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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 3A

THIS WEEK
Five years ago...
LSA freshman Courtney Cantor
died after falling out of the window
of her sixth-story room in Mary
Markley Residence Hall. A mainte-
nance worker found Cantor by the
Markley loading dock early in the
morning.
The night before, Cantor received
a bid from Chi Omega sorority and
attended a party at Phi Delta Theta
fraternity, where she was served
alcohol.
"She held everything together," LSA
freshman and friend Rebekah Parker
said at her funeral. "She was a best
friend to a lot of people."
Phi Delta Theta national headquar-
ters revoked the University chapter's
charter later that year for violating the
fraternity's alcohol-free policy.
Ten years ago...
In conjunction with the University
and city of Ann Arbor, AIDS Aware-
ness Week began in order to raise cam-
pus education about AIDS. College
Republicans posted controversial signs
advocating morality and family values
as the best cures for the disease, taking
a shot at homosexuals.
"They're spreading ideas that strike
terror in people's hearts," Gay Libera-
tion Front member Natasha Raymond
said. "That kind of language is aca-
demically wrong."
Oct. 20, 1989
U.S. Chief Justice William Rehn-
quist spoke at the Law School in an
event limited to Law School students
and faculty. His non-controversial
speech was on the 1805 impeachment
trial of Chief Justice Samuel Chase.
Forty protesters stood outside in bad
weather, demonstrating against Rehn-
quist's conservative ideology and
beliefs.
"The agenda of William Rehnquist
is not one that supports the rights of all
people," said Rhonda Laur, member of
the Ann Arbor Coalition to Defend
Abortion Rights.
Oct. 15, 1983
Former President and University
alum Gerald Ford visited the Universi-
ty to launch a capital campaign, aimed
at raising $160 million toward the Uni-
versity.
"As an alumnus, I hope I can go
around the country and enthusiasti-
cally and emphatically convince peo-
ple that what they give in dollars is a
great investment in this country,"
Ford said.
The money would go to new profes-
sor positions, scholarships, a new
chemical sciences building and other
renovations around campus.
Oct. 19, 1974
University President Robben Flem-
ing said at a Board of Regents meeting
that the University would not abide by
a new law that allowed students to see
their academic records until January at
the earliest.
Congress had recently passed the
bill, denying federal funding to any
university which did not permit stu-
dents to see their files. The bill was
scheduled to take effect on Nov. 19.
Oct. 13, 1967
The Student Government Council

recognized the right of freshman
females to make their own hours for
curfew. This came in response to a pre-
vious resolution passed by one of the
councils in Mary Markley Residence
Hall, which, in essence, abolished
women's hours.
"It has been residence hall staff poli-
cy since early last year not to get
involved in types of disciplinary action
where students have passed rules,"
University Housing Director John
Feldcamp said.
Oct. 15, 1989
The Residence Hall Board of Gover-
nors decided to install private phones
in all women's residence halls by Sep-
tember 1990. Previously, almost all
halls had public telephones running
through a switchboard.
The board also noted that a $2 fine
for parking bicycles illegally in front of
Mary Markley Residence Hall had
cleared up congestion.
Oct. 14, 1964
At a meeting with 25 student repre-
sentatives, University President Harlan
Hatcher urged students with concerns
to address their grievances through the
student government, rather than hold-
ing demonstrations, which he called
irresnonsible and ineffective. Hatcher

Annual cancer walk sees best
turnout, fundraising in years

By Janeel Naqvi
For the Daily

"You never expect to hear the words, 'It's
cancer,' " said Diana Kearn, one of nearly
2,500 breast cancer survivors, friends and
family members assembled at Michigan Sta-
dium on Saturday to raise money for their
cause.
More than 40,000 lives are claimed by
breast cancer each year, according to the
American Cancer Society. The Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that start-
ed and ended at the Big House raised nearly
$155,000, said LSA senior Christina Morrow,
recruitment manager for the society.
The money raised was earmarked for a
variety of ACS programs, including Reach
to Recovery, which pairs breast cancer
patients with women who have been
through similar circumstances; Look Good,
Feel Better, a program that aims to improve
the self-image of breast cancer patients;
and Road to Recovery, which drives
patients to their treatments, Morrow said
Many University students, staff and
faculty participated in the walk. Teams
from University Students Against Cancer
and the Medical School participated,
Morrow said.
Fewer students turned out because the walk
coincides with fall break, but there was high
faculty participation, Morrow added.
This was the walk's most successful year
and far exceeded expectations for both atten-
dance and fundraising, said ACS spokesman

Kevin Mlutkowski. He attributed the success
to the group's website, which helped raise
$45,000 this year.
"Strides with Di" was a team of
friends and family who walked to show
their support for Kearn, who was diag-
nosed with breast cancer in April at the
age of 40. Many on the team were Uni-
"I walk so others don't
have to deal with it ... I
don't want other kids to
have to walk in the
memory of their moms."
- Patty Krcatovich
Walk participant
versity employees, co-workers of
Kearn's life partner, Morrow said.
Morrow also spoke at the event, saying the
goal of the walk was "to bring together com-
munity, survivors, family and friends."
"If caught early, breast cancer is over 95
percent curable," she added.
The money raised by the walk will go
toward breast cancer research, advocacy and
education, Morrow said.
Among the American Cancer Society's cur-
rent advocacy efforts is lobbying the Michi-
gan Legislature to lower the age for free
mammograms from 50 to 40, Morrow said.
Many participants walked in the memory
of loved ones lost to breast cancer.

"I walk so that others don't have to deal
with it," said Patty Krcatovich. Her younger
sister, Judy Brodzik, ended her four-year bat-
tle with breast cancer in 2002.
Brodzik was an engineer, a pianist, a runner
and a mom, said Krcatovich. Brodzik's chil-
dren walked alongside their extended family
Saturday in honor of their mother.
"I don't want other kids to have to walk in
memory of their moms," Krcatovich said.
Brodzik's family called itself Judy's Dolphins,
symbolizing a school of dolphins banding
together to fend off sharks.
A team from the Cancer Care Center at St.
Joseph Mercy Hospital also participated in
Saturday's walk. The center provides holistic
healing, with both in-patient and out-patient
care, said Debbie Madison, a social worker
from the center.
"There is a high emphasis on caring for
hearts and spirits," Madison said.
More than 150 nurses, social workers and
patients from the cancer center participated in
the walk, she said. "(The center) can't work in
isolation - we need community."
Early detection is key, said Devana Clay,
a breast cancer patient at the cancer center.
Clay walked to raise awareness of the dis-
ease, which afflicts more than 212,000
Americans each year, including men.
Some of the money from the event will
fund breast cancer research at the University,
Mlutkowski said.
"The University has been extremely sup-
portive of the event since we started three
years ago."

BRETT MOUNIAIN/Daily
Community members participate in the Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer walk Saturday.

22-year-old Mich. resident dies in Iraq attack

CONCORD (AP) - Mary Catherine Wheeler had a bad
feeling when she heard a television news report that a U.S.
Army gunner had been killed in an attack in Tikrit, Iraq.
The mother of 12 later found out her only son in the mili-
tary, 22-year-old Donald Laverne Wheeler Jr., died Monday
in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Tikrit.
"I said if it is not us with an Army guy coming down the
driveway, it will be another driveway and we will learn com-
passion during this fight for those who have sacrificed," she
said yesterday.
Mary Catherine Wheeler, known as "Mary K," her hus-
band Don, some of their children and other relatives gath-
ered at the family's house in Concord, 15 miles southwest of
Jackson.
The family told stories about Donald Laverne Wheeler,
known to them as "D.J.," as they sat in the living room filled
with Wheeler's senior pictures and military photos.
"He was the first one to want to make you laugh," Mary
Catherine Wheeler said with a grin after telling the story
about the time he danced around the house wearing a grass
skirt and coconut bra from Hawaii.
Donald Laverne Wheeler - named after an uncle killed
in the Korean War - was an Army specialist in the 4th
Infantry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas. ,
Mary Catherine Wheeler said her son joined the Army
after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He also was inspired by
his grandfather, who was a World War II veteran, she said.
"Nine-eleven happened and he thought the military would
help him be a stronger, better person," Don Wheeler said

about his son.
Donald Laverne Wheeler enlisted in the Army in Novem-
ber 2001, transferred to Fort Hood in April 2002 and was
sent to Iraq in March 2003, Fort Hood spokesman Cecil
Green said.
The attack that killed Donald Laverne Wheeler on Mon-
day took place when assailants fired a rocket-propelled
grenade at a U.S. Army patrol in the Tigris River city 90
miles north of Baghdad.
Despite her son's death, Mary Catherine Wheeler said she
wants the military to finish its duty in Iraq.
"We need to keep going at it," she said. "We can't quit
now with all the loss of life, that would be a waste."
The 6-foot-5 gunner graduated from Jackson Lumen
Christi High School in 1999 and was an offensive lineman
on the Titans football team that made the regional finals.
Lumen Christi coach Herb Brogan described Wheeler as
"a good solid, hardworking kid."
Mary Catherine Wheeler said her son, who was called
"Sunshine" by some of his fellow soldiers because of his big
smile, frequently sent letters from Iraq. He often asked his
mother to send him candy and $1 bills to hand out to chil-
dren in Iraq, she said.
Mary Catherine andDon Wheeler said yesterday their son
had a strong belief in God; he brought his Rosary and prayer
book to Iraq. Their house is filled with pictures of Jesus
Christ and statuettes of the Virgin Mary.
"He's got so close to God over there," said Mary Theresa
Stevens, Donald Laverne Wheeler's aunt.

Walk-On Try-Outs
For the Michigan
MEN'S
f (
BASKETBALL
TEAM
Monday, October 20, 2003 - 7:00 P.M.
at Crisler Arena
You must be a full-time student registered for a minimum of 12
credits. You must register with the basketball office in Weidenbach
Hall. You must also submit a physical to the same office. For further
information, please contact the basketball office at 734-763-5504.

AP PHOTO
Donald Wheeler Jr.'s rthers Patrick and Spencer; sisterAndrea with two-month oId
daughter Caylee; sit from left, as brother Paul stands near a lifesize picture of him in them
living room yesterday in Concord Twp.
The Middle East and
October 17 from 2-5 pm at Rackham Auditorium
Presentations and Q&A session on civil liberties and
the impact on perceptions about the U.S. after 9/11.
Hussein Ibish-communications director, American-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and vice-president,
National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (NCPPF)
Noel Saleh-staff attorney dealing with post-9/11 activity at
the Michigan chapter of the ACLU
Karima Bennoune-assistant professor of law, Rutgers
University and former legal advisor, Amnesty International
Salwa Kanaana-correspondent and web editor, AI-Quds
AI-Arabi newspaper
Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
http://www.umich.edu/-iinet/cmenas

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