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2A - Thursday, November 1, 2007

A HALLOWEEN TREAT?

A feminist education

In the midst of the social re
lion at the height of the women's
eration movement at the Univer
in the early 1970s, a group of stud
decided they were missing a key
of their education.
They wanted a discourse on
female experience.
A small group of female volunt
led an experimental women's s
ies course in the fall of 1972. But
University canceled the course a
a semester because women's stu
wasn't recognized as an acade
subject at the time.
This cancellation set off the
dent body. Led by the Committe.
Women's Issues, which had previ
ly focused its efforts on addressing
University's hiring polices, stud
circulated petitions and submitt
proposal to the LSA executive c
mittee to reinstate the course.
The efforts succeeded, and
University decided to bring back
course.
CRIME NOTES
Stairway ramp
swiped from
loading dock
WHERE: Martha Cook Build-
ing
WHEN: Tuesday at about 8:15
WHAT: A stairway ramp was
stolen from the loading dock
area of the dormitory, the
Department of Public Safety
reported.

In 1973, the official women's stud-
ies program was introduced to the
University as an interdisciplinary
unit within LSA and did not yet have a
recognized major. It wouldbe another
two years before the program would
officially become as a major.
Initially, the major only had four
courses: "Women in Victorian Lit-
erature," "Women and the Law,"
"Psychology of Women" and Psycho-
logical Aspects of Fertility." These
pilot courseswere designed to explore
common myths about women, wom-
en's status in society and the social
expectations for women.
Women's studies concentrators
fulfilled the rest of their graduation
requirements by taking courses in
other departments such as English
and history.
The program also offered mini-
courses and gave students opportuni-
ties to volunteer at women's prisons,
local women's hospital wards and
women's crisis centers.

The creation of the majorwas three t
years behind San Diego State Univer-
sity, which is credited with the oldestx
women's studies department, but the,
University's program also preceded
similar programs, including ones at
Yale University and the University of
California at Berkeley.
The program has come a long way
since those four basic classes.,
According to the program's web-
site, women's studies goals now focus:
on providing concentrators with an ;
understanding of women, gender and
sexuality. Teaching now emphasizes
the effect of feminist thought andV
studies across multiple disciplines.
Women's studies majors explore the
relationship between feminism and
multicultural issues, as well as the F
global reach of feminist ideals.
Built up from a single class, the
program now offers both graduate
and undergraduate programs at the Dean of Engineer ng David Munson and Nancy Munson,
University. his wife, celebrate Halloween on North Campus yester-
KOJOASIEDU day next to the Bell Tower.

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Bag nabbed
from courts
WHERE: Central Campus Rec-
reationBuilding
WHEN: Tuesday at about 11
p.m.
WHAT: A male University stu-
dent's bag was stolen from the
basketball courts at the CCRB,
DPS reported. The student was
playing basketball at the time
of the theft. The bag contained
a wallet, cell phone and cloth-
ing. DPS has no suspects.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Workshop on of Social Work Building
interviewing Presentation

Dog without Two vehicles
leash reported in crash in Kipke
the Arb parking lot

techniques
WHAT: A workshop aimed at
improving answers to tough
job interview questions
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Today from noon to
1p.m. '
WHERE: Maize and Blue
Auditoriums, Student Activi-
ties Building
Lecture on
robots
WHAT: A lecture about
humanoid robots by Anthro-
pology Prof. Jennifer Robert-
son, University professor in
the Department of Anthropol-
ogy and author
WHO: Center for Japanese
Studies
WHEN: Today from 7:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Room 1636, School

on Nigerian and
Jewish relations
WHAT: Rabbi Howard Gorin
speaks on his time with the
Nigerian Ibo tribe and some
of the tribe members' choice
to adopt Jewish customs and
practice
WHO: Hillel
WHEN: Today at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Mandell L. Berman
Center, Hillel
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California sex offenders
received special Hallow-
een sanctions, The San Jose
Mercury News reported. Sex
offenders had to stay at home
last night between the hours of
5 p.m. and 5 a.m. They had to
turn off all exterior lights and
weren't allowed to answer their
door for anyone but the police.
Iowa has begun taxing
pumpkins because they
are considered decora-
tions, The Associated Press
reported. Consumers plan-
ning to eat their pumpkins may
fill out a tax exemption form.
Pumpkins used to be consid-
ered an edible squash.
3In 1970, former Univer-
sity art student Pat Oleszko
dressed up in a nude body
suit and drove herself around
like on a homecoming float. She's
at the Michigan Theater today.
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WHERE: Nichols Arboretum
WHEN: Tuesday at about 9
a.m.
WHAT: A caller reported an
off-leash dog walking in the
Arb, a violation of a University
ordinance, according to DPS.
The suspect and the dog left
before police arrived on the
scene.

WHERE: Parking Lot, 1211
Kipke
WHEN: Tuesday at about 2:30
p.m.
WHAT: Two vehicles collided
when one was attempting to
park, DPS reported. The only
damage reported was a chipped
mirror. There were no injuries.

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