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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 27, 1994

Debate draws
few viewers
on campus
By JONATHAN BERNDT
Daily Staff Reporter
What if they threw a debate and
nobody watched?
Last night's first debate between
Michigan's gubernatorial candidates
did not have a huge following on
campus. Both candidates lost to "Mon-
day Night Football" and "Melrose
Place" or, in the case of professors
and administrators, an early bedtime
and other work.
But those who did take in the po-
litical ramblings thought their party's
candidate did a fine job.
"I was impressed with the fact that
Wolpe stayed on the issues much bet-
ter than Engler," said Robin Evans,
co-chair of the College Democrats.
"I think Engler did a very good job
presenting his case to Michigan," said
Mark Fletcher, president of the Col-
lege Republicans.
Dorm TV rooms were dark or
sparsely filled with people watching
the game or the Monday night movie.
Monica Wroblewski, a graduate
student in the Institute for Public
Policy Studies, echoed popular con-
cerns.
"I think there are two important
issues. It's going to come down to
crime and education."
Wroblewski offered a partisan
comment at the end.
"I feltathat (Wolpe) was very
straightforward and honest with us
and representative of Michigan's in-
terests, while Engler acted as the same
polished politician that is typical of
his character," she said.
Fletcher said the evening would
help Engler as people decided which
candidate would help them.
"I was very pleased with the way
the debate went. Engler did well de-
fending his record of 'promises made,
promises kept' and Michigan voters
have to decide what type of leader
they want."
-- Daily Staff Reporter Scot Woods
contributed to this report

HIGH DESIGN

1st batch of jurors
called in Simpson
double-murder case.

Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - More than 200 pro-
spective jurors in the O.J. Simpson case re-
ported for duty yesterday, slipping into acourt-
house awash in demonstrators and news media
and officially kicking off one of the most
celebrated murder trials in U.S. history.
Yesterday's session marked the first time
that prospective jurors were questioned about
their availability to be part of a trial that could
last six months. The jurors who are selected
could be forced to cut off ties with friends,
family and work if the judge agrees to seques-
ter the panel, as prosecutors have asked.
Anticipating that many people will not be
able to endure such a hardship, Superior Court
Judge Lance A. Ito had 1,000 prospective
jurors contacted and questioned about their
availability. The first batch reported to the
downtown criminal courthouse yesterday -
making their way into the building unnoticed
despite hundreds of reporters and a smaller
collection of protestors who gathered beneath
overcast skies on a muggy afternoon.
As he began the process of questioning
prospectivejurors, Ito retired with the lawyers,
three reporters and court staff into a small
room adjoining the jury assembly area. There
he drew the first juror number, 0032. For most
of his storiedfootball career, Simpson wore
the number 32.
"I don't know if this is an omen," said Ito as
Simpson nodded his head slowly in agree-
ment.
Even before the first prospective jurors set
foot inside the building, many already had
made it clear that they would have grave diffi-
culties participating. In response to written
questions, 91 said they would suffer serious
personal hardships if required to sit on the
panel.
Many of those said their employers would
not pay for long jury service. Others said they
had personal responsibilities that would make
it impossible to be away from home for so
long.
Once yesterday's batch of possible jurors

Daily Graphic
had assembled, Itoinformed them of the job
ahead.
"I've never seen a case as unusual as thi.
case," he told the prospective jurors who gath-
ered in the Criminal Court Building's cavern-
ous assembly room.
"This is probably the most important deci-
sion you will make in your personal life. It is
the most important decision of any American
citizen. I need a fair jury."

Seung June Park, a School of Architecture graduate student, works on an assignment yesterday in
the Art and Architecture Building.

DEBATE
Continued from page 1
transportation for people. The gover-
nor refused to take advantage of the
federal money available."
Education finance reform has been
another issue atop the minds of vot-
ers, especially since Proposal Apassed
last March, raising the state sales tax
to pay for cuts in the property and
income tax rates. Wolpe was a vocal
opponent of the plan, which he says
leaves schools with uncertain fund-
ing levels a few years in the future.
Engler defended his motives.
"I want every child, from the ur-
ban center to the rural farmlands, to
have a world-class education" he said,
repeating his support for charter
schools and more choices within
school districts, moves that education
lobbyists have questioned.
Engler's plan calls for 200 charter
schools in the next three years.

Wolpe also attacked the governor
on his crime record, characterizing
the breakout at Ryan Prison in Detroit
last month as a "very deep manage-
ment failure" and said it started with
the governor's policies.
"We've got an institution that is
not properly staffed," he said, adding
that $13 million allocated for prison
staffing had not been spent, although
Ryan was at only 40 percent of rec-
ommended levels at the time of the
breakout. Inadequate staffing has also
been blamed in another recent escape
in Ionia.
But Engler cited the improvements
he has made in the corrections depart-
ment.
"We've made many changes in
the corrections system. We've cut
escapes by half, and increased parole
officers by 55 percent. I'm proud of
our record," Engler said.
- The Associated Press contributed
to this report

ADAMS
Continued from page 12
decades has fought a bloody cam-
paign to remove the British from
Northern Ireland.
The IRA on Aug. 31 declared a
cease-fire as talks toward a peace
agreement among Britain, Ireland and
the two sides in Northern Ireland pro-
gressed.
State Sen. John Kelly (D-Detroit),
who introduced Adams as a
"footsolider," presented him with a
joint resolution commending his ef-
forts to bring peace to Ireland. Kelly
called meeting the Belfast-born
Adams "the highlight of my career."
Yet it is precisely the title of
footsoldier that Adams is looking to
drop.
Long an advocate of armed resis-

tance, Adams is now urging the
Clinton administration to pressure the
British government to meet directly
with Sinn Fein in an effort to speed up
the peace process.
As a metaphor for the ongoing
peace process, Adams told a story of
a female Irish politician who cam-
paigned for office. "I want all of Ire-
land to be under a government of all
women, to all be bilingual and to all
have a job ... But I'm willing to
compromise," Adams said.
But despite his calls for compro-
mise and his efforts to reach out to
Irish Protestants, Adams reiterated
his bottom line throughout the day:
Peace can only be attained with a
complete British withdrawal from
Northern Ireland.
"It's time for peace in Ireland. It's
time for the British to leave," Adams
said.

The main sticking point to peace
in Ireland is that most Irish Protes-
tants want Northern Ireland to remain
part of Britain.
Adams asserted that loyalists and
Protestants had been "duped and
tricked" by the British but said Prot-
estants need not fear reprisals under a
unified Ireland.
"We must say that all are Irish
people. And no one can think that we
would want to do to Protestants what
the British have done to us for the past
25 years," Adams said.
Listening to his message were sev-
eral dozen college students from
across the state.
Sionann Jones, a Wayne State
University English graduate student,
said she had planned to return home
to Cleveland to see Adams, but de-
cided to come to Detroit instead.
She was one of about 50 listeners
who could not get into the packed
meeting hall. They stood in the rain to
hear the speech over a loudspeaker.
"It was worth it," Jones said.
Jones said she believes the pros-
pects for peace are good.
"There will be peace in Ireland. I
know it. I think this British govern-
ment under Prime Minister John Ma-
jor is ready to make peace," Jones

said.
Charleen O'Gorman, a junior a
Eastern Michigan University, cam
to hear Adams "because he is a true
freedom fighter."
"I came because I want England
out of Ireland," O'Gorman said.
She and her friend, Susan Hagerty.
a junior at Wayne State University,
who both grew up in Pinckney, Mich,
said they had visited Ireland several
times.
"I want to be able to see my coun@
try together in my life. It will happen.
The question is when," Hagerty said.
Earlier in the day, Adams met with
civil rights leader Rosa Parks,who in
1955 refused to give up her bus seat.
Adams said that African Americans'
struggle for equal treatment had in-
spired many Irish.
"Rosa Parks and Martin Luther
King helped us in Ireland to believ*
that it is OK to rebel against an unjust
authority," Adams said.
Adams also praised President
Clinton for working to end the vio,
lence in Northern Ireland, but stressed
that he "must continue to work."
The White House has not an-
nounced whether the president will
meet with Adams when he arrives in
Washington next week.

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SUITS
Continued from page I1
Kessler said he will work to incor-
porate safeguards into the house con-
stitution to prevent abuses in house
elections.
Kessler said he was reluctant to
take the case to the judiciary because
Desai also sits on the CSJ board. "The
chances of me winning with him also
on the CSJ board were not very good,"
Kessler said.
The compromise reached yesterday
over Markley house dues follows a
dispute - and subsequent court case
- over house dues in Alice Lloyd.
On Friday, CSJ dismissed a suit by
LSA sophomore Andrew Wright to
nullify an election in which a majority
of residents voted for $20 house dues.
Wright claimed the election for
house dues was "biased." He asked
CSJ to force the Alice Lloyd house
council to hold a third election.
The last election, held Sept. 18,
was a yes/no referendum for $20 dues.
Eighty-eight residents voted in favor
of the proposal; 55 votedtagainst it.
MSA officials suggested the bal-
lot wording. It followed an election
that Wright contested with CSJ over
ballot language that stated that last
year's dues were also $20.

Through CSJ, Wright placed a re-
straining order on the house council
to prevent it from collecting the dues.
"The vote was biased in that it
stated that hall dues were $20 last
year and had been for some time,"
Wright charged in his complaint filed
with CSJ. "This caused students, many
who were freshmen, to vote for the
status quo and continue the practice."
"I thought it was important that
someone champion the cause," he said.
In response to Wright's restrain-
ing order, the house council ordered a
new election without reference to last
year's dues. Wright then sued over
the second election.
But justices dismissed his suit Fri-
day, citing a lack of evidence.
"Our rationale was that there was
not enough evidence to prove that
(the election) was biased," said Jus-
tice Sue Priver. "If there had been
something else to sway us, we
wouldn't have dismissed the case."
Alice Lloyd Resident Director
Mary Coomes said Wright's charges
were without merit.
MSA officials monitored the sec-
ond vote over house dues, partly in
response to allegations that the first
round of ballot counting may have
been mishandled. The residence hall's
CORE staff counted ballots in the
original election.

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