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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 4, 1998 - 3

PBI investigates
Stanford e-mail
" The FBI is looking into an incident at
Stanford University that occurred
Monday in which 5,000 e-mail pass-
words were stolen, The Stanford Daily
University officials said the incident
Was the first major e-mail break-in to
Stanford's system.
j The incident occurred Oct. 11.
Officials discovered a "sniffer" in the
system two weeks later. A sniffer is a
software program that intercepts login
k ames and passwords in two of the
Leland systems.
Stanford is taking no new actions to
improve its network security in response
to the incident.
tUh. South Florida
may discipline
j '" The University of South Florida is
considering disciplinary action against
former Prof. James Rowsey for religious
discrimination, The Oracle reported.
,University officials said Rowsey may
be punished for using USF personnel,
postage and stationary in sending out
"*Iigious paraphernalia.
The university asked Rowsey on
Vr2titny different occasions not to use USF
This week, two former professors
filed lawsuits alleging religious discrim-
*ntion due to Rowsey's actions.
U. Arkansas book
priCes increase
".'During the past two years, University
of Arkansas textbook prices have
ificreased dramatically, The Arkansas
'Tfaveer reported.
Officials reported that many students
.ay more than $100 for textbooks or
workbooks that may not be sold back.
,According to the National
Association of College Stores, students
spend an average of $373.18 each
semester on textbooks. For a student
taking 15 hours of courses, they would
"be spending $525 per semester on
Many students attribute the high
prices to the fact that the only store in
that covers all the books required is
e University Bookstore.
New Yale institute
to study religion
Yale University announced the for-
mation of the Institute for the Advanced
Study of Religion, a group that will
research the role of religion in American
fife, the Yale Daily News reported.
'The research will begin next year and
institute is planning to add religion
classes to Yale's curriculum.
In the 1999-2000 school year, the
institute will have junior and senior fel-
"dws in residence. If the fellows choose
to, they can offer new courses to gradu-
ate students and undergraduates.
The program will have an annual
theme. The theme planned for next year
will be "American Religion, Race and
k The Pew Charitable Trusts donated
2:2 million dollars to fund the program.

.Gklahoma alum
onates $5M
University of Oklahoma alumnus
Max Weitzenhoffer presented the uni-
versity with a $5-million check
Saturday, The Oklahoma Daily reported.
The gift, for to the drama department,
s part of the university's fundraising
campaign, the Research for Excellence.
S:The Research for Excellence began in
995 with a goal of $200 million and a
deadline of the year 2000.The goal was
reset in 1996 to $250 million.
Money from the campaign will
endow professorships-
',;construct buildings, renovate buildings
and endow the library.
'The funds will be used toward a
research park and to extend the Law
- Compiledfivm University Wire
reports by Daily Staff Reporter
Susan T Port.

Studies show success of AIDS treatments

By Gerard Cohen-Yrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
A new AIDS drug called T-20 has proven as
effective as current treatments in reducing viral
load, the number of HIV copies in a person's body,
a study in the November issue of Nature Medicine
In Phase I clinical trials, researchers for
Trimeris, a North Carolina company, and the
University of Alabama administered the drug to 16
HIV-infected men for 14 days and found the treat-
ments to be safe. The drug must still undergo two
more phases of clinical trials and Food and Drug
Administration approval before making its way to
the market.
T-20 uses a different mechanism than current
drugs on the market, which could help patients in
cases where HIV has developed resistance to the
drugs they are taking.

Antiviral drug combinations available to the
general population since 1995 have succeeded in
slowing the onset of AIDS and lengthening a
patient's life, according to a related study of
HIV-infected men published in today's issue of
the Journal of the American Medical
Roger Detels, an epidemiology professor at the
University of California at Los Angeles, and col-
leagues followed 3,431 gay men beginning in 1984
for up to 13 years. Of those men, 536 were infect-
ed with HIV, 231 developed AIDS and 200 died.
The researchers found that since so-called "drug
cocktails" - combinations of powerful antiviral
drugs - have been introduced, time from HIV
infection to the development of full-blown AIDS
has increased by 63 percent. That means the
painful of effects of AIDS take longer to set in.
The study also showed the time to death

increased by 21 percent compared to the period
from 1990 to 1993 when AIDS treatments consist-
ed of only one drug. CD4 cells, vital components
in the immune system, also showed a reduced rate
of decline.
Although clinical trials previously suggested the
"drug cocktails" were effective when administered
in controlled studies, Detels said, this report is the
first to show the powerful effects of the drugs in
real-life situations.
Taking the drugs is a complicated and painful
process. Patients typically have to ingest between
12 to 25 pills a day during meals, with water or by
themselves. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea
and other symptoms.
"I suspect that many of the men were not taking
them as prescribed," Detels said. "It shows though
that it still had some impact"
Kenneth Mendez, a case manager and speaker

for the HIV AIDS Resource Center in Ypsilanti,
can attest to the side effects of the drugs. Mendez
said he and many of the HIIV-infected individuals
he knows and works with every day find it tough
to stick to the medication routine.
"It's so much of a strain to take these drugs for
such a long time,' he said.
Mendez cautioned against the enthusiasm that
surrounds the new drug therapies, which, though
they show some effect in slowing the progress of
AIDS, are no cure for the disease.
Although "drug cocktails" are unable to stop
death from AIDS, Daniel Kaul, a clinical instruc-
tor for the HIV/AIDS program in the Medical
Center, said the therapies give HIV-infected indi-
viduals something they really need - hope.
"There's a whole lot more hope than three years
ago," Kaul said. "We've certainly seen patients
who wouldn't be alive today without these drugs."

Join the club

Lack of quorum halts MSA

By Paul Berg
Daily StaffReporter
Frustrated members of the Michigan
Student Assembly left two proposals on
the table in a meeting last night, which
included comments from University
President Lee Bollinger.
Decisions on issues including sup-
port for divestment of the University's
stock in the tobacco industry and a
demand for more information on the
removal of RC Prof. Carl Cohen's name
from an East Quad reading room had to
be postponed. The assembly failed to
meet a quorum, the necessary majority
of its membership to decide resolution
"Tobacco stocks represent only one
percent of the University's endowment,"
said MSA Rep. Sumeet Karnik, who
sponsored a pending resolution to
implore the University Board of Regents
to divest from tobacco stocks.
"Tobacco companies must receive a

University statement that we will not
support making people sick," said
Karnik, an LSA junior.
The resolution represents a move-
ment that began with research by faculty
governing bodies, and is beginning to
draw student attention.
The Senate Advisory Committee
for University Affairs completed a
study of tobacco divestment Sept. 29,
1997, and is actively exploring the
possibility among various administra-
tive offices.
A precedent exists in a similar divest-
ment concerning South African related
stocks during the time of apartheid, but
Bollinger said caution must be exer-
"This is a hard issue" Bollinger said.
"That kind of restriction is rare, and a
university has to be careful not to
become politicized.
"I will not propose this option to the
regents until there has been a sounding

of the communty," he said. "We can
characterize this as an issue of health
rather than politics, but it can easily lean
the other way"
MSA constituents also engagedin a
heated debate over the ideology and
character of Cohen, who is against racial
preferences. They raised questions about
the possible political underpinnings of
both the decision to remove his name
from the reading room and any new
efforts to restore it.
MSA representatives contended that
the concerns were immaterial to the res-
olution at hand.
"The resolution is not about Carl
Cohen or affirmative action," said MSA
Rackham Rep. Josh Trapani, author of
the proposal. "The administration must
provide a full explanation."
Bollinger said Cohen's name was
removed from the room because of a
"procedural lapse" and had no political

Hillel Diag board vandalized

Fourth-year Rackham student Noah Cavan juggles last night in East Hall with the
Ann Arbor Juggling Club.
Hab itat uses sleep-
out toawaken 'U'

By Nika Schute
Daily Staff Reporter
A Diag board on South University Avenue advertising an
event that will bring former Israeli Ambassador Uri Savir to the
University next week was vandalized Monday night, only
hours after it had been placed.
The board, promoting the Hillel-sponsored "Peace at the
Crossroads: Down which road will we turn?," was defaced
with black marker. The sponsor name was changed from Hillel
to "Hell." Two other markings, that were described as "Nazi-
esque" by Hillel's Chair of Major Events Brian Reich, were
also added to the poster.
Michigan Student Assembly Vice President Sarah Chopp,
who is helping to plan the event, said the incident disappoints her
because it is the type of hatred the event is trying to combat.
"We knew this was going to be a controversial issue, but the
point of the event is to bring (Palestinians) and Jews together

- not incite hate!' Chopp said.
Although the perpetrators are unknown, LSA sophomore
Ross Kirschner said he does not believe either the American-
Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee or the Palestinian
Catastrophe Committee, the student groups co-sponsoring the
follow-up discussion set for today, were involved in the incident.
"I 100 percent do not think that the other groups involved in
the panel are responsible," Kirschner said.
Kirschner said this action reaffirms the need for the event.
"People that are misinformed could benefit greatly from the
speech," Kirschner said.
"The knowledge gained there could be tremendous," he
In a written statement, Reich, an LSA sophomore, said
Hillel will not take any legal action to investigate the matter,
and a new Diag board will be made as a replacement.

By Asma Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA sophomore Somer Bishop
spent last night shivering on the Diag.
"I have more clothes on than I own,
so hopefully that will keep me warm,"
Bishop said.
Bishop was one of about 15 students
who participated in a sleep-out last night
organized by the University's chapter of
Habitat for Humanity. The event was
part of a week-long effort to publicize
the need for affordable housing.
Designating this week as Habitat
Week, the three-year-old Habitat chap-
ter is leading a campus wide movement
to raise $50,000 dollars for a
University-sponsored Habitat house.
"We want our house to be a solely U
of M house," said Eric Allenspach, an
LSA senior and founding member of
Habitat's campus chapter.
Habitat for Humanity is a 22-year-
old national organization that provides
volunteer labor for building houses for
low-income families.
Beth McQueen, president of the
Habitat campus chapter, said currently
volunteers can work only when the
local Habitat affiliate has houses for
them to work on.
"With our own house, we could
have University students working on it
five days a week, rather than (working)
at the will of the affiliate here and
there." said McQueen, an LSA senior.
The Habitat House Coalition, an

offshoot of the Habitat campus chapter,
already raised about $14,000 in con-
junction with other University organi-
zations, Allenspach said.
"A lot of organizations are really
anxious for the project to take flight."
Allenspach said, adding that the Habitat
Coalition already received interest from
the Greek system, the Alumni
Association, the Athletic Department
and the administration.
"This really is a project to unify the
campus community," Allenspach said.
In a report published in 1994, the
Washtenaw United Way identified the
need for affordable housing as the second
most critical problem out of 28 in the
county. Overcrowding, water damage and
incomplete kitchen or bathroom facilities
plague those in substandard housing.
The goal of Habitat for Humanity is
to help people get out of the renting
cycle, McQueen said.
"The program is meant to give a
hand up, not a handout." she said.
Allenspach echoed the need to
address the problem of affordable hous-
"Every person's got a right as a
human being to a simple decent place
to live." Allenspach said.
Other events planned for Habitat
Week include building a shed on the
Diag, holding a benefit concert at East
Quad Residence Hall and a meal plan
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