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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 8, 2003 - 3

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Mold, ragweed allergies
annoy sneezing students

Geek Week

Five years agos...
The University's Delta Zeta sorority
chapter closed its doors permanently
after more than 50 members deactivat-
ed their memberships, in addition to a
lack of new pledges.
Trying to counter the problem, the
Panhellenic Council had granted Delta
Zeta the right to hold a special kind of
rush, in which the house would get an
extra week to hold less structured
open-houses.
Ten years ago ...
About 400 of the 2,200 Macintosh
computers sold during the "Computer
KickOff Sale" were infected with a
virus from a software disk that was
included with the computers. The virus
did not destroy files, but rather caused
the computers to beep inadvertently.
Oct. 4, 1960
University astronomers became the
first in the world to receive radio trans-
missions from Saturn. The team had
been working on the project for more
than three years. It officially received
the first signal from the planet on Aug.
25. Astronomy researchers said their
next goal was to get a transmission
from Mercury, which is far more diffi-
cult to detect than Saturn because of its
small size and closeness to the sun.
Oct. 6, 1965
The University announced that with-
in the next five years Central Campus
would gain nearly 500,000 square feet
with the construction of the Modern
Languages Building, the Psychology
Building and the Math and Computer
Center.
Oct. 11, 1968
The Board of Governors of Resi-
dence Halls recommended that the
University Board of Regents get rid
of the requirement that sophomore
women must live in residence halls.
Even though the resolution eventu-
ally passed, women still needed
their parent's permission to live off-
campus.
Oct. 5, 1971
University faculty members over-
whelmingly endorsed a proposal
that would ban all classified
research- from the University. The
only exception would be for
research that "is likely to contribute
so significantly to the advancement
of knowledge as to justify infringe-
ment of the freedom to publish
openly." After a drafting committee
finalized the language of the pro-
posal, it would be brought back for
a final vote.
Oct. 9, 1976
An informal Michigan Daily poll of
160 students in the Diag about their
alcoholic preferences revealed that the
most popular drink for students was a
simple cold glass of beer. The favorite
hard-liquor choice for men was scotch
on the rocks and for women was gin
and tonic.
Oct. 15, 1980
University Athletic Director Don
Canham took disciplinary action
against several hockey team members
who hazed a freshman player, leaving
him drunk and naked in freezing cold
weather outside of Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall.

Oct. 4, 1983
A male student in Alice Lloyd Resi-
dence Hall was held up at gunpoint by
two men asking for drugs and money.
Authorities said the two men searched
at least one other room before finding
the victim, indicating he was singled
out on purpose. Fearing the victim was
attracting threatening persons into
Alice Lloyd Residence Hall, the stu-
dent was asked to move out and com-
plied.
Oct. 8, 1985
Vice President George Bush was
disrupted by protesters while speaking
on the steps of the Michigan Union to
commemorate the 25th anniversary of
the presidential candidate John F.
Kennedy's 1960 announcement of the
Peace Corps.
Bush responded to the hecklers by
saying, "That's one of the great things
about freedom. I'd like to see them go
down to old Lenin Square and see what
happens there." Students were protest-
ing U.S. foreign policy in Central
America.

By Dan Trudeau
Daily Staff Reporter
As the days grow shorter, University physicians say
autumnal allergies are running rampant, causing grief for
afflicted students. With high concentrations of ragweed
and mold in the brisk fall air, itchy eyes and runny noses
abound on campus.
LSA junior Marissa
Zavala is allergic to mold
and said rain aggravates her '
condition to intolerable lev-
els. She said that while the
cooler weather has helped
ease her symptoms this year,
she will likely suffer from
sneezing and coughing
through the end of October.
"When it rains I just always want to crawl back
into bed," Zavala said. "I carry a box of Kleenex to
my classes this time of year."
Andrew Singer, an allergist and clinical instructor at the
University Medical School, said fall allergies, frequently
known as hay fever, are on the rise worldwide and are grow-
ing worse in developed countries, adding that, for students,
the symptoms can have a serious impact on daily life.
"Some patients say that this interferes with school

and with work," Singer said. "Especially when cou-
pled with sinus infections, allergies can make it dif-
ficult to concentrate. It's a large contributor to
absenteeism."
He added that the likelihood of contracting sinus
infections increases for patients with allergies. The
unique and sometimes demanding schedules of stu-
dents make treatment difficult, Singer said.
"There's probably not a whole lot you can do to
prevent allergies," he said. "Especially for students,
getting on medications that won't make them sleepy
is the best thing to do."
Zavala expressed frustration about the drowsy side
effects of medication and said her allergies have a negative
impact on her ability to study and succeed in class.
"A lot of allergy medications put you to sleep. If
you're trying to read a really boring textbook and
you're already drowsy, it's over," she added.
Doctors say fall allergies can often resemble a common
cold when it comes to symptoms, but can be more serious.
Singer said while colds typically last between a week and
10 days, allergies often affect patients for months.
University Health Service offers treatment and
immunizations for students suffering from allergies,
and the University of Michigan Health System gives
immunizations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fri-
days at the Taubman Center.

DMVID , UMANIN
Civil engineering senior Jimmy Horton blocks a spike at a game
between a civil engineering student team and an industrial and
operational engineering student team during Geek Week.

Dem.

White House hopefuls invited to visit A2

Nine candidates plan on
debating in Detroit, may make
stop in Ann Arbor first
LANSING (AP) - With all nine Democra-
tic presidential candidates planning to be in
Detroit for an Oct. 26 televised debate, state
party officials couldn't pass up the chance to
invite the candidates to stay a little longer.
Michigan Democratic Party executive
chairman Mark Brewer has asked the candi-
dates to participate in two town hall forums
Saturday, Oct. 25, the day before the debate.

The morning forum would take place in
Ann Arbor and be sponsored by the Washte-
naw County Democratic Party. The afternoon
forum would be held at the union hall for
United Food and Commercial Workers Local
876 in Madison Heights and be sponsored by
the Oakland County Democratic Party.
The forums would be set up so each candi-
date would address the audience and take
questions individually, without other candi-
dates in the room.
"No confrontation. No debate," Brewer said
of the format. He said the forums "will be attrac-
tive to Democratic Party activists and useful to the

candidates ... (who) could get out and touch a lot
more folks" than just by attending the debate.
He expects several hundred people would
attend each event.
Brewer sent out the invitations for the town
hall forums several weeks ago, but hasn't got-
ten a commitment from any of the candidates
to attend.
Representatives for several candidates said
they were considering the invitation, but
haven't made plans that far into October.
Those planning to attend the 8 p.m. Sunday
debate at the Fox Theatre are U.S. Sens. John
Edwards, John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman,

U.S. Reps. Dick Gephardt and Dennis
Kucinich, former Vermont Gov. Howard
Dean, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun,
former Gen. Wesley Clark and activist Al
Sharpton. U.S. Sen. Bob Graham dropped out
of the race Monday night.
Brewer said several of the candidates are
setting up events to raise money while they're
in Michigan, and he thinks at least some will
see the wisdom of campaigning in Michigan
on Saturday.
"We understand the demand on these can-
didates' time. But I'm encouraged by their
interest" in the forums, he said.

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