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March 15, 2000
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to air live
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
The Internet broadcast of a surgery
is a new experience for the University
"It's pretty anxiety producing," said
Stuart Wolf, an assistant professor in
0 University's surgery department.
ut that's a distinct possibility today
at noon, when the company WebMD
will broadcast a kidney transplant at
the. University Hospitals live on the
"This month is kidney donation
awareness month," said Wolf, who is
conducting the surgery.
"I think that the more people who
know about a procedure, the less fear
there is about it," said Howell resident
Ada Oumedian, who is donating the
dney. "There are a lot of people that
Wolf explained that only about
12,000 of the 40,000 people awaiting
transplants a year actually receive an
Robin Hay of Holly, Oumedian's5
sister who suffers from kidney failure,
will be receiving the kidney. She has
en on dialysis for two years, and has
en on the list for a transplant from a
cadaverous donor. Her condition has
recently become worse.
Hay said she is hopeful for the
"I'm glad it's going to be done and
over with' she said.
The procedure is a two-year-old
method called laparoscopy, in which a
small camera is inserted with one cut
into the abdomen. Surgeons use the
*w from the camera to conduct the
operation through a second incision.
"It's easier for the donor" Hay said
of her choice to use the laparoscopic
procedure, despite the fact it is twice
as costly as an open transplant.
"I was worried about what they'd
have to go through," Hay said.
The procedure also has a shorter
recovery period than open surgery,
uich requires a larger incision than
ones made in laparoscopy. Wolf
introduced his own variation on the
surgery two years ago, which
involves using his hand in the
surgery. He places his hand in a
third, larger hole, which is later used
to remove the kidney. The hand-
assisted procedure is becoming more
popular in operating rooms across
The Internet audience will be treat-
to a close-up view of the surgery.
'What I'm seeing will be what
they're seeing," Wolf said. He added
that a physician will provide commen-
tary on the operation, viewers would
be allowed to ask questions in a chat
WebMD has broadcast 25 such live
surgeries, the first of which was a birth
two years ago that drew 1.5 million
visitors to the site. Although broadcast
restricted to members of the site,
membership is free.
The two procedures are expected to
take a total of between seven and eight
hours, but only the first three hours,
when the donor procedure is to take
place, will be shown. The WebMD
Website address is www. WebMD.com.
A light in remembrance
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
The CRISP lady ma
on students again.
oping a system whic
students to register for
allows students, facu
view their schedules,
mation and records.
"People will be a
drop classes online
Wolverine Access Te,
Mueller said she he
system available by the
would enable students
schedules online dur
months and initially re
2001 classes throu
"Now we finally hav
to register classes onlin
Online course registration is part of
the undergoing M-Pathways project,
which is a University-wide computing
ay never hang up and information system.
"M-Pathways is a project whose
rators are devel- responsibility is to stream the busi-
h would enable ness processes and computer sys-
courses through tems that support those business
a Website that processes," M-Pathways Communi-
ilty and staff to cations Manager Linda Hancock
financial infor- Green said.
University Registrar Thomas
ble to add and McElvain said his office supports
instead of the the change to online course registra-
system," said tion.
who serves as "I think the screen-based interface is
nt lead for the one that students have always
am M-Pathways expressed a preference for. It would
have been our first choice, but at the
opes to have the time, telephone registration was the
e summer, which most feasible," he said.
to alter their fall The University first implemented
ing the summer CRISP in 1974 and moved to touch-
gister for Winter tone registration in 1993.
ugh Wolverine McElvain said he does not think the
change will have any adverse effects for
ve the technology the University Office of the Registrar,
e," Mueller said. See CRISP, Page 7
LSA seniors Erica Karp and Allison Sherman hold candles at a vigil on the Diag last night to support people whose lives
have been affected by cancer.
Committee increases budget proposal
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
After months of hearings, the Senate Higher
Education Subcommittee will recommend a
6.9 percent increase in
state funding for the
University in Fiscal
Year 2001 in its presen- 2001 .
tation to the full appro- .Michigan
The figure is 4.4 per- T jet
cent more than Gov. John Engler recommended in
his original budget plan, which he presented to leg-
islators in late January.
The committee also improved upon the request
made by University President Lee Bollinger at a
hearing at the University's Dearborn campus in
Bollinger said in order to keep tuition at or
below a 2.8 percent increase, the University
would need to receive between a 5 percent and 6
"t think it's a very good bill," said Sen. John
Schwarz (R-Battle Creek), who chairs the sub-
It is "quite a generous appropriation level,"
University Vice President for Government. Rela-
tion Cynthia Wilbanks said.
"I think over the last several weeks that we
were getting very strong signals from
(Schwarz) that there were going to be improve-
ments on the governor's recommendation," she
Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.),
another member of the subcommittee, said she
was pleased with the University's increases
according to the proposed bill.
"I was hoping for 7 percent, we got 6.9 per-
cent," she said. "I don't think I can grouse."
But Michigan still has a ways to go in high-
er education funding, Smith said, adding that
New York has increasedfunding by 11 percent
and California has increased appropriations by
"We're still not spending as much as we should
be," Smith said.
The bill must pass the full committee and then
the full Senate before it can move on to the
House of Representatives.
Because of a new stipulation, Smith said she
does not believe the bill will go to the governor
without stopping in a conference committee,
where the Senate and the House work out their
different versions of the bill.
The subcommittee removed tier funding -
which had grouped schools based on their enroll-
ment and other factors - from this year's bud-
See FUNDS, Page 7
'Greed'y students to try
for, spots on game s how
By Tara Shama
Daily Staff Reporter
Students looking to pay off loans or
spring break shopping sprees will find
Rick's American Cafe a good place to
Anyone with the guts, the know-
how and the -knowledge could be a
contestant on the Fox Network game
Contestant scouts for the show
"Greed" will be screening University
students for an upcoming college edi-
tion of the popular television show.
The scouts will administer a half-
hour qualifying quiz at the bar,
which is located at 611 Church
Street, 5 p.m. on Wednesday. For
those students who pass the first
stage there will be a 45 minute sec-
ond round consisting of personal
interviews following the quiz.
"We are looking for people with
upbeat personalities who will repre-
sent the school well," said Hayley
Blain-Weinstein, head contestant coor-
dinator for the show.
The quiz will consist of general
knowledge questions. The number of
students to move on to the second
round depends upon scores alone. The
minimum score to move on to the sec-
ond round can not be released, Blain-
Weinstein said. In the second round,
aside from the personal interview, stu-
dents will take part in a mock version
of the game.
"It's a chance for us to meet the stu-
dents, find out their personalities and
what they study," Blain-Weinstein
Up to four students from the Uni-
See GREED, Page 2
American Cafe on Church St.
O When: Today, 5 p.m.
® What to bring: University and
By Andrew Haas-Roche
For the Daily
Peace Corps Co-founder Harris Wofford stands on the steps of the Michigan
Union yesterday after speaking to more than 100 University community
members about the importance of community service.
Co-founder of Peace
Corps speaks about
t was difficult to notice the small yellow tent on the north
end of the Diag. But beyond the mobs of outstretched fliers
and the loud banter of Michigan Student Assembly candi-
dates, Hillel held a 24-hour vigil as part of the 21st Annual
Conference on the Holocaust.
It was difficult to hear, but in the midst of the chalked Diag,
under the loud voices of student noliticians were the faint whis-
By Jacquelyn Nixon
For the Daily
Forty years after former President
John E Kennedy announced the idea
for the Peace Corps while delivering
a speech on the steps of the Michi-
Administration after being inspired
by the president's call to service,
spoke to more than 100 University
community members about the
importance of students taking an
active role in community service yes-
terday in the Union's Kuenzel Room
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