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8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 15, 2004

NEWS

MSA
Continued from page 1
tion stops short of showing any support
or disfavor for Moore's own beliefs,
Foley said the assembly's funding of
the event could cast a partisan light on
MSA representatives' ongoing efforts
to register students to vote.
"If MSA ends up funding Moore
while they are holding voter registration
drives, I definitely see a link. Howev-
er, if they fund an event spotlighting a
politically charged speaker of the right
then it would be acceptable."
But MSA Treasurer Anita Leung,
an Engineering senior, said bringing
Moore to the University is not equiva-
lent to supporting him politically.
"Enabling Moore to be brought to
campus does not mean that we agree
with what he says, Leung said.
Mironov also said, "We encourage
groups from the right to come and ask
for funding (as well)."
Beginning Friday the Voice Your Vote
Commission of MSA will dispatch rep-
resentatives to the residence halls with
voter registration forms, at the permis-
sion of the Residence Hall Association.
Voice Your Vote is dedicated to register-
ing all students to vote and getting them
to the polls, and says it is concerned with
presenting both sides of political issues.
Students can find more information
about Voice Your Voice on the group's
website: www.mgovote.com.
Also in last night's assembly meet-
ing, Mironov expressed his eagerness
for what he hoped would be a strong
year of action for MSA.
The assembly received 500 signa-
tures at last week's Festifall - more
than has been collected in recent years
- and anticipates a high turnout at its
open-house meeting next week.

MENINGITIS
Continued from page 1
lately there has been an increased fre-
quency of infection among first-year
residents.
At the University, the disease is
not common. The last reported case
of meningitis was in 1995, yet other
college campuses recently have been
experiencing reports of several cases
each year. Winfield added that the rate
of students across the nation who are
infected ranges from three to five per
100,000.
Surveillance data from the website
of the Centers for Disease Control
suggested the number of bacterial
meningitis cases for all undergraduate
students ranges from 0.7 to 1.5 cases
per 100,000. For freshmen living in
residence halls, the rate is 4.6 cases per
100,000.
Michigan is not one of the states
requiring the inoculation for protec-
tion against meningitis, yet follow-
ing the Centers for Disease Control's
recommendation, the University is
administering the shots.
It has not been made a mandatory
vaccination because of the low fre-
quency of the disease and the vaccine's
high cost and imperfections. The vac-
cine creates immunity for 70 percent
of the population, yet cannot protect
against one strain of the bacterial form
of the disease.
The shot has few side effects, includ-
ing tenderness and swelling, but does
not hurt more than shots usually do,
LSA freshman Kamali Sripathi said
after her vaccination in the Mosher
Jordan Residence Hall Monday.
After reading notices sent from
UHS during the summer, she said she
decided to get the vaccination when

arriving on campus.
She said she wanted the protection
from the disease because she now
feels "more secure living in the dorm,"
although it will not stop her from prac-
ticing good hygiene like washing her
hands.
The turnout of students so far for
vaccinations has been "well over the
expected number" said Angie Malo-
ney, a scheduler for the Flu Clinics
of Michigan Visiting Nurses, which
assists UHS. "Students that come in
seem informed about the disease and
why they are getting it. Besides, they
do not have to worry about how to
pay."
Immunization is covered by health
insurance or charged to the student
account for $85.
LSA freshman John Maxwell said
this service is convenient for him. He
was not vaccinated before leaving home
because the clinics were out of doses in
his area.
Even though Maxwell said he is
pretty confident most of his friends are
already vaccinated, he added that he
wants to know that he can live in his
dorm without getting sick.
The University's precautions of'
sending reading materials, provid-
ing resources and giving warnings to
the community have helped inform
students of the necessity to keep resi-
dence halls germ-free and practice
proper hygiene.
Although literature from the Uni-
versity has been sent out to the stu-
dent body, students like Engineering
freshman Merry Shao said they did
not realize meningitis was such a sig-
nificant threat on college campuses.
After hearing that shots are given on
campus, she realized how dangerous
the disease is and decided to receive
her vaccination.

PRAHALAD
Continued from page 1
Suthrum said. "I witnessed, first hand,
his work and his unique perspective."
In reaction to Prahalad's lecture, LSA
senior Brian Gallagher said, "It changed
my outlook, it makes me much more
aware of what is going on in the world."
Other students also expressed similar
sentiments. LSA senior Justin Singer
echoed that he was inspired by Prahalad's
message that social change and profit can
be pursued at the same time.
"I think it's a good outlook to have,
to look at the poor as more than just
welfare (candidates) - there is money
everywhere," Singer said. "If you can
make money while doing a good job, it
shows you don't have to be charitable to
be beneficial."
Not only were the students inspired,
but also many of the faculty said they
were fascinated by Prahalad's speech.
"You can tell he really believes in his
project. His heart comes through," said
Audra Asher, an assistant to Business
School Dean Robert Dolan. She said
she hopes the students understand Pra-
halad's message that business "doesn't
always have to be about money."
Even though many members of the
audience said Prahalad's message was
groundbreaking, some said they were
not as impressed.
"He was good, but not revolution-
ary," Indian native Sunita Mudaliar said.
"Being a businesswoman (in India), I've
seen these kinds of programs in India for
a very long time. He needs to stop export-
ing, and reiterate his message here in
America, while branching out to India."
But Mudaliar, who traveled from
Bombay to attend Prahalad's lecture
after reading his book, added that the
world could nevertheless improve in
many ways if "more people would lis-
ten to him."
-Daily Staff Reporter Victoria
Edwards contributed to this article

SOCIAL CHANGE FOR A PROFIT

ISRAEL
Continued from page 1
hand, one could immediately see evidence of segregation,
Davis said. "There's no such petty distinction in Israel," he said.
"There are no benches for Jews and benches for non-Jews."
Instead, Davis described Israel's apartheid as a veil that
while illegal by U.N. standards is still tacitly endorsed by law-
makers. The real segregation lies in buried laws, Davis said. He
cited loopholes in Israeli laws that permit Jewish communities
to prevent non-Jews from residing in their neighborhoods.
"Each family should have the right to choose where they
are living and not be forced to live where they don't wish to
reside," he added, referring to what he calls unofficial restric-
tions on where non-Jewish families can settle in Israel.
Davis also cited parks in Israel which, although open to all
citizens, were built over the ruins of three Palestinian settle-
ments. Not only is this an example of Israel's alleged racist
policy, it's also a war crime, he said.

Ultimately, Davis said only Jews enjoy democracy under
Israel's apartheid. He urged his listener's to take responsibility.
"What about the responsibility of the people in this room
who are not speaking out against the huge financial support
the U.S. is giving to Israel?" he said. "It should be acted upon
by this university and other universities."
LSA sophomore Feras Sleiman said Davis's lecture shed light
on the myth of Israel democracy, and that she wishes other stu-
dents would listen to more pro-Palestinian arguments.
"I see a pro-Israeli slant at this University which gives the
illusion that the University supports Israel's policies. It makes
the illusion that there are no other viewpoints. Making the
other viewpoints on campus is essential," he said.
But Risch says lectures like Davis' present a bias viewpoint,
which should be disregarded. "Hopefully in the future all campus
discourse can be raised beyond slanderous and baseless attacks
and worked toward discussing a peaceful resolution," Risch said.
- Daily Staff Reporter Michael Kan contributed to
this article

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