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DRINKING
Continued from Page 1A
Assistant City Attorney Susan
Cameron said the first group of 50
underage students appearing in
court this week were given the
option of a plea bargain.
Under the plea, offenders agree
to attend a
two-hour
alcohol pre- " think (C
vourst nd, death) ist
in return,
their driving reason tne
w o u l d oing io1t."
r e m a i n
clean.
"T h e
class will
include information about the dif-
ferent levels of drug abuse, the
effects of binge drinking, gender-
specific motivations for drinking
and safety issues such as driving,
poor judgment and date rape,"
Cameron said.

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"I believe for the foreseeable
future we're going to be offering
this for first time offenders only,"
Cameron said.
Cameron said all but three stu-
dents accepted the plea option.
LSA first-year student Amy Roth
said she believes the police crack-
down is related to the death of
Courtney
Cantor, a
intor's University
first-year
Ile only student.
Cantor was
police are not legally
intoxicat-
ed, but
- Amy Roth consumed
LSA first-year student a l c o h o l
prior to
falling
from her sixth floor residence hall
window.
"I think (Cantor's death) is the
only reason the police are doing
it," Roth said. "I think, in a year,
they won't care so much any-
more."

Housing ends
restriction on upper-
class students
HOUSING
Continued from Page 1A
determine whether you can return at all or not," Levy said. "It is simply for
rank order."
Housing plans to make residence hall floor plans available on the Web this
year, Levy said. This new feature will allow housing reapplicants to find in
advance rooms they may or may not prefer, such as those by stairs or bath-
rooms.
Because architecture differs greatly from residence hall to residence hall,
and because the current floor plans are very old, Levy said that putting the
floor plans on the Web will be difficult.
"It is a daunting task, but we know people are very interested in this," he
said.
Carrie Taub, president of the Residence Halls Association, said she was
pleased that juniors and seniors could return to the residence halls next year.
She added that she was not surprised about the uproar from students creat-
ed last year when upperclass students were unable to re-apply for housing.
"The community you have in individual residence halls is something that
brings students back," she said. "You can't get that as much in apartments or
houses."
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should be prepared to show identification when purchasing alcohol.

Regents respond to alcohol concerns

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By Erin Holmes
and Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporters
Last month, University President Lee Bollinger
opened the Board of Regents meeting with a
solemn announcement of the death of a student.
Yesterday - a little more than a month after
LSA first-year student Courtney Cantor fell from
her sixth-floor residence hall window after she was
seen drinking at a party at the Phi Delta Theta fra-
ternity - some regents and administrators said
they are still uncertain of the best way to address
the problem of underage drinking.
"This is the kind of areawhere progress doesn't
come from setting rules," Provost Nancy Cantor
said. "We need to determine ways in which to be
helpful."
Although police raids and increased education
on the effects of binge drinking have characterized
the campus wide crackdown on alcohol consump-
tion, Regent Daniel Horning (R-Grand Haven) said
individual responsibility is the more important
issue and should be taken seriously.
He applauded the University's creation of the
Binge Drinking Task Force - a group of adminis-

trators and faculty formed by Vice President for
Student Affairs Maureen Hartford in early October
to combat underage drinking in residence halls.
"This problem is sweeping across the nation,"
Horning said. "I commend the University for their
formation of the task force."
But Horning said he isn't certain that combating
underage alcohol consumption simply with stricter
regulations is the best answer.
"The majority of students who come to the
University have reached the age of 18 and should
be mature enough to make their own conscious
decisions;' Horning said.
"In Michigan, you have to be 21 to legally consume
alcoholic beverages, and those under 21 are taking a
risk," he said.
Over the past two weekends, the Ann Arbor
Police Department has broken up both fraternity
and individual house parties where alcohol was
being served to niinors. AAPD officers handed out
133 Minor in Possession of alcohol citations during
the past two weekends.
"I'm not condoning police security for 'crashing
parties.' Drinking is the responsibility of the stu-
dents," Horning said.

The issue of alcohol was not discussed at yester-
day's regent meeting, but Hartford said she will
speak about the task force when the regents recon-
vene this morning for the second day of the meet-
ing.
As national attention to drinking on college cam-
puses continues at full speed, Regent Olivia Maynard
(D-Goodrich) said that although the University must
actively seek ways to get people talking about alcohol-
related issues, personal responsibility is integral to
combating binge drinking.
"You don't want to tell people what to do, but
you want to have the ability to talk about it so peo-
ple can make wise decisions, not fatal decisions,"
Maynard said.
The task force, which has met twice since its first
meeting on Oct. 12, addressed the problem of one-
night drinking and the reality that most University
students are tempted to drink occasionally.
"It's unrealistic to think that someone would
resist one drink," Hartford said earlier this month.
"But we wouldn't be having these problems if it
was only one drink."
Maynard said it is important to understand the
necessity of knowing personal limits.

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By Lauren Gibbs
Daily Staff Reporter
Election '98 has come and passed.
The results of yesterday's Michigan
Student Assembly and LSA Student
vemment elections are being tallied
and the Interfraternity Council and
the Panhellinic Association have elect-
ed a new executive board.
Panhellenic Association delegates
from each of the 16 sororities made
Cindy Faulk from Delta Gamma the new
president. In her speech, Cindy said, "We
need to band together as a Greek com-
munity to fight the problems on campus.
Coming together is the only way to suc-
ceed"
* he recognized the problems facing
Greek system in light of the recent
crackdown on student drinking.
"I am a proud member of the Greek
system. The negative aspects have been
the focus," Faulk said. "I want to.show
the positive side to the community, the

faculty and the students."
Along with Panhel, the new IFC
board was elected. Rohith Reddy of Phi
Gamma Delta is the new president.
"We need a lot of internal work right
now, pushing the external issues aside
and work together as a group, to get us
out of the precarious situation that we
are in. I will work with every single
chapter president to figure out what
must be done," Reddy said.
Brad Holcman, current president of
IFC, said he believes Reddy will do a
good job with the presidency.
"It was very tight race, and I have
every confidence in him. He is very
passionate and will be an extremely
good representative of the Greek com-
munity," Holcman said.
Mary Gray, the current president of
Panhel said she is very excited for Faulk
and what she will do for the Greek sys-
tem.
"She did a great job as president of

Delta Gamma this past year, and she
will really be an asset to the board," she
said.
Also elected to the Panhel executive
board was Juliet Chiarella, of Sigma
Kappa, in the position of executive vice
president.
Branton Cole of Alpha Delta Phi was
elected executive vice president.
Members of the Greek Social
Environment Task Force are working to
better help educate the members of the
Greek system about the inherent risks
involved in drinking. They are trying to
come to an agreement to keep the mem-
bers safe as well as happy, Faulk said.
"I am excited to work further with
the task force, and I am sure that they
will be doing great things," she said.
Both Holeman and Gray emphasized
the new importance put on the position
of vice president of social responsibili-
ty for IFC and the social chair of
Panhel.

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