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Professors at Michigan
State University have dis-
covered that depression and
recruitment for employment
are the most likely reasons
students drop out of college,
according to a Feb. 17 State
News article.
The recent study exam-
ined survey results from
students at a variety of
American universities. Stu-
dents were asked questions
at orientation and at the end
of their first term about what
would affect their decision
to leave college, the article
The researchers said in
the article the results were

surprising because they
thought other issues, like
death in the family or drug
addiction, would be leading
causes of students ceasing
their studies at a university.
Recent developments in
lasers have allowed physi-
cists at the University of Cal-
ifornia, Berkeley to better
study Earth's magnetic field,
according to a Feb. 16 article
in The Daily Californian.
The finding could impact
geological undertakings

as well as make it easier
to determine the weather
and. locate oil and miner-
als, the article states. The
new method is more pre-
cise and less costly than the
traditional use of satellite
technology, The Daily Cali-
fornian reported.
The scientists, called the
Budker Group, use the lasers
to send a powerful beam into
the mesosphere to detect
sodium atoms to determine
the frequency of their rota-
tion in the magnetic field
around the Earth, according
to the article.

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Animania hosts Con Ja Nai XVII at the Modern Language Building on
Saturday. Participants dressed up for the event that featured anime.

Thief nabs Bathroom
extra credit dorm drunk

Organ player Climate change
performance panel chat

WHERE: The Michigan
WHEN: Friday at about 3:30
WHAT: A credit card and a
debit card were stolen from
a student's backpack, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
victim noticed unauthorized
charges on her cards.
Found pot
remains hazy
WHERE: West Quad Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Saturday at about
12:15 a.m.
WHAT: Four students were
found in possession of a
marijuana-like substance,
University Police reported. .

WHERE: Mary Markley
Residence Hall
WHEN: Saturday at about
WHAT: A female student
was found drunk in a bath-
room, University Police
reported. She was taken to
the emergency room and
issued an MIP.
Poor table
WHERE: Stockwell Resi-
dence Hall
WHEN: Saturday at about
3:30 p.m.
WHAT: A lounge table
was accidentally damaged
after someone dropped
something on it, University
Police reported. The table

WHAT: , Anthony Wil-
liams will hold an organ
performance as part of
the Pipe Organ in African
American Worship Sym-
WHO: School of Music,
Theatre & Dance
WHEN: Today at 10:15 a.m.
WHERE: Hill Auditorium
Innovation in
business talk
WHAT: Marlene la Ber,
doctoral candidate at the
University of Western
Ontario's Richard Ivey
School of Business, will
delivera lecture on social
innovation and economic
creation value.
WHO: Erb Institute, Ross
School of Business, School
of Natural Resources
WHEN: Today at noon
WHERE: Ross School of

WHAT: A panel of Univer-
sity professors will discuss
public policy and public
opinion as is relates to the
Great Lakes Basin and envi-
ronmental change.
WHO: Center for Local,
State and Urban Policy-
WHEN: Today at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Weill Hall
Policy debate
WHAT: A debate will be
held on the topic of the fed-
eral government increasing
taxes on people who make
more than $250,000 annu-
WHO: Michigan Political
WHEN: Today at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Michigan Union
. Please report any error
in the Daily to correc-

Several Chicago librar-
ies have abandoned the
Dewey Decimal System
in favor of grouping books
by subject, the Chicago Tri-
bune reported. The transition
has increased the number
of materials checked out of
libraries, but critics say it's
difficult to locate books that
don't have categories.
Senior forward Carl
Hagelin of the hockey
team scored the game-
tying goal and game-
winninggoal in the team's 5-4
win over Western Michigan
In Myanmar, the mother
of a girl with 12 fingers
and 14 toes is apply-
ing for her daughter to be
the Guinness Book of World
Records, MSNBC reported.
The current record for extra
digits is 12 fingers and 13 toes.

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Travelwarnings issued as J 4
snowstorm hits Midwest


Airlines cancel 230
flights in Detroit,
drivers advised to
stay off highways
dreds of flights were canceled at
Minneapolis-St. Paul Internation-
al Airport and officials in several
states advised people to stay off
the highways as a winter storm
blew through the upper Midwest
Even before the worst of the
storm hit, Delta Airlines canceled
about 700 flights to and from the
Twin Cities airport and other air-
lines thinned out their schedules,
said airport spokeswoman Melis-
sa Scovronski. She said yester-

day afternoon the storm had shut
down two of the airport's four
In Detroit, airlines canceled
roughly 230 flights though the
city's Metro Wayne County air-
port, while more than 200 flights
through Chicago's O'Hare airport
were off.
Traffic on the roads wasn't
much better. The National Weath-
er Service reported blizzard con-
ditions in western Minnesota and
issued a winter storm warning for
the rest of the southern half of the
It was part of a storm that
stretched from Montana to Michi-
gan and was moving east. The
National Weather Service pre-
dicted it would bring a wintry mix
across the upper Midwest for sev-
eral days.

Weather service forecasters
predicted the storm would drop 10
to15 inches ofsnow on Minneapo-
lis by this afternoon, which prom-
ised to make for a tough commute
for those working on President's
"It's going to be snowing in the
morning," said weather service
meteorologist James McQuirter.
"It's going to be a messy com-
A spokesman for the Minnesota
Department of Transportation
recommended that people just
stay home and watch television on
yesterday afternoon, rather than
risk driving through the wind-
driven snow.
"If people don't need to travel,
they shouldn't," said spokesman
Kevin Gutknect. "It's really hard
for people to see."


Saad el-Katatni, center, and Essam el-Erian, left, talk during a press conference in Cairo, Egypt yesterday. The two men
are members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group.
Yemen president struggles to
suppress political protests

Japan to dig site linked to World
War II human body experiments

Former nurse says
she and colleagues
buried body parts at
war site
TOKYO (AP) - Japan is exca-
vating the site of a former medi-
cal school that may reveal grisly
secrets from World War II.
The investigation begins this
afternoon at the former school
linked to Unit 731, a germ and
biological warfare outfit during
the war. Shadowy experiments
conducted by the unit on war pris-
oners have never been officially
acknowledged by the government
but have been documented by his-
torians and participants.
It is the first government probe
of the Tokyo site, and follows a
former nurse's revelation that she
helped bury body parts there as
American forces began occupying
the capital at the end of the war.

Health Ministry official
Kazuhiko Kawauchi said the
excavation is aimed at finding out
if anything is buried in the plot.
"We are not certain if the sur-
vey will find anything," Kawauchi
said. "If anything is dug up, it may
not be related to Unit 731."
The former nurse, Toyo Ishii,
now 88, broke 60 years of silence
in 2006, sayingshe and colleagues
at an army hospital at the site were
ordered to bury numerous corps-
es, bones and body parts during
the weeks following Japan's Aug.
15, 1945, surrender before Ameri-
can troops arrived in the capital.
Her disclosure led to a face-
to-face meeting with the health
minister and a government pledge
to investigate. The digging had to
waituntil the scheduled relocation
of residents and the demolition of
apartments on the site last year.
The site is close to another area
where a mass grave of dozens of
possible war-experiment victims
was uncovered in 1989 during the

construction of a Health Ministry
research institute.
Any remains found at the
planned excavation site would
have a stronger connection to
Unit 731, said Keiichi Tsuneishi,
a Kanagawa University history
professor and expert on biological
"The site used to be the research
headquarters of Unit 731," Tsunei-
shi said. "If bones are found there,
they are most likely related to Unit
From its wartime base in Japa-
nese-controlled Harbin in north-
ern China, Unit 731 and related
units injected war prisoners with
typhus, cholera and other diseases
to research germ warfare, accord-
ing to historians and former unit
The 1989 find revealed dozens
of fragmented thigh bones and
skulls, some with holes drilled in
them or sections cut out. Police
denied there was any evidence of
criminal activity.

Even with oil reserves. Saleh's weak
government is already under
concessions, some pressure from a southern
separatist movement and
opposition forces disaffected tribesmen around
the country.
refuse to negotiate The U.S., however, is most
worried about an al-Qaida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) - offshoot that has taken root
Yemen's embattled president in Yemen's mountains to plot
sought a way out of the political attacks beyond the country's
crisis gripping his impoverished borders, including the failed
Arab nation yesterday, offering attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound
to oversee a dialogue between airliner in December 2009.
the ruling party and the Saleh - in power for three
opposition to defuse the standoff decades - is quietly cooperating
with protesters demanding his -with the U.S. in efforts to battle
ouster. the al-Qaida franchise, but his
The offer by the U.S.-backed government exercises limited
Ali Abdullah Saleh - which control in the tribal areas
opposition groups swiftly beyond the capital. The U.S.
rejected - came as protests gives Yemen military aid and
calling for his ouster continued training.
in at least four cities around the Saleh's rule continues to
country for the 11th straight day. show signs of resilience in the
A 17-year-old demonstrator face of the sustained protests
was killed yesterday evening in that have seen security
the port city of Aden when the forces and regime supporters
army opened fire to disperse a battling demonstrators, mostly
march there, bringing the death university students.
toll to nine since the protests Yemen is a tribal society
began. where almost every adult male
Much is at stake in Yemen has a firearm. A decision by the
- a deeply troubled nation country's major tribes to take
strategically located at the sides in the standoff between
mouth of the Red Sea and next Saleh and his critics could
door to the world's largest decide the president's fate.

Protests continued yesterday,
with 3,000 university students
marching in Sanaa, the Yemeni
capital. Demonstrations were
also held in a number of districts
near Aden, the town of Taiz and
the province of al-Hadida.
The protests pose the most
serious challenge to Saleh's rule
to date.
He has already made a series
of concessions, pledging that
his son would not succeed
him and that he would not
seek another term in office.
Yesterday, he repeated his offer
for negotiations.
"Dialogue is the best means,
not sabotage or cuttingoffroads,"
Saleh told a news conference. "I
am readyto sit on the negotiating
table and meet their demands if
they are legitimate," said the
Yemeni leader, who warned
against "infiltrators" seeking
to divide Yemenis and sabotage
their country.
A group of opposition parties
refused to engage in dialogue
while security forces continued
to suppress demonstrations.
"No dialogue with bullets,
clubs and thuggery," the group
said in a statement yesterday.
The protesters have been
inspired by uprisings in Egypt
and Tunisia.


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