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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 - 3

2-car collision
kills 3, injures U.
~Varyand student
Eric Bishop, a University of
Maryland student,. was in critical
condition Sunday with multiple
injuries at Prince George's Hospital
Center after a car accident, which
killed three others that day.
The two=car collision occurred
near the College Park Metro
Station. The three men were travel-
ing at a speed higher than the limit
a white Hyundai ExceL Their car
nashed into a Ford which flipped
over and ran into Bishop's Saab.
Both cars crashed into a concrete
The Hyundai was found flipped
on top of the Saab. Two men in the
Hyundai were pronounced dead on
the scene and the third underwent
emergency surgery and died. The
driver in the Ford escaped the acci-
*nt uninjured
Officiashave determined exes-
sve speeds as a cause and are look-
ing into the possibility that alcohol
was a factor in the accident.
USF students
investigated for
changing grades
Three students at the University
g South Florida could face charges
or allegedly changing 20 of their
grades illegally.
Jeriesha Carter, Davarye Coleman
and Andrea Hamiliton allegedly
altered their grades, mostly from
D's and F's to A's or B's, by submit-
ting change of grade forms between
Sept. 9, 1997 and Aug. 19, 1999.
The university is expected to ini-
'te an investigation against the
Vudents, two of whom were
involved in the university's student
government. If the three students
are found guilty of violating the uni-
versity's USF's guidelines on acade-
mic dishonesty, they could face
The students could also face
.harges of misrepresenting their
academic standing - a misde-
meanor punishable by a $1,000 fine
up to one year in jail.
Dalai Lama gives
$1OK to UVA
The Dalai Lama gave $10,000 to
the University of Virginia to imple-
ment a Tibetan studies program. But
organizers said theyneed to raise
nother $6 million before the pro-
#am turns into a reality.
After a meeting between the Dalai
Lama and professors at Virginia
religious studies Prof. Jeffrey
Hopkins wrote a letter to the Dalai
Lama requesting help through fund-
ing to implement this program.
The Dalai Lama officially gave
the money, which is from his private
fund, to the University Committee
for the Trans-Regional
Interdisciplinary Study of Tibet and
he Himalayas.
But in addition to the S6 million
more necessary to complete the pro-
gram, the committee will also need
about $1.5 million to maintain it.

Former Wisconsin
director charged
with embezzling
The former director of the Office
of Clinical Trials at the University
of Wisconsin at Madison Medical
School, Rohnda Lagoni, faces
charges of embezzling $602,800.
Lagoni served as the director of
the Office of Clinical Trials from
1994 to July 1999. She has been
-accused of diverting funds that were
paid to the office, to a personal
ccount she established in the
office's name.
Her alleged embezzlement was
discovered after the university com-
pleted a 10-month audit two weeks
--Compiled by Daily Staff Repoter
Jewel Gopwanifr-am U-Wire

Atkins Diet advocates high-protein foods

By Risa Berrin
Daily Staff Reporter
Diet guru Susan Powter and the Pritikin reg-
imen preached a low protein and high carbo-
hydrate diet. Now, the trend has reversed com-
pletely - again - with Robert Atkins' popu-
lar 1970s high protein and low carbohydrates
plan making a comeback in the diet world.
The Atkins Diet encourages eating more
protein and fewer carbohydrates. The diet
restricts processed, refined carbohydrates such
as high-sugared cereals and starchy vegeta-
bles. But it does allow dieters to eat steak,
bacon and eggs, according to Atkins' book
"Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution."
After treating 25,000 overweight patients,
Atkins found that in 90 percent of the cases,
disturbed carbohydrate metabolism was the
cause of weight problems.
Colette Heimowitz, director of nutrition at
the Atkins Center in New York, said the key to
maintaining a low weight with the Atkins Diet

is to stay away from grains and instead eat
vegetables for necessary carbohydrates.
"There is an epidemic in obesity due to the
overconsumption of grains," Heimowitz said.
"Obesity was not an issue until grains were
introduced. Grains are a man-made phenome-
Diets high in sugar and refined carbohy-
drates like bread, pasta and cereal increase the
body's production of the energy catalyst
insulin, Heimowitz explained. She said low-
carb diets emphasize cutting down on carbo-
hydrates to decrease blood-sugar level and
consequently cause the pancreas to produce
less insulin.
"Insulin is the villain," she said. "It thickens
the artery walls and may cause one to be more
prone to diabetes and heart disease."
But the American Dietetic Association
attributes low rates of diabetes and heart dis-
ease to the consumption of whole grains.
according to the association's Website.

The Atkins Diet claims to be more than a
way to lose weight - it promises a "healthier"
way of life. The diet maintains that those who
follow it will stop feeling hungry in between
meals and that the body will begin to burn fat
for energy.
Heimowitz claims if college students try the
diet they would have more energy and would
study and sleep more efficiently.
But University registered dietitian Lynn
Glazewski said low-carb diets, such as the
Atkins Diet, are dangerous.
"These diets cause an abnormal metabolic
breakdown," said Glazewski, who works at the
University's Nutrition Counseling Center.
"These low-carb diets provide an alternate but
less efficient form of energy production."
Glazewski said the low-carb diets carry dan-
gerous side effects. When a person's levels of
fat-burning byproducts called ketones rise, the
result is additional acid in breath and urine,
causing a bad smell. Glazewski said the diets

also may lead to dehydration, calcium deple-
tion, gout and kidney stone damage.
She added that low-carb diets do provide
powerful results, but they are only temporary.
"People are looking for a quick fix because
they are bored with eating in moderation," she
said. "People who try these diets experience
quick weight loss, but they have trouble sus-
taining it."
Kinesiology junior Alison Young said she
tried the Atkins Diet last year because she
heard it was a quick way to lose weight.
"I did not see a long-term change in my own
weight, but I saw that it worked for other peo-
ple I knew," she said.
The American Dietetic Association does not
encourage the low-carb diets, Glazewski said.
According to its Website, "a high protein diet
doesn't build muscle and burn fat as some
people think." The association also notes that
only regular physical activity and weight train-
ing build muscle strength.

Slime time

SOLE pushes 'U' to sign

new workers'

rights code

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
As members of Students Organizing
for Labor and Economic Equality are
calling on the University administration
to endorse the Workers Rights
Consortium - a new human rights and
labor policy developed by United
Students Against Sweatshops - the
N possibility of another large-scale SOLE
demonstration has come into question.
In March, 30 SOLE members
stormed University President Lee
Bollinger's office, occupying it for 51
During the sit-down demonstration,
SOLE called on the University to take a
strong anti-sweatshop stance. On the
second day of the protest, Bollinger
released the University's new labor
expectations for licensed manufacturers
of University apparel.
The policy required companies to
release publicly the locations and own-
ership of factories where University
merchandise is produced.
But now seven months later, SOLE
members have new demands, and the
situation could lead to more SOLE
Although SOLE member Rachel
Edelman, an LSA senior, could not
confirm whether a large-scale action is
in the works, she said the circumstances
now are not all that different when com-
paring them to the weeks leading to

SOLE's occupation in March.
"I think things are somewhat simi-
lar," Edelman said. "Our administration
is aware of what we planned last year,
and I think it's on their minds right
Edelman said the University is a key
player in the anti-sweatshop movement,
if the University does not endorse the
WRC, the struggle to fight sweatshops
will be more difficult in the future.
Last week, Brown University was the
first to sign onto the WRC.
But Public Policy Prof. John
Chamberlin, chair of the University's
advisory committee studying labor
policies, said it will take until May for
his group to make a recommendation to
the University administration.
Although SOLE members said they
question the length of time the ad'visory
committee needs to spend on study and
consideration of the WRC, Chamberlin
contends that the committee will need
several months to study the issue.
"I think we have some serious work
to do," Chamberlin said. "We need to
think things through carefully."
But SOLE member Peter Romer-
Friedman, an LSA junior, said the cur-
rent time frame is "unacceptable."
But University General Counsel
Marvin Krislov said the University is
trying to make the best decision as soon
as possible.
"We will try to move forward as

quickly as possible, consistent with
responsible action," he said.
Krislov said the advisory committee
needs take an in-depth look at the WRC
and other models in order to make the
best recommendation to the University.
"We look forward to hearing more"
specifics about this proposal," he said.
The Michigan Student Assembly
could add some clout to SOLE's
demand next week, when'it plans toA
vote on a resolution supporting the:
WRC. The assembly has backed SOLE'
initiatives in the past.
The resolution's sponsor, MSA Vice
President Andy Coulouris, said the.
University administration needs to sup--
port the WRC.
"The WRC is the only legitimate
means of enforcement," Coulouris said.
"Any other way would not precipitate
the results we're looking for."
Chamberlin said members of the
University community will have the
chance to discuss the WRC and other
related issues at a public forum Nov. 8.
Edelman said that until the adviso-
ry committee makes a recommenda-
tion in regard to the WRC, SOLE will
keep the pressure on the University
and will continue to inform students
and others about the anti-sweatshop
"We're going to be spending the next
few weeks on a massive campuswide
education campaign,' Edelman said.

LSA first-year student Jon Book makes slime along side other students on
the Diag yesterday, as part of a demonstration for National Chemistry Week.
passes allocations
or student groups

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"As policy, BPC won't fund food and
refreshments, and capital goods such as
buying a computer. This time, we did not
look favorably upon travel. We felt that
events that happen on campus have a
greater impact than stuff that happens
away from campus," Roe said.
BPC altered their allocation process
this semester to delegate 110 percent of
its funds, instead of 100 percent.
"We actually gave out $8,700 more
than we had to allocate. In the past peo-
ple, have not picked up their entire fund-
ing. Since groups asked for five times
more than what has been available, we
were banking on for this term. If, for
some reason, all the groups did take all
their funding, then we could just pull
from last semester's funds," Roe
Community service organizations
requested a total of $133,794 in funds,
while CSC had only $53,300 available
for allocations. Project Serve was
allowed $4,500, the most of any group,
followed by the Hillel Conference on the
Holocaust with $3,200.
"This is the biggest thing that MSA
does and we've never done it this well,"
MSA President Bram Elias declared. "As
a result, MSA student activity is going to
be fantastic. They did a $150,00 job," he
The assembly also voted in a narrow
margin of 16 to 14 to prohibit the placing

of campaign materials in Angell Hall.
This is in addition to the assembly's
Election Code Chapter 41 that states
campaign materials are not "to be affixed
to any glass or painted surface in or on
any University building except in desig-
nated posting areas"
LSA senior and MSA Rep. Joe
Bernstein proposed the resolution
because he said the posters and fliers are
an environmental hazard and he said are
ineffective in campaigns.
"The posters are not recycled, they're
just torn down every night. It's disgusting
to think about," he said. Bernstein added
that he won his first MSA election with-
out any postering in Angell Hall.
Public Policy Rep. Erin Carey
objected to the amendment because
she felt that it would not resolve the
problem of excessive postering but
merely displace it.
"I agree with Joe that this is a problem,
but if you prohibit postering, it will only
move the problem to other places such as
(Modern Language Building) or the
(Michigan) Union," Carey said.
Rackham Rep. Jessica Curtin felt
prohibiting postering infringed on free
speech rights. "It's our position to be
defending those rights," she said.
But Roe disagreed. "It doesn't affect
free speech. People who work the hardest
will have a better chance of getting elect-
ed," he said.
SNRE Rep. Mona Gupta said that
environmentally, this was a step in the
right direction.

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