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Center to aid diabetes research
By Robert Gold
and Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporters
Legal counsel for the Students of
Color Coalition, the senior honor soci-
ety Michigamua and the University
administration met yesterday for the
second day in a row.
Michigamua spokesman Nick Del-
gado said the lawyers have spent the
first two days introducing each parties'
Ann Arbor attorney Bruce Elliot,
who is representing Michigamua, said
he would not comment on the details
of today's meeting.
"As a rule, I really don't discuss
cases or legal situations," said Elliot, a
01472 University graduate and
Michigamnua alum, adding that the
lawyers are expected to meet again
The University released a proposal
to the SCC yesterday through Deputy
General Counsel Liz Barry that is a
modified version of a plan outlined by
interim Vice President for Student
Affairs E. Royster Harper last week.
The proposal calls for a panel to
be established to "determine under
what conditions, if any, should a
student organization be entitled to
office space which is not subject to
a periodic assignment process,
review and potential reallocation in
the Michigan Unions," which
include the Michigan Union, Pier-
pont Commons and the Michigan
Under the modified plan, the panel
:would be made up of "three high-level
administrators," who would hold pub-
lic hearings to obtain feedback. The
original plan called for 13 members,
including faculty picked by the groups
involved as well as representatives
from these groups.
SCC spokesman Joe Reilly said he
is frustrated with the administration's
latest effort. "They have regurgitated
*the same proposal in the last two
weeks," Reilly said. "It displays their
failure to understand the root of the
problem. That root is a long, deep
history of institution-supported
Delgado said Michigamua agrees
with the idea of a panel but has other
problems with the proposal.
The proposal calls for the panel to
make a decision no more than 60 days
after it first meets and for the space not
to be reassigned for at least 60 days
after the ruling.
"The timing is not fair. The content
is fair," Delgado said. By putting 60
days, it's not fair, it's not equitable, it's
not very thoughtful."
If Michigamua is looking for office
space, the Michigan Student Assembly
already has an effective procedure,
Reilly said. "They're not looking for
office space, they're looking for a pri-
vate and secret space within a public
institution," he said.
Delgado said Michigamua will not
apply for office space through the
Office Space Allocation Committee if
it loses the tower room and instead
would find a private location to hold
He added that Michigamua would
not heed opponents' call to publicize
their activities more often.
"That only makes our quiet ways
even more quiet," Delgado said. "We'll
still be making the same contributions
to the University."
See MICHIGAMUA, Page 7A
$6.6M program to be part of LSI
By Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily Staff Reporter
While many University students
may think of themselves as free and
far from diabetes - one of the most
common causes of death in the nation
- University officials and doctors
around the nation are urging students
to think again.
"You need.to get checked if you
have the common symptoms," said
internal medicine Prof. Douglas
Greene, director of the University's
Michigan Diabetes Research and
"Students ... after the age of puber-
ty need to know they can go to the
health services and check themselves"
from the chronic and genetically deter-
mined disease that afflicts more than
16 million people nationwide and
claims the life of one person in the
United States every three minutes,
To further the understanding of dia-
betes and the search for a cure, yester-
day the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation,
the world's leading nonprofit funder of
diabetes research, announced the
establishment of a new $6.6 million
Center for the Study of Complications
in Diabetes at the University Medical
Researchers and physicians from the
Medical Center's neurology, internal
medicine and physiology departments
will pool their resources, facilities and
experience to find crucial answers to
the questions of cell death and glucose
control in the disease.
Investigations will take place in
this new center, which as part of the
University's proposed Life Sciences
Initiative will include several existing
labs of the Medical Center collaborat-
ing with diabetes research as their
"We would like to assure (JDF) that
we will do all we can to help
See DIABETES, Page 2A
Neurology department research fellow Catherine Delaney (left) gives a tour of the
University Medical Center to John McDonough, chairman of the board of the
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (right), his wife (center), and to JDF board member
Desma Reid-Coleman yesterday.
Catching spring fever
' le ads state in
endowme nt funds
By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Thanks to generous donations from alumni
and gifts from major corporations, the University
has an endowment fund totaling more than $2.5
billion - more than any school in the state.
Endowments at four private colleges in Michi-
gan and 13 public institutions, including the Uni-
versity, total more than $3.6 billion.
Michigan State University, with a $265 million
endowment, comes insecond.
According to the University's News and Infor-
escalated throughout the past decade.
Taubman, a former School of Architecture stu-
dent whose company owns and operates some of
the nation's premiere retail facilities, donated $30
million to the University last summer. The gift
was the largest ever given to any architecture
school in the nation and was Taubman's largest
donation to the University.
Prior to the donation last summer, Taubman
gave millions of dollars to help construct the
Medical School's library and a health care center
at the University Hospitals.
The largest factor in the University's large
mation Services, endow-
ments are given to the
University by donors who as
a condition of the gift only
want investment returns
spent so the principal is
maintained in perpetuity.
take the form of stocks,
bonds, cash and real estate.
Judy Malcolm, director of
tions, said the endowments
are made up primarily of
large gifts to the University.
"The people, donating
In the money
Public university endowments
as of June 30, 1999
Michigan State $265,238,000
Wayne State $146,275,000
Western Michigan $92,590,000
Michigan Tech $39,537,000
Central Michigan $36,083,000
Grand Valley State $35,588,000
Eastern Michigan $31,494,000
Ferris State $15,261,000
Saginaw Valley State $13,971,000
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endowment is tied to a cam-
paign started in 1992 aimed
at generating $1 billion.
Donations from companies
including Ford, Chrysler,
General Motors and Dow
Chemical helped the Uni-
versity to acquire $1.3 bil-
lion in five years.
The University uses its
endowments to fund many
academic projects and pro-
grams on campus, such as
research, teaching and other
expenses which otherwise
would be funded with
decide what the money should go for. Some
decide to endow professorships or scholarships,
and some want the money to support particular
programs," Malcolm said.
Malcolm said endowments for professorships
add prestige because they enable the University to
attract the finest educators. "Money going towards
professorships often pays the professors' salary,
for the research to be done and often for research
assistants. Every year part of the investment is
paid out, and the money can last forever," she said.
In 1989, University endowment funds totaled
$400 million, but thanks to donations from alum-
ni such as A. Alfred Taubman, that total has
tuition revenue, allowing the University to keep
tuition increases lower, according to News and
At Grand Valley State University in Allendale,
President Arend Lubbers has made building on
its $35.5 million endowment a priority.
"We use the endowment earnings almost
exclusively to support our scholarship and finan-
cial aid programs," Grand Valley spokesman
Matt McLogan said. "If we didn't, some students
couldn't go here."
Harvard University tops the nation in endow-
ments with $14.2 billion.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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ISA sophomore John Wieland throws a baseball to LSA freshman Carmen Shamwell in the Law
Quad yesterday as temperatures rose into the 50s.
approval by7 FDA
By Lindsey Alpert
The abortion drug mifepristone is
crawling closer to approval by the
Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA sent an approvable letter
to the Population Council on Friday.
An approvable letter informs the spon-
sor of issues surrounding the drug that
need to be solved before it is approved
Mifepristone has been used in Euro-
pean countries for more than a decade.
The Population Council, an interna-
tional 'nonprofit institution that con-
ducts biomedical, social science and
public health research, filed a new
drug application with the FDA on
March 18, 1996.
An FDA advisory committee found
that the drug was safe in clinical trials
and advised that it be approved in July
of that year. An approvable letter was
sent out in September 1996, to which
the Population Council responded and
See ABORTION, Page 2A
10 awards at
By Andrew Ladd
Daily Arts Writer
While the gaze of the music industry has fallen on
teen sensations and boy bands like Christina Aguilera
and the Backstreet Boys, the Grammys, held last night at
the intimate Staples Center in Los 4ngeles, have gone
Instead of honoring the'new guard of pop music, the
Recording Academy took a look back by honoring some
of the more established acts. Big winners last night
included Santana, TLC and Detroit's own Eminem.
Carlos Santana came away the night's biggest win-
ner, taking home 10 awards -- one for each nomina-
tion, including the night's biggest honor, Album of
the Year for "Supernatural." Santana also picked up
awards for Record of the Year, Best Pop. Perfor-
mance by Duo or Group, Pop Collaboration with
Vocal, Pop Instrumental, Rock Duo/Group with
Vocal, Rock Instrumental Performance and Rock
Album. ltaal Shur and Rob Thomas won the song-
writing award for the Santana hit "Smooth," round-
ing out the 10 wins.
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Bollinger to kiCk off lecture series
Grammy Awards last night in Los Angeles.
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
Addressing how freedom of speech
fits into the information revolution.
University President Lee Bollinger is
scheduled to deliver a lecture today at
4 p.m. in the Founders Room of the
Bollinger served as dean of the
Law School from 1987 to 1994 and
has taught under-
ri science courses
about the First
sponsoring the lecture series, is sched-
uled to give a speech later in the
semester. He is the chairman and chief
executive officer of Evans Telecommu-
nications and co-founded the Cable-
Satellite Public Affairs Network, a
nonprofit television company that
broadcasts political and government
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