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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 1, 1983 - Page 5

Sen. Serotkin
Floses seat in
recall election

Hello, Ann


LANSING (UPI) - Sen. David
Serotkin (D-Mount Clemens) yesterday
became the second state law maker in
just over a week to be ousted by anti-tax
SWith results in only from three com-
munities, there were 1,064 votes
favoring ouster and 932 opposed.
WITH 91 of 120 precincts in at press
time last night, there were 19,001 votes
favoring ouster and only 8,585 opposed.
That is 68.9 percent yes and 31.1 percent
Last week, Sen. Phil Mastin (D.
Pontiac) became the first Michigan
lawmaker to be recalled. The ouster of
Serotkin yby tax foes could lead to
Republican control of the Senate.
Voting was described as heavier than
usual in some parts of Serotkin's
SEROTKIN, 44, kept a low profile
throughout the recall campaign,
talking mainly to small groups and
organizing absentee ballot voters.
* So far, Mastin and Serotkin are the
only two who have faced recall elec-
tions, but recall organizers said success
in ousting Mastin encouraged them to
gather petitions against other
The outcome leaves control of the
Senate up for grabs. If both vacant
seats are filled by Republicans, the
GOP will take over from the
SEROTKIN issued a virtual con-
cession in Lansing, where he had
remained to help fellow Democrats in a
. crucial legislative reapportionment

The second to lose his seat.
"From what I understand, the figures
are such that he can't pull it out," he
said. "I think it's a real said thing when
a minority can undo what a majority
did last year," said Serotkin, who
blamed his defeat on "ultra-
conservatives," including his
Republican opponent in last fall's elec-
Dan Powers of the recall campaign
said the results "clearly show that the
people are upset with taxes and the way
things are being run."

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was made because faculty members
should deal with course developments.
But Marino said there is no way a
faculty member can take on the office's
job, in addition to teaching.
"IT'S QUESTIONABLE to what degree
a faculty member... is going to be able
to carry on the academic programs,"
said Gus Medina, a temporary research
assistant in the HASSC office.
But in addition to this, Medina said
public awareness of the office will
decrease, "A visible Hispanic unit on
the campus is gone," he said. "Where
would a Hispanic student go under this
new system?"
According to Marino, LSA's new plan
will have an effect in the way Hispanics
view the University. She said it could
make the Univesity seem colder. "You
have to have programs to attrack
minority. students," she said. "There
are places for (Hispanic students) to
go, but not places that have a clear
Hispanic identity."
STUDENTS, IN addition to HASSC'
workers, say the reorganization of the
unit indicates that the University is not
paying heed to the needs of minorities
on campus.
"Does the removal of HASSC mean
that the -University doesn't recognize
the existence of Hispanics?" asked one
Hispanic student who asked not to be
"That was all we had and nothing

else," said a Puerto Rican student, who
also asked not to be identified.
"(Steiner) is ignoring minorities."
YESTERDAY, Steiner declined to
comment on why the office's respon-
sibilities will be performed by a faculty
member. He said his decision was a
response to a recommendation made by
the people in charge of HASSC.
But at Campus Meet the Press
yesterday, when questioned by audien-
ce members about the reorganization
plan Steiner said "I really don't want to
talk in detail .
"This is certainly not an effort in any
sense that will save money," Steiner
said, adding that, if anything, the
money channeled into the program
could increase.
HISPANIC students in the audience
said they were disappointed with the
answers Steiner gave in response to
their questions.
Copeland said people are jumping to
conclusions about the reorganization.
She said Hispanics on campus are not
being neglected.
"If we think that, as this things goes
along, we're falling behind, we'll try to
fix it," she said. "We've been doing our
best to find a home that is ap-
She stressed that reorganizing does
not mean LSA is ignoring Hispanics.
"We don't want to take it away from
the students. We want to find a place (to
put the program.)"

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