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Student rate of return for AIDS
test results higher than state's

by David Carrel
Daily Staff Reporter
Two weeks usually separate the
test from the results.
But after this interim period for
AIDS testing, some people do not
return for their test results - per-
haps they cannot afford transporta-
tion to the clinic, perhaps they de-
cide they're not at risk, or maybe
they simply leave town.
The number of people who do
not return for the results of their
AIDS tests is considerably lower on
campus and in the Ann Arbor com-
munity than across the rest of
Cf the 1,035 community mem-
bers tested at the University Health
Services (UHS) last year, 974 -
95.1 percent - returned for their re-
sults, said UHS health education co-
ordinator Kristen Hoppe.
But of the 50,813 people tested in

Michigan last year, 28,510 people
- only 56.1 percent - returned for
their results, the Michigan Health
Department estimates.
At the Washtenaw Public Health
Counseling and Testing center,
about 90 percent return on average.
Hoppe said people tested in the
Ann Arbor community have easier
access to clinics, and generally are a
lower-risk population than people
tested statewide.
Moreover, many people in
Michigan do not purposefully get
tested for AIDS - instead, they go
to public clinics that administer gen-
eral blood tests.
As well, many people who enter
state health centers must be tested
for AIDS whether they seek to or
not, said Vicki Nighswander, coor-
dinator at the Washtenaw
AIDS/STD Clinic.
She said most people in the local

community who get tested specifi-
cally want to know if they have
Hoppe speculated that fewer
people return in the rest of Michigan
because of a more transient, higher-
risk and poorer population.
She said most people tested at
UHS do not have AIDS but feel
"People want to verify in their
own mind that they are negative,"
Hoppe said, speculating that most
no-shows at UHS occur in May
when students have returned home
for the summer.
Nighswander said many people
are worried before the tests, but af-
terward decide they are not high-risk
candidates, and thus do not return
two weeks later.
But she said "for the people who
come in, the risk is real and they
want their results."

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have to do with the assembly itself,
but rather her desire to get involved
in other campus organizations.
"There are other things I want to
do. I don't really want MSA to be a
focal point - the only thing I did at
Michigan. I would like to pursue
other activities apart from MSA,"
Mistry said.
Student Rights Commission
Chair Rob Van Houweling said aca-
demic pressure played the most im-
portant role in his decision.
"I'm here as a student first. I
spend a lot of time doing work on
the assembly, but this will be the
semester before I graduate and I
need to spend a lot of time study-
ing," Van Houweling said.
Mistry said she sees the large
number of members not running for
a seat as a positive change.
"I think it's good that old people
are leaving and new are coming in
- maybe people won't be as bit-
tered by the process. This will keep
MSA fresh with new ideas coming
in," Mistry said.

Agencies aid poor left

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -
Private agencies that serve the poor
say they're helping 19 percent more
people than a year ago as state ser-
vices for the needy grow stingier, a
report released yesterday said.
Beverley McDonald, executive
director of the Michigan League for
Human Services, said agencies are
setting up waiting lists, restricting
the types of people they'll help, and
scrounging for funds in the wake of
budget cuts.
"We have a sense that the real
privatization that's going on in this
state is sort of the private sector tak-
ing care of a lot of basic needs that
formerly were taken care of in the
public sector," McDonald said.
Knud Hansen, chief investigator
for the study done by the Wayne
State University Center for Urban
Studies, said private charities face
financial problems of their own as
they confront rising demands.

for by state
"What we're seeing is a system
under pressure," Hansen said.
Gov. John Engler defended his
budget cuts, yesterday in Detroit at a
news conference at the Salvation
"We are here today to remind
people that no one in Michigan
should ever having to go without a
bed, a meal or other emergency as-
sistance," Engler said.

He touted the toll-free number for
shelter aid, his efforts to boost dona-
tions to food pantries and a state ed-
ucation program for homeless youth.


The report is the second stage of
a league study to determine the im-
pact of cuts in social services fund-
ing in Michigan since 1991. Those
include the elimination of General
Assistance payments to more than
82,000 adults, reduced medical care
for childless adults, and restrictions
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"I plan on campaigning earlier
than others by heading away from
traditional campaigning tactics such
as hanging up posters and concen-
trating on going to the dorms and the
UGLI to speak to students directly,"
said LSA sophomore and Indepen-
dent candidate Craig Greenberg.
Greenberg blamed student apathy
on the assembly's lack of action.
"Many students are not familiar
with MSA because the organization
does not do anything that directly af-
fects students. MSA is a huge orga-
nization and it has the potential to be
successful only if the current system
changes," Greenberg said.
Steven Hunt, a Conservative
Coalition candidate, said he plans on
using the press to voice his views on
the issues.
While candidates said they are
optimistic about increased voter
turnout, many students pointed to
the assembly's lack of policy-mak-
ing and leadership as reasons they
are not voting.
LSA first-year student Bryan
Lauer said, "I'm not choosing to par-

ticipate because I haven't been here
long enough to know which party
represents my interests and the best
interests of the school on the
"I voted my sophomore year be-
cause some of my friends were run-
ning. Currently, I haven't looked at
the candidates or the issues. The
MSA does a good job publicizing
who to vote for but they don't con-
centrate on issues. I would really
like to know where my money
goes," said LSA junior Will Lowry.
Sarah Prush, School of Nursing
junior, said "I'm not voting because
it is a waste of time. The MSA is a
mismanaged organization and half
the student body doesn't vote
LSA sophomore Vanessa
McClinton said, "It feels good to
vote because it is important to know
who is controlling the money for
student organizations."
Hunt drew parallels between this
year's national election turnout and
his hopes for the assembly's
"I just hope that because this is a
major election year that voter
turnout will be higher."

Continued from page 1
agement at California State
University at Dominguez Hills,
where he also taught business infor-
mation system courses.
"They're both extremely dynamic
people," said Richard Straub, chair
of the behavioral science department
at U-M Dearborn and a member of
the search committee. "Both have
outstanding credentials in terms of
scholastic and administrative experi-
ence, and both are very personable,
approachable and put you at ease."
But Don Knapp, president of
Dearborn's student government, said
he favors one candidate, although he
declined to name which one.
"There was one I would prefer
but I would be pleased with either
one," Knapp said. "They had similar
characteristics but the one I hope and
think will get the position was more
motivating and seemed to quickly
get people encouraged and excited
about things."

Once Duderstadt presents his
preference to the regents, they can
immediately vote to accept or reject
the candidate, interview the candi-
date in public and then vote or re-
quest additional candidates, said
Elsa Cole, the U-M's general
The search for candidates began
in June when Duderstadt appointed a.
10-member committee - consisting
of one student, six faculty members
and three administrators from U-M
Dearborn. Valerie Murphy, Dear-
born's personnel director and Connie
Cook, Duderstadt's executive:
assistant, also attended committee
A three-week long advertisement
in the Chronicle of Higher Education
and efforts of a search consultant:
yielded 104 applicants.
The committee shortened this list
to 13 people. After interviews it in-
vited five of these 13 to the Ann
Arbor and Dearborn campuses for
two-day interviews. Last month it:
presented its final recommendations
to Duderstadt for his consideration.

Zoe Olefsky, Midwest Representative for the
will answer questions on:

Continued from page 1
but safe sex. It's assumed. You can't
have sex without a condom. It's first
nature," he said.
Emily Gould, a bisexual LSA ju-
nior, said women face additional
concerns about the virus. "Whenever
I have sex it's with a condom and in
serious relationships. I take it for

granted that the people I'm with
don't have AIDS. That might be a
mistake. I use a condom more to
prevent pregnancy."
Many women said they were not
as concerned about the AIDS virus
due to the fact that women are not in
as a high of a risk group as gay men:
"We are careful. AIDS doesn't af-
fect women as much as men," said a
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car and repeatedly beaten with a
flashlight by two officers while five
other officers watched. The officers
- six whites and one African
American - have been suspended
without pay.
Racism has not been named as a
factor in the incident, but students
- many of whom have experienced
harassment first-hand - said they
believe it is.
"When things like this happen,
racism is almost always at the bot-
tom of it," said Business school se-
nior Michelle Gilliam. "Typically,
Blacks have problems of being ha-
rassed by police officers more than
LSA first-year student Marla
Jones said her brother was falsely
accused of a crime without evidence.
"He was arrested without any ques-
tion - until after he got to the po-
lice station," she said.
She added that it has happened to

him more than once.
"It happens every day," said
School of Education senior Cedric
Small. "It happens twice a month to
me on this campus. Police pull you
over every day for no reason;" he

He explained that police officers
create excuses when he asks why he
was stopped. "Sometimes they'll say
something like, 'You didn't stop for
the light,' or sometimes they'll just
ask for your license and registra-
tion," he said.
Jones said she feels the lack of
faith in officers stems from incidents
like the Green beating.
"There was no escape for Green
and there was no excuse for them to
start beating him. The only excuse I
could think of is because he was
Black and they were either scared or
prejudiced - including the Black
officer who watched," Jones said.
"This just puts'another mark on
the racial scale of African American
men being depicted as criminals and
it's just horrible," she said.






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