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Wednesday, June 15, 1994-The Mdhigan Daily-- 3

Student leaders
ea,,rn expenience,
mon mprogram

Anyone got a nickel?
Construction workers allow the time on the meter to expire after parking their backhoe on State Street Monday.

Fireworks discussion sparks debate

By Kiran Srinivas
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
$89,280.
That's how much the University is
paying16studentleaders toparticipate
in Leadership 2017.
"The purpose of the program is to
provide students with the skills, re-
sources and support to be more effec-
tive leaders," said DebMoriarty, direc-
tor of special projects in the Office of
Vice President for Student Affairs.
"The program is split between 20
hours of project work dealing with
campus life and 20 hours of educa-
tional programming per week,"
Moriarty said.
Leadership 2017 runs for 12 weeks
during the summer. The students are
each paid $7 per hour for 40 hours a
week. They are also given $2,200 for
summer living expenses. In all, each
student is heing paid $5,580.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen A. Hartford selected the stu-
dents for the program. Many of them
have previously participated in theStu-
dent Leader Roundtable - a group of
student leaders who discuss campus
events with Hartford-demonstrating
they have previous leadership experi-
ence.
The 16 students represent many
major student organizations includ-
ing the Michigan Student Assem-
bly, the University Activities Cen-
ter, the Black Student Union, the
Interfraternity Council, the United
Asian American Organization and
The Michigan Daily.
Moriarty said by participating in
the program, the students should be-
come aware of "who's who" at the

University. This information is de-
signed to help each person to become
an improved leader of his or her orga-
nization.
Each participant in theprogramhas
the responsibility to attend leadership
training activities and to also work on a
specific project to enhance student life
at the University.
The participants said they are very
happy with the program. "My experi-
ence here has been very positive.... I
have learned alot about the University
and I think the students work well
together,"saidGregShannon,co-chair
of Project Serve.
Shannon's specific projectin Lead-
ership 2017 is called "Community
Plunge."This activity willbeheldSept.
2 for incoming students. Shannon said
he hopes "Community Plunge" will
encouragenewstudentstoexplorecom-
munityserviceopportunitiesintheAnn
Arbor area.
Many University students, includ-
ing LSA sophomore Paolo Aquino,
said they think the program is yet an-
other example of the University wast-
ing money.
"The student leaders are gaining
valuable experience by participating in
this program, they don't need to be
paid. The money should go directly to
the organizations that the students rep-
resent rather than to the student lead-
ers," Aquino said.
DavidRice, anEngineering sopho-
more, also said the program is a bad
idea.
When asked about what the Uni-
versity should instead do with the
money, Rice said, "Decrease our tu-
ition."

By Michelle Lee Thompson
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
As one of the main topics of discus-
sion, it seems no coincidence that fire-
works could also describe the debate
surrounding that very issue at last
week's City Council meeting.
The fireworks, once planned for
ly 3 at a site near the Ann Arbor
landfill and Swift Run park, were sup-
posed to receive sponsorship from
GelmanSciences. In fact,thecompany
had sent a "down payment" of $7,750,
which was to cover the first half of the
anticipated costs of the display.
However, the resolution that the
councileventually approvedcontained
a much higher estimate of the costs -
ringing the total costs for the police,
ire, transportation and parks depart-
ments to $22,500.
CEO Charles Gelman pulled his
company out of the deal last week after

reviewing the revised estimate, which
included two $5,000 insurance bonds.
"With those changes, we just couldn't
agree to participate," Gelman said..
Councilincreased notonly the costs
for the city departments, but the
sponsor's liability for the event. "It
could have opened us up for everyone
who attends the fireworks to take us to
court. We could not agree with what
council suddenly decided," Gelman
said.Thecompanyislookingintospon-
soring fireworks in Chelsea on July 4.
Despite public comments from resi-
dents of nearby neighborhoods, and
some argument from 3rd Ward Demo-
crat Hal Smith, theresolution passed 8
to 3.
"It's not fair for any one neighbor-
hood to bear the bruntof this year after
year," said Smith, who proposed the
original resolution. The site has been
used for fireworks displays in previous

years, and 3rd Ward residents voiced
safety and property hazard concerns.
Patricia Vereen-Dixon (D-1st
Ward) also voted against the resolu-
tion. "Sometimes low- and moderate-
income folk feel dumped upon - and
they are dumped upon," she said.
MayorIngrid B.Sheldon, whovoted
for the resolution, conceded that the
proposal was "arather stringent resolu-
tion in terms of requirements."
Plans to change the Delta Upsilon
fraternity housesite were alsoapproved
at the meeting, including the construc-
tion of a three-story addition to the
main house and the sale of the exten-
sion building. This will allow the fra-
ternity to house eight more students
than it currently houses, while reduc-
ing theamountofparkingspotsbyhalf.
Council also approved the building
plans for a new retail and office com-
plex at 350 S. Main St.

Groups debate social events policy changes

By Kiran Srinivas
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Parties held in University buildings
sust follow University rules - that's
not a question.
The question is what those rules
should be.
The University is revising the So-
cial Events Policy which regulates all
events held on school property.
Frank Cianciola, associate dean of
students, is holding weekly meetings
this summer to improve the policy.
0 Many student groups are affected
by this policy, but none more than the
Black Greek Association (BGA) and
the United Asian American Organiza-
tion (UAAO).
Brent Hawkins, amemberofBGA,

said BGA and UAAO should have the
most influence in changing the policy
because these two groups use Univer-
sity buildings the most.
Many participants in the weekly
meetings said Cianciola should wait
until the fall to revise the policy. They
said no changes should be made with-
out all affected groups being able to
voice their concerns. Some student or-
ganizations do not have representa-
tives at the meetings because their lead-
ers are not in Ann Arbor during the
summer.
"We need some guarantees that any
policy changes will be immediately
revisited in the fall if a problem oc-
curs," said Jacob Stern, vice president
of the Michigan Student Assembly.

A major complaint about the cur-
rent policy is unequal enforcement.
"We conducted a private investiga-
tion and we don't feel the current policy
is administered fairly across the board,"
saidBGApresidentRonJackson. "Our
parties are the most heavily monitored
by the Department of Public Safety."
Despite the objections, Cianciola
said he will continue to try to improve
the policy this summer. He said he will
take the heat for making apolicy change
during the summer.
"My desire is to reach a win-win
situation. To not try to better the situa-
tion is not sensible. If there is some-
thing correctable and everyone sup-
ports the change, then we have a re-
sponsibility to correct it 'he said.

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