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After not informing students of the Code since
its implementation, the administration has now
sent out its own propaganda - Michigan
Voices.

This weekend, five B.F.A. students will
perform "Quintexture: A Moving
Experience," which showcases different
sets of dances.

Chris Webber and the Michigan basketball team
returned to Ann Arbor yesterday to a supportive
crowd at Crisler Arena.

Today
Sunny and warm;
High 55, Low 42
Tomorrow
Chance of rain; High 46, Low 38

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

Vol. Cill, No.112 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, A ril 7,m1993 @1993 The Michigan Daily
Collins to head human genome study

by Soma Gupta
Daily Staff Reporter
Following in the footsteps of the
famous Dr. James Watson, the
University's Dr. Francis Collins will be
taking over the reins of the Human
Genome Project at the National Insti-
tutes of Health (NIH) in Washington,
D.C.
The purpose of the project - which
beg two years ago - is to determine
the. lueprint of the genes that make up
humans, a feat that would enable re-
searchers to better diagnose patients
and create more effective treatments.
"This will only be done once in the
history of man ... and the chance to
oversee itis themost spectacular oppor-
tunity that I have ever dreamed of," Dr.
Collins said.
Colleagues of Collins say he is an
Statement
stats to be
avaiable
0 each week
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The University's week-long freeze
on information relating to cases under
the Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities ended yesterday when
officials agreed to provide statistical
data from the past week.
The policy change by the Office of
StudentAffairs immediately reinstated
the flow of statistical information to
the public. However, other informa-
tion will not be released because the
University is concerned about violat-
ing student confidentiality.
"We're continuing to assess this
and try to find a way we can get infor-
mation to the University community
for informational and educational pur-
poses while also protecting the confi-
dentiality and privacy of the people
involved in the process," said Mary
Lou Antieau, judicial advisor of the
policy.
Antieau said releasing only statis-
tics is allowed because the statement
stipulates, "... some data may not be
releasable if the identity of individuals
involved would be revealed."
But Rob Van Houweling, a mem-
berof the Michigan StudentAssembly
Student Rights Commission, said the
University is violating its original prom-
ise to students by releasing only statis-
tics.
"That's absolutely not what we
agreed to," Van Houweling said. "Ba-
sically we agreed all the records would
be released with only the names ex-
punged.
"It seems tome if they aren't going
to follow the code, which they clearly
aren't, why thehell should any student
follow the code?," Van Houweling
added.
The information released yester-
day said since last Tuesday:
Eight students have been sent
letters notifying them of possible state-
ment violations;
17 students have been notified
that enough evidence has been found
to support complaints charging them
with statement violations. These cases

must now be heard by a student hear-
ing panel or an administrator,
g One case was mediated, one case
was heard by an administrator and one
case was heard by a student hearing
panel. The University will not release
* the results of these hearings; and,

integral part of the medical research
team at the Howard Hughes Medical
Institute (HHMI) Division of the Uni-
versity Medical campus.
"He's very open-minded to ideas.
He manages to find time to guide all his
projects through the research. He'scus-
tom made for the job at NIH," said
DanieloTagle, senior post-doctoral can-
didate in the Huntington's Disease
Project.
Collins' accomplishments include
discovery and cloning of the gene that
causes Cystic Fibrosis and, more re-
cently, a collaboration on the gene that
causes Huntington's Disease.
At NIH, Collins will serve at the
helm of the project as a replacement for
Watson, the famous researcher who dis-
covered the structure of DNA.
"The main point of the project is to

allow us to understand the genetic
basis of disease. All diseases have
some genetic component, except for
trauma. The main justification for the
project is to try to understand that
(component) and through that under-
standing come up with better treat-
ment," Collins said.
Collins plans to move his labora-
tory-and almost everyone with it-
from the University to the NIH cam-
pus starting in September. The transi-
tion will be complete by the spring of
1994.
He will maintain an appointment
here consulting for the University one
ortwodaysamonth. However, he will
have to give up his research position.
"The hardest part of the whole
decision-making process was the idea
of having to leave U of M but I will

keep my hand here and try to continue
to have a teaching rolehereas well as an
advisory role," Collins said.
Although most people who work
with Collins are excited about taking on
the important Human Genome Project
in Washington, some said they have
some reservations.
"Well, I think we're all a little am-
bivalent about the whole situation. I
mean, we kind of like it in Ann Arbor.
On the other hand, its a very unique
chance.... Wealso really enjoy working
for Dr. Collins," said Dr. Paula Gre-
gory, a researcher for Collins.
Despite the prestigious opportunity
for Collins and his staff, the researchers
will be sorely missed at the University.
"Well, obviously we're going tomiss
him. He was a very instrumental part of
the program. The critical thing is that

Dr. Collins is a tremendous researcher
and he's very personable. We'll miss
him both for his research and the friend-
ships," said James Alford, manager of
Administrative Services of the Ann
Arbor HHMI.
With all his extraordinary accom-
plishments, thepictureofCollins riding
a red motorcycle that hangs on the wall
of his office serves as areminder that he
is only human.
Collins did his undergraduate work
at the University of Virginia and went
onto Yale University to complete his
Ph.D. in physical chemistry. He then
received a medical degree from the
University of North Carolina Medical
School.
In 1984, he began working at the
See COLLINS, Page 2

Collins

Police relay
ncidents of
by Shelley Morrison
Daily Crime Reporter
Two days after a drunken crowd tore up South University
Avenue in protest of a championship that was barely snatched
away, accounts of violence that took place that night are quite
sobering.
Racial and violent overtones plagued the rally on South
University Monday night, as students protested the defeat of
the men's basketball team in the NCAA championship tour-
nament.
Although the 2,500 fans who took part in Monday's
incident represented only a fifth of Saturday night's celebrat-
ing crowd, police and students agreed Monday's crowd
exhibited far more destructive behavior.
Police described the behaviorof the crowdas angry, drunk
and filled with racial and other types of violent conflict.
Ann ArborPoliceDepartment (AAPD)Lt.John King said
there appeared to be roving groups of people that came for the
purpose of causing trouble.
"(The groups) randomly picked victims, pushed them
down, and beat them," King said.
King added that the beatings appeared to be racially
motivated.
AAPD Capt. Dan Branson agreed, adding that the crowd
was decidedly more destructive than Saturday's gathering.
"This was a deliberate violence - there was a lot more
glass, a lot more bottles being thrown," Branson said. "We
didn'thave the obscenities, the fights ... Saturday that we had
Monday, and it looked like some racial overtones were
involved."
See CROWD, Page 7

Welcome home
Students mob Chris Webber at Crisler Arena yesterday as he heads for his car following the welcome-home celebration for the
men's basketball team.

'U' students at odds over usage of denigrating names

Minority students seek to
overcome negative
stereotypes by claiming labels
by Mona Qureshi
Daily Feature Writer
Nigger.
Katie Piehl grew up believing that saying cer-
tain words is taboo. Last January, a roommate
moved in and poked fun at other Blacks with the
term "nigger." Piehl felt dumbfounded.
"It bothers me that there's a double standard,"
said Piehl, an LSA first-year student. "If (Blacks
are) so against other people using ('nigger'), why
do they use it themselves?"
Roommate and LSA first-year student Jenneh
Peabody admitted that she uses the term often, but
has been trying to stop because she does not like the
implications.
"Blacks have been comfortable with using the
term 'nigger' to refer to each other too comfort-
ably," Peabody said.
Peabody said the word represents subjugation,
and by using it, people are putting themselves
down. But she noted the entertainment industry
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decry terrorism more than (non-Arabs) do. That's
what makes it funny," he said.
However, Katranj inoted that it is not acceptable
for a non-Arab who does not know him to speak in
such language.
Sometimes such unacceptable situations are not
as pronounced as verbal assaults.
Echoes of coins tossed at Ed Finegold reverber-
ated through the halls of a New York high school.
Classmates nagged him to drop to the ground and
gather the coins, but this Jewish student refused.
He saidhe did not feel the students were aware of
theiracts of anti-Semitism, butonly saw theirpranks
as a form of annoyance.
Finegold - now an LSA first-year student -
said many Jewish people try to dispelpopularstereo-
types such as the greedy Jew who lives for material
wealth.
He said the notion of money-conscious Jews
stems from the hard work many have done to earn
their own livelihoods. Finegold observed that non-
Jewish people are also conservative with money.
He said the phrase "JAP" - Jewish American
Princess - has been used to describe arrogance
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