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Continued from Page 1
Half-an-hour after the debate ended,
Michigan Secretary of State Candice
Miller came to the podium and intro-
duced Bush to the spirited crowd as
"the next President of the United
"He showed us why we picked the
right candidate," she said.
"Did you stay awake the whole
time?" Bush asked jokingly, before
thanking his audience for their sup-
Bush briefly addressed the issues he
had touched on at the debate but kept
the speech light-hearted. Responding to
a cry of "I love you, George," Bush
said, "Wait until I cut your taxes, then
you'll really love me."
Business junior Barb Lambert said
she enjoyed the opportunity to attend
the rally. "It's fun to be here with other
Bush" supporters, she said. "It's nice to
see a variety of people. It's an interest-
ing mix."
The Republican population at the
University is severely underestimat-
ed, said LSA first-year student Matt
Nolan, external relations executive
vice president of the Michigan
Student Assembly.
"People perceive U of M as a very

liberal campus, but there's more conser-
vatives than you'd think," Nolan said.
Calvin College students who didn't
get to attend the debate said they were
disappointed but still felt they benefited
from attending the rally. "I'm not very
familiar with this whole scenario," said
Calvin sophomore Matthew Rip. "It's
very much a learning experience for all
of us."
Rip added that the debate gained
more buzz on campus when Bush
added himself to the forum. "All of a
sudden there was a flurry of excite-
ment," he said.
After some technical difficulties dur-
ing the first 10 minutes of the debate,
the attendants eagerly responded to the
candidates appearing on the screen in
front of them.
Inevitably, Bush's answers were fol-
lowed by thunderous applause.
Comments by Steve Forbes, who was
particularly hostile to Bush in the
debate, were often accompanied by
jeers from the crowd.
LSA junior Jenny Cowley said she
was impressed with Bush's debate per-
formance. "Bush showed his strength in
his issues with competent conser-
vatism," she said.
Lambert said she agreed, but added,
"All of the candidates showed that they
were decent men."

Candidates maintain


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opportunity to address an issue that has
been of great concern to his Arizona
Despite friendly banter between
Bush and McCain, the remaining
candidates were more antagonistic
when it came to issues concerning
what they believed to be the- moral
questions facing the nation, includ-
ing homosexuality, internet pornog-
raphy and spending U.S. dollars in
overseas relief efforts.
Candidates attacked McCain when it
came to the topic of gays in the military.
McCain was the only candidate that
spoke in support of the military's "don't
ask, don't tell" policy, and the Arizona
senator said he had served with gay
men in uniform.
"I wish this had not come into the
political arena ... The policy of 'don't
ask, don't tell' is working," McCain
said, citing other issues facing the mili-
tary including low pay and dwindling
Both Keyes and Bauer were
adamantly opposed to the current
policy and pledged that if either of
them were elected as president they
would ban gays from the armed
"We better pay attention to the
moral environment with gays in our
military," Keyes said, expressing his
concern that problems in the military
stemmed from this moral question.
In what is becoming a recurring
question at GOP debates, Forbes
asked Bush to pledge to preserve the
GOP's pro-life policy by appointing
pro-life judges and selecting a pro-
life running mate if he wins the nom-

ination. When Bush stopped short of
agreeing to choose a pro-life vice
presidential candidate, Forbes
expressed his dissatisfaction with
Bush's refusal to complete the
"I will have a vice president that
agrees with ny policy. I will have a vice
president that likes me," Bush said in
Bush's last-minute decision to join
the debate prompted Russert, host of
NBC's Meet the Press, to moderate
the event. He and panelists Susan
Geha and Rick Albin of WOOD-TV
in Grand Rapids posed most of their
questions based on current events
such as whether 6-year-old Elian
Gonzalez should be returned to his
father in Cuba and yesterday's deci-
sion by the United Nations to send
relief funds to Africa to combat
Most of the candidates agreed that
sending relief to Africa should be a
priority of the United States but
expressed concern that sending
money would not necessarily be the
best policy because some corrupt
governments may not relay the funds
to the.right areas.
"Look at the moral root of that prob-
lem," Keyes said, adding that he does
not support sending funds to cure an
incurable disease spread by immoral
Russert questioned Bush's reli-
gious convictions and the high num-
ber of executions in the governor's
home state.
"I don't believe that we've ever
executed an innocent person in this
state," Bush said. "It protects inno-
cent people to have the death penal-
ty," he added.

Peace talks recess without agreememt
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Peace talks between Israel and Syria recesseI
yesterday without agreement on new borders or any other major elements of a
land-for-peace treaty still eluding them despite rigorous American mediation.
As the two delegations packed to go home, State Department spokesperson
James Rubin said they would resume negotiations Jan. 19, probably in the
Washington area. "We are on the right track," he said. He gave no indication how
the gaps might be closed quickly.
The basic shape of a treaty has been clear since Prime Minister Ehud BaraW
took office last July. Israel would surrender virtually all the Golan Heights,
a strategic plateau on the Syrian frontier, for peace, provided security mea-
sures are found to take the place of the highland Israel has held since the
1967 Six-Day War.
Syria insists on a pullback to the Sea of Galilee, thereby letting it recover a
stretch of land it captured in the 1950s. Another scenario would push Israel back
to borders set in 1923. Or patches of land might be swapped. But Barak has not
specified what line he wants drawn between Israel and an Arab country with which
Israel has fought three major wars.
"We have not resolved the border issue, but we are working on it, and work will
hopefully continue at the resumption of the talks," Rubin said. - A

Cuban boy may
speak to ongress
WASHINGTON - Members of
Congress are moving on various
fronts to block Elian Gonzalez from
being returned to his father in Cuba.
One such tactic - subpoenaing the
six-year-old boy to testify before a
House committee - was being
reviewed yesterday by government
In Miami, a family court judge was
expected to announce her ruling late
yesterday afternoon on a petition for
custody by the boy's great-uncle. That
would allow him to seek political asy-
lum for Elian.
Lawyers for the Justice
Department and the Immigration
and Naturalization Service were
evaluating the subpoena issued by
Rep. Dan Burton, chairman of the
House Government Reform
Committee, in an effort to delay
Elian's departure.
Also from Capitol Hill, Sen. Jesse
Helms (R-N.C.) is seeking to make the

boy a U.S. citizen, while other lawmak-
ers are weighing resident status for the
The subpoena issued late Friday
requires the child to testify before his
committee Feb. 10. But Burton (R-Ind.)
does not expect to compel the boy to
appear, spokesperson Mark Corallo
fHgh court to hear
rapist penalties case
WASHINGTON - Today, the jus-
tices will hear oral arguments in a dis--
pute concerning federal penalties for
rapists and other perpetrators of vio-
lence against women. The case pre-_<.
sents a direct challenge to Chief-,-
Justice William Rehnquist court's sig-'-
nature effort to rein in federal laws,
that encroach on the states.
At issue is a key provision of the 1994
Violence Against Women Act that allows,
women to sue their attackers in federal
court for money damages.
The case in hand was brought by a
Virginia Polytechnic Institute student
who claimed she was raped by two foot-
ball players.

Continued from Page
for low crime, women still need to
know that sexual assault still occurs,"
said LSA sophomore Jamie Kushner, a
member of the Sexual Assault and
Prevention Awareness Center. "People
should not take this ranking for granted
and 'should always be cautious and
Ann Arbor was ranked in the 44th
percentile for lifestyle, the second
most important concern expressed by
readers. The city ranked low in part
due to weather conditions which have
a detrimental effect on a woman's hair,
skin and nails, said Margaret Gillman,
a spokesperson for Ladies Home
The city also fared well in education,
job opportunities for women, health
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women in politics.
Once the readers' priorities were
determined, the magazine gathered
data from federal, state and local
sources such as the Census Bureau, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and
the Department of Investigation to
quantify a city's resources.
Factors such as parks and recreation
facilities, air and water quality, the ratio
of single men to single women, weath-
er and voter involvement came into
play, Gillman said.
The magazine looked at the number
of sexual harassment and job discrimi-
nation charges filed in a city, the num-
ber of women-owned businesses and
the salary gap:between the men and
women in the city.
A high number of obstetricians,
gynecologists and fertilization special-
ists in a city yielded a high percentile
ranking in health care. The average
weight and general obesity of women
in the area also played a role in rank-
"The ranking provides a valuable ser-
vice to people.: It is an age of high
mobility, and this is a resource for
women who hawe the opportunity to
choose where they want to live,"
Gillman said.
In addition to providing a valuable
guide for women of high mobility, it
also provides a tool for women with
no intention to relocate, Gillman
"Ours is the only magazine doing
rankings from a female perspective. It
determines where a community falls
short, and inspires women to contact
government officials," she said.
Last year Ann Arbor secured the top
spot in the rankings, after being rated
tenth the previous year.
Gillman said some variability is
expected because "each year women's
priorities change slightly."
"Just being in ,the top ten is an indi-
cation that this is a pretty darn good
place to live," Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid
Sheldon said.
"This community places confidence
in women, which can be attributed to
the quality of women in Ann Arbor."
Sheldon said. "It's a testimony to the
women in the community and the com-
munity in general."
Continued from Page 1
parking lots around campus from early
morning until 1:0 a.m., but SACUA
members expressed concern that those
hours are not enough.
"Monitors in the parking lots are a
strong and good effort, but they are not
there quite long enough," said SACUA
Chair Sherrie Kossoudji.
When monitors are on duty, vehicles
without correct parking stickers are not
permitted in the lot.
When the monitors are gone, many
students and other area drivers tend to
occupy the spaces without concern of
tickets. "It doesn't bother them" said
Kossoudji, a Social Work professor.
SACUA members complained
about instances when faculty mem-


town with automatic weaponst ire
yesterday, trying to fend off mounting
rebel attacks to retake the town.
After heavy fighting during the day,
rebels fired on the local military com-
mandant's building as darkness fell.
In Argun, another key town taken by
Russia weeks ago, rebels launched an
attempt at sundown to storm the local
railroad station, the ITAR-Tass news
agency reported, citing the Russian
Interior Ministry.
Russian helicopter gunships rock-
eted rebel positions in Grozny, the
capital of Chechnya, yesterday and
Moscow admitted for the first time
that its forces had suffered major
losses as resurgent rebels put
Russian troops on the defensive,
Russian forces took Argun and
Shall, 12 miles east and southeast of

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul
It has shown signs of quickening phys-
ical decline in recent months. Yet until
now, owing to Vatican taboo, debate
over whether he might or should resign "
had remained rather quiet.
But Sunday German Monsignor Karl
Lehmann broached the subject publicly
and at length. His words caused a stir
because German and Italian media mil
read them as a call for the pope to abdi-
cate - an interpretation the bishop later
rejected. To set the record straight, the
Vatican on yesterday published lengthy
portions of the interview -- an unusual "
step that, in effect, brought the issue of
John Paul's leadership capacity officially'
into the open.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

Chechen rebel storm Grozny, in December while ground,
troops closed in on the capital. But'
Russan train station rebels mounted attacks on the towtis'
SH ALI, Russia - Russian forces Po e's health snark '
holed up in a well-fortified building Pr
sprayed the streets of this Chechen de ate ofretiremen .




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