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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 5, 1990

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AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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University Regents

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Tucker and Power outshine other candidates

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AS ELECTION DAY ONCE AGAIN
bears down on the nation, voters
statewide must choose two candidates
to serve eight-year terms on the
University's Board of Regents.
Though- the field is less than .
exemplary, two candidates distance
themselves from their opponents.
Donald Tucker, a Southfield lawyer,
impressed us with his attention to Uni-
versity issues and Lansing inroads, and
would prove a worthy addition to the
Board. The problem of ever-increasing
student tuition was among Tucker's
major concerns, and he presented sev-
eral concrete suggestions to improve
University funding efforts.
Primarily, Tucker displayed a grasp
for the inner-workings of state gov-
ernment politics, a knowledge that may
help the University gamer more funds
through state appropriations. Tucker
may help bridge the widening gap be-
tween the University and the state, a
move that would benefit both students
and the University as a whole.
Tucker, a Democrat, also expressed
dismay at the regents' recent vote to
deputize 24 University police officers,
a decision widely criticized by students
and student leaders. Though he said the
deputization effort is unlikely to be re-
versed, he said improving the relation-
ship between the University and the
Ann Arbor Police Department would
have been a wiser course of action. We
wholeheartedly agree.
Another Democrat, incumbent Re-
gent Philip Power, gets our somewhat-
nervous support in tomorrow's elec-
tion. Power was appointed to the
Board after the death of his wife, Sarah
Power, in 1987, and owns a string of
suburban newspapers.
Power's voting record as a regent is
troublesome, but recent statements
seem to indicate his shift from earlier
positions. In 1988, Power voted to
approve the University's anti-discrimi-
nation policy; that policy, which passed
the regents by a 5-2 vote, was later de-
clared unconstitutional by a federal
judge.
Also, Power voted this summer to
approve the creation of a University
police force. Still, Power has ex-
pressed concern over the speed with
which the deputization is advancing,
and has vowed to closely monitor the
transition to a regent-controlled police
force.
We are also troubled by Power's
sudden interest in student concerns,
displayed recently in his claims of fix-
ing lighting problems on the Diag and

elsewhere on campus. If Power were
so interested in discovering student
problems, why did he wait until now to
do something about it?
Still, both Power and Tucker far
outdistance their challengers. Republi-
can Shirley McFee, the mayor of Battle
Creek, seemed out of touch with stu-
dents and the issues currently envelop-
ing campus. And though we did not get
a chance to meet Republican Marvin
Esch, a former U.S. representative,
published reports make us wary of his
abilities as a regent.
Candidate Jerry Goldberg of the
Worker's World Party was astute at
pointing out many easily-recognizable
problems with the University, but ne-
glected to offer any workable solu-
tions. Unfortunately, we were unable
to meet with the Libertarian candidates.
Though none of the candidates for
regent stands out as a champion of stu-
dents' needs, Democrats DONALD
TUCKER and PHILIP POWER are the
best choices for the University.
Change the system
THOUGH WE, LIKE MOST ASTUTE
voters, have taken the time to
examine the candidates before
choosing our preferences, we are
nonetheless unhappy with the current
system of electing members to the
Board of Regents.
The Board constists of eight peo-
ple, each of whom is elected to an
eight-year term. The problem arises
in the way these people are chosen.
The regents have an enornous
power to alter the lives of the tens of
thousands of students, faculty and
staff who attend or work at the Uni-
versity. Yet these people have very
little voice in selecting the people
who can control their lives.
Regents are elected by voters
statewide, a practice which neglects
the needs of the people they will ul-
timately be serving.
The current controversy over the
new University police force illus-
trates the danger inherent in this sys-
tem. The new police will serve the
regents, who are elected by the state,
and not the people whom they will
control - namely students and other
members of the University commu-
nity.
As Ann Arbor's state representa-
tive, Perry Bullard, told us recently,
as long as this system persists, the
regents will continue to be unac-
countable to the students.

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Nude swimming, and its impact on the '90 Campaign

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[Note: this article contains nudity and
sexual situations.]
As a responsible journalist dedicated to
keeping the public abreast (No, that's not
the sexual part) about significant issues of
the day, I feel compelled to confront an
alarming development in this year's
election campaign. Jon Grunseth for some
time refused to quit the Minnesota
gubernatorial race despite his open
admittance of the fact that he swam nude
with teenage women in 1981.
Of course you realize the dangerous
consequences of his being elected had he
decided in the end to run. He'd probably
have run off to go skinny-dipping when he
was supposed to be performing crucial
gubernatorial duties such as. .well,
actually, I can't think of any off hand.
According to John Engler's campaign
ads, the only thing Governor Blanchard
does here in Michigan is raise taxes and
fly the state jet around at our expense.
Blanchard's ads respond that if Engler were
elected governor, he would never show up.
So in comparison, having a governor
who does nothing but swim nude with
teenage girls all day might not be so bad.
Think about it. His opponent wouldn't
distort his record in misleading ads. In
fact, the entire campaign would be more
honest: "Hi, I'm Jon Grunseth. If I'm
elected governor, I promise not to drown."
Chait is an LSA first-year student.

Actually, the real reason behind my
sympathy for Grunseth is that I too have a
skinny-dipping skeleton in my closet.
When I was ten at summer camp, I went
on a co-ed canoeing trip. Some of the 11
and 12 year-old boys suggested that ev-
eryone swim nude in the river, displaying
a remarkable level of horniness. The girls
consented, provided that the boys go in
first. All the boys agreed except for
myself, who was silently praying for a
sudden strike of instantaneous puberty.
As soon as we all waded out into the
river, the girls informed us that not only
would they not be joining us, but they had
our clothing back on shore. (One key
lesson here is that as far as factors
affecting the decisions of adolescent boys

it?" Somehow forgetting that my arms
were temporarily performing the much
more important function of concealing my
pre-pubescent genitalia, I stood up, looked
at my Sports Illustrated waterproof watch,
and said, "one o'clock."
That summer I was asked for the time
a lot.
I realize that by printing this, I am
forfeiting any future chance to run for
political office:
"CHAIT TRIED TO LURE TWELVE
YEAR OLD GIRLS TO SWIM NUDE!
They refused, he exposed himself."
Now I know what you're thinking.
You're thinking, "That's it? That's the

So in comparison, having a governor who does
nothing but swim nude with teenage girls all day
might not be so bad. Think about it. His opponent
wouldn't distort his record in misleading ads.

go, common sense ranks far, far below sex
drive)
So we had no choice but to make our
way back onto shore, crouching as we
walked, with our arms covering our
private parts. My arms were able to cover
my parts very thoroughly, if you get my
drift.
I was almost in reach of my towel
when someone said, "Jon, what time is

sexual situation that I read through this
entire article just to get to? And what does*
this have to do with developments in this
year's campaign?"
Since both Blanchard and Engler have
conspicuously avoided taking any stance
on on the issue of co-ed nude gubernatorial
swimming, send a strong message to both
candidates when you vote tomorrow. Vote
naked.

Unions -strike back

Daily News dispute gives
AT ONE TIME, UNIONS COULD
call strikes to procure adequate
working conditions and benefits for
their members. But the past decade has
witnessed both a continuing decline in
the number of union workers - now
16 percent - and an increasingly hos-
tile environment for workers, unions
and strikes.
The current strike of nine unions at
the New Ybrk Daily News is a clear
example of both the aggressive com-
pany tactics that have forged this envi-
ronment and the creative union tactics
now necessary to resist it.
In addition to exacting overwhelm-
ing concessions and dangerously ldose
work rules from unions, management
now habitually hires scabs as perma-
nent replacements for workers who
dare to resist such abuses and strike.
Terrified of losing their jobs, work-
ers have grown accustomed to accept-
ing these abuses rather than fighting
them. As a result, there were fewer
strikes in the 1980s than in any decade
since the 1920s.
The Daily News strike is significant
not just because it demonstrates a break

new life to labor
Group prepared for a strike at the
News by amassing a scab work force.
After deliberately provoking the com-
pany's regular drivers, these scabs
conveniently arrived at the plant in an
out-of-state bus within the hour.
But all the scabs in the world, how-
ever successful they might be in pro-
ducing a paper, cannot guarantee its
distribution. So rather than simply
walking an orderly picket line as scab
drivers pull in and out of the main
Brooklyn plant, the striking unions are
doing everything they can - legally
and illegally - to halt delivery, impede
sales and discourage advertisers.
If the News unions are resorting to
"illegal" tactics, it is because the legal
structure implemented during the New
Deal to protect them no longer does so.
During the last decade, the National
Labor Relations Board, supposedly
established as a neutral arbitrator be-,
tween management and the unions, has
ruled more often for management than
at any time in its history. Meanwhile,
local courts slap countless injunctions
on striking workers, ordering them
back to work.

What about Michigan?
To the Daily:
Victors, perhaps, but not quite saints.
The Daily's editorial "Hail to the Vic-
tors?" (10/15'90), concentrating on the un-
ruly behavior of Michigan State fans, ad-
dressed no comments to the behavior of
Michigan fans.
As a Wolverine, I was embarrassed by
our extremely inhospitable attitude toward
the visiting team. Even before the game
started, the herd of "Fuck State" shirts had
filed into the stadium. In the student sec-
tions, this catchy phrase developed into
the chant, "Fuck State! Fuck State!"
Since the Spartans have a history of
"harassing the Wolverine players and
band," we retaliated by tossing the
infamous marshmallows at State tubas.
After all, we wouldn't want to let them
get one up on us.
But in the process of discrediting
State's band, we ignored our own; the
marshmallow hurling reached its height
during the Michigan Marching Band's
halftime performance.
The rivalry between Michigan State
and Michigan is based on a tradition of ex-
cellence that both schools should be proud
of. Both schools have a history of aca-
demic and athletic success that has spanned
over the years. Both schools have produced
legends that live in our memories. Both
schools graduate fine young men and
women that go on to become successful,
contributing members of society.
Let's not compromise our integrity to
degrade State, for by doing that we only
degrade ourselves.
Heather E. Henderson
LSA first-year student

so it was with great enthusiasm that I read
your piece in which you detail how you
took a stand and did not tolerate such irre-
sponsibility in one of your reporters. Jeff
Cameron was representing the Daily and
the University as a whole while playing
that football game against the State News
so he should have known better than to
embarrass himself and the U by showing
up intoxicated. I felt that Gill was entirely,
justified in reprimanding him by suspend-
ing him from work and docking his pay.
As a product of a fine Jesuit secondary
education we were taught to'appreciate al-
cohol, but also respect it like our instruc-
tors did. We were also taught a strict
moral code. Jeff Cameron evidently and
knowingly broke Mike Gill's trust and his
teammates' so it was your moral duty to
punish him. Thus, I can appreciate and
commend you for taking a moral stand and
defending what is right and good.
I know that I can sleep better at night
knowing that you, sports editors, have the
moral courage to not let such blatant dis-
respect for the institutions that he (Jeff
Cameron) was supposedly representing go
unpunished. Mike Gill, I salute you for
standing by your principles, and I recom-
mend that you should start random drug
testing of your staffers and punish any,
more offenders with banishment from the
Daily so such a scandal would never again
tarnish the fine reputation of the Daily.
Frank C. De Guire, Jr..
LSA senior

Nuts & Bolts humors
'U' community life
To the Daily:
It's obvious - some people have no
sense of humor. It is hard to believe that
anyone could take offense of the Nuts &
Bolts strip in which Levon physically
abuses a bicyclist. Voices in this column
somehow managed to imply that the con-
tents in extrapolation promote insensitivity
towards lesbians, gay males and minori-
ties. Gimme a break!
Okay, Nuts & Bolts is not the funniest
strip in the world but it has found its niche
as it relates to life on our campus. (I loved
the "Bo, come back" sequence last year!)
It would be utterly pointless to replace it
with another mass-produced, commercial
cartoon.
The Free Press will give you tons of
those and more for only a quarter. I per-
sonally like the characters in Nuts &
Bolts, and the stories unraveling keep me
looking forward to my daily Daily.
Kristofer Skaug
Engineering senior
The Daily encourages letters from its
readers. Letters can be mailed to 420
Maynard St., or sent via MTS to
"Michigan Daily." Please be brief- the
Daily reserves the right to cut all letters.

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