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Vol. IC, No. 113 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 16, 1989 Copyright 1989, The Michigan Daily
Bo says 'no' to Frieder as coach for
BY STEVE BLONDER
Michigan basketball players have
dealt with adversity before, but this
weekend they will need to overcome
the biggest of these hurdles - the
resignation of coach Bill Frieder,
who will assume the head coaching
job at Arizona State University.
Athletic Director Bo Schem-
bechler announced yesterday that top
assistant Steve Fisher would coach
the team through the tournament,
and that he had no timetable as to
when he would hire a full-time
"This team will be coached by
Steve Fisher and I don't want any-
thing to detract from our efforts in
this tournament," Schembechler
said. "I did not want someone from
ASU. I wanted a Michigan man on
the bench and not an ASU coach."
Frieder said at yesterday's press
conference in Arizona, that he
wished he would be able to coach the
team in the tournament. He added he
was flying to Atlanta yesterday
afternoon and would meet with the
players upon their arrival.
SCHEMBECHLER added he
would not necessarily have handled
the situation in the same manner as
Frieder, who informed Associate Di-
rector Jack Weidenbach by phone at
7 a.m. Wednesday.
"It happened without any prior
warning. We had not had any
discussion with Bill," Weidenbach
said. "It was a surprise, but nothing
really shocks me in athletics."
Both Schembechler and Weiden-
bach emphasized that ASU had re-
ceived permission from Michigan
before contacting Frieder.
"The people at Arizona State
called for permission to talk to
Frieder several weeks ago. We just
assumed at the time if anything was
going to occur, it would be after the
NCAA tournament," Schembechler
said. "I wouldn't have done it that
way, but that's up to him. Well,
you know, I'm a different guy."
FRIEDER said he felt bad about
the timing of the deal, but still felt
comfortable with the decision.
"I do regret the timing - the
timing is bad, I won't argue with
that," Frieder said. "There will be
some negatives about me on that end
(in Michigan), but some positives
""n this end. I feel badly about my
Frieder did not notify the players
before departing for Arizona, but
rather called several of them during
the middle of the night.
Asked what he would say if he
met Frieder in Atlanta at the NCAA
tournament, Schembechler respond-
ed: "'Hey, Bill.' That's it. What
would you want me to say?"
Senior co-captain Mark Hughes
said the timing of the move will
affect the team in Atlanta.
"It's not every day a coach leaves
a team," Hughes said. "For the
players this is a real shock. But we
just want to do well, and that's what
every team wants."
RUMORS emanating from those
close to the athletic department, sug-
gested Frieder and Schembechler had
been clashing since Schembechler
assumed the top position last June.
"Don (Canham) and Bo are two
different people. I don't think you
can compare the two. So I just felt it
was time for the Frieder family to
See Goin' west, Page 7
BY STEVE BLONDER
After seven years as the No. 2
man in the Michigan basketball
program, Steve Fisher has finally
made it to the top.
Athletic Director Bo Schembech-
ler announced yesterday that Fisher
would coach the team through the
"For the benefit of those of you
who don't know me, I'm Steve
Fisher and I am now the head coach
at the University of Michigan,
Fisher said yesterday at his first
press conference as head coach.
"These are tough shoes to step
into, no matter how long or. short. I
hope for a long time," Fisher
SCHEMBECHLER said he hau
not started thinking about a full-time
replacement for Frieder, as he was
caught unaware by Frieder's
See Fisher, Page 11
According to Athletic Director Bo Schembechler, new basketball coach Steve Fisher is the "Michigan man" that he wants to lead the
Wolverines through the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament.
Party vows to increase visibility
BY ALEX GORDON
Fourth in a four part series
The United Students (US) party
plans to take a blue-collar approach
to the Michigan Student Assembly.
LSA junior Zack Kittrie, thet
party's presidential candidate, said
the party is "not high on polish,"
but rather is about "concrete solu-
tions" to campus issues.
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Working alongside his US vice
presidential candidate Fredricka
Bashir, Kittrie stresses working hard
and increasing visibility. "MSA
needs to come out of its cocoon... to
get in touch in new ways."
One such way proposed by US isl
requesting that MSA members attend'
four meetings of other organizations
each semester. Kittrie said that this
will help the assembly "find out
who student leaders are, and what the
Purchasing space in the Daily
once a week to run a column is an-
other way US intends to reach the
average student. Bashir stressed that
it is MSA's "duty to get to the stu-
dent," and make theme aware of the
services and information the assem-
Kittrie believes MSA needs to
increase communication with exist-
ing University committees to in-
volve students in decision making
on campus. He explained that many
student spots on committees never
get filled because MSA finds out
about them too late.
Bashir said the US party would
"fill (the posts) carefully with re-
sponsible students" who will go to
the meetings and report back to
MSA. One of the committees US
particularly wants to see students on
is President Duderstadt's newly
formed task force on University
Having students on this task force
is part of US's plan to battle the
rising cost of tuition. Kittrie, pre-
sent chair of MSA's External Rela-
tions Committee, says he has been
trying to remedy rising costs all year
through reinstituting funds for the
Michigan Collegiate Coalition, a
statewide student lobbying group.
The United Students plans to
appeal to parents and families to
fight tuition costs because "students
alone are not the most effective
(group)" and MSA should "not un-
derestimate the pressure that parents
can also play" in the tuition battle,
said Bashir, a firot year law student.
Kittrie and Bashir say they have
'concrete solutions" to improve
safety on campus such as increasing
the lighting around libraries and
parking lots on both the Hill and
United Students' hardworking ap-
proach will provide "a caring student
government," Kittrie said. "It sounds
tacky, but I mean it sincerely... A
vote for US is a vote for you."
...MSA presidential candidate
BY FRAN OBEID
The University's two-year search
for a new General Counsel, the
overseer of the University's finances,
is coming to a close amiP concern
that the University's Board of Re-
gents violated the Michigan Open
The Act requires that meetings of
a public body, in which a quorum of
its members are present, be open to
Several of the regents met with
candidates informally last month,
said Shirley Clarkson, assistant to
President Duderstadt. "The meeting
between the candidates and the re-
gents was not a job interview, it was
search process is questioned
just a courtesy."
If more than four of the eight re-
gents had met last month to debate
about candidates, it would constitute
a quorum. Such a meeting would
appear to violate the Michigan Open
Meetings Act, according to Mike
Phillips, President of Michigan
"It's obvious that the spirit of the
law has been violated," Phillips said.
"This is consistent with the regents'
track record of abusing their power
Bruce Belcher, an advisor to
MSA, agreed. "The regents have be-
come increasingly reluctant to sub-
ject their decisions to public
scrutiny," he said.
But Regent Thomas Roach (D-
Saline), denies that the regents vio-
lated the act. Roach, who has inter-
viewed several candidates, main-
tained, "I have never been present
when there has been five regents
talking to a general counsel search
"We neither confirm nor deny that
we have met with any candidate for
any search or office," said Regent
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor).
This is not the first time that the
regents have been accused of violat-
ing the Open Meetings Act. A
pending lawsuit filed by three area
newspapers accuses the regents of
meeting privately last year to inter-
view presidential candidates.
Though a former regent,
administrators, and a professor par-
ticipated in the search committee, no
students were included. The
committee identified 10 to 12 possi-
ble candidates in the spring of 1987,
said Farris Womack, Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer who
will recommend the final candidates
for the regents' approval.
After General Counsel Roderick
Daane left the University that year to
go into private practice, University
attorney John Ketelhut has been act-
ing as general counsel.
Experts debate waste problem
BY SCOTT CHAPLIN
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
LANSING - Ann Arbor is not
the only community plagued with a
While experts agree that the entire
nation is plagued with a growing
garbage problem and that landfills
will always be needed, they do not
by the National Solid Waste Man- I
agement Association and the Engi-
neering Society of Detroit.
A public opinion poll indicated
that while the incineration of
garbage has become less popular,
recycling is now more popular, said
Sheila Prindiville, director of Solid
Waste Programs for NSWMA.
"We have to slow down the de-
velopment of incineration until the
technology becomes better," said
State Representative Thomas Alley,
chair of the House Conservation,
Recreation and Environment Com-
mittee. "I don't see a move to start
new incinerators until we find out if
our technology is really there."
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the South Bronx, speaks at a Latino cultural evening in the Women's
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