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Today: Partly cloudy. High 54. Low 33.
Tomorrow: Showers. High 65.

One hundred eight yeasof editoria/freedom

Monday
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Nearly 5,000 gather for 27th Hash Bash

Smokers, preachers attracted

By Amy Barber
DAly Staff Reporter
tarrying fliers, bongs full of mari-
juana and signs reading "HEMP: Help
Educate More People," "Relegalize
Marijuana" and "Save The Trees -
Plant Hemp," participants in the 27th
Hash Bash smoked pot freely and
protested hemp's illegal status
Saturday on the Diag.
The annual festival brought about
5,000 people to the center of campus
"high noon."
A number of speakers inspired the

crowd, including Tommy Chong of the
infamous weed-smoking, movie-mak-
ing duo Cheech and Chong.
"I'm so stoned I
don't know what
to say," Chong _
said.
But he had
plenty to say.
"If the important
people were
stoned, there'd be less violence in the
world," Chong said.
Chong denied the potentially nega-

tive consequences of smoking mari-
juana, saying he has been smoking
nearly all of his life and at 60-years-
old he can still "get it up," referring to
theories about the effects of marijuana
on the body.
Another crowd favorite was Steve
Hager, the editor in chief of High
Times Magazine.
"High Times officially declared that
Ann Arbor is the coolest place in the
universe," Hager said.
Like Hager, many Hash Bashers
See HASH BASH, Page 9A

A2 police report
fewer offenses
fy Avam S. Turkel
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite a recent push in the Michigan state government to
strengthen marijuana laws in Ann Arbor - thought to culti-
vate illegal drug use throughout the state - none of the city's
law enforcement agencies reported any major criminal viola-
tions this weekend at the 27th annual Hash Bash on the Diag.
Neither Ann Arbor Police Department officials nor
Department of Public Safety officials reported disruptions in
connection to a protest against marijuana laws. The partici-
See VIOLATIONS, Page 2A

SAAICHNCKr. /Dail
Participants in the 27th annual Hash Bash gather on the
Diag on Saturday to rally for the legalization of marijuana.

MSA court
upholds I
party motion
By Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
All but one count against the Michigan Student Assembly
Elections Board were dropped last night by the elections
appellate court - still leaving the a slim possibly of ousting
newly elected Blue Party executive candidates on the table.
The assembly's Central Student Judiciary decided to uphold
e of six motions the Students' Party filed during the elec-
tions process, claiming the elections board violated its own
policies by not giving members of the Blue Party demerits for
what it says are violations.
But CSJ did agreed with the Students' Party on one count:
An event the Blue Party held as a student government event
was really a campaign event. This violated an elections rules,
CSJ determined.
The Blue Party hosted the "Seeing Blue" event March 19 in
the Michigan Union Ballroom. The elec-
tions board already randomly assigned one
member of the Blue Party a demerit for dis-
tributing a survey with an MSA logo on it
at the event.
Now, CSJ has decided to assign random-
ly another demerit - this one for the Blue
Party's use of the LSA-SG logo on the sur-
_________vey.
If MSA President-elect Bram Elias or
MSA Vice President-elect Andy Coulouris receive that demer-
it, the duo could be removed from its new post because they
will have exceeded the numbers of demerits allowed to MSA
didates.
"he demerit will be assigned randomly at Tuesday's MSA
meeting.
Neither Elias or Coulouris could be reached for comment
early this morning.
Disappointed by the ruling to uphold the decisions of the
elections board, "I thought we posed strong arguments about
legitimate issues about the election;" Students' Party
spokesperson Brian Reich said.
The Students' Party case consisted of six motions, most of
which question the way the elections board assigned demerits
to members of the Blue Party during weeks preceding and dur-
the elections.
e Students' Party's second motion involved the action the
elections board took against the Blue Party when it placed an
advertisement in The Michigan Daily on March 25 without
indicating who paid for the ad.
According to elections rules, all campaign propaganda must
display who paid for campaign material. Those candidates who
fail to do so receive a demerit from the elections board. For
this incident, the board selected the demerit recipient by liter-
ally picking the name of a Blue Party member out of a hat.
But the Students' Party argued that because the ad listed the
Ones of every Blue Party candidate, each candidate should
receive a demerit.
The Students' Party's third motion involved the same Daily
advertisement. The party claims that every member of the Blue
Party violated an election rule, which dictates that no cam-
paigning can occur within 50 feet of a polling site. The Blue
Party ad appeared in issues of the Daily that were placed the
regular Angell Hall drop-site during the elections - less than
50 feet from two polling sites.
The Students' Party's fourth motion involves an incident
See MSA, Page 9A

NATO to

aid,

airlift

refugees

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -
NATO warplanes and missiles attacked
an army headquarters, oil refineries and
other targets in and around Belgrade
yesterday, while Yugoslav forces drove
toward Kosovo's western mountains
where ethnic Albanian guerrillas were
preparing a last stand.
Some refugees overwhelming neigh-
boring regions were flown to European
countries as relief agencies and Western
nations struggled to help the more than
300,000 people forced out of Kosovo.
Air raid sirens sounded last night in
Belgrade, signaling the start of a 12th
night of NATO strikes on Yugoslavia.
The Tanjug state news agency reported
anti-aircraft fire was heard in Novi Sad,
the nation's second-largest city, fol-
lowed by an explosion.
The independent Beta news agency
reported a powerful explosion in the
Belgrade area around midnight and
more than 20 explosions during a half-
tour span around Pristina, the Kosovo
capital. More explosions were reported
in the eastern Kosovo town of Gnjilane.
Hours later, NATO planes hit two
suburbs of the capital - Rakovica to
the south and Surcin to the northwest -
the Belgrade crisis center said. Later,
the official Tanjug news agency said
NATO planes targeted an army barracks
in the town of Raska, 100 miles south of
Belgrade.
No other details were given.
With mounting reports of mass
killings and other atrocities in a cam-
paign by Serb forces to rid Kosovo of
ethnic Albanians, NATO officials again
blamed poor weather for limiting air
attacks.
But clearing skies over Belgrade and
other parts of northern Serbia - the
main republic in Yugoslavia - allowed
some strikes.
The Yugoslav First Army headquar-
ters in the capital, along with petroleum
tanks, an ammunition plant and high-
way bridges elsewhere, were hit, Air
Commodore David Wilby said at NATO
headquarters in Brussels.
Pentagon spokesperson Kenneth
Bacon said yesterday the United States
was sending Apache helicopter gun-
ships to Albania, adding to NATO's abil-

ity to attack Serb troops and tanks.
U.S. troops also will begin manning a
newly deployed Multiple Launch
Rocket System in Macedonia to fire
short- and medium-range missiles into
Yugoslavia, a senior U.S. official said.
The system can operate in all types of
weather.
An estimated 2,000 troops will be
sent to operate and maintain the heli-
copters and missile launchers, Bacon
said.
The Yugoslav military has been shift-
ing forces in Kosovo to the southwest,
where the rebel Kosovo Liberation
Army was regrouping for what
appeared to be a last stand, Wilby said.
"This is the last area where the
(rebels) will be able to mount a serious
resistance," Wilby said of the mountain-
ous region near the Albanian border.
The Tanjug state news agency said
NATO attacks yesterday afternoon hit
unspecified targets near Klina, 27 miles
west of Pristina, Kosovo's capital, and
Gnjilane, 22 miles to the southeast. It
also said NATO raids damaged a 400-
year-old bridge in the southwest Kosovo
city of Djakovica.
It also reported NATO missiles hit an
oil refinery at Pancevo, northeast of
Belgrade, killing two workers and injur-
ing four, while a 73-year-old woman
died and seven people were injured in
an attack on Cacak, an industrial town
50 miles south of the capital.
Three people were injured when a
fuel depot near the town of Kraljevo,
some 75 miles south of Belgrade, was
also hit, Yugoslav news reports said.
In the capital's New Belgrade area,
across the Sava River from the old city
center, civil defense officials said a ther-
mal heating plant was attacked Saturday
night, along with the police academy in
the Banjica suburb. Flames lit the clear,
moonlit night with a huge orange glow.
But Vladislav Jovanovic, the
Yugoslav ambassador to the United
Nations, said Belgrade remained
defiant in the face of the NATO cam-
paign.
"It only increases our resolve in
defending our country," he said on the
television program "Fox News
See KOSOVO, Page 5A

JEREMY MENCHIK/Daily
Associate Pastor Cecilio Ryna leads the congregation yesterday in a Easter Sunday mass at Saint
Mary Student Parish located on the comer of William and Thompson streets.
'U' studen.Ots fin mor
thia n egg nEaste

By Callie Scott
Daily Staff Reporter
Cold and rainy conditions yesterday couldn't
dampen the spirits of many University commu-
nity members who enjoyed each other's compa-
ny and celebrated the most important holiday of
the Christian religion.
Easter Sunday is a time when Christians
remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
the dead.
The holiday is central to the Christian faith,
which holds the belief that the crucifixion,
burial and subsequent resurrection of Jesus
Christ allowed his believers to have eternal

life.
Like many holidays, Easter has come to sym-
bolize many commercial items, such as the
Easter bunny and colored eggs.
But to some, the holiday means so much
more, said Mikerra Bostic, a founding member
of Worship Warriors, a Christian group new to
campus this year.
"It is about how you can really connect with
other people and share the love of Christ;'
Bostic said.
Hundreds of students came together to do
just that Friday afternoon at the Good Friday
See EASTER, Page 5A

*Da ily to assess affirmative action attitudes
The Michigan Daily will conduct the first comprehensive survey of student
opinions on affirmative action and admissions policies at the University.
The survey, designed in conjunction with the Department of
Communications Studies and the Institute for Social Research, will be a probabil-
ity sample of 1,600 University students, selected at ran-
Ut ndom from all currently enrolled University students.
Students selected to take the survey will receive an
e-mail with the subject heading, "Michigan Daily
Student Survey."
To ensure all University students are represented, a
high level of participation is required. If you receive
an e-mail with this subject line, please respond as
soon as possible. The survey takes about 15 minutes
to complete.
The results of the survey will be reported in a series
of articles in the Daily in the coming weeks.

Supreme Court to hear student fee case

By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
In a case that could limit the impact of
college and university activist groups,
the Supreme Court agreed last Monday
to decide whether students' ideology
should factor into decisions about the
funding of campus organizations.
In April 1996, then University of
Wisconsin law student Scott
Southworth, along with two other law
students, filed a suit against the school's
board of regents. They alleged that the

from student fees stopped completely.
"It's a very purist opinion," he said.
"We want them to say 'you can't give
the fee to whoever to do whatever they
wish with it."'
The student government at the
University of
Wisconsin at
Madison collects a
fee of $166 per stu-
dent each semester.
About $15 of that
money goes to stu-
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from the university, said he and the
other plaintiffs identified themselves as
conservative Christians, both politically
and ideologically, and did not want their
money going to student groups whose
opinions they opposed.
The three drafted a list of 18 organi-
zations whose philosophies they object-
ed to. It included the campus chapter of
the National Organization of Women
because of its pro-choice stance, a gay
rights activism group and an environ-
mental lobbying group whose members

tic system under which the school is run.
"According to Scott Southworth, stu-
dents do not have the right to govern
themselves" Quinn said. "I really dis-
like having my student fees going to
certain groups, but I respect the forum
of open ideas.'
Quinn said that restricting student
council funding to only non-political or
activist groups is not plausible because
it rules out almost all student groups.
"Anything you do has some kind of
politic and ideology to it," she said.

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