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"We are going to reinvigorate the
College Republicans here on campus"
- LSA junior Justin Zatkoff, the newly-elected chair of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans

Wednesday, March 28 2007
''aims
to curtail
credit abuse
Audit found flaws often issued to employees so they
can purchase goods for their
in monitoring departments or pay for travel
expenditures.
system for But the audit found that
$300,000 was charged to them
employee spending for items like office furniture.
University policy says items
By JESSICA VOSGERCHIAN like office furniture should be
DailyStaffReporter purchased through the Central
Purchasing office because the
An internal audit released University has discount agree-
earlier this month found that ments with some suppliers.
University employees frequently The audit also found that some
violate the guidelines for Univer- employees were deliberately cir--
sity-issued credit cards, called cumventing the $5,000 limit on
purchasingcards. individual transactions.
The audit also found that the On 122 instances that totaled
old monitoring system for the $950,000, employees exceeded
cards was inadequate. the limit by paying for purchases
In fiscal year 2006, University over $5,000 in separate install-
employees charged over $1 mil- ments.
lion on their cards in violation of The audit says that the review
University policies, according to system in previous years has been
the audit. too lax, saying one reason is that
Purchasing cards are most See CREDIT CARDS, page 7A

LSA sophomore Andrew Boyd (left) and LSA junior Justin Zatkoff (right) outside the Michigan Union yesterday. Zatkoff was recently elected chair of rhe Michigan Federa-
tion of College Republicans. Boyd is president of the University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, and Zatkoff may name him his executive directory.
For new leader, a grand old party
LSA junior elected koff said. "I was running around as executive director, said he has opponent, Michigan State Univer
because all my friends were singing a lot of work to do now that he has sity student Steve Japinga.
to head state 'Happy Birthday' tome. It was very been elected chairman. He said his "Several of (Japinga's) backer

r-
"s,

College Republicans
By ALESE BAGDOL
Daily StaffReporter
Justin Zatkoff's 20th birthday
celebration Saturday included more
than presents and cake.
The LSA junior was elected
chairman of the Michigan Fed-
eration of College Republicans by a

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exciting."
The Michigan Federation off
College Republicans is an umbrel-
la organization for the College
Republican chapters at universities
around the state.
Zatkoff said he thinks his elec-
tion will change the University's
political climate.
"We are going to reinvigorate
the College Republicans here on
campus," he said. "Hopefully, we
will get presidential candidates to
come speak at the University."
Zatkoff, who previously served

first goal is to eliminate infighting
within the College Republicans.
"I have quite a job ahead of me,"
Zatkoff said. "The College Republi-
cans are extremely divided."
He said these divisions stem from
disagreements over which candi-
date the group should support in
next year's presidential primary.
Yesterday, Zatkoff endorsed Ari-
zona Sen. John McCain for presi-
dent in a press release.
Zatkoff received criticism for his
choice to back McCain from many
of the people that backed Zatkoff's

who are Romney supporters, don't
like me," Zatkoff said. "There is
always drama in elections."
But Zatkoff encouraged mem-
bers of the College Republicans
to support the candidate of their
choosing. He said his main priority
is helping elect a Republican presi-
dent in the 2008 election.
Japinga said that he wants to
help Zatkoff achieve his goals now
that the election is over.
"The truth of the matter is that
Justin has a tough time in front of
See GOP, page 3A

vote of 118 to 64.
"I missed the moment that the
official numbers came in," Zat-

Last laugh for
comedy club

Curtains set to fall
on Improv Inferno
By ASHLEA SURLES
Daily StaffReporter
The lights at the Main Street
building that used to house the
Improv Inferno have been dim
since October.
That's when the comedy group
began operating out of the Live
at PJ's venue on First Street. Cur-
tains will close on an Inferno show
for the last time on April 14, when
founder Dan Izzo's six-month
agreement at PJ's is up.
Inferno cast member John Hart-
man, a University alum, said he is
disappointed about the closing but
he understands why Izzo decided
to shut down the group.
After Izzo moved Improve
Inferno from its original location
on Main Street last October after
a rent dispute with the landlord,
Mike Hannah, the owner of PJ's
offered Izzo a deal to run the show
from his club. He accepted on a
trial basis.

But the show wasn't the same
when it reopened at PJ's several
blocks west of the original location,
said David Widmayer, a member of
the University improv group Witt's
End. "There wasn't that same kind
of family feel," Widmayer said.
Before the move, everyone who
worked at the club was an Inferno
staffer, from the bouncers to the
bartenders.
"It was a rough transition to go
from a space where 24 hours a day,
seven days a week we had absolute
control over everything," Izzo said.
On Main Street, the Inferno
maintained a clubhouse atmosphere
where patrons, including many reg-'
ulars, could drop by anytime.
"When we lost the clubhouse
and moved, we lost a lot of the stuff
that made it cool," Izzo said.
Attendance at shows dropped
significantly when the show moved
to the new venue and Widmayer
estimated that the usual audience
went from nearly 70 people per
show to between 15 and 30 people.
"People's hearts were broken
when we lost the Main Street space,
but people are still going to be pretty
See IMPROV, page 3A

Michigan football players Christian Richards (left) and Carson Butler (rig
court yesterday. The pair face charges of assault and battery.
Hearing for
players delayed

Butler, Richards
scheduled to go
before judge in April
By KEVIN WRIGHT
Daily Sports Editor
At a court hearing yesterday,
former Michigan football play-
ers Carson Butler and Christian
Richards had their pre-trial hear-
ings delayed until April 10.
Judge Ann Mattson, presiding
over the 15th District Court, set
the next pre-trial date after hear-
ing from Butler and Richards.

The two were charged with
aggravated assault as well as
assault and battery stemming
from an incident in West Quad-
rangle on March 17. They were
arraigned last Wednesday. Both
pleaded not guilty.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
dismissed Butler and Richards
from the team. He announced the
decision before spring practice on
Saturday.
The plaintiff hired Detroit-
based attorney Ernest Jarrett,
though neither he nor his client
spoke in courtyesterday.
Richards's attorney, Nicholas
Roumel, said he is prepared to go
See PLAYERS, page 3A

The former home oflImprovlInferno on Main Street. The space has been ernpty
since October while the group has performed at Live at Ps.

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