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One hundred seven years ofediorial freedom

Tuesday
December 9, 1997

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ose Bowl has
otential for big
U' revenues
ig Plona
ail ff Reporter
The phrase "coming up roses" has the potential to mean
ore than a Rose Bowl victory and a national championship
r the University on Jan.1, when the Wolverines square off
ainst the Washington State Cougars.
Different types of revenue, ranging from University-
ensed merchandise to annual bowl-game conference per-
-ntages, promise to earn the University hundreds of thou-
nds of dollars.
University Licensing Director Paul Schager said the ball-
park estimate for total revenue of University-
_ :. licensed merchandise is $500,000. These
items include both traditional apparel
1 such as hats, sweatshirts and T-shirts and
non-apparel products such as cups, pen-
nants and clocks, Schager said.
"That amount is something that won't be
able to be determined until after the (game),"
chager said. "Obviously, if we win the Rose Bowl and the
tional championship, we will definitely benefit."
Although more than 600 manufacturers are licensed to
ake Michigan merchandise, products with the Michigan
)geill have to be approved.
"it's not just any product," Schager said. "It's products that
e University deems appropriate."
Schager said the University receives eight percent of the
holesale value of merchandise sold by licensed manufac-
rers to retailers across the country and abroad.
"You can buy Michigan products from coast to coast and
yond," Schager said. "Michigan's the leader in sales of
censed merchandise and licensed products at the college
vel."
In addition to the money the University stands to make
orinerchandise, it will also receive its share of Big Ten
nference revenue dollars. Along with the 10 other schools
i the Big Ten, the University will receive its equal cut of
owl-game money.
Despite overall record, each school is projected to rake in
out $950,000, Associate Athletic Director for Business Jim
See REVENUES, Page 2

Relieving stress

Students

support U
admissions

By Christine M. Palk
Daily Staff Reporter
Representatives from seven Law
School student organizations united
yesterday to express their support for
the University's admissions policies.
The panel members announced in a
joint statement that they "recognize that
affirmative action is a necessary means
of combatting prejudice, unequal
opportunity and under-representation."
"This lawsuit is an outrage for any-
body who stands for equality," said Jodi
Masley, a representative of the
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action
By Any Means Necessary and a Law
first-year student. "It is a fight we have
to resist. Any opportunities that exist
for me are there because people like me
fought for them. If we hope to make a
difference, we're going to have to pick
up the torch where our parents left off."
More than 20 students and faculty
attended the news conference to hear
the joint statement and responses by
individual groups. The Asian Pacific
American Law Students Association,
Black Law Students Alliance, Latino
Law Students Association, National
Lawyers Guild, Native American Law
Students Association, OutLaw Student
Alliance and South Asian Network of
Graduate Students at Michigan each
presented an individual statement sup-
porting affirmative action.
Matt Carlin, a representative of
Outlaws, said the student group of gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgendered stu-

dents actively supports affirmative action,
and feels it is an "appropriate and neces-
sary means for building a diverse class:'
"The elimination of race as a factor
in the admissions process means, as in
the case of Texas and California, that
the Law School will become even less
diverse, and that would be detrimental
to the Law School," Carlin said.
Carlin said OutLaws has a "unique
position in this debate."
"Most of our members are white, but
we see things differently," said Carlin, a
Law second-year student. "We are also
part of a group of people who are
oppressed, and we understand what it
feels to be discriminated against."
AfPALSA representative Winnie Kao
said members feel the use of the "'model
minority' myth, where certain isolated
examples ofAPA achievement are held up
to describe the entire APA community, is
unrepresentative and problematic."
"There are a lot of misconceptions
out there, and one is the notion that
APAs don't need affirmative action,
which is untrue," Kao said.
Zach Ratzman, who co-chairs the
campus chapter of the National Lawyers
Guild, said that "the use of standardized
test scores in the admissions process."
"Standardized test scores - in our
case, the (Law Admissions
Standardized Test) -- are relevant to
one's qualifications only if such scores
serve as an accurate proxy for one's
ability to succeed in law school and in
See LAWSUIT, Page 2

BRYAN MCLELLAN/Daily
LSA junior Erin Nalepea paints Engineering senior Ryan Ona's face yesterday as LSA senior Rebecca
Vanderlake watches. The three students were taking out exam stress at the Michigan Union.

Daily Indepth: Gangs
cangs cause
concern in A

'U' sororities sign
trial BYOB policy;
IFC may also join

By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Many people associate gangs with
decrepit neighborhoods and decaying
buildings, not with the well-kept
streets and serene exterior of
University buildings.
But inside the Fleming
Administration Building is a 3-inch-
thick file on gangs, including exam-
js of dress styles, hand signals and
ture that could signify gang mem-
bership.
The manila folder, which contains
information used in Gang Violence
Seminars that University staff and
students attended last year, exempli-
fies the small but growing awareness
of a gang presence near the
University.
The West Side Gang, the Latin
gs and the West Willow Crips have
tbeen linked to Ann Arbor at some
point in the last two years.
The most serious gang-related inci-
dent that has occurred in Ann Arbor
was th.- August 1995 slaying of Huron
High School senior Tamara Stewart in

a shootout between two gang mem-
bers on Hemlock St. on Ann Arbor's
South side. The teen-ager was caught
in the crossfire when members of two
rival gangs, Ann Arbor's West Side
Gang and Ypsilanti's West Willow
Crips, began shooting to settle a long-
standing grudge originating from a
drug debt..
How much gang activity is taking
place, the potential danger of area
gangs and whether the gang activity
will affect campus in the future are
difficult questions to answer. Law
enforcement officials, local residents,
students, and University administra-
tors all have differing perceptions of
gang activity in Ann Arbor and differ-
ing experiences with gangs.
Ann Arbor Police Department offi-
cials said they are aware ofgang activ-
ity, but note a steady decline in gang-
related incidents during the past two
years.
The Department of Public Safety
said that although gang activity is pre-
sent in Ann Arbor, it has not penetrat-
ed the campus area.

KEVIN KRUPITZER/Daily
Possible gang graffiti adorns the brick wall of a building located on Liberty
Street.

By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Eight of the University's 17 sororities
signed an agreement last night to par-
ticipate in a trial period for a new
Bring-Your-Own-Beverage alcohol
policy.
"When we sat down to hash it out, we
thought it would be better to try a trial
period," said Delta Delta Delta presi-
dent Katie Heid, an LSA senior.
Sororities that did not sign the agree-
ment last night will be given until Jan.
22, when the policy is implemented,
Heid said. If campus chapters do not
sign the agreement, they can't partici-
pate in parties with the sororities who
sign the agreement.
The start date was moved from Jan. 1
to give the Interfraternity Council a
chance to create its own BYOB policy.
"The date is also IFC's second meet-
ing in January, and it gives them a
chance to sign on;' Heid said.
Brad Holcman, who becomes the
new IFC president today, said the IFC
Executive Board will discuss a similar
agreement next semester.
"This is something that will affect
us," said Holeman, a Kinesiology

junior. "I haven't discussed this with the
presidents yet. I'd like to see something
similar to" the sorority BYOB trial pol-
icy.
During the trial period, sororities
bound by the policy will be required to
sign a BYOB contract before each
party, stating specific fraternities or
sororities involved, the location, start
and end time of the party.
The trial period will include fines for
those fraternities or sororities that break
the contract, which can be signed by
each chapter's president, social or
financial chair.
In addition to the sororities that
signed the agreement last night, Heid
said she expects at least five more
sororities to sign within the next week.
"I think a lot of the reason people are
not (signing) now is because they don't
have a lot of knowledge about it, 'Heid
said.
When the trial period ends, the pres-
ident, social chair and treasurer of each
sorority involved will be asked to fill
out an evaluation of the program.
Alpha Xi Delta president Jenny
Riesenberger was amongthose who did
See SORORITIES, Page 2

Meanwhile, some local young people
said much of the gang activity should
not be taken seriously since it involves
groups of kids imitating real gangs.
Gangs and the city
Ann Arbor Police Department offi-
cials say they have identified two
active area gangs, but would not

release the names of these gangs.
Police said the Stewart shooting
two years ago served as a wake-up call
to the city that action was needed to
stop gang activity.
That incident was "kind of a rally-
ing point for the city" said officer
George Patak, who works in AAPD's
See GANGS, Page 7

--

"c
ousing (
Stephanie Hepburn
ily StaffReporter
After students gathered at West Quad
esidence hail Sunday to discuss reap-
lying for housing, University Housing
fficials plan to mail a letter today
xplaining the upcoming changes for
tudents living in residence halls.
The forum, led by representatives
University Housing, attempted to
nr all students' questions about re-
pplication. Earlier this month,
ousing officials announced new poli-
ies that would limit juniors and seniors
o living only in Cambridge, Fletcher,
xford and Vera Baits halls. These non-
raditional residence halls do not have
afeterias.

changes confuse, worry students

"I t's a bit daunt ing to look into
alternative housing as a freshman. "
-Julie Albertus
LSA first-year student

mind and decide to come to the
University after the May 1st deadline,"
Levy said.
The University admits more students
than it expects will attend, Levy said.
"We assume that people are applying
to Harvard, Yale and (Michigan) State,"
Levy said. "We make an educated esti-
mate of how many students are going to
come. This year the turnout was higher
than the forecasted rate"
Levy said there is a finite number of
spaces in traditional residence halls open
first to incoming first-year students.
"We subtract from the original num-
ber of spaces our best estimate of the
incoming freshman class,' Levy said.
"We account for some upper classmen

bad that sophomores were unable to get
housing in traditional housing,"
Albertus said. "It's a bit daunting to
look into alternative housing as a fresh-
man. I don't know my way around Ann
Arbor that well."
During the forum, LSA first-year
student Michael Salmonowicz asked

a problem?" Salmonowicz asked. "You
talked about waitlists and late admit-
tance and how that complicates the sit-
uation. But if there are people being
dropped from the list and then substi-
tuted by people on the waitlist, then the
numbers shouldn't have changed."
Alan Levy, director of Housing pub-

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