One hundred three years of editorial freedom
E C 1994 The Michigan Daily
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Backers and foes of Proposal A
focused yesterday on getting people to
the polls as Michigan voters prepared to
vote on the sweeping school tax plan.
0 "We're phoning folks. They're
phoning folks. We'll just wait and see
what happens at 8 p.m. (when the polls
close)," said Dan Pero, director of Gov.
John Engler's re-election campaign and
the effort to pass Proposal A.
Voting hours today are 7 a.m. to 8
The spokesperson for Michigan
Citizens for Fair Taxes said people who
ke a second look at ProposalA before
going to the polls will reject it.
"I'm eternally optimistic," saidAnne
"We don't have any hard data from
polls we can base a firm projection on.
It's just going to have to be a case of
trying to get our message out to as many
people as we can and hope people reject
Chris Thomas, the director of the
*ureau of Elections, expected 2.5 mil-
lion to go to the polls, or about 40.
percent of the state's registered voters.
That's close to the 2.6 million people
See PROPOSAL A, Page 2
global focus on jobs
By JAMES R. CHO
and DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTERS
DETROIT - In a wide-ranging
economic speech to the G7 Interna-
tional Jobs Conference here, Presi-
dent Clinton emphasized the need for
a global partnership, but stopped short
of offering any new initiatives.
Clinton stressed instead the "his-
toric" nature of a conference called to
discuss jobs, not the Cold War.
"For the past half century, our
great common endeavors from con-
taining communism to defeating ag-
gression in the Persian Gulf ... have
depended on common bonds among
the countries present here today,"
"I asked for this conference too
summon the same collective energy
and intellect and ideas to one of the
greatest problems of our era - the
challenge of creating a high wage,
Clinton officially opened the G7
International Jobs Conference in De-
troit yesterday before a crowd of 2,000
Michigan business and political lead-
ers at the Fox Theatre.
Gov. John Engler, Sens. Carl Levin
and Don Riegle, Detroit Mayor Den-
nis Archer and U.S. Ambassador to
Canada James Blanchard were among
the invited guests.
Earlier in the morning, Clinton
met with G7 ministers for breakfast.
In a 45-minute speech, Clinton
emphasized the need to help retrain
displaced workers. He called on Ja-
pan to do more to spur consumer
spending and on Europe to cut inter-
est rates further.
Lloyd Axworthy, Canada's min-
ister of human resources development,
said, "We are all in the same lifeboat.,
The world of work is still the best
social safety net."
Engler, a first-term Republican,
said he thought Clinton's speech was
"I think he gave a positive mes-
sage. He emphasized the need to
change. The points he made were
right on target. There are no easy
solutions to unemployment."
Howard Wolpe, a former U.S. Rep
and gubernatorial hopeful vying to
unseat Engler, said the summit of-
fered no easy solutions.
"This conference is merely part
of a bigger process. There will be no
quick fix to unemployment. For so
long, we have neglected education.
We are teaching without teaching
See CLINTON, Page 5
By DAVID SHEPARDSON
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
DETROIT - Conceding that
the city is not "beautiful" and that
some have called the city "like the
Second World War ruins," Detroit
Mayor Dennis Archer held an un-
usual press conference for the me-
dia assembled at the G7 Interna-
tional Jobs Conference.
At times sounding more like a
salesman than a mayor, Archer
even encouraged reporters in at-
tendance to take advantage of "fan-
tastic business opportunities for
"The abandoned properties are
a fabulous investment for any of
you who might want to change
vocations," he said to a group of
about 30 reporters.
Archer, who is only 10 weeks
See ARCHER, Page 5
President Clinton gestures during his speech at Fox Theatre yesterday.
SACUA to investigate racism
charges in Pharmacology dept.
STEP BY STEP
By LISA DINES
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Allegations of racism in the Department
of Pharmacology have prompted the Senate
Advisory Committee on University Affairs
*(SACUA) to ask the grievance procedure
subcommittee to investigate the charges.
Dr. Thomas Landefeld has accused Dr.
William Pratt of blatant insensitivity to the
needs of minorities within the pharmacol-
ogy department, where they both are pro-
In aletter to SACUA yesterday, Landefeld
alleged that Pratt had made comments such as,
"We should not recruit any more Black stu-
jdents to our department," and "There is no
place for Blacks in academe, they destroy the
fabric of the institution."
Through a graduate laboratory assis-
tant, Pratt declined to comment yesterday
evening on the allegations made against
Last September, Landefeld wrote to
the interim chair of pharmacology,
Raymond Counsell, about his concerns
that Pratt was unfit for his recent appoint-
ment as minority affairs representative
for the department.
The Sept. 20 letter stated, "It is well
known and witnessed that Dr. Pratt has
openly made overt racist remarks particu-
larly relating to students and academe.
"It is bad enough that no action has
been taken relative to these comments,
but then to assign him a responsibility as
important as this one, is outrageous," the
Kay Dawson, assistant to Provost Gil-
bert R. Whitaker Jr., said Pratt wrote the
provost to alert him to the allegations.
Dawson said the letter to Whitaker did
not contain the names of those who ac-
cused Pratt of racism.
In response to Pratt's letter, Whitaker
sent a letter on Feb. 11 to the interim
chair of pharmacology that stated, "rac-
ism is a serious charge, and I believe that
anyone making such a charge should
either document the charge or withdraw
The letter also asked Counsell to
"share this letter with your colleagues in
the department at an appropriate time."
See RACISM, Page 2
A construction worker
No. 3 Justice official quits
Atmid. Whitewater probec
prepares to rebuild the steps of Angell Hall.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
WASHINGTON - Webster L.
Hubbell, the third-ranking Justice
Department official and a close friend
of President Clinton and Hillary
Rodham Clinton, resigned yesterday
amid allegations that he cost his former
Little Rock law firm as much as $1
;iillion in unbilled time and improper
Hubbell said in a statement that an
investigation into his billing practices
by his former partners at Little Rock's
Rose Law Firm had become a burden-
some distraction and that he did not
want to do further damage to the ad-
ministration by remaining in office.
The departure of Hubbell left a
hole at the Justice Department, which
has not yet filled the spot vacated by
the departure last month of the
department's second-ranking official,
deputy Attorney General Philip B.
Heymann, who quit in a personality
clash with Hubbell and Attorney Gen-
eral Janet Reno.
The Hubbell resignation also in-
tensified the growing cost to the
Clintons of the Whitewater banking
and real estate affair. His departure
also leaves an impression of an ad-
ministration in disarray.
"It could not have come at a worse
time for him and for the administra-
See HUBBELL, Page 7
By LISA DINES
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Students who take biology next
fall will have to sign a check before
they fill out any scantrons or pick up
a scalpel to dissect.
Twenty-two courses will carry an
additional fee ranging from $25 to
$70. In order to replace a shortfall in
funding, the biology department will
institute laboratory fees starting in
the fall of 1994.
"The enrollment has gone up 44
percent, but we have not had any
increase in revenue to offset the cost,"
said Jack Warner, the administrative
manager of the department.
Budget Study Committee on the costs
of higher education. The report, pub-
lished in February, said, "the Univer-
sity of Michigan is on the high end,
both in actual tuition and in rate of
growth in tuition," among the top 12
large public research universities na-
The report recommends the Uni-
versity tie the increase in tuition to the
Consumer Price Index, a measure of
inflation. Administrators in both the
biology department and LSA said the
fee is not an attempt to "hide" cost
"Other departments have lab fees.
I don't think biology is alone in trying
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