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May 13, 1988 - Image 41

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1988-05-13

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sponsibility for the party. For
large parties, three undercov-
er students and two uniformed
campus-police officers file re-
ports on whether food and non-
alcoholic beverages are pro-
vided, ID's are checked and
drunk students are ejected,
among other things. Fines, paid
to the university's general
fund, can be $200 or more. More
than 10 parties have reported-
ly been monitored, but so far no
charges have been levied.
Cases are to be tried by residen-
tial colleges or proctors.
Monitors are selected by the
masters of their colleges and
student presidents, who say
there has been no problem re-
cruiting. Anonymity is meant
to allow the students to file re-
ports without peer pressure,
according to the administra-
tion. But the secrecy also
means that those fined won't
know who their accusers are.
"Under the guise of anonymity,
the monitors will have the
power to abuse their positions,"
says freshman Emily Asher.
"This has the power to turn
from a witch hunt for deviant
college organizations to a witch
hunt for student monitors."
Front Court to
Front Office
Jimmy the Greek take
note: at North Carolina
State, project
STRENGTH (Start Today to
Recruit, Educate, Nurture,
Graduate, Train and Hire) is
being organized to prepare
minority athletes to excel off
the playing field. "I felt it
was important that the uni-
versity be a leader in providing
real opportunities for minor-
ities in athletic administra-
tion," says State's athletic di-
rector, Jim Valvano, who is
starting the yearlong intern-
ship program for recent gradu-
ates. "If I were a kid and never
saw an administrator who was
black, I might feel that there

Start your engines: Tennessee racers in stadium parking lot

was no real opportunity."
Only one of the 16 football
and basketball head coaches in
the Atlantic Coast Conference
is black, according to an ACC
survey, and only three blacks
hold any of the 52 positions at or
above assistant athletic direc-
tor. One is Ray Martin, an
NCSU assistant basketball
coach and assistant athletic di-
rector who is organizing
STRENGTH. The program is to
start with two former basket-
ball players (Valvano is also
head basketball coach), who
will learn a variety of manage-
ment duties, and then expand
to athletes in all sports at State.
"I hope that at the end of the
training period other universi-
ties looking to hire will call
us," says Martin. STRENGTH
should make the transition
from front court to front office
much smoother.
Paging Pagans
at Grinnell
Those who equate pagan
worship with broomsticks
and eye-of-newt stew
need not bother joining Pagan
Coven, a recognized student
organization at Grinnell Col-
lege that takes its beliefs-
"goddess worship, nature ven-
eration and praising the
creators for the miracles of
the world," according to co-
founder Glen Brown-very

seriously. Since its founding
last September, the 30-mem-
ber group has conducted five
rituals, including sacrificing a
pumpkin on the soccer field at
Halloween. "We were trying
to draw down the energy from
the full moon," says cofounder
Heather-Jeanne Pyle.
Brown and Pyle, both fresh-
men, deny that their coven is a
joke-or worse. "People tend
to see pagan worship and think
of devil worship. They're not
the same at all." Sophomore
Jim Caccamo, a nonmember,
finds the group's beliefs shal-
low. "You don't have to deal
with the inside questions about
yourself," he says. Even so,
many students have expressed
curiosity. There may be, re-
ports Brown, "a lot of pagans
coming out of the walls."

UT's Peewee
Grand Prix
M aria Liston used to
have trouble changing a
tire on her Volks-
wagen Rabbit. Now, Maria, a
University of Tennessee grad-
uate student, drives like a veri-
table Mario, as in Andretti,
putting her mettle to the pedal
three times a quarter as one of
26 members of UT's sports-car
club. For its races, the univer-
sity-sponsored club turns the
Neyland Stadium parking lot
into a mini-Grand Prix course.
Monaco it isn't; racers chal-
lenge only the clock as they go
one at a time through the
winding course. And you can
leave your pit crew at home,
because these aren't Formula 1
cars. Says senior history ma-
jor Jonathan Reynolds:
"You've got everyone from a
guy driving a Corvette to some-
one in Mom's Granada."
After testing themselves on
the parking-lot course, some
drivers go on to regional rac-
ing events sponsored by the
Sports Car Club of America.
Others are happy just to get
their noses out of books and
under hoods. "When we aren't
racing or working on cars,
we're sitting around talking
about them," says Reynolds.

BRUCE EMOND in Grinnell I PHILIP NEW MAN in Knoxville

Spirits move them: Grinnell paganists celebrate winter ritual

MAY 1988

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