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MSA parties try to draw support for election
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because UHS closes at 5 p.m., we want
to put UHS stations in dorms that could
answer students questions," Roe said.
BP co-Chair Marisa Linn said the
health information centers would be sit-
uated in a room in each residence hall
where students could ask questions and
"The rooms would be stocked with
pamphlets and information, and maybe
have condoms available. It would be
ideal to have graduate Public Health or
Nursing students who would work in
the evenings when students have time to
go and ask questions and get advice,"
In addition to the enhancement of
IQHS services, the BP would also like to
institute UHS rapid response e-mail
where students could get fast responses
to their health questions. Also on its
platform is a movement to lobby the
state government to lower tuition and a
movement to make changes to the
Entree Plus program.
The BP wants students to be able to
use points immediately after adding
money to their accounts.
"The most important thing for stu-
dents to take away about the Blue Party
is to realize that the Blue Party is here
for them more than anything else," Roe
With several incumbent candidates
and a history dating back to the fall of
1997, the Defend Affirmative Action
Party, which recently published its
platform, is hoping to build its
"The reason we're running is because
of the attack on affirmative action and
the historic threat of resegregation of
education," said Jessica Curtin, an
incumbent candidate for the Rackham
According to campaign literature,
DAAP's program includes a movement
to "End (Department of Public Safety)
and Michigan Union discriminatory
policies against social events held in the
Union - specifically those sponsored
by black student groups," and to "End
police harassment of student parties.
End police scapegoating and harass-
ment of fraternities and sororities."
Another of DAAP's main platform
points is keeping tuition increases at the
rate of inflation.
"DAAP focused on building a move-
ment to put in a tuition freeze. The rate
at which tuition has increased is far out
of balance and we are interested in
working towards that," said Amer
Ardati, DAAP party member and can-
didate for the Medical School seat.
DAAP also is interested in investigat-
ing and taking action against racist, sex-
ist and other bigoted attacks, fighting
for students' rights by abolishing the
Student Code of Conduct and support-
ing the Graduate Employecc
Organization by building an alliance of
students, teachers and workers on cam-
"We fight for students' rights. We
represent minority and progressive stu-
dents, but we are prepared to stand for
every student," Curtin said.
The third and newest party to the
campus political arena is the Friends
Rebelling Against Tyranny Party.
"We share the belief that the campus
takes itself too seriously and that there
should be a bit of levity injected into the
student government, as well as all walks
of student life," FRAT Chair Ray
The FRiAT Party's areas of focus
include: having cola in all drinking
fountains on campus, pizza in
University dining halls each day, two-
hour recesses, eliminating homework,
changing the Code to the Morse Code
o( Student Coniud, rieplac ing the
CRISP lady's u0 Ie h ac t ress'
Murphy Krow n's voice and carving
"OSU Sucks" into the Moon.
FRAT candidae for : LSA seat
Ryan Hughes, whose ne will be
changed legally to ( or Nebulon in
earlIy December, sid, "The food around
here is alrig h, hut ihere is no better day
than piza day. If ever dav was pia
day, then every day would be a good
I he IRAT Party also would like to
rename the assembly "We would like to
call it IASTA RD, 1(rothers and Sisters
Thinking About Real Democracy,"
"We are for chIne, reform and the
studens at the ( UnIve rsity). We want
their needs to be met," Hughes said.
AROUND THE NATION
Clinton: Nation to see few Y2K problems
WASHINGTON r- President Clinton assured Americans yesterday that he expecti
no major national problems because of Year 2000-related computer failures.
But his top expert cautioned that many schools and 911 emergency centers are
falling behind on repairs, and "it is inevitable there are going to be some glitches
in some systems."
Clinton, whose advisory council issued its final report on the nation's readines
expressed confidence that the federal government will be ready for the New Year's
"If we work together and use this time well, we can ensure that this Y2K com-
puter problem will be remembered as the last headache of the 20th century, not the
first crisis of the 21st," Clinton said on the White House lawn minutes before fly-
ing to Pennsylvania.
The president and his top expert, John Koskinen, said some of the nation's local
governments, schools, hospitals and small businesses are lagging on repairs.
Only half America's 911 call centers - usually run by local governments -
confirmed last month they were ready. The White House previously warned that
911 iilures probably wouldn't prevent police or fire departments from taking
calls. But it could force employees to use manual dispatch systems, meaning it wi
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University last month, University Provost Nancy
Cantor criticized alternatives to affirmative action, such
as percentage-based admissions, like the one included
in Bush's plans for state university admissions.
Cantor said she does not have confidence in percent-
age admissions because of segregation present in the
nation's secondary schools.
University spokesperson Julie Peterson reaffirmed
the University's defense of its admissions practices.
"We believe the admissions policy in place are fair
and are working well in bringing in a student body that
is diverse and intellectually stimulating;' she said.
Jaye said Bush's action in Florida is another sign
of what he believes is the eventual end of the use of
affirmative action across the nation.
"We've rounded the clubhouse turn, and we're
making the way into the home stretch," he said.
Although University President Lee Bollinger
could not be reached for comment regarding Bush's
executive decision, he said in a written statement that
the University is watching closely how affirmative
action is being attacked in other states.
"We are verv concerned about the possibility of
a resegregation of lhgher educauion, and we have
watched with dismay the developments at flagship
universities in California and Texas, where minor-I
ity enrollments have plummet ed in the wake of
anti-affirmative ation deCision there," 'ollinger
- The Associated Press contriluted to this report,
take longer for rescue workers to respond.
Calif. banks may
limit local ATMuse
LOS ANGELES - California's two
biggest banks - in a surprising and
aggressive move - said they will
restrict use of their AT Ms in Santa
Monica to customers only, retaliating
for a recently approved city ordinance
that restricts fees,
Reacting to an ordinance taking effect
today, Bank of America and Wells Fargo
officials said beginning midnight their
33 Santa Monica automated teller
machines will be reprogrammed to reject
cards from people who do not have
accounts at the bank. B of A said it plans
a similar move next month in San
Francisco, where voters approved a bal-
lot measure Nov. 2 to ban ATMs sur-
charges. Wells Fargo declined to com-
ment on its plans for San Francisco,
where the bank has its headquarters.
The banks' new policies - the first
of their kind in the nation - escalate a
battle brewing over ATM fees charged
to non customers and mark a step away
from an industry wide trend toward
making ATMs universally available.
The local ordinances were promoted
by consumer groups that say ATM sur-
charges are excessive. The groups have
been unsuccessful at getting regula-
tions changed at the national level and
banks insist they should be free to price .
their services like any other company.
Senate vote confirms
WASHINGTON - Former Sen.
Carol Moseley-Braun won easy confir-
mation as ambassador to New Zealand
yesterday, posting another Senate floor
victory over an old adversary, Foreign
Relations Chair Jesse Helms.
The Senate voted 96-2 in support o
the Illinois Democrat's nomination.
Supporters said the lopsided bipartisan
vote should dispel any remaining ques-
tions over her ethical conduct.
"The Senate's overwhelming biparti-
san vote is a strong endorsement of her
outstanding experience and credentials
for this position," President Clinton
said in a statement.
AROUND THE WORLD
China lee of U.S.
missile defense plan
BEIJING - China's top arms control
official assailed the United States yester-
day for its campaign to develop a protec-
tive shield against ballistic nuclear mis-
siles, warning that such a program could
lead to a nuclear arms race and danger-
ously alter the strategic balance in Asia
and the rest of the world.
Sha Zukang, the Foreign Ministry's
arms control director, also lambasted
the Senate for its failure to ratify the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty last
month, arguing that such an act could
make countries like China reluctant to
enter into arms control agreements
with the United States.
"Because I'm a negotiator I ask
myself, 'What should I do?"' Sha said in
a rare, wide-ranging interview. "Should
we follow the same practice? We know
the United States is a superpower, but
that does not give you super rights"
Sha's statements reflect China's deep
unease with current American strategic
thinking, specifically the push to
amend or even abrogate the 1972 Anti-
Ballistic Missile Treaty. Underlying
Sha's comments is a perception, shared
by some European officials, tha
Washington is capitalizing on its statue
as the world's most powerful country to
lock in a strategic advantage that would
make it immune to intimidation.
Mexico prepared to
fight drug traffickers
MEXICO CITY - Foreign Minister
Rosario Green has declared thatla
enforcement agencies and the militarp
in Mexico are prepared to fight drug
traffickers without U.S. equipment and
other logistical support.
The assessment, in a report hand-
ed to members of the Mexican
Senate Tuesday, reflected growing
Mexican frustration over political
strings attached to U.S. anti-drug
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