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had a feeling the duo would triumph, considering the feed-
back the two had received from students.
"I didn't want to count my chickens before they hatched,
but I felt really good about it. We've never had an international
student or an independent candidate win the election," Secreto
Erickson said she had mixed feelings about the election
results. "I still think Glen is the most qualified and the only
one who can carry through with the work Bram (Elias) has
done with the administration," Erickson said. "I'm fearful that
the assembly will take a step backward because of the lack of
experience. But there are a lot of hardworking representatives
who will be dedicated to making sure the progress doesn't dis-
"It's always worth it to put yourself out there and I'm glad I
took that chance, she added.
While losing the presidential bid, the Blue Party won 13 of
the available 26 seats. Current representative Shari Katz won
the most amount of votes, totaling 5,200. "It's a bittersweet
victory because I ran specifically supporting Glen and Elise.
The assembly will be at a loss without their leadership," Katz
said. "I'm really excited to continue serving."
The Defend Affirmative Action Party won a total of five
seats, the Friends Rebelling Against Tyranny Party totaled two
seats and the Wolverine Party won four seats. Independent
candidates captured two seats.
Current MSA President Bram Elias said students have sent
a message to the administration. "This election should show
the administration that there is unequivocal support for this
assembly. Now they'll have to listen,' hesaid.
The elections board delayed the announcement of the
new representatives until late yesterday afternoon and, in
an unprecedented action, voted to disqualify all mem-
bers of the Wolverine Party running for MSA because of
illegal campaigning by LSA freshman Chip Englander
- the party's campaigh manager and member of LSA
Student Government.
"We had reports that a member of the party, but not a candi-
date, was going through the (Mary) Markley campus between
1 and 4 a.m., going into rooms, logging people in to the voting

site, sometimes filling out the voting forms and pressing the
submit button," Elections Director Alok Agrawal said.
The case came before the CSJ yesterday, as the Wolverine
Party appealed the charges brought against them. In a five-
point defense, LSA senior Joe Bernstein and LSA junior Jeff
Omtvedt, supporters of the Wolverine Party, accused the elec-
tion board of unfair bias against the Wolverine Party.
"To disqualify an entire slate of candidates because of a
freshman campaigner who didn't know any better and was
working alone is ridiculous, and more importantly, completely
unsupported by the code," Bernstein said.
The CSJ voted to disqualify all students running for LSA
and Kinesiology, as well as presidential and vice presiden-
tial candidates Rory Diamond and Marcy Greenberger
because those were the candidates affected by the coercive
"This is the exact thing we were fighting against" said LSA
freshman Jessica Cash, who ran for a seat on the assembly
with the Wolverine Party. "I know I ran a clean campaign. We
had no knowledge of what was going on."
Doug Tietz, an LSA freshman, also running with the
Wolverine Party, said he agreed.
"I think this decision is absolutely wrong. It represents
what's wrong with MSA," Tietz said.
The results of the LSA-SG elections will not be available
until tomorrow evening due to an ongoing investigation by
LSA-SG Election Director Heidi Lubin.
Lubin said she will not disqualify any Wolverine can-
didates from the LSA-SG race. All students who feel
that their vote was cast under improper circumstances
will have until Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. to request that their
vote be removed from the ballot, but, they will not be
given the option to re-vote.
"There's no evidence any of them were involved," she said.
But Lubin is bringing a case against Englander as a mem-
ber of LSA-SG.
Members of the Wolverine Party are also circulating a peti-
tion saying that "those candidates who were selected by their
fellow students to serve on the assembly should be reinstated
to the election and permitted to take their seats as MSA repre-
The party hopes to have as many signatures as possible
before Tuesday, when all new representatives will be sworn in.

Continued from Page 1A
adapting his source novel for the
screen. Those involved with "The
Insider," which also received seven
nominations, as well as box office
blockbuster "The Sixth Sense," went
home empty-handed.
Hilary Swank stopped an "Ameri-
can Beauty" sweep of the four major
categories with her win for "Boys
Don't Cry," a tale of a most unconven-
tional romance. Angelina Jolie
received the supporting actress Oscar
for her work in "Girl, Interrupted."
"All About My Mother" took the
award for best foreign film. Dark
horse "The Red Violin" won the best
score category while "Topsy-Turvy"
won for both costumes and make-up.
"Sleepy Hollow" won for best art
direction. Phil Collins was recog-
nized for "You'll Be in My Heart,"
an original song from "Tarzan." In a
mild upset, "One Day in September"
beat out "Buena Vista Social Club"
in the documentary feature field.
Winners, for the most part, kept their
speeches short and sweet - and bor-
ing. Crystal, who has hosted the Oscars
six times before, seemed to be straining
for laughs and was content to beat a
dead humor horse rather than shut up
and get on with the show.
Best moment of the night: Paul
Thomas Anderson's faux-surprise
reaction shot when he was not
announced as the winner for his
original screenplay for "Magnolia."
Short on surprises and long on the
hem and haw that turns a spritely,
fun Oscarcast into a tedious chore,
the door has finally shut on the last
year in movies. Moviegoers will be
blessed if this year is as good as the
last - and if the Academy gets their
act together and rewards the right

High court to examine school pray
SANTA FE, Texas - Nearly five years after two families filed a lawsti
against the Santa Fe school district over the prayers, the U.S. Supreme Court will
hear oral arguments in the case Wednesday. It will be the court's first major
school prayer ruling since 1992, when it barred clergy-led invocations and bene-
dictions at graduation ceremonies.
At issue is whether public school districts can allow students to initiate and
lead prayers over the public-address system before the football games. A deci-
sion is expected by late June.
For some of the 10,000 residents of Santa Fe, a bedroom community 40 miles
southeast of Houston with more churches than restaurants, the Supreme Court's
decision has profound personal implications.
If prayer at sporting events is upheld, "it probably will destroy my faith in the
Constitution and what this country stands for," said Debbie Mason, a Baptist who
testified for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
On the other side, school board President John Couch II foresees trouble if
prayer is disallowed. "It would be a huge disappointment not only for us but for the
nation," he said. "Students and private citizens would have their rights taken away
from them on public property. I think it would be the start of further downfalls."
Gov. George W Bush, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination; And
state Attorney General John Cornyn filed briefs supporting student-led prayer. -

Helicopter crashes
covering Oscars
LOS ANGELES - A television
helicopter covering the Oscars
crashed in a ball of fire yesterday
night, injuring a pilot and photograph-
er, authorities said.
The crash occurred in a helicopter
landing area at Van Nuys Airport just
after 10 p.m. shortly after a distress
call was received by the airport.
The pilot, a 28-year-old woman,
and the photographer, a 40-year-old
man, were taken to Northridge Med-
ical Center, said city fire spokesman
Brian Humphrey. The pilot was criti-
cal condition and the photographer
had a broken leg.
The helicopter belonged to KTTV-
TV in Los Angeles, a Fox affiliate.
KTTV reported a pilot and photogra-
pher were aboard. Their names were
not released.
KTTV anchorwoman Susan Hira-
suna's voice nearly broke with emo-
tion Sunday night as she began to
report a news story after word of the

Steve Howell, aboard KTLA-TV's
helicopter, said the KTTV helicopter
pilot reported hydraulic problems as it
arrived near the Shrine Auditorium,
where the Academy Awards were
being presented.
The KTTV helicopter headed toward
Van Nuys Airport under escort by
KCAL-TV's helicopter, Howell said..
Energy Dept to
renovate warheads
Department plans to renovate more
than 6,000 aging nuclear warheads
over the next 15 years, almost double
the number that the United States"is
allowed to deploy under the START II
arms-reduction treaty, according =t
senior U.S. officials.
The added warheads will make up
what Energy Department officials
refer to as the "inactive reserve;"
some 2,500 to 3,000 refurbished
warheads that would give the United
States the ability to match another
country's sudden production of
additional warheads.

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OPEC to meet, may
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VIENNA, Austria - OPEC oil
ministers were close to reaching a
consensus yesterday on the need to
boost output to rein in galloping
petroleum prices and mollify the Unit-
ed States and other oil-importing
Although the ministers refused to
confirm the size or timing of any such
increase, Kuwait's oil minister, Sheikh
Saud Nasser al-Sabah, said OPEC is
likely to raise its official production
by as much as 1.7 million barrels of
crude a day.
The 11 ministers from the Organi-
zation of the Petroleum Exporting
Countries will meet today to decide
whether to extend cuts in output made
in 1998 and 1999 that have propelled
oil prices to their highest levels since
the Persian Gulf War.
The United States is hoping for an
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home heating oil have become a hot
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intense diplomatic pressure to try to
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OPEC ministers met privately i
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Runoff possible in
Russian election
MOSCOW - --Vladimir Putin may
fall short of outright victory in yester-
day's presidential election and-be
forced into a runoff after a surprising*
ly strong performance by the Comma-
nists, according to early results.
While Putin would almost certainly
win a second round would be a hum-
bling setback for the former KGB
officer who has become acting presi%
dent and the nation's most popular
politician with his calls to restore Rus-
sia as a great power. 7
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