The Michigan Daily - Thursday April 4, 1996 - 3A
Bright gases to
ight up April
* If you've ever heard what sounds
like an owl but have not been able to
locate the reclusive bird, this month
may be your big chance to see one.
Except this owl will be silent.
University astronomer Richard
Teske said a group of gases resem-
bling an owl's face will be visible
above the big dipper in mid-April.
The Owl Nebula is one kind of a
"planetary nebula" - an irridescent
Where in the sky that isn't actually
ade up of planets, but was named by
ancient astronomers who mistook the
round shape for planets.
Planetary nebulae are inner gases re-
vealed when stars die. At the end of their
lives, stars often undergo a thermonuclear
spasm which shoots the luminescentgases
into the air. The gases remain for about
50,000 years before fading away.
The best time to view the extraordi-
*ry formation is around 9 p.m., when
it will be positioned next to the two
southernmost stars forming the bot-
tom of the Big Dipper's bowl. It will
be smaller than the full moon by one-
tenth and not as bright as the moon.
Envirothon winners to
cruise 'U' research
Teams of high-schoolers will be an-
ering questions outdoors at the
University's Nature Center this sum-
mer to determine who is more environ-
This year's stafe-wide Envirothon,
to be held June 1, is expected to draw
teams from more than 65 high schools.
The lucky winners will get to spend a
day on the University's research ship, the
Laurentian, which cruises the Great
kes. It is operated by the University's
enter for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sci-
The winners will also go on to par-
ticipate in Envirothon's national com-
The nature center is located on the
University's Dearborn campus.
Snstitute to be held
The 1996 Summer Institute in Sur-
vey Research Techniques will be held
at the University from June 3 to July
26. The institute has been held every
summer for almost 50 years.
Students participating in the insti-
tute can learn about vital aspects of
research, including designing surveys,
and collecting and analyzing data.
The research staff of the Survey Re-
arch Center, part of the Institute for
ocial Research at the University, will
conduct the institute.
SClasses are offered forgraduate credit
and will mainly focus on how skills can
be applied to social science areas such
as public health and government.
The department of Electrical Engi-
neering and Computer Science in the
College of Engineeringand the School of
Music are co-sponsoring several lectures
on music signal processing this month.
All lectures, free and open to the public,
take place 4-5 p.m. in 1200 EECS Build-
ing, 1301 Beal Ave., on North Campus.
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wins $30K award
of DNA re cords
By Erena Baybik
Daily Staff Reporter
Winning the Truman Scholarship
brings Heather Stoll one step closer to
her ultimate goal - to represent the
United States in the United Nations.
"One of the reasons I won was be-
cause I've worked with a lot of different
U.N. organizations," Stoll said. "My
dedication to an agenda that I want to
have a part in helping to formulate is
The $30,000 scholarship was awarded
to four Michigan college students. Stoll
was the only one from the University.
The scholarship is given to students
interested in public service careers in
politics, environmental protection and
"University students have won this
in the past; however, Stoll is the first in
the last three years," said scholarship
coordinator Nancy Pietras. "She won it
based on what she's done and what she
wants to do."
"She's bright and hardworking," said
political science Prof. Pradeep
Chhibber. "Her willingness to take on
challenging ideas and listen to different
things is what makes her stand out from
Stoll currently serves as the director
of the University's Model United Na-
tions and director of the Mid-American
Global Education Counsel. She also
serves as an administrative assistant at
Failure, Analysis Association, an engi-
neering and consulting firm.
Despite this list of accomplishments,
Stoll said she won because of her aca-
demic achievements and her strong
commitment to her beliefs.
"A lot of people are very good on
paper but she has solid ideas and clear
goals of what she wants to do," said
Liina Wallin, associate director of the
Stoll has set expectations for U.S.
foreign affairs, and plans to work to-
ward achieving them.
"I believe America needs to remain
involved in United Nations and the things
that happen in the world," Stoll said. "The
U.S. government needs to draw more
strongly on the opinions ofspecialists and
academics, because only through under-
standing history, culture and the politics
of a region can we as Americans under-
stand what is really happening and how
best to respond to it."
Stoll said she tries to maintain an open
mind. "I can empathize with cultures
that are strange to the average Ameri-
can," Stoll said. "A lot of times there is
a reason for why they are the way they
are -there's always a rationale behind
things based in their cultures and beliefs
that you have to respect.
After participating in Model United
Nations in high school, Stoll got inspi-
ration from global education programs
that helped students learn about other
countries - that and her idol, artist
Michael Whelan. "I look up to him the
LSA junior Heather Stoll recently won
the $30,000 Truman Scholarship.
most because he transcends the imagi-
nation," Stoll said.
Her co-workers at the Mid-Ameri-
can Education Global Counsel also
serve as a source of inspiration for Stoll.
"These are 'ordinary' people who give
up so much of their time to help educate
America's youth and improve the un-
derstanding of other people," Stoll said.
"They give so much of their personal -
time and energy to this cause that they
so strongly believe in. That kind of
commitment is where America's future
And that is the type of commitment
Stoll aims to achieve.
"The Truman Scholarship opens a
lot of doors for me, prestige-wise,"
Stoll said. She intends to get a doctor-
ate and a master's degree in political
By Will Weissrt
Daily Staff Reporter
Judge Curtis Wilder listened to argu-
ments from both sides yesterday and
then decided to delay his decision until
May I on whether the Michigan State
Police must return the genetic blood
test records of 160 Ann Arbor men.
Police took and performed DNA test-
ing on the blood samples during an Ann
Arbor-area search for 1994's serial rap-
ist. Ervin Mitchell was convicted and
sentenced to life in prison last summer
for the crimes.
In December, the state police - un-
der Wilder's orders - turned over the
blood vials but kept the DNA records.
Ann Arbor resident Blair Sheldon then
sued to recover his DNA records.
Assistant Attorney General Mark
Blumer told the court the DNA records
the state police are holding are not spe-
cific enough to reveal individual traits
about Sheldon. "The state police can't
even narrow Mr. Sheldon's record down
to the population ofAnn Arbor," he said.
"There's nothing unique to Mr.
Sheldon in what the state police are
Blumer also maintained the police
would not use Sheldon's genetic record
against him in future cases. "These records
are purely internal --they won't be used
against him," he said. "They can't."
Richard Soble, Sheldon's attorney,
said precedent in this matter suggests
the court should protect privacy rights
of the parties involved. "He is entitled
based on (the precedent) to get those
records back," Soble said.
"The statute is not concerned with the
test's accuracy- the statute is concerne d
with protecting privacy rights," Soble
said. "When you cut right through it the
statute says, 'Convict or give it back."'
Blumer also said that if the judge
forced the police's crime lab to "per-
jure" its records, the lab might lose its
board certification authorizing it to per-
form genetic tests.
Soble said deluging the records would
not hurt the lab's certification and that
"the Michigan State Police, although an
organization that operates on the gov-
ernmental level, is not above the law."
Wilder said this matter had2'unique
applications to the state of Michigan
before announcing he planned to delay
After the hearing, Sheldon said the
state police were not complying with
the court's previous order to turn over
the records. "The judge told them to
give the records back before and they
haven't done that," he said. "ihey are
sandbagging on this issue."
Sheldon, who already received a
$60,000 settlement in punitive dam-
ages from the city for the taking of his
blood sample, said this issue would not
end until his police record is erasud. "I
don't want a permanent record with the
state police following me in my per-
sonal life," he said.
cirde K provides Students with
opportunity to serve others
Doctors split one liver
donation, save two lves
By Carissa Van Heest
Daily Staff Reporter
Hard work, dedication and a common
desire to help others are factors uniting
the members of Circle K, a University
community service group affiliated with
the Kiwanis organization.
"They have done a nice job of giving
back to the community," said Peter
Schork, a member of the Downtown
Ann Arbor Kiwanis club, who advises
the University's Circle K group.
Circle K's members participate in a
wide variety of projects throughout the
"They have a very active group,"
Some of their most recent projects
have included cleaning the Ann Arbor
Ronald McDonald House, sponsoring
blood drives, visiting with sick children
at Mott Children's Hospital and tutor-
ing at Northside Elementary.
"We do all kinds of volunteer work,"
said LSA sophomore Shana Covel, who include many aimed specifically at chil-
has been involved with the organiza- dren.
tion for two years. "We are in constant contact with or-
The group's biggest project this year ganizations that have events for kids,"
was an Iodine Brockdorf said.
Deficiency Dis- "We often help
order Meal Sac- a They havedo e out at the Ann Ar-
rifice, said Circle bor Hands-On
K President ancioof 'v L Museum with
Todd Brockdorf, whatever they
an LSA first-year boneed," Covel said.
student. "At Halloween,
Circle K asked diini tv..we helped out with
students in vari-
ous dorms to
give up their din-
ner meal credit
on Dec. 6, and in
Office donated the
return, the Entree
raw food costs to
Peter Schork pumpkin carv-
Kiwanis Club Circle K'smem-
bers say they de-
rive a sense of fulfillment from their
"I like to help others - it gives me a
good feeling," Brockdorf said.
Covel expressed similar sentiments.
"I love it," Covel said. "It got me so
involved in community service."
DETROIT (AP) - Two critically ill
people both needing liver transplants
were doing well yesterday after doctors
decided to split one donor liver and give
part to each patient.
"The opportunity was presented by
two people in critical condition and a
very good donor,"' said Dr. Marwan
Abouljoud, director of liver transplan-
tation at Henry Ford Hospital "The
anatomy was favorable and the organ
was in good shape."
The delicate 24-hour surgery to split
the liver into two functioning halves
had not been performed in Michigan
before. Only about two dozen such op-
erations have been done worldwide,
The recipients, Edwina Wilson and
Ricardo Feliciano were both in fair con-
dition yesterday afternoon, hospital
spokeswoman Diana Leone said.
When transplanting livers into chix-
dren or other small patients, the organ
often must be trimmed and parts of it
discarded. It is rare to be able to use
both halves, said Dr. Francisco Escobar
III, surgical director of Ford hospital's
pancreas transplant program.
Escobar harvested the organ Friday
from a 24-year-old man who had been
shot. The donor's heart and pancreas
went to University Hospitals; his liver
and kidneys went to Henry Ford Hospi-
tal. In all, the donor helped six recipi-
"It was very successful," Brockdorf
said. "We won awards for this project at
our district convention."
Their projects are wide-ranging and
prosecutor refuses to press charges
against suspect in newspaper theft
* Michigan general law
requires proof of
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
The Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's Office decided yesterday
not to pursue larceny charges against a
suspect identified in last Wednesday's
removal of 8,700 copies of The Michi-
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Joseph
Burke said the Michigan general lar-
ceny statute requires proofthat an owner
exists for a particular property at the
time of the incident.
"Once the Daily has been dropped at
the Daily distribution sites, it is the
Daily's intention for people to take one,"
Burke said that although the Daily
would prefer students to take only
one copy, there are no limitations that
restrict students from taking as many
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
copies as they would like.
A police report released Tuesday
by the University's Department of
Public Service listed LSA junior
Wayne Wolbert as a suspect in last
Wolbert refused to comment last
Daily Editor in Chief Ronnie
Glassberg said, "We're disappointed
that a technicality will prevent a crimi-
nal from being brought to justice under
Glassberg said the prosecutor's deci-
sion sets a "very dangerous precedent
for free-drop publications across the
"The flaw in Michigan law means
that any individual can steal a free-drop
publication when they disagree with its
views," he said.
Glassberg also indicated that the
Daily would continueto explore other
legal avenues, but it would remain firm
in its opposition to using the Code of
About half of the Daily's press run
was removed from campus drop sites
last week. In place ofthe missing Dailys
was a sign saying, "The Michigan Daily
has been canceled today due to rac-
Although no one has formally claimed
responsibility for the incident, a DPS
investigation linked Wolbert and sev-
eral other unidentified individuals to
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