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From page 1A
incident by the Interfraternity
Council, the governing council of
many of the University's fraterni-
"Are these the values that the
IFC stands for? Not only is an IFC
organization potentially degrad-
ing their pledges, but they are
also forcing them to do racist
public acts," he wrote.
Garcia said the man's response
upset him further because Garcia
himself is a brother in the Latino
fraternity Lambda Theta Phi.
"It's offensive on ten different
levels," he said. "Not only are you
hazing a pledge butyou're making
him do something that is racist.
He's making fun of an issue that's
a really big problem in Mexico."
Del Angel and LSA junior Jon-
athan Elbaz, who was with the
group, said they believe the man
may have been drinking and that
he appeared to be embarrassed by
his own actions.
"He looked like he was
ashamed," Del Angel said. "I hope
that he's questioning why he's
joining such a fraternity."
When Garcia asked the man
which fraternity he was pledging,
the man named Phi Kappa Psi.
But numerous people said that
couldn't have been true, citing
the fact that Phi Kappa Psi held a
date party on Oct. 19 in Detroit.
Phi Kappa Psi President Ben
Glaze denied vehemently that the
fraternity had any involvement in
the incident.
"It's a shame that someone
unaffiliated with our organi-
zation would make slanderous
statements in an effort to damage
the integrity of Phi Kappa Psi, an
From page 1
It reviews proposals for stu-
dent group funding and dictates
how much funding each group
BPC Vice Chair Stella Binkev-
ich said the committee wouldn't
miss a beat due to the resigna-
"As someone that has two
years worth of experience on the
Budget Priorities Committee, I
have no doubt that the commit-
tee will continue to be efficient,
fair and fiscally responsible in
what we do," she said.
Vuljaj will be stepping down
to take personal time to deal
with the personal issues, Yost
said in the viewpoint.
Vuljaj's empty position will
be filled by an election held at
tonight's MSA meeting, Yost
The charges against Vuljaj
stem from attacks on the Michi-
gan Progressive Party's website
during the March 2006 election.
Vuljaj and Engineering senior
Joel Alan Schweitzer, who faces
the same charges as Vuljaj, have
preliminary hearings for their
cases scheduled for tomorrow.
Several MSA representatives
contacted yesterday refused
to comment on the Vuljaj trial;
many said they didn't have
enough information to form an

From page 1
Democratic State Rep. Pam
Byrnes, whose district includes
Ann Arbor, said she's confident
the bill will pass in the House
and the Senate this week. She
said even though the bill includes
only a small funding increase, it
was an important statement to
set the schools apart for future
state funding.
Gov. Granholm originally pro-
posed a 2.4 percent increase for
all state universities.
Cynthia Wilbanks, University
vice president for government
relations, said the University has
been working with the legisla-
ture since last year to promote
the bill.
"This is an important first
step," she said.
In September, the University
Research Corridor - a coalition
formed by the three research
universities - released a report
highlighting the 68,803 jobs and
$12.8 billion the universities'
research brings to the state each
Wilbanks said the URC will
continue to work with the state
in the future, but it has no spe-
cific plans yet.
"We're just a fledgling effort at
this point," she said.
State legislators have until
tomorrow night to pass a final
budget plan if they want to avoid
another government shutdown.
As of yesterday evening, foster
care, adoption and justice ser-
vices for teens were still being

organization that does not toler-
ate hazing of any kind," Glaze
said in an e-mail message.
IFC President Jared Averbuch
said he was aware of the incident
but does not know which frater-
nity - if any - is responsible.
"It could always be a case
where someone says they're a
part of a fraternity and they're
not," Averbuch said.
But Averbuch said that he takes
any allegations of hazing and rac-
ism very seriously and that he
plans to file a formal complaint
with the IFC's Hazing Task Force
as soon as he has enough infor-
mation to do so.
"Even if the results of the Task
Force's investigation are not con-
clusive, I'd still like to address the
incident publicly," Averbuch said.
"The Lambdas stepped up pub-
licly and we at the IFC have to as
well. Sometimes it's hard to con-
trol individual's actions, but we
do have control over the response,
over how we handle it."
The Greek system held numer-
ous events on campus last week
to recognize Hazing Prevention
Averbuch said the IFC has
anti-hazing training sessions and
is constantly trying to promote
dialogue about racism and hazing
in the Greek system.
Averbuch said that in the past,
people might have kept quiet
about such an incident.
"I appreciate the gentlemen for
stepping forward and saying some-
thing about this," he said. "I plan to
follow up. The culture is changing."
Elbaz reported the incident to
Averbuch. Elbaz and Averbuch
are both members of the Pi Kappa
Alpha fraternity.
"I pledged last winter semes-
ter and we did nothing that was

even close to that," he said. Elbaz,
who identifies as Hispanic, said
that the incident reflects issues of
diversity at the University.
"This just shows how divided
the campus is and how ignorant
people still are," he said.
Garcia said the members of
Lambda Theta Phi were furious
about the incident.
"All of them were mad to say
the least," he said.
The Lambdas are planning a
two-part workshop to further
address hazing and multicultural
issues in the Greek community.
Garcia said everyone - especially
IFC members - is welcome to
attend the event.
Elbaz said he would like to see
action taken against the frater-
nity responsible for the hazing
"It should be clear that this
is not acceptable and that the
fraternity in question should be
severely punished," he said. "I
wouldn't be surprised if there
was talk about expulsion (from
the IFC)."
Ana Del Angel, however, is not
interested in retribution.
"I'm not the kind of person to
seek punishment," she said.
Del Angel, who was born in
Mexico, said the incident sad-
dened her deeply.
"Poverty is a problem in Mex-
ico and people know nothing
about it," she said.
Del Angel said the incident
does not bode well for race rela-
tions at the University.
"It's kind of sad that we have
to be like, 'Oh well, it happens,' "
she said. "It sucks that being here
at Michigan, you still see those
kinds of things. If we are diverse,
why are things like this still hap-

Paralyzed vets att'y
to ask for decision

STADIUM From page 1
ignored the many measures (the
University has) already taken - as
well as those we are now under-
taking'- to enhance access to the
Michigan Stadium."
Cunningham didn't know how
much money the University gets
from the Department of Educa-
tion since it comes through a vari-
ety of programs. The University
received $720.9 million from the
federal government in the 2006-
2007. Much of that money, though,
came from research grants from
federal departments other than
The ultimatum isn't directly
linked to the planned construc-
tion of luxury boxes, scheduled to
begin after this year's football sea-
son ends.
But it could mean the University
has to choose between building
the boxes and keeping Michigan
Stadium the largest football venue
in the country. If the University is
forced to add more handicapped-
accessible seating to make the
stadium ADA-compliant, it would
have to replace thousands of
bleacher seats to make room for
the wheelchair seats. Each acces-
sible seat takes up the space of
From page 1
Fiasco, whose real name is Wasa-
lu Muhammad Jaco, took questions
fror the audience for about half an
The questions were often point-
ed - not surprising for an outspo-
ken artist known for the political
content of his lyrics.
A fan who proclaimed himself to
be "an openly gay man who loves
hip hop" asked the rapper where he
fell in the spectrum of hip-hop art-
ists who have expressed contrast-
ingviews onhomosexuality and the
gay community.
He pledged support for gays,
among other groups, because he
said he supports anyone who faces
Another asked who Fiasco was
going to vote for in the 2008 presi-
dential election.
Fiasco said he doesn't believe in
voting, but he wants Hillary Clin-
ton to win.
"I'm tired of men, ya'll," he said
to cheers, "I think that a woman in

about 12 bleacher seats.
The construction of luxury
boxes along the sides of the sta-
dium would limit the Universi-
ty's ability to add more bleacher
seating. It could still be possible,
though, to add more bleacher seats
on to the stadium bowl at the ends.
University officials have refused to
comment on whether this option is
Cunningham refused to release
the letter, citing attorney-client
The Department of Education's
letter adds another piece of oppo-
sition to the proposed renovations
to the stadium.
Last week, the University's fac-
ulty Senate Assembly voted to pass
a resolution urging University
President Mary Sue Coleman and
the University Board of Regents
"to reconsider the Stadium Reno-
vation project."
The resolution was prompted by
Irwin Goldstein, an emeritus pro-
fessor in the department of biolog-
ical chemistry, who presented the
committee with a petition signed
by over 600 faculty and staff mem-
bers objecting to the stadium proj-
ect and what he said was a lack of
consideration given to faculty and
staff opinions.
charge of the most powerful nation
in the world is going to empower so
many women."
LSA senior Meagan Mirten-
baum, co-president of a student
group promoting Arab-Jewish
harmony, Bridge the Gap, asked
Fiasco to perform and speak at a
planned event next spring along-
side Orthodox Jewish rapper
"I think that was actually pretty
ballsy to ask him to come perform
with Matisyahu," said Business'
School junior Sasha Compere, a
member of Encore, a University stu-
dent dance group that performed at
the event.
Mirtenbaum said she only found
out on Sundaynight that Fiasco was
going to be speaking on the Diag
but the group has been planning
a way to hold a Matisyahu/Lupe
Fiasco concert since early summer
as part of a year of cross-commu-
nity activities.
Fiasco eventually directed
Mirtenbaum's invitation to his
assistants, but not without his own
questions first.
He joked about a price tag when
she first asked him the question, then

Yesterday, Coleman met with
the Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs, the Senate
Assembly's executive branch, to
discuss the resolution. She main-
tained the position that the Uni-
versity has handled the stadium
project in an appropriate man-
ner and denied a request made
by SACUA member Keith Riles,
a physics professor, to discuss
the renovation plans in an open
"I firmly believe this project has
gotten all the robust discussion it's
needed," Coleman said.
She also said that the stadium
project was "the mostopenly trans-
parent project" she has worked
on at the University and referred
SACUA members to the Universi-
ty's website on the stadium project
for more information.
In a written statement after
the meeting, Riles responded to
Coleman's argument. "President
Coleman's characterization of the
stadium renovations project as the
most open and transparent pro-
cess of her career confirms that
she is not listening carefully to the
faculty," he said.
- Daily News Editor Gabe
Nelson contributed to this report.
asked her about her nationality.
"I'm Jewish," Mirtenbaum said.
"How much money we talking?"
Fiasco replied.
There were a few. seconds of
awkward laughter.
"Thanks for playing out the ste-
reotypes," Mirtenbaum said.
Mirtenbaum said she wasn't
offended by the jokes, but she said
if Fiasco did accept the invite con-
ditions of what would be "appropri-
ate" fodder for humor would have
to be clarified.
"I think he was making jokes the
entire time so I didn't take it offen-
sively," she said.
Jennifer Yin, a Business School
senior and a college representative
for Fiasco's record label, arranged
the event.
"He's real, he's not going to hide
anything in. He's not going to pre-
tend like he's not going to offend
anyone," she said. "I think he
handled the questions very well. I
think he's very respectful. That's
who he is - that's the type of per-
son he is."
- Daily News Editor Gabe
Nelson contributed to this report.

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