One hundred seven years of editorital freedom
January 16, 1998
y Peter Meyers
)aily Staff Reporter
Hoping to memorialize the life of a
ormer resident adviser, staffers at
ary Markley residence hall will
ename one of the building's lounges in
or of Arati Sharangpani.
harangpani was killed when Comair
ight 3272 crashed outside Detroit
etropolitan Airport on Jan. 9, 1997.
Il 29 passengers and crew members
lied in the crash. Markley staffers will
ormally change the name of the
oncourse Lounge to the Sharangpani
ounge later this semester.
The mission to dedicate the lounge
as led by T. Rose Roane, the coordi-
nator of residence
wanted to do
would be remem-
She said most
harangpani have a high
over rate and house primarily first-
ear students and sophomores. Because
f this, residents who knew
'harangpani are quickly dispersing,
eaving few people at Markley who
emember her. Establishing akperma-
lent memorial is important, Roane
Those who knew Sharangpani
lescribed her as a friendly, outgoing
*Arati was a ray of sunshine," said
LSA senior Sama Faik, who worked as
i co-resident adviser with Sharangpani.
She always walked around with a
'mile on her face."
Sharangpani, a Business senior,
orked as an RA in the 21st Century
rogram for two years. Through her
ork, she both proctored her hall and
ed classes to acclimate first-year stu-
See LOUNGE, Page 2
College graduates and Ph.D. recipi-
ents are not having as much sex as
those with less education, according to
a recent study.
The study, which was conducted by
the University of Chicago's National
Opinion Research Center, found that
people with high school diplomas and
those with some college education have
te sex than those with college or
"Americans who have attended grad-
uate school may have the money and
the smarts, but they report being the
least sexually active educational
group," said the study's authors, John
Robinson of the University of
Maryland and Geoffrey Godbey of
Pennsylvania State University.
The study also concluded that people
who worked long hours and/or watched
*t of television had more sex. The
researchers found that gun owners and
those who lack confidence in the pres-
ident also have intercourse more fre-
Assistant biology Prof. and
Michigan Society Fellow Mark Siddall,
who teaches courses on the biology of
sex at the University, said the items
linked in the study probably are not part
of a cause-and-effect relationship.
@One might be inclined to conclude
that having a college education makes
you sexy, but that getting a graduate
degree is going to diminish your sex
drive," Siddall said. "God forbid that a
balding graduate student starts taking
Reese requested weigh-in
From staff and wire reports
Ninety minutes before his death, Jefferey Reese,
the Michigan wrestler who died Dec. 9 while try-
ing to shed extra pounds the day before a big
match, asked his coach to delay a weigh-in until
the next morning.
"Jeff had asked me if he could delay his weigh-
in to the following morning. Since (another
wrestler) had already certified at that weight class,
Jeff knew the team was covered at 153 (pounds),"
Assistant Coach Joe McFarland said in a Dec. 12
statement to police, which was obtained by The
Detroit News yesterday under a Freedom of
Information Act request.
"I reminded Jeff that he would have to be certi-
fied this evening as scheduled or would not be able
Reese, a Kinesiology junior, was trying to shed
17 pounds to compete in the 150-pound weight
class. At 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, Reese was still 1 .7
pounds from his desired weight, the statement to
police said. Reese then asked McFarland if he
could delay the weigh-in until the next morning,
but instead he continued to work out for about 90
minutes while the rest of his team left for dinner.
The statement to police indicates that Reese was
wearing a "sauna suit," cotton sweat pants and a
blue stocking cap while he rode a stationary bike
in a 92-degree room. He also
sat in a sauna twice for two-
minute periods. At about 8
p.m., Reese collapsed while'
making his way toward a
scale. He was pronounced
dead less than an hour later.
Reese's father said he is still,
considering suing the
Washtenaw County prosec-
tuors already have cleared R
McFarland of wrongdoing in Reese
"They didn't do all they could or should have to
prevent Jeff's death,' Ed Reese said. Reese, a
junior, also told his girlfriend that he hadn't eaten
the day before the workout, the report said.
In the wake of Reese's death, the Athletic
Department formed a task force to look into
changes in the wrestling program. The task force
first announced seven recommended changes to
the program in December, including banning the
use of rubber suits.
Yesterday, the task force met again and recom-
mended that there be a re-evaluation of existing
weight classes to make the sport safer. In addition
to weight-assessment and monitoring, the task
force also discussed how to educate individuals
involved in the program in hopes of making the
sport safer on all fronts.
Neurosurgeon Stephen Papadopoulos, a mem-
ber of the Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics, said current weight classes may not
accommodate today's wrestlers since guidelines
were set decades ago.
"We probably need more weight classes and the
weight classes need to be changed," Papadopoulos
Athletic Director Tom Goss said doctors and
members of the board will meet with Michigan
wrestlers, coaches and trainers as early as Tuesday
to outline the new weight-assessment and monitor-
ing practices the University already approved.
"We are going to be with these guys at practice
and we want to support them all the way, but we
are not there to police them,' Goss said.
"This is still a tough time, and people tend to for-
get there was a death involved here, but this board is
going to support those guys, and make their sport
safer for them,' Goss said. "We want to do this right."
Before Reese's death, there were two other col-
legiate wrestlers who died while trying to cut
weight. Both Billy Saylor from Campbell
University in North Carolina and Joseph LaRosa
from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
died after vigorous workouts.
"We need to do some education of our coaching
staff, administrators and student athletes about
weight loss, practice, nutrition and healthy compe-
tition," Papadopoulos said.
Papadopoulos said that although the process of
making the Michigan wrestling program safer has
See WRESTLING, Page 2
Out of this world
top 'U' posts
By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily Staff Reporter
Consistent with University President Lee Bollinger's steps
to build his own team of administrators, the University Board
of Regents voted yesterday to combine two positions, adapt
another and fill a third post.
The regents recognized the new combined position of sec-
retary and vice president for University relations, appointed
the vice president for research and approved the new dean of
the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
"''m very pleased with the people who have been prepared
to join the administration, "Bollinger said.
Walter Harrison, vice president for
University relations, officially took on a
new title - and all of its responsibilities
-- when the regents added the duties of
secretary of the University to the post
Harrison has held for the past nine years.
The position of secretary was held by
Roberta Palmer until Jan. I of this year.
For the next six months, Palmer will serve
as special adviser to the president, a posi- Harrison
tion created specifically for her.
"Roberta has served admirably (as secretary) and will take
care of other things that need to be done,' Bollinger said.
The secretary of the University's duties include acting as a
liaison between the regents and the rest of the University
community, and overseeing uses of the official University
seal on documents and diplomas.
"Working with the University relations is, in many ways, a
natural fit with working with the regents," Bollinger said.
"It's a common base of knowledge and experience."
The position of secretary was created in 1994 by former
University President James Duderstadt after the retirement of
Richard Kennedy, former University secretary and vice pres-
ident for government relations.
"We felt the multiple concerns of our external relations
with Lansing, Washington and the media tended to overload
the position of the secretary," Duderstadt said. "As the state
and federal activities became more complex, (Kennedy) felt
a bit of an overload."
Although Harrison's responsibilities will increase, he will
not receive a raise in pay.
"I'm extremely flattered to have been asked by the presi-
dent and the regents to fill this roll;' said Harrison, adding
that Bollinger proposed the position to him about a week ago.
"I said I would accept it with a great deal of eagerness to get
Interim Vice President for Research Frederick Neidhardt
was appointed to serve as vice president for research until
"I've been four years in the office and have come to have
such a high regard for the people that are in it" Neidhardt
Neidhardt said he wants to keep his position for several
reasons, including avoiding a rushed appointment for the
position and simply for personal enjoyment.
"I have to confess, it is fun,' Neidhardt said. "There is a lot
See REGENTS, Page 9
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become the oldest human to travel in space. See story, Page 2.
Lawsuits give new meaning to
MLK Day symposium festivities
By Rachel Edelman
Daily Staff Reporter
This year's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Symposium at the University features hundreds
of events focusing on King's legacy and ideas.
But this year's activities have an additional sig-
nificance in light of the two lawsuits filed
against University admissions policies.
"The symposium gives us an opportunity to
reflect on the life of Rev. King and the things
he stood for," said Assistant Provost John
Matlock, the director of the Office of
Academic and Multicultural Initiatives.
Lester Monts, associate provost for academ-
ic and multicultural affairs, said the sympo-
sium has gained importance because of recent
lawsuits challenging the University's admis-
"This year, the observance of MLK Day has
particular significance at the University of
Michigan," Lester Monts said. "In light of the
lawsuits that have been filed challenging our
admissions policies in the Law School and
LSA, we must pay particular attention to the
forces that will set us back decades."
The symposium, expected to draw more than
12,000 people, features hundreds of events and
planned activities. Highlights include keynote
speaker and Harvard Prof. Cornell West, author
of the best-selling book "Race Matters" and con-
sidered one of the nation's pre-eminent African
American intellectuals; lectures by Dolores
Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers
Union, and John Trudell, the national chair of the
American Indian Movement; and a concert by
the Boys' Choir of Harlem._
Many symposium events will focus on issues
relating to affirmative action, Matlock said.
An affirmative action colloquium, featuring
University Provost Nancy Cantor, Law Prof.
Charles Ogletree, rap artist Chuck D., and oth-
ers will take place Monday.
"I think that (the symposium) is historical for
this university and nationwide, especially in light
of the lawsuit,"said LSA first-year student Lensi
Goshu. "It's important for people to understand
that we should have equal rights. It's a celebra-
tion of differences, but we're all equal"
See MLK, Page 9
Inside: See a list of events honoring Martin
Luther King, Jr. on Page 9.
Students coordinate dance marathon
Ashes to ashes
By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
It's not every day students can raise thousands of dollars by
stepping onto a dance floor.
Inspired by a desire to help sick children, a group of
student leaders got together last fall to organize the first
Michigan Dance Marathon, which planners hope will
become an annual event. After securing corporate spon-
Inder Singh, the event's executive director, said a
diverse spectrum of campus groups will help achieve
Dance Marathon's mission - to raise money for sick chil-
dren in need. Several fraternities and sororities, the LSA
Student Government, the Indian American Students
Association and Project Serve are a few of the groups that
have agreed to participate.
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