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to the cause by participating in World AIDS Day yes-
terday by draping black cloth over sculptures and can-
vases for the I11th consecutive year.
The exhibit is intended to represent the world without
the contribution and inspiration of artists. It was a clear
statement to many who visited the museum because it
forces them to imagine life without artistic expression.
Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and pop-art
painter Keith Haring are only two among the 1,500
leading artists who have died as a result of the disease.
A leaflet available at the museum highlighted many
statistics about HIV and AIDS, including the fact that
half of all HIV infections in the United States occur in
people under the age of 20, and that "every hour at least
two Americans under 25 are infected"-- staggering sta-
tistics for college students of the same age demographic.
The first noticeable change in the museum hit visi-
tors before they even entered the building. Rather than
overlooking the familiar outdoor sculpture Daedalus
on the corner of State Street and South University
Avenue, an unavoidable black tarp concealed the
sculpture's skeleton. Inside, solid black cloths covered
more sculptures and canvases to create an appropriate
Students congregated in front of the solid blue image
on a television screen inside an expansive room inside
the museum to observe Derek Jarman's "Blue." A little
more than an hour long, the 1993 narrative about his
experiences with AIDS was made after the filmraker
lost his sight in his struggle with the disease. The invari-
able screen is a representation of his blindness. Dramatic
vocals accompanied the solid blue screen.
"The music which accompanied the film was the
most moving of all. It sounded like wailing cries and
choir music," LSA sophomore Ali Alalu said.
LSA first-year student Gen Grcebel said she felt
proud that the University showed respect for the
impact of the disease on art.
Not all paintings were covered in black cloth, but the
symbolism maintained its meaning throughout the
museum. One of the curators said every piece of art was
not covered because it would have been too costly.
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Acknowledging World AIDS Day
Westheimer said, "Young people say,
Nothing is going to happen to me'=-
STDs must be taken very seriously."
Westheimer doesn't take her role as the
nation's sex icon lightly. She said that she
always picks up magazines that say they
have something new about sex.
"God forbid there should be something
about sex that I don't know," she joked..
in a question and answer session fol-
lowing her monologue, Westheimer said
she would pose for the centerfold of
Playboy magazine "in a negligee."
Although her presentation served as a
complement to the AIDS Awareness
Week activities, it's timing was actually
coincidental, event organizers said.
Sponsored by Hillel and University
Activities Center's Special Events, her
visit to campus was primarily facilitated
by Katz, who saw Westheimer speak in
Detroit and realized her potential "to con-
nect to college students." The fact that
she twice has been named "College
Lecturer of the Year" didn't hurt, either.
The lobby of the theatre was abuzz as
students tried to get the best seats for the
8 p.m. show. LSA sophomore Mark
Weiss said he didn't know what to expect.
"You know, it's Dr. Ruth," he said. "I
want to hear it from the woman herself"
Hillel Governing Board Chair Micah
Peltz said Hillel and UAC hoped to "pro-~
vide the campus with a fun and relaxing
program before finals -underlined with
The demography of Westheimer's
audience proved that sex is for all ages.
LSA senior Stella Gorlin came with her
grandparents, Selma and Albert Gorlin.
A long time fan of Westheimer's,
Selma Gorlin suggested to her grand-
daughter and husband that they see the
famous sex therapist.
"She's open, frank and has a lot of
information," Gorlin said. "I think what
she does is good for anybody."
As people filed out of the theater fol-
lowing the lecture, it was evident that
Westheimer did not disappoint.
Kinesiology junior Heather Feldhusen
said she had never seen the sex therapist
speak before but is now a fan.
"I'm definitely going to look for her
books," Feldhusen said.
After the audience left, sponsors and
coordinators gathered in the theater lobby
for a reception.
UAC Executive of Outreach Jordan
Litwin said he was pleased with the
turnout. "It's unbelievable to me that at 7
we had 700 seats sold and about 1,200 by
the time the show started."
She said the evening pleased her too.
"I love doing this," she said. "Walking
out knowing they'll never forget me
makes me feel six feet tall. I hope I pre-
vent STDs and unplanned pregnancies."
She said she learns from the audience
during the discussion session. "And then
I put it in my next book," she added.
Westheimer is optimistic about the
future of what she calls "sexual literacy"
"I think there will be less unintended
pregnancies, less STDs. I'm old-fash-
ioned and a square - I think falling in
love and marriage will survive."
As he left the theater, LSA junior Mike
Levine expressed Westheimer's ability to
reach college students despite the charac-
teristics that make her an unlikely source
for sex advice. "She's so well-known
within the American community. It's just
like talking to a friend or neighbor"
AROUND THE NATION
High court wary of FDA tobacco clan
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court was highly skeptical yesterday of
the Food and Drug Administration's claim that it can regulate cigarettes. sug-
gesting a major setback for the administration's ongoing efforts to restrain t
During one of the most vigorous oral arguments at the court in months, the jus-
tices suggested by their questions that they were almost certain to invalidate the
FDA's watershed effort to regulate the nicotine in cigarettes and smokeless tobac-
co as a drug.
Justices across the ideological spectrum homed in on weaknesses in the govern-
ment's case, notably that the FDA had for decades said it lacked the authority to
regulate tobacco and that the agency's historical mandate is to oversee items
intended to make people healthier.
"It just doesn't fit," said Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, noting that the FDA is
charged with ensuring that drugs are safe and effective and "it strains credibility"
to claim cigarettes are safe.
Yesterday's case arises against a backdrop of escalating legal attacks on 13
Tobacco over the past several years, including a recent Florida class-action verdict
that could cost the industry billions of dollars and a massive new lawsuit filed
against the industry by the Justice Department.
Trade talks begin as ed-up windows, trash on sidewalks and
other remnants of Tuesday's clashes.
troops patrol Seattle Clinton said the peaceful protests,
including 35,000 union workers and
SEATTLE - As arrests mounted their families parading against the WT@
and National Guard troops patrolled were in "the best American tradition."
outside, delegates from 135 nations
tried yesterday to resuscitate global Scientists unloC
trade talks that thousands of protesters
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President Clinton condemned the
violent demonstrations. But he also WASHINGTON - Jubilant scien-
warned that the World Trade tists from three countries yesterday
Organization would have to listen to announced they had jointly determined
the concerns of the masses of peaceful the piece-by-piece order of virtually all
protesters who insisted that workers' the 34 million chemical "letters" that
rights and environmental protection be spell out the genetic code of an enti
taken into account in trade agreements. human chromosome.
Determined to project a business-as- The achievement is the first complete
usual air, Clinton stuck to a schedule molecular script for a single chromo-
that had him touring Seattle's busy port some, 23 pairs of which carry the esti-
facilities and delivering a speech tout- mated 80,000 genes that provide instruc-
ing the benefits of open trade to tions for constructing a human body.
Washington state apple farmers. Researchers cheered the advance as
Late yesterday, he was addressing del- evidence that the Human Genome
egates from around the world who had Project is on track to sequencing by
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AROUND THE WORLD
T , '
Cohen attacks cuts
in German defense
BERLIN - Defense Secretary
William Cohen attacked Germany's
plans to cut military spending yesterday,
warning that a failure by America's lead-
ing allies to modernize their defenses
could jeopardize the NATO alliance.
In a speech notable for its blunt crit-
icism, Cohen told a gathering of
German military commanders in
Hamburg that the Western military
alliance could not hope to survive if the
gap in military capabilities continued
to grow between the United States and
its European allies.
The Kosovo war revealed embarrass-
ing military weaknesses among
European nations, particularly in the
areas of transport, aerial reconnais-
sance and precision-guided munitions.
Despite vows to rectify those short-
comings, many allied governments are
reluctant to spend more money on
defense in an era of tight budgets, high
unemployment and no visible threats.
Germany's military spending has
slumped to only 1.5 percent of its gross
national product -the lowest in decad
- placing Europe's largest and richest
nation in the bottom tier of the alliance.
for drug war victims
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -
Mexican authorities said yesterday that
remnants of clothing and bones fro
five bodies have been excavated fron
ranch on the desert outskirts of this
border city where U.S. and Mexican
officials are preparing for an investiga-
tion of sites believed to contain numer-
ous murder victims.
While law enforcement officials say
most of the victims are linked to drug-
trafficking, human rights organizations
and associations representing the fami-
lies of missing persons allege that
unscrupulous Mexican police and milj-
tary officials were involved.
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