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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 3A

RESEARCH
N O TE S
UMHS study on
OCD to focus on
therapy groups
A new study sponsored by Uni-
versity of Michigan Health System
will try to help teens with Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder cope by pro-
viding forms of group therapies to
help adolescents. The study opens
this week and will enroll its first
group of participants for three
months of weekly group therapy.
OCD is a mental illness that caus-
es anxiety-producing obsessions in
the mind, or compulsions to perform
certain acts over and over again,
interfering greatly with daily life.
About one in every 50 teenagers
suffers from OCD.
Faculty from the University's
Department of Psychiatry will con-
duct the study - leading 12 weekly
90-minute sessions for groups of
teens 13 to 17 years old.
The study is free for participants,
who will also receive monetary
compensation for time spent in fol-
low-up assessment. To learn more
about this study, e-mail
ocdstudy@umich.edu.
'U' to create new
program devoted
to holistic health
The University 4edical School
recently received a $1.5 million
five-year grant from the National
Institutes of Health to integrate a
complementary and alternative med-
icine learning thread into the
school's medical degree and faculty
development program. Also, a grad-
uate program in holistic health and
healing will provide students in
social and health sciences with
opportunities to acquire academic
expertise in CAM theories and prac-
tices.
"The CAM educational program
we have proposed will bring togeth-
er healers, teachers and practitioners
from alternative and conventional
medicine who would not ordinarily
come into contact with each other,"
said Dr. Sara Warber, co-director of
the University's CAM Research
Center.
Recent reports indicate that 42
percent of the U.S. population uses
some form of CAM.
The program will include a mul-
tidisciplinary curriculum in con-
junction with the Medical School,
the Schools of Nursing, Public
Health and Social Work, and the
Colleges of Pharmacy, Dentistry
and LSA.
The University is the only med-
ical school in the country to hold
both a CAM research center grant
and a CAM curriculum grant from
the NIH.
Dads with high
PCB levels more
likely to sire boys
According to a Michigan State
University study, men with higher
levels of polychlorinated biphenyls
- commonly known as PCBs - in
their bodies are more likely to father
boys than girls. PCBs are a class of
man-made chemicals that can be
found in items such as paints, pesti-
cides and adhesives made before the

ban of their manufacture 1976.
The study used data from three
separate studies in which PCB levels
were measured in the bodies of men
who ate fish from Lake Michigan,
where PCBs are among a number of
environmental contaminants that
have plagued the waters for years. It
was found that of the 208 children
born to those men, more than 57
percent were boys.
"We do not wish to say that hav-
ing a baby boy is bad, it's just that
there were more of them," said Wil-
fried Karmaus, Michigan State asso-
ciate professor of epidemiology,
who directed the study. "A change in
the proportion of boys to girls, how-
ever, indicates that environmental
contaminants may play a role in
human reproduction."
The PCB levels of mothers were
found to not have a significant
effect on influencing the sex of the
child.
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporter Kylene Kiang.

Terrorist attacks,
Israeli policies
subjects of talks

By Margaret Engoren
Daily Staff Reporter

DEBBIE MtZEL/Daily
Aerobics Instructor Laurie Finch leads a class at the Central Campus Recreation Building today. Some schools at the
University accept physical education, classes as elective credits.

Gym classes provide

'

students with exercise,
credit toward, graduation

By Daniel Kim
Daily Staff Reporter
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. this winter
semester, engineering sophomore Lynne Gratz has
been heading to the Central Campus Recreational
Building for her Taekwondo class, offered through U-
Move Fitness. In addition to a workout and the chance
to cultivate her mind and body through practicing the
ancient Korean martial art, she will receive one physi-
cal education credit to count as an elective credit.
"I have a certain number of unrestricted electives
that I have to fulfill. So I just wanted to take some-
thing completely different from any of my required
classes," Gratz said.
Tae kwon do is one of the 17 courses offered
through U-Move Fitness, a subdivision of the Division
of Kinesiology. Other classes offered include swim
conditioning, lifeguard training, yoga, kickboxing,
dance aerobics and weight training.
"Overall, we usually have about 2,000 people
involved in our program," said Jackie LaNew, assis-
tant director of U-Move Fitness.
Two of the 17 U-Move Fitness classes, Tae kwon do
I and beginning swim, are cross-listed as physical
education classes under kinesiology. Students in col-
leges other than the College of Literature, Science and
the Arts taking these classes have the option of taking
them for physical education credits.
"LSA has not given credit to physical education
classes since the 1960s. The LSA Curriculum Com-
mittee reviewed (physical education) courses and

determined that they didnot have a liberal arts focus,"
said Esrold Nurse, assistant dean of LSA.
B~ut Engineering students like Gratz can receive
elective credits.
"Attendance is a big part of our grade. So" I can't
really miss a class," said Gratz, who added Tae kwon
do is not an easy class. To receive credit, students
must attend all classes and complete a three to five
page writing assignment.
RC freshman Lara Markovitz, who is taking Co-Ed
'Cardio Challenge, an aerobics class, said, "I think I
would be more inspired to attend for credits."
Nonetheless, Markovitz said that paying $45 for her
class, which meets every Saturday, gives her enough
incentive to attend every class.
"It's a good deal and you get to come in and do
something healthy. College life isn't so healthy nor-
mally, so it's something I can go to and feel good
about," she said.
Although LSA does not offer elective credits for
physical education courses - with the exception of
PE 310, applied human anatomy and physiology -
the college is still committed to the physical well
being of the students, Nurse said.
"The University puts a substantial amount of money
into the physical wellness of students. The (Intramur-
al) Building, CCRB and (North Campus Recreation
Building) are three major buildings devoted primarily
to the students' physical well being. U-Move provides
a wonderful opportunity for students, not unlike the
many cultural activities available on campus," Nurse.
added.

Elliot Chodoff, a captain in the
Israeli defense forces and an expert
on terrorism and counter-terrorism,
spoke with students at Hillel last
night about terrorist attacks in the
United States and Israel.
"For the first time, the subject of
terrorism has become a current and
popular American discussion," said
Chodoff.
Suggesting democracies, such as
the United States and Israel, are
frequent targets for terrorism due to
their openness and freedoms, Chod-
off argued "the sensationalism of
the western media - airing
tragedies repeatedly - causes them
to become unwitting accomplices
to terror."
Chodoff argued the real Ameri-
can failure of Sept. 11 was that the
military repeatedly ignored terrorist
signals for the last decade. "What
the United States is missing is what
I like to call the 'paid professional
chronic paranoid," said Chodoff.
"These people, or this person,
should be responsible for thinking
everyone is out to get the country.
He should investigate every lead
and take each seriously."
In comparison to Chodoff's view
of Israel as a democracy, last week
University alum Will Youmans tried
to present Israel as an apartheid
regime, not an openly free state.
Youmans, a former president of
the Arab-American Anti-Discrimina-
tion Committee, discussed divest-
ment organization strategies
launched at the University of Cali-
fornia at Berkeley last year. The goal
was to pressure universities to divest
financial holdings in the state of
Israel, as was done in South Africa.
"It is possible to make it a cam-
pus issue, not only an international
debate, by organizing people
toward divestment," said Youmans.
"It makes it a lot more present on
the campus and in students' lives."

"For the first time,
the subject of,
terrorism has become
a current and popular
American discussion,"
- Elliott Chodoff
Captain of Israeli defense forces
Hoping to make American sup-
port for Israel a conditional com-
modity, Youmans suggested the
United States "demands that Israel
stops apartheid or suffer serious
repercussions."
"Segregation is a part of Israeli
policy," said Youmans. "Unofficial-
ly, it is a part of the culture. In
Israel, there are more than 20 laws
that make a distinction between
how they apply to. Jews and non-
Jews. Israel has settlements and
bypass roads set aside for Jews.
Many Jews live in Jewish-only
gated communities subsidized by
the government. The people who
live there are heavily armed."
In addition to segregation,
Youmans supported his claim of
Israeli apartheid by arguing that
Israel doesn't allow Palestinians to
travel the country as it does Jewish
citizens.
Eric Bukstein, an LSA junior,
disagreed with Youman's views of
Israel.
"The idea of divesting from
Israel is absurd. Israel is the only
democracy in the Middle East and
is the best friend of the United
States in the region," said Bukstein.
"For us to pressure to divest from
Israel would be ridiculous."
"I'm not going to say there is no
discrimination in Israel. There is
discrimination. But apartheid and
discrimination are very different
things," Bukstein added.

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Lawsuits aim to
end secrecy in
Haddad's case

By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter
Two separate lawsuits related to the
Rabih Haddad case were filed this
week in federal court by the Detroit
Free Press and The Ann Arbor News
as well as the American Civil Liberties
Union and Rep. John Conyers (D-
Detroit).
Both lawsuits ask for access to the
immigration hearings in Detroit. There
were several defendants named in the
lawsuits, most notably U.S. Attorney
General John Ashcroft.
"We decided since we couldn't get
in ... we needed to seek a remedy for
that," said Free Press Managing Editor
Carole Leigh Hutton. "The justice sys-
tem in this country was created to be
open."
Haddad, a local Muslim leader
charged with a visa violation, is cur-
rently in solitary confinement at the
Chicago Metropolitan Corrections
Center.
He is waiting for a possible grand
jury appearance where he might be
asked questions about the Global
Relief Foundation, the Islamic chari-
ty he co-founded, which is suspected
of having ties to terrorism. Haddad
has already had three closed deporta-
tion hearings.
The plaintiffs in the newly filed law-
suits have made it clear that their con-
cerns have nothing to do with whether

Haddad is innocent or guilty, Hutton
said.
She said their problems have to do
with freedom of the press and the
rights of Americans to know what is
going on.
"To have fairness you must have
openness.... The public otherwise has
no confidence," said Herschel Fink,
lawyer for the Free Press.
What the plaintiffs are most
afraid of is other measures the Jus-
tice Department can take, Hutton
said. If the Attorney General can
order this process to be secret,
other processes might be kept from
the public also.
"The Justice Department's policy of
blanket secrecy is unconstitutional and
incompatible with the values of a free
society," said Steven Shapiro, legal
director of the ACLU, in a written
statement.
The Justice Department has refused
to comment on the pending suits as
well as on any other issue dealing with
the Haddad case.
Pertaining to an agreement made
between the two parties, the govern-
ment has 30 days to respond to the
suits, and there will be a hearing on
March 26 in Detroit.
In the meantime, the government
has agreed not to conduct any more
closed hearings on Haddad's case
until a resolution to the suits has
been reached.

THE CALENDAR
What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend

FRIDAY
"Childlessness, Adop-
tion, and Milagros de
Dios in Costa Rica";
Sponsored by the Insti-

Building
"Success and Knowing
How"; Sponsored by the
Department of Philoso-
phy, 4:00 p.m., 1449

Sponsored by the Kiwanis
Club of Ann Arbor, 9:00
a.m. - Noon., 200 South
First Street
SUNDAY

SERVICES
Campus Information
Centers, 764-INFO,
info@umich.edu, or
www.umich.edu/ -info
S.A.F.E. Walk, 763-WALK,

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