The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 3A
Drinking masks depression, speaker says
Department of Public Safety reports
show that a laptop computer was stolen
from a University staff member some-
time during the weekend from a room
in the Medical Science building. The
Dell Latitude laptop is valued at
$1,800 and the room may have been
entered using a key.
" Diag tree vandals
caught by DPS
DPS officers questioned several stu-
dents who were found painting the
Tappan Oak tree early Tuesday morn-
ing. The oak is located in the Diag,
near the west side of Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library. DPS reports esti-
mate about $125 in damage to the oak,
which was given a memorial plaque in
1858 in honor of former University
President Henry Tappan.
The Ann Arbor News reported that
five students were questioned by DPS,
and the base of the tree was painted
'U' staff member
found with pot
A staff member was found by DPS
in possession of marijuana in the Uni-
versity's salt storage building. The inci-
dent was reported Sunday, and DPS
was aware of the incident through
investigations. In addition to the mari-
juana charges, the suspect was also
. arrested on other charges, which DPS
cannot release at the time.
* impromptu golf
course lawn job
A caller reported to DPS Tuesday
that on Jan: 5, a suspect drove on the
University Golf Course. Reports indi-
cate that the vehicle caused damage to
the course, but DPS did not release any
p eludes DPS at
DPS reports show that a pair of paja-
ma bottoms and an undisclosed amount
of money were reported stolen from the
University Hospital Tuesday. The items
were reportedly taken while the victim
was in another room for testing. There
are no other suspects in the case.
Graffiti found in
S. Quad lobby
DPS officers discovered graffiti
early Monday morning in the eighth
floor elevator lobby in South Quad
Residence Hall. There are no suspects
in the case, and the graffiti was not of a
racist nature. DPS also reported that it
can be removed.
Stolen credit card
used at stores
A University staff member's wallet
was reported stolen to DPS Monday
afternoon from the Alfred Taubman
Medical Library. A credit card was
inside of the wallet, and was reportedly
used at several local stores after the
theft occurred. DPS has no suspects in
found in stairwell
A caller reported to DPS Sunday
afternoon that a person was found
sleeping in a stairwell in the School of
Social Work near room 2850, with a
leather jacket over his head. The sus-
pect was later discovered to be a stu-
dent who was attending a class in the
University Hospital security report-
ed Tuesday that a patient assaulted a
hospital staff member. DPS does not
have other information about the case
at this time.
DPS officers reported early yester-
day morning that a window in the
third floor stairwell of Butler House in
Mary Markley Residence Hall was
broken. There are no suspects in the
case, and the value of the window is
estimated at $150.
By Adrian Chen
Daily Staff Reporter
The reasons behind those winter blues were the
subject of the "Depression on College Campuses:
Connections to Stress, Sleep, and Alcohol" con-
ference held for the past two days on campus.
Between 500 and 700 people attended the confer-
ence yesterday and Tuesday, held at the Michigan
League and Rackham Auditorium. The University's
Depression Center hosted the conference.
Educators, health professionals and community
members came to listen to lectures and partici-
pate in panel discussions.
Donald Vereen, assistant to the director of the
National Institute on Drug Abuse, stressed the
physical affects of drug abuse on the brain in his
talk, "Drug Abuse and Mental Illness: Progress in
"One-half of individuals with substance disor-
ders in the past year also have mental disorders,"
Vereen said, quoting a recent study. Many of these
mental disorders - such as depression - are
"hidden" behind the alcohol abuse of their suffer-
ers, Vereen said. This may lead to underestimation
of depression and improper treatment.
Lecturers ranged from Thomas Insel, director of
the National Institute of Mental Health, to John
Howell, a safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
professional football team. Lecturers discussed
such topics as the link between stress and depres-
sion and recommendations for confronting the rise
of depression and suicide among students.
The second day of the conference was devoted
primarily to the connections between substance
abuse and depression - a pertinent issue for
University students, especially those who experi-
ence a lack of sleep or drink heavily, experts said.
Ting Kai Li, director of the National Institute
on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, addressed the
prevalence of alcohol abuse on college campuses
in his lecture "Stress, Depression and Hazardous
Alcohol Use: A Treacherous Intersection."
Li said a minority of the population consumes
the majority of alcohol in the nation and college-
age students contribute heavily to this fact. A
recent study conducted by the NIAAA, cited by
Li, showed that 80 percent of college students
drink, while 50 percent participate in binge drink-
ing. Li defined binge drinking as more than three
drinks for women and more than four for men.
The main problem with college drinkers, Li said,
is that they don't realize the huge impact varying
metabolisms and tolerance levels have on the affects
of alcohol, leading to unintelligent drinking habits.
"If you think 'I should be drinking as much as
my roommate,' you're in trouble," Li said.
The Depression Center is a network of educa-
tors, researchers and clinicians from around the
University. According to the Center's website, its
aim is to "(inspire) the investigation and introduc-
tion of new education, research and treatment
strategies" for depression. The conference was
the Center's second such event.
By Andrea Carone
For the Daily
Week's events focus
on eating disorders
Does dancing alter the mind the
same way that drugs do?
This question was explored yester-
day when members of the University
community packed in Forum Hall's
Palmer Commons to listen to a discus-
sion panel on the relationship between
dance and the human brain.
Dance Prof. Peter Sparling intro-
duced the ideas of the seminar by say-
ing, "Our title suggests an exploration
of heightened activity of the brain
while consumed with dancing."
David Vaughan and Trevor Carlson,
representatives of Merce Cunning-
ham's Dance Company, spoke in place
of Cunningham, who could not attend
Cunningham, 84, uses the computer
program Dance Form to create images
of the bodies of his dancers, Carlson
said. He added that this program allows
dancers to interpret each move differ-
ently, giving the brain a different
method of processing the moves.
Banu Ogan, a dancer in the compa-
ny, said, "One of the things that attract-
ed me to the studio was that you had to
think while you were on stage, in class,
Jill Sonke-Henderson, co-founder
and co-director of the Center for the
Arts in Healthcare Research and Edu-
cation at the University of Florida
By Yasmin Elsayed
For the Daily
Jill Sonke-Henderson, co-founder of the Center for Arts in Healthcare Research at the
University of Florida, speaks on the healing powers of dance yesterday in Forum Hall.
explained the health benefits dancing
can bring. Her healing movement pro-
gram, Dance for Life, focuses on using
movement to improve well being.
Sonke-Henderson said that one
patient who received her dance treat-
ment left the bone marrow treatment
ward in record time. "Dancing brought
(the patient) deeply inside herself to
access that wisdom," she said.
Another one of her patients with
sickle cell anemia learned at an early
age that dancing could help ease her
pain, she said.
Music School junior Karenanna
Creps said she agreed with the speak-
ers about the healing power of dance.
"The most important issue is how
dance can help one get through tragic
experiences," she said.
Creps, who is also in the Residential
College, said she was impressed with
Sonke-Henderson's work. "I wish we
could bring a program like that to the
Pamela Clouser McCann, event
sponsor and project manager of the
Life Sciences, Values and Society
Program, said, "I hope the seminar
will start a discussion around the con-
nections between dance and move-
ment and what goes on in the brain."
LSVSP is a division of the Univer-
sity of Michigan Life Sciences seek-
ing to bring attention to issues of
science and culture.
In honor of Eating Disorders Aware-
ness Week, the University's Counseling
and Psychological Services is holding
a "Love Every Body Week," featuring
events dealing with ways students can
feel better about appearance and avoid
Today, millions of men and women
around the country are afflicted with
eating disorders - leading thousands
to die every year from complications
of anorexia nervosa or bulimia.
No matter how fat or thin a person
may be, individuals with eating disorders
typically look at themselves in the mirror
and see a skewed body image, according
to the American Psychiatric Association.
The disease has a lot to do with one's
genetic inheritance. "Eating disorders
have a strong genetic component," said
Prof. David Rosen, a clinical associate at
the University. "The diseases are multi-
factorial. Some people are very suscepti-
ble genetically," he said.
Although most people assume that
individuals with eating disorders have
a problem with food intake, the main
cause of eating disorders arises from
underlying problems a person faces in
life, according to the APA.
Christine Asidao, a member of the
University's Counseling Services with a
doctorate in clinical psychology, said,
"Messages that young men and women
have received regarding what beauty
really is in the past, as well as what their
culture and racial and ethnic back-
grounds distinguish as beautiful, may
contribute to how they perceive them-
selves and what they could do to match
those perceptions. For others, (eating
disorders) are a way of coping with the
many disappointments that they may
face in their lives."
While many men experience this ill-
ness, nursing Prof. Karen Stein said eat-
ing disorders are mainly a problem for
women. She said eating disorders some-
times result from traumatic life experi-
ences. "Sometimes it can be a
catastrophic event like sexual abuse that
makes one go out and explore" she said.
According to the APA, anorexia ner-
vosa affects 1 percent of women while
4 percent of college-aged women have
bulimia. Only 10 percent of people
with anorexia and bulimia are male.
"Men have similar features to women
in that there is a strong contribution to
the combinations of personal characteri-
zation and family history.... Rather than
looking thin and delicate, though, it's
imperative for men to be muscular and
physically fit," Rosen said.
For further information on eating
disorders or where to receive help on
campus, CAPS offers free services to
students who may be in need of an eat-
ing pattern assessment or therapy. To
contact them, call 764-8312.
Featured events for "Love Every
Body Week" all take place in the
Union. Events include "The "Catch-
22 of Female Sexuality in Pop Cul-
ture" and "Eating Issues and Body
Image" workshops going on today
from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 7 to 9
p.m. respectively. "Dilemmas in Gay
Male Body Image" and "Students
Stories and Performances" take place
tomorrow from noon to 1:30 p.m.
and 7 to 9 p.m. An art exhibit Sunday
will conclude the events.
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