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A moral 1mperative
Opponents of embryonic stem cells are running out of reasons
Money isn't everything, but for a state in an economic
mess like Michigan's, it has to be an eminent consider-
ation. Add that to the list of reasons why the state's dra-
conian laws against embryonic stem cell research are outdated and
must be repealed. With more and more states putting their funds
into the stem cell research industry, Michigan is falling behind.
Choosing morals over money is usually justifiable, but not in this
case, where the purported system of morals opposing embryonic
stem cell research makes no sense.

I know that this president does not harbor any
resentments. Never has."
- White House Press Secretary Dana Perino on President Bush's attitude regarding his meeting yesterday with
former vice president Al Gore at a White House event honoring this year's Nobel Prize winners.
BrilRgi ngmen to women'sstudies
W omen's Issues: Driving have programs that are geared in name There are some reasonable argu-
Michigan men to Monday solely toward women. Michigan is one ments for having a program whose
Night Football and Bud- of those schools, and it hasn't hinted at name alludes only to women. It allows
weiser since 1973. changing its status anytime soon. an open arena for feminist ideologies
Suffice it to say, Some of the other 20 - among and narrows in on topics generally
when female con- them all of the Ivy League institutions covered in psychology and sociology.
corns or feminist a - have required classes or program Also, many could argue that the Uni-
ideologies come up structures similar to the University's. versity's program shouldn't be forced
in a conversation, But all have renamed their programs to change its name only to get more
most men are apt - such as the Feminist, Gender, and men to take its classes or concentrate
to skip out and run Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell in the program. Besides, the program
the other direction, - " University - or added to their existing already offers minors in Lesbian/Gay/
fast. When sinilar THERESA women's programs - such as the Les- Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Studies
issues or perspec- bian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender as well as Gender, Race and Ethnic-
tives are framed in KENNELLY Studies Program at UCLA. They have ity; what's changing the department's
a less genderized crawled out of the "women's stud- name going to do?
and polarizing ways, however, the ies" shell and created programs with
possibility for real conversation and broader bases.
progress may open up. The renaming of existing programs M en mustjoin
Take "gender issues," for instance: and the branching-off of related pro-.m s
Now that sounds like a more inviting grams comes at a time when American the conversation
conversation to men. "Gender and universities are looking to become
sexuality"? They're all ears. more accepting toward different about
As a Daily article earlier this month sexual orientations and reach out to a" X
outlined, the University has made a wider population with sexuality-
great strides in offering female-orien- based education. What's encouraging
tated education since the women's lib- is the move hasn't occurred simply for For starters, renaming it would be
erationmovementofthe1970s. In 1972, politically correct reasons, but instead a symbolic gesture toward opening up
student rebellion led the University to for the expansion of education and to the program for men and recogniz-
create its first women's studies course. draw further attention toward gender ing that gender studies should not be
When the experimental course fizzled norms and ideologies and spark fur- limited to women. Without male per-
the following semester, the Commit- ther exploration. spectives, how can we get anywhere
tee on Women's Issues stepped in and When the University of Colorado at in terms of breaking down gender
convinced LSA administrators of the Boulder changed its program's name roles and expectations? There are alse
legitimacy and necessity of women's from "Women's Studies" to "Women structural problems in the Universi-
studies at the University. In 1973, the and Gender Studies" in 2006, an asso- ty's program that extend beyond its
University welcomed Women's Stud- ciate professor in the department said, title, such as the fact that of the more
ies to LSA as an interdisciplinary pro- "The name change enlarges the defini- than 80 faculty members in the wom-
gram, bringing the University in tune tion of women because it acknowledges en's studies department, only three
with the women's social rights move- how each gender shapes the identity of are men. This - along with its name
ment and calming students' cries for a the other ... The understanding of gen- - creates an image that the depart-
female-specific department. der relations is an important factor in ment is OK with excluding men.
At the time, the University was at the effort to achieve women's equality As one of only two female opinior
the forefront of offering such educa- with men." Schools are realizing the columnists at the Daily, I understand
tion. Today, however, 34 years after need to incorporate men into conversa- the need for more sexuality based con-
the induction of the women's studies tions aboutsexuality, rather than alien- versation. There is pressure - wheth-
department, the University has fallen atingthem from women's programs. er its spoken or just implied - put or
behind. Women's studies has become These philosophical reasons for the women at the University to discuss
the outdated older sister of more pro- name change at programs at universi- female-specific topics. Perhaps if mer
gressive programs, which are run ties around the country is what makes weren't so stigmatized from sexual-
at top-rated universities around the Michigan's stagnation so confusing. ity studies at the University, maybe
country. What's taking its place? Gen- The University's women's studies we could create better conversatior
der and sexuality departments. program was once groundbreaking, around women's issues, and met
Of the top 26 undergraduate col- and the University's administration is would be more willing to discuss or
leges in the country, as rated by U.S. known for its progressive ideology and write about gender-related issues.
News and World Report (Michigan is acceptance of all people. The Univer-
tied for 25 with the University of Cali- sity is certainly not one to lag behind Theresa Kennelly is an associate
fornia at Los Angeles), 24 have gender- in making a sociologically conscious editorial page editor. She can be
related studies. Of those 24, -only four reformation by changing the name. reached at thenelly@umich.edu


Embryonic stem cell research has plenty
of potential. All but the wackiest scien-
tists agree that the undifferentiated state
of embryonic stem cells makes them espe-
cially promising in the search for new
treatments and comprehensive cures for
diseases like Parkinson's, diabetes and can-
cer. True, other research avenues - like
adult stem cells drawn from the spinal cord
and the recent discovery by researchers in
Japan and at the University of Wisconsin at
Madison of a process that could deem skin
cells just as malleable as embryonic stem
cells - also have potential, but embryonic
stem cells are the most readily available,
flexible and understood choice.
Restricting research on embryonic stem
cells and pushing researchers toward more
restrictive adult stem cells or nascent tech-
niques not yet fully understood only serves
to delay the considerable medical benefits
that could lead to cures to some of the most
debilitating diseases of our time. With can-
cer alone killing half a million Americans
every year and recently becoming the lead-
ing cause of death in some states, we don't
have time to drag our feet.
Opponents of embryonic stem cell
research cling to morality as their basis for
condemning what they see as the destruc-
tion of human life. However, the blasto-
cysts from which embryonic stem cells are
drawn are from fertility clinics and would

be discarded anyway. There is no chance
that the blastocysts that are destroyed to
extract embryonic stem cells would oth-
erwise be allowed to mature into actual
human beings: There are too many embry-
os being harvested, and the vast majority
will inevitably be thrown out. What exact-
ly is immoral about using blastocysts to
research ways to save the lives of half a mil-
lion or rore people in this country alone?
It's no surprise that the strongest opposi-
tion to erbryonic stem cell research comes
from states that are traditional religious
conservative strongholds, like Louisiana
and Arkansas. Michigan cannot risk ignor-
ing true morality and economic pragma-
tism by remaining on the list of states with
laws most hostile toward embryonic stem
cell research.
The tide on this issue is turning: There is a
push in many states to loosen laws restrict-
ing embryonic stem cell research and des-
ignate more funding for such research. If
Michigan remains among the few states
that ignore all modes of reason to stand by
outdated laws, it risks losing top research-
ers to states with more permissive laws and
tax revenue from high-tech companies.
What a crippling hit that would be to top
research institutions like the University
- and to a state economy that has already
suffered so much at the hands of outdated
policies and irrational politicking.



Emad Ansari, Anindya Bhadra, Kevin Bunkley, Ben Caleca, Jon Cohen, Milly Dick, Mike
Eber, Gary Graca, Emmarie Huetteman, Theresa Kennelly, Emily Michels, Kate Peabody,
Robert Soave, Jennifer Sussex, Neil Tambe, Matt Trecha, Radhika Upadhyaya,
Rachel Van Gilder, Rachel Wagner, Patrick Zabawa
Carr went beyond winning

There was Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr,
smiling at the microphone during the press con-
ference. Michigan had just lost to Oregon, 39-7. A
season that had national championship expecta-
tions was already marred by disappointment, as
the team opened with two of the most embarrass-
ing losses in the history of the school. The nation-
al championship was a distant dream, and most
fans were just praying for a bowl game.
At the epicenter of a university crushed by
the on-field onslaught and amid a barrage of
questions suggesting that the game had passed
him by, Carr displayed a most curious expres-
sion. He was grinning, a twinkle in his eye. It
was the face of a man hiding something, revel-
ing in the cluelessness of those around. I was
confused and perplexed, furious at this man
who had let me down. How could he smile at a
time like this?
I wanted to berate him, yet I was intrigued.
This wasn't the first time that Carr's smile left me
captivated and confused. It had happened before,
after losses to Ohio State, Texas and to other
weaker and less talented teams. Carr's comments
built an impenetrable wall that kept journalists in
the shadows. Buthe often had the slightesthint of
a smirk across his aging face. Why was he smil-
ing? Did he silently agree with his critics' asser-
tions that it was time to move on?
As I watched the usually stoic coach nearly
cry as he announced his retirement, what Carr
had known all along dawned on me as an epiph-
any, a true light in the imaginary darkness of a
disappointing season. Football is a tool. It is the
means, not the ends.
Over the past decades, somewhere between
the silos of money and the scrutinizing media,
the integrity of college football has been dealt a
blow reminiscent of linebacker Shawn Crable's
devastating hit that left then-Notre Dame quar-
terback Brady Quinn eating dirt last year. Ath-
letic departments have win-at-all-cost attitudes
- secretly paying players, lobbying and whining
to the media to up their position in the polls and
makinga mockery of the education at the institu-
tion that these student-athletes represent.
It wasn't the evolution of the mobile quar-
terback that made Carr feel as if the game had
passed him by so much as the degradationofval-
ues necessaryto win at the highest level - a com-
promise that he was simply not willing to make.
To Carr, football builds men. It builds character.
It unites the community. These are the ends for

which football is atool. These are the values for
which Carr coached.
No doubt Carr passionately wanted to win
every game. Yet lie knew that life exists out-
side of football. He knew that one day his play-
ers would hang up their pads and cleats. As the
Xs and Os became meaningless, the values that
he taught would be essential. In the harshest of
worlds, Carr taught his players how to deal with
adversity, how to hold their heads high when
things don't go accordingto plan.
In a society where most blame others while
hogging the glory, Carr taught players to not make
excuses when things go wrong and to be humble
when things go right. He knew that everyone
makes mistakes, so he taught his players to not
give up and to earn a second chance (ask Adrian
Arrington). He stressed the importance of edu-
cation above all else. He showed his team that it
wasn't about winning; it was about winning the
right way, "winning with integrity."
When wide receiver Antonio Bass suffered
a career-ending injury, Carr did not revoke his
scholarship in order to bring in another player.
He kept Bass on scholarship so he could earn his
degree. When reworking his contract last year,
Carr ensured that all of his assistants would be
paid through February2009. He knew that a new
coach would most likely not keep his assistants,
and he wanted to make sure that they would be
able to care for their families.
This year, when Chad Henne was struggling
against Ohio State because of a serious shoulder
injury, Carr kept him in. This is what Henne had
sacrificed and suffered for, and Carr could not
take that away, even if it meant a loss. He felt that
to win the wrong way wasn't really to win.
In teaching his team, Carr taught us. The
ignorant may scorn Carr, but ask the players
and there is no doubt that Carr has been one of
the most successful coaches in the country. No
coach in the country can compare to Carr when
it comes to the love he has from his players and
from his community. Carr knew that the lessons
and values he taught his players would allow
them to be champions. Long after the whistles
stop blowing, the band stops playing and the hel-
met is forever retired to the mantel, he ensured
that his players will still be leaders and best.
Coach Carr, I finally know your secret. Now
that Iknow, I'm smiling too.
Josh Berman graduated from LSA in 2006.

A thankyoufor a
touching, realistic take
I'm the mother of a 12-year-old with
autism, writing to thank Jessica Vos-
gerchian for her recent article about
this topic (My Family's Syndrome,
11/21/0707). In sharing this very pri-
vate and no doubt emotional part of
her family life, Jessica provided the
most clear, concise, honest and real-
istic picture of Asperger's Syndrome
I've read in the 10 years since my son
was diagnosed. This is a phenomenal
piece of writing, and I have no doubt
that it will make a difference in the
lives of many families whose children
haven't been diagnosed, but do in fact
have Asperger's Syndrome. This arti-
cle will be the lightbulb moment for
many, resulting in children and adults
getting the support they so desperate-
ly need to excel. Thank you Jessica for
the view from your shoes.
Lisa Vaillancourt
Aroostook County. Maine
Guns make for a more
dangerous society
This letter is in response to Mike
Eber's column in Monday'sDaily (Guns
are for liberals, too, 11/26/2007). While
the massacre at Virginia Tech is fresh
in our minds, we should also consider
that it took place just nine days shy
of the 10-year anniversary of another
infamous shooting massacre. On April
25, 1997, a lone gunman killed 35 peo-
ple and injured 37 others in Tasmania,
Australia. Ten years ago, the Austra-
lian government imposed strict gun
control, despite warnings and aggres-
sive protests by pro-gun groups.
Today, Australia is a safer country.
The wrong people can still get guns on
the blackmarket, but people feel safer
today than 10 years ago in terms of gun
crimes. I could walk around the streets
of Australia without a care about guns,
which is pretty difficult in America.
People argue that we need the guns
to protect ourselves. That argument is
foolish. As eye for an eye never solves
the problem: Like Martin Luther King
Jr. said, it just leads to a lot of blind

people. When people with guns decide
to shoot others they usually don't care
about their ownlives, but their ultimate
aim is to kill as many people as possible.
Even if they see the other party draw-
ing the gun, they will simply shoot and
run away. Regardless of who fires more
quickly, there will be someone injured
or shot dead because of guns.
Can we reduce the number of peo-
ple being shot dead by arming people?
It's easy to think so because gun con-
trol in America has failed miserably
for the last 30 years. But this failure is
because gun control has been wrongly
implemented and is not strict enough.
What is so wrong in trying out strict
gun control for the next five to 10
years, and truly gauging what happens
to people's attitudes and gun crime
rates in America? I'm willing to give
up my gun ownership rights for the
next 10 years in order to create a safe
place for my child to grow up. America
will never be a safe place to live in as
long as people freely possess guns.
Clement Lee

interprets the Second Amendment to
the Constitution with the view of 200
years ago. Remember, this was a time
before automatic weapons, and also
long before the government had F-18
jets, M-21 tanks, sophisticated GPS-
guided missiles and other technolo-
gies that the public has no access to.
If he thinks that a mass of individuals
with concealed weapons would some-
how stand a chance against the U.S
Army, he's living in the same overly
simplistic world of those who think
concealed weapons mean less violence
in the first place.
Maybe his guns would have pro-
tected Eber 200 years ago, or in 'a
third-world country where the govern-
ment is armed with the same outdated
weapons - but not here, not today. Not
only does he completely fail in his goal
to potentially protect against agovern-
ment gone tyrannical, but Eber is also
partly responsible for the increased
violence against his fellow citizens.
Ben Franklin would have been more
proud of those who carefully examine
the purpose of the Second Amendment
critically instead of blindly following it
like it's still the 18th century.



Gun advocates make Jeffrey Harding
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mistakien interpretations

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