Monday, August 6, 2001- The Michigan Daily - 3
NEXT STOP: THE TIGHT ROPE
O L I T I C S
HOUSE VOTE POSSIBLE ON
Democrats and maverick Republicans in the U.S. House of
Representatives are currently 13 signatures short of forcing a
vote on their version of campaign finance legislation. With the
Republican leadership's refusal to bring the bill to a vote under
the group's preferred rules, supporters of the Shays-Meehan bill,
named for its sponsors, Reps. Martin Meehan (D-Mass.) and Meehan
Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), are hoping to use a discharge petition to force a
vote. Their legislation is similar to the version passed in the Senate and sponsored
by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
A discharge petition requires a majority (218) of House members' signatures to
bring the bill to the floor. The group currently has 205 signatures.
elected tomorrow to chair the National Governors Association
hrough July 2002. Engler, previously the organization's vice
chairman, served as chairman of the Republican Governors Asso-
ciation in 1996.
Engler, who gained national prominence for his role in advocat-
ing welfare reform, will be shuttling back and fort from Wash-
ington, D.C. to Lansing, leaving more duties in the hands of Lt.
Gov. Dick Posthumus, who serves as acting governor when the
LSA senior Gregg Tobbard does some tricks on his bicycle behind the Frieze building on Tuesday afternoon.
U' resources help students
ope with mental illnesses
By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily News Editor
Students who are depressed may not
be getting the help they need.
"The resources are probably adequate,
but I don't think they are clear enough,"
said Prof. Carol Mowbray, associate
an for research. "People don't know
here to go or are afraid to go."
Students may not always know what
resources are available and the stigma
associated with mental illness may be
enough to deter some people from seek-
ing treatment, Mowbray said.
"There are recent studies that indi-
cate that depression is more acceptable
as a mental illness than other diag-
noses," Mowbray said.
"It's still clear that there is a lot of
stigma and discrimination associated
with any mental illness just from the
facts about how reluctant people are to
go seek help," she added. Thanks to
efforts to increase awareness about the
nature of mental illness, the negative
image may be shrinking.
Depression is one of the more com-
mon illnesses students seek treatment
for at the University's Counseling and
Psychological Services, according to
kim Etzkorn, CAPS' assistant director
for clinical services.
Students who go to CAPS' third
floor Michigan Union offices usual-
ly schedule an appointment for a
few days later, but have the option of
seeing the psychiatrist on duty
immediately, Etzkorn said CAPS
tries not to make people wait longer
than a week for the first scheduled
The first step is to assess how seri-
ous the depression is and what treat-
ment is required.
"Most of the time it's some short-
tern therapy, t if for smething
beyond what we can offer here the ther-
apist will certainly make referrals,"
Etzkorn said. CAPS offers one-on-one
therapy as well as group therapy and
But as is the case with other institu-
tions, the University's treatment options
do have limits, Mowbray said. "If some-
one has depression and it's more than
transient adjustment disorder, then it's
going to require some sort of ongoing
counseling," she said. "Most counseling
centers are only geared up to see people
for a limited number of sessions."
Colleges and universities across the
nation may not have either the resources
or the connections for long-term care
that some patients require, she said.
Etzkorn said resources are available
outside of CAPS, but there is usually a
fee involved, whereas CAPS is free for
students. "For some people, having to F
pay for services holds them back from
using services," he said.
Another problem in diagnosing
depression is that "people may not RC sophomore
realize they're depressed - they may participates in
just think 'I'm just having a rough Diag to raiseav
time,"' Etzkorn said. illnesses.
Etzkom said some students put too "I think tha
much pressure on themselves and of medicatio
become depressed when they do not therapy and
achieve what they desire. changes in y
Mowbray cautioned there are no medication b
certainties in determining what causes People needs
depression, but she and Etzkorn support," she
agreed biological and environmental ties to allevi
factors are likely contributors. more time for
"There is a combination of family to deal with d
factors and risk factors related to a per- "The resear
son's current environment that will highly succes
trigger episodes of certain mental ill- Etzkorn said.'
nesses, such as depression," Mowbray they think the
said . "People are more vulnerable if come by and
they have a family history, she added. The worst th
There are various options in treating come in heres
depression, Mowbray said. figure out thee
; , , I^
F-ormersa te Sen. David Jaye (i-Wash on I .J escaped
what could be a difficult situation Friday when he was ordered
by a Macomb County district judge to continue serving proba-
lion, rather tbnjailte,for violating his probation following a
drnen drving charge.
Jaye, currently running to fill the Senate seat vacated after his
May expulsion now avoids having to run his reelection cam-
paign from prison - a considerable boost. Jaye
He faces a crowded Sept. 11 primary, which is believed to benefit conservative
legislators like Jaye who have a core of staunch supporters.
Jaye's most prominent opponent is state Rep. Alan Sanborn (R-Rich-
mond) who received the endorsement of the influential Michigan Cham-
ber of Commerce last week. The district is heavily Republican, although
it is unclear whether Jaye, after his expulsion and the controversy sur-
rounding his drunk-driving convictions and assault allegations, can pull
off a win in the general election.
State House Minority Leader and Detroit mayoral candi-
date Kwame Kilpatrick (D) accused the state of being ultra-
conservative and its Legislature hostile to Detroit.
The remarks, reported by the Detroit Free Press and
stated at a candidate forum Thursday, were rejected by
City Councilman Nicholas Hood III, who is also hoping
to replace two-term Mayor Dennis Archer. Hood said the
Kilpatrick city had problems communicating its needs to the Legis-
City Council President Gil Hill is leading in polls, followed by Kilpatrick
and Hood. The field will be narrowed to two candidates in a September 11
primary with the winner chosen in the November 6 general election.
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a vigil in October on the
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our lifestyle, so clearly
by itself is not enough.
some additional kinds of
said. Reordering priori-
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rch suggests treatment is
sful for a lot of people,"
"We'd encourage people if
y may be depressed ... to
schedule an appointment.
at could happen is they
and talk with someone and
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