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OPINION

Page 4

Monday, March 16, 1987

The Michigan Daily

Gle idiantiu
Edited and managed by students at The University of Michigan
Vol. XCVII, No. 112 420 Maynard St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board
All other cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
The Daily endorses Students First for MSA:

4

MSA
Bigfoot party

Weine and Felton

W HILE NONE OF THE FOUR
parties running for MSA executive
positions demonstrate overwhelm -
ing superiority, the strongest
candidacy, on balance, is that of
the Students First party nominees
for president and vice president:
Ken Weine and Becca Felton.
Both candidates have been active
in the assembly. They are more
experienced than their opponents.
Weine has worked as chairman of
the Student Rights Committee and
Felton has worked on the
Women's Issues Committee, cur -
rently serving as co-chair of the
Communications Committee. Fel -
ton's work has been instrumental
in implementing the Nite Owl and
emergency phones.
Weine and Felton have also been
active in the fight against the
proposed code of non-academic
conduct. The Student Rights com -
mittee, under Weine, has worked
to publicize the no-code fight in the
dorms and has been successful to
the extent that the code has not yet
been passed. Many students,
however, still do not realize what
the code is; much work remains.
The Students First party pledged
to make students more influential at
the city level by appointing a liason
between MSA and the Ann Arbor
City Council.
The other three parties all have
good ideas but lack the experience
of Students First.
The Bigfoot party candidates,
David Newblatt for president and
Charles Heckstall for vice presi -
dent, want to increase student
power. To accomplish this aim,
they propose increasing MSA's
visibility by eliminating the MSA
Campus Report and using other
media to inform students of the
agenda and issues covered by
MSA. The Bigfoot candidates
believe that they can improve
MSA's image, and therefore its
power, by eliminating MSA's
involvement in non-campus issues
and instead concentrating on local
concerns.
Heckstall is a particularly im -
pressive spokesman for minority
issues. His experience in the Black
Student Union and in the Black
Greek system would make him
effective in dealing with the
problem of racism, which all the
candidates agree is of crucial
importance on campus.
Newblatt has not been as active a
member of the assembly as either
Weine or Felton. His position, on
the PIRGIM issue has undergone a
transformation; he voted against a
refundable fee as an assembly
member but now claims to support
it. Though Newblatt is a member
of the University Council which is
empowered to write the code, he
has a smaller understanding of the
issue than Weine. Newblatt also

had the tendency to sit mute at
council meetings while Weine was
outspoken.
The Blue party, represented by
presidential candidate Seth Klukoff
and vice presidential candidate
David Vogel, promises to bring
MSA back to the students. To do
this they plan to hold MSA
meetings in the dorms, have issue
forums, bring college governments
into the MSA process, and have a
non-voting student regent. The
candidates claim that since they
brought back the Michigan
Review, they can do the same with
MSA. Though Klukoff is very
articulate in describing his aims,
the Blue candidates have less
applicable experience than their
opponents.
The Blue party's most serious
fault is its unwillingness to be
confrontational with the regents on
the code issue. Though claiming a
no code position, the Blue party
also stressed a low key approch to
the administration.
The Flash candidates, like the
the other three parties', believe that
MSA has to come back to the
students. Their candidates David
Sternlicht for president and John
Villanueva for vice president are
energetic researchers and have
some good ideas but are too
combative to work effectively with
the rest of the assembly.
All the candidates agree that
MSA is most effective and
respected by the students when it
does things on campus such as
lobbying to establish the emer-
gency phones and fighting the
code. Because of their experience
on the Students Rights and
Womens Issues committees, Weine
and Felton would be the best
qualified to continue this work.
Past work in the assembly
should be the deciding factor, since
the basic thrusts of all the
campaigns are fundamentally the
same. Although Weine and Felton
are experienced, it is unfair to refer
to them, as their opponents have,
as the "establishment." It is
Newblatt who represents last
year's victorious party. On the
other hand, Bigfoot's vice
presidential candidate Heckstall
was active in the Black Student
Union and is one of the strongest
candidates in the election. Voters
should ask him to join MSA in
some capacity.
Next year will be one in which
the administration has already
threatened to make crucial deci -
sions regarding issues such as the
code. The only candidates qualified
to respond to unilateral admin-
istrative decisions and to tend to
students' needs belong to Students
First.

Newblatt Heckstall

I would like to create a brand
issue for tomorrow's election. I r
that this is very sudden, but it just]
be done. For a moment, I would li
turn away from bickering abouti
that everyone feels the same way
anyway, and give attention to the r
of how MSA can become more effe
Surprisingly enough, no other part
thought about this, and tha
frightening. To BIGFOOT, how
this is the distinguishing factor
makes us the party to vote for.
BIGFOOT is the only party tha
affect minority issues, despite what
parties have said. We were cone
about racism on campus, recruitmen
retention before it was "vogue" to c
BIGFOOT has incorporated the mi
movement into this years
campaign. If elected, we will conti
through the assembly and cano
minority problems from an of
student representative standpoint.
and UCAR can coordinate their effo
the 12 UCAR demands, thus m
both organizations much more pow
It is important to seize the momer,
even more important to continue the
once the national news coverage h
our campus.
Institutionally, BIGFOOT has
point plan to gain the support of stu
for MSA, thus increasing MSA's p
It is a combination of initiatives des
to give MSA the clout it needs to
with the adminstration on its own
Broadly, the plan will includ
following: 1) focusing MSA on ca.
issues rather than international ones
rigorous constituent contact program
the reorganization of the communics
committee 3) a set of contingency
to deal with emergency confront
with the administration. The idea b
this plan is that it proves to the stu
that MSA deserves their support. I
reverse the vicious circle of
representativeness and put the stu
behind MSA again.
Blue party

candidates
more students will have an opportunity to
witness an MSA meeting. Because MSA
has failed to make its constituents aware
of the pertinent campus issues, The
BLUE PARTY plans to hold a monthly
forum on a campus issue.
The BLUE PARTY, which is the
most diverse party in the election, seeks
to establish MSA as an effective,
responsible student government, which
acts in the interests of all its constituents.
To accomplish this, we plan to increase
student participation in resolving campus
problems and ensure MSA's continual
contact with the students.
The BLUE PARTY believes that
students from the different minority
I new groups on campus should have input in
ealize resolving the urgent minority recruitment
has to and retention problem. We will establish
i to a University wide task force comprised of
ssues a cross-section of minority groups to
about combat this problem. MSA has failed to
matter lobby effectively to increase minority
,ctive. recruiment and retention. It is time to let
y has the campus resolve this problem.
at is The BLUE PARTY staunchly opposes
vever, a CODE. We will work in a responsible
r that manner to ensure that such a code is not
imposed on the campus. Such a code
at can infringes upon the rights of all students.
other The BLUE PARTY is leadership from
iend OUTSIDE MSA. The other parties,
do anso. whose leadership is from within MSA,
nority claim that their experience on the
MSA assembly will ensure that they will do an
MS effective job. The question we ask is:
ane it WHAT HAS MSA DONE TO MAKE
attack MICHIGAN A BETTER PLACE ALL
Tficial
MSA THE STUDENTS?
rts on Vote Blue on March 17 and 18.

to stand up for what they believe. Our
candidates will take definite stances of
such issues as safe and reasonable
housing, a representative University,
more minority input and no code, while
being mature and responsible enough to
examine every side of these issues. The
key is not to be close-minded. Only then
can MSA obtain solutions which are fair
and just, while eliciting respect from the
University community.
FLASH us determined to inform the:
student body of what happens in MSA;
once we win. We want to be accountable
to you. No tricks, no games. FLASH
realizes that inoreder for you to respect4
MSA, you must repect those who ruir
MSA. FLASH will earn your repect.
Vote FLASH: Fighting for
Legislation Advocating Student
Happiness..
Students First party
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FLASH party

Sternlicht

Villanueva

We in the FLASH party have been
given the opportunity by the Daily to
explain to you why you should vote for
FLASH in the upcoming MSA election.
We believe it is more than our stance on
the issues. You should vote for FLASH
because of who we are and what we
represent.
We realize that over 80 percent of the
student body is not interested in the
dezlings and goings on of MSA. Perhaps
this is caused by the feeling that our
campus is not adequately represented by
MSA. Maybe students are turned off by
the childish games and constant bickering
played between the representatives during
the weekly meetings. Walking out of the
chambers and disregard for the rules surely
does not help to remove the do-nothing,
ineffective stigma which is ever present
in the minds of the 80 percent who laugh
at MSA. This is not the type of
"experienced" people we want in our
MSA. Yet this is experience that the
Students First and Bigfoot parties bring
to MSA.
Furthermore, FLASH does not see
MSA as a battlegound where each side
chooses his position and slings mud,
with one side pointing at the consistently
ultra-conservatives and the other making
faces at the predictable liberals. We in
FLASH realize that what MSA needs is
a group of representatives who are willing

Why vote for Students First? What's
the difference? Each party has pledged
to improve the lives of students,
promising commitment to housing,
minority issues, the code and constituent
contact. The question for voters is not
which party has best identified student
concerns. We all have. The question is
which party will effectively lead the
student government and - actively fulfill
these campaign promises.
There are five basic differences
between Students First and our
opponents. 1) We support the efforts of
PIRGIM to seek a funding system
through MSA. Yes on B and No on C.
The other parties favor Yes on C
which is a kill PIRGIM proposal! ~
2) Students First stands firmly against the
escalation of weapons research at the
University which diverts funding and
attention from education and financial
aid. 3) Students First calls for 'direct
communication between the city of Ann
Arbor and MSA in areas including
safety and housing. 4) Students First is
the only party to insist on a
University course for freshpersons
which would sensitize them to racism
and sexism. The course, which
originated in MSA, will be
implemented with commitment froip
Students First. The course is one of
UCAR's twelve demands.
Our fifth difference is very clearly ovr
experience as student leaders who ha*t
been effective in getting things ac-
complished. Our opponents can't tell
you that they got the Nite Owl expanded,
helped got the Party Policy repealed,
fought the Burns Park rezoning dr
prevented the implementation of the
code. Students First tells you that we
did these things!
Our opponents offer campaign
rhetoric. Students First offets
experience. Knowing this, students will
vote for the candidiates that hale
already addressed and affected student
concerns. Students will vote fQr
Students First.

Kluckoff Vogel

The Blue party believes that there has
beem a breakdown in communications
between MSA and its constituitents. As a
result, many students do not know when
MSA meets, what MSA does, where
MSA meets, and view the assembly
negatively.
The Blue party plans to BRING MSA
BACK TO THE STUDENTS. We will
hold monthly meetings in a dorm, so

For Board of Student Publications:
Susan Sherman

LETTERS
'U' sho
To the Daily:
How many times have you
been innocently walking to
class only to be assaulted by
suspiciously happy looking
people bearing buckets? On
many an occasion I have been
bombarded by these bucket
people mercilessly trying to
milk me of my last dime for
some unknown organization.
Sure they are full of great

uld limit flyerbucketmania

.t

FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE SEAT
on the Board of Student,
Publications the Daily endorses
Residential College sophomore
Susan Sherman. Sherman's active
advocacy of student concerns,
including her role in the Take Back

reports of Sherman both among
our own staff members and among
students in other groups, including
the Michigan Student Assembly.
Herz's statements given to the
Daily for purposes of this
endorsement frequently conflict

the pail ,people. As a college
student I can't afford to be
guilty. I have considered
picking up a bucket for my
own charity. But what about
the poor students who do
surrender to the guilt ploy?
They are plagued by ridiculous
looking tags on their coats
which protect from further
bucketbearers.
So you lose either way as I

Along with the bucket
people, another Ann Arbor
annoyance is the abundance of
the infamous flyer distributors.
These enlightening informants
stand on the bridge, the Diag,
in front of the MLB and
anywhere else they can pass the
word about religion, abortion,
sex, or nuclear war. Even
more ruthless and disturbing
than the oin collectors-

going out of your way to find a
garbage can. If these peopte
want to inform us, why can't
they just post signs on kiosks
like everyone else?
Something must be done t4
restrict these two groups to
certain areas. Bucket people
can be replaced by collection
boxes, saving time and energy
for all concerned. The
namnhlet nassers should he

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