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By Dan Stlman
Daily Sports Writer
The "ring for service" bell at the Michigan Athletic Ticket
Office is silent these days. Basketball ticket sales are at their
lowest since the Fab Five arrived on campus in 1991.
The 2,100 student ticket applications received by the orig-
in~pplication deadline on Sept. 19 were far below the
3,100 seats allotted in the student section, prompting the tick-
et office to extend the deadline indefinitely.
The ticket office actually can accomodate more than 3,100
students by issuing split-season packages.
Besides last year, when the number fell short of filling the
student section by about 200 applications, Michigan Ticket
Manager Steve Lambright said he can't remember the last
time basketball tickets did not sell out.
"If it did happen, I'm going to guess it was the year before
the Fab Five," Lambright said.
n-student applications have declined as well, but not as
"Non-student sales are down a little bit right now,"
Lambright said. "The decline is not going to be nearly as
great as what the students are."
Several factors may have caused the drop, including the
team's recent lack of success and allegations of NCAA vio-
lations surrounding the program.
Michigan has not won a Big Ten Championship since the
1985-86 season and did not receive an invitation to the
NCAA Tournament last season. However, the Wolverines
See TICKETS, Page 5
How to
get tickets
Student ticket
applications can
be filled out at the
Michigan Ticket
Office at 1000 S.
State St. Season
tickets are $100
and must be paid
by cash or check.
Students may
apply for other
students by pro-
viding the name,
student ID number
and local phone
numbers. For more
'iformationr cal
LSophomore David Zolot checks his
seating for Michigan basketball tickets.
Task force asks
for safety steps
Ilca Robinson
D Staff Reporter
New recommendations released by the University's Task
Force on Campus Safety and Security pinpoint goals that
may help the University improve the atmosphere of safety on
The report suggests, among other improvements, creating
an advisory committee comprised partially of students that
would oversee Department of Public Safety activities.
School of Music Dean Paul Boylan, who chaired the task
force, said he hopes the report leads to increased conscious-
4 of the need to provide a safe, comfortable place for stu-
dents to learn.
"1 hope that all the campus community, but particularly the
faculty, take more seriously the need to ... provide a safe
campus, particularly for students," he said.
The report was completed and submitted to Provost Nancy
Cantor and Interim Chief Financial Officer Chandler
Matthews last April, but was not released to the public until
last week.
Engineering senior Kimberly Dillon, who was a member
of the task force for half of its duration, said she feels more
e on campus now than when she came to campus as a
f -year student.
"I actually feel safer now because I'm more knowledge-
able of my surroundings, and freshman year there was a large
issue with the Ann Arbor rapist," she said.
The task force's main recommendation is to create a post
for an Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and
Security position. This individual would be responsible for
"overall management" of campus safety and would report
directly to both the provost and chief financial officer.
Another important recommendation made by the commit-

tpertains to the relationship between alcohol and crime on
campus. The task force requested that a follow-up study to
the 1993 report "U-M Survey Regarding Alcohol and Other
Drugs'" be completed and used as a catalyst for the provost
and chief financial officer to review University alcohol and
-frug policies.
The task force, which included representatives from a wide
spectrum of University departments and offices, including
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By Jeffrey Kosseff
and Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporters
SHELBY TWP. - Pepper spray
filled the Shelby Township city council
chambers last night as police arrested
four people protesting a hearing on the
University's affirmative action policies.
About 20 protestors stormed the
hearing, which was organized by state
Reps. David Jaye (R-Macomb) and
Greg Kaza (R- Rochester Hills), two of
the four legislators who are attempting
to organize a class action lawsuit chal-
lenging the University's affirmative
action policies in admissions and
financial aid.
"We're not here just to hear David
Jaye," said Renee Brunk, a member of
the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By Any Means Necessary, the
group that led the protest. "We're here
to bury his attempt to resegregate the
When Jaye announced his attempts
last night to pass a bill similar to
Proposition 209, the California law that
eliminates racial preferences, the pro-
testors told Jaye to change his name tag
to George Wallace and shouted other
insults. They chanted loudly until
police officers attempted to break up
the protest.
The legislators fired back with
"Do you behave like this in the class-
room?" Jaye asked. "Do your parents
know how you're behaving?"
The police contend that they asked
the protesters to leave. When BAMN
members didn't comply, the officers
began to forcibly break up the
protest. The scene ended with the
arrest of LSA senior Jessica Curtin
and three other BAMN members who
are not University students. All four
were charged with disorderly con-
The protestors allege that Lt. Larry
Huyghe, who was not in uniform, did
not identify himself as an officer.
Huyghe, however, said he identified
himself before restraining the protes-
To evacuate the room, police officers
See HEARING, Page 5


(Top) A Shelby Township police
officer tries to remove Renee
Brunk, a member of the Coalition
to Defend Affirmative Action By
any Means Necessary, from the
township's city council chambers
last night. Two state representa-
tives held the hearing on the
University's affirmative action
(Left) Phillsophy Prof. Carl Cohen
speaks at last night's meeting
against racial preference policies
at the University.

Daily inDepth: Underage Drinking
Alcohol common for students under 21

By Sam Stavis
Daily Staff Reporter

Underage drinking is everywhere at the
Go to almost any social event - it's certain that
someone under 21 will be slamming a frothy can
of the beast, chugging a chilled St. Ides 40, or sip-
ping Jim Bean straight from the bottle.
But why do college kids like to drink so much?
"Drinking is as much a part of the college expe-
rience as homework and classes are," LSA sopho-
more Christian Hoard said. "Nearly every student
at the University drinks at one time or another."
Many students agree that underage drinking is
more than a weekend activity at the University.
"I think a whole culture has sprung up around
it. It's just there, and you do it," LSA sophomore
Mike Davison said.
Alcohol is as common at most University par-
ties as loud music and dancing, and this preva-
lence is an important underlying cause of under-
age drinking.
"You can't find a party without alcohol;' LSA
first-year student Rebecca Hunnicutt said.
LSA first-year student Stephen Nadel has had a
similar experience, especially at fraternity parties,
which are notorious for alcohol.
"Here (at the University), everyone drinks,"
Nadel said. "When you go to a frat party, you see
everyone with a beer in their hand."
Some students insist alcohol is the only reason
students roam campus streets in search of parties.
"You come in, that's what you look for, that's
what they give you, that's why you're there," LSA
first-year student Olga Melnikova said.
Others cited peer pressure as a reason younger
students are drawn to alcohol.
"When I go out, and everyone drinks, it's kind
of expected," LSA first-year student Angela
Trucks said. "There's always a little bit of pres-
sure. It makes me slightly uncomfortable.
FEveronne wants to fit in - no one wants to he left

Drinking at
Ninety-five percent of violent
crime on college campuses is
alcohol-related. Ninety percent
of all reported campus rapes
involve alcohol use by the vic-
tim or the perpetrator.
Drinking patterns established
in high school often persist dur-
ing college. Compared to other
students, college students who
were binge drinkers in high
school are almost three times
more likely to be binge drinkers
in college.
Alcohol-related problems
affect both sexes about equally,
with two exceptions: men more
often reported damaging prop-
erty and getting in trouble with
the police.
Being white, involved in ath-
letics, or being a resident of a
fraternity or sorority made it
more likely that a student
would be a binge drinker.
Alcohol use by college
students is a factor in 40 per-
cent of academic problems, 28
percent of dropouts and 80 per-
cent of acts of campus
Alcohol use has been
involved in as many as 50-65
percent of all suicides among




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