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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 2, 1995 - 7A

women: It's
no Citadel
at the.U
By Kiran Chaudhri
Daily Staff Reporter
Imagine being the only female in
your class. Now imagine being the only
female in an entire school - and hav-
ing to face such greetings as T-shirts
saying, "1,952 Bulldogs and 1 Bitch."
This is what Shannon Faulkner faced
tast month when she entered the Citadel
as the first female cadet in the school's
152-year history. After atwo-year legal
battle, Faulkner was admitted into the
Citadel's army division only to quit less
than a week later. Throughout the or-
dbal, Faulkner said she was taunted,
hiarassed, even threatened - far from
being treated as an equal.
But this is not the case for women in
the University's Army division of the
Reserve Officer Training Corp Program.
"It's totally different from what you see
onTV," said Lt. Colonel Grady Buchan,
who is also the chair of the Army Of-
ficer Education Program.
"The foundation of this program is
teamwork," Buchan said. "We don't
think in terms of gender or race."
Of the 82 students in the Army divi-
sion of the ROTC, 23 are female, with
seveiral female cadets in the top of their
Calet Jennifer Dyer, .a Nursing se-
nior, said she has never encountered
any instances ofdiscrimination. "I think
the reason why we haven't had any
problems is that there were females
who were here before us and who did
very well," she said.
Caidet battalion Comdr. Chris
Kusainaul, an LSA senior, commented
on the "open-minded" attitude at the
University's ROTC program. "Here at
ROTC, we all work together. The mili-
tary hoes policies on equal rights and
everybody knows them here - we are
In regard to Faulkner and women in
Northern M
party to gwea
GAYLORD (AP) - It's not easy
being 'a Democrat in northern Michi-
gan, so they got together to cheer and
encourtrge one another as they gear up
for another election year.
"Weimay be a minority here-we're
a minority in every county - but when
we're together our voice is stronger,"
said Charlevoix County party Chair-
woman Kay Chase, who helped orga-
nize Satlurday's get-together.
It was the first time in more than 20
years tlaat Democrats of the northern
Oakland Cou

Schools swap students to

keep per-pupil
CASS CITY (AP) - Students have promise when studen
a price on their heads since the passage fer.
of Proposal A. A swap approved
Some districts have taken to trading allow four students v
their students as sports teams would Cass City district to c
professional athletes in order to protect classes in the Owend
their enrollments. trict.
Students mean dollars and cents to "Owendale-Gaget
districts more than they did before the us the first four stud
school finance overhaul plan took ef- come to school in ou
feet, said William Mayes, superinten- live in their district
dent of the Huron Intermediate School Micklash, superinten
District. City district.
Proposal A, approved by Michigan The two districts h
voters in 1994, transferred most fund- in recent years to in
ing for public schools from local prop- tionship and want to1
erty taxes to a statewide income tax. working relationship
Because of the per-pupil state fund- Micklash said.
ing, districts are reluctant to allow stu- Cass City receives
denttransfers.Buttwoneighboring dis- student and Owende
tricts have found swapping students is a ceives $5,000. About
possible solution. been traded between
After years of legal battles in the past few years.
1970's and part of the 80's about the One student living
boundaries of the districts, the Cass Gagetown district re
City Public School District and the attend school in the t
Owendale-Gagetown Area School Dis- Michigan Departn
trict decided some years ago to com- spokesman Bob Har

state funding

nts want to trans-
this month will
who moved to the
ontinue attending
ale-Gagetown dis-
own then will give
ents who want to
r district but who
t," said Kenneth
ndent of the Cass
have worked hard
iprove their rela-
preserve the good
they now have,
$4,400 a year per
ale-Gagetown re-
it I1 students have
the districts in the
in the Owendale-
cently decided to
Cass City district.
ment of Education
ris said he was not

aware of any other such trades and
would not speculate about how often
districts swap students.
A bill intfoduced by state Sen. Bill
Schuette (R-Midland) would eliminate
the need for parents to get permission
from their school districts for their chil-
dren to attend school in another district.
Despite the recent student swap,
school administrators do not see the
practice as a solution in every case.
Micklash said the Cass City district
has never kept a student from attending
school in another district. But that atti-
tude might change if a large number of
students were involved, said Ronald
Good, vice president of the Board of
Education in the Owendale-Gagetown
"Maybe we shouldn't put a price on
a student, but to our district they're
worth $5,000 a head in aid from the
state," Good said.
"If Cass City bends for us, we bend
for them," he said. "Because of Pro
posal A's passage, our funds are com-
ing primarily from the state now. Our
local property taxes are limited."

Of the 82 students in the University's Army division of ROTC, 23 are female.


the military, Kushmaul expressed the
belief in a "popular opinion of 'OK,
let's see if (the women) can do it. Let's
let them see what it's like.' I think that's
where we're headed--women in com-
bat with the same standards as men. I
don't think women have had this oppor-
tunity yet."
Cattleya Crossen, a Nursing senior
and cadet in the Army-ROTC, also said
that she has not encountered any in-
stances ofgenderbias, yetstill acknowl-
edges the challenges that women face.
"I haven't really faced any discrimina-
tion," Crossen said. "But you really do
have to prove yourself and give that

extra 'oomph."'
Crossen disapproved of the way that
the Citadel dealt with the Faulkner situ-
ation: "I shun the Citadel for how they
handled that."
Kushmaul said, "I don't think they
should (admit) only one (women) at a
time." Both referred to the successful
admittance of women at West Point in
1976, when 119 women entered the
military academy.
"I was disappointed that (Faulkner)
wasn't able to continue. ... I think fe-
males belong (at the Citadel) if they
want to be there and if they are able to
do what they are asked to," Dyer said.

Muskeg man produces rec d
logs to catch fire in rainy weather
MUSKEGON (AP) - Richard
Cejmer didn't need a slick advertis- All the people started coming to my
ing campaign to round up customers
for his fire logs made of recycled camper saying, 'Hey, we heard you gt
The Muskegon man was camping somethingthat'l get our fire going "'
with his family last month in Newaygo - Richard C m
County when a sudden downpourturned- cejmet
all the campfires into soggy ashes and Founder, SureFire
soaked the firewood.
Cejmer bailed the rainwater out of logs and sets of five starters sell for this up andrunning to full production
his fire pit and lit a match to some of his $1.79 to $2.09 each at retail outlets to have handicapped and disablei
company's SureFire firestarters. They from Muskegon to Traverse City. people come in here and work," he sai
caught fire, as did the SureFire logs Cejmer, 29, starts by collecting dis- "There have been a lot of times whe
he'd also brought along. carded cardboard from local stores - I went and tried to get a job and I knot
That got the attention of other frus- about 1 1/2 tons a week. One machine people were looking at my hands an
trated campers. slices the cardboard into thin pieces saying (to themselves), 'Well, mayb
"I was the only one around who had that are fed into a second machine, he can't pick that part up quite as fast a
a really decent fire going fast," he said. which grinds and binds the material, he should," he said.
"So I took the starters to a couple of appliesalight coatingofglueandshapes Cejmersaidhehopestoprocessabot
campers that were around us and said, it into logs. four tons of cardboard a week whe
'Hey let's light astarterblock and see if The logs are dried for 24 hours, then SureFire reaches full production. F
it gets your wet wood going."' dipped in wax that gives them their now, his marketing efforts consi
It did. And the fact that it was lighting power. mainly of visits to small retailers.
dinnertime helped. The logs not only are environmen- "I load my truck up and hit the roa
"The next thing I know, I made 56 tally safe but also keep tons of card- and I just go to places I think might se
bucks ... because all the people started board out of landfills, Cejmer said, add- them and try to make my pitch and s
coming to my camper saying, 'Hey, we ing that SureFire products are packaged if they want them," he said.
heard you got something that'll get our in boxes made of recycled materials. "People ask me why don't I get then
fire going.' That was just wonderful to Born with malformed feet and with- into Meijer's, but I don't have the cap
me." out fingers, Cejmer said he wants to tal for that kind of production yet.,
The campground episode added build his business for reasons that aren't have to keep plugging at all these sma
word-of-mouth momentum to SureFire, entirely capitalistic. ones until I build up enough produ
which Cejmer founded in April. The "My goal is, eventually, when I get tion."

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Lower Peninsula got together for such
an event.
Party regulars dream of the day when
all the auto workers, teachers and postal
employees who have retired to Traverse
City suddenly wake up and remember
that they're really Democrats at heart.
But that day has not arrived.
"People move up here where 'Demo-
crat' is a dirty word, and they change,"
says Grand Traverse party chairman Brian
Bensett. "Everybody wants to blend in, to
belong. Up here it takes a lot of guts to

openly declare that you're a Democrat."
Many of the leading Democrats from
around the state made a point of getting
to Gaylord on Saturday, where their
presence helped buoy the spirits of the
local troops. State party chairman Mark
Brewer said it's part of the party's at-
tempt to broaden its geographic appeal
to outstate residents.
"Every Democrat in the state is im-
portant to us, no matter where they
live," he said. "We're doing a retreat in
Cadillac, too, in a couple of weeks."


nty to combat murder surge



PONTIAC (AP) - Oakland County
Prosecutor Richard Thompson plans to
create a special unit within his office to
deal withuarecent surge in violent deaths.
Eight people have died in recent
weeks in violent attacks around the
"These homicides do frighten a lot of
people because of the senseless vio-
lence happening in so random a na-
ture," Thompson said.
"In general, Oakland County re-
flects whatt is going on in the rest of
the nation and there is an increase in
random crime.

"Families are disintegrating, churches
and schools are not doing their jobs and
the criminal justice system doesn't hold
peopleaccountable for their actions. I
think all of this helps to create the sense
of lawlessness that pervades our soci-
Farmington Hills Police Chief Will-
iam Dwyer, who spent 25 years with the
Detroit Police Department, said he be-
lieves such senseless killings tend to
run in cycles.
"I don't think anyone is going to have
an answer for why," he said. "I don't
see a common denominator in the re-

cent cases in Oakland County, but
throughout the country we are seeing
an increase in homicides."
Experts who have studied the crimi-
nal mind say homicides are a reflection
of our changing society.
"There's an increasing decentrali-
zation in our culture," said Dr. John
Pietrofesa, a professor of counseling
at Wayne State University. "People
are becoming more isolated, the fam-
ily unit more diffused. Our support
systems are less reliable. We build up
anger and, as the song says, end up
hurting the ones we love."



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