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September 6, 2000
Gaines kicked off team after arrest
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By Geoff Gagnon
Daily Sports Editor
Two months before the already-troubled Michi-
gan basketball team opens its season, coach Brian
Ellerbe yesterday announced the dismissal of
sophomore guard Kevin Gaines following his
arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Gaines was arrested Monday morning in the
Detroit suburb of Taylor, where he was accom-
panied by incoming freshmen team members
Avery Queen and Bernard Robinson in the bor-
rowed car of freshman Josh Moore.
All three were arrested in the early morning
hours for suspicion of disorderly intoxication
after the players were spotted wrestling on the
shoulder of Telegraph Road outside their parked
car. Gaines, 19, was reported to have a 0.17 per-
cent blood-alcohol level at the time of the arrest.
A blood-alcohol level of more than 0.10 is con-
sidered legally drunk under Michigan law.
Ellerbe said he was notified of the incident by
phone from the three players themselves, who
then met with the coach later on Monday.
"They were frightened to say the least,"
Ellerbe said. "It was very difficult for them,
especially for the two young guys."
Gaines' removal from the team came in
response to "continual breaking of team rules,"
The decision to dismiss Gaines left the start-
ing point guard upset, but certainly not sur-
prised, Ellerbe said.
"I think its fairly well-documented that this is
not a first time situation for Kevin," the coach
said. "I feel worried about Kevin Gaines. Kevin
knows how I feel about him. This decision was
very well thought-out and all of the proper indi-
viduals backed me on it one hundred percent."
Gaines was at the center of several off-court
incidents including the alleged theft of a stu-
dent's palm pilot last winter.
"There's been a number of situations, I don't
want to single out any one, but there has been
repetitive behavior," Ellerbe said.
Monday's incident is also not the first involv-
ing Queen, who arrived in Ann Arbor this
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*Michigan looks to
candidates oppose 'How
to Be Gay' English class
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
Republicans seeking to regain a
majority on the University Board of
Regents have targeted Prof. David
Halperin's English 317 class titled
"How to Be Gay: Male Homosexuality
and Initiation;' asserting taxpayers are
wrongly funding a course that teaches
- In recent months the class has come
under scrutiny by conservatives, adding
an intriguing spin to an election that
despite its statewide scope usually
draws little or no attention,
Halperin insists that he never intend-
ed to incite any controversy by teaching
the English class.
"I do not seek controversy and I cer-
tainly had no intention of attracting crit-
ical attention to the University," he said.
Although unsuccessful in his bid,
Auburn Hills Mayor Tom McMillin
said the class inspired him to run for
one of two Republican nominations for
regent. "That was the straw that broke
the camel's back," McMillin said,
insisting there were other reasons for
his candidacy, including the elimina-
tion of benefits for same sex partners
of University eniployees.
Instead of McMillin, veteran Michi-
gan Republicans Wendy Anderson and
Suzy Avery - who both also oppose
Halperin's class - will be on their
party's ticket in November.
"I just can't understand the context of
someone who graduates with an Eng-
lish degree after having taken the class
'How to Be Gay' is better off than
someone who has not taken it," Ander-
son, a longtime party activist, said
shortly after accepting the nomination.
Suzy Avery, the state's tourism direc-
tor and a former Michigan Republican
See REPUBLICANS, Page 2A
Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel receives an honorary degree from University President Lee Bollinger yesterday
during a ceremony at Hill Auditorium.
Czech president receives,01v
New friends at the Union
By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
In a celebration of free speech, First Amendment
scholar and University President Lee Bollinger pre-
sented an honorary doctor of laws degree to Czech
Republic President Vaclav Havel yesterday, a man
who has devoted his life to promoting democratic
The University chose to honor Havel for his devo-
tion to human rights activism and active opposition
to communism, as well as his critically acclaimed
plays that have garnered many literary awards.
At the Hill Auditorium ceremony, Bollinger
announced a new graduate fellowship to honor a
man whose life exemplifies the triumph of "human-
ist and humanity."
The Havel Fellows program will offer assistance
to graduate students of Czech studies, students from
the Czech Republic who choose to study at the Uni-
versity and students who decide to research Czech
issues for their dissertations, Bollinger said.
Thanking the University for recognizing his work,
Havel discussed the difficulties of staying commit-
ted to finding the truth, in both political and person-
"We now live in the age of an information revolu-
tion when hundreds of thousands or even millions of.
pieces of information criss-cross the globe every
second at a frantic speed, spanning our planet with
an all-embracing coat of communication," Havel
"However, it seems to me that it is of paramount
importance to understand the fine difference
between information and truth."
After his speech, Havel led a panel discussion
called "Globalization's Intellectual Challenge" with
Bollinger, theater and drama Prof. Glenda Dicker-
son and Business School Prof. Jan Svejnar.
Havel's comments focused on the dangers global-
ization poses to national identity, while Bollinger
talked about the role of a university in encouraging
independent, critical thought with a "moral ground-
Svejnar added that universities in other countries must
See HAVEL, Page 2A
Bill Baroudi, area manager for the new Magic Wok restaurant in the,
Michigan Union, serves Engineering Junior Anton Diego yesterday.
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Midwest key to campaigns,
OUT lN THE STREET
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beaten path, but Main
Street is still a popular
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By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The Midwest has become the most
coveted region in the country for presi-
dential hopefuls, as Al Gore and
ended, the candidates have spent sig-
nificant time campaigning in the Mid-
west and are expected to visit the
region many more times before the
Nov. 7 election.
Voters in swing states like Michigan
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
The CRISP lady is officially dead.
The revamped Internet-based
Wolverine Access has permanently
replaced the aged telephone registra-
tion system that often frustrated stu-
dents with its monotone requests to
"please hold on."
But while the new system has allevi-
cess.umich.edu, a site that also offers
students access to personal records.
"The phone system worked fine, but
it was archaic," said Linda Hancock
Green, communications coordinator
for Michigan Administration Informa-
tion Services, formally known as M-
Pathways, which is supervising the
The phone system worked off an old
database that is no longer used, Green