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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 24, 1999 - 7

MSA ushers in
new members

By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
Five days after its fall election, the
0chigan Student Assembly had a
changing of the guard, as old represen-
tatives said their good-byes and new
members took their seats last night in a
two-part meeting.
Engineering Rep. Jennifer Van
Roeyen, who finished her term last
night, said she wanted to thank the,
assembly.
"It's been an excelknt time' she said.
MSA President Bram Elias said the
aw assembly has "a lot to live up to."
You guys have been really great," he
said to the outgoing representatives dur-
ing their last meeting. "The assembly
has come a long way in that one-year
period."
In assembly business, representatives
defeated a resolution to send a recently-
drafted letter to the Secretary of State.
The letter would have responded to a
ruling made last week to allow MSA
byists in Lansing to be reimbursed

for travel expenses. The University ini-
tially rejected requests for reimburse-
ment from the assembly.
"It started in August 1998 when (for-
mer MSA Rep. and student regent
advocate) Andrew Wright submitted
reimbursement request for his lobbying
trip to Lansing," Public Policy Rep.
Erin Carey explained.
She said that the forms were rejected
by University administration, claiming
that it violated the Campaign Finance
Act. Representatives made inquiries to
the Secretary of State's office, who
informed them that the request is legal.
"This letter basically says, Thank you.
That's what we thought,' " Carey said.
MSA Vice President Andy Coulouris
questioned the implications of this resolu-
tion, since it is legally binding.
Wright, who attended the meeting,
said he may have to sue the assembly
for the money that he has not yet
received. He said the total expenses are
about 8120.
During the first meeting of the new

Rackham Student
Government 1999
fall election results
DIVISION I:
Health and Biological Sciences
Siobhan M aty
Clarise Rivera
DIVISION It:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Srikanth Kidambi
Khaled Saliarn
DIVISION III:
Social Sciences
Seema lyer
Damor Burg
DIVISION IV:
Arts and Humanities
Armienlo Suzano
DIVISION V:
Education
Tiffany Marra
assembly, Special Council to the
President Gary Krenz spoke about the
Life Science Institute and the Life
Science Initiative.
Krenz said the immediate goal is to find
a director for the institute, which is pri-
marily a faculty-directed search. But the
long-term goal is to incorporate student
input into the direction of the initiative.
"We want this to be a University-
wide activity that touches a lot of disci-
plines," he said, mentioning specifically
the social sciences and the arts.

HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP)
Hillsdale College officials said yester-
day that allegations of an affair between
its former president and his daughter-
in-law were made by the daughter-in-
law hours before her suicide.
The college has been tightlipped
about the reasons for George Roche
III's abrupt retirement on Nov. 10.
Yesterday's statement from acting
Hillsdale President Robert Blackstock
was the first time the college officially
addressed the rumors and their source.
"Allegations of an affair between
Lissa Roche and Dr. Roche were made
by Lissa just hours before she took her
own life, the statement said. "To this
day the board (of trustees) does not
know if the allegations are true or not."
Lissa Roche, 41, who edited several
Hillsdale publications and was the wife

Hillsdale officials: Lissa Roche
made allegations about affair

"Allegations of an affair ... were
made by Lissa Just hours before she
took her own life."
-- Robert Blackstock
Acting president Hillsdale College

of Hillsdale history Prof. George Roche
IV, shot herself Oct. 17 in the camp.us
arboretum.
Blackstock said George Roche III
has denied the allegations of an affair,
but said the college's Board of Trustees
felt the rumors "had so damaged Dr.
Roche's credibility and authority that he
could no longer govern."
Blackstock said the college was
advised by its attorneys not to discuss the
allegations. But attorneys reversed that

decision last week, telling college offi-
cials that the allegations had received so
much media attention that they could no
longer be considered a private matter
Blackstock has said that the college
may hire a law firm to conduct an inde-
pendent investigation of the allegations.
"Given the paucity of evidence, we
may never know if the allegations are
true, but we are taking preliminary
steps to make certain we are doing all
that can and should be done," he said.

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Center pole examined in
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By Jason Hunter
ly Texan
AUSTIN, Texas (U-WIRE) - Texas A&M officials are
looking at the center pole as they continue to search for
answers four days after the Texas A&M bonfire collapse that
killed 12 people and injured 27 last Thursday.
The examination of the center pole, which was broken
into four pieces, is the latest stage in the inquiry into the
cause of the accident. Three of the pieces were lying on
the ground, and the fourth was still embedded in the
ground Monday.
The center pole, which consists of two large telephone
es spliced and bolted together, and secured with a gallon

of wood glue, is the main support of the 55-foot tall structure.
In light of suspicions that the pole could have caused the
accident, A&M President Ray Bowen said the bonfire struc-
ture will be a focus of the committee investigating of the col-
lapse.
Private sources will pay for the investigation, said Cindy
Lawson, executive director of A&M public relations, adding
that state law restricts how much money of its own A&M can
spend on such matters.
Bowen is expected to announce the members on the com-
mission later this week. However, funerals for the students
are taking precedence over naming the investigators, said
Lane Stephenson, an A&M spokesperson.
Frishberg said that as a result of this
r of Financial Aid shift to commercial paper students must
quoted a letter be more diligent about protecting their
ry of Education interests.
that as the cost of "The debate over the subsidies
Ties increases, less paid by the loan industry ... is going
lable for the stu- to be an ongoing debate," Butts
said.

LOANS
Continued from Page 1
But Butts said that he believes
Sallie Mae and other student loan
agencies are essentially getting a
windfall profit from the taxpayers,
some of which should go to the stu-

dents.
Associate Director
Margaret Rodriguez
from U.S. Secreta
Richard Riley stating
paying lender subsid
money will be avai
dents.

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