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of the group and made "slander-
ous, offensive remarks" about
the organization
As for the event that she sup-
posedly committed funding to,
Jankowski said the executive
board knew that she been talking
to a member of the Washtenaw
GOP about hosting an event
tomorrow, but that no money
was ever given to the county-
wide organization.
"I never committed any
unauthorized use of funding,"
Jankowski said. She added that
even if she had, "it's common
practice for us to be reimbursed
by the Washtenaw GOP."
Jankowski also refuted the
claims that she blocked other
members from using the Col-
lege Republicans' social media
accounts.
"I have no access to the Face-
book or Twitter accounts cur-
rently and I have not had it since
they claim to not have had access
to it," Jankowski said.
Furthermore, Jankowski said
the she originally planned on
bringing the speaker in question,
Gary Glenn, a candidate for the
Republican nomination for the
U.S. Senate to the meeting with
Hayes.
"(Hayes) approved the event
and he was actually the one who
said we should go along with it,"
Jankowski said. "It's incredibly
funny that now I'm the only one
that was planning it."
University alum Sarah Led-
ford, now youth vice chair of the
Michigan Republican Party, met
with Jankowski in Ann Arbor
and advised her on "parliamen-
tary procedure" regarding the
situation.
"(There was) an attempted
power grab by two members of
the executive board ... Two mem-
bers of the e-board bullied two
other members of the e-board
into attempting to oust another
member of the e-board who was
voted by a vast majority of the
general membership," Ledford
said. "(They) attempted to oust
her literally within five days ofher
chairmanship."
In an e-mail obtained by The
Michigan Daily, Hayes informed
Jankowski that she was being
impeached on Sunday, and he
requested she attend a meeting on
Monday to discuss the impeach-
ment. The e-mail stated that she
was being removed for violating
the constitution, and failing to
perform her proper duties.
Jankowski replied that she

would not be able to meet Mon-
day or Tuesday, so they decided
to meet on Wednesday, follow-
ing the organization's regularly
scheduled meeting.
Jankowski said she went to the
Center for Campus Involvement
for advice regarding the situa-
tion on Wednesday morning, after
which she decided to attempt to
amend the constitution to ensure
decisions about her impeachment
involved all members of the orga-
nization.
At 9:45 p.m. on Wednes-
day, after the amendment was
approved, the four voting mem-
bers of the executive board met
with Jankowski to discuss her
removal.
Less than an hour later, the
College Republicans held an
executive board meeting that
Jankowski did not attend. During
the meeting, which was adjourned
at 1:50 a.m., the board formally
removed Jankowski from office.
Jankowski said an e-mail call-
ing for the meeting was sent out at
10:29 p.m. and that the meeting in
the Michigan Union was called to
order six minutes later. She added
that she was not aware of the
meeting until after 11 p.m.
"How do they read their e-mail
immediately and get over to the
Union?" Jankowski said. "It just
seems a little ridiculous, a little
bit fishy and a little bit premedi-
tated."
Regardless, Jankowski said she
plans on fulfilling her term.
"I remain committed to serv-
ing as chair for this organization
which democratically elected
me," Jankowski said. "(I) will not
allow four power hungry indi-
viduals to override the rule of the
vast majority of the club."
While the newly amended con-
stitution prevented the executive
board from removing Jankowski
without a general membership
vote, Hayes said the amendment
didn't abide by the organization's
constitution because it was not
publicized before the meeting,
a process required by Robert's
Rules of Order, a general body of
laws for governing an organiza-
tion.
"Essentially, without notice
or call to order as clearly defined
in Robert's Rules of Order ... Ms.
Jankowski and Mr. Koziara (a
senior advisor for the College
Republicans) tried changing the
Constitution fraudulently," Hayes
wrote.
Ledford, however, contended
that the meeting had no legiti-
macy.
"They're literally sitting in a
room and talking to each other
and raising up their hands with

no parliamentary authority to do
so," Ledford said.
Ledford said she advised
Jankowski "to maintain the
integrity of the College Repub-
licans," and added that execu-
tive board members harassed
Jankowski, stalked her outside
her classes and sent her hostile
e-mails.
While Ledford said she
involved herself in the dispute
because she felt it was her duty
to do so, Hayes wrote she has no
place in the issue.
"Quite honestly, I believe that
she was only invited to serve as
parliamentarian for the attempt
to fraudulently change the con-
stitution at the meeting earlier
today," Hayes wrote. "Sarah Led-
ford holds no power or sway over
any (College Republican) chapter
in the state of Michigan and it
is, frankly, inappropriate for her
to once again insert herself into
these situations."
Before the executive board
formally voted to remove her,
Jankowski said they had already
begun the impeachment process.
She added that her name was
removed from the College Repub-
lican's Student Organization
Accounts Service list - a six-per-
son list that allows the group to
book rooms for its meeting at the
University and use club funds -
on Tuesday at 3 a.m.
Ledford said this internal fight
within the College Republicans is
unprecedented.
"This is a very extreme situ-
ation in regards to a power grab
and just complete lack of con-
sideration for the wishes of the
general membership of the Col-
lege Republicans," Ledford said.
"Particularly across the state,
there is nothing like happening
at all in other College Republican
groups."
Despite the intense internal
strife, Jankowski said public
knowledge of the issue is good for
the organization.
"We are trying to give trans-
parency and legitimacy to the
organization," Jankowski said.
"If there is an impeachment of
an executive board member, it is
only fair that the general mem-
bership knows about it."
Despite the leadership kerfuf-
fle, Hayes wrote that he is opti-
mistic.
"I'm proud of this organiza-
tion's standards and the awesome
potential we have to broaden the
political dialogue on campus,"
Hayes wrote. "I'm disappointed
Ms. Jankowski was not able to
live up to those standards, but I'm
excited for the year ahead with
such a dedicated group of people."

ADIDAS
From Page1
According to Sioban Harlow,
chair of the President's Advisory
Council on Labor Standards and
Human Rights, the University's
code of conduct is a principle
adopted to ensure that companies
the University works with meet"
human rights standards.
Part of the code of conduct
between the University and Adi-
das requires that the company
must pay its workers. However,
Public Policy senior Joe Varilone,
a USAS member, said Adidas offi-
cials argue that they did not per-
sonally shut down the factory,
thus making the company unac-
countable for any negative effects
on the workers.
Varilone said that regardless of
TIME CAPSULE
From Page1
here for a long time have so many
memories, good memories, relat-
ed to it that the memories and the
building all went together," Mar-
tinson said.
While walking around the
now gutted building, Karunas
said that the sale of the Christian
Memorial Church building has
been challenging.
"Well it is a period of grief for
someone like myself, as we've
occupied this building for so
long and it feels like a part of our
identity of who we are," she said.
"We are located close to the Uni-
versity for that purpose of being
a prophetic voice to speak to the
University in the matter of our
Christian faith."
Though nostalgic, she said she
is accepting of the new occupants.
"But with times and circum-
stances changing and because of
having to give up the building, I
feel very good about what I hear
are plans for the building," she
said.
Congregation member Jack
Walls attended the ceremony
with his wife Bennie, who said
she told her husband to make sure
there was a DOC church in Ann
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the fact that Adidas did not inten-
tionally shut downthe factory, it is
responsible for paying the workers
under stipulations of the code.
"When we spoke with (Adidas
representative) Gregg Nebel he
acknowledged that the workers
have not received $1.8 million, but
believes it is the factories respon-
sibility," Fast said. "They openly
admit that these people have not
receivedtheir money,butthey will
not pay."
Upon entering the office of
Gary Krenz, special counsel to the
University president, USAS mem-
bers began reading paragraphs of
their letter aloud to Krenz, who
followed along with a straight
face.
Krenz waited until the end
of the recitation, after which he
asked, "We do share your con-
cerns, how do we achieve the
years ago.
Walls said Sig Ep is an appro-
priate occupant because of the
building's location near other fra-
ternities on Hill Street.
"I think I'm all for it, sim-
ply because this whole street is
becoming Greek," Walls said.
"And why not? We've outlived it,
and so it's logical that it remain
Greek."
It is this sentiment that has
eased the arduous task of find-
ing a new Sig Ep house for Jerry
Mangona, president of Sig Ep's
Michigan Alpha Alumni Board.
Mangona has headed this proj-
ect from its conception through
a gamut of funding and zoning
issues.
"There were six weeks where
we had to let go of our old lease,
but this transaction wasn't yet
secured, and we had a lot of pres-
sure in having 44 of our members
wonder where they were goingto
live," Mangonasaid. "Askingthem
not to sign a lease somewhere else
(was) a little dicey."
After enduring four housing
relocations over 12 years, SigEp is
ready to settle down, according to
fraternity officials.
Engineering junior Nathan
Hamet, former Sig Ep vice presi-
dent and current Interfraternity
Council executive vice president,
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ends?"
According to USAS members,
their goal isto inspire the Univer-
sity to pressure Adidas to pay the
$1.8 million in severanceby releas-
ing a public statement condemn-
ing Adidas's failures to respect the
basic labor rights of the workers
who make Michigan apparel. So
far, the University's committee of
human rights has reviewed the
issue, confirmed that the workers
have notbeen paid and is working
toward a strategy to compensate
them.
"Adidas talks about how they
are giving humanitarian aid to
the workers but that is really
bogus because what they are giv-
ing them is hardly anything com-
pared to what they owe them,"
Varilone said. "Some people have
called it cutting off someone's leg
and giving them aband-aid."
will better unite the brothers.
"The current house that we're
at right now, it's more like abunch
of apartments so the brotherhood
is kind of separated through a
lot of doors, and I feel like a new
house here is goingto open every-
thing up, especially with the com-
mon space."
Before the stone was removed
to retrieve the time capsule dur-
ing the ceremony yesterday, Rev-
erend Martinson said a prayer in
thanks of the congregation's time
in the church, closing with a nod
to the new caretakers of thebuild-
ing.
"Bless the young men who will
be living and working here and
bless them in their journey as you
blessed us in ours," she said out-
side the church yesterday.
The stone was removed after
two attempts, and the box was
opened with a saw from the ren-
ovation project going on inside,
which is being handled by Phoe-
nix Contractors.
"Because there is no exterior
construction to be done, every-
thing is moving very quickly, and
in fact, we are ahead of schedule
right now," Mangona said. "Inte-
rior demolition is already com-
plete and studding and framing
are almost complete. Soon we'll be
working on wiring and plumbing
anni is n -f- fa11r~-nn-"

GOODNESS
From Page 1
from DoRAK's emphasis on the
importance of genuine kindness.
"Just because somebody made
you mad doesn't mean you can't
hold the door open for somebody
else, or you can't give somebody
else a smile or a high five," Khan
said.
Claire Baker, DoRAK co-
director, said the organization
has plans to continue hosting
further Goodness Day events in
the future.
"It's an event that's growing
It's been getting bigger every
year, and we're really excited to
keep working on it," she said.
Todd Sevig, director of
Counseling and Psychological
Services and chair of the Uni-
versity's Mental Health Work
Group, wrote in an e-mail that
he applauded DoRAK's efforts in
hosting Goodness Day.

"By definition, only good can
come of this for our campus," he
wrote.
Sevig said the event is benefi-
cial because it can help students
manage stress during the end
of the semester amid numerous
exams and projects. He added
that CAPS advises students to
"stay in balance and keep per-
spective ... keep realistic expec-
tations, manage your stress,
manage your time and take
breaks."
DoRAK was originally part of
the service organization Circle
K, but has grown to become an
independent organization with
about 200 members. Members
plan random acts of kindness and
spend approximately one hour
of their week making an effort
to brighten the other students'
days.
Recently, the 10-year-old stu-
dent organization made place-
mats for children at C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital, cheered for

students entering exams and
wrote encouraging chalk mes-
sages in the Diag, according to
DoRAK's February 2012 news-
letter.
LSA junior Alyssa Engstrom
said DoRAK has had a positive
impact on her experience at the
University.
"One day I was having a really
bad day, and some random guy
offered to give me a hug, and it
brightened up my day," she said.
Khan said she appreciates the
diversity she experiences within
the group and enjoys working
with English majors, nurses,
pre-med students and pre-law
students - people she said she
would rarely interact with oth-
erwise.
LSA sophomore Kevin Bur-
khart added that he enjoyed the
free high fives on the Diag, and it
helped improve his spirits.
"It makes me feel great it
brightens up my day and gives
me a good boost," Burkhart said.

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