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April 4, 200

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Greekhou ratify new social polic

By Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter
The Interfraternity Council ratified a
new Social Environment Management Poli-
*ast night, marking a radical shift in the
social trends of the Greek system.
The policy was ratified by the IFC in a
17-4 vote with three abstentions following
a unanimous vote by the Panhellenic Asso-
ciation on Tuesday. It serves to shift many

parties from fraternity houses to third-party
vendors, such as bars, restaurants and
hotels.
This policy, which takes effect May 4,
follows a National Panhellenic Conference
proclamation that sororities will be prohib-
ited from co-sponsoring alcoholic events
held at fraternity houses beginning this fall.
"What we have to do is comply with the
NPC and what we are doing is shifting
towards third-party vendors. That means

having functions at places like bars and
restaurants," said Panhel Vice President for
Social Responsibility Angie Miller, an LSA
junior.
"Friends parties" are not included in the
policy because they do not involve entire
sorority chapters. At a friends party, frater-
nity members can invite any guests, regard-
less of whether they belong to the Greek
system.
"We didn't add a certain limit on the

number of sorority members on the list, but
each chapter must abide by their own
national rules which supercede ours," said
Kinesiology junior Mike Lovernick, IFC
vice president for social responsibility.
National rules regulate the number of
sorority members it takes to constitute a
co-sponsored sorority event.
"Basically, the situation we're put in is
that we had to adapt. We came up with the
best possible way to adapt to NPC," Lover-

nick said.
Included in the new policy is a change in
the rules for pre-rush friends parties.
Whereas pre-rush parties have previously
been non-alcoholic with an unlimited guest
list, fraternities will now be able to serve
alcohol but the guest list will be limited to
20 non-Greek affiliates prior to rush.
"We've had problems with the residence halls
where freshmen were coming back possibly
See POLICY, Page 5A

Protests span
nation in light
of conference

By Jon Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
As members of Students Organizing
for Labor and Economic Equality pre-
pare to travel to New York this weekend
for the first conference of
the Worker Rights Con- O
s tium, students across .
nation continue to
pressure their schools to'
join the WRC. P }y4 M
The WRC is a primar-
ily student-developed
organization designed to
enforce labor codes of t
conduct in the produc- g
tion of collegiate appar- t
el The University joined
the WRC in late Febru- EftSu<
a along with the Uni-
v sity of Wisconsin at
Madison and Indiana
University. k
Prior to the three uni-
versities' decision to
join, the WRC had only six member
schools, which were all much smaller

than the three Big Ten schools.
The WRC now has 35 members,
with other large schools including the
University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and the University of California at
Berkeley among its ranks.
SOLE members Peter
Romer-Friedman, Lee
Palmer and Rachel Edel-
VidO man will attend the con-
ference.
y nRomer-Friedman will
Mo.Frepresent the United Stu-
dents Against Sweat-
N shops, a nationwide
i student anti-sweatshop
rres umbrella organization,
t M on the WRC's governing
board.
t aAdministrators from
member schools are
retescheduled to vote this
y weekend to decide which
2 arr estedschools will have repre-
sentatives on the govern-
ing board. University of
Michigan representatives hope they
will have a seat on this board but rec-
See SWEATSHOPS, Page 8A

RAGIN
CAJUN
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
James Carville wants you to vote. He would prefer it if you
vote Democratic, but he wants you to vote nonetheless.
The reason the former Clinton political consultant said it is so
important for Michigan) residents to vote is because he thinks
the outcome of November's presidential election could very well
depend on who carries the state.
"I'd be willing to predict that whoever wins Michigan will
win the presidency" he told a capacity crowd in Rackham Audi-
torium last night.
Predicting that the campaign battle between Texas Gov.
George W Bush and Vice President Al Gore would be intense in
Michigan, Carville said residents will definitely see their fair
share of political theatrics this election year.
"If you like politics, get ready to have a lot of it. If you hate
politics, move to Alabama; he said.
He stressed that the significance of this election lies in its
value as a weather vane for the direction in which the nation is
headed.
"When you say it's a big election about big things, it's true'
he said. "Study the issues, study the candidates;" he beckoned
the crowd, "and if you think it's important then go to work.
There is critical work to be done in Michigan.'
Students who attended the event seemed responsive to
Carville's call for political action.
"Civic action is definitely on a decline and it is very important
for people to get involved," said newly elected Michigan Student
Assembly Vice President Jim Secreto.
"He made it very clear that if you care, do something about
it," said Abby Adair, president of the University Activities Cen-
ter, which sponsored the lecture.
Carville, who is credited with leading Clinton's 1992 victory
over George Bush, predictably hinted to the crowd that Gore
would be a better choice than the younger Bush.
"Do you want the kind of country that Al Gore will bring you
or do you want the type of country that George Bush will bring
you?" he asked to roaring applause from the overwhelmingly
Democratic audience.
Although he said in an interview before the event that he is
not going to take a paid role in the Gore campaign, he is plan-
ning on being "as helpful as he can.'
See CARVILLE, Page 8A

*1.

to halt use
o f S S numbers

ABOVE: James
Carville speaks
to a sold-out
crowd yesterdayj
at Rackham
Auditorium,
LEFT: Carville
signs a copy of his
new book at
Borders Books,
Music & Cafe for
LSA freshman
Matt Engelbeig
yesterday evening.

By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
*rofessors ask for it, credit card solic-
itors ask for it, even the CRISP Lady
asks for it. Eveyone seems to want it,
but not everybody wants to give it.
Students who worry about the use
of their Social Security number as
University identification will be happy
to hear that campus officials are
switching over to a new randomized
number for student identification.
&niversity Registrar Tom McEl-
vYn said the University is in a tran-
sition period and the administration
plans to begin using a randomized
student identification number this
fall.
The University's Standard Prac-
tice Guide has a policy stating that

Social Security numbers are not to
be used for student identification
purposes.
"The real issue ... is the personal
identification that comes with the
number," McElvain said.
The policy states that students
will begin using a unique eight-
digit identification number that is
not derived at all from the Social
Security number.
The implementation of the new sys-
tem is expected to be completed no
later than 2002.
The unique identification number
already appears on the front of the M-
Card labeled as "UM ID #."
By the end of this summer, with
touch-tone registration slated to be
replaced an online system, students
See SECURITY, Page 7A

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Minorityn umbers
higher at Berkeley

Increases in minority
enrollment at UC-
Berkeley
Black, Native American and
Hispanic enrollment was up
16.9 percent from last year, a
drop from an increase of 18.8
percent the year before.
7,336 underrepresented
minorities were admitted this
year -100 more than in the
fall of 1997.
® In 1996, voters in California
passed a statewide law
outlawing the use of race as a
factor in college admissions.

By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
The eight-campus University of
California system admitted slightly
more underrepresented minority fresh-
men for the upcoming fall semester
than last year, according to data
released by UC on Monday.
The minority student admissions

numbers are higher than in 1997, the
last year affirmative action was used in
the UC admissions process, but the
overall percentage is still smaller..
This year 7,336 underrepresented
minority members were admitted -
100 more than Fall 1997. Blacks,
Native Americans and Hispanics make
up 17.6 percent of the admitted
See UC, Page 5A

Professor in the belfry

Lecture
traces plea
ofinsanity
By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
Many infamous defendants including Lorena
Bobbitt, Susan Smith and John Hinkley have
used the insanity plea, which would protect the
accused from prosecution because of their
mental illness.
In the final Shipman Series lecture of the
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Versityto
test new
notes
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By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
Recent controversy surrounding the
note-taking service Versity.com has
focused on the lack of professor per-
mission given to the paid notetakers,
but Versity's new Pilot Program
requires professor notification before
the notes hit the Web.
Versity On-Campus Market Repre-
sentative Daniel Wolf said the Univer-
sity is the pilot school for the program.
Wolf said the quality of notes
increases when students and profes-
sors are more aware of the Website's
impact. The professors can even offer
up some of their top students for note-
taking and check their notes to assure
quality, he said.
University faculty have mixed reac-
tions to commercial notetakers.
Political science Prof. Douglas
Lemke allows Grade A Notes to be
provided for his students. He wants
students to be able to catch up if they
miss class but said he thinks "it isn't

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Psychology Prof. Lisa Damour delivers the final
Shipman Series lecture yesterday in Dennison Hall.
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