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ABOUT CAMPUS

ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHN OQUIST

QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"We didn't know if a car had
Sjust don't want to be hit the building or what had
thought of as a monster." happened. People were hit-
- ASHLEY ALEXANDRA DUPRE, a prosti- ting the floor."
tute from New York known as Kristen. on the

A pint for your
thoughts
The club for Ann Arbor's
beer-loving liberals
You'll know a Drinking Liberally
meeting when you see one. Walk-

ing into a virtually empty Leopold
Brothers at 7 p.m., before the stu-
dent crowd takes over, it would be
difficult not to notice the single
table that's filled to capacity two
Thursdays a month. Instead of the
usual hipsters, board game freaks
and pinball aficionados that nor-
mally populate the local bar, you'll

find a stunning cross-section of the "It's almost as bad as (John) life stor
American Left: a School of Social Edwards's haircut," Engineering comfort
Work graduate student, a 1960s student Eric Dattoli said. "They friends
activist, an actor, an English lec- both overpaid." tem.
turer and even a water treatment Politics may take center stage Molly
specialist. with the group's membership, but tary of tI
DrinkingLiberally,asocialgroup Jenay Karlson, co-organizer of was com
conceived to bring together left- the chapter and a School of Social the war
leaning locals, made its way to Ann Work student, said the community to tell he
Arbor a couple of years
after being founded in
New York City in 2003.
The group's tagline,
"Promoting democra-
cy one pint at a time,"
isn't simply a clever
advertisement - it's anl
honest-to-God mission
statement.
Chicken tenders
and paninis sit next 4
to burning cigarettes
ignored in favor of It
rapt conversation.
Sips of Leopold's craft
beer interrupt from
lips spouting scathing
political assessments.
Within the group
of roughly 20, there
are probably six dif-
ferent conversations
going on. People leaveI
and hand out business
cards on their way out,
only to be replaced by
newcomers handing
out business cards as
they sit d own.
When the topic of
Eliot Spitzer's recent resignation component was what kept people wrote a
and prostitution scandal came coming back. the loca
up, University English Prof. Jeff "It's an informal event where later, tw
Schultz had the guts to try to people can kind of vent," she said. on the'
clarify what was on everyone's "It's a social group." Wright's
mind: "Are you part of a sex ring Several times people found occa- track do
if you have sex with a prosti- sion to say, "I think we had this After
tute?" conversation before" or "I remem- five year
Schultz's question brought ber you telling me." But such famil- five, Wr:
about a fewlaments over Spitzer's iarity reinforced how members are finally a
wasted career. willing to throw their beliefs and when th
er gra

ies on the table with the
of being surrounded by
with a similar belief sys-
Wright, executive secre-
he School of Public Health,
paringthe Vietnam War to
in Iraq when she decided
r story, the kind that starts
with a lottery.
During the Vietnam
War, the draft order was
eventually decided by
chance. On television
one night, there was an
enormous drum filled
with slips of paper with
birthdays on them and
- almost like a twisted
version of Bingo - a
man would pull the slips
out one by one, Wright
said. Her then-husband's
birthday came up ninth,
ensuring he would be
shipped off shortly.
Despite the protests
from her husband's fam-
ily, the two of them con-
tacted the American
Friends Service Com-
mittee, a Quaker group
devoted to helping draft-
ed pacifists. In 1970, they
decided to move to Cana-
da to escape the war.
Upset about the war
forcing her daughter and
stepson out of themcoun-
try, Wright's mother
scathing letter about it to
l newspaper. A few days
wo FBI agents showed up
doorstep and interrogated
s parents in an attempt to
wn the draft-dodging duo.
living in Winnipeg for
rs and Toronto for another
ight and her husband were
ble to return home in 1980
en-President Jimmy Cart-
nted amnesty to those who
eft to avoid service.
his is like dija vu," Wright
of the country in the grips
war in Iraq.
t then she stopped for a sec-
nd looked around the table
miled.
his group is different
se they do care," she said
rough the next several
ds and the increasingly
erous government bashing,
mile never left her face.
-DAVID MEKELBURG

TALKING
POINTS
Three things you can talk about this week:
1. The anger of Tibetan monks
2. Hidden graves at the Manson compound
3. Women-only hours at Harvard
gymnasiums
And three things you can't:
1. Spring
2. Pennsylvania's primaryA
3. UCLA

potential aftermath of her sexual relations
with Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New
York. Spitzer resigned his post on Thursday,
citing his need to make amends with his fam-
ily and atone for his moral failings

"We ate a few, but not many."
- JOSEPH "ZIGZAG" MARZAH, chief of operations for former Liberian President Charles
Taylor, attesting to the cannibalism that Taylor's fighters engaged in during
the civil wars in West Africa. He said Taylor ordered the militiamen to eat their
enemies in order to frighten the comrades of their victims.

- BRENTON YOUNG, a dentist from North
Carolina, on the tornado that struck downtown
Atlanta on Friday, shattering building windows
and overturning cars. The tornado injured at
least 27 people, while another tornado in Georgia
killed two people

BY THE NUMBERS

YOUTUBE
VIDEO OF
THE WEEK
Naked in the '90s
Life at the University was different
in 1999.
Lee Bollinger was president.
Tuition was about 40 percent cheaper.
And back then, police didn't arrest
participants in the Naked Mile.
Fox 2 News's Fanchon Stinger cov-
ered the event that April, getting "up
close and personal" with a crowd of
students ready to streak across cam-
pus in celebration of the end of the
school year.
A group of naked men stands
behind her, includingtwo wearingtop
hats, suspenders and bowties - and
presumably, nothing else.
Stinger points out that it's cold, or,
as she puts it, "a little nippy." She asks
one student if it'll affect him. "I just
hope I don't come up short," he says.
Another studentleans intoward the
camera. "He's talking about shrink-
age," he yells.
As the segment ends, the broadcast
transitions to another segment with a
title card that says "Conflict in Koso-
vo." It was hardly a slow news day.
It's a shame that this tradition is
now banned.
There's conflict in Kosovo again.
Maybe the Naked Mile will come back
too. And Bollinger.
After all, in these troubled times,
who wouldn't want to party like it's
1999?
- GABE NELSON
See this and other
YouTube videos of the week at
youtube.com/user/michigandaily

Mass murder in Latin America
in the name of U.S. taxpayers...
Film Screening of
ON THE LINE'
Location: Pond Room (Michigan Union)
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Mexican troops and federal officials engaged in fighting with
drug lords and their gangs in Mexico
Mexicans murdered in 2006 and 2007. The annual murder rate each
year was twice the rate in 2005
Dollars tied up in Mexico's drug trade each year
Source: The Washington Post

HI1ME PARK I Y Ubit I IUI
On strike - With the Graduate Employees' Orga-
nization and the University still in a dispute over the
group's contract, protest is in the air. But why not
follow in GEO s footsteps and address any problems
you have with University policy - like the hefty
tuition you pay to come here? Be sure to amass a
large and raucous crowd, and don't rule out riot-
ing. The effects of pot pale in comparison to what a
good of tear gas will do to your nervous system.
Throwing this party? Let us know. TheStotement@umich.edu
STUDY OF THE WEEK
Despite bans, hazing still prevalent on campuses
Although most colleges ban hazing, more than half of college students
belonging to various organizations on campuses say they have been
hazed, accordingto a study by the University of Maine's College of Edu-
cation and Human Development.
The professors surveyed 11,482 students at 53 institutions. Hazing
was defined as humiliating skits, singing or chanting publicly, verbal
abuse, wearing embarrassing clothing, drinking large quantities of alco-
hol and observing or participating in sex acts.
The study found that 31 percent of men and 23 percent of women said
they had played drinking games. Hazing was most common among var-
sity athletes and fraternities and sororities. Seventy-four percent of ath-
letes and 73 percent of Greek students said they'd been hazed, the study
concluded.
The study also found that a quarter of students who were hazed
thought their coach or adviser knew about it.
- BRIAN TENGEL

A film about the movement to close the Schools of the Americas
Sponsoredby the MSA Peace and Justice Commission and Interfaith Council for Peace
and Justice, in conjunction with University Unions Arts and Programs Office

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