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One hundred four years of editorial freedom
.' minority student enrollment reaches all-time record

By RONNIE GLASSBERG
Daily Staff Reporter
Asian American enrollment at the
University increased 1 percent this
year, according to fall enrollment fig-
ures released Wednesday - the larg-
est increase for a minority group since
the Michigan Mandate began in 1987.
With this increased enrollment,
and slight increases in Black, His-
panic and Native American enroll-
ment, more minority students now
attend the University than ever before.

"The continued growth in the num-
ber of students of color is gratifying,
since their presence enriches this cam-
pus," University President Jamcs J.
Duderstadt said in a statement. "But
we have noted a trend toward slower
growth in the numbers of African
American students. I have asked the
executive officers to concentrate on
ways to improve our attraction and
retention of African American stu-
dents in the coming year."
Since 1987, the University has

Asian American enrollment rises
by 1%; faster than any other group

worked to increase minority enroll-
ment through the Michigan Mandate.
Minority students now account for
24.2 percent of all students - up
from 15.4 percent in 1988. Last year,
minority enrollment accounted for
21.4 percent of all students.
But progress in minority enroll-

ment slowed this year. Since 1988,
minority enrollment has increased by
at least 460 students. This year, mi-
nority enrollment increased by only
349 students.
University spokeswoman Lisa
Baker attributed this to increased com-
petition for minority students. "Michi-

gan has had a very good track record.
You get increased competition and
that plays a factor," she said.
Asian American students account
for the largest increase in minority
enrollment, now 3,421, or 10.4 per-
cent of the student body, up from
3,126, or 9.4 percent, last year.
"My hope would have been we
could have equaled that number for
African American students," said
Lester Monts, vice provost for aca-
demic and multicultural affairs.

Edgar Ho, chairperson of the
United Asian American Organiza-
tions, attributed the increase to the
kinds of people applying.
"I think it's probably just a natural
result of the increased number of Asian
Americans applying," he said. "On
the face of it, there's nothing neces-
sarily good or bad about it."
Other minority groups also had
increases in enrollment, but not nearly
as high.
See ENROLLMENT, Page 2

SHOOT OUT

GOP promises bold agenda

From Daily Wire Services
Republicans yesterday vowed to increase de-
fense spending, rewrite the tax code, cut an array of
federal programs and halt the current House inves-
tigation of the tobacco industry.
The Republican takeover of Congress next Janu-
ary is expected to lead to a noticeable increase in
defense spending and heightened pressure on the
Clinton administration to cut back U.S. participa-
tion in global peace operations.
Although no major revamping of the military is
likely, analysts say GOP lawmakers are likely to try
to reverse defense cuts by adding up to $20 billion
more to the Pentagon's coffers over the next five
years.
The Republicans also are ex-"
pected to press the Defense De- M
partment to speed up develop-
ment of new weapons designed
to defend U.S. troops against
ballistic missiles on the battle-
field - considered a point of
vulnerability for American forces
now.
Defense has been a bone of
contention for Republicans since Gingrich
the Clinton administration took office.
GOP lawmakers have bridled over the
administration's plan to speed up the pace of the
defense cutback. They also have criticized admin-
istration decisions to deploy U.S. troops for peace
operations, including those in Rwanda, Macedonia
and Haiti. Republicans say those operations siphon
off badly needed operating funds and eventually
cut into military readiness.
The "Contract With America" that House GOP
leaders drafted before the election called for restor-
ing money the administration cut from the defense
See GOP, Page 2

Foreim nolicv News Analysis

may impvb-rove
Clinton img
Newsday
WASHINGTON - Battered and bruised by
political developments at home, Bill Clinton
Wednesday was able to do what many beleaguered
presidents before him have done:
turn to foreign policy.(--
Scheduled to leave the capi-
tal this morning for a 10-day
swing through Asia, Clinton said
in a speech at Georgetown
University's School of Foreign
Service - his alma mater -
that the United States should re-
sist calls for retrenchment from
world affairs.
"That's why, after visiting Clinton
six countries in three days in the
Middle East and coming home for eight days of this
campaign ... I am going to Indonesia to say we
remain engaged," he declared in what the White
House billed as a major address. "We must say to
the world we will maintain and strengthen our
bilateral security relationships with Japan, with
South Korea, with Australia, with the Philippines,
with Thailand and others."
The president's itinerary includes the Pacific
equivalent of last spring's D-Day ceremonies in,
Europe, with a somber visit to Corregidor Island to
See CLINTON, Page 2

Move from rhetoric
to action necessary
By DAVID SHEPARDSON
Daily News Editor
Tuesday's midterm election produced a seis-
mic shift in the national political structure, sending
shock waves through reeling Democrats and left-
leaning students.
Now rankled Republicans will get to bang the
gavel, make the rules and set the agenda. Long in
the minority, the Republicans now embark on a
two-month odyssey to move from a minority advo-
cate to the governing legislative party.
Major Clinton domestic proposals - like health
care reform, mining fees and lobbying reform -
surely will be severely cut back or dropped. Under
the hot lights of an impending presidential elec-
tion, any action by the new Congress will be
extremely difficult.
Yesterday, many GOP members declared that
their sweeping gains in the election gave the new
Congress a mandate to reshape society. The Repub-
licans' bravado is not overly presumptuous. No one
now in Congress has served when the GOP was last
in charge, back in 1954. Indeed, six in 10 Americans
have never lived under a Republican Congress.
At the same time, GOP Speaker-to-be Newt
Gingrich of Georgia took to the airwaves to bran-
dish President Clinton "a counterculture
McGovernik" - a reference to George McGovern,
the liberal Democratic presidential candidate in
1972 - perhaps ending a period of cooperation.
See ELECTION, Page 2

OUCULAS KA
clear day by playing

Students enjoy the last hours of sunlight on a
basketball at Elbel Field yesterday.

liSA adds 100 new seminar
classes for first-year students

By RONNIE GLASSBERG
Daily Staff Reporter
For many first-year students at the
0 niversity, large lecture courses
ominate their classload. To give more
first-year students the opportunity to
take smaller classes, the College of
LSA has added 100 new first-year
seminars this year.
The college offers 120 first-year
seminars, which give students the
opportunity to take classes taught by
full professors with 25 or fewer stu-
ents.
4 "We think it gives students a
chance to participate more actively in
class and a small class size allows for
more opportunities for critical think-
ing," said David Schoem, an LSA
assistant dean.
The college plans to continue ex-
panding the number of first-year semi-
nars to allow all students the opportu-
nity to take these classes.
"I think it's a great achievement
at the college has been able to in-
crease the courses by 100 in the last
year," Schoem said. "It's a part of the

Seminars provide
small classes for
first-year students
college's initiative to improve under-
graduate education."
LSA first-year student Erin
Schwartz is enrolled this term in
"Theories of the Self," a philosophy
first-year seminar.
"You have a full professor and
they know you're all first-year stu-
dents. They're more sensitive to your
needs and they understand what you're
going through," she said.
First-year seminars require no ad-
vance preparation and are open with-
out any prerequisites to all first-
year students. Categories of courses
include introductory composition,
humanities, natural science, social
science and quantitative reasoning
to fulfill different college require-
ments.
LSA Associate Dean Michael
Martin said the small courses help

ease the transition from high school.
"It has been found in other univer-
sities where there are first-year semi-
nars that it does improve undergradu-
ate education," Martin said. "One
complaint is that the first-year cur-
riculum contains too many large lec-
tures. These are courses where stu-
dents become actively engaged."
The courses are taught mostly by
emeritus faculty and some regular
faculty members.
Geological Sciences Prof. James
O'Neil is teaching "Seminar: Envi-
ronmental Geology" next term. He
taught the same course two years ago.
"I normally teach graduate and
upper-level courses. I thought it would
be a very nice experience," O'Neil
said. "I wanted to be with this type of
student."
In his department, all the instruc-
tors teaching the first-year seminars
are full professors conducting re-
search. "(The students) see the re-
search aspect first-hand and they can
see the enthusiasm of the professor,"
O'Neil said.

Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev (right) sits with Iraqi Deputy Premier
Tariq Aziz yesterday during a session in which Iraq formally voted to
recognize Kuwait as a sovereign state.
Irq votes t reconze
nevw Kuwat bordersL

No. 4 State
invades
Yost in top
10 battle
By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
Daily Hockey Writer
If you here what sounds like an
atomic explosion tonight, don't panic.
Saddam doesn't have the bomb -
yet.
It's just that a frenzied, sellout
crowd might blow the roof of Yost Ice
Arena into the stratosphere when
Michigan and Michigan State face off
at 7 p.m.
That's because the game is more
than just a battle of intrastate rivals.
It's a fight between two teams picked
by both the sportswriters and the
league coaches to finish first and sec-
ond in the CCHA preseason polls.
The media gave the top nod to the
Spartans, while the coaches favored
the Wolverines at the CCHA lun-
cheon Sept. 28.
Tomorrow, Michigan travels to
Bowling Green to meet the 10th-
ranked Falcons, who dropped a 7-4
decision to Michigan State Wednes-
day night.
The fourth-ranked Spartans (6-0-
1 CCHA, 7-0-1 overall) and the sixth-
ranked Wolverines (3-1, 5-2) have
enough ammunition in their arsenals
to make Yost's building contractors
nervous.
"Michigan State probably has
more scorers than anybody we've
played so far," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "They've got some
high-powered players and it's going

0, News Analysis

INSIDE
FRIDAY FOCUS 3
lections arrive once again
ext week, this time for the
Michigan Student Assembly.
ARTS 8
The "Hansel and Gretel" opera

Despite national trend, local
GOP loses influence in city

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Iraq
yesterday abandoned territorial claims
to Kuwait that had origins in the Otto-
man Empire, hoping to win an end to
trade sanctions that have strangled its
economy.
The official Iraqi News Agency
said the National Assembly voted for
"Iraq's recognition of the sovereignty
of the state of Kuwait, its territorial
integrity and independence."
The statement also said Iraq rec-
ognized and respected the "inviola-
bility" of new Kuwaiti borders, de-
marcated by a U.N. committee after
the 1991 Gulf War. Saddam Hussein's

sanctions, imposed to punish Iraq for
invading Kuwait.
The emirate was part of Iraq under
the Ottoman Empire, which collapsed
at the end of World War I. The Brit-
ish, who took over that region, gave
Kuwait independence in 1961, and
the border had been in dispute since.
The Revolutionary Command
Council said Iraq's move was de-
signed "to stress its resolve to comply
with all relevant U.N. Security Coun-
cil resolutions, prove its peaceful in-
tentions and dedication to regional
stability and security."
The statement, signed by Saddam,

By JAMES M. NASH
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor Republicans, after
fielding their strongest slate of City
Council candidates since losing City
Hall four years ago, saw their elec-

generally popular among council
Democrats, will find her job more
difficult as she loses the mayor's No.
1 capability: the veto power. Voting
as a block, Democrats now can over-
ride the mayoral veto, a power they

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