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March 25, 1999



Bill would
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
University students who are regis-
tered to vote in Ann Arbor but have a
residence elsewhere in Michigan will
soon have to choose exactly where
home is if a bill passed by the state
ate is signed into law.
The Senate on Tuesday voted 23 to
12 in favor of a bill sponsored by Sen.
Mike Rogers (R-Howell) that would
require Michigan residents to have
the same residence listed on their dri-
ver's license and voter registration
If Senate Bill 306 is passed by the
House of Representatives and signed
by Gov. John Engler, students with
t di ferent addresses listed would
1 to choose one or the other.
When renewing a driver's license, the
Secretary of State's office would
automatically change a person's voter
registration card to the same adress.
The main goal of the proposal is to
smoothly combine separate voting
and motor vehicle registrations into
one Qualified Voter File, Rogers said.
"To have these two separate files is
teful," Rogers said. "This is about
fling the system more efficient."
Rogers said condensing the system
will aid in the tracking of voters.
"This would make it much more
difficult to commit voter fraud," he
added. "We're making it much easier
for you as college students to comply
with the law."
But Sen. Dianne Byrum (D-
Onondaga) said the proposal could
neoatively affect voting habits of col-
students - including her con-
stituents at Michigan State
University. She proposed an amend-
ment to the bill that would have
exempted students, but Senate
Republicans voted it down.
"Let's not set up a situation where
people are confused and discourage~
them from voting," Byrum said. "I
think it will discourage voting in gen-
ecause college students typically
move frequently, Byrum said, they
would have to keep up with their
changes of residence to avoid
unknowingly breaking the law. Under
the proposal, listing two different
addresses would be a misdemeanor
"I think it is overly burdensome,"j
she said. "People may find them-
selves guilty of a crime without real-
izi g it."
*ogers' bill would also simplify
the process of changing addresses
when moving. Instead of going to a
Secretary of State office in person,
Michigan residents would be able to
use mail, e-mail, telephone or fax.
"We need to make it as easy as pos-
sible to change your address," Rogers
Sen. Dale Shugars (R-Portage) said
sdents who wish to keep their per-
r ent address could easily vote in
their home cities with absentee bal-
"I don't think it would deter col-
lege students from voting any more
than they are already deterred," said

Shugars, whose district includes
Western Michigan University. "It
really makes it more efficient," he
Elizabeth Boyd, a spokesperson for
etary of State Candace Miller,
s the proposal would make her
office more efficient.
"We don't care where it is,"Boyd
said. "If that is your choice, we'll
make it convenient for you. We want
to make it easy on people."
Boyd said the proposal would not
change how out-of-state students can
vote in Michigan, as long as they
have only one address registered in
ogers said University students
shouldn't be able to vote in Ann
Arbor if they don't declare it as their
official residence.
"You need to vote where you live,"
Rogers said, calling the opposition





BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP)
Wave after wave of NATO warplanes and
missiles struck Yugoslavia yesterday,
pummeling army barracks, power plants
and air defense batteries in an effort to
force the country's defiant leader to cease
his onslaught against Kosovo Albanians.
The NATO attack came after months of dip
cy failed to end a year of fighting between Yug
forces and ethnic Albanian separatists tha
killed more than 2,000 people and left more
400,000 homeless in Kosovo, a Yugoslav prov
"We act to prevent a wider war," Pre
Clinton said in an Oval Office address six1

NATO targets military sites to
limit Milosevic capabilitv

at has
e than

after the attack began. "By acting now, we are
upholding our values, protecting our interests and
advancing the cause of peace"
Yugoslavia declared a stag of war shortly after the
first attacks, stepping up the mobilization of troops.
Lt. Gen. Nebojsa Pavkovicjommander ofYugoslav
troops in Kosovo, said 40 tets were hit in the first

waves, but he claimed that damage was "minimal."
Explosions resounded in Kosovo's capital of
Pristina starting at 1:55 p.m. EST, and the city ofl
280,000 was plunged into darkness when the elec-
tricity failed. The official Tanjug news agency
reported four heavy blasts in the city, including
three from the area of Slatina airport.


More than a dozen explosions were
heard around Belgrade, the Yugoslav cap-
ital, including some near Batajnica mili-
tary airport and one near a power plant.
Four missiles struck a military aircraft
plant at Pancevo, six miles north of
Belgrade, destroying several small aircraft.
neighboring Montenegro, which with Serbia
s Yugoslavia, an army military barracks in
Iovgrad was in flames after being hit. One sol-
was reported killed and three others wounded,
als said. Serbian TV said several civilians were
ded in attacks throughout the country.
See KOSOVO, Page 7A


.may set
By Jewel Gopwauu
Daily Staff Reporter
Students are well on their to setting a new record.
After one day of voting, they have already tallied nearly
4,000 total votes in this term's student government elections.
By midnight last night, 3,758 students had cast ballots in
the Michigan Student Assembly, LSA Student Government
and University of Michigan Engineering Council elections.
A mere 85 voters used traditional paper polling sites locat-
ed in Angell Hall and Pierpont Commons.
MSA Elections Director Andrew Serowik said voter

MSA Elections

elections end
today with
paper voting
available to
students in
Commons and
Angell Hall


turnout in this semes-
ter's MSA elections
after its first day was
"impressive" com-
pared to previous
If this rate keeps up,
Serowik said, "it looks
like we're on track for a
LSA junior Mike
Dorrell, who was one
of the students who
voted at a paper polling

moves to
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday
voted to send Gov. John Engler's fiscal year 2000 budget
recommendation to the full House floor, where it could
be debated as early as today.
With all the committee's Republicans and one
Democrat voicing support for the bill, the committee
passed the bill with an 18 to 9 majority.
Although many amendments were proposed during the
committee's two Tuesday sessions, most did not made the
cut for the final proposal.
"A few changes were made here and there, but nothing
dramatic," said Cynthia
Wilbanks, the University's vice
president for government rela- an
Rep. Jon Jellema (R-Grand al
Haven) said one amendment that
was supported involved funds des-
ignated for a tuition-restraint pro-
gram proposed by Gov. John
Engler in February. Budget proposal
The original proposal would
give universities that keep tuition
increases below 3 percent next year an extra 1.5 percent
increase - which would translate into about a $5 mil-
lion bonus for the University.
The modified proposal would reroute unclaimed
money from the tuition-restraint funds into another por-
tion of the bill.
"This 1.5 percent would go into a pot and that money
would go to the universities that are still lagging," said
Jellema, the committee's vice chair.
Universities that receive less per-student funding than
their peer institutions would benefit even more from this
amendment. The budget proposal groups the state's 15
public universities into four tiers and assigns minimum
funding floors to each tier.
This aspect of the proposal has not been modified,
although many committee Democrats - and University
President Lee Bollinger - have expressed disapproval of
this new funding method.
The University would not receive any of the money set
aside for the tier formula because it is already funded above
the minimum floor.
Seeing the original four-tier proposal reach the House
floor concerns committee member Rep. A.T. Frank (D-
Saginaw Twp.), who said he hopes the Legislature's
upper chamber will modify the tier formula if it passes
the full House still intact.
"I just wish the majority party would have listened to
President Bollinger," Frank said. "I'm looking forward
to seeing what the Senate will bring out."
Rep. Terry Geiger (R-Lake Odessa), who chairs the
Appropriations committee, said the tier method is not per-
fect, but the proposal is "a great start" and addresses the
needs of Michigan's universities.
Geiger said the overall 4 percent increase proposed for
See BUDGET, Page 7A

from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To vote online, go to
http:// www. umich.edu/l-vote.

site yesterday, said voting was "pretty easy."
Manning the deserted Angell Hall polling site at noon yes-
terday, Rackham Rep. Suzanne Owen said, "I think most peo-
ple are voting electronically."
As of 10 p.m. last night, the 2,059 electronic votes cast for
LSA-SG nearly surpassed the estimated 2,200 students that
voted electronically during winter elections in 1998.
Members of all three parties and some independent candi-
dates were involved in last minute campaigning yesterday.
Handing out quarter sheets in the Diag, Students' Party
LSA-SG vice presidential candidate Mehul Madia said, "It's
seems like people are pretty responsive."
In addition to Students' Party members, candidates from the

Campaigns may cost more than $2, 000

By Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporter
In addition to investing blood,
sweat, tears and giving up valu-
able class time in their campaigns,
Michigan Student Assembly and
LSA Student Government candi-
dates have spent a significant
amount of money during this
semester's elections.
Of the three parties with slates
vying for MSA executive posi-

tions, the Blue Party spent the
most on its campaign, with a bill
of more than $2,000.
Photocopies and a full page
newspaper advertisement com-
prised most of the party's
expenses, said Blue Party presi-
dential candidate Bram Elias.
About $400 of the party's
funds were raised through party
member dues of $20 apiece,
Elias said, and the rest was "out

of pocket and out of parent"
In both the Students' Party and
the Blue Party dues are normally
put toward purchasing party pro-
paganda such as party banners and
quarter sheets that list the names
of the party candidates for on both
MSA and LSA-SG ballots.
A significant portion of the
total amount that parties spend is
provided by investments from
individual candidates, in addi-

tion to party dues.
Members of the Students'
Party have poured about $1,000
into this term's campaign,
including funds raised from $25
party dues paid by the members.
Students' Party presidential
candidate Sarah Chopp, the cur-
rent MSA vice president, said
funds were primarily used for
fliers and banners.

Golden Apple winer Gunderson
gives pamadox,perfom

By Callie Scott
For the Daily
How is it possible that the study of a sam-
ple of people over a 20-year period could
find the survival rate of smokers to be 74
percent, while that of non-smokers was
only 69 percent? Simple, it's Simpson's
Uaa w

"As a teacher we should be a model for our
- Brenda Gunderson
Department of Statistics lecturer




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