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Vol. CI, No. 40 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, October 30, 1990aCopyrght 19

The Michigan Daily



about SAPAC
by Jay Garcia
Daily Staff Reporter
A recent University news release used in articles by
the University Record and Detroit Free Press misin-
terpreted the facts about the Sexual Assault Prevention
Ond Awareness Center's (SAPAC) growth.
The press release was requested by University Presi-
dent James Duderstadt, said Walter Harrison, Executive
Director of University Relations. Harrison, in turn,
asked Jane Elgass, the Record's executive editor to
write the story.
The release, which concerned the University's efforts
at improving campus safety, made note SAPAC's
"improved facilities." It incorrectly assumed, however,
that the extra space given to the student services organi-
ation also meant expanded programming.
The center had asked for more space since its open-
ing because the room the University provided was
cramped and uncomfortable, said Julie Steiner,
SAPAC's coordinator.
Last June, the center moved from 3100 Michigan
Union to offices in West Quad's Winchell hall. The old
SAPAC offices in the Union are now the headquarters
of the Lesbian/Gay Males Programming Office.
The new office space at West Quad "makes us more
accessible to volunteers and clients," Steiner said. Still,
SAPAC has not been able to expand in ways it would
like such as increased services for rape survivors, she
The program expansion mentioned in the press re-
lease could only have occurred if SAPAC had received a
budget increase. The organization has not received any
budget increases in the four and a half years it has ex-
isted despite repeated requests on its part, Steiner said.
See SAPAC, Page 2

'We're striving
to continue the
progress in
students' rights
started by
Jennifer Van
Valey and the
Action party...'
- Doug Geiss

'We favor
f reedom from
both the regents
and MSA'
-Jesse Walker

'It's time for
MSA to be the
the students on
this campus'
-Aaron Williams





vie for


by Christine Kloostra
Daily MSA Reporter
Forty-three candidates will vie for
seats on the Michigan Student Assem-
bly in elections Nov. 14 and 15.
"This is a very good number for fall
term," said Election Director Catherine
Fugate. "A lot more people ran than I
thought would run."
The majority of the candidates are af-
filiated with three parties - Abolition-
ist, Action, and Conservative Coalition.
Five candidates are running as indepen-
All three parties ran in last winter
term's elections, with Action winning
15 of 27 seats, including eight of nine
LSA seats. Conservative Coalition won
five positions, and the Abolitionists did
not take any seats.
Both Action and Conservative Coali-

tion are fielding a full slate of candidates
for the LSA positions.
Twenty-four seats are up for election
next month - one seat for Business,
Dentistry, Education, Library Science,
Medicine, Music, Physical Education,
Public Health, and Social Work; three
seats for Rackham and Engineering; and
nine LSA seats.
None of the parties are fielding a full
slate of candidates.
No candidates filed to fill the seats
from Dentistry, Education, Library Sci-
ence, or Social Work. These seats will
remain empty unless the school or col-
lege governments appoint someone to
fill them.
Candidates had a variety of reasons
for running for positions on the assem-
"I feel that the University has gotten

apathetic," said Eric Stempien, an LSA
sophomore running with the Action
party. "Students aren't realizing what's
at stake when we're talking about guns
and a code (of non-academic conduct)."
Brett White, an LSA sophomore
running with the Conservative Coali-
tion, said he wanted to get involved in
campus issues.
"There are decisions made that affect
all of us," he said. "I want to do my part
to help people on campus."
White said he chose to run with the
Conservative Coalition because he was
acquainted with some of the party mem-
bers and believed in their platform, par-
ticularly not sending MSA funds off-
campus and automatic recognition of all
student groups.
Kevin Kirk, an engineering graduate

student, is running as an independent for
one of three Rackham seats.
"I don't think there's enough repre-
sentation from engineering in the grad
school," Kirk said. "It's something I
want to do."
Kirk, who defines himself as a mod-
erate, said he realized running as an in-
dependent would put him at a disadvan-
tage. He planned to campaign by word
of mouth.
"I know it isn't wise if I want to get
elected," he said. "I don't like being la-
The MSA Compiled Code prohibits
candidates from campaigning for office
until tomorrow at midnight. The dead-
line for candidate withdrawl is Wednes-

lawyer in
art tri al
*ViS1 S 'U'
by Jay Garcia
Daily Staff Reporter
The attorney who successfully de-
fended Robert Mapplethorpe's
"obscene" Cincinnati art exhibit
spoke to a group of law students and
interested observers at Hutchins Hall
last night.
Louis Sirkin's speech was spon-
sored by the University's American
Civil Liberties Union chapter and
Jewish Law Students Association.
He spoke about the history of the
Mapplethorpe case and the current
battle between advocates of free ex-
pression and advocates of censorship
in the country.
Sirkin, a criminal defense attor-
ney of 25 years who held a reputa-
* tion for battling censorship before
the Mapplethorpe case, won the case
when the jury ruled "not guilty" on
all four counts.
Sirkin defended the gallery which
presented the Mapplethorpe exhibi-
tion, the Contemporary Arts Center,
and its director, Dennis Barrie. The
case, which received national media
attention, resulted from an indict-
ment issued by the city of Cincin-
*nati calling five works in the 175-
piece Mapplethorpe exhibit obscene.
Sirkin described in detail how a
grand jury entered the arts center the
day the exhibit opened to the general
public and promptly gave the in-
dictment. He also spoke about
Cincinnati's history of censorship.
The city currently bans the operation
of adult theaters and bookstores.
Sirkin did not see the case as an
obscenity case. "It was a perfectly
lawful exhibition," he said. He men-
tioned that the works in question re-
leased racist and homophobic feel-
ings in many of the people that
found them offensive.
There were many problems that
developed once the trial began,
Sirkin said. The judge, for instance,
had worked in the past with the sher-
iff involved in the case, and the de-
fense feared bias.


should improve student

housing, task force proposes

by Stefanie Vinesr
Daily Staff ReporterI
The University needs to improve:
and create additional student housing1
both on and off campus, according toi
a report issued yesterday by a Uni-
versity task force on housing issues.
The report also recommends thati
the University's mortgage loan pro-4
gram for faculty and staff be restruc-1
tured and endorses a proposed senior
citizen faculty and staff housing pro-.
The University Task Force on
Faculty, Staff and Student Housing
Issues - which was composed of
four University administrators andI
two faculty members - made the
following recommendations:
The office space in West
Quad's Winchell Hall should be re-
turned to residential uses as soon as
possible. This would add approxi-
mately 250 more residence hall
spaces (the equivalent of adding an-
other Helen Newberry Residence and
Betsey Barbour Residence) in the lo-
cation most preferred by students.
In conjunction with the West
Quad conversion, the Housing Divi-
sion should return at least half of its
converted triple rooms back into
The University should include
housing programs, facilities, and de-
velopment in its upcoming capital
campaign drive.
The University should begin
to explore the possibilities for joint
development of housing with inter-
ested private and non-profit organiza-
tions such as the Interfraternity
Council and the Campus Coopera-
tive Developmental Corporation.
* The common areas (libraries,

minority and study lounges, etc.) in
residence halls should be periodically
reviewed for possible changes and
physical improvements that would
increase educational value.
. The University bus system
routes and timing should be reviewed
on a regular basis with the objective
of maximizing residence hall and
family housing access and security.
Provost and Vice-President for
Academic Affairs Gilbert Whitaker
reacted favorably to the report.
"It is good to get information. I
appreciate the time taken by the task
force to evaluate the housing situa-
tion," Whitaker said.
However, Whitaker added that the
University will not make any short-
term solutions. "This report raises
so many complex issues that none
of the problems can be resolved in a
The report represents the Univer-
sity's first major study of student
and faculty housing issues in 25
years. The new report said the cost
of constructing new housing is as
troubling now as it was when the
first study was completed.
Nearly 10,000 students (26 per-
cent) lived in University residence
halls and another 1,650 students (4.5
percent) lived in family housing
apartments in 1989.
The report focused on several
staff and student housing issues in-
Expanding programs that inte-
grate the residential and academic ex-
periences of students and faculty;
Assisting new faculty and staff
members in obtaining housing in
Ann Arbor;
Assessing the University's re-

Weapons loaded ROB KROENERT/Daily I
LSA sophomore Rob Currey arms himself to play Splatball, a Commando
game played by teams with paint guns.
Republic elects
non- CoMmm-unists
'Round Table' wins in Soviet Georgia

lationship with the private sector for
student, faculty, staff and retiree
Maintaining and enhancing the
University's current housing so they
better serve the needs of students.
The task force recommended that
the University look very carefully at
how existing resources can be used
more effectively to enhance housing
options, and that the University in-
vestigate new sources of funds for
creation of additional housing.

TBILISI, U.S.S.R. (AP) - Non-
Communist parties won elections in
Georgia on a platform calling for
independence from the Soviet Union,
private ownership of land and a
capitalist economy, officials said
"We are certainly going to have a
majority in parliament," said Zviad
Gamsakhurdia, leader of the
victorious Round Table-Free Georgia
bloc of political parties.
With about 90 percent of the
regions reporting, Gamsakhurdia
claimed victory in about 70 percent.
He protested what he called

Gamsakhurdia's Round Table, with
the bloc winning about 60 percent of
the vote versus 30 percent for the
Communist Party.
The final results will be ready
tomorrow, and a runoff will be held
for close races on Nov. 11, he said.
No date has been set yet for
convening the Georgian Supreme
Soviet legislature, which is expected
to declare independence from the
Soviet Union.
Among the 15 Soviet republics,
all but Kirgizia have declared some
from of sovereignty or independence.
Gamsakhurdia said he was unable


ichigan, OSU getting all
pumped up for Blood Battle
by Purvi Shah be lazyv, chicken, or square: let peer "The winner is determined by thi


They're out to draw first blood -
and keep it pumping.
The organizers of the ninth an-
nual University of Michigan-Ohio
State Blood Battle are gearing up to
collect 2,290 units of blood from
University students in the next two

V j, V+v va,- iaaa k v
pressure be your guide and donate to
the Red Cross."
The University has beaten Ohio
State six of the eight years the Blood
Battle has occurred. But that doesn't
mean University students are com-
placent about smashing Ohio State.

percentage of quota attained. We
have a higher quota with less people,
which makes us work twice as hard,"
Katie Leshock, APO blood drive co-
chair, said.
In light of the University's win-
ning record, Edelstein added,

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