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ffairs Maureen Hartford instituted the
inge Drinking Task Force to study the
Moblem in 1999 before she left the Univer-
The Binge Drinking Task Force became
he, Task Force on Alcohol and Other Drugs
ih.Fall 1999 when Harper became interim
v'ico-president of student affairs.
.The common definition of binge drinking
four drinks in one evening for women and
fi've drinks for men.
The AOD recently finished talking to stu-
Idents and faculty on the culture of alcohol at
the University and made its recommendations
"They finished their report earlier this year
and met to talk about the next steps and about
implementing strategies about two weeks
jgo" Harper said.
r2'We have students on campus who think
' way to celebrate'the 21st birthday is to
iik in excess. That is the culture we've got
iange," she said.
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matter what the outcome of today or any upcom
inal, an appeal is more than likely
There is no dispute about the facts, the oi
dispute is in the law," Barry said. That is, there
ho doubt that the University doe; allow the use
race as a factor in admissions. The central leg
question is whether or not such a policy is cons
The University asserts that the 1978 Supreme Cot
ease Regents of the University of California v Ba/A
which outlawed the use of racial quotas in colle
admissions, justifies the use of race in evaluating app
"We've had posters, programs, sessions at
orientation, and still we have this needless
death that effects all of us."
University Health Services psychologist
Deborah Kraus chaired the Treatment and
Response committee on the Binge Drinking
"It's hard to talk about this now after
there's been a death," Kraus said. "It all
"This is the kind of issue a lot of people
don't take notice of until it's affected them.
It's hard to open people's eyes to the problem
of problem drinking," she said.
Three deaths in Michigan alone have
caused nationwide concern and some have
redefined binge drinking nationwide. Cases
like Kim's are now referred to as "heavy
episodic drinking" instead of binging.
"The five drinks for a college student if
you start drinking at 7 (p.m.) and stop
drinking at 4 (a.m.) is not heavy drinking,"
said Robert Turrisi, a researcher at Boise
State University in Idaho who has dealt
extensively with the subject of college
"Some people would argue that it is
Turrisi said that the problem actually
may be on the decline as awareness
"I think it's less than it used to be. When
I was in college we didn't think there was a
problem. Now it's a problem to study," Tur-
risi said. "We're just noticing it more."
Despite the high profile nature of alcohol-
related deaths, Turrisi ended on an ominous
"Next weekend, the same thing's going to
be repeated somewhere else," he said.
For now, the University has unspecific
plans to continue the campaign against prob-
lem drinking based on the recommendations
of the AOD.
"There is going to be something along the
lines of increased programming dollars,"
Ann Hower, director of the Office of New
Student Programs, was on the programming
committee of the AOD, and said the Universi-
ty is looking for a person to spearhead the
"They are in the search right now for a
campus alcohol and drug liaison who would
coordinate any alcohol and drug initiatives"
Hower said. The liaison was one recommen-
dation of both task forces.
For the last two years, University orienta-
tion has emphasized what to do with a friend
who has alcohol poisoning in various ways,
including a skit.
"Some of our students are not aware that
this can lead to really serious consequences,"
She said she has received positive response
from students about the educational effort.
"We have heard from students - a stu-
dent came to us last year and told us that it
happened to her roommate, and because of
orientation, she knew what to," Hower said.
Kim participated in an orientation for
international students in Fall 1999.
"We do talk about campus life issues -
(alcohol has) been included, but not as
strongly," Hower said of the international
How many drinks does it
take to get drunk?
E According to Dr. Hernan Gomez of Universj
ty Health Services, an average size male cart
reach the legal liit for drunkenness in
Michigan - a blood alcohol level of .10 per-
cent with two to three shots of S0 proof
itquOr per hour.
International Center Director Rodolfo
Altamirano said the center has discussed
whether to change the way they educate-
international students about alcohol.
"It's a first step towards exploring possibili-
ties," Altamirano said. "I'm sure people will,
start meeting and talking about creative ways.
to do this."
"What is proper here may not be a proper
thing to do in another country," Altamirano
"It goes back to educating our students in a
more creative way and look at ways of what
can communicate effectively to our interna-
"At that we had a lengthy
on those issues," Hower said.
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In a separate opinion, Justice Lewis Powell
said that attaining greater diversity is a com-
pelling governmental interest. Since then, Pow-
ell's interpretation of the case has been a point
CIR contends the use of race as a factor in admis-
sion policies violates the 14th Amendment of the Con-
stitution which guarantees equal protection under the
In August 1999, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
in Cincinnati allowed the entrance of the intervening
defendants after Duggan initially denied the inclusion
of the third party. Made up primarily of interested stu-
dents, the third party had to prove neither the plaintiff
or the defendant would adequately represent their
The intervenors state that the use of race is needed
to remedy past discrimination by the University.
The intervenors will argue today that there is a
dispute of facts and the case should go to trial.
Godfrey Dillard, lead counsel for the intervenors,
said he believes there is discrimination against
minorities at the University of Michigan, despite
the administration's attempts at attaining greater
A study commissioned by the intervenors also
asserts that Gratz's claim that her spot was taken by a
less qualified minority student is wrong because 1,300
other white students with lesser test scores than Gratz
Dillard said he was "cautiously optimistic" that
tomorrow's hearing would send the case to trial.
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