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Los Angeles Times with 199
party and
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain cau- unlimite
tiously criticized Gov. George W. Bush yester- wealthy in
day for failing to join Vice President Al Gore The Ar
in embracing a challenge to forswear the use of of Bush's
*nregulated "soft" money in the upcoming stands the
election. - and th
But McCain, speaking on CNN's "Late Edi- pivotal da
tion," directed his toughest comments at Gore's The un
"disgraceful and reprehensible" behavior in paign fina
chasing so-called soft money for the Democra- how polit
tic ticket during the 1996 election. despite al
His remarks underscore the potential danger its abolitii
that campaign financing issues pose for both The pa
candidates in Tuesday's presidential debate, soft mon
Gore is vulnerable because of his association Federal E
Continued from Page A
vice president's statements about the auto industry.
"In speeches he calls auto workers his friends. In his
book he declares the engines they make are the enemy,"
Bush said, referring to a statement in Gore's book "Earth in
the Balance" that the internal combustion engine is harmful
to the environment.
Democrats don't see it that way.
"One of the reasons auto workers and their families ...
verwhelmingly support Al Gore is because they know
George Bush and his massive tax cut for the wealthy will
take us back to trickle-down economics," said Chad Clan-
ton, spokesman for the Michigan Democratic Party. "They
remember the recession of the 1980's and how trickle down
economics put the auto industry on its back."
The crux of the Bush plan is decreasing U.S. dependency
on foreign oil by such measures as drilling in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge - a proposal that has many in the
Gore campaign crying foul.
"We think it's reckless for Governor Bush to support
*lrilling in one of America's most precious natural
resources. Especially when we remember the Exxon-
Valdez," Clanton said.
"Take one look at Bush's record in Texas and you'll see
he's basically unleashed big oil and big polluters and said,
'This land is your land.'"
Nonetheless, Bush and his advisers assert their policy
will have minimal environmental impact.
"The key is you want to do it in a way that is not harmful.
It is possible to drill and leave, as he said, 'nothing but foot-
'rints behind,"' said Larry Lindsey, Bush's chief economic
dviser and a former governor of the Federal Reserve
"The main thing is to make sure sound environmental
procedures are followed and we do that," Lindsey said.
Other facets to the Bush energy policy include the dedi-
cation of $1.2 billion to researching alternative energy
sources, providing $1 billion over the next decade to assist
low-income households with their energy bills and requir-
ing the Department of Energy to notify Congress when oil
stocks are low.
SLYMPICS not usually in Sa
Continued from Page IA accent):.
"Aussie, Aussi
But by the day's end, there was the 80-year-old I(
only celebration as Juan Antonio "Oi! Oi! Oi!"th
Samaranch, president of the Interna- The United Stat
tional Olympic Committee, gave the final nmedal tally
tens of thousands packed into gold, 25 silver an

The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 2, 2000 - 7A
tly scolds Bush for soft money funds

6 campaign finance abuses by his
fBush because he opposes the ban of
d donations of soft money from
izona Republican's delicate treatment
rebuff indicates that McCain under-
authority he has to call Bush to task
at he's hesitant to do so during these
ys before the candidates' first debate.
willingness of McCain, one of cam-
ance reform's poster boys, emphasizes
ical considerations protect soft money
I of the campaign rhetoric calling for
rties have raised record amounts of
ey this year. Data released from the
lection Commission at the beginning

September showed that the parties had
already received 5252 million in soft money
donations, S12 million more than they received
in the whole election cycle in 1996. And those
figures did not include the most recent months
of contributions.
McCain and Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.),
the Democratic standard-bearer for campaign
finance reform, challenged all candidates for
federal office to follow the example of the can-
didates for the New York Senate seat, Republi-
can Rep. Rick Lazio and first lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton, a Democrat. Following a
challenge by Lazio, the two candidates agreed
to direct their parties and independent support-
ers not to use soft money - the large unregu-
lated checks from wealthy individuals,

corporations, labor unions and independent
groups - to pay for advertisements to try to
influence the race.
So far the response to the McCain-Feingold
challenge has been slow.
But Gore, who has admitted that he is an
"imperfect messenger" for campaign finance
reform, wrote McCain and Feingold on
Wednesday: "I agree with you that our cam-
paigns should act now, jointly, to end this
scourge and clean up the system now.
"There really is no excuse for tolerating
things as they are, when leaders of both parties
could join with you two to change things right
now," he wrote.
Bush stonewalled, saying he did not "trust"
Gore. He questioned Gore's credibility on the

issue because of his role in the Democratic
Party's 1996 fund-raising abuses, when the
Democratic National Committee illegally
accepted foreign money (and had to return it)
and the White House was roundly criticized for
offering sleepovers in the Lincoln bedroom and
other privileges for big soft-money contribu-
Bush has repeatedly criticized Gore for fail-
ing to give adequate explanations for attending
a fund-raising event at the Hsi Lai Buddhist
temple in Hacienda Heights, Calif., which led
to the conviction of a fund-raiser for illegally
disguising donations from that event.
"I didn't agree with Governor Bush's decision,
but I also agree with Governor Bush there is a
credibility problem," McCain said on CNN.


says no employees lost

jobs from cafeterla contract

Laura Bush supports her husband, Texas Gov. George W.
Bush as the campaign trail stops in Saginaw on Friday.
The Texas governor attacked Gore for advocating the
release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petro-
leum Reserves to help curb the rising cost of fuel.
"The Strategic Reserve is meant for a foreign war or
major disruption in supply, not for national elections. It is a
petroleum reserve, not a political reserve." Bush said.
But some voters may see Gore's proposal to tap.the
nation's reserves as a quick solution to high prices at the
pump rather than a political ploy.
"Some of the people who follow public policy ... may
think that Gore is pandering. But the rank-and-file voters
just care about the bottom line. How cheap is gas?' How
much will it c#st to heat my home?" Ballenger said.

Continued from Page 1A
reduce expense in order to continue
generating a positive financial mar-
gin, year to year," Denton said.
While all people who had been
working in the cafeteria, were offered
new jobs, Rackham student Michael
Dover, who has protested in support
of the workers', said the issue is that
58 people lost jobs with benefits.
"When contracting out is done, it is
essential a follow-up be done to see
how well the workers were able to
adjust to their new surroundings," he
Dover also said losing their jobs
brought turmoil to cafeteria workers.
"The human cost of transferring
needs to be taken into consideration,"
he said.
Doug Warner, an Aramark
spokesman, said every cafeteria
employee was offered a new job with-
in the University.
"All employees were offered posi-
tions either at the cafeteria or at other
jobs within the health system," Warn-
er said in a written statement.
"Because of their seniority with the
hospital, some employees elected to
be placed in other jobs within the
health system."
"All employees were placed at
equal or higher rates of pay; no
employees lost their jobs in this man-
agement change," he added.
Denton said only one employee
chose to resign.
lan Wiesner, an RC senior and
SOLE member, said the biggest prob-
lem with hiring Aramark was that it
decreased union jobs.
The University is "outsourcing
those jobs to private companies like
Aramark that pay inferior wages, do
not offer benefits, and do not offer job
security," Wiesner said.
"Keeping in mind that the cafeteria
was breaking even with $4 million in
expenses and $4 million in revenue,
we see the elimination of these jobs

as an attack on the workers of this
University," Wiesner said.
Burkhardt said the University's
decision to outsource labor in the
hospital undermines the work of
SOLE in trying to get better condi-
tions for sweatshop workers.
"The members of SOLE find it
ironic and unacceptable that while
we've been working with the Univer-
sity's administration to create an
enforceable code of conduct to pro-
tect workers' rights for workers mak-
ing University apparel abroad, the
University has taken this action which
undermines the union and workers'
rights heart the University,"
Burkhardt said.
Wiesner said since the University
decided to outsource labor in the hos-
pital he is worried that other cafete-
rias on campus could be next.
"There is no reason for us to
believe that this is a unique situation,"
he said.
Burkhardt also said he had a prob-
lem with Aramark being chosen at
all. "Aramark doesn't have a particu-
larly good record. I couldn't imagine
why you'd choose them in terms of
food service and labor relations," he
But Warner said there are bound to
be complaints with any large compa-
nies, and those complaints are unfair.
Roland Zullo, an assistant
research assistant in the School of
Social Work, has conducted studies
on privatization. Zullo said the main
reason private companies enter into
business deals is to gain a profit. He
said the companies must make a
profit from somewhere in the ser-

vice operations.
"Usually they are generated by cut-
ting costs. For public services, this
typically translates to a reduction in
labor costs, like lower wages and
fewer benefits, but there can also be a
reduction in non-labor factors like
cheaper inventory and few service
offerings,"Zullo said.
Zullo also said there needs to be a
careful examination of the revenues
and expenses of the private company.
"What is needed, and what I hope
will happen here, is full disclosure of
the revenues and expenses to permit a
thorough external analysis," Zullo
Wiesner said he hopes Deitch's
comments will spark an investigation
into the situation at the hospital.
"We believe that through his inves-
tigation, Regent Deitch will expose
the fact that not only was this out-
sourcing unnecessary but may have
even been a breach of the University's
contract with (the union) which stated
that it is not the University's intention
to outsource jobs," Wiesner said.
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said she has not heard of
action being taken as of yet. Deitch
did not return calls made throughout
last week.
Wiesner said he'd like to see the
cafeteria staffed by union workers.
"The workers who were already
there were doing a good job and were
not losing any money for the Univer-
sity. The people who staff the cafete-
ria should be rewarded for their hard
work and dedication with well paying
jobs that include benefits for their
families," Wiesner said.

"All employees were offered positions
either at the cafeteria or at other jobs
within the health system,"
- Doug Warner
Aramark spokesman

maranch's Spanish
e, Aussie!" chanted
DC chief.
hundered the crowd.
es led the way in the
y, collecting 97 (39
d 33 bronze). Russia
88 (32, 28 and 28),
with 59 (28, 16, 15).
rth, w ith 58.
gold medalist Rulon
ended the 13-year
k of Russian super
xander Karelin, car-

Olympic Stadium the w ords they
wanted to hear:
"I am proud and happy to proclaim
Oat you have presented to the world
the best Olympic Games ever."
And what Down Under Olympic
closing ceremony could be complete
without one last rendition of the cheer
now known around the world (though

was second with
and China third v
Australia was four
Gardner, who e
undefeated strea
heavyweight Alex

Continued from Page 1A
Messing joined Mentality after she
needed to visit a psychiatric emergency
room during her freshman year at the
University. Since then, she has been
diagnosed w ith a clinical anxiety disor-
der and has begutn treatment. "Recov-
ery has been a long, hard process but
extremely rewarding," she said.
Anyone interested in helping Men-
tality during Mental Illness Awareness
week can attend a meeting today at 7
p.m. in the basement of the former
Madeline Pound Building on the cor-
ner of East University and Hill.

ried the U.S. flag

during the closing

Continued from Page 1A
Absentee Ballot, a provision in Michigan law which
allows patients admitted to the hospital less than 72 hours
lefore Election Day the opportunity to vote with a special
absentee ballot. "This provision has been part of the elec-
tion law for a long time. People just don't know to ask for
it," program coordinator Beverly Smith said.
By the provision, a family member or volunteer acts as
runner and brings the ballot to the patient, who can then
vote without leaving the hospital bed. Community volun-
teers will play an active role in this aspect of the pro-
gram, which will work in conjunction with the
Washtenaw County clerk's office.
"It's a great customer service to voters of Washtenaw

County" said Melanie Weidmayer, a representative from the
county clerk's office. "And it'll allow people to vote who
wouldn't have had a chance to otherwise."
The project, which Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith brought to
the table this past spring, is based on a similar initiative at
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where 10,000 people have
been registered in the four years the program has been run-
ning. Last year, 170 Henry Ford patients took advantage of
the Medical Necessity Ballot as well.
The senator said she hopes to see the program enacted at
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti and other hospi-
tals statewide. In the future, Smith said she sees no reason
that it couldn't expand nationwide and help people through-
out the United States.
There are a lot of people here on any given day," hospital
Executive Director Lar-y Warren said. "It's a lot ofvotes."


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