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LSA-SG elections: Everyone's a


The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 1, 1989 - Page 5
Malta summit may
hasten arms accords

by Josh Mitnick
Daily MSA Reporter
Because candidates for the LSA Student
Government (LSA-SG) ran unopposed, not
all LSA constituents had the opportunity to
as heir ballots in elections yesterday and
Only 16 candidates ran for 17 positions
in the student government, and current
LSA-SG Vice President Jennifer Clough,
an LSA junior, ran unopposed for the pres-
idency. Ballots sheets were only distributed

Wednesday at the fishbowl polling site
from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
LSA junior Jeff Ehrlich, who also ran
unopposed, will be vice president.
LSA-SG allocates funds to campus or-
ganizations and appoints students to Uni-
versity committees.
Election director and current LSA-SG
president David Boris said he originally
didn't want to hold the elections at all be-
cause no seats were being contested. Boris
admitted the elections were merely a rubber

stamp and confirmed that all students who
ran for seats were successful.
Boris said voters were uninterested in
casting ballots when they realized there was
no choice for the positions in the Student
"People weren't showing any interest in
voting because they viewed it as a formal-
ity," Boris said.
Although he lamented the fact there
weren't enough candidates to even contest
the seats, Boris expressed confidence that
LSA-SG would continue to be strong.

ontinued from Page 1
Wednesday, the problem was not
corrected, and yesterday's ballots re-
mained the same.
ISA offices were closed all day
yesterday and assembly officials re-
fused to comment on the election
crises. Coleman issued a brief state-
ment last night saying that all cor-
rected ballots would be counted, re-
ardless of the confusion.
Nancy McGlothlin, general man-
ager and secretary to the Board for
Student Publications, said, "In the
eight years that I've worked in Stu-
dent Publications, there has never
been a problem with how the elec-
tions were run."
University Pediatrics Prof. Am-
non Rosenthal, chair of the board,
said he hoped MSA would be able to
*ork out its problems and see that
student representation is maintained
on the board.
Daily Editor in Chief Adam
Schrager said, "Because there hasn't
been a full body of student represen-
tation for over a year, it's obvious
that the three student publications
are suffering."

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President
Bush's Mediterranean summit with Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev could speed up a
timetable for new superpower accords slashing
arsenals of nuclear, conventional and chemical
"It would seem like all the signs are point-
ing to quick resolution," said James Rubin, as-
sistant director of the Arms Control Associa-
tion of Washington, D.C. "But a summit reso-
lution to move to completion to all three is
the best we should hope for."
Bush has stressed that the summit will not
focus on arms control and that he was "not go-
ing to surprise" the Soviets with any flashy
Gorbachev, however, is known for doing
the unexpected, and he may try to pressure
Bush into talks on naval power. The U.S.
Navy is rated mightier, and the Reagan and
Bush administrations have resisted having put
this question on any arms-control negotiating
tables in the past.
The general subject of arms control, never-
theless, always is center-stage when the super-
power leaders meet. Gorbachev, in a joint
statement yesterday with Italian leaders, ex-
pressed hope for agreements by the end of 1990
to cut conventional and chemical weapons and
to sharply reduce strategic-arms stockpiles.
Bush and Gorbachev have said that the next
summit, to be held in the United States next
spring or summer, might be used to sign a
proposed Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
(START). This would slash superpower nu-
clear arsenals by 30 to 50 percent, to 6,000
warheads each.
For the first time since Gorbachev sat down
with then-President Reagan in Geneva in 1985,
the arms control agenda is not dominated by
the U.S. space-based missile shield proposal,
otherwise known as Star Wars.
The Soviets said in September they were
removing a major START obstacle by drop-
ping their precondition that the United States
agree not to violate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic
Missile Treaty, which restricts strategic de-
Now, with the collapse of hard-line com-
munist regimes in Eastern Europe, and mas-
sive budget deficits in the United States, the
Bush administration is considering major cut-
backs in troops and weapons.
Gorbachev in facing similar pressures at
"Now if we want to talk in a general way
with the Soviet leaders about our aspirations
for how a defense system will look 10 years
from now, of course, we'll do that, we want toI
do that." Bush said.
In particular, Bush said he would like to+
talk with the Soviets about curtailing their de-
fense spending.+
"But that's not what I'm referring to when I1
talk about euphoric expectations of some deal."I
Bush said. "There isn't going to be such a1

deal. It takes two to make a deal."
Separately, the State Department said the
United States has little interest in a possible
Soviet proposal to restrict naval power.
"The Soviet Union, a land power, would be
less constrained by such proposals," said State
department spokesperson Margaret Tutwiler.
"We are not aware of naval arms control mea-
sures that enhance stability."
Despite criticism at home that he has re-
acted too cautiously to changes sweeping East-
em Europe, Bush said his approach was solidly
supported by NATO leaders.
Saying he had consulted with each NATO
chief, Bush said, "I don't want to sound self--,,
centered here but almost every one of those
leaders told me, "We think the United States is
handling this properly. We appreciate the way
you're handling these changes, the prudent ap-,
proach you are taking."

Gorbachev calls
for summit on


LSA first-year student Jon Margolin votes in Michigan Student Assembly
Fishbowl yesterday.

elections in the

hush vetoes extension of Chinese student visas

European unity
ROME (AP) - Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev proposed yesterday that a summit of '$
European nations, the United States and Canada
be held next year to speed up the integration of-;
Europe and eliminate East-West divisions.
Gorbachev said the meeting he callede.
"Helsinki 2" should be moved up from 1992 as'
originally called for under the 1975 Helsinkiz)
Accords on human rights and security in Eu,:
He made the proposal in a speech from the-,
Michelangelo-designed Campidoglio, Rome'9"
city hall, where the treaty was signed in 1957
establishing the European Common Market. "
Gorbachev said the sweeping changes in A
Eastern Europe are irrevocable. He insisted ;
they do not signal "the collapse of socialism,"
but rather the future development of a concept
with noble goals and enormous humanistic and
democratic potential."
On the eve of his historic meeting with
Pope John Paul II, Gorbachev said that Soviets
have changed their attitude toward religion and
now believe religious values can help in the
restructuring of Soviet society.
Expanding on his desire to build "a common
European home," Gorbachev said recent events,
presumably the dramatic rush toward reform in
Eastern Europe, "underscore the desirability of
an all-European summit, a Helsinki 2 meeting.
We could consider advancing its date from 1992 -
to, say, as early as 1990."
"In the final analysis," Gorbachev said, "we
envision Europe as a commonwealth of
sovereign democratic states with a high level of
equitable interdependence and easily accessible
borders open to the exchange of products,
technologies and ideas and wide-ranging con-
tacts among people."

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Presi-
dent Bush yesterday announced he was veto-
ing a bill to allow Chinese students to re-
main in the United States after their visas
expire, calling it unnecessary and an in-
fringement on his presidential authority.
Bush said in a statement that the mea-
sure was unneeded in light of administrative
steps he had taken to accomplish the same
nds - including new measures taken yes-
The president said he was directing the
attorney general "to take the steps necessary
to extend administratively to all Chinese
students in the United States the same ben-
efits" that were in the rejected bill.
However, a congressional sponsor of the
legislation, Rep. Bruce Morrison, (P-
Conn.), accused Bush of yielding to pres-

sure from the Beijing government, which
had strongly opposed the measure.
"I'm shocked that the president would
kowtow in this way to the demands of the
Chinese government, especially when that
government was threatening Chinese stu-
dents here in the United States and telling
them that the United States was not going
to protect them," said Morrison, chair of a
House Judiciary subcommittee on immigra-
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Bush earlier criticized the measure,
claiming it was unneeded because he already
agreed to extend student visas in the after-
math of government's bloody crackdown on
protestors in Tianenmen Square in June.
In most cases, visas for visiting foreign
students are issued for two years. The bill
vetoed would extend the Chinese students'
visas for four more years and then give
them a chance at applying for permanent
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