The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 29, 1989 - Page 5
Students to select representatives
to Board for Student Publications
by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
Besides electing representatives to
the Michigan Student Assembly,
student voters will have the oppor-
tunity today and tomorrow to ap-
point two undergraduate and one
graduate student to the University's
Board for Student Publications.
The Board, which supervises the
financial operations of The Michigan
Daily, The Michiganensian and The
Gargoyle, is comprised of three fac-
ulty members, three local profes-
sional journalists and three students.
Seven undergraduates and two
graduate students are running for the
positions this year.
Board hopeful Michael Heilbron-
ner said he would like to see the
Daily take a more responsible and
ethical stance in it its editorials. He
said he thought the Board should
play the role of an advisor to the
Daily's editorial board.
First-year law student Peter
Mooney said he was familiar with
the day-to day workings and staff
members of the student publications
from his experience working at the
Daily and Ensian as an undergradu-
Mooney said he served as a sub-
stitute board representative in the
spring of 1988, has attended several
board meetings, and has talked with
Since the Ensian and the Daily
are making money, the board should
look for ways in which it can invest
that money to make student publica-
tions better, Mooney said.
LSA junior Elisabeth Wilson
said she wanted to serve on the board
because she questioned the creden-
tials of the professional journalists
currently serving on it. She claimed
two board members were not ap-
pointed according to the process out-
lined in the regents' bylaws.
Wilson also said faculty and
journalist members of the Board
have displayed blatant disregard to
the student members.
Board candidate Cale Southworth,
an LSA senior, said there should be
a mechanism by which editors of the
three student publications can speak
and vote on Board measures. South-
worth served as the Daily's Opinion
Page editor in 1988.
LSA senior Alan Woronoff, an-
other candidate, said he would like to
see the Board act as a positive influ-
ence and intermediary between the
campus community and the publica-
The other graduate candidate run-
ning is Mark Weisbrot, who in the
past has been a member of the Daily
staff. Other undergraduate candidates
include David Maquera, Brian John-
son, and Steven Susswein.
These candidates could not be
reached for comment.
by Noelle Vance
Daily Government Reporter
Debate continued last night over
whether the Michigan Student
Assembly will compromise with the
University and accept guidelines reg-
ulating protests on campus.
The policy, proposed November
11 by the University Council, would
provide guidelines for protests on
campus and sanctions for violation
of the policy. Neither MSA nor the
Senate Assembly of faculty and staff
have accepted the policy.
There are two views of the pol-
icy, said Rep. Corey Dolgon, a
Rackham student, at last night's
The policy can be "strict and ag-
gressive," or it can be a "statement
of principles," said Dolgon, who is
also a member of U-Council.
MSA has opposed any protest
policy, maintaining the University
has no right to interfere in student's
But LSA junior Lisa
Schwartzman said, "They're going to
pass (the policy) whether we want it
or not. We should try to put our in-
put into it."
There must be a bottom line,
Dolgon said. If the policy is passed,
U-Council must know what "non-
adversarial encounter" MSA would
accept as punishment without full
due process for the defendant.
U-Council has discussed issuing
reprimands or conducting informal
mediations as an alternative to a
lengthy trial process, Dolgon said.
"A warning and a formal repri-
mand is exactly where I'd draw the
line," said LSA rep. Ori Lev, a
Some representatives questioned
whether MSA would be condoning
the policy by accepting some sanc-
tions without due process.
U-Council member and LSA se-
nior Julie Murray said compromis-
ing may be the only way students
can retain input into University
But engineering s6nior Michael
Donovan said if MSA backs down,
the University "will continue to hold
(the risk of losing student input)
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"Conservative Coalition isn't
against Peace and Justice," explained
Coalition candidate Heidi Hayes, an
LSA senior and assembly incum-
bent. "We feel it (the issue) should
be decided by the students and not
Despite the fact that party mem-
bers label themselves as
"Conservative," the Coalition sees
itself as a party of change.
Hayes said she believed that be-
cause of her party's leadership this
fall, the assembly is running more
efficiently and representatives are
able to work better together.
MSA President Aaron Williams,
a Coalition member, concurred with
Hayes and said he thought represen-
tatives respected each other's points
ofview more than in years past.
Williams' term lasts until next
Coalition candidate James Slavin,
an LSA sophomore, said the assem-
bly is isolated from students and
therefore hasn't been as representa-
tive of the student body as it should
be. To remedy this, Slavin said, rep-
resentatives should be required to go
"door to door."
Sreenivas said he thought the
assembly should get the ball rolling
on previously untackled student con-
cerns, such as revising University
bus schedules and advertising the
availability of student loans.
In addition, party members said
they favored removing the shanties
from the Diag.
Though Coalition members ac-
knowledged they haven't yet been
able to achieve their full agenda,
Hayes was optimistic for the future.
"MSA is definitely changing, there's
no doubt about that," she said. "If
the students keep the Conservative
Coalition Party in power, the
changes that will occur will be as-
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Mavrick said events such as the
forum on the discriminatory harass-
ment policy and alcohol awareness
week should prove to voters that
Choice candidates actually produce
results for students.
Health Issues Commission Chair
Jason Krumholtz said there aren't as
many issues in this election as com-
pared to past elections. "The election
isn't cut and dry. We're dealing with
some issues, and (other candidates
are) dealing with other issues," he
Rackham rep. Corey Dolgon said
Choice candidates favor continued
work on issues concerning minori-
ties, women, peace and justice, and
student rights. "(Our campaign is)
about continuing the progressive
heritage of the students at the Uni-
versity of Michigan," he said.
Dolgon also called Choice a reac-
tion by assembly moderates and lib-
erals to the ascendancy of the Con-
servative Coalition. "We're bound
by our opposition to the Conserva-
tive Coalition," he said. "We can't
afford to splinter our political sup-
Choice candidates criticized the
assembly's Conservative Coalition
members this fall for not tackling
issues of substance.
Krumholtz said the Coalition's
claim to concentrate on student is-
sues makes no sense because mem-
bers spent their time worrying about
the "tidbit" issues of MSA such as
changes to the assembly's compiled
Choice candidates expressed con-
fidence that the issue of leadership
takes precedence over partisanship.
"Our record stands for itself; we
have the experience," Krumholtz
said. "In my opinion, the message
is out; we've already done the work."
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who posted fliers on walls with
LSA junior I. Matthew Miller,
who is running as an independent,
said MSA told him one set of rules
for posting, but the University acted
upon another set in taking" down
most of his posters.
MSA Peace and Justice Commis-
sion chair Ingrid Fey, an LSA senior
who is running on the Choice ticket,
said the regulations on postings are
"pretty vague." She said her signs
were taken down, but she understood
the University's prohibitions on
MSA co-election director Sumi
Malhotra admitted an oversight in
the compiled code and said the code
will be revised for the next election
to comply with the University's pol-
"In effect, free political speech is
being denied to a lot of students,"
Miller said. "It is not right that the
University can dictate the types of
places that can be posted and then
limit the number of places."
University officials maintain that
the prohibition of posting on walls
is necessary to keep campus build-
ings free of litter.
But some candidates complained
that if the University wants to limit
its posting space to bulletin boards
and kiosks, it should provide more
Miller and Choice candidate Laura
Sankey, a Music school rep.,
pointed out that bulletin boards lo-
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Novem ber 29 and 30-
the MSA Elections!
for graduate and undergraduate student members to the Board for
This advisory board helps coordinate the activities of The
Michigan Daily, the Ensian, and the Gargoyle.
(2 positions open)
(1 position open)