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By Usa Koivu
Daily Staff Reporter
Five of the eight candidates running
for a position on the University Board of
1egents gathered yesterday afternoon in
forum to discuss where each candidate
stands on the issues that will be affect-
ing the board.
Regents Larry Deitch (D-Bloomfield
Hills) and Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann
Arbor) joined Reform Party candidate
and University of Michigan at Flint stu-
dent Nick Waun, Libertarian and SNRE
graduate research assistant Tim Maull
and Green Party candidate Scott
*udeau, an LSA senior.
Senate Advisory Committee on Uni-
versity Affairs President Jackie Lawson
By Ahmed Hamid
began the discussion by informing audi-
ence members that the Republican can-
didates Wendy Anderson and Susy
Avery declined the invitation to attend.
"I regret to announce that the two
Republican candidates have withdrawn
from the forum," Lawson said. "They
confirmed weeks ago but suddenly with-
Each candidate had one minute to
answer questions, most of which audi-
ence members wrote. The first question,
written by SACUA members, asked the
candidates to state their positions on
Deitch, McGowan and Trudeau agreed
that affirmative action is a necessary
While Maull said he believes diversity
is important but that he just does not
agree with affirmative action, Waun said
the administration has no right to deny
admission to any student based on race.
"This administration does not have the
moral or constitutional authority to dis-
criminate against any student who
applies to this University," Waunn said.
The candidates also tackled whether
they thought English Prof. David
Halperin's gay literature class should be
"The regents have no place in the
classroom," Deitch said. "The regents
need to stand on guard to political inter-
ference. What I may think as a person is
Maull agreed, saying, "As long as the
class has academic merit, it should be
The Student Code of Conduct elicited
varying responses from the students and
those now on the board.
McGowan said she is in favor of the
Code but she also expects students to
express any concerns they have about it.
"With the Code as it is, I support it.
However, I also support a constant
review of it," McGowan said.
Waun said the Code is so long that
students can not understand it.
"The University needs a certain num-
ber of rules. However, the Student Code
is so long and confusing that people
can't understand what they have to fol-
low," Waun said.
When asked whether the University's
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University Board of Regents candidates Tim Maull, Nick
Waun, Rebecca McGowan, Scott Trudeau and Larry Deitch
participate in a panel discussion at the Michigan League's
Mendelssohn Theatre yesterday.
When Rackham Auditorium closes
next May for an 18-month full-scale
"novation project, the congestion due
limited venues on and near campus
Since last month, only graduate stu-
dent groups can use Rackham facilities,
forcing undergraduate students groups
to clog other venues, especially the
Nancy Doyal, Michigan Theater
director of operations, said demand is
expected to increase further when Rack-
ham Auditorium closes.
*Full-scale renovations will begin in
May 2001, pending approval of the Uni-
versity Board of Regents approve the
plan. Exterior renovations already have
started. "The terms of the Rackham
endowment were that the University
would exclusively include graduate stu-
dents in using Rackham facilities," said
Donna Reed, assistant to the Rackham
dean for budget, facilities and human
sources. "We tried to relax it four
ars ago and because of the increasing
demand the graduate students were hav-
ing difficulty in accessing the facilities."
Damon Fairfield, president of Rack-
ham Student Government, said he has
received no complaints about the policy
change. Groups must now be composed
of at least 25 percent graduate students
to use Rackham facilities.
"The problem is the deed of trust
itself specifies that the building is to be
ed for graduate students only," Fair-
4ld said. "We had no role in generating
the current policy nor any input into it."
The congestion in bookings around
campus can be linked to the perception
that the University lacks adequate facili-
ties. "The University needs to do more
to accommodate groups. There aren't
sufficient venues for groups like
Amazin' Blue and others," said Brian
Netter, business manager for Amazin'
*ue, an a cappella group.
Such groups need spaces like the
1,200-seat Rackham Auditorium
because of their target audience size, he
said. An a Capella concert wouldn't fill
Hill Auditorium but would overfill an
Angell Hall Auditonium.
Michigan Theater turned out to e the
best alternative to Rackham for
Amazin' Blue, Netter said, but getting a
spot wasn't easy. "Michigan Theater's
schedule was packed and we were
able to get a spot until the first week
of December," Netter said.
58 Greene, another a cappella group
that used to hold concerts at Rackham,
also has reserved Michigan Theater dur-
ing the first week of December.
"Rackham is a great auditorium, but
now we are using Michigan Theater,"
said LSA junior Cathy Dacpano, busi-
ness manager for 58 Greene. "It may
and far-fetched, but it would be great
the University could gather enough
support to build a new facility."
The Rackham building was con-
structed in 1938. Reed said next year
will be the first time an exhaustive reno-
vation has taken place since then.
"There will be a complete renovation
By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
DETROIT - Yesterday's second
and final debate between Sen. Spence
Abraham and U.S. Rep. Debbie
Stabenow ended any hopes that the
bitterly negative Senate campaign
would turn civil in the remaining two
weeks before Election Day.
The candidates sparred on issues
ranging from the
cost of health care to C A M P.
racial profiling and
views in their politi-
tactic' of painting Stabenow as a lib-
eral proponent of big government.
"We do have a clear choice in this
campaign between ... moving the
country forward in the direction you
asked me to or going back and turn-
ing the clock back to liberal alterna-
tives of big spending government
programs," the incumbent Republi-
can senator said.
At one point in the debate, Guy
Gordon of WXYZ-
A I G N TV, one of the
asked both candi-
dates if they would
Sw"I _ agree to end the bar-
n . m n, n
rage of negative ads
during the past sever-
Stabenow gave her
opening statement first and didn't
waste a minute taking the offensive.
"Six years ago Senator Abraham
stood before you and said that he was
going to work for the people's inter-
ests and not the special interests. I
would argue in fact, that the opposite
has been true," the Lansing Democrat
said to an audience of the Economic
Club of Detroit at Cobo Hall.
In response, Abraham turned to his
Stabenow did not commit to that,
saying instead she saw a solution in
the McCain-Finegold campaign
finance reform bill.
"If Senator Abraham was not one
of five senators holding it up in the
senate, we would not be having this
conversation. Campaign finance
reform is what we need," she said.
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U.S. Rep Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and Rpblican Sen. Spence Abraham face off yesterday in their final debate before
the Detroit Economic Club at Cobo Hall.
Bollinger: More residence halls needed
By Lisa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
University President Lee Bollinger spoke to
the faculty Senate Assembly yesterday about
connecting the University to other universi-
ties, to the non-educational sector and to
In effort to contribute to the intellectual envi-
ronment, Bollinger brought up possible advance-
ments in the undergraduate experience, including
upgrading residence halls.
The University has not built a residence hall
since 1969, despite the growing number of stu-
By Emily Kramer
For the Daily
dents and escalating off-campus housing prices
that force upperclass students to live further away
"It would contribute to the intellectual environ-
ment" to have upperclass students live on cam-
pus, Bollinger said. "We benefit from having a
close proximate relation."
The housing refurbishing and construction is
estimated to be a decade-long project.
"We need a better framework to resolve a num-
ber of issues that have evolved," Bollinger said,
including keeping the cost of higher education
The average tuition rate for an education of
this university's quality is $20,000, Bollinger
said, but the University only charges $6,000 for
"I believe that what the state gets is an incredi-
ble bargain," Bollinger said.
Last year, the University's average in-state
tuition increase, was 3:3 percent, which helped
make the lowest four-year average increase in
"The increase is just keeping with inflation,"
LSA junior Jay Champley said. "We do have a
higher tuition than other Big Ten schools; but I
don't see it as outrageous for how much is
The number of research endowments, research
awards and private fundraising also continues to
rise as the University prepares for another capital
"It is the best organizational structure we know
of for people who care about higher education,"
Following a weekend of fueled rivalry
between the University of Michigan and
Michigan State University, Bollinger remind-
ed faculty, "We must take a more cooperative
stand with other universities, especially
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Genetics prof. shares
theory of evolution
By Kristen Beaumont
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering freshman Kavon Stewart, a native of
Jamaica, had never seen the delicate flight or bright col-
ors of a ladybug before moving to the University's North
Campus. Now, living in one location where ladybugs
seem omnipresent, Stewart shares his residence hall
room with many of the campus critters.
"There are at least eight in my bedroom at night," Stewart
said. "They are attracted to the light so they climb up the
walls and just stare at the light."
Recently, Central and North campuses have been
infested with clusters of yellow or red and black lady-
bugs, and Stewart and other students on North Campus
He predicted hundreds of millions
would die of starvation due to a popu- -
lation explosion in the 1970s and 1 bil-
lion would die in the 1980s for the
same reason. Stanford Prof. Paul
Erlich played out some of his other
theories on cultural evolution last night
in his lecture in the Rackham Graduate
"Everybody ought to know more
about evolution. If we are going to
understand who we are and where we
are going, we need to understand
human evolution," Erlich said.
Erlich lectured on material from his
new book, titled "Human Natures:
Genes, Cultures, and the Human
tial population multiplication.
He geared last night's lecture in a
much different direction.
Erlich addressed four main issues
- the impact of genes on behavior,
the origins of ethics, the lessons to be
learned from evolution and the possi-
bility of altering evolution to change
the progression of culture.
Erlich first addressed genetic impact
on cultural and social behavior. He
said virtually no human behavior can
be encoded in our genes because cul-
ture shapes human behavior.
"The culture an infant grows up in
determines how that child will
behave," he said. Erlich also stressed
that if a child grows up in an adopted
culture, they will adopt that culture
and leave behind the culture they were
Ladybugs accumulate outside of East Quad Residence Hall
are prime for ladybugs.
The weather has sustained the survival of ladybugs, he