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Craig Greenberg and Brian Kight won last week's
MSA election. Now it's time for them to do
something productive with the Assembly.

Elise Bryant's "Workin' for a Livin'" looks at the
reality and hardship of blue-collar workers, as
well as discrimination and bigotry in the
workplace. Kimberly Gaines reviews the musical.

ST . a .
March Madness has been full of upsets, and the
Wolverines were almost the latest team to fall.
Yesterday, Michigan battled back from a 19-point
deficit to beat UCLA, 86-84, in overtime.

Today
Cloudy, warmer;
High 39, Low 24
Tomorrow
Partly sunny; High 39, Low 26

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Michigan
cuts men s
-gymnastics
program
by Ken Davidoff
Daily Sports Editor
A press release scheduled to
come out today will announce the
termination of the Michigan men's
gymnastics program following the
1993-94 season. In its place, the
women's soccer team will gain var-
sity status in the fall of 1994.
The Board of Intercollegiate
Control recommended the action to
Michigan Athletic Director Jack
Weidenbach earlier this year. Wei-
denbach informed men's gymnastics
coach Bob Darden of the decision
March 1.
The Athletic Department is ex-
pected to attribute the move to two
main factors - the desire to reach
gender equity by the mandated 1997
deadline, and the decrease in men's
gymnastics participation at the high
school level.
The Big Ten's Gender Equity
Act, implemented in June of last
year, mandates that all conference
schools have a ratio of 40 percent
* female athletes to 60 percent male
athletes.
The maneuver elicited anger and
frustration from gymnastics coaches
and athletes. Women's soccer
players were pleased with the
decision. Darden said he would like
to work with the University to im-
plement this change, while trying to
keep men's gymnastics alive.
For complete coverage, see
SPORTSMonday.

Violence
erupts at
by James Cho
and David Shepardson
Daily Staff Reporters
Violence erupted Saturday when white
supremacists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-
demonstrators. Police, fearful for the safety of the
neo-Nazis, asked them to halt the planned march.
The rally, part of a more than 20-year tradition of
demonstrations by neo-Nazi activists on the third
Sunday in March in Ann Arbor, erupted in violence
for what attendees claimed to be the first time in re-
cent memory.
Earlier in the day, nearly 200 protesters charged
and then assaulted members of the Wayne County
chapter of the National Association for the
Advancement of White People (NAAWP), as an es-
timated half dozen NAAWP members, including
two children, attempted to rally outside City Hall.
Counter-demonstrators slammed three white
supremacists against the outside wall of the Ann
Arbor Fire Department and repeatedly punched
them.
NAAWP members fled in search of police pro-
tection, however the Ann Arbor Police Department
(AAPD) did not intervene as counter-demonstrators
chased NAAWP-members from the site.
AAPD officers who videotaped the event said
tapes taken from the rally would be reviewed, but
added that no arrests had been made.
Police had kept anti-NAAWP protesters at bay
for most of the morning, allowing the NAAWP to
conduct a separate protest on the opposite side of
Fifth Street.
"We had a plan," said AAPD Sgt. Mark
Hoornstra, "but unfortunately that plan didn't work
See NAZI RALLY, Page 2

JOSH DETH/Daily

As violence broke out Saturday, anti-Nazi demonstrators pelt SS Action members at Ann Arbor City Hall.

New parties sweep MSA election

by Jennifer Tianen
Daily MSA Reporter
In a surprise upset, new
parties competing for seats on the
Michigan Student Assembly
swept the elections last week.
Along with the success of the
new Michigan Party, members of
the Keg Party were struck by
amazement after winning almost
every seat for which the Party
was vying.
"It was a scream-hug fest
(when I learned of the results),"
said new LSA Rep. Brian Clune.
"I couldn't believe it."
Newly-elected Keg Party
member David Pava said, "I

would like to thank everyone
who voted for us because they're
the reason the Keg Party is here."
Despite its slap-happy
approach, the Keg Party has
definite plans.
"We want to open up ties with
the administration," Pava said.
"It's hard to do rotten things to
people like instituting repressive
policies against people who are
your friends."
To further MSA-
administration ties, the Keg Party
is inviting University President
James Duderstadt to a meal at
East Quad.
"We are extending an open

invitation to President Duderstadt
for lunch or dinner in my room,"
Pava said. "It's just a friendly
thing, maybe some spaghetti or
Gumby's pizza if he's feeling
really racy."
Not only did the Michigan
Party capture the assembly's
executive seats with the election
of Craig Greenberg and Brian
Kight as president and vice
president, respectively, but it also
garnered nine MSA seats.
"I don't think enough people
came out to vote but I was very
pleased with the way things
turned out," said Stephanie
Logan, a newly-elected Michigan

Party member. "I am going to
take an active part because
people around here don't even
know what MSA is."
The Progressives won three
seats in Rackham, and the
Conservative Coalition grabbed
one seat in Engineering, making
the bi-partisan assembly a relic of
the past.
The Conglomerate of Weasels
managed to sneak a member onto
MSA, even though the Weasel
name did not appear on the
ballot.
"We were running to get a
message across, and we think we
did," said Weasel Chris Bzdok.

These are the people elected
to serve on the assembly for
the next year. They are listed
by school and followed by
their party affiliation:
Art: Michael Jefferson,
Keg Party.
Business: Michael Rubin,
Weasel.
Engineering: Michael
Bruno, Conservative
Coalition; Lori Park,
Michigan Party.
Law: Andrew Willeke,
write-in.
LSA: Tanya Clay, Scott
Ferber, Stephanie Logan,
Julie Neenan, Paul
Scublinsky, Michigan Party;
David Pava, Brian Clune,
Taryn Merkl, Michelle
Ferrarese, Keg Party.
Medical: Tracy
Washington,Michigan Party.
Nursing: Keith Keller,
Michigan Party.
Pharmacy: Tom Macek,
write-in.
Rackham: John Blow,
Michigan Party; Mark
Buchan, Jon Van Camp,
Najeeb Jan, Progressives.
SNR: Noah Hall,
Independent.

Low turnout upsets MSA candidates

'U' athlete
pleads guilt
for fisticuffs
by Will McCahill
Daily Crime Reporter
A University athlete arrested in a
brawl at the Michigan Union March
6 pleaded guilty to a disorderly per-
son charge Friday.
Steve King, a defensive back on
the football team, was arrested by
University Department of Public
Safety officers in the early hours of
March 6 after a fight broke out at a
dance held in the Union.
King, a first-year student in the
School of Physical Education, was
arraigned Friday in 15th District
Court by Judge Elizabeth Pollard.
"I took action," head football
coach Gary Moeller told the Detroit
Free Press. "He knew I was upset
and won't put up with this.
"He is back in spring practice but
was not allowed to participate in
team conditioning and activities for
two weeks," Moeller added.
King, a Palm Beach Gardens,
Fla. native, was arraigned by the
Washtenaw County prosecutor's of-
fice after a lengthy delay. Almost
two weeks passed between the origi-
nal arrest and the arraignment.
The charge - King's first of-
fense - is a simple misdemeanor
and carries a maximum sentence of
90 days in jail.
King will be sentenced April 23.
Here are the reek Week
events that take place this
week:
MONDAY, MARCH 22
Sexual Assault Awareness
Workshop; 7 p.m.; 1351

by Adam Anger
Daily MSA Reporter
Despite substantial involve-
ment in the newly implemented
voter participation drive, only 8.8
percent of University students
turned out for Michigan Student
Assembly elections - down from
9.4 percent in last winter's
election.
With 30 poll sites open last
Wednesday and Thursday, Michi-
gan Party candidates Craig Green-
berg and Brian Kight won the
Presidential and vice presidential

positions, receiving votes from 40
percent of the 8.8 percent of stu-
dents who cast ballots - 1,047
votes.
Candidates were required to
post at least 15 non-partisan
posters as part of the voter-partici-
pation drive. The posters, designed
by the Election Staff, ensured non-
partisanship and did not endorse,
support, or mention specific can-
didates or parties.
"I am not sure all candidates
put out their 15 posters," said
Election Director Allison Insley.

"I think their active participation
would have increased voter
turnout."
Votes from students in the
Medical School, LSA, College of
Engineering, and School of Music
increased, but decreased in Rack-
ham and most other small schools.
"I think one of the major fac-
tors was that there were more
presidential candidates from LSA
and Engineering than any other
schools," Insley said.
LSA turnout increased from
8.3 percent of enrolled students in

fall elections to 13.3 last week.
Votes from Engineering students
rose from 10.9 percent to 13.7
percent.
Michigan Party winners as-
sessed how the voter drive influ-
enced the changes in voter per-
centage from individual schools.
"It had its effect in the bigger
schools, but the smaller schools
had notable drop-offs," Kight said.
"That can really change what
could have been a respectable
turnout to a poor turnout. It looks
See TURNOUT, Page 2

Former 'U' student sentenced on sexual assault charge

by Shelley Morrison
Daily Crime Reporter
A courtroom filled with lawyers,
S family and emotion was still Friday

One half hour later, 15th district
Judge Melinda Morris delivered a
sentence of five years probation with
the first year to be spent in the

This was a very difficult case. You have to
weigh (the survivor's) concerns, the concerns
of society, the concerns of the University. To

said.
Morris' attorney, Michael
Vincent, agreed.
"Judge Morris worked exceed-

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