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Ricky Powers
lets his running do
the talking.
See SPORTSMonday.

One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No.36 Ann Arbor, Michigan- Monday, November 18, 1991

Duke

falls short

in

La.

by Andrew Levy
Daily Staff Reporter
NEW ORLEANS - Democrat
Edwin Edwards soundly defeated
Republican David Duke Saturday in
an election that saw the second
highest turnout ever in a Louisiana
gubernatorial contest.
Edwards, a three-term former
Governor of Louisiana, captured 61
percent of the vote, to former State
Representative Duke's 39 percent,
with 99 percent of the precincts re-
porting. With a voter turnout esti-
mated at 78 percent, Edwards be-
came the first Louisiana gubernato-
rial candidate to capture more than
1 million votes in a single election.
"No longer will Louisiana be
last," Edwards said in his victory
speech at the Monteleone Hotel, as
a crowd of hundreds of supporters
looked on. "Tonight, Louisiana be-
came first, first to turn back the
merchant of hate, the master of de-
ceit.
"Tonight is the first night of
our journey to decency, to honesty,
to fairness, to justice, to respect, to

honor, and to hard work. I will
make people proud of our state,
proud of our government," he said.
Duke, speaking from Baton
Rouge, was optimistic for the fu-
ture in his concession speech.
"We lost, but the message goes
out loud and clear across Louisiana
and this whole country," Duke

vote
said. "We have to begin to heal the
liberal welfare system that is caus-
ing crime and drugs.
"Right doesn't win every bat-
tie, but right always triumphs in
the end," he noted.
In an election marked by contro-
versy over both of the candidates'
See ELECTION, Page 2

Students relieved by Duke's defeat,
disturbed at number of supporters

by Robert Patton
Daily Staff Reporter
"Thank God he lost."
Natural Resources sophomore
Dan Riseman's reaction to David
Duke's defeat in the Louisiana gov-
ernorship reflected most students'
relief over Saturday's election re-
sults.
However, mixed with this
relief was an uneasiness about the
implications of the success that the
ex-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan leader
did have. While Duke lost the

election to Democrat Edwin
Edwards, he was able to capture 39
percent of the vote.
"It is a triumph for humanity
that this Nazi asshole has been de-
feated. However, he has also tri-
umphed in proving that his views
still attract voters," said LSA
sophomore Bill Fleischer, echoing
the sentiments of many students.
In fact, Duke claims to be a
born-again Christian and to have re-
See REACTION, Page 7

Newly elected Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards speaks at a press conference yesterday. Edwards defeated
Republican challenger David Duke in Saturday's election.

Louisianians conquer voter

by Andrew Levy
Daily Staff Reporter
NEW ORLEANS - Nine year-
old Gilbert Lawson had a half-day
of school on Friday. He was on the
DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS
Tulane campus, and he approached a
reporter to sell him a pecan praline
for a school fundraiser. After the
reporter bought the candy, he felt
the need to ask the boy a question.
Residents
* warned of
E.Quad
assault
by Tami Pollak
Daily Staff Reporter
East Quad residents said their res-
ident fellows have told them a fe-
male resident was sexually assaulted
outside the Church entrance to their
dorm early last Saturday morning.
Residents said they also have
heard stories about a rape in front of
Stockwell sometime last week, and a
rape in front of Hill Auditorium a
few weeks before.
While the University Department
See ASSAULT, Page 7

"Have you ever heard of David
Duke?" he asked.
"Uh-huh," Gilbert whispered.
"What do you think about
him?" the reporter continued.
"They say he's a bad man. My
mommy and daddy say they're
gonna vote for the guy who starts
with an 'E,"' Gilbert said.
Even this nine-year-old-had an
opinion on the most important
election in recent Louisiana his-

tory. And that's a good thing.
For all of the national media at-
tention that's been paid to the
Louisiana gubernatorial election,
the majority of it has been focused
on the negative side of the election.
And that attention may have
been justified. The election pitted
two candidates with questionable
pasts and credentials against one
another.
The media have looked at Duke's

pathy in ci
affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan
and other neo-Nazi groups and at
Edwards' financial dealings. They
have focused on Louisianians and
how they could be duped by Duke.
But, as is common with the na-
tional media, they have ignored the
benefits of an election that had
only one clear winner - Louisiana.
The phrase "the lesser of two
evils" has been thrown around
quite a bit in the past week. It

ontroversial election

doesn't matter who won the elec-
tion, a large portion of Louisiani-
ans are upset with the result.
But the true victory in the elec-
tion is that everyone -- whether a
Duke supporter, an Edwards sup-
porter, Black, white, or otherwise
- played an active role in and had
an opinion on the election.
"If there's one thing that's
good in this election, it's that the
apathy in Louisiana is gone," said

Carol Williamson, a librarian at
Tulane University.
Williamson's observation,
made on Friday, is poignant in light
of the actual election turnout. Sev-
enty-eight percent of Louisiana's
2.2 million registered voters came
out. Beyond that, just under 80 per-
cent of the state's 600,000 Black
voters came to the polls.
But it runs deeper than just the
See ANALYSIS, Page 2

I

I

PC conference
attacks issues,
not just terms

Michigan's Desmond Howard celebrates his first score against Illinois Saturday. The Wolverines defeated
the Illini, 20-0, taking their fourth straight Big Ten crown. For more details, see SPORTSMonday.

by Ben Deci, Tami Pollak,
and Karen Sabgir
Daily Staff Reporters
Racism, sexism, multicultur-
alism - political correctism.
While journalists and profes-
sors from as far as Berkeley,
Calif., and as near as the Univer-
sity's own communications de-
partment gathered this weekend
as part of a conference called "The
'P.C.' Frame-up - What's Behind
the Attack?," many students and
faculty attending the conference
were more interested in attacking
specific problems than discussing
the "attack" on PC.
LSA sophomore George Al-
varez, who, like many other stu-
dents, attended the conference as a
class assignment, said yesterday
he left the seminars feeling that,
"Getting down to the issues is
definitely still more important
than defining PC, although we
can't cast aside the issue either."
Although many of the week-
end sessions did dedicate them-
selves to tackling specific issues

that have arisen in the midst of
PC/anti-PC debates - curricu-
lum reforms, affirmative action,
speech codes - many of those
that attempted to strip away the
implications around the term po-
litical correctness turned into fo-
rums for debates about specific is-
sues.
The conference's kick-off Fri-
day afternoon, "Why the 'P.C.'
Controversy Now?," set the tone
for the weekend, pitting
"liberal" speakers - Houston
Baker from University of Penn-
sylvania and Barbara Ransby, a
University Ph.D. candidate and
founding member of the United
Coalition Against Racism and the
Baker/Mandela Center - against
more conservatively minded
Stephen Balch from the National
Association of Scholars.
While both Baker and Ransby
countered Balch's opinion that PC
involved a "suffocation of intel-
lectual exchange," Ransby used
See PC, Page 2

Students ponder:
Poor student-administration discourse
inspires new candidates to run for MSA

:0 run or not to run
Veteran MSA candidates say party
split led to liberal loss last year
by Lauren Dermer

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Staff Reporter
Concern over students' limited
power in the administration's deci-
sion-making process was the main
force compelling students to run in
the Michigan Student Assembly's
election, said many first-time candi-
dates.
"I wanted to have some sort of
control over the education I was
getting and I thought this would be
a good way to do it," said Rackham
student Leilani Nishime, a Progres-
sive Party candidate.
The University's increasing con-
trol over the student population,

disappointment with the lack of
change brought about by the current
assembly, and the fact that there
were open seats on the assembly for
gon BALLOT BOX
this fall term were other reasons
many students decided to participate
in the current MSA election.
"I started listening to myself
See NEW, Page 2

Daily Staff Reporter

Political party affiliation and
the splintered left, not a lack of
ability, is what veteran Michigan
Student Assembly candidates say
led to their failure to get elected
last year.
There are five Progressive Party
MSA candidates running in the Nov.
19 and 20 elections who also ran for
the assembly last year.
LSA junior Todd Ochoa said the
reason he lost in the election last
year was due to a conservative na-
tional mood and a voter split among
students who are politically left-
again due to other
fulfilling his goal to improve stu-
dent relations with the administra-
tion, adding that he thought the as-
sembly had gained legitimacy this
year by taking a level-headed ap-

of-center between two parties -
Emphasizing Student Power and
Common Sense.
"I think my chances are better
this year because there is a unified
Progressive Party," Ochoa said.
LSA sophomore Dave Sisson
agreed, saying his loss was part of
the overall party's loss.
"I don't know if my chances are
great because I am a liberal running
on a conservative campus," Sisson
said. "But as a party, our chances are
good because there is more of a mix
of political views than last year."
See OLD, Page 2

MSA representatives decide not to run

by Purvi Shah
Daily MSA Reporter

Three of the four Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly candidates who are
0 up for re-election - LSA Reps.

commitment. "Sometimes you have
to work very hard to get things done
and sometimes people won't help
you along the way so it's twice as
hard," said Campus Governance

time commitments
involved."
Watson said it does not appear
that there is as much publicity or
campaigning for this year's elec-
tions in comparison to previous

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