The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 3
Panel discusses weapons of mass destruction
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Five Years ago ...
University administrators submitted
a counterproposal to the the Graduate
Employees Organization which refused
to meet the 37 percent pay increase
GEO's bargaining team asked for last
The University offered GEO a 2.5-
percent increase, the annual minimum
raise to account for inflation, in the latest
step in ongoing contract negotiations.
Both sides described the proposal as
"no change" from the current contract
language. "It wasn't even close to GEO's
request," said Associate Academic
Human Resources Director Dan Gam-
ble, the University's chief negotiator.
GEO Chief Negotiator Eric Odier-
Fink said he "expected some sort of
movement, and my heart really sunk,
but this is early in the game."
Ten Years Ago ...
Several University students alleged
that Michigan Student Assembly elec-
tion workers were drinking while tally-
ing ballot results. More than 150 votes
were allegedly miscounted, lost or
In response to the allegations,
MSA members spent much of the
day recounting ballots to officially
confirm the results released earlier in
"I guess somebody misplaced some
of the ballots," said MSA Vice Presi-
dent Brian Kight. "We've (recounted)
before when it's been close and we find
ballots that haven't been counted ... a
couple of ballots can be significant
with a ranked ballot system."
Nov. 17, 1953
The Michiganensian staff announced
that the 1954 version of the yearbook
would include a long-play record
would will bring many of the high-
lights directly to the ears of readers.
"Addition of the visual commentary
to the visual and editorial story of the
year is another step taken by the
'Ensian as a leader among college
yearbooks," said 'Ensian Managing
Editor Bob Schrayer.
The 8-inch record will include a
speech by University President Har-
lan Hatcher, recordings of pep rallies
and excerpts from Arts Theater per-
"The record will be offered to stu-
dents wishing to buy it at an additional
cost of 75 cents," said 'Ensian Busi-
ness Manager Bob Wells.
Nov. 20, 1987
In light of new condom vending
machines being installed on campus,
members of the Michigan Student
Assembly said they would neither sup-
port or oppose the machines at their
"Although some of us do have strong
feelings against the machines, I think
it's more important to give MSA some
issues and information to think about.
This is a very sensitive topic, and not
one for this committee to decide
alone," said Health Issues Committee
Chair Dennis Lopez.
The committee members were
specifically concerned about the high
price of vending machine condoms.
The machines sell condoms for 75
cents apiece, while students could
receive a dozen for $3.50 from Univer-
sity Health Services.
Nov. 20, 1992
The University Board of Regents
voted 6-2 to implement the Code of Stu-
dent Conduct, which governs students
non-academic conduct in Ann Arbor.
"There have been extensive interac-
tions with students," said University
President James Duderstadt.
The MSA ballot asked students for
their opinion on the code, and about 81
percent of voters responded that they
opposed it. Ninety-three percent of the
voters said the statement should not be
implemented without a student vote.
Nov. 15, 1942
Despite a shortage of meat due to the
ongoing World War II, residence halls
and the Michigan League guaranteed
that they would not run out of meat
because they contracted their supplies.
But Purchasing Agent F.C. Kuenzel
discovered that meat cuts ordered by
the Michigan Union could not be sent.
"In some instances the meat has
been loaded ready for shipment, the
government cosigns it for the Army
and all we received was the billing," he
said. "Our bacon order has been cut fom
last year's 96 pounds per week to 24. We
never know from week to week which
particular cut will not be available."
Nov. 18, 1970
By Sara Eber
Daily Staff Reporter
"The War on Terrorism," anthrax, al Qaida, Iraq,
the search for weapons of mass destruction -
these are among the buzzwords that have echoed
throughout the country since Sept. 11, 2001. But
many Americans may wonder, in the sea of flashy
headlines and breaking news updates, what kind of
threat really exists?
Students and adults filled the Michigan League's
Hussey Room past capacity, soaking in the oppor-
tunity to learn and reflect on these domestic threats
last night at the Forum on Weapons of Mass
Destruction. Three panelists focused on different
aspects of the dilemma surrounding WMDs - the
actual science and effect of their use, why they are
being used and what the United States is doing to
combat the threats.
"WMDs have such a mass effect -- it's not just
their use, but fear of their use, that overwhelms our
collective imaginations," said Michael Kennedy,
director of the University's International Institute.
Kennedy, a sociology professor, noted that
WMDs are not a new concept in American society,
though their role has shifted greatly since the Cold
War. During that time, nations used the deterrence
theory of mutually assured destruction to prevent
the use of WMDs. Now that the threat may come
from a terrorist group rather than a state, Kennedy
said, this theory does not apply.
"The world is threatened in a new way, but not
necessarily at a greater risk overall;' Kennedy said.
"It was really important to bring this to campus,"
said LSA junior Allison Goldberg, co-coordinator
of the event. "There's so much rhetoric and propa-
ganda going around that the facts are not being
In identifying the groups that pose a threat in
regards to WMD, Raymond Tanter, professor emer-
itus of political science at the University, said
Islamic fundamentalists lie at the center of the
problem. "Islamists are the radical ones doing the
hating," he said.
Tanter, now a visiting researcher at Georgetown
University, said the hatred stems from political
Zionism and imperialist actions during World War
I, and cited several British promises to Arabs that
were not kept. He also analyzed al-Qaida's actions
and potential threats they pose.
'Even small-scale use of WMDs have large-
scale effects," Tanter said. "I think al-Qaida will be
tempted to use (chemical, biological, radioactive or
nuclear weapons) as soon as it's possible."
Peter Straudhammer, former vice president of
science and technology at California-based TRW
Inc., dubbed the nuclear threat "extreme," the bio-
logical threat "major" and the chemical threat
"moderate." He said an effective terrorist weapon is
immediate, has a sensational impact, leaves no
trace and has an easy delivery.
WMDs are not new to warfare, Straudhammer
said. Their earliest use dates back to 1346, when
Mongols laying siege to the Crimean city of Caffa
sent corpses infected with the Black Death inside
the city. The Geneva Protocol prohibited the use of
biological and chemical weaponry in 1925.
Alireza Jafarzadeh, foreign affairs analyst for the
Fox News Channel, said the problem with funda-
mentalism has come into view since the Iranian
Revolution in 1979. Solving the threat from WMDs
means focusing on Iran, he said.
"We need to fight this in the heart of fundamen-
talism - in Iran -just as you couldn't fight com-
munism in Eastern Europe before fighting it in the
USSR," he said.
Peter Staudhammer discusses the history of weapons of mass destruction to a packed audience last
night in the Michigan League's Hussey Room last night.
Van Harp, former assistant director of the FBI's
Washington field office, explained the Various pro-
tocols used by the government to prevent a threat
from WMDs. He said harbors are particularly vul-
nerable to attack, and have a great potential to harm
the United States and world economies.
Harp, a special agent in charge of addressing the
anthrax scare of 2001, also discussed the bureau-
cratic changes made since Sept. 11, saying lines of
responsibility between law enforcement and intelli-
gence have been blurred. He defended the USA
Patriot Act, saying it "removed the bureaucratic
obstacles of the constitution that have built up over
time like barnacles on ships."
LSA junior Paul Dobson said he enjoyed the
event, but disagreed with some of the speakers' pol-
icy suggestions. In particular, he opposes Harp's
stance on the Patriot Act, and does not believe initi-
ating a revolution in Iran is a correct solution to the
problem in the area.
LSA sophomore Ilya Rusinov said the forum
was a great venue for people to hear about crucial
issues facing the country.
He was pleased that so many organizations co-
sponsored the event, including the University
Activities Committee and the American Movement
for Israel as well as groups from both sides of the
Playing for hunger
Flu vaccinations may not
protect against new strain
By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
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Its two current residents, however,
will be the last until the program can
find the money to carry on.
"Just last week we had a successful
fundraiser at Rick's American Cafe, Get
Down for Israel, that raised nearly
$8,000," said Halman, describing the
student support, especially among the
University's Jewish population, for the
program. "It is essential not just for the
patients in Israel that we continue this
partnership in research but for the gener-
al furthering of knowledge in our Uni-
versity and nation's field of study."
Reinforcing Halman's assertion is the
ongoing research by past and current
fellows into the disproportionately high
breast cancer rates of Ash-Kenazi Israeli
women. The study, a main focus of Ben-
David, draws its subjects from an isolat-
ed sample not available in the U.S.
"Our work is in conjunction with cur-
rent University research but, especially
in the case of (Ben-David), we also
bring an expanded research and teaching
base," Meirovitz said. Among the
research projects currently undertaken
by Meirovitz with the department
include the reduction of brain damage
during radiation treatment, and making
malignant pancreatic cells more sensi-
tive to chemo and radiation therapies.
To fund the continuation of Israeli
Oncology Fellowships at the Univer-
sity, Halman and the department
administration are trying to secure
endowments from companies and
alumni but maintain that "great
fundraisers" like the one at Rick's are
essential to the program's success.
Meirovitz cannot emphasize
enough the importance of continua-
tion of funding for the fellowship.
He has been grateful for the hospi-
tality of the University, and for the
support provided for he and his fam-
ily in acclimating to the United
"From my heart," Meirovitz said, the
program "has been well-set from the
beginning, fruitfully enriching the
research" at the University as well as
both his Hadassah Hospital in
Jerusalem and medical facilities across
Israel and the United States.
In preparation for flu season, the
University has begun providing
immunizations for students. But one
particularly nasty strain of influenza
may slip through the defenses of this
year's flu shot.
University Health Service Director
Robert Winfield cited reports that sug-
gest an early onset of the flu in Texas has
a strain not contained in this year's vac-
The New York Times reported that
this new strain, Fujian, is part of a cate-
gory that causes more serious illness if
contracted and can lead to hospitaliza-
tion or even death.
The Fujian strain is not among the
three strains contained in this year's vac-
cine. But those three are close enough to
the Fujian and for that reason may not
lead to an outbreak of influenza.
The new strain was recognized ear-
lier this year but was not included in
the vaccine because of time con-
straints, Winfield said. Adding the
Fujian strain to the vaccine would not
allow enough time for farmers to pre-
pare enough eggs, in which the flu
shots are prepared.
If the vaccine is not successful in
detecting the Fujian strain, some sources
predict "that this will be a year with a lot
of influenza, in which case there will be
long waits to be seen in all health clinics
and if there is a big outbreak it may be
hard to get to the health clinics," Win-
Students living in close quarters
with each other, particularly a
majority of freshman and sopho-
mores in residence halls, are at high
risk for catching influenza and also
are at risk for contracting meningo-
coccal meningitis, an infection that
can be fatal.
Influenza, spread through drops from
the infected person's nose or mouth, is a
highly contagious viral infection leading
to symptoms of a high fever and body
temperature, body aches, cough, fatigue
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"Most people think of influenza as the
stomach flu," said Lisa Butler, Commu-
nity Wellness coordinator for the Michi-
gan Visiting Nurses, which has teamed
up with UHS to provide the shots. But
she added that the "flu is a lot more seri-
ous" than typical colds.
Flu shots are important in prevent-
ing the onset of flu symptoms and are
up to 70 percent effective. Although it
is more important for children, sen-
iors and pregnant woman to receive
the shots, students are also encour-
aged to get them.
"If you are a healthy person, your rea-
son to get a flu shot is to try and prevent
missing a week to 10 days of class or
work," said Winfield.
Both flu and meningitis shots are
available at UHS which charges $17 for
flu shots and $85 for meningitis shots.
Students can receive shots at designated
campus sites and the price will be
charged to their accounts.
The shots are "covered under Care
Choice and Medicare Part B and most
students could probably take it back to
their insurance companies to see if they
would be reimbursed," said Krista Hop-
son, spokeswoman for the University's
Allergy, Immunization and Travel
While everyone is encouraged to
take this preventative measure as
soon as possible, Winfield warns
that the flu shot is not for everyone.
"People with diabetes, asthma, heart
disease and difficulties with their
immune system" should avoid the
vaccine because of possible side
The UHS website also discour-
ages anyone with an allergy to eggs
from getting it.
Students already experiencing flu
symptoms should avoid the vaccine
as well. "If they are sick, they should
not get the flu shot, because at that
point your immune system is already
fighting something. It would help
them to get it once they feel better,
though," Butler said.
The University has decided this year
not to offer FluMist, an intranasal ver-
sion of the vaccine developed by a Uni-
versity professor, because of possible
dangers reported with its use. Winfield
said it might be available next year after
its effects are observed more carefully.
Until then, the flu and meningitis
shots, which cause only a sore arm for a
few hours, will be available to students
for the remainder of the week.
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unusual circumstance," Peterson
said. Other avenues for the state to
reduce its budget include delaying a
planned tax cuts.
Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd
said the governor has not ruled out
pausing a 0.1-percent cut in the 4.0-per-
cent state income tax set to take effect
on Jan. 1, The Associated Press report-
ed. That move would save the state $115
million in revenue.
"The pause in the income tax rollback
is on the table," Boyd said.
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"(The campaigning) brings elec-
tions to my attention, but it doesn't
make me want to vote," said LSA
sophomore Sonia Sharma. "I feel like
I have been seeing the same fliers.
The fliers are just annoying."
But the barrage of campaign
advertisements hasn't yet annoyed
everyone. LSA senior Jonathan
Clinton said he just ignores the
campaigning. Although he doesn't
find the advertising very intrusive,
he doesn't plan to vote.
"I've never been that interested in it."
Engineering junior Sam Benton
also doesn't plan on voting but for
different reasons. "I don't see that
(MSA elections) really matter. I
don't see it having any real power to
change anything," he added.
"I see fliers of people saying
there will be more buses or trans-
portation. But I don't think the
MSA has the power to make those
Many students said they either did
not care about voting or they did not
know what they would be voting for.
For some, the campaigning has not
only failed to encourage them to
vote - it has accomplished the
"It makes me not want to vote.
All it is, is people saying, they're
horrible, vote for us, instead of peo-
ple saying this is what is good
about us," said Kinesiology senior
Some students who do plan to vote
said they would only vote for their
"I probably wouldn't vote if I didn't
know anyone (who was running),"
said Art & Design junior Matthew
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