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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 25, 1998 3

HIGHER
EDUCATION I6,m

College Board
rescores tests

Two tests that were administered to
high school students in November by
the College Board contained statistical
errors, The Chronicle of Higher
Education reported yesterday.
The two tests, which were once
known as Achievement Tests, were in
Japanese reading and listening and
Mathematics II C, both of which are
scored on an 800-point scale. The
College Board has changed 15,500
scores as a result of the errors.
The subject tests were rescored after
M College Board officials discovered mis-
takes while making calculations that are
used to measure the relative performance
of students on the tests from year to year.
Most of the corrected scores are
lower than they were when initially
reported, according to a statement from
the College Board. The average loss
was 15 to 20 points.
Copies of the revised scores are
being sent by the College Board to high
schools, colleges and test takers. The
College Board does not expect the new
scores to affect college admissions
decisions for the fall.
Gay priest resigns
from Notre Dame
A priest who said his sacramental
duties at a campus church were revoked
because he is openly gay has resigned
from the faculty of the University of
Notre Dame, The Chronicle of Higher
Education reported yesterday.
The Rev. David Garrick, an assistant
professor of communications and the-
ater at the Roman Catholic institution,
said Monday he had resigned in protest
of the administration's views and treat-
ment of gay and lesbian students.
The Catholic church does not con-
demn gays as long as they remain celi-
bate - a priestly vow which Garrick
said he has observed.
The university has struggled in recent
years with the issue of gay rights.
Administrators prohibited gay and les-
bian students from meeting in the cam-
pus counseling center in 1995, and last
September, following student protests
for gay rights, the university issued a
"statement of inclusion" that welcomes
gay and lesbian people to the university.
But the administration has not includ-
ed sexual orientation in its non-discrimi-
nation policy.
Possible food
poisoning at SHSU
affects students
An outbreak of possible food poison-
ing at Sam Houston State University's
dining halls left approximately 125 stu-
dents ill and hospitalized during March
10 and 13, the University of Houston's
The Daily Cougar reported yesterday.
The students went to local hospitals,
complaining of vomiting, stomach
cramps and diarrhea- symptoms often
associated with food poisoning.
Inspectors took lab cultures of food and
water to determine the cause of the out-
break and declared all dining facilities
safe on Sunday.
Although the bacteria might be a type
ofE. coli, the lab workers believe that the
germs are probably not E. coli 0157, the
deadly type of E. coli that has recently
received a great deal of publicity.
In order to ensure the safety of the
campus, all opened containers were
thrown out immediately.
First VMI female
*cadets 'breakout'
The first female cadets to enter the
Virginia Military Institute recently cel-
ebrated the ending of months of tor-

ment by upperclassmen in a rite of pas-
sage known as "breakout."
The rite required first-year students,
referred to as "rats" by upperclassmen, to
climb up a muddy, 20-foot hill. All stu-
dents who set out completed the ritual,
becoming full-fledged first-year students.
The cadets' first six months are char-
acterized by physical challenges and
recitations of the "Rat Bible," a collec-
tion of facts about the institute.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Christine Paik from The Chronicle of
Higher Education and the. University
Wire.

Panel
discusses
domestic
violence
Melanie Sampson
Daily Staff Reporter
Greek Week participants took a
break from lip synchs and relays to
attend a panel discussion on domestic
violence held in Rackham
Auditorium last night.
Rita Smith, executive director of
the National Coalition Against
Domestic Violence, began the discus-
sion by asking audience members if
they had experienced domestic vio-
lence.
"How many here have been hit
once and think it won't happen
again?" Smith asked. "How many
think leaving is as easy as walking
out the door?"
She asked listeners to bow their
heads in silence and take a few
moments to think about LSA
senior Tamara Williams, who was
murdered by her boyfriend Kevin
Nelson this past September, and
the thousands of others who have
lost their lives to violently abusive
relationships.
Two panel members who have
been victims of domestic violence,
talked about their personal experi-
ences with domestic violence.
Vikkii Coffey, whose history with
domestic abuse began 25 years ago,
said she wanted to share her story to
educate others about the issue.
"I really would not share it for any
other reason," said Coffey, describing
her painful memories of being
"trapped in a relationship, sinking in
the quicksand."
Coffey recalled the feelings she
had after the first time her husband
slapped her. Sh said she asked her-
self, "What did I do?
"I never once thought about the
fact that maybe I didn't do anything,"
Coffey said.
LSA senior Elizabeth Lee spoke
about an abusive relationship she had
with a Michigan athlete.
"I was infatuated with the fact that
he was an athlete here at U of M,"
Lee said.
Lee said the man emotionally
abused her in front of his friends, but
that when the two were in private, he
tried to redeem his behavior.
But as the relationship progressed,
"he tried to convince me (not to leave

By Carly Southworth
Daily Staff Reporter
In the high-stress atmosphere that
dominates the University, many stu-
dents are accustomed to competing for
grades, jobs and internships.
But some students are vying for ice
cream in the Ecolympics, an
Environmental Theme Semester activi-
ty sponsored by several University
departments.
Based on their number of occu-
pants, residence halls are placed into
one of three categories in which they
conserve energy, reduce waste and
increase recycling.
The prize for the winning hall in each
category is an ice cream party for its
residents.
"The Ecolympics is designed to re-
energize and recommit the resident popu-
lations in halls to participate in recycling,"
said Alan Levy, University Housing
director of public affairs and information.
University Housing has been keep-
ing track of the amount of energy
used and waste recycled in each resi-
dence hall from January until March.
Monthly totals for each hall will be
compared to last year's monthly
totals. An increase in recycling
efforts or a decrease in energy con-
sumption earns Ecolympic points for
the hall.
Levy said University Housing is
committed to environmental issues
but cannot make improvements with-
out the participation of Housing resi-
dents.
"This is a very good opportunity to
re-dedicate our efforts and get our resi-

dents focused on our objeetives and
goals," Levy said.
SNRE senior John Kazmierski, a
RecyclingfWaste Services intern, saF d
the Ecolympics is one of seeral envi
ronmental activities supported by
Housing.
"It saves utilities." Kamierski saik
"It saves energy. It saves the Uniersi!y
money"
Mike Shriberg, a Rackham fourth-
year student and coordinator ot the
Environmental Theme Semester, said
the goal is not to save money but to
focus on the environment.
The Environmental Thenie
Semester is a fitting time to start t e
Ecolympics and otfher activities to
educate students on enironmentai
issues, Shriberg said.
"Students during this theme se mest r
have been more active than in othpr
theme semesters," Shriberg said.
LSA sophomore David Wilens said
the Ecolympics will not affect his reeg-
cling efforts since he already recycle{
He said the Ecolympics have been
well-publicized by Housing.
"I think their intentions arc in the
right place, but I am not sure students
will respond," Willens said.
The January standings for ite
Ecolympics show South Quad. Bais
Houses and Helen New hrryel t ev
Barbour as the current leaders in the
three categories.
An environmental justice progntm
and an endangered species program
also have taken place in many
dorms.

Ecolympics urges
students to recycle

Vikkli Coffey, both a survivor of domestic violence and an educator on the
topic, spoke at Rackham Auditorium last night.

the relationship) with his fists," Lee
said.
Near the (nd of the relationship,
Lee said, the man physically assauIt-
ed several of her friends and sexually
assaulted her.
"I just remember him hitting me a
couple of times and me saying 'no,"'
she said.
Lee said the experience con-
vinced her to pursue a career
helping other domestic assault
victims.
Through her own abuse, "I have
found what I want to do with the rest
of my life," Lee said.
Interfraternity Council President
Bradley Holcman said Greek Week
representatives decided to host the
panel because domestic violence has
been a prominent issue on campus
this semester .
"It has been very relevant to our
university in the past year," Iloleman
said, adding, "you can't stop being
educated."
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
spoke of the Task Force Against
Domestic Violence that she founded.
"There is no excuse for violence
against women," Sheldon said. "We
want to have a constant message. We
don't accept that in Ann Arbor and
the greater community"
Sheldon commended the men in
the audience for attending the
event, but University alumnus
Mike Jackson warned against giv-
ing male audience members too

much credit.
"I'm not going to be so kind
tonight," Jackson said, speaking to
the men. "We batter because we can."
Jackson, a social worker, spoke
about the domestic abuse that took
place within his family while he was
growing up.
He described a situation in which
children are affected by problems
between parents.
"I was the little boy sitting at the
top of the stairs," he said.
He said abusers need to be respon-
sible for their actions.
"I have a passion for holding bat-
terer's accountable,' Jackson said.
"Things are really clear. That's the
easier part my job - going after (bat-
terer's) myths - all the bullshit, all
the lies."
Audience members said they
attended the presentation to learn
more about domestic violence.
"I have a lot of interest in women's
issues,' LSA junior Colleen Stachura
said. "I think it's (an issue) not direct-
ly addressed.
"Think about how many shelters
we have in Michigan alone,"she said.
LSA first-year student Liesel
Letzmann said she came to the pre-
sentation to find out about the preva-
lence of domestic abuse on campus.
"I think it is a big problem - peri-
od," Letzmann said.
Last night's panel was sponsored
by Speaker Initiative and the LSA
Student Government.

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International Tea,

2 March 1998, 3-5 p.

The Martha Cook Building Residents cordially
invite you and your friends to join them for
entertainment and refreshments at the annu--
International Tea. There will be fifteen countries
represented, entertainment featuring Indian
dancing, and a fashion show emphasizng
traditional ethnic dress. There is no admission :
fee and the public is welcome.
Martha Cook Building is located at
906 S. University Ave.

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ern militia memb er-s

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -A militia
member suspected in an alleged terror-
ist plot kept an arsenal of more than 20
semi-automatic weapons and a sniper
rifle accurate from more than a mile at
his home in case of a government raid,
federal authorities testified yesterday.
At a hearing to determine whether
Bradford Metcalf of Olivet; Ken Carter of
Battle Creek; or Randy Graham of
Springfield should be released before trial,
prosecutors told a federal judge the three
men pose a threat to the community.
"These men are dangerous,"
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lloyd Meyer
said, pointing to a table of weapons
seized from Metcalf's home.
The men were arrested last week.
Metcalf and Carter face illegal
weapons charges, while Graham is
accused of conspiring to manufac-
ture marijuana, as well as smoking

marijuana while in possession of a
firearm. No one has been indicted,
but prosecutors expect to file more
charges in the case.
Carter's wife, Julia, who is not
charged in the case, said the prosecu-
tion is a sham. She aid the men did
nothing wrong, and the government is
setting them tip.
"It's all lies," she said.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh
Brenneman heard several hours of tes-
timony yesterday before deciding to
continue the detention hearing and
preliminary examination today.
In court yesterday, several agents
from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said the
group amassed weapons with the intent
of bombing federal buildings and
killing federal employees.

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CAMPAIGN
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Commission and is expected to be sent to Dean of Students E. Royster Harper and
several other University administrators explaining the situaion. The letter asks that
Winling issue a public apology, participate in communn sern ie and take part in the
University's Inter-Group Relations Conflict and Community pro{ram. a class that
facilitates dialogue between students. The Black Student Union. Alianza, the Native
American Students Association and the United Asian American Organizations have
signed onto the letter as well.
41 hope that students are made aware of these incidents so that people won't think
they can get away with the," Andrich said.

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