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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 12, 1993 - 7

.Wolpe aims
attacks at
mcumbent
governor
y MEGAN SCHIMPF
FOR THE DAILY
Crusading against Republican
Gov. John Engler and his administra-
tion, former Michigan Rep. Howard
Wolpe addressed a group of students
at the Modem Languages Building
last night in his campaign for gover-
nor.
"We are going to- unseat John
gler," said Wolpe, a Democrat. "I
absolutely convinced that we can
set the state on a new direction next
November."
Wolpe said Engler, as governor,
has protected powerful interests at
the expense of the people.
"You cannot have leadership like
John Engler, where he confuses
blame-throwing and scapegoating
with leadership," he said.
* Wolpe said he sees education as
one of the most important issues fac-
ing the state, and criticized the legis-
lature and Engler for removing prop-
erty taxes as a source of funding.
"I don't think that any institution
in this country is more precious to
democracy than public education,"
Wolpe said. "He has given those
people who want to walk away from
public education a reason to do so."
Wolpe, who currently teaches at
Western Michigan University, said
he believes students today are not
being educated for the modern tech-
nological world.
"It's not that public schools aren't
doing a better job today than they
were 20 to 30 years ago," he said.
"The problem is that they're doing a
better job teaching what they were
*eaching 20 to 30 years ago. We in the
U.S. do a terrible job of technological

Ferris State faculty files lawsuit
in protest of a plan to cut budget

Students protest with blank newspaper, poll
shows 82 percent oppose administration

Howard Wolpe, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks last night. E

education."
Wolpe served in the U.S. Con-
gress from 1979 to 1992, and served
in the Michigan House of Represen-
tatives from 1973 to 1976.
Wolpe said he opposes NAFTA in
its present form because of the ineq-
uities it presents to workers in both
Mexico and the United States.
"My judgment is that, while I
would ultimately like to see a free
market, to craft the agreement the
way it has been shows remarkable
insensitivity toalarge sector ofAmeri-
can workers," he said.
Wolpe said he would like to begin
a program called Capital for a Day,
where the governor and top officials
would travel to communities around
the state and hold town meetings. He
said he believes this would broaden
the scope of the government and

present new ideas.
He said he would fight any legis-
lation thatwould takeaway civilrights
from any group.
Many in the audience agreed with
him and were impressed by his views.
"The number one issue is to defeat
Engler, period," said Ben Reames, an
RC junior who is from Wolpe's home
district. "What sticks in my mind the
most are his ties to the metro Detroit
area. He has strong liberal credentials
and good administrative qualities."
FrayaHirschberg,a first-yearLSA
student, said Wolpe did well on some
topics but was vague on others. "I was
impressed with his stance on NAFTA,
but on education he sort of avoided
the issues."
The College Democrats sponsored
Wolpe's visit and will work to bring
the other four candidates to campus.
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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -
Ferris State University faculty mem-
bers filed a lawsuit and students
printed a mostly blank school news-
paper yesterday to protest $8 million
in proposed cuts.
University President Helen
Popovich outlined the cuts Sept. 30,
citing flat state aid and declining en-
rollment among reasons for the pro-
jected deficit. The plan includes re-
duced spending and elimination of
several academic and sports programs.
But union members question how
dire Ferris' financial situation is, and
on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to stop
the school's board of control from
voting on the plan today. The suit also
sought an injunction to stop imple-
mentation of the cuts. The plan would
cut 144 positions, including 69 fac-
ulty members, over three years.
Late Wednesday, MecostaCounty
Circuit Judge Lawrence Root denied
the motion for a restraining order that
would have prevented the vote. But
he agreed to consider the matter fur-
ther next week.
Union members say the university
could solve its financial crisis by tap-
ping into a $28.5 million auxiliary
fund, which covers such things as
dormitories and the Ferris-owned con-
vention center.
The administration insists the cuts
are needed to secure Ferris's future.
"We have a responsibility to the
taxpayers of Michigan to operate with
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Muckracker on 'U' fellowship
to speak on journalism career

a balanced checkbook," Board of
Control Chair Hurticene Hardaway
said in a statement.
Also Wednesday, students at vot-
ing booths set up around campus were
asked whether they had confidence in
the administration's handling of the
college's future. The results: 1,596,
or 82 percent, of the 1,945 students
voting said they did not, according to
student government's unofficial tally.
About 11,000 students attend Ferris.
"Right now, I'd say if student sup-

port was a racehorse, I'd shoot it,"
said Michael Douglass, the student
government's communications com-
mittee chair and a senior in television
production, one of the 17 academic
programs to be closed or merged.
Yesterday, Ferris' twice-weekly
student newspaper, The Torch, was
blank except for two cartoons taking
shots at Popovich and an editorial that
assailed the president for her plan to
close the journalism department.
Editor in Chief Marty O'Neill said
his staff wanted to show the univer-
sity "what our paper could look like in
the future if they get their way."

By ANDREA MACADAM
FOR THE DAILY
0 Author and visiting Prof. Jessica
Mitford will deliver the First Annual
Honors Lecture today in a presenta-
tion entitled "Muckraking Birth and
Death."
Mitford's discussion will cover
racketeering associated with the fu-
neral business and the high costs of
childbirth. She has already written
two books dealing with these subjects
- "The American Way of Death"
and "The American Way of Birth."'
The English-born journalist ar-
rived in the United States during the
1930s but didn't pursue a writing ca-
reer until 1956. Since then, she has
primarily engaged in expose journal-
ism known as muckraking, targeting
people and institutions that have in-
cluded television executives and a
sh "fat farm" for wealthy women.
She is credited with nine books as
well as several articles that have been

published in magazines such as Harp-
ers and the Saturday Evening Post.
Mitford said she never received a
formal education beyond what she
was taught at home because she said
her family was "a rather conservative
one." She added that she was there-
fore pleasantly surprised the promo-
tional fliers refer to her as "Prof.
Mitford."
Currently, she is teaching an in-
vestigative journalism seminar at the
University andhas also taught briefly
at other institutions including Yale
University and San Jose State Uni-
versity in California.
The Helen DeRoy Memorial
Fund, which was established within
the College Honors department, al-
lows the invitation of at least one
distinguished person a year to teach a
seminar.
Mitford will deliver her speech
tonight at 7 p.m. in Auditorium 4 of
the Modern Languages Building.

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The University of Michigan
School of Music
Sun., November 14
Michigan Marching Band in Concert
Tickets: $4 (764-0582)
Crisler Arena, 2:30 p.m.
Jazz at the Michigan League Buffet
Michigan League, 5:30 p.m.
Jazz at the Union
University Club, Michigan Union, 6:30 p.m.
Opera Theatre Production
Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc
Joshua Major, director; Martin Katz, musical director
Tickets: $14, $10 general; $6 students (764-0450)
Power Center, 2 p.m.
Michigan Chamber Players
Barber: Dover Beach (Leslie Guinn, baritone; Andrew Jennings, Jennifer
Ross, violin; Yizhak Schotten, viola; Nathaniel Chaitkin, cello)
Piston: Sonata for Oboe and Piano (Harry Sargous, oboe; Ellen
Weckler, piano)
Rochberg: Quintet for Piano and String Quartet (Andrew Jennings,
Jennifer Ross, violin; Yizhak Schotten, viola; Nathaniel Chaitkin,
cello; Katherine Collier, piano)
Recital Hall, School of Music, 8 p.m.
Tues., November 16
Campus Symphony Orchestra
Ricardo Averbach and David Tang, conductors
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite
Respighi: Pines of Rome
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, finale
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Wed., November 17
Campus Band
Glen Adsit and Shelley Axelson, conductors
Works of William Byrd (tr. Gordon Jacob), Ronald Lo Presti, Elliot
Del Borgo, and Zo Elliott
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Thurs., November 18
Jazz at Leonardo's
North Campus Commons, 8 p.m.
Thurs.-Sun., November 18-21
Department of Theatre and Drama
The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinkya
Charles Jackson, director
Tickets: $14, $10 general; $6 students (764-0450)
Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Mendelssohn Theatre
Fri., November 19
Wind Ensembles
H. Robert Reynolds, Gary Lewis, and Dennis Glocke, conductors
Dvorak (tr. Sheen): Three Folk Dances from Czech Suite, op. 39
Mozart: Serenade in E-flat, K.375
Butler: Dirty Beasts (Rosemary Russell, narrator)
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Sat., November 20
Men's Glee Club
Jerry Blackstone, conductor
"In the Stadium and on the Stage," with guests Ohio State Men's Glee
Club (James Gallagher, conductor), the Friars, and the Novellaires
Tickets: $10, $8, $5, $3 (764-1448)
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Sun., November 21
Percussion Ensemble
Michael Udow, director
McIntosh Theatre, School of Music, 4 p.m.
Faculty Recital
Anton Nel, piano
Debussy: Children's Corner Suite
Beethoven: Sonata in C, op. 2, no. 3

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