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OPINION 4
If you had any question about who to vote for in
next Tuesday's City Council elections, this is your
lucky day. We are particularly enthusiastic about
4th Ward candidate Peter Nicolas.

Tonight's the big night for the Friars. It's their
36th Annual Best Concert Ever, and it's at the
Michigan Theater at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow night's part one of the Big Dance. Can't
you just feel the anticipation mounting along 1-94
all the way from State Street to Minneapolis?

Today
Partly sunny, late-day rain;
High 42, Low 29;
Tomorrow
Mixed clouds, sun; High 40, Low 24

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Daly Staff Reporter

Lee tells details of
filmmaking career

Students, faculty, and staff can
watch and celebrate the NCAA
basketball Final Four tournament
games this weekend in facilities
provided by the University.
In an effort to avoid rowdy
student crowds - such as the one
that followed Michigan's 1989
NCAA victory - the University
Office of Student Affairs
announced yesterday the debut of
"Champions-Vision" - a weekend
of parties featuring wide-screen
televisions, live music, and food.
Tomorrow's NCAA basketball
game against Cincinnati will be
shown in seven locations around
campus, the largest being the Track
and Tennis Building with seating
for 1,000.
The games will also be shown at
the University Club in the Michigan
Union and five University residence
halls. All locations will be open
from 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
If the Wolverines triumph
tomorrow, Crisler arena will have a
13,000-seat area open for the
NCAA championship game from 8

by Mona Qureshi
Daily Staff Reporter
Filmmaker Spike Lee's visit to
Hill Auditorium last night elicited
more surprising remarks from the
audience than perhaps any other
speaker this year.
Lee received a gift of hair prod-
ucts from a woman promoting her
business. He was asked for jobs and
internships, and casually announced
the address of his film company
where resum6s could be sent.
Aspiring filmmakers asked for ad-
vice and asked Lee to consider
scripts they wrote. One audience
member asked Lee to say happy
birthday to his daughter.
The requests were part of a forum
in which Lee was able to interact
with the full house of audience
members and address their
questions.
During the forum, Lee spoke
about his film career. He focused on
publicity and controversy surround-
ing his current film, X, based on the
life of slain civil rights leader
Malcolm X.
"(Denzel Washington) will be at
the Academy Awards. He trans-
formed himself not just on the out-
side, but on the inside," Lee said
about the actor playing the title
character.
Research is the key to the film,

and Lee said he spoke to people who
both knew and worked with
Malcolm.
He said the most difficult part of
making the film was lack of funding.
The film cost him $33 million to
produce, including travels to South
Africa, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
In a press conference before the
forum , Lee gave his reaction to not
being personally allowed into
Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to film the pil-
grimage Malcolm X.

"It is a law that non-Muslims are
not let in. Why should I be upset
about that? I still sent a second crew
that was Muslim, and we're the first
to be able to film a motion picture in
Mecca, the holy city of Islam," Lee
said.
Lee spoke about how he ends X
in South Africa in the present day
rather than when Malcolm was shot.
"It is a service to Malcolm and his
legacy not to end his life on the stage
See LEE.Page 2

KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily
Michigan coach Steve Fisher cuts down a net at Lexington's Rupp Arena in
celebration of the Wolverines triumph over Ohio State last Sunday. The
victory advances Michigan to the Final Four this weekend in Minneapolis.

p.m. to 2 a.m. Live bands will play
both inside and outside of the arena.
The University is providing
facilities in order to give students a
non-alcoholic atmosphere to watch
the games and to celebrate, said
Walter Harrison, executive director

of University Relations.
If the basketball team wins
tomorrow and advances to
Monday's championship, Crisler
Arena will also be open to the
public on Tuesday for a welcome
home celebration.

Filmmaker Spike Lee looks up toward the balcony as a member of the
audience asks a question after his speech at Hill Auditorium last night

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Fifth Ward
offers most
diverse
candidates
The Daily has been running
a feature each day this week,
profiling the City Council
candidates in each of Ann
Arbor's five wards. Today's
focus is the 5th Ward.
by Travis McReynolds
Daily City Reporter
The three candidates vying for
Ann Arbor's 5th Ward City Council
seat compose the most diverse slate
of this year's election.
Thais Peterson (D-5th Ward) is
finishing her first term as a coun-
cilmember. Jeff Muir, an LSA se-
nior and former Michigan Review
executive editor, is Peterson's
Republican challenger. Libertarian
candidate David Raaflaub, a local
attorney is also challenging
Peterson for her seat.
Peterson, who works for her
husband's cabinetmaking firm, is
the only woman candidate vying for
a seat on the council this year.
Peterson blames stress and time
constraints for the lack of women
councilmembers.
"Women in this society and
economy have pretty full lives.
Many have two careers already, as
See 5TH WARD, Page 2

"The University and the city have a
monopoly on the parking business in
Ann Arbor, and they arbitrarily set
parking rates."
eff pakn-rts" - David Raaflaub
luir R "We're concerned about the parking
employees' jobs that will be lost when the struc-
tures are privatized."
Thais Peterson
"The city should not be running parking lots. If I
were the czar of Ann Arbor, i would privatize them
all."
-Jeff Muir

Ward Candidates

LSA senior Brian Besseler and LSA sophomore Cary Latimer hawk Hash
Bash T-shirts on South University Avenue yesterday afternoon.
21st Bash to draw
hi'gh timsfInes

Homelessness
"Because of the Democrat
supermajority, we haven't seen a
thing done to address Homeless
Action Committee needs."
- Jeff Muir
"We have proposed the city's Hous-
ing Affordability Strategy, in
anticipation of the city receiving as
much as $870,000 annually in new
federal housing money.

Thais
Peterson D

Despite
089$10
FOX's win,
CC still has
most seats
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
Presidential leadership of the
Michigan Student Assembly will be
turned over to the Progressive Party
in two weeks, but the Conservative
Coalition (CC) will still maintain the
highest number of assembly seats.
Ten CC representatives and 10
Progressive Party representatives
were elected this week to the 49-
member assembly led by
Progressive Party executive officers
Ede Fox and Hunter
VanValkenburg.
Outgoing MSA President James
Green said the assembly will be
composed of 20 CC members, 16
Progressive Party members, and 11
independents.
Although results have been tabu-
lated, CC presidential candidate
Scott Gast said he has not conceded
defeat and will call for a recount of
the presidential ballots.
"I'm calling for a recount be-
cause it was so close ... and just to
make sure, since there's always a
possibility for human error;" Gast
said.
"CC doesn't have a majority, but
we do have more seats than the
Progressives, and I think the inde-
pendents lean our way," Green said.
"I think we're dealing with the
Progressive Party coming to the
presidency with a minority
government."
However, the only independent
elected to the assembly said he leans
toward the Progressive Party
ideology.
"I don't want to label myself but
most of my views probably line up
closely with Progressive views,"
Natural Resources Rep. Fred Warner
said. "I will make my own decisions
though, and not those based on a

by Karen Talaski
Daily Staff Reporter
Organizers and local police de-
partments say they are trying to
make tomorrow's 21st annual Hash
Bash as peaceful and nonviolent as
possible.
The Hash Bash is an annual
gathering on the Diag in support of
marijuana legalization in Ann Arbor.
It will occur simultaneously with a
marijuana legalization rally spon-
sored by the National Organization
for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
(NORML).
The University's Department of

Public Safety (DPS) officers will
have backup aid from the Ann Arbor
Police Department, the Washtenaw
County Sheriff's Department, and
Michigan state police.
University police will enforce
state laws which mandate $100 fines
or 90 days in jail, said DPS Lt.
Joseph Piersante. An officer may
also choose to give a $25 fine under
the city ordinance.
"If a DPS officer sees a crime be-
ing committed in their presence,
they can take action," Piersante said.
"(Marijuana possession) is a crime."
See HASH, Page 2

- Thais Peterson
"The homeless problem has been'
created by the government - we
have high property taxes, and the
Planning Commission has zoned out
cheap housing-"
- David Raaflaub
David
Raaflaub L

City election issues disappear
by Erin Einhorn One week later on Wednesday, wetlands without first obtaining
Daily City Reporter the Natural Features Preservation permit from the city.

gal

M'icers lose, 4-2

Before every election, certain is-
sues dominate discussion and
prompt debate among candidates,
and until two weeks ago, Monday's
Ann Arbor City Council election
was no exception.
But in the last two weeks, two
major issues - which had brought
the present 8-3 Democratic majority

Committee recommended the coun-
cil eliminate a controversial clause
from the Natural Features
Preservation Ordinance.
Although majority Democrats
say they are only continuing in the
same direction and doing what their
jobs dictate, their critics contend
that every Democratic move keeps

Homeowners and developers
said the section of the ordinance
that mandated homeowners seek
permits before cutting trees on their
land violated property rights.
Republicans say these voter com-
plaints sparked the council majori-
ty's decision to remove the clause.
"It was only public pressure that

In NCAA
by Josh Dubow

tourney
first period. We came out hard, but

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