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The annual Holocaust conference is being held
this week, and it is a valuable reflection on the
World War II tragedy - lest we forget the
lessons of our past.

Director Michael Apted's movie subjects are no
longer seven years old. They're all grown up in
his latest documentary, 35 Up, a film which was
28 years in the making.

The Wolverines' men's basketball team improved
its standing for the NCAA tournament with a
68-60 win over the Indiana Hoosiers yesterday.
Oh, and Bobby Knight wasn't thrilled about it.

Today
Mild, chanceof rain;
High: 55, Low: 46 .
Tomorrow
More of the same; High 57, Low 35

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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom

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All week, the Dgaily will be
publishing candidate position
statements in this space, as,
outlined in their public
statements andposition
papers. The depth of our
information is limited by the.
information furnished us by
the various campaigns.
With the recession bearing down
more heavily on Americans and
the cost of health care
skyrocketing, the national
presidential candidates have
made health care reform a central
issue in the campaign.
Listed below are the health care
lansof all of the major
candidates, with the exception of
Republicans Pat Buchanan and
David Duke who have not made
any specific health care proposals.
Jerry Brown:
The former California governor
sponsors a plan that would totally
revamp the way health care is
provided in the United States.
Similar to the Canadian system,
all Americans would be fully
insured under a government
health plan, and there would be
no involvement by private
insurance companies. The plan's
funding would be provided by the
revenue from his proposed 13
percent flat income tax and 13
percent value-added consumption
tax. Costs would be cut by
eliminating waste that he says
currently pervades the health care
industry.
George Biuish:u
The president has submitted a
health care plan.to Congress that
relies on private insurance
companies to regulate health care.
In addition, it provides targeted
tax credits designed to help low-
income families buy health
insurance.
ill1 Clinton:;
The Arkansas governor has
sponsored what has been dubbed
:.a °play-or-pay" health careplan.
Under such aplan, employers
coudeither play,by providing
comprehensive health insurance
by a private insurer, or pay into as
government fund. The revenue
from thatfund and other health
care revenue would pay for a
government health insurance plan
that would cover the unemployed
and people not covered under an
employer's policy.
Tom Harkin:
Sen. Harkin's proposal states that
all Americans would first be
Iguaranteed affordable, quality
health care by the doctr oftheir.
choice. Long-term health care
costs would be cut by diverting
resources into prevention and into
research to find cures for major
diseases such as cancer, AIDS,
andAlzheimer's disease. Also,
increased regulation of air and
water, and stricter controls over
workplace safety would be
implemented. Doctors and nurses
would also be offered incentives
to work in under-served rural
areas through the National Health
Service Corps.
Paul Tsongas:
Under the former Massachusetts
senator's plan, employers will be
required to provide a choice of/
family health insurance plans for
all full-time employees. A system
of state buyer agencies will be set
up to negotiate insurance plans
and rates on behalf of small
businesses. Businesses that do
not provide care for their
employees will be forced to pay a
6 to 8 percent payroll tax on all
eiployees'no tcovered. These.

employees, and all others not
covered by a company plan, will
be able to choose from plans
offered by the state buyer
agencies. The federal government

Harkin to
P I
pull out o
narrowing
Dem. field
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Democratic field was expected to
narrow by one as Iowa Sen. Tom
Harkin decided to call it quits.
Harkin scheduled news confer-
ences today in Washington and Des
Moines after a series of disappoint-
ing finishes, including a 6 percent
showing in South Carolina Saturday.
Furthermore, President Bush and
Democrat Bill Clinton headed to-
ward delegate-rich "Super
Tuesday" races claiming big boosts
from weekend victories.
Two Iowa Democratic Party of-
ficials said Harkin told he would an-
nounce his withdrawal from the race
today.
Nevada Democrats, meanwhile,
held party caucuses yesterday to
begin the delegate selection process.
Republican challenger Patrick
Buchanan remained winless but
vowed to take his insurgent candi-
dacy all the way to the GOP conven-
tion in Houston in August. "This
campaign...is about more than piling
up delegates," Buchanan said in a
TV interview.
However, Buchanan strategists
are now looking beyond Super
Tuesday - where they are not op-
timistic of scoring wins - to the
March 17 showdown in Michigan as
a make-or-break state for the con-
servative TV commentator.
Bush's 67 percent win over two
conservative GOP challengers and
Clinton's 63 percent dominance of
the Democratic field in South
Carolina's primary on Saturday are
likely to spill over into this week's
Super Tuesday.
See RACE, Page 2

'U' will house
24-hour study
center at UGLji

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily MSA Reporter
University students will have a
24-hour library at which to study in
time for finals.
The seven-day study facility -
which will be located in the UGLi
- should be effective in approxi-
mately two weeks, Michigan Student
Assembly President James Green
said after talking to administrators
Friday.
Green said Gilbert Whitaker,
provost and vice president for Aca-
demic Affairs said the only obstacle
which remains is to arrange a
staffing for the facility.
"Students were asking for a safe
study area that had access to re-

source materials," said Vice Presi-
dent for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford. "It seemed if there was
anything we could do to facilitate
extended hours it was something we
should do."
Green said Hartford was the driv-
ing force behind the implementation
of this new study area.
"We've been discussing it a lot,
and she really made it a priority.
And she's really the one who made
it happen. I only take credit for
putting it on the agenda," Green
said.
The study facility will not techni-
cally operate for 24 hours each day
because library staff will need time
See LIBRARY, Page 2

Third party to
vie for assembly
spring elections
by Jennifer Silverberg presidential candidate," said for
Daily MSA Reporter Conservative Coalition (CC) m

rmer
em-

A third party - comprised of
predominantly engineering students
- will be running in the Michigan
Student Assembly March election
but the presidential and vice presi-
dential candidates have not been an-
nounced yet.
"I will say there will be a third
party running in the MSA election
but I will not declare myself as a

ber and Engineering junior Bill Cos-
nowski who said he is "a concerned
student who believes that MSA
needs to be changed."
Engineering sophomore Jennifer
Starrman said she will decide today
if she plans to run as a vice presi-
dential candidate.
"The reason I would choose to
See PARTY, Page 2

DOUG KANTER/Daily
Grace and glory
Lisa Irvin, a 14-year-old alternate for the Olympics, skated at Yost Ice
Arena Friday night as part of Skate '92, an amatueur skating exhibition.

Student interest in city politics faded since '70s

by Erin Einhorn
Daily City Reporter
Today is the last day to register to
vote for April 6 City Council elec-
tions. But few people involved with
Ann Arbor politics said they are re-
DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS
motely surprised most students have
no interest in registration, or in any-
thing that goes on beyond the Uni-
versity and their daily lives.
To some, who said the student
community is commonly subjected

to unilateral City Council decisions
and needs to maintain a voice, this
fact is discouraging.
Others said lack of student inter-
est makes sense.
"Why should they give a damn?"
asked David Cahill, a legislative
assistant to Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) who was involved with City
Council as a University student.
"Most students (today) don't relate
to the issues."
But Cahill said he remembers
when students did care - when

University students not only regis-
tered en masse to vote in Ann Arbor,
but harnessed enough power to
nominate and elect student candi-
dates to the Council.
Nancy Wechsler and Jerry De-
Grieck, both students elected in
1972, each served a two-year term
representing a third party - the
Human Rights Party (HRP) -
which heralded itself as a far-left
liberal party and which forwarded
student concerns.
Another student was elected in

1973, and the party retained strength
in the city until 1977 when interest
began to fade.
Cahill worked for the party as a
"behind the scenes activist" and
served on several council commis-
sions, representing HRP.
"In Ann Arbor it was almost ex-
clusively student based," Cahill said
of the state-wide party.
"A lot of students who weren't
affiliated with either of the major po-
litical parties felt really upset with
the (Vietnam) war and with their

landlords," Cahill said. He said they
seemed to agree that the student-
dominated party best represented
their needs.
Samuel Eldersveld, a University
political science professor who fol-
lowed city politics closely in the
early '70s, said while in power, the
HRP completely redirected City
Council's agenda.
While parking, zone changes and
the interests of property owners and
merchants had dominated City
See CITY, Page 2

Armenia, Azerbaijan
clash in land dispute

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -
Armenians and Azerbaijanis battled
yesterday for a third day over
Askeran, a town in the disputed en-
clave of Nagorno-Karabakh. Dozens
of people were reported killed in
fighting in the region.
Both former Soviet republics
again charged that troops controlled
by the Commonwealth a of
Independent States helped the other
side, accusations repeatedly denied
by the Defense Ministry in Moscow.
Armenia's military commis-
sioner, meanwhile, denied a Russian
television report that his republic
had ordered a general mobilization
for military service of all eligible
men up to age 50.
The twogrepublics have been
fighting since 1988 over Nagorno-
Karabakh, an area inside Muslim
Azerbaijan populated mostly by
('hri innArmtvnanc irc Inhtintr intin-.

fought their way into the outskirts of
the town.
The Interfax news agency said
Azerbaijani forces fired dozens of
rockets into Askeran yesterday.
"There were numerous casualties
and many buildings were destroyed,"
Interfax said, without providing a
casualty count.
The ITAR-Tass news agency said-
two other Armenian villages, Kar-
miravan and Shaumyanovsk, were
attacked Saturday night and Sunday
morning. It also said an Azerbaijani
tank was destroyed near Askeran.
At least 42 people had been
killed in Nagorno-Karabakh since
Friday, Armenian press reports said.
Farkhat Mekhtiev, a spokesper-
son for the Azer-baijani presidential
press office, said paratroopers under
orders from Moscow were deployed
near Stepanakert, the enclave's capi-

Food for thought
Robert Grady (D-3rd ward)and Mayor Liz Brater respond to students' questions last night in East Quad about
city issues and Council elections on April 6. Today is the last day to register to vote.
Students faculty upset over cuts
In storv olitical scen credit

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