Chemical leak puts
more than 45 in hospital g
The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 19, 1997 - 7
DETROIT (AP) - A cloud of hydro-
gen sulfide gas drifted yesterday from a
&mical plant to two elementary
ools, scattering at least 45 people -
mostly students - to four area hospi-
The victims included 29 children and
eight police officers, whose symptoms
linked to the Quaker Chemical Co. leak
were treatable and not considered life-
threatening, officials said.
As many as 42 victims, including 26
students, became ill near Courtis
Elementary School. The school was
ced to close about an hour after the 9
am. leak from the Quaker plant less
than a mile away.
The leak also prompted the evacua-
tion of Keidan Elementary School after
three students vomited and were sent to
the hospital, the school district's
The leak was contained by yesterday
afternoon and both schools are expect-
to be open today, officials said.
I etoit Schools spokesperson
Michele Edwards said symptoms of
children affected by the irritant gas
"All of the children appear to be just
fine," said Dr. Ernest Bertha, director of
pediatric emergency medicine at Henry
Ford Hospital, where 11 youths were
"All of the
to be Just fine. "
-- Dr. Ernest Bertha
Henry Ford Hospital
being treated and expected to be dis-
charged. "They all look to be healthy,
playful and very healthy."
The children treated at Henry Ford
ranged in age from 4 to 12. The hospi-
tal also received two Courtis workers,
eight police officers, and a neighbor of
Ten of a dozen victims treated for
minor injuries at Grace Hospital were
children, Dr. Robert Malinowski said.
Eleven other victims - including eight
children - were taken to Children's
and Sinai hospitals. Their conditions
were not immediately available.
Quaker spokesperson Fred Batten
said the company was investigating
what caused the "minor release" of
hydrogen sulfide, a byproduct of the
plant's production of lubricants for
Of the plant's 62 workers, six showed
symptoms typical of inhaling the gas,
Batten said. Three of those workers
were sent home; none were hospitalized.
Hydrogen sulfide - a colorless,
highly flammable gas with a pungent
odor - can be toxic when inhaled,
often causing irritation to eyes and
mucous membranes, as well as nausea
and headaches. The chemical common-
ly is used to purify acids and as a source
of sulfur and hydrogen.
Batten said the process responsible
for the leak would be halted indefinite-
ly until the company pinpoints what
caused the leak.
"I was just told that the kids had a
tough time breathing, that there was a
very heavy, strong odor," Edwards said
of the noxious cloud that drifted into the
roughly 750-student Courtis school
"I was feeling like I was going to
throw up" and had stomach pains,
Courtis student lesha Stevens told
WXYZ-TV of Southfield.
Administrators swiftly evacuated and
closed the school for the day, scram-
bling along the way to reach parents to
retrieve their children. But to Edwards,
the process went "very smoothly."
"I don't think there was any chaos,"
she said. "Obviously the school had a
crisis plan in place and was able to fol-
low it closely;" she said.
A paramedic calls for assistance as she helps Neada Holliday, who collapsed in front of her Detroit home yesterday. Her
mother, Marion Holliday, wiped her face after hydrogen sulfide was released to the air from the Quaker chemical plant.
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Lisa Baker, associate vice president for University rela-
tions, noted that under former President James Duderstadt,
$10 billion in new construction had been spent over the past
two years. Baker said there wasn't much left to do.
"President Bollinger will focus more on the master
planning for the campus, and on how to fit that in with the
living-learning environment," Baker said.
Future University projects, including large-scale renova-
tions of Hill Auditorium, the Frieze Building and the Dental
School's Kellogg Building, depend on the state giving $90
million for the work, said Robert Meske, a project engineer.
University Planner Fred Mayer said most upcoming pro-
jects are not scheduled to begin until spring or summer.
"Except for the Dental School, there's not a lot happening
for the fall and winter," Mayer said.
Construction at the School of Social Work's new home
should be finished by late November, said an official with
Ellis-Don Construction Company, the project's contractor.
The new school will open for use in January.
"I'm excited, because as an undergraduate, I watched all
this construction going on, and now something is finally
being built for us," said Social Work first-year graduate
student Andi Polze.
One project that is of special concern to some students is
the newly renovated Diag. Along with the temporary absence
of the bronze "M," there have also been yellow ropes around
the lawn areas to prohibit any use of these green spaces where
students often tossed Frisbees or soaked up some rays while
"I think it could have been done a lot sooner if they had
used that green spray instead of the sod," RC senior Willie.
Northway said. "I'm pretty sure that the carpet grass is just
for appearances, so it would look better. for the returning stu-
An employee at the University Grounds and Waste
Management office, who asked that his name not be used,
said the ropes would be taken down "in the spring, to pro-
tect the turf."
Engineering senior Tim White said he approved of the pro-
"I'm a former landscape worker, and 40,000 students
walking across that new sod would kill it," White said.
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A parking lot is planned for the corner of Hill Street and
South State Street.
Renovations on the Burton Bell Tower are near comple-
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nurse clinic weekdays between 2-4 p.m.
Walk-ins and appointments are wel-
come, Tucker said. There are many rea-
sons a person should be tested - possi-
ble HIV exposure in the past, a new
relationship, or just to manage anxiety,
"No one wants to think that they have
an STD or one of their friends has one,"
said Jessica McRuff, a Rackham first-
year student. "I have some friends that
are very aware of (STDs). Others are
aware that they exist, but their actions
don't show that."
McRuff said she thinks more people
practice safe sex now than in the past,
but overall, people are still concerned
"People don't think of their actions
before they have sex," LSA junior
Shareia Carter said. "People are aware,
but they still have that attitude 'It can't
happen to me."'
Carter said the subject is taboo,
which adds to the lack of awareness.
People don't talk about STDs because
"it's embarrassing - it tells a lot about
your lifestyle," she said.
"I feel like (STDs are) common
around college campuses because of the
sexual activity of our age group," said
Marcellus Miller, an Engineering
sophomore. "I don't think it's a concern
for me because I'm careful."
But for others, Miller said, the lack
of communication could lead to prob-
"People won't admit when they have
(STDs) because they are embarrassed,"
Miller said. "A lot of people are under
the misconception that it won't happen
Nursing School second-year student
Sujuan Johnson said that risky behavior
among college-age students contributes
to the rising number of cases each year.
"If you are just having casual sex,
you're bound to get (STDs) anyway"
Johnson said. "And you can't get a shot
to get rid of them ... It becomes a life-
time thing --- that one night alters your
Johnson said some students also
incorrectly assume that a condom is
"Always use protection," Johnson
said. However, "some people think
they're immune once they put the latex
Safe sex is affecting businesses as
well as students.
The Safe Sex Store, located on
South University Avenue, used to be
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of store owner and name, employee
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"Sex is not just a game," said LSA
senior Rodriguez. "It's a responsible joy
to experience, but there are conse-
quences - be aware of them.'
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decides to discriminate on a one-to-one basis,'
Associate Provost for Academics and Multicultural Affairs
Lester Monts said Whyman misinterpreted Bollinger's
"I think that's a misrepresentation of what President
Bollinger stands for, with regard to diversity at the University
and its contribution to academic excellence and its continu-
ance and its continuance to the mission of the University of
Michigan as a public institution;" Monts said.
Monts said the University supports its admission policies,
but they are not a "perfect science?'
"Our admission policies are part of an evolving process,"
Monts said. "I don't think any administrators want to get into
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has also been heavily criticized following four consecutive 8-
"I'm excited to be here," Goss said. "I've got my work cut
out for me."
Also during the meeting, Vice President for Development
Thomas Kinnear announced that the University's endowment
reached $2 billion.
a political slugfest with elected officials.We believe that it is
important for us to have an admissions policy that will yield
a student body that is in line with the values we hold as an
institution of higher education.
Harrison said Whyman is jumping on a newspaper head-
line "in order to further distort the issue.'
"These four representatives ... have repeatedly demon-
strated that they more interested in rhetoric and propaganda
than a thoughtful public discussion of an important public
policy issue," Harrison said.
Whyman, however, said Bollinger's vision for the
University is inappropriate.
"On the eve of his inauguration, Bollinger is an embar-
rassment to the institution and this fine state," she said.
-Daily Staff Reporters Janet Adamy and Jeffrey Kossef
contributed to this report.
He also said cash-in gifts to the University reached an all-
time record during the past fiscal year. The total revenue for
cash-in gifts reached $158 million, a $35 million increase
over the year before.
"It was driven substantially by individual donors and an
improvement in our corporate position," Kinnear said,
adding that this year's donations are slightly ahead of last
- Daily Staff Reporter Chris Metinko contributed to this