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Monday, May 21, 2007
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Evidence of a
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- Sam Kahan, economist for the
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about Michigan's $802-million
deficit, as reported Saturday by
the Detroit Free Press.

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A Greek tragedy
IFC must not shirk responsibilities


After years of disregard-
ing disciplinary action,
the Beta Theta Pi fra-
ternity no longer has a home at
the University following a deci-
sion by the national organiza-
tion last week. The organization
disbanded the local chapter after
the fraternity repeatedly violated
the organization's alcohol poli-
cies. But the real tragedy here is
not that the University is losing
one of its most insubordinate fra-
ternities; it's that the Interfrater-
nity Council let this situation get
so out of hand that the national
organization needed to step in.
Since April 2005, when photo-
graphssurfaced of Beta Theta Pi
members drinking in excess, the
University chapter has perpetu-
ally defied the alcohol policies
of both the IFC and its nation-
al organization. But only the
national organization seemed
concerned enough to take action.
While the national organization
put the chapter on probation for
its violations in 2006, the IFC
was content to stand by as the
national organization did all of
the disciplining.
But now the actions of Beta
Theta Pi have reached the point
where they are no longer just an
embarrassment to the fraternity;
they are an embarrassment to the
entire Greek system at the Uni-
versity. And part of the blame for
this embarrassment has to fall on
the IFC, which skirted its disci-
plinary obligations and let this

situation spiral out of control.
Unlike the Greek systems at
many colleges in the country, the
Greek system at the University
enjoys autonomy from Univer-
sity administrators. The Univer-
sity recognizes the IFC, which is
composed of fraternity represen-
tatives, as a student-run organiza-
tion and therefore largely refrains
from imposing its own regula-
tions. Hence, it is the responsibil-
ity of the IFC to regulate itself.
But with that autonomy comes
a greater deal of responsibility.
When a fraternity is openly vio-
lating the IFC's policies, it should
not be enough to use the national
organization's actions as an excuse
for IFC inaction. This disband-
ment needs to be a wake-up call to
the IFC that its current self-gover-
nance policies are inadequate.
Ifthe IFC is able to make its own
rules, it should be able to enforce
them. Whether that enforcement
means assigning more monitors
to houses during parties or plac-
ingharsherpenalties onviolators,
the IFC needs to make sure that
minor infractions don't add up or
become as grave as the violations
of Beta Theta Pi.
The Greek system is a unique
and important community at the
University, largely because it is
allowed to operate independently
of administrators. To ensure the
healthy future of this community,
it is essential that it recognizes its
duty to itself and the University to
improve its enforcement policies.

A fond farewell
University needs another Krislov to fight for values and students

The University lost one of
its most respected and
important leaders last
week when Ohio's Oberlin Col-
lege announced its decision to
appoint Marvin Krislov as its
new president. Krislov served
as the University's vice presi-
dent and its general counsel for
nine years. While Krislov may
be gone, his dedication to the
student body and campus diver-
sity must be values for which all
University faculty and adminis-
trators continue to strive.
Although he was a prominent
figure at the University, Krislov's
most noted accomplishment
Rogers's law
There are many facts miss-
ing from The Michigan Daily
article (Strides for student vote,
05/14/2007) and editorial (Rog-
ers Et me, 05/14/2007) on the
state law that requires all Mich-
igan residents - not just col-
lege students - to have a single
address on their driver's licenses
and voter-registration cards.
This whole issue came up as
a result of the federal voting law
in the 1990s that requires states
to have a single database for
voter registrations. In 1998, at

didn't happen in Ann Arbor. It
happened in Washington D.C.,
where he argued that affirma-
tive action is a legitimate part of
the college admissions process as
University before the Supreme
Court in 2003.
Krislov's efforts were instru-
mental in renewing the Univer-
sity's commitment to diversity,
despite the challenges. We hope
that the next general counsel
is as committed to the cause as
Krislov was.
While this successful ven-
ture was thought to be the most
important of Krislov's accom-

plishments by Oberlin College
Krislov impacted the student
body on a more personal level
too. He was a dynamic professor
who had a reputation as a stu-
dent-oriented man.As anadmin-
istrator, he actually listened tc
the concerns of students.
It is unfortunate that the Uni-
versity will be losing a person
of character like Krislov, but ii
should make every attempt tc
replace him with a person of sim-
ilar characteristics. Instead of
considering Krislov as an excep-
tion to the rule, we should con-
sider his traits as a prerequisite
for a suitable replacement.



the request of the Michigan Sec- it was known that Rogers would
retary of State office, then-state be running for the Congressional
Sen. Mike Rogers introduced seatvacated byDebbie Stabenow?
legislation that would make a Democrats who voted for the
singledatabase ofeachresident's bill in 1998, including Byrum,
address based on voter registra- suddenly opposed the measure
tion and driver's license because and found a way to make it seem
it was less costly for taxpayers political.
and more efficient to manage. I certainly hope the Daily is
The measure passed the state not falling into the same politi-
Senate with bipartisan support cal pit with its coverage of state
and only one vote against it. Democrats' current efforts
Unfortunately, the state House to change the law, which was
of Representatives was unable upheld by the courts. Students
to get to the measure that year. who depend on the newspaper
The following year, again at the for information deserve to have
request of the Secretary of State, the complete story, not just the
Rogers reintroduced the legis- political spin.
lation, but this time it was sud-
denly a big deal. Sarah Dansereau
Could that have been because LSA senior



Editorial Board Members: Mike Eber, Jennifer Sussex,
Kate Truesdell, Radhika Upadhyaya, Rachel Wagner

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