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Administrators have talked about how important
TAs are to undergraduate education. However,
the University has taken a hardline stance in
negotiations with GEO.

After last year, critcs talked about the return of the
American musical. However, this year, Broadway
has taken a step back. Melissa Rose Bernardo
looks at the lackluster show scene.

And you thought March Madness was just for
basketball. The wrestling and women's swimming
teams head to their respective national
championships today.

Today
Sunny .
High 36, Low 24
Tomorrow
Snow and rain; High 36, Low 34

One hundred two years of editorial freedom

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Uol. CIII, IVa. 98 Ann Arbow Michigan -Thursday, Mareh 18,1993 O 1993The Michigan Daily

Polls lure
students
to vote for
candidates
by Jennifer Tianen
Daily MSA Reporter
Thefreecandyjustkeepscoming.
Yesterday, poll workers at the
Michigan Student Assembly election
sites used thepromise ofcandy to lure
students and increase voter turnout.
Elections are continuing all day
today atvariouslocationsaround cam-
pus.
"We're all over campus in every
possible place," said Chris Gale, a
poll worker at South Quad. "MSA
tries to be where the traffic is."
The election staff seemed opti-
mistic about voter participation.
"We seem to have a pretty high
turnout so far," said Allison Insley,
election director. "Things are run-
ning smoothly, it's going really well
and people are showing up." b
Final election results will not be
available for all the candidates until 7
or 8 a.m. Friday.
"We won't know anything until
then," Insley said. "It's aneight-to-10
hour counting process."
But John Oh, a poll worker at
South Quad, seemed less enthusias-
tic about voter turnout.
"Things have been slow. Very
slow," he said.
He added that student participa-
tion amounted to about 10-15 people
per hour.
"(Students) could care less.
They'll vote forwhatevername looks
good," Oh said.
Students themselves are divided
over making a difference in the as-
sembly.,
"I didn't vote because I didn't
See MSA, Page 2

Hazing: 7 men
charged under

'

statement

Housing officials'
accusations lead officials to
investigate multiple charges
by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
The University has charged seven male stu-
dents with hazing under the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities.
Six of the accused men are first-year students
and one is a sophomore. Five of the seven are
LSA students and two are enrolled in the School
of Engineering.
Mary Lou Antieau, the judicial advisor of the
policy, would not release the name of the group to
which the men belonged. But she did say that the
accused had admitted, in the course of the inves-
tigation, that there was ritual hazing involved.
. Some orall of the men were also charged with:
unlawful use of alcohol;
harassment of a female;
unauthorized tampering with fire safety
systems; and,
damage or destruction of property belong-
ing to another.
These actions are all examples of non-aca-
demic conduct and therefore fall under the juris-
diction of the statement.
Antieau said the initial charge of harassment
evolved into more serious accusations.
"Initially another student raised the harass-
mentchargeand ininvestigating (that)charge the
staff of the residence halt began to suspect that
this was bigger than a harassment charge,"Antieau
said.
A housing administration official filed the
charges under the statement by reporting them to

Antieau. The incidents allegedly occurred in a
residence hall and involved men who live in five
residence halls and one off-campus residence.
The policy can be used to regulate student
actions occurring within 30 miles of campus. It
was possible for a housing official to make the
accusations because under the policy anyone can
charge a student with a violation.
Each accused man will choose to have his case
mediated by a neutral party, heard by an adminis-
trator or heard by a student panel. Student panels
consist of one, non-voting faculty member and six
students, chosen randomly from a pool of 50.
The students and faculty members who will sit
on the panels underwent a rigorous training ses-
sion March 6.
"The policy doesn't allow us to go against
student organizations so each individual has re-
ceived the notification letter," Antieau said.
All seven men have been charged but, as of
yesterday, only two have arranged to meet with
Antieau to present written statements. After all
have responded, Antieau willinvestigate the charges
for each accused separately.
"The only thing that makes this unusual is that
there were a number of people involved in the
same incident," Antieau-said. "Otherwise it's the
same process."' -
The incident is the fifth to be reported under the
policy. The first four incidents dealt with alleged
drug sales, physical harassment, stalking, andphysi-
cal assault, respectively.
One of the accused students has chosen media-
tion, and the other cases are still in the preliminary
stages.
-Daily Administration Reporter Nate Hurley
contributed to this report

Kirk Limacher reads the MSA ballotyesterday in the Fishbowl.

. UGA loses case to student paper
Georgia court rules university must open student hearings to public

by Nate Hurley
Daily Administration Reporter
University officials said they are
not worried about a recent Georgia
Supreme Court decision forcing the
University of Georgia in Athens
(UGA) to open its student hearings to
the public.
The state Supreme Court ruled
that the disciplinary board - which
holds hearings similar to those that
will be conducted under the State-
ment of Student Rights and Respon-
sibilities - acts on behalf of the
UGA Board of Regents and is there-
fore subject to the state's Open Meet-
ings Act.
The decision reversed a lower

court's ruling.
The UGA student newspaper-the
Red & Black - filed the original suit
against the university.
"Wehave foryears sensed that some-
thing is not right here. It is only after we
filed a lawsuit that students have seen
what was going on," saidMikeMcLeod,
Red & Black editor in chief.
"It was only within the last year that
we had the $ 100,000-plus to bring the
lawsuit and that we found a lawyer," he
added.
Hesaid reporters for the newspaper
had routinely been forced to leave disci-
plinary board hearings and the UGA
policy has been in place for at least a
decade.

In its defense, the school cited the
Buckley Amendment, a 1974 federal
law. The law stipulates that federal fund-
ing can be withheld from a university
for disclosing educational documents
about students. The court found that the
law does not, however, apply to disci-
plinary records.
The Red & Black Publishing Co.
and Squillante vs. Board of Regents of
the University System of Georgia, et al.
ruling is believed to be the first of its
kind. Although the decision only ap-
plies to colleges and universities in the
state of Georgia and was based on laws
unique to the state, legal and educa-
tional experts are looking into potential
impacts of the case locally.

Mary Lou Antieau, judicial advisor
for the statement, said she just learned
about the case, but her office is looking
into it.
"We don't know if the reason that
they ruled. against the university is the
way their open meetings act is struc-
tured," she said.
University General Counsel Elsa
Cole said she had not heard of the case,
but added, "I think the Georgia state law
is quite different from ours."
She said asimilarruling in Michigan
is unlikely since the decision of the
student panel in the hearing process is
not final and therefore the panel does
See GEORGIA, Page 2

Several points about the
Georgia Supreme Court's
ruling:
It only applies to colleges in
Georgia.
The court found that the
Buckley Amendment only
applies to students'
educational records, not
disciplinary records.
The court also found that
since the University of.
Georgia panel acts on behalf
of the board of regents - a
governing body - it is
covered under the Georgia
Open Meetings Act.
The case was filed by the
Red & Black -the UGA
student newspaper.
The ruling is believed to be
the first in the nation saying
disciplinary hearings must be
jmade public.

'U' cops nab
entree Plus
delinquent
by Will McCahil!
Daily Crime Reporter
An LSA first-year student was ar-
rested yesterday on charges of stealing
and using another student's Entree Plus
card.
The student, David Hammond, was
arrested by University Department of
Public Safety (DPS) officers athisNorth
Campus residencehall yesterday mom-
ing.
Hammond was arrested after a six-
week investigation by DPS detectives.
Lt. James Smiley said Hammond stole
the card from a female student at a party
at the Michigan Union Jan. 28.
Hammond allegedly spent about
100 from the student's Entrde Plus
account.
Smiley praised his colleagues for
their work in tracking down Hammond.
"It all came down to good investigat-
ing," he said.
Hammond was arraigned in 15th
District Court yesterday by Judge Eliza-
beth Pollard and released on a personal
recognizance bond.
However, he must appear at his pre-
See CARD, Page 2
THURSDAY, MARCH 18
Here are the times and
locations of the Greek Week
events that take place today:

City wants cash for post-Bash bash

by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
The University isn't the only one
who wants advance payment for amari-
juana-legalization rally April 3.
The city of Ann Arbor wants the
National Organization for the Reform
of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to pay
$2,650 to cover security, park permits
and vendor permits for a political event
at Fuller Park.
The event, which will feature speak-
ers and live bands, will run for four
hours following Hash Bash, now
planned for noon on the Diag -despite
a pending lawsuit with the University.
"It's just a continuation of Hash

'We have more of a
gentlemanly dispute
with the city ... with the
U-M, we have no mercy
for them.'
- Rich Birkett
NORML member
said that before the group pays, it wants
to make sure the city is using fixed
guidelines to determine the fee instead
of arbitrarily choosing $2,100.
Ronald Olson, the city's superinten-
dent of parks and recreation, said the
city requires organizers of any large

they won't pay," he said.
NORML also is arguing in U.S.
District Court that it should not have to
pay the University $9,400 in advance
for estimated costs of security, cleanup
and electricity for Hash Bash.
In the University's case, NORML
doesn't want to pay any of the $9,400.
With the city, Birkett said the group
would be willing to pay the $2,100 if it
is convinced the city fairly determined
the estimate. But Brook maintains the
group should not be forced to pay for
security for either event.
Olson said the city hopes to receive
payment by some time next week.
Birkett said NORML will decide

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