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Jeannie Baumann
ily Staff Reporter
"It's the year of the independent," LSA senior Michael
rger declared.
Berger is one of 22 independent
candidates hoping to win a representa-
AS tive seat in next week's fall elections
edhDS for the Michigan Student Assembly. A
total of61 candidates are vying for 21
y available spots, including eight in the
College of Literature, Science and the
Arts.
Candidates stated various reasons
for running independently, but most
said they did not want to be restricted
party lines.
"I didn't want to establish ties with any one party, and
ing an independent is the best way to get my voice out
ere," LSA senior Robert Aaron Rosenberg said.
A Student General Counsel and Rackham fourth-year
a t Josh Trapani has been an assembly member since fall
96 and campaigned as an independent each time.
"I either disagree with what the parties stand for, don't
iderstand what they stand for or I don't think they stand for
ything," he said.
About one-third of the independent candidates for seats in
idergraduate colleges are first-year students. Many of them
id they see MSA asa way of getting involved in University
tivities.
"I know the basis of the issues, but since I've only been
.r two months, I'd like to get involved and know what
se on," LSA first-year student David Henderson said.
Engineering first-year student Ryan Gregg said he wants
bring a fresh perspective to the assembly.
"From what I can tell, there's been some stagnation with
e people who have been running the assembly," he said.
But some first-year candidates have developed specific
endas.
"I'd like to work on funding for out-of-state students," LSA
See MSA, Page 7

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GOP candidates in dead heat

Bush honors
Veterans Day
in Michigana
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
CLINTON TWP, Mich. - A decade after the Berlin Wall
came crumbling down and the Cold War ended during his
father's presidency, Texas Gov. George W. Bush yesterday
asked Americans on Veterans Day to "remember the heroes
who saved the century."
Bush, an F-102 pilot in the Texas Air National Guard from
1968 to 1973, took a breather from his campaign rhetoric yes-
terday morning to attend ceremonies at the Clinton Grove
Cemetery in Macomb County, where he was welcomed by a
crowd of several hundred flag-waving veterans and support-
ers.
"Today our nation pays tribute to those who have served in
uniform and a tribute to those who didn't return," said Bush,
the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
"Let us resolve to teach, without hesitation or apology,
America's story to America's children."
Michigan Gov. John Engler, Bush's state campaign chair,
introduced his Texas counterpart by recalling the night during
his first term as governor when news from Berlin interrupted
a state dinner he was attending.
"Ten years ago this very week, the obscenity known as the
Berlin Wall was torn down. That great symbol of the Cold
War came to a close," Engler said. "The president was a man
named George Bush."
The younger Bush, Engler said, "is a person who I believe
is going to be a great American president"
After he and Engler placed a wreath in front of the ceme-
tery's veterans memorial, Bush told reporters he chose to
commemorate Veterans Day in Michigan due to its early pri-
mary and strong state campaign. Engler has organized nearly
all of Michigan's GOP leadership solidly behind Bush's cam-
paign.
"I'll be coming back many times to lay the groundwork for
what I hope to be a successful campaign" Bush said.
"Michigan's going to be a battleground state in the primary
and in the election.
"It's one of the states that will lead up to the day of reckon-
ing on March 7," he said, referring to the 15 primaries and
See BUSH, Page 2
Rogers looks
at voting rights
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
Wrestling through the jeers of protesters, members of the
College Republicans squeezed their way through the blocked
doors of the Michigan League to hear state Sen. Mike Rogers
(R-Lansing) speak at the College Republicans meeting last
night.
CR President Rory Diamond, an LSA junior, raised his voice
to overpower the calls from nearly 10 protesters who banged ot
the door shouting "Let the Students Vote." Rogers sponsored a
bill last spring restricting citizens from voting in an area other
than the address listed on their driver's license.
Although CR members had to fight to keep protesters
from entering the meeting, Diamond said that being protest-
ed "is a great thing. College Republicans have never been this
big and College Republicans have never been protested"
Protesters expressed their concern that the bill infringes on
their voting capabilities and could possibly hurt student voter
turnout.
But by the time Rogers began to speak, the shouts of the
protesters had quieted. Rogers is campaigning for the 8th dis-
trict seat of the U.S. Congress in the 2000 election.
He was invited to speak as part of the College Republicans'
Campaign 2000 Kickoff event. Addressing about 30 students
who attended the meeting, Rogers spoke of his past accom-
plishments and his efforts to gather support for his upcoming
run for office.

An unidentified veteran (left), Texas Gov. George W. Bush (center) and Michigan Gov. John Engler place commemorative
wreaths near a Veterans Memorial yesterday in Clinton Twp., Mich.
Mc Cain~ gains support in N.H.

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - George W.
Bush's strategy to ride a wave of
inevitability to the Republican presi-
dential nomination took a beating yes-
terday with a new poll showing his
lead evaporated in New Hampshire.
Suddenly, the front-runner is on the
run.
"We're getting some traction here;"
Arizona Sen. John McCain said after
an American Research Group poll
showed him in a statistical tie with

Bush.
It is only one poll in only one state
- the Texas governor holds an over-
whelming lead over all rivals in
national surveys - but McCain's
surge threatens to reduce the value of
one of Bush's greatest assets: The per-
ception that his nomination is
inevitable, and he is the best bet to
reclaim the White House from
Democrats.
For months, Republican voters like

Lor Cunningham of Greenville, S.C.,
have been showing up at crowded
Bush events, waving signs and show-
ering him with praise, without know-
ing much about the candidate.
"He seems like a nice man. I like his
family" she said at a Bush fund-raiser
Wednesday. "The main thing is we need
to get Democrats out of the White
House, and he's the man to do it."
"He looks like a winner," she said.
See MCCAIN, Page 7
Puerto
Rican
Week set
to begiOn
By Jennifer Sterling
Daily Staff Repoter
Last year's celebration of Puerto
Rican Week was a huge success and
this year's 17th annual is expected to be
"bigger and better," said LSA sopho-
more and Puerto Rican Executive
Board Member Francisco Gonzalez.
A Puerto Rican lunch, dance and lec-
tures are planned for next week to edu-
cate students and provide "an under-
standing of the Puerto Rican culture
while at the same time having fun,"
Gonzalez said.
"You learn from different people,
you learn from different cultures and
we're basically doing our part to edu-
cate the university community of the
Puerto Rican culture," said Puerto
Rican Association President Juan
Gaztambide, an LSA junior.
With the millennium approaching,
t Gaztambide said he hopes that people
can learn about his culture because
understanding history helps to improve
the future.
The association not only wants to
give students information about Puerto
Rican culture, but give the University a
taste of it. Gonzalez said he is looking
forward to the lunch on Tuesday,
adding that Puerto Rican food is "one
of the best foods in the world'
He said he is also anticipating
Tuesday's Dance Marathon Salsa and
Merengue Dance Workshop and the
"La Fiesta" dance on Friday. He added
that all of next week's events are free of
charge.
In addition to the lunch and dance, a
film presentation of the Puerto Rican-
directed "The Disappearance of Garcia
Lorca" is scheduled for Wednesday.
The film will be followed by a discus-
sion led by American culture Prof.
Margarita De La Vega Hurtada.
Other speakers include Adrian
Cerezo, a consultant to the
Smithsonian Institute and the Puerto
See WEEK, Page 2

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HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) - Students and pro-
fessors at Hillsdale College gathered to reflect and
pray yesterday, the day after the college's president
abruptly retired amid rumors that he had a rela-
tionship with his daughter-in-law, who later com-
mitted suicide.
Some students said they hoped the campus-wide
meeting would reveal more about the rumors sur-
rounding former President George Roche III, who
had served as president of the collegesince 1971.
But administrators shed little new light on the
situation, instead telling students to see Roche's
retirement as a new beginning for the fiercely con-
servative school of 1,200.
Roche "helped bring a small, liberal arts college
in the backwaters of Michigan to national promi-

nence. But Hillsdale College isn't one man. It
never was," said James Stephens, dean of the fac-
ulty.
"May we leave here today not with a sense of
loss, but with a sense of the possibilities now open
to our college."
The message was a comfort to Skyla Freeman,
19, a Hillsdale sophomore from Alabama.
"They were direct and clear with us. It's time to
move on," she said.
But Amy Farnham, 20, a Hillsdale junior said
the meeting left lingering questions.
"What he's done in his personal life is his own
business" she said. "I personally would like to
know why he left, but I'm not sure we'll ever find
out."

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merican involvement in Vietnam to the and "Mallrats," Kevin Smith's
exual revolution the 1970s were ripe with "Dogma" fails to please audiences.
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