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Monday
March 26,2001

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MSAeections
President/VP results
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Blue Party
takes MSlA
presidency'
12 seats
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Michigan Student Assembly Pres-
ident Hideki Tsutsumi will have to
give up his gavel tomorrow.
Blue Party candidates Matt Nolan
and Jessica Cash secured the execu-
tive slate while their party took 12
seats on the assembly. Nolan and
Cash beat runners-up Doug Tietz
*id Chip Englander of the Michi-
gan Party by 477 votes.
"We're very excited that we're
finally going to be able to do the
things we've wanted to do," Nolan
said.
Coming in a close second was the
Michigan Party, whose representa-
tives won 11 seats on the assembly.
The University Democratic Party
and the Defend Affirmative Action
arty each secured only three new
ats on the assembly.
"We're only six weeks old, and
we're very proud of what we've
accomplished in those six weeks,"
said LSA Rep. Alicia Johnson, who
ran as the vice-presidential candi-
date of the University Democratic
Party.
"Our electoral success attests to
the fact that our message resonates
*ith the student body," said U .
Dems presidential candidate
Michael Simon. The U-Dems plan
to be back for the fall elections.
DAAP kept 12 seats, the same
number it had last semester.
"There aren't any huge changes in
the makeup of the assembly, aside
from the fact that there's a much
better executive now," said Rack-
ham Rep. Jessica Curtin, who ran as,
DAAP's vice-presidential candidate
Several current representatives
who were not up for re-election said
they look forward to the new assem-
bly
"I'm excited about the new
administration and I feel :hat a lot
will be accomplished." said LSA
Rep. Zach Slates.
I definitely see a smooth transi-
tion," said LSA Rep. Reza Break-
one. "Matt and Jessica's
xperience will contribute to their
ability to run a great assembly."
The election was not easy for
everyone. Members of the Election
Board as well as candidates who did

not win seats had complaints about
See MSA, Page 2A
Inside:
More MSA election results. Page 24.
LSA-SG election results. Page 3A.

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* Former Michigan quarterback
to report to baseball training
camp in Florida today
By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor

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Michigan starting quarterback Drew Hen-
son is quitting the football team after his
junior season to play third base for the New
York Yankees.
Henson held a press conference Saturday in
his home town of Brighton to announce the
decision.
"I knew that I would eventually need to
make a choice between two sports that I

love," Henson said. "And since I did not know
when that day would come I spent the last few
years preparing myself to
make the best decision,
whatever that may be."
Henson, who was draft-
ed by the Yankees after
high school and traded last
summer to the Cincinnati
Reds, will now return to
the Yankees - the team
he's always dreamed of
playing for.
Henson Henson has played
minor league ball during the summer since he
has been at Michigan, and for much of that
time, there has been speculation that he would

choose one sport over the other. After Michi-
gan's season-ending Citrus Bowl victory,
Henson had said he would return for his final
season.
"In a perfect world, I could have finished my
football career here at Michigan, and then gone
on to play third base for the Yankees," Henson
said this weekend. "But it's been made clear to
me that the opportunity presenting itself at this
time will no longer be there next January.
"Both my desire to continue to play football
and complete my degree at Michigan is why I
turned down previous offers from the Yan-
kees. But I cannot risk doing it now."
Henson will report today to the Yankees' spring
training in Tampa, Fla., where he will sign a con-
tract so he can concentrate solely on baseball.

He told his teammates goodbye Saturday at
Schembechler Hall, and those who were there
wished him well.
Football coach Lloyd Carr reportedly was
disappointed with Henson's decision and lec-
tured his team on the importance of graduat-
ing but did express support for his former
quarterback.
"We wish him well," Carr said in a written
statement.
Though the decision will likely mar Hen-
son's opportunity to become a legendary
Michigan football player, Henson hopes his
fans will understand.
"I don't expect every Michigan fan to
understand my decision to pursue baseball at
See HENSON, Page 7A

Icers head to
rozen our
with 43 main

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor
GRAND RAPIDS - This weekend
in the NCAA West Regional, Michi-
gan eked out a hard-fought 4-3 win
against Mercyhurst
Saturday and eased 2001 Fri
past St. Cloud 4-3 Albar
yesterday.
That's right, the Semifin
Wolverines need- Michigan State
ed a late goal by 1:31
Andy Hilbert to
beat the Lakers, Michigan vs.
the lowest-seeded 7
team in the tour- Champln
nament, and then 7
dominated the
Huskies - the
team that Michigan coach Red Beren-
son called the best in the tournament
- for most of yesterday's game.
However they did it, the result is a
trip for Michigan in two weeks - to
the Frozen Four.

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This shouldn't come as too big a
surprise, considering Michigan played
its best this season against good teams
that weren't named Michigan State,
and always had trouble against the
teams it should
Zen Four have beaten easily.
,N.Y.. That isn't to say
that the Huskies
!s: April 5 didn't make
s. North Dakota things interesting.
p.m. Keith Anderson
cut the Wolver-
oston College Ines' advantage to
, mone goal with just
, p: April 7 over five minutes
Mp left in the game.
But Michigan
held on for the
trip to Albany.
"We knew it would be a tough
game and we knew St. Cloud would
be a formidable opponent," Berenson
See HOCKEY, Page 2A

TOM FELDKAMP/Daily
The Michigan hockey team celebrates yesterday's 4-3 victory over St. Cloud. The Wolverines will face Boston College in
the Frozen Four in two weeks.

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See rethink term L mits after
experience in Lansing eClnes

TE LIMITS

By Louie Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter

Many Michigan legislators are fighting to
repeal the constitutional amendment institut-
ing term limits, but the proposal will be met
with fierce opposition from supporters of the
law, which was ratified in 1992.
A resolution introduced last week by Sen.
Glenn Steil (R-Grand Rapids) would extend
term limits to 12 years from the current eight
for the offices of governor, lieutenant gover-
nor, secretary of state, attorney general and
members of the Senate. Members of the
House of Representatives would see their lim-
its doubled from its current restriction of six

years.
The current system was brought about by
the 1992 ballot initiative Proposal B, which
was overwhelmingly approved by a 54 per-
cent to 38 percent margin.
In order for Steil's proposal to be ratified
- as with any constitutional amendment ini-
tiated in the Legislature - it must be
approved by two-thirds of both the House and
Senate. It would then go on the ballot, and a
majority of Michigan voters would have to
approve it.
Among Michigan's legislators there seems
to be near-unanimous support for at least a
lengthening of the limits and possibly a repeal
of the entire system.
"It takes these people a while to learn the
system," Steil said.
Sen. Christopher Dingell (D-Trenton) has
been vocal in opposition to term limits, call-
ing for a full repeal.

"Every elected official has a term limit -
it is when they come up for re-election," he
said, adding that lifetime politicians were not
commonplace before term limits were rati-
fied.
"With an average of eight years in the
House and 10 in the Senate, it does not show
there was a lot of career politicians," he said.
Steil, who supported Proposal B in 1992,
said strong governors can be overly powerful
when dealing with large numbers of freshman
legislators.
Sen. Leon Stille (R-Spring Lake) said he
regrets voting in favor of Proposal B, adding
that vast amounts of relatively new legislators
can lead to a stalled legislative process.
Stille criticized the House, which has 64
first-term members, and House Speaker Rick
Johnson (R-LeRoy), in his second term, for
being too slow-moving.
See TERM LIMITS, Page 2A

'U' hosts 600 for Asian Americas coference

g1ets .5 Oscars
By Andy Taylor-fabe
and Lyle Henretty
Daily Arts Writers
The 73rd annual Academy Awards last night saw few
surprises and a very long speech by Julia Roberts.
The heavily favored Roman epic "Gladiator" took
away five awards, including best actor - Russell
Crowe - and best picture.
In what was a surprise to absolutely no one, Julia
Roberts won Best Actress for her role in "Erin Brock-
ovich." Instructing the orchestra conductor to "put
down his stick" and refrain from cutting her off, she
launched into a speech thanking her fellow actors, her
family and everyone that she had ever met.
The actual broadcast clocked in at a merciful 3 1/2
hours. with comedy legend Steve Martin taking over the

By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter

Ann Arbor's Asian American student population swelled
this weekend as more than 600 students from around the
nation flocked to the Midwest Asian American Student
Union conference hosted by the University.
The conference drew two-thirds of its participants from
outside of Michigan, and it extended beyond the Midwest,
including students from the southern states and California.
Keynote speaker Grace Lee Boggs, an activist from
Detroit, traced how far the Asian American movement has
come but stressed that there is more to do.
"I's an amazin-ly different worll" she said.

provided a forum for students from 63 different institutions
to share their experiences and ideas. "We serve as each oth-
ers' examples," said Indiana University senior Cecille
Domingo.
The conference's theme, "Empower APA,. reflected its
mission to "empower and inspire students to give back to our
community and to want to take an active role as an Asian
Pacific American," said SNRE sophomore Michelle Lin,
who served as communication co-chair for the conference.
The workshops were designed to allow students to dis-
cuss solutions and paths of action to confront problems
Asian Americans face.
"This year we tried to step it up a little, include more
issues that had been on the fringes" Lin said. There were

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