Page 6-B-Friday, September 11, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Mr. Bullard goes to
The Job Market
Perry makes a bid for Congress
By STEVE HOOK
Perry Bullard, Ann Arbor's liberal
state representative, has already laun-
ched his next campaign, though the
next election is still far away.
Rillard. the Ann Arbor Democrat
currently serving his fifth
term as the district's state represen-
tative; will not be seeking a sixth term,
however. .Instead, his attention has
shifted to Washington D.C. and the U.S.
Congress - "where the action is," he
HE HAS CONCLUDED that state
economic issues are better perceived as
national issues, and that foreign policy
considerations are too compeling for
him to ignore in Lansing. He has also
concluded that the Reagan ad-
ministration is regressive, both
politically and morally, and that its
"vicious policies" will inevitably fail.
In their place, he has an armload of
programs, policies, and proposals that
he hopes to carry with him to
Washington if elected, most of them
following his liberal line measure for
He comes to an interview this Friday
morning replete with a "biographical
fact sheet," a six-year breakdown of
"Bullard-Sponsored Laws," two public
relations releases describing his recent
legislative exploits, a few recent ar-
ticles from the Ann Arbor News
(among them a laudatory editorial
regarding his emphasis on rebuilding
the American Northeast), and copies of
his office's pamphlets on lobbying and
using the Freedom of Information Act.
Despite the early hour, his manner is
... Off and running
brisk and emphatic, as is customary.
"WE'CAN'T SOLVE the 15 percent
unemployment problem here in
.Michigan," he says, "but with the
federal:Congress, with administrative
leadership in Washington, we can have
better policies. The Reagan policies go
exactly in the wrong direction, so I
think we Ieed to join the fight at the
As Bullard sees it, the Reagan ad-
ministration will be harming individual
states by depriving them of federal
assistance; Washington "considers
government the problem, not the
solution," he says.
"Returning things to the -states is
fine, but with a national economy, you
need strong national standards, effec-
tive agencies. The Reagan ad-
ministration's plan has been to, rather
than reform these agencies, to chop
NOW 38 YEARS OLD, Bullard's local
reputation reflects his liberal views,
and he has banked on solid student sup-
port from the University - he has
received it - for each of his five suc-
cessful state campaigns. His promotion
of lenient marijuana laws, tenants'
rights, and alternate energy grants, as
well as his recent anti-apartheid effor-
ts, have won him a loyal constituency.
And at the state capitol, Bullard's
reputation has blossomed in recent
years, where he now chairs the power-
ful House Judiciary Committee.
The major issue at this early stage of
the Congressional race - a question
that none of the prospective candidates
can control - involves "redistricting."
In response to the 1980 national census,
the boundaries of Michigan's individual
congressional districts will be redrawn
later this year to accommodate the
decade's shifts in population.
There are several contrasting
forecasts for the "new" 2nd District's
borders, each of which paints a dif-
ferent picture of Bullard's election
chances. He needs the Democratic
voters - the urban-based, working
class, liberal voters - to carry the
district. But, Ann Arbor may "move
west," away from the suburban Detroit
Democratic base that Bullard needs;
the city may indeed move into the 6th
District of Central Michigan, now
represented by James Dunn (R-East
Lansing). If this occurs, Bullard will
likely face Democrat Bob Carr, also of
East Lansing, who dominates the left
wing of that district and would make
things extremely difficult for him.
THE 2ND Congressional District is
currently represented by Carl Pursell
(R-Plymouth), who has been re-elected
twice. Pursell has established a deep
political base in southeastern
Michigan, and is sure to seek a fourth
term next year.
But, even if the redistricting leaves
Bullard a substantial Democratic base,
the conservative tidal wave that
flooded the nation last November, and
which strongly prevails today - both in,
Washington and southeastern Michigan
- would seem to undermine Bullard's
chances for victory. Simply put; the
times may not be right for an idealistic
"I don't think the situation is clear by
any means," Bullard responds,
unusually pragmatic. "I think that I
can win, but nothing is certain at this
point. I think that, after another year-
and-a-half of Reaganomics, people in
Michigan are going to be fed up. It's
clear that the Reagan economic
program cannot succeed in providing a
decent and humane environment for
our people. The only question is, how
quickly will the American people per-
AMONG THOSE WHO will be in-
tegral in the promotion of Bullard's
candidacy will be local attorney George
Sallade, a former chairman of Ann
Arbor's Democratic Party, and an in-
fluential partisan supporter for the past
"He's a good man, and I expect to
help him enthusiastically," Sallade
said yesterday afternoon. He claims to
have "contacts into almost every part
of the district, under any reappor-
tionment,' and pledged to lobby them
on Bullard's behalf.
Rae Weaver ran against Bullard for
state representative in 1976, but lost by
a slim margin. Currently, she serves as
executive director of the Washtenaw
County Republican Headquarters, and
doesn't think Bullard "has a chance" in
a race against Pursell.
"THE PENDULUM doesn't swing
that rapidly," she said, referring to
Bullard's assumption that the district
will be "disillusioned" with conser-
vative politics by 1982. In reference to
Bullard's across-the-board liberal
voting record and proposals, Weaver
added that his Republican opponent
"would have a ball" in the campaign.
"As the (2nd District) lines are
drawn now," Weaver added, "I would
assume it would be next to impossible
for Bullard to carry the district."
BULLARD EXPLAINED that it is
not domestic politics alone that have
aroused his interest in running for
Congress. He described his growing in-
terest in foreign affairs:
"A major question, which Reagan
has brought forth with devastating im-
pact, is whether we will be here as a
society, whether modern civilization is
going to avoid nuclear war.
. "However weak arms control efforts
have been - and they have been weak
- they defined a main thrust of efforts
that have been toward negotiating ar-
ms limitation. The Reagan ad-
ministration is clearly reversing that -
and I think we need a congressman
from this district who will speak out
and help lead the national effort to turn
around this course toward war."
This story was reprinted from the
Daily's summer edition.
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*From the College Placement Council's Salary Survey
Report March 1981. The dot shown is a sample of cer-
tain disciplines based on job offers at placement cen-
ters at 161 colleges and universities throughout the
country. The asterisk denotes data from the July 1980
High starting salaries
for hi-tech grads
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Two starkly different images of a
University graduate exist in many
peoples' minds. Either the graduate is
beseiged with offers from the many
firms attracted by his technical degree,
or he is an LSA liberal arts graduate
scrambling for any job he can get his
But according to Harold Fowler,-ac-
ting director of the Career Planning
and Placeme.3t Office, the job prospec-
ts for liberal arts students are getting
better each year. .
"A LIBERAL arts degree could be as
valuable as an MBA (Masters of
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center as early as their freshman year
in order to sharpen their skills and get a
feel for the job market.
"You should like what you're doing"
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Virginia Stegath, a University Career
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ONE STUDENT in CCS (Computer
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job offers from firms like IBM, GTE,
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range from $21,600 to 23,700, Stegath
said. "All-computer science graduat
must have had four or five offers," she
Liberal arts students' biggest oppor-
tunities are in sales, Stegath said,
which usually pay under $15,000 but
sometimes have benefits such as
unlimited use of a car.
"After five years of experience
there's not nearly as much of a salary
differential between an MBA and a
BA," she said. "It depends just how
your perform on the job."
FOWLER ESTIMATES that possib'
50 percent of University liberal ar
students go on to Graduate
School. According to Prof. James
Filgas, Director of Admissions at the
Business School, applications to the
graduate program is about 15 percent
higher than last year.
Director of Business School
Placement Margaret Carroll said the
average starting salary of an MBA
estimated between $27,000 and $28,
One recent graduate with work ex-
perience started at $51,000, she said.
A good trend to measure the market
demand for jobs is the number of inter-
views conducted by different firms. At
the Business School this year there was
almost a 20 percent increase in on-
campus interviews from last year with
308 firms conducting 11,104 interviews.
At LSA's Career Planning Office, 245
different firms conducted 2,088 inter-
views, while at' the Engineering
Placement Center, there were 16,00
individual interviews conducted by 509
David Stockton, a May graduate ir
electrical engineering, commented that
"the trouble is making a decision on
which job" he wants. From 20 on-
campus interviews he got 11 expense-
paid trips to visit firms such as
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This story was reprinted from the
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