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The Michigan Daily Graduation Edition - Thursday, April 13, 2000 - 3B

CLASS F2000 Duderstadt's compensations anger regents

Two fraternities
plan for 2000 to
be alcohol-free
The stereotypical "Animal House"
image of a fraternity house might soon
become outdated.
The national leadership of Sigma Nu
and Phi Delta Theta fraternities have
announced plans for their chapter hous-
es to go alcohol-free by the year 2000,
part of a national trend to limit alcohol
consumption at fraternity houses.
Both national fiaternity organiza-
tions said they view this declaration as
a chance to eiminate the single
biggestrisk to safty and return to the
*_aics of the fraternities.
"The overall goal is to provide the
best possible and safest living environ-
ment," said David Glassman, assistant
executive director of Sigma Nu's
national organization.
Glassman said the decision to go
alcohol-free was not sudden, but rather
part of a continuous effort to lessen
alcohol consumption in the houses.
April 17, 1997
Tiny Beanies
are biggie trend
Hippity, Hoppity, Floppty and Mop-
pity have come to Ann Arbor for Easter.
But don't expect these cuddly stuffed
animals from the Beanie Baby collec-
tion to stay in local stores for long.
The Crown House of Gifts on State
Street completely sold out of its latest
shipment of 3,000 Beanie Babies in
just three days.
"It's really hard for us to get them in
stock since the company is so backo-
rdered that they can't get them out to the
stores," employee Emma White said
about the toys tha are turning out to be
the '90's Cabbage Patch Kids. "They
sell much more than anything else in the
store. The demand is just incredible."
These hand-sized, bean bag creatures
were created by Kalamazoo College
graduate H. Ty Warner. They come with
a birthdate, a poem, a S5 price tag and a
playful name.
March 26, /997
Entering class 25
percent minorty
This year's enteing class at the Uni-
versity is mor diverse than ever,
according to figures released.
And for the second year in a row
and the second time in the University's
history, women make up more than
half of the freshman class.
While the University's total enroll-
ment declined 0.4 percent, minority
student enrollment is at an all-time
high. According to statistics released
yesterday, students of color now make
up 25.4 percent of all students, up
from 24.8 percent last year.
But, this is only the second time in
University history that women have
outnumbered men in a freshman class,
and there are twice as many men than
women in this year's entering class of
the College of Engineering.
Nov 19, 1996
League opens
up Underground
Students crowgded the Michigan
league for the opening of the Lounge
Underground, a new 3,000-square foot
entertainment and food center.

"Our goal is to make this a student
place," Michigan League Program
Director Benita Marrell said. "We can-
not compete with the (Michigan) Union.
We have to find our own niche:'
The need for greater study space
encouraged the expansion.
"We heard from students that there
wasn't enough space to do everything,"
Michigan League Director Bob Yecke
said. "Students are looking for an alco-
hol-free and a smoke-free environment.
Jan. 27, 1997
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Editor' Note: This article originallv appeared in
the Sept. 20. 1996 issue of The Michigan DailV.
By Jodi S. Cohen
and Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporters
It's no secret that former University President
James'Duderstadt and the Board of Regents oper-
ated under strained relations.
But regents say Duderstadt should not have
kept secret the compensation agreements he
made with top University officials before he
stepped down as president.
Employment letters outlining the agreements
- including yearlong leaves of absence at full

salary and "administrative supplements" after
returning to the faculty - were obtained
through a Freedom of Information Act request.
While regents say they should have known about
the agreements and faculty members call the bene-
fits "overly generous," Duderstadt says there's
"nothing unusual" about the arrangements.
"I have a number of people who reported to
me. There has to be some kind of agreements
about what their role is," Duderstadt said. "These
are generally confidential."
Regents say details of the agreements should
not have been withheld from the board.
"I think it's an abuse of the president's power
to enter into compensation deals that the board is
not aware of," Regent Andrea Fischer Newman

(R-Ann Arbor) said, following a closed session
of the board's monthly meeting.
The executive officers who made arrangements
with Duderstadt provide a virtual "who's who" list
at the University, and include: interim President
Homer Neal, Vice President for University Rela-
tions Walter Harrison, Chief Financial Officer Far-
ris Womack, Provost J. Bernard Machen and Vice
President for Development Thomas Kinnear.
Duderstadt's first letter was sent to Womack on
Oct. 12, 1995, about three weeks after Duderstadt
announced he would resign. The last letter was
dated June 25 to Deputy to the President John
Cosovich. Duderstadt completed his presidency
five days later, on June 30.
The benefits described in Duderstadt's letters

will be financed from "general funds." he said.
This includes money from tuition and taxes.
Prof. Thomas Dunn, who chairs the faculty's
governing body, called the arrangements "gener-
ous," and said the University should be more
concerned about cost-control.
"All those things use up money which could go
to other things," Dunn said.
Regents said yesterday they need to develop a
compensation policy for future-presidents to fol-
low. Newman said the board plans to discuss
whether Duderstadt's actions were legal.
"There is some question as to the legality of all
the pieces of the agreements," she said. "My
intent would be to discuss it with (General Coun-
sel Elsa Cole) and see what her response is."


fire torches
South Quad
Editor s Note: This article originallv appeared in the April
21, 1997 issue of The Michigan Daily
By Jenni Yachnin
Dady Staff Reporter
A fire broke out in South'Quad Residence Hall at about
7 p.m., destroying one room and keeping 1,200 residents
outside for more than two hours.
The fire began in Room 6710, where Michigan football
center Steve Frazier and tight-end Aaron Shea live.
"The fire began on the sixth floor of Gomberg House,"
said Director of Housing Public Affairs Alan Levy "It was
started by an electrical wire connected to an alarm clock
which shorted, setting off a spark and igniting a bean bag.
"The fire department broke into the room and contained
the fire. Only the one room was heavily damaged," Levy
said. Officials are not sure if the fire was spontaneous or if
it had been kindling for a while, Levy said.
The fire started around 7:15 p.m. and lasted no
more than 10 minutes before it was extinguished,
said Ann Arbor Fire Department Battalion Chief Ed
"There is about S8,000 in damage, but it is hard to pin
something down like that,'he said.
On Saturday night, Frazier and Shea allegedly hosted
a party in their room, which may have involved alcohol.
Neither Frazier nor Shea are 21-years-old and could not
be reached for comment about the alleged party.
But a hallmate who wished to remain anonymous said
there was a keg in the room. The keg was among the items
that remained in the charred room.
Frazier, an LSA sophomore, stood outside with about

Students mourn
death of Cantor

A fire in South Quad Residence Hall in 1997 forced the
evacuation of 1,200 residents.
600 other evacuated residents. He said he was concerned
about his belongings.
"I want to see if there's anything left." Frazier said.
Frazier had left his room about an hour before the fire
began and a friend informed him of the fire once it had
started. Frazier and Shea planned to stay with friends last
night after their room was destroyed. Levy said.
South Quad second-floor resident Chithra Perumalswa-
mi, an LSA freshman, said students were evacuated from
the building twice.
The alarm went oft, students left the building and then
re-entered the building, for about two minutes. A second
alarm then sounded and students went back outside, Peru-
malswami said.
"Nobody thought the building was on fire," LSA junior
Ciara Benson said.

Editor's' Note: This article originallr
appeared in the Oct. 19, 1998 issue of
The Michigan Daily
By Nikita Easley
Daily Staff Reporter
Remembering her vivid imagina-
tion, sense of humor and love of life,
hundreds of friends and family attend-
ed services yester-
day for LSA
freshman Court-
ney Cantor, who
died Friday morn-
ing after falIing
from her sixth-
floor residence
hall window.
Investi g ators
suspect that Can-
tor, whose body Cantor
was found near
the loading dock of Mary Markley
Residence Hall at about 5 a.m. Friday,
may have fallen from the ladder of her
loft while climbing into bed.
"She had a sparkle that drew people
to her," Rabbi Harold Loss said during
yesterday's service at Ira Kaufman
chapel in Southfield, Mich. "She taught
us lessons about living, caring for each
other and being there for each other."
The 18-year-old Chi Omega pledge
from West Bloomfield, Mich. attended
carry-in ceremonies at the sorority
Thursday night. She then went to a
party at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity,
where she was seen drinking alcohol.

She returned to Markley in a cab with
three friends at about 3 a.m.
Cantor's roommate, LSA freshman
Marni Golden, saw her in the room
after Cantor returned from the party.
Golden left the room once between 3
a.m. and 5 a.m. to go to the bathroom.
Cantor, found in her nightshirt, was
taken to University Hospitals Emer-
gency Room and pronounced dead at
5:48 a.m.
Through tears and shaky voices.
friends and family yesterday remrm-
bered Cantor's love, willingness to
accept challenges, loyalty as a fridnd
and even her sense of fashion.
"She was the strongest in our
group, like the leader," said LSA
first-year student Rebekah Parker.
one of Cantor's close friends from
Andover High School in Bloomfield
Hills. "She held everything togeth-
er. She was a best friend to a lot, of
Loss read a paper Cantor recently
had finished that demonstrated the
writing talent she inherited from her
father, Detroit News columnist George
Cantor. In the paper, Cantor describes
her mother, Sherry, as her "best
friend" and calls her father her "knight
in shining armor."
"She had a huge capacity of givig,
George Cantor said of his daughter.
He said just a few weeks ago his
daughter told him she was intimid~it-
ed by the competitive atmosphere. at
the University, but said "I can klo

Student regent nixed


Editor s Note: This article original/ v
appeared in the June 29, 1998 issue of
The Michigan Dail/r
By Erin Holmes
Daily Staff Reporter
After a negative response from Uni-
versity administration, the Michigan
Student Assembly quest for a student
regent has taken a new and unexpected
blow. But MSA said the decision
merely marks a turning poit in its
At its June meeting, the Board of
Regents failed to approve the proposed
increase in MSA fees that would go
towards changing the state constitution

to allow a student regent seat at the
In MSA's proposal to the Regents,
which was not recommended by
Vice President for University Affairs
Maureen Hartford, the added 54.00
fee per semester was said to aid
"placing a question on Michigan's
state ballot which would ask the citi-
zens ... to vote to change the state
constitution such that there be a
ninth regent who would hold the sta-
tus of a student."
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said the fees were not recom-
mended by Hartford because of a
question of legality over using student
fees in this manner

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