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By Christine M. Palk
and Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporters
After the drawing of "swastikas and
derogatory language" at Mary Markley
dence hall last week, residents and staff n
b met last night to discuss how to pr
similar incidents from occurring.
The group of 30 people reached a conch
- they would spread the word abou
Markley occurrences and encourage all i
bers of the University community to take ac
Associate Director of University Hot
Mary Hummel said that a seminar at whic
fioed to
By Mike Spahn
For the Daily
The largest incoming class in
University history is already having an
impact: The approximately 5,500 stu-
dents who recently arrived on campus
are causing overflows in introductory
LSA classes, as well as scheduling
headaches in a number of popular
"We've never had a boom like we did
this year," said Lee Zukowski, an
administrative associate in the mathe-
matics department. "I can't figure it
By the end of the summer, there were
so few classes open that academic
advisers wrote down open classes for
orientees so they didn't spend too much
time looking through the course guide,
W LSA first-year student Jim
"When I got here, they had three
pages of classes taped up outside the
offices. I just had to pick my classes off
the wall," Dudnick said.
After the first few orientation ses-
sions, many classes were already filled,
particularly those primarily geared
toward first-year students.
"It's been very difficult to find first-
,r courses for students in late orien-
Mon," said Jean Leverich, an LSA
academic adviser. "Intro comp., math,
French and Spanish were all pretty
much closed'
This class shortage has led to notably
large lecture courses.
"I heard there were big classes here,
but I wasn't prepared to see standing-
room only and kids sitting on the steps
taking notes," said LSA first-year stu-
dent Sara Hutton, describing her
*wded Political Science 1Il lecture.
The large incoming class, plus an
overall increase of enrollment in core
classes, combined to overwhelm many
University departments and staffs.
When introductory courses filled up
early in the summer months, academic
advisers scrambled to find alternatives.
"We had to be very creative in our
scheduling advice," Levrich said, say-
t she encouraged students to pursue
Wrses they normally might not con-
sider in their first terms.
This semester, the English depart-
ment was hit by several complications.
As a result, several sections of English

124 and English 125 were closed.
"We had a lot of late-in-the-term res-
ignations from (graduate student
instructors) slated to teach courses,"
said Ejner Jensen, interim director of
first and second-year studies for the
glish department.
LSA first-year student Zac
Sniderman was affected by the section
"I signed up for an English class, but
then when I moved in there was a letter
saying the class was canceled,"
Sniderman said.
In all, 176 first-year students were
displaced by the schedule change.
The English department was able to
*ace 100 of those students in alter-
nate sections before classes began.
However, many first-year students
were unable to take the required
English class this term, creating a
potential backlog for winter term
registration. Jensen said his staff is
attempting to remedy this problem
by addine more instructnrs.

staff, residents discuss swastika incident

entire University had the opportunity to react
and contribute would be effective.
"I would challenge you to have this discussion
with other people - be it people you eat dinner
with, friends, people in the halls," Hummel said.
Although the main focus of the discussion
was the vandalism and what prevention mea-
sures should occur in the future, some students
expressed feelings of confusion and distress
regarding a quotation that appeared at the bot-
tom of a Sept. 9 letter given to all Markley resi-
dents, notifying them of the vandalism.
The quotation read, "The Swastika did not
originate as a Nazi symbol of hatred. Swastika is

derived from the Sanskrit work: Svastikah,
which means, 'being fortunate'
One of the letter's co-signers, Marita
Inglehart, director of the living-learning 21st
Century Program, said the quotation was in no
way meant to lessen the offensive nature of the
swastikas and the possible intention of the peo-
ple who scrawled the symbols on some Markley
room doors.
Several Hillel representatives were on hand to
give a brief history of the implication of the
"The swastika is clearly a powerful hate sym-
bol," said Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Hillel's assistant

director. "It goes against all of what the
University stands for."
One student said he was bothered that part of
the meeting was spent defining the swastika's
implications since the mark is clearly under-
stood as a symbol of Nazi Germany.
"We don't need to discuss the symbol itself,"
he said. "It's the people behind the symbol."
Some Hillel representatives said this is not an
issue that affects only the Jewish community.
"The general consensus at Hillel is that this
should really be upsetting to the University at
large and seen as an attack on the University,"
said Rachel Bendit, program associate of the

Jewish campus service corps. "It shouldn't be
solely a Jewish issue. It should be upsetting for
"It is something that the University should be
very concerned about."
Markley Resident Director Chad Bailey said
he is concerned about the welfare of all resi-
"It's completely intolerable," said Bailey, a
School of Public Health first-year graduate stu-
dent. "This is not the kind of living community
we want to foster."
Bailey said he hopes last week's vandalism
See MARKLEY, Page 5



get posh

By James Goldstein
and Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporters
While the majority of first-year students were dodging
marshmallows on Section 30 benches in Michigan
Stadium on Saturday, nine lucky students looked on from
high above, munching on fruit and comfortably sitting on
cushioned seats.
That is because Athletic Director Tom Goss and
University President Lee Bollinger invited a group of first-
year students to the luxury boxes for the Michigan-
Colorado football game, giving the students a birds-eye
view of the action on the field.
"It was really great," said LSA first-year student Mark
Bilski. "They were like the best seats in the place. You could
see the whole field. And there were guys walking around in
tuxedos asking if you wanted anything to eat or drink."
The gesture from the administration came only weeks
after undergraduate, graduate, and transfer students, who
ordered student football tickets for the first time, learned
they would not receive tickets to all home games. Instead,
the students were given tickets for half of the season.
Goss, who took over as athletic director just one week
ago, said he wanted to mitigate the split-season package
problem as one of his first orders of business. More than
1,500 incoming students were left outside the gates since
Colorado was not part of their split-season package.
"I became a little bit upset," Goss said. "If you are the
coach, you want the students in the stands. I was a player.
That's who I wanted to get in the stands.'
So on Saturday, the nine first-year students, who
received split-season packages without the Colorado
game, sat in the president's and athletic director's boxes
instead of in front of the TV at home. The Athletic
Department called the students Thursday and Friday to
invite them to the game.
"I can't even explain it," said LSA first-year student
Dana Linnane, as she witnessed her first home Michigan
game, from Goss's box. "Before this, it was like, 'Yeah,
See BOXES, Page 7A
Inside: Full game coverage in SPORTSMonday.
Page lB.

The Michigan Marching Band gets the crowd pumped during the annual "The Run for the Roses" pep rally in front of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity
house Friday.
2,000 fans display pre-game spirit

By William Nash
For the Daily
Students chanted it, wore shirts bearing it,
and held signs that said it: "Colorado sucks."
Friday's 17th Annual "The Run for the
Roses" pep rally featured Buffalo-bashing and
a whole lot of maize-and-blue pride. An esti-
mated 2,000 fans attended the pre-game rally,
which was held outside Alpha Delta Phi fra-
ternity on State Street.
"It's important to be here because we have a

great tradition of Michigan football, and we
need to get the crowd to get into the game,"
said cheerleader Nick Offregi.
The event began at 6:30 p.m. with an a-
capella version of "The Victors" orchestrat-
ed by the Master of Ceremonies, Damon
"The Dog" Perry, a sportscaster for WDSN
The band marched up soon after, and all 421
members gathered on the front lawn of the fra-
ternity house.

"It's great to support the football team for
their first game," said Sarah Pekarek, a band
As the band played "The Victors," cheer-
leaders pumped up the crowd and members of
the dance team performed spirited routines.
For many, however, the highlight of the
event was the speakers.
Perry introduced new Athletic Director Tom
Goss, who began his speech with. "Go Blue!"
See SPIRIT, Page 7A

Miss Michigan says goodbye
to pageant, savors memories

By Janet Adamy
Daily Staff Reporter
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Although
she didn't walk away with the crown
Saturday night, dreams came true for
Miss Michigan Kimberly Stec.
At the Miss America Pageant, the
Engineering senior walked down the
runway to the cheers of more than
25,000 people who filled the sparkling
convention hall - a dream
she's had since her first
pageant nearly five years S A
"To make it this far is
important to me,"said Stec,
who was out of the running
when the contestant pool
was narrowed down to 10 JONA1
semi-finalists at the begin-
ning of Saturday's competition.
The crown went to fellow Big Ten
student Miss Illinois Kate Shindle, a
senior at Northwestern University and a
New Jersey native. Her animated vocal

way, Shindle said she felt "slightly
dazed," but ready to start her new job.
"I've been waiting for this all my
life," said Shindle, adding that she is
eager to start working on her nation-
wide AIDS education and advocacy
Although Stec didn't get to perform
her jazz routine or show off her striking
swimsuit or evening gown Saturday'
night, her family members
.erJ in the audience said they
rIC were proud of her.
"I think she definitely
should have been part of
the top 10, but I think she
did a great job and it was
exciting to be here," said
AN WEITZ/Daily Alyssa Stec, Kimberly's
sister and a University


rare opportunity of watching his girl-
friend on stage at the Miss America
"I'm just really glad that all of
Anierica could see someone who's real-
ly special to me," said Williams, whose
friends didn't believe him when he said
he was dating a Miss America con-
Stec said she plans to return to
Rochester and spend the next year serv-
ing as Miss Michigan, which will allow
her to promote her healthy lifestyles
campaign. Stec is taking a year off from
classes and will return for her senior
year next fall.
"I definitely want to be back in Ann
Arbor as much as I can ... but I don't
know how much time my commitment
will allow me to be there," Stec said.
Along with dresses, souvenirs and
friendships, she'll bring many memo-
ries back home with her, Stec said.
"It's been a great opportunity seeing
how much each woman has made a dif-

George Stec said that although he
wishes his daughter would have left
with the crown, he'll be "glad to have
her home."

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