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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 14, 1990 - Page 5

Bryan Case, Rackham candi-
date, Steve Koppelman, LSA candi-
date, and Jesse Walker, LSA candi-
date spoke for the Abolitionist
Party Philosophy:
"MSA is unrepresentative and un-
sponsive. We want to obliterate it
gAd replace it with a network of vol-
unteer committees."
On Deputization:
"We oppose it. The University is
not a city. We do not elect a Univer-
sity government. The University is
setting up a police department that
has potentia' control over people
who have no vaguely democratic re-
course over it."
* "We dislike the way in which the
two other parties have faced off, with
Conservative Coalition proposing
the 'responsible' method and Action
proposing the 'riot' method. We
think that we should oppose depu-
tization through whatever means are
both necessary and workable without
liniiting ourselves to one particular
method of protest, rather than shoot
'urselves in the foot by not working
ith people with the same goals de-
spite ideological differences."
On Student Group Recognition:
"If it's a group of students it
should be allowed to be a student
group. We favor automatic recogni-
tion, no matter what the group's
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wrong actions as the administration.
When MSA acts in a dictatorial
manner, when MSA makes decisions
in secret, completely separate from
the wishes of the student body, then
MSA shows itself to be nothing
more than a pale shadow of that
which it claims to fight."
On MSA-funded Foreign Trips:
"If MSA's funding is entirely
voluntary, and people are stupid
enough to give money to an MSA
that is likely to have these trips,
then certainly MSA should be
allowed to spend its money however
it pleases."
"However, when MSA's funding
is mandatory, as it is now, it is
unfair to expect a student who may
oppose such a trip to fund it. We
take nosstance on the merits or
demerits of the Palestine trip, but we
do not think it right to force pro-
Israel students to fund it. It is
possible to support the Palestinian
cause or any other cause without
looting the opposition."
Funding for MSA:
"There should be a voluntary
check-off at CRISP: "Do you want
this much money of your tuition to
go to MSA? Yes or No." MSA
would receive money from those
who check yes and no funding from
those who check no."
"If MSA is in contact with the
student body and represents students'
interest, it will be well funded; if it
fails in its job, MSA will not be
rewarded with money it neither de-
serves nor has earned."
Biggest Problems with MSA:
"MSA is neither representative
of nor accountable to students. In
that respect, it can adopt whatever
position that student politicos dictate
without regard for the actual opin-
ions or beliefs of the student body."
"Michigan students are not
represented to the Regents or the
administration, who can then enact
whatever policies they wish regard-
less of student opinion or belief."
Three Top Priorities if Elected:
"To allow all student groups
to be recognized. Any groups of stu-
dents will be considered by MSA to
be a student organization with all the
benefits and privileges thereto."
"Voluntary funding"
"Opposition to deputization
and any code of non-academic con-
duct whatsoever."

LSA candidates Eric Stempien
and David Mann spoke for the Ac-
tion party.
Party Philosophy:
"The students are being shut
down in a lot of ways by the Re-
gents and Jim Duderstadt. The whole
idea is that we are elected to be there
for the students, to be a voice for
them and to organize resistance
against the administration, which is
not ruling out negotiations and dis-
On Deputization:
"The students voted overwhelm-
ingly against deputization of police
officers. We are following up on'
students' wishes by fighting the
University administration for more
student democracy in such vital is-
sues. The administration has op-
posed the students, especially regard-
ing this and we are going to make
the Dude think twice before ignoring
the students again."
"MSA representatives who ran
with Action have been leading the
fight and organizing students to rally
against a campus police force. If
elected, Action candidates will con-
tinue this fight and make the admin-
istration realize that this won't
On Student Group Funding:
"As long as they meet the quali-
fications already established by
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James Green, LSA candidate,
and Jennifer Starrman, Engineering
candidate spoke for the Conserva-
tive Coalition
Party Philosophy:
"Our basic party philosophy is
one of fiscal responsibility and ac-
countability to the student body
which means working for the stu-
dents on this campus, funding events
here and not using MSA as a politi-
cal platform to propagate political
ideologies that are not pertinent to
the concerns of students."
On Deputization:
"We're very concerned about the
University deputizing its officers.
The student body made it pretty clear
in the last election that a rather large
majority oppose this. If indeed the
deputization has the intent of pro-
tecting students, their input should
be listened to and appreciated."
"We are also concerned, however,
about the tone that some of the op-
position has taken. We do not feel
the best way to keep guns off cam-
pus is to run around with a pig nose
and a guitar. If we want the adminis-
tration to listen to us we're going to
have to act like college students."
On Student Group Recognition:
"We are in favor of automatic

be made."
Funding for MSA:
"To make MSA funding by the
students voluntary is an idea that
may look appealing at first sight but
it holds no substance. In order for
students to be truly represented by
MSA, MSA needs to be properly
funded. Student groups cannot fight
for the students if MSA does not
have any money. It would destroy
any link between the students and
the administration."
Biggest Problems with MSA:
"The students aren't aware of
many of the things MSA does for
"There's a great deal of ineffi-
ciency in MSA. This is due to the
existence of partisan constituencies
on MSA and the fact that many rep-
resentatives are unable for one reason
or another to attend a majority of the
meetings. Action party members are
dedicated to serve the students and if
elected would work as hard as they
could for the students."
Three Top Priorities if Elected:
"Campus democracy. Students
are not being heard on this campus.
Action facilitates a louder student
voice through pressure for (re-estab-
lishing) University Council and if
negotiations don't work, a move to a
more firm way of showing action."
"Environmental concerns. We
want to make student recycling more
accessible on campus by the mere
placement of more recycling bins on
campus in accessible places. We de-
mand that the administration imple-
ment recycling policies for them-
selves as well as for the students."
"Anti-discrimination. For too
long homosexuals and bisexuals,
women, and students of color have
been oppressed by the climate on
campus. Our main goal here is to
change the climate into one that is
friendly and accepting of these
groups. We can go about imple-
menting this by making sure the
Baker-Mandela Center does not fold,
continue fighting for education on
sexual assault, demand inclusion of
homosexuals and bisexuals in Re-
gental Bylaw 14.06 on discrimina-
tion, and support groups interested
in increasing AIDS awareness on


"The student assembly should be
funded by the students. Students
should certainly have input on what
the fee is. It is their student govern-
ment and they should decide how
much they contribute to the body
that represents them."
"If MSA wants to continue being
funded and to be funded more in the
future, it must strive to act respon-
sibly and to look out for the needs of
students on campus."
Biggest Problems with MSA:
"The number one problem is
the tendency at MSA to use the
tools at their disposal which are de-
signed to help students to hinder stu-
dents. These things are designed to
facilitate the workings of student or-
ganizations. It should not be used to
intimidate groups that are not
'ideologically correct' according to
members of the assembly, whether it
be on the far left or the far right or
anywhere in between."
"It is the way in which MSA
currently tries to deal with things.
Jennifer Van Valey calls it 'student
activism,' but it's running around
with a pig nose and a guitar and call-
ing people names, which besides not
being responsible really lacks cre-
ativity as well."
"It also attributes to a breakdown
of organization. If you look at MSA
right now, you can see that its not
very well organized. The External
Relations Committee Chair does not
have a key to his own office. The;
room allocation situation is another
example. Over half the assembly,
does not show up. These are all
symptoms of a lack of responsibility
which damages the organization and
legitimacy of the assembly."
Three Top Priorities if Elected:
"Getting us out of debt, to fin-
ish the job that we feel we started
under the Williams' administration."
* "Implementing the automatic
group recognition policy to protect
the rights of students on campus."
"Trying to de-politicize MSA.
Try to -stop MSA from using its
tools that are designed to help stu-
dents to hinder students."


ideology. Without recognition as it
stands now, groups cannot go to
other school governments or dorm
councils for money, or sell coffee in
'hl Fishbowl, because to do all of
those things you need a special ac-
cqunt number that you can only get
if MSA recognizes you."
On the Code of Non-Academic
"The University administration
hays no business interfering with stu-
dents' private life - their life out-
siole the classroom. We are opposed
not only comprehensive code of
on-academic conduct, but to the
ndn-comprehensive codes that have
ben imposed or proposed, such as
thy Anti-Discriminatory Harassment
Policy, the Drug and Alcohol Pol-
icy, the Union policy, and the pro-
posed protest policy."
"MSA has taken a stance against
a ,code, but it shoots itself in the
fopt when it is guilty of the same

MSA, there's no reason they should
not be recognized. Student groups
have rights up until the point where
they infringe on other people's
rights - then they should not be
given the student resources available
through MSA recognition."
On the Code of Non-Academic
"It's impossible to see how the
administration has any jurisdiction
over these matters. Therefore, it is
illegal and unconstitutional. It's a
blatant attempt to suppress student
freedom. We feel it should be fought
against at all levels and as hard as we
On MSA-funded Foreign Trips:
"There are times when it's appro-
priate if it is shown to have benefits
to a large groups of students, but it
needs to be investigated thoroughly
before allocating any money. The
pros and cons have to be weighed
out before an accurate decision can

group recognition. In the past MSA
has used the recognition process as a
tool to intimidate and to hinder
groups that they do not feel them-
selves ideologically compatible
with. Regardless of the prevailing
ideological bent of MSA at any
given time, it is the governing body
of all the students and has a respon-
sibility to all the students."
On the Code of Non-Academic
"We are categorically against a
code of non-academic conduct. Any
such code is a violation of our con-
stitutional rights."
On MSA-funded Foreign Trips:
"The money that is for the stu-
dents of this campus should remain
on this campus. It's not serving any
purpose to go off campus. It's
money down the drain. It doesn't
mean avoid the issue those trips ad-
dress... just do it on campus."
Funding for MSA:

Independents challenge parties for MSA seats

by Christine Kloostra
Daily MSA Reporter
Six independent candidates are
vying for seats on the University's
studentgovernment in the Michigan
itudent Assembly election to be
eld today and tomorrow.
The candidates have varying rea-
sons for running and a wide range of
views on the election's main issues.
"I didn't really like a lot of what
was going on in MSA," said Brian
Kight, an engineering candidate, ex-
plaining his rationale for joining the

race. "It seemed very disorganized."
Greg Rosenblum, a School of
Public Health candidate, said he was
running to increase student aware-
ness about MSA, particularly in the
School of Public Health.
Kevin Kirk, who is running for
one of the Rackham seats, said he
wanted to better represent engineers
in Rackham.
Independents' views on deputi-
zation were much different that
those of the three parties fielding
candidates. All three of the parties

oppose deputization.
Rosenblum explained that he is in
favor of a University police force.
"I think that the University is a
separate legal entity from the city. It
should function as its own legal
unit," he said. "Within that structure
it should have its own law enforce-
Kight criticized the assembly's
handling of its opposition to deputi-
"MSA should change its focus
from opposing deputization to work-

ing with the administration to be
sure depatization works for students'
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Both Rosenblum and Kight op-
posed MSA funding controversial
trips outside of the United States.
"We can spend money off cam-
pus if it's for something that affects
students directly," Kight said. "I re-
ally don't think sending a delegation
to the (Israeli) Occupied Territories
has a lot of impact on students' daily
Candidates said there were ad-
vantages and disadvantages to run-
ning as an independent.
"I think it's a disadvantage mate-

rially," Kight said. "I obviously
don't have as much funds as the big
Running as an independent "isn't
wise if I want to get elected," Kirk
However, Kight said it may be an
advantage to not be associated with a
"The parties, specifically Action
and Conservative Coalition, have -t
negative track record that may de- ,
tract from their overall appeal," he.

needs and interests,"
"Opposing deputization is

he said.
futile and


Students have bevy of choices:
for LSA government election


by Bethany Robertson
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA students have the opportu-
nity to elect candidates for 17 LSA
Student Government executive coun-
cil positions in conjunction with
Michigan Student Assembly (MSA)
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CC is the first party to have can-
didates on the LSA-SG slate as well
as candidates involved in the MSA
race, said S.A.I.D. presidential can-
didate Jefferson Ehrlich, who ques-
tioned CC's motives.
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CC presidential candidate Joe
Sciarrotta disputed Ehrlich's claims
saying that the CC became involved
in the LSA-SG race in an effort to
make the government more respon-
sive to LSA issues like curriculum
and the grading system.

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