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Nursing prof talks
on gender and
substance abuse
Nursing and Women's Studies Prof.
Carol J. Boyd, a director at the Sub-
stance Abuse Research Center, will
speak about her current research today
from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 2239 of
Lane Hall.
Boyd's research focuses on the rela-
tionship between gender and substance
abuse among different groups, includ-
ing female criminals college and high
school students. The talk, "Drink, Drugs
and Gender," is free and sponsored in
part by the Institute for Research on
Women and Gender.
School of Music
graduate students
hold concert
Graduate students from the School
of Music will premiere their personal
compositions tonight at a University
Symphony Orchestra concert at 8 p.m.
in Hill Auditorium. Students of Ken-
neth Kiesler, director of orchestras at
the School of Music, will conduct the
performance. Admission is free.
program holds
mass meeting
The Mentorship Staff of the Office
of New Student Programs will hold a
mass meeting for students interested in
0 becoming peer mentors tonight from 7
to 8 p.m. in the Center Room of Pier-
pont Commons. Students can learn
more about the program and how peer
mentors work closely with University
faculty members to affect the experi-
ences of first-year students.
For additional information or to
download an application, students can
visit www.onsp.umich.edu.
Subject detained
for possession of
The Department of Public Safety
reported that a subject was detained for
marijuana posession in East Quadrangle
Residence Hall Sunday night. DPS said
the investigation is underway.
Drunk driver caught
on State Street
A man was arrested Sunday on State
Street for driving under the influence of
alcohol and driving with a suspended
license, DPS reported.
He was released pending authorization
of warrants.
Caller reports

property stolen at
Hatcher Library
DPS reported that personal property
was stolen from the Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library Sunday afternoon.
In Daily History
Gulf War worries
members of 'U'
Feb. 1, 1991 - Several members of
the University community expressed
concern for relatives who were fighting
in the the Gulf War.
Prof. Buzz Alexander said his 23-
year-old son was serving on a navy
ship, making communication with
him difficult.
"I've had no way of knowing what he's
going through, what he's thinking, what
he's worried about, what his exxperience
is," Alexander said.
Alexander, who opposed the war,
AeaM i ner, t ulycinnr

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 1, 2005 - 3
'U' upholds standards
on hazardous waste

By Breanna Hare
For the Daily
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has
been cracking the whip on lenient hazardous waste
management programs at colleges and universities
across the nation. With its College and University
Initiative, which began on college campuses in the
Northeast, the EPA has issued $8 million in penalties
and fines. Despite this, the University has not been
under the EPA's watchful eye.
The EPA discovered in 1999 that numerous col-
leges and universities were not in compliance with
the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of
1976. This law details how hazardous waste should
be managed on college campuses, lending the EPA
the ability to monitor hazardous waste from initial
use to disposal.
The last inspection at any of the University cam-
puses was in 2000, and all three - Ann Arbor, Dear-
born, and Flint - were free of citations.
The College and University Initiative was formed
to ensure that higher education institutions were
upholding their environmental standards as well as
their responsibilities outlined in the Resource Con-
servation and Recovery Act of 1976.
In addition to the initiative, the EPA is also
working on a proposal that would terminate envi-
ronmental health and safety departments at large
campuses, like the University, replacing them with
a centralized waste-management area. By doing
this, the task of identifying and labeling hazardous
waste would be shifted from the laboratory faculty
and students to personnel within the waste-man-
agement department.
Timothy Cullen, manager of Hazardous Materials
and Remediation Services, says the University has
been penalty-free since he came on board in June
of 1995. In fact, Cullen said, "Our programs have
All of the environmental safety programs on the
different campuses utilize the same protocol for
waste management. Michael Lane, manager of Envi-
ronmental Health and Safety on the Flint campus,
said "an inventory of chemicals is required in labora-
tories to keep track of hazardous chemicals."
"The Environmental Health and Safety Depart-
ment is called to properly label and contain the
waste, so that it is ready to be picked up by a licensed
employee of the Drug and Lab Co.," Lane said. Drug
and Lab Co. is a hazardous waste-management dis-

The last inspection at any
of the University campuses
was in 2000, and all three
were free of citations.
posal business that services all three University cam-
At the University's Dearborn campus, the secret to
successful waste management is through education.
"Our environmental programs have helped us to be
aware," said Robert Quattro, manager of laboratories
in the Department of Natural Science.
With majors such as Environmental Science and
Technology available, students and faculty are sensi-
tive to environmental issues, making it easier to con-
trol the management of hazardous waste on campus.
Quattro said the clean slate that the University has
with government environmental agencies cannot be
credited to one department. "It's an effort that every-
one participates in," Quattro said.
Terry Alexander, director of the Occupational
Safety and Environmental Health Department on the
Ann Arbor campus, agrees that teamwork and Uni-
versity support are essential to maintaining an envi-
ronmentally sound campus.
"We've always taken a very proactive stance; we've
always had a good relationship with the EPA and the
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality,"
Alexander said.
Alexander said the proposed rule change by the
EPA to form central waste-accumulation areas
instead of utilizing environmental safety departments
would change little at the University since OSEH has
already "made it fairly easy for researchers to follow
the rules."
Alexander promotes peer education and student
advocacy of environmental issues, which would aid
in the continuing process of keeping the University
safe. OSEH began the instructive process 10 years
ago by forming T2000, a pollution prevention and
waste management program.
While the University has maintained environ-
mental safety standards, administration contin-
ues to improve upon current programs. "We're
always looking critically at ourselves; regula-
tions are changing all the time and we have to
keep up with them," Cullen said.

Graduate Employees' Organization president and Rackham student David Dobbie leads
over 300 GEO members in a discussion about contract negotiations yesterday.

Continued from page 1.
The extension is the first step in escalat
pressure on the University, said David E,
president of GEO.
"For the past 30 years, we know that :
pressure on the University in steps somehowj
our issues more logical at the bargaining
Dobbie said. "While letting the contract e>]
a signal of increased pressure and GEO me
discontent with the outcome of the bargainii
cess, the negotiating team wants (the extensi
enable more discussion between GEO and tI,
Continued from page 1
Kazaa and Limewire, some students
are unaware of how to work or dis-
able the peer-to-peer networking
feature. LSA sophomore Melanie
Youngersaid sheawastunaware of the
alternatives. "I can't tell if I'm shar-
ing or not," she said.
The RIAA is able to record the IP
addresses of users who share copy-
righted material, including the time
and date at which the file-sharing
occurred. The RIAA contacts the
internet service provider - in this
case, the University - to obtain the
name and information of the person
who owns the IP address.
"The reason we receive the sub-
poenas is because students often
use University computer networks
to download, store and upload the
files," University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said.
The University is not being sued,
Peterson said. Rather, the RIAA
uses the University as a mechanism
for contacting individual file-shar-
ing offenders.
According to the Jan. 24 press
release, the RIAA contends that
university and college students are
more likely to engage in download-
ing and file-sharing of copyrighted
music. As a result, Steven Marks,
general cousel for the RIAA, stress-
es that the purpose of the RIAA's
continuing crusade is to enforce the
morality of the issue among college
Because this is the second time the
RIAA has contacted the University
about illegal file-sharing, the Uni-
versity may institute repercussions

versity to accomplish these goals."
Dobbie added that GEO will reconvene
on Feb. 24 to assess what progress, if any,
has been made during the extension and to
decide whether to accept the contract offered
by the University.
"If after (the extension) we are not happy with
what the University has offered, we will decide
what core demands must be met before any con-
tract is signed," Dobbie said. "This is the second
step in escalating pressure on the University, and
if we don't reach an agreement by mid-March,
we will then decide on a job action," which could
include a strike.

to curb students' negligence, Ber-
nard said.
"I think we have a generation that
is used to illegally downloading
music," Bernard said. "This is poten-
tially a problem and could result in
the loss of account privileges."
Although Bernard knows the iden-
tities of the three individuals and
has contacted them, the RIAA has
yet to submit the subpoena, which is
expected to arrive later this week.
"We tried very hard last time to dis-
suade (the RIAA) from pursuing file-
sharers on campus," Bernard said.
"Our approach is through educa-
tion; the RIAA doesn't do this."

Organ donor battle expands

By Talia Selitsky
For the Daily

Last week kicked off the second annual
Gift of Life Competition, a contest that has
universities from around the state compet-
ing to register the most people to agree to
put themselve on the organ-donor list.
Sponsored by Gift of Life Michigan, a
nonprofit organ recovery organization, the
competition has previously involved only
Michigan State University and the Uni-
versity. But this year, it has expanded to
include 11 other universities and colleges
in Michigan, including Albion College,
Central Michigan University and Fer-
ris State College. The competition runs
through Feb. 17.
Judged by percentage of the school
population, the competition has Albion
leading with 11 percent of the school
population registered for organ donation.
Ferris State has registered the most peo-
ple, with 419 in total. The University has
97 students registered out of a total student
population of 39,000.
"While it's a competition and that's
wonderful, we are just trying to get more
people to sign up," said Christine McKil-
lip, LSA junior and co-founder of the Uni-
versity of Michigan Gift of Life chapter.
According to the Organ Procurement
and Transplantation Network, a group
that helps organize the system of organ

"Only 8 percent of Michigan is signed up.
We would like 5 million."
- Tammie Havermahl
Public education coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan

donation in America, 86,000 people in
the country are waiting for an organ trans-
plant. Moreover, the United Network for
Organ Sharing, an organ procurement and
transplant network, estimates that every
hour and a half, a person dies waiting for
an organ. In the state of Michigan, about
2,834 people are waiting for organs, and
about 150 people have died this year wait-
ing for an organ, according to Gift of Life
Michigan's website.
Tammie Havermahl, public education
coordinator for the Gift of Life Michigan,
said that for the organ donation system to
be successful, millions of people need to
be signed up as willing donors. One rea-
son for this is that only 4 to 6 percent of
all deaths produce organs preserved well
enough to be donated. The deaths most
likely to produce usable organs are those
resulting from brain hemorrhaging, such
as strokes and motor vehicle accidents.
Organs must also be matched with recipi-
ents according to blood type, reducing the
chances that each person on the waiting
list will find a suitable organ.
"Only 8 percent of Michigan is signed

up. We would like 5 million," Havermxahl
said. One donor can potentially help 50
people, because both organs and tissues
can often be used to save lives she added.
The University has the largest organ
transplant center in the state, conducting
about 300 organ transplants a year. In the
1960s, it was the first in the state to trans-
plant a kidney, which is still functioning
to this day.
Robert Garypie, the special events
coordinator at the University of Michigan
Transplant Center, helped organize the
"Most people agree for donation, but
in hospitals most people don't. The key
to that is public awareness," Garypie
said. He said the discrepancy is caused by
people not making their wishes known to
their loved ones, due to the sensitivity of
the subject.
"There is no good way to talk about
organ donation. We find that any event
that is fun or in the public eye sparks the
conversation," he added.
To register for organ donation, go to

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