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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 16, 1988- Page 3
's tuition
program may

-Associated Press
Who's next?
A billboard along the northbound drive of the Southeast Expressway in Boston shows the last names of the original 13 presidential can-
didates with the names of Babbitt, Dupont, Haig, Hart, and Kemp crossed out as they dropped out of the presidential race prior to yester-
day's Illinois primary.
Reform voter laws says prof.

start in
By The Associated Press
Michigan residents could begin
contributing to a college tuition
guarantee program by the end of
April as a result of a favorable ruling
by the Internal Revenue Service,
Gov. James Blanchard announced
yesterday.
Under the program, the Michigan
Education Trust, parents can guaran-
tee their children free tuition at any
Michigan public college or univer-
sity if they make payments on their
behalf before enrollment. The pay-
ments can be made in a lump-sum or
in installments.
The IRS ruled that people buying
into the trust would have no tax
obligation, Blanchard said yesterday
at a news conference in Lansing.
HOWEVER, the IRS also de-
termined the trust would have to pay
taxes on money earned on its in-
vestments, he said. That provision
could add 20 percent to the cost of
the program, if the trust were to in-
vest fully in taxable instruments,
Michigan Treasurer Robert Bowman
said.
The state had hoped that the trust
would be tax-exempt as well.
"We don't like it, but we can live
with it," Blanchard said. The state
might seek congressional action to

April
reverse the ruling or might file a tax
court protest, he said.
Robert Kolt, Treasury Depart-
ment spokesperson said the ruling
would not impede the implementa-
tion of the program, but might mean
that participants either would have to
pay a bit more, or extend their con-
tracts over a longer period.
PRIOR TO the IRS ruling,
state officials estimated the payment
needed to guarantee tuition for a
newborn child at $4,000 to $5,000.'
The ruling and decisions to be
made on where the trust should in-
vest would help determine the actual
price of a contract.
Kole said the contracts would be
offered on a first come, first served
basis. The program would initially
be limited to a few thousand people.
If the child does not enter a Michi-
gan college or university, the in-
vestment and interest, less an
administrative fee, would be
returned.
Kole said that the program would
force state legislators to focus more
on keeping tuition levels down when
debating state funding for colleges
and universities.
-Daily staffer Andrew Mills
contributed to this report.

By JIM PONIEWOZIK
Needlessly complicated voter reg-
istration procedures, not apathy, may
be the reason why many Americans
don't vote, University Political Sci-
ence Prof. Steven Rosenstone said.
"People in this country care as
much about election results as peo-
ple anywhere else," said Rosenstone,
a researcher for the University's
Center for Political Studies.
The problem, Rosenstone said, is
that registration laws require too
much effort on the part of voters. In

many states, citizens are forced to
register weeks before an election, and
often must travel considerable dis-
tances to do so. Sometimes this
means having to take time off from
work to register.
"For some people, it's easy to
take time off," Rosenstone said.
"(But) people with less resources are
most hurt by the inconvenience."
Rosenstone noted that other
democracies which have simpler
registration procedures - such as
Canada, Great Britain, and Austria

- have higher rates of participation
than the U.S. Also, he said voter
turnout in individual states is in-
versely proportional to the difficulty
of the process.
The researcher said he thinks the
laws may be deliberately maintained
to suppress the political voice of the
poor and minorities, who some
politicians believe would be likely
to vote them out of office.
"It's no accident that when (voter
registration reform) bills come be-
fore Congress, it's Republicans and

conservative southern Democrats
that are opposed," Rosenstone said.
Requirements that voters must
register long in advance of elections
also hurt the process, Rosenstone
said.
Rosenstone said he has not yet
determined how he will conduct the
research, but speculated the study
may involve comparisons of voters
in the same communities. Some in
the study would be registered in their
homes and others would have to go
out of their way to register.

SAPAC film, forum series
to explore sexism in ads

Students organize
to clean graffiti

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By VICKI BAUER
The second in a series of five
weekly lunch-hour films and discus-
sions today will explore how sexism
in advertising perpetuates violence
against women.
The series, titled "Bagging the
Rape Culture," is sponsored by the
University's Sexual Assault Prevent
and Awareness Center and focuses on
sexual exploitation in society. It be-
gan last week with a film and dis-
cussion about gender stereotyping
and the socialization of children,
called "Growing Up With Dick and
Jane."
SAPAC volunteers who coordi-
nated the series hope to educate peo-
ple about "rape culture" -society's
attitudes and institutions that
perpetuate violence against women,
SAPAC volunteer coordinator Au-
drey Haberman said.
"We want people to challenge
their own views and help people
sttategize ways to confront these is-

sues," Haberman said.
"We need to change the way
society looks at women. We need
both men and women to do it," LSA
junior and SAPAC volunteer Jo-
hanna Soet said.
SAPAC Director Julie Steiner
said the discussions are an effective
way for helping to change society's
sexists attitudes in addition to taking
action and educating the community.
"There will be more pressure to
keep tuition down," Kole said.
STATE SEN. William Seder-
burg (R-East Lansing), chair of the
Senate Appropriations Higher
Education Subcommittee which is
currently working on next year's
budget, said the decision will not
have an effect on the appropriations
this year.
"The trust won't affect appropria-
tion decisions at all," he said, due to
the significant time lag between
when people begin contributing and
when those children enter college.

By CATHY NICHOLS
In hopes of scouring away at stu-
dent apathy, two students have orga-
nized a "Scrub-it-Out" campaign to
clean University grounds of racist
and sexist graffiti.
Residential College senior Jacob
Seagull and RC junior Rebecca
Gessler began the campaign in re-
sponse to racial tension on campus,
recently manifested through fliers
and graffiti offensive to minorities
and women.
"If you're fed up with racism, do
something about it. If you see racist
graffiti and you simply walk by, you
are approving of it. Our campaign
gives students the tools to fight
racism," said Seagull.
Last night, Seagull and Gessler
received an endorsement and $500
from the Michigan Student Assem-
bly, which will be used to provide

cleaning materials to students. The
supplies will be available at library
circulation desks, in bathrooms of
most University buildings, and at
front desks of residence halls.
Seagull and Gessler also intend to
establish a hotline for informing
University maintenance services of
offensive graffiti. Director of Uni-
versity Business Operations John
Weidenbach supports the hotline be-
cause it would help the maintenance
department eliminate graffiti riore
efficiently.
The campaign has been endorsed
by Hillel, the United Coaltion
Against Racism, the Lesbgian end
Gay Rights Organizing Committee,
MSA, and the Sexual Assault Pre.-
vention and Awareness Center.
Seagull and Gessler said they plan
to organize a mass meeting to recruit
students who want to help.

Doily Photo by ROBIN LOZNAK
Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri, a Democratic presidential can-
didate, speaks yesterday at the Detroit Building Trades Council about his
trade policy. Detroit was Gephardt's first step on a two-day bus tour
which will take his campaign to Kalamazoo, Hastings, and Lansing
today.

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Joe Collins, a millwright at the
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downtown Marshall, where he vis-
ited a hardware store, a neighborhood
cafe, and a gourmet coffee shop. He
also stopped at the "Copper Bar"
where- townspeople applauded as he
autographed a wall.
He ended the day by addressing
the Calhoun County Democratic
Party Executive Committee in Battle
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Gephardt said in an interview
yesterday that he has fond memories
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Speakers
David Brion Davis - "The
Ambiguities of Removal, Deliver-
ance and National Identity," 4:00
p.m., Hutchins Hall, Law Quad,
Room 100.
Leon Irish -"Foundation
for the Development of Polish
Agriculture," noon, Commons
Room, Lane Hall.
Hans Rudolf Lerche -
"On the Optimality of t h e
Repeated Significance Test," 4:00
p.m., 451 Mason Hall. Coffee will
be served at 3:30 p.m.
Prof. Harold Kohn -
"Crack and Drug Problems," 3:30
p.m.,- Room 1541, Chemistry
Building.
Prof. Samuel Gorovitz -
"Organ Replacment and Gene
Therapy: How Far is too Far?"
noon, South Lecture Hall, Medical
Science Building II.
Raymond Westbrook -
"Theft in Biblical and Cuneiform
Law," 4:00 p.m., West Conference

p.m., International Center.
Stilyagi Air Corps - "The
Science Fiction Club of the U of
M," 7:30 p.m.
Outing Club - 6 p.m.,
Crofoot Rm., Michigan Union
LSA Student Government
- Weekly mtg. 3rd floor
chambers, Michigan Union, 6 p.m.
U M A S C - University of
Michigan Asian Student Coalition,
gay/lesbian workshop, 7 p.m.
Room D, Michigan League.
Furthermore
Sexism in Advertising -
1987 film "Still Killing Us
Softly." A lunch hour discussion
on sexual exploitation. Noon - 1
p.m., Mason Hall Rm. 2444.
Open Mike - The Ark.
University and Campus bands
- concert at Hill Aud, 8 p.m.
UAC/Laughtrack - Gary
Kern, 10 p.m., U-Club.
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