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Thursday
October 10, 1996

Politicians say foreign policy will not determine election

By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
Decisions about Iraq, Bosnia and other troubled
spots in the world may not affect the outcome of
A erican elections next month - at least that's
Wat Republicans and Democrats are saying.
Officials from both parties said foreign poli-
cy, while important, is not paramount in the con-
cerns of most Americans.
Former Democratic Michigan Gov. James
Blanchard, who has also served as U.S. ambas-
sador to Canada, said he believes the election
will be determined by domestic issues, not for-
eign policy issues.
"It's been a very productive, peaceful time for
th U.S.," Blanchard said of President Clinton's
time in office. "The issue is whether we want to
continue the spectacular foreign policy of

President Bill Clinton.
"There aren't any major problems which we
aren't addressing appropriately" Blanchard said.
State Sen. John
Schwarz (R-Battle
Creek) said foreign poli-c
cy will not be the.
"make-or-break issue,"
but should be a major
consideration for voters.
"I'd be a lot more
comfortable with
(Republican presiden- A
tial nominee) Bob
Dole's hand on the
tiller," Schwarz said. "Dole has the institutional
and historic memory, one, and two, the resolve
to act if he needs to."

Some students' opinions about foreign poli-
cy's influence echoed those of party officials.
"It's not really an issue I'm concerned about."
said Lewis Guest, an
LSA sophomore. "I
mainly look to issues
going on in our country.'
Other students said
foreign policy issues are
key influences on their
votes. "As the comman-
der in chief. the presi-
dent's main influence is
through foreign policy.
. 5 in a 12-part series, compared to domestic
decisions which require the consensus of
Congress," said Scott Hessell, an LSA senior.
Republicans and Democrats disagree about

the success of Clinton's foreign policy.
Blanchard credited Clinton with making out-
standing foreign policy decisions. "Bill Clinton
has made more strides in foreign policy than
.limmv Carter, Ronald Reagan and George Bush
all added up," he said.
Republicans say Clinton has not done so well.
In fact, some say Clinton has failed in the for-
eign policy arena.
"We've lost credibility around the world.-
Dole said during Sunday's presidential debate.
Schwarz said Clinton had not made an "egre-
gious mistake yet.' but that allies like Great
Britain, France and Germany don't seem to have
much confidence in his leadership. or in
Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
Blanchard disagreed. He said as ambassador
to Canada he was able to see firsthand how other

world leaders 'viewed Clinton's leadership abili-
ties. "The leaders felt Clinton's leadership was
strong and successful.
"H is decisions hax e not alway s been popular.
but they have been correct:" Blanchard said.
Although they did not agree about Clinton's
success. Republicans and Democrats agreed
that several areas in the world currently need
attention from the United States, and officials
from both parties pointed to Bosnia. China.
Cuba, Ireland and Iraq as such places.
Recent hostilities in Iraq have created a flood
of controversy. After Clinton ordered U.S.
bombings in Iraq last month, Republicans said
he was not following a clear policy.
"I think what we did there was a gesture and
See POLICY, Page 2A

No

Regent
opefuls tak
search, deals
By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Three candidates to the University Board of Regents met
in the basement of Memorial Christian Church last night to
discuss issues central to the future of the University.
While the church choir practiced upstairs, Republican
Mike Bishop and Democrats Olivia Maynard and Martin
Taylor fielded questions from an audience of about 20.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor), the only incumbent
in the four-way race for two seats, was unable to attend
because of a scheduling conflict.
Subjects ranged from the presidential search to secret
salary deals to students' voices at the regents' table.
"We believe in the University," Bishop said. "We have to
focus our concerns on the issues that face this school."
71One of the biggest issues the candidates confronted was
the presidential search. Taylor, who has worked for the state
in several capacities, said the Open Meetings Act must be fol-
lowed to the letter.
"(The act) can be troublesome and a real pain at times,"
Taylor said. "The law is the law, and you have to comply with
it."
Maynard said the regents are doing their best to follow the
Open Meetings Act without compromising the quality of the
candidate poki. "They are trying to work with the law not cir-
cumvent it," Maynard said.
*All three candidates had strong opinions about the actions
of former President James Duderstadt. They said the deals
made between Duderstadt and several top administrators
were improper.
"I was perplexed, and I couldn't understand how this could
have transpired without the Board of Regents' approval,"
Maynard said.
The regents "gave away the whole store" in the deals,
Bishop said. "The board has no one to blame but themselves
See REGENTS, Page 2A

Race, inner
cities key in

VP

debate

Ios Angeles 'Times
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --.The
problems of race and America's inner
cities took a somewhat surprising posi-
tion at center stage as Vice President Al
Gore and Jack Kemp, his Republican
opponent, opened their nationally tele-
vised debate last night.
Gore, responding
to a question from
debate moderator,
Jim Lehrer, pro-
nounced his sup-
port for continued
affirmative action.
saying that "diversi-
ty is a great strength
in America" and
challenged Kemp to
explain his change dore
of position on the
anti -affirmative
action initiative on California's ballot.
Kemp had opposed the initiative, now
Proposition 209, before joining the
Republican ticket, but during the
Republican convention announced that
he had switched positions, joining Dole.
who supports it. At
the same time, how-
ever, he has opposed
making the initiativeX
a focus for the GOP
campaign and has
often seemed
uncomfortable with
It. The initiative
would end govern-
ment-sponsored
affirmative action Kemp
plans in the state.
In keeping with Kemp's somewhat
ambiguous position on the issue, he
carefully avoided saying anything
favorable about the initiative, saying
that "my life. has been dedicated to
equality of opportunity" that "affirma-
tive action should be predicated oil
need" and that while he opposes "quo-
tas," he believes the country should
"protect diversity."

Kemp sought to shift the issue to
economics - arguing repeatedly that
the problems of impoverished city
neighborhoods could be solved by
eliminating capital gains taxes in inner
cities. Doing that would bring a vast
new inflow of investment, he said.
Gore, for his part, repeatedly used
Kemp's own past words as a weapon. In
the past. Kemp often criticized Dole for
being too willing to raise taxes. and
Gore had clearly memorized many of
those quotes - reminding viewers that
Kemp had once said Dole had "never
met a tax he didn't hike."
Long before the two men took the
stage. each side was attempting to
lower expectations by downplaying its
man's debating prowess.
Kemp staffers said the former con-
gressman has not been involved in a
high-profile debate since his 1988
presidential bid, and that was a group
affair without tight time constraints.
Gore aides. however, noted that the
telegenic Kemp earned millions of dol-
lars on the lecture circuit before Dole
selected him as his running mate. They
gave the advantage to Kemp.
"I think the one thing Jack Kemp and
I agree on is that I will be the heavy
underdog in this debate.' Gore told
reporters. "But I'm doing the best I can
to prepare for it."
For days, the two running mates had
been iii Florida anticipating what ques-
tions might be thrown their wayuon
national television.' he stakes were high,
for the contest is viewed by many
activists in both parties not just in terms
of the 199% election, but as a possible
preview of the 2000 campaign.
Kemp went to Dole's condominium
in Bal Harbour and used the same con-
ference room that Dole used to prepare
for Sunday night's debate with
President Clinton.
In the Longboat Key resort near
Sarasota. Gore sparred in mock debates
with former Rep. "Tom Downey (D-N.Y.),
who was playing the role of Kemp.

MARK FRIEDMANEw.
Regent candidates Republican Mike Bishop (left) and Democrat- Martin Taylor and Olivia Maynard
debate last night at the Memorial Christian Church.

tatino actor to speak on coming out

By Alice Robinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Students heading to Rackham Auditorium tonight
will be able to hear from a fellow twenty-something
for a change.
.Wilson Cruz, the openly gay Puerto Rican actor who
ayed Rickie Vasquez on the short-lived but highly
acclaimed ABC television series "My So-Called Life"
is scheduled to speak tonight at 8 p.m. at Rackham
Auditorium as part of National Coming Out Week and
the University's month-long Latino Heritage
Celebration.

"He is a bridge between a lot of the community and
really connects a lot of different people," said Ryan
LaLonde, chair of the Michigan Student Assembly's
Lesbian/Gav/Bisexual/Transgendered Task Force and a
member of the Queer Unity Project, which planned the
visit. "It's very important for us to build community."
On "My So-Called Life" the 21-year-old Cruz pio-
neered the way for homosexual actors, as the first open-
ly gay teenager to be featured regularly on a TV series.
Katalina Berdy, an adviser in the Office of Multi-
Ethnic Student Affairs, said Cruz is a role model for
'Latinos. "By bringing in Latinos that have excelled in

their respective areas ... it fosters pride." she said.
"Part of the principle of the Latino Heritage
Celebration is to bring to the forefront ... the histori-
cal contributions of Latinos," Berdy said.
LaLonde said that Cruz's visit highlights the dis-
crimination faced by both Latino/as and gays. "The
same oppression that gays face is the same oppression
that people of color face," lie said.
Planners said Cruz was excited about speaking.
Cruz will speak at universities in California and New
York as part of National Coming Out Week before
arriving in Ann Arbor today.

UAC cuts mini-courses for term

Personnel change
causes course -
cancellation
By Chris Metinko
For the Daily
Students will have to search out class-
es in bartending. massage and yoga this
semester.
These three classes, some of the most
popular mini-courses offered by the
University Activities Center, will not be
offered this fall due to a change in per-
sonnel at UAC that forced the cancella-
tion.
"The person who had been doing

the best activities because people put a
lot of work into it."
Kinder promised that the courses
would return next semester, sometime
around mid-January. "They'ie delayed
not canceled' she said.
Greenstein said she has more work to
do on the mini-courses.
"There's a lot of planning, and I need
more time." she said. "We just want to do
the best job possible.".
Kinder said she is expecting new
courses to be added and the old ones to
be improved. Course pricing and sched-
uling have not been decided yet.
Kinder and Greenstein said the
cancellation of the 10 courses was
not due to any financial or schedul-

activities," Kinder said. Bartending is by
far the most popular course among stu-
dents, she said.
Students said they were disappointed
by UAC's decision to cancel courses.
"I think it's cool they offer courses
like that. They're fun and offer a
change of pace," said Katie Elias, an
L.SA sophomore who took bartend-
ing last semester. "Besides, it was
cheap."
LSA sophomore Sujit Das agreed.
"I wanted something that would be a
diversion away from classes. It's nice to
have an option out there" he said. "I
think it's definitely something that
should be offered."
Mini-courses are usually' oftlred by

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