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MSA's influx of independents
On Oct. 30, 1992, just before the
November MSA elections, The Michi-
gan Daily reported that MSA members
were concerned about a dwindling
number of party-affiliated candidates.
While some parties were able to fill
their slate, others, like the Progressive
Party, lacked representation from the
smaller programs within the Univer-
Nancy Eisenstein was one of the
LSA representatives for the Conserva-
tive Coalition at the time. According to
the Daily article, she said she felt that
the lack of party affiliation was a result
of poor publicity.
"I don't think either one of the par-
ties did a good job in letting people
know that the elections (were) coming
up and that students could run on one
of those two tickets," Eisenstein said at
Allison Insley, the 1992 MSA Elec-
tion Director, gave a different perspec-
tive. Insley said she was impressed
with the number of candidates, noting
Representatives from MSA had dif-
ferent attitudes toward the influx of
Brian Kight, a School of Engineering
representative and independent mem-
ber, disagreed and told the Daily at the
time that the increase in independent
candidates shows a lack of organiza-
tion among the parties.
"If the parties were run better
and were better organized then they
would be recruiting better," Kight told
the Daily at the time. "When we've
had more organization, parties have
had larger slates. But, in this election,
there's been no organization - things
have been done sort of last minute."
Rob Van Houweling, the Student
Rights Commission chair at the time,
said thatlarge numbers of independent
candidates was "a good sign," adding
that students who "really [wanted] to
work" could run without becoming
distracted by party loyalty.
According to the article, the MSA
vice president at the time, Hunter
Van Valkenburgh, said he felt that the
problem with elections was student
apathy, rather than the parties' orga-
"I don't think it's the parties," Van
Valkenburgh told the Daily at the time.
"We haven't engineered a system so it
can only be two parties like the Demo-
crats and Republicans. It's not like that.
There's plenty of room for indepen-
dents to win."
Tobias Zimmerman, an LSA repre-
sentative at the time, pointed out that
in that period, MSA had little power
because of the University's Board of
"MSA could have that power," he
said at the time. But only, he added, "if
students and MSA chose to take that
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LSA sophomore Vishrut Srivastava studies inan
empty Angell Hall auditorium before rehearsal for
the a capella group Maize Mirchi.
Shower in the $100 in bike
grad. library parts stolen
CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Free pancakes Presidential
from DoRAK libraries talk
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
WHEN: Monday atl10:40 a.m.
WHAT: An unaffiliated
53-year-old male was caught
usingthe shower on the fifth '
oor inside of the Hatcher
Library, University Police
reported. He was escorted off
WHERE: 1400 block Wash-
WHEN: Monday at about 2
WHAT: A male student had his
handlebars, shifters and brake
handles, all estimated at $100,
stolen from his bike, University
WHAT: The Do Random
Acts of Kindness Club is
offering free pancakes to all
people passing by their
WHO: Do Random Acts of
WHEN: Today 9 a.m. to noon
WHERE: Mason Hall
$320 iPod taken Cell phone swiped
WHERE: Harlan Hatcher A
WHERE: University Hospital Graduate Library performance
WHEN-Mnrn dt t bi 120 WHEN-Mniv dt nht t 330
WHAT: A talk on presi-
dential libraries and muse-
ums, their operating costs
and historical regalia.
WHO: Museums Theme Year
WHEN: Tonight 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gerald Ford
Talk on OCD
WHAT: A symposium on
diagnosis and treatment
disorder andits affects
at different ages.
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Clinical and Health Research
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Laura Eaton, was sentenced to
one year. The couple pleaded
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of the health care bill, he was
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embraced hnm the East Room,
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WHAT: An iPod touch valued
-at $320 belonging to the Well-
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University Hospital was stolen,
University Police reported. The
case is under investigation.
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had her $275 cell phone stolen
while she left it unattended for
15 minutes when she went to
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