The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 12, 2000 - 3A
Privatized residence halls could cut costs
* expected to rise
Researchers at the University pre-
-dict that the economic growth of
Wayne County will increase this year
before scaling back during the follow-
=Ing two years.
George Fulton, senior research
scientist at the University's Insti-
tute of Labor and Industrial Rela-
xtians, and Donald Grimes, an ILIR
senior research associate, present-
ed their findings at Comerica Park
in downtown Detroit yesterday to
business and community leaders.
The researchers forecast that Wayne
Coumnty will gain 9,000 jobs this year,
a 1.3 percent increase from last year
=and the unemployment rate will
decrease to 3.7 percent.
But the county will see a rise in the
unemployment rate to about 4.1 per-
:.ent next year and 4.3 percent in
202. Local inflation is expected to
increase from 2.6 percent last year to
3.6 percent this year and hold steady
at about 3.5 percent during the next
The largest changes in jobs will
occur in the automobile industry and
, nufacturing industries including
-fabricated metals, apparel, chemicals,
primary metals, glass, printing, pub-
lishing and furnishing.
,The forecast is generated from a
*Itegional economic model con-
vructed specifically for this study
ad uses as inputs national eco-
.,omic indicators from the Univer-
sity Research Seminar in
lajority of cattle
*to human DNA
Researchers at the University of
Illinois, in conjunction with Texas
A&M University, have found that cat-
-tw have genes very similar to those of
The project, headed by Harris
,Lewin, director of the W.M. Keck
Center for Comparative and Function-
al-Genomics at the University of Illi-
nois, found that 638 of the 768 known
cattle genes, or 83 percent, are com-
parable to human genes.
Samples were obtained from a
_slaughterhouse, brought back to
,the lab and analyzed. The
researchers then sped up the
growth process of the DNA to map
the chromosomes. Lewin said he
hopes to finish the map of the cat-
la genome sequence.
"The research will help benefit
Whumans nutritionally by breeding
wattle with higher disease resis-
tance, cutting down on the need for
.The study published in the journal
Genome Research also included the
-assistance of University of Illinois stu-
dnts Mark Band and Joshua Larson
aswell as Texas A&M Prof. James
swab method in
testing for STDs
Researchers at the University of
*Natal in South Africa have deter-
niined that tampons can be used to
-test for some sexually transmitted dis-
The study, led by Patrick Sturm,
*ested a diagnostic tampon on 1,030
women and found the tampon to be
more effective at identifying the STD
Trichomonas vaginalis than the tradi-
Iinal swab method.
In the study, the tampon method of
testing detected 247 cases of tri-
chomonas while the swab method
detected only 191 cases.
Researchers at the American
Society for Microbiology found
fh'it the tampons absorbed fluid
Which can later be tested for several
:STDs, including chlamydia and
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Lindsey Alpertlfront wire reports.
By Tara D. Sharma
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to cut the costs of on-campus liv-
ing, some universities have found a solution in
the form of privatized residence halls, although
the University of Michigan has not yet decided
whether such a move would be beneficial to stu-
Privatized residence halls are becoming a pop-
ular way of reducing costs to the taxpayer, to the
school and to the students at many state schools
The residence halls are similar to apartments
in their layout and typically each has a kitchen
instead of a common dining hall. A private com-
pany in the business of running apartment build-
ings or hotels runs and maintains them for the
university. Privatized residence halls are popular
in many Texas universities.
"It's the company's business - they run apart-
ments for a living, they're more efficient," said
Bob Lovitt, Senior Vice President of Student
Affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas, with
a student population of 11,000.
The privatized housing at UT Dallas has been
in place since the university first started housing
students in 1989, said Kim Winkler, UT Dallas
dean of student life. "Privatizing residence halls
could benefit anyone. It is not a smaller school or
larger school issue."
Lovitt estimates that last year the university
saved $800,000 in management costs with resi-
dence hall privatization.
UT Dallas is not the only school cashing in on
privatized dorms. At least 15 of Texas' 37 public
universities have privatized housing, and other
states including California, Florida, Oklahoma
and Tennessee are saving students and taxpayers
money by doing so, Lovitt said.
The question is whether privatized housing
would benefit the University of Michigan, which
has in recent years been placing students in over-
flow triples and non-traditional housing like
Fletcher Hall and Oxford Housing in an effort to
compensate for the growing number of incoming
One benefit of the privatized housing system is
that a university can provide additional student
housing without having to make a capital invest-
ment, Winkler said. Thf company hired to run
the apartments would build and maintain the
property, while the university keeps collecting
money from it.
Although on some campuses administrators
believe that such arrangements are worthwhile,
others have found unanticipated pitfalls once they
have entered into a partnership with a private entity,
University of Michigan Housing Director William
Zeller said in a written statement.
The University, Zeller said, would want to be
very careful that student's needs regarding sus-
tained quality and costs were acceptable.
The transition process from public to priva-
tized housing in a large university may be hefty.
"It would be hard for a school with an estab-
lished residential life program to change over to
privatized dorms," Winkler said. "We started this
way so it's easier."
Zeller said the University had discussed priva-
tized residence halls but there has yet been no
interest in pursuing such a relationship.
founder Kish dies
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
When the popular media and
Gallup polls predicted a landslide
in the 1948 pres-
idential race, a <:>
ed that Harry
emerge the vic-
The sample forK
that survey was
taken by former University statisti-
cian Leslie Kish, who was also part
of the group that founded the Uni-
versity's Institute of Social
Research in 1947.
Kish died at the age of 90 in Ann
Arbor on Saturday.
"It was a pivotal moment in the
history of the ISR, because we were
built on survey sampling," Patrick
Shields, the ISR's director of devel-
Having worldwide outreach, Kish
founded a program to bring stu-
dents from 110 countries to the
University to learn survey sam-
"I think it shows the tremendous
reach Leslie had both intellectually
and personally," Shields said.
Daughter, Andrea Kish of St.
Paul, Minn., said "He wasn't only
their teacher, but he brought them
into our family as friends."
"He had an incredible passion for
all things in life," she said. "He
was so full of mental and physical
energy. There are not too many 90-
year-olds who continue to be inter-
ested in everything new."
In a written statement, David
Featherman, director of the U-M
Institute for Social Research said,
"More than any of his contempo-
raries, Leslie Kish improved the
rigor and quality of census taking
throughout the world."
Kish was born in what is now
Slovakia and emigrated to the
Bronx with his family in 1925. He
enlisted with the Loyalists in the
Spanish Civil War in 1937, and
returned to New York in 1939 after
being wounded to graduate Phi
Beta Kappa with a degree in mathe-
matics from New York College. He
received a master's degree in math
and Ph.D. in sociology from the
University in 1948 and 1952,
respectively. In 1965 he authored
"Survey Sampling," a book still
"Leslie had a tremendous
appetite for life," Robert Kahn,
psychology professor emeritus, said
in a written statement. "It was a ,
marvelous youthful quality, andiAc
did not diminish as he aged.
Appetite suggests food - and it is:
true that Leslie's motto as he tra~=
eled the world was, 'Anything a,
human being can eat, I can eat.
But his appetite for ideas and his
capacity for friendship were eveni
Kish retired in 1981, but contin
ued to travel and do consulting
work. He was elected an honorary
member of the International Statis-
tical Institute and the Hungariari
Academy of Sciences, an6 received
an honorary doctorate from th-e'
University of Bologna, Italy. g
Besides his daughter Andreae
Kish is survived by his wife of 53'
years, Rhea, and by daughter Car&e
Kish, son-in-law Jon Stephen's
granddaughter Nora Leslie KisCI
Stephens of Silver Spring, Md., and
sister Magda Bondy of White
A memorial service is expected
to be held on campus sometime in
the next few months, and memorial
contributions may be made to the;.
University's Leslie Kish Interna-
tional Fellows Fund: 426 Thomp-,
son St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 or to,
the Council for a Livable World,
110 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Wash_-
ington, DC, 20002.
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LSA sophomore Michelle Goldstein prepares pamphlets on breast cancer
awareness to pass out on the Diag yesterday.
By Autumn Kelly
For the Daily
One student group is not tak-
ing the facts about cancer lying
down. University Students
Against Cancer has realized the
importance of cancer awareness
and prevention, and worked to
educate others about the disease
with a Diag awareness cam-
According to the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention,
cancer is the second leading
cause for deaths in America, fol-
lowing only heart disease, and
leading to one in every four
More than 550,000 people will
die from cancer this year.
About 20 members of USAC
and other volunteers spent yes-
terday on the Diag, handing out
flyers, ribbons and brochures for
their first event to mark Breast
Cancer Awareness Month.
Comprised of more than 100
members, USAC's goal is educa-
tion, according to their Website.
The organization is planning to
hold fundraisers such as charity
balls and meal skips in the resi-
dence halls, service work with
Mott Children's Hospital and
awareness events such as yester-
day's on the Diag.
USAC's next big event is in
March, when it will promote
Cancer Awareness Week and
"Don't Get Burned at Spring
Break," an event that focuses on
The group has many events
planned in the meantime.
Vice President Corey Metz, an
LSA senior, said the purpose of
USAC is to help prevent cancer
and support those dealing with
Metz and Awareness Co-Chair
Rosalee LoChirco both became
involved in USAC through
Metz said he was inspired to
join when a biology professor
had every third person in his
class raise their hand, to demon-
strate the number of people who
would be affected by cancer at
some point in their life.
"One third - that's 10,000
people on this campus," Metz
said. "The number here might
really be 7,500, but that's not
According to the CDC, the
number of cancer deaths have
dropped in the past 10 years, due
to increased awareness, preven-
tion and advanced technology.
Metz said that in the past,
USAC has focused on smoking-
related cancers and breast cancer,
which are better known among
college students, but is expand-
ing its scope to cover other types
USAC plans to walk with the
American Breast Cancer Society
next week, and a mass meeting is
scheduled Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. in
the Kuenzel Room of the Union,
where a survivor will speak
about a personal experience with
breast cancer and a health profes-
sional will provide statistics and
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