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Blasting into


itudent project to ride on space shuttle

Stephanie Hepburn
itStaff Reporter
*students are standing at NASA today,
'aiting the moment the space shuttle
ideavor launches with one of their projects.
The first product designed by University
idents ever to travel into space, the Vortex
ng Transit Experiment will ride in the space
uttle that leaves Earth today and bring back
ormation that could help the medical, and
rospace engineering fields.
The VORTEX, a three-year-old project
ed by Engineering graduate student Sven
is a fluid physics experiment that exam-
~s liquid atomization.
"It's a great idea," said Luis Bernal, an
sociate professor of aerospace engineer-
gand researcher in micro-gravity and
iid physics. "It's important for students

to have hands-on engineering experience.
These kids had to present documents to
NASA to justify their experiment. It's a
unique experience for Engineering stu-
dents. I don't think many student projects
end up being this successful."
The VORTEX will use silicone oil to look at
how liquids change atomically in the absence
of gravity. In the experiment, a small piston
will suck in some of the oil and then will be
pushed upwards, creating what is called a vor-
tex ring.
A certain amount of force will cause the ring
to break free from the surface and form a large
droplet, which will demonstrate liquid atom-
ization. Atomization is a process that produces
small droplets of the liquid. Inert gas atomiza-
tion is used in powder metallurgy to perfect the
science of metal work.

"This needs to be done in space to elim-
inate the effect of gravity," Bilen said. "On
Earth, small droplets of surface tension is
the primary force, but gravity dominates,
interfering with what to look at. In space.
surface tension will be the dominant force,
gravity would not. Another benefit to space
is'that because of the absence of gravity,
the droplets are big enough to see what is
The students said they were enthusiastic
about the potential for their project to make a
difference in society.
After VORTEX collects 10 hours of data in
space, it will bringback information that will
lead to real-world applications for the fuxture,
including ideas about fuel atomization. The data
from this experiment also could benefit the
See VORTEX, Page 3

Members of the Vortex project, Amber Thweatt, Avik Basu, Dan Kocevski, Sven Bilen, John Korsakas
and faculty adviser Dr. Luis Bernal, are awaiting the launch of their project today.

gees to
ndent Florida Alligator
iversity of Florida President John
mbardi will remain at UF, but not in
capacity of its highest-ranked
inistrative leader, a state official
id Monday.
Steve Uhlfelder, chair of the Board
Regents, said Lombardi has agreed
resign as president, following the
blic disclosure of a slur he made
d new Chancellor Adam Herbert.
called the first black chancellor of
rida's State University System an
Uhlfelder said Lombardi will stay on
UF as the head of an academic insti-
e, most likely in the area of Latin
erican Studies, which is one of
mnbardi's academic areas of expertise.
He will retain his current salary of
38,000 for one year, after which he
#ceive 10 percent pay cuts for
ree years, Uhlfelder said.
Uhlfelder said the Board of Regents,
e 14-member panel that oversees
orida's public universities, is waiting
r Lombardi to decide exactly when
-will resign.
"It's been terrible. I've agonized over
is" Uhlfelder said of the "gentleman's
~reent" that is still in the works. "It's
enhard on me and Dr. Lombardi, but
~leve this will be the best thing'
nbardi was one of more than 300
indidates who was considered in the
iversity of Michigan's last presiden-
tl search.
Lombardi would not comment
[onday on the verbal agreement, which
hfelder said they discussed Friday.
But on Friday, in an interview with the
dependent Florida Alligator, UF's stu-
nt newspaper, Lombardi denied that
d made any such promise to the
~t.The media "can talk all they
at to, and we'll see what happens"
mbardi said in his office. "1 haven't
red or disagreed to anything"
Before publicly announcing the
~reement Monday, Uhlfelder had said
was Lombardi's decision if he want-
Ito resign and that it was "primarily
(Lombardi 's) hands"
But when informed of this remark
"cday, Lombardi hesitated before
~ ding, "I find that ... interesting"
mbardi has had a notoriously rocky
ist with the regents. In 1995, he
cived an outraged letter from Regent
Ines Heekin, who suggested
ombardi's position was in danger after
rmbardi submitted a proposal to the
orida Legislature without consulting
e regents. A year later, Lombardi called
regent policy restricting statewide uni-
rsty expansion "stupid" and "typical
sidio tic system"
felder indicated that this shaky
lationship may have factored into
ombardi's agreement to resign.
'I don't think he's been comfortable
oig in this environment, he said. "I.
'.y 1.1. I..: ...o1 -h nl~ n e i

A "woman is free to make the basic decision whether
to bear an unwanted child." -Justice Wilia Douglas in his concurring
opinion on th Roe v. Wade decision
Roe v. Wade:. 25 yearslae
to honor 2 .I -~
decision j
By Peter RomerFriedman
Daily Staff Reporter
Although many University Stu -{_X
dents were not alive when the
Supreme Court legalized abortion in
the 1973 landmark case Roes v Wade,
the 25th anniversary tomorrow s
promises to stir up celebration, hos-
tility and memories of the past..
Students and faculty members aray h v ik d of te c m
memoration, with rallies, speeches<:
and movies intended to educate the
University community.
Prior to Roe v Wade, abortion had
been illegal in almost all states and
the final decision sparked a national
dialogue by affirming the controver-
sial procedure. Despite attempts by
pro-life groups to overturn the -
Supreme Court's precedent, the basic _
ruling has survived during the past . .- ..
quarter-century. 4
"This celebration is to raise aware- ~
ness and to celebrate that for 25 years, ..
women have been able to receive legal ' . _
abortions, and we appreciate that'
said Vanessa Martin, co-president of
Students for Choice.
Students for Choice will host
events today and tomorrow, combin-
ing forces with Planned Parenthood,
the women's studies department,
National Organization of Women of
Ann Arbor and the Law Students for
Reproductive Choice. Pro-life
groups such as the Undergraduate
I ntervarsity Christian Fellowship will
host events to rally against abortion.
The anniversary of the highly dis- SARA STILLMAN/Oaily
puted case is also sparking discourse Intervarsity Christian Fellowship members, alumnus Dr. Peter Payne and !SA sophomores Melody
See CASE, Page 7 Marske and Carissa Kubicek, pray yesterday in memory of the historic Roe . Wade ruling.

BYOB policy
set tobegn
By Jennifer Yachnin
D~aily Staff Reporter
Roughly half of the University's undergraduate fraternities
tonight are expected to sign a trial Bring-Your-Own-
Beverage policy, similar to the agreement signed last
December by nine sororities.
"Many fraternities are not ready to go into the BYOB
policy 100 percent," said Brad Holcman, Interfraternity
Council president. "Most of the fraternities were willing
to have a BYOB party with those sororities who have
signed the policy."
The policy differs from the sorority BYOB contract in
minor language changes and a new clause, Holcman said.
The clause allows fraternities to hold parties with all sorori-
ties, regardless of their BYOB commitments.
"Because it is a trial period, a lot of people will find out'
what works for them and what doesn't work for them,"
Holcman said.
Fiolcman said that about 15 of the University's 32 fraterni-
ties will sign the policy at tonight's IFC meeting, with nearly
all the fraternities expected to sign in the comning week. The
trial period begins tomorrow, but fraternities may sign the
policy at any point during the trial period.
"If a chapter decides halfway in, we don't want to exclude
anyone who wants to give it a try," Holcman said.
Theta Chi president Wes Cornwell said the clause allowing
fraternities to hold parties with both BYOB and non-BYOB
sororities may sway him to sign the policy.
"Under these changes, I'm interested in hearing more
about it ... I think it's worth testing out," Cornwell said. "If I
went ahead and signed the policy, it would not affect our
party schedule what-so-ever."
Panhellenic Association President Mary Gray said the
sorority presidents will meet after the IFC meeting
tomorrow to discuss and finish signing the Panhel BYOB
Gray said she expects the remaining 13 sororities to sign
the policy sometime this week.
"A few people have to talk with their nationals," Gray
said.."We'll have the majority (of sororities) on board by
the end of the week."
The BYOB policy requires that each time a fraternity
and sorority hold a party, a contract must be signed by
either the organization's chapter president, social officer
or treasurer. The contract must state the' starting time and
place of the event, as well as the fact that it will be
BYOB. Within 24 hours of the event, the contracts must
be re-signed and the evaluation submitted. If an organi-
zation is found to have broken the contract, it will be
responsible for the cost of the party.
After each party, evaluation sheets will be given to the fra-
ternities and sororities involved to help gauge the policy's
See BYOB, Page 2


ensures student safety abroad

By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff Reporter
Although a recent tragedy has
made students more aware of the
necessity of safety precautions when
studying outside of the United
States, the University continues to
ensure the safety of students in
study abroad programs.
Five college students from St.
Mary's College, a liberal arts col-
lege in Maryland, were brutally
raped Friday while on an education-
al tour of Guatemala. Thirteen stu-
dents and three staff members were
on the bus when four men with
semi-automatic weapons robbed all
of the individuals on the bus and

Although Bill Nolting, director of
international opportunities at the
University's International Center,
stressed the general safety of travel-
ing abroad, he said that "anytime
there's an event like this, it makes
students a little wary of studying
Randall Johnson, a peer adviser at
the International Center and a coor-
dinator of Students of Color Abroad,
said the Guatemala incident should
not deter students from studying
"I think the key for students to
understand is that it's an isolated
incident," said Johnson, who studied
abroad in the Dominican Republic

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