The University Record, October 1, 1997

Letters

In Memory of Tamara Sonya Williams

The University Community is greatly saddened by the tragic death of Ms. Tamara Sonya Williams on September 23, 1997. We are challenged to educate ourselves and our community about the all-too-frequent events of violence that can and do lead to death. The prevalence of violence against citizens of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, men and women, rich and poor, is too commonplace.

There is no excuse for violence against women. The campus community must stand up for the rights of women to be free from violence in this society, especially in their own homes. Make no mistake, violence is a blatant form of the oppression of women and is used as a weapon to control and dominate, to coerce and subjugate.

Safety and transitional planning for those in potentially dangerous situations is available. If you are planning to leave an abusive relationship, or are planning to try to remove an abusive partner from your home, community support and assistance are available. Support and safety planning are also available to women who are not yet prepared to leave. If you are a friend or family member of someone in an abusive relationship, community assistance and education are available as well. For information on resources and services for survivors of dating and domestic violence and their significant others, call the following Crisis Line Numbers:

Assault Crisis Center (Rape), 483-7273

Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House, 995-5444

Department of Public Safety, 763-1131

Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center

(SAPAC), 936-3333

Counseling and Psychological Services, 936-3100

Endorsed by:

Center for the Education of Women (http://www.umich.edu/~cew); Department of Public Safety (http://www.umich.edu/~safety); Family Housing; Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Interfraternity Council; International Student Families Project; President's Task Force on Violence Against Women; Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (http://www.umich.edu/~sapac); Women's Studies Program


Inauguration `human touches' appreciated

I would like to express my thanks to the U-M Inaugural Committee for a wonderful ceremony, and to President Bollinger for the "human touches" that were so evident in so many aspects of his inaugural day.

I was particularly impressed that he chose to start the day with a 5K run. I believe that this not only set a tone of informality (a nice contrast to the pomp and circumstance of the formal ceremonies), but it sent a very important message to all of us˜staff, faculty and students˜that there needs to be a balance in one's life to live it well. An essential ingredient of balance is found in keeping physically healthy˜and for those whose lives revolve around the important work that is the hallmark of this University, it is an important message to be sent by the leader.

President Bollinger chose to begin his speech with a tribute to his family members, naming everyone in attendance, including his nieces and nephews. His remarks to his wife, Jean, were particularly touching. He acknowledged the sacrifices to her own career that she has made as a result of his meteoric rise, and paid loving tribute to their marriage. The message I took away is that family is an essential part of a full life, and we make artificial distinctions when we partition off that part of our lives at work˜or when we relegate family to second place behind work priorities.

He also chose to spotlight the beginning of the Year of the Humanities and Arts, or "YoHA," pointing to another arena that he values˜the arts and humanities. This is particularly affirming to those of us who believe that the liberal arts are the lifeblood of the University.

Finally, I was personally relieved not to hear even one reference to "Go Blue!" in his inaugural speech. How refreshing. I wish him the best during his term at U-M. "Yo-Lee!"

Leslie de Pietro, coordinator,

Family Care Resources Program