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NCAA reforms: good or bad?
'M' hockey
'M' basketball

OPINION
Troops out of the north of Ireland

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ARTS

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Gear goes bad

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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

l Vol.C, No. 76

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, January 22, 1990

CopyrightD 1990
The Michigan Daily

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Regent
by Noelle Vance
Daily Administration Reporter

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The University's Board of Re-
gents considered a motion to inves-
tigate last November's Michigan
Student Assembly elections at last
Friday's regents' meeting.
Regent Deane Baker proposed the
motion to review the MSA elections
and possibly declare the current
assembly invalid, but withdrew it on
the condition University President
James Duderstadt continue informal
investigations of the elections..
Baker introduced his proposal

saying he didn't feel the regents
should normally be involved in stu-
dent government elections, but said
the last elections seemed to represent
a "miscarriage of the democratic pro-
cess."
He asked the regents to "review
the matter and be empowered to
overturn (the decisions of the Central
Student Judiciary) if necessary."
The results of the fall MSA elec-
tions were declared invalid by CSJ
because the destruction of the elec-
tion's ballots prevented the holding
of a recount. Nineteen of the ballots

were revealed to t
candidates' names,;
bers of the losing
quested a recount t
ballots contained r
cided it could not'
tions without holdir
The LSA Stud
appointed nine st
Choice Party mem
servative Coalitior
one independent sti
run - to fill the
assembly.
"The MSA stud

eviewrng
be missing some by just about everybody's definition,
and several mem- is not a credible government," Baker
Choice Party re- said. "The people who control MSA
o ensure no other are not the people elected... If this
nistakes. CSJ de- happened in Chicago, it would be
validate the elec- called corruption," he said.
ng a recount. Because the regents allow MSA
ent Government to exist through their bylaws, the
tudents - four board has "an obligation to oversee
abers, four Con- honest elections," Baker said.
n members, and Regent Thomas Roach disagreed
udent who didn't with Baker, saying students should
vacancies on the oversee tieir own elections.
"We make a decision, in (the) by-
ient government, laws as to what, if any, importance

to give to the student government,"
Roach said. But a line must be
drawn between empowering the stu-
dents, and using the board to run the
student government, he added.
There are no bylaws specifically
permitting the administration to
overturn decisions made by the
Assembly and CSJ and to declare the
assembly invalid.
However, Richard Kennedy, vice
president for government relations
and secretary of the University, said
"(The regents) do control everything
that goes on at the University," and

may include interference with the
student government under its
"overall control."
In addition, bylaw 2.01 allows
the University president "general
powers" for the "maintenance of
health, diligence, and order among
the students."
The regents could possibly appeal
CSJ's decision to nullify the origi-
nal results, but they would have to
present good reason, said Laura
Miller, CSJ chief justice.
She said the University would
See REGENTS, Page 2

ASA

elections

Insults fly

during

Panama protest

by Donna Woodwell
Daily Faculty Reporter
A protest of the U.S. invasion of Panama
on Friday almost turned violent as de-
monstrators and counter-demonstrators ex-
changed insults and obscenities on the steps of
the Michigan Union. Several students had to
be restrained from using force.
The demonstrators' chants of "Gunboat
diplomacy is not democracy," and "Hey hey,
ho ho, U.S. troops have got to go!" competed
with invectives hurled by Community High
School students.
"I am absolutely fuelled by the people who
are not part of the campus," said LSA Junior
Linda Rosenfeld. "They are inciting a riot," she
said, "but we are not fighting them."
Carrying a sign reading, "Way to Go
George," chair of the College Republicans
Doug Morris, lead counter-protestors from the
University.
"We wanted to have the conservative voice
heard," he said. "The U.S. is justified in their
action, which is even likely to produce more
stability in Central America."
Morris did not welcome the high school
students either. "They are not affiliated with us
- these guys are out of control."
Nathan Smith, an organizer of the invasion
demonstration, was pleased with the turnout of

about 80 students.
"Noriega is a thug and a tyrant, but it was
the job of the Panamanian people to depose
him. I believe that this could have been
possible, especially after what has already hap-
pened in Romania and in Haiti," Smith said.
Spark, a revolutionary communist C s
organization, initiated the protest, but
demonstrators represented differing political
ideologies and organizations.
The Latin American Solidarity Committee
(LASC), however, did not participate in the
protest.
"We were somewhat worried when LASC
decided not to participate," Paul Henry, an
organizer of the protest, said. "But there is so
much anger that with very little time and
resources we were able to pull together a
respectable demonstration."
Michigan Student Assembly president,
Aaron Williams, watched the demonstration.
"If someone were arrested, I'm here to make
sure that all rights are fully protected," he said.
"This is the first time in at least two years
there has been a demonstration really involving
something political," Williams said. "It's re-
freshing to see some kind of political action on
campus." Mike Rubel, an LSA junior, was one of 80 who protested the U.S. invasion of Panama Friday in front of the
See PROTEST, Page 2 Michigan Union. A group of high school students demonstrated in support of the invasion.

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City Council, HAC begin

dialogue on housing issue

by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
Trying to make progress on the
controversial issue of low-income
housing in Ann Arbor, members of
the Homeless Action Committee
(HAC) met with City Council
members Friday and aired their views
in a roundtable discussion.
The groups parted no closer than
when they began. HAC and the
councilmembers did not agree on any

new proposals or future meetings.
The meeting, attended by 70 peo-
ple and broadcasted on Ann Arbor's
local cable station, saw HAC mem-
bers repeat their appeal for more af-
fordable housing. Some council
members, including Mayor Jerry
Jernigan, said they would favor set-
ting up a new committee comprised
of city council members and HAC
members to explore a solution.
"We wanted to set some sort of

goal on the city's housing and estab-
lish a dialogue," Jernigan said at the
meeting's beginning.
HAC member Larry Fox said be-
fore he would sit on a committee the
city council must halt parking struc-
ture construction.
"I'm not going to get bogged
down in a committee unless you
show that you're sincere," Fox said
to the councilmembers. "If you want
us to be involved in a committee

you have to show us that you're
willing to do something."
HAC - a group composed of
Ann Arbor's homeless, University
students, and city residents - is
pressing the council to reallocate
funds slated for the construction of
new parking structures and to create
more low-income housing.
At the meeting, HAC members
demanded.
-the creation of 1500 units of

low-income housing
-the council rescind approval for
the construction of a new parking
structures until those units have
been completed.
-the council take care of the needs
of the current homeless population.
Jernigan reaffirmed his commit-
ment to the development of the
downtown area and said there are no
quick solutions to the problem.
"I'm not embarrassed that we

don't have a quick answer. We're not
going to resolve this issue here to-
day," he said.
Councilmembers have maintained
that they would favor low-income
housing but they lack the financial
resources necessary for development.
However, HAC member Laura
Dresser maintained that the City
Council lacks the will, not the re-
sources, to build low-income hous-
See HAC, Page 2

Jackson looks
to expand U.S.
democracy
By Mark Katz and
Emily Porter
Daily staff writers
Calling for widespread change throughout both do-
mestic and foreign U.S. government policy, two-time
presidential candidate Jesse Jackson addressed the Michi-
gan State Bar Association Friday at Weber's Inn in Ann
Arbor.
"I have sought to take on the struggle to expand
democracy to the point of challenge," Jackson said to
the crowd of almost 400 people.
Speaking one day after Washington D.C. Mayor
Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession, Jackson
didn't address speculation that he would seek Barry's
job. However, he spoke earlier than originally scheduled
in order to return to Washington to deal with "unusual
circumstances" there. Jackson has said previously he
wouldn't consider running for mayor as long as Barry
ran for reelection.
Jackson, who moved to Washington D.C. last year,
stressed the need for Washington D.C. to gain state-
hnod "The natinn's canita1 is under connresin1l nccu-

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