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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 17, 1993-3

.Hepatitis B
vaccine
will help
students
OBy MAGGIE WEYHING
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The total number of individuals
suffering from Hepatitis B, apossibly
fatal viral disease that attacks and
infects the liver, has reached 300,000.
And people between the ages of 18
and 24 are making up a larger per-
centage of those infected - nearly
one third.
9 Susan Ainsworth, manager of
communications and publications for
the American College Health Asso-
ciation, said there has been a 77 per-
cent increase in the number of college
students who were infected in the past
decade.
However, students have the op-
tion to protect themselves from Hepa-
titis B with vaccination shots that are
*available at the University Health
Services (UHS).
"Normally we have found that our
prices for the vaccination shots are
lower than most places," said Dr.
Heenan Drobny of UHS.
The vaccination is a series of three
doses, each offered by UHS for $62 a
shot. Drobny explained that the ideal
timing of the vaccination is to take the
three shots over a period of six months.
* "After a patient receives his first
shot, he or she returns one month later
for the second and then five months
later for the third and final dose,"
Drobny said.
Ainsworth said students whohave
multiple sex partners, homosexuals,
IV drug users, people who have had
sexually transmitted diseases or un-
protected sex and people who receive
#lood products on a chronic basis are
at high risk of contracting Hepatitis
B.
Much like HIV, Hepatitis B is
carried in bodily fluids. However,
brobny said Hepatitis B is 30 to 40
times more contagious than HIV.
"You don't get Hepatitis B from
desk tops or toilet seats. You must
come in contact with the bodily fluids
of someone who is infected," he said.
Grace Ball, clinical nurse coordi-
nator of the Allergy and Immuniza-
tion Clinic at UHS, said she agreed.
"In order to transmit the virus, it
must come in contact with mucosal
tissue, such as eyes, mouth, or any
other break in the skin," she said.
Although the Hepatitis B vaccina-
tion can cause side effects, Ball said
this rarely occurs.
"Somepeopleexperience soreness
where they received the shot, but this
only lasts for a day or two," Ball said,
"Others feel fatigued. However, this
as well only lasts for a few days. The
side effects are not common - al-
most no one suffers from them."
She added that someone who has
not been vaccinated and contracts
Hepatitis B does have a chance of
survival, but said if left untreated, the
N'irus could cause complications such
as liver cancer and cirrhosis.
Short-term symptoms of Hepati-

tis B include headache, fatigue, nau-
sea, weight loss, mild fever, abdomi-
nal pain and jaundice.
"People who are not vaccinated
do die from Hepatitis B, but that is
totally unnecessary when there is a
vaccine available."
! Ainsworth said the American Col-
lege Health Association encourages
all college students to get vaccinated.

Former state representative
calls for reduction of pork

By RONNIE GLASSBERG
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Two loose cows made former
Michigan state legislator Margaret
O'Connor late for her speech about
pork last night.
Pork in the state budget, that is.
O'Connor, who lives on a farm,
explained that before she arrived she
had to put her loose cows away.
A state legislator for 10 years,
O'Connor detailed state projects she
considers wasteful when she ad-
dressed 35 members of the College
Republicans in the Michigan League.
"The reason I'm here is to tell you
that we don't have to raise taxes,"
O'Connor told the group. "They're
taking people's money and giving it
to others based on their whim."
She said the state budget has sky-
rocketed from $2.2 billion in 1967 to
its current $20.9 billion.
" What the heck are they spending
the money on?" she asked.
O'Connor told the group the state
spent $613,000 to hire eight full-time

employees to examine possible ways
to eliminate government waste.
She also derided a program that
provides $1.5 million to provide con-
victed felons with college educations.
"Idon't think that if you've been a
felon anyone's going to hire you for a
white-collar job," she said.
The former state legislator went
on to criticize spending for the gover-
nor. She said the state spends $847,000
on security for Gov. John Engler him-
self, $270,000 to maintain the
governor's mansion, and $87,000 to
pay the mansion's chief of staff.
O'Connor criticized the fact that
the state provides funding to the Ann
Arbor Theater Foundation.
"I like the arts, but I think I ought
to pay if I want to see it," she said.
Robert Stewart, an LSA senior,
saidhe agrees with O'Connor's view.
"If I'm interested in a certain the-
atre group or something, I should be
paying for it," he said.
O'Connor said she feels people,
not the government, should pay for
their needs.

"We're trying to take care of ev-
erything for everyone and you can't
do that," she said.
LSA senior Jeanette Larner said
she feels the government wastes
money.
"The reason people don't spend
their own money on them right now is
because the government funds them.
But, if the government stopped fund-
ing them then the people that wanted
those things around would fund them,"
she added.
O'Connorsaidnothing willchange
unless the public gets angry.
"I think I'm right and I think the
public should get angry," she said.
James Roberts, an LSA sopho-
more, said, "I just think it's important
that legislators of today stand up and
point out what kind of waste exists in
government today."
College Republicans President
John Damoose said, "I think her in-
formation was incredible and when
people hear how much money is be-
ing spent and wasted, they are out-
raged."

MARY KOUKHAB/DMy
Margaret O'Connor addresses the College Republicans last night.

Serial rapist loose in once-quiet Bowling Green

By RONNIE GLASSBERG
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
An hour south of Ann Arbor sits the usually
peaceful campus of Bowling Green State Uni-
versity (BGSU).
A serial rapist has disrupted this peace and
brought fear and anger to the campus.
Bowling Green Police Department (BGPD)
Detective Ken Fortney, who is investigating the
case, said the crimes began with a rape in
August.
In September the same man allegedly sexu-
ally assaulted a woman. A non-sexual assault
Oct. 8 bore similarities to the two other inci-
dents, but Fortney said it is unclear whether they
are related.
None of the assaults occurred on the campus

itself, but all involved BGSU students.
BGPD has investigated several suspects and
leads, but so far has not been successful in
apprehending a suspect.
In order to help with the case, BGPD has
calledon the FBI. Lt. Tom Brokamp, operations
director for BGPD, said the FBI profile of the
suspect shows they should not be looking for a
student on campus.
Brokamp cautioned students that, according
to the FBI profile, "He'll probably become
more aggressive as he goes."
BGSU first-year student Aimee Mumma
described the mood around campus.
"There is a sense of fear, but also a sense of
rage because no one is doing anything about it,"
she said.

Last week about 500 students rallied against
the Bowling Green Police Department because
they said they felt the police are taking the rapes
too lightly.
"The Bowling Green Police Department
seems more like they're trying to hide the rapes
that happened to keep the importance of the
school name than to solve the rapes," Mumma
added.
Brokamp responded to this student criti-
cism. "Well, my wife lives in and works here in
town and I'd certainly not wantto letarapistrun
free," he said.
To help with the case, Brokamp said BGPD
has increased the awareness of the officers and
does, on occasion, speak to campus groups
about the issue.

"Everyone is advised not to go anywhere
alone," Mumma said.
Composite sketches of the alleged rapist are
posted in every building on campus.
"Just about every person on campus has a
bottle of mace," Mumma said. She said both
men and women on campus now walk in larger
groups.
From what Brokamp knows of the alleged
rapist, he said the chance of him coming to Ann
Arbor is very slim.
University Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC) DirectorDebi Cain
said the majority of rapists are serial rapists. If
a situation similar to BGSU's occurred in Ann
Arbor, Cain said she would encourage people to
drop by SAPAC.

MSA debates election,
excessive campaigning

GUESS WHO'S COMING FOR DINNER...

By KAREN TALASKI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Withmore than 15 assembly mem-
berscampaigning againstone another
for seats on the Michigan Student
Assembly next term, lastnight's MSA
meeting was permeated by an air of
competition fitting to the normally
combative student government.
But instead of debating campus
issues or student concerns, many rep-
resentatives preferred to spar over
topics relating to their bid in the 1993
MSA Fall elections.
MSA representatives lounged in
comfortable chairs and couches at
Mosher Jordan residence hall instead
of the Michigan Union as they zoomed
through the meeting's light agenda.
The change of venue was neces-
sary because votes were being tallied
in MSA chambers.
Today is the last day for students
to cast their votes to decide who will
fill the 23 positions open to candi-
dates running for assembly seats.
A few students ventured near to
where the members of the student
government had sprawled, but soon
turned and walked away in confusion
wondering whom had invaded their
quiet lounge.
LSA Rep. Michelle Ferrarese ad-

dressed the assembly with her con-
cerns about the number of campaign
posters that have been put up around
campus during the last week.
As a member of MSA's Environ-
mental Issues Commission, Ferrarese
asked assembly members to recycle
posters or print them on recycled pa-
per.
"Thatmany flyers are not going to
make a difference," Ferrarese said.
"Just everybody keep (recycling) in
mind next time."
LSA Rep. Benjamin Bolger, who
is running as an independent candi-
date, sympathized with Ferrarese. He
suggested creating a forum for stu-
dents to discuss the issues with candi-
dates as a way to decrease the number
of posters being made and then thrown
away.
"I do agree the postering was ex-
cessive," Bolger said.
MSA President Craig Greenberg
proposed that the assembly discuss
the problem with campus buildings'
janitorial staffs to see if a compro-
mise could be reached.
Greenberg's idea consisted of ask-
ing the janitors to leave posters up
two weeks before the election or set a
time when candidates could remove
their posters for reuse.

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Student groups
O AIESEC, mass meeting, Busi-
ness Administration Building,
Room 1276, 6-7 p.m.
U Hindu Students Council, meet-
ing, Michigan Union, Pond
Room, 8-9 p.m.
Q Juggling Club, practice, Michi-
gan Union, Anderson Room, 7-
9 p.m.
O Law Club, office hours, Michi-
gan Union, Room 4124, 12-2
p.m., 4-5 p.m.
U Lutheran Campus Ministry,
Jesus Through the Centuries
study/discussion, 6 p.m.;
Evening Prayer, 7 p.m.; 801
South Forest Ave.
U Marxist Study on Current

women 3:30,4:30, 5:30 p.m.
U Saint Mary Student Parish,
Catholic Student Fellowship, 7
p.m.; centering prayer, 7 p.m.,
331 Thompson St.
J Self-Defense, classes, CCRB,
Room 1200, call 996-1454 for
details, 9-10 p.m.
U Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
everyone welcome, CCRB,
Room 2275, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
0 Students of Objectivism, dis-
cussion on the "Meaning of
Sex,"MLB, Room B 120,7 p.m.
0 Tae Kwon Do Club, regular
workout, CCRB, Room 2275,
7-8:30 p.m.
Events

Q Gurdiieff-Ouspensky, readings
from The Psychology of Man's
Possible Evolution, call 697-
6651 for details, Mason Hall,
Room 2440, 7:30 p.m.
Q Deciding Your Career, spon-
sored by Career Planning and
Placement, 3200 Student Ac-
tivities Building, 5:10-7 p.m.
U Protecting the Freedom to
Write Software, speaker: Ri-
chard Stallman, sponsored by
the Association for Computing
Machinery,MLB, Aud. 3,7 p.m.
Q Whither the Soviet Welfare
State?, sponsored by the Cen-
ter for Russian and East Euro-
pean Studies, Lane Hall, noon.

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