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MSA
From page IA
only one seat to independent candi-
dates in each of the student govern-
ments.
DAAP, the other major party
involved in the election, won five
seats on the assembly but was
unable to defeat MAP in any of the
races in which the two parties went
head-to-head.
"I guess Zack Yost just knew a
couple more people than I did,"
DAAP presidential candidate Mari-
cruz Lopez said.
DAAP's presidential ticket of
Lopez and Sarah Barnard garnered
500 more votes than DAAP's ticket
last year. Lopez and Barnard won
25 percent of the vote - compared
with about 5 percent last year.
Although that increase may be
the result of DAAP's status as the
only opposition party in the elec-
tion, Lopez said she was optimistic
about her party's future in the after-
math of the passage of November's

affirmative action ban.
"I just think that this campus is a
lot more politicized because of the
events of the last year," Lopez said.
One of the independent candi-
dates who won, LSA junior Tim
Hull, took the fourth highest
weighted vote total for an LSA seat
in MSA - despite receiving only
the 12th highest raw vote count.
This means that while Hull may
have received less votes than the
other winning candidates, those
that did vote for him rated him
very highly on the 1 through 10
voting scale.
Hull attributed his victory to a
desire for a different voice in a can-
didate field that featured only two
parties: the powerful MAP and the
radical Defend Affirmative Action
Party.
"I'm a distinct, unique voice on
the Assembly," Hull said. "The one
concern I've had is that MSA is kind
of homogeneous. There's one type
of person on MSA."
Yost said he was prepared to

tackle the perceptions of sameness
and slow-moving bureaucracy that
have characterized MSA.
The first part of his - and MAP's
-new plan is the creation of an MSA
internship program. This would
bring young students and incoming
freshmen into a development pro-
gram familiarizing students with
the way that student government
works at the University.
The plan is the brainchild of a
reorganization committee estab-
lished in January to battle the
web of bureaucracy that can slow
the assembly to a halt. The idea is
to scale back the number of com-
mittees and create a more vertical
chain of command that leads to the
executive members.
"There's too much information
to communicate back and forth,"
Yost said. "The system we have
now doesn't work as well as it
should."
Along with the new infrastruc-
ture, the new guard of MSA plans to
focus on the new leasing ordinance

that pushed back the lease-signing
date this year, he said.
MSA members will meet with
the City Council Wednesday to
evaluate the ordinance and address
issues like the loophole that allows
residents to sign waivers that place
their houses on the market before
the appropriate period has expired,
Dar said.
Reisinger said his goals focus on
the continuation of the programs
already put in place, like a revital-
ization and expansion of the study
abroad program to include more
places and to accept transfer cred-
its from more programs.
"It's probably one of the most
complained about programs at the
University to us," Reisinger said.
Although he was accused of
crashing a rival party's website
in last year's presidential elec-
tion, Tony Vuljaj, the MAP can-
didate for the Business School
MSA seat, defeated DAAP oppo-
nent Sarina Shah with 135 votes
to Shah's 79.

DANCE
From page IA
every hour in preparation for a final,
14-minute long dance. Aside from
that, music is constantly playing but
dancing is optional. Participants are
required to stand - but not dance
- for the whole 30 hours.
There are constant games, sports
and arts and crafts to pass the time.
Participants also have access to
computers, study tables and snacks.
Even though Dance Marathon
doesn't require perpetual dancing,
there is aban on caffeine.Sodas,ener-
gy drinks and coffee are prohibited.
"We don't want people crashing
from it," said LSA senior Ashley
Borre, who sat on the Dance Mara-
thon steering committee.
"I'm doing well now, but there
was a half hour period when I was
crashing," said LSA junior Shannon
Riley around noon yesterday, the
event's 26thhour. Riley, who stayed
awake by playing cards, was par-
ticularly moved by the singing of
12-year-old Logan Shayna.
Riley said Shayna's rendition of
"Aint No Stopping Is Now" made

Monday, March 26, 2007 - 7A
her cry.
Shayna was one of many children
and families who had benefited from
the money raised at the event who
stopped by to thank the participants.
While organizers don't plan to
change the format of the event,
Dance Marathon External Direc-
tor Steve Crompton wants a more
diverse group of dancers.
"We want to expand to more
areas of campus and don't want to
limit ourselves to students looking
for a group to join," Crompton said.
Still, Dance Marathon hasn't
experienced any slowdown in
people who want to participate
- so much so that the marathon
may be approaching its capacity.
Borre spoke of a potential lottery to
choose participants in the future.
"Insurance-wiseandwithaccom-
modations, we can only have so
many people in one room," she said.
"We want to take as many people as
we can. It's just aspace issue."
She said students may have to
raise more than the $250 now
required in order to increase their
odds of participating in the mara-
thon.

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ARIES
(March 21to April 19)
Don't hesitate to put your own needs
first now. This is the one time of year
when it'stotally appropriate to do this.
It's alt about you right now.
TAURUS
(April 20 toMay 20)
Give yourself some moments of pri-
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to start to plan out your new year, which
is going to arrive very soon when your
birthday comes around.
GEMINI
(May 21to June 20)
Accept all invitations now. Get out
and schmooze! Talk to others, and tell
them about your hopes and dreams for
the future. Their feedback definitely will
help you in some way.
CANCER
(June 21to July 22)
You are in the limelight now. Quite
likely, you'll be asked to accept
increased responsibilities for something.
Don't shy away! You'll be able to do the
job beautifully!
LEO
(July 23 to Aug. 22)
Travel, increased education, publish-
ing, the media and anything having to do
with medicine or the law are the areas
where you base year primary focus for
the next few weeks. Jump on this.
VIRGO
(Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
You're on a self-improvement kick
now. Exercise, diet and pumping vita-
mins could be some of the things you're
trying. Whatever works - do it!
LIBRA
(Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Partnerships and close friendships
continue to be a major focus for you in
the next few weeks. You can learn a lot
about yourself by watching your behav-

for with others.
SCORPIO
(Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
You have such a strong urge now to
get organized; capitalize on this. Make
sure you give yourself the right tools to
do a good job.
SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
You're in the mood to play. Romance
and love affairs are also highly favored.
Sports, movies, entertaining diversions,
parties and playful times with children
are tops on the menu.
CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22to Jan. 19)
Discussions with parents and family
members are significant in the next few
weeks. Make sure you put extra time
into your domestic scene for whatever
reason.
AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Busy you! Short trips, errands, shop-
ping, buying and selling, and increased
time spent with siblings and relatives
keep you on the run. (Gasp.)
PISCES
(Feb. 19 to March 20)
In subtle ways, you're giving thought
to your value system in life. You're actu-
ally wondering what really matters. You
don't want to put your money on the
wrong horse.
YOU BORN TODAY You're hard-
working, independent and responsible.
People sense this about you, and they
quickly respect and admire you. You
know that the shortest distance between
two points is a straight line. You like to
work at your own pace. You prefer to do
things your own way. In the year ahead,
relationships and partnerships will be
your primary focus.
Birthdate of: Keira Knightley, actress;
Nancy Pelosi, politician; T.R. Knight,
actor.

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