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LAW SCHOOL
Continued from Page 1
kind of changed my mind about halfway
through junior year and decided I wanted to go
to law school - and that's where I am right
now" he said.
Being a lawyer was always one of his job
possibilities, he said, but the poor job market
pushed him toward law.
"My ideal plans would possibly be work for a
couple of years then go to law school or get my
(Master's-of-business-administration degree)
but because of the job market, it's more ideal to
go to law school right now" he said.
Sarah Zearfoss, assistant dean of admis-
sions for the Law School, said she attributes
the increase in part to the weak economy,
since students who might have sought
employment are now considering graduate
school as an option. The usual target size for
an incoming class is about 350 students, but
this year more than 400 applicants accepted
spots, making it the largest class since at least
1983, according to Law School records.
"Some people end up getting jobs and
choosing not to go to law school. This year
people may not have been getting jobs, which
is why we were getting a larger yield," Zear-
foss said.
She added that she understands law school
might look like a particularly attractive option,
as a law degree is considered very flexible, and
because as opposed to business, law is not as
affected by downturns in the economy. Unlike
the medical profession, it has also not been the
subject of increased regulation.
Mariella Mecozzi, senior assistant director of
pre-professional services in the University's
Career Center, said many students are "flocking
to law school" because of the economy and the
perceived marketability of a law degree, but that
students should also consider if they might be
better served by other programs that match their
goals.
"They should think about if they truly want
to go to law school for the right reasons, do
some good self-assessment but also research of
the legal field, to make sure that indeed their
career goals and preferences for lifestyle and
HAZING
Continued from Page 1.
Muhl said it is difficult to say how long it
could take the national fraternity to petition the
IFC to return to campus. Once the petition to
expand is submitted, an additional lag time
from a semester to a year can be expected, he
said.
He added that it has taken several years for
other fraternities that had their local charters
revoked for similar reasons to come back to
campus. Most notably, it took more than three
years for Phi Gamma Delta to officially return
to campus after Courtney Cantor, an LSA fresh-
man, died in a fall from her sixth-story window
in Mary Markley Residence Hall after attending
a party at the fraternity in October 1998.
Removing a chapter from the IFC is the most
severe punishment that can be forced upon a
fraternity by the IFC, Muhl said.
"We worked as quickly as possible, trying to
respect the confidentiality of the family and
with respect to the presidents of the chapters.
We feel very sorry about this incident and what

everything match what the legal profession may
offer them;' she said.
The numbers reflect a significant nation al
trend, Zearfoss said, though nationally
the increase has not been as large as in the Uni-
versity's program, a rise she views as positive.
"We're always had a strong applicant pool.
We continue to have a strong applicant pool, but
now it's even larger," she said.
While many prospective law school stu-
dents are concerned about increased compe-
tition for coveted law school spots, Zearfoss
said she would give much of the same
advice she would always give, in addition to
advising people to look at the trends in an
historical context.
Law schools experienced similar volume
increases from the mid-
1980s through 1991, "Schllscai
when there was also a
"huge increase in appli- SO those (L
cation numbers," she
recalled. ranges even
"I would say it's no previous ye,
different than any other
time," she said. "If you to go Up a h
want to be a lawyer, you
should apply to law Senior assistant c
school. Law is an excel-
lent profession - it just
may mean that you have to apply to more law
schools."
Despite the national attention the issue is
receiving, Zearfoss said applicants should still
focus on highlighting what sets them apart -
aside from test scores and grade point averages.
"I think there's a lot more hype about it than
there was historically, and thus a lot more
alarm. But rationally, people should not be
unduly alarmed about this. One thousand peo-
ple will get into Michigan Law School this year,
just like they did last year and the year before,"
she said.
Students aspiring to attend law school should
apply early and take advantage of schools offer-
ing early assurance programs, Mecozzi said,
especially if they are not binding, and select
programs carefully.
"The reality is that students cannot contin-
ue to target the top 10 or 20 law schools and

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apply exclusively to those schools because
there's not going to be enough room for
everybody," she said.
She added that with more applicants to
choose from, students should look at profiles of
past classes and take into consideration the
effects of the higher numbers.
"Schools can be pickier, so those (LSAT
score) ranges, even from the previous year, are
likely to go up a little bit. If a school last year
was accepting students in the 150 to 155 LSAT
range, chances are that this year they can proba-
bly draw from students who have two or three
or five points higher than that," she said.
The increase might not be confined to law
schools, said Justin Serrano, executive director
of New York-based Kaplan Test Prep, one of a
number of companies
which offers preparato-
be pickier, ry courses for individu-
AT score) als interested in taking
standardized tests.
from the Serrano said rev-
r are likel enues and enrollments
Y for Kaplan LSAT
tle bjt." courses have risen by
- Mariella Mecozzi more than 40 percent
rector, Career Center between 2000 and
2002, which he said
indicates more people
preparing for the test and thus more interest in
law school.
Enrollment for the Medical College Admis-
sion Test has risen most recently, he said, as part
of a growing interest among students in post-
undergraduate education.
He said the increase in students pursu-
ing medical professions is somewhat pre-
dictable because as other programs have
grown in the past few years, people have
needed more time to prepare for careers in
medicine.
"Between 2000 and 2002 we've seen an
increase of about 26 percent in our gradu-
ate programs so it is all across the board.
For business school in 2002 there were the
highest number of Graduate Management
Admission Test taken ever; it was a record
number," he said. "So this is not strictly
isolated to law school applications."

ARREST
Continued from Page 1
foot 11 inch tall white male with messy brown
hair. He was reported wearing a dark T-shirt and
black denim jeans.
Although the assailant for the Sunday
attack was not identified and was not reported
to be homeless, the Monday report surprised
many University students and'homeless resi-
dents.
Jared Williams, an Ann Arbor homeless man
who identifies himself as a "Christian Pilgrim,"
said a feeling of tension exists between the
homeless population and students.
"Most of the students seem to be interested in
their own goals and lives, and very concerned
with their own little worlds. They're not very
concerned with those outside of their circles. I
don't feel animosity myself (against them), but
I can discern by watching the other street peo-
ple," Williams said. Those feelings are "not
necessarily (only) because of the students but

... it's related to the fact that the students donut
care about them."
But "Gravedigger," a homeless member of the
Ann Arbor community, said he prefers being iso-
lated from the University students.
"It's even better after the students leave. I
try to avoid the downtown area because there
are too many people," he said. "I don't have
much interaction with the students. I used to
be a student and I didn't want anyone else
interacting with me. I was too busy witfh
homework."
He added that he has never heard of violence
occurring between students and the homeless
population.
LSA senior Andres Mendez said that, despite
the incidents, he feels Ann Arbor is still a safe
place to live. He said he sees a lot of police, and
he has never had any problem with violent
assaults from the homeless.
"The worst thing I've ever seen is a home-
less guy, drunk, yelling out to people,"
Mendez said.

Homeless man arrested or
kn~f* assault on student

Protest draws attention to
Borders workers 'problems

happened to the man and his family," he said. "I
will do everything in my power to make sure
this does not happen again."
Muhl said several factors are already in
place to ensure that hazing does not take
place on campus. Among those safeguards is
the IFC's Hazing Task Force, which students
who witness or are forced to partake in haz-
ing are asked to contact through an anony-
mous hotline.
However, none of the Sigma Chi pledge class
contacted the task force, Muhl said.
"The only way we have the power to investi-
gate is if there is a complaint," he said. "Until
the mother complained to the director of Greek
life that her son was hazed, neither anyone in
the Greek community nor any officers of the
Greek community had any knowledge that this
incident had occurred."
Besides reacting to their charter's revocation,
individual members of Sigma Chi may now
face criminal and legal consequences, as well as
an investigation by the University's Office of
Student Conflict Resolution, which operates
under the Statement of Student Rights and

Responsibilities.
Vice President of Student Affairs E. Royster
Harper said that members of the fraternity have
so far made efforts to cooperate with the inves-
tigation.
Harper added that the University will take an
active role in attempting to ensure that hazing
does not continue on campus.
"I think we have to continue to educate stu-
dents that it is inhumane to haze, and then we
have to help students to understand that it is also
inhumane to allow students to haze you or treat
you that way," Harper said. "I don't know that it
is an isolated incident, and I do not know if it is
happening in other places. But I do know that it
is inhumane."
She added that such incidents cast a mislead-
ingly negative light on the Greek community,
the majority of which follows the codes and
morals set by the IFC.
"I think the students who engage in this type
of behavior really do dishonor the Greek sys-
tem, and they harm the members of other Greek
organizations who really understand the morals
of fraternal relationships," she said.

BORDERS
Continued from Page 1
"Since the employees voted (to become
unionized), one-third of the employees have
left, resulting in a skeleton crew," protester and
English lecturer Ian Fulcher said.
LSA junior Susan Fawcett, a protester who
lives near the store, said because Borders is one
of the largest employers downtown, it is impor-
tant for the store to set the standard for employ-
ee treatment in the neighborhood area.
IDENTITY
Continued from Page 1
deception or without proper authorization and con-
sequences for doing so may include dismissal or
legal action."
"Misrepresenting an identity is a serious matter,
so the consequences for anyone who goes against
these values will be serious."
Because preventing hackers from, getting
into e-mail accounts is difficult even with
major technical restructuring within the Uni-
versity, the committee is set to educate the
campus about identity misrepresentation as one
solution to the offensives.
Students need to be cautious if they receive an e-
mail they think may not be from who it claims to be
from, said Joe Bernstein, Michigan Student Assem-
bly representative to the committee.
"It's important to check with the claimed sender
before assuming the identity," Bernstein said. "And

But not everyone who saw the demonstration
supported it. After it ended, an unidentified
man came up to the protesters and indicated
that their methods would only anger potential
sympathizers.
Aside from their protest outside of the
store, Borders Readers United had proxies
inside buying books but paying for them in
pennies.
Dilley said there was a natural justificatior
for this: "Borders pays its employees in pen-
nies."
if you feel threatened, call DPS immediately."
Committee member Liz Sweet, director of the
Information Technology Central Services user
advocate office, deals with students with e-mail
concerns on a daily basis. The office works with
students experiencing problems with e-mail spam,
forged e-mails or copyright infringement among'
other concerns.
"It's an unfortunate fact of life that people hack
into other people's e-mail accounts, and we have toe
face that fact," Sweet said. Sweet's office receives
5,000 requests for help a year, she said. "Students.
should know that they can use our services if they
have problems."
But Kiblawi said he feels there isn't much that
can help the situation.
"I respect and admire the University's attempt to,
stop these spoofed e-mails, but it seems there is
nothing they can do," Kiblawi said. "I'll probably
never know who sent that e-mail signed with my
name."

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SLEEP
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and declining average sleep time.
Lee recommended that students get eight hours of sleep,
and at least six continuous hours. Contrary to popular belief,
missed sleep can be made up, she said. This means students
can compensate for reduced sleep with midday naps.
Lack of sleep causes other ailments, including gastrointesti-
nal problems, Lee said.
Sleep deprivation is especially dangerous for students who
drink, Lee said. "Sleep deprivation magnifies the effects of
alcohol," she said. Being sleep deprived is equivalent to hav-
ing consumed one to two drinks, she added. Like alcohol,
sleep debt - defined as anything less than eight hours -
decreases reaction time.
"I cannot concentrate, cannot drive properly, feel restless
and not as energetic," said Medical School student Shikha
Arora.
Sleep deprivation perpetuates a vicious cycle that causes
stress, which in turn hinders restful sleep, Lee said.
"Sleep deprivation is a huge problem," Lee said. She
/' attributed disasters such as the partial meltdown of a nuclear

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vation. "It's estimated that 50 percent of all car accidents ara
due to sleep deprivation," Lee added.
Paradoxically, short-term lack of sleep appears to alleviat
clinical depression, because oversleeping can also be a sign of
depression, Lee said.
A recent study published in the journal General Psychiatry
suggests sleep deprivation causes patients with clinical depres.
sion to go into remission.
"I think it's a part of the undergraduate experience - not
getting enough sleep," said Michael Landier, a Rackharn
student.
As an undergraduate, Landier remembers getting more
sleep on the weekends and less sleep during exams. Dur-
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"I find it more efficient to cram for an exam than to read'
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Landier acknowledged there are different ways to pri-
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marks and a social life, he cannot also expect adequate
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