The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 24, 2000 -- 3A
'RESEARCH Residence hall lottery deadline approaches
predict end of
Associate Physics Prof. Fred
Adams revealed his understanding
of how the solar system will end at
the annual meeting of the American
Association for the Advancement of
Science held at University that
ended this week.
Adams said that the earth will
either burn by an eploding sun, get
thrown into the sun, or else get
, hrown out into space where it will
Adams estimated that within seven
billion years the sun will collapse
into a white dwarf, incinerating the
Earth. Humans need not worry about
dying in the large explosion because
all of earth's life would have perished
3.5 billion years earlier due to the
Working along with Gregory
aughlin, a scientist at NASA's
Ames Research Center, the pair
used a computer and statistical pro-
cessing calculations to model possi-
ble'interactions between nearby
binary stars and the orbits of the
planets of the solar system.
Adams speculates that there is a one
in 100,000 chance that the earth will be
thrown either out to space or into the
sun within 3.5 billion years. If thrown
into space, the earth can thrive for
*bout one million years before freezing
A study at the University has shown
that the descendants of the first humans
toenter the Americas were not related
to any Asian groups.
Anthropology Prof. C. Loring Brace
resented his results at the annual
meeting of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science in
Brace and his team compared about
two dozen measurements taken from
thousands of ancient and modemskulls,
collected during a 20 year period, gener-
atinga dendrogram for each one.
A dendrogram is a tree-like mapping
where the distance between the branch-
* shows how close or far the skull is to
any other group.
The data shows that native inhabi-
tants of the Western Hemisphere fits
into several different groups based on
Many local hospitals have
installed the ImageChecker sys-
tems, which is a computer system
that allows for both physicians and
radiologists to examine mammo-
Mammograms are performed on
women to look for masses and abnor-
malities in the breast tissue. Double
reading is suspected to improve the rate
detection of the cancer.
Approved by the Food and Drug
Administration in 1998, the
ImageChecker is expected to
improve the accuracy rate of mamo-
grams, which is currently 80 per-
New software expected to be avail-
able in June should increase accuracy
rates to about 90 percent.
Beaumont has decided not to charge
tra for the double reading, leaving
the price at $223 for a mammogram
screening and reading.
William Beaumont Hospital has
installed ImageChecker systems at
its Royal Oak and Troy locations.
The St. John Health System expects
to add at least one system sometime
-Compiledfrom wire reports by
Dailv Staff Reporter Lindsey Alpert.
By Melissa Gonzalez
For the Daily
Students living in residence halls are prepar-
ing to enter the lottery for rooms for next year.
University Housing is advising students wanti-
ng to secure a spot for the fall semester to pick
up a registration card at the front desk of their
current residence hall by March 7.
Housing then randomly selects cards to deter-
mine the order applicants pick their rooms.
LSA freshman Jeff Homuth said he is fairly
comfortable with the current system. "I'm just
hoping we get the dorm we want. I'm hoping to
room with my current roommate in South Quad.
I'm pretty confidant," he said.
Unlike the two days available last year to
enter the housing lottery, students have more
than two weeks this year to enter the drawing.
After receiving a personal time slot, students
visit the Student Activities Building at a desig-
nated time to chose a room and sign a lease.
Residence Hall Association President Jason
Taylor said the extended time period will not
cause students to rush as much.
But students who miss the drawing are not
completely without hope. After the March 7
deadline, students can enter a "last chance"
housing sign-up opportunity on March 23 and
24, which includes those students living in off-
campus housing who desire to live on-campus.
The random drawing does not allow for
seniority among those students living in resi-
dence halls. "I thought it was first-come first-
serve, but it is a lottery system so I have until
March 7," Homuth said. "Seems pretty fair, but
it is still confusing." -
Taylor said one advantage of the University's
housing lottery in comparison to other schools
is that those wanting to remain in their room or
in the same hall have priority over others.
After registering for the drawing, results will
be posted March 10 on the Internet. Females
choose rooms on March 14 and males choose
rooms March 15.
Although there is a lot of information to know
before registering, Taylor said "the best part is
that it is all on the Web." All information regard-
ing registration can be found on University Hous-
ing's Website at www housing. umich. edu.
But some students said the process for secur-
ing a room can be frustrating at times.
"It was complicated," said LSA sophomore
Elaine Wong, who said she is not applying for a
room for the fall. "I lived in housing last year and
I live in a triple right now, but we had a tough
time getting a room. I guess maybe if they had
an adviser in the dorm where students could get
information it would be better, but we didn't have
a clear idea of what and how to choose a room."
"I think the problem is that there is so much
information to swallow," Taylor said, adding that
RHA is always gathering input from residents
on how to improve the reapplication process.
USAC urges students to
protect skin from UV rays
By Shomad Terrelonge-Stone
Daily Staff Reporter
Thousand of students will swim, surf, snorkel and
bathe in the hot sun next week during spring break, but
and burn my skin to look good because of the conse-
Englebardt added that not only does she not want
to tan in the sun but she will not go to a tanning
salon either. "Tanning salons are like cancer
booths," she said.
not everyone is protecting their skir
LSA senior Carey Bzdok said she
plans to sunbathe but will not wear
sunscreen because she "won't get as
good as a tan," she said.
As a result of Bzdok's sentiments
and others like her who refuse to use
sunscreen, more than 40 members of
University Students Against Cancer
gathered on the Diag yesterday to
pass out packets of sunscreen and
brochures to promote skin cancer
"The annual event, Don't Get
Burned At Break,' is held each year
for two days before spring break
vacation," said USAC coordinator
from the sun's
Darksides of the sur
I UV-rays cause more than 90
percent of all skin cancers.
0 Fair skin that freckles is at high
risk of skin cancer.
* Use of sun lamps and tanning
boths can cause cancer.
USAC suggests a sunscreen with
a minimum of SPF 15.
M UV-rays most harmful 0a.m.-
3p.m., when sun at its peak.
NCI and USAC report that arti-
ficial sources such as sun lamps
and tanning booths can cause skin
But Peri Nelson, manager of
Super Tans, located at 1220 S. Uni-
versity Ave., disagrees. Nelson said
tanning salons protect people from
the sun's UV rays by building up
the melanin in the skin.
"We build you up so your skin is
used to it," she said. Nelson also
recommends sunscreen to people-
who burn in certain places such as
"their face, which could be a sensi-
tive area," she said.
But Super Tans only sells tanning
Psychology emeritus Prof. Howard Wolowitz lectures on the meaning of
dreams in Angell Hall Auditorium B last night.
Prof. shares insight
on dreaL nalysis
Jen Lessens, an LSA senior. "We hope this at
least reminds people that they need to bring sun-
screen while on spring break."
USAC reports that the sun's ultraviolet rays are
responsible for more than 90 percent of all skin can-
cers and prolonged exposure to the sun greatly
increases the risk.
The National Cancer Institute reports the risk is
greatest in people who have fair skin that freckles
LSA senior Lara Englebardt said she refuses to get
a tan because "it's not worth it to me to be in the sun
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oils and not sunscreen.
The Ann Arbor Super Tans store sold sunscreen
in the past "but it wasn't a big seller," Nelson'said,
adding that other Super Tans stores in Michigan,
USAC reports that people should wear sunscreen
with a sun protection factor of at least 15 when#,
outdoors and avoid peak exposure hours between
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Lessens said she plans to go on a cruise for
spring break and added that she plans to wear sun-
By Tara Sharma
For the Daily
As life becomes more compli-
cated, dream analysis can offer
helpful understanding as to what
is going on inside someone's
"While people are interested in
dreams, very few know what their
dreams mean," Pyschology emeritus
Prof. Howard Wolowitz told students
last night at a lecture about dreams at
Wolowitz, who teaches at the Uni-
versity and teaches classes on the
psychoanalysis of dreams, began the
lecture by delving into his own inter-
est in the study of dreams.
"I never succumbed to pressures to
do what other people were doing,"
He said his interest in dreams was
sparked by a book by Sigmund Freud
on the psychoanalysis of dreams that
he read during his undergraduate
career, adding that he hoped those in
the audience can discover Freud's
"People are always excited about
people interpreting their dreams,"
said LSA junior Elenora Priest,
chairwoman of the committee that
organized the lecture, which was
sponsored by the LSA Student Gov-
ernment as part of the Distinguished
Faculty Lecture Series.
Wolowitz said his relationship
with his father was relevant to his
interest in the study of dreams, as
many of his dreams eluded to his
father - something he realized later
Wolowitz stressed the impor-
tance of keeping a dream journal,
adding that it is easier to under-
stand their complexities when
kept track of.
Also, when the meanings of
dreams are comprehended, the com-
plexities of the mind and of life are
better understood, he said.
Like a poem, the structure of a
dream is integral to its meaning,
The dream does not necessari-
ly mean much itself, but its
latent content does means some-
thing, he said. "There's more to
the surface than what meets the
eye," he said.
Wolowitz explained Freud's basis
for the interpretation of dreams.
Freud's Conflict Model is a model of
dreams and identifies the common
elements of all dreams, based on the
idea that "we harbor morally repre-
hensible issues which manifest in our
dreams," Wolowitz said.
After intensely studying one of
his patient's dreams, Wolowitz
created his Dream Algorithm,
which defines the different stages
of dreams. "I had to find con-
vincing evidence," said Wolowitz,
who was unconvinced by some
psychologists' statements without
support of their findings.
Wolowitz ended the lecture by
encouraging the study of dreams.
"There is room for research," he said,
such as on the difference in the
dreams of men and women.
Wolowitz inspired the audience to
delve deeper into their dreams. "You
can to some degree become you own
therapist by learning to read your
dreams," Wolowitz said.
Engineering freshman Courtney
Liddle said she found the lecture
very interesting and would try some
of the professor's suggestions.
"I'm thinking about beginning a
dream journal," she said. "I'm
intrigued by the complexity of my
dreams and what they might mean.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
N"The Digital Highway and the First
Amendment" Sponsored by the
Department, part of the Evans
Lecture Series, University Presi-
dent Lee Bollinger, a noted First
Amendment scholar,ato speak on
his topic of expertise, reception
follows, University Alumni Center
Founders Room, 200 Fletcher, 4
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* Mishmar, Sponsored by Hillel, stu-
dents gather to discuss Judaism
and orah, cholent will be
served, Hillel, 10 p.m.
Arbor Opera Company, Sponsored
by University Hospitals, Gifts of
Arts series performance of light
opera and art songs, main lobby
first floor University Hopsital,
12:10 p.m, 936-ARTS
Arabic Circle, Sponsored by the Uni-
versity Center for Middle Eastern
and North African Studies, oppor-
tunitv for soeakers of all levels to
Environment, 1920 Packard,
7:30 p.m., 662-8283.
* Saxophonist Tim McAllister, Spon-
sored by the University School of
Music, guest performance by this
State University of New York sax-
ophone professor, Music School
Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr.,
North Campus. 8 p.m., 764-0594
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