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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 15, 2002 - 3

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Study: PMS may decrease with nasal spray

Wallets, bags
stolen from
campus buildings
A number of thefts were reported
in the past three days, according to
Department of Public Safety reports.
Two wallets and a cell phone were
stolen from an unlocked room in
South Quad Residence Hall and a
wallet was stolen from an unlocked
locker in the Central Campus Recre-
ation Building.
A person also reported that her
backpack was stolen from the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library, after she left
it there overnight, and a laptop com-
puter was stolen from outside the
Lawyer's Club in the Law Quad.
DPS has no suspects for any of the
incidents.
DPS search finds
student safe
The Ann Arbor Police Department
asked the DPS to verify the well-being
of a student, DPS reports state. DPS
located the student and verified the
person was safe.
Snooper roams
library, steals
from backpack
A caller from the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library reported that a sub-
ject had removed property from a
backpack, and was seen looking for
other unattended property in the
library, DPS reports state.
He was last seen headed for the
south stacks in the Shapiro Undergrad-
uate Library.
Parking lot gate
damaged by car
The gate to a University lot was
damaged by an unknown vehicle
sometime this week, according to DPS
reports.
The amount of damage was
unknown.
Juvenile center
escapee found
DPS arrested a suspect who had
escaped from the Arbor Heights Cen-
ter, according to DPS reports. The sus-
pect had walked away from the
juvenile residence facility about an
hour before.
Officer damages
car door while'
trying to unlock it
An officer damaged a car door while
attempting to unlock it Tuesday, DPS
reports state. The car was in a Univer-
sity lot.
Deposited $4,500
check bounces
A caller reported to DPS that she
allowed a friend to deposit a check for
$4,500 in her account at the University
of Michigan Credit Union. She then
withdrew $3,500 for the friend, but the
first check bounced. She now owes the
bank $3,500.
Report of stolen
wallet found to
be false alarm
A caller reported that his wallet was
stolen after he left his room in West
Quad Residence Hall unlocked for an

hour. Later, he called back to say he
discovered that he had left his wallet
in Lorch Hall, and no one had entered
his room.
LCD projector
stolen from cart
on North Campus
An LCD projector was stolen from
an unattended cart in Chrysler Center
on North Campus, DPS reports state.
The projector was valued at $3,600.
Over 30 LCD projectors have been
stolen from University buildings since
December 2000.
DPS is now offering a reward of
$1,000 for information about the
thefts.
-- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Rob Goodspeed.

By Kylene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter
Premenstrual syndrome could be a problem
long gone for the 40 percent of women who suf-
fer from it monthly thanks to a new nasal spray
being researched at the University's School of
Nursing.
A clinical trial was recently launched to test a
new compound, PH80, which is designed to
deliver a synthetic drug to the brain through a
convenient nasal spray. PH80 is designed to send
signals to the hypothalamus, an area of the brain
that controls a person's emotions, moods and
reproductive system.
Nancy Reame, professor of nursing and
research scientist, said that the spray is designed
to help the 10 to 20 percent of women who find

their PMS symptoms so unbearable that it affects
their ability to function normally in daily life.
Caused by hormonal changes during the menstru-
al cycle, PMS can affect women in a more severe
form known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder
or PMDD.
"Women who have PMS are faced with emo-
tional irritability as well as physical symptoms,"
Reame said, adding that PMS can also be a prob-
lem for healthy women of normal physiology.
LSA freshman Eric Nystrom said that he tries
not to react when he notices these changes in
women's temperaments.
"They get a little snappy in attitude, but I just
let it slide," he said.
For LSA sophomore Kim Carfore, PMS is sim-
ply something she just has to deal with.
"I get emotional and stressed out easily. Most

of the time I'll just deal with it or I'll call my
mom and cry to her about it," Carfore said.
For women with severe PMS symptoms,
Reame said a variety of treatments have been
used in attempt to alleviate discomfort.
"People have tried everything from herbal
remedies, hormone therapy and psychotherapy,"
she said. "Right now the only effective medica-
tions for combating PMS are anti-depressants
also known as (selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors) which are much more powerful drug
that is taken on a daily basis. They can also be
more costly."
Examples of SSRIs include Prozac, Paxil and
Zoloft.
The nasal spray, which is applied to each nos-
tril per application, is a short-acting drug that can
be used at the time symptoms occur. The drug is

delivered directly to receptors located just inside
the nasal cavity. It triggers a chemical signal that
is then carried up a nerve pathway to the brain.
"It would be nice to have a first level therapy
not as drastic (as SSRIs), and that is the hope we
have for this study," Ream said.
The PMS nasal spray research study calls for
women 18 to 43 years of age with severe PMS
symptoms or previously diagnosed PMDD. Signs
of PMDD include depressed.mood, anxiety or
tension, irritability, decreased interest or pleasure
in activities, difficulty concentrating, low energy,
change in appetite, overeating, increase or
decrease in sleep, feeling overwhelmed, bloating,
headache, joint or muscle pain and breast tender-
ness. These symptoms usually begin after ovula-
tion and become gradually worse until
menstruation starts.

Remains of the day

Colleges sending out
acceptance, rej ection
letters electronically

By Janet Yang
For the Daily

High school seniors who wait nervously by their
mailboxes for college acceptance letters may soon
have to turn to their computers to get the news
instead.
While many universities in the U.S. have imple-
mented the Internet into admissions through web-
site and online applications, some schools,
including Harvard University, have started sending
e-mails to students about whether they have been
accepted or rejected.
The University of Colorado at Boulder and the
University of California at Los Angeles give their
applicants a pin number, where they can look on a
website telling them whether the university has
received all the necessary information and what
stage of the review process their application is in.
They can also check whether they have been
accepted. If they have not been accepted, the site
indicates that a rejection letter is on its way.
But Ted Spencer, director of undergraduate
admissions at the University of Michigan, said the
University has no intentions of telling their appli-
cants via e-mail or a website that they have been
accepted any time soon.
"We understand that many students enjoy receiv-
ing the letter and the package, and we still think it's
important to send them that information personal-
ly," Spencer said.
Websites that show students where their applica-
tion is in the reviewing process will not be available
to University applicants either, Spencer said.
LSA freshman Jonathan Lee recalled being able

to check the status of his application for the Univer-
sity of Georgia online.
"I liked knowing that information and it would
have been useful if (the University) had that too;'
he said.
More than 27,000 incoming freshmen and trans-
fer applicants to the University currently receive e-
mails telling them that their applications have been
received, or whether part of their application is
missing.
The University has also added an online applica-
tion in the past year where students can fill out
forms online and send them via the internet.
Last December, Harvard sent electronic accept-
ance letters to their early admissions students. They
are still continuing with the process and intend to
inform its later applicants about decisions via e-
mail in April.
Although the vast majority of universities in the
U.S. have not reached that level of internet usage
with admissions, a growing number of them have
been implementing other programs.
.Starting this fall, all applicants to the University
of Dayton must apply online. Without any paper-
work, the application process becomes much sim-
pler and faster since everything is handled
electronically.
"We don't have to charge an application fee so
the students won't have to pay, and we can get
responses back to the students much more quickly,"
said an admissions representative from the Univer-
sity of Dayton.
Spencer said the University of Michigan hopes
to reach that level of internet usage with admissions
eventu'ally. "Its just a matter of time," he said.

LESLIE WARD/Daily
A Valentine's Day card lies discarded in a garbage can in East Quad Residence Hall, yesterday
afternoon. '

V-DAY.
Continued from Page 1
aware and to stay in control;' Low said.
The importance of sisterhood was
referred to both in poems and speech
from V-Day participants.
Jane Hassinger, Women's studies
professor and faculty advisor for the V-
Day college campaign, said, "We are
sisters over the globe that face the
threat of violence every day."
Though the female presence was
clearly represented, many males were
out on the Diag promoting V-Day, as
well as witnessing the events.
Engineering freshman Tommie
Mcafee said, "I feel like we need more
rallies and events like this. Being a
minority, I know it what it's like to be
underrepresented."
A V-Day forum in the Pendleton
Room of the Michigan Union followed
the rally. Representatives from various
student groups and community organi-
zations such as the newly formed
Women's Studies Association and The
Women's Center of America came to
give information to students about vol-
unteer opportunities within these groups
as well as to educate them on women's
issues.
"This forum is an arena for empow-
erment, education and awareness. It is
meant to cultivate support among
everybody," said Allison Rodenhouse,
a graduate student in the School of
Social Work and intern at The
Women's Center of America.
The forum also planned for the atten-
dees to take part in the Clothesline proj-
ect, where plain white t-shirts were
given to women to decorate according to
their experiences with violence and sex-
ual assault. The finished t-shirts were to
be hung in the lobby of Hill Auditorium
for viewing before and after the Eve
Ensler production of the Vagina Mono-
logues, the final and largest event of V-
Day.

PEEPING TOM
Continued from Page 1
resident with a gun.
In response to these incidents, the
Housing Department has made a
number of changes to increase securi-
ty in the residence halls, including
increasing the number of housing
security officers patrolling residence
halls, locking the doors 24 hours a
day, distributing safety information
and holding informational meetings.
The University Board of Regents
were briefed about residence hall secu-
rity measures yesterday at their month-
ly meeting.
The University also announced that
it will be conducting a study examin-
ing residence hall security that will be
released within the next two or three
months.
"I'd be interested in an outside opin-
ion as well," said Regent Andrea New-
man (R-Ann Arbor). "I don't think
we're doing enough."
Others have also expressed con-
cern about the security measures in
the residence halls. The father of the
18-year-old freshman assaulted in
East Quad said the University's
recent security changes should only
be the start.
"I think it's a step in the right direc-
tion, but I don't think it's enough," he
said. "On the Saturday night when my
daughter's incident occurred, the doors
were locked."
He added that current security
changes would not have necessarily
helped prevent similar assaults from
happening in the future.
"Without badges or some kind of
identification for guests, nobody knew
if they were allowed to be there or not,"
he said.
According to the briefing given to
the regents, administrators have
responded to "several dozen" parent
inquiries.

REGENTS"
Continued from Page 1
public and other board members.
"This is not a private corporation.
This is a public institution where the
power to run the University and its
board meetings is granted to the presi-
dent," Maynard said.
Instead, Maynard said she would
like to wait until there is further input
and discussion about the needs of the

board.
Michigan Student Assembly presi-
dent Matt Nolan said he is in favor of
the regents' new committees as long as
it would strengthen communication
between students and the board.
The new bylaws also allow for board
members to participate via telephone
or video conference during their
monthly regents meetings. In the past,
at least five regents had to be physical-
ly present.

THE CALENDAR
What's happening in Ann Arbor this weekend
FRIDAY Program, 10:30 a.m., Wolver-Bents Recumbent SERVICES
Kiss-In Rally; Sponsored 3048 East Hall Cyclists and Michigan Campus Information
by the Office of Lesbian, Free Screening of "El Human Powered Vehicle Centers, 764-INFO,
Gay, Bisexual and Trans- Marlachi"; Sponsored by Association; noon - 4:00 info@umich.edu, or
gender Affairs, noon, M-Flicks, 8:00 p.m., p.m., Francois Xavier www.umich.edu/-info
SS.A.F.E. Walk, 763-WALK,
Dial Natural Science Audito- Bagnoud Building, North (al hurs a h a v YeI1

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