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Page2-The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 21,1992

Candidates wage
$40 million ad war

Personal freedom
lags behind other
reforms in China

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
presidential rivals are waging what
shapes up as the costliest political
advertising blitz in the history of the
airwaves, spending more than $40
mpillion on network television this
fall.
From pro football games to
prime-time sitcoms, presidential ads
are everywhere and will be until
election eve, when the rivals are ex-
pected to air 20- to 30-minute final
appeals at a rate of almost $1 million
an hour.
Beyond that, President Bush and
Gov. Bill Clinton are pouring mil-
lions more into a barrage of radio
ads and local TV spots in key
battleground states.
"If the opposition is doing it,
you're afraid not to do it, that's what
drives the spending up," said
Professor Herbert Alexander of the
University of Southern California,
an authority on campaign spending.
Bush's latest ad shows a Time
magazine cover with Clinton's face
and the headline: "Why voters don't
trust Clinton." Perot has been run-

ning half-hour spots laying out the
country's economic problems and
his proposed solutions. Clinton's
first network ad aired Thursday
night. It shows Bush telling voters in
1988 they would be better off with
him as president. "How are you do-
ing?" it asks.
Bush's underdog status in most
states has forced him to spread his
message far and wide. He's taking to
the networks with ads that in happier
times might have been more
economically targeted to key states.
"With Perot in the race, it has to
be the most spending ever, no doubt
about it," said Washington political
consultant Vic Kamber.
All told, Bush has thus far spent
$17.7 million on network buys to
$17.3 million for Perot and $5.5
million for Clinton.
ABC is scheduled to air three 20-
minute ads on election eve at a total
cost for the hour of $975,000. NBC
is offering each of the presidential
rivals a 30-minute slot for a final
pitch to the voters.

EAfterstudying in
China, two U-M students
say universities stress
studying, science,
engineering

sity in Tianjin, said student life is
"'very boring."
Students study hard and spend
most of their time walking from the
dormitories to the library to the din-
ing halls in what Baker called "the
student triangle."

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Pilot Michael Baker, of Lemoore, Ca., checks the front landing gear on a
T-38 trainer before flying yesterday morning at Kennedy Space Center.
Proposal C backers

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LANSING (AP) - The League
of Women Voters is making slanted
and false arguments to fight a
property tax relief proposal going
before Michigan voters in two
weeks, backers of the plan charged
yesterday.
"This is a sad day for me, the end
of the League of Women Voters as a
credible source of nonpartisan
information," said Lt. Gov. Connie
Binsfeld.
"Today, the league has turned
into a supermarket tabloid. Just like
you can't trust the National
Enquirer, you can't trust the League
of Women Voters," Binsfeld said.
The league quickly defended its
criticism of Proposal C, pushed by
Gov. John Engler. The group says it
could damage services and lead to
tax increases to replace the money
lost through the tax relief.
"It's very sad we have to be at-
tacked for standing up for our prin-
ciples," said Barbara Moorhouse, the

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group's secretary-treasurer. "We
have been an advocacy organization
since we were founded.
"I think we will hold our heads
high and keep doing what we've
always done," Moorhouse said.
Proposal C on the Nov. 3 ballot
would cut property taxes 30 percent
over five years and limit property as-
sessment increases to 3 percent or
the rate of inflation, whichever is
less. The state would have to reim-
burse schools for revenue lost to the
cut.
Opponents argue the state would
have to cut services drastically or
raise taxes to pay for the proposal.
They charge that business and
wealthy homeowners will get the
tlion's share of the tax cut.
"They don't understand and for-
get how the league works,"
Moorhouse said. "We never
...polled...our members on every
issue. I think they're desperate."
CLARKSON
Continued from page 1
in college at the University of
Chicago in the 1960s, where she was
active in the student government, the
local Democratic party and on John
F. Kennedy's presidential campaign.
"The times were frightening as
they are now, and issues of the cold
war and McCarthyism existed. I got
involved because I was very
concerned about political in-
terference in the university,"
Clarkson said.
"I've never not been involved in
terms'of not volunteering at election
time," Clarkson said. "I've (always)
worked phone banks, primary
campaigns, gone door to door,
licked envelopes, whatever needed
to be done," she said.

by David Carrel
As the Chinese Communist Party
pushes ahead with economic reforms
emphasizing scientific expertise,
student life there is also adjusting -
but freedoms lag behind, say two U-
M students who recently visited
China.
Patrick Piscatelli, a graduate stu-
dent in Chinese studies who spent 18
months in southern China, said the
main emphasis is on learning science
and engineering.
Piscatelli explained that the
Chinese approach is to train scien-
tists and engineers to build the foun-
dation of future developmen' for
China.
Although the restraints on educa-
tion have been loosened to foster
technology in the aftermath of the
Tiananmen Square massacre of
1989, the government has attempted
to control the political atmosphere of
universities by removing intellectual
and political leaders, Piscatelli said.
He explained that at Fudan
University, one of the top science
and technology universities in the
nation, first-year students are re-
quired to participate in military
training.
He said this has resulted in
"lower quality students and also
lower quality teachers."
Teachers have also had trouble
keeping up with the influx of high-
technology and many students reach
the point where they know as much
as their professors, possessing the
ability to learn more, but not the
resources.
David Baker, a U-M graduate
student who spent time at a univer-

Piscatelli said senior year is a
stressful time and that many students
dislike the arbitrary manner with
which the government places gradu-
ating students for employment.
Most students want to land jobs
in the cities, but jobs are assigned by
the government. Upon graduation,
theoretically the best jobs go to the
best students.
Increasingly, however, the em-
ployer students get is a reflection of
their connections in the government,
not their potential, Piscatelli said.
With the economic reforms of the
1980s, however, students now have
the option of working with joint
Chinese-foreign companies.
"The big desire of some students
is to get in with joint venture com-
panies" such as lucrative Chinese-
American or Chinese-German com-
panies, Piscatelli said.
High-paid positions in China also
include bicycle repair people and
banana vendors, who often make
double the money that teachers and
professors make.
Baker said the students are fasci-
nated by foreigners, especially
Americans. He said they desire to
learn American English, and that the
British Broadcasting Company
(BBC) even schedules a one-hour
television program on instruction of
American English.
The reforms of the Chinese
economy have led to many new op-
portunities for ambitious university
graduates.
But Piscatelli said that with the
opening up of China, students have
realized they are not being told the
whole truth and that they have been
deprived of a means to learn.

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Clarkson said since her days in
college she has felt a responsibility
to be active in politics.
. "If you care about the future you
have to care about the government
and the country," Clarkson said. "I
usually volunteer to do something or
other. I like talking to people, I
enjoy politics and I believe in the
process.
"I think anyone who cares about
the country and works with young
people like I do is concerned about
the future," Clarkson said. "I really
strongly support the ticket and I feel
deeply about a lot of issues."
Clarkson said she has missed the
U-M during her absence and regrets
that her colleagues must compensate
for her absence, but she said she

finds her current work very
rewarding.
"I hope I'll look back and feel it
was worthwhile and we won,"
'If you care about the
future you have to
care about the
government and the
country.'
- Shirley Clarkson
director of planning
and communications

Clarkson said. "I hope the work I've
done will make a small difference.
Even a small difference is a dif-
ference and I'd rather be involved
than not."

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