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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 9, 2003 - 3

THIS WEEK
Five years ago...
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg
announced her resignation at an LSA
faculty meeting, effective Aug. 31.
Goldenberg served as dean of the
University's largest college for nine
years.
During her tenure, Goldenberg
undertook a large-scale fundraising
campaign that raised $110 million for
the college.
"I will miss Dean Goldenberg's
vision, her leadership, her commit-
ment to academic values and her
devotion to the long-term goals of the
University of Michigan," Law School
Dean Jeffrey Lehman said. "I hope
that the University can do as well in
choosing her successor."
After a yearlong search, Shirley
Neuman took over the position per-
manently in 1999 and left in 2002.
Goldenberg returned to the political
science department as a professor.
Ten years ago...
The'Michigan basketball team
lost to the North Carolina Tarheels
in the NCCAA championship game
by a score of 77-71. Violence
almost broke out in Ann Arbor as
approximately 3,000 students
mobbed the intersection of South
University Avenue and Church
Street, setting off fireworks and
throwing objects. A rock hit the
shoulder of University Vice Presi-
dent for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford. The Ann Arbor Police
Department made 10 arrests that
night.
April 6, 1982
The University announced it would
raze the Economics Building, one of
the oldest structures on campus. The
University could not afford to reno-
vate the building after an arson
occurred there on Dec. 24, 1981.
University officials said the eco-
nomics department would probably
be relocated to Lorch Hall or the
West Engineering Building. Many
professors were not surprised by the
University's decision.
* "There was no chance to patch it
back together again," Economics
prof. Saul Hymans said.
April 10, 1956
The University announced that
renovations on the old Ann Arbor
High School would begin soon, in
time for it to be used next fall.
The University purchased the
building the previous fall for $1.4
million and said renovations would
cost the University more than $2 mil-
lion. In addition, the building would
be renamed after Henry Frieze, a for-
mer professor and interim president.
April 8, 1983
Thirty-five students stormed into
the Fleming Administration Building
and held a sit-in in the office of
Provost Billy Frye.
The students complained over the
secret budgetary process, and
demanded the end of closed adminis-
trative meetings. In addition, they
wanted a new representative body to
oversee the ranking of University pri-
orities.
"We believe that autocratic deci-
sion-making has no place in the
University," LSA freshman Naomi
Braine said. Frye talked with the
students for almost three hours, but
made no promises in regard to their

demands.
April 9, 1970
The University announced that
Oxford Housing would become a
co-ed residence hall in the fall.
Oxford, comprised of various co-
ops, was previously only for
women. An over-abundance of men
applying to the University caused
the move to a co-ed residence hall.
Men would be required to do 4-6
hours a week of housework in
Oxford.
April 9, 1977
In the Michigan Student Assem-
bly election, independent candidates
won six out of nine seats.
Only 4.5 percent of the student
body voted. Independents said their
hard campaigning signaled the end of
political parties in MSA elections.
"The key is to make personal
contact with the people in your
dorm and to generate name recogni-
tion," independent Jon Lauer said.
April 8, 1996
The Graduate Employees Organi-
zation began a two-day walkout of
classes after 38 hours of non-stop
bargaining. At stake were GSI wages
ac well as training of internatinal

Study investigates connection
between caffeine and migraines

By Eve Lieberman
For the Daily
As finals roll around, many University
students prone to migraines could find
that each cup of coffee they reach for may
be decrease their likelihood to be able to
pull the all-nighter they had hoped for.
Researchers at the University of Michi-
gan's Health System hypothesize student's
caffeine intake may be a primary trigger
for migraine headaches and will.
While migraines are often found among
individuals aged 25 to 60, many students
at the University complain of these severe
headaches. LSA junior, Jessa Stewart, said
that she suffers from monthly migraines.
"When I get them, I can't do anything,
study, watch T.V ... It has to be dark and
quiet," she said.
Neurology Prof. Linda Selwa, who is
performing the research, said she was
influenced to research the effects of caf-
feine on migraines after hearing the com-
plaints of many of her patients, who
dreaded these severe headaches. "It affects

people both young and old, although more
dramatically in older people." The com-
monplaceness of frequent migraines,,
which affects 6 percent of men and 18
percent of women is a big public health
issue, Selwa said.
She said she believes the correlation
between caffeine and migraines is impor-
tant specifically for college students
because reducing caffeine "is a much
healthier way to get off medication ... and
less expensive for students to buy than
medicine."
Selwa said that reducing caffeine intake
could be a beneficial solution to ending
migraine suffering.
But, she added that there are several
problems associated with conducting this
research.
"It's hard to commit to not having any
caffeine for a month ... people can not
stop running to grab that diet Pepsi." Caf-
feine is one of the most popular drugs in
the world and is used daily by an average
of 90 percent of Americans, according to
UMHS.

Another concern of researchers is
patients' denial of the relationship. "Some
people think it is impossible that caffeine
has anything to do with their severe
headaches," Selwa said.
Stewart said drinking coffee was the
only thing that worked to end her
migraines. She, like many of Selwa's
patients, said she was skeptical of the con-
nection, but said the study might show 'a
stong correlation.
Other students agreed with the forth-
coming resea'rch. "I partially stay away
from caffeine because my doctor told me
to stay away from it," SNRE junior, Molly
Van Appledorn said.
"I guess the new research could be pos-
sible. I've heard other people claim the
same thing."
Selwa said she hopes to "get somewhere
between50 to 70 people to participate in
the study." She cited a number of success-
ful cases. "In several patients, we've been
able to get them off their migraine med-
ications as long as they stay away from
caffeine," Selwa said.

Author Max Elbaum speaks to a crowd after the screening of
"Hidden Wars of Desert Storm," a story about the Gulf War.
FILM
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rant of U.S. engagement in the region," Kiblawi added.
SNRE senior Jake Davidson, who came to see the
film because of his anti-war stance, said although he
thought the film was sensationalistic, he was glad to see
it raise certain issues. The effects of the sanctions are
incredible, especially the things that have been held back
like vaccines," Davidson said.
LSA sophomore Mazin Hiwisli, who said he attended the
event because he has lineage in the Middle East, liked the
film because it enlightens people about what the Iraqi peo-
ple are going through. "I thought it was very educational. I
think it gives a perspective our media doesn't show," Hiwisli
said.
The movie, which lasted 60 minutes, included several
images of sick and dying Iraqi people in an effort to show
the consequences of economic sanctions.
"Are we no better than (Saddam)? We are no better
than the terrorists of 9/11. We are killing innocent
civilians," Hiwisli said."It was emotionally stressful
seeing little kids who needed care," Hiwisli added.
"Seeing pictures of Iraqi children hits the hardest,"
Kiblawi said.
The movie featured commentary from state department
officials, Operation Desert Storm Gen. Norman
Schwarzkopf, investigative reporters, Iraqi citizens and Arab
leaders. The movie was followed by a discussion with
Author Max Elbaum, who described American military
involvement in Iraq as a "racist massacre against the people
of Iraq" and as "naked colonialism."

MSA elects new officers, comm. chairs

By Andew Kaplmn
Daily Staff Reporter

In their penultimate meeting
before adjourning for the
spring and summer terms, rep-
resentatives of the Michigan
Student Assembly elected
executive officers and commit-
tee chairs for the current elec-
tion cycle last night.
After hearing protests from
members of the American Move-
ment for Israel, the assembly also
agreed to vote next week on a res-
olution encouraging the University
to divest from Caterpillar Corp. -
an American-based company that
manufactures bulldozers for the
Israeli Army.
Following appointment by MSA
President Angela Galardi and
assembly ratification, LSA sopho-
more Jason Mironov and Engi-
neering senior Elliot Wells-Reid
assumed the positions of MSA stu-
dent general counsel and treasurer,
respectively, for the upcoming fall
and winter terms.

Both candidates said they plan
to strengthen the assembly's repu-
tation.
"I want to improve relations
between MSA, the administration,
and the community," Mironov
said. "I want to make sure more
people on MSA understand the
rules."
Mironov recently finished two
semesters as the MSA Rules and
Elections Committee chair. Dur-
ing his tenure, he worked with for-
mer Student General Counsel Joe
Bernstein on overhauling the entire
MSA Compiled Code and Consti-
tution.
Wells-Reid served three terms
on MSA - once as an elected rep-
resentative and twice as a student
at large. He chaired three commis-
sions and committees overall and
managed campaign finances for
the Students First Party in the stu-
dent government elections last
month.
"I want to make sure students
find MSA accessible for funding
their student groups," Wells-Reid

said. "It will be good to have the
summer to finalize plans before
the semester."
After officer appointments, can-
didates for committee chair posi-
tions on the assembly spoke briefly
before representatives.
Among nominees for the
five main committees, first
year Law School student
Pierce Beckham was elected
Rules and Elections Commit-
tee chair, LSA sophomore Leni
Morrison was elected Campus
Governance Committee chair,
Business School junior Greg
Graves won the Budget Priori-
ties Committee chair, Engi-
neering junior Bobby
Counihan claimed the External
Relations Committee chair
berth and LSA sophomore
Courtney Skiles became chair
of the Communications Com-
mittee.
Outcry over the use of
Caterpillars arose after U.S.
peace activist Rachel Corrie
was killed by one of the bull-

dozers in Israel last month.
Sponsors of the resolution also
said Caterpillars have been
wrongly used to demolish
more than 7,000 Palestinian
homes - which is an infrac-
tion of the 4th Geneva Conven-
tion of 1949, the resolution
said.
"Eyewitness accounts report
that the soldier operating the
bulldozer saw her yet proceed-
ed to run over her twice,"
Rackham Rep. Eric Reichen-
berger said.
"The use of Caterpillar bull-
dozers to collectively punish
the Palestinians living in the
occupied territories is one of
the clearest and most blatant
violations of the Fourth Gene-
va Convention and internation-
al law," he added.
But opponents of the resolu-
tion said authorities have not
confirmed whether Corrie's
death was deliberate. They
added that cutting ties to Cater-
pillar would be improvident.

Diag Bhanga dance show
shares Punjabi culture with 'U'

By Min Kyung Yomi
Daily Staff Reporter
Snow and ice did not stop students
from coming out and watching the
annual Bhangra in the Diag as members
of the Punjabi Student Organization
danced to the beat of traditional and
modern music yesterday.
The performance consisted of
Bhangra and Giddha dances choreo-
graphed by students. PSO members had
informational posters on Punjabi culture
and also food for everyone.
Bhangra in the Diag began last year
in an attempt to promote diversity and
raise awareness of Punjabi culture.
Jasmine Singh, who was one of the
choreographers, said it is important to
spread appreciation for Punjabi culture
on the University campus.
"We're trying to preserve Punjabi cul-
ture," Singh, an LSA sophomore, said.

"We want to promote diversity and
awareness. There is a need for cultural
awareness. Bhangra is not just Indian.
It's also played on rock stations. We're
breaking social boundaries"
PSO chair Ruchie Chadha said the
organization's primary goals include
promoting social and cultural awareness
through events like Bhangra in the Diag.
"We want to expand into the inter-
collegiate arena, with (the) creation of
a PSO forum, and build a stronger
community within PSO," Chadha, an
LSA sophomore, said. She added that
these goals could be achieved by col-
laborating with other organizations
and sharing cultural activities and
events between groups.
Bhangra is a traditional Punjabi dance
that originated in the fields of northern
India. Rather than consist of separate
steps, Bhangra involves a series of sev-
eral hand and feet movements put

together according to the music beat.
Another form of Bhangra is the
Giddha dance - a Punjabi folk dance
- performed only by female dancers.
Marked by clapping and singing, Gid-
dha is a manifestation of the emotions
of the daughters of Punjabis. It is usu-
ally performed on the eve of wed-
dings, where the Giddha serves as the
medium for young women to express
their emotions.
Many students who watched the
performance said last year's show had
an influence on getting them out in
the wet, icy weather.
"I had a lot of fun last year," LSA
sophomore Dhara Naik said. "I like
Punjabi culture and especially
Bhangra."
"Almost all of my roommates are
Indians," LSA junior Alyssa Kalata
said. "I came last year and I'm trying
to learn Bhangra myself."

Witness denies charges
of aiding and abetting
terrorist 'sleeper' cells
DETROIT (AP) - A key govern- views. Hmimssa lived for about a
ment witness in the trial of four men month with Koubriti and Hannan in a
accused of acting as a "sleeper" terror- Dearborn apartment when he was on
ist cell testified yesterday that the men the run after being arrested in Chicago
wanted to use his experience in credit in a credit card scam.
card and document fraud to support Hmimssa, 32, said the men attempt-
Islamic extremist efforts. ed to recruit him to make fake IDs and
Described by defense lawyers as a help fund their efforts. He said Koubri-
master of misdirection, Youssef ti, Hannan and Ali-Haimoud talked
Hmimssa said some of the defendants often about politics in the Middle East
sympathized with Islamic fighters in - as well as their hopes for supporting
Algeria and figures such as Sheik Islamic groups.
Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian "It's about politics, about religion,
cleric serving a life prison term for his about jihad," Hmimssa said of their
involvement in a failed terrorist plot. conversations.
Hmimssa said the men wanted to Defense lawyers say Hmimssa, who
raise money to send arms to the Mid- last week pleaded guilty to federal
die East and bring men described as fraud charges stemming from indict-
"brothers" from Algeria illegally to the ments in Michigan, Illinois and Iowa,
United States. And he said defendant is a liar who is trying save himself.
Farouk Ali-Haimoud tried to convince And they have noted that jihad, or holy
him that civilians could be targeted in war, also can refer to struggles for self-
promoting the spread of Islamic law. improvement.
"You have to operate undercover and Koubriti, Hannan, Ali-Haimoud and
u have to act like one of them their alle erd handler Ahdel-Ilah

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