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Individual Winners (By School):

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g Jeff Muir (CC)
David Englander (CC)
Melissa Saari (CC)
Tom Cunningham (CC)
,Priti Marwah (CC)
Joel Martinez (CC)
Scott Gast (CC)
nitra Nolte (CC)
Jong Lim Han (CC)

Engineering
Bill Cosnowski (CC)
Brian Johnson (CC)
Natural Resources
Nena Shaw (Independent)

Nursing
Nicole Shupe (CC)
Medicine
Jonathan Uy (CC)
Pharmacy
Ian Nordham (Write-in)
Architecture
Ari Blumenthal (Write-in)
Law
Michael David Warren (CC)

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and Jay Garcia
Daily MSA Reporter
Students took a 180-degree turn to the right during
this week's Michigan Student Assembly elections.
In addition to winning the assembly's executive
leadership, Conservative Coalition (CC) candidates
swept LSA, capturing all nine seats. The party won a
total of 14 of the 24 contested seats. Combined with
the 10 seats the party won in last fall's election, CC
now has the largest candidate bloc on the assembly,
holding exactly half of the total 48 assembly spots.
The LSA votes will be recounted however, because
there were only 31 points between the last CC repre-
sentative who won and the leading Common Sense can-
didate.
Common Sense presidential candidate Angie Burks
said she doesn't think CC will accomplish anything de-
spite it's new majority.
"CC has been on MSA for four years. They said,
'CC for a change,' but we haven't seen a change for four
years, and I have little reason to see a change now,"
Burks said.
The Common Sense party won all four Rackham
seats. Emphasizing Student Power (ESP) won both
Business School seats. One independent won in the
School of Natural Resources. In addition, write-in can-
didates won in the schools of Pharmacy, Art, and
Architecture.
This voting trend sharply contrasts last year's pres-
idential elections in which the Coalition lost the pres-
idency and a large number of seats to the Action party.
Not since the fall of 1989 has CC controlled such a

large portion of the assembly. Initial results of that
election indicated the Coalition had captured 14 of 24
seats.
However, the Central Student Judiciary invalidated
the results of the LSA election - in which CC took 8
of 9 spots- after the election director destroyed sev-
eral controversial ballots. When the LSA student gov-
ernment appointed the school's representatives, only
four CC representatives were seated from LSA.
See ELECTIONS, Page 2
MSA election turnout
indicates voter apathy
by Jay Garcia
Daily MSA Reporter
Conservative Coalition candidate James Green may
be the newly elected Michigan Student Assembly pres-
ident, but the election's voter turnout indicates the
overwhelming majority of University students proba-
bly couldn't care less.
Despite two days and nights of voting with polling
sites spread all over campus, 87 percent of students did
not vote in MSA elections.
Although the 13 percent that did vote is considered
typical of voter turnout most years, it is considerably
less than the 20 percent which voted in last year's
MSA presidential election.
Some students who didn't vote shared the reasons
for their apathy toward the MSA elections.
See VOTERS, Page 2

Art
Alen Yen (Write-in)
Business
Sandra Dixon (ESP)
Tony Vernon (ESP)

Rackham
Jeff Hinte (CS)
Amy Polk (CS)
Rochelle Davis (CS)
Sean Herlihy (CS)

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Citizens
defy law,
march in
Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) - Tens of
thousands of Boris Yeltsin support-
ers marched in the streets in defiance
of Mikhail Gorbachev yesterday,
but they stopped short of clashing
"with the thousands of riot police
,-and troops he ordered to stand in
their way.
The march was organized to sup-
port Yeltsin, the reformist presi-
dent of the Russian republic. But af-
ter Gorbachev banned the rally, it
became a demonstration in support
of recent limited moves toward
democracy.
Earlier in the day inside the
Kremlin, Yeltsin's supporters in
the Russian parliament appeared to
gain the upper hand over hard-line
Communists seeking his ouster.
Yeltsin has been pressing
Gorbachev for more reforms, in-
'-cluding a faster move to a free-mar-
.,,et system that many Soviets be-
lieve would ease their economic
woes. The two have also clashed
over Yeltsin's insistence that Soviet
republics control their own
" economies and natural resources.
Troops prevented the protesters
from marching to Manezh Square
next to the Kremlin. Demonstrators
settled for a huge rally on
1 Tverskaya Street about a mile west
w of the heart of Soviet power.
The 50,000 police and soldiers
deployed in the Soviet capital to en-
Sforce Gorbachev's ban on rallies
R; nearly rivaled the number of
-protesters, but there were no re-
ports of clashes or injuries. Police
said they madeno arrests. The police
a and troops were armed with water
cannons, tear gas and truncheons.
At times, the crowd surged
against the human wall of troops,
M but it stood firm while protest or-
See SOVIETS, Page 2

ACLU director

:

liberties insecure
Simon discusses current state
of civil liberties in United States

by Robert Patton
Daily Staff Reporter
Howard Simon, director of the
Michigan chapter of the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
spoke last night to a group of about
35 people on the current state of
civil liberties in the U.S., in
Michigan, and at the University.
The ACLU has consistently
fought for the protection of consti-
tutional rights from what Earl
Warren called "the tides of hysteria
that from time to time endanger us
all," Simon said.
He cited the group's defense of
the rights of World War I
protesters, its support of the the
right to teach evolution in public
schools and its fight against the
internment of Japanese Americans
during World War II as historical
examples.
Simon cited restrictions placed
on the press during the Gulf War as
a current example of a violation of
constitutional principles.

"When government officials
said, 'We're not going to have an-
other Vietnam,' they meant 'We're
not going to lose the war by having
popular support for it eroded by the
press,"' Simon said.
He also attacked recent tactics in
combatting the drug problem, such
as legislation allowing for wire-
tapping and no-knock searches. "The
war on drugs has largely been a war
on the Bill of Rights," he said.
Simon said the recent appoint-
ments of U.S. Supreme Court jus-
tices who are, in his view, hostile to
civil liberties has caused the ACLU
to refocus its efforts on state courts
and legislatures.
He gave the ACLU's tactics in
defending abortion rights as an ex-
ample, saying he believed the last
three Supreme Court justices were
chosen mainly for their anti-abor-
tion stance despite their assertions
that the president never asked them
about it.
See SIMON, Page 2

JOSE JUAREZ/Daiiy
Concerned Students member Devlin Ponte shakes hands with Ann Arbor City Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-
First Ward) at yesterday's rally on the Diag.
Concerned Students rally
to protest S. Quad incident

by Tami Pollak and
Sarah Schweitzer
Daily Staff Reporters
After five months of attempted
meetings and negotiations,
Concerned Students took to the
steps of the Graduate Library yes-
terday to publicly protest the
University's and city's handling of
the South Quad Macing incident.
The rally marked a change in
Concerned Students' strategy.
Until yesterday, the group had by-
passed provocative means of
protest, such as sit-ins and building
raids. Instead, they pursued a grad-
ual approach which they hoped
would be viewed by the adminis-
tration as respectable and mature.
While city officials have been

receptive to the group's negotia-
tion proposals and have met with
the students on two occasions,
University administrators have yet
to sit down and discuss the issue
with students.
Although the immediate focus
of yesterday's rally was the
University's failure to investigate
and resolve the Macing incident,
many speakers, including Ann
Arbor Council member Larry
Hunter (D-First Ward), addressed
the broader issue of Blacks and po-
lice harassment.
"This is not just 1991. We've
got 1969, 1971 - this has always
happened in the city of Ann
Arbor," Hunter said.

Hunter also emphasized the
need for continued support of a re-
view board that would first dis-
cuss the macing incident and then
continue to deal with minority
concerns. The board would be com-
posed solely of city council and
community members. Concerned
Students discussed the formation
of such a board at their last meet-
ing with Mayor Gerald Jernigan
and city officials.
Hunter warned the crowd of 80,
however, that asking police to sit
on such a board would be like
"trying to ask the fox to go into
the chicken coop and ask what's for
dinner.
See RALLY, Page 2

Saddam lat
DOHUK, Iraq (AP) - Saddam
Hussein's forces yesterday launched
a massive air, rocket and artillery
attack on rebel-held Kirkuk, U.S.
- and rebel officials said. Iraq later
claimed to have recaptured the
northern oil center.
Rebel fighters in Dohuk, a city of
J 230,000 in the heart of Iraqi

inches attack on rebel-held Kirkuk

"The Iraqi army ... has started a
massive air attack on Kirkuk," said
Latif Rashid, a spokesperson in
London for the Iraqi Kurdistan
Front. He said there were reports of
casualties, but had no details on the
numbers.
In Washington, State
Department deputy spokesperson
D1nkn.a rt nznkr.. nnA the Trani n

There was no immediate com-
ment on the latest claims from the
resistance.
Rashid said the Iraqi army used
Soviet-made MiG and Sukhoi air-
craft, as well as helicopter gunships,
light airplanes, surface-to-surface
missiles and artillery to try to dis-
lodge the rebels from Kirkuk.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party,
one faction united under the Front,
said Iraqi troops were massing near
Saddam's hometown of Tikrit for a
ground assault on Kirkuk.
The official Iraqi News Agency
reported earlier yesterday that loy-
alist forces had recaptured Dohuk, a
northern city of 230,000 25 miles

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