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cense suspension for minors pos-
sessing any amount of alcohol any-
where - even if they're not driving.
For example, an underage student
caught drinking at a fraternity party
would be subject to the suspension.
"This will suddenly become a
very clear message that we're just
not going to tolerate drinking and
driving," Ehlers said.
He added that the bill was nearly
enacted last year, but there was not
enough time in the session to pass it
before the term was over. Ehlers
said he is confident the bill will soon
be put into law.
"The chances are very good that
it will be passed soon," Ehlers said.
"It would take immediate effect as
soon as the governor signs it."
Gov. John Engler is expected to
place the underage drinking bill high
on his list of priorities this year, a
The proposed legislation would:
n Make a 90-day license suspen-
sion the standard minimum penalty
for anyone under 21 caught with any
amount of alcohol or who is legally
drunk. Currently, license suspen-
sions are rare and fines range as low
n If the minor is not yet 18, par-
ents or guardians would be contacted
by the police. If the person is
enrolled in elementary or secondary
school, the school's administration
would also be notified of the youth's
n Minors hoping for a break be-
cause they don't yet have a driver's
license would find their suspension
to begin as soon as they apply for
n People or businesses who serve
alcohol to minors would also face a
fine between $250 and $1,000.
Current penalties are generally much
Several other states have passed
similar legislation in recent years.
Pennsylvania has had one of the
most successful programs. The state
had a 14 percent reduction in alco-
hol-related accidents involving 15-
to 20-year-olds during the law's first
year in effect, said Pennsylvania
Rep. Kevin Blaum, who authored
the legislation in 1988.
Leslie Markford, a spokesperson
for the local chapter of Mothers
Against Drunk Driving, said she is
pleased to see lawmakers taking a
concern in underage drinking.
"If we can keep young people
from drinking, hopefully they will
stay away from alcohol when they
get older," Markford said.
Ehlers added, "We have a strange
social attitude in this country.
... People simply think it's a good
thing to go out and get drunk. ...
People don't do that in other coun-
tries and we're not going to tolerate
Alcohol was a contributing factor
in nearly half of the 1,425 traffic
deaths in Michigan last year, state
police records show. However, po-
lice said statistics are not available
as to how many of the accidents
were caused by underage drunk
Officials said the number of al-
cohol related deaths overall has con-
sistently declined over the past
decade, as the drinking age was
raised from 18 to 21.
From 1988 to 1991, deaths as a
result of drunk driving declined
nearly 20 percent, state records
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but that its Peace and Justice
Commission might inquire about
possible ties between the University
and the defense department, as it
did in 1991.
Fox added that she personally
does not support the U.S.-led ac-
The campus Revolutionary
Workers League (RWL) held a
protest outside the federal building
on Liberty Street.
A dozen people held freshly
painted neon-colored signs and
shouted slogans urging resistance to
U.S. intervention in the Middle
RWL member Paul Carmouche,
a University graduate, said the rally
was called in part to ensure imme-
Administration candidate Roger
Blake said he approved of the U.S.
military operation in Iraq. "They
had to show that they mean busi-
ness and make Saddam look bad,"
"There is a general feeling that
Bush didn't finish the job in Iraq
because Saddam was left in
power," said first-year law student
Meanwhile, other students on
campus supported the bombing.
Master of Business
Steve Chun. "I think Bush wanted
to tie up the loose ends."
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a mini-grant program, which
would allot up to $1,000 to each stu-
dent organization that wants to
sponsor alcohol-free events or alco-
hol and drug education programs;
n additional hours for the
Central Campus and North Campus
recreation buildings on weekend
"What we really hope to do is
create a wider variety of healthy ac-
tivities for people to participate in so
they don't think the only thing to do
is go out and get drunk," said Jackie
Campbell, administrator of the
Initiative on Alcohol and Other
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Campbell said money from the
grant would also be used to create an
expanded list of University-spon-
"It would be a way of letting
people know about the wide variety
of activites available on campus,"
Campbell said. "We think we can
interest people in doing a lot of
(alcohol-free) activities if they just
know about them."
Hartford said she is unsure of the
"I don't know what would hap-
pen to the U-Club," Hartford said.
"But we would redecorate it and
give it a more up-beat feeling and
make it not look so much like a
men's club anymore."
The University is asking the
Fund for the Improvement of Post
Secondary Education (FIPSE) for
the grant. The U.S. Department of
Education sponsors this fund, which
awards grants to colleges and uni-
versities in order to develop alcohol
and drug intervention and prevention
The University would be notified
in late spring if it is chosen as a
grant recipient. If the money is re-
ceived, Hartford said the nightclub
and the mini-grant program should
be working by fall.
This is the University's second
attempt to obtain a FIPSE grant. Its
request last year was denied.
"Last year we were more ori-
ented to focus groups and strategic
plans and the grant program didn't
like that and wanted something more
action-oriented," Campbell said.
A task force composed of
Hartford, Campbell, University
counselors and residence hall staff
devised the grant proposal. But
Campbell said students will be in-
volved in the implementation of the
projects stipulated in the FIPSE
If the University receives the
money, Masters of Business
Administration students will design
and plan the activities sponsored by
this grant and a board - at least half
of which will consist of students -
will oversee all planned activities.
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"My daughter came up to me and
hugged me and said, 'Mom we're
really proud of you.' That doesn't
happen very often," she said. "This
is a once in a life opportunity."
"I got to push the button (to vote
on the House floor) and as a staff
member you can't do that," said
Aviation ordnance personnel pu:h a trolley loaded with MK831,000-pound
bombs to warplanes on the bow uLhe USS Kitty Hawk, yesterday as the
aircraft carrier sailed in the Persian Gulf. Fighters and bombers from the
Kitty Hawk took part in a strike on anti-aircraft missile sites in southern Iraq
yesterday. All airplanes reported back safely.
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taken" and would "do whatever it
takes" to ensure Saddam's compli-
ance with U.N. demands.
The allied bombing represented
a limited action, confined to mili-
tary targets and posing no direct
threat to the safety of Saddam, hun-
dreds of miles away in Baghdad.
U.S. officials said the strike was de-
signed to limit civilian casualties.
Bush said the strike demon-
strated "we are serious" in demand-
ing that Saddam comply with U.N.
resolutions that set terms at the end
of the Gulf War. "You've got to do
what you have to do."
Bush said it doesn't matter that
the bombing came just one week
before he leaves office.
"I'm president until the 20th and
I will run the foreign policy and
make these kind of decisions as
long as I'm president," he said.
In London, Prime Minister John
Major said the world was growing
increasingly intolerant of Saddam 's
"I hope this will put an end to
the infringements," Major said.
"We've hoped that before and it
hasn't. If he infringes again, he
must expect us to retaliate again
and we have made it entirely clear
to him that we will certainly do
"We stand ready to take addi-
tional forceful actions," said
Fitzwater. The military said about
1,000 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry
Division would fly from Fort Hood,
Texas, to Kuwait and join 300 spe-
cial operations forces already taking
part in a military exercise there.
U.S. pilots returning to the car-
rier Kitty Hawk said they made
double passes over their targets to
make sure they hit the right ones
and were crippling Saddam's ability
to maneuver in the skies in southern
Iraq. They said they encountered
only ineffectual anti-aircraft fire.
Senior Pentagon officials said
Saddam's air-defense capabilities
will have been reduced "very sig-
nificantly" if the missile strikes
were as effective as initially be-
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Schroer, a former legislative aide. "I
kept waiting for the House sergeant
to stop me."
Rivers, who represents most of
the University's campus, was also
flanked by her husband and two
children at yesterday's ceremony.
She will be balancing her com-
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"Most days I hope to drive back
home from Lansing," Rivers said.
Schroer asked Speaker Dennis
Hertel (D-Detroit) to assign her to
the House Public Health and
Rivers, following in the footsteps
of her predecessor, Perry Bullard,
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Hertel is expected to make com-
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The House opened the two-year
session by unanimously ratifying a
power-sharing agreement after
members failed in their final at-
tempts to break a partisan deadlock.
Lawmakers proclaimed a new era
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maneuvering of the past. Democrat
Hertel will alternate as speaker with
Republican Leader Paul Hillegonds
of Holland who will be the first
Republican to lead the House since
Schroer said House Democrats
were briefed on the agreement two
days ago and unanimously approved.
the contract in the House
Democratic Caucus yesterday.
Rivers is cautiously optimistic
about the power-sharing agreement.
"It may prove difficult, especially
in passage of the budget," she said.
"When one party is in charge, they
may add items to the budget, only to
be taken out the next month by the
Republicans would have gained
the most from a majority. They al-
ready hold the state Senate and the
governor's office, so control of the
House would have given them a lock
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House won't meet again until Jan.
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