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students ask for greater input in Diag renovations

By CHASTITY PRATT
For the Daily
As students trudge through, under and
ound the half-dozen construction sites that
e the Diag, few stop to consider what the
ace will look like when the dust settles.
According to the University planner's of-
the 20,000 students on Central Campus
eryday make about 100,000 trips across the
iag by foot, bike or rollerblades.
For first-year students and sophomores,

the temporary fencing and the gargantuan
Ellis-Don machine by the West Engineering
Building are as much a part of their vision of
the Diag as the legendary "M."
For various reasons, construction has in-
volved little student input as to how the new
Diag will look and feel.
"I think the students should have some
input, but it's unclear the best way to do that,"
said Donna Erickson, a professor in the land-
scape architecture department.

Throughout the 19th century, the patch of
grass that is now the Diag was used to graze
cows, said University planner Fred Mayer. It
wasn't until after the turn of the century that
buildings started to line the plot and plans
were made for a central square, he said.
Last month, about 50 students in the land-
scape architecture department participated in
week long projects aimed at using public
participation to help solve various design prob-
lems on campus. One team showed students,

faculty and staff conceptual designs of the
Diag and asked whether sidewalks should be
widened, separated for pedestrians and bicy-
clists, or simply left alone.
Another team collected about 50 e-mail
responses to traffic on the walkways. Half of
the respondents supported wider sidewalks
and half separated paths, which could lead to
a mostly paved Diag.
"You'd think the landscape architecture
students would be involved," said David

Barnes, a third-year graduate student in the
department. "I think it would be a good idea
to ask students and get their expertise."
Though the surveyors do not claim their
data was scientific or representative, the re-
sults will be given to the University for
consideration.
"I'm looking forward to seeing the out-
come," Mayer said.
He said during construction of each new
See DIAG, Page 2

resident
o visit
psilanti
rea today
By SCOT WOODS
Daily Staff Reporter
Unless events in the Persian Gulf
a drastic turn, President Clinton is
ctedtovisitWashtenaw and Wayne
unties today.
After arriving at the Willow Run
irport, Clinton will tour the Ford
ustang Assembly Plant in Dearborn
fore meetings with union leaders
d Big Three executives.
Clinton's trip comes amid major de-
lopments in Haiti and the Persian
ulf that are sure to distract from
*on's efforts tofocus on the rebound
American auto manufacturers. The
y's events mark, in part, the produc-
on of Ford's 7 millionth Mustang.
But Clinton is entering hostile ter-
tory. According to a poll conducted
t. 4-6 by Nordhaus Research Inc.,
0 percent of Michigan residents think
linton is doing a fair or poor job as
resident.
Twenty-five percent say he is do-
good job, and 5 percent gave
im excellent marks. The poll has a
.9 percent margin of error.
Yesterday also brought mixed news
automakers. From July through Sep-
mber a year ago, Chrysler earned
23 million, Ford Motor Co. earned
3 million andGeneral Motors Corp.
st $113 million for combined profits
f $773 million.
Linton will likely use the day's
vent to bring attention to his eco-
omic record as president.
However, many Democratic can-
idates nationwide consider the presi-
ent a liability this campaign season
ecause of his low popularity. It is
nclear if Clinton's visit will make an
pact on Michigan races.
Incumbent Republican Gov. John
ngler leads Democratic challenger
*ard Wolpe by about 20 percent-
ge points. The race for Michigan's
pen U.S. Senate seat is closer, with
epublican Spence Abraham in a dead
eat with Democrat Bob Carr.

RICHARD L. KENNEDY DRIVE

U.S. bolsters forces;
Iraq pledges retreat

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President
Clinton yesterday ordered an additional
350 U.S. combat aircraft to the Persian
Gulf, despite Saddam Hussein's pledge
to pull back his troops from Iraq's bor-
der with Kuwait.
Clinton said he is bolstering U.S.
forces in the region because Hussein
has repeatedly lied in the past about
his intentions and because the United
States does not yet have intelligence
supporting the Iraqi leader's promise
to withdraw his forces.
"We're interested in facts, not
promises - in deeds, not words,"
Clinton said in a six-minute address
to the nation yesterday evening. "We
have not yet seen evidence that Iraq's
troops are, in fact, pulling back."
Pentagon officials said the addi-
tional aircraft included six long-range
B-52 bombers, 12 F-117A stealth
fighter-bombers and 36 F-15E
ground-attack jets, which will be sent
to air bases in Kuwait and Saudi
Arabia. He also dispatched 42 A-10
Warthog anti-tank aircraft, 66 F-16
fighters, 18 F-11I1F bombers, 54 AH-
64 Apache attack helicopters, as well
as reconnaissance, electronic surveil-
lance and tanker planes.

The latest additions will bring the
number of U.S. aircraft in the region
- including Navy warplanes on the
aircraft carrier George Washington in
the Red Sea - to 661, a powerful
force by any measure.
Militiary experts said the B-52s
were sent to allow saturation bomb-
ing of troops and equipment, while
the F-117As and F- I5Es would pro-
vide added night vision and bad-
weather capability.
Administration officials said
Clinton also is weighing the call-up
of National Guard and reserve troops
to support the armor and Marine units
that are en route to the area. In all, the
United States could have more than
38,000 troops in the Persian Gulf by
the end of the week.
Iraq's U.N. ambassador an-
nounced earlier in the day that
Baghdad will begin withdrawing its
estimated 80,000 soldiers from near
the Kuwaiti border rather than face a
military confrontation with the United
States over concerns about an attack
on Kuwait.
Iraqi ambassador Nizar Hamdoon
told reporters at the United Nations
he had notified the Security Council
See IRAQ, Page 2

Clinton enjoys
banner day in
foreign affairs
Newsday
WASHINGTON - Bill
Clinton, the president who loves
politics and appears bored with
foreign policy, yesterday readily
skipped a political rally in New
Jersey to concentrate on an over-
seas crisis.
Small wonder.
Yesterday was an exhilarating
day for the beleaguered foreign
policy team of the Clinton admin-
istration. On two fronts - Iraq
and Haiti - the president's deci-
sions appeared to be paying divi-
dends.
In Haiti, the once-feared Lt.
Gen. Raoul Cedras resigned and
said he would leave the impover-
ished country he had ruled for
three years and which is now oc-
cupied by 19,000 U.S. troops.
And, in the Middle East, Clinton's
See CRISIS, Page 2

MICHAEL FITZHUGH/Daily
Former University vice president for government relations, Richard L.
Kennedy unveils a sign for a street by the Union named in his honor.
Kennedy retired this summer after 38 years of service at the University.

Voters ready to grade mid-terms

By JONATHAN BERNDT
Daily Staff Reporter
Just one month left until the big-
gest mid-term of the year.
And we're not talking English 125.
Four weeks from today,
Michigan's voters will head to the
polls to elect 18 congressional repre-
sentatives, 110 state House members,
38 state senators, an attorhey general,
a secretary of state, and a few judges,
not to mention a governor and a new
U.S. senator.

In Ann Arbor, add to the mix five
city council members and a mayor.
And if that isn't enough, county
commissions must be filled and six
ballot proposals also dot the ticket.
But regardless of these races, voter
turnout is expected to drop.
"There is always a drop-off in
mid-terms because they are less inter-

esting," said Ken Kollman, an assis-
tant professor of political science,
comparing the abundance of state
races to the presidential race of two
years ago.
Much has happened to President
Clinton in the first half of his term.
But other Democrats probably won't
be helped by his performance.
"Presidential parties almost always
get punished," Kollman said.
That might pose a problem for
See MID-TERM, Page 7

Vote!
Today is the last
day to register to
vote in the Nov. 8
election.
Anyone can
register at the City
Clerk's office,
which will be open
until 5 p.m. and is
located on the
second floor of
City Hall at 100 N.
Fifth Ave.

oman who hid
nne Frank to speak
From Daily Staff Reports
Miep Gies, the woman who cared for the family of
ne Frank while they hid in an attic from the Nazis
uring World War II, will deliver the fifth annual
allenberg Lecture tonight.
Gies' talk is titled "My Choice to Care" and will
rovide a first-hand account of the efforts of those who
heltered the Franks and their companions during the Nazi
rsecution of the Jews in German-occupied Holland.
The lecture, which is open to the public, will begin at
p.m. in Rackham Auditorium.
Gies, 85, will receive the Raoul Wallenberg Medal,
stablished in honor of the University alumnus and
wedish diplomat who also saved the lives of thousands
f Hungarian Jews during World War 11.
Along with Jan Gies, her then-fiancee, Gies helped
rovide food and other necessities to Frank, her parents
er sister, and four other Jews who hid together in
esterdam for more than two years beginning in July
942.
But when their hiding place was discovered in 1944,
Franks and their Jewish friends were sent to German
oncentration camps. Only Frank's fater, Otto, survived
he war.
Months after the war ended, Otto Frank returned to
sterdam, where Gies gave him his daughter's diary
nd other papers left behind in the hiding place. In 1947,
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'U' chefs
working o
By JODI COHEN
Daily Staff Reporter
At this restaurant, the chefs are
from Denmark, Germany, the Baha-
mas, Mexico and the United States.
The food includes brand names
like Kraft and Kellogg's, and is cooked
fresh daily.
Sounds like a good place to eat,
right?
Many students don't feelthis way.
Although the chefs of Residence
Hall Dining Services bring a diver-
sity of experience as well as a variety
of food to the University, students
continue to criticize the food.
"The food is edible 50 percent of
the time. Otherwise, it looks like a
salad or Entree Plus night," said
Mir,~phne~l Rwe n I NA firs.t-1Ie2r stu-

AP PHOTO

Israeli soldiers confer near the body of one of the two
Arab terrorists after they were shot to death following an
attack in downtown Jerusalem.
Rabin criticized
for handling of
seurityaff airs
Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM, Israel -Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin faced a storm of criticism in Israel's Parliament
yesterday for his handling of security affairs, after the
militant Islamic organization Hamas claimed responsibil-
ity for Sunday's deadly attack in the heart of Jerusalem's
restaurant district.
As right-wing parliamentarians heaped scorn on Rabin,
shopkeepers and restaurateurs swept up shattered glass,
pried bullets out of furniture and tried to make sense of the
blaze of gunfire that erupted near midnight Sunday.
An cuff-dt s raeli soldier- Mavan Levi from Beit Zeit

AP PHOTO

Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras (left) hands the Haitian flag and his command over
to Maj. Gen. Jean-Claude Duperval as U.S. General Hugh Shelton looks on
in Port-au-Prince yesterday.

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