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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 30, 1995 - 5A

costly for
LANSING (AP) - Many Michigan
,school districts are finding it hard to
pay forthe expensive and rapidly chang-
ing technology deemed necessary in
tlassrooms these days.
Twenty-eight of the Lansing area's
39 districts have asked for money to
pay for technology improvements, or
Wan to in the near future, the Lansing
"State Journal reported yesterday.
"Technology is one of the last areas
where we can ask formoney," said Toms
.White of the Michigan Association of
School Boards. "People are more likely
to see and understand the need for it in
schools: It changes so rapidly and it's
SoD expensive."
And school administrators say the costly
technology boom has coincided with
Michigan'srevampedschool financesys-
tem, which restricts districts from turning
to voters for increased operating taxes.
"it provided the money to maintain the
currentlevel ofprograms, but districts are
going to have a hard time meeting those
'newoutstandingneeds,"said Laingsburg
Suiperintendent Hal Beatty said.
Many districts are turning to either
bond proposals or an enhancement tax
to pay for technology.
"If you look back five years ago, it
wasn't even a budget consideration,
,now it's so important," said Don Sovey,
associate superintendent for business at
the Charlotte Public Schools.
Continued from Page 1.
Snydersaidthe"problem arose" when'
the crowd asked for rap music, which
"is never played at the Nectarine (they
simply don't have any rap music.)."
But Snyder said that "before anyone
claims that the Necatrine (sic) is institu-
tionally rascist, (sic) I believe they
should investigate the circumstances a
little more."
Snyder could not be reached for fur-
ther comment.
HUES contends that the Nectarine's
actions were racially motivated.
"HUES takes responsibility for not
listeningwhen our friends told usthey'd
heard rumors about the Nectarine being
a racist place," Edut said. "We hoped,
perhaps foolishly, to forge a new rela-
tionship between ethnic communities
and the only large club in town...."
Co-publisher Ophira Edut added:
"It's not just the money that we could
have made at the door, but the bad PR
that the shut-down has given us.... We
are now victims linked to racism, and
one of the purposes of HUES was to
fight if."
Tali8dut doubted this week's protest
events would accomplish much.
"I don't think that the speakout or
picketing will solve anything, but it is a
first step in raising community aware-
ness about discrimination," she said.
"We are hoping other groups will come
t and tell their stories. We know this
is not an isolated event."
Representatives of the Rainbow Oa-
sis Center said they canceled their Hal-
loween 'fundraiser because the allega-
tions of racism at the Nectarine might
.violate the 'group's mission statement,

hut they are not taking a position on the
incident. "We will not be pursuing this;
this is up to the two parties involved,"
said Rochelle Mailhot, one of the
centers's co-chairs.

State commission looks
for new DNR director

ral resources director to run demoral-
ized, shrunken department with history
of wavering leadership and internal
squabbling. Must work with pro-busi-
ness governor, critical Legislature, envi-
ronmental groups and suspicious public
in anti-government climate to set hunt-
ing, fishing, parks and timber policy.
The Michigan Natural Resources
Commission won't run this ad in its
search fora new director for the Depart-
ment of Natural Resources.
But the idea reflects some of the
hurdles awaiting its choice.
"This is an agency that is emotion-
ally devastated. They are not happy
people," said David Dempsey of the
Michigan Environmental Council, a
coalition of environmental groups.
"It's a controversial agency. They
need somebody to make them proud of
their work again."
The latest snag in the DNR's long
line of internal complications is the
resignation of Director Roland Harmes.
His decision caps four years of un-
happiness with Harmes' leadership, the
resignation or transfer of several top
DNR officials and the creation of the
Department of Environmental Quality
that gutted the DNR of its environmen-
tal protection responsibilities.
The commission, which oversees the

It's a controversial agency. They
need somebody to make them proud of
their work again"
- David Dempsey
Michigan Environmental Council

DNR and picks its director, met last
weekto discuss itsplantofill the $87,299-
a-year job. NRC Chairman Larry
DeVuyst of Ithaca, said it will accept
applications until Dec. 5, set up a screen-
ing committee to recommend finalists
and make the choice in January.
Significantly, that timing will permit
Gov. John Engler to make two NRC
appointments that could expand his in-
fluence on the commission and its choice
for DNR director.
Engler aides insist he will stay out of
the selection process. Others charge
Engleris deeply involved, to the benefit
of business and the detriment of the
Complaining that Engler's intentions
seem less than pure, Thomas Washing-
ton, executive director of the Michigan
United Conservation Clubs, said he
wished the governor had less say over
who sits on the commission.
"We happen to feel these directors

should be acceptable to the governor,
but the governor ought not topickthem,"
Washington said. "We need somebody
who can act independently and do what's
right for the resources of the state."
DeVuyst makes no apologies for in-
volving the governor in the director
"It would be foolish for a commis-
sion to chose a director who did not
have the support of the executive of-
fice," he said.
But, he said, he has "no name from
governor's office" on who's accept-
able. "I don't expect to," he said. "I'll
present them with our candidate."
Observers say the split-up of the
DNR may actually make its operation
easier, by giving the Department of
Environmental Quality the controver-
sial, complicated environmental pro-
tection issues. Still, just setting hunt-
ing, fishing, parks and land rules can
be a handful.

Jack o' all trade.
Paul Peterson, of Ann Arbor, carves a pumpkin at the Gandy Dancer yesterday.

Lupus Awareness Month targets non-whites in programs

By Anita Chik
For the Daily
October is Lupus Awareness Month, and orga-
nizers say it's clear that most Americans need
more education about the non-communicable dis-
ease characterized by a failing immune system.
"People could not associate the symptoms to
get a total picture of lupus," said Duane Peter,
director of communications and development at
the Lupus Foundation of America. "People need
to understand (lupus)."
Lupus patients usually have symptoms like achy
and swollen joints, fever, skin rashes, anemia and
prolonged fatigue that mimic other diseases. They
experience emotional problems such as constant
depression, tiredness and stress. Lupus is a chronic
autoimmune diseasethat is not contagious but could
cause life-threatening effects on lupus patients.
Peter said people of all ages can get lupus, but
women of child-bearing age -15 to 45 years old
- are 10 to 15 times more likely to be afflicted.
"There's no cure (for lupus). No one knows its

A recent survey indicated that 1. 42 million
people - about one out of every 185 people in
the United States - were infected with lupus ..,

cause. It goes on and on for a lifetime," said
Thomas G. Roberts, executive director ofthe Michi-
gan Lupus Foundation. "You could imagine how
tiring you are when the whole body turns against
He explained that lupus is opposite to AIDS in
terms of the functioning of the immune system.
With AIDS, the immune system shuts down,
while with lupus it overproduces anti-bodies to
attack healthy tissue and organs like kidneys.
A recent survey indicated that 1.4-2 million
people - about one out of every 185 people in

the United States - were infected with lupus and
90 percent of the victims were women, according
to the Lupus Foundation of America.
Although 86percent ofthe people LFA surveyed
had heard about lupus, they lack understanding the
symptoms, health impacts and consequences of
having the disease, Peter said.
To increase the public's attention and under-
standing of the symptoms and health effects of
lupus, LFA has established 91 chapters in the
United States to inform people about lupus and
help lupus patients in various communities.

This year, MLF plans to set up a Lupus Aware-
ness Task Force in Detroit, aiming at increasing
the awareness of non-whites about the disease.
"There's a higher risk for black Americans,
Asian Americans, Native American Indians and
Hispanics than Caucasians," Roberts said. "One in
every 62 of other minorities (have lupus) but only
one in every 123 Caucasians have it."
He suggested that a better-informed public would
be more able to manage the disease.
According to LFA statistics, 20 years ago, 40
percent of lupus patients did not expect to live
longer than three years. Now, about 80 percent of
them can live a normal lifespan.
Many doctors still lack the ability and knowl-
edge to detect the disease and give appropriate
medical advice to lupus patients, Roberts said.
"Lupus goes everywherein your body. It's very
difficult for doctors to diagnose. It's a frustrating
disease." he said. Roberts said his foundation
recommends those suffering from lupus see a

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