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when the fluid is not being absorbed, it builds up in the brain.
"In adults, this build-up causes problems thinking, walking and
general behavior," Boulis said. "In children, however, the build-
up causes the child's head to grow. This occurs because a child's
brain is growing anyway, and the skull is somewhat elastic"
The treatment of this disorder involves surgically adding a
sort of "man-made plumbing system, called a ventricle
peritennial shunt, which will be able to drain the excess fluid
from the brain,' Boulis said.
These disorders are two of the most prevalent among the
Guatemalan children to be treated. The treatments, though per-
formed in Guatemala City, will affect children throughout the
An enormous amount of preparation has been under way
for the past year. Debra McCloskey, an R.N. in the
Neurosurgery Department and one of the members of the
pilot surgical team, has been assisting the collection and
organization of necessary surgical materials.
"We have to organize equipment and make sure everything
is sterilized properly," McCloskey said. "We're then separat-

ing the equipment into kits, so that we can, for one (surgical)
case, use one kit."
Boulis said he hopes the mission will have future implications.
"During this pilot mission, we will be testing the feasibili-
ty of this project," Boulis said. "The next step will be to use
the mission's results to get funding."
"By making this project institutionally funded, we will be
able to take this trip on a yearly basis," Boulis said. "One of
our final goals is to have six different surgical teams, and
have a team go down once every year."
The Michigan chapter of Healing the Children, an interna-
tional children's relief group, initiated the project. After com-
municating with the Pediatric Foundation of Guatemala, the
need for surgical assistance, and in particular assistance for
children with neurological disorders, was established. Boulis
said he and his team have undertaken the brunt of the work,
not only in terms of medical work, but also in fundraising.
The mission is being funded by a variety of sponsors.
Johnson & Johnson has donated equipment and money, and
Elekta has given a large amount of shunt equipment. Other
sponsors include St. Joseph's Hospital, the Devoy
Foundation, area churches, as well as a number of private
individual and foundation donors.

M SA,Thompson lives
wit regent decision

URO Pthat there was a growing demand for these
research partnerships, which benefit
Continued from Page 1 retention and academic achievement.
going to make a difference in the lives of Gregerman has been with the program
the girls;' Brearly said, adding that she since its inception.
wants to keep working with issues of A new program will provide 30-40
women's health. mini-grants to professors to promote inte-
The number of research partnerships gration of teaching and research, scholar-
has grown from 14 in 1989 to today ship and creative activity.
including over 800 students and more By expanding the program to include
than 415 faculty researchers today. more upperclass students in this 10th year,
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By Susan T. Port
Daily News Editor
The Michigan Student Assembly may
have received a blow to its quest for a stu-
dent regent, but it is leaming to live with
the compromise.
MSA President Trent Thompson said
the goal of the assembly is to be the
student voice on campus.
"Our vision is to use MSA as a cata-
lyst to create a more understanding and
respectful campus" Thompson said.
Thompson urged students to get
involved in their student government.
"If you want to make a difference and
change the University, MSA is the best
place to start," Thompson said.
MSA has focused on the quest to
have official student representation on
the Board of Regents. At the June 18
meeting, the regents decided to not
approve a fee increase that would have
funded a petition drive to put the issue
on Michigan's statewide ballot.
Thompson said the regents were
apprehensive to open up the state con-
stitution to change. If approved, the fee
would have raised enough funds for the
assembly to bypass the state legislature
and go directly to a state referendum.
"However, it was my duty to go
before the Regents to ask for the fee
increase," Thompson said. "Thus, I can
understand the regents' apprehension in
not wanting to pass the fee increase."
Thompson said he and the regents
devised a plan for student representa-
tion at the table. He added that
Bollinger agreed to always allow MSA

to address the board.
"He will also let MSA address the
regents if we see there is a need to address
them," Thompson said. "Although we
will not have a spot at the table, we will be
heard whenever we need to.' 4
Thompson said he is concerned
about the possibility of a president less
friendly to students and not allow stu-
dents to be heard.
"We need a system where students
can have a direct voice to the regents,
otherwise we will always be screened
by the administration;" Thompson said.
Thompson said Bollinger and the
administration will be visiting MSA
meetings each month to learn of student
The legality of the fee increase was
taken into consideration during the
meeting. Thompson said a stipulation
was placed on the resolution before it
was presented to the regents. The stipu-
lation stated that if the fee increase was
deemed illegal by the Secretary of
State, MSA would not be able to use
the finds. The funds would then be
returned to the students.
Thompson said other issues MSA
plans to address in the upcoming year
include making sure undergraduate
and graduate tuition goes towards stu-
dent education, designing an off-cam-
pus handbook, working on creating a
student-run coursepack store and
building relations with other student
"MSA allows for individual ideas to
come to fruition," Thompson said.

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