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'Medshovelers' volunteer to clean driveways

Students rally in
support of V-day
Information about Valentine's
Day will be presented today at noon
on the Diag, at the V-Day rally. The
rally will consist of activities such
as poetry, music and dancing. All
proceeds will go to SAFE House as
well as other international charities.
SAFE House is also receiving
funds from showings of the Vagina
Monologues, a series of narratives
about women's sexuality, will take
place at the Power Center in two
shows Sunday, one at 2 p.m. and
7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be $10 each for stu-
dents and $15 for community mem-
bers. Proceeds will go to SAFE
History journal
to hold meeting
in Tisch Hall
History students interested in
writing for the Michigan Journal of
History should meet at 7 p.m. at
1024 Tisch Hall Sunday. This jour-
nal is aimed at publishing history
papers of University undergradu-
Because the meeting will be held
after hours, the building is only
accessible through the Diag
entrance of Haven Hall.
Pierpont Commons
brings Mardi Gras
to North Campus
The famous New Orleans celebra-
tion of Mardi Gras will go north
Sunday to Pierpont Commons from
noon to 3 p.m.
The celebration will include cos-
tume making, storytelling, Zydeco
music, dancing and Mardi Gras
A parade, with people in costume
will circle the Commons. The
unusual celebration is being spon-
sored by the Pierpont Commons
Arts and Programs.
The concert will be performed by
the tuba and euphonium ensemble
at 3 p.m. near the School of Music
at Britton Recital Hall.
IASA to perform
dance program
in competition
The University's Raas Core and
Indian American Student Associa-
tion will perform a program of Indi-
an Raas dance, "Dandia Dhamaka,"
competing with college teams from
across the nation tomorrow at 6:30
The dancing style originated in
ancient times in the northwestern
Indian state of Gujarat as part of the
Navrati festival that honors Hindu
The dance involves rotating cir-
cles of elaborately dressed male and
female singing dancers and gestures
with decorated rods.
The Michigan Theater will sell
tickets for $10 in advance and $12
at the door.
Lecture explores
sexuality among
Greeks, Romans
Classical Studies Prof. Lauren
Caldwell, and English 125 teacher
who lectures about gender and sexual-
ity in Greece and Rome, will speak

Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Lane Hall.
This lecture will analyze how
ancient Greek and Roman physi-
cians interpreted biological changes
in female puberty. It will also
explore such avenues as female sex-
uality and the age of female matri-
mony through the use medical
Jazz festival to
feature ensemble
concerts, clinics
A free jazz festival will take place
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at
the Earl V. Moore School of Music
The annual event will feature per-
formances by 20 high school and col-
lege ensembles as well as clinics
lectures and master classes.
Registration for the event is availed
at www.music.umich.edu. The School
of Music is sponsoring the event.
Students can
donate blood at
mediail Ilibrarv

By Koustubh Patwardhan
Daily Staff Reporter
Medical School student David Lee remem-
bered watching his grandfather struggling to
shovel 10 inches of snow last winter.
Seeing that, Lee was inspired to do some-
thing to help senior citizens struggling
through another cold winter.
For the past two months, Lee, and many of
his Medical School colleagues, known as the
Medshovelers, have been devoting their pre-
cious time to helping senior citizens clear
their driveways of snow.
In all, there are more than 70 volunteers
divided into eight teams.
Each group is assigned the house of a sen-
ior citizen, and every time there is a snow
accumulation of more than two inches team
leaders rally their members to shovel the

driveways and walkways outside the senior's
Lee said he made the groups large because
everybody cannot show up each time, and
this way if even a few people show up then
the job is still relatively easy.
Joel Escobedo, a University Medical
School student and Medshoveler, said it is
"very rewarding to help people who by shov-
eling would have put themselves in danger
for falls, hypothermia, and other related ill-
"Ultimately, the hope is to prevent snow-
related injuries among the elderly" Lee said.
The response has been overwhelming.
Medshovelers receive many telephone calls
and e-mail requests from senior citizens for
shoveling, Lee said.
He added that there are more than 20 sen-
iors who have asked for help but cannot

receive it because the group does not have the
necessary resources in terms of shovels and
manpower to meet the necessary demand.
"I like it, they're great" said Don Zellar,
76, a senior who has been helped by this
group. "They did as good of a job that any-
body can do, and not only did the front side
of my house but also did the backside for
Escobedo said he joined the organization
because it was a great way to help seniors and
at the same time be somewhat related to the
medical profession.
"By shoveling their driveways and walk-
ways we might indirectly prevent unnecessary
visits to the doctor," he said.
Jonie Hsiao, a Medical School student and
volunteer, said she joined the organization
because she was interested in helping out the

"Ultimately, the hope is to
prevent snow-related
injuries among the elderly:"
- David Lee
Medical School student and Medshoveler
She added that in the fall she had helped
rake leaves for the elderly.
But she said she thought that snow shovel-
ing would be more appropriate for students
because "it takes much more brute force and
She said that when she went to college in
Baltimore she would hear on the news that
many seniors died of heart attacks because of
the strain caused by snow shoveling.

new tax hikes for
tobacco, alcohol

You have been warned.

By Victoria Edwards
Daily Staff Reporter
Gov. Jennfier Granholm's budget for
Fiscal Year 2004-05 could lead to two
taxes increases - one on cigarettes and
the other on alcohol.
The budget, announced yesterday,
calls for a 75 percent increase in the
cigarette tax, causing a raise from
$1.25 to $2. This would make Michi-
gan's cigarette tax the second highest
in the country, after New Jersey. The
liquor tax would rise from 65 to 74
percent, excluding beer and wine.
Students expressed mixed reactions
on the tax markups, which will not only
attempt to raise revenue but also to
decrease the number of smokers in the
"It's not going to stop smokers
because it is an addiction. I have friends
who order stuff from the Internet to get
around the tax, people have their ways,"
said LSA sophomore Chelsea Kaiser.
School of Music freshman Jamie
Cooper echoed Kaiser's beliefs that the
tax would not force students to quit
these habits. "No, I think it'll make peo-
ple work just that much harder at their
job (to cover the tax)," Cooper said.
LSA junior Sharon Kim also said the
tax would be ineffective in curbing stu-
dents habits. "If people want to smoke
they will do it, even if they have to pay
more," said Kim. "Also, I think alcohol
is a big part of college life, the tax wont
deter students from doing it."

But although this tax won't stop
people from smoking, it will make
many people bitter and unhappy, Kim
said. "I don't think it's a good idea. I
think it's kind of crappy. People will be
very unhappy about it. I don't smoke
but my friends do and they'll complain
about it. It seems like a desperate
means to get money from people in the
state," Kim added.
But there were positive responses to
the tax as well. LSA senior Andrea
Peinado said that as long as the money is
used constructively she is in support of
the proposed taxes. "If the money is
gong to fund something useful I guess
it's OK," Peinado said.
School of Music freshman John
Rouah also said that although there
were advantages fiscally for the state, in
other avenues the tax was ineffective.
"It's a brilliant idea if the main goal is
to raise money for the state. But if the
goal is to lower the number of abuses
and death (from) the substances it's
pointless. It will just make people work
that much harder to make a couple extra
bucks to smoke," Rouah said.
Still, Peinado expressed doubt that
this tax would deter anyone from smok-
ing or drinking.
"People will drink regardless and
smoke whether or not there is a tax.
Maybe it is different with college kids,
though, because they don't have the
money," Peinado said.
- Daily Staff Reporter Michael
Gurovitsch contributed to this report.

Flyers attached to bike racks outside Mary Markley Residence Hall warn that bikes will have to be
relocated before students leave for Spring Break to make way for a construction project to the
School of Public Health complex.
A story on Page 1A of yesterday's Daily should have said that eight out of 10 members of the Panhellenic Association
executive board received a vote of no confidence.
Please report any errors in the Daily to corrections@umich.edu

Human rights
activist Juan
Mendez of
Argentina speaks
in the University's
Advanced Study
Center yesterday.
In his lecture
students to
become activists,
Mendez recalled
his experiences
during the 1970s,
when he was
imprisoned for one
and a half years
by the Argentinian

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Human rights activist recounts
life under military dictatorship

By Marie Handfheld
For the Daily

Even after being tortured from Argentina's military dictator-
ship in the 1970s for advocating human rights, activist Juan
Mendez describes his career and life with modesty.
"I was just part of my generation. We all wanted to
change the world, and I decided to use what skills I had to
help," Mendez said before an audience of 30 people in the
University's Advanced Study Center yesterday. "It was a
time of great social upheaval, and I saw it not only as a con-
tribution, but a duty."

past violations into the open for the victims, as well as punish-
ment for those responsible in the form of criminal prosecution.
Mendez cited the importance of treating each country's situ-
ation as unique, but he added that he believes there is a funda-
mental universality inherent to what he called the human rights
"I don't think it is more important for my family to know
what happened to me while I was in prison than it is for a
mother in Rwanda to know who ordered the execution of her
son and why" Mendez said.
Although the lecture attracted a diverse audience of faculty
and community members, student attendance was low. LSA
senior Azhar Majeed heard about the lecture from one of his

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