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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 30, 1999 - 3A

Scientists create
mice less likely
to gain weight
University scientists discovered that
male mice without a certain gene were
ss likely to gain weight and become
nxious when under stressful condi-
The research team created a new
strain of mice by deleting the gene that
controls production of a protein that
binds to corticotropin-releasing hor-
mone or CRH, a neuroregulatory hor-
mone produced by mammals under
The mice without the CRH gene
gained less weight between 7 and 9
'eeks of age than the mice with the
gene did, despite the fact that both
groups were lived together and ate iden-
tical food.
The mice without the CRH gene were
also less likely to leave their protected
chambers, spending less time exploring
the experimental maze.
Biological chemistry Prof. Audrey
Seasholtz, who led the study's research
team, said she hopes to understand fur-
ter how stress hormones and receptors
work together to produce .anxiety-like
behavior. Seasholtz also said the study
may be beneficial to test new anti-anxi-
ety drugs.
School of Public
Health to lead
asthma program
The Robert Wood Johnson
*bunidation has selected the University's
Sciool of Public Health to lead a com-
miinty-based project designed to
improve the quality of life for children
suffering from asthma.
The school will be the national pro-
gram office of the foundation's $12.5
million project. The project plans to
reduce patients' hospital stays, emer-
gency room visits and number of missed
-chool days.
Asthma, which is a chronic inflam-
matMry disease of the airways, affects an
estimated 5 million children. The dis-
ease is the most common chronic dis-
ease of childhood.
The foundation is the nation's largest
philanthropy devoted to health care.
'Futid from the foundation will be allot-
tedt& eight community-based coalitions
during a four-year period.
groups endorse
new guidelines for
athlete injuries
Six medical organizations have
endorsed new guidelines for athletes to
follow during sporting events. The rec-
ommended changes to current medical
guidelines state that athletes who take a
low to the head during a game must
Wave the field, court or ice and see a
doctor immediately if they lose con-
sciousness or have persistent symptoms.
The recommendations are supposed
t6 be guidelines for coaches and doctors
fo follow when dealing with one of
sports' most common injuries. The rec-
onmmended guidelines were published in
a recent issue ofthe American Journal of
Sports Medicine.
If athletes' symptoms last more than
5 minutes, they must be monitored for
to a week and return to competition

researchers find
protein linked to
stress reactions
Researchers at the University of
California at Irvine discovered that a
action to stress can be linked to a pro-
in known as orphanin FQ nociceptin.
Along with colleagues from Germany
tndy Switzerland, researcher Rainer
Reinscheid and Prof. Olivier Civelli
explored the roles protein plays in con-
trolling behavior in stressful situations.
The study found that mice who were
a not able to produce the protein were
more anxious in stressful environments
Than those mice who were able to pro-
duce the protein.
*- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Risa Berrin.

Jury begins deliberations on Klan protester

By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
A Washtenaw County jury started delibera-
tions yesterday in the case of Thomas Doxey, a
21-year-old man who was charged with assault
with a dangerous weapon in connection to his
participation in an anti-Ku Klux Klan protest
during the summer of 1998.
One police officer testified that Doxey
threw 10 to 15 rocks at officers in riot gear
who were protecting KKK members as they
held a rally in front of Ann Arbor City Hall,
said one of the defendant's attorneys, Miranda
"The way the evidence came out, it was a
very strong case," said Patricia Peters,
Washtenaw County assistant prosecuting attor-

Protester accused of throwing
rocks at officers in riot gear

ney. "But obviously it's up to the jury."
Initially, more than a dozen charges were
lodged against anti-Klan protesters, but many
have since been dismissed because of a lack of
Three other defendants, including Rackham
student Jessica Curtin, were set to face trial
with Doxey, but charges against them were
dropped earlier this month.
The police are "trying to scapegoat an inno-

cent young man and we're confident that the
jury will see it our way," Massie said. "Tommy
Doxey had absolutely nothing to do with"
throwing rocks.
Peters called the defense attorneys' charge of
scapegoating ridiculous, adding that their strat-
egy was an attempt to distract from the case's
"We're not interested in scapegoats," Peters

ha al o i s .Ithink there
have been a1 hol lot of issues raised by the
defnse that havi n )thing to do with the case,"
she said.
Three other people are still facing charges
stemming from the demonstration -- two for
assault :nd one for inciting a riot.
Massie said "the prosecution was a welter of
contradiction and confusion," which she said
reflected the fact that so many charges have
been dropped with no convictions.
Throwing out the riot charges, Circuit Court
Judge Donald Shelton ruled that there was not
enough evidence that the defendants' actions
causedt a serious risk of public peril or alarm,
Peters said.
The jury will continue deliberations today.

Ann Arbor City Clerk's office
seeks students to work poiis,

By Hanna LoPatin
For the Daily
It's that time of year again. School
is in full swing; the leaves are
changing colors; and political offi-
cials are fighting each other to stay
in office.
Nov. 2, people across the United
States will be flocking to local polls
to vote for their preferred candi-
In Ann Arbor, the people running
those polls may be University stu-
The Ann Arbor City Clerk's
Office will interview student appli-
cants next Monday through
Wednesday to work at the polls on
election day.
Deputy City Clerk Yvonne Carl
said election organizers are hoping
to place 20 to 30 University students
at the II polls in and around campus
and in precincts farther from cam-
pus. Ann Arbor is divided into a
total of 53 precincts.
Carl said they are looking for peo-
ple interested in the political
"Failing that," she said, "we just
need people who can read and write
and are willing to make the time
Poll workers are needed from 6
a.m. to 9 p.m. on election day. The
job includes several tasks, from set-
ting up polling equipment to tallying

"We want people who are energetic
and like to work With other people'
- Yvonne Carl
Ann Arbor Deputy City Clerk

votes at the end of the day.
Carl said participants will earn $8
per hour.
Those who wish to supervise the
poll sites as chairs can earn an extra
$50 for the day. Each site will have
one chair.
College Democrats President and
LSA senior Josh Cowen said he is
pleased that the city is asking stu-
dents to work the polls.
"Students are perfect for doing
this," Cowen said.
"Working at the polls may seem to
be a menial task, but it allows them
to get involved in the government on
a basic level," Carl added.
Carl recommends the election day
experience to students who are inter-
ested in political science.
"It would give them a perspective
they wouldn't get otherwise," she
Political science Prof. Emeritus
Samuel Eldersveld said anybody
who works at a poll will benefit con-
siderably from the experience.
"They will see how elections work
from the very base of the system,"

he said.
Eldersveld said he thinks student
involvement might stimulate interest
in the voting process.
"The United States has a very
carefully regulated election adminis-
trative process, and a lot of people
are in the dark about how it works,"
he added.
Carl said certain types of people
will be more likely than others to
enjoy working at the polls.
"We want people who are ener-
getic and like to work with other
people," Carl said.
She also recommended that peo-
ple should be capable of self-enter-
tainment if there is little action at
-the polling sites.
Voting stations on campus will be
set up at the Michigan Union; Alice
Lloyd, Bursley, Mary Markley, East
Quad and South Quad residence
halls; and the Sports Coliseum,
located on Hill Street.
Off-campus locations include Ann
Arbor Community High School on
South Division Street and the Ann
Arbor YMCA on Fifth Avenue.

Rackham student Sawsan Abduirahim discusses Edward Said's film, "in
Search of Palestine," during an event sponsored by the Palestine
Catastrophe Committee last night in Angell Hail Auditorium B.
Said's fihm0 provides
onIsrael's formnation


By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
Palestinian advocate and U.S.
scholar Edward Said's documentary
drew more than 100 people to Angell
Hall last night, rousing various senti-
ments from audience members.
Never having been shown on a
U.S. television station, Said gave a
copy of "In Search of Palestine" to
the University last school year, after
discussions with campus officials
when the University awarded him an
honorary degree, said Betsy Barlow
of the Center for Middle Eastern and
North African Studies.
At that time, Said had recently pro-
duced the film for the British
Broadcasting Corp. as part of a BBC
series on the 50th anniversary of the
creation of the state of Israel. Barlow
said the BBC wanted Said to show a
Palestinian perspective about Israel's
formation. Said was born in
Jerusalem and left there at age 12.
The Palestine Catastrophe
Committee sponsored the film view-
ing last night in Auditorium B of
Angell Hall. The documentary also
was shown during the last academic
"In Search of Palestine" details
Said's return to his native land. One
argument he makes in the documen-
tary is that Palestinians were forceful-
ly exiled from Israel in 1948. Another
assertion he makes is that
Palestinians also suffer from constant
evictions and continue to live without
a homeland.
"This is the essence of the
Palestinian tragedy,' Said said in the
documentary. "Daily evictions, daily

destructions and they can't do any-
thing about it."
While upset over what he perceives
as injustices against his people, Said
emphasizes in the film the coopera-
tion between Israeli Jews and
"Each has to take account of each
other's history and than we can move
towards reconciliation," Said said.
In his documentary, Said also says
separatism of an Israeli state and a
Palestinian state is not the solution.
The film, which Said produced,
was selected as part of the commit-
tee's ongoing effort to increase public
discourse about the conditions of
Palestinians in Israel, committee
member and Rackham student
Sawsan Abdulrahim said.
"Everybody thinks there's peace in
this area now," Abdulrahim said.
"Unless we deal with all these injus-
tices, there will never be any true
After the event, students expressed
the film's impact on them.
"I think Said was kind of fakey, but
I don't think the issues are fake," LSA
senior Caryn Burtt said. "It just
opened my eyes."
One student said he was disap-
pointed that more students had not
attended the event. "It was brilliant"
said a first-year graduate student,
who did not want to be identified. "I
think if it was seen more as a human
rights issue and less of a political
issue, more people would come to
these kind of events, the student said.
The film, while focusing only on
one individual's perspective, is
nonetheless valuable, Barlow said.

Telluride House does not plan to apply for University funding. This was incorrectly reported in Tuesday's Daily.
What's happening in Ann Arbor today

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Anderson Room, 8 p.m.

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Sponsored by Homecoming
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2:30 p.m.
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