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Editorial Freedom 40.
Vol. XCI V-No. 143 Copyright 1984, The Michigan Daily Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, March 30, 1984 Fifteen Cents Twelve pages,
Officials fear effects of playing 'killer' game
By CAREY ZEISER
Imagine walking into a dormitory and being met by
a stranger with a gun. What would you do? Possibly
the same thing one student did last week in East Quad
- call the police.
The gunman in this case, however, was a student
playing "The Assassination Game," or "Killer," a.
controversial contest in which each player is
assigned another player to "kill" with a toy gun while
being stalked by a third player.
INCIDENTS like the one in East Quad happen
every time the game is played," said housing
security supervisor Fran Foster.
Last year security officers and Ann Arbor police
stormed the Union when an LSA sophomore playing
the game was thought to be a real "killer."
Most of the players insist that the game is a
harmless release of tension, but Foster and officials
on other campuses where the game is played say it is
disruptive and can promote real violence.
AT BROWN University, the assassin game is no
longer played because of a two-year-old agreement
between students and Associate Dean John Robinson.
"It didn't take much convincing to make students
aware of the problems and potential liabilities
involved in the game," Robinson said. Among the
problems at Brown were students chasing their
victims through the libraries and - harassing each
other, Robinson added.
The game is still played at Princeton University,
although the administration has officially
disapproved of it.
University officials here also object to the game. "I
don't think it should be allowed," said Director of
Public Safety Walt Stevens.
ASSOCIATE Housing Director John Heidke said
the game pr.esents "a lightheartedness about an issue
that should be taken more seriously" and is "in
conflict with what this campus is all about."
.l See STUDENT, Page 6
By DAVID VANKER
Over 100 University students were
told this week that the dormitory leases
they signed for next year were in-
correctly priced $250 less than the ac-
The March 22 letter explains that the
eases for triple rooms for returning
students were printed with the price!
$2194.46 rather than the correct price of
$2452.10. It says students now have the
option of signing an amendment correc-
ting the price of choosing not to live in
the dorms next year.
"THIS IS a typo," said dousing In-
formation Director Leroy Williams.
"All the literature had the 'proper'
mount. If I'd overcharged I'd have
one the same thing."
The housing office's "Reapplication
Schedule, 1984-85," which was placed in
dorm residents' mailboxes over spring
break, correctly lists the price of a
triple as $2452.10 and an economy triple
as $2194.46. The correct price list also
appeared on the payment schedule,
which has been available since
But the letter came as a surprise to
Couzens freshmen Tom Horsley and
See LEASE, Page 7
by MARCY FLEISHER
SMART candidates Scott Page and
Steve Kaplan were elected president
and vice president of the Michigan
Student Assembly yesterday by a slim
The LSA juniors captured 1,071 of the
MSA's elections director is
being blamed for many of the
problems with this year's
election. See story, page 2.
3,929 votes cast in the presidential race,
followed by It's Our. University (IOU)
with 939 and Let's Make Needs Our
Priorities (LMNOP) with 852.
BOTH PAGE and. Kaplan said they
were pleased with their victory. "We're
bouncing off the wall," said Page last
"I'm really happy and have positive
feelings about what we can do in MSA
this year," he said.
Ballot counting for the presidential
race lasted from 6 p.m. Wednesday
night until 3:30 a.m. yesterday, said
current MSA President Mary Rowland.
THE REMAINING presidential
ballots were cast for the Responsible
Assembly Party (RAP) and YOU!
which received 852 and 517 votes
respectively. Write-in candidate Dr.
Spock, who is fictional, won 105 votes.
As of last night, only three of the 12
LSA representatives had been deter-
mined: Junior Marc Gittleman (LM-
NOP), Sophomore Homer Thiel
(SMART) and Freshman Ben Long
(IOU). The number of votes they
received was not available last night.
Final results of the LSA respresen-
tative races are expected today, said
ALTHOUGH Rowland ran on the IOU
party's ticket last year and endorsed
IOU candidates this year, she said she
is pleased with the election results.
"Having worked with Steve
(Kaplan), I know he will do a fine job. I
also know that Scott, too, is competent
and will do a good job," Rowland said.
After getting some sleep, the SMART
winners said they would begin
evaluating new MSA members in order
to make appointments.
"OUR FIRST accomplishment will
See SMART, Page 2
Students say 'no'.
to code in elec tions
By CLAUDIA GREEN
Student voters overwhelmingly said
the University should not adopt a code
of non-academic conduct during the
Michigan Student Assembly's election
Tuesday and Wednesday.
The results also show that if there is
to be a new set. of disciplinary
guidelines and a judicial system, that
students want the proposal put to a
THE FIRST questin on the ballot
asked students if the University and
MSA should support a code of non-
academic conduct. Of the 4,096 students
who answered, 79 percent said they
would not want such a decument at the
There is, however, confusion as to
whether students actually understood
According to MSA president-elect
Scott Page, students who may support
some type of code, but not the current
proposed one, were probably confused
See STUDENTS, Page!9
Body language Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
Two members of the University's Mime Troupe strut their stuff in yester-
day's presentation, Mimages. The group will appear again tonight at 8
p.m. in the Residential College East Auditorium.
Parties fight for control in City
This is the first of a
three-part series on Cit v Council
candidates in the April 2 election.
&rofiles on the remaining wards and
ha/lot proposals will appear
tomorrow and Sunday.
By ERIC MATTSON
Democrat Larry Hunter may be the
only candidate running for City Council
in the student-dominated First Ward,
but the incumbent is still making cam-
Hunter is determined to continue his
ast efforts to provide a shelter for the
city's homeless. Although Hunter's pet
project has had an uphill battle in
Council and faced stiff opposition from
neighborhood groups, he says the city
must make a committment to humand
"IN MY opinion, the city should
provide services that ensure that
human beings and individuals do not go
hungry and at least have a roof over
their head," says Hunter, 32.
But that is only the minimum, he
says. The city should also fund job
training programs, the Salvation Army
and Safe House, a shelter for victims of
Although the city should not be in
charge of running these services, Hun-
ter says the city should be a catalyst by
See HUNTER, Page 9
By CAROLINE MULLER
Ann Arbor's Republican-controlled
City Council only gives lip service to
local -human rights groups, says
Democrat James Burchell who is vying
for a. Second Ward seat in next week's
. If Democrats win a majority on coun-
cil it "could bring about a whole change
of perspective," says the 29-year-old
BUT BURCHELL faces a tough op-
ponent in GOP incumbent James Blow
who has held the Second Ward seat for
Blow has strong support from the
city's business sector for his commit-
ment to bringing more retail and high-
lliirchcll technology firms into Ann Arbor.
.. ckshm e sThe 32-year-old civics teacher at
... backs human services See IR()AI). Page 6
Hun ter rlow
... running unopposed ... supports business
F OR A fictitious character who has never even beamed
close to Ann Arbor. Mr: Spock of Star Trek fame fared
well in this week's MSA election. OK, so he finished last. He
received 105 votes, about 900 short of a stunning upset. But
that's not bad considering he doesn't exist. After all, his
campaign got a late start. And he did even better in the
minor races. tving the top vote-getter in a tight race for
W AlHEELING police are said to have been up in the air
over a double-parking problem - when the vehicle turned
out to be a helicopter. The chopper showed up in a parking
lot for tenants at an apartment house. After a lengthy
operation at a Pittsburgh hospital, a Wheeling doctor was in
a hurry to make the start of a 10,000-meter race planned to
benefit an Easter Seals campaign. Dr. William Longphre
had planned to land his machine at the Linsly Institute field
Don't even joke about it
YOU KNOW how you aren't even allowed to joke about
hijacking a plane while you're in an airplane? Well the
New York Department of Motor Vehicles now says you
can't even joke about drunk driving. The department
recently recalled five special license plates: BOOZE,
BOOZEMAN, BOOZEUP, BOOZER 1, and BOOZER 8. The
supervisor of special registration for the department said
she told the drivers to surrender the plates on the instruc-
tions of her boss, who decided after a citizen's complaint
the wee hours of 10:15 p.m. every Thursday.
Also on this date in history:
" 1941 - The University swimming team captured their
8th national title with a victory over Yale University.
" 1962 - A Michigan Senate tax hassle bogged down state
appropriations to colleges and universities and the Senate
voted to withhold state aid until the mess was unraveled.
" 1974 - Richard Nixon received the Daily's annual
"Edgar" award, given to the individual who "most
represented the life of the great humanitarian J. Edgar