The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 17, 1992 - Page 3
EAST LANSING (AP) - A
presidential debate scheduled for
next week at Michigan State
University has been canceled, a
school spokesperson said yesterday.
Spokesperson Charlie Downs
said an official announcement was to
be made at an afternoon news
conference at the university.
The Commission on Presidential
Debates had set a deadline for 10
a.m. yesterday for President Bush
and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton to
agree to the debate. The Democratic
challenger already has agreed to the
three debates recommended by the
commission, but Bush wants only
two debates and a different format.
Officials at the Washington,
D.C.-based commission had said
earlier yesterday that they still hoped
some last-minute agreement could
be worked out.
The commission said Tuesday
the deadline was set because unless
work starts this evening at the
Wharton Center, "there will not be
sufficient time to put together the
necessary logistics for an effective
"It's the latest we can hold the
trucks and still have the trucks get
there," commission spokesperson
Bob Neuman told the Lansing State
A cancellation of the presidential
event would come as a blow to the
university and East Lansing. School
and civic leaders have spent a month
raising $500,000 to pay for the
debate and making other
"Of course I'm disappointed,"
said campus debate coordinator
Nancy Brent. "I think the whole
university and the whole community
Despite the impasse over next
Tuesday, Bush officials insist they
want a debate with Clinton.
Negotiations are being headed by
James Baker in the Bush camp, but
the Clinton organization has refused
to negotiate privately on the matter.
"Our message to Mr. Clinton is:
We want to debate," White House
spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater said
"Bill Clinton may in general want
debates, but he has no reason to want
them badly," said Michigan State
political science professor David
Rohde. The latest polls show Clinton
with a 15-point lead over Bush.
Whether the debate is held or not,
Clinton has vowed to be in Michigan
next week and his campaign is work-
ing on contingency plans that could
include a fund-raiser, rally or
televised town hall meeting in
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specifically at the candidates for
their commitment to multicultural-
ism and diversity.
Otto said the list of candidates -
narrowed down to five from more
than 100 - includes two African
Americans and one Hispanic. All
five come from universities outside
of Michigan. Wilson is one of the
few African American women to
head a university.
A series of interviews is currently
in progress for each candidate with
students, staff, faculty, and
community members. After the
completion of the two-day inter-
views - held at both the Dearborn
and Ann Arbor campuses - the
committee will present three candi-
dates to U-M President James
to use 'uniqname'
by Heather Lowman
Students who plan to use a
Macintosh at any of the Campus
Computing Sites this year should be
prepared for a new system designed
to streamline the process for obtain-
ing access to these computers.
The system - similar to that
now used by Engineering students in
their Computer Aided Engineering
Network labs - requires that stu-
dents enter a personally-selected
"unigname" followed by a password
before working on MS Word, MTS,
or any of the other Macintosh pro-
When LSA junior Chris Remy ar-
rived at Angell Hall, he said he was
"really annoyed" at having to take
the extra time to register his uniq-
name and password since he only
planned to use a computer for a few
"It's a good idea, but an unneces-
sary hassle," he said.
The new system will eliminate
the forms currently necessary to ob-
tain a computer at all computing
sites except for Angell Hall. This is
a result of the high volume of
computers and users at the courtyard
site, said Jane Baker, operations
supervisor of Campus Computing
LSA senior Michelle Beaupied
said she was pleased about the uniq-
names, but expressed concern about
how the system would handle the
large crowds that descend on com-
puting centers at the end of the
Baker said that students will still
have to take numbers and wait in
line during heavy-use periods, but
once a computer becomes available;
they will not have to present an ID
or fill out a form.
Applying for a uniqname only
takes a few minutes, and there are
computers at Angell Hall and NUBS
that are set aside to register users.
Computer consultants at both lo-
cations will answer questions and
offer assistance. Until Oct. 31, stu-
dents can access computers without
a uniqname by entering themselves
Michelle Forbes, Business Administration senior, enters her new unigname at the Angell Hall computing center.
Bush suggests alternative to
Democrats' family leave bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - On the
verge of vetoing a family leave bill
for the second time, President Bush
yesterday belatedly proposed a $500
million tax credit alternative to the
Democrats' compulsory approach.
Bush complained it was "very
peculiar and highly political" for the
Democrats to wait this late in the
election year to renew the fight over
whether businesses should be re-
quired to give workers unpaid time
off to care for a newborn child or
"I think you should be skeptical
of any new proposal coming from a
president with 48 days left" until the
election, said George Stephan-
opoulos, communications director
for Democratic nominee Bill
Clinton, who strongly supports the
"Unfortunately, they and my op-
ponents believe in a government-
dictated mandate that increases costs
and loses jobs," said Bush, adding,
"There's an awful lot of politics at
The bill passed by Congress
would require employers with more
than 50 workers to allow employees
up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave an-
nually to deal with medical emer-
gencies, including the birth of a
child, adoption, or a sickness in the
Bush's proposal would allow
businesses with fewer than 500
workers to write off their taxes up to
$20 per day for as many as 60 days
of leave a year per worker, or a max-
imum of $1,200 per employee.
The White House said Bush
would pay for the tax credits by cut-
Duderstadt in the beginning of
October. He will then give his rec-
ommendation to the U-M Board of
Regents for a final decision.
"No one was surprised that she
left, (though) there was some sense
of unhappiness," said Otto. "U-M
Dearborn was a stepping stone for
Bernard Klein, a former professor
in the department of social science,
is currently filling in as interim
chancellor pending the selection of a
successor to Wilson.
Wilson left her post to replace
James Cleary, who retired after serv-
ing 23 years as president at CSUN.
"What is unusual and unique, and
therefore attractive about CSUN, is
that the demographic changes that
are being experienced in California,
in my view, represent the opportu-
nity for the United States to achieve
a 21st century positive identity,"
'I think you should be
skeptical of any new
proposal coming from
a president with 48
- Gov. Bill Clinton
ting other spending. Rep. Newt
Gingrich of Georgia, the GOP whip,
said Bush would propose trimming
doctors' and hospitals' lab fees and
other administrative costs paid for
by the government.
Bush said at a meeting with GOP
leaders that "There's some $60 bil-
lion that (the Office of Management
and Budget) knows about where we
can allocate to this."
Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-
Colo.) called Bush's proposal "half-
baked" and said if Bush knows
where $60 billion can be found, he
should spend some of it on Head
Start, immunization and nutrition
programs for poor children.
White House Press Secretary
Marlin Fitzwater said nine out of 10
workers in big- and medium-sized
companies already have family leave
"The great need is at the lower
end," he said, but the Democrats'
bill "doesn't apply to companies un-
der 50 people."
Fitzwater said the White House
made overtures before to the
Democratic leaders, but "they re-
fused to discuss anything that was
The family leave bill passed both
chambers with bipartisan support
and Republican-backers expressed
skepticism at Bush's tax-credit pro-
Rep. Marge Roukema (R-N.J.)
said she was "somewhat perplexed"
by the timing of Bush's proposal. "It
may be an interesting supplement,
but it is not a substitute for this bill,"
Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.)
the leading Republican sponsor of
the congressional measure, said he
was glad Bush was talking about the
issue, but "we sincerely believe this
measure we've crafted is the an-
The Republicans have charged
that Democratic policies would do
more harm than good by raising
taxes and putting people out of
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Wilson said at a press conference at
CSUN last week.
"I wanted to see if my talent and
skill could make a contribution in
this environment and that's different
from the Detroit, Michigan envi-
ronment ... not better or worse, but
it is one in which I think my life ex-
perience and my professional expe-
rience will be of value," she added.
Kaine Thompson, associate direc-
tor of the CSUN News Bureau, said,
"The response on campus has been
extremely favorable and positive....
She appears to be a woman of bun-
dles of energy."
Since arriving at the Northridge
campus Sept. 8, Wilson has hired a
new vice president for student af-
fairs. She has also begun a search to
replace the interim vice president of
academic affairs - responsible di-
rectly to Wilson - who will take
her place when she is not on campus.
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