The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 21, 2003 - 3
UHS to hold
Interested in a career in nursing?
The University of Michigan Health
System will hold a nursing career
fair in the Towsley Center of the
University Hospital from 1 to 4 p.m
The fair is open to registered
nurses, nursing students and
licensed practical nurses.
The New Hellenic Quartet will
perform in Britton Recital Hall on
North Campus Sunday, March 2nd
at 8 p.m.
Works include pieces by Riades,
Skalkottas, Mitropoulos and Sicil-
Quartet to hold
concert in March
The "legendary" Alban Berg
Quartet will perform in Rackham
Auditorium Monday, March 3 at 8
p.m. The program includes Schnit-
tke's "String Quartet No. 4" and
Beethoven's "Quartet in C-sharp
expert to speak
Greek Prof. Traianos Gagos, a
papyrology specialist, will speak on
"Rolling Stones: Economy, Society,
and Culture in Byzantine Petra," in
the Michigan League Henderson
Room Sunday at 3 p.m.
come to 'U'
Auditions for "An Evening at the
Apollo" will be held in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater today from 3
p.m. to 11 p.m. (arrival before 6).
Those who audition can win one of
10 spots for the "Apollo on Tour"
show in April.
The winner of April's show
receives $1,000 and a chance to per-
form in the Apollo Theater's Ama-
teur Night competition. Participants
should prepare a 2-minute bit.
Chicago prof to
speak on Chinese
University of Chicago Prof. Neil
Subin will give a speech titled,
"Dawn of the Age of Salamanders
in Northeast China," in 1528 C.C.
Little today at 4 p.m. The speech is
part of the Geological Sciences
Turner Lecture Series.
A2 library to hold
Richard LeSueur from Vocal Arts
Information Services wilt give a
lecture titled "Verdi and Shake-
speare" in the Ann Arbor Public
Library Multi-Purpose room Sun-
day at 3 p.m.
The speech is part of the Royal
Shakespeare Company Michigan
on elderly living
Joseph Winchester Brown of the
School of Public Health will give a
lecture titled "Health and Living
Arrangements among Elderly Per-
sons in the United States," in the
conference. room of the Population
Studies Center Monday, March 3 at
show tonight in
Carnival Da Bahia Brazil 2003,
titled "Voyage to Africa-Brazil,"
will take over the Michigan League
Ballroom tonight at 8:15 p.m. The
show focuses on Brazil's folklore
and features samba dancing per-
Local rock legend
to perform in
The legendary Cult Heroes, Ann
A rhnr'c n1dPot rocke hand that still
Rollerblading is not a crime
Fraternity awarded for service
By Allison Yang
Daily Staff Reporter
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity recently
recognized its Beta Tau chapter at the
University for completing about 7,200
hours of community service.
Casey Bourke, president of the Uni-
versity's chapter of Pike, said the fra-
ternity's history of community service
was the driving force behind their
countless hours. Pike was very strong
in community service when it was
founded 11 years ago, Bourk. said.
Members originally participated in
more than 6,000 hours per year, but two
years ago were down to 2,000 hours.
"We hadn't kept (community serv-
ice) up in the tradition we used to,"
Bourke said. "It was unacceptable, and
our brothers took it to heart. We knew
we really wanted to be part of the com-
munity, so we pumped up our chapter.
The entire house became enthusiastic
about community service. We're still
going on our hours and very excited
Brothers of the Beta Tau chapter
individually participated in about
2,000 hours of service. In total, the
chapter worked at a number of organ-
ized Pike events in the Ann Arbor and
They sponsored a car-bashing
fundraiser during the weekend of the
rivalry football game against Michigan
State. Two days per week, 15 to 20
brothers mentor children at Scarlet
Middle School in Ann Arbor. They
also volunteer with the Detroit Project,
Ronald McDonald House, K-grams,
CS. Mott Children's Hospital and
other organizations. Most recently,
Sigma Kappa sorority joined Pike at
the Brookhaven Nursing Home for a
Valentine's Day dance.
LSA freshman Mike Rudin, public'
relations chairman for the Beta Tau
chapter, said Pike sponsors parties
and participates in sports activities,
but community service plays a more
important role in the fraternity.
"Some fraternities can throw par-
ties. Others win sporting events. But
our community involvement puts a
positive spin on the Greek communi-
ty," Rudin said.
On behalf of the Beta Tau chapter,
Bourke accepted Pike's "Community
Service Award" of the Great Lakes
region at the annual Great Lakes Lead-
ership Conference held on Feb. 8 in
The University's chapter consider-
ably surpassed the other 13 chapters in
the Great Lakes region competing for
the award. The Kappa Mu chapter at
Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario
came in second place for the award
with 5,700 hours.
Rudin said winning the award over
Kappa Mu was an enormous accom-
plishment, since the Ontario chapter
won last. year's, which Pike presents
to one chapter each year for commu-
"With the amount of hours Beta Tau
has accumulated, they should definite-
ly be a front-runner for the award this
summer," Chapter Services Director
Jason Belland said.
"We have been very impressed with
the men of Beta Tau and Casey him-
self," he added. "We hope to continue
to see great things out of this chapter."
Pike stresses leadership and involve-
ment in organizations on campus in
addition to community service, which
Beta Tau has also exemplified well,
Regents discuss future budget cuts
By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
High school student Cal Martin pulls a trick on his rollerblades on the Diag
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copy of each responded to pain some-
where in the middle.
"The beauty of the gene is that it is
so frequent," said neuroscientist and
the lead author of the study Jon-Kar
Zubieta. "Fifty percent of the popula-
tion has both alleles, 25 percent has
two copies of the met allele and 25
percent has two copies of the val
The COMT enzyme metabolizes
the brain chemicals dopamine and
noradrenaline. Those with two copies
of the val allele are able to metabolize
the dopamine better than a person
with two copies of the met allele. If
enough dopamine is not metabolized,
the brain reduces the production of
enkephalins or painkillers.
What began as a study to better
understand why women were more
prone to conditions like TMJ,
fibromyalgia and depression now has
the data to explore a whole new field
of study, Watson said.
"The possibility now exists for
medical treatment and medicine to
become more personalized - treating
individuals on the basis of their own
physical and emotional responses,"
He added that in the future, the
research could provide the tools to
treat veterans of war who have been
"We're making the point that it is
not enough to look at genes and
behavior - we must look at the
brain," Zubieta said. "To fully under-
stand humans, we must understand
that which regulates over our every
thought and sensation."
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be lower in fat than the actual meat.
For example, mostaccioli is served
with and without meat in the dining
halls. A seven-ounce serving of regular
mostaccioli contains 240 calories and
eight grams of fat, but an identical serv-
ing of the vegan version, mostaccioli
with burger crumbles, contains 350 calo-
ries and 6.5 grams of fat.
Vegetarian and vegan residence hall
diners should have no problem finding
meal options to accommodate their diet,
Blackburn said - they just need to
know where to look. "We try to have
plant sources of protein at every meal,"
she said, adding that the "veggie bar" is
the best place to find vegan alternatives.
"We are very much customer-driven.
If enough students ask for it, we'll find a
way to make it work," Blackburn said,
adding that cost has not been a factor in
planning menus. She said that in gener-
al, vegan meals are less expensive than
meals containing meat.
Some prospective students have had
serious concerns about the University's
ability to accommodate their vegetarian
or vegan diet. Blackburn said students
and parents have approached her during
orientation with questions about the
selection and availability of vegetarian
and vegan-friendly meals.
"We've had relatively few complaints
from vegetarians, which leads me to
believe we're meeting their needs,"
Blackbunrn said The met eterC ar
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"There are a lot of misconceptions
about women in Islam," said LSA junior
Lena Masri, an organizer of last night's
"The situations of women in Muslim
countries such as Afghanistan and Saudi
Arabia ... their situation is used as a
representation of what Islam really is,
but their situation is not representative
of what Islam is really about, and we
brought this speaker in to help correct
these misconceptions," Masri said.
LSA junior Mike Medow said he
attended last night's event to achieve a
better understanding of the role of
women within Islamic society.
"I took away a desire to learn
more about the topic because I think
it's really crucial that those of us
outside of the Islamic community
get a better understanding of how
gender relations exist within Islam. I
think there's a lot of misconceptions
and we have to open up some more
space for dialogue," he said.
Medow added that he found the
event very informative but found
some of the textual references rather
difficult to follow.
"It provided a lot of textual evidence
for how Islam views the position of
women as far as referencing different
parts of the Qu'ran, but for myself who's
not a student of Islam, it was hard to
understand because there was a lot of
Arabic used," he said.
LSA freshman Wajeeha Shuttari said
she enjoyed hearing about the rights
women have in Islam and how they can
make a difference. She said she was
glad the event was open to the whole
community because it gave people a
chance to "see what Muslims are about
"I think it's a good idea for people
outside the Muslim community to
visit because it's a really beneficial
way for people to learn about Islam,"
she said. "You'll get a totally differ-
ent perspective about Islam if you
come see it for yourself."
She added that women in Islam
are given rights, and that those rights
are clearly stated in Islamic law. For
people who wonder what Muslim
women think about their roles in
Islamic society, she said "I think
they have to come and talk to a Mus-
lim women about how she partici-
pates in society, what her duties are
as a Muslim woman and I think
they'd be surprised."
The chance to learn more about
issues of oppression and freedom for
women in Islam and Muslim culture
brought RC junior Jenny Lee to hear
Webb teach last night.
Lee said she feels more acquaint-
ed with some of the basis for gender
relations in the Quran as a result of
attending the event, but said she
would also be interested in hearing
about these issues from a woman's
"Tonight reinforced for me that
there's a lot of depth and complexi-
ty to the Quran and the religion of
Islam and the Western feminist per-
spective towards women shouldn't
necessarily be applied to women in
Islam without an understanding of
Despite reassurances from financial
institutions of the University's healthy
credit rating, Provost Paul Courant said
at yesterday's Board of Regents meet-
ing that administrators and department
heads are still "planning for the possi-
bility of (budget) cuts up to $55 mil-
lion" for next year.
Moody and Standard and Poor's
announced the University's "borrowing
rates should be very low due to our
financial health," Regent David Bran-
don (R-Ann Arbor) said.
Yet the discussion centered around
budget cuts, after Gov. Jennifer
Granholm's executive order Wednes-
day increased state higher education
appropriations cuts from 2 to 3.5 per-
cent. Moreover, Courant said the Uni-
versity's budget may be reduced by up
to an additional $42.3 million next
year. President Mary Sue Coleman
said administrators are already plan-
ning for potential cuts next year, but
still have much work ahead.
"We have to strike the right balance to
guarantee the quality that we have
always had here, while we minimize the
tuition burden for our students and fami-
lies as much as possible,' Coleman said.
Courant said financial aid programs
will not be affected, and maintaining
education quality will be the Universi-
Administrative units will be asked
to reduce their budgets by 6.5 per-
cent and academic units by 6 per-
cent, Courant said.
"Each of our units will share in
the cuts, and deans and directors
will have flexibility in determining
with the central administration how
best to absorb the shortfall while
still managing our teaching and
research functions," he said.
At the meeting Courant also suggest-
ed 12 additional steps administrators can
take to cut costs, including eliminating
non-essential travel, lengthening equip-
ment replacement cycles, conserving
electricity and increasing the enrollment
limits of some classes.
Courant added the University will
not be able to weather the cuts without
laying off some employees.
In addition to cutting costs, the Uni-
versity will have to raise tuition by
some amount and seek more alumni
donations, Regent Larry Deitch (D-
Bingham Farms) said.
At the meeting, recipients of the
2003 Henry Russel Awards, given to
junior faculty, were also announced.
Dentistry Prof. William Giannobile,
Medical Prof. Scott Hollister, microbi-
ology Prof. Denise Kirschner, human
genetics Prof John Moran and chemi-
cal engineering Prof. Michael
Solomon received honors.
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Currently, all University-owned
hicles, including the 43 buses
th diesel engines use the bio-
esel and ultra-low sulfur fuel.
Bio-diesel alone produce 20 per-
nt less emissions for the vehicle,
.t other changes have also been
Ide to make the buses even more
Particulate traps, which trap and
rn the particles that would ordi-
rily be exhausted into the air,
luce the total emissions by anoth-
85 percent. In order to use partic-
te traps, the buses must also use
el with reduced amounts of sulfur.
ith mixed bio-diesel and ultra-low
Ifur fuel going into the engine and
wer harmful particles coming out,
e buses produce 90 percent less
nissions than they would by run-
ng on standard diesel fuel.
Eighteen of the University's 43 buses
Trently use particulate traps, and plans
:converting the rest are underway. The
pense of converting a bus to being
mpatible with particulate traps is
out $12,000, and the fuel itself costs
average of 20 cents more per gallon.
The University is a national leader
the area of environmentally-con-
ious public transportation, Cun
"We have the largest fleet of any uni-
rsity for alternative fuel vehicles. And
have the largest such fleet in the state
Michigan," he added.
The decision to use the new fuel came
>m five years of research done by a
rmmittee for the University's Depart-
ent of Transportation composed of
ofessors, health officials and environ-
entally-concerned citizens, Cunning-
"We wanted the most environmentally
1e vehicles that would meet our serv-
e demands,"he said.
"These buses run cleaner than every-
ing but electric- and fuel cell- powered
The alternative fuel system turned out
be the best fit for the department's
:ed, but there are still hopes for even
eaner engines to be used, Cunningham
d. "We are looking at hybrid electrics
id ultimately fuel cells," he said.
The alternative fuel that the Universi-
buses use is a logical step toward safer
igines, but the sights of manufacturers
1 over the country are set on fuel cells,
id civil and environmental engineering
rof. Walter Weber. "It's an attractive
Bio-diesel is a good resource for pub-
c transportation, ships and trains,
eber said, but there is little chance of
eing it used in cars.
"There's no infrastructure nresent for
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