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One hundred ten years ofedi'oizIlfreedom

Apr1l 12, 2001

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thina releases

U.S. crew but retains plane

China's decision
to release the
crew came after
Bush agreed to
he was "very
sorwy" for the loss
of the pilot Wang
Wei and for the
plane entering
Chinese airspace.

Los Angeles Times

HAIKOU, China - The Chinese govern-
ment released the 24 crew members of a U.S.
spy plane yesterday, ending an 11-day stand-
off with a carefully balanced compromise in
which both governments backed down a bit
but still could claim a measure of victory.
The crew members lifted off about 7:30
a.m. local time from an airfield here on
Hainan island in a chartered jetliner bound
for Guam. There the Americans were to
board a military aircraft for the flight to

Hawaii for debriefings and medical check-
"They're doing fine, they're smiling," said
Army Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, who escort-
ed the crew onto their flight. "We're just glad
this particular incident is over. That's all our
job was, to get the crew out. They're gone.
We're going to finish our business and go
The breakthrough that ended President
Bush's first foreign policy challenge came
after Washington said in a letter that it was
"very sorry" both for the likely death of a

Chinese pilot following the collision of his
fighter jet with the U.S. aircraft over the
South China Sea and for the spy plane's
unauthorized landing at a Chinese military
air base.
The letter stopped just short of the formal
apology that China has demanded since the
April 1 incident. However, it went much far-
ther than the original U.S. position, which
was that Washington owed no apology for
the incident.
A senior U.S. official said the impasse
was broken when the Bush administration

agreed to insert "very" before "sorry" in the
letter from U.S. Ambassador Joseph W.
Prueher to Chinese Foreign Minister Tang
Jiaxuan. Every word in the letter was negoti-
ated by ranking officials on both sides.
Shortly after receiving the letter, Tang
announced that the crew would be released
on what he called "humanitarian grounds."
The letter said the two sides will meet
beginning next yesterday to discuss the inci-
dent and the return of the U.S. aircraft, an
indication that the spy plane will not be
released for at least a week.

The 21 men and three women from the
U.S. Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane were
driven to the air field here in minivans
equipped with tinted glass windows, escort-
ed by a caravan of police vehicles - includ-
ing two vans that acted as a decoy, heading
in the opposite direction.
Uniformed and plain clothes Chinese
security staff blocked off traffic and stood
guard along the entire drive from the No. 1
Southern Air Fleet Guest House in down-
town Haikou to the Meilan Airport about 25
miles away.

Mile to
be live on
By Maria srow
Daily Staff Reporter
The thousands of spectators expected
to line South University Avenue next
week for the Naked Mile won't be the
only ones watching runners streak
through campus to celebrate the end of
*he event will be broadcast live
on the Internet for the first time by
an online company from Atlanta
that plans to bring a camera crew
and blimp-cam to Ann Arbor.
Cyber Management Inc. has been
covering the event for the last couple
years and was not previously able to
produce a live broadcast but decided
recently to broaden the scope of its cov-
The company is still lacking the
ressary technology to produce
such a broadcast but has hired the
help of Activate, a webcasting com-
pany that sells space on its broad-
casting system so individuals can
broadcast events live over the Inter-
Activate Vice President of Market-
ing Stewart Chopin said most of the
events previewed over their website are
e*ational, such as employee train-
ing, music and audio clip previews and
radio station shows.
"The vast majority of them are
not quite as exotic as the Naked
Mile," he said. "The fact that this
event has been running for a num-
ber of years suggests to me that
within that community it is deemed
an acceptable event. On those
grounds we are OK with it.
"If what goes over the air starts to
s that boundary, we have the right
t ull it off the air," he said.
Although Naked Mile pictures
have shown up on Internet pornogra-
phy sites for years, Mike Steele,
vwebmaster of www.nakedmile.com,
said this year's coverage will be the
most complete.
"This is the first time that anyone will
be taking this to the next level," Steele
Oteele said he also has thought
about broadcasting the event live but
that he was afraid of how students
would react.
"I think it's a good idea. We've
thought about it," he said. "But most
people don't want to be videotaped, let
alone have their pictures beamed all
over the world. People have been
known to take a punch at you"
Steele said he prides himself on
h~ing the premier Naked Mile web-
s and having the most updated
information available. He describes
his site as "informative" and "G-
Steele said he started the website in
order to dispel rumors that the Naked
Mile was just an "urban legend" and to
prove that the Naked Mile "actually
goes on.
"For better or for worse, it has intro-
*ped the Naked Mile to the world,"
he said. "There are a lot of things that
have happened that are bad. There's
just all kinds of disgusting porn sites."

Despite the multitude of Internet sites
featuring Naked Mile posters and the
live broadcast, Steele said he believes
there will still be some students who







'U' begins push
toward institute
opening in 2003

By Jon Fsh
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the actual building is
currently, as Jack Dixon said, "a
very large hole in the ground," he
and fellow Life Sciences Institute
Director Scott Emr are clearly
thrilled about the potential for the
huge facility that will anchor the
northeastern corner of Central
"We've spent countless hours
planning this," Dixon said before
the University's official LSI kick-
off ceremony yesterday at Rack-
ham Auditorium. "We're still
tweaking the details of the labora-
tories, but we're pretty much on
schedule. So far, we haven't hit
many glitches."
The centerpiece of the Universi-

ty's Life Science Initiative, the insti-
tute is scheduled for completion in
the summer of 2003.
"This is a very important moment
in a very long project," said Univer-
sity President Lee Bollinger. "We're
off to a tremendous start."
In his opening remarks, Bollinger
stressed that undergraduates would
be a key component in the initiative
and that one of the goals of the insti-
tute would be to provide undergradu-
ates the opportunity to perform
laboratory research.
Bollinger was joined on the podi-
um by two students who have had
the chance to do research through
the Undergraduate Research Oppor-
tunity Program. Meredith Miller, an
LSA sophomore, and Nakia
Williams, an LSA senior, applauded
See KICKOFF, Page 8A

ABOVE: Scott Emr and Jack Dixon will lead the University's Life Sciences Institute when it opens in 2003. The
smokestack of the University's power plant in the background, seen from the east end of the Horace H. Rackham School
of Graduate Studies, is adjacent to the future site of the LSI.
RIGHT: University President Lee Bollinger listens to a panel discussion yesterday at the Museum of Art.
Paelexplores conltnectionl
between itar4ts afnd sciences

By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter

"It can be said that with what we
are launching into with life sciences,
... we are getting a scientific revolu-
tion that's a match of the physics rev-
olution of the early 20th century,"
University President Lee Bollinger
said at a panel forum yesterday.
The panel, held at the University
Museum of Modern Art, featured
leading life sciences faculty and art
curators, who focused on the increas-
ing importance of genetic science
and its connection to art. The panel
was formed around a current exhibit

that is an artistic response to genetic
engineering and the Human Genome
Bollinger said in order to grasp life
sciences issues, people need to come
to terms with four issues: the over-
reaching of science, the blindness of
science, the aesthetics of science and
the changes in conception of life.
"But what will this be? What is the
potential of interactions of art and
life sciences?" Bollinger asked the
Panel members included Peter
Ubel, associate professor of internal
medicine; Liz Petty, associate profes-
sor of human genetics; and exhibit

curators Mavin Heiferman and Car-
ole Kismaric.
The exhibition was organized by
Heiferman and Kismaric after the
announcement that the sequence of the
human genome was nearly complete.
"The more we read and learned,
the more we realized how staggering
the implications are," Heiferman
said. "We wanted to bring together a
cross-section of artists working with
genetics and show the relationship of
science and humanities."
This is the first major exhibition to
consider the meaning and implica-
tions of recent breakthroughs in
See PANEL, Page 8A

MSA lobbies for a
two-day fall break

By Carrie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
This semester, in an effort to reduce student
stress levels, members of the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly pushed for a fall break to be
added to the University's academic calendar.
Currently, students in the Law and Dental
schools have two days off during the other-
wise uninterrupted stretch from September to
Thanksgiving. With the exception of the
Business and Medical schools, all other
schools fall under the University academic
calendar, which does not offer a break.
"To go from September to Thanksgiving
without a break is very difficult and hard on

start before Labor Day or push later in
"We are trying to find a space within the
existing schedule to have a couple days to
catch up with midterms, papers and life in
general," Nolan said.
So far their efforts have yielded support
from University administrators, said assembly
Vice President Jessica Cash.
"We found that most administrators think
it's a great idea. They recognize that the stress
level of students around the mid-October
exam period is phenomenal," Cash said.
But not all administrators shared Cash's
"It will be very difficult given the struc-

tr t r' f
reate, for
meni ngitis
By Whitney Elliott
Daily Staff Reporter
A University student was diagnosed with viral
meningitis on Monday in a local hospital after feeling
flu-like symptoms during the weekend.
"At first I thought it was the flu," said the student,
who has been at home since the diagnosis. "On Thurs-
day it started with an intense fever. I slept for 18 hours
straight, but the fever never went away. The back of my
neck was sore. I went to the hospital Monday; they had

Monts said that a fall break is worth look-
ing into but would require strong faculty sup-
port, possibly requiring faculty to begin their
contracts earlier than Sept. 1.
Associate Dean of Students Frank Ciancio-
la also said it could be difficult finding the
space in the calendar for the extra break.
"I think the point about having breathing
time in students' schedules has merit," Cian-
ciola said. "I just don't know about the coun-

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