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HIGHER EDUCATION

The r\licrngu )a ~v

West Virginia
towns to include
" students in census

A conscientious clothesline

By Stephanie Taylor
The DaiUlv Athenacun
MORGANTOWN, WV. (U-WIRE)
-As the 2000 census approachcs, both
Morgantown and Huntington are trying
to benefit with the help of their universi-
ty students.
This year the two cities are planning
to include the students of Marshall
University and West Virginia University,
respectively, in their 2000 census. The
students will cause each of the cities'
populations to increase dramatically if
included.
Morgantown wants a recorded popu-
lation of 50,000, and if it reaches that
level, the city will qualify for more fed-.
eral grants and progams. The possible
benefits can be looked at in two ways.
The first is Morgantown could receive a
richer database and a higher level of sta-
tistical analysis.
"This will cause investors, real estate
and banks to track the growth in popula-
tion and influence economic develop-
ment," explained city manager Dan
Boroff.
The second category of benefits is
that Morgantown could qualify for
more special programs that will help
out transportation, employment train-
ing and urban and housing develop-
ment. The exact amount of money and
benefits Morgantown would actually
receive is based on the projects it would
do.
Huntington is planning to include the
students of Marshall University in its
census. But Huntington is more interest-
ed in getting an accurate census count.
"Simply, Marshall University stu-
dents are residents of Huntington and
should be counted," Huntington Mayor
Jean Dean said.
Other than having an accurate census
count, Huntington, like Morgantown,

could receive more federal money,
which it plans to use for community and
economic development. Huntington will
also receive a better class statistical rank-
ing.
Huntington plans to accomplish this
goal by working with Marshall
University to assist in encouraging the
students to fill out the census papers for
Huntington. Dean said the students
should be responsible enough to fill out
the census papers on their own.
But is counting university students as
part of Morgantown's and Huntington's
census legal?
"Not only is it legal, it is procedural,"
said John Willse, media specialist for the
regional census bureau out of Detroit.
According to the guidelines devel-
oped for the decennial census, college
students who live away from home are to
be counted where they attend college.
On the other hand, students who live
with their parents while attending col-
lege should be counted as part of their
parental home.
The census bureau explained that stu-
dents will not be counted twice -- once
at college and then again at their parental
home. To ensure this, the census papers
themselves will state that college stu-
dents are not to be included as part of
their parental home.
Since the student population could
benefit the two cities so much, some
people wonder why Morgantown and
Huntington haven't counted students
before.
"In the 1990 census, only a small
number of students filled out census
papers," said Boroff. Boroff further
said that this year. Morgantown
plans to have a committee to encour-
age a large majority of the students
to fill out census papers for
Morgantown.

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Student
dead after
many days
By Candace Baltz
', \ 1-h W I RI A
end st t in as many months has
be1 ound dead i a Wshington State
I mert residence hall
I he ody of Gregory Atkinson.3
xe asmoud in his Rogers Residenice
10 miltom Sunday afternoon by WSU:
police and residence life staff Atkinson
ipparentl had been dead for several
da s. accordng to \WSU police
,Neighbors became concerned and
notified hall staif when Atkinson had
not been seen foz several days.
al entered because of safty con-
eern said Stacy Johnson, Rogers Hill
director.
T' he stafif knew something was
Srong when they entered Atkinson's
room and caled the university police
andi uniersitv police took over the
vesti ion sid lonv Nowak, direc-
tor of residence life
Atkinson's death is currently under
vestigation. he cause of deat h is
undetmnmed, pending the results of an.
utopsy polce expect later this veek.,
There i:s no indication foul playwas
involed. police reported.
"e need to take care of others, not
ust go into a room and shut a door: we
rV " commnity,' said Shu ChI Hil,
neighbor and Iriend of Atkinson.
ilHe was a) hard worker, (he) want-
ed to try as best he could," said Tawipas
Pichaichanarong, a neighbor and friend
oftkinson. Ie asked quesuons when
he had them"
Atkinson occasionally would ask'
Sh for hclp on math and to sample'his;
cookin.
S le asked mc to try some cuni
chicken about two weeks ago,, said
hu, 1ho had not seen him since then.
,re had a pasion for food- he
lked to bake, 'Shu said.
Residents regularly saw Atkinson in
the floor kitchen t"being creative" with
lood, Shu said.

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Ann Arbor resident Trudy Ritter, president of the Washtenaw County Medical Society, pins 33 T-shirts outside of the
Washtenaw County Courthouse yesterday to represent the 33 people in the county who have died durng the past year
frm di mestic violence.
Con.0Ltroveri al Princeto
prof.toPb spa0ubil

Former football
.player charged

By Richard Just everything fromI
[he Dii P ineoneln to his proposal.
PRINCETON. NJ. (U-WIRl-) The Princeton University mark only the la
community got its first public glimpse of Peter Singer last night self to be thrusti
when the Australian bioethicist took the stage in McCosh 50 to has not specific
debate Adrienne Asch, a blind professor from Wellesley College. debate to pub
Singer said he suggested Asch's name to Princeton's "I think there
Bioethics Forum -the group sponsoring tonight's event - except for the nu
both because she is handicapped and because she has written ten about,- Sing
extensively on issues related to disabilities and bioethics. He added that
The university's only professor of bioethics has not shied at the university,
away from the spotlight since arriving at Princeton, appearing in dential hopefulS
The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine to discuss month in whicha
UCfacul tystudy
animl braln waves

his mother's affition u ith heimerdisease
s for ameliorating word povert. Tonght il
itest instance in wich Singer has allowed im-
into the public eye. But Singer said vetendi he
ally sought opportuniies such as hs
licly discuss his views.
s nothing particular abot the pa)t .iw weeks
imber of occasions 'e ld t wte or he it-
er said.
he has ignored the he O\ iis rgt each
which has includedi cals from trustee and presi-
Steve Forbes to dismiss Snger and a protest lst
activists blocked the entrances of assau I al.

University of Iowa to
pursue extortion
charges against player
By Glen Leydon
The Daily Iowan
Iowa City, Iowa (U-WIRE) - After
nearly two months of investigation, the
Johnson County Attorney's Office filed
charges Monday against former
University of Iowa football player Ryan
Loftin.
Loftin was charged with extortion
following anAug. 21 incident in which
he allegedly hand-delivered a letter to
Coach Kirk Ferentz in threatening to
expose secrets about the UI football
program if his scholarship were not
restored.
The letter was allegedly delivered
four days after Loftin quit the team,
having cited personal reasons.
According to court documents, the let-
ter detailed a plan in which Loftin
would share a playbook with opponents
and form a group of angry former play-
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icer," Masley said. "His job is to lie pro-
fessionally and well. (Agents) learn to
frame people when they need to, and to
lie in court when they need to, and
that's what (Lencioni) did."
Doxey's supporters believe he was
convicted to justify Ann Arbor city offi-
cials' decision to allow the Klan to hold
a rally.
"This whole thing is to stop people
from coming out to protest against the
KKKsaid Shanta Driver, a National
Women's Rights Organization member
who was at yesterday's protest.
Tiffany Bloom, one of yesterday's
protesters, said the City of Ann Arbor
spent $130,000 on the Klan rally and
claimed that amount of money spent
put pressure on prosecutors to convict a
protester.
"There is a witch hunt against anti-
racists in Ann Arbor," protester
*Caroline Wong claimed, who attended
the 1998 rally.

ers in an effort to oust Ferentz.
Johnson County Attorney Patrick
White said that following his investiga-
tion, the next step was prosecution.
"It was the same as many other cases
in that we evaluated the case by review-
ing reports and interviewing witnesses
before deciding to file charges,, he
said.
The witness list includes: Ferentz;
William Dervich, football administra-
tive assistant; Rita Foley, secretary to
Ferentz; tight end Zeron Flemister; and
safety Matt Bowen.
Bowen, who has not been in contact
with Loftin since the alleged incident,
is surprised the process has gone this
far.
"I thought it was good and done
with"he said. "You never expect things
like this to happen."
But Bowen said Loftin must be ready
to accept the . consequences of his
alleged actions.
"You do something wrong, you have'
to pay the consequences. You have to
take responsibility, he said.
"I know that Tommy is innocent," she
said.
Doxey was present at yesterday's
protest but declined to comment.
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Joe
Burke showed little concern about the
protest or the motion for a new trial,
and stressed his confidence in the
Doxey's conviction.
"I think we proved what happened
(during the trial)," he said. "I'm a
believer in the jury system."
He also addressed Massie's claims
about Lencioni.
"I think that the notion a police offi-
cer is going to put his or her career on
the line by perjuring themselves is
ridiculous," Burke said.
Court proceedings for another of the
anti-Klan protesters began yesterday.
Robin Alvarez is charged with inciting
a riot during the 1998 demonstration.
Massie is also handling that case, and
motions filed yesterday challenge the
constitutionality of the riot law, she
said. The trial is formally set to begin
Oct. 25.

By Coleen Dixon
The Daily Californian
BERKELEY, Calif. (U-WIRE) ---
A University of California at
Berkeley scientist and fellow
researchers announced this month
they have found a new way to recon-
struct visual information that passes
through the brains of animals.
Yang Dan, an assistant neurobiol-
ogy professor at UC-Berkeley, col-
laborated with Garrett Stanley, a
Harvard professor in the Division of
Engineering and Applied Science
and Fei Li, a Princeton graduate,
The Journal of Neuroscience pub-
lished the experiment last week.
The experiment, conducted from
1997 to 1998, was designed to reveal
new information about the inner work-
ings of the brain, Dan said.
"Our goal was to understand how
information is coded in electrical sig-
nals," she said. "The electrical signals
can be compared to Morse code. We
wanted to decode the end of the mes-
sage.
The research is a small step toward a
larger goal, Dan added.
"If we are able to analyze how the
brain sees and hears, we will be able to
understand how the brain works;" Dan
said: "Once we understand this, we will
be able to aid those who are mentally ill
by building devices that interact with
the brain."
Such devices would provide access
to data stored in the brain. The data
would then allow researchers to analyze
the mentally ill.
In the experiment, the scientists
recorded the activity of neurons, the
type of cell that communicates infor-
mation in the brain.
The researchers studied the way a
cat's brain processes visual informa-
tion by analyzing neurons, which com-
municate with each other through
electrical signals. Then they analyzed
images of the brain activity using a
decoding technique known as a math-

ematical model.
"We need to analyze the language of
the brain and how we see and hear
using electrical signals," Dan said.
Visual images are processed by
the brain in the thalamus region. The
thalamus region of the brain is con-
nected directly to the eye by the
optic nerve. The optic nerve is the
link between the eye and the thala-
mus, Dan said.
A component of the visual system,
the thalamus is the last place visual
information travels before it enters
the cerebral cortex. Once images
reach cells in the thalamus region,
the neurons transmit information to
the cortex.
The transferring of information
occurs when the neurons "fire" the
information. The "firing" is a result of
electrical signals in the form of impuls-
es reacting to the contrasts between
light and dark objects, Dan said.
"For example, the neurons fire if they
see a light circular object surrounded
by a dark background," she said. "Or
they fire if they see a light object that
stands out."
After the cells "fire,"the cat's brain is
able to reconstruct the image it has
recorded.
"By recording the activity of the neu-
rons in the cat's brains, we were able to
decode the electrical signals and put
together an image which we viewed on
the computer," Dan said.
- From the thalamus region, the image
is transmitted to the cortex of the brain.
Although the researchers did not ana-
lyze the activities of the cortex, the neu-
rons in the cortex region only "fire" if
they see an edge.
An edge is the contrast between
black and white, Dan said.
"The cortex has nothing to do with
our experiment," Dan said. "In the
future, the cortex will pose the biggest
challenge for scientists because that is
where the most complex images are
analyzed."

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