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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 13, 1986-- Page 5

Doctor says studies on
AIDS were misdirected

Daily Photo by ANDI SCHREIBER

Gubernatorial candidate William Lucas waves to fans at the Michigan-Michigan State game, with his chief
fiscal officer Fred Todd (left) and press secretary Bill Johnson (right).

Lucas s
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for recent increases in the state's
-higher education budget. "The fact
is that it is the Republican senate
that has consistently increased the
educational budget. As usual
(Blanchard) takes credit for
something he has not done," he
said.
"I would make a true increase in
education because I think it's very
important to the people to have
better education and have our
universities and especially our
research universities survive,"
Lucas said.
LUCAS SAID he would not
pressure public universities to
freeze or limit in-state tuition, as
Blanchard has done.
"The individuals who run those
institutions have the responsiblity
for setting those rates," Lucas said.
"I believe that the free enterprise is
operating properly. If they raise

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those rates too high, they will find
they will not have students coming
to those schools."
Last summer, the University
agreed to limit in-state tuition to a
4.3 percent increase after Blanchard
threatened to veto Michigan's state
appropriation. Lucas said the
governor's threat was a political
attempt to win votes.
LUCAS ALSO said he would
provide student loans for Michigan
residents "who are willing to work
hard." He predicted that the burden
to provide financial aid will fall on
the states due to Reagan
Administration budget cuts.
Lucas dismissed recent reports
that President Reagan's visit to
Detroit last month may have hurt
his candidacy as "a democratic
wish."
"I don't believe a visit by the
President of the United States to
help anyone hurts that person in

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any way," Lucas said. "I think it's a
plus." Though many civil rights
leaders have criticized Reagan for
cutting social welfare programs,
Lucas said he believes state blacks
"have great respect for (Reagan)."
LUCAS SAID his
relationship with Reagan could
only help him if he became
governor. "Many of the things this
governor has had to run to
Washington to get, like flood relief,
I would have available to me
possibly with a phone call," he
said.
Lucas agrees with recent polls
that indicate his current lack of
support from blacks, but he
remains confident that he will
ultimately win black votes. Lucas
said, however, that he will continue
his current campaign strategies
rather than make a special effort to
increase his black support.

By ELLEN FIEDELHOLTZ
Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome research has been
hindered because, until recently,
doctors have focused on the effects
of the virus rather than the virus
itself, according to Samuel Border,
a Harvard researcher who spoke at
University Hospitals Friday.
Border believes that focusing on
how the AIDS virus breaks down
the body's immune system has
retarded medical progress. "We
really can't make headway against
the disease unless we understand the
ideology of the disease and then
attack the ideology," he said.
Clinical experimentation has been
underway for only the last five
years, Border said.
BORDER CURRENTLY
heads a research team investigating
strategies for treating disease-
causing retroviruses in AIDS. The
AIDS virus is composed of
retroviruses, which copy
themselves in a way that is
opposite to normal genetic
transcription. he said.
"There are presently 25,000
reported AIDS cases in the country,
but there are well over 1 million
people who have been infected by
retroactive viruses associated with
AIDS - and that number will
double or triple within the next
couple of years," Border said. In the
United States, New York has the
highest number of reported cases,
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while Michigan has relatively few
AIDS victims.
Border also said that AIDS has
surpassed epidemic proportions in
Africa, where it is a "medical
calamity." In that country, he said,
AIDS is almost exclusively
transmitted through heterosexual
contact, whereas people in the
United States have been led to
believe that the virus is transmitted
mainly through homosexual
contact.
"TRANSMISSION IS not
limited to anal rectal intercourse as
once believed, but can be
transmitted through standard vaginal

intercourse as well," he said.
Border and his team have bee$
experimenting with AIDS drug
which are administered orally. The
are looking for ways to intervene i
the early stages of the disease td
stabilize the patient's condition.
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Minorities are less satisfied with U'

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The survey found that 88 percent
of the white students and 78 percent
of the minority students were
satisfied with the academic quality
of the University. Broken down
according to different ethnic groups,
69 percent of the black students
expressed satisfaction and 83
percent of Asian Americans and
Hispanics said they were satisfied.
SOCIALLY, 73 percent of
the black students surveyed said that
interacting with students of their
own ethnic group was important.
Twenty-three percent of the Asian
Americans and 17 percent of the
Hispanics agreed.
At the same time, some students
said they were dissatisfied, not only
with the attitudes of white students
toward minority students, but with
minority students' attitudes toward
their own ethnic groups. Forty-
Colurmst
criticizes
SAmerican
inqpericilism
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"When we discuss intervention we
should be primarily concerned with
those against who the
inconvenience is taking place,
because those are the people
suffering," said Cockburn.
Despite recent Congressional
sanctions against the South African
government, Cockburn said "The
U.S. stake here in the global
system is obvious enough-
continuing white capitalist, racist
domination in the region."
Marable related U.S. foreign
policie to domestic struggles. His
lecture, "Reaganism, Racism and
Apartheid," focused on what he
called "political and historical
selective amnesia." He said the
Reagan Administration has ignored
the struggles of minorities in South
Africa as well as in the United
States.
THE SPEAKERS also
accused the American media of
"selectively" covering events in El
Salvador and Nicaragua. The press,
for example, has deliberately
decreased its coverage of the

seven percent of blacks, 11 percent
of Asian Americans, and seven
percent of Hispanics said they were
displeased with the attitudes of
students from the same ethnic
background.
Julie Sasaki, president of the
Asian American Student
Association, said that that some
Asian American students, especially
those from the Midwest, may be
less accustomed to socializing
within their own ethnic group than
those from the East and West
coasts, where large Asian
communities exist.
SUDARKASA SAID her
office will examine the relationship
between student academic
performance and parental
educational background.
Among black students surveyed,
29' percent reported grade point
averages of 3.0 or better, compared
to 53 percent for all minorities, and

65 percent for white students.
Seventy-three percent of Asian
American students had a 3.0 or
better, compared with 46 percent of
Hispanics, 29 percent of blacks, 50
percent of Native Americans, and
64 percent of whites.
Of all the ethnic groups, more
Asian American parents- 62
percent of the mothers and 79
percent of the fathers- held college
degrees. Forty-four percent of the
black mothers, 46 percent of the
black fathers, 33 percent of
Hispanic mothers and 87 percent of
Hispanic fathers held college
degrees.
"(THIS) MAY REFLECT
not so much ethnic or cultural
factors," said Gaborit, "but it may
reflect economic and social
influences."
Sudarkasa said, "Many of the

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