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EMU student steals council election from

YPSILANTI (AP) - Geoffrey
Rose had no declared opposition as
he ran for re-election to the Ypsilanti
City Council.
But he lost anyway, thanks to an
Eastern Michigan University first-
year student he hired to work on his
campaign. When Rose handed Frank
Houston a list of registered voters and
asked him to encourage them to vote,
Houston never said he would ask them
to vote for Rose. Houston never even
said he was running.
"It was a political move," said
Houston, who gets sworn in Monday.
"I wanted him to find out ... but late
enough so I could win."
Rose called it a "sleazy trick."
"It's that dirty, sleazy, whatever-

it-takes-to-get-elected attitude," Rose
said. "Frank is 18 years old and he's
already acting like what most people
in the country can't stand in elected
officials."
Houston won 32 write-in votes in
Monday's general election. Rose, who
ran unopposed in the primary, got 16.
The student-dominated district has a
history of low voter turnouts.
Houston plans to major in politi-
cal science.
His mother, Janet Houston of
Wyandotte, said that Houston "al-
ways was a leader." "He was never
one to start a fight. If someone insti-
gated an argument, he always seemed
to have a way to talk himself out of it,"
she said. "We always thought, 'Wow,

'All I ever said was that I was going to get
people to vote.'
- Frank Houston
EMU student and Ypsilanti councilmember-elect

what a diplomat."'
Rose, an EMU graduate, recruited
Houston in December and asked him
to help "get out the vote." He sized up
Houston as a bright, articulate student
with lots of friends. Houston was edi-
tor of the student government news-
paper and was running for dorm presi-
dent and student senate.
Rose even pegged him as a future
city councilmember and said he would
help him campaign in a couple of

years. "Frank's a good guy - at least
I thought so until Monday," Rose
said.
But when he gave Houston a culled
list of voters in his district, "he knew
at that point what he was doing. He
could have easily said something."
Houston said he did not even need
Rose's voter list because he had
bought his own list earlier from the
city clerk for $45. And he said he
never told Rose he supported him.

employer
"I didn't purposefully try to back
stab Geoff. I never once told him I
was pushing for him to win, not once,"
said Houston. "All I ever said was
that I was going to get people to vote."
He didn't tell Rose he was running
against him because "When you're
running as a write-in, every vote does
count. That's why I kept it kind of
quiet."
City Councilmember Kevin
McCormick said Houston's actions
are "reprehensible."
"Someone that pulls a back stab-
bing gesture like that to get elected, I
don't think people are going to trust
him very far," McCormick said. "I
didn't think he even knew where city
hall is."

Houston

Kronkite,
Eban talk
over past
successes
By MELISSA PEERLESS
FOR THE DAILY
WASHINGTON - Two of the
most prominent figures of the 20th
century brought a standing-room-only
crowd to George Washington
University's (GWU) student union
last night.
Abba Eban, former Israeli foreign
minister and ambassador, shaped
world events by facilitating the birth
and growth of the Jewish state.
Water Kronkite has reported and
interpreted every major news event
for the past 50 years.
Maurice A. East, dean of GWU's
Elliott School of International Affairs
where Eban is a visiting professor,
moderated the discussion. He began
by asking both men why they chose to
pursue the career in which each had
excelled.
Eban said he found himself at the
end of World War II with several
career choices. "I was shattered by
my knowledge and memories of the
Holocaust," he said. "When I went to
Israel, there was no prospect of a state
or an ambassador."
Kronkite said he was inspired to
become a journalist by a story in
"American Boy" magazine. He added
that he was trying to decide between
mining and journalism.
His decision was made, he said,
when he failed physics at the Univer-
sity of Texas. "News always stood
out as one thing I wanted to do. I
wanted to be on the inside."
Kronkite said he had three breaks
- World War II, being in the right
place at the right time when television
came along, and getting old.
He noted that changes in technol-
ogy have had a great impact on world
affairs. "Satellite has changed the
nature of reporting, especially war
coverage. Now the public is informed
as to what (the country has) done in
* committing their troops to action."
However, Kronkite was critical of
the government in its handling of the
media during the Gulf War. "The gov-
ernment committed a transgression
of democracy on the public in its
handling of the Gulf War,"
When asked about what he thought
would be the biggest challenge for the
future, Eban said, "After the success
of the Gulf War, we heard the phrase
of the New World Order. There's not
going to be a New World Order. States
will not abandon their own interests."

Big Three expect
little effect from
Teamsters' strike

AP PHOTO
A group of Serb soldiers push a howitzer into a line at a base yesterday near Knin, capital of self-proclaimed Serb
Republic of Croatia. The guns were removed Tuesday after Serbs and Croatians reached a cease-fire agreement.
Serbs propose talks of a widetr
keep U.. out of Gorazde enclavqe

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Michigan's biggest companies,
including the Big Three automakers,
said yesterday they expect little im-
mediate impact from the Teamsters'
nationwide trucking strike.
At midnight yesterday, about
5,700 Michigan Teamsters joined the
union's 75,000 members nationwide
in a strike against 22 trucking compa-
nies over a plan to give more work to
part-time workers and use trains more
often.
In Holland, about 150 union mem-
bers parked their rigs and picked up
picket signs outside TNT Holland
Motor Express, one of the targeted
companies. Pickets also formed at the
company's Grand Rapids operations.
Trucker Bret McManus of Grand
Rapids said current wages are not the
issue.
"I don't think money has anything
to do with this strike," McManus said.
"We're just trying to keep the ben-
efits here for everyone."
Michael Gorno, TNT's president
and chief executive officer, said the.
strike had shut down operations. The
company employs 1,500 Michigan
workers and about 4,900 nationwide.
Gorno said the strike will mean lost
union jobs because other carriers will
take their business.
"It doesn't stop trucking," he said.
"Our competitors will all be out there,
and once that business goes out, it
doesn't all come back."
Ford Motor Co. said it should be
able to continue production at its North
American plants through the end of
this week, but that a "prolonged strike
may cause problems at certain plants."
Chrysler Corp. spokesperson Lee
Sechler said the company had other
means of transportation to deal with
any problems caused by a strike. He
declined to give details.

At appliance giant Whirlpool
Corp. of Benton Township, spokes-
person Carol Sizer said she did not
expect the strike to affect outgoing
products, since the company has a
dedicated fleet of trucks for deliver-
ies.
However, some incoming supplies
could be slowed, potentially forcing a
shift in scheduling, she said.
"But we think the effect is going to
be minimal, and certainly not imme-
diate," she said.
Troy-based Kmart had similar pre-
dictions. The company moves mer-
chandise by air and rail, in addition to
trucks, said spokesperson Teresa
Fearon.
"We're probably set for a while,"
she said, adding that she could not
predict when the company might be-
gin to be seriously affected by the
strike.
Amway Corp. of Ada started cre-
ating backup shipping plans in De-
cember and kicked them into action
Monday. Vendors were sent faxes
with a toll-free number to point them
to alternate carriers. Once those carri-
ers get goods to Amway headquarters
or a regional distribution center,
Amway can load it onto its own fleet
or contract carriers.
Office furniture manufacturer
Steelcase Inc. of Grand Rapids di-
rectly hires Teamsters drivers, but
has negotiated a deal to make sure its
freight keeps moving, spokesperson
Peter Jeff said.
Steelcase will support the Team-
sters in the strike, and the Teamsters
will keep the fleet of Steelcase-only
trucks moving, Jeff said.
Meijer Inc. of Grand Rapids, which
has its own fleet, and Kellogg Co. of
Battle Creek say they do not expect
the strike to have an impact on opera-
tions.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herze-
govina (AP) - Bosnian Serbs pro-
posed talks on a broad truce with the
Muslim-led government yesterday,
after stopping the U.N. commander
from going to the embattled Gorazde
enclave.
U.N. officials said they hoped to
begin negotiations today at Sarajevo
airport on a cease-fire covering all of
the former Yugoslav republic. There
was no immediate comment from
government leaders on the proposed
talks.
Serb troops and the government
army have mostly observed a truce
around Sarajevo since Feb. 10, but
fighting has raged between them else-
where.
A separate cease-fire between

Bosnia's Croats and Muslims has
quieted central and southwestern
Bosnia. Serb leaders have rebuffed
international efforts to get them to
join the federation and are sticking to
their goal of uniting their areas with
Serbia.
Lt. Gen. Sir Michael Rose, the
U.N. commander for Bosnia, had
wanted to personally assess reports
that Gorazde was about to fall to the
Serbs after a nine-day offensive.
U.N. officials said the fighting had
killed 64 people, wounded about 310
and razed a dozen or so villages around
the town of Gorazde. Ten people were
wounded in shelling of the town yes-
terday despite Serb assurances the
town would not be attacked, U.N.
officials said.

The mayor of Gorazde had pleaded
for Rose to come.
Serb authorities blocked Rose
from getting beyond Pale, the Bosnian
Serb headquarters just outside
Sarajevo.
They did allow three U.N. mili-
tary observers and eight of Rose's
liaison officers to go on to supple-
ment four military observers already
in the enclave about 30 miles south-
east of Sarajevo.
Asked why the Serbs did not let
him proceed, Rose told reporters:
"They cited security and the prob-
lems we would face going in there....
However, they have said that in two
days' time the situation will have been
sufficiently resolved that they will
allow us to go in."

Two African presidents die in crash after alleged attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -The
presidents of Rwanda and Burundi
were killed Wednesday in a plane
crash in Africa, an adviser to the U.N.
chief said. Rwanda's U.N. ambassa-
dor charged the plane had been at-
tacked by rocket fire.
Presidents Juvenal Habayarimana
of Rwanda and Cyprian Ntayamira of
Burundi had been attending a meet-

ing of leaders of east and central Af-
rican countries in Dar es Salam, Tan-
zania.
The plane went down while ap-
proaching the airport in Rwanda's
capital, Kigali, Chinmaya Gharekhan
of India, a special political adviser to
U.N. Secretary-General Boutros
Boutros-Ghali, told reporters.
Rwanda's U.N. ambassador, Jean

Damascene Bizimana, told the Secu-
rity Council the crash was not an
accident but an assassination, diplo-
mats said. He said the plane was hit by
rocket fire, but did not say who at-
tacked.
They were aboard a presidential
plane but it wasn't clear whose,
Gharekhan said.
The French Foreign Ministry in

Paris said its embassy in Kigali con-
firmed a plane had gone down at the
Kigali airport. It said it had no infor-
mation on whether the plane crashed
or was shot down, but quoted wit-
nesses as saying there was heavy
weapons fire near the airport.
The African leaders had met
Wednesday to seek a regional ap-
proach to ending the ethnic hostilities

in Burundi.
Habyarimana's coalition and the
former Rwandan Patriotic Front rebels
have failed to agree on a transitional
government despite a peace accord
last August.
Ethnic rivalry between the major-
ity Hutus and the minority Tutsis is
mostly responsible for the failure to
form the government.

Correction
Liina Wallin is the Honors Program associate director. The deadline for applying to be a member of C. Everett Koop's
fall seminar is April 18. This was incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

Financial Aid Applicants:
The first priority deadline for applications
for 1994-95 Financial Aid is:

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Multicultural Initiatives,
Rackham Art Gallery.

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