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March 20, 2001
Daily Staff Reporter
An investigation is still pending con-
cerning an altercation that occurred the
morning of March 11 between hockey
players and Sigma Chi fraternity mem-
etective David Monroe of the Ann
Ar or Police Department, who was
assigned to the case last week, said
there were two reports filed: one report
for malicious destruction and one for
The reports were filed after several
hockey players were ejected from a
party hosted by the Sigma Chi fraterni-
ty after senior right wing Josh Langfeld
was seen harassing some female guests,
witnesses said. The disgruntled group
irned to the house shortly after and
boke several windows, provoking a
fight with several fraternity members.
Responding to a 911 call by a fraternity
member, eight police cars appeared at
the scene, witnesses said.
AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe said the
department is still in the process of
investigating the incident.
"It won't be for a few weeks before
tinvestigation is complete," Logghe
Sigma Chi President Mike Lover-
nick said the chapter is working with
AAPD and the Michigan Athletic
Department to resolve the situation.
Lovernick said most of the fraternity
members are hoping for a fair conclu-
sion and are still concerned about the
"I've always prided in myself that our
fraternity is upstanding. We try to
Lrntain a certain level of respect,"
Michigan hockey associate head
coach Mel Pearson said neither the Ath-
letic Department nor the players have
been contacted by AAPD and team
officials are still in the process of gath-
ering information from its players.
"There are a lot of different ver-
sions," Pearson said. "We want to get
Qhe correct facts and details."
e was unable to speculate about the
repercussions players might sustain.
"Until we get the whole scoop, we
don't want to jump ahead of ourselves,"
Lovernick said he hopes there will
not be any backlash in the University
community because the incident
involved hockey players.
The fraternity does not yet have an
estimated cost of the damages to the
h se windows and doors, but is having
tn repaired as soon as possible.
The fraternity will be secure if they
decide to take a legal stance, Lovenick
"We've been in contact with our
alumni board we have strong support
from them," he added.
Interfraternity Council President
Mark Hustvedt said the IFC supports
Sigma Chi in its efforts.
From what we understand, they did
everything that could have been done
given the situation," Hustvedt said. "By
calling the police, they did not take it
into their own hands. They immediately
tried to remove the instigators from the
party - the hockey players - and it's
when they came back there was prob-
lems," Hustvedt said.
Hustvedt said two fraternity mem-
bers received treatment at University
Hospitals after the incident.
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By Carie Thorson
Daily Staff Reporter
After University Department of
Public Safety officers told Defend
Affirmative Action Party candi-
dates they could not set up their
table on the Diag yesterday after-
noon, they took the request literal-
Rather than leave, Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly representative can-
didates Cyril Cordor and Neal
Lyons chose to carry the table on
their shoulders for the remainder of
According to the officers, the
party did not have the area reserved
through the Office of Student
Activities and Leadership.
"They told us to keep our table
off the ground, so that's exactly
what we'll do," said DAAP vice-
presidential candidate Jessica
The Michigan Party and Blue
Party also had campaign structures
set up, but only the Michigan Party
was allowed to remain because they
had previously registered to use the
Only three groups at a time are
allowed to register space on the
"There should be as many stu-
dent groups out here as possible,"
Curtin said. "It would be great if it
could look like Festifall every day."
DAAP members said they were
"It's absurd that on our Diag we
have to go through all this ... to
make our voice be heard," said LSA
sophomore Agnes Aleobua. "What
is this, freedom of speech for the
first three people that come?"
"It's clear that the administration
cares more about their policies than
student's. rights," said Lyons, an
The Blue Party was asked to
move the "house" they had erected
next to the Diag for the same rwa-
"DPS said we could have it on
the grass as long as it was out of
the way of students walking, but
now Grounds is telling us to move
it," said LSA sophomore Sarah
See DIAG, Page 7
Defend Affirmative Action Party candidates Engineering freshman Cyril Cordor, LSA sophomore Neal Lyons and LSA
sophomore Agnes Aleobua carry their table yesterday on the Diag after the party failed to register space.
Campaigning to continue through election
By Shannon Pettypiece
Daily Staff Reporter
"I don't thMk we'll be getting a lot more sleep."
- Andreas Penna
LSA-SG Blue Party candidate
Although voting starts tomorrow for the
new Michigan Student Assembly and LSA
Student Government candidates, most of
those running for office said they will con-
tinue campaigning vigorously until the
polls close Thursday night.
""I don't think we will be getting a lot
more sleep. We just want as many people to
know what we are about," said Blue Party
LSA-SG candidate Andreas Penna.
In the final days of campaigning, candi-
dates have done everything from talking
with students to building structures on the
Diag. The Michigan Party even built a plat-
form where party members will be answer-
ing questions continuously until the end of
"We thought the platform was a great
way to emphasis change to the students and
we've received a lot of positive feedback,"
said Michigan Party presidential candidate
Doug Tietz. "Someone will be there for
every single hour until the election is over
ready to answer questions."
In response to the Michigan Party's
structure, the Blue Party constructed a blue
house to draw attention to their party,
"The house wasn't for competition
against the Michigan Party's tower, we just
wanted to build something better. It's also a
good check point for supplies," said Penna.
Michigan Party candidate Francesca
Vitale, who is running for MSA Engineer-
ing representative, said the next few days
of campaigning will be very intense.
"We are going all-out crazy," Vitale said.
"We are going to be chalking like crazy and
going around Bursley- a few times before
the elections are over."
Sophomore Rachel Tronstein, a Blue
Party LSA-SG candidate, said she didn't
want to reveal what some final Blue Party
campaign tactics will be, but she said the
main goal is to make students aware of the
issues and importance of the elections.
"I've been making my campaign issue-
oriented by putting the issues on my
posters, it's wonderful to see people read-
ing them," Tronstein said.
University Democratic Party LSA-SG
candidate Alex McDonough said his party
See CAMPAIGNING, Page 7
e slators ope to increase
types of bottles with deposits
By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
More than 25 years after Michigan began
offering a deposit for recycling soda bottles,
some Michigan legislators are looking to
expand the law to include bottles for fruit
drinks, iced tea and water - drinks that were
not as popular when the law was originally
Rep. Mike Switalski (D-Roseville) has
introduced a bill in the state House along with
his co-sponsor, House Majority Floor Leader
Bruce Patterson (R-Canton). Because the
original law was a citizen initiative-based
constitutional amendment, the bill needs a
three-fourths majority to pass. Switalski said
he is confident that the bipartisan support will
help to push the legislation through.
"We're looking to stay No. 1," Switalski
said, and maintain Michigan's reputation as
"the most environmentally conscious state."
When the original bill passed in 1976 it
was highly successful, reducing roadside bot-
tle and can debris by 80 percent.
Amanda Hathaway, public relations spe-
cialist for Michigan United Conservation
Clubs, which is lobbying legislators to pass
the bill, echoed Switalski's sentiments. "We
are definitely considered a leader in the coun-
try because we chose to do this so long ago,"
Michigan, one of just 10 states to have a
deposit law, also has a lower proportion of
bottles and cans littering its beaches than any
In 1998 alone, 800 million bottles of sports
drinks, fruit drinks, and the like were sold.
The extreme popularity of these drinks pro-
vides a good reason for adding a deposit,
Hathaway said But even more so, she added,
See BOTTLES, Page 7
Ann Arbor residents Shirley and Shannon Knickerbocker
return bottles yesterday at Meijer.
e increasing on campuses,
Tickle me, Elmo
March designated for GHB awareness
By Stephanie Schonholz
Daily Staff Reporter
s the number of students who fall vic-
tim to the date-rape drug gamma hydroxy-
butyrate rises steadily on college
campuses, government officials are mak-
ing a conscious effort to reduce use of the
drug. To aid in this effort, the Michigan
Departme of Community Health offi-
for two years together," said Susan Shafer,
Gov. John Engler's spokeswoman.
"This is a way to get awareness out, to
make sure no one's harming others, and to
just make women in particular safe. This
is an issue that is constantly popping up in
society and it needs to be addressed," she
Alicia Rinaldi, Education and Training
Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Pre-
always feel the prevalence of rape drugs
like GHB, and it's a reality here like it is
across the country. It's good to be recog-
nized," Rinaldi said.
According to the Food and Drug
Administration, the drug, a naturally
occurring substance in the body, was
developed in the 1960s as a dietary sup-
But when mixed with alcohol the drug