The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 1, 2002- 3
'U' psychology prof., women's movement leader dies
By Andrew McCormack
For the Daily
A retired University Social Psychol-
ogy professor, whose impact on the
Michigan community and the Women's
Rights Movement is found not only in
the books she published but from the
words of her colleagues, died June 15
from congestive heart failure.
Elizabeth "Libby" Douvan was an
activist in every sense of the word,
friends said. At the forefront of the
Women's Rights movement, she
advanced the opinion, controversial
even to many hardened feminists, that
women's social liberation should not
interfere with family dynamic.
A boy and his hors
"She was committed to women's female founding member of the Insti- at various ages, thereby crew
rights, but that did not make her hate tute for Social Research in 1948, a pro- framework where she could
males," said for- fessor at the University for more than adolescent growth. She publish
mer University 50 years, a member of the Society of findings in a 1966 book title
Prof. Joseph Fellows and a founder of the women's Adolescent Experience." Sh
Veroff, a long-time studies program at the University. went on to study the psychol
colleague who co- Douvan also ran a program at the women, the way they felt abot
authored three Fielding Graduate Institute, where position in the social order a
books with Dou- black and white women shared their way that made them feel about
van. experiences to come to a mutual selves, Veroff said.
With Libby, "it understanding about their gender. In her later work, Douvan, w
wasn't about com- "She wasn't the kind of teacher that chology Prof. Martin Gold, c
peting," added had an agenda," Veroff said. "People felt develop an idea of social psycho
Sonya Delgado, a Douvan as if she cared when she talked to them." a practice that should encompass
friend and former student of Douvan. "It In Dr. Douvan's early career as an of anthropology, sociology and1
was about educating women." intellectual, she worked with others ality theory. "Most social psyc
When it came to education, Douvan to study the ways in which boys' and concentrates on the individual's
meant business. She was the only girls' notions of themselves differed him or her self in society. She at
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resisted that. They were interested in the
real relationship between people and
Friends said they'had no doubt Dou-
van loved the University. She was a
tireless educator, approving a student's
dissertation one week before she
passed away. She was a director of the
Throughout her life, Douvan was an
open-minded intellectual that never
tired in her pursuit of the betterment of
society, friends said.
"I argued with her once in public,'
Delgado remembered. "I later apolo-
gized, and she held my hand and said:
'I can learn from you, Dear' ... When
she said that, that was her essence."
By Karen Schwartz
Though there are no local fireworks in Ann
Arbor, many students are still trying to find
ways to get a bang out of their Independence
Day while staying in town.
Hosting picnics and barbecues, watching
movies and spending time with friends are just
some of the ways people said they plan to spend
their time off.
Attending the 12th annual July 4 parade in
downtown Ann Arbor is another popular holi-
day pick. The parade starts on campus and trav-
els down Main Street and up William Street,
featuring musical guests and community
"The best part of the parade is the comnmuni-
ty involvement," parade chair Tara Sniezek said.
"We have so many different groups --sthe par-
ticipation is unbelievable" Last year's parade,
she said, was attended by around 20,000 people.
She expects even more people to line the streets
and watch this year.
Sniezek said she has found that people really
"just want to be a part of it" and added that she
feels the eventstruly belongs to the community.
Riding her bike down to the parade is LSA
sophomore Kelly Jackson's favorite July 4
memory. "It took awhile to get downtown, but it
was fun," she said.
Jackson said watching the parade and barbe-
cuing at Gallop Park equals def-iite fun on the
4th. But, she said, something is missing from
the festivities. "It just always seems like you
should have the fireworks."
Bob Kovats, a high school student from
Portage, Mich. who will be in Ann Arbor until
August as part of a summer program, said he
always sees fireworks on the 4th but that this
year he is going to have tomake other plans.
"I'll be disappointed because it'll be the first
4th I haven't seen fireworks but I'll get over it,"
he said, adding that he does not feel out of
options. "Ann Arbor is a really neat city, they
have a lot to offer"
Top of the Park's July 4 festivities will feature
a picnic, the Ann Arbor Civic Band, percussion
ensemble and the movie "Harry Potter and the
Also this weekend, the Ann Arbor Jaycees,
the junior Chamber of Commerce group, will
be holding their 51 st summer carnival from
Wednesday to Saturday at Pioneer High School,
Ann Arbor resident Omar Imran picks out
fireworks at Busters Food Mart on Platt Road,
offering games, face painting and rides.
in addition to parades and picnics, security is
at the front of many people's minds this 4th of
July weekend. And though there are no direct
threats in Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment Chief of Police Daniel Oates said there
will be extra police at community events. Since
Sept. 11, he said, there is a list of sensitive and
critical locations around the city that are also
being visited by extra patrols.
"We're just redoubling our efforts to remain
as vigilant as possible," Oates said, adding that
while extra caution will be taken on the holiday,
he thinks that everyone should relax and have a
good time and celebrate the 4th.
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sion to the grossly painted inside walls,
poor ventilation and unreliable elevators.
"It feels institutional and doesn't uti-
lize its space very well," LSA junior
Clair Morrissey said, expressing dissatis-
faction with the MLB. "The basement of
the MLB is definitely my least favorite
place to have class," she said adding that
"it feels like a dungeon and we all have
to take so many classes down there."
Right now there is over $126 million
going into construction projects on cam-
pus. Senior Information Coordinator of
Facilities and Operations Diane Brown
said it is necessary to balance the needs
of the different academic units when
considering which projects to take on.
"Two years ago, Haven Hall would
have been the biggest complaint,"
Brown said, adding that "there is only so
much that (the Literature, Science and
Arts College) can handle while limiting
Brown said the Frieze building is
"clearly" in need of work and that a
complete demolition would be neces-
sary for any major improvements. This
type of long-term project is not pending,
though she said low cost improvements
are being explored.
The MLB is in better condition than
the Frieze Building, Brown said, adding
that she was unaware of the building's
unpopularity with students and profes-
sors. Though no major updating of the
building is planned, it will soon benefit
from a chiller plant that will provide air
conditioning for the MLB and Hill
The large amount and fast pace of
University construction will continue.
"It's a never ending process if you are
a good steward of resources, and the
University takes a lot of pride in being a
good steward," Brown said.
This ongoing process of updating the
facilities was delayed back in 1997.
"We did slow down a little because
(former President) Bollinger asked for a
company to come in and do a compre-
hensive master plan on campus, Brown
said, adding that "it provided a road map
of possibilities for planners to have a
cohesive and coordinatediplan to-tbllow."
Upcoming projects for LSA facilities
include work on the Literature, Science
and Arts Building and residence halls.
Students can expect the yellow tape and
cranes to be around for some time,
Brown said, emphasizing the importance
of continuous progress.
"It's a place we know needs to be
fresh and new in order to deliver the
kind of education this University expects
to be delivered," sh said.
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