
who took part in the genocide against
Rwandan Tutsis in 1994. The region
is rife with cross-border and ethnic
tensions. About 11,000 U.N. peace-
keepers are deployed there.
The mortality data for the IRC study
was collected between January 2003 and
April 2004. It found that 1,000 people a
day died in excess of normal mortality.
Almost half were children under 5 killed
by disease and malnutrition - an out-
growth of a destroyed health care system.
There are obvious differences
between the eastern Congo's misery
and that of the tsunami's target area.
The latter is generally at peace while
the Congo remains riven with conflict,
impeding humanitarian assistance.
David Beckmann, president of Bread
for the World, a

Indian Ocean tsu-
nami may be, the
number of victims
will not be com-
parable to those
in Central Africa.
As of yesterday,
the tsunami death
toll was about
150,000.
Led by a $500
million commit-
ment from Japan,
some $2 billion
has been pledged
thus far for the
tsunami's victims.
According to the
IRC study, inter-
national humani-
tarian aid for Congo

I

"I'm baffled
why there
a similar le
of solidarit-
or concern
the people
the Congo

1
,
:
1
..

as to Christian pro-
development group,
isn't says Congo is get-
kvel ting short shrift.
"The world is
not overreacting
to the tsunami but
for is underreacting
to misery in other
of places," he said,
citing Congo as an
." example.
He added that the
chard Brennan slower-paced accu-
mulation of victims
ational Rescue in Central Africa,
ittee specialist compared with
the Indian Ocean
rim, has meant
less international attention - and less
humanitarian aid.

- Ri
Intern
Comm
was $188 millionl

- $3.23 per person - 2004.
The U.S. Agency for International
Development spent $54 million on Congo

Beckmann also believes race may
be working against the Congolese.

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