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"She was interested in finding
out about the countries we were
going to," Gindling said. "She was
always open and respected by the
people we met, from people like
the minister of labor of Honduras
to the sellers in the streets."
Deardorff said that Terrell's
respect for others could be felt in
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ing and providing full information
about what the centers provide."
Campbell also said this is an
issue that goes beyond the pro-
life and pro-choice debate and is
really more about enabling women
to evaluate their options by having
access to more accurate informa-
"It comes down to that this isn't
a pro-life-pro-choice issue or any-
thing like that. It really is all about
just providing more information to
women and empowering women to
make decisions for themselves," he
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the
Democratic president of the Bal-
timore City Council and the lead
sponsor of the bill in Baltimore,
said the bill is crucial in making
sure that women have knowledge
of the kinds of services a preg-
nancy center offers and doesn't
"I'm pleased that my City Coun-
cil colleagues acted to secure
women's access to accurate and
safe medical information in Balti-
more city," Rawlings-Blake said.
Though the new law - which
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon,
who submitted her resignation
yesterday after being convicted
last month of embezzling gift
cards meant for the needy for per-
sonal use, signed Dec. 4, 2009 and
which took effect Jan. 2 - man-
dates that all pregnancy clinics
display the signs, Rawlings-Blake
said the new requirement will in
no way hinder the practices of the
"This new law will not hamper
the work of non-profit organiza-
tions that assist future mothers,"
Rawlings-Blake said. "I'm hon-
ored to have the support of many
experts in the public health com-
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and a budget tutorial on the front
page of the University's website,
according to E. Royster Harper,
vice president for student affairs.
"What we're trying to do is be
transparent about the budget, to
listen to students when they have
issues and concerns about it and
make sure they understand how
tuition dollars are used," Harper
The Office of the Vice President
of Student Affairs also paid for
transportation to a question and
answer session with Granholm at
Eastern Michigan University and
offered to pay for a videographer's
assistance with a video to be sent
to state legislators. The video - a
collaboration between LSA Stu-
dent Government and LSA - asked
legislators to preserve the Michi-

gan Promise Scholarship.
LSA senior Christine Sche-
peler, president of LSA-SG, said
the responsibility to cut costs on
campus falls on students as well.
According to Schepeler, LSA-SG
has been working closely with
LSA Instructional Support Ser-
vices and Planet Blue to encourage
energy conservation and efficiency
on campus.
"That's one of the ways they're
trying to lower the budget in those
categories, so the University will
have more money to spend in the
areas of the budget that are cut,"
Schepeler said.
The Student Association of

all of her personal interactions.
Deardorff said he once mentioned
to Terrell that his wife and a friend
of hers were taking a trip to Prague.
Terrell, whose family owns an
apartment in the Czech capital,
told Deardorff without hesitation
that his wife was welcome to use
the apartment.
"She and Jan were eager to get
together with us and tell us every-
thing about Prague and give my
wife pointers onthings to do there
munity for this effort to protect
women's access to accurate health
LSA sophomore Kaitlin Henry
and LSA freshman Evan Nichols
wrote a blog post Dec. 10 on the
University College Democrats
blog that described their experi-
ence going to Arbor Vitae Wom-
en's Center - a nonprofit clinic
located next to the ground floor of
Starbucks on State Street - as an
undercover couple seeking birth
control advice.
While they were at the cen-
ter, they had to indicate their
religious affiliation on consent
forms and were asked about their
marital status, they wrote in the
post called, "FemDems Covert
Op: Local CPC Exposed." These
questions, they wrote, show the-
clinic demonstrates a pro-life
According to the blog, Henry
was also shown various birth con-
trol methods though the employee
emphasized natural family plan-
ning, which is considered a form of
birth control in which the couple
avoids copulation when the woman
is ovulating.
"We witnessed firsthand that
Arbor Vitae has the bias that
defines crisis pregnancy centers,"
they wrote in the blog. "While the
existence of a religious or pro-life
family planning center on campus
is not inherently bad, we believe
that its motives should be disclosed
to the public."
Campbell explained the reason-
ing for the undercover operation
was for the FemDems to see how
the center was actually run before
making any claims that would con-
tribute to their efforts toward the
"For us, the reason why we went
in was we didn't want to base any
sort of campaign or effort on our
part on rumor or speculation,"
Campbell said. "We wanted to

and how to get along." Deardorff
said, "And, after the trip, we got
together again to talk about how it
had gone. She was just so interest-
ed and eager to share with us. She
was a wonderful friend."
Visitation will be held tomorrow
at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel in
Ann Arbor from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A memo-
rial service is planned for Saturday
at 11 a.m. in the Michigan League
experience first hand what would
happen if someone were to enter
a crisis pregnancy center. And so
for us it was more of a fact-finding
mission than anything else."
They wrote that this misin-
formation is especially troubling,
given that "the center targets stu-
dents in its advertisements."
Despite the blog post's claim
that Arbor Vitae has a religious
bias, Suzanne Abdalla, director
of Arbor Vitae, said they are not
a religious organization but that
the center is "life-affirming" since
they don't make referral for or
offer abortion services.
At Arbor Vitae, a new client
is given consent forms outlining
exactly what services they offer,
which includes free pregnancy
testing, free ultrasounds and
free consulting about pregnancy
options, Abdalla said.
"What we do is offer women the
knowledge and the tools they need
to make their decision," she said.
"We make sure that's clear in our
advertising and also in our consent
forms and everything. The whole
point of us existing is that we don't
offer abortion and we don't do any
of that. We just offer (a woman)
information so she can make a
Abdalla said she thinks the leg-
islation requiring pregnancy cen-
ters in Baltimore to display signs
indicating they don't offer abortion
services just reinforces what wom-
en's centers already do. She called
it "wastefullegislation," since most
women's centers already inform
clients of their services.
"It's kind of the same as saying
you own a grocery store or some-
thing, but having to advertise that
you don't sell cars," Abdalla said.
"And then the city of Baltimore
is going to the trouble of actu-
ally creating a law to say that you
don't sell tars? It's even more of a

Special Olympics cut
due to fund ing troubles

Michigan - a coalition of student
governments from around the state
- is planning a student-led rally in
Lansing for late March, according
to SAM president and Rackham
student Jordan Twardy.
A similar rally last year drew
approximately 500 - students,
Twardy said. However, he said he
expects between 500 and 1,000
students to attend this year's
Twardy said SAM and other
organizers are looking into pro-
viding transportation, obtaining
waivers to excuse students from
class and raising funds for lunch
during the rally as incentives for
students to attend the rally.
According to Twardy, SAM is
also working on a list of policy
recommendations for the state
legislature in addition to the
"Basically, we want to take this
whole argument to another level,"
Twardy said. "We've seen this
trend of disinvestment in educa-
tion, and we're trying to mobilize
to change that."
Twardy said that collaboration
with other schools in Michigan
is critical to building a statewide
protest strong enough to make a
difference in the state's budget
"Schools individually have
been fighting, and you'll see some
complaints and a few rallies, but
the state legislators know these
things will happen and they know
there's no serious repercussions,"
he said.
However, Phil Hanlon, vice pro-

vost for academic and budgetary
affairs, said University officials can
anticipate the cuts, but can't make
concrete plans to address them
until the specific funding cuts are
"(The state) could raise taxes,
make cuts to welfare, corrections,
Medicaid or, obviously, higher
education," Hanlon said. "What
we're doing is planning on taking a
proportionate cut."
Cynthia Wilbanks, vice presi-
dent for government relations, said
University administrators and stu-
dents hope to learn substantially
more about the state's budget pic-
ture in the coming weeks.
"We don't have any specific
numbers, so right now it's really a
waiting game," she said.
Wilbanks added that increased
communication between adminis-
trators and students will be essen-
tial when new MSA representatives
are elected this winter.
University students and officials
the governor's budget plan dur-
ing the State of the State address,
scheduled for Feb. 3.
State legislators are also plan-
ning to meet on Jan. 11 at the
Revenue Estimating Conference
to examine economic indicators
within the state, in hopes of pre-
dicting what funds will be avail-
able for appropriation next year.
"We need to come together and
have a sustained presence in Lan-
sing," Twardy said of the efforts.
"That's what all the other interest
groups have, and that's why they
get their way."

Organization lost
millions in 2008
stock market fall
Sliva takes great pride in his Special
Olympics medals because they show
he can ski better than many of his
friends without special needs.
But the 19-year-old with Down
Syndrome won't get to compete in
the giant slalom at the Indiana win-
ter games this year because they
have been canceled.
"He was very sad. He said,
'Why, Mom?' Of course, he doesn't
understand all of the financial
situation," said Veronika Sliva, of
It's been a rough two years for the
Special Olympics, which endured
the death of founder Eunice Ken-
nedy Shriver in August and has seen
sponsorship money dry up because
of the poor economy. The Washing-
ton-based parent organization lost
tens of millions of dollars when the
stock market tanked in 2008. And
many state affiliates have had to cut
costs by trimming staff, canceling
entire competitions or eliminating
certain events.
Kirsten Suto Seckler, a spokes-
woman for Special Olympics, said
the movement has recently expand-
ed into 20 new countries and now
has more than 3 million participants
from 160 nations. But she acknowl-
edged that the decline in sponsor-
ship and fundraising has forced
some state affiliates to make tough
State affiliates raise their own
funds and operate on their ownbud-
gets, but they also receive support
and programming help from head-
Groups across the country say
they have tried to cut administra-
tive costs first so that athletes aren't
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netic properties of the atoms that
make them up.
"We routinely use (NMR spec-
troscopy) for resolving atomic level
structures of biological molecules,"
he said. "We were able to see what
happens to the collagen structure
and its motion when water molecules
are removed from the bone matrix."
Another recent study conducted
by researchers at the University and
the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit
has already shown that nanoscale
changes to the collagen matrix may
be a marker of bone health.
Ramamoorthy said the dehydra-
tion process is associated with bone
degradation, adding that water is
essential to biological components
and bone is no exception.
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affected. But that hasn't been pos-
sible everywhere.
In Northern California, a lack of
funding forced the cancellation of
mountain sports like snowboarding
and alpine skiing at its upcoming
winter games. Affiliate spokeswom-
an Kirsten Cherry said it was hardnto
have to cut events, but that the snow
sports were axed because they had
relatively few participants and cost
a lot.
"Most of ourathletes are involved
in two or three sports. They can
move on and still have somethingto
do in the year," Cherry said.
She said many athletes were dis-
appointed by the decision butunder-
stood the reasons.
"They see people losing jobs, they
see the cutbacks," Cherry said.
Oregon canceled its games last
year and doesn't expect to reinstate
them this year. Butspokesman Mark
Evertz said the organization tried
instead to send athletes to smaller
competitions in the state.
Jeff Mohler, vice president for
programs for Special Olympics Indi-
ana, said the skiing and snowshoe-
ing events made sense to cut. They
were the most expensive events and
had seen 20 percent declines in par-
ticipation each of the last two years.
Only 147 of more than 10,000 ath-
letes statewide participated in the
two sports.
North Dakota plans to stage its
winter games this month after tak-
ing 2009 off because of a lack of
funding. The affiliate has taken
steps to reduce administrative costs,
including reducing staff and travel
and having employees take turns
shoveling when it snows.
Special Olympics Tennessee
hasn't cut athletic events, but it has
stopped allowing new participants
in some events, and cut participa-
tion in come cases. Ithas also frozen
salaries, canceled retirement contri-
butions, limited travel and reduced
er's seat of The Magic School Bus
as the teacher and you're taking
students along for the ride, yoq
should expect to see these kinds
of interactions in the bone world,"
Ramamoorthy said.
Developed from NMR stud-
ies, MRI is already a widely used
clinical tool to visualize internal
soft tissue. Solid-state NMR, - the
process Ramamoorthy used for his
study - is proving to be asmore dif-
ficult technique to implement clini-
cally, he said.
Traditional NMR spectroscopy
requires a sample to be dissolved in
solution so molecules are oriented
randomly when analyzed. Because
intact bone cannot be dissolved, the
sample was spun at a "magic angle"
to make analysis possible.
Ramamoorthy said the "magic
angle" technique is difficult to
apply in a clinical setting.
"We can't spin intact bone in a

office expenses, president Alan Bol-
ick said.
"If contributions don't come back
this year, or if we can't find new
avenues for donations, then we will
likely be faced with both eliminating
some events and some staffby end of
the year," Bolicksaid.
Dave Kerchner, who heads the
Kentucky affiliate, said his group
has left some staff positions vacant
for the firsttime in memory.
"I've been on enough discussions
with other execs to know the con-
sternation over this been equal in
all states. It's very difficult times,"
Kerchner said.
And Massachusetts has curtailed
special events such as dances and
opening ceremonies to save costs.
It is paying for participants in its
March winter games to stay over-
night for one instead of two nights,
saving about $175,000.
Special Olympics Inc. saw its
year-end assets fall to $58.4 million
in 2008 from $87.8 million in 2007,
a 33 percent drop, according to its
most recent annual report. Much of
that was due to a 36 percent decline.
in its trust from sales of the "A Very
Special Christmas" albums. Due to
investment losses while the stock
market tanked, the size of that trust
fell to $38.9 million in 2008 from
$60.7 million in 2007.
2009 was particularly hard on
the Special Olympics because of
the death of Kennedy Shriver, who
founded the organization in 1968
and remained a daily presence at its
Washington headquarters well into
her 70s. Her son, Timothy Shriver, is-
the group's chairman and CEO.
Veronika Sliva said it's sad her
son won't getto compete in the Indi-
ana games this year and to hear the
crowd cheering his name as he hur-
tlesdowntheslopes. Skiingis special
for him because it distinguishes him
from friends without special needs
who can't ski, she said.
real patient, so that's an obvious
disadvantage," he said.
However, Ramamoorthy said the
use of rapid pulses may be a feasi-
ble clinical alternative to spinning
bone - both of which can facili-
tate resolution of the tissue on the
atomic scale.
He added that overcoming these
preliminary challenges should
allow clinicians to not only get a
picture of a patient's bone health
but also any calcium deposits in,
artery plaque and the bone-car-
tilage interface of joints, which
could, among other things, lead to
early detection of associated medi-
cal conditions.
"Solid state NMR imaging is
already in the development pro-
cess but not routinely applied,"
Ramamoorthy said. "It's not in
the practice of treating patients or
diagnosing them, but it will soon be
put into use in the coming years."

For Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010
(March 21 toApril 19)
Talk to partners and close friends.
You'll enjoy relating to groups, espe-
cially about charitable causes or bow to
do good.
(April 20 to May 20)
Co-workers are supportive, and you
feel tbe same way toward them.
Suddenly, it's a mutual admiration soci-
(May 21 toJune 20)
Your creative vibes are hot today. Do
anything thaI will allow you to express
your talents. Romance can be very sweet
and tender today (just like juicy corn).
(June 21to July 22)
Family discussions will be mutually
sympathetic today. Your concern might
be that a particular family member needs
help or sympathy. Do whatever you can
to be supportive.
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
You might spend a lot of time day-
dreaming today. It's hard to stay focused
because your mind keeps drifting off.
Maybe you can try something creative
that requires imagination.
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
Be careful in financial transactions
today. In one way, they could be
extremely favorable, but in another way,
you might be so idealistic you are miss- a
ing something. Double-check every-
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
You feel very sympathetic about
someone or something today. In fact you
might donate money to a group, club or
organization because you feel it's the
right thing to do. Good for you.

(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
This ,is a wonderfully creative day.
Enjoy pleasant activities with children.
Find opportunities to express your cre-
alive talents. The theater, show business,
the entertainment world, the hospitality
industry and sports will flourish!
(Nov. 221to Dec. 21)
Discussions with groups or perhaps
with an individual friend. will be ener-
getic and imaginative today. Wishful
thinking about travel to fun places will
make good conversation.
(Dec. 221t Jan. 19)
People are impressed with your ability
and your visionltoday. In fact, the people
who are impressed are authority figures
in your life - parents, bosses, teachers
and VIPs. Milk this for all it's worth!
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 11)
Your appreciation of beauty is height-
ened today. Therefore, give yourself a
chance to enjoy something lovely. Visit
parks, museums, galleries and beautiful
buildings. Enjoy your day!
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
You feel sympathy for somebody who
is less fortunate than you. Act on these
feelings if you can. Do something to
help someone who is in real need today.
YOU BORN TODAY Because you're
imaginative and romantic, you're
attracted to unusual places and things.
You're intuitive, and you pick up on the
vibes of others. You see connections and
relationships where others do not (often
a sign of genius). Your year ahead will
focus strongly on partnerships. They
could be forming or they could be end-
ing, but they are certainly your focus.
Birthdate of: Zora Neale Hurston,
African folklorist; Nicolas Cage, actor;
Katie Couric, TV journalist.


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