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2A -- The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 6, 1999


Festival brings eastern
influence to East Hall

Continued from Page 1A
president of the Taiwanese
American Student Association
agreed. "Dragon Fest helps give
TASA a presence in the communi-
ty," he said.
The market scene was highlighted
with eight performances by various
campus and community groups.
Huaren, a multi-cultural organization,
put on a hip-hop show and children
from the Ann Arbor Chinese school
performed a traditional Chinese tam-

bourine dance.
The math atrium was decked out in
colorful Asian lanterns and was criss-
crossed with bright lights.
"They're doing a great job, espe-
cially with the decorations." said
Sheila Krishnan, an LSA junior who
attended the event. "They're really
trying to reach out to the public"
Last year, after the first Dragon
Fest, the event won best University
program of the year.
"It's for people longing for the feel-
ing of home," Huang said. "It's bring-
ing Asia to campus."




Continued from Page IA
senior. "There was a great deal of plan-
ning and coordination to achieve this,
but it's worth it. And besides, it's kind of
nice to dress up for a change," she said.
Martha Cook's Gold Room was the
gathering place for guests in formal tuxe-
dos, satin and sequins. Silver and white
balloons floated at the top of the high
ceiling with their curled ribbons hanging
White lights were strung across the
building and a corner Christmas tree --
this year ornamented with a New Year's
theme - continued the tradition of ele-
gance at Messiah dinner.
The Messiah dinner began in 1945 as
an informal dinner when a hall director
wanted to invite the president of the
University to a meal, but realized he
had already scheduled the particular
evening for the soloists in Handel's
Messiah. He welcomed the group
together and a tradition was born.
"I have such good memories of
Martha Cook and the Messiah dinner,"
said University alum Nancy Preese, a
three-year Martha Cook resident who
graduated in 1982. "This is a great place
and a great event."
Martha Cook resident Ingrid
Biedron said she was one of the first-
year students in the building who didn't
realize what a dramatic event the
Messiah dinner is.
"I can't believe they have something
so dressy here," she said. "I'm lucky to
be here. I don't think too many first-year
girls realized what a big deal this was,
but I think we all know we want to be
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on cells
Continued from Page 1A
cells and spin out of control.
EBV can be fatal for people whose
immune systems are not healthy.
Mononucleosis is the only symptom of
EBV in humans, which occurs upon
infection. Mono is often referred to as
the "kissing disease" because the virus
can spread through saliva.
Robertson said most people have had
mono at some time during their lives,
although many cases occur at younger
ages and are not apparent.
A large chunk of this research is not
intended directly to find a cure but toj
gain a better understanding of how cer-
tain viruses, bacteria and body systems
"We looked at an initial set of studies
with the Kaposi's Sarcoma Herpes Virus,
which is associated with a secondary
malignity with AIDS patients," said
Robertson, who received his undergrad-
uate degree from Harvard University and
his doctoral degree in microirnmunology
from Wayne State University.
"A few years ago, there was a study
that attempted to identify the virus, but
we decided to look at the genome itself
to see if it was integrated in the specific
regions of the chromosome," Robertson
"We didn't find what we were looking
for, but we did find that the virus was
arranged in a random order which
allowed us to discover the tethering
mechanism that allows viruses to hide in
the cells."
Researchers often come up with dis-
coveries they had not expected. Using
penicillin as an antibiotic occurred by
accident, as have many other ground-
breaking discoveries.
"It happens a fair amount of times,"
Robertson said about accidental dis-
coveries. "But that's what scientific dis-
covery is about. Sometimes you get an
answer; sometimes you don't."

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ommuniy mourns
loss of firefighters
WORCESTER, Mass. - Firefighters
stood outside the smoldering ruins of an
abandoned warehouse yesterday, hold-
ing their helmets over their hearts as the
body of one of six firefighters was
removed from. the rubble. Some saluted,
others kneeled in prayer as the remains
of Timothy Jackson were carried down a
In churches around the city, Jackson
and his colleagues were remembered
for their bravery, sacrificing their lives
searching for homeless people in the
burning warehouse Friday night.
The others died trying to find the men
after they radioed in: "Mayday, Mayday,
we're running out of air."
At a warehouse Sunday, cranes con-
tinued to clear debris and dogs sniffed
for bodies in what District Fire Chief
Walter Giard described as a painstak-
ing press.
"Floors are on top of one another,
Giard said.
Witnesses had told firefighters Friday

Low crime estimates could be skewed
WASH INGTON - Rosy assessments of the nation's declining crime rate
wrongly focus on short-term drops from crime peaks early in the decade and
ignore the overall rise of violence since the 1960s, according to a new
The 30-year update of a landmark study by the National Commission on the
Causes and Prevention of Violence found that violent crime in major cities report-
ed to the FBI has risen by 40 percent since 1969.
The new study is intended as a counterpoint to the drumbeat of optimistic
reports describing the current drop in crime, and it offers a sober reminder that the
United States still suffers from a historically high level of violence.
"There is no attempt here to be doomsayers or naysayers and say nothing good
has happened in the last few years. But the intent is to gain perspective by lookitn
back," said Elliott Currie, one of several authors of the original report who also par-
ticipated in the update.
"This is the kind of crime rate that we would have said is a disaster when we
went to work on that crime report 30 years ago. There still is a great deal of trou-
ble out there in our cities, and increasingly in our rural areas, and most peopleis-
cerally feel that," Currie said, adding that the study helps explain why manyP
ple greet recent reports of dropping crime rates with disbelief.

night that homeless people sometimes
lived in the old cold storage warehouse.
But officials said there didn't appear to
have been any squatters inside when fire-
fighters entered the burning building.
State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said
all the homeless known to live in the area
had been located.
U.S. facing critical
organ shortage
WASHINGTON - The shortage of
organs for transplant in the United
States has never been so severe. Every
day, 12 patients die waiting for heart$,
livers or other organs. In the past 10 "
years, organ transplants have doubled
- but the waiting list has tripled.
In desperation, surgeons have use*
partial livers or organs from less dsir-
able donors like animals, the elderly
and even the diseased. Local organ
procurement centers, working with
hospitals, are trying to shore up their
donor programs, aware that only about
one-third of the 15,000 potential
donors who die each year are actually
used for transplants.



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Castro demands
return of Cuban boy
HAVANA - President Fidel Castro
demanded yesterday that the United
States return a boy rescued at sea to his
father in Cuba within 72 hours, warn-
ing that the Cuban people were losing
patience and soon would begin mass
"There will be millions of people in
the streets demanding the boy's free-
dom," Castro said, according to state
radio and television. "It is difficult to
hold back the population with the state
of irritation" generated by the case of
5-year-old Elian Gonzalez.
Castro accused the U.S. government
of kidnapping Elian, who was found
clinging to an inner tube floating off
the coast of Florida. He promised a
"battle for world opinion" to bring the
child home.
In an unusual move yesterday, the
Cuban government stationed several
dozen soldiers outside the U.S. Interests
Section in Havana - the American gov-

ernment's Cuban mission.
The reason for the move was not
clear; generally there are only about
four soldiers outside the mission. Calls
requesting comment from the mission
were referred to Washington.
European military
force worres U..
GAULLE - Western Europe, which
shares everything these days from a
currency to regulations on hunting
migratory birds, is embarking this
week toward the creation of a Vhi
military force, a prospect that has gi n
the United States the jitters.
At a summit of the 15 European
Union member states Friday and
Saturday in Helsinki, Finland, EU lead-
ers are expected to vote for the devel-
opment of a "rapid-reaction corps" of
50,000 to 60,000 troops under direc1
EU control.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports

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