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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 3, 1994 - 3

Judge says
fit for trial
White House shooter
charged with firing
27 shots at
presidential home
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A federal
judge ruled yesterday that Francisco
Martin Duran is mentally competent
to stand trial for allegedly firing 27
shots at the exterior of the White
House Saturday.
I Magistrate Deborah Robinson is-
sued the ruling on the recommenda-
tion of prosecutors even though Duran
cut short his one-day psychiatric exam
by refusing to answer all the doctor's
questions. He did so after his court-
provided lawyer, Leigh Kenny, filed
motions - later denied by the court
- to halt the examination.
The competency evaluation was
fld to determine whether Duran was
capable of understanding the charges
against him and assisting in his de-
fense at trial.
Prosecutors also continued to con-
sider filing a more serious charge of
attempted assassination against the
26-year-old Colorado resident. The
charge carries a maximum penalty of
life imprisonment. The four counts
already lodged against Duran carry
aggregate maximum punishment
of 35 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Eric H. Holder Jr.
has designated the FBI as the lead
agency investigating the shooting
spree. While the Secret Service has
jurisdiction over presidentially related
incidents, the FBI would become in-
volved only in the event of an assas-
sination attempt.
The evidence against Duran in-
cludes handwritten notes left in
Duran's pickup truck, which was
found parked near the White House.
The exact contents of the notes re-
main a mystery, although federal
sources have said one note suggests
Duran expected to die in his attack
and: that the note included instruc-
tions on how his affairs should be
. A. second note scrawled on a map,
the -sources said, contains the words
"kill the ... " followed by a mis-
spelled word believed to be an abbre-
viation for "President." It is this note,
together with statements by a former
co-worker, that have led investiga-
tors to believe Duran intended to harm
President Clinton.
The former co-worker, David
*Jillis, who once worked with Duran
at the Broadmoor resort hotel in Colo-
rad Springs, has told FBl agents that
Duran once said he wanted "to take
out the president."
At the time of the shooting, the
president was watching a college foot-
ball game in a rear bedroom of the
White House and was nowhere near
the line of fire. Duran, standing on a
mublic sidewalk in front of the White
ouse, fired what the Secret Service
now estimates were 27 shots from a
Chinese-made semiautomatic assault
rifle. About eight chipped the exterior
of the mansion and the adjoining West

Wing, which houses Clinton's office
and the press briefing room.
The magistrate, citing public
safety, ordered that Duran be held
without bail over the objections of his
*torney. Duran is a convicted Army
felon who was dishonorably dis-
charged from the service in Septem-
ber 1993.

I - - -

W. Quad to gam
2 new houses for
students by 1996

Erica Spiegel, special project coordinator for waste management services, demonstrates how to recycle paper using
a blender last night at Couzens library to University students Brooke Scelza, Liz Mancini and Jennifer Bralower.
Students resstsFre
through speIal piZZa promotion

Daily Staff Reporter
As the psychology offices pre-
pare to move into their new home in
East Engineering, West Quadrangle
looks to regain space for two addi-
tional student residential houses by
Lloyd and Winchell houses,
which currently contain offices, will
be turned over to the Housing Divi-
sion, renovated and opened to stu-
dents in the next two years.
"We want to create a facility that
works for the 20th century. This is as
close as we are going to get in the
foreseeable future to define new resi-
dence hall space," said Alan Levy,
Housing Division spokesman.
Vice President for Student Af-
fairs Maureen A. Hartford said the
Housing Division is in need of more
space, and West Quad may be the
answer to current overcrowding.
"This year we are very full. There
are a lot of people, especially a lot of
women, living in converted triples.
That is probably not an ideal situa-
tion," she said.
Levy said the Housing Division
will examine student living patterns
and privacy needs while deciding on
the renovations. "We hope to get a
large amount of input from a variety
of sources."
A committee including West
Quad staff, Housing Division per-
sonnel and a University architect will
look at the site to suggest renova-
tions. Levy said the Housing Divi-
sion also will solicit advice from stu-
dents in the Residence Hall Associa-
tion before making any changes.
"Everything is at the discussion
stage. Nothing has been decided.

There are no final plans," Levy said.
Currently, about 850 students live
in the six residential houses of West
Quad. In 1968, the housing division
converted Lloyd and Winchell into
temporary office space. Although the
rooms have been used constantly as
offices, they still resemble dorm
"It was initially meant to be a
fairly short-term stay," Levy said.
"LSA and the University have been
pressed for academic office space
Psychology offices will move out
in December. English and history of-
fices will temporarily move into Lloyd
and Winchell until their East Engi-
neering offices are complete in mid-
1996. The Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center also will have
to relocate, but no site has been cho-
Hartford said a living-learning
program, similar to the Women in
Science and Engineering or Pilot pro-
grams, is a possible use for the space.
"We're still looking at that (space)
as an opportunity to try to set up one
or more models," she said. "We need
to take a serious look at the way we do
West Quad Core Director Jackie
Mims is serving on the committee
that will suggest changes.
"It's going to make one larger
complex. We'll certainly have more
students to serve," she said. "But I'm
excited about it."
Mims said it is too early to know
the future of the two houses because
the committee needs to assess the
building's structural condition. "We
really can't do anything until that
space is pretty much clear."

Daily Staff Reporter
Domino's Pizza is known for its
deals, but this one may have been the
tastiest for University students yet.
During the past three weeks, the
Ann Street and Packard-Dewey
Domino's have given away 1,500 free
pizzas as part of a recent promotion.
Domino's public relations depart-
ment began the promotion to encour-
age a healthy lifestyle among first-
year students at the University. Stu-
dents who wanted a free pizza were
required to weigh themselves on a
scale provided by Domino's and com-
plete a survey.
Participants had to write their
name, telephone number, college or
school they were a student in and their
current weight on the survey. Then,
they received the free pizza.
About 50 large thin crust pizzas
with one topping were given away
almost every night Oct. 20-30 by the
Packard-Dewey branch, manager
Roland Porter said. He said all free
pizzas were carry-out.
The other participating Ann Ar-
bor branch focused not only on carry-
outs, but also on deliveries. The Ann
Street Domino's delivered to most of
the residence halls including the
Quads, Mary Markley, Alice Lloyd,

Couzens, Stockwell and Bursley.
"They were thin crust pizzas be-
cause of the idea that it is thin. It fits
with the program," said Douglas Can-
non, manager of the Ann Street
Participating students can go to
the Domino's store this month and
next and reweigh themselves. If they
can maintain or decrease their weight,
they can get another pizza.
This is intended to deter students
from gaining the "Freshman 15," the
weight first-year students sometimes
gain during their first few months
living away from home for the first
time to go to school.
The publicity for the promotion
did not reach all students. Mona Bhow,
an LSA first-year student said, "i
didn't know about it, but I definitely
would have gotten one."
Besides lack of publicity, another
barrier for students was the lines that
formed outside many of the dorms.
People had to push through the crowds
to get a pizza, and sometimes there
were none left when students got to
the front.
"Students came to the stores to get
a pizza after they knew that some had
been delivered. Last Friday night be-
tween midnight and 4 a.m., about 50
students came down," Cannon said.

Sophomore and Alice Lloyd resi-
dent Brad Klein made the trek for his
cheese pie. "They ran out of pizzas
when they were here delivering, but a
bunch of my friends and I walked
there with the craving for a free pizza."
Although it did not deter students
from participating, the thin crust did
not seem to be as palatable to
students."The pizza was all right. The
crust was real thin, but we ate it be-
cause we were hungry," Engineering
first-year student Ismail Curtis said.
He added, however, "You can't
beat free food."
Other students are excited about
the promotion. "I got two free pizzas
and I expect to be under my weight so
I can get a third," Curtis said.
Some students are not sure if the
pizza is worth the walk to the store.
"I'm not going to go to the store to get
a pizza, but if they were coming back
to the dorm I would definitely re-
weigh myself," said Markley resident
Abraham Schwarzberg.
Cannon said that the November
and December part of the promotion
will be strictly carry-out.
Students not only enjoyed the pro-
motion, it also increased Domino's
sales. Canon said that last week's net
sales were 168 percent higher than
the same week last year.


Doctors close to Alzheimer cure

Key experiments with two obscure
proteins seem to be closing in on what
causes the brain-damaging effects of
Alzheimer's disease, researchers re-
ported yesterday.
In tests conducted in laboratory
dishes, a research team at Harvard
Medical School in Boston found that
two proteins, ACT and ApoE4, cause
a common brain chemical, amyloid-
Beta, to form the fibrous clumps seen
in Alzheimer's brain tissues.
According to neurobiologist Hun-
tington Potter, "We've found that the
formation of filaments depends not
only on the amyloid-Beta protein, but
also on one of the two other proteins."
Either of the proteins, or both to-
gether, can induce normal amyloid-
Beta to form the fibrils that get wad-

ded up into the brain-damaging
clumps, Potter said.
One of the things that is most
exciting, he added, is that this points
to a serious of events in Alzheimer's
disease that may provide opportuni-
ties for possible therapy.
"For example, if we can inhibit the
binding of ACT or ApoE4 to the Beta
protein, maybe we can prevent, or at
least slow down, the formation of
filaments," Potter said. "We're ex-
ploring that now, and we have some
very encouraging results.
"Another possibility," he said, "is
to try to prevent ACT from being
overexpressed in the brain." That
might be done by using drugs to block
receptor molecules on the cells that
make the ACT.
ACT is alpha-l-antichymotrypsin,

and ApoE4 is apolipoprotein E4. Both
are called "acute phase proteins," and
are normally involved in limiting the
damage caused by inflammation.
Alzheimer's disease - which in-
volves progressive loss of short-term
memory ability and distressing person-
ality changes - is somehow related to
the gradual accumulation of amyloid
plaques among nerve cells in the brain.
It is suspected that the plaques cause the
death of critical brain cells, neurons,
leading to the symptoms typical of
Alzheimer's disease.
In a detailed report yesterday in
the journal Nature, the Harvard team
said that these and other experiments
suggest that Alzheimer amyloid de-
posits result from the activities from
the two proteins, ACT and ApoE,
acting on the normal amyloid causing
it to form fibrous mats in certain parts
of the brain.

Students play football outside the Law Quad during a break in the weather.

0Group Meetings
U Circle K International weekly
meeting, 663-2461, Michigan
Union, Pond Room, 7:30 p.m.
Q Homeless Action Committee,
741-0486, Guild House, 802
Monroe, 5:30 p.m.
Q Intervarsity Christian Fellow-
ship, 764-5702, Dana Build-
ing, Room 1040, 7 p.m.
U Meditation Workshop,spon-
S sored by Meditation for Uni-
versal Consciousness, 747-
0885, Michigan League, Room
D, 7 p.m.
U Muslim Students' Association
Halaqa meeting, 913-6908, Ann
Arbor Masjid, 7 p.m.
QI Ouieer U nitv Proiect mass meet-

League, Kalamazoo Room, 4-5
Q "Disciplines and Professions,"
professor Eileen Gambrill, spon-
sored by School of Social Work,
Michigan League, Henderson
Room, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Q "Multi-ethnicity in Litera-
ture," dialogue between Astrid
Roemer and Robert Vernooy,
sponsored by Netherlands
America University League,
Modemn Languages Building,
Room 2011, 8 p.m.
U "Rite of Christian Initiation of
Adults," sponsored by Saint
Mary Student Parish, 311 Th-
ompson, 7 p.m.
U "Rosh Hodesh Service," spon-

ogy, Museum of Natural His-
tory, Room 2009, 12-1 p.m.
Q "Student Forum with John
Schall," sponsored by Students
for Schall and U-M College
Republicans, Michigan League,
Hussey Room, 7:30 p.m.
U "Thursdays in Leonardo's,"
live jazz, sponsored by School
of Music Jazz Studies Program,
North Campus Commons,
Leonardo's, 8-10 p.m.
Q "T.V. Night," sponsored by Hil-
lel, Hillel Building, 8-11 p.m.
Student services
Q 76-GUIDE, peer counseling
phone line, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
Q Campus Information Center,

3 ur
are here!
Dormitory residents may pick up a Directory in
their hall lobby this week (one per room, please).
If you don't live in a dorm,, don't despair...
On-campus Directory distribution:
*Friday, Nov. 4 Michigan Union l0am-2pm

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