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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 5, 2002 - 3A

Bundling up to a good article

Annual snowball
fight results in
one broken nose
The annual snowball fight
between South Quad and West Quad
residence halls ended in one student
getting a broken nose and being
transported to the University Hospi-
tal emergency room. The snowball
fight began early Tuesday morning.
East Quad arson
leaves DPS with
no suspects
Students who returned to East
Quad Residence Hall Sunday after-
noon were told to leave again, after
an unknown person set papers on a
bulletin board on fire. No damage
was reported. The Department of
Public Safety has no suspects.
Fire extinguisher
causes damage
to equipment
An unknown person in the North
Campus Commons Building on Bonis-
teel Boulevard set off a fire extinguisher
in the Pierpont Commons docking area
over the weekend. The spray from the
extinguisher ruined several pieces of
catering equipment stored in the area.
Janitor assaulted
while cleaning
Angell restroom
A janitor working in Angell Hall
was pushed by an unknown person
while cleaning the men's restroom
Monday afternoon. The janitor was
not injured. The suspect fled the area
before officers arrived at the scene.
According to DPS reports, he was last
seen on State Street heading toward
South University Avenue.
In other news, officers secured
the Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library after a security alarm was
triggered Tuesday morning. They
later discovered a member of the
custodial staff had accidentally set
off the alarm.
Person arrested,
released for pot
DPS reports state that a person in pos-
session of marijuana was arrested on a
violation of controlled substance charge
Tuesday night. The person was later
released pending warrant authorization.
Woman passes
out, later wakes
in hospital
Huron Valley Ambulance was
alerted after a woman in the Kraus
Natural Science Building on North
University Avenue repeatedly passed
out Tuesday afternoon. The woman
was taken to the University Hospital
emergency room. It is unknown
whether the woman was conscious
when she was transported.
Unlocked Bursley
room is target of
" wallet theft
Two females living together in
Bursley Residence Hall reported Tues-
day that money had been stolen from
their wallets when they were left unat-
tended in the girls' unlocked room.
DPS has no suspects.

Ice leads to many
traffic accidents
and slipping
A person walking in the Med Inn
parking lot informed DPS officers Tues-
day night that she slipped on some ice
and fell, causing unknown injuries, DPS
reports state. The incident followed a
similar accident, in which another per-
son slipped and fell inside a Medical
Center parking lot Monday afternoon.
The snow and ice also caused sever-
al traffic accidents through Monday.
There were no reported injuries sus-
tained in any of the collisions, although
DPS reports state a crosswalk pole on
Plymouth Road was damaged during a
two-car traffic accident and another
pole on Fuller Road was "toppled"
during a single-car accident.
Man accidentally
drops computer
DPS reports state that a computer
monitor was damaged when the per-

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working," Emily said.
According to the National Marrow Donor
Program, fewer than half of all patients were
able to find a potential match at the time Katie
needed one.
Before her sister's transplant occurred, Emily
said she underwent extensive tests to ensure that
she was healthy enough to donate. She then spent
three days in the hospital, recovering from the
operation and watching over her sister.
She said the procedure was simple overall,
especially given the task it sought to accomplish.
"It's really minimal effort. There's a huge stigma
against donating, that it's really scary, but it really
isn't," she said.
Emily said she has never regretted donating to
her sister, who she describes as a free-spirited girl
who could light up the room and never com-
plained. Despite the transplant, Katie relapsed
and later died from leukemia.
"We were as close as-can be, best friends,"
Emily said. "I think there were still some guilty
feelings, but my family helped me get through it.
The bone marrow transplant is something that
you just have, to hope and pray that it works.
Increased recruitment and awareness efforts,
including the two recent bone marrow drives held
at the University, have raised that percentage.
Now 80 percent of patients are finding donors,
either through the national registry or family
The NMDP registry lists 4.5 million people
who have said they are willing to help people like
Katie, who need healthy bone marrow in order to
combat their illnesses.
Because of the difficulty and chance involved
with matching bone marrow and since those who
register are not required to donate even if a match
is found, many people on the registry will never
become donors.
Those who do get the chance often have a vari-

ety of questions and emotions to consider, includ-
ing what the procedure entails and the risks to the
donor and recipient, said University internal med-
icine Prof. James Ferrara, the director of the Bone
Marrow Transplant program.
"People are often moved by the fact that they
may have had a relative with cancer, and it's a
way of sort of giving back. Other people are
moved by local drives that are put on for a mem-
ber of the community who doesn't have a match.
It's a very real and tangible way of contributing,"
he said.
He added that some people decide not to donate
because they are unaware of how simple and dis-
creet the process is or because they fear hospitals in
"It depends upon how comfortable the
donors are in general with hospital. Some
minority populations have not felt comfortable
with certain aspects of medical care and med-
ical research," Ferrara said. "I think that can
hold some people back."
Encouraging people to register is crucial to sav-
ing people's lives, he added.
"A significant number of people have rare white
blood cell types, and if you have a rare white blood
cell type, it can be exceedingly difficult to find a
match. The bigger the pool, the more likely you are
to find a match," Ferrara said.
"We are so grateful to the people who do donate
because it makes such a difference to be able to tell
a patient, 'We found a match for you, there's a
stranger who is willing to donate,"' he added. "It
still gives me goosebumps that people are willing
to do that. I've seen how much it means to people
who are desperate, and what it does for them."
There are two procedures used to donate bone
marrow. The first, in which bone marrow is
pulled from a person's hipbone, is an outpatient
surgery requiring general anesthesia. The second
and newer procedure, in which blood stem cells
are coaxed into the blood stream, is a relatively
quick process similar to getting blood drawn, Fer-
rara said.

A man reads a magazine while taking a break from the cold at Subway on South
Main Street.

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"How big it is will certainly be related to what
the state appropriation increase is," he said:
Last.year, when state higher education appro-
priations remained constant, the University
increased tuition 7.9 percent. During other years,
when state appropriations were increased 4 to 5
percent, tuition rates rose 2 to 3 percent.
Glenn Stevens, executive director of the Presi-
dents Council-State Universities of Michigan, said
any cut in state appropriations places added pres-
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provide opportunities for dialogue Theres
on diversity." elected
RSG will use the knowledge of the and dive
three referendum questions to better "The
address and connect Rackham students and pro
with the University's policies and law- commun
suits. "In addition to what student gov- ate stud
ernment usually does, which is limited, share vie
it can work together with students to Gradu
increase discussion, not just a shouting the Univ
match for students," Hulsebus said. sions is
Because RSG believes fostering an body is
exchange of ideas between students is pared to
part of the University's role, RSG plans from va
to work closely with administrators to of age g
provide an environment for student "Stud
discussion, Hulsebus said. Law Sc
A newly-created Diversity Commit- admissi
tee was formed to encourage dialogue Law Sc
on diversity around campus. approach

sure on universities to increase their tuition rates,
but he said "as you go from campus to campus the
impact would be a differential impact."
Although Engler's proposed cuts are necessary
because the state constitution requires the state to
balance its budget, Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-
Salem Twp.) said legislators are largely to blame
for the budget hole they find themselves in.
"We need to be using our resources more
wisely than we are now," she said.
Legislators knew that annual reductions in the
state income tax rate during the past few years were
increasing budget "hemorrhaging," Smith said.

committee is still in its begin-
ges but will work on projects
bringing speakers to campus,
a Mendoza said, the newly
social sciences representative
ersity committee chair.
committee will be an outlet
vide for the graduate student
nity, and the community gradu-
ents interact with, so they can
ews," Mendoza said.
uate students' perspective on
versity's race-conscious admis-
sunique because the student
not a monolithic group com-
other schools - students are
ried backgrounds and a range
roups, Hulsebus said.
ents probably identify with the
hool case more because our
on policies are more like the
hool. It's more of a holistic
[h," Hulsebus said.

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"This touches closest to home to a
lot of people,"'Zahr said, adding he
thought the tactics used to discredit the
divestment movement were dishearten-
ing and disillusioning. Zahr added that
in addition to not being anti-Semitic,
the divestment movement exists as a
non-violent way to pressure the Israeli
government to end its military occupa-
tion of the West Bank and the Gaza
But divestment is not the best
answer to the ongoing conflict in
Israel, Ravin said.
"Divestment is a divisive and
destructive solution," Ravin said. "Ter-
rorist organizations are the real enemy
of the state of Israel. Without terror-
ism, there is no difficulty. Divestment
can't end terror."
There is an apparent interdepend-
ence between Israelis and Palestinians
that would suffer from divestment, he
Kiblawi said there are many paral-
lels between Israel and the Apartheid
state of South Africa. He cited the iso-
lation of Palestinians from the rest of

the Israeli population as an example.
"A nmber of Israeli laws discrimi-
nate against non-Jews," Kiblawi said.
"Israel has no legal structure to guar-
antee rights."
These laws prevent the Palestinian
and Israeli populations from living in
peaceful equality, he added.
But Ravin added the frequent com-
parison of current conditions in Israel
to the inequality faced by blacks in
South Africa in the twentieth century is
not valid.
Despite the long-term commitment
that divestment requires, Kiblawi said
he was optimistic it would achieve a
viable solution.
"If divestment is successful 0 the
road for justice and equality is paved.
The reconciliation process can begin,"
he said.
AMI would like to collaborate
with SAFE in the future, despite the
frustrations they experienced in
organizing last night's forum, Jacob-
son said.
Other pro-Israeli groups including
Michigan Student Zionists and Israel
Michigan Public Affairs Committee,
declined SAFE's invitation to partici-
pate in the forum.

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Applicants are evaluated based on
undergraduate transcripts, LSAT
results, a questionnaire about aca-
demic honors, community service,
hobbies and previous employment'
and a, personal statement, all of
which he said feeds into the judg-
ment of the admissions director.
"What it shows is that the Univer-
sity of Michigan does not have a
one-size-fits-all approach to admis-
sions," Lehman said.
"Our mission is to prepare
lawyers - to provide leaders both
in the legal profession and in the
country more generally," he added.
"Unlike the undergraduate
process, there's no formula," Law
School Associate Dean Evan
Caminker said. "It's a small group
of people working with the director
of admissions."
He said the Law School's goal in
using a race-conscious admissions
process is to develop what it calls a
"critical mass" of minority students,
so that one student does not repre-
sent the viewpoint of his or her
entire racial group.

ed and students can learn there is
diversity among minority students
as there is diversity among students
in general.
"Only when you have a critical
mass ... do you get the kind of
breakdown of stereotypes that we
are looking for," Lehman said,
adding that students must, above all
else, be academically qualified.
"We are very careful not to admit
any student of any race unless we
are confident that they will succeed
at the Law School and in the prac-
tice after they graduate," he said.
With the Supreme Court set to
hear oral arguments in both admis-
sions cases, there is a possibility
that the use of race in admissions
may be found to be unconstitution-
al. This adverse decision could
potentially force not only the Uni-
versity, but also universities nation-
wide, to change their admissions
"There is no major university in
America, outside of Texas and Cali-
fornia, that does not include race as
a factor (in creating diversity),"
McDonald said.
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