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When it comes to public education in this
country, you get what you pay for, or so it seems.
The time has come to end the disparity in public
schools.

For all those who called in demanding another
photo of Madonna, we're thrilled to be able to
bring you this week's cover story.

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Who is Ricky Guzman and what has he been
doing in Crisler Arena? Meet the latest addition to
the Michigan men's basketball team.

Today
Cloudy and cold;
High 42, Low 30
Tomorrow
More of same; High 44, Low 33

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

Vol. CIII, No. 28 Ann Arbor, Michigan -Thursday, November 5,1992 ©1992 The Michigan Daily

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Election

1992's big
issue? The
economy
by Lauren Dermer
Daily Government Reporter
On campus and across the nation,
exit polls confinned the faltering
DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS
economy defeated George Bush in
Tuesday's election.
This issue - the dominant theme
of the presidential campaigns and
debates - was reflected by
Clinton's victory in the heavily
Republican state of New Hampshire,
where the recession has drastically
increased unemployment numbers.
"It was the issue," said political
science Prof. Steven Rosenstone.
He said the focus on the economy
was largely due to Clinton's re-
lentless pursuit of economic issues
and Perot's emphasis on the federal
deficit.
"Clinton's themes were the ones
the voters were focusing on,"
Rosenstone said.
The situation was no different on
campus. In an exit poll of 994 ran-
dom U-M students conducted by the
Daily, the issue cited most often as
the one having the biggest affect on
their presidential decision was the
economy.
However, student views on the
second and third most important is-
sues were not in accordance with the
nationwide statistics.
The Daily exit polls showed the
second most influential issue was
abortion, and the third was educa-
tion. National exit poll data showed
the deficit second and health insur-
ance third.
Bush's pet themes - family val-
ues and foreign policy - were low
on the national list.
With the plight of the economy
on the public's mind, many are
hopeful that the policy gridlock in
Congress will be broken by the first
non-divided government in 12 years.
Political science Prof. John
Kingdon said a Democratic presi-
dent could mean significant ad-
vancements in Congress.
"It creates a potential for big
See ECONOMY, Page 2

Residents of Little Rock, Ark. woke up yesterday morning to this updated billboard declaring the presidential victory of Bill Clinton.
Dems win majority on regent board

by Jennifer Silverberg
Daily Administration Reporter
Two Democrats were elected to
the U-M Board of Regents Tuesday,
shifting power 6-2 to the Democratic
Party.
Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann
Arbor) and Larry Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) will replace in-
cumbents Neal Nielsen (R-Brighton)
and Veronica Latta Smith (R-
Grosselle).
The Democrats defeated Nielsen
and candidate Nancy Laro (R-Ann
Arbor). Smith did not run for re-
election.
"I think Gov. Clinton's decisive
victory in Michigan was very helpful
to both Larry and me, and the
Democratic party put up two good
candidates," said McGowan, hy-

pothesizing about the cause for the
Democratic victory.
Deitch agreed.
"I think there were significant
coattails from Bill Clinton but be-
yond that I'd like to think that peo-
ple judged us to be the superior can-
didates," Deitch said.
With 97 percent of the vote
counted, McGowan had 28 percent,
Deitch had 24 percent, Laro had 23
percent and Nielsen had 21 percent.
McGowan and Deitch's official
terms will begin Jan. 1, but both said
they might informally attend the
November and December regent
meetings.
Richard Kennedy, vice president
for government relations, said all U-
M officers and their staffs will also
meet with the new regents to orient

them to the university.
"You can't get acquainted in
three or four days - it takes a lot
more time than that. This is an
enormous place," Kennedy said.
"But we hope we can get it done be-
tween now and the time they have
their first meeting in January."
McGowan said she believes she
and Deitch will work well together.
"We think alike and we'll be a
good team," McGowan said. "We
both have a real interest in not only
maintaining the excellence of this
institution but trying to enhance it
and guarantee it for the future."
Laro said she was disappointed
that both Republicans lost the regent
race.
"I think some of it has to do with
the top of the ticket. People wanted a
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change I guess," Laro said. "I guess
it wouldn't be coincidental that we
all lost, and Bush's poor showing
probably had something to do with
it."
"We never really know exactly
why the electorate votes the way it
does but I think you got two good
people who will work hard for the
university," Laro added.
Nielsen could not be reached for
comment.
Many regents said the board's
shift in party balance will not cause
any significant changes.
"It changes the composition in
that it reduces the Republican pres-
ence from four to two, but both are
competent and well-meaning indi-
viduals and I anticipate it will be a
See REGENTS, Page 2

Michigan
votes for
term limits,
incumbents
DETROIT (AP) - Change,
change and no change. That's the
message a record number of state
voters sent to politicians as Bill Clin-
ton become the first Democrat to
carry Michigan since 1968.
But the president-elect's coattails
apparently didn't stretch to the
Statehouse, which may have its first
Republican majority in 24 years.
And while voters underscored
their support of Clinton's promise
for change by embracing a proposal
to limit the number of terms politi-
cians can serve, the theory didn't
hold true in Congress. No Michigan
incumbents were ousted there
Tuesday.
With 99 percent of the state's
precincts reporting, Clinton walked
away with a 44 percent lead - or
1,867,065 votes - in Michigan.
President Bush won 36 percent, or
1,558,694 votes. Independent Ross
Perot gained 19 percent, or 821,738
votes.
But Bush supporter Gov. John
Engler still had his way in Michigan
in one important respect. In the
Statehouse, Speaker Lewis Dodak
was toppled and a 10-seat Demo-
cratic majority appeared to
evaporate.
Republicans already control the
state Senate by a slim 20-18 major-
ity. Republicans appeared to have
won 56 of the 110 House seats, giv-
ing the GOP a two-vote majority and
Engler a lock on the Legislature.
Democrats refused to concede
GOP control of the chamber until re-
counts could be held in races with
razor-thin margins.
In the Statehouse races, with all
precincts reporting:
Dodak, an eight-term veteran
from Birch Run, conceded defeat to
Republican challenger Michael
Goschika, although the 128-vote
margin made the race too close to
call.
Republican John Chmura ap-
parently defeated first-term Rep.
Dennis Olshove (D-Warren) by 54
votes.
GOP challenger Sandra Hill
led Rep. Nate Jonker (D-Clio)
19,860 to 19,819.
Incumbent Republican Beverly
Bodem of Alpena led former Dodak
aide G.T. Long, 21,010 to 20,996.
Republican Michelle Mc-
Manus had 21,782 votes to 21,521
for another newcomer, Democrat
Geraldine Greene.
With one precinct still uncounted,
Republican Deborah Whyman had
17,072 votes to 16,789 for Demo-
cratic Rep. Jim Kosteva of Canton.
Of the four proposals on the
statewide ballot, only term limita-
tions survived. With 99 percent of
the vote in, Proposal B was ahead,
59 percent to 41 percent, or 2.3 mil-
lion to 1.6 million.
Voters defeated two property tax
proposals and a plan to revamp auto
insurance.

All 11 U.S. House incumbents
were re-elected. Five open seats
were filled with lawmakers and
business executives.
Only one district changed parti-
san hands. It was won by Democrat

Voter turnout in county reaches
66 percent, up 5 percent from '88
by Nate Hurley
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Voter turnout in Washtenaw
County jumped significantly in
Tuesday's election, with 66 percent
of all registered voters going to the
polls.
About 61 percent voted in 1984
and 1988, and 60 percent voted in
1980.
County clerks spent more than 10
hours sifting through the 137,923
ballots cast.
"It took most of the night to
count the ballots - we finished
around 6:30 (a.m.)," said Rosemary
Elfring, a county elections clerk.
The county reflected statewide
turnout of 66 percent - the highest
in Michigan history.

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legislators in House,
by Ken Dancyger
Nineteen women earned seats in
the U.S. House of Representatives
and four gained seats in the Senate
Tuesday, fulfilling many voters'
hopes to increase the number of fe-
male legislators in "The Year of the
Woman."
The election brings the total
number of women in the House to
48, and triples the number of women
in the Senate from two to six.
"A woman brings a different
point of view to government," said
Peggy Haines, who was re-elected as

Senate

govern," said Barbara
deputy director of the
Campaign Fund.

Hanson,
Women's

Listed below are the results of the state and local proposa
voted on in Tuesday's elections:
State Proposals
A (Property tax limit) Defea
B (Term limits) Pas:
C (Cut & cap) Defea
D (Auto insurance reform) Defea
Washtenaw County Proposals
SAFE House Pas;
Washtenaw Community College millage Defea
Washtenaw Community College bonding Defea
Ann Arbor Proposal
Voter Initiative for November Elections Pas:
Listed below are the local winners in Tuesday's elections:
U.S. House of Representatives
13th District
William Ford (D)
State House
52nd District 53rd District
Mary Schroer (D) Lynn Rivers (D)

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The number of women in the
Senate is expected to bring an in-
creased awareness in government of
women's issues, such as the domes-
tic budget, child care and family
leave.
However, Anne Herrmann, act-
ing director of the U-M's women's
studies program, said just because
the senators are women does not
mean they will act upon women's
issues.

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