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ily Staff Reporter
In one of the closest Michigan Student Assembly
lections in recent years, Students' Party presidential
d vice presidential candidates Trent Thompson and
ah Chopp triumphed over independents Ryan
riedrichs and Al Garcia with a mere 85 votes separating
he two slates.
With a record 20 percent of University students partici-
ating in the-elections, Thompson, an LSA junior, and
hopp, an LSA first-year student, received 1,710 votes to the
1,625 votes cast for LSA junior Friedrichs and LSA sopho-
ore Garcia. Thompson said his victory validated all the,
ffort he put into his campaign.
"It's something I've been working really hard for,"
ompson said. "There's a lot to be done in the next
ar. I was happy and unhappy at the same time because
Friedrichs, who refused the financial backing of the
tudents' Party and Michigan Party, said he did not
egret running as an independent, even if it cost him the
"Everyone told me I couldn't win without accepting
he Students' Party offer or forming a party of my own,"
The University Board of Regents
pproved a $7.9 million multimedia
roject proposed by the Athletic
epartment on Friday.
Two video scoreboards - comprised
f a video screen and adjoining score-
oard - will be installed in Michigan
tadium for use this coming football
eason. Crisler Arena will receive a
r-sided videoboard and a media pro-
uction facility with Internet capabili-
Athletic Director Tom Goss said the
ideoboards and production facility
ill allow the University to broadcast
porting events throughout the world
ia the Internet and television in some
"It gives us an opportunity to move
chigan into the future," Goss said. "I
eve it will also give all of our sports
he opportunity to be exposed around
Goss said athletic department offi-
ials plan to have the project completed
The video scoreboards will allow
pectators to view instant football
eplays, clips of Michigan athletic
istory and additional game infor-
ation that cannot be displayed on
I think when you look at the way
ur society is, we get bored very Brian Ellerbe hol
uickly," said Tom Cecchini, athlet- on Friday by Mic
c department director of marketing
nd communications. "This is an
pportunity to keep interest
hroughout the entire gfte gan and
hance every (aspect) of thme gane
Regent Dan Horning (R-Grand
en) said the new equipment will
nhance the athletic experience for p o t
"1 think it will be an added value
0 our fans and to our alums and
ther interested parties," Horning
Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
loomfield Hills) said most people By Eliana Rack
ill welcome the technological Daily Staff Reporter
dvances. Heavy sleet did n
"There may be some purists that ering in the Pendle
't like this change in the experience, Union Friday to ta
ut I think, for most of us, to see Environment and a
eplays will be spectacular," Deitch tally conscious.
aid. As part of th
University President Lee Semester, the ever
ollinger said that replacing the old ing students to re
coreboards does not threaten the players in the pres
ostalgia associated with Michigan the world's natura
thletics and Michigan Stadium. 30 environmental
"What classifies as tradition and ed.
ply the way it has always been ... is The rally offere
atter of judgment," Bollinger said. how they can influ
I personally don't see a decade-old mental action.
lectronic scoreboard as an important "We're encoural
iece of the tradition of Michigan foot- environmental plec
all." ment to considerin
The scoreboard replacement fits in impacts in our dai
Chopp narrowly win MSA election
Friedrichs said. "In the end, it comes down to finding an
idea you truly believe in, holding on to it when things
get tough, and losing with it if you have to. Even if I
could go back, I wouldn't change a thing."
Thompson and Chopp owe their victory in part to the sup-
port of the Greek community, said Interfraternity Council
President Bradley Holoman.
"We supported Trent and that made a big difference,"
Holcman said. "We got the word out. The brothers knew that
Trent was a Greek. It's nice to have a president in MSA who
is a Greek and who will help to get the Greek community
The first order of business for the newly elected leaders of
the governing student body will be to create a sense of com-
munity in the assembly, Thompson said. An MSA retreat is in
the planning stages to ensure that the assembly shares com-
mon ideas and goals.
"I want to find out what other people's aspirations and
plans are," Thompson said. "I've already spoken to and e-
mailed people who've been elected."
New Frontier Party candidates Elizabeth Keslacy and
Michael Enright came in third place in the presidential race
with 318 votes, followed by independents Ferris Hussein and
Nick Pavlis with 239 votes.
MSA Winter 1998 elections
President and Vice-PresIdent:
Sara Chopp (Student's Party)
Albert Garcia (Independents)
Michael Enright (New Frontier Party)
Nick Pavis (Independents)
Hussein said his independent candidacy for MSA may
have cost Friedrichs the presidency.
"We definitely took some of their votes," Hussein said. "I
think if there wasn't another independent slate, Friedrichs
would have won. We should get a (gift) basket from the
In addition to the presidential elections, students were
asked to approve an MSA fee increase of $4 to $5, to be used
to gather signatures for a statewide ballot asking Michigan
voters to support installing a student on the University Board
Students voted "yes" to the first question, thereby approving
a $4-fee increase, and no to the last two questions, rejecting a
See MSA, Page 2A
LSA junior Trent Thompson and LSA first-year student Sarah
Chopp will be the new MSA president and vice president.
By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
When Brian Ellerbe looks back on
his Michigan coaching career- when-
ever it ends - and reminisces about his
days in Ann Arbor, two remarkably
similar Fridays should stand out:
October 24, 1997 and March 20, 1998,
On the former date, Athletic
Director Tom Goss named Ellerbe the
interim coach of the Michigan men's
basketball team. On the latter date,
last Friday, Goss promoted the 34-
year-old Ellerbe to full-time status and
named him Michigan's 14th coach.
"We are very thankful for the
opportunity," said Ellerbe, whose con-
tract terms were not revealed, but
should be in the range of four or five
years. "As we talked about early in the
year back in October, the best way to
get a job is to do your own."
It rained on that October day, it
snowed last Friday. In October, Goss
didn't make his coaching decision until
late afternoon; on Friday, he didn't
make up his mind until 2 p.m. In
October, Ellerbe didn't know of the
good news until he heard it on his car
radio; on Friday, he didn't know his fate
until Goss pulled him out of his office
in mid-afternoon. On both days, press
conferences called by Goss kept the
identity of the coach under wraps until
the last possible moment.
Both times, it was Ellerbe. Two
days with so many similarities, but
with one giant difference. On that
Friday in October, he was given the
job only temporarily; last Friday, he
was told he's the man.
"In October, Tom gave me an
opportunity and he said at that point,
'You have a chance,"' Ellerbe said.
"That's all we need and that's all you
want in life is a chance"
The announcement came just days
after Goss gave other candidates a
chance following Michigan's second-
round NCAA Tournament loss to
UCLA last Sunday. Early in the week,
he received permission to talk to-
Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson and
Seton Hall coach Tommy Amaker.
Goss said he narrowed his list of
candidates to five, including Ellerbe.
He also said he interviewed three can-
See COACH, Page 7A
ilds his daughter, Morgan Ashleigh, after being named head coach of the Michigan men's basketball team
chigan Athletic Director Tom Goss.
not deter students from gath-
ton Room of the Michigan
ke part in the Rally for the
a pledge to be environmen-
e Environmental Theme
nt was a way of encourag-
ecognize their role as key
ervation and protection of
1 ecology. More than than
d students suggestions on
ence the future of environ-
ging students to make the
dge as a personal commit-
g environmental issues and
ily lives," said LSA senior
By Sarah Welsh
Daily Staff Reporter
Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Holocaust survivor and subject
of an Academy Award-winning documentary, spoke last
night at Hillel to usher in the 19th annual Conference on the
"When my generation is gone, there will be no more wit-
nesses to this darkest chapter of history," said Klein, urging
more than 200 listeners to "erase hatred" and practice love
Following a showing of "One Survivor Remembers,"
the documentary based on Klein's story, an emotional
Klein was introduced by her granddaughter, LSA senior
"No doubt you know how very slim the chances were that
I'd be a grandmother," said Klein, comparing the joys of
being a grandmother with the thrill of accepting her
"I have learned ... that the meaning of life cannot be found
in the momentary heights to which many people aspire:'
Klein said. "The view from up there is beautiful, but cold and
"The embraces of my grandchildren are very warm," she
Eco-puppets made of recycled garbage entertain students Friday during the Rally for the
Environment as part of the Environmental Theme Semester.
learned new ways of influencing people in the
fight for the preservation of the environment.
"It's good to see people at the grass-roots
Council and University alumna Lana Pollack
emphasized the seriousness of the current state
of the environment.