Tuesday, May 30, 2000 One hundred nine years of editorial freedom
,Nike: 'U' s Last Kiss
Wolv. Access to
By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
IU the University's athletic depart-
*ment as marketable as Tiger Woods ?
Since the University can't juggle a golf
ball on a long iron, Nike says no.
When former Athletic Director Tom
Goss was negotiating a contract exten-
sion with Nike, Goss compared
Michigan to Woods and asked that the
University receive a similar contract to
the star golfer, who is renegotiating his
five-year contract that was worth S40
0 Woods' new contract is expected to
be double that, while the University
was going to settle for a six-year, $24
million contract, which would have
topped Nike's six-year, S22 million
contract with the University of Texas.
This is only one of a series of prob-
lems in the contract negotiations
between Nike and the University.
Negotiations broke off last month
during a debate over Nike's labor
practices. The two sides also argued
over a series of student protests on
Nike disagreed with the
University's claim that it should
receive a contract similar to that of
Woods, and said few sports properties
can command Woods-like money.
Nike sited Woods' international
appeal and his ability to be used in
advertisements. (The NCAA pro-
hibits the use of athletes for commer-
Last September, Nike offered the
athletic department a "favorite univer-
sity clause," which would have ensured
that the University's contract would
always remain more valuable than any
Two weeks ago, the University
signed a one-year contract with Nike
where it agreed to pay Nike 5760,000
for the company to outfit all athletic
teams. The University will receive
seven to ten percent of royalties for any
The University is currently negotiat-
ing a long-term contract with Nike, as
See NIKE, Page 3
Daily Staff Reporter
After June 5, class registra-
tion will be made much simpler
as students will be able to reg-
ister for classes over the
Beginning May 24,,students
were unable to utilize touch-
tone registration, grades, and
address updates on Wolverine
Access due to the implementa-
tion of a new administration
This new system is one of
many changes the University is
making to make information more
accessible and simple for students.
The main idea for this update is
class registration over the web.
Students will soon be able to select
their classes over the Internet .
University Registrar Tom
McElvain said the administra-
tion system is "an entirely new
student system. A new student
accounting system and admis-
sion system was implemented
two years ago and this is just the
next change," McElvain said.
"It's a change to a more modern
and integrated solution for these
"Students will be able to see
grades, do class searches, order
transcripts and they will be able to
see financial aid. The same fune-
tions will be there, and the new
web registration system will be
there," McElvain said.
"Registration will be on the
web rather than on touch-tone," he
Students will see a few minor
changes in comparison to the old
system, mainly the speed and
accessibility to drop and add
"It should be faster and sim-
pler to drop and add and they will
find that to be very useful.
Everyone has been in anticipation
See WACCESS, Page 8
Gene Simmons, of the legendary rock band Kiss, shows off his famous long tongue
Thursday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills as the band continued its farewell tour.
For more on the show see page 11.
Two hot dog vendors vie for State Streets
By Rachel Green
For the Daily
The battle of the hot dogs has come to a front on
the corner of North University and State Street
where eighteen-year veteran hot dog vender, Barry
Biniarz of Biener's Wieners, is getting a taste of the
On May 1, Sebastian Escalada and Nicholas
Grothe of Hot Dogs on the Run joined Biniarz on
the cofner tn front of Michigan Book Supply to try
their hands at selling hot dogs.
The competition has brought lip controversy as to
whether seniority rules when signing leases or if the
leases can be signed on a first come, first serve
basis. City building permits for Ann Arbor expire
every six months with the most recent renewal peri-
od beginning on April 1, leaving businesses a six
week time frame to sign their leases.
When Biniarz went to the City Council office on
April 12 to renew his lease on the corner, he found
that corner had already been leased to Escalada and
Grothe, who intended to rent the entire corner for
approximately $3000 for six months. Once Biniarz
submitted his application, the corner was divided
into three separate sections, at approximately $400
per section, allowing space for both hot dog carts.
Biniarz said he was disappointed that the new
cart owners would choose his corner to set up shop.
"I have a lot of admiration for (Escalada) coming
over here trying to seek the American dream,"
Biniarz said, "but I don't think he understands that
it comes xvith a lot of hurd xvork and dedication.
You don't steal it from someone else." NORMAN NG/Daily
Escalada said he does not believe that he is steal- Sebastian Escalada prepares hot dogs on State
See HOT DOGS, Page 3 Street while Barry Biniarz (left, white shirt) looks on.
Mayor Ingrid Sheldon will not be seeking re-elec- Medeski, Martin, and Wood pro-
tion for a sixth term. duce genius with their album, Tonic.
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