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RESEARCH
Researchers
design a plan for
fair schools'
While many cities have adopted
ool choice plans, few have a rigorous
method of assigning students to public
schools inside and outside their districts.
, But economics Prof. Tayrun Sonmez
along with Atila Abdulkadiroglu of the
University of Rochester tackled the
problem and developed what they
claim is a fair way to assign students to
public schools.
-In a method the researchers call the
"top trading mechanism," student
' gnments would be based on the
s ools' priorities for racial, ethnic,
gender balance and school preference
rankings that students submit.
Students with the highest priority for
at least one school could either keep their
assignment at that school or swap places
with other highest-priority students. The
process would then continue in the same
way for the remaining students.
The researchers say previous educa-
literature has provided some guid-
ance for such plans but has not detailed
the process of student assignment.
The new plan could help reduce
manipulation of the school choice sys-
tem through the appeals of parents.
A new food sterilization method that
uses electricity instead of heat may be
important in providing the U.S. Army
with food rations.
Scientists improve
Od sterilization
A research team at Ohio State
University recently received word from
the Department of Food, Science and
Technology that it can continue a study
of the new non-thermal sterilization
method termed Pulsed Electric Fields
technology, according to a report in
The Lantern.
' EF processing moves food through
atment chambers with a high voltage
electric field, killing harmful microor-
ganisms but preserving flavor, color
and nutrients.
The research team, headed by Ohio
State food science Prof. Q. Howard
Zhang, received a $1.04 million grant
from the U.S. Department of Defense,
which hoped the team would find ways
to improve military rations.
The researchers are in the process of
*lding PEF machines to be sent to
companies in the food industry, includ-
ing Nestle and General Mills.
Orange, apple and cranberry juices
and cider, carbonated beverages, choco-
late milk and salsa are among the items
researchers tested with PEF processing.
Northwestern
pe ns Internet
msearch center
Hoping to propel studies of the com-
plexities of the Internet, Northwestern
-University announced Tuesday the
opening of the International Center for
Advanced Internet Research, a joint
effort between Northwestern and sever-
41 technological corporations.
,U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (R-Ill.) and
executives from IBM, Ameritech and
sco Systems will collaborate with
rthwestern researchers to create dig-

.ital technologies for communications,
:Ssiness, education, medicine, engi-
feering and entertainment, The Daily
-Northwestern reported. Northwestern
Minounced plans to create iCAIR in
August.
Cancer drugs may
e more effective
y combining anti-cancer drugs
with Vitamin B12, scientists at the
{ niversity of Utah found ways to
enhance the body's fight against can-
cer, the Daily Utah Chronicle report-
ed.
Vitamin B 12 is used in the body by
rpidly dividing cells as well as can-
cerous cells. But when Vitamin B 12
combines with anti-cancer drugs,
researchers say it acts like a "Trojan
e" - cancer cells take in what
looks like something good for them,
but end up being destroyed by the
drugs that come along with it.
University of Utah chemistry Profs.
Charles Grissom and Fred West said the
breakthrough may mean cancer patients
can take lower doses of anti-cancer
drugs, many of which have side effects.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Asma Rafeeq.

LOCA LSTATETne Micnigan uaily - I nursday, Apri l 1999
AAPD alcohol project enters next phase

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By MartaBrill
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor Police Department is scheduled
to begin the second phase of Project Spotlight next
week, a program that targets false identification
and underage drinking local restaurants and bars,
AAPD Lt. Mike Zennick said.
AAPD received a state grant to conduct the three
phase program. The first phase was to publicize
the program, making potential underage drinkers
aware of the increased crackdown on false identifi-
cation.
"The second phase is training people who work
in liquor establishments," Zennick said. The restau-
rant and bar employees will be taught how to spot
fake ID's and underage drinkers.
It is currently unknown when the third phase is
scheduled to begin. In this final phase, undercover
officers enter the restaurants and bars posed as

employees. If minors are caught ordering alcohol,
they will be ticketed with a minor in possession
charge on the spot, said Caroline King, manager at
Conor O'Neil's restaurant located on Main Street.
Phil Klein, manager of Rick's American Cafe,
said that while he thought the staff at Rick's was
already well qualified to spot fake ID's, additional
training by the AAPD will be helpful.
"I think any time the police get involved it will
be effective," Klein said.
Zennick said the purpose behind Project
Spotlight is to shift some of the responsibility to the
underage drinkers. Previously the main targets
were the establishments where the alcohol was
served.
"We do believe this is good deterrence" King
said.
AAPD plans to hold training sessions at Rick's,
Conor O'Neil's and the One Eyed Moose. Officials

"We do believe this is good deterrence."
- Caroline King
Manager, Conor O'Neil's

are scheduled to be at Rick's on April 15, Conor
O'Neil's on April 19 and the One Eyed Moose on
April 20.
The sessions will include staff from the three
restaurants as well as other local restaurant employ-
ees. They are scheduled to last from one to two
hours.
"We are participating solely to deter minors from
drinking in our restaurant," King said.
King added that Conor O'Neil's staff have par-
ticipated in training similar to this in the past, using
a program called TIPS. The TIPS program is a six
hour training session on how to serve alcohol

responsibly.
Conor O'Neil's was one of four local establish-
ments that AAPD ticketed in September for not
checking for age identification before serving alco-
hol. In the raid, undercover police officers posed as
customers and asked to be served alcohol. Shalimar
Restaurant, the Parthenon Restaurant and Old
Heidelberg Restaurant were also ticketed in the sting.
"At the time, it was the server's first day on the
floor. We always had a policy. We were always
strict," said King, adding that servers would be
instantly dismissed if she discovered they had
served alcohol to minors.

Leap of faith

Week-long celebration to
honor GSIs nationwide

N,

By Cori McAfee
Daily Staff Reporter
"What week?" and "I had no idea"
were common responses University
students gave when asked their opin-
ion of Graduate and Professional
Student Appreciation Week, sched-
uled until April 10.
GPSA Week, a celebration that
has been sponsored since 1995 by
the National Association of
Graduate-Professional Students, is
designed to recognize the contribu-
tions of graduate and professional
students to universities, the govern-
ment and neighborhood communi-
ties.
"Grad students often work behind
the scenes, as assistants to profes-
sors or researchers, quietly doing
much of the work on some of our
country's greatest achievements,"
said Anthony Rosati, NAGPS
Webmaster and co-founder of the
GPSA Week concept. "Without
them, tuition would be higher,
research wouldn't be as successful,
our society wouldn't solve as many
problems, and our lives wouldn't be
as rich."
Northwestern University is one of
the many schools participating in an
organized week of events, sponsor-
ing several lectures and workshops
throughout the week. In addition to
events, there is a table on campus
every day giving graduate students
information on the events and

"goodies" such as refreshments or
pins.
"We take the time to organize and
put on this event because it is really
important. Most of us would not
have jobs at the university if it
weren't for the graduate students,"
said Linda Evens, who works in the
graduate school at Northwestern and
also is on the GPSA Week commit-
tee.
"We just want to take the time to
reach out to them and show them
that we care and really appreciate
what they do," she added.
The University is not among the
few campuses across the country
holding special events, awards,
workshops and speakers this week.
Mark Dilley, a member of the
University's Graduate Employees
Organization, said GEO did not have
time to organize any events because
they were so busy with contract
negotiations with the University.
Opinions on campus of the con-
cept of an appreciation week varied.
Most people did not even know that
GPSA Week existed.
"I think it is very funny actually, I
have never heard of it," said Ulrike
Peters, a graduate student instructor
in the foreign languages department.
"I- had no clue it was graduate stu-
dent appreciation week. It's not a
bad idea, but I don't think people
will pay much attention to it", said
Craig Podolski, an LSA first-year

student.
Several students shared the opin-
ion that the appreciation should be
continuous as opposed to allotting a
certain time period for praise and
recognition.
"I think the idea is nice, yet it's
always interesting to me because it
seems like the appreciation should
last year round. But if taking a week
out of the year is the way society
chooses to appreciate graduate stu-
dents, then I still think that's nice,"
said Karen Goodyke, a GSI who
teaches English.
Several students liked the idea of
the GSPA Week merely because they
said the intention of the week is
good and worth while. A few stu-
dents feel that the idea is good
because it emphasizes the elimina-
tion of ulterior motive from work
people do.
"I think it's a great idea because it
puts the focus on just what is signif-
icant about higher education, and
that is the teaching and learning
which best takes place in the give
and take in the conversation of the
classroom," said Eric Kos, a politi-
cal science GSI.
Some undergraduates agreed with
Kos' feelings.
"When I get a good GSI, I respect
them so much more because they are
not teaching for their needs, they are
selflessly teaching," LSA first-year
student Fazeela Siddiqui said.

° .

DHANI JONES/Daily
Northville resident Brandon Helserenjoys the nice weather by rollerblading
in front of the Museum of Art yesterday.
Day of Silence
builds awareness

By Jennifer Sterling
For the Daily
A gay activist living in East Quad
Residence Hall wrote a powerful mes-
sage yesterday morning on a message
board encircled by gay pride stickers.
Despite the fact that her stickers had
been torn down before, she was persis-
tent in delivering her message that read:
"Please understand my reasons for not
speaking today. I support lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender rights. I believe
that laws and attitudes should be inclu-
sive of people of all sexual orientations.
The Day of Silence Project draws atten-
tion to those who have been silenced by
hatred, oppression, and prejudice. Think
about the voices you are not hearing
today. What can you do to end the
silence?"
LSA sophomore Naomi Baum copied
the quotation off of a yellow card she car-
ried with her yesterday from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m., along with several other Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender organiz-
ers, students and supporters.
Participants remained silent and wore
black clothing during the day, handing
out the yellow cards to others to explain
their silence. At 5 p.m., only about five
participants gathered on the Diag to
break the silence together.
At this moment participants intended
to make as much noise as possible for a
full minute but due to a low turnout, an
informal gathering took place instead.
LGBT commission chair Ozell
Xiante, an LSA junior, said in a written
statement, "We're looking for a lot of
people to do something simple for us:
keep their mouths shut. April 7 is the Day
of Silence, a day where we're asking peo-

ple of all sexual orientations to be silent
to help spread awareness and protest the
silence that lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender face."
University of Virginia student Maria
Pulzetti initiated the National Day of
Silence during the University of Virginia
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Union Bisexual
Gay Lesbian Awareness Days week in
1996.
"The National Day of Silence is a day
to show the world how silent our worlds
would really be without the input of
LGBT people and their allies, not only in
aspects of sexuality, but in our daily
lives" according to the event's Website.
A student taking part in yesterday's
Feminist Fair on the Diag, who did not
wish to be quoted, said that she did not
think silence was the best way of com-
municating LGBT's message.
Engineer junior Adrian DeLeon, said
"This event is more inclusive because it
increases dialogue, other events are more
demonstrative."
"Silence as a sole way of activism is
only one tactic of getting our point
across," Baum said. Yet, she thought the
silence was successful, "My silence was
a presence in class," she said.
When Baum returned to her residence
hall room later in the day, she found a
big, black "X" across the quotation she
had written on her message board.
"It's so ironic that I was being silent on
the day that was commemorating other
people being silenced" said a livid Baum.
"My stance everytime they alter some-
thing of mine - two more stickers are
coming up! I won't be a victim of this."
Other supporters nodded in empathy
as they listened to her story.

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