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The Extrem Iist Arbor Anecdotes
Before You Were Here
Why do people post 'you must be 21
to. drink' signs at house parties?
Hint: There is no good reason
Remember when you threw your
first house party and your older
friends told you to post "no drink-
ing if you are uoder 21" sigos oext
to the keg?
Those signs, as much a staple
of house parties as beer sod vom-
iting, don't do anything - they
won't shelter you from Michigan's
host law. According to the host
law, knowingly allowing a minor to
consume alcohol in one's home is a
The first offense is punish-
able by a 30-day jail term and/or a
The signs passed down from
student to student are an urban
legend, said Douglas Lewis, direc-
tot of Student Legal Services.
They're also not enough to pro-
tect students from the law, he said.
"A sign by itself is totally ineffec-
tive," Lewis said. "Those who have
parties need to make a fairly seri-
ous effort to make sure people who
are underage are not drinking."
In an interview last fall, Sgt. Ed
Dreslioski of the Ann Arbor Police
Department said the law is rarely
enforced. He could only recall
three instances where students
were charged under the host law in
his 1S years with the police.
It does happen, though.
In 1999, 10 members of the
Phi Delta Theta fraternity were
charged with host law violations
for serving alcohol to a minor.
After drinking at a Phi Delta
Theta party in October of 1999,
LSA freshman Courtney Cantor
fell to her death from the window
in her room in Mary Markley Resi-
Although the Washtenaw coun-
ty prosecuting attorney ruled that
no criminal actions were involved
in Cantor's death, 10 Phi Delta
Theta brothers were charged with
furnishing alcohol to minors and
allowing minors to drink.
Although the signs might not
serve any practical purpose, stu-
dents seem to think they do, Lewis
"It's like the myth where if you
are drunk and put a penny on your-
tongue when you take a Breatha-
lyzer test, you will pass," he said.
"Who knows where this stuff
A sign advertising the drinking age at the University'!
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CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
WHEN: Wednesday at
about 7:30 a.m.
WHAT: Aracial slur directed
toward black people was found
in astudy carrel in the library
stacks, the Department of Pub-
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WHEN: Thursday at about
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member reported losing agold
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and Engineering Building
WHEN: Wednesday at about
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open art exhibit
WHAT: Opening reception
for an art exhibit on theatre
design and production
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WHERE: u-club, Michigan
WHAT: A piano performance
of parts of Haydn's Sonate
in Es Hoboken, Bartok's
improvisations on Hungar-
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WHO: So Young Park,a grad-
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Music, Theater and Dance
WHEN: 8 p.m.
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of the Lebanese Armenian
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of ROTC cadet Stephen
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1A Saudi man was sentenced
to spend six months memo-
rizing the Roran after he
was convicted of drug use. He
will be forced to serve an addi-
tional six months in jail if he
fails to recite all 77,000 words
of the Koran before the court.
2The University has offered
to pay employees' fares for
the proposed commuter
railway that would travel from
Ann Arbor to Howell.
>>POR MORE, SEE OPINION, PAGE 4.
3more than 300 passengers
aboard the Queen Elizabeth
2 cruise ship suffered from
symptoms of norovirus while
docked in San Francisco, The
Associated Press reported. Crew
and vacations reported stomach
cramps, nausea, vomiting and
diarrhea. All but six infected pas-
sengers hove recovered.
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