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In Weckend Magazine:

Photo essay: some area kids reveal their lives
in a local, government housing neighborhood

Ninety-nine years of editoria freedom

Vol. IC, No. 12

Ann Arbor, Michigan-- Friday, September 23, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

., ..

for first
At a glance, Saturday's matchup
between Michigan and little ol' Wake
Forest might appear as one-sided as
Custer's Last Stand.
Michigan's student enrollment
outnumbers Wake Forest's more than
But the Deamon Deacons deserve
a second look. Despite being the
smallest Division I-A football-
playing school in the country, Wake
Forest faces better odds versus the
Wolverines than Pee Wee Herman
would against Mike Tyson, according
to .Michigan head coach Bo
"If there is a letdown of any kind,
Wake Forest will beat us,"
Schembechler said.
See Deacons, Page 11





President hands over
power as term ends

Finding their way JESSICA GREENE/Daily
Torrey Piddock lifts her brother Matt so he can touch the screen of the Wayfinder, the
University Medical Center's new information computer. See Story, Page 3.


fights cancer

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)-
Lebanon's army commander will be
the prime minister of a six-person
military government, President
Amin Gemayel said in a decree is-
sued in the last minutes of his
presidency yesterday.
Gemayel's stunning choice of a
military Cabinet, led by army
commander Gen. Michel Aoun,
came after civilian Moslem figures
refused to take part in an interim
Cabinet headed by a Maronite
Catholic premier.
Gemayel had to name a transition
government because the deeply divi-
ded Parliament failed to choose a
new president yesterday. The con-
stitution bars Gemayel from seeking
another presidential term.
Earlier Gemayel was trying to
form a civilian government under
business tycoon Pierre Helou, a
Maronite Catholic who is a Par-
liament deputy.
The shift to a military Cabinet
appeared aimed at heading off the
formation of two governments, one
Christian and one Moslem, that
would have further cemented the
sectarian cantons that have formed
during the 13-year civil war that has
left over 150,000 dead.
The decrees appointing the
Cabinet members, who represent the
six main sects in Lebanon, carne
five minutes before Gemayel's

presidency expired at midnight.
Also yesterday, Moslems and
Christians clashed around the divi-
ding Green Line, and three top com-
manders of Amal, the main Shiite
Moslem militia, were assassinated.
Aoun, the Maronite army com-
mander, and his five ministers will
continue serving as the army's
Supreme Defense Council, which
controls Lebanon's military. The
decrees, effective immediately, also
named Aoun as defense and infor
mation minister. He remains the
I leave the presidency
today worried and filled
with anxiety,'
- former Lebanese
President Amin Gemayel
army commander.
"I leave the presidency today
worried and filled with anxiety,"
Gemayel told the nation in a five-
minute farewell address televised
nationwide before issuing the
"Today should have been a
festival in which we rejoice over the
election of a new president who
would take the helm and the oath of
office as I and my predecessors did,"
Gemayel said. "But the people of
war were stronger than peace."

A new, less toxic method of bone marrow
transplant that could lengthen the lives of pa-
tients with leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, and
other types of cancer will soon be performed at
the University Medical Center.
It will be the first program of its kind in
Michigan and Dr. Stephen Emerson, the scien-
tific director of the bone marrow transplant pro-
gram, says he has recruited the best in the field to
assist in the research, development, and imple-
mentation of the program.
The program will treat leukemia patients by
removing a portion of their infected bone mar-
row, treating it to kill off cancerous cells while
preserving the healthy ones, and finally replacing
the bone marrow into the patient.
Before replacing the bone marrow, the patient
will undergo extensive chemotherapy which de-

Marrow transplant
could save lives
stroys all the bone marrow and cancerous cells'
remaining in the body.
Without bone marrow, the human body is es-
sentially devoid of an immune system. In order
to prevent disease, the patient will be kept in a
laminar flow room - a sterile plastic bubble -
while the bone marrow is "cleaned."
Once re-inserted into the body, the bone mar-
row takes a year to return to full strength. Dr.
Gerald Messerschmidt, the program's director,
said the short-term survival rate has increased
from 65 percent in 1985 to approximately 80 to
90 percent this year.
Messerschmidt said that further bone marrow

research is being pursued to treat breast cancer
and other types of tumors. He said that the Uni-
versity's program is "the world leader in bone
marrow stroma research," and considers the
University to be one of the top three medical,
research institutions in the country. The stroma
is the root of bone marrow and research into it's
properties have resulted in breakthroughs of bone
marrow transplants.
"No one else in the country is doing bone
marrow tissue transplants," he said.
He added that the bone marrow transplant unit
is a "whole team geared for families and patients.
We not only treat patients but also assist fami-
lies with the psychosocial problems involved in
such treatment. We're here to help people; not
just do research."
See Cancer, Page 2

'U' cancer program to
cash in on lotto winner

Larry Frederick, who won half of
last week's record $33.6 million
Michigan Super Lotto jackpot, says
he will donate a portion to the Uni-
versity's cancer research program.
The remainder of the money will be
"invested carefully and conserva-
tively," he said.
Monday, Larry and his wife Ruth,
of Hamburg, claimed the first
$672,627 of their $16.8 million,
which will be paid to them in twenty
yearly installments. Frederick, an
alumnus of the business school, said
he will call on attorneys and accoun-
tants he met while earning his MBA
to help with his financial planning.
Although the amount of the
donation and the way the funds will
be allocated have not yet been deter-

mined, the couple said they are
donating to the cancer research pro-
gram in honor of his father and her
mother, who both died from cancer.
The Fredericks will meet with
Medical Center cancer specialists
next week to decide how they want
the funds to be used, said Joe Beyel,
private funding director from Medical
Center Development.
"We're thrilled that the Fredericks
are considering a donation," said
Beyel, "hopefully this will influence
others around the state to consider
Beyel said the Fredericks' dona-
tion could be used to help fund a
major project such as a new cancer
research center or to create a special
endowment fund for medical students
specializing in cancer research, but

no definite plans have been made.
Frederick said he also planned on
"getting into leveraged buyouts with
friends from Rockwell International
and some attorneys." He and a col-
league currently own Baytech, a
computer networking company based
in Livonia.
His wife, Ruth, works as an
anesthetist at St. Joseph Mercy Hos-
pital in Ann Arbor. Fredericks said
the windfall will allow his wife to
start working part-time so she can
spend more time with their three
children ages 3, 4 and 5. The Freder-
icks said they don't want to squander
all their winnings, but do plan to in-
dulge in a visit to Disney World, a
new car, and a trip to Europe.
-The Associated Press
contributed to this story

Judith Frey, statewide spokesper-
son for The People's Campaign for
Choice, visited Ann Arbor yesterday
to kick-off her group's campaign
against Proposal A.
The proposal, which will be on
the November ballot, would, if ap-
proved, discontinue Medicaid-funded
abortions in Michigan.
Frey called the proposal unjust
because it discriminates against poor
women, and it makes no provision
for rape, incest, and AIDS.
Thirty-two community leaders,
united in their opposition to Pro-
posal A, were named honorary co-
chairs of the People's Campaign
during a press conference at the Ann
Arbor Public Library. Among them
was Director of the University's
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center, Julie Steiner.
A proponent of Proposition A,
Pastor Michael Caulk of the Corner-
stone Church, said that although the
proposal discriminates, he does not
believe it is unjust. In a telephone

State court allows
woman 's abortion

LANSING (AP) - A pregnant
woman may have an abortion despite
the objections of her estranged hus-
band, the Michigan Supreme Court
said yesterday in letting stand a state
Court of Appeals order.

request. I would imagine that we
should be getting a decision by
Monday," said Shelly Spivack, one
of the volunteer American Civil
Liberties Union attorneys rep-
resenting Mrs. Lewis.
The appeals court, in lifting an

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