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November 5, 2001


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Pledges:'We let

By iacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Freshman Delta Delta Delta sorority
pledges comprised the majority of female
guests at an Oct. 25 unregistered semiformal
event hosted by the Beta Theta Pi fraternity,
three pledges of the sorority said yesterday.
Two 18-year-old Delta Delta Data pledges
have accused two men at the party of drug-
ging and sexually assaulting them inside the
fraternity house on State Street.
"We got there around 10:30 and it was kind

of decorated. The guys were in ties, we had
dresses and skirts," said a Delta Delta Delta
The men had set up a bar of mixed drinks,
she said, and the environment of the semifor-
mal appeared safe.
"I guess that was the problem; we let our
guard down. We usually are looking out for
each other," she said.
"Some of their pledge guys were pouring
our drinks," she added. "I didn't think arw-
thing of it. It seemed fine."
She and another freshman, who both spoke

our guar
on the condition of anonymity, said they were
told that at the party that the Beta Theta Pi
pledges were either encouraged to or had the
intention of getting the female guests drunk.
"I didn't drink that much" a third freshman
said. "I told the guys, 'I don't want to get
drunk tonight.'
"I didn't get out of control. But the next
morning I felt so sick ... like a massive hang-
over - even though I wasn't drunk the night
Beta Theta Pi president Michael Basford
would not comment about the actions of the


fraternity's members or pledges at the event.
"When the investigation is over, we'll
release a formal statement," Basford said.
Beta Theta Pi voluntarily placed itself on
social probation last week and will not hold
any events at least until the investigation is
Delta Delta Delta has also taken similar
action, said Panhellenic Association President
Stephanie Deal.
"They're taking time to reflect on their
risk-management policies and the way they
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University students Paxton Williams, Brenda Abdelall and Ben
Perry are featured on the cover of today's issue of Newsweek.
cover story
features 'U'
Campus chosen for article because
of diversity, reactions in the wake of
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
In an article tagging the nation's college students as
"Generation 9-11," Newsweek Magazine's Nov. 12 cover
story focuses on the University community's actions in
the wake of the unprecedented events of the last two
months. The issue goes on sale nationwide today.
Newsweek Senior Editor Barbara Kantrowitz said the
University's diverse environment was a major factor in her
selection of the school for the article. The University's stu-
dents are ethnically diverse, and they are studying many dif-
ferent things, Kantrowitz sai he add Lth
University's significant numbers of Jewish, Arab and Mus-
lim students made it ideal.
"I've just always thought it was a great school," she said.
"I think there are a lot of smart students there, and I just
wanted to know what they were thinking at a time when
very few of us know what to think."
LSA senior Brenda Abdelall, president of the Universi-
ty's Arab Student Association, was interviewed for the arti-
cle and appears on the magazine's cover.
"I think the article did a pretty good job of depicting the
way our lives have been shaped and changed by September
11;' she said. "I think it's great that they came to the Uni-
versity of Michigan campus because we did have a lot of
activism after September 11."
Abdelall also noted the vigils, teach-ins and protests that
*have taken place on campus this semester.
Abdelall said she feels the article encompassed a wide
variety of viewpoints, relating the experiences of many By
campus groups. The Greek system, the Michigan Marching an
Band, the Arab and Muslim communities and ROTC are Dai
among those represented in the article.
Rackham student Paxton Williams, who also appears on
the Newsweek cover, said the University provided a unique plo
perspective on the aftermath of Sept. 11. ac
"I think it is very important for the mass media to look at rel
how Sept. 11 is affecting all aspects of society - including I
students" he said. las
Kantrowitz said that at the University she found a genera- cen
tion of students who are handling themselves differently 19
than their parents did during the Vietnam War. du
"What made me feel good was the high level of den
thoughtfulness and commitment on the part of the stu- Sep
dents," Kantrowitz said. "I feel the country will be in an
good hands."

Spartans win
in last second,
but did they
beat the clock?
By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor
EAST LANSING - Early Saturday
evening on the Spartan Stadium turf, a chaot-
ic finish to the Michigan-Michigan State
football game may have handed the game to
the wrong team.
With 17 seconds left in the game and
Michigan State at the Michigan three-yard
line, quarterback Jeff Smoker rolled out to his
right and made a run
for the endzone. When iside
he was tackled after Wild ending seals
gaining only a yard, the Wolverines' fate;
clock kept ticking. Micrianes roh
Out of tim eouts, d efens, rgs B
Smoker had to get his defense,'Page 11.
team to the line and spike the ball before time
ran out. He did that - the ball hit the turf
before the scoreboard clock struck zero -
but it seemed as though the clock was
stopped earlier than it should have been.
The ending even left ABC commentator
Brent Musberger musing about the apparent
result of the Spartans' "home-field advan-
tage;' and Michigan Radio ahnouncer Frank
Beckman screaming, "That was criminal!"
On the next play, Smoker found T.J. Duck-
ett in the endzone for the touchdown and a
26-24 win.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was visibly
frustrated after the game. In the press confer-

Photos by DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Michigan State players surround T.J. Duckett after he caught the game-winning
touchdown pass after time ran outSaturday. The Spartans had time to run the
play after Jeff Smoker spiked the bail and the clock stopped with one second left.

Unemployment rate increases dramatically

Ted Borden
id Stephanie Schonhokz
ly StaffReporters

The United States saw its steepest unem-
oyment increase in 21 years during October,
cording to Labor Department statistics
eased Friday. '
National unemployment rose to 5.4 percent
t month from September's rate od*4.9 per-
nt, the biggest one-month jump since May
80. About 415,000 jobs were eliminated
ring a period in which suppliers saw
mand drop significantly, attributed to the
pt. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center
id the growing threat of bioterrorism.
"The numbers I have to say are slightly

higher than expected, but will increase pretty
steadily from month to month for the next
several months and there is reason to believe
they will exceed 6 percent," said Jim Russell,
director of equity research at Fifth Third
Bank in Cincinnati.
Of the 812,000 jobs lost within the past
year, more than half have been lost in the past
"Unemployment is something that every-
one feels, it's weighing in on consumer confi-
dence and people are looking over their
shoulders wondering, 'Will I be the next to
go?'" Russell said.
Current consumer confidence is at a level
of 85.5, the lowest since February 1994.
Industries posting the heaviest losses for the

past month included service and travel indus-
tries, such as car rental and hotel agencies.
The Federal Reserve Board, which meets
tomorrow, is expected to cut interest rates for
the 10th time this year.
George Johnson, a professor in the Univer-
sity economics department, stated that the
Reserve Board "will probably continue to
lower rates, but they can't do much more."
Many students believe this will hinder their
chances at finding job after graduation.
"Jobs will be more competitive this year,
which will require extra effort on my part to
actively search for one" said LSA sophomore
Amy Isaacson. "But, if I was a senior, I would
definitely be more worried."
Graduating seniors are feeling this pressure

more than underclassmen.
"It was hard enough finding an internship
last summer. I really don't think it's going to
be any easier to find a job this year," said
LSA senior Dawn Greenberg. "I'm just keep-
ing my fingers crossed and hoping for the
Despite the negative news, economists still
have a positive outlook. Forces that could
possibly boost the economy are a general
trend of economic rebound in the spring and
summer, the continual lowering of interest
rates by the Federal Reserve Board and a pos-
sible military victory in Afghanistan, noted
"The wildcard to a sustainable economy is
a firmer consumer sentiment," said Russell.

U.S. making 'great progress' in war
against Taliban, terrorist networks

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The nation's top mili-
tary commander and the general who is direct-
ing the U.S. assault in Afghanistan said
yesterday that the military campaign is on
schedule and making "great progress" toward
the goal of destroying the al-Qaida terrorist
network and the Taliban regime that harbors it.
Appearing on separate television interview
programs, Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and
Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who heads the
U.S. Central Command, gave positive assess-
ments of a war effort that some critics have
characterized in recent days as bogged down.
But both generals also warned that the Unit-

"We're going to fight right through the winter."
- Air Force Gen. Richard Myers
Chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff

bin Laden, the Saudi exile and suspected mas-
termind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
against the World Trade Center in New York
and the Pentagon.
Myers and Franks denied a report in the
New Yorker magazine that a raid last month on
a Taliban stronghold by members of the top-
secret Delta Force encountered stiff resistance
and that 12 U.S. soldiers were injured. They
said there were some injuries during the opera-
tion, but that none resulted from enemy fire.

into Afghanistan to help coordinate U.S. air
attacks with ground operations by the North-
ern Alliance and other anti-Taliban forces. As
he spoke, the Pentagon announced that U.S.
bombing over the weekend focused on targets
close to four key cities near the Taliban front
lines with Northern Alliance rebels: Bagram,
Taloqan, Konduz and Mazar-e Sharif.
Declaring that "we're going to fight right
through the winter," Myers suggested that the
harsh Afghan winter could work to the advan-
tage of the U nite~d States and its allies.



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