The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 3A
'Star Search' aims to broaden demographic range
The Hopwood Awards ceremony will
be held today at Rackham Auditorium at
Following the announcement of the
award winners, translator and Pulitzer
Prize-winning poet Richard Howard will
give a lecture. The Pulitzer Prize was
given to Howard in 1969 for "Untitled
Subjects;' one of Howard's 11 volumes
Lecture to focus
economics in China
Hailing from Tsinghua University
in Beijing, economic history Prof.
Li Bozhong, will be giving a lecture
titled "Involution: The Huang
Debate, What We Know, Why We
Should Care" today in room 1636 of
the School of Social Work Building,
Sponsored by the Center for Chi-
nese Studies, Li will address the
significance of the Chinese compar-
insight on Arab
As part of the Arab American Writers
Series, Lisa Suhair Majaj will give a talk
titled "Understanding Arab Americans
Through Poetry and Personal Essays"
today in the LSA Building, room 1030,
at 4 p.m. Majaj won the New England
Poetry Club award for best published
poem in 1995 and received her masters
degree in English literature and Ameri-
can culture from the University.
The talk is sponsored by the Center
for Arab American Studies.
Role of copper
in human growth
to be discussed
Biological chemistry Prof. Dennis
Thiele will give a lecture titled "The
Role of Copper in Growth and Develop-
ment: A View from Yeast to Humans"
tomorrow in the Natural Science Build-
ing, room 2004, at 12:10 p.m.
The talk is sponsored by the Depart-
ment of Molecular, Cellular and Devel-
talk about Peace
Former Peace Corps volunteers
and soon-to-be Peace Corps volun-
teers from. Ann Arbor will present
an information session about their
organization tomorrow at the Inter-
national Center in room 9 of the
Michigan Union at 7 p.m.
The Peace Corps offer paid posi-
tions in various countries around
the world for a two-year commit-
Vietnam war veteran and singer/song-
writer Michael Martin will perform
r songs about his past experiences and the
current war in Iraq tomorrow in auditori-
um 4 of the Modern Languages Build-
ing at 3 p.m.
The performance will be followed by
a panels discussion with Martin and sev-
eral other Vietnam veterans.
on North Campus
To celebrate the end of the winter
term, the University of Michigan Engi-
neering Council is sponsoring
"Springfest" on North Campus all day
Outdoor activities, games and food
will be available for students to enjoy.
Simulator to study
University of Iowa psychology Prof.
Jodie Plumert will be holding a discus-
sion session titled "Using an Interactive,
Immersive Bicycling Simulator to Study
Children's Road-Crossing Behavior"
Thursday in the McCormick Conference
Room of the Transportation Research
Institute at noon.
The talk is sponsored by the Universi-
ty Transportation Research Institute
Research Colloquia Series.
By Elizabeth Anderson
Daily Staff Reporter
Tomorrow's dancing, singing and modeling
superstars swarmed to the Michigan League yes-
terday hoping "Star Search," a television program
featuring talent competitions, can make their
dreams come true.
The CBS program hosted an open audition for
performers, drawing several hundred participants
The open call in Ann Arbor was the last
stop on the show's college tour, which includ-
ed such universities as the University of
North Carolina and Ohio State University.
The producers of "Star Search" hope the col-
lege tour will open demographics to a larger
audience. "Star Search" production manager
Robert Willrich said the show currently main-
ly attracts children and adults over age 30.
Contestants auditioned in front of one or two
of the show's producers. Singers and dancers each
presented 70-to-90-second prepared pieces, while
models performed mock catwalks. By early after-
noon yesterday, close to 300 people had already
auditioned, Willrich said. "We're hoping to see
400 to 500," he added.
"They're judged on show presence, entertain-
ment value, level of difficulty, technique and
artistic value" said Cynthia Garcia, talent coordi-
nator for the "Star Search" dance department.
"Your energy has to be up. You've got to sell it to
that camera," Garcia said to participants before
"Most important is talent ... but it's also the
presence and the aura (of the performer),"
said Evelyn Warfel, a "Star Search" event
coordinator. "You don't want a performer with
a sullen face," she added.
Costumes ranged from shiny, sequined Lycra
dance outfits to jeans and sneakers. "Everything's
got to be age appropriate. Costumes must corre-
spond to age group because it's a family televi-
sion program," Garcia said.
Callbacks for the top performers will be held
today. "It basically comes down to your perform-
ance," Willrich said, adding that the number of
performers chosen to possibly appear on the show
"They could be appearing as early as next
week or sometime next season;" Willrich said.
Many participants said they were auditioning
for fun. Saginaw resident Carissa Cronk, who
said she was so nervous she forgot the name ;of
her audition song, decided to audition at 10 a.m.
yesterday morning after learning about the audi-
tions on the radio. "It's something I always want-
ed to do," said Cronk, who later remembered she
was performing Martina McBride's "My Baby
Ten-year-old Stephanie Fallon, who performed
a tap routine with her eight-year-old sister, said
she enjoyed the experience but felt nervous about
her performance. "The floor was slippery so I
kept slipping," Fallon said. "I think that kind of
messed us up." Wearing matching leotards and
tutus, the Fallons performed their duet to "Ma,
He's Making Eyes at Me."
LSA senior Hanna LoPatin was one of the
many University students to audition. "If I'm
allowed to, I might sing something original,"
LoPatin said. "I'm not nervous. I'm just doing it
Additionally, several University film and video
studies and communications studies majors vol-
unteered as production assistants for the event.
Detroit-area man questioned
for links to terrorist group
DETROIT (AP) - Lawyers for two of four men
accused of acting as part of a "sleeper" terrorist cell
questioned a key government witness yesterday
about his criminal past and why he waited six
months after his arrest to start making allegations
Youssef Hmimssa testified last week that he was
afraid of the men who he met in the Detroit area
while he was on the run from federal credit card
fraud charges in the spring of 2001. But he conced-
ed that once arrested Sept. 28, 2001, he felt safe.
"They could not do any harm to me in prison,"
Hmimssa said during his fourth day on the stand.
Still, Hmimssa denied any knowledge related to
terrorism in interviews with federal agents until
March 2002. He also kept silent despite signing an
agreement in November 2001 to make full and
complete statements that wouldn't be used against
him or toughen any sentence.
Hmimssa has testified that he helped the defen-
dants who he thought to be connected to terrorism.
He has not faced charges related to terrorism, but
said he was still worried about the possibility after
being transported back to Michigan from Iowa
where he was arrested. In testimony last week,
Hmimssa accused the men on trial of being Islamic
extremists who talked of supporting terrorism.
Defense lawyers say Hmimssa is a liar who is try-
ing to save himself from harsher punishment by
telling a tale for the government.
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He added that reporting to an administrator
could in some cases turn into self-incrimina-
tion for the faculty member involved in such
relationships as adultery or homosexuality,
which are illegal in some parts of Michigan.
Another variable that he addressed was in the
case that a faculty member hires a prostitute
that later enrolls in their class.
"I think there are some civil liberty ques-
tions that need to be considered. The reason
some institutions don't have (sexual harass-
ment) policies is because their unenforceable
they bridge on protected rights," Riebesell
Castle said this policy will next be
reviewed by the senior administrators and
She hopes it will become an official Uni-
versity policy by next fall.
Encarnita Figueroa, a stand-up comedian, presents her monologue on Puerto
Rican culture in the Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union yesterday.
Pharmacy mistakes prompt nse in malpractice lawsuits
DETROIT (AP) - Mistakes by pharmacies
have resulted in dangerous - and sometimes
lethal consequences - in Michigan and across
April Ozias of Madison Heights filed a lawsuit
against Rite Aid after her son, Corey, was hospi-
talized after he overdosed on medication in
March 2001. a
The fourth-grader's prescription was incorrect-
ly filled by a Rite Aid in Warren with twice the
needed dose of Tegretol, his panic disorderined-a
ication, Ozias, 34, said.
"You put so much trust in your pharmacist,"
Ozias told The Detroit News yesterday. "You
hope that they are paying attention. You hope that
they won't make a mistake."
Rite Aid spokeswoman Jody Cook said the
drugstore denies wrongdoing in the case. The
lawsuit is pending.
At least seven other Detroit area families also
have filed phgmaceuticalgnalpracti laws
since 1999, some of which allege the mistakes
have left victims severely incapacitated and oth-
As errors miunt,'lawstiits '*increase kpfieft
tially," said Jesse Vivian, a pharmacist, attorney
and Wayne State University professor.
"Ten years ago, you have about 15 to 20 cases
at the appellate level. Today, you see 15 cases a
And pressure on pharmacists keeps growing,
partly because the number of prescriptions they
are filling annually has jumped 50 percent, from
2 billion a decade ago to more than 3 billion now.
r As thingga ore complicated,one trnthhas
emerged: "Ultimately, the burden (to stay safe) is
on the patient," said Greg Baran, director of gov-
ernment affairs for the Michigan Pharmacist's
Michigan also doesn't keep a record of phar-
maceutical malpractice suits. The only state
tracking statistic is the number of complaints
consumers file - about 200 per year, said Lori
Donlan, spokeswoman for the Michigan Depart-
ment of Consumer and Industry Services.
Some of those complaints include prescrip-
tion mistakes, but state officials said they
don't know how many because those com-
plaiu sa A4uiped into -a agory
Ninety=nine Michigan pharmacists were disci-
plined by the state agency in fiscal year Oct. 1,
2000;t St. 1,,I2001' d most - "! 61
manded or received probation, records show. Fif-
teen had their pharmacist license suspended or
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human genome has the potential to
have a tremendous impact on a treat-
ment for cancer.
"Right now at the University
we're working on cataloging which
genes go up or down with different
types of cancer," Meisler said.
The completed DNA sequence is
accessible to scientists all over the
world through computer databases
run by the NHGRI.
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not responding to the heating
problems in her house.
"I went to the AATU for help and
they advised me to try one more
time to contact my landlord. Once I
mentioned that I was using the
AATU in an email I sent to my
landlord, my landlord quickly
replied and the next day fixed the
heating problem," Essenmacher
Mironov said MSA will be able to
fund more student groups with the
money it will save by not funding
But Essenmacher said Student
Legal Services is not a good
replacement for the AATU because
it is too threatening for landlords.
"The AATU was more of a media-
tion service and helped you resolve
problems in a non-legal way, and Stu-
dent Legal Services might only give
legal action," Essenmacher said.
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