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One hundred seven years of editori zlfreedom

Wednesday
January 28, 1998

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surgeons
ioneer scalp
eplacement
illy Brennan
ail Staf Reporter
In one of the first successful surgeries of its kind in the
nited States, University doctors succeeded in re-attaching a
oman's scalp that had been detached from her head in a
achinery dye press Friday morning.
Kevin Chung, a University hand surgeon who per-
rmed the 10-hour operation on the patient, Teresa
asko, said that despite adverse conditions, the opera-
on was a success.
he's very strong and understands what happened,"
rung said. "She's optimistic. Ninety-five percent of the
calp is in perfect condition, and the accident came nowhere
lose to harming the brain."
Lasko was operating a light bulb dye press at the Fort
ames Corporation in Perrysburg, Ohio when the
achine jammed. As she bent down to clear the
achine, the press lifted up and ripped her entire scalp
ff of her head, most likely from the back to the front,
aid Jeff Lasko, the victim's husband.
After rushing the victim to St. Luke's Hospital in neigh-
ing Toledo, doctors suggested that the University's plastic
eons would be the best surgeons to perform for the oper-
tion, which needed to be done immediately.
"We're happy. Dr. Chung is second to God for me right
ow," Jeff Lasko said.
Lasko talked to his wife for the first time today and said
lat his wife is fully aware of her situation.
We wrote notes to each other before I could speak with
er. She kept on saying that she can't forget. She'll always
emember what happened," Lasko said.
The victim's scalp, which was sliced one centimeter deep
nd the hairline, was kept in ice and remained alive for the
tion of the transport. Her head was tightly wrapped to
revent bleeding, Chung said.
During the operation, doctors isolated two main sets
f arteries and veins to control blood flow, and then used
eins from the patient's leg to aid in the re-attachment of
he scalp.
Chung said blood vessels retracted during the acci-
ent, causing a gap in the blood flow process. Doctors
sed the veins from her leg, approximately 10 cm long
nd 1.5 mm wide, to fill the gap.
A uring the microsurgery, Chung said hundreds of nylon
les were used to sew the wound. The needles were so
mall they could not be seen by nurses and required the use
fa microscope.
CChung said he is still concerned about post-surgery risk,
ncluding infection and improper connection of blood ves-
els.
"I'm still concerned until she leaves the hospital," Chung
aid.
Chung said records of 30 to 40 surgeries of this kind
ave ever been published, making the procedure "very
sual."
fhis was a very rare event, and success was difficult to
chieve," Chung said.
The operation began about six hours after the acci-
ent, a time period that Chung said was crucial in the re-
ttaching.
Before mid-afternoon yesterday, Lasko had spent two and
half days in the Intensive Care Unit. She is expected to be
eleased in one week.
M' wrestleirs,
thTeent pr(
y Katie Plona "Now w
aily Staff Reporter were made
More than a week after a second set of changes be kept for
as put in place to improve safety in the Michigan
higan wrestling program, team members and "Everythin
mversity officials said they feel comfortable interest of
nd confident about the new direction of the pro- able for th
ram. The first
"Everything is a lot different," said use of rubb

ichigan wrestler Damion Logan, a the Dec. 9
Kinesiology sophomore. "We don't have to Kinesiolog
orry about any kind of weight problems, and one of thre
e feel stronger. two month
The newest changes, which seek to make including B
weight-loss and other related practices safer for in North C
participants, include the development of University
ght-assessment and monitoring programs. after endu
Hopwoo s hon(
student wrters
Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud in Poetry. "If
Staff Reporter awards serve as
Prose and poetry have the power back from other
to uplift, enlighten and humor. In Of the close t
reward for their talented efforts in out, many wei
the delicate craft of writing, Underclassmen
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Facing the

nation

President
gives activist
agenda
hlie Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Clinton last night pre-
sented a glowing review of a nation at once prospering
and secure because of his policies, drawing frequent
applause as he ignored his personal problems and plunged
into a spirited recitation of his agenda for the balance of
his second term.
In a 75-minute State of the Union address, Clinton was
interrupted by applause 104 times - a vast relief to a White
House team that had anguished about giving a nationally
televised speech in the wake of the adultery and obstruction-
of-justice allegations that engulfed Clinton last week.
Despite the tumultuous events leading up to the speech,

it became clear within
moments of Clinton
striding into the House
chamber that the evening
would proceed normally.
Clinton struck a mostly
bipartisan tone -
though there were a few
notable exceptions, dur-
ing which Democrats
cheered while
Republicans sat stonily.
In rapid-fire fashion,
Clinton ticked off a vari-

Key points:
N Improving education in
the public schools and
making higher
education more available
* Balancing the national
budget
K Preserving the Social
Security program
Increase the national
minimum wage

ety of proposals that cumulatively amount to the most
expansive agenda since the GOP majority captured
Capitol Hill three years ago.
"With barely 700 days left in the 20th Century, this is not
a time to rest," Clinton said. "It is a time to build - to build
an America within reach ... An America which leads the
world to new heights of peace and prosperity."
The first item Clinton mentioned on his domestic pro-
See UNION, Page 9

PAUL TALANIAN/Daily
Members of the University chapters of the College Republicans and College Democrats watch President Clinton give the
State of the Union address last night In an East Quad residence hall's cafeteria.

Students discuss Clinton's plans for country

By Peter Romer-Friedman
Daily Staff Reporter
Nearly 100 students put aside homework
last night and gathered in the East Quad
cafeteria- to discuss politics and watch
President Bill Clinton deliver his annual
State of the Union address.
"The 100 people here tonight showed us
all how interested U of M students are in
politics," said Seth Myers,vice president of
the East Quad Representative Assembly. "I
hope this continues. I'd like to make this a'

tradition."
Organized by EQRA, the State of the
Union watch party united members of. the
College Democrats and College Republicans
through a debate on Clinton's speech.
Sara Deneweth, co-chair of the College
Democrats, said Clinton's commitment to
improving education will be extremely ben-
eficial to the University.
"I think this is a wonderful speech,"
Deneweth said. "In '97, Clinton did a won-
derful job focusing on higher education and

he's pointing out that he'll now focus on K-
12, which complements the University." -
Clinton proposed several educational ini-
tiatives, including a federal Hope
Scholarship, the allocation of $7.3 million to
fund 100,000 new teachers and the addition
of 5,000 new schools to reduce class size.
Mark Potts. president of the College
Republicans, said many Republicans share
Clinton's convictions for putting money
toward social and economic reforms,
although Clinton may never see his policies

materialize.
"I was encouraged to see education, wel-
fare reform and social security all brought
to the table," Potts said. "Partially, what he's
proposed is non-detail specific. It generally
sounds good, but it's the implementation
and effects of what he's proposed that peo-
ple will disagree with."
Although organizers of the local event
discouraged discussion on Clinton's per-
sonal life, a few members of the College
See STUDENTS, Page 9

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e need to get these changes that
under emergency circumstances to
next season and to continue," said
wrestling coach Dale Bahr.
g done here was done in the best
wrestling, and this has been enjoy-
e wrestlers and the coaches."
t set of changes, which banned the
ber suits and saunas, took place after
9 death of Michigan wrestler and
y junior Jefferey Reese, who was
ee collegiate wrestlers to die within
s of each other. All three wrestlers,
Billy Saylor of Campbell University
Carolina and Joseph LaRosa of the
of Wisconsin at La Crosse, died
uring vigorous workouts to shed

weight to qualify for competition.
Although skeptics questioned how extensive
weight-assessment and monitoring practices
will affect the members of the Michigan
wrestling team, many said they welcome the
additional changes.
"We have all changed our work ethic and we're
all working hard in practice," said Michigan
wrestler Joe Warren, a Kinesiology sophomore.
"We are all close to our weight all week long and
it doesn't have to be on our minds before we com-
pete. Everybody likes it now, and when we have
to compete, we can focus on wrestling."
Logan agreed with Warren, saying the
changes allow him and his teammates to focus
on aspects of the sport other than qualifying for

See WRESTUNG, Page 7

PAUL TALANWA /Daily
Biology Junior Eleanor Howe, who was recently accepted to UROP, looks through a microscope in a
laboratory In the Natural Science building yesterday. b
expands program
to inude upperclassmen

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a way to get feed-
people."
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By Megan Exley
Daily StaffTReporter
An expansion of the University's Undergraduate
Research Opportunity Program will now give
juniors and seniors the same research experience
that was once only available to first-and-second
year-students.
"Traditionally, UROP was designed to create
research opportunities for incoming freshman
and snnhomores." said DROP Director Sandra

But an overwhelming interest from upperclass
students who also wanted to participate in the pro-
gram prompted. UROP officials to look into
expanding the program for all students.
"The idea of expansion was initially proposed
about a year and a half ago under the suggestion of
interim (University) President Homer Neal,"
Gregerman said. "President Neal was interested in
seeing how the University community would ben-

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