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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 14, 1999 - 3

HIGHER
PGotestors gather
for Gore visit to
U. of Wisconsin
More than a hundred people gath-
d to protest NATO's military action
l nithe Balkans during Vice President Al
Gore's visit to the University of
,Wisconsin at Madison on Saturday.
V"Gore visited the campus as part of
his campaign for the 2000 presidential
. election. The Coalition Against NATO
iTYugoslavia began its protest with a
rally and then proceeded to march to
where Gore was campaigning.
Students and other protesters said the
irilitary action in Yugoslavia is an
q~ntse of power and they did not think
the United States and NATO have the
right to drop bombs on any location.
Study: college
0ducation pays off
.A study at Clemson University in
. kmson, S.C. has found the price of a
caflege education does indeed pay off.
AThe study titled, "The Market for
College Graduates in South Carolina,"
regards a college education as a finan-
cial investment. The returns from a col-
3ege education are similar to the returns
from investing in the stock market.
,According to the study, four-year
-graduates earn an average of 60 to 65
percent more than high school gradu-
Tates. Two-year graduates earn an aver-
age of 29 to 33 percent more than high
school graduates.
*"The results of the study, which were
Aeiived from data taken only in South
.Carolina, did deviate in comparison to
'.iher states and the United States as a
4hole. But participants in the study
said the most important result of the
study was to prove how valuable a col-
1ege education actually is.
berkeley Sigma
*his investigated
for hate crime
police at the University of California
at erkeley are investigating members
of Sigma Chi fraternity for possible
involvement in hate crime. Police have
.stated that the fight took place around 2
a.m. on March 13.
Octavio Castro, a UC Berkeley
"senior said the fight started after he and
Some of his friend were called racial
epithets, including "Foreigners suck"
va "Go America" by members of the
┬░fl-ternity.
The fight left one student with a bro-
ken jaw that has to be wired shut for
more than a month.
Members of Sigma Chi claim racial
sluis did not instigate the brawl.
Berkeley police have yet to arrest or
rge anyone in the incident.
orida students
arrested at party
,;Police at the University of Florida
raded a house party Saturday night
'aftr receiving information that more
than $16,000 worth of illegal drugs
ituld be present.
Three of the 14 people arrested at the
'pity were university students.
Six cups of a Ketamine mixture
oiling on the kitchen stove; about 83
gIns of marijuana; 14) hits of LSD;
144 Valium pills; 81 pills and 39 grams

ifxpowder Ecstasy and plastic pill cas-
; and a hand grenade simulator,
,which is used in military training were
alound in the raid.
Conference targets
Jnternet addiction
The third annual Networking
Conference at Northwestern University
on Friday focused on how the 90s have
o brught about a new addiction for col-
students - the Internet.
Kimberly Young, who has titled her-
self as a "cyberpsychologist," com-
pares Internet addiction to alcoholism.
She said the students abuse the benefits
gf-the Internet to the point where it
becomes a self-destructive habit.
The problems with the Internet in
college students stem from the over-
- elming access they have to it when
they arrive on campus, Young said.
4Students tend to use the Internet as
a substitute for socialization and inter-
fTsonal relationships.
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Lauren Gibbs.
What
-.!VENTS

MSA plans to lobby state representatives

By Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
At its meeting last night, the Michigan
Student Assembly passed a resolution to
oppose a bill currently in the state House of
Representatives that would allow Michigan
residents to vote only in the city in which they
have a valid drivers license.
The resolution also called for MSA members
to travel to Lansing tomorrow to lobby repre-
sentatives and convince them not to pass the
bill.
In addition, MSA is sending representatives on
tomorrow's trip to lobby members of the state
Senate for an increase in state funding for the
University from the 1.5 percent proposed in Gov.
John Engler's plan to 3.3 percent.
Also passed at last night's MSA meeting was a

resolution to support improvements to the
University's Wolverine Access Website.
Titled the "Wolverine Advantage Project," the
improvements would allow students the option of
using diagrams of weekly schedules to assist them
in the process of registering for classes. The
Wolverine Advantage program would also allow
students to "save money through online purchas-
ing of text books."
Law School Rep. Jasmine Abdel-Khalik, who
argued against the resolution, said most textbooks
for Law School students are only available in local
bookstores and the online service would ultimate-
ly cause a price hike in textbooks at local stores
due to the loss of business.
But MSA passed the resolution to support the
project. According to the proposal, the assembly
will consider future funding for Wolverine

Advantage and form a group of students to work
with the Office of the Registrar, which is current-
ly spearheading the project.
MSA also allotted $2,500 to Students for
Responsible Business to hold a three-day national
conference for 600 of its members in November.
Business first-year student Jeff Merkowitz, who
spoke about the conference, said it will cost about
$120,000.
He explained that the group is inviting
Oprah Winfrey, Vice President Al Gore and a
panel of chief executive officers from interna-
tional businesses to take part in the confer-
ence.
Merkowitz's request faced opposition from LSA
Rep. Peter Handler who said the group should
have applied for the funding from the Budget
Priorities Committee earlier this semester.

But newly elected Business Rep. Tom Panoff
assured the assembly that funding the cvcnt
would be a sound investment because the visa-
tors it might attract could be "beneficial to fhe
University."
"It's a group that is working very hard and is
facing an enormous task," Panoff said.
The newly-elected assembly spent most of its
first meeting electing new officers for its 20 com-
mittees, commissions and task forces.
LSA Rep. Glen Roe was elected chair of de
Budget Priorities Committee, the group that
accepts applications for student funding and
makes recommendations to the assembly for fund-
ing allocations each semester. Roe, who was a
member of BPC last semester, said he wants niote
student groups to know about the funds available
through MSA.

Oil spill on the Diag

Woman files sult
against fen-phen
pmanufacturers

DANA ULNNANE/Daily
Exactly 10 years after the Exxon Valdez spilled oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska, the environmental group EnAct set
up a display on the Diag made of stuffed animals covered in chocolate in remembrance of the event yesterday.
Court demands riot footage

WEST BRANCH, Mich. (AP) -
Attorneys for a woman say her case is a
textbook example of what's wrong with
the diet pill combination fen-phen.
Judy Zettle had tried all the diets,
from soup to grapefruit - exercise
included - to help lose 30 pounds.
Finally, her doctor gave her a prescrip-
tion for fen-phen.
She lost 25 pounds in five months of
intermittent fen-phen use.
But after three months on the diet
pills - in February 1996 - Zettle
started feeling her chest tighten and her
breath shorten on her daily walks.
Specialists found that the West
Branch woman had heart valve damage
and primary pulmonary hypertension.
In July 1996, she had open-heart
surgery. Doctors replaced the bad heart
valve with a synthetic one.
Nearly three years later, Zettle is
suing fen-phen maker Wyeth-Ayerst
Laboratories, a division of American
Home Products Corp.
Researchers have found that fen-
phen takers suffer disproportionately
from rare heart valve damage and pul-
monary hypertension.
Primary pulmonary hypertension is
an often fatal type of high blood pres-
sure. It strikes one or two people per
million, primarily women in their 30s
and 40s.
The disease causes dangerously high
blood pressure in the pulmonary artery,
which connects the heart and the lungs.

fenfluramine
Fenfluramine is
sant. Combined
mild stimulant,i
new weight lossc

and phentermine.
an appetite suppres-
with phentermine, a
it became a powerful
drug.

EAST LANSING (AP) - A judge ruled yesterday that Anthony Dav
two newspapers and eight television stations must hand over charged with
unpublished photographs and video of a campus riot to ary device. He
Ingham County prosecutors. . "The contil
East Lansing District Judge David Jordan's ruling was sim- with the law c
ilar to one he made last week involving the Lansing State said. He said I
Journal. Yesterday's ruling affected the Detroit Free Press and as he can bef
The State News - Michigan State's student newspaper- as May 7.
well as television stations WJBK, WKBD and WXYZ in James Stew
Detroit, WJRT in Flint, WILX in Onondaga outside Lansing, Dunnings has
WLNS in Lansing, WWMT in Kalamazoo and WZZM in which the ne%
Grand Rapids. But he argu
All of the news organizations plan to appeal in Ingham poena unpubli
County Circuit Court. They are hoping to join a previous been publicly1
appeal filed by the Lansing State Journal. "I think eitt
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III is seeking media has a v
hundreds of unpublished photographs and video footage Free Press
taken the night of March 27-28, when more than 5,000 peo- have ruled th
ple rioted on the Michigan State University campus and in methods of ge
downtown East Lansing. said that usin
The request is part of the prosecution's case against great risk to r
Kevorkian receives
*5 i
XV o 5 ears ln

This can destroy the heart.
"For a long time I just told my hus-
band I'm happy to be alive," Zettle, a
local school cafeteria worker and moth-
er of three, told The Bay City Times.
"But I started to get angry. I saw reports
that the drug companies knew the
health risks but ignored them."
Fen-phen. is named for two drugs

vid Pastor, 21, of Kalamazoo, who has been
a felony of possession of an explosive-incendi-
e is a Western Michigan University student.
nued delay by the news media in compliance
could further jeopardize our efforts;' Dunnings
he is trying to prosecute as many alleged rioters
fore Michigan State's summer vacation begins
iart, an attorney for Detroit's WXYZ-TV said
s the right to ask for published photographs,
ws organizations have complied with.
ued that Dunnings doesn't have the right to sub-
shed material unless the information has already
reported or the reporter is the subject of the case.
her one loves the media or hates the media, the
ery special status in the society, he said.
attorney Herschel Fink said previous judges
at the media should be used only if all other
etting information have been exhausted. He also
g the media in such circumstances can cause
eporters.

The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration approved fenflu-
ramine and phentermine individually
- but not in combination. Still, doc-
tors prescribed the pills in tandem
widely.
In September 1997 - nearly two
years after Zettle started taking fez-
phen - the FDA asked drug makers to
withdraw fenfluramine and the related
dexfenfluramine - popularly called
"Redux"-- from the market.
Mayo Clinic and other researchers
were reporting dozens of rare valvular
heart disease cases in female fen-phen
users.
"The evidence is clear that the manu-
facturers had warning that their drug's
were causing problems, and they chose
to tell no one about it," said Zoe
Littlepage, a Texas lawyer, who, along
with West Branch attorney William
Engemann, is representing Zettle.

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PONTIAC (AP) - Dr. Jack
Kevorkian's nine-year crusade for assist-
ed suicide - capped by a nationally
televised lethal injection - imploded
yesterday as a judge sentenced
Kevorkian to 10 to 25 years in prison and
told him: "Consider yourself stopped."
Kevorkian, who had dared prosecu-
tors to charge him and jurors to convict
him, grinned as he was led from the
courtroom in handcuffs after Judge
Jessica Cooper lectured and sentenced
him. The judge denied bond, saying she
couldn't trust his promise not to assist
in any more suicides.
"That is what he believes his life mis-
sion is;" she said.
Cooper also sentenced Kevorkian,
who turns 71 next month, to three to
seven years for delivery of a controlled
substance. The sentences will run con-
currently.
Kevorkian will be eligible for parole,
but exactly when was unclear yesterday.
The prosecutor said it would be after he
serves two-thirds of 10 years - six
years and eight months; Corrections
Department spokesperson Matt Davis
said parole eligibility would come after
eight years.
Kevorkian could have been sen-

tenced to life in prison.
The widow and brother of 52-year-old
Lou Gehrig's disease patient Thomas
Youk, whose death was shown on CBS'
"60 Minutes," pleaded for leniency. But
Kevorkian declined the opportunity to
speak, and Cooper was adamant as she
told him he is not above the law."
This trial was not about the political
or moral correctness of euthanasia," the
judge said. "It was about you, sir. It was
about lawlessness. It was about disre-
spect for a society that exists and flour-
ishes because of the strength of the
legal system."
"No one, sir, is above the law. No one."
"You had the audacity to go on nation-
al television, show the world what you
did and dare the legal system to stop you.
Well, sir, consider yourself stopped."
Still, she predicted the debate about
issues that Kevorkian brought to the
forefront will continue "long after this
trial and your activities fade from pub-
lic memory."
Kevorkian, subdued and quiet,
changed into jail coveralls at the Oakland
County Jail, where paperwork was com-
pleted before he was taken by van to the
State Prison of Southern Michigan at
Jackson, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

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