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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - 3

CAMPUS

APO members take part in Ser

Prof. talks about
new book at noon
As part of the Brown Bag Lecture
Series, creative writing Prof. Eileen
Pollack will discuss her book "Woman
Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine
Weldon and Sitting Bull," today at
noon at the Kuenzel Room in the
Michigan Union.
r Lecture addresses
political theories
"What Everyone Should Know
About Political Theory in Old China,"
will be the topic of University Chinese
arts and cultures Prof. Martin Powers'
lecture today at noon at the School of
Social Work on South University
Avenue.
ISR hosts talk on
art for women in
Ming-Qing China
The Institute for Research on
Women and Gender will feature Uni-
versity of California art history Prof.
James Cahill Thursday at noon in room
2239 in Lane Hall on South State
Street. His talk is titled "Passages of
Felt Life: Paintings for Women in
Ming-Qing China."
Local social worker
to speak as part of
teen drug use series
As part of the "Teens Using Drugs"
series, "What to Know" will be the
subject of a talk given by local social
worker Ron Harrison today at 7:30
p.m. at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Education Center classroom EC4
located off of Huron River Drive.
Advocacy group
president explores
women's roles
"Involving Women in War-Rav-
aged Afghanistan's Transition to
Peace and Democracy" will be the
topic of a talk given by Sima Wali,
the president of Refugee Women in
Development, an advocacy group
for refugee women in Afghanistan
and elsewhere. Her talk, presented
by the University Center for the
Education of Women Mullin Welch
Lecture series, will take place
tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Pendleton
Room of the Michigan Union.
Symposium ends
with discussion of
the Great Lakes
Joseph Sax, an environmental
regulation professor from the Uni-
versity of California, will discuss
"Reflections on the Great Lakes," as
the final event of a symposium on
the Great Lakes presented by the
School of Natural Resources and
Environment. It will take place
tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theater of the Michi-
gan League.
Lecture by curator
covers fish history
"Native Fishes of the Great
Lakes" will be the topic of a lecture
by the Museum of Zoology fish
curator Gerald Smith, who will
cover the origins and history of
Great Lakes fish and the 19th cen-
tury fishing industry. The talk will
take place tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the
University Exhibit Museum on
North University Avenue.

Installation artist.
speaks at lecture
Brooklyn installation artist
Leonardo Drew will give a talk
Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Art and
Architecture auditorium on Bonis-
teel Boulevard. Drew is noted" for
creating giant walls made of metic-
ulous 3-D collages of small wooden
boxes and found objects.
Novelist reads from
new book focused
on college drop out
Award-winning Virginia novelist
and short story writer Richard
Bausch will read from "Hello to the
Cannibals," his new novel about a
pregnant college dropout who
begins communicating across time
with pioneering 19th century British
explorer Mary Kingsley.
The reading will take place Thurs-
day at 5 p.m. at Auditorium A in
Angell Hall.

By Allison Yang
Daily Staff Reporter
With participation from their more than
350 chapters nationwide and an active mem-
bership list of more than 17,000 students,
Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed National Service
Fraternity, has designated this week National
Service Week 2002.
National Service Week is one of the largest
annual intercollegiate service events, organiz-
ers say. Members of APO will participate in
projects this week serving their campus and
surrounding communities, ranging from assist-
ing the elderly to reaching out to elementary
school children. They will focus their efforts
on this year's theme to "build a stronger com-
munity and nation."
LSA junior Kate Woolley, the service vice
president of Gamma Pi, the University's chap-
ter of APO, was one of the planners for this
week's events.
"This week is a great idea. It really makes us
use all the resources of Ann Arbor. Everyone

helps out even more than they already do,"
Woolley said.
The fraternity is working on a new project
titled Passing Notes. This project is similar to
K-grams, in which students are pen pals with
area school children, but Gamma Pi is work-
ing with a Detroit elementary school. They
are also working extensively on organizing
the Blood Battle drive for next week.
LSA sophomore Cynthia Lou, communica-
tions officer of APO, will be participating in
Fall Tours Day this Saturday for her service
project. She will be helping the elderly with
tasks that they are unable to carry out them-
selves, like raking leaves, yard work and
other strenuous activity.
"Stuff like this is awesome," Lou said. "I
love it. I live in the dorms and don't get to get
out much anyways, so this is an enjoyable
opportunity. But we're all really doing it for
all the same reason - service. When I do
things like this, I get the best feeling ever."
APO has sponsored this week for the past
24 years. Each year, its members partake in

service projects at college campuses nation-
wide.
National Service Week brings together as
many people as possible to participate in vol-
unteerism.
It also brings attention to various causes
that are often overlooked.
Woolley said National Service Week helps
unite the different chapters of APO. It also
gives other chapters ideas for their own proj-
ects in different communities.
"For me, I would have to say it's great to
share what we're doing in the chapter with
APO as a whole. I compliment them on their
progress. We always get lots of positive feed-
back for this week," Woolley said.
Ed Richter, the service and communication
program director on the National Board of
Directors for APO, said National Service
Week is successful because it accomplishes
many goals, including promoting APO in
communities.
"Chapter members have the chance to per-
form valuable service in the community

ice Week
while also developing their leadership skills.
Planning service projects is a great way to
learn how to organize events. And, there are
countless opportunities within each-chapter
and between chapters," Richter said.
When this event began in 1979, it was only
one day, not a week.
As APO developed, this event turned into a
one-week project.
This allowed students to dedicate more
time and effort to their projects and have a
more flexible scheduling to complete them.
"When National Service Week began there
weren't as many service organizations and
efforts on the college campus as there are
today. We believe national efforts like this
have increased awareness about volun-
teerism," said Jack McKenzie, the national
president of APO.
This co-ed fraternity is the largest fraterni-
ty in the nation dedicated to service.
Their membership is open to all students.
Since it was founded in 1925 at Lafayette Col-
lege, it has inducted over 300,000 members.

New program will lower
prescription drug costs
for University employees
By Soojung Chang
"al Staf "eotr-I--' think it's the best that the

Rising drug costs and the need for uniformity in cover-
age were both cited as reasons behind a new plan to provide
all University faculty and staff with prescription drug cov-
erage separate from University medical insurance plans.
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs
discussed the plan yesterday at their weekly meeting. It will
go into affect next year.
Two committees, the Prescription Drug Program Over-
sight Committee and the Pharmaceutical Benefit Advisory
Committee, were responsible for assisting the University
Benefits Office in selecting AdvancePCS, a leading nation-
al pharmacy benefit manager, as the new provider for the
program.
"It really is essential for the University to take control of
the pharmaceutical experience of its participants," PDPOC
Chair John Billi said.
Under the new plan, which will take effect on Jan. 1,
members will be granted access to the same prescription
drugs available under the current plan.
But the plan features a new three-tier co-payment for
drug purchases, in which prices differ for generic drugs,
preferred brand drugs and selected brand name drugs.
Other new options available under the plan include new
coverage of psychiatric drugs, a mail order service for large
quantities of medications, a point-of-sale drug card for all
participants and early refills to synchronize prescriptions
during the first year.
Some SACUA members expressed concern that certain
types of drugs, such as weight loss medications, are not
covered under the plan.
Billi said some drugs were not covered because of ques-
tions about their safety and effectiveness.
The plan's emphasis on increasing the use of generic
drugs to cut costs also raised concerns that members would
not have the best medications available to them.
Billi said brand name drugs would be available when
appropriate, though at a higher cost than generic drugs in
some cases.
According to the Benefits Office, AdvancePCS was cho-

University can do to make sure
our faculty and staff have the
most access to the opportune
levels of drugs based on the
interaction between the
physician and the patient."
-.John Billi
Prescription Drug Program Oversight Committee
sen from a group of finalists representing the largest and
most sophisticated pharmacy benefit management compa-
nies in the nation because of its competitive pricing, flexi-
bility and experience with the University.
"I think it's the best that the University can do to make
sure our faculty and staff have the most access to the oppor-
tune level of drugs based on the interaction between the
physician" and the patient," Director of Benefits Marty
Eichstadt said.
Eichstadt said she liked that "the University was able to
decide what drugs would be covered not just based on price
but based on outcome."
She added her office has been working on the new plan
for the past two years.
Many of the features of the new program, including the
tiered co-payment system, were recommendations made as
a result of a series of focus groups led by Prescription Drug
Work Group 2002.
Former Provost Nancy Cantor and Robert Kasdin, for-
mer executive vice president and chief financial officer,
created the Prescription Drug Work Group 2002 in late
2000 to examine prescription drug coverage in University
health plans.

PATRICK JON ES/Daily
A student warms up before joining a basketball gameat the
Intramural Building on East Hoover Avenue yesterday.

ELECTIONS
Continued from Page 1
Two seats are up for grabs on the
University Board of Regents. The
Republican candidates are current
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman of Ann
Arbor and state Rep. Andrew Richner of
Grosse Pointe Park. Opposing them are
Democratic candidates Ismael Ahmed
of Dearborn, director of the Dearborn-
based Arab Community Center for Eco-
nomic and Social Services, and Greg_
Stephens of Saline, a business manager
and financial secretary of the Interna-
tional Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Local 252.
Republican Mike Cox of Livonia
hopes to end a more than 40-year
Democratic hold on the state attorney
general's office that continues under
Granholm. He faces state Sen. Gary
Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who has
vowed to protect consumers from fraud-
ulent business practices if elected.
Democrat Melvin Butch Hollowell
squares off against Republican Terri
Land in the race to replace term-limited
Miller as secretary of state. Hollowell, a
Detroit attorney, has emphasized elec-
tion reform, including the use of optical
rather than punch-card ballots.
Proposal 02-4 would redirect 90
percent of the state's settlement with
tobacco companies, which pays for
some state programs like the Michigan
Merit Award scholarships, to health care
and anti-smoking efforts.
Debate over Proposal 02-1 has
been largely along partisan lines, with
Democrats in opposition.
It would ban straight-ticket voting, in
which voters can cast a single vote for a
party's entire slate of candidates.
To finance sewer infrastructure
improvements and prevent water pollu-'
tion, Proposal 02-2 asks voters to
approve the sale of $1 billion in state
bonds for low-interest loans to commu-
nities to be used to fix their sewers.
State employees would be guaran-
teed the right to collectively bargain if
Proposal 02-3 passes. They could also
take their contract grievances to binding
arbitration.

A local proposal on the Ann Arbor
ballot would renew a 0.4725 mill prop-
erty tax for non-routine maintenance to
city parks.
Having already served 24 years in
the U.S. Senate, incumbent Sen. Carl
Levin is running for a fifth term against
Republican Andrew Raczkowski, a state
representative from Farmington Hills.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dear-
born) is seeking reelection in one of the
more low-key races. The 47-year con-
gressional veteran and current dean of
the House faces Dearborn Republican
Martin Kaltenbach in the race to serve
the new 15th Congressional District,
encompassing all of Monroe and parts
of Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
Former Democratic state Rep. Liz
Brater of Ann Arbor is hoping to return
to the Legislature, but this time to the
Senate rather than the House. The 18th
District seat she seeks encompasses
most of Washtenaw County, including
the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas. Her
Republican opponent is Scio Township
Trustee Gordon Darr of Dexter.
Democratic state Rep. Chris Kolb
of Ann Arbor is campaigning to keep his
53rd District state House seat on a plat-
form of environmental protection and
land conservation. He faces Republican
John Milroy of Ann Arbor, who hopes
fiscal discipline and tax cuts will help
Michigan's economy.
Part of northern Ann Arbor falls
into the new 52nd state House District, in
which Democrat Pam Byrnes of Lyndon
Township is challenging incumbent Rep.
Gene DeRossett (R-Freedom Twp.).
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hiefje is
seeking another two-year term as the
city's top elected official. The real estate
agent and former city councilman faces
current Republican City Councilwoman
Marcia Higgins, an executive assistant
for Ardesta, LLC, in the at-large race.
Voters in three of the city's five
wards will notice contested races to
serve them on the City Council. Democ-
rats currently have an 8-3 majority on
the council, including the mayor's vote.
- Daily StaffReporters Tomislav
Ladika and Louie Meizlish contributed
to this report.

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