The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 3
Profs to talk on
A discussion sponsored by the
Center for Middle Eastern and North
African Studies will be held today on
the topic of academic freedom after
the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Prof. Beshara Doumani from the Uni-
versity of California at Berkeley and
Prof. Joseph Massad from Columbia
University will speak at the event. The
discussion will begin at 7 p.m. at the
Ann Arbor District Library.
Event to help
4 students cope with
In conjunction with several North
Campus organizations, the University
Unions Arts and Programs is holding
an event today called "Stress Busters."
The event is meant to help students deal
with the stress of final exams, papers
and presentations. Students can enjoy a
night of free games, massages and food.
The event will go from 9 p.m. to mid-
night in Pierpont Commons.
to perform at
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble will
perform today at 11 a.m. in the Power
Center for the Performing Arts. The all-
female group's mission is to perform and
preserve the seven classical Indian dance
forms. The company lives in an artist
commune in Bangalore, India, where they
undergo intensive training in dance as well
as Indian literature, poetry, music, yoga
and other disciplines. The event is spon-
sored by the University Musical Society.
Two holes kicked
in wall at Oxford
A subject kicked two holes in a wall in
a room in Oxford Housing Sunday, the
Department of Public Safety reported.
A student said Sunday that his sto-
len bike was secured to a rack near
the Diag, DPS reported. A report
was filed and the bike was returned
to its rightful owner. Police have a
possible suspect and the incident is
Police meet with
A DPS unit met with University
Hospital security yesterday to discuss
a subject with suspected narcotics.
Evidence was taken and a report was
filed, police said.
In Daily History
6 fools fraternity
April 18, 1974 - Historically, fraterni-
ties are notorious for being campus prank-
sters - but an escaped convict is pulling
pranks on fraternities nationwide.
The FBI is investigating a prank
involving Barbara Marella, an
escaped convict from a Colorado
prison, and Mike Kubinski, presi-
dent of the University chapter of the
Sigma Chi fraternity.
Marella contacted Kubinski
about two weeks ago, claiming
she had been the target of obscene
phone calls from the fraternity, and
demanded to meet him at O'Hare
International1 A irport in (?hicaeo.
House Dems push
to prohibit increased
bottled water exports
A new law signed by Granholm
requires state permits for water
bottling plants that want to withdraw
more than 250,000 gallons a day
LANSING (AP) - House Democrats yesterday
pushed to prohibit new or expanded exports of bottled
water outside the Great Lakes drainage basin unless
they are first approved by the Legislature.
The lawmakers said a new state law
regulating large-scale water withdraw- "W e want,
als does not go far enough because it
allows bottled water to be shipped a strong a
outside the basin in containers small-
er than 5.7 gallons. Larger diversions message t
via pipeline, tanker truck or railroad
require legislative approval. water is n
Democrats this week plan to intro-
duce legislation, along with a proposed
constitutional amendment, that would
require legislators to sign off before State representa
allowing new or expanded exports of
water by Michigan bottling plants.
"We want to send a strong and clear
message that our water is not for sale," said Rep. Pam Byrnes,
a Chelsea Democrat.
The Democratic measures, however, appear unlikely to
win passage in the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Matt Resch, spokesman for Republican House Speaker
Craig DeRoche of Novi, said the new law signed by Dem-
ocratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm already requires state
permits for new or expanded water bottling plants that
want to withdraw more than 250,000 gallons a day.
"Given what we just accomplished, to come back
and change it now with this legislation sounds more
like a campaign gimmick than a serious proposal,"
Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said the governor,
who had not seen the Democratic proposal, is always
interested in water protection efforts. But she added:
"We're proud of what we've already done in signing into
law a comprehensive water protection statute."
The constitutional amendment - which mirrors the
legislation - will need a two-thirds vote in the House
and GOP-controlled Senate to get on November's state-
to send The measures would change the clas-
sification of bottled water from a con-
nd clear sumptive use to a diversion. They also
would increase the civil fine for violat-
hat our ing diversion restrictions from $1,000
to between $25,000 and $3 million.
t for sale." The Great Lakes contain 20 per-
cent of the world's fresh surface water,
- Pam Byrnes and their drainage basin abounds with
inland lakes, rivers, wetlands and sub-
ive (D-Chelsea) terranean aquifers.
In December, eight states - including
Michigan - and two Canadian prov-
inces signed an agreement aimed at pre-
venting outsiders from raiding Great Lakes water. It outlaws
most new or increased diversions of water outside the basin
but lets each state set its own policies on bottling water.
Environmental groups such as Clean Water Action
and the Sierra Club contend that state permitting is too
weak, noting there is no limit on the amount of water
that can be exported under Michigan's new rules.
Republicans, however, say it is unfair to treat bottled
water any differently than other products that are made
stress anld eating
Scientists say lab
rats with high levels of
By Gabe Nelson
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who overeat as a way to
deal with the stress of finals can blame
it on biology, a new experiment shows.
The experiment, conducted by three
researchers from the University of
Michigan and Georgetown University,
showed that lab rats with high levels of
stress-related hormones craved sugar
at three times the normal level.
The masses of students feasting in
the Michigan Union during finals sea-
son shows the experiment has relevance
"When you've stayed up for a
while, studying, and you're hungry,
you can't help it," Law School stu-
dent John Le said.
University psychology professors
Kent Berridge and Susana Pecina
performed the experiment with help
from Jay Schulkin, a physiology pro-
fessor at Georgetown.
BMC Biology, a scientific journal,
published their findings yesterday.
The researchers injected rats with
corticotropin-releasing factor, a hor-
mone and neurotransmitter produced
by both rats and humans under stress.
Released by the hypothalamus, CRF
travels to a region of the brain called
the nucleus accumbens, which con-
trols the response to urges.
The researchers conditioned the
rats to associate a noise stimulus
with pushing a lever that released
sugar pellets. When the researchers
exposed the rats to the stimulus, the
ones injected with CRF pushed the
lever three times more often.
Pecina said the research team
hoped to show a link between stress
and "motivated behaviors" such as
eating, recreational drug and alcohol
use and sexual behavior in humans.
The stress of finals might drive students
to make poor decisions about motivated
behaviors, Pecina said.
"Finals week is tremendously
stressful for the student population,"
she said. "Students might find them-
selves engaging in behaviors they
might not otherwise engage in."
Engineering freshman Jonathan
Wiebenga said the stress of studying
for finals often leads him to eat more.
"I usually have food to snack on
while I study," he said. "Food com-
forts you somehow."
Pecina advised that students wor-
ried about the consequences of stress
should stay away from tempting
environments if they hope to avoid
"Let's say I quit smoking, but I
enter a place I associate with smok-
ing," she said. "A high level of CRF
might make it harder to resist the
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