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4.. A The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 9, 1.
~National Green Pages' contains 1,500 businesses that care for planet

995 - 7A

Three Ann Arbor-based
businesses included in
new directory
By W1il Wissert
For the Daily
Students who carry a reusable plastic mug
and use only notebooks made from recycled
"paper are in luck- 1,500 businesses across the
Tcountry have been officially dubbed "Green."
The National Green Pages is a "yellow page"
directory containing a list of businesses nation-
--wide that have "pledged to care for the planet,
their communities and their customers."
The directory includes listings of everything

from environmentally friendly automobile com-
panies, to companies that produce tree-less pa-
"We began in 1993 with about 1,000 busi-
nesses and we've just gotten bigger and better,"
said Laura Brown, director of public education
for Co-Op America, the company that produces
the Green Pages.
The directory features three Ann Arbor-based
businesses: Clonara Home Education School,
Environmental Capital Network and North
American Students of Cooperation.
The Clonara Home Education School was,
founded in 1967 as what Director Pat Montgom-
ery terms a "progressive" school. Montgomery
said the school educates students from Septem-

ber until June, like conventional schools, but
focuses mainly on educational travel programs.
"They go to where the learning is. They travel
more than they're here," Montgomery said.
Montgomery said that the school expanded
from its original focus on travel schooling to
include home education, creating the Clonara
Home Education School.
"Today we are helping 6,000 people in 20
countries and all over the U.S. to educate each
other at home," she said. The school encourages
those who educate their children at home to
travel as much as possible and to "be mindful of
their world and their planet."
Montgomery said it was not the school's inten-
tion to advertise to more potential students by

placing their name in the Green Page. The school,
she said, was instead "making a statement and
putting their money where their mouth is."
The Environmental Capital Networkis acom-
pany that "provides a link between environmen-
tal companies and investors," said Loch McCabe,
the corporation's director.
The network works with investors who want
to find environmentally friendly companies and
with for-profit environmental companies who
are in need of investors.
McCabe said the network's listing in the
Green Pages has "generated some calls."
However, he said that because the latest edi-
tion of the Green Pages was published recently,
it is too early to tell whether their entry will

cause a rise in the Network's number of clients-
Both Montgomery and McCabe said that the -
Green Pages is useful to their corporations.
"Because we are a school, whenever we look to'
buy supplies we use the Green Pages," Mont-
gomery said,
McCabe said the Environmental Capital Net-
work plans to use the Green Pages develop a list
of the independent and environmentally friendly
companies and use that list to aid their investors.
"They're aren't many directories like the one
Co-Op America is doing. They're aren't any
others that are really even comparable and that
cover the whole scope of 'green' businesses, '
McCabe said.

ur es state
g 'board bail
LANSING (AP) - Attorney Gen-
eral Frank Kelley brought up reinforce-
ments Tuesday in his fight to keep more
billboards out of Michigan, but victory
didn't appear close.
"These tawdry eyesores ... are blot-
ting out the beauty of our state," Kelley
said at a Lansing news conference. He
wants lawmakers to ban new billboards
from going up and stop billboard adver-
tising of cigarettes, beer and other to-
bacco and alcohol products.
Supporters of the ban said they're
tired of waiting for lawmakers to act.
Two bills have been introduced this
--year that follow Kelley's suggestions,
but neither has made it out of commit-
"The billboard situation in Michigan
is abominable," said Tom Washington,
head of the Michigan United Conserva-
tion Clubs. "It is unconscionable for a
state so blessed with scenic beauty to
allow this kind of desecration ot our
Both bills face strong opposition from
outdoor advertisers.
"More than 6,500 job providers and
charities use billboards every year in
Michigan," said Sam Evola of the Out-
door Advertising Association ofMichi-
gan. "Billboards help attract customers
sobusinesses can grow and createjobs."
Despite a resolution by the' state
Transportation Commission objecting
to alcohol and tobacco advertising on
.billboards, legislators control what ac-
tually gets banned. That frustrates com-
,mission chairman Barton Labelle.
"We find it quite ludicrous that we
have state-supported facilities like high-
,ways providing an audience for bill-
boards," Labelle said. "We should take
a strong stand to prevent these mes-
sages from being absorbed by young
Raj Weiner ofthe Coalition ofSmok-
ing or Health, which works to keep
.children from smoking, said companies
-spend $3 million a year on billboard ads
-toutingtobacco products. Many ofthose
are aimed at children, she said.
Evola said outdoor advertising com-
panies are against tobacco or alcohol
use by minors. But they also oppose a
ban on alcohol and tobacco ads. "We
can't support any effort that picks and
chooses which legal products can be
advertised," he said.
Kelley said that tobacco advertis-
ing accounts for 25 percent of adver-
tising on billboards in Michigan.
Evola said the number is less than 10
It wasn't the only point where the
two clashed. Kelley strongly supports
logo signs that let businesses put their
'company logos on small signs along the
'highway's edge.
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Calif woman is
Kevorkian's 26th
asise suiid

Rosie Chapman, a University alum, demonstrates how she uses puppets to facilitate communication with the children she
counsels at Switzer Elementary School in Utica.
'U alum finds stories, 'art therapy use
In counseling abused cnidren

Kevorkian took part in a 26th suicide
yesterday - that of a 58-year-old
woman with cancer whose body was
found wrapped in a blanket in the back
seat of an old car outside the morgue.
Patricia Cashman, who ran a travel
agency in San Marcos, Calif., feared
ending up a "vegetable" unable to care
for herself, Kevorkian lawyer Geoffrey
Fieger said.
The woman had suffered for three
years from breast cancer that had spread
throughout her body and had recently
lost her ability to
walk, Fieger said. -
In a July 6 letter, Iti t
Cashman told
Kevorkian that she this chat
"would go to almost
any length to avoid end and
ever being on pain .
pills again because go rt tn
of the terrible side
effects that I suf-
fered." Chief assn
Sheriff's Lt. Wil-
liam Kucyk said his agency was inves-
tigating. Detectives were trying to con-
tact Kevorkian, but Kucyk said, "We're
certainly not optimistic he will submit
to an interview."~
The retired pathologist has acknowl-
edged attending 26 suicides since 1990.
Most involved carbon monoxide inha-
Kevorkian, 67, already faces assisted-
suicide charges in four deaths in Oak-
land County - two in 1993 and two in
1991. He could get five years in prison
in each case. Prosecutors failed last
month to have him placed under house
arrest while he awaits trial next year in
the earlier deaths.
"It is time for this charade to end and
for him to go to trial," said Larry
Bunting, chief assistant prosecutor.
Employees of the Oakland County
medical examiner's office in Pontiac


found Cashman's corpse in a Renault
Alliance after getting a call notifying
them the body was outside. The office
is next door to the sheriff's department.
The gray mid-'80s Renault Alliance
is registered to Kevorkian, said sources
speaking on condition of anonymity.
The medical examiner's office listed.
the cause of death as carbon monoxide
poisoningand saidCashman'sright breast -
had previously been surgically removed.
Fieger would not disclose the cir-
cumstances or location of Cashman'g.
death except to say that Cash-man'sf
sister was wit:
Sme for Cashman was
divorced and
ade to there were no
other survivors,
For him to Fieger said.
The way the'
I., body was left for
a--LarryBunting authorities fol-
lowed Kevor-
tant prosecutor kian's recent pat-
In the previous suicide in which
Kevorkian took part, a woman's body
was found in the same car outside a
suburban Detroit hospital on Aug. 21.
And on May 12, a man's body was left
in Kevorkian's old Volkswagen va in
the morgue driveway.
Kevorkian would rather help his pa-,
tients die in a clinic, but authorities'
have thwarted his attempts to open an
"obitorium," Fieger said.
Cashman wrote that she wanted to
die by late August, but Kevorkian per-
suaded her to live longer, Fieger said.
Fieger said Kevorkian will not stop
providing what he considers an "in-
alienable right" to help terminally ill
people end their suffering.
"You could charge Dr. Kevorkian
from now until kingdom come," the.
lawyer said. "He doesn't, frankly, give
a damn."

By Laura Nelson
Daily Staff Reporter
When Rosie Chapman gave her lion
puppet to a 10-year-old sexual abuse
victim, she thought it would be just a
diversion. It turned out to be a new
type of child therapy.
Throughout four years of counsel-
ing, the girl had refused to talk about
her abuse. When she was given the
puppet, however, she began to ask
herself questions through the lion.
And she answered, telling the lion
about her abuse.
"I wasjust amazed," Chapman said.
Chapman, a 1994 graduate of the
School of Social Work and a profes-
sional storyteller, said this fusion of
storytelling and counseling "happened
by accident." Since then, she has con-
tinued to develop this unique type of
"art therapy."
Chapman described her counseling
method as a creative way of getting
kids to "express how they feel about
Communicating with children
through artistic media or through play
is the "best way of understanding
what's going on with them," said
Kathleen Faller, an assistant social
worker in the School of Social Work,
who specializes in working with sexu-
ally abused children.
Chapman said she uses her unique

combination of storytellingetalent and
puppet-making skills "to help kids..
feel good about themselves."
During the summer of 1995, she
used another type of art therapy at a
program called "Options for Pre-
She taught a doll-making class to
children, in second grade or higher,
who were considered "at risk" based
on their environment and poor scho-
lastic performance.
Chapman said her own experience
inspired her to teach the craft to chil-
dren. While on medical leave from
graduate school and confined to her
home, she began making dolls.
Practicing this craft "helped me
work through my issues," she said.
In the summer program, the chil-
dren designed dolls and then con-
structed them out of clay and fabric.
This creative process built the
children's confidence and will help
them "be successful in other areas,"
Chapman said. "If they.can do this,
they can do anything."
Making the dolls also helped the
children to recognize problems with
their own self-image. One black boy
who was very short made a basketball
player with a black body and a white
face, Chapman said.
Another boy, whom Chapman de-
scribed as gentle and overweight, de-

signed an angry-looking wrestler.
When the dolls were finished, the
children felt they had "made some-
thing to be proud of," Chapman said.
"(It's) the kind of boost of self-es-
teem those kids need."
Chapman continues to practice art
therapy as a school social worker at
schools in Utica. She designs puppets
that she uses to teach kindergarteners
self-expression and communication
While she works with children,
Chapman said art therapy can benefit
people of all ages. This is why many
adults practice artistic crafts, she said.
"That's their therapy."


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