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Friedman admits that fraternities have been ir-
responsible, and on occasion, still are. However,
hesaid his fraternity has taken positive steps and
has recently received encouraging feedback from
neighbors.
Friedman added that his house "has no choice
b to comply" with city laws, citing a threat
m Police Chief William Corbett to "padlock
tk Sigma Alpha Mu house as a public nui-
s~ce."
' ALPHA TAU OMEGA President Steve
l ,ry said he has also received a warning from
*rbett.
"The Chief of Police wrote us a letter telling.
us that because of the disturbances police have.
been forced to staff more police on the week-
ends... they blame us for costing the city
money," he said.
Corbett said the city has spent $22,000 -_
much of it overtime pay - to deal with
"problems with noisy parties in apartments, in
dwellings, and in fraternities" during the past
To counter such city police costs, coun-
cXimember Terry Martin (R-Second Ward) sug-
gusted, "If indeed the police are called because of
voaisy parties, the people involved should pay the
police cost.,
MANY FRATERNITY members do not
foresee a significant change resulting from the
apended law. They are, however, trying to in-
erease awareness of the problem.
Even the higher fine does not appear to inspire,
much trepidation. Sigma Alpha Mu President
John Friedman said he is not especially fearful.
"I don't think it will be enforced," he said,
adding that though the previous maximum fine
was $100, "we never received the full penalty."
OTHERS ARE more worried. Alpha Tau
Omega President Steve Perry said the fine is
"kind of harsh." He has reservations about assur-
ances of police restraint, as they have issued
"unwarranted tickets" in the past.
a"This time," he said, "if the fraternity receives
an unwarranted ticket, they can face paying a
much greater fine."
Jay Ptashek, president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, is
worried that the fine can be given to first
offenders." Furthermore, "I do not feel it will
have any impact on fraternities in the form of a
deterrent because most houses could probably af-
ford the fine. It comes out of house funds; mem-
bers won't feel the pinch as long as it doesn't
happen every weekend."
& RATHER THAN passing around the hat to
pay a fine, Ptashek and others say fraternities are,
trying to take more positive measures to avoid
disturbing their neighbors.
"Our house gives neighbors a number to call
before the police so we can hopefully act upon it.
We have an open house with neighbors once a
year and since we've had no significant problem
lin about two years," Ptashek said.
Neil Bloomfield, a member of Alpha Epsilon

Pi, feels that "when neighbors complain to our
house, I think they should do so in a non-antag-
onistic manner. A lot of times when we gener-
ally aren't aware of causing excessive noise, the
neighbors call up and yell... Whether it's right or
wrong, fraternities respond hostilely to such
antagonistic threats."
Neighbors have also tried to improve relations
with the fraternities, with varying results.
"WE'VE AGREED to do things with each
other like call the [fraternity] officers first if
we're disturbed, and let them have their op-
portunity to control the groups," said Ullman,
who said her home is "surrounded" by fraternities
and sororities.
"I think some of them have changed their
attitudes towards having really open and large
parties because they realize that no one can con-
trol them, and there's nothing much to gain by
having all those people there."
Ullman said that amidst the improvements,
there are still fundamental differences which keep
the residents and Greeks at odds.
"At times there were problems with the
Sammies [Sigma Alpha Mu], but now they have
very concerned officers. I think last year was a
really good year; there was a really good under-
standing. Then this year it deteriorated a little bit.
It's that mix of different lifestyles.
"For example, we and our kids got woken up
at three in the morning one Friday night. Our
kids had soccer at eight the next morning. So we
called at ten in the morning to say we wanted to
talk to them. The cook said, 'they're all asleep,
I'm not going to bother them.' Well, we'd like
not to be bothered when we sleep."
Councilmember Ingrid Sheldon (R-Second
Ward) agrees. "You have two different lifestyles.
When you're 20 and living in a group home, you
probably behave a little different than when
you're 40 and living with a family. I think there
has to be a large degree of tolerance. Families
have to recognize that they're living next to stu-
dents, and students recognize that they're living
next to families."
THE NEW ordinance is a continuation of
the city's attempts to please permanent residents.
Neighborhood difficulties with fraternities date
back to the 1984 revision of zoning laws which
facilitated student group housing.
On March 2, 1987, the city council approved
a plan severely restricting group housing in
North Burns. Park. The council acted in response
to neighbors' continuing complaints of litter,
noise, traffic, and parking problems generated by
the area's fraternities and sororities.
North Burns Park Association president Van
Houweling had outlined neighborhood com-
plaints against group housing at a public hearing
for the Ann Arbor Planning Commission.
COUNCILMEMBER Epton, who repre-
sents North Burns Park, voted in favor of the
zoning change last year. He said he placed his
faith in the experts and followed the
recommendation of the Planning Commission.
"The ordinance is not directed specifically at
fraternities," said councilmember Liz Brater (D-
Third Ward). "Councilmember Epton specifically

discussed that such an ordinance must not be dis-
criminatory. It applies to any resident of the city
who is disturbing their neighbors with noise."
Sheldon said the noise ordinance was "mainly
brought about from requests from police so that
they could have more authority" in cases of loud,
excessive noise.
However, she added that there is "quite a bit of
latitude with a $500 fine. I don't think the police
will use the ordinance indiscriminately."
Councilmember Brater feels the problem is
much deeper, stemming in part from drinking.
"I THINK that it needs to be addressed not
only legally but from a psychosocial point of
view; why students are using so much alcohol,"
Brater said. She said the Interfraternity Council
should address this problem and that she will "be
making some efforts through the city to try and
work with the University."
"The University has tended to abdicate that re-
sponsibility and I'm not entirely happy about
that. I really think that they should examine what
they could do about the fact that so many of their
students are abusing alcohol," she said.
Mary Beth Seiler, adviser to the PanHellenic
association, said, "though (the Michigan Student
Assembly) recognized the Greeks, PanHel, and
IFC, the University of Michigan considers the
Greek system completely off-campus." An ex-
ample of this, according to Seiler, has been the
University's inability to take sanctions against
Kappa Sigma fraternity for a recent racist inci-
dent.
The University's Office of Student Services
declined comment on the issue, although there
have been meetings between the police and the
University concerning the neighborhood's prob-
lems, according to Ann Arbor Police Lieutenant
Dan Branson.
CAUGHT in the middle of the conflict be-
tween fraternities and neighbors are sororities,
even though they are viewed as less disruptive
than fraternities. Neighbors fear that once a house
is zoned for group living for a sorority, it could
eventually be sold to a fraternity. The result is
that finding a house becomes an almost
impossible task for fledgling sorority chapters.
"Without a house it is very difficult for a
chapter to survive," said Andrea Marx, member
of Delta Phi Epsilon, a sorority which has been
unable to purchase a house since its revival five
years ago.
According to Kathy Smiley, Delta Phi Ep-
silon's national representative, "neighbors gener-
ally don't want a saturation of people anymore in
the form of fraternities or sororities. They per-
ceive this as a great threat; they feel that their
privacy will be threatened.
"It looks really bleak right now for housing
for sororities. Pi Delta sorority, which was just
recognized, is having a real difficulty finding a
house, along with Delta Phi Epsilon," she said.
"Though we are pleased that Sigma Kappa
was just able to purchase a house, I do not see
further improvement."
SMILEY HAS apprehensions about future
City Council actions. "In January, more zoning
stipulations will be reviewed such as the number
of square feet allotted per person. It could swing
either way," she said. "The laws could become
even more stringent."
"It's a University community," Smiley said.
"Students need group housing, and the neighbors
have to be more tolerant."

IN BRIEF
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Stock purchases condemned
LANSING, Mich. - Apartheid foes condemned a buying binge yes-
terday that saw the state buy at least 5335 million in stocks of companies
that do business in South Africa.
The purchases, made on behalf of the state's $15.7 billion pension
fund by Treasurer Robert Bowman, came shortly before a ban on new
investments of state pension funds in companies with South African ties
went into effect.
The stock buy was made through a fund that buys in a single package
all 478 stocks listed on the Standard and Poors 500 index, Bowman said.
A list released by Bowman last week indicated that at least 94 com-
panies on the index were believed to have South African ties.
"He didn't violate anything, that's clear, but if he were clearly in the
spirit of it(the law), he wouldn't go out and buy right at the end," said
Sen. Dan DeGrow, R-Port Huron.
3 African students in China
admit guilt, report says
BEIJING - Three African students held by police in connection with
a brawl that triggered racial unrest in four cities have admitted they broke
the lay, an official report said yesterday.
One of the three remained under arrest in the eastern city of Nanking,
apparently facing trial, while two others werer being punished with 15
days of "disciplinary detention," the Xinhua News Agency said.
A fourth African was released and returned to his school last night, the
report said.
In related developments, about 45 African students held 10 days at a
guesthouse following the brawl returned to their university in Nanking
yesterday.
In Hangzhou, about 150 miles to the southeast, African students ended
a 10-day class boycott after their college's president agreed to give them a
direct telephone line and write an open letter saying none had AIDS.
One African country warned it might recall its students because of the
treatments of African students
Unions fight work at home
WASHINGTON - Unions and clothing-industry groups filed suit
yesterday trying to block new government regulations that would allow
work at home in five industries after a 40-year ban.
The suit contends that the Labor Department regulations, set to take
effect Monday, do not contain adequate safeguards to prevent violations of
laws governing minimum wage, child labor, maximum work hours,
workplace safety and other issues.
The lawsuit also attacks the department's record of enforcing regula-
tions covering homework in the knitted outerwear industry which has
been legal for the past four years and asks that the government be ordered
to consider reinstating the ban in that field.
About 167, 000 workers are employed by the affected industries, which
generated $10 billion worth of production in 1986.
Services held 'for crash victims
LOCKERBIE, Scotland - Residents of this close-knit town buried a
10-year girl and an 81 year-old widow yesterday who were killed when the
flaming wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 came crashing down on Locker-
bie.
British security chiefs, meanwhile, convened an emergency meeting to
review anti-terrorism measures.
The National Aviation Security Committee moved up the session
from its February date following the disclosure eight days ago that a
bomb felled the Boeing 747 on Dec. 21 killing all 259 people aboard and
II townspeople.
Yesterday, several hundred mourners attended a Requiem Mass for 10-
year-old Joanne Flannigan, whose parents are still missing and presumed
dead. The girl was the first of Lockerbie's victims to be buried.
Searchers so far have recovered 242 bodies from the crash and have re-
leased 149 of them for burial.
EXTRAS
Spielberg to animate tiny
Bugs, Porky, and Sylvester
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Is the world ready for Bugs Bunny's kinder,
gentler offspring? Director Steven Spielberg hopes so.
Spielberg, a long-time lover of animated cartoons, is joining forces
with Warner Bros. for a new television version of Warner's famous
"Merrie Melodies," to be called "Tiny Tunes."
"These will be offspring of the famous Warner Bros. cartoons, such as
Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Sylvester the Cat," Spielberg said at a news

conference Wednesday. "But I don't know if they will be actually sons and
daughters. I'm not quite sure how reproduction works in 'toons."'
Spielberg promised there would be no violence in the new half-hour
episodes and that they wouldn't have the chase scenes that are a staple of
many cartoon shows.
"Tiny Tunes" will be distributed for syndicated television by Lorimar
Telepictures Corp. for the fall season of 1990.
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