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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 1, 2002 - 3A


CAMPUS Prof. investigates
Prof. discusses
demography societal relations to

Residence Hall Horror


medical care

Connections between medical treat-
ment and ethnicity, gender and geo-
graphic areas will be discussed by
Dartmouth medical Prof. John
Wennberg tomorrow in a lecture titled
"Physician Practice Variation: What it is,
Why it is and What Next?" sponsored by
the Medical School. The discussion will
be at the Ford Auditorium at noon.
Lecture explores
Cambodian history
David Chandler, a history professor
at Georgetown University, is delivering
a speech titled "Cambodia Shadowed
By Its Past." The event, sponsored by
the Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
begins at 2 p.m. in Room 1644 at the
School of Social Work Building.
Citizenship in the
21st century to
highlight lecture
Harry Boyte, prominent democratic
theory and civil society scholar from
the University of Minnesota Humphrey
Institute of Public Affairs, will be on
campus tomorrow in an event spon-
sored by the Center for Learning
Through Community Service. Boyte's
lecture, "A Different Kind of Politics:
John Dewey and the Meaning of Citi-
zenship in the 21st Century," will be at
the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan
League tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Japanese film
portrays adultery,
mid-life crises
The Center for Japanese Studies will
be showing Yoshimitsu Morita's 1997
film "Lost Paradise" tomorrow. The
film follows a middle-aged man,
unhappy with his unresponsive wife,
begins an adulterous affair. The film
begins at 7 p.m. in Lorch Hall. There
will be English subtitles.
Men's Glee Club
showcases variety
The Men's Glee Club, the second old-
est college chorus in the country, will be
led by Stephen Lusman during their Sat-
urday night performances. Both concerts
will feature pieces western and spiritual
numbers. The Friars, an octet subset of
the Glee Club, will also perform. The
concerts are at 6 and 9 p.m. in Rackham
Auditorium. Student tickets bought with
valid identification cost $5.
Arabic calligraphy
instructor shares
artistic secrets
Renowned University Arabic calligra-
phy instructor Khaled al-Saa'i will dis-
cuss and demonstrate his artwork on
Sunday. The event is in conjunction with
the Museum of Art's exhibition of al-
Saa'i's work. The instructional series
will be at the Museum of Art on Sunday
at 1:30 p.m.
Tuba ensemble
plays in recital
Fritz Kaenzig, tuba professor at the
School of Music, will be conducting the
Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble Sunday
afternoon at 3 p.m. The ensemble will
perform works by John Stevens, Rossini,
Frescobaldi, Mozart, Respighi and Eliz-
abeth Raum. The concert is at the Music
School Recital Hall.
Expert analyzes
Chinese influence

in Japanese art
Maribeth Graybill, the senior Asian
art Curator the Museum of Art, will
discuss the current exhibit "Japanese
Visions of China." The event is Sunday
at 3 p.m. at the Museum of Art.
Christian Science
lecture explores
safety, spirituality
Christian Science Lecturer Barbara
Fife will speak Monday evening on the
issues of protection and safety through
prayer and spirituality. The event is spon-
sored by the Christian Science Organiza-
tion. Her lecture will be held in the
Hussey Room of the Michigan League,
at 7:30 p.m.
Lecture discusses
disability studies

religious concepts

By Shabina S. Khatri
Daily Staff Reporter
' There are only three concepts of God in modern
society, Wayne State Prof. Munir Fareed argued
yesterday at the closing lecture of Islam Aware-
ness Week, sponsored by the Muslim Students
The three types of beliefs include theism, or
belief that God exists; atheism, or disbelief in God;
and indifference, that God is irrelevant, Fareed
said. "Most people in the world believe in God, but
most people in the world are inconsequential," he
added. "The world is dominated by an elitist men-
tality, which makes people inconsequential to the
ruling global psyche. The movers and shakers of
the world act on the premise that God may exist
but (believe) He is non-interfering. Ethics and
actions are therefore not colored by God."
Engineering senior Yair Ghitza said Fareed's
classification of the concepts of God were fasci-
nating. "One point in particular that I found inter-
esting was the idea of the irrelevance of God in
today's society," he said. "It's sort of a new idea.
When you have a discussion about God that's
something that usually doesn't come up."
In a secular society, the separationof church
and state has evolved into the separation of reli-
gion from society, Muneer said.
"Freedom of religion becomes freedom from
religion (because) secular society determines the
parameters of the religious," he said. "It is the

Supreme Court that determines whether a Christ-
mas tree or a menorah is secular or not. It is the
Supreme Court that determines whether or not
you can utter a prayer."
Muneer also discussed the effect that tragedy
has on a human being's concept of God.
"Those who are most disturbed or concerned by
God - whether the absence or presence of God
- are people who suffered enormous setbacks,"
he said. "When the Jewish relationship with God
was so sorely tested and brutally abandoned dur-
ing the Holocaust, many Jews wondered, 'Can we
still speak about the existence of God?"'
Fareed said the current debate within the Mus-
lim world about God focuses less on the existence
of God and more on the relationship with God.
"Should we experience God through the classical
Quran and teachings of the Prophet (Muhammad)
or worship God? Ultimately your responsibility is
to taste God by worshipping Him."
But Fareed pointed out that for many people,
prayer often becomes an end rather than a means
of reaching God.
"That noble quest will always remain a mystery
to them," he said.
LSA freshman Kelly Edwards, who attended
three of the week's four-part lecture series, said
she learned a lot from Islam Awareness Week. .
"I come from a very homogenous, white part of
New Jersey, so initially I came because I'm inter-
ested in the Middle East. I think it's good to have
that broad awareness of cultures," she said.

Stockwell Residence Hall Student Supervisor Robert Levine celebrates
Halloween while serving lunch in the dining hall yesterday.

Universities criticized for

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter

"Some of the most creative minds I kn
the universities and run screaming to ot
law firms. Believe it!" Law Prof. Cath
said yesterday at the University Senate
Nickerson Annual Lecture on Academ
In her lecture, titled "From Powerl
The Uses of Academic Freedom," Mac
the academic community, accusing th
sities of limiting the freedom of thoug
to defend by imposing standards of u
grading and tenure.
"Almost no one who has academic pow
or at least publishes them, that challen
orthodoxy," MacKinnon said. "Those wh
use (academic freedom) seldom have it, a
often have it, seldom use it."
MacKinnon, a nationally renowned p
Yale University, Harvard University an
Chicago among others before her term a
She has also gained attention throughl
rience representing sexual harassment vi
States and abroad, and through her str
against sexual discrimination.
Yesterday's lecture also addressed uses
dom to protect professors accused of sexu
ing that such use of the 1st Amendment de
professors to use suggestive speech in the
it failed to defend "the rights of the student
"We have focused on inviting students1
because academic freedom is an ambig
would be tragic if we were to lose our
sion," said Peggie Hollingsworth, preside
Freedom Lecture Fund that co-sponsored
"What we hope to do is to show the;

1imiting freedom
demic freedom and the responsibility that we have to protect
it," Hollingsworth added.
Also present for MacKinnon's address was lecture name-
aow are repelled by sake H. Chandler Davis, a former University mathematics
her places - even professor who refused to testify before the House Un-Amer-
arine MacKinnon, ican Activities Committee in 1954 regarding his involve-
's Davis, Markert, ment in the Communist Party. He claimed that because of
ic and Intellectual his 1st Amendment rights, he was not legally compelled to
essness to Power: The University dismissed Davis shortly afterwards when
Kinnon criticized he refused to testify before a similar committee within the
e nation's univer- University.
ht that they claim Davis served a prison term in 1960 after being convicted
niformity through of contempt of Congress. He is currently a professor at the
University of Toronto. After yesterday's lecture, he com-
ver thinks thoughts, mented on the current state of academic freedom.
ige the established "Danger to academic freedom is greater now than it was
o could most often in the 1960s and threatens to be greater than it was in the
nd those who most 1950s," Davis said.
He attributed this claim to federal policy makers and their
rofessor, taught at willingness to compromise individual rights.
d the University of "We have now a much worse statutory situation. Many
at the University of protections of the law were declared inoperative in the fall of
2001 because many officials have shown themselves to be
her extensive expe- extraordinarily willing to take an ad-hoc approach to 'indi-
ctims in the United vidual rights," Davis said.
ong public stance LSA senior Lindsay Hollander said MacKinnon's lec-
ture drew attention to a side of academia that many
s of academic free- undergraduates do not consider when exposed to aca-
aal harassment, say- demic works.
fended the rights of "Next time you read a paper of someone in your field
classroom, but that that you really respect, think about what they might
t to learn." rather be writing about and what is stopping them,"
to the lecture series Hollander said.
uous notion, but it The American Association of University Professors
freedom of expres- Ann Arbor Chapter, the University Law School, the
nt of the Academic Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs and
the event. the University Office of the President also co-spon-
great value of aca- sored the lecture.

Law Prof. Catharine MacKinnon speaks yesterday at the University Senate's Davis,
Markert, Nickerson Annual Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom.
Cancer researcher
calls for ncreased
preventive measures


By:Iylene Kiang
Daily Staff Reporter

Melt the iceberg before it surfaces.
This was the message Michael
Sporn, a Dartmouth College profes-
sor of medicine and University
alum, championed during a presen-
tation titled, "The Chemoprevention
of Cancer: New Approaches and
New Agents."
Challenging existing practices in
cancer therapy, Sporn is the main
proponent in the study of chemo-
prevention - a term he coined in
the early 1970s - which is based
on using drugs, vitamins or alterna-
tive remedies to prevent or post-
pone the development of cancer.
Sporn was one of the first to intro-
duce the chemopreventive aspects
of vitamin A.
Identifying carcinogenesis - the
development of cancer - as the
primary target, Sporn's research is
aimed at understanding cancer at a
molecular level in hope that
inhibitory compounds can be devel-
oped to destroy developing cells.

"For 30 years we
have been racing
for a cure and it
hasn't been very
- Michael Sporn
Dartmouth College Professor of
sive or metastatic cancer.
He added that even with the most
advanced diagnostic techniques,
often times when people find out
they have cancer, the disease may
already be in its end stages.
"With mammography, sometimes
women find lesions that have
already been present for 10 or 15
Sporn's presentation was one of
many delivered by prominent can-
cer researchers from around the

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