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nangle
ledges claim
Greek adviser
ed to action
Sam T. Dudek '
aly Staff Reporter
Amid allegations of unsatisfactory
eadership, Triangle fraternity was
laced on suspension Monday by its
ational office in Indianapolis.
While under suspension, the Triangle
ouse will not be permitted to take part
*n any inter-fraternity events, including
reek Week or fall and winter rushes.
Bob Hamlett, national executive di-
ector of the fraternity, said the local
hapter was suspended because ofques-
ionable membership and leadership.
"We were concerned because a sig-
ificant portion of the leadership of the
hapter was from outside the house," he
said.
Many members of the University's
Sigma Alpha Mu chapter joined Tri-
gle after SAM's charter was sus-
nded by its national office in January.
e national Sigma Alpha Mu organi-
tion cited a "failure to meet national
fraternity standards," according to a
anuary statement from the Office of
reek Life. That fraternity was on pro- The Trian
.ation at the time for "behavioral prob-
lems."
Ari Stern, the local Triangle chapter's house, or
president, denies that executive offic- he said.
ers of Triangle's local chapter have Lande
been active members at Sigma Alpha shal had
Mu. "I was
"We did absolutely nothing wrong," decision"
he said yesterday. the Trian
Zach Freeman, an LSA sophomore Arker
and Triangle pledge, said he believes withthe
the Office of Greek Life has "been Alpha M
down our backs." got really
Josh Arker, also a Triangle pledge, new hou
agreed. said.
"I think we're being harassed by Terry Arker
Landes," Arker claimed of the frater- fire mars
nity coordinator at the Office of Greek attemptt
Life. "We've seen him outside the Ann

fraternity suspended

Budget battle
continues for
AmeriCorps
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans attacked the
government's youth service program yesterday at a House
subcommittee hearing, saying AmeriCorps was costly and
had made faulty spending choices in a few instances.
However, the chairman of the investigation and oversight
subcommittee, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), suggested
there are other alternatives short of eliminating President
Clinton's prized program.
Congress has zeroed out next year's funding for the na-
tional program, but budget negotiations are not over. The
President has said he will not allow the project to die.
"I must regretfully say I feel in some ways betrayed by
AmeriCorps," said Hoekstra, one of several dozen Republi-
cans who voted for the legislation to create the program in
1993.
Republicans focused their questions on the money avail-
able per participant, which they believed was too high, and
whether some organizations given AmeriCorps grants were
using AmeriCorps participants for political activities.
AmeriCorps policy prohibits political activity by members
during their workday.
Luise Jordan, inspector general of the Corporation for
National Service, the agency that oversees AmenCorps,
acknowledged AmeriCorps members under the ACORN
Housing Corporation were used this year to help recruit new
ACORN members for political advocacy activities. The
AmeriCorps members were intended to advise low-income
families on purchasing homes.
Jordan said, for example, a local ACORN official in Dallas
stated the only reason for having the AmeriCorps program
was to gain new ACORN members. If AmeriCorps loan
counseling clients did not start becoming ACORN members,
she said she would stop the AmeriCorps project. Membership
is $60.
"This is simply an unacceptable and inappropriate use of
tax dollars," Hoekstra said.
After an AmeriCorps investigation into ACORN, the advo-
cacy group agreed to the termination of its AmeriCorps funding.
Democrats praised AmeriCorps as a prominent example of
Americans helping Americans.
"Why is the program under attack? It's purely political,"
said Gene Green (D-Texas), who suggested Republicans did
not want to be associated with a project Clinton favored.
Harris Wofford, the newly sworn-in head of the Corpora-
tion for National Service, defended the program as an effec-
tive catalyst for traditional community volunteering.
After Wofford offered "mid-course corrections" in the
program, Hoekstra indicated AmeriCorps might survive.

JOE WE
gle fraternity, located at 1501 Washtenaw Ave., has been suspended by its national office because of questionable leadership.

in his car watching the house,"
s said the Ann Arbor fire mar-
requested he visit the house.
s not involved in any sort of
" regarding the suspension of
ngle house, Landes said.
alleged that Landes was angry
pledges and members of Sigma
lu who pledged Triangle. "He
y mad at the fact that we got a
use and started over," Arker
also said that Landes sent the
hal to the Triangle house in an
o find incriminating violations.
Arbor Fire Marshall Scott

f

Rayburn said Landes was not involved
in the decision to inspect the Triangle
house.
"Every year we check fraternities
and sororities and places we deem a
higher hazard," he said. "This year,
Triangle was in our cycle (of buildings
to check)."
The University's Triangle fraternity
chapter was founded in 1925 as a civil
engineering fraternity, and has since ex-
panded its scope to include mathematics,
sciences and all engineering fields. Tri-
angle has been in its current house at 1501
Washtenaw Ave. since 1977.
Delta Chi Vice President Denny
See TRIANGLE, Page 2

Closed
Fraternities
Triangle fraternity0
was suspened this
week. Several
campus houses have also
faced charter trouble:
Sigma Phi Epsilon turned in its charter last fall after a
pledge was admitted to University Hospitals for alcohol
poisoning.
Lambda Chi Epsilon's charter was revoked following
expensive renovations.
Sigma Alpha Mu's charter was suspended by their
national in January because of a "failure to meet national
fraternity standards," according to an Office of Greek Life
statement.

U

Cabini
lobby
troops
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -T]
ministration made its ca
yesterday for the deploy
20,000 U.S. troops for pe
Bosnia, but the effort d
mixed reactions, from gr
escence to skepticism an
In Capitol Hill hearing
tary of State Warren Ch
Defense Secretary Willi
tended such a mission is
interest because the con
could spread throughou
out enforcement ofa new
They assured lawmak
keeping force would be
mand of the U.S.-led Is
Treaty Organization, w
authority and the capab
itself fully and would n
mission from the United
"We're not going ove
a war," Perry told the
Services Committee. Bu
U.S. forces are attacke
they will bring a large ha
them immediately."
The hearings, first bef
Services Committee an
the Senate Foreign Rela
tee, were the start of a ser
Congress slated to hear
plans for the Bosnia ope
Today, the two Cabins
pear before the House N
rity Committee and the]f
tional Relations Commit
Shalikashvili, chairman
Chiefs of Staff, will acco
the hearings.
Shalikashvili said th
"achievable" militarily.
Few lawmakers supp

et

members

MSA pays for D.C.

on Hill for
for Balkans
he Clinton ad- Contact G r un
se to Congress
tment of about dividedon
eacekeeping in
rew decidedly
rudging acqui- Balkans issues.
nd opposition.
gs, U.S. Secre-
hristopher and Los Angeles Times
am Perry con- MOSCOW - Diplomats of the
in the national chronically discordant Contact Group
flict in Bosnia on Bosnia deemed yesterday's ses-
t Europe with- sion a last chance to forge a united
v peace accord. strategy before a Balkans peace con-
;ers the peace- ference in the United States later this
under the com- month, but left still sharply divided
North Atlantic on vital issues.
ould have the Despite vowsto intensify media?
ility to defend tion efforts and vague claims of nar-
ot require per- rowing their internal differences, ne
Nations to act. gotiators from the five-nation team:
r there to fight trying to broker peace in former Y-
Senate Armed goslavia conceded they remained at
t, he added, "if odds with each other over how to
d by anyone, approach the warring parties.
Ammer down on "Do not assume we are going to
sail into a peace agreemgent,' U.S..
fore the Armed envoy Richard Holbrobke warned.
d later before after the two-day session that ap-
tions Commit- peared more successful in solving
ries of sessions Russia's domestic political frictions
administration than in boosting the prospects for
ration. Balkan peace.
et officers ap- "There is 'much too much of an
National Secu- assumption that we have peace around
Hlouse nterna- the corner," Holbrooke told journal-
ttee. Gen. John ists. "Peace is not around the corner."
n of the Joint The main conflict plaguing the
mpany them at Contact Group forthe past few months.
has been the irreconcilable policies
he mission is espoused by Russia and the other four
countries in the forum - the United.
port a Bosnia States, Britain, France and Germany-

trip 4espil
By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
Following three Michigan Student
Assembly members' sojourn to the
nation's capital this weekend, External
Relations Committee Chair Fiona Rose
and President Flint Wainess defended
allegations that funding for the trip was
not approved by the assembly.
However, after some debate, the as-
sembly voted to approve the $1,371
expenditure, which covered airfare and
hotel accommodations for Wainess,
Rose and Federal Liaison Andy Schor.
The three traveled to Washington for a
conference of the National Association
of Students in Higher Education, and
lobbied legislators for federal financial
aid while they were in town.
The assembly did not officially ap-
prove the expense before Wainess au-
thorized a check for travel expenses -
although Rose allocated $928 in the
ERC budget earlier this year for two
delegates to attend the conference.
"We went on a productive and im-
portant trip. However, I should have
followed the procedures more thor-
oughly," Wainess said. Wainess said he
thought he was authorizing a check for
the $900 conference dues, which was
approved by the assembly, when he
signed the authorization for the travel
expenses.
Although many assembly members
said the mistake was an honest and
unintentional one, Academic Affairs
Commission Chair Dan Serota ex-

e. mstake
pressed concern over Wainess' actions.
"It has become apparent that Flint
has no respect for the constitution of
MSA or the students ofthe U-M," Serota
said. "Each week he has found some
way to break the law, from illegally
appointing reps to drawing on MSA
funds without approval of assembly,"
said Serota, who is running for a posi-
tion on the assembly in November with
the Wolverine Party.
Rose and Wainess, both members of
the Michigan Party, acknowledged that
they had breached MSA Compiled Code.
"It's a question of whether I screwed
up and I did," Rose said. "It's not a big
deal.
"The conference was an excellent
opportunity to have a national coalition
of students agree that higher education
funding is vital now and vital to our
future," Rose said.
Students' Party member Jonathan
Freeman said he admired the way Rose
and Wainess handled their mistake.
"Everybody's making mistakes,"
Freeman said. "The fact that they were
apologetic about it shows a lot ofmatu-
rity and a lot of integrity on their part.
"I don't think it's right to foot them
with a $1,300 bill for something that
was clearly an MSA activity, but I do
not think that what they did was com-
pletely kosher," Freeman said.
LSA sophomore Srinu Vourganti,
who is also running for a spot on the
assembly, said, "We need to look at a
better way of allocating our money."

JOE:WESTRATEi-aily
Taking a break
Jason Bidwell, an LSA senior, takes a minute to read the sports page before his
University bus route begIns.

Homecoming preparations come together

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Returning alumni and spirited students can look
forward to a full weekend of Homecoming activities
Oct. 26-29.
Unusual fare includes a daylong leadership forum

Homecoming information.
The cost for conference registration is $7 before
Oct. 23, and $10 after.
For information on the conference, call 763-5900.
For more information on the brunch, call 763-9747..

University President Emeritus Harlan Hatcher.
Hatcher held the office from 1951 to 1968.
Birchfield described Hatcher as one of the
University's most active supporters.
Andrea Joyce, host of CBS-TV's "At the Half"and
"Eye on Sports," and a 1976 University graduate, will

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