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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 6, 1997 - 3A

Drug abuse
studies receive
big money
The Institute for Social Research
@s the recent recipient of S30 mil-
lion of funding for two of its ongoing
An ISR project team, The
Monitoring of the Future, earned $23
million for its ongoing surveys of
teens who use cigarettes, alcohol, and
other drugs.
Studies performed by The
Monitoring of the Future played a
major role in the marijuana legaliza-
*n debates of the late 1970s and
early 1980s. The team is currently
investigating the social ramifications
of year-old California Proposition
215, which legalizes marijuana for
medicinal use.
The ISR-based research trio of
Jerald Bachman, Patrick O'Malley
and John Schulenberg secured a five-
year, $7 million grant for their work
on the sociology of teen drug abuse.
1940s testing
method affirmed
A test dating back to the 1940s can
diagnose back disorders more accu-
rately than most modern methods,
says a University researcher.
Electromyography was pushed fur-
'r back when newer, more informa-
e tests like MRI and CAT scans
were developed, said Medical Center
researcher Andrew laig
But, the technology that brings
Iighly accurate, detailed information
to doctors is also more likely to result
in a false positive diagnosis, which
would identify a problem when there
isn't one.
EMG is back, said Haig, who lauds
a procedure's cheap, non-invasive
Diabetes effects
can be lessened
With tighter control of their eating
habits, some diabetes sufferers can
essen the likelihood of blindness and
kidney failure later in life, say two
edical Center researchers.
WType two diabetes is characterized
by an inability to produce insulin in
large amounts.
The researchers, Rodney Hayward
and Sandeep Vijan, used information
derived from a dozen studies to for-
mulate a computer model that pre-
dicts risk of blindness and kidney
failure as a function of lifestyle.
"We used diabetes' natural history
progression to assess the risk to
y diabetes patient," Hayward said.
According to their transition prob-
ability-based model, diabetes type
two sufferers should exercise tight
controls over their sugar intake from
an early age.
Such individuals are more likely to
live the rest of their lives without
experiencing diabetes-associated
otanist lectures
on plants, toxins

Peter Goldsbrough of Purdue
-University will visit the University to
:iscuss plant and toxin interactions
'Nov. 10.
His lecture will focus on the abili-
ty of some plants to survive in soils
at contain high concentrations of
highly toxic-heavy metals.
The lecture is scheduled to begin at
4 p.m. in room 5623 of the Medical
.Sciences If Building. Lecture atten-
dees will have the chance to meet the
lecturer over hors d'oeuvres at 3:45
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
David Bricker

Phi Sigma Kappa decides to prohibit alcohol

By Jennifer Yachnin
Dally StaffReporter
The University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa
has joined the growing number of fraternities
that plan to go alcohol free. On Tuesday, the fra-
ternity announced plans to eliminate alcohol
from chapter-sponsored events.
"We'd been talking about it over the last few
months." said Phi Sigma Kappa President
Matthew Frech, an LSA junior.
The decision to go alcohol free was due in part
to sanctions taken by the fraternity's national head-
quarters after the local chapter of Phi Sigma
Kappa violated a section of the national fraterni-
ty's risk management policy earlier this year.
"At the beginning of the school year, a (repre-
sentative) from nationals found a few kegs in the
house, which is against national policy," said
Engineering senior Matt Goolsby, the fraterni-
ty's spokesperson. "They put us on social proba-

tion ... we can't have any events with alcohol
Goolsbv said the sanctions were not serious,
but did prompt the fraternity to consider elimi-
nating alcohol.
"We looked at (the sanctions) as a sign;
Goolsby said.
Over the past few months, Sigma Nu, Phi Delta
"Theta and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) all announced
they would be alcohol free nationally by the year
2000. In contrast, Phi Sigma Kappa's local chapter
went alcohol free independently.
"There was no encouragement, direction or
push from the national fraternity," said Tom
Recker, executive vice president for Phi Sigma
Kappa national headquarters. "We really did
commend them for making a mature and
responsible decision."
Recker said that while Phi Sigma Kappa offi-
cials are looking into a national alcohol-free
policy, no decision will be made anytime soon.

"We want to bring the university of Michigan
up to where other campuses are."
- Matthew Frech
Phi Sigma Kappa president

"Our main concern is of the ongoing problem
of binge drinking on the college campus. not
only in fraternities," Recker said.
University interfraternity Council Adviser
John Mountz said Phi Sigma Kappa is attempt-
ing to redefine its goals.
"Alcohol was a central factor in social activities
and was detracting from the overall experience
they were trying to create" Mountz said.
Frech said he hopes the fraternity's new rules on
alcohol will sway prospective members to join.
"Maybe we can offer them something they
weren't offered before," Frech said.

Frech said his fraternity hopes to dispel the
late 1980s mentality of the alcohol-focused fra-
ternity house.
"We want to bring the University of Michigan
up to where other campuses are," Frech said;
adding that it is not a goal of Phi Sigma Kappa
to influence other houses to go substance free.
In the near future, exen more fraternities may
go alcohol free.
"I think organizations are going to see that as
something nexw students are interested in . . that
there are other things on campus rather than the
social side," Mountz said.

LSA junior Stephanie Louinger and LSA senior Stefan Malter discuss the Half-
Shekel Campaign outside of Angell Hall yesterday.
UJA fundraiser to

Pro gram
By Debra Hirschfield
Daily Staff Reporter
With the end of Alcohol Awareness
Week in sight, a typical presentation to
highlight alcohol and the law last night
was transformed into a unique forum
for discussion.
Few students attended the small
symposium led by Mary Lou Antieau,
who administers the University's Code
of Student Conduct. The only partici-
pants were members of the Alpha Phi
Omega service fraternity and peer edu-
cators from the Alcohol and Oiher
Drugs Peer Education Program.
Antieau anticipated the small
turnout and structured the presentation
into a Q&A format instead of giving a
lecture. She noted the importance of
students being aware of the recent
changes in alcohol laws in Ann Arbor.
Last night's discussion was based on
the strong peer pressures among stu-
dents to ritualize binge drinking.
Antieau said that the University should
provide students with information that
shows there are other things to do at
parties besides drink.
Referring to the University's Code
of Student Conduct and policy on
drugs and alcohol, Antieau said that it
isn't difficult to meet the guidelines of
responsible drinking. She suggests
serving alternative beverages and food
at parties.
An "incredible concern" about binge
drinking has developed nationwide over
the past few months after alcohol-relat-
ed deaths on college campuses this fall.
Antieau said that deaths similar to
those occurring at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and
Louisiana State can occur anywhere,
even at the University.
"We have had alcohol-related
injuries on this campus," Antieau said.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Lou Antieau discusses alcohl

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud.
Daily Staf' Reporter
"Who cares ?"
That's the question organizers of
the Half-Shekel Campaign sought to
answer last year when they put up
posters bearing the slogan.
This year's campaign will attempt
to answer that same question again.
During the next month and a half,
students will work on the Half-Shekel
Campaign, a fundraiser for the United
Jewish Appeal.
Half the money collected by the
UJA is spent on humanitarian caus-
es abroad; the other half is used to
fund local projects such as family
service centers, day camps and job
training seminars. Although much
of the money goes to Jewish causes,
a fair amount also funds secular
efforts such as helping Rwandan
"My motivation for working on
the Half-Shekel Campaign is to get
more Jewish people involved with
the community that's here for them."
said Rebecca Katzman, chair of
campaign events and an LSA senior.
"A community not only supports the
same values and gives to the same
charities, they also do things togeth-
er to bring along a greater sense of
Started only last year by University
students, the campaign has been so
successful that universities across the
nation are implementing Half-Shekel
Campaigns on their own campuses.
Last Sunday, Malter and others
from the campaign attended a confer-
ence in Chicago to inform students
from other colleges about the efforts
at the University. A total of 13 col-
leges, including Ohio State
University, Northwestern University
and the University of Pennsylvania,
are starting their own Half-Shekel
Campaigns this year.
"I feel like the Jewish community

here is fragmented. People get lost in
the shuffle," said Ohio State
University Half-Shekel Campaign
Student Co-Chair Aimee Germain.
"The Half-Shekel Campaign is a way
for people to come together.
Students who don't go to HI illel or
services can show their support in a
different way.",
the campaign aims for 100 percent
participation from the Jewish com-
munity. Students who give a mini-
mum of Sl receive a round maize-
and-blue pin, the symbol of the Half-
Shekel Campaign. Last year, more
than 1,100 donors gave a total of
$6,000 to the organization.
"The goal of the Half-Shekel
Campaign is to unite the Jewish com-
munity here on campus," said Half-
Shekel Campaign Student
Coordinator and LSA senior Stefan
Malter. "We want people to come out
and actively participate as members
of that community."
The Half-Shekel Campaign is a
yearlong activity. In addition to the
collection drive, the campaign plans
events such as Friday night dinners,
movie nights and community service
projects where Jewish students can
fraternize regardless of how religious
they are.
Another reason the organization
developed was to respond to concerns
that Jewish identity is fading.
"There's no traditional need for
Jews in America to care. We're very
well accepted," Malter said. "One of
the fears is that Judaism is losing its
relevance. We want students to recog-
nize that, if nothing else, they can do
something as Jews."
The campaign gets its name from
the half shekel given by Jews to
their temples in ancient times. The
half shekel donation served the dou-
ble function of collecting money and
taking a census of the Jewish peo-

and the law with students at the Michigan
"Alcohol and drugs affect everyone
directly or indirectly," said Kathleen
Kim, an LSA senior and member of the
Alcohol and Other Drugs Peer
Education Program. "The challenge is to
help college students understand that the
majority oilstudents don't binge drink."
Schools that have effectively recog-
nized this fact have cut down on the
amount of binge drinking on campus,
Antieau said.
The primary problem with alcohol
abuse is health concerns and the risk of
accidents, Antieau said. Studies have
found that those who binge drink often
get lower grades, have higher incidents
of unwanted sex, and often get in trou-
ble with the law, she said.
But Antieau said that the impact
drinking has on others can be more of

n Room in the Union yesterday.
a problem. Many binge drinkers vomit
at night, keeping roommates awake:
and creating more risks for sexual and
physical assault.
"Recent studies show that alcobet
and drug use are a major problem&Ons
campus," said LSA senior ElizAbt
Brundage, who also is a peer educator
Antieau said alcohol abuse ha -
increased slowly over three generations,
"Sure there was drinking, but for the
most part, when people went to parties,
they went to have fun. The purpose wasi
n't to get drunk," she said. "Somehow it
has changed. Now you hear all the time
that students go to get trashed. There has
been a subtle change in the norms."
Alcohol Awareness Week concludes
tonight at 9, when humorist'Mike Green
will speak at the Cliff Keen Arena.

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U Fran Bond, national director of the Peace Corps Fellows program, was misidentified in yesterday's Daily.
F Kate Pett is a teacher at Barbour Magnet Middle School in Detroit. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.


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What's happening in Ann Arbor today

U "Circle K Community Service Week
Meeting," 763-1755, Michigan
Union Lobby, 7 p.m.
U lntervarsity Christian Fellowship,
647-6857, Modern Languages
Building, Lecture Room 2, p.m.
U La Voz Mexicana, 764-0912,
Mnha- nmn aonrP alla

U "Drunk and Stupid in No Way to go
Through Life ... Of Is it?,"
Sponsored by Michigan State
Medical Society, Modern
Languages Building, Auditorium
U "Flu Shots," Sponsored by The
(Ariatrirc Tchntcr Tirner

U Campus Information Centers, 763-
INFO, info@umich.edu, and
www.umich.edu/~info on the
World Wide Web
U Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley
Lobby, 8 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
O Psychology Peer Advising, 647-
3711 Fast Hall. Room 1346. 11

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