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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 119 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, March 29, 1990TMichigan



Action of libel

con firmed

by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
Accusations were flying at Tues-
day night's Michigan Student
Assembly meeting, as opposing par-
ties in the spring elections argued
over the meal credit reform issue.
Members of the Conservative
Coalition filed charges against the
Action party, attempting to get a re-
straining order on their campaign
materials which they say display li-
belous information.
The controversial Action posters
implied that the CC was misleading
student voters by taking responsibil-
ity for meal credit reform, and stat-
ing the Resident Halls Association
was the student group which initi-
ated the reform effort.
The case went before the Central
Student Judiciary, MSA's highest
court, but after two hours of an in-
formal hearing, the restraining order
was denied. A separate MSA election
court will hear the case in a formal
hearing this Sunday and until then,
the controversial posters will stay
"We filed charges because we
For Better or...
...For Worse

want the MSA system to work for
both sides," said MSA President
Aaron Williams. "During the past
elections, the courts were used
against us; this just goes to show
that there's something wrong with
MSA's judicial system."
Action representatives said the
Coalition is seriously misleading the
student voters, and using the meal
credit issue to garner uninformed
"A lot of students do not know a
lot about MSA or about the parties
on the assembly," explained Action
party presidential candidate Jennifer
Van Valey. "They've seen fliers
around campus, and they're making a
misleading and incorrect associa-
Furthermore, MSA Rackham rep-
resentative Corey Dolgan has stated
that he will take responsive action
by filing ethics charges against
MSA members Rob Rielly and Joe
Sciarotta, arguing that the two vio-
lated sections of the assembly's
Compiled Code.
See LIBEL, Page 2
Fourth in a five-part series
by Andrew Gottesman
and Adam Schrager
Daily Staff Reporters
The color of money for the Big
Ten Conference may not be the blue
and white of Penn State.
Financial concerns could be a
major stumbling block in the Nit-
tany Lions' admittance to the con-
ference. Many conference officials
are worried Penn State's addition
could raise costs without guaran-
teeing more revenue to other Big
Ten schools.
"It's going to cost us a bundle,"
Michigan Assistant Athletic Director
for Finance Robert DeCarolis said.
"I haven't done the exact figures, but
I can't see this situation making us
any money."
Two of the three committees
formed by the conference to study
the transition are examining finan-
cial issues. The TV/Revenue Shar-
ing and Competitive Format/Bud-
getary Impact committees, chaired

by Noelle Vance
Daily Administration Reporter
With the elimination of a Uni-
versity-wide commencement cere-
mony, individual departments and
schools have been trying to attract
their own prominent speakers. As of
today, 14 people have confirmed
they will participate in the celebra-
Louis Sullivan, secretary for the
Department of Health and Human
Services; University alumnus
Lawrence Kasdan, director of The Big
Chill and The Accidental Tourist;
and Frank Poposs, president of the
Dow Chemical Company will be
among the principal speakers.
Sullivan will address Medical
School graduates, Kasdan will speak
at the LSA ceremony, and Poposs
will speak at the Business School's

Students and deans selected the
speakers who will participate in the
ceremonies of 17 of the University's
19 graduation ceremonies, said the
coordinators of the various depart-
ment activities. The School of Ar-
chitecture and Urban Planning and
the School of Information and Li-
brary Studies will not have speakers.
"Our student population re-
quested somebody who was a female
professional," said Cara Voss, execu-
tive secretary to the dean of the Col-
lege of Dentistry. The college will
hear June Osborn, the Dean of the
University's School of Public
At the School of Business Ad-
ministration, students nominated
speakers and the dean made the final
See SPEAKERS, page 2

Bruce Inosencio, [SA sophomore, dresses his hot dog at McDivit-White
corner yesterday. The dog was purchased from the street vendor
"Beiner's Weiners".

The Penn State-Big
4 Ten marriage might
not be the windfall
many thought it
Tomorrow: Penn State's
addition has fueled
speculation of further
expansion, not only in the
Big Ten, but nationwide.

douse I
by Minnesota Athletic Director Rick
Bay and Ohio State Athletic Director
James Jones respectively, address the
economic ramifications of expanding
the conference.
The overriding cost would be
travel. At the least, getting to and
from the Penn State campus would
dent already dilapidated athletic budg-
"There's no doubt the addition of
Penn State is going to be very cost-
ly from a travel standpoint," Indiana
Assistant Athletic Director Harold
Mauro said. "It's definitely going to
add to our budget. Travelling (to
Penn State) is really difficult for us.
We have to fly into Harrisburg or
Pittsburgh and then take a long bus
The only team able to fly directly
into Penn State without chartering a
plane will be Ohio State. Other
schools would be required to charter
or switch planes in Pittsburgh or
Washington D.C., hubs of US Air
and United Airlines respectively -
the only commercial airlines to fly

into Penn State.
Without switching to commuter
planes, teams would be required to
take a two-plus hour bus ride from
Harrisburg or Pittsburgh - the two
closest major cities to University
Travel problems have led Penn
State President Bryce Jordan to
promise to lengthen the local airport
runway. The expanded runway would
allow larger, non-commuter planes
to land, said Penn State athletic
department officials.
Airfare alone for Michigan's 13
athletic squads, which travel with
hundreds of athletes, could cost over
Minnesota and Iowa - both
more than 700 miles away from
Penn State - may encounter even
greater expenses than Michigan,
which is a little more than 300
miles away.
"Adding Penn State will be ex-
pensive especially for us and Min-
nesota if things remain the same,"
said Christine Grant, Iowa associate

athletic director and Competitive
Format/Budgetary Impact committee
member. "We want to come up with
a more logical way to have compe-
tition which might not be such a
financial burden on everyone in-
Grant's committee is studying
schedule changes which would alle-
viate added travel costs. Specifically,
splitting the conference into divi-
sions to reduce the number of trips
for each school and/or ending the
current double round-robin men's and
women's basketball schedules have
been suggested.
But even these ideas are not solu-
tions amenable to everybody. For
example, abandoning the double
round-robin scheduling would mean
the loss of an automatic NCAA
basketball tournament bid and the
possibility of infringing upon many
traditional rivalries.
"I can't see us confining our ac-
tivity to an Eastern division of the
conference," Michigan President
James Duderstadt said. "These are

important issues. We don't want to
lose the tradition of a Michigan-
Minnesota or Michigan-Wisconsin
rivalry. I'm less worried about finan-
ces than I am about scheduling."
Illinois Media Relations Director
Alexis Tate does not worry about fi-
nances either. Tate said in due time,
the finances surrounding the deal
will make everyone happy.
"There may be negative numbers
initially, but we're looking at the
long-term goals," Tate said. "The-
oretically, it would increase revenue
down the road once you get over the
current hump of scheduling in the
two major sports of football and
basketball. The television deals will
figure in nicely and more than
adequately cover the discombobula-
tion of travel costs."
But the fact that the Big Ten's
only revenue sports - football and
basketball - will most likely be the
last to join because of schedule com-
mitments, throws a question mark
See PENN STATE, page 3

Conference marks
20 years since BAM

Copi challenges Brater

for council seat in

by Mark Katz
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
In 1970 the University's founda-
tions were shook by a student
movement which shut down classes,
buildings and food services.
The Black Action Movement
(BAM) began when a group of
Michigan students led a strike at the
University, demanding increases in
minority enrollment and other insti-
tutional accommodations for minor-
ity students.
Twenty years later, BAM partici-
pants and other student activists
from the last 50 years will come to-
gether for a conference to examine
the years since the BAM strike.
"The University since BAM:
Twenty years of Progress?," spon-
sored by the Office of Minority Af-
fairs, will be held this weekend. The
conference will feature a day-and-a-
half of speakers and panel discus-
sions dealing with subjects ranging

people of the 70s movements; it is a
working conference where people
will be dealing with the issues," said
Henry Davis, academic administrator
in the Office of Minority Affairs and
chair of the BAM Conference Plan-
ning Committee.
In addition, past BAM partici-
pants will be informed about current
issues by student activists from the
United Coalition Against Racism
(UCAR) and the Black Student
Union (BSU). After being briefed,
activists of former years "can offer
insights (as to how to) build the
multicultural university of the fu-
ture," Davis said.
UCAR member David Maurrasse
said he would like to see a good deal
of discussion about what is going on
now. "I want to see more awareness
of the problems and how they
haven't been solved," he said. "The
point (of the conference) is to relay

by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
There's more to this year's Third
Ward city council race than just
Democrats and Republicans.
Libertarian Mark Heiselman has
thrown his hat into the race along-
side Democratic incumbent Liz
Brater and Republican challenger
David Copi. Even though Heiselman
openly admits his chances of win-
ning are slim, he says Libertarians
will decide the Third Ward race be-
cause he is instructing half of his
party's voters to support either
Brater or Copi. Last year coun-


cilmember Nelson Meade, a Demo-
crat, won by only 5 votes.
As a result, the real battle in the
Third Ward is being fought between
the Democratic and Republican
camps. The ward includes the section
of the city between Packard and
Washtenaw, near East Quad and
North Burns Park
When Third Ward voters go to
the polls April 2, Brater will be
seeking a second two-year term on
council. Brater, a member of Ann
Arbor's housing coalition, is work-
ing to set up a housing trust fund
that would encourage developers to
construct affordable housing units.
"Market forces in Ann Arbor are
not going to-foster affordable hous-
ing," said Brater. "There are develop-
ers that would be interested in build-
ing the housing if they had the nec-
essary support. If the city keeps al-
lowing luxury condominiums to be
built, we're going to squeeze out
land for affordable housing."
Brater also favors inclusionary

Ward 3
Instead, Copi believes the city
needs to lobby the state and the fed-
eral government to assume more re-
sponsibility for the homeless. Ann
Arbor can only do so much, he said.
"It's not a problem that you can
solve on a local basis."
Copi has been involved in city
politics since he was a third-year law
student at the University. In 1968
Copi worked to secure students vot-
ing rights in Ann Arbor. Alongside
the American Civil Liberties Union,
Copi challenged local requirements
that discriminated against student
voters, rejecting their right to vote
in Ann Arbor.
A local attorney and landlord,
Copi says he would bring financial
expertise to the council and focus on
local problems. "I'm more interested
in fixing the streets than what's go-
ing on in Nicaragua," he said.
Copi feels Ann Arbor should
consider privatization to deal with
the city's solid waste problem. Op-
eration of a Materials Recovery Fa-


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