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The Michigan Daily- Friday, June 6, 1986- Page 5
Power struggle plagues student assembly

Growing tension between Michigan
Student Assembly President Kurt
Muenchow and some MSA members
has prompted the assembly to seek a
professional mediatr to help smooth
relations before the struggle cripples
the assembly.
Since Muenchow was elected in
March, he and other officers from the
Meadow party ahve frequently
clashed with Student Rights party
members, who hold a majority of
seats and nearly all chairmanships on
the assembly.
Much of the controversy centers
on Muenchow's opposition to Student
Rights supporters who work for the
assembly. Two weeks ago, Muenchow

fired former Student Rights presiden-
tial candidate Jen Faigel, and this
week he refused to sign the timecards
of Faigel and MSA Military Research
Advisor Robyn Watts for work they've
done since Mid-April.
MUENCHOW refused to comment
on why he fired Faigel, or whether he
intends to pay Faigel and Watts. And
Faigel said she may seek legal coun-
sel to help get her paycheck.
Faigel was hired by former MSA
President Paul Josephson in
February to research the feasiblity of
University-wide orientation course
for freshmen. She said she has not yet
completed her research.
Art School rep. David Lovinger said
the assembly is trying to get a

mediator to meet privately with cleared up, but it won't happen over- heated debate which lasted well over
members of the assembly in the next night: This can still be an effective an hour, the assembly finally resolved
two weeks. Lovinger said Muenchow assembly," Lovinger said. to designate two assembly members
expressed willingness to participate "There has been a lot of steam that tosign Watts' contract.
in the process. "He's even en- has been there since the beginning of
thusiastic," Lovinger said. the election (in March)... The rest of OTHER DISPUTES arose over the
During the summer MSA operates the problem is not that the assembly appointment of Student Rights mem-
with about a third of its members. needs a new structure; it's interper- ber Eric Schnaufer as a committee
Meetings are held bi-weekly, instead sonal relationships," Faigel said, chair and the granting of late'
of weekly, and assembly work tends "I don't think Kurt has realized yet paychecks for former Military
to address prepartions for the fall that although he won the presidency, Research Advisor Ingrid Kock.
rather than issue oriented. Student Rights won the majority, so
Lovinger is optimistic the assembly we have control of the meetings," she At Monday's MSA meeting, Muen-
can smooth its dispute by the fall, said. chow refused to sign Faigel's and
when the rest of the assembly returns Evidence of the power struggle Watts' timecards, against the assem-
and MSA becomes more formal. emerged in April, at the newly-elected blys wishes
"If we can get someone good in (to assembly's second meeting. Muen-
mediate), and we have commitment chow declined to hire Watts, despite
from the assembly, we can get things an assembly directive to do so. After a

University President Harold Shapiro addresses a crowd of University regents, hospital administrators and
staffers, community members, and students as he presides over last Sunday's dedication of the nes University
Hospital. Lieutenant Gov. Martha Griffiths, a former University law student and hospital worker, delivers the
keynote address on behalf of Gov. James Blanchard, who was originally scheduled to speak. .Funding for the
$285 million project came from several sources, including a $33 million state appropriation.
'U' Terrace loses parking to hospital
'pand into is the University Terrace University, or family housing abeut
(ContinuedfromPage3) area." the concerns they raised at the
needs of future residents also," said Luskin said all parties will have to demonstration. "This won't be the end
Hinz, "Instead of giving us nr .e, they compromise in order to achieve any of our struggle," said Hinz. '"The
have taken away what was already equitable solution, hospital will have to learn to deal with
inadequats," she added. "Parking is a tremendous problem us."
SROBERT WAGNER, the manager at the University of Michigan," he
of parking oporations, acknowledges said. "It's not just the problem of the
that the parking space around the hospital or University Terrace
hospital area is inadequate. "Three residents."
years ago, when we planned the Luskin foresees some major N
existing structure, we had no idea that decisions coming for Community "
the Medical Science and Howard Council, the representative board of eeeeeeeee COUP
Hughes building would grow the way family housing. ''Some major plum- e$
that they did," he said. bing and electrical renovations that "
"When the new structure at are needed will present a price of a e n wn e nn
Catherine and Glen Streets is com- least a 7 digit figure," he said. "You
pleted, 1050 more spaces will be just don't put money like that into DEET DAIL
available in May, 1917; it will something if you aren't assuming that EERT TWILII
alleviate much of the pressure," he the buildings will be around for a few H EA RTS sHO~
said. "With the existing timetable, it's more years."
apparent that the only direction the The residents have not yet received
Medical Center can potentially ex- a response (rem the hospital, the Call for shi

Lt. Gov. dedicates
new 'U' hospitals
By REBECCA BLUMENSTEIN and hospital worker, substituted for
Calling it a "historic moment," Gov. James Blanchard as the keynote
University President Harold Shapiro speaker. She also cut the traditional
dedicated the new University Hospital ribbon.
and A. Alfred Taubman Health Center "THE HOSPITAL was made
last Sunday. possible only by cooperation between
"The University Hospital is the state legislators and the Univer-
destined to become one of the greatest sity. By forging this bond, we have
medical centers in the world," transformed the hospital into the
Shapiro said. He said the hospital is nation's most high-tech medical cen-
one of the finest in the country. ter," Griffiths said.
Martha Griffiths, state lieut. Gov. Although the expansion process will
and former University law student not be totally complete until 1990, the
gala celebration for the $235 million
hospital was not restrained. The ex-
pensive reception was catered by
. a we moveable Feast, a gourmet restaur-
SerVe you? ant, in the hospital's large glassed
lobby. Hundreds of ballons and music
from a chamber ensemble filled the
Picketers pulled some attention
away from the festivities, however.
University Terrace residents, an
apartment complex near the hospital,
protested the reduction of their
parking spaces due to the hospital's

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