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OPINION

4

ARTS

8

SPORTS

9

Southworth, Weisbrot, Wilson, Choice

Richardson's cowboy junkies

Strong defense gives Women's basketball team
87-55 win over Youngstown State

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 59 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, November 29, 1989

Parties

face

off

in

MSA

election

Conservative Coalition hopes
to repeat last year's triumph

by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
Members of the Conservative Coalition
Party, in a bid to expand their influence on the
Michigan Student Assembly, are stressing
many of the same issues they did in last
spring's election.
In March, Coalition candidates won seven
seats on the assembly, including the presi-
dency, by arguing primarily that students'
money should remain on campus.
Party members were unified in expressing
their opposition to last year's appropriation of
MSA funds to sponsor observer missions to
the Israeli-occupied territories and Central
America.
Coalition campaign coordinator Jeff John-

son said he didn't think funding delegations
was a wise use of students' money. In the fu-
ture, he said the party wants to keep MSA
funds earmarked for on-campus activities.
"It's not fair to give only $400 to some
campus organizations and then turn around
give $5,000 to send groups abroad," he said.
Coalition candidate Sreenivas Cherukuri, an
Engineering junior, said the assembly tends to
devote too much time to political issues that
are beyond the scope of MSA.
His sentiment reflects his party's advocacy
for a student referendum on the continued exis-
tence of the Peace and Justice Commission.
Party members believe students aren't entirely
happy with issues the commission addresses.
See COALITION, Page 5

FOR MORE
MSA
ELECTION
COVERAGE,
SEE
PAG ES
3,5,&7

by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
Members of the Choice party are emphasiz-
ing their leadership experience in a Michigan
Student Assembly election campaign involv-
ing issues which they say are more ambiguous
than in year's past.
Five of Choice's 15 candidates currently
serve as chairs of MSA's committees and
commissions.
Party leaders say their experience with cam-
pus issues, such as alcohol awareness, gender-
inclusive language, and the discriminatory ha-
rassment policy, makes Choice best able to
serve students.
"We are most of the leadership in MSA,"
said Music School Rep. Laura Sankey. "Most

of the programs that have been completed have
come from people in our party."
Sankey said the five chairs and six incum-
bents on the Choice slate are the party's great-
est strength.
"We feel strongly about political diversity,"
Sankey added. She said the Conservative Coali-
tion doesn't represent the true interest of the
University community because it is striving to
create an assembly of conservatives.
"We've assembled a good group of individ-
uals who have taken an active leadership on
campus," said Choice candidate Nick Mavrick,
chair of the Student Rights Commission. "We
have tackled the issues on campus that are
most important to students."
See CHOICE, Page 5

Choice banks on experience,
opposition to conservatives

dMSA POLLING SITES
building. Wednesday Thursday

Low voter turnout

expected

%st f.1rwhr1 tw m sm
1st floor where two main halls meet

1 st floor; Bell Tower side
Business School 10:45-1:15
Cafeteria
Medical School 11:30-2
1st floor student lounge
Music School10:112:30
1st floor by bulletin board
Public Health 11:15-1:45
Main entrance; Washington Hts.
Burslev 4:45=6:4

by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
Every term, around election time,
Michigan Student Assembly mem-
bers and staff have to face one frus-
trating fact that would make any
politician queasy: low voter turnout.
Co-election Director Michelle
Putnam said she expects voter
turnout over the two election days to
total around 2,500. More than
35,000 students are enrolled at the
University's Ann Arbor campus.
Co-election Director Sumi Mal-
hotra said MSA's election drive con-
sisted of placing advertisements in
the Daily and putting up posters
around campus explainingplatforms
and telling students to vote.
Malhotra said she expected voter
turnout to be low this term due to
the absence of a presidential race and
the fact that there are no major refer-
endum question on the ballot.
In last spring's assembly elec-
tions, 4,296 votes were cast for pres-
ident.

In addition to posters and adver-
tisements, 1,000 copies of "The
Campus Report" were distributed
Monday, said Communications
Committee chair Laura Sankey. She
said the report contained information
about the platforms of each party and
some independent candidates.
Sankey added that on the two
election days, candidates undertake a
drive to get students to cast their bal-
lots.
She said while candidates needed
to get out the vote for their personal
campaigns, it was important at the
same time for MSA to get students
voting in large numbers to increase
its credibility.
MSA President Aaron Williams
said he wouldn't become overly in-
volved in getting out the vote be-
cause allegations might surface ac-
cusing him of influencing the vote.
He said he was depending on candi-
dates to do most of the vote-getting.

"Hopefully, turnout will be equal
or more than that of last term," he
said.
Half of the assembly's 48 seats
will be elected today and tomorrow.
MSA holds elections bi-annually,

Rules for posting fliers confuse
hopeful assembly candidates

and the president and vice president
are elected in the spring.
Students can also vote on student
positions for the Board for Student
Publications, which governs the
Gargoyle, the Ensian, and The
Michigan Daily.

by Noah Finkel
Daily Administration Reporter

Candidates running in the Michi-
gan Student Assembly elections are
complaining of difficulty in publi-
cizing their candidacies.
Each morning, political parties
and independent candidates have
posted campaign fliers on walls of
buildings only to find them unex-
pectedly taken down later that day by
University workers.
The confusion stems from sec-
tion 14.66 of MSA's compiled code,
which forbids posting on glass, win-

dows or any surface that might de-
face University property. The code
implies that posting on walls of
classrooms and hallways, where
much of the posting takes place, is
allowed.
But Director of Plant Operations
Paul Reister said the only places
where posting is allowed is on
kiosks and bulletin boards. He said
campaign fliers posted on walls in-
side buildings will be removed.
The discrepancy has caused con-
fusion for some MSA candidates
See FLIERS, Page 5

Madrigal lounge

Pigeon
problem
prompts
t
by Ian H offman rxgf
Daily Staff Writer

Syrians send 15,000
troops into Lebanon
Syria prepares an assault on
General Aoun's headquarters

Nobody likes a sticky situation.
But for Carol Akerlof, Stephanie
Hunter and Ann Arbor's threatened
pigeon population, this truism is
taking on a whole new meaning.
In an attempt earlier this year to
control problem pigeons, the Uni-
versity Towers apartment complex
hired Terminix Termite & Pest Con-
trol Co. to apply the pesticide "4 the
Birds" to the building's roof. The
pesticide is a sticky substance that,
in theory, creates an inhospitable
roosting atmosphere, thus relieving
the pigeon problem.
While the solution is proving ef-
fective, unforeseen side effects are
surfacing.
Bird's tails and wings drag
through the pesticide, said Akerlof, a
volunteer at the Humane Society of
Huron Valley. "They are covered on
every part of the body except the

BAABDA, Lebanon (AP) -
Syria rushed troops and armor into
Lebanon, apparently building up for
an imminent assault on the headquar-
ters of Gen. Michel Aoun after Le-
banon's new government fired the
stubborn Christian army commander
yesterday.
"I shall fight unto death," Aoun
vowed to thousands of youths who
formed a human shield around the
shell-battered, hilltop presidential
palace where he was barricaded, five
miles east of Beirut.
He said the Syrians "will bear the
guilt of a horrific massacre."
Aoun does not recognize newly
elected President Elias Hrawi, a Ma-
ronite Catholic like himself, and
pledges to keep up his efforts to
drive Syrian troops from Lebanon.
Syria supports Hrawi.
Barbed wire covered the palace
roof to guard against a paratroop raid
and armor-piercing mines were
planted in surrounding pinewoods,
Aoun's aides said.
France, the Christians' traditional

who would assume the responsibil-
ity of again taking up violence."
In a telephone interview on
France Inter radio station following
his dismissal, Aoun rejected "as non-
existent all acts coming from a pup-
pet power."
Residents in Chtoura, a market
town on the main Beirut-Damascus
highway, said the rumble of tanks,
armored personnel carriers and mili-
tary trucks jolted them awake during
the night.

Syrians
guilt of

'will bear the
a horrific

massacre.'
- Gen. Michel Auon
Christian Army
Commander
The residents, insisting on
anonymity for security considera-
tions, said about 15,000 to 16,000
troops and 800 trucks poured in from
Zvri. vc, terfh.1

Carol Akerlof and Stephanie Hunter clean a pigeon covered with pesticide. Pesticides incapacitate the pigeons
and eventually cause their death of they are not cleaned.

administered by two people, Akerlof
said.

fend the use of "4 the Birds."
"The cost is well worth it when

droppings," he said.
Nevertheless, the Huron Valley

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