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By Loui. Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
By Rob Goodspaed
Daily Staff Reporter
When a Zeta Psi fraternity member died last
week, it was not the first party-related death the fra-
ternity experienced in recent years. A member was
found unresponsive in his apartment in 1998 after
overdosing on alcohol and cocaine.
In September 1998, Chris Giacherio, then an
LSA sophomore, was found unresponsive in his
Packard Road apartment.
Witnesses told Ann Arbor Police that Giacherio
had been taking heroin that evening, but later said
he had been taking cocaine when toxicology
reports from the Washtenaw County Medical
Examiner attributed his death to an overdose of
cocaine and alcohol.
Dustin Goodman, a member of Zeta Psi but not
a University student, died last Friday at the fraterni-
ty house on East University Avenue. Members of
Zeta Psi called police at 1:10 p.m. Friday after find-
ing him unresponsive in the basement of the house.
According to the AAPD, there was no immedi-
ately apparent medical condition or trauma to the
body that could have caused death. Goodman's
autopsy report is expected to be released within the
next couple of days.
Leaders in the Greek system do not think the
incident will affect the system. Zeta Psi is not affili-
ated with the Interfraternity Council.
"Zeta Psi has not been a member of the Interfra-
ternity Council and has operated autonomously for
many years," IFC Executive Vice President Brad
Coppens said. "While our sympathies go out to his
friends and family, our feelings are that this tragedy
should have no ill effects on the reputation of the
Greek system," he added.
LSA sophomore David Jira, IFC vice-president
of public relations, said the organization's Social
Responsibility Committee was formed in order to
ensure fraternity parties obey safety rules and regu-
lations and protect students from alcohol poisoning.
Jira said members of the SRC randomly attend
IFC-registered parties one to three times each night
to check for sick students or alcohol that is being
illegally handed out.'The SRC also has the authori-
ty to shut down unregistered parties. Fraternities
who hold illegal parties are subject to 15 weeks of
"We make sure all policies that the IFC has cre-
ated are followed," he said. "Obviously, if the frater-
nity is not part of the IFC, we have no jurisdiction."
While police have not concluded that Goodman
died during the party or as a result of the party, Jira
said if the party did lead to the death, IFC rules
may have prevented it.
"We wish the fraternity was a part of IFC,
because the possibility does exist that if we were
able to check that party, this may not have hap-
pened," he said.
Zeta Psi was known for weekly parties frequent-
ed by many residents of East Quad Residence Hall.
"That was the only (non-affiliated fraternity) that
we are aware of that had a house," said Chris
Kulka, a staff member in the Office of Greek Life.
Although some attendees of last week's party
allege that Goodman may have been using heroin
or cocaine, others disagree.
Jimmy Elia, owner of Jimmy's Sergeant Pepper's,
friend and Goodman's employer did not think he
"He does not do heroin," Elia said. "We were
together almost every day."
Elia said he believes Goodman's death might
have been connected to alcohol.
Many of Goodman's friends and acquaintances
refused to comment. His wake was held yesterday
at 6 p.m.
The Zeta Psi house at 1027 E. University Ave. is
owned by the Xi Alumni Association of Zeta Psi.
There will be at least one certainty in
University students' lives next year:
tuition will not go up by more than 8.5
percent. While that may not seem like
much of a guarantee, a few months ago
many feared the situation could have
been much worse.
Expectations were that the Universi-
ty's funding from the state, which deter-
mines tuition levels, would be cut, thus
causing a sharp increase in tuition. Last
year, when the University received only
a 1.5 percent funding increase, it raised
tuition 6.5 percent. A cut in funding,
many feared, could lead to an even
steeper tuition increase next year.
In January, Gov. John Engler's office
did little to dispel expectations of a fund-
ing cut. "Everyone needs to be prepared
to tighten their belts," Engler's
spokesman, Matt Resch, said at the time.
But sensing possible public outcry,
officials from Michigan's 15 public uni-
versities, along with the governor and
top lawmakers rushed to reach an agree-
ment preventing a decline in state fund-
ing and thus a sharp increase in tuition.
The agreement they hashed out in
January, which was approved by the
Legislature last week and signed by
Engler Monday, assures the universities
of no increase or decrease in state fund-
ing, while schools agreed not to raise
tuition by more than 8.5 percent or $425,
whichever is greater.
The universities did not squabble over
funding this year, said Matt Sweeney,
legislative aide to Rep. Sandy Caul,
chair of the House Higher Education
Appropriations Subcommittee. In pre-
senting a united front the schools got
what they wanted - quickly.
."In the past, the reason it hasn't hap-
pened is the 15 schools step over each
other, knocking each other down in
order to get the most amount of money
possible,' Sweeney said.
The agreement, ratified in a quick two
months, was made in sharp contrast to
last year's process of setting funding lev-
els for the current year, which lasted
more than twice as long. But why the
rush this year? Was it because 2002 was
an election year and lawmakers wanted
the issue resolved quickly?
See BUDGET, Page 7
Israeli tanks enter
2 West Bank cities
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Israeli tanks
rolled into two West Bank towns before dawn
today, exchanging fire with Palestinian fighters,
witnesses said. The incursions followed a day of
wild fighting as Palestinian gunmen forced their
way into the Church of the Nativity, where tradi-
tion says Jesus was born.
The Israeli moves into Salfeet and Jenin, a
northern town that has been home to some of the
suicide bombers who have been terrorizing
Israelis, came a day after Israel seized control of
Bethlehem and another West Bank town and
clashed with defenders in actions that left 13 Pales-
At least 30 tanks rumbled into Jenin from all
sides to open a sixth day in a crushing offensive
designed to root out Palestinian terrorists. They
exchanged heavy machine gun fire with Palestini-
ans in the city and at the entrance of a refugee
camp, witnesses said. A 27-year-old Palestinian
woman was shot to death, Palestinian hospital offi-
Tanks were taking up positions in Salfeet, but
witness said the Israelis did not appear to be meet-
Yesterday, Palestinian gunmen forced their way
into the Church of the Nativity,.and Israeli tanks
and helicopters pounded the headquarters of secu-
rity chief Jibril Rajoub.
See FIGHTING, Page 7
of Palestinians false
By Tyler Boerson sible for their suffering suffer as well," Sosebee
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Monica Hou contributes to her entrepreneur class, helping to build a bridge made out of straws. The
class of 45 students successfully accomplished their task of building and disassembling a bridge
they could all fit under within the two-hour time limit.
Daily Staff Reporter
In the hours following the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks, news reports said Palestinians cheered
and passed out candy. But Steve Sosebee, an
international relief worker who was in Gaza dur-
ing the attacks, denied Palestinians were happy
that Americans were the targets of terror.
"I was in the worst refugee camps with people
who would have cause to see the people respon-
"People started to come up and tell us" how
sorry they were for what happened. They offered
condolences and apologies for what happened."
They would tell him this was not the Islamic way
of expressing anger at America, Sosebee said.
Sosebee founded the Palestine Children's
Relief Fund, an organization that helps to provide
medical care for children in refugee camps. At
See SOSEBEE, Page 7
Smith quits gubernatorial race,
continues hunt in Bonior camp
By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
The race for Michigan governor narrowed
again yesterday when state Sen. Alma
Wheeler Smith of Salem
Township dropped out,
reducing the field of
candidates seeking the
Democratic Party's nom-
ination to three. Smith
will join U.S. Rep. David
campaign as Bonior's
running mate and candi-
date for lieutenant gover-
nor, should Bonior win Smith
the Aug. 6 Democratic primary.
The decision leaves Bonior, former Gov.
James Blanchard and state Attorney Gener-
al Jennifer Granholm as the remaining
Democratic candidates in the race. State
Sen. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township
dropped out last November and is now
seeking the Democratic nomination for
Smith, who has represented Ann Arbor
and other parts of Washtenaw County in the
Senate since 1994, had been trailing far
behind the other three candidates in polls.
The first to announce for governor and the
only black candidate from either party, she
had consistently registered in the low single
digits among Democratic voters, usually
garnering only 1 to 2 percent.
The decision to team up with Bonior,
the former House Democratic whip from
Mt. Clemens, joins two candidates who
were registering at the bottom of recent
polls. Bonior registered only 12 percent in
an EPIC/MRA poll conducted last week
and reported in the Detroit Free Press,
lagging far behind Granholm and Blan-
chard, who polled 46 percent and 32 per-
"They are teaming up because they both
believe Michigan needs a governor that
puts working people first," Bonior's
spokesman Mark Fisk said. "They share
the same values and they both want to
The joint effort interestingly pits a
staunchly pro-choice Mtate legislator with a
congresswoman with a mixed record on
abortion. Bonior was given a 45 percent rat-
ing by the National Abortion Rights Action
See SMITH, Page 7
- Photo and text by David Rochkind
"I feel very fortunate to have been allowed to spend the
Pfbsbetter part of my career learning how to be a useful part of
a Three9at a college classroom. From the study of group process in
the '50s and '60s to an engagement in social and,
p' p necessarily, personal change in the '60s and '70s to an
exploration of spiritual development, over the past 25 years I have
somehow found ways to explore questions that mattered deeply to me.
"I am drawn, therefore, to seeing how each of us in the classroom
can bring forward our most urgent concerns and do two things. One is to
honor w at we already know, especially what we know from our direct
experience and contemplation. The second is to use the course material
and the sharing of others in the room to move forward, to open up
prematurely settled issues, to envision great goals for our lives and a
complex set of strategies for reaching those goals. As the classroom
comes to facilitate higher levels of self-inquiry, risk-taking and mutual
respect I rediscover yet again how fortunate I am to be a part of all this."
DETROIT (AP) - Chris Webber and booster Ed M
Mateen Cleaves return some fans ar
today for what could be leader of the
an uncomfortable home- been-cheered
coming. A local ra
The former state college the ill feeling
stars come in with the with Webber's
Sacramento Kings to play Cleaves wi
the Detroit Pistons, and Many will
things are not as they years - to g
would like them to be. the 2000 na
Wehher will he nressed Detroit's first
Webber in Detroit
Martin, indicted in a loan scam, and
re expected to boo the one-time
Wolverines' "Fab Five." He has
in previous visits.
dio station is doing its part to fuel
s by handing out fake dollar bills
s face printed on them.
ll face a less-scandalous return.
ask how it feels - in just two
o from leading Michigan State to
tional championship, to being
-round pick, to getting traded and
points and one assist when he plays, which
"This is a minor obstacle" Cleaves said yes-
terday in a phone interview. "Last year, my
brother and cousin were murdered. And last
week, I went to a funeral for (former Spartan
and current Pittsburgh Steeler) Plaxico Burress'
mother. I don't take life for granted. I'm blessed
to be able to walk, talk, breathe and see.
"But I'd be lying if I said it doesn't bother me
at all, because I'm such a competitor.:
Webber's talents and competitive nature have