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One hundredsixyears of editorlfreedom

Friday
September 19,1997

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Shalala
lectures

'

to review

admissions policy

on child
wvelfare
By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
A month after Secretary of Health
and Human Services Donna Shalala
was named Chancellor of the
University of Wisconsin at Madison in
1 , she traveled to Ann Arbor to ask
the -University , President Harold
Shapiro for advice on running a Big
Ten University.
"He briefed me on managing a uni-
versity; she said. "But I didn't learn as
much about management as I did
about the quality of our football team."
Shalala returned to Ann Arbor to
deliver the annual Fedele and Iris Fauri
Memorial Lecture
on Child Welfare
yesterday. Fedele
Fauri was the
dean of the
School of Social
Work, and the lec-
ture is dedicated
to the accom-
plishments of
Fauri and his
wife, Iris, in the
Shalala field of child wel-
fare.
Running a Big Ten university,
Shalala said, prepared her for her cur-
rent position of running all federal
health programs and working with an
overall budget of $354 billion.
"Being Chancellor made me less
compulsive and less sure I knew all the
answers" Shalala said. "In some ways,
being a cabinet officer is easier than
running a Big Ten university, because
f Ity senates are tougher than the
. J Senate."'
After her speech, Shalala had a
great deal of praise for the University's
medical research accomplishments.
"Michigan is on the cutting edge of
health and social research," Shalala
said. "There is no other university that
offers a better combination of the
Shalala's speech focused on the
ces the Clinton administration
has made in child welfare and the
pbrigress that still needs to happen.
. School of Social Work Dean Paula
Allen-Meares said she was honored to
have Shalala speak.
"She is considered one of the most
experienced public managers in our
country,'Allen-Mear said to the crowd
cf. about 300 people in the Power
Center.
One issue Shalala spoke about may
*~usually be considered child wel-
fare.
"Tobacco is very much a children's
issue," Shalala said. "If it wasn't for
the president's leadership, Joe Camel
would still be in our children's lives,
instead of in the history books where
he belongs. Tobacco is a clear and pre-
sent danger to teens."
Another achievement of the Clinton
inistration, Shalala said, is a 30
cent reduction in sudden infant
death syndrome. To accomplish this,
Health and Human Services launched
See SHALALA, Page 5

Administrators said
they have no intention of
ditching current system
By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
In spite of recent controversy and
attacks on the University's admissions
and affirmative action policies, offi-
cials say their annual review of admis-
sions procedures will not lead to dra-
matic changes.
"As we do every year, we are review-
ing the system;' Vice President for

University Relations Walter Harrison
said, adding that affirmative action
policies will be upheld. "We have no
intention of abandoning that system.
We are simply fine tuning it, as we do
every year."
University President Lee Bollinger
said the provost's office is currently
conducting a review of admissions poli-
cies. He said he is unable to project if
any changes will be made following the
review.
"We are not, at this stage, announc-
ing any changes," Bollinger said. "We
certainly have no intention of backing

away from pursuing diversity, but we
may find better ways of achieving it."
Provost Nancy Cantor said she would
not comment on possible changes in
admission policies, but said she is sim-
ply trying to understand what policies
will best serve the University.
"We want to make sure our admis-
sion procedures really mirror what we
want to achieve in our student body,"
Cantor said.
Regents Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) and Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) both said they sup-
port a review of admissions procedures.

" do. feel there's a need to review our
admission policies" Newman said.
Opponents of the University's cur-
rent procedures speculated that the
review comes in response to the attempt
of four state legislators to file suit
against the University for the use of
"minority preference admissions."
State Rep. Deborah Whyman (R-
Canton Township), one of the legisla-
tors calling for the suit, said changes
Bollinger discussed in an article in The
Detroit News yesterday are an attempt
to mask the continuation of affirmative
action practices.

In the article, Bollinger said, "I
would like to increase the (admissions)
staff to give more personal attention to
each candidate rather than relying on
formulas. I would like to widen the con-
cept of diversity. A public university
ought to have a very large spread of stu
dents attending."
"Lee Bollinger is putting a different
face on discrimination," Whyman said
"He never talks about ending discrimi-
nation. He just talks about putting a dif-
ferent face on it. Instead of discriminat-
ing on the basis of a formula, he
See ADMISSIONS, Page 7

Daily in-depth: STDs

Research
VP position
left vacant

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
University Health Services peer counselors learn how to counsel students on the dangers of STDs and possible prevention techniques during
a training session last night at the UHS Building.
laCpus seesrise"h; in STD cases

By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Board of Regents yesterday named Homer
Neal vice president for research emeritus, officially recog-
nizing that another executive officer position is vacant.
Neal, who also was named interim president emeritus, will
return to the University's physics depart-
ment to continue his participation in a
nuclear reactor project in Geneva,
Switzerland.
Interim Vice President for Research
Frederick Neidhardt will continue to fill
the post until University President Lee
Bollinger designates a permanent
replacement.
Official plans for a search have not
been formulated.
"Frederick Neidhardt has generously Neal
agreed to stay on with this until we can
find a permanent person for research,"
Bollinger said.
Neidhardt said he is ready for his term to end, but added
that he will continue to serve until a permanent appointment
can be made.
"What bothers me about interim is that it doesn't have an
endpoint," Neidhardt said. "I'm serving until the new vice
president will take the place
"There is no way I could walk away now," Neidhardt con-
tinued. "For almost four years I've been working with the
staff in the (Office of Vice President for Research).
"I have had just a glorious experience in the administra-
tion. I came here to work with Homer. And in the last year, I
have just continued my enjoyment."
Neal is in Switzerland and could not be reached for com-
ment last night.
At yesterday's meeting, the regents officially appointed
new Athletic Director Tom Goss and Vice President for
Medical Affairs Gilbert Omenn to their positions.
Omenn said he is pleased to take on the responsibilities of
this newly formed position. As vice president for medical
affairs, Omenn will be responsible for overseeing a $1 billion
budget, the Medical School and University Hospitals.
"I accept the challenge of doing well with your medical
school," Omenn said.
Bollinger said Goss will be an asset to the University and
the Athletic Department. At a press conference on Sept. 8,
Goss pledged to lead the department with integrity and hold
all of the program's administrators, coaches and players
accountable for their actions.
"It's really Tom's character and values that got the admin-
istration to lure him to the University," Bollinger said.
Goss takes the reins of a department that has been through
a great deal of turmoil in recent years. The men's basketball
team has been investigated for alleged impropriety and
NCAA violations during the past year. The football program
See REGENTS, Page?

By Heather Wiggn
Daily Staff Reporter
The mention of sexually transmitted diseases
is enough to make anyone squirm and change the
topic. But statistics indicate that college students
have a high and increasing risk of contracting an
STD.
The increase is evident not only nationwide,
but on the University campus, where health offi-
cials are trying to reverse the trend through peer
education and free testing.
University Health Service saw about 400 new
cases of genital warts, 200 cases of herpes and
35 cases of gonorrhea last year. The American
Social Health Association reports that two-thirds
of the new STD cases each year affect people
under age 25.
The numbers speak volumes about the cycle.
People on campus have STDs, and STDs spread.
"Overall, students are aware of problems and
risks," said Polly Paulson, a UHS health educa-
tion coordinator. "One needs to have understand-
ing of how (STDs) are transmitted."
STDs are transmitted when body fluids mix or

by skin-to-skin contact. Condoms are not 100
percent effective against STDs and the only
proven way to avoid STDs is abstinence.
Paulson 'said that although she's seen an
increased trend toward monogamous relation-
ships among students, young adults still exhibit
risky behavior that leads to STDs.
To prevent further spreading of the diseases,
among University students, Paulson encourages
communication and knowledge about STDs. The
UHS peer program takes safer sex and STD
issues to a public setting, where student advisers
lead workshops about sexuality, safe sex, and
risky behavior.
At least one fatal STD may be less common
on campus than in other areas of the country.
UHS officials said that HIV, the virus that caus-
es AIDS, does not seem to be as prevalent at the
University as other STDS.
"In 1996 we tested 1,034 people for HIV" said
Carol Tucker, a UHS health educator. "None
were positive."
UHS offers free HIV testing for students in the
See STDs, Page 7

STD statistics
* One in 500 college-age stu-
dents are infected with HIV.
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
is the most common STD on col-
lege campuses. It causes geni-
tal warts and is not curable.
HPV affects about nine percent'
of college students. Most people
have no symptoms.
I Herpes is an infection charac-
terized by blisters or sores on
the mouth or genital area. There
is no. cure for herpes.
"* Chlamydia is ,a common STD
in younger women. It can be
cured with an
antibiotic if detected early.
Gonorrhea is also curable, but
if left untreated, it may cause
blindness, blood poisoning,
sterility, and numerous other
health problems.
Source: University Health Service

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Tomorrow in Football Saturday:

Michigan
aylor
Who:
No. 8 Michigan (1-0) vs. Baylor (0-1)
Where:
Michigan Stadium (cap. 102,501)
When:
Tomorrow, 12:30 p.m.

vs.

Construction slows
down around 'U'

Line:
*ichigan by 26
Wheather:
High of 69 with a chance of showers.
Television:
ESPN
Series history:
The Wolverines and Bears have played
just once before - a 14-14 tie at

By Ken Mazur
For the Daily
Many students have come to accept
University construction projects as a
fact of life.
But with major projects like the new
School of Social Work building taper-
ing off, however, University officials
say construction work will no longer be
a high priority.
Such news is a welcome relief to stu-
dents who say they're sick of the com-
motion.
"I think it's absolutely outrageous,
especially during the summer," said
LSA senior Kari Goldman. "This sum-

However, Goldman noted some
improvement from the summer con-
struction.
"I'm impressed now. This is the first
time I've been on campus where there
wasn't construction everywhere,"
Goldman said. "I never thought it
would be like this, after how much con-
struction there was two years ago."
David Stockson, manager of the
University's architectual services, said
University President Lee Bollinger's
plans do not focus on buildings and
renovations as much as his predeces-
sors'.
"Lee Bollinger made it clear that his

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