The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 24, 1999 - 5
MSA approves committee
alternative to student
By Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the Michigan Student Assembly
voted to halt funding for the mission of a stu-
dent regent at its meeting last week, the assem-
bly passed a resolution last night to form a
committee that would serve as an alternative to
a student regent.
Former Student Task Force Chair Elise
Erickson proposed a Student Regent Liason
Committee that would be comprised of the
MSA president, the Flint student assembly
president and four students elected by the
University student body.
Of those four students, two would represent
schools from Central Campus, one would rep-
resent a school on North Campus and at least
one student would represent the University's
Erickson said the committee would be given
one hour during the week of the regents' meetings
"to discuss issues related to the student body."
University President Lee Bollinger approved
the proposal Friday. It is currently pending
approval by the University Board of Regents
and will be tentatively presented at the board's
meeting next month.
Erickson explained that the concept of a
Student Regent Liason originated from a simi-
lar committee at Central Michigan University,
which was "highly effective."
Regent David Brandon (R-Ann Arbor) sug-
gested the idea to Erickson and other members
of SRTF earlier this semester.
Also passed last night was a resolution to
a lot $7,000 to help fund Reverend Jesse
Jackson's visit to Hill Auditorium on April 9.
LSA Rep. Joe Bernstein sponsored the resolu-
tion, which was introduced at the start of the
meeting by LSA Junior Brenda Robinson,
She explained that Jackson intends on
speaking about "voter registration and edu-
cation, affirniative action as it relates to
diversity and the people's response to the
Robinson said that in addition to the money
allocated today and funds garnered from the
assembly's budget priorities committee earlier"
this term, the event will be funded by SpeakO
Initiative, Diversity Days, the Undergraduate
Political Science Association, Project Serve
and LSA Student Government.
LSA-SG also approved a proposal at their
meeting last night to allocate $4,000 for the
The Center for African and African
American Studies will also take part in orga-
nizing the Jackson's speech, Robinson said,
which will cost about S18,000.
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amount of money the group has limits
what they can do.
Students Active in Non-Alcoholic
Events, a new organization at the
University this semester, also plans alco-
hol-free social events for students. It's
purpose is "to prove to the community at
large that students can have fun without
drinking," said Trent Thompson, co-
founder or the organization and
Michigan Student Assembly president.
The group's inception was the result of
a task force on binge drinking,
-Thompson said. Students who attend
WANE events make a pledge to abstain
from drinking for the night. The mes-
sage SANE wishes to convey, Thompson
said, is not that drinking is bad, but that it
is not necessary to have fun.
The Michigan Department of
Community Health hopes to communi-
cate a strong message to people who
think binge drinking is not dangerous.
The state-funded department
hunched a radio and print ad campaign
(arch 15 targeting a specific audience
- college students As a part of the
campaign, two 60-second ads are run-
ning on commercial radio stations
whose demographics show they are
most likely to be listened to by college
students, said Michigan Department of
Community Health Director of
Communication Geralyn Lasher. The
organization also began placing their
ads in college newspapers in Michigan.
I The main goal of the ads is to inform
students of the truth about drinking,
Lashersaid. "Alcohol poisoning can dis-
able your brain so you stop breath ing,"
she said. "We want people to have that
information so they can make the nght
Lasher said that while statistics show
the overall number of college drinkers is
down, those who do drink are drinking an
verwhelming percentage of
Wcohol."Five to 10 percent of students
are consuming 70 to 75 percent of the
alcohol," she said.
The Department of Community
Health hopes to see the issue of binge
drinking succumb to the same fate as the
issue of drunk driving, Lasher said. She
explained that after Mothers Against
Drunk Driving carried out its extensive
campaign to keep drinkers from getting
behind the wheel, drunk driving became
- Callie Scott contributed to this
report for the Daily
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Tapia said. "In the band profession
there are some pinnacle jobs, and this is
one of them."
Tapia said he is not satisfied with
merely retaining the status quo and
already has several ideas to enrich the
band's 100-year tradition.
"I want our show to reach a broader
spectrum of the audience," Tapia said.
"Over the past five or six years our
shows have been in one direction. The
end zone people need to be performed
to as well as the people on both sides.
"We want to make sure the student
section and alumni section get the expe-
rience of the Michigan Marching Band
playing to them," he said.
LSA senior and MMB trumpet play-
er Mark Scozzafava said that while
Sedatole loved what he did, band mem-
"We'll mis Dr. sedatoe, but we're
glad TapiaisI taking over."
- Greg Daniels
Alto saxophone player
bers never knew how long he was going
to stay in his position.
While Tapia brings a lot of the same
qualities to the job that Sedatole did,
Scozzafava said, he has more Michigan
spirit than his predecessor.
Sedatole "knew how to be friends with
the students and still retain his authority,"
Scazzafava said. "But we always got the
impression that Sedatol wanted to end up
in Texas or as Director of Bands here.
"Dr. Tapia relates to the students even
better than Sedatol did, is a more enthu-
siastic person and he may bring a little
more loyalty to the program,"
Tapia said he also wants to increase
community and University awareness of
the fight song and alma mater. Every
time the band plays the songs during the
game, he hopes to have the lyrics pro-
jected onto the large stadium video
Alto saxophone player Greg Daniels
said he is confident Tapia will be an
exemplary band director.
"We'll miss Dr. Sedatole, but we're
glad Tapia is taking over," said Daniels,
an LSA sophomore. "We're going to be
awesome next year. There'll be a few
changes, and they'll definitely be for the
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"We just have different work styles."
Rackham Rep. and Defend
Affirmative Action Party presidential
candidate Jessica Curtin said
Thompson's preference of candidates
should not make a difference during
elections, adding that the student
body should be empowered to vote
today and tomorrow.
As Thompson prepares to turn his
duties over to a new assembly president
next week, he said during the summer,
he plans to travel to his cottage in
Caseville, Michigan and "relax for
Thompson said he wants to keep
up his involvement with the
University's Binge Drinking Task
Force and Students Active in Non-
Alcoholic Events during the next
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