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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 2, 1991 - Page 3
Alumnus tries to launch
third political party
Centerpartyfounders want to offer
alternative to traditionalpartisan lines

by Uju Oraka
The University is famous for be-
ing the place where the Peace Corps
and teach-ins got their start. And if
University alumnus Daniel Stewart
has his way, it will also be known
as the birthplace of America's first
third political party - the Center
At an informational meeting in
the Union yesterday, Stewart, the
party chair, discussed a need for an
alternative to the Republican and
Democratic parties.
The party motto is, "You can
make a difference." Stewart said he
had a hard time choosing between
the two presidential candidates during
the 1988 elections and he believes
that many other Americans shared
this problem. Stewart felt neither
candidate was qualified for the posi-
tion as president.
"If many Americans had their
way, neither of the two candidates
would of been chosen," Stewart said,
adding that 50 percent of those quali-
fied to vote do not because of their
dissatisfaction with the two parties.
Stewart believes that the
Democratic and Republican parties
monopolize the el. ins because of
the millions o 'rollars poured into
both parties by i;vicuals and busi-
nesses, mass adv:rtising, voters who
do not investigate both parties before

voting, and the ease with which in-
cumbents are reelected.
The Democrats and Republicans
hold all but one seat in Congress,
and Stewart said, if "a member of
the Center Party got voted into a
seat in Congress, he would never
have a chance. The power lies on the
committees and subcommittees."
Stewart added that both parties go
into mass advertising to win over
"empathetic voters."
"The people vote through pres-
sure from the advertisements," he
said. Stewart said the voters do not
get to know the candidates, and
therefore vote according to who has
the better commercials.
The Center Party is not very
large at the moment, but it has big
plans for the future. The party cam-
paigns from a platform which, ac-
cording to a handout at last night's
meeting, "expresses sentiments
common to the American people.
This platform rests on three basic
principles: political choice, human
rights, and responsible government."
The party believes that it should
be made easier for small parties to
get on the ballot and that campaign
spending should be limited, thus
"lessening the influence which
wealthy persons and organizations
have on elections."

The party platform calls for an
end to "U.S. military intervention in
the affairs of sovereign nations ex-
cept in direct defense of the U.S. or
other sovereign nations."
The platform handout also said
the government should concentrate
on the "human rights" of people in
the U.S. and not with the affairs of
other nations.
Responsible government is an-
other item on the party's first plat-
The government should "create a
more equitable education funding
system by instituting a central state
fund of property taxes, from which
each public school would receive
funds according to its student en-
rollment," the platform stated.
Kimberly Hill, who sat in on the
talk, had a lot of good things to say
about the Center Party.
"They have a pretty good idea.
It's not far-fetched and a party like
this is long past due. If someone
joins and does not like a particular
stand, the person can have a vote to
change things. The more people who
are open to it would really like the
Hill said the Center Party is
better than the existing political
parties because everyone is taken
into consideration.

Put the pedal to the metal
Business school junior David Sinai, a member of the Michigan Bike Club, prepares to go on a ride with the club.
The club goes out five times a week, riding 25-50 miles each day. They train to race in the spring.

Gates criticized in Senate hearing for
distorting data, failing to anticipate coup


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intelligence analysts told senators
in scathing testimony yesterday that
obert Gates, President Bush's
ominee to head the CIA, systemat-
ically distorted data and stifled dis-
sent while at the agency.
The allegations were aired after
the Senate Intelligence Committee
heard them privately last week and
deemed them sufficiently serious to
merit a public debate.

The accusation was that Gates, as
head of CIA intelligence analysis
and then as deputy and acting CIA
director, skewed intelligence in-
formation to conform with the anti-
Soviet policies slant of his Reagan
administration bosses and his own
strongly held anti-Soviet views.
Gates, a Soviet specialist who
now serves as Bush's deputy
national security aide, has strongly
denied such allegations.

He was also accused of having
been blind to the possibility of the
fall of Soviet communism.
A veteran intelligence official,
Hal Ford, told the committee the
United States deserves a CIA direc-
tor "whose analytic batting average
is better than that."
The senior Republican on the
committee, Frank Murkowski of
Alaska, noted Gates' denials that he

had distorted analyses and said that
"those who assert to the contrary
have a very heavy burden of proof."
"Gates' role was to corrupt the
process and ethics of intelligence"
in two areas held dear by his late
boss, CIA Director William Casey,
testified Mel Goodman, a former
Soviet divisi c *f and currently a
senior instr; {;tc at the National
War College




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to Graduate School at
the University of Michigan
School of Education?

*U.N. sends team of helicopters to Iraq
to search for chemical, nuclear weapons

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -
Baghdad gave final clearance yester-
day for three U.N. helicopters to en-
ter Iraq for use by inspectors track-
ing down Iraqi weapons of mass de-
*truction, a U.N. official said.
Alastair Livingston, head of the
regional office of the U.N. Special
Commission overseeing the search,
said the helicopters would make the
four-hour trip to Baghdad today. He
added that they should be ready for
surveillance flights beginning
The Iraqis gave in to U.N. de-
ands last week and agreed to al-
ow the three helicopters, supplied

by Germany, to be used by U.N. in-
spectors for unrestricted flights to
suspected weapons sites.
The inspection teams are operat-
ing under terms of the Gulf War
cease-fire, which calls for elimina-
tion of Iraq's long-range Scud mis-
siles and chemical, nuclear and bio-
logical weapons and production fa-
A U.N. team that went to Bagh-
dad yesterday will be the first to
test whether Iraq will live up to the
agreement for use of the helicopters.
The team is searching for Scud mis-
siles and launchers.
Previous U.N. weapons teams

have had to restrict their work to
the Baghdad area because they had no
way to get to other parts of Iraq.
The inspectors also say they need
their own helicopters so they can
make surprise visits.
Douglas Englund, an American
who leads the 20-member missile
team, said he would use the heli-
copters to search western Iraq and
supervise destruction of 28 known
fixed-site Scud launchers used to at-
tack Israel during the Gulf War.
He also intends to blow up one
assembled and one incomplete long-
range "supergun" halfway betwen

Baghdad and the city of Mosul and
plans sever, 1 surprise calls on unde-
clared Iraqi .'tes where Scud mis-
siles may be std.
In Bahrain, the 44-member nu=
clear weapons «u. fr that was de-
tained on a Baghda . parking lot for
five days last weep worked on a re-
port detailing th; evidence they
seized on Iraq's secret nuclear arms
Iraq has denied trying to develop
nuclear arms, but U.N. officials said
the documents uncovered in Baghdad
proved the Iraqis were working to
produce nuclear warheads.

If YES, come to a meeting TODAY, 6 p.m.
Room 1322 (Tribute Room)
School of Education Building
Faculty and staff will be available to answer questions
about programs, financial aid opportunities and
admission requirements.
If you have questions, call:
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Welfare recipients
face uncertain future

To wish oneself free is also to wish
for the freedom of others.
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

U"-M Baha'i Club, weekly mtg.
Stockwell, Rosa Parks Lounge, 8-9:30.
U-M Students of Objectivism, busi-
ness mtg, Dominick's, 8 p.m.
Hellenic Students Association, elec-
tions. Union, Crofoot Rm, 8 p.m.
"Ukraine in Transition," panel dis-
cussion. Lane Hall Commons, noon.
"The Japanese Professorial Chair
System and Its Implications for Un-
derstanding the University Role in
R&D," Thomas Rohlen, Stanford
University. Rackham Assembly Hall, 4
Elke Erb, reading and discussion in
German. Rackham East Conf Rm, 4-
Safewalk, night-time safety walking
service. Sun-Thur, 8 p.m.-1:20 a.m.
aid Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

walking service. Sun-Thur 8 p.m.-1:30
a.m. and Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m.-11:30
p.m. Stop by 2333 Bursley or call 763-
U-M Ninjitsu Club, Wednesday prac-
tice. IM Bldg, wrestling rm, 7:30-9.
U-M Women's Lacrosse Club,
Wednesday practice. Oosterbaan Field
House, 9-10:30.
ECB Peer Writing Tutors. An-
gell/Mason Computing Center, 7-11.
Ultimate Frisbee Club. Mitchell
Field, 7-9.
U-M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do Club,
Wednesday workout. CCRB Martial
Arts Rm, 8-9.
U-M Taekwondo Club, Wednesday
workout. CCRB Martial Arts Rm,
6:30-8 p.m.
U-M Cycling Club Ride. Meet in
front of Hill Auditorium, 4 p.m.
Laughtrack, Tim Slagle. U-Club, 10
Guild House Beans and Rice Dinner.
802 Monroe, 6-7.
Career Planning and Placement.
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Associated Press
Time will tell whether the end
yesterday of Michigan's welfare
program for 90,360 adults without
dependents will increase employ-
ment of able-bodied adults or push
vulnerable recipients into the
streets, say operators of shelter and
feeding programs.
"We had calls today from people
saying they don't know what
they're going to do," said Marilyn
White, director of Salvation Army
Booth in Detroit, a program that in-
cludes a shelter for single women
and families.
"I can sympathize with them,
but there's nothing much I can do.
The shelters are full," she said.
Gov. John Engler and others who
pushed for the General Assistance
cut said the program fostered wel-
fare dependency. Without it, people
will be forced to go to work, pro-
ponents say.

churches having to respond in ways
they've never responded before,"
said Sharon Parks, senior research
associate with Michigan League for
Human Services. Her organization is
a statewide non-profit agency in
Lansing that provides education, re-
search and advocacy.
If the program's clients seek
work, they will compete with an es-
timated 400,000 of the state's re-
cently unemployed already in the
job market, Parks said.
The $247 million program pro-
vided monthly checks averaging
$144. The recipients included many
single adults without education.
Half were middle-aged divorced
women without job skills. Sixty
percent have no work experience.
Many who have criticized the
cuts said they worry that mentally
unstable clients will be pushed to
substance abuse, homelessness or

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