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Thirty minutes after the acci-
dent, the goings-on inside the
apartment created a surreal tab-
leau: Srinivasan and his sister, LSA
junior Smrithi Srinivasan,surveyed
the mess, mulling over whether
to call the landlord and insurance
company. Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment officer Renee Bondy took pho-
tographs. The rocky descent from
the vehicle's front bumper to the
floor made Srinivasan's livingspace
look like a transplaned mountain
Bondy said this type of acci-
dent is common. The woman driv-
ing the Grand Prix was not hurt,
but the woman whose car hit the
building was taken to the hospital,
Full accident reports were not
available yesterday morning. The
basic report filed Saturday night
only said that the accident involved
one car rear-ending another and
that one driver was transported to
the University Hospital. If drunken
driving was a factor, or if either
driver were seriously hurt, compre-
hensive reports would have already
been completed, AAPD Sgt. Laura
After the debris settled, the
Buick sat still, neatly wedged in its
brick cubbyhole until a tow truck
dragged it away at about 2:30 a.m.
The. front bumper remained on the
window ledge until the tow truck
driver picked through the remains.
The Grand Prix had been towed a
few minutes earlier.
Srinivasan stayed at his sister's
place Saturday night. He said he
isn't sure where he'll live for the
next few days.
A service that handles catastro-
phes cleaned up most of the rubble
and boarded up what was left, he
The building was constructed
before the 1970s, and there is a
chance that the builders used lead-
based paint. If a lead test comes
back negative, Srinivasan said he
would be able to move back into the
Monday, December 4, 2006 - 7A
apartment 48 hours later.
Because he's graduating this
year, Srinivasan won't need to
worry about renewing his lease.
But if he did stay at the apartment
complex, there would be certain
For one, he said he would consid-
er moving one floor up. "Or at the
very least I would adjust the posi-
tion of my bed so it's not so close to
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mostly white Interfraternity Coun-
cil and Panhellenic Association.
But other chapters are increasingly
eager to join in.
Last year, Kappa Alpha Psi was
the only historically black group to
participate. Even this was a step for-
ward, said Tony Saunders, the presi-
dent of the National Pan-Hellenic
Kappa Alpha Psi partnered with
Alpha Chi Omega, a Panhellenic
Association sorority that was ini-
tially unfamiliar with the other's
mission and history.
Over the course of the week,
Saunders said, the sorority's inter-
est in the fraternity blossomed, set-
ting a positive precedent for future
According to Seriguchi, at least
four NPHC chapters will participate
Multicultural Greek Council
President Sejal Tailor said that MGC
chapters were also enthusiastic, but
that the chapters' small sizes often
constrict their ability to build ade-
quately large teams to compete in
the Greek Week activities.
This year, Brian Millman, IFC's
vice presidentofpublicrelations, and
his Panhel counterpart, Andi Reich,
said they were aggressively reaching
out to MGC and NPHC chapters.
Both described an increasing
trend toward integration within the
councils, citing mutual program-
Over the past year, NPHC has
planned and staged involvement
with K-Grams and the School of
Education, often incorporating the
"Historically, this has never hap-
pened before," Saunders said. "All of
our four councils getting together
and doing actual work together to
benefit the broader U of M commu-
nity - a step in the right direction."
Seriguchi, for example, maintains
a list of planned joint programs,
including a Chinese auction - a raf-
fle-like fundraising event.
With time, he hopes it will involve
all four of the Greek system's coun-
cils - regardless of their cultural or
Reid Benjamin, president and main
founder of the year-old University
chapter of Pi Lambda Phi, lives with
three of his fraternity brothers in a
Wilmot Courthouse's livingroom.
Since its birth at Yale University
in 1895, Pi Lambda Phi has billed
itself as a "fraternity in which ability,
and a progressive, forward-look-
ing attitude would be recognized as
Near the end of fall semester last
year, Benjamin and a group of Mary
Markley and Alice Lloyd residents
brought the chapter and its mission
to the University.
Yesterday, gathered in the living
room were 12 of the fraternity's 32
members, a broad spectrum of skin
tones and talents. One was a champi-
on bowler, another an expert piano
player, another an accomplished
Most, he said, stray far from the
"Animal House" stigma associated
with traditional fraternities.
Each member of the house's pio-
neeringclass had flirted with a more
traditional role in the Greek system.
Pi Lambda Phi is different, he said.
Boyer was raised in a suburban
school in Rochester, with one black
student in his graduating class. Now,
he said, he's found his role reversed.
Next year, he'll be the lone white
student in a house of four.
LSA freshman Keith Binion, who
is black and was raised in Detroit,
attended a Grosse Pointe high
school. After four years, he was tired
of juggling two divergentcracial land-
scapes: Grosse Pointe and Detroit.
Early freshman year, he con-
sidered joining Phi Beta Sigma, an
NPHC house. But Pi Lambda Phi's
diverse atmosphere won him over,
Some fraternity members
struggled as they sought to pro-
vide anecdotes about the house's
"You have to kind of extract it
from us," Benjamin said. "We're not
really conscious of it."
Diversity, they said, is not their
explicit goal. Diversity should pro-
ceed naturally from their commit-
ment to "unity without conformity,"
"Yeah, I'm never conscious of the
race of my brothers. Except when
I tell Hecky (Powell) that he hates
white people," said LSA sophomore
Dustin Frankel, motioning to Powell.
Laughter filled the living room.
As with most friends, Benjamin
said, humor brings them together.
"What you just saw Dustin do just
there - that's a good example," he
LSA sophomore Tony Nguyen said
one of the best bonding moments
the fraternity brothers had had as a
group was a night they spent making
Some may decry their joking as
insensitive, but they say the atmo-
sphere of familiarity and brother-
hood disintegrates the barriers and
hostilities that might otherwise
Somewhat ironically, the most
effective weapon for engaging the
damage wrought by stereotyping and
labeling may itself be a label: Greek.
In Angell Hall a few weeks ago,
Seriguchi was on his way to Greek
101, a not-for-credit class designed
to introduce Hellenic leaders to Uni-
versity Greek life.
It's programs like this one, where
Greeks foster personal relationships,
that are integral to success in bridg-
ing racial division in the system, the
NPHC vice president said.
"If you're cool with people, you're
more likely to call them for events
you're doing," he said.
Many executives cited Pike's Hal-
loween party - where hundreds of
Greeks and non-Greeks of several
races mingled - as evidence of what
can proceed from personal bonds.
Averbuch and Jarrett Smith,
president of Phi Beta Sigma, the
traditionally black fraternity that
cosponsored the Halloween party,
met through LeaderShape, a six-
day program run by the Office of
Student Activities and Leadership
to nurture students' organizational
"It makes me feel like the Greek
system is trying to collaborate," Tai-
lor said of the party's success.
Like all student organizations,
the Greek system is constantly pres-
sured by its leaders' often chaotic
academic schedules and impending
graduations. Imprinting new tradi-
tions on institutional memory can
To combat this, Averbuch sug-
gested making the Halloween party
an annual event.
Tailor said she would leave her
successor with tips on formalizing
MGC's relationships with the other
The Greek system's wide social
appeal and more than 2,000 mem-
bers make it a more viable instru-
ment than most campus groups,
"All we have to do is provide a
vision," Averbuch said. "We have all
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