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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 12, 1998 -,3A

-U' economics
profs. honored
*with awards
University economic Profs. Robert
Barsky, Thomas Juster, Miles Kimball
and Matthew Shapiro were honored for
an article they wrote.
The four faculty members received
the Certificate of Excellence for
Outstanding Scholarly Writing on
Lifelong Financial Security for their
article "Preference Parameters and
Behavioral Heterogeneity: An
Experimental Approach in the Health
and Retirement Study."
The article, published in the
Quarterly Journal of Economics last
May, discusses a new way to measure
hlow much money people will save and
in which assets they will invest over
their lifetime.
The Teachers Insurance and Annuity
Association and the College
Retirement Equities Fund presented the
certificate along with $1,000 for each
author
Award recognizes
'U' scholars
The University has received the
Truman Foundation's Honor Institution
Award to recognize the University's
continual success in garnering Truman
scholarships.
Eighteen University students have
received the scholarships over the
Truman program's 21 years.
Every year, 80 college juniors across
the United States are chosen to receive
a $30,000 scholarship from the Truman
Scholarship Program.
Students selected must demon-
strate a strong record of community
service and must have chosen a
career in government or some other
public sector job.
'U' center to hold
winter leadership
conference
The Winter Leadership Institute,
sponsored by the University's Labor
Studies Center, will be held Friday
*and Saturday at the Ypsilanti
Marriott.
The conference will address joint
labor-management processes, the role
of unions in work-place change and
union strategies in global competi-
tion.
Speakers at the conference will
include Ernest Lofton of the UAW
International Ford Department, Bob
Baugh of the AFL-CIO Human
IResources Development Institute and
Greg Huszczo of Eastern Michigan
University.
Grants fund
health studies
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Michigan Foundation will award the
University $138,783 in research
grants.
Grants for up to $52,000 were
awarded to three University professors
who will study obesity, diabetes,
weight gain and other health concerns
during pregnancy.

Studies may evaluate an HIV/AIDS
intervention program designed to
reduce risk behavior of drug-dependent
African American women who are at
high risk for the disease.
Art exhibit shows
beauty, abuse of
natural world
To celebrate the Environmental
Theme Semester, the University is
sponsoring "Art and the Natural
World," an exhibit that includes work
by University faculty members, visit-
ing professors, and local area artists.
The pieces include drawings, paint-
ings, ceramics and prints, all depicting
forms inspired by nature.
The free exhibit, located at the
Slusser Gallery in the Art and
Architecture Building on North
Campus, will run through Jan. 28.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Lee Palmer:

MSU student missing since first of year

By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
After going out for dinner and drinks in East
Lansing on the evening of Dec. 31, Michigan State
University student Ryan Getz split from his friends
to usher in the new year vith his girlfriend.
But after finding his girlfriend was not at home,
Getz mysteriously disappeared, and friends and
family have not heard from him since.
Barry Leslie, an LSA junior and Getz's friend,
described him as "very responsible" and said run-
ning away would be out of character.
"He's had a girlfriend for two years. He has a 2-
year-old little brother and a sister in I Ith grade,"
Leslie said. "He was a happy guy."
Getz, 21, of Lapeer, Mich., planned to transfer
to General Motors Institute in Flint this semester.
Michael Getz, Ryan's father, said his son was
last seen in East Lansing's Cedar Village apart-

ment complex, where his girlfriend lives, between
10 and 10:30 p.m.
"Ryan was planning on meeting his girlfriend
later that night, but he decided
to leave his friends and drop
by his girlfriend's apartment
to see if she had left yet,"
Michael Getz said. "She was a
not home and (Ryan) went to
see some guys upstairs to call "
her apartment from there.
They were the last ones to see
Ryan."
Leslie said Getz was very
drunk when he left to pick up Getz
his girlfriend. He said Getz
might have hit his head and suffered from amne-
sia.
Michael Getz said some leads indicate that

Ryan may have been involved in a fight.
"For some reason. no one has come forward,"
Michael Getz said. "We're very concerned that
whatever happened involves people who've never
been in a similar situation before, whether it
involves a fight or something else.
"We're not worried about prosecution for
crime, we just want to find what happened to
Ryan," Getz said.
Family and friends hae posted a 55,000
reward, and there have been "spottings every-
where around the state," said Lt. Lewis Munin of
the East Lansing Police Department. But Munn
said the case is highly unusual.
"We get missing person reports where people
may be missing for a day or two,' aMunn said. "But
Getz just vanished off the face of the IEarth."
Sgt. Larry Jerue of the Ann Arbor Police
Department said missing persons are usually

found within a day or two. Alcohol is ften
iv olv ed because a peI'sonl can pass out and not
come home. But in this case, there is reason tor
concern, he said.
"This is very unusual," Jerue said. "I would be
very concerned. This missing person is in serious
trouble, if not deceased.'
Gietz's parents are directing the search for him
out of the Last Lansing restaurant Evergreen
Grill. Michael Getz said his son w as mature
beyond his years, and that the possibility o f"'tOul
play or an accident" concerns him.
"he was the kind of kid who would call his
grandim out of the blue just to see how shv was
doimg," Michael Getz said.
Persons With informattion regarding etz's
w. hereabouts should contact Dave Vincent of the
Fast Lansing Police Department at (517) 337-
1731, ext. 251

Muslim students observe
holy month of Ramadan

JOY JACOBS/Daily
Engineering junior Derrick Faunce and Business junior Gabriel O'Keefe come
out of mass at St. Mary's Parish on Thompson Street.
Study 1ames U.S.
m iousCoun

By Greg Cox
Daily Staff Reportcr
For Muslims observing the holy
month of Ramadan, sunrise and sun-
set signify more than the passing of
another day. Instead, most practicing
Muslims spend the days of Ramadan
fasting and abstaining from Earthly
pleasures.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the
Islamic calendar, extends through
Jan. 30 this year. During the religion's
holiest time, all M usli ms capable of
fasting are required to do so.
Exceptions are made for the sick,
the elderly, people who are traveling,
pregnant women, nursing mothers
and women who are menstruating.
Those who miss the fasting due to
temporary reasons are required to
make it up at another time.
Muslim Students' Association
Social Chair Nauman Akhtar said
Ramadan is a special time of year for
Muslim students.
"It's the most important month we
have," Akhtar said. "We use it to fill our
spiritual vessels for the whole year."
Rackham student Rasha Stino said
fasting applies on two levels.
"Fasting has two dimensions - the

In addition
to the Listine
a ss o c ia t e d
With the
llonth, all
Muslims are
expected to
give a certain
amount of
money, called
zakat, to the

"We use it
spiritual e
the whole 3
Social chair, Muslim

physical and the spiritual," Stino said.
"Fasting serves to both cleanse the
system and develop self-restraint."
Although the strict fasting may
seem difficult for students with heavy
courseloads to endure, Akhtar said
Ramadan is good for concentration.
"l ven1 though VoI have the most to
do, it's the most efficient month for
studies." said Akhtar, an [LSA junior.

the five basic tenets of Islam.- The
other tenets are belief in Allah and his
prophet Mohammed, praying the-f+.vP
daily prayers, paying zakat to the poT
and performing the [iajj, or pilgrinm
age, to the city of Mecca.
Despite its importance, not ,al
Muslims participate in the fast lue tr
the strains it places on their lives.
"It's kind of rough:" said USA
senior gue
Berli. It ,s
to fill our not tha
not refigiou 3,
sels for 1 just dot
fast."
/ear" Unmver ity
- Nauman Akhtar Housing has u
Students' Association con t ill u in g
program tht
a I o w 's
Muslim students to apply for rebatcs
for the uneaten meals. In addition,:thb
Muslim Community Association 1r1-
vides free dinner to Muslim students
during the month.
The Muslim Comnlmunity
Association's Ann Arbor Mosque is
located at 2301 Plymouth RoaaI
across from the Northwood Ilouing
fire station.

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staf Rporter
The percentage of Americans who
practice religion is higher than any
other nation of comparable econom-
ic standing, according to a recent
University study.
The results of the worldwide
study show that 44 percent of
Americans attend church every day,
while only 27 percent of people in
Great Britain, 21 percent in France,
four percent in Sweden and three in
Japan do the same.
Political science Prof. Ronald
Inglehart, a researcher at the
Universitys Institute for Social
Research, said the United States devi-
ates from the decline of religious
observance worldwide. Fifty-three
percent of Americans say religion is
an important aspect in their lives.
"The basic values are changing as
a process of broadening values and
social development," Inglehart said.
"Churches in Europe are empty and
are being turned into museums and
hotels."
Inglehart said one hypothesis for
the higher percentages of Americans
who practice religion is that the
United States was founded by those
escaping religious prosecution.
Pastor Thomas Firestone at St.
Mary's Parish on Thompson Street
said his church holds six masses on
the weekends with a showing of
500 people per mass. Firestone
described religion as "a part of an
education."
Firestone said upperclass students
attend church with more regularity
than first-year students.
"Students begin to mature and
begin to understand more about
life," Firestone said. "In the educa-
tion process of U of M, what you
learn is what you want out of life.
Obviously, the faith issue automati-
cally comes into it."
Rabbi Norman Roman at Temple
Kol Ami in West Bloomfield said
members of the congregation
become more religious during peri-
ods of transition in their life.
"I understand why a lot of" college
students do not participate in formal
activities. I would like to see more
people get active," Roman said.

"Hopefully, you'll get new insights
during this period of searching."
LSA sophomore Rachel
Schlenker said Judaism plays an
important role in her life at the
University. Schlenker said she tries
to go to Hillel every Friday night.
"I think that people either go oile
of two routes," Schlenker said,
"They either find religion on their
own without the backing of their
parents, or they find, since they are
no longer in their parents' house,
they no longer have to follow the
convictions they have been brought
up with."
LSA senior Ali Khaleel said it is
hard to practice the Islamic faith at
the University.
"First and foremost, you're a stu-
dent," Khaleel said. "Religion gives
me security, a wholeness to things. It
shows how everything is tied togeth-
er.
Inglehart said religion is a main
focus in many people's lives.
Issues such as abortion and
euthanasia relate to religious
beliefs, he said.
"You can understand people's polit-
ical preferences knowing their reli-
gious preferences," Inglehart said.
He also said that Americans are
more interested in issues of cosmic
and philosophical importance, such
as the future and origins of the uni-
verse.
LSA sophomore Ann Oberschulte
said students are trying to find an
identity through religion. But
Oberschulte also said many students
can be spiritual without fitting into
traditional religious beliefs.
"A lot of people I know who don't
practice an organized religion still
have spirituality. It's still an impor-
tant part of their lives," Oberschulte
said. "I don't like the whole organi-
zation of structured religion, how
superficial things are that I've
noticed going to church."
Schlenker said her time at Hillel
provides the opportunity to reflect
on religious convictions.
"It gives me a chance to reconnect
with other Jewish people and a
chance to pray to God to try to for-
get the hectic week, even if it's for
only a moment," Schlenker said.

poor before Ramadan's completion.
The end of Ramadan brings the cel-
ebration of Fid al-Fitr, or the festival
of fast breakin .
"for Eid, we usually get together
with family and offer prayers with
everyone before going house to house
to celebrate,' Akhtar said. "It's really
an ana.ing feeling."
Fastiig during Ramadan is one of

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