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Sequencing of human
genomic code seen as top
By Lsa Koivu
July 3, 2000
Goss resigns after three years
as Athletic Department head
On June 26, in a trans-Atlantic
news conference held by President
Bill Clinton and British Prime Min-
ister. Tony Blair, the two announced
that the majority of the human
genome has been successfully
sequenced, a feat that has been
compared to man first walking on
The biotechnology company Cel-
era Genomics and the publicly
funded Human Genome Project had
been in competition for more than
two years, as each tried to be the
first to complete the rough draft.
Yet, both Francis Collins, Univer-
sity professor and head of the
Human Genome Project, and Celera
Chief Executive Officer J. Craig
Venter joined together at the press
conference to tell the world of their
"Science is a voyage of explo-
ration into the unknown. We are
here today to celebrate a milestone
along a truly unprecedented voyage,
this one into ourselves," Collins
said at the press conference.
According to the Human Genome
Project, a genome is all of the DNA
in an organism, including the genes.
The genes carry the proteins that
determine what an organism looks
like as well as how well the body is
able to fight off disease.
DNA is made up of four chemi-
cals, adenine, thymine, guanine and
cytosine. These chemicals are
repeated about three billion times
within the human genome and the
order of the chemicals is extremely
important, as it is this order which
makes each person different from
Jack Dixon, biological chemistry
professor, compared the lack of
information we had prior to the
sequencing to a list of parts needed
to build a car.
"Scientists are like mechanics -
they must understand how things
work. What the genome project pro-
vides us is all of the parts - a com-
plete list of everything in the car,"
"If we were writing, it would be
like writing'with only a few letters:
Now we have the whole alphabet
and are able to write novels," he
By Jeannie Baumann
and David Den Herder
Feb. 9, 2000
University President Lee Bollinger offi-
cially accepted the resignation of Athletic
Director Tom Goss yesterday, after appoint-
ing him in September 1997.
"Every decision that I have made in the
past 29 months was made from the heart
and in the best interest of the University of
Michigan and its student-athletes," said
Goss, who is scheduled to leave office at
the end of the winter athletic season in
"Not everything has been accomplished,
but a pathway has been chartered for the
next athletic director," Goss said.
Bollinger said the resignation came after
"This is a decision Tom and I have
arrived at that goes back over many months
and over many discussions," Bollinger said.
"It is far too complex for any kind of sim-
ple statement. This is the right decision for
Bollinger refused to give the specifics
behind the athletic director's departure.
But as Goss addressed his future
options, he mentioned the abruptness of
"I really haven't had the time to really
consider (my options)," Goss said. "This
just happened real quick."
Bollinger then said the months of discus-
sion pertained to the future of the Athletic
Department and not specifically to Goss'
tenure at the University. He refuted claims
that this development is an attempt by Uni-
versity administrators to exert more execu-
tive control over athletics.
"I've said from the beginning that one of
the things I would not do is run the Athlet-
ic Department," Bollinger said. "It's sim-
ply not the role of the president of the
Bollinger said he recognized the impor-
tance of deferring "in most instances to the
judgements of individual departments."
But at the same time, he stressed the
need for administrative participation in cer-
tain matters to allow for a collective deci-
"I do not want a University where vari-
ous parts simply decide how to deal with
things and the University, which we are
supposed to represent in the central
administration, is only informed about,"
A source said the NCAA's recent investi-
gation of Jamal Crawford's eligibility -
and Bollinger's unawareness of it - was a
factor in Goss' departure.
"You can take any of the issues that have
been raised in the media over the past two
or three years. Every single one of those
issues has been a collective effort on the
part of the Athletic Department and on the
part of the administration," Bollinger said.
"Take any of those issues, and you have
Near the end of this academic term,
Goss is to receive a lump sum of $280,500
and will no longer be on the University
Bollinger said he may name* an interim
director this spring and plans to form a
committee to search for the University's
tenth athletic director. The appointment
will be the second in Bollinger's three-
Athletic Director Tom Goss announces his resignation as
University President Lee Bollinger watches.
Family, f riends saddened by
sudden death of 'U' student
By Nikita Easley
Remembering her vivid imagination, sense of humor
and love of life, hundreds of friends and family attended
services yesterday for LSA freshman Courtney Cantor,
who died Friday morning after falling from her sixth-
floor residence hall window.
Investigators suspect that Cantor,
whose body was found near the loading
dock of Mary Markley Residence Hall,
may have fallen from the ladder of her y,
loft while climbing into bed.
"She had a sparkle that drew people
to her," Rabbi Harold Loss said during
yesterday's service at Ira Kaufman
Chapel in Southfield, Mich. "She taught
us lessons about living, caring for each
other and being there for each other." Cantor
The 18-year-old Chi Omega pledge from West Bloom-
field attended carry-in ceremonies at the sorority Thursday
night. She then went to a party at the Phi Delta Theta frater-
nity, where she was seen drinking alcohol. She returned to
Markley in a cab with three friends at about 3 a.m.
Cantor's roommate, LSA freshman Marni Golden, saw
her in the room after Cantor returned from the party.
Golden left the room once between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. to
go to the bathroom. Cantor, found in her nightshirt, was
taken to University Hospital Emergency Room and pro-
nounced dead at 5:48 a.m.
Through tears and shaky voices, friends and family
yesterday remembered Cantor's love, willingness to
accept challenges, loyalty as a friend and even her sense
"She was the strongest in our group, like the leader," said
LSA freshman Rebekah Parker, one of Cantor's close
friends from Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills.
"She held everything together. She was a best friend to a lot
Loss read a paper Cantor recently had finished that
demonstrated the writing talent she inherited from her
father, Detroit News columnist George Cantor. In the paper,
Cantor describes her mother, Sherry, as her "best friend"
and calls her father her "knight in shining armor."
"She had a huge capacity of giving," George Cantor said
of his daughter.
He said just a few weeks ago his daughter told him
she was intimidated by the competitive atmosphere at
the University, but said, "I can do this."
Cantor's ability to balance numerous extracurricular
activities, maintain good grades and still have fun often
mystified some of her friends.
"She knew how to budget her time and no one could
understand how she did it," said Jennifer Raznick, a high
school friend and freshman at Emory University.
Cantor "lit up a room" when she entered it, Parker said.
"She was very beautiful and always caught people's eye."
An honor student at Andover Cantor was an a'tive mem-
ber of the debate, tennis and forensic team, National Honor
Society and school newspaper staff.
She worked hard during high school so she could be
accepted at the University and be with her sister, LSA senior
"It was very important for her to go to Michigan," George
Cantor said. "She was elated last year when she found out
she was accepted."
As a resident of the Markley community, Cantor was
involved in the 21st Century Living-Learning Program.
Just more than a week ago, she accepted her bid to Chi
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Dec. 8, 2000
The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity's
national chapter officially suspended
the campus chapter yesterday after a
fraternity pledge was injured in an
alleged hazing incident.
A fraternity member allegedly shot
the pledge, who is an LSA first-year
student, in the penis at close range
with a BB gun early Monday morning.
The injured pledge was clad only in
boxer shorts at the time f the incident.
The 19-year-old victim, whose name
has not been released, was scheduled
for surgery yesterday at University
Hospital. The family has requested that
the hospital not release further infor-
mation on the victim's condition.
The incident prompted other Pi
pledges to speak out on initiation
rites they endured while pledging the
fraternity this semester. Many of the
pledges said the fraternity practices
some of the most brutal initiation
rites on campus.
Speaking on the condition of
anonymity, the pledges discussed
activities that took place in the house
this semester. Among the activities,
pledges said they were duct taped to
chairs and each other, and placed into a
bathroom for seven hours while mem-
bers of the house threw eggs into an
nen window ofthe ronm
Monday had been purchased by the
fraternity's chapter President Brad
Lundy. The president could not be
reached for comment. Pledges said the
gun was fired into the air during other
pledge activities this semester. On
Monday night, assuming the gun was
fempty, one of the pledge educators
aimed and fired at individual pledges'
eyes, temples and back before a BB
discharged from the gun, injuring the
seventh pledge in the line.
"There is resentment towards the
older brothers," a second pledge said,
but added that "it was a select few that
focused their time toward" hazing and
that he has "a positive feeling towards
most of the brothers in the house."
The group of Pi pledges said Mon-
day's shooting was not the first time a
fellow pledge needed medical attention
Two pledges were admitted to the
hospital for alcohol poisoning, and
another pledge was sent to the hospi-
tal hours before the BB gun incident
after being struck with a snowball
containing a rock during an activity
in which pledges were stripped down
to their boxers and pelted with snow-
balls by members of the house, the
Of the active fraternity member that
threw the snowball, "his only concern
(of the incident) was whether it would
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