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One hundred seven years ofedtoriadfreedom

January 15, 1998

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By Jordan Field deaths of Billy S
and Katie Plona University in Nort
Daily Staff Reporters LaRosa at the
n reaction to the recent deaths of University of
three collegiate wrestlers, including Wisconsin in La
Michigan athlete Jefferey Reese, the Crosse.
NCAA has announced changes that All three
will affect wrestling programs wrestlers died
nationwide. after strenuous
The new rules, effective immedi- workouts they
ately, are similar to regulations made hoped would shed
by a University task force in weight to qualify
December. The task force will meet them for competi-
in today to discuss adding educa- tion. Their deaths
nal changes to the regulations. mark the only fata
The NCAA's announcement comes wrestling since it
less than two months after the deaths sport in 1928.
of three college wrestlers, including The NCAA's ruli
Reese, a Kinesiology junior. Reese rubber suits, saunas
died Dec. 9, just weeks after the means of dehydratio
Florida pres.
apoligizes for
racial remark
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The president of the
University of Florida was holding a Christmas party for his
when he began discussing the candidates in the running
to become his boss.
In the course of the discussion, John Lombardi called
Adam Herbert, who later got the job as head of the state's
public university system, an "Oreo ... black on the outside
and white on the inside."
The racial tone was uncharacteristic of Lombardi, col-
leagues say, but it could cost him his job as leader of the
state's flagship university.
Though his brash style has gotten him into trouble in the
past, black leaders and education officials haven't
ounced him for the remark, citing his past efforts at
improving race relations.
Lombardi, president of the school since 1990 and one of
302 candidates during the University of Michigan's 1996
presidential search, apologized to Herbert in a letter earlier
this week and said Tuesday the remark was a poor choice of
"One of the things Adam Herbert has done extraordinarily
well over the years is deal with race and ethnicity in a very
complex society," he said. "I just picked
the wrong shorthand."
#erbert begins work Monday as the
f irst black chancellor of Florida's 10
public universities and their 220,000
students. He said yesterday he wouldn't
comment on Lombardi's remark "until I
have had an opportunity to sit down and
have a discussion with John."
The two men are expected to meet '
today, when the 14-member Board of
Regents, which oversees the schools, Lombardi
meets in Fort Myers. The regents hire and fire university
WIt was a horrible comment to make. Having said that, I have
never heard anything like that coming from President
Lombardi," said state Education Commissioner Frank Brogan,
who sits on the board. "I want to get all the facts on this issue
before I come down to an opinion to what ought to occur."
Gov. Lawton Chiles yesterday called the remark "unfortu-
"I'm delighted he has made an apology and we'll just see
what happens," he said.
Several people at the Dec. 16 party said Lombardi was
ding those he expected to apply for chancellor. When he
e to Herbert, then president of the University of North
Florida in Jacksonville, Lombardi called him an "Oreo."
When one of the dinner companions pressed him about
the word, Lombardi said it meant Herbert is "black on the
outside and white on the inside." Lombardi, a specialist in
Latin American history, has been a favorite of his school's

supporters. The school, Florida's largest with 42,000 stu-
dents, has seen its academic reputation improve and its fund-
raising increase, especially after the football team won the
national championship in 1996.
In 1995, Lombardi caused a stir when he bypassed outgo-
Chancellor Charles Reed and went straight to state law-
makers with his ideas.
Annual'U' stud
ilicit drugs no
O Sam Stavis drawn from
I taily Staff Reporter schools arou
Illicit drug use among adolescents has been The study
on the rise since the early 1990s, according to among all a
an annual University study. But for the first marijuana c
time in six years, the study's results indicate 12th-graders

odifies wrestling regulations

aylor at Campbell
:h Carolina and Joe
lities in collegiate
became an NCAA
ings ban the use of
,laxatives and other
on that wrestlers use,

to cut weight.
Wrestlers also must weigh in for
matches no earlier han two hours
before they compete. Previously,
wrestlers were allowed to weigh in up
to 24 hours before competition if the
option was agreed upon by all com-
peting teams. Wrestlers have a seven-
pound leeway for each weight class
for the remainder of the season.
University Athletic Director Tom Goss
said the NCAA-mandated guidelines will
serve numerous purposes - all of which
make wrestling safer for its participants.
"It will do a couple of things. No. I:
Kids ... instead of getting down to 118,
can get to 125," Goss said, explaining
the seven-pound leeway.
Goss said he was happy about the
NCAA changes and surprised that the

NCAA was able to react so quickly
after the three tragedies.
"I'm pleased that they moved as
rapidly as they did," Goss said. "I was
initially concerned that we wouldn't get
any action from them this semester."
Goss said he will meet today with
members of the University's task force,
whose recommendations were similar
to the NCAA's newly enforced rules, to
discuss implementing educational com-
ponents in addition to changes made
several weeks ago.
"I don't think we've had the medical
community as close to it," Goss said.
Since Reese's death, the Michigan
wrestling team has adhered to stricter
regulations for training and weight-cut-
ting, whereas other collegiate programs
still may have more lenient rules. This

discrepancy among programs tem-
porarily may have put programs such as
Michigan's at a disadvantage when fac-
ing teams with different rules. The
Michigan wrestling team has lost its last
four matches.
"Now we can all compete at an even
playing field," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "Any weigh-in problems we
were having are now gone and the guys
are really enjoying these changes."
Michigan wrestling captain and All-
America Jeff Catrabone also said lie is
encouraged by the new NCAA guide-
"I think these changes are great said
Catrabone, a Kinesiology senior.
"Michigan made changes first but these
things are very important and should be

NCAA changes:
The use of rubber suits,
saunas and rooms with tempera-
tures exceeding 79 degrees are
Laxatives, fluid restriction and
self-induced vomiting are forbidden.
* Wrestlers must weigh in no
more than two hours before their
first match.
U The use of intravenous hydra-
tion between the time a wrestler
has weighed-in and niatch time is
For the remainder of the
season, a seven-pound allowance
has been implemented for each
weight class, allowing competi-
tors to qualify for their respective
weight classes at higher weights.

C'oning around

Detroit to host
urban summit
on development

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
In step with Detroit's economic
improvements, the President's Council
on Sustainable Development chose the
Motor City for its May 1999 National
Summit on Urban Development.
The summit, which will be chaired
by Vice President Al Gore and attended
by nearly 5,000 leaders from across the
nation, will be "the Super Bowl" of sus-
tainable development talks for the
future, organizers say.
Martin Spitzer, executive director of
the President's Council on Sustainable
Development, said Detroit is an excel-
lent choice because of its redevelop-
ment of riverfront property.
"Detroit offers an opportunity to high-
light some of the excellent work going
on in sustainable development as well as
the challenges that many communities
face all over America," Spitzer said.
SNRE senior Mona Hanna said she
thinks Detroit is an excellent choice for
the conference, but she has concerns
about the city's future development.
"Detroit is an excellent example of
redevelopment," Hanna said. "But I'm
concerned that they may sacrifice the
environment development in the future."
Detroit has been working for years to

redevelop its riverfront area after many
companies abandoned the site, said
Deputy Press Secretary Greg Bowens,
Millions of dollars later, the area is now
seen as one of the great successes of
urban redevelopment.
"Detroit is becoming known as the
redevelopment story of the 20th
Century," Bowens said. "You'd be hard-
pressed to find a city that has faced the
challenges Detroit has faced."
Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer made
the development a priority when he
took office, and he feels the project is
going well, Bowens said.
The conference will focus on the
environmental impact of brownfields
- which are now contaminated former
industrial sites - and ways to trans-
form them into productive sites again.
This includes looking at the impact of
the redevelopment of the areas on all
factors of society, Spitzer said,
"Sustainable development grew out
of the environmental movement,"
Spitzer said. "For our council, the
groups from business and labor need to
face economic, environmental and
social goals together"
Spitzer said the conference will act as
a catalyst for development in the future.
See GORE, Page 7A

Darren Brege and Gilda Hauser, members of the Totally Unrehearsed Theater troupe, perform last
night at the Main Street Comedy Showcase on Liberty Street.

Dentistry students help Medicaid patients

By Erin Holmes
For the Daily
While the Michigan football team estab-
lishes itself as a legend throughout America,
another part of the University is making a
name for itself closer to home.
Each week, Dental graduate students
represent the maize and blue in Battle
Creek as part of a team designed to help
those who rely on Medicaid for their oral
health care needs.
The students travel in pairs to Battle
Creek's Family Health Center, where they
are able to work with dentists to perform
procedures on patients. Jed Jacobson,
School of Dentistry assistant dean for
community and outreach, said the stu-
dents provide basic services that could
save patients from decayed teeth or
infected jaw bones.

The project started to take shape about
two years ago, Jacobson said, when a non-
profit agency in Calhoun County called to
request aid. The caller mentioned com-
plaints about students missing school in
the Battle Creek area due to simple dental
problems. The School of Dentistry began
sending seniors to Battle Creek on a reg-
ular basis in September.
Jacobson said the program has been suc-
cessful because of the willingness of the
dentists and employees at Battle Creek's
Family Health Center to work with the stu-
But Cindy Cooley, director of integrated
services at the Family Health Center, said
the students are responsible for the suc-
cess and positive reception of the pro-
"The students are a pleasure to have

around," Cooley said. "They conduct them-
selves very professionally."
After making the 90-minute trip to
Battle Creek, students spend a day work-
ing one-on-one with Health Center
Cooley said the Health Center treats a high
number of Medicaid recipients. Sixty percent
of the center's patients receive some form of
Medicaid assistance.
But the program is not just a benefit to
the patients. The program permits students
to "gain an understanding of the role and
functions of community health organiza-
tions," said School of Dentistry Dean
William Kotowicz.
Emily Shwedel, a Dental student who par-
ticipated in the program, said she enjoyed
working on her own through all the disci-
plines of dentistry.

Dental student Lori Thomas said working
with the patients one-on-one was beneficial,
and added that it was a good experience to
see a "wide range of procedures" and estab-
lishing contact with various patients through-
out the day.
Students said they perform much more
than dental procedures.
Dental student Jeannie Driscoll said
her experience in Battle Creek helped her
gain confidence in herself and her abili-
ties as a dentist. She added that she
would "beg to go back" if it were possi-
In an effort to expand student-patient
interactions, students this term will be
sent to Battle Creek in one week rota-
tions, allowing them more time with the
patients and to interact in the Battle
See DENTAL, Page 7A

y finds that use of
longer on the rise

429 public and private secondary
nd the nation.
found that while illicit drug use
age groups decreased, the use of
ontinued to rise among 10th and
s. But 1997's increase in marijuana

reflect the increases that we knew that they had
in 8th grade."
Cigarette use dropped very little in the 8th and
10th grade groups, and rose slightly in the 12th
grade group. Overall, cigarette use has increased
since the early '90s, along with most other drugs.

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