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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 2, 1998 - 3

Vehicles strike
'In two separate incidents
Wednesday, pedestrians were struck by
hicles and injured, according to
Department of Public Safety reports.
A hit-and-run driver crushed the
foot of a pedestrian Wednesday morn-
ing on East University Avenue. The
vehicle's license plates were registered
to a Dexter resident. The incident is
under investigation by DPS officials.
In a separate incident Wednesday
afternoon, a victim riding a bike on
Monroe Street was injured when a dri-
ver opened the door of his parked car
struck the pedestrian. The victim
received a gash on her ankle and I luron
Valley Ambulance personnel transport-
ed her to University Hospitals' emer-
gency room for medical attention.
Suicide attempt
draws DPS
The daughter of a Northwood resi-
St attempted to kill herself early
Tuesday morning, DPS reports state.
The girl's mother reported to DPS
officials that her daughter had attempt-
ed to commit suicide by routing her
vehicle exhaust back into the vehicle
while parked at an off-campus location.
The victim exhibited no symptoms of
illness but was taken to University
Hospitals' emergency room for med-
ical treatment and psychological evalu-
Golf carts taken
from 'U' course
Two golf carts were reported miss-
ing from the University Golf Course,
OPS reports state.
The golf carts have been missing
since the beginning of the football sea-
. but were not reported missing until
Wednesday. DPS officials issued a
lookout warning for the missing vehi-
Feces found in W.
Quad showers
An unknown suspect defecated in a
showerstall in the West Quad residence
* Wednesday, according to DPS
Feces was found in the second floor
Winchell House women's shower room
and the caller said it was clogging the
shower drain. There arc no suspects.
Falling styrofoam
strikes victim
A large piece of styrofoam insulation
and hit a victim near Wyley Hall yes-
terday, according to DPS reports.
The 4-by-6 piece of insulation fell off
the building, knocking the victim in the
jaw, but did not cause any injury. The
victim was checked by DPS officials and
he said he was shocked by the incident.
Visitor's hand
sticks in machine
A visitor at University Hospitals
medical center got his hand caught in a

vending machine Tuesday, DPS reports
The visitor caught his hand in a pop
machine and reported it had gone numb.
Huron Vallev Ambulance personnel and
building matinence responded to the
scene and freed the victim.
found in Grad
A University student was ques-
tioned and released by DPS officials
Tuesday after he exposed himself in the
Harlan Hatcher Graduate library,
according to DPS reports.
The suspect was seen by a library
patron masturbating in front of a win-
dow in a carrel on the third floor. The
n reported the incident to library
personnel who contacted DPS officials.
The suspect was released by warrant
authorization by DPS officials.
-Compiled &y Dailv Staff
Reporter Jennifer Yachnin.


talks on
N Kim Woo-Choong
works to launch new
automobile line
By Reilly Brennan
-or the Daily
Kim Woo-Choong, founder
and chair of South Korea's
Daewoo Group, spoke about Asian
economic policy and the debut of
Daewoo's new automobile product
line in the United States in front of
a full-capacity crowd in the
School of Business
Administration's Hale Auditorium
last night.
Citing a lack of preparedness
for a changing international plat-
form of economic policy, Kim
addressed relations with the
International Monetary Fund and
told the mostly Business student
crowd that his company is not as
desperate as the U.S. media
"I am confident that the Asian
financial crisis will be over at the end
of next year," Kim said. "We're
strong when compared to other Asian
Daewoo has recently gained
press in the automotive industry
due to his unique marketing strate-
gy. College students, called
Daewoo Campus Advisers, are the
company's only real connection to
the buying public, providing test
drives and information to prospec-
tive buyers.
Although Daewoo currently has
no center of operations in
Michigan, a planned direct-buy
showroom is expected to arrive in
the early part of next year.
While the program is unique,
some have doubted its potential
success, and most even consider
the program too risky in the
world's most demanding automo-
bile market.
"Of course the idea is crazy.
Kim said. "But I know it will be a


Substance may
help to combat
viruses, bacteria

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daly StallReporter
If a University professor's find-
ings released last Saturday live up to
expectations, the medical community
could gain a potent weapon in the
fight against common bacteria and
viruses including anthrax, influenza
and HIV
The weapon is a substance called
BCTP. Co-developed by internal medi-
cine Prof. James Baker and Novavax
Inc., a Maryland-based bio-pharmaceu-
tical company, BCTP has been shown
to destroy the viruses and bacteria wth-
out harming human cells,
Like mayonnaise, BCTP is an emul-

respiratory system
Baker's studv was funded by the
Defense AdVanced Research Projects
Agency, the L S Department of
Defense's S2-billion program. DARPA
is sponsoring L3akcr a four-year,
SI 0,900,000 grant, with the goal of
examining the use of BCTP against
agents of bioloical wariare, such as
anthrax and influenza.
"We feel it is a concern to our
warfighters," DARIPA spokesperson
Jan Walker said. "If we have a deter-
mined adx ersarv who unleashes biolog-
ical warfare, we need to protect our per-
With foes such as Iraq and North

sion a
mixture of oil
droplets and
water. In the
case of
BCTP, the oil
droplets are
tiny, and
when they
come in con-
tact with a
bacterium or
virus, they

...it'S not toxic
because it won't
interact with your

Korea report-
edly holding
b i o 1 o g ic a l
weapons that
have the
potential for
mass destruc-
tion, the gov-


Chair and founder of Deowoo, Kim Woo-Chang, speaks at the School of
Business Administration's Hale Auditorium,

This week's official launch of
the company's automobile product
line marks the second time Daewoo
cars debuted in this country.
During the late '80s, a joint venture
with General Motors Corp. and
Daewoo created the Pontiac
LeMans a subcompact that
raised mediocre sales.
Kim, who historically has been
known to carry out risky business
moves with consistent disinterest,
said the current grim status of the
Asian economy will be alleviated
and a large expansion of his com-
pany will take place before the year
" We want to have 2 5 million
cars produced per year and more
business sites than we have now,"
Kim said.

Students' reaction to Kim's
thoughts on the IMF brought about
mixed reactions.
"I think financial reasons and
bureaucracy had more to do with it
than lack of preparedness," said
Robert Kim, an MBA first-year stu-
LSA junior Joon Mo said he
was impressed by Daewoo's bold
"'They're trying something new,"
he said. "It's going to be interesting to
see if the plan works"
Already trumpeting 600 sepa-
rate business sites around the
world, Daewoo has grown at quick-
ly since its inception in 1967 as a
textile company
"I'll be back next year, and the
year after that, to prove that the plan
works," Kim said.

join with the invader and break its outer
membrane, destroying the microbe
"What's nice about this emulsion is
it's not toxic because it won't inter wt
with your cells but will kill bacteria and
microbes," said Baker, director of the
University Medical Center's Center for
Biologic Nanotechnology.
Baker directed a research study that
found the emulsion could effectively
counter the effects of anthrax and
influenza on mice. There was a 97 per-
cent reduction in wound infections of
mice infected with anthrax-like spores
who were washed in BCTP an hour
Another study found that mice treat-
ed with BCTP and influenza did not
develop pneumonia from the virus. In
addition, animals treated with BCTP
alone did not suffer adverse effects.
Novavax has also conducted
research showing the effectiveness of
the emulsion in killing the HIV virus.
BCTP could be added to spermi-
cides, which currently only kill sperm,
to eliminate the HIV virus before it can
be transmitted during sexual inter-
course, Baker said.
The emulsion can only be applied
topically, absorbed through the skin,
because it not only attacks bacteria and
viruses when injected into the blood-
stream, but also red blood cells, which
are a fundamental block in the human

ernmient has
taken the dan-
- James Baker gers of biolog-
BCTP co-developer ical warfare
"These weapons are a grave and
urgent threat to international securi-
ty," Secretary of Defense William
Cohen wrote in a memorandum last
While vaccines for anthrax and
influenza exist, they are used on a lim-
ited scale. A treatment could see much
more extensive applications.
DARPA encourages the involve-
ment of drug companies in the biologi-
cal research process.
Without the backing of Novavax,
13CTP would not be able to wind its
way through the tortuous Food and
Drug Administration approval process,
Walker said.
"We're very interested in working
with pharmaceutical companies,"
Walker said. "With the small market
that the Defense Department repre-
sents, it would be impossible to develop
these products. If(the product) can also
be shown effective against a microbe
that the general populace cares about,
then it makes sense for drug companies
to develop it."
Since BCTP has applications
beyond defending against anthrax, once
approved. the product could be sold
commercially to prevent common
infectious diseases. Novavax and the
University have co-patented the drug as
an antmicrobial and decontamination

Local high school athletes

. CH ELSEA. Mich. (AP)-- Eight tee;
fall sports at Chelsea High School beca
ment in a break-in at a club in June.
But the parents say the punishment w
school's standards should not apply wher
in school.
The problems began when the eight
Chelsea Rod and Gun Club June 21 an
beer and S40 worth of wine coolers, acct
State Police report.
The club agreed not to press charges
a new door, S40 apiece. They were also r
to club members and arc in the proe
hours of volunteer work each for the clu
The school suspended the eight stude
players and. one cross-country runner -
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tion" she said. "I didn't feel this was
dealt with properly."
The victim said she feels she was not
adequately informed of the proceedings
of her case under the Code.
"There was very little effort made on
their part to communicate with me," she
After filing the complaint in March
with then-Resolution Coordinator Mary
Lou Antieau in the Office of Student
Conflict Resolution, the victim said she
was contacted occasionally during the
summer. She said she was then notified
by now-interim Resolution Coordinator
Sean Esteban McCabe that he was tak-
ing over her case.
Finally, she called the office last
Thursday and made an appointment
with McCabe for last Friday, at which
time she learned that an informal reso-

over punishment
ns appear to be out of days.
use of their involve- The district has argued that sports are a privilege and not a
right. As such, participation can conic with added requirements,
as too harsh, and the school board members agreed. The code includes specific bans
n the students are not against theft, destruction of property, buying or selling alcohol
or drugs, violations of the law, and nine other items.
boys broke into the "The reason we have the code is to uphold high values for
d stole S15 worth of our athletes and our school district," school board trustee Jill
ording to a Michigan Taylor said.
The students and their parents appealed. David Cahill, an
if the boys paid for attorney, told the school board Wednesday night that the pun-
equired to apologize ishment was unfair in several ways.
ss of completing 40 Cahill said the school's rules should apply only to activi-
b. ty while in school, during competition or when in uniform.
nts - seven football The students were not given a proper hearing before pun-

Ozone standards to
affect W. Michigran

- from sports for 30

ished, he said,

lution had been made in her case on
Sept. 21. An informal resolution
means that Brooks accepted responsi-
bility for the victim's account of the
violations, which was depicted in the
"I had not been notified of that," she
said, adding that she didn't know an
informal resolution was a possibility.
Brooks, who was originally charged
with fourth-degree criminal sexual con-
duct in the Washtenaw County court
system, resolved criminal charges with
a plea bargain this past June, said
Brooks' attorney Nicholas Roumel.
Roumel said Brooks' sentence will
not be released to the public.
"The plea bargain fell under The
Holmes Youthful Trainee Act for first
offenders and is supposed to be sealed
under Michigan law," Roumel said. -
The victim said she hopes to meet
with a few University administrators
next week to discuss the manner in

which her case was handled under the
"I think that it will kind of move things
a little closer to reality to meet the person
who is sufering the most," she said.
Of 20 Code cases that involved either
sexual assault or sexual harassment,
with some including both, from
January 1997 to the present, six indi-
viduals were found responsible for the
charges against them, Estaban McCabe
Of those six, four were suspended
and received other sanctions, and two
only received sanctions not including
Estaban McCabe said five cases still
are pending, two were dropped for
insufficient evidence, five were mediat-
ed at the request of the complaining
witness and two of the accused were
found not responsible.
- Daily Staff Reporter Jason Stofer
contributed to this report.

High ozone counts in three west;
Michigan counties this summer could +
eventually translate into strict pollution
controls for the area.
Four of the five air monitors placed 1
in Holland, Grand Rapids and the
Muskegon areas detected ozone levels+
above federal pollution standards set1
last year, The Grand Rapids Press
reported yesterday.
A county is in violation of EPA +
rules if the fourth highest daily read-
ing in a summer is greater than 85
parts per billion for three consecu-
tive years.
This year only the Grand Rapids
monitor stayed below that mark.
Holland had the worst record, set-
ting the highest one-day reading for
ozone at 118 parts per billion on June
That means all three counties
could be subject to mandatory sanc-
tions in 2000 if the high ozone

Department of Environmental Quality
and West Michigan Clean Air
Coalition. Most knew the new EPA
standard, changed from 120 parts per
billion over one hour, would be difficult
to meet.
Still, some officials say they are
encouraged with the efforts of West
Michigan's Ozone Action program.
The program issued alerts I 1
times this year on the hot and humid
days,'which provide ideal conditions
for pollution from industry and vehi-
cles to combine with sunlight to form
On those days, residents were asked
to limit driving as much as possible,
avoid using gas-powered lawnmowers
and other equipment and refuel vehi-
cles after 6 p.m.
Steve Bulthuis, transportation man-
ager for the Macatawa Area
Coordinating Council, thinks the pro-
gram has helped to reduce ozone pollu-

counts persist, including vehicle He said ozone levels recorded by
inspections, cleaner but more expen- the Holland monitor appeared to
sive fuel and costly controls on decline in a few cases when alerts were
industry. called on consecutive days. Bulthuis
This year's readings were no sur- figures that residents may have reacted
prise to officials with the state to the alerts.

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

J "Art Matters Festival," Sponsored by
Art Matters, Diag, 12-2 p.m.

Walk begins at 11 a.m.
J "Nine-day Seminar China Falun
Gong," Sponsored by Falun DaFa
Practice Group, 1013 Dow
Building, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
0 "Weekly Rummage Sale," Sponsored
by The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor.

Pendleton Room, 4:30 p.m.
J "Open Gaming Session," Sponsored
by Wolverine Gaming Club,
Michigan Union, Anderson Room
AB, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.



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