2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 25, 2000
Mourners gather to honor
victims of Seton Hall fire
LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Churches in three New Jersey
towns were overflowing with hundreds of mourners yesterday
at funeral services for three 18-year-old victims of last week's
residence hall fire at Seton Hall University.
Frank Caltabilota Jr., John Giunta and Aaron Karol. all
first year students, were remembered by friends and family
members as upbeat, selfless, promising young men.
In West Long Branch, teen-age pallbearers carrying
Caltabilota's casket cried all the way up the aisle of St. Jerome
Roman Catholic Church, their sobs echoing off the marble floors
and wooden rafters. More than 800 people filled the church for
the service for Caltabilota, who aspired to a career in medicine.
Those who could not get a seat were ushered downstairs, where
a video monitor was set up to broadcast the proceedings.
"Why did Frankie have to die so young?" asked the
Rev. Frederick Jackiewicz. "We have no answers for
these questions. We do not understand the ways of God.
We try to the best of our limited ability to understand,
but we cannot."
Seton Hall University chancellor Thomas Peterson was
among 450 people who crowded into St. John the Evangelist
Roman Catholic Church in Dunellen to say goodbye to Karol, a
soccer enthusiast and criminal justice major who hoped to work
for the FBI. Three busloads of Seton Hall students went to
Vineland, where about 500 people turned out for Giunta's funer-
al Mass at St. Francis of Assissi Roman Catholic Church.
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dow, found beer cans and other remains
of a party.
FIJI President Bill Siegel said he and
other members of the house knew they
were violating the mandates when they
threw the party. "The suspension came
about as a violation of alcohol in culmi-
nation with our nationals not being
understanding with our entire rebuilding
Mountz said IFC was not aware that
FIJI had violated their alcohol-free
restriction and therefore was not aware
that the fraternity had violated its proba-
tion. The terms of the stay is the suspen-
sion were handed down from the interna-
tional organization and were regulated
only by the international organization,
IFC President Adam Silver said, "Any
time a chapter is suspended, it has an
impact. FIJI has always had a powerful
presence through service in IFC and has
had a large effect in IFC sponsored
events ... There are a lot of very talented
motivated leaders in that house."
There has yet to be a final decision as
to what will happen to FII's charter.
"Our intention is to, working within the
rules and bylaws of the fraternity, appeal
the suspension but we have to make a
case in how we are going to reform in the
future' Morgan said.
FIJI's current members will be allowed
to stay in the house for the remainder of
the semester. "If all works out and the
appeal is successful we might have a
chance to recolonize next fall;" Siegel
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out of 700 student athletes achieving a
3.0 grade point average for at least two
semesters in a row'
The Athletic Department recently
implemented a new policy, putting
greater pressure on athletes to excel in
Prior to the new policy, the Athletic
Department checked the grades of stu-
dent athletes in August, to ensure that all
athletes obtained a 2.0 GPA or higher.
Those athletes not in compliance would
not be eligible to play for a full year.
But this month, athletes are only eligi-
ble for a half-year of eligibility. The
department reviewed grades this month
to ensure eligibility.
Faculty members said they want to be
part of the process for evaluating and
assisting student athletes.
"We need to have the students feel that
they are more than just being used by the
University. We as the faculty need to
know what are the issues and how we
can back them;' assistant Nursing Prof.
Jeanne Raisler said.
Faculty members at the meeting said
they are interested in helping the student
athletes, but they do not want to do them
favors, just so they can keep up with the
"When I came to the University I
knew it can be tricky to have a room full
of athletes, but I have guarded the no
favor policy, and to this day, no coach has
ever approached me asking for a favor,"
But Foss did express concern that
the University "channels athletes
into the Kinesiology majors, and we
as a unit are not interested in having
this as a continued practice." He
added that "all divisions and majors
should have a hand in the athletes'
In response, Goss said that out of
the 700 student athletes, 230 of them
are enrolled in the Kinesiology divi-
sion, 200 in LSA , 75 in both the
Engineering and the School of
Business Administration, and the rest
are sprinkled in the University's
other schools and colleges.
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are rats and mice, which are used in
research on cancer, diabetes and arthri-
tis as well as "all the major diseases of
"We are more concerned with
human health, whereas Michigan State
is more concerned with food produc-
tion, wool production and so on,"
Ringler said. "We have spent several
hundre'd thousand dollars for security
when those dollars should be spent to
research cancer, heart disease, and
Michigan State campus police, the
ATF and the FBI are investigating the
ELF in connection with the New Year's
ACROSS THE NATION
P&G merger with Warner-Lambert ends
NEW YORK - Procter & Gamble, the maker of Tide detergent and Crest tooth-
paste, said yesterday that it has abandoned negotiations to acquire two major dnig
makers, Warner-Lambert and American Home Products.
Procter & Gamble, eager to increase its presence in the pharmaceutical market, had
considered acquiring the companies to create one of the world's biggest pharmaceuti-
P&G faced a powerful opponent in Pfizer, which has already made a $72 billion
hostile bid for Warner-Lambert. P&G shares had fallenr about 17 percent since news
of the talks leaked out last week.
Trading of Procter & Gamble's stock was halted in the afternoon, down $6.18 at
$96.50 a share, before the company's announcement. After the announcement, trading
resumed and P&G jumped to $107.37..
"We believed Warner-Lambert, American Home Products and Procter & Gamble
could have been a blockbuster combination of technology, marketing and scale capa-
bilities," Durk Jager, chair, chief executive and president of Procter & Gamble, said in
"We had been in discussions with Warner-Lambert and American Home Products
over the past three weeks. Now, however, we have concluded that leaks and resulti
speculation on a possible transaction have created an environment in which we canno
continue meaningful discussions," lager said.
prone to leakage
WASHINGTON - A leading heart
valve manufacturer stopped worldwide
implants of silver-coated heart valves
yesterday because the coating meant to
reduce heart infections instead makes
the valves prone to leak.
Minnesota-based St. Jude Medical
Inc. recalled all hospital inventories of
St. Jude's heart valves with the Silzone
The recall affects only valves still on
hospital shelves, not those already
inside patients. That is because the
leakage seems infrequent and occurs
slowly, without creating an emergency
situation, health officials said.
But 36,000 of the silver-coated
valves have been implanted since 1997.
Patients include 12,000 Americans,
implanted since the valves began sell-
ing here in 1998.
Those patients should not panic
when they hear of the recall, Food and
Drug Administration medical device
chief David Feigal said.
"The majority of patients who have
these valves did not have this complit-
The leaks seem to occur in about 2
percent of patients with silver-coated
heart valves, St. Jude Medical said.
Report questions *
WASHINGTON -. Amtrak sup-
porters defended the national railway
yesterday after an oversight commit-
tee released a report questioning
whether it can become self-sufficient
after three decades of government
The Amtrak Reform Council, in
first annual report, challenge
Amtrak's claim that it is on target to
become self-sufficient by the end of
fiscal year 2002, as required by
Under the council's interpretation,
Amtrak must save or earn an addition-
al $567 million by that deadline to
avoid possible wholesale changes in it
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Chinese gays slowly
SHANGHAI, China - With a mix-
ture of denial and acceptance, discom-
fort and support, Chinese society is
recognizing that homosexuality exists
- hundreds of years after Western
missionaries noted the prevalence of
love between Chinese men.
Chinese researchers recently
announced for the first time their esti-
mate of the number of homosexuals in
China - between 40 million and 50
million in a population of 1.2 billion.
And a researcher specializing in
Marxism-Leninism at the University of
Public Security, a conservative bastion,
submitted an internal report calling on
Chinese heterosexuals to study the
equality prevalent in homosexual rela-
The incipient openness of homo-
sexual life in China is part of a broad
trend in Chinese society toward
more personal freedom that has
grown during 20 years of economic
"In our cities, things are freer and
freer," said Fang Gang, author of a
best-selling book on gay life in
China. "And the average Chinese is
pretty accepting of these chant
People realize that we lived in. a.
straitjacket for a long time. Now that
straitjacket is coming off."
Mexico City's smog
MEXICO CITY - Quietly but
steadily, Mexico City made signifle
progress in reducing its infamous n
pollution during the 1990s, thankMi-
one of the world's most aggressive anti-
Metropolitan officials disclosed pol-
lution data this month that shows 1999
was the least-dirty year of the decade
here for the air, with the fewest emer-
gency days and the most days within
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