The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 9, 1998 - 3
after exiting bus
A victim called Department of Public
,Safety on Tuesday to report that he was
saulted while exiting an Ann Arbor bus
The caller told DPS that as he exited
'the bus with his girlfriend, the two were
approached by her ex-boyfriend. The
caller said he was hit several times and
his girlfriend was slapped by the
assailant. After walking away, the
assailant returned and grabbed the
The caller stated that no one was
*urt. A report was filed.
drinking in dorm
Three underage University students
4were caught with alcohol in a Mary
Markley residence hall room Tuesday
DPS officers entered and searched the
Wom, issuing three of the students cita-
tions for underage possession of alcohol.
.-No illicit narcotics were found in the
Visitor hurt in 'U,
A witness called the DPS last week
to report that a visitor tripped and fell
Cnside an elevator at the University
*The victim told DPS that she tripped
over her son while getting into an ele-
vator. The victim hurt an ankle and
walked with a slight limp.
-After the victim refused medical
attention, the reporting officer advised
rher to consider elevating the leg and
icing the ankle, reports state.
ftercury spilled in
"A witness called DPS last week to
report that his friend spilled mercury
on himself in the School of Dentistry.
-The victim told DPS he spilled a drop
of mercury on his finger Mercury is a
highly toxic substance. Fie said he was
"fine" but a cleanup was carried out.
Into Markley hall
The mother of a Markley student
called DPS Tuesday to report that her
son's room wis broken into and items
The caller told DPS that a note was
ft from a female, who stated that she
tered the room in search of drug con-
traband. A cassette player and three
Imoyie videos were taken. The. room
,also was ransacked, reports state.
A researcher at the University
Medical Science Research Building
*a1led DPS to report a co-worker was
injured when a bottle exploded.
The victim placed a cold bottle into
warm water and sustained cuts to his
face and arms when the bottle explod-
-The subject was taken to University
:. 4spitals for treatment.
Fuller bus stop
A bus driver called DPS on Jan. 7
ta -report that an individual was
-uticonscious at a bus stop on Fuller
-At the victim's request, DPS
transported the individual to the
University Medical Center's emer-
The victim was found to be intoxi-
cated, but otherwise in satisfactory
- Compiled by Dail Staff Reporters
Reilly Brennan and Jason Stojfer
Study: consistent use of birth
control pill vital to prevention
By Heather Wiggin
Daily Staff Reporter
Birth control pills are a common form of contra-
ception among women, and a recent study indicates
that consistent use of the pill is vital to pregnancy
School of Nursing Prof. Deborah Oakley collabo-
rated with researchers from Nursing and Family
Health International, a research firm in North
Carolina. The study evaluated 103 women, who kept
a diary of when they had sex and the contraceptives
"We interviewed family planning clients - new
patients - and followed them for three months, ask-
ing them to keep a diary" said Linda Potter, a
research collaborator at Princeton University's
Office of Population Research.
A "special electronic monitor attached to a pill
pack" kept track of the exact time the patients took
birth control pills, Oakley said.
These electronic devices recorded that 52 percent
of women did not miss any pills or only missed one
pill at a time. The risk of pregnancy is not high for
these women, but only three percent of women who
missed more than one pill used back-up contracep-
tion. These women were at high risk of pregnancy if
they continued having sexual intercourse despite
missing pills, Oakley said.
Birth control pills are the "most effective form of
birth control," Oakley said, with 99-percent accura-
cy in preventing pregnancy when used perfectly.
Due to inconsistent use, the actual rate of effective-
ness is about 92 percent.
Oakley said the study results indicate that many
pill users miss taking their pills. Missing pills
increases the probability of pregnancy, but many
women do not realize the importance of taking pills
each day at the same time, researchers said.
"It's hard to take medicine.....It's hard to do any-
thing at the same time every day," Oakley said.
"During exam time, it's important to be careful and
be sure to remember to take the pill."
Keeping a consistent schedule is nearly impossi-
ble for college students, Oakley said.
Potter suggests that women should always carry
back-up methods of birth control, such as extra pills.
"Starting a pack late is the same as missing pills,"
The implications of the study also illuminate
problems with self-reporting, Potter said. "People
had a hard time reporting their pill-taking accurate-
ly. The value of self-report data is a little scary;' she
Because only women take birth control pills,
"being an effective user is really up to them," Oakley
said. This responsibility can be difficult for only one
person to handle, and Oakley suggests that men
remind their partners to take the pills.
"Talking about the pill with your partner is impor-
tant," Oakley said. "The pill is wonderful because it
is something (a woman can) do to protect herself."
Potter stresses the importance of also using a con-
dom pecause birth control pills do not protect part-
ners from sexually transmitted diseases. "College
students tend to think of themselves as invulnera-
ble" Potter said.
Because the study examined only 103 people,
Potter said she would like to see research that
includes a larger subject group.
Side effects of the pill are usually mild, and the
type of birth control pills can be adjusted to reduce
adverse reactions. The pill has been shown to
"reduce the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers,"
said University Health Service nurse practitioner
Village Apothecary pharmacist Garry Turner
counts pills yesterday.
Taylor said students should make an appointment
at UFHS to learn about all methods of birth control
before choosing one method.
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By Margene Eriksen
Thanks to the student environmental
group ENACT, many students will find
themselves gazing at anything from lep-
rechauns to tigers while in class.
Sitting in a booth decorated with cere-
al box covers, ENACT members sold
recycled paper this week in the Michigan
Union. The notebooks were scheduled to
be sold through today, but ENACT sold
out of them Wednesday afternoon,
which disappointed some students.
"I probably would have bought their
notebooks. I usually buy loose-leaf,
especially if it's recycled. I would have
liked to have seen what (the paper) was
like," said LSA senior Andrea Scheurer
as she shopped for school supplies in the
ENACT says the notebooks are filled
with recycled paper, but the product
actually consists of many different types
of paper, from yellow notebook to office
paper. The paper is blank on one side,
but already used on the other side. The
covers are made from various cereal
boxes, including Lucky Charms and
"Most of the students who come by
think the notebooks are pretty neat," said
Joel Hoffman, an ENACT member and
Hoffman said that students think it's
funny to go to class with cereal box char-
acters, such as Toucan Sam, on their
notebooks. "My notebook has the 'you
can be the next Mikey' contest on i't, he
said, referring to the famous Life Cereal
The first notebook sale was held last
semester, led by ENACT members
Hoffman and Matt Healy. The
University's former head of recycling
pitched the idea to the group members.
"We went to the eateries in different
dorms and got cereal boxes;' Hoffman
said. "We had heard that the departments
had a lot of extra paper so we knocked
on their doors and asked if they had any
excess that was one-sided. We had a
good response," he said.
The group made 100 notebooks for
the tall semester and sold them in three
days. Riding on last semester's success,
ENACT decided to make 330 notebooks
for this semester's sale. The group also
got ITD involved by putting ENACT
bins next to the usual recycling bins in
sonic computer sites.
"Between the departments and I f D
vwe received a lot more paper to recycle
this semester" Hoffman said.
But not all students bought the note-
books only because they were recycled
- cost was also a factor.
LSA first-year student Carrie
Williams said she wished ENACT had-
n't sold out early. "These are kind of
expensive. I probably would have bought
ENACT's," Williams said.
The notebooks, which are put togeth-
er by University Printing Services, were
sold for S.75 and SL. ENACT is not
making a profit from the notebooks, but
group members plan on using the money
from the sale to find the next notebook
SNRE junior Joel Hoffman and RC junior Tobi Lodin look overi
Wednesday during the ENACT sale In the Michigan Union.
TASA prepares to
By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff Reporter
The Indian American Student
Association is getting ready to host the
second annual Midwestern Indian
American Students Conference. The
conference, which begins tonight and
will run until Sunday, focuses on educa-
tion, activism and the impact that Indian
Americans can have on their community.
"We want to inspire students to take
initiative," said conference co-coordina-
tor and Engineering sophomore Neel
Chokshi. "This event is monumental."
The conference, titled "Leadership +
Awareness=Activism," features keynote
speakers Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Dr.
Madhulika Khandelwal, who will speak
on Saturday. University President Lee
Bollinger also will give a keynote wel-
come address Saturday morning.
"The keynote speakers show that
you can make a tremendous impact,"
said conference co-coordinator and
LSA senior Sanjeev Seth. "They've
not only made an impact in the acade-
mic world, but in the entire world as a
More than 300 students already
have registered for the conference,
and others still can register today at
the Michigan League from noon to 7.
Eighty percent of the conference's
participants are University students.
The conference, the Midwest's largest
Indian American student conference,
begins tonight at 7 p.m. After an initial
gathering at the Union, there will be a
dance in the U-Club at 9:30.
The conference focuses on the impact
that students can have in the community.
"We want to train and develop stu-
dents to be ready to face the real world,"
Saturday's events begin with a break-
fast from 9-10 a.m., followed by
Bollinger's address. IASA Co-President
Rahul Shah said Bollinger's presence
helps in "establishing the magnitude of
Bollinger's talk will be followed by a
film session with filmmaker Nisha
Ganatra. Khandelwal will then speak at
the Michigan League from 12-2 p.m.
Afternoon seminars will focus on
issues important to the Indian American
community. Seminar topics include
domestic violence and the history of
Indians in the United States.
Following the seminars, there will be a
dinner and speech by Tharoor at 7:30
p.m. in the Michigan League, and a folk -
dance in the League ballroom.
"Dr. Tharoor has had a major impact
on the world through his involvement
with the U.N. To have someone of his
stature at our conference is truly an
honor," Seth said.
The conference concludes Sunday
with a student leaders meeting at 10 a.m.,
and a culture show at the Union
Ballroom from 12:30-2 p.m.
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