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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 20, 1997

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BOLLINGER
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seem to be implying that activism on this
campus is dead," said Michigan Student
Assembly Rep. Ryan Friedrichs. "His
comments reflect poorly and unfairly on
the University."
Friedrichs sponsored a resolution
that passed at Tuesday's MSA meeting,
which set the. goal of informing
Bollinger about politically active stu-
dents on campus.
Bollinger said he told the Times "we
live in an era of low idealism compared
to earlier eras," and the comment was
not targeted to college students.
"I happen to think this generation of
students is outstanding," Bollinger said.
"Obviously there are many idealistic
students."
In an interview with The Michigan
Daily yesterday, former President

Gerald Ford, a University alumnus.
agreed that the nation's overall political
and economic status determines politi-
cal activism on college campuses.
"To be honest, when I was in school
from 1931-35, the country was in the
depths of an economic depression. We
were all struggling to get whatever jobs
or income we could," Ford said. "We
didn't have time to spend our times in
protests and rallies and things of that
sort. You either survived or you didn't.
Economic survival for every individual
was the bottom line,"
Bollinger's quotes in the Times
received reactions from various partisan
political groups at the University as well.
"We really feel that Mr. Bollinger, as
president of the University, should re-
evaluate his statements," said Jae Jae
Spoon, chair of the campus College
Democrats, a group that signed the let-
ter Farleigh organized. "It's not the

'60s, but people are doing things."
The campus College Republicans
also shared the same sentiments about
the president's quotes.
"I see people on both sides of the
political spectrum working to make the
U.S. a better place," said Nick Kirk,
president of the campus College
Republicans. "I don't think President
Bollinger understands the level of
social activism on campus."
The letter written by student groups
stated that the large number of active
student organizations is proof that polit-
ical activism on campus is not dead.
"The University of Michigan has
over 600 student groups on campus,"
the groups wrote in the letter. "A large
percentage of these groups are commit-
ted to serving the community and work-
ing for greater social justice."
Friedrichs said the University has a
reputation for political activism.
"One of the reasons I came here is that
it is a very active school," Friedrichs said.
Bollinger said he is aware of the stu-
dent groups on campus.
"I want to be supportive of the groups
that want to raise debate," Bollinger said.
R.W Apple Jr., who wrote the Times
article, could not be reached for com-
ment.
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LSA first-year student Pyper King votes for MSA candidates through the new voting website yesterday in Angell fIll.

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Not only were some of the presiden-
tial and vice presidential candidate
teams out in full force, but students run-
ning for representative positions joined
in the campaign rush.
To some, the experience of cam-
paigning was a first.
Sanjeev Krishnan, an LSA first-year
student running for an LSA Student
Government representative position with
the Michigan Party, said running for a stu-
dent government seat has been enriching.
"I really didn't know what to expect,"
Krishnan said. "I'm glad I did it."
Krishnan said running with a party
made organizing his campaign plans
easier than if he ran as an independent
candidate.
"(Campaigning) would be really hard
to do as an independent," he said. "I
really respect independent candidates."
William Nicholson, an independent
candidate, said he is having fun with the
election.
"It's just me." said Nicholson, an

LSA sophomore whose campaign signs
are among the many plastered all across
campus. "It's just me trying to get my
name out."
Nicholson said he is also campaign-
ing with a "grass roots" approach by
individually talking to students. He said
encouraging students to vote will be his
main task.
"That's first and foremost,"
Nicholson said. "I think the more peo-
ple we have turn out, the more (the elec-
tion is a) reflection of the student body
as a whole."
Although the presence of candidates
was hard to miss near the main campus
polling sites, some students said they
were not well-informed about each
ticket's platform.
"I've recognized a lot of the names,
but I don't really know what each (of
their) positions are," said LSA junior
Erica Seay.
Seay said the many colorful posters
that adorn the walls of campus buildings
are excessive and that she would much
rather be approached by candidates to
speak with them about their ideas.
"I think all those posters are obnox-

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ious and a waste of paper," Seay said.
LSA sophomore Evan Davis said he
doesn't mind the numerous posters, as
they are normal during the election sea-
son.
"It's what you do to win," Davis said. 4
"They're just trying to get their faces
known."
Davis said 'some students base their
vote on name or face recognition, instead
of on candidates' ideas or platforms.
While some students voted with the
traditional paper ballot, MSA Election
Director Angie Blake said that 1,500,
online ballots were cast as of 4 p.m.
yesterday.
"At that pace we should have a nice
turnout," Blake said, adding that if the
candidates continue to "feverishly"
campaign, more students will probably
come out to vote.
Despite the surge of online votes,
LSA students who tried to vote at some
of the paper polling sites between 2 and
3 p.m. could not because of a problem
with the LSA ballots.
"There was a mistake, but we cor-
rected it right away," Blake said. "After
the election, we will let everyone know
exactly what happened."
Blake said the mistake won't affect
the numbers of the overall voter
turnout.
Sarah Cole, a former MSA represen-
tative who tried to cast her vote at the
Michigan Union's ballot site while the
problem was being corrected, said the
voting down-time might discourage
voters from trying again.
"I fully think that that's going to deter
people from voting," said Cole, an LSA
sophomore.

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