The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, March 11,1992 - Page 3
by Chastity Wilson
Daily Staff Reporter
Last night the Ann Arbor City
Planning Commission unanimously
approved the Delta Zeta sorority re-
quest for modifications to its new
house on Washtenaw Ave.
On Feb. 11, the Commission
granted the sorority a Special
Exceptions Use permit that would al-
low the women to occupy the Perry
Nursery School, adjacent to Angell
Elementary School, but delayed
voting on the minor modifications
request pending revisions to their
plan that would resolve complaints
from neighbors and the adjacent
About 20 angry Angell parents
attended the last hearing because
they were worried that the sorority
would cause an increase in traffic,
posing a threat to the safety of the
children because both buildings
shared one driveway.
But parents who were upset a
month ago sang a different song last
night. The only parent to speak at the
hearing thanked the sorority and
their architects for "listening to
neighbors and taking their criticisms
After the first hearing, Delta Zeta
architect Fred Patterson said the
sorority decided to "revise the
drainage, improve the circulation to
the parking lot, without using the
school's driveway, address the light-
ing to comply with the ordinance
and make an arrangement with the
school for access to dumpsters."
Commission members attributed
the change of attitude to improved
relations between the sorority and
Commission member Barry
Checkoway said the positive out-
come was the "result of communica-
tion between the participants," and
said the Planning Department should
do more to "enhance communication
Patterson said the revised plan
addressed "drainage, lighting, park-
ing and communication - that was
The Commission, which denied a
Special Exceptions permit to Pi
Kappa Phi last summer and also an
expansion permit to Sigma Kappa in
the fall, praised the Delta Zeta situa-
tion as an "example of what
cooperation can do."
The Commission strongly en-
couraged any other groups that con-
template occupying a building in a
residential area to address the neigh-
bors early in their planning process
to avoid upsetting nearby property
by Erin Einhorn
Daily City Reporter
The majority of the 10 City
Council candidates who addressed
community members in the annual
candidates' forum on the environ-
ment last night listed environmental
issues as one of their top priorities
for the city.
Other topics at the forum -
sponsored by the Ecology Center of
Ann Arbor, the Huron River
Watershed Council and the Sierra
Club, Huron Valley Group - in-
cluded the park systems, water pol-
lution, waste disposal and preserving
the city's natural features.
The natural features ordinance is
a controversial issue currently facing
the Council. The ordinance is an at-
tempt to preserve area natural fea-
tures by requiring developers to at-
tain a permit before cutting down a
tree or filling wetlands.
Realtors and other homeowners
have addressed the Council in open
hearings, complaining that the ordi-
nance treats citizens like "potential
criminals," who would need permis-
sion to cut down trees on their own
"I think the protection of wet-
lands is highly desirable," said Ralph
Michener, a 2nd Ward Democratic
candidate. He said although he does
not necessarily support the ordi-
nance presently being discussed by
the Council and the City Planning
Commission, he would support an
ordinance of some kind.
"But I also believe," Michener
said, "that except for huge landmark
trees, a tree on an individual's own
land should be his own property."
it is at this stage."
Beyond environmental concerns,
a political scuffle arose when David
Raaflaub, a Libertarian candidate
from the 5th Ward, asked a question
of the panel and complained that
none of the four Libertarian candi-
dates were invited to the forum.
"They didn't like my views
'I also believe that except for huge landmark
trees, a tree on an individual's own land should
be his own property.'
2nd Ward Democratic candidate
Peter Fink, the Republican can.
didate from the 2nd Ward, said he
"certainly" does not support an ordi-
nance to protect trees.
"There's a great many legal ex-
penses that are brought to light by
this," he said.
Additionally, Fink said, "The de-
velopers, in general, have been held
pretty well in check by the planning
commission and I'm afraid of the
implications of an overall, encom-
passing natural features ordinance as
which were against the mainstream,"
Raaflaub said after the discussion.
"We're very suspicious of big gov-
Mike Garfield, who organized the
forum for the ecology center this
year and in the past, said although
Libertarian candidates are usually
invited to mayoral forums, they were
not invited because with 14 people
involved, the discussion would have
taken longer and been more
A snuff is enough
Laura Langley, a first-year student in the Art School, examines snuff boxes
at the Art Museum yesterday afternoon.
Third party candidates u out o MA race
by Jennifer Silverberg Progressive Party. night's meeting, the assembly passed money," Kight said. resolution to put al
Daily MSA Reporter "We are withdrawing because we a resolution amending the proce- Rackham Rep. Jeff Hinte op- Commissions up to a stud
The presidential and vice presi-
dential candidates of the third party
running in the Michigan Student
Assembly March elections withdrew
last night only one day after declar-
ing their candidacy.
LSA Rep. Robert Van
Houweling, the presidential candi-
date, and Engineering Rep. Brian
Kight, the vice presidential candi-
date, of the Michigan Moose Party
said they couldn't compete with the
resources and organization of the
other two parties - the
Conservative Coalition and the
have realized that we cannot com-
pete with the party machines in
terms of organization or monetary
resources," Van Houweling said.
The nine representatives who
filed for candidacy under the
Michigan Moose Party have not yet
decided whether they will remain in
the party or run as independents.
"The plan at this time is to con-
tinue our candidacies for the repre-
sentative seats of the various
schools," said acting party chair Bill
In other developments at last
dures of the Budget Priorities
Commission (BPC) by a vote of 16-
9 with five abstentions.
Under the new resolution, BPC
will make weekly reports to the as-
sembly of what groups have re-
quested money. The old procedure
required student groups to submit
their requests a week before the allo-
cation hearings so that representa-
tives could be made aware of these
requests before the hearing occurred.
"This allows for an easier, better
procedure for groups to get their
posed the resolution.
"First reads are so members can
be notified of the issues and so the
public can be notified as well. This
would undermine the assembly's
ability to knowledgeably disperse
funds," Hinte said.
"I see problems in BPC proce-
dure, but this doesn't make it easier
for groups. It just makes it easier for
BPC," Natural Resources Rep. Nena
The assembly also voted down a
for approval or elimination on the
March election ballot, voting 10-20
with one abstention.
"This is merely a proposal to al-
low all students to decide for them-
selves what types of commissions
they'd like to have exist," Law
School Rep. Michael Warren said.
Other representatives opposed the
resolution because they said that
students were not informed enough
to decide whether or not to eliminate
Bogus bills appear
in Ann Arbor
The fourth counterfeit $20 bill to
appear in Ann Arbor recently was
discovered at the Kroger store on
Jackson Road Thursday.
Reports indicated that the bill
was given to a checkout employee to
pay for groceries, and the customer
had left the store by the time it was
identified as counterfeit.
Ann Arbor Police Detective
David Gray said counterfeit $20
bills have recently been discovered
in gas stations, restaurants, and other
locations around Ann Arbor.
He said the bills are of very poor
quality. They are not difficult to
identify because the fine red and
blue threads located in the paper
fabric of authentic bills are clearly
One problem in investigating the
origin of counterfeit money is that it
is received as change, reused, and
then later discovered in a cash
Although the use of counterfeit
bills is a federal offense, there is a
Michigan state law that says posses-
sion of seven bills is reason for sus-
picion of production.
The bogus bills discovered in
Ann Arbor are currently being in-
vestigated with others by the Secret
Service in Detroit. Gray said the
bills are suspected to have originated
near South Quad
A University student was as-
saulted at 12:49 a.m. Saturday on
East Madison Street near South
Quad, according to reports by the
University Department of Safety
The man told police officers he
was approached from behind by two
people who hit him in the face.
Although he suffered a cut around
his eye, he desired no medical treat-
ment at the time.
No suspects are known, and in-
vestigations are continuing.
DPS helps clear
DPS officers were called to assist
University Hospital security Friday
when a group of 25 friends insisted
on seeing the victims of gunshot
wounds who were under care.
The patients were wounded dur-
ing a fight that broke out Friday
night in the Meadow Tree apartment
complex in Pittsfield Township.
Four were shot and one beaten.
DPS officers cleared the hospital
waiting room of all but the victims'
immediate family members when
the crowd became disruptive,
according to police reports.
No arrests were made.
Man shot with BB
gun in street fight
While walking at the corner of
East University and South
University at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, a
student returned some unfriendly
gestures offered him from a passing
car. The car came to a stop and two
of its occupants exited, one carrying
a carbon dioxide BB gun. They
confronted the victim and shot him
in the lip. The victim was taken to
the University Hospital, and the sus-
pect was taken into custody.
Hop-In held up
The Packard Hop-In was the
scene of a robbery last Monday,
making it the third robbery at a
"Hop-In" in three weeks. At 12:46
a.m., the store clerk was counting
change for a purchase when the
customer hurdled the counter,
pushed him aside and emptied the
cash register. The suspect then fled.
saves the day
A woman was lured to the L.A.
Cafe on Church Street by a potential
assailant on the pretense that a friend
was waiting there for her, February
26. When she reached the restaurant
at 9:30, the suspect grabbed her and
pinned her to a wall. When he at-
tempted to force the victim to have
sex with him, the victim kneed him
in the groin and elbowed him in the
- by Ben Deci
and Lauren Dermer
Daily Crime Reporters
What's happening in Ann Arbor today
M eetings Sci Aud, 7:00 music and 7:30 film.
Ann Arbor Coalition to Unleash Safewalk, night-time safety walking
Power, Michigan Union, Crofoot Rm, service. Sun-Thurs 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.,
7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Stop by 102
Hindu Students Council, weekly UGLi or call 936-1000. Also, extended
mtg, Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 5, learn hours: Sun-Thurs 1:30-3 a.m. Stop by
Hindi, B 115 MLB, 8 p.m. Angell Hall Computing Center or call
Korean Students Association, weekly 7634246.
mtg, Michigan Union, Anderson Rm, 5 Northwalk, North Campus nighttime
p.m. team walking service. Sun-Thur 8
Latin American Solidarity p.m.-1:30 p.m. Fri-Sat8:00 p.m.- 11:30
Committee, weekly mtg, Michigan p.m. Stop by 2333 Bursley or call 763-
Union, Welker Rm, 8 p.m. WALK.
Rainforest Action Movement, weekly Undergraduate Psychology Peer
mtg, 1046 Dana (School of Natural Advising, Undergraduate Psychology
Resources). 7 p.m. Office, K-108 West Quad. 9:00 am.- 4:
Students Concerned About Animal 00'p.m.
Rights, weekly mtg, Dominick's, 7 p.m. ECB Writing Tutors, Angell/Mason
AIESEC Meet 5:00 p.m. to Raid MSU, Hall Computing Center, 7-11 p.m.
corner of E. University and Hill. U-M Taekwondo Club, Monday
American Advertising Federation workout. CCRB Martial Arts Rm
(AAF) 3040 Frieze Bldg. 6:00 p.m. 2275, 6:30-8 p.m. Beginners welcome.
U of M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club, Discussion of Objectivism: The
weekly meeting, CCRB Martial Arts Philosophy of Ayn Rand, U M
rm, 8-9 p.m. Students of Objectivism 2212 MLB 8
Speakers Grief 12= Workshop, five-part series,
"An Introduction to Saddlepoint Hospice of Washtenaw.
Approximations and their East Quad/RC Social Group for
applications in statistics," 451 Mason Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals,
Hall 4:00 p.m. weekly mtg, 9 p.m.
"See Dick and Jane, Lie, Cheat, and U of M Ninjitsu Club, practice, I-M
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