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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 30, 2003 - 3A

MSU sophomore diagnosed
with bacterial meningitis

Candle fuels tiny
blaze in Mosher-
Jordan, no injuries.

By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter

DPS reports state that a small
fire occurred in Mosher-Jordan
Residence Hall Sunday night. A
resident of MoJo started the fire
while cleaning a dish with iso-
propyl alcohol and accidentally
knocking over the dish and a can-
dIe. The student used a fire extin-
guisher to put out the fire. The
building was evacuated, but no one
was reported injured.
Irate man's car
damaged at local
parking structure
An "irate" man complained to
Parking Services Monday afternoon
that someone was dropping a park-
ing gate arm on his vehicle while at
Thayer Carport. DPS ruled that the
incident occurred off-campus, but
later concluded the confrontation
took place at the parking deck on
Liberty Street.
Sleeping man's
jacket stolen at
Media Union
A man reported his coat had been
stolen while he was sleeping in the
Media Union Monday night.
According to DPS reports, both the
man's black coat and blue gloves
were stolen. DPS has no suspects.
Dorm snack bar
robbed, money
stolen from safe
An unidentified person stole
money from the South Quad Resi-
dence Hall snack bar safe last week-
end, but the incident was not
reported until Tuesday afternoon.
According to DPS reports, the thief
stole a $46.02 deposit. DPS has no
suspects at this time.
Tips stolen from
Cancer Center
Java Coast cup
An employee of the Cancer Cen-
ter Java Coast reported that the
shop's tip cup was stolen Tuesday
afternoon. The tip cup reportedly
contained'$15 to $20, DPS reports
state. Java Coast employees did not
see who stole the cup. DPS has no
Parked car hit by
speeding bus in
bad weather
A bus hit a parked car on State
Street Tuesday night, causing exten-
sive damage to the left rear of the
car. DPS reports state the bus driver
was ticketed for speeding in danger-
ous weather conditions.
Man mars East
Quad bathroom
with red paint
A man allegedly painted "open
the door" across a men's restroom
door in East Quad Residence Hall
late Tuesday night. DPS reports
state the man was apprehended but
gave a false ID. The subject also
had a bench warrant from DPS for
violating probation. While DPS
officers were calling in the warrant
check, the subject fled the scene.
Unchained desktop
computer reported

missing, stolen
A desktop computer was stolen
from the Art and Architecture Build-
ing by an unknown person between
last Monday and Wednesday night.
According to DPS reports, the com-
puter was unsecured to the site. DPS
has no suspects.
Suspicious person
bothers students
near Mason Hall
A caller reported a non-Universi-
ty subject "hanging around" the
outside of Mason Hall Tuesday
afternoon. According to DPS
reports, the person was standing
near the door bothering students.
Soon after DPS arrived, the person
left the area.
Drunk, cursing
man arrested for
.-. -

A female journalism sophomore was diagnosed with an
infection from meningococcal bacteria, making her the sev-
enth documented case of meningococcal disease at Michi-
gan State University since 1996.
The student, who lives on the ninth floor of South Hub-
bard Hall, was admitted to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing
last Thursday and diagnosed with meningococcal sep-
ticemia, a form of bacterial meningitis that infects the
Hospital officials are withholding the student's name and
condition at the family's request.
Meningitis, which causes 300 deaths in the United States
each year, can be caused by a virus or bacteria and creates
inflammation of the brain and spinal chord's lining. While
patients with viral meningitis usually recover without treat-
ment, bacterial meningitis can result in brain damage, loss
of limbs and death.
The disease is spread through close contact with secre-
tions from the nose and mouth. Many physicians said col-
lege students are particularly at risk due to close living
conditions and poor hygiene.
"College students are living so close together - sharing
foods and drinks, kissing, sharing cigarettes.and not prac-
ticing very healthy habits," said Carly Paul, community
wellness manager for the University. "The best advice we
can give is practicing good hygiene, washing hands, getting
enough sleep and eating well."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recom-
mend that all freshmen living in residence halls consider
getting vaccinated, University Health Services director
Robert Winfield said. While one in 100,000 people in the
general U.S. population develop meningococcal disease,
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"Unfortunately for this
student, a vaccine would not
have prevented her illness"
- Carly Paul
University community wellness manager
infection is highest among first-year students living in resi-
dence halls, with a rate of five out of 100,000.
"The cost of the vaccine is high and disease is rare, but it
can prevent about 80 percent of the cases, so I think it's
worth it," said Kathi Braunlic, communications and plan-
ning coordinator for the Olin Health Center in Lansing.
Vaccines are available that help prevent four out of the
five types of bacterial meningococcal diseases. Available at
UHS since 1999, the vaccine is administered as an injection
into the arm, lasting from three to five years and costing
about 75 dollars. The fifth type that the Michigan State stu-
dent contracted does not yet have a vaccine, but is treatable
with antibiotics.
"Unfortunately for this student, a vaccine would not have
prevented her illness," Paul said. "She is infected with
strain B which is rare."
The last documented case of meningococcal disease at
the University was in 1995.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease include stiffness in
the neck, fever, confusion and sudden, headaches and can
develop over several hours or may take 1 to 3 days.
Because the disease progresses so quickly, early detec-
tion is crucial for treatment to be administered effectively.
"The most important thing is to come in early if you are
experiencing symptoms," Winfield said.

Continued from Page 1A
graduation, he said that he felt the war
was "basically over oil and not pre-
serving (the Iraqi) way of life."
"We need to let Bush realize that
not everyone is supporting the war,"
Stott said.
Jeff Smith of Grand Rapids, one
of the rally's organizers, came with
the People's Alliance for Justice and
Change. "We're here to try to get
the city of Grand Rapids to pass an
anti-war resolution and to promote
a state-wide march on February
15th in Lansing," Smith said. Ann
Arbor passed an anti-war resolution
in December, following in the foot-
steps of Detroit and Traverse City.
Although the overwhelming majori-
ty of the crowd was anti-war, about 15

or 20 people came out to support Pres-
ident Bush and his policies. The two
groups sometimes chanted the same
cheer - "U.S.A."
Lloyd Selover of Holland, who
carried a sign that read "Bless Our
Troops," affirmed his admiration for
Bush. "I support the President. I
trust the man and his leadership in
general. I don't really think he's
going to wage war, unless it's as a
last resort," Selover said.
Kathy Williams of Kent City,
whose husband was killed last year
in active duty, also praised the
"The media is constantly showing
anti-war supporters," Williams said.
"I want to show Bush he has support-
ers. I'm supporting the move of the
U.S. It's about oppression of the Iraqi

The Sociology Department and the
American Culture Program present...
Monday, February 3 * 3:30 P.M.
Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room
"Facing Diversity: American Identity
and the New Challenges of
Religious and Cultural Pluralism"
The "cultural work" that ordinary Americans
engage in to make sense of people whose religious
traditions are radically different from their own.
- 3:00 P.M. RECEPTION -
Also, the Morikawa Lectureship presents...
"Christianity in the Third Millennium:
Seven Major Trends"
Sunday, February 2 * 4:00 p.m.
at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor
For information e-mail tjmcginn@cdcpi.com

Prof Wuthnow is the
Director of Princeton's
Center for the Study of
Religion, Editor-at-Large
of Christian Century
and current President,
Society for the Scientific
Study of Religion.

rdtt & pce

Updated computing capabilities
are on the way for staff and students
as the University Library adopts a
new online management system,
replacing the current software that
has been in place for over 15 years.
NOTIS, the software implement-
ed in 1987 to operate the Michigan
Research Library Network, or MIR-
LYN, is no longer being supported
by its original vendor, said Barbara
MacAdam, head of reference and
instruction of the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library. It will be
replaced by new software from Ex
Libris, a worldwide supplier of soft-
ware for libraries.
"The new system will integrate
all our digital resources much bet-
ter," MacAdam said.
In addition to increasing system
efficiency, the software update
promises versatility in searching
and viewing results.
"You will be able to search and
view the results in the vernacular of
more than 20 languages, such as
Chinese, Japanese, Korean and
Hebrew," MacAdam said.
Another feature of the new sys-
tem, she said, will be the ability to
search library catalogs, electronic
journals and other databases at the
same time.
"It appears the easier we make it
for students to find our collections
and services through technology, the
more students use the library and all
its resources," MacAdam said.
According to focus groups and
surveys conducted by the University
Library, use of the online catalog
increased 19 percent from 1998 to
LSA Freshman Akshay Patel said
he feels the University's online serv-
ices are already easy and efficient.
"I feel more comfortable using the
computing services because of the
user-friendly environment," he said.
The University Library is also
making initiatives in student servic-
es. "Ask us Now," a recently intro-
duced reference service, uses
instant-messaging to allow students
to get immediate help from a librar-
ian while working online.
To help students map out a
research strategy and evaluate the
information they find, the library
will offer a new service titled
MacAdam said the new manage-
ment system will take about 18 months
to implement and will most likely be
fully operational by Fall 2004.

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