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students are taught about STDs at a young age, they are prob-
ably not paying close attention to the information.
"The best place to educate students is in school, but some-
times kids do not listen to and respect the person that is teach-
ing," she said.
On its Website, CDC states that adolescents, 10- to 19-
year-olds and young adults, 20- to 24-year-olds, are at higher
risk for acquiring STDs for a number of reasons: higher like-
lihood of having multiple sexual partners, engaging in unpro-
tected intercourse and choosing partners at higher risk.
CDC also notes that premarital sexual intercourse has
increased due to the fact that young adults are having sex at
an earlier age and getting married at a later age.
According to the Michigan Department of Community
Health Website, 912 cases of chlamydia were reported in
Washtenaw County in1998. In addition, 288 cases of gonor-
rhea and three cases of primary and secondary syphilis were
reported last year.

Miller said that well-known synmptoms are discharge and
burning unation in men and a change in discharge in women.
Gonorrhea and syphilis, both bacterial STDs that can be
cured by antibiotics, are most prevalent among young adults.
Among men, 20- to 24-year-olds have the highest rate of gon-
orrhea and third highest rate of primary and secondary
syphilis, according to CDC. Among women, 15- to 19-year-
olds had the highest rate of gonorrhea and 20- to 24-year-olds
had the highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis.
STDs do not only affect men and women but their off-
spring as well. Death of the fetus or infant occurs in up to 40
percent of women with untreated syphilis.
Adam Callen, a salesperson at the Safe Sex Store on South
University Avenue, said that young adults are more sexually
aware, but there are still myths circulating.
"I've heard guys say that they can tell if a girl has a disease
by looking at her"'Callen said. "Guys sometimes figure that
if a girl is on the pill, he doesn't need a condom,"
Miller said that more education and early detection is the key
to combating the diseases. "Everybody thinks it's never going
to happen to them," he said. "We must educate early and often."

Effective, Fall Term 1999, term grade reports will
no longer be mailed to students. Students may
hear their grades on touch-tone (998-1645), view
their grades on Wolverine Access, or order a
transcript or academic report. Any student, who
needs a copy of their term grades, with their name
on it, may request one at a Student Service Site
(Student Services Site G255 Angell Hall or 1212
Pierpont Commons). A picture ID is needed at a
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The number of Asian American and
white students increased slightly from
1998 to this year, with Asian
American enrollment up 2.9 percent
and white enrollment up 0.8 percent.
White students comprise the major-
ity of the student body with 22,235
students - almost 59 percent of the
total student population.
The figures were gathered from
official student counts taken after the
third week of fall semester classes.
But some figures may not be as pre-
cise since 2,240 students - about six
percent of the total student population
- fall into the "unknown" category.
This category is comprised of students
who are multi-racial or those who
chose notto identify themselves with
a specific ethnicity.
Many on campus believe there is a
correlation between the drop of under-
represented minorities on campus
with the two lawsuits challenging the
University's use of race as a factor in
The Washington, D.C.-based
Center for Individual Rights filed the
suits in 1997 on behalf of three white
applicants who believe they were
unfairly evaluated under the
University's College of Literature,
Science and the Arts and Law School
admissions policies.
Friday marks the second anniver-
sary of the filing of the Law School
"The decrease of minority enroll-
ment is directly connected to the
attack on affirmative action," said
Dowdell, who is an intervening defen-
dant in the Law School case.
Lester Monts, associate provost for
academic affairs, said he believes the
lawsuits and other factors contribute
to the decreasing numbers of minori-
ties on campus.
"Students may not want to come to
a .university that is under threat,"
Monts said.'
The lower amount of available
financial aid, plus the fact that
Michigan is a difficult school to be
accepted to, Monts said, are other con-
tributing factors to falling underrepre-
sented minority numbers on campus.
Monts said the University needs to
continue its efforts to reach out to
underrepresented minorities on cam-
"Our task to expand our outreach,"
Monts said.
Some students on campus believe
the University isn't doing enough to
attract students from underrepresented
minority groups.
"If the University would do more
outreach, then we would see a lot
more students from minority commu-
nities apply," Dowdell said.
LSA junior Jacqueline Pilette, co-
chair of the Native American Student
Association, said while the University
concentrates its outreach in some
communities others are ignored.
"We don't see the University
recruiting enough from Native
American communities," Pilette said.
But Monts said numbers often cre-
ate certain perceptions and the quality
of the student body is often forgotten.
"We also need to take a look at the
quality of the class," Monts said. "We
have a group of highly qualified, high-
ly motivated young scholars,"
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LSA first-year student Dan Barrera
said he received the e-mail inviting him
to participate in the survey and plans to

complete it soon.
B~arrera said the opportunity to voice
his opinion motivates him to participate
in the survey.
"I want to make sure it stays and the
only way to make sure it will is to speak
up," Barrera said.
The survey is being sponsored by the
department of communication studies,
a School of Business Research Grant
and the Institute for Social Research.
Bagozzi said funding is also being
requested from the Division of
Bagozzi said once the staff from the
Institute of Social Research stops col-
lecting the data, preliminary results
will be ready within weeks. Bagozzi
hopes to have them released by
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"Michigan brings a tremendous foot-
ball tradition to our game," Keith
Tribble, executive director of the Orange
Bowl Committee, said in a released
Michigan received a BCS at-large
berth to qualify for the Orange Bowl,
one of four BCS bowl games.
Michigan's only other Orange Bowl
appearance was in 1976, the first year
Big Ten teams went to bowls besides the
Rose Bowl. The Wolverines lost to
Oklahoma. 14-6.

basal ganglia.
Oil giants move to
complete merger
WASHINGTON - Exxon and
Mobil moved swiftly yesterday to con-
clude their $8I billion merger after fed-
eral regulators cleared the way - with
conditions -- for the deal creating the
world's largest privately held oil com-
The merger reunites two of the
biggest remnants of the 1911 govern-
ment breakup of John D. Rockefeller's
Standard Oil empire.
Company officials said they would
comply with government requirements.
that the new oil giant sell 2,431 of its
nearly 16,000 gas stations, specifically
those in the Northeast, Texas and
California, as well as a refinery and
other assets.
"This settlament should preserve
competition and protect consumers
from inappropriate and anticompeti-
tive price increases," said Federal
Trade Commission Chair Robert
"Exxon and Mobil have accepted

terms and conditions specified by the
FTC and will comply fully and in a
timely manner," Exxon Chair Lee
Raymond said in a statement .only
hours after the FTC gave its condition-
al approval to the deal, concluding
yearlong review.
Clinton to skip canal
hand-over ceremony
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton expressed confidence yester-
day that the government of Panama will
keep the Panama Canal open to all
shipping when it assumes control of the
waterway at the end of the month. 8
he decided to skip the formal hand-ov
ceremony, sending former President
Carter in his place.
Talking to reporters before embark-
ing on a trip to California, Clinton
sought to finesse the end of U.S. own-
ership of a canal that American engi-
neers built 88 years ago. He said he
supports the hand-over but emphasized
that Carter's administration negotiated
the deal in 1977.

Gulf War illness linked to brain damage
CHICAGO - Brain scans of soldiers who believe they suffer from Gulf War ill-
ness suggest they have brain damage, possibly from chemicals they were exposed
to during the conflict, researchers reported yesterday.
The researchers said veterans who report symptoms of the illness had
lower levels of a certain brain chemical than healthy veterans of the 19
"This is the first time ever we have proof of brain damage in sick Gulf War vet-
erans," said the lead researcher, James Fleckenstein, professor of radiology at the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
"They can be believed -they're not malingering, they're not depressed, they're
not stressed. There's a hope for treatment and there's hope for being able to moni-
tor the progress of the disease,"
A Pentagon spokesperson, Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, said he looked forward to
examining the research. "I hope he's right" that chemical exposure is the answer,
Quigley said, "We need to take a look at it."
The researchers reported that magnetic resonance spectroscopy, which measures
body chemistry, revealed that veterans who believe they have the illness haO
lower-than-normal levels of a chemical, N-acetyl-aspartate, in the brain stem an




Mexican mass graves
could hold 300
MEXICO CITY - Police and sol-
diers are preparing to exhume 100 to
300 bodies from two mass graves
near the Mexican border city of
Juarez believed to contain -the
remains of victims of a -notorious
drug cartel, law enforcement offi-
cials said Monday.
At least a dozen U.S. citizens are
believed to be among the victims,
who include former' informants for
the Drug Enforcement Administration
and the FBI, said U.S. officials,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
If the mass graves do yield so many
victims, it would be by far the most
dramatic evidence yet of the heights
to which the drug-trafficking violence
that has ravaged cities and towns
across Mexico in recent years has
The grave sites, on two remote
ranches south of Juarez across the
U.S. border from El Paso, were
brought to the attention of U.S. law

enforcement officials just three days
Since then, an FBI task force of
forensic experts who helped exhui
mass graves in Bosnia-Herzcgovi
has been working with Mexican armor
officials to plan the recovery of the
Russians charge U.S.
diplomat with spying
MOSCOW - Russian security offi-
cials said yesterday they had caught
U.S. diplomat red-handed trying to obta
military secrets, hours after the Pentagon
announced charges against an American
accused of passing secrets to Russia.
The FSB, Russia's internal security
service, released a black-and-white
photograph of Cheri Leberknight, a
second secretary at the U.S. Embassy,
here, and showed pictures of the high-
tech espionage gadgets she allegedly
had with her when she was caught
Monday night.
- Compiled fior Daily wire reports.

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