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IFC cracks

By Mike Spahn
For the Daily
Every fall, fraternity members
pass out leaflets on street corners
and push party advertisements under
doors at residence halls. But this
year's efforts to attract party-goers
caught the eye of the Interfraternity
IFC officials recently punished 14 of
the 30 houses on campus for breaking
rush rules that prohibit the distribution
of fliers.
"We've had problems with (fliers)
for many years," said IFC President
Ken Tanner. "The number of chapters
sanctioned this year is higher, but com-
parable, to past years."
But the fraternities that were found to
have violated the rules this term were
sanctioned differently than in past years.
IFC prescribed 24 hours of community
service, rather than social sanctions,
which were handed out in past cases.
At least one fraternity president said
houses have advertised parties this way
without punishment in the past.
"It has happened in the entire Greek
system since I was a freshman," said
Phi Gamma Delta President Jeff
Hurlbert. "I've never heard of houses
sanctioned before."
Fliers collected by residence hall
Coordinators of Residence
Education (COREs) were sent to
IFC, where officials dealt with the
problems internally. The fliers are a
violation of Section 2A of the IFC
Constitution. It states that "distribu-
tion of party invitations at an IFC
rush-sponsored event will be con-
sidered a violation of dry rush."
Before move-in began, IFC made an
agreement with the residence halls not
to pass out party invitations in the halls,
said Nirav Shah, executive vice presi-
dent of IFC.
However, resident advisers and stu-
dents said the fliers have been visible
all over campus this fall.

"They were slipped under our door,
guys handed them out in the hall-
ways, and there were people outside
frats with stacks of them," said
Engineering first-year student Jeff
Miller, who lives in Bursley Hall.
"I'll find them in the hallway, and
slipped under doors," said Kiran Arora,
a Stockwell Hall Resident Adviser.
Sherry Chang, an RA in West Quad,
said she saw fliers early this fall, but
not within the last week.
"They usually skip the RA's room
when they hand them out, but I see it
across the hall," Chang said.
Stockwell RA Leslie Hill said she has
not seen fraternity members distributing
party fliers at all this semester.
Theta Chi President Nick Gffredi
said that "no one expected to get such a
punishment" even though he acknowl-
edged it is clearly against rush rules.
Hurlbert also said the punishment was
a surprise to many fraternity presidents.
"(The IFC) took very drastic action at
the very first meeting of the year' he
said. "A lot of people got upset,"
Pi Kappa Alpha President Josh
Henschell, whose house was not sanc-
tioned, raised concerns about the recent
IFC punishments.
"Rush infractions are a very serious
issue, but I have concerns over the
relationship between the offense and
the punishment" Henschell said.
Psi Upsilon President Corey Geer
also questioned the new sanction policy.
"I think the IFC was a bit overzeal-
ous when handing down this punish-
ment," Geer said. "I think it's unjusti-
fied in that it's not community service
as stated in the constitution."
However, Shah defended the new
policy of community service.
"Giving (fraternities) social sanctions
doesn't help anybody,'"he said. "This way
we can help repair some breaks in our
relationship with the residence halls."
Some of the sanctioned fraternities

Charles Carr of Detroit was among the mourners yesterday at the cadaver memorial site at Washtenaw Memorial Park. The service honored more than 250 people
'who donated their bodies to the University Hospitals to serve as teaching aids for Medical School studies.
Memoral onos ose who
donated bodiestomedicine

By David Bricker
Daily Staff Reporter
As mourners, we honor the memo-
ry of those who gave in life. But what
should we do to honor those who gave
of themselves after life?
How about holding another memo-
rial service?
A non-denominational service was
held yesterday at Washtenaw
Memorial Paik in Ann Arbor for those
who offered their bodies to the
aversity Hospitals as teaching and
search aids.

The bodies of those honored this
fall already have been used, cremated
and returned to their families.
As Dean Mueller of the Medical
School Anatomical Donations Program
said, that amounts to a lot of ashes.
"There were practically 250 adults
and about 250 infant and premature
babies donated to the hospital last
year," Mueller said. "We've been for-
The memorial, which Mueller
helped organize, was attended by fami-
lies of the deceased, Medical Center.

faculty and staff, and medical students.
But unlike the solemn services held
for the dead the first time around, the
atmosphere here was a bit more festive.
Pre-invocation hors d'oeuvres were
so abundant that observers brought
plates back to their seats brimming
with cookies and cheese so as not to
miss any of the service.
Only about half were dressed in
dark, formal attire. In fact, one row
under the large, white, two-posted tent
was dominated by a contingent of
Hoosiers donning bright red sweat-

At times during the service, it was
hard to hear the pastor over the glee-
ful shouts of toddlers.
But not everyone was so blas6
about the event.
"A lot of us are still very sad," said
Joseph Ferris, a relative of one of the
deceased. "We take a lot of pride in
the fact that our loss might be some-
one else's gain. This is an important
day for us."
Medical School second-year
See MEMORIAL, Page 3

onor (U'
By Chris Metinko
Daily Staff Reporter
The list of nationally recognized
1 versity, faculty, grew last week as
ert Megginson, an associate pro-
fessor of mathematics, was honored at
the'second annual Presidential Awards
for I Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering
' was surprised," said Megginson,
who was recognized for his work with
Native Americans on the Turtle
Mountain Indian Reservation in cen-
tral North Dakota and also for his work
i ichigan's Upper Peninsula and in
"I was very pleased he won the
ayard," said Jeffrey Rauch, chair of the
University mathematics department.
"It -was amply merited."
'Megginson said participants in his
mentor programs deserve credit for the
1. felt very strongly that the award
was not an award for personal achieve-
*t," he said.
Megginson worked with young
adults in grades 8-12..
Megginson said he tried to show
the students it is quite possible for
Native Americans to succeed in math-
"We've always excelled in mathe-
matics " Meaginsnn said referring tn

Students brand two NBC skits disrespectful

By Katie Piona
Daily Staff Reporter
Eight-hundred fifty-six students participated
in a mass letter-writing campaign to. NBC
because of the network's alleged use of racial
stereotypes of Indian Americans during mid-
August episodes of two of its major programs-
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" sand
"Caroline in the City."
The Indian American Student Association spun-.
sored the campaign. IASA utilized the annual

Festifall event on Sept. 5 to inform students about
the incidents and allow them to sign letters bound.
for NBC.
"The Tonight Show" received 272 letters from
University students. The remaining letters were
sent to the "Caroline in theCity" show, as well as
to Alan Frank, general manager and vice president
atNBC's Detroit affiliate,-WDIlV Each letter con-.
tained several requests.
The first incident, a skit performed by Jay Leno
called "When Elvis Meets Gandhi," appeared on

"The Tonight Show" during the show's Aug. 18
episode. The second incident in question aired dur-
ing the Aug. 17 episode of "Caroline in the City,"
in which a joke portrayed an Indian American as
inadequate in performing his or her job.
Paren Shah, IASA vice president, was one of
the campaign's leaders. He said the two NBC inci-
dents depicted uneducated and stereotypical repre-
sentations of Indian Americans.
"When the media has these images that are neg-
ative, it doesn't really help our cause" said Shah,

a Business junior. "Hopefully, they'll consider our
requests, and hopefully act on them and be aware
in the future not to make the same mistakes again"
Shah said he understands that Leno's skit involv-
ing Mahatma Gandhi did not intend to be offen-
sive. Nonetheless, the content was disrespectful, he
Jennifer Barnett, publicist for "The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno," said all of Leno's material is
intended as humor, rather than as insults or attacks
See NBC, Page 7






plagQues 'U
By Debra Hirschfleld
For the Daily
It's 5 a.m., and instead of dreaming about scor-
ing the game-winning touchdown in the Rose'
Bowl, you are staring at the clock watching min-
utes turn into hours. Every home remedy, from
drinking a glass of warm milk before bed to
counting sheep, has failed. The frustration of
tossing and turning has left you almost wishing it
was time for your 9 a.m. class.
This agonizing process is all too familiar to
college students suffering from insomnia.
Insomnia is the most common sleep disor-
der, characterized by difficulty falling asleep,
staying asleep or awakening too early. In its
most extreme form, insomnia can result in
davs of sleelessne..

sleep until one or two on the weekends, makes it
harder for them to fall asleep at night," he said.
Weekend parties and late-night study sessions
can take a toll on the next day's performance.
Great Books Graduate Student Instructor
Joanna Alexander, who teaches a 9 a.m. class on
Fridays, said she found a "pretty solid correlation"
between absences and the Friday morning class.
"I'm a zombie;' LSA senior Jacqui Gross said
about how she feels after a night without sleep.
"All day, I think about when this class is going to
end so I can go to sleep."
Aldrich said anxiety regarding students' newly
found independence is a dominant factor, and
noted that stress about major decisions can often
keep them awake.
"Before college, parents helped them go to bed
and get sleep. Now, with independence, it's not as
important as their social life," he said.
Engineering first-year student Adam Weber
said the combination of three people in a room
with conflicting schedules forces him to "stay up
as late as my roommates do."
Students specifically struggle around exam
time, and often experience "sensations of racing
thoughts" about studying enough, Aldrich said.
LSA senior Stephanie Brimo associated her
insomnia with having too much on her mind.

Dr. Michael Alrich, director of the sleep lab at the University of Michigan Medical Center in

Neurology, studies sleep patterns of patients.
"It is so common that many students think it is


having trouble awakening. Aldrich said.


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