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Tsongas ispired' by
Kennedy's 1960 speech

PRIMARY.
Continued from page 1
rels of the old order."
"When wars are over, you bring
the troops home," Buchanan said.
"We are not an empire; we are a re-
public."
Meanwhile, candidates Brown

and Tsongas brought, their cam-
paigns to Ann Arbor yesterday, in a
last-ditch effort to capture the stu-
dent vote.
Brown said fighting world
hunger was of paramount impor-
tance, followed by reducing arms
sales, focusing on human rights is-
sues, and pushing the United States'

role in "protecting the global envi-
ronment."
He said he supports Israel's right
to exist but considers its settlements
in occupied Arab territories to be
illegal.
-Daily Campaign Issues
Reporter Andrew Levy
contributed to this report.

by Andrew Levy
Daily Campaign Issues Reporter
Former Massachusetts Sen. Paul
Tsongas was all over the place yes-
terday.
He flew in from Chicago for his
speech in the Union ballroom, he
spent an hour and a half doing satel-
lite feeds to network news programs,
and he hobbled out to the Union
steps after pulling a leg muscle to
speak to the 600 students turned
away at the afternoon's initial rally.
"(The crowd) was very inspiring,
because it changed my life,"
Tsongas said, referring to a speech
given 32 years ago on the Union's
front steps by then-presidential
candidate John Kennedy, who
introduced the Peace Corps. "Here's
someone who would have gone on
to live, well, probably a more sane
life, but who was affected by ... a
president speaking here."
"And then to come back all these
years later, and to be running for
president, and here you have all
these students. It was a very moving
moment, and I hope people feel the
same way I do," he said.
Tsongas confounded political
pundits when he announced last
April that he would run against
George Bush for the presidency. At
the time, Bush had a 91 percent fa-
vorable rating in the polls. But
Tsongas said it was not political
opportunism that led him to run.
"When I was in the Senate, I had
always hoped to run for president,"

he said. "But when I got sick and
left the Senate, I figured that was the
end of my career - I mean I was
only interested in survival
physically, not running for president.
"But I've been out in the private
sector all these years, I've recovered

Despite his ability to communi-
cate, however, Tsongas has been
lagging recently in the polls. The
momentum he won in New Hamp-
shire has waned on the heels of
losses in the South on Super Tues-
day. He said he could have done

it realy began as a mission of some purpose
- not just ambition.'
- Paul Tsongas
Democratic presidential candidate

from the cancer, and the country's in
real trouble. And George Bush. has
no idea how to reverse it. It really
began as a mission of some purpose
- not just ambition."
Tsongas' idiosyncrasies have en-
deared him to many supporters. His
accent and his approach are well re-
ported by the media. But not much is
said about the fact that he laughs
when he mentions the president's
name.
"It's interesting, because when I
say, for example, George Bush says
he's the environmental president,
that's a humorous remark in its ab-
surdity," Tsongas said. "With an au-
dience like this, that's so in tune to
you anyway, you don't even have to
say the words. I can say 'George
Bush, the environmental president
- I rest my case' and I can leave
out the middle part, because we're
so in synch."

better in the South if not for one
thing.
"I would have raised more
money in 1991," Tsongas joked.
"The fact is that if you were to ar-
ticulate obstacles - Greek, Mas-
sachusetts, cancer, out of office - I
had them all. So it was very difficult
(to raise money).
"But once we got to a point of
plausibility in late January, then the
money came in. We got $1.4 million
in February, and we've raised that
now so far in March. So it would
have been a lot easier for us, in
terms of organization, and in terms
of the media if we had got the funds
in 1991," he said.
So Paul Tsongas hobbled down
the steps of the Union and back to
Chicago. Though his campaign '
Michigan was over, his busy day
was not.

TSONGAS
Continued from page 1
"This nation reached out to a for-
eign country, gave them 'Most Fa-
vored Nation Status' after they had
crushed their students at Tiananmen
Square. That would have never have
happened under a Kennedy admin-
istration. It's not going to happen
under mine."
When addressing social issues,
Tsongas said George Bush has di-
vided the country. "Everyone is go-
ing to be in this boat. No one's going
to be out. So we say to the women of
this country, choice is fundamental,"
Tsongas said.
He also criticized Democratic
economic policies.
"The Democrats have to change.
No one is going to trust us with the
White House," Tsongas said.
"Democrats have to recognize
that economic growth is liberalism.
My definition of liberalism is the
expansion of the economic pie.
When the economic pie shrinks, you
have by definition an illiberal soci-
ety."
He said the tax cuts offered by
Clinton and Brown are decisions
BROWN
Continued from page 1
Other students said they were
impressed by the way Brown ad-
dressed student concerns.
"It's a good thing he's trying to

made by pollsters, not economists.
"They call it fairness. Baloney. Fair-
ness is in giving people a job,"
Tsongas said.
"I'm going to take the same re-
sources and invest in our future,"
Tsongas said.
The former Massachusetts sena-
tor also called on students to define
an American culture. Although
Americans see Ethiopia as a poor
country, the nation is very rich in
culture, he said.
"We are a multicultural society.
... There has to be some way of
giving children a sense of culture."
Tsongas paused at the plaque
which commemorates Kennedy's
speech in which he envisioned the
concept of the Peace Corps before
he spoke on the Union steps.
Tsongas questioned the crowd of
500 on the steps, "If we don't stand
for human rights, women's rights,
civil rights and gay rights, who is
going to do it?" he said. "I'm going
to come back to you. I hope you're
ready," Tsongas said.
Tsongas said he favored the
Bradley Plan which would allow
students to pay back loans for col-
lege education through a percentage
of their income. The government

would get a high percentage of re-
turn from students in high-paying
jobs, but would not benefit monetar-
ily from students working in low-
paying public service occupations.
"We won't get the money back,
but we will get a better society,"
Tsongas said.
School of Kinesiology senior
Priscilla Roussix said Tsongas'
speech in the Union was
"incredible."
"I think everything he said is
what is needed to change what is
wrong with America today," she
said.
After hearing Tsongas speak on
the steps, LSA first-year student
Mark Eiz said, "I didn't come away
with how he stood on anything....
Everything I heard Tsongas say I've
heard other people say all my life."
Engineering first-year student
Chris Bauserman said, "I think that
for once we had a candidate which
didn't seem to be bound by party
politics."
"For all intensive purposes he is
a Republican. His economic policies
and his ideas that values are going to
restore America is lost on Ameri-
cans," said LSA junior Elliot
Milhollin.
rally and benefit sponsored by the
local Brown for President group.
Political activist Jane Romney, the
daughter of former Michigan Gov.
Romney, and producer and director
Michael Moore spoke in favor of
Brown.

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talk to students and get them in-
volved with the issues," said first-
year RC student Kirsten Ross.
The bands Big Dave and the
Ultrasonics and Was (Not Was)
performed before Brown spoke.
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assembly. This will make the
meetings more productive,"
O'Connor said.
Other candidates expressed the
need for more student participation
in the government.
"I think some changes need to be

Continued from page 1
"Within minutes of what hap-
pens we can see what the market
has said about this particular
event," Forsythe added.
IPSM includes the Michigan
and Illinois primaries, the Demo-
cratic Nomination Market and the
Presidential Market. IPSM was
created in 1988 by Iowa economists
Forsythe, Forrest Nelson and Jack
Neumann and political scientist

Jack Wright when they witnessed
Jesse Jackson's unpredicted victory
in the 1988 Michigan primary.
Peng said the market is usually a
good indication of who will win the
primary.
"Generally speaking (the mar-
ket) reflects people's expectations,"
Peng said. "Basically it has been
Clinton the entire time although his
numbers have been kind of
nondescript."
But Peng added that sometimes
the market does not always reflect

the majority.
"The market is supposed to re-
flect the general percentage, but it
doesn't," Peng added. "Prices are
kind of shaky. You can almost pre-
dict the prices if you're kind of
sharp."
Some students said the experi-
ence has not taught them anything
new.
"I can't say that I've learned
that much. I've made money,"
Raymond said.

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made in MSA," said first-year
Rackham student and Progressive
Party candidate Jon Van Camp. "I
think there are some important stu-
dent issues and students should have
a greater voice."
Michigan Moose Party candidate
and LSA sophomore Chris
Thompson agreed that student con-
cerns are important and offered

several suggestions to make students
more aware of what is going on
within the government.
"MSA seems tobe indifferent to
student concerns at most times,"
Thompson said. "I like the idea of
moving meeting locations to some of
the dorms or putting them on Cable
Access. If you bring them to the stu-
dents, there is a better chance they'll

participate."
Other candidates said they
wanted more representation for their
individual schools.
"I want to give Engineering a
stronger voice on the Assembly,"
said Engineering sophomore and
Michigan Moose Party candidate
Andrew Mutch.

MEALS'
Continued from page 1
were the most problematic.;
Not only are other cafeterias
closed, but Friday dinner is also the
last meal available for students on
the nine-meal plan, thereby bringing;
more students than usual to the
cafeteria, she said.
"There are lines all the way down
the hall," she said. "We run out of
food frequently.... Our workers are
here extra hours. I think there shouldJ
be another dorm open for at least

Friday dinners, because right now
it's impossible to handle."
Moore said she thinks the food
quality has remained the same as last
year, but that there is less variety
now.
First-year LSA student Beth
Kapp, however, said the extra lines
at Stockwell do not trouble her.
"I try to come early before
there's a line. It doesn't really bother
me," Kapp said. "It's more of an in-
convenience. I think that's why it
bothers people. They can't just come
in and eat."
Long lines are not the only com-

plaint among students on the nine-
meal plan. First-year LSA student
Min Yu said he is unsatisfied with
the amount of money given on En-
tr6e Plus in lieu of the weekend
meals.
"I think there's a huge rip-off on
Entrde Plus because the meals here
cost twice as much as they give you
credit for," Yu said.
On Entrde Plus credit, students
receive 15 percent of the board rate
for the nine-meal plan and 56
percent for the zero-meal plan.
This amount could be increased
next year, Durst said.
"We'll get students together to
analyze this ... in my office and ana-
lyze the financial situation," Durst

said. "We're going to evaluate if
$150 and $550 can be increased
some."
However, Durst did not think the
nine-meal plan would be altered to
allow for eating on the weekends,
since on the average, students with
the 13-meal plan eat slightly more
than 10 meals.
"If we allowed for the nine-meal
to include weekends, there wouldn't
be much price variance between any
13," Durst said.
Durst said it was possible for
students to receive a significant
amount of Entr6e Plus credit because
of the price variance between the 13-
meal plan and the nine-meal plan for
weekdays only.

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