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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 5, 2003 - 3

THIS WEEK House moms' tasks key to sorority houses

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Feb. 7, 2002
Medical residents picketed the
University Medical Center demand-
ing a 3 percent pay increase.
Some residents that protested said
they calculated while working 80
hours a week with an annual
$40,000 salary, they made between
$7 and $10 per hour.
Feb. 2, 1996
The Graduate Employees Organi-
zation picketed various University
locations in the middle of contract
negotiations.
Members protested for wage
increases and international graduate
student training.
GEO and the University had
already agreed on changing the title
of teaching assistant to graduate
student instructor, as well as apply-
ing same-sex benefits for GSIs.
Feb. 6, 1986
Michigan Student Assembly offi-
cial Cheryl Bullard resigned her
position after being reprimanded by
MSA leaders for speaking to the
media over an internal matter.
Two weeks before, Bullard told The
Michigan Daily that Lawrence Norris,
chair of MSA's Minority Affairs Com-
mittee, also worked in the University's
Minority Affairs Office, creating a
conflict of interest.
Feb. 5, 1976
Forty students walked into the
public session of the University
Board of Regents' meeting, protest-
ing campus-wide CIA and National
. Security Agency recruitment.
University President Robben
Fleming allowed the students to
speak and promised to meet with
them within the next week.
Feb. 2, 1966
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Judge James Breakey sentenced 12
University students to 15-day sen-
tences in jail. The students were pun-
ished for holding a sit-in at the Ann
Arbor Draft Board Office on Oct.
15, 1965.
Feb. 5, 1946
The Ann Arbor Common Council
pasegd an ordinance making it a
criminal offense for minors to pur-
chase or attempt to purchase liquor
at local taverns.
The new law attempted to take
the burden off local tavern owners,
who had previously been solely
responsible for selling alcohol to
minors.
Feb. 4, 1936
Highly regarded English Prof. O.
J. Campbell left the University after
15 years to teach at Columbia Uni-
versity. During his tenure on cam-
pus, Campbell made his views
about the Greek system well-
known.
He vocally called for fraternities
to contribute more to campus intel-
lectual life and said students should
not be permitted to participate in
fraternity rush until their sopho-
more years.
Feb. 3, 1981
;Due to severe budget constraints
and a lack of state funding, LSA
faculty debated at a meeting the
pros and cons of eliminating the
geography department.
LSA later did eliminated the
department.

Feb. 3, 1997
Lee Bollinger officially began his
job as the 12th University president.
His immediate responsibilities
included filling several vacant Uni-
versity positions such as chief
financial officer and executive vice
president for medical affairs.
Bollinger also said he would be
teaching an undergraduate class on
the First Amendment.
Feb. 5, 1963
The Ann Arbor City Council
asked its human relations commit-
tee to draft an ordinance calling for
fair housing.
The main reason for the ordi-
nance was to make sure that stu-
dents and residents would not be
discriminated by race when they
looked for housing in the city.
Feb. 4, 1974
University Vice President Allan
Smith recommended lowering the
minimum faculty retirement age
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By JayUhler
For the Daily
Though officially known as house
directors or head residents, sorority
members of the University's Panhel-
lenic Association all affectionately
refer to the women who manage the
house as"house moms."
Mary Beth Seiler, director of Greek
Life, said house moms are a tradition as
old as sororities themselves. Of Pan-
hell's 15 sororities, 14 have these
behind-the-scenes women living in-
house, she added.
"A house mom is basically an on-site
manager of the facility," said Shelley
Winters, house mom of two years at
Sigma Delta Tau. "Historic homes can
often have unexpected problems which
require someone who understands the
building," she explained.
Winters' daily duties include receiv-
ing food deliveries in the morning and
being available in the office for the
sorority members later in the afternoon.
An additional role house moms some-
times take on outside official duties is to
be the sorority historian, Winters said.
They can facilitate historical continuity
in part by passing on traditions and sto-
ries, maintaining memorabilia and not-
ing when competitions are won, she

added.
House moms are employed by
sorority alumni boards who own the
properties and the women who live
there.
Lindsey Beauchamp, president of
Kappa Kappa Gamma, said it is
important to have someone experi-
enced around to help, but also one
who respects the women's privacy.
Her house mom of one year,
Helen Fields, said "I'm not curious
or too nosey. I keep out of their
lives. We talk, but it's not like I
have to know everything about
them."
Both Fields and Winters said they
have a very good relationship with
the sorority women.
"They are very patient with me
because I'm not as organized as I'd
like to be," Winters, a former Uni-
versity sorority member in the '70s,
said. "With 40 to 50 people living
here, not everyone gets their needs
addressed. But it's very fun. They
keep me up to date on music and
events. It's a unique situation where
you have someone of an older gen-
eration living in a house of younger
women."
Becoming a house mom was a
slight accident for both Fields and

JONATHAN TRIEST/Daily
Sorority mom Shelley Winters poses by a wall of past and present sorority members in Sigma Delta Tau on Hill Street Monday.
Winters' daily activities include receiving food deliveries and serving as the sorority historian.

Winters. Winters had lost her job in
sales two years ago when a friend
mentioned a house mom opening.
With no housing of her own and her
daughter studying at the University,
Winters said it seemed like a good
opportunity.
Fields said 20 years ago, after she

closed her beauty shop in New Mexico,,
a house mom friend mentioned an open-
ing as for the position at another univer-
sity. She has been a house mom across
the country ever since, she said.
"I don't like living alone, I dis-
covered. This is perfect because I
have my own apartment, but if I

feel like talking to somebody, I can
just make contact with someone,"
Fields said.
There is currently only one fra-
ternity with a house mom, Fields
said. "They should all have one.
The guys act better and take better
care of the premises," she said.

MSA
Continued from Page 1
campus walls with campaign flyers.
Noting a lack of female and
minority faculty at the University
and at institutes of higher education
nationwide, the assembly agreed to
vote next week on a resolution to
lobby for change. They will ask the
University to seek methods of
"recruiting and maintaining minority
DIETS
Continued from Page 1
Duvernoy said more women than
men have died of heart disease in the
United States each year since 1984, a
phenomenon that she attributed to
later diagnosis and treatment, and
other factors.
She pointed out that the women
studied were in their late 50s and 60s,
RELIGION
Continuedfrom Page 1
was secularization and its ramifications.
"When secularization has run its full
course, it will destroy a culture of its
sense of shame. Show me a culture with
no sense of shame and I will show you a
culture that will stop at nothing,' he said,
referring to moral codes that are difficult
to reinforce without the defining lines
set by religion.
Zacharias also discussed the conse-
quences of having competing world-
views without one being dominant.
"Pluralism in culture is a good thing,
but if it is extrapolated to mean that truth
therefore is relative, then it becomes
fatal to our thinking," he said.
Campus Crusade for Christ staff
member Janet Oberholtzer stood on the
Diag in the snow yesterday afternoon
passing out fliers advertising the event.
She said she hopes the series of
speeches on religion by Zacharias and
William Craig will help encourage stu-
dents to consider their beliefs. "In the
University setting, a lot of times aca-
demic success is stressed," she said.
"That's what is encouraged in class-
es and by professors, but students
aren't encouraged to consider the spiri-
tual side."
Following the lecture series, students
can choose to participate in discussion
groups that will meet once a week for
four weeks to explore these issues fur-
ther. Oberholtzer said she hopes it
brings Christians and non-Christians
together in a safe place to explore
Christianity and religion further.
BRIDGE
Continued from Page 1
will be replaced with a modern steel
beam structure, providing greater effi-
ciency in construction. He added that the
new bridge will feature several aesthetic
improvements such as increased pedes-
trian lighting. Bukoski is the resident
engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff
Michigan, a company the city will con-
sult on the project.
Project manager Dave Wilson said
construction on the south half of the
bridge will continue until October.
Reconstruction of the north half will fol-
low and last until October 2004.
While traffic headed toward North
Campus will be prohibited for the entire
duration of the construction, traffic
going south will remain on the free half
of the bridge, he said. Wilson added that
pedestrian access will also continue for
the duration of the construction.
Despite the added traffic, many stu-
dents do not believe bridge construction
will inconvenience their travels between
North and Central campus. "Unless
thar' l lir,l, ani 1nnt .Nrrth Cam

and women faculty members," the
resolution says.
"There was a 2001 survey done by
the Center for the Education of
Women, which found that the percent-
age of doctorates awarded to women is
higher than the percentage of women
faculty members at the University,"
said MSA Student General Counsel
Joe Bernstein.
The assembly proposal points out
that the University of Iowa increased
its tenure for minority faculty more
indicating that yo-yo dieting has been a
factor for at least 20 years.
Education student Alissa Emmons
said yo-yo dieting is a problem among
young women.
"Most of the people I know maintain
a healthy lifestyle through exercising
and watching what they eat," she said.
"But a lot of people are looking for a
quick fix - they'll try anything to get
that ideal body."
People are heavily influenced by

than 2 percent and its tenure for female
faculty by more than 7 percent over the
past decade. MSA hopes the Universi-
ty will seek similar strategies in creat-
ing a diverse staff.
"We're giving out all their degrees
and not hiring" women and minority
faculty, MSA Communications Com-
mittee Chair Pete Woiwode said. "This
(resolution) shows that the University is
committed to diversity in those being
educated, but not so committed to
diversity in those educating."
media images and popular dieting
trends, Duvernoy said. They need to
get back to a more common-sense way
of dealing with weight and recognize
that yo-yo dieting is not a good way to
attain long-term health, she suggested.
"It's more important to maintain a
healthy weight than to swing between
extremes," Duvernoy said. "We need to
take a more positive approach and
healthier attitude towards weight issues
in this country."

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