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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 12, 2004 - 7

VIOXX
Continued from page 1.
doctor said anything about heart
attacks or strokes," Curtis said.
He stopped taking Vioxx after
nearly a year because he felt the drug
quit working. "It did the job for a
while, but my symptoms started get-
ting more and more severe."
He eventually switched to Celebrex
and then Bextra, which are now the
only other Cox-1I inhibitors available.
The main differences between the
Celebrex and Bextra are their chemi-
cal composition, dosages and possible
side effects.
Curtis stopped taking Vioxx before
the recall.
While Celebrex and Bextra are now
the only Cox-II inhibitors available,
Fendrick is hesitant to recommend
the drugs to people with cardiovas-
cular risks. These two drugs may not
be any safer than Vioxx, Fendrick
warned.
"At this point in time, I personally
recommend people at risk for high
cholesterol, heart attack or stroke
stay away from other Cox-II inhibi-
tors until safety is established," Fen-
drick said.
Since the recall, Merck's stock fell
considerably, closing at $45.07 the
day before the recall and $30.74 yes-
terday, a total loss of $14.33 in the
past 11 days.
Both Celebrex and Bextra are made
by Pfizer, which has a research and
development location in Ann Arbor.
Although Pfizer is now the only pro-
ducer of Cox-II inhibitors, its stock
has rising just 13 cents since Vioxx
was taken off the market on Sept. 30.

HONORS
Continued from page 1
The changes to transcripts should not
affect the way employers and admissions
officers view them, particularly because
the policy is now in line with the American
Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers and many other univer-
sities, Monts said.
The University has surveyed employers,
graduate and professional schools, and it has
found that they do not typically look to tran-
scripts for a student's honorary achievements,
said Simone Himbeault Taylor, associate vice
president for student affairs and director of the
Career Center.
Employers and admissions officers typically
turn to resumes or applications for the types
of awards that are being omitted from tran-
scripts, Himbeault Taylor said. Students can
also describe the awards in resumes and appli-
cations, whereas in a transcript, titles of awards
can sound obscure, she added.
The Provost's Council on Student Honors
will review additional awards that colleges
wish to add to the list, Monts said. "That
council can be petitioned to have awards con-
sidered for placement on the transcript, but it
will be a very rigorous process," he added.
The new policy will help encourage other
means of documenting a student's accomplish-
ments such as electronic portfolios, which are
becoming popular at other universities, Him-
beault Taylor said.
"There's already some work occurring on
campus with e-portfolio development. What
we are hoping to examine is how that work can
be leveraged with this documentation compo-
nent in mind," she added.
Changes in transcript policy will go into
effect this semester. If an award is already on a
student's transcript, it will not be removed, but
further unapproved awards will not be added.

WINNING BY A NOSE

COLUMBUS
Continued from page 1
first Native Americans to encounter Colum-
bus. Vivid in his view of Columbus are the
historical records that he says indicate the
rape, murder and eradication of many of his
people by Columbus and his men.
Yet what frustrates Stehney the most is
the lack of awareness about Columbus's his-
tory.
"There are people who say he didn't kill

"It is the only holiday that recognizes the
contributions of Italian Americans to the
United States. We are largely absent from
history books that children study in school.
... So we seize upon this one day," he
said.
Regardless of the cruelty endured by Native
Americans, De Sanctis said even opponents
of the holiday cannot criticize the positive
impact colonization had on America.
"If you blame Columbus for the coloniza-

tion of America and th

anyone. But there
are journal entries of
him of how he let his
men rape the women
and how they would
have contests on who
could cut an Indian
in half," he said.
Along with the
forum, NASA
has chalked slogans
across the campus. In

Columbus Debate
Students and faculty share
perspectives on Columbus and
the Colonial Legacy
Today in the Dana Building, Room
1028 at 7 p.m.

e destruction of Native
- Americans, then
you also have to
thank him for bring-
ing democracy, law,
science, medicine,
technology and all
the benefits of civi-
lization to the new
world," he said.
Despite
these arguments,
an unjustified holiday,

greatness is prevalent among many Ameri-
cans. He added that many students like him
adopted this image of Columbus in elemen-
tary school.
"We learned that Columbus discovered
America and sailed the ocean blue. We had
picture books and it was just another story,
so I didn't think much of it," he said.
For Heisler, that image of Columbus turned
to fiction upon researching him for a paper in
high school. Now Heisler said he remembers
Columbus not as an American hero, but as
a man who brutally mistreated many Native
Americans.
Although he did discover America for
Europeans, Heisler said he questions why
Columbus deserves to have a holiday, where-
as other great figures who contributed more
to America do not have one. Yet at the same
time, he said he acknowledges that Columbus
is part of an American legend that all Ameri-
cans have grown up living with and will most
likely continue to do so.
"I think it is a folklore and we will always
have it because it's always been there. Its'
just part of what we expect from our tradi-
tions, even if they are not completely true."
But to Native American Studies Prof. Gregory
Dowd, it might not only be due to an age-old tradi-
tion. Rather it may be apart of an American mind-
set that does not want to accept the dark reality of
Columbus' impact.
"Maybe people don't want to recognize
a great deal of harm that occurred from
colonization."
Columbus may be a symbol of their ori-
gins for Americans, but to Native Americans
his image only evokes a great deal of loss, he
said. But in the end, Columbus is not solely
responsible for the colonization of America.
Dowd said, "I wouldn't want Columbus to
take the entire rap for what followed him in
the United States, that diminishes American
responsibility. ... The United States has
plenty to answer for."

ELECTION
Continued from page 1
mated 36,000 total votes that were traded by
similar sites in the last presidential election,
according to VotePair.
But Yoder said he expects the number of
registrations to dramatically increase as the
election approaches, anticipating the same
accelerating trend that marked 2000's vote-
pairing campaign. The 2000 effort was led
by several independent sites, which this year
pooled their resources and formed VotePair to
seek better results this time around.
Despite criticisms from diverse quarters
- the Republicans have also condemned the
practice and questioned its legality - Yoder
defended vote trading as a way for third-party
backers, who divide their support between at
least five candidates, to avoid being marginal-
ized and to unite in collective action.
LGB3T
Continued from page 1
Wilson stressed the need for conversations
between gays and the rest of the population.
"It seems to me that when I come out as
transgender, it opens people up not only to
transgender people but all LGBT issues. I
realized that we'd be wrong to think we had
to do the gay issues first and then transgender
issues," Wilson said.
Aimee Miller, a graduate student in the
School of Social Work, said the lecture gave
her increased awareness regarding transgender
issues. "It's a form of discrimination people
should be aware of," Miller said.
The speech was followed by about an hour
of questioning. Laura Sanders, a lecturer
in the School of Social Work who teaches a
course called "LGBT Interpersonal Practice,"
said Green was a powerful speaker.
"I'm impressed with Mr. Green's eloquence
and how he has helped create a language to

He also challenged the assertion of many vot-
ers that Bush and Kerry are essentially identi-
cal. Third-party supporters have more common
ground with Kerry than with Bush, he said.
"We really believe that no matter where
progressives are coming from, our issues are
going to be more positively affected by Kerry,"
Yoder said.
He also encouraged college-aged voters
to participate in vote trading, adding that the
group is doing college outreach.
"We see a lot of potential among students
and young people. They're on the Internet
more," he said. Younger voters have more faith
in online communication, he added.
VotePair encourages Michiganders who
support Nader, Cobb or Libertarian presiden-
tial candidate Michael Badnarik to trade their
votes with Kerry backers in safe states by reg-
istering at www.votepair.org. Actual vote trad-
ing begins Wednesday.
begin to talk about and define transgender
issues. He's made an incredible amount of
progress and has really been a groundbreak-
ing force," Sanders said. She used Green's
autobiography "Becoming a Visible Man" as
a central text in her class.
Green's ongoing message stressed rights for
future generations of LGBT members through
education. He underscored the importance of
the medical community's knowledge of trans-
gender health issues such as sex-change opera-
tions and hormone treatments.
"Transgender people are everywhere. We
are gay, straight, bi-sexual. We are mothers,
fathers, teachers," said Wilson.
Green concluded by encouraging those in
attendance to vote this Nov. 2. "This year's
(National Coming Out Day) theme is 'Come
out, speak out, vote!' "Green said, "and I hope
each and every one of you will do just that."
Daily Staff Reporters Adrian Chen and
Jeremy Davidson contributed to this report.

some they have com-

Columbus Day is still.

pared the explorer to Hitler in the hopes to
ignite students' interests about the issue of
Columbus Day, Stehney said.
Over the decades, efforts like those of NASA
and Native Americans nationwide have initiated
acknowledgement of the conflict behind the holi-
day. Though yesterday marked the federal holi-
day for Columbus Day, Michigan is one of the
17 states that does not observe it. California Rep.
Joe Baca (D-Rialto) is also attempting to pass a
federal bill which would change Columbus Day
to Native American Day.
But ignoring the holiday, let alone alter-
ing it would also be overlooking Columbus's
contributions, said Dona De Sanctis, the dep-
uty executive director of the national Italian
organization Sons of Italy.
Contrary to Native Americans, Italian
Americans view Columbus Day as an Ital-
ian American ethnic holiday since he was an
Italian explorer, De Sanctis said.
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said Rackham student and Potawatomi Indi-
an Jon Low. He added that in legal terms, the
question comes down to why Columbus Day,
an ethnic holiday, should be state-funded.
"Why should the tax payers be paying for
this holiday? Why should we be subsidizing
this holiday, when we aren't subsiding any
one else's ethnic holiday," he said.
Moreover, why is it necessary for Colum-
bus to be the figurehead of an Italian Ameri-
can holiday, Low asked.
"As a native person, I would love to join Ital-
ian Americans in celebrating their heritage. But
having Columbus as their symbol makes it dif-
ficult for us. It seems to me there are better ways
to celebrate Italian culture," he said.
Yet beyond the issue over the holiday's
meaning to Italian and Native Americans is
his symbolism to Americans. Though hardly
anyone celebrates Columbus Day, LSA fresh-
man Billy Heisler said the idea of Columbus'

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