The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 15, 2000 -
MSU fire may
A candle may have been the cause
of a fire in a residential hall room at
Michigan State University on Fri-
Lt. Susan Busnardo said the fire
damaged a stereo, mattress, and wall
in a residential assistant's room at
Snyder Hall. The RA was praying
and did not notice that the candle
Police and fire officials arrived to
the scene late Friday night. All Snyder
Hall residents were evacuated.
No one was injured in the fire
which caused no damage outside of
the third floor room.
Assistant Vice President for Food
and Housing Services Chuck
Gagliano said MSU expects to install
sprinkler systems in all residence halls
in the future.
forms at U. Hawaii
A group of University of Hawaii
students and faculty are in the process
of forming a political party that would
allow its candidates to run for any
state or federal position.
The group - People Organizing
for Education - needs to gather 602
signatures by April 6 of registered
*voters to become an official political
,partyfor November elections.
Organizers of PO'E - which
means "people" in Hawaiian - said
they expect to get the required number
.of signatures. Organizers said the
party's focus will include issues of
education, the environment, and fair
PO'E said they do not have any
candidates selected yet but they
expect to run for state but not federal
Party organizer C. Mauro Kim said
the group felt the only way to make
changes on campus would be through
the political process.
:; Students protest
More than 200 people gathered out-
*side University of Colorado's medical
school Friday to protest the school's
vivisection and euthanasia of dogs.
nThe dogs are used by students in a
The protesters held a candlelight
vigil to voice their disgust with the
annual experiments, which last for
One hundred students will partici-
pate in the experiments but more than
3 students have been excused from
because of personal beliefs.
Protesters said that the dog labs
were cruel, expensive and unneces-
sary. Medical school officials said that
the experiments provide practical
learning and that the animals come
The Colorado Daily said research
done by the college newspaper revealed
that the animals came from an
Arkansas animal dealer. About 75 dogs
ae expected to be used for the class.
-Wash. State U.
student dies in
A Washington State University
sorority student died March 3, one
day after a car accident that left her
* and two other students in the hospi-
Truh Bush was a passenger in a car
that flipped over on I-90. Bush was
airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Cen-
ter in Spokane.
The two other students were treat-
ed at a different hospital and
The students were traveling to a
sorority meetingfor new members.
* Bush was the treasurer of Zeta Phi
Washington State Patrol lieutenant
Bruce Clark said the accident is under
investigation and that Bush was wear-
ing her seat belt.
- Compiled from U- Wire reports by
Daily Staff Reporter Robert Gold.
Candidates vie for 9 seats in LSA-SG race
By Josie Gingrich
Daily Staff Reporter
As the LSA-Student Government
race heats up, the issues are boiling
down to giving students class credit
for community service projects and
finishing the process of implementing
the minors program.
"I'm excited about the quality of
the candidates from both parties.
This election will prove to be one
that's competitive," said Seema Pai,
LSA senior and out-going president
of LSA-SG. "I only see positive
Members of the Blue and Wolverine
parties, as well as one independent
candidate, are running for the nine
seats up for election.
"It's been a pretty tight race," said
Matt Huang, an ISA sophomore run-
ning for LSA-SG representative with
the Blue Party, "but we're excited
about our prospects."
LSA sophomore Adam Damerow, a
Blue Party presidential hopeful, said
the big issues for his party are reform-
ing the drop/add and pass/fail dead-
line, working with the ethnic studies
program and looking at ways to give
students credit for community service
activities such as Alternative Spring
"Our slate is very qualified," said
Damerow, who currently serves as
Academic Relations Officer and Acad-
emic Committee chair. "We're a very
B.J. Orandi, Wolverine Party presi-
dential hopeful and LSA sophomore,
said his party's main concern is "mak-
ing LSA students educated and
"We'd like to emphasize the impor-
tance of the humanities in a liberal arts
He said another concern is
increasing student government out-
reach, possibly by holding some
LSA-SG meetings at residence
Orandi pointed out that many of
the issues on the opposing Blue
Party's platform are the same as last
Mike Zwerner, an LSA junior, is the
only participant in the election who is
running as an independent.
"The parties didn't exactly fit my
platform," said Zwerner, whose main
issues of concern include a later
pass/fail deadline as well as better
equipment and longer hours at the
Central Campus Recreation Build
ing, North Campus Recreatio
Building and the Intramural Sport
"We've had a very positiv
response;' Huang said. "We've met
lot of people. We'll be going non-sto
until the election is over."
The' parties have been taking to th
sidewalks to get their message to th
"We're doing a lot of chalking an
postering' said Wolverine Party vice
presidential candidate Erin Reese, a
LSA sophomore. "We're getting th
MSA doles out 'U' funds
By Usa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
In addition to addressing illegal campaigning in residence
halls and parking regulations, the Michigan Student Assembly
gave away more money than ever before last night during its
meeting in the Michigan Union.
The assembly, despite proposed resolutions to give more
money to student groups such as the Native American Stu-
dent Association and Defend Affirmative Action By Any
Means Necessary, passed the Budget Priorities Committee's
recommendation to disburse $119,436 to student groups on
BPC chairman Glen Roe said BPC gave away $17,000
more than it actually has, because only 70 percent of the
money was collected by student groups last semester.
In order to give more money to student groups, assem-
bly members proposing the resolutions would have to find
other means to finance the extra money. Some wanted to
take the funds out of the discretionary fund, yet the major-
ity of the assembly felt the recommendations were accept-
"We could have taken the money out of the discretionary
fund, but BPC worked hard in order to allocate the funds and
those recommendations were taken in high enough regard that
they weren't altered by the assembly," Roe said.
MSA President Bram Elias said he too is pleased with the
way the assembly handled the task.
"This meeting looked boring, but trust me, this is really
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exciting. Tonight we gave away more money than ever in th
history of MSA" Elias said. "This is the unglamorous parfc
the job, but also the most important."
Dianne DellaTorre, from the Department of Parks and Ser
vices visited the assembly, to discuss the changes in parkin
fees that will be implemented soon.
Beginning July 1, all green parking stickers will b
replaced with orange stickers, thereby eliminating all fre
parking at commuter lots. Student fees for parking at th
lots will be $33 for an orange sticker and $50 for yellom
Many of the members of the assembly expressed their di
approval for the new policy, saying they didn't agree wit
being charged to park in areas far away from campus.
DellaTorre said there was little more they could do tha
work to try to improve the parking they already had, and mak
parking as accessible as possible.
Jason Taylor, President of the Residence Halls Associatior
began the meeting by addressing the assembly about candi
dates for the upcoming MSA elections illegally campaignin
in residence halls.
"I'm not here because of one particular thing done by an
one person. We attempted to make the rules clear throug
election packets and talks, but it hasn't worked," Taylc
"Beginning tonight, residents in the halls will identif
those illegally campaigning, and those people will be barre
from the residence halls. DPS will also be contacted," h
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By Usa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
No matter their party affiliation,
the candidates for this term's
Michigan Student Assembly say
they are prepared to make sure vot-
ing registration is not too difficult
for students while they are away
The state legislature passed a law
last year requiring voters to cast their
ballots in the city listed on
their driver's licenses. M
Because most students are s
not from Ann Arbor, the
majority of the University
population would be forced to
either change their licenses,
vote by absentee ballot or not
vote at all. MSAe
LSA sophomore Jennifer Mar
Zorko, running for LSA rep- sres
resentative with the Blue facingM
Party, said she feels the act
will lead to an overall decrease in
student participation in civic activi-
"This bill will hurt civic engage-
ment on campus. Less students will
vote, less people will be involved and
will make less effort to find out what's
going on" Zorko said.
Thomas Ambrose, an Engineering
sophomore running for a representa-
tive chair on MSA with the Friends
Rebelling Against Tyranny party, said
the law will diminish the number of
University students who vote.
"Since student voter turnout is
already low, and most students at the
University do not live here perma-
nent. This bill would certainly cut
down on voter turnout," Ambrose
Some think the bill is just a chance
for the legislature to undermine col-
lege students, who tend to be more lib-
"This is an attempt to circumvent
a portion of the population. Many
students are reluctant to change their
licenses because it's a big hassle and
they feel more comfortable keeping
their home add'ress," said
3A James McIntyre, an LSA
sophomore running with
the Wolverine Party.
Independent vice presi-
dential candidate Jim
Secreto, who went to Lans-
ing to lobby against the
ections: bill with MSA students
22-23 and the American Civil
a 3 s Liberties Union in Febru-
A this year ary, said this bill forces
students to make difficult
"Students are often forced to
choose between health insurance and
the right to vote because of the
change from their parents address.
That's completely unfair," Secreto
Dave Lempert, an LSA freshman
and Defend Affirmative Action Party
member, said MSA needs to take a
"It's really important to protect
students rights and support the
fight against the bill," Lempert
"It's ridiculous. Students are the
voice of the future," he said.
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