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The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 25, 1996 7A

New council to lead Enoineeriny

I

By Bram Elas
Daily Staff Reporter
The Engineering student government has a new
engine.
Following last week's elections, junior Kim Dillon
is the new University of Michigan Engineering
Council president, and junior Jason Bubolz was elect-
'dinternal vice president. The positions of treasurer
d secretary will be filled by junior David Burden
and sophomore Susie Milas.
The external vice presidency is presently vacant.
Only Engineering students can take part in the elec-
tions, which have a low profile compared to the
Michigan Student Assembly elections. Candidates
said talking to friends was more effective than putting
up signs.
"I put up a couple of posters," Dillon said. "Mostly
I just used word-of-mouth."
Apparently, Dillon's tactics worked. She cruised to
*ctory, gaining 70 percent of the vote over senior

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Chris Mortis. She already has some plans for her pres-
idential term.
"I plan to get a feel for how the last term went," she
said. "I want to know what issues my constituency and
my adviser think are pressing."
Dillon specified inadequate parking on North
Campus as one of her first concerns.
That's fine with Mortis, who said the issues matter
much more than who serves as president.
"The race was competitive, but it's more important
that we get the issues out," he said. "I hope the park-
ing issue gets resolved."
The position of external vice president is still up in
the air. Junior Amy Fischer carried 71 percent of the
vote to junior Nick Yang's 29 percent. But Fischer is
not going to be on campus next semester, and is step-
ping down before the first UMEC meeting.
"I guess it's fun to win," Fischer said. "But I really
can't do anything with it right now. I already joined an
engineering work co-op, and it was too late to take my

name off the ballot."
UMEC will select a new external vice president at
the first meeting of the new executive board.
Burden was elected treasurer in the closest race of
the UMEC elections. Burden's 134 votes edged
sophomore Jeffrey LeMaster's 123, a 29.7 percent to
27.2 percent victory in the four-way race. Senior Joel
Young and senior Peter Perakis received 23.5 percent
and 19.6 percent, respectively.
Burden faces one more hurdle before serving on
UMEC, though.
"I'm in an interesting situation," he said. "UMEC
passed a constitutional amendment a few weeks ago
saying that you can't serve on the UMEC board and
(the Michigan Student Assembly) at the same time."
Burden won an Engineering seat in MSA elections
last week. UMEC will decide on his situation soon, he
said.
The internal vice president and secretary races were
uncontested.

REPS
Continued from Page 1A
ing, Michigan Party candidates also
took the fourth through seventh
places in LSA balloting, and won
three seats in other schools.
The only other party to sponsor
winners was the Crush the Purple
Dinosaur Party. Aphrodite Nikolouski
won the final LSA vacant seat, fin-
ishing eighth in the polls.
Incumbent David Burden again
secured an Engineering seat.
Incumbent Mike Pniewski and new-
comer Dean Chung also won
Rackham seats under the Crush the
Purple Dinosaur label.
Independents also fared well in
Engineering. Both Mark Dub and
incumbent Jasmine Khambatta fin-
ished first and second, respectively,
without the aid of party affiliations.
Dub, who ran last term with the
Wolverine Party, said he filed as an
independent this term so he would not
be constrained by party politics.
"I wanted to make sure my priori-
ties and loyalties lie with the students
of the College of Engineering and not
to a political party," Dub said.
"Whether you're running with a party
or not, the campaign process is very
grueling. In the end, not running with
a party was not very important."

About 16 percent of Engineering
students came out to vote.
The Michigan and Crush the
Purple Dinosaur parties were the only
slates that included assembly incum-
bents.
"I think you need incumbents
because they know how to win," said
MSA Vice President Probir Mehta.
"You need some knowledge of the
assembly and of the issues which
incumbents can provide."
But being an incumbent did not
guarantee candidates a victory. LSA
incumbents and Michigan Party can-
didates Amer Zahr and Srinu
Vourganti both fell short in their bids
for re-election.
Vourganti, who finished ninth in
overall LSA balloting, said his party
was not to blame.
"We were damn successful,"
Vourganti said. "But this time inde-
pendents won-- that just doesn't nor-
mally happen on MSA."
The large number of parties also
did not bring the high turnout MSA
officials were expecting.
While election officials would not
release voter turnout figures for the
entire student body, low numbers
were reported in all major schools.
According to these figures, elec-
tion turnout was about average for
winter-term assembly elections.

MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Tranquility
Riyako (right) and Junko Suzuki take part in an enactment of a traditional
Japanese tea ceremony at the Museum of Art's tea house. Junko bows In
front of a scroll meaning tranquility in order to evoke a feeling of peace.

MARGARET MYERS/Ddly
Engineering first-year student Dan Haugh sleeps on the Uhag as part of Homeless
Awareness Week.

HOMELESS
Continued from Page 1A
Ozone House offers free social ser-
vices to runaway and homeless kids and
.1 cir families.
As the clock struck 2 a.m., students
brought their sleeping bags to a discus-
sion led by Avalon House speaker
Michael Appel on inadequate facilities
and services for
the homeless.
Appel said - 1
homeless people I ill
often do not earn make a
enough money
or room and
W ard and the
Waiting list to get LSA fi
a spot at a shelter
is long. He also said homelessness,
poverty and alcohol abuse are connect-
ed.

Tanya Lee said.the best solution is "not
to lie, not to avoid eye contact with
them."
LSA first-year student Sarah Tait,
who helped organize the sleepout, said
many people who saw the students on
the Diag complained about the cold
weather.
"Regardless of how many people
attended the sleepout, I think we did

k we did
- Sarah Tait
rst-year student

make a point,"
Tait said. "We
may not have
directly helped
the homeless that
night, but we
indirectly helped
them by making
people think
about the prob-

Appel hugged himself, shivered in the
wind, and said, "If you face this kind of
cold not by choice, you damn well want
to be drunk."
One participant raised the question of
4ow he should deal with the homeless
people on campus who ask for change.
Ozone House representative N'

lem of homelessness."
LSA sophomore Joel Heeres said lack
of awareness about the homeless may
have contributed to the sleepout's low
attendance.
"You just couldn't just get wrapped up
in your studies or your own personal
social life or whatever here without rec-
ognizing that there is a bigger picture
around, other than Ann Arbor and other
parts of Michigan," Heeres said.

FEES
Continued from Page 1A
"It's a disappointment to everyone
who is interested in participating in com-
munity service," said Project Serve
Director Anita Bohn. "Ihis would have
been a benefit to everyone on campus."
The Project Serve and Black Volunteer
Network increase, which would also
have created a $5,000 scholarship and a
$20,000 general fund to go to campus
service groups, came the closest to pass-
ing. It fell about 80 votes short.
"It was a heartbreaker," said MSA
Vice President Probir Mehta. "Project
Serve put a lot of work in, but in the end
their increase just did not carry the day."
LSA Rep. Dan Serota, who initially
proposed the ballot question, said Project
Serve and other groups had not done

enough work to promote the increase.
"There should have been more infor-
mation out there about exactly who this
money would have benefited," Serota
said. "The support for (the ballot ques-
tion) was disorganized at best."
On the other hand, the $1 for individ-
ual school and college governments
failed by a 1,526-vote margin.
"I didn't want that on the ballot" said
LSA-Student Government President
Paul Scublinsky. "It wasn't worded clear-
ly and it shouldn't have been voted on."
LSA Rep. Jonathan Winick, who
drafted the measure for the $1 fee
increase to fund MSA, said the wording
of the measure helped it pass.
"It was worded very advantageously,"
Winick said. "The ether ones did not
provide enough information and that
hurt their chances"

GOVERNORS
Continued from Page 1A
tax rates are losing investments and citi-
izens to states with lower taxes, less
business regulation and growing
economies.
"People are voting with their feet,"
said Martin Anderson of the Hoover
Institution. Anderson said studies show a
migration of people "out of states that
are increasing taxes the most and into the
states that are cutting taxes the most."
Anderson proposed a plan to imple-
ment spending control and then person-
al and business tax cuts that he said will
breed a healthier economy.
Anderson's "right-wing" tax cuts are
the first steps to a flat tax system that
would reduce the "progressivity of the
tax system."
RGA Vice Chair Steve Merrill, of
New Hampshire, urged the panel --
consisting of 31 Republican governors
and several economics experts - to
address an assumption by some poll-
sters that because votdrs rejected Dole's
Mainstreet tax cut on celction day, taxes
"were not a persuasive issue in 1996."
Moore was quick to state that taxes
- and tax cuts - are still a "live-wire
issue" for voters.
Both liberal Democrats and conserv-
ative Republicans are expecting and
hoping Clinton will not deliver on all of
his economic promises, panelists said.
"What would the Republicans do ...
if he comes up and proposes a 5- to 10-
percent tax cut and fulfills his own
promises?" Anderson asked.
"I think it would be very bad politi-
cally for the Republicans," he said.
Martin's comments earned a nervous
laugh from the crowd and a joke from
Engler.
"Why do I get the feeling that there's
a Democrat in the room scribbling

madly?" he asked.
U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-
Mich.) took the podium when the panel
addressed what it called "abuse" within
the federal judicial system. The gover-
nors hailed Abraham's Prison Litigation
Reform Act as an example of steps
Congress needs to take to curtail unnec-
essary lawsuits against the government.
Abraham said his legislation, signed
by President Clinton last year, will cut
down on "quasi-frivolous or very obvi-
ously frivolous" lawsuits brought by
prison inmates against the federal gov-
erment for issues such as melted ice
cream and uniforms of "Converse ten-
nis shoes rather than Reebok."
The session called "Federal Judiciary
vs. the States" produced some angry
comments from the governors and spe-
cific suggestions to limit the power the
courts have to affect government years
after a legal decision.
"All the well-meaning legislation in
the world struck down by liberal courts
is of no use to us, said Oklahoma Gov,
Frank Keating.
With the possibility of several feder-
al and Michigan court appointments
impending during Clinton's second
term, Republican concern about judi-
cial power has gained momentum
recently.
Judicial decrees should have a term-
limit provisions and decisions made by
government agencies should have to be
approved by Congress to become law,
said New York Law School Prof. Ross
Sandler.
"Congress has figured out a way to
avoid making the hard decisions,'
Sandler said. "Delegation leads to regu-
lation leads to court orders."
The RGA conference continues
today with sessions led by U.S. House
Speaker Newt Gingrich and U.S
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.

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apartment, the student should have the
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"Just because an apartment is adver-
tised at a particular rate, don't think
that the quoted price is what you have
to pay for it," the publication reads.
"The worst that can happen is they will
say no."
In a University Housing report this
year, housing
officials said
jets Can rental rates
increased by 3.8
i percent in 1996.
"I think it's

promises in
writing. Then
they can be
enforced," Fox
said.
sa)d o u g I a s
Lewis, director
of Student Legal
Services, also
said students
should carefully
read over leases
before signing.
"I think a lot

increases every
year."
-Jani Platz
Leasing marketing director
for Prime Student Housing

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of students don't," he said. "Items of
particular importance are making sure
all the dates and numbers are correct."
SLS also offers students the oppor-
tunity to have their lease read by an
attorney to answer questions and
check for legal problems.
Students should also be careful
about filling out their security deposit
checklist, which documents problems
in the unit, to avoid future conflicts
about what the condition of the unit
was before the tenant moved in.
"(Students) should be picky," Lewis

dents are willing to pay.
Micale said rental rates have been
increasing for the past three years.
"Part of it is a cost-of-living
increase," he said. "The rate this year
is slightly higher than the cost-of-liv-
ing increase."
But Micale said that since the
vacancy rate is low, landlords can ask
for slightly higher rental rates. "It's
kind of that supply and demand."
But Platz said rent increases are pAr-
tially due to costs landlords incur, due
to damage to apartments and damage

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