The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 8, 1996 - 3
As the voter-registration deadline
sed yesterday, the students who
worked on the Voice Your Vote effort
were counting. They were counting for
a long time.
The non-partisan student group
began working to register student vot-
ers on Aug. 29. Voice Your Vote co-
chair and LSA senior Jae Jae Spoon
said the group registered 6,505 voters
in the Ann Arbor area over the past
two months. She said more than 95
percent of those registered were stu-
"It's great," Spoon said. "Our goal
was 6,000 and I would have been happy
with four or five."
Spoon said the single largest regis-
tration event took place on Sept. 27,
when MTV's Choose or Lose Bus
pulled up to the Michigan Union. She
,said Voice Your Vote volunteers regis-
tered 958 people in just a few hours
Spoon said the group's work is not
done. She said volunteers will now
work on reminding people about their
"Now we have to focus on getting
registered people to vote," she said.
appear in forums
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arlor). and her opponent, Republican
Joe Fitzsimmons, will continue to
make their views known this week in
One forum is scheduled to take place
today at the Westland Chamber of
Commerce from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
The 13th District candidates are
scheduled to appear-at another forum
frm 1 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at St.
Joseph's Catholic Church in Ann
Rivers and Fitzsimmons have
already participated in two candidate
forums this month.
In addition to this week's forums,
another eight are scheduled before the
Nov. 5 election.
(eturns to state
Prospective first lady Elizabeth Dole
will be campaigning in Michigan again
today, less than one week after her last
Republican spokesperson Susan
Schafer said the wife of Republican
presidential nominee Bob Dole is
scheduled to speak to veterans at the
kranian Cultural Center in Warren
Schafer said Dole plans to travel to
Saginaw tomorrow to speak to students
,at Saginaw Valley State University
about drugs and crime.
'Last Thursday, Dole addressed mnem-
bers of the Women's Economic Club in
Levin, Romney to
Vold final debate
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and
his opponent, Republican Ronna
-Romney, plan to square off in their
thirdl and final debate Saturday.
- The candidates are scheduled to
:m et on the Delta College campus in
The debate replaces a previously
scheduled debate canceled because of
The debate is slated to be panel-
style, with one moderator and a mix of
professional reporters. The first
debate was formatted like a town
The second debate at the Economic
Club in Detroit was a single-modera-
Saturday's debate is scheduled to
.take place at 8 p.m., but other specific
ails are still being hammered out by
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Clinton cabinet member salutes local rep.,
0 Congress member
recognized for work
with the environment
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
School of Natural Resources and the
Environment students got the chance to
talk shop with a member of President
Clinton's cabinet, who was on campus
yesterday to campaign with U.S. Rep.
Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor).
Bruce Babbitt, secretary of the inte-
rior, addressed a gathering of about 200
School of Natural Resources and the
Environment students and faculty in
the Dana Building after they watched
Rivers receive an environmental award
for her work on the House Science
"It's very seldom you get a treasure
like (Rivers) in the bleak landscape of
the United States Congress," Babbitt
said. "She's been moving uphill against
The American Federation of
Government Employees presented
Rivers with the award because of her
support of the Great Lakes
Environmental Research Lab.
Rivers said working for environmen-
tal causes was difficult to do in a
Republican Congress. "They are not
committed to a better world for today's
children," she said.
Students should not be deceived
about the Republican environmental
record, Rivers said.
"There was an epiphany three-quar-
ters of the way through this Congress,"
Rivers said. "Republicans realized
Americans really care about the envi-
ronment ... a fact that eluded them.
"Then suddenly we had people using
recycled paper and taking pictures in
zoos," Rivers said.
Babbitt also attacked Republican
environmental policy. He said
Republicans worked against many
environmentally friendly initiatives.
He said he was not appearing on
campus as part of a strictly partisan
mission, but that he wanted to share
concrete information with environmen-
tally minded students.
"I'm not just up here to lecture you
about all these bad guys - and they are
all bad," Babbitt said.
Babbitt spoke to the audience in great
detail about a variety of environmental
issues including protection of national
parks, clean water, Great Lakes ecosys-
tem preservation, harvesting of old
growth forests, pollution in the Florida
Everglades and mining law reform.
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon, a
Republican, said her party is not anti-
environment. She said her own co-
sponsorship of the city's recycling ini-
tiatives was an example of
Republican concern for environmen-
"We are attempting to be more
pragmatic about it." Sheldon said.
"Some situations are over-regulated to
the extent that it's not possible or eco-
nomically feasible to implement
U.S. Secretary of the interior Bruce Babbitt meets with students from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Babbitt was on campus to honor U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) for her work on the House Science Committee.
them." stance, Sheldon said. She said students "I was very excited to have Secretary
Sheldon, who was not at yesterday's should not mistake "fine-tuning for Babbitt here," said SNRE junior Megan
event, said Republicans will always failure" in cases of environmental leg- Owens. "I was also very impressed
support "rational, defensible (environ- islation. that he seemed very educated about
mental) regulations." Students said Babbitt:s visit showed the issues. I think the environment is
Voicing economic concerns should Democrats' concern for environmental one of the most important issues right
not be construed as an anti-environment issues. now," she said.
Ab OnOS C eVeme s,
By David Rossman
Daily Staff Reporter
Enriching the University community
through dedication in teaching,
research, and other academic activities,
15 University faculty members gained
praise at an annual awards assembly last
A mix of the honorary faculty mem-
bers' relatives and a small number of
students gathered in the Rackham
Amphitheatre for the award ceremony.
which highlighted each recipient's
A reception following the ceremony
allowed time for celebration.
"Besides commencement, this is one
of the University's most important cele-
brations," said interim University
President Homer Neal.
"Most award ceremonies focus on
the accomplishments of students -
which they should - but this pays trib-
ute to the faculty, which brings honor to
the University community," Neal said.
Many of the awards highlighted fac-
ulty members who have shown a strong
ability to "successfully juggle teaching.
research, and service," Neal said.
Each honored faculty member will
receive between 5500 and S 1,500 for
research and academic work.
English Prof. Linda Gregerson was
among the awarded faculty members.
"I am immensely grateful for the
recognition from my colleagues and the
University," Gregerson said. "It was an
honor to be recognized with my other
remarkable colleagues that won."
Intending on honoring those who
have brought the University distinction
- on and off campus - the recipients
were chosen by committees within the
Rackham Dean Nancy Cantor, who
presented a majority of the awards, said,
"This is a terrific' group of faculty,
which you can't find at any University.
The exciting set of people and projects
reflected in everyone receiving the
award is striking."
Although few students attended the
event, those who did show up said they
wanted to see their professors receive
"I came because my professor is an-
inspiring person," said Music junior:
Among the award recipients were:
physics Prof. Phillip Bucksbaum,:
English language and literature Prof.
Nicholas Delbanco. Chemical
Engineering Prof. H. Scott Fogler,
pathology Prof. Steven Kunkel, psy
chology and women's studies Prof.'
Abigail Stewart, human genetics:
Associate Prof. Sally Camper, physics:
Prof. Timothy Chupp, dance Prof.;
William DeYoung, English Prof. Linda
Gregerson, associate chemical engi-
neering Prof. Jennifer Linderman,
assistant Greek and Latin Prof. Karen
Myers, Associate English Prof. Ani-ta
Norich, associate chemical engineerin
Prof. Phillip Savage, Law Proft.
Theodore St. Antoine and biology Pr
"With these awards, we re-affirm our,
belief that Michigan's success springs;
from the scholarly efforts of our facul-
ty," Neal said.
Law School Prof. Theodore St. Antoine was recognized for his work in faculty gov-
ernance. St. Antoine was one of 15 faculty members honored yesterday evening.
FY97 may not change much
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Fiscal Year 1997 crept mto Ann
Arbor quietly last week.
The changes in fiscal policies that
went into effect Oct. 1, including a new
welfare bill and an increase in the min-
imum wage, are having little impact in
Michigan, experts say.
"The minimum wage (hike) will have
virtually no effect on anything," said
economics Prof. George Johnson.
Congress raised the minimum wage to
$4.75 for FY97, a move with a diluted
impact from already competitive wages
in Ann Arbor and throughout Michigan.
"Very few students to begin with
were paid less than $4.75 an hour," said
Vickie Crupper, University senior
financial aid officer.
Crupper said only a small percentage
of University student employees had
low enough wages to qualify for the
increase. Raising these wages will not
have an impact on University budgeting
because "the University is very decen-
tralized," she said.
"We have to be as competitive as
(businesses in) the surrounding area,"'
Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
said wages in Ann Arbor already far
exceeded the increased figure.
"The new minimum wage is very low
compared to the average wage in the
economy." Johnson said. "The only
place it will have an effect is rural
However, other policy changes in
FY97, such as funding for housing and
welfare block grants, may eventually
affect how the city itself does business.
Ann Arbor's local welfare office is
revamping goals and policies to accom-
modate new provisions outlined in the
welfare bill. No longer an entitlement
program, the money available to the
states for welfare programs is now
doled out in block grants, potentially
limiting the number of Americans on
"There's gonna be some stress and
some struggle," Sheldon said.
Under new federal and state guide-
lines and a new interim director,
Michigan's Family Independence
Agency is in "a state of transition," said
Barbara Ludwig, FIP social services
"We are implementing policy as we
get it, but it's a complete change,"
Ludwig said the move to block
grants allows the states more flexibili-
ty as long as they follow parameters
outlined in the welfare act. The act
requires people receiving benefits to
attend "joint-orientation" programs by
FIP and works-program staff that "let
clients know what service we have to
help the clients become self-suffi-
cient," Ludwig said.
Michigan does not limit the number of
years recipients are on welfare assistance
if they consistently attend the programs.
"If they don't do what is assigned of
them ... they would not receive bene-
fits," Ludwig said.
Johnson said that if the reform
weeds out the welfare system as it is
designed to do, Americans won't be
pleased with the higher number of
poor and children left on the street. ie
said he expects to see the bill itself
reformed "not within the next year, but
very soon after"
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