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Ninety-eight years of editorialfreedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 80

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, January 26, 1988

Copyright 198'8 The Michigan Daily

Govenor
unveils
budget
proposal
By ANDREW MILLS
with wire reports
Gov. James Blanchard unveiled a
$6.628 billion state budget
yesterday, saying it would boost
overall spending by a 0.3 percent in
the face of ailing federal aid and
rising unemployment.
Blanchard reccomended that nearly
two-thirds of the19 state departments
take cuts, but called for a 25 percent
boost in Commerce, a 5.4 percent
hike for Mental Health, 3.5 percent
increase in Corrections, a 1 percent
hike in Education, and a 0.2 percent
increase in Social Services.
"It is lean. It is solid," Blanchard
told reporters at a Capitol news
conference. "Most of the departments
are either going to be less than last
year or about the same."
IF THE proposal is adopted by
the state legislature sometime this
summer, the University would
receive only a one percent increase.
The University had asked the state
for an 11 percent or $50.2 million
increase in October.
University Vice President for
Government Relations Richard
Kennedy said last night that
although the announcement by the
governor of such a small increase
was "not unexpected," he predicts
the final figure will rise somewhat.
"The legislative session isn't over
yet - it's not the end of the world,"
he said.
Kennedy acknowledged that
because of the state's bleak
economic outlook, "thing's are
going to be fight." ..b.
"We are not going to be able to
do all the things we want to do," he
said, though he couldn't specify
what programs and departments
might feel the budgetary axe.
KENNEDY also said that to
make up for this massive shortfall,
the Univeristy will be forced to raise
tuition, although he called it "folly"
to speculate now on the specific
amount.
The governor will formally
present the budget to the legislature
today, thus beginning the legislative
wrangling that will produce a final
See G OV., Page 5

President
presents

'88

agenda

Daily Photo by DAVID LUBLINER
LSA senior Sean Jackson campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis yesterday in the
fishbowl. He is trying to gather the 7,500 signatures needed to get Dukakis on the Michigan primary ballot.
Students emainfr
presidential eandi*dates

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Reagan said last night in
his final State of the Union message
that the United States was "strong,A
prosperous, at peace," and he asked
Congress to help make his last year
in office "the best of eight."
"I don't buy the idea that this is
the last year of anything," Reagan
said.
The president said he has a full
agenda for his final months in
power: keeping the economy
strong, maintaining peace, attacking
social problems, particularly in edu-
cation, and promoting the spread of
democracy worldwide.
Without specifying a figure,
Reagan urged Congress to approve
more aid for the Contra rebels in
Nicaragua. He also called on the
Senate to ratify the recently signed
agreement with the Soviet Union to
abolish intermediate-range nuclear
weapons.
Striking a bipartisan theme, Rea-
gan told the lawmakers, "Yes, we
will have our difference. But let us
always remember: What unites us
far outweighs whatever divides us."
Leaders of the Democratic-run
Congress served notice that the leg-
islative branch, not Reagan, would
control the national agenda this year.
The president's "technicolor view
of America and our people sought to
make us feel good with images of
'morning in America,"' said Senate
Majority leader Robert Byrd (D-W.

Va.) in the official Democratic re-
sponse.
But, he said, "The 'feel-good'
slogans have gone flat with time.
We've learned that bravado is not
leadership, that ideology is no sub-
stitute for common sense."
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-
Texas) praised Reagan for his arms
treaty with the Soviets and called on
him to work with Congress toward
peace in Central America. But he
chided the president for fighting
Congress on priorities including
trade and domestic spending pro-
grams.
Reagan chastised Congress for its
often-chaotic budget process of
passing budget bills after deadlines
have passed and combining all fed-
eral spending in catch-all legislation.
"Congress shouldn't send another
one of these," Reagan said. "And if
you do, I will not sign it."
The address sets the stage for the
president's final 12 months in power
after a year of heavy blows, from the
embarrassing revelations of the Iran-
Contra affair to two failed attempts
to put a hardline conservative on the
Supreme Court.
It was the seventh and last time
that Reagan went before a joint ses-
sion of Congress to report on the
State of the Union. Although he
has the option of giving a farewell
State of the Union next January,
aides said it will be a written mes-
sage, not a speech.

By TED POPELY
It's the dead of winter and many students are lucky if
they even manage to make it to class. But if you get
up early enough and look hard enough you'll find
droves of students running around posting fliers,
selling doughnuts, or getting on crowded buses headed
for Iowa.
What are they so concerned about? The elections, of
course. The 1988 Presidential elections are coming,
Rather than wait for their chances to vote at poll
time, University students are joining Presidential
campaign groups in increasingly large numbers, trying
to change people's minds or getting them to make up
their minds. As hundreds of volunteers vigorously
recruit more volunteers, the number of involved
students grow with each passing day.
The students are deeply involved with their
campaigning activities. One devoted member of a
group went so far as to proclaim, "If my candidate took
the nomination, I might defer law school for a year to
help with the campaign." He didn't want to be
identified, however, because he feared law schools

might frown on his priorities.
To some students, joining a campus group means
more than just getting their candidate nominated and
eventually elected. There is a social aspect. Students
work together, meet people together, and share success
and failure side by side.
"I think it's really a lot of fun," said Dave Van
Havermaat, a senior LSA student and member of
College Republicans.
The groups perform many duties to draw attention
to their candidates on and off campus. Most work
tirelessly to disseminate literature, give talks, call
potential voters on the telephone, and sponsor fund
raisers like bake sales in the Fishbowl or the Modern
Languages Building.
While many of the groups' activities are focused on
students at Michigan, others reach people in different
parts of the country. Trips to surrounding towns and
Detroit are common. Some have made repeated trips to
places like Iowa, and helped prepare for the caucuses
next month by making phone calls to potential voters.

Regents narrow sear
new president c hose

By STEVE KNOPPER
A new University President will
probably be chosen in three to four
months, said Regent Paul Brown (D-
Petoskey), co-chair of the search
committee yesterday.
If so, Brown said, the new
president could take office within
three to six months, depending upon
whether the successor comes from
within or outside the University.
The search has been narrowed to
40 or 50 candidates from the original
list of 300, he said.
"We would like to have a new
president for the beginning of the
1988 academic term," said LSA
senior David Newblatt, co-chair of
the students' advisory committee.
Newblatt said Regents Thomas
Roach (D-Saline) and Deane Baker
(R-Ann Arbor) met with the

advisory committee last Wednesday
to narrow the list of candidates, and
specific candidates were discussed.
He would not elaborate.
Once the regents cut the list to 15
or 20 candidates, they will ask the
candidates if they want their names
kept confidential.
Under the state's "sunshine law,"
a loophole in the state's Open
Meetings Act, the regents can keep,
the search process closed to the
public. The Board cannot formally
meet with the combined student,
faculty, and alumni advisory
committees, but regents can conduct
meetings in groups of two or three.
Newblatt said the secrecy protects
caididates who currently have other
commitments. "Names can't be
thrown around," he said, adding that
"every possible opportunity to make

ch; expect
by spring
the search open to the public should
be taken."
"Sunshine laws" in other states,
however, forbid closed meetings for
any reason. The University of
Florida and the University of
Tennesse, for example, are currently
conducting their presidential searches
in public.
The regents, who appointed
themselves the Presidential Search
Committee, started the search last
May after former President Harold
Shapiro announced his decision to
head Princeton University.
During the summer, the
Michigan Student Assembly, the
faculty's Senate Advisory
Committee on University Affairs,
and the Alumni Association formed
three advisory committees to help
the regents in their search.

Brown
... describes search timeline

LSA to improve its orientation SI

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Daily Photo by DAVID LUBLINER
Health talk
Assistant Surgeon General Richard Church addresses a crowd of about 50
people at the C. C. Little Building yesterday on native American health
care. See story, Page 3.
Plan sets priorities
for city development

By LISA POLLAK
University and LSA officials are
currently revising the LSA summer
orientation program to give students
better academic preparation - in-
cluding an additional "one-on-one"
counseling session - before starting
classes, said Jack Meiland, L S A
Dean for Curriculum and Long

ests, as opposed to what classes they
choose this summer."
Administrators hope these
changes will encourage students to
be as interested in the content of
LSA's academic programs as in ful-
filling specific distribution and career
requirements.
"We just didn't feel orientation

LSA students will probably have
two 20-30 minute individual coun-
seling sessions this summer, Judge
said, as opposed to the single ses-
sion now used.
Other ideas under consideration
include:
-Abbreviated course guides and
time schedules that can be mailed to
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OPINION,4Page.4
Disgusted by The Muppet Babies
and wrestling cartoons? Checkout
the Aimation Festival at
The Michigan Theater.
ARC.re I7.

By PETER MOONEY
The summary of a report that at-
tempts to resolve controversies
surrounding the development of
downtown was presented last night
before the Ann Arbor City Council's

plan, said "we feel the plan is an
excellent product of the
compromises which are part of the
democratic process."
In the next four months, the plan
will be reviewed by the planning

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