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it difficult for its members to par-
ticipate in risk management at IFC-
registered parties. For example, the
sorority can't co-sponsor events at
fraternities if they have alcohol.
Though the national organi-
zation prohibits the University's
chapter of Alpha Phi from co-
sponsoring a party - making it as
liable as the fraternity it's working
with - Kahangi wrote in an e-mail
that allowing members to take on a
more active risk management role
isn't out of the question.
"Alpha Phi is open to working
with its collegiate chapters to grant
waivers to some policy specifics
when a comprehensive plan is cre-
ated that addresses all risks and
ensures the collegiate women are
safe," she wrote in an e-mail inter-
Panhel Vice President of Public
Relations Stephanie Lazarus said
the specific role of the women at
these functions has yet to be deter-
mined, but right now Panhel is
focusing on creating the task force
and getting chapters involved.
"We were worried that people
might be hesitant but the chap-
ters in general are very excited to
become more active," she said.
Lazarus said the role of women
at the parties would be viewed
more as a "helping hand" to frater-
nity members and they will not be
taking on the formal role of sober
monitor, leaving them less liable.
"A term we've been using lately
is that the they would be a liaison
between the men and the women,"
Lazarus added that having
women involved in risk manage-
ment will help make sure the rules
are followed at the party and bring
comfort during the "God-forbid-
"If something bad happens, the
girls might feel more comfortable
interacting with a woman from
their own chapter instead of a fra-
ternity member they may not know,
regardless of how nice they may
be," she said.
Though placing women in risk
management roles would help par-
tygoers respond to any incident,
Lazarus said the creation of the task
force isn't in response to an increase
in incidents. Instead, it's a goal that
the current executive board wants
to implement before it leaves.
The task force will begin work-
ing at the start of the winter
semester. The members of the
group will work on a final proposal
that will be voted on at the end of
the semester. The proposed plan
will then be implemented in the
upcoming fall term.
"Essentially, the role of the Task
Force is to aid the Panhellenic Asso-
ciation and Interfraternity Council
Executive Boards in making future
decisions about the social climate of
Greek Life here at the University of
Michigan," the proposal for the task
force states. "Currently, conflicting
national policies exist so together,
we, as a community, would like to
formulate a plan of action that will
effectively work for all members."
Lazarus said the process is going
to be "alot of trial and error." -
"There's no one (policy) that I'm
aware of that all the chapters have
in common," she said. "It's going
to be a lot of investigating into the
policies and a lot of discussion and
IFC President Ari Parritz said
he's very supportive of the policy
and is excited to work with Panhel
to implement it.
"The guys have 100 percent of
the responsibility and any measure
to more equally share, divide or
split the responsibility, we're more
than interested in that," he said.
"We have nothing to lose and we
only have to gain from this."
Lazarus said giving the women
more responsibility will not only
make the parties safer, but willben-
efit the women as well.
"The women really need to take
ownership and create something
they think works for them knowing
their policies for their individual
chapters," she said.
Senate keeps Medicare cuts in health bill
Senators also vote to
for coverage of
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cast-
ing its first votes on revamping the
nation's health care system, the
Senate rejected a Republican bid
Thursday to stave off Medicare cuts
and approved safeguards for cover-
age of mammograms and other
preventive tests for women. The
first round of votes ended with a
fragile Democratic coalition hang-
Senators voted 58-42 to reject an
amendment by Sen. John McCain,
R-Ariz., that would have stripped
more than $400 billion in Medicare
cuts from the nearly $1trillion mea-
sure. It would have sent the entire
2,074-page bill back to the Senate
Finance Committee for a redo.
Republicans said the proposed
cuts to health insurance plans
and medical providers mean
seniors in the popular Medicare
Advantage program will lose
benefits. And they predicted law-
makers will ultimately back away
from the cuts, once seniors start
feeling the brunt.
"Medicare is already in trouble.
The program needs to be fixed,
not raided to create another new
government program," said Repub-
lican leader Mitch McConnell of
Democrats said seniors will not
lose any guaranteed benefits. The
cuts - amounting to a 2 percent
slowdown in spending - will help
keep Medicare solvent by making it
more efficient, they contended. And
overhaul bill improves preventive
care and prescription coverage.
"My colleagues on the Republi-
can side have resorted to the poli-
tics of fear to preserve a broken
health care system," said Sen. Tom
Harkin, D-Iowa. "What we're hear-
ing are scare tactics designed to
AARP, the seniors' lobby, threw
its weight behind the Democrats.
The votes Thursday came after
three days of angry debate in which
Democrats accused Republicans of
stalling to try to kill the bill, and
Republicans protested that they
were only exercising their right to
give the complex legislation full
PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, accompanied by Senate Minority leader Mitch
McConnell of Ky., left, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. speak to members of the
media on Capitol Hill in Washington, yesterday.
The first votes were held under
a special agreement requiring 60
votes to prevail. That tested the
coalition Democrats are count-
ing on to move President Barack
Obama's signature issue. The mar-
ginwas close on thewomen's health
amendment, which aims to safe-
guard coverage of mammograms
and preventive screeningtestunder
a revamped system.
The 61-39 vote on a provision
by Democrat Barbara Mikulski of
Maryland and Republican Olympia
Snowe of Maine was the first sub-
stantive ballot in an acrimonious
debate that promises to go on for
After that will come an amend-
ment to restrict abortion funding,
except in cases of rape, incest or to
save the life of the mother.
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John Shea, Milano's attorney,
grew noticeably agitated as he
responded to Barnett's request for
both incarceration and an extend-
ed probationary period, raising his
voice as he insisted that Milano
has shown remorse for the injuries
Shea reminded the court that
ceedings said Kampfer was "abus-
ing" his former girlfriend. Shea
said Milano confronted Kampfer
only to stop him from hurting the
"No good deed goes unpun-
ished," Shea said. "I believe Mr.
Milano faces that now."
Shea said Milano had essentially
been on probation for the past 13
months -the time since the inci-
dent occurred - and that further
probation would be excessive.
Just before Judge David Swartz
made his decision, Milano said he
apologized to Kampfer by e-mail
within days of the incident, adding
that the injuries he caused were
"I absolutely never intended to
hurt Steven Kampfer," Milano said.
"My only intent was to protect a
girl who he was coming to harm ...
and protect myself."
'Before announcingMilano's sen-
tence, Swartz said he agreed with
Shea that Milano had no intention
of causing Kampfer harm and had
since shown remorse for the inju-
ries Kampfer sustained.
Swartz cited a statement read
by a probationary counselor who
interviewed Milano concerning
the incident, who said the inju-
ries Milano inflicted "were not
vicious, predatory or intentional in
In a phone interview with The
Michigan Daily after the trial,
Shea said while Milano is happy
to not face a more severe sentence,
the conviction itself still does not
sit well with him.
"Mr.Milano continues to believe
he should not have been convicted,
but the jury disagreed," Shea said.
"But all things considered, we are
very happy with the outcome."
Swartz has stated before that he
believes Milano to be innocent of
Immediately following the close
of the jury conviction on Oct. 22,
Swartz recommended that Milano
file an order to have the conviction
expunged in five years, which he
said he would be happy to sign.
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turned himself into the AAPD,
will be arraigned either today or
tomorrow. His preliminary exam
date has yet to be determined.'
The two suspects are thought
to be homeless, Jatczak said.
"I don't know where they stay,
but we don't have a house address
for them," he said.
Neither suspect has commit-
ted an arson-related crime before,
Jatczak said, although he was
unsure of their overall criminal
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Kosteva said he believes the
mall, ifconstructed, wouldstrong-
ly benefit the University. ,
"It would help create another
unique campus place and it would
support a strong connection
between the existing law school
facilities and the new South Hall
addition," Kosteva said.
Many law students also said
they believe a pedestrian mall
would have a positive impact.
Third-year Law student Jake
Weixler said he thinks the pedes-
trian mall could improve student
"It might provide a safe passage
between (the Law Quad) and the
new building," Weixler said.
Second-year Law student
Emily Haigh said that like the
benches added to the Law Quad,
the University.could benefit from
the aesthetic value of a pedes-
Although it has been a long
process so far, Kosteva said he
"We're hopeful that we can get
in front of the Planning Commis-
sion sometime within the next
three months," he said.
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For Saturday, Dec. 5,2009
(March 21 to April 19)
For the next few months, you'll be
more concerned than usual with plans
for your professional life or your, life
direction in general. Discussions with
bosses, superiors, parents and employers
will be significant.
(April 20 to May 20)
Your desire to travel, study and learn
new things will be strong in the next few
months. Try to expose yourself to differ-
ent things because you're unusually
open to different possibilities now.
(May 21 toJune 20)
Research and discussions about shared
property, inheritances, wills and debt
will go well during the next few months.
It looks like you're getting yourhouse in
(June 21 toJuly 22)
Mercury will be opposite your sign up
until early February. This definitely
increases your flow of communication
with others, especially partners and close
(July 23 toAug. 22)
Busy you! The next two months are
excellent for all kinds of mental work. It
will be easy to be attentive to details and
to concentrate on the job at hand.
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
Games, mental activities, puzzles and
reading for pleasure will appeal to you
this month and next. (You want to use
your mind for amusing diversions.)
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Communication with a parent or a
family member, especially somebody
older, wilt be important in the next few
months. You might withdraw somewhat
to work on something privately.
(Oct.23 to Nov. 21)
The next few months will be busy (not
a good time to kick back and relax). The
tempo ofevents will accelerate!Get with
(Nov. 22to Dec. 21)
Focus on moneymaking ideas and
business and commercial affairs during
the next few months. Got a few ideas up
(Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
Mercury enters your sign today, and it
stays until Feb. 10. This is most unusual!
Normally, it stays only three weeks.
You're going to be talkative!
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Your ability to research something that
is dear to your heart will be excellent
during the next few months. You want to
dig up all the information you can find.
(Feb. 19to March 20)
The next few months are the perfect
time to examine your ideals and goals
for the future. You'll think about group
standards and groups you admire or
YOU BORN TODAY You're active,
witty, energetic and confident. People
enjoy your company. You're enormously
optimistic and not afraid to go off on
original tangents of your own design.
You love to share your ideas and your
enthusiasm for things. It sometimes baf-
fles you that others don't share your
enthusiasm about something! The next
year will be a strong focus on partner-
ships and close friendships.
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