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The Michigan Daily -Thursday, March 21, 1991- Page 3

Scientist speaks
on politics of
global warming
by Robert Patton degree change in global temperature

:, How are scientists to communi-
cate the results of complex research
to the public through a press that
thirives on controversy, sensational-
#in, and 10-second soundbites?
Stephen Schneider, an atmo-
9pheric scientist who heads the In-
ordisciplinary Climate Systems
Section at the National Center for
Atmospheric Research in Boulder,
Colo., addressed this question and
other issues concerning the relation-
ship between scientific research and
public policy in a lecture given last
night to about 175 people in the
Rackham Amphitheater.
- Schneider spoke specifically
bout the the treatment of scien-
ists' research on global warming
by both the press and politicians. He
aid that since the press tends to
f rint only what is interesting and
concise, scientists must strike a bal-
ance between the desire to give all
the facts and the need to get their
message across effectively.
One way to do this is with
metaphors, Schneider said. For ex-
mple, he likened taking precautions
against a 50 percent chance of a two

to buying insurance.
People spend money on insurance
when the odds are lower than that,
he said.
Blaming certain groups for the
problem is one stumbling block to
change, he said. For example, the
auto and coal mining industries
complain they must carry the bur-
den of reducing greenhouse gasses.
"If any one group is singled out...
they have every right to complain,"
Schneider said. "In a world where
everybody is pointing fingers at one
another, nobody's going to do any-
thing."
The answer lies in distributing
the burden equally, he said. The
problem is that society looks at
global warming as an "us vs. them"
problem.
Schneider also criticized politi-
cians for viewing global warming in
a cost-benefit framework. "I've
never heard us use a discounted cost-
benefit analysis for the military...
Freedom and security are considered
worth the investment. It should be
the same way with the ecology."

In memory
Joanne Rael, a physical education junior, looks on as Mayor Jernigan reads off names of those who died in the
Holocaust at a memorial on the diag yesterday.

Middle schoolers visit and learn about 'U'
y Shalini Patel residence hal.
Daily Staff Reporter tation coordinator Fred Klein. gram. a a residence hall fo

Dolgon
files suit
against
cc
by Julie Foster
Daily MSA Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly
member Corey Dolgon filed a suit
yesterday against Rackham student
Serge Elnitsky and the Conservative
Coalition (CC) party for
"malicious defamation of charac-
ter," he said in a statement written
to the Central Student Judiciary
(CSJ).
Elnitsky, who is running for a
Rackham seat on MSA with the CC
party, placed a letter in the mail-
boxes of graduate students in the
math department which stated in
it's opening, "Are you as sick as I
am of being represented in MSA by
scum like Corey Dolgon & Co.?"
The same letter was also posted on
the wall next to the boxes.
Dolgon is requesting a written
apology from the defendants to be
made available to him and the public
removal of the fliers still posted
and in mailboxes. He is asking to see
the research used to make the allega-
tions.
Dolgon said he is unsure when
his case will be brought before CSJ.
"I don't know if CSJ is going to
take it up before the election, but
some sort of action should be
taken."
Elnitsky said
he has no respon-
sibility to apolo-
gize to Dolgon.
"It's nobody's
businessto read
private corre-
spondence be-
tween myself and
my department,
let alone com-
plain about it."
"I am not go-.
ing to hide my
opinion of Mr. Iogon
Dolgon and his
mental aptitude," Elnitsky said.
"It's not something you can prove
or disprove, it's simply my opin
ion.
The letter alleged that currently
MSA money is used "to fund the
extremist fantasies of a select few."
In his statement to CSJ, Dolgon
said the language used in the letter
was "purposely misleading
filled with inaccuracies and innu-
endo." He said Elnitsky was trying
to "create the perception of some:
ultra-left wing extremist conspir-
acy.
Chief Justice of CSJ Mike Troy
said Elnitsky did not violate the
election code rules of campaigning.
He said this case is a civil suit.
Troy said a hearing will proba-
bly take place this Friday or Satur
day.
James Green, CC's presidential
candidate, was unavailable to com-
ment on the charges.

r a weck and be-

"I learned that you can achieve
'niything you want as long as you
work hard at it," said Blanchette
*Middle school student Dyrris Scott
'about her visit to the University
yesterday.
She is one of the 2,000 seventh-
graders from south-eastern Michi-
gan who will visit the University
this spring as part of the
King/Chavez/Parks (KCP) College
Day Visitation program.
$ "We take kids from underrepre-
sented groups (African Americans,
lispanics/Latinos, and Native
Americans) and start them thinking
about college right away," said visi-

"They will be going to high schools
the University doesn't necessarily
recruit from."

A maximum of 50 students a day
arrive at 9:30 and remain until 2:30.
During the day, they tour the cam-

'We take kids from underrepresented groups
(African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and
Native Americans) and start them thinking
about college right away'
- Fred Klein
visitation coordinator

Seventh-grader Wayne Wiggins
said, "It's fun here. We learned
some science, and we found out
where everything is."
"I missed a day of school, and we
got to see all the girls," added
Willie Stovall.
KCP coordinator, Phil Cole said
that a lot of these kids don't see col-
lege as an option. "We see the kid
who's not going to hear about col-
lege because his parents didn't go."
Follow up continues throughout
the students' high school years, and
they are invited back to participate
in the KCP Summer Visitation Pro-
gram in which high schoolers live in

come more familiar with the Uni-
versity and with the necessary aca-
demic requirements.
"I figure I could show these stu-
dents things about college life,"
said one-time student leader George
Davis. "I could identify with stu-
dents from Detroit, and I could give
back to the community."
The Martin Luther King
Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Initia-
tive was introduced at the state
level in 1987 before the existence of
the Office of Minority Affairs for
the purpose of increasing the partic-
ipation of underrepresented minori-
ties in higher education.

Detroit, Ypsilanti, Willow Run,
Ann Arbor, and other public
schools within approximately a 90-
mile radius participate in the pro-

pus with student leaders, interact
with students and faculty, hear pre-
sentations on financial aid and aca-
demic requirements, and eat lunch in

correction
r A March 14 article did not mention three candidates present in a public
forum. They were Fifth ward democratic candidate Robert Eckstein, Fourth
ward libertarian candidate Louis Hayward, and Fourth ward democratic
chndidate Kurt Zimmer.
THE LIST
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Environmental workshops
to teach conservation habits

Meetings
CT-UP Ann Arbor, weekly meeting.
roup not affiliated with Revolution-
iry Workers' League. Call 665-1797 or
662-6282 for info. Union, Rm. 1209,
7:30.
Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry,
weekly mtg. Hillel, 7 p.m.
Tagar, weekly mtg. Hillel, 8 p.m.
College Life, weekly meeting, spon-
.eored by Campus Crusade for Christ.
Dental School, G005 Kellogg Aud., 7
.,.m.
Persian Gulf Mutual Support,
weekly mtg. 3100 Union, 12-1.
Amnesty International, weekly mtg.
MLB, B-116, 7 p.m.
Tn Focus Filmworks, weekly mtg. An-
gell Aud D, 7 p.m.
Ultimate Frisbee Club, weekly mtg.
Fuller Park, lower fields, 5 p.m.
Homeless Action Committee, weekly
mtg. MLB B124, 5:30.
Gay Awareness Week, planning mtg.
3000 Union, 7:15.
)Dancing Turtle Prayer Circle, spiri-
tuality group. Guild House, 802 Mon-
roe, 7:30.
Society of Women Engineers, mtg.
Topic: "Interviewing Techniques and
Ptesumes." 1200 EECS, 6:15.
Campus Safety Committee, mtg.
Union, Anderson Rm, 3 p.m.'
Institute of Industrial Engineers,
mtg. Speaker: Vance Shutes from
Mather-Seal: "Ten Years After Grad-
pation from U of M." 439 MH, 8:30.
Speakers
4'Development of Self-Control in
Two Cultures," Sheryl Olson. Lane
all Commons, noon.
'Excavations at Post-Classic Xato-
can, Mexico," Liz Brumfiel of Albion
college. Nat Sci Museum, rm 2009.
boon-I.
i'Some Live Issues on a Subject Long
Pead (Samuel I:28): The Story of
Saul, Samuel and 'Company' at
ndor," Brian Schmidt of North
Carolina State University. 3050 Frieze,
4 p.m.

4th floor, 4 p.m.
"Art for Life's Sake in Africa: Im-
ages of the Living Dead Among the
Yoruba," Babatunde Lawal of Mem-
phis State University. Angell Aud D, 4
p.m.
"Scale Space Models of Multireso-
lution Systems," Gregory Wakefield.
EECS 1200, 4:30.
"Graduating in a Recession: Job
Search Strategies for Tough Times,"
Tom Jackson. Rackham Amphithe-
ater, 7 p.m.
"Developing a Positive Self-Image,"
Fr. Raphael Beirnacki. Union, rm
2209,7-8.
"Rainforests in Nicaragua," Dr. John
Vandermeer. Nat Sci Bldg, 4th floor
seminar rms, 7 p.m.
Furthermore
Safewalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Functions 8-1:30 a.m. Sun.-
Thurs. Call 936-1000 or stop by 102
UGLi. Also at the Angell Hall Com-
puting Center 1-3 a.m. Sun. - Thurs.
Call 763-4246 or stop by the courtyard.
Northwalk, North Campus nighttime
safety walking service. Functions 8-
1:30 a.m. Sun.-Thurs. Call 763-WALK
or stop by 2333 Bursley.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sunday-
Wednesday, Angell/Haven Computing
Center, 7-11:00. 611 Church St. Com-
puting Center, Tuesday, Thursday, 7-
11, Wednesday, 8-10.
Free Tax Preparation. Sponsored by
VITA until April 15. Union, 3rd floor,
9-5.
RusskU Chaj, weekly Russian conver-
sation practice. MLB 3rd floor confer-
ence rm., 4-5:00.
U of M Shotokan Karate Club,
Thursday workout. CCRB Small Gym,
8-10:00.
U of M Taijiquan Club, Thursday
practice. Cube, 5:15.
The Yawp literary magazine. Sub-
missions accepted until 3/22 in the box
at 1210 Angell.
Michigan Prison System, weekly
seminar. MLB B135, 7:30.

by Gwen Shaffer
Daily Staff Reporter
In the face of global warming,
deforestation, and acid rain, students
are often confused about how to
combat environmental problems at
home.
However, a campus organization
is giving them a starting point.
Environmental Action (EnAct)
is sponsoring a series of "Living
Lightly" workshops which will
walk students through a residence
hall, a fraternity, a co-op, and a sin-
gle-family house. Along the way, a
facilitator will give suggestions on
how each area could be improved, so
as to have less negative impact on
the environment.
Recycling, energy conservation,
household toxins, lighting, and
heating are some of the issues the
workshops will address.
"People are anxious to learn, but
it hasn't shifted to behavior. There
is a gap between awareness and posi-
tive action. These workshops are
about closing that gap," said Natu-
ral Resources graduate student
Shereen Rothman, who is training
the facilitators.
"We will be stressing personal
ways you can empower yourself so
you are not encroaching on the envi-
ronment," said EnAct member
Matt Rosen.
All of the workshops will give
basically the same information, but
with a few sight-specific sugges-
tions.
"Showing up to the dorm work-
shop doesn't mean you will just
learn how to live lightly in the
dorm, because we realize students
will only be living there another
month," Rothman said.

Pete Shear, a member of Sigma
Phi, where the fraternity workshop
will be held, said, "Recycle U-M
has done a good job of implementing
recycling in the dorms, but off-cam-
pus programs have been neglected."
Students will also have an op-
portunity to voice their ideas on
what changes could be made in each
living space.
"We want this to be an open fo-
rum and exchange of information,"
Rosen said.
Some EnAct members said they
felt there was a need for this type of
program because most people do not
know practical ways to lessen their
impact on the environment.
"When someone actually shows
you the difference you can make, you
are more likely to change your
lifestyle," said EnAct member Ann
Coyle.
"It is difficult to learn real con-
crete things to do and get a lot of in-
formation," Rosen said.
Workshop organizers said they
were unaware of any programs simi-
lar to this being held at the Univer-
sity.
"I know it has been done on a
higher level for educators, but not
for students," Rothman said. "This
is something college students want
to know, too. They want practical
information," she added.
Students who participate in the
tours will be given pamphlets con-
taining tips on source reduction and
signs reminding people to do such
things as turn off the lights.
Improving their home is not the
only place students can make
changes - environmentally sound

eating and consumer habits are also
part of "living lightly."
"Eating is the area where Ameri-
cans are most wasteful because it
involves so many things - trans-
portation, topsoil, land... " Roth-
man said. "Food has many hidden
environmental costs," she added.
Students planning to attend one
of the workshops said they expect
them to be informative.
Students interested in attending
any of the four workshops being of-
fered can check various postings
around campus or the Daily for spe-
cific times and dates.

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