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October 2, 1998


U' forms
task force
By Erin Holms
Daily Staff Reporter
Heavy weekend partying may be a
way of life for some in college, but
University administrators are trying
to decrease the number of first-year
students who drink in the residence
,o help reduce the occurrence of
erage drinking on campus, Vice
President for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford has commissioned a binge
drinking task force specifically target-
ing these first-year students who use
alcohol in their residence hall rooms.
"We've come up with a group of
rather stellar people to take actual
steps toward lowering binge drink-
ing," Hartford said, adding that rep-
resentatives from the University
jalth Services and Housing
Wision also are involved in the
small task force - the first of its
kind at the University.
Alcohol and Other Drug
Education Coordinator Marsha
Benz said the University defines
binge drinking as consuming five or
more drinks on one occasion.
Hartford said the number of students
who "drink to get drunk" has consis-
ly been higher at the University -
percent of students, according to a
recent survey - than the average num-
ber across the nation.
"We need to see if we're doing
everything we can to educate these stu-
dents, to see if we can limit drinking'
Hartford said.
Benz said the task force is
"extremely focused" and will meet
monthly to talk about substance
abuse problems.
*We're trying to look at what we can
do that has been effective at other
places,' Benz said. "I'm hoping for
fresh ideas in our meetings"
The formation of the task force
coincides with Congressional
approval of legislation allowing col-
leges to notify parents when stu-
dents under 21 commit an alcohol
can Esteban McCabe, assistant
the vice president for student
affairs, said the University's plan for
the binge drinking task force was in
the works before the U.S. legislation
was approved, but the task force will
See DRINKING, Page 5
UT mm
Seusan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
Following a dramatic drop in the num
ity students at the University of Texas a
admission policies have spurred a slig
diversity at the school this year.
After the state of Texas was forced t
use of race in its admission's practices
Hopwood v The University of Texas dec

under Code


kcks off
By Paul Berg
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor music scene, though diverse, has a
special proximity to Detroit, the city that fans of the
genre call "the home of techno."
The 24th annual International Computer Music
Conference 1998 began a six-day event series in Ann
Arbor yesterday, and the University's flock of elec-
tronically generated music listeners - and those
merely curious - will have an opportunity to be a
part of the largest gathering of this type in the world.
"People are beginning to re-conceive what music
is," said Stephen Arnold, president of the
International Computer Music Association. "At any
time in history the technology has affected music."
The ICMA, along with the University, is sponsor-
ing the conference, which ends Oct. 6 and features
concerts, displays, demonstrations and a series of lec-
tures on composition techniques, ethical issues and
technological capabilities.
"This community that is here this week has pio-
neered a lot of the technology that has made popular
electronic music what it is," said Arnold, head of the
School of Music at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
"This is a music festival on one hand and a scientific
conference on the other."
The conferences includes free performances at
Rackham Auditorium from 3 and 8 p.m. today, with
the afternoon show changing its line-up for each day
of.the conference. On Monday and Tuesday, there
also will be free concerts at the Rackham Auditorium
at 1 p.m.
Evening shows will move to the Power Center start-

ABOVE: Dancer and choreographer Celesta Harastzl
dances yesterday with sensors attached to her body
that convert muscle movement into computer music,
RIGHT: Research scientist and University of Illinois com-
poser Robin Bargar explains virtual sound yesterday.
ing Saturday and running through Tuesday. The artists
will change from night to night, and each Power
Center show will be $6.
"There's internationally famous performers, along
with local talent," said Mary Simoni, conference
chair and ICMA conference coordinator. "Our pur-
pose is to really integrate science and the arts."
Local performers include the resident professional
company of the University dance department, Ann
Arbor Dance Works; Music Director for the
University's dance department Stephen Rush; Ann
Arbor Symphony orchestra third flute Tamara
Thweatt; and conductor of Ann Arbor's Brave New
Works Music Series Chris Kim.
Performers in computer music also have gathered
from around the world, including such diverse loca-
tions as Seoul, Korea and Copenhagen, Denmark.
"The ICMC is about putting expression beside the
most current research, but it's the art that can grab the
See MUSIC, Page 2

By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
Jason Brooks, an offensive lineman on
the Michigan football team and a
Kinesiology sophomore, has been disci-
plined under the University's Code of
Student Conduct for sexually assaulting a
female University student, the victim told
The Michigan Daily.
Brooks accepted
responsibility for
four Code viola-
tions last week,
said the victim, a
University sopho-
more who asked
not to be identified.
The four counts
are: physically \
harming another
person; sexuallyB
assaulting or sexually harassing another
person; illegally possessing, using, dis-
tributing, manufacturing or selling
alcohol or other drugs; and violating
state or federal law if such action has a
serious impact on the University com-
Assistant Athletic Director for Media
Relations Bruce Madej said Brooks -
who was red-shirted as a first-year stu-
dent last season - was not eligible to
play in the football team's first four
games of the season because of a "team
violation." But, Madej said the sopho-
more is eligible to play in tomorrow's
game against Iowa.
"I assume he is (playing) because he
is listed as one of our backups now,"
Madej said.
Brooks could not be reached for
The Code is the University's internal
discipline system. It's sanctions range
from educational discipline to expul-
The incident that spurred the victim
to file a Code complaint in Marcfh
occurred Feb. 21, 1998.
Shortly after she filed a police report
with the Department of Public Safety,
the victim said she filed a Code com-
plaint using the same statement she
made in the police report.
According to the DPS document, the
victim was walking home from a party
to her South Quad residence hall room
shortly after 3 a.m. when she encoun-
tered Brooks and a friend. The two
approached her. Brooks put his arm
around the victim, which made her ner-
vous, so she tried to walk faster.
As she approached a door leading into
the residence hall, Brooks' friend
blocked the victim from swiping her M-
Card through the detector. Some words
were exchanged, and then Brooks kissed
the victim against her will. He then asked
if he could come up to her dorm room
with her. When she told him no, he asked
for her phone number, according to her
accounts on the DPS report.
"Unfortunately, I was entirely terri-
fied and so many things were running
through my mind over what these two
men would do to me, that I actually
wrote down my phone number and gave
it to him" the report states.
According to the DPS record, Brooks
asked the victim to have sex with him.

Then he forced her to fondle him and
asked her to perform oral sex on him.
She claims he also asked her to go back
to his room with him and he forcibly
kissed her again. After the victim
refused to go with Brooks, he and his
friend left and the victim went into her
residence hall, the report states.
The document states that Brooks
called the victim three times within the
week following the incident.
Six sanctions were placed on Brooks,
the victim said.
Brooks must continue substance
abuse counseling and provide record of
the counseling.
Brooks cannot have any contact
with the complainant.
Brooks cannot enter any campus
residence hall, with the exception of
South Quad Residence Hall for specif-
ic football functions. At those times, he
must enter and exit from a pre-deter-
mined door.
Brooks must complete individual
counseling until it is deemed no longer
Brooks cannot have any contact
with the complainant in an educational
setting. For instance, if they register for
the same class, Brooks must drop it.
Brooks must abide by all Athletic
Department disciplinary actions, which
include substance abuse counseling and
restriction from participating on the
football team.
The victim said she plans to appeal the
decision reached under the Code because
she feels the matter was mishandled and
she did not fulfill her objective.
"Going into the (Code) process, all
I wanted was for Jason Brooks to be
removed from the football team," the
victim said.
University officials refused to com-
ment about the details of the case. They
are prohibited under federal law from
publicly releasing the names of anyone
involved in Code proceedings.
The three-person appeals panel com-
prised of a University faculty member,
an administrator and a student can alter
the original sanctions placed on
She said she decided to file a Code
complaint in addition to the one she
filed in a Washtenaw County court
because Brooks violated not only her
safety, but her rights as a member of the
University community.
"The court sanctions took care of my
safety," she said, but the legal system
couldn't go much further.
"When he chose to do that, he for-
feited his rights and privileges to be a
member of that team," she said.
He added that all disciplinary actions
taken against Brooks as a football player
were made in compliance with the
The victim said she hopes the appeals
process will result in the removal of
Brooks from the football team. But she
also said she hopes it will shed more light
onto how Code cases are handled.
"What is most important to me at this
point with the Code is that the com-
plainant's rights are viewed as slightly
more important than they were in my
See BROOKS, Page 3

ority admissions increase

nber of minor-
at Austin, new
ht increase in
o abandon the
following the
vision in 1996,

the University of Texas System campuses experienced
rge drop in minority applicants.
ut this year's statistics at the University of Texas at
Austin look a little more optimistic, said Marsha
Moss, associate vice president and director of
University of Texas's Office of Institutional Studies.
Moss said "overall, the entering class is more
diverse than last year's."
UT at Austin's class of 2002 is 10 percent smaller

than last year's incoming class, Moss said, adding that
the decrease is the result of a conscious effort to
downsize the class.
Associate Director of the University of Texas Office
of Admissions Augustine Garza said the university
noticed a decrease in the minority makeup of its '97
incoming class.
But Garza said 65.4 percent of the members in the
enrolled class of 2002 are white, compared to 67.1
percent of the incoming class in fall '97.
The percentage of blacks has increased from the fall
of '97 - from 2.5 percent to 2.8 percent in the fall '98.
Asians make up 17.1 percent of the enrolled class,
while 12.1 percent enrolled last year were of Asian
Garza attributed the increase in minority enrollment
to the school's "top 10 percent admissions law," which
has allowed the university to focus its recruitment activ-

ities and attract a diverse and qualified incoming class.
The "top 10 percent law" grants automatic admis-
sion to all Texans who graduate in the top 10 percent
of their high school class.
Garza said this year the university practiced a more
aggressive outreach to all potential students, regard-
less of race, to attract minority students.
"We (have) to treat everybody the same," Garza
said. "We were allowed to target underrepresented
communities for recruitment purposes."
Garza said he believes that in the next couple of
years, UT will continue to increase minority enroll-
ment since students will know the expected criteria
and will work to reach the school's standards.
"I think we are going to continue to outreach, visit-
ing schools and continue campus visiting program,"
Garza said, adding that he would add more people to
See TEXAS, Page 5

Michigan vs. Iowa
No. 25 Michigan (2-2) vs. unranked Iowa (2-2)

Politicians support
ballot initiatives

Kinnick Stadium (cap. 70,397)
Tomorrow at 3:30
ichigan by 10
ABC (channel 7)
Last Year:
Michigan 28, Iowa 24


By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Debbie Fusilier's 7-year-old son
looked up as Detroit Mayor Dennis
Archer climbed into a tractor outside
Ann Arbor's Farmer's Market yesterday,
while she wondered if her son would
ever get the chance to own a tractor of
his own.
At a press conference yesterday
afternoon, Archer joined forces with
farmers and local politicians to voice
his support for two ballot initiatives
designed to preserve Michigan's agri-

land at the rate of 10 acres per hour and
said "unplanned" urban sprawl is
diverting resources from Michigan
cities. He said it is inefficient to rebuild
the sewers, public works and cultural
infrastructure that already exist in
urban areas.
"We cannot save our farmland unless
we save our cities and the reverse also
holds true," Archer said. "Proposal 1
and the Clean Michigan Initiative are
critical for the future: to build jobs, to
control urban sprawl, to increase envi-
ronmental safety."

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