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NATION/WORLD

MSA
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body to try to encourage voting.
. "I think there will be an increase in voter turnout than last
year," Nagrant said. "More students will know about this
especially with the mass e-mail."
LSA junior Kyu Kim said he votes every semester in the
MSA elections. Kim said he usually votes for the candidates
with the most well-known names, even though the party plat-
forms are published on the Web.
"1 try to go on whatever I read in the Daily," Kim said.
"The main thing is recognition, which is a bad way to do it
but it's the best way to do it."
LSA Rep. Barry Rosenberg, who is running as an inde-
pendent candidate, said he reminded his friends to vote.
'1 feel like I have the capablity to make positive changes;'
Rosenberg said.
LSA candidate Jill Mikoleizik, who is running with the
Michigan Party, said campaigning outside on campus
ylloivs candidates to have more personal contact with stu-
dent voters.
"A'lot of people don't know what MSA does. Hopefully,
that Will change," Mikoleizik said.
LSA junior Scott Weinberg said it is important for students
to be aware of who is running for representative seats on the
assembly. Weinberg said he appreciates the time candidates
take to get recognized.
"Basically, I voted for who I met and who I thought would
+a good job," Weinberg said. "Students should vote if they
yrct about their future at the University."
rPak- Man Shuen, who heads the United Rebels Front
tw slate, said the cold weather yesterday did not deter
tIRr: candidates from the party's campaigning efforts.
E6 crSr W up ".

Shuen said the presence of the candidates encouraged stu-
dents to vote, but added that some students treated his party
like they were loan sharks, acting like they were only there
to collect payment or votes.
"Many students would not have voted if we were not
there," Shuen said. "Many students act like they are political-
ly frigid."
Douglas Friedman, who is running for a Rackham seat
with the Liberty Party, 'is not new to the MSA scene.
Friedman resigned from the assembly last year, but said that
the new leadership and the possibility of Liberty Party mem-
bers on the assembly may provide opportunity to make valu-
able changes on campus.
"The assembly needs new ideas and new interests in doing
something for students," Friedman said. "New blood follow-
ing the same old routine will do absolutely nothing."
Jessica Curtin, who heads the Defend Affirmative Action
Party, said her party was going to stay on the Diag and hand
out fliers.
"We have been active and many people see this as our
ongoing fight on affirmative action," Curtin said.
Joel Hoffman, who worked the polls in Angell Hall yester-
day morning, said he expects most students to vote online.
Hoffman said he has sat at the polls for three straight years of
elections and has observed that Angell Hall is one of the
busiest polling sites.
Engineering sophomore Elizabeth Langhal, who volun-
teered at the polls at the Union, said activity at the polls
picked up as the day went on.
"It was more than I expected from what I heard," Michels
said. "It's sad so few people vote."
The polls will be open at various locations and times on
campus tomorrow. Students can also vote online at
http://www.umich.edu/-vote.

REGENTS
Continued from Page 1A
ness or proposals to the regents.
"There is nothing totally new
because after every SACUA meeting,
we send the regents notes from the
meeting. It will be more of an overview
of everything that has happened in the
last year" D'Alecy said.
D'Alecy said he plans to present
many topics from resolutions that
SACUA already has passed, ranging
from tobacco divestment to diversity
statements.
He also wants to report about
SACUA discussions of faculty access
to the regents.
"I am going to talk about faculty
access to the regents," he said. "We
know that we have a strong position
with the president inviting us to access
the regents."
But Marie Ting, program coordi-
nator for the Office of Academic
Multicultural Initiatives, is hoping
to also connect students to the
board. Ting is bringing a group of
minority students to observe the
meeting.
"I call them regents' field trips," Ting
said. "In general, students don't know
what the regents are, what they do or.
what the meetings are about?'
Ting said minority students often do
not feel an attachment to the
University. She hopes that bringing
groups of minority students to the
monthly meetings will help them feel
more involved in the University.
"I feel that if students know who
govern them, they will feel more con-
nected," Ting said.

l-AROUND THE NATIQN
Muslims angered about treatment of Sheik
WASHINGTON - He is blind, has diabetes, asthma and a heart ailment, and is
nearly 60 years old.
But the U.S. government is treating Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman as if he were a
criminal about to escape, keeping him in isolation in federal prison and denying
him communication privileges afforded most other inmates.
The restrictions on Rahman, convicted in 1995 as the leader of a conspiracy to
bomb New York landmarks, follow prison rules U.S. Attorney General Janet Re
issued last year for terrorists. Their crimes are particularly grave and, if gran
customary mail and phone privileges, they could order up more attacks, she rea-
soned.
But Rahman's health and treatment at the prison in Springfield, Mo., have
angered Muslims in the United States and abroad, with some vowing to take
revenge. Indeed, some members of the group claiming responsibility for this
week's massacre of tourists at Luxor, Egypt, say their gunmen had hoped to take
hostages for the sheik's release.
At least one distinguished American is upset about Rahman's situation, too.
Ramsey Clark, former attorney general in President Johnson's administration, has
gone to bat for the sheik by filing a lawsuit on his behalf against the U.S. govern-
ment. Clark called Rahman's prison conditions "unbelievable."

Study shows danger
of stick margarine
BOSTON - Ordinary stick mar-
garine, as well as anything baked and
fried with shortening and other kinds of
hardened vegetable oil, appear to be the
worst foods of all for the heart.
A large new study offers the strongest
evidence yet that something called trans
fat, which is a primary ingredient of
standard stick margarine and shortening,
is an especially unhealthy part of the
diet.
The mounting mass of scientific data
contradicts a generation of advice that
switching from butter to stick margarine
is a healthy thing to do. On the contrary,
the latest study suggests that ordinary
stick margarine - though probably not
the newer low-fat spreads - is even
worse for the heart than butter. But, both
should be avoided.
"The worst type of fat appears to be
trans fat," said Dr. Walter Willett of the
Harvard School of Public Health.
"That's still unknown to most con-
sumers."

Most of the trans fat that people eat is
made through a process called hydro-
genation, in which vegetable oil is
altered so it hardens and resists spoiling.
Usually these foods list "partially
hydrogenated" oil on the label.
Regular stick margarine is typically
about 17 percent trans fat.
Iowa woman gives
birth to septuplets
DES MOINS - An Iowa woman
gave birth yesterday to what might be the
first surviving set of septuplets, making
medical history with the successful
delivery of four boys and three girls.
Six of the infants, born to Kenny and
Bobbi McCaughey, were listed in s
ous condition after being delivered
Cesarean section at Iowa Methodist
Medical Center in Des Moines; the
seventh, Joel Steven, was listed as crit-
ical. But doctors and family members
seemed elated by the babies' apparent-
ly robust health and their birth weights,
which ranged from 2 pounds 5 ounces
to 3 pounds 4 ounces.

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Foreig ministers
seek to end crisis
GENEVA - Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright rushed to Geneva
yesterday for a middle-of-the-night
review of a Russian proposal for end-
ing the standoff with Iraq. President
Clinton insisted any arrangement must
include the return of weapons inspec-
tors.
In Washington, Clinton said anew
that the United States wants a peaceful
solution to the three-week crisis but
that Iraq could set no conditions on the
inspectors. "That's our top line, that's
our bottom line," he said.
Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny
Primakov invited Albright and the for-
eign ministers of France and Britain to
this traditionally neutral city to detail a
plan he worked out with Iraqi Foreign
Minister Tariq Aziz for resolving the
latest crisis in the Persian Gulf..
"A certain program has been worked
out that allows us, we think, to avoid ...
a confrontation, to avoid the use of
force and achieve a settlement," he said,
refusing to elaborate.

Even as Clinton strengthened
American military power in the Gulf,
U.S. officials encouraged Russia and
France to use their influence with Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein.
State Department spokesman Ja
Rubin said Albright hadn't b
informed in advance about the proposal.
50 years of marriage
for Queen, prince
LONDON - The much-ridiculed
institution of royal marriage got an
enthusiastic boost yesterday fiom
someone who ought to know.
Prince Philip, married for 50 yeaA'
Queen Elizabeth II, called their marriage
a successful partnership, praised his wife's
tolerance and expressed pride in their chil-
dren, whose marital history is less happy.
The special problems of royal mar-
riage pose a challenge that he and.the
queen have met, the 76-year-old Doke
of Edinburgh said in an unusually per-
sonal speech at a luncheon the 'day
before their golden anniversary.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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