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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 4, 2003 - 3


Hunger coalition simulates homelessness

cancer research
at Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society
will be holding "Relay for Life," a
fundraiser for cancer research, at
Palmer Field starting at 10 a.m.
tomorrow and ending Sunday at 10
a.m. Events include the "Quarter
for a Cure" event tomorrow at 8
p.m., which is open to the public.
Participants will try to line the track
with quarters. The Luminaria Cere-
mony will take place at 9 p.m.
Tuba ensemble
and euphonium
will hold concert
The University of Michigan Eupho-
nium and Tuba Ensemble will perform
in Britton Recital Hall Sunday at 3
p.m. They will perform selections by
Berlioz and Wagner.
Southeast Asian
night to feature
ethnic food
The Thai Students Association,
Permias and Vietnamese Students
Association will be holding a
. Southeast Asian night in the
William Monroe Trotter House Sun-
day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The night
will include food from various
Southeast Asian countries and a
contest with prizes.
Steven Davis will
conduct band
The University of Michigan Con-
cert Band, conducted by Steven
Davis, will perform in the Michigan
Theater Monday at 8 p.m. Selec-
tions include works by Dietz, Han-
son, Daugherty, Halvorsen,
Grainger and Press.
Learn the mambo
at salsa night
Leonardo's will hold a salsa night
Friday starting at 9 p.m. Profession-
al dance teachers will teach the
bachata, cha cha cha, mambo and
Speech will focus
on Roman dining
Classical archeology and classics
Prof. Susan Alcock will give a speech
titled "Power Lunches in the Eastern
Roman Empire" in the Pendleton
Room of the Michigan Union today at
4:10 p.m. The speech will explore
Roman eating habits and how they
affected Greek life.
causation to be
discussed at talk
Massachusetts Institute of Technol-
ogy philosophy Prof. Ned Hall will
speak on "The Intrinsic Character of
Causation" in room 3406 of Mason
Hall today at 3 p.m.
Performance to
feature piano,
dance improv
Svetozar Ivanov, a guest pianist,
will perform in Britton Recital Hall
Monday at 8 p.m. The performance
will feature a dance improvisation by
Peter Sparling titled, "Short Stories."
Ivanov will perform works by Cowell,
Crumb, Scriabin and Feldman.

Speech to focus
on creation of
global society
Philosophy Prof. Daniel Little, the
Dearborn campus's Chancellor, will give
a speech titled "Towards a Global Civil
Society" in room 1636 of the School of
Social Work Building today at 2 p.m.
His speech will finish the "Globaliza-
tion's Critical Connections: Research,
Responsibility and Practice" lecture
Prof will lecture
about magma
Ian Carmichael from the Univer-
sity of California at Berkley will
speak in room 1528 of the C.C. Lit-
tle Building today at 4 p.m. about
"Experiments, Thermodynamics
and the Evolution of Magmas."
Correspondent will
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By Sara Eber
Daily StaffReporter
Despite a windchill below 30 degrees, the
Hunger Cleanup Coalition began their weekend last
night with the Hunger Sleep-out, simulating the
experience of a homeless life by camping out on
the Diag. The Sleep-out kicked off the coalition's
weekend of community service, culminating on
Sunday with the actual Hunger Cleanup - a day of
assisting local shelters.
Comprised of over 20 student groups, the coali-
tion seeks to unite the University community
through community service, said Rachel Chapin,
coordinator of the event. SNRE junior Han-Ching

Lin, also a coordinator, said, "We felt like a lot
of groups on campus had barriers (between
them). What a better way to unite people than
service.... Who doesn't want to fight hunger?"
As residents of Ann Arbor, coalition participants
see the effects of homelessness frequently. "Walk-
ing out of East Quad every day, I see a lot of home-
less people and they all ask me for money, and I
don't really know what to do," Chapin said, an RC
sophomore. "It really bothers me, so maybe this
will open up people's eyes to what they can do."
Chapin also said that the diversity of participants
adds a special element to the project.
"Sometimes you forget that you're part of a larg-
er community than just the University," she said.

"It's really nice to be able to work with other stu-
dent groups for this cause."
RC freshman Pam Baker said there needs to be
more awareness on campus about these issues.
"I think that there are a multitude of factors that
cause hunger and homelessness, so it's important
that, as students from diverse backgrounds, we con-
sider all the different factors that lead to poverty
and inequality so that we can consider more inno-
vative solutions," she said.
The coalition is expecting an estimated 100 peo-
ple to work at various shelters Sunday, performing
various hands-on services. "We're doing work for
them that they would otherwise have to pay for, and
this way people can get a direct experience and see

the face of (homelessness)," Chapin said.
Prior to the Sleep-out, the participants went
through an educational activity to prepare them for
Sunday's events. They viewed a documentary, "Lis-
ten," created by two RC students last year, which
depicted the lives of homeless people in Ann Arbor.
In order to better understand possible causes of
homelessness, they also watched Michael Moore's
documentary, "Roger and Me," the story of the
General Motors layoffs in Flint.
The coalition held several events earlier this year,
including the Hunger Banquet in February. The
group also raised $1,000 through its meal sacrifice
initiative, where students living in residence halls
could forgo their meal and donate the proceeds.

Sweet Fem Fair

'U' students honored with
Goldwater scholarship

By Jonathan Hop
and Brian Lundin
For the Daily
According to the Barry M. Goldwater Schol-
arship, some of the future leaders of science and
technology are right here at the University.
LSA sophomore Christopher Hayward and
LSA senior Bethany Percha of Walled Lake are
the two University recipients, among 300 other
winners nationwide. Hayward and Percha will
now join more than 36 other University Goldwa-
ter scholars. "It is extraordinarily competitive,"
said Gerald Smith, a representative of the Gold-
water Scholarship Awards.
"We have had years where Northwestern and
(the) University of Chicago did not get any and
they wondered why." Smith added that the Uni-
versity consistently has a high number of Gold-
water scholars year after year.
Percha, who is from Walled Lake, has a
double concentration in chemistry and
physics. In the past, she has researched alter-
native energy sources, developing hydrogen
energy and fuel cell technology. '
Hayward is a sophomore studying physics,
mathematics and astronomy. He said he wants to
pursue a career in theoretical astrophysics, and
said this award can only bolster his career.

"I hope to do research. I hope to become a
university professor or a government
researcher," Hayward said.
"It almost guarantees you into getting into any
graduate school. You get a $15,000 scholarship
for junior and senior year," Hayward, a Shelby
Township native said. Hayward said the success
was not his alone. "It is not just an individual
effort, it is a group effort," he said.
The scholarship was established to honor the
late Barry Goldwater, a senator from Arizona
and unsuccessful presidential candidate. "What
we are looking for is outstanding students, and
we get them," Smith said. "It is a stepping stone
to very prestigious fellowships."
Goldwater scholars have an average G.P.A.
of 3.97, and many students pursue two or
three majors in very tough areas, Smith
added. The scholarship is strictly for provid-
ing funds for academically outstanding stu-
dents in the fields of science, mathematics,
computer science and engineering. "We spend
all our money on the scholarships. We run a
tight ship," Smith said.
Many Goldwater scholars continue on to other
prestigious fellowships, such as the Marshall
Awards or the Rhodes Scholars programs. In the
history of the foundation, 3,962 students have
received approximately $39 million in funds.

N The history note about former Daily editor Martin Hirschman on page 3 of Tuesday's Daily
should have included that the report was an April Fool's joke.

Michigan Student Assembly President Angela Gilardi enjoys cotton candy with
Engineering sophomore Anita Leung at yesterday's Fem Fair on the Diag.


Researchers: New gene therapy
may help with blocked arteries

The treatment is for
patients suffering from
peripheral arterial disease
By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter
New research shows that a treat-
ment aimed at helping patients with
blocked leg arteries fails to improve
their conditions. But a University
cardiologist says that similar treat-
ments currently being tested may
one day succeed.
Run by the University Cardiovascular
Center, phase II of the RAVE trial tested
the efficacy of an injection of a gene
into the leg to encourage the growth of
new blood vessels. The injections were
given to 105 patients suffering from
peripheral arterial disease.
Partly the result of high choles-
terol and high blood pressure, PAD
is the hardening and clogging of the
blood vessels in the leg - the same
condition that can cause heart
attacks. The disease affects two mil-
lion Americans.
While the study showed the injec-
tion had no side effects, it also
revealed that there was no significant
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Besides domestic security funds, both
bills contained more than $62 billion for
the Pentagon and roughly $8 billion for
aid to countries supporting U.S. efforts
overseas. Included was money for
replacing satellite-guided munitions, set-
ting up a tribunal to try Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein for alleged war crimes
and letting state and local agencies bol-
ster security at home.
The House plan came to $77.9 billion,
the Senate's nearly $80 billion as it grew
throughout the day with amendments.
The money is for the next six months
and would come from enlarging federal
deficits, which could approach $400 bil-
lion this year and next.
Though victory loomed, the
administration found itself having
to lobby legislators at both ends of
the Capitol to control their anger at
erstwhile U.S. allies who have
impeded the war effort.
The White House is reluctant to
antagonize any countries that may play a
postwar role in Iraq for reconstruction,
humanitarian aid or neacekeeping or in

improvement in the patients compared
to that provided by the placebo, or
dummy treatment.
The trial is the largest such trial on
PAD ever conducted.
"We measured the walking distances
of the patients on treadmills before they
were given the treatment, and then again
after 12 weeks of receiving the injec-
tions," said cardiologist Sanjay
Rajagopalan, the study's principal inves-
Results showed that 12 weeks after
receiving a one-time set of 20 injec-
tions of the gene for vascular
endothelial growth factor, patients
who received both the high and low
injections could walk an average of
1.6 and 1.5 minutes longer, in com-
parison to placebo patients who could
walk 1.7 minutes longer.
"Unfortunately, the results were
negative, showing that this exact
type of approach is ineffectual,"
Rajagopalan said.
But, he stressed that though this
particular study was unsuccessful,
the entire area of gene transfer is
still in its infancy and shows signs
of being a very useful treatment in
the future.
"Gene transfer is a very attractive

alternative to treatments like insulin,
which has to be taken every day,"
Rajagopalan said. "It triggers growth
that would continue to work for a
while, which is much more efficient."
The research was conducted in 30
centers across the United States from
1999 to 2002 and examined PAD
patients ranging from 40 to 80 years old.
"The quality of life for these people
is miserable," Rajagopalan said. "With
very severe cramping in the lower legs,
most of our patients were unable to
walk a half a block."
He said that it is extremely impor-
tant to find a way to treat people with
PAD. Only one treatment for PAD has
been approved, which came out five
years ago.
"This treatment is not very effective
and has side effects," Rajagopalan
said. Patients must take the treatment
throughout their lives, he added.
He said studies to test the benefits of
alternate growth factors and master
switch genes are in clinical trials right
now, the results of which he said he
hopes will be available by the end of
the year.
"In the future, we are hoping to use
gene transfer to provide long-lasting
relief of symptoms," Rajagopalan said.

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