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OPINION

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Vol. C, No. 61 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, December 1, 1989

MSA ei
by Daniel Poux
Daily Staff Writer
Elections for student positions on
the Board for Student Publications
were again plagued by problems and
inconsistencies yesterday, jeopardiz-
ing the validity of the election's re-
sults. Polling sites continued to use
incorrect ballots, and many students
who voted Wednesday were unaware
that their ballots had been declared
invalid.
Due to the omission of one can-
didate's name from Wednesday's bal-
lot, students who voted before 4:00
p.m. Wednesday needed to re-vote on
a corrected ballot yesterday in order
for their votes to count.
Most voters were not aware of
this change, and even many polling
site workers did not know about
Wednesday's voting snafu.
Delta Phi Epsilon sorority mem-
bers Lauren Sekuler and Adina
Wachtel, who were working at the

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Undergraduate Library polling site,
said they were unaware of any prob-
lems. Neither had not heard about
the procedure for re-voting from the
Michigan Student Assembly's elec-
tion directors.
"We're just doing this for our
sorority," Sekuler said. "Nobody told
us about any re-voting, or anything
like that."
There was, however, a notice
about the voting problems posted at
the site. A sheet of torn notebook
paper taped to the table explained the
mix-up, and instructed all of
Wednesday's nullified voters to vote
again.
Other poll workers were also con-
fused. "I don't think that there was
anything specific about what to do,"

said LSA junior Jill Brouwer, who
was working at the Union polling
site. "The only reason I knew about
the re-voting procedure was from the
articles in the Daily," she said.
Co-election Directors Michelle
Putnam and Sumi Malhorta refused
comment last night, but they seemed
unperturbed by the election mishaps.
But on Wednesday, Putnam said,
"We're trying to save the mistake as
best as possible. We could have not
bothered to change it, but that didn't
seem fair to us."
Steve Susswein, the student can-
didate left off Wednesday's ballots,
continued to protest MSA's handling
of the elections yesterday, and
promised to take further measures.
Susswein announced that he would

write a letter protesting the previous
day's voting procedures, and demand-
ing that new elections be held. He
said the letter would be addressed to
MSA's election directors, President
Aaron Williams, and MSA General
Counsel John Coleman.
Susswein was upset with the way
the entire election was conducted.
"To me, this is no longer an elec-
tion, because, in my mind, elections
are fair," he said.
The omitted name was not the
only problem with the election. Tra-
ditionally, undergraduate and graduate
candidates have had separate ballots,
and students were only allowed to
vote for candidates in their respective
schools.
This year, all voters were issued
the same ballot for both graduate and
undergraduate candidates.
Even though this mistake was
pointed out to the election directors
See BOARD, Page 5

Mayor takes a
hit at altering
the city's $5
marijuana law
by Tara Gruzen
Daily City Reporter
Ann Arbor's five dollar pot law may soon go up in
smoke.
Members of the City Council are attempting to get a
referendum placed on the April ballot that would put the
controversial law to a city-wide vote.
However, such a change is not without opposition.
The Ann Arbor chapter of NORML, the National
Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, met at
Dominick's last night to decide on strategies for
keeping the measure off the ballot.
"The (current) law shows that citizens are able to
decide for themselves what they are going to do in their
homes. It shows freedom and democracy," said
NORML's student liaison with the University. The
student did not want to be identified for fear of academic
retribution.
However, Mayor Gerald Jernigan said the current law
sends out the wrong message to the city. "It makes Ann
Arbor look like a drug permissive community," he said.
Jernigan proposes changing the law so that it is
similar to a "minor in possession offense." He.said if
the referendum were approved, a first-time offender
would be fined $25, a second offense would cost $50,.
and a third would mean either $100 or participation in a
substance abuse program.
The City Council will have to vote on whether or
not to put the law on the April ballot. If the law is not
approved by a majority of council, it will not be put on
the ballot.
Members of NORML said they are trying to get the
item put on the council's agenda at a time when
students will be in town.
"Mayor Jernigan is trying to get it on the agenda for
December 18," said Rich Birckett, a NORML member
and an executive member of the Republican Party
County Committee. See POT, Page 2

Rebels stage coup
in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -
Mutinous soldiers bombed the presi-
dential palace compound this morn-
ing after seizing the Philippine air
force headquarters and two broadcast
stations in an attempt to overthrow
President Corazon Aquino.
Aquino vowed to crush the
"shameless and naked" coup attempt,
which has left at least 10 dead and 64
wounded. It is one of the most
serious since a civilian-military
uprising swept her to power in
February 1986 and forced the late
President Marcos into exile.
Two T-28 aircraft bombed and
rocketed the compound of Mala-
canang Palace at about 6:30 a.m.
(5:30 p.m. EST yesterday) and presi-
dential guards responded with small
arms fire.
"They're bombing us!" a palace
staff member cried over the tele-
phone. "We're going down!"
A former colonel who now is a
provincial governor said the military
was committed to ousting Aquino
and was moving artillery and armor

into Manila.
Aquino's government appealed to
all mayors to mobilize local police
forces, and she asked Filipinos to
"support our democracy in this hour
of challenge."
"An attempt to seize power by
force is again being made at this
moment," Aquino said in a nation-
ally televised address. "Our forces
have the situation under control. We
shall smash this shameless and
naked attempt once more.'s
"This nation must never be al-
lowed to fall unto the hands of
tyrants," she said. "God is with us
and we shall prevail. Those who
wish to be kings are here once more,
despite repeated rejections by the
people."
Cardinal Jaime Sin, Roman
Catholic archbishop of Manila,
urged his countrymen to support
the dulysconstituted authority" and
the soldiers to end their rebellion "in
the name of God."
Gen. Renato de Villa, military
See PHILIPPINES, Page 2

LSA Junior Mike Tower passes our balloons in the Fishbowl to promote the comedy
company's show at Mendelsohn Theatre this weekend. See story; Page 8.

Athletic board boots varsity women's soccer

by Steve Blonder
Daily Sports Editor
An athletic department committee,
charged with evaluating the status of sev-
eral Wolverine sports, lowered the boom
last night on any hopes of establishing
soccer as a varsity sport at Michigan.
In a move that was entirely expected,
the committee, chaired by Senior As-
sociate Athletic Director Jack Weid-
enbach, recommended that the Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics give

the soccer proposal a thumbs down.
The full board will vote on the
proposal at its January meeting, but the
outcome is expected to be consistent with
the committee's oral report.
"The climate is just not there for
adding women's soccer," said Phyllis
Ocker, Michigan's Associate Athletic Di-
rector for Women's Athletics. And Weid-
enbach voiced his opposition Wednesday
to adding any new varsity sport to
Michigan's current complement of 21.

"As a responsible administrator, I am
really concerned about adopting any new
sport," Weidenbach said.
By not adopting women's soccer, the
committee is also sending a message
against men's soccer because under Title
IX, the athletic department cannot
currently add a men's sport without
simultaneously adding a women's sport.
Mike Malley, who has spearheaded the
drive to have soccer bumped up to a
varsity level, said he was disappointed

with the committee's report, which was
presented orally by member Steve Roeder
at last night's monthly board meeting.
Neither Athletic Director Bo Schem-
bechler nor Weidenbach were at last
night's meeting, as both have travelled
out to California for Rose Bowl
functions.
"I'm disappointed," Malley said. "But
we will continue to advance any
administrative means available."
See BOARD, page 12

Pro-choicers rally against
Operation Rescue activities
by Laura Counts clinic will be announced at 5:15 College junior Dawn Paulin
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ous birth

Calling for a broad coalition
among groups concerned with repro-
ductive rights, members of the Ann
Arbor Coalition to Defend Abortion
Rights (CDAR), the Latin American
Solidarity Committee, and the Les-
bian and Gay Rights Organizing
Committee addressed a crowd of
about 50 yesterday on the Diag.
The rally was sparked by the an-
nouncement that Operation Rescue
- the anti-abortion group which
shuts down ahnrtion clinics by nhvs-

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on Regents' Plaza. .
"Rescues not only harass women
but send a lopsided message to the
legislature about the public's views
on abortion," said CDAR member
Athena Lee, an LSA senior.
Tomorrow's "rescues" come at a
time when new court decisions about
abortion rights are imminent. On
Monday, the Supreme Court heard
argument on laws in Ohio and Min-
nesota requiring minors to receive
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control drugs to the third world,
where they are readily available over
the counter.
Kim Springer, a Residential Col-
lege sophomore attending the rally,
said she has become "enraged" after
participating in several clinic de-
fenses. "It really offends me that Op-
eration Rescue is predominately
white, upper class and is trying to
impose its values on everyone."
In past clashes between CDAR

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