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difficultitis to find jobs right now and
suggested the implementation of a
six-month co-op program allowing
students to work and be paid to do
work relating to the occupational field
they want to enter after graduation.
"It would open the doors of em-
ployment," Nielsen said.
He added that a hands-on experi-
ence in working would be educational
and could also provoke financial re-
"I might be helpful to have faculty
take a sabbatical to go into the private
sector to work and teach.... Their
skills could be greatly utilized,"
Nielsen said.
He added that faculty members
could make their skills work else-
where and bring those experiences
back to the U-M.
If elected to a second term, Nielsen
said be also wants to work on sharing
of facilities and faculty between uni-
versities in the state of Michigan.
"There's absolutely no reason why
we can't have students go to Eastern
Michigan University to take an edu-
cation class and vice versa," Nielsen
said. He explained that the size of the
pool of students is getting smaller,
while financially, times will only be
getting harder.
Nielsen said community service is
a commitment in which everyone
should invest some time.
"I think everyone has an obliga-
tion for community service work and
our community will only be better if
some of us put some time back into
it," Nielsen said.
Though Nielsen said he does not
have a lot of free time, he said he
channels his volunteer efforts as a
member of the U-M Board of Regents
into improving not only the academic
standards but also the research and
financial aspects of the university.
Nielsen added that he graduated
from the U-M in only six semesters.
He said he worked in a sorority house,
and, reflecting on his experience,
wishes he had gotten involved more.
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Yeltsin pushes back foes with bans

on security
MOSCOW (AP) - President
Boris Yeltsin went on the offensive
last night against his political foes,
banning a new right-wing group and
ordering an opposition-controlled
security force disbanded.
The one-two punch seemed de-
signed to keep the hard-liners off
Russia's political center stage.
Yeltsin took the step after hard-
line lawmakers rebuffed his request
to delay the next parliament session
and after weeks of criticism from
many sides.
The ban hit the members of the
parliament, who are determined to
curb his powers and slow economic
reforms during a session of the
Congress of People's Deputies set to
start Dec. 1.
Russian and former Soviet law-
makers, including Sergei Baburin
and retired Gen. Albert Makashov,
led about 3,000 people on Saturday
in creating a "National Salvation
Front" to oust Yeltsin and restore the
former union.
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ended Sept. 30.
The latest statistics came as
President Bush and Bill Clinton
clashed over the economy in sepa-
. rate television appearances just six
days before Election Day.
"Our economy is doing better
than the world economy," Bush said
on ABC's Good Morning America.
He cited a report from yesterday
showing a 2.7 percent third quarter
growth rate in the gross domestic
But Clinton countered on NBC's
Today show that the GDP report
amounted to a one-time blip and
said, "You can't evaluate anyone on
one three-month performance."
Although much of the durables'
drop was concentrated in the volatile
aircraft and defense industries,
economists said it illustrated the
stop-and-go nature of the economy's
long climb out of recession.
They were especially concerned
that the backlog of unfilled orders
for durable goods fell 1.3 percent,
the 13th consecutive monthly de-
cline, to $452.6 billion, the lowest
level since December 1988:

force, hard-liners

The grouping of Russian nation-
alists and Communists accused
Yeltsin of destroying the national
economy, and polluting Russia's
moral and social traditions.
The group was comprised mostly
of right-wing critics still believed to
have limited influence. It did not in-
clude any members of Civic Union,
an influential centrist bloc courted
by Yeltsin.
Yeltsin said in a speech yesterday
that he would outlaw the Front.
The president said the group
posed a "great danger" for Russia
and made good on the threat yester-
day, signing a decree ordering au-
thorities to prevent all activities by
the "anti-constitutional" group or
any other "extremist" organizations,
said spokesperson Vyacheslav
Alexander Prokhanov, one of the
Front's leaders, had dismissed
Yeltsin's warning yesterday as
"political gangsterism, lunacy and

Yeltsin also chose yesterday to
order the disbanding of the special
5,000-member police force con-
trolled by legislative speaker Ruslan
The force's commander, Security
Department chief Ivan Boiko, re-
jected Yeltsin's order and said he
only would recognize commands
from Khasbulatov or the legislative
leadership, the Interfax news agency
Parliamentary defense and secu-
rity committee chief Sergei
Steparshin also dismissed Yeltsin's
order, saying vaguely it would lead
to "unwanted excesses" and should
be amended, Interfax reported.
Khasbulatov formed the force to
protect the Russian legislature's
building after the failed coup. Its ju-
risdiction has since spread to 75
other facilities, including the Central
Bank and the Foreign Ministry.
Its men were enlisted from the
Interior Ministry.



Poll shows fragmentation
of Republican voter base

Michigan county famous for its disil-
lusioned blue-collar Democrats has
helped put Republicans in the White
House three times. But the fabled
"Reagan Democrats" of Macomb
County are among the many voter
groups that appear to be shifting al-
legiances this year.
From young people and indepen-
dents to the upper-income Amer-
icans whose taxes he vows to raise,
Democrat Bill Clinton is leading the
field among groups his party lost or
split in recent elections.
President Bush, who won the
White House 54-46 percent over
Democrat Michael Dukakis in 1988,
is still favored among white
Protestants and Southern white
males. But the rest of the GOP
coalition that has dominated White
House elections since 1980 is more
The lackluster economy is the
primary issue working against Bush
this year. There are other factors ag-
gravating his difficulties -
Clinton's Southern background,
economic focus and carefully crafted
moderate image, and maverick Ross
Perot's appeal to men and
Bush's poll showings have been
mired in the 30s for weeks, reflect-
ing dissatisfaction among a variety
of voting groups - women, young

voters, independents, working-class
ethnics, upper-income Americans
and even Republicans.
"Four years ago the economy was
a big magnet pulling all these voters
toward the Republican Party," said
Larry Hugick, managing editor of
the Gallup Poll. Many of them feel
closer to the Democrats on social is-
sues, he said, and they're moving in
that direction now that "the big eco-
nomic magnet" is gone.
Economic problems are loosen-
ing the GOP grip on more culturally
conservative voters, including the
white, ethnic Rust Belt voters known
as Reagan Democrats.
Bush had just 17 percent of
Reagan Democrats nationally com-
pared to 54 percent for Clinton and
24 percent for Perot in a Los
Angeles Times poll this week. The
president scheduled appearances in
and around Macomb County today
as a new poll showed he was backed
by about 13 percent of Reagan
Democrats in Michigan.
He had a 93 percent support level
among Republicans in 1988, a post-
election Gallup poll found. He has
dropped 20-30 points from there in
polls this month by the Los Angeles
Times, Gallup and the Wall Street
Journal. Meanwhile Perot was pick-
ing up 15-23 percent of GOP voters.

Bikers beware
Justin Finnicum, an LSA sophomore, rollerblades down East University
Ave. yesterday.

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administrations in our country's his-
tory." The student then proceeded to
call for Meese's disbarment.
Though the economy seemed to
be the underlying theme of the de-
bate, it was not the only topic dis-
cussed. The two politicians debated
Supreme Court nominations, the
Iran-Contra affair, Vietnam, and
savings and loan institutions - with
a little bit of mud-slinging thrown in
for good measure.
Conspicuously absent from the
debate was Ross Perot. The third-
party candidate did not have a repre-
sentative at the debate, nor was his
name mentioned.
At a reception following the de-
bate, Meese said, "I liked the tone of
the debate. It was a debate between
two truly opposing points of view -
conservatism versus liberalism."
Meese added that he was pleased
with the quality of questions asked.
"People were thinking. It made for a
good debate," he said. The question
and answer format was moderated
by political science Prof. Raymond
McGovern criticized the econ-
omy during the Reagan-Bush era,
while Meese compared the possibil-
ity of a Clinton presidency to the last
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offices on campus are available to
help students from each college at
the U-M find internships.
"It's a lot of work, but there's a
lot of help available at CP&P," said
Lynn Kantor, an LSA senior and

time a Democrat was in office.
McGovern retorted "Jimmy
Carter's not running this year" in an
attempt to dispel claims that
Clinton's economic plans are akin to
Bhavin Shah, co-producer of the
University Activity Center's (UAC)
Viewpoint Lectures, said UAC had
hoped for a larger student turnout at
the event.
"However," he added, "people
may have been drained out because
of the other debates and midterms.
The people who came here really
enjoyed it."
LSA junior Javier Brstilo said, "I
was kind of upset that they were just
mouthpieces for the political candi-
dates, rather than their personal
Although Brstilo favors Bush, he
conceded that McGovern did better
in the opening statements, "because
he had more to work with." 0
LSA first-year student Brooke
Ingersoll said, "I appreciate the fact
they didn't do much mud-slinging."
The event, one in a series of
UAC Viewpoint Lectures, was co-
sponsored by the LSA Student
Government, UAC Viewpoint
Lectures, Consider Magazine, Pi
Sigma Alpha, and the U-M
Department of Political Science.
student coordinator of the Public
Service Internship Program, which
helps students obtain internships for
service in Washington, D.C. "It
might be overwhelming, but it's
worth it in the end.
"It's a great way to make connec-
tions," she said. "If you're willing to
work hard for it, you'll get it."

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