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The Michician Daily-Sunday, October 14, 1979-Page 7
Passing-up continues in stadium

(Continued from Page I )

game warning that people who par-
ticipate in passing others up were
violating the law and subject to possible
arrest, spectators observed at least 10
incidents of women being passed.
In addition to the A.M.A.Z.O.N.
group, members of another anti-
passing-up group called "No More
Assau'lts" stationed themselves inside
the stadium to try to inform victims of
possible legal recourse.
THE GROUP, which consists of 11
University law students, was organized
by third year student Terry Calhoun,
who said he learned in a class that
passing up is technically assault and
battery but in some cases could be con-
sidered rape.
Calhoun, standing at the entrance to
section 35, amid the area where Ann
Arbor police say the most passing up
occurs, was distributing detailed
questionnaires in stamped, self-
addressed envelopes to anyone he saw
passed up. Also included in the en-
velope was a letter sympathizing with
the victim and suggesting steps which
could be taken to help stop the practice.
ii)cluding writing letters to area
newspapers and legislators.
Both Calhoun and Ann Arbor Police
Major Robert Whittaker, who heads the
Michigan Stadium police force, agreed
that assault and battery charges. may
be filed by anyone who is passed up
regardless of whether any injury was
"IF A PERSON is frightened and

thinks they're in danger, that con-
stitutes an assault," said Calhoun.
"Battery is to touch someone against
their will. I've seen guys (in Michigan
Stadium) run over from 10 feet away to
grab a girl That is second-degree
criminal sexual conduct."
'if a person isfrightened
and thinks they're in dan-
ger, that. constitutes an
assault. Battery is to touc h
someone against their will.
l're seen guys run orer
from 10 feet auay to grab
a girl. That is second-de-
gree criminal sexual' con-
-Terry Calhoun,
third-year law rstudeni
Although officers from the Ann Arbor
Police, Washtenaw County Sheriff's
department and State Security Force
were posted at various points around
the stadium, Calhoun said one Ann Ar-

bor Police officer "just stood and wat-
ched while a girl was grabbed and
pdsed up within 20 feet (of him)."
Calhoun conceded that he is not very
optimistic that his project will help
change anything. "It's realistically
true that some of them (people who are
passed up) really like it."
CALHOUN SAID most of the women
he reached in the stands yesterday
were either dazed or embarrassed by
the experience. One woman reported
being shaken while another said, "It's
fun, but once is enough."
Whittaker said extra officers were
brought in to monitor passing up, but
declined to give a figure. "We're doing
what we can," he said.
One security guard, however, voiced
a different opinion. "Their attitude is
really that they don't care," he said.
"They think it's a joke." Most security
personnel spend their time enjoying the
game rather than watching the crowd,
the guard continued.
WHILE A spokesperson for the
A.M.A.Z.O.N. group admitted the tur-
nout for its demonstration was smaller
than expected, she stressed that the
group had "made some big -strides"
since its first demonstration before the
Notre Dame game last month.
LSA sophomore Ruthy Zisook said
A.M.A.Z.O.N. has collected more than
300 signatures on a petition calling for a
halt to passing-up, and has convinced
residence hall officials to distribute

flyers in the dorms.
Zisook said the actions taken by, the
Athletic Department have been
beneficial, but said more needs to be
"We need to put pressure on the ad-
ministration to increase the security
force at the games," she said. "A
larger police force and a couple of
arrests should stop passing up, which is
our ultimate goal.
Zisook said she plans to try to find out
how officials at the University of
Wisconsin managed to curtail the
passing-up problem there. The group
also has plans to try to help establish
some type of ordinance to prohibit the

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Local drug users: Most don't get caught

(Continued from Page 1).
and/or a fine of $25,000 or probation for
not more than five years.
Possession of less than 50 grams calls
for not more than four years in prison
and/or a $2,000 fine.
For illegal possession or sale of am-
phetamines or barbiturates, .the
penalties vary somewhat, with most of
the recommended punishments falling
somewhere between those for
marijuana and LSD.
FEDERAL DRUG laws are similar
to state laws, though federal agents
deal more with vast drug rings in-
volving several states. Figures concer-
ning federal enforcement in Ann Arbor
were unavailable.
Bill Delhay, Washtenaw County
prosecuting attorney, said most people
arrested on drug charges in Ann Arbor
are stopped for possession of drugs
rather than selling. He added that quite
often those charged with -drug
violations are originally stopped for
other reasons, such as drunk driving.
Local enforcement officials, who said
they couldn't estimate the number of
drug arrests according to the specific

substances, say that much of what they
know about drug use comes from in-
"I THINK in some cases informants
are (drug sellers), but they profess to
be clean. It's not unusual to have one in-
formant turn in another informant,"
%aid Lieutenant Patrick Little of the
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.
Meloche also says many of his infor-
mants are probably drug users or drug
dealers. "They must know the drug
business, or they wouldn't be any good
to us," Meloche said.'
* Policy in dormitories is left up to
some interpretation between resident
advisors, but generally students who
overtly abuse drugs are first issued an
informal warning. If a student is caught
after he/she is warned, the student's
lease is likely to be terminated.
Jim Asberry, Couzens Hall building
director, has been involved with
housing at various universities for 11
"I think Michigan has a'more relaxed
approach than that of other campuses,'"
he said. "The drug policy accepted by
the University and by Ann Arbor cer-

tainly appears to be working quite well,
and is certainly more lenient than I've
encountered in other areas.
"IF AND WHEN it would come to my
attention that someone was dealing, I
wouldn't tolerate it. We'd probably
break theirlease immediately."
University personnel generally say
that any University action does not in-
clude police notification unless the
student in question refuses to
Generally, drug users say, if you use
discretion, it's likely you won't get
"I DON'T KNOW of anyone that's
gotten caught with (acid) . .. and it's
really remote that anyone would,
unless you had an LSD experience
where you were just totally flipping out,
somewhere where people were around
who needed to call for medical atten-
tion," said Sue, a University
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