Couzens elections cause uproar
The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, April 14, 1982--Page 3
Newly elected MSA
members sworn in
By BETH ALLEN
Confusion reigned this week at Couzens Hall as feuds
over house council elections led to the resignation of
the current council's president, vice president, and
three council members.
House Council President Patsy Campbell and Vice
President Susan Brune resigned last week, following
a decision by Couzens building director Mandy Brat-
ton to schedule new elections for next year's council
president and vice president.
Candidates came to Bratton last week complaining
that the house council had failed to publicize the final
vote tallies for the March 24 election.
"In the past, they had never released the totals,"
*said Brune, who along with Campbell and a Couzens
resident director had been responsible for counting
The candidates carried their appeal to the Univer-
sity Housing Office on the issue and the house council
agreed to release vote totals after a recount of the
narrow two-vote margin between the two top
BRATTON SAID that house council members then
realized the winners of the election had been declared
unconstitutinally - the council found that under the
Couzens constitution the candidates needed a
majority to win, not the plurality used to declare the
With the backing of the Housing Office, Bratton
decided to hold the entire election again on April 12,
vetoing Campbell's and Brune's suggestions to hold a
runoff between the two top candidates for each office.
"We really didn't think in good conscience we could
administer it (the election) again," Brune said.
BRATTON SAID she decided to call for another
election because it had been a full two weeks since the
original March 24 election, and tension had escalated
within the dorm.
"Students were beginning to conduct their- own in-
vestigations" into allegations that candidates had
violated campaign rules and that the voting had been
fixed, Bratton said.
In a memo to Couzens residents April 9, Bratton
stated that although there was 'no indication of
deliberate misconduct" by either candidates or of-
ficers, the election had not been run "with the due
amount of care and diligence" and that it was in the
residents' best interest to repeat the election.
CAMPBELL AND Brune both said they resigned
because they felt the house council was not properly
consulted in the decision to repeat the elections,
rather than hold a runoff.
Campbell called the lack of communication bet-
ween Bratton and the council "the biggest factor" in
her decision to resign, and Brune said her resignation
was made to "dramatize" to the Housing Office the
problems with the election.
Brune said she would have preferred to see the
house council deal with the problem. "(Campbell)
and I were willing to take full responsibility (for the
elections)," Brune said.
KURT OSMER and Karen Gardner, two of the
council members who resigned, said they quit to
show support for Campbell and Brune.
"I didn't like the way (Bratton) was trying to take
over what we were doing," Osmer said.
Hill Dormitories Director Kathy Beauvais said she
supported Bratton's decision.
"Starting from scratch just seemed in the best in-
terest," Beauvais said. "There were too many
By GEORGE ADAMS
The newly elected members of the
Michigan Student Assembly were
sworn in last night, and formally
took over the reigns of power of the,
campus-wide student government.
The outgoing MSA administration
cleared up some old business before
outgoing President Jon Feiger of-
fered some final comments to his
successor on the assembly.
In his last speech to the assembly,
Feiger outlined some of the advan-
ces he said MSA had made in the
past year, and offered some advice
and suggestions to the incoming
members in an effort to sustain
QUOTING from Jean-Paul Sartre,
Feiger said, "if you're not active,
you don't exist." He called for for-
mal student involvement and direct
action on the issues the assembly
will face in the coming year.
He also tried to dissuade the
newcomers from following a course
of what he calls "senseless
After Feiger's address, the
outgoing assembly adjourned for the
last time, and the gavel was passed
to incoming president Amy Moore.
The new assembly members
became acquainted with one another
and established some basic rules
and procedures. The new members
also set the calendar for their future
Oscar Peterson, considered by many to be the greatest living jazz pianist,
will tickle the ivories tonight in an 8 p.m. performance at Hill Auditorium.
Panel blasts Reagan's
Cinema II-Masculine-Feininine, 7 p.m.; Two or Three Things I Know
About Her, 9 p.m., Lorch.
CFT - The Seventh Seal, 4, 7, 9 p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Modern Romance, 7,8:40 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
AffirmatiVe Action - Public Awareness Film Festival, 4 p.m., MLB Lec.
RC/AC film series - El Salvador: Another Vietnam, 8 p.m., 126 E. Quad.
Ark - Open-Mike Night. 9 p.m., 1421 Hill St.
Theater & Drama - "Mary Stuart," 8p.m., Power Center.
Gilbert & Sullivan Society - "Patience," 8p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre.
Afroamerican & African Studies - George Jones, "Perspectives in
Modern Biology'' noon, 246 Lorch.
Ind. & Opers. Eng. - Thomas Saaty, "Decision-making in Complex En-
vironments," 4 p.m., 229 W. Engin.
Psychistry & CEW - Nancy Andreasen, "Computerized Tomograph Scan
Abnormalities & Neurological Models of Schizophrenia," 9:30 a.m., CPH
Russian & E. European Studies - Ellen Schwarz, "'Frescoes at Pee:
Cross Currents in Medieval Serbia," noon, Lane Hall Commons Rm.
Transcendental Meditation - Intro. Lee., 1 & 8 p.m., 4313 Union.
Chemistry - Janet Smith, "Liquid Chromatography in Microcolumns," 4
p.m., 1200 Chem., Juan Luengo, "Asbects of the Intramolecular Diels-Alder
Reaction," 4 p.m., 1300 Chem.
Classical Studies - Zane Udris, "Threshholds in Catullus 68," 4:10 p.m.,
History/Amer. Culture/Women's Studies - Linda Gordon, "Single,
Mothers, Child Abuse and the Birth of ADC," 4 p.m., Rackham E. Conf. Rm.
Statistics - V. Susarla, "Adaptive Estimation in Linear Regression," 3:30
p.m., 1447 Mason.
Libertarian League - Flint chapter representatives of We the People
A.C.T. will speak on the Tax Protest Movement, 7:30 p.m., 52 Greene, E.
Organization of Arab Students/General Union for Palestine Students -
Joe Stork, "Struggle for Oil in the Gulf States," 3 p.m., Union Pendleton Rm.
Academic Alcoholics -1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
Science Fiction Club - "Stilyagi Air Corps," 8:15 p.m., Union Ground Fl.
Gay Undergraduates -9 p.m., for more info call 763-4186.
Commission.for Women - noon, 2549 LSA.
Nurses' Christian Fellowship -4 p.m., 4128 Sch. of Nursing.
CEW - Two Career Decision-Making Groups neeting at 7:30 p.m. and
1:30 p.m., 2nd fl. of Huron Valley National Bank Bldg.
WCBN - "Radio Free Lawyer: Discussion of Legal Issues," 6 p.m., 88.3-
Tau Beta Pi - Free, walk-in tutoring (lower level math and science), 7-11
p.m., 307 UGLi; 8-10 p.m., 2332 Bursley.
Int. Ctr. - Brown bag European travel film series, Switzerland, noon, Int.
Ctr. Rec. Rm.
Innovation Ctr./IDD & IST - Sem., "Strategic Research Planning to
Stimulate New Markets & New Products,"8 a.m. -5 p.m., North Campus
Extension Service - 17th Annual Fire Apparatus Supervisors Semi, 8:30
a.m., Fire Service Instruction & Res. Ctr., North Campus.
Hopwood Program - 1982 Hopwood Awards & Children's Book Council
Award will be announced, 4 p.m., Rackham Lec. Hall.,
SYDA Foundation - Hatha Yoga on-going practice class, 4:45 p.m., 902
Alpha Phi Omega/Red Cross - Campus-Wide Blood Dr., 11 a.m. - 4:30
p.m., Union Ballroom.
Museum of Art - Art Break, Barbara Krause, "Margaret Watson Parker:
A Collector's Legacy," 12:10 p.m.
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By DEREK COHN
Two University professors and a lob-
byist who represents the state in
Washington unanimously denounced
President Reagan's proposed "New
Federalism" program yesterday in a
panel discussion held at the Law
The proposal was criticized variously
as being unworkable, an unfair burden
to the states, and a program without
"ideological justification," and all par-
ticipants predicted the president's idea
would face considerable difficulty in
THE PRESIDENT'S program, which
was outlined in the State of the Union
Address, calls for the return of some 60
Federal grant-in-aid programs to the
states, including the food stamp
program and the aid to families with
dependent children program. In ex-
change, the federal government is to
assume the cost of Medicare and
Medicaid, two health insurance plans
that are already subsidized by the
The president has proposed funding
the "swap" of programs through the
creation of a $28 billion reserve from
which states could draw. The money in
the trust fund would come from excise
-taxes and windfall profits taxes. The
fund would be diminished by 25 percent
each year for the next four years, when
it would be eliminated and the power to
levy the excise taxes would be given to
During the discussion, Law Prof.
Sallyanne Payton said the proposals
lack any basic coherence. "There's no
underlying principles or concepts in the
spending area," she said.
IF THE federal government is to
commit itself to providing a certain,
basic level of services for its citizens,
she argued, it makes no sense to turn
over one such "safety net" program to
the states while keeping others. "The
question is not state's rights or
sovereignty, but who ought to be in
charge of what," she said.
"If a 'floor' is to be established, we
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she said. "It has the deepest pocket and
it is an issue of national scope."
David Harrison, director of the
Washington, D.C. office of the State of
Michigan, said there were at least two
aspects of the New Federalism plan
which made Governor Milliken
question the value of the proposal for
HARRISON said that while federal
control of the administration of the
Medicaid and Medicare programs
would mean an increase in the benefits
available to the citizens of some states,
Michigan, which has a comprehensive
Medicaid program, would suffer some
cutbacks. Augmentation to the federal
program, which would be necessary to
bring the services up to their previous
levels, would increase the financial
burden on the state, Harrison said.
Harrison was also skeptical about the
proposals for funding the state's in-
creased financial burdens. While the
federal government would return $1
billion in programs to the states, the
new revenue sources will provide only
$300-400 million in new taxes, he said.
Prof. Thomas Anton of the Political
Science Department said it is not clear
that New Federalism will even attack
the problems it professes to solve.
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