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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

michigandaily.com

EXPANDING GREEK LIFE
Greek
houses set
for return
to campus

CLIF REEDER/Daily
Myoungdo Chung, a mechanical engineering graduate student, researches yesterday in a lab involved with battery testing in the G.G. Brown Laboratories on North Campus.
G,'U' joi to test batteries

Two sororities and
two fraternities in
long process to
re-claim chapters
By VERONICA MENALDI
Daily StaffReporter
Students interested in par-
ticipating in Greek Life will soon
have more options than in the
past.
Two sororities, Alpha Epsilon
Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha, and two
fraternitien, Sigma Chi and Alpha
Tau Omega, are all returning to
campus after taking extended
leaves of absence.
Both Alpha Tau Omega and
Alpha Epsilon Phi were asked by
their national organizations to
leave campus in 2005 due to haz-
ing incidents and risk manage-
ment problems. Sigma Chi closed
in 2003 also because of a hazing
incident and Zeta Tau Alpha was
asked to leave in 1995 because
they couldn't recruit enough

members.
In order to return to campus,
fraternities must receive support
from 75 percent ofthe Interfrater-
nity Council,the body responsible
for governing most fraternities.
Then they are invited to an IFC
meeting to give a presentation
and the IFC must approve their
return by a two-thirds vote.
Blake Toll, the IFC's vice presi-
dent of public relations said coun-
cil tradition limits the number
of chapters that can return at a
time.
"We can only have one frat
expand each semester," Toll said.
Sigma Chi hasn't folly comn-
pleted the return process yet, but
it is recognized by the University
and has all the benefits of other
fraternities.
Chris Mathews, Sigma Chi's
president, said that before the
national organization will recog-
nize the University's chapter, it
will have to prove it's ready.
"We have some requirements
that we have to fulfill such
as hosting two philanthropic
See GREEK HOUSES, Page 7A

$5 million deal puts
University at center
of car innovation
By KYLE SWANSON
Daily StaffReporter
With a new joint program
announced Monday, the batteries

General Motors Corp. hopes will
soon power the cars of tomorrow
will now be tested in the Univer-
sity's labs today.
Continuing the recently evolv-
ing relationship between the
University and GM, the GM/UM
Advanced Battery Coalition for
Drivetrains will focus on acceler-
ating the development of advanced'
batteries through experiments and

testing that will help researchers
resolve current issues with battery
performance.
GM has provided $5 million to
fund ABCD, which willbe conduct-
ed over the next five years. The pro-
gram will be headquartered at the
University and will use three Uni-
versity professors, as well as a fac-
ulty member from the University of
Colorado at Colorado Springs.

At the Senate Advisory Commit-
tee on University Affairs meeting
on Monday afternoon, University
President Mary Sue Coleman said
she was very pleased with the part-
nership and was optimistic about
the coalition's work.
"I see this as a growing area,"
she said. "I think it's a very good
sign about the future."
See BATTERIES, Page 7A

Alum Gupta nominated
for surgeon general post

MSA considers Gaza conflict

CNN personality
offered top medical
job by Obama
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
Daily StaffReporter
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the long-time
medical correspondent for CNN
and a University alum, could put
a new, high-profile face on the
often out-of-the-limelight office of
the surgeon general. That is, if he
chooses to accept a reported offer
for the post made last week by
President-elect Barack Obama.
Gupta, 39, graduated from the
University's College of Literature,
Science and the Arts in 1990 and
from the Medical School in 1993.
He also grew up in nearby Novi,
Mich. and attended Novi High
School.
The surgeon general is appoint-
ed by the president and serves a
foury raszko, chairwoman
of the Department of Neurosur-
gery, helpedtrainGuptatobecome
a neurosurgeon. She said his per-
sonality would help to bring more
attention to the office of the sur-
geon general.
"He has a personality which
is very bright, very engaging and
very dynamic," Muraszko said. "I
think he'll make an excellent sur-
geon general particularly in the
role of communicator, which is
an important part of surgeon gen-
eral."
Gupta is currently the senior

Students disagreed
about MSA.'s role in
reaching a solution
By MATT AARONSON
and JENNA SKOLLER
Daily StaffReporters
In the Michigan Student Assem-
bly's first meeting of the semester,
a resolution regarding the ongo-
ing conflict in Gaza monopolized
the meeting's time, as more than
a half dozen members of the Uni-
versity community weighed in on
the issue.
The resolution, titled "Peace in
Gaza and Israel," was authored by
LSA Representative Gibran Bay-
doun and MSA Chief of Staff Ash-
ley Schwedt. It cited, among other
things the death count so far in the
conflict, which now stands at more
than 940 Palestinian deaths.and
13 Israeli deaths as of last night,
according to the Associated Press.

MAX COLLINS/Wily
MSA President Sabrina Shingwani (white shirt) argues with one of the protestors.
The proposal also referenced the for Israel, Students Allied for Free-
fact that nearby Dearborn, which dom and Equality and any other
is home to a University satellite student organizations interested in
campus, has one of the largest con- discussing the conflict.
centrations of Arabs outside of the During the portion of the meet-
Middle East. ing allotted for public comment, a
The resolution called for MSA number of students and Ann Arbor
executives to meet with the student residents offered their take on the
leaders of the American Movement See MSA, Page 7A

DIANE BONDAREFF/AP
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a University alum, is being considered for surgeon general.

CAMPUS CRIME
Ypsilanti man wanted for larcenies

medical respondent for the health
and medical unit at CNN. He has
reported in Afghanistan and Iraq
as well as in New York City after
the September 11 World Trade
Center Attacks, in South Asia after
the tsunami in 2004 and in New
Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
"As a doctor, I take care of
patients one at a time," Gupta said
in an interview with the Univer-
sity's LSA magazine in the fall
of 2008. "As a journalist who is a
doctor, I have the opportunity to
educate masses of people every
day on CNN."

While he is recognized through-
out the country, Gupta has strong
Michigan roots. He is the son of
two Ford Motor Co. engineers
who emigrated from India, and his
father received a master's degree
from the University in 1968. After
graduating from Novi High School
in 1986, he was accepted to the
University and enrolled in Inteflex
- an accelerated program through
LSA and the Medical School which
has since been discontinued.
Jim Lawrence, principal of
Novi High School, said Gupta was
See GUPTA, Page 7A

By TREVOR CALERO
Daily News Editor
- - ------ - -
Thomas Green, a 51-year-old
man from Ypsilanti, is currently
wanted for questioning by Univer-
sity Police. Green is believed to be
tied to multiple larcenies from Uni-
versity buildings in recent weeks,
officials said.
"We've had several recent lar-
cenies from several buildings,
and we have reason to believe
that (Green), at least, was in the

area and we want to question
him," Department of Public Safety
spokeswoman Diane Brown said
yesterday.
Witnesses have reported spot-
ting Green at multiple buildings
around campus, including Revelli
Hall, the Intramural Sports Build-
ing and the Central Campus Rec-
reation Building.
Among the items reported sto-
len include a wallet, money and
multiple laptops, with the most
recent larceny occurring within

the past week, Brown said.
The Ypsilanti Police Depart-
ment also has a warrant out for
Green's arrest from a previous
incident.
According to a security bulletin
issued by DPS, Green is 5-foot-9
and about 190 pounds. For a photo
of the suspect please go to michi-
gandaily.com.
Individuals who have any infor-
mation on Green's whereabouts are
encouraged to call DPS Investiga-
tor Cavanaugh at (734)763-7179.

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