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Vol. CXV, No. 111

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Paul II
By Rachel Mwuer
Daily StaffReporter
As the world mourns the passing of Pope John Paul II, Univer-
sity students and faculty reflect on his impact on Church doctrine
and their own personal connection to the man who was the face of
Catholicism for the past 26 years.
Some Ann Arbor residents praised the pope for speaking out
against communism, fostering tolerance of all religions and chang-
ing the role of women in the Church, while others criticized him for
going too far or not far enough.
Dennis Glasgow, associate pastor of the St. Mary Student Parish,
said he met the pope about 10 times over a period of eight years
while living in Rome. He said the pope left a legacy that embodied
the progressive mentality molded by Vatican II - a general council
of the Church in the 1960s that introduced several reforms.
"I think that the pope was a man of the Second Vatican Council. I
think he'll be remembered for the duration and courage of his reign,
by going everywhere and bringing the Gospel values to every nook
and cranny of the world. He went to the periphery - he went to the
poorest of the poor, " Glasgow said.
The pope also upheld one of Vatican II's greatest changes -
allowing liturgy to be recited in vernaculars instead of Latin. But
Glasgow said the pope still wanted to maintain tradition and imple-
mented parameters for the liturgy so different cultures could enrich
services while maintaining the core ideology.
Along with these reforms, Glasgow said he remembers the pope
for his impassioned, trembling prayer.
"He really was in communion with God. He had a deep prayer
life - there would be tears in his eyes, and he would groan dur-
ing prayer. He would pray so intensely that his being seemed to be
1wrapped up in the presence of God," he said.
Many associate the pope not only with his intense faith but also
for his contribution to democratic reform in the world.
Political Science Prof. William Zimmerman said the pope was
instrumental in bringing about the fall of communism by visiting
See POPE, Page 7A

By Jameel Naqvi
Daily News Editor
The University chapter of the Alpha Epsilon
Phi sorority was closed by its national orga-
nization yesterday, according to Panhellenic
Association spokeswoman Lindsey Fediuk.
"There were some risk-management issues,"
said Fediuk, citing the University hazing
report that found the sorority house guilty of
hazing its pledges - a violation of the Univer-
sity's code of conduct, the Statement of Stu-
dent Rights and Responsibilities. The report
revealed AEP had been placed on social pro-
bation and mandated educational programs for
the sorority's members.
The sudden and late closing of the Pi chap-
ter of AEP forces the house's residents - who
will be allowed to remain in the house until the
semester ends - to seek alternative housing
beginning in the spring, according to Fediuk.
She said the women were informed of the
chapter's closing yesterday afternoon.
"Panhel is supporting the national associa-
tion's decision to close the chapter," she said,
adding that neither the national organization
nor the Office of Greek Affairs will assist the
displaced women in finding housing.
"That's not (the national organization's)
job," she said.
Fediuk said the national organization will
remain the owner of the house.
The University's hazing report was released
in February in response to allegations of severe
hazing after Fall 2004 Rush. The University's
investigation found evidence of forced food
consumption, marijuana use, coerced theft and
trespassing, excessive alcohol consumption
and psychological abuse.
AEP was the only sorority found guilty
of hazing.

University alum Jeremy Mouser picks up a fallen flower by a photo of the late Pope John Paul i after the Sunday
Mass at St. Mary Student Parish.

,GSIs to,
vote -on
GEO members will
submit votes on contract
via mail-in ballot
By Ekjyot Saini
Daily Staff Reporter
The Graduate Employees' Organization
unanimously voted yesterday to submit the
tentative contract reached between GEO and
the University for ratification by all members
through mail-in ballots.
After months of negotiations, GEO and the
University reached an agreement late Thurs-
day night after 15 hours of discussion.
Significant progress was made on Thursday
in regards to benefits and wages - the two
key issues that remained on the table after a
week of negotiations between the two parties.
The tentative contract provides graduate stu-
dent instructors who work more than 10 hours
a week with salary increases that will be the
same size as increases provided to LSA fac-
ulty. This provides for a minimum 2.5-percent
increase next year, and a 3 percent increase for
each of the following two years.
Low-fraction graduate student instructors
- those who work fewer than 10 hours a
week - will receive pay increases based upon
the fraction that they work. GSIs who work a
.10, .15 or .20 fraction (about 4, 6.5 or 8 hours
respectively) will receive a 5-percent increase.
Those employed at the lowest fraction, .05, or
about 2 hours a week, will receive a 30-per-
cent increase in salary.
"We didn't get the kind of raises we were
See GEO, Page 3A

Students light up for reform of weed laws

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For the Daily
An estimated 900 people gathered this weekend
for Ann Arbor's annual Hash Bash, a peaceful and
music-filled rally that brought together a diverse
group of participants. Their reasons for attending
ranged from educating people about marijuana
reform laws, to supporting a recently passed pro-
posal to allow the use of medicinal marijuana, to
witnessing the Ann-Arbor tradition for themselves.
Among the speakers at the rally were Scio Town-
ship trustee Chuck Ream and Melanie Karr, vice
president of the Michigan chapter of The National
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
The Diag rally was followed by a street fair
held across from the Law Quad and an impromptu
march to City Hall led by Ream. The march made
its way downtown with 150 participants, including
Karr, who held signs that read "74%," the percent-
age by which Proposal C, the medical marijuana
initiative, passed last November.
"This march is about implementing the mari-

juana initiative in Ann Arbor," Karr said.
But Ann Arbor City Attorney Stephen Postema
said that the issue that activists like Karr are fight-
ing for is a nonissue.
"There's been no prosecution for people who
use marijuana for medical uses," he said. "If you
have a valid prescription for marijuana, it is legal.
That's state law."
Postema said that although the vote for the mari-
juana initiative was valid, the result is unenforce-
able to the extent that it conflicts with state and
federal law.
The U.S. Supreme Court medicinal marijuana
case Raich v. Ashcroft, on which a ruling is expected
today, was one of the issues proponents of medicinal
marijuana discussed at the rally. The case will have
significant impact on the future of medicinal mari-
juana, states' rights and the federal government's
power in determining the legal scope of its usage.
Although the organizers of Hash Bash said
they were present at the rally for both political and
recreational reasons, some students scoffed at the
See HASH BASH, Page 7A

University student Stephanie and friend Jarim light a pipe at Hash Bash.

MSA reps dissatisfied with Levine's appeal

Supporters of a student
chapter of PIRGIM feel new
president is too soft on issue
By Laura Van Hyfte
Daily StaffReporter
Jessie Levine, the newly elected president of
the Michigan Student Assembly, filed an appeal
Friday, March 25, against the Central Student
Judiciary's ruling that the assembly could not fund
a student chapter of the Public Interest Research
Group in Michigan.
But Matt Hollerbach, an MSA representative,

along with more than 26 other MSA representatives,
filed an amicus brief in response to Levine's appeal,
which said they felt was not comprehensive in detail-
ing all the issues Students for PIRGIM wanted to
highlight in its effort to create a chapter on campus.
The representatives said they did not feel that
Levine had been strong enough with the language
in his appeal, Hollerbach said.
"There is a majority of people who don't think that
Jesse filed an adequate appeal," Hollerbach said.
He added that the language of Levine's appeal
- which refers to CSJ's decision as "questionable"
and "concerning" - is too soft.
"Our amicus brief is much more comprehen-
sive,"he said.

Hollerbach added that, although Levine did
agree with many issues that were raised, many
MSA representatives are still displeased.
Among these reasons is what many MSA mem-
bers said they feel is CSJ's power over the assem-
bly. CSJ voted against a student chapter of PIRGIM
because it mandated that guidelines must first be in
place before such funding can be approved. Now,
MSA members say they feel that CSJ is dictating
what the guidelines should be.
But CSJ's allegedly dictatorial behavior was not
the only reason Levine said he filed his appeal. He,
along with other representatives, said he believed
CSJ's ruling was too strict and that it violated
MSA's compiled code.

However, drafting the appeal and deciding
exactly which issues to address was a source of
great dispute within MSA. Levine, who was desig-
nated to file the appeal as student general counsel,
clashed with other members on what the appeal
should say.
Levine did not agree with appealing the CSJ
ruling, stating that MSA had to create neutral
guidelines that it would adhere to when funding
student groups.
"He did come around on some of the points and
didn't spend a lot of time on it. It was put together pret-
ty hastily and sloppily," Hollerbach said. "We didn't
think that Jesse was really considering the whole case
See PIRGIM, Page 7A

Students rally against measure to end affirmative action

By Amber Colvin
aily Staff Reporter

in Michigan, the march around campus ended on
the Diag, where speakers - including national

with Smith, saying that a survey conducted by
BAMN found that 95 percent of Detroit voters who

action is racism" and "Not all white men are privi-
leged," while shouting remarks in defiance of the

way to do it."
BAMN did not have permission to march in the

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