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Guest speakers
to discuss anxiety
of beauty loss
A lecture titled "Lost Looks: Beauty,
Embarrassment, Vanity, Consolation"
will take place today at noon in the
Osterman Common Room of the
Rackham building.
The event will feature Denise Riley,
from the University of East Anglia's
English and American Studies Depart-
ment, and visiting Prof. Norman
The speakers will talk about how,
despite new technologies involving
repair and regeneration, societal anxi-
ety about beauty has not diminished.
This lecture is sponsored by the Insti-
tute for the Humanities.
Cultural fair features
global traditions
at Media Union
The College of Engineering will
sponsor a Cultural Fair today at
12:30 p.m. in the gallery of the
Media Union. Multi-ethnic student
groups will host the fair and exhibit
cultural traditions.
Visitors will have the chance to
experience cultures and sample foods
from around the world.
Journalist's book
focuses on 'High
and Mighty' SUVs
New York Times correspondent
Keith Bradsher will discuss his new
book today at 4 p.m. in room 1040
of the Dana Natural Resources
Building. Bradsher's book is called
"High and Mighty: SUVs - The
World's Most Dangerous Vehicles
and How They Got That Way."
The book examines the safety and
environmental record of sport utili-
ty vehicles and the legal regulations
and marketplace influences that led
to their popularity. Bradsher worked
as a Detroit bureau chief of the
Times from 1996 to 2001. The Uni-
versity Transportation Research
Institute is sponsoring this lecture.
Author examines
hazing practices
across the nation
Hank Nuwer, author of the book
"Broken Pledges," will speak today
at 5 p.m. in the Rackham Auditori-
um. Sponsored by the Office of
Conflict Resolution, Nuwer's talk is
titled "Hazing: When Rites Become
Nuwer has written three other
books on hazing practices and is in
demand as a TV commentator
whenever a serious hazing incident
occurs in the United States.
Panel debates
peaceful resolutions
in the Mideast
A panel of guest professors will
discuss the possibility of Israeli-
Palestinian peace. The event takes
place tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the
Vandenberg Room of the Michigan
Sponsored by the Center for Mid-
dle Eastern and North African Stud-
ies, the panel will include visiting
Prof. Zeev Maoz, Bir Zeit Universi-
ty Profs. Khalil Shikaki and Sharif
Kanaana and Hebrew University
Prof. Gabriel Sheffer.
University political science Prof.

Mark Tessler will moderate the dis-
cussion and a question-and-answer
session with the audience will fol-
low afterwards.
Prize-winning author
reads excerpts from
short story collection
Author Michael Byers will read
excerpts of his fiction on Thursday
at 5 p.m. in room D1270 of David-
son Hall. Byers' story collection
"The Coast of Good Intentions"
won the Sue Kaufman Prize for
First Fiction from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters and
was a finalist for the PEN/Heming-
way Award.
Byers is also the recipient of a
Whiting Foundation Writer's Award.
The English Department's Visiting
Writers Series will host the event.
Lecturer recounts
lessons learned
from Communism

Study: Heart drugs
more beneficial than
previously thought

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input - as detrimental to survivors of
sexual assault.
CAPS, opponents contend, does not
give the feeling of comfort and safety
that exists at SAPAC. Since CAPS,
located in the Michigan Union, could
provide counseling to perpetrators of
sexual assault, survivors are not assured
"that in seeking help they will not acci-
dentally come face-to-face with their
own violator," according to a pamphlet.
"It's very easy to run into a stalker
in a university setting," said LSA sen-
ior Mia White, who organized last
night's meeting. White said stalking is
a prominent issue with which SAPAC
currently grapples.
Students are also concerned about
CAPS' restriction on the number of ses-
sions available to students. Opponents
of the changes cite that CAPS restricts
the number of sessions to eight to 10.
Once a survivor has concluded these
sessions, they are referred to an off-
campus provider, whom they must pay.
CAPS' policy "is to offer brief
(short-term) counseling, which
enables (it) to provide services to
greater number of students," accord-
ing to the center's website. The num-
ber of prescribed sessions, however,
can vary depending on the case.
White also said the University
failed to incorporate the opinions of
those affected by the changes.
"The primary concern is that sur-
vivors have not been thought about in
these decisions. And if they have
been, they've been completely tossed
by the wayside," she said.
But University administrators said
that transferring services from SAPAC
to CAPS would allow SAPAC to focus
on education and advocacy. SAPAC
Director Kelly Cichy has said it is
"therapeutically very important" to sep-
arate counseling and advocacy work.
As part of its advocacy function,
SAPAC helps survivors work with
professors and University housing,
along with the various legal and

"The primary concern is that survivors have
not been thought about in these decisions.
And if they have been, they've been
completely tossed by the wayside."
- Mia White
LSA senior and organizer of last night's meeting

By Genevieve Lampinen
For the Daily
For millions of patients with vas-
cular disease, certain heart drugs
may be more important than physi-
cians have traditionally concluded.
"(Physicians) aren't emphasizing
the importance of them. There is a
lot of information lacking with the
patients," said Melvyn Rubenfire,
professor of internal health and
director of the University's Preventa-
tive Cardiology Program.
A University study has shown that
drugs commonly used for heart
problems - angiotensin converting
enzyme, inhibitors and statin agents
- are beneficial to leg-bypass
Lead author of the study Peter
Henke said that most groups
attempting to improve leg-bypass
operations have had the best out-
comes with statin agents.
Statin agents can increase the
openness of the alternative vessel, or
graft, that is created by a surgeon in
a bypass surgery, said Henke, a Uni-
versity vascular surgeon.
"Statin agents had a significant
effect for improving patency of their
bypass graft and decreasing risk of
amputation," Henke said.
Leg-bypass surgery is required
when conditions such as Peripheral
arterial disease - a type of athero-
sclerosis that is often a consequence
of high cholesterol - are left to
progress without intervention. Statin
agents can be used to redirect blood
from a clogged artery.
"The statin family of drugs was
developed to reduce cholesterol.
They've been shown to help in ather-
osclerosis," Rubenfire said.
The study also showed that
patients who took ACE inhibitors
had less of a chance of dying after a
leg-bypass operation. ACE inhibitors
reduce mortality by keeping the

heart from overworking, the study
Henke said researchers were sur-
prised and dismayed to find that in
advanced cases of atherosclerosis,
the hardening of arteries, only about
50 percent of the population studied
was taking these drugs.
"(More) than 90 percent should
probably be on these medications by
a case-by-case basis," Henke said.
Most patients who do use the
drugs stop taking them after a year
or two, but Rubenfire said this is not
due to possible side effects.
"Five to 10 percent have to stop
because of a cough," Rubenfire said.
He also said that 1 to 2 percent of
people on statin agents experience
muscle ache, and added that kidney
problems develop only in extremely
rare cases.
The results of the study showed that
the 56 percent of patients who were on
statins were three-and-a-half times
more likely to have blood flow suc-
cessfully through their bypass grafts.
The patients who took statins also
experienced a much lower risk of
amputation after the operation, due
to non-healing wounds or gangrene.
In addition, the 52 percent of
patients who had administered ACE
inhibitors previous to the operation
were much less likely to die during
the average 17-month follow-up
Debra Andrews-Seling, vascular
technician, said that one of her
patients had been on statin agents
for three years and never needed a
bypass operation.
Henke noted that the drugs
should be primarily used in patients
whose conditions have not pro-
gressed to the point where opera-
tion is necessary.
"It's a matter of raising the red
flag that these patients should be
placed on these medications,"
Henke said.

administrative processes involved in
such situations.
By relieving SAPAC of much of its
counseling obligations, University
administrators said students would
receive better service. In the past,
SAPAC has had to waitlist students
for counseling or refer them to out-
side, off-campus organizations.
But Lara Brooks, a survivor and
outreach advocate with the non-profit
organization First Step, said there are
some disadvantages to the "fragmen-
tation of services."
"I think it's really important to main-
tain expertise - especially in sexual
assault crisis counseling," Brooks said.
She stressed the importance of having
one composite organization on cam-
pus, a safe place where students could
go to get counseling and advocacy
without having to recount their trau-
matic experience more than once.
When Brooks was a student at
the University, she sought out the
services at SAPAC, an experience
that was essential to her "growth as
human being."
"Essentially, it's completely
changed my life," she said. Brooks
now works as a social worker, "help-
ing people who are going through the
same trauma."
With three organizations adminis-
tering services - SAFE House,
SAPAC and CAPS - opponents are
concerned about the psychological
repercussions of survivors having to
recount their experience to numerous
people and organization.
"Having one centralized place (is) a
key element in this," said RC senior

Matt Hollerbach, who attended the
meeting. "Having spoken to, and being
friends with (rape and sexual assault
survivors), it makes them feel like sur-
vivors instead of victims."
White said that survivors may have
to recount their experience as many as
four times in the process of receiving
counseling, advocacy and crisis inter-
vention. "When you walk into CAPS,
you'll have to identify yourself as a
survivor of whatever happened to
you," she said.
In addition, the SAFE House, the
county provider for sexual assault and
domestic violence services, will take
over the administration of SAPAC's
Crisis-line under the plan. Currently,
callers to the Crisis-line must wait on
hold while a volunteer is reached.
SAFE House provides immediate
attention and translation in 150 lan-
guages. The county organization will
also provide on-site crisis intervention.
But White said the reasons for
transferring the Crisis-line are
unfounded. "We have not had many
problems with (students having to
wait on hold). Any problems we have
had have been few and far between."
White added that SAPAC chooses its
volunteers through a selective process,
while the county provider offers college
credit to its volunteers and is already
overburdened with help. "It's so impor-
tant because it's student run. It's so
important that you can call and talk to
another student," Brooks said.
Our Voices Count is encouraging all
those upset about the change to
SAPAC's administration to e-mail their
opinions to University administrators.


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