1985-02-27; Central Michigan Life
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m Central Michigan LIFE Wi ednesday. February 27,1985 1985 CM LIFE 30pages Mount Pleasant. Mich 48859 Blanchard finalizes trustee appointments V0L68N0.73 by PAUL MASON UFE Managing Edttor After months of waiting, Gov. Blanchard Tuesday reappointed Margaret Riecker and Bernadine Denning to eight-year terms on CMU's Board of Trustees. Blanchard also appointed Mitch Kehetian, managing editor of the Macomb Daily News, to complete the remainder of Alfred Fortino's term, which expires December, 1986. Fortino, 70, resigned Tuesday, effective April 1. Kehetian confirmed Feb. 5 he had been appointed as trustee, and it appeared either Denning, a Democrat from Detroit, or Riecker, a Republican from Midland, would be reappointed. Greg Morris, Blanchard's director of personnel, said Kehetian and Denning were to be recommended for eight-year appointments, but then Fortino's resignation was confirmed. Fortino, of St. Louis, said Tuesday bis resignation was contingent upon the reappointment of Riecker, former Republican National Committee chairwoman. "I didn't think there was any question Dr. Denning would be reappointed and it looked like Mrs. Riecker would not be," Fortino said Tuesday. "If she would not have been reappointed to an eight-year term, I would not have not have resigned." Fortino, vacationing in Port St. Lucie, Fla., said Senate Majority Leader John Engler, R- Mount Pleasant, played a part in Riecker's reappointment. "Senator Engler had been in touch with the governor's office," Fortino said. He called me one day and I had already said that if my resignation would fuel Mrs. Riecker's reappointment, then I would." Engler Tuesday would not confirm his role in Riecker's reappointment except to say he "participated in some discussions." "The steps taken are not as important as the outcome," Engler said. "The important thing is the ultimate decision because that is what everyone is judged on." Engler said Riecker received support from constituents and friends all over the state. ♦See "Trustees"—page S Fortino resigns after 18 years Female allegedly assaulted Police are investigating the alleged assault of a woman Monday night near Brooks and Anspach halls, a Department of Public Safety report stated. " The victim, whose name was being withheld for her protection, reportedly went to Central Michigan Community Hospital after the attack, a report stated. Details about any injuries she may have sustained in the attack were not available. The assault was reported to have happened between 10 and 11 p.m. The Isabella County Sheriff's Department was called in with its tracking dog to locate the woman's alleged assailant, a report stated. No information was released to indicate whether a suspect had been caught. - Additional information about the incident was not being released pending further investigation by DPS. by PAUL MASON UFE Managing Editor Alfred Fortino's resignation from CMU's Board of Trustees Tuesday ended 18 years of service. Fortino, 70, of St. Louis, resigned from his trustee position two years early to facilitate the reappointment of Margaret Riecker, of Midland. "If she had not been reappointed, I would not have resigned," said Fortino, vacationing in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "I felt imperative that she be reappointed," he said. Fortino, an attorney, resigned his chair position Feb. 1, the same day President Harold Abel announced his resignation, effective July 5. Fortino was expected to remain a trustee. The time requirement of the position and his health were factors for his stepping down from chair, trustees said. "That thing about my health is a bunch of malarky," he said. "I resigned as chair, but when this matter of these appointments was in limbo and it was quite obvious Mrs. Riecker probably would not be reappointed, I decided to resign." "I would not have taken a reappointment after 1986 anyway," he added. Fortino was appointed to the Board in November, 1967 to replace E. Allan Morrow, who resigned. He was reappointed in 1970 and 1978 to eight-year terms. Fortino will be replaced by Mitch Kehetian, managing editor of the Macomb Daily News. Fortino's resignation is effective April 1 and Kehetian's term starts April 6, expiring December, 1986. Fortino said he does not plan to attend Board meetings Friday or Aprils. Ironically, Kehetian said he plans to walk out of any illegal Board meetings and Fortino cited the Michigan Open Meetings Act as indirectly leading to his resignation. The Open Meetings Act contributed to strife between Board members in public, Fortino said. "We had no differences on the Board of Trustees as long Alfred Fortino as we could get together by ourselves. Now, it's not legal to do that," Fortino said. "Indirectly, it did play a part in my resignation," he said. "There wouldn't have been a big feuding match." Still Fortino said he has enjoyed his 18 years on the Board. "My term on the Board was a very great pleasure to me and it was a privilege," he said. Committee to examine alternatives to street parties Fiery loss CM M.7M* Wtc*h»m More than $3,000 damage was done to the contents of a storage shed at 217S 3rd Street Tueday night. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department responded to the fire shortly before 8 p.m. Cause of the fire was linked to an electrical short in heating tape wrapped around a well pipe from in tbe shed, a fire department spokesman said. by TOM BUSS1NEAU LIFE Staff Writer A group of local residents, University and city officials are making early plans to deal with problems of the "End of the World" party. The End of the World Party Issue Ad Hoc Committee was formed through the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of February. The committee was initiated by officials from the Office of Student Life. "It is not an official committee. It is a group of people who share different concerns about the party. They are volunteering their efforts to make a safer celebration at the end of the year," Jim Sandy, executive director of the chamber, said. Approximately 4,000 people attended last year's party which resulted in seven arrests. Also, the city charged the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, 906 S. Main St., with a $2,604.47 bill to cover clean-up expenses and extra police patrolling hours. Sharon George, assistant director of the Office of Student Life, said the committee is comprised of approximately 30 people who are brainstorming to deal with the party problem. "Along with community residents on the committee are the Student Activity Advisory Board, the mayor, Jim Sandy, and members of the city commission," George said. George said the committee is not trying to disband parties. "Our goal is to come up with a proposal for the city and University of different programs. We want to offer activities and entertainment for the students. We don't want the main event to be on Main Street," George said. The group will have its second meeting tonight. No proposals have been developed yet. Sandy said the Chamber of Commerce would be supportive of the programs the committee presents. "There is a need to improve the positive image of the city and University,"' Sandy said. Sandy said the negative results from the party come from a small percent of CMU students. "Only about 3 percent of CMU's students participate in the party. The rest of the people who attend are outsiders and minors. The people who come from out-of-town don't care about the resident's property," Sandy said. Sandy said the other 97 percent of the students should emphasize the positive image of theUniversity and community. ♦See "Part y" — page 2 Due process lacking, Sig Ep appeal claims by PAUL MASON UFE Managing Editor Attorneys for Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity Monday filed an appeal of the University's decision to strip the group of its rights, claiming in part that due process was not carried out. In a 36-page appeal to President Harold Abel, attorneys Reynolds Campbell, a former Sig Ep, and J. David Kerr, former University counsel, requested that all charges alleged and sanctions imposed against the 90-member fraternity be dismissed. The appeal states, in part, that due process was not followed in a Dec 18 "Do novo" hearing. "Tribunal provided by the University was not fair and the hearing was not impartial," the appeal states. Tapes from a Nov. 16 hearing, with completely different charges, were used as evidence at the Dec. 18 hearing and Hearing Officer R. William Dunham "was not in a position to be impartial" and had preconceived opinions of the case, the appeal states. The fraternity was found guilty of raiding the Sigma Kappa sorority house. 814 S. Main, on Oct. 21 and for making an obscene chant to the Phi Mu sorority, 1808 Deming.on Oct. 28. A former female CMU student, charging former Sig Ep president Paul Bonaccinie, of Birmingham, with rape, was in the house at the time. . The fraternity was suspended for an indefinite period of time. The suspension would be lifted if, among other things, the national chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon revoke the Sig Ep's charter "from 1985 Winter Semester at least to the beginning of the 1987 Fall Semester." The appeal states Dunham incorrectly found that four female witnesses, members of Phi Mu sorority, identified the individuals involved in the Oct. 28 incident as members of Sigma Phi Epsilon. "None of the witnesses could identify a single person who took place in the incident. Nor would anyone say those persons were in fact members of the chapter," the appeal states. The attorneys were critical of the University's handling of the fraternity and the incidents. "The fraternity has continually suggested an educational approach be taken in this matter. The University at every turn has rejected that approach, seeking punishment through the death penalty," the appeal states. "Isn't it a shame the students of this University cannot look to their University to care about them? There were approximately 10-15 people at the Phi Mu house, there is no competent proof any of them were from Sigma Phi Epsilon, yet 90 students are punished..." the appeal states. President Harold Abel will make the decision regarding the appeal. Abel could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Russ Herron, assistant to the president, "guesses" Abel will make a decision in two to four weeks. Campbell earlier said, "We have no doubt this case eventually will be heard in Circuit Court or Federal Court..." Campbell Tuesday said any court action would follow Abel's decision. In Brief The University Health Center is offering a free measles immunization clinic Thursday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. in the lower level of the Bovee University Center. The clinic also will be today from 3 to 6 p.m. in Troutman Hall. Inside Unpaid parking violations can stop transcripts. page 3 Travelers get tips to make the trip fly by. page 16 Sports Weather The women's basketball team gears up for their final home game. page 12 Partly cloudy and cool today. Highs mid 20s to mid 30s. Chance of flurries tonight. Lows low teens to low 20s.
|Title||1985-02-27; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Wednesday, February 27, 1985 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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