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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 3

CAMPUS
Local pianist will
perform eclectic
blend at concert
Local pianist Kathryn Goodson will
play a variety of music styles on the
piano, including classical and ragtime.
On the list will be works by Bach,
Shostakovich, Babadjamian, Gershwin
and Ragtime composers. The event,
which will take place Thursday at
12:10 p.m. in the main lobby of the
University Hospital, is sponsored by
the University of Michigan Health Sys-
tem's Gifts of Art.
WWII hero to give
lecture, receive
medal at ceremony
World War II hero Bill Basch will
receive the Wallenberg Medal today for
risking his life during the war to aid
Jews living in safe houses. Basch will
also lecture on his experiences as a sur-
vivor of the Buchenwald and Dachau
concentration camps and his experi-
ences with and high regard for Raoul
Wallenberg. The event, at 7:30 p.m. in
Rackham Auditorium, is sponsored by
the Horace Rackham School of Gradu-
ate Studies, the Wallenberg Endow-
ment and University Hillel.
Time again for
Intramural sports
hockey entries
Entries for the Fall 2003 Ice Hock-
ey Tournament will be taken tomor-
row at the Intramural Sports Building
from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is
$175 per team. There will also be a
mandatory meeting for team man-
agers today at 6 p.m. The tournament
begins Nov. 2.
Film on Peter the
Great to play in
Angell Hall
A film depicting the early part of the
reign of Peter the Great will be shown
tomorrow in Auditorium A of Angell
Hall. The Russian czar founded the
city of St. Petersburg and built Russia's
first navy. He is widely seen and the
man who initiated the process of bring-
ing Russia into the modern world -
intellectually, technologically and artis-
tically. The showing will begin at 8:30
p.m. and is sponsored by the Center for
Russian and East European Studies.
Human rights
speaker explores
domestic violence
Loretta Ross, founder and executive
director of the Center for Human
Rights Education, will give a lecture
on domestic violence titled "Bringing
Human Rights Home." The lecture is
part of the Fourth Annual Tamara
Williams Memorial Lecture - in
memory of the former University stu-
dent who was killed by her boyfriend.
The event, tomorrow from 7:00 to 8:30
p.m. in Room 1324 of East Hall, is
sponsored by University Housing, the
School of Social Work, the Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center and the Interdisciplinary
Research Program of Violence Across
the Life Span.

Classics prof gives
talk on last words
Classics Prof. Danielle Allen from
the University of Chicago will give a
lecture titled "Last Words: Rhetoric,
Death and Authority." Allen won the
Quantrell Award for Excellence in
Undergraduate Teaching in 2001. The
event will be Thursday at 4 p.m. in the
Special Collections Library of the Har-
lan Hatcher Graduate Library. It is
sponsored by the Department of Clas-
sical Studies.
One-time showing
of documentary on
Deitrich Bonhoeffer
Martin Doblmeier's documentary
about renowned 20th-century theolo-
gian Deitrich Bonhoeffer will be
shown today at the Michigan Theater.
Bonhoeffer was killed during World
War II for his known opposition to
Hitler and the Nazi regime. The film
will be shown at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for students.
British director to
lead Russian epic
drama performance
British director Declan Donnellan
f will lead a group of actors, picked

Volunteers open their hearts to
homeless kids at Time for Tots

By Ashley Dinges
Daily Staff Reporter

Students looking to get involved in
community service now have another
avenue to pursue their interests.
The off-campus program, Time for
Tots, is a non-profit Washtenaw Coun-
ty organization that operates in con-
junction with SOS Community
Services of Ypsilanti.
Time for Tots is a daycare service for
homeless families from shelters in the
Washtenaw County area open to tod-
dlers and preschool-age children. Par-
ents who need to spend time searching
for a new job or a new home can send
their children to this service rather than
bringing them to interviews.
The program "provides the parents
with time to go to appointments, and
the flexibility to make it to more jobs.
If they are taking a child, it creates
more stress," said Ellen Cramer, Time
for Tots supervisor.
For students such as LSA freshman
Carly Tracey, the experience has been
one of discovery. As an ongoing
assignment for her English 124 class,
Tracey had to sign up for a program to
fulfill a community service require-
ment. Her experience with Time for
Tots will be tied into her final class
project about dealing with the difficul-
ties of being homeless.

"The experience has opened my eyes
to kids, and life in general," Tracey
said. "The volunteering aspect has
given me a new view on the paper. We
are actually part of the life of someone,
as we would not be normally."
Although the program is not affiliat-
ed with the Univer-
sity, many students "It is inspir
like Tracey volun-
teer their time to very hopef
work with the chil- that there
dren for about three
to four hours a out there v
week. At any time, hadai
10 to 12 volunteers SO hard an
work at the center people wh
with each staff
member working than them .
with a small nunm-
ber of children. Time
"Each caregiver
has one or two
children, and plans a lesson for them.
Because there are such a wide variety
of ages, we can't plan lessons for the
entire group," Cramer said.
Roommates and Law School stu-
dents Kavitha Babu and Debbie Gold-
farb both actively volunteer in the
program, which they discovered
through a flier. Babu, who has been
involved in the program since January,
works in the preschool room with four-
to six-year-old children.

"It is inspirational and very hopeful
to see that there are people out there
who work so hard and care for people
who have less than them," Babu said.
Volunteers work with children dur-
ing the entire day and concentrate on
learning activities such as reading,

ational and
ful to see
are people
who work
d care for
o have less
I,,
- Kavitha Babu
for Tots volunteer

crafts and singing.
In addition, the
program has a dif-
ferent theme for
each week, and
inc or po rates
theme-related
activities including
field trips.
"Last week, we
went to the natural
history museum.
The week before,
a firefighter came
with his truck.
They really gear

the activities toward educational
aspects," Babu said.
The center also provides services for
children, including referral for coun-
seling or health needs. And counselors
come to the actual center in order to
eliminate the need for parents to create
appointments.
"They are just normal kids - they
like to be played with. They're not any
different because they are homeless,"
Tracey said.

SHUBRA OHRI/Daily
Volunteer and Law School student Debbie Goldfarb holds four-month-old Andy at
Time for Tots, a branch of SOS Community Services of Ypsilanti.

Study says SARS evolution quick and unpredictable

By Naila Moreira
Daily Staff Reporter
The deadly SARS virus may pos-
sess the capacity for rapid and
unpredictable evolutionary change,
suggests recent research conducted
at the University.
One of the genes in SARS is a
mosaic of pieces cobbled together
from several prior parents, ecology
and evolutionary biology Prof.
David Mindell and Rackham stu-
dent Joshua Rest report in the jour-
nal Infection, Genetics and
Evolution.
This process of mixing and
matching, known as recombination,
allows viruses to inherit the func-
tions of several parents, unlike most
viral genes that are direct clones
from one parent virus.
If future recombination events
occur, they could allow SARS to
undergo sudden changes in function
and behavior, Mindell said.
"Recombination is an important
evolutionary mechanism," he said.
"It accomplishes for viruses what

sex can accomplish for vertebrate
animals."
By studying the evolutionary tree
of SARS, or Severe Acute Respira-
tory Syndrome, Mindell and Rest
also showed that the family of
viruses to which SARS belongs,
coronaviruses - so named because
their spiked surfaces resemble a
crown of thorns - have a history of

eled to Hong Kong and transmitted
the virus to others staying in his
hotel. SARS cases have occurred in
29 countries and have caused 813
deaths, with the largest outbreaks
experienced in Hong Kong, Singa-
pore, Taiwan and Toronto, as report-
ed by the World Health
Organization.
Only eight confirmed cases have

SARS cases have occurred in 29 countries and
have caused 813 deaths, with the largest
outbreaks experienced in Hong Kong,
Singapore, Taiwan and Toronto, as reported by
the World Health Organization.

where we've been able to terminate
so quickly the spread of an infec-
tious agent," epidemiology Prof.
Arnold Monto said. "It seems
almost too good to be true, and
we're worried that it is too good to
be true."
Carl Simon, director of University
Center for the Study of Complex
Systems, who models infectious dis-
ease transmission, said respiratory
illnesses commonly recur in a sea-
sonal pattern. For instance, the dead-
ly influenza epidemic of 1918 -
which killed about 20 million peo-
ple worldwide - began with a
small outbreak the previous year
that seemed to have been contained.
However, SARS differs signifi-
cantly from other known respiratory
illnesses, including other human
coronaviruses, Monto said. "We
cannot conclude as yet that it will
be seasonal like our other respirato-
ry diseases," he added.
"There's a huge question about
what's going to happen next year,"
Simon said. "And boy, no one
knows."

To prepare for a possible recur-
rence, the University will reconvene
its SARS task force that handled
issues during the epidemic, said
Robert Winfield, director of Univer-
sity Health Service. Next month, the;
task force will meet to discuss and
implement public health measures
for prevention and containment,
especially those recommended by
the CDC in a recent document on
SARS preparedness.
The possibility of SARS' return:
keeps research like Mindell and
Rest's in the spotlight.
"These findings are important
first and foremost because the
SARS virus is a threat to human:
health," Rest said.
Since coronaviruses also cause
minor illnesses ranging from stom-
ach upsets to the common cold, the
research will have relevance even if
SARS itself never reappears, he
said. Coronaviruses "are a group of
viruses we probably should have put;
effort into understanding before,
because they're an important part of
human biology."

jumping from species to species.
SARS is believed to have originated
in birds, and may have moved from
poultry or game birds to human
hosts.
SARS first emerged in the rural
Guangdong province of China in
April of this year and spread when a
physician infected with SARS trav-

occurred in the United States, with
no confirmed cases in Michigan,
according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Although WHO pronounced the
SARS epidemic contained in early
July, many experts worry that SARS
will recur.
"We've never had an experience

Ann Arbor seeks student advice on creating 'cool' city

By Mona Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to draw and retain young peo-
ple between the ages of 22 and 34 to Ann
Arbor, Mayor John Hieftje is soliciting stu-
dents applicants for a new Cool Cities Advi-
sory Group.
The program, which was created by Gov.
Jennifer Granholm, calls for more than 250
cities in Michigan to establish an advisory
panel that will provide input on what makes a
city "cool."
"Our younger generations hold the key to
our economic future," Granholm said in a
written statement last month. "When young
people leave Michigan, they take with them
their talent, job skills, solid educations, and
economic growth potential. We're going right
to the source to find out what will make them
want to stay."
In the final report of the Michigan Forum of
Future Legislative and Business Leaders, the
Michigan Chamber Foundation states, "In 2002,
Michigan lost population in the 25-34-year-old
age group at twice the national average."
The report, which also presents informa-
tion from a study conducted by the Michigan
Economic Development Corp., adds, "Most
metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in

Michigan had negative population change
among 25-34-year-olds, with the exception of
the Ann Arbor MSA."
According to a set of guidelines given to
Hieftje and other Michigan mayors, Granholm
hopes the advisory addresses the following key
questions:
What defines a cool city and what makes
your city special or "cool?"
How can the state help your city be
"cool?"
What does a cool city look like? How does
it use its space? What kinds of services are
offered?
What does your city do to attract jobs and
people? What could it do?
What does your city do to attract young
professionals and young people to your com-
munity?
The ideas that are generated from local advi-
sory groups will then be combined and
reviewed by a state advisory panel that will
provide input to Granholm and David Hollister,
director of the soon-to-be Department of Labor
and Economic Growth.
Granholm will hold a conference for city
advisory groups to review the results of the
project around Dec. 15.
"Ann Arbor is generally recognized as the
most cool city in the state and we're very happy

"Ann Arbor is generally recognized as the most cool city
in the state and we're very happy to cooperate with the
governor to make Ann Arbor even more cool and to
create other cool cities in the state of Michigan.
- Mayor John Hieftje
Ann Arbor

to cooperate with the governor to make Ann
Arbor even more cool and to create other cool
cities in the state of Michigan," Hieftje said.
He added that cool cities contain many
parks, places to recreate, places of music and
"vibrant cityscapes."
Last week, the Ann Arbor City Council
approved the resolution, sponsored by Hieftje
and Councilwoman Wendy Ann Woods (D-
Ward 5), for the creation of a city "cool
cities" task force.
The task force resolution proposes that the
nine-member advisory panel include one Pfizer
employee, two University students, one artist,
two downtown residents or businesspeople and
three at-large residents. The mayor's staff will
aid the advisory group.
Frances Todoro, assistant to the mayor, said

that many young people attend the University:
and then leave Michigan. "This is an effort to
make the state more attractable to young
adults," Todoro said.
Interested students may request an applica-
tion from Todoro's office either by e-mail or in
person. The application, with a resume and
cover letter attached, are due at 5:00 p.m. Nov.
4. Nominations will be made at the Nov. 6 City
Council meeting.
Kinesiology sophomore Troy Green said that
he thinks many students would apply for a
position on the panel. "Anything that brings
opportunities for students is beneficial to Ann'
Arbor," he said.
Green added that the University's positive
image improves Ann Arbor's reputation as a
"cool" city.

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