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-Ar/STThe Michigan Daily - Monday, March 8, 199
LOCAL/ScTATE
House to debate school takeover bills

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Henry Russel
lecture, awards
to be given
Jack Dixon, professor of biological
chemistry, is scheduled to deliver this
fear's annual Henry Russel Lecture
tomorrow.
Being chosen as the speaker of the
.lectureship is the highest honor the
University bestows upon a senior facul-
ty member.
Titled "Playing Tag with Death: A
Biochemist's View of Cancer, The
Plague and Signal Transduction,"
Dixon's lecture will be presented in
Rackham Auditorium tomorrow at 2
~Before Dixon's presentation, junior
faculty members will be honored with
Henry Russel awards.
Recipients include Thomas Hales,
.associate professor of mathematics;
Alexander Ninfa, associate professor
of biological chemistry and Ann
Marie Sastry, assistant professor of
mechanical engineering and applied
mechanics.
Aan Gogh play
debuts at League
The lecture and awards were
established at the University in
1925.
Telling Vincent Van Gogh's story
through the perspective of his sister-in-
law, a performance of "Vincent:
Hearkening to Divine Whispers
Theatrical Fragments for the Life of
incent Van Gogh" will be presented at
e Michigan League.
The presentation was written by
playwright France Sebastian, who
authored last year's performance,
"Taste of Monet."
Sponsored by Friends of the
Michigan League, the performance
is produced by Nancy Heusel and
will take place each evening this
eekend. Each of the weekend per-
rmances is scheduled to begin at
7 p.m.
In addition to the performance, the
purchase of a $45 ticket includes
music, wine and dinner. For parties of
eight a special package is available for
$320.
To make reservations contact
Friends of the Michigan League
Coordinator Ginger Sissom at 647-
7463.
peace Corps to
hold meeting for
applicants
Students interested in joining the
Peace Corps are encouraged to attend a
meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Peace Corps and the
International Center are sponsoring the
*eeting which will provide students
with general information as well as offer
an opportunity to answer questions.
The meeting will take place in room
nine of the International Center in West
Quad Residence Hall.
'U' women's club
sponsors speech
The University's Womens Club,
* conjunction with the Center for
the Education of Women, are spon-
soring a lecture by Brenda
Flanigan.
Titled "In Praise of Older Women's
Other Crimes," the presentation is
scheduled for March 11 at 8 p.m.
The lecture will be held in the Hall

Auditorium of the Business School
Assembly Hall.
Funding for the presentation is pro-
eded by the Center for Afro- American
studies.
Pre-med club to
host walk-a-thon
at Palmer Field
The University's Pre-Med club is
scheduled to host the American Heart
Association Walk-a-thon this Sunday,
* arch 14.
The event is set to take place at
Palmer Field, which is located near the
Hill Area residence halls.
Participants should plan to be at
Palmer Field by noon.
-- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Nikes Schulte.

LANSING (AP) - House leaders expect little
resistance this week as they begin to debate legis-
lation that would let Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer
appoint people to reform his city's troubled
schools.
Nearly two weeks ago when the measure came
up for a vote in the Senate Education Committee,
opponents stalled the vote with loud chanting and
cheering. And Rep. Ed Vaughn (D-Detroit) took
the gavel away from the committee chairperson
and waved it over his head.
But Vaughn and Rep. Keith Stallworth (D-
Detroit) who also was admonished for disrupting
the Senate committee, have apologized to Senate
Education Committee Chair Loren Bennett (R-
Canton Township).
House Speaker Chuck Perricone (R-Kalamazoo
Township) is considering formal sanctions.

Other members of the House's black caucus
have given Perricone assurances that no such dis-
ruption will be repeated when the House
Education Committee meets tomorrow.
House leaders have scheduled just one hear-
ing in committee. The plan is to amend the bill
there and send it to the floor for final action next
week.
Consideration of Gov. John Engler's plan to
improve Detroit schools gets off to a less rocky
start in the House than it did in the Senate for sev-
eral other reasons.
Chief among them is the effort by House
Education Committee members to understand the
frustration on the part of Detroit residents who
say Engler's plan strips them of their voting
rights.
Engler's takeover plan would replace the i11-

member elected board with a seven-member
reform board. Voters would have no say in the
matter until the reform board served five
years.
Unlike the Senate committee, made up of five
veteran lawmakers, the House committee is head-
ed by a freshman.
Of its 17 members, 15 were elected for the first
time in November.
And some freshmen, 10 of whom are
Republicans, are showing a slip of independence.
They have promoted amendments Engler doesn't
support, such as one that keeps the elected school
board in some lesser role.
The whole committee, in fact, broke up into
groups and quietly toured several Detroit public
schools on Friday. Members wanted to see for
themselves the problems of the system and talk

with school teachers, students, parents and admin-
istrators.
Despite intentions to put the House stamp on the
Senate bill, House Education Committee
Chairperson Jason Allen (R-Traverse City) said
GOP committee members have agreed to support
it with few changes.
"We're basically.going to report out the Senate
bill. We're very comfortable with the intent of the
plan," Allen said. "We wanted a lot of flexibility
for the reform board. We think it's better to let the
reform board figure out what's going on down
there."
House Minority Floor Leader Kwame
Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) said late last week that the
final battle for an agreement hasn't even begun.
He said the Democratic caucus would announce its
amendments to the bill tomorrow.

Look, Mom, I can fly!

Candidates vie for MSA seats

MSA
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easier," Coulouris said.
Coulouris added that the Graduate
Employees Organization contract nego-
tiations and establishing a more struc-
tured connection between MSA repre-
sentatives and members of the student
body are important issues for the Blue
Party this semester.
Presidential candidate and current
Rackham Rep. Jessica Curtin said she
decided to run for this office to "contin-
ue the process of turning MSA into an
organization that will take up students'
issues and stand for students' rights."
LSA seats attracted the largest num-
ber of candidates, with 33 students run-
ning for nine open LSA seats.
LSA sophomore Marisa Lin, who

was appointed to the assembly earlier
this semester, is running to maintain her
LSA seat on the assembly.
Lin, who has been working on the
assembly's safety commission, said she
is interested in improving safety for stu-
dents living off campus.
Independent candidate David Taub,
who is also running for a LSA seat, said
he is not pleased with the assembly's
progress this semester.
"They're not doing anything for stu-
dents," said Taub, who has never been
affiliated with MSA. He cited resolutions
regarding Iraq and the Ann Arbor Police
Department passed earlier this semester.
Although other schools didn't attract
as large of a turnout, they are not with-
out competition.
Engineering first-year student Brent
Williams said, "There's just some

things that need to get fixed." Williams,
who is one of six people running for
two open Engineering seats, said he
would like to see improvements in the
student meal plan and on North
Campus.
Business candidate Tom Panoff said
he would like to see "a greater sense of
responsiveness to students by adminis-
tration."
Ksenija Savic, who is currently a School
ofArt and Design representative, said she is
excited to run for a second term.
"I'd like to see a lot of teamwork and a
lot of mutual respect on MSA' Savic said
Serowik added that because the
School of Education sheet was not-
printed on the original candidate pack
ets, the deadline for students who wanto
to run for that seat has been extended toj
tomorrow at 5 p.m.

AP PHOTO
David Beard enters the atmosphere and prepares for landing after a
thrilling flight yesterday at the Riverside Country Club in Battle Creek, Mich.
MSU Greeks
delay vote on
alcohol popsa

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nitiative and Hillel

By Pat Muir
The State News
Michigan State University campus
Greek chapter presidents delayed vot-
ing on the alcohol-free proposal
Thursday night, saying they needed
more time and information, MSU
spokesperson Terry Denbow said.
The meeting, held at the MSU cam-
pus chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority
came near the end of the Greek sys-
tem's self-imposed 30-day moratorium
on social events. Fraternity and sorority
presidents voted for the moratorium to
give the greek system time to return to
its founding values, officials said.
In a letter from MSU President M.
Peter McPherson presented at
Thursday's meeting, McPherson said he
wanted Greek leaders to decide the
issue themselves.
"Your leadership's proposal to move
toward alcohol-free housing is consis-
tent with trends encouraged by your
national organizations and has been
very successful on other campuses
across the country," he said. "As a
Greek, and as president of this universi-
ty, I think this is a wise move."
Interfraternity Council President
Jason Rosenbaum and Panhellenic
Council President Rebecca Gillespie
met with McPherson on Feb. 26 to dis-
cuss a proposal for "modified alcohol-
free housing"'

The proposal would have banned
alcohol in common areas of fraternity
houses but allowed members to drink in
their rooms. It would have taken effect
July 1, 2000.
According to a memo distributed by
Rosenbaum and Gillespie at a Sunday
meeting of chapter presidents,
McPherson "stated that if this was the
only proposal that was passed by chap-
ter presidents, he would not only pub-
licly denounce the Greek system, but he
would also pull all university support."
But in his letter McPherson insists
that he did not give the greek system an
ultimatum.
McPherson wants "modified alco-
hol-free housing" by fall 1999 and
alcohol-free housing by fall 2000,
Rosenbaum has said.
MSU's Greek system has come
under scrutiny in the past several
months. A Feb. 10 WJBK Fox News
Detroit segment featured hidden-cam-
era footage of a Sigma Phi Epsilon
house party. The newscast was a cata-
lyst behind the moratorium, said Billy
Molasso. coordinator for Greek Life.
The system also faced scrutiny in
November when a Psi Upsilon party
guest was allegedly given the "date-
rape drug" Rohypnol and in January
when Sigma Alpha Epsilon was pun-
ished for posting a Rush flier some
called sexist.

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