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One hundred eight years of editoradfreedom

December 4, 1998




By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
The University has revoked its admission of
Daniel Granger, the Grosse Pointe Woods
teenager who is serving a jail sentence for hav-
in sex with three 14-year-old girls.
n an Oct. 30 letter Provost Nancy Cantor
sent to Granger, Cantor informed Granger that
she concurred with a four-person University
fact-finding team's recommendation to termi-
nate Granger's admission.
"The Team concludes that ... Daniel's
matriculation poses a threat to the health and
safety of members of our community, and his
matriculation is not appropriate in light of the
University's standards for the judgment and
c cter of incoming students, the committee's
After Granger had been charged with statu-
tory rape this summer, the University suspended
his admission for the fall semester and stated

that his matriculation for the winter term was
pending a University investigation.
Granger and three friends initially were
charged with statutory rape. Each later pleaded
guilty to a misdemeanor charge of
conspiracy to contribute to the delin-
quency of a minor.
"We're deeply disappointed in
the University's decision," said
Daniel's father, Rick Granger. "I had
expected the University to be more
consistent in their policies, so yes, I
was surprised."
Rick Granger said that consider-
ing the fact that other University stu-
dents have been found guilty of mis- Granger
demeanor charges and are still able
to attend the University, he wonders if the
University had an additional agenda when
deciding his son's admission.
Rick Granger said his family is interested in

getting Granger into school as soon as possible.
Granger's jail sentence at the William Dickerson
Detention Center in Hamtramck is scheduled to
end Feb. 3. He entered the center Oct. 14.
Cantor and several University offi-
cials involved in Granger's admissions
refused to comment on it. Granger's
academic records, including whether he
even applied to the University, are pro-
tected under the federal Family
Education Rights and Privacy Act,
University spokesperson Julie Peterson
One committee member, Esrold
Nurse, assistant dean for student acade-
mic affairs, said the team's report incor-
porated a great deal of information.
"I think it reflects the committee's recom-
mendation and shows what we did," Nurse said.
What the fact-finding team did was examine
seven sources of information, including legal

documents regarding Granger's court case and
two meetings between Granger, his parents and
University officials.
After reviewing all of the information, the
committee divided its findings into six parts.
"Daniel showed poor judgment and character
in the activities to which he admitted, i.e., under-
age drinking, sex with partners under the age of
consent, and making sexual innuendoes in an
educational setting" the report states. "These
activities demonstrate especially poor judgment
character in light of Daniel's description of him-
self as a leader and role model."
The University reviewed the Grosse Pointe
North High School's findings. According to the
University's report, the high school found
Granger guilty of sexual harassment and disre-
spect to others under the its Code of Student
These findings, the committee determined,
reflect "negatively on Daniel's character and

raises a serious question as to whether Daniel's
presence on our campus poses a threat to the
welfare of others."
The committee members also stated in the
report that Granger did not convince them that
he was remorseful or appreciative for the conse-
quences his actions have on others - a failure
on his part, the report concludes.
"in both of his meetings (Aug. 31 and Oct.
13. 1998) with the University, Daniel demon-
strated a lack of self-reflection and an unwill-
ingness to accept full responsibility for his own
inappropriate actions:" the report states.
In addition to recommending the University
revoke Granger's admission, the committee sug-
gested that if Granger decides to re-apply to the
University, "he should be required to provide
sufficient evidence that he has positively
addressed the issues describe in these findings."
Granger must prove that "he is a responsible
See GRANGER, Page 2

Ssna Rafoq
Staff Reporter
With some campus sororities and
fraternities not adopting a trial bring-
your-own beverage policy for fraternity
parties, the University Greek commu-
nity now is exploring other ways of
tackling alcohol-related problems.
The Greek Social Environment
Task Force, organized by the
Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic
Sgety, plans to submit a report next
F~iy summarizing its findings about
campus drinking and its recommenda-
tions for measures of action.
Sororities and fraternities will begin
voting to revise the current alcohol pol-
icy in January.
"We're not going to eliminate the
fun," said Brad Holcman,
lnterfraternity Council President. But
with some changes in the alcohol poli-
c "the risk and worriness (of having
p es) will decrease."
Last December, campus sororities
signed an agreement to institute a
BYOB policy effective Jan. 1, 1998. A
month later, they were joined in the
policy by many fraternities.
But when the trial period ended in
February, the BYOB policy was not re-
instituted. Implementing the policy
proved to be difficult.
"It was a big jump" Holcman said.
See BYOB, Page 2
tots filed
LANSING (AP)- When it comes
to running for governor, Democrat
Geoffrey Fieger put his money where
his mouth is.
The fiery attorney pumped $5.35
million of his own money into his cam
paignf between March and early
November, pouring in more than a mil-
lion a week in the final weeks before
the Nov. 3 election.
verall, the Fieger campaign spent
$ y million, according to campaign
finance reports filed yesterday. The
reports show Fieger counted his own
contributions as loans.
'If 1 choose to run for another
office, I don't think that will be a prob-
lem" repaying the loans from new con-
tributions, he said. "You leave it opens
He adds that Democratic guberna-
to jal candidate "Larry Owen was
tying his campaign for a year" after
failing to win the 1994 Democratic pri-
mary. Owen lost to Fieger in this year's
Democratic primary.
Despite Fieger's deep pockets, Gov'
John Engler won the November elec-
tion 62 percent to 38 percent. Reports
show, that Eniler reeived $2 million in

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Michigan League for the
annual St. Joe's Holiday.
Ball, to be held
tomorrow. RIght: Cher-e
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of the League with pine
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for thed"n.f

East Lansing
bar charged
after death
Liquor commission slaps
Rick's with four charges

By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
Rick's American Cafe in East
Lansing received notification of
official charges brought against it
by Michigan's Liquor Control
Commission yesterday.
The bar served Brad
McCue, a Michigan State
University parks and
recreation junior who
died on his 21st birthday
after drinking 24 shots of
liquor in two hours.
Four charges were
filed related to McCue's
Selling, serving,
furnishing, or giving ON C
away liquor to someone
who is visibly intoxicat-
U Allowing an intoxicated person
to consume alcohol on the premises
Allowing an intoxicated person
to frequent or loiter on the premis-
Giving away alcoholic liquor
After charges such as these are
filed, the bar has two options.
It may either acknowledge the
violations or request a hearing if it
is not in agreement with the allega-
The bar's case will go to a hear-
ing, which has not yet been sched-
It has not been determined
whether the charges might affect the
Rick's location in Ann Arbor.
Rick's American Cafe's Attorney
John Doyle said the bar chose to
request a hearing because they do
not agree any violation was made.


"We are still looking into the mat-
ter," Doyle said. "We don't believe
Rick's did anything wrong."
Doyle said Rick's American Cafe
management believes its staff han-
dIed the situation as they should
"The staff is trained
SKING to spot people who are
visibly intoxicated and
to stop serving them at
that point," he said.
MSU's Coordinator
of Alcohol and Other
Drug Education Cathy
Neuman said she is
pleased to see action
taken against the estab-
RH S lishment responsible
for serving McCue, but
that isn't the only
"We have to approach it from
many different directions," Neuman
said. "It is important to make sure
personnel in a bar know not to assist
in continuing to serve someone who
is drunk."
Other areas that must be covered
include educating drinkers on the
dangers of alcohol poisoning,
Neuman said.
One way to change people's atti-
tudes toward drinking - especially
those of new students - would be
for bars to offer fewer drinking spe-
cials, she said.
"We don't want them thinking
this is a place where you come and
drink to get drunk," she said.
Employees of Rick's American
Cafe in East Lansing would not
comment on the allegations released
to them yesterday.

History prof. lectures on ethics
and morality in U.S. politics

By Jewel Gopwanl
Daily Staff Reporter
Sex, lies and politics were up for discus-
sion last night in the Pendelton Room of
the Michigan Union where history assistant
Prof. David Fitzpatrick gave a lecture titled
"A Contradiction in Terms? Ethics and
Morality in American Politics."
Hosted by LSA Student Government and
the Undergraduate Political Science
Association, the lecture attracted more
than 60 students and faculty, who listened
intently to Fitzpatrick.
"We thought it would be interesting,
given what is going on with Bill Clinton,"

"I don't want to turn this into Clinton
bashing," Fitzpatrick said.
"I'd like to suggest to you that patterns of
ethical breakdowns should tell us some-
thing about the person and that ought to
disturb us."
Fitzpatrick proceeded to discuss Joe
McCarthy, Richard Nixon and John F.
Kennedy and their ethical backgrounds.
"Joe McCarthy had a long career of lying
in politics," Fitzpatrick said. "This should
have been predictable given his back-
Fitzpatrick's analysis of Kennedy's ethics
was more relevant to the current political

"Americans have an appalling habit of
voting on image and not on substance," he
"Both Clinton and Kennedy are men of
image and almost no substance."
LSA first-year student Liz Maulk, one of
Fitzpatrick's students, appreciated his mes-
"It's true, you can even see it in your
friends and foes around you."
Yesterday's lecture was a part of LSA-
SG's Distinguished LSA Faculty Lecture
"The main purpose of this lecture series


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