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Today: Cloudy. High 41. Low 32.
"TIomorrow: Rain. High 43.
Vol. CX, No. 52
State cops
to0 record
race, sex
of drivers
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
Responding to allegations nationwide
that police unfairly target minorities
when making traffic stops, next month
the Michigan State Police officers will
begin logging the race and gender of all
drivers they pull over.
"We've got to take several steps to
Oeassure the public that we do our job
without regard to race or color and we
don't discriminate' said MSP Major
Tim Yungfer, a senior policy executive at
the East Lansing headquarters.
Beginning Jan. 1, state troopers will
categorize drivers as "black,
Latino/Hispanic, white or other," whether
they issue a ticket or give only a verbal
warning. They also must record the dri-
ver's gender and if they searched the vehi-
:le, whether the driver consented or if
they based the search on probable cause.
"This is great news," said Rep. John
Conyers (D-Detroit), a leading advocate
in the House of Representatives for
putting a stop to racial profiling prac-
tices. "I'm very happy we're making a
step in this direction. Although they're
not precise statistics; they are enough to
give us an idea of what's going on"
Law enforcement agencies across the
*ountry have begun discussing the prac-
ticality of tracking drivers' ethnicities,
said Conyers, who in April introduced
the Traffic Stop Statistics Study Act.
"This is a problem that's been going
on for a long time. People of color have
been stopped way out of proportion with
the number of people using the free-
ways, he said.
See DRIVING, Page 2A
ew Greek
houses
belong to
ninorities
By Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
In the game of housing for minority
Greek organizations, it's all amounts to
numbers and red tape.
Black Greek Association President
Marcus Collins said of BGA's nine
member chapters, only one sorority,

,lpha Phi Alpha, owns a house.
Collins said the overarching reasons
for so few minority Greek houses are
the number of members minority
Greek organizations have and the
process by which fraternities and soror-
ities obtain a house.
Jim Dewolf, zoning coordinator for
the City of Ann Arbor, said a fraternity
or sorority seeking to buy a house,
needs to find one in the R2B zone of
.he city, which is primarily located on
Washtenaw between South University
Avenue and Cambridge Street. The
organization also needs to petition the
residents of surrounding homes to see
if the house would be a welcomed addi-
tion to the community. "It's a whole lot
of red tape to actually access a house"
Collins said.
But Collins also said the majority of
the homes located in the R2B zone are
ones that can house more than 50 people.
4 He explained that due to the low
membership of many minority
Greek association, the available
houses are too large.
Most fraternities and sororities in the
See MINORITY, Page 2A

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EPI

By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter
A member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity spoke
out early this morning against recent allegations
made by pledges of the house about an alleged haz-
ing incident last week.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the
member said the pledges' words were "outlandish."
"There was a unity between the brothers and the
pledges - it is unfortunate an accident of this mag-
nitude ruined it," the member said.
He said the pledges would be removing their
names from the Pi pledge list, against the older
brothers' wishes, and are planning on accepting bids

'efutes
from another fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, in the
next few weeks.
The current Pi brothers are maintaining their loy-
alty to the house, the source said.
"Our primary focus now is on finals and doing
well, but every brother is committed to staying in
the house. There will be no deactivating," he said.
Despite allegations from pledges who spoke
anonymously to The Michigan Daily last week , the
Pi member said the pledges "voluntarily drank" and
were "allowed to leave whenever they wanted."
He called the allegations a reaction to the "crisis"
that occurred in last week's accident in which a
pledge was accidentally shot in the groin with a BB

allegations

gun not thought to be loaded.
"They are playing on personal vendettas ...
everything they did was voluntary" the source said.
"In response to accusations of egging, being duct
taped to chairs and mandatory drinking - they are
all outlandish.
"AEPi does not endorse any means of hazing
harmful to any pledge. (Pledges) clean the house
and participate in enjoyable scavenger hunts to unite
the pledge class. They problem solve situations to
create a unity not to be broken in future years.
The Pi member also said the pledges were never
forced to participate in activities they were uncom-
fortable with.

'All pledge activities are voluntary, and I mean
that explicitly. We had three depledge. all without
conflict. One actually was at the house for a prob-
lem solving situation and walked out with no fuss
or argument from the brothers. The other two called
up and were not happy with (their grades) because
of time commitments to the house and we wis ed
them all luck in their future endeavors," he said.
"I feel bad that our fraternal code of silence was
broken -- it is unfortunate and selfish of these
pledges that they spoke. There was a unity between
the brothers and the pledges it is unfortunate n
accident of this magnitude," he said.
See PI, Page 2A

Duke crashes Blue's party

'M' takefrs
loss of season,
104-9 7
By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
A true measure of their talent still something
of an enigma, the Wolverines took their home
floor Saturday afternoon with all the confi-
dence of NCAA Tournament veterans.
With a rambunctious cast of supporters show-
ing up more than an hour before tipoff and the
national media spotlight focused on Crisler
Arena, unranked Michigan might as well have
been coming off a trip to the Final Four.
But despite pregame appearances, it was
Duke that in the end showed the true nature of
an accomplished Tournament vet. The Blue
Devils outlasted Michigan in an emotional
game of tit-for-tat, and left Ann Arbor with a
104-97 victory.
Perhaps more importantly for Michigan, the
Devils left in Ann Arbor a tool by which to
measure the Wolverines' recent success.
"My team has played hard the whole year. If
they make mistakes they are mistakes of com-
mission not omission," said Duke coach Mike
Krzyzewski. "It looks to me like that's the way
Michigan is playing, and as long as young kids
are doing that, you're just going to get a lot bet-
ter. They have a lot of guts."
Even so, Michigan freshman Jamal
Crawford was self-critical.
"You can only use 'learning' for so long,'
Crawford, who had a team-high 27 points, said.
"You have to grow up sometime. Today, I don't
feel I did that. I take full responsibility for this."

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Michigan freshman Jamal Crawford shoots over Duke junior Shane Battier as Michigan loses
to the Blue Devils at Crisler Arena on Saturday.

Banks ready
for potental
problems
By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
Thinking about investing in mattresses to store your
money over New Year's?
Bank officials say you may want to think twice.
"We've been preparing for Y2K for five years and banking
services will continue uninterrupted," said Bill Eiler,
spokesperson for National City Bank.
Banks across the country have spent millions of dollars to
ensure that their systems are Y2K compliant, but many people
are still worried.
"We are sending out a message to customers to only with-
draw the funds that they will need for the Y2K weekend,"
Eiler said.
"Banking is based on faith and trust," history Prof. John
Carson said. "One of the things that went wrong during the
Great Depression was that people took out more money than
the banks had so people lost confidence in the banks whith
made the problem worse."
Because Universityltu-
Y2K banking dents did not experience
the Depression first-hand,
do's and don' s: most are not very worried.
Do keep records of bank "Actually, I haven't
account balances before New really thought about tak-
Year's Eve. ing out money at all,"
Do not LSA first-year stude'nt
put money Sarah Figurski said.
under mattress or in an Withdrawing too much
underground hole. money creates a physical
Do check funds soon after danger as robbers an d
the holiday and make sure scam artists may be on the
banks have similar records. prowl.
* Do not carry around large Biler said the bank has
amounts of cash.Eiesadtebkhs
not seen a major increase
in withdrawals, but the automatic teller machines will 'be
stocked with additional money.
Since the banks will be closed during the New Year's week-
end, the ATM system limits the amount of money that can be
withdrawn to the sum of individual ATMs' money supplies.
Banks do not keep all the money customers deposit on site.
The bank loans deposits out to customers who need assis-
tance buying a home or paying for college.14
But if too many people attempt to withdraw money from a
bank, the bank's supply could dwindle, leaving the baink
unable to return deposited funds to customers.
"If everyone took out too much money, there could be a
run-out on the banks," Carson said.
As the banks run out of money, more people lose confi-
dence in their banking systems and in turn take out money.
The system then spirals toward disaster as it did during the
1920's Depression.
See BANKS, Page 2A

"It's a well-conceived offense," said
Krzyzewski, who also sang the praises of
Michigan freshman Kevin Gaines, who finished
with 23 points including three 3-pointers.
"He surprised me at how good he was
today," Krzyzewski said. "Gaines ran the show
and his team scored 97 points. That ain't bad"
After a poetic Shane Battier versus LaVell
Blanchard tipoff (two local stars heavily
recruited by Michigan), the Wolverines led the
way throughout most of the first half.
Duke went on a 9-3 run to conclude the first,

and Michigan would never reclaim the lead.
But the Wolverines were never truly out of the
game, either, until an intentional foul by Josh
Asselin with 31 seconds to go.
Young Michigan hung tough, and when
Leon Jones converted a three-point play with
1:21 left to pull Michigan within two, it
'seemed like these reborn Wolverines just
might pull it out.
"Those are deflating buckets when you
penetrate and dunk," Krzyzewski
See DUKE, Page 7A

Y2K worry takes backseat to final exams

By Jodie Kaufman
Daily Staff Reporter
As most University students are studying for
finals, the dawning of the new millennium is
approaching, and speculation about what is
really going to happen worries many across the
country. But at the University, most students
do not seem to be too concerned about the Y2K
frenzy.
The Y2K concern stems from computer sys-
tems that may not recognize "00" as 2000,
instead reading it as 1900.
"I don't think anything's going to happen. It
won't affect anything," LSA senior Nick

Yeager said.
Many others agree, saying that the Y2K
ordeal is blown out of proportion.
Engineering junior Dawn O'Sullivan also
expressed concern for those who are.over-anx-
ious.
"I think it's a big scare, and people are too
paranoid" she said.
Engineering junior Regina Bousson added,
"maybe if we are lucky our grades will get
wiped out," to which O'Sullivan followed
"maybe we will just get 4.0's for everything."
Others blame the possible panic on the
media.

"It's all about the media playing off on
uneducated people's fears," said
Engineering senior Scott Jackson.
"I'm not worried about it, and I am a
computer engineer - planes aren't going
to fall out of the sky, and anything that is
screwed up is going to be able to be cor-
rected," Jackson said.
LSA junior George Day also said he
believes Y2K is merely a hoax.
"I think it is overblown to the extent that
media and businesses have capitalized on
it, because a lot of people don't know any-
See STUDENTS, Page 2A

Old man winter

Education in elementary schools
gives Sex a Gdirty connotation
By Risa Berrin not going to remember much fror
Daily Staff Reporter To . elementary school."

m

Engineering junior Ryan Echlin
remembers the scare tactics used in
his first sex education class in ele-
mentary school.
"I remember them telling us that if
you do certain things you might end
up dead or worse," he said.
Sandra Cole, sex educator and
coordinator at the University's Health
Systems, said that sex is introduced
with a negative connotation in ele-
mentary school.
"Sex is often taught as 'don't do
this - it's bad, bad'," Cole said.
"Girls are taught not to touch down
there and boys are taught how to
cover up erections."
LSA first-year student Sarah
Smalla said she remembers her first
lessons about male and female geni-
talia in third grade.
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Cole said the
Sexuality Information and Education
Council of the United States has been
the vanguard for sex education since
1964. SIECUS is a national, non-
profit organization that collects, dis-
seminates and promotes sex educa-
tion.
The SIECUS Website includes an
idealized guideline for sex education.
Some of its key concepts include
human development, relationships,
personal skills, sexual behavior, sex-
ual health, and society and culture.
Echlin said that although his sex

But Smalla said she received the
most education from her parents.
"My parents sat me down and gave
me the whole kit and caboodle," she
said. "They have made me more
knowledgeable and I know that I can
come to them with any problenms I
might have."
Cole said that she hopes societal
attitudes about sex will change in the
future.
"Sex is sensationalized instead of
being viewed as a natural process,"
she said. "Sexuality is far greater
than the physical acts of sex." -
Cole said she believes the upcom-
ing group of new parents will be the
ones to push sex education in a new
direction.
"These young people have grown
up through the rampage. of

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