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Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom
Vol. C, No. 122 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, April 3, 1990 The MichigaDa

by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter


Democratic challenger Thais
Peterson scored an upset victory in
yesterday's city council elections
over leading council Repbulican
Thomas Richardson (R-Fifth Ward).
Peterson - who won by a 3,108
to 2,763 vote - was the only
challenger able to unseat an
incumbent. Her victory changes the
council makeup to six Republicans
and five Democrats, tipping the
scales back toward Democrats.
Before the election only four council
seats were held by Democrats.
Peterson said her victory
confirmed that Fifth Ward voters
were unhappy with Richardson's
record on council in the past two
"I was convinced all along that
Tom was out of touch with the
constituents," she said. Peterson also
said she thought Proposal A brought
out voters who helped give her an
upset victory.
Richardson was unavailable for
City clerk Winnifield Northcross
said that despite yesterday's rainy
weather,33 percent of the city's
registered voters turned out to cast
ballots. Normally, Ann Arbor city
election turnout is only 20 percent,

she said.
Northcross attributed the
unusually high turnout to the three
controversial ballot proposals.
"We're a very issues oriented
community," she said.
In the First Ward, four-term
incumbent Larry Hunter (D-First
Ward) soundly defeated Republican
challenger Isaac Jacobein Campbell.
Ingrid Sheldon (R-Second Ward)
successfully staved off a challenge
by Democratic/Green candidate
Valerie Ackerman.
Sheldon said the loss of one
council seat to the Democrats will
force both parties on council to be
more cooperative.
In the Third Ward, incumbent Liz
Brater (D-Third Ward) convincingly
won her re-election bid by a 2 to 1
margin over Republican challenger
David Copi and Libertarian candidate
Mark Hiselman.
"The Democrats will again have a
voice on the budget process," Brater
said. Council needs a 7 vote
majority to pass a budget.
Mark Ouimet (R-Fourth Ward)
won his first re-election campaign
by beating third-year law student
Jamie Marsh in the Fourth Ward.

City elections '90 results
Larry Hunter (D) 2417 74
Isaac-Jacobein Campbell (R) 858 26
Ingrid Sheldon (R) 2471 61
Valerie Ackerman (D/G) 1575 39
Liz Brater (D) 2935 65
David Copi (R) 1471 32
Mark Heiselman (L) 149 3
Mark Ouimet(R) 3416 60
James Marsh (D/G) 2298 40
Thomas Richardson (R) 2763 47
Thais Anne Peterson (D) 3108 53
Yes 18866 77
No 5601 33
Yes 12901 53
No 11419 47
Freedom) 15698 65
Yes 8578 35



by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
The era of Ann Arbor's $5 pot
law is over.
With the passage of Proposal B
- by a vote of 12,901 to 11,419 -
in yesterday's city election, students
will now face a minimum $25 fine
if caught in possession of marijuana.
Although results from student
precincts in Ann Arbor showed
overwhelming support for the cur-
rent pot law, voting in residential
districts of the city was just enough
to pass the ballot proposal.
In addition to raising pot fines,
Proposal B - which alters the city
charter - will also change the crime
from a civil infraction to a misde-
"In the real world, $25 doesn't
matter much, but it's the principle
that's involved," said Councilmem-
ber Larry Hunter (D-First Ward),
who had opposed the ballot initia-
tive. "With the vote that close it
says we better be reasonable on mar-
Despite expectations that city res-
idents would reject Proposal A, Ann
Arbor accepted raising individual
taxes by an average of $100 and
voted to allow the city to sell $28
million in bonds to solve the solid
waste crisis.



The funds will go to a clean up
efforts Ann Arbor's existing land-
fills, a new city landfill, implemen-
tation of a comprehensive recycling
program and construction of a Mate-
rials Recovery Facility.
"It's clearly a mandate that envi-
ronmental issues are the number one
issue in the city," said Mike Garfield
a spokesperson for Environment '90,
a group which lobbied for the pro-
posal's passage. "People just realized
that this is the most important issue
in the city government and the time
is now for recycling."
Ann Arbor voters overwhelm-
ingly passed Proposal C - 15,698
to 8,578 - which will make the
city a Zone of Reproductive Free-
dom. The ballot proposal would
make abortion punishable with a
maximum local fine of $5 if Michi-
gan ever passes anti-abortion legisla-
"Ann Arbor has said 'yes' to
choice," said Karen Piethutaoski,
who helped circulate petitions to put
the proposal on the ballot. "Every
adult should make their own deci-
sions about their body."
The largely symbolic proposal
was designed to send a message to
the state that Ann Arbor was
staunchly pro-choice.


'Students to vote on ballot referenda in election

by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
In this week's Michigan Student
Assembly elections, partisan politics
may take a backseat in significance
to five ballot referenda.
The referenda propose changes to
MSA's constitution, and prompt
student input on two issues currently
facing the University: the deputiza-
tion of University security and the
formation of a Code of Non-Aca-
demic Conduct.
Referendum E proposes a
"Student Group Bill of Rights."
Some assembly representatives say
the referendum would allow student
groups to discriminate on the basis

of sex, sexual orientation or race and
still receive MSA recognition.
MSA recognition entitles a group
to MSA funding and University of-
fice space.
Section 11 of the Bill states the
"Freedom of Self-definition" as:
"The right of religious and political
organizations to maintain autonomy
in ordering their internal affairs so
that they may be free to select their
own leaders, define their own doc-
trines, resolve their own disputes,
and determine their own institution."
The bill also states that MSA
would have no right to challenge
student groups on these points.
Engineering Rep. Bryan Mistele,

who proposed the referendum, said
the bill is needed to protect the
rights and autonomy of campus or-
But MSA Rep. and LSA sopho-
more Jennifer Van Valey said the
bill would allow student groups to
discriminate. "It's a bill of abusive
rights - it would allow racist and
homophobic groups to demand MSA
recognition and funding, and the
assembly would be forced to give it
to them," Van Valey said.
MSA President Aaron Williams
said he supports the bill,
"Recognition should be given to as
many student groups as possible,
within reason."

Proposals A and B will serve as a
survey of students' attitudes toward
two issues the University currently
faces. Proposal A asks whether
MSA should work with the adminis-
tration on the implementation of a
Code of Non-Academic Conduct -
without first putting the proposed
code to a student vote. Proposal B
asks whether the assembly should
support the administration's efforts
to deputize campus security.
"These are divided issues in the
campaigning parties and in the
assembly as a whole," said MSA
President Aaron Williams. "We
thought it would be best if we put
the issues to a vote, to let the stu-

dents on this campus tell us what
they think."
Proposal D would allow two of
the assembly's commissions - the
Minority Affairs Commission
(MAC), and International Students
Affairs Commission (ISAC) - to
nominate their own chairs. The
assembly would approve the nomi-
Under MSA's current compiled
code, the assembly appoints the
commissions' chairs while the
commissions select their own vice-
chairs. MAC and ISAC leaders
wanted final say over the chair selec-
tion process, but have accepted the
referendum's compromise allowing

MSA to veto their nominations.
Of the constitutional changes on
the ballot, Proposal C would change
the wording of the Constitution, in
areas dealing with sexual discrimina-
tion, from "sexual orientation" to
"sexual preference."
Elections Director Rebecca Gebes
stressed the importance of the refer-
enda. "It's important for students to
realize that there's more to vote for
than just the MSA candidates. The
referenda propose significant changes
to the MSA Constitution, and give
the campus a chance to let their stu-
dent government know how they



LSA Faculty postpone

off Earth
by Michael Sullivan
Daily Staff Writer

Ecologist Barry Commoner
opened his speech last night to about
500 students and area residents by
asking "So, why do we have to do it
all over again?" Before the final en-
thusiastic standing ovation, he had
outlined a strategy to follow so "the
next meeting - in 20 years - will
be a celebration."
Commoner said the U.S. must do
three things to clean up the en vi-
ronment: clean up its own pollution,
reduce global warming and solve
"the special problem of developing
"We have to solve all three to-
gether," he said, "and there's a good
possibility you'll make a mess if
you don't solve them together."
The first step, he said, is solar
"We must take a measure that
conserves power, but also doesn't
produce CO2; that, of course, is so-

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by Donna Woodwell
Daily Faculty Reporter
First-year students still won't
have to CRISP into a required course
on racism, at least not next fall.
LSA faculty voted 99-58 yester-
day to postpone discussion until
next October on a distribution re-
quirement which would require in-
coming students to take a class
which focused on racism and ethnic-
In April 1989 the faculty struck
down, 140-120, the forerunner of the

racism course

current proposals - the Railton
Proposal - and called on the LSA
Curriculum Committee to spend an-
other year studying the issue.
However, English Prof. Alan
Wald said the Curriculum Commit-
tee "just sort of sprung it (the recent
vote) on us. There hasn't been much
debate among faculty." Until recent
Record and Daily articles, the issue
hasn't been at the forefront of dis-
cussion, he said.
Chemistry Prof. Thomas Dunn,
who moved to have the vote tabled,

said faculty had "not received a sin-
gle piece of paper" on the issue.
The three new proposals focus on
introducing requirements for stu-
dents, requiring classes which focus
on either ethnicity and racism, or
non-Western societies. Classes from
any field could fulfill the require-
Proposal A, which was tabled
yesterday, calls for a requirement on
racism and ethnic intolerance, while
Proposal C calls for a course on
See VOTE, Page 3


environment," Commoner said.
Cleaning up the waste produced by
the industry each year would cost ten
times its profits, he estimated.
The industrialized countries also
owe a huge debt to the Third World,
he said, since colonialism impover-
ished developing countries.
The conversion from a polluting
society to an environmentally sound
society would cost $100 billion for
the next twenty years, he said. Repa-

The solution is "eco-democracy,"
Commoner said. "It means social in-
tervention through the federal gov-
ernment in the means of produc-
tion." He said public control should
ensure that quality of life, and not
profit, is the first goal of industry.
Before outlining his plan for en-
vironmental and social movements
in the next twenty years, Commoner
reviewed the failures and successes of
environmentalism in the vers he-

State legislature to vote on
campus police bill

by Mike Sobel
Daily Crime Reporter
A state bill that would give
Michigan's universities the nower to

curity officers through the Washte-
naw County Sheriff's office, to
which the officers are ultimately ac-
countnenhI Tf the bill is n 'sel how-

officers for which they are not ac-
countable," he said, "the County Sh-
eriff deputizes officers and then never
sees them azin."

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