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NEWS BRIEFS
ROCHESTER, Mich.
Hospitals avoid
hiring smokers to
promote health
If you're a smoker, there are no
jobs for you at some Michigan hos-
pitals who are not hiring tobacco
users as part of their missions sup-
porting healthier communities.
The Detroit News reports that
Rochester's Crittenton Hospital,
Adrian's Bixby Medical Center
and Tecumseh's Herrick Medical
Center only are hiring nonsmok-
ers and people who don't use
tobacco.
ProMedica wellness director
Laura Ritzler says costs are low-
ered because nonsmoking staffs
don't have the same health care
issues or complications that come
with tobacco use. ProMedica
owns Bixby and Herrick.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif.
Calif. damage from
tsunami estimated
to be $40 million
A California official estimates
that statewide damage from last
week's tsunami exceeds $40 mil-
lion.
Mike Dayton, acting secretary
of the Emergency Management
Agency, gave the estimate yester-
day after touring Santa Cruz Har-
bor, where 18 vessels sank, about
100were damaged and another 12
remained unaccounted for.
The damage in Santa Cruz
Harbor alone is estimated at $17
million.
Officials at Crescent City
Harbor, which also suffered sig-
nificant wave damage, are still
working on a damage total.
Dayton watched as recovery
crews used large inflatable pil-
lows to get battered vessels to
float to the top of the water.
MANAMA, Bahrain
Saudi-led military
enters Bahrain to
quell civil unrest
A Saudi-led military force
crossed into Bahrain yesterday
to prop up the monarchy against
widening demonstrations,
launching the first cross-border
military operation to quell unrest
since the Arab world's rebellions
began in December.
Opposition groups immedi-
ately denounced the intervention
as an occupation that pushed the
tiny island kingdom dangerously
close to a state of "undeclared
war."
Bahrain's majority Shiite Mus-
lims see an opportunity to rid
themselves of two centuries of
rule by a Sunni monarchy. But
Gulf Sunni leaders worry that any
cracks in Bahrain's ruling system
could threaten their own founda-
tions. Protests are already flaring
in Oman, Kuwait and even tightly

ruled Saudi Arabia.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia
St. Lucia condemns
attack on group of
gay U.S. tourists
A robbery and assault on three
gay American tourists at their
vacation cottage has St. Lucia
officials scrambling to assure vis-
itors that the southern Caribbean
island is safe and welcoming for
homosexuals.
Tourism Minister Allen Chas-
tanet issued an apology yesterday
to three men from Atlanta after
masked bandits broke into their
mountain rental home in Soufri-
ere. One victim said the gunmen
made slurs against gays, white
people and Americans during the
March 3 assault.
The tiny, tourism-dependent
Caribbean country is typically
peaceful and a safe place for all
kinds of travelers, Chastanet said.
He said the attack was "unac-
ceptable behavior and our desti-
nation will not tolerate it."
Police announced yesterday
that they have arrested two sus-
pects in the assault and are look-
ing for three more.
-Compiled from
Daily wire reports

LAW SCHOOL
From Page 1
December.
The $19 million cost of the
construction that won't be cov-
ered by the donation will be paid
for by the Lawyers Club and
"central university investment
proceeds," accordingto the press
release.
Timothy Slottow, the Uni-
versity's executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer,
wrote in a communication to the
regents that 92,000 square feet
of both buildings will be reno-
vated to update the plumbing,
heating, ventilation, fire detec-
tion and suppression systems,
Internet access and handicap
accessibility.
Additionally, a hallway con-
necting all the dorm rooms will
be added to each building to
"increase safety, accessibility
and sense of community for the
residents," Slottow wrote.
While the interior of thebuild-
ings will be changed, the fagades
will remain intact, according to
the press release. Air condition-
ing will also be installed.
Still, Slottow wrote that the
University is committed to
ensuring the renovations are
environmentally friendly.
"We will target overall energy
performance to exceed national

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 3
energy efficiency standards by
more than 30 percent," he wrote.
The club wing of the Lawyers
Club, which houses the build-
ing's dining hall, will receive
several infrastructure updates,
including a new roof. The club
wing is located on State Street
and is connected to the dormi-
tory wing ofthe Lawyers Club on
South University Avenue.
In a separate communica-
tion to the regents, Slottow and
Law School Dean Evan Camink-
er requested authorization to
rename the north Lawyers Club
dormitories The Charles T.
Munger Residences in the Law-
yers Club.
"With the renovations made
possible by Mr. Munger's
generosity, the Law School's
living spaces will aptly comple-
ment its world-class scholarly
and instructional offerings,"
Caminker and Slottow wrote.
This isn't Munger's first dona-
tion to the Law School. In 2007,
Munger donated $3 million for
lighting upgrades in the Law
Quad.
The Law School is also con-
structing a new building, South
Hall, which is projected to be
completed in 2012. If approved
by the Ann Arbor Planning Com-
mission, a pedestrian mall will
span Monroe Street and connect
the new South Hall with existing
Law School buildings.

The University's team of doctors and nurses who work in the Extracorporeal Life Support Program.

UMHS
From Page 1
of more than 2,000 patients the
University of Michigan Health
System's Extracorporeal Life
Support Program has treated.
Robert Bartlett, director of the
University Hospital's ECLS Pro-
gram, contributed to the develop-
ment of current ECMO machines
used to treat patients with condi-
tions like Mason's.
Based on a modified 1953 inven-
tion of the heart-lung machine,
ECMO is used to support patients
- primarily infants - with fail-
ing hearts or lungs, according to
Jonathan Haft, a cardiac surgeon
at the University Hospital.
With about 80 to 100 ECMO
patients a year, the University
Hospital currently maintains
"one of the busiest programs in
the country" and treats adults,
children and infants, Haft said. In
January, the hospital's ECLS Pro-
gram treated its 2,000th ECMO
patient, an infant named Victor,
he said.
Haft said he's proud the pro-
gram has grown to become what
he said is the largest ECMO
treatment program in the world.
Because of Bartlett's involve-
ment with the machine's creation,
the University has always been a
leaderi the field, Haft said.
Bartlett, a professor emeri-
tus of surgery at the University

Hospital, began experiments
to extend the use of the heart-
lung machine in the late 1960s.
He built several extracorporeal
devices in 1968 and 1969 at Boston
Children's Hospital and Harvard
Medical School.
Bartlett later took his research
to the School of Medicine at the
University of California, Irvine,
where he worked with other doc-
tors to use the ECMO machine on
clinical patients. He then brought
the program to the University
Hospital in 1980.
As ECMO became the standard
treatment for infants with certain
diagnoses, Bartlett said hospitals
around the world began develop-
ing their own ECMO programs,
and representatives coming to
the University Hospital during
the 1980s and 1990s for informa-
tion and training seminars. Now
almost every hospital associated
with a university has an ECMO
program, but medical profession-
als still reach out to UMHS for
assistance, Bartlett said.
"Michigan has been sort of the
fountainhead of this informa-
tion for all of its development,"
Bartlett said. "We have calls basi-
cally every week from hospitals
around the world."
These calls sometimes require
UMHS doctors to fly to other hos-
pitals to place patients on ECMO
on location or to bring them back
to Ann Arbor for treatment, Haft
said.

Ann Arbor also houses the
Extracorporeal Life Support
Organization, an international
society affiliated with the Uni-
versity that maintains a registry
of ECMO patients around the
world. Members of the organiza-
tion can submit data to the regis-
try and use it as a resource to look
up patient outcomes for quality
assurance and research purposes.
Though ECMO is most com-
monly used for infants, Haft said
UMHS also received frequent
inquiries from other hospitals
during the H1N1 virus epidem-
ic. During the outbreak, people
sought means to develop ECMO
programs for adults who were
suffering from respiratory fail-
ure.
Mason experienced a different
ECMO course than most due to
his birth defect, which required
him to receive treatment direct-
ly through the heart instead of
through a vein. Ellinger said he
was able to successfully come off
of ECMO after 18 days. She added
that while her son was on ECMO,
she was comforted by the level of
expertise the nurses and techni-
cians at the University Hospital
exhibited.
Now in preschool, Mason
doesn't have any ECMO-related
side effects and is only affected by
symptoms of his congenital birth
defect, Ellinger said.
"If you look at him now, you
wouldn't be able to tell," she said.

GOLDEN APPLE
From Page 1
Though Herzog's address was
titled the "Ideal Last Lecture,"
Herzog treated it as a typical
lecture during which he dis-
cussed women's rights, opening
with a couple lighthearted com-
ments about his teaching style.
"I haven't actually held a lec-
ture in about 30 years now, so
I printed this sort of Socratic
method Q and A, but you guys
haven't done all the reading. It's
a waste of time," he told the audi-
ence.
Students Honoring Outstand-
ing University Teaching, or
SHOUT, presented Herzog with
the Golden Apple Award - the
only student-bestowed award for
teaching at the University.
Herzog, a professor at the Uni-
versity since 1983, wrote in an
e-mail interview after the lecture
that the award was "impossibly
sweet."
"Teaching does matter, in a big
bad ferocious way, and it's a great
pleasure to think I may be doing
it well," Herzog wrote.
However, students entering
Herzog's classes shouldn't expect
to get an A without working hard.
"Professor Herzog truly elicits

the best of his students and the
best efforts of his students," Law
School Dean Evan Caminker
said in an interview after the
event.
Caminker said a former stu-
dent of Herzog once told him
that Herzog "made her think so
hard her brain constantly hurt."
LSA senior Joey Eisman,
chair of SHOUT, said during his,
speech introducing Herzog that
the process of selecting a pro-
fessor began in November and
culminated in hundreds of nom-
inations submitted in January.
"Golden Apple Award honors
those teachers who consistently
treat every lecture as if it were
their last time to disseminate
knowledge to his or her students
and engage each student to think
critically and inspire discourses
outside the classroom," Eisman
said.
Walker, who has taken two
classes from Herzog, said a major
reason she took a Law class
focusing on the First Amend-
ment was because Herzog was
the professor.
Rackham student Zev Berger,
who Herzog advises for his Ph.D.
candidate studies, said if this
were the last lecture he would
give, "he would do it just the
same."

Wisconsin unions rush deals
ahead of new bargaining law

Democratic Sec. of
State delays law's
publication
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -
School boards and local gov-
ernments across Wisconsin are
rushing to reach agreements
with unions before a new law
takes effect and erases their
ability to collectively bargain
over nearly all issues other than
minimal salary increases.
The law doesn't go into effect
until the day after Secretary
of State Doug La Follette pub-
lishes it and it doesn't super-
sede contracts already in place,
fueling unions' desire to reach
new deals quickly. La Follette
said yesterday that he will delay
publication until the latest day
possible, March 25, to give local
governments time to try to
reach agreements.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker
had asked La Follette to publish
the law yesterday, but the Dem-
ocratic secretary of state said he
didn't see any emergency that
warranted doing so. La Follette
opposed the bill and said he sat
in his office watching parts of a
weekend protest that brought as
many as 100,000 people out in
opposition to the law.
"This is the biggest change in
Wisconsin labor management
history in 50 years," La Follette
said, describing his reasoning
for holding off on its enactment.
The law ends collective bar-
gaining for public workers
over everything except salary
increases no greater than infla-
tion. It also forces state workers
to make benefit concessions that
amount to an 8 percent pay cut
on average.
Walker also is proposing a
nearly $1 billion cut in aid to
schools in his two-year budget
plan that would take effect in
July. He argued that for that
reason, districts need to get

more money from their employ-
ees to help mitigate the loss in
aid. Walker also wants to limit
the ability of schools and local
governments to pay for the
cuts through local property tax
increases.
The Wisconsin Associa-
tion of School Boards is telling
districts to be cautious about
approving contracts that will
make it more difficult for them
to handle Walker's proposed
cuts. Since Walker unveiled
the bill on Feb. 11, between 50
and 100 of the state's 424 dis-
tricts have approved deals with
unions, said Bob Butler, an
attorney with the association.
The vast majority of them
included benefit concessions
consistent with what Walker
proposed under the new collec-
tive bargaining law, Butler said.
The Madison school board
met in a marathon 18-hour ses-
sion Friday night to reach an
agreement with the local teach-
ers union to approve a new
contract that runs through mid-
2013.
That agreement freezes
wages and requires the same
pension contribution as state
workers will be required to pay
starting later this month under
the new law. It also allows the
district to require health insur-
ance premium contributions up
to 5 percent in the first year of
the deal and up to 10 percent in
the second year.
The Racine school district
voted to approve a new con-
tract with its teachers union on
Wednesday evening, as Walk-
er's collective bargaining pro-
posal was being approved by the
state Senate. Several local gov-
ernments, including the city of
Janesville and La Crosse Coun-
ty, also have pushed through
contracts in the past month
ahead of the new law.
A handful of counties have
reached deals with local unions
statewide, said John Rhineman,

legislative director of the Wis-
consin Counties Association.
Rhineman said county
boards want to reach deals in
advance of the law taking effect
because they want to work
together with their employees
who, in some cases, are seeking
contracts more generous than
what would be required under
the new law.
"Our people do care about
their employees," Rhineman
said. "Some of them feel the
bill has gone further than they
would choose to go."
Schools and local govern-
ments would be foolish to
rush through deals that don't
account for concessions at the
same level or greater than what
is called for under the law, said
Republican Rep. Robin Vos, co-
chairman of the Legislature's
budget committee.
If they don't get the conces-
sions, then they can't complain
about the difficulty of dealing
with cuts, Vos said.
"Ultimately they're the ones
who are going to have to deal
with the ramifications," he said.
"I can't imagine they're going to
be able to talk out of both sides
of their mouth."
If districts lock in deals with
unions that don't have conces-
sions to help make up for the
aid cuts, that could force them
into making "mass layoffs," said
Walker's spokesman Cullen
Werwie.
Eliminating collective bar-
gaining, except over salary, puts
both local teachers unions and
the school districts in unchar-
tered territory as they try to
figure out how to work with one
another without the previous
structure, said Mary Bell, presi-
dent of the statewide teachers'
union that fought unsuccess-
fully to stop the bill.
"This bill creates chaos and
that doesn't benefit anyone,"
Bell said. "There's a great deal
of anxiety, as you might expect."

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