The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 3A
company to hold
The University Dance Company will
perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Power
Center for the Performing Arts in a pro-
duction of modern dance set to music by
School of Music composers. The perfor-
mance will honor the School of Music's
125th birthday. Works by guest chore-
ographers Doug Varone, Matthew Rose
and faculty choreographers will highlight
the event, which features five new dance
works set to music by William Albright,
George Wilson, Evan Chambers, Michael
Daugherty and Susan Botti. Student tick-
ets cost $9.
Contra dancing to
be taught at Union
The Ann Arbor Council for Traditional
Music and Dance will sponsor a contra
dance today in the Michigan Union from
8 to 11 p.m. This traditional folk dance
will include live music and fun. Tickets
are $5 for students.
Big Ten out for
Blood will be taken for the Big
Ten Blood Battle between 2 p.m. and
8 p.m. today in Mosher Jordan and
West Quadrangle. The challenge is
sponsored by the APO and includes
seven rival universities.
mistaken for pot
Custodians at East Quadrangle Resi-
dence Hall reported Tuesday morning
that a bag of marijuana was found in
a basement classroom DPS said. Upon
further inspection it was determined that
the bag actually contained oregano.
Twenty chairs were found missing
from a lab Tuesday in the Chemistry
Building, the Department of Public
Safety reported. Police questioned cus-
todial staff and department members to
determine if the chairs had been moved
to a different location, but so far nothing
has been recovered.
in computer lab
A trespasser was found sleeping in
the stairwell of the computer lab build-
ing Tuesday afternoon, DPS reported.
According to a DPS officer, the person
was likely homeless.
In Daily History
Study: Views on death vary
across gender, ethnicity
death are as diverse as
By Mariem Qamruzzaman
Daily Staff Reporter
Attitudes toward end-of-life medical
treatment vary by ethnic group and gen-
der, a new study says.
The study was conducted to help doc-
tors improve their treatment of patients
who are terminally ill. The study, which
was conducted by the Veteran Affairs
Ann Arbor Healthcare System, appeared
in the Journal of the American Geriatrics
The results of the study show black
and Hispanic men are most accepting of
assisted suicide, although Hispanic men
prefer to call it "assisted dying."
The study also showed that Arab Mus-
lims and Arab Christians are against going
to nursing homes. One Arab participant
said it was the "most awful thing that can
happen'" adding that there are no nurs-
ing homes in Baghdad. Arab participants
said that in their culture, family members
take care of their elders and whole neigh-
borhoods get involved when someone is
dying. Many also said they disapprove of
extending life artificially.
Black women also said they would
undergo extensive medical treatment if it
would prolong their - a marked differ-
ence from black and Hispanic men who
said they would prefer assisted suicide.
"Women felt more strongly that
everything should be done to keep you
alive because it's up to God to make
the decision," said Medical School
research investigator Sonia Duffy,
lead author of the report.
Duffy said men are more likely to agree
with assisted suicide.
"I think that men are more wor-
ried about being a burden to their
family and want to maintain their
dignity," Duffy said.
Blacks are the most comfortable with
staying in a hospital or nursing home,
and said they prefer that their family not
take care of them.
Frances Jackson, an associate profes-
sor of nursing at Oakland University who
also worked on the study, said whites were
more of a "mixed bag" and that trends
were not evident within the group.
Still, most whites said they did not
want their families to take care of them,
but would prefer to die at home. Whites
were open to most types of end-of-life
care, such as feeding tubes and dialysis,
but not life support.
Arabs indicated that they would not
want doctors to tell a family member
if he or she had a terminal illness, but
they also said if they were diagnosed
with a life-threatening disease they
would want to know.
The report said that this is a problem
for healthcare providers who are respon-
sible for telling patients the truth about
their health. Yet the report said health-
care providers can work with the family
to slowly reveal the news to the patient to
alleviate these concerns.
Fourth-year medical student Charles
Draznin said he has not been taught
about cultural sensitivity toward end-of-
life treatments, but that the results from
the study would be useful.
"I think I would have a better under-
standing of what their preferences were
if I had more knowledge of medical
beliefs and values and of multiple other
cultures," he said.
. The study included 73 focus group par-
ticipants of different ethnicities including
Arab Muslims, Arab Christians, Hispan-
ics, blacks and whites. They were all 50
Jackson said other ethnic groups such
as Native Americans and Asians were not
included because funding for the study
was cut short. Jackson said that the groups
chosen represented "90 percent of the
population of Southeastern Michigan."
DeVos promotes business Republican lawmakers unsure
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experience in campaign
about Granfloms insurance plan
wants to eliminate
state's main business tax
LANSING (AP) - Republican Dick
DeVos yesterday renewed his call for
eliminating the state's main business
tax and said his experience as a busi-
nessman would help him turn around
Michigan's economy if he's elected gov-
He did not offer many more specifics
of his economic plan, however, during a
speech to the Michigan Society of Asso-
ciation Executives legislative confer-
ence in Lansing. DeVos said last week
that it was too early for him to offer a
detailed plan and that he will spell one
out "when people are paying attention
in this state."
He did continue say he would be
better at turning around the economy
in Michigan, which had a 6.7 percent
unemployment rate in December, nearly
2 percentage points above the national
rate of 4.9 percent.
"Our economy is in decline. Families
are struggling. Jobs are leaving," DeVos
said. "And yet the rest of the nation con-
tinues to prosper."
Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm
was invited to speak at yesterday's
event but did not because she had other
appearances in Flint and Detroit.
DeVos, of Ada, is a former president
of Alticor Inc. - parent company of
Amway Corp. - and comes from one
of Michigan's wealthiest families.
DeVos said the downturn facing the
auto industry may not be the governor's
fault, but is the governor's problem.
Michigan needs to revise its tax system,
focus on worker training and make other
changes to become more attractive in
the competition for jobs, he said.
DeVos said he will "never give up"
on Michigan's manufacturing jobs, but
that change is inherent in the state's
More than 500,000 residents
would be covered under new plan,
but Republican senators are skeptical
LANSING (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers were
skeptical yesterday as state officials discussed Demo-
cratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proposal to provide
health insurance to more than a half-million low-income
The plan would not increase state spending or taxes,
state Department of Community Health Director Janet
Olszewski said during a joint Senate committee hearing.
It would cover uninsured people with incomes below
200 percent of the poverty line. That's $38,700 for a
family of four and $19,140 for a single person.
Medicaid officials estimated that residents making
near double the poverty line would probably pay a $50
premium. Others would be charged a lower premium on
a sliding scale.
"Everyone will pay something, and people enrolled
in the program are expected to increase their contribu-
tion as their incomes rise," Olszewski said. "Further,
everyone ... is expected to take personal responsibility
for health behaviors."
Republican members of the Senate Health Policy
Committee and the Department of Community Health
Appropriations Subcommittee, however, raised some
One worried that by insuring more people, the demand
for health care would rise and raise costs on everyone
else. Sen. Tom George (R-Portage) also said people
should be nudged to quit smoking and be healthier if
they want to get health coverage that's mainly funded
State officials said they expect private insurers that
would partner with the state to encourage health behav-
iors, but added that details need to be worked out.
Other lawmakers wondered what level of health cover-
age could actually be provided to uninsured residents.
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All's not fair in love
February 2, 1983 - Marriage is no
When Sheryl Weidall placed an
advertisement in a weekly shopper
newsletter describing a "husband for
sale cheap," she had no idea that so
many people would respond - and
in a serious manner, no less. Weidall,
of Isanti, Minnesota, placed the ad as
a birthday joke, partly due to frustra-
tion with her husband's preoccupa-
tion with sports. Garth Weidall was
out playing everything from softball
to hockey as well as hunting and fish-
ing, while Sheryl took care of their
Upon her father's suggestion,
Weidall ran the ad with the descrip-
tion: "Help wanted. Husband for sale
cheap. Comes complete with hunting
and fishing equipment. Also one pair
of jeans, two shirts, a Lab retriever
and 25 pounds of deer meat. Not home
much between September and Janu-
ary, and April through October. Will
Unfortunately, Weidall included her
name with the ad, and soon enough,
the phone began "ringing off the
hook," Weidall said.
Renests came from both male
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