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Tonight: Chance of flurries,
high around 130.
Tomorrow: Chance of flurries,
high around 230.

One hundred szi years of editorial freedom

January 27, 1997

Medstart speaker talks on impoverished children

By Brian Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
Award-winning author and activist Jonathan
Kozol decried the living conditions of the nation's
poorest children while discussing what role the
medical system should play in improving their lives
* conference Saturday for health professionals
and students.
Kozol, the keynote speaker of the fifth annual
Medstart conference, spoke about the lives of black
and Latino/a children growing up in New York's
South Bronx, one of the nation's most impoverished
neighborhoods. Kozol spent two years talking with
children, parents and priests in the South Bronx,
which led to his most recent book, "Amazing Grace:
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a
N tion."
Wozol spoke to more than 400 University stu-

dents, faculty members and Ann Arbor residents
during the opening address of the Medstart confer-
ence, which aims to improve the lives of children by
bringing together health professionals and students
from various fields including medicine, social work,
dentistry and law.
The conference included workshops throughout
the day to promote children's health. Dr. Timothy
Jordan, a motivational speaker for self-esteem and
personal growth, gave the midconference address.
"We're trying to ensure a promising and secure
future for the children of Michigan, and of the
world, by increasing education and access to care,"
said Angela Wandera, assistant professor of ortho-
dontics and pediatric dentistry, who gave a work-
shop about oral health and safety.
During the conference's keynote address, Kozol
spoke about the poor hospital conditions in the

South Bronx, where diabetes, hypertension, asthma
and cancer are prevalent, and where one-quarter of
all children are born to mothers living with
HIV/AIDS. Kozol said he knew one woman who
spent four days in a hospital waiting room before
being treated for a fever.
Eron Friedlaender, a Medical fourth-year student,
said she's witnessed the urban decay to which Kozol
referred, and thinks it's beneficial for people to be
aware of the abject conditions facing such children.:
"I kind of know what's out there. It's good for
people to hear about this," she said, adding that she
thought Kozol's speech was "wonderful and inspir-
In addition to the state of urban hospitals, crip-
pled by bureaucracy and a lack of supplies, Kozol
emphasized the importance of neighborhood aes-

"You surround people with ugliness and they
begin to feel ugly - why can't they make any-
thing cheerful for the people who live here?" he
asked the crowd at the Medical School's Towsley
"My kennel where I leave my puppy smells better
than this building (an apartment complex in the
South Bronx) and my puppy can go outside without
fear of being killed. No nation that loved its children
would allow them to grow up and die in such a
place," Kozol said.
Sasha Polakaw, an Ann Arbor Community High
School senior, said Kozol's vivid narration helps
to raise awareness about inner-city environments
that are inconceivable to people who haven't seen
"I've been shocked by reading his books,"


The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The arrival of
new combination drug therapies is
Sidly transforming the AIDS epidem-
i in the United States, prolonging the
lives of many AIDS patients and keep-
ing many healthy enough to stay out of
the hospital.
Recently gathered evidence even
suggests that use of new drugs, espe-
cially those in the expensive protease
inhibitor family of medicines, may

'U' awaits
first NCAA

* Viral-load
testing and
inhibitors are
responsible for
changes in
AIDS care.
W Nine anti-
H1N drugs are
urrently on
We market itn
the U.S.
# Three-drug
includes a pro-
tease inhibitor,
is growing in

lower the cost of
treating many peo-
ple infected with
the human
cy virus (HIV),
according to sev-
eral presentations
at the Fourth
Conference of
Retroviruses and
Infections, a five-
day AIDS meeting
that ended in the
nation's capitol
While AIDS
researchers won't
know for years
whether those
trends will last,
many at the con-
ference said they


Sonny Jeon jams at the grand opening of the League Underground on Friday.

erground' lounge and
restaurants open in League

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
The University today plans to enter
the final stage of a laborious -6-month
process of applying for its first NCAA
A five-member visiting committee,
composed of members from peer insti-
tutions is scheduled to spend the next
few days visiting campus, before mak-
ing a recommendation about the
University's future with the NCAA.
"I feel very good about our opera-
tions," said Percy Bates, faculty athlet-
ics representative for the University's
NCAA Athletics Certification Steering
Committee. "I feel we should be certi-
fied, but there are no guarantees."
Despite the
University's _ _
opposition fourN
years ago, the N
NCAA passed
a resolution
requiring every of
Division I
school to apply --Pr
for certifica-
tion within a Faculty athletic
five-year cycle
set by the NCAA:
Division I is composed of about 300
schools, including the University.
"The University opposed this when it
came up for vote because we felt we
didn't need any more regulations in this
area," said Walter Harrison, vice presi-
dent for University relations.
Thus far, 92 schools have received
certification, which is comparable to
receiving individual accreditation in
other professions.
"NCAA certification is a stamp of
approval," said Bates, who is also a pro-
fessor in the School of Education.
"Members of the NCAA have come
together and agreed to a set of princi-
"We have agreed for intercollegiate


athletics, these are the principles we
will agree to."
In compliance with the certification
process, every school is required to
conduct a self-study of the university
and its athletic department. In
September 1995, the University formed
a steering committee to conduct the
required self-study in areas of gover-
nance and commitment to rules compli-
ance, academic integrity, fiscal integri-
ty and commitment to equity.
The University's resulting 177-page
report was submitted to the NCAA for
review in November. Today, the final
stage of the certification process begins
when the visiting team conducts a
series of interviews with members of
the Athletic
Department. The
visiting commit-
tee is expected to
make a recom-
mendation to the
prova "! NCAA for certi-
fication based on
f. Percy Bates this week's visit.
reprsenttive "There should
representative be no reason at all
we shouldn't get
certification," said Joe Roberson, direc-
tor of athletics. "The bottom line of the
whole report is that we have a good
Athletic Department."
Harrison, who chairs the steering
committee, said he is confident the
University will receive certification.
"We did a thorough job, and I'm fair-
ly confident that the peer group will be
impressed with what we've done,'
Harrison said.
Other members of the steering com-
mittee include former University
President James Duderstadt, interim
President Homer Neal and Dean of
Students Royster Harper.
Some of the recommendations of the
steering committee's report include:
See NCAA, Page 7A

found little reason to revise the gener-
optimistic outlook that when
reports of successful "triple-drug" ther-
apies were presented at the same meet-
ing a year ago.
"We obviously don't have a crystal
ball, but the overall picture at the
moment is that we can control the virus
well, and we can have an impact on the
disease for prolonged periods of time,"
said David Ho, head of New York's
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research
"We're consolidating the headline
news of last year," said Douglas
Richman, an AIDS physician at the
University of California at San Diego,
and the chair of the conference. "We
have a much more solid, deeper under-
standing of what we can do with these
potent (drug) regimens."
Two innovations appear to be largely
responsible for the changes in AIDS
e in the last year. One is "viral-load
ting," which permits a physician to
measure the amount of HIV circulating
in a patient's bloodstream and thereby
guide treatment. The other is use of
protease inhibitors, a class of drugs
with an unusual ability to quell virus
There are currently nine anti-HIV
drugs on the market in this country. A
strategy rapidly gaining popularity is to
W three of them at once. A three-drug
combination almost always includes a
protease inhibitor.
The goal is to stop the virus from
replicating. That goal has been
achieved if, after several months of
treatment, no virus is found in the viral
Tnai Tf;+t han'+ heanhit-v;eda a new

lounge with stage and
two restaurants opens
By Jeff Enderton
For the Daily
Students crowded the Michigan
League last week for the opening of the
Lounge Underground, a new entertain-
ment and food center.
"Our goal is to make this a student
place," said Michigan League Program
Director Benita Murrell. "We cannot
compete with the (Michigan) Union.
We have to find our own niche."
,The celebration lasted from 8 to 11
p.m. Thursday and Friday nights and
featured live a cappella music from
Amazin' Blue and The Gentlemen on
Thursday, and rock music from Drive

Train and The Lap Dogs on Friday.
"We are trying to draw attention to
ourselves," Murrell said. "We are trying
to make the Lounge Underground a
place for student gathering and student
The need for greater study space
encouraged the expansion.
"We heard from students that there
wasn't enough space to do everything,"
said Michigan League Director Bob
Yecke. "Students are looking for an
alcohol-free and a smoke-free environ-
Door prizes and gift certificates
were given to the first 200 people at
the opening. Visitors also could also
enter a grand-prize drawing for a bike
or a Coca-Cola cooler during the cele-

Students said they liked the overall
atmosphere and location ofthe Lounge
"It seems like a good place to study,"
Medical School first-year student Jen
Ballard said. "If you're coming from
the Hill or the Medical campus, it's
closer (than the Union)"
The 3,000-square-foot lounge spade
provides a large study area along with a
stage for performers.
"It has a laid-back atmosphere," said
Music School senior Josh Osborn.
Thursday nights will serve as variety
nights, with a wide range of entertain-
ment. Friday nights will feature rock
music, Murrell said.
In the future there will be a large
mural painted by Sara Ratbom that will
See LEAGUE, Page 2A

Former 'U' golfer to
gve $2.6M to Athletic
Department today

t __ _.. ,.

By Prachish Chakravorty
Daily Staff Reporter
John Schroeder, a professional and
former Michigan All-American golfer,
will present the University Athletic
Department with a donation of $2.6
million today to support a career coun-
seling program.
Joe Roberson, director of athletics,
said the donation will benefit student
athletes by preparing them to compete
in the workforce.
"I think what it will do (is) provide
them with a light at the end of the tun-
nel" Rohronsn aiid "There are far

but more important than improving
the recruiting is to improve the oppor-
tunity for the student athlete to end up,
with a meaningful job," Roberson
The decision to fund career-place-
ment services was reached after some
brainstorming and suggestions from
Schroeder, Roberson said.
"Because of John's own feeling that
that would have been something that
would have been more useful to him,
(the idea) germinated out of that con-
versation," Roberson said.
The Athletic Denartment is host-


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