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The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 4, 1994 - 3

0* Despite 'U' protests, 23rd Hash Bash Held

NORML pays 'U' fees;
collects from participants

Although Saturday's Hash Bash did not have an admis-
sion fee, many of the event's participants were asked to
help foot the $850 bill from the University.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
Laws (NORML) spokesperson and Hash Bash organizer
Adam Brook said the University demanded $850 in fees
before allowing them to use the electricity operating the
sound system on the steps of Harlan Hatcher Graduate
Library for one hour.
Last week, University officials expressed doubt whether
NORML was a registered student group - a requirement
for obtaining a permit to use the Diag.
After NORML proved that they are indeed a student
group, the group still had to pay for use of the Diag.
Clean-up and maintenance fees incurred at last year's
bash remained unpaid early last week, but ultimately the
event's supporters paid the bill shortly before the event.
To help pay for this cost, organizers passed around
buckets at the end of the speeches, and many fistfuls of
money were donated.
Yesterday, after the fumes had drifted away and the
people had gone home, the Diag still held many clues that
an estimated 5,000 people stood there a day earlier. Ciga-
rette butts, flyers, napkins and plastic packaging blew
around in the wind and trash cans overflowed with rem-
nants of Hash Bash.

"Some of it was here before Hash Bash, but it's pretty
pathetic that people can't clean up after themselves," said
Jeremy Bailenson, an LSA senior.
LSA junior Ellen Krouss said, "Actually, there was
(trash) yesterday, but I can't believe how much it was
cleaned since yesterday, except for the cigarette butts."
Many of the event's organizers and participants pitched
in and helped out during and after the event, putting trash
into receptacles and bags.
"We do have to respect these people because we are a
guest on their property - so do unto them as they do unto
you," Brook said.
Besides the fees for clean-up, Brook said the Univer-
sity also charged the group for two hours of electricity at
$75 per hour, which included charges for equipment
transport and services. Begrudging the charges, Brook
complained, "Two hours' pay for one hour's electricity
and the guy's time coming from the plant."
The day included the hour of speeches from nationally
renowned lobbyists, and many more hours of music and
speeches on hand-held megaphones.
When the power went off shortly after 1 p.m., the
speeches ended and the crowd disbanded. Smaller groups
centered around guitar players, petition-signers and groups
of friends smoking marijuana together.
Brook said the part of the disorder in the late stages of
Hash Bash was caused by the lack of a P.A. system, which
gave the organizers a means to keep things under control.

Trash on the Diag piles up due to the lack of garbage containers and carelessness by groups spending Saturday

afternoon at the 23rd annual Hash Bas
Continued from page 1
Political maverick Marvin
"Marvin" Surowitz took the podium
and made his pitch for elective office.
"Elect me to the U.S. Senate and I'll
legalize weed," he declared.
The activist-turned-candidate also
announced the formation of a new
political party, Partie America, based
in Mount Clemens, Mich. The party's
name stands for "People's Alliance to
Reform, Transform and Improve Ev-
Other speakers extolled the vir-
tues of hemp as a source of fuel and
The seven-leafed marijuana plant
adorned earrings, T-shirts and a flag
that flapped in the springtime wind
from a construction beam near the
*Randall Laboratory.
Temperatures flirted with the 70-
degree mark, the wind blew gently
and sunlight beamed on the Diag,
drawing near-record crowds. A light
snow fell on last year's Hash Bash.
"The weather helps. This is basi-
cally a kickoff to the activist season;
it's the first event of the year every
year and people can't come in the
Awinter," said Steve Hager, editor in
chief of High Times magazine. "When
I first came here in 1987 (turnout) had
gone up from 30 people to 2,000.
Now I'd say it's about 5,000 to 10,000,
and it's been going up every year."
The Department of Public Safety
(DPS) estimated the crowd at 5,000.
As attendance grows, so does the
Hash Bash's political leanings. The
first Hash Bashes featured smaller
groups of hippies toking and convers-
ing without speakers or petitions.

"It's been 15 years since I've been
at Hash Bash," said Harold Baker,
who journeyed to the event from
Jonesville in south-central Michigan.
"This is twice as big as I've ever seen
it ... it's quite a bit different from
(Hash Bashes of the 1970s)."
But Baker, who stood at the rear of
the Diag crowd, said he couldn't hear
the speakers. He didn't seem to mind.
Patrick Hanshin, an SNRE sopho-
more, heard the speeches but did not
take them to heart. He said he came to
Hash Bash because, "I don't smoke
pot. My main concern is how they're
going to get it legalized; it seems like
such a lost cause. I came out to be
entertained by their dream speeches."
Officers from DPS circled the Diag
and were heckled by speakers and
spectators. Police made nearly 30 ar-
rests in the first two hours of Hash
Bash, some to chants of "Bullshit,
"DPS has been arresting people
around the fringes," said NORML
spokesperson Brook. "We're the head-
quarters in the middle. They won't
walk through the middle - they don't
have the guts and they know better."
But DPS Lt. Wesley Showron said
police were not intimidated by the
hostile posture of the pot advocates.
"We try to arrest as many people
as are openly violating the law," he
said. "I think (officers) are making
arrests out there that they need to
About three-quarters of the arrests
were for marijuana possession, DPS
officials indicated.
NORML, the group sponsoring
the rally, registered as a student group
and paid its debts to the University
from last year's Hash Bash. While the
University allowed NORML to hold

the event on the Diag, the group was
restricted to one hour's use of a public
address system on the steps of the
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.
University Director of Public Af-
fairs Lisa Baker, standing near the
entrance of the Grad Library at the
"high noon" Hash Bash kickoff, said
the University had no intention of
provoking a confrontation with
NORML. "We don't want to prohibit
free speech as long as people are
gathered in an orderly way," she said.
But the event's organizers were
less than ready to share their peace
pipes with University officials, whom
Brook repeatedly called "fascists."
"University of Michigan students
should be proud of Hash Bash. It's
ridiculous that the University puts
these restrictions on us with the Diag
code and messes with our First
Amendment rights," said Joe Myers,
the founder and lone member of the
University chapter of NORML.
Before their hour had expired,
speakers took the microphone to at-
tack Clinton -- whose notorious "I
didn't inhale" quote drew fire from
those who did - and legislation to
stiffen the marijuana ban.
Measures to restrict marijuana
usage have been introduced by state
lawmakers. Senate Bill 243, proposed
by state Sen. Michael Bouchard (D-
Bloomfield Hills), would impose a
$500 fine for marijuana possession
and permit "reverse sting" operations
by police.
After booing Bouchard, Hash Bash
organizers vowed to hold another pro-
test on the steps of the state Capitol
this afternoon.
-Daily Staff Reporter
Ronnie Glassberg
contributed to this report

(Above) A Michigan State Police officer arrests Jim
Northrup at Saturday's Hash Bash. (Right) A man enjoys
the Hash Bash festivities on the Diag.


NASA to measure radar calibration from U.P.


RACO, Mich. (AP) - A ghost
town in the Hiawatha National Forest
seems an unlikely site for a space
shuttle experiment, but it will be one
*of 19 the shuttle Endeavour will use
to map the Earth by radar.
The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) has
placed 17 aluminum pyramids and
five radio transponders in the Upper
Peninsula to measure whether
Endeavour's radar - which NASA
describes as the most sophisticated
ever sent into space for environmen-
tal purposes - is properly calibrated.
"Energy that hits them (the pyra-
mids) will bounce straight back to the
spacecraft," said Craig Dobson, a re-
searcher at the radiation laboratory at

the University's Electrical Engineer-
ing and Computer Science Depart-
"We calculate the amount of en-
ergy that should reflect to the space-
craft. This gives us a way to verify
that the shuttle-imaging radar is prop-
erly calibrated," Dobson added.
The importance of calibration is
that it allows scientists to accurately
compare Earth maps made by differ-
ent imaging systems.
NASA chose the Upper Peninsula
because it is directly below the shuttle
during dawn and early-afternoon
passovers, Dobson said.
The pyramids stretch over 30 miles
of the Upper Peninsula, with Raco in
the middle. The pyramids stand up-

side down on their points. Some are 8
feet tall and weigh 100 pounds.
Trout Lake resident Maureen
Schweisinger can see two from the
window of her house.
"They don't bother me any," she
said. "I just think it's great, participat-
ing in an experiment in space."
The Endeavour will use the radar
to scan the Amazon River, the Andes,
the Alps, Patagonia, the Galapagos
Islands, the Sahara desert, Death Val-
ley and other sites.
Endeavour is scheduled to be
launched Thursday on the nine-day
mission, part of NASA's Mission to
Planet Earth. During the experiment,
Dobson and a 20-member team will
monitor the experiment.

Group Meetings
U Archery Club, Coliseum, 7-8:30
U Comedy Company Writers'
Meeting, University Activities
Center, Michigan Union, 7 p.m.
U Niniutsu Club. IM Building,

U "After the Cold War: Dilem-
mas, Opportunities, and Ca-
reers in International Af-
fairs," sponsored by the Center
for Afroamerican and African
Studies, Michigan League,

call 76-GUIDE, 7 p.m.-8 a.m.
U Campus Information Center,
Michigan Union, 763-INFO;
events info., 76-EVENT; film
info., 763-FILM.
U Free Tax Assistance, 3909
Michigan Union, noon-8 p.m.





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