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Three Cheers for
Student Apathy
Michigan Student Assembly elections have
come and gone, and most students, being good
Americans, do not give a shit. I almost forgot to
vote myself, and I'm a political junkie, the sort
~' ~' ~of person who watches C-SPAN for fun. About
the only thing worthwhile to come out of this
campaign was one candidate's unique
platform: we should vote for him, his literature
'9informed us, because there was a picture of a
moose on his poster.
Let it be said right here and now that he
JESSE got my vote. Mooses (meese?) are a good
WALKER platform. We could use a moose or two around
Ann Arbor. When I was little, my favorite
character on Captain Kangaroo, after that
undersized marching band, was the moose. So I voted for the guy. Why
not? I mean, what the hell.
I didn't vote for anybody else. They didn't deserve any
encouragement.
I had more fun casting my ballot last year. For president, I wrote in
"Scruffy the Bowling Ball." Then I carefully voted for Michigan Review
bile-spitter Jeff Muir and for the candidates of the Anti-Imperialist Action
Caucus, a front group of the infamous Revolutionary Workers League.
("Try Bush, Engler, my father for war crimes! Nationalize health care
under worker/patient control! Pay for my tuition!") Only Muir won, but I
still fantasize about how funny the Assembly would be now if my ticket
had triumphed.
I did not always abuse my voting privileges. In fact, I used to run for
MSA myself, back when I was younger and didn't have to worry about the
real world. It seemed to me, then as now, that the place was a joke, an
embarrassment to the university, a bunch of strutting junior politicians on
a power trip. Mercifully, MSA was not a very powerful body, so the
authoritarian types that flocked to it couldn't do much harm. But they
were trying to, if only because that would make the rest of us sit up and
pay attention to them. Two student organizations, a pro-Israel group that
had offended some Arab students and a fundamentalist Christian group
that had offended some gays, barely survived attempts by the MSA
administration to "derecognize" them.
I am neither pro-Israel nor a fundamentalist Christian. In fact, I am a
pro-intifada agnostic. But equal rights are equal rights, for my political
enemies as for my political friends. A piddling group like MSA has no
more business stepping on student liberty than the regents do. So, fed up,
some like-minded friends and I formed a political party, the Abolitionists.
We ran on a platform of voluntary funding for MSA, automatic group
recognition, and replacing the elected assembly with a etwork of
commissions that anyone who wanted to could join. We also spoke out
against those policies of the regents that we felt interfered with students'
private business: the speech code, the proposed code of non-academic
conduct, and deputization of campus security officers.
We lost, of course. Four times. It's probably for the best, too. I've done
a lot of worthwhile things in the last three and a half years that I might not
have had time for if I had had to bother with the Assembly.
Times have changed, most notably in that MSA is no longer run by the
left. Now, instead of taking our money and spending it on projects a lot of
students would not support, it takes our money and does nothing with it.
Which I suppose might be considered an improvement, except that it's
still taking our money.
But why not? It's not much money. They can have it. Let the damned
overgrown Model UN stuff their resum6s with it; I can afford to let them.
This year, only two parties contested the elections, along with
scattered independents. One of them is the incumbent team, the
Conservative Coalition. There isn't much to say about CC, except that
they're boring and that they make obnoxious posters. ("Exterminate the
Radicals" is one of this election's entries, implying that someone or the
other took the infamous Holocaust Revisionist ad that ran in the Daily last
month to heart.) The other contestant is the left-liberal opposition, the
Progressive Party. They're a whole subject in themselves. The leftists and
the liberals always run separately in the winter elections, instead of
uniting behind a presidential candidate, thus splitting the left-wing vote
and, in two of the last three years, allowing the Conservatives to win.
Realizing their mistake, they merge into one party for the fall election,
when there's no prsidentialvoe to split. By the winter,they've broken back
into two, and the Conservatives win again.
By the time you read this column, we'll know how the election came
out. Either the Progressives or the Conservatives will have a majority on
the Assembly. Do you care which? Neither do I.

Continued from page 4
On this record, it's obvious
that the band has really come into
their own as a unit. The Peppers
rock with a confidence and self-
assurance sometimes lacking on
their earlier efforts. "It's the first
time the foursome's been together
two records in a row. We know
each other really well musically,"
says Flea. Keidis agrees. "Before,
we were like this unhardened
bowl of Jell-o in the fridge. Now
we are one solidified unit of
sound."
Songs like "If You Have To
Ask" showcase Flea's true genius
at funk, substituting the usual
"how many notes can I fit in?"
style with a steady, rhythmic
groove that does a slow burn
instead of exploding all over the
place like an errant pack of
firecrackers. They even go from
metal-tinged anthems like the
title track, to genuine ballads like
"Breaking The Girl" and "Under
The Bridge" in an almost
effortless fashion.
The Peppers current tour,
featuring two prime opening acts
( post-mod surreal acid-rockers
Smashing Pumpkins and
Seattle's new messiahs Pearl Jam)
is the hottest ticket of the fall.
They have been playing to sold-
out clubs across the country,
including a four-night SRO stint
in New York City. Flea's
daughter Clara even made her

onstage debut there, leading the
crowd in a raucous rendition of
her "ABC's."
The Peppers' show that night
in dreaded Spartan territory was a
blast. Songs from all five of their
albums were featured, as well as
their usual Pepper-ized cover or
two. This night, they shredded
the Stooges' "Search and
Destroy," a track which they
recorded but left off the album.
They tore through older songs like
"Me And My Friends" and
"Blackeyed Blonde" with a
newfound vigor, matching the
slam-dancing mass of bodies at
the front of the stage with their
own. Keidis even displayed a new
talent - spitting straight up in
the air a good six feet and then
catching the gob in his mouth.
New tunes like "If You Have
To Ask" were stretched, twisted
and turned around, as the band
got a feel for them. Flea's and
Frusciante's funky groove at the
end of that song was comparable
to funk legends the Meters. Kiedis
even did the old "lead singer straps
on a Strat guitar and doesn't play
a lick" trick during "Give It
Away." The P.I.C. (Politically
Incorrect) anthem "Special Secret
Song" was a highlight, as the
crowd lustily joined in for the
pleasantly perverse chorus. It was
hard to believe that it was the
fourth show on the tour, as the
Peppers were as tight as if they'd

been on the road for months. Even
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and
Smashing Pumpkin's goddess-
like bassist D'arcy could be seen
banging their heads down front.
It seems that these boys have it
all. They recently did the "buy
big houses on the same block"
thing, new cars, features on the
MTV music news - heck,
they've even got their own Nike
commercial. It couldn't have
happened to four more deserving
freaks. As much as it hurts to see
one of "my" bands accepted by
the masses, I'm learning to let
them go. Bands as good as the Red
Hot Chili Peppers should be huge.
Why should those contrived, big-
haired, company-created, no-
talent poo-faced pretty-boys get
all of the glory? As long as bands
like Nirvana, The Peppers, and
Soundgarden keep on getting
bigger, I can believe that God
isn't dead. All I need now is for
Fishbone to have a million-selling
record, and I'll die a happy man.

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