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One hundred four years of editorial freedom


March 20, 1995

.in Detroit, Gore touts Dems as working family party

By Jonathan Berndt
and Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporters
DETROIT - Looking to the 1996 elec-
tion, Vice President Al Gore defined the Demo-
crats as the party of working families and
children, outlining their fundamental differ-
ences with Republicans in a speech Saturday
ight at Cobo Hall.
"We're going tostandup forworking people
and in '96, they (the Republicans) will find their
party out of power again," Gore told more than
1,000 Democrats at their annual Jefferson-Jack-
son Day fund-raising dinner.

The event, which cost $125 per person,
attracted Michigan's most powerful Democrats,
including Sen. Carl Levin and House Minority
Whip Rep. David Bonior of Mount Clemens.
"The fact that he's here a year and a half
before the election shows how important
Michigan is to Clinton's re-election," said
Gary Brewer, state party chair. "The top of the
ticket is in great shape."
In his first visit since Detroit was awarded
an empowerment zone grant in January, Gore
said he was glad to be back in Michigan.
"The last time I was here, it was so cold I
froze stiff and nobody noticed," he quipped.

Gore said the Republicans in Congress are
trying to pass policies that hurt children, such
as cuts in the school lunch program.
"This administration and the entire Demo-
cratic party will fight against this all-out war
on children that the Republican leadership
(has proposed)," Gore said.
Despite what the vice president called the
"incessant drumbeat of negativism" from the
Republicans, he said the Clinton economic pack-
age of 1993 reduced the budget deficit, lowered
unemployment and improved the economy.
Also, Gore said the administration's crime
bill added 100,000 police to the street, and he

criticized Republicans for attempting to repeal
that- measure. "We are not going to let them
take that crime bill from the American people."
Gore highlighted fundamental differences
between Democrats and Republicans. Gore
said-that his party wants to repair government,
not dismantle it.
"During these last two years, we have be-
gun the task of reinventing government," Gore
said. "We don't want to kill government and
get rid of government. We want to fix it to
make it work for the American people."
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) said
Gore's visit to Detroit strengthens party unity.

"I think his visit represents his desire for
unity - nationally and locally," she said. "I
think it energizes people."
Levin said students play an important role
in the Democratic Party. "I think the party is a
natural place for students now," he said. "The
kind of priorities that the Republican party is
spouting these days is opposite to the kinds of
programs students care about."
Fraya Lynn Hirschberg, an LSA sophomore
and member of the College Democrats, said she
agreed with Gore's message of helping working
families. "We don't need to support the rich who
already can help themselves," she said.

Students to vote
on SLS fee hike
By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Whenstudents enter the polls to vote in the Michgan
Student Assembly elections this week they will confront
only one ballot question - whether Student Legal Ser-
vices funding should be raised by $2.07 per student.
Currently, each student pays $3.93 to help fund SLS,
which provides free legal representation to University
0 udents to settle disputes, including landlord disputes,
oise violations and criminal violations. The fee increase
would put funding at an even $6.00 per student.
SLS Director Doug Lewis, who is also a lawyer with
the organization, addressed MSA at the beginning of
March to request additional support.
"Things downstairs are getting very, very tight," Lewis
said. "The independence of SLS has a price."
Two weeks ago, LSA- Rep. Paul Scublinsky formed
the student group Students for Student Legal Services to
iducate the community about the work that SLS peforms.
"The more students know about SLS and what SLS
does, the more they will realize how important the ballot
question is to them," he said.
In campainging for the passage of the hike, Students
for Student Legal Services circulated a petition endorsing
the fee to the MSA presidential candidates.
While some think the petition will not greatly impact
student reaction to the ballot question, the candidates
remain unanimously in favor of increased funding to SLS.
"If there is no increase then SLS will have to cut back
vices, including the number of lawyers and the caseload
ey take," said Mike Christie, the Wolverine Party presi-
dential candidate. "This increase would keep SLS finan-
cially sound for the next five years."
While Jodi Masley was the only presidential candidate
not to add her signature to the petition, several other
candidates question the petition's influence.
"I think that students know more than we sometimes
give them credit for and as a result they would probably
favor a fee increase for essential student services," said
lint Wainess, the Michigan Party presidential candi-

'Uto ivest in
emerging nations

By Cathy Boguslaski
Daily Staff Reporter
The University will invest $50 million of its
endowment fund in emerging countries, such
as Mexico, Latin America and the former East-
er bloc countries.
The Board of Regents approved the invest-
ment with a 7-1 vote at its meeting Friday. The
invested funds are only a fraction of the
University's $2.1 billion endowment fund.
The $50 million will be invested in emerg-
ing market debt, which carries a higher risk, but
can have a higher return, than other University
investments. Emerging market debt is highly
volatile, carrying political, currency and credit
risks, said Maggie Blakelock, a representative
from Cambridge Associates Inc., the
University's investment firm.
The investments hold a possible 20-25 per-
cent return when the bonds mature.
Blakelock said the recent devaluation of the
peso makes this a good time to invest.
"It may be a bump in the road, what's
happened in Mexico," Blakelock said. "We
think the panic atmosphere creates opportu-
nity. All we need is for the Mexican economy to
stabilize, and we make 20-25 percent."
Blakelock said that the University is look-
ing into alternatives to the domestic stock mar-
ket, such as real estate, oil and gas, as well as
emerging market debt. She said last year was a
poor year for stock market returns.
Executive Vice President and Chief Finan-
cial Officer Farris W. Womack said, "In this
instance, we're not talking about investment in
businesses. What we're talking about here is

We are still in a
period of deploying our
assets in the global
- Farris Womack
chief financial officer
sovereign debt, and it is volatile. There is politi-
cal risk."
The University will be investing in the emerg-
ing countries through Grantham, Mayo, Van
Otterloo & Co., an investment management
Womack said the University has been mov-
ing toward a "global investment strategy" since
"We believe in asset allocation over a long
period of time," he said. "We are still in a period
of deploying our assets in the global market."
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) voted
against the investment. "I feel it should be a
smaller amount than $50 million," he said.
University Treasurer Norman Herbert said
$50 million was the recommended amount be-
cause, due to the size of the University's portfo-
lio, the investment must be large in order to gain
a significant profit.
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor) sup-
ported the initiative. "We're talking about in-
vesting in a class of investments, not just invest-
ing directly in Mexico."

A green thumb
Dianna Borel, an Ann Arbor resident, volunteers at the Kempf House to do
spring cleaning yard work Saturday. The Kempf House holds brown-bag;
lunches and seminars during the week.

Hillel marks 50th Holocaust memory

By Rachel Lawson
For the Daily
Fifty years ago, Allied troops lib-
erated the survivors of Nazi
*3ermany's death camps. In com-
memoration of the people who per-
ished in these camps, Hillel began its
16th Annual Conference on the Ho-
locaust last night.
Throughout the week, Hillel will
sponsor lectures, photographs, films,
music and panel discussions.
"People have to educate them-
selves about the Holocaust; keeping
0uiet is essentially the same as con-
oning it," said LSA junior Darren

Spilman, a member of the conference
planning committee. "Holocaust
awareness is not a Jewish thing, not a
German thing-it's a human thing."
A 24-hour candlelight vigil begins
at noon today on the Diag. Throughout
the vigil, students, faculty and other
community members including Ann
ArborMayorIngridSheldon, StateRep.
Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) and U.S.
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) will
read the names of those who perished
during the Holocaust.
Although 24 hours is not enough
time to read the names of all 12 mil-
lion who died, one name will be read

every 10 seconds for a total of more
than 9,000 names.
Also at noon today Rabbi Robert
Levy and Reverend Virginia Peacock
will speak at Rackham Auditorium
on "God and the Holocaust."
University lecturer Ari Roth en-
couraged the students in his Jewish
American drama class to attend the
conference. "I think this year's con-
ference is especially comprehensive
in bringing some really important
writers, both scholars and creative
artists, to campus who have explored
a variety of ways in which we com-
municate the horror of the Holocaust

to a new generation," he said.
Roth went on to preview upcom-
ing lectures by Art Spiegelman, the
cartoonist who wrote a comic book
memoir of his father's Holocaust ex-
perience, and Alvin Rosenfeld, a his-
torian and author, who will discuss the
American response to the Holocaust.
Many students said they plan to
attend various conference events.
Jessica Kirzner, an LSA first-year
student who plans to attend the con-
ference, said, "The Holocaust may
seem very far fromus here in America;
this, however, is the very reason we
must attend the conference."

Event Higlights
" March 20 at noon
"God and the Holocaust"
East conference room, Rackham
N March 21 at noon
"Gays and Lesbians during the
East conference room, Rackham
March 21 at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Service
The Diag
T March 25 at 8:30 p.m.
An Evening with Survivors
* March 26 at 12:30 p.m.
"America and the Holocaust"
March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
"The Making of Maus"
Power Center

Regent asks for veterans'
inclusion in symposium

to hold,
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Faculty governance will change
hands today as four new faculty mem-
bers fill the open seats on the Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs. The seven candidates will vie
for the positions in today's election at
the Senate Assembly meeting.
Senate Assembly is the faculty's
governing body, and SACUA is the
executive committee of Senate As-
sembly. SACUA serves as the advi-
sory body to the president, provost
and executive officers of the Univer-
sity and implements the actions taken
by Senate Assembly.
Three of the open positions are for
three-year terms, and the othex seat is
for a one-year term.
Although the candidates differ on
most of their specific plans and con-
cerns, there are some underlying
themes in their platforms. They sup-
port an increase in faculty governance
and improved cooperation between
faculty and administrators.
The following are the candidates'
views expressed in their statements:
Louis George D'Alecy, physi-
ology professor: Schools and col-

Ronnie Glassberg
aily Staff Reporter
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) urged
the University on Friday to include veteran's
groups in a upcoming forum on the debate sur-
rounding the Enola Gay exhibit.
The symposium, which is scheduled for April
19 in the Rackham Auditorium, will focus on the
debate around the Smithsonian Air and Space
Museum's exhibit on the B-29 bomber Enola Gay
and the use of atomic weapons on Japan in 1945.
1 Baker said at the Friday meeting of the Board
of Regents that University symposia are a useful
way to discuss historical disagreements. But he
said more important considerations exist in this
"That war held at bay and finally defeated the

" My request a nis
that veteran's ,groups
and their supporters be
provided full aces.3"
- Regent Deane Baker
R-Ann Arbor
that need to be discussed as well," Neal said. "I
have been a staunch supporter that we must get
the veterans involved."
Neal said the symposium would also focus
on how a museum should portray a historical
event when there is debate around the event

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