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Aprl 22, 1997
lousing to investigate S.
By Jonni Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
After a fire destroyed the South Quad room of
two Michigan football players Sunday night, a
smnd investigation has begun into a party that
agedly took place the night before.
"The coordinator of residential education is
pursuing a preliminary investigation. It is the
normal procedure for alcohol investigation,"
Director of Housing Public Affairs Alan Levy
said. "Contact is being made with residence hall
staff who worked that night. Past activity on that
floor and the history of the residents are being
reviewed to find out what actually transpired."
Levy said that as of 1 p.m. yesterday, no con-
tact had been made by Michigan football center
Steve Frazier or tight end Aaron Shea to retain
University housing through the rest of the
Frazier is staying off-campus with his girlfriend
and Shea is staying with friends on the football
team, according to several residents who spoke on
the condition of anonymity. Since the fire, neither
has returned to the room or the hall.
New estimates put the damage to University
property in and around the room close to
$20,000, Levy said. Levy said only University
property is covered under the University's insur-
ance, and Frazier and Shea cannot be reim-
bursed for damages to their personal property.
Ann Arbor Fire Department officials said the
fire began because ofa couch sitting on top of an
alarm clock wire.
"it was not the alarm clock so much as the
couch sitting on the wire that started the fire"
said AAFD inspector Ron Heemstra. "Any time
you sit on or move the couch, it breaks down the
insulation in the wire."
Yesterday morning, Frazier and Shea met with
Michigan head football coach Lloyd Carr,
according to first-year student and team punter
Ryan Parini, who lives across the hall from
Frazier and Shea. The topic of discussion and the
results are unknown at this time.
Carr could not be reached for comment on the
"We see this as a housing matter and we're
working with them on their investigation,"
Senior Associate Athletic Director Keith Molin
Molin added that the Athletic Department is
not conducting its own investigation.
"The Athletic Department monitors and
enforces their own student athlete policy," Levy
said. "They can choose to or not to take action.
Their decision is independent of ours"
Possessing alcohol in mass quantities, such as
a keg, is prohibited in the residence halls "even
with residents over the age of 21. If they did, it
would be a lease violation,' Levy said. "Clearly,
there was a keg and other alcohol containers in
Residents who asked not to be identified said
the alleged party was part of a progressive drink-
ing party, and several rooms were serving alco-
holic beverages that evening.
Engineering first-year student Adam Silver,
who lives next door to Frazier and Shea, said
Shea was not in his room Saturday night.
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_.., _ _ _
back in time
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
It's been the best of times. It's been the worst of times.
It was the age of James Duderstadt; it was the, age of Lee
Bollinger. It was the epoch of diversity, it was the epoch of
adversity. it was the season of construction; it was the spring
of new buildings; it was the winters that never seemed to end.
It was the Class of 1997.
As the senior class files into Michigan Stadium in two
weeks, it will take with it tales of the good old days when
Entree Plus was used instead of the M-Card.
It will remember waking up at the crack of dawn to stcnd
in line to CRISP
And it will be the last class to remember why the I larold
*hapiro Undergraduate Library was fondly nicknamed the
"The outside (of the library) was just this horrible brick-
looking, cold-looking structure," said LSA senior Tara
Barry. "It didn't look very welcoming and the inside used
to feel like a dungeon."
It is a class that carries the distinction of having seen
three different University presidents, years of construc-
tion and a boost in minority undergraduate student
"In some ways, it was an extraordinarily exciting period
uring which the University reached a level of quality, 4
See 1997, Page 12
were the days...
High court lets
stand Title IX
Students Party -.- R
Expanded Good Time Charley's
Faculty parking lot.
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Supreme
Court yesterday shut off the last avenue
of appeal for American universities and
colleges that provide more sports pro-
grams for men than women based on
their belief that female students are less
interested in athletics.
Over the protests of 60 colleges and
universities, the high court rejected an
appeal by Brown University that sought
to have a controversial lower court deci-
sion requiring strict sex equality in ath-
letic programs overturned. The
Supreme Court's denial of the case
effectively means that schools nation-
wide must ensure that the total number
of varsity positions for men and women
match their overall percentage in the
Yesterday's action is likely to acceler-
ate the trend among schools to scale back
men's athletics and pump up women's
sports to meet the gender equality stan-
dard required by federal law. Although
the law at issue, Title IX, has existed for
25 years, the lower court ruling was par-
ticularly controversial because it defined
a strict standard of parity for young
women athletes - potentially at the
expense of male athletes.
At Brown, for example, women com-
posed 51 percent of the student body,
yet they represented only 38 percent of
campus athletes. That 13 percent differ-
ential, according to the 1st U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals, amounted to illegal
To rectify the imbalance, universities
and colleges that receive federal funds
must either cut back or eliminate some
men's sports, or add women's teams.
The effect of the high court action is not
See COURT, Page 10
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Bollinger finishes first semester
By Heather Kamins
and Katie Wang
Jly Staff Reporters
During his 79 days in office, President
Lee Bollinger has inherited a financial
crisis at the University Medical Center,
heard allegations launched against the
men's basketball program and announced
plans to move out of the Fleming
And he's just getting started.
Bollinger, who began his presidency
in February, said returning to campus
"it has been extremely gratifying for
me to come back to the University,"
Bollinger said. "People couldn't have
been more welcoming, and personally 1
couldn't be happier."
Bollinger served as the dean of the
University's Law School from 1987 to
1994, before leaving the University to
serve as Dartmouth College provost for
two years. Last November, in a dramat-
selection process, Bollinger was
ected by the University Board of
Regents as the new president.
Bollinger said he immediately recog-
nized the complexity of his new job.
"There are dozens of decisions one
makes in a day," Bollinger said. "They
may seem small in the context of the
whole University. But in time, those
decisions profoundly affect the charac-
ter of the institution."
In his first days on campus, Bollinger
said he would listen to the needs of stu-
dents and faculty. But his relations with
students veered into rocky terrain after
being quoted in a New York Times article
about the decline of student activism on
campus. Many students were disenchant-
ed by Bollinger's remarks, which lament-
ed the decline of student activism.
Bollinger said the newspaper mis-
quoted him, but some students were not
aware of this until they met with him to
discuss their concerns.
"I'm very impressed with all of his
new ideas he's bringing in," said SNRE
senior Angie Farleigh, one of the students
who met with Bollinger. "He's changing
the whole direction of the University, and
I'm impressed with his accessibility to
students. When we went to talk to him
last week, he actually listened"
Students have confronted Bollinger
on other fronts as well.
Latinos Unidos for;
Change, a student
for equal rights for
disrupted a recep-
Bollinger and stu-
dent leaders in
early April. The
protesters demand- Bollinger
ed a meeting with
"Issues of diversity obviously have to
be high on the agenda," Bollinger said.
"In one sense, a national debate is going
on about the legitimacy of affirmative
action. The major question of is how is
this policy going to be lived out over
time. Everybody is quick to say num-
bers are only a part of the problem"
Although sometimes tempestuous
relations with students have demanded
his attention, Bollinger has also spent
time attempting to solidify his relation-
ship with the faculty.
Provost J. Bernard Machen praised
Bollinger's involvement with the faculty.
"He's done an amazing job of identi-
fying and responding to issues impor-
tant to the faculty," Machen said.
"There is a strong sense among the fac-
ulty that their issues are of deep priori-
ty for the president."
Another priority for the president is the
billion-dollar University Medical Center.
During his first two weeks as presi-
dent, Bollinger announced the creation
of a $3-million fund for the purpose of
academic recruitment and retention in
"I announced the fund for academic
recruitment and retention in the
Medical Center, not only to symbolize
that my focus is on the Medical Center,
but to show I am taking significant
actions early and when needed,"
Bollinger said. "Academic quality and
See BOLLINGER, Page 9
Ad Nisman takes part in a Sedar dinner sponsored by the University Half Shekel
campaign. He is dipping his finger in wine to symbolize the 10 plagues.
Passo ver -holiday
finals conflict at U
GOOD LUCK ON FINALS
This is The Michigan Daily's
final edition for the winter semes-
ter; the paper will not be published
during final exams. We will, how-
ever, resume publication on a week-
British to hand over control of
Hong Kong to China in 70 days
By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
For many students, the last day of
classes is full of stress and relief. But
most Jewish students may face addi-
tional conflicts today since it also
marks the first day of the Passover hol-
Hillel Rabbi Rich Kirschen said the
current University policy requires that
students tell their professors if there is a
conflict in order to make other arrange-
ments to take exams.
"It is very difficult for most peo-
ple," Kirschen said. "We worked out
a policy if a student has a religious
conflict and if the student gives suffi-
cient notice they can take an alternate
test. The professor cannot say 'too
Rushovich said the clash between class-
es and Passover puts her in a difficult
"I feel I will not be able to take as
much time to study as I normally would
like to," Rushovich said.
Psychology Prof. Charles Behling is
giving a final exam today, but he said
students who haver religious conflicts
could make up the test during three
"Certainly this is an inconvenience
for students with religious conflict"'
Behling said. "It is very unfortunate the
last day of classes is on the first day of
Behling said 72 students chose to
reschedule their Psychology Ill final
because of the holiday.
"I, myself, am not Jewish, but I
Hong Kong downplay
fears of transition
By Prachish Chakravorty
For the Daily
ly include Secretary of State Madeline
Albright, the territory will formally
mark the end of colonial rule and
become an autonomous Special
Administrative Region of China.
The reversion of sovereignty comes
after more than 100 years of British
Law, which British and Chinese nego-
tiators hammered out in 1990.
Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong
will maintain its capitalist economy,
independent judiciary and civil liber-
But Chinese authorities have made it