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By Uzzie Ehrle
Daily Staff Reporter
Every year, more than 5,000
freshmen move into University resi-
dence halls, leaving behind a world
of curfews and parental supervision
to enter into an entirely new social
structure that often minimizes the
importance of rules and policies.
It is within this social structure
that the University struggles to
maintain a safe and healthy environ-
ment for the population of students,
almost entirely under the age of 21,
living in the residence halls.
Among students, the presence of
alcohol within residence halls seems to
Ground troop deployment
comes as northern alliance
claims to have seized Kunduz
BANGI, Afghanistan (AP) - In a decisive
move to strike at the last Taliban stronghold, hun-
dreds of U.S. Marines landed by helicopter early
today near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, a
senior U.S. official said. As many as 1,000 troops
could be on the ground there within days.
The deployment of the first large U.S. ground
expeditionary force comes a day after the Taliban's
last northern garrison, Kunduz, fell to troops of the
northern alliance, and a bloody, chaotic jailhouse
uprising by some of the foreign fighters captured in
Sending in the Marines marks a perilous new
phase of a conflict that until now has been focused
on U.S. airstrikes backing up the opposition north-
ern alliance, plus limited ground missions by sever-
al hundred American special forces fanned out in
small units across Afghanistan.
Kandahar, the Taliban's home base and spiritual
home, has come under fierce bombardment since
the conflict began Oct. 7, and the Taliban have
vowed to fight to the death rather than abandon the
city. In the last three weeks, they have lost their
grip on three-quarters of Afghanistan, plus the cap- The Marine
ital, Kabul. Kandahar, th
Most of the top Taliban leadership is believed to The fall o
be holed up in and around the city. Efforts by tribal talks weret
leaders over the past 10 days to negotiate a han- broad-based
dover of the city failed to yield results. with only a
Abdul Jabbar, an anti-Taliban Afghan tribal offi- its control, m
cial in Pakistan, said his colleagues in Kandahar Thousand
confirmed that U.S. troops were on the ground Chechen, P
there. linked to Os
The Marines, numbering in the "low hundreds," Kunduz, wh
were to be followed by several hundred more from a fight.
Navy ships in the Arabian Sea, the U.S. official Pro-Talib
said in Washington, on condition of anonymity.
es landed by helicopter southwest of
he official said.
f Kunduz, which came two days before
to begin in Germany on forming a
government, leaves the Islamic militia
small share of Afghanistan still under
nostly around Kandahar.
ds of Taliban troops as well as Arab,
Pakistani and other foreign fighters
sama bin Laden had been holed up in
ich the alliance said fell almost without
an fighters including foreigners fled
See AFGHANISTAN, Page 7A
likely if graduation
rates don't pick up
By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
drink in the
lives in West
What is traditionally a four-year commitment is
quickly becoming a five- and six-year standard.
Many four year colleges and universities are suffer-
ing from an influx of perennial students - students
who, for one reason or another, don't graduate on
Nationally, only one-third of undergraduate stu-
dents attending a four-year college graduate on
Many universities are bracing for this low rate to
cause problems in the near future. Rural and subur-
ban universities, expecting that as part of the fallout
from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks students will be
less likely to go to an urban school, worry about
overcrowding and over-enrollment.
To alleviate the problem, some states - such as
Pennsylvania and Texas - are offering universities
with graduation rates above a certain percentage
additional funding. And some schools are requiring
that students seek permission before taking longer
than four years to graduate.
- Patrick Guffey ing occurs
Resident adviser within halls
vary, she said.
"Sometimes a bunch of people will
meet in their dorm before going out,"
she said. "Some people have progres-
sives in their dorms" she added, refer-
ring to a type of party that involves a
number of rooms, each serving a dif-
"Residents drink in the dorms.
There's no doubt about it," said Patrick
Guffey, a second-year medical student
with three years of experience as a resi-
dent adviser. "Students coming to col-
lege are going to do that."
Administrators also recognize that
drinking occurs in residence halls, and
have thus tried to develop policies that
are not disciplinarian, but rather educa-
"It's not that we're out to bust peo-
ple. We want to be a community that
thinks about the well-being of other
members of the community, said Greg
Merritt, the University's assistant direc-
tor of residential education.
"We are here to try to engage stu-
dents in community issues such as
alcohol," he added.
The University's policy regarding
alcohol in the residence halls involves
a process that begins with the resident
adviser. If RAs encounter a resident
with alcohol; they are instructed to
document their encounter and give a
report to the hall director. The hall
director then meets with the student to
determine the student's responsibility
in the incident and appropriate sanc-
"I think a lot of RAs tend to be a lit-
tle lax on the alcohol rules," said Engi-
neering junior Tim Winslow, president
of the Residence Hall Association.
According to University figures for
the 2000-2001 school year, 6 percent
of the resident hall population was
accused of an alcohol violation and 3
percent were actually found responsi-
ble for a violation.
"It's just common knowledge that
the drinking will take place, but if it's
obvious, then students get the feeling
that more likely than not, something is
going to be said about it," Burpee said.
One possible sanction for students is
to perform a computer program enti-
tled "Alcohol 101" and then to write a
reflective paper on what they've
learned from the program. According
to Merritt, the program is interactive
and intended to engage students with
issues such as body weight and alcohol
.content in order for them to better
understand the effects of alcohol.
Sanctions depend largely on the cir-
cumstance and always have a goal of
self-reflection and future deterrence by
The University of Michigan, with a 61 percent
four-year graduation rate, has the highest rate of
any public university in Michigan. Officials here
said students staying longer than four years are not
See GRADUATION, Page 7A
solar car places
3rd in outback race
Michigan quarterback John Navarre takes a hit from Ohio State linebacker Darrion Scott during
Saturday's 26-20 loss. Inside: More coverage of Saturday's loss to Ohio State. Page 1B.
Oio State beats
By visa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
With the Big Ten title and Bowl Champi-
onship Series bowl bid at stake, Michigan
needed to find a way to beat its biggest
rival, Ohio State. And with the team one
game away from reaching its goals, the
Wolverines played their worst first half in
The Wolverines (6-2 Big Ten, 8-3 over-
all) committed six turnovers - four in the
first half - and dug themselves a 23-0
halftime deficit, from which they never
In the end, 20 second-half points by the
Wolverines were not enough as Ohio State
(5-3 Big Ten, 7-4 overall) won 26-20.
"This team was excited to play and had a
great week of practice, but any time you
turn the ball over and give it to the visiting
team at the 3- or 4-yard line, you've really
hurt yourself and the crowd, is out of the
game," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"We wanted to get the lead and get the
crowd in the game. (But) we started poorly
and it just got worse."
The loss means Illinois (7-1 Big Ten, 10-
1 overall) wins the Big Ten championship
and will represent the Big Ten in a BCS
bowl, likely the Sugar Bowl. Michigan will
either play in the Orlando-based Citrus
Bowl or the Tampa-based Outback Bowl.
See OHIO STATE, Page 7A
While most students spent last week's holi-
day at home, savoring turkey dinners and
watching football games, 19 members of the
College of Engineering Solar Car team trav-
eled to Australia to compete in the Interna-
tional Solar Car Race. There, they became the
first American team and the first university
team to reach the finish line in this year's
The team's overall third-place finish in the
1,820-mile race across the Australian outback
comes on the heels of its first-place finish in
this summer's American Solar Challenge.
"The race has been quite overwhelming so
far," said team captain Nader Shwayhat. "I'm
really proud of the way the team ran and we're
all happy with how well our vehicle ran."
In addition, the team also came within 45
minutes of breaking the fastest time in race
history, set by the Honda Motor Co., Shway-
hat added. They did set the record for the
fastest time of an all-university team.
"Our accomplishments came down to hav-
ing a very solid team that had a lot of experi-
ence and could work extremely well together,"
Shwayhat said. "I've never worked with a
Photo courtesy of the College of Engineering Solar Car Team
The University's solar car team Is shown beginning
last week's race in Darwin, Australia.
more dedicated, competitive, and focused
group of individuals in my life."
"I truly believe that we impressed the very
staunch and veteran crowds here in Australia,"
Besides a motor change on day three that
lasted four minutes, Shwayhat said the car had
virtually no problems.
"We never even had to change a tire for the
entire race," Shwayhat said. "We drove our car
See SOLAR CAR, Page 7A
Security hassles slow holiday travel
By Daniel Kim
Daily Staff Reporter
As classes resume today, many students
return to Ann Arbor from their Thanksgiv-
ing breaks with mixed feelings about holi-
day traveling that was largely uneventful
but distinctly different than before.
"It felt like everyone was so edgy. On the
plane, people were really tense. I remember
when we landed, people were clapping,"
said LSA sophomore Erin Finch, who was
traveling to California.
"Some people were more talkative on the
plane, I guess, to relieve the tension," added
student Girish Mudgal, who flew to St.
Louis to visit friends. "The check lines at
the airport were long but I didn't have any
Long lines and tense travelers weren't the
only new elements to this year's Thanksgiv-
ing traveling. Soldiers with M-16 rifles
made some travelers nervous, while making
others feel more safe.
"We are here to give the public extra
security and more confidence. (Thanksgiv-
ing weekend days) were busy but there was
nothing we couldn't handle," said National
Guard Staff Sgt. Isaiah Hicks, who was
patrolling the John Wayne Airport in Santa
port and forced everyone to evacuate after
an unidentified woman sneaked pass the
"I thought it was exciting and a little
scary," said Dara Chapman, a University
Music senior, one of the thousands of trav-
elers forced to exit the airport. Chapman,
whose flight was initially delayed after a
different plane had blown two tires upon
landing, delayed again due to the airport
evacuation and then a third time after a
small mechanical failure, finally arrived in
Detroit more than 26 hours after she had
left her home in California.
Despite all the hassle, Chapman said she
still nlans to fly home for the winter break.