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Bollinger named 12th

'U'

By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Lee Bollinger, Dartmouth College provost and
former University Law School dean, was unani-
mously selected yesterday as the 12th president to
lead the maize and blue.
Bollinger, an outspoken advocate for higher edu-
on and the more contentious issues of affirma-
e action and gay rights, has often been character-
ized as strong-minded, intelligent and charismatic.
As the only finalist with close ties to the
University, Bollinger will "hit the ground running
and move quickly," said Regent Nellie Varner (D-
Detroit), search co-chair.
"I feel privileged to have been offered this sin-
gular opportunity to lead one of the nation's most
distinguished universities," said Bollinger, 50, a
scholar in First Amendment law who said last
xght that he plans to accept the job.
Wuring yesterday's public deliberation session

on the four finalists, Republican regents set aside
their partisan concerns to support the liberal can-
didate. Bollinger testified against the U.S.
Supreme Court nomination of Judge Robert Bork
in 1987, the type of idealogical action that Regent
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) contended might
"alienate a substantial number of our supporters
throughout the state ."
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor)
originally abstained from casting a vote, and
Baker, known for swaying the last presidential
search, supported University of Illinois Provost
Larry Faulkner for his "knowledge of Midwestern
values" and "proven integrity."
"I have many differences of opinion with Provost
Bollinger," Newman said. "But ... Bollinger needs
everyone on this board to support him."
Bollinger will return to "his first love" after just
two years away from Ann Arbor. He served for 21
years at the University - as Law School dean from

1987 to 1994 -- before leav ing for the proxost posi-
tion at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
An avid runner, Bollinger will "set a pace that
very few others can keep up with;" said former
President James Duderstadt, who stepped down in
June.
Of all four candidates, Bollinger most passion-
ately expressed his love for the University during
the public interview and town-hall sessions last
week. He evoked Wolverine sentiment in the
regents and general University community when
talking about everything from Espresso Royale
Caffe to football Saturdays at Michigan Stadium.
Yesterday, as the board compared the finalists to
the criteria they outlined last spring, regents dis-
cussed attributes of at least one -- and often all four
- of the candidates. While some regents explicitly
stated their preference, others hinted at their choice.
"We are lucky that he wishes to be our presi-
dent" Regent Laurence Deitch (R-Ann Arbor)

)resident
said of Bollinger. "It is my belief that the presi-
dency of Michigan is his dream job"
Up until their final vote, regents continued to
criticize the search process they were forced to use..
Since the state's Open Meetings Act mandates that
the board must hold almost all of its meetings pub-
licly, some potential candidates like current universi-
ty presidents were not willing to be considered.
Further restrictions were placed on the board afer
a lawsuit from area newspapers and a judge's subse-
quent ruling made it illegal for board members to
meet privately with the candidates or other regents.
Varner said that the board still was able to pick
"the right leader to meet the needs of the
University at the right time."
He's deeply commited to a higher standard of
excellence for undergraduate education," said
Michigan Student Assembly President Fiona Rose.
"He believes in the potential of intellectual young
men and women.

SPECIAL SECTION
The University Board of Regents
named Dartmouth Provost Lee
Bollinger as its choice for the
University's 12th president - but
the news doesn't end there.
Inside:
A four-page spe-
cial section on,
Bollinger's
reaction and
vision for the
future, including
reactions from
the University
community and
a look at the
events leading
up to yesterday's appointment.
A Vision for the

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around 450.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy,
chance of rain, high 530.

Wednesday
November 6, 1996

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Despite president's sweep, GOP holds Congress

Clinton wins
landslide victory
From Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON - President Clinton capped a remark-
, le personal comeback last night to become the first
Vmocrat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win re-election to
the White House, boosted to a landslide electoral-vote victo-
ry by a growing economy.
Clinton's victory came just two years after voters soundly
rejected his policies and threw Democrats out of power in
Congress. But the healthy economy and rising public confi-
dence helped dampen voter anger to give Clinton a victory
over Republican Bob Dole.
Dole, the former Senate majority leader, saw his long and
distinguished career on Capitol Hill end in defeat and disap-
intment after a presidential campaign that never seriously
Thal lenged the president.
But as Clinton rolled to re-election, he had short coattails.
Republicans appeared to have at least held their majority in
the Senate and were battling furiously to hold the House, sig-
naling the prospect of another two years of divided govern-
ment that would put clear restraints on the president in a sec-
ond term and force both parties toward the center after four
years of polarized, partisan debate.
Despite public doubts about his integrity, Clinton
improved on his share of the popular vote Tuesday night over
four years ago and was hovering just near the magic 50 per-
*nt figure he hoped to achieve to claim a clear mandate for
his second term. Clinton's failure to break the 50 percent
threshold would make him the first two-time plurality presi-
dent since Woodrow Wilson.
Dole, making his fourth campaign for national office but his
first as the Republican party's presidential nominee, found lit-
tle support for his campaign of tax cuts and attacks on
Clinton's integrity and received about 41 percent of the vote.
Reform Party nominee Ross Perot, whose protest cam-
paign four years ago drew 19 percent of the vote and helped
fluence the agenda in Washington afterward, was receiving
Mss than half that Tuesday night. Perot appeared to be hurt
both by the growing optimism in the country and public
weariness with his candidacy.
In the Electoral College, Clinton had won 29 states and the
District for 361 electoral votes, while Dole had won 12 states
and 113 electoral votes, with the other states still too close to
call.
See CLINTON, Page 10A

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Levin
trounces
Romney
for Senate,
By Jenny Harvey
and Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporters
DETROIT~ Sen. Carl Levin didn't
need President Clinton's coattails for
his re-election yesterday. With the
largest margin of victory in his career,
the Democratic incumbent slid com-
fortably into his fourth term as U.S.
senator.
"He would have won with or without
the president," said former Michigan
Gov. and Ambassador to Canada James
Blanchard.
Unlike Republicans and Democrats
in some U.S. House and local races,
Levin and Republican challenger
Ronna Romney's poll ratings have not
fluctuated with the presidential race.
Levin kept a comfortable lead through-
out yesterday's victory.
"He's an incredibly strong candidate
on his own," said Michigan Democratic
Party Chair Mark Brewer. "He didn't
need coattails."
Levin is the first Michigan Democrat
to be elected to a fourth term in the U.S.
Senate and the state's second senator
ever to serve for that Long.
See L.EVIN, Page 8A
Rivers pulls
away in U.S.
House race
By Jeffrey Kosseff
and Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporters
In a tough race that relied on heavy
funding and campaigning, Democratic
incumbent U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers
claimed an unofficial victory over
Republican candidate Joe Fitzsimmons
in the 13thcongressional districtb
"It certainly looks like I won, but all
the numbers aren't in yet," Rivers said
this morning at 1:30 a.m.
Rivers led the race by 30 percent,
with 37 percent of the votes tabulated,
and Fitzsimmons delivered a conces-
sion speech in the Marriott Hotel in
Ypsilanti at 1:30 a.m.
"I think we ran a terrific race, but we
rnit in the wxxrono x;ar" Fitzsimmo~ns

Dems. Maynard,
Taylor lead in

rgnts' races

Inside Coverage
Sheldon wins third term
Republican candidate prevails after close
race with challenger Kolb. Page 5A.
State House races
Brater, Schroer hold onto their spots in the
Michigan Legislature. Page 7A.

By Heather Kamins
and Katie Wang
Da ily Staff Reporters
The race for University Board of Regent could not be called
this morning, and with 71 percent of the state vote counted at
4 a.m., two Democrats were positioned for board seats.
Democrat Olivia Maynard had captured 27 percent of the
vote and Democrat S. Martin Taylor had won 24 percent -
possibly securing the two open spots on the board.
The victors had staged a potential upset over the 24-year
veteran Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor), who had 23
percent of the vote and fellow Republican and University
alum Mike Bishop who had 22 percent.
Earlier yesterday, Baker, the only incumbent, helped
appoint the next University president. Now, two newcomers
may welcome Dartmouth Provost Lee Bollinger to the
University.

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Students, faculty
react to Clinton's
victory and the
GOP's retention of

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