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Tonight: Partly cloudy, low
around 42°.
Tomorrow: Partly sunny, high
around 560.

One hundred si xyears of editori lfreedom

October 24, 1996

Bo iiger returns to vie for presdency

By eff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Today is a unique sort of homecoming in the
career of former Law Dean Lee Bollinger.
Last Saturday, thousands of University
ms remembered their pasts in Ann Arbor,
at Bollinger's homecoming this morning,
le will present a vision for the University's
For his return to campus, Bollinger will spend
four hours in public interviews. He will face
questions from the Board of Regents and the rest
of the University community.
Provost at Dartmouth College since 1994 and

a First Amendment scholar of national
repute, Bollinger makes the return trip after
21 years of service in the University's Law
School and two years at Dartmouth College
in Hanover, N.H.
When he left Ann Arbor. he also left an array
of admirers.
"Lee Bollinger had a very warm and cordial
relationship with the faculty," said Law Prof.
Theodore St. Antoine. "Even colleagues who
differed with him philosophically regarded him
highly on a personal basis"
One Law professor, who requested anonymi-
ty, said Bollinger's leadership skills are "phe-

"He just seemed destined for bigger arenas by
the end of the deanship - he's just a natural."
the professor said. "He has great capacities.
great resources. I think Lee Bollinger can do
anything he puts his mind to.
"lie's an extraordinary person for whom f just
can't think of limits."
St. Antoine said Bollinger is "a true con-
sensus builder" who sought to build policy
through persuading those on the other side of
the fence.
This tolerance of differing viewpoints coin-
cides with the thesis of Bollinger's most famous

book, "The Tolerant Society." In his book,
Bollinger argues that nearly all restraints on
speech should be removed. because free speech
and expression make people develop character
and deal with conflicting ideas.
As University Law dean, Bollinger became
embroiled in a speech controversy of sorts -
the drafting of a student code of non-academic
In an October 1991, letter to The Michigan
Daily, Bollinger said. "The First Amendment
clearly permits the University to regulate some
speech behavior." Bollinger said forms of "ver-

mately concluded that niny of the restrictions in
an early code draft violated the First
Currently. the University's Code of
Student Conduct regulates some forms of
behavior. It contains no specific constraints
on speech.
Bollinger appeared in the national spotlight
nine years ago when he testified against the
Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert
Bork. To the Senate Judiciary Committee,
Bollinger said that Bork's writings and speeches
bro ught into question Bork's commitment to free
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bal harassment"

should be regulated but ulti-


tout visions for
health care

Drumh major Ramon Johnson leads the Michigan Marching Band during a half-time performance at the Michigan-linois game Aug. 31. Johnson, an Engineering junior, is
the band's first black drum major.
aer's harmoniZe wi m igrou pS

By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Rcporter
The nation's emergency rooms and
treatment centers will be shaped by the
decisions voters make on Nov. 5.
Public officials elected this fall will
have to deal with serious health care
issues during their terms, including mak-
ing decisions about health care delivery,
programs, initiatives and possible cuts.
Candidates are campaigning vigor-
ously about health care issues, trying to
tell voters
their plans.
But none of'
that may mat-
ter very
"1 d ntth ink any u
issues are
likely to
affect voters No. 9
very much in
these remaining two weeks' said
Gregory Markus, a University political
science professor. "The number of
undecideds is small."
Nonetheless, candidates say deci-
sions that will be made about health
care in the next few years are too criti-
cal to go unconsidered by voters.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arbor) said she has a strong voting
record on health care. Rivers co-spon-
sored several bills that provide more
health care choices and coverage, The
bills invoked changes such as prohibit-
ing insurers from restricting doctors'
rights to talk about treatment options
and requiring Medicare to cover a
greater range of treatments and screen-
Joe Fitzsimmons, a Republican chal-
lenging Rivers for her seat, said he has
a better plan for health care than his
opponent. He said he supports modest
changes and greater accessibility of ser-
He said he does not believe govern-
ment should intervene in health care
administration. "1 don't believe in one-
size-fits-all health care;" Fitzsimmons
said. "I believe in incremental change"
Portable, renewable health insurance
is very important, Fitzsimmons said.
He also said saving Medicare is impor-


tant, adding that neither he nor other
Republicans plan to cut it.
.(Medicare) is so important. We need
to create a bipartisan commission to
find a permanent solution - not a
Band-Aid." Fitzsimmons said.
Health care, specifically the future of
the Unixersity Medical Center, has
drawn much attention on campus over
the past few months. Following
Medical Center budget and staff cuts,
the University Board of Regents is
options for the
hospitals and
the Medical
Given that
about 40 per-
cent of the
University bud-
get goes to the
in a 12-part series operation of the
Medical Center,
the hospitals are a concern for the
Olivia Maynard, a Democratic candi-
date for regent, said the rcegents elected
this year will likely play crucial roles in
determining the future of the University
Medical Center. Maynard said she
knows changes will have to be made.
"lealth care delivery has been
changing and will continue to change,'
Maynard said. "Entities have to be flex-
ible to change."
Maynard said maintenance of the
quality of patient care and opportunities
ftor research must be top priorities in the
decision-making process.
Maynard and other regent candidates
tout their experiences as strengths to
vote on.
Her service as director of the State
Office on Aging and with the
University's Turner Clinic has provided
her with hands-on experience with the
health care industry, Maynard said. She
said her familiarity with health care
issues could only be an advantage _in
making decisions for the University
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),
who is running for re-election to the
board, said he has more hospital experi-
ence than any other regent candidate.

Iy Ann Stewart
Daily Staff Reporter
Two students - two top spots among
University musical groups.
Ramon Johnson nursed a stress frac-
ture in his foot last week. After march-
ing on asphalt for an hour and a half,
five days a week, not to mention the
Wrs of marching on game Saturdays,
it's no surprise.
So lately Johnson has been marching
on crutches.
"He has a very high standard for him-
self," said Marching Band Director
Kevin Sedatole. "Now we've pretty
much got him off (his foot)."
Johnson is the first black drum
major of the Michigan Marching
Snd. He said he joined the band his
st year as a tenor saxophone, but
soon felt compelled to contribute
more. Now he said he enjoys his role
with both its responsibilities and the
attention it affords.

"My goal was to be the drum major;'
Johnson said. "I'm not floating on a
cloud somewhere because I'm. the first,
but I am proud for my culture.
"There are a lot of band members
who look up to me. My job is to be a
leader and a support."
Music senior Cheryl Darden also has
her share of responsibility.
Darden is the first black student to
occupy principal in a University orches-
tra. She is now one of the three princi-
pal cellos on the University Symphony
Orchestra, picked by screened audition
- playing a sample of music while
obscured by a screen.
Johnson was voted in by the other
band members after a 10-step audition
covering marching technique and leader-
ship ability. Sedatole said Johnson dis-
plays true skill in leading by example.
"He interacts with the membership of
the band quite well," Sedatole said.
"He's interested in people and takes the

time to get to know them."
His friends in band said Johnson
doesn't let that big baton get to his
head. Engineering sophomore and
trumpet player Kim Sachs called him
"down to earth."
"Everybody knows they can talk to
him," Sachs said. "He's willing to take
his shirt off his back."
The Detroit-born junior said he still
practices the saxophone every day and
that music is a "special entity" for him.
"It can make you laugh, it can make
you cry." Johnson said. "For a lot of
people it can make your life complete."
Sedatole describes Johnson as heavy
on school spirit, nearly always wearing
Michigan gear. Sure enough, even his
orthopedic shoe is blue.
Johnson is a mechanical engineering
major and vice president of Kappa
Kappa Psi honorary fraternity. But
Johnson said his busy schedule has only
improved his grades.

"You learn to balance things."
Johnson said. "It forces you to pace
yourself and put yourself on a strict
Johnson said he was not aware until
after he was elected that he was the first
black drum major at the University. ie
said he was surprised "because of the
fact that it's 1996" but also proud of his
Darden also has a lot to be proud of So
do her husband and three-year-old son.
"1 believe it's a gift God has given
me," Darden said. "There's just no way
you can make it without God."
University Orchestras Director
Kenneth Kiesler said Darden is a talent-
ed performer.
"She's very mature and conscien-
tious," Kiesler said. "She plays very
Darden credits much of her success
to God and to her husband Kenneth and
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Experts analyze '96 debates

By Bram Elias
Daily Staff Reporter
After the presidential debate last
week in San Diego, questions arose
regarding whether debates are still valid
public forums.
How to answer the questions ?
A debate, of course.
Experts from the fields of politics,
journalism and academia met last
night to discuss "The Press and the
Presidency: Debating the Debates."
The public panel discussion exam-
ined the problems with and impor-
tance of televised presidential
Richard Willing, Washington bureau

University communication studies
Prof. Michael Traugott moderated the
debate, which tackled issues ranging
from Reform Party candidate Ross
Perot and the San Diego debate to the
power of "spin."
Participants agreed, for different rea-
sons, that Perot should have been
involved in the debates.
"The notion that Perot was eliminat-
ed from the debates because he had no
chance of winning is foolish," Kraus
said. "Dole would have been eliminated
Verney, who ran Perot's failed
1992 bid for the presidency, blamed

new political party; it's a threat to
Other issues weren't resolved so
"Town hall debates make great the-
ater -just like Oprah Winfrey," Verney
said. "But they don't add to issue dis-
That's not such a bad thing, accord-
ing to Willing.
"We're not expecting news to be
made in the way of policy. We look for
slips," he said. "Who says something's
Kraus offered ways to improve the
debate process.
"One debate each election year could





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