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earlier in the week, such as LSA freshman and
fourth floor Reeves resident Will Hathaway,
said they are beginning to feel better. They are
still taking precautions to avoid another bout
with the illness.
"It felt like little animals were nibbling away
at my stomach," Hathaway said.
Although most of fourth Reeves fell ill, there
is still a small number of residents who have
not caught it, like LSA freshman Matt Eliaser.
"I'm one of the only ones left standing. I fig-
ure if I get it, I get it," Eliaser said yesterday
He added that resident advisers in his hallway
gave out surgical masks for residents to wear to
avoid catching germs from their neighbors, but

the virus still appears to be spreading.
"My roommate just got sick too, about 10
minutes ago," Eliaser said.
LSA freshman Eston Bond chose to return to
his parents' home, as did some other fourth
Reeves residents.
"I honestly just felt awful. I felt like someone
shot holes through my stomach. When I got in
the hospital (Tuesday) night I was in really bad
shape," Bond said.
He said he notified his RA after almost pass-
ing out in his hallway en route to the bathroom.
"I started walking down the hallway, and I
got tunnel vision," Bond said.
His RA notified the Department of Public
Safety, which called an ambulance to trans-
port Bond to the emergency room, where he
was given four bags of intravenous fluid to
combat dehydration. Upon arrival at the hos-

pital, he was also given aspirin for a 104-
degree fever.
DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown suggests
that students follow the same precautions as
Bond and return to their homes if possible.
"If students who are sick have parents or
family members within driving distance who
can pick them up and take them home, that
is the ideal situation. It is more comfortable
for the sick person to be at home than in a
small dorm room by themselves, and we
might be able to reduce the spread of this,"
Brown said.
An e-mail was sent to Markley residents late
Wednesday night by University housing with
resources for sick students fighting the virus,
as well as tips for students who have not yet
contracted the illness.
"Amazingly, people seem to have read it,

because some students who were sick have
actually called Dean of Students Office to con-
tact faculty about missed exams. Sick people
are also starting to call dining services to have
meals delivered to them," Levy said.
He also reminded students that certain serv-
ices are covered by University Health Service,
while others are not, and stressed the impor-
tance of students knowing their health insur-
ance information.
"If you go anywhere else, like the Univer-
sity of Michigan medical center, it is not cov-
ered for registered students. It's either going
to be covered by your personal health insur-
ance or you will be billed personally for an
emergency room visit or treatment outside of
UHS. That also includes ambulance trans-
port," Levy said.
OSEH is analyzing specimens and sam-

ples from students and sending them to state
laboratories for further investigation. OSEH
is also interviewing students for more infor-
mation about the sickness, such as symp-
toms, places visited and food eaten during
the period of infection.
"We're very fortunate at the University to
have a staff like OSEH. Most universities have
some components of what our OSEH staff pro-
vides, but many are not as developed as ours"
Brown said.
Levy and Brown said it takes at least a week
for the test results to come back. Afterward,
OSEH will be able to draw more specific con-
clusions about the virus.
At this point, Brown said that OSEH still
does not believe this incident was food-borne,
because it was isolated to one area of the resi-
dence hall.

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"There is a big flaw in all of these racial profiling
studies when they fail to record what happens after a
stop is made. What we were pushing for (Thursday)
is for the Ann Arbor Police to keep that data," Powell
said. "If 10 people are stopped and two happen to be
black and are searched and the other 8 are sent on
their way, that is something significant."
The study didn't take into account the post-
pullover data because in 2001, after the study was
requested, there wasn't much emphasis on racial
profiling after a traffic stop has been made, Lam-
berth said.
"We've done (post-pullover research) in other
cities but that was not part of this study," he added.
"Also, there were technical problems in getting the
data from the police."
Though Lamberth Consulting didn't look at data
on the characteristics of those being pulled over or on
the officers making the stops, the City Council had
pressed for such data to be collected.
"The first thing was that the council had asked that
information be gathered on gender and age of per-
sons stopped, as well as that of the officers who con-
ducted the stop," Woods said.

"The council also wanted to know if a search was
conducted during the stop, and what the outcome of
the stop was. Those were my major concerns about
that, because I think we need that kind of informa-
tion to find out if that kind of racial profiling is actu-
ally happening," Woods said.
A lack of data regarding traffic stops of other
minorities prevented Lamberth Consulting from
determining whether other minority groups, such as
Hispanics or Arab Americans, were being profiled
However, data also indicated that racial profiling
against blacks was above 1.5 at the intersections of
South University and Washtenaw, and at Hubbard
Street and Huron Parkway, and at Stadium Boulevard
and Washtenaw Avenue.
"At least for the first two, there may be a lot of
African American students or persons of color going
to and fro doing their business. So I think for stu-
dents, that this is something that seems to be interest-
ing," Woods said.
Despite disagreements over whether racial profil-
ing is still happening in Ann Arbor, officials agree
the AAPD has improved since the study was first
requested in 2000.
"Overall, I think that the police department is
doing a good job, and I think it is much better than it

'There is a big flaw in all of
these racial profiling studies
when they fail to record what
happens after a stop is made.
What we were pushing for
(Thursday) is for the Ann
Arbor police to keep that data."
- Lloyd Powell
Washtenaw County Public Defender
used to be. But I don't think we should assume that
all is well and that we should no longer pay attention
to what is going on. We could easily slip back into
the situation we found ourselves in in 2000 when it
was requested," Woods said.
Powell also agreed and said, "The emphasis on
being sensitive was heightened during this three-year
period. ... My perception is that the culture has
changed and progress has been made. The study
reflects positively on the AAPD," he added.

RC freshman Katie Cho does microbiology research in the
University Hospital yesterday. Cho conducts her research
through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.


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