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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 3

CAMPUS
Drumming group
performs on diag
The King David Peace Drum-
mers, an Israeli musical group that
uses music to spread a message of
peace through communal drum-
ming, will be performing today on
the Diag at noon.
The event is sponsored by the
American Movement for Israel and
the Israel-Michigan Public Affairs
Committee.
Dark side of Dao
discussed by
history professor
As part of the Brown Bag Lecture
series, Suzanna Cahill, a Chinese
history professor from the Universi-
ty of California at San Diego, will
give a talk, titled "The Dark Side of
the Dao: Nuns and Female Saints
During the Tang Dynasty," today at
noon.
It will be held in Room 1636 of
the International Institute on South
University Avenue.
Institute director
gives talk at Union
Institute for the Humanities
Director Daniel Herwitz, who
recently returned from a trip to
South Africa, will give a talk, titled
"To Do Justice to Transitional Soci-
eties" at the Pendleton Room in the
Michigan Union today at 2 p.m.
Wallenberg Medal
will be presented
to labor activist
The 12th Annual University Wal-
lenberg Lecture and Medal Presen-
tation will take place tomorrow at 7
p.m. in Room 1800 of the Chem-
istry Building on North University
Avenue.
University President Mary Sue
Coleman will award the medal to
Kailash Satyarthi, head of the South
Asian Coalition on Child Servitude.
Satyarthi will lecture on his efforts
over the past 10 years to emancipate
over 40,000 people from bonded
labor.
The Wallenberg medal is awarded
annually to outstanding humanitari-
ans in memory of Swedish diplomat
and University alum Raoul Wallen-
berg, who saved thousands of Hun-
garian Jews from the Nazis during
World War II.
Panel to discuss
Brazilian dance
University Spanish Prof. Lucia
Suarez will give a talk on Brazailian
dance Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at
Room 1636 in the School of Social
Work. The lecture will be followed
by a panel discussion with members
of the Brazilian dance troupe Grupo
Corpo.
Professor gives
talk on uses of
academic freedom
Author and University Law Prof.
Catherine MacKinnon will give a
lecture, titled "From Powerlessness
to Power: The Uses of Academic
Freedom," Thursday at 4 p.m. at
100 Hutchins Hall, located in the
Law School.
MacKinnon is known for helping

pioneer the prosecution of sexual
harassment suits in the 1970s, and
her talk is part of a series honoring
three University faculty members
who lost their jobs when they
refused to testify before the House
Un-American Activities Committee
in 1954.
Newberry Award
winner reads from
childhood memoir
Newberry Award-winning author
Paula Fox will read from her childhood
memoir "Borrowed Finery" Thursday
at 5 p.m. in Room D1270 Davison Hall
at 701 Tappan Rd.
School of Art and
* Design hosts
acclaimed sculptor
The University School of Art and
Design will host acclaimed Newj
York City sculptor Chakaia Booker
Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Art and
Architecture Building on 2000 Bon-
isteel Blvd. Booker is known for pil-
ing twisted masses of car and truck
tires into huge forms resembling
shamans' masks or shaggy yaks.
a . r.

City Council meets to discuss
need to reform transportation

By Christopher Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter

Recognizing the need to reform transportation
and accessibility in Ann Arbor, the City Council
met last night at City Hall to discuss the creation
of several programs.
Among the proposals was the implementation
of a commuter rail from Ann Arbor to Detroit
Metro Airport. In its most preliminary stages,
the train would stop in Ypsilanti and at Green-
field Village on its way to Detroit. Officials plan
for the rail to pick up and drop off passengers at
30-minute intervals. A ride would cost $0.14 per
mile, unless patrons purchased a regular user
ticket for a cheaper rate.
Greg Cook, executive director of Ann
Arbor Transportation Authority, said the plan
has great promise, though several problems
still need to be addressed.
"The cost of getting to the airport is not a fac-

tor right now," he said. "What is a factor is that
the airport wasn't built to handle mass transporta-
tion vehicles."
To fund the construction and administration
of the rail, Cook said that AATA is soliciting
the federal government for money and wants
to discuss a county-wide millage with Washt-
enaw County officials.
Cook added that he expects completion of the
rail before 2006, when Detroit will host the Super
Bowl, demanding greater transportation facilities.
In addition to improving transportation out
of the city, councilmembers discussed the ref-
ormation of the city's infrastructure for
greater accessibility. One idea heavily dis-
cussed was the encouragement of bicycling to
reduce traffic.
Urban Planning Prof. Jonathan Levine offered
a presentation to demonstrate how Ann Arbor
could benefit from the use of bicycling as a major
means of transportation. He cited the success of

Boulder, Co. and Madison, Wis., noting their
implementation of road lanes specifically for
non-motor transport and storage facilities to pro-
tect unused bicycles.
"The first thing (to be implemented) is the
most expensive thing - the establishment of a
bicycling network," he said. "Isolated facilities
don't do anyone any much good."
Both mayoral candidates said the proposals had
significant promise.
"Rail transit to the airport and the communities
to the east of us seems essential to the goal of
making this a modern community," said Mayor
John Hieftje, who is running for re-election next
month on the Democratic ticket.
But Councilwoman Marcia Higgins, the
Republican candidate for mayor, said she was
concerned that the vagueness of the plans might
indicate that they would not come to pass.
"I didn't hear anything new about linking these
ideas together," she said.

JONATHON TRIEST/Daily
Passengers board the train at the Ann Arbor train
station on Depot Street.

Michigan Theater gets a facelift

WORSHIP
Continued from Page 1.
The worship band from the New Life
Church played, the University gospel
chorale sang and students joined their
voices together in praise.
There were moments of group and
individual prayer as well as testimony
from people who talked about how their
lives have been guided and impacted by
God. Ann Arbor resident and University
graduate David Shin, who was part of
the planning board for the event, said the
significance of the event lies largely in
the fact that it brings so many Christian
student groups together in celebration of
their beliefs.
"I think as an event it's a rare thing
where so many different groups with so
many different backgrounds can actually
come together with one single unified
thing - it's not common so that alone
makes things exciting," Shin said.
"I think because people are more
aware of spiritual matters, having some-

thing like this really helps people to reaf-
firm their faith and also to show that this
is who we are, to show that this is who
we are in our identity as Christians."
Shin said he thinks the campuswide
message of unity is important as it
applies to people of other faiths who
are impressed by a gathering of stu-
dents expressing their faith and unity
and as it applies to students who come
together to say 'this is what we believe
in' and celebrate it.
Shin added that he hopes people took
away from the event the idea that their
individual beliefs or group's beliefs are
part of something larger and that the
Christian faith is not just one way of
doing things. Rather, he said, it is diverse
but unified by the faith's central beliefs.
"If someone can leave the event and
say, 'Wow, my faith is bigger than what
I know with my group' I think that
would be awesome, that it is bigger
than just one style of worshipping God,
than my denomination, than my cam-
pus group," he said.

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Last night, workers raise a new sign at the Michigan Theater on East Liberty Street.

Discovery might
lead to lupus cure

By Kylene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter

A promising new compound discov-
ered by University researchers is offer-
ing guidance and hope on the pathway
toward developing a potential cure for
systemic lupus erythematosus, a chronic
autoimmune disease affecting as many
as 1.4 million Americans.
More commonly known as lupus,.
the disease occurs when the body's
immune system fails to produce anti-
bodies that guard the body against
viruses, bacteria and other harmful
foreign substances. Without these
antibodies, the immune system loses
its ability to differentiate between
foreign substances and its own
healthy cells, leading the body to
attack its own tissue and organs,
which may include the joints, kid-
neys, heart, lungs, brain, blood or
skin that result in painful inflamma-
tion. The most common cause of ill-
ness and death by lupus is
inflammation of the kidney.
Lupus can affect men and women of
all ages, though the 90 percent diag-
nosed with the disease are women, and
80 percent of those develop it between
the ages of 15 and 45.
"Because we do not yet understand
what triggers lupus, it has been very dif-
ficult to develop lupus-specific thera-
pies," said Gary Glick, professor of
biological chemistry and one of the lead

study authors.
The study revealed the potential effi-
cacy of a compound known as Bz-423
which is closely related to such anti-anx-
iety medications as Valium and Xanax,
however Bz-423 does not causedrowsi-
ness, nor does it lead to addiction. Ideal-
ly, the Bz-423 compound will initiate a
reaction that will cause the diseased
cells to kill themselves in a cell-suicide
process known as apoptosis.
Unlike traditional medications for
lupus which can kill healthy cells in
addition to the diseased ones, "Our
compound, on the other hand, goes in
and kills the bad players but leaves the
good players alone," Glick said. Glick
and his team of researchers discov-
ered the Bz-423 compound's ability to
kill immune cells after examining a
family of related chemicals known as
benzodiazepines which, unlike drugs
previously used to treat lupus, do not
damage DNA or interfere with cell
metabolism.
"We suspected that any benzodi-
azepines that were capable of killing
cells would possess unique modes of
action and perhaps be better at target-
ing disease-causing cells," he said.
Their experiments showed that in
the lupus-infected mice treated with
Bz-423, 84 percent did not develop
lupus-related kidney disease. In
lupus-infected mice that were not
treated, 60 percent developed kidney
disease.

TUITION
Continued from Page 1
tuition increased only 7.9 percent for the
2002-2003 academic year.
University Provost Paul Courant said
one of the main reasons that tuition did
not increase more than it did here is
because of the state government's deci-
sion not to lower higher education fund-
ing. But he added that the state's budget
isn't going to immediately recover,
meaning that the University could suffer
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more cutbacks in the future.
"(Tuition) will really depend very
much on our ability to garner support
from other sources," he said. "This
recession is almost over. It is over. But
the state budget is not looking good for
the next year or so"
But not everything is bad news for
students who will have to suffer the
consequences of the recession. Anoth-
er study released by the College Board
showed that while tuition has
increased, the amount of available

financial aid rose 11.5 percent.
Courant said previous recessions have
had negative affects on University
tuition that lasted for years after the
economy improved. "Typically in
Michigan, the big increases associated
with recessions happen after the reces-
sion is over. There is just a lag between
when the economy goes bad and when
the revenue slows down," Courant said.
"We will do everything we can to mini-
mize the consequences of that, while
still being the University of Michigan?

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Corrections:
The Michigan Student Assembly did not pass a resolution voicing
support for an affirmative action education series at last week's meeting.
This was incorrectly reported on Page 7 of last Wednesday's Daily.
The MSA recommended money for the traveling expenses of Mahdi
Bray, not Sami A1-Arian. This was incorrectly cited on page 4A of yester-
day's Daily.

HEADACHE RESEARCH
The Michigan Head'Pain & Neurological
Institute is conducting a research study
evaluating investigational medication as a
potential treatment for migraine. Participants must
be 16 to 65 years old and experience 3 to 9
headaches per month.
Study-related medical care and compensation
for time and travel are provided.

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