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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Monday, November30, 1992

Developers, Native Americans
plan to bring casinos to Detroit

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DETROIT (AP) - Two Detroit
developers and a tribe of Native
Americans from northern Michigan
are moving ahead with a plan to
bring casino gambling downtown -
whether voters want it or not.
The developers have asked for
federal approval to donate a
Greektown parcel to the Sault Ste.
Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians,
Detroit News columnist Jon Pepper
reported yesterday. They then would
build a privately financed casino
with a $40 million pricetag and
promises of 4,200 full-time jobs.
Detroit voters rejected casino
gambling in 1976, 1981 and 1988
referenda. But they would have no
voice this time because the property
would be in the trust of an Indian
tribe, which is a sovereign nation.
Along with the casino jobs, the
project would create 1,200 con-
struction jobs and up to 15,000 in
other businesses, supporters say.
Detractors say those promises
could ring hollow, and gambling
would only increase the city's
already high crime statistics.
Gov. John Engler, who would
negotiate part of the deal with the
tribe, "has felt that it doesn't
generate the types of jobs it pretends
to," spokesperson John Truscott
said.
"We've seen that in Atlantic
City. It's led to further deterioration
of surrounding areas," Truscott said.
Developers Ted Gatzaros and Jim

Pappas, whose Detroit real estate
holdings include the Pegasus and
Fishbone's restaurants, filed papers
with the U.S. Bureau of Indian
Affairs last week to donate property
elsewhere in Greektown to the tribe,
which operates two Upper Peninsula
casinos.
The Secretary of the Interior will
determine whether the land transfer
should go through. That
determination will be made after
discussions with Mayor Coleman
Young, who has supported such pro-
jects in the past.
Mayoral spokesperson Bob Berg
did not return a telephone message
left at his home yesterday afternoon.
The developers and tribal Chair
Bernard Bouschor say their project
would be different than those
previously rejected at the polls. The
casino would not have a bar, restau-
rant, theater or hotel, meaning pa-
trons would have to look elsewhere
for those amenities.
That's where the city would
benefit, they say.
"You're going to have to go
somewhere else to eat and sleep. If
the casino generates business, it's
going to spread business around,"
said William McLaughlin, president
of the Metropolitan Detroit
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"From our perspective, it
becomes another tourist attraction, a

good opportunity to promote some-
thing new."
The project also would put
Detroit in competition with proposed
gambling projects in Chicago and a
casino planned across the Detroit
River in Windsor, Ontario.
The tribe would receive at least
60 percent of the Detroit casino's
profits, as required by federal law.
However, Bouschor says 4.5 percent
of the proceeds would go to the city,
which also would be reimbursed for
police and fire protection.
Seven Indian tribes operate
gambling facilities in Michigan.
Their 1992 revenues exceeded $36
million, and they paid $3.6 million
in state and federal employment
taxes.
The Sault Ste. Marie tribe claims
it needs the Detroit land because it
lacks enough other property for
economic development. Wayne
County has the largest American
Indian population in the state, with
8,048 residents; Oakland County
ranks second, with 3,948.
The tribe, beset by high un-
employment, estimates the casino
would employ at least 1,000
American Indians from southeast
Michigan.
"We definitely don't see this as
exploitation of the tribe," Bouschor
said. "We see it as a big
opportunity."

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JAMES CHO/Daily
Inn Pizza's

Todd Watkins, a third-year U-M law student, plays with Terrance Bayly-Sochacki at Cottage
Thanksgiving dinner. Both Watkins and Bayly-Sochacki were volunteers at the restaurant.

INCINERATOR
Continued from page 1
documentation proving the U-M has
emitted 15,000 times the amount of
iodine allowed under Clean Air Act
regulations.
"Until the university can verify
these numbers or show they are
wrong, they should not be allowed to
burn anything at Northwood," said
.Dora St. Martin, a CSWD member.
However, U-M Director of News
and Information Services Joseph
Owsley said the university is plan-

ning to clean up the incinerator.
"We have a couple of proposals
to improve the incinerators, but they
are already good," he said. "The
university has $100,000 worth of fil-
ters that are purchased already to be
put on."
CSWD will arrange transporta-
tion for community members inter-
ested in attending tomorrow's Air
Quality Commission hearing. The
commission - a body of the state
Department of Natural Resources -
represents industry, the public and

the state, and makes the final deci-
sion on controversial air quality
matters.
Hemu Nayak, a member of
CSWD and a School of Public
Health graduate student, said com-
munity involvement is paramount to
force the state to reconsider the U-M
perw its.
When I came to the university, I
thought it was a progressive place,"
Nayak said. "But I've come to see
the university does not care - they
don't listen."

DINNERS
Continued from page 1
appreciate it. It is not often that this
happens."
Michele Estrin, who served
meals at Cottage Inn with three
other U-M third-year law students,
said she volunteered in order to
help the community.
"We wanted to volunteer. We
had a group staying here because
we had tons of work to do and we
figured we might as well be
useful," Estrin said.
The Ann Arbor Hunger
Coalition sponsors year-round
meals for the local homeless -
including Wednesday's dinner at
the Ann Arbor Community Center
(AACC).
"It's not a formal coalition, but
every day, Monday through Friday,
there's a meal served (in the city)

for the homeless," said Ann
Hampton Hawkins, AACC
executive director.
"I'm feeding until my food runs
out," said Vera Greer, a 10-year
volunteer at the AACC. The dinner
at the AACC fed approximately 80
people, as Greer and Hawkins
expected.
"I feel like I'm folding. I'm
working three jobs and doing this.
The city does not give us enough
money and we have to take care of
our people," Greer said.
Joan Scott, Ann Arbor Hunger
Coalition's general coordinator,
said between 20 and 25 student
groups and church organizations are
associated with the Ann Arbor
Hunger Coalition.
The Ann Arbor Hunger
Coalition began in 1976 in the Lord
of Light Lutheran Church of Ann
Arbor. A group of parishioners in

an action/reflection study group
decided that actually feeding and
helping the homeless more
accurately reflected their mission.
AAHC has been growing slowly
ever since. Although Scott said she
was displeased that the local home-
less situation has not improved, she
said she doesn't see the group dis-
banding in the near future.
The Peace Neighborhood Center
in Ann Arbor was forced to cancel
its Thanksgiving dinner plans be-
cause it lacked sufficient funds.
Bonnie Billups, program
director for the center, said, "We
just don't have the funds. I have 65-
70 more families who I'm trying to
secure some kind of box food for.
"Private donations are down and
we're hoping that we'll be able to
do the Christmas thing," Billups
said.

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The Business Staff of the Michigan Daily
apologizes to the Armenian Students'
Cultural Association for the typographical
errors included in the advertisement entitled
"Armenian Martyrs Day" which appeared in
the Michigan Daily on April 22, 1992. We
also apologize for any misunderstanding
which may have resulted from the Daily's
processing of the advertisement.

GREEK
Continued from page 1
university. It shows we can study
just as hard as we party."
In response to raids of fraternity
parties by police officers, Namerow
said he has tried to work with the po-
lice to improve the party scene. He
said the first step in this process was
removal of undercover officers from
parties.
"(The police have) recognized
the progress we've made in our re-
sponsibility," he said. "It has worked
out really well - project
accomplished."
Namerow said a large part of this

SMITH BARNEY

year's successes also involved work-
ing with the Panhellenic Association
and the U-M Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center
(SAPAC).
"We have been working closely
with SAPAC to encourage houses to
come out and do programs for
them," he said. "That has been a
whole long series of events that has
made an impact. That is really im-
portant for both the system and me."
Mary Beth Seiler, Panhellenic
advisor, said Panhel has always been
involved with the IFC and sexual as-
sault awareness.
"Panhel has always been pretty
involved with SAPAC, and I'm sure
we'll continue that. SAPAC has
been just great about coming in for
workshops."
She said the Panhellenic
Association and the IFC did a series
of joint projects this year, adding
that the organizations co-sponsored a
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Awareness Week this year.
However, Seiler said Panhel
sponsored many important events
which addressed topics other than
sexual assault.
"Along with the IFC and many
other sponsors we had a speaker for
Alcohol Awareness Week - Mike
Green," she said. "It was rather ex-
pensive but definitely well worth it."
Green promotes alcohol aware-
ness on college campuses throughout
the nation.
Seiler said two annual events -
rush and the plant sale - kept soror-
ity members busy at the beginning of
the year.
"Earlier in September we did our
annual plant sale for charity," Seiler
said. "Half the proceeds went to
Safehouse, and the other half went to
the Christopher Fashing Leukemia
Fund. We've been doing that for
about 18 to 19 years."
Seiler said that the Panhellenic
Association handles matters involv-

ing police differently than the IFC.
"We usually have our social
chairs review with the police what
the various laws are," she said.
Seiler said Panhel held meetings
to inform members of rules and
regulations.
"We did what was called execu-
tive education sessions," she said.
"The first was about disciplinary
proceedings, and the second was on
keeping your sisters involved."
Although both halves of the
Greek system report successful
years, the IFC had a few more prob-
lems to deal with.
"We should offer a thank you to
the system for being patient,"
Namerow said. "Its been really hard
and difficult but people have put up
with it.
"It was a rough year, but every-
thing is running smoothly now," he
added. "We have taken a lot of small
steps to move us ahead to a much
brighter future."

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