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2 -- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 10, 1997

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ROSE BOWL
Continued from Page 1.
"My family is really superstitious,"
Lanxner said. "I watched this Middle
Eastern movie when I was little,
where this little boy kept having
nightmares. The little boy's grand-
mother poured salt around the boy's
bed and put a knife in the mattress to
get rid of bad spirits. I guess I kind of
picked up on that."
University alumnus Mark Grueber
said he and his former first-year
roommate Dave Gamm are the proud
owners of a giant letter "D" and a
cardboard picket fence that they use
to show support for the team's defen-
sive abilities.
"We have had the D-fence for two
years," Grueber said. "The first time we
used it was the Ohio-Michigan game
two years ago. They won that game, 31-
23."
Grueber said that because he and
Gamm were unaware of the power of
the D-fence, they didn't use it at all last
year.
"We brought it to every game this
year," Grueber said.
Since Grueber and Gamm live apart

from one another, they only use the spe-
cial weapon when they watch the game
together.
"It's the two of us that make the
force. I am the fence and Dave is the
D," Gruebber said. "Combined knowl-
edge is more powerful. We're sick."
Other requirements for Grueber and
Gamm are wearing the same clothes to
every game.
"We must also enter the same gate
and leave at the same time - that is
essential,' Grueber said.
For Brock, his revealing ensemble
proved a little hazardous after the Ohio
State game.
"I wore just my special boxers and
my comforter into the stadium," Brock
said. "I was extremely jubilant that we
won. I ran onto the field in just my box-
ers, running around and hugging all my
friends. When I tried to leave through
the endzone, I got kind of thrown
around by the cops. It got kinda rough,
but it was definitely an interesting
experience."
For his part, Lanxner even poured a
circle of salt around Michigan Stadium
the day of the Ohio State game.
"I think I might even use this for
finals," Lanxner said.

BGA
Continued from Page t
past few years have been minimal."
Wiggins said stepping at BGA func-
tions in the Union, unless on a stage, was
prohibited after a fight broke out during
a BGA party on Oct. 10. Wiggins said a
fight-occurred between two groups, one
of which was comprised of members
from outside the University.
"I think the fights start because there
aren't enough outlets for black students
on campus," Marshall said. "The events
are few and far between."
Marshall said that although stepping
does instigate some disputes between
people, impromptu stepping should still
be allowed. Stepping creates a good
atmosphere, he said.
"You should be able to step. I don't see
that as doing any harm. People have been
doing that for years," Marshall said. "I
don't see that as the direct cause of fights.
Stepping doesn't cause fights."
Associate Dean of Students Frank
Cianciola, who made some of the deci-
sions regarding BGA events, said that
although he empathizes with BGA's sit-
uation, recurring incidents of violence
related to stepping and outsiders have

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led to the restrictions on the group's
parties.
"These were steps that we put in place
to achieve our objectives," Cianciola
said. "We want the security of University
students first and foremost:."
Cianciola said his office has invited
BGA members to come up with another
plan that might prevent further acts of
violence at the group's parties.
"I think that (rule is) in place until
there is an alternate plan of action that
might better address the problem areas,"
Cianciola said. "They need to come
together as a community and identify the
action steps that would address this
issue."
Cianciola said the current polices
restricting impromptu stepping and limit-
ing attendance to University students are
not necessarily permanent, but rather
they were created to halt the pattern of
violence occurring at BGA events.
"I think we're open to whatever that
plan might look like," he added.
BGA President Gerald Olivari said
he anticipates positive outcomes.
"I was planning to brainstorm on that
on the break to come up with some
ideas," Olivari said. "It's hard to find a
middle ground, but there's one there."
COTSONIKA
Continued from Page 1.
Stanford in 1902. That game was
stopped with nine minutes remaining
because of a mercy rule, leaving offi-
cials so dismayed they canceled future
games - replacing football for events
as strange as ostrich races. At least
things were more competitive.
Football didn't return until 1916,
when Tournament of Roses officials
took their heads out of the ground.
Washington State defeated Brown, 14-
0, that year, but we made our return
soon afterward.
On Jan. 1, the Wolverines will make
their 17th Rose Bowl appearance, best
in the Big Ten. If they win, the victory
will be their eighth, best in the Big Ten.
Is it any wonder that Michigan now has
32 conference titles, best in the Big
Ten?
We're going back to where we
belong. It's picture perfect. But there's
more.
Our 17th appearance may be the
sweetest. In this era of 85-scholarship
equity, no school - no matter how
powerful in the past - will dominate
forever. Look at Miami (Fla.), Texas
and Alabama - none are in a bowl.
Look at the past four Michigan sea-
sons, each of which ended with the
Wolverines losing four games. Look at
the future: Rose Bowls won't happen
every year anymore.
And somehow, despite what all the
critics said in the preseason, this so-
called down-and-out school has risen
again. It may rise higher than it has
since 1948, the last time it was
crowned a national champion in foot-
ball. It may rise higher than the 1947
team (whose members are having a
reunion in Pasadena this year, if you
need an omen), which went 10-0 and
won the Rose Bowl but lost out on
the national championship to Notre
Dame.
The team that won the first Rose
Bowl may win the last real Rose
Bowl, before, the Bowl Alliance
arrives in Pasadena next year and
old traditions die forever. Well, it's
picture perfect.
These Wolverines have achieved
in the true spirit of Michigan, a pub-
lic school that gives talented, moti-
vated peoplea forum in which to
succeed.
Lloyd Carr hasn't been a head coach
since he worked with high school kids

in the 1970s. Quarterback Brian Griese
nearly left school after wallowing in a
backup role last season, not long after
he faced public ridicule for an instant
of anger outside a campus bar, but he's
back. There are so many others, but
they all blend into one, which may be
the very reason why they'll all be in
Pasadena together.
Charles Woodson? Well, like I said, I
wonder if this is all just a mirage.He's
so quick, he could have beaten those
ostriches in 1913. But when you think
about it, he's the only star we've got.
Everyone else is just a Wolverine, and
that's enough.
No current player has seen the Rose
Bowl either. None of them spoke about
the national championship above a
whisper until last week. And now, when
they see a picture of that stadium on a
postcard, they'll be mailing it to their
mothers.
I can only imagine what they'll be
writing on the back, the wish-you-
were-heres and I'm-glad-I-worked-so-
hard-to-play-football. Hi, Mom, this is
where I belong.
As for me, I don't think I'm going to
send any postcards. I might just walk
down to the stadium and see it for
myself, touch the wall, maybe, and
make sure it's real, shaking my head in
the sun.

Court asked to
regulate pursuits
WASHINGTON - A lawyer urged
the Supreme Court yesterday to crack
down on high-speed police chases, say-
ing they kill a person a day nationwide.
But the justices did not seem inclined
to take the suggestion.
Paul Hedlund, who represents a
California couple whose 16-year-old
son died as a result of a police pursuit,
made a highly emotional plea for a new
constitutional right to sue police and
local governments when a pursuing offi-
cer kills or maims someone - either
someone being chased or a bystander.
Thejustices tried repeatedly to cut off
Hedlund's recital, to get him to focus on
the legal fine points, but the lawyer
managed to go on with an aroused
denunciation of reckless officers. The
court did not appear moved by it.
The reason the constitutional claim
is being fought by police departments,
Hedlund said, "is because they want to
continue" such chases. "They want to
continue killing people," he boldly

asserted.
If such deaths were "an isolated
event, it wouldn't come to this court's
attention," Hedlund argued. But deaths,
he said, "are occurring one a day." In
1985, he said, 385 people died from
police pursuits. He did not cite.
source of that statistic.
Food system causes
rise i bacteria
WASHINGTON - The efficient
worldwide food system that gives gro-
cery shoppers more choices and lower
prices carries a troubling cost: an
upsurge in food poisoning. The rat
salmonella illness alone has dou d
over the past 20 years.
The way outbreaks occur also is
changing. In the past, most cases origi-
nated in restaurants or at events.
Such cases still happen - one per-
son died and 750 were sickened by sal-
monella at a Maryland church outing
last month. Now, food sometimes is
tainted during processing and is distrib-
uted before anyone gets sick.

AROUND THE NATION
Freeh urges for Mdependent counsel
WASHINGTON - FBI Director Louis J. Freeh told a House committee yester
day that he believes "very strongly" that an independent counsel should be appoint
ed to investigate the campaign fund-raising scandal although he said he had no
problem being overruled by Attorney General Janet Reno.
Offering unusual public insights into high-level decision-making in the camp-.m
probe, Freeh said that he and Reno examined the same evidence and the same
but came to opposite conclusions about whether the Independent Counsel Act should
be invoked. Freeh said that he reached his decision on the basis of several factors, indi-
cating that among them was a concern that Reno faces an unavoidable conflict of
interest in investigating President Clinton, who appointed her to office.
"In recommending that an independent counsel be appointed I did not, and do
not, imply that I believe any particular person has committed a crime, is the target
of a grand jury or even has done anything improper, Freeh told the House
Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.
Although committee Republicans worked hard to shine a harsh light on the dif-
ferences between them, Freeh and Reno, who also testified yesterday, made a pub.
lic display of standing by each other. Denying that a "professional rift" had d0-
oped between them, Freeh said, "It merely means we disagree on a matter of law
... that two lawyers disagree should not be surprising."

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Islamic summit
offers views on West
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran opened an
Islamic summit meeting yesterday
designed to promote unity among the
world's 1 billion Muslims. But the host
country's leaders offered starkly con-
trasting views on relations between
Islam and the West, underscoring deep
divisions within Iran itself.
Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the coun-
try's supreme leader, lashed out at
Western powers in a fiery opening
speech, targeting in particular the
United States, which he accused of
"global arrogance" and assorted sins
against Islam. He denounced what he
called the "global Zionist media,"
blasted the U.S.-sponsored Middle East
peace process as "unjust, arrogant, con-
temptuous and finally illogical," and
warned the United States to pull its
warships out of the Persian Gulf, which
he described as "an Islamic sea."
But President Mohammed Khatemi,
a moderate cleric elected last May in an
unexpected landslide, made an entirely
different impression, speaking of the

need for tolerance and understanding
among people of different faiths. He
emphasized the need for civil society
and rule of law, called for the pro -
tion of religious minorities and, -
haps most surprising, urged his fellow
Islamic leaders to learn from the West
if not to emulate it.
Albright works on
relations with Africa
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
pledged yesterday to open a "new c'
ter" in relations with countries on-e
continent to build democracy and free-
market economies.
Opening a week's tour of trouble-
spots the Clinton administration has
identified as candidates for its new
partnership, Albright told a meeting
sponsored by the Organization of
African Unity that "Africa matters"' to
Washington and the world.
But she noted that she brought no
predetermined program and coul t
promise the sacks of aid money.
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