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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 9
Elders speaks on binge drinking in East Lansing

EAST LANSING (AP) - Former U.S. Sur- forced to
geon General Joycelyn Elders visited Michigan made cont
State University yesterday to talk about binge tion, and s
drinking, an issue that has plagued the school. Arkansas S
Elders planned to discuss whether prevention Michiga
efforts or punishment are the best methods of its image
curbing excessive drinking. Binge drinking is since 199
generally defined as five or more drinks in one rampaged
sitting for men and four for women, State lost t
Elders served as surgeon general in the Clin- ball semifi
ton administration for 15 months. She was Jasmine
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married women - as well as to any other woman who might
one day want to get married - because it shows that marriage
is now easier and more enjoyable for women than it used to be.
"When you think of families in the old days, you think, mom
stays at home and dad goes to work. But nowadays, both mom
and dad go to work, and dad does housework with mom," Ono
said. "Maybe not as much, but he still does housework."
One effect of the shift is that both men and women have
more leisure time, though some may think they are busier
today than past generations have been.
Thomas Juster, who also worked on the study, said he
believes today's hectic lifestyle is, in most cases, a matter of
scheduling and not a matter of over-working.
"Leisure time is more scheduled than it used to be. ... If
your leisure time is scheduled, it might seem more like
work," Juster said. "It's constrained."
But the study also found women are still doing two-thirds of
the housework while men are still doing two-thirds of work
done for employers. It also showed that, while escalating from
12 hours per week in 1965 to 16 hours in 1985, the number of
hours men spent on household chores steadied after 1985.
For that reason, Juster said he believes the study's results
show an ongoing - but not escalating - trend.
"I'd be very surprised if gender roles reversed," he said.
Both Juster and Ono said the study's results hold true in
their own households.
"I think I'm doing more than I used to. I used to do hardly
any," Juster said. "I think there is a general perception that
those tasks ought to be shared. The activity that people least
prefer, out of all the activities you could think of, is house-
work. One person should not be stuck with it all."
Marie, Juster's wife of 45 years, said she agrees that men
seem to be taking on more of their share of chores.
"Based upon the experience of our children, I think the
men are doing much more because the two-career families,
than I remember my father doing," she said. "I think a lot of
it depends on the background of the family. I think the more
educated he is, the more he realizes that he should be con-
tributing to the household activities."

resign in December 1994 after she
roversial remarks about sex educa-
he now teaches at the University of
School of Medicine.
n State has been trying to get beyond
as an alcohol-soaked party school
9, when more than 10,000 people
through East Lansing after Michigan
to Duke in the NCAA men's basket-
Greenamyer, an alcohol and drug
Continued from Page 1
Frustrated with the School
Music, Johnson withdrew from th
University in 1998 and enrolled
Southern Illinois University.
Both sides say reasons for tf
large gaps of time in this case ha
been the usual legal delays, as we
as disagreements over discovery.
"I don't know that it's all th;
unusual," Peterson said.

educator at Michigan State, said a combinatio
of punishment and prevention has helpe
change attitudes toward drinking on campus.
"We believe that education and enforce
ment do consistently have to go hand-i
hand," she said.
More than 100 students were arrested an
charged with riot-related violations in 199
Many students say that crackdown led to mo
orderly celebrations when the basketball tea
won the NCAA championship in 2000.
Massie said one of the disagree-
ments has been the University's
reluctance to hand over documents.
of "The client's document produc-
e tion was scandalously
at stonewalling," Massie said.
Both sides are expecting a quick
Ze answer to the motion, possibly as
ve early as tomorrow.
;1 "It would be quite common to
give us an answer tomorrow,
at although they sometimes take it
under advisement," Massie said.


Michigan State also is trying to improve its
prevention efforts. Last fall, the university won
a $271,000 grant from the U.S. Department of
Education to study its efforts to combat binge
Those efforts have largely focused on a
program that sends birthday cards to stu-
dents when they turn 21. The cards are sent
by the parents of Bradley McCue, a Michi-
gan State junior who died of alcohol poison-
ing in 1998 after drinking 24 shots of

alcohol on his 21st birthday.
Greenamyer said the university is studying
how' much the cards have impacted student
behavior and whether the cards would have
more impact if they were targeted to students
by gender.
The university also plans to launch an adver-
tising campaign to let students know that binge
drinking isn't the norm. Studies have shown
that fewer students binge drink than is per-

Continued from Page 1.
GEO Chief Negotiator and Rack-
ham student Alyssa Picard said the
childcare issue is important to the
union because roughly 10 percent of
graduate students have children.
Representatives from both parties
said they agreed the discussion was
helpful, though they did not agree on
how to solve the issue.
"We didn't settle yet, but our bar-
gaining team felt it was a really con-
structive conversation about childcare
that will go a long way to reaching an
agreement on childcare," University
Spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.
Recently, GEO dropped its request
for the University to build a new child-
care center. The University agreed to
expand the existing need-based finan-
cial aid available to graduate students
with children by lowering its qualifica-
tions for receiving aid. GEO is asking
the University to reserve 150 spots in
its childcare facilities for union mem-
bers throughout the next three years.

Perkins-Hart said the last provision
is necessary because finding quality
childcare outside of the University is a
difficult task in Ann Arbor.
"I went to a lot of places where I
was hesitant to leave (my daughter)
because it didn't seem like they had
adequate staffing to care for the chil-
dren," she said, adding that most child-
care facilities have long waitlists and
finding a spot in one takes months. "I
got into one and there were babies cry-
ing on the floor, so I decided that it
wasn't the best place to leave my
Picard said the discussion would not
have happened if not for the lengthy
negotiations over the weekend and
Monday's strike.
"I think they didn't realize we were
serious," Picard said. "They thought
we were trying to raise awareness
about childcare, but that we weren't
going to hold out for dollars."
Where the 150 reserved spaces will
come from and how far the University
will extend its financial aid remains to
be decided.

Continued from Page 1
"I want to see through some of the commitments we have
made including the Life Sciences Initiative and some of the
other building commitments," she said, adding that she want-
ed to see through the turnaround of the Athletic Department.
Newman is also the senior vice president for government
relations for Northwest Airlines.
Michigan Republican Party Spokesman Jason Brewer said
the party is supporting Newman. When asked if he foresees
any opposition to Newman's renomination he said, "I don't
anticipate it."
But that leaves the GOP with an opening for another can-
didate. So far the only candidate that has informed the party
of an intention to seek its nomination for the position is term-
limited state Rep. Andrew Richner of Grosse Pointe Park.
In a statement Richner, an attorney and University alum,
said he is "encouraged by the positive support he is receiving
from elected officials and Republican leaders" to running for
the position.
As for the Democratic Party, it must choose two nominees
at its August convention to oppose the GOP nominees.
Party Spokesman Ben Kohrman said those who have
expressed an interest in running include: Ismael Ahmed,
director of the Dearborn-based Arab Community Center
for Economic and Social Services, attorney and party Trea-
surer Roger Winkelman, Winkelman and Ahmed are Uni-
versity alums.
Bill Ballenger, a former state senator who now edits the
newsletter Inside Michigan Politics, noted that campaigning
for a seat on the governing boards of Michigan's three largest
universities has markedly little impact on one's chances of
winning, at most a 1-2 percent difference, he said.
"Those races are pretty much hostage to whatever hap-
pens at the top of the ticket," he said, referring to the
strength of the party's candidates for governor and the U.S.
Senate this year.
For example, 24-year GOP Regent Deane Baker was oust-
ed in his 1996 bid for a fourth term when President Bill Clin-
ton took the state in his reelection.

Continued from Page 1
Boot said MSA must encourage stu-
dents to use Entree Plus to buy food at
the stadium because Gladieux will not
permanently establish the scanners
unless they believe they can make a
Because the scanning machines are
portable, Entree Plus may eventually be
expanded to Crisler Arena and Yost Ice
Arena, Mestdagh said.
Also at last night's meeting, MSA
President Matt Nolan announced that
Wolverine Access' hours have been
"Effective immediately, Wolverine
Access is now open from 7 a.m. until 2
a.m., an extension of two hours a night,"
he said.
Many students, especially those
involved in extracurricular activities,
complain that Wolverine Access shuts
down before they have a chance to check
it, Nolan said. He added that although
extending Wolverine Access' hours was
one of his original campaign promises,
he realized the hours could permanently
be extended after the scheduling crisis
last semester forced the University to
temporarily extend its hours.
Also during last night's meeting,
MSA passed a resolution urging the
Advisory Committee on Recreational
Sports to permanently extend the hours
of the Central Campus Recreational
Building and North Campus Recreation-
al Building to 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Mon-
day and Tuesday. The advisory
committee will rule on extending the
hours at a meeting Friday.


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Barry is currently a key player in
the University's legal defense in the
lawsuits challenging the University's
admissions policies.
Barry said she is not sure who will
replace her in the General Counsel's
office, but her official start date at the
Life Sciences Institute is April 15.
General Counsel Marvin Krislov will
temporary cover her position.
"They're in the process of looking"
for a replacement, she said. "The
position has been posted."
The regents will name the honorary
degree recipients for this spring's
commencement ceremonies tomor-
row afternoon. Four candidates have
been nominated, including: Donald
Glaser, Nobel laureate in physics and
professor of neurobiology at the Uni-
versity of California at Berkley;
William Gray III, Chief Executive
Officer and President of the United
Negro College Fund; John Rich,
alumnus and television producer; and
Donna Shalala, President of the Uni-
versity of Miami.
One of these four honorary degree
recipients will likely be the keynote
speaker at commencement cere-
monies next month.

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