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genetics to
from grant
by Abdalmaid Katranji
A national pharmaceutical com-
pany recently helped kick-off the U-
M's $1 billion fundraising campaign
* with a $5.5 million grant.
contribution will support the univer-
sity's research in molecular genetics,
which is connected to the field of
gene therapy.
The money will also establish
two new chairs in molecular
medicine at the U-M medical school,
and a chair in chemistry, said
George Zuidema, vice provost for
medical affairs.
About $3.6 million will enable
the new faculty to conduct basic sci-
entific research, such as genetics and
The remaining $1.9 million will
be divided: $1 million will go to the
College of Pharmacy to finance
graduate student aid, and $900,000
will be used as stipends for graduate
* and post-graduate studies in biotech-
nology, gene therapy and basic
This contribution is recorded as
Wne of the largest in the history of
the U-M.
Zuidema said the university and
'The ability to
collaborate closely
with U-M researchers
is the main reason our
research laboratories
are located in Ann
-Ronald Cresswell
chair of pharmaceutical
research for Parke-Davis
Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis have
maintained a close relationship for
95 years.
"We place a high value on the
quantity and quality of the interac-
tions we have with the university,"
said Ronald Cresswell, chair of
pharmaceutical research for Parke-
Davis. "The ability to collaborate
elosely with U-M researchers is the
main reason our research
laboratories are located in Ann
Asked if this money is connected
to any research Warner-Lambert is
conducting, Zuidema said, "There
are no strings tied to it at all."

Fraternities say
early rush led to
average turnout

Do you want to scrum?M
LSA junior Avram Mack talks to RC sophomore Brian Larsen and LSA junior Tom Vestergaard about joining the
rugby team, during Festifall on the Diag Friday.
$ 18 lo rant to aid research
on student substance abuse

by Angela Dansby
Despite the unusually large
turnout at the mass meeting, frater-
nities had average numbers at rush
this year.
This was in part due to the early
rush, which was one to two weeks
earlier than usual, Interfraternity
Council President Bruce Namerow
"There seems to be an overall in-
creased interest in the Greek system
this year, but because of early rush, a
lot of people deferred getting in-
volved right away - they wanted to
get settled into school first,"
Namerow said.
As a result, he said he expects
that winter semester rush - typi-
cally not as popular as fall rush -
will have greater numbers.
"We've really been publicizing
second semester rush this year," he
Namerow said that although
some fraternity numbers were up
and some were down, the smaller
houses seemed to catch the low end
of the scale.
In order to compensate for this
and increase publicity, some of these
smaller houses are holding a second
fall rush.
Part of the problem for smaller
houses is that they are simply not
"Size definitely influences
publicity," said Sigma Phi rush chair
Jason Knight. "Sometimes I think
we're known, but other times I think
we slip into total obscurity."
Though sometimes
overshadowed by larger fraternities,
smaller houses may have more to
offer in some cases.
"There is more integrity with
smaller numbers," Knight said.
"When fraternities become factories,
it doesn't make sense anymore.

"Whether people join large
houses in order to have a social out-
let or for status, I think that the size
cheapens the whole thing," he
added. "If houses scaled down, it
would be more intimate and:
effective for the right reasons.
"It's impossible to be friends
with 100 people --but with 30 or 40
guys, it's easier to be friends with
everyone and to join just because of
the people."
But even larger fraternities had
their rush expectations lowered this
"Smaller fraternities seem to be
getting stronger rather than the
Greek system getting weaker. Rush
is spreading out more - smaller
houses are becoming greater compe-
tition," said Sigma Alpha Epsilon
rush chair Brian Bolick. "Four years
ago, for example, we'd have 200
guys coming through, and this year,
we were one of four fraternities that
even topped 100."
Overall, however, in view of the
lower average, numbers were good,
Bolick said.
Bolick, who rushed in the fall of
1988 - the last semester of rush
where alcohol was permitted - said
the focus of rush has really pro-
gressed in positive ways.
"When I was a freshman, rush
was just a party. I like it a lot better
now because the focus is on getting
to know individuals rather than on
drinking," he said.
"Losing kegs doesn't hurt us at
all. Rush shouldn't be based upon
who has the largest party. Besides,
we don't care about those guys who
just want to drink anyway," Bolick
In addition, there seems to be a
greater emphasis on academics in re-
cent years, which weeds but some of
See RUSH, Page 7

by Melissa Chosed
The U-M Institute for Social
Research (ISR) will be able to con-
tinue an annual survey measuring
substance use among young
Americans, with the help of an $18
million grant from the National
Institute on Drug Abuse.
The grant - one of the largest in
the agency's history - will enable
the ISR to continue the survey for
the next five years.
"The 'Monitoring the Future'
project is designed to assess the
changing lifestyles, values, attitudes
and preferences of American youth
on a continuing basis, as well as to
improve our understanding of those
changes," said U-M psychologist
Lloyd Johnston.
Johnston and psychologist Jerald
Bachman began the study in 1975
and were later joined by associate
research scientist Patrick O'Malley.
One of the largest surveys of its
kind, "Monitoring the Future," in-
cludes 65,000 young people from six
distinct populations, ranging in age
from 13 to 32.
The study is significant because
of its vast coverage of such a wide
population and its ongoing follow-
ups on that population, Johnston
The longest an individual has
been surveyed is 14 years.
One area the survey has studied

regarding college students is changes
in drinking patterns after graduating
from high school.
The study has found that leaving
the parental home leads to an in-
crease in alcohol use, and getting
married or pregnant leads to a
decline in use.
From these two factors, the study
helps explain the differences be-
tween college and non-college stu-
dents. College students drink and use
drugs less in high school. However,
they catch up with their out-of-
school peers.
"I've seen this happening," said
Chris Melus, a first-year engineering
student. "Many students have been
experimenting with drugs and alco-
hol since they've discovered their
new freedom."
Dina Harrison, a first-year
student in the School of Music, said,
"I don't think that where a person is
in school is a major factor in
whether or not they use drugs or al-
cohol. I think that it's a person's
state of mind that causes them to use
illegal substances."
Johnston has also found that the
level of cigarette smoking among
young Americans has remained con-
stant. Johnston said he hopes by
bringing this fact to the attention of
policy makers, this trend will
One function of the project is to

accurately describe what changes are
occurring within the American popu-
lation and "try to understand the dy-
namics of the causes to the change in
the trends," Johnston said.
For example, the survey has
found that over the past decade, il-
licit drug use among high school and
college students is declining.
However, alcohol use has declined
only among high school students,
but remained the same among
college students.
The change in the drinking age is
one factor attributed to the change in
drinking patterns among high school
students. But the survey has found
that "party drinking," or "binge
drinking" among college students is
not changing.
The survey has also found that a
"demand reduction" approach -
changes in demand, attitudes and
beliefs - account for most of the
trends of drug use among teenagers,
Johnston said.
Johnston said he hopes govern-
ment policy will move in this
"That includes prevention pro-
grams, early intervention and treat-
ment. Education is a very important
component," he said.
But Johnston pointed out that ed-
ucation is not only restricted to the
classroom. He said other important
educational institutions include the
family and media.

" Bush, Clinton woo top Perot aides

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DALLAS (AP) - President
Bush said Sunday "just the truth will
do it," when he sends top aides to
woo Ross Perot's strongest sup-
porters Today. And Bill Clinton says
his, envoys will make "a very
straightforward, factual presenta-
tion" to prove his plan is closer to
The nominees wanted to bring
Perot supporters into their fold not
only by selling Perot's 50 state co-
ordinators on their respective eco-
nomic plans, but also to smooth feel-
ngs ruffled after Perot abandoned
his independent bid in July.
"My message is pretty simple. If
you compare Perot's plan to mine
and Mr. Bush's, he's much closer to

me than he is to Bush," Clinton said
Sunday while campaigning in Iowa.
"All we're going to do is make a
very straightforward, factual presen-
tation" on political reform, the econ-
omy, health care, national security
and the deficit, he said.
Bush said "just the truth will do
it," when asked how his team will
persuade Perot supporters to vote
Republican. "I'm going to make it. I
really feel confident."
Neither candidate planned to at-
tend themselves.
If supporters of the Dallas bil-
lionaire don't believe the candidates
are serious about deficit reduction,
they'll want Perot back in,
confounding the campaign in its

final five weeks.
Bush won over one of Perot's
state coordinators even before
Today's meeting. Cliff Arnebeck,
the head of Perot's Ohio group, said
Yesterday he had decided to back
the president.
"The most important job of the
president is the competent conduct
of foreign policy," Arnebeck said.
"On that score, President Bush has
done very, very well."
Arnebeck said he decided in July
to support Bush, but held a news
conference in Columbus, Ohio, yes-
terday at the urging of the Bush


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