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" Spring Fashion


Dressed for

* The List

0 John Shea

e Fat Al

Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom
Vol. XCVIII, No. 118 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, March 25, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

PIRGIM loses

Unofficial results from the Michigan Student
Assembly's general elections indicate that the
Public Interest Research Group in Michigan will
lose its funding through the assembly's student
fee, marking a reversal of last year's overwhelm-
ing student support.
In the presidential race, Students First candi-
dates LSA junior Michael Phillips and LSA ju-
nior Susan Overdorf defeated three opposing
slates by a convincing, but closer than expected
DUE TO a close vote on two PIRGIM bal-
lot questions, students will not be assessed a 75-
cent refundable fee for the environmental lobbyist
group starting spring term.
Students voted 1,731 to 1,849 on proposal 2
to continue the current funding system, and voted

1,873 to 1,644 on proposal 3 to terminate fund-
To receive MSA funding now, PIRGIM must
request financial support from the assembly's
general fund, like other student groups.
MSA representative and Rackham graduate
student Steve Angelotti, who co-organized a
petition to put the anti-PIRGIM referendum
question on the ballot, said the results rectified
last year's election vote for MSA to fund PIR-
"I'M VERY damned pleased," he said. "I've
been working for a full year on this. It's a vic-
tory for fairness and integrity for student organi-
Chair of PIRGIM's Board of Directors Judy
Hyslop, an LSA senior, said she was
"disappointed" with the voter turnout of PIRGIM

n student
supporters. "Last year there was a sense of ur-
gency," she said. "They don't realize that if we
don't have a fee, we won't be here this year."
"We're going to have to discontinue campus
projects, but we will continue with state-wide
projects," she said.
Hyslop added that PIRGIM will ask for a vote
TWENTY-SIX of the assembly 50 seats
were up for election, but only results from races
in the smaller schools were available at press
time. The vote totals for the LSA and Rackham
school seats, as well as those for the PIRGIM
board members, will be announced this after-
New MSA representatives will begin their
one-year term at the assembly's Tuesday night
See MSA, Page 13


... elected as MSA president
M hopes
to make
One can use many words to char-
acterize North Carolina basketball:
coach Dean Smith, Atlantic Coast
Conference championships, Carolina
Few schools boast such rich col-
lege 'basketball tradition - the
equivalent to Arizona State baseball
or Minnesota hockey.
And it is this Tar Heel tradition
that Michigan meets head on tonight
(8:10 p.m., CBS-TV) in the West
Regional semifinals at the Seattle
Kingdome. The two teams will play
for the right to face the winner of the
Arizona-Iowa game (10:30 p.m.
tonight), which will determine the
West Regional's Final Four entry.
THIS MARKS the Wolver-
ines' first "Sweet 16" appearance
since 1977. Conversely, Saturday's
123-97 trouncing of Loyola Mary-
mount guaranteed North 'Carolina
(26-6) its eighth straight visit to the
final 16. "We have eight?" asked
Smith, following his team's second-
round victory. "That's amazing in
this day and age."
In his 27 years at North Carolina,
Smith has amassed a 647-181 record,
coaching such greats as Phil Ford,
Walter Davis, James Worthy, and
Michael Jordan. The list*runs on and
As a result of the Tar Heels' suc-
kcess, North Carolina owns a large
fan following. Saturday, during sec-
ond-round action in Salt Lake City,
the Tar Heel faithful heavily out-
numbered Michigan fans, and
See Basketball, Page 16
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sub letters"8

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" " wins vice presidency

sign 60-day

with wire reports
The Sandinista government and
contra rebels agreed yesterday to a
60-day cease-fire to negotiate an end
to their six-year war, signing an ac-
cord that promises the rebels a role
in Nicaragua's political process.
The agreement was the first con-
crete step toward ending the conflict
that has killed more than 40,000
people. Although the cease-fire does
not officially begin until April 1,
both sides said they would continue
the battlefield truce they declared on
Monday, the first day of negotia-
Neither the State Department nor
the White House had any immediate
comment on the agreement, which
calls for the rebels to move into
specified zones in Nicaragua during
the first 15 days of April. Delega-
tions from both sides will return to
Sapoa, where they began talks
Monday, to determine the zones.
The contras also agreed to accept
only humanitarian aid from neutral
organizations. This would rule out
further military aid from the United

States, which President Reagan has
tried in vain to secure from Congress
since U.S. aid ended Feb. 29.
Even before the agreement,
Democratic leaders of the House of
Representatives said they would act
quickly to send food and clothing to
the contras if a cease-fire were nego-
Gradual amnesty is provided for
Nicaragua's 3,300 political prison-
ers, the Sandinistas'will release 100
political prisoners Sunday, and free
the remaining 1,500 such prisoners
at a date to be arranged at the-April 6
Phyllis Engelbert, a graduate stu-
dent in the School of Natural Re-
sources and a member of the Latin
American Solidarity Committee,
was supportive of the peace accord.
"I think it's definitely a positive
step," she said, "I think that as the
war comes to a stop the economy
will improve, especially if the
United States lifts its embargo of
Engelbert believes that the
American embargo of trade with
See Truce, Page 13

Democratic caucuses
to be held tomorrow

A spring fling
LSA senior Jon Ein rises above yesterday's dismal weather as he leaps an imposing puddle on the Diag.


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Subletting your house or apart-
ment may be as hard as passing your
exams this spring.
The "demand just isn't meeting
the supply" of spring and summer
sublets, said LSA sophomore Kelley
Black. Black is one of many students
with a year lease who needs to find
sub-tenants for spring and summer
"I just wish the landlords could
find it in their hearts to sign a nine
month lease," said English graduate

student Nan Sweet. "The big prob-
lem is just finding people."
This week, more than 250
houses, apartments, and single
rooms were advertised for sublets in
a weekly listing available in the
Housing Information Office. Tenants
See the Daily's Summer Sub-
let Supplement, Page a
say that finding subletters, especially
for summer term, is "rough" because
there are so many spaces available.

But the large number of sublets
available is not new to Ann Arbor
renters this year.
"I don't think things are changing
at all," said Jo Rumsey, the assistant
director of off-campus housing.
"Ann Arbor is just an interesting
place, with all the usual variables."
Pam Wynn, an LSA senior, said
she had "no problems this year" in
finding a subtenant for her efficiency
apartment, although she was unsuc-
cessful last year. Because Wynn did
See Subletters, Page 13

So what is a caucus anyway?
The answer is far from simple.
Primaries and caucusesare handled
differently from state to state.
Caucuses differ in the strictest
sense from primaries because they
are run by the party rather than the
The results from primaries and
caucuses determine the number of
delegates that each candidate will.
have going into the national party
conventions this summer, and the
number of delegates that will go to
the conventions uncommitted.
Michigan will hold its Demo-
cratic caucuses tomorrow. There are
574 caucus sites around the state -
151 delegates and 46 alternates to the
Democratic convention will be up
for grabs. The Republican caucuses
were held here in January.
Caucuses have a far lower voter
turnout than do primaries. They are
often held at different polling sites
than the regular state elections. If
tomorrow's caucus were a primary,
there would be 3,000-5,000 polling
sites across the state, instead of 574.

The Michigan caucus is actually
very similar to a primary though,
because voters are not required to
register their party affiliation when
they register to vote. The state cau-
cus system has even been called a
"firehouse primary."
In fact, this may be the last year
for a caucus system in Michigan.
Bills are now pending in Lansing to
require citizens to register their party
affiliation when they register to vote
and to make the presidential process
here a primary one run by the state,
See Caucuses, Page 13

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North, Poindexter plead innocent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former national security
aides Oliver North and John Poindexter and two
buisnesspeople pleaded innocent yesterday to charges
they ran the Iran-Contra affair as a vast criminal
conspiracy and defrauded the government of $17

recognizance and told to report weekly by telephone to
a pre-trial agency. Although criminal defendants are of-
ten asked to surrender their passports, Gesell said he
would not impose that condition.
Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh handed down a


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