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SOCIETY
From page IA
group were to be named Union of the M, it would
also be known as the Ms. The group is reputed to
have had a large hand in the construction of the
Michigan Union.
"The 'union' serves multiple purposes as a
word that links us, and of course is also a physi-
cal symbol as the building and place on campus
where diverse student leaders come together for
campus," the e-mail said.
Alternatives are the Ms, M Society, Order of
the M and the M Circle, the e-mail said.
Maestus is a Latin word for passionate fire,
according to the e-mail.
"Using a Latin word can also augment the
theme on our University seal: Artes, Scientia,
Veritas (art, science, truth)," the e-mail said.
Listed alternatives are M fire, Blue Flame and
Ring of Fire.
The Order of the Angell is at least partly a nod
to James B. Angell - the University's president
from 1871 to 1909, a founder of the society and the
namesake of Angell Hall.
It's also a nod to the society's past.
"The 'order' symbolizes how we have evolved
over time, using different names, but truly being a
part of one long-lasting legacy," the e-mail said.
Listed alternatives to this option are The Angell
Society, the Angells and The Order.
Munus means service, duty or gift in Greek
and Latin.
"It emphasizes the duty that we have to cam-
pus to serve as leaders while also acknowledg-
ing the gift or honor that is bestowed upon each
person who is tapped into the organization," the
e-mail said.
the michigan daily

Muneris, a Latin word with a similar meaning
to Munus, is suggested as an alternative.
The e-mail identifies the group's guidelines in
picking a new name. The first is that it should be
mysterious.
"The name/theme should be somewhat enig-
matic in order to capture people's attention and
peak their curiosity about the group in a positive
way," the e-mail said.
The second criterion is that the name provide
a connection to the past but allow the group to
"easily expand upon a central idea that will create
new layered and meaningful traditions."
The third is that it let the group "continue to
incorporate our commitment to (both the past
and future of) Michigan."
The fourth is that emphasize the group's role of
campus leadership. The final criterion is that it be
distinct enough from previous monikers.
"(It should not) divert future years from their
goals to Fight Like Hell," the e-mail said.
But the e-mail goes on to say that the name
"must respect and honor the path that brought
us here."
The society's past has been fraught with con-
troversy. Some on campus view the group as
synonymous with racism, sexism and elitism.
However, it has undergone significant change as
of late, including releasing the names of its latest
two classes of members, the "prides" of 2006 and
2007.
It still has not made public its numerous "Hon-
orary Angells," at least some of who are Univer-
sity administrators and faculty.
The society began admitting women in 2000
and has recently started tapping a more diverse
membership, which can be seen in members'
political viewpoints, races and sexual orienta-
tions.

FORUM
From page IA
hike and price gouging.
"It comes as no surprise that this
ordinance has raised rates," said Tom
Gruber, a co-owner of Gruber Manage-
ment, an Ann Arbor landlord. "When
you spread out the market, that's how
you get your rents."
Ehn agreed, saying that the princi-
ple of supply and demand has justified
raising rents because of the December
surge of potential renters.
Council member Leigh Greden
(D-Ward 3) posited another explana-
tion for the rent increases this year. He
suggested that abnormally large fresh-
man classes in 2004 and 2005 caused an
increase in sophomores and juniors this
year looking for off-campus housing.
Students and landlords alike have
tried to circumvent the new regula-
tions.
Several tenant's association mem-
bers and landlords said they have heard
rumors of both students and landlords
cheating on leasing agreements by
signing tenants before December.
Most of the cheating stories con-
cerned waiver fees. The ordinance has
loophole that allowes landlords and
prospective tenants to sign leases early
if the current tenants sign a waiver.
Ehn said some renters charged
$100 fees in exchange for signing the
waiver. Fred Gruber, co-owner of Gru-
ber Management, cited a more costly

incident. He said he heard reports that
some renters had tried to charge $600
to several groups of prospective ten-
ants for their waiver. Gruber said his
firm wasn't involved with the transac-
tion, so he signed the house to the first
group of tenants who approached him
after the waiver was submitted.
Student representatives at the meet-
ing said they had only heard a few sto-
ries of students exploiting the waiver
loophole.
"I have heard very few stories of
cheating, but that's not the whole com-
munity," said Matt Stoker, a member
of the Michigan Student Assembly's
External Relations Committee.
Ehn said students who followed the
rules were caught in a December sign-
ing rush.
"We predicted that there would be a
frenzy and there was," she said.
Bret Chaness, chair of the MSA
Campus Safety Committee, acknowl-
edged the rush.
"There is going to be a panic on the
part of the students because they want
the better properties," he said.
Gruber said his company has already
leased properties that would not nor-
mally be signed until spring because of
the frenzy created by the ordinance.
Other rental companies have
observed similar effects. Campus Man-
agement representatives Chris Heaton
and Mark Hannaford said students
were better prepared for the leasing
deadline, but they said students were
concerned about availability.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 7A
"From our perspective, there was a
lot of pent-up demand about that sign-
ing point," Hannaford said. "That says
to me that people were worried."
But at a University-sponsored hous-
ing fair last week, many students said
they didn't feel rushed to sign lease
agreements.
At the meeting last night, represen-
tatives from student co-ops and frater-
nities also said that they supported the
ordinance.
Greden, one of the ordinance's
strongest backers on City Council,
said a housing rush is only perceived
because community members have not
adjusted to the new law.
"I don't see a systematic problem
with the law itself," Greden said.
Hannaford also said that this year
he noticed more people were delaying
waiving their renewals in order to save
their rentals for friends.
Melissa Goldstein, director of Off-
Campus Housing for the University,
said that listings on the University's
off-campus website are typical of this
time last year.
"Right now we're over 1,000 listings
on the site," she said. "There is a lot of
housing out there."
The ordinance mandates that City
Council review the law this spring.
Nick Assanis, chair of MSA's Exter-
nal Relations Committee and the
assembly's liaison to the City Council,
said he supports the ordinance. Assa-
nis said MSA is planning educational
events about the ordinance.

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ARIES
(March 21 to April 19)
Today's New Moon is the perfect
opportunity to study how you relate to
authority. You're a feisty sign who does
not suffer fools gladly.
TAURUS
(April 20 to May 20)
Is there any further training that would
improve your life or your job right now?
This is the perfect day to contemplate
this.
GEMINI
(May 21 to June 20)
What can you do to wrap up loose
details regarding inheritances, estates,
wills, taxes and debt in your life? This is
a good day to start.
CANCER
(June 21 to July 22)
Each New Moon offers us a chance to
make improvements. Today's New
Moon is directly opposite your sign and
urges you to scrutinize how you relate to
those who are closest to you.
LEO
(Jusly 23 ts Aug. 22)
Homefficiently do you handle your
job and your daily chores? What can you
do to improve your style of working?
VIRGO
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
We work every day, but we also have
to play to have a good balance in our
lives. Are you giving yourself enough
playtime? Are you including romantic
moments in your life?
LIBRA
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Today's New Moott emphasizes
everything having to do with home, fam-
ily and real estate matters for your sign.
iHow can you make improvements in
these areas? What can you do to make
your home look and feel more cozy?

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
Daily communication is important. Do
you listen to others when they talk to
you? Are you as clear in your communi-
cations as you can be? Think about this
today.
SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22to Dec. 21)
This is the best day all year for you to
think about your relationship to money
and your earnings. (You are not your
bank account.) What are your money
plans for the future?
CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
This is the only New Moon in your
sign all year. It's a chance for you to
make some resolutions about how to
improve your relationships, and also
how to improve your image.
AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
At this time you might be more aware
of your spiritual life and how important
faith is. Do you give this much thought?
PISCES
(Feb. 19 10 March 20)
Friendships are ioportant. Studies
indicate that friendships promote your
health as well as your well-being. Would
you like to have you as a friend?
YOU BORN TODAY You're fun-lov-
ing and highly individualistic! You have
a wonderful inagination. One part of
you is childlike forever. You make an
excellentparent, but you personally need
a lot of stimulation. You like excitement
and being entertained. The year ahead
will please you becauseit offers new
avenues and fresh, new hegitunings!
Open any door.
Birthdate of: Mark Messier, hockey
player; Kevin Costner, actor; A.A.
Milne, author.

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