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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 12, 1997 - 3

Costs increase for foreign exchange students;

Berkeley
students protest
at reception
Denouncing Chancellor Chang-
in Tien's handling of current anti-
affirmative action legislation, about
six students picketed on campus dur-
ing a reception to honor Tien last
week, according to The Daily
Californian.
Students held signs reading,
"Chancellor Tien Go to Hell" and
"Blacks in College, Not in Jail." They
contended that Tien has not defended
,'irmative action against
oposition 209 and the University of
California Board of Regents' deci-
sion to eliminate affirmative action in
admissions and hiring. The protesters
are members of the Coalition to
Defend Affirmative Action By Any
Means Necessary.
While the students protested, mem-
bers of the university's ethnic studies
department were holding a reception to
Stheir appreciation for lien's dedi-
on to "the goals of the department,
which are excellence and diversity:'
Publishers over-
pricing college
textbooks
College bookstores nationwide have
found that a number of publishers have
allegedly been engaging in unfair and
*gal pricing practices, The Florida
State University newspaper reported
last week.
The National Association of College
Stores believes that some publishers
have given a 40-percent discount on
textbooks to most bookstores, while
giving college stores only a 20-percent
discount.
The association is arguing that the
crepancy violates an anti-trust law,
ich bars price fixing.
Berkeley stu-
dents continue to
wait for cable
Students at the University of
California at Berkeley are expected to
challenge officials from Tele
Communications International about
* company's repeated delays in pro-
viding cable service to the residence
halls, according to The Daily
Californian.
Residents originally were promised
service in August, at the start of the
academic school year. However, TCI
delayed implementation, first until
November, and then until the end of
winter break in January.
The newspaper reported that most
tidence hall rooms already are wired
for cable service, and that TCI only has
to install the necessary circuits to bring
students the proposed 62 television
channels.
Students want
end to FSU, Nike
relationship
'rotesting Nike's use of cheap, for-
r gn labor, the Coalition for a
Corporate-Free Campus wants to
make some changes at Florida State
University, The Florida Flambeau
reported.
The CCFC is a collection of student
groups and student government agen-
Cies and leaders who are focused on an

anti-corporation campaign. The group
contends that mistreatment of work-
, abuse and rape are among the
atrocities carried out in these sweat-
shop factories.
"Nike is the first step because it's a
big target, big corporation with many
problems," said Edward Dandrow, FSU
student senate president and CCFC co-
founder.

Change in U.S. immigration
laws costs Bosnian exchange
student's host family $4,000
By Carrie Luria
Daily Staff Reporter
For one Ann Arbor family, being generous is
easy - but it's not cheap.
The Zillich family decided to host Bosnian stu-
dent Zloton Bosnic during the siege of Sarajevo so
he could attend high school in the United States.
But the family got more than it bargained for
when changes in U.S. immigration laws forced the
Zillichs to pay more than $4,000 for Bosnic to
attend public school.
"No one knew what to do about this policy. That
is why it was such a nightmare" said Monica
Zillich, Bosnic's host mother.
The Zillichs are hosting Bosnic through Bridge
to Humanity, an informal Chicago-based organiza-
tion.
If Bosnic's stay had been through an
approved foreign exchange program, the law
would not have affected the family, saving
them thousands.

"He is not a typical exchange student," Zillich
said. "The United States does not exchange with
Bosnia."
The law change, approved by Congress on Nov.
30, 1996, limits foreign students to one year of
study in public high school and requires them to
pay tuition. Additionally, the law change says that
foreign students are not allowed to attend U.S. ele-
mentary or middle schools.
Approved student exchange programs are not
affected by the new measures.
The Zillich family came across this new law
when Bosnic tried to return to Ann Arbor after
going home during this past winter vacation.
Bosnic had not been back to Bosnia to see his fam-
ily since he left in the fall of 1995.
Before Bosnic left for his trip, the Zillichs
checked to make sure all of his immigration papers
were correct.
"As far as we knew, all of his papers were cor-
rect," Zillich said. "We even had an immigration
lawyer look them over."
However, Bosnic was not allowed to return to
the United States as planned after failing to show
proof of tuition paid to his school district.
"I was kind of nervous and even scared that I

would not be able to get back," Bosnic said. "I was
worried that I would miss a lot of school."
Zillich said they were unaware of the law
change when Bosnic left to visit his family.
"Once we found out about it, we had to go
through the government and the school system to
figure out what to do," Zillich said.
Zillich said she faced many delays in reaching
agreement with immigration officials about the
required paperwork and proper tuition. As a
result, Bosnic missed about two weeks of
school.
"It is a new law," Zillich said. "It had not been
polished enough for our district."
Zillich said efforts to contact officials in
Washington, D.C. illustrated the complexity of the
government bureaucracy.
"When we dealt with the state department, we
were lucky to get a human being," Zillich said.
Rebekah Warren, a staff member in the office of
state Rep. Mary Schroer (D - Ann Arbor), said
implementation of the federal law occurs at the
state level.
"In this case, federal law mandates that each
individual district come up with their own policy
and tuition for foreign students," Warren said.

Warren said that Ann Arbor School
Superintendent John Simpson decided .Oiat
Zillich's school taxes would not count tow&rd
Bosnic's tuition.
After lengthy delays and confusion, the Zillichs
paid Bosnic's tuition debts.
"We were willing to pay whatever they told us to
bring him back - he is truly our own son," Zillich
said. "Finally; we came to a figure of over $4,000."
Bosnic, a sophomore, will finish the school year
at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School.
"I would like it if I could finish high school (in
the United States), Bosnic said. "The Zillichs are
just a great family."
Warren said that although individual districts
currently come up with public school tuition casts,
the state is going to try to set guidelines in order to
promote equity.
"We would like to be able to make a decision
about whether or not taxes will count toward
tuition," Warren said.
Zillich said she has learned to keep a better eye
on foreign exchange procedures.
"I believe it's important for students to under-
stand immigration laws in case they are ever out of
the country," Zillich said.

serving it up

U,

students ready to lead*

state's Y
By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
Two University students took the
state political spotlight last week when
they became officers of the Michigan
Young Democrats.
LSA first-year student Sara
Deneweth was elected secretary of the
group, and LSA senior Andy Schor
was appointed communications direc-
tor by Dave Colling, the group's newly-
elected president.
"Sara Deneweth's election to office is
very helpful," said Steve Gools, com-
munications director of the Michigan
Democratic Party. "She is one of the
youngest officers ever elected."
Deneweth, who ran uncontested, said
the Young Democrats are now begin-
ning to meet to discuss their agenda.
"We're going to work on fundraising
and increase our visibility," Deneweth
said.
Colling, who is an alumnus of the
University's Dearborn campus, said
that although Deneweth is a first-year
student, she is more than qualified for
the position.

sung Democrats

"She knows what she's+
Colling said. "She's very co
and I have a lot of faith in her.'

Schor agreed
worked on
Sen. Carl
Levin's re-
election cam-
paign, is
experienced in
the political
arena.
"She may
be a freshman,
but she's been
a go-getter all
year," Schor
said.
Schor, who

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it
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doing," the KID fund that is targeted to "help
mpetent young democrat organizations around
the state get started," Coiling said.
th, who Coiling also said he plans to start a
newsletter ..4to
update members
10 iS one of statewide.
Gools said the
Y o u ng
aungesg
Democrats have
frs ever been an integral
part of 'the
ed. YyMichigain
D e m o c rat i c
- Steve Goais Party, and -the
munications director, young leadership
an Democratic Party of 28-year-pid
Coiling and
veteran Deneweth will benefit the group.
nember, "It's a very youthful leadership that
ansition should be well able to relate to camou"s
populations across the state," Gools said.
'o more The Michigan Federation of Colleie
a Young Republicans, a similar Republicin
said. organization, holds its elections4n
ers are May. Nick Kirk, president of Ae
ng year. University College Republicans chiap-
itting up ter said he plans to run for vice-chair.

is also a

Michigan Student Assembly r
said he sees his new job as a tr
to a new career.
"I'm on MSA for only tw
months, but I'm going to be
Democrat until I'm 35," Schor
Colling and the new offic
already planning for the upcomi
One item on their agenda is se

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Michael Lee of the OPUS Mime and Movement Theatre serves Barbara
Bureau last night at the Real Seafood Company as part of Celebrity Night, a
benefit for the Washtenaw Council for the Arts.

'U' prof. develops life-saving n4

By David Rossman
Daily Staff Reporter
After 18 years of work, a University
professor has developed a drug with the
ability to cure a rare and potentially life-
threatening disease.
Galzin, a form of zinc acetate, is a
new drug devel-
oped by human
genetics Prof.
George Brewer.
Galzin was
approved by the
Food and Drug
Administration two
weeks ago and is
scheduled to be
marketed commer-
cially. Brewer
"This is a fantas-
tic accomplishment," said Paul
Watkins, director of the Clinical
Research Center at the University
Medical Center.
"(Brewer) has done this single-hand-

edly - and that's very rare, if not
unheard of," Watkins said.
-Brewer has been using zinc acetate to
treat patients with Wilson's disease at
the University Medical Center.
Wilson's disease results from copper
build-up in the liver, which can also
lead to build-up in the brain.
Symptoms include temper outbursts
and lack of muscle control.
"Wilson's disease causes liver dis-
ease and brain damage" Brewer said.
The potential brain damage occurs in
a region of the brain that controls move-
ment. The condition can create serious
implications ranging from muscle
spasms to death.
In an experiment during the 1970s,
Brewer gave zinc acetate to patients
suffering from sickle-cell anemia, and
found the drug reduced levels of copper
in the body.
This discovery set the stage for
Brewer's current success.
"Since Wilson's disease is a disease of

copper excess, it occurred to me that we
could use zinc as a cure," Brewer said.
"Not only is (zinc acetate) 100-per-
cent effective, but it has no side effects,"
Brewer said.
Treatment with the drug requires a
lifelong commitment, including doctor

visits once per year.
"( Pat i en t s)
improve quite a
bit during the
first couple
years of thera-
py," Brewer
said. "But they
still need to be
evaluated each
year."

"This IS
fantastic
accom pliA
Clinical Res

ew drug
than 200,000 people.
For this reason, the production
prospects of Galzin looked grim until
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
agreed to present it to the FDA for
approval.
Many pharmaceutical companies
choose not to market drugs aimed at
treating orphan=
diseases due to
a the minimali
demand for such
drugs. About
140 of the 5,000
orphan diseases
in the United
Paul Watkins States have,
search Center approved drugs.
"The approval
process has been
going on for six years," Brewer said. "It
doesn't happen overnight."
Watkins said his department plans to
nominate Brewer for the National
Clinical Researcher of the Year award.

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At the
University
Medical Center, 168 patients have been
undergoing treatment with the drug.
Five-thousand Americans suffer from
Wilson's disease, classifying it as an
orphan disease - one that affects less

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