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lamarv 12, 2000
By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to guarantee University students
ts in their designated sections of the Big
use, a proposed policy would require students
to present their MCard along with their ticket at
the Michigan Stadium gates.
"The goal is to get as many students into the
stadium as possible, and to have a true student
section," Manager for Athletic Tickets and
Promotions Marty Bodnar said. "We want to
maintain the community atmosphere of the
student section, and not have to cap tickets or
have another split season."
If adopted by the University's Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Activities, the
policy would go into effect for the upcom-
ing football season. Bodnar will present the
proposal to the board at its Jan. 20 meeting.
Stephen Papadopoulos, Board in Control
chair, said he is in favor of a policy that would
preserve the integrity of the student section.
Papadopoulos said the committee believes
student tickets should be used by University
students only, but would not discuss this spe-
Since the addition of 5,000 seats to the sta-
dium in 1998, the Athletic Department and the
Board in Control have expressed concerns
with guaranteeing each student tickets, espe-
cially after resorting to split season tickets in
Since the split tickets were issued and the
5,000 seats were added for the following sea-
son, student ticket requests have jumped by
Michigan Student Assembly President
Bram Elias said he wants to be sure that all
students that want to go to games are able to
"It's important to us to make sure that any
changes that get made to the policy reflect that
students are top priority and we're concerned
that the new policy won't fly with students if
that's not the case," he said.
The proposed policy was drafted by the
Ticket Committee, a group of administrators,
students and alumni established last spring to
investigate ticket distribution issues of all
The policy aims to eliminate the sale of stu-
dent tickets to non-University affiliated per-
sons. Ticket scalping, while not an unusual
practice among students, is also a concern
said Department of Public Safety Information
Officer Diane Brown. Brown said the detec-
tive bureau of DPS considers student scalping
to be comparable to that of independent oper-
See TICKETS, Page 2
Four-day meeting develops ideas for
renovating Detroit's greater Corktown
and Briggs neighborhoods
By Karolyn Kokko
Everyone knows the Detroit Tigers will be playing at a new
stadium next year, but what will become of the team's old
esterday, the University's A. Alfred Taubman College of
Architecture and Urban Planning concluded a four-day plan-
ning and designing charrette for the Detroit's greater
Corktown and Briggs neighborhoods, which includes Tiger
David Scobey, an Architecture and Urban Planning
associate professor and co-sponsor of the charrette, said
this was the second charrette - an industry term for an
illustrated brainstorming conference - the college has
hosted in Detroit. About 90 people collaborating
through workshops to think of new and interesting
Students and staff from the University's colleges
made up the majority of the participants at this week's
Detroit city officials and students and faculty from
Wayne State University, Michigan State University,
University of Miami in Florida and Harvard University
attended the conference.
At the meeting, members were divided into five teams,
which brainstormed ideas on what can be done to help the
Scobey said these teams were intended "to do as much cre-
ative brainstorming as possible."
One of the ideas proposed so far is to turn the stadium and
the surrounding area into a large sports facility to be used
either by the Detroit community or Wayne State students.
Another idea proposed was to develop the area into a city
But the design teams also tried to think of ways to use the
stadium so it does not have to be torn down. Since many res-
idents of Detroit don't want to see it knocked down, one sug-
gestion was to save the stadium and turn it into a historical
or a restored landmark.
'felphine Byrd, a University admissions counselor whose
hometown is Detroit said, "They should not tear it down, they
should leave it standing." She added that the stadium is very
important to the community and that many residents such as
herself have grown up with it there and would be devastated
to see it go.
Others said that keeping the stadium would be a waste of
space. LSA first-year student Carol Evola, who is originally
See TIGERS, Page 2
meet, plan term
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
With the Michigan state
Legislature's 2000 term set to begin
today, both Republicans and
Democrats are planning to introduce
various pieces of new legislation that
touch upon everything from educa-
tion to adult entertainment.
Lorri Rishar, spokesperson for
House Speaker Chuck Perricone (R-
Kalamazoo Twp.), said although the
Republicans had not yet revealed their
agenda for this term, their focus will be
on education reform and tax relief for
In addition, Rishar said Republicans
will put forth an anti-pornography
package that is aimed at further restrict-
ing access to minors through added
restrictions and licensing laws for adult
"This is something (Perricone) cares
very deeply about because of the effect
it has on families," she said.
Gov. John Engler will present much
of the Republican agenda at next
Wednesday's State of the State
Rep. John Hansen (D-Plymouth) said
that while he does have many reserva-
See PREVIEW, Page 2
prepares or ush
Joe Batto, part-owner and manager of Campus Corner Party Store, and Tony Karim, a store
employee, display yesterday the Is they've seized from potential underage alcohol buyers:
fake IDusers ast week
By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
With a semester of the college expe-
rience under their belts, some first-year
students feel more comfortable joining
extra-curricular activities on campus
during winter term.
One of the University's largest activ-
ities, the Greek system, is hoping to use
winter term to bring students - not just
first-year students - into the system.
"Although the number of participants
in Winter Rush are less than Fall Rush,
we expect to get around 300 partici-
pants," said Executive Vice President of
the Interfraternity Council Marc
"It's a challenge to get all people who
express interest in us to receive a bid,"
Hustvect said. "One problem is that
they only go to one or two houses, don't
get a bid and are then discouraged with
the Greek system."
IFC Vice President of Recruitment
Will James said in past years, many of
the Winter rushees were friends of
house members or those who did not
receive a bid in the fall.
"At the mass meeting, each house
has a table with two to four members
from each house so everyone can get a
feeling for the house," James said.
"Then, we have an open house a week
before rush. If the person liked the
house, they can go back and rush
Panhel external relations chair Laurel
Carlson said winter rush is not quite as
important for sororities.
"Probably only two sororities are par-
ticipating in rush because there is a
quota that is met every year for houses.
If they haven't met (their membership)
quota, they can participate," Carlson
Although the system attempts to
give exposure to all houses, a large
part of winter rushees have participat-
ed in Greek activities during the fall
and know members of specific hous-
"A lot of the recruitment is word of
mouth,' said Hustvect. "This is good
because they have had enough time to
get to know the house."
Many culturally-based fraternities
and sororities have only winter rushing
so that potential members are required
to spend enough time getting acquaint-
ed with the house and its members
See RUSH, Page 3
By Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter
After ticketing seven minors for attempting
to purchase alcohol at Campus Corner Party
Store last weekend, the Ann Arbor Police
Department is showing underage drinkers that
its Spotlight is bright.
Through Operation Spotlight, a program
designed to combat underage drinking, under-
cover officers pose as clerks or customers in
stores which sell alcohol. The program also
trains employees of those stores to spot fake
"We have been running this program
since April of last year," said AAPD Lt.
Mike Zsenyuk. "It has been very success-
While Zsenyuk said that ticketing seven
minors in one night was a large number, he
said on a typical weekend officers cite two to
Abby Glogower, a manager at Village
Corner, said the number of minors attempting
to purchase alcohol often fluctuates throughout
the academic year.
"On weekends when students come back to
school we can get 10 to 12 in one weekend. A
See SPOTLIGHT, Page 2
parks a' flyin'
Smith speaks to
By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.) spiced-up the
weekly Michigan Student Assembly meeting last night as she
spoke with students about higher education funding and stu-
dent voting rights.
Smith, who serves on the State Senate Appropriations
Committee, said that this upcoming year hopefully will
see a large increase in funding to state colleges and uni-
"Currently, we are spending 1.8 billion dollars per year on
15 state schools. But, this doesn't compare with the 1.6 bil-
lion dollars that we spend on corrections and this is sending
out a bad message," Smith said.
Smith also focused on student voting rights, including the
recently-implemented Senate Bill 306, which restricts regis-
tered voters to voting only in the district dictated by the
Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.) speaks at the
Michigan Student Assembly meeting in the Michigan Union
to repeal it."
Another proposal Smith discussed with students would
end the election of University regents, and instead allow
them to be appointed by the governor.
Smith said she believes that this will further restrict the
public, especially where it concerns the three major research
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