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Routine traffic
stop finds cash,
A large amount of drugs and $3,500
in cash were found in a car during a
routine traffic stop on the 700 block of
Hill Street at approximately 1:15 a.m.
yesterday, according to the Ann Arbor
Police Department. The driver of the
car, a 20-year-old male, admitted to
selling drugs after police who made the
stop observed him trying to conceal
suspected marijuana. The man's car
was impounded.
other reports
child fighting
A 5-year-old Northwood V resident
was repeatedly kicked by a teenage
female neighbor Sunday evening,
according to Department of Public
Safety reports. The boy's mother report-
ed the incident, and although she did
qot know the girl's address, did say she
could point out the house.
Vomit found in
bathroom shower
An unknown person vomited in a
women's shower area at West Quad
Residence Hall on Sunday morning,
according to DPS reports. DPS did not
report having any suspects.
Soyfriend reports
missing girlfriend,
later found
A male student at Couzen's Resi-
dence Hall became worried Saturday
evening after he was unable to locate
his girlfriend, DPS reports state. The
man had previously made plans with
his girlfriend, who was later located.
'planter stolen from
University hospital
A large planter was stolen from the
University Hospitals' East Medical
Center on Saturday afternoon, DPS
reports state. DPS does not report hav-
mg any suspects.
3-year-old found
dn boiler room
A 3-year-old boy was found in the
boiler room at Cram Place on Thursday
afternoon, DPS reports state. Upon
contacting the boy's father, it was
learned that he had been allowed to
play outside.
A maintenance worker reported that
it was the second day in a row the child
was seen in the boiler room.
'trunk man falls,
sent to hospital
A man at Yost Arena was taken to
University Hospitals emergency room
Friday night after falling over a railing
and onto a flight of stairs, DPS reports
state. The man was intoxicated, and his
injuries were unknown.
Subject carrying
%eer receives MIP
A subject was given an MIP while
walking on Church Street near North

University Avenue early Friday morn-
ing, according to DPS reports. The sub-
ject was seen carrying a half-full can of
beer. A second can was found in the
subject's pocket.
tast Quad resident
cited for drug use
A resident of East Quad Residence
Hall was arrested for possession of
marijuana Sunday night, DPS reports
state. The subject was released pending
confirmation of the substence's identity.
Patient locked in
,athroom to smoke
A patient at the University Hospitals
locked themselves in a restroom in
order to smoke, DPS reports state. A
search of the restroom revealed sus-
pected marijuana.
- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
David Enders.

Telefund moves seniors to alumni status

By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
'Tis the season for giving.
Yesterday, Telefund and the University's Office
for Development kicked off the Senior Pledge
Campaign, the annual program to recruit senior
donations to the University.
Although Telefund normally solicits donations
from University alumni via telephone, the current
campaign targets the Class of 2000.
"This program is something to begin to
help students fit into their upcoming role as
alumni," said Julie Brown, executive director
for annual giving.
Although students may feel as if they have con-
tributed more than enough support to the Universi-
ty through their tuition checks, the senior gift
covers items that tuition and funding do not.
Brown said donations made by students go
toward the school or college in which they are
enrolled. The money supports scholarships, theme

semesters and projects between professors and
"Gifts make this place a better institution," she
As part of the program, the Telefund office plans
to call graduating seniors, hoping to convince them
to give back to the University.
Almost half of all seniors are contacted by Tele-
fund and about 40 percent of those contacted
choose to pledge money, said Jenny Veve, Tele-
fund's annual giving program manager.
While the number of participants and average
donation amount varies each year, Veve said the
program generally brings in between $35,000 and
$40,000, with the average gift about $40.
Seniors may also be contacted by mail.
This year's campaign included a joint venture
with the giving program and Espresso Royale Cafe.
Seniors received coupons for free coffee on Feb. 23
and the program set up information booths and on-
site pledging at Espresso Royale on North and
Central campuses.

Students who redeemed the coupons were
entered into a raffle, with the grand prize
being airfare and hotel accommodations for
two in Las Vegas. The drawing is scheduled to
take place April 10.
"We probably lose money with this project,"
Brown said. "But we're educating people through
But some seniors see the senior pledge program
as another hassle.
"It seems interesting and worthwhile, but at
the same time, it's just one more thing," Engi-
neering senior Esteban Corbin said. "It's just
another money issue I have to deal with, along
with graduation, my class ring, pictures, cap and
gown, travel (and) bringing in family for gradu-
While many graduating seniors say they already
have enough money worries, Brown said students
don't realize how they've benefited from alumni
"They've been paying for a service in their edu-

cation," she said. "But so many parts of that educa-
tion wasn't covered in their tuition but through pri-
vate individuals."
Brown added that the emotional aspect of
their impending graduation can cloud the stu-
dents' understanding of the "whole picture."
Donations made to the College of Literature,
Science and the Arts, which brings in the most
money because of its high student enrollment, go
to projects such as Undergraduate Research
Opportunity Program. Business and engineering
schools also have "pretty good averages," which
Brown attributed to the fact that the students in
those schools are likely to have definite job
The School of Art and Design uses the money
for art supplies, guest lectures and visiting artists.
The Dental School uses the funds almost exclu-
sively for scholarships.
This year the College of Engineering will be
using its donations to put a block 'M', similar to
the one on the Diag, on North Campus.

MSA candidates
tackle tower space

By Usa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Although members of the Students of
Color Coalition vacated the 7th floor of
the Michigan Union tower yesterday, the
question still remains: Who will have
the power to allocate the space currently
held by members of secret societies?
Law student Tony Roehl, running for
MSA with the Wolverine Party, said he
feels the space in the tower should be
under the jurisdiction of the Office
Space Allocation Committee, as all
office space on the 4th floor of the
Union is currently. "This is a
pretty clear cut issue," Roehl M t
Galaxor Nebulon, an LSA
sophomore running for Michi-
gan Student Assembly President
with the Friends Rebelling
Against Tyranny party, said the
FRAT party refrains from mak- MSA el
ing remarks about such issues Mr
for fear of alienating either side. sere o
Isa Kasoga, an LSA junior facin
running with the All Peoples' this
Party, said the administration has been
vague as to whether the societies in the
Union fall under the jurisdiction of
MSA, who has the power to recognize
student groups.
"The administration in general has
given no straight answer. Some say the
groups are not simply student groups
and therefore not under the jurisdiction
of MSA," Kasoga said.
University President Lee "Bollinger
directly said to me that they're student
groups, and if this is the case then they

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should undergo the same office alloca-
tions as any other group,"he added.
Jessica Curtin, a Rackham student
running for vice president with the
Defend Affirmative Action Party, said
MSA, not the administration, needs to
decide what happens in the tower.
"We're glad MSA took a stand
because it strengthened their hand. This
space, just like any other space on cam-
pus should be done on a democratic
basis," Curtin said.
"In the resolution passed by MSA we
called for the space to be turned into a
cultural study lounge and we still sup-
port that. It shouldn't be occu-
pied by any secret society," she
Roehl said the assembly
needs to work harder for all stu-
dents on campus.
"MSA should take a more
proactive role to make sure the
:coons: rights of all students are protect-
2 ed," Roehl said.
e issues Kasoga, though, said he was
ASA happy with the way MSA han-
''r dled the issue.
"The administration put a lot of pres-
sure on MSA to resolve the problem
that was inherently theirs," Kasoga said.
Shana Shevitz, an Architecture and
Urban Planning junior running for her
school's representative position on the
assembly, said she feels the protest has
affected much of the University.
"To some extent, protest in general
affects the University. But, there are still
people who will go on with their lives
and not know what's going on," Shevitz

Panelists (from left to right) McKinley Foundation Executive Director Eileen Weiser, LSA freshman Chris Kramer, English Prof.
Julie Ellison and state Rep. John Jellema (R-Spring Lake) discuss national arts funding at the Michigan Union last night.
Panel discusses arts fuding

By JoeGingwich
Daily Staff Repoter
Four panelists and members of the
University community wrestled with
difficult questions involving funding for
the arts at the Michigan Union last
In a dialogue titled "Funding for Arts:
A Right or Privilege" sponsored by the
Democracy Project and Art Matters, the
issues of who decides what is art and
who is responsible for funding the arts
were raised and debated.
"Funding for the arts is an issue that's
been controversial for a while, and very
important recently" said RC sophomore
Shari Katz, chairwoman for the Voice
Your Vote Task Force of the Michigan
Student Assembly. "With such a nice
arts curriculum and students in arts on
campus, the topic affects everyone"
"It's a vital issue fundamental to the
fate of art and artists in society," said
LSA freshman Chris Kramer, a member
of Art Matters.
The four panelists were James Hart

from Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer's
office and consultant to the National
Endowment of the Arts; Eileen Weiser,
executive director of the McKinley
Foundation; State Rep. Jon Jellema
(R-Spring Lake), co-chairman of the
bi-partisan arts caucus; and Julie Elli-
son, professor of English language and
literature and director of "Imagining
American Artists and Scholars in Pub-
lic Life."
During the dialogue, the panelists
were asked whether they thought art
was a right or a privilege.
The question of whether art is a "right
or a privilege is not right," said James
Hart. "More relevant is the relationship
between art and the community which
supports the art."
"The real question to me is whether
funding for arts is a luxury or a necessi-
ty" Weiser said. "When times are diffi-
cult, sustaining arts becomes less
"I believe the state has a responsibili-
ty to fund arts;' Jellema said. "Howev-
er, it's not the sole responsibility of the

He pointed out that the national gov-
ernment spends less then 33 cents per
capita on arts.
"The state has an obligation, but it's
not a right or privilege," Jellema said.
"The state has to be there, preserving a
kind of language, a reference point for
the next generation."
"Artists have become more insistent
on their vision of what art is'" Hart said.
"That's led us to the circumstances
we're in now."
The general consensus among the
panelists was that debate and communi-
cation on the function of art in society is
essential to answering the question.
"I invite conflict," Ellison said. "I
think we can handle it like grown-
The Democracy Project sponsors
monthly forums on issues pertinent to
the University community, such as fund-
ing for the arts.
"We want to host interactive discus=
sions," Katz said. "The subjects are not
cut and dry."

ThinPrep Pap test to
replace Pap smear

By Undsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
The fight against cancer has impor-
tant allies - early detection devices.
And one of these devices, the Papanico-
laou (Pap) smear test, named after the
doctor who created the test in the 1940s,
has helped to decrease the rate of death
from cervical cancer by more than 70
Cervical cancer affects about 450,000
women each year, but about 95 percent
of cases are curable if treated early.
Health services across the nation are
using a new test considered by the Food
and Drug Administration to be more
effective than the traditional Pap smear
test in clinical studies. The test was
approved by the FDA in May 1996.
The test, called the ThinPrep Pap
Test, produces higher quality specimens
and is more effective in detecting low-
grade squamous intraepithelial -
abnormal growth in cervical cells, than
the traditional test - according to the
Both the conventional Pap smear and
the ThinPrep Pap Test take a sample
from the patient in the same way, but
they differ in the preparation of slides to
examine for abnormalities.
In the conventional test, the sample is
smeared on a slide and unused cells are
discarded. The ThinPrep test uses a
fluid-based system that ensures all the
cells are used, said Jeff Keene, the direc-

tor of corporate communications at
Cytyc Corporation, the distributors of
the ThinPrep test.
The ThinPrep test can also be used to
look for Human Papillomavirus, a pre-
cursor to the cancer. "Doctors have the
opportunity to do an HPV test without
bringing the patient back," Keene said.
More than 600 labs nationwide use
the ThinPrep system, but the test costs
$20 to $30 more than the traditional test.
"Right now we use the traditional pap
test, but we are hoping to move to the
ThinPrep test," said Fran Beckely, a
nurse practitioner at Women's Health
Center in Ann Arbor. "We'll probably
move as soon as we know that labs and
insurance companies will cover it."
Not all insurance plans, but most
major companies will, cover ThinPrep,
Keene said.
The University Health System has
started to offer the test. "It's one of the
things we offer, but we don't use it rou-
tinely" said Ron Mulder, head of the
gynecology department at UHS.
"It's used in high-risk situations,"
Mulder said. High-risk situations
include previous abnormal Pap
Although the test costs UHS nearly
three times more, students receive the
test for free, Mulder said. UHS per-
forms about 6,000 Pap smears annually.
It is recommended that sexually
active women and women over 18 years
of age receive a Pap smear annually.

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