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In line with economic theories,
alcohol vendors report sales up

New York Times
reporter to speak
at event today

From Page 1A
much as they used to.
Eddie Gilyano, the manager of
Strickland's Market, a liquor store
located on Geddes Avenue, said the
store's alcoholsales have decreased
significantly since the economy
took a turn for the worse.
But just as campus areas are not
representative of the rest of Ann
Arbor, they are not representative
of the rest of the country, which
has technically been in a recession
since Dec. 2007.
Last year in Pennsylvania, wine
and liquor sales were reportedly
up 4.7 percent.
Similarly, Connecticut reported
that tax revenue on alcoholic bev-
erages was up 4.7 percent for the
fiscal year that ended last June.
The Division of Liquor Control
for the Ohio Department of Com-
merce, as reported by the Ohio
University Post, announced that
alcohol sales grew $32.6 million
from 2007 to 2008, an increase of
4.75 percent.
Alcohol companies across the
country - especially wine compa-
nies - are also reporting sales are
skyrocketing.
Brown-Forman, one of the
largest American-owned wine
companies, stated that its income
has grown 4 percent in the sec-
ond quarter this year. And Liquor
Group Michigan, a liquor and wine
distribution company, reported a
78-percent increase in wine case
ROOMMATES
From Page 1A
simply being placed with someone
by their school's housing services.
"Your search results will auto-
matically be filtered by people
who fit within those desired pref-
erences," Castellucci said. "The
other aspect is very much the user
going in and being interested in a
person, clicking on their Facebook
profile and doing their own search-
es - trying to get an idea for what

By SAGAR DESHPANDE
For the Daily
Peter Baker, a long-time jour-
nalist and well-known Washing-
ton, D.C. reporter, will be giving a
speech on campus today about the
new presidential administration
and the issues that it faces.
The address, titled "President
Obama and the First 100 Days," will
focus on the challenges and press-
ing questions the Obama admin-
istration will encounter in its first
few months in office.
Baker, a White House corre-
spondent for The New York Times,
is giving the talk as part of being
awarded the 2008 Gerald R. Ford
Journalism Prize for Distinguished
Reporting on the Presidency. He
received this honor for "The Imper-

fled Presidency," a series he wrote
while with the Washington Post.
Baker is a long-time Washing-
ton veteran. During his 20 years at
the Post, he helped break and cover
stories like the Monica Lewinsky
scandal and Bill Clinton's impeach-
ment, as well as the second term of
the George W. Bush presidency. He
is often consulted for his knowl-
edge of D.C. politics and appears on
many television and radio shows,
like "Washington Week" on PBS.
The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m.,
at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential
Library, located on North Campus
at 1000 Beal Ave. After Baker gives
his speech, the floor will be opened
for questions and discussion. Event
admission and parking are free
and the event will be followed by a
reception.

WILL MOELLER/Daily
Tim Kramer, the home brew manager, checks a customer out at the Beer Depot on William Street Sunday. Kramer said that
during the recession over the past year, the store has seen its sales increase.

sales in Michigan for 2008.
The recent spike in alcohol sales
as the nation's economy falls into
a tailspin is not unique, said Eco-
nomics Prof. John Bound.
In 1991, Bound said the collapse
of the Soviet Union and the end of
the Cold War directly resulted in
soaring alcohol sales.
they're like as a person."
The application also aids the
schools because it sorts through
potential roommate matches and
gives the students the chance to
choose rather than having housing
administrators spend time match-
ing people who could have very
little in common.
While the application connects
people with potential roommates,
they must still request the person
on their formal housing forms.
Unlike most questionnaires
that simply ask about students

"Alcohol use went up dramati-
cally in Russia after the fall of the
Soviet Union," Bound said.
London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine Prof. Martin
McKee, in his journal article titled
Alcohol in Russia, discussed the
effects of the government's col-
lapse on alcohol consumption
sleeping habits and tidiness,
RoomBug also finds matches for
students based on their lifestyles,
whether or not they want visi-
tors in their rooms and how they
describe themselves and their
ideal roommate.
School of Music, Theatre &
Dance freshman Alyssa Krentzel
said she would have found the
application helpful if it had exist-
ed last year, since she began the
year with a incompatible room-
mate and has since switched
rooms.

With the collapse of the com-
munist government, McKee said,
there was a collapse of anti-alco-
hol campaigns, which resulted in
heavy drinking across the coun-
try. There was even evidence that
alcohol consumption levels in the
1990s far exceeded pre-Soviet
Union levels.
"My roommate and I had abso-
lutely nothing in common and if
I had any part in it I never would
have chosen her," she said. "I had
things I wanted in a roommate
and there was no way I could have
found those in random choosing.
I would have wanted someone I
could actually be friends with."
Castellucci developed the appli-
cations, which first launched at the
University of Florida. Three weeks
later it was also implemented by
Florida State University and the
University of Central Florida.

TUMERIC
From Page 1A
"Studies have shown that people
who have a lot of spicy food with
turmeric powder have less neuro-
logical disorders or Alzheimer's
disease," Ramamoorthysaid. "That
led us to this problem of under-
standing what it does to the biolog-
ical system like cell membranes."
Ramamoorthy said curcumin
directly binds to a cell's mem-
brane and hardens the lipid mole-
cules, which gives the cell greater
protection.
"In the end, it makes the mem-
brane more rigid so that anything
that attacks the membrane finds
it very hard to damage the mem-
brane," he said.
LSA senior Michelle Fritz and
LSA senior Jeffrey Barry are two
undergraduate students who assist-
ed in the research and both contrib-
uted to the paper published in the
Journal of the American Chemical
Society last week.
Fritz said she had never taken
biology or organic chemistry

courses at the University before
participating in the research, but
said she became involved in the
study because of her "(interest) in
doing something that pertained to
the medical field."
Fritz said she and Barry worked
to understand how curcumin inter-
acts with the membrane to cause
the death of cancer cells and how it
affects proteins.
"One of the theories is that it can
changethebilayerproperties," Barry
said. "Andbydoingthatitcanchange
how each protein functions."
Ramamoorthy said he's not inter-
ested in capitalizing on the medici-
nal effects of curcumin by creating
a product for public consumption,
but other researchers atthe Medical
School are synthesizing derivatives
of curcumin to see if it can poten-
tially be used as a drug.
"I am a chemist, and I am also a
biophysicist," Ramamoorthy said.
"I'm interested in knowing how it
functions, what are its properties,
how it targets the cell and what
kinds of properties makes this more
relevant to biology and medicine in
pharmaceutical applications."

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ARIES
(March 21 to April 19)
Tension on the job might arise because
of the Full Moon today. Similarly, you
might feel concerns about your own
health. (You'll easily communicate your
concerns to others.)
TAURUS
(April 20to May 20)
Be extra patient when dealing with
children. The Full Moon creates tension
for them as well as for you. The same
goes for all romantic involvements,
which also are intensified today.
GEMINI
(May 21to June 20)
It's hardto know whoto put firsttoday
- the concerns of home and family or
your career and your outer world.
Today's Full Moon highlights this
choice. Tough call.
CANCER
(June 21 to0July 22)
This is a mildly accident-prone day for
you. Take it easy. Slow down. You don't
have to have an accident; however, the
stress of today's Full Moon might affect
you.
LEO
(July 23 10 Aug. 22)
You wan tto get your ducks in a row,
financially speaking. You're focusing on
debt, earnings, cash flow, inheritances,
shared property and wills.
VIRGO
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
This is the only Full Moon in your
sign all year. That's why you feel
increased stress and tension when talk-
ing to partners and close friends. Stay
cool.
LIBRA
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Today's Full Moon makes you a bit
edgy and nervous, and you might not
even know why. Itlcould create problems
dealing with co-workers. Be patient and

tolerant.
SCORPIO
(Oct. 23 toNov. 21)
Conflict with friends or members of
groups might arise because of today's
Full Moon. (It's hard to keep your shirt
on when you're getting something off
your chest.)
SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22to Dec. 21)
Conflict with sports, show business
and the entertainment world, social
events, parties and romantic partners
easily arise because of today's Full
Moon. Chill out.
CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22to Jan. 19)
It's hard to know what to put first:
your home and private life or your job
and your public life. Despite the con-
flicts due to today's Full Moon, you can-
not ignore home and family.
AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20to Feb. 18)
Avoid disputes with others about
money, cash flow, earnings and shared
property. Because of the Full Moon,
today is a poor day to discuss these mat-
ters.
PISCES
(Feb. 191to March 20)
Be exta patient with partners and
close friends. Today's Full Moon is the
only Full Moon that opposes your sign
all year. Stay frosty.
YOU BORN TODAY You're very
sensitive; particularly to the misfortunes
of others. If you can help, you always
will. You know how to enjoy yourself.
You love life; and you love to have fun,
especially in social, intimate settings.
You value the internal rather than the
external. You will love the year ahead
because it's wonderfully social! It's also
a lovely year for partnerships.
Birthdate ofh Chuck Norris, actor;
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