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February 17, 2000

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'Pemo crats
may vote
to ensure
.Bush's loss
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Supporters of Texas Gov. George W.
Bush are screaming foul play with
claims that some members of the
Michigan Democratic Party are plan-
ning to throw support behind Arizona
ien. John McCain by voting in Tues-
day's Michigan primary to ensure
Bush's defeat.
"It's blatant because they don't want
to run against George Bush in the elec-
tion," said Geralyn Lasher, spokes-
woman for Bush's Michigan campaign.
The state's open primary system
MICHIGAN allows registered
REP BL CAN voters - whether
Republican, Demo-
crat or independent
Primary primer: - to cast a ballot
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in the Michigan nation
Republican This type of
Primary behavior "doesn't
have a place in today's politics and
shouldn't be encouraged," Michigan
Republican Party spokesman Sage
Njgastman said.
But Ed Patru, spokesman for
McCain's Michigan campaign, said he
doubts Michigan Democrats are plan-
ning to deliberately sabotage Bush's
campaign by voting against him in the
primary.
Patru said if Democrats vote for the
senator in Tuesday's primary they are
most likely to be genuinely attracted to
McCain's campaign.
Michigan Democratic Party
pokesman Dennis Denno said Bush's
supporters are making this claim to
compensate for any faltering of the
governor's poll numbers.
The Republicans opened the primary
to invite Democrats and independents
into the party making it more accessible
to new members, Eastman said.
"Clearly the independent vote is
oing to be crucial in the turnout of
4his primary," Eastman said. In the
1996 Republican presidential primary,
independent voters accounted for near-
ly one-third of Michigan's voters,,East-
man said, adding that this year's
primary may attract between 30 per-
cent to 40 percent.
"It's quite clear that McCain is
attracting independent voters, Univer-
sity political science Prof. emeritus
Samuel Eldersveld said. "I think it's
osing a real threat to Bush's chances."
Half of New Hampshire voters who
supported McCain were independents
or Democrats, Eldersveld said.
See PRIMARY, Page 2A

AD search

committee

By Hanna LoPatin
Daily StaffReporter
With two weeks left until Athletic Director
Tom Goss officially leaves his post. the Universi-
ty announced yesterday its first steps toward find-
ing his replacement.
University President Lee Bollinger has
appointed a 17-member committee to perform a
national search, University officials said in a
press release. Bollinger has asked the committee
to narrow down nominees to three unranked
choices to be submitted to him.

The committee will also choose a national
executive search firm to be employed by the Uni-
versity. University spokeswoman Julie Peterson
said she did not think a deadline had been set for
the committee to submit its choices.
Gary Krenz, special counsel to the president,
said timeliness will take a backseat to quality in
the matter of finding a new athletic director.
"We're not going to put a timetable on some-
thing like this," Krenz said.
But, Peterson said Bollinger will announce an
interim director in the next few weeks.
Neither Krenz nor Peterson would comment on

specifics qualities for which the committee will
search. "I think they'll be looking at all nomina-
tions and look at them all carefully" Peterson said.
Members of the committee would not com-
ment on the issue, citing the fact that they had
not yet met.
Women's basketball head coach Sue Guevara,
for whom the new athletic director will be the
third in her four seasons at the Uniyersity, said
both Goss and predecessor Joe Roberson were
"very supportive" of her program.
"I guess I'd just like to see someone who has a
very good understanding of athletics and coaches

formed
and definitely has the welfare of the student-ath-
lete in mind when making policies and stuff,"
said Guevara, who is not on the committee.
"I think for the most part we've had that and I
think I'd like to maybe see that kind of thing con-
tinue," she said.
Sources within the athletic department told
The Michigan Daily last week that Goss was
forced to resign after he failed to notify Bollinger
of eligibility problems surrounding freshman
basketball guard Jamal Crawford before the Feb.
I game against Michigan State.
See SEARCH, Page 5A

Michigamua
proposes steps
toward solution

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of Michigamua said they
plan to deliver a written statement to
University officials this morning in an
effort to resolve the issues surrounding
the allocation of Michigamua's meet-
ing space in the Michigan Union's
tower and its presumed affiliation with
Native American cultural materials
and traditions.
In the proposal, Michigamua states
that it will fully fund a complete reno-
vation of its current space in the Union
tower. The process is to be overseen by
a Native American elder to be

assigned by the Native American Stu-
dent Association, as well as members
of the University administration, stu-
dents and Michigamua representatives.
Michigamua spokesman Nick Delga-
do said the room will be converted to a
"white box" design so the curvature of
the ceiling and all resemblances to a
wigwam are removed, preparing the
.room for a complete redesign. The
Native American elder selected by
NASA also will oversee the redecoration
process of the room, which will essen-
tially reflect the "University of Michi-
gan's history and traditions,'he said.
The space would remain exclusively
See MICHIGAMUA, Page 7A

SOLE begins
occupation o
dean's 0office
By Jen Fish
Daily Staff Reporter
The battles between anti-sweatshop activists and
university administrators centered on Big Ten cam-
puses yesterday as members of Students Organizing
for Labor and Economic Equality seized the office
of University of Michigan LSA Dean Shirley Neu-
man and students at the University of Wisconsin at
Madison took over the office of Chancellor David
Ward.
It was business as usual in the office of the LSA
dean until two students from SOLE entered the office
asking to see her about a pilot sign language pro-
gram, an office secretary said.
Minutes later, about 20 members of SOLE took con-
trol of the office demanding that University President
Lee Bollinger commit the University to the Worker
See SOLE, Page 5A

Photos byPETERCO R yNUE/Daily
TOP: Members of Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality print T-shirts while occupying the
office of LSA Dean Shirley Neuman
ABOVE: University President Lee Bollinger listens
during a meeting with SOLE members.

U. Col. Alexander Jefferson, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, speaks
yesterday in North Hal as part of Black History Month.
Tuskege ainnan
speaks on hstory.

Color my world

Henthom linked
to sports agency

By Tara Sharma
For the Daily

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Editor
Barry Henthorn, who gave various
gifts including cars and gold jewelry to
freshman basketball guard Jamal
Crawford, has dabbled in the sports
agency business.
The Seattle Post-Intellegencer
reported yesterday that Dun & Brad-
street, a Wall Street information ser-
vice company, catalogues Henthorn as
an operator of "a sports management
service." At one time, Henthorn's com-
pany managed a boat and its driver,
Jimmy Ablott. Henthorn's name shows

up on Ablott's boat as a sponsor, while
his company's Website at ict.net shows
that it "implemented ICT's 1999
national marketing-sales tour integrat-
ing Innovative Cellular's National
Hydroplane Race Tour."
The findings come as a surprise
after Henthorn told the Daily, in the
past few weeks, that he wasn't
involved with the sports agent field.
"That's not what I do," Henthorn told
the Daily last week. "That's not my
thing."
Crawford's mother and another rela-
tive also said that they didn't believe
See HENTHORN, Page 7A

Retired and active armed forces per-
sonnel joined students and community
members in North Hall yesterday to
hear retired Lt. Col. Alexander Jeffer-
son speak. Jefferson, one of the origi-
nal Tuskegee Airmen, was invited as a
tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen in
honor of Black History Month.
The Tuskegee Airmen played an
important role in breaking down the bar-
riers blacks faced in the armed forces.
"There was a myth that blacks
couldn't fly" Jefferson said. The air-
men paved the way for future genera-
tions by proving that blacks were
capable of being pilots. "The civil
rights movement didn't start with Rosa
Parks," Jefferson said.
In 1941, the Tuskegee Institute donat-
ed land in Alabama to the Tuskegee
Army Airfield. It opened during World

War II to train black pilots who were
otherwise excluded due to segregatio.
In total, 926 black pilots trained a
Tuskegee and 450 fought over North
Africa and Europe during the war.
The training program at Tuskegee
was rigorous, Jefferson said, adding that
fewer than half the men in his class
graduated. The airmen from Tuskegee
proved themselves to be superior pilots.
"Today we have the record of never
losing a bomber" Jefferson said.
In August 1944, Jefferson's plane was
shot down, and he was captured by the
Germans. He spent the next nine
months as a prisoner of war. Jefferson
spoke of the atrocities he witnessed and
"man's inhumanity to man."
"It was my first experience of ethnic
hatred. I still don't understand it," Jef-
ferson said. The United States is the
only place so many groups can live
"half peaceably,"he added.
See TUSKEGEE, Page 7A

'U' to examine athletic team travel policies

By Caitlin Nish
Daily Staff Reporter

Although the University's Athletic Department
has no set policy on transporting athletes to and from
events, Assistant Athletic Director Bruce Madej said
the recent event has sparked concern.
"We do have a concern about safety of our athletes
and how they should be traveling from event to

But Madej said that although some teams travel by
bus, it is not possible for all teams to use that form of
transportation. "We do not like to have anyone but
coaches drive vans, but we do try to limit the use of
vans. With 600 athletes there are occasions when we
do use vans but coaches are the only ones to drive.'

The University's Athletic Department is reconsid-
ering its policies on the safety of athlete transporta-
tion to and from athletic events in the wake of a

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