The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 1, 1997 -7
J.egislators discuss tougher
date-rape drug penalties
LANSING (AP) - Drugs used to
incapacitate women and make it easier
for men to have unwanted sex with
them were the topic of a House com-
mittee hearing yesterday.
*.awmakers listened to testimony
from law enforcement and public health
officials on a bill introduced by Rep.
Lyn Bankes (R-Livonia). The bill would
create penalties for those who make or
use drugs such as Rohypnol and GHB,
or ganima-hydroxybutyrate, to knock a
woman out with the intent to rape her.
Some members of the House Judiciary
Committee questioned whether the bill
would be written too broadly and acci-
dentally apply to any two people who
take drugs together and have sex.
Rep. Laura Baird (D-Okemos) said
she wondered where the line was.
"Every woman in this room has
probably experienced a man trying to
get her drunk for nefarious purposes,"
But Bankes said the bill would not
apply to alcohol, only cases involving
Also, she said it wouldn't apply to
cases where the woman knowingly took
drugs or alcohol. If the woman was
raped after willingly taking drugs, she
would be protected under current crim-
inal sexual conduct penalties.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart
Dunnings III said the bill would help
law enforcement officials nab more
"All too often, young women are
preyed upon by sexual predators,"
Dunnings said. "Without a bill like this,
we're often left with a small (drug)
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rettes) and larger warning labels," Warner said.
Sweaner also noted that the market should be regulat-
ed according to potential harms from the products.
"The most harmful product should be the least available,"
Sweaner said. In reality, "the most deadly products are the
easiest to get," he said.
Between 70 and 80 percent of smokers say they want to
quit, and 30 to 40 percent attempt to quit each year, Warner
*' I think we have to pay attention to the billion smokers ...
most don't want to be using the product," Sweaner said. "The
more cigarette companies think about it, the more scared they
But even over-the-counter nicotine gums and patches often
face long delays before receiving government approval.
"It can take years before they are available on a prescrip-
tion basis," Sweaner said.
Prof. John Slade of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School has been studying addictions for about 12 years and is
another co-author of the article.
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"I'm assuming that (the robber) is targeting the bank,
so I don't feel unsafe," said Julie Maturen, who works in
Wolverine Tower as an administrative assistant in the
Office of Financial Operations.
Also located in Wolverine Tower is the Office of
Development and the Staff Benefits office.
Moritz said such a bank robbery is not often seen in this area.
We don't have a lot of bank robberies here in Ann
Arbor, as compared to Detroit," Moritz said.
Comerica Spokesperson Kathy Pitton said counselors
met with the branch staff directly after the robbery. The
bank is offering 24-hour counseling to its employees.
DPS is requesting that anyone with information about the
robber or the robbery call DPS at 763-1131 or 764-8559.
"Tobacco use centers on nicotine addiction," Slade said.
"Nicotine is not completely safe, but compared to tobacco it's
a much safer alternative."
Slade said he hopes the article sparks discussion about the
risks of smoking and methods of quitting.
Although she calls herself a "social smoker," LSA
first-year student Melanie Kraska said she wouldn't
bother to use nicotine supplements if she wanted to stop
"I'd just cold-turkey it," Kraska said. "I've heard of many
problems with patches like nausea, (feeling) tired and sick."
But Warner compares nicotine supplements to eating
Healthy Choice ice cream instead of Breyers.
"It's not as satisfying, but sufficiently satisfying," Warner
Other students thought nicotine products might lend a
much-needed helping hand.
"I've thought about quitting," said LSA senior Chris
Reinstadtler. "It would be easier to quit with a nicotine sup-
"I doubt I would quit (at the University) because it's diffi-
cult for me not to smoke if I'm just writing a paper or study-
ing," Reinstadtler said.
Director of Family Housing Eric Luskin addresses a crowd of about 60 at a town meeting-style discussion addressing lin-
gering fears about last week's murder of Tamara Williams and domestic violence.
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had never faced a situation such as this one.
"We made a lot of good decisions and a lot of not-so-
good decisions," Peterson said.
Vice President for Student Affairs Maureen Hartford,
who was a member of the panel, said she found the
media "incredibly intrusive" and assured things would
be different if such a tragedy were to occur again.
Luskin said he was pleased with the meeting and the
"It was very encouraging to see all those people in
that room," Luskin said.
One of the members in attendance was Matt Green,
community aide to Northwood V, the complex where
Williams was murdered.
"As a resident and community aide, I need to see what
needs and concerns (the residents) have,' he said. Green
said he wants to see the University take a clear stance on
what it will do to protect the safety of Family Housing
Green said he wished he had known what was hap-
pening to Williams.
"I could have alerted housing. I could have at least
made inquiries," Green said.
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be a cause of depression.
There are several types of depression,
Hansell said. Major depression is intense,
usually hitting a person suddenly.
Chronic depression is less severe, but can
last for several months or years. Bipolar,
or manic depression, is less common,
and characterized by frequent mood
swings from extreme highs to extreme
Many people experience smaller bouts
of depression that are not always diag-
nosed, but are also significant, Hansell
Students who feel depressed but don't
seek professional help said they often
come up with their own solutions to
minor phases of depression.
Some said they will do things such as
vent frustration to a friendly ear or orga-
nize their thoughts on paper. Others said
they look to more unorthodox coping
measures, such as indulging in chocolate,
attacking unsuspecting phonebooks or
tuning into the blues.
Indeed, coping with depression can
be very personalized. Soliciting a hug
or the company of someone who will
"let (them) scream" helps some stu-
dents, while others said they prefer
just to be left alone.
If someone shows signs of depression,
the best thing to do is to give them posi-
tive encouragement, Hansell said.
Jim Etzkorn, a psychologist for
Counseling and Psychological Services
in the Michigan Union, said those suffer-
ing from depression often need help
putting problems in perspective. It is best
to encourage them depressed to take a
step back and look at the situation and
assess the consequences, Etzkorn said.
Andrea agreed that being overly con-
cerned often intensifies feelings of
depression. Andrea said she often has the
urge to tell those helping her in an uncon-
structive way to "leave me alone about it,
I'm trying the best I can."
She said the best way to help those
depressed is to listen and keep 'the
depressed person busy.
Engineering first-year student Scofd
Bullock said working out issues of,
depression has to be an individual expe-
"It is ultimately up to the person suf-
fering from the depression, for only he
can fully understand the causes of his:
grief," Bullock said. "Accordingly, only;
he can remedy his pain."
Courtesy of the Department of Pubhc Safety
In video still taken from security cameras at Comerica Bank,
the perpetrator leans over the counter as he robs the bank.
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