The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 31, 1996 - 3A
students propose new ideas for empty lot
VU awarded for
its efforts to
* At a ceremony in Washington, D.C.,
the University was recognized Friday
for its excellence in conserving energy.
MThe U.S. Department of Energy award-
ed the University - and six other insti-
tutions - the National Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy
In 1987 the University began the
Revolving Energy Conservation
Project Account, which funds energy-
ving projects and improvements in
mpus buildings that pay for them-
selves from the savings they generate.
Bill Verge, University manager of
utility systems, said the account has
supported 79 projects since its incep-
tion and that savings through June 1996
amounted to more than $8 million.
"Reducing energy consumption is an
important national priority' said Paul
Spradlin, University interim associate
*ce president for business operations.
The energy conservation efforts at the
University are good for the environ-
ment and good for business.'
help prevent lupus
A University researcher has identi-
fied chemical compounds that may
lp develop more effective treatments
r systemic lupus erythematosus.
Gary Glick, University assistant pro-
fessor of chemistry, tested 1,680 varia-
tions of compounds to find one that
,was effective in preventing antibodies
from destroying DNA, which occurs in
some lupus patients.
Glick said that binding between
lupus antibodies and DNA is the initial
step of several reactions that can lead to
tldney damage and sometimes death in
"While these initial compounds may
not be drugs themselves, they are valu-
able leads that may help researchers
find more effective anti-DNA
inhibitors,' Glick said.
The research was funded by the
National Institute of Health'and will be
published in the Oct. 30 journal of the
American Chemical Society.
Gabies to sleep
on their backs
The American Academy of
Pediatrics changed its policy Tuesday
by recommending that babies be put to
bed on their backs to lower the risk of
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The group previously recommended
that babies should sleep on their backs
Won their sides, but babies who sleep
their sides are more likely to roll
onto their stomachs, which increases
their risk of SIDS.
The group said a baby should lay on
its back until it is a year old, or until it
can roll onto its back without help.
People who suffer from Alzheimer's
sease seem to have unusually high
f evels of a particular protein in their
blood that a simple blood test may be
able to detect before the symptoms of
the disease appear.
William Jefferies, associate profes-
r.sor in "the biotechnology laboratory at
I the University of British Columbia in
Vancouver, said a blood test would
allow patients of families more time to
plan for the future and may give drug
4&searchers insights into more effective
Jefferies said more research will be
necessary to determine the usefulness
of such a blood test.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Stephanie Powell
Daily Staff Reporter
It has been almost a year since the Sigma Phi
Epsilon fraternity house on the corner of Hill and
State streets burned down. The house's remnants
were removed in early summer and all that remains
today is a vacant, dirt-covered lot.
The University's Board of Regents does have a
plan for the land, however. The board recently
voted to put a temporary parking lot in the area,
but long-term plans involve the construction of a
Law School building.
A group of three students has come up with a
slightly different idea about what should be done
with the empty lot.
Matthew Pierle, an RC junior, is interested in
making the lot into a park.
"There seems to be a lot of positive, growing
energy about looking into this option," Pierle said.
"It can benefit every single person in the
LSA junior Michelle Ferrarese, who agrees with
Pierle on his proposal for how to use the lot, said
that it would be great to
have a park there instead
of a parking lot becausea (The U
park would benefit the
whole community. use for a
"Something needs to
be done with the empty is futile."
lot. It is an awesome place
for green rather than
cement,' Ferrarese said.
According to the
Office, the regents decided to construct a new build-
ing because of limited space for expansion at the
A Law School building is the "most logical"
possibility for the use of the land because of the
school's growth and needs, said University Planner
"The number of major building sites on Central
- Jack Porretta
Campus can be counted
on the fingers of one
hand," Mayer said.
Pierle and Ferrarese
both disagreed with the
board's decision because
they believe the parking
lot will benefit only those
who have cars. Ferrarese
said a park would allow
everyone to participate in
futile," Porretta said. "There is already so much
construction and there needs to be an open pro-
ductive space for students to interact
Pierle suggested people look at the issue from a
biological and environment al standpoint.
"It is disheartening from an ecological and
human perspective that people dont f el Ior~n-
nection to the land," Pierle said.
He also said a park's "tnatural beutyI would
slow down the pace of the busy intersection on
which the lot is located.
"Expect to see a petition and other opposition
opportunities for students to ct involved in;
Porretta said, adding that he phins to circulate
information about the future use of the lot.
Pierle said he hopes the eflbrt to put a park in
the area will be backed by a coalition ot different
students, rather than a club.
Ferrarese, Pierle and Porretta said their efforts
are not linked to any existing campus group.
"A park is where everybody is welcome "Perle
said. "We need places like that:'
LSA senior Jack Porretta also agrees that the
land should be used for a park.
"(The University's) use for a parking lot is
Cold weather keeps
arsonists at ome
on Devils Night
DETROIT (AP) - Bad weather last unteers he said were vital in the gua4.
night was keeping Detroit emergency ing of abandoned building:s aga t
personnel busy but appeared to be arson.
keeping Devil's Night arsonists at bay "We're trying to bring peace to Or
as authorities were reporting relative city," Archer told about a hundred mei
quiet. who participated in last year's Milli
"We've been getting quite a few calls Man March and planned to patrol th
- most of them are related to the streets from midnight to 2 a.m.
weather, rather than Devil's Night;" said "I think people are higher and nmov
Al Acker, spokesperson for the city's uplifted even than last year," Arclgr
emergency operations center. said. "We're out because we want. p
People were calling in to report protect our investments and continue to
downed trees and power lines, he said. motivate people to invest in our city'
"I think bad weather is always help- Archer, who also spent part of
ful to the good guys," Acker said. "We Tuesday night visiting some of the
had a lot of rain last night and that obvi- 32,000 volunteers, credited a thunde
ously helps." storm with keeping the city quiet. fi
There was no rain last night, but by said some 22,000 residents were witn'
11 p.m. the temperature had dropped to out power last night and 3,000 stre t
39 degrees with wind gusts of 21 mph lights were out from the previou,
and a wind-chill factor of 26 degrees, night's storm.
the National Weather Service reported. The flashing yellow lights atop \'hi
City officials said they had no esti- cles were hard to miss -- in a 15-bilok
mates on the number of fires reported. area there was at least one patrol veli
Police Chief Isaiah McKinncn said cle on each block.
he was impressed by the number of vol- Robert Massey, 41, who lives }t
unteers he saw out. north of downtown, was among t 5
"It says we have a great number of patrolling the streets in his car.
people who are concerned and dedicat- "I wanted to just try," he said. "in nv
ed to the betterment of the city, and a younger days, I used to be doing all Uis
great number of people are tired of the crazy stuff. It's time for a change"'
stigma that has been associated with the The mayor planned to visit voli tellr
city of Detroit,' he said. command centers throughout the'ity
Mayor Dennis Archer spent part of until 2 a.m. to thank volunteers and
the night thanking the thousands of vol- lend support.
strike could case
light truck ptoduction
AJA DEKLEVA COHEN/Daily
Engineering senior Holle Bert took time yesterday to admire the traditions exhibit at Pierpont Commons. The exhibit is sched-
uled to be displayed for the entire month at various locations on campus.
Native American hertage Mont
celebrate traditions, culture
By Ann Stewart
Daily Staff Reporter
A weaving of Native American cul-
tures and traditions is cause for celebra-
tion in November.
"Woven by Traditions" is the theme
of Native American Heritage Month
sponsored by the Native American
Programs Task Force on campus.
"It represents so much as far as each
of us coming from different cultures
and tribal backgrounds," said Shannon
Martin, Native American coordinator
for Multi-ethnic Student Affairs. "We
are all different yet we are all the same
and when we get together it's like' a
MESA and the Native American
Student Association will kick off the
celebration with a social Mini Pow
Wow on Nov. 3, which will consist of
traditional drum groups and dancing. A
feast for participants will follow at
The month features the Traditions
Exhibit of artwork by Native American
University students, faculty, staff and
alumni. A reception "Honoring the
Artists" will be held in the Art Lounge
of the Michigan Union on Nov. 22.
Also planned for the celebration is a
range of performances, including three
presentations of song, dance and story-
telling by the Rabbit River Singers and
Dancers on Friday.
For students' entertainment next
week, NASA plans to present a film
"Pow Wow Highway," and Native
American comedian Charlie Hill is
scheduled to perform at Trotter House.
Continuing a storytelling tradition,
the Dejope storytelling theater group
from Wisconsin will perform plays to
traditional stories from Native nations
in East Quad on Nov. 9. Also, a story-
telling by a Native American faculty
member is planned Nov. 17 and Leslie
Marmon Silko, author of literary works
such as "Ceremony" and "Storyteller,"
is scheduled to read in Rackham
Auditorium on Nov 21.
"We needed to show our culture
rather than talk about it," said Ryan
LaLonde, Native American programs
assistant at the Office of Academic
The celebration will also host a num-
ber of speakers including Mary Al
Balber, an assistant attorney general
who will speak Monday on the treat-
ment of Native American issues in the
Also next week, Lucy Harrison,
executive director of American Indian
Health and Family Services of
Southeastern Michigan, will talk
Wednesday about better health through
respecting Native traditions.
The following week, speakers will
include Karen Kay, executive director
of Michigan Indian Employment and
Training Services and Deborah Tucker,
The Traditions Exhibit -
Oct. 28-Nov. 3. Pierpont Commons,
Nov. 4-10: Trotter House,
Nov. 1147: Michigan League
Nov. 18-Dec. 1: Art Lounge,
Mini Pow Wow - Sunday, Nov. 3,
noon-5 p.m. Michigan Union
Pow Wow Highway - Nov. 5, 7 p.m.,
a leading researcher in black and Native
The final week, Ada Deer, assistant
secretary for the U.S. Department of
Interior-Indian Affairs will speak on
strengthening community through edu-
cation and Paul Johnson, board presi-
dent for the Lansing Indian Center, will
talk about personal growth.
"One role (of the speakers) is to let
people know that Native Americans are
still here and they are doing things out in
the world," said NASA co-chair Pam
The celebration will end Nov.23 with
the Annual Fall Feast, which historical-
ly signified the end of the hunting and
harvesting season. Bowser said the
potluck dinner is a chance for all partic-
ipants in the celebration to get together
one last time before winter.
DETROIT (AP) - Production of
General Motors' lucrative pickups and
sport utility vehicles could come to a
halt by the weekend if strikes at two
crucial plants continue, industry ana-
lysts said yesterday.
As negotiations between the United
Auto Workers and GM continued in
Detroit, workers remained off the job at
a truck assembly plant in Janesville,
Wis., and a metal stamping plant in
Janesville is the only U.S. plant that
makes the popular Chevrolet and GMC
Suburban and the Chevrolet Tahoe and
GMC Yukon - big, highly profitable
sport utilities. Indianapolis makes hoods,
roofs and other sheet metal for eight
other GM light-truck assembly plants.
The strike at the Indianapolis plant
idled a truck assembly plant in Fort
Wayne just after 9 p.m. yesterday.
About 2,250 of the plant's 2.600
workers - almost all production work-
ers - were idled by the shutdown,
Employees were given notices as they
left the plant yesterday telling them not
to report for work until further notice.
"Employees were sent home as result
of a work stoppage in Indianapolis,"
GM spokesperson Jeff Kuhlman said,
A truck-assembly plant in Moraine,
Ohio, may be idled by tomorrow if thi
strike at the Indianapolis plant is nrt
settled, said George Dunaway, vice
president of the International Union of
Electronic Workers Local 801.
The Moraine plant employs 4,400
hourly workers and makes thc
Chevrolet Blazer and the GMC Jimmy
sport utility vehicle.
GM spokesperson Jim Hagedon
declined to say when the strike might
affect the Moraine plant.
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