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October 6, 1999

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MSU fans
Diag, Grad
Jodie Kaufman
ly Staff Reporter
The week many diehard football fans
have been waiting for is finally here.
There is no need to mark the occasion,
a quick glance at the Diag is a vivid
reminder of the 101-year rivalry between
the Wolverines and Spartans.
It all began Oct. 12, 1898 when the
Wolverines beat the Spartans, 39-0.
More than a century later, the tension
between blue and green is in high gear as
19 annual Michigan vs. Michigan State
approaches. Both teams will head into
this year's contest with 5-0 records - the
last time both teams met with undefeated
records was in 1961.
This is "a great interstate rivalry," said
See RIVALRY, Page 7


one offew Big Ten

schools without mascot

By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
From Sparty to Purdue Pete to Bucky the Badger,
it seems every university
has a mascot dancing on ,s. 1
&idelines and rallying
its fans. That is, every
school except Michigan.
The student mascot at
Michigan State
University, known lov-
ingly to his fans as
Sparty, said he enjoys
showing his school spirit.
The 7-foot tall costume
' green armor weighs
pounds and limits Oct. 8 Spar
most upper body move-
ment, but "the smile of a child and the cheer of the
crowd" keep Sparty fired up, the student behind the
costume said.


"It would be great to see every Big Ten university
with a mascot," said Sparty, who wished to remain
anonymous. "It's an integral part of a major universi-
ty to have an icon,' he said,
[ic adding that he would like to
have a mascot skirmish
when the Michigan football
team plays MSU on
Saturday. but Michigan's
lack of a mascot leaves him
with no one to fight.
"I think a lot of them are
pretty cheezy. It's a little
more classy to not have
someone running around
town '99 in a costume'" said
n Stadium University student Kyle
Marshall, an LSA senior.
"We don't need some guy running around in a furry
suit to get us enthused about the game" he said.
See MASCOT, Page 3

grounds crew
member uses a
power hose to
clean graffiti
that was placed
on the Diag
between 7:15
a.m. and 8 a.m.
according to
Department of
Public Safety
LEFT: Michigan
State University
students Mike
Vanderputte and
Chris Bohm
guard Sparty,
the school's
afternoon on the

two rules
An MSA investigative committee
finds the Peace and Justice Commission
in violation of two assembly codes
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
The Peace and Justice Commission violated two of the
Michigan Student Assembly's code rules for misrepresenting
the assembly's name but not for misusing any MSA resources,
an assembly-appointed investigative committee found.
The committee examined five allegations that PJC misused
the MSA name and MSA resources. The probe spawned from
allegations regarding a line in an activist newsletter that read
"Run with the Defend Affirmative Action Party in the MSA
elections - November." The same newsletter named MSA as
the source of publication.
The investigation concluded that PJC did not receive any
funds from MSA but that the offending line violated an MSA
rule that forbids the assembly from endorsing any specific
Last night, the committee made three recommendations to
the full assembly regarding the alleged violations, and the stu-
dent representatives passed all three without amendments. One
passed unanimously and few members objected the other two
"I agree with the spirit of this finding. I admitted to and apol-
ogized for that before," said PJC Chair Jessica Curtin, a
Rackham representative. She said that mandated approval of
printed documents as a result of the investigation will also open
up lines of communication between PJC and the assembly.
Now, all MSA flyers, newsletters or any sort of publication
that has on it the PJC or MSA logo must go before the assem-
bly before being distributed.
The assembly also gave Curtin and PJC a formal censure for
violating Compiled Code 4.15, which states that "no commit-
tees or commissions shall formally meet or operate during the
Spring-Summer term." The censure relates to a flier that con-
tained the phrase "MSA Peace & Justice Commission" on it.
PJC distributed these flyers at South Quad Residence Hall on
Aug. 31.
Curtin said PJC plans to appeal the censure to the Central
Student Judiciary.
PJC member Caroline Wong, who wrote and distributed the
flyers, also objected to the censure violation.
"The commission never met and operated during the spring-
summer term. Classes for summer term ended on Aug. 17, and
we distributed the flyers on the first day of move-in' she said.
MSA Rep. Marisa Linn disagreed. "School had not started
yet, so this is a very clear violation," she said.
To clear up future ambiguities, MSA also passed a resolution
to revise the assembly's compiled code to include the intermit-
tent time between semesters. The revised text states that "when
MSA and Summer Assembly are not in existence ... all of
MSA's subsidiary bodies (including committees and commis-
sions) also cease to exist and shall not operate at all."
MSA Rep. Jasmine Abdel-Khalik dissented. "It has to stay in
its original form. People wanted to have the option of passing
out information before the fall semester. There are other, larger
issues that must justify them phrasing the (compiled) code as
spring-summer term instead of the beginning of the fall term"
she said.
Investigative committee chair Josh Trapani said he is glad the
assembly decided to pass the report without any amendments.
"It was a fair and thorough process" he commented.
MSA Rep. Peter Handler, who co-sponsored the resolution
to form an investigative committee, said he is pleased the situ-
ation has been resolved.
"The committee resolved a lot of unanswered questions f
conduct of the Peace and Justice Commission. It was a good
way to resolve issues,' he added.
The investigative committee explored two other potential
violations against the PJC but found that the commission had
not violated any MSA rules in those instances. They included
the alleged misuse of the MSA key and an alleged request from
a PJC account during the summer months after being informed
that such an account did not exist.



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Mastro's magiC

Students find
spiritual ground

By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
College life can be a turning point for
many students.
It can be many things - a chance
to explore personal spirituality,
question established religious prac-
tices and reaffirm or find faith.
Different influences help shape
60 Minutes
prepares fo
story on '
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
The television news magazine 60 Mir
brought the University's heated affirmative ac
debate to a national forum yesterday aftemo
Seven students representing opposings
of the issue, debated in front of a news car
for an hour and a half, getting to the cru
two lawsuits challenging the University's
of race as an admissions factor.
"We believe the cases against the Unive
will go all the way to the Supreme Court;'
60 Minutes producer Amy Cunningham "

spirituality, including social and eth-
nic backgrounds.
LSA senior Marion Dixon said
she sees religious spirituality as
someone's personal connection to
the things you can't explain in
Kinesiology junior MyCal Stokes
See RELIGION, Page 8

Conductor Rossen Milanov leads the University Philharmonic Orchestra in Hill Auditorium last
tate legislation proposes
pansion of bottle aw

y Nick Bunkley
aily Staff Reporter
Those empty Evian, Aquafina and Absopure
ttles piling up in the corner of students' rooms
uld someday be money in their pockets, if

Legislation proposed last week by state Rep.
Michael Switalski (D-Roseville) would add non-
carbonated beverages to the Initiated Law of 1976,
which requires a $.10 deposit for all soft drink,

Michigan Student Assembly President Bram Elas, one of seven University students interviewed

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