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odor may
* searches
The Michigan
Supreme Court
overturns its 1997
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
Overturning its 1997 derision in
the People v. Taylor case, the Michi-
gan Supreme Court ruled Thursday
that a qualified police officer's recog-
nition of marijuana odor alone, either
remnant smoke or unburned leaves,
justifies a vehicle search.
People v Kazmierczak, the case
that brought this ruling about, was
tried by Oakland County Assistant
Prosecutor Robert Williams, who said
that most other states already adhere
to similar laws.
"Virtually every case that comes
out says that odor is enough," he said.
Williams said that while most offi-
cers have some training in narcotics,
learning to recognize marijuana odor
comes from being on the job. .
The officer has to be satisfied that
he or she can recognize marijuana
*odor and testify to that - it is up to
the judge to decide if the officer is
qualified, Williams said.
"It seems to make sense to me,"
LA junior Jeremy Segall said of the
"At the same time, there'd have to
sure that all officers are on the same
level in terms of being able to recog-
nize marijuana's odor," he said.
SDepartment of Public Safety Sgt.
*Jesse Lewit said all University police
officers go through a drug recognition
program, but each case will vary.
"It all depends on how high a stan-
dard the judge wants to set," he said.
The officer who pulled over
Kazmierczak-testified that he had
made 15 to 20 previous marijuana
arrests and that he specifically
smelled unburned marijuana.
*Williams said the defendant was
pulled over in November 1996 for
speeding and as the officer
approached the car "he said the smell
was overwhelming."
The officer asked where the pot
was, Williams said, to which
Kazmierczak replied that "there was
none. The officer proceeded to search
the interior of the car in vain. He then
obtained the keys to the trunk where
he found a duffel bag filled with a
Ohalf-pound of marijuana, plastic bags,
rolling papers and a scale.
Kazmierczak was charged with
See ODOR, Page 9A


puts responsibility

on MSA

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
University Interim Vice President E. Royster
Harper met with members of Michigamua last
night to propose the administration's plan regarding
the Students of Color Coalition and their demand
issued Feb. 4 for the University to sever any affilia-
tion it has with the senior society Michigamua,
including ousting the society from its meeting
space on the seventh floor of the Michigan Union.
In a written statement, Harper outlined her senti-
ments regarding the situation. She said the admin-

istration is giving the Michigan
Student Assembly responsibili-
ty in determining the fate of
both Michigamua and its space
in the Union.
Harper said it is the duty of
MSA to recognize all student
organizations as "subject to
the MSA Constitution and the
general principle of academic
While MSA oversees the function and devel-
opment of all student groups on campus, MSA

Vice President Andy Coulouris said MSA cannot
sever any University ties with registered student
groups unless they break a rule. And Michiga-
mua, Coulouris said "has not broken a rule."
In addition, Coulouris said, MSA only allo-
cates space to student groups on the fourth floor
of the Union. It has no jurisdiction over the sev-
enth floor, he said.
"We don't have any capability of doing anything
with the seventh floor. The University may or may
not. But we definitely don't," Coulouris said.
Harper said, "It is tempting to take sides, and
to label the individuals or groups involved in this

process as 'good' or 'bad.' I urge us to resist that
temptation ... It is my belief that all parties
involved in this situation have made a significant
movement toward a resolution."
Harper said she recognizes Michigamua's belief
that they have apologized for the past actions of
the group. She said Michigamua has given up full
ownership of the artifacts found by the SCC.
Michigamua presented a written statement to
the University Wednesday, demanding the
removal of native American objects within three
to four days.



may leave,
By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan freshman guard Jamal Crawford may leave
Michigan for the professional ranks according to a tele-
vision report yesterday.
But Crawford last night denied the rumors.
"He was laughing," Assistant
Athletic Director of Media Rela-
tions Tom Wywrot said last night.
"He said that's not true at all. He
talked to no one about it. He said
he doesn't know where this came
from, and he wanted to find out."
Wywrot said Michigan basket-
ball coach Brian Ellerbe also
vehemently denied the rumor.
"Coach Ellerbe denies that
Jamal Crawford has told him he Crawford
wants to turn pro after his sea-
son. There is absolutely no truth to it whatsoever,"
Wywrot said. "At no time has Jamal discussed this
with me."
Crawford is currently serving a six-game suspension
for violating an NCAA amateurism bylaw dealing with
his relationship with Barry Henthorn, chairman of a
telecommunications company in Seattle.
Crawford's mother, Venora Skinner also denied that
Crawford is leaving.
"I haven't heard anything about this," Skinner said.
"He's got to go back to school. He's not big enough.
His dream is to go to Michigan and get a fine educa-
tion. (The TV stations) have nothing better to do."
Skinner talked to Crawford's father and said he had not
heard anything about Crawford exiting Michigan early.
Saturday the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that
it had recovered documents showing that Henthorn co-
signed loans for Crawford with his former administra-
tive assistant, Darcienne LeRoue.
The Post-Intelligencer also recovered a paper trail
showing LeRoue as a co-signer, along with Henthorn
for an account with a balance of $2,813 at a Seattle
jeweler for gold jewelry given to Crawford.
LeRoue also co-signed a loan with Henthorn valued at

Music junior Katherine Severs and LSA junior Molly Baum participate in the annual LGBT Kiss-in. The event, which took place Friday on the
Diag, was part of the events for Queer Visiblity Week.
Kfss-In kcsofa wareneIf Sweek

By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
"If you're queer or if you're curious,
get your ass to the Diag," Katherine Sev-
ers, a Music junior, screamed into a
microphone on the steps of the Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library on Friday at
noon, attempting to get more people to
attend the annual LGBT Kiss-In.
About 20 students braved the frigid
weather for the first Kiss-In of the mil-
lennium, the kick-off to Queer Visibility
After the scheduled events for the

week were announced, participants paired
off to kiss.
LSA senior Erica Sopha said it was
important for her to attend because she
wants everyone to know she is proud of
her sexuality.
"I love being a lesbian. I came out here
for those who are in an indecisive state.
It's good for everyone to see us. Whether
we want to believe it or not, there are gay
people on this campus," Sopha said.
Jenny Boyer, an Art and Design sopho-
more, said the event helps increase public
displays of affection between same sex

"I think it's good for people to see
the diversity that exists. Homosexual
and heterosexual couples can kiss in
public, and people should know that it's
okay. And, I like kissing Erica," Boyer
Kelly Garrett, a student services asso-
ciate in the Office of Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Affairs, said
administrators who were expected to
attend the event were unavailable due to
the Students of Color Coalition take-over
of the seventh floor of the Michigan
See KISS-IN, Page 2A

School Daze

Bollinger to submit budget request

By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
As Vice President for Government Rela-
tions Cynthia Wilbanks often says, financ-
ing higher education isn't cheap -
especially at the University.
Since state funding provides approxi-
mately one-fourth of University revenue,
the state plays an essential role in establish-
ing the level of tuition increase.
On Feb. 25, University President Lee
Bollinger will present his request for state

appropriations to the State
Senate Appropriations High- 'U to r
er Education Subcommittee.V
"We will strongly suggest percent
that the ability to restrict
tuition increases is directly state fu
tied to the states appropria-
tions," Wilbanks said, adding that the presi-
dent will ask for a 5 percent increase in
Citing the University's commitment to
providing financial aid, Wilbanks said the
University's financial needs increase signifi-

equest a 5
tincrease in

cantly each year.
"There isn't any
situation where the
University is asked to
do less. We are
always asked to do
more and there are

ask for $4 million for "the continuing
enrichment in learning" in the undergradu-
ate realm and $3 million for information
and technology to be integrated in curricu-
lum and research.
For Fiscal Year 2000, the state of Michi-
gan ranks seventh in state support for higher
education - the state contributes $2 billion
to public universities. At $7.7 billion, Cali-
fornia spends the most on higher education.
"Michigan's actually in pretty good
shape," said Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle
See BUDGET, Page 9A

costs to doing more;' she said.
About 60 percent of University students
receive some type of financial aid.
"It's a major commitment and one that we
have maintained," she added.
In addition, Wilbanks said Bollinger will

Greek system holds first
community conference

By Josie Gingrich
Daily Staff Reporter
Frustration and desire for improve-
ment in the Greek system character-
ized the first Michigan Greek

compromised of national sororities,
many have on-campus chapters.
Recently, NPC passed a resolution
banning member sororities from co-
sponsoring social functions with fra-
ternities that involve alcohol. "A vast

their functions to third-party venues to
avoid assaults and to maintain better
security while moving their houses
toward being completely alcohol-free.
The Greek community at the Uni-
versity was overwhelmingly against


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