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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 3

THIS WEEK
Dec. 11, 1967
Berkeley Free Speech Movement
leader Mario Savio and several other
student leaders spoke before a crowd
of 2000 students on the Diag, asking
them to join in their movement "to
wrangle First Amendment freedoms
from an unresponsive bureaucracy,"
and to ask the University president to
endorse their goals.
Dec. 11, 1961
University faculty members
expressed disapproval over the Big
Ten's removal of financial need from
the list of factors in its athletic aid
program. Prof. Robert Angell
slammed the growth of "professional-
ism" of this move because he did not
believe "athletes should be subsidized
and given special concessions just
because of their value as team mem-
bers." He also commended the Uni-
versity Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics, which
opposed eliminating the need factor.
Dec. 13, 1957
The University Board of Regents
approved the expenditure of $2.5
million for the creation of the Insti-
tute of Science and Technology, "in
the interests of our national security
and, we hope, ultimate peace," one
regent said.
The plans were developed as part of
an effort to help meet the education
challenge created by the Soviet
Union.
Dec. 14, 1929
The Student Council passed a res-
olution urging a tradition that stu-
dents refrain from stepping on the
University seal that was set in the
floor of the library. Council mem-
bers said, "in the past few years,
irreverence has been shown the Uni-
versity by the students stepping on
the seal."
Members proposed posting a 24-
hour guard to impress the tradition
onto undergraduate students. They
also recommended changing the
date on the seal from 1837 to 1817,
which had been recognized as the
official founding date of the Uni-
versity the year before.
Dec. 15, 1955
A team of University scientists pro-
posed a new process for prolonging
the keeping time of perishable foods
without freezing or canning. Their
method involved radiating and then
refrigerating meats and vegetables,
thus killing the most common types of
food poisoning organisms.
The scientists were awaiting Food
and Drug Administration approval and
testing the processed food on animals.
Dec. 16, 1935
The Daily began its annual tradition
of selling its "Good Fellowship Edi-
tion" for charity. More than 200 sen-
iors and University administrators,
including President Alexander
Ruthven and Athletic Director Field-
ing Yost, sold the newspaper across
campus for donations that ranged
from five cents to $10.
The money was used to help local
families to improve their holiday
season. The first drive raised more
than $1,000.

Dec. 16, 1921
University officials finalized plans
for the Clements Library, placing it next
to the President's House on Central
Campus. The building was designed to
hold the University's Americana collec-
tion and an office for the professor of
American history. The building,
designed by Alfred Kahn, would cost
$175,000 to construct.
Dec. 17, 1945
A call from a supposed gambling
bookie in New York was thwarted by
an athletic trainer shortly after the
Michigan basketball team beat Utah.
The trainer answering the phone
thought the call suspicious because a
scandal the previous year at Brooklyn
College had involved phone calls to
the University looking for basketball
scores.
The Athletic Department created a
policy that they would not respond to
such queries and asked the Daily to do
the same.
Basketball coach Bennie Ooster-
baan said, "It is hard to imagine any
'fan' calling us all the way from New
York, especially at the very minute the
game was over, to find out the score.
You can be pretty sure he represented
some ganmline svndcaete."

Prof discusses
past, present and
future o f conflict

TOM FELDKAMP/Daily
Members of the 2003 Panhellenic Association executive board are sworn into office last night in the Michigan Union. Also
inaugurated was the new executive board of the Interfraternity Council.
IFC, PanhelIn duct new
officers for calendar year

By Erin Saylor
Daily Staff Reporter

Ready to begin the new year, the
Interfraternity Council and the Panhel-
lenic Association ushered in their execu-
tive boards for 2003 last night in the
Michigan Union.
"This ceremony is our way of saying
thank you to the old board members for
being so involved, and to welcome in the
new officers," said John Duncan, assis-
tant director of Greek Life.
The ceremony installed 10 new board
members for both the IFC and Panhel
and inaugurated IFC President Branden
Muhl and Panhel President Liz Franke.
Duncan congratulated the 2002 IFC
executive board for tackling the big
issues facing the Greek system.
"These men really raised the bar, and

weren't afraid to take on issues like haz-
ing and alcohol abuse," Duncan said.
2002 Panhel President Monica
Rose said improving social policy
was one Panhel biggest goals from
the past year, as well as trying to
change the harsh public image of
Greek Life by promoting more cre-
ative and safe social events that take
place outside of Greek houses.
"Over these past few years, a gap
has developed between fraternities
and sororities because of sorority
national policies," said Joel Winston,
the 2002 IFC president. "We have
worked hard with Panhel this year to
promote local vendor events to bring
us closer together."
Winston added that he felt that three
houses on campus, Fiji, Phi Delta Theda
and Delta Upsilon had taken a positive

step by becoming alcohol-free and he
said he was confident that all Greek
houses would be alcohol-free in five to
10 years.
"It just makes sense legally and cul-
turally," Winston said.
Among the projects facing the 2003
executives is the development of a
Greek identification card that would be
given to every member of the Greek sys-
tem at the University to be used during
events like Greek Week to keep track of
attendance. The card would also have a
bar code and could be used for discounts
at local restaurants such as Pita Pit, Mr.
Greek's Coney Island and New York
Pizza Depot.
"The Greek identification card would
not only be really useful at Greek events
but would be a source of pride," Winston
said. "It would bring us closer together."

By Michael Gurovitsch
and Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporters
More than 50 students took a study
break last night to learn a lesson on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Political sci-
ence Prof. Mark Tessler and the allure of
free food drew students to the U-Club to
hear about the current status of the con-
flict and how it came to be this way.
Tessler, who teaches "The Arab-
Israeli Conflict" addressed the history of
the conflict, tracing it from 1967 until
today. While he said there is "no intrin-
sic reason why there can't be peace" he
also acknowledged the complexities sur-
rounding the conflict and the difficulties
in achieving a mutually acceptable solu-
tion.
Tessler also emphasized the need
to look at the conflict from multiple
perspectives.
"I don't think the proper way to tell
the story is just to tell only the Palestin-
ian version or only to tell the Israeli ver-
sion, not just because it wouldn't be fair
- it wouldn't be accurate, you wouldn't
really understand what's going on."
Instead of trying to look for "good
guys and bad guys" in the situation,
Tessler said it is more important to rec-
ognize that both arguments have merit.
"Both sides have done things that
deserve to be condemned and have aspi-
rations that are legitimate. So therefore it
doesn't make sense to say one side is
right, one side is wrong" he said.
Many students who attended the event
said they appreciated the balanced view-
point Tessler offered.
While he felt Tessler went out of his
way to give both sides, LSA sophomore
Dean Schnider said Tessler's viewpoints
reflect more of what needs to happen to
move closer to peace.
"He's a symbol for what the peace
plan should be like - putting both sides
on the table," he said. "And I like that
he's talking about the future by examin-
ing the past."
LSA freshman Lauren Cetniar said
she enjoyed the chance to hear more

than one side of the story.
"I need to think about it more before I
make a decision what my feelings are,
but I'm glad I have the information
now," Cetnar said. She added that while
she does not feel she needs to take one
side or the other, she feels it is important
to be informed.
"I think it's a good idea for everyone
to know a little more about what's going
on in the world - I think it's important
to know how it's all related," she said.
As far as finding out more about the
current situation, Tessler said it's impor-
tant to be able to differentiate between
fact and propaganda.
He recommended students diversify
their sources of information, expose
themselves to many viewpoints and take
those viewpoints seriously, even if they
don't agree with what they read.
"You don't really help or educate
yourself if you only read sources
that confirm what you already
believe," he said.
LSA freshman Steve Lake said he
showed up for the free food but felt he
left with something more.
"I felt I that I learned something. It
was a very unbiased view"
The lecture was offered as part of
Mortar Board's Professors Reaching Out
For Students lecture series, designed to
bring students and faculty together in an
informal environment.
"The whole purpose of PROFS is to
bridge the gap between professors and
students," said RC senior Andy Wong,
vice president of Mortar Board.
"It's a chance for students to get to
know professors in a different light. I
think it's just nice to see your profes-
sors outside the classroom and see
them talk about something they're
really passionate about, where they're
not just talking about papers,
midterms and exams," he said.
Upcoming speakers in the PROFS
lecture series next semester include psy-
chology Prof. Thad Polk and football
coach Lloyd Carr. Michigan Union Arts
Programming provides the food and the
room for the series.

',

considers providing city

with funds for fire coverage

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

In addition to compensating for the
2.5 percent cuts in higher education
appropriations mandated by Gov. John
Engler's executive order, the University
may need to dip into its budget to help
Ann Arbor pay for the Fire Department.
The city traditionally has provided the
University with all firefighting services
- including responding to alarms
pulled in residence halls - using the
city's funds.
But because the state cut $480,000 in
fire protection funds and $400,000 to
$500,000 in revenue sharing, the city
will ask the University to help pay for
firefighting, Mayor John Hieftje said.
"That is a certainty," he said.
Jim Kosteva, director of community
relations in the Office of the Vice Presi-
dent of Government Relations, said the
idea of the University paying for fire
protection has been discussed frequently,
but administrators will not make a deci-
sion on providing funds until they know
how much the city will ask for.
"The University is clearly interested
in seeing top quality fire protection pro-
vided to the community," Kosteva said.
"With that as the objective, I expect we
would openly enter discussion with the
city regarding an appropriate role for the
University to play in that."
Hieftje said he anticipates a 5 percent
cut for all city programs, although final
cuts have yet to be determined.
But City Administrator Roger Fras-
er said the cuts will not hurt Ann
Arbor because more than 120 posi-
tions in the city government are open

and spending has decreased.
"In terms of the government cuts, we
don't see any specific actions we will be
taking in Ann Arbor in the new term,"he
said. "The Fire Department is not going
to be impacted directly by those cuts."
If Ann Arbor does request help from

the University to pay for fire protection,
Kosteva said funding academic pro-
grams will be a competing interest with
other University concerns.
"The city is not the only one who
has suffered some reductions in fund-
ing," he said.

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