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January 13, 1999

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WINTER BLUNDERLAND

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Prosecutors
charge 10
Phi elts

snow

emergency
declared
yAdam Bruan Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor in January has not seen this much snow
since 1899, and the city is responding.
Yesterday, the Public Services Department for the city
of Ann Arbor declared a snow emergency, effective
Saturday, Jan. 16.
Essentially, a snow emergency dictates that on days
with even dates, such as this Saturday, Jan. 16, vehicles
parked on the side of the street having even street num-
bers will be towed. Likewise, on days with odd dates,
such as this Sunday, Jan. 17, vehicles are prohibited from
parking on the side of the street having odd street num-
bers.
Declaring a snow emergency in Ann Arbor is a very
rare event, said Bill Wheeler, director of Public Services
for the City of Ann Arbor.
"The most recent one I can remember was in 1978,"
Wheeler said.
On Monday, Jan.18, however, the snow emergency
will be lifted for Martin Luther King Day.
The city will be placing fliers on the windshields of
vehicles parked in restricted areas to inform drivers of
he snow emergency.
For the past 30 years, 13 and a half inches of snow is
normal for January, said University meteorologist
Dennis Kahlbaum. As of yesterday morning, 28.2 inches
of snow has fallen on Ann Arbor this month.
Larry Pickel, Ann Arbor City Building Department
director, said the responsibility of snow removal falls in
the hands of two main divisions.
The City of Ann Arbor Building Department enforces
removal around residential areas, such as apartment side-
See EMERGENCY, Page 7

Liquid ecstacy found in
Cantor's blood, father says

By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
Prosecutors yesterday authorized
warrants for 10 members of the Phi
Delta Theta fraternity on misdemeanor
alcohol-related charges.
Warrants charge five mem-
bers with using fraudulent
identification to purchase
alcohol, which carries a
penalty of up to 90 days in
jail, a $1,000 fine and a 90-
day license suspension.
All 10 face charges for fur-
nishing alcohol to a minor
and host-law violations of
alcohol consumption by C
minors on the fraternity's Cantor
premise. Conviction of serv-
ing minors alcohol results in a manda-
tory $1,000 fine along with up to 60
days of jail time or community service.
The maximum penalty for host-law
charges is 30 days in jail and a $1,000
fine.
The police official also told George
Cantor that night that medical examin-
ers found evidence of the drug gamma
hydroxy butyric acid, also known as
"liquid ecstacy," in Cantor's blood at the
time of her death.

George Cantor said this report differs
from the original autopsy report
because "the initial report just gave the
amount of alcohol in her blood." But he
said the new findings didn't come as a
surprise.
"I always suspected that
there was something like this
involved," George Cantor
said, "because her actions
were so out of character for
her."
Washtenaw County
Medical Examiner Bader
Cassin could not be reached
for comment.
The Ann Arbor Police
Department raided the for-
mer fraternity house early
Friday morning, seizing about 40 fake
IDs, computer equipment used to make
the fake IDs and financial records.
AAPD also obtained videotapes
from the Meijer store on Carpenter
Road showing five underage men
buying $347.07 worth of alcohol with
a fraternity check and presenting false
identification to the cashier on Oct.
15.
The search warrant for Friday's raid
See PHI DELTS, Page 7

DANA LINNANE/Daily
.SA senior and Gargoyle editor John Wambaugh and LSA sophomore Carolyn Jones get crazy in the
snow to promote the return of the Gargoyle humor magazine to campus.

Winter weather brings
about blood shortage

GOP prepares
trial arguments

By Karn Chopra
Daily Staff Reporter
0 Due to the influx of snow storms
and increased weather related-acci-
dents, Ann Arbor's blood banks are
struggling to survive with limited
blood levels.
The American Red Cross has
called a National Appeal for Blood.
Kelly Dix, the volunteer coordinator
for blood services at the Washtenaw
chapter of the American Red Cross,
said yesterday she is pleased with the
support they have received, but
stressed that shortages remain.
"We have had a great response
from the public, but we still need
continued help,' Dix said.
Dix attributed the depleted levels
to the holidays and the blizzard that
swept through the area last week.
"The weather and holidays are.
leaving us short," Dix said. "It has

been difficult for mobile donation
centers to operate. With lots of areas
looking to us for help, transports are
finding it difficult to get to different
areas."
Robertson Davenport, associate
director of University Hospitals
Blood Bank and Transfusion
.Services, said that although there is a
necessity for red blood cells and
platelets, he is not very concerned
with the situation.
"We would like to have 200 units
of red blood cells and 150 units of
platelets on the shelf each day. Right
now we have only 60 units of
platelets" Davenport said.
"The situation is not critical right
now, but it could be in the future," he
said. "The Red Cross has been very
helpful recently. Today, we are gener-
ally in good shape."
Both Davenport and Dix said there

WASHINGTON (AP)- The House
impeachment team readied' opening
arguments yesterday for President
Clinton's historic Senate trial, while
White House spokesperson Joe
Lockhart ridiculed their written filings
as "overblown rhetoric" alleging sinis-
ter plots.
"I'll -leave the invective to Mr.
Lockhart," retorted Rep. Henry Hyde
(R-1ll.), the point person in the case
against the president.
With the trial to resume at 1 p.m.
EST tomorrow, Lockhart also told
reporters Clinton intends to stay busy
on other matters while the proceedings
unfold in the Senate.
The president will deliver his State of
the Union speech before a joint session
of Congress on Jan. 19, for example,
and travel to Buffalo, N.Y., and
Montgomery County, Pa., outside
Philadelphia, the following day to tout

his domestic agenda. According to a
tentative schedule released in the
Senate, Clinton's attorneys would be
presenting defense both days.
Clinton stands accused of perjury
and obstruction of justice in the two
articles of impeachment that cleared the
House last year. His Senate trial is only
the second such presidential proceeding
in American history, 131 years after
Andrew Johnson was acquitted in 1868.
In a measure of concern for deco-
rum, senators are being asked to
observe unusual guidelines for the trial,
including a request for all 100 to be in
attendance "at all times," and to restrict
their reading materials to papers per-
taining to the trial. There had been
some confusion over what to call Chief
Justice William Rehnquist. It was
decided "in accordance with precedent"
he would be addressed as Mr. Chief
See TRIAL, Page 5

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Dennis Hacker gets his blood taken by Tricia Frazzini at the American Red
Cross of Washtenaw County yesterday.
is a large demand for type 0 blood. LSA sophomore Nicole
"Type 0 blood is very important McCarthy, who gave blood in
because most of the population is November, said the University
that type. Even those who are not are should make an effort to increase
usually able to accept it," Davenport blood donations.
said. See BLOOD, Page 2

'AWL

Cabin fever creations

MSA passes 3 resolutions at meeting

By Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
Last night, at its first meeting of the winter term,
MSA passed three resolutions affirming the assem-
bly's position on the University's tobacco investments,
allocating more funds to the quest for a student regent
and supporting this Monday's Martin Luther King Jr.
Day March.
The University currently owns approximately 2.5
billion dollars worth of stock, said Budget Priorities
Chair Sumeet Karnik.
"One percent of that money is invested in tobacco
stocks, including Philip Morris Tobacco Company,"
he said.
The assembly passed Karnik's resolution to
divest the University's money from tobacco stocks,
because it is not necessary to keep tobacco stocks,
while other stocks could offer similar dividends, he
argues.
"We can afford to sell stocks like Philip Morris and
buy stocks like Intel," Karnik said.
MSA Business Rep. Andrew Serowick questioned
the practicality of divestment.

sophical perspective.
"Tobacco is not allowed inside buildings on this
campus, yet we make money off of it," Sarma said.
In agreement with Sarma, Business Rep. Will
Youmans said, "This is a matter of principal."
A majority of MSA members voted for the assem-
bly to take a stand for divestment of University funds
from tobacco stocks.
Karnik said the assembly "will hopefully present its
stance at the next (University) Board of Regents meet-
ing," and recommended that the board create a regent
committee on tobacco divestment.
Karnick said he hopes the committee will seek a
consensus on tobacco divestment among students and
faculty. If a consensus is found, the committee will
recommend that the regents follow through on divest-
ing its shares from tobacco corporations.
MSA also resolved to allocate $1,750 to the Student
Regent Task Force.
Last winter, the assembly ended its campaign to
elect a student regent, which involved using student
funds to put the regent question on the statewide bal-
lot.

status, the corporation will be eligible to receive dona-
tions. The money that the corporation hopes to raise
will be used for a petition of 500,000 signatures,
which are need to put a student candidate on a
statewide ballot.
Last night, the SRTF asked for $1,750 to form
the non-profit tax status. The money will directly
go to STRF's legal advisers David Cahill and Ralph
Rumsey. Five hundred dollars will be allotted for
the corporation to obtain tax status from the gov-
ernment.
Before passing the resolution to allocate these
funds, certain MSA members were skeptical about the
future of the student regent cause.
"We need to step back and see if this is going to
help students at this university" said MSA Student
General Council Dave Burden.
MSA Treasurer Bram Elias argued that assembly
members should keep an optimistic point of view in
regards to a student regent.
"Don't stop a longshot program because it seems
risky," Elias said. "It will be a big victory if it does
happen."

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