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LOCAL/S TATE

The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 7, 2001--

Soda can, planner
taken in theft
An unattended backpack was stolen
from the Thomas Francis Jr. Public
Health Building Wednesday after-
noon, according to Department of
Public Safety reports. The backpack
contained a can of soda and a day
planner.
DPS had no suspects.
Collectable dolls
stolen from office
A female Taubman Health Care
employee said her collector dolls were
stolen from her office Wednesday,
according to DPS reports. The 8-inch
Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes
bobblehead dolls, miniature figures of
the legendary Big Ten coaches, were
taken in the theft.
She had purchased the dolls for $20
each.
Napkins, tablecloth
stolen - again
Business Administration building
employees reported that another table-
cloth and several napkins were stolen
Wednesday afternoon, DPS reports
state. Similar items had been reported
stolen last week.
Paper towel roll
catches fire
A person called DPS and said a
paper towel roll was smoldering and
creating smoke Monday night in the
Furstenburg Student Study area in the
Medical Science Building, DPS reports
state. Police instructed the person to
submerge the roll in water. There were
no injuries or damages.
Skateboarders in
Kresge Plaza
'give attitude'
A person told police skateboarders
had been causing problems in Kresge
Business Plaza Wednesday evening,
according to DPS reports. The skate-
boarders had been an ongoing problem,
"giving attitude" to passers-by.
Police were unable to locate the sus-
pected skateboarders.
Tip jar stolen;
suspect flees
An emmployee at a 'business in
North Campus Commons said their
tip jar was stolen from the counter
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, DPS reports
state. The jar contained about $11.
Employees had been approached
twice by a suspicious man asking for a
free food sample and they had given in
to his demands. Once he was given
some food, he left the area. The man, a
black male in his early 30s was wearing
a Michigan winter cap, jacket and
smelled like alcohol.
DPS did not locate the suspect.
Man wields knife,
yells near Arb
Police found a white man yelling
while wielding a small knife in his right
hand at the Geddes Avenue entrance of
Nichols Arboretum Wednesday after-
noon, DPS reports state. Police
removed the man from the Arb.
Street lights hit

with sling shot
Two people shot out street lights
with a sling shot while walking along
:he sidewalk near the Michigan
Jnion, DPS reports state. Police con-
fronted the suspects.
Bursley elevator
vandalized
Several people threw trash and broke
eggs inside a Bursley Residence Hall
elevator Tuesday afternoon, forcing
maintenance to put it out of service,
according to DPS reports.
The elevator, located on the Van
Duran and Lewis side, was cleaned and
put back in service.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jacquelyn Nixon.

Head of genome
institute returns
to campus today

A waiting game

By Lsa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
Almost a year after his last visit in
which he discussed his achievements in
sequencing the human genome, Univer-
sity Prof. Francis Collins returns today
as the keynote speaker of a symposium
about advances in genetics.
Collins has been on leave from the
University since becoming director of
the National Human Genome Research
Institute, a division of the National Insti-
tutes of Health in Washington, D.C.
This job puts him in charge of a govern-
ment project aimed at constructing a,
detailed map representative of every
human gene.
"We're going to
explore cutting
edge and socially
controversial
issues in genetics,"
said Prof. Richard
Lempert, director
of the Life Sci-
ences, Values and
Society Project
Collins"pand co-chair of the
event. "We're exploring these topics
before they are on the horizon, so peo-
ple understand the science involved and
the issues they impose."
The symposium, named in honor of
distinguished alum Jerome Wiesner,
will focus on the ways in which the
world of biological sciences, medicine
and health have changed because of a
growing understanding of the human
genome.
"The amount of genetic information
is increasing at a faster rate then we
imagined when we started planning this
event a year ago," said James Penner-
Hahn, associate vice president for
research and co-chair of the sympo-
sium. "We all need to be informed about
the issues and think about them

(because) questions are going to come
up much more quickly than we're
ready"
Collins and other professionals will
also discuss in-depth the effects of
genetic research on social organization
and the way the public is dealing with
these advances.
"We deliberately designed this not to
be simply medical doctors," Penner-
Hahn said. "We want to discuss both the
pro and con perspectives and different
disciplinary perspectives."
"We're now trying to have-that con-
versation;' he added.
Other topics of discussion include
the roles of race and ethnicity in the
study of the human genome and the
link between genes and nature. These
topics will be addressed by a panel of
experts, including University philoso-
phy Prof. Elizabeth Anderson;
Thomas Bouchard, a psychology pro-
fessor at the University of Minnesota;
Howard University microbiology
Prof. Georgia Dunston; Eric Juengst,
of the Center of Biomedical Ethics at
Case Western Reserve University;
Yale University genetics and psychia-
try Prof. Kenneth Kidd; University
psychiatry Prof. Randolph Nesse; and
Gregory Stock, a member of the
UCLA Program on Medicine, Tech-
nology and Society.
Following the day's activities,
guests have the opportunity to
attend a formal dinner at the Michi-
gan Union, where former Universi-
ty President Harold Shapiro will
speak. Shapiro is now chairman of
the National Bioethics Advisory
Committee,
Events begin at 8:30 this morning
in Hale Auditorium at the School of
Business: Cllins' speech will begin
at 9 a.m., and events will conclude at
6 p.m.
The events will also be webeast live.

DAVID KATZ/Daily
waits for guests to arrive at the hotel

Servio Lopez, a bellman at The Dahlmann Campus Inn on Huron Street,
yesterday.

Students. observe Kwanzaa,
Hanukkah without family

By April Effort
Daily Staff Reporter

The seven-day Kwanzaa celebra-
tion of black culture and heritage
comes to an end on Sunday as
Hanukkah, the Jewish "festival of
lights" starts at sundown. For both
traditions, students are finding
ways of making it special.
The minority peer advisers at
nearly all of the residence halls
organized a night for each of the
seven principles of Kwanzaa start-
ing last Monday with Umoja, or
unity, and ending on Sunday with
Imani, or faith.
Andrea Jenkins, an LSA fresh-
man, is celebrating her first Kwan-
zaa at the University away from her
family.
"It's definitely more difficult because
I'm separate from my family. I have to
call home a lot and I put up (Kwanzaa)
decorations on my door;"Jenkins said.
Not being with family is enough to
hamper the holiday tradition for Jer-
maine Bridges, an Engineering junior
who recognizes the importance of
Kwanzaa, but will not be celebrating.
"I'm not home and with my fami-
ly, and for me, it's more of a family
tradition. It's about celebrating

"It's definitely more difficult because I'm
separate from my family. I have to call
home a lot and I put up (Kwanzaa)
decorations on my door "
- Andrea Jenkins
LSA freshman A

unity and heritage," Bridges said.
Hillel is planning many activities for
Jewish students celebrating Hanukkah
away from home, including menorah
lighting in the residence hall lounges
over the eight-day holiday, as well as a
Hanukkah party on Sunday for under-
graduates and on Tuesday for graduate
students.
"My friends and I come together
for a few minutes each of the nights
to light the menorah," said Jenna
Goldenberg, an LSA senior who
also organized a forum and party
for Jewish women in order to talk
about the importance of Hanukkah
to them.
LSA sophomore Wendy Musicer
said although she will be celebrat-
ing Hanukkah with her roommates,
making latkes with her family will

be missed.
"They have them at the Hanukkah
parties, but the fun part is making
them," Musicer said.
Aside from being away from family,
the violence in Israel may put a damper..
on the holiday, but Rabbi Aharon Gold-'
stein thinks it is especially important to
celebrate Hanukkah this year.
"Now is even more reason to cel-
ebrate Hanukkah by bringing in
light. The more light we brin.g in
will help to dissipate negative
forces," Goldstein said.
"Surrounding myself with other
Jewish members of the university
community makes Hanukkah more
special. When I.go home I can dele-
brate more even though it's over,
said Rob Chesnick, an LSA sopho-
more.

Galens society will
collect for area kids
in 74th 'Tag Days'

By Margaret Engoren
Daily Staff Reporter

Members of the University Galens
Medical Society will continue a 74-year
tradition today and tomorrow by collect-
ing money for Washtenaw County chil-
dren's charities.
"Very few charities can report that
100 percent of funds go directly to their
cause - we can and I think that is part
of the reason we are so successful," said
Victoria Blinder, a fourth-year Medical
student who helped organize the annual
event.
Since 1927, University students,
alumni and community members have
collected money to promote children's
health in the Washtenaw County area.
During each year of the last decade,
they have collected almost $75,000.
"We hope to match that figure this year,"
Blinder said.
The money has been used for many
projects, including to build the Ronald
McDonald House on campus, to sup-
port family crisis centers and summer
camps for disadvantaged children as
well as for youth anti-smoking pro-
grams.
"Most of the money we raise goes
directly to Mott Children's Hospital, but
we do allot small portions to help fund
other local children's charities, such as
psychiatric counseling for children at
risk," said Blinder.
Society Members started tagging this
morning at 6 a.m. and will continue, in
shifts, until 7 p.m. The group will con-
tinue tagging through Midnight
Maddness on Friday night, said Karen

"All of the money
we raise goes to
help children in
Washtenaw County
- it all stays here."
- Victoria Blinder
Tag Day czar
Fauman, a second-year Medical student
and co-chair of Tag Days' schedule
committee. "And we'll be back at 7 a.m.
on Saturday morning as well"
"Every year I look forward to the Tag
Days because we all get together to help
local children," Blinder said. "All of the
money we raise goes to help children in
Washtenaw County - it all stays here."
Fauman said she is looking forward
to tagging for sick children.
"Our professors drive 'happy vans' to
bring us hot chocolate and food donated
from local restaurants and to collect the
money," Fauman said. "It's really great
to see everyone getting involved for
such a great cause."
"Our fundraiser is the main source of
funding for the Child Life Programs at
Mott Hospital," said Blinder. "The Child
Life Programs are an important part of
the children's medical stays. With the
money we raise, the children are able to
play with toys, do art projects, listen to
music, and generally have a more posi-
tive hospital visit."

Correction:
An article on page 1 of Tuesday's Daily about technology startup companies incorrectly identified the source of
funding for one business. HandyLab has received about $4.5 million from EDF, an Ann Arbor venture capital firm.
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