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October 01, 1998 - Image 5

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The Michigan Daily -- Thursday, October 1, 1998 -- 5A

From staff and wire reports
Michigan State University's fraterni-
ties and sororities have received a fed-
eral grant to combat high-risk drinking
behaviors and consequences.
The $157,162 grant was one of 10
en to universities across the coun-
by the U.S. Department of
Education's Safe and Drug-Free
Schools Program.
It will be used to pay for educational
programs on responsible drinking, rela-
tionship violence, gender communica-
tions and sexual assault prevention.
It will also finance leadership devel-
opment, a substance abuse expert
speakers series, a media campaign to
reinforce positive messages about
Gek life and increased enforcement
Two defei

' Greeks fight alcohol abuse Last-minute archery practice

Greeks educate community
about dangers of alcohol

of current policies, including better
monitoring of Greek social events.
"We have made important strides
over the last year in educating our com-
munity about the dangers of alcohol
abuse," said MSU Greek Life
Coordinator Billy Molasso. "This
grant will enable us to do even more
and help us focus on the founding val-
ues of the Greek letter organizations:
leadership, service, scholarship and
Michigan State students aren't the

only Greek members seeking to edu-
cate others on the dangers of alcohol
abuse; University Greeks are inform-
ing their members as well.
Bradley Holcman, president of the
University of Michigan's
Interfraternity Council, said that
although the University did not apply
for the federal grant, much is being
done to educate University students
about the dangers of alcohol.
"Our number one goal is to provide
a safe place. If (alcohol abuse) is going

to happen, we need to educate people
on how to provide a safe environment,
Holcman said.
The Panhellenic Association and the
IFC have formed a task force to take a
serious look at the way alcohol is pro-
vided and consumed in the Greek
social scene, Holcman said.
Panhel, IFC and the University
Health Services are sponsoring an
Alcohol Awareness Week in
Also all new Greek students will
attend a convention on Nov. I to
become educated on the effects of
alcohol and drug abuse, Holeman
-Daily staff reporter Melissa
Andrzejak contributed to this report.

idants plead guilty; third to deal

DETROIT (AP) -A sex scandal involving a high-
school class president in a wealthy Detroit suburb
moved closer to ending yesterday.
Two of four former Grosse Pointe North High
Wsol students accused of having sex with underage
g pleaded guilty to lesser charges yesterday. A third
agreed to a similar deal. The fourth defendant had
entered a plea earlier this month.
The outcome was fine with one of the girls, who
attended the hearing.
"That's the one thing I wanted out of all of this. I
wanted them to admit it" she said.
The four youths were charged with statutory rape
after three girls, then 14, claimed they were given
alcohol and had sex with the boys last winter at homes
in Grosse Pointe Woods.
ichigan law defines statutory rape, also called
t2 d degree criminal sexual conduct, as sexual con-
tact with a person aged 13 to 15. It does not require

proof of force or coercion.
Wayne County assistant prosecutor Doug Baker
dropped those charges as part of the plea agreement.
In return, Daniel Raymond, of Grosse Pointe Woods
and his cousin, James Raymond, of Harper Woods,
pleaded guilty yesterday to one misdemeanor charge
of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
In brief statements, both admitted to committing
sex acts with a different girl earlier this year. The fam-
ilies of the two girls told the judge they accepted the
Daniel Raymond apologized to his victim and her
The Raymonds agreed to serve 60-to-90-day jail
terms, and will be sentenced Oct. 26 in Wayne County
Circuit Court.
Robert Cooper, of Grosse Pointe Woods had been
excused from court yesterday, but his attorney said he
would accept the same deal on two counts next

Co-defendant Daniel Granger, pleaded guilty two
weeks ago to the same charge and agreed to serve a
90-to-180-day jail term. Granger, the president of
Grosse Pointe North's 1998 graduating class, will be
sentenced Oct. 14.
It was a photo in the high school's yearbook of
Granger urinating that began the case. During the
school's investigation about how the photo came to be
published, several girls came forward with allegations
of statutory rape.
Stephen Rabaut, the attorney for Daniel Raymond,
said a large part of the plea bargains had been making
sure the defendants would not be required to register
as sex offenders. If convicted as originally charged,
the four could have faced up to 15 years in jail.
"It was a very try-able case, but we decided it was
in (Daniel Raymond's) interest to take the pleas,
Rabaut said.

John Bancroft practices on a three-dimensional deer target from atop a portable
tree stand in Clinton County, Mich. Archery season for deer opens today.

Hondas and Toyotas
Snost stolen cars

DETROIT (AP) - Honda and
Toyota were the most popular makes
among thieves nationwide last year, but
some domestic light trucks made gains
on the latest list of most-stolen vehicles.
The National Insurance Crime
Bureau, in a list to be released today,
says the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry,
Oldsmobile Cutlass, Honda Civic and
bd Mustang were the most stolen
icles in 1997.
They were followed by the Toyota
Corolla, Chevrolet C/K pickup, Nissan
Maxima, Jeep Grand Cherokee and
Ford F-series pickup.
The list is based on 447,007 stolen
vehicle reports submitted to the non-
profit bureau by its member insurance
companies nationwide. The figure rep-
ents 32 percent of all vehicles report-
stolen last year.
The bureau combines theft reports
for all model years of a particular make
and model, unlike a similar annual list
issued by CCC Information Services
Inc. That company, which also tracks

vehicle thefts for the insurance indus-
try, lists the most-stolen vehicles by
model year.
The two lists feature some of the
same cars. CCC reported in March that
nine of the top 10 stolen cars in 1997
were all Toyota Camrys or Honda
Accords. The 10th was the '95 Ford
More popular light trucks appeared
on the bureau's top 25 list: the Chevy
and Ford pickups, Jeep Grand
Cherokee and Cherokee sport utility
vehicles, and the Plymouth Voyager and
Dodge Caravan minivans.
The lists of most-stolen vehicles usu-
ally lag sales trends by several years. As
a popular model ages and demand for
its parts rises, it moves up on the theft
"Vehicle thieves are not trendsetters,"
said Ed Sparkman, senior vehicle theft
manager for the bureau. "They usually
go for the most popular vehicles
because they provide the best market
for stolen auto parts."

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