Wednesday, May 15, 1996 - The Michigan Daily - 9
English concentrator Tilney Marsh flashes a thumbs up sign after winning the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship. Mar
first University student in four years to win the scholarship.
kov. Engler declares May 'Motorcycle Safety
sy Brooe shneier
For the Daily
This month has been designated by
Gov. Engler as Motorcycle Safety
Awareness Month. According to Eric
Larson, the coordinator of Motorcycle
Safety Awareness month, this
is aimed at "crest-
ing a broader recog- POOP
ition of motorcy-
cles in the overall cars don
and reducing the motorcy
number of motorcy-
cle accidents and
deaths on Michigan 1996 Univei
Larson said the
target audience incorporates both
vehicle drivers and motorcycle opera-
In a letter to The Michigan Daily,
Larson said motorcyclists are asking
that motorists look for motorcycles as
they drive, not only this month, but all
Although many Ann Arbor riders
are aware of the safety precautions and
issues of motorcycles, they may not be
aware of this month's dedication to
Jason Vanmatre, a junior at Pioneer
High School, is enrolled in a two-hour
Recreational Vehicles course each day
on repairing motor-
To in cycles. Vanmatre,
however, said he
(it notie did not know this
month was dedicat-
oIes." ed to motorcycle
- Dede Webb said he always
sity graduate wears a helmet
because of the dan-
ger involved with motorcycles.
"Most bikes have some sort of dam-
age from a drop or accident,"
Vanmatre said. He said motorcycle
safety is not addressed in his course,
but he will need to take a safety course
through Washtenaw Community
College if he wants to get his motor-
cyle license before he reaches age 18.
Dede Webb, a 1996 University grad-
uate, said she grew up around motor-
cycles. She has attended a number of
motorcycle events and the Sturgis rally
in South Dakota twice. Unusually, she
did not wear a helmet at the rally.
"There are no cars at Sturgis, so the
bikers feel safe. Most motorcycle acci-
dents occur with cars," Webb said.
"People in cars don't notice motorcy-
cles due to their small size."
She added that since bikers do not
have a wall or barrier separating them
from the outside, "they are more care-
ful, alert, and aware of what is going
on around them."
There is a nationwide debate over
instituting helmet laws for all states.
The helmet law is analagous to the
seatbelt law because it is required in
some states, but not all.
"I personally always wear a helmet,
even in states that don't require it,"
said Leon Lewis, manager of a Harley
Davidson store on Jackson Rd. "I feel
if you are 21 years old, you should
have the personal freedom to choose
whether or not to wear one."
'U' Student wins Beinecke Award
By Nathan Huebner standards of intellectual ability,
For the Daily scholastic achievement and personal
When Tilney Marsh read her e- promise."
mail at work on April 10, she found a "It was hard to concentrate during
surprise message from an address she finals," Marsh said. "I was so excited
didn't recognize. It consisted of a list that I had won."
of the names of 16 students from dif- Marsh said her family was thrilled
ferent schools across the nation. as well when they heard the good news.
"What's this all about?" she asked Marsh, who will be a senior in the
herself. As Marsh glanced over the list, fall, is an English concentrator who
she noticed her own name. She read on plans to get a masters degree. in
to discover that she was the recipient English literature after she graduates.
of the Beinecke Brothers Memorial She said she would like to take a year.
Scholarship. off before graduate school.
The Beinecke Scholarship is award- The Beinecke award is a $32,000
ed to students, based on both merit and scholarship that students apply for dur-
need. It is open ding the second
each year to 72 term of their
schools, each of It was hard to junior year. They
which can nomi- receive $2,000
nate only one concentrate drig upon graduation
student. If a stu- and the rest of
dent from a finals. I was so the money is
school wtns, the L a divided etween
school muslwait excited that I d the first and se-
for three years ond years of
before nominat- won. graduate school.
ing another stu- Tilney Marsh "It's a very
denh last time Beinecke Scholarship recipient edause tad
a University of Michigan student was n't affect the amount of financial aid
awarded the scholarship was in 1992, the student is still eligible for," Wallin
when Denise Bell, a history concentra- said.
tor, received the honor. When asked if she thought her
"It's a very prestigious award," said chances of winning were good, Marsh
Liina Wallin, associate director of the replied, "It's always too hard to tell
Honors program. with these things. It's so high-profile."
Since its creation in 1975, the Marsh, who is originally from
Beinecke scholarship has been award- Maine but currently resides in
ed to more than 180 college juniors Franklin, Michigan, said she plans on
who have demonstrated "superior a career as a college English professor.
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