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Continued from page 1
Council's agenda, the HRP, with
idealism and concern, brought gay
rights and women's rights into the
focus of city government, Eldersveld
"Not only did the HRP put up
younger candidates and more
women, but as a response to that, the
other parties started to put up more
younger candidates and more
women too," Eldersveld said.
The party initiated the recently-
abolished $5 fine for smoking mari-
juana, and redistricted city wards so
that the campus was only broken
into one or two wards. This ensured
the strength of the student voice in
several council seats through the
"Its influence was considerable in
the sense that it split the control,"
Eldersveld said.
Councilmember Nelson Meade
(D-3rd Ward) - on council in the
early 1970's - remembered work-
ing with the party.
"It wasn't solely students," he
said. "But a large part of the party
was made up of students and they
would not have been successful
without student support."
However, many say this strength
has disappeared. Some have said
perhaps it was only a fluke -
something induced by the activism
surrounding the Vietnam War. Oth-
ers said people just cared more.
Robert Faber who served on City
Council between 1969 and 1973
suggested that students were sud-
denly active in city politics after
decades of silence "because of their
new-found influence of power," he
"They were angry and upset,"
Faber said. "And for the first time
they had a voice and they could do

something about it."
Before this time the legal voting
age was 21. The city clerk, accord-
ing to state law, was not allowed to
register any non-Ann Arbor native
enrolled at the University. And if a
student could register, their address
had to stay constant for at least a
However, within a few years,
these circumstances changed. The
Nixon administration moved the le-
gal voting age from 21 to 18 July 1,
The Michigan Supreme Court fol-
lowed later the same month by
granting college students the right to
"The thrill of being
eligible to vote has
dissipated ... I'm afraid
students are removed
(from) the political
- Robert Faber
Former Councilmember
declare residency in any city where
they maintain a residence.
Previously, state law prohibited
members of the military, prisoners
and anyone registered at a college or
university to "have gained or lost a
Harold Saunders, the City Clerk
in 1971, estimated at the time 10 to
15 percent University students who
had sought to register in recent years
had been refused.
Other laws designed to eliminate
students and youth from the electoral
system also perished and students,
plagued by the death of friends in
Vietnam and witnessing the height
of the civil rights movement, were
learning what political power can
"(Ann Arbor) had always been a
Republican town," Faber said. Once

students began to vote in the city
"the democrats came in strong for
the first time in its history."
But most students in the '90s said
they have other concerns. Many in-
dicate dismay and reject the possibil-
ity the government would listen to
students who live in the city a short
"Even if we voted here we would
still be overwritten," LSA junior
Melanie Drayton said in an inter-
view Tuesday. "The people who live
here on a permanent basis would
have more of a power base because
they vote on a more consistent basis
while students change from year to
Many who were involved during
the time of the HRP, and the height
of student activism said they would
like to see a revival of student inter-
est and speculated about where it has
"The thrill of being eligible to
vote has dissipated," Faber said.
"I'm afraid the students are removed
and are as disinterested in the politi-
cal process as they have ever been."
Eldersveld said part of the disin-
terest may be another result of the
state of the world today.
"It's due to the fact that students
are very much preoccupied with
economic problems," said Elder-
sveld. "They're worried about their
own careers and personal concerns."
"They don't realize that the deci-
sions made down at City Hall affect
their lives," he said. "And I think it's
very unfortunate."
Meade said he would like to see
students once again having an im-
pact on the council.
"Even though a student may think
of him or herself as being transient,"
said Meade, "Four years is a very
significant period of their life. They
should take an interest in the laws
they have to live by."
Continued from page 1
Clinton won Wyoming Saturday
with 28 percent of the vote. Former
Sen. Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts
narrowly outpolled Clinton in
Arizona in the overall vote, but
Clinton won more delegates there.
Bush extended his winning streak
with the South Carolina race.
Buchanan trailed Bush with 26
percent of the vote in the South
Carolina primary. Former Ku Klux
Klan leader David Duke finished a
distant third, with 7 percent of the


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Politics anyone?
City Administrator Al Gatta and Mayor Liz Brater discuss financial topics at the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on
Finance Friday afternoon at Lorch Hall.

Continued from page 1 Continued from page 1

State Budget: The House approved the two-part spending resolution
last week on votes of 215-201 and 224-191.
The House must still resolve whether to vote to alter the 1990 budget
agreement - aimed at reducing the budget deficit by $500 million -
between Congress and the White House. The first vote was on a plan
that assumed the shift would be allowed. It would shift $12.5 billion to
domestic programs, doubling the amount of the military cuts sought by
Bush, and leave a $331 billion deficit.
The second vote was on a plan that assumed the proposed shift
would not be allowed. It also calls for doubling the Bush-proposed
military cuts but would use all the savings for reducing the deficit to
$325 billion.
Carl Pursell (R-Plymouth) voted against both bills.
Source: AP

to clean it. Green estimated that the
library would be open from 8 a.m. to
5 a.m. or 6 a.m.
Hartford estimated that the ex-
panded study area would cost
$40,000 to $50,000 more annually.
The study facility will be avail-
able until the end of the term at
which point the University will as-
sess the degree to which students use
it. If students use it, it will be made
permanent next year, Green said.
The issue of a 24-hour facility
met no opposition from students,
faculty or the administration Green
"That's the amazing thing. No
one at the assembly, no one in the
administration seemed to have any
opposition to it," Green said.
"Everyone was in support of it as a
concept it was just a question of
what bureaucratic channels to go
"I'm very excited about this,"
Green added. "I really believe that
this is an example of what a student
government should be working on
and it's the kind of issue I hope
MSA will pursue in the future."
Alumni work here:
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Detroit Free Press
The Detroit News
NBC Sports
Associated Press
United Press International
Scientific American Time
Sports Illustrated
USA Today
Because they
worked here:
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run is because I think both the cur-
rent parties are completely ineffec-
tive. I really believe that all they are
a bunch of politician wannabee's,"
Cosnowski said. "They forget they
are students and they should be
working for student concerns."
Cosnowski said he would try to
model his party after his own politi-
cal policy which he used when he
was in MSA.
"When I was an MSA represen-
tative, I worked hard at cutting down
the MSA bureaucracy and that's
what this party would continue to
do," Cosnowski said.
He added that this party would
support the Rules and Elections
Committee's current proposals
which include an MSA fee cap, the
elimination of MSA funding from
the Ann Arbor Tenants Union and
Student Legal Services and support
of putting the MSA commissions to
a student vote yearly to see if stu-
dents deem the commissions neces-
sary for the upcoming year.
Cosnowski also said he would
consider creating student scholar-
ships from MSA fees.
CC presidential candidate Scott
Gast said he did not feel the third
Continued from page 1
were sent to Nagorno-Karabakh last
week to assist the withdrawal of a
motorized infantry battalion from the
region. Russian television said
Sunday that the withdrawal had been
completed, but that some paratroop-
ers remained behind to destroy
abandoned military equipment.
Mekhtiev described the political
situation in Azer-baijan as "chaotic"
following Mutalibov's resignation.
He said that while Mutalibov was
temporarily replaced by parliament
chairman Yagub Mamedov, real
power belonged to Prime Minister
Gasan Gasanov, who has vowed to
press the fight with Armenia.
The parliament is to choose a
new president tomorrow.
Armenia's military commis-
sioner, Col. Levon Stepanyan, dis-
puted a Russian TV report that

party was any threat to CC.
"Obviously J don't think it's a
serious party. CC is now, what it has
always been meant to be
- representative of student con-
cerns," Gast said. "What this repre-
sents is just a bunch of far, ultra-
right people getting together, more
interested in pursuing their own
agenda than actually what thL stu-
dents want."
Cosnowski said he did not want
to place the third party at a specific
point on the political spectrum.
"I don't think I need to classify
myself," Cosnowski said. We're not
out to promote ourselves. We're just
trying to take an assembly that has-
n't done much in the past few years
and direct it past the bureaucracy it
is now and have students think it's at
least an effective unit.
Cosnowski and Starrman also
agreed about their dissatisfaction
with the current assembly.
"The current administration
blows a lot of noise and they don't
really accomplish anything," Star-
rman said. "I think I could accom-
plish what MSA needs to be doing
- allocating money to student
groups, allocating office space and
any other general University things
that come up."
Armenia planned a general military
mobilization. He said Ar-menian of-
ficials had decided only to form
"self-defense battalions" of re-
servists in heavily populated areas,
but the units would not be armed.
Russian television, however, de-
scribed the units as a "prototype of



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At least 42 people had
been killed in Nagorno-
Karabakh since Friday.
the Armenian army" and noted
Azerbaijan also has begun to form
its own army.
In Ankara, Turkey, Foreign
Minister Hikmet Cetin said he had
called Secretary of State James A.
Baker III on Saturday to seek U.S.
help in ending the fighting. Cetin,
who visited Nagorno-Karabakh
twice in the past week, did not say
how Baker responded.

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