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e ects of
By Melissa Benton
Daily Staff Reporter
Hazing can leave a serious psycho-
logical impact on its victims, said Vicki
Hays, associate director for Counseling
and Psychological Services.
"As a counselor, I have seen and talk-
ed with people who have had a negative
emotional or psychological reaction
with hazing that's happened to them or
even to someone else," Hays said.
Last week, the University began
investigating allegations into such
hazing activities against seven chap-
ters of the Greek community.
Hays said although reactions vary
based on the victim, a person might
feel fear - especially that a similar
situation may happen again.
Other reactions can include anger,
confusion and both physical and
emotional pain.
Reactions are often affected by a
victim's history, such as if the person
has experienced hazing or some form
of abuse in the past, Hays added.
One hazing incident in the Greek
community.allegedly involved clothes
being ripped off intoxicated sorority
pledges, who were then led into a
room with intoxicated members of a
fraternity's pledge class where there
may have been widespread sexual
40 activity.
Kelly Cichy, director of the Sexual
Assault Prevention and Awareness
Center, said the incident "could defi-
nitely be sexual assault if any of the
individuals are subjected to unwant-
ed sexual contact (such as fondling)
or sexual penetration."
LSA sophomore Bryce Bach, who
is head of the Greek community's
hazing task force, said the group is
currently investigating the alleged
Rush abuses.
"All five cases should be closed by
this time next week. That's the goal,"
Bach said.
The University and city police are
also investigating the reports.
Hays said sometimes victims can
have delayed reactions to hazing. Imme-
diately following the incident, victims
might think they were not affected by
the incident, or they might not want to
cause problems for their organization
by reporting it, she added.
Hays said sometimes people are
also psychologically impacted by
something that happens to another
person, especially a close friend or
family member who endured hazing.
For example, watching other pledges
be hazed could impact members of a
fraternity or sorority.
"Sometimes it's the indirect effects
that can bring people in to counsel-
ing services," Hays added.
CAPS and SAPAC are free, con-
fidential services for all University
"We can talk with a student about
what they are feeling and experienc-
ing and how we can best meet their
individual needs for support and
assistance," Cichy said.
According to the Michigan Public
Health Code, niether CAPS nor SAPAC
can release specific case information
without the victim's permission.

'U' plans
repairs for
West Quad

U'expands on



to improve housing

By Kristin Ostby
Daily Staff Reporter

West Quad Residence Hall will
receive a $12.2 million renovation to
be completed in the summer of 2005.
The proposal to upgrade the residence
hall's fire protection, information
technology and electrical wiring sys-
tems was approved at the University
Board of Regents meeting last week.
The proposed renovations are part
of the Residential Life Initiatives,

She also said there will be a fire
barrier between the two buildings,
which would prevent the spreading of
a fire from one building to the other
for at least two hours.
A sprinkler system, which does not
currently exist, will also be added to
the residence hall, Comisiak added.
Hartman said when students were
evacuated during a power outage at
West Quad in early October, they were
not allowed to re-enter the building
specifically because of the building's
lack of sprinklers.

which was approved
in September to
improve the quality
of residence halls.
The newly pro-
posed "North Quad"
residence hall, that
would replace the
Frieze Building, is
also part of the pro-
New Internet wir-
ing, wireless access
points and high-
speed network equip-
ment will be installed
to update informa-
tion technology in

by the regents

New Internet
wiring, wireless
access points and
high-speed network
equipment will
be installed to
update information
technology in
West Quad.

"I'm not really
too concerned,
but I suppose (a
sprinkler system)
would make it
safer," Hartman
Comisiak said
the University is
exceeding code
requirements with
its improvements
to the fire-protec-
tion system. "We're
doing our best to
safeguard the stu-
dents," she added.
upgrades include

City Clerk employee Herb Katz hands out sample ballots at the City Clerk's office at 100 N. Fifth St.
Punch card votin still
in use, deSpite aws

By Farayha Arrine
Daily Staff Reporter
While most Michiganders will use the optical scan vot-
ing system on Nov. 2, Gov. Jennifer Granholm will cast
her vote using the punch card system that was controver-
sial four years ago, causing prob-
lems and raising questions of ELECT
scandal in Florida. The governor
is registered in Lansing, one of the few cities that will not
receive updated voting equipment until after the election.
Michigan has a number of counties from the Upper
Peninsula to as far south as the city of Dearborn that
are using the paper punch cards.
But, for the most part, city and state officials claim
that elections are expected to run smoothly and that


updated voting equipment will be installed in every
precinct by 2006, the scheduled date set by the state.
The Help America Vote Act was passed in 2002
by President Bush in an attempt to reform the election
system. The act advises that all states devise a plan to
update any election districts that use punch card or lever
voting systems. In accor-
'ON S 4 dance with the act, Michi-
gan Secretary of State Terri
Lynn Land announced that Michigan precincts would
uniformly use Optical Scan Voting. The decision came
after a period of feedback from the public.
Under the act, Michigan is eligible for about $75
million to update the voting equipment in about a
third of its precincts that do not already use Opti-
See PUNCH CARD, Page 7

West Quad. The last major update to
West Quad's Internet capabilities was
in 1985, said Kathy Comisiak, Univer-
sity Housing capital planner.
Comisiak said the technology and
electrical wiring upgrades are needed.
"Things get outdated and fall apart,
and that just needed to get done."
Some West Quad residents say they
have noticed the need for Internet
"Right after we moved in, (the
Internet) was on and off," LSA fresh-
man Jacob Griffin said.
Another West Quad resident, LSA
freshman Kristina Harman, also said
the internet can be slow.
Changes to the fire-protection sys-
tem will separate West Quad's system
from that of the Michigan Union.
Currently, when a fire is detected
in one building, the alarm sounds in
both the Union and in West Quad,
Comisiak said.

the installation of a new substation
to meet electrical load requirements.
"It will have a greater capacity and
will expand the electrical system,"
Comisiak said.
Because the renovations will take
place during the summer, camp stu-
dents who usually stay in West Quad
will be relocated to other residence
halls, Comisiak said.
Students enrolled in spring and sum-
mer terms typically live in the resi-
dence halls on the Hill, she added.
Approximately 1,200 students live
in West Quad, which was built in 1939
and is one of the oldest residence halls
on campus.
The regents also approved upgrades
to elevators in Stockwell and Mosher-
Jordan Residence Halls at Thursday's
meeting in Flint. The regents approved
more extensive renovations for these
two halls in September.

The electrical

Student on North Campus run over by car

By Victoria Edwards
Daily News Reporter

A female University student was struck by
a car yesterday as she got off a University
bus on Bonisteel Boulevard and attempted to
cross the street at about 5:30 p.m.
The bus driver, who witnessed the scene
immediately, called the accident in, and the
woman was brought to the University Hos-
pital's emergency room for evaluation, said
Department of Public of Safety Sgt. Janet

The injuries that the woman sustained were
not life-threatening, she added.
Despite the accident, Conners said that cars
hitting pedestrians does not seem to be an
especially large problem on campus, although
she did not know how many such incidents
have happened recently.
"I've worked here for 17 years and haven't
seen a big increase. (If anything) it seems to
involve bikers more than pedestrians," Con-
ners said.
Conners warned to check carefully for cars
especially when getting off the bus.

"Be aware of your surroundings when
crossing the street. You may think (drivers)
see you, but maybe their attention is diverted.
The best advice is to wait for them to pass,"
Conners said.
She added that it is important to notice the
traffic differences between North and Central
She said there is more rampant speeding on
North Campus, especially from Murfin Ave-
nue to Bonisteel Boulevard, because there are
fewer stop signs to break up the flow of traffic
on North Campus.

The injuries that the
woman sustained were
not life-threatening.
The driver in the accident stayed until
police arrived and remained cooperative,
Conners said.
She said the driver did not appear to be

New Yorker magazine arrives
at University to launch tour

By Aymar Joan
Daily Staff Reporter

New Yorker in
Ann Arbor
Taste of the Big Apple
Today: Reporter
Seymour Hersh talks with
The New Yorker editor David
T w,- - i~i r>uricv

Hours after the bombings in Madrid,
Spain on March 11, after the news had
reverberated throughout the world, journal-
ist Lawrence Wright was in Afghanistan,
slightly removed from most media outlets.
Wright heard of the bombings when The
New Yorker called him requesting that he
write a story. At the time, the weekly maga-
zine's editors knew it had to cover the trag-
e~dv hntt did lno~t Iknow whiih a ~ngleto take.

With a bit of help from local report-
ers and various liaisons, Wright penned
an intricate story about changing terrorist
strategies, incorporating Spain's religious,
political and criminal history. It appeared
in The New Yorker in August.
As a staff writer for the magazine,
Wright will join three other writers in
the Michigan League for a panel on
"Searching for the Story" as part of The
New Yorker College Tour happening this
week on campus. The tour will also visit



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