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4 - The Michigan Daihy - Friday, March 17, 2000

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The plight and might of Omer A. Kudat

420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Edited and managed by
students at the
University of Michigan

Editor in Chief
Editorial Page Editor

Unless otherwise noted, unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of the
Daily's editorial board. All other articles, letters and cartoons do not necessarily
reflect the opinion of The Michigan Daily.

Nutrition month focuses on student diets

5 14 Monroe St. is my pad, my shack, my
humble abode. I share it with 12 other
people - all gentlemen, all kings in their
own right. We encapsulate the very
essence of diversity that the University
stands for. We are Americans, Europeans,
Asians (a.k.a Yanks, Imperialists and
forced laborers, in
that order). From
McCainian candy-
boys to Menshevik e-
traders. from nuclear
physics buffs to
SNRE bottom dogs,
and from Sammy
Adams ascetics to
Blind Pig buddhas,
we are the UN poster
children of campus.
Proud of our eclecti-
cism, we are, more Waj
importantly, good Syd/d
friends. When one
falls among our The Karachi
ranks, we all of Knma-S r
course take heed and
try to bail him out.
Such is the story of Omer A. Kudat, my
friend and fellow of common residence.
But sometimes, things work out differently.
"Hey Waj, can we talk when you're done
with your game?" An unusual anxiety in
his voice and I am more than piqued. This
bugger usually seconds the motion for bat-
tering my Playstation during our house
meetings. I was not going to let this one go
by. FIFA '00 could go to the gulag.
"Sure Oak," I refer to his
abbreviation/nickname. "I'm done. Talk
And so we talked. For Omer's sake, I

cannot (and should not) disclose every-
thing discussed that night'at 514 Monroe,
but the following, printed with his permis-
sion, is an attempted conglomeration of his
"It seems like naivete is over ... I met
with my mother over winter break. She
said I don't smile anymore, and I said that
was because I was not happy. I didn't even
know what I was saying at the time, but it's
been bothering me since then. And that's
the problem. Things are fine and I am not
happy ... not unhappy or dissatisfied, but
not exactly happy or contented either. I got
two A's last term, and I was like 'Now
what?' I got the Jeep, and I was slightly
stirred. I'm scared. Things are rushing by,
but I feel the same. Soon, I'll have a job,
where I will work billion-hour weeks for
some asskicker computer program. I hope
I am happy then, but I am scared that I'll
feel the same, that nothing will change. I
miss being young. What's the song? When
we were young, we were kings."
Omer's tirade was more recondite, more
human than the print appears. Unfortunate-
ly, its true spirit and essence cannot be res-
urrected through this edit page echelon.
Even more hapless is the fact that though
my friend sought my help, he aided me
more through his honest self inquiry than I
could assist him.
Omer's plight made me peer inside that
perennial chest of college life. I rummaged
through class schedules and loan repay-
ments, pass-fail deadlines and job inter-
views, football tickets and GPAs, past all
of those, looking for the real stuff, the
future. And there it was, clad in the form a
thousand questions. The queries were the
same as anyone else's. Am I getting by, or

happy? Driven, or forced? Educated, or@
trained? The answers could have been one,
or both, or a myriad options in the middle.
The process of questioning was also
disturbing. Employing broad rhetoric, we
all know that it's a bad, bad world out
there. Idealists, reformists or whatever,
we are all a protuberance of pragmatists
at the end of the day. I have zero doubts
when I make the statement that we are all
here to build on a future. I also have no
qualms (and I know that I generalize) in
saying that the term 'future' for many of
us has been institutionally and systemati-
cally perverted - it is now directly relat-
ed to the manifestation of the ideals of
dynamic professionalism. It is a hybrid of
prime-time airing and coffee-house chat-
ter and between neo-capitalists, social
Darwinists, quasi-intellectuals and utili-
tarian bohemians - a state of being
which is also and more commonly
referred to as The Suit.
The Suit (also accompanied by The Girl-
friend, The Car, and The House): The per-
fection of the post-graduate,
me lifestyle. The smart, sharp manners.
The clean, focused professionalism. The
singularity of purpose. The supreme
achievement attitude. All the nice and
shiny accoutrements of success (another
loosely defined term). All the stock
options and the 401k plans. All the essen-
tial nutrients for the 21st century American
All the things which never mattered.
Yes, Omer. I, too, miss being young.
- Wa Sved: Old, wrinkled and
balding, can be reached via
e-mail at wajsyed@umich.edu.

T hree a.m. pizzas, chips by the bag,
greasy hamburgers, fries, can after
caffeine-filled can of sugary soda -
sound like a dieter's wish list? Nope, try
the normal diet for many University stu-
dents on this campus. Despite the current
health craze that captured the country's
attention and is effecting the lives of peo-
ple on this very campus, many students,
specifically those living in dorm facili-
ties, are left with no option but to eat
Due to hectic schedules and the late
night tendencies of most here at the Uni-
versity, students tend to get hungry at
odd hours. Since no dorm cafeterias are
open later than 7:30 p.m., and most close
at 6:30 p.m., students at the University
have no other choice but to eat what is
accessible and cheap - and that is junk
food. The closest food available to stu-
dents outside of the cafeteria is vending
machines full of unhealthy and processed
food; the only other alternatives are the
dorm snack bars filled with greasy
options and the Union fast food restau-
rants and local late-night delivery ser-
vices. Even if students want to buy
produce and other healthy foods, aside
from small grocery stores like the White
Market, there is not much available to
them unless they have a car to go to a
major grocery store away from campus.
There is not much of a selection available

for dorm students who would like a nutri-
tious diet on a flexible schedule.
As March is National Nutrition
Month, the University Housing Depart-
ment is working to provide students liv-
ing in residence halls with information
and insight about why it is important to
eat healthy. To get most students to
appreciate what they are saying, Resi-
dence Hall Dining Services first needs to
listen to student concerns. For example,
if they looked into student eating patterns
they would find that numerous students
are likely to go to a late dinner before
they will ever get up for an early break-
fast. If Housing ever hopes for Universityt
students to eat healthy, then they need to
make more options available to them that
work with the average college students'
By having even just a few cafeterias
on campus open till 9 or 10 p.m. for din-
ner, perhaps even one until 12 or 1 a.m.,
they would be more accommodating to
the college lifestyle and provide students
with options other than eating unhealthy
when they are hungry at night. Other
things that could be done to get students
to eat healthier are to provide additional
healthy food selections and to have more
meals available for vegetarian and veg-
ans. In making these changes, only then
can Housing hope to have students adapt
healthier eating habits.




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Census sensibility
Students should complete census

ince 1790, every American house-
hold has been required to complete
the United States Census. Occurring
once every ten years, the Census is used
to determine allocation for a wide variety
of social programs, including those that
affect, all University personnel. The cen-
sus is not difficult to complete. Five in
every six people will receive a short
form, which requires only six to eight
questions per person to be completed. In
less than ten minutes, students can affect
how much money Ann Arbor receives in
government aid. Before April 1, each
person living off-campus should take the
time to fill out the Census.
Forms should have arrived already.
Two weeks to complete the form is
enough time, even -for students and staff
with busy schedules. It is worth noting

that some households - one in six -
will receive a 53-question form, requir-
ing detailed information concerning
income, education,-marital status, and
other categories. If the surveys are not
returned, workers from the Census
Bureau called enumerators will go door-
to-door to help people complete the
For students currently at the Universi-
ty, this year's census will be the first they
fill out on their own. The census requires
that students living away from home for
college be left uncounted by their par-
ents. Legally, students must fill out their
census - they will not be counted any-
where else. But convincing students
shouldn't be hard. It is a social responsi-
bility, and one that every University stu-
dent needs to take the time to complete.

Editorial did not
justify late term
In the Daily's editorial "Life Begins at
Birth," (3/15/00) you offer a tempting
argument. However, while it might be
possible to use it to defend some (indeed,
most) instances of abortion, it cannot be
used to defend very late term abortion:
The argument is this: What is morally
relevant to the question of abortion is not
whether the fetus is a human being, but
rather whether it is a person. Since it
lacks certain capacities, it cannot be
counted as a person: It is not the case
that fetuses "are self-aware,sthink ratio-
nally, have a moral compass, feel com-
plex emotions, communicate, etc."
There is, however, a problem facing
an argument of this sort, especially when
we combine this argument with the view
that very late term abortions are morally
permissible. Forconsider the fetus one
second before birth and the infant one
second afterwards. It is implausible that
the newborn infant is any more self-
aware, able to communicate, etc., than
the fetus. So, if the fetus one second
before birth is not a person, then neither
is the infant one second afterwards. By
the lights of this otherwise tempting
argument, then, late term abortion is
morally permissible only if infanticide is.
Since it is, at the very least, controversial
that killing newborn infants is morally
permissible, we must give up either the
offered argument or the claim that late
term abortion is morally permissible.
Despite Cowen 'S
opinion, sports fans
are still out there
In his March 14th column on sports
("Memories of a fan: Why sports now
mean nothing"), Josh Cowen made me
frown a bit. I cannot claim that sports is
not a business and that there is less loyal-
ty and more selfishness than before. I
would go so far as to say that the "team"
concept that the article equated with the
Pistons of the past is a memory as well.
My problem with the article is not the
truth in it, but the redundancy of the
truth. I would love to have my favorite
players remain on my favorite team and
get paid as much as I do in the process.
But this really makes no sense. It may be
a shame, but we, as fans, are also part of
the reason sports have become what they
are. We are the fans that watch Sports-
center and pray that Vince Carter
neglects a pass to an open teammate and
proceeds to glide on his way to an
emphatic dunk. We want our home teams
to sign popular athletes so we can root
for them, instead of having them beat our




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Buckl-u blues
Seatbelt law could infringe on rights

Ann Arbor was one of many cities last
Friday to take advantage of a new law
allowing police officers to pull over drivers
based solely on the fact that they are not
wearing a seatbelt. In fact, two cops were
assigned to this issue alone, pulling over a
fair share of Ann Arbor motorists. While
this may seem like police resources poorly
allocated, seat belt laws do help save lives.
The problem with giving police officers the
right to enforce this already existing seat-
belt law is that this is an arbitrary and easily
disputable legal issue putting the word of
police officers against that of motorists. It
also gives cops a wedge in the traffic polic-
ing enterprise that could lead to greater
incidents of abuse of power.
This law could increase the incidence
of illegal search and seizure. Otherwise
law-abiding citizens may be subject to the
encroaching hand of the law. Whether this
leads to increased searching by police will
be largely left up to those cops issuing
these tickets and deciding who should be
pulled over. While getting pulled over for

a seatbelt violation may be just a slight
nuisance to some, it is a larger issue to
others who see this law as giving police
the opportunity to pull over citizens at
Due to the arbitrary nature of this new
law, and because cops have been given the
right to selectively pull over.more drivers,
it could also increase the incidence of
racial profiling. It is well known that
minorities are targeted more often by
police officers than whites. Unlike pulling
over speeders or motorists with broken
headlights, this law gives police the right
to pull over an even greater pool of dri-
vers, increasing the power of prejudiced
cops to pull over not only minorities but
other suspect vehicles.
The ideal solution to this seatbelt prob-
lem would be its repeal. While that is prob-
ably not an option, the easiest solution is
simply to wear your seatbelt. This leaves it
up to the cops to respect the boundaries of
this law. And while that may not be the best
option, we all trust cops, right?

Joe Dumars is a great person - fine.
I liked the fact that he was a good basket-
ball player, but I loved the fact that, even
for an athlete, he was a great guy. That is
the problem of it all, isn't it? We have a
problem with our standards for these ath-
letes. We jeer them when they beat their
wives and spend months at a time in a
Betty Ford clinic, but praise them to no
end when they help out one child or defer
praise onto their team. It seems that our
affinity for praising them for being what
all humans ought be, kind, and refusing
to forgive them for being what all
humans are, humans, is what makes this
institution such an easy target for criti-
cism. Sports did not change because of
money. Sports changed because we
forced it to evolve and now the process
has made it a monster. Athletes have to
compete their entire lives to be success-
ful, for that is the credo of our culture.
This mentality makes them liable to our
dubious expectations and needs. We
force these people to do what we pay and
pray to see. We spend our money and
expect certain things in return, all at the
same time the forefront of our psyche
ignorantly craves for the "team" and
Sports is an evil business because we
forced it to become one. But that doesn't
mean I am still not a fan. It will take a lot
more than money to ruin what sports
means to me.
Coverage of men's
and women's
sports unequal
As fans of athletics, we enjoy reading
the sports section of the Daily. Through
the course of the year we have noticed a
disturbing trend in the coverage of some
sports. Most notable is the disparity
between the coverage of the men's and
women's basketball programs.
In a year where our women's team
ended their season ranked 22nd in the
nation and second in the Big Ten regular
se~an uith a bid to- the NCAA Toulrna-

hidden in the middle of the sports sec-
Men's basketball may be more popu-
lar on a nation-wide basis, however the
accountability of the Daily is not to the
the nation as a whole but rather to the
University community. Their responsibil-
ity should be to represent the successes
of the programs at the University of
Michigan. The success of the University
of Michigan Women's Basketball Pro-
gram merits more respect and coverage
than they are receiving. We suggest the
Daily re-examine their policies and grant,
coverage based on skill and talent, not
Both athletes and
contribute to 'U'
In response to G. J. Zann's March
14th letter concerning student-athletes
("Student-athletes show spirit of 'U'"), I
would like to ask this: Who can truly
define who is "the heart of Michigan?"
Both students and student-athletes con-
tribute to and represent our University,
with equivalent "heart and soul." I am
not disagreeing with the statement that
student-athletes "have a passion and feel
the spirit of Michigan,' but who is to say
that I don't feel that same passion and
spirit just because I am not a varsity ath-
lete at this institution?
Along those same lines, who can say
that student-athletes are the only mem-
bers of the University community that
"bring, sacrifice and make this Universi-
ty?" I must admit that there are a large
number of students who are not student-
athletes that "make this University," and
sacrifice just as much time and effort
into academics and the multitude of stu-
dent organizations on this campus.
I am in no way disregarding or belit-
tling the student-athlete population; I am
aware of their responsibility to their



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