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Ann Arbor Michigan
Friday, November 30, 2007
Michigan Student Assembly Rep. Kenneth Baker was attacked
for being part of a Facebook group making fun of a colleague.
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-
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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.
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control costs to rise
By MARA GAY
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
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
By JACOB SMILOVITZ
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
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
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
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
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
Thlane after Katrina
By ELIZABETH LAI
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-
After graduating from the Uni-
versity with a general studies
degree in 2006, Hines returned to
Now he's representing his home-
town in the Louisiana House of
Ranlier this month, 23-year-aid
Hines wastelected staterepresen-
tative from the 95th district in New
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
"The fact that he was running
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Profs firm looks to stream live TV on web
Computer science ize live television on the Internet
has 1.2 million users
By CHARLES GREGG-GEIST
For the Daily
Sugih Jamin, an associate pro-
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
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
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-
Zattoo plays short advertising
clips while the programs are being
See TV, Page 3
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