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Mandatory funding questioned
public comments session, Banner, who each area. Approval of mandatory fun- was just mishandled." He did say, of handling our own affairs," h
was unsuccessful in his bid for an MSA ding three years was requested, but however, that the election problems and also said he resents the
seat in tl contested election, ad- Johnson said he conceded to the two- were the primary reason behind the dif- ference in the election matters.
vocated a voluntary system of funding year request because of the election ficulties with MSA receiving man- TUESDAY, JOHNSON rej
for MSA. "MSA should be an problems. datory funding. plan from the old steering coma
organization we can choose to support Regent Thomas Roach (D-Grosse ROACH ALSO objected to MSA's MSA which would have establ
or not support," he said. Point), said he could foresee separating request for $9,000 for internal funding. interim Assembly consisting o
"It (the election problem) raises Student Legal Services funding from However, when Arnson informed him and Vice President Kate Rubin
questions in the mind of myself and the funds which would be given to MSA. that a ballot question on the issue was as the Assembly representati'
others about this," he added. Arnson said separating the two would resoundingly defeated, Roach with- schools and colleges who were
THE AGENDA request for the $2.92 be the worst thing that could happen for drew his suggestion that $9,000 be taken earlier this month.
mandatory funding, endorsed by John- MSA because chances are the MSA away from the fund allocation. Arnson said he thought the
son, currently gives $1.74 to Student assessment would no longer be man- "The Regents are really angry about were angry about more than1
Legal Services, $.15 to a course datory, and the Assembly would have something," said Arnson. "This is their tions, and said he thought tha
evaluation project, $.06 to the Tenants' much less money for internal and ex- chance to vent some frustration. Its the reasons may have been
Union, and $.97 to MSA for internal ternal projects. clear they're not listening to the wants which Legal Services was wo
operations and external allocations, but Roach said, "It (the election of students. which would have involved the
does not specify how much should go to problems) really wasn't their fault. It "We've demonstrated we're capable sity.
He added he would be talkii
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MSA, and try to answer questions and
clear up any misunderstanding the
Regents might have about the election
and MSA's use of itsfunds.
WHEN INTRODUCING the
resolution, Smith said, "It seems to me
that MSA has done a credible job in per-
forming the services it is sgpposed to.
However, the student election gives us
a problem - a real problem." He then
briefly outlined the election problems,
citing election challenges by both the
major parties in the election, the
People's Action Coalition (PAC) and
the Student Alliance for Better
Representation (SABRE), along with
problems the Central Student Judiciary
(CSJ), the judiciary body which rules
on certification of the election.
"I cannot speak for the allegations,
and I cannot speak to the validity of the
election," Smith said, "but regrettably,
under those circumstances, it appears
to us (the executive officers) that we do
not have a Michigan Student Assem-
"MR. JOHNSON is not in the
business of grabbing power," he also
said, "and we must maintain the in-
tegrity of MSA, which could be done in
"I think what the Regents are con-
sidering would be a serious mistake,"
said Sullivan. "It would be a serious
mistake to give any administrator the
power to decide whether the MSA elec-
tion should or should not be certified.
There is absolutely nothing we can do
"This is something that should be
decided by students," he said. "This is
a situation where executive officers,
who know very little of the facts, go and
make a recommendation affecting
students. If they approve of the
resolution - which I assume they'll do
- it cuts out student input."
SULLIVAN advocated working out
any problem with Johnson and his staff,
but not giving them any final decision-
"They insist on looking at us as
children," Sullivan said. "They're
going to step on us, and let us know
Former Assembly member Pam
Gordon said, "Even students make
mistakes. Why shouldn't we be allowed
to rectify our own errors?"
"ALL OF A sudden, everything we
did all year doesn't make any differen-
ce at all," Sullivan said.
He also said he was angry because
Assembly members learned of the
decision about the resolution just shor-
tly before the meeting, and that they
had no time to adequately respond to
what the Regents and executive of-
ficers were doing.
Johnson would not let those involved
in MSA know about any decisions made
by the executive officers.
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