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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 10, 1997 -

JPreliminary tests
show cider from mill
tainted with E.colio

DETROIT (AP) - Several hundred
%allons of apple cider from a southern
Michigan mill is being recalled after
preliminary tests revealed the presence
of E. coli bacteria, state officials said
There were no immediate reports of
illnesses from cider produced at
$chlubatis Orchards in Coldwater,
about 100 miles west of Detroit.
. Michigan Department of Agriculture
officials said yesterday that it's believed
be an isolated incident, although its
unclear exactly how many gallons may
have been tainted.
As a precaution, Schlubatis Orchards
is recalling all cider sold after Sept. 29.
The preliminary test was drawn Sept.
30, from a 300-gallon batch.
The cider is sold exclusively on the
premises in unlabeled plastic gallon
and half-gallon containers, but the
orchard's name is on the cap, said
Villard Schlubatis, owner of the
"Right now, I have never felt
worse in my life," said Schlubatis,
who owns 120 acres of apple trees in
Branch County that his family has
pressed into cider in Coldwater
since 1942. "We've been in this
business for 50 years and took pride
in every gallon of cider we made."
About 15 gallons of the suspected
Cider was destroyed. The rest is
lieved to have been sold, said Jerry
Wojtala, chief food scientist with the
Department of Agneulture.
Continued from Page 1.
Housing officials, including Zeller, to
request a letter of apology to Markley
"I found the (first) letter to be inap-
propriate, as did a number of people of
all races and religions:" Rosenberg said.
In the apology letter, Zeller affirmed
that the University opposes the swasti-
ka and views it as a symbol ofNazi
atrocities and hate crimes.,
"We want to emphasize our out-
rage at the drawing of the swastika
within the community," Zeller's let-
r stated. "We view these incidents
s an offense against every member
of the University community. There
is no ambiguity that the swastika is
the symbol of Nazi atrocities and
hate crimes and the preeminent
graphic representation of anti-semi-
Rosenberg said he felt thesecond let-
ter tempered his original rations to
the incident.
"I appreciate that the University recog-
ized the mistakes in the first letter and
made an honest, good faith and success-

"It is important that the public under-
stand this action is being taken as a pre-
caution," Dan Wyant, director of the
Michigan Department of Agriculture,
said in a news release. "The positive
sample was found of our routine cider
testing program and there are no report-
ed cases of illness."
E. coli, usually found in human and
animal waste, causes severe, bloody
diarrhea and stomach cramps. The
infection usually goes away in a week,
but sometimes-is fatal. About 10,000 to
20,000 E. coli infections occur in the
United States each year.
The 300-gallon batch that tested pos-
itive was the second batch produced
this season at the.orchard, Schlubatis
"After they find the cause, then we'll.
be probably be the most sanitary and
best place to buy cider in Michigan," he
Every cider mill in the state is tested
at least once a year for E. coli and yes-
terday's result is one of the first times a
cider sample has tested positive,
Wojtala said.
Subsequent batches have been pro-
duced this month at the orchard and
officials with the Department of
Agriculture were conducting further
tests yesterday. Results are expected
Saturday or Sunday, Wojtala said.
In June and July, about 60 people in
Michigan were sickened by E. coli bac-
teria. About half those cases were
linked to tainted alfalfa sprouts.
ful effort to fix them," Rosenberg said.
"We're affirming the community values
that we will not tolerate racism, vandal-
ism and anti-semitism."
Some Markley residents said
Housing correctly fixed the mistakes
of the first letter, but that it took too
"I wish the second letter had been
sent out earlier," said LSA first-year
student Monique Gifford. "But at
least it showed that they were taking
it seriously. The quote at the bottom
of the first letter trivialized the issue
of how detrimental the swastika is in
racial acts."
Other students were grateful that
Housing kept all students informed in
the weeks after the incident.
"We got letters in our mailbox," said
LSA first-year student Paul Burani.
"Housing dealt with it thoroughly. I
wouldn't have known about it if they
hadn't set the letters."
Caroline said the way Housing even-,
tually resolved the situation should set
an example for the future.
"I'd really like to commend the
University for having the courage to
apologize," Caroline said. "It should set
an example for the University."

REPORTn earlyN
Continued from Page 1 w hich i1v
confidential source.in which the source players wit
states Martin brandished a shoebox full a birthday
of receipts, which Martin claimed came to a player
from the purchase of "various items" ments on p
for two Michigan student-athletes. Followin
Martin would not agree to be inter- violations,
viewed by the firm. was faced
Documents show the source said gations, m
that at the time of the incident, Martin unnamed
was angry because the two players cut unable to
off contact with him. Martin directed claims that
the sources attention to a black Ford been incurr
Bronco I parked in a nearby lot. Allegatio
Martin claimed that he purchased ranged fromn
the vehicle for an athlete, who "either monetary g
drove the vehicle for only a brief peri- friends and
od of time and then returned it or he arrange
never accepted it in the first obtaining c
instance," according to the report. most seriou
The University admitted to com- former Mi
mitting two minor NCAA violations and Mauric
Continued from Page 1
Fisher requested tickets for Martin 16 times during
the three-year period. On six occasions, the initials
"PW" were used to identify that former coach Perry
Watson requested the tickets. Watson denies ever sign-
ing such lists.
The report states that the firm acquired the help of a
handwriting and ink analyst to discover who wrote the
initials "PW" next to requests for tickets for Martin.
"The forensic document analyst concluded that the
initials 'PW' were written by Fisher in five of the six
instances," the report states.
Bollinger said since the investigation has not yield-
ed any major violations, the University should not
face any major penalties from the NCAA.
"The standard for Michigan athletics is not to take
pleasure in not having major NCAA violations,"

larch through association
n. The violations - all of
olved Martin providing
h benefits - consisted of
cake, airplane tickets sent
s parents and down pay-
layers' apartments.
go the annotineement of the
the basketball program
with an onslaught of alle-
ost of which came from
sources. The firm was
substantiate any of the
major violations may have
ons against the program
i accounts of Martin passing
ifts to players through girl-
cake boxes to rumors that
d and assisted players in
wr and apartment leases. The
us of the claims alleges that
chigan stars Chris Webber
e Taylor each accepted more

than S100,000 from Martin.
In response to the allegations,
Bollinger hired the firm, which special-
izes in NCAA infractions and compli-
ance, to investigate and compile a
report of its finding to be released to the
NCAA and the public. At yesterday's
press conference, Goss said that though
all the bills have yet to be tallied, he
estimates the University will owe the
firm about S142,000.
.The allegations, if true, would
clearly establish major violations
within the program," Bollinger said.
"In the face of those reports in the
media I decided that our own inves-
tigation A - might be wrong - and
B -- might lack public confidence.
At that point, I asked the Kansas
City firm to conduct its own inde-
pendent investigation."
Bollinger viewed the retainment of
the outside firm as a move that would
gain credibiiity for the University.

Bollinger said. "Our standards have been - and will
continue to be - far, far higher than that. We owe this
to the students and to their parents, to the University
and to the public.
"We must have it to have credibility in the regional
and the national discussion about the nature of inter-
collegiate athletics," he said.
Goss said that though the report reveals no major
violations, some "troublesome" information was
uncovered. IHe has already begun meeting with coach-
es from all Michigan athletic teams in group sessions
"where coaches have articulated the values with which
they plan to manage their teams.
"All of our coaches are held to certain responsibili-
ties and accountabilities," Goss said.
The report was delivered to the NCAA on
Wednesday afternoon - the same time the University
received it. The NCAA will review it, but the process
could take months.

David Be
said it is di
will take to
if the inforn
"It depen
how availabl
"So the time
you think its
in a mannerc
adding that it
guide tile coL
"The forr
values rests
said. "The p
ly the facult
values. But
director that

However, NCAA Group Executive
Director for Enforcement David Berst
said the commission of an outside
firm has no bearing on the NCAA's
decision-making process.
"We don't favor it," Berst laid.
"That doesn't mean we oppose it.
What it means is that we only care
that the information is completea'nd
The firm blames its inability to
confirm or deny the allegations of
unnamed sources who refused, to
come forward.
"The (firm's) investigation was
impacted by the fact that many of'llie
individuals who reported alleglti9t s
to newspaper reporters, including the
most serious allegations, were not
identified and, thus, were not inter-
viewed," the report states.
- Daily Sports Writers James
Goldstein, Mark Snyder and Dan
Stillman contributed to this report.
rst, NCAA group executive direCtor,
fficult to speculate about the tie it
receive a response from the NCAA.
will review the report and then decide
mation is significant.
ds on how complex the issues are acid
e people are to talk to us," Berst said.
eline is normally a lot longer than what
should be."
said the University needs to conduct itself
consistent with standards it sets for itself,
t is the athletic director's responsibility-to
mulation and the articulation of these
with the athletic director," Bollinger
president and the University, espe'cial-
y, participate in the formation of those
in the end, it must be the athletic
t we turn to for direction."
nst the program.
ore extensive report to the
s Martin from the basketball
eleases the joint inquiry
ions involving the basketball
sas-based law firm Bond,
limentary ticket lists. The
ntary tickets on 30 occasions.
sts on eight occasions.
cripts of interviews conducted
former Michigan stars Chris
e than $100,000 from Martin.
rty in his honor, the "We Believe
he coach.
vfirm is scheduled to be
iversity will reduce the number
hree to two as a self-imposed

Suspicions arose after '96 accident
Feb.16, 1996: Michigan players visit Detroit booster Ed Martin's house their knowledge of the allegations again
with recruit Mateen Cleaves. Feb. 7, 1997: The University submits a m
Feb. 17, 1996: After attending a hotel party that may have involved NCAA.
alcohol, strippers and illegal narcotic substances, Michigan forward March, 1997: The University disassociate
Maurice Taylor's Ford Explorer rolls over on M-14 with four other program.
players and a recruit aboard. March 10, 1997: The University publicly r
March 11, 1996: An inquiry is sent from the NCAA to the University ask- report to the NCAA in response to allegat
ing program.
for information on players' automobiles. March 17, 1997: The University hires Kan
March 15, 1996: Former Athletic Director Joe Roberson receives an Schoeneck & King to investigate the alleg
inquiry letter from NCAA Enforcement Representative Guy Troupe. April, 1997: The University releases comp
June 27, 1996: Following a joint inquiry, the Big Ten and the University lists show that Martin received complime
submit a report to the NCAA. Fisher gave written authorization of the lis
August, 1996: The NCAA makes known new allegations against the May, 1997: The University releases transc
basketball program. The NCAA asks for more information from the between Fisher, Vowels and Long.
University. June, 1997: Unnamed sources allege that
Sept. 4-5, 1996: Troupe visits campus and conducts investigative Webber and Maurice Taylor accepted mor
interviews with Michigan coach Steve Fisher, assistant coach Scott Perry July 24, 1997: Fisher's friends throw a pa
and student-athletes, in Steve" rally, to show their support for t
Sept. 16, 1996: Fisher and Perry are interviewed by Roberson and Faculty Aug.-Sept., 1997: The report form the law
Representative Percy Bates. released.
Jan. 23, 1997. Fisher and Perry are interviewed by assistant athletic 1997-1998: For a one-year period, the Uni
Director Jeff: Long and Robert Vowels from the Big Ten Conference of permissible off-campus contacts from t
Office. The interview examines their relationships with Martin and corrective action.

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