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after 18 years
Get into the Gear
'M' baseball takes the field
Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 120
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, March 30, 1990
The Michigan Daily
efforts under fire
RHA says CC's Campaign promises
ideas seriously flawed misleading, RHA says
Members of the Residence Halls Association and
University housing administration maintain the meal
credit reforms proposed by the Conservative Coalition
(CC) could have disastrous effects on food service and
say students would be hurt, not helped, by the proposed
"They haven't come up with any brilliant ideas -
their proposals have been kicked around by the RHA for
a long time, and we've dismissed them, because they
wouldn't work," Rich Kysia, RHA treasurer, said.
LSA first-year students Joe Sciarotta and Rob Rielly
are the CC members who have lead the CC effort on
meal reforms. In an effort to show the University that
students feel the current meal plans are unfair to them,
Sciarotta and Rielly collected several thousand student
signatures this semester to present to the administra-
Rielly and Sciarotta said they chose not to work
with RHA on their meal reform efforts because RHA
had been working on it for years, with no results,and
"They can't be very effective if we don't even know
they're out there," Rielly said.
Sciarotta and Rielly said they are working for the
implementation of a plan similar to the current "Entree
See MEALS, Page 2
by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
Members of the University's Residence Hall Associ-
ation (RHA) are upset about the Conservative Coali-
tion's (CC) meal reform campaign, saying members of
the CC lied to the RHA and to the Michigan Student
Assembly about both their efforts and their results.
RHA leaders say MSA members Joe Sciarotta and
Rob Rielly, working on behalf of the CC, lied to the
RHA's new Meal Credit Reform Committee, denying
they had ties to the MSA or to the CC. The RHA lead-
ers say the misrepresentations are an effort to influence
the Committee's decisions and take credit for RHA's ef-
forts to reform the University's meal credit policies.
"The CC members have not dealt with the proper
channels in the Housing Office, and they have not made
any serious impact on what is already being done. They
have no new ideas, and they're misleading people about
their role in the meal credit reform effort," said LSA
Sophomore Rich Kysia, RHA treasurer and member of
the newly-formed Meal Credit Reform Committee.
Sciarotta and Rielly have denied any wrongdoing,
and say they are being attacked by the leadership of the
Action party, who will be running against them in next
week's election, in an attempt to sway the election.
"We've consulted with the MSA past and present
General Counsels, who told us there would be no prob-
lem doing this whatsoever," Rielly said.
See ETHICS, Page 2
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Jacqueline Walker, an Ann Arbor resident, enters a contest on the Diag in which participants guess
the number of compact discs that will fit in a Pontiac automobile. The event is sponsored by Pontiac
and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD).
See ETHICS, Page 2
independent status in
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Last in afive-part series
by Andrew Gottesman
and Adam Schrager
Daily Staff Reporters
© 1990 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Penn State is awaiting an official
proposition from the Big Ten like a
teenager anticipates a Senior Prom
But exactly how this and other
questions of national conference af-
filiation will transpire is extremely
The Big Ten presidents are likely
to vote on the admittance of Penn
State at the bi-annual Council of
Ten meeting in June when the three
committees formed to study the deal
report their findings.
"All the committees will have
face-to-face meetings with our coun-
terparts at Penn State," said Michi-
gan Law Prof. Doug Kahn, a Uni-
versity faculty representative for the
athletic department. "We will sit
down and try to hash out some of
these problems. Right now we don't
really know what their concerns are."
For its part, the Big Ten is wor-
ried about scheduling, finances, and
"I think we're all going to go at
it with a positive attitude," Michi-
gan Interim Athletic Director Jack
Weidenbach said. "But that doesn't
mean we're going to come out of it
with a positive recommendation."
Positive or negative, committee
members are not sure how much
weight their reports will carry. Some
speculate the presidents will be in-
fluenced by their various governing
boards or will act on their own incli-
Ohio State Athletic Director
James Jones, who has resigned him-
self to the deal's finality despite
skepticism, just wants to get it over
"Personally, I would hope if there
were another vote, it would be now,"
he said. "I don't want to spend six
months investigating something,
and then have it all thrown out."
A simple majority is needed to
include Penn State in the conference
- unless an amendment is made
which mandates more than a majori-
ty vote, said Michigan President
Even if the presidents vote to al-
low Penn State to join, Penn State
may not accept the invitation unless
the vote is close to unanimous, Du-
"If I were in Penn State's posi-
tion, I don't think I'd want to join a
conference with only 60 percent of
the membership supporting it," Du-
derstadt said. "In an instance like
this, my sense is that the school
involved, Penn State, would want to
see very strong support and obvious-
ly they would hope for unanimous
'We're looking at that possibility, but we
haven't even added an eleventh school yet.
There's really no point in searching for a
twelfth school when you are not set on 11'
- Purdue Faculty Representative
associate athletic director for com-
munications and external relations,
declined to comment on the possibil-
ity of Penn State not joining the Big
While the committees study the
problems for the entire conference,
individual athletic departments will
look into the ramifications for their
"The committees have also been
asked to address the issue of whether
there should be a twelfth member of
the Big Ten because that makes
sense," Duderstadt said. "I think it's
clear to us the Big Ten probably
should consist of an even number of
teams for scheduling, but it is not at
all obvious whether there's a candi-
date for a twelfth university.
"None stands out in the same
way Penn State stands out. If Penn
State does join and there is an inter-
est in adding a twelfth school, (we'll
look for) other major research
universities," he said.
Duderstadt cited the standard ru-
mored schools of Rutgers, Pitts-
burgh, and Syracuse as possibilities.
Notre Dame would be a logical
choice due to its proximity to other
conference schools, but Duderstadt
said it lacks the research capabilities
the Council of Ten seeks.
Athletic officials at Rutgers,
Pittsburgh, and Syracuse refused
comment on joining the Big Ten.
But others in the conference said
it is not appropriate to start rumors
about admitting another school.
"We're looking at that possibili-
See PENN STATE, page 13
engagement to the Big
Ten could lead to
Minnesota President Nils Hassel-
mo said he assumes the presidents
will give collective support to Penn
"I have not sensed any such split
(between the presidents) so far," Has-
selmo said. "I did not feel that any of
the presidents were on a different
wavelength than the others."
L. Budd Thalman, Penn State's
"We have definite concerns about
cost and school days missed that
travel to Penn State would force, and
we'll have to wait and see other
things the committees find out,"
Iowa Director of Public Relations
Ann Rhodes said.
If Penn State does in fact join the
Big Ten, it is likely the conference
will begin exploring the possibility
of admitting a twelfth school.
examines past and,
to unseat Hunter
AZ Democrat challenged in Ward 1
by Mark Katz
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
- sThe demands made on the
University twenty years ago during
the first Black Action Movement
(BAM) are similar as those made by
a number of student organizations as
recent as this year. The 1970
increase minority enrollment
to 10 percent
increase financial aid for
* financially disadvantaged minority
panelists will reflect back to BAM's
BAM's roots will be traced back
to March 1970, when a united front
of Black students from all schools,
combined with a "significant level of
support from majority students,"
initiated a campus-wide strike to
protest University policies towards
minorities, said Judge Cynthia
Stevens, a 1970 BAM negotiator.
"The strike was called out of
exasperation. We believed that the
University would not (make an effort
by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
Larry Hunter, .Ann Arbor First
Ward's Democratic four-term incum-
bent, might have run unopposed for
the second consecutive city council
election if it were not for Republican
challenger Issaac-Jacobein Campbell.
Campbell unsuccessfully chal-
lenged for a Third Ward council seat
in 1987 and 1988, and after losing
the second race to Councilmember
Liz Brater (D-Third Ward) in 1988,
Campbell thought he was.done with
Ann Arbor politics.
from the First Ward."
Campbell said the citizens of the
First Ward haven't been talked to in
eight years. "Larry Hunter has never
explained himself. He considers his
council seat to be a gift," Campbell
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