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Ninety- nine years of editorialfreedom
Vol. IC, No.4A Ann Arbor, Michigan - Tuesday, November 8, 1988 Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily

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Pollster

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presidential

race

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DAVID LUlE Do ll,
State Sen. Lana Pollack, Democratic candidate for Congress, speaks to a crowd of campaign volunteers
yesterday at Dominick's. A group of about 80 volunteers canvassed the campus area after the rally.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
George Bush and Michael Dukakis voiced
confidence today as they crossed paths in
battleground states on the final day of cam-
paigning before Americans choose the next
president.
Dukakis urged voters "to send a message
that can be heard from California to Kenne-
bunkport" while Bush declared he was fin-
ishing "not in a power walk but in a sprint."
The latest polls bolstered the vice pres-
ident's optimism as he followed his De-
mocratic rival into Ohio and roared towards
St. Louis. At a sunrise rally in a steel-
workers union hall outside Cleveland, Du-
kakis was in high spirits after snatching a
two-hour nap on an overnight flight from the
West Coast.
But anger over negative ads and polls
calling George Bush a sure winner cut Bush's
lead among voters and boosted Michael Du-
kakis into a neck-and-neck race for the pres-
idency, pollster Louis Harris said yesterday.
Harris said in his latest polling, on
Sunday, 49 percent of those surveyed favored
the Republican vice president and.46 percent
backed his Democratic rival, a difference less
than the poll's margin of error of plus or
minus 2 percent.
Harris, who held a news conference and
spoke at an Economic Club of Detroit lunch-
eon, said he would continue polling yesterday
and make a final prediction today as voters
went to the polls.
"But I think there's every likelihood it
will probably be too close to call," he said.
"There is no question that the furlough ad
has blown up in George Bush's face," Harris
said, referring to the "revolving door"
television advertisement that accused Dukakis
of being soft on crime.
He said his surveys showed that when
voters discovered 45 states and the federal
government had prisoner-furlough programs,
they "felt they had been had."
In his third visit to the state in a week, the

Republican presidential nominee said winning
Michigan means winning today's neck-and-
neck presidential race.
"In a sense, Michigan is where we got our
start earlier this year, and it's important that
we finish here not with a power walk but
with a sprint right down to the end," Bush
said at a Southfield office complex.
"I came here to tell you I need your help
and your support. Michigan could be the key
in this election for the entire country." Bush's
spirited sendoff by the Michigan Republican
Committee was one of a flurry of last-minute
rallies and stump speeches around the state.
Dukakis is scheduled to touch down at
6:30 a.m. today at Detroit Metropolitan Air-
port, where he will greet Gov. James Blanch-
ard and make a brief speech before returning
See Poll, Page 3
Both sides
on Prop A
predict win
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LANSING - A hard-fought compaign
over the right of poor women to a tax-paid
abortion ends today when voters decide the
fate of Proposal A, an emotionally charged
issue that dominated the state political scene
all fall.
Both sides are predicting victory in a con-
test that a poll shows as close despite a bar-
rage of television advertising by both sides.
"I think we're going to win if our people
get out and do the kind of grass roots work
they're capable of doing," said Barbara Lis-
ting, chairperson of the Committee to End
Tax-funded Abortions.
See Prop A, Page 3

ongres !
BY MICHAEL LUSTIG
In the final hours of the 1988 cam-+
paign, congressional candidate Lana Pol-
lack is feeling "nervous, but good" about
her prospects of victory.
Pollack, a Democratic state senator who
is running for Michigan's Second Con-
gressional District seat, held a rally for her
student volunteers last night at Domi-
nick's restaurant, where she thanked about
100 of them - only a small percentage of
the 1,000 student volunteers she has - for
their dedication. They also planned for
today's "get out the vote" effort.
Her race against Republican Rep. Carl
Pursell, a six-term incumbent from
Plymouth, is now too close to call,

race is a tossup

Pollack said. As evidence of this, WXYZ
Channel 7 in Detroit could not decide
whether to send a camera crew to Pollack's
or Pursell's campaign party. The station is
sending crews to both, she said.
Another "barometer" of support, she
said, has been her campaign stops at, fac-
tory gates. When the crowds become more
positive toward Democratic presidential
nominee Michael Dukakis, she said she
becomes more confident of her success.
Yesterday, at a plant gate in Adrian, Pol-
lack said she heard "good words" for Du-
kakis.
Pursell did little campaigning this
weekend, in part because he was slightly
ill, said Gary Cates, his press secretary.

Pursell also likes to set his own schedule
of appearances in the final days of a cam-
paign, he added.
Last night, about 80 campaign volun-
teers blanketed an area "from North Cam-
pus to Main Street to the Hill" with door
hangers identifying campus-area polling
sites, said campaign coordinator John Pol-
lack, the candidate's son.
Pollack will be watching election re-
turns with other Democratic candidates to-
night at the Howard Johnson's at U.S. 23
and Carpenter Rd. Pursell will join other
Republican candidates at the Holiday Inn-
West at Interstate 94 and Jackson Rd. at
about 10 p.m.

Composites provide
seven rape suspects

BY NATHAN SMITH
Ann Arbor police investigators
said they now have seven possible
suspects in three recent campus-area
rapes that they believe were
committed by the same man. Police
said none of the suspects are in cus-
tody.
Sgt. Thomas Caldwell said the
leads came from people who saw the
two composite sketches printed in
the The Michigan Daily Oct. 28.
"Had it not been for (the composite
sketches), the investigation would
have hit the inactive state," Caldwell
said.
Caldwell said police received calls
naming seven men that both fit the
description and were engaged in
"suspicious situations."
"I would rather investigate 100
suspicious circumstances than let
one real one go by," he said.,Cald-
well declined to discuss the investi-
gation, but said no arrests have been
made.
600 feared
dead in
earthquake
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Beijing - A powerful earthquake
struck just inside China's mountain-
ous southern border, and two official
radio stations reported Monday that
a n.nna m~rP

Numerous campus groups have
protested the use of the composite
sketches in the Oct. 28 story,
including the United Coalition
Against Racism and the University's
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center.
Barbara Ransby, a UCAR steer-
ing committee member, said the
composites helped foster the myth
that most rapists are Black men, and
that all Black men are potential
rapists. According to SAPAC fig-
ures, Black men are no more likely
to rape than white men, and in over
90 percent of rape cases, the victim
and rapist are of the same race and
socio-economic class.
Because the most distinguishing
feature of both men in the compos-
ites was that they were young and
Black, Ransby said, the composites
served only to alarm the public and
made suspects of the thousands of
Black men who fit that description.
See Suspect, Page 2
INSIDE

DAVID LUBLINER/Daily
Solidarity Day

Pedra Chaffers (middle) speaks at the
Blue Carpet Lounge. See Story, Page

Black Solidarity Day forum last night
2.

in Stockwell's

LSA class remains uncertain

Vote against Proposals A, B, and
Carl Pursell, but vote for Pro-
posal C.
See Opinion, Page 4

BY LISA POLLAK
The LSA curriculum committee
agenda - as it has for the last three
weeks - includes a proposal for a
required LSA course on racism. But
committee members said they don't
expect the proposal to be approved,
although it is uncertain whether they
will vote on it at today's meeting.

the course have been less successful
in convincing the committee to ap-
prove their entire proposal, which
would require all LSA students to
elect the class during their first two
years.
In interviews and minutes of their
closed meetings, committee mem-
bers have repeatedly said they will

situation regarding racism in society
and at the 'U', considering President
Duderstadt's Michigan Mandate -
we think the University is ready to
make a commitment," Alexander
said.
But some committee members
have indicated they would nrefer a

The Wash airs dirty
through clean acting.
See Arts,

laundry
Page 5

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