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One hundred two years of editorial freedom
Vol. Cfli, No. 26 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Tuesday, November 3,1992 01992 The Michigan Daily
by Melissa Peerless
Daily News Editor
While most U-M administrators
were tight-lipped yesterday about al-
legations that Regent Neal Nielsen
(R-Brighton) physically assaulted
his former wife during the early
1980s, some were skeptical that
these charges would affect his
Dona Mueller, Nielsen's first
wife, told the Daily last week that
she filed assault complaints with the
Livingston County Sheriff's
Department on several occasions in
1981 and 1982.
vice president for
tions, said he
t, Z doesn't think
W A * '.~.will affect Niel-
sen's chances in
Nielsen today's election.
"This information surfaced aw-
fully late in the campaign," he said.
"I doubt it will affect things at all. If
it does, it will be very little."
Nielsen, a Brighton attorney, has
served on the U-M Board of Regents
since 1984 and is seeking a second
term on the board today.
Kennedy added that some memn-
bers of the U-M community heard
rumors that Nielsen abused his wife
during his last regent campaign in
"During or prior to the last regent
election rumors were circulating that
something like this had occurred,"
Kennedy added that he thinks the
1984 rumors were overlooked be-
cause they seemed unsubstantiated.
"I don't think that anybody didn't
talk about it intentionally. There was
never any evidence. It was never in
the papers," he said.
Walter Harrison, executive
director of university relations,
"When I read about (the allega-
tions) in the Daily today it was news
to me," he said.
Harrison added "I think it's inap-
propriate for me to comment on the
See NIELSEN, Page 2
Clinton, Bush make
final push to voters.
Bill Clinton and George Bush
crisscrossed the country yesterday
in a frenzied campaign finale, the
president predicting a historic
comeback and the Democrat sound-
ing more confident by the minute.
"Put the parade on hold," Bush
warned Clinton. "We've had
"We are going to pull off one of
the biggest surprises in political
history," Bush told a rain-soaked
rally in suburban Philadelphia. "Bill
Clinton wants to expand American
government. I want to expand the
Ross Perot stirred things to the
very end, predicting a 50-state
landslide that wo'uld defy poll after
poll showing him a distant third and
Clinton with an edge in state-by-
state electoral math.
A hoarse Bill Clinton told an
adoring crowd gathered yester-
day- at his last Michigan stop be-
fore today's election- that he lost
his voice trying to give them a
voice in Washington.
"If you will be my voice tomor-
row, I'll be yours for four years,"
Voters chanted "one more day,"
much the same as Bush's support-
ers had repeated "four more years"
during his last stop in Michigan on
Sunday in Auburn Hills.
The Democratic nominee said
the election would chart the future
See ELECTION, Page 2
Local, state candidates make
final efforts to secure victory
by Hope Calati
Daily Government Reporter
Local candidates have pounded on their last doors and walked their
final miles in their quest for victory in today's election.
"Everybody's wired. We've been working for a long time," said
Lynn Rivers, Democratic candidate for the 53rd District Statehouse seat.
"It's always good to take a little down time and pretend we have
nonnal lives," Rivers said, adding that her supporters are drained from
six months of campaigning.
Yet some local candidates will be trying to squeeze in extra hand-
shakes as they talk to the voters they may have missed - anxiously
awaiting results from months of campaigning.
See CANDIDATES, Page 2
Hillary Clinton holds-up an umbrella for her husband Democratic
presidential candidate Bill Clinton as he addresses supporters outside
the Mayfair Diner in Philadelphia yesterday. Clinton also stumped
yesterday in Romulus, Michigan.
Anticipation of today's
vote sparks rivalries,
jibes among students
by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
On a campus commonly considered a lib-
eral haven, LSA sophomore Angela Krispin
draws support from the only other
Republican living on her Betsey Barbour
Krispin, an Oakland County resident. who
already voted by absentee ballot, said she
supported a straight Republican ticket.
"Everyone (on this campus) is constantly,
'Democrats. Democrats.' (Hallmates) write
it on my door. We have floor fights all the
time," she said. "There's only one
Republican on my floor and we bond."
In Martha Cook Residence Hall, the po-
litical controversy rages as supporters of
George Bush and Bill Clinton slug it out
across a second floor hall.
On the right side of the hall, roommates
Paula Israel, an LSA sophomore, and Wendy
McCoy, an LSA junior, post a Bush-Quayle
poster on their door. LSA junior Julie
Robinson, a neighbor, displays a similar
poster - reading Clinton-Ford.
Israel, a Grand Blanc resident who, like
Krispin, has voted for Bush by absentee bal-
lot already, said Bush has the experience and
background needed for the job. "I'm not re-
ally into politics right now, but the main is-
sue that got me in was the abortion issue,"
Her roommate, an Oakland County resi-
See VOTE, Page 3
President George Bush thrusts his arms into the air during a brief rally yesterday in
Louisville, Ky. Louisville was one of the several stops Bush made on the day before today's
lib rary tr . /
by Yawar Murad
and Chastity Wilson
Daily Staff Reporters
The Chemistry Building's -
brary was closed indefinitely yes-
terday due to flooding caused by
Sunday night's rain storm. Library -
workers said the flood - the third
in nine months - was caused by a ''' ~
leay roofr Murad
tion workers, who have been ren-
ov'ating the 1908 buildig, found
the wet books and journals and
covered them with sheets of plas-
oatin. O tw1stacks in the second
floonr lihrnirv were damaged by the' .,
GM removal of top executives
could mean loss of factory jobs
DETROIT (AP) - Four top ex-
ecutives were pushed out of work at
General Motors Corp. yesterday, and
employees at the automaker's as-
sembly plants said that could mean
thousands of lost jobs for them.
"It's not going to get better," said
Bob Maksym, an oiler who has
worked at the plant for 27 years. "No
one has a sense of security."
After weeks of speculation and
the departure of Chair Robert
Stempel, the executive changes were
announced at GM's board of direc-
tors meeting in New York and
broadcast at the automaker's plants
President John F. Smith was
given the title of chief executive of-
ficer while outside director John
Smale became chair. In addition,
Stempel officially retired and three
of his associates left their posts.
Analysts agreed the announce-
ment likely means more plant clos-
ings and an expansion of the au-
tomaker's previously revealed cost-
David Healy, of S.G. Warburg &
Co. in New York, said he expects an
acceleration or expansion of GM's
"Essentially that means manage-
ment or organizational restructuring
as well as some accelerated plant
closings," Healy said.
GM employees in Detroit agreed
the changes were necessary and
expected, but while some expressed
support for Smale, others questioned
his lack of automotive experience.
City authorizes ozonation facility
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
The city last night initiated plans
to design a treatment plant for the
city's water supply.
The utilities department commis-
sioned CH2M Hill - the company
that also studied the city's water
supply and determined the need for a
facility - to design the plant
crease really affects them."
In other business, the council re-
jected a resolution that would have
replaced partisan city elections with