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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 8, 1997 --

DPS finds 35
dug violations
at Hash Bash
fhe Department of Public Safety
issued 35 controlled substance viola-
tions Saturday in connection with the
26th annual Hash Bash, according to
DPS reports.
The 35 violations were given in the
Diag area and several campus buildings.
In addition, DPS reports state there were
-nine violations for soliciting goods in
University buildings and on University
unds. Ten incidents involving open-
hol violations also occurred on the
Diag, according to reports.
Multiple guns
found in car trunk
During a routine traffic stop in the
10 block of North Fifth Avenue on
Friday, an Ann Arbor Police Department
gficer found five guns inthetrunk of a
cle, AAPD reports state.
The AAPD officer was given per-
mission to search the vehicle and found
four handguns, two shotguns, and one
assault rifle in the trunk. Reports state
that the driver told AAPD officials he
had no permanent residence and felt
safer having weapons with him. The
suspect had no permit for any of the
weapons, one of which was reported as
being stolen in Ohio in 1980.
Robbery occurs
at Denny's
Early yesterday morning, two vic-
tims at the Denny's restaurant at 3310
Washtenaw Ave. reported to AAPD
officers that they had been robbed by
two male suspects, according to AAPD
reports.
*The victims stated they had been
approached by the suspects, who were
*med with a 3 1/2-foot pipe. The sus-
pects took $30 in cash from the victims
)nd then left on foot. The first suspect,
aw 18-to 20-year-old male, was last seen
wearing a green parka and hat. The other
spspect, an 18-to 20-year-old-male with
a thin build, was last seen wearing a blue
parka and carrying a red hat.
*uck breaks into
Bursley
A duck flew into Bursley residence
hall Friday, shattering a window,
according to DPS reports.
The duck flew through a hallway
window on the east side the building, a
caller reported. The duck shattered the
window and landed on the floor.
though the caller reported that the
ck had died, the duck was later con-
firmed as "OK.' No other injuries were
reported.
Man attacked
with bottle
A victim was hit with a bottle
Saturday while walking in the 600
block of Oxford Road, according to
1APD reports.
The victim and a friend, who were on
their way to a party, were allegedly
approached by four men. The victim
was then hit over the head with a bottle
y one of the men. The victim's friend
attempted to intervene and was
punched by the other suspects. The first
suspect is described as a 5-foot-8 male
who weighs about 200 pounds.

Irate applicant
threatens 'U'
The University's Office of
Admissions received a threatening
phone call Friday from an irate appli-
cant, DPS reports state.
An employee in the admissions
office reported receiving the obscene
O1 from an applicant who had been
denied admission to the University. No
further calls were reported.
- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
Jenni Yachnin.

Speaker
dicusses.
mental
illness
y UIan Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
Perplexed by what he considers a
knowledge deficit of child mental ill-
ness, Dr. Steven Hyman, director of the
National Institute of Mental Health,
visited campus yesterday to discuss
child psychology and support
University research in the field.
Hyman delivered his speech, titled
"Children and Mental Illness: New
Directions for the NIMH," before a
full crowd of University social
researchers and graduate students in
the Andersen Room of the Michigan
Union.
"We need to have a better funda-
mental grasp of mental disorders in
children," Hyman said. "I'm alarmed
about our lack of fundamental knowl-
edge about child psychology, in
which there is no shortage of untested
dogma."
Hyman acknowledged the difficul-
ty of identifying children with mental
disorders, which usually require rela-
tively long periods of time to diag-
nose, but said more research data in
child psychology is necessary to pre-
vent learning disorders and poor rela-
tionships from forming in young peo-
ple.
Mental disorders arise primarily
from a subtle mixture of genetic and
environmental influences, Hyman
said.
Hyman said he believes recent
advances in genetics do not suggest
rigid determinism of human behavior,
but instead offer further insights into
the environment's role in human devel-

Advice magazine
provides course
info, on Web

JENNIFER BRADLEY-WIFT/Daily
NIMH Director Dr. Steven Hymans spoke on campus yesterday about children and
mental Illness.

opment.
"For mental disorders, genes do not
have the whole say," Hyman said.
"They have a lot to say, but in no case
do the genes operate independent of the
environment.'
Hyman said researchers should col-
laborate efforts to study mental illness
in children.
"There shouldn't be any competi-
tion between people in genetics and
biology, and people studying environ-
mental factors," Hyman said.
"Everybody should be helping every-
body else."
The influence of the environment is
witnessed among animals, said
Hyman, who cited studies on rats in
which those exposed to livelier and
more exploratory environments devel-
oped thicker cerebral cortexes with
more neural activity.
Dean of the School of Social Work
Paula Allen-Meares, who introduced
Hyman, said she agrees with the

director's idea that natural and social
scientists should collaborate to
improve treatments for mentally ill
children.
"His talk was very important for me
to hear his vision about integrating
genetic and biological capabilities with
environmental concerns and issues,"
Allen-Meares said. "It's important that
there is truly the need for social scien-
tists and professionals to work in tan-
dem with the biological side of devel-
opment."
Hyman said he hopes the
University will continue to make con-
tributions in the field of child psy-
chology through its Social Work
Research Development Center on
Poverty, Risk and Mental Health,
which is funded by the NIMH.
"The field is crying out for contri-
butions," Hyman said. "I'd like to
come back in a few years and talk
about the progress we've made in
these areas."'

By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
After its venture into online voting in
last month's election, the Michigan
Student Assembly has continued its
expansion into cyberspace, now provid-
ing access to Advice magazine on the
Web.
Advice magazine, the MSA-pro-
duced guide that allows students to see
how students rated courses and teach-
ers, has been published for more than a
decade. But
this year, the
paper format
has beenW
replaced by
the new online
system, which
provides s
information
for students
currently reg-
istering for
spring, sum-
mer or fall classes.
Advice lists information compiled by
the Center for Research on Learning and
Teaching. Information is summarized by
CRLT from student evaluations near the
end of each term. Students rate many
aspects of courses including workload,
instructor's receptiveness to students, and
class and instructor's overall quality.
"I really think everyone wins with
Advice," said LSA Rep. Barry
Rosenberg.
Rosenberg said the magazine pro-
motes teaching excellence, rewards
instructors and gives students an effec-
tive and honest guide to course selection.
"The ideal purpose (of) Advice is to
encourage good teaching and to make
instructors accountable and responsive
to students," Rosenberg said. "I really
think these evaluations are accurate."
Although organizers said they hope
students use.Advice as a tool to decide
what classes to take, some students said
they won't base their final decisions on
the information provided through
Advice.
"When you're taking that big of a
sample size, you're getting anyone from
one end of the spectrum to the other,"
said Charles Ko, an LSA junior.

Ko said he would seek the more per
sonal advice of fellow students he
knows to determine what classes'arc
worthwhile.
"It's okay for a general overview," Kc
said. "It wouldn't affect me in a 6it
way, either way."
Suzanna Young, former editor-in-
chief of the paper Advice magazine, said
whether online or on paper, Advice is,
useful measure for students and faculty.
"No matter what, the Advice maga-
zine is a valu-
able tool fo
students," lai
Young, and It(
sophomore. "
really dui'
know if:the
Web is goin
to make it in'
more popuila.
or not?'
Ron Lie-
ERIN RAGER/Daily Sang, -a
Apple Computer student representativi
who helped put Advice online, said th,
application was designed so new infor
mation can be added easily from ov,
on.
Lue-Sang, an Engineering sepipr
said due to the mass of students c
use computers, Advice usage Wil
increase online.
"On this campus, I think people arc
more likely to use the Web site that
pick up the paper. I know I am," Lue-
Sang said.
LSA Rep. Ryan Friedrichs sai
Advice online is advantageous in morn
than one way.
"It's really a huge money saver, r
huge time saver, a huge everythjnt
saver," Friedrichs said. -
He said that by putting Advict
online, MSA is tapping into an unuse(
technological resource.
CRLT research scientist Jim Kulil
said individual instructors or depart-
ments decide if they want to have thei.
students answer the Advice magazinc
questions. Roughly 12,000 different sec-
tions or courses are evaluated eacl
semester, he said.
Advice can be reached - a
http:/www.umich. edu/-msa/advice.

Three Engineering seniors to
participate in NASA project

U' students to
perform microgravity
experiment
By Matt Weller
For the Daily
Three University students are prepar-
ing to take a ride on the wild side in the
name of science.
Engineering seniors Amber Thweat,
D.J. Kroeger and John Korsakas com-
prise a University team selected by the
National Aeronautics and Space
Administration to participate in a
microgravity experiment aboard a KC-
135A research aircraft.
"We were all little kids who
dreamed of being astronauts,"
Thweatt said. "This sort of thing is
once in a lifetime."
The University team is one of 24
groups selected from schools around
the country to participate in a Texas
Space Grant Consortium project.
All of the project's participants
reported to the Johnson Space
Center's Reduced-Gravity program in
Elling Field, Texas, yesterday for a
week of pre-flight training in the
same facilities used to train real astro-
nauts.
The trio will take to the sky the week
of April 14.
If the project proves successful, the
VORTEX mechanism will accompany
astronauts on a NASA space shuttle
mission later this year.
"It's a great opportunity," Krosakas
said. "This is all very exciting. I
have always been interested in NASA
and in space, but as an electrical
engineer I never thought I would get
the chance for an experience like
this."
Two students at a time will partici-
pate in the flight,' which will consist of
40-50 intervals of zero-gravity, each
lasting 25 seconds.

In the actual flight, the plane will verts to small droplets suspended in the
make rising and falling motions to air.
simulate microgravity in a process If successful, the project will be
similar to a applied to build-
very fast and ing more effi-
steep roller- This sort of cient fuel injec-
coaster, said tors and finding
Sven Bilen, an thing is once in a more direct
En gine e ring ways of admin-
graduate stu- lifetime f istering liquid
dent and VOR- medicine to
TEX adviser. - Amber Thweat internal organs,
"It's a Engineering senior Bilen said.
dream come Bilen said the
true," said reduced gravity
Kroeger, who organized the team. will allow the students to generate larg-
"(This is the) chance of lifetime. er droplets than can be made on Earth.

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I've dreamed about weightlessness
and being an astronaut since I was a
kid."
But at least some of the students'
family members may have reservations
about the trip.
"My mother is scared to death,"
Thweatt said. "Just yesterday she asked,
'Do you have to go?"'
The training involves pool exercises
and other drills to prepare the students
for microgravity, which often can cause
dreadful space-sickness.
"I figure there's a decent chance of
getting sick," Kroeger said. "Maybe I'll
bring an extra bag to puke in."
Krosakas, however, is not worried by
the thought of his stomach doing som-
ersaults.
"I never get sick on roller coasters,"
he said.
Thweatt is more than willing to tack-
le vertigo.
"The first one may be scary," she
said. "But I think it will be worth it. It's
good publicity for the engineering pro-
gram."
The experiment will study fluid
dynamics using a silver, keg-shaped
apparatus the three built and designed.
The experiment will study atomization
- the process in which a liquid con-

Kroeger and Thweatt have been
working on the atomization process
for 3 1/2 years. Korsakas, who was
asked to join because of his back-
ground in electrical engineering, has
been a group member for three
months.
Thweat, Kroeger and Korsakas,
along with 10 other Engineering stu-
dents, receieved class credit this sem-
ster for their work on the project.

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