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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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FUNDRAISING
Campaign
organizers
want to hit
5M people

The University's chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity (house pictured above) is being investigated after multiple hazing allegations were brought to light.
"AEPi frat accused of hazing

Victors for Michigan
development drive
will kick off Friday
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily StaffReporter
Though the Victors for Michi-
gan campaign won't officially
launch until Friday, the Univer-
sity's Office of Development
is aiming to reach five-million
people regarding the fundraising
effort.
Development officials said
Wednesday that Victors for
Michigan is on track to garner
five-million "touch points" for
the period spanning from Mon-
day to Friday's kickoff party.
Touch points measure instances
of contact with members of the
general public and University
affiliates, which can include
marketing activities and word of
mouth.
Tom Szczepanski, senior exec-
utive director for annual giving,
marketing and student engage-

ment in the office of Develop-
ment, said connecting as many
people as possible is crucial
to meet the a bold fundraising
target. The overall goal for the
campaign will be announced at a
press event Thursday.
"This is going to be an auda-
cious goal," Szczepanski said.
"It's going to be the largest cam-
paign goal in the history of high-
er public education."
The University's last cam-
paign, The Michigan Differ-
ence, ended in 2008 and raised
$3.2 billion, passing its original
$2.5-million goal. Victors for
Michigan aims to shoot even
higher.
Szczepanski said receiving a
host of small gifts is as impor-
tant as snagging multi-million
dollar leadership gifts like Rick
and Susan Rogel's $50-million
donation to the Medical School
and Chinese studies program
announced Tuesday.
"Those gifts rightly get a lot
of publicity," Szczepanski said.
"But the reality is just as there
See CAMPAIGN, Page 3A

President ousted,
'U' and national
office investigating
By YARDAIN AMRON
Daily StaffReporter
New hazing allegations have
been lodged against the Uni-
versity's chapter of the Alpha
Epsilon Pi fraternity, the sec-
ond claim in the past month.

In response, the AEPi national
organization removed LSA
sophomore Andrew Koffsky,
the chapter's president, from
his leadership position and has
opened a formal investigation
into the matter.
John Pierce, spokesman for
the national AEPi organiza-
tion, said Wednesday the latest
allegations came forward in an
anonymous e-mail. Pierce said
he could not confirm or deny
the veracity of the claims in the

e-mail or provide any details
about the message's content.
"Sometimes reports like that
are credible, and they are trying
to protect themselves or trying
to maintain some anonymity for
fear of repercussions," Pierce
said. "In other cases, they're
competitive fraternities who are
trying to get our fraternity in
trouble."
The Indiana-based organiza-
tion acted swiftly on the allega-
tions Tuesday, sending Koffsky

a cease-and-desist letter that
suspended his presidency that
morning and dispatching Alex
Mandel, a regional representa-
tive, to the University's chapter
house in the evening."
Mandel met with Music,
Theatre & Dance sophomore
Aaron Dombey, vice president
of AEPi, and Kinesiology junior
Carl Scheller, the fraternity's
treasurer, for more than three
hours. Koffsky was not allowed
See HAZING, Page 3A

POLITKCS
PubPol student
wins election in
Trenton, Mich.

University
senior's elected
to city council in
hometown race
By HILLARY CRAWFORD
Daily StaffReporter
As the dust settled from city
council elections in Trenton,
Mich., about 40 miles from Ann
Arbor, another Michigan man
became an elected policy maker.
The twist: Steven Rzeppa is a
current Public Policy senior.
Rzeppa became interested in
running for political office after
working on the State House cam-
paign of former Trenton Mayor
Tom Dorigzki in 2012. Early on,
Dorigzki encouraged him to con-
sider running for elected office
in the small city with close to
19,000 residents.
"He brought the idea to me
that there are people who want to
see younger people get involved,"
Rzeppa said.
Four of the six current coun-

cl members were first elected to
office before Rzeppa was born.
When Dorigzki told Rzeppa that
two of the council members were
retiring, he also suggested Rzep-
pa run to replace them.
Even before beginning his
campaign, Rzeppa benefitted
from a strong standing in the
community. His mother worked
for the city for almost 15 years,
which allowed him to build con-
nections with the city's firefight-
ers and police force.
In addition to encouraging
active participation in the com-
munity, Rzeppa also took into
consideration the long-term
challenges of cities across the
state by talking to constituents
about the drop in property values
and declines in state share rev-
enues.
The majority of the campaign-
ing took place during the sum-
mer, when he and his campaign
volunteers knocked on more
than 6,000 doors - at least half
of which Rzeppa said he visited
personally.
Although the former mayor
See TRENTON, Page 3A

Sociology Professor Elizabeth Armstrong talks at the "Let's Talk About Sex, a Conversation on Campus Hookup
Culture" at Rakham Auditorium Wednesday.
Professor debunks mhs
about college hookups

STUDENT LIFE
Speak Out
event gives
survivors a
safe space
At SAPAC event,
students talk about
sexual violence
experiences
By CAROLYN GEARIG
Daily StaffReporter
The Michigan Union ballroom
was filled with over 100 people
Wednesday evening for the Sexu-
al Assault Prevention and Aware-
ness Center's 27th annual Speak
Out.
As a part of the event, students
who experienced intimate part-
ner violence, sexual harassment,
sexual assault and stalking were
invited to speak openly about
their experiences.
LSA junior Kathryn Aber-
crombie and LSA senior Nicole
Corrigan - co-coordinators for
SAPAC's Networking, Publicity
& Activism Volunteer Program
-organized the event. The pro-
gram leads outreach and raises
awareness on campus about sex-
ual assault.
See SURVIVORS, Page 3A

Armstrong speaks
at TEDxUM
salon on campus
sex culture
By AMABEL KAROUB
For theDaily
On a dark, rainy Wednes-
day night, nearly 100 students
gathered together in the fourth

floor of the Rackham Graduate
School to talk about sex.
Seats were filled well before
the TEDx Salon event start-
ed at 7:30 p.m., and students
crowded on the floor to lis-
ten with rapt attention to the
speaker, Sociology Prof. Eliza-
beth Armstrong. TEDxUM,
an independent TED student
group, hosts a conference
once a year along with smaller
events like the salon.
Armstrong, co-author of

"Paying for the Party," dis-
cussed the positive and
negative affiliations with
"hookups," which she defined
as kissing, touching or full
intercourse, on a college cam-
pus. Armstrong relied heav-
ily on results from a Stanford
University survey about sex
on college campuses that com-
pared average hookups, dates
and relationships by college
seniors. She dispelled the pop-
See HOOK-UPS, Page 3A

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