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(SU graduate
brings green to
Stephane Offen
ly Sports XWriter
The Green Bay Packers are Amy Fouty's Sunday team.
She likes nothing better then to sit back, relax and watch a
Packers game. But with every Brett Favre pass, Fouty is not
only noticing his form and the pass protection but the
amount of grass that comes up with every step of the play-
ers' cleats.
And when Fouty took charge of the turf at Michigan
Stadium this season, the Wolverines have became her
Saturday team. She arrives at the stadium early on game-
day mornings to make sure the field is in top shape for that
.y's matchup. She watches diligently and cringes as 300-
round players tear up her weeks of work.
"My worst nightmare would be the fans rushing the field
after a big win," says Fouty, standing on the sidelines dur-
ing Michigan's 34-3 victory over Northwestern on Nov 6.
Fouty wasn't around in 1997, when the fans tore up the
field following Michigan's 20-14 win over Ohio State, but
should something like that happen again, she knows what
to do.
"You just have to go out there and replace it,"Fouty says.
"Something you wouldn't have had to do if that didn't hap-
Trading sides
Fouty's interest in turf and grass management sprung
from her high school days, when she worked on golf cours-
es. She always loved the hands-on aspect of working at the
courses, and decided to major in turf and grass manage-
ment at Michigan State University.
When Fouty saw the opening for Michigan's first real
hands-on turf position, she jumped at the chance to be
doing what she loved best - spending time in the out-
'I just really love being outside," Fouty says. "When I
w this job posted, I thought it was an interesting chal-
lenge in a field that most people don't know about or
understand. I especially enjoy the college atmosphere."
Fouty denies any allegations of Spartan blood flowing
through her veins. But even though she's made the switch
to maize and blue, it doesn't mean that all can be forgotten
about her past.
"My co-workers still tease me about going to State,"

use of fees
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of
Southxworth a. Board of Regents of the University of
Wisconsin at Madison last week and Michigan Student
Assembly candidates were listening.
The court won't rule on the case for about six months, but
its decision could ban fees that student governments imple-
ment to fund campus groups. The plaintiffs allege that man-
dating such fees violates students' First Amendment rights
because it forces them to support
X A 0 A groups they object to on moral

Fall electionls

But several MSA candidates
have posed the counter-argument
that banning student fees would
hinder the marketplace of ideas,
ultimately posing a greater threat
to First Amendment rights.
"Whether or not an individ-
ual agrees with the ideas
behind these groups, it is still
important for him or her to
hear their ideas," said LSA
Independent Candidate Zach

first-year student and

Head of the Michigan Stadium grounds crew Amy Fouty and another grounds crew member survey the field during the
Michigan vs. Northwestern football game on Nov. 6.
Fouty says. "They all say 'You know, Amy, the field is believe that the incredibly short length of the grass is a direct
green and white'." reflection on how fast the backs run.
Technicalities Studies have been conducted to
Michigan's 129 total rushingT examine this theory, but there are
yards over Penn State may be a only hypotheses about which types
telling fact to the average fan of grass add to players' speed.
about the caliber of Michigan ' s( W(OtD IN IY U . V{ J "The coaches want their grass
rushing game. But to Fouty this is r cut as short as possible," Fouty
a telling fact, not so much about ' M T I ""I"'*says. "Our field is cut at an inch
the team, but about the field they 00TW..I.i A4TUADAIN and a quarter and I hope to lower it
play on. I(9 AN JI~fg in the future. The coaching staff
Fouty's eyes light up with the feels that this makes them faster."
thought of the Penn State field. The Last summer, the Michigan
Nittany Lions play on what is considered "the field" when it Stadium football field also went through major renova-
comes to northern sadiums, Fouty said. Some coaches See TURF, Page 8

Slates. "The Southworth case could potentially silence
the voices of dissent on our campus and thereby reduce
our exposure to a vast range of ideas and the quality of
our education."
Defend Affirmative Action Party candidate and LSA
sophomore Erika Dowdell said Southworth is an elitist move-
ment to eliminate free speech rights.
"The right-wing students who are bringing this case for-
ward will continue to get funding from private' organizations,
so they're not worried about it," Dowdell said. "But other stu-
dents group rely on that funding, and that's what they're
Social Work first-year student Jaie Scott , who is also an
independent candidate, said most of her constituents are in
favor of student fees.
Blue Party candidate and LSA junior Ross Kirschner also
supported the views of the Associated Students of Madison
Student Council.
"The $5.69 that MSA collects from every student's tuition
each semester plays an integral part in the vibrant exchange
of ideas that the varied organizations on this campus pro-
vide," he said.
MSA distributes about $150,000 each semester to
various student groups on campus through its Budget
See MSA Page 8

0MA changes may not affect 'U'

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
While Michigan State University's Board of
Trustees studies the ramifications of the recently re-
interpreted Open Meetings Act, the University Board
of Regents and administration continue to defend their
closed executive sessions under the provisions of the
In June, the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a
ruling clarifying the use of the act - which mandates that
all publicly elected bodies must open formal meetings to
constituents - by permitting necessary exceptions.
According to the ruling, the governing bodies of state
universities, such as the University's Board of Regents
and MSU's Board of Trustees, must keep formal meet-

ings open to the public, but they have the power to dic-
tate what is formal and what is not. "I think it's the right
decision," said University of Michigan President Lee
This semester, the regents and members of the
University administration have met in closed-door ses-
sion twice - once to meet with legal counsel and a sec-
ond time to conduct a presidential review of Bollinger.
"There will be times that executive session will be
necessary ... and the law provides for that, said Regent
David Brandon (R-Ann Arbor).
Currently, a committee, comprised of four members
of MSU's Board of Trustees is studying the impact of
the ruling from the state's high court. The Supreme
Court ruling stems from a 1993 case where Federated

Publications, Inc. charged MSU with violating the
Open Meetings Act in its search for current president
M. Peter McPherson.
The prosecuting group represented the Lansing State
Journal and The Detroit News in the suit. "We have a
opportunity to adopt a unique policy," Porteous said,
adding that he hopes the committee will be able to for-
malize a policy either next month or early next year.
In 1996, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and The
Ann Arbor News sued the University Board of Regents,
contesting their use of closed-door sessions in the search
to replace former University President James Duderstadt.
A court ruling that year forced the regents to open
the proceedings to the public.
See MEETINGS, Page 2

Nobel prize winner
speaks at Rackham

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ecutive Director of Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence Carolynne
(rvls and Michigan Student Assembly Vice President Andy Couiouris speak at
in Control debate yesterday in the Michigan Union Ballroom,
anel debates n

LUsa Kolvu
y Staff Reporter
A topic more explosively debated
an any other this year, gun control is
le to rise the ire of even the calmest
rson. Last night, 75 students attended
- ate on gun control and the right to
rmsheld in the Michigan Union
The event was sponsored by Voice
ur Vote, a task force of Michigan
dent Assembly. Shari Katz, an LSA
phomore and MSA representative,
id that there were two reasons they

Emmons Smith from Michigan
Citizens for Hand Gun Control and
Carolynne Jarvis from Michigan
Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence
argued for gun control, while Mike
Hoban of Brass Roots and David Coy, a
member of the National Rifle
Association board of directors, argued
against it.
The session started with each
spokesperson giving a three minute
speech on their view of gun control.
"I'm not against guns that are used
for sports or hunting, Smith said. "But

By Dan Krauth
Daily Staff Reporter
University community members
crowded Rackham Amphitheatre -
overflowing into the hallway outside the
venue - hoping to hear Nobel Prize
winning poet Seamus Heaney excavate
Irish paintings and poetry from the 20th
Heaney explained how, "The
artist's responsibility is to transform
human statements into artistic state-
ments," and that, "to be an artist is to
make things capable of eternity," as
he showed slides of paintings and
quoted Irish poetry.
Paintings that were highlights includ-
ed work by Beatrice Elvery, Sean
Keating and Jack Yeats. "It was a poets
eye view of painting - sensitive,
charming and enlightening," said
Public Policy Prof. Elena Delbanco.
Heaney referred to William Yeats'

work of Rita Duffy called
Heaney explained the history behind
Irish paintings and how Duffy's paint-
ing is, "A Paradox of the Madonna and
mocking attitudes towards it." The work
also represents Duffy's Roman Catholic
beliefs and her sense of Ireland as an
oppressed country.
Other Irish Painters works, like
Sean Keating, were displayed show-
ing Irish life as it was in the begin-
ning of the century. Heaney
described Keating as, "shifting -from
old world to new world," when
Keating's subjects are depicted as
saying good-bye to each other as one
is sailing off to England.
"I like how he pointed out that some-
times you also have to forget the histo-
ry and simply just look at the art," said
LSA sophomore Emily Mather.
The lecture titled, "Getting the

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