MSA elections are tomorrow and Thursday and
there seem to be alternatives to the traditional
two parties. Check out the Daily's endorsements
for the candidates, as well as the ballot questions.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is playing at the
Michigan Theater. This year's festival seems to
have a theme of comedy in it. Read Alison Levy's
Despite losing the Volunteer Classic this weekend,
Michigan men's tennis coach Brian Eisner was
happy with his team's performance.
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Vol CI N.9 AnnAror Mc ia Tedy Mrh1,93 9 hichigan Daily
by Will McCahill
Daily Crime Reporter
Groundskeepers tore down a
shanty on the Diag yesterday after
orders made their way through the
maze of University bureaucracy.
The shanty was erected by stu-
dents to protest the University's pol-
icy restricting use of the Diag and
North Campus Common.
University News and Information
Service Director Joseph Owsley said
"people in the Fleming Building" -
where University administrators'
offices are located - recognized
that the students had not obtained a
permit for the shanty.
Frank Cianciola, associate dean
of students and director of granting
permits for use of the Diag, was then
informed of the violation.
Owsley said Cianciola relayed
the information to William Krumm,
the associate vice-president for busi-
ness operations, who in turn re-
quested University groundskeepers
to take down the shanty.
The shanty was constructed on
the Diag by students, including sev-
eral Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) representatives, who are
concerned about what they say is a
Although MSA representatives
See SHANTY, Page 2
State Street to
become a lane
reduces street to
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
State Street, one of the city's
main north-south arteries, will be re-
duced to one lane to allow the
University to repair a dilapidated
steam tunnel between Angell Hall
and the LSA Building.
The City Council approved a res-
olution last night reducing the street
to one northblound lane between
South University Avenue and East
William Street during the University
repairs. The resolution states the
project must be completed by July 6.
The University plans to begin
work on the street next week.
Tom Schlaff, the University en-
gineer in charge of the project, said
tests indicated the damage probably
resulted from the use of road salts
during the winter.
Schlaff said the University is
looking to start work on the tunnel in
the next week in order to finish in
time to accommodate the Catherine
McAuley Health Fair Circus Parade
"March 22 is a tentative date (for
the lane reduction) and that's pretty
solid. Our deadline is July 6," he
said. "We're pushing to actually fin-
ish by June 25 in time for the circus1
parade. Everything looks good."
Schlaff added that, while the
University does not expect any
problems, the existence of an un-
known utility - like a gas line that
needs to be rerouted - could slow
down the proceedings. "The logistics
of a utility move can get
complicated," he said.
A plan to totally close that area of
State Street was proposed to council
at its March 1 meeting, but that reso-
lution was deleted after complaints
from the business community.
The plan approved last night in-
creases the period of time traffic will
be rerouted but allows traffic on
State Street throughout the project's
duration. The University will begin
working in the current southbound
lane, then move northbound traffic
into the southbound lane while
working in the northbound lane.
Bill Wheeler, the city's director
of public services, said the council is
the only body with the authority to
close the street for the repairs.
"The street is a city street, not a
University street, so they need the
city to close the street," he said.
"The tunnel is a cross-section of
a bus - it's a rectangle," Wheeler
Wheeler said this street-closing
request is unique.
"It's a little unusual. Most towns
don't have university steam tunnels
running under their streets," he said.
See STATE, Page 2
A time to mourn
Fifth-year senior Joanne Rael hands outflyers on the Diag yesterday to announce this week's 14th Annual
Conference-on the H olocaust. Behind-her, members of the Ann Arbor and University community read names-in
remembrance of people who died in the Holocaust.
TA contract settlement uncertain
by Kenneth Dancyger
and Mike Goecke
Daily Staff Reporters
The second extension of the
Graduate Employees Organization
(GEO) contract expired last night,
but an agreement between the
University and the TA union still has
not been reached.
The results of last night's bar-
gaining session were not available at
press time. The two factions could
have reached a settlement, agreed on
another contract extension or failed
to make any agreement.
TAs will be holding a "teach-out"
tomorrow to protest the stagnation of
the talks. Members will teach their
sections in the hallways of
University buildings as a show of
TAs have also been asked by
their union to wear GEO buttons and
t-shirts to show support for a fair
At a membership meeting
tonight, GEO members will find out
if the GEO Steering Committee will
be empowered to authorize a strike.
GEO will announce the results of
strike-authorization ballots that were
distributed to members last week
and yesterday in the Fishbowl.
If a majority of GEO members
voted "yes" on the ballot, the GEO
Steering Committee will be autho-
rized to take any action it deems
appropriate to protest the negotiation
deadlock and the University's pro-
posals, said Jon Curtiss, GEO bar-
gaining committee chair.
A "no" vote would indicate the
majority of members do not support
a strike, and GEO will rule that out
as a protest option, he said.
University and GEO bargaining
teams have been negotiating since
late November. Unable to reach a
settlement, the two parties have ex-
tended the TA contract two times
'There isn't a graduate
student who wants to
strike, but unless the
University treats us
fairly we have no
option but to strike.'
- Mark Buchan
since Feb. 1 - the original contract
The University has said it is un-
able to comment on the negotiations
due to federal labor laws.
In 1991, stagnant talks led to
eight months of negotiations be-
tween the University and GEO -
including two TA work stoppages.
The contract extensions exem-
plify the difficulties that plague the
negotiations, but some GEO mem-
bers said they are hopeful.
Mark Buchan, president of
Rackham Student Government, said,
"There isn't a graduate student who
wants to strike, but unless the
University treats us fairly we have
no option but to strike."
Buchan said the University
doesn't realize the importance of fair
treatment of graduate employees.
"The University needs to realize
that treating graduate employees
fairly is crucial not only to the
teachers, but to the undergraduate
students as well," he said.
He added, "I trust the negotiating
team - they work very hard in very
difficult circumstances. I don't envy
them at all."
Nov. 20:'U' and GEO begin
Jan. 22: GEO presents 'U'
with several economic
Jan. 25: GEO report
emphasizes salary increase.
Jan. 29: Final talks before
contract expires;'U' extends
contract until March 7.
March 2: 'U' cancels
scheduled talks because of
"lack of preparedness."
March 4: GEO decides to
have members vote on
March 5: Teams do not
agree on financial provisions
of contract; they agree for one
March 8: Contract not
signed. 'U' extends contract
for 7 days.
March 15: Final bargaining
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Basketball Writer
While it is not likely that anyone
will confuse Michigan's first-round
opponent in the NCAA tournament
with its Atlantic Coast colleague
North Carolina, the Chanticleers of
Coastal Carolina are not totally
shadowed in anonymity.
When the Wolverines - the No.
1 seed in the West Region - step on
the court Friday for their 8:10 EST
tipoff in Tuscon, Ariz., they will
face a team familiar with tournament
play and Big Ten competition.
Coastal Carolina is making its
second tournament appearance in
three years. Two years ago, the
Chanticleers fell to Indiana in a
close opening-round game, 79-69.
Despite being a 25-point
underdog, the Chanticleers have had
a strong season under coach Russ
Bergman. The small school in
Conway, S.C. - with an enrollment
of 4,200 - compiled a 22-9 record
and took second place in the Big
South regular season.
According to Bergman, the
biggest challenge for Coastal
Carolina will be to neutralize
Michigan's size advantage.
"They're very big," Bergman
See HOOPS, Page 8
TUESDAY, MARCH 16
Here are the times and
locations of the Greek Week
events that take place today:
Bed Race Parade; noon;
Candidates debate assembly's future
MSA hopefuls cite
improving relations with
student input in University
decisions as major goals
by Adam Anger
Daily MSA Reporter
Change was the focus of discussion last
night as candidates running for the
Michigan Student Assembly criticized cur-
rent MSA operations and proposed new
and improved forms of student government.
Eight candidates representing five par-
ties - the Conservative Coalition (CC),
Progressives, Michigan Party, Keg Party
and Weasel Party - stated their plans for
handling student issues at a debate spon-
sored by the Daily, the Review, and the
Black Student Monthly.
Candidates cited current problems faced
by the assembly and proposed long-term
goals they intend to accomplish if elected
on March 17 and 18.
Progressive presidential candidate Jason
Hackner said, "The real problem is how
MSA is structured." He said his long-term
solution for MSA is reforming the assem-
bly because "MSA is undefined in what it
can actually do."
But Michigan Party presidential candi-
date Craig Greenberg said, "The problem is
not the structure of MSA - we have a
defined code. The problem is the
Greenberg said student outreach - such
as holding assembly meetings in residence
halls and communicating with individual
school governments - is one of the
Michigan Party's primary goals.
Brent House, CC presidential candidate,
focused on more immediate plans. He said
he would address the problem of busing to
North Campus, change the structure of the
student orientation program and hold
regular meetings with administrators.
See DEBATE, Page 2
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