The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 8, 1997 - 3A
Expo to display
Twenty student projects put together
by seniors enrolled in Mechanical
Engineering 450 will be on display at
the University's Mechanical Design
The class empahasized applica-
tions of students' engineering back-
ground to real-life problems and sit-
uations as well as strengthening
The projects may lead to several
chnological breakthroughs. For
example, one design for a part
known as the variable chamber air-
foil could lead to quieter airplanes
that can take off at low speeds with-
aut the need for large and noisy
Displays focus on a range of top-
ics from improved mammography to
-The Expo is scheduled to take
tce in the Atrium of the EECS
building on North Campus on Dec.
9, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m
break to reduce
final exam stress
The Michigan Union will be
offering several activities this week
allow students to relieve finals
.The workshops include designing
ceramic tiles and ornaments by
glazing pre-made ceramic orna-
ments on Dec. 8. The second work-
shop on Dec. 9 will include knitting
instruction, and creating hats and
scarves that can be used personally
or for donation to Alternative
The final workshop, scheduled
or Dec. 10, will teach participants
how to make a pair of fleece mit-
each workshop is scheduled to
take place on the ground floor of the
Union from 7-9 p.m.
-Two University engineers have
developed a technique that automakers
dotold use to screen autos for dangerous
Mechanical engineering Assistant
Prof. David Dowling and
Mechanical Engineering graduate
student SerdarYonak found a way to
detect even extremely slow and
rd-to-detect leaks with a method
at uses two sensitive microphones
and a laser.
Current methods are much slower
and rely on readings of the atomic
spectra or submerging the parts in a
tank of water.
Yonak will present the work at the
134th meeting of the Acoustical
Society of America this week in
Vi' alumni return
with Coast Guard
band at Hill
2' Two University alumni will be
:ieturning to campus to participate in
<<the U.S. Coast Guard Band's free holi-
24ay concert at Hill Auditorium on Dec.
Victor Johnson graduated from
University in 1975 with a
Bachelor's of Music degree from the
School of Music.
Since leaving the University,
Johnson has taught instrumental
.music and performed with several
After graduating from the
University, Gregory Wirt played
with the U.S. Coast Guard band
*Wirt is often showcased as a
'soloist in his performances with the
group across the country.
He is also a member of
Connecticut Brass and the Eastern
-Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
-. Marla Hackett.
Sororities to vote on new alcohol policy
By Jennifer Yachnin
A new bring-your-own-beerage policy will be
signed tomorrow night by several University sorori-
"I'm really proud of the way (the sororities)
have taken the problem and tried to eradicate it,"
said Panhellenic President Shelby Brown.
Delta Delta Delta sorority President Katie IHteid,
who helped create the policy, said the agreement aims
to ensure that all sorority and fraternity members
involved in a party will supply their own alcohol and
that no community source of alcohol will be present.
Each time a fraternity and sorority house holds a
party together, a contract will be written stating the
party will require attendees to provide their own bev-
etages, along with information about the time, loca-
tion and sororities or frtternities involved, IlIeid said.
"Everyone who signs the policy is planning on
going BYOB as of January 1st,"said >Ieid, ait LSA
setnior. "It's a general policy because we know each
chapter has its own rules. Once we get used to it, it
will be the same contract each tite."
To enforce the policy, the president of each orga-
nization will be required to sign an agreement after
each event that says that they followed the BYOB
"It's more self-enforcement than anything else,"
Ieid said. "One of the main penalties is monetary."
If a sorority or fraternity breaks the contract, it
will be responsible for paying party costs, such as
disc jockey expenses, Heid said.
Although a majorl iieits' ot lhe 17 sotor iis i ec
cxpcctcd to sgntt tilt ptiiC c none. o ite U niseisits
fraternities haveit bectm'tte itsvolveu. In saiti
"it's not that (thlI aiitetrtitis) Iaent't det.c id to
become invcsolved° said Ken la.nnse, extricnilr-
tiots chittri ior thelntiifiteritiys' C:nticil aid ecett
1FC presidet. "The. Iriternitics ar1 goinicsifcrward iii
a more methodical way -u clin lg heii (ntioal)
fraternities befre the houses."
Tanner said it would prefer to see ItC' discuss a
policy with fraternities before imupleettintg it.
"We won't have to wormrsy abtiut onfrcement
because everyone sipns (tie policy ) know ic
exactly whet it entails;' Tinner said. "Vie ned to
get everybody knowing hat we're talking abiliut."
Tanner said that seseral fraternities have oues-
titted htw cfittis't. thel icy sswill be, but added
lii cuternititts tlnl sOrOr tiles lily sign ci joint
agrcenticl± I ttr litis Scit.
"I iase faith that is itlin the ext yctrc tir sO,
there wiill be ian Tifctive HYOI policy itmple-
mented by the entirec Grek systcttm. Tl ner said.
Neid said 1the i YlB puli'cy will bring the
1 niversity's Creek systt ito the same standatrd as
othcer larce uttniversities. Sie said the idea for a
BIY()B policy was firsti brotught up last spring during
agavl club meeting bisectwi sorority lresidents and
Panhellenit Assciatin m1emtt bers last sprin.
' This tell everyc e go t really concened about it;'
roiwn said. "tle best part is that this is becoming a
nationwide trtnd. It just shocs how much the Greek
community is being proactive instead of reactive."
rapist given retrial
Members of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary speak at an informal press conference Friday
on the steps of the Michigan Union.
BA N members unite to
vocalize teir reaction to suit
* Appellate court tem-
porarily Clears former
student of 1994 rape
By Peter Romer-Friedman
The Michigan Court of Appeals
granted a new trial to a former
Michigan State University student who
was convicted of raping an incoming
MSU first-year student during the
school's openittg Welcome Week in
The appellate court temporarily
cleared the defendant, Michaeli vers on
IThursday, because what the judges
viewed is crucial testimony from the
alleged rape victim was rulcd inadmis-
sible during the course of the original
MSU Department of Police and
Puiblic Safcty officials said thcy try to
cducatc and prevent scxual assault,
especially during orientation and
"We have education from parent and
student orientation to group meetings
with officers," said MSU Detective
Maureen Ramsey. "There are a number
of things wec lo to give information on
campus. Our campus is a national
leader with our sexual assault response
Appellate court officials overturned
the lower court's decision, stating that a
legal measure known as the rape shield
law had been misinterpreted.
During the first trial, the court had
refused to hear testimony on how the
17-year-old MSU student said she was
"ready to have sex" early on the night
of the alleged rape.
The rape shield law, which the
appeals court said was used in poor
judgment in this case, is a statute
intended to eliminate the prior reputa-
tion or sexual conduct of a victim.
The inadmissible evidence did not
concern reputation or past expert-
cnce, according to the higher court,
A1 friend of the alleged victim was
willing to testify that the victir had
discussed birth control with her
mother, said she "was ready to have
sex." The potential witness also
reported thati t the case's victim asked
er to finci a guy" for her, acccord,
ing to court documents.
Law Assistant Climical Prof Anidrea
Lyon said the rape shield law is often
"The rape shield law has the best
of intentions to sec that a woman is
not brutalized a second time to
reveal her past sexual experiences,"
Lyon said. "Unfortunately, it has
been interpreted that n mention of
the woman's past can be made,"
Lyon said the lver's jury should have
had all relevant information tavailable;
especially the testimony of the victini's
"Shouldn't the jury know that she
was looking to have sex, if in fact (hal
was the case," Lyon said. "Instead of
having a prescription that rules every'
thing out, if there's a compelling rea-
son, this should be used. I agree with
the appellate court."
The appellate court voted in a 2-I
decision to overturn the lower
court's ruling. Judge Kathleen
Jansen, the higher court's one dis-
senting judge, argued that the case's
original judge acted properly.
"(The disallowed statements) do not
relate to whether the complainant con-
sented to having sexual intercourse
with this defendant during the night in
question;' Jansen said.
vers was sentenced to between two
and 15 years in prison for the original
conviction. He will remain in prison
while the prosecuting officials consider
retrying his case.
- The Associated Press contributed to
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter .
As news of a second lawsuit, this
tice claiming the University's Law
School admissions policies are unfair,
continues to permeate through campus,
students already have begun efforts to
mobilize and voice unified opposition.
Members of the Coalition to Defend
Affirmative Action By Any Means
Necessary organized an informal press
conference Friday on the steps of the
Michigan Union to address members of
the University community.
"We've heard rumblings of this for
years," said Law third-year student Ron
Hall. "It's never been a question of
whether, but when."
Echoing the comments of other Law
students, Hall said his classmates have
been accused-of not expressing their
reactions to the lawsuit, but that does
not mean they will be inactive.
"At this point, i suspect that's true, but
I hope that students will be very, very
active in other ways and I hope there's a
lot of vigorous debate within the Law
School community regarding the whole
issue of affirmative action," Hall said.
Law first-year student Jodi Masley
said there is a misconception that Law
students don't show how they feel
about the lawsuit and issues surround-
ing it. Although the second suit may
seem more personal to Law students,
undergraduates are concerned about
the graduate education to which they
are entitled, she said.
"I think people aren't giving us
enough credit;' Masley said. "We're not
going to keep our responses to this to
the corners of rooms."
The consensus of most students who
met to express opinions on the issue
was that reactions to both lawsuits
shouldn't be approached separately.
"I think that it certainly will bring a
whole other people's debate;' said RC
first-year student Julie Fry. But "this isn't
an issue of the University community
Fry said the lawsuit has the potential
to affect more than just the University's
"It's an overall attack by right-
wing conservatives in the country to
attack the basic civil rights we've
won over the centuries in this coun-
try," Fry said.
BAMN member Caroline Wong, a
Detroit resident, said that throughout
the lawsuit's duration, outside activity
will be just as important as what hap-
pens inside the courtroom.
"We have to fight in a court of pub-
lic opinion;' Wong said.
Wong referred to the Dental School
Three case at the University and hw
she thinks constant shows of support
for the plaintiffs influenced the jury.
"I feel that the jury felt like they were
accountable to a higher set of social stan-
dards that they themselves felt;' Wong
Several BAMN members announced
the possibility of a rally on campus for
students and community members who
defend affirmative action. The event is
in the works for early January in con-
junction with the birthday of the Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Michigan lags in
tourism, study says
LANSING (AP)- When it comes
to getting people to stop on in for a
visit, Michigan lags behind many of its
But Michigan residents are more
likely to take an in-state vacation than
residents of other states.
That's according to a new federal
study of tourism that highlights the
strengths and weaknesses of Michigan's
The American Travel Survey, the
first of its kind in 20 years, surveyed
80,000 households about all trips
they took over 100 miles in 1995. It
found Michigan residents took about
40 million such trips, including
those for business and visiting
friends or relatives.
Leisure trips - those for rest, sight-
seeing, outdoor fun or entertainment -
accounted for about 35 percent of the
travel in Michigan. Just more than 60
percent of the trips were vacations.
But among Great Lakes states,
Michigan relied heavily on its own res-
idents staying put rather than visitors
from other states.
"Frankly, Michigan has an in-state
culture. We call it the 'up north' cul-
ture," said Richard Czuba, the state
director oftourism. "Particularly during
the warm months, residents don't travel
out of state. They do quick weekend
getaways, and that makes for some
According to the study, lIlinois,
Ohio and Pennsylvania attracted
more out-of-state visitors on leisure
or vacation trips than did Michigan.
Even Wisconsin, which also is far-
ther north than that tier of states, had
slightly more out-of-state leisure
Czuba said the big reason was geog-
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