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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 30, 1996 - 7

Volunteers mobilize on
week of Devil's Night

DETROIT (AP) - Remembering the
fires and crime that marked Devil's Night
in 1990, Detroit resident Ida Cummins
plans to spend the two nights before
Halloween this year guarding the vacant
apartment building behind her house.
"They won't get it as long as I'm
breathing,' Cummins said as she
demonstrated how she would sit at her
kitchen window to watch the building.
Cummins is not alone in anger and
shame over arson on Devil's Night in
the city.
As of Monday, the city had about
26,000 volunteers to help patrol neigh-
borhoods and guard abandoned build-
ings and vehicles, mayoral spokesper-
son Anthony Neely said.
"Most of the work is being done in
the communities," Neely said, adding
the number of volunteers was expected
to reach 30,000 for tonight -
Halloween Eve - and tomorrow.
Last year Mayor Dennis Archer said
61 fires were reported on Devil's Night.
In 1994 - Archer's first Halloween in
office -there were 182, the most since

215 Devil's Night blazes in 1986.
During the past decade, Detroit's
Halloween Eve arson blitz has drawn
media attention from around the world as
fires burn in abandoned buildings, vehi-
cles and vacant lots. The number of fires
peaked in 1985 at 297 but had been
decreasing annually until 1994's sharp
increase. The city has 40 to 60 fires daily.
The spotlight also was on Detroit
when Zeev Chafets wrote in his book,
"Devil's Night and Other True Tales of
Detroit," that suburbanites looked for-
ward to the night where they could see
the city burning.
In early September, city officials
launched radio, television and billboard
ads discouraging arson. The campaign
used bright orange ribbons as its sym-
bol, placing one on the Spirit of Detroit
statue outside city offices.
Hundreds of abandoned buildings
have been razed. Others bear signs warn-
ing the buildings are under watch and
offering rewards for information in arson
cases. Over the weekend, more than 300
tow trucks from the police department

identified and towed abandoned vehicles.
A curfew for city residents 17 and
under also was put in place from 6 pin.
tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow.
Last year, police reported 17 arrests
on arson-related offenses, up from
seven in 1994. They also reported 210
curfew violation arrests.
Some businesses also have jumped
on the bandwagon. Ameritech loaned
120 cellular and free air time to the vol-
unteers and police department for use
in reporting fires and suspicious activi-
ty. McDonald's restaurants in Detroit,
Hamtramck and Highland Park were
providing free soft drinks and coffee to
volunteers, police officers, fire and
EMS personnel.
Cummins believes she can do more.
She won't say "Devil's Night,' prefer-
ring to call it Angel's Night.
"Why give it a derogatory name?"
she asked. "It should be Angel's Night
because the volunteers out there are
angels protecting not only the image of
our city, but the well-being of our resi-

.Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) shakes hands after a debate last night in the Michigan League. The debate, which fea-
'tured four regent candidates, focused on the presidential search, which Baker said should end early next week.
.'U'may have pres. bTusa

Continued from Page 1
Chodorow said technology will
influence "a real revolution" in how
the University will function.
- - Faulkner emphasized the need for
:a president to be a visible spokesper-
son for the University and public high-
er education.
McFee deemed the process success-
"I think the open interview process
lis an integral part of the selection of a
president," McFee said. "You find out
,AD a public setting how well a person
-.an think on his or her feet."
Michigan Student Assembly
.President Fiona Rose questioned the
*regents' ability to conduct the search
effectively while under legal con-
straints. She said regents should be
allowed to meet privately with candi-
"I think it's ridiculous that the
egents are so constrained with the
amount of contact they have with can-
didates' Rose said. "We've lost some-
thing by having such a strict and con-
- strained interview process."
Sometimes subtle questions of phi-
1lsophy surfaced.
At an invitation-only dinner at
Inglis House, Faulkner and Regent
Philip Power (D-Ann Arbor) dis-
cussed the priorities and characteris-
tics needed to assemble a successful
executive team.
"You have to look ... vigorously and
Continued from Page 1
be made. "Welfare reform is an issue of
major concern to the voters," Brewer
said. "He thought it was important to
change the system"
Brewer said Clinton wants to change
specific things about the bill, namely
reversing cuts in benefits for older legal
immigrants and taking steps to ensure
provisions for child welfare.
* "This is not the end of welfare
reform," Clinton said in statement.
"This is the beginning."
Clinton said he wants to set up a tax-
credit system for employers who hire
long-term welfare recipients. He pro-
poses granting employers a 50-percent
credit on the first $10,000 of annual
wages for such employees. He also
plans to initiate several other hiring-
incentive programs.
..According to literature provided by
'the Michigan Dole/Kemp campaign,
Dole has plans for more welfare revi-
sions of his own.
The statement says Dole supports
permitting states to sanction welfare
recipients who test positive for drugs,
increasing penalties for food stamp
fraud and making $60 billion in cuts to
federal welfare bureaucracy.

hard to find the best people," Faulkner
said, saying "integrity, intelligence and
imagination, in that order" would be
the final factors in hiring top
University leaders.
Power replied by questioning
Faulkner closely about the importance
of imagination in leadership and quot-
ed former Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger. Faulkner, who has a doctor-
ate in chemistry, replied by saying,
"imagination without intelligence
tends to be unrealistic."
Bollinger returned to Ann Arbor for
his interview after 21 years at the
University's Law School and two years
at Dartmouth. After he spoke at the
afternoon town meeting last Thursday,
he was hugged and congratulated by.
several audience members.
Coming back and interviewing at a
place where he has so many connec-
tions led to conflicting feelings,
Bollinger said.
"It's a whole complex set of emo-
tions," he said. "It's tremendous
excitement. And yet it's always diffi-
cult to interview at your own institu-
tion because the feelings run so high.
You have a lot of memories of a life,
really, that you've created at a place
like this."
Christ, who was the first candidate
to go before the regents, said the back-
and-forth dialogue she had with the
regents was helpful. She said the expe-
rience helped illustrate how the
University functions.
"I have come away from this with a

far fuller, deeper, richer sense of the
University and the relationship with
the Board of Regents;' Christ said. "I
found it a very rewarding experience,
and one that I learned a tremendous
amount from."
For Chodorow, expanding interdis-
ciplinary education is important for
universities. He said clarifying the
connection between research and the
benefits it has for students will prompt
a rising tide that lifts everyone
He said it's important for schools to
have a collective sense of community.
"(The University) seems to have a
sense of community that's unusual;'
Chodorow said. "People care about
sustaining that sense of community
"All four of them are very academic
in nature and background," said
Patrick McGinnis, LSA senior and
chair of the Student-Alumni Council.
"Probably all four are going to be lead-
ing this university in a similar direc-
McGinnis, who was present at the
Faulkner dinner, said relatively
small issues of character and belief
will probably determine whom the
regents choose.
Harrison said the board will "decide
on Tuesday if they can reach a meeting
of the minds of who the best candidate
"The regents need to decide which
of the four people they're most com-
fortable with."

Controversial sex ed curriculum may
lead to Fenton School Board recall

FENTON, Mich. (AP) - Some par-
ents are upset that the Fenton Board of
Education has reaffirmed its plans for a
sexual education curriculum that
include instructions on condom use.
About 100 people attended a board
meeting Monday where the "Healthy
Students 2000" curriculum was dis-
cussed. Opponents called it "filthy" and
"obscene;' while proponents said it was
"necessary" and "lifesaving."
The board voted 6-1 to reaffirm its
March decision to implement the cur-
Stephanie Pytlowanyj, president of
Truth in Education, a group formed to
oppose the curriculum, said the pro-
gram advocates sexual activity and is
The curriculum promotes abstinence
as the safest choice to avoid AIDS, sex-
ually transmitted diseases and pregnan-
cy. It also includes diagrams of anato-
my. During the segment on sexually
transmitted diseases, the curriculum
provides instruction on the use of con-
The lessons are to begin next semes-
ter for students in fifth through ninth

grades. Students can "opt out" of the
lessons if their parents wish.
Pytlowanyj, a nurse who is home-
schooling her children, said she collect-
ed more than 500 signatures demanding
the district reconsider its support of the
"You eroded our ability to protect our
children," Pytlowanyj said. "I hold you,
the Fenton school board, accountable
for the terrible consequences that will

Michelle Primeau, a Fenton High
School senior, told the adults that many
teens are making uninformed choices
that risk their lives.
"The misinformation is out there. We
need to give the students the informa-
tion this curriculum provides;' she said.
"AIDS is a huge thing. AIDS is an
immense thing. AIDS is killing my

The statement says Dole also sup-
ports "strengthening families and per-
sonal responsibility by funding state
initiatives to establish abstinence edu-
cation programs in public schools,
which discourage teen pregnancy and
Sheldon Danziger, a University pro-
fessor of social work and public policy

Republicans contend that people
have to start somewhere. People mov-
ing off welfare will not immediately
jump into middle management posi-
tions, Engler said. "They've got to
begin a work history."
Rivers said one basic difference
between Republicans and Democrats
about welfare can be summed up in just

and an expert
on welfare, said
Dole's plans for
drug restric-
tions and absti-
nence initia-
tives will not
help the sys-
"That's just
They offer
appeals to emo-
tion that don't
really get at the
cash issue (of
we I fare) ,"
Danziger said.

This welfare bill
is mostly about
cutting the budget
and scoring
political points."
- Sheldon Danziger
University professor of social
work and public policy

a few words:
"who controls
the dollars."
maintain that
some national
c o n t r o .l
ensures people*
will be helped.
Rivers said she
is definitely
against state
control of wel-
fare. She said
national stan-
dards are nec-
e s s a r y
some states that

Romney, a Republican candidate for
U.S. Senate.
John Truscott, a spokesperson for
Engler, said state control of welfare
would allow people to receive more
specialized help. "This one-size-fits-all
welfare across the country isn't cutting
it,' he said.
Truscott said recipients' welfare
needs vary from state to state and even
within states.
"State control would allow for those
regional changes to be addressed,"
Truscott said.
Politicians can argue all they want,
Danziger said, but the current bill does-
n't measure up.
"This welfare bill is mostly about
cutting the budget and scoring politi-
cal points," Danziger said. "It wasn't
about moving people from welfare to
Danziger said it will take two to five
years for the negative effects of the wel-
fare reform bill to show up, when the
lifetime limits begin to expire. "Over
time there will be enormous effects;' he
Danziger said the bill offered a "bet-
ter deal for states" but did not include
enough protections.
"It was great politics;' Danziger said.
"It was lousy policy."

"because there are

Some have voiced opposition to the
bill because many welfare recipients do
not have the training and skills neces-
sary to acquire higher-paying jobs, and
the lower-paying jobs they could get do
not pay enough to live on.

refuse to give basic services to their cit-
Republicans want welfare control out
of Washington, D.C.
"A lot of the welfare program could
be shifted to state control,' said Ronna

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