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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 9, 1988 - Page 5
Alcohol, dorms don't mix

BY MICAH SCHMIT
Despite the rigid alcohol consumption poli-
cies in University housing, many residents say
they are not worried about the consequences of
drinking in their residence halls.
Currently, only students living in residence
halls who are of legal drinking age can have al-
cohol in their rooms and may not drink if minors
are present. Open alcohol in public places and
drinking by all minors is prohibited. Yet, the
rule is difficult to enforce because students who
drink in their room with the door closed avoid
detection by security or resident advisors.
"My RA last year had the policy, 'Out of
sight, out of mind.' If you kept your alcohol be-
hind closed doors and weren't too noisy it was
okay," said LSA sophomore Daryl Mag, a
Couzens resident.
"We had more respect for him because he was
understanding - giving us slack but not total
freedom," he added.
"I UNDERSTAND why the (drinking)
policy is necessary, but it's going to go on any-

way just because of the nature of... college,"
Mag said.
Many underaged students say they drink to
curb their social anxieties. "A lot of people do
drink because it makes you more comfortable
being around a lot of people you don't know,"
said LSA sophomore Dean Graulich.
South Quad building director Marylou Antieau
said that when violators are caught with alcohol
in the resident halls they are asked to dump out
the alcohol. In one instance Wednesday night, an
RA r;called ordering residents to dump 54 beers.
Antieau said residence hall policy states that
repeat offenders, or those distributing large
amounts of alcohol, can have their leases termi-
nated. Residents are evicted in only the most ex-
treme cases, however, Antieau said. However,
this measure often depends on the attitude of the
policy's offender. Abusive students are dealt with
more stringently than those who are willing to
acknowledge their infraction.
"(THE POLICY) sucks. I don't think the
rules should be any stricter," said LSA first-year

student Jessica Sussman, who lives in West
Quad.
First-year LSA student Lisa Weiss, a West
Quad resident, understands the necessity for the
rules but said, "This is our chance for indepen-
dence. We shouldn't be treated as children. We
should be able to use our own discretion." Jamie
Simon, a first year LSA student, concurred, say-
ing, "They know we're drinking. Why can't we
leave our door open?"
But Weiss said, "A lot of institutions are
considered dry. At least this University is liberal
enough (with its policy) that we're still able to
get around it."
DESPITE the policies, Mag acknowledges
the realities of residence hall life. "The rules
make drinking difficult but it hasn't stopped
anyone I've known - you just have to take the
case up the back stairs."
At the same time, Antieau, who has been
building director for 10 years, has noticed that the
atmosphere of drinking in the resident halls is
not as pressured as it once was.

ROBIN LOZNAK/Daily
Vietnam veteran Colonel Charlie Tackett is working to
establish May 7 as an official holiday for Vietnam veterans
And to create compensation for police officers injured on
the line of duty. Working with the Michigan Student
Assembly, Tackett is corresponding with state legislators
and 50 state governors.
L ocal veteran
urges holiday

RAs to implement code in 'U' housing

Y KRISTINE LALONDE
Veteran activist Charles
tackett dreams that one day no
one will have to take part in
combat. He also dreams that those
who have taken part will be justly
rompensated.
In order to further these dreams,
tackett and the Michigan Student
Assembly have begun
campaigning for two resolutions
4bout Vietnam veterans on the
tate and national level.
The resolutions, which Tackett
dopes to have introduced as
legislation in Washington and in
state capitals, have been sent to
all 50 governors and will be sent
0 100 senators by the end of this
week. Tackett already has the
support of two Michigan state
Legislators.
The first resolution requests the
stablishment of a "Vietnam
dVeterans' Memorial Holiday: A
Pay of Peace."
THE HOLIDAY resolution
.ites the conflict of public
pinion over Vietnam, the
continuing U.S. participation in
conflicts overseas, and the
suffering of all those involved in
hie Vietnam War as reasons for
the holiday.
The holiday would be held on
ay 7, the day President Gerald
ford approved final troop
withdrawal from Vietnam in
1975.

Rackham student and MSA
Rep. Corey Dolgon sees strong
chances of government support for
the holiday. "I see (the chances) as
being really good. We've gotten
back a lot of positive feedback.
"The holiday really tries to re-
solve (the) horrendous foreign
policy decisions (made in
Vietnam)," he added.
HOLIDAY Project
Committee member Jennifer Liu,
an LSA senior said of the holiday,
"I don't think any politician will
stand against it. There's nothing
on the document which is
objectionable as far as war is
considered."
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) is sponsoring the "holiday"
resolution in the Michigan House
of Representatives. Sen. Harmon
Cropsey (R-Decatur) is
sponsoring it in the state Senate.
The second resolution requests
equal recognition of veterans for
conflicts and police actions to that
of war veterans.
"Put police action and conflict
in the same classification as war.
Twenty years of Vietnam taught
us that," Tackett said.
THE RESOLUTION also
requests that intervention on
foreign soils take place only on a
"humanitarian basis" and only
after "all political and peaceful
means have been exhausted."

BY STEVE KNOPPER
Residence Hall Advisers have an
extra load on their shoulders this
fall.
Besides enforcing the University's
alcohol policy and determining quiet
hours, residence hall officials will
also have to implement the Univer-
sity's new policy against student
harassment and discrimination.
LSA junior Jennifer Lerner, an
RA in West Quad, said RAs received
even more training about this policy
than the alcohol policies. To enforce
the policy, she said residence hall
officials will not tolerate racial and
sexual jokes or comments.
"When you do treat a racial slur
as a joke then you're perpetuating
it," Lerner said. "When you laugh at
a sexist joke, you're promoting a

culture that accepts rape."
West Quad RA Julio Morales, an
LSA junior, said he supports the
policy, but he said, "In a way it's
almost an abridgement of rights.
People do have the right to say
whatever they want."
BUT MORALES said the pol-
icy's purpose is to curb "overt, usu-
ally violent harassment, usually
based on violence and ignorance,"
rather than regulating speech.
The new policy, which took ef-
fect in May, outlines punishments
- ranging from a formal reprimand
to expulsion from school - if a
hearing panel judges students guilty
of discriminatory harassment. The
panel consists of four students and a
faculty member.
Many student groups, including

the Michigan Student Assembly,
have opposed the policy, saying the
administration should have no hand
in regulating student conduct. Oth-
ers, however, say the policy is a step
in the right direction toward
combatting campus racism and sex-
ism.
THE POLICY outlines three
levels of speech, including public
forums, such as The Daily or a
speech on the Diag; educational cen-
ters, such as libraries and class-
rooms; and student housing.
All 300 residence hall staff mem-
bers attended a one-hour training
conference on the housing section of
the policy and will undergo training
throughout the term, said Assistant
Director of Housing Alan Levy.

He said housing officials expect
more reports from students about
harassment, and that the residence
hall staff members will feel
comfortable that the University has a
policy to*support their disciplinary
measures.
Many University residents have
differing opinions on the policy and
its effect on campus. "It could be
extended in a negative direction,"
said East Quad resident Abby Gum-
mer, an LSA sophomore. "It's hard
to define - they need to make it real
specific. What's verbal harassment?
What's an argument?"
BUT LSA sophomore Molly
Buzdon, an East Quad resident, said
"I don't get into the habit of making
racial slurs, so I don't worry about
it."

Checkpoint computerizes LSA guide

BY KRISTINE LALONDE
At the beginning of a term, few
items are more valuable than an
LSA course guide. Many students
will do everything short of a felony
to get their hands on one. But all
that could become a thing of the past
if a new MTS system proves suc-
cessful.
LSA Checkpoint now offers all

information found in a course guide
through the computer message sys-
tem. The system also offers students
the chance to ask questions about
LSA rules and regulations without
ever leaving their computer. Check-
point operator Ellen Gutierrez said
questions will be answered within 24
hours.
Questions about distribution re-

quirements, course descriptions,
times, and class types have all been
anwsered. However, data on open or
closed courses is not available on
MTS; students must still call
Checkpoint or visit CRISP to get
that information. If a question is too
complex for an operator to answer, it
will be referred to an academic coun-
selor.

Because the program began in the
summer, Gutierrez said information
on the number of students using the
system is unavailable.
Directions explaining how to use
the new MTS system were published
in the recent edition of the Check-
point newsletter, and in fliers.

Ozone can penetrate
exposed condoms

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CHICAGO (AP) - Young men
who go out at night with romance in
their hearts and condoms in their
wallets should find another storage
place, medical researchers say.
Ozone, a major component of
smog and a product of lightning
storms, damages the latex in con-
doms, researchers said.
Russell Sherwin, a researcher at
the University of Southern California

School of Medicine in Los Angeles,
and fellow researchers tested 20 un-
rolled, unpackaged latex condoms.
They exposed them to air containing
0.3 parts per million of ozone for 72
hours, a level comparable to a "Stage
1" smog alert in Southern California.
Examination of the ozone-exposed
condoms with an electron microscope
also revealed deterioration, the re-
searchers reported.

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