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One hundred ni-e years of edikrialfreedom

Thursday
December 9, 1999

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ratemit
o remain
uspended
ntil Jan.
y David Enders
aily Staff Reporter
The campus chapter .of the Alpha
psilon Pi fraternity will remain on
uspension until after winter break,
ccording to officials from the fra-
ernity's national chapter.
"Nothing will be done until
wary, to allow the members to
oncentrate on finals and academic
chievement," said Sidney Dunn,
xecutive vice president of Pi's
ational headquarters, located in
ndianapolis.
When winter term begins, the
ational chapter will continue its
nvestigation into allegations of haz-
ng.
The suspension is the result of an
ncident in which an active member
Ie fraternity shot a 19-year-old
ledge in the groin with a BB gun.
niversity Hospitals released the
ledge, an LSA first-year student,
ollowing surgery Tuesday.
Dunn added that "there will be no
ctivity in the house" during the
uspension. Fraternity members
ould not be reached yesterday for
omment on the decision.
"We're pleased to see that the
g man seems to have come
hrough surgery well," said Dunn,
ho could only speak in a general
ense about the alleged hazing and
ould not confirm any details of the
ledge's injury.
Dunn also pointed out what he feels
s a positive aspect of the situation.
"AEPi deplores hazing and we
ill be swift in dealing with the dis-
i linary and educational aspects,"
said. "This is an opportunity
o teach right from wrong."
Dunn met Tuesday with campus
eaders and members of the
nterfraternity Council. In the same
ay, he spoke with 14 of the 23 Pi
ledge class members.
"I told them about what we had
iscussed with the University,"
unn said. "We will work (with the
'ersity) in a partnership to turn
situation around."
"We are dedicated to perpetuating
See FRATERNITY, Page 7A

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ear

By Marta Brill
Daily Sta iReporter
First sparked by the death of Michigan wrestler
Jefferey Reese two years ago today, collegiate
wrestling coaches continue to build on changes
made to the sport immediately after Reese's death
and in the months that followed.
Michigan wrestling coach Joe McFarland said
he has noticed a difference in the way wrestlers
perform since the NCAA rules shifted attention
from quick weight loss to responsible nutrition fol-
lowing Reese's death.
"The team can focus on the match. They feel
better and can concentrate better," McFarland said,

adding that,. previously, athletes had been con-
cerned about shedding pounds. w- hich ultimately
distracted them from the competition.
One of the rule changes with the most impact
has been a readjustment of weight classes.
Recognizing that men's bodies had changed since
the last time the weight classes had been set more
than 10 years prior, the NCAA redefined the class-
es to more realistic weights.
"Weight cutting was half the battle. Now you are
able to focus better because you are hydrated and
healthy," said Michigan wrestler Joe Warren, a
Kinesiology senior.
"Our team has improved. The work ethic has

n from
picked up. The intensity has picked up Warren said.
"We work hard and get the weight orf that wa"
Reese, w ho was a Kineoog) junior, collapsed
shortly after he had been exercisng in a sauna
wearing a rubber suit. Hle had been tr g to shed
excess pounds to quality for competition in a lower
weight class. Less than two months before Reese's
death, two other collegiate wrestlers died under
similar circumstances - Bill Saylor at Campbell
Unixersity in North Carolina and Joe LaRosa at
University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse.
Soon after Reese's death, the University Board
in Control of Intercollegiate Athletics formed a
subcommittee to work vw ith the Big Ten and the

death
NCA A regarding how college wrestlers train, At
that time, the N CAA had few across-the-board
rules -- only recommendations f+r how colleges
should determine their safetN regulations.
"There ws a lot of medical data that had to do
with this problem. We came up with our recom-
mendations based on this literature," said board
me mber Step en Papadopolous, a neurosurgery
professor. Many of our recommendations result-
ed in significant rule changes."
In record time, the Big Ten and the NCAA
adopted rules almost exactly the same as the ones
Michigan had made after Reese's death. Less than
See WRESTLING, Page 2A

Tarlk Haflanl peers out from In-between worshippers at the Islamic Center on Plymouth Road last night. Tonight is the beginning of the holy month
of Ramadan, a 30-day Muslim holiday.

Ramadan
By Shabnam Daneshvar
Daily StafReporter
On the first ight of the Nlamic month of,
Ramadan each year, Noor Moussawis family
and five others from Ann Arbor sit down to
pray and enjoy what e s describes as a "huge
feast'- break their daylong fast from all food
and cxcei a drop of water.
\\e pray t A h to thank .irm for the food
and ssin in our litfe. We also ask him to
accep our ast for the day," she said.
Moussawi, along with hundreds of other

be gins at sundown
Muslim students on campus and billions of word ramada, meaning "to burn," refers to the
Muslims worldwide, started her month-long burning or elimination of sins and wrong
period of fasting today ar'dawn. dv ii that come with absining frm 7ood.
The fasting "is pretty awesome on this cam- drink and any sexual contact with another mdi-
pus." said Sarah Mohiuddin. outreach chair of vidual from dawn until dusk each day for an
the Muslim Student sociation. 'lts hard entire month.
when you core from homes where your par- "This month ... celebrates the time when the
ents prepare food at the end of the day, but it's Koran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed,"
very comfortin and nice to know there are so MSA Vice President Zain Bengali said. "It helps
many Muslims her on campus who are fasting us rcestablish the connection with God and
with you and can break the fast with you." in'rease spirituality among our community."
Ramadan, which comes from the Arabic See RAMADAN, Page 2A

A2 senator
to run If'or
governor
U Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith plans to
seek 2002 Democratic nomination
By Yae Kohen
and Lisa Koivu
Daily . t:,! R Iorte'V
State Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp. - whose
constituency includes the Unixersity - has unofficially
announced her candidacy for the 2002 gubernatorial race.
But Smith said her main focus for the next vear is the 2000
elections, when she will be busy campaigniniig for fellow
Democrats, with the goals of regamig party control of the
state House of Representatives
"In my own mind I wan't iomg to
ni-ounce thise a rI 1 ht the 000 elec- U
t ions h ts t te o f us vi t the
Democraic party ~,h. mih : i C ddntm
thnt she announced early bccause she
; c1 i td many que. tions a bout her d
fitueintentions. But Smith 'id siuhe i _~~ ~ ukr crcts ctt, ?y;has
been tinking seriously about a possible
run for overnor for th p1st year.
"If anybody's going to run for governor
..t bett r sta earl d Bil Ballen r ag
editor of 1nsid Michigan Politic.
"With the term limits we will see people announcing ear-
lier for the big positions," said Dennis Denno, communica-
tions director tr the Michigan Democratic Party.
There are advantages and disadvantages to running for gov-
ernor, Ballenger said. The early declaration will give Smith a
chance to raise campagn fbnds, Ballenger said, but a disadvan-
tage is that Smith doesn't know who her opponent will be.
"1 think I have excellent qualifications for governor" Smith
said. "I think the state is ready for my perspective on policy."
But Smith faces some formidable challenges in the 2002
race. "There's no question at this point that Alma Wheeler
Smith is a long shot, but stranger things have happened. Not
often but sometines," Ballenger said.
Smith faces several handicaps in her gubernatorial race,
including name recognition. her liberal voting history and the
fact that she is a black woman, Ballenger said.
"I need to work to establish a higher name recognition and I
will be working on that for the next couple of years," Smith said,
adding that she is in the process of working on passing health
legislation that she hopes will thrust her name into the spotlight.
Although no other candidates have declared for the 2002
gubernatorial elections, some state politicians have toyed
with the possibility.
State Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has also
unofficially said he has his eyes set on the governor's post.
"Running statewide is a big endeavor that takes a lot of work,"
Peters said. Each candidate will have to travel across the state,
which is a lot of work considering how big the state is, he added.
Although Peters plans on running against Smith, he said he
has the highest respect for her. "She is very capable. She's a
good legislator, and she presents herself well," he said.
See SENATOR, Page 2A

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UHS tests ireport no
eases of HIV, AIDS

By Risa Berrin
Daily Staff Reporter
Although, the Univer
administers an average
year, the center reported t
has come back positive in
But UHS associate D
said these results do not m
are not infected with HIV
10"These numbers do not
lence of HIV and AIDS
said. "I would assume th
there."
Zielasko said that an

rsity Health Service
1,200 HIV tests each
hat not one of the tests
the past five years.
irector Janet Zielasko
nean people on campus
or AIDS.
really reflect the preva-
at this University," she
at there are people out
estimated two out of

every 1,000 students on college campuses nation-
wide are infected with HIV
LSA senior Riya Saha, a coordinator for AIDS JEREMY MENCHIy
Awareness Week, said she believes some people Condoms, including one for women on the far left, are displayed yesterday in the
See AIDS, Page 2A Safe Sex Store on South University Avenue.

ire guts third
oor of house
Jewel Gopwani
fly Staff Reporter
Flames gutted the third floor of a home on Hamilton Place
hortly after midnight last night.
Ann Arbor Fire Department Lt. Tim Flack said the fire
egan around 11:45 p.m. yesterday. By the time six AAFD
iretrucks arrived at the home, located at 419 Hamilton Pl.,
ames had consumed most of the third floor, Flack said.
LSA senior Josh Denkin, who lives on the first floor of the
dke, said the six-resident house contains six bedrooms.
ere were no reported injuries, Flack said. At about 2 a.m.
his morning, AAFD investigators had not determined either
he cause of the fire or an estimate of the damage.
Only one resident of the house lived on the third floor,
enkin said. Denkin said he did not know what caused the
ire, but left the house after his housemate saw smoke. LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Flack said the fire did not damage the first two floors of the A fire uitted the third floor of a student house located on

Senate approves measure to
fund capital outlay projects

By YaeI Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
A state Senate vote last night approved a bill that would
provide universities across the state with funding for capital
outlay projects. This provision will enable the University to
apply for funds to renovate the School of Public Health, a
priority on the University's agenda.
The Senate Appropriations committee amended the state
House of Representative bill, which was passed last week
and would make capital outlay planning projects available
to all universities in the state including the University,
allowing administrators to begin renovations on the School
of Public Health.
The House bill did continue to provide funds for the Dana
Building, a $20 million renovation project which is in its

- -
outlay funds to make renovations on the School of Public
Health located at 109 Observatory St. The University has
put in a request for $40 million to renovate the building,
Provost Nancy Cantor said.
The School of Public Health is more than 50 years old
and "parts of it are not up to code right now," said Robert
Gray, senior associate dean for facilities and research at
the school.
Planning for the renovation is underway, although no
detailed architectural designs have been drawn up, Gray
said. Administrators have held meetings with students,
faculty and staff members to discuss the necessary reno-
vations, he said.
The group has discussed adding research labs, teaching
labs and adequate cooling and heating systems to the build-

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