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Weather
Tonight: Clear skies, low
in mid-20s.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny,
high in upper-40s.

Thursday
March 23, 1995

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Polls busy
on 1st day
of student
elections
Poll workers
report high
turnout at Angell
Hall, Union sites
By Amy Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
The feeling was one of amaze-
ment yesterday afternoon as more than
25 students sprawled across the benches
and floor of the Fishbowl to cast their
vote for Michigan Student Assembly
president and vice president.
Poll sites at the Michigan Union
and the Fishbowl experienced a
"steady stream" of voters yesterday
*afternoon, said MSA Rep. Adam
Clampitt.
Many representatives working at
the polls said they were surprised at the
seemingly high voter turnout. MSA
Rep. Jonathan Freeman worked the
site at East Quad from 11:40 a.m.
until 1 p.m. and said he was pleased
with the amount of voters.
"We must have had at least 150 to
200 people. It was just one pretty
steady wave, partly due to lunchtime
voters," Freeman said.
First-year LSA student Stephanie
Brimo began her shift at the Union
voting booth at 1 p.m. and said the
flow of voters was consistent.
"There's been a huge turnout. Start-
ing at 1, on the average, we had about
seven people voting per couple of min-
utes," Brimo said. "The consistency is
great, though, there hasn't really been
a low at all."
Clampitt said he estimates voter

Committee
axes $8.4M
raise for'

MICHAEL FITZHUGH/Daily
LSA junior Tracy Lindsley casts her vote for MSA president and vice president in Angell Hall yesterday.

turnout in this election to be one of the
highest in the past few years.
"There are constantly people com-
ing up to us. This is definitely heavier
than last fall. At 2, we've gotten about
150 people in the last hour, last fall it
was about one person every 10 min-
utes," Clampitt said.
Candidates speculated that the
appearance of a high voter turnout
may be due to increased publicity this
year. Outside voting sites and under-
neath the election banners, some can-
didates passed out campaign litera-
ture and others distributed tea bags
urging students to vote.
LSA sophomore Amy Lazerson
said the election push encouraged her
to vote for the first time.

Today's Polling Sites

ow 6:4U-9p.m.
Union 8:50 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Fishbowl 8:35 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
MLB 9:20 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Natural Resources 1:10 - 4:45 p.m.
Nursing 9:10 - 11:25 a.m.
Law 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
N. Campus Comm. 10:35 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
6:45 - 9:05 p.m.
Art/Architecture 11 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Undergrad Library 5:50 - 9 p.m.
Alice Lloyd 3:40 - 7:10 p.m.
Mosher-Jordan 3:50 - 7:20 p.m.
South Quad 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
West Quad 11:40 a.m. -1:20 p.m.
East Quad 11:35 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
5 - 7:15 p.m.
Bursley 4:35 - 6:30 p.m.
Rackham 2:30 - 6:10 p.m.
Business Lounge 113 .m. -.25 pjm.

4:05 - 9:45 p.m.

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I felt like I wanted to get more
involved and I thought it was better
publicized this year," Lazerson said.
"It's definitely more competi-
tive this election," said Brian Elliott,

the Students' Party presidential can-
didate, who was campaigning out-
s-ide Angell Hall. "There's more of
us out here than there ever was be-
fore."

By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
The state House Appropriations
Committee overwhelmingly approved
a subcommittee recommendation yes-
terday to deny the University an $8.4
million appropriations increase.
The proposal would put this money
in escrow, although it would return to
the University when non-resident en-
rollment, currently at 33.4 percent,
drops to 30 percent.
"Clearly, it sends a message that
the legislators are concerned," said
Donald Gilmer (R-Augusta), chair of
the House Appropriations Commit-
tee.
The committee's bill, which
passed 20-2, also includes $10.3 mil-
lion for Michigan State University
proposed by Gov. John Engler, in addi-
tion to the 3 percent across-the-board
increases for the state's 15 public insti-
tutions.
The House is scheduled to vote in
early April on the bill, which would
still have to pass the Senate and be
signed by Engler before becoming part
of the state's budget.
The Legislature requests that the
University keep non-resident enroll-
ment at or below 30 percent, but can-
not enforce its request since the Uni-
versity is autonomous under the state
constitution.
Walter Harrison, vice president
for University relations, said the
committee's vote was "expected" but
he is confident that the proposal will
eventually be removed from the bud-
get.
"This is a long process and at each
stage of the process there will be
some losses, there will be some wins,
and we're still fighting hard for the
University," he said.
Harrison said that the University
will lobby the Legislature by "trying to
talk to every representative and every
senator we can."
An amendment proposed by Rep.
Maxine Berman (D-Southfield)#
would have reinstated the University's
$8.4 million increase, but it was de-
feated.
Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor)
said she plans to co-sponsor a similar
amendment on the House floor. "I am
convinced that the U-M is trying to
comply with that 30 percent cap and if
there is a natural fluctuation of plus or
minus 3 percent in those figures, it's
very hard to keep those exact," she
said. "I don't think we should penal-
ize the students of U-M for this fluc-
tuation."
Gilmer said that he told Univer-
sity President James J. Duderstadt to
heed the Legislature's message. "I
urged him to take the message to heart
that this is a concern with the amount
of Michigan students admitted,"
Gilmer said.
Englerhas not publicly declared his
position on the issue, his spokeswoman
Patricia Masserant said. "He's leaving
it up to the process," she said.
Harrison said that the University
exceeded the state's requested cap

Committee
OKS continued
funding for
Tuition Waiver
By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
The Indian Tuition Waiver Pro-
gram cleared another legislative
hurdle yesterday, when the state
House Appropriations Committee
voted to continue its funding.
Gov. John Englereliminated the
program's funding in his budget
proposal. The program, which be-
gan in 1976, allows students with at
least one-quarter Native American
blood to attend any of the state's 15
public universities without paying
tuition, provided they meet admis-
sion requirements.
The House is expected to vote
on the proposal in early April.
"I'm very happy that the Ap-
propriations Committee feels that
(the program) is beneficial and
worthwhile for Native American
people," said Pamela Bowser, a
Native American and Nursing
School junior who receives the
tuition waiver. She said she hoped
"Engler does "the right thing" and
not'veto it.
But Engler spokeswoman
Patricia Masserant said that the
governorcontinues tosupport end-
ing the program. "He still feels
very strongly that financial aid
should be based on need sand this
is a form of aidthat is not directly'
tied to freed," she said.
The University would lose
about $500,000 if the program were
ended, hurting other financial aid
programs, Elaine Nowak, a Uni-
versity financial aid director said,
in a recent interview.
Walter Harrison, vice presi-
dent for University rlations, said
the University liked the vote.
'gThat's one nice piece of good
news," he said. "I think a lot of
people were pleased with that."
Donald Gilnier (R-Augusta),
chair of the Appropriations Com-
mittee, said the appropriation was
amended to include a requirement.
that aid recipients demonstrate
they are working toward a degree
to deter fraud.
The program grew out of a
1836 treaty when Native Ameri-
cans turned over land to the gov-
ernment, which promised to pro-
vide them withadequate education
and health services.
primarily because "given the low
numbers of high school graduates,
if we admit more students from in-
state we'll simply be taking away
students from other universities in-
state.
Gilmer said that while non-resi-
See COMMITTEE, Page 2

House almost blocks welfare overhaul

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - A broad wel-
fare overhaul was almost blocked in
the House yesterday largely because
some conservative Republicans worry
that the GOP bill would unintention-
ally lead poor women to have more
abortions.
The welfare legislation was opened
to floor votes after a procedural rule
narrowly passed, 217 to 211, despite
the defection of 15 Republicans on
* what is usually a party-line vote. Six
Democrats did not vote, and three oth-
ers sided with the Republican majority.
In often-emotional terms, the GOP
dissidents, who included leading anti-
abortion lawmakers like Judiciary Chair
Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.) and Rep. Christo-
pher H. Smith (R-N.J.), said they were
concerned that pregnant unmarried teen-
agers and older welfare mothers would
have abortions rather than face pro-
posed cuts in benefits.
"I'm embarrassed today to stand
here and admit that our party, that
(believes in) family values, doesn't
value keeping a family together," Rep.
Jim Bunn (R-Ore.) said in announc-
ing his decision to vote no. The lead-
ership had rejected an amendment
from Bunn that would permit an adult
guardian or group home to receive cash

Welfare Reform Plans

e

The Congressional Budget Office, which
has the final word on how much a given
plan will save or cost, says House
Republicans' welfare bill has some
unrealistic requirements,
The bill's specifications: Ii I I
90 percent of all welfare families with
two parents must participate in job.
activites by 1998.
All families would have work requirements by 2003.
40 federal programs, which benefit 1 in 10 Americans, would be
condensed into block grants to the states.
Some of the office's estimates:
All 50 states would fail to meet the job-requirerents,
$66 billion would be saved in the next five years.
Source: The Washington Post

! ° ~

the National Right to Life Committee.
Not all anti-abortion activists
agreed. "We believe this will reduce
abortions, or we will not do it," said
Louis Sheldon, chair of the Tradi-
tional Values Coalition of 3,100
churches nationwide.
Three partial concessions were
likely to be made to critics. The House
was likely to adopt a Hyde amendment
to specifically bar funding for abor-
tion, but not family planning, under the
bill. Two otherGOPamendments likely
to pass would allow states to provide
vouchers for diapers and services to
unmarried teenage mothers and older
women who have more children while
on welfare.
No vote was allowed on a Demo-
cratic amendment to delete the finan-
cial incentives for states to reduce
their "illegitimacy ratio" of births.
Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (D-Calif.)
had dismissed the incentives as a
"bounty on abortions."
The Republican welfare bill, drawn
from the "Contract with America" and
the recommendations of GOP gover-
nors, would make the broadest changes
in the nation's social-welfare system
since the Social Security Act of 1935
created Aid to Families with Depen-
dent Children.

assistance on behalf of an unwed mother
under age 18.
When anti-abortion groups first
raised the issue, Republicans added
financial incentives for states to re-
duce out-of-wedlock births. But crit-
ics have questioned whether the bill's
formula would actually have that ef-
fect in a welfare system known for
unintended consequences.
"I am deeply concerned that in the
otherwise laudable drive to reduce ille-
gitimacy and dependency, we are poised
to enact legislation that is likely to in-

crease the number of abortions per-
formed ... while also making children
more impoverished," said Smith, co-
chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus.
The National Right to Life Commit-
tee and U.S. Catholic Conference lob-
bied furiously fordefeatof the rule, citing
concerns about increased abortions.
"The bill contains multiple provi-
sions which would pressure states to
reduce out-of-wedlock births, measures
which have the practical effect of in-
creasing the number of abortions," said
Douglas Johnson, legislative director for

AATU joins city, YMCA legal battle

By Maureen Sirhal
Daily Staff Reporter
The YMCA and the city of Ann
Arbor fell under yet another lawsuit
Monday as the Ann Arbor Tenants'
Union filed suit against both parties.
The suit challenges that the YMCA
has "consistently breached" its con-
tracts by not providing affordable
housing for its residents, failing to
provide adequate housing and violat-

the YMCA, but not into the director/
resident relations.
"(The agreement) doesn't specifi-
cally speak to any other management
other than financial," said
Councilmember Elisabeth Daley (D-
5th Ward).
"There are a lot of agreements
where the Y runs their programs with
a positive cash flow and if not, the city
will oversee," said Mayor Ingrid B.

"If the rents are applying to mini-
mum wage workers, (they are) slightly
higher (than 30 percent)," said YMCA
Executive Director Bill Blewitt. "For
those residents who fall under that
portion, there are grants. We sought
grants to provide subsidies to give to
the residents," he said.
Blewitt said since the YMCA op-
erates under an innkeeper/hotel sta-
tus, they do not need to follow HUD

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