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OPINION

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ARTS

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SPORTS 10
From student to teacher: Co-captain Roberts
knows defense

LaGROC demands a real response from the 'U'

Present Laughter to hopefully generate
future laughter

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

Vol. C, No. 60

Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, November 30, 1989

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Errors,

goofs

characterize

electioi
by Karen Akerlof
Daily Staff Writer
Fishbowl poll workers told a
Board of Student Publications candi-
date that he couldn't vote in the stu-
dent election in which he was a can-
didate. Ballots for the Rackham Stu-
dent Government ran out. A Conser-
vative Coalition candidate's name
was left off some ballots.
The first of two days of student
elections suffered from a series of
mishaps and errors. However, Elec-
tion Director Michelle Putnam -
after conferring with Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly General Counselor
John Coleman - said yesterday's
ballots for the assembly's LSA rep-
resentatives were still valid and all
elections will continue today.
Conservative Coalition Assistant
Campaign Director Melissa Burke
said she noticed that Coalition LSA
candidate Kyle Dufrane's name was
;missing from her ballot as she voted
early yesterday morning at the
Fishbowl.
By 9:15 she had notified Putnam,
who attributed the error to problems

Lday
in the production process. Only
seven people voted on the incorrect
ballots before the error was detected,
Putnam said. Those people will be
contacted, informed of the error, and
invited to recast their ballots today.
As election directors scrambled to
correct ballots, poll workers incor-
rectly told law students they were
ineligible to vote in the elections.
Peter Mooney, a first year law stu-
dent and candidate in the Board of
Student Publications elections, said
a poll worker told him he couldn't
vote because there were no law stu-
dents running in the elections.
"I'm a candidate. I'm running,"
he told her, and she finally allowed
him to vote.
Putnam acknowledged the prob-
lem, "We have all these poll workers
who are not informed." Paid sorority
members and volunteers from the
Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
and the Engineering Council staff
the voting sites and are provided
with the necessary information.
Putnam criticized the poll work-
See ELECTIONS, Page 2

Before Michigan's 85-70 win over Grambling State, the 1989 NCAA Championship banner was displayed to the Crisler Arena crowd. Wolverine coach
Steve Fisher (right) led Michigan to an 80-79 overtime victory over Seton Hall in last season's championship game in Seattle.

Publication Board
election mishandled

Czechoslovaki a
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) that crushed reform
- The Communist-run Parliament vakia and would be I
swiftly ended the party's 40-year tiate the withdra
monopoly on power yesterday and a troops.
Politburo member said Czechoslo- It was the first si
vakia's first free elections since 1948 a top-echelon officia
could be held within a year. Vasil Mohorita,
The move was a frantic effort to ruling Politburo, tol
satisfy the demands of the growing ence that now that
pro-democracy movement here. Party had agreed to
Premier Ladislav Adamec said he plete control, free e
intended to negotiate a reassessment held within 12 mon
of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion Voting with the

m in Czechoslo-
prepared to nego-
wal of Soviet
uch statement by
al.
a member of the
d a news confer-
the Communist
relinquish com-
lections could be
ths.
somber, mechan-

ical gestures born of decades of rub-
berstamp approval of Communist
measures, the 309 deputies unani-
mously scrapped Article 4 of the
constitution, which mandated" the
leading role of the Communist
Party. They also deleted a clause that
bases all education on Marxism-
Leninism.
"The revolution is proceeding
much quicker than we expected," said
Jiri Dienstbier, spokesperson for the

Civic Forum opposition, minutes
after the vote was broadcast live on
national television.
The emergency parliamentary
session ended late Wednesday, the
Soviet news agency Tass said.
The changes were among historic
concessions the opposition won
from the Communist government on
Tuesday when Adamec also promised
to form a new government, includ-
ing non-Communists, by Sunday.

to hold free elections

- by Daniel Poux
Daily Staff Writer
Two problems with balloting and
voting procedures in yesterday's
Board for Student Publications
election may jeopardize the validity
of the results.
One candidate's name was
omitted from the ballot. The
Michigan Student Assembly's
election directors issued new ballots,
but didn't notice the mistake until
4:00 p.m. yesterday, after hundreds
of students had already voted.
LSA junior Steve Susswein, the
candidate left off the ballot, did not
find out he had been overlooked until
several hours after polls opened.
Susswein said he originally ran with
a partner with the "Students for a
Responsible Daily" party.
Before the Nov. 8 candidacy
deadline, Susswein asked the election
directors to drop the party title from
his candidacy. Instead, Susswein's
name was accidentally dropped from
the ballot.
Susswein said he was confused at
first, because he went to the MSA
office to confirm the change and
found his name in the correct form
on a sample ballot posted outside
MSA. In fact, Susswein's name was

included in an advertisement for the
Board of Student Publication's
candidates that ran in Wednesday's
Daily.
MSA Election Director Michelle
Putnam said the original blue
Student Publications Board ballots
were removed from the polling sites
and replaced with corrected yellow
ballots at about 4:00. Anyone who
voted in the board election before
4:00 will have to vote again today,
Putnam said, because the original
blue ballots will not be counted.
Susswein was not satisfied with
the election directors' decision. "Any
way you look at it, this whole
election is going to be unfair to
somebody," he said. "The whole
process of getting people to re-vote
is a very laborious process, and it is
still not fair," he said.
"I still will be at a disadvantage
because I was not on the ballot when
people expected to vote, or when
they voted the first time."
However, Putnam said,
"Susswein made his request at a
busy time, and we made a mistake."
There were other problems with
the vote. In past Student
Publications Board elections,
See BOARD, Page 2

Guerrillas
continue
Salvadoran
offensive
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador
(AP) - Rebels invaded parts of the
capital's most affluent neighbor-
hoods before dawn yesterday and
dug in after often-fierce combat with
government forces.
The number of fatalities from the
latest guerrilla offensive was not
clear. Eleven bodies of combatants
were seen lying in the streets.
In Washington, Secretary of State
James Baker said guerrillas "briefly
overran" a U.S. Embassy officer's
home and "we are taking steps to as-
sure the safety of embassy person-
nel."
Embassy personnel were told not
to report to work yesterday, and the
embassy was closed for the day,
White House spokesperson Roman
Popadiuk said. Administration offi-
cials said no Americans were
injured.
A State Department committee
monitoring events in El Salvador re-
ported that the home of the embassy
employee, who was not identified,
apparently was seized at random.
"The family was safely evacuated
by Salvadoran government forces,
and the family was not actually in
the hands of the guerrillas at any
time," said David Denny, a depart-
ment spokesperson.
Heavy and sustained fire was re-
ported blocks from the residence of
U.S. Ambassador William Walker.
Embassy spokesperson Jeff Brown
had said Walker was "fine...

The paries: Were they stand+
ABOLMiONIS
Abolish current assembly structure and replace it with a
grassroots structure.
Do away with current MSA recognition policy and give all
groups the right to utilize'office space in the Union.
Supports absolute free speech at the University.
Fight tuition hikes by soliciting funds from private sources.
CHOICE
Stresses experience of leadership.
Opposes putting Peace & Justice Commission to student
vote.
Will continue to work on minority, women's, and student
rights issues.
CONSERVATIVE C A N
Favors keeping students' money on campus and opposes

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Art School senior Mike Rivilis paints his self-portrait for an advanced painting class. For the past three weeks,
he strived to portray his inner self on the portrait.
Sme campus fraternity
pets suffer from neglect

by Heather Fee
Daily Staff Writer
Thatcher was killed by a speeding
car last year during his fraternity's
serenade to the Alpha Chi Omega
sorority.
Sigma Chi's house dog for nine

the few students who don't have to
give up their canine companions
when they move into rented hous-
ing. But with all the responsibilities
that go with being a college student,
some have questioned the quality of
care the animals receive.

and she feared they would revoke her
funds.
No one responded to her ads.
Four days later, she heard from a
neighbor of the fraternity that the
golden labrador retriever belonged to
Delta Tau Delta.

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