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Two candidates vie
for county drain post


by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
Experience and environmental concerns
distinguish the two candidates running for
Washtenaw County drain commissioner today.
Steve Olmstead, an urban planning consul-
tant for a Taylor, Mich., engineering firm, is
challenging incumbent Janis Bobrin for the
county's most powerful environment-related
The drain commissioner is responsible for
the maintenance and construction of the coun-
ty's drainage system, as well as levying as-
sessments to pay for the work.
"I am the only county official involved full-
time in environmental protection," Bobrin said.
But Olmstead said he thinks Bobrin has not
been involved enough.
"I would try to make the office more re-
sponsive to public," Olmstead said. "I would
ensure the proper maintenance of storm drains
in Washtenaw County, and be more accessible
- more accountable."
He also proposed regular monthly meetings
throughout the county.
Bobrin defended her record and offered
some ways to improve the office.
"I have been very active in applying for
federal grants," she said. "And I started a stu-
dent environmental internship program."
She added the county has recently secured
$210,000 in federal grants. One will prepare a
watershed plan for long-term protection of the
Huron River. The other will fund modifica-
tions to Paint Creek, the only trout stream in
Washtenaw County.
Bobrin said one problem is that the county
cannot presently respond to toxic spills.
"We need to work on HazMet - a haz-
ardous materials recovery team to respond to
spills and recoveries," she said.
Both candidates oppose the proposed
Envotech incinerator.

"It's not a sound facility," Bobrin said. "All
county drains in that area go into Stony Creek
and Lake Erie. It's not a suitable design and
it's not a good area."
Olmstead agreed, saying that the incinera-
tor's location is problematic. "It's the wrong
location. I would use my power to make sure
that environmental catastrophe never
Each candidate also has job-related experi-
ence and a master's degree in urban planning
from the U-M.
Bobrin has previously worked with local
governments on environmental planning and
water quality programs. She is currently chair
The drain commissioner is
responsible for the
maintenance and
construction of the county's
drainage system, as well as
levying assessments to pay
for the work.
of the state water quality board and was ap-
pointed by former Gov. James Blanchard to the
state environmental services board.
Olmstead said he was contacted by a group
of people concerned about the lack of drain
"After looking at all the job required, i
concluded I could do a very good job foF
Washtenaw County."
He cited his work in the private sector af
his main job qualifications.
"After working for the private sector, which
requires you to satisfy clients, which requires;
excellent service, I have the management;
experience needed in the drain commissioner's

LSA junior Shalid Murtuza, a WJJX disc jockey spins a compact disc during his afternoon show. The disc jockeys can now choose
what type of music they want to play. A program schedule is being arranged.
Student station WJJX returns

to airwave
by Nate Hurley
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who live in the Hill area and
Bursley residence halls will be able to re-
ceive one more Ann Arbor radio station,
in addition to the traditional standbys -
WJJX (AM 640), part of the Campus
Broadcasting Network which controls sis-
ter station WCBN-FM, began broadcast-
ing about three weeks ago. The student-
run station aired on a limited basis during
the fall of 1991, but went off the air due to
poor organization and management.
The U-M's Office of Student Services
shut down WJJX in February 1987 as a
result of students protesting racist jokes
that were aired on one of the station's stu-
dent call-in programs.
Ted Oberg, general manager of the
Campus Broadcasting Network, classifies
the incident as something that happened
"a long time ago."
"The incident at WJJX got a lot of
negative publicity for the station," Oberg
The station still uses student DJs, but
does not have telephone call-in programs.

,s after 5-year
David Hoard, former program director Oberg sa
for WJJX, said the absence of telephone residence ha
call-in programs was one of the require- signal. "We
ments the station needed to fulfill before ting accessI
returning to the air. ters are," he
"All student DJs had to sign a certain "The tec
agreement which held the DJs accountable be," Hoard
personally," Hoard said. looking into
Hoard was program director for WJJX more people
until Sunday night, when former WJJX The stat
Publicity Director Gwyn Hulswit took over the air
over the position. FCC (Feder,
In an interview Friday, Hoard said he sion) license
was leaving his position based on a pretty hard t4
personalidecision." Hoard said his deci- hetat
sion had nothing to do with the station. The stat
Although the station has begun to working on
broadcast, many students still may be un- low the cabh
able to receive the station. Instead of as backgrou
broadcasting over the airwaves like most bulletin boar
radio stations, WJJX uses the residence The static
hall telephone lines to carry its signal. work out a d
However, not all of the residence halls added.
are receiving the station. Transmitters in WJJX br(
West and South Quads are off, there is no midnight and
transmitter in East Quad, and due to tech- Last year the
nical problems, only half of Bursley Hall but this yea
receives the radio station's signal. ward alternat

id he does not know when all
alls will be able to receive the
are held up by problems get-
to places where the transmit-
hnology is not what it used to
said. The station is currently
a plan which would enable
to listen to the station.
ion dismissed broadcasting
rwaves as a possibility. "An
ral Communications Commis-
- is expensive, impractical and
o get," Hoard said.
on and Columbia Cable are
an agreement that would al-
e company to broadcast WJJX
nd music for a community
*d channel, Hoard said.
on and Columbia Cable may
eal as soon as January, Oberg
oadcasts daily from noon until
d is operated by U-M students.
station's format was Top-40,
r it will be leaning more to-
tive music.


Court says grandparents
can visit their grandkids


WASHINGTON (AP) - Kentucky farmer
Bill King said the 1 1/2 years when his es-
tranged son refused to let him see his grand-
daughter was "just like going to a funeral."
Now, as result of Supreme Court action up-
holding his right to see his grandchild, five-
year-old Jessica "just bubbles when she comes
out here" to King's Danville farm. "It's kind of
made my life."
The court yesterday left intact a Wisconsin
law giving grandparents visitation rights to
their grandchildren even when the parents ob-
ject. Two weeks earlier, the court let stand a

similar Kentucky law invoked by King in
seeking access to his granddaughter.
King said, "I thought my situation was the
worst in the world" when a fight with his son
in 1988 led to a cutoff of visits with Jessica.
Since the court acted, he now says, "ever so
many people" with similar problems have
sought his help.
David Liederman, executive director of the
Child Welfare League of America, said his of-
fice gets hundreds of calls from grandparents
denied access to their grandchildren because of
family troubles, divorces or custody battles.

Continued from page 1
dent who will vote at home today,
agreed. Stressing Bush's character
and foreign policy background,
McCoy said, "It's someone I can
trust and who has integrity. I just
don't trust Clinton or Perot. I'm a
conservative person morally and
But Robinson disagreed with
McCoy's claim that Bush is the most
trustworthy man to lead the country,
pointing to controversies such as the
Clarence Thomas Supreme Court
confirmation hearings and this
year's Los Angeles riots.
"I consider Bush the same as
Reagan and it's not doing anything
radical. I personally don't trust him
to protect rights and act for the mid-
dle class of America and really rep-
resent them," she said. "I'm not
crazy about him always bringing up
trust with Bill Clinton because he's

dodged issues like Irangate."
LSA senior Eric Halamka said he
feels students typically back Clinton.
"I don't think as a college student
you can be paying all these bills and
say Bush has helped the situation,"
he said. "As a person who claimed
he was the education president four
years ago and as someone who's go-
ing through the educational system,
we know there are problems."
LSA junior Mark Nguygen voted
Democratic in the last presidential
election and will vote for Clinton to-
day. The only difference between the
elections, he said, is that he believes
the Democrats will win this time.
Generalizing across political par-
ties, he said, "I think Americans tend
to not like to stay with one party for
too long so every few years you hear
someone saying, 'I'm for change.'"
LSA junior Josh Fielstra, a
Muskegon resident who notes his
unsuccessful attempts to find jobs in
his recession-struck hometown for

three summers, emphasized the
economy. Fielstra's absentee ballot
supports independent Ross Perot.
"Having seen the performance of
partisan groups in the past, (the
economy) seems to be an insur-
mountable issue," he said. "Perot
has proven his financial ability. This
is the time to fix the economy."
Fielstra does not believe Perot
will win, but he stressed that the
country's non-partisan sector should
make a symbolic statement.
"It's a vote. My voice needs to be
heard. I think that people need to
know the non-partisan vote is out
there," he said.
Other voters are taking another
option to voice discontent with the
country's political climate. To show
his dislike for each candidate,
School of Music junior John Hobart
said he did not register on purpose.
"I didn't feel like voting for any-
body. If I had voted, I would have
voted for Big Boy," he said.

Angolan civil war still sporadic

LUANDA, Angola (AP) -
Sporadic gunfire flared in the capital
yesterday hours after a U.N.-bro-
kered cease-fire took effect, but wit-
nesses said the fighting was less in-
tense than the weekend clashes that
threatened to renew civil war.
Angolan state radio said up to
1,000 people died in the weekend
fighting, the worst since a 1991
peace accord that ended the 16-year
war between the U.S.-backed rebels
and the pro-Soviet government.
Witnesses said yesterday that the
battles between government forces
and UNITA rebels had diminished,
and police vehicles with loudspeak-
ers cruised the streets calling for
people to respect the cease-fire.
Groups of armed civilians were
reportedly hunting down UNITA
supporters and looting buildings they

had used. A government statement
read on Angolan state radio appealed
for "humanitarian treatment" toward
UNITA supporters.
A UNITA representative in
Lisbon, Carlos Fortuna, said he
could not confirm news reports that
UNITA Vice President Jerimias
Chitunda and other top officials
were slain in the weekend battles.
He said contact had been lost with
several UNITA leaders in Luanda.
A machine gun battle raged for
about an hour after a police armored
car shelled UNITA positions in
Luanda's diplomatic quarter before
dawn. Explosions and gunfire were
also heard to the east of the capital,
but witnesses said that firing died
down at around 8 a.m.
The fighting was the worst since
tensions began escalating after

UNITA lost national elections in late
September to the government with
which it fought a 16-year civil war.
UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi
contends the elections were rigged,
although the United Nations said the
balloting was generally free and fair.
UNITA, the National Union for
the Total Independence of Angola,
ran second to the ruling Popular
Movement for the Liberation of
Angola in voting for the national
legislature and Savimbi trailed in-
cumbent Eduardo dos Santos in the
presidential race, although dos
Santos did not get the 50 percent
needed for a first-round victory.
The elections were held under a
1991 peace accord that ended the 16-
year war between UNITA and the
MPLA, in which some 350,000 peo-
ple died.

" " DoYou? RITE

Student groups
U Christian Science Organiza-
tion, meeting, Michigan League,
check room at front desk, 7-8
Q In Focus, meeting, Frieze Buil.d-
ing, room 2420, 6 p.m.
" Michigan Student Assembly,
meeting, Michigan Union, room
3909,7:30 p.m.
a SADD, meeting, East Quad, 66
Green, 7:30 p.m.
U TaeKwonDo Club, regular
workout, CCRB, room 1200,
7:45-9:15 p.m.
Q U-M Asian American Student
Coalition, meeting, East Quad,
check room at front desk, 7 p.m.
U U-M Bridge Club, free bridge
lessons, Michigan Union, room

ment, The Medical School Ap-
plication Process, CP&P Pro-
gram Room, 4:10-5 p.m.
Q "Focus on Michigan," photog-
raphy contest, City of Ann Ar-
bor Parks and Recreation
Department, accepting entries
until December 1, call Irene
Bushaw 994-2780.
U "Limnology: Problems with
Michigan Water," lecture,
ChryslerCenter, room 165,7:30
Q "Mid-19th-century Neoclassi-
cal Sculpture," short gallery
talk, Museum of Art, Informa-
tion Desk, 12-12:30 p.m., con-
tact 764-0395.
Q "Spectroscopic Studies of van
der Waals Interactions," lec-

U "Why Revolution: Clinton,
Bush or Perot - Elections
Don't Change Class Society,"
SPARK: Revolutionary discus-
sion series, MLB, room B122,
7-8 p.m.
Student services
" Kaffeestunde, Department of
Germanic Language and Litera-
ture, MLB, 3rd floor Confer-
ence Room, 4:30-6 p.m.
U Northwalk Safety Walking Ser-
vice, Bursley Hall, lobby, 763-
WALK, 8 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
U Psychology Undergraduate
Peer Advising, Department of
Psychology, West Quad, room
K210, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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