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More Short Takes Dressing for succis:
Students raise

HE'S NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!
NORMAN, OKLA. - Professor Robert
Shalhope has always brought his Civil
War musket to his history class at the U.
of Oklahoma. But he may think twice
about it from now on.
In February, afteraseveral people
reported seeing a man with a gun in
Shalhope's building, word got out that a
sniper was on campus. Shalhope was
unaware of the alarm until he returned
home. "I was at home watching Jay Leno
when [a newscaster] came on TV saying
there was a sniper in the building," he
says. The professor called off the alarm.
"I guess I should have realized as a
historian that times have changed and
people are a little more jumpy about guns
these days," he says.
CONTEST WINNER CRIES FOUL
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Florida State U. senior
Bill Dills could hardly believe it when he
sank what he thought was a half-court
shot for a promotional contest at a
December FSU basketball game.
But therbiggest shock came when offi-
cials for the Tallahassee Ford/Powerade
Hoop and Holler Contest told Dills that he
would not receive the $10,000 prize.
Officials say a videotape shows that Dills
shot from in front of the half-court line.
Dills isn't sure if he was ahead of half
court, but he still thinks he's entitled to
the prize, and he's considering suing the
university and the car dealership. "[The
shot] was still about 44 feet away. It'snot
like that's a shot even Michael Jordan can
hit regularly," Dills says.
PULLED OVER: The Oscar Mayer
Wienermobile, a 23-foot-long hot-dog-
on-wheels [U. Magazine, January/
February 1994], in Los Angeles for
allegedly failing to display a front license
plate. But no ticket was written, and
according to driver Chad Gretzema, the
policeman was mostly interested in get-
ting a closer look at the mobile frank.
"We do get pulled over an average of
once or twice a month by officers who
just want to see the Wienermobile,"
Gretzema says. "They want wiener whis-
tles or something."
RETROGRADE
U. Magazine wishes to correct information in its.
story "Who Makes the Grade?" [January/February
1994].
Lead...or Leave: The membership grade was
raised from a C to a B, as Lead...or Leave has 180
campus and community chapters, not 100 as was
originally stated.
The fuding source grade was raised ftrm a C
ts a B; with the exceptiss at a $12,999 donatist
from Ross Perot, Lead...or Leave has taken no
money from politicians or political groups.
The level of activity grade was raised from a C
to a B. Therefore, the overall GPA was raised from
a C+ to a B-.
Third Millennium: Since Third Millennium takes
only private, non-politically affiliated donations,
their funding grade was raised from a B to an A.
Therefore, their overall GPA was raised from a C-
tsac.
U. regrets the errors.
6 " U. Magazine

produce and
college funds '
A new salad dressing goes
on the market this month,
and if you buy some, you
might help a high school stu-
dent go to college.
It all started after the 1992
riots in Los Angeles, when a
couple of residents saw two High school
seemingly unrelated prob-
lems they wanted to tackle.
"Youths in Los Angeles felt a lack of
empowerment and a lack of owner-
ship," says Melinda McMullen. "And
the city was suffering from a lack of
fresh-grown food."
McMullen and her partner, Tammy
Bird, a biology teacher at Crenshaw
High School in Los Angeles, set out to
solve both problems with Food From
the Hood, a program designed to
teach high school students to grow and

local manuf~urer Sweet
Adelaide and investment
bankers Luther, Young and
Small, the group concocted
their own brand of salad
dressing to be sold in local
grocery stores. McMullen
projects $100,000 to
$150,000 in profits for the
coming year.
"We're learning how to run
a real business, and we're get-
ting a real advantage over
most other high school stu-
dents," says Mark Sarria, a
senior at Crenshaw and chair-
ney. man of the company's board
of directors. "We're still
learning after school is over."
Food From the Hood awards schol-
arships to participants based on their
academic achievements and their
efforts in the business. For those who
fall behind in the classroom, tutoring
and counseling are available.
"Sometimes I can't get these guys
out of the classroom," Bird says.
"They see college as a reality." * Drew
vanEsselstyn, The Breeze, James
Madison U.

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sell their own produce. Their goal was
to give students a sense of achievement
while earning money for college.
The first year, Food From the Hood
sold 75 percent of the produce they
grew and gave 25 percent to the needy.
Although they made a profit of $600
and fed 300 people, the money didn't
put a dent in the scholarship needs of
inner-city students.
Then, with the help of West Coast
salad dressing guru Norris Bernstein,

Researchers defend use of
cadavers in auto crash tests
Before leaving your body to science, you may want to ask
what it will be used for.
At the U. of Virginia, the Medical College of Wisconsin
and Wayne State U. in Detroit, human cadavers donated
for "medical research" are used in crash tests to perfect
auto safety. And the families don't always know about it.
For the tests, cadavers are strapped onto metal sleds that
crash at speeds of around 35 mph.
"In order to build a [crash test] dummy, you need the
data to make one," says Albert King, director of the
Wayne State Biomedical Engineering Center. King views
the tests he conducts as legitimate and necessary.
For every test done with a cadaver, hundreds of comput-
er simulations and dummy tests are performed, says U. of
Virginia Public Relations Director Louise Dudley.
Nonetheless, these tests caused some controversy after
Student's trip back home fit foi

the Roman Catholic German Bishops' Conference protest-
ed the crash research at Heidelberg U. in Germany.
"It's no different than any other testing. It's far more
destructive to dissect a body one strand at a time as in
anatomy classes," King says.
But there has been some question as to whether families
should know what the bodies are used for. Each of the
American universities has handled this issue differently.
At the U. of Virginia, Dudley says, "Ifa particular cadav-
er is suitable, the people in our lab contact the family to
tell them specifically what it will be used for."
At Wisconsin and Wayne State, families are only
informed of the specific use if they ask. Wisconsin lists this
research in its informational brochure on the anatomical
gift registry.
As a result of these tests, not only have more realistic
dummies been designed, but better seat belts, interiors, air
bags and other safety devices have emerged.
According to King, "It's the only injury prevention
methodology that's really working." Liz Washburn,
Daily Trojan, U. of Southern California
r a king position seriously. "It's a sacred
office," h says. "I am accountable to
those who made me a king and my
rs because it takes predecessors."
om." Ephirim-Donkor's responsibilities
n-Donkor will be range from making everyday deci-
certain rituals. He sions, such as deciding who can build
one or speak to an houses, to long-term planning, such as
c, he must always implementing ideas for elementary
and when outside and secondary schools.
w his bare feet to But for now, he has returned to the
United States, where he originally
occurs," Ephirim- came 11 years ago to become a minis-
the queen mother ter, and he plans to stay and work here
e community come indefinitely in the Methodist Church.
o is the best candi- In his absence, Ephirim-Donkor says
family. They then he has entrusted elders in Gomoa
andidate from the Mprumem with his kingly responsibil-
ed by the people is ities.
oronation. "I will go home when I have to go
is hesitant about home," he says. Marcy Lamm, The
plans to take his Emory Wheel, Emory U.
APRIL 1994

When Emory U. doctoral student
Anthony Ephirim-Donkor went to
visit his mother in Ghana last fall, he
got an unexpectedly enthusiastic wel-
come.
Ephirim-Donkor was in his mother's
home when it was surrounded and
seized by the locals. They paraded him
through the town and took him to a
secret location, where they placed him
on a throne three times, symbolizing
he had become king of Gomoa
Mprumem, a small farming com-
munity of about 1,000 people.
Being crowned king has always been
a possibility for Ephirim-Donkor,
whose royal name is Nana Obrafo
Owam X, because he's from a royal
family. But, he says, "I've been trying

to avoid it for year
away personal freed.
As king, Ephirin
expected to observe
must never walk ale
individual in publi
use an interpreter,
he must never allo
touch the ground.
"When a vacancy
Donkor explains,"
and the elders of th(
together to find wh
date from the royal
get input on the c
people." Being seizi
the last step in the c
Although he wa
becoming king, he

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