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One hundred eight years of edantldfreedom

Wednesday
September 22, 1999

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aily Staff Reporter
Wolverine and Badger football fans
hare a rivalry that runs deep.
In 1993, after the Michigan football
earn won at the Badgers' stadium in
adison, students rushed the field
ausing serious injuries and near-riot
* ity. Two years ago, there was a
eries of bar brawls in Wisconsin the
ight before the Badgers played the
olverines.
University of Wisconsin at Madison
tudent Tim Hong, a member of the
ssociated Students of Madison, attrib-
tes this violence to the "connections
etween the two schools: academic
competition), location and athletic
ompetition.
"Michigan is one of the rare people
*my beat us," Hong added.
Wisconsin student Jill Cartwright
aid. "the behavior is irrational, but fun;
nimosities come up and people need
nemies."
Madison Police Capt. George
Silverwood said the behavior is "unusu-
al." He describes the pre-game bar
brawls two years ago as "a lot of fights,
a bit of confrontations between fans and
sent disputes." Silverwood said one
bar owner recalled the behavior as "get-
ting close to a riot."
But Silverwood said this year there
will be "additional staff in the area,
focusing in on behavior." The Madison
Police Department is "asking the bars to
strictly abide by capacity and serving,"
Silverwood said.
The policies are strict, and
Silverwood said "we have a very low
to ance for out-of-control behavior.
O hope is that people will come here
and drink and act responsibly. If they do
not, they will be charged - pure and
simple:'
"Alcohol is the biggest contributor"
to the rowdiness, Wong said.

MS to ij
U Investigation targets possible
misuse of assembly funds by Peace
and Justice Commission chair
By Jeannie Baumann
D~aily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Student Assembly voted last night to form
an investigative committee on the possible misuse of assem-
bly funds as well as misrepresentation of MSA by Rackham
Rep. Jessica Curtin, a member of the Defend Affirmative
Action Party and the chair for the Peace and Justice
Commission.
"We're not worried," Curtin said, speaking as a representa-
tive for the DAAP and PJC. "The committee can investigate
and will find nothing. We have been nothing but scrupulous-
ly honest and upstanding"
The motion to form the committee sparked a heated debate,
as more than 50 constituents gathered in the assembly chambers
located in the Michigan Union to discuss the issue. A maximum
of 15 constituents are normally permitted to speak for 10 min-
utes each, but last night only eight speakers were allowed to

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speak - four supporting and four contesting the motion.
"MSA is urowing up," MSA President Bram Elias com-
mented after the voting. "This was a test of our ability to be
fair and thoughtful, while considering passionate and emo-
tional arguments. We have a commitment to be fair."
Arguments for the formation of the committee centered
around the principle of bi-partisanship and delving into the
truth, while opposing arguments claimed the motion was
merely a political attack.
"When there's not an election committee to oversee every-
thing an investigative committee is the only objective way not
to politicize the event," said MSA Rep. Rory Diamond, an
LSA junior.
MSA Rep. Erika Dowdell, an LSA sophomore. claimed
DAAP has been named in the allegation, but it is actually the
PJC that is under attack by the assembly.
Several students attending the meeting argued similar
points of view as some MSA representatives.
LSA Junior Amit Pandya said that forming a committee
was not a conspiracy against the campus group Defend
Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary, but rather a
See MSA, Page 7

use of funds

SAM HOLLENSHEAD Daily
Michigan Student Assembly President Bram Elias and MSA Vice President Andy
Coulouris preside over last night's meeting.

Cautious crossings

Taiwan quake kills 1,700,
rescuers search rubble

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Two strong
aftershocks rocked Taiwan yesterday
even as rescuers struggled to reach vic-
tims of a more powerful quake a' day
earlier that killed more than 1,700 peo-
ple.
Rescuers scrambled all night and into
the daylight yesterday, pressing to
unearth thousands of people trapped
under the debris of the powerful tem-
blor.
More than 100,000 Taiwanese were
homeless after the 7.6-magnitude quake
toppled houses and high-rise apartment
complexes across central Taiwan early
yesterday. Roads buckled in waves,
chunks of land rose up to create new
hills, cracked buildings tilted at crazy
angles and a bridge was left dangling in
the air.
By yesterday. 1.712 people were
dead more than 4.000 were injured and
almost 3,000 were believed trapped in
the rubble, according to the Interior
Ministry's disaster management center.
Aboutfour million households were
still without power.
The aftershocks that rocked the
island yesterday had preliminary mag-
nitudes of 6.8 and 6.1, respectively.
They were among more than 2,000
aftershocks since Tuesday.

"We're pulling the dead out one by
one. "
- Chen Wen-Hsien
Fengyuan rescue official

Yesterday's tremors were felt in
Taipei, shaking buildings and sending
many frightened citizens out of their
homes and into the streets again. There
were no immediate reports of injury.
After the strong aftershocks, state
radio said cracks had been discovered at
one of the island's largest reservoirs and
warned downstream residents to evacu-
ate their homes. It said some water was
already flowing through the cracks.
Taiwan is hit by dozens of quakes
each year, but most are centered in the
Pacific Ocean east of the island and
cause no damage. The earthquake
Tuesday was the island's second dead-
liest quake - after a 7.4 magnitude one
killed,3.276 people in 1935.
"We're pulling the dead out one by
one, but it's hard to get an overall pic-
ture of the number of fatalities." said
Chen Wen-Hsien, a rescue official in
the central city of Fengyuan, 30 miles
from the epicenter. He had to plug his

nose with tissue after part of a building
began shifting from an aftershock,
releasing the stench of a corpse still
inside.
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau
listed the quake at 7.3 magnitude, a lit-
tle less than the U.S. Geological
Survey's estimate. The bureau said the
quake's epicenter was in Nantou
County, 120 miles south of the capital
of Taipei, where most of the deaths
occurred.
Morgues filled up with bodies and
officials appealed for donations of bull-
dozers, cars, quilts and food. Rescue
crews from the United States,
Singapore, Japan, Switzerland and
Russia were on their way to provide
assistance, as was a U.N. disaster
assessment team.
Taiwan's political nemesis, the com-
munist regime in Beijing, offered aid,
but with a subtle dig at the island it con-
See TAIWAN, Page 2

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University
of Wisconsin
Police Capt.
Dale Burke
said fans will
be checked
for alcohol
when enter-
ing the stadi-
um by a pri-
vate security
companyy.
Many of the
company's
officers are
college stu-
dents who
are attired in
T- s hi r ts
rather than
uniforms.

SAM HVOLLENSHumDay
LSA first-year student Randi Levinson crosses North University Avenue near the
Natural History Museum on her way back to Alice Uoyd Residence Hail yesterday.

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wekend Burke said
the initial
check by the private officers is intended
to reduce possible contact between uni-
formed officers and fans.
f fans are caught with alcohol at the
i al checkpoint, the only penalty is to
forfeit it, Burke said. But if fans are
found with alcohol inside the gates by
police they will be "ejected and receive
a citation."
"This has worked very well:' Burke
said. Warmer weather is expected for
Saturday "and it will be tougher to
smuggle alcohol in, without all the lay-
ers of winter clothes."
Inside Camp Randall Stadium many
ges were made to make it a safer
P~e to watch football and avoid poten-
tial dangers.
Alterations include the isolation of
the student section, to reduce the num-
ber of fans allowed into the section.
Aisles are monitored and must
remain clear at all times, and no one in
the student section is allowed to sit in
the back row of the section to allow
police greater access to the section,
ke said.
Burke said he hopes "the memory of
1993 is still fresh enough that people
know what can happen when things get
out of control, that bad things can hap-
pen to fellow classmates."
In the revised stadium safety plan,
fans are not allowed to linger between

Services adapt
campus for
student needs
By Hanna LoPatin
For the Daily
Lecture courses are different for Rachel Arfa, who has
to watch her professors lips more closely than her class-
mates. But, Arfa, who is hearing impaired, doesn't let
this slow her down, in fact, it provides motivation.
Arfa, an LSA senior, is president of the Hearing Impaired
Students Organization, one of the only clubs for disabled stu-
dents on campus.
They gather monthly, often to watch close-captioned
movies. Arfa said the group provides a comfort zone for stu-
dents.
"You need to know that someone else is going through the
same issues that you are," she said.
Like other students with disabilities on campus, Arfa
has looked to the Services for Students with Disabilities
to help make her college experience as normal as possi-
ble.
SSD's statement of purpose says it is committed to
providing free services for disabled students and
increasing awareness of disability issues on campus.
Arfa said the services on campus are adequate, but the
awareness is not.
"There aren't enough programs to educate people about dis-
abilities," she said.
The SSD provides hearing-impaired students with
several options to obtain notes for classes. Notetakers,
real-time captioning for a verbatim set of notes, sign-
language and oral interpreters provide options for a
variety of class sizes.
Students with visual impairments can acquire taped
textbooks or Braille texts. For handouts and workbooks,
they can arrange for a reader, professional or volunteer,
to help them. SSD will supply tactile maps to assist stu-
dents in traveling across campus independently.

RECALLING
TURBULENT
TIMES

SAM HOLLENSHEAD/Daily
ABOVE: Former University President Robben Fleming speaks last
night in the Chemistry Building on student activism of the '60s
and '70s. LEFT: The Black Action Movement's massive protest in
1970 halted University classes for 10 days.

Fleming speaks on protests

By Callie Scott
Daily Staff Reporter
"Turbulence" is not a foreign concept
to college campuses or former University
President Robben Fleming. But never
was it more familiar at the University
and elsewhere than during the tumul-
tuous decades of the 1960s and '70s.
Fleming, who served as University
president from 1968 to 1979 explored
this issue last night in his speech titled

other campuses. But in the spring of
1965, "it began," Fleming told a small
crowd - most of whom belong to the
event sponsor, the Shipman Society - in
the Chemistry Building.
"Overnight, the whole country just
came alive and students united," said
K.C. Lohmann, a geology professor and
the Shipman Society's faculty advisor,
validating Fleming's description of the
time period.

The largest movement on campus,
Fleming said, was the first Black Action
Movement strike that lasted for 10 days
in 1970.
The daily protests were non-violent.
Community members demanded that the
University increase the number of black
students enrolled to 10 percent by the
1973-74 school year.
The University Board of Regents
agreed to these demands and a few

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