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Ann Arbor city elections are next Monday. Check
out the Daily's endorsements for mayor and the
1st and 2nd Ward.

The 65th annual Academy Awards were Monday
and the Daily Film Staff looks at the winners and
losers.

No team in the country is playing as well as
Kentucky right now. But the Wolverines relish the
opportunity to play against the Wildcats in
Saturday's Final Four contest.

Today
Periods of sun;
High 48, Low 42
Tomorrow
Mixed precipitation; High 38, Low 28

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

Vol. CIll, No.107 Ann Arbor, Michigan -*Wednesday, March 31,1993 @1993 The Michigan aiy
Court to rule on' U'Upresidential search

by Nate Hurley
Daily Administration Reporter
The process for choosing the leadership of
the University and all other Michigan colleges
and universities willbe decided by the Michigan
State Supreme Court in a hearing scheduled for
tomorrow morning.
The appeal by the University is the final
hearing in a case that was originally filed May
20, 1988. The Ann Arbor News and the Detroit
Free Press filed suit against the UniversityBoard
of Regents during the presidential search that

landed University President James Duderstadt.
The original case ruled in favor of the Uni-
versity, saying the regents did not violate the
Michigan Open Meetings Act, which regulates
meetings of government bodies. The newspa-
pers appealed the case, and the appeals court
reversed the decision. The University made the
current appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Elsa Cole, University general counsel, said,
"We would like (the court) to rule that the sub-
quorum groups of regents meeting is not a
violation of the Open Meetings Act."

Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor), one of
the eight regents being sued in the case, said the
decision as stands "would be a severe limita-
tion" to future presidential searches.
Baker said if the decision stands, University
leadership searches will likely be conducted by
the administration because it is not regulated by
the act and can hold closed meetings, Baker said.
Baker said the two most recent searches to
fill the posts of achancellor and avicepresident
have already moved from the regents to the
administration.

"I've been on this board 20 years and those
are the only two searches where we have not had
the chance to meet the candidates before the
search is made.
"My argument is that the people of Michigan
in 1850 and ever since 1850 have established the
principle of public oversight of the University
and that public oversight is vested in the re-
gents," Baker said.
The decision will affect Michigan State
University's ongoing presidential search, said
Walter Harrison, executive director of Univer-

sity relations. This decision may speed up the
process, he said.
"Theimmediate impactonMichigan State's
presidential search is going to be very impor-
tant."
Cole said, "It will affect every state college
and university in the state."
She said several other state colleges, in-
cluding Wayne State, EasternMichigan, North-
ern Michigan and Saginaw Valley Universi-
ties signed a brief saying they support the
University.

Hash Bash case
will be decided
in local court

MICHELLt GU/Daily

A member of the University Solar Car Team sits in the newly-unveiled car - Maize & Blue - yesterday during a ceremony at the Power Center. The
team will race from Dallas to Minneapolis in its first race this June.
'U' solar car shines at unveiing

District Court Judge
Shelton derides
University counsel for
questioning his
authority to rule on
dispute
by Bryn Mickle
Daily Staff Reporter
The University and the campus chap-
ter of the National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
faced off in Circuit Court to detenrnine
the University's role in this year's Hash
Bash festivities - scheduled to occur
on the Diag at "high noon" Saturday.
Hash Bash is an annual pro-legal-
ization rally that brings thousands of
marijuana activist to Ann Arbor.
U.S. District Court Judge Donald
Shelton delayed a ruling in the case.
University counsel Gregory Kurtner
argued that the Circuit Court has no
authority to rule on NORML's request
for an injunction allowing NORML to
assemble on University property be-
cause the caseis alsopending inFederal
Court.
"It is absolutely, abundantly clear
that this court has no jurisdiction," said
Kurtner.
Shelton dismissed the University's
argument, citing U.S. District Court
Judge Robert DeMascio's order that the

case be returned to the Circuit Court.
DeMascio had argued that since the
University didnot file for removal from
Circuit Court within 30 days of when
NORML filed the original motion; the
higher court was notrequired to hear the
case.
"I personally resent your inference,"
Shelton told Kurtner. "But, I'll let it roll
off so we can continue."
Robert Carbeck, the American Civil
Liberties Union attorney representing
NORML, maintained that the
University'smaindemands-a$10,000
permit fee and NORML's assurance
thatno Hash Bashparticipants will vio-
late the law - were unconstitutional.
After hearing both sides of the argu-
ment, Shelton declined to give a ruling
on NORML's request for an injunction
against the University. He told attor-
neys that he would decide the case by
tomorrow.
Despite the lack of a decision, both
parties felt confident of the outcome.
"Fortunately, Judge Shelton saw
through the University's ploys," said
Carbeck. "He agreed to hear the case
based on its merits."
University counsel Elsa Cole had
her own prediction for the outcome.
"I think it will be 32 degrees and
snowing," said Cole. "The weather will
dictate more than anything else what
happens."

by Michelle Fricke
Daily Staff Reporter
Seventy-five thousand hours of
preparation, 7,700 solar cells and the
power of the sun will fuel the new car
of the University Solar Car Team
across the country and through Aus-
tralia.
The team unveiled their vehicle
- Maize & Blue - yesterday to

severalhundred sponsors, facultymem-
bers and students at a Power Center
ceremony.
"This is the week for launching
Michigan teams on the road to a na-
tional championship," said University
President James Duderstadt.
The team hopes to bring home a
national title this June when they enter
Maize & Blue i Sunrayce '93 - a

1,000 mile intercollegiate race from
Dallas to Minneapolis. The car will
compete with 35 solar-powered cars
designed entirely by students.
The students will also race against
more than 80 corporate, private and
collegiate cars in the 1993 World Solar
Challenge - a 1,900 mile race across
Australia beginning Nov. 7.
"Our goal is to win a national cham-

pionship for the University in June
and aworld championship inNovem-
ber," saidFurqanNazeeri, team project
manager and Engineering senior, in a
prepared statement.
The University's first solar car -
Sunrunner- won the General Mo-
tors Sunrayce USA in 1990.
"Although similar to Sunrunnerin
See SOLAR CAR, Page 2

I

3rd Ward candidates address students
Candidates speak about student housing concerns, environment and crime

by Christine Young
Daily City Reporter
Either a first-year LSA student, a
toolmaker or a retired civil engineer
-will representEast
Quad and Greek
student residents C o u n C i
on the City Coun- h ,~
cil following the o
election thisMon- j
day. c
Liber tarian e
Samuel Copi, a
first-year student, 3rd
saidheisnotcon- Ward
cernedaboutcriti-
cism that he is too
young and inexperienced to represent
the 3rd Ward.
'The Democrats' and Republicans'
incompetence stand out more strongly
than my lack of experience," Copi said.

"As a student, I understand student
concerns more than other people," he
added.
"Students -are not treated as equal
members of the
community in
Ann Arbor. The<
city feels aneedto
monitor Univer-
sity students. But
University stu-
dents are capable
to monitor them-
While CopiC
concentrated on l'
bringing student
issues to the council, Republican Lee
Pace, a toolmaker, said he is concerned
with protecting the environment and
would like the council to place more
emphasis on cleaning up city dumps.

DemocratUhich Stoll, aretiredcivil
engineer, said his campaign is also fo-
cusedon environmental issues. He plans
to research more environmentally safe

fuels to decrease
air pollution in
Ann Arbor.
Stoll said he
would like to ex-

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Outgoing MSA President Ede Fox congratulates newly elected Craig
Greenberg at last night's MSA meeting.
Fresh round of faces
fill MSA's open seats

plore ways to pel-
letizefuel-apro-
cess that takes un-
reusable paper,
andblendsitwith Pace
coal. He said pel-
letized fuel has
been produced in six facilities in the
country, yielding 60 percent less sulfur
dioxide in the air when burned than
regular fuel.
Pace said he will use a different

strategy to clean up Ann Arbor's envi-
ronment.
He said he wants to get a federal
agency to conduct a study to evaluate
the extent of pol-
lution around the
various city dump Ny
sites. He added
that he does not
believe city stud-
ies have been ac-
curate.
Pace said he
currently supports
heRe- Stoll
cycling Facility
(MRF)because he
feels the facility will save taxpayer
money, but he is skeptical because the
MRF was purchased at a low bid.
"I will support the MRF if it does
See CITY, Page 2

by Jennifer Tianen
Daily MSA Reporter
The old guard has ended.

Fox wished luck to the new assem-
bly representatives. She also offered her
thanks to outgoing members for all their

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