The Michigan Daily - Sunday, September 30, 1984 -Page 3
Students hit the road in race or prize
By GREGORY HUTTON
It could have been a scene from a
The car careened past corners and
squealed through turns as if a villain in
another vehicle were chasing it. The
race was on.
AND THAT'S exactly what it was - a
Over 200 students turned out to make
their way through the race course of the
National Collegiate Driving Champion-
ships at Crisler Arena's parking lot
The event, free to students,
challenges contestants to drive a Dodge
Daytona sports car through a road
rally type course marked with pylons.
The goal: to qualify for the national
championships which will be in
Daytona, Fla. this February.
CHRIS MARVEL, won the two-day
event by completing the course in 16.1
seconds and will move on to Florida
next year, where the national winners
get a chance to win $5,000 in scholar-
ships and the free use of a Dodge
Daytona for a year.
Most students, however, were content
just to make it through the course.
'I almost hit one of the (officials) at the start
of the course. I was surprised that they let
me get as far as I did.'
- Mike Perlow
Some managed to run
crushing the rubber
outlined the track.
off the course,
"I almost hit one of the (officials) at
the start of the course," said Mike
Perlow. "I was surprised that they let me
get as far as I did," he said.
MOST students said they showed up
to try their hand at racing because it
was an unusual opportunity.
"If you're given a chance to drive a
nice car as fast as you want around a
track, what would you do?" said Mike
"I've never done anything like this
before," said Dan Cheng. "It was
Some passersby, however, were less
enthusiastic. "This is the most stupid
thing I've ever seen," said one student.
But in addition to being fun, the
championships are beneficial because
they teach good driving skills, said
Russ Marlow, an event coordinator.
Most participants watch video tapes
about drunk driving and safe driving
habits while they are registering to
compete, he explained.
Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE.
A contestant in the National Collegiate Driving Championships weaves through the course at the Crisler Arena yester-
day. The winner, Chris Marvel, cruised the track in 16.1 seconds.
WASHINGTON (AP)-President ficial said there had been an extensive
Reagan said yesterday that he assured discussion of arms-control issues with
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko - suggesting it was a turning
Gromyko the Soviet Union could get "a point because Moscow had been un-
fair deal" in negotiations with willing to discuss the subject following
Washington, but Gromyko left a the Soviet walkout from the Geneva
ressed by talks
meeting with Secretary of State George
Shultz giving no public hint whether
*oscow was interested.
"Nothing more," were Gromyko's
only words when asked if anything had
been achieved during the session at the
State Department.. It was not clear
whether he was referring to a lack of
results or to a desire not to answer any
BUT A SENIOR State Department of-
negotiations last year.
Shultz would only say after the two-
hour, 15-minute meeting that they held
"substantive discussions" and had
agreed to "keep in touch. . . through
diplomatic channels." He hinted at
other agreements but did not disclose
Shultz and Gromyko also had con-
ferred for about three hours in New
York on Wednesday.
UAC's Hitchcock Film Festival continues at the Michigan Theatre today
beginning at 11 a.m. with The Lady Vanishes. The afternoon unwinds with
Frenzy at 1 p.m., Spellbound at 5 p.m., The Birds at 7 pm., and Vertigo at 9
Cinema II - It HappenedOne Night, 7 p.m., Breakfast at Tiffany's, 9 p.m.,
Angell Hall, Aud. A.
Cinema Guild-Les Miserables, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Lorch Hall.
AAFC - Teorema, 7 p.m., Greaser's Palace, 8:45 p.m., MLB 4.
U-Club - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, dinner theatre, 7 p.m.
School of Music - American Trio & guest artist Donald McInnes, 4 p.m.,
REAGAN, IN HIS first public report
on his 31/2 hours of talks with Gromyko
on Friday, said in his weekly radio ad-
dress that those discussions were
"useful" and there was no effort to
"paper over" differences.He said he
was frank in the possibilities for im-
proved superpower relations.
"Now the Soviets will return home to
ponder our exchanges," Reagan said.
"And while they know they will not
secure any advantages from in-
flexibility, they will get a fair deal if
they seek the path of negotiations and
. Following his meeting with Reagan,
Gromyko issued a statement that in-
im a m-E
NEW YORK (AP) - It's partly how
the candidates make you feel. It's par-
tly what Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather or
Peter Jennings talks about. And it's
partly how you see through your
Things like that, say experts in voter
psychology, "will help guide millions of
voters Nov. 6 when they cast ballots in
the presidential election.
STUDIES OF voter psychology af-
firm that the images projected by can-
didates are vital: Votes can depend on
things like how candidates make people
feel and what kind of people they are
judged to be.
But research also suggests that
voters be influenced, consciously or
otherwise, by the issues emphasized by
television newsAnd voters tend to view
campaign events through the filter of
their politcal party leanings.
The factors differ in strength from
voter to voter, and the full story on
them is not yet known.
IN GENERAL, about 70 to 85 percent
of presidential votes follow party lines.
But that is not just loyalty, according to
Warren Miller, principal investigator of
the National Election Studies at the
University of Michigan.
Instead, party identification reflects
a sort of internal filter that affects a
voter's reaction to candidates, gover-
nmental performance and other
elements of the political world, he said.
Few people simply vote for their par-
ty's candidate no matter what, but
many voters' judgements are "very
much shaped by their stable, pre-
existing sense, 'I am a Democrat, I am
a Republican,' " he said.
dicated he was not impressed with what
he heard. He said it was apparent that
Washington was not willing "to take a
realistic stand on the substance of the
acute problems of war and peace."
Despite his conversations with
Reagan, Gromyko said he could not
"draw a conclusion about practical
positive changes in the foreign-policy
course of the U.S. administration." He
called again for actions, not words.
Without a change in U.S. policy,
Gromyko asserted, "a turn for the bet-
ter is impossible either in Soviet-U.S.
relations or in the international
dia shape voter's will
VOTERS SEEM to lean more on their
assessment of- a political party's per-
formance than on how a national elec-
tion will affect them personally. For
example, nobody has shown that people
affected by the economy generally vote
in reaction to that, said Ray Wolfinger,
political science professor at the
University of California in Berkeley.
Miller concurred, saying laid-off
workers tend to blame a local circum-
stance like a plant closing rather than
tying that to national policy.
As a result, Wolfinger said, a
recession can hurt the party in power
not because unemployed people
retaliate at the polls, but because it
makes the administration look bad to
voters in general.
In presidential races, said Yale
University psychology professor
Robert Abelson, "we don't have people
deciding on the basis of processing
issues deeply. We have an impression
race, people getting a quick fix, a
summarizing of complicated things."
ABELSON and colleagues studied the
last presidential race and found that the
way a candidate made voters feel and
the personal traits voters assigned to a
candidate seemed to have more impact
than issues or party affiliation.
Once a voter assigns a trait to a can-
didate, it probably sticks longer than
emotional reactions do, Abelson said.
"If a candidate is regarded as incom-
petent, especially, it's very hard for
people to discover through new infor-
mation, "By gosh, he really is com-
petent,' " he said.
Though emotions evoked by a can-
didate, like anger or pride, are more
fleeting, they seem about as powerful
as perceived traits, he said.
Such changeable feelings can help
change the course of a presidential
race, Abelson said. "If a leading can-
didate made people feel angry about
something he said, for example or
afraid by something he said, that might
have an influence much more readily
than changes in traits or issue stands or
THE CHOICE of news stories on TV
may also affect some voters. In a series
of experiments in Connecticut, volun-
teers visited a campus laboratory
every day for about a week to watch the
national news. In an informal at-
mosphere, they chatted with friends,
flipped through magazines and
newspapers, drank coffee, and even
dozed off during newscasts.
But questionnaires showed that skillful
manipulation of the newscasts, which
included different stories for different
groups, had altered their approaches to
judging the performance of the
"We are finding that television news
has a very powerful effect on how
people think about elections," said
Shanto Lyengar, associate professor of
political science at Yale.
"As a candidate I would like to be
particularly careful about the last half
of october," he said. "Whatever hap-
pens to be coming across the airwaves
immediately before the election has
... sees no change in U.S. policy
BRYAN, Texas (AP)-A grand jury
indicted four Texas A&M University
students Friday on misdemeanor
criminal charges in the Aug. 30 death of
a sophomore who suffered a fatal heat
stroke during a hazing incident.
The charges were filed in the death of
Bruce Goodrich, 20, of Webster, N.Y., a
sophomore transfer student and a
member of the corps of cadets. Unive-
sity officials have said he was rousted
from his bed at 2:30 a.m. and forced to
run and do pushups and situs for about
an hour in hot, humid weather.
OFFICIALS said he collapsed but
was encouraged to keep running. Three
juniors present when Goodrich collap-
sed were indicted on charges of
negligent homicide. They are Jason
Miles, 21; Louis Fancher III, 20, and
Anthony D'Allesandro, 21 A I were
members of corps unit F-1, which
Goodrich has joined the week of his
The charge carries a maximum
penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000
The three were also charged with
violating a state statute against hazing,
as was Gabriel Cuadra, a senior who
was the personnel officer for the corps
unit. Cuadra was also charged with
tampering with evidence.
THE TAMPERING charge-which
also carries a maximum term of a year
in jail and a $2,000 fine-alleges that
Cuadra destroyed an "exercise
schedule" while police were conducting
an investigation, Brazos County
District Attorney Bill Turner said.
Grand jury foreman Bill Adams and
other members of the panel refused to
comment on the ipdictments
The panel returned the indictments
about 10 p.m. after some four hours of
deliberations. Its members heard nine
hours of testimony earlier Friday, the
second day of hearings on the death.
GOODRICH DIED AT a Bryan
hospital the same day he collapsed. A
preliminary autopsy showed he died of
Officials said a final autopsy report
would not be released until Monday.
Earlier, Donald Burton, comman-
dant of the corps, emerged from the
grand jury room, but refused to com-
ment on the case.
Burton, who has launched his own in-
vestigation into Goodrich's death,
reassigned the 17 juniors and seniors in
the dead cadet's F-1 unit to other
positions in the corps.
Bill Kibler, the official overseeing
university disciplinaryiaction in the in-
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Cobblestone Farm Association - Annual Fall Festival: Pioneer Ac-
tivities, 1 p.m., The Ticknor-Campbell Farm, 2741 Packard Rd.
Cont. Med. Ed. - Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 8 a.m., Towsley Center.
Union Cultural Arts - Heinrich Schultz sight-singing session, 4 & 7:45
p.m., Kuenzel Rm., Union.
Wilhelm Wachtmeister, Swedish ambassador to the United States will
speak in the Board Room of the Alumni Center at 2:15 p.m. in tribute to the
Swedish Language Endowment Fund. The $75,000 fund will enable the
University's Scandinavian Studies Program to offer Swedish language study
every year. The tribute is part of Swedish Heritage Week (Sept. 29 - Oct. 7),
which also features a Swedish Film Festival and "Swedes in Michigan", a
display at the Bentley Historical Library on North Campus.
AAFC, Cinema II, Cinema Guild - Elvira Madigan, 8 p.m., MLB 3.
Cinema Guild - Woman in the Dunes, 7 p.m., Lorch Hall.
School of Music - Piano students recital, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Pastoral Care - Gelek Rinposhe, "A Tibetan Buddhist Perspective on
Health Care," 12 noon, S6330 Main Hosp.
Center for Near East and N. African Studies - lecture, "The Political
Economy of Rifac Tahawi,"12 noon, 144 Lane Hall.
Women's Research Club - Grace Kachaturoff, "The Michigan Social
Studies Textbook Study", 7:45 p.m., W. Conf. Room. Rackham.
Artist Peace Cooperative - Mass meeting, 8 p.m., 4th floor, Union.
Asian American Association - 6:30 p.m., Trotter House.
UAC - Soph Show mass meeting, 7:30 p.m., Pendelton Rm., Union.
A-Squares - Square dance workshop, 7 p.m, Anderson Rm., Union.
Guild House - Poetry Series, Brenda Flanagan and Hernan Castellano-
Giron, reading from their works, 8 p.m., 802 Monroe St.
Graduate Library - Tours, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., N. Lobby, 1st floor.
CEW - Applications available for CEW scholarships. 350S. Thayer St.
Med. Chem. - Seminar, Richard Di-Pietro, "Histamine Homologs as
Potential Mechanism-Based Irreversible Inhibitors of Mammalian Diamine
Shapiro to speak at public forum
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they may ask the regents to pass the
judicial system without MSA approval,
since the student governing body has a
veto only over the code itself.
BUT IN a letter to MSA President
Scott Page dated September 28, Shapiro
said, "I am concerned. . . that such
negotiations must take place without
preconditions on either side, yours or
ours. Preconditions would un-
necessarly constrain what may be
creative approaches to any particular
Shapiro last night said he rejected the
precondition that the administration
would not ask the regents to bypass
MSA's veto power because "it's
premature to even think about that.. . if
there are bona fide negotiations going
on, that's not an issue."
Page said he was disappointed that
Shapiro wouldn't accept any precon-
ditions, but he said that "it's very good
for MSA to be dealing directly with
"I'm pleased-not ecstatic," Page
said. "We're at least talking and we're
talking with the right people. Shapiro is
definitely the right people."
MSA OFFICIALS will probably meet:
with Shapiro this Thursday.
Page also said a public forum on the
code will help Shapiro understand the
students' point of view. "It'll force him
to see how many students are concer-
ned about it," he said.
A forum will also force Shapiro to
research the code very carefully. "I'm
sure he'll spend considerable time
preparing," Page said.
Shapiro said he would be pleased to
have a forum on the code because
"there's a lot of feeling, a lot of misun-
derstandings about it."
A date for the forum has not yet been
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