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School of Art faces
student protests
Plagued by conflicts between
its administration and students
over faculty hiring practices,
construction and genre
differences, the School of Art
attempts to reach out to
udents will come to class
today wearing armbands
marked with the dean's e-mail
address in protest over the'
recent events.
Daily Staff Reporter Heather
Miller investigates the problems.
See Page 5.

Forbes takes Ariz.; Dole wins Dakotas

The Associated Press
Flat-tax champion Steve Forbes captured
Arizona's winner-take-all primary yesterday,
shocking Pat Buchanan and Bob Dole to seize an
improbable lead in the turbulent Republican presi-
dential race. Dole took some solace in winning
North and South Dakota.
"It's a wide open race," said Forbes as the
campaign headed South to Carolina for a Satur-
day primary.
Forbes' Arizona win came just three days after
his victory in Delaware, giving him a dramatic
turnaround after weak fourth-place showings in
Iowa and New Hampshire.
"A week ago they wrote our obituary," an
ecstatic Forbes told cheering supporters in Phoe-

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r A,

nix. "Now tonight we can perhaps write the obitu-
ary of conventional political punditry in America."
A majority of voters in Arizona cited taxes as
their top concern, and Forbes, who spent more
than $4 million on TV ads in the state, won much
of their support. In the Dakotas the deficit mat-
tered most, followed by taxes and jobs.
Yesterday's results put Forbes well ahead in the
The Associated Press delegate count, with 60 at
12:30 this morning. Buchanan had 37 and Dole 36,
while Alexander had 10 delegates.

Yet with 996 delegates needed for the nomina-
tion, the race has barely begun.
Making his case for the burst of contests to
come, Forbes said: "We believe deeply that
America has the potential for the greatest eco-
nomic boom and spiritual renewal in its history."
Lamar Alexander was a dim afterthought on the
first multi-state primary day of the muddled GOP
campaign and some leading Dole supporters said
it was time for the former Tennessee governor to
step aside.

Buchanan could only be profoundly disap-
pointed. After Louisiana and New Hampshire
wins, he coveted Arizona to prove his national
appeal, drew enthusiastic crowds throughout the
final weekend and spoke openly of emerging.as
the clear front-runner.
"We had the fire, energy, enthusiasm and mo-
mentum," a bewildered Buchanan said in con-
gratulating Forbes.
Dole, on the other hand, carried North and
South Dakota handily, and brushed aside his Sun
Belt disappointment. "We're back in the winning
column," the Senate majority leader said.
Dole flatly predicted victory on Saturday, a criti-
cal contest if he is to reassert himself and, in any
event, the gateway to nine primaries next Tuesday.


Pres. committee
members start
search today
By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter ThO The
For 12 members of the University Search
community, the task of finding the next Co inues
president will begin today.
Based on recommendations that Pro- Nominees for
Vost J. Bernard Machen will announce the one alum
today, the University Board of Regents position on the for a
is expected to appoint the presidential presidential e
s~ch advisory committee. search advisory
An undergraduate and graduate stu- committee are
dent will be among the 12-member expected to be voted on today. The
group, which will also include seven nominees are:
faculty members, two staff members,
and one alum. General Motors Corp. executive
Machen would not disclose the names Detit Reorders Court judge
of the individual members, but said, "I Geraldine Bledsoe Forde
think the group is outstanding." R Former Alumni Association
While University officials would not executive director Robert Forman
release the committee members' names 0 Former Ford Motor Co. vice chair
*1 today's open meeting, the Univer- Allan Gilmour
sity Alumni Association said yesterday Birmingham attorney Rick
that six alums were nominated to fill the Rattner
one alumni slot. 0 Michigan Court of Appeals judge
The nominees were: General Motors Myron Wahls
Corp. executive Reginald Armstrong;
Detroit Recorder's Court judge tally open, it allows some initial can
Geraldine Bledsoe Ford; former execu- date confidentiality and does not v
tive director ofthe Alumni Association late the Open Meetings Act. The sta
Robert Forman; Allan Gilmour, former law requires that all meetings of pub
vice chair of Ford Motor Co.; Birming- bodies be open, including meetings
@ attorney Rick Rattner; and Myron which decisions are made about p
Wahls, a Michigan Court of Appeals tential candidates.
judge. Machen said the committee is
The committee is part of the regents' empt from the law because "the s
plan to keep the names of all candidates purpose of the (search committee)
secret until the final stages of the search, advisory in nature."
probably around October. At today's meeting, the board w
The advisory committee, meeting also give Malcolm MacKay, the seai
in closed sessions with a search con- consultant a finalized list of charact
sultant, will conduct most of the leg- istics they would like to see in the n
work for the regents. The committee president. The list stems from co
1 recruit and interview potential ments made during the nine public
Ididates. rums, and during individual meetir
Candidates' names will remain pri- the regents have held with MacKay
vate until an entire list is made public in On Friday, the advisory commit;
the fall. The advisory committee will is scheduled to publicly meet with t
not eliminate candidates, but will indi- regents to discuss the search proce
cate its top five choices. The board will then have no cont
In an interview last month, Machen with the advisory committee until 1
said that while the process is not to- fall, unless the groups meet public
Dem. legislators
" -
cuss nsons vs.
education issue
Maggie Weyhing However, during the discussio
Daily Staff Reporter Smith and Ann Arbor Reps. Bra
State Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D- and Schroer said Engler's pris
Salem Twp.)and state Democratic Reps. policy will not offer a long-term so
Liz Brater and Mary Schroer attacked tion to crime.
Gov. John Engler's proposal to invest "Engler wants a system that does
more money into the prison system in look at problems and solutions, b
aninformal discussion last nighthosted rather at a quick fix," Smith said. "
by the College Democrats. wants to be tough on crime so he can
"The general theme of this discus- home and say, 'I put that guy away
was prevention vs. prison," said 15 years,' but without prevention p
Plege Democrats President Jae-Jae grams, there are going to be many oth
Spoon. "We need to restructure the fo- guys that will come around."
cus of how we deal with crime and The three women said that althoui

crime prevention. This change in focus the results may take longer to surfa
means putting more money into stop- the answer to decreasing the crime r
ping the problems beforehand, rather ultimately rests in programs that ed
than fixing it after it's there." cate children and communities.



Watchful eyes
Students and Ann Arbor residents hustle by a
during the unusually warm weather.

mural on Liberty Street under the gaze of Franz Kafka's image yesterday

air attack
U.N. Security Council early yesterday
strongly deplored Cuba's downing of
two American-owned planes after a
marathon session in which China tried
to delay a decision until Cuba's foreign
minister could arrive in New York to
present his country's case.
Before adopting the "presidential
statement," the 15-member council
heard Cuban acting Ambassador Bruno
Rodriguez Parrilla defend his country's
action Saturday in shooting down the
two unarmed Cessnas operated by a
Cuban exile group. The four Cuban-
Americans on board are presumed dead.
"International peace and security is
notwhatisthreatenedtoday," Rodriguez
said. "It is the peace, sovereignty and
security of Cuba which have been en-
dangered for more than 35 years because
of ... those in a position of strength who
promote action against my country."
Cuba claims the planes were shot down
over its territorial waters and has ac-
cused Cuban exile groups in the United
States of committing acts of terrorism.
In the statement, the council said it
"strongly deplores the shooting down
by the Cuban air force of two civil
aircraft ... which has apparently re-
sulted in the death of four persons."
The statement recalled international
covenents banning the use of weapons
against civilian aircraft and requested
the International Civil Aviation Orga-
nization in Montreal to conduct an im-
mediate investigation.
The statement, which carries less
weight than a legally binding resolu-
tion, was adopted after 16 hours of
intense diplomatic wrangling, during
which a frustrated American official.
briefing reporters on condition of ano-
nymity, described China's delaying tac-
tics as "one Communist country sup-
porting another."
Throughout the session, U.S. Am-
bassador Madeleine Albright insisted
that the council act without delay to
See CUBA, Page 2

Assembly approves 4 ballot
qulestions for March elections

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Students voting for representatives
in next month's student election may
also be able to register opinions con-
cerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender issues; North Campus af-
fairs; child care funding; and Michigan
Student Assembly commissions.
The assembly approved four ballot
questions last night - one of which
recommends a student fee increase to
support child care services for Univer-
sity students with children. Pending stu-
dent acceptance, this proposal requires
approval by the University Board of
"We have a problem on this campus in
that there is a dearth of support for stu-
dents with children," said LSA Rep.
Fiona Rose, Child Care Task Force chair.

Revenue from the $1 per student, per
semester fee would aid the more than
1,400 students with children on cam-
pus, Rose said. While the University
Registrar's office could not release ex-
act numbers, there are 2,000 children
living on North Campus alone, she said.
One half of the funds would be di-
rected to a new University infant care
program. The other half of the approxi-
mately $70,000 raised would provide
"child care tuition vouchers" through
the Office of Financial Aid.
While some assembly members ob-
jected to the measure, claiming that all
students should not be forced to pay for
the support of others, the assembly
passed the proposal overwhelmingly.
The other three ballot questions con-
cern MSA commissions. Students will
have the opportunity to decide whether

the assembly should promote the North
Campus Affairs Task Force and Les-
bian/Gay/Bisexual Task Force to per-
manent commission status and elimi-
nate the Peace and Justice Commission.
Under the proposal, the current LGBTF
would include transgender issues as well.
LSA Rep. Olga Savic, who proposed
the LGBTF ballot question, said the
assembly should expand the scope of
the LGBTF.
"It'sjob as a task force is pretty much
over," Savic said.
"(The North Campus Affairs Task
Force) requires us to lobby the admin-
istration and it looks a lot better for us
to say we're an official commission
rather than a task force," said Engi-
neering Rep. David Burden, who pro-
posed the North Campus Affairs ballot

Vote-by-mail legislation
introduced in Senate


By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
After an unsuccessful attempt to re-
vamp state election laws in December,
state Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-
Salem Twp.) introduced legislation yes-
terday morning that would call for a
shift to a new statewide vote-by-mail
Although hopefulu
about the bill's
eventual passage,
Smith said she does
not think it will be
aneasy task because
of some Republican
"I expect it's not
going to move," she
said. "It will depend
on public pressure." Smith
Smith urged people to contact their
senators to encourage action on the bill.
n-1- - -_ay IIIen" Cn C - n

ment Operations Committee.
State Sen. Philip Hoffman (R-
Horton), who spoke against the legisla-
tion in December, said although he iF
not a co-sponsor, he supports Smith'>
current bill.
"(Previously) it was not the righi
time and place," Hoffman said. Smith's
prior effort would have amended al-
ready-proposed legislation. Hoffmar
said the issues should be tackled sepa-
rately, as is now being done.
"I think it's a good proposal on it
merits," he said. "I wish her well on it.'
Many legislators watched as Oregor
displayed dramatic success with vote;
turnout in last year's special electior
for a vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Oregon has flirted with the idea of
voting by mail for the past 15 years anc
has only recently been able to imple-
ment the idea on a statewide level.
Norma Paulus, Oregon's current su-
'nainanrp o nnli ictnrtnna nt

State Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann Arbor) speaks to a dozen students last night
ahnt the nrisnns vs. education issue for Michigan last night.


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