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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 12, 1997 - 3

Student hit by
car, taken to U'
hospital
pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at
the Baits bus stop on North Campus on
Tuesday, according to DPS reports.
The DPS reports state that the driver,
.a 20-year-old female, was attempting to
pass a stopped bus in the westbound
Jane of Hubbard Road.
As the driver went around the bus, a
pedestrian stepped out and was hit.
The pedestrian had "lacerations on
his knee and a swollen ankle,' DPS
*rts stated. EMS transported the
injured pedestrian to the University
Medical Center.
Man carried stop
sign around Diag
A 22-year-old male carried a traffic
sign across the Diag on Wednesday,
~rding to DPS reports.
PS reports state that the man had
no affiliation with the University. He
was questioned and released pending
contact with the owner of the stop/slow
traffic sign.
The sign was returned to its original
spot-at 1239 Kipke Drive, according to
DPS reports.
Student faints
fter razor cut
A female student accidentally cut her
thumb with a razor and fainted Monday
in the Chemistry Building.
.She regained consciousness shortly
after the injury and declined ambulance
apd emergency rescue units, DPS
reports stated.
DPS officials said she was not
exposed to chemicals.
udents find
survey harassing
An unknown male called several stu-
dents Monday under the pretense of a
phone survey, DPS reports state.
The caller asked routine questions to
students at Mary Markley Residence
Hall for a psychology thesis and then
began to inquire about sexual matters,
_ rding to DPS reports.
ough the caller provided a name,
DPS officials are unsure if the caller is
using an assumed identity. DPS is cur-
rently investigating the case.
Stolen bike found
a year later
A caller notified DPS that her bike,
ch was stolen last year, was parked
;pside Angell Hall yesterday.
A Hampton Police registration stick-
er that was still attached to the bike ver-
ified that the caller was the owner. The
-bicyele was returned to its owner,
according to DPS reports.
Bursley resident
hits head, bleeds
Bursley resident notified DPS on
Wednesday that he was hit in the head
-by his friend and was bleeding.
The injured male student was awake
and conscious.

wie cleaned the injury and didn't
Tik he needed an ambulance, DPS
FTeports state.
Ilarassment lasts
*ree months
A woman called DPS to report that
she has been approached by a male
subject repeatedly since June.
The subject approached the caller at
,both the Sexual Assault and Prevention
and Awareness Center office and
School of Education Building, reports
state.
The caller said the subject called her
petty" and said he is "attracted" to
r.
She has been firm in telling the sub-
ject she is not interested in talking with
-him, but he continues to attempt con-
,tact, DPS reports state.
--Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Stephanie Hepburn.

ITD making changes to computing sites

Equipment changes will finish
soon; until then, long
lines persist at some sites
By Margene Eriksen
For the Daily
Campus computing sites generally don't see
long lines and waits until well into the semester.
But while recent changes made by the
Information Technology Division have already
clogged up some sites, planners say lines and equip-
ment transfers will let up as soon as next week.
ITD has been making equipment moves and
upgrades to many campus computing sites since
the end of winter semester. The changes have
caused longer waits and confusion for students
before midterms even approach.
"We decided to take a look at some of the ser-

vices we provided and put them where students
most needed them," campus computing sites man-
ager Dino Anastasia said.
The changes do not include new equipment, but
rather a more even distribution of the University's
newer computers and software upgrades. One of
the most significant steps includes a large transfer
of equipment from Angell Hall to the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library computing center.
"We felt that students deserved a thorough
upgrade. We're trying to make things more effec-
tive with the resources we have" said Judy Dean,
an ITD computer computer consultant.
All ITD computing sites, including locations at
North Campus and in residence halls, are being
affected by new operating systems.
The changes have created some availability
problems for students seeking prompt access to
stations.

"I'm standing in line and I'd rather be getting my
homework done,' said LSA first-year student
Frank Kafka, as she waited for a computer station
at the Angell Hall Computing Center.
Kafka said, however, that the wait for a comput-
er has not had "a profound effect."
"I guess it will be a benefit if they get it done
successfully, but (ITD) should have been able to
get it done this summer," Kafka said.
Anastasia said ITD tried to complete the
changes and upgrades before fall semester began,
but the scope of the changes made it difficult to
reach the deadline.
"It wasn't our intention to carry on into fall
term, but our goals were a little loftier than what
we were able to accomplish. Unanticipated things
occurred that set us back a bit" Anastasia said.
Anastasia reminded students to avoid the com-
puting sites' busiest periods, from 5 p.m. to I a.m.

and during midterms and finals. Anastasia said the
changes will help students in the long run.
"Having been a student at the University myself,
the last thing I would want to do would be to put
the students through something that wouldn't ben-
efit them." he said.
Anastasia said he hopes the changes will be the
first of several at campus computing sites.
"I believe that we will continue to make some
minor changes during fall term, changes that won't
have a significant impact on students or affect their
ability to get work done," Anastasia said.
One of these changes may include buying new
equipment for the Undergraduate Library and
returning the moved computers to Angell Hall -
if lTD funding will allow such a move.
"In computing. nothing ever stops changing. It's
a constant cycle of upgrades and improvements,'
Anastasia said.

I

MSU unrest will
not repeat at U,
officials predict

By Megan Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
Drunken people ran topless through
the streets, throwing beer bottles at
police cars and setting couches on fire
last Saturday in East Lansing.
Was it Mardi Gras in September?
Nope - it was the first home foot-
ball game at Michigan State University.
While University officials in Ann
Arbor are aware of last weekend's dis-
turbances in East Lansing, they're not
anticipating problems at tomorrow's

Hall said football games in Ann
Arbor haven't had any significant prob-
lems for the past few years.
"We don't see anything at this
point that would lead us to believe
that our students will act in an inap-
propriate way," said Vice President
for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford. "The only recent football
game that I can remember in which
we had any disturbances was at (the
Michigan versus) Notre Dame game
about six years ago."

JOE WESTRATE/Daily
Dr. Craig Bloch, who works as a pediatrician at the University Medical Center, compares the genomic structure of a
harmless laboratory E. coil with that of a disease-causing strain.
U'researchers -map
geno-me of E.Coli* strain

home foot-
ball game.
"We usu-
ally have
extra offi-
cers on duty
on football
Saturdays
anyway and
are certainly
prepared if
anything does
Department

"We had ab
arrests durii
course of #hi
occur,' said Beth Hall,
of Public Safety

out 70

H artford
said there have
been past dis-

By Heather Wiggin
Daily Staff Reporter
One University Medical Center
pediatrician calls it the "Dr. Jckyl-Mr.
Hyde organism."
But University researchers may
have nailed down the enigmatic iden-
tity of one strand of E. coli by recent-
ly completing a map of its genome.
Medical School Prof. Craig Bloch is
part of a team of researchers who par-
ticipated in the project. The common
laboratory strain of E. coli. lives in the
intestinal tracts of all mammals, but
some forms of this bacteria can pro-
voke severe infections and even death.
In the last few years, scientists have
discovered a connection between
uncooked hamburger meat and the
disease-causing E. coli.
"The problem boils down to the
way in which cow manure has
changed - now E. coli is colonizing
cattle herds," Bloch said. "(Usually)
human pathogens are in human poop
and cow pathogens are in cow poop."
Mapping the E. coli genome has
been a multinational effort, with
researchers from Massachusetts,

Mexico and as far away as Belgium
collaborating on results.
"Now that we have the sequence,
our interest lies in E. coli strains that
cause disease," said medical research
assistant Chris Rodney.
Bloch's interest in studying E. coli
began in 1983, when he was a pedi-
atric resident. Premature babies were
dying unexpectedly from E. coli
infections, and Bloch said he wanted
to understand the mechanisms behind
this mystery.
Bloch said no one knows how
human strains of E. coli found their
way to the intestinal tracts of cattle,
but the cows are not affected. The
bacteria is not noticed until it attacks.
As research developed, scientists
studying E. coli posed the question,
"How does the disease strain (of E.
coli) differ from the lab strain?"
Block said.
Bloch said his "ultimate hope is to
develop new ways of treating E. coli"
by developing a "monkey wrench"
that will stop the pathogenic strain
from infecting people.
Researchers use E. coli from

patients in hospitals for their lab stud-
ies. As both a pediatrician and a sci-
entist, Bloch said he sees the effects
of E. coli in the lab and at bedsides.
The harmless laboratory strain can
be used as a template to compare to
the pathogenic strains.
"The disease-causing strain has a
genome that is 10 percent larger,"
Rodney said. "The extra DNA is rich
in genes that allow bacteria to do
things that are manifest in disease."
The best protection against E. coli
and the diseases it may cause is to
"cook food and follow personal
hygiene rules," Rodney said.
Frederick Blatner, a researcher in
Wisconsin, has been studying E. coli
during the majority of his lifetime. In
1983, it "occurred to me to try to
sequence the whole genome,"he said.
When Blatner began his work with
Bloch in 1985, the researchers
sequenced more E. coli than any other
group.
Blatner said that future research
will focus sequencing the strain that
affects humans after eating uncooked
hamburger meat.

spokesperson. "We always try to have
a very visible presence of security."
At MSU, about 30 officers from
three different police departments were
called in to settle the ruckus that erupt-
ed in a student neighborhood early
Sunday morning, said MSU Campus
Police Chief Bruce Benson.
The police resorted to pepper spray
and driving a slow wedge of police cars
down the crowded street to disperse the
group of more than 500.
"We had about 70 arrests during the
course of the day," Benson said.
"Actually, it could have been much
worse. Our record number of arrests
was two years ago when we beat this
team from Ann Arbor ... we had over
300 that day."

he turban ces
ag the caused by other
athletic events.
e ay. "When the
- Bruce Benson Michigan bas-
MSU Police Chief ketball team
made it to the
Final Four a
couple of years ago, we did see some
extra celebrating" she said.
Hartford said at that time the
University put together a task force -
"Michigan Madness" - comprised of
both campus security officers and stu-
dents.
"The Michigan Madness task force
was led by students from the Michigan
Student Assembly, the Greek organiza-
tions, the University Activities Center
and was very successful," Hartford said.
"We want to let students celebrate but
not be a danger to themselves or others."
After last weekend, Benson said that
MSU has significantly increased their
security, both at the stadium and the
surrounding tailgating areas.
"We want to create an atmosphere
where everyone can have fun and feel
safe," Benson said.

Pep raily kicks off on State St.

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By William Nash
For the Daily
Tomorrow the Michigan football team
squares off against rival Colorado. But
tonight, Head Coach Lloyd Carr, team
captains Jon Janson, Eric Mayes, the
cheerleading squad and the entire 421-
member marching band will assemble
for the last time before the big game.
"The Run for the Roses" pep rally is
scheduled to be held from 6:30 to 8
p.m. at the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity on
South State Street. The cost of the event
is free, except for maybe a sore throat
after about 90 minutes of cheering.

Alpha Delta Phi Vice President
Branton Cole estimated that 3,000 fans
will gather to support the team outside
of the house tonight.
Also scheduled to be present is new
Athletic Director Tom Goss,
Sportcaster Damon "The Dog" Perry of
WDSN radio, the Michigan Dance
Squad and numerous sponsors.
Perry will be the Master of
Ceremonies.
"It's basically to get people jacked-up
for Saturday's game," Cole said.
Cole organized the event, from book-
ing Carr to getting part of South State

Street closed for the crowd.
"It's going to be awesome. With the
tradition and strength of Michigan's
football program, and having all these
people in one place is just awesome"
Cole said.
Carr, Goss and the captains will all
speak, but don't expect any detailed
speeches about their game plan.
"Expect some inspirational messages"
Cole said.
Nike representatives will be handing
out, free items. Refreshments will be
supplied by Josta. Other sponsors
include Cottage Inn and Media One.

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Correction
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