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10-The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 21, 1998


Drugs allegedly
taken from crash

Co-ops ban use ofP
funds for alcohol

DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Customs
and police are investigating reports
that people helped themselves to pack-
ages of marijuana from the wreckage
of a drug-smuggling plane from
Mexico that crashed in a ball field.
The experimental, homemade
plane flew 1,500 miles from the
Texas-Mexico border before it appar-
ently ran out of fuel, clipped trees
and landed upside down in Detroit,
killing the pilot.
Gloria Johnson, who lives across
the street from the park, said she
heard a boom, saw the plane hit a tree
and then crash. She said the pilot was
still alive when neighbors ran to help.
"There were big bundles of drugs
and money all around the plane'
Johnson said. "The bundles of mari-
juana looked like two big suitcases."
Johnson said she saw people leave
the scene with some of the packages.
"A couple of guys came to help,
then grabbed the bags of drugs and
left' Johnson said. Other eyewit-
nesses gave similar accounts.
Yesterday, authorities were trying
to locate neighbors or passersby who
arrived soon enough to witness any
"There are some allegations that
some people did take some marijua-

na from the plane," Customs agent
John Holmes said at a news confer-
ence. "That has not been confirmed."
Neighbor Robert Mosely said he
can understand the mentality of peo-
ple who would loot a crash site.
"You see it's money, you see it's
marijuana, you get as much as you
can as fast as you can," said Mosely,
who heard the crash and at first
thought it was an auto accident.
Mosely, a lifelong resident of the
working-class neighborhood, said he
arrived too late to see any looting.
But he said people act crazy when a
lot of money is involved.
"It's like when an armored car
crashes. Pople will actually crack
their cars up to grab a hundred dol-
lars;" he said.
Detroit police also were seeking
witnesses to any looting, crash inves-
tigator Officer Lawrence Closurdo
"If nothing, Detroiters are oppor-
tunists," neighbor Ethel Hood told
The Detroit News. "Those guys
weren't dummies."
The pilot carried two sets of iden-
tification, but Customs agents
believe he was Douglas Dufresne, of
Indialantic, Fla., about 50 miles
southeast of Orlando.

By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff Reporter
The Inter-Cooperative Council
passed a new policy last night prohibit-
ing ICC funds from being used for pur-
chasing alcohol.
"No co-op funds are to be used for
purchasing alcohol," said Brian
Nagorsky, a

graduate stu- Me h r "
dent and the I I S$"IP
author of the problems, ft
proposal and Fy
director of have
financial ser-
vices for the
ICC. Director of IC

there had been no written statement
regarding the purchase of alcohol with
ICC funds.
The policy, which was passed by
consensus by the ICC board, was
designed to ensure liability among co-
op members.
"It's all about risk management,"said
Black Elk House President Zaza Aziz,
an LSA junior. "There's a huge amount
of risk liability without it."
Nagorsky said be expects many co-op
members will support the new policy.
"It's a fairly straightforward thing,"
Nagorsky. "It's really more up to mem-
bers to do what they have to do and
obey the laws."
Amy Clark, director of members ser-

vices for ICC, said the policy was
designed to avoid future problems.
"Other co-ops have had problems.
fraternities have had problems. We
thought we'd be pro-active," Clark said.
Co-op members will be allowed to
have alcohol in the house, as long as
they don't serve it to minors.
"The prob-
1cm is that
most of the
s have had people in the
houses are
raternities under 21,"
!! Clark said.
Gblems. T he policy
- Amy Clark will not pre-
CC members services vent alcohol
from being
served at parties, Aziz said.
"It doesn't mean that there won't be
alcohol at parties," Aziz said. "It just
means that it will be done in a more
safe way."
Some co-op members said the policy
will not prevent under-age drinking.
"If people want to drink, they can
drink on their own," said Linder House
resident Ron Liu, an Engineering grad-
uate student. "There's nothing the ICC
can do about that."
Liu also said that house members
often use their own money to buy alco-
hol for parties, rather than ICC money.
"We don't consume a whole lot of
alcohol at our house," said Liu. "Maybe
it's just a matter of principle."

Detroit firefighters and investigators look over the wreckage of a small plane
that crashed in a vacant lot in west Detroit on Sunday. The plane carried more
than 300 pounds of marijuana, and the pilot died in the crash.

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"From the nursing prospective, we
have not -experienced the downsiz-
ing," Stoll said. "As a result, we're
continuing to hire nurses at a fairly
rapid pace."
Stoll said currently there is a
shortage of nurses in the hospital,
although many cif those laid off
returned to the hospital.
"All of them have had the oppor-
tunity to come back: many came
back to their own units, some had
moved out of state, others had jobs
or did not want to return," Stoll said.
Stoll said the full impact of man-
aged care competition has yet to be
felt in the state and could result in
future restructuring.
"We still will experience changes,
and what that will bring we don't
know"' Stoll said. "it is still impor-
tant for the University hospital to be
cost efficient. They still have to
compete with others in the
Southeastern corridor and need to
cut cost in order to do that."
Biggs said future layoffs arc not
likely, unless the Medical Center
begins to lose patients and experi-
ences a drop in activity.
Omenn said the University is con-
sidering other joint ventures similar to
one recently begun with Henry Ford
Health System establishinga managed
care network for 24,000 children in
Michigan with special needs,

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dominant factor in the U of M's admissions process,
and that is clearly unconstitutional," Pell said.
Pell said he does not think the two trials will begin
until early 1999.
Although action from both sides of the lawsuits may
calm down during the summer when the majority of stu-
dents leave campus, many activists have promised that
their efforts will not diminish.
Activists made their mark during the school year by
motioning to intervene in both lawsuits.
On Feb. 5, a coalition of 17 Detroit-area high school
students filed a motion to become a third party in the
first lawsuit filed against [SA.
They received the backing of several national organi-
zations known for fighting discrimination in the courts.
Rosa Abreu, an educational staff attorney for one of
the natic nal organization's - the Mexican American
Legal Defense and Educational Fund - said minority
high school students have a distinct interest in
defending the University's affirmative action prac-
Abreu said minority high school students will be
adversely affected if the plaintiffs succeed in
removing race from the University's admissions
"We certainly hope that it will be allowed," she said.
"We certainly believe our claim for intervention is
Just as in the lawsuit against LSA, a grou ofstu-
dents filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit
against the Law School.
The multiracial group of students spans a wide range
of educational levels.
"This case is of historic importance, both because
it's quite likely to reach the Supreme Court and
because even if it doesn't, it will mark a turn of the

"We certainly believe our
claim for intervention is
- Rosa Abreu
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
tide against efforts to resegregate higher education:'
said Miranda Massie, the lead attorney for the group
of students.
Massie said the intervention also is of great impor-
tance to the this debate.
"The intervention is also of historic importance
because all of the proposed interveners are prepared to
fight the racist cynicism of anti-affirmative action pro-
ponents ...," Massie said.
As potential defendants, both intervening parties
must show an interest in the lawsuits that cannot be ade-
quately represented by the University.
Massie said interveners will be planning a national
pro-affirmative action conference for sometime in the
Provost Nancy Cantor said it is the University's
responsibility to provide students with a diverse atmos-
phere in which all perspectives are represented, and
students have the opportunity to explore these view-
Cantor also said the affirmative action debate has
become more narrow in the context of the lawsuits.
Members of the University community, she said,
must remind themselves that all students on campus
were chosen to attend the University and contribute to
the diverse composition of this community.

Seniors celebrate
departure on Di~ag

By Adam Cohen
D~aily Staff Reporter
In the midst of graduation, seniors
walking through the Diag yesterday
concerned themselves less with the
looming threat of final exams and
more with sumo-wrestling, blue
skies, moon-walks and ice cream.
Senior Days '98, a committee run
by a group of student leaders as part
of the Office of Student Activities
and Leadership, has been organizing
events throughout the semester to
commemorate the seniors' final term
a1s undergraduates. Today's and yes-
terday's Senior Diag Days arc one of
the final events ofgthe Senior Days
'98 program.
"We're bringing things to a close, a
culmination for seniors,' said LSA
senior Scott Lyons, a member of the
Senior Days '98 committee.
"Everyone is having a good time and
Free ice cream, alumni club infor-
mation, games and live music were
provided by the sponsors.
The Alumni Association, one of the
sponsors, set up several tables to
assist seniors with post-graduate
decisions. Their stands consisted of
various University alumni clubs from
different U.S. cities.
The clubs give students agateway
"to keep in contact with people from
the University ... keep(ing) the
University spirit alive," said
.University alumna Cheryl Stevens,
vice president of the University of
Michigan Alumni Club in Dallas.
About 100 students gathered near
the steps of the Harlan Hatcher

"We should not

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enhancing undergraduate education,
including the expansion of more inti-
mate class settings, may also be lur-
ing students to the University.
"That's the kind of thing high
school counselors hear about and
starts getting back to neighborhoods
and schools," Cantor said.
A fewer number of applicants will
be admitted to the University by the

question anyone who's here,' Cantor
cycle's completion, which will go even
until students are pulled off the
University's extended waitlist several
months from now. The University's
targeted its incoming class at about
5,200 - 350 fewer students than the
projected number for this year's class
of first-year students.
May 1 is the enrollment deadline
for applicants who have already
received an offer from the
University to attend school on cam-

Graduate Library to enjoy the music
of the live bands.
"We're playing for people walking
by, bidding seniors good luck and
good-bye,: said LSA first-year stu-
dent David Schwartz, a member of
the opening band Souled Out.
Although the events were intended
for seniors, ice cream bars were hand-
ed out to all students.b
"We're here for the seniors, but I
haven't tried to say no to anyone ..
no l.D. required today," said
Regional Alumni Relations
Coordinate Annie Beckley, who dis-
tributed ice cream.
Other activities required some par-
ticipation by passersby in the Diag.
Engineering sophomore Matthew
Berden was one of many students who
strapped on a heavy suit to challenge a,
friend in sumo wrestling. "We night
have to skip class to break our tie;
Berden said.
Other spectators said the weather
and fun games added to a happy
atmosphere. "It's nice to see all the
smiles," said LSA sophomore
Bradley Monash.
Some seniors said they wanted to
relish the bitter-sweetness of the
event and their final days at the
"I'm sad - actually I have reall
mixed emotions, said LSA senio
Joy Bivens.
LSA senior Basil Alwattar said he
and Bivens were in the same first-
year orientation and they are "ready
to move on, but it's sad."
Senior Diag Days will continue
today from II a.m.-3 p.m.
sex ed.
GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - An anti-
abortion group that conducts free sex
education programs is no longer wel-
come at Kenowa Hills Public Schools.
The Grand Rapids area district says
the Pregnancy Resource Center should
not have handed out religious materi-
als to ninth-graders, The Grand
Rapids Press reported yesterday.
"We've discontinued our relation-
ship with the Pregnancy ResourceE
Center immediately," Kenowa Hills
Superintendent Jim Gillette said. "If
you are teaching some form of religion
that's highly inappropriate and not
within the bounds of the law."
The handout includes a Bible verse,

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