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that any increase in the minimum wa
,subject to a state's rights veto so that
vidual states can opt out of a m1in
wage increase. That would be a step1
ward,- Gore added.
He repeated phrases such as "I'm or
side" and "I'll fight for you" throughot
The vice president also touched on thc
of making worker unionization easier.
"When a majority votes, that ought to
I'm tired of all the loopholes being used,
the tricky legalisms being used, all o
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"It was degrading to me," he said.
The idea of protecting campus land-
marks is nothing new.
Michigan State's "Sparty" statue is
analogous to the 'M.' Both mark the
center of campus, but Sparty is often
guarded by students before the match.
Michigan State police arrested 14
people. in 1998 who attacked Sparty
with yellow paintballs and paint
buckets in an early morning assault.
State fans have painted the Diag the
last two years.
"I was at State last year durngn the
ime and I walked by Sparty at night
and there were like 50 people out there
guarding it," iroesser said. "I'm try-
ing to get to Sparty next year."
union-busting tactics' lie said.
In a state where nearly one-third of likely
voters live in a house with a union member,
these issues could prove crucial come
According to a recent New York Times poll,
(Gore is ahead of Bush 55 to 28 percent among
union members in Michigan.
Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile
said she was confident Gore will have no
problem attracting the labor vote on Elec-
"I think labor will be a very important force
not only as we begin the ground war heading into
the weeks before the election, but as we do the
day to day campaigning. They've given us a
tremendous boost for over a year now," Brazile
Just outside the rally there was a handful of
union members demonstrating against Al Gore.
They said they wanted to make it clear that not
all organized workers stand behind him.
"I do support Bush, but that's not why I'm
here," said AFL-CIO member David Shaffer, a
demonstrator from Davison. "What's been
done in the past eight years? The AFL-CIO
leadership is fully behind Gore, but I know
there is a good part of the union that doesn't
Former Michigan governor James Blanchard
said that capturing the state and its 18 electoral
votes is not solely dependent on winning the
"Gore will do very well with labor. But
remember, there's a lot more to Michigan than
just labor, there really is. Every area of Michi-
gan is important," Blanchard said.
One segment of the Michigan electorate
the Gore campaign is seeking to win is the
youth vote, an age bracket the vice presi-
dent acknowledged are often "the least
willing to get involved in the political
"Young people are playing an active role
in our campaign," Brazile said. "Sixty per-
cent of our staff is under 25. Clearly young
people are a lot of the fuel and energy
behind our campaign."
One young Gore enthusiast, LSA junior
Sarah Skow, traveled to Flint last night to sec
the vice president.
"lie needs to know that lie has the support of
young people," Skow said of why she made the
trip from Ann Arbor.
I However, all of' the young people who attend-
ed the rally did not share Skow's enthusiasm.
Eighteen year-old Kelly Dye gave her reason
"I just wanted to see the Goo Goo Dolls."
The Goo Goo Dolls performed an opening
musical set before Gore took the stage. Dye
and her friends, who all said they were not
registered to vote, left once the band stoped
At Michigan State, students are
guarding the statue; but University
officials were good-naturedly mum
about the measure.
"Just as Coach Carr and Coach
Williams don't give out their game
plans, we don't give away that infor-
mation,' joked Terry Denbow, Michi-
gan State's spokesman.
"Sparty is being properly guarded,"
University of Michigan Department
of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane
Brown said DPS is not planning any
changes in operating procedure lead-
ing up to the game.
Defacing the Diag or Spartv is not a
"It used to be try and get in there
and put a maize and blue skirt on
him," said University alum Bob Oxlcy.
who graduated in 1972.
"Basically, it was just a lot of fun
and screaming and harassing each
other," lie said.
Lou LaChance, a 1968 graduate,
said the Rock and the Diag were tar-
gets when he was a student, but that
other pranks happened.
The eagle statue on the corner of
Main Street and Stadium Avenue on
Champions Plaza outside the stadium
has also been a target
"We'd put some dye in the river up
there so that it would run blue,' lie said.
"God was a wolverine, he made the
sun maize and the sky blue:' he said.
Governor John Engler and Senator
Spencer Abraham are also expected to
attend the came. There is no qiuestion
for which they will be rooting - both
graduated from Iichigan State.
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"We have lots of cool things to get done. The first thing is
that the LSI is a whole bundle of things. We're in the process
of putting together the institute," Dixon said. "We are planning
0e labs and we want to recruit people from a variety of fields,
ing them together and make them neighbors."
Dixon said the two would also be working to desigc
undergraduate courses in the life sciences and to enhance
the Life Sciences Corridor, a state campaign to fund life
science developments at universities and businesses
across the state with money it will gain from a tobacco
Emr said he likes LSI's conglomerate of departments.
"Everywhere I've worked, I've always been associated with
a specific department, but there are no specific dcpartnmint
boundaries in the LS,' imr said.
Pending approval by the University Board of Regents at
their meeting on Friday, Dixon will begin working as direc-
tor July I, 2001, and Emr will join him July 1, 2002.
Emr said he won't be coming to the University until 2002
because of prior commitments in California.
"I'm presently appointed as an investigator in the Howard
Iughes Medical Institute, and most of the funding for my
research comes from them. The projects need to be com-
plete for funding, " Emr said. "I've also made commitments
to the University of California and to peers which need to
be coniplete. But I'll be there well before the building
Emr said he will visit campus once a month, and have
conference sessions with Dixon once a week.
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Nosnik said his house is
undaunted by the decision, which
bars them from participating in any
Office of Greek Life events,
including rush and registered par-
Silver said the Panhellenic Asso-
ation advisors sent letters to
tional chapters of campus sorori-
ties to discourage having parties
"Our house runs as it always has
I think those guys gave up on a
great group of guys," Nosnik said
after the ieetinc.
"Right now, we are a group of 30
guys living in a house and not
affiliated with the University," lie
said. "It's not going to affect our
rush. We're going to go out and get
the guys we want.
Nosnik said his house retains the
support of ZBT's national chapter.
Z3T national officials did not
return messaces yesterday.
Under I FC rules, members of
ZBT would not be allowed to join
another fraternity if they leave
Z/3T. But Nosnik said lie did not
expect any departures.
"They all love being in the
house," lie said.
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4ature, and for all the statewide
offices, including the Michigaii
Supreme Court and the University
Board of Regents.
Libertarians also are caipaigni ng
for seats on the Ann Arbor City Coun-
cil in three of the city's five wards, and
Libertarian Charles Goodman is in a
three-way mayoral race.
-We have an internal debate in
our party: Should we focus on the
ional level or the local level."
bka said. "The answer is yes."
One of the staples of the Liber-
tarian platform is legalizing drugs.
"We don't expect the government
to protect people froii their oWn 1
bad habits. That's why we're
opposed to drug prohibition,"
Ending drug prohibition stems
m the party's ideology, which
focuses oii an extreniely limiited
Libertarians say the current two-
party system creates disillusion
because its results in nothing but
higher taxes and increased govern-
"If voters would like to see a return to
a smaller government, they're certainly
not going to get it from a Republican or
a Democrat;' O'Brien said.
One of the major criticisms fIc-
ing those who vote Libertarian -
especially in national elections -
is that they are essentially throwing
their vote away.
O'Brien dismisses this claim.
"When you vote for the lesser of
two evils, that's wasting your vote,"
lie said. "It's better to vote for what
you do want to see accomplished
than for soimeone who you aren't
passionate about. What's the differ-
ence if Al Gore or George W. Bush
gets elected? They're both Tweedle-
Dumb and Tweedle-Dumbcr."
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