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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 7, 1999 - 3

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Campus area theft dwindle ver break

Survey finds
decrease in teen
drug usage
9Drug use among secondary school
students is down after six years of
strong -increases, according to the
jesults of a new study conducted by
University researchers.
Principal study investigator Lloyd
TJohnston, a research scientist at the
Institute for Social Research, said illic-
t drug use among eighth-, 10th- and
12th-graders declined very slightly in
Jast year's Monitoring the Future Study
#American secondary students.
Nearly 50,000 students in the three
grades took the 1998 survey, which was
funded by the National Institute on
Drug Abuse.
The study reported marijuana use by
students decreased, although it is still
widespread. Twenty-two percent of
eighth-graders and 49 percent of 12th-
8raders said they had tried the drug.
Other drugs on the decline included
mulants, hallucinogens, inhalants and
alcohol, although 33 percent of 12th-
graders said they had been drunk at least
once the month preceding the survey.
The use of heroin, cocaine and tran-
quilizers either increased in 1998 'or
leveled out among students.
Michiganders belt
up, study says
Researchers at the University's
ansportation Research Institute found
that although the use of safety belts by
drivers and front-seat passengers in
Michigan has reached a higher level than
ever before, the national goals set for the
next few years are unrealistic fort state.
The annual study reported that
1998's overall rate of seat belt use of
69.9 percent is the highest ever for
motorists in the state.
*The national goal for seat belt use
is 85 percent by 2000 and 90 per-
cent by 2005, researcher David Eby
said, adding that these goals are
quite far. away for Michigan
motorists.
The study found that 65 percent
of men buckle up, as compared to
16 percent of women. Only 63 per-
cent of 16-to-29-year-olds wear
safety belts.
The study also reported that people
more likely to buckle up when in
the driver's seat, between the hours of 7
nm. and I p.m., and when driving on
the freeway.
'U' astronomers
find dust involved
in star evolutions
University astronomers at an
erican Astronomical Society meet-
ing yesterday presented evidence sug-
gesting the existence of relatively cool
particles, such as dust grains and sili-
cates contained within extremely hot
gas located in far-away galaxies.
The discovery suggests the presence
of these particles is very important,
since they may help to show the evolu-
ton of aging stars.
Astronomers used infrared technolo-
O to observe the particles since it
ows viewers to see objects that may
be too cold or faint for detection, using
other methods as well as those con-
lained within dense material.
The findings were shocking to the
searchers since the particles are sig-
iiicantly cooler than their surrounding
ases, which can reach temperatures of
10 million degrees Kelvin.

The astronomers suspect the parti-
s were emitted by stars interacting
with hot gas in the galaxies up to 60
million light years away.
Info on magnetic
fields published
University Engineering scientists
have completed a study involving the
interaction of matter and energy, and
their results were published last month
in a science magazine..
*The researchers observed the behavior
qf electrons in powerful magnetic fields,
including the effect of light's electric and
magnetic fields on isolated electrons.
This new field of study, called rela-
tivistic fiber optics, may prompt technol-
ogy that is capable of producing holo-
grams of living cells, or X-rays that cap-
ture minuscule, extremely fast scientific
processes such as photosynthesis.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Sarah Lewis.

By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
While some students continue to struggle to reach
Ann Arbor from their holiday vacations, those who
have made the trip back to school have found their
belongings right where they left them last year.
Unlike Thanksgiving break, during which stu-
dents reported thefts from rooms in West Quad and
Mary Markley residence halls, Director of Housing
Public Affairs Alan Levy said crime'in residence
halls during the winter break was non-existent.
"We've had no reports as of yet of thefts from
students or from Housing," Levy said.
Levy attributed the lack of criminal activity to
the fact that during winter break, residence halls
are essentially inaccessible to anyone.
"The difference between Christmas and
Thanksgiving," Levy said, "is that (during winter

break) the buildings are completely closed, and card-
reader access is turned off. Nobody's in them"
Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt. Michael
Logghe said several students reported break-ins at
their off-campus residences, but the number of
thefts was actually lower than normal this year.
"Statistically, it was the same as a regular week,"
Logghe said. "Historically, it's been a time with
increased theft. (This year) I'd say theft was down,
really."
Logghe said heavy snowfall and below-zero
temperatures probably did not cause the decrease
in theft this year.
Weather may deter some people from breaking
into residences, Logghe said,'but it won't stop any-
one determined to commit a crime.
Although off-campus houses and apartments
are more accessible to thieves than residence halls,

"The whole Ann Arbor area is pretty safe.
- Bruce Dekraker
Campus Rentals accounts manager

Varsity Management leasin aCent Brooke
Horzelski said security is not a major concemn of
the company when students arc not in town.
"We do have 24-hour mann e people and
they are around in the builings during the day"
Horzelski said.
"The residents do have to take an activ part in
locking doors and window: she added.
Off-campus housing adviscr mdiator Amy Starr
said students should not woriv about theft. providcd
they take proper precautions befoic they leave town.
"It seems to be a verv rare type of problem,"

Clnton to cal
Dtroi eco-El

Starr said, but added, "we do recommend that stu-
dent: get renter's insurance."
Starr said students should put valuables out of
sight and close curtains before leaving for extended
periods of time. If security of some items is in ques-
tion, she suggested getting a lockbox for storage.
Campus Rentals accounts manager Bruce
Dekraker said students should be able to leave Ann
Arbor confident their possessions will be safe
while they're away.
"All of our properties are fairly safe, and the
whole Ann Arbor area is pretty safe," Dekraker said.
kacu
esident, The impeachment trial was not a fac-
weekly tor in the planning of the event,
before Gegenheimer said. She did say Detroit
c week- Mayor Dennis Archer played a pivotal
role in bringing Clinton to Detroit for
Press the speech.
said the The Democrat originally was sched-
onomic tiled to speak at the event before
wants to Clinton's plans were announced.
y com- Clinton's speech will begin at 12:30
ndustry, p.m. Only members of the economic
remarks club will be allowed into the speech at
the Cobo Center.

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
Amidst his trial in the U.S. Senate for
perjury and obstruction of justice, con-
tinuing skirmishes with Iraq and a new
congressional session, President Bill
Clinton will leave Washington tomor-
row to speak at the Economic Club of
Detroit.
Clinton also plans to visit the 1999
North American Auto Show while in
the city.
The noon luncheon will feature an

hour-long presentation by the pr
and ion also will tape his
radio address from Detroit
returning to Washington for th
end.
Assistam Whie House
Secretary Sarah Genhcimers
president will ficus on ecc
growth during his address. He 'N
see the 'c tting-edge technolog
ing out of the American auto r
she said, and will base his
greatly upon what he sees,

Kevorkian, medical societies
fight about freq speech i*n suit

WARREN ZINN/Daiy
Michigan Student Assembly Treasurer Bram Ellas stands in front of the site
of the MSA student-run coursepack store in the Michigan Union yesterday.
MSA COursepack
store; to open in
Union next week

DETROIT (AP) - Attorneys for the American Medical
Association and the Michigan State Medical Society told the
state Court of Appeals yesterday that they shouldn't be sued
for calling Jack Kevorkian a "killer" in their literature.
But attorney Geoffrey Fieger said Kevorkian shoulk be
allowed to proceed with his $10 million libel lawsuit 'g inst
the groups because he has never been convicted of kiling
anyone.
Kevorkian filed the libel suit in 1996. In May 1997, Wayne
County Circuit Judge Sharon Finch denied the medical groups'
motion to dismiss the suit, saying that calling someone a
"killer" if he has not been convicted of murder is "libel per se.
"However, 'free' though speech may be, it can still carry a
price tag," Finch wrote in that opinion.
Yesterday, the AMA and the Medical Society were appeal-
ing Finch's decision to allow the suit to proceed.
Richard Weber, legal counsel for the Medical Society, said

the AMA published the material but the Medical Society was
included in the suit because it distributed the material. Both
groups actively oppose assisted suicide.
"Our argument is that the First Amendment authorizes
those statements,"Weber said.
Weber said he doesn't expect the Court of Appeals to rule
on the case for several months.
Fieger was not available for comment yesterday after
the hearing. In past hearings, he has argued that even if
groups oppose assisted suicide, Kevorkian shouldn't be
labeled a killer because he has never been convicted of
murder.
That fact may change for the 70-year-old assisted sui-
cide advocate. Last month, Kevorkian was ordered to
stand trial on charges of murder and assisted suicide in the
death of a disabled man that was broadcast on national
television.

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By Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
Beginning Monday some students
will be able to purchase their
coursepacks at considerably cheaper
prices than in previous semesters
from the Michigan Student
Assembly's Student Coursepack
Store.
Open Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3905 in the
Michigan Union, the store will sell
coursepacks for five classes. It will
stay open through Jan. 29 or until all
of the packs are sold.
"In the long run, we want to pro-
vide a cost-effective option for stu-
dents and professors," MSA
Treasurer Bram Elias said.
Coursepack prices range from $6.76
to $26.96.
But the store will serve only
approximately 130 students in five
classes. Students in History 396 and
371, American Culture 520 and
Anthropology 357 and 658 will pur-
chase their coursepacks from SCS.
"The store is really a pilot pro-
gram," said Theresa Brett, an adviser
to the store's organizers from the
Office of Student Affairs. "After the
coursepacks are sold, we'll have a
chance to evaluate it this winter term."
Jack Bernard, who advises the
store's organizers on behalf of the
Office of the Vice President and the
General Counsel, said the store is an
experimental program this semester
because of the legal issues involved.
If a publisher sues SCS and the store
is found guilty, it would be forced
"pay fines and it would be enjoined
from continuing," Bernard said.
Lower coursepack prices at the
student-run store can be attributed
to MSA's interpretation of copyright
laws. "We still pay for copyright
costs, we just look into the fair use
exception," of the U.S. Copyright

Act, Elias said.
The copyright law states that roy-
alties cannot be charged when
copies are used for educational pur-
poses.
"Copyright laws can work for the
students and professors making
copies for their education as
opposed to companies making
copies for profits," Elias said.
History Prof. Regina Morantz-
Sanchez said the coursepack for
History 396 last winter semester
cost approximately $60.00 at the
Michigan Document Service.
Through the SCS, that class's
coursepack will cost $26.96.
Anthropology and history Prof.
Ann Stoler, who teaches
Anthropology 357 and 658, said she
likes the idea of a student-run
coursepack store "because coursep-
acks are far too expensive. This is
something convenient and cheap"
Stoler said.
The store is a non-profit organiza-
tion, which also. keeps the cost of
coursepacks lower than at other
local establishments.
"The store is run at cost," Elias
said. "MSA is putting up the money,
but it will end at no profit."
Elias said the money collected
from each coursepack sold will go
directly to reimburse MSA, which
funded overhead costs,
The organizers have recruited
some volunteers to run the store, but
Elias also encourages others to vol-
unteer.
"Students who work at the
Student Coursepack Store get to
know professors personally," Elias
said.
Bernard said that although this is
an experimental program, he has a
positive outlook on its future.
"I'm optimistic and I am encour-
aged by their efforts," he said.

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Correction:
U Warren Zinn took the photo of Marcus Knight on page 5B of yesterday's Daily SportsWednesday. This was reported
incorrectly.

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