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LOCAL/STATE ne Michenigan aiy - wednesday, September 4,
New MS reps. optimistic about uture


University 'of
Minnesota admits
Two women will begin classes at the
niversity of Minnesota at Morris this
week, even though they were denied
their high school diplomas because
they wore ethnic symbols to their com-
mencement ceremony.
One woman, Danaj Battese-Trudell
wore a Native American eagle feather
on her mortar board. The other
woman, Garrica Johnson, wore a
kente cloth.
Muskogee High School withheld
e women's diplomas, saying their
apparel violated a new dress code that
prohibits students~from wearing ethnic
symbols or tennis shoes to graduation
MSU launches
* Officials at Michigan State
University recently announced a six-
month plan to reduce student alcohol
The plan was announced by MSU's
Alcohol Initiative Task Force, a panel of
health professionals, staff and students,
which MSU President Peter McPherson
and his wife created last year.
MSU's plan calls for extensive dis-
cussion of issues involving alcohol in
'@immer orientation programs. It also
calls for increased funding for nonalco-
holic activities on campus, more
trained advisers who can advise stu-
dents about alcohol use and the exten-
t sion of the hours of intramural sports
facilities on campus.
ABA urges facul-
ty input on dean
The American Bar Association has
adopted a new policy urging law school
administrators to consult their faculty
members about the appointment of
The policy is similar to the ABA's
previous position, serving as a middle
ground between law school faculty and
administrators. However, the new poli-
.y states that if a majority of professors
ave reasonable objections to an
appointment, the candidate in question
should be rejected.
ABA officials also considered sever-
al other policy options, including an
option that would have allowed the
organization to revoke the accreditation
of any law school that ignored faculty
acist fliers
cover New
Mexico campus
Students at the University of New
Mexico in Albuquerque have recently
been bombarded with racist fliers.
Hundreds of white supremacist leaflets
have been posted in class rooms and
stuffed in campus mailboxes.
'The fliers call for "white pride" and
*losing the (U.S.) border." The fliers
also make statements about the job
market such as, "awake: Blacks hired
... whites fired."
The fliers advertise a Michigan tele-
phone number for recordings of racist
jokes and give a Michigan address for
the alleged distributor, the European
American Education Association.
Similar incidents occurred on the

buquerque campus in 1994.
tudent sues
A former Harvard University gradu-
t student announced recently that she
is suing the school for discrimination
and breach of contract.
The woman, Marilyn McLatchey,
said the university unfairly denied her a
,doctorate degree in comparative litera-
re because she did not "fit the mold
of advocating the feminist doctrine,"
and her work was too traditional.
McLatchey said she completed
Harvard's doctoral requirements. She
said the denial of the degree has caused
her professional embarrassment,
diminished earning capability and
emotional distress.
The suit asks the court to set any
amount of damages to be awarded.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Jennifer Harvey.

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
Maybe it's the excitement that sometimes comes
with starting a new job, but the new members of
the Michigan Student Assembly voiced an over-
whelming amount of optimism at last night's meet-
"I think this is going to be a good year and
things are going to go much better for MSA than
in the past," first-term LSA Rep. Yejide Peters
said. "People are much more friendly and polite.
I'm very excited."
After a significant turnover during last March's
elections, MSA's new faces are eager to get away
from the partisanship and party in-fighting that
marred last term's assembly.
"I'm excited with all the dialogue about being a
more productive assembly," said new LSA Rep.
Elizabeth Hoffman.
"I think from what I've seen, people are so fed
up with what went on on assembly last year that
they will work hard to make improvements,"
Hoffman said.
New Rep. Ryan Friedrichs agreed. "I think this

is going to be the strongest MSA this campus has
ever seen - period," he said. "I think people real-
ize the party bickering doesn't get them anywhere
- it didn't last year."
New members also cited
the leadership of MSA
President Fiona Rose and
Vice President Probir Mehta POp
as a big reason for their opti-_
mism. E c
"1 think that Fiona and much11
Probir have tried to be friendly
non-partisan from the I
beginning and that's a
good sign for everybody,"
Peters said.
"Student issues are much
more important than par-
ties or what your friends
think," she added.
Drawing on the optimistic feelings that hovered
over last night's first meeting of the term, faculty
adviser Roger Fisher led MSA in a planning and
motivational session at the beginning of last night's

Fisher had the assembly break into small groups
to make combined and individual lists of what rep-
resentatives thought would make MSA a more
friendly and productive place.

le are
an polite.
excite. "
- Yejide Peters

One of the goals that
came out of the plan-
ning session included
increased cooperation
across party lines in the
Representatives also
mentioned making
MSA more friendly to
other students on cam-
pus and not taking their
jobs so seriously.
To complement its large
number of new members,
MSA is also sporting a

accomplish goals" said Stephanie Souter, who
will handle administrative coordinator duties.
"With Fiona's leadership and my 'guidance the.
assembly will run more smoothly tonight's
meeting was the first step."
Both Mehta and Rose echoed the optimism of
MSA's newest members.
"This is a historical opportunity to establish a
new approach to MSA:' Mehta said. "Instead of
imploding in we can reach out.
"You look around the room and you see 50-per-
cent turnover" the LSA junior continued.
"These are young people looking to make a dif-
ference. I have never seen so much activity over
the summer and that activity will continue."
Rose said the new members were right to be
optimistic, but that MSA would not all get along
perfectly overnight.
"It will not be a sudden change -- we are deal-
ing with strong-willed individuals," Rose said. "I
am equally optimistic, but it will take some
Rose went on to add, "I see it in the hallways and
at the meetings - people are just a lot happier to:
be a part of MSA."

new office staff including a new administrative
coordinator and new financial manager.
The assembly is also in the process of hiring a
new election director.
"I think we are going to see the assembly
become more non-partisan and work together to

Dems, GOP form
election strategies

JONATHAN SUMMER/Special to the Daily
Mais oui
ISA first-year student Allison Epstein studies French 101 in her room in Mary Markley Hall after her first day of classes
at the University. Epstein arrived last week from California.
L1ipke hearing fo-r multiple
felonies setl to bgn next week

® Both parties view
'middle America' as
key campaign target
By Jennifer Harvey
and Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporters
As election day '96 approaches,
Republicans and Democrats are trying
to put their best faces forward.
The true tone of the campaign begins at
the convention, delegates said. At their
respective conventions, the parties put
forth vastly different themes. The
Republicans offered a message of restora-
tion, the Democrats one of construction.
"President Bill Clinton and I offer
ourselves as a bridge to the future," said
Vice President Al Gore in his keynote
address at the Democratic National
Convention last week.
"This convention is not about stand-
ing on our record, but building on our
record," said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).
As the convention was coming to a
close last week, Levin reflected on the
message Clinton and Gore touted at the
podium, calling it "a visionary mes-
sage, a reaching out message."
"He will unify Democrats, but he's
got to do more than that as a president
and I think this sort of reinforces the
message to reach out to middle
America," Levin said.
At the DNC, Clinton said he was
against negative campaigning. "I will
not attack (GOP nominee Bob Dole)
personally or allow others in this party
to do it, if I can prevent it," he said.
"Bill Clinton is using the high road to
neutralize any negatives," said Bob
Burns, the youngest Michigan delegate
to the DNC and a senior at Eastern
Michigan University. "He's used the
campaign in quite a different way."
"It's one of the first times in a long
time they've tried to have an issue-ori-
ented campaign," Burns said.
Republicans in Chicago, including
Michigan Gov. John Engler, spoke out
against Clinton. "The rhetoric of the
Clinton campaign is in no way supported
by the actions of that campaign;" he said.

"Will he be changing directions as he
changes locations?" Engler asked at a "truth
squad" press conference last week.
"Bill Clinton promises one thing and
he does another. He hopes we will for-
get his broken promises," said Rep.
Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) in her keynote
address at the Republican National
Convention in San Diego last month.
"Americans know that Bill Clinton
promises have the life span of a Big
Mac on Air Force One."
Republican House candidate Joe
Fitzsimmons, who is from Ann Arbor,
said Republicans want to discuss issues,,
not attack personalities.
"(Republicans) didn't talk of Bill
Clinton and Al Gore as enemies, but as
opponents." he said.
Fitzsimmons said he anticipates the
Republican ticket to spend more time
discussing plans for economic growth
and educational opportunity than
attacking Clinton or Gore personally.
"How can we grow the economy so
paychecks are bigger and tax bills are
smaller - that's what it's all about," he
Aside from talk about the issues and
campaign themes, both parties tried to con-
vey a particular image at their conventions.
The Democrats offered themselves
up as "young and hip." They danced La
Macarena, grooved with Aretha
Franklin and went down home with
Billy Ray Cyrus.
"The reason I'm here is because I'm
young," Burns said. "I think
(Democrats) are just trying to show a
young face and maybe young people
will see it's not too hard to get involved."
The Republicans tried to put forth an
image of stability, offering a retreat to
themes that pervaded in the Reagan era.
They didn't dance in the convention
hall, but they did do a lot of networking,
discussing the issues with each other.
"Balancing the budget is a matter of
Republican will. I have it and I will do
it," Dole said at a rally last month. "One
man, Ronald Reagan, really started it
all. God bless Ronald Reagan."
- Daily Staff Reporter Katie Wang
contributed to this report.

Co-defendant Lujan
hangs self in June;
investigation reveals
no wrongdoing
By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA sophomore Crystal Lujan,
who had been charged with mur-
der and arson, was found dead in
her prison cell early this summer,
but the case against her co-defen-

Lujan did not have assistance and that
she did not give any indication that she
was going to commit suicide that day.
Lujan had been in custody for
almost nine months, awaiting pretrial
and trial assignments- for murder and
arson charges. Both Lujan and Lipke
were picked up on State Street, while
Lipke was driving with a suspended
Lujan was accused of plotting
and taking part in last September's
beating death of 47-year-old
Daniel Rice and torching the Vera
Baits residence hall room of
Lujan's former
lover, School
of Music junior
Erika Banks.
Banks was
not in her room
at the fire and
1U .=. was not in-
ni fg jure.

his pretrial hearing.
He has been charged with 16 felony
counts including murder and arson for
allegedly working with Lujan in sev-
eral incidents.
A hearing for the admissibility of
Lipke's statements is scheduled to
take place on Oct. 1.
Joseph Burke, chief assistant pros-
ecutor for Washtenaw County, said
the complicated nature of the case
would result in comprehensive trial
Burke said if Lipke is found guilty,
the judge would "have to sentence
(Lipke) to life without parole."
- Daily Staff Reporter Laurie Mayk
contributed to this report

dant is sched-
uled to begin
next week.
Dale Lipke,
who faces
felony counts
in connection
with several
scheduled to
appear in dis-
trict court in
Ypsilanti for
hearings next


ir vestigati
found no f
or wrongd
any emnplo

Should I be thinking about Grad school?

los uN

- Lt. R.J. Smith

Attempts to
reach Banks both
in June and this
week were unsuc-
John Toomey,
Lujan's attorney,
said he was sur-




County Police


A police investigation deter-
mined that Lujan killed herself on
June 15 in her private cell at, the
Washtenaw County Jail.
Lujan was found hanging in her
cell, having used her bed sheets to
commit suicide.
Washtenaw County Lt. R.J. Smith
said guards found Lujan dead while
they were making indiscriminate
rounds the night of June 15.
"(Our investigation) found no fault in
any type of procedural or wrongdoing
of any employee," Smith said.
Smith said it was determined that

prised to hear of the 24-year-old's sui-
Lujan had been undergoing psychi-
atric tests ordered by Washtenaw
County Court judge Melinda Morris
last January.
Toomey said he could not
release "privileged information"
about Lujan's psychiatric state,
but that the defendant was plan-
ning to enter a plea on the multi-
ple charges.
"We had filed. Our defense was a
claim of insanity,' Toomey said.
Lipke remains in custody, awaiting

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