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'U'prof. to give
lecture on Early
Egyptian culture
0 niversity Prof. John Baines with
the Oriental institute plans to pre-
sent 4 lecture titled "A Planned
World in Early Egypt?" on Monday,
Oct. II at 12 p.m. The lecture is
scheduled to be held in 3050 Frieze
Building.
The lecture is sponsored by the
Department of Near Eastern
Studies, the Frankel Center for
Judaic Studies, the Center for
Middle Eastern and North African
(tudies and the interdepartmental
program in classical art and archae-
ology.
'U' Prof. honored
with Penn award
Electrical engineering, computer
science and psychology Prof. John
Tjolland has been awarded the
arold Pender Award from the
University of Pennsylvania.
He received the honor for his
findings on genetic algorithms. The
Pender award is the highest honor
given by the University of
Pennsylvania engineering program.
Temple Beth
Emeth holds
october services
Temple Beth Emeth will be hold-
ing service every Friday and
Saturday this month. On Friday,
Kabbalat Shabbat Service will be
held at 6 p.m., and Kadima Youth
Group Service will be at 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study will be held at 9 a.m.
Saturday, with Chapel Service at
*:30 a.m. and Sanctuary Service at
10 a.m.
Amherst College
prof. to lecture.
as part of series
Karen Sanchez-Eppler, associate
professor of American studies and
English at Amherst College, is
heduledato givea lecture titled
Pliying at Class" on Oct. 1 8 at
4448 East Hall at 12 p.m.
The lecture is sponsored by the
women's studies program, psycholo-
gy and the English departments as
part of the 1999-2000 Women's
Studies Speaker Series.
CEW honors
Eemale students
thirty-five women have been
awarded scholarships from the
University Center for the Education
of Women to commemorate the
100th anniversary of women being
adrnitted to the University.
The program honors female stu-
dents whose education has been
interrupted in some way. Awards are
given based on goals, commitment,
cademic record and promise,
strength of motivation and need.
dancer Center to

host program on
new treatments
The University Comprehensive
Cancer Center will be hosting a free
'ommunity program titled "Cancer
Vaccines: A New Weapon in the War
n-,Cancer," on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at
tk elivonia West Holiday Inn.
The program will discuss new
cancer treatments, and what the
future may hold for stopping the
disease. To register, call 1-800-742-
2300, extension 7870.
ESL classes to be
Offered by MLC
The Michigan Language Center
will be offering English as a Second
Language classes between Nov. I
and Dec. 15. Classes range from
intensive instruction to preparing
for English proficiency tests.
Registration will be Oct. 26, 27,
and 28 at the center's office located
at 309 South State St.
* Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Lisa Koivu

ichigan State uni lect not to strike

By Jewel Gopwani
I\ai C1 ,.Pt t i .i!!N it_
Two union> at \iehiun tae University -
Local 999 and Local I 8 decided not to call a
strike aier rcan tenative agreements with
MSU lte last week.
Local 999 is a skiled trade uion, whose mem-
bers ilude groundskeepers. plumbers and car-
penters. Local 585. Local 99s sister union, is
comprised of maintenance workers Together both
unions represent more than 800 MSU workers.
Contracts for b1)th unions officially expired in
June. but were extended for negotiations, which
began in April.
President of Local 999, Dennis Lantzv said
according to the tentative agreement, members
receive wage increases in all three years of the new
contract.
A member ol' Local 99 Frank Johnston is a

mechanic in MSU's grounds deparimnt. He xi
999's tentative agreement includes 3 Pc wae
increases during the first two years, xwiih
cent increase in the third year
Members of both unions have been noiid
the tentative agreements and are expec cc ioe
on the respective agreements within two weks
MSU spokesperson Terry Denbo w sai e
would not comment on the agreement ontie
members of both unions vote on it.
Johnston, a member of 1585 from 1968-96
he witnessed Local 1585 strike against MSU 'n
1969 and again in 1973.
Although Johnston wouldn't comment on he
he will vote on the new agreement, he said, "
had problems with all the agreements sincc Lve
been here."
Lantzy explained MSU administrators withdew
some issues unions members considered importat

.u is c ncrned wth is the
mossbilty hm st ofic i wxii luhngc promo-
,o b .. inch nornmally
uns onsenioim nrix has lx ng beecn a foon-
laton f uionsm ohin Senby, chicfs stcxward of1
yai MS' ofiial 's guariantee to keep
,. ..ks rbelowx lhe rate of inflation nay
e an issue ihe nivcrsity considered in the
Sarganingtaxk wih Ihe unions
Th Iurntee has "ost the uiniversity a signifi-
I n1 mit cf nmoiiey Lantzv said. AWe'rec
e g .inaso to bear lhe brunt of some of that
Whil MSU' ha potentially settled disputes
ienveen th iveri csity and Local 999 and Local
K8, h Associaion of Pennsylvania State
I ege and University F-aculties is still negotiat-
xx wit the State System of H igher Education.

A PSCUF represenis inoie than >750( taculty
nmembeirs at I4 campuses,. metudmgrI Uni vy of
1enssylxv.niai and ITenmpi Un i eritx
Kexvi Kodish, conmmunm iatis di rector for
APSCUF I aid the two sides havxe bcen negotiating
since Jlune
Kodish said kcy issues nimnmbers of
APSCUIF are fighting for include the use of
temporairy faculty, the salary gap between
junior and senior fac ulty members and State
Sy stem 01f Higher Lducation's position on
intellectual property
A represcntatixve from the State System of H igher
Education could not be reached lorn comment.
Kodish added that APSCUF is prepared to call a
strike. If one is called, it would have a two week
moratorium Talks continued unsuccessiul lv dur-
ing the weekend and both sides are schedtiled to
meet again in Harrisburg. Pa. on I huisdax,

0 participate i
wa r Lupus research

By Karolyn Kokko
I' r iil
Nearly 200 purieipants 'rnxed 1oggy,
wet wcathei Saturday to ak pait in 'le
first walk-a-thon for .opus rescaichJ
Sponsored by Lupus F oundation of
Michigan, Black Siudes Pre-Med
Association, Sister 2SNisteri am d member
of the Multi-Ethni Student Affairs
Association, partic pants c old paruci-
pate in either a one- ot three-mile course
"Lupus is a disease that af9ect we men
of color more than others;' said Joyce
Mitchell, Medicai School a.ssistant dean
Joyce said she attendd th event to shoxx
her support foi Lupus suferers and
inform walkers about lie disease.
Lupus is a chronic ninamatoiy dis-
ease which affects xariious patrts of the
body such as thei skin. biood'its and
the kidneys Semi symptoms of Lopus
include breaking OUt ot ini low
blood count and fatigu.
Joyce said Lupis imitate oer

neses and is otten misdiagnosed as
\' iliple Sclerosis oir Leukemia.
Abougl there is no cure for Lupus.
tmens can help xictims to alleviate
the svmlptomns.
I S\Ajunor Neftara Clark, who helped
ortzanie Saturday's walk, was diagnosed
w ith the disease in April1998.
brough this walk-a-thon, we hope to
raise money for research, increased
awareness of Lupus, and start a support
g oup on campus for students with the
diee." (ark said.
'lark said event organizers hope to use
some of the proceeds toward future Lupus
xxak-a-thons. Organizer's wanted to raise
be leen 7500 and S12.000 this weekend.
isa Mc R ipely. who also organized the
k, said between 500,000 and 1.5 mil-
lion Americans have been diagnosed
ul Lupus. "It's amazing that there is
current no support group on U of M's
ampus' McRiplev said.
in addt1ion to the sponsors of the walk-

a-than, other student groups also walked
to show support for Lupus research. The
1astern Michigan Universitx basketball
team participated along with memnibers of
the campus chapter of Circle K
International
('irele K member Kara Guminski, an
LSA sophomore, said, "I know people
with Lupus and it is a heart-wreathing
disease to watch people sier from it~
Many walk participants said they know
victims of Lupus, including members of
several Lupus foundations. Executive
Director of the Lupus Foundation said he
was eager to show his support.
There is a support group for victims of
Lupus held every the fourth Monday of
every month at the United Methodist
Church located on State and Huron
streets.
Fm-r more information about the meeI-
inm contact ie chlnrch at 1-800-705-
60577.F [- inonrmation about Lupus con-
tact C/ark at (27-1942.

SARA SC HENCK/Daly
Engineering graduate student Monika Bhuta practices for the upcoming
Indian American Student Assocation show yesterday. Bhuta donated bone
marrow to a 25-year-old anonymous female patient recently.
Student gives bone
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narrTO-W, saves lite

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By Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily Staff Reporter
For most people, volunteering to
help the less fortunate would not
extend to spending a day in the hos-
pital getting needled hundreds of
times in the lower back. But for
Monika Bhuta, an Engineering
graduate student, giving bone mar-
row to help a perfect stranger was
never an issue.
"I never thought twice about giv-
ing the marrow. No' was never an
option for me," she said about her
decision to donate bone marrow.
Bhuta, will be honored Oct. 14 by
the Washtenaw County chapter of
the American Red Cross as a
Lifesaving Red Cross hero for giv-
ing marrow and saving the life of an
anonymous 25-year-old female.
I wouldn't call myself a hero; it
was a moral duty to do this,' Bhuta
said. "I'd like to think that if the
opportunity to save someone's life
came for such a small price, anyone
would take it."
For Bhuta, the cost of saving
another person's life included three
weeks of soreness and back pain
synonymous only to "someone
whacking you in the back with a
bat.' she said.
Bhuta said she did not know
about the Red Cross National
Bone Marrow Program until she
attended an Indian professional
conference in New York City in
May 1997. There, she learned of
the need for more minorities and
people of ethnic descent to
donate bone marrow and help
save lives.
According to the University
Medical Center officials, most sam-
ples in the national and internation-
al bone marrow registry are from
white donors.
Following the conference, it was
only a matter of time from when
Bhuta gave a sample of blood and
when a match was found for her
blood ty pe.

Bone marrow registration takes
about 15 minutes and requires only
two teaspoons of blood. If a poten-
tial match is found for a donor, a
bone marrow transplant may be per-
formed.
"T he procedure is safe," said
James Ferrara, professor of med-
icine and pediatrics at the
Medical School. But there is a 30
percent mortality rate for those
patients whose immune systems
do not accept the foreign bone
marrow.
The University Medical Center
performs about 50 transplants a
month in internal and pediatric med-
icine. The center is also involved
with the National Marrow Donor
Program which facilitates nearly
1,200 transplants each year. Most
patients are adults, but nearly a
quarter are children.
"As the procedure becomes safer,
we'll be able to use it on patients with
less sever disorders" Ferrara said.
On Oct. 23, the University
Medical Center will be running a
one-day symposium regarding bone
marrow transplants and the effects
of donating.
"We're very excited about it," said
Ferrara, director of the symposium,
titled, "Bone Marrow Transplants:
Immunotherapy in the 21st Century"
Bhuta's advice for anyone consid-
ering bone marrow registration is
this: "Know that you can save a life
with only a few minutes of your own
time.
"It's a small step for us, but huge
step for someone who needs the
marrow. I am 24 and the person I
helped was 25. Her life was nearly
ending when I thought mine hadn't
even begun," she said.
For more information on
donating or registering for bone
marrow transplants, contact the
National Bone Marrow Donor
Program at 1-800-MARROW-2 or
visit the group: Website at
www.marrow.org.

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