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AIDS
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on campus are HIV positive but don't know it.
"Those that are not as scared are usually the ones that
are engaging in high risk activity," she said.
Similar to UHS results, tests at Michigan State
University's Olin Health Center also report no detected
cases of HIV infection in the past few years.
Dennis Martell, health educator at OHC, said in the
past three or four years the center has had zero positive
cases. The center tests 500 to 700 people per year.
Martell said he sees many "worried well" people visit
OHC for testing
"These people do not have a high risk for HIV" he
said. "They have usually been scared or have scared
themselves, which has resulted in paranoia?"'

But Riya said getting tested doesn't hurt.
"At least these people getting tested have some sense
of reality,"she said."There is a big mentality on this cam-
pus that HIV doesn't affect the educated middle class."
Of the 1,300 HIV tests performed at UHS each year,
most are done anonymously, Zielasko said. Patients get
numbers they can use to obtain test results either via the
telephone or in person at UHS. The average waiting time
for test results is two weeks, although students can pay a
$21 fee to get results within two to three days.
She said UHS has been a state testing site since 1987,
which means that in addition to students, faculty and
administrators, community members can receive free
testing.
Zielasko suggests people make an appointment one
week in advance or go to the walk-in HIV testing at
UHS, open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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dition to the traditional blood test, Zielasko said
sting options are available, including a home test
a test called Orasure, which she said are both as
as the blood test.
Orasure test takes a sample of cells from the
>f the mouth," she said. "The transdermal cells
t studied in a lab test"
Kent, HIV epidemiologist at the Michigan
nent of Community Health in Lansing, said that
2,500 persons infected with HIV in the state of
in, 1,630 are between the ages of 20 and 24.
added that the state of Michigan does not have
he highest number of HIV or AIDS cases, when
ing statistics across the country.
highest incidents are in the states of New York,
Texas and California," he said. "The Midwest
ively low rates."
WRESTLING
Continued from Page 1A
one year after receiving suggestions
from individual schools and confer-
ences, the NCAA made them official -
an uncommon move for the association,
,r which usually takes several years to take
such action.
"Once we got ours in motion, the
NCAA moved a little quicker than
they might have moved otherwise,"
said board member Percy Bates, an
Education professor.
The NCAA rules, in effect, target
excessive weight loss. The use of laxa-
tives, emetics, steam rooms and self-
induced vomiting are prohibited. Practice
rooms are not to exceed 75 degrees and
rubber suits and saunas are banned.
Also, wrestlers cannot lose more
than 1.5 percent of their body weight
per week and they must weigh-in one
hour before the start of the first match.
Prior to Reese's death, wrestlers
weighed in 24 hours before a match.
Athletes often lost the weight by dehy-
dration then used the entire day of the
match to recover their strength. Now,
with weigh-ins one hour before the
match, it is no longer strategic to use
dehydration methods because athletes
will not have time to recover before
competing.
Now, weigh-ins are determined by
urine specific gravity and body densi-
ty tests, which are aimed at stopping
athletes from qualifying for lower
weight classes by losing water weight.
"I think now, everyone is wrestling
at a weight closer to their natural,
healthy weight," said Michigan
wrestler Nick Kacher, an LSA junior.
He added that the NCAA rules are a
step in the right direction toward
improving the reputation of the sport
of wrestling.
Papadopolous said the University's
initial recommendations were based
on safety, and since the NCAA adopt-
ed the suggestions for all collegiate
wrestling programs, the sport has
become safer
SENATOR
Continued from Page 1A
Peters said he is unsure if Smith's
campaign will pose a threat to his own.
Both potential candidates share similar
political philosophies and will have to
wait a few months before they can
determine the level of their rivalry,
Peters said.
Both Smith and Peters are not well
known, Ballenger said, adding that if
other potential candidates such as
Attorney General Jennifer Granholm
or Secretary of State Candice Miller
decide to run the race will be tough.
"These people are ll people with high-
er name recognition," he said.
Because of term limits, Smith is inel-
igible to run for state senator in 2000.
But, Ballenger said that by heavily
campaigning for governor, Smith will
likely get appointed or elected to anoth-

er political post.
Following its policy, the Michigan
Democratic Party does not endorse any
of the potential candidates.
RAMADAN
Continued from Page 1A
During the 30 nights of fasting, MSA
has coordinated dinner, or "Eftar,"
schedules and meeting places through-
out Ann Arbor, ranging from restaurants
to students' homes.
In doing so, the group plans to bring
"together all the Muslims and create a
real community feeling," Bengali said.
Feeding other Muslims during these
Eftars is much sought after and has its
own rewards, Mohiuddin said, because it
"counts as if you fasted another day for
every single person you fed."
But fasting for Ramadan means more
than dealing with hunger and thirst.
Muslim leaders describe this time of
the year as one not only of physical
purification but also one of emotional
and spiritual significance.
"All the body fasts during this
month," Moussawi said. "The mouth
fasts in that it shouldn't say hurtful
things about other people. The ears fast
in that they try not to listen to gossip,
and the mind must fast by abstaining
from harmful and hateful thoughts of
others."
Rv renrinn the Knran nften and fre-

of liver disease last year.
Experimental gene
therapy trial begins
BETHESDA, Md. - An Arizona
teen-ager who died in a gene therapy
experiment should never have been part
of the study and researchers who con-
ducted it violated at least two rules of the
testing, federal officials said yesterday.
Food and Drug Administration offi-
cials said Jesse Gelsinger "did not meet
the entry criterion" for participating in an
experiment in which his liver was inject-
ed with a virus carrying a corrective
gene.
Researchers at the University of
Pennsylvania, where the experiment was
part of a series of gene therapy trials,
denied the accusation and said they
would defend their work at a hearing
today at the National Institutes of Health.
The allegations were announced yes-
terday after a daylong hearing before an
NIH advisory committee investigating
the death and looking at safety issues in
gene therapy experiments. The panel,
called the Recombinant DNA Advisory
Committee, or RAC, also is consider-

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Jury says King murder was conspiracy
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A jury hearing a lawsuit filed by the Martin Luther King
Jr.'s family found yesterday that the civil rights leader was the victim of a vast mur-
der conspiracy, not a lone assassin.
The King family had sued Loyd Jowers, a retired businessperson who claimed
six years ago that he paid someone other than James Earl Ray to kill King'
Memphis in 1968. The family's lawyer claimed that the FBI, CIA, the Mafia
the military were involved.
The family wanted the jury to find evidence of a conspiracy and lend support to
their call for a new investigation into the killing. Prosecutors have long said that
they are convinced Ray fired the fatal shot and that they could find no evidence
anyone else was involved.
The Kings asked for only a token amount in their wrongful-death lawsuit. After
three hours of deliberations, the jury of six blacks and six whites awarded the fam-
ily $100 in damages.
"I'm just so happy to see that the people have spoken;" King's son Dexter said.
"This is what we've always asked for."
Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
spent the rest of his life claiming to be innocent and trying to get a trial. He d

ing new guidelines that would sharpen
federal control and force the public dis-
closure of problems in gene therapy
experiments.
The RAC's hearing, before a packed
auditorium, resumes today and is
expected to continue through tom
row.
Clinton stops short
of Russian sanctions
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton said yesterday that punishing
Russia for its war in the separatist repub-
lic of Chechnya - as several GOP pres-
idential candidates have urged - is not
in U.S. interests. Nor, he said, will e*
nomic pressures resolve the crisis.
"The people of Chechnya should not
be punished for what the rebels did,"
the president said. The rebels have been
blamed for terrorist bombings in
Moscow.
Clinton added that the guerrillas
"don't represent the established gov-
ernment of Chechnya. They don't reps
resent the majority of the people there

Syran-Israeli peace
talks may start soon
JERUSALEM - Prospects for a
resumption of long-stalled Syrian-
Israeli peace talks appeared to brighten
as Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright reported "good progress" in a
breakfast meeting here yesterday
morning with Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Barak.
Albright, who is in the midst of a
four-day Middle East tour, briefed
Barak on the results of her discussion
Tuesday with Syrian President Hafez
Assad in Damascus.
"I left Damascus more optimistic
than when I arrived and, following my
meeting yesterday with the prime min-
ister, I think it's fair te say that we
made good progress toward meeting
our objective," Albright said at a news
conference with Barak at his resi-
dence.
Talks between Israel and Syria broke
off in 1996. Syria has insisted that
Israel commit to a full withdrawal from

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the Golan Heights - captured by
Israel in 1967 - as a condition of
resuming peace talks with the Jewish
state. Barak has thus far refused to
make that pledge, and U.S. offici'
have struggled since his election
May to find a formula that could draw
the two sides back to the negotiating
table.
Russia continues to
bomb Chechnya
ACHKOI-MARTAN, Russia -
Russian planes and artillery stead
bombarded the Chechen capital yester-
day, despite the military's claims it was
allowing civilians to leave Grozny to
avoid a massive attack in three days.
Trying to deflect international criti-
cism, Russian officials said an ultima-
tum to Grozny residents to leave by
Saturday or face death is aimed at mili-
tants - not civilians - but they gave no
sign of backing off from the deadline.
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