The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 14, 2001- 3
Sororities postpone Rush for one week
Angell Hall fire
Department of Public Safety offi-
cers responded to a fire in the base-
ment of Angell Hall Wednesday
evening. Construction materials
caught fire, setting off an alarm, DPS
spokeswoman Diane Brown said.
Construction worker attempted to put
the fire out with extinguishers, it was
put out by the Ann Arbor Fire Depart-
One worker was treated for smoke
inhalation at the scene, Brown said.
walking on Diag
A person reported a man drinking
beer and disturbing pedestrians on the
Diag Wednesday evening, according
to DPS reports.
The man was identified as bald with
a red beard and was wearing a blue
shirt. The man was issued a Universi-
ty warrant for obstructing justice.
A man who is not a student was
reported trespassing in Ruthven
Museum's gift shop on Geddes
Avenue Monday afternoon, DPS
reports state. The man was sitting in a
wheelchair following female students
around. The man was gone by the
time DPS officers responded to the
Stray golf ball
A person reported damage to his
vehicle while it was parked on Stim-
son Street Monday afternoon, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The person
believes an "errant golf ball" from the
University's golf course was the cause
while on Diag
DPS officers observed a man push-
ing a woman on the Diag Monday
afternoon, DPS reports state. The man
pushed the woman because she
refused to give him money. The man
was arrested for disorderly conduct
and assault and battery. The woman
refused to press charges.
An Engineering Programs Building
staff member reported his tool bag
stolen Wednesday afternoon, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The bag was taken
from the North Campus Boiler shop.
A woman reported theft of contents
from her bookbag Wednesday morn-
ing, according to DPS reports. She
also reported that the unknown person
stole $90 from her purse.
DPS has no suspects.
An infrared view finder was acci-
dentally dropped in Harrison Randall
Laboratory Monday morning, DPS
reports state. The view finder is val-
ued at $1,300.
A digital camera was reported
stolen early Monday morning, accord-
ing to DPS reports. The camera was
left unattended in a University vehi-
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
Executives of the Panhellenic Asso-
ciation have decided to postpone
Sorority Rush in the wake of Tues-
day's terrorist attacks.
Panhellenic Association President
Stephanie Deal said Rush will contin-
ue next Thursday.
"Everything has been cancelled
for this week," she said. "We did it
-out of respect for the victims. It just
really didn't seem appropriate at this
Jason Sparks, Interfraternity Coun-
cil vice president for media relations,
said IFC has not changed their sched-
ule because it starts later than Sorority
"Calendar-wise it would be hard to
get new meeting spaces," he said.
But Sparks said the IFC has given
fraternities the option of starting Rush
"There are definitely some chap-
ters that have a lot of bases in New
York," he said. "But for the most
part, most want to keep their same
Delta Delta Delta sorority philan-
thropy chair Theresa Giachino said
the decision to postpone Rush seems
"A lot of our spirits weren't that
high, and we couldn't see ourselves
cheering," she said. "We're not
going to pretend that it didn't hap-
Giachino said sororities will have to
consolidate many of their activities.
"It just will require a little harder
work for us, but it's worth it," she said.
Deal said all sorority family mem-
bers in New York have been account-
ed for, but some students have not
heard from friends.
"We were fortunate. A lot of people
had ties, but not immediate ties,"
Giachino said. "A lot of people went
to high school in New York."
Deal said that although Rush will
start late, activities will end on Sept.
23 as planned.
"We'll have the same number of
parties," she said. "We're squeezing
the third round into one night. It's
going to be more condensed."
The response from Rushees about
the changes has been positive, Deal
"Everyone is on the same wave-
length," she said. "It just doesn't seem
right at his time."
Giachino said she hopes students
will have enough recovery for the
tragedy recover in order to persist
through the stress of Rush.
"Rush is a difficult process - it's
a long, hard process. We're just con-
cerned that sprits not being quite
into it," she said. "We just hope it
doesn't force girls to drop out of
Sparks said the turnout at Wednes-
day evening's IFC mass meeting was
an incredibly positive sign.
"We had a total of 370 last night,
probably up from last year due to
recruitment," he said.
Office of Greek Life Administrative
Coordinator Chris Kulka said the IFC
will be sponsoring a series of open
houses beginning Sunday. Rush will
begin the following Sunday as planned.
By Kelly Trahan
Daily Staff Reporter
U.S. stock markets, which closed
Tuesday in wake of the terrorist
attack aimed at crippling the United
Sates economic stability will re-
open Monday morning at 9:30
a.m..This will mark a four-day sus-
pension, the longest since the first
Many members of the University
community are daunted by the precar-
ious situation of the United State's
already wavering economy
Engineering sophomore Ryan
Thomsen is among those who are
wondering what next week will bring
for the American economy.
"The nation was already in a pseu-
do-recession, it is hard to say until the
market opens, but I don't think a posi-
tive impact is possible," Thomsen
Hume Getchell, a University alum
and computer specialist for the Uni-
versity Library, is more hopeful.
"I don't think the United States has
too much to worry about economical-
ly," Getchell said. "I think we have a
strong economy, and even though the
markets overseas opened low, they
Frank Stafford, economics profes-
sor and senior research scientist at
the Survey Research Center, said it is
hard to predict definite effects on the
economy in the coming days and
"Right now the situation is very
"We can get an
idea of what to
expect by looking
- Frank Stafford
Senior Research Scientist
uncertain," said Stafford. "We can get
an idea of what to expect by looking at
"So far things haven't been erratic.
World markets are moving around, but
not in extremes. The situation looks
promising," Stafford said.
The rare four day suspension of
trading is necessary with the New
York Stock Exchange off limits to all
but rescue personnel.
"Keeping markets closed is pru-
dent," said Stafford. "It gives mone-
tary authorities the ability to
determine how much turbulence to
expect. There are trading rules that
suspend trading if it bounces up and
down too much - the protection is
Engineering sophomore Ryan Daw-
son remains hopeful about the coming
"It is still really early and we don't
even know what to expect," said
Dawson. "I think everything will sta-
bilize when people's emotions stabi-
Tom Shaker of Detroit makes his way past empty curbside baggage stations at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in
Armed federal earshs to
patrol Detroilt Metro Air1port
suits against nine
gas stations in state
ROMULUS (AP) - Detroit Metropolitan Airport
will be one of 17 airports across the country to station
armed federal marshals at its passenger security check-
Jim Douglas, the U.S. Marshal for Michigan's eastern
district, said yesterday that the federal officials would
work as partners with county security already in place.
It was unclear when flights would resume flying out of
Metro, but flights began arriving at the airport yesterday
The enhanced security measures will mean only tick-
eted passengers can go past security checkpoints. Air-
port director Lester Robinson said county employees
will help children, the elderly and disabled travelers get
from the gates to where family and friends are waiting.
"Our concern is to come together as a team ... to ensure
the safety of the public," Wayne County executive Ed
McNamara, who had just returned by train from a confer-
ence in Montreal, said at a news conference at the airport.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said
commercial and private planes would be allowed to fly
effective 11 a.m. EDT yesterday. He urged passengers to
check with airlines on flight schedules and available ser-
vice, and allow ample time to deal with new security
Northwest Airlines spokesman Doug Killian said that
pending federal approval, the airline had plans to begin
shuttling planes and crews at 6 p.m. Wednesday and then
begin a limited number of commercial fights before the
end of the day.
But Lois Lagrew of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said she
was not going to wait any longer. Her son was driving
from Kentucky to pick her up.
"I think it's terrible what's happened," said Lagrew,
who had been staying at a hotel since she got stranded
here Tuesday. "But everyone has been so cooperative. It's
such a horrible tragedy."
In 2000, Metro was the world's sixth-busiest airport in
terms of takeoffs and landings and 16th-busiest in terms
of passenger traffic, according to the Airports Council
Northwest now is building a $2 billion Midfield Ter-
minal, which will add gates for 97 aircraft, a fourth par-
allel runway, and an 11,500-space parking deck.
The terminal had been expected to include an elec-
tronic baggage check-in in the parking garage, but that
would not be allowed under the FAA's new security
Although McNamara said officials wilLhave to look at
making some minor changes to the terminal's layout, he
said no major structural changes will be made.
Capital City Airport in Lansing also had plans to put
planes in the air before the end of the day.
"We've been certified, and we're ready to go," said
Robert Kolt, a spokesman for the airport.
The first scheduled flight out of the airport was a 4:45
p.m. EDT Comair flight to Cincinnati.
The first plane to take off from Gerald R. Ford Inter-
national Airport in Grand Rapids since the FAA partially
lifted its ban on domestic air travel belonged to South-
The plane was one of seven diverted to the airport on
Tuesday. Only crew members were on board when it left
shortly after I1 a.m. EDT, airport spokesman Bruce
Schedelbauer said. He was unaware of its destination.
The amount of U.S. air traffic will depend on the sta-
tus of other airports and the decisions of airlines as to
which flights will be flown, he said.
"Just because we flipped the switch and we're ready to
go doesn't necessarily mean we have airplanes in the air
immediately," Schedelbauer said. "It will likely take not
just hours but literally days before we can get passengers
and airplanes and crew and everything else that's neces-
sary back into place."
LANSING (AP) - Michigan Attor-
ney General Jennifer Granholm has
threatened to sue nine gasoline stations
for alleged price gouging after the ter-
ror attacks in New York and Washing-
Granholm said yesterday she had
sent letters of intended legal action to
the stations, saying they had violated
the state's Consumer Protection Act
with rates "grossly in excess" of mar-
ket-based prices. Violators of the law
can be fined up to $25,000 for each
"Price gouging in the face of such a
colossal national tragedy is immoral,
un-American and clearly illegal,"
Representatives of several stations
acknowledged they had temporarily
raised prices to as much as $4 per gal-
lon but insisted their only motive was
to discourage panic buying.
"We want to make money, of course,
but in no way were we getting greedy
... although it probably looked like that
to people," said Phil Wilcox, manager
of Luna Pier Fuel Center Inc. in Luna
Pier. "Looking back, I can see it was
the wrong move."
AAA Michigan said state motorists
were paying an average of 15.5 cents
more per gallon in the wake of the
attacks. The statewide average
Wednesday morning was $1.86 per
gallon, compared with $1.71 last
week. Granholm said a temporary
increase of perhaps 20 cents was rea-
sonable because wholesale prices
Notifying the stations was the first
step toward a possible lawsuit, but
Granholm said her office would try to
reach out-of-court settlements that
would include fines and restitution.
Some stations already have tried to
Sportsman's General Store Inc. in
Petoskey, which boosted rates of regu-
lar grade fuel to $3.50, offered refunds
of money paid in excess of a $1.90 rate,
the Petoskey News-Review reported
Thursday. The station apologized in an
ad in the newspaper, saying it had
boosted rates after hearing about higher
Gygi Heating Co. of Ironwood,
where the price for regular jumped to
$4, also offered refunds and apolo-
gies, owner Fred Gygi said. He said
an employee had raised the rate from
$1.89 as huge lines formed and
"absolute bedlam" arose in the sta-
"It was near panic up here;' he said.
"An employee made a wrong decision.
When I became aware of it, I immedi-
ately rectified the situation. The price
was at $4 for only 15-20 minutes,
AAA issues airplane
Transportation Secretary Norman Y.
Mineta said commercial and private
planes would be allowed to fly as of
Here are some travel suggestions
Contact the airline by telephone
to confirm or rebook the flight. Air-
port ticket counters are likely to have
If traveling by car, use an online
mapping service for routing information
or consult a travel counselor to deter-
mine the route, stops and trip length.
Expect rigorous security checks,
including canine patrols and more uni-
formed security officers at airports.
Also expect: more frequent hand
inspection of carry-on luggage; elimi-
nation of curbside check-in or check-
ins at hotels and other off-airport sites;
prohibitions against knives, regardless
of size, in any secure areas of the air-
port; and access to secure areas of the
airport restricted to ticketed passengers
and electronic ticket holders only.
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