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Group plans
U sexuality
conference

lby Purvi Shah
liDaily Staff Reporter

I A conference on the Cultural
Construction of Sexuality will be
held at the University Oct. 5 and 6
this year to examine how socializa-
ion in American culture creates sex-
-ual stereotypes and what impact
"these stereotypes have.
The stereotypes to be discussed
"cover a wide range of issues.
"Things like 'Rape is a woman's
fault' and 'Homosexuality is a per-
tiersion and not just one of many
choices"' are topics which will be
-discussed, said Conference Planning
"Committee member Linda Kurtz.
Kurtz argues that these issues are
-x critical for all people, but especially
women. "First, women can get
pregnant and second, women are
subordinate in every society. It's
easy to have access to women's sex-
uality and use it and abuse it," Kurtz
said.
The conference is also designed to
explain what it means to be a man,
woman, heterosexual, or homosex-
,ual in this society. "That's certainly
-not the way it is in other cultures.
They have a different way of looking
.at the whole thing (sexuality). This
'Would be useful to people," Kurtz
nsaid.
The Planning Committee is seek-
ing a grant from the Women's Stud-
ies Department as well as searching
for off-campus funding for the con-
ference.
The keynote speakers for both
days of the conferene have already
been selected. Gloria Anzaldua, a
U Latino lesbian, who has written a,
number of books, and is now writ-
ing the Culture of Construction of
Identity, will speak along with
Micheal Kimmel, a sociology pro-
fessor at the State University of New
York-Stonybrook. Kimmel is cur-
*rently working on a book titled;
'Gender and Desire.
Goals of the conference includei
moving away from the us-them di-

chotomy, providing tools for per-
sonal liberation, as well as enhanc-
ing awareness of a person's beliefs
and choices and the use of sexuality
to oppress people, Kurtz said. Per-
sonal experiences, not academics,
will be the focus.
Kurtz estimates an audience of
500 people, who will participate in a
panel discussion and choose from
workshops following the panel each
day.
People are encouraged to plan
their own workshop by sending in a
one to two-page description of the
theme of the workshop to the Plan-
ning Committee.
"We are all experienced on sex,
because it is part of us. If we're all
experts, we all have a certain amount
of ability to do a workshop. We're
looking for personal experience, as
well as an analysis of what goes on
in daily life," said George Kelley,
Planning Committee member.
Conference planners were moti-
vated to participate for a variety of
reasons.
Planning Committee member
Paul Potts wants to create a more
egalitarian society."I'm interested in
the role men can play in sexuality,"
said Potts. "The stereotypes that hurt
women, also hurt men."
"I wanted to find more intellec-
tual curiosity about sexuality in our
society because I know it creates
problems in our society," LSA Ju-
nior Peter Yonclas, who is helping
to plan the event, said.
"I've often questioned society's
constructions of sexuality. I've had
debates with friends about artificial
barriers between men and women.
This is something I've been talking
about and no one's been able to ex-
plain to me," said Rackham student
Nadine Leavitt. "There are authori-
ties on sexuality. Society has norms
and we don't question those norms.
I'm not expecting enlightenment of
the Buddha, just a questioning of the
norms."

En barre
Kristie Werness, age 11, demonstrates for the first grade ballet class at the Sylvia Studio of Dance yesterday.

Chang es in SAT

will not.

Women's
group
opposes
Gulf war
by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
It's not just a man's job anymore
- even war is becoming an equal-
opportunity employer.
Force for Black Women (FBW), a
new women's organization on cam-
pus, is organizing to oppose the war
and protect the interests of women
involved. Eleven percent of the U.S.
troops stationed in.the Middle East
are women.
Women are faced with both active
participation and caring for family
members who fought in the war.
"The issue is very critical to women.
For the first time, we're seeing
women actively involved in the war
- in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf,"
said Marla Philpot, co-founder of the
group.
"Women have to care for their
family. It's important that women
allow their voices to be heard be-
cause they are going to have to pick
up the pieces when they (the troops)
get home," she added.
One of the group's concerns in-
volves single parents in the war.
Earlier this week Pentagon
spokesperson Pete Williams ad-
dressed single parents in the war,
saying, "We feel it's important to
give the military flexibility with
these issues."
Philpot believes exceptions
should be made. "Single parents
should be exempt from serving in
the Gulf because we have a respon-
sibility first to serving in our com-
munity," she said. "We're the sole
providers for our children - eco-
nomically and emotionally."
Inger Lovett, co-founder of the
drganization, concurred, stating she
came from a single-parent family and
would have been lost without her
mother.'
"I don't think we had a shortage
of people (to serve). There are so
many other people that could go and
not jeopardize the child. I don't think
they (single parents) should be away
from the home or put in situations
where they could be killed. I don't
think that's fair."
By placing women in a precar-
ous situation, the war is a way for
the establishment to get back at
women's rights activists, she said.
"You wanted these rights and we're
going to stick it to you!" Lovet
added.
Lovett sees a contradiction in
President George Bush's actions.
"Abortion is murder and war is not?
I don't see how he (Bush) can be so
hypocritical on something that is so
important to women's. rights," she
said.

affect 'U' admission policy

by Garrick Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
The University does not plan to
change its undergraduate admis-
sions policies despite major revi-
sions to the Scholastic Aptitude
Test (SAT) to be implemented in
early 1994.
The current changes have
drawn added attention in light of
recent charges that the SAT ques-
tions and format favor students on
the basis of class, sex, and ethnic-
ity.
"I don't see any changes in the
admissions process at the moment
because the individual units are
trying to attract and enroll the best
qualified students," said Donald
Swain, associate director for ad-
missions.
Swain emphasized that a high
school student's academic perfor-
mance in the college preparatory
subjects, as measured by grade
point average (GPA), is the most

important factor in the admissions
process.
"The GPA we calculate is
based on the courses that most
students are able to take in any
school system,"'Swain said.
"The SAT exam helps us un-
derstand better about the grading
practices of schools we are not too
familiar with and how (students)
use the knowledge they have
gained over a period of time,"
Swain said. "It has a good balanc-
ing effect in separating students
who had an easy time getting good
grades and those who did not."
Swain added that a high SAT
score does not make up for low
performance in the classroom.
"The College Board and the
Education Testing Service (ETS)
decided three years ago that major
changes in the SAT exam are
needed to meet the changes in
student demographics and the ex-

pectations of colleges," said Jan
Gams, spokesperson for the Col-
lege Board. The College Board
and ETS write, publish, and dis-
tribute the SAT exams nationwide.
Gams said the following
changes will be in place in early
1994:
The verbal section will con-
tain longer critical reading pas-
sages which will focus on a stu-
dent's evaluative and reasoning
skills.
Test takers will have to pro-
duce answers instead of selecting
from a list of possible choices in
the math section. They will be
permitted to use calculators to
compute their answers;
The Test of Standard Writ-
ten English will be eliminated.
"We have taken great pains to
make sure that the exam discrimi-
nates on the basis of knowledge
only," Gams said.

Correction and clarification:
The Daily misidentified the office of the Director of the Division of
Research Development Administration (DRDA). in a photo yesterday. In
addition, yesterday's sit-in occurred in the DRDA offices, which are
located in the Institute for Social Research. The two offices are
otherwise unrelated. The Daily apologizes for any misunderstanding.
haTHE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

France, Turkey, and Lebanon
hit by war-related bombings

Meetings
ACT-UP Ann Arbor, weekly
meeting. Group not affiliated with
Revolutionary Workers' League. Call
665-1797 or 662-6282 for info. Union,
Rm. 2209, 7:30.
ACT-UP, weekly meeting. Union,
Rm. 2209,7:30.
Tagar, weekly meeting. Hillel, 8:00.
Gay Awareness Week planning
meeting. Union, Rm. 3000, 7:15.
Hellenic Students Associa-tion.
International Center, 8-9:00.
Support Our Soldiers. Fish-bowl,
$ALSA. Trotter House, 7:30.
ACLU, U-M Chapter. Hutchins Hall,
Rm. 150,7:00.
Campus Safety Committee. Union,
Rm. 3000, 3-5:00.
College Life, weekly meeting,
sponsored by Campus Crusade for
Christ. Dental School, G005 Kellogg
Aud., 7:00.
U of M Snowboarding Club. Call
764-2759 for info. Angell Hall, Rm.
6443, 9:00.
Rainforest Action Movement.
School of Natural Resources, Rm.
1040,7:00.
Pre-Med Club. Union, Anderson
Rm., 6:30.
In Focus Filmworks. Film and video
production cooperative looking for
new students (and bring pennies). For
info call Michael at 662-8481. 1051
Frieze Bldg., 6:00.
Amnesty International, campus
chapter. Union, Rm. 1209, 7:00.
Speakers
Linda Gregerson, sponsored by
Viciting Writers Series. Rackham
West Conference Rm., 5:00.
"The Civil Rights Movement in the
1950s and 1960s," part of weeklong
lecture series; Dr. James Forman,

"Physical Mechanisms of Spin
Relaxation-Toward an
Understanding of Photo-synthetic
Water Oxidation," Prof. Robert
Sharp, speaker. Chem. Bldg., Rm.
1640, 4:00.
"The Hegemony of the Mo-dern,
The Suppression of the Medieval,"
Theresa Tinkle, speaker. Rackham
East Conference Rm., 8:00.
"Religious Revival: A Global
Phenomenon?" featuring seven
separate speeches. Rackham
Amphitheatre, 3-5:00.
"China and the World: Perceptions
and Miscon-ceptions," Prof. Allen
Whiting of University of Arizona,
speaker. Rackham Amphitheater,
8:00.
"lVor Better or Worse-'Til
Something Better Comes A-long,"
Helen Fisher, speaker. Rackham
Assembly Hall, 4:00.
"Michigan Economic Agenda for
the 1990s; Past, Present and
Future," David Littman, speaker.
Call 543-0155 for info. Dominico's
Restaurant, 2847 Coo-lidge Highway,
Berkley, Michigan, 7-10:00.
Furthermore.
Safewalk functions 8-11:30 am Sun.-
Thurs. Call 936-1000 or stop by 102
UGLi.
Northwalkfunctions 8-11:30 am
Sun.-Thurs. Call 763-WALK or stop
by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sunday-
Wednesday, Angell/HavensComputing
Center, 7-11:00.
Russkij Chaj, weekly Russian
conversation practice. MLB 3rd floor
conference rm., 4-5:00.
Off Campus Housing Day, sponsored
by Housing Information Office. Union
Ballroom, 12-4:00.
U of M Shotokan Karate Club,

Associated Press
Fears of war-related terrorist
attacks prompted the closing of
Western buildings from India to
Laos yesterday, and several
bombings were reported.
A powerful explosion killed a
guard in a partly French-owned
bank in Baalbek, Lebanon, the
traditional stronghold of the fun-
damentalist Shiite Hezbollah, or
Party of God.
The early morning blast oc-

curred a few hours after a bomb
went off outside the French Em-
bassy in West Berlin, causing
damages but no casualties.
In Istanbul, Turkey, bombs ex-
ploded in the buildings of two U.S.
organizations Wednesday, slightly
injuring one Turkish employee, and
causing extensive damage, the
semi-official Anatolia News
Agency reported.
The attackers left behind notes
signed DEV SOL (Revolutionary

Left), an extreme leftist under-
ground group that has been carry-
ing out attacks since the 1970's,
according to a reporter at the
scene. The notes said the bombing
was to protest Turkey's involve-
ment in the gulf war.
The seventh day of fighting left
few areas of the globe untouched
by the war.

Brady asks Congress
for S&L bailout money

WASHINGTON (AP) - Trea-
sury Secretary Nicholas Brady said
yesterday that the savings and loan
bailout agency will have to shut
down operations by the first of
March unless Congress appropri-
ates more money for it.
He asked for an open-ended ap-
propriation to continue the bailout.
"Immediate congressional ac-
tion to provide additional...funds is
essential," he said in testimony for
the Senate Banking Committee.
Without such action, the Resolu-
tion Trust Corp.'s "process will
halt and the taxpayers costs will
increase," he said.

The Bush administration ex-
pects to spend $80 billion to close
or sell 225 insolvent S&Ls by
September 30. Brady said $30 bil-
lion of that would be to cover the
institutions' losses. The rest is to
be borrowed short term and repaid
as the government sells loans, real
estate, and other assets inherited
from the failed thrifts.
Brady urged Congress to put an
end to the stop-and-go pattern of
the bailout program, which has
been forced to slow its work as the
administration seeks more money.

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