Vol. Cl, No. 47 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, November 8, 1990 Mgh 1990
by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Politics Reporter
In an upset that few analysts or
polls predicted, Republican chal-
lenger John Engler beat out Demo-
cratic incumbent Jim Blanchard to
capture the governor's office.
Final unofficial figures put En-
gler 19,134 votes ahead of Blan-
Despite the closeness of the race,
Engler expressed his confidence of
victory late Tuesday night. "We
want everyone to know that if you
decide to leave there's not very much
risk that you're going to wake up
upsets Gov. Blanchard
without a Republican Governor,"
With Engler's win, the gover-
nor's office returns to the hands of
the Republicans after Governor
Blanchard's two-term reign.
Blanchard will not seek a vote re-
count said Tom Scott, the gover-
A Blanchard spokesperson ex-
pressed regret in not leading a more
aggressive campaign. "If I had to do
it over again, I wouldn't have put
out our last (upbeat and positive)
ad," said Gary Bachula campaign
manager. Bachula said he should
have put out a more negative ad.
Others disagreed with this senti-
ment. "The governor's problem was
that he ran an overwhelmingly nega-
tive campaign. That's very risky for
an incumbent and it set the stage for
John Engler's campaign, which used
images and issues that moved the
electorate," said David Rohde, a
Michigan State University political
Most agreed low voter turnout
was a key factor in the Blanchard
"Blanchard didn't get the troops out
like he did in '82," said Jim Dunn, a
former Republican member of U.S.
Blanchard was hurt by a low
voter turnout in Detroit, a Demo-
cratic stronghold. Only 30 percent of
registered voters there went to polls.
Local Democratic officials were
disappointed by a low student
turnout. "Despite our best efforts,
students did not turnout to vote in
numbers... I think it made a big dif-
ference (in the Engler victory)," said
John Pollack, the Washtenaw
County organizer for the Democratic
coordinated campaign. "There is no
explanation for the low turnout ex-
Engler thanked the people for his
support. "They want a change and
they want a way to express them-
selves. I think the people of Michi-
gan heard my message," Engler said.
Engler was first elected to the
state House in 1970 while still a
student at Michigan State Univer-
sity. He was elected to the State
Senate in 1978 and has been major-
ity leader since 1984.
Daily staffers Chris Afendulis
and Bethany Robertson and the As-
sociated Press contributed to this
I Democrats boasted yesterday of a
Sun Belt election breakthrough that
could buoy their presidential
prospects in 1992. Republicans
gained two late upsets to go with a
win in California and claimed, "we
didn't do too bad" despite midterm
"George Bush is in a slide.
There's absolutely no question about
it," said Ron Brown, chair of the
Democratic National Committee.
Brown also chortled that Bush
"campaigned heavily for 18 candi-
dates and 14 of them lost."
The White House saw it differ-
ently, as a midterm election with
something for everyone, and said it
could not be interpreted as a referen-
dum on Bush's popularity anyway.
Bush's reversal on taxes and the
confusion about his position during
the budget negotiations cost him
dearly, raising questions about his
credibility and ability to govern.
For winners everywhere, the day
after brought exultation. "An over-
powering moment," said John En-
gler, who was elected governor of
Michigan in a long, late count over
Democratic incumbent James
Democratic Rep. Jim Bates,
See DEMOCRATS, Page 2
Regents divided evenly by party
Jane Schwartz, left, and Lisa Lipcaman talk over coffee at "Cafe Fino," a new shop on Church Street.
Bullard, Pollack and
by Sarah Schweitzer
Daily Administration Reporter
In the closely contested race for
two seats on the University's Board
of Regents in Tuesday's election,
Democrat Phil Power emerged victo-
rious in his battle to keep his seat
while newcomer Republican Shirley
McFee became the third woman to
ever serve on the Board.
The addition of McFee will create
an even split of four Democrats and
four Republicans on the Board.
McFee garnered the most votes of
the seven regental candidates with a
total of 984,557, while Power fin-
ished a close second with 979,495.
Republican Marvin Esch, a former
member of Congress and President
of Communications Group Inc., re-
ceived 910,094 votes and Democrat
Donald Tucker, a Southfield attor-
ney, got 906,334.
Vote totals for Libertarian candi-
dates David Raaflaub and James
Hudler and Workers World candidate
Jerry Goldberg were unavailable.
Power said he plans to serve his
eight-year tenure as a "good, active,
conscientious, and collaborative
He was "surprised and saddened"
by Matthew Pulliam
Daily Staff Reporter
Incumbents Perry Bullard, Lana
Pollack, and Carl Pursell retained
their seats amid mild competition
from their challengers.
Bullard, preparing for his 18th
year in the state House, took 69 per-
cent of the vote for the 53rd district's
state House seat. His opponent, Re-
publican Steve Carey, garnered
7,338 of the 23,598 votes.
Bullard is Chair of the State Sen-
ate Judiciary Committee and is well
known for his sponsorship of the
1976 Freedom of Information Act.
Bullard was not available for com-
ment on the outcome of the election.
Carey is a senior at the University of
Michigan and was making his first
run for the state House seat.
Carey was good-natured about his
loss to Bullard. "I wish that he
would look out more for the Univer-
sity of Michigan. But he does have
an open door policy (for students),
and I think that is admirable," Carey
Democratic State Senator Lana
Pollack easily maintained her seat
with more than 64 percent of the
vote in the 18th District, garnering
See RACES, Page 2
to find that his fellow Democrat
Tucker did not win, but said "all four
major party candidates were good and
Power, who received his bache-
lor's degree from the University in
1960 and now heads The Suburban
Communications Corporation - a
chain of suburban newspapers -
said he would be "interested" to see
See REGENTS, Page 2
racism and ethnicity in new course
by Amanda Neuman
Daily Staff Reporter
The lights are dim and vivid pic-
tures of Athens, Greece, appear on
a screen in the front of the
classroom. The students in the class
are watching a slide presentation on
the Roma, a Greek ethnic group.
But this is not a course on clas-
sics or Greek culture. Rather, the
discussion focuses on ethnicity. The
presenter encourages her students
to ask questions about the Roma, the
prejudice they face, and what
makes them an ethnic group. The
".presentation is the springboard for a
larger discussion on discrimination,
race, and gender.
The goals of the first University
course devoted to examining racial
and ethnic issues are expansive. The
professors want their students to
grapple with concepts often unchal-
lenged by society. They want them
to walk away from entrenched mis-
conceptions and embrace, if not a
new ideology, at least an apprecia-
tion of people's differences.
Still in its infancy, University
Course (UC) 299: "Race, Racism
and Ethnicity" has many kinks to
iron out, but the course, long-fought
and waited for, is now exhibiting its
UC 299 is taught by a six-per-
UNIVERSITY COURSE 299:
A Two Part Series
Tomorrow: Mixed Reactions.
son interdisciplinary team headed by
Professors Beth Reed of social work
and women's studies and Warren
Whatley of economics. The TAs in-
clude Christopher Ahn of philoso-
phy, Cory Dolgon of American cul-
ture, Kathryn Kozaitis of social
work and anthropology, and Yvonne
Williams of social work and psy-
Unlike ordinary lecture classes
with weekly discussion groups, stu-
dents are divided into two additional
groups: a Home Group and an Insti-
Home groups have no more than
14 people. They are of mixed race
and gender and allow students to dis-
cuss material from lecture in an in-
The institution groups provide a
way of studying how social groups
and racism operate within social in-
stitutions such as higher education
and the criminal justice system.
"The key objective is to abolish
faulty argument about what it means
to be a member of a particular
group," Reed said.
"This is a way to look at the
problems in the world, not just in
the University," explained Reed.
Members of the group have an op-
portunity to go beyond the class-
room environment by interviewing
people in the community, gathering
statistics, and preparing a report for
Blacks upset by
by Sarah Schweitzer
Daily Administration Reporter
Black student organizations on campus are up in
arms about a possible violation of University policy at
the University Activities Committee (UAC) sponsored
"Club MTV" held at the Union Tuesday night.
Black student leaders allege that security officers
failed to check for college picture identification at the
door of the Union as is required by a University policy
for all student-sponsored social events held in the
The University policy of restricted entrance to stu-
Though UC 299 has received ap-
proval as a class for two semesters,
if approved by the LSA Curriculum
Committee for next fall it can be
used to fulfill the new diversity re-
quirement for graduation.
Approximately one-third of the
110 person class are people of color,
said Reed. The reactions to UC 299
are as diverse as the topics discussed
Tomorrow's story will explore
how this historic course has fared in
the eyes of the students.
by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
For the third time in six years,
the NCAA has found the University
of Illinois guilty of rules violations.
The Illini football program was con-
victed in 1984 and 1988, and yester-
day, the NCAA's Committee on In-