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established community standards.
The IFC will be an SSO, which
means that it will have full access to
the University's available resources,
and the full responsibilities of being
an SSO.
The deadline to complete the
registration process with SOAR
was Feb. 1, 2006. A thousand stu-
dent groups have begun the process
and are interested in completing it.
Seven hundred of these groups have
already completed the process.
"It appears that the majority who
missed the Feb. 1 deadline are still
: working on constitutions and clari-
fying missions," Eklund said.
Eklund pointed out that SAL

has received an increasing num-
ber of questions for assistance and
resources, while at the same time
SOAS questions and confusion about
financial paperwork have declined
following the workshops required of
group treasurers.
Eklund also said the student com-
plaint organization process is work-
ing relatively smoothly, relying on
existing bodies such as the Greek
Activities Review Panel within the
Greek system and the Central Stu-
dent Judiciary within MSA.
GARP has been one of the focal
points of the revision to the Social
Environment Management Policy
which was first introduced in 1991,

to control two aspects of parties: the
distribution of alcohol, and the size
of the party.
Risk management:

tightening the

Greek

social policy
FC approved a new policy in
December 2004, which took
effect in January 2005.
The new official policy of
registered IFC parties is to
not provide alcohol. Guests of
restricted events are allowed

to bring either one 12-pack of beer
or one plastic pint of alcohol, which
can be a maximum of 80 proof. Par-
ties that exceed 200 guests can only
bring beer.
"The previous policy placed an
enormous amount of liability on
the chapters by providing alcoholic
beverages," IFC spokesman Brian
Millman said. "The-bring-your-
own-alcohol aspect of the policy is
a progressive step to minimizing the
liability for the presidents and the
members of a particular house."
Mary Beth Seiler, Greek life
director, said the amount of alcohol
one person can bring still seemed a
bit high for one individual.
"They're still larger than what
I think they should be, but the stu-
dents have them in line with what
they think they should be," Seiler
said.
Millman said that overall, the old
policy was broad and overarching,
and could not adequately maintain
a safe environment for the varying
social atmospheres that fraternities
regularly created. A joint task force,

composed of members of IFC, vari-
ous fraternity presidents and input
from the Panhellenic Association,
revised the policy in order to main-
tain the highest level of risk manage-
ment at larger parties and smaller
gatherings.
The new Social Environment
Management Policy divides events
into three specific categories:
restricted events, alcohol-free events
and third-party vendor events.
"Ultimately, the (fraternity) presi-
dents realized that fraternities host
several different types of parties
and a party of 30 people potentially
poses different risks than a party of
400 people," Millman said.
Restricted events are any event
that takes place on chapter property,
allows alcohol and has more than 25
women in attendance. Presumably,
the restriction is placed on the num-
ber of women, because there is not a
consistent number of men living in
any given fraternity house.
These events are divided into three
sub-categories. Restricted events must
have to have applications submitted to

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Making it Big
Former University students venture out
into the world of professional music
By Andrew Horowitz, Tally Hall keyboardist

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pongraduating from the Uni-
versity last April, I began work
as one-fifth of my band, Tally
Hall. We had decided a couple of
months earlier to treat the band as a
full-t it job for at least a year. We'd
sold out the Blind Pig, been named
one of mtvU's top college bands, had
a music video circulated to millions
on the Internet and been courted
by managers. The signs were there,
although it wasn't an easy decision.
Zubin and Ross put their college
educations on hold, Rob deferred a
full-ride to the University of Michi-
gan Medical School, and Joe and
I seemed to have it the easiest; we
both had our degrees.
It felt like our first profession-
al move was signing a recording
contract with Al McWilliams, a
local entrepreneur who saw and
heard something that convinced
him to start a record label just for
Tally Hall. What followed was four
months locked in a small recording
studio a little outside of Ann Arbor.
It was a traditional struggle from
the start with Al, as he wanted the
album done in a month and we kept
on telling him it couldn't be done,
we need more time.
By the beginning of October
we'd finished Marvin's Marvelous
Mechanical Museum after spend-
ing more than triple our initial
allowance. This left very little time
before the album's official Novem-
ber release. From the moment we
finished recording, it felt like the
CD had everything working against
it. First, the printer made a mistake
and all the blue album art was pur-
ple. This mess-up entirely destroyed
our color scheme, something we'd
worked very hard to create. Next,
a record is supposed to arrive on
reviewers' desks three months in
advance. We had under a month.
And we didn't have a manager. They
don't teach this in school, and we
were doing our best to pretend we
belonged.
The next step was the road. Rob
pretended to be a booking agent
and to his credit, managed to book
us a full-fledged three-week tour
only a month and a half in advance.
We left at the beginning of Decem-
ber and toured the East Coast. We
slept in cheap motel rooms and ate
frugally. And we learned that tour-
ing is an entire challenge in and of
itself. Lots of clubs think they're
doing you a favor by letting you play
at their venue. Some treat you like
scum. Many times we arrived to find
ourselves locked out in the freezing

cold waiting to unload lots of heavy
equipment. There are club owners
who "forget to pay" or stiff the band
so that they have an extra fifty bucks
in their pocket. We've had a van
break down in Rochester, NY, the
death of my keyboard in Cleveland
that forced us to shell out $600 for
a rental, and a financially disastrous
New Jersey ice storm that wound up
affecting our draw. As we had rented
the venue, this was very costly.
On the press side of things, it's a
similar challenge. Without a pub-
licist, it's fair to say we've been
ignored probably 90-percent of the
time. To make it more difficult,
it seems like we've oversaturated
the Ann Arbor college market, our
own home, causing people to turn
against us. The Michigan Daily gave
us a confused review and WCBN
has played our songs less than Ann
Arbor's 107one, Michigan State's
WKAR and about 100 other college
stations across the country.
Overall, we've been lucky. We've
heard stories of bands getting equip-
ment stolen, injuries, and even a
touring band whose van hit an ice
patch, resulting in death. None of
that has happened to' us (fingers
crossed).
We've managed to break even on

two tours and even have the luxury
of going to any city and having fans
show up from the Internet (mostly
from the "Banana Man" video). We
have the support of Al, who's been
there when the road presents us with
problems. And we're all friends,
which makes the entire process
much easier.
Things are looking up. The Detroit
Free Press has been incredibly sup-
portive, even recommending us for a
national television spot. The Boston
Herald wrote a praising review after
we opened for OK Go. College radio
has responded very well. We're
packing venues in Ann Arbor, NYC
and our fanbase in many markets
is quickly growing. We've finally
received the managerial offer we've
wanted all along. And we're almost
done signing with a highly regarded
booking agent. We might be writing
a TV show theme song. We're all
really excited about the future of the
band and our music.
It's not exactly what I thought I'd
be doing when I graduated college,
but Tally Hall is on the verge of
becoming a financially and artisti-
cally successful reality.
If you're interested in finding out
more about the band or our adventures,
visit our website, wwwtallvhallcom.

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