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22B -The Michigan Daily Weekend

Magazine - Thursday, October 31, 1996



A weekly list of who's
where, what's happening and
ET why you need to be there ...

The Michig ily Weekend M
Presidential Analysis: Crunch Time?
Experts: Both are insiders, but Clinton sh<

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
(1948) A Halloween celebration including the
film, goodies and a haunted house. Festivities
begin at 3 p.m. Mich 5:30 p.m.

To Live (1995) A brother and a sister deal
with the changes that result when China reoc-
cupies Hong Kong. Aud A, 8 p.m. Free.
Ann Arbor New Music Festival Featuring
TopKat, The Still and Backseat Joyride.
Michigan Theater. 7:30 p.m. $11 in advance.
(810) 645-6666.

Big Night (1996) Two
Italian brothers try to
save their restaurant by
throwing a party to
attract customers. Mich
8 p.m.
The Exorcist (1973)
Starring Linda Blair, this
film follows the story of a
child possessed by the
Unholy One. Mich 10:15

Butterfly Originals mixed
with reggae, disco, house
and rock. A benefit for
WCBN. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m.
Fat Amy Modern rock origi-
nals from Lansing. Rick's.
9:30 p.m.
RFD Boys Local bluegrass
act. The Ark.
8 p.m. $8.75
at door.

Brother Rabbit Local pop-rock band plays cov-
ers and originals. Rick's. 9:30 p.m.
Sally Fingerett A member of the Four Bitchin'
Babes comes to Ann Arbor for a solo appear-
ance. The Ark. 8 p.m. $10 at door.
Harms Way Ann Arbor's own speed metal
band. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m.
The Pirates of Penzance '90s twist of this
classic opens at Ann Arbor Civic Theater,
2275 Platt Rd. 7:30 p.m. $5, $7. 996-
Apartment 3A Yet another original comedy by
Jeff Daniels. This one deals with moving into a
new place. Purple Rose Theater Co., Garage
Theater, 137 Park St., Chelsea. 8 p.m. $10 to
$24. 475-7902.
Halloween Yes, that's tonight. Be scary.
Begins at dusk. Free.
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) Food serves
as a key metaphor in this story of genera-
t al differences in Taipei. Nat Sci 5 p.m.
Ohayo (Good Morning) (1959) Two boys go
on strike when their parents refuse to buy a
television set. Japanese with subtitles. Nat
Sc 7 p.m. Free.

Rusted Root World music
from radio-friendly band. Sold
out. Hill Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.
Michelle Shocked Female
folk style rock. 7th House in
Pontiac. (810) 335-8100
The Wedding Present With
guest Versus. Clutch Cargo's
in Pontiac. (810) 333-2362.
Hello Out There William
Saroy an's play about a
rapist who falls in love..
Basement A rts, A ren a
Theater (basement of Friezex
Bldg). 6 p.m. Free 764-
Pirates of Penzance See4
Thursday. 7:30 p.m.
Apartment 3A See Thursday.f
8 p.m.
Michelle Sh
Book signing and reception Michel
Serres, the French philosopher of science,
appears at Shaman Drum. 4 to 6 p.m. Free.
Lou and Peter Berryman Singing / songwrit-
ing duo. The Ark. 8 p.m. $11 at door.
Big Dave and the Ultrasonics Blues originals
from local group. Rick's. 9:30 p.m.

Botfly Funk rock jams from East Lansing.
Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m.
Lemonheads One of People's most beautiful
people performs with You Am I and Imperial
Teens. St. Andrew's Hall. 961-MELT.
Richard Thompson Folk rocker with full band.
Michigan Theater. 8 p.m. $20, $25 or $30.
(810) 645-6666.
Hello Out There See Friday. 6 and 10 p.m.
Pirates of Penzance See Thursday. 2 and 7:30
Apartment 3A See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Koyaanisqatsi (1983) This film
is a collage of images from land-
scapes across the United States
set to a majestic musical score.
Mich 5 p.m.
' . Brother of Sleep (1996) A bril-
liant composer's obsession with
music wrecks his life. Mich 7
Ann Arbor Bluestage Open mic
blues jam. Blind Pig. $2 at door.
Michael Hedges Acoustic mar-
.:. ? tial arts guitar. The Ark. 8 p.m.
$20 in advance. 763-8587.
Sabri Brothers Along with
Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, the great-
est performers of Qawwal.
Rackham Auditorium. 4 p.m. $16
to $28. 764-2538.
The Who Creators of the hit
rock opera "Tommy." Palace
ocked. at Auburn Hills. (810) 645-
Pirates of Penzance See Thursday. 2 and
7:30 p.m.
Apartment 3A See Thursday. 2 and 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading Alum Larissa Szproluk reads
from her poems recently selected for a new
anthology by Greywolf Press. Shaman Drum. 3
p.m. Free.

By Jennifer Harvey
and Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporters
There is no outsider in the race for the White
House this year. One candidate is a sitting presi-
dent, and the other a three-time presidential can-
didate and Washington veteran.
Yet both are proposing to change the way gov-
ernment works, and its role in the day-to-day
lives of its constituents.
Experts say the two contenders, President
Clinton and Republican nominee Bob Dole,
aren't far apart on the political spectrum. Both
candidates are pressing change and growth as hot
Where they disagree is in just how that change
should come about.
But with a healthy economy and a therefore
relatively content electorate, some say the out-
come of the presidential election has little to do
with rhetoric exchanged on the campaign trail.
They say Clinton has had the race wrapped up
for months.
"I don't think issues are likely to affect voters
very much (in the time remaining until the elec-
tion)," said Gregory Markus, a University politi-

GOP Contract with America was touted in '92, non-existant this year

By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
In 1994, Republicans were telling voters about their Contract
with America. This election season, it has barely been mentioned.
The document that served as one of the biggest political public-
ity vehicles in history is conspicuously absent from the 1996
Republican campaigns.
Experts said the contract backfired on the Republicans.
University political science Prof. John Kingdon said he is not
surprised that Republicans are not running on
the contract this year. "That's what got them in
trouble in the first place"he said. Ex;.,3
Kingdon said the contract opened a door for
Democrats to attack Republicans.
"The Republicans were in a position to con-
solidate a longtime majority in this country. P acI
They blew it, Kingdon said. "They shut down
the government a couple times and got them-
selves in a position where Clinton could accuse '
them of being extremist." ,EeplJ
One man came to personify the contract --
Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). He too has been
out of the national spotlight in recent months, except in
Democrats' advertisements.
"The Democrats and their special interests have invested mil-
lions and millions to try to demonize Newt," said Haley Barbour,
chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Republicans deny abandoning the contract or Gingrich because
of the negative publicity, but many notice their absence.
"It's not only invisible coming down to the wire, it's been invis-
ible for all of 1996," said Gregory Markus, a University political
science professor.

cal science professor. "It's been set for three
months. 0
"The Clinton campaign was very effective in
linking Bob Dole with prospective Medicare cuts
and that rattled a lot of older
voters," Markus said.
John Kingdon, another A
University political science
professor, agreed that there
isn't much race in this race.
"(The presidential elec-
tion was) pretty much set-
tied by the middle of last
summer," Kingdon said.
Kingdon said the lack of
heated competition is due in Clinton
part to a changing elec-
"Most elections are not prospective, they are
retrospective," Kingdon said. "The electorate
assesses the situation in the recent past and they
say, 'Do I like what I see or not?"'
In this case, Kingdon said, people saw a nation
at peace and growing economically. Clinton was
lucky to inherit a country in an upswing, and
there is little chance his luck won't hold, Kingdon

"(Dole/Kemp campaigners) certainly haven't
made any dents in the Clinton lead," said com-
munications studies Prof. Michael Traugott.
Clinton's significant lead in the polls has led
congressional GOP candidates to stray from
aligning themselves too closely with the
Dole/Kemp ticket, said some analysts and
"The Republicans are abandoning Bob Dole
..," said Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark
Republican party officials, however, said can-
didates are not jumping ship, but supporters real-
ize the tough race ahead.
"(Dole) says he's the underdog and knows he's
behind in the polls," said Republican National
Committee Chair Haley Barbour in a teleconfer-
ence this week.
Experts say voters should expect few surprises
from either candidate. Some said if Clinton wins,
he, like many re-elected presidents, may search
for an issue or project to leave a favorable
impression on historians.
"Most presidents in their second term are look-
ing to make a mark so they'll be remembered

But just because the term "contract" isn't being talked about does-
n't mean it's gone, said Michael Shields, spokesperson for Gingrich.
He characterized the hushing of the contract as changing a "rat-
ings war to an issues war." Shields said the ideas in the contract are
no longer being talked about under the one label, but instead are
being discussed plainly as issues.
Shields said the essence of the contract is still a vital part of
Republican campaigns.
"Every single item in the contract was voted on. Nine-tenths
passed the House. Two-thirds of the contract
became law"he said.
's sa i "It's still very much in the American
agenda," Shields said. "Many of its issues
are part of this election. It really did become
the Republican message.
"I think there is a focus on it; he said.
"Candidates are still talking about the issues
at-the heart of it, like welfare and regulato-
ry reform."
"The left has managed to manipulate that
terminology and give it a different connota-
tion," Shields said.
Markus saidhe believes there are two clear reasons Republicans
have stopped talking specifically about the contract. He said
polling has showed Republicans reasons to stop talking about the
"No. 1 --the majority of voters don't know what the contract is
and never did, not even in 1994" Markus said. "And No. 2-- vot-
ers who do have some idea of what it is generally believe it has
gone beyond what is fair and is too extreme."
Markus said the two factors add up to one basic idea: "It's not
something voters care about."

Both par
dollars ir
18 elects
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
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Election Special 1996 Editor: Josh White
Government Reporters: Jennifer Harvey, Laurie Mayk
Election Special Writers: Katie Plona, Ericka Smith, Will
Cover Art of Clinton/Dole by Marcy M. McCormick
Managing News Editor: Amy Klein
News Editors: Tim O'Connell, Megan Schimpf, Michelle
Weekend Magazine Editors: Greg Parker, Elan A. Stavro
Weekend Magazine Photo Editor: Kristen Schaefer.
Writers: Dean Bakopoulos, Melanie Cohen, Use Harwin
Photogmphers:aJosh Bigge, Jonathan Summer,,Warren2

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