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www.mzchzgandady.com Ann Arbor, Michigan * Vol. CXV, No. 116 ®2005 The Michigan Daily

By Carlsa Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
Continuing its legacy of support of the
University, the Charles S. Mott Foundation
announced Friday a gift of $25 million to
the University Health System to support the
construction of a new home for Mott.
This contribution is one of the founda-
tion's largest donations in its nearly 80-year
history, said William White, president and
chief executive officer of the Mott Founda-
tion. The foundation donated $6.5 million
to help build Mott in 1964.
"This gift is a major step forward in our
fundraising campaign," said Robert Kelch,
executive vice president for medical affairs.
"It is a shot in the arm for the hospital, the
University and the (treatment) of children in
Kelch said that, with the gift and other
fundraising activities, the Mott campaign
has raised nearly $35 million of its goal
of $50 million in private donations for the
replacement of Mott.
On April21, the health system will present
its plans for the new facility and its projected
budget to the University Board of Regents
for approval. If approved, design of the new
hospital will begin, followed by construc-
tion of the facility. The new hospital would
be completed no earlier than 2010, after
which the current facility would most likely
be used for less intensive treatment of adult
patients, Kelch said. He added that the site
of the new hospital will not be announced
until the regents approve the plans.
Kelch said the new facility is needed
because the way children are cared for has
changed dramatically since the 1969 open-
ing of Mott, and the space in the hospital has
become inadequate.
"When I was a medical student here in
1965, I trained in the old University Hospi-
tal, and at that time, we had massive patient
care wards, with no privacy and communal
bathrooms," Kelch said. "Today, we are
treating at least four times as many children
in the hospital and many more in outpatient
care. Many of (these patients) are very sus-
ceptible to infectious diseases, which is why
we need private rooms with new air purifi-
cation systems to make sure that they aren't
exposed to anything in their fragile state."
Kelch said larger operating rooms are
also needed.
While it waits for the new facil-
ity, UMHS spokeswoman Krista Hopson
said the hospital has begun scheduling
surgeries on weekends because the exist-
ing facilities are inadequate for the cur-
rent patient load. In October 2003, the
regents approved the addition of an oper-
ating room, an MRI and the extension of
the hospital's after-surgery care unit. The
improvements to the existing hospital -
costing $10.7 million - will be complet-
ed by the end of this year, Hopson said.
"One of our biggest areas of growth is
with surgery," she said. "Surgical services
have increased an average of 5 to 10 percent
each year. (The improvements) will help
ease one of the major areas where we are
See MOTT, Page 7A

Some members speculate
that hazing may have led
to punitive measures
By Laura Van Hyfte
Daily Staff Reporter
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was suspend-
ed by its national organization on Friday for rea-
sons that are as of yet unclear.
Jon Krasnov, spokesman for the Interfraternity
Council, said the suspension was motivated by
"risk management."
After being notified of the unexpected suspen-

sion, ATO alumni and pledges have tried to dis-
cover what brought it on.
"We knew nothing about this until last Friday,"
ATO member Tim MacGuidwin said. "It was
very much a shock to everyone in the house."
ATO was prevented from finishing Greek
Week activities. Sources differed on why this
Greek Week Steering Committee Chair Travis
Foley said the Office of Greek Life informed him
that ATO was prevented by its national organiza-
tion from participating because the fraternity was
no longer in good standing.
"(OGL) talked to their national, and they said
that they were no longer recognized as a chapter,"


Foley said. "They're not in good standing with
their national, which terms as not being in
good standing with the Interfraternity Coun-
cil as well."
But Krasnov said the relationship between IFC
and ATO was not in jeopardy.
"They were instructed to cease all operations
related to the fraternity temporarily," Krasnov
said. "This includes Greek Week and attending
IFC meetings."
"ATO has the full support of the IFC," he
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said
the suspension pertained to "loss prevention."
"The term 'loss prevention' is typically used

if (the national chapters) have concerns that the
facilities are not being taken care of," she said.
Many speculated about whether the suspen-
sion was related to hazing. MacGuidwin said
the reasons for the ATO suspension involved
more than facility damage and prevention of
building abuse.
A disposable camera containing photos taken
during "Hell Week" - an initiation period for
fraternity pledges with activities designed to
build brotherhood - was found in the house by a
maintenance man, who developed the photos and
gave them to ATO's national organization, Mac-
Guidwin said. It is uncertain whether the film
See ATO, Page 7A

walked the
streets of Ann
Arbor during
the Take Back
the Night rally
Friday. The
spent more
than an hour
walking from
the Diag to
Fourth Street
and back to
State Street
before stop-
ping near the


By Rachel Kruer
Daily Staff Reporter

Led by two police motorcycles, about
100 women - clutching shakers, beat-
ing drums and chanting "Two, four, six,
eight, no more violence, no more rape!"
- streamed down blocked-off streets of
Ann Arbor Friday night.
Survivors of sexual assault and their support-
ers joined together to participate in "Take Back
the Night," an annual rally and march to raise
awareness about sexual violence.
Cathryn Antkowiak-Howard, an organizer of
the event who has participated in the rally since
it started 26 years ago, said the purpose of the
event is to call attention to the epidemic propor-
tions to which rape has escalated. She cited a
2000 Bureau of Justice Statistics report that
concluded that one in four women and one in
six men will experience sexual assault in their

The event began with music and speeches
from Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje and Uni-
versity alum Cristy Cardinal, director of edu-
cation and volunteer services for the Domestic
Violence Project/SAFE House.
Many students from universities across
Michigan were present at the rally. While
some students stopped to enjoy the live
music, others came to Ann Arbor to show
solidarity with the cause.
"Students from the University of Michigan
came out to support our rally (in Ypsilanti), so
we decided to come and support U-M's rally
as well," Eastern Michigan University student
Christine Fairbanks said.
Erin Lowry, a School of Social Work gradu-
ate student, said Take Back the Night is a way for
survivors to cope with their personal tragedies.
Some participants wore green ribbons around
their arms to show they were not ashamed to be
survivors of sexual assault.
"(This event) brings back a lot a memories,

but we're doing something positive with these
memories," Lowry said. "We're taking all these
emotions and coming together with other peo-
ple to create change."
Law student Amy Myers said the event
attracts a variety of women, which in turn fos-
ters an empowering environment.
"Each person brings powerful, positive emo-
tions since they are all supporting each other,"
she said. "There is something empowering
about the physical activity of all these women
getting together."
LSA senior Jeff Rezmovic, president of Men
Against Violence Against Women - a Uni-
versity student group committed to fighting
violence against women through education and
outreach programs aimed toward men - also
spoke at the rally to illuminate the vital role
men have in preventing sexual assault.
He said men do not have to take back the
night, because they already own it.
"Men are in a unique position to do some-

thing, because the problem starts with men,"
Rezmovic said. "We need to deal with the prob-
lem where the problem lies. ... Therefore, we
need to own up and end this."
Rezmovic said he would participate in a dia-
logue with other men about men's dual roles in
sexual violence as both assailants and victims.
The event peaked with a march through
the streets of Ann Arbor. Through her
megaphone, Cardinal led the crowd in
chants such as "This sexist shit has go to go,
hey hey, ho ho" and "Out of your cars, into
the streets, take back the night."
The marchers were cheered on and given
the thumbs-up from Ann Arbor drivers and
pedestrians as they made their way down
Liberty Street.
University alum Lori Fithian - one of the
more conspicuous figures in the crowd as she
pushed her trash can drum emblazoned with
peace signs on a dolly - provided many of the

Faculty delays on LSA
language proposal


Proposed change would
allow students to split
language requirement
between two languages
By Anne Joling
Daily Staff Reporter
University faculty and administrators
discussed changes to the LSA language
requirement at last week's faculty meeting
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Language of LSA
Current reqi rem et:
Students must take four
semesters in one foreign
Propose requremen
Students may take four
semesters in one foreign
language or two semesters in

City Council
hears budget
shortfall fixes
By Leslie Rott
Daily Staff Reporter
Following three town-hall meetings held last week, city officials
have begun the arduous process of resolving an estimated $3.2-mil-
lion budget deficit.
Two proposed solutions are an increase in the fine for expired
parking meters and a new millage to pay for the removal of trees
infected with the emerald ash borer.
Currently. narkini tickets for expired meters cost $15. but only


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