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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 4, 1990

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EDITED AND MANAGED BY STUDENTS
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
420 Maynard Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

ARTS
NEWS
OPINION

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PHOTO
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WEEKEND

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Unsigned editorials represent a majority of the Daily's Editorial Board. All other cartoons,
signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
MSA elections
CC has had its chance; time to vote for ACTION
TODAY, STUDENTS WILL AGAIN sion. Her party is made up of students
cast theik votes in a Michigan Student involved in MSA as well as students
Assembly election, in hopes of choos- active in other groups.
ing leaders who can effectively address Action has promised to focus on
students' concerns. The same was the students, rather than on petty politics
case last year, when students re- within MSA.
sponded to MSA's ineffectiveness by Action has promised to oppose a
electing a president and many repmsen- University code of non-academic con-
tatives from the Conservative Coali- duct, which would allow the adminis-
tion. tration to control students' personal
But many of the problems facing lives. In the past year, the CC has pub-
students a year ago have only gotten licly opposed a code, but has done
worse in the past year, so now students nothing to block University attempts to
must again look to new and different implement one.
leaders. The reason is that the Conser- Action has promised to oppose a
vative Coalition, which beat out three University-controlled police force,
other parties in last year's election, has which would be responsible to the
been unable to change MSA into a administration and not to the citizens of
body which -can succeed in winning Ann Arbor. Van Valey and other mem-
concessions for students. bers of Action lobbied in Lansing last
Tuition, which rose by double-digit week, and convinced a House commit-
percentages last year, is still running tee to delay their vote on such a pro-
rampant; complete University control posal.
of students' personal lives is edging 0 Action has promised to push for
ever closer to reality; and student inde- University-wide recycling, which
pendence has been rejected by the Con- would help reduce the amount of waste
servative Coalition, which asked the produced at the University.
University administration to iterfere in 0 Action has promised to oppose a
student affairs after it botched last Student Group Bill of Rights, which
:term's MSA election. would allow groups to discriminate yet
But most importantly, MSA has de- still receive student funding. CC has
generated further into a body which initiated and supported the proposal.
cares more about political infighting Action has promised to listen to and
than about fighting for the students it stand up for students' concerns, in-
represents. cluding increased lighting on and off
To see what little progress MSA has campus and meal credit reform.
made in one year, all one has to do is Most importaptly, Action has prom-
look at CC's campaign posters: CC ised to be the voice students have
claims responsibility for a meal credit lacked for the past year.
reform plan that was initiated by the MSA has been ineffective, and
Residence Hall Association. That's it' change is sorely needed.fAction is the
In one year, the best the party could do best choice for students who wish to
was steal someone else's proposal. It is see MSA return to a government which
clear that MSA needs change. stands up for their needs. Students
No other party will more effectively should guard against voting for the
make that change than Action, which other two parties, because splitting
1s led by LSA sophomore and presi- votes among CC's challengers will
dential candidate Jennifer Van Valey. only ensure another CC victory.
Van Valey currently serves as chair That's the last thing students need;
of MSA's Women's Issues Commis- VOTE ACTION!
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Daily coverage poor 'Yes' on Bill of Rights Clarification of UPSAO0

To the Daily:
I just wanted to say thanks for printing
that sensational photo of me taken a at
Monday's rally for Lesbian and Gay Men's
Awareness Week (3/27'90). I never knew I
looked so good in leather and I've gotten a
lot of compliments. Maybe I'll order some
8 x 10 glossies? But where was the article
about the rally? Is the Daily a paper for
students and the University community or
is it a New York Post wannabe? What
kind of pewspaper will print a photo of a
man dancing in a leather jacket, tank-top,
and a chain, but won't mention the speak-
ers, the participants, or the organizers of a
significant rally?
It makes me angry that several hundred
people can attend and support an important
hour--long rally and the Daily lets it go
unnoticed while piles and piles of newspa-
per sit on the Diag for a day and it gets
front page coverage. Speakers at the rally
included the President of Rackham Student
Government, a city councilmember, a can-
didate for city council, and a representative
from Lesbian and Gay Law Students.
These speakers had some very important
things to say. Approximately one hundred
people showed great courage by taking the
risk of publicly coming out at the end of
the rally in order to end our silence and in-
visibility as lesbian, gay, and bisexual
people. The Daily, unfortunately, missed
all of this and by doing so contributed to
the problems that Awareness Week is try-
ing to address.
Maybe the Daily thought that printing
a photo of the host of the rally was
enough. I say it is insulting and does a
great disservice to the University commu-
nity by trivializing and avoiding issues of
great social importance.
You would have been well advised to
use that space for an article instead of a
photograph. Let us hope the Daily gives
better and more balanced coverage of cam-
pus events in the future.
David Horste
Residential College senior

To the Daily:
I am rather disappointed in some of the
recent publicity concerning the "Student
Group Bill of Rights" ammendment to the
MSA constitution which is up for vote
April 4th and 5th. Some people have sug-
gested that this will bring in groups like
the Nazis and the KKK which MSA will
then be forced to fund.
That's nonsense. MSA doesn't have to
fund anyone. The referendum only deals
with recognition, and it is true that if any
U of M students wanted to start such an
offensive group, they could do it. Just like
in the real, unprotected by MSA world,
these groups are permitted to exist and
demonstrate. As things now stand, if the
political climate were to change, there is
nothing to protect groups which are now
in MSA's favor from being kicked out.
For instance, a resolution was brought up
to derecognize UCAR on the grounds of
discrimination. (I might add that the pur-
pose of this was not to derecognize the
group, but to point out how silly the
whole affair derecognizing CCF was).
What will now protect UCAR from a
white supremist bringing a great number
of his/her friends into UCAR and voting
themselves into power? Any attempt to
keep them out would be "discrimination"
by either race or political view. I support
the right of UCAR to exist. And La-
GROC. And CCF. To my knowledge no
one has attempted to enter any of these
groups with the purpose of sending them
off in a direction different from the reason
they exist. Butnall are vulnerable to it if
the political climate of MSA does not fa-
vor them, and allow them to fend off such
attempts. Let a group determine the pur-
pose for its existence, and support the ref-
erendum.
Tim Wagenmaker
Rackham Graduate Student

conference confusion
To the Daily:
This is my personal response to the
story "Invitation to Communist sparks
controversy in campus groups" (3/19/90).
I never personally, or in false represen-
tation of the Undergraduate Political
Science Association, invited David NorthI*
National Secretary of the Workers
League, to the Undergraduate Conference.
Everyone on the Conference Planning
Committee was authorized to send letters
of inquiry to anyone whom they would
like to see participate in the conference. I
informed Conference Committee Chair
Lorne Baker in October that I was contact-
ing Mr. North, and then-president Stacy
Singer. I also sought the advice of Profes-
sor Roman Szporluk, Chair of the depart-
ment of Russian and East European stud-
ies, and received a most positive response.
The trouble began when the Workers'
League accepted my letter of inquiry as an
invitation, which it obviously was not.
I placed the Workers' League accep-
tance letter in Lorne Baker's mailbox on
January 18. I heard nothing from him
about it until the first week in March
when he told me there was no room for
Mr. North on the panel.
In mid-February, I had sent a letter to
Mr. North, which was not on University
stationary, so that he could have more pre-
cise information about the conference;
This letter was clearly not an invitation ei-
ther, but merely a "fact sheet." I also had
no reason to think that Mr. North would
not be allowed to speak. Indeed, many of
the speakers on the panel were invited
without the direct approval of the Confer,
ence Committee, which had met only
three times since September.
Thomas Martin
LSA sophomore

Protect freedom; vote for.
IN ADDITION TO THE MSA ELECT-
ions, the three student seats on the
Board for Student Publications will be
up for election. One graduate student
and two undergraduate students will
win places on the Board for two-year
terms. The Board for Student Publica-
tions is a committee made up of stu-
dents, faculty, and members of the pro-
fessional media, which oversees the fi-
nances of the Daily, the Michiganen-
sian, and the Gargoyle.
In the race for the graduate seat,
first-year Law student Peter Mooney,
the current graduate student on the
Board, is facing Rackham sociology
student Henry Park. Both Mooney and
Park have served the Daily as Opinion
Page editors and both would serve the
Board well. However, Mooney, who
has also worked as an Ann Arbor free-
lance writer and a Daily news staffer,
would be the much better Board mem-
ber. Mooney has had experience on the
Board and he understands the needs of
the student publications better than his
opponent. His integrity, honesty, abil-
ity, and knowledge cannot be denied ;
and the Daily urges all graduate stu-
dents to vote for Peter Mooney.]

Mooney, Panschar
In the undergraduate election, two
members of the Conservative Coalition
are running for the Board on a platform
which advocates editorial control over
the Daily. David Macquera and Mark
Hiller are representing the CC and their
only competitor is Jonathan Paine, an
independent. It is imperative that the
CC candidates be defeated.
For 100 years, the Daily has main-
tained its editorial freedom to print
whatever the staff and editors of the
paper see fit. The Board, which meets
monthly, only serves to manage the fi-
nances of the three publications and not
to shape editorial policy. If the CC
members were to win their seats, they
would try to infringe tipon the Daily's
editorial freedom. Do not vote for
them.
Instead, vote for Martha Pan-
schar. Panschar's name will not ap-,
pear on the ballot and must be written
in, but she is very capable of serving
on the Board. Panschar understands
the purpose of the Board and the needs
of the publications and has been staging
a write-in campaign.
Vote for Peter Mooney and Martha
Panschar.

In bowling, you can have fun even if you stink

By Dave Barry
If you're looking for a sport that offers
both of the Surgeon General's Two Recom-
mended Key Elements of Athletic Activity,
namely (1) rental shoes, and (2) beer, then
you definitely want to take up bowling.
I love to bowl. I even belong to a bowling
team, the Pin Worms. How good are we? I
don't wish to brag, but we happen to be
ranked, in the World Bowling Association
standings, under the heading "Severely
Impaired." Modern science has been baffled
in its efforts to predict what will happen to a
given ball that had been released by a Pin
Worm. The Strategic Air Command rou-
tinely tracks our bowling balls on radar in
case one of them threatens a major popula-
tion center and has to be destroyed with
missiles.
But the thing is, we have fun. That's what
I like about bowling: You can have fun even
if you stink, unlike in, say, tennis. Every
decade or so I attempt to play tennis, and it
always consists of 37 seconds of actually
hitting the ball, and two hours of yelling "
Where did the ball go?" "Over that condo-
minium!" etc. Whereas with bowling, once
you let go of the ball, it's no longer your
legal responsibility. They have these won-
derful machines that find it for you and send
it right back. Some of these machines can
also keep score for you. In the Bowling

way to the end of the lane without stopping.
So on her last turn, she got up there, and her
daddy put the ball down in front of her, and
she pushed it with both hands. Nothing
appeared to happen, but if you examined the
ball with sensitive scientific instruments,
you could determine that it was actually roll-
ing. We all watched it anxiously. Time
passed. The ball kept rolling.
Neighboring bowlers stopped to
watch. The ballkeptrolling. Spec-
tators started drifting in off the
street. TV news crews arrived. A
half-dozen communist govern-
ments fell. Still Madeline's ball
kept rolling. Finally, incredibly, it
reached the pins and, in the world's
first live slow-motion replay,
knocked them all down. Of course
by then Madeline had children of
her own, but it was still very elcit-
ing.

flails his way back to the ball-return tunnel
where he sticks his head DOWN INTO THa
HOLE, barking furiously, knowing that hij
ball is in there somewhere, demanding that
it be returned IMMEDIATELY, and then
suddenly WHAM there it is, hitting Poncli
directly in the face at approximately 4Q
miles per hour, and HE COULD NOT BE

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For real bowling excitement,
however, you can't beat Ponch,
the bowling dog. I'm not making
Ponch up; he holds the rank of
German shepherd in the Miami
Police Department, and he bowls
in charity tournaments. He uses a
special ramp built by his partner,
K-9 Officer Bill Martin. Bill puts
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