The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 17, 1998 - 7
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep.
Pavid Bonior ( D-Mich.) was re-elect-
bd to the No. 2 position in the House
Democratic leadership on yesterday,
haying the party would work to shore
60 Social Security, obtain money for
school construction - and even pro-
' se a tax cut.
Bonior ran unopposed for the posi-
tion as the minority whip.
Republicans have the majority in the
U.S. House, but GOP members have
said their slender 12-seat advantage
may mean working more with
Democrats on some issues.
"We will have a rare opportunity in
this next Congress," Bonior told his
pemocratic colleagues. "Only six votes
arate us from the majority - the
mest margin of any Congress in
more than half a century."
Bonior said top priorities for
Democrats include pushing for the
school construction money that
President Clinton was unable obtain
.last year, along with overhauling cam-
paign finance laws, regulating HMOs
and working to increase the minimum
gwage. Bonior proposed an increase in
the minimum wage last year.
Bonior said the party wants to make
Ore Social Security is financially
viable for decades to come - the pres-
ident's top priority - but predicted
"contentious debates on the approach"
to fixing the popular program.
The Mount Clemens congressperson
.lssaid Democrats plan to unveil their
own tax cut plan to rival that of
Republicans, although he declined to
discuss any details.
As whip, Bonior has the job of keep-
mg party votes in line along with formu-
lating Democratic policy and strategy.
He first became whip in 1991, when
Democrats were still in the majority.
Bonior faced a challenge for the post
in 1994 after the Democrats lost the
-House, but he easily beat back the com-
"petition from conservative Rep. Charles
Stenholm (R-Texas) 145 votes to 60.
Stenholm had blamed the
mocrats' loss of the House on the
'rty's drift away from the mainstream.
.Bonior promised then to listen to the
conservative wing of the party.
. "Everyone was conscious of that and
.we worked on it," Bonior said in a
recent interview. "There's always peo-
pie who are unhappy. But I think gen-
'erally the conservatives and moderates
°were relatively pleased with the out-
reach ... and the input they had into our
A hero's return
Underage drinkers could
face stiffer penalty
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"It's a huge punishment to basically
ground someone for three years,"
Chalom said. "People have always
drank on campus and always will.
"It's also a question of how fair
enforcement will be. The vast majority
of students will never get caught, and
the ones who do will be scapegoats," he
LSA senior Lynne Penhorwood said
she found it strange that the bill targets
drivers' licenses when many students
are rarely behind the wheel.
"With so many underage drinkers
on campus who don't even possess a
car and aren't driving, (the proposed
bill) seems ridiculous," Penhorwood
Rep. Kirk Profit (D-Ypsilanti) said
students are suffering from the state's
growing emphasis on excessively puni-
tive measures to enforce alcohol-relat-
He said the state needs to think of
more creative and cost-effective solu-
"We have a large number of students
walking away from campus with a
degree and a criminal record," Profit
said. "It makes it more difficult (for
graduates) to get a job.
"Underage drinking needs to be
addressed in ways other than these
knee-jerk responses," Profit said.
Profit added that it might be better
for universities to use internal disci-
plinary options for underage stu-
dents caught drinking rather than
having police place the violations on
students' permanent criminal
LSA sophomore Jimmy Jordan said
he thinks severe punishments are.
appropriate for underage students, but
he said the punishment in Scranton's
bill is too severe.
"I think they should start with some-
thing less strict, and after a few warn-,
ings move up to license suspension,""
Jordan said. "Some kids don't think
much when they drink and don't do,
Jordan said the police crackdown on
drinking in Ann Arbor has forced stu-
dents to use more common sense when
dealing with alcohol, adding that stricter
penalties might have a similar effect.
"I think people are going to be more
cautious about going to parties, and
people hosting parties are going to be
more cautious about who they serve,"
John Truscott, Gov. John Engler's
spokesperson, said Engler has not yet.-
taken a position on Scranton's bill.
He said the governor is working with
the state police and the Department of
Community Health to brainstorm ways
to curb underage drinking.
"I don't think there's a magical'
answer,"Truscott said. "It's a very diffi-
cult issue, and one that's been around
Sen. John Glenn gives a thumbs-up to the crowd as he and his wife, Annie, parade through Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes"
yesterday in celebration of Glenn's successful return to space.
Independents play role in election
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the University bus system and create
better bus shelters for students.
Music students also need to become
more involved in campus issues, such
as planning and affirmative action, she
"It seems as if Music students are
often missing out on campus issues,"
Barnett said. "There are continually
forums that are geared toward LSA and
Engineering students and Rackham stu-
dents to some extent, but not to music
Rackham Rep. Josh Trapani is run-
ning for re-election as an independent
because, he said, he doesn't agree with
the methods or platforms used by the
Trapani is simultaneously running
for election in the Rackham student
government and said he wants to be the
connecting voice between the two orga-
"A lot of graduate students are
sort of hesitant toward MSA,"
Trapani said. "It is important that all
the Rackham seats are filled ...
MSA needs to be reminded that
LSA candidate Theresa Oney said
she didn't want the stigma of being
attached to a party.
"I feel even though it's harder, I did-
"sometimes being affiliated with a
party can hurt you "
- Theresa Oney
LSA candidate for Michigan Student Assembly
I Iq ll I p I IA A IA I I
n't want to have any affiliation or bind
to any group" said Oney, a junior.
"Sometimes being affiliated with a
party ... can hurt you."
LSA candidate Dale Winling, in his
third election attempt, said he enjoys
the flexibility of being an independent
"My platform is what I want it to be,
when I want it to be," said Winling, a
LSA candidate Rory Diamond, who
has run with a party in previous elec-
tions, started campaigning about a
month ago. Diamond said he expects to
spend approximately $200 on his cam-
"If you get elected, you should do
something," Diamond said.
Diamond's platform includes the
creation of a fall break, more focus on
campus issues, an end to "useless"
legislation by the assembly and gen-
erate support for MSA.
"It's pretty sad how few people vote,"
Independent candidates also face the
difficulty of campaigning without the
monetary support or manpower a party
can provide, but candidates said they
found alternate methods to voice their
Trapani said he has avoided the tradi-
tional method of fliering.
"I haven't been doing much cam-
paigning," Trapani said. "I don't think
graduate students are into that too
Oney said she has relied on word-of-
mouth campaigning, speaking with
friends, classmates, sending c-mails
and distributing fliers in residence
"I'm basically doing this by myself,"
Oney said. "I'm for anything that pro-
motes educational awareness on cam-
Oney also supports the promotion of
diversity and lowering student costs.
"Within the School of Music its
rather easy to campaign because it's
a smaller student body," Barnett
Barnett said she spoke with class-
mates and placed fliers in the School of
- Daily Staff Reporter Dan Weiss con-
tributed to this report.
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"To say we have become more pow-
erful is an understatement," Page said.
"Unfortunately for an organized party
like us, who (organizes) a long time
before the election, the New Frontier
Party and Defend Affirmative Action
party don't present a big threat."
The platforms of several Students'
Party members include printed
courseguides for the College of
Literature, Science and the Arts,
improvements to the Central Campus
Recreation Building, a fall break,
improved meal plans, a student gripe hot-
line and a student-run coursepack store.
"You vote for Students' Party or for
extremists," Page said.
One of the goals of the New Frontier
Party, with I I candidates in the elec-
tion, is to "reign in the excess of MSA"
said Charles Goodman, New Frontier
Party's candidate for Rackham.
The New Frontier Party's platform
includes six points: the end to MSA
funding of political groups, privatiza-
tion of the residence hall meal plan, the
restoration of printed courseguides,
two-ply toilet paper in University build-
ings, changing the Code of Student
Conduct and ending the "telephone
monopoly" in the residence halls.
"Privatization is a trend that has been
sweeping the world in general,"
Goodman said. "Lower costs for food
benefit the University at large."
The other parties involved in the
campaign, Goodman said, ignore stu-
"They don't stand for anything but
their resumes," Goodman said. "In this
election, the only issues are the stuff
that we're talking about."
The Defend Affirmative Action Party
platform is constructed around affirma-
tive action and includes proposals for
stopping tuition increases and expand-
ing financial aid.
"We're planning the fight around
tuition increases and financial aid
because those are a part of affirmative
action," said Erika Dowdell, a first-year,
student and Defend Affirmative Action
candidate for LSA.
"We're going to take action," Dowdell
said. "We want MSA to be more than a
body that says, 'We support this."'
Defend Affirmative Action candi-
dates have placed fliers around cam-
pus and distributed pamphlets in
Angell Hall. Dowdell said she has met
with several student groups, including
Sister 2 Sister, a black female student
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