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5A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 15, 1997

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years, a number of changes were made
in this year's show to reflect each of the
51 contestants' individual personalities.
For the first time ever, contestants
bought their swimsuits off the rack and
were given the choice of wearing a one-
piece or a bikini.
Out of the 10 semi-finalists - who
were chosen based on their perfor-
mances during preliminary rounds held
earlier in the week - five (including
Shindle) sported bikinis during the
swimsuit competition.
While Stec wasn't seen on stage as
one of the 10 finalists, she was spotted
throughout the night in video clips
shown from the past week's events and
in group dance routines.
This year's theme, "Everything Old
Is New Again," featured a lively, all-
contestant show number, where Stec
wore a blue '60s-style bathing suit and
-danced to surf music.
Throughout the evening, portions of
the contestants' week in DisneyWorld
were shown, which featured Stec's radi-
ant smile and thoughtful comments on
women in today's society. The clips
exposed a more candid side of the con-
testants, including Miss Hawaii Erika
Kauffman saying her state's legalization
of gay marriages made her "very sad."
Semi-finalist talent highlights included
Miss Florida Christy Neuman's rhythmic
dance routine, Miss North Carolina
Michelle Warren's stirring vocal perfor-
mance of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not
Going;' and an elegant piano solo by
Miss North Dakota Roxana Saberi.
From their scores in the talent, swim-

Officials asked to
investigate Hoffa

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -
Supporters of Teamsters President Ron
Carey are asking federal officials to
investigate the election fund-raising of
opponent James Hoffa.
The request was sparked by a feder-
al ruling overturning the Teamsters
1996 election results. Last month,
court-appointed election overseer
Barbara Zack Quindel voided the elec-
tion, citing "a complex network of
schemes" to funnel $221,000 in pro-
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will not make the transition to life in a
residence hall more difficult for some
"This is not a frequent occurrence and
I'm just disturbed it happened at the
beginning of the year when we're all get-
ting acclimated to each other," he said.
Archie Andrews, University associ-
ate director of community relations and
information services, said students
should notify Department of Public
Safety officials if they notice any simi-

hibited union and employer funds to
his campaign.
Up until last week, Quindel main-
tained Carey didn't know about the
funding abuses. But last week Quindel
said she planned to evaluate new infor-
mation and could bar Carey from a
planned rerun of the election.
That decision has riled Carey sup-
porters, who insist Hoffa is also guilty
of fund-raising abuses, The Oakland
Press reported yesterday.
lar vandalism. He urged residents to
leave any evidence untouched, so DPS
representatives can photograph the
marks and file a report.
Many of the meeting's participants
said DPS has not identified a suspect.
According to the Housing department's
letter, those responsible for the discrim-
inatory acts "will be prosecuted to the
fullest extent of the law."
DPS spokesperson Elizabeth Hall
said she was not yet notified of the
occurrences. Director of Housing Alan
Levy could not be reached for com-

Engineering senior Kimberly Stec waves to the crowd Friday night at a parade preceeding Saturday's Miss America Pageant
in Atlantic City. She's dressed in a Red Wings jersey and ice skates to represent Michigan.

suit and evening gown competitions,
the 10 semi-finalists were narrowed
down to five, who then changed into
comfortable clothing and sat on couch-
es while fielding questions from jour-
nalist Nancy Glass.
Shindle answered the questions con-
fidently, and moments later was given a
crown that entitles her to a $40,000
scholarship at the school of her choice.
"It's interesting that just a short while
ago, I was just another college student;"

Shindle said.
A theater and sociology major,
Shindle worked as a janitor at a dance
studio in exchange for free dance
lessons. Shindle said she loves college
football and would sing at the Rose
Bowl, if given the opportunity.
Friday evening, the 51 contestants
decked themselves out for the annu-
al Miss America parade, which took
place on the boardwalk in Atlantic

While most of the contestants wore
decadent costumes, Stec sported a sim-
ple Detroit Red Wings jersey. As the
crowd shouted "show us your shoes"
- a tradition started years ago when a
former Miss Texas wore cowboy boots
with her gown to incorporate her state's
identity into her costume - Stec
flashed a pair of hockey skates.
"That's what's so great about her,"
Alyssa Stec said. "She's so down to

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