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THE EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK with ANDREW GROSSMAN
tabv o )iIntents A look at the big news events this week and how important they really are. Ranked from 1 to10 for your convenience.
Wednesday, Jnur "1,2007 -TeMcia al
3B JUNK DRAWER
The most notable and outrageous
quotes from current events and
popular culture and other short
items about the week that was.
4B THE HMONG AMONG US
The neighbors you didn't know you had.
8B FORGET THE MONA LISA
The art of writing the
family holiday letter.
PROP2 TAKES EFFECT
Look for a spike in Red Bull sales near
the Office of University Admissions as
10 administrators tryvto drafta new policy
6 before they havetoadhere to Prop2.
For thefirsttime in12years.the Democrats
have taken hold of Congress. Theysaythey're
eagerfor bipartisanship- butonly after
they've pushed the core oftheir agenda.
BAGHDAD POWER SURGE
Tonight President Bushwill announce plans
to send upto 20,000 more American troops
to Baghdad. Students will likelybe ignor-
'ng a rally on the Diag within the week.
Bloomfield Hills native Mitt Romney
announced thetformation ofta committee to
0 1s explore a presidential bid last week. Romney
4 would bethenation'sfirst Mormon president.
TheU.S. attackedtargets intheSomalia.The
U.S. now has al for 2 record in not hitting
benign pharmaceutical plants while bomb-
0 9 0 ing in African countries that begin with'S.
A pungent naturalgas-likeodorwafted over
Manhattan and parts of NewJersey Tues-
day. Maybe that's the price Gotham pays
0 0 10 for being located next to the Garden State.
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PERSON OF THE WEEK
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was sworn in
as the first-ever female speaker of the House
Thursday. But in what may have came as a
disappointing diversion to many Democrats,
the nation woke up on Friday to a New
York Times lead photo showing a gavel-
waving, ear-to-ear grinning Pelosi at
the House rostrum surrounded by the
children and grandchildren of her col-
leagues. Republicans everywhere were thrilled
that the "mommy party" is back in charge.
V inding mannners
Marion Scher has been the director of Martha Cook Residence Hall, an all girls dorm and arguably the most
polite place on campus, for nine years. In a soft Scottish accent, she decried what she sees as a falling-off
of good manners on campus in recent years. Although rules of etiquette seem too antiquated and formal
for everyday use, there's more than one reason to learn to properly wear those cuff links. Whether or not
you take or leave her seven etiquette tips, it's good to know that if you have to impress your new boss or
your new girlfriend's parents, you can. After all, as Miss Manners once said, poor etiquette has destroyed
more relationships than evil hearts.
When accompanying a lady, a gentleman always walks on the outside of the curb,
nearer to the traffic.
At the dinner table, always pass the salt and pepper together, never just the salt alone.
Treat the salt and pepper as if they were a married couple that belongs together.
The best manners aren't showy, they're invisible. Truly good manners never cause
discomfort or embarrassment to anyone.
When you have finish your meal, place your knife and fork perpendicularly together
on the plate. This is a signal to most servers that your plate may be removed.
Write your thank-you notes promptly, even for those gifts that don't fully thrill you. In
life, the words"thank you" cannot be said too often.
Punctuality is essential. Be punctual and arrive at the promised time. Perennial late-
ness is rude and insulting.
Greet people you pass in the street with a cheery "Good morning" or "Good after-
noon." This will make all of campus more personable. Or, at the very least, you'll be
seen as more personable.
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Our Back Pages ( Local History Column
ormer University Presi- peppered with four-letter
dent Robben Fleming words. In fact, it wasn't too
wasn't fazed when a far from an average day at the
group of student activists office. -
came to his office presenting Fleming assumed Univer-
their demands in language sity's top job in 1968, a time
when student unrest was so
important an issue that it
dominated the discussion
when the University Board of
Regents interviewed him for
Fleming writes in his mem-
oirs that after letting this
particular group of activists
swear at him for a bit, he had
questions about their tech-
"I would be glad to talk to
them provided the obsceni-
ties stopped and we used bet-
ter English," he wrote. "It was
not, I explained, that I was
unfamiliar with the words
they were using since I had
served in the Army for three
and one half years and had
bargained with some rough-
talking trade unionists. It
was just that this group used
the obscenities so ineptly. A
good first sergeant would be
ashamed of them. There was
no color or flair to it. Obsceni-
ties, when used, were much
better handled by experts."
Fleming noted the meet-
ing was much more civil after
It's difficult to imagine a
more perfect resume than the
one Fleming had for the job
of University president dur-
ing an era when the Univer-
sity was widely known as a
center of student activism. A
lawyer by training who had
focused on labor law, Flem-
ing had supplemented an aca-
demic career and a few years
in the army with work as a
labor arbitrator, settling dis-
putes between management
and unions at a time when the
nation's workforce was much
more heavily unionized than
it is today.
There, Fleming learned how
to negotiate between hos-
tile parties. He learned that
much of human behavior in
confrontations is essentially
theatre. And he learned to be
patient in the face of provoca-
See FLEMING, page 6B
From page 6B
"There would be a better voice if all Asians or Hmong as
a whole" emphasized a college education, she said. After all,
there is strength - and support - in numbers.
Keeping up the courseload and choosing where to go to
college is difficult enough with aid from high school guid-
ance counselors and parents. To beone of the only members
- or the first - in your family to attend college, especially
coming from high schools that provide little support for
those aiming for higher education, is a feat few University
students can comprehend. But for many of the Detroit-area
Hmong youth, the scenario is not that far-fetched.
At one point, according to Lytongpao, there were more
Hmong students at the University of Michigan than at
Michigan State University. The steep price of a University
education and MSU's comparatively easier admissions pro-
cess must be taken into consideration, as should the conve-
nience of Detroit schools like University of Detroit-Mercy
and Wayne State. But the decrease of Hmong students on
campus may also be due to movement of the Hmong away
from Detroit. Many have moved south to farm in Arkansas,
Yang acknowledged that it would be nice to have more
Hmong students at the University. His thoughts may yet be
Osborn junior Noue Yang (no relation to Leng) has been
a Project Lighthouse scholar for the past three years. When
asked about where she wanted to go to school, Yang smiled
shyly at the prospect of four years in Ann Arbor.
"Isn't Michigan hard to get into?" she asked.
She broke out into a smile when told it "wasn't that tough"
to get accepted.
"I had never seen anything like Ann Arbor - I always
thought it was the coolest place," Maipa Vang said. Before
her time at the University, she had visited her older sister
there. "It's the number one school in Michigan. How could
you not want to go there?"
Perhaps at least for four years, the University could be a
place to call home for more Hmong students..