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NEWS

The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 3A

ON CAMPUS
Candlelight vigil
for quake victims
tonight on Diag
A candlelight vigil will be held at
9:30 p.m. today on the Diag to honor
victims of last week's earthquake in
South Asia. Donations will be collected
by the Pakistani Students' Association
and given to survivors of the quake. The
event is being sponsored by PSA, the
South Asian Progressive Alliance and
the Indian American Student Associa-
tion.
Series will discuss
financial planning
A free lunch series for women of
color will have a discussion tomor-
row about financial planning and
budgeting. Pamela Thomas, a bud-.
get counselor, will be leading the
discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the Michigan Student Assembly
chambers on the third floor of the
Michigan Union.
CRIME
NOTES
Bus driver reports
two men throwing
walnuts at cars
A bus driver reported that two
subjects were throwing walnuts
at vehicles driving down the 1900
block of Fuller Road on Tuesday
afternoon. When the Department of
Public Safety arrived on the scene,
the subjects could not be located.
Student becomes
angry with South
Quad meal service
During dinner on Tuesday night,
a student became visibly angry with
the cafeteria staff in South Quad
Residence Hall. The DPS shift
supervisor said it was likely a verbal
incident. The report did not include
if the student was angry about the
quality of the food.
Microwave stolen
from children's
hospital
A hospital staff member reported
a microwave stolen from a vending
area on the second floor of the C.S.
Mott Children's Hospital. There are
no suspects and the incident is still
under investigation.
THIS DAY
In Daily History
Panty raid largely
fruitless

Oct. 13, 1961 - About 200 male stu-
dents stormed the women's residence
halls last night in a largely unsuccessful
panty raid, yielding several reprimands
from University officials and only a few
women's undergarments.
The raid started with a shouting
match between South and West Quad
Residence Hall residents, in which most
appeals for a panty raid were drowned
out by entreaties for the football team
to beat Michigan State University on
Saturday's game. About 50 men left
the shouting match for East Quad Resi-
dence Hall, where they took up the "To
the Hill" chant - a traditional signal for
a panty raid since the Hill is the site of
most women's dorms. After some shout-
ing, some 200 men gathered for a march
to Mary Markley Residence Hall.
Things started to go poorly once the
crowd arrived at Markley, where they
got a cold reception from the women
and dispersed when a University patrol
car pulled up after only a few minutes.
When the students regrouped at Alice
Lloyd Residence Hall, they received a
similar reception, and some were appre-
hended by Assistant Dean of Men John
Bingley when they tried to climb the ter-
race over the entrance of Alice Lloyd.
After being chased away from the
residence hall by University officials, the
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Judge will not
halt same-sex
benefits rulieng

Granholm wants state to
approve domestic partner
benefits for state employees
LANSING (AP) - An Ing-
ham County judge denied the state
attorney general's request to tem-
porarily halt a ruling that allows
public-sector employers to provide
health insurance to the partners of
gay employees yesterday.
Republican Attorney General
Mike Cox had asked Circuit Judge
Joyce Draganchuk to halt her rul-
ing and stop the state and city of
Kalamazoo from offering domestic
partner benefits until the issue can
be decided by the appellate courts.
Draganchuk declined to issue a

temporary restraining order.
She ruled last month that public
universities and governments can
provide domestic partner benefits
without violating a gay marriage
ban approved by voters last year.
Cox is appealing that ruling.
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Gran-
holm wants the state Civil Service
Commission to approve domestic
partner benefits for state employees.
The benefits had been included in
new labor contracts, but Granholm
put them on hold while waiting for
a court ruling.
Cox thinks the constitutional
amendment prohibits Kalamazoo
and other public employers from
providing domestic partner benefits
in future contracts.

Case of prof accused
of aiding terrorists

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors
working to prove that a former college
professor was a key figure in a notorious
Palestinian terrorist group moved closer
to wrapping up their case in a federal
courtroom yesterday.
After more than four months and
over 70 witnesses, U.S. attorneys
prosecuting fired University of South
Florida professor Sami Al-Arian and
three other defendants expect to rest
soon after returning on Oct. 24 from a
planned break in the trial.
The 47-year-old Al-Arian and the
others are charged in a 53-count indict-
ment alleging they worked in the Unit-
ed States to raise money and support
the murderous mission of the Palestin-
ian Islamic Jihad, a State Department-
designated terrorist group blamed for
more than 100 deaths in Israel and the
Palestinian territories.
The case was built around hundreds

)mpletion
of pages of transcripts of wiretapped
phone calls and e-mails, letters and
financial records. Prosecutors say the
men used the academic think tank, a
Palestinian charity and school founded
by Al-Arian in Tampa as fundraising
fronts for the PIJ.
Prosecutors say the men acted as the
communications arm of the PIJ, spread-
ing the word and raising money as they
fueled the cycle of suicide bombings.
The men deny they supported violent
acts and say they are being persecuted for
championing views that are unpopular
with the U.S. government.
Prosecutors finished the shortened
trial week yesterday with testimony from
an FBI agent about PIJ websites and
intercepted e-mails that allegedly tie one
of the defendants to the terrorist group.
After prosecutors finish, defense attor-
neys expect to present about three weeks
of testimony.

SMOKING
Continued from page 1A
affects IQ and thinking ability, the
researchers discovered that long-
term smoking diminished the neu-
rocognitive function and IQ of men,
regardless of whether the men had
alcohol problems. This impact was
evident in many areas, such as short-
term memory, verbal and mathe-
matical reasoning and visual spatial
processing.
The findings have provoked
mixed reactions from some stu-
dents, especially those who smoke,
such as LSA junior Dave Jones.
Jones, who characterizes himself
as a "social smoke." smokes once
or twice a week and said although
there are issues with the sample and
procedure of the study, findings like
these further deter him from smok-
ing.
"I'm not worried about becom-
ing a long-term smoker, and maybe

there would be more of animpact
if I was," Jones said, "but, if well-
supported, (this finding) is another
reason to stop."
Other students disagreed, argu-
ing that because the findings of this
study don't overshadow the other
known risks of smoking, there is
less of an impact.
Glass added that this finding is
especially interesting because it
sampled from functioning alcohol-
ics. In the past, studies have fre-
quently used subjects from alcohol
treatment centers, comprised of
individuals with severe alcoholism.
The data in Glass's report is part
of an ongoing study focusing on
mental and physical health issues
within the context of the family.
Glass and other researchers focused
only on the male subjects of the
larger study - 172 men of various
ages - to analyze the relationship
between smoking and mental per-
formance.

"We focused on men simply
because there was more men in that
sample who drink heavily - there
was more data to analyze," she said.
"To study women, we would have to
have a more specialized sample. We
would have to go out and look for
women with drinking problems."
In the future, Glass hopes to find
whether brain function improves
for people who quit smoking, in
addition to investigating the asso-
ciation between tobacco use and
cognitive function in adolescents
and women.
"What we might see is that peo-
ple start smoking and get temporary
benefits, but with negative effects in
the long term," she said. "The most
important thing is that smoking is
related to cognitive function and
that further research is needed."
"But (this finding) could be one
other reason for people to quit
smoking if they are smoking now,"
Glass added.

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