One hundred ninze years ofedtonardfreedom
March 7, 2000
with interim AD
Report: Dept. debt near $3M
By Mark Francescutti
ily Sports Editor
The University Athletic Department
may be heading into more red ink, fac-
ing a projected budget deficit of up to
$3 million, University Chief Financial
Officer Robert Kasdin said yesterday.
Outgoing Athletic Director Tom
Goss, who resigned last month, pro-
jected an $880,000 surplus this past
The main culprit in the unexpected
loss is a fallout in a five-year $6.5 mil-
lion-dollar contract with TSNLLC, a
Holt, Mich.-based broadcast distribu-
tor. The contract, signed three years
ago, officially began in July 1998.
The company served as a middle-
By Jodie Kaufman
ly Staff Reporter
University President Lee Bollinger
said now is the time that members of the
Students of Color Coalition should
vacate the Michigan Union tower, which
they have occupied for the past month.
"I think the students should leave,
they made their point - get on with
life and working on things the students
want to pursue,"' ollinger said at yes-
day's Senate Assembly Committee
r University Affairs meeting. "I
strongly favor patience. If they don't,
we will have to confront that."
Since gaining access to the meeting
space of Michigamua in the tower, the
protesters have said they will not leave
until the University meets their
To aid in settlement negotiations,
Bollinger said members of SCC, who
*occupying the meeting space of
Michigamua, have hired legal counsel.
"The attorney has been extremely
helpful," Bollinger said.
There are three areas which the
group might be able to agree with the
University, Bollinger said.
Bollinger added that the SCC told
him that if he was prepareI to agree on
the three issues, then they would leave
from the occupied space on the sev-
e th floor of the Union.
"Their arguments are entirely circu-
lar - they don't seem to be going
anywhere," Bollinger said, referring to
the members of the SCC.
"It is not right when it is other stu-
dents space to drive students out of a
space," Bollinger said.
Bollinger said SCC has the right to
challenge office space allocation poli-
cies and he is delighted to take up the
ue, but in a neutral manner.
SCC "has made it vivid that the
practices and beliefs are deeply hurt-
ful, and the leaders of Michigamua
have apologized," Bollinger said.
"Beyond that it is simply unfortu-
nate for a university to penalize a
student group because its views are
offensive to faculty or students, and
it is against the First Amendment,"
Bollinger said. "I cannot tell
Michigamua to change their name
Iause it is offensive to some stu-
Referring to the incident when the
SCC and other students stormed his
Feb.24 lecture on freedom of expres-
sion at the Alumni Center, Bollinger
said if it was anyone else but himself
that was delivering the lecture he
would have had the protesters
"The highest priority is academics,
it was deeply wrong," Bollinger
SACUA member Jack Gobetti said
as a faculty member he was totally
outraged that Bollinger's lecture was
Gobetti auestioned why the SCC is
man between Detroit-based radio sta-
tion WJR and the University, finding
advertisers for WJR's broadcasts of
Michigan basketball and football.
The contract detailed that WJR
would exclusively hold the rights of
Michigan football and men's basket-
ball games, while TSN dealt with
advertising and affiliate responsibili-
The University and WJR terminated
the contracflast month.
The University stands to lose the
$800,000 owed to it from the past sea-
son of the contract and the $1.2 mil-
lion balance still due this year, totaling
A source close to the administration
said yesterday that TSN. was insolvent
and facing bankruptcy, which reslted
in the company's inability to pay the
University General Counsel Marvin
Krislov said the University first found
out about the company's inability to
meet contract payments this past sum-
mer. Kasdin said the University did
not terminate its contract immediately,
and tried to work with the firm to
recover the funds.
"We had discussions with them to
try to figure out a way," Kasdin said.
"But it became clear that they could
not restructure in time."
The company made one payment to
the University of $100,000 this year on
a $1.3 million yearly balance. The
See DEFICIT, Page 2
issues facing dept.
By Dan Williams
Daily Sports Writer
Stepping into what has been one of the most critically
scrutinized administrative positions at the University,
incoming interim Athletic Director Bill Martin said getting
the Athletic Department's budgetary woes is among the top
issues he will address.
The University reported a $2.8 million deficit for the
1999 fiscal year and this year, it appears the departments
will show red ink again - the latest estimates midway
through the fiscal period indicate the department could have
a deficit of nearly $3 million.
After much public criticism, outgoing Athletic Director
Tom Goss resigned last month after 29 months leading the
See MARTIN, Page 7
The transitionary period begins with incoming interim
Athletic Director Bill Martin as he speaks at a press
conference at Crisler Arena yesterday.
Spring break still strong
could be decisive
By YaeI Kohen
Republican and Democrat presidential hope-
fuls are watching their national campaign
efforts come to fruition today as voters take to
the polls in 13 Super Tuesday primaries across
The candidates have the most at stake in
California, where they are fighting for 162
Republican and 435 Democratic delegates to
the party nominating conventions. The Repub-
lican victor will win all of the delegates, but
Democratic delegates are allot-
ted proportionately.C A M! I
"There is nothing more impor-
tant than California," California
Democratic Party campaign
adviser Bob Mulholland said.
In Michigan, McCain swept to victory last
month largely by riding on the support of Democ-
rats and independents - but his win may have hurt
some of his chances among Republican voters.
There is a lot of resentment among Ohio voters
after what happened with independent and Demo-
cratic voters in Michigan, New York Republican
Party spokesman Dan Allen said.
But with the three biggest states only counting
Republican votes to allocate delegates, McCain is
fighting a tough battle.
Although analysts believe it is unlikely
McCain will win any delegates
A I G N from the California primary, he
does have a chance to win the
popular vote in the state.
California primary rules
allow members of any party to
vote, but only Republican votes
are counted toward determining delegates.
New York and Ohio also have Republican-
Last week, McCain was ahead of Bush in New
York polls but since then the Texas governor has
forged ahead, Allen said. "We're confident that
we'll win the bulk of the delegates," McClellan
If McCain loses California, New York and
Ohio, his aspirations to win the nomination are
finished, University political science Prof. Chris
Achen said. "I think that New York is probably
his best chance."
See PRIMARIES, Page 2
New York holds the second
highest number of delegates - Republicans 101
and Democrats 294 - and Ohio ranks third.
There are a total of 613 Republican delegates and
1,315 Democratic delegates according to. The
"Delegates are what count," said Scott'
McClellan, campaign spokesman for Texas Gov.
George W. Bush, whose primary victories last
week in Virginia, Washington state and North
Dakota vaulted him ahead of Arizona Sen. John
Delegate votes are what Bush's campaign
has highlighted since McCain has attracted
much of the Democratic and independent
JLOQb .IJIUhNS U a
LSA sophomore Mark Weber and Engineering senior Andrew Gottschalk bask in the sun on top of
the fountain named "Sunday Morning in Deep Waters" outside of the Modern Languages Building.
MSA candidates kick-off
campaigns for elections
With the addition of two new MSA presidential
parties, 80 students will candidates for the March
compete for 26 MSA seats 22nd and 23rd election
By Lisa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter UAll Peoples' Party
Although Michigan Student Assembly presi-
dential and representative elections are three
weeks away, the seven parties have already begun
campaigning - decorating the sidewalks with
chalkings and hiding their posters in the stair-
wells of Angell Hall.
The formation of two new parties, the All Peo-
ples' Party and the Wolverine Party, brings the
candidate total to more than 80 students running
for only 26 positions, plus the offices of president
and vice president.
Monique Luse, an RC freshman running for a
spot as an LSA representative, said she joined the
All Peoples' Party because it represents the
issues she is concerned about.
"I'm focused on issues pertinent to women,
such as supporting self-defense classes and mak-
ing sure they know about the health and support
resources available to them. I'm also concerned
about the retainment of minority and first-year
students;' Luse said.
Luse also said MSA should be more accessible
President: Kym Stewart
Vice-President: Brian Chiang
President: Glen Roe
Vice-President: Elise Erickson
Defend Affirmative Action
Vice President: Jessica Curtin
StdnsoYoo olto u rvsoe usieU~est rsdn e olne' os
Students of Color Coalition put gravestones outside University President Lee Bollinger's house
yesterday to represent those who have suffered from oppression.
SCC nsks 'U scrutinize
stud t pent roups, cut
I FRAT Party
President: Galaxor Nebulon
Vice President: Sara Sweat
President: Hideki Tsutsumi
Vice-President: Jim Secreto
E Wolverine Party
President: Rory Diamond
Vice-President: Marcy Greenberger
menting a 24 hour library, Union, CCRB and
NCRB. These are very attainable goals that are
happening at other schools. We want to fix things
that can actually be done," Diamond said.
Rackham student Jessica Curtin, who is run-
By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the Students of Color Coalition
submitted a proposal to the University's legal
counsel yesterday in response to University
President Lee Bollinger's announcement that a
three-person administrative committee would
be formed to examine office space allocation.
SCC spokesperson Joe Reilly said the group
made the proposition because it was not satis-
fied with the University's plan.
"It needed to be broader to include issues
like race ... and any relationships with
Michigamua and the tower," Reilly said.
Reilly said a response from administration
was expected late last night and discussions will
continue today. "The response was relatively