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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 25, 1999 - 5A

Mass man
bann d
from all
Convictd sex offender
found soliiting female
undergrad near UConn
By Jtifer is
The Paily Camps
S1ORRS,Jonn. - A convicted sex
eder who solicited female students
on cmpus wis banned from all college
caniuses ir the nation, a Superior
Cout judge uled Tuesday.
Jin Urban, 38, of Billerica, Mass.,
is fte after )osting $150,000 bail.
Inder th conditions of the bail,
Urhn was ordered to stay away
fro all female college undergradu-
*rhe bod conditions are our efforts
to assure the citizenry of. (the
Ulversity of Connecticut) that they are
sa:, and that Mr. Urban is not a threat
tethem," said defense lawyer James
Urban was arrested March 9 on
vapons charges after a sock filled
wth rocks, a brown lockblade knife,
indcuffs with a chain, rope and
vo condoms were found in his
<*n March 18, Urban was charged by
lConn police with three counts of
talking and two counts of disorderly
;onduct after he appeared at the police
station to pick up his impounded vehi-
According to police, 57 female stu-
dents have come forward to say that
Urban asked them to baby-sit his chil-
dren or watch his dogs. Some of the
mnen said they accepted rides from
1 n.
Police Chief Robert Hudd said he is
grateful for the decision. On multiple
occasions police asked the prosecuting
attorney and bail commissioner for
Urban to be banned from UConn,
Hudd said.
"I think that (the ban) is a good
thing," said Kathleen Holgerson,
director of the UConn Women's
*lt is an important recognition
that it was not only our campus he
was a threat to, but other campuses
as well," she said.
Liz Erhardt, UConn
Undergraduate Student Government
president, was also pleased with the
judge's ruling, saying that it will
give other universities an immediate
reason to arrest Urban if he is found
their campus.
arisa Nadolny, UConn senior,
said she was uncertain of how effec-
tive the ban would be. She said
Urban may try to alter his identity
should he ever try to come back to
UConn, and a ban should have been
implemented from the beginning of
the investigation.
Urban was convicted in 1982 of
raping a child, stalking and kidnap-
ping. He was sentenced to life in
idgewater State Hospital, a psy-
atric institution in Mass., after he
plead guilty to several incidents,
including rape, attempted rape and
assault of minors.

Urban spent 15 years in
Bridgewater and was released in
1998. He is scheduled to appear in
court April 7.

Preparing for the big night

3 presidents try
to curb drinking

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three uni-
versity presidents told a national meet-
ing of attorneys general yesterday that
they were increasing their attempts to
curb excessive student drinking.
Michigan State University President
Peter McPherson said it was time to
redefine socially acceptable behavior
among college students. McPherson
said he wanted to make so-called cele-
bration drinking, or excessive drinking
on special occasions, as unacceptable in
our culture as drunken driving.
"I think we can do something about
excessive drinking," McPherson told
the National Association of Attorneys
General at their annual spring meeting.
"There has been a shift and society is
beginning to be willing to do this."
But he added, "It's going to take
some time"
Last year, there were 20 alcohol-
related deaths of students nation-
wide, said Indiana Attorney General
Jeff Modisett. Michigan State stu-
dent Bradley McCue died last fall
after drinking 24 shots on his 21st
"Nearly one half of all college stu-
dents engage in high-risk binge drink-
ing," Modisett said. Excessive drinking
leads to lower grades, fights, destruc-
tion of property and more sex crimes,
he said.

Last year, students at Michigan State
rioted in protesting a decision to make
Munn Field alcohol-free.
"In the last few years, the level of
attention given this problem by univer-
sity presidents has accelerated," Penn
State University President Graham
Spanier said.
"Alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of
all academic problems and 28 percent
of all drop outs,"Spanier said.
The presidents were invited to speak
because they are trying innovative pro-
grams to combat alcohol abuse at their
William Jenkins, the chancellor of
Louisiana State University, said LSU is
sponsoring more alcohol-free events. "I
wish I could tell you this is an over-
whelming success," he said. "We are
striving to do better."
MSU is beefing up its message on
alcohol abuse during student orien-
tation, implementing a "safe ride"
program for drunken students and
tightening punishments for intoxi-
cated students who commit crimes .
off campus.
At Penn State, campus personnel
also are stepping up educational mes-
sages, especially at freshman orienta-
tion, and are encouraging some frater-
nities and dorms to remain "alcohol-

LSA first-year student Falyne Fry, left, practices last night for Bronze Elegance, a fashion show planned for Saturday
night, while another student tries to pick up the steps.
Prmate, human sex dnves liked

By Andrew Williams
The Daily Free Press
BOSTON - Rhesus monkeys like to have sex and so
should human beings, according to a researcher at Yerkes
Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta.
Sexual desire in both rhesus monkeys and humans is
caused by the estradiol hormone, a form of estrogen. This
hormone allows each of the species to have sex at any time,
rather than only during a certain time in the females' cycle,
said Kim Wallen, an Emory professor of psychological biol-
While studying rhesus monkeys during the last 15 years,
Wallen has found female monkeys who are not around other
females have sex with several different partners during their
cycle, while females in close contact with other females have
sex only while they are ovulating.
Like humans, whose sex drives can be influenced by fac-
tors such as salary raises, celebrations and children, mon-
keys' sexual desire is influenced by social factors, researchers
said. For example, peer pressure from the other females in the
group discourage them to have sex.
Wallen concluded that rhesus monkeys view sex as more
than just procreation.
They use it for enjoyment and even as a tool.
"Because females can have sex at any time in their cycle,

prostitution is pssible," Wallen said.
The idea tha: hormones play a part in sexual desire has
long been a coitroversy in the psychological biology field,
but Wallen says that he hopes his studies change that belief
and lead to greater understanding of human sexual
Wallen is now researching sexual desire in young Rhesus
monkeys, andwhether they are taught by the adult monkeys
to enjoy sex.
"I really don't know much about the development of
sexual desire; he said, "Though I am pretty confident that
it is not taughi any more than liking chocolate ice cream is
Research dne with human subjects complements Wallen's
work. A stud done in German discos compared the amount
of skin showing through a female's outfit to the amount of
estradiol preent in her saliva. The researcher found that as
the amount of exposed skin increased, so did the amount of
Wallen i, in the process of studying the flow of these
hormones o the brain and how that affects sexual desire.
He hypothsizes that while testosterone, the male hor-
mone that causes sexual desire, is constant in males,
estradiol t intermittent in females, peaking once during

Announcing the
Michigan Daily's

"Central Yup'ik Eskimo
Past and Present:
Traditional Art, Music, and Dance"
3 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 1999
Hale Auditorium
{Tappan and Hill Streets in the Michigan Business School)
This free lecture and performance
will feature Chuna McIntyre and the
Nunamta Yup'ik Eskimo Dancers.
McIntyre is a Central Yup'ik multimedia
artist who will present the dances,
songs, stories, and lifeways of his
The program marks the release of a
new CD, "The Living Tradition of Yup'ik
Masks." The CD resulted from a collabo-
ration between members of the Yup'ik
community, the School of Information,
and museums throughout North
America. These museums featured
"AgayulIiyararput (Our Way of Making
Prayer)," a Yup'ik mask exhibit.
This program is presented by
the University of Michigan School of Information
with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
For details: 647-7650

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