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September 8, 2003
©2003 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIVI, No. 5

One-hundred-twelve years of editorialfreedom


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the afternoon
and evening
after a partly
cloudy morn-

LOWi 59


Hungry students find Mcard useless in Big House

By Emily Kraack
Daily Staff Reporter
As parched football fans may have noticed,
Michigan Stadium concession stands have
stopped accepting students' Entree Plus at foot-
ball games this season.
Engineering sophomore Lisa Gossman said
she found out about the change when she tried
to buy a bottle of water at Saturday's game
against Houston. "I ended up not buying water
and leaving after the first half," she said. She
said her inability to buy a drink contributed to
Bush says
$87 bilion
needed to
fight terror
days before the anniversary of the
Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush said 4
Sunday night he will seek $87 bil- V
lion to fight terrorism in Iraq and
Afghanistan and "engage the enemy
where he lives."
In an 18-minute address Bush said,
"We are fighting that enemy in Iraq
and Afghanistan today so that we do
not meet him again on our own streets,
in our own cities."
Bush appealed for troops and money
for security and reconstruction from
other countries,
even those who.
opposed the U.S.-
led war.
Bush, speakingr
from the Cabinet
Room in a nation-v
ally broadcast
speech, said the
United States
would not be
intimidated into Bush
retreat by vio-
"The terrorists have cited the exam-
ples of Beirut and Somalia, claiming
that if you inflict harm on Americans
we will run from a challenge," Bush
said, referring to U.S. withdrawals after
the loss of American lives. "In this they As
are mistaken." wit
It was Bush's first major speech on
Iraq since May 1, when he stood on the
deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham
Lincoln and declared an end to major
combat operations.
Since then, more Americans have
died in Iraq than were killed during the
war. The overall death count is 287 -
149 since May 1.
The violence - including four By
major bombing attacks in a month - Dai
have raised alarms about Bush's han-
dling of Iraq. I
Republicans and Democrats alike a f
have urged Bush to change course and "c
seek more troops and money from Re
other countries. dri
Questions also have been fueled by F
the administration's failure to find any me
of Saddam Hussein's alleged illegal Pri
weapons or Saddam himself. Bush pa
made just one reference in his speech rol
to weapons of mass destruction - a Th
sharp contrast to his repeated asser- rep
tions before the war about illegal inc

her leaving the game.
"I was really thirsty. It was so hot and you
just want water."
LSA senior Jared Freer said he had no idea
about the change and felt that students should
have been notified in advance. "Not telling
anyone, that's pretty shady," he said. "If they're
going to take something like that away, they
should tell us."
Spokesman Alan Levy said University Hous-
ing Department decided to end the Entree Plus
program at the Big House after the end of last
year's football season.

He said the program was cancelled after it
failed in its first year to recoup operating
costs of renting equipment, installing data
lines and other costs during the seven-game
football season last year. Only the Big House
is affected by this - Entree Plus is still
accepted everywhere else it was accepted
Students with Entree Plus points can use
their Mcards to buy food in residence halls and
in eateries such as those in the Michigan Union
and League.
Michigan Student Assembly President

Angela Galardi said she attended a meeting
about the program last Friday with University
Housing Business Manager Larry Durst and
Residence Hall Association President Amy
"The cost of the machines made it hard to
make a profit," Galardi said. "It had a lot to do
with budget cuts."
Levy said he was not sure if efforts had
been made to communicate the changes to
the student body. The Entree Plus screen of
the University Housing website reflects the
See STADIUM, Page 5A

Still used
at campus
such as:
The 10 dining halls for additional meals.
Residence-hall snack bars and stores,
laundry roomshvending and copy machines.
L Eateries in the Michigan UnionMichigan
League and Pierpont Commons.


Pill approved
for extended
birth control

Drug promises to cut
women's periods from 13
to four per year
By Kylene Kiang
Daily News Editor
Seasonale, the first birth-control pill
to lessen the frequency of a woman's
menstrual periods from 13 to four times
per year, was approved by the Food and
Drug Administration Friday.
Developed from the same mix of
small-dose estrogen and progestin - hor-
mones found in most birth control pills
- a prescription of Seasonale provides
the user with 12 consecutive weeks, or
84 days, worth of active pills. Further-
more, during the woman's period, Sea-
sonale users are given a week's supply of
placebo tablets to keep them in the pill-
taking habit.
Seasonale's medication period is sig-
nificant in length compared to conven-
tional oral contraceptives that are taken
each day for only three to four weeks.
A clinical study from Eastern Virginia
Medical School showed Seasonale was,
just as effective in preventing pregnancy
and does not cause heavier periods. Side
effects associated with regular birth con-
trol pills such as headaches, nausea and
blood clots may also result from Sea-
Produced by New York-based Barr
Laboratories, Seasonale would cost
about $1 per pill, comparable to the
price of other mainstream oral contra-
ceptives. The company said the drug
would be available for prescription by
the end of October.
Though the drug may seem like a
quick fix for agitated women ready to

rid themselves of further inconvenience,
the FDA warns that for some women the
drug may do more harm than help as
incidents of unexpected bleeding was
one of the drug's downsides found in its
clinical trial.
"Although Seasonale users have fewer
scheduled menstrual cycles, the data
from clinical trials show that many
women, especially in the first few cycles
of use, had more unplanned bleeding
and spotting between the expected men-
strual periods than women taking a con-
ventional 28- day oral contraceptive,"
according to the FDA.
FDA spokesman Scott Monroe said
the effects of the drug will vary. "Some
will find they respond entirely as the
product was designed to function, and
others will have increased inter-menstru-
al bleeding to the extent that they choose
not to continue with the product."
Though women have been using birth
control for years to delay menstruation,
Seasonale is the first drug marketed
specifically to do that job.
"I've already heard of women using
the pill to stop getting their periods, so I
think it is just an easier option for
women who are going to do it anyway,"
said LSA freshman Sara Roedner.
During menstruation, the lining of the
uterus is shed so that excess tissue and
unfertilized eggs can leave the body.
Prior to approval, the leading
medical concern was whether four
annual cycles would be sufficient to
allow the uterus to get rid of any tis-
sue that builds up. However, this
should not be a concern as most oral
contraceptives including Seasonale
work to completely suppress growth
of the uterine lining, said Lori Lam-
See PILL, Page 5A

they adjust to an environment of hard partying and hard studying, freshmen try to keep a balance between the two,
h varying degrees of success.
Fres/zmen worry about overload
7s parties lure tem from studies

Emily Kraack
ly Staff Reporter

Pop quiz - what is the first thing
reshman thinks of when the word
ollege" is brought up? Academics?
sidence-hall life? How about
For at least a few incoming fresh-
en, Michigan's No. 13 rank in the
inceton Review's survey of top
rty schools has played a major
e in the college decision process.
e Chronicle of Higher Education
ported Aug. 29 that, of last year's
coming U.S. freshmen class, 28.7

percent chose their colleges based
on the reputation of its "social
The Chronicle also reported that
46.5 percent had tried beer and 52.5
percent had tried alcohol before
coming to college.
However, the Chronicle reported
that 60.2 percent of incoming fresh-
men in 2002 expected to receive at
least a B average. How do freshmen
balance the newfound urge to party
and the need to study?
Roommates Ethan Brown and
Brian Les, both LSA freshmen, came
to Michigan for the cross country

and track teams. Brown is from out-
side of Boston and Les is from Mil-
waukee. Les and Brown said they
went to parties to meet people and to
get the college party experience.
They both said they have not had
alcohol at college.
Brown said he was worried about
balancing social activities and aca-
demics. "I was afraid I'd get over-
loaded with reading," Brown said.
"I've been able to handle everything
so far. It's about discipline - know-
ing when to party, when to study."
Les added that he was planning on

A birthday for a cello

Commuters adjust to new bus routes

By Adam Supernant
For the Daily

The new line of sleek city buses
inscribed with the words "The Link,"
along with the University's modifica-
tions to its bus system, has been
troubling some Ann Arbor com-
muters who have yet to master the
new routes.
"It's confusing, I don't know where
all the stops are - even with all the
flyers they pass out," LSA freshman
Sheema Akhtar said. "Even though the
schedule is posted, sometimes they
skip stops."
Changes to the bus systems
include the University's Commuter
route running from 6:30 a.m. until
1:00 a.m., and replacing the Univer-
sity of Michigan Health System's
Mitchell-Glazier shuttle and Nite
Owl route after 7:15 p.m. Typically,
the Mitchell-Glazier route runs

board a
University bus
University and
Ann Arbor
buses have
changes to
their routes.

Central Campus.
The Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority in August began The Link
mass-transit system, which joins "The
Ride" program. The new bus system's
purpose is to provide tourists and Ann
Arbor residents alike the ability to
commute through the city's various
shopping districts with less hassle. The
bus system runs every eight to 10 min-
utes between Kerrytown, Main Street,
State Street, Central Campus and
South University, with 13 of the route's
24 stops located within campus bound-
"The Merchant Associations (rep-
resenting area businesses)
approached AATA several years ago
with a desire to provide a service to
help people get around downtown,
making it a little easier to get from
one shopping district to another,"
AATA spokeswoman Mary Stasiak
said. "The bus system also travels

Inside: Map of Ann Arbor's revised city bus route. Page 5A

muter will provide service to the
Medical Center both northbound
and southbound.
Prior to the recent changes, the
Commuter stopped at 7:30 p.m.
Also, the North Campus route that

Little as well as the Shapiro Under-
graduate Library and near the
Michigan Union.
During normal weekday hours, a
bus that services the Northwood fami-
ly housing area will provide transit

Music Prof. Anthony Elliott performs on the ex-Duke of Edinburgh



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