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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 20, 1999 - 5

Study reveals students'
varied definitions of sex

Baby sitting

By Geard Cohn-Vdgnaud
-aily Staff Reporter
When the political pundits took to the television circuit last
year to ridicule President Clinton's assertion that oral sex was
not really sex, June Reinisch already knew many Americans
accepted the distinction between the two forms of intimacy.
"We were concerned that people were making statements
of fact that weren't supported by data," said Reinisch, who
co-authored an article published today in the Journal of the
American Medical Association.
The study conducted in 1991 by Reinisch, director emeri-
ta of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, and col-
leagues found 60 percent of those surveyed did not consider
lral sex to be having "had sex."
Nearly 600 students from Indiana University were sur-
veyed for the study and Reinisch emphasizes that they are a
representative sample of the nation.
"It's important to realize that these aren't liberal, bi-
coastal kids," Reinisch said. "About 79 percent described
themselves as moderate to conservative. The majority were
Republicans. This is America."
Participants were asked, "Would you say you 'had sex'
with someone if the most intimate behavior you engaged in
was" oral sex?
Reinisch and colleagues also asked participants in the sur-
vey whether they would say they "had sex" with a person if
they only engaged in deep kissing, vaginal or anal penetra-
tion. These questions comprised only a small portion of the

Almost 100 percent considered vaginal intercourse to be
sex while only 2 percent categorized deep kissing as having
"had sex."
The issue is divisive for many students. LSA sophomore
Cheryl Bratt said the distinction between oral sex and "regu-
lar sex" is offensive to those who do not practice vaginal-
penile intercourse.
"To say that coitus is the only real sex is a very hetero-
sexist view," Bratt said. "Of course, it's sex. If you say only
intercourse is sex, you're saying homosexuals don't have
Other students agreed with the findings of the study, say-
ing vaginal-penile intercourse is different from oral sex.
"I don't think oral sex and the actual act of sexual inter-
course are the same," LSA sophomore Katherine Carlson
said. "I don't believe that people who have engaged in oral
sex are considered non-virgins."
The study was originally conducted to identify who was
most at risk for spreading sexually transmitted diseases but
researchers did not analyze the data published in JAMA until
recently, when public discourse made the findings more per-
Reinisch said the study's strength comes from having
been assembled prior to the national debate involving
Clinton. Any study conducted today, Reinisch suggests,
would find Americans changing their definitions of sex to
accommodate their political affiliations.

Campus group plans low cost
events to curb drinking

y Jewel Gopwani
ly Staff Reporter
Scaling a seemingly insurmountable
wall to find solutions to the amount of
binge drinking on campus, members of
Students Active in Non-Alcoholic
Events are planning their first activity
to curb binge drinking on campus.
Michigan Student Assembly
President Trent Thompson and LSA
*enior Jennifer Zorko formed this stu-
nt organization at the beginning of
last semester. Thompson said as of now,
students who participate in SANE
events make a promise not to drink the
night of a particular event.
Thompson said one of SANE's
major goals is to offer students an alter-
native to weekend drinking. "We want
to change the culture on campus and
encourage having fun," he said.
For its inaugural activity, the group
lans to rock climb at the Ann Arbor
Climbing Gym on Saturday.
Offering a group discount to SANE,
the Ann Arbor Climbing Gym is charg-
ing professional and amateur student
climbers $13 to scale its walls. Director

of Housing Bill Zeller, a member of the
University's Binge Drinking Task Force,
said he encourages SANE's activities.
"Any action on campus that provides
an opportunity to partake in a non-alco-
holic activities helps send a message out
about our culture at Michigan and is
worthwhile," Zeller said.
Zeller said he is also interested in
helping SANE make its activities more
accessible to students living in resi-
dence halls by offering transportation to
the organization's events.
Thompson said he hopes to expand
SANE's involvement on campus, but
the group will need funding to do that.
SANE organizes social activities and
the Michigan Student Assembly cannot
sponsor the group's activities.
Thompson said SANE members
will wait "until it's successful" before
approaching the University administra-
tion for funding.
Engineering sophomore Melissa
Mausack, whose roommate told her
about Saturday night's rock climbing
event, said she thinks it will be enjoyable.
"We would party a lot less if there

were more fun alternatives that are
inexpensive," she said.
Anjanette Bunce, an LSA senior
and SANE member, is also participat-
ing this weekend. "If we're going to be
serious about combating drug and alco-
hol problems on campus, we have to
support opportunities that don't involve
drugs or alcohol."
Rock climbing is an "excellent" alter-
native for students, Bunce said, because it
is an activity that could not be accom-
plished under the influence of alcohol.
"Other campuses have developed
non-alcoholic events and the response
has been very good," Zeller said.
Penn State University started non-
alcoholic activities in 1996, said Penn
State Undergraduate Student
Government President Caroline
"At first attendance was kind of
low," Casagrande said. But atten-
dance has "substantially increased
each semester." The USG's alcohol-
free weekend activities currently
attract about 3,000 students,
Casagrande said.

Monika Wynee, age 2, and her sister Chrysta, age 4, listen intently at the Ann Arbor district library's story time yesterday.
The story time was devoted to the topic of snow.
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Kang suffered head injuries in the crash, but was
released after two days in the hospital. Police reports
said they detected a "strong odor of alcohol" at the crash
If tests prove that opiates impaired Kang's ability to
drive or that his blood alcohol level exceeded
Michigan's legal limit of .10, Kang could face felony
charges in Han's death.
These charges - for causing death when operating a
vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or con-
trolled substances - carry an automatic 15-year prison
Kang could also be charged with possession of controlled
substances, which carries a penalty of up to four years in prison.
Kang refused to comment yesterday, but told The
Michigan Daily on Jan. 6 that he could not remember

whether he was drinking before the accident.
"I have a shock right now because of the accident," Kang
said. "A life is gone and I almost died too."
Local attorney Darlene O'Brien, Kang's legal counsel, said
Kang sustained injuries from the crash that impaired his
memory. Kang said he could not remember whether he was
using alcohol or drugs prior to the crash.
"To the best of my knowledge, on the night of the accident
only alcohol may have been involved and no other sub-
stances," O'Brien said.
Police officials have interviewed Kang and people present
at the party, but no charges have been filed.
Zazadny said the AAPD is waiting for speed determination
and toxicology tests to be completed before closing its inves-
tigation and turning over evidence to the Washtenaw County
Prosecutor's Office. Zazadny said he hopes to close the inves-
tigation later this week.
The prosecutor's office will determine what, if any, charges
will be filed.

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