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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 16, 2003 - 3

THIS WEEK
Five years ago...
The Michigan Daily reported that
University Secretary Walter Harrison
was one of three finalists in the Uni-
versity of Hartford presidential search.
Harrison joined the University in 1989
as vice president for public relations.
Regent Phil Power (D-Ann Arbor) said
Harrison's departure would be a great
loss for the University.
"It will have a pronounced impact
because he is a liaison between the
Board of Regents and the community,"
Power said.
Hartford announced Harrison as its
choice the next month. He started at
the position in July.
Ten years ago...
Three months into their first
term, Regents Larry Deitch (D-
Bingham Farms) and Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) attended
a Michigan Student Assembly meet-
ing to discuss student concerns
about rising tuition and the State-
ment of Student Rights and Respon-
sibilities. Both students and the
regents said they found the dis-
course very valuable.
"I'm looking forward to this as the
beginning of a series of dialogues,"
Deitch said.
April 13, 1970
Vice President Spiro Agnew came
to the University and criticized the
recent agreement between Universi-
ty officials and the Black Action
Movement. The accord called for
the black student population to rise
to 10 percent by the 1973-1974
school year.
"In a few years time, perhaps -
thanks to the University of Michigan's
callow retreat from reality - Ameri-
cans will give the same fish-eyes that
Italians now give diplomas from the
University of Rome."
The University never fulfilled its
agreement, and black enrollment
stayed below 5 percent until President
James Duderstadt initiated the Michi-
gan Mandate in the late 1980s.
April 17, 1978
The Michigan Daily reported that
faculty members were recruited by
the CIA to do classified work. Such
recruiting had been going on since
1967.
April 15, 1958
Michigan Daily reporters Barton
Huthwaite and James Elsman were
arrested by Cuban police after attempt-
ing to get an interview with rebel
leader Fidel Castro in the mountains of
Cuba. The government released them
after 12 hours.
April 14, 1964
President Lyndon Johnson accepted
the University's offer to speak at the
1964 spring commencement cere-
monies. At commencement the next
month, he proposed his idea for a
Great Society, one that "demands an
end to poverty and racial injustice -
to which we are totally committed in
our time." He was the first American
chief executive to speak at the Univer-
sity's graduation.
April 15, 1935

Michigan Gov. Frank D. Fitzgerald
said he favored excluding students
from state institutions who refused to
serve in the military.
Fitzgerald's announcement came
after a peace protest at the University
and Michigan State College.
April 17, 1981
Twenty-two-year old Bursley Resi-
dence Hall resident Leo Kelly shot and
killed two fellow residents Edward
r Siwik and Douglas McGreaham at 6
a.m. When police came to the dorm
after the murder, they found Kelly
calmly sitting in his room holding a
sawed-off shotgun. Kelly's fraternity
brother Warren Fudge described Kelly
as a "loner."
"Most brothers now probably
won't even know him," Fudge said.
April 13, 1971
The University's Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics changed its
rules to allow women to serve on the
board. The election of Rose Sure
Berstein to the board prompted the
change.
April 15, 1954
LSA administrators said they were
considering plans to exclude all sen-
iors with a "B" or better average
from final exams. They were con-
cerned seniors had too many finals in

Study: Alcohol leads to more severe injuries

By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter
It is well-known that consumption of alcohol
impairs one's judgment and ability to operate
motor vehicles. But researchers at the University
say that alcohol can also make the body more
susceptible to severe injury in a motor accident.
Both passengers and drivers who had con-
sumed alcohol before being involved in motor
vehicle accidents were one and a half times more
likely to experience serious injury than those
involved in an accident who had not been drink-
ing, the study showed.
Taking into account the severity of the acci-
dent, whether or not the person had a high alco-
hol tolerance and if they wore a seatbelt, the
study showed that the injuries were more severe

- even for those under the legal limit. The legal
blood alcohol content in Michigan is 0.1.
"We found that those who had been drinking
and involved in an average car crash had an
injury severity that was 30 percent higher," said
Ronald Maio, associate professor of emergency
medicine and director of the University Injury
Research Center.
This research suggests that even with des-
ignated drivers, people are still at risk when
they get into the car if they have consumed
any amount of alcohol.
Though earlier studies on animals had suggest-
ed such results, this is the first in-depth study to
examine the correlation between alcohol and
injury severity.
Conducted at two hospitals in Michigan,
the study examined 1,362 motor vehicle

crash victims 18 years and older.
Twenty-one percent of the patients had
consumed alcohol before their accident.
At this point, researchers are only able to spec-
ulate as to why alcohol makes the body more vul-
nerable to injury.
Maio suggested that somehow alcohol decreas-
es the body's, or the cell's, resistance to kinetic
energy, such as that experienced in a car crash.
But he added that more research is necessary to
determine the exact cause.
"I feel that society has very much underesti-
mated the effects of alcohol on the injuries of
those in accidents," Maio said. "Not only is it the
cause of many accidents, but it increases the
severity of the injuries."
Maio and his colleagues hope their research
will increase public awareness of the degree to

which alcohol puts people at risk and improve
treatment of those patients who have consumed
alcohol prior to being injured.
"I think that a designated driver is an excellent
idea, but it still doesn't cover all the bases," Maio
said. "People who have been drinking still run a
risk of making their injuries worse."
According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, 17,448 people died in
alcohol-related crashes in 2001. But Maio point-
ed out that this number only accounts for those
who have been involved in a crash where at least
one of the drivers had consumed alcohol.
"This does not include the number of other
people in the car who had also been drinking," he
said, adding that this is a good example of how
society needs to take a closer look at the degree
to which alcohol affects safety.

Annual Hopwood Awards
recognize student writers
ByKate t
For the Daly ___________________

Students spearhead
fundraising effort
with water balloons

"I am a writer - this is what I do,"
said David Turner, who graduated last
winter from the University.
Turner won a $4,000 Hopwood
Screenplay Award for "The Free
Agent," a romantic comedy that he
compared to "Jerry Maguire."
The 72nd Annual Graduate and
Undergraduate Hopwood Awards Cer-
emony was held yesterday afternoon in
Rackham Auditorium. The Awards are
funded by a donation from Avery Hop-
wood, a 1905 University graduate. A
prominent dramatist, Hopwood
endowed a fifth of his estate for the
encouragement of creative writing.
This year, students received
$119,500 in prizes for writing. Cate-
gories included drama, screenplay,
novel, essay, short fiction and poetry.
Thirty-five graduate and undergradu-
ate students were awarded cash prizes
ranging from $600 to $7,000.
Students' works went through two
rounds. University faculty and mem-
bers of the Ann Arbor community
judged the first. National judges from
each respected field then read the
finalists' work.
Pulitzer Prize winner Richard
Howard was the keynote speaker at the
event. A graduate of the University,
former Hopwood winner and pub-
lished poet, Howard stressed the
importance of reading in his speech
titled "The Fatality of Reading."
"There is merely indifference ...stu-
dents in our writing programs do not
read," he said.
Howard expressed great concern

ASHLEY HARPER/Daily
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator Richard Howard gives the keynote
speech at yesterday's Hopwood Awards Ceremony.

for students' lack of reading, espe-
cially in "voluminous works" such as
those by Marcel Proust. He left the
awards ceremony with a message to
writers. "Without reading, writing
will perish. We do not write for our-
selves, for each other, we write for
the great dead," he said.
Hopwood Award recipients joined
the ranks of alumni such as Arthur
Miller, Nancy Willard, John Wagner
and Naomi Saferstein. "Over 2,600
gifted young writers have received
awards and those who receive them
today are among distinguished writ-
ers," said English Prof. Laurence Gold-
stein, who presented the awards.
Rackham student Elizabeth Kostova,
a student in the Creative Writing Pro-

gram, received a $7,600 Hopwood
Novel Prize and the Geoffrey James
Gosling Prize for her novel "The His-
torian," which she described as being
"about the historical Dracula and three
generations of historians who pursue
his legend."
"Like most writers, I am going to
use it (the prize) to pay some
debts," Kostova said. "I also plan to
go to Bulgaria to finish some
research for the novel."
LSA junior Tyler Lieberman
won prizes for his screenplay "The
Good Doctor."
"I wanted to write a thriller," Lieber-
man said. "I hate needles and doctors,
so I used my own fear to make the
screenplay more chilling,"he said.

By Lydia K. Leung
Daily Staff Reporter
As finals edge closer, an entrepre-
neurship class has organized a water
balloon contest to help students
release their stress and raise money
for Ozone House, a non-profit organi-
zation that provides youth and family
services in Ann Arbor and surround-
ing areas.
The class - Industrial and Opera-
tions Engineering 422, taught by Prof.
Ken Ludwig - puts emphasis on edu-
cating college students to start their own
businesses.
The water balloon fundraising event
- the main project of the class - gave
the students a real-life opportunity to use
the knowledge they gained from the
class, Ludwig said.
"The objective is that they find a proj-
ect to do on the last day of class that
involves the entire class and raises
money for charity," he said.
Students reached a consensus at their
first meeting, deciding to hold a water
balloon contest, which would allow
other students to buy two water balloons
for a dollar to throw at human targets.
The human targets consisted of stu-
dents as well as Ludwig and the class
graduate student instructor. They lined
up on the North Campus Diag and pre-
pared to get wet.
"I'm not only willing but happy to be
a target because my students asked me
to," Ludwig said. "I'd be a pretty poor
example if I wanted to stand on the side-
line, because one of the things about

"The objective is that
they find a project to
do on the last day of
class ... (that) raises
money for charity.
- Ken Ludwig
Engineering professor
entrepreneurship is to be engaged and
this is how I'm entrepreneurial these
days at the University."
Ludwig said entrepreneurship is
about stress, risk, talent, strength and
creativity. Apart from starting a busi-
ness, he added that it also means living a
creative and innovative life.
Engineering senior Erik Syrjannen
echoed Ludwig's view and said the
course motivated him to consider being
an entrepreneur someday.
"These days the economy is not doing
great, many people are finding it hard to
get a job and they are looking for new
ideas," Syrjannen said.
Within two hours, the group collected
more than $200 from students, staff and
faculty members who passed by.
"Getting people to participate is so
much harder than we anticipated. I guess
this is the first time they see this form of
fund raising" Engineering senior Ros-
alyn Woo said.
"But I think we are all happy with the
results of this activity. We all had fun
and certainly brought some fun to the
North Campus area."

Special Advance Screening!

02/03 spring season

$10 Rush Tickets on sale 10 am-5 pm
the day of the performance or the
Friday before a weekend event at
the UMS Ticket Office, located in the
Michigan League.
Audra McDonald and Trio
Ted Sperling music director and piano
Mary Ann McSweeney bass
Warren Odze drums

50% Rush Tickets on sale
beginning 90 minutes
before the event at the
performance hall Box
Office.
"Broadway's most adven-
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The first performer in
theater history to receive
three Tony Awards before
age 30 (for Carousel,
Master Class and Rag-
time), Audra McDonald
was also nominated for
an Emmy in 2002, promis-
ing equal success as she
begins a film and televi-
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Bach's St. John Passion
Paul McCreesh music director
Sat 4/19 8 pm
Michigan Theater

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Lent to enjoy Bach's St.
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musical setting of the
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recounted in the New Tes-
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