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Today: Mostly cloudy. High 78. Low 62.
Tomorrow: Showers. High 67.
Identifies body
found in MSU
fesidence hal
By Jewel Gopwani
Dily StafdReporter
The Ingham County Medical Examiner on Friday positively
identified the body of a man found in the basement of a
Michigan State University residence hall last Wednesday, as 23-
year-old Neftali Valdez Greene Jr.
In a statement Michigan State University Police released
ay, the investigation is continuing, but indicates that
Greene's death was accidental and caused by suffocation.
Toxicology results, which will determine whether Greene
had alcohol or drugs in his system, have not yet been released.
An assistant manager at South
Wonders Residence Hall found Greene
on Wednesday afternoon around 2 p.m.
in an unused refrigerating unit in the
basement of Wonders Hall after stu-
dents complained of an odor.
MSU Police Chief Bruce Benson
said the body was found in a sitting
position with a few personal items.
Benson said Greene was an MSU
student betweenJanuary 1997 and May
Greene 1998. He lived in either Snyder or
Phillips residence halls while attending
MSU, Benson said.
The unit is located in what used to be a snack bar, but was
converted into a locked storage area. The unit, located in the
storage area, is about five feet high, two-and-a-half feet deep
and three-and-a-half feet wide.
t appears the young man gained access to that storage area
n ally kept locked,". Benson said. "He may have then
climbed into the cooler and the door closed after him." He
added that the storage area was not locked at the time the body
was found.
Officials at Wonders Hall have changed some of the hall's
day-to-day functions to deal with the incident.
Classes normally held in Wonders Hall on Thursday morning
were canceled in order to air out the hall.
Director of the Department of Residence Life at MSU's
Counseling Center, Ann Bolger, said the center has extended its
h rs to advise students concerned with the incident.
Wnce Greene's body was found on Wednesday, Wonders Hall
See DEATH, Page 2A

One hundred ekht years of editor I/freedom

September 27, 1999


fire code
By Asma Rafeeq
Daily sar dReporter
Although many students may never conside
fire safety, the hazards of living in community sitt
uattons, often to older butldtngs, can contrtbute g
a higher risk for fires in the home.
Of all off-campus student housing facilities, fra.
ternity houses have a significantly worse record o
meeting fire safety standards, according to An
Arbor Fire Department inspectors and City of An
Arbor Housing Bureau Supervisor David Sebolt.
"We have more problems in general with the fra-
ternities than with sororities and co-ops' Sebol-
said. "Our correction letters to them are us ll
Ann Arbor Fire Marshal Scott Rayburn sai
common fire code violationsinclutde malfunction-
ing smoke alarm systems, blocked fire doors and
most notably in fraternity houses, garbage debris
left in hallways. Violation of the fire safety code
can incur sanctions, ranging from tickets to build-
ing closures.
In cases of repeat violations or when problems
remain unresolved, residents may be evicted from
their homes. Rayburn said fire inspectors come
close to closing down a building about once eacl
IFC Adviser John Mountz acknowledged that
some campus fraternities may have more fire safe-
ty violations than other student housing buildings,
but he said many of the fraternities attempt to keep
the houses in good condition. IFC member-Adam
Silver said campus houses typically house between
15 to 50 students.
"People, in general, don't think fire is an issue,"
Mountz said.
Campus fraternities operate independently of
each other, Mountz said, creating one of the pri-
mary difficulties in maintaining the large build-
"It's kind of a 'how do you keep all 32 balls in
the air at the same time?' type of thing," Mountz
Fire safety violations were not at issue in two
recent fires involving the Sigma Chi and Sigma
Alpha Mu fraternity houses.
AAFD investigators could not determine the
cause of the flames that engulfed the Sammy fra-
ternity house, located on Lincoln Avenue, in late
In a separate incident Sept. 16, a fire in a
basement room of the Sigma Chi house, locat-
ed at 1437 Washtenaw Ave., caused more than
$20,000 in damage. AAFD investigators deter-
mined the cause of the fire as accidental and
was probably caused by candles fraternity
members used for light while cleaning the
storage room.
But Rayburn praised members of the Sig Chi
See SAFETY, Page 7A

LEFT: David Makki of Dearborn kisses Tiger Stadium goodbye In his own way. ABOVE: Fan savor the waning moments yesterday.
104 years of baseball - final game.
By Mark Francescutti 'It signified my upbringing as a kid"for- Engineering senior Megan Brewer said. "I
Daily Shorts Writer mer Tigers outfielder Kirk Gibson as he think it's great for us poor college kids."
DETROIT - It's hard to say goodbye. stood on the field yesterday. "It's where I With Michigan's baseball team playing
But that's just what baseball fans will try discovered baseball, and unfortunately late in the spring, the Tigers offer baseball
to do today, bidding Tiger Stadium they're going to close the casket tomorrow." fans a summer and fall fix.
farewell. Matthew and JoElena Mansourhad their "It's not that far. It's only 45 minutes
Before the team moves into the new first date at Tiger Stadium. They took their from Ann Arbor," Gotfredson said. "I grew
Comerica Park on Woodward Avenue next marriage photos at the ballpark a few up as aTiger fan, so I usually come five or
year, the Tigers will face off one last time months later. six times a year."
at Michigan and Trumbull, battling Kansas Several University students said they plan SAFE IF NOT DRY: Detroit Police
City at 4:05 p.m. to skip classes today to experience in person, Department officers will take several pre-
'I describe the mood as alternating the last moments at Michigan and Trumbull. cautions to ensure fans safety today.
between 30 seconds of exhilaration and 30 LSA sophomore Stex Gotfredson Officers will be stationed throughout the
seconds of melancholy," Tigers President warmed up for his visit today, by partying See TIGERS, Page 2A
and Ann Arbor resident John Mc Hale Jr. in the scorching bleachers yesterday. Inside: See related story. Puge 12B.
said. "It's more important to me than school, .-- wha: Detroit
Rich with a century of history, the ball- obviously;" Gotfredson said. "Baseball Tigers vs. Kansas
park's green grass has welcomed the spikes isn't about the game anymore, it's about city Royals
of greats from Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth to tradition," Tv/Rado: uF5
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Almost every fan, usher and player has a near-sellout crowds this past weekend as at : aop.m.
distinct memory of the ballpark, whether the Tigers and Royals battled for last place cartrent tigerswill
it's a particular game, a first father-and-son in American League Central. gates from 1:30
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Greeks prepare
for 67th Mudbowl

Wisconsin fans at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison taunt
Michigan fans on Saturday prior to the Wolverine's 21-16
in Madison
By Josh Kleinbaum
Sports Editor ,
MADISON - Apparently, Ann Arbor is still a whore. At
least, that's what a T-shirt said that many Wisconsin students
were wearing during Saturday's 21-16 loss to Michigan.
What exactly it means is another question.
In a game that most Michigan fans would rank no higher
than No. 3 on the rivalry scale, Badger fans took a pointedly
belligerent approach to their game against the Wolverines. They
heckled taunted and threw objects at people for the offense of
wearing Michigan blue. They made banners, painted doors and
wore T-shirts with messages that ranged from the offensive to
the vulgar to the nonsensical.
t other words, they were having fun.
"I got beer poured on me because I was wearing a Michigan
See FANS, Page 7A

By Lndsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter
Mud will be flying Saturday when Sigma
Alpha Epsilon hosts the 67th annual Mudbowl.
This homecoming tradition, which also is a
charity event, brings together members of the
Greek system who come head-to-head in a mud
pit one-foot deep for a tackle football game.
Greek organizers of the event, scheduled to
take place around 10 a.m. outside of the SAE fra-
ternity house on the corner of South University
and Washtenaw avenues before the Michigan
homecoming football game, hope to attract about
1,000 spectators.
SAE will compete against Zeta Beta Tau this year.
In the past, SAE played its rival Phi Delta Theta, but
the campus chapter of the fraternity disbanded last
year after violating national alcohol policies.
Members of the Panhellenic Association
Executive Board and rush leaders will compete
during halftime of the Mudbowl.
"I'm excited for the event," said SAE member
Dave Stefani. "It's our game, our tradition, and
we're just not going to lose."
Zeta Beta Tau members could not be reached
for comment.
Traditionally, members of two sororities com-
pete in a similar mud slinging - which has been
labeled by many as being more brutal than the
fraternity event - during the Mudbowl halftime.
But this year, they cannot because of rush guide-
Sorority rush, which began Friday and ends
Oct. 11, will be well underway at the time of the
Mudbowl. Rush guidelines, which prohibit the

wearing of Greek letters in an attempt to make
the rush process fair for all sororities, thus
exclude sorority members from this half-time tra-
dition. Usually, sorority rush is complete when
Mudbowl takes place.
"The Panhellenic Association is very excited
to support this event," Panhel Judicial Vice
President Jen Simmons said. "We think it's a
good tradition and we're looking forward to hav-
ing positive competition and positive spirit."
The event will benefit University Hospitals'
Mott Children's Hospital. For a $100 donation,
local and corporate businesses will receive free
advertising in the form of a spot on the Mudbowl
T-shirt and a banner that will hang from the SAE
fraternity house, where Mudbowl takes place.
The game arena, and also the SAE's yard has
already been dug out for this year. On Friday
night, the Ann Arbor Fire Department will douse
the field with water to ensure high-quality mud.
The tradition is so much a part of campus tra-
dition that an enlarged panoramic picture of the
Mud Bowl hangs in Schembechler Hall, the loca-
tion of Michigan's football hall of fame.
"We know we're making the right decision to
participate in this event," said Panhellenic
President Cindy Faulk. "We're really proud to be
a part of it."
Sports Illustrated recently named the Mudbowl
the second most intense and entertaining event a
on college campus.
Fraternity rush will continue throughout the
week, although. unlike sorority members, there
are no rules restricting fraternity members from
wearing their Greek letters during rush.

Live from the MLB
Psychology 111 students now have an excuse
not to go to class - they can watch it from
home via University television.

'Jakob the Liar'

"Jakob the Liar," with a predictable
ending, can't lie to save its spot in
the box office.


Badgering the badgers
The fourthi ranked Wolverines
badger the Badgers of Wisconsin.
with a 21-16 finish in Michigan's
Big Ten opener.
SPORTSM i < , 'Page IB

Ann Arbor residents Almut Mecke and Eric Bradley dance in the Michigan
Union ballroom Saturday night.
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