The Michigan Daily -Monday, April 15, 1991 - Page 3
by Jeannie Lurie
Daily Staff Reporter
Students hummed along to songs
such as "I'm in a New York State of
Mind," "Scarborogh Fair" and
"New York, New York," in the
Student Alumni Center yesterday as
they prepared for life in New York
City at the third annual Big Apple
"We want torhelp make the tran-
sition from graduation to New
York smoother," said Walter
Crosby, vice president of the New
York Alumni Club.
Many sponsors donated sou-
*venirs for the event. Chase
Manhattan Bank provided hot pink
and red plastic mugs, while a popu-
lar bar sent shot glasses and
Co-hosted by the New York
Alumni Club and the University
. Student Alumni Concil, the event
provided students with bags from
Macy's and Bloomingdales to col-
lect brochures, maps, stickers and
New York Alumni Club
President Jim Gartenberg said that
although the program is good pub-
licity for the sponsors, it is really
designed to benefit students.
"A lot of people perceive New
York as a scary place," Gartenberg
said. "We say, 'Here are bus maps
and cool restaurants."
*"We want let people know
we're active, we're fun," he added.
Student Alumni Council Big
Apple Blast Co-chairs Erica
Rosenthal and Lauren Sekuler, both
LSA juniors, publicized the event by
handing out apples on the Diag.
Both felt the program was very
helpful. "People come up to us and
say thank you so much for doing
this," Sekuler said.
LSA senior Matt Bruen enjoyed
collecting free materials. "So far,
I've got free jello shot coupons and
a postcard," he said.
Signs in the corner listed a .New
York "Top Ten" of important facts
including: There are over 12,000
University alums in the New York
City area, "tennis shoes" are called
"sneakers," and you need a quarter
to make a phone call.
Alumni who now live in New
York also offered helpful hints.
University alum Stacey Farb of-
fered the following advice: "Use
common sense. If you're looking at
an apartment during the day, go back
and look at it at night.
"Plan to spend a lot of money to
have a good time ... it's a good in-
vestment," Farb said.
students share tales
of adversity, success
by Lari Barager told a story of her crushed hopes to become a
Daily Staff Reporter high school baton twirler.
People who could hear found themselves in "I practiced and I got it," Walker said. "I
the minority last Friday as more than 60 local was so proud of myself. But the next day the
prospective college students with hearing im- band instructor confronted me and said I
pairments gathered in the Pendleton Room forR
a mentor luncheon.
Organizer Joan Smith said the purpose of
the luncheon was to encourage hearing im-
paired students to focus their goals toward a,
Smith, the University's Coordinator of
Services for the Hearing Impaired, said she has,
a personal attachment to this goal because she
used to work in a high school where deaf chil-
dren were given no hope.
"Three out of five said they wanted to be-
come janitors," Smith said.
Smith said she wants the hearing impaired
students to see that becoming a successful
University student is a possibility.
"Our ultimate goal is to show there is life
after high school. Every deaf person has the
ability to learn," Smith said. "Somehow
along the line deaf children are getting the
message that they can't."
A panel of both hearing impaired students
from the University and deaf professionals
from the Ann Arbor area told tales of the dif-
ficulties they suffered as deaf children and
stories of their later triumphs.
LSA senior Jose Irizarry said playing high
school sports helped him because it made oth-
ers aware of his impairment, but his experi-
ence wasn't without complications.
He said he had been on the baseball team
for a week and his manager became angry with
him for not hearing instructions during a play.
Later, Irizarry's manager was shocked to find
out he was deaf.
"My manager didn't know I was deaf. He
thought I was speaking Spanish," Irizarry
Substance Abuse Counselor Joanne Walker
couldn't be a twirler. He said, 'It's because
you're deaf. It's impossible to have a deaf per-
Many of the speakers said they did not re-
ceive special attention during their early years
"When I was in junior high and high
school, I didn't have any interpreters or note;
takers. I kind of just taught myself every-
thing," said Business School junior Lori
Many of the University students said they
had their first encounter with another deaf
person when they arrived at the University.,
Housing Advisor for Residence Operations
Carolyn Shaklee said the University is prepar-
ing residence hall rooms equipped for hearing
The residence halls which currently offer
these rooms include Baits, Bursley, Mary
Markley, Mosher Jordan, and West Quad.
The rooms are equipped with small lights
which flash each time the telephone or the
doorbell rings. There is also a strobe light at.
tached to both the fire alarm and the smoke
Students with hearing impairments are
able to make phone calls by using a
Telecommunication Device for the Deaf
(TDD). The instrument is a keyboard which is
attached to the telephone. A student sends his
or her message by typing it on the keyboard.
University hearing impaired students are
also provided with note-takers, profession$l
notes, and interpreters for their classes.
Smith said she hopes to increase deaf stu-
dent enrollment, pointing out there are only
eight hearing impaired students attending the
You forgot a spot
General Studies sophomore Steve Ferris, a Phi Alpha Kappa pledge, looks up after a
"brother" tells him he can stop scrubbing the "M" on the Diag.
Muslim students an
by Robert Patton
Daily Staff Reporter
Tempers flared Saturday at a pre-
sentation on "Terrorism in
Kashmir" sponsored by the Hindu
Student Council as members of the
audience argued heatedly with
speaker Hira Fotedar in a question
and answer session following his
In his speech to the approxi-
mately 30 audience members,
Fotedar argued that Pakistan has
sponsored aterrorist waragainst
the Hindu minority in the Indian
province of Kashmir, forcing almost
250,000 Hindus to flee to refugee
camps in India's capital city of New
"It's sad and shocking that
Hindus should receive this treat-
ment in their own country and in
their own place of birth," he said.
Kashmir is the northernmost
province of India and the only one
with a Muslim majority. It has been
the focus of a territorial dispute be-
'Pakistan is using
to achieve the same
objective it failed to
win on the battlefield'
tween India and Pakistan since 1947,
when British colonial forces with-
drew and the two nations were cre-
In that year, Fotedar said,
Pakistan illegally invaded Kashmir
and captured one-third of t
province. Now he believes th
want to take over the rest.
"Pakistan is using religio
subversion to achieve the same o
jective it failed to win on the b
tlefield," he said.
Most of the questions followi
Fotedar's presentation came fr
audience members who felt he h
misrepresented the facts.
One man wanted to know w
Fotedar did not address the pro
lems facing Muslims in the regic
"Your heart bleeds only f
Hindus," he said.
Another alleged that the Indi
government was committing atro
ties on Muslims in Kashmir a
asked Fotedar why India does in
allow foreign journalists or grou
like Amnesty International into t
lecture on Kashmir
he region. "The Indian government is the
ey Fotedar said Amnesty root cause of the problem,'
International had been allowed into Engineering graduate student Avais
us Kashmir, and that he was presenting Kamel said after the program. He
)b- only the Hindu point of view be- pointed out that India has never fot-
at- lowed a U.N. resolution calling for
'The Indian a plebiscite in Kashmir on whether
ng government is the the Kashmiris want to be a part of
on root cause of the India or Pakistan.
'ad problem... why is (it) "Why is the Indian governmeit
afraid of a afraid of a plebiscite?" he asked. -
-hy plebidct? Kamel denied that Hindus are be-
)n. -t Avais Kamel ing forced from Kashmir. "The
for nginerin GrauateIndian government wants the
or Engineering Graduate Hindus out of Kashmir so it can re-
Student press the Muslims with out harm-
an ing (the Hindus)," he said.
ci- cause the Muslim one was already Fotedar said the resolution on
nd known. the plebiscite makes it contingent
ot Still, many of the audience mem- on a Pakastani withdrawl from
ips bers were unsatisfied with his ex- Kasmir, which has not happened.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
Bush to unveil school reform plan
Enact, weekly meeting. DANA Bldg.,
People of Color Against War &
Racism, weekly meeting. West Engi-
neering, 1st floor Center for African &
Afro-American Studies Lounge, 5:00.
U of M Asian American Student
Coalition (UMAASC), weekly mtg. E.
Quad, rm 124,7 p.m.
Students Against U.S. Intervention
in the Middle East (SAUSI), weekly
mtg. Hutchins Hall, rm 220, 8 p.m.
Indian American Students
Association, board mtg. League, rm A,
Anti-George Bush Demonstration
planning mtg. Union, Kuenzel Rm, 7
U of M Amateur Radio Club,
monthly mtg. Union, Welker Rm, 8
Lois Gibbs, speaking on toxic pollution
and grassroots involvment. Angell
Aud B, 4 p.m.
"Making Life Histories," Marjorie
Mbilinyi. Women's Studies Lounge,
232 West Engineering, noon.
"The Constitution-Making Porcess:
A Comparative Study of the Late
Eighteenth Century and the Late
Twentieth Century," Jon Elster. 250
Hutchins, 4 p.m.
"India's Democratic Exceptionalism
and its Troubled Trajectory," Dr.
Ashutnh Varshnev of Harvard
service. Functions 8-1:30 Sun.-Thurs.,
Fr.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 936-1000 or stop
by 102 UGLi. Also at the Angell Hall
Computing Center 1-3 a.m. Sun. -
Thurs. Call 763-4246 or stop by the
courtyard. The last day of service will
be Wed., April 24.
Northwalk, nighttime safety walking
service. Functions Sun.-Thurs. 8-1:30
am., Fri.-Sat. 8-11:30. Call 763-
WALK or stop by 2333 Bursley. The
last day of service will be Wed., April
ECB Peer Writing Tutors available
to help with your papers Sun.-Thurs.,
Angell/Haven Computing Center, 7-
11:00 p.m.; 611 Church Street Com-
puting Center, Tue. and Thurs. 7-11:00
p.m., Wed. 8-10:00. p.m.
U of M Karate-do Club. For info call
994-3620. Every Monday, CCRB,
Small Gym, 8-9:00.
U of M Tae Kwon Do Club. Every
Monday, CCRB Martial Arts Rm., 7-
U of M Ninjitsu Club, Monday prac-
tice. Call David Dow (668-7478) for
info. I.M. Bldg., Wrestling Rm., 7-9:00.
Free Tax Preparation. Sponsored by
VITA until April 15. Union, 3rd floor,
Winter Writer Series, weekly event.
Open reading. Guild House, 802
"Women's Peace in the Middle
East," documentary. Hillel, 7 p.m.
Protest of Playboy recruiting for
"Girls of the Bia 10." Diaa. noon.
WASHINGTON (AP) - After,
barely a month on the job, Secretary
of Education Lamar Alexander has
gotten President Bush's backing for
a far-reaching package of reforms
that include national student tests
and experiments with radically new
ways of running schools.
Bush, who pledged during his
1988 campaign to be the "education
president," will unveil the school
reform package at the White House
on Thursday after a luncheon with
governors, an administration offi-
cial said yesterday.
The fast-track initiative will
embrace some of the same education
themes that Bush and former
President Reagan have sounded be-
fore: expanding parental choice in
education and improving literacy
and job training programs for
dropouts, displaced workers and
But it will also put Bush's
stamp - and Alexander's - on
some radically new ideas, including
pressing ahead to develop a type of
national student testing program, as
a presidential advisory panel re-
The school reform package is
still evolving, said Education
Department spokesperson Etta
Those goals include ridding
schools of drugs and violence, dras-
tically reducing the dropout rate
and making American pupils the
best in the world in math and sci-
ence by the year 2000.
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