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N Men's Basketball:
Here's to Mr: Robinson
Women's Basketball:
Deck the Halls
D Sean Higgins: Michigan's
misunderstood man

Resist "the Code"


Weekend in review



Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom


Vol. C, No. 81,

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, January 29, 1990

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The Michigan Daily


by Noelle Vance
Daily Administration Reporter
For the Michigan Student
Assembly's two main parties -
Choice and Conservative Coalition
- last November's elections were a
chance to upset the Assembly's lib-
eral/conservative balance and end
some of the internal division that
has plagued MSA.
But in a scenario some have
equated with a botched Central
American election, such a resolution
was not forthcoming.

Instead, mem-
bers of the Assem-
bly watched as the
elections turned
first, into a mesh
of errors which
raised questions
about MSA elec-

Sophomore guard Char Durand, driving here against Michigan State
forward Cherie Swarthout, scored eight points off the bench as the
Wolverines defeated the Spartans 71-65 in overtime.

Terry Mills watches Rumeal's final shot fall through the hoop against
Michigan State Saturday as MSU's Matt Steigenga and Steve Smith
look on.


ing.him if there was any way to cir-
cumvent the MSA Central Student
Judiciary's decision to invalidate the
original election results.
The CSJ - the student govern-
ment's judicial branch - invalidated
the elections because destruction of
the election ballots prevented verifi-
cation of the election's results.
Choice party members had chal-
lenged the results of the election be-
cause of errors and problems with
election procedures.
Nineteen people voted on ballots
which were missing up to four can-
didate's names. A candidate's name
was omitted from the Board of Stu-
dent Publication's ballot and under-
graduates and graduates were included
on the same ballot for the student
publications' board. Reports that law
students were not allowed to vote
added to the controversy.
The Conservative Coalition
claimed the Choice party's request
for a recount was nothing more than
a last resort for a party that clearly
was not wanted by the student body.
Under the original election re-
sults, Conservative Coalition took
14 of 21 seats, while the Choice
party took six seats.
The Conservative Coalition re-
fused to accept CSJ's invalidation
and appealed to the University's
Board of Regents for help in over-
see MSA, Page 2


teams sink

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
For Michigan basketball fans, the
past few days have been one's to
Winning is nice.
Beating Michigan State is even
And the Wolverines did it twice
over the weekend.
First, Leslie Spicer sank both

ends of a one-and-one to seal the
women's team upset of the Spartans,
71-65, at Crisler Arena Friday night.
Then the men's team took to the
court Saturday afternoon and
dismantled the Green-and-White, 65-
63, as Rumeal Robinson drove and
lofted a right hook shot just before
the buzzer to give the Wolverines
the win.
Maybe women's coach Bud

VanDeWege put it best when he said
"To win in overtime, against
Michigan State with a big crowd -
you just can't ask for anything
But men's coach Steve Fisher
couldn't be very far behind when he
assessed his game. "It was a hard
fought slug fest where both teams
tightened up, toughened up and went
to war," Fisher said. "That's what

Michigan-Michigan State is all
A perfect weekend for basketball
in Ann Arbor you could say.
Nice weather, big crowds, loud
crowds, tense games - and in the
end, a Michigan victory.

tion procedures,
and afterward, into
another chance for
party bickering.
In the aftermath of the election,
controversy over the handling of the
elections drew the University admin-
istration's attention, and now threat-
ens MSA's independence.
The Choice party has blamed the
Conservative Coalition for the
Assembly's problems following the
elections. Members of Choice have
attacked MSA president Aaron
Williams for going to University
President James Duderstadt and ask-

Two Michigan wins.
Michigan State losses. A
weekend to be a Spartan.


Michigan's universities call for more state

by Christine Kloostra
Daily Government Reporter
Presidents of Michigan's state
universities issued a report last week
urging the state legislature to in-
crease funding for Michigan's 15
public universities. The officials
cited the need to maintain reasonable
tuition rates as the basis for the rec-
"The public universities are
strongly committed to moderating
tuition, yet to do so will require an-
nual increases in state appropriations
that adequately cover rising institu-

tional costs," the report stated.
The report was released by the
Presidents Council, a committee
comprised of presidents from Michi-
gan's state universities.
The council said funding for
higher education must increase by at
least 8.5 percent in order to restore
the state "to a position of national
leadership in support for public
higher education."
"We not only fall significantly
below the national average in our
support, but it is clear that we are
slipping farther behind with each

passing year," University President
James Duderstadt told the Associated,
According to the report, Michi-
gan is ranked 35th in state appropria-
tion to higher education. During the
past year the state fell from 26th to
32nd in state funding per student. In
1988-89, Michigan alloted $3,766
for each student, compared to $9,879
for first-ranked Alaska.
The council recommended that
the state reach a national rank of
15th in state funding per student by

Sen. William Sederburg, chair of
the Higher Education Subcommittee
of the Senate Appropriations Com-
mittee, called the proposal
"I'm not really optimistic about
eight percent. That would be un-
likely. We will try to take their re-
quest into consideration," Sederburg
The report also pointed out that
Michigan's universities are becom-
ing increasingly dependent upon tu-
ition, rather than state funding, to
support their operating costs.

Michigan is currently ranked seventh
in the nation in dependence on tu-
ition as a percentage of total rev-
The council proposed two policy
options to the state legislature that
would allow Michigan "to improve
its national competitive position in
support for public higher education."
One proposal was an increase of
appropriations for state universities
by "realigning" the state's budget
priorities. The other option sug-

gested a tax increase to provide addi-
tional funding.
Other recommendations by the
council included full funding for new
facilities and increasing expenditures
for construction, maintenance, and
remodeling. The council also sug-
gested a $26 million appropriation
for special maintenance projects in
fiscal year 1991 with an additional
$2 million appropriated each year
until 1995.
The Associated Press con-
tributed to this report.

Espresso cafe brings
business to Main St.

Fighting stops near
key Soviet battle site

by Jennifer HirI
Daily Staff Reporter
In the theatrical world the saying
holds, "There's no business like
show business." But among Ann
'Arbor merchants the saying stands as
"There's no business like Espresso
And since the cafd on State St.
has been a smashing hit, the owners
have decided to provide an encore at
214 S. Main St.
And at the new caf6, the coffees
*won't be the only attraction. The
new location will feature a Caf6
Theater which is a joint venture be-
tween Espresso Royale Caf6 and the
Ann Arbor Repertory Theater.
"Since our store on State St. is
doing very well, we decided that we
would like to fill the niche that is
not filled in Ann Arbor. There are a
lot of people in that area (S. Main)
that would like to go," explained
Manthri Srinath, a managing partner
of the caf6.
While the two organizations will
work closely together, they will
finntirn wanaratni'u The Ann A rb~r

music, and dance theater. Workshops
in playwrighting and aerobic move-
ment will also be offered.
Marcus Goller, regional manager
and owner of Espresso Royale, dis-
covered the Ann Arbor Repertory
Theater at a Kerrytown playhouse.
Impressed with the variety of shows
and dynamic performances, Goller's
interest peaked with the idea of start-
ing a joint operation. "I noticed they
had an impressive dedication of qual-
ity," he said.
The Ann Arbor Repertory The-
ater's recent performance of "A
Shayna Maidel" at Hillel received
numerous awards from the Ann Ar-
bor News, including best drama, best
director of drama, and best actress in
a drama.
"The heart and soul of our orga-
nization is the development of new
work," Simone Press, the artistic di-
rector of the Repertory Theater, said.
With this goal in mind, the Ann Ar-
bor Repertory Theater expects the
caf6 to develop a greater community

MOSCOW (AP) - Armenian
and Azerbaijani fighters began
withdrawing from a key battlefront
yesterday, and the bitter enemies
agreed to discuss extending the truce
to other parts of the volatile region,
activists reported.
The Armenian National Move-
ment agreed to conditions demanded
by the Azerbaijani People's Front
for peace talks that are to begin
Wednesday in Riga, Latvia, accord-
ing to the Latvian People's Front,
which is sponsoring the talks.
Both sides now say they will dis-
cuss troop withdrawls, refugees and
other humanitarian concerns, but not
the pivotal territorial dispute that
triggered the hostilities, said Artis
Erglis of the Latvian People's Front.
Armenians demand control of
Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave of
Azerbaijan populated largely by
Armenians. Azerbaijan is predomi-
nantly Shiite Moslem, while most
Armenians are Christians. The two
Soviet republics have feuded inter-

At least 197 people have been
killed in the neighboring republics
since Jan. 13.
The nationalist movements in the
Baltic republics offered to mediate
the conflict, a sign of how much
clout the burgeoning movements
have gained in the past year and
their concern over unrest that re-
quires Kremlin intervention to con-
Yusif Samedugli, a board mem-
ber of the Azerbaijani People's
Front, confirmed in a telephone in-
terview from Baku yesterday that
Azerbaijani representatives would
attend talks in the Latvian capital.
Samedugli said the People's
Front in Tbilisi, the capital of neigh-
boring Georgia, also volunteered to
mediate, and the Azerbaijanis will
send a representative there as well.
Georgia, the three Baltic re-
publics, Armenia and Azerbaijan are
among several of the 15 Soviet re-
publics that have sought greater in-


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