The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 12, 1993 - Page 3
MSA parties woo
Eckstein confident of primary win
by Jennifer Tianen
Daily MSA Reporter
In past years, clocks with legs
and moose heads have symbolized
different parties sponsoring candi-
dates for Michigan Student
Assembly elections. However, some
students contend that the parties
themselves do little more than the
Owalking timepieces portrayed on
This year, three parties are spon-
soring candidates for seats on the as-
sembly - the Conservative
Coalition (CC), the Progressive
Party, and the Michigan Party.
"We post posters every election,
getting interested people from every
aspect of campus life," said
,Engineering Rep. Brent House, a
ember of the CC. "We're looking
for genuinely interested people so
that they just don't quit in the
House said the Conservative
Coalition was formed in 1988, in re-
action to the practices of the assem-
bly at that time. Students who were
alarmed by the MSA administration
- which was sending its funds off
campus instead of spending ihoney
On student groups - formed the CC.
"We're trying to make sure that
everybody can apply for funds
equally and objectively," House
said. "We also try to keep national
politics out of things and concentrate
on the issues that affect students."
The Progressive Party was
formed during elections last March.
This year, however, "we trashed
the clock," said Progressive Party
member Hunter Van Valkenburgh,
vice president of MSA.
He saidsthe Progressives try to
represent students who are not
happy with the workings of the
University as an institution.
"We're all people with broader
goals beyond our education at this
University, and if we can't run this
place while we're paying for it, how
can we run the country as taxpay-
ers?" Van Valkenburgh asked. "We
need a more democratic way of
running things at a university level
to a national level."
The Michigan Party is a new
party forming this term.
"We're more of a campus issues
party focusing on reforming and re-
vitalizing MSA so that it starts to
take a leadership role on campus
again," said Engineering Rep. Brian
Kight, a member of the Michigan
"We're already recruiting people
informally by contacting organiza-
tions we think will be interested and
talking to our friends," Kight said.
by Christine Young
Daily City Reporter
While some candidates in the
government arena may crumble
without complete support of their
political parties, City Council in-
cumbent Bob Eckstein is an
"I feel that I have been unjustly
attacked by members of the
Democratic party in my ward, just
because I have not always agreed
with the mayor," Eckstein said. "I
am remiss that members of the
party want to bump me off."
Nevertheless, Eckstein said he
is confident that he can beat out
his contender, Robert Stead, in the
5th Ward Democratic primary
"The feedback that I have re-
ceived from my constituents has
been very positive. Sometimes, it
is what keeps me going," Eckstein
He added that he has been the
most involved and active council
member since he took office two
"Just look at my records. I'm
the person on the council who has
made the difference," Eckstein
Eckstein, who spends 25 hours-
per-week on council activities,
said he wants to continue working
toward improving the environment
and increasing AIDS education.
Eckstein has been the chair of
the City Council HIV Task Force,
but said the group has "just started
to get going." He added that he
would like the committee to focus
more on alerting the public to the
-dangers of AIDS.
"We owe it to the population to
aggressively educate people in
public schools and the University
on AIDS," Eckstein said.
Eckstein added that he would
also like to make improvements in
Ann Arbor's public housing
"Ithaven't applied myself to
this area ... I want to move ahead
as rapidly as possible to empower
the tenants," Eckstein said.
Calling the council "too cau-
tious," Eckstein said he hopes to
continue to press for change.
Stead hones receive council seat
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
David Stead, who engineered
the financial restructuring of
Recycle Ann Arbor and is heavily
involved in many local environ-
mental issues, is challenging in-
cumbent Bob Eckstein for his 5th
Ward council seat Monday.
"The 5th Ward needs better
representation, someone who can
work with people, work with con-
stituents better than Bob Eckstein
has," Stead said.
At a recent meeting, coun-
cilmember Kurt Zimmer (D-4th
Ward) accused Mayor Liz Brater
of trying to get rid of Eckstein in
favor of Stead, who has endorse-
ments from some of Brater's polit-
Brater commended Stead for
his work as chair of the Ann Arbor
Solid Waste Commission and his
work on the settlement with
Gelman Sciences, including the
plan that was approved by City
"He's worked hard on environ-
mental issues," Brater said, adding
that she is trying to stay out the
While much of his life revolves
around the environment, which
Brater named as one of her main
campaign issues, Stead said he has
experience with other issues, as
"I did (urban) planning, that's
what my undergraduate degree is
in," Stead said. "I've worked with
budgets and lobbied. I have an ex-
*breaks in horses
by James Cho
Scooby, Junior, Moonie, Dixie,
and Fat Sassy are not cartoon
characters, but the five horses
belonging to the University's
"The male horses (Scooby and
Junior) are young, pig-headed and
hard to deal with because they have
not been trained and they can't
jump," said School of Art junior
Although the equestrian team
was founded in 1988, the team did
not have horses until they were do-
nated this January.
Dawn Ottevaere, LSA junior and
equestrian team president said the
team was formed to provide students
0with horse-riding instruction and
greater access to horses.
Members lease the horses belong-
ing to the team. The 20 active mem-
bers now have an individual stake in
the horses, Ottevaere said.
"The team is not funded by the
University and we appreciate any
support that we can get," said Coach
Shawn Cicero. Cicero, who volun-
teers his time with team, owns
Paragon Farm, where team members
"The University has no facilities
and the team opted not to have club
status," said Jan Wells, associate di-
rector of recreational sports.
Members pay from $400 to
$1000 to cover the cost of boarding
the horses and attending shows.
"You definitely need time and
money to keep the horse, but it's all
for fun," said Tina Sommer, an LSA
The team competes in the
Intercollegiate Horse Show
Association against other Michigan
and Ohio schools. The season lasts
from October to April with 20 shows
Ottevaere said the competition is
unique because all horses are sup-
plied by the host college, and riders
draw which horse they will ride by
However, some members said
they don't like the rule. "You can't
get used to the horse and it's scary,"
Ottevaere added that the goal is
to equalize the variable factors of
competition and to test the ability
and riding skill of the rider.
by Jon DiMascio
Daily Gender Issues Reporter
ensive background in how gov-
Stead recieved his degree in
Environmental Design from the
Univesity of Colorado in 1981 and
worked as a lobbyist with the
Michigan Environmental Council
initl 1992, when he started his
wn consulting firm.
One of the other big council is-
ues is the direction the city
hould take with public housing. t
tead said he thinks policy should
oncentrate on resources the city
already has, rather than construct-
ng new sites.
"The city has to be prepared,
we have to have a plan to get into
existing structures," he said. "I
hink it's going to be hard to build
naires - to bars in Ann Arbor and
Nighswander said the question-
naires do not need to be handed in.
They serve as "thinking tools" for "'
people at risk for AIDS, she said.
"We target bars because we feel
that's a place for potential risk be-
havior to occur. We'd like to try to
impact that in any way we can,"
Janet Zielasko, director of the:"
Health Promotions Department at
University Health Services (UHS), ;
said UHS is planning a peer educa-
tion program for the residence halls. :
Next week, during dinner, stu-s-2
dents may view Salt-n-Pepa's video ;
"Let's Talk About Sex" and receive
a safe-sex packet equipped with
candy and a scarlet condom Zielasko
Ingram said students in residence.'
halls were much more receptive to
condom distribution than students at
bars last year.e
Next week, campus bars and res-
idence halls may be plastered with
prophylactics as part of the National
Condom Week celebration begin-
ning on Valentine's Day and ending
"We picked between Valentine's
Day and Spring Break because it's
kind of a vulnerable time for peo-
ple," said Janet Ingram, a senior in
the School of Nursing who helped
coordinate Condom Week activities
for residence halls.
Vicki Nighswander, from the
Washtenaw County Public Health
Division, said the Human Services
Department plans to increase aware-
ness of sexually transmitted diseases
including AIDS at the University
and at Eastern Michigan University
through National Condom Week.
The department enacted a pro-
gram to send representatives -
armed with condoms and question-
A member of the equestrian team brushes a horse.
Q Caribban People Association,
meeting, Mosher-Jordan, Nikki
Biovanni Lounge, 6p.m.
Q Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble
and Percussion Ensemble, con-
cert, Hill Auditorium, 8p.m.
Q Drum Circle, Guild House Campus
Q Federal Government Job Search,
Student Activities Building, Room
3200, CareerPlanning & Placment
Program Room,12:10-1 p.m.
" Friday Forum-Gay Rap, T.A.
Training Program, LS&A Build-
ing, Room 2553,4 p.m.
Q Hillel, orthodox Shachrit services,
Chabad House, 7:30 am.; reform,
conservative & orthodox Shabbat
services, Hillel, 5:50 p.m.
U Korean Campus Crusade for
pus Chapel, 8p.m.
Q Labor Fihn Series, The Seeds of
Hall, Auditorium A, 8p.m.
Q Latino Network Meeting, Michi-
gan Union, Room 2203,12p.m.
Brown Bag, Mason Hall, Room
Q The Legacy of Folk Melody in
Poland's Musical Expression,
ture Hall, 8 p.m.
Bursley Hall, all weekend, 763-
Chemistry Building, Room 1706,
U Safewalk Safety Walking Service,
Q Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
U TaeKwonDo Club, regular work-
out, CCRB, Room 2275, 7-8:30
Q U-M Bridge Club, duplicate bridge
Q U-M Ninjitsu Club, practice, I.M.
Building, Wrestling Room, G21,
U Volunteeers in Action Dinner for
the Homeless, Saint Mary's Stu-
dent Parish, 331 Thompson St., 3-
Q Full Moon Over New York, Chi-
nese Film Series, Lorch Hall Audi-
Q Hiflel, orthodox Shachrit services,
Chabad House, 9:30 a.m.; Reform
Havurah Havdalah Service, Hillel,
7p.m.; Escape to Witch Mountain,
movie, Hillel, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
Q Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Con-
servatory Tours, also on Sunday,
1800 Dixboro Rd.
U PancakeBreakfast,ZetaTau Alpha
House, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Q Animania, general meeting, Michi-
Q Art Museum, Sunday Tour, Infor-
mation Desk, 2p.m.; Lecture, Un-
masking Picasso: AfricanElements
Hall, Auditorium B,2p.m.; Gallery
Talk and Reception, African Art
from the Museum Collection: A
U Ballroom Dance Club, CCRB,
Dance Room, 7-9 p.m.
U Christian Life Church, Sunday
church service, School of Educa-
tion, Schorling Auditorium, 11 am.
Q ECB Student Writing Center,
U Guest Marimba-Violin Duo, con-
cert, School of Music, McIntosh
Q Hilel, orthodox Shachrit services,
Chabad House, 8:30 p.m.; Israeli
Dancing, Hillel, 8-10 p.m.
U Phi Sigma Pi, members only meet-
ing, East Quad, Room 126,6p.m.
Q Student Alumni Council, general
meeting, Alumni Center, 2:30 p.m.
U Student Education Peer Program,
Tutoring/Student Mentoring in a
Detroit Public High School, Mich-
igan Union, Pond Room, 7 p.m.
Q U-M Chess Club, meeting, Michi-
gan League, check room at front
desk, 1 p.m.
Q The Winds and Strings of Leba-
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