The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 4, 1994 - 5
Mayoral, council hopefuls
debate city's budget crisis
By JAMES M. NASH
For the Daily
Ann Arbor's budget crisis loomed
like a dark cloud over a debate last
*night among candidates for City Coun-
cil and mayor.
The 13 candidates for city office
charted a more fiscally responsible
path for Ann Arbor, with most advo-
cating a review of all city services to
determine where cuts can be made.
Republicans and Democrats alike
said the city is spending beyond its
means. The two Libertarian candi-
dates said the city should drastically
reduce services and bid out contracts
to the private sector.
When asked to name the most
important issue facing Ann Arbor,
most candidates cited quality of life.
A few others mentioned crime.
Reflecting the views of many of
her peers, 2nd Ward Republican in-
cumbent Jane Lumm said, "We have
to balance quality-of-life issues with
he budget crisis we are facing right
now." Lumm suggested privatizing
By JOSHUA GINSBERG
Daily Staff Reporter
With Korea playing a pivotal role
in U.S. foreign policy recently, two
experts on the country, K.A Namkung
*nd Bruce Cumings will speak on
contemporary Korean issues and the
role of the United States.
The discussion, which will fea-
ture government officials and policy
makers, will take place tomorrow at 2
p.m. in Hutchins Hall.
Bruce Cumings, a professor at
Northwestern University, lived in
South Korea for more than two years
and visited North Korea in 1981. He
*o-edited the Bulletin of Concerned
Asian Scholars, and now co-edits The
Journal of Korean Studies.
His book, "The Origins of the Ko-
rean War," was co-winner of the 1982
Harry S. Truman Award and won the
1983 John Fairbank Award of the
American Historical Association.
K.A. Namkung became founding
deputy director of Berkeley's Insti-
te of East Asian Studies in 1977. He
eft Berkeley to work as a visiting
fellow at Korea University's Asiatic
Research Center. Returning to the
United States, he was named execu-
tive director of the Asia Society in
New York. He is currently director of
the Seton Hall Project on the United
States and East Asia at Seton Hall
The panel will discuss issues such
s the development of nuclear weap-
ons in North Korea, the role and cur-
rent policy of the United States and
the economic ramifications of an un-
cooperative North Korea.
The three major issues Namkung
plans to discuss are:
U.S relations with East Asia;
The future of non-proliferation
and weapons of mass destruction; and,
* U The shape of foreign policy in
the post-Cold War era.
"Korea is a political hot spot,"
said Korean Student Association
President Min Jung Kim. "It's not just
an issue for Korean students."
Namkung agreed. "For non-pro-
liferation as well as the leadership
role of the U.S.," issues in Korea
should be important to everyone, he
0 The discussion is sponsored by
the Korean Students Association.
some city services.
The Libertarian candidates went
further. "The only way we can main-
tain the quality of life is by reducing
the size of government," said Dou-
glas Friedman, Lumm's opponent.
Stephen Hartwell, the 4th Ward
Democratic candidate, stressed the
significance of fiscal constraints. "All
issues coming before the council are
driven by the budget," he said.
Hartwell said the council should not
make cuts before prioritizing all fis-
cal items, a proposal endorsed by
Lumm and Democratic mayoral can-
didate David Stead.
Hartwell's opponent, Republican
Kathryn Renken, disagreed with
Hartwell's assessment of the top city
issue. "Without a doubt, the most
important issue is safety," she said.
Lee Pace, the Republican candi-
date in the 3rd Ward, also named
safety as the No. I issue. He said
neighborhood watchdog programs
would supplement police presence to
increase citizen safety.
First Ward incumbent Tobi Hanna-
Davies, a Democrat, could not cite a
single-most pressing problem. "The
most important issue to me is solving
problems instead of letting them fes-
ter," she said.
The candidates offered conflict-
ing assessments of the condition of
Ann Arbor's downtown. Those who
bemoaned the state of the downtown
proposed a range of solutions.
Hanna-Davies said the city should
build low-income housing downtown,
which she claims would increase foot
traffic in the downtown area while
alleviating the parking crunch.
Pace suggested offering tax abate-
ments to lure businesses to Ann Ar-
bor and to retain them.
Friedman disagreed. "Tax abate-
ments don't work because one busi-
ness gets an abatement and the rest
end up paying more," he said.
Renken said a transportation
shuttle to downtown -similar to one
used during the summer art fairs -
would ease transportation and park-
Republican Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon and Democratic challenger David Stead face off at yesterday's debate in the
Ann Arbor Public Library.
ing problems. She also proposed a
museum to anchor the downtown. "I
think we need to be visionary in this
regard," Renken said.
While most candidates devoted
their closing statements to admonish
viewers to vote and support their party,
the 5th Ward contenders ended the
debate with a rhetorical clash -- the
most heated of the debate.
Democrat Elizabeth Daley ac-
cused her opponent, Republican Peg
Eisenstodt, of misrepresenting her
involvement with the West Side Plan-
ning Association. Eisenstodt has
claimed membership in the associa-
tion but has attended meetings only
since June, Daley charged.
Eisenstodt responded by dismiss-
ing her opponent's governmental ex-
perience. "Her focus is narrow,"
Eisenstodt said of Daley. "My oppo-
nent skirts the issues and contradicts
herself when she speaks."
Candidates campaign for
votes in the Diag, Fishbowl
By JODI COHEN
Daily Staff Reporter
Some students stopped to talk, oth-
ers just took the literature and some
continued walking after saying, "No,
Ann ArborMayorIngridB. Sheldon,
the Republican incumbent, and her
daughter, Amy Sheldon-Cell, distrib-
uted campaign literature for Tuesday's
election on the Diag yesterday.
"Some take the literature and some
don't. I think (students) are curious
and it's part of learning about what's
around you. They seem to be pleased
that a candidate is seeking them out,"
The mother-daughter team arrived
on the Diag around 12:30 p.m. and
stayed for several hours. "We don't
have a set plan. We want to get more
publicity to students and make them
more knowledgeable about the is-
sues," Sheldon-Cell said.
Other politicians campaigned at
the University for student votes yes-
terday. Democrat Lynn Rivers, 15th
district candidate for the U.S. House,
also talked to students and handed out
literature in the Fishbowl.
Sheldon said she chose the Diag
because most students pass through
there during the day. "It's the place to
be," she said.
Her daughter agreed that the Diag
was an effective place to campaign.
"It is a good place to meet students
and find out what their concerns are,"
Many students said that having
her daughter pass out literature was a
valuable campaign strategy. Engineer-
ing junior Kia Taylor, said, "I think
that it's nice that the family is out here
supporting her. It will show U-M stu-
dents that her mom is aware of what
goes on at campus because her daugh-
ter goes here."
Sheldon-Cell is a second year
graduate student in the University's
Sheldon-Cell acknowledged that
the literature campaign will not reach
all students. "A lot of people are anti-
literature, but some people have al-
ready told me that they are voting for
her," the incumbent's daughter said.
For students who will be voting in
the Ann Arbor election for the first
time, Sheldon's campaign strategy
will be especially influential. LSA
first-year student Suzanne Sessine
said, "It helped me because I don't
know anything about the election."
Another new voter agreed. Ramon
Johnson, an Engineering first-year
student, said, "I think she is reaching
out by being here herself. I plan on
calling her to see what she stands on
because I am a new voter and don't
know much about the issues yet.".
The mayor said that many stu-
dents stopped to have conversations
with her about various issues.
"I have had a chance to have a
couple of good conversations. ...
Safety and security issues are the kinds
of incidents that students are very
anxious about," the Republican said.
By standing on the Diag in a
"Michigan mom" sweatshirt, the
mayor hoped to show that she could
relate to her constituents.
"I hope students will find out I'm
a regular, ordinary person. I want
them to know that I am accessible to
them," Sheldon said.
The mayor campaigned at the
University because of the importance
of the student vote. She said that sta-
tistics have shown that students can
have a very big impact in November
elections. This year is the first time
since 1963 that the mayoral race will
be held in November.
Beside campaigning on the Diag
yesterday, the incumbent publicized
her candidacy through television com-
mercials and aerial banners during
football games. She said that it is
important to "do anything you can to
reach out and introduce yourself."
U.S. House candidate Lynn Rivers talks to students in the Fishbowl yesterday.
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recall the trucks voluntarily, but the
GM has vigorously defended the
trucks' safety and vowed to fight any
recall order in federal court.
Ed Lechtzin, aGM spokesman, said
the company welcomes the new
investigation."It's a perfectly appropri-
ate thing for the representative to do."
GM's opposition to the original
study is not surprising, said Kenneth
Campbell, associate research scientist
at the University's Transportation Re-
"It's normal for the industry to fight
these things," Campbell said. "GM has
chosen to dig their heals in here."
If a federal court found the GM
trucks unsafe, it could spark dozens of
lawsuits against the company.
Pena scheduled aDec. 6 public hear-
ing in Washington on whetherthetrucks
should be recalled. In a letterMonday to
the Transportation Department, GM
proposed taking the issue directly to
court and cancelling the hearing. The
Transportation Department has not re-
sponded to the proposal.
"We've given them a half-million
pages of documents," Lechtzin said.
He said the hearing will not likely
uncover any new information.
Pefla welcomes Carr's scrutiny and
will cooperate with the investigation,
said Transportation Department
spokesman Richard Mintz.
Pefia said 150 people have died in
fires after GM truck crashes that would
have been survivable had it not been
for the exterior fuel tanks. Critics of
GM have promised to bring survivors
and families of victims of such crashes
to testify at the public hearing.
GM made about 9 million of the
trucks. The automaker moved the fuel
tanks inside full-size truck frames be-
ginning with 1988 models. The com-
pany estimates 6 million of the 1973-
87 pickups are still in use.
Campbell said the trucks were popu-
lar with many consumers since the dual
exterior fuel tanks gave greater range
from a single trip to the gas station.
"It met a particular market niche,"
Campbell said. "So GM kept making
them and people kept buying them."
-The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
Shaman Drum to hold grand-opening
By DANIELLE BELKIN
For the Daily
Although its doors have been open
since September, tomorrow marks the
grand opening of Shaman Drum
Bookshop. The new store has qua-
drupled in size and boasts a plethora
of scholarly works.
The expansion ofthe store, opened in
1980, has enlarged its retail space from
900 to 4,400 square feet. The store's title
base, which expanded to 25,000 this
year, will eventually top 30,000, said
Trade Manager Keith Taylor.
The store specializes in academic
and scholarly works in the humanities
including philosophy, literature, his-
tory and cultural studies. Taylor said
this has kept itdifferent from other,
larger book stores.
As a result of the increase in the
title base, the store has added to its
poetry and fiction sections. Also new
is an electronic media section with
some experimental literature on disc
for computers and CD-ROM.
The expansion comes at a time
when superstores are replacing inde-
pendent bookstores, Taylor said. Be-
cause superstores seem to be paying
less attention to the scholarly works
that are the expertise of Shaman Drum
Bookshop, the expansion seemed ap-
Growth has been gradual, but it is
not a new phenomenon for Shaman
Drum owner Karl Pohrt, who opened
the store 14 years ago.
Taylor said the physical change to
the space adds to the store's atmo-
sphere. The bookshelves are constructed
to appear as if in one's home library.
"It's more comfortable. I like the
construction of space and the woods
that were chosen - birch and solid
cherry. It's more comfortable," said
customer Jim McDonald.
Most people who frequent the
bookshop are loyal University clien-
tele, professors and graduate students.
Most undergraduates are acquainted
with the shop because they buy some
"(We'd) love to be able to move
out into the (Ann Arbor) community
to a greater extent from the academic
community, but the community is
daunted by the nature of the store,"
Aside from providing a good se-
lection of specialized topics, the store
offers a calendar of events that in-
cludes readings and talks. The
bookshop also has publishing parties
for local authors and people associ-
ated with the University.
Events range from a party to cel-
ebrate the publication of a book about
race in California to a reading to honor
Native American History Month.
Assistant Manager Curt Holtz said,
"It's great to have the space to breath.
And the new space allows more free-
dom to move, quite literally."
The grand opening begins Sat-
urday at 6 p.m. and includes live
music, refreshments and door prizes.
..* ***".* .*
Q U-M Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do
Club, men and women, begin-
ners welcome, CCRB, Room
2275, 6-7 p.m., 994-3620
Q U-M Ninjutsu Club, beginners
welcome, IMSU, Room G-21,
6:30-8 p.m., 994-3620
Q Chinese Christian Fellowship,
on contemporary issues in Korea
and the role of the U.S., Hutchins
Hall, 2 p.m., 764-7738
Q Reform Chavurah Havdalah
Service, Hillel, 7:30 p.m.
Q "Love Etty: the Journal of Etty
Hillesum," Mendelssohn The-
ater, 7:30 p.m.
Q "Bridges to Cuba," LSA Build-
Proponents of Economic Con-
version, joint meeting, Michi-
gan League, Conference Rooms
4 and 5, 7-9 p.m., 761-7967
Q "Ann Arbor's Biggest Pollution
Problem: Clean Water," Guild
House, 802 Monroe, 5 p.m., 662-j
Q Ethiopian Gift Package Party,
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