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Coca- Cola
gives grant
research gr(


The Coca-Cola Foundation an-
nounced the recipients of more than $1
million in grants last week.
The University's Undergraduate Re-
search Opportunity Program received
$50,000 from the foundation. The pro-
gram pairs students with senior faculty
members to work on original research
Other universities to receive funds
include the University of North Ala-
bama, Florida State University, Rollins
College, Brenau University and the
Atlanta College of Art.
AAUP to discuss
faculty governance
Top officials of the American As-
sociation of University Professors will
visit the University to discuss faculty
governance with professors and the
administration tomorrow and Friday.
An open discussion of faculty gover-
nance at the University will take place
at5:45 p.m.,tomorrow in Room 5 ofthe
Michigan League.
Visitors include National AAUP
President James E Perley and General
Secretary Mary Burgan as well as AAUP
officers from the University's Flint and
Dearborn campuses.
'U' gallery hosts
works in progress
First-year graduate student of the
School of Art will display their works
in "Directions," a works in progress
show opening tomorrow in the Slusser
Gallery in the Art and Architecture
Building on North Campus.
The show will include works in paint-
ing, printmaking, fibers, needle lace,
sculpture, metals, photography, ceram-
ics and graphic design.
The Slusser gallery is open Tuesday
through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and
the exhibit will continue to Sept. 15.
'U' archeologists
create TV
Three University archeologists have
blended their years of experience in
excavatidn, exploration and education
to create a half-hour documentary on
the changes in their field.
"The Archeologist," made for a
general audience, seeks to place the
idealized vision of the treasure-seek-
ing archeologist in its historical con-
text. It celebrates the importance
people of all trades have had in con-
tributing to the uncovering of lost
histories. The video premiered on Ann
Arbor's Community Television Net-
work in August.
Featured in the show are objects,
photos and film footage found in
University's Kelsey Museum. The
pieces were gathered from 20th century
excavations in Egypt and the Mediter-
Pedar Foss, a visiting assistant pro-
fessor in art history, produced the docu-
mentary, directed by Alan Hogg, a con-
servation technician. David Reynolds,
a doctoral candidate in classical arche-.
ology, hosted the video.

Music senior
takes lead as
drum major
Wueliner, a saxophone player, was
elected by band members after
audition for post
By Kiran Chaudhri
Daily Staff Reporter
In his fourth year as part of the Michigan Marching Band,
Jason Wuellner took the lead this year as drum major of the
largest band in the University's history.
"It's very exciting - a dream come true," Wuellner said.
"You really don't know what to expect until you get on that
As a Music senior, Wuellner was elected drum major by
band members after an audition process. Wuellner succeeds
Matt Pickus, who hadbeen the band's drum major forthe past
two years. Formerly, Wueliner was a saxophone player in the
Wuellner's first game as drum majorwas the Michigan vs.
Virginia game on Aug. 26, where the Wolverines came back
to win, 18-17, on the game's final play.
"An incredible way to open the season," Wuellner said. "I
think we helped the (Wolverines) as much as we could
throughout the game. We did our job and they did theirs."
Already several weeks into the band season, Wuellner said
the band is well ahead of schedule.
Joby Morrow, Inteflex sophomore and second-year band
member, said he is impressed with the "phenomenal job"
doneby both Wuellnerand interim band director JeffGrorgan,
who is also new to his position.
"I'm really amazed at the leadership they exhibit and with
the gentleness with which they do it," Morrow said. "I've
known Jason for a while; he was a nice guy then, and he's a

The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 6, 1995 - 3A
Rivers addesses
assembly on
federal concerns

The new drum major of the Michigan Marching Band, Music
senior Jason Wueliner, practices yesterday. Wuelner
succeeds Matt Pickus, who had been the band's drum major
for the past two years.
nice guy now. It's good to see that fame hasn't changed him."
While many drum majors are labeled and remembered
by certain trademarks, Wuellner expressed a different
desire: "I don't want anyone to associate me with any one
thing. I want to be a motivator and a traditionalist. I want
to uphold the Michigan tradition and that should be impor-
tant in itself."
LSA senior Anne Hellie, a rank leader in the band, ap-
proves of Wuellner's performance so far. "He's excellent
and supportive; he's behind the band," Hellie said. "I think
he's doing a very good job."
Wuellner said his goal for the year is "to become a better
band than we've ever had before.... It's not my show. I'm
here to help them and the band stand out in itself. One person
can break it; one person can't make it."

® U.S. representative
speaks on student aid
and Republican
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Ar-
bor) opened the Michigan Student
Assembly's academic-year term last
night with stem warnings of cuts in
federal student aid.
MSA President Flint Wainess brought
Rivers face to face with assembly rep-
resentatives to discuss the financial aid
issue, which has surfaced this summer
with GOP efforts to streamline the fed-
eral budget.
Rivers briefed students on the legis-
lative battle for precious federal dollars
for education. Debate rages among law-
makers in Washington about the possi-
bility of slashing programs such as
AmeriCorps, federal directstudent loans
and interest subsidies.
Though a first-term lawmaker, Riv-
ers takes an active role on issues of
higher education, serving on the Edu-
cation and Labor Committee. She said
she hopes her colleagues will continue

to fund education at current levels, de-
spite the current budget-cutting trend in
Rivers dis-
cussed theeast
and present con-
flict between
Clinton's support
for education and
Republican bud-
getary strategies.
Clinton feels Rivers
strongly about vr
education, AmeriCorps did not get a lot
(of money) from initial negotiations,"
Rivers said. "(He) compromised
quickly. Republicans realized that with
enough pressure, he would cave in."
Rivers encouraged students to voice
their concerns about student aid issues
whenever possible.
"Lobby contact is not ignored," Riv-
ers maintained. "Numbers count."
Wainess said that Rivers has "been
fighting along with MSAto spare higher
education dollars."
"What's going on Washington right
now could be devastating for higher
education. Lynn Rivers is a good re-
source for us," he said.

Protesters clash with police in
attem pt to p sale f papers

(AP)-Striking workers clashed with
police Monday night in their second
attempt during the Labor Day week-
end to try to keep newspapers from
leaving a printing plant.
Police wearing riot gear and armed
with shields clashed with at least 300
protesters over several hours outside
the Detroit Newspapers printing plant.
The confrontation continued into yes-
terday morning.
They fired canisters of pepper gas
but for several hours that failed to
scatter the pickets, who lined up out-
side the plant to try to prevent truck-
loads of newspapers from leaving and
replacement workers from going in.
About 15 truckswithabout450,000

copies of yesterday's combined edition
of The Detroit News and Detroit Free
Press made it out of a side gate at the
plant, said Detroit Newspapers Vice
President Susie Ellwood. That is about
half the average number published since
the strike against the newspapers began
July 13.
About five more delivery trucks left
the plant through the front gate about 1
a.m. Tuesday after police managed to
force the protesters back about 80 feet
from the edge of the driveway. Protest-
ers yelled at the truckers but did not
throw anything at the trucks.
Virtually all the protesters had left
by 2 a.m. yesterday. Detroit Newspa-
pers planned to send more delivery
trucks out overnight, depending on

the amount of security provided by
police, Ellwood said.
At least three people were arrested,
Sterling Heights police said. A CBS
television cameraman who refused to
turn off his camera lights was taken
into custody shortly before 1 a.m.
Two injured protesters were
treated at the scene and returned to the
picket line, broadcast reports said.
Another protester, apparently over-
come by pepper gas, was taken away
on a stretcher by police.
Ellwood said pickets pushed a se-
curity guard beneath the line of trucks
heading out of the plant. One truck
ran over the man, breaking both ofhis
legs, she said. He was taken out of the
plant by helicopter at 1:25 a.m.

Detroit News truck smolders after more than 300 striking newspaper workers
clashed with more than 100 police officers in Sterling Heights.

Nicolas says
good-bye to
city council
after 4 years
Nicolas was the only
independent member
By Maureen Sirhal
Daily Staff Reporter
After serving four years, the Ann Ar-
bor City Council's only independent
member, Peter Nicolas of the 4th Ward,
is calling it quits.
Nicolas announced approximately
four weeks ago that he will not seek
another term on the council.
Nicolas gave many reasons for his
departure, but the major factor was his
desire to return to school in pursuit of a
law degree.
"I am planning on going back to
school ayearfrom now and I don't want
to run when I know that I will not be
able to fulfill my commitment to the
city," Nicolas explained.
Since his beginning years on council,
Nicolas said he wanted to get certain
measures passed and many things ac-
complished. However, in the past few
months he has met with strong opposi-
tion from other members on council.
"I don't think that the environment is
right to put forth the changes that I was
looking for," he said. "The voters are
not ready to make a change (in whom
they elect). When things get bad, when
city services are visibly impacted, and
that will happen, then we can begin to

'U'prof. uncovers rotein secret that
fights disease, leato Fountain of Youth

By Jonathan Berndt
Daily News Editor
The once-fabled Fountain of Youth
may start flowing from a University
researcher's test tube.
Biochemistry Prof. Ari Gafnihasfound
a way to reverse the aging process -but
so far, he has only been able to work his
magic on a cell-by-cell basis.
Gafni found that the proteins in older
cells looked like balls of tangled ribbon.
When he used a salt-water solution to
destroy the protein's structure and washed
it, he found the molecule sprung back to
its original, youthful shape. "We found
that when you open up the protein and
refold it, it gets a fresh start," he said.
The discovery may help scientists in
the fight against diseases like

Alzheimer's, cystic fibrosis and sickle-
cell anemia - all of which are caused
by abnormal proteins.
"This probably won't make us live
forever, but it may alleviate specific
symptoms of aging and may elimi-
nate the diseases of old age that are
associated with aberrant proteins,"
Gafni said.
Gafni said he thinks the "misfolding"
occurs when proteins stay in a cell too
long before being destroyed. Proteins are
made continuously by the body, but are
not always destroyed in a timely fashion.
"We believe that the old cell is more
sluggish and doesn't respond as quickly
to protein damage," Gafni said.
To fix this, he is planning to start
work on genetically engineered aging-

resistant proteins that may be able to
replace "weak link" proteins - those
most likely to unravel as they age.
Such proteins, which could be dis-
tributed to patients through gene
therapy, would hopefully be more stable
than natural proteins and maintain their
structure even after lounging around in
a cell for a long time.
But until that happens, the only way
to ward off old age is exercise, Gafni
said. Exercise, he said, increases the
number of these agents, forcing cells
to make new proteins rather than let-
ting the old ones sit around inside the
The regular process of breathing re-
sults in these protein-damaging oxidiz-
ing molecules.


"...A young woman attempted to
asssasinate President Gerald Ford
(University class of 1935) in Sac-
ramento yesterday when she thrust
a loaded pistol within arm's reach
of the chief executive. The attack
was foiled as a Secret Service agent
threw the woman to the ground
and wrestled the gun away from
her. The President, unhurt but vis-
ibly dazed and shaken, was quickly
surrounded by the other agents
and hustled inside the state capitol
building, where he delivered a
speech on crime some 90 minutes

implement common sense."
Nicolas switched hisparty affiliation
six months ago after becoming dis-
gruntled with the council's Democratic
majority. He said in a written statement
that he was dissatisfied with the opera-
tions of the majority party, specifically
the inefficiency of the council, meeting
lengths and its micro-managing legis-
Nicolas encountered many challenges
during his tenure on council, including
several ideological collisions with coun-
cil members, notably Elisabeth Daly
(D-5th Ward).
Nicolas follows a trend of members
who will not seek another term includ-
ing Peter Fink (R-2nd Ward), who an-
nounced in April that he would not run
again. This also comes in wake of the
city administrator search which ap-
proaches closure as the three finalists
will gather in Ann Arbor tomorrow and
Friday to begin the final round of dis-
cussions and interviews.
Nicolas said he feels he has served
his time andpaid his dues to Ann Arbor.

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