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November 1, 1996

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MSA gains
more parties,

By Will Weissert
Iaily Staff Reporter
Recent polls have reported that most
students have little or no interest in the
Michigan Student Assembly - but
upcoming elections may change some
minds on campus.
There are 24 vacant assembly seats in
13 separate schools, hut the race is
crowded with 101 students filing to run
in MSA's late-November elections.
This year's slate - eight parties and
28 independent candidates - looms
especially large compared to the five
major parties and two independent can-
didates that ran in last spnng's elections.
In typical MSA tradition, the parties
plan to work toward a broad spectrum
of goals ranging from increasing diver-
sity on campus and halting student fee

"Oer the past eight elections we're
shown we have \ery good student sup-
port.' said Michigan Party ("hair and
LSA Rep. Dan Serota. "We have had
continued support from the otfices of
the president and a ice president, down
to indiv idual reps.
The Liberty Party has the second
largest slate with I1 candidates, none of
which are current assembly members.
"We are going to have a stronger show-
ing this termsaid Liberty Party Co-chair
Martin Howrywak. "We're the only party
out there who is strongly opposed to the
student fee increase, and I know a lot of
people out there agree with us."
The Students' Party is again the
assembly's third-largest party. with a slate
of nine candidates.
Eight candidates are on the ballot for
the United People's
Coalition Party,

Mary Street front porch in anticipation of two traditions - Halloween and the Michigan-Michigan State football game.

increases, to imple-
menting a West-
Coast offense on
Lloyd Carr's football
team and abolishing
the influence of chil-
dren's hero Barney,
the purple dinosaur,
on campus.
Four of last term's
five parties - the
Michigan, Students',
Liberty, and the
United People's
Coalition parties -
are running candi-
dates again in this
term's election. One
of last term's largest
parties. the
Wolverine Party.
failed to find five

Eight Part
This year eight pa
MSA elections, co
last spring's five p
101 total candida
filed as independe
The parties officia
MSA are:
5 The Michigan P
* The Students' P
* The Liberty Par
M TheUnited Peo
The Victors Par
4 The Nihilist Par
M The Slumber Pa
* The Crush the P
Dinosaur Party

les wvhich is committed
rties filed for to increasing diversi-
)mpared to ty on the assembly.
arties. Out of "The main pur-
tes, 28 are pose of the UPC is to
nt candidates, represent all the stu-
flly filed with dents on campus -
especially the stu-
dents of color," said
arty Kenneth Jones, party
arty chair and the current
ty chair of MSA's
ple's Coalition Minority Affairs
ty Commission. "(The
ty assembly) is not rep-
rty resentative of stu-
Purple dents on campus -
we hope to increase
the assembly's diver-
sity and make sure it
represents all students on campus.,
The Victors Party. a new party, is
fielding eight candidates. Some current
assembly members have branded the
party as right-wing and very conserva-
tive, but party spokesperson Nicholas
Kirk said that label was unfair.
"We are not some little marginal con-
servative group," said Kirk, who is also
president of the College Republicans.
"We are students who feel we can pro-
vide better leadership than current
MSA leaders."
Kirk said the Victors Party wants to
clean up MSA and that its candidates
want "action instead of press releases."
Another new party that hopes to
challenge on the stop-fee-increases
platform is the Nihilist Party, which is
See MSA, Page 9

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candidates from three different schools
and is not fielding a slate.
The exact date for the elections has
not yet been set.
MSA Vice President Probir Mehta
said the large number of parties shows
the assembly is again attracting stu-
dents' attention.
"I think it absolutely shows that stu-
dents are taking a greater interest in
what MSA does," Mehta said. "I think
it really reflects the work we have done
this year and shows that students want
to get involved - we aren't scaring
people away anymore."
About 12 percent of students voted in
MSA's spring elections.
The Michigan Party is running the
largest slate with 14 candidates, includ-
ing four MSA incumbents.

Students' trick-or-treat

trip nets canned goods
I Jeffrey Kosseff said second-year Medical student Karen"
Daily Staff Reporter the can drive coordinator.


University students braved the frigid weather
and sacrificed Halloween parties to go trick-or-
tieating - and they did not get any candy.
Instead, two groups of University students
went door-to-door last night to collect canned
goods for non-profit organizations. Project
Serve's Health/AIDS committee collected
canned goods and household items for the
j IV/AIDS Resource Center in Ypsilanti.
The University chapter of the American
Medical Association and
Inteflex sponsored the
annual "Trick-or-Treat Since
for Cans" food drive.
The group of about 50 goingto b
Medical School and
Inteflex students donned caretaken
white doctors' coats and
canvassed residential future, we
.0pAorfor food for start rali/
enHoClinic, a non-
profit organization that
provides food and med- ofpeople
ical services to those in Penn
need. Im
"We do a lot of com- Ift
munity work," said

In addition to medical care, the Hope Clinic
provides babysitting, counseling, family-learning
programs and services to prisoners.
The group collected more than 1,000 cans yes-
terday. The group collected more than 2,000 cans
last year and were hoping to do better this year.
Young said she was disappointed.
Project Serve's Health/AIDS committee also
collected canned goods, to benefit the HIV/AIDS

Carville joins
Rivers' youth
vote drive
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Lynn Rivers is bringing in the next of the big guns. She's
bringing James Carville.
A close race between the incumbent U.S. representative
and Republican Joe Fitzsimmons along with Democratic
efforts to inspire the student vote prompted Carville's last-
minute stop on campus today. Carville, who managed Bill
Clinton's successful '92 campaign, is scheduled to join
Rivers for a question and answer session at 10 a.m. in the
Michigan Union.
"We especially wanted to make sure that we came to the
University of Michigan because this is a race that will be
decided by student turnout," said Susan Blatt, College
Democrats of America executive director. The University is
the only college campus Carville chose to visit on the cam-
paign trail, Blatt said.
The Rivers campaign has attracted a host of high-profile
politicians to the Ann Arbor area throughout Campaign '96.
Carville takes his place alongside President Clinton,
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, longtime feminist
Gloria Steinem and former Texas Gov. Ann Richards.
Carville's last visit to the University was for a mock debate
with Republican Chuck Yobb during winter term.

Resource Center in
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ny Vongsvivut
eflex president

"HARC is the biggest
resource center for HIV and
AIDS patients in Ann
Arbor," said Jose
Bartolomei, chair of Project
Serve's Health/AIDS
Committee. "They provide
food and nutritional supple-
ments to AIDS patients."
HARC also provides
AIDSHIV education pro-
grams and community out-
reach services to residents in
the four-county area.
The volunteers were
dressed in a variety of cos-
tumes - ranging from sor-



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