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December 7, 1999

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in minority enrollment

ick Bunkley
Staff Reporter
With underrepresented minority enrollment
the University exhibiting a downward trend
nce 1995, those figures will soon spell trou-
le for diversity on campus, LSA sophomore
rika Dowdell said.
"In another decade, there will be no black,
atino or Native American students at this
rniversity," Dowdell, a Michigan Student
,ssembly representative and Defend

Affirmative Action Party member, said at a
minority student town meeting called by
MSA's Peace and Justice Commission last
"This won't be just one meeting," Dowdell
told the audience of about 30 people who gath-
ered at the Trotter House to discuss ways to
reverse the drop in minority enrollments. "This
should be seen as an ongoing series until we
accomplish our goals."
Enrollment figures released by the

University last week show that underrepresent-
ed minorities - students classified as black,
Latino/a or Native American - comprise 11.3
percent of the total student body.
"The release of these numbers and this
information is something that we have to act on
now," said Detroit resident Lisa Resch, a mem-
ber of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action By All Means Necessary. "We do have
to fight for real representation on the campus.

BAMN organizers Caroline Wong (left) and Lisa Resch (right) and SA first-year student Agnes Aieobua
participate in a minority student town hall meeting at the Trotter House last night.

still leery
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IMembers worry that
ion-students may gain
advantage from notes
ly Jeremy W. Peters
Staff Reporter
what has become an increasingly
iopular vein of discourse among
Jniversity officials, the Senate
Edvisory Committee on University
affairs took up the issue of commercial
iotetaking yesterday - specifically
mphasizing the impact class notes on
ie Internet could have on outsiders
ccessing the intellectual property of
Jniversity professors.
,sterday SACUA members
ssed their concerns over the issue
nd in particular, its implications on the
otential for people outside the
Jniversity to access course materials.
SACUA representative and Dentistry
rof. John Gobetti expressed his con-
erns about what he referred to as "dis-
nce learning."
"I wonder if eventually someone sit-
ng in Nevada will be able to get cred-
a class simply by getting our notes
rom the Web. This could be a very
angerous quagmire that we get our-
elves into," Gobetti said.
University Library SACUA repre-
entative and head of Educational
nd Information Services Barbara
4acAdam said though she had
ome trepidation over the potential
rowing importance of commercial
otetaking on campus, she felt this
ssue has always been present in
The truth is that faculty have been
lacing their materials on the Web for
See SACUA, Page 2

Officers use
Webcam to
nab minors
at stadium
By Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter
A new medium for Michigan foot-
ball fans to quench their desire for a
sports fix recently caught a few stu-
dents emulating their football heroes.
The Webcam, which throughout the
football season was focused exclu-
sively on Michigan Stadium and is
now in the process of being moved to
Yost Ice Arena, provides 24 hour per
day shots of the sports venues.
While the Webcam has been used
solely for recreational purposes, in a
turn of events, a Department of Public
Safety Officer viewed students, via
the Webcam broadcast on
MGoBlue.com, trespassing on the
field at Michigan Stadium the day
before Thanksgiving.
"The report says that at 2:21 a.m.
on Nov. 24, an officer,,wfmesub-
jects running on the football field on
the live Internet camera," DPS Officer
Wesley Skowron said.
Skowron said two of the subjects
were cited for minors in possession
because they were or had been drink-
ing alcohol.
"It is up to the prosecutor to deter-
mine whether they will be charged
with trespassing," he said.
Under state laws in Michigan, tres-
passing on the field, or "recreational
trespassing" carries a maximum sen-
tence of 30 days in jail.
"If an officer responded to a report
and ordered them out and they didn't
leave, they would probably be charged

Pledge suffers
groin injury
rom BB n

By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
A first-year student and Alpha
Epsilon Pi pledge is awaiting surgery
after another fraternity member
allegedly shot him in the groin with a
BB gun yesterday morning.
The University placed the local
chapter on immediate suspension to
investigate what University officials
are calling a "possible hazing" inci-
The 19-year-old student, whose
name has not been released, is in fair
condition at University Hospitals and
is scheduled to undergo surgery today.
The accident was an apparent
pledge activity gone awry, which
occurred at the house, located at 1620
Cambridge St.
A person at the fraternity called the
Ann Arbor Police Department at about
12:30 a.m. to report the incident.
Shortly after, the student was trans-
ported to the hospital by fraternity

members, said AAPD Sgt. Michael
Logghe, who is investigating the case.
"Evidently they were taking a
Crossman pump-type BB gun and
shooting it at the groin area" of
pledges," Logghe said.
According to Logghe the shooter
claimed he had checked the gun and
found it to be empty. The gun had been
fired at six other pledges before the
student was shot.
"There was evidently a BB lodged
somewhere in the gun," Logghe said.
The AAPD is investigating possible
criminal charges against the shooter
for discharge of a weapon in city lim-
"Right now we will send (the case)
to our city attorney's office to see if
there are any charges they can come up
with," Logghe said.
The incident has prompted rapid
response from all sides.
Sidney Dunn, the executive vice
See HAZING, Page 7

Michigan Stadium sits covered in snow yesterday, watched by the Webcam,
which is located on top of the Press Box.

with trespassing," Skowron said.
Even though the stadium is proper-
ty the University, which is public, tres-
passing on the field is comparable to
trespassing on private property.
"It is still trespassing because it
goes against the consent of the owner,
the University of Michigan. It is like
going into certain areas of the hospi-
tal. Some are off-limits to the general
public and if they are notified that
they are not to enter, it falls under the
category of trespassing," said Ann
Arbor Police Department Sgt. Ed
Entering any structure without per-
mission is a misdemeanor punishable
by 90 days in jail. Unlawful entry,
such as breaking into the press box, is
a felony, carrying a maximum five
year sentence.

Director of Media Relations for the
University Athletic Department Bruce
Madej said that the purpose of the
Webcam was never to catch 'tres-
passers. "That was not a thought," he
said. "It can be used for that, but it
was not a thought at the beginning."
Skowron said sighting the tres-
passers on the Webcam was purely
"We don't monitor it on a regular
basis. We have no protocol on it.
Apparently, an officer was randomly
looking at it and saw someone tres-
passing," he said. "We do respond
though if we get reports of people in
the stadium or on the field."
The camera is now being moved to
Yost for the winter and images from
the camera can be seen on both the
See WEBCAM, Page 7

I nitiative aims to
retain minorities

An oasis in Detroit

'U' to sell software
via Microsoft deal

By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
The retention and graduation rates of
the University's underrepresented
minority students is a matter associate
Provost and Director of Office of
Academic and Multicultural Initiatives
John Matlock feels deserves campus-
wide attention.
"Retention is everybody's business,"
Matlock said. "I've never been a propo-
nent that one office is responsible for
retention. There are a numbers of units
that are involved in student's success."
Pathways to Student Success and
Excellence Program, a new and devel-
oping initiative focusing on the reten-
tion of the University's black, Latino/a
and Native American students capital-
izes on the efforts of the University
community to create an environment in
which underrepresented minority reten-
tion and graduation rates improve.
The proposal for the program notes
that a disparity in graduation rates may
be the result of underrepresented
minority students having trouble adjust-
ing to college life. Although they have

the requirements for admission, under
represented minority students, the
report states, have not had as much
exposure to a college environment.
While the University currently hac
retention efforts such as the "Bridge
Program" which permits admitted "at-
risk" students to begin the transition to
college life by taking courses during the
summer, Matlock said POSSE seeks to
provide a "cross unit collaboration,"
that will incorporate the efforts of
OAMI and the Office of New Student
"The emphasis of this proposal is
getting folks together, getting the differ-
ent units developing ongoing activities
with students," Matlock said.
One of the projects initiated by
POSSE, will be an additional orienta-
tion .for an estimated 225 admitted
underrepresented minority students.
Admitted underrepresented minority
students will be sent a letter next spring
inviting them to participate in an intro-
ductory program before orientation.
Matlock said the POSSE orientation

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
After signing a multi-year licensing
agreement with Microsoft on Nov. 30
the University is set to offer students,
faculty and staff members of the Ann
Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses
software discounts.
Starting next Monday, the University
is set to begin selling Microsoft prod-
ucts at greatly reduced prices to stu-

"I believe this is a great deal,"
said Wanda Monroe, Information
and Technology Division spokesper-
The University is planning to sell
Microsoft Office 2000 and
Microsoft Front Page 2000 for $33
each. Area computer software
retailers sell the products for much
The Best Buy store on Oak Valley

Early treatment can curb STDs' effects

By Risa Berrin
Daily Staff Reporter
Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and genital warts
and other STDs exist on this campus, according to
Polly Paulson, University Health Services Health
Education Coordinator. But in many cases, early
detection and treatment is key.
Paulson said the average number of cases of genital
warts at UHS have ranged between 400 and 700 per
year and herpes cases average 200 per year. Cases of

The numbers:
University Health Services performs about 1,000 STD
checks per year. Here are a few average yearly
.r statistics:
* 400 to 700 cases of genital warts
* 200 cases of herpes
3 50 to 60 cases of gonorrhea
then cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea and blood

tine yearly examination, the doctor generally does not



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