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Join in HAC rally

Jazz piano maestro does his thing

Baseball team tops EMU

Ninety-nine years of editorial freedom


Vol. C, No. 124

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Thursday, April 5, 1990

CopyrightO 1990
The Mic hioan flail.

MSA voting7run
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by Daniel Poux
Daily MSA Reporter
Students have only one day left to vote in
the Spring elections for the Michigan Student
The first day's voting went smoothly, said
MSA elections director Rebecca Gebes, with
no significant balloting or poll site problems.
"There were a few problems, but nothing
that took more than ten minutes to work
out," Gebes said.
Polling site workers were also enthusiastic
about the first day's voting activity, and said
voting had been constant all day.
"Voting's been really steady, and it's been
very busy here and at the MLB when I worked
this morning," said LSA Senior Kristi
Johnson, who was working at the Michigan
Union poll site.
Party candidates were also encouraged by
5 yesterday's voting activity and by student
reception to the last-minute poll site
LSA Junior Aberdeen Marsh, campaigning
lily for the Action Party on the front steps of the
Union, said most of the students she talked to
indicated they were going to vote or already

had voted. Many students were going out to
vote because they were fed up with MSA
inactivity, Marsh said,.
"I think that maybe a lot of people have
been voting because they feel the assembly
has not done enough to actively oppose the
Code," Marsh added.

MSA elections '90

LSA Junior Mark Tullki, also
campaigning at the Union, agreed with
Marsh, even though he was running on the
opposing Conservative Coalition ticket.
"I think there will be a better voter turnout
in these elections, because the issues are a
little better defined," he said. "Also, in the
last couple of elections, we've really caught
the opposition off guard. I think that this
time, they've organized better, and we're both
getting the vote out."
See ELECTIONS, page 2

LSA junior Mark Ferguson casts his ballot in the MSA elections in the Fishbowl, yesterday, as election workers LSA sophomore
Kerry Radzom and LSA senior Kelley Walsh assist other voters.


Environmental fair educates, enlists 'U'
by Michael Sullivan At one table, Bradley Bucklin and water system discharge untreated environmental and political reform. "The first step is to put
Daily Staff Writer Marcus Koenen displayed sewage directly into the Huron The Greens were at the fair "to the hands of the Latvians,
Students crossed the Diag a little information about the Huron River River. reach the students who know and To this end, he urged stu
more slowly yesterday, and it wasn't Pollution Abatement Program. Bucklin said 15 percent of don't know about us," Chamber write letters to legislator
because of the warm weather. The nrogram run by the buildings tested to date have some said. them to recognize Li

Latvia in
he said.
udents to
rs urging


As part of the Earth Week
activities, a dozen groups set up
information tables and talked to
passers-by in the Diag at an
Environmental Activities Fair. The
purpose of the event was to show
students how to become involved in
the environmental protection

Washtenaw County Drains
Commissioner and the
Environmental Services Bureau, is
"the first of its kind in the country,"
said Bucklin. Program employees
test drains in county buildings to
ensure they connect to the sewage
system and not the rain-water
system. Drains connected to the rain-

improper connections.
The Huron Valley Greens set up
a table to preach the Green gospel of
peace, ecology, democracy and
justice. Rackham graduate student
and Green member Brian Chambers
distributed pamphlets and bumper
stickers which stress the Greens'
global commitment to both

In one corner of the Diag,
Rackham graduate student Erik
Petrovskis sat on a table with a sign
reading "VAK - the Environmental
Club of Latvia." Petrovskis
explained that forty years of Soviet
rule have poisoned the Baltic Sea
with untreated waste-water from

independence. If the U.S. recognizes
Lithuania, he argued, freedom will
come more quickly for all the Baltic
The local Greenpeace
organization recruited canvassers at
their table. Eastern Michigan student
and member Anne Muncer explained


Voters say $5 is
fine for abortion
*but not for pot
A2 scraps pot law, adopts Zone

by Josh Mitnick
Daily City Reporter
Ann Arbor lived up to its liberal
reputation by making the city a
"Zone of Reproductive Freedom" in
4 Monday's elections.
But while the zone referendum
passed by a 2-1 margin, city resi-
dents indicated Ann Arbor's infa-
mous pot law was no longer accept-
able - voting by a narrow 53 per-
cent majority to hike fines to a min-
imum of $25.
National Organization for the
Legalization of Marijuana Laws
(NORML) spokesperson Rich
Birkett said he could not explain
why the Zone (Proposal C) was
overwhelmingly passed while the
pot law (Proposal B) was changed.
"That's something I can't under-
stand - how someone could be pro-
choice on abortion and not pro-
choice on marijuana," he said. "It's
not consistent."
Low turnout by potentially pro-
$5 fine students was one factor that
figured in Proposal B's passage,
Birkett said. He said NORML should
have stressed the negative aspects of
the Proposal - such as the fact that
offenders will face added court costs
-not just the increased minimum
In 1983, voters defeated a ballot
proposal that would have repealed
the section of the city's charter that
sets a maximum $5 pot fine and re-
quired police officers to prosecute of-
&a ...ePT indt-r heal1 inztarl of CtnAte

Unlike Birkett, Brater viewed the pot
law as an issue of substance abuse,
not as an issue of the freedom to use
marijuana. She contended that sub-
stance abuse isn't a conservative-lib-
eral issue.
"I don't think Ann Arbor is any
less liberal than it used to be because
(the pot law) was rejected," she said.
"There is a very deep concern about
substance abuse in this country and
Ann Arbor is no exception."
However, Councilmember Jerry
Schleicher (R-Fourth Ward) said he
thinks the vote on Proposal B re-
flected a less liberal sentiment in
Ann Arbor. Young adults who sup-
ported the pot law now are voting
against it as parents, he said.
Proposal B's victory was surpris-
ing, said defeated Fourth-ward coun-
cil candidate James Marsh, a third-
year law student. He added that the
widely publicized war on drugs has
created a hysteria about drugs similar
to the McCarthyism of the 1950's.
- "A lot of people think its the
11th hour and this is their way of
taking action on the drug issue," he
said, "If you're pro-legalization,
you're some kind of monster."
"The 'in' thing is to be pro-
choice," said Marsh. "Pro-drugs is
not very stylish."
By amending the city's charter to
provide for the $5 abortion fine, Ann
Arbor becomes the first city in the
nation to adopt such legislation.
However, the legal status of the zone
.a.nct o }1m .ntPA

to speak
at 'U'
by Catherine Fugate
Daily Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection
Agency. The Safe Drinking Water
Act. Seat belt legislation and air
bags. The Consumer Product Safety
These are only a sampling of the
agencies, legislation, and causes that
have been headed by consumer advo-
cate Ralph Nader.
Nader first exploded on to the
scene in 1966, when he challenged
the practices of General Motors, at
that time the largest corporation in
the world. His book, Unsafe at any
Speed, combined with his persis-
tence, pulled the Chevrolet Corvair
off the road and made the name
Ralph Nader a household word.
Nader will speak tonight at
Rackham Auditorium on the subject
of "Who will stand up for Corporate
Responsibility?" Profits from his
speech, which begins at 7:00, will
go to a number of the organizations
with which he is involved.
In 1970, Nader spoke at the Uni-
versity's first Earth Week, in what
one student described as "one of the
most motivational speeches of the
week." During his talk, Nader at-
tacked America's giant corporations
for their ignorance of the effects of
industry upon the- environment. He
charged each of them with perpetrat-
ing "a corporate crime wave that ut-
terly dwarfs street crime by compari-

Members of the United Coalition Against Racism erected a "Freedom School" in Regents' Plaza yesterday to
demonstrate their demands for minority access to the University.
UCAR holds press conference

by Frank Krajenke
Daily Staff Writer

'Freedom School'

In an effort to demand increased
minority enrollment and other pro-
grams for students of color at the
University, the United Coalition
Against Racism (UCAR) held a
press conference outside the Flem-
ming Administration building yes-
terday and erected a "Freedom
School" in Regents' Plaza.
In the conference UCAR mem-
bers charged the University with in-
substantially enforcing policies to
assist minorities in the areas of re-
cruitment, retention, and increased
ranrccnt atifnn

said Rajal Patel, a UCAR member
and public health graduate student,
adding that "education is a right, not
a privilege."
UCAR steering committee mem-
ber Lisa Parker, an LSA senior, said
the administration's pledge to in-
crease minority enrollment is hol-
low. "If you look at the 'Michigan
Mandate' there is no concrete institu-
tional change within it."
To increase minority enrollment
Parker said the University must dropI
standardized tests like the ACT and
S AT gine "the tests are race. ender.

"We reserved the room last
week. Our organization was never
officially notified of the lock out,"
Maurrasse said. He added that the
University informed him of the can-
cellation during a telephone conver-
sation Monday.
Executive Director for University
Relations Walter Harrison said the
administration moved the meeting to
the Union's Kuenzel room because
only the Regents and the University
president could use the room for in-
terchanges with the media..
Harrison said the Office of Mi-

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