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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 18, 2001- 3A

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.More Michigan
children vwearing
,sfety belts
OPhenomenal strides were made in
r the past year in increasing the number
of .children who wear seat belts.
According to University researchers,
safety belt use by children in Michi-
,gan rose to 81 percent in 2000, up
from 66 percent in 1999.
Members of the University Trans-
portation Research Institute made the
discoveries in what was their second
annual study of seat belt use. They
l und that nearly 97 percent of chil-
en under the age of three and 75
percent of children ages four to 15
wore safety belts on a regular basis.
The study also found that a child's
chances of wearing a seat belt were
hgher if the driver of the car was also
wearing a seat belt.
I 'U'scientists find
I *vidence contrary
to 'Eve theory'
A recent study suggests that the
ancestors of modern humans may
yave developed from several different
6tegions around the world as opposed
to a single area.
The study, which was conducted by
University anthropologist Milford
Wolpoff and his staff, made its con-
, usion based on the comparison of
tuman fossils found in Central
rope and Australia with those
found in Africa and the near East.
According to the "Eve theory,"
Africa and the near East are the one
place where human evolution should
have begun. The findings from the
>;tudy, however, show differences that
_.Wolpoff believes are significant
enough to claim that the two are not
*osely related.
Limited money
creates problems
for elderly women
Elderly women with disabilities do
not receive as much care from their
ftmilies as their male counterparts do,
a University research team has found.
The team focused on the gender
*fferences of those who received
informal home care. It showed that
men generally got one-third of an
hour more care than women with dis-
abilities. Married disabled women
receive about 80 percent more hours
of care than disabled women living
alone, while married disabled men
efceived almost 230 percent more
care than disabled men living alone.
The study suggested that this might
because older women have more lim-
ited financial funds than do older men.
- U' prof. develops
speedier rocket
Associate Aerospace Engineering
Prof. Alec Gallimore and a team of
FAlleagues are using the University's
,lectric propulsion lab to design
engines with the speed and durability
overtake many astrological bodies
n outer space.
Gallimore used his idea that an
:,eptric propulsion system could put

fir more energy into an engine using
le'tricity, making rockets fly faster
and farther than they ever have before.
Gender, race affect
eart treatments
Researchers at Duke University have
found significant differences in the treat-
m'n t of heart disease between people of
different types of gender and race.
This discovery, which was presented
by the American Heart Association, has
reinforced previous arguments to
increase cultural awareness among
those who treat heart disease patients.
The researchers said that minorities
and women undergo fewer procedures
treat sever cardiac failure, although
ey are unsure why these two groups
receive less treatment.
Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Susan Luth.

Students participate in Day of Protest

By Tovin Lapan
For the Daily
Protesters mockingly renamed the Ann Arbor
Federal Building the "School of Fools" yesterday
as part of an international day of protest against
the opening of the Western Hemisphere Institute
for Security Cooperation in Columbus, Georgia.
The institute, where a crowd of 20 protesters
demonstrated yesterday, was formerly known as the
School of Americas. It was restructured under the
Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization
Act, which was approved by President Clinton last
year after a referendum to close the SOA failed by
10 votes in the House of Representatives.
Yesterday's International Day of Protest was
coordinated by the School of the Americas Watch,
an organization founded in 1990 by Father Roy
Bourgeois, an Ohio priest. The SOAW is dedicated
to protesting the reopening through vigils, fasting
and other forms of non-violent action.
Since 1990, the SOAW has protested the SOA's
training of Latin American military governments
that have been accused of numerous human
rights violations. Former students of the SOA
include Manuel Noriega of Panama and Juan
Velasco Alvarado of Peru. The SOA has been in
operation for 54 years and has trained more than

60,000 Latin American troops.
Since Jan. 1, students from Oberlin College in
Ohio have been fasting and holding a public vigil
outside the SOA's home in Fort Benning. Bour-
geois said the renaming of the SOA is a simple
cosmetic change and no fundamental alterations
to the school program or training methods have
been made. He said the name change "is like tak-
ing a bottle of poison and labeling it penicillin -
it is still deadly."
Six students and one professor, all from Oberlin
College, were arrested during the protest yesterday
at Fort Benning. The activists carried coffins onto
school grounds and chained themselves to the gate
blocking the school's entrance. One of the student
protesters, Rebecca Johnson, is fasting outside the
school through the month of January.
"I felt it was time to take part in a more mean-
ingful way," Johnson said.
In Ann Arbor, the local protest was organized
by resident Sheri Wander and the Interfaith
Council for Peace and Justice. The council was
joined by the Eastern Michigan University Stu-
dent Peace Action Network and activists from the
Buddhist temple in Ann Arbor.
Along with a mock inauguration and ribbon-
cutting ceremony, protesters also dressed up as
clowns, jesters and jugglers to garner attention

and promote the rally.
"Democracy should be fun," Wander said,
explaining the unique form of protest.
The protest was an international event, with
more than 40 organized protests throughout the
United States and around the world. Rallies were
organized in Santiago, Chile; Vienna, Austria;
Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia;
and Tegucigalpa, Honduras, among others.
A written statement issued by the Defense
Department stated that WHISC has "a new board
of directors, new curriculum and a new manager-
ial set up." The statement added that human
rights training is a part of the curriculum and
they "should not be held accountable for the
actions of some students."
Additionally, the new school has added train-
ing for peace support operations such as disaster
relief to its curriculum.
After yesterday's protest, Fort Benning
spokesman Rich McDowell said the protesters
"don't have a clue what they are protesting" He
went on to say that the protesters from Oberlin
were invited to visit the school and see for them-
selves that it has changed, but "Father Bourgeois
discouraged them from accepting the invitation."
McDowell said the SOAW is practicing, "intel-
lectual dishonesty" and the protesters are

Yspilanti resident Sheri Wander blows bubbles ab-
a rally outside the Ann Arbor Federal Building.
"robots" influenced by Father Bourgeois.
The WHISC will continue to offer public visits
to protesters and all those interested in taie
school's activities. The SOAW has planned a ralft
in Washington, D.C., from March 31 to April 3 in
order to continue their public activism and lobby
the U.S. Congress to once again vote on a refer-
endum to close the school.

Watch your step

Moldy East Quad room",.
sparks safety concerns

By Kay Bhagat
For the Daily

The mold-infested room that East
Quad resident Dana Lee found
when she returned from winter
break has sparked concerns among
students about safe and healthy liv-
ing conditions in residence halls on
campus.
Upon finding the mold, Lee, an
RC sophomore, immediately noti-
fied Housing Security.
Patty Watt, the University's
industrial manager for hygiene and
safety, said it appears a steam leak
created by a broken heater led to
the formation of mold on surfaces
in Lee's room.
Conditions such as these pose a
possible health risk.
Biology Prof. Robert Fogel said
exposure to this toxic material
could greatly jeopardize students'
health and lead to an abundance of
respiratory problems.
"Common molds are particularly
harmful to those with weak immune
systems but are not healthy breathing
conditions for anyone," Fogel said.
Due to the contamination, Lee was
immediately relocated to another

It appears a steam leak created by a
broken heater led to the fomation of
mold on surfaces in the room.

room in East Quad. She will live
there for the rest of the winter term
while Housing officials correct the
leak and renovate her room.
LSA sophomore Paul Black, who
lives in Lee's hall, said her room
was unusually warm.
"The heating problem began
before she went on break, which is
why she left her window open on
purpose. Her RA closed the win-
dow before leaving for vacation, so
the closed window may have caused
the mold," Black said.
Although situations such as Lee's
are rare, Fogel said, there is a
greater awareness of occurrences of
mold and of the conditions that
produce it.
"Restricted air movement helps.
molds grow faster, better and big-
ger," he said.
Mold grows in enclosed areas
where moisture resides, causing a

decay of the insides of walls and
other surfaces.
A mold infestation is usually dif-
ficult to extinguish. Lee's walls are
in the process of being repainted
and her floors will be retiled. An
air filtering system is present out-
side her room in order to prevent
further airborne mold from infect-
ing other rooms. Watt said the Uni-
versity is taking responsibility for
the cleanup.
"The University is taking care of
the expenses of cleaning up the
room. They will also reimburse her
for any damaged items," she said.
Once the source of moisture is
completely eliminated from the
room, the mold will not reoccur,
but preventing mold from other
rooms is more difficult.
"There was nothing unique abdit
her room, components just failed
over time,' Watt said.

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus driver M. Metry allows passengers
to file into the bus yesterday at State Street and South University Avenue.
Warrant issued for
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By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
A Washtenaw County judge
issued a bench warrant for former
Michigan basketball guard Kevin
Gaines yesterday after he failed to
appear for his
arraignment on
t r e s p
charges.
If Gaines is
stopped by law
enforcement, he
will be picked up
and brought
before Judge
James Sexsmith.
Men's basket- Gaines
ball coach Brian
Ellerbe dismissed Gaines, 19, from
the team Sept. 5 after his arrest for
driving under the influence of alco-
hol.
Gaines was reported to have a
0.17 percent blood-alcohol level
when he was arrested for suspicion
of disorderly intoxication along
with two teammates.

The trio was found wrestling by
their parked car alongside Tele-
graph Road on Sept. 4.
A blood-alcohol level of more
than 0.10 is considered legally
drunk under Michigan law.
Gaines was charged with disoder-
ly conduct and being a minor in
possesion of alcohol, each of which
is handled separately in court.
Following his dismissal from the
team, Gaines was charged with
trespassing after being found rum-
maging through a backpack in biol-
ogy Prof. John Kuwada's office.
Assistant Athletic Director of
Media Relations Tom Wywrot said
Gaines was dismissed from the
team for violating team polices.
Although Ellerbe offered Gaines
a plan which would allow him to
remain at the University and keep
his scholarship, Gaines transferred
to the University of Houston at the
end of the fall semester, Wywrot
said.
Officials at the University of Hous-
ton were unable to be reached for
comment yesterday.

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