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iscovery Raising traditions
ily Staff Reporter
University researcher Erle
obertson and Rackham student
[urray Cotter have discovered a sys-
m which keeps viruses in the nucleus,
cells and releases them when the
nmune system is weak.
Robertson said he is unsure how f
A ledge of the tethering system willa
r into developing treatments or
nding cures for certain viruses. But
Le research is significant because it is
art of the scientific discovery process x
Lat could lead to cures or more
"There is now a mechanism that
bows how persistent viruses stay in
lls," Robertson said about the
search, which was published recently
ithe Journal of Virology. "We think,
this might be a consistent strategy,
id we might be able to target specific
-eas now to correct problems in the
The viruses that hide in cells are per-
stent viruses, such as Hepatitis,
erpes and the Human Papilloma
irus - not simple cold or flu viruses.
According to the Centers for-
isease Control and Prevention's
bite, 45 million Americans, or one
eery five people, are infected with
erpes-2, also called Genital Herpes
Robertson's discovery can also apply
the 95 percent of the population car-
ying the Epstein-Barr Virus. This virus
enerally is harmless to healthy
umans but can be dangerous to indi-
iduals with a compromised immune JOANN'A PANE/D Daly
d sstem Without the check of the LSA first-year student Adam Bazelton and Rabbi Alter Goldstein set up the largest menorah in
nmune system,hthe virus can attack Washtenaw County at the Chabad House located on Hill Street. Chabad will celebrate the lighting
See CELLS, Page 2A of the fifth candle of Hanukkah Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Students to tour civil rights
sites during Spring Brek
Wa~r aaR l
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The end of World War 11 brought with it a vast
array of effects -- peace in Europe, attempts at
reconstruction in the war-torn continent and the
rise of the United States to world dominance.
But out of this era a new world order was born.
one marked by the importance of international
relations and the United States' relationship with
the Soviet Union.
. Political science Prof, J. David Singer served in
the U.S. Navy for two years during the war, and
one year following its end, he wasn't sold on U.S.
relations with the Soviet Union.
"After World War II, I was very convinced that
the American policy towards the Soviets was very
stupid" Singer said, speaking about his experi-
ences in the naval reserves and intelligence. Singer
said he believed foreign policy makers were -igno-
rant of world politics:'
After spending three years in the U.S. Navy,
Singer spent several years in the naval reserves
and naval intelligence, until he was called back to
serve in the Korean War.
Inspired by his experiences in the military,
Singer decided to develop a project to study the
causes of war. But the methods Singer would use
defied - and continue to defy - those of tradi-
tional social science research.
"After World War I1, I
was very convinced
that American policy
towards the soviets
was very stupid."
- I David Singer
Political science professor
Tn 1964, Singer began the "Correlates of War"
project, using empirical research to examine the
factors that contribute to war.
Wayne State University history Prof. Melvin
Small, a former COW researcher, described the
project at its initiation.
When COW began it was a "different way to
approach political science," Sraall said, adding
that the project uses "quantitative methods to
study international relations:'
The idea behind COW was to collect data that
help define extrastate and interstate wars,
alliances, territorial changes, military and industri-
al capabilities and the many other factors that con-
tribute to the likelihood of a war, graduate student
See PROJECT, Page 7A
3y Iasta Gullo
Twenty University students will get credit for
heir spring break trip next semester - but it's
tot for Tropical Vacations 101.
The students will instead take part in, "Get on
he Bus: Traveling the Highway of America's Civil
lights Movement," a cross-country trip touring
he locations of major Civil Rights events.
The trip is a Lloyd Hall Scholar's Program
redit mini-course facilitated by LHSP resi-
fellow Joe Gonzalez, a doctoral candidate in
iistory, and his wife Teresa Buckwalter, LHSP
-esident fellow and SNRE graduate student in
Gonzalez said he hopes to form a "communi-
y on wheels" that will travel south to visit the
>eople and places involved in the Civil Rights
The goal of the program is to get students out
f the classroom and "to see famous places and
* people who were there" he said.
The idea for the course, Gonzalez said, came
from a professor at the University of New
Orleans who offers a course titled "American
Students in the course travel around United
States by bus for credit.
LHSP has a "tradition of supporting innova-
Spring Break civil rights exposure
Get on the Bus: Traveling the Highway of America's Civil Rights Movement
Sponsored by the Lloyd Hall Scholar's Program
a Participants will spend Spring Break visiting historical sights from the Civil Rights move-
ment in areas including Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.
For more information call the LHSP o/fice at 764-7521.
tive.teaching" said LHSP Director David Potter,
a professor of Greek and Latin.
During spring break LHSP offers students a
chance to gain hands-on experience in a subject
they are studying in an LHSP course. Last year's
LHSP course on bio-piracy and the Amazon
went to the Ecuadorian Amazon.
. LHSP Manager Cecilia Infante said "Joe's
class is following this tradition and philosophy
that everything a student learns must be tested
against reality, and the best way to discover the
truth of any idea is to experience it directly"
Gonzalez's spring break trip will tie into the
English 125 course he is teaching, named
"Sixties," offered through LHSP. He wants stu-
dents to have an input on the destinations of the
"As much as possible I want students to design
the course," Gonzalez said.
Students will leave Ann Arbor on Feb. 26 and
travel to several possible destinations by bus
meeting people who were at the forefront of the
fight for civil rights.
A possible trip itinerary would include stops to:
Greensboro, N.C., the site of the first sit-in
by black students in protest of "whites only"
Selma, Ala., where two famous Civil Rights
marches occurred is and Memphis, Tenn., the
site of Martin Luther King's assassination.
Meshoba County, Miss., where the Ku Klux
Klan murdered three young Civil Rights workers
* Washington, D.C. to see the Lincoln
Memorial where Martin Luther King gave his "I
have a dream" speech. In Washington students
may also meet John L. Lewis, a Civil Rights
organizer in the 1960s.
Students will stay at motels as they travel
south and Gonzalez hopes to camp if possible.
The cost of the trip is $300 for transporta-
tion, lodging and some food. Spots on the
bus are still open on a first come, first serve
LSA Juniors Ben Whipple and Kristi McNeice, LSA senior Kathy Spencer, Art and Design senior
Kelly Lannen and LSA junior Jin-Kyung Kim eat during the Messiah afterglow dinner at Martha
Cook Residence Hall.
Martha C ook hosts
annual Mes ";siah dinner
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
Taking the theme of "A Retrospective Look
Forward," the residents of Martha Cook
Residence Hall celebrated the 54th annual
Messiah dinner last night.
The formal evening honored the soloists of
the University Musical Society's production of
Handel's Messiah, as well as former and current
University and Martha Cook regents, directors
and other administrative leaders.
"The Messiah dinner puts together a mix of
interesting people who normally wouldn't min-
gle," said Meredith Hochman, one of the event's
chairs and an LSA senior.
The combination of guests and residents
resulted in about 160 people enjoying an hors
d'oeuvres reception, a professionally cooked
meal and a musical program. The musical pro-
gram showcased the song and dance talents of
several Martha Cook residents.
"It's sort of thrilling to have this opportunity,
said Sheila Davis, an event chair and an LSA
See MESSIAH, Page 2A
dragon festivities, traditions
U Three campus groups
bring traditional Asian
celebration to campus
By Josie Gingrich
Daily Staff Reporter
The unassuming atriuni of East Hall
was transformed into a vibrant Asian
night market Saturday when the second
annual Dragon Fest '99 took over.
Three campus groups - the Chinese
Student Association, the Taiwanese
American Student Association and the
Knrean Student Association - com-
Huang, an LSA sophomore who orga-
nized the event, "So we patterned it
after the night markets in Asia,"
Booths offering everything from cold
noodles with sesame sauce to tradition-
al Korean food to a chance at sumo
wrestling and checkers were set up at
all corners of the atrium. Local busi-
nesses such as the Emerald City, a
Chinese food restaurant, and
Wizzywig, a Japanese anime store, also
Dragon Fest "is a great idea," said
Simon Palko, an employee from
Wizzvwig. "It's a chance to celebrate
With 110 members, it is quickly
becoming one of the prominent student
organizations on campus.
"We wanted to get to the communi-
ty," said Jenny Chen, president of the
CSA and an LSA junior. "We wanted to
educate, promote and represent Chinese
But the Dragon Fest incorporated
other student groups in hopes of reach-
ing more people.
"It's great that the organizations can
come together and everyone can expen-
ence Asian culture" said Judy Na, a
third-year Engineering student who is