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iket omcials to combat ounterfeiting

University Ticket Operations
will introduce a new scratch-
off feature for athletic tickets
By Jon Zemke
Daily Staff Reporter
The University Athletic Department is try-
ing a new method this fall to scratch out coun-
terfeit ticket sales.
This upcoming football season,
University Ticket Operations will intro-
duce a rub-off feature on the back of tick-
ets, similar to the scratch-off lottery tickets
said Marty Bodnar, University director of
Ticket Operations.
Bruce Madej, associate athletic director for
media relations, said the new method will help
to make any counterfeiting easier to spot.
"What we do is we try to make the tick-
ets as difficult as we can to reproduce,"
Madej said.
"You're not going to be able to just

reproduce them. You're going to have to go
through some effort to do it," Madej said.
The Athletic Department is also recom-
mending "buyers beware" advice to stu-
dents and fans who purchase tickets from
anywhere other than their office.
"We do warn everybody purchasing tick-
ets outside of the University of Michigan
Athletic Department that if they do pur-
chase them (from scalpers) we're not
responsible for them," Madej said.
Scalpers have furnished an alternate
route for students and fans to purchase
tickets to major University athletic events
like football games for years.
Often inhabiting the South State Street
sidewalk outside the Michigan Union and
surrounding areas, scalpers have sold tick-
ets for less than face value or sometimes
even higher than the University price.
But selling tickets for more than the face
value is illegal and can be penalized with
up to a 90 day prison sentence, said
Associate Director of Public Safety Jim

Smiley.
Smiley said undercover officers are also
being used to cut down on opportunistic
sellers.
"We will have plain clothes police offi-
cers out on the street, at the gates and in the
surrounding areas trying to discourage
people from selling on University proper-
ty," Smiley said.
If caught scalping, tickets and money
could be confiscated as evidence and the
suspect may be arrested.
Stolen tickets have also created
headaches for fans and the Athletic
Department alike.
If someone reports stolen tickets, those
ticket holders are given a pass to let them
into Michigan Stadium.
The seat number can then be recorded on
a list, which stadium ushers can use to
identify any person who tries to enter the
stadium with those tickets.
Once that person has been identified
See TICKETS, Page 2

. DANA LINNANE/Daily
A scalper near the Michigan Union tries to sell football
tickets last fail. The Athletic Department and Department of
Public Safety will continue to improve ticket security.
AAPD to contin

sue

campus party patrols-

y Seva Gunltskiy
Daily Staff Reporter
Hunting for free beer at fraternity
parties during Welcome Week has
become as much a part of first-year tra-
dition as avoiding the "M" on the Diag.
Yet this is a tradition that many
University and city officials said they
ould like to see come to a halt.
WTo ensure that this happens, the Ann
Arbor Police Department has been con-
ducting undercover operations over the
past year to find and punish underage
drinking. AAPD Lieutenant Michael
Zsenyuk said the goal of the operations
are to not only to curb underage alcohol
consumption, but to also raise aware-
ness of the issue.
"The operations have made people

more aware that there's a problem with
underage drinking, not just in Ann
Arbor, but in campuses across the
country," Zsenyuk said.
In standard decoy operations, under-
age volunteers have entered open-invi-
tation parties to see if they are served
alcohol. If so, the police enter the party
and issue minor in possession citations
to anyone caught drinking illegally.
Some fraternities have attempted to
prevent underage drinking at their par-
ties by making guest lists and checking
students' identification at the door.
The Michigan Student Assembly is
currently working on a "know-your-
rights" poster to help students deal with
possible problems that can arise from
See UNDERCOVER, Page 7

Harper stays
true to her
pnmna7f6ocus
By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
Compassion.
Although it is a quality that many
people have, very few live and breath
the essence of the word.
In her service to the University, E.
Royster Harper, former dean of stu-
dents and now interim vice president
for student affairs has demonstrated the
virtues of compassion.
"She has reached hundreds, if not
thousands of students who have
passed through this University. yet she
has made it her mission to reach every
single one," said LSA senior Jason
Taylor, Residence Hall Association
president.
Taking over for Maureen Hartford as

Interim Vice.
President E.
Royster Harper,
formerly the
dean of
students
assumed the
leadership of
the division of
Student Affairs
this summer
and said she is
ready to return
this fall to
strengthen the
University
student
community.
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"She really does believe that the stu-
dent is the primary focus," said
Hartford, now the president of Raleigh,
N.C.'s Meredith College.
Through her past positions in
Student Affairs, Harper said that her
focus has never changed and the stu-
dents and staff that know her best said
they believe she is not the typical
administrator.
"I can't say that I have ever seen an
administrator so willing to go out of
her way to ensure that students are put
See HARPER, Page 2

the vice president for student affairs in
June, Harper said she has already
enjoyed the challenge.
"I'm working for Our common goal
- the student," Harper said.
Coming to the University in 1978 as
an academic counselor, Harper has
held a number of positions, becoming
the dean of students in 1991.
Now in charge of Student Affairs,
she said her main focus is to build
communities within the University to
strengthen student life.

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