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The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 10, 2001- 3A

CAMPUS
Farewell reception
will honor Bollinger
University President Lee Bollinger
will be honored during a farewell
reception today as he prepares to leave
his position at the end of the semester
sand take over as president of Columbia
University on July 1.
There will be a short reception in the
Anderson room of the Michigan Union
from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will
include the unveiling of a plaque and
portrait in honor of Bollinger. Food
and beverages will be provided.
The event is sponsored by the
Michigan Union Board of Representa-
tives and all students, faculty and staff
are welcome.
The reception will be followed by a
presentation of several speakers at the
Clements Library at 4:15 p.m.
Speakers at the event will include
English Prof. Ralph Williams; state
Rep. Chris Kolb, MSA President Matt
Nolan, University Regent Rebecca
McGowan and Bollinger.
NPR to broadcast
live from Hill Aud.
Garrison Keillor, the host of the hit
NPR radio show "A Prairie Home
Companion' will broadcast live from
Hill Auditorium this Saturday.
The show will feature 17-year-old
School of Music student Jeremy Kittel,
who has gained national recognition for
his folk music and recordings.
The program hopes to bring the spirit
and celebration of folk music alive in a
variety show format.
Other local guests who will be per-
forming include Jesse Mason, Jo Serra-
pare and the Hot Tail Section, Robin
and Linda Williams and Mallie
O'Brien.
The concert will begin at 5:45 p.m.
at Hill Auditorium. Tickets range from
$35 to $125 and can be purchased
through the Michigan Union Ticket
Office.
Law school lauded
for work in field of
public interest
The American Bar Association
recently named the University Law
School the best public interest law
school in the country.
In honor of the school's achieve-
ment, the Law School's public inter-
est office was awarded the 2001
Ainerican Bar Association Law Stu-
dent Division's Judy M. Weightman
Memorial Award.
The public interest office works
to strengthen students' knowledge
and involvement in not-for-profit
law through internship opportuni-
ties, job shadowing and counseling
from Law School alumni currently
working in the public sector.
The head of the public interest
program, Robert Precht, said he was
delighted that such a new program,
which has only been around since
1995, had received the award.
Precht added that the Law School
achievement in public interest law
is a good sign for the legal profes-
sion.
"It makes me have a great deal of
hope for the next generation of
lawyers," he said in a press release.
Literary magazine
features works by

writers at 'U,
The Winter 2002 issue of the
Michigan Quarterly Review features
works by and about members of the
University community.
English Prof. David M. Halperin,
contributed "Homosexuality's Closet,"
an essay about gay male subjectivity.
Halperin is Honorary Visiting Profes-
sor in the School of Sociology at the
University of New South Wales in
Sydney, Australia.
Rackham graduate student Karen
* R. Miller wrote about the controversy
surrounding Detroit's Museum of
African American History, the Detroit
Institute of Arts, and urban politics at
the end of the 20th century.
The Michigan Quarterly Review is
edited by University English Prof.
Laurence Goldstein and is published
quarterly in January, April, July, and
October by the University.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Shannon Pettypiece.

New Greek leaders take on stereotypes

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Writer
New officers for the University Interfraternity
Council and Panhellenic Association were sworn
into office last week amid promises to address the
Greek system's social policies and improve com-
munication with the University administration, the
city and with each other.
"The biggest challenge is dispelling the stereo-
types associated with fraternity members. Our
members are active leaders of student groups," said
incoming IFC President Joel Winston. "On occa-
sion, there are a few incidences that occur and peo-
ple unfairly classify all fraternity members that
way."
Other new IFC officers include Executive Vice
President Brad Coppens, Vice President of Finance
Jason Harris, Vice President of Internal Affairs
David Kaplan, Vice President of Social Responsi-
bility David Berglund and Vice President of
Recruitment Brian Axelrad.
The Panhel officers are President Monica Rose,
Executive Vice President Dana Holcman, Judicial
Vice President Kristin Taylor, Vice President of

Social Responsibility Sarah Schreiber and Vice
Presidents of Recruitment Nicole Beck and Kara
Antonini.
Winston said one of his main goals is to restore
the Greek social system to the prominence it once
had.
"Although they can be fun, there is more to
socializing than going to parties and drinking and
dancing," he said.
Schreiber said she is looking forward to building
on the accomplishments of last year's officers,
which includes examining the social policies.
"The biggest challenge is educating the fraterni-
ties and sororities on the policies we have in place
and working together to improve the social atmos-
phere," said Schrieber.
Rose said she will encourage sororities to abide
by a policy banning them from attending parties at
fraternities and to develop new ideas for social
events, such as the use of third party vendors. She
said she will also promote non-alcoholic events.
Kaplan said Ann Arbor has a small number of
bars, but he supports the use of such third-party
vendors because there is no risk of professional
bartenders spiking drinks.

"Third-party vendors eliminates the risk of frats
serving alcohol," he said. "In a bar, people are
trained to handle drunk people."
Kaplan said to solve the issue of public percep-
tion, fraternities must work with the University and
city instead of trying to function independently.
"The perception in the community is a huge
issue," he said. "Everyone realizes that we have to
work together."
Rose said she would like increased communica-
tion within the Greek system as well. She said she
plans to meet more often with IFC members and to
work with the other two Greek councils - the
Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-
Hellenic Greek Council.
"The four groups face a lot of the same issues,
so we need to communicate more," Rose said.
Rose said her work on last year's Panhel
Executive Board will help her current role
because she has been exposed to various social
policies and understands the importance of
teamwork within the Greek community. She
also pointed to discussions on a new hazing
policy as a valuable experience.
Former IFC President Marc Hustvedt said he is

happy with the newly elected officers because
they are strong leaders from a wide spectrum of
Greek houses on campus. He said Winston, who
will oversee the work of the entire council and
serve as a liaison to the Greek community, has
good character and a charismatic personality.
Rose said the record number of women who
ran in this year's elections impressed her, but she
feels the most qualified people were elected.
"They're a dynamic group that will mesh," she
said. "They're great team players who get along
and have fun together."
Hustvedt said the new officers from both
the fraternity and sorority councils will attend
a retreat with last year's officers on the first
weekend of the winter semester. The purpose
of the retreat will be to discuss issues for the
upcoming year as well as to ease the leader-
ship transition.
Kaplan said candidates for the annual IFC
elections are nominated by their chapter and cho-
sen by the fraternity presidents. He said under a
new IFC policy, the nominees apply to the board
and are interviewed by current officers, who then
endorse certain candidates.

Oakland U. undertakes new

projects, lacks proper funds

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ROCHESTER (AP) - Oakland University trustees are
torn between funding two major projects - but there's no
money in the budget for either one.
The two proposals on the table are vastly different. One is a
$50 million automotive transportation center and the other is a
$50 million performing arts center.
Proponents of each say their idea will best serve the
university's 15,000 students, and win prestige and
donors.
Professor Peter Frick, the new dean of Oakland University's
School of Engineering and Computer Science and David
Downing, longtime dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,
are hoping their respective ideas win out.
Downing said his idea for a performing arts center will
serve students and the entire Detroit-area community. He said
107,000 people attended theater, dance and musical programs
by students and professionals last year.

"It would enhance the reputation of Oakland
throughout the region as an exceptional cultural and-
intellectual resource center," Downing told The Oak-:
land Press for a story yesterday.
Frick and his team said an automotive transportation center,
where students from all engineering fields could work, would
be a bigger boon to students and the auto industry.
"It is inconceivable to me that the university would lose this -
opportunity," he said.
Both promised corporate money to help pay for the facili-
ties.
This is the second year the issue of technology versus
performance arts has come before the board. Last year,
administrators recommended a performing arts center be
at the top of the list sent to the state for building funding:
requests. Faculty and staff had worked over the year to
create a tentative plan.

LESLIE WARD/Daily
Mark Hutton of Habitat for Humanity presents Leslie McGraw and her son
Mark with the scissors for the ribbon cutting at the celebration for the
completion of her house yesterday.
'U' chapter of Habitat
for Humanity cuts
ribbon on 2nd home

Jackson churchgoers argue
about need for integration

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By Jeremy Berkowitz
Daily Staff Reporter

Leslie McGraw and her five-
year-old son Mark cut a ribbon at
their new home in Ann Arbor yes-
terday as part of a dedication cere-
mony for the University Habitat
for Humanity chapter's second
house.
"I feel confident that I can be a
good homeowner," McGraw said.
McGraw, a student at Eastern
Michigan University, applied for a
house from Habitat last August,
and said that she has gained far
more than a house in her "partner-
ship" with the group.
Facing strict requirements from
Habitat regarding personal credit,
McGraw took budgeting and credit
classes and paid off her debts. She
said she acquired many new skills
while working on her house as
well as helping at other Habitat for
Humanity sites.
"If I had just went into home
ownership blind, I would not have
been as comfortable or prepared,"
McGraw said.
The University chapter was
established in 1996 in association
with the Huron Valley chapter.
While there is no set number of
members, more than 2,200 stu-
dents have volunteered their time
for the organization - 200 this
semester.
The chapter has been most suc-
cessful in recruiting Rackham
graduate students and members of
the Greek community.
"I found that people are very
receptive to Habitat and to the
ideas that it promotes," said LSA
senior Aubra Levine, fundraising

coordinator for the University
chapter.
The chapter focuses much of its
effort on raising money in order to
build houses. For the McGraw's
house, $15,000 was raised in the
last two years through various out-
lets. The Michigan Student
Assembly's Budget Priorities
Committee allotted some funds to
the chapter and a group of students
in the School of Social Work
raised more than $8,000 for the
project.
In addition, the Habitat for
Humanity chapter organized a
200-mile bike trip last year from
Ann Arbor to Lake Michigan. The
trip raised $2,000, and the group
plans to repeat it this year.
Local business donated the rest
of the funding for the construction
of McGraw's house. Fundraising
events for next semester include a
benefit concert with Cloud Nine
on Jan. 28 at the Necto, and
recruitment events to entice high
school students in the area to get
involved in either fundraising or
construction.
"This is helping us achieve our
goal of building one house a year,"
said LSA senior Ashley Ley, Uni-
versity Habitat chapter president.
Habitat for Humanity is a world-
renowned non-profit organization
that builds homes for people who
have financial trouble purchasing
their own. The homeowners are
expected to aid in the construction
of their house, and then make rea-
sonable monthly payments to the
local Habitat for Humanity affili-
ate. This money is then used to
build homes for other people in
the area.

JACKSON (AP) - Integration is
commonplace in many aspects of
American life, but places of wor-
ship appear to be one of the last
divides.
Few would argue that Sunday
mornings are the most segregated
time in the United States, with the
black, white and Hispanic commu-
nities largely worshipping in sepa-
rate churches.
Some say it's right and some say
it's wrong.
"People feel comfortable in a set-
ting they are used to, the style of
music, the preaching," the Rev.
James Burrus of Higby Street
Church of Christ, a black congrega-
tion, told The Jackson Citizen
Patriot for story yesterday.
The Rev. Thomas J. Ramundo,
pastor of a predominantly white
Jackson Free Methodist Church,
likened it to "why some Christians
prefer a liturgical (more formal)

service, a Pentecostal or informal
style. There is a lot of culture in the
worship setting."
Sister Paz de Guadalupe Bucio,
formerly of Sacred Heart Chapel, a
Catholic ministry of. Hispanics,
whites and blacks, said everyone
should be treated the same.
"It isn't that you belong to a cer-
tain church or denomination," she
said. "Like it or not, we will all be
in the same place someday. One of
my goals is to behave according to
God's will and help make a happy
world for people."
The Rev. James L. Hines, pastor
of Lily Missionary Baptist Church,
a black congregation, said he invit-
ed students of the neighboring New
Tribes Bible Institute to come to his
church for Thanksgiving dinner. He
told them not to sit together, but to
spread out and get to know his con-
gregation.
"My dream is to be pastor of a

multicultural church," Hines said.
"People's skin color doesn't
determine their heart. I'm always
shocked when I am asked if white
people can come to my church," he
added.
Esther Hurd of Spring Arbor
attends Spring Arbor Free
Methodist Church, a primarily:
white congregation that has pulpit -
exchanges with black pastors and
occasionally invites black choirs to
sing there.
"I wish we were more integrated
so we could understand one another
better, but I don't know if that is
possible, if only because there are
few blacks who live in this area,"
Hurd said.
Many see a future of more inte-
grated congregations. But they say
there is work to be done.
"It is stimulating and enriching
to be around people different than
you," Ramundo said.

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