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and the court system. Some universities,
Baird said, protect athletes and other
"superstar" students accused of rape by
penalizing them only through the univer-
sity and not through the state legal sys-
"Many victims are encouraged to fol-
low a campus procedure that only
involves campus penalties," said state
ep. Jim McBryde (R-Mt. Pleasant), a
co-sponsor of the bill. "Victims feel the
perpetrator of the assault simply got a
slap on the wrists."
"I've received a great deal of contact
from sexual assault advocacy groups"
Baird said. "But we've never had com-
plaints from the U of M."
Heuser said sexual assault victims
who come to SAPAC are notified of all
their rights.
"We inform them of all of their
options," Heuser said. "SAPAC advo-
cates with survivors who choose to
access those options."
In addition to informing victims of
their rights, SAPAC provides a handbook
that outlines all options for victims.
Although state universities already
have sexual assault policies outlined in
federal laws, Heuser said the new state
law would send a message.
"Because the federal law already
requires it, this would be a visible sign of
Michigan's support," Heuser said.
One section of the bill requires univer-
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to remove alcohol from their fraternity
houses. Earlier this year, Phi Delta Theta
and Sigma Nu set the year 2000 as a
deadline for their non-alcoholic policy,
hich FIJI hopes to achieve as well.
The national chapter plans to work
with the Betty Ford Clinic to educate its
alumni who will in turn advise under-
graduates about the dangers of alcohol.
"We hope to begin the educational
-process now, Dittrick said. "It's not
easy. We think that there's room for a
afraternity not revolving around alcohol.
We want to create a climate where alco-
ol isn't the No. 1 reason for social
relationships.... We hope to recruit a
new class for the year 2000. What we
want is to overturn the membership and
what we stand for."
But Hurlbert says the motivation for
changing alcohol policy comes from a
fear of lawsuits more than anything else.
"There will be a shift of power,"
Hurlbert said. "It comes down to the
fact that when something like, this
IT death) happens, lawsuits are out
f hand. They're limiting their liability.
They can push the liability off of them-
selves by doing this."

sities to notify the victim of the results of
a university hearing on the alleged perpe-
Mary Lou Antieau, who oversees
cases under the Code of Student
Conduct, said that when students are
tried under the Code, both the alleged
victim and perpetrator are informed.
"Both parties have the option to
appeal, so they need to know the out-
comes" Antieau said.
In wake of the recent murder of LSA
senior Tamara Williams, which was pre-
ceded by domestic abuse by her boyfriend,
Heuser said the legislature also should
focus on other forms of abuse.
"It would be great if they could work
on the issues of dating and domestic vio-
lence, stalking and sexual harassment,"
Heuser said.
The bill passed the house in May and
is currently awaiting a hearing in the
Senate's Judiciary committee.
McBryde previously proposed similar
legislation, which passed overwhelming-
ly in the House and failed in the Senate.
"This is truly a bipartisan issue,"
McBryde said. "But these bills fly
through the house floor and die in the
Sen. William Vanregenmorter (R-
Hudsonville), chair of the Judiciary
Committee, said he hopes to hold a hear-
ing on the bill, but there are many other
important issues in the committee,
including assisted suicide.
"We're dealing with many heavy duty
issues in the committee," he said.

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Many students said the University's
national academic reputation swayed their
decision to join the maize and blue.
"It was up to my standards of educa-
tion that I wanted," said LSA first-year
student Cory Neville, one of 100
members of the incoming class who
were interviewed by The Michigan
Daily as part of an unscientific survey
of first-year students' attitudes. "I
knew that if I went here, I would prob-
ably get a job after graduation"
Other first-year students cited location
and the campus ambiance as reasons for
attending the University.
"Great reputation, good academics, a
lot of school spirit and a fun atmosphere,"
said Neville's roommate and fellow first-
year student Jill Anderson, who hails
from Aspen, Colo.
But the higher scores and diversity on
campus come with a higher price tag as
well. The University ranked well above
the national tuition average for four-year
public universities, charging nearly dou-
ble the average of $2,848. The University
stays even with the national average of

students receiving financial aid, with both
figures checking in at 36 percent.
Students said money is always a prima-
ry concern when choosing a school.
"The possibility of getting residency
status definitely influenced my choice,"
Godbey said. "It really helped out finan-
Despite the high cost when compared
to other public institutions, many students
said the University has more than given
them their money's worth.
The University's first-year class has
demonstrated diversity in more than cul-
tural and ethnic backgrounds. Their
beliefs and opinions vary on a wide range
of issues. More than half of the new stu-
dents surveyed said they were uninterest-
ed in most forms of politics, and did not
classify themselves as strong supporters
of either major political party.
Political demonstrations are not
uncommon at the University, but the prac-
tice may be new to first-year students.
University students went along with
their peers nationally on this issue: only 41
percent of first-year students nationwide
have participated in a demonstration.
"I haven't been in any demonstrations,
yet," Paull said. Paull said she could not

come upwith a cause that would prompt
her to protest.
Despite their lack of activism on earth-
ly matters, faith in a higher power played
some sort of role in most University stu-
dents' lives, echoing the near 82 percent
of first-year students nationally who
reported they have attended a religious
service in the past year Students at the
University vary in their religious convic-
tions and practices."I'm spiritual, but not
religious," Godbey said.
Incoming University students said
they enjoyed their vices more than their
peers around the nation. While only
14.5 percent of national first-year stu-
dents had a cigarette in the past year, 38
percent of those surveyed on the
University campus said they smoked.
And 71 percent of University students
surveyed said they at least occasionally
drank alcohol, compared with only
54.9 percent nationally."

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Passersby looked on with wonde
ment as the green-clad men and wome
scaled the wall with spiderman-lid
"It looks like fun," said Paul Oehle
an LSA first-year student. Othe
added that they would like to do t-
rappelling activity without being a
ROTC member.
Rappelling usually marks the rite c
passage for most newcomers, becaw
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