The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 3, 2002 - 3
Plastic surgery rises among young people
'U' Maryland fans
riot after winning
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Pepper
spray, tear gas, mounted police and riot
gear didn't deter a melee of University
of Maryland fans from assaulting police,
looting stores and starting bonfires on
the campus and in downtown College
Park Monday night. Police were repeat-
edly taunted by fans who mooned them,
pranced in front of them and slowly sur-
rounded them from all sides on Route 1
between R.J. Bentley's and Subway.
Police were told to wait until they
judged the situation as unsafe for cele-
brators before they moved into the thou-
sand-wide crowd on Route 1 to disperse
fans, said Col. David Mitchell, superin-
tendent for the Maryland State Police.
When they did move in on the crowd,
fans on Route 1 climbed a tree outside
of Smoothie King and broke off large
branches to hurl at about 20 officers on
horseback and a line of riot-gear clothed
police, in addition to the bottles, glass
and trash they were already throwing.
There were about a half dozen arrests
and no major injuries to students or
police said Col. David Mitchell, superin-
tendent for the Maryland State Police.
About 20 injuries were reported Monday
night. At least three police officers were
UC program helps
LOS ANGELES - Two years ago,
a new program for universities in Cal-
ifornia told high school seniors that if
they placed in the top of their high
school class, they would have guaran-
teed admission to one of the 10 Uni-
versity of California campuses.
The results are in: in the last two
years, the system has seen modest
increases in the numbers of underrep-
resented students applying and the
doubling of applicants from rural
areas in the state. The program intend-
ed to benefit both groups of students
Eligibility in the Local Context -
also known as the 4 percent plan -
passed through the Board of Regents in
1999, granting admission to students in
the top four percent of their high school
class based on UC-required courses,
though not necessarily at the campus of
ELC went into effect with the
freshman class of fall 2001, and
after two years of existence, the
number of applicants to the UC
under the plan increased by 20 per-
cent, from 9,110 for 2001 to 10,905
for 2002. ELC was designed to cre-
ate a path to the UC for students
attending under-performing high
schools in the state, who satisfy
academic requirements but do not
fall into the 12.5 percent segment
because of low school quality.
Penn State backs
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Despite opposition from citizens, the
State College Borough Council voted
Monday night to have a plan estab-
lished that would call for the install-
ment of video surveillance cameras
Many Pennsylvania State Universi-
ty students stood up and addressed the
council in opposition of the proposal.
"I would like to publicly state that
I am opposed to this. I firmly
believe that this is an invasion of
privacy," Penn State student Kris
Cameras give the borough too much
power, as the borough would decide
when the cameras would be turned on
and used, he said. This power also alien-
ates the students from the borough,
"Many students do see this as a
threat, and many students do see this as
an alienation," he added.
Members of the council had mixed
reaction to the students' comments.
"You can feel safer walking down the
street knowing that no one is going to
attack you," council member James
The cameras would not be installed
simply to prevent future riots; they
would be installed to prevent all crime
and would affect all people walking in
the area, he added.
- Compiled from U- Wire reports by
Daily Staff Reporter Maria Sprow
By Shoshana Hurand
Daily Staff Reporter
An increasing number of teenagers and young
adults are turning to cosmetic procedures to
improve their looks. According to the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients under the age
of 19 made up 4 percent of the total plastic surgery
operations for cosmetic purposes in 2000 - up 2
percent since 1996. The number of cosmetic sur-
gery patients between the ages of 19-34 rose from
188,441 in 1996, to 320,830 in 2000.
ASPS spokeswoman LaSandra Cooper said
while the organization does not have a formal posi-
tion on cosmetic surgery for teens, the decision to
move forward with a procedure is influenced by the
patient's emotional and physical maturity.
"Without a measure of emotional maturity and
an understanding of the limitations of plastic sur-
gery, an unstable teen may not be able to take full
advantage of the opportunities offered by a surgical
procedure," she said in written statement. "Certain
milestones in grown and physical maturity must be
achieved before undergoing plastic surgery."
Potential patients, regardless of age, may hope
to gain self-esteem and confidence by altering
physical characteristics, which they see as imper-
fect, she added.
LSA sophomore Melissa Freeman said she
believes University students go through with plastic
surgery because, "They have this image of what
people should look like because of the media."
"It increases your self-esteem," Michelle Persin,
an LSA sophomore said. Although she said she has
never seriously considered plastic surgery, Persin
also said she is not completely against it. "If I
thought that I needed something I wouldn't be
immediately opposed to it," she added.
But other students disagree with the practice of
"People need to stop listening to the media
about what they should look like," LSA junior Judi
Kwon said. "Look around at what the real people
look like, not what magazines portray."
David Griffenhagen, chief administrative officer
of the Michigan-based Center for Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery, said people undergo cos-
metic procedures to improve their appearances
while reconstructive surgery can include this pur-
pose as well as medical reasons.
"In terms of cosmetic procedures, the most pop-
ular (among youths) are rhinoplasty, liposuction,
breast augmentation and breast reduction. The
highest volume of procedures for this group is mole
removal, which is a reconstructive procedure," Grif-
The costs of plastic surgery can also influence a
person's decision to a undergo cosmetic operation.
Because reconstructive surgery is'often done to
improve a patient's health, insurance will generally
cover the costs. But procedures that are strictly cos-
metic are not covered by insurance.
The ASPS reported in 2000 that the average cost
of breast augmentation was $3,116, nose reshaping
was $2,852 and liposuction was $1,985.
"I think affordability is probably a big aspect"
Kwon said. She added that some people are will-
ing to work and save their money for an extended
period of time in order to undergo a cosmetic
Regardless of the costs, the practice of cosmetic
surgery on teens does appear to be growing. Abby
Slovin, an LSA freshman, said several people at
Plainview High School in Long Island underwent
these types of procedures.
"It's pretty much the same on all of Long Island,"
Slovin said. She heard many stories of parents giv-
ing their children cosmetic surgery for special
events such as graduation and birthdays.
"It's kind of trendy," she added.
World Bank official pushes
for. globalization reforms
By Soojung Chang
Daily Staff Reporter
"How can we build a safer world?" is the question Paul
Collier of the World Bank tried to answer yesterday More
specifically, he addressed the issue of civil war and what can
be done to reduce its incidence internationally
Today's post-Sept. 11 atmosphere made Collier's keynote
especially relevant, as he noted the link between civil war,
poverty and the incidence of global terrorism.
"Why did the al-Qaida choose
Afghanistan?" he asked. Collier said
Afghanistan is a "civil war environ-
ment in which there is large chunks
of territory outside the control of the
recognized government," which pro-
vides a safe haven for international
Collier first outlined the economic,
social, political and historical causes
of civil war, which he deduced from a A
statistical analysis of past civil wars in Collier
history. From these causes, he pin-
pointed several risk factors involved in the incidence of civil
More important than a group's motive to rebel is whether
it has the means to do so, Collier said. He noted that civil
wars are difficult to organize and require massive amounts
of revenue to sustain employees and expensive equipment.
Collier proposed several angles of reform that address his
risk factors for the incidence of civil war. "Over five years
of sustained policy reform, aid, and better market access
will bring down those risks by about a third," he said.
His suggested reforms centered on addressing aid and
trade policy both during and after civil conflicts. He also
"We've got a massive
misalignment of international
World Bank official
suggested increased governance of primary commodities, a
major source of revenue for many rebels and better regula-
tion of international armaments.
"We've got a massive misalignment of international poli-
cy," he said about the current state of affairs. Collier said
there has been too much emphasis on military deterrence.
"We're at a point where the international policy discourse
needs to be better informed, and the places that will provide
that elevated discourse is the universities," he said.
Collier's keynote was a part of an ongoing series at the
University titled "Globalization's Challenge to the Research
University: Engaging Multilateral Institutions."
Sioban Harlow, associate director of the International
Institute, described the series as "an effort to engage across
multiple disciplines across the University as we raise these
larger questions about the role of multilateral institutions
in a globalizing world."
The series is supported by a grant from the Ford Foun-
dation to the International Institute, and was sponsored by
a diverse range of University departments and schools.
"It's up to the University to provide the opportunity
for our community to learn about the current and
emerging direction (of the World Bank) and to raise our
perspectives and concerns with people from the Bank,"
Sarah Boot is sworn as new MSA President last night by Central Student Judiciary
Chief Justice Steven Couch.
Nolan conducts last
mgeeting pror to
Boot tkn office
transition and progress
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
Within minutes of being sworn in
as the new Michigan Student
Assembly president at last night's
MSA meeting, Sarah Boot was
already working to make the transi-
tion easier for all MSA representa-
Boot urged the representatives to
begin working on their projects as
soon as possible, and she set up 15-
minute appointments with each of
"I'm really excited to have you
here and I think we'll get some
amazing things done," she said.
New MSA Vice President Dana
Glassel addressed the assembly after
Boot, saying she had a difficult time
understanding how MSA functioned
when she first became a representa-
tive. She said she hopes to avoid
such problems by providing advice
Glassel added that if representa-
tives put aside their party back-
grounds, MSA will be able to get
many projects accomplished for the
"Each one of you guys is just as
capable of working with the admin-
istration," she said.
Boot and Glassel were sworn in
by Steven Couch, the Chief Justice
of the Central Student Judiciary,
after former MSA President Matt
Nolan coordinated one final meet-
ing, which was mostly devoted to
thanking the 'executive officers and
representatives who have served on
MSA for the past year.
But before Nolan handed the
gavel over to Boot, he warned the
assembly about avoiding political
disputes in his final presidential
Nolan reviewed MSA's 101-year
history to point out that many polit-
ical parties have come and gone,
and that the only reason so many of
these parties have existed is
because many students have wanted
to be involved in MSA.
These party differences should
not stop people from accomplishing
their goals, Nolan said.
"They all campaign on the same
things and they all want to do the
same stuff," he said. Putting aside
political differences is especially
important because many of these
parties have disbanded after only a
few semesters, and MSA's annual
turnover has been fairly high, Nolan
"You guys have a very short time
to get done what you want to do,
and to waste time ... it's ridiculous,"
Nolan also took the opportunity
to praise the assembly one final
time, saying the work an average
committee has done this year is
comparable to the accomplishments
of the entire MSA when he joined
two and a half years ago.
"The people in this room right
now, I can say unequivocally, with-
out a doubt, have a much higher
knowledge of how the campus
works than two and a half years
ago," he said.
Former MSA Vice President Jes-
sica Cash personally thanked each
MSA representative in her final
Leading their first MSA meeting,
Boot and Glassel were presented
with several resolutions. MSA voted
to approve funding for Earth Week,
renewed the Campus Improvement
Taskforce Initiative and condemned
recent racist remarks chalked on the
Diag a few weeks ago. MSA also
allocated $200 to the Peace and Jus-
tice Commission to make anti-
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