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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 19, 199-- 3

Hazing ritual
turns fatal

Binaye Oja, a first-year student at
larkson University in upstate New
ork, died Monday from an alleged fra-
ternity hazing ritual, the Cornell Daily
Sun reported. Oja, whose parents are
employed by Cornell University, was
pledging a national fraternity, the
newspaper reported.
Oja was allegedly part of a group of
pledges who had been standing around
a can and drinking until they vomited
into the can. Authorities believe Oja
died of alcohol poisoning. The fraterni-
ychapter has been suspended and all
the members have been ordered to
return to campus housing.
Caller threatens
Florida parents
A man has been calling mothers of
female students at the University of
South Florida and threatening to rape
* heir daughters unless the mothers
articipated in phone sex with him,
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The man allegedly has . called 26
During these calls, he tells the moth-
ers that he is with their drunk and
unconscious daughters.
The campus is offering a $5,000
reward for the man's arrest and con-
SU student
jumps out window
A Penn State University student fell
from a third-floor window in an alco-
hol-related incident last week, accord-
ing to The Daily Collegian. Kevin
Nigut jumped out of his apartment win-
dow after drinking 12 cans of beer and
etting into an argument with his girl-
riend, the newspaper reported. He was
treated and released from the hospital.
This was the second such incident at
Penn State this month. On Feb. 3, Leigh
Anne Prevatte, a junior, died after falling
out of a sixth-floor window. Alcohol also
was involved in that incident, the news-
paper reported.
UC pirate radio
station formed
A campus radio station at the
University of California at Davis
recently was taken over by a pirate
radio station. A radio station calling
itself Davis Live Radio nabbed KDVS's
90.3 FM frequency, which has been
inactive since January, according to
The California Aggie.
Davis Live Radio, which last broad-
casted four years ago, is not exactly a
*ollege radio station - it broadcasts
noises, including people feigning mas-
KDVS is expected to resume broad-
casting shortly.
Four students
mugged in Minn.
Four University of Minnesota stu-
ents were mugged in three separate
cidents last week, according to The
Minnesota Daily. Two men are suspect-
ed in the crimes. Police have one of the
suspects in custody. All four victims
reported being held at knife point while
the suspects demanded their valuables.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Chris Metinkoffrom the University

By Meg Exey
Daily Staff Reporter
Supporters of promoting marijuana
awareness will now have more than just
one weekend in April to spread their
message to the City of Ann Arbor.
The Ann Arbor City Council unani-
mously agreed last night to recognize
the month of February as Marijuana
Awareness Month in conjunction with
nationwide recognition of the month.
Members said that recognition
ensures the council will work with the
Community Awareness For Substance
Abuse committee, CAFSA, in estab-
lishing a town meeting in October 1997
to discuss public concerns of marijuana
use in Ann Arbor.
"I strongly feel that we need to fur-
ther educate the community about the
dangers associated with marijuana,"
said Patricia Vereen-Dixon (D-st
Ward), one of the councilmembers who
proposed recognizing the national
awareness month. "Marijuana use (by
minors) in Washtenaw County is 19
percent above the national average."
Vereen-Dixon said many people are
not aware that marijuana smoked today
is significantly stronger than it was in
the 1960s and 1970s.
"This is not the marijuana your
mother used to take," Vereen-Dixon
said. "What is produced today is much
stronger and is often laced with other
chemical substances"
Ann Arbor resident Rich Birkett,
who addressed the council in support
of the recognition, questioned some of
the discrepancies he found in the reso-
lution's vocabulary.
"I have a problem with resolutions
that authoritatively say that marijuana
is flat-out dangerous," Birkett said.
"Actually there is still much debate
about how dangerous it really is."
Birkett, one of the organizers of Ann
Arbor's Hash Bash, also proposed that
the April event be officially recognized
as "City Marijuana Awareness Day."
"We've suggested changing the
name before, to encourage a more
truthful discussion about the effects of
marijuana use," Birkett said. "Yet Hash
Bash seems to have stuck."
In unrelated business, the council
also unanimously approved a resolu-
tion to officially affiliate Ann Arbor
with a new sister city in West Africa.
Dakar, Senegal is the city's new "sib-
ling," thanks to the effort and detailed
program outline presented by Dr.
Richard H. Ross, Sr.
Ross, a University graduate, also
was instrumental in the creation of the
University's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Scholarship Fund and in the promotion
of the University's junior exchange pro-
gram with Africa.
CouncilmemberCristopher Kolb (D-
5th Ward) said the creation of the bond
between the two cities will provide an
excellent opportunity for ordinary citi-
zens to exchange ideas and cultures.
"A program like 'People to People'
will help to create more goodwill and
understanding between the two
nations," Kolb said.
He also emphasized the importance
of community volunteers to ensure that

the program succeeds.
Ann Arbor currently has four other
sister cities around the globe. A fifth, in
Belize, was not successful due to lack
of community volunteer commitment.

Speed trap



MSA proposal
would oversee

By Katie Piona
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly
passed a resolution last night about a
topic not usually associated with stu-
dents - Value Centered Management.
MSA voted to lobby for the forma-
tion of an oversight committee to inves-
tigate complaints and oversee the use of
VCM, the University's management
and budget style.
The committee would include stu-
dents, faculty members and administra-
tors from each of the University's 18
schools and colleges.
VCM was adopted by former
University President James Duderstadt
as a means to balance the quality of cur-
riculum and the amount of funding
granted to individual schools. It is a
topic often debated among faculty mem-
bers but rarely discussed by students.
LSA Rep. Yejide Peters, who pro-
posed the resolution, said the purpose of
an oversight committee will be to keep
tabs on the changes made under VCM
and whether the actions are in the best
interest of the entire University.
If formed, Peters said, the oversight
committee also will make recommen-
dations for certain schools they find
need improvements in the way they
apply VCM.
"To me, it's probably the most impor-
tant curriculum issue to the University
and ... students need to take a stand.
I'm glad that we have," Peters said,
adding that forming the oversight com-
mittee will take a lot of hard work.
Peters said concerns about VCM
have been expressed by members of the
University community.
"I think this speaks to that," he said.

MSA President Fiona Rose said she
thinks faculty members and administra-
tors will be receptive to the committee
because they are interested in students'
concerns about VCM.
"I feel very good about having
passed it," Rose said.
Rackham Rep. John Lopez predicts
faculty and administrators will want to
be a part of this committee.
"They would be more than willing to
be a part of this oversight committee, at
least that's the case in Rackham," hesaid.
Peters said all 18 schools will be rep-
resented and whether the school's mem-
ber is a student, faculty member or
administrator will be decided by ran-
dom selection.
According to the resolution, MSA will
vote on student candidates, the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs will appoint faculty members,
and the Office of the Provost will 'nomi-
nate administrators.
"If we leave out one school we're
leaving out their perspective,' Peters
said, adding that every school's input is
necessary for the committee's success.
Rackham Rep. Mike Pniewski ;said
VCM has the potential to be abused.
"It's always good to have an advisory
committee," Pniewski said.
Now that the formation of the com-
mittee has MSA support Peters said, the
next step is to lobby SACUA.
"I think SACUA can suppoit-This;"
Peters said. "From there, we can build
and go to the Office of the Provost with
a new and improved vision of this and
maybe a better model."
According to the resolution, commit-
tee member terms will run for one year,
beginning in October.

Engineering junior Sridhar Kaza makes a pit stop to ready his car for the
mouse trap car race, which is part of the University's Engineering Week.
Scientists ostd
ice theo in cause
Co-m-air crash

Continued from Page I.
across the state.
Geoff Brown, editor in chief of The
Michigan Review, said there has been a

specific candidates in the group's
March 19 officer elections.
"This is just an organized campaign
against me," Kirk said. "They're trying to
rig the election."
Kirk also said the Review has a per-

Colorodo atmospheric
scientists to investi-
gate fatal crash
DETROIT (AP) - Atmospheric
scientists in Colorado will join fed-
eral aviation investigators next
month to check out theories that
icing may have contributed to the
fatal crash of Comair Flight 3272
near Monroe on Jan. 9.

Colleen Scully doesn't get "Hey sis"
cards from her older sister.
"A day doesn't go by when you don't
think about them 100 times" said
Scully, whose sister Maureen DeMarco
died when the twin-engine commuter
airplane crashed in Raisinville
"Just a mention of the airport
But Scully got a personalized

history of tension
between Kirk and
the Review.
"The Review
has had a prob-
lem with him,"
Brown said.
"That might have
been his motiva-
tion to choose the
Brown said he

The Review
has had a problem
with him"
- Geoff Brown,
The Michigan Review

sonal vendetta
against him.
"The Review has
called me 'Dick
Jerk.' They have
called me 'Roy
Cohn.' They :have
called me 'Richard
Nixon,"' Kirk:said.
"They're just fling-
ing mud at me"

license plate reading

The National
Center for
Research in
Boulder will
begin tests in
March to deter-
mine if large-
droplet icing
contributed to
the accident,
M a r c i a
Politovich, a
scientist with
the research

" A day doesn't
go by when you
don't think about
them 100 times.3"
- Colleeen Scully
Sister of crash victim

"HEY SIS," to
remind her of
DeMarco 's
greeting on
Too often
and friends
believe it will
be easy to
return to their
daily lives,
said Albert
Cain, a profes-
sor of psychol-

discovered Kirk's

alleged fraud after receiving "several e-
mails from College Republicans saying
this had happened."
Kirk said there are certain members
of the College Republicans who are
conspiring against him.
He said these members are admitting
many people into the group who have
not participated in events only to aid

Brown said Kirk was the only mem-
ber of the College Republicans who
pretended to be a Review writer. Also,
Brown said he has been unofficially
told that Kirk forged a press identifica-
tion pass, but that charge has not been
"Allegedly, Nick (Kirk) made a press
I.D., got it laminated at Kinkots and
signed my name to it," Brown said.


center, told The Detroit News yester-
Transcripts of the plane's flight
recorder data could be available the
second week of March, National
Transportation Safety Board
spokesman Paul Schlamm said.
More than a month after the crash,
relatives of the victims are still trying to

ogy at the University.
"People expect them to 'get over
it' in a couple months," Cain said.
"Research data show that the
grieving process runs its course in
two to five years. People shouldn't
be rushed into getting back into their
regular lives. This is a long,
heartache-filled process."



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