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Friday, February 17, 2006
News 2 Kofi Annan calls for
U.S. to close prison
at Guantanamo Bay

Opinion 4

Jesse Singal is
troubled by torture

One-hundredfifteen years of editorialfreedom

Arts 8 'Life + Death' comes
to Duderstadt

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vol. CXV, No. 78

02006 The Michigan Daily

'U' center a
resource for
CAPS may not be
enough for some students'
mental health needs
By Carissa Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
The first places many students turn for help are
Counseling and Psychological Services and the Uni-
versity Health System. But for individuals experiencing
symptoms of severe mental illness such as depression
or bipolar disorder, these general service offices might
not be enough.
Although they might not know it, students have one
of the country's best resources for mental health coun-
seling at their fingertips.
The University of Michigan Depression Center is
the country's only comprehensive depression center. It
formed in 2001 to focus clinical and research efforts on.
the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression
in college students.
"The age of onset tends to be when an individual is
a young adult," said John Greden, the center's director
and chair of the Psychiatry Department. "(An individu-
al's) general vulnerability can be made worse by drugs,
alcohol and loss of sleep, which are common stresses
during the college years."
The depression center draws from numerous dis-
ciplines and departments, including the medical and
nursing schools, public policy, social work and psy-
chology, to combat depression and bipolar disorder.
In addition to its clinical services, the center con-
ducts extensive research on the possible causes and
impact of depression on college-age students. Previous
studies have addressed seasonal depression, the effects
of sleep deprivation on mood, academic- and trauma-
based stress and social stigma about mental illness.
"We are changing public awareness, but we still have
a lot of work to do," Greden said.
Besides the greater visibility of services such as
CAPS and UHS, Greden said students' lack of knowl-
edge about the center might stem from the inadequate
attention to depression in our society.
Depression is underdiagnosed and undertreated, he
said, which may contribute to the misunderstanding
and stigma of the disease.
Each year, the center invites representatives from
academic institutions around the country to speak on
issues of mental health and counseling services at the
Depression on College Campuses conference. The
event allows students, administrators and faculty from
the University to learn what mental illness services are
available at other campuses and how the University
might improve its care.
"The conference has opened up a dialogue for these
issues and how colleges should deal with depression
and other mental illness," said Psychiatry Prof. Rachel
Glick, who served as co-chair of the conference. "Any-
thing we can do as a community to help support our
student body is really important, and this only gets
accentuated when there is a loss or disasters"
The theme of the 2006 conference, scheduled for
Mar. 21 and 22, relates to the ways a campus com-
munity copes with the immediate and lasting mental
impact of crises, such as Hurricane Katrina, September
11, suicides and fires.
The event, co-sponsored by the Michigan Center
for Public Health Preparedness, will feature speakers
with first-hand experience in dealing with disasters and
traumatic loss on college campuses.
One of this year's scheduled speakers is Victor
Schwartz, director of Yeshiva University's Counsel-
ing Center and former chief psychiatrist at New York
University. Schwartz's previous work has frequently
focused on the mental health of college students.
See CENTER, page 7

Site helps
find their
Engineering student hopes
one day to be mentioned in same
sentence as other U' alums
who invented Google, iPod
By Kelly Fraser
Daily Staff Reporter
Google. The iPod. LiveUGLi.com.
One of these is not like the others. The first two
are well-known innovations by University alums.
The third isn't a household term. Yet.
Engineering junior Daniel Feldman hopes to one
day elevate the site to Facebook.com status.
Feldman is creator of liveUGLi.com, a prototype
of a website that lets users input their location and
activity onto maps of common campus study areas
so that their friends can find them.
Feldman aims to add his site to the ranks of
household technology that shares University roots.
The site is also registered as Live UGLi.com.
Bursting with enthusiasm, Feldman described it
as "a buddy list times one million" that will use
location-based technology to connect students "in
the right now."
With an account available to anyone with a
University uniqname, users can post or find study
groups and mass meetings. They can also track
their friends' status.
Privacy is the biggest hurdle for the site, Feld-
man said.
He said trial users were at first skeptical of the
tracking technology, but were comforted by the
site's login and ability to restrict accessible infor-
mation to only a list of approved friends.
Rackham student Jeff Powers agreed security is
key to the technology's success.
"The huge thing is that even if you can build
(the technology), people are really concerned with
privacy," he said. "If you can solve that problem,
maybe you'll be the next big thing."
The website began as a group term project for
Engineering Prof. Elliot Soloway's course on the
applications of mobile technology.
Soloway, who also taught Google co-creator
Larry Page and iPod inventor Tony Fadell, chal-
lenges students to design their project around a
problem they see and work to solve it themselves.
Soloway doesn't interfere with the process.
"It allows students to let their imaginations go
and solve problems," he said. "They work much
harder in that context."
Soloway said that unlike sites developed by
adults for college students, as a student-managed
site, liveUGLi.com is uniquel tailored to students.
"We are starting with the university audience
because it is an audience that we know really well,"
Feldman said.
Feldman plans to keep the site design general
enough to be transferable to other universities or
for use at business conferences.
He originally envisioned the site as a method to con-
nect students in the same classes in study groups, but
said the site can also serve as a social tool.
"There are thousands of students on campus of
the same age, with the same classes, and similar
interests," the site's introduction says. "This cam-
pus has an incredible amount of untapped social
Now that detailed maps of the Shapiro
Undergraduate Library are complete, Feldman
and his team are working to add more maps,
See WEBSITE, page 7

Against a backdrop of him and his father, Steve Ford, son offormer President Gerald Ford, a University alum, speaks at the Gerald
R. Ford Library yesterday about the First Family's relationship with the media.
Ford's son talks on
media, first -families

Steve Ford's
speech launches new
exhibit called 'Prime
Time Presidents'
By EkJyot Saini
Daily Staff Reporter
Stumbling onto the stage, Steve Ford
hoped to make a point about the media and
"It's every boy's dream to grow up and
be like his father," he jokingly said.
Amid laughs from the audience, Ford

launched into a story about his father, for-
mer President Gerald Ford, and how the
media characterized him as clumsy after he
stumbled on a flight of stairs when making
his way off a plane in Austria. The younger
Ford noted that his father was not clumsy
but a star football player during his days at
the University.
Steve Ford spoke to a packed crowd
at the University's Gerald R. Ford Presi-
dential Library yesterday about the role
of the media and its impact on his family
during his father's time in office to help
launch a new exhibit at the library called
"Prime Time Presidents."
The exhibit consists of video clips, pho-

tographs and documents about the expand-
ing relationship between television and
presidential families.
Joshua Cochran, an archives techni-
cian, said television is synonymous with
memorable moments of. presidencies,
and the library wanted to highlight those
Many of the video clips on display are
some of the lighter moments of interaction
between presidents and the media. Exam-
ples include former first lady Betty Ford's
appearance on the Mary Tyler Moore Show
as well as President Ford hosting Saturday
Night Live with his press secretary, Ronald
See STEVE FORD, page 7

. Workers describe
1 ife in sweatshops

Gifts push museum toward renovation

SOLE brings
workers to tell stories
about manufacturing
University apparel
By Katerina Georglev
Daily Staff Reporter
Move over, Coca-Cola.
Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality targeted Univer-

"SweatFree" campaign to persuade
the University to adopt a policy that
would force licensees that produce
University apparel to source only from
specified factories.
The approved factories pay work-
ers a living wage and allow them to
unionize. Duke University, George-
town University and the University of
Wisconsin at Madison are among the
many universities that are now follow-
ing such a policy.
The speakers relayed their experi-

University alums have
contributed $6.5 million
to UMMA since December
By Michael Coulter
For the Daily
The University of Michigan Muse-
um of Art has taken a leap toward
completing its campaign to raise
$35.4 million to more than double its
Since December, UMMA has
received over $6.5 million in gifts
from University alums, including A.
Alfred Taubman, the namesake of the

Announced in June 2004, the
expanded and renovated museum will
include classrooms, a common area,
a computing site, a larger gift shop,
facilities for the creation of art and an
auditorium that seats 225 people.
UMMA Director James Stewart
said the renovations will make the
museum "a more compelling envi-
Stewart, who has been the act-
ing director for the past eight years,
said the food provided in the com-
mon area and the wi-fi computer site
will attract students to the museum
because it will be "a cooler place to
hang out."


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