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Hoops dominate weekend


A fond farewell

Get to know the Triffids

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom

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4 Vol.C,No.85

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, February 2,1990

The Michigan Daily


leaders discuss


by Noelle Vance
Daily Administration Reporter
The controversial non-academic
conduct policy which students, fac-
ulty and administrators have been
discussing for more than 10 years
may be finalized without input from
the University community, said sev-
eral people who met privately with
University President James Duder-
stadt yesterday.
If students, faculty, or administra-
tors fail to accept Duderstadt's re-
quest for consultation, he will de-
velop and implement a policy with-
out input, according to those who
were present.
Members of the dissolved Uni-
versity Council, Michigan Student
Assembly President Aaron Williams
and Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs Chair Gayl Ness
met with Duderstadt yesterday.
"Basically, Duderstadt said we're
going to have a code, a comprehen-

Pres. could impose
code without input

sive code, and students can either
have some input or no input," said
Corey Dolgon, former co-chair of
University Council.
Duderstadt was unavailable for
comment yesterday.
University officials have tried to
develop a code to regulate the non-
academic conduct of students, faculty
and -administrators since the early
'70s. Because many student leaders
have opposed the code on the
grounds that it would restrict student
rights, the University has been un-
able to develop a general code.
The question is not whether there
is going to be a code, but rather,
who will draft the code, said Social

Work Prof. Tom Croxton, a former
University Council member.
Under regental bylaw 7.02, which
expired last month, University
Council was to be responsible for
the development and implementation
of the code. The council never pro-
duced a code and was dissolved last
"(The regents) are saying 'we've
got to have (a code). If the council
can't do it, then we're going to direct
the administration to draft that
code,"' Croxton said.
Croxton said he was not against
the code in principle, but he didn't
think a code should be implemented

unless all members of the faculty,
student body, and administration
have a say in its formulation.
MSA members passed a resolu-
tion saying they will not participate
in an advisory committee that has
less power than the University
"An advisory committee can only
give advice and make suggestions.
Then the president takes the advice
and does what he wants with it,"
Dolgon said. "University Council
felt what (they) created (would be)
the final document," he said.
Duderstadt suggested if MSA re-
fused to give input into the code,
then he would ask the individual col-
lege and school governments for in-
put, those at the meeting said.
The resolution was probably
short-sighted, Williams said, because
the administration can always bypass
MSA. If the other schools and col-
See Code, Page 2

By Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter

deficit hurts students

When student groups on campus
need funding, one of the best sources
is the Michigan Student Assembly,
which allocates thousands of dollars
every year for student activities.
However, many groups approach-
ing MSA this year are coming away
empty-handed, because of budgeting
and accounting mistakes committed
during previous MSA administra-
According to Budget Priorities
Committee Chair Bryan Mistele,
MSA compiled a deficit reaching
into the tens of thousands of dollars
as a result of accounting and alloca-
tion errors under the administrations

of past MSA presidents Ken Weine
and Mike Phillips.
This deficit accumulated in sev-
eral ways. During the Weine admin-
istration, MSA failed to make pay-
ments to the Ann Arbor Tenants
Union and to the Student Legal Ser-
vices. The Phillips administration
also neglected to make one payment
to the SLS.
Of the $7.12 that each student
gives to MSA each semester, $4.10
is used to pay the salaries of the em-
ployees of the Student Legal Ser-
vices, and $.62 is given to the Ann
Arbor Tenants Union.
How these accounting oversights
were committed was never made

clear, but no attempt was made to Then, in February of 1989,
correct them, and MSA only sank Phillips announced that as a non-
profit administration, MSA must
'I think student groups have a zero balance at the end of the
on campus are really year. As a result, they began to allo-
suffering from the cate exorbitant sums of money for
mistakes of the Phillips student activities, and campus
.nr.Tgroups flocked to the meetings, in
administration. They the hopes of getting in on MSA's
should be getting more sudden generosity.
money, and they aren't At one MSA meeting that
getting it because of the month, Phillips announced the
deficit' assembly had a surplus of almost
$50,000. At that meeting alone, the
Bryan Mistele assembly allocated more than
Budget Priorities Chair $13,000 to various campus groups.
It was at this meeting that the
further into debt. See MSA, Page 2

Hang on to that branch .. .
Ann Arbor resident P.O. Fitzpatrik dares the limbs of a Diag tree to
hang a sign advertising a mass meeting for the Comedy Company.

Abortion zone amendment

by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
Ann Arbor voters may soon
amend the City Charter to create a
"Zone of Reproductive Freedom"
protecting those performing and re-
* ceiving abortions if that procedure
was ever outlawed by the state.
Patterned after the city's five-dol-
lar marijuana law, the amendment
would have offenders of a state abor-
tion law prosecuted under local in-
stead of state law.
Supporters of the zone issue -
which will appear as a referendum on
the April 2 ballot - say the mea-
Soviet Union is likely to pull all its
troops from Europe by 1995, but
Western allies must remain wary of
"the only nation on Earth capable of
destroying the United States," De-
fense Secretary Dick Cheney told
Congress yesterday.
Cheney. said President Bush's
new proposal that Moscow and
Washington seek agreement on
deeper troop cuts in Europe than
previously contemplated would
"preserve... a viable, useful" Ameri-
can military presence on the conti-
In his State of the Union speech
Wednesday, Bush proposed reducing
U.S. and Soviet combat forces in
Europe to no more than 225,000 for
each side - a drop of 50,000 from
the previous U.S. proposal at East-
West troop reduction talks now un-

sure is needed because there are no
guaranteed sentiment that Lansing
will always be pro-choice. Addition-
ally, they believe passsage of the
referendum would send a strong mes-
sage to state leaders about the Ann
Arbor's pro-choice convictions.
However, a precedent set by a
state court has put the abortion refer-
endum on shaky ground. In a 1977
decision - Joslin v. Michigan -
the state appellate court ruled that
police officers could not be restricted
by local ordinance from prosecuting
under state law.
According to the precedent, offi-

cers could circumvent the maximum
$5 local penalty and prosecute uider
state law, calling for stiffer penal-
ties. Because of the precedent, it is
doubtful if the measure would have a
significant impact in safeguarding
abortion in Ann Arbor.
City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw said
the court precedent makes the zone
amendment meaningless.
Laidlaw said because the would-
be felony would not be protected
from state law by local ordinance,
doctors who performed abortions
would risk losing their licenses to
practice medicine.

may have
"People in Ann Arbor haven't se-
riously thought about the abortion
issue," said councilmember Thomas
Richardson (R-Fifth Ward). He ex-
plained that the referendum isn't well
thought out because, if it took ef-
fect, the city would be powerless to
prosecute people who gave "coat
hanger abortions."
However, supporters of the zone
of reproductive freedom say despite
the precedent, legal issues surround-
ing the legislation are still unsettled.
David Cahill, an aide to State
Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor)
and a 20-year Ann Arbor resident

who helped author the charter pro-
posal, said because the precedent was
set by an appellate court, the Joslin
decision could still be overturned by
the state supreme court.
Cahill added that although police
would have the option to prosecute
under state law, the city government
would still have the authority to dis-
cipline officers to encourage them to
use local ordinance.
Describing the zone charter,
amendment as insurance policy for
Ann Arbor, Cahill said: "This is an
attempt at an offensive defense
against restrictive state legislation."

weak legal status

Even though the zone amendment
might fall into grey legal areas, pro-
ponents are stressing its importance
as a symbolic message.
Sabra Briere, who led the petition
drive to put the zone issue on the
ballot, said passage of the proposal
would be a sign for local authorities
not to bother prosecuting under state
Third-year law student James
Marsh, a Democratic city council
candidate, said the spirit of the zone
law's pro-choice statement would be

Higgins out for 'M'

at least
by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer


If Michigan coach Steve Fisher
didn't have enough to worry about
after Purdue spanked his Wolverine
basketball team 91-73 Wednesday
night, he now has another problem.
Star forward Sean Higgins will
be missing from the Wolverines
lineup for three to four weeks after
suffering a stress fracture in his left
foot. Higgins injured the foot during
the loss to Purdue but was still on
the court at the final buzzer.
Afterwards, there was a noticeable
limp to his walk and doctors
examined the foot yesterday. Higgins
scored 14 points against the
Boilermakers after averaging 16.3
points coming into the contest,
while starting every game.
"We'll miss him tremendously,"
Fisher said late last night from his
home. "That's the nature of things,
though. When someone goes down,
we'll just have to find someone else
to pick up the pace. When we set
our defense, we set it around who we
will have Sean guard. It takes away a
very good player."

ee weeks
"It'll take a really proven
commodity off the bench in
Demetrius," Fisher said. "Instead of
giving us someone off the bench
now, he's going to be in the starting
lineup. We're going to have to find
someone on the bench to give us
that kind of lift."
Higgins could not be reached for
comment last night.
For Calip, it is a chance to prove
himself. "Now I have to do the same
things as I did coming off the bench.
I'll just have to give the spark earlier

Calip said he learned of drawing
the starting assignment during a film
session yesterday when Robinson
asked Fisher who would guard Wis-
consin guard Tim Locum on Satur-
day. Fisher replied, "Probably
"I got the meaning then," Calip
said. Today's practice, Calip said,
centered on "swinging the ball more
and getting it into the post more
instead of taking real quick shots."
Kirk Taylor, who has been out of
the lineup for almost a year due to a

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