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Canadian polls to
help settle French-
Enghsh rivalry

TORONTO (AP) - Canadians
voted yesterday on constitutional re-
forms designed to put an end to 200
years of French-English squabbling
and deal with the concerns of natives
and underpopulated provinces.
Early unofficial returns from
Newfoundland, the easternmost
Canadian province, showed the
"Yes" side winning two-thirds of the
vote. Pre-vote polls indicated the
Atlantic provinces would vote in fa-
vor of the reforms.
With 201 of 1,395 Newfoundland
constituencies counted, 64.7 percent
had voted "yes" and 34.8 percent
had voted "no," according to the
news agency Canadian Press.
Canadian Press collates its results
from Elections Canada, the federal
elections department.
Failure of a single province to
approve the reforms in the nation-
wide referendum would kill the deal.
Polls pointed to trouble in Quebec,
British Columbia and Alberta.
The ultimate result of failure
could be the breakup of Canada.
In Quebec, traffic jammed the
streets of downtown Montreal yes-
terday night as thousands rushed
home early to cast their vote. Voter
turnout appeared heavy despite tem-
peratures that hovered near freezing.
Negotiations were begun initially
to dampen secessionist sentiment in
French-speaking Quebec by granting
it special status. In more than two
years of debate, discussions widened
to include changes demanded by
other provinces and aboriginal peo-
When the referendum campaign
began six weeks ago, the "Yes" side
was considered a shoo-in.
Opposition quickly grew.
Many Canadians came to think

of rejecting the reforms as a way to
get back at Prime Minister Brian
Referring to the document signed
by Mulroney and the premiers of the
10 provinces, the referendum asks:
"Do you agree that the constitution
of Canada should be renewed on the
basis of the agreement reached on
Aug. 28, 1992?"
"It's kind of a confusing vote be-
cause I think there are a lot of people
who don't know exactly what
they're going to do," said Dereck
Harnett, who stood in the rain wait-
ing to vote at a polling station in
Newfoundland. "I'm still not sure
what I'm going to do."
The referendum was really a non-
binding plebescite. The constitution
can be amended only with approval
of the federal Parliament and the
legislatures of all 10 provinces.
Mulroney said that if the package
failed in any one province, the deal
was dead. It would be "morally un-
acceptable" for a provincial legisla-
ture to pass the reforms after rejec-
tion by its voters, he said.
The overall national vote in this
nation of 27 million people indicated
a majority of voters would vote
Polls also said the accord faced
defeat in British Columbia and pos-
sibly in the central provinces of
Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Mulroney maintained a confident
air despite the poll results, predicting
a "pleasant surprise" and victory for
the "Yes" side. "My confidence is
unshakable," he said after voting.
The key parts of the agreement
would guarantee Quebec 25 percent
of the seats in the House of
Commons and three of the Supreme
Court's nine seats permanently.

Continued from page 1
Rep. Ford said Texas men re-
definedmacho when they elected
then State Treasurer Richards as
Richards said in response to
Ford's compliments, "I hear all
those nice things said about me
and the truth is I'm no different
than any of the women in here."
Richards credited the Anita
Hill/Clarence Thomas Supreme
Court confirmation hearings with
inspiring "the year of the woman."
"Every one of us has been
through Anita Hill's experience ...
but we didn't talk about the per-
sonal sides and the sexual innuen-
does," Richards said.
"That whole notion ignited the
nation as far as women were con-
cerned. We're mad, we're tired
and we're not going to take it
anymore," Richards said.
State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-
Ann Arbor) said she celebrated
Richard's gubernatorial election in
1990 instead of mourning
Republican Gov. John Engler's
victory in Michigan.
Residential College sophomore
Rachel Lessem said that although
Richards and Pollack are powerful
role models for young women,
"the number of role models that
you see in the Legislature growing
up are still male."
Eunice Burns, a Ann Arbor
City Council member from 1962-
68, reflected on the upswing of
women in politics.
"I think that a woman some-
how brings more heart. There's
probably a little more emphasis on
the well being of people. You still
have to be ready to deal with sew-
ers and roads - that has to do
with the well-being of people
too," Burns said.
"It used to be all the women
did was lick the envelopes, have
the coffee hours and lick the
stamps," Burns said.


Pioneer High School students Katherine Root, Hannah West and Jessica Brater cheer on Texas Gov. Ann
Richards on the steps of the Graduate Library yesterday.

Continued from page 1
of a large state and in just the two
short years that I have been gov-
ernor of Texas, the Berlin Wall
has come down and the Soviet
Union has dissolved," she said,
mocking the president for claim-
ing credit for those events.
Richards said she was amazed
to listen to Bush compare himself
to former President Harry
"They may have this in com-
mon - I think they are both his-
tory," she said. "Stick a fork in
George Bush - I think he's
Richards was joined on the
steps of the Graduate Library by a
spectrum of Democratic candi-
dates for state and local office, in-
cluding State House candidates
Lynn Rivers and Mary Schroer.
Rivers added some humor to
the rally when she outlined the top

10 changes that will occur after
the Nov. 3 election, assuming
Clinton wins. Predictions include:
"Dan and Marilyn Quayle appear
on Sally Jesse Rapheal on a show
titled 'Women married to men
who would rather play golf than
have sex, and their husbands who
can't spell golf or sex.'
But the candidates who spoke
at the rally were not without oppo-
sition. Members of the College
Republicans chanted as they held
up "Clean Congress" signs
mounted on broomsticks.
"The campus has a lot more
conservatives than people think,"
said LSA John Damoose, a
College Republican. "It's not as
dominated by liberals as people
are brainwashed to think."
Many students said they were
honored to have Richards on cam-
pus because of her accomplish-
ments as a female officeholder.
LSA sophomore Royce
Bernstein said she visited campus

sororities to encourage women to
come and see Richards, regardless
of their political views.
"Ann Richards is the best ex-
ample of a prestigious female
politician, especially from the
South," she said. "It's exciting
that she's here today to endorse
the Democratic candidates.
Richards appealed to the crowd
on the issue of abortion rights,
saying the media inappropriately
portray the right to choose as a
women's issue.
She said basic freedoms of
Americans are being threatened by
people in the White House "who
don't even know the meaning of
civil rights, privacy, or choice."
"The next administration will
be deciding on a U.S. Supreme
Court justice who is going to be
making decisions about our per-
sonal lives," she said. "Let me tell
you something men. When they
start telling us what to do with our
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Continued from page 1
ties, the organizations can focus on
different purposes and better serve
their members, she added.
"My own feeling is that it's not
for the lack of trying to work on pro-
jects together. I think we really have
separate missions," Sirhal said. "We
are here to serve and promote
"BGA does a lot of big projects,
but you don't hear about our philan-
thropies - it's the parties and the
alcohol you hear about," Sirhal said.
Although community service is not
the primary focus of the IFC and
Panhel, Greek Week - sponsored
by the two organizations - raised
about $50,000 last year.
Graduate membership in Black
greek-letter groups is important, said
DeVaughn Williams, BGA
"Membership in one of the BGA
organizations is a lifelong commit-
ment, after college graduates can go
on to perspective grad chapters," he
BGA members cite the rush pro-

cess as another major difference due
to the fact that each Black fraternity
and sorority holds its own rush.
Grade point average and extracur-
ricular activities are some of the first
things considered for membership in
a Black greek organization. There is
no mass mailing to incoming stu-
dents about rush.
"IFC and Panhellenic perspective
members go to houses until they are
accepted," Williams said. In the
BGA, perspective members usually
have an idea to which group they
want to belong, he added.
Another difference between the
two systems is the role played by
graduate students, said Barbara
Robinson, the African American
students' advisor at Minority Student
Services and member of the Ann
Arbor- Ypsilanti graduate Delta Psi
Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha sorority.
She said Black greek organiza-
tions are a viable force within their
communities, whereas usually grad-
uates from other greek organizations
are less active and only come to-
gether for reunions.

Continued from page 1
available and the university has
to make a concerted effort to bring
that talent to the University of
Michigan," she said.
McGowan said her support for
the Michigan Mandate separates her
from her Republican opponents.
"The University of Michigan is
respected throughout the country
and one reason is that it had the
foresight to adopt a policy which en-
sures that for every undergraduate
Michigan resident who is qualified
academically to attend the university
- (the U-M) will meet their finan-
cial needs."
McGowan, manager of govern-
ment affairs at the Industrial
Technology Institute in Ann Arbor,
said, "I plan to be available and ac-
cessible to students.
"Students have not only a right,
but a responsibility to speak to the
issues that affect them. I will work
to see that students at the University
of Michigan have input into the dis-
cussions of the regents," McGowan
She added that by living in Ann
Arbor, one-half mile from campus,

she has the advantage of being ac-
cessible to the U-M community.
McGowan said she has read
through the most recent copy of the
Statement of Student Rights and
Responsibilities and has met with
lawyers to discuss it. "I don't want
to see any code be subject to ques-
tion if it infringes on the rights of
any student.
"Although some of the questions
that I've had about the 10.2 draft
were alleviated, there are still a
number of things that I have a ques-
tion about," McGowan said. She
specifically mentioned the relation-
ship of the lawyer in the policy's
hearing process.
Valerie Twanmoh, president of
the Washtenaw Region of Women
Lawyers Association, said she has
worked with McGowan on several
political campaigns, at the CEW,
and at Planned Parenthood.
"She's not only very committed
but will be a very active, involved
regent," she said. "She's one of
those (people) that when it's a polit-
ical season and there's an election
going on, she's involved.
"She tends to be the kind of per-
son who tells you what she thinks -
she's not afraid of that."

Continued from page 1
The settlement also requires Gelman
to pay the state $1.1 million in reim-
bursement for the costs of investiga-
tion and cleanup.
"It's good that a cleanup will oc-
cur," said Ann Arbor Mayor Liz
Brater, when informed of the
Gelman will test and clean re-
maining soil contamination at the
site to prevent future pollution of
ground and surface water, and will
monitor to verify completion of the
cleanup, Kelley said.
Robert Buker, Gelman Corp. vice
president for corporate communica-
tions, said the settlement was de-
layed because of the complexity of
the issue and the geology involved.
The contamination had spread
into an area of Ann Arbor between
Dexter Road and 1-94, east of M-14,
Eckstein said. He added that over
the course of the cleanup, which
could take 10 years or longer,
Gelman is expected to draw 50 lbs.
of the chemical 1-4 dioxane - a
suspected carcinogen -- out of the
ground water.
"The contamination got into the

Domes, your ody is next.
ground by DNR permit," Eckstein
said. "But that does not excuse:
Gelman from cleanup."
He said the DNR told Gelman:
the company could dispose of the
chemical by putting the water on the
Dioxane, a chemical byproduct:
of Gelman's manufacturing, is
commonly found in foods and cos-
metic products. Some research indi-'
cates that at extremely high levels
over long periods of time, it could'
cause cancer.
Eckstein said normal drinking
water contains 17 parts per billion
(ppb) of dioxane. He added that the
Food and Drug Administration al-
lows up to 10,000 ppb in some
Levels in contaminated areas
ranged from 3 to 100 ppb more thano
"I am glad this case is now re-
solved," Kelley said.
Patricia Ryan, spokesperson for
the Northwest Ann Arbor Coalition
of Neighborhoods, said her group
has a different view of the
"It doesn't solve much at all,"
she said.
- Associated Press contributeA
to this report

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with rifles."
Perot said yesterday that a guard
turned a dog loose on the intruders
and it bit one of them. He declined
to identify the guard, saying, "I don't
have to prove anything to you
Paul McCaghren, who headed the
Dallas police intelligence operations
at the time, told ABC News that "It
did not happen. ...If five members of
the First Baptist Church with rifles
had come onto his lawn, we would

have found out about it."
Perot also charged that GOP op-
eratives tried to wiretap his Dallas
office. An FBI "sting" operation
against Texas Bush-Quayle chair
Jim Oberwetter turned up nothing.
Oberwetter says he sent packing the
undercover agent who offered him
tapes that were purportedly of Perot.
"At this point, there is no evi-
dence that we have found that would
indicate that any of the presidential
campaigns, at least here in Dallas,
have directed any dirty tricks at any
other campaign," Buck Revell, agent
in charge of the Dallas FBI bureau,
told "60 Minutes."

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