The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 11, 2001- 3
* himself to jogger
Reports from the University's
Department of Public Safety state a
man exposed himself to a female
jogger near the Family Housing
Community Center on Friday
evening. The jogger told DPS she
heard a male yell out loud and when
she turned his direction, he then
found in fanny
pack theft report
DPS reports state a possible sus-
pect in the theft of a black fanny
pack was identified Friday after-
noon at the Central Campus Recre-
ation Building. Officers located the
subject and the incident remains
A South Quad Residence Hall
room was filled with smoke when
popcorn was burned in the
microwave early Friday morning,
DPS reports state. There was no
bike tires bent,
gets a ride home
A caller notified DPS of an
attempted bike theft at the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library early Friday
morning, reports state. The caller told
DPS someone tried to steal his bike
because when he went out to get it,
the tires were bent. Reports stated the
victim was provided an escort to his
A man was caught drinking from an
open container of vodka in the Diag
on Friday evening, DPS reports state.
Hle wzs issued a citation and released
on the scene.
quick nose bleed
DPS reports state a student got a
nose bleed at the Electrical Engineer-
ing Building on Friday afternoon. He
had no history of nose bleeds. Reports
stated the subject refused transport to
University Hospitals, but then the
nose bleed stopped.
Man lying in
grass issued MIP
A young male was found lying in
the grass between the Modern Lan-
guages Building and the Burton
Tower early Saturday morning, DPS
reports state. The subject was then
issued a citation for minor in posses-
trying to steal
DPS reported a female subject was
interrupted in the process of stealing a
parking permit from a lot on Cather-
ine Street Saturday morning. The sub-
ject left the area before the officer
Two hundred dollars was report-
ed stolen from the CCRB late Sun-
day evening, according to DPS
reports. The money had been left
in an unlocked and unattended safe
DPS has no suspects.
A woman was found stealing a
parking permit Sunday morning,
according to DPS reports. The suspect
escaped before officers arrived on the
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
'U' ranked 6th in
for Nike protests
By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
For the second year in a row, the Uni-
versity has been ranked as one of the top
10 activist campuses by the left-wing
political publication Mother Jones Mag-
azine. This year, the University's rank-
ing fell from its No. 2 slot.last year to
No. 6, but still ranked above such
schools as Oberlin College and the Uni-
versity of California at Los Angeles.
"Michigan is the bearer of the student
sweatshop movement on this year's list,"
said Richard Reynolds, communications
director for the magazine.
The University was primarily recog-
nized for the activism of Students Orga-
nizing for Labor and Economic
Equality. The ranking acknowledged
the group for its efforts to reform the
University's apparel contract with Nike
Inc. and student pressure that lead to the
improved working conditions in a Mexi-
can Nike factory.
In last year's investigation of campus
activism, there were more than 200
schools that became involved in move-
ments demanding that merchandise
bearing their school logo be produced
under humane conditions. But Michigan
was the only institution where student
activist groups actively pursued the
issue the following year, Reynolds said.
"I think that at Michigan what was
the determining factor was that the stu-
dents there continued to follow through
on the sweatshop movement," Reynolds
The study was conducted over several
months when news reports regarding
campus activism were examined and
activist organizations were interviewed,
"We look to assemble a list that is
geographically diverse and captures a
breadth of actions and a topic of
issues," Reynolds said. "We look for
things where actions have had an
effect, where there has been a real
"Whether we are
first or 50th, we are
in the mix and we
are not alone."
This year, popular topics for student
activism around the country included
corporate partnerships with universities,
race relations, university employee
wages and a variety of international top-
ics, Reynolds said.
The recognition for the accomplish-
ments of SOLE has members of the
group feeling pleased but also glad to
see that activism is taking place all
across the nation's campuses.
"Whether we are first or 50th, we are
in the mix and we are not alone," said
SOLE member Jackie Bray, an LSA
Bray also said student labor activism
on campus and the organization's
accomplishments should only continue
"We are always out there trying to
organize more people," Bray said.
"What has changed is that students are
realizing that they have to look at their
Student activism at the University has
been a predominate feature of campus
life since the 1960s, said history Prof.
"The University has always had a
strong academic history and also histor-
ically strong activism which go hand in
hand," Lassiter said.
Comparatively the activism today is
similar to that of the later part of the
20th century, with the exception of the
large protests against the Vietnam draft,
"Michigan students shouldn't be
complacent, but the University is on the
cutting edge,"he said.
GNC employee Jamila Stanton, an LSA senior, points to a warning sign displayed next to products containing ephedra,
which are used as dietary supplements.
?Herbal stimulant . . r'
li*nked to deathms:
persons under 18 years old,
By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter
Ephedra, an herbal stimulant found in a number of
popular dietary supplements, has come under scrutiny
because of its connection with dozens of deaths and
other health dangers.
As a result, last week the Public Citizen Health
Research Group, a consumer research and advocacy
organization, asked that the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration bar the production and sale of supple-
ments containing ephedrine alkaloids.
According to FDA reports, the use of ephedra has
led to 81 deaths and 1,398 adverse health reactions. It
has also been suspected as the cause for heart attacks,
strokes and seizures in healthy young adults. The
Ephedra Education Council estimates that three bil-
lion servings of dietary supplements containing
ephedra are consumed annually. Health Canada, a
health and human resources department, recently
warned consumers not to utilize products containing
Popular products containing ephedra, also known
as ma-huang, include fat burners like Stacker 2 and
Stacker 3, and Yellow Jackets, the energy-inducing
caplets. A single bottle of any of the products, each
priced at about S40, does not come cheap.
At General Nutrition Center on East William
Street, which stocks each of these products, a large
sign on the front counter cautions customers purchas-
ing ephedra products and states that their sale is
restricted to those 18 years of age or older.
"If people are on a workout routine for a month and
wanted a quick boost, they will buy them," said LSA
senior Jamila Stanton, a GNC employee, referring to
the Stackers. "It's not bad using it as directed and for
a short period, but there are problems when you take
An LSA sophomore who didn't want her name
printed said she is currently using a fat-burner con-
"I just started recently, so I haven't seen many
effects yet, but two of my friends took it and lost
some weight," she said.
"It says specifically on the label how much you
should take. I think the people having the heart
attacks and seizures are probably the ones abusing it,"
she said, adding that the recent health reports on
ephedra will not stop her from taking dietary supple-_
Stacey Pearson, a physician and psychologist at
University Counseling and Psychological Services,
noted that many of the students she sees have eating
disorders or are troubled by self image.
"College is a transition that can exacerbate eating
issues," she said. "There is a general societal pressure
for beauty ... and a disparity between what's average
and normal for women and what's average and normal
Ephedra Education Council statistics show that 60
percent of the U.S. population is overweight. At any
given time, 35 percent to 40 percent of adult Ameri-
can women are trying to lose weight, while 20 percent
to 24 percent of adult American men are trying to
shed extra pounds.
The dietary supplement industry's Council for
Responsible Nutrition has defended ephedra, claim-
ing that it is not dangerous in its proper dosage.
New state merging
law appears to be
working, police say
DETROIT (AP) - After some initial
confusion,'motorists are growing accus-
tomed to a state law designed to protect
police officers and other emergency
workers on the side of Michigan roads.
The law, enacted three months ago,
requires drivers to move over a lane,
when possible, or slow down when
encountering an emergency or police
vehicle stopped on the shoulder.
Officials say the law appears to be
working so far.
"Motorists appear to be complying,"
Lt. Ann McCaffrey of the Detroit post
of the Michigan State Police told The
Detroit News for a story yesterday.
State police typically aren't writing
tickets for violations at this point, but
instead are working to educate the pub-
lic, McCaffrey said. The aim is to make
sure drivers are aware of what is taking
place on the shoulder.
Secretary of State records show 257
motorists have citations for violating the
law on their records so far.
Many motorists were initially con-
fused about the law, thinking that they
had to merge into an adjoining lane or
face a traffic violation. That isn't the
case, since the law requires motorists to
move over only if safety permits.
"It may have been confusing at first,
but now I'd say that most motorists are
aware of the law and are making an
effort to get over," Trooper Jeff Amley
"It might be hard to motorists to
merge, depending on the time of day,
rush hour conditions or the weather, and
we understand that. But we also appre-
ciate it if they slow down when they
According to Amley, truckers appear
to be making a significant effort to fol-
low the law. Bob Gollehur, a driver from
Falcon Trucking in Detroit, said he
moves over as soon as he sees a police
vehicle on the side of the road.
"I move over and traffic follows me,"
Gollehur said. "But I did find the law
confusing at first. In the beginning, it
sounded like you absolutely had to
merge into the next lane. I give talks to
drivers' education classes, and they
were confused by the law, too."
To others, the law was easy to under-
stand. Southfield resident Lenora Gre-
gory said she has seen many drivers
slow down when approaching emer-
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