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By Carrie Thorson
DjStaff Rportr
With winter elections for the
Michigan Student Assembly less
than two weeks away, the various
parties represented in the elections
are busy finalizing their platforms:
The Blue Party platform for the
elections reflects not only new ideas
but accomplishments of the Blue
Party candidates currently serving
on MSA.
"e can campaign not only on
t gs we want to do but on things
we've gotten done," said Blue Party
presidential candidate Matt Nolan.
He attributed the addition of acade-
mic minors to the efforts of Blue
Party members.
The premier item on the Blue
Party platform is online coursepa-
cks, Nolan said. With the Media
Union Coursetools online, Blue
P*y candidates said they will
attempt to have all coursepack arti-
cles posted on the Web so students
can save money.
"Students spend too much money
on coursepacks," said Nolan.
"There's nothing preventing profes-
sors from posting all articles
The Blue Party would also like to
create a Campus Improvement Task
F e to deal with campus projects
th currently do not have a speci-
fied place in MSA but have been
worked on by Blue Party members
in the past.
"The sidewalk added outside
Angell Hall was a Blue Party plat-
form issue in the last election," said
vice-presidential candidate Jessica
Cash. "We're proposing solutions
that we know how to complete."
*her issues the task force would
deal with are installing ice
machines in residence halls,
improving elevators in the Dennison
Building, coordinating all campus
clocks to display the same time,
installing more bicycle racks, and
working for better snow removal
"Other parties identify problems.
Our platform addresses these prob-
lems with proactive solutions,"
uParty members have been
working with the office of Vice
President for Student Affairs E.
Royster Harper to secure two days
off in the middle of fall term. They
also plan to try and push back
spring break one week to begin in
If elected, the Blue Party plans to
g oute maps and time schedules
poed at all bus stops during the
2001-2002 academic year. They
also stand firmly against the Ann
Arbor Transportation Authority
merger, said Nolan, and will pro-

vide a strong student voice in the
upcoming decisions.
Nolan said Blue Party members
will work to endorse a bill currently
before the state House that would
lift the 6 percent sales tax from pur-
ches of all required textbooks.
her items on the Blue Party
platform include pushing back the
pass/fail deadline, expanding access
and hours to University buildings,
increasing the number for restau-
rants that accept Entree Plus, and
increasing funding for student
groups. They also plan to add a
Greek Relations Commission to
MSA and a Residence Hall Con-
st tion Oversight Board to ensure
student input in the building of a
new residence hall.
"The Blue party platform was
constructed to represent the views
of all students, not just those of a
particular affiliation," said LSA
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By Carrie Thorson
Daly Staff Reporter
Erika Dowdell and Jessica Curtin, the Defend
Affirmative Action Party presidential and vice-
presidential candidates in the Michigan Student
Assembly elections, have been disqualified from
the election along with five other candidates.
Dowdell, DAAP's presidential candidate,
failed to attend a mandatory candidates meeting
Tuesday. Candidates were informed that failure to
contact the-election director 24 hours prior to this
meeting would result in removal from the ballot.
Housing Program Director Jackie Mims-Hick-
man and Residence Halls Association President
Jason Taylor spoke at the meeting on the new
solicitation policy for candidates in the residence




Curtin attended the meeting but was disquali-
fied because of her position as Dowdell's running
"This is completely ridiculous," Dowdell said.
"I've missed a great number of MSA meetings in
the past"
"The Election Board does not have the right to
decide what the qualifications for being a candi-
date are," Curtin said. "They are bureaucrats on a
power trip."
Dowdell and Curtin said the decision was
unprecedented because the ruling of the Election
Board stemmed from its own rules, not the
guidelines listed in the MSA code and constitu-
"I think our decision was fair," said College of

Architecture and Urban Planning Rep. Shana
Shevitz, a member of the election board. "It is of
utmost importance to candidates to understand
this new policy that not only University Housing
set but that MSA has endorsed"
"There is nothing at that meeting that I
wouldn't have known before," Dowdell said.
Although several Blue Party and Michigan
Party members were also disqualified, DAAP is
the only party that has appealed the case to the
Central Student Judiciary. If CSJ accepts the
case, they will make the final. decision on
whether the DAAP candidates may participate in
the election.
"I had a feeling this would happen," said She-
vitz. "It still didn't sway me from believing that
See MSA, Page 7A

Candidates disqualified
from the MSA election

President/vice president
Erika Dowdell
Jessica Curtin
LSA representative
John Alexander
Arvind Grover
Rackham representative
Rich Ghazarian
Magdalena Przydzial
Business representative
Muhammed Mian

Michigan Party
Blue Party

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By Jen Fsh
Daily Staff Reporter
Harvard University will announce its new president by
Monday, according to a report in The Boston Globe, and two
changes in the University of Michigan's online directory yes-
terday may signal an impending departure for Lee Bollinger.
The directory listing for Provost Nancy Cantor now reads
"Office of the President" rather than her
previous title, "Provost and Executive
Vice President for Academic Affairs."
Cantor, the highest-ranking academic
officer under Bollinger, would be a logi-
cal choice for interim president should
Bollinger depart.
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Michael Kennedy's title was changed to
reflect Cantor's current position as
"I've not been spoken to," Kennedy Salinger
said when reached at his home last night. "I'll wait and see
what happens tomorrow."
University spokeswoman Julie Peterson dismissed the
changes and said she was unaware of any administrative
Cantor, who is in Germany, was unavailable to comnent.
Bollinger is rumored to be the Harvard committee's top
choice, but he has refused to comment on the process.
Quoting sources close to Harvard's search process, the
Globe reported that members of the search committee are
scheduled to convene over the weekend, apparently to meet
with Harvard's deans.
Some members of the search committee strongly oppose
Harvard Provost Harvey Fineberg, who was initially expected
to be the frontrunner for the post, the Globe reported. Former
U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, the other finalist
for the job, is viewed as not having enough leadership experi-
ence at a university.
See HARVARD, Page 7A

Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe follows guard Gavin Groninger and center Josh Moore off the court yesterday following an 82-80 loss to Penn
State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament that ended the season for the Wolverines. Michigan finished 1048 overall.
Seasoln enllds onl last-secofnd shot

By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Editor
CHICAGO - With 0.3 seconds remain-
ing on the clock in the first round of the Big
Ten Tournament, Penn State forward Gyasi
Cl i n e - H e a r d
drove the finalr PENN STATE 82
nail in the coffin
of the Michigan MICHIGAN 80
basketball team's
season and perhaps Michigan coach Brian
Ellerbe's career with a layup off of a Bran-

don Watkins'iissed jumper.
The shot gave the Nittany Lions an 82-80
victory, ending Michigan's season. The
Wolverines finished the year with a 10-18
overall record (4-12 Big Ten), the worst a
Michigan team has finished since an 8-19
record in the 1981-82 season.
For Ellerbe, last night's loss may have
been his last on a Michigan sideline. For
months, there has been speculation about the
coach's future. The Big Ten Tournament
may have been his final chance to prove
himself worthy to keep the job.

But now, Ellerbe must wait for Athletic
Director Bill Martin to make a decision
about his future. For the last few weeks,
Martin has refused to comment on Ellerbe's
status, stating only that he would evaluate
the men's basketball program at the end of
the year the same way that he evaluates all
Michigan programs.
"We haven't excelled the way we would
like to the last four years. But we have been
under some unexpected and different type
situations," Ellerbe said. "When we earned

Dance Marathon ready to
rock all night, patal Y

Day of celebration

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter

Two hundred and fifty students
have decided to dance away the
weekend in an attempt to raise
money for the Child and Family Life
Services and Pediatric Rehabilitation
Service departments at C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital by' volunteering
for Dance Marathon, one of the Uni-
versity's biggest annual fundraisers.
This is the fourth time the Univer-
sity has hosted the fundraiser, which
acts as the culmination of year-
around fundraisers put on by the
Dance Marathon student organiza-
tion. The marathon has become more

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Dance Marathon
successful every year, drawing in
more participants and bigger contri-
The idea for a dance marathon
started at Penn State University,
which had its first marathon in the
1970s. Since then, the trend has
spread to universities across the

The contributions raised this week-
end will go toward rehabilitation
equipment for children with physical
disabilities, as well as recreational
activities that will allow children to
have "some of the fun things in life,"
said Sara Hickey, Program Coordina-
tor of Mott Hospital operations.
The activities include discharge
and transplant parties, field trips and
supplies for art therapy. Money will
also go towards expanding Mott's
school re-entry program, making it
easier for children who are recover-
ing from an illness to attend school.
In the past, the hospital has been
very impressed with the work put
See DANCE, Page 7A

Rabbi Alter Goldstein reads the Megillah yesterday at the Chabad House for
Purim, a celebration of the Jews' perseverance throughout a history of

Blanchard has early edge in 2002 governor race

By Louie Meizlish
Daily StaffrReporter

Although it has only been four months since
the last statewide election, candidates are already
beginning to line up for the 2002 governor's race
- particularly on the Democratic side, where it
seems likely that at least one of three prominent
Michion noliticins will rnm

nifer Granhohn finished second with 26 percent,
followed by U.S. Rep. David Bonior of Mt.
Clemens with 16 percent and state Sen. Gary
Peters of Bloomfield Township with 2 percent.
The winner of the Democratic primary will
likely face Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus in the
November general election. Posthumus seems to
have gained the support of most Republicans,
although there is sneculation that Sen. John

According to the poll, whose margin of error
is plus or minus 5 percent, if the general elec-
tion were held today both Granholm and Blan-
chard would defeat Posthumus by 20-point
margins with a Bonior-Posthumus race too close
to call.
Blanchard served as governor from 1983 until
he was defeated in 1990 by current Gov. John

"If things continue, there's no question about
it," he said this week.
He admitted, however, that it is too early to
predict the winner of the Democratic primary.
"They can take polls now that show I win, but
that may not be the case a year from now," he
Granholm has not formally declared her candi-
dacy, although she did admit to planning a run




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