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The Michigan Daily-- Thursday, March 27, 1997 -- 3A

Gubernatorial hopeful stresses Democratic Party unity

JTD website
lends help to 'U'
students
Some University students have
encountered e-mail problems, includ-
ing seeing their account funds dwindle
and receiving rejection notices for mes-
sages they never sent.
But students with e-mail questions or
concerns can turn to ITD for help.
Besides discussing account security
options, the ITD User Advocate's Web
page at http://www.umich.edu/~itdua
also can provide students with a variety
useful information including how to
install ads on personal websites.
. Students also can report computing
-policy violations, ask questions, and
get assistance by sending a message to
the User Advocate Group at
itd.usercadvocate@umich.edu.
'Woody Plants'
class still strong
OStudents in the class known as
"Woody Plants" have been studying
trees in their natural habitat for more
than 30 years, regardless of weather
conditions.
The class is taught by biology Prof.
Warren Wagner and forest ecology
Prof. Burton Barnes. The course com-
bines lectures, laboratory work and
weekly treks to Ann Arbor forests, the
Highland Recreation Area and South
lan.
Wagner and Barnes designed the
course in 1965 to emphasize field work
-showing diverse habitats and national
woody plants species. The "Woody
Plants Lab" houses collections of
leaves, twigs, buds and fruits for stu-
dents to see seven days a week.
Jacqueline Courteau, who took
"Woody Plants" three years ago, said in
-a statement, "It's a fun class. I can go
.9t with people and talk to them about
interesting trees. It's a skill you can use
every time you are outdoors."
Whale skull
reconstruction
nearly complete
After more than 200 hours of sift-
ing through pieces, University
Sedical Illustrator John Klausmeyer
close to finishing assembly of the
skull of Sinonyx, an early, primitive
whale.
Klausmeyer's completed skull will
be featured in the Exhibit Museum's
"Back to the Sea: The Evolution of
Whales" exhibit that is slated to go on
display in October.
Klausmeyer used silicone putty to
create a cast model of the original
"onyx skull, which he then copied in
s reconstruction.
"We took this thing that looked
like it had been run over by a car and
got a good replica of the original ani-
mal," Klausmeyer said in a state-
ment.
The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network
will make science-based information
on zebra mussels and other non-indige-
nous species availible to the public
bnline.
.%ebsite displays
non-indigenous
species
The Sea Grant zebra mussel and
non-indigenous species World Wide
Web Site contains a comprehensive
ollection of research publicationsand

' ucation materials produced by Sea
ant.
The site is located at:
http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/sgnis/. A
CD-ROM version is also availible.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Marc Lightdale.

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
Gubernatorial hopeful Larry Owen stressed the
importance that maintaining party unity during the
1998 Democratic primary will have for a victory
in the next election when he spoke last night to the
campus College Democrats.
"We win only when we stop quarreling with one
another and mass all of our resources," Owen said.
Owen, a front-runner in the Democratic prima-
ry according to recent polls, said that if the
Democratic candidates spend millions of dollars
competing against each other during the primary
season, it will be difficult for the party to win the
general election campaign.
"I am begging for a consensus by late 1997 or
early 1998," Owen said. "I hope there's a coming-

together of people who want to elect a Democrat."
Owen said he expects that the November 1998
election campaign will cost about $8 million per
candidate, so a costly primary campaign would be
detrimental for the general election.
"It takes a long time to get that money together
- if you're a Democrat," Owen said.
Jae Jae Spoon, chair of the campus College
Democrats, said the group is giving the candidates
a forum for their views.
"We don't endorse a candidate in the primaries,"
Spoon said. "We will definitely act as a liaison
between the campaigns and the student body."
Besides talking about politics within the
Democratic Party, Owen spoke about partisan pol-
itics and the basic differences between Democrats
and Republicans.

"With the current Republicans, you see a
resurgence of the kind of philosophy that is
biased to owners and capital and makes them
free of government intervention," Owen said.
"Now the Christian Coalition is getting into
tax policy. They believe government involv-
ment should be big when it gets into personal
life, but small when it gets into your econom-
ic life."
Although Democrats have won recent elections
both locally and nationally, Owen said they still
have a long way to go.
"We're in a critical phase," Owen said. "The
presidential election was a victory, but it isn't
done."
But Owen showed hope for a Democratic victo-
ry.

"(Gov.) John Engler is not unbeatable if he
runs," Owen said. "The current numbers on Engler
are moving in our direction. His job approval rat-
ing ig 52 percent'.
In Owen's opinion, education is one of the top
state issues and the public is not pleased with
Engler's performance in that area.
"People don't agree with his philosophy that the
free market is the solution for education prob-
lems," Owen said.
Owen ran for governor in 1994 and placed sec-
ond in the Democratic primaries.
His past experience in politics includes srv-
ing as mayor of East Lansing, chair pf the
Michigan State University Board of Trustees
and as an adviser to former Gov. James
Blanchard.

Chin up

' study blmes
technology for
rising HMO costs

AJA DEKLEVA COHEN/Daily
LSA first-year student Jacqueline Lowell (right) participates In a self-defense workshop in the Alice Loyd residence hail
last night. Alytia Levendosky (left), who works at Gentle World Self Defense in Ann Arbor, taught the group.
City to Cdicuss parking strucule

By Brian Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
Health maintenance organizations
might not remain centers for low-cost
medical care if patients continue to
shun traditional surgery in favor of
high-tech treatments, according to a
recent study by , University
researchers.
HMO costs have remained stable in
recent years. However, the researchers
found that burgeoning costs stemmed
from the growing use of new technolo-
gy, causing HMO budgets to rise at the
same rate as traditional plans.
"A lot of people did think that HMOs
could cut costs in the long run because
they were less expensive than non-
HMOs, and probably more efficient,"
said School of Public Health Prof.
Michael Chernew, head of the study.
"However, health care costs are rising at
the same rate in both places."
Chernew emphasized that HMOs,
which frequently adopt a more cost-
conscious approach in treating patients,
remain a relatively low-cost means of
providing health care.
"HMOs are still less costly than any
alternative, but they haven't addressed
the problerm of utilizing new technolo-
gies," Chernew said.
For the study, the researchers record-
ed the use of laparoscopic cholecystec-
tomy - - an advanced procedure to
remove the gall bladder with minimal
scarring - among HMO and non-
HMO centers in Pennsylvania,
Maryland and Connecticut between
1989 and 1994.
The laparoscopic procedure was cho-

sen because it is representative of sev-
eral similar treatments used in recent
years.
During the five-year period,
increased demand for the laparoscop-
ic procedure caused HMO costs to
rise just as fast as traditional insur-
ers.
"We wanted to see if the HMOs
could sustain the growth of the new
procedure?' said Richard Hirth, assis-
tant professor of economics and health
management and policy. "It's a type of
procedure where there is a strong
patient demand for it and there is no
financial reason not to get it for the
people involved in HMOs."
But Hirth said the extensive use of
such high-tech treatments can eliminate
potential benefits for patients through
increased insurance premiums.
"We want to access all of these new
technologies, but if we use them fre-
quently when it's unnecessary, people
aren't going to benefit that much from
them," Hirth said.
Chernew emphasized the difficulty
in balancing financial and health con-
cerns when determining the appropriate
treatment for patients.
While the health care debate has ebbed
since the defeat of the Clinton adminis-
tration's proposed reforms, Chernew said
the discussion should be taken up again
soon because of spiraling costs.
"There is a tradeoff between utiliza-
tion of care and money," Chernew
said. "I think we should be conscious
of the challenges that the health care
system faces in cutting costs in the
long run."

By Meg Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
Lack of parking has plagued down-
town Ann Arbor for decades, but now,
even existing parking structures are giv-
ing city officials headaches.
Officials from the Ann Arbor
Downtown Development Authority said
one of the city's worst culprits is the
parking structure on South Forest
Avenue, next to Tower Records.
Today, customers will have the oppor-
tunity to voice their concerns about ten-
tative renovation plans for the structure.
DDA officials, in cooperation with
the Ann Arbor City Council, will hold a

public meeting today from 4 to 6 p.m. at
Cafe Fino in the Galleria on South
University Avenue to discuss the
garage's pending repairs.
"(We) have long been aware that there
is a shortage of parking in the downtown
area," DDA Executive Director Susan
Pollay said last week. "We have to make
an effort to preserve the structures that
we already have?"
Pollay said the Forest Street garage is
the city's worst structure at this point in
time and is at the top of the list for the
planned reparations.
"This structure is the one that serves

the University population the most," she
said. "It also serves the local business-
es, such as Tower Records and
McDonald's."
Organizers expect the meeting to
address which problems need immediate
attention, as well as gather suggestions
about how to fund the reconstruction.
Pollay said potential funding options
being considered are a rise in city taxes
or an increase in citywide parking fees.
"We definitely encourage the people
who use this structure to come to the
meeting," Pollay said. "They are the
ones who will benefit from its repairs."

Child immunization
registry almost ready

EAST LANSING (AP)--Two-year-
old Hannah Engler may have been a lit-
tle shy in front of the cameras yester-
day, but her immunization record was
picture-perfect.
A new computerized tracking system
will soon be online to make sure every
Michigan 2-year-old is up to date on
shots. And Hannah's record--complete
with a chicken pox vaccination - was
used to demonstrate how the system
works
"We've made more progress on this
registry in the past year than some
states have made in five years," Gov.
John Engler - Hannah's dad - told
health officials yesterday in East
Lansing. "No other state is going to
have what Michigan is going to have."
The Michigan Childhood
Immunization Registry will connect
regional databases containing vaccina-
tion histories for young children in each

area. The registry will allow physicians
and parents to find out quickly which
shots a child has had and if he or she is
due for any others.
Parents can choose to keep their chil-
dren out of the registry.
The state set up the registry after it
came in last in the nation in a U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention survey of immunization rats
for children 19 to 35 months old.
The state's rate now is 74.1 percent,
up 13 percentage points from 1994 and
enough to put it ahead of Nevada, Utah
and Idaho, although it is still below the
national average of 75 percent.
Michigan's rise in immunizations
will allow the state to receive more than
$450,000 in incentives, federal officials
said. They estimated Michigan may
have missed out on more than $1 mil-
lion by failing to qualify for the pay-
ments.

the world is getting smaller
smell better.

. . .
LM

.ALLXXI.

Wha's happening in Ann Arbor today

GROUP MEETINGS
U Campus Crusade for Christ,
Fellowship meeting, Dental
School, Kellogg Aud .7 p.m.
0 Lutheran Campus Ministry issues of
Faith Group, 668-7622, Lord of
Light Lutheran Church, 801 South
Forest, 7 p.m.
U Muslim Students' Association, 930
9049, Rackham, Assembly Hail, 7
p..
U1UJA Half Shekel, Campaign meeting
998-1964, Hillel, 1429 Hill St., 6
p.m.
O Undergraduate Mathematics
Society, 327-0614, East Hall,
Room 3866. 7 p.m.

Michigan Union, Art Lounge
U "How to Cheer a Japanese Baseball
Team: An Anthropologist Among
Fans," sponsored by The Center
for Japanese Studies, Lane Hall,
Commons Room, noon
U "Uturgy of Holy Communion," spon-
sored by The Lutheran Campus
Ministry, Lord of Light Church,
801 South Forest Ave. 7 p.m.
D "Memorial Service," sponsored by
Hillel, The Diag, noon
U "Shulchan lyrit," sponsored by Hillel,
Cafe Java, downstairs, 5:30 p.m.
U "TASA Current Events Workshop,"
sponsored by Taiwanese
American Students for
Awareness, Michigan Union,

Arts and Programs,
Commons, Gallery Wall

Pierpont

SERVICES
U Campus Information Centers,
Michigan Union and Pierpont
Commons, 763-INFO,
info@umich., UMeEvents on
GOpherBLUE, and http://
www.umich.edu/-info on the
World Wide Web
U English Composition Board Peer
Tutoring, need help with a paper?,
Angell Hall, Room 444C, 7-11
p.m.
Q Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley Hall,
8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

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