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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 9, 1998 - 3A

RESEARCH
Mammography
laws in Michigan
prove effective
In 1989, the state of Michigan enact-
ed some of the nation's toughest mam-
mography regulations, which were
tightened again in 1994.
A recent study led by University
Medical rescaicher Lou Fintor con-
firmed that these standards helped to
improve the image quality of mammo-
grams and did not limit access to can-
cer screening.
These findings indicate that the fed-
eral mammography standards adopted
in October, which are based on the
Michigan model, will prove to be suc-
cessful.
Before the federal standards were
enacted, the quality of mammograms
varied from state to state.
Each year, more than 20,000 women
nationwide have mammogram exams.
'These tests have been shown to effec-
tively control breast cancer mortality
5rates.
Community and
educators discuss
resources use
City officials, community and
business leaders and educators from
across Michigan spent a day at the
University to meet with researchers
and faculty, with the goal of deter-
mining how to better utilize the
University's resources and perform
research tor the community.
The event was organized and host-
=ed by the University Office of State
Outreach.
A municipal group from Bay City
that is concerned with development
of their riverfront and environmental
cleanup met with researchers from
the University's Center for Great
Lakes and Aquatic Sciences.
Other local groups worked in the vir-
tual reality lab of the Media Union and
worked with many other departments at
the University.
Exhibit shows
human effect on
environment
A new exhibit being developed at the
Exhibit Museum's Michigan Wildlife
Gallery will help explain the human
' race's effect on the local Michigan
environment, as well as further-reach-
ing global effects of humans.
The exhibit will show how in a worst-
case scenario, a thriving native species is
driven to extinction by human influ-
ences, including habitat loss and over-
harvesting. The classic example of this
phenomenon is the passenger pigeon,
which numbered more than three billion
in the early 1800s, and is now extinct.
Another scenario of human influence
is the introduction of harmful foreign
species into an ecosystem. Throughout
the 18th and 19th centuries, the sea lam-
prey was introduced via shipping into
the Great Lakes. This species, which has
no natural predators, has had devastating
results on local wildlife.
The exhibit will also show how some
plant and animal species, such as rac-
coons that pilfer food from garbage
'.cans, benefit from human influences.

Surgery prof.'s
book helps to
treat women
A new resource compiled by
University surgery Prof. Mark
Pearlman may prove to be invaluable
for treating women,
b The resource is aimed at first-care
providers who are at the frontline of
medical care and are faced with
urgent medical situations that need
to be taken care of quickly and
acdurately.
Organized by age group, signs and
symptoms, the book also has extensive
sections on treating pregnant and post-
partum patients.
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Sam Stavis.

'

prof. speaks on ASlan economic crisis

By Susan t Port
Daily Staff Reporter
As part of Taiwan Week, Business Prof.
Linda Lim spoke about the Asian economic
crisis before an intimate gathering of students
and :community members in the Dennison
Building last night.
Lim said that before the crisis, the Asian
economy was the fastest-growing economy in
the world. She said the Thai economy plunged
between 30 and 70 percent during the early
'90s.
"It was a bit of a surprise that the currenci'es
fell," Lim said. "Most of the currencies are fixed
to the U.S. dollar - it lowers the risk."
Lim said that an increase in foreign exchange
debt first occurred in Thailand. She said spectators
launched a currency attack in Singapore that
gained success this past July. A domino effect
occurred and the economies of other Asian coun-

tries began to suffer.
"All these countries' economies' currencies
went down," Lim said.
Engineering junior Polly Yen said Taiwan is
among the countries that have best survived the
crisis.
"Taiwan is very powerful,"Yen said. "Politically.
it's just entered the world."
Yen added that Taiwan is a democratic country
that will play an important role in the world's econ-
omy.
"Taiwan's democracy follows the American
spirit," Yen said. "It will be a model in Southeast
Asia for economic development."
Asian currencies are undervalued, and Lim said
investors will not hesitate to sell a currency short
to attain profits.
Lim said factors including competitive
devaluation and protectionism could cause the
Asian economic crisis to become a global

problem.
"I don't see these things happening right now"
Lim said. "China promised its neighbors it would
not devalue its currency."
LSA junior Alice Lin said she was able to
follow the lecture, even without an economic
background.
"I found the speech to be very informative." [in
said. "It was a little above my head."
Lim said the Taiwanese government is pushing
entrepreneurs to invest in Southeast Asia.
"This year, Taiwan will be one of the fastest
growing countries in Asia," Lim said. "Relatively,
it's in good shape."
Lim said most people have faith that the Asian
economy will recover.
"Most people think Asia will recover and con-
tinne to grow in the future,' Lim said. "Reason in
part can be attributed to something of the Asian
spirit."

Lim said the Asian way of business, which is to
deal with family and friends, has lead to bad
investments.
"People were just lending recklessly," Lim said.
Lim said she asked one of her Business classes
about the future of Asia and students answered:
"The future of Asia will be bought out by
American companies."
"Asia will end up being subsidies of Western
and American companies," Lim said.
Lim said that in Thailand, democracy is believed
to have caused the crisis.
"The government (was) much less powerful and
businessmen were much more powerful," Lim
said. "They opened their markets to investment
traders too fast."
Last night's speech was presented by the
Michigan Taiwanese Student Association and thc
Ann Arbor Taiwanese Association.

Detroit City Council to
vote today on casinos

DETROIT (AP) _-- A SI.8 billion
plan to bring casino gamblingi to Detroit
and revitalize its economy has come
under fire from those who say the black
mayor is giving away the store to out-
side white interests.
The City Council is expected to vote
today on Mayor Dennis Archer's plan
for a 57-acre casino district near the
Detroit River next to downtown.
Archer has given the council a dead-
line of tomorrow to pass the plan or risk
torpedoing the project, with its promise
of 1 1,000 full-time jobs and tens of mil-
lions of dollars in tax revenues for the
struggling city of 1 million people.
"Detroit cannot continue to be a
boom or bust economv." Archer told the
council Tuesday. "There is no other eco-
nomic development initiative ... that
provides that kind of opportunity."
lie said the timetable to present a
plan to the Michigan Gaming Control
Board is "extrcmcly titght" and a failure
to act this week would endanger the
financing and embolden casino oppo-
nents statewide.
While some opponents fear casinos
will cause crime and feed gambling
addiction and others object to a site so
close to the precious waterfront, race
has emerged as the most contentiOLIS
issue.
The issue has pitted Detroit's second
black mayor against those who say he is
ignoring the needs of the city's black
majority.
They fault Archer for passing over

"Making one African American richer
does not constitute black
empowerment."

black applicants in awarding the three
available casino franchises to the MGM
Grand, Atwater/Circus Circus and
Greektown/Chippewa Indians groups.
"Imagine a city that's 80-percent
white ... and a white mayor and 80-
percent white council chose three
African American casinos for their
city," former U.S. Rep. Barbara-Rose
Collins said at a council hearing "Can
you imagine that in these United
States?"
Business executive Don Barden, a
ftoriler cable TV magnate whose casino
application was one of those that
Archer rejected, was blunter in remarks
at the Shrine of the Black Madonna
Church on Friday, the Detroit Free
Press reported.
Barden called Archer "a mis-educat-
ed Negro," adding, "We've got to get
that sucker out of office."
"Making one African American rich-
er does not constitute black empower-
ment:' Archer countered. le said
blacks and Indians together hold a
majority stake in the Greektown casino
group. and blacks are guaranteed a big
piece of the action when it comes to

- Dennis Archer
Mayor of Detroit
contracts and hiring.
Archer's black credentials have faced
a challenge before.
A former state Supreme Court jus-
tice, Archer won election with promises
of building bridges to the city's pre-
dominantly white suburbs, in contrast
to the confrontational style of his pre-
decessor, the late Coleman Young.
The black empowerment is creatirtg
sharp divisions among Detroit leaders
and serious grudges that will take a
long time to heal, said political analyst
Mario Morrow.
"I hope that they can get along aftor
this," Morrow said.
If the casinos are eventually
approved, Detroit would be the largest
city in the United States with gambling.
Should the project clear all the poltt-
ical hurdles, it will be a major boon for
the city and casino operators, analysts
say.
"There is a real opportunity just
given the sheer number of people thbt
live in the Detroit metropolitan area and
within a three-hour drive" said analys
David Anders of Credit Suisse First
Boston.

DANA LINNANE/Daily
Greek mythology Graduate Student Instructor Karen Wang tries to get her
class excited about taking a quiz yesterday.
U' GSIs feeling
appre ciate d

By William Nash
Dail Staf f Reporter
h1ave you hugged your GSI today?
Chances are that most University
students have not. But the National
Association of Graduate Students is
urging universities nationwide to
think more about their graduate
instructors during Graduate and
Professional Student Appreciation
Week.
Appreciation week ends tomor-
row, but it never really began at the
University.
"As far as I know, there have been
no official activities," said Graduate
Employee Organization Media
Relations Coordinator Markus
Kemnelmeier. "But some students
have been told about it and can partic-
i late "
With GSls feeling more appreci-
atied than they have felt in the past,
there may not be as much of a need
fo'r the week as there was in the past
twxo years.
The need for an appreciation
week at the University may have
been greater in the past than it is
todar, with GSIs saying they feel
generally satisfied with their
working conditions at the
University.
"I think that the GSIs definitely feel
appreciated." chemistry GSI Daniel
Fobin said. "I feel like the department
values me and the salary I receive is
more tihan (in) many other disci-
plines."
University GSIs' staged a two-day
walkout in April of 1996 after failing

to agree on wages and international
GSI training in their contract with
the University.
But most GSIs have since
resolved their contract issues with
LUniversity adni strators.
"I'd give the University a four out
of five," said romance languages
GSI Alexandre Dauge-Roth, who
teaches French. "But the department
has its own interests and during
negotiations their usual good will
does not appear."
GSIs biggest complaint is their
salaries, which amount to about $800
per month after taxes. said romance
languages GSI Steve Bishop.
"If you're a GSI who only teach-
es one or two classes a year then it
would be impossible to live in Ann
Arbor on that money alone,"
Bishop said. "To make up for it, (a
GSI) would have to work at Taco
Bell or as a waiter and miss out on
some of the teaching and learning
process."
Although some GSIs feel appreci-
ated, some students said they are not
thankful for their GSIs' services.
"In general, I'm not too satisfied."
LSA first-year student Joanna Paine
said of her three GSIs' performances.
"I think there is a lack of effort overall
and, in some cases, just laziness."
Seventeen universities nationwide
are participating in GPSA week,
including Michigan State University,
Florida State University and the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Events include work-
shops and awards ceremonies.

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GROUP MEETINGS
U African American Alzheimer's
Caregiver Support Group, 482-
7050, Ypsilanti Association of
Women's Clubs, 319 S.
Washington St., 6-8 p.m.

Sponsored by Hellenic Student
Association, Michigan Union,
Pond Room, 8 p.m.
S"Is Male Power A Myth?' Talk by Dr.
Warren Farrell," Sponsored by
Federalist Society. Hutchins Hall,
Room 218, 12:10-1:30 p.m.
J "Red Cross Blood Drive - In Service

www.umich.edu/-info on the
World Wide Web
J LSA Academic Advising Center,
Angell Hall, Room 1255, Open
until 6 p.m.
J Northwalk, 763-WALK, Bursley
Lobby, 8 p.m.- 1:30 a.m.
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