Sorority pledges up 25% ;
The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 29, 1981-Page 3
Ann Arbor man charged with
assault on grad student in Union
By DAVID SPAK
By DENISE FRANKLIN
While campus sororities are boasting
full houses, the winter rush is proving a
slow one for the fraternities.
Winter rush in the fraternities has
traditionally been more popular than
fall rush, said Chris Mumford,
president of the Fraternity Coor-
dinating Council. But this winter all but
five of the 38 campus fraternity houses
are complaining of a decline in the
number of men wishing to join.
RUSH ACTIVITIES are sponsored at
the beginning of each fall and winter
term when students visit sororities and
fraternities they would like to join.
"It is very hard to explain," Mum-
ford said. "The slowdown could be due
to the bad press that went along with
the hazing incident last fall . . . or the
stereotyping people have been giving
Other individual fraternity presiden-
ts said they feel the slow rush is part of
a cycle, and they expect turnout to in-
crease next fall.
"IN THE EARLY '70s, Greek life was
unpopular because trends tended to be
anti-establishment," Mumford said.
"But, in the past three years the trends
have been more Greek-oriented. That is
why the slowdown was such a sur-
This winter, sorority rush is proving
successful, Panhellenic advisor Mary
Beth Sieler said. Only four houses are
participating because the other 13
houses have little or no room.
THE 17 CAMPUS sororities hosted
750 women at their formal fall rush, ac-
cording to Sieler. Five hundred of these
women pledged houses, up 25 percent
"I didn't expect this dramatic of an
increase," Sieler said. "Of course, we
ty rush s
are reaping the benefits of the national
trend." She attributes the increase to
the Panhellenic Association's adver-
tising efforts. Last summer, she said,
the association sponsored tours and
passed, out flyers at freshperson orien-
tation sessions. In the fall they
delivered copies of the newly revised
Greek newspaper, Forum, to every
dormitory, Sieler added.
About 14 percent of the student body
are members of sororities or frater-
DESPITE THE unexpected decrease
in the number of men attending frater-
nity rush parties, fraternities are still
gaining some new members.
"Like many guys, I had preconceived
In yet another bizarre twist in the
investigation into the death of a
Saline man, State Police Lt. John
Shewell said suspect Gary Lazar,
the dead man's roommate, and the
man police hope to bring formal
charges against today, not only
reported Richard Mosher missing on
Jan. 21, but also told police where
Mosher's car could be found with
Mosher in the trunk.
Lazar is still in University
Hospital after taking an overdose of
pills. He is listed in fair condition
and is under State Police guard.
notions about fraternities," said Ken
Bettsteller, a Sigma Chi pledge, "But
when I looked into (fraternity house
room and board) prices, I found that
they were comparable to a single room
in a dorm. And in a frat you get the
social aspect built right in."
Sorority fees are also comparable to
dorm rates. The average total sorority
financial obligation for a year is
$2,579.30, according to figures from the
Panhellenic office. The funds pay for
activities, pledging, maintenance, and
room and board.
The Michigan Student Assembly
yesterday sent a letter criticizing
LSA's decision to formally exclude
students from the special committee
reviewing the geography depar-
tment to Vice-President for
Academic Affairs Bill Frye. The let-
ter said MSA is concerned that the
proceedings leading to the possible
discontinuance of the department
"appear to be devoid of student par-
ticipation," and the college has not
elucidated the reasons behind the
decision to review.
Late night buses
The MSA security task force has
submitted a plan to Vice President
for Student Services Henry Johnson
to extend Night Owl bus service
hours until 2 a.m. six days a week,
112 hours longer than it currently
runs. Task force chairman Bruce
Brumberg presented a petition to
Johnson, signed by 1,000 people
The proposal says the extended
service would cost $432 for the
remainder of the term. Johnson said
he would need more information on
MSA's cost estimate before he could
take any action on the proposal.
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A 21-year-old Ann Arbor man was charged with assault
and attempted rape in connection with an attack on a
University graduate student last Tuesday in the Michigan
Anthony Reed was arrested and arraigned yesterday on
charges of assault with intent to commit bodily harm less
than murder and attempted criminal sexual conduct, ac-
cording to Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Harold Tinsey.
Reed, who did not post bond which was set at $25,000, is
in Washtenaw County Jail awaiting a pre-trial hearing
Police are still looking for another suspect in connection
with the incident.
The victim, Jiakun Song, a 36-year-old Rackham
Graduate School student, was attacked in one of the
Union's soundproof music rooms allegedly by Reed and
another man. The two men allegedly told her. they had a
gun and ordered her to take her clothes off. After they
knocked her down and repeatedly hit her, she was able to
escape and run into the hall.
Witnesses called police, but the two men had fled.
Song is currently listed in good condition at University
Hospital after receiving treatment for multiple
lacerations on her scalp and right wrist.
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