1997-10-31; Central Michigan Life
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Central, Michigan LIFE Volume 80, Number 30 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1997 CM LIFE 78 years of serving the community FRIDAY October 31, 1997 12 pages I Faculty voice affirmative action concerns By Julia Jones LIFE Staff Writer About 65 people attended a forum at the Wesley Foundation Thursday night to voice their opinions on the new affirmative action statement. The forum, initiated by a general committee of Association of Faculty and Staff of Color, was informal, but a panel of representatives from the association, other co- sponsoring groups and Phyllis Powell, Affirmative Action Officer, were present to begin the discussion. _ think if s very clear that the concerns are still there, and they run deep," said Robert Newby, co-chair of the Association of Faculty and Staff of Color and chair of sociology, anthropology and social work, in closing of the forum. The main topics of concern voiced at the Powell feels that the statement is not policy but a statement for ads forum were a lack of consultation with faculty and staff groups on campus, the use of the word "diversity" to take the place of separate designator such as "race" and "sex", and Powell's feeling that the statement is not policy but a statement for ads. Powell said when she came to Central in January she was aware of the need for one set of hiring procedures and a new statement for ads for the university. The previous statement read, "CMU (AA/EO institution) encourages diversity, and resolves to provide equal opportunity regardless of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or other irrelevant criteria." She said after long hours working with an ad hoc committee, a new statement which reads, "CMU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution which is strongly and actively committed to increasing diversity within its community," was devised and was sent to University President Leonard Plachta for approval. Powell said there was no hidden agenda in not consulting the Affirrnative Action council. "There was no pressure from the top," Powell said. Powell said she has admitted this oversight 18 times in 18 discussions she has had since the new statement was released on Sept. 29. "I should have sent it past the (affirmative action) council," Powell said. Martin Reinhardt, co-chair of the Association of Faculty and Staff of Color and director of Native American Programs, said, "A recall of the statement would be best . . . We have to be at the table," he said. Guy Meiss, member of the Academic Senate and associate professor of journalism said, "We were concerned about the lack of consultation." In discussing "diversity" being used as a blanket term in the statement, several participants said they felt it was not the proper term for what CMU is trying to do. David Smith, president of the Faculty Association and associate professor of religion said, "(The word diversity) goes far beyond any kind of guidelines, it has become meaningless." Joyce Baugh, associate professor of political science said, T don't believe it strongly commits us to what we want to commit to." Carol McGinnis, co-chair of the association of Lesbian and Gay Faculty and Staff and manager of electronic communi cations, public relations and marketing, said gays and lesbians are not by law protected and by using "diversity" instead of the designator "sexual orientation" the school is showing a lack of commitment in that area. In response to Powell saying the state- See FORUM Page 12 BAD HAIR DAY Recalled condoms show up on dept. store shelves CMU Women's Cross Country team ran in style Thursday afternoon as they celebrated annual run across campus. TONY CEPAK 'Ugly Day" with their CM LIFE By Emily Gerkin LIFE Staff Writer At least one Mount Pleasant business was selling condoms Thursday which had been voluntarily recalled by their manufacturer last week. As a result of in-house testing, Ansell decided last week to recall some of the condom brands that may no longer comply to standards required by the Federal Drug Administration. Ansell, which makes Contempo, LifeStyles and Prime condoms, has determined that some spermicidally lubricated condoms (specifically those with non-oxidol 9) manufactured two to three years ago may no longer be effective. Although the condoms complied to the standards at the time they were manufactured, some failed to meet regulations as the product reached the end of its three-year shelf life. Scott Pertz, team leader of health and beauty aids at Target, 4097 E. Bluegrass Road, said he had not received any information from either Ansell or SP£fiA.:_c/._.Y u_e _:._.__• Only the following spermicidally lubricated condoms are being voluntarily recalled: ■ LifeStyles Ultra Sensitive with Spermicide Oct. 1997 ■ LifeStyles Assorted Colors with Spermicide Oct. 1997 through June 1998 _ LifeStyles Spermicidally Lubricated Oct. 1997 through Oct 1998 ■ Lifestyles Vlbra-Ribbed with Spermicide Oct 1997 through April 2000 ■ LifeStyles Extra Strength with Spermicide Oct. 1997 through April 2000 ■ Prime Spermicidally Lubricated Oct. 1997 through Feb. 2000 ■ Power Play with Spermicide Oct 1997 through Feb. 2000 ■ Intensity Assorted Colors with Spermicide Nov. 1997 the Target headquarters. Upon contacting the Target headquarters, a service information technician said that Target See RECALL Page 2 . N SID T. Mt. Pleasant debate fate of fluoridation The CMU football team is not planning a special attack for running back Randy Moss. See page 6 Classified Crossword Et cetera Sports Voices 11 11 8-9 6-7 4-5 By Ron Kooi LIFE Staff Writer Those on opposing sides of the fluoridation issue met Wednesday night at Mount Pleasant City Hall and presented sharply divided points of view to 22 local residents. Voters will decide Tuesday in the general election whether or not to remove fluoridation from Mount Pleasant's water. Arguing for the continuance of fluoridation was Thomas Kochheiser, public relations director of the Michigan Dental Association. "In the interest of the public's health, the American Dental Association recommends the fluoridation of the drinkable water supply," Kochheiser said. People who drink fluoridated water have, he said, "up to forty percent less tooth decay." Darlene Sherrell- former assistant administrative officer for the Michigan Court of Appeals, presented information for the removal of fluoride. Sherrell maintains there is too much exposure to fluoride without it being added to the water. She said there is fluoride in the air we breathe and in the food we eat. Fluoride is in many of the beverages we drink as they are bottled in large cities that use municipal water, she added. Sherrell said an overdose of fluoride leads to fluorosis of the teeth, or pitting and discoloration, and hardening of the joints and spine. She said men weighing 167 pounds, and women weighing 134 pounds, will experience significant skeletal fluorosis with the intake of 5.0 mil- FlUO'RII)._H)\' V( .T_ ■ Voters will decide Tuesday in the general election whether or not to remove fluoridation, from Mount Pleasant's water. ligrams per day over 40 years. A person who has an intake of 20 to 80 milligrams per day is entitled to make a claim for worker's compensation, she said. Kochheiser said only five cases of skeletal fluorosis have ever been reported in the U.S. Malcolm Fox, superintendent of the Mount Pleasant water treatment plant, attended in an informational capacity to answer concerns of the audience. According to an informational paper prepared by Fox, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has set the maximum contaminate goal at 4.0 milligrams per liter. "The naturally occurring level of fluoride in the Mount Pleasant water supply is 0.4 milligrams per liter," the document reports. "Fluoride is added to reach the optimal level recommended of 1.0 milligrams per liter." "The fluoride they are adding to your water," Sherrell said, "is a toxic waste captured from scrubber water, (an industrial by-product that contains lead)." She said the addition of fluoride to city water is a means of dumping industrial waste that generates $200 per barrel for See VOTE Page 2 To reach CMLIFE Phone: 774-3493 E-Mail: CMLIFE @cmuv_rt. csv.cmich.edu Fax number:(517)774-7805 Central Michigan LIFE Online Internet address: httpr//v»rww.cmlife .cmich.edu NASA astronaut will launch Native American celebration By Aiesha D. Little LIFE Staff Writer A presentation by a NASA astronaut will kick-off the festivities for the 1997 Native American Month celebration. Lt. Commander John Herrington, the first Native American person to be selected for NASA shuttle mission training, will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday in the dining area of the Soaring Eagle Casino. "Native American people are the most under represented in science, math and technology fields so we must truly celebrate when a Native American attains as much success as John Herrington," said Martin Reinhardt, director of Native American Programs. "We hope that his visit will inspire Native Americans of all ages to careers where they are largely absent." The month long celebration, which is co-sponsored American HERRINGTON by Native Programs, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the Cultural Diversification Funding Committee, the Office for Institutional Diversity, Minority Student Services, Multicultural Programming and the Student Budget Allocation Committee, continues Tuesday with the Anishinaabe Cultural Food Taster. Members of the North American Indian Student Organization will prepare food traditional to the Anishinaabe tribe. The taster will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CMU Alumni House. Reinhardt said the programs this month are a mixture of old and new activities. "Some of these events are spinoffs of previous years' events," he said. "(But) we certainly like to bring in new and different talent when we can." Todd Williamson, Michigan College and University See CELEBRATION Paqe 2 HAUNTED YA RD IH S '.. . ^^^i,?- .'*; - * % -—&^&:ZP^^' 1 . " >->-^—:_. :■ il_______fc«___if| '% i-J"*Spi .■'■■'■ ■%■■■ _ <«• *'•■■-_-/■•■'. *'■ ___. '_. _. " *i* £■ -..-■,■ ■__ ■ v^" " - #a - > ; _w*-_^Si-^-^ Hi -..*** > m. ' ' ^nFr *•-' » ~\-''.*_»_ 'J._"i. . . '*■■ . KELLY liting 20 ygottfo grown ir >r the Cli Arnold j mZ^JmSm "-__. "3__F1 Larry am haunted once sta They hof Their hoi 1 Robin Curtis have yard. So finally this rted out to be on* n >e to do something j use is located at Lo< been w* year the tan has j timilar f< wst and ZOBECK • CM LIFE years to have a sir chance. What ito a large party, iristmas season, (treats.
|Title||1997-10-31; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, October 31, 1997 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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