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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
'U' urges student input on alcohol policy as deadline nears

The much-anticipated student policy on al-
cohol and other drug use may be coming soon
to a student organization near you.
Polk Wagner, former Interfraternity Coun-
cil president turned administrator, has been
telling student groups about the policy and
asking them for their feedback. He aims to
complete his work by April 1, the deadline set
by Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen
A. Hartford.
This policy will affect all students. It out-
*lines general University guidelines on the use
of alcohol, drugs and tobacco and discusses
preventing drug and alcohol problems and as-
sisting students with problems.

The policy also advises student groups to
form their own policies and reiterates sanctions
stated in the Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities regarding alcohol and other
drug use.
Wagner told a group at Couzens Hall last
week that the policy aims to promote "safe,
responsible and legal" use of alcohol and other
"I think everyone understands that it's a
problem on campus. There are questions about
the extent of that problem," Wagner said..
The 25 members of Couzens House Coun-
cil are only a fraction of the 2,000 students
Wagner aims to reach.
But students aren't the only ones looking at
the policy. Administrators and the University's

Office of the General Counsel are also making
sure every word is in its proper place.
Couzens House Council didn't offer much
in the way of suggestions, but other groups did.
For example, LSA Student Government
President Ryan Boeskool cautioned against
extending the power of this policy beyond that
of the code of non-academic conduct.
"As long as it doesn't do something more
than the code, it's all right," LSAjuniorBoeskool
Wagner read the responses of other campus
organizations from his notes on lined, yellow
legal paper.
He said that the Law School Student Senate
had questions about the application of this
policy to students over 21. Wagner explained

that everybody should aim to remove alcohol as
the focus of group events and should be respon-
sible when drinking.
He also said the Native American Student
Association objected to the blanket statements
about tobacco and marijuana use because they
ignore ritual uses of these substances.
A common complaint was the original lack
of an amendment process. Wagner drafted an
amendment policy that is still in the works.
Boeskool said his group was concerned
about this process. "We wanted to have a better
amendment policy than the code."
Regulating the use of alcohol and other
drugs on campus is not a new idea.
University students already live by a variety
of alcohol policies including Housing Depart-

ment policies, policies at the Union, the Michi-
gan League and the North Campus Commons
and, possibly, the Greek System's alcohol
A one-page letter from University President
James J. Duderstadt to all students, currently
functions as an interim student-wide policy.
Wagner said these policies do not fulfill
the policy requirements stated in the 1989
Drug Free Schools and Communities Act that
requires federally funded colleges to have a
policy for students, staff and faculty that in-
cludes sanctions, resources, treatment and
assistance information.
The policy Wagner is circulating evolved
from recommendations printed in the "Blue
See POLICY, Page 2

.spill makes
5111, forces
A truck stocked with caustic chemi-
cals overturned on the southbound
U.S. 23 exit ramp to Plymouth Road
yesterday, sending five people to the
hospital and forcing four businesses to
The vehicle was headed south on
the highway when it tipped over at
12:30 p.m., said Ann Arbor Police Lt.
John King.
Exiting too fast, it overtuned and
slammed into a ditch, crushing the
cabin and ripping off the side. The
chemicals, contained in two steel
crates, were thrown into an embank-
ment causing minor spillage.
The truck, which was bound for the
University, carried two 300-gallon con-
tainers of a solution containing 90 per-
cent sodium hydroxide and 10 percent
*potassium hydroxide. Only about a
gallon spilled from a tank that had a
loose cap.
"The hazard is mostly on body con-
tact," Assistant Fire Chief Michael
Jackson said of the chemical solution,
which is used for water treatment.
The truck driver was treated and
released at University Hospitals and a
passenger in the truck was listed in
stable condition late yesterday after-
noon, said Mike Harrison, the hospi-
tals' director of public relations.
Three police officers were treated
and released at University Hospitals
for chemical inhalation, Harrison added.
Dozens of people were evacuated
from four nearby businesses: the Red
Roof Inn, the Hampton Inn, an AT&T
training facility and a Big Boy Restau-
"I didn't hear the accident occur,"
said Jane Palumbo, general manager of
the Red Roof Inn. "We were told by the

MSA results delayed
by fraud allegations

Ballot counting problems has be-
come an all-too constant theme of
Michigan Student Assembly elec-
MSA election staff did not begin
counting ballots until around mid-
night yesterday following allegations
of election fraud.
Rumors alleged that students had
engaged in a proxy scam, which could
have allowed a candidate to receive.
80 or more votes when only six stu-
dents had voted.
Following these allegations, the
election staff investigated the rumors.
MSA Election Director Christine
Young later decided that the allega-
tions were false.
MSA Rules and Elections Chair
Brian Elliott said he expected the re-
sults sometime early this morning.
Elliott said later the evidence the
allegations were based on did not
exist and the election staff began
counting the ballots. The decision to
begin counting the ballots was made
by Young.

"We confirmed the evidence is
false and we are completely confident
this has been a fair election," Elliott
LSA junior Julie Neenan, the
Michigan Party candidate for presi-
dent, supported the decision to delay
to the counting.
"I respect their decision. Anything
they have to do to ensure a fair elec-
tion, they have to do," Neenan said.
Business junior Devon Bodoh, the
Students' Party presidential candidate,
said the election problems were ex-
"I think there's been major impro-
prieties in MSA," Bodoh said. "It
runs not only in elections, but through
the whole process."
Bodoh asserted that most of the
election staff and office workers are
supporters of the Michigan Party.
LSA Rep. Andrew Wright, who
will be helping to count the ballots,
said he would have liked to have seen
the results finished last night.
"I think it's fair to say that we are
disappointed that we are not able to
release the results as soon as we have

planned due to possible irresponsible
behavior of some students," Wright
Young said the counting was de-
layed to ensure accurate results. "I
want to personally apologize to the
people who are waiting," Young said.
But Young said it was important
to delay the results.
"We're not going to rush our elec-
tion just so students can find out early,"
Young said. "We never promised they
would be done."
The main concern of the elections
staff is to make sure the election is
fair, Young added. "If that means we
have to wait a couple days to count the
ballots, then that's what it's going to
mean," Young said.
This is not the first time the assem-
bly has had problems with its elec-
tions. Last November, allegations flew
surrounding alcohol use during the
ballot counting.
Besides the eight candidates for
MSA president, 80 candidates for rep-
resentative seats will also have to
wait longer due to the false allega-

This truck, which spilled small amounts of hazardous chemicals on the U.S.
23 -Plymouth Road interchange, is towed several hours after the accident.

police to evacuate the hotel. We evacu-
ated about a couple dozen people."
Police shut off U.S. 23 for about six
hours while investigators clad in yel-
low bodysuits examined the spill. With
a helicopter hovering overheard and a
deserted highway to the side, city offi-
cials watched from behind police lines.
"We're very fortunate this one was
not as severe as it could have been,"
said City Risk Manager Dan Cullen.
Cullen praised the efforts of the
workers. More than 50 people from
city and county agencies were involved.
Will Maher, a Florida resident who
was staying at the Red Roof Inn, said,
"I thought it was some cheap accident.
I guess I thought wrong."

5 Palestinians killed in West Bank clash

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over while exiting
U.S. 23, heading for
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JERUSALEM - Israeli troops
fired rockets and hundreds of rounds
of ammunition at a Hebron apartment
building containing suspected Islamic
guerrillas yesterday in a fierce battle
in which five Palestinians, including
a pregnant woman, were killed.
The army said the operation was
aimed at fugitive members of the
armed wing of the militant Islamic
group Hamas who were hiding in the
building, south of the city. Four of the
Hamas members were killed in the
assault, which largely demolished the

building. Heavy equipment had to be
brought in to recover the bodies from
under the rubble.
Six Israeli soldiers were slightly
injured in gun battles with the guerril-
las, the army said.
The firefight, which began Tues-
day and continued through the night
under searchlights and flares, further
inflamed passions in a city still smol-
dering after the Feb. 25 mosque mas-
sacre in which at least 29 Muslim
worshipers were slain by a Jewish
settler. The Arab residents of Hebron,
in the Israeli-occupied West Bank,

have been under curfew since the
Israeli military censors blocked
publication and broadcast of news
about the assault for 24 hours, until
Chief of Staff Ehud Barak announced
it before the Israeli commission in-
vestigating the mosque massacre.
Barak was questioned largely in se-
cret by the panel about lapses in secu-
rity leading up to the massacre, but he
appeared in one open session.
The military assault on the build-
ing in Hebron brought sharp com-
See CLASH, Page 2
Kicker pleas
'no contest' In
beer theft
Remy Hamilton, place-kicker on
the University's football team, be-
came the fourth Michigan athlete to
receive a deferred sentence for the

Pending lawsuit prompts Kaplan to
remove controversial advertisments

Companies like the Kaplan Educational
Center and the Princeton Review, which
provide graduate school hopefuls with test-
taking tips, face stiff competition in Ann

This agreement was reportedly in an
effort to help students choose courses based
on results, not hype.
Regardless of this agreement, represen-
tatives from the Princeton Review said
misrepresentation has not been eliminated.

The case first went to court March 10.
Kaplan was required to alter its U.S. News &
World Report advertisements and pull the ad
campaign until after an April 25 trial date.
Grayer said although the campaign was
temporarily repressed, it would not affect

Kaplan Educational Center was accused of false
advertising by the Princeton Review. This is a new
version of one allegedly misleading advertisement.*
take Kaplan and get
a higherscore* ---

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