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Pierpont Commons and in the
Fishbowl in Angell Hall from 9:30
,a. to 4:30 p.m.
', MSA President Trent Thompson
"said he expects a high voter turnout
.today and tomorrow not only because
candidates have been posting fliers
,iih University buildings, but because
-of the "grass roots" campaigning
candidates have conducted, going
"door-to-door in the residence halls to
-'Aoice their platforms.
"Voter turnout is going to be high
,,because we have three parties that are
campaigning their hearts out," Thompson
said. "Students are a little more aware
than they have been in the past"
During the winter 1998 assembly
elections, nearly 20 percent of the
student body voted - the highest in
the assembly's history.
The online system will be collecting
votes 24 hours a day during the election
period, but there may be a few 10- to 15-
minute disruptions during the early hours
of the morning, when the system updates
itself. The brief disruptions shouldn't
affect the voter's ability to fill out a bal-
lot, according to the voting Website.
- Daily Staff Reporter Jewel Gopwani
contributed to this report.
Continued from Page 1
complete an application for a minor cur-
riculum which must be approved by the
LSA Curriculum Committee.
One of the many facets of having a
minor program is the eventual possibili-
ty of interdisciplinary minors - a minor
that has been collaborated by two differ-
ent departments. Gurin said interdisci-
plinary minors are likely, but would not
be in effect until after single department
minors are installed.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate
Education Robert Owen proposed the
idea of minors one year ago.
Yesterday, he explained that if depart-
ments submit minors applications by the
end of this semester, there could be valid ,
minors by the fall term of 1999. Owen
said the specific departments he knows
are working on minor programs include
history, history of art, philosophy and
several divisions of geological science
and the Residential College. He added
that the English and Romance Language
departments are considering not incor-
porating minors into their programs for
Both departments, Owen said, are
concerned about resources for the minor
courses. Another concern is that minor
courses would be overcrowded, leaving
insufficient space for students who are
majoring in the different departments.
ShareifYoussef, an Engineering junior,
addressed the issue of students in schools
other than LSA receiving an LSA minor.
He questioned whether Engineering
students, as a consequence of pursuing
an LSA minor, would be required to ful-
fill LSA requirements which are not
required in the Engineering school.
"LSA requirements are unrelated to
minors," Owen said. "Actually, the
minors are supposed to encourage inter-
action between the different schools."
Gurin concluded the informal discus-
sion by commending Owen.
"Nothing ever gets done in one year,"
Gurin said. Owen "has gotten this done
in one year." But Owen didn't take all
the credit. "LSA Student Government
has done a lot of work and has helped
me a lot," he said.
AROUND THE NATION
Volunteers search for avalanche victims
TURNAGAIN PASS, Alaska (AP) -Volunteers with 10-foot poles repeated-
ly poked the snow Monday in a search for the bodies of as many as eight people
who may have been swept off their snowmobiles in an avalanche that killed two
The 30-foot wave of powdery snow roared down the mountainside Sunday aft
noon, while hundreds of snowmobilers enjoyed temperatures in the 40s and bri
Two snowmobilers were found dead, and State Trooper Paul Burke said eight others
were thought to be missing, based on phone calls from people reporting that friends,
relatives and co-workers hadn't returned from snowmobiling trips to the area.
Burke asked the military for 200 people to help in the search.
"There's no tried-and-true way of doing this," Burke said. "The reality is we may not
find anybody until spring. That's not a good way to do it, but that's where we're at."
The avalanche buried a grove of 10-foot-high spruce trees, and Burke said he
fears some victims may be entangled in the uprooted trees.
Troopers also were analyzing a videotape taken by an eyewitness to try to pin-
point where some victims may be buried. The video shows several snowmobil
trying to outrun a part of the slide. They disappear in smoky clouds and aren't sq
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Efforts to condemn
group sparks debate
WASHINGTON -The House erupt-
ed into a bitter debate over racism yester-
day, after GOP leaders blocked an effort
to condemn a white supremacist group
that had hosted members of Congress.
Arguing that Democrats were simply
trying to embarrass prominent
Republicans including Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) for appear-
ing before the Council of Conservative
Citizens, House Republican Conference
Chairman J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) offered
his own, more general resolution protest-
ing bigotry. But the measure offered by
Watts, the only African-American
Republican in Congress, failed to garner
the two-thirds vote required for passage
under special rules.
"We cannot possibly condemn each
bigoted organization, person or act indi-
vidually," Watts said, adding that singling
out one group would trivialize the issue:
"Why do we make racism and bigotry
The controversy over the St. Louis-
Gunman in Capital
kills Paraguay VP
BUENOS AIRES - Gunmen
wearing military fatigues assassinated
Vice President Luis Maria Argana of 1
Paraguay yesterday in a brazen street ;
ambush in the Paraguayan capital that
left one of Latin America's uneasiest
democracies in an uproar after months
of escalating conflict.
Argana's allies in the bitterly divid-
ed ruling party immediately accused
former Gen. Lino Oviedo, who is con-
sidered the power behind the throne
and was the dead man's longtime rival,
of masterminding the slaying.
President Raul Cubas, a close I
Oviedo ally, went on national televi- 4
sion to announce the shutdown of the
nation's borders and a police dragnet I
for the killers.I
"Paraguay and its people need order I
and tranquillity," Cubas said, adding I
that "Argana's sacrifice must show us
As the president met with military
based Council of Conservative Citizens,
which advocates the preservation of the
white race, first erupted late last year after
Rep. Robert Barr (R-Ga.) spoke before
the group. Barr later condemned the
organization, as did Lott, who had
appeared before the council in 1992 i
on at least one other occasion.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Breaking
her two year silence on the
Whitewater affair, an emotional
Susan McDougal finally answered
questions yesterday about a series of
byzantine land deals here in t'
1980s and told a jury that Preside
Clinton had been truthful about his
As McDougal took the witness stand
in her own defense in the third week of
her contempt trial, her lawyer wasted no
time in asking her some of the same
questions posed to her by independent
counsel Kenneth Starr's prosecutors in a
combative 1996 grand-jury session.
leaders, Congress called an emer-
gency session, unions announced, a
general strike, and enraged demon-
strators demanded the president's res-
ignation. There was widespread do
about Cubas' willingness and abi liW
to solve the crime and perhaps even
about his capacity to retain control of
MOSCOW - Russia's political tur-
moil intensified yesterday as prose
tors searched the offices of a top
Kremlin official for evidence of alleged
kickbacks and payoffs in a widening
Pavel Borodin, the influential head of
the Kremlin's administrative depart,
ment, acknowledged that investigators
had removed documents from his office
but insisted he has been guilty of no
wrongdoing and called the search
- Compiled rom Daily wire reports
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