100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

November 30, 2007 - Image 1

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Michigan Daily, 2007-11-30

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

The Rude Mechanicals bring the Bard into the 1950s
Arts, Page 5

Ann Arbor Michigan

Friday, November 30, 2007

michigandailycom

F

Michigan Student Assembly Rep. Kenneth Baker was attacked
for being part of a Facebook group making fun of a colleague.
Under fire,
MSA rep.
resigns
Baker was a member of the
offensive Facebook group
he made public
By SCOTT MILLS
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly Rep. Kenneth Baker
said yesterday that he plans to resign his seat on the
assembly. Since Tuesday night's MSA meeting, Baker
has been under fire for being a member of an offensive
Facebook.com group started over a year ago by MSA
President Zack Yost. Baker brought the group to the
attention of the assembly on Tuesday.
The Facebook group mocked MSA Rep. Tim Hull.
Its description contained a reference to Hull's Asperg-
er's syndrome. "I'll give thatkid a fucking disability he
can write home about," it read. Hull told The Michi-
gan Daily on Wednesday that he wanted both Baker
and Yost to resign from MSA because of their involve-
See MSA, Page 7

Wtea O258m ethpr8ygs e y-eng
t. Eaca ease ab iec .si2nm e n
gee One tab ei daily as prescritbed, See pas~kage lese.t
NIC PACKAGE
r FOR RETAIL PHARMACY SALE

K\ELLYT N JACK\SUN/DLaily
The University Health System has some birth control drugs stockpiled, but that supply likely won't last beyond April. Once it runs out, birth control costs at the University will
increase, due toa glitch in the Deficit Reduction Act.
Congress working0 tfix price hike

Funding formula change
caused birth
control costs to rise
By MARA GAY
Daily StaffReporter
Politicians and activists are waging
a campaign to reverse the spike in the
price of birth control earlier this year.
On some campuses the cost of many
contraceptives has quadrupled, from

about $15 dollars a month to about $60.
This hasn't happened at the University
of Michigan yet, but it will unless a law
that caused the increase is changed.
The higher prices are the result of a
bill passed by Congress in 2005 aimed
at cutting Medicare and Medicaid
costs. The price increase is due to a
small change in wording that ended up
making it financially unattractive for
pharmaceutical companies to sell birth
control to college health centers at a
heavily discounted rate. That meant a
steep price increase for students.

Relief might be on the way. Earlier
this month, bills were introduced in
both houses of Congress to change the
language in the Deficit Reduction Actso
that college health centers and health
care providers like Planned Parent-
hood Federation of America can once
again receive the discounts many poli-
ticians say they should. Many congres-
sional aides say the bills seem to have
broad support, but none are sure when
they will be voted on. Both have been
referred to committees. Twenty-two
senators have signed on as co-sponsors

of the bill. The House version has 123
cosponsors.
Lori Lamerand, president of the
Mid-Michigan Planned Parenthood
Alliance, said that Sen. Debbie Staben-
ow (D-Mich.) has been "very vocal" on
the issue. Stabenow is a co-sponsor of
the Senate bill. Her office did notreturn
calls for comment yesterday.
Planned Parenthood is lobbying for
the legislation's passage.
Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) intro-
duced the House bill. Rohit Mahajan, a
See CONTRACEPTIVES, Page 7

Before closing, Pfizer
donates paintings to 'U'

Officials say context
is key to display of
Eisenhower-era art
By JACOB SMILOVITZ
Daily StaffReporter
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer
Inc. has donated 45 paintings to
the University of Michigan Health
System. The gift comes just
months before Pfizer completely
closes its Ann Arbor research site.
After the campany clases its
Ann Arboerresearch center next
year, the paintings will be one of
the last vestiges of a relationship
between the company and the
community.

The Museum of Art will play a
role in deciding how and where
the works are displayed in vari-
ous University Health System
buildings. No timeline has been
determined yet as the Museum
and Hospital system figure out the
best way to "use them as an oppor-
tunity to complicate the story"
behind the history of the health
profession, said James Steward,
director of the University's Muse-
um of Art.
"This is a gift honoring the his-
tory as well as the future of medi-
ciee in the state ef Michigan,"
Pfizer spokesman Rick Chambers
said.
The paintings, created in the
1950s by Birmingham, Mich. art-
ist Robert Thom, depict signifi-

cant moments in medical history
ranging from ancient Egypt to the
modern era.
Dr. Jonathan Metzl, director of
the University's Program in Cul-
ture, Health, and Medicine, said
the paintings are important his-
torical artifacts because they were
part of one of the first mass mar-
keting campaigns for the pharma-
ceutical industry. Metzl wrote a
scholarly paper on the importance
of the collection last year.
"They were distributed every-
where and were seen as a public
serviceaby Parke-Davis," he said.
"They are really quite samething
to see in person."
Steward said these paintings
were shown to medical students
See PFIZER, Page 7

FILE PHOTO
Walker Hines, who transferred to the University of Michigan from Tulane University
after Hurricane Katrina, was elected to the Louisiana state house earlier this month.
Alum who fled storm
now La. state rep.

COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY H EALTH SYSTEM
Photos donated tothe University Health
System by Pfizer show key events in the
history of medicine.

Hines transferred to
University of
Michigan from
Thlane after Katrina
By ELIZABETH LAI
Daily StaffReporter
When Hurricane Katrina hit
New Orleans in late August 2005,
Walker Hines was getting ready
for his junior year at Tulane Uni-
versity. The university closed
for the semester and Hines came
north to the University of Michi-
gan.
After graduating from the Uni-
versity with a general studies
degree in 2006, Hines returned to
New Orleans.

Now he's representing his home-
town in the Louisiana House of
Representatives.
Ranlier this month, 23-year-aid
Hines wastelected staterepresen-
tative from the 95th district in New
Orleans.
In 2006, Hines told The Michi-
gan Daily that despite loving Ann
Arbor, he felt "a moral obligation to
return" to New Orleans.
Hines came in second in the
original election for state repre-
sentative, but he won in the runoff
against Una Anderson, a member
of the Orleans Parish School Board.
Her campaign lost momentum
when the federal government
investigated allegations that she
took bribes while on the school
board.
"The fact that he was running
See ALUM, Page 3

Profs firm looks to stream live TV on web

Computer science ize live television on the Internet

professor's company
has 1.2 million users
in Europe
By CHARLES GREGG-GEIST
For the Daily
Sugih Jamin, an associate pro-
fessorofcomputerscience,istrying
to redefine television-streaming
technology. Jamin hopes that his
small Ann Arbor-based company
Zattoo will be the first to popular-

in the United States.
Zattoo has been available in
parts of Europe since Jamin
launched the company in 2005 and
aims to reach the United States
next year. So far Zattoo has rough-
ly 1.2 million users, most of them
in Switzerland.
Jamin has expanded the project
from a student's doctoral disserta-
tion toa company with 22 employ-
ees in AnnArbor and five overseas.
All but two of the employees in the
United States are University of
Michigan graduates.
Zattoo uses a peer-to-peer file-

sharing system similar to BitTor-
rent, a popular protocol used to
exchange music, episodes of tele-
vision shows and films. Jamin said
the technology streams television
from satellites to users' computers
and then between computers "like
a mesh." The technology is well-
adapted to streaming live televi-
sion because it's able to broadcast
with a much shorter delay than
comparable programs, Jamin said.
Rackham Graduate School
student Roy Arsan, who studies
Internet media networking, said
programs like Zattoo should pro-
vide faster service than traditional

video sites like YouTube.com.
"YouTube just has a server and
a client, as opposed to a peer-to-
peer system," Arsan said. "(Zattoo)
should be faster because you're dis-
tributing between all the peers."
Accordingtothe program's web-
site, Zattoo becomes 10 times as
efficient as current live-broadcast-
ing technology when thousands of
users are logged on. Its boosters
also claim it switches from chan-
nel to channel faster than compa-
rable programs.
Zattoo plays short advertising
clips while the programs are being
See TV, Page 3

HI:41 GOTANEWS TIP?
LO: 20 Call 734-763-2459 or e-mail
news@michigandaily.com and let us know.

ON THE DAILY BLOGS
Bowl picture begins to come into focus
MICHIGANDAILY.COM/THEGAME

INDEX NEWS.........
Vol. CXVlII, No. 60 OPINION.....
O2t07 The Michigan Daily ARTS..........
michigandailycom

............... 2 CROSSWORD ................6
.......................4 CLASSIFIEDS......................... 6
.......................5 S SP O R T S ................................8

0M

Back to Top

© 2020 Regents of the University of Michigan