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The Michigan Da - Wednesd, October 13, 1999 3

Unseen Dead
Sea Scrolls
*he Center for the Preservation of
Ancient Religious Texts and students
and professors at Bringham Young
University will publish "The Dead Sea
Scrolls" database, a compact disc ver-
sion of the texts this month.
The database is an electronic search-
able version of the Dead Sea Scrolls that
can be adapted to any language. But the
CPART only produced the non-biblical
part of the Dead Sea Scrolls because the
collection of scrolls is so large.
erry Ball, a BYU professor of
ancient texts, said the non-biblical writ-
ings of the scrolls are original and that
no one has seen them before.
Princeton faculty
consults on test
ban treaty
resident Clinton consulted three
ribers of Princeton faculty, who
were among nine scientists he met with
last week to discuss the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty.
Dean of the FacultyJoseph Taylor,
Prof. Philip Anderson and Prof.
Emeritus Val Fitch expressed their sup-
port for the treaty, which the president
hopes the Senate will ratify this term.
Fitch said the treaty would prevent
he proliferation of weapons around the
I d. Anderson agreed that a test ban
is a preventative measure against
nuclear warfare.
Fitch and Anderson each won p
Nobel Prize for physics --Anderson in
1977 and Fitch in 1980.
MIT-Microsoft deal
disappoints many
In the next five years, Microsoft will
cribute $25 million to the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
through an alliance between the insti-
tute and the company called I-Campus.
In return for the contribution, MIT
will offer Microsoft access to its facul-
ty and research facilities.
Chancellor Lawrence Bacow said
the money will be used to develop the
institute's educational technology.
During a reception called Futurefest,
e Microsoft officially announced
th alliance, students chanted
"Microsoft Sucks" to show that the
company is not welcome at MIT.
Bacow contests that the chanting was
"all in good fun."
Female fights to
*oin wrestling team
Jennifer Wong, a first-year student at
ti niversity of Wisconsin at Madison
is Tghting to become a member of the
wrestling team.
She chose UW because the universi-
ty promised Wong the chance to try out
for the men's wrestling team. But just
before the wrestling season began,
Wong said she received a letter from
the university explaining that she was
not allowed to try out for the team.
Since Wong received that letter, she
and her parents have filed a claim to
sOUW. The state attorney general's
office has sent Wong a letter support-
ing her right to try out. Since the attor-
ney general's office sent the letter to
Wong, UW has agreed to allow Wong

to try out.
Professors criticize
evaluation Websites
ollege professors across the nation
a debating the use of evaluation
Websites that allow students to "grade"
their professors.
After results have been tallied, stu-
dents can organize their ideal schedule
by compiling results on opinions of
professors' teaching styles.
But some professors said the concept
of the Websites in their current form is
"By and large, students are in no posi-
t;- to assess whether faculty 'know
tl subject,' 'give too much work,' or
grade fairly,"' said history Prof. Paul
Halsall from the University of North
Florida at Jacksonville.
Compiled by Jewel Gop wani from
U- WIRE reports.

Ozone risk season ends with record highs

By David Jenkins
For the Daily
It's a hot summer day. There are no clouds to
block out the sun's heat and no wind to blow it
away. It seems like a perfect day to grab a towel
and a swimsuit and take the car down to the beach
for some sun and surf.
Not exactly, according to the Clean Air
Coalition of Southeast Michigan, because if it was
one of those perfectly hot summer days, then tak-
ing a car anywhere could be dangerous for the
This year's ozone action season, which began
May I and ended Oct. 1, saw a record high for the
number of ozone action days in southern
Michigan. For a total of 26 days, weather condi-
tions allowed the levels of air pollutants to rise
dangerously close to the government's designated
high risk level.
"Existing pollution, high temperatures, lack of
cloud cover and low wind activity all combine to
form a pollutant soup," said Anita Blasius, manag-
er of the Clean Air Coalition Community
Outreach. "It is the hot sunny days, which we love
the most, that run the risk of high levels of ozone
The coalition created ozone action days six
years ago to help make people and businesses

"Sonewhere between 25 and 30 tons of
hydrocarbons are added to the atmosphere each
day from refueling."
- Chuck Hersey
Air quality expert for the Clean Air Coalition

aware of threats of ozone and other air pollutants
such as nitrous oxides and volatile organic com-
pounds. By calling attention to days when the
weather conditions help sustain the pollution at
high levels in the air, the coalition tries to raise
people's knowledge.
Blasius said the high number of ozone action
days during this year's season hopefully does
not represent a trend in the environment.
Rather, she said, it is hopefully due to the sum-
mer's consistently warm weather and new
health standards.
"During ozone action days, the coalition tries to
get people to drive less by using public transporta-
tion and carpooling, not use charcoal lighter fluid,
wait to mow lawns and use other gas-operated
equipment, not use solvent based cleaners and
paints, fill up car gas tanks after dark, and for busi-

nesses to use teleconferencing rather than make
people drive to business meetings. Blasius said.
"Although businesses are regulated for their out-
puts of harmful ozone and other pollutants, indi-
viduals are not she said.
But some attitudes toward the ozone action days
differ from the coalition's view. Engineering Prof.
Sanford Sillman, who researches the effects of
ozone, said students cannot do much to help dur-
ing the ozone action days.
"They say the best thing to do is not drive,
but health damage caused by ozone is directly
proportional to exercise," Sillman said, explain-
ing that asking people to ride a bike instead of
drive a car actually is worse for their health. "In
other words, they're telling people to make their
own health worse in order to help a very small

o, such thing as Tln up gas tanks at dif-
_'cnt imes vi inia to the actual
amount of ai pollutant: Sllman said.
Chuck Ilee w an air qualty expert for the
coalition, said he disarees with that opinion, say-
mn that Iomewhere etkeen 25 and 30 tons of
hydrocarbons are added to the atmosphere each
day from refueing. I don't think that cutting down
on that number is an insignificant thing."
In response to the question of health risks,
Hersey quipped. "What should we do, tell every-
one to drive despite the risks of polluting the
4We need to educate people about the,
impacts of condiions caused by increased lev-
els of ozone and other air pollutants, and
besides, the health isks associated with ozone
days only target a small percentage of the pop-
ulation" Hersey said. "Most people are not
affected by the pollutants at those levels."
SNRE first-year student Bruce Haywood said
it is easy for students to adhere to ozone action
day guidelines by doing things as simple as riding
bikes to class. Still, "extreme exercise should be
avoided" on days when ozone levels are high, he
said, while simple activities such as walking and
riding bikes do not pose reasonable health.


MSA debates expulsion
of chair, cites inactivity

SNRE senior Joe Reilly plays the guitar at an open mic night in celebration of
Indigenous People's Day last night at the Michigan League.
Celebration honor
inden ous people

By Jody Simone Kay
DIuly Staff Reporter
On a darkene % ,age lit only by a
single spotlight, severl students sang
original music and reci d poetry yes-
terday in recognition of Indigenous
People's Day.
"It's formerly known as Columbus
Day. It's a different way of looking at
the holiday that is celebrated national-
ly," said Dawn Guenthardt, a co-chair
of the Native American Students
Asociation and a University alum,
refernig to Monday's national aoliday.
NASA primarily organized the
open mic event -A the Michigan
League Underground.
"We do something every year for
Indigenous Pepple's Day. We've had
rallies in the Diag; this year we decid-
ed to do something different,"
Guenthardt said.
LSA senior and co-chair of the
NASA event Jackie Pilette said they
decided to focus more on the accom-
plishments and individuality of
Native Americans rather than having
a rally.
"It's celebrating the fact we have
survived. Literally 99 percent of the
population was wiped out," said
Mimi Belton, an LSA and Art and
Design sophomore.'
"'m the one telling the story. It's
different when 'm telling my story
than someone else telling my story,"
Belton said.
Belton, who was wearing a belt of
the four colors of the Cherokee color
wheel, was exhibiting her artwork at
last night's event. She said her work is
representative of the meaning of her
ancestral tribes, the Western
Cherokee, or Tsalagi, and Shawnee,
or Shawano, tribes.
Many of her images centered on
the nature of her own identity as a
Native American..
Other students expressed them-

selves in other ways.
"I brought my guitar since this is
my best poetic expression," said Joe
Reilly, an SNRE senior.
Reilly, also a member of the
Western Cherokee tribe, sang original -
lyrics and played original music,
including one titled, "Pow Wow Love
"We wanted to get people together
because Columbus Day is an impor-
tant event and most people just look
over it," Pilette said.
Steadily, some changes have been
made on campus regarding Native
American representation, including a
Native American Lounge in the Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall.
Guenthardt said the lounge will
honor Vicky Barner, the first person
to file a lawsuit with the American
Civil Liberties Union against
Michigamua, a secret senior honor
society that allegedly used Native
American symbols and rituals.
NASA also is working on increas-
ing the number of Native American
faculty members and is trying to
establish a Native American Studies
department, which currently is a pro-
gram within the College of Literature,
Science and the Arts.
Although there was not a rally at
the University on Monday to mark
Indigenous People's Day, protests
were held in other Michigan cities.
Guenthardt said community
members held a rally on Eastern
Michigan University's campus
against a proposal to change the
mascot of the Eagles to the original
mascot of the Huron, a figure repre-
sentative of the Huron tribe. The
proposal is called the Huron
Restoration Project.
In Lansing yEsierday a rally
focused on Gov. John Engler's aboli-
tion of the Michigan Indian Affairs
Commission, Pilette said

By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly at
its weekly meeting last night debated
allegations that assembly Rep. Rory
Diamond has not fulfilled his duties as
Campus Governance Committee chair.
Diamond, an LSA junior, later denied
allegations, although he was not at the
meeting to defend himself when Vice
President Andy Coulouris made a
motion to remove Diamond from CGC
because the committee allegedly has
fallen behind in its responsibilities.
Twice a year, CGC appoints students
to sit on a variety of administrative
advisory committees, such as the
Information Technology Division's
advisory committee, recreational sports
and Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs.
Although the CGC chair's job is to
receive and make all student appoint-
ments in a timely fashion, Coulouris
said this task has been left up to the
MSA Executive Board because
Diamond has not done sufficient work.
"Ideally, all these appointments
would have been taken care of last
spring," Coulouris said. But MSA
President Bram Elias' "inbox has been
flooded with e-mails from the
(University) administration asking him
where the appointments are," he said.
Diamond explained that every position

in fact has been filled. He said former
CGC Chair Mehul Madia sent e-mails to
all administrators at the beginning of the
semester and delays occurred when
administrators did not notify individual
committees that CGC was making stu-
dent appointments to them.
"If the administration doesn't do any-
thing with the name that I sent out, then
that committee's position didn't get
filled. Then those people called MSA to
find out what happened, and that's how
the whole thing started," Diamond said.
MSA Student General Counsel Josh
Trapani said only about half of the
committees and commissions that fall
under CGC's duties have been filled.
But Diamond said "I think it's just
one committee that didn't get notified"
of the appointment, and this entire situ-
ation got blown out of proportion when
the regents and SACUA inquired about
MSA Rep. Jennifer Vanroeyen, who
is serving her second semester-long
term as CGC vice chair, defended
Diamond's position and suggested dis-
cussing the position's responsibilities
with him instead of removing him from
the committee post.
Diamond said the entire motion is a
political attack.
"They're trying to make us look bad
as conservatives. Last week they were
attacking the far left, and this week

they're attacking the far right,' he said.
Coulouris said that the lapse in CGC
appointments reflects poorly on MSA as
a whole and could retard MSA's ongoing
efforts to get a student representative on
the University Board of Regents.
"The basic problem is that it we want
to have leverage with the administration
to get things done - like a student
regent - then we need to make sure we
follow up on our appointments. It's an
important job and should be done well,"
Coulouris said.
The motion, which needs a two-
thirds vote to pass, has been tabled until
next week.
In other MSA business last night,
MSA unanimously passed a resolution
to become a centralized, non-partisan
resource of information about the issue
of affirmative action in general but
especially about the two lawsuits cur-
rently challenging the University's use
of race in the admissions process.
MSA is to create a special Website
dedicated to this popular issue on cam-
pus. The Website is to include details of
the lawsuit, opinions from different
organizations at the University, research
findings and an online discussion board.
The student government representa-
tives hope the resolution, which also
calls for MSA to set up a forum, will
bring nationally renown speakers to
campus, to debate affirmative action.


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