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Fire department rules out natural causes in $400,000 blaze

By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ann Arbor Fire Department has
ruled out natural causes for the fire that
ravaged much of the former Sigma Phi
Epsilon fraternity house late Saturday
afternoon, and officials suggested yester-
day that the fire may have been arson.
"We looked at all possible sources of
ignition and we've been able to elimi-
nate the electrical system and the heat-
ing system," said Fire Marshal Scott
Rayburn after investigating the site yes-
terday. "There is a very good chance it
could be arson."
officers to
Proposal would provide
additional $16,500 for
student groups
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
After a week of number-crunching
and compromising on the part of three
Michigan Party members and one Stu-
dents' Party member, the Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly will hear a1995-96 bud-
get proposal tonight.
Of those responsible for the draft -
MSA President Flint Wainess and Vice
President Sam Goodstein, Treasurer
Adam Clampitt and Budget Priorities
Committee Chair Remco Van Eeuwijk
- Van Eeuwijk is the lone Students'
Party member.
"It's really a difficult spot to be in -
I know I'm one against three," said Van
Eeuwijk, a Rackham representative.
"But I think this is a workable budget."
This year's budget, which allocates
substantially more funding to BPC and
the committee discretionary fund than
in the past, took weeks to churn out. In
accordance with MSA's Compiled
Code, the assembly must wait until next
Tuesday's meeting to propose amend-
ments and vote on the figures.
MSA controls $216,120 in revenue
from a $2.94 fee paid by every student
as well as interest on that income.
This year's proposed budget allo-
cates $83,000 of that money to the Bud-
get Priorities Committee, which in turn
doles out funding to various student
The figure represents a $16,500 in-
crease, which follows an $11,500 in-
crease the previous year.
"Student groups are one of the most
important things that MSA funds"
Wainess said.
The committee's discretionary fund,
designed to hold money for later use by
committees was allocated $6, 167.
"This is really an incentive for com-
mittees and commissions to work hard,"
Wainess said.
Following a student vote last spring
See MSA, Page 7

Also, Rayburn said the fire caused
$400,000 in damage. An initial estimate
Sunday pegged the damage at $100,000.
The complete report of the depart-
ment's investigation is expected to be
finished today.
"It appears that there were vagrants
living in there and we're tracking down
some of them," Rayburn said, referring
to homeless people.
Rayburn would not comment on
which types of evidence found on the
scene that have led the fire department
to believe homeless were involved.
But officials have not eliminated the

possibility that members of the frater-
nity, popularly known as Sig Eps, may
have been involved.
"We have not ruled that out," Rayburn
said, but added that the investigation
does not point to students at this time.
Scott Sandier, LSA senior and former
president ofthe fraternity, said he never
thought former members were involved.
The fraternity, located at 733 S. State
St., returned its charter to the national
organization last fall. The group re-
ceived strict sanctions from the national
organization and the University's In-
terfraternity Council in response to a

hazing incident last fall.
The house is owned by the Sigma Phi
Epsilon Building Association, which
was formed by the fraternity's local
alumni chapter. The University was in
the process of purchasing the house
before Saturday's fire, and University
officials said Sunday they were still
interested in the property. It is unclear
how the fire will affect the negotiation
of the purchase.
.Jacques Vauclain, director of hous-
ing and education for the Virginia-based
national Sigma Phi Epsilon organiza-
See FIRE, Page 7

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The Michigan
Arson Prevention
Committee has
offered up to
$5,000 in reward
money for leads
on how the fire at
Sigma Phi Epsilon
started. Large red
,~ ~ ~signs were posted ,
around the house.
displaying a
phone number to
sets vision
for future
in speech
Duderstadt titles new
strategy to plan for
changes 'Vision 2017'
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
University President James J.
Duderstadt unveiled his vision of the
university of the future to the faculty's
Senate Assembly yesterday.
Kicking off the "Distinguished
Speakers Series," Duderstadt spoke of
the University's capabilities to handle
its challenges.
"The University has been extraor-
dinary in its ability to adapt to change
in society as both a
public and re-
search university,
he said.
Yet, to face the
future, Duderstadt
said he envisioned
a more strategic,
policy of change. .
The president
called the new
strategy of Univer-
sity transformation Duderstadt
"Vision 2017," re-
placing the old "Vision 2000," which
focused on positioning the University
as a leading player in the educational
scene of the 21 st century.
As the answer tochanginglocal, state
and national demographics, Duderstadt
said the strategy "serves to challenge,
excite and embolden members of the
University community."
The four goals of the strategy in-
clude "attracting and retaining excep-
tional students and staff; providing
necessary resources and environments
for people to push the limits of their
abilities; building a University cul-
ture and spirit which values adven-
ture, leadership, and community;eand
developing a flexible capacity for
change," Duderstadt said.
Hegalso cited recent programs, such
as the Michigan Agenda for Women
and Value-Centered Management -
the University's new budgeting proce-
dure and a recommitment to under-
graduate education as examples of the
new direction the University will be
"The success (of the University) may
be our greatest challenge," Duderstadt
said. "We can not rest on our laurels"
The University's billion-dollar in-

vestment in capital construction was
also mentioned.
Duderstadt noted the necessity of re-
structuring the campus as well as its
programs, although "many people think
the Wolverine has been replaced by the
(construction) crane."
The presidentjokingly mentioned the
possibility of the "edutainment" indus-
try taking over the role of the Univer-
The prospect of Microsoft or Disney
buying out the University did not sit
well with assembly member Mark De-
"I think the likelihood of it happen-

Ryan Neice, an LSA sophomore, roller blades past the 'Triton' fountain. The fountain remains in operation from late April until after Homecoming in the fall.

Fountain rests in Ingalls

By Kiran Chaudhri
Daily Staff Reporter
It greeted you at Orientation with a
splash. It watched you as you walked to
your first class. Sometimes it's red,
sometimes it's fishy, sometimes it's
It's "Sunday Morning in Deep Wa-
ters," the fountain in Ingalls Mall be-
tween the Modern Languages Building
and the Michigan League.
Commonly known as the "Triton,"
the bronze fountain was built in 1940
by sculptor Carl Milles through a dona-
tion by Charles Baird. Milles was com-
missioned to make the fountain in
memory of Thomas McIntyre Cooley,
one of the original professors of the

Law School when it was founded in
The fountain "...was inspired by the
sculptor's memories of boyhood ad-
ventures with his own father and broth-
ers," states the dedication plaque in the
concrete beside the Triton.
A lot of history surrounds this infa-
mous waterspout. A popular campus
myth, explained University Planner
Fred Mayer, describes how the foun-
tain changed shortly after its construc-
It was rumored, Mayer said, that one
day as Mrs. Horace Rackham (as in the
Rackham Graduate School) was driv-
ing by the fountain, she noticed that the
Triton's height obstructed the view of

iall as campus tradition
her husband's building, the Rackham dumped into the Triton's waters, he
Building. said.
In response to her complaint, the Vickers said such pranks occur about
fountain's pedestal was lowered. six times each school year.
Despite the mythical and forbidding He also commented on the array of
appearance of the bronze god, students items found tossed into the fountain,
still have mischevious fun with the ranging from pennies, to rubber bugs,
watery landmark. to socks and shirts: "You name it," he
Passing by the fountain the Saturday said.
of the Michigan-Memphis game, stu- The fountain remains in operation
dents may have noticed that the water in from late April until after Homecoming
the fountain was red. in the fall.
"That was the first time anyone has Duringthe time it's running, the foun-
(dyed the water red)," said Jack tain "is a focal point," Mayer said."You
Vickers, a University plant depart- always see mothers bringing their chil-
ment plumber. "Normally, people put dren there, people having their lunch
soap in it." there.
In the past, even goldfish were "It has become an attraction."
Washingt Post to print
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Gains bMuslim
soldiers jeopardize
Bosnia peace plan
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - A U.S. peace
initiative, promoted by diplomats over Bosnian Serb resis-
tance, was mired yesterday in new problems - the unprec-
edented battlefield gains of the Serbs' enemies.
While NATO airstrikes battered the rebel Serbs and forced
them to agree to withdraw their heavy weapons from around
Sarajevo, the army of the Muslim-led government and allied
Croat forces have taken huge chunks of territory from the Serbs.
Croat and government forces claim they have captured
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Bosnia - in the past week.
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editions of the Post
Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Acceding to
the request of the elusive Unabomber,
The Washington Post and The New
York Times agreed yesterday to pub-
lish the deadly terrorist's 35,000-word
manuscript in today's editions of the
Post at the request of the nation's top
law enforcement officials.
flrcniteconcern-, that nublicaition of

Post and The New York Times have
jointly faced the demand of a person
known as the Unabomber that we pub-
lish a manuscript of about 35,000
words," said Post publisher Donald E.
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Sulzberger Jr. in an unusual joint state-
ment. "If we failed to do so, the author
of this document threatened to send a
bomb to an unspecified destination with
intent to kill.'
"From the beginning, the two news-
papers have consulted closely on the
issue of whether to publish under the
threat of violence. We have also con-
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