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One hundred nine years of editoriidfreedom
November 18, 1999
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y Jeannie Baumann
aily Staff Reporter
In one day, the voter turnout for this fall's Michigan
tudent Assembly elections for representatives has surpassed
ast year's total.
"Last fall, a total of 2,249 people voted for MSA elections,
nd this year 2,240 have voted in this election," MSA
Election Director Mehul Madia, an LSA senior, said of the
ote total as of 8:30 p.m. yesterday. The evening tally indi-
ed that the number of voters would easily surpass last fall's
, Madia said.
"For last fall's LSA-(Student Government) elections, just
1,362 people voted over two days,
nd 1,127 have voted already
oted. M cA
"We're really pleased with Fall eltdios
oter turnout this fall. It has dra-
atically improved from last fall.
f this pace continues, we could
e-hitting record levels for voter
urnout for MSA elections,"t
e trend is that people are vot-
ng online," MSA Rep. Shari Katz said, who worked the polling
ite yesterday in Angell Hall. Since its start in winter 1997,
rnline voting has almost entirely replaced paper polls.
LSA senior Tuve Floden said it is important for students to-
>articipate in student government. "If we don't cast our
otes, our voices can't be represented," he said.s
LSA sophomore Jeremy Wilkins, who voted in the Angell
all paper polling site yesterday afternoon, said voting provides
students greater influence over the direction of the assembly.
@ believe if you don't vote, then you don't have the right
o criticize," he said.r
Students also expressed their individual agendas in voting.
"I wanted to voice my opinion about certain issues on cam- =
us, such as affirmative action and the rise of tuition - things
hat affect all students," LSA junior Charmeece Miller said.
Floden, a former participant in Ultimate Frisbee through
lub sports, said he specifically wanted to vote in this elec-
ion because of the ballot question. The question asks stu-
dents if they favor a $0.25 increase in student fees for two
semesters to start an endowment for club sports.,
JNRE Rep. Mona Gupta also worked at a voting booth
a said the assembly definitely had concerns about low
See MSA, Page 8A
A tale of two elections:
Last fall, 2,249 students voted in Michigan Student
Assembly elections. As of 8:30 last night, 2,240 had
voted during the first day of this fa*'s election.
* 1,362 students voted in last fall's LSA-Student
Government elections. As of 8:30 last night; 1,127 had
Paper polling sites are open at Angell Hall and Pierpont
Commons until 4 p.m. today. Voting is available online at
wwwumich.edu/-vote until midnight.
OSU an sues U'
brav e ta u nts,
By Dan Dingerson
There i io one more reviled on a
aurv afiernoon than the men in stripes.
Whie both Ibotbal teams can hope for
there is nothing an official can do to
in the respect of the crowd: no matter what
he resul of the game, they will be booed,
jred and hated during the 60-minute con-
teA. _ 's one of the toughest jobs in the
Critic iin officials is commonplace and
there is not a clear reward, so why would
any one want to become an official? Why do
these men choose to give up 11 weekends
each fall to get heckled and pelted with any-
thiing available? The answer is simple: an
unrequited love of football. .
For ihe officials, once they become part of
the o ci iating fraternity, there is almost
nothing betier. For them, football becomes a
pmrt :f their lives, not only on Saturdays but
every day of the year.
Years ago when I started refereeing, it
was an avocation, now it's a science says
Tom Ransom. head linesman for Saturday's
game against Ohio State. "It used to be that
all you did was go out on Friday night and
work a high school game and Saturday do a
college gane. Once the season was over, you
didn't pick up the rulebook until about a
month before the next season. Now, I don't
think that there is a day that goes by during
the year -365 days, not even Christmas day
- that we don't think about football offici-
ating in some way because it is such a part of
And not necessarily the rule book
either. The camaraderie of the friends that
we htve made over the years, the friend-
ships, the fellowships, the communica-
tions that we have with each other and
people that have come and gone are such
a big part of our lives."
See OFFICIALS, Page 7A
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ABOVE: Referee Tom Wtvoet signals a touchdown
during the Michigan vs. Northwestem game Nov. 6.
LEFT: Officials set the chains on the sideline for a
first down during the Michigan vs. Northwestern
game Nov. 6.
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statement released Tuesday.
"Unfortunately, this isn't about
passionate about school spirit, but
1 just plain law."
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
e Ohio State football team is
heading into Ann Arbor this
Saturday hoping to beat Michigan
and land a spot in a post-season
But on Monday, an entrepreneurf
urban Columbus, Ohio, headed to
District Court in his hometown to fil
against the University of Michigan af
asked to stop selling his line of 20 s
M y "Beat Michigan" products to
Mike McGuire of Powell, Ohio, is
University Board of Regents and theC
Licensing Company in Atlanta, cla
should be allowed to use the "Beat N
He is asking the court to cancel t
trademark of the word "Michigan" a
to the University.
Columbus man hop
The suit alleges that the University is incor,
from sub- rect to say McGuire's products "would dilute
the U.S. their trademark," McGuire said. "How in the
e a lawsuit hell would somebody think that, in scarlet and
ter he was gray?"
carlet and McGuire first sold his "Beat Michigan" T-
Buckeye shirts in 1974, when the Buckeyes defeated the
suing the The University of Michigan federally
Collegiate registered its "Michigan" trademark in
aiming he 1984, University spokesperson Joel
Michigan" Seguine said.
"We can relate to Mr. McGuire's passion'
he federal for 'beating Michigan' in this, the week of
s it relates the annual clash on the gridiron between U
of M and Ohio State," Seguine said in a;
7 nMcGuire registered "Beat
Michigan" as a trademark with the
Ohio Secretary of State in December 1997,
and he has a pending application for a federal
In July of this year, he sent a letter about
his products to OSU's licensing director, who
passed the information on to the University
of Michigan's trademark office.
In August, McGuire received a cease-and-
desist request from CLC attorney Michael
Drucker, acting on behalf of the University. DANNY KALICK/D
Drucker said he could not comment on the LSA junior Erin McWaln gives blood at the Michigan Union yesterday during the 18th annual Blood
case. . Battle between Ohio State University and the University of Michigan.
lawsuit states that in the letter, Drucker
on to allege that purchasers of Mr.
uire's goods would believe that the
See LAWSUIT, Page 1OA
M8tr 1sucAkeyes in
18th aul- 'lood Battle
Crowd packs hall
to hear Irish poet
By Jean Lee
Daily Arts Writer
Nobel Prize-winning poet and
Srvard prof. Seamus Heaney packed
crowd for a second time this week
at last night's much-anticipated poetry
reading in Rackham Auditorium. More
than 1,000 members of the University
community lined the aisles and flowed
out into the lobby, delaying the reading
with concerns from the Ann Arbor Fire
Mnrchal and Denartment of Public
In an interview prior to the reading,
Hean.ey said, "You stand up in front of a
strange audience and just hope that the
transition of whatever is inward can
reach out. You hope that the audience can
hear and listen in ... become one ear."
The audience did just that, pausing
and anticipating for Heaney's every
word. Heaney's voice tingled with a
melodious serenity, his Irish accent lin-
gering over what seemed to be low
whisnerina of a storv iust beginning to
By Krista Gullo
Daily Staff Reporter
Enjoying cookie: and juice with a bandage on
her arm, Engineering first-year graduate stident
Linda Bacelis-Bush said she had extra incen.ie to
donate blood during the Red Cross campus blood
"It's a good cause and plus the w hole OSU rival-
ry is always a good reason she said.
In an effort to get studentW to donate blood,
the University of M ichigan and Ohio State
University have joined w ith tei Red Cross to
host the 18th annual Blood Battil between the
The competition was 'started in an effort to
increase the know ledge of bloo:d shortage in
years, growing into one of the most important
blood donation efforts in the metro Detroit
"This is the biggest multi-collection site in the
M idwest," said Stacey Everson, Red Cross region-
al representative for Ann Arbor.
Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity on
c mpus. sponsors the Blood Battle.
Most of the volunteers are from APO, but this
year both Circle K International and Tau Beta Pi
have been involved, said co-chair Laura Mohr, an
This year's goal for the drive is 1,700 pints
of blood in a two week period.
As of Tuesday, the Red Cross had collected
850 pints from numerous campus sites,