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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 14, 1997 - 7

iBEGENTS
Continued from Page 1
ER-Ann Arbor) would not comment to The Michigan
Daily yesterday, she said she stood by the remarks she
made to The Ann Arbor News that stated she did not
believe the University treated Fisher with appropriate
respect.
Horning said he was also upset that he did not receive the
full report until after the press conference Thursday.
But Vice President for University Relations Walter
Harrison said Horning received the first 40-45 pages of
the report Wednesday evening, while six other regents
were "essentially told what the report was about"
Wednesday. Harrison also said that logistics allowed him
to get Newman a full copy of the report Wednesday.
Harrison said he regrets that Horning and Newman feel
they weren't informed on time, but said he has made every
effort to maintain open lines of communication with the
regents.
"What is the difference whether they saw the report before
e had the press conference?" Harrison asked,
Harrison said that he was informed Tuesday that the
law firm would release the results of the basketball
investigation Wednesday. Since University President Lee
Bollinger had planned -to be out of town Friday, the
WE ATHER "Mst
Continued from Page 1
direction for a short period. The last predictinj
time that happened was 1982-83.
But forecasters disagree whether O Whaf'S
conditions this winter will emulate
those of 1982-83. While the majority of happened
El Ninos have caused warmer than nor-be o .
mal winters in the Midwest, nothing's a F$e$ore
sure bet.
"Not all El Nios are the same as far Florida State Un
as (Midwest winter) maximum tem-
peratures are concerned," said Peter
Sousounis, an atmospheric sciences of the upper-level
assistant professor at the University. equator and the am
"Some have actually been below nor- ty.
al." Sousounis has been studying "The winters tha
Ann Arbor weather data from previous to be the most like
El Ninos, 1987-88 winters in
An El Niio's strength also is factors," D'Aleo sa
determined by how much warmer In Detroit, th
than normal the waters off the coast marked by only ne
of South America become. At 8-10 normal temperatur(
legrees Fahrenheit above normal, precipitation.
water temperatures have already "My guess is tha
* surpassed those of the 1982-83 sea- near-to above-norm
on bly near-, maybea
The-National Climate Prediction temperatures," D'A
Center estimates a warmer-than-usual On the other h
winter in the Midwest and above-nor- Climate Center r
mal precipitation in the South and snowfall estimates
West,. similar to the 1982-83 condi- predicting below-
tions... the Midwest.
But Joseph D'Aleo, chief meteorolo- One reason fo
gist at Weather Services between El Nio fo
Incorporatedllntellicast, said many tions are based com
forecasters are not taking into account data instead of for
;wo factors outside of El Nio that models can predict
pact winter weather - the direction atures in the Pacific
TICKETS
Continued from Page 1
game management personnel were apprised of the split-sea-
son ticket policy. I trust the ticket-takers are diligently check-
ing for fraudulent tickets and preventing any invalid entry
into the stadium,' Chaddock said.
Despite the ticket-takers' instructions, the two had no problems
etting past them.
"(We check the tickets) as close as possible, but when
you've got 10,000 people coming at you, you can't get a
microscope,' said ticket-taker Tom Kay, an Ann Arbor resi-
dent.
Ticket-takers who doubt a ticket's validity show suspi-
cious-looking tickets to officers from the Michigan State
Police, Ann Arbor Police Department and Department of
Public Safety, who are stationed inside the stadium
entrance.
DPS spokesperson Elizabeth Hall said she could not com-
ent specifically on the alleged forgeries because an official
report wasn't filed. Hall said students who make and use
counterfeit tickets can face fines and other charges.
"(Counterfeiting) is something that we take very seriously.

We're not going to allow that. DPS will prosecute people who
do counterfeit them," said Hall, adding that DPS has previ-
ously caught people with counterfeit tickets.
Tjepair said they tried to purchase tickets from the ticket

University decided to release the report Thursday,
Harrison said.
"Since nothing remains a secret around here, I thought we
would have to release it quickly," Harrison said.
Bollinger would not comment on why the media received
full copies of the report before the regents.
"I have decided long ago that I will not engage in discus-
sions with the regents through the media," Bollinger said.
"We felt we had a commitment to make sure the results of the
report were fully disclosed as soon as they were in our pos-
session."
Regent Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek) said she "did-
n't have any problems with the way the report was
released."
"I think (Bollinger) has done a good job of sharing
with us whatever information there was to hear," McFee
said.
Power said Bollinger kept the regents informed accurately
and on time prior to the report's release.
"I think that sitting on the report could have exposed the
University to great criticism and I don't see any damage that
was done whatsoever," Power said.
McFee said it is time to stop dwelling on the firing.
"The decision has been made and it is time to stop rehash-
ing what has occurred," McFee said. "What's been done is
done ... so let's move forward."

Optional SAT

scores to

slow UC admissions

By Megan Exley
Daily Staff Reporter
When applying to college, the option
not to take a standardized test would be a
welcome relief for many high school
seniors.
If the University of California
regents pass a recommendation to drop
the Scholastic Aptitude Test as an
admission requirement next year, appli-
cants will have this luxury.
A UC task force recommended earli-
er this year that the school eliminate the
use of the SAT - a factor that has
largely determined who has been
accepted to the university for the past
two decades - as part of the admis-
sions process for its nine campuses.
Eugene Garcia, dean of UC Berkeley
graduate school of education and head
of the Latino Eligibility Task Force,
said that making the SAT optional
would boost the number of poor and
underrepresented minorities, particular-
ly Latinos, admitted to UC schools. The
task force began investigating SAT
biases against minority groups in 1992.
If the proposal is approved, the appli-
cants for the fall 1998 incoming class
would be judged on how they performed
compared to students in their high
schools, considering in the analysis the

type of schools they came from. The new
admissions process would require offi-
cials to read through every application,
considering everything from personal
essays, involvement in sports and clubs
to types of classes taken in high school.
Bob Laird, director of undergraduate
admissions at UC Berkeley, said that the
new process would focus "as much as
possible on individual reading rather than
admitting students by simple formulas."
But don't anticipate big changes in
the University of Michigan's admission
process in the near future.
"We're pretty happy with the admis-
sions process as it is now," said
University spokesperson Julie Peterson.
"The office of admissions does review
its procedures, but they have no plans to
drop the SAT or the ACT as part of the
admissions assessment."
Peterson said that when taken by
themselves, standardized test scores are
poor predictors of college success, but
when combined with a student's high
school grades and records, they can
help in the admissions process.
"Overall, one's SAT or ACT score is
not that important in getting admitted to
the University," Peterson said. "Grades
are the most important factor."
UC Berkeley Prof. Ling-Chi Wang,

chair of the ethnic studies department
and a former assistant to the director of
undergraduate admissions, said he wel-
comes the task force's proposal to elim-
inate the SAT as a mandatory part of
the admissions process.
"It should have been done 35 years ago
when affirmative action first began,"
Wang said. "The SAT has little predictive
values. It has been questioned by many
educators. There's no proof that the SAT
will help admissions select the best stu-
dents either."
Wang said he acknowledged the com-
plexity of admission policies and sug-
gested an increased use of criteria such
as racial diversity and personal talents in
examining applications.
"Dropping the SAT is not a simple
answer to a complicated question," he
said.
Few UC regents have voiced support
of the task force's recommendation.
They will vote on the proposal in
March 1998.

ople are
g based
- Jim Obrien
iversity professor
I winds above the
ount of solar activi-
t this (winter) seems
are the 1977-78 and
terms of the three
id.
ose winters were
ar-, and even below-
es and above-normal
t Michigan will have
nal snow and proba-
a bit below-normal
4leo said.
hand, the Midwest
ecently released its
for the winter and is
average snowfall in
r the discrepancy
recasts is that predic-
npletely on historical
ecast models. While
ocean water temper-
,they cannot forecast

the related changes in weather patterns.
"Nobody can predict from a model
what's going to happen," Obrien said.
"Most people are predicting based on
what's happened before."
Interest in El Nino prediction bal-
looned after the 1982-83 event, after
which buoys were placed in the tropi-
cal Pacific to keep track of ocean
temperatures and sea-level heights
and, hopefully, improve El Nino pre-
diction.
"We've only had the capability to
predict El Ninos since the early '90s,"
Sousounis said.
As El Nino has become a major
focus throughout the world of meteo-
rology, experts have tried to link the
phenomenon with everything under the
sun.
Miles Lawrence, hurricane specialist
at the National Hurricane Center, is
rather skeptical of El Nifo's effects in
general.
"I've seen people in my own organi-
zation yaking away about the El Nino as
if it's the next thing to come along since
sliced bread," Lawrence said. "And, in
fact, I think there's a lot more noise than
substance there."
Whatever the upcoming winter
holds, the current El Nino is believed
to have already impacted some places,
although even that's debatable.
Most experts agree that heavy rains
in South America, drought that has
spread over a usually wet Indonesia,
and an active tropical storm season in
the Pacific are directly related to El
Nino.

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office, the Will Call window near the Michigan Stadium's Gate
9 and student scalpers.
"I called every sign (advertising tickets for sale), and there
were people that went, 'Well, I have an offer for $130, can
you match that?"' said the athlete, adding that the price was
too steep.
"This was our absolute last resort. We were scared to even
use it," said the varsity athlete, adding that she's been attend-
ing Michigan football games since she was five years old.
The two students said they were faced with the choice
between forging tickets or missing the game, a choice that did-
n't appeal to two life-long Michigan fans.
The varsity athlete said she has not heard about students
making counterfeit tickets for other games this season, but
that she could foresee students trying to forge tickets for the
upcoming Michigan-Ohio State game.
Steve Lambright, ticket manager for the ticket office, said
voided tickets included in split-season packages must be sent
out because the office isn't staffed to remove them.
"If we didn't send out the whole sheet it would be a mat-
ter of tearing down every single season ticket and then
putting them in the envelope and sending them out,"
Lambright said. "We are not staffed to be able to do some-
thing like that.
"We can't stop counterfeiting from occurring," Lambright
said. "Counterfeiting happens on every ticket, every type of
ticket."

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