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Ioans file
complaints
of police
brutality
By Stephanie Hepburn
and Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporters
Fans and alumni said they were
shocked and upset by the behavior of
campus and state police officers at
iurday's football game against Ohio
Witnesses of the post-celebration
have alleged officers aimed pepper
spray into the eyes of fans and tackled
students who stormed the field.
In response to student concerns, the
Michigan Student Assembly sent an e-
mail yesterday encouraging students
who had been assaulted by police or
adversely affected by pepper spray to
file official complaints with the
4tpartment of Public Safety or the
'Mn Arbor Police Department.
Ann Arbor resident Bob Peer said he
has been attending football games since
1945 and has never seen anything like
the police brutality he saw Saturday.
"All of a sudden a student popped
out, and a couple of cops tackled him,"
Peer said. "The kid was sliding on the
mud with these two cops on top of him,
and then one cop drove his knee into
middle of his back.
"He was eagle spread on the ground
and wasn't putting up any resistance.
Then one cop, with his right hand,
punched the kid in the ribs or the stom-
ach area. Then, they handcuffed him
and walked him off."
University President Lee Bollinger
said all allegations should be examined.
"I felt that the general celebration
was appropriate," Bollinger said.
bviously, I am concerned about
orts of mistreatment, and they have
to be looked into."
DPS spokesperson Elizabeth Hall
said DPS will evaluate the entire game
and aftermath by videotape and assess
the claims of brutality.
"We videotaped on the field during
the after-game (period)," Hall said.
"The videotapes will create a clearer
understanding of what happened and
, o got hit."
all said 21 University students and
114 non-University affiliated fans were
ejected from Michigan Stadium, and
157 citations for various minor infrac-
tions, including alcohol possession and
public urination, were issued by police
See POLICE, Page 7

MSA fall
turnout hits
record high

Rackham student Patrick Patterson arranges his Rose Bowl accomodations with travel agent Amy Raymond at the
Boersma Travel Agency in the Michigan Union.

By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
Voter turnout for Michigan Student
Assembly fall elections, reached a
record high last week.
Candidates say the option of online
voting, which provided about 4,200 of the
4,700 votes cast, had a great impact on
the 12 percent turnout that kept the
Students' Party in control of the assembly.
"It's incredible," said MSA Election
Director Yejide Peters.
Voter turnout for last winter's MSA
elections was 15 percent. Winter elections
usually attract more students to the polls
because of the MSA presidential race.
The Students' Party virtually swept
the representative elections, taking six
of the eight available LSA seats. The
Michigan Party, which once dominated
the student government, only secured
one LSA seat. All of the assembly
members running for re-election
retained their seats.
Charles Woodson not only led the
University's football team to victory
this weekend, but also almost managed
to win a seat on the assembly. Woodson
received 76 votes from the student
body as a write-in candidate.
"This is the only time in my life that
I ever plan to beat Charles Woodson at
anything'" said Bram Elias, who ran
with the Students' Party and garnered
2,898 LSA votes.
LSA senior Dan Serota, who headed
The Michigan Party, said that despite
being re-elected, he was disappointed
that his party captured few seats.
"I plan to work with the new assem-
bly in the remaining time I'm here;'
Serota said. "We didn't get our message
effectively out to the student body.
We'll work on that for next semester."
MSA Vice President Olga Savic said
it took a lot of time and effort from the
candidates to pull off the results.
"Not even money can buy you an
election," Savic said. "What it really
takes is hard work and dedication and
the drive to be there."
Savic said she is happy the assembly
will be full of fresh new faces.
"The new class will carry on the ban-
ner we tried to hoist on the assembly

LSA:
Sarah Chopp (SP)
Bill Briggs (SP)
Barry Rosenberg (Ind)
-Bram Elias (SP)'.
Dan Serota (MP)
Andrew Coulouris (SP)
Brian Reich (SP)
Joe Bernstein (SP)
Engineering:
Jenna Fry (SP)
David Burden (SP),
Mark Dub (MP)
Rackhamn:
Jessica Foster (SP)
Joshua Trapani (Ind).
Michael Pniewski (Ind)
Education:
Felicia Cruz (DAA).
Music:
Shaila Guthikonda (SP)
Public Health:
Jeffrey H olzhausen (MP)
Kinesiology:
Bradley Holcman (MP)

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3,780
2,961
2,898
2,770
2,621
2,420.
2,204
516
468
459
238
169
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MSA election results

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guarantees tickets

By Peter Romer-Friedman
and Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporters
Leave those lawn chairs, blankets
and playing cards at home. There's no
need to camp out in front of Yost in
search of the Rose Bowl tickets that are
scheduled to go on sale Dec. 2.
The University announced yesterday
that it will guarantke one Rose Bowl
ticket to all interested University stu-
dents at a price of $80.
But travel agents warn it may cost an
arm and a leg to reach Pasadena, with
airfare ranging from $600-$800 from
Detroit to Pasadena and complete
packages selling for a whopping
$1,579 at nearby travel agencies.
Tickets will be available for pur-

chase at Yost Ice Arena next Tuesday
and Wednesday from 12-7 p.m.
Students with picture identification
will be eligible to purchase one ticket
at any time during the specified hours.
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Keith Molin, who made the original
decision to split a number of season
ticket packages, said it was unfortunate
that 3,200 students missed half of the
Wolverines' regular-season home
games. Molin said that offering all stu-
dents a chance to see the Rose Bowl
might offer some consolation.
"I told the ticket manager that all
registered students who wanted to buy
Rose Bowl tickets should be able to,"
Molin said. "I don't think you could do
See TICKETS, Page 2

Rose Bowl Tickets
The University will guarantee all
interested University students one
ticket to the Rose Bowl in
Pasadena.
Students can reserve tickets for
$80 at Yost Ice Arena, Dec. 2-3
from 12-7 p.m.
Pay for tickets with cash, money
order, or check. No credit cards
will be accepted.
Bring a picture ID and for a
spouse ticket, bring a marriage
certificate.
Pick up tickets in Pasadena with
a picture ID and another form of
identification. Student ticket reser-
vations are first-come, first-served
in Pasadena.

Key:
Ind = Independent
SP = Students' Party
MP = Michigan Party
DAA = Defend Affirmative Action
Party
the past seven months," Savic said.
Rich Kovacik, who heads the
Students' Party, said he was ecstatic
with the election results. He said the
candidates he picked to run with the
party were highly qualified.
"This is better then we could have ever
hoped for," said Kovacik, an LSA senior.
"I was always confident in the candidates
I selected. I thought the opposition would
have put up more of a fight."
Peters said the voter turnout was
higher then in the past fall elections
since she joined MSA.
See RESULTS, Page 7

Half-ma
puzzles
ByNeal Lepsetz
D7iy Staff Reporter
Once part of it traversed the ocean
s For the past century though, it has
stood aloof on campus while waves of
students passed underneath.
Surrounded by an old ship's mast, the
flagpole in the Diag supports the 750-
square-foot stars-and-stripes from
dawn to dusk. Besides standing as the
central landmark on campus, the flag-
pole also holds a place as a center of
perplexity for many students.
"I've noticed a lot that it's often at
l mast," said LSA sophomore Ari
Lamstein, adding that the flag's fre-
quent half-mast habits are a bit baffling.
"Maybe it's the mourning of good
weather."
For some students, the lowered posi-
tion has become a standard.
"I asked someone in class why it was
at half-mast and they said, 'I don't
know. It's always at half-mast, said
LSA junior Seder Burns.
*emming from naval tradition, flags
nationwide are lowered to honor the
death of dignitaries. On the property of
state institutions such as the University,
the call to raise or lower the flag comes
from the governor's office. The deci-
sion to lower the flag to half-mast is
based either on a presidential proclama-
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st flag
students

"I think it's a very
important sign of
respect."
- Captain Robert Johnson
Commander of the University
ROTC program
vice president or chief justice, and until
internment for a state congressmember.
"I think it's a very important sign of
respect," said Capt. Robert Johnson,
commander of the University's Naval
ROTC Program. "It's just a showing of
profound respect from the nation to
whoever passed on."
Some students agreed lowering the
flag showed the nation's respect for its
leaders.
"It's very patriotic, LSA sophomore
Mike Montoya said. "It symbolizes this
great nation that our founding fathers
shed blood for."
But other students said the flag-low-
ering policy is flawed.
Burns said that the flag should be
lowered to mourn tragedies like the
recent masacres in Egypt, rather than to
honor state officials.
"The reason I figured it was
always at half-mast is because we're
mnre in tin ewith the ret of the

'ay not
get budget
it requested
-. By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the University requested a
4-percent across-the-board budget
increase from the state last week, some
say the hike may be significantly lower.
"Higher education has been treated
better than any other area in funding,"
said Maureen McNulty, a spokesperson
for Gov. John Engler's Department of
Management and Budget. "We have
limited revenues and unlimited
demands."
In addition to the 4-percent
increase, the University also requested
an extra $1.5 million for
Undergraduate Learning
YAN McCLELLAN/Daily Communities and $3 million for a
tos and other Life Sciences Initiative, which would
encourage undergraduate involvement
in science and research. The total
increase that the University asked of
the state is $17.1 million.
"The budget deliberations discuss
what is necessary to maintain the cirrent
its inception 15 academic endeavors," said Associate
Vice President for Government
e hot meal pro- Relations Cynthia Wilbanks.
The state's Department of
Avis Mathey, a Management and Budget will review
d he attends the the requests and decide on an increase
it neonle lust by Feb. 12. McNulty said.

LSA junior Bill Hakeos serves food to a homeless man at the First Congressional Church on State Street. Hake
students are members of an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship bible study group.
*A ho-meless fed for holid

By Peter Meyers
Daily Staff Reporter
As Thanksgiving approaches with its time-honored tradi-
tion of ravenous feasting, some Ann Arborites still only eat
from the charity of others. Despite years of prosperity, the
population in Ann Arbor that cannot afford to eat has contin-
ue t ornw

fasts a day, about double what it provided at
years ago..
Some people are completely reliant on th
grams.
"It's pretty damn good, you know," said
World War II veteran who is homeless and sai
breakfast nrnornm dailv "If thev didn't have

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