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The Michigan Daily - Monday, May 17, 2004 - 3
Administrators and
students respond to
Willis' resignation

TOP: Forty-seven windows were broken
at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity
house this weekend. The interior and
exterior damage is estimated at a total
of $10,000. LSA sophomore Stephen
Sanford, a member of Delta Kappa
" Epsilon is facing charges for the crime
and will receive a trial date within the
next 11 days.

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RIGHT: Members of ATO and Sigma K
Aipha Epsiion fraternities damaged DKEr
windows and fought with fraternity
brothers on February 13. Police believe
Friday's incident may have been In
retaiiation for the February fight.
Studentfaces char es for destruction
ofproperty, brea ing and entenng
damages. I think this kid did this of his
" "We're not going to own accord, and he's going to have to
Continued from Page 1 be held responsible for that"

By Lindsey Paterson
Daily Staff Reporter
The recent resignation of Ed Willis,
dean of students, leaves a void in the
University community, according to stu-
dents and administrators. Willis worked
with student groups to help them
achieve their goals and acted as a liaison
between students and administrators.
His departure leaves many student
groups without a supervisor, a problem
the University hopes to fix by the fall
term, said Vice President for Student
Affairs E. Royster Harper.
"The general consensus was that he
would be around a long time and he'd be
a key player in resolving all these (stu-
dent) issues," said LSA junior Jon
Anderson who worked with Willis as the
Vice President of Internal Affairs for the
Interfraternity Council.
Anderson added that Willis helped the
council negotiate potential policies with
the administration such as delayed rush,
alcohol-free housing and live-in advi-
sors. For this reason acclimating to a
new dean may he difficult.
"Students would feel more comfort-
able knowing Dean Willis was inc ge.
This is not something that was wanted"
he said. He'll certainly be missed and
we'lld e at a disadvantage without hin."
Administrators said they will also
have a hard time replacing Willis.
"Any time you have a person who
works well with students leave the
University, you never replace the per-
son, hecause I don't think people are
replaceable in that respect. They
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bring their skills and strengths so
what you will miss are their unique
strengths and abilities. And that is
what we'll miss," Harper said.
In addition to being involved in many
committees and student groups, Harper
said that Willis headed the Fan Behavior
Committee, designed to ensure a cele-
brative and respective football season.
Willis worked with student groups, the
athletic department and others to guar-
antee "a great celebration for the 100th
game against Ohio State."
"The goal was that we would be
leaders and the best both on and off
the field," she said.
In the next three to four weeks,
Harper will create a transitional plan to
fill Willis' position. The transitional
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W from breaking the windows, and
was taken to the University hospital
for those injuries.
Sanford declined to comment on
the incident.
ATO President Joel Stone said the
fratermity has no plans to file a com-
plaint with the Interfraternity Council
- the local governing body for
National Interfraternity Council chap-
ters at the University.
"At this particular time, I don't
think (IFC involvement) is necessary
at all," Stone said. "We're going to
leave it to the legal system."
"In my opinion, I think this may
have been premeditated on his
account, but I don't think anyone in
DKE or on the board put him up to
this," he added.
David Sachs, an Ann Arbor resi-
dent and member of ATO's alumni
association, said the ATO board
does not hold DKE's leadership
responsible for the incident.
"I would like to say that this
appears to be a very isolated and

pay for the damages.
think this kid did this
on his own accord and
he's going ... to be
responsible for that."
-Joel Stone
ATO President
individual incident, unlike any typi-
cal quarrels from the past between
the two fraternities," Sachs said in an
e-mail. "I have had a long conversa-
tion with Joel Stone, and we ... will
not tolerate any retaliation from this
incident on the ATO side."
Stone said ATO does not intend
to pay for the damages and will
seek counsel from an attorney
through its alumni association.
"If it's a civil action that we have
to take, then we'll go down that
road," Stone said.
"We're not going to pay for the

DKE fraternity brother Nick
Reddig knew Sanford and
expressed surprise upon learning of
the incident.
"He's a good guy. I didn't think
he would do that. But, apparently,
he did," Reddig said.
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