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*Vol. XCVI - No. 3

Copyright 1985, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, September 9, 1985

Ten Pages

Less studying can improve grades

By KERY MURAKAMI
For all you procrastinators constantly searching for an ex-
cuse not to study, a 10-year survey of LSA students at the
University has found that studying more doesn't necessarily
mean better grades.
But the researchers, led by University sociology Prof.
Howard Schuman, did find that going to class and sitting near
the front make a difference.
ACCORDING to the study, students who said they studied
less than two hours each weekday averaged a gradepoint
average of 2.94, while those who studied between four and five
hours a day averaged a 2.86.
Grades jumped to 3.25 for students studying five to six hours
a day, but dropped to 3.18 for those who studied six or more
hours a day.
"We don't know for certain why this is," said Schuman,
currently on sabbatical at Stanford University. "It could be
that professors base their exams and grades more according
to materials covered in class," he speculated.

'I don't think that if you stop
studying you'll suddenly do
well.'
- Charles Judge
LSA's Director of
Academic Counseling
He said this could explain why the study also found that
students with the highest attendance earned the highest
grades. Those who went to 79 percent of their classes or less
averaged a C, while those who went to 90 percent of their
classes averaged just above a B, the researchers found.
The study also found that students who sat in the first four

rows of classes, tended to do "significantly better," Schuman
said. But he added that this could just be because those in the
front are more interested in the courses.
Students found the study's results comforting. "I don't study
much now. I guess I have 'good' study habits," said Scott
Peep, a sophomore transfer student from Eastern Michigan
University.
SOME UNIVERSITY officials, however, questioned the
study's findings. "It's not something I put much stock into,"
said Charles Judge, director of academic counseling for LSA.
"It doesn't take into account a lot of different factors about
how different students need to study more, or the ability of
students to concentrate when they're studying."
"I don't think that if you stop studying you'll suddenly do
well. I don't think that's the way it works," Judge said.
"There's other reasons for studying besides grades. At least
I hope so."
The study surveyed more than 3,000 students since 1973, with
424 students questioned the first year, Schuman said.
Sociologiests from other universities assisted in the survey.

Rose ties Ty
Pete Rose came through for two
bits yesterday to tie baseball's all-
time hit record. See Sports, Page 9.

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African

sanctions.
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The Urbations play to a throng of partiers Friday night at the Mud Bowl Mash at Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The party attracted thousands of students,.despite the
act that no alcohol was served.
Thnousands celebrate at MudBolMs

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan, faced with overwhelming
pressure from Congress, intends to
announce limited economic sanctions
against South Africa today, including
a desire to ban the sale of gold
Krugerrands, congressional sources.
said yesterday.
These sources also said Reagan
would announce a ban on most new
bank loans to South Africa, order a
halt to the shipment of nuclear,
technology, and stop large-scale sales
of computer equipment used to enfor-
ce South Africa's racially,
discriminatory apartheid laws.
SPEAKING ON condtiohStjld
be identified, the sources also said
Reagan would announce requiremen-
ts for most American firms in South
Africa to follow fair employment
practices and would make available
expandedU.S. aid for South African
black students.
The expected announcement would
mark a shift in Reagan's long-held
policy of "constructive engagement,"'
a low-key effort of negotiations that
the president said on Friday offered
the best hope of accomplishing
political reform in South Africa.
Secretary of State George Shultz in-
formed senior Republican
congressional leaders on Saturday of
Reagan's intentions.
-IN RESPONSE, Senate GOP
leaders have decided to seek a delay
in the expected passage of sanctions
legislation.
Senate Republican leaders predic-
ted last week that a vote to cut off
fillibuster on the House-passed san-
ctions bill would have been successful
today, followed by the measure's final
passage later in the week.
Members of both parties in both
houses of Congress said a threatened
presidential veto would almost cer-
tainly be overridden.

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SENATE Majority Leader Robert
Dole said yesterday he would seek
postponement of a vote on the san-
ctions bill until next spring if Reagan
moved to implement some of the bill's
provisions on his own.
"What I would hope we could do...
would be to maybe postpone the vote
on the conference report...postpone it
say to next March or April 1," Dole
said on the CBS show "Face the
Nation."
"Then if the administration doesn't
follow through on what they suggest,
then we'd vote on the conference
report and...the sanctions would still
take effect in January of 1987," Dale.
said
WITHOUT discussing specifics,
Dole indicated that published reports
of Reagan's decision were accurate.
Reagan's reported decision is
designed tosidestep one conflict with
Congress at the beginning of a fall
session that is likely to turn on other
controversial issues, including the
president's tax reform proposal,
trade legislation, and other battles
over spending.
"It's better than starting off the fall
agenda with a veto fight," a
'Republican congressional aide said of
the move to head off a showdown over
the sanctions.
"IF WE want to play politics and
square off with the president, I don't
think we'd have the same impact on
'the South African government," Dole
said. "We all believe apartheid is
repugnant and we've said so. We want
to eliminate it. Let's do it with one
voice rather than 101.
One exception is the ban on
Krugerrands. There, rather than ac-
ting unilaterally, Reagan will seek
permission from the international
body that administers the General
Agreements on Tariffs and Trade,
sources said.

By ERIC MATTSON
The beer didn't flow as freely as in
recent years, but that didn't stop
thousands of students from partying
until early Saturday morning at the
Mud Bowl Mash on the corner of
Vashtenaw and South University.
Harvey Spelvak, an organizer of the
event, said police warnings that
Sigma Alpha Epsilon would be liable
for any damages resulting from the
party prompted the fraternity to
adopt a B.Y.O.B. policy. "Our pur-
pose is just to have a good time," said
Spelvak, treasurer of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon. "We don't want to cause any
trouble."
MOST STUDENTS coped with the
ack of beer by bringing their own -
"Village Corner did a booming
business - drinking before the party,
or abstaining.
LSA senior Bridget McCarthy was
upset by the fact that, despite the

name "Mud Bowl Mash," there was
scarcely any mud to be found. "I was
going to come and, like, mud wrestle
and stuff, 'cause it's the Mud Bowl!"
she said. "They took the phallic sym-
bol down - that's the other reason
I'm bummed," she added, referring
to a giant inflatable Miller beer bottle
which was dismantled garly in the

evening.
Kelly Goss, a freshman living in
West Quad, didn't seem disappointed
by the lack of beer, mud, or phallic
symbols. "It's great," she said. "Lots
of fun."
OTHERS WERE looking for a
slightly different type of fun.
Engineering sophomore Eric Holt, for

instance, said he came to the party
because "I like scammin' on fresh-
man chicks."
Still others saw the Mud Bowl Mash
as a victory for togetherness, like LSA
sophomore Julie Zick, who said, "It's
kind of like U. of M. united."
Police said one student was
See 'MASH,' Page 5

Party spirit invades campus

By JAMIE DIAMOND
and KATHRYN GEOLY
Last weekend's all-campus party, the Mud Bowl Mash,
was only the beginning.
During the first weeks of school, midterms and finals
seem eons away. Professors are too busy memorizing'
names and giving overrides to assign any heavy duty
homework, so students have the time to channel their
creative energies, or whatever one can call that Septem-
ber insanity, into the art of partying.

LSA SENIOR Michael Fishman has some sage advice
for all University students: "Take advantage and indulge
this week. The weather is nice, the workload is light, and
it's a good time to rekindle old friendships."
For the Greeks and Greeks-to-be, this month involves
serious inter-personal partying. Sorority mixers kick off
Thursday and Friday. Fraternity rush follows next week
accompanied by events and parties sponsored by each
fraternity.
See CAMPUS, Page 2

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EViU party
7e&t roudy;
15 people
arrested

By LINDA HOLLER
An annual Eastern Michigan,
University all-campus party changed
from a peaceful gathering of about 800
students in front of Lambda Chi Alpha
fraternity into a series of brawls that
resulted in the arrest of 15 people for
disturbing the peace, including the
editor of the student newspaper.
One of the 15 people arrested was
also charged with assault, according
to police.
POLICE REPORTED that parties
in front of the fraternity at 605 West
Cross in Ypsilanti were orderly
during the early hours of the evening

but became progressively louder and
larger as the night wore on, prom-
pting noise and traffic complaints
from neighbors.
Around midnight, witnesses say the
party got out of hand as people began
throwing rocks and bottles at police
and party-goers. Four police officers
reported being hit by the flying objec-
ts, but none was injured.
Julius Hill, editor of The Eastern
Echo, was arrested by Ypsilanti
police while standing on the porch in
front of Lambda Chi Alpha.
"I WAS told to get in our house. All
See POLICE, Page 5

Sorority zoning battle renewed

By SUSAN GRANT
Representatives of Collegiate Sorosis say that continued
opposition from a neighborhood association has not halted
their plans to operate and expand a sorority house which
they hope will eventually hold 40 women.
The North Burns Park Neighborhood Association filed
an appeal last week of a recent Third Circuit Court
decision that granted the sorority the right to make the
house at 903 Lincoln Ave. a permanent sorority residence.
A date has not been set for the appeal hearing.
"THE APPEAL is not going to stop our building plans.
We are going to build (the addition) anyway," said
Collegiate Sorosis spokeswoman Francis Holter. Con-
struction will begin in May as planned, she said.

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"We've been painting both the outside and inside, have
recarpeted, and are trying to get things ready for rush
next Thursday," Holter said.
Currently about five women live at 903 Lincoln, with the
remaining sorority members temporarily housed in a ren-
ted house at 1520 Hill St. until the addition is completed.
Last June, neighbors filed suit against the City of Ann
Arbor and Collegiate Sorosis to protest a 1984 change in
the zoning laws. Under the old law, a house had to contain
at least 5,000 square feet of space to be approved as a
group home, not including basement space.
See ZONING, Page 5
INSIDE
BRAIN-EATING: Arts discusses why it's har-
mless. See Page 6.

TODAY
Racing crustaceans

creature fights for its life by attempting to keep its
shell closed. Bus-boys and waiters of the Gandy Dan-
cer raced against each other to see how many thev
could open in 90 seconds. Rick Wilcox, a waiter, won the
championship by prying 9 in the 90 second race. "The
trick," Rick explains, is to "shuck with reckless aban-
don," while still not tearing the oyster apart in the
nrocssflnlv nifter the shucked ovters wereeaten.

champion's race was run. The sponsorship team of
Dick Fry of Fry and Associates architecture firm
came up the winners as their lobster, Murielle,
reached the finish line with almost no encouragement.
"It's all in getting the momentum," explainswinning
lobster coach Tavi Fulkerson-Hampton "But I can't
give away all my secrets because we're returning next

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