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Task force plans to monitor environment at 'U'
'U' to host 4th
" Annual Ballroom
The University Ballroom Dance
Team will host its 4th Annual Ball-
room Dance Competition tomorrow
from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Intramur-
al Sports Building. Advanced cou-
ples will compete from 7:30 to 9
p.m. Advance spectator tickets are $8
for adults and $4 for students. Tickets
" purchased at the door are $10 for
adults and $5 for students.
Open Mic Night
welcomes acts to
Pierpont Commons Arts and Pro-
grams is sponsoring Open Mic Night
tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight in
0 the Pierpont Commons Atrium. All
groups and individuals are welcome
to perform. The winning performer,
decided by the audience at the end of
the night, will receive $100 and be
invited to perform at next month's
Open Mic Night.
The Department of Geological Sci-
ences is sponsoring a lecture this after-
noon from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 1528 of
the C.C. Little Building. University of
Massachusetts geology Prof. Rob Decon-
to will give a presentation titled "Paleo-
gene cooling and the early glacial history
The Nuclear Engineering and Radi-
ological Sciences Colloquium will
host student presentations this after-
noon. Refreshments will be served at
3:45 p.m. and the presentations will
begin at 4 p.m. in White Auditorium of
the Cooley Building.
* screens film on
massacre in Taiwan
As part of the Chinese Film Series,
the Center for Chinese Studies will
screen the film "City of Sadness"
tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Auditorium A of
Angell Hall. The film, directed by Hou
Hsiao-hsien, is presented in Mandarin,
Taiwanese and Japanese with English
The film explores one of the most
traumatic events in Taiwan's history -
the massacre of 18,000 to 28,000 Tai-
wanese citizens at the hands of the
Nationalist Party on Feb. 28, 1947.
music and dance
to the 'U'
The University Musical Society pres-
ents a musical show "Children of
Uganda," tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the
Power Center for the Performing Arts.
The show represents the 1.7 million
Ugandan children orphaned by AIDS
and war. Tickets range from $18 to $40.
Penn State prof
lectures on fossils
Anthropology Prof. Alan Walker,
from Penn State University, is the fea-
tured speaker for today's Biological
Anthropology Seminar. Walker will
give a presentation titled "Function
from Fossils." The event will take place
at noon in Lecture Room I of the Mod-
ern Language Building.
author speaks at
the Business School
The School of Natural Resources
and Environment will hold the Ninth
Annual Sustainable Business Confer-
ence and Expo on Feb. 27, from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of the
The keynote speaker will be Thomas
Johnson, author of the award-winning
book "Beyond Measure: Extraordinary
Results through Attention to Work and
People." The registration fee will be
waived for University faculty and stu-
dents courtesy of the Erb Institute.
to lecture on
Proposed environmental indicators
include ene'j consumptin, water use
and greenhouse emissions
By Ryan Jory
For the Daily
Sitting in seats made out of recycled drink bot-
tles, members of the University community gath-
ered yesterday at the Dana Natural Resources
Building auditorium to discuss the first steps
toward creating a framework for further environ-
mental improvements on campus.
The University has won awards from the
Environmental Protection Agency - includ-
ing the government's Energy Star award for
combined heat and power - for its environ-
But last semester, University President
Mary Sue Coleman charged a task force to
further improve the school's environmental
She asked the task force to compile a list of
indicators that best measure the University's
The task force, made up of faculty, staff and
students, plans to propose seven indicators
administrators should observe - such as energy
consumption and greenhouse emissions.
The proposal, which marks the first
attempt by the University to include an envi-
ronmental party in monitoring the details of
its operations, will be presented to Coleman
by the end of the semester.
Other indicators include water use, amount
of solid waste produced and percent of solid
If Coleman approves its list, the task force
will begin collecting data and publish an
annual report, said SNRE Dean Rosina Bier-
baum, co-chair of the environmental task
This report will be used to judge which
areas the University needs to improve.
But not everyone at the meeting was com-
pletely satisfied with the task force's pro-
SNRE senior Jared Westbrook criticized
the University's decentralized paper purchas-
ing, which makes using recycled paper more
Non-recycled paper is the least expensive,
which deters departments from buying recy-
cled paper, Westbrook said.
Students should ask their departments to be
more willing to spend extra money on recy-
cled paper. Buying it in bulk may even lower
the cost, he added.
Doug Kelbaugh, dean of the Taubman Col-
lege of Architecture and Urban Planning and
co-chair of the task force, agreed that there is
a large amount of paper wasted on campus.
He said it was difficult to track the amount of
paper used because of the decentralized man-
agement of paper.
RC junior Ellen Kolasky sits on the task
force and co-chairs the Michigan Student
Assembly Environmental Issues Commission.
While she said she was pleased with Cole-
man's charge for improvements, she added
that she wished the task force was given a
more proactive role.
"We need to know the data before we can
do anything about it," Kolasky said. "It's just
frustrating because it takes a long time for
things to get done."
Tim Reynolds, SNRE representative for the
Michigan Student Assembly, said he had
"mixed feelings" on the task force's recom-
mendations so far.
"It's great that they worked to establish this
but they are working within a limited scope,"
Reynolds said. "I wish there was more long-
Reynolds asked the committee whether invest-
ing only in environmentally friendly businesses
was part of their recommendations.
The University should only be investing in
environmentally friendly companies, he said.
One of the environmentally conscious pro-
grams the University most prides itself on is
its mass-transit system.
Occupational Safety and Environmental
Health director Terry Alexander said that the
University has the "largest alternative-fuel
transportation fleet of any university in the
country," emphasizing the efficiency of the
University's bus fleet.
One audience member, however, expressed
concern that rising housing costs may reverse
transit efficiency by forcing students and faculty
to live at distances requiring further transit.
Kelbaugh agreed that commuting patterns
are a major concern of the task force.
"Travel is a big chunk of the energy pie. We
can't ignore transportation. ... It's just a little
harder to get our arms around that,"he said.
Bierbaum and Kelbaugh also are co-chairs
of an advisory group that will provide the
task force with research and other technical
Survivors recall experiences in internment camp
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Japanese American internment survivor Mary Kamidoi won't
touch mutton. In fact, she won't even eat lamb chops - it takes her
back to the time she spent imprisoned in an internment camp,
where mutton was a mealtime mainstay.
"Today and ever since I left camp, you couldn't pay me to eat
mutton," she said.
Born in Stockton, Calif., she was one of the about 120,000
Japanese Americans - two-thirds of whom were American citi-
zens - relocated during World War II. She and two other intern-
ment survivors shared their stories with an audience of more than
50 people last night in the Michigan Union.
Yesterday marked the 62nd anniversary of the day President
Roosevelt signed executive order 9066, which without mention-
ing Japanese Americans authorized what became the mass
internment of about 120,000 individuals from that community,
said history and American culture Prof. Scott Kurashige, an
Day of Remembrance events take place annually Feb. 19 around
the country, he said, adding that he would like to see this kind of
annual tradition started at the University.
"It is very important because this was a terrible injustice that was
done - the government did not issue a formal apology until 1988,
when Congress passed a law authorizing an apology and redress for
the deprival of constitutional rights," Kurashige said. "The
Supreme Court has never overturned their wartime decisions vali-
dating the mass internment."
Toshi Shimoura's family found their house ransacked when they
returned to Freemont, Calif. after the war. Even the items they'd
taken to the police department for safekeeping were no longer
there, she said.
Shimoura said she remembers Dec. 7, 1941, as the day that
"changed everything." She still remembers her parents' responses
when they heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which
precipitated the government's treatment of Japanese Americans in
the years that followed.
"The first reaction my parents had was ... 'What a terrible thing
that's happened between the country of my birth and the country of
my choice,' " she said, recalling her parents' alarm at the idea that
the government no longer trusted them. "The fear factor was some-
thing that paralyzed my family."
She remembers what followed - the curfew, the notice in
the post office announcing the upcoming evacuation and being
taken to a racetrack, where they were informed they would be
sleeping in the horse stalls that lined the walls and the hastily
constructed army barracks in the middle of track. They ate in a
"Every morning we'd go to school,
they'd have us recite the Pledge of
Allegiance ... but it always bothered
me at the end, when it came to liberty
and justice for ..... I used to mumble
'liberty and justice for some.'"
- Nob Shimokochi
Japanese American internment camp survivor
"It was like forever standing in a line - you'd finish standing in
line for breakfast and it'd almost be time to stand in line for lunch,"
she said, recalling the living conditions she said were "horrendous."
They were moved to a camp in Topaz, Utah, where their camp-
site was in a desert, a dried lake bottom. The campsite consisted of
a square mile with about 36 blocks, each block with 12 barracks, a
mess hall, laundry facilities and bathrooms, as well as one barrack
designated a "recreation center," she said.
FBI agents rounded up civilians suspected of being a threat to
U.S. security, Nob Shimokochi said, then started scouring peo-
"They'd come in and rummage through your house, looking
for any kind of evidence," he said. Even though the soldiers
couldn't read Japanese, they would still flip through magazines
Books in Japanese were a cause for suspicion, he said, and many
community leaders, teachers and language instructors were taken
into custody the week after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
"Everybody lived in fear that they may come and arrest your par-
ents," he said, recalling how a friend's parents were taken and the
children were left on their own.
He was also taken to a racetrack with his family - interned May
9, 1942, and taken by early September by train to Wyoming, where
they had to become accustomed to large temperature drops and
lived on 45 cents a day.
"Every morning we'd go to school, they'd have us recite the
Pledge of Allegiance ... but it always bothered me at the end,
when it came to liberty and justice for all," he said. "I used to
mumble 'liberty and justice for some.' And today after all these
years when I hear the Pledge of Allegiance, I think about the con-
LSA junior Joseph Kim said attending last night's event brought
books he is reading on internment for a class to life. "It was a first-
hand look at people's experiences," he said.
Nob Shimokochi speaks about his experiences in an Internment camp
during WWi in the Michigan Union Pond Room yesterday during an
event that marked the 62nd anniversary of the camps' establishment.
He added that he was struck by the hypocrisy of the prisoners
still having to pledge their allegiance to the nation and impressed
that the presenters and others emerged strong, building successful
lives for themselves.
"Just how they survived through all that struggle and discrimina-
tion and persecution ... they persevered and lived the life a true
America offers - of equality, of success, the pursuit of happiness
and liberty," he said.
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DALLAS (AP) - An experimental
vaccine wiped out lung cancer in some
patients and slowed its spread in others
in a small but promising study,
Three patients injected with the vac-
cine, GVAX, had no recurrence of lung
cancer for more than three years after-
ward, according to the study of 43 peo-
ple with the most common form of the
disease, non-small cell lung cancer.
The findings were published in
Wednesday's Journal of the National
Cancer Institute. The research was
funded in part by CellGenesis, a phar-
maceutical company that hopes to pro-
duce the vaccine.
The vaccine, developed by researchers
at Baylor University Medical Center in
Dallas, is years away from reaching the
market, if ever. The researchers hope to
apply for Food and Drug Administration
approval in three years.
"The results are very promising for
patients with non-small (cell) lung
cancer, which is frequently resistant
to chemotherapy," said Dr. John
Nemunaitis. a Baylor oncologist who
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