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yrum
ogers tie
race for*
ouse seat
Hanna LoPatin
y Staff Reporter
The race to take over Michigan's 8th
ongressional District seat is heating
p - in the polls, on the air and on the
und.
emocratic state Sen. Dianne
yrum and Republican state Sen.
ike Rogers are in a dead heat,
ccording to a poll released by the
on-partisan EPIC/MRA polling firm.
Byrum is ahead 45 to 44 with a five-
oint margin of error.
Ed Sarpolus, spokesman for the
ansing-based EPIC/MRA polling
rm, said the race has been close from
e beginning and that it will continue
e close until election night.
yrum and Rogers are "quite simi-
r," he said. "When you go the
ebates, sometimes you can't tell who
the Republican and who is the
mocrat."
But the two have unleashed relent-
ss television advertising campaigns
gainst each other in an attempt to
xploit their differences.
Rogers and Byrum began their con-
itations nearly two years ago,
fore either had declared their candi-
cy. Byrum became the leading critic
the state Legislature of a Rodgers-
onsored bill that forced citizens to
ave the same voting address as the
ne on their driver's license, which
yrum argued disenfranchised college
tudents.
Sarpolus said although Byrum has
een trailing in the last two polls, the
den advantage is due to the
eased support for her Democratic
ounterpart in the Senate race, Debbie
tabenow. Byrum and Rogers are run-
ing for Stabenow's vacated seat the
louse.
"This the first poll that Dianne has
een ahead in her own district," he
aid.
According to the poll, Byrum seems
have a clear advantage on the issues.
* - See HOUSE Page 7

Sheding light on the election

Parties try to
mobilize in
final stretch
By Jeremy W. Peters "These are efforts in Detroit
Daily StaffReporter focused on increasing the African
American voter turnout. They're our
Exactly one week before Election base vote," party spokeswoman
Day the polls show a virtual dead heat Dana Bykowski said.
in both the presidential and senatorial "It's basically just a huge opera-
races in Michigan. In light of this, high tion to encourage them to get out
voter turnout is something both the and vote. We won't win Michigan
Democrats and Republicans without Detroit and we won't
say they are banking on to UOWN win Detroit without the
carry the state. African American vote."
The Secretary of State's 6 The Michigan Republican
office announced yesterday Party is organizing similar
that the number of Michigan's efforts to turn out voters in their
registered voters had jumped favor on Election Day.
to more than 6.8 million. 1"We will be making 2 mil-
"The number of registered lion phone calls in the next
voters is the highest it's ever been in week," Michigan GOP Communica-
the state," Secretary of State spokes- tions Director Sage Eastman said.
woman Julie Pierce said. "We will be doing a lot of last
Considering registration numbers minute mails ... and door-to-door
are as high as they have ever been, campaigning as well.
both parties are undertaking massive, Eastman said their efforts do not
last-minute efforts to get out the vote focus on any particular demographic,
in their favor. but rather on Michigan voters as a
The Michigan Democratic Party's whole.
principal campaign is their "Base Vote "We're really focused on all voters
Project" - a door-to-door campaign- .. we don't want to leave anyone out
ing drive in Detroit. See ELECTION, Page 7

RC sophomore Dave Zohrob carves the face of presidential hopeful George W. Bush Into his pumpkin last night In the
courtyard of East Quad during the annual Fall Fest.

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Masks predict presidenit

* Theory places key to
election on sales of
political Halloween masks
By YaMI Kohen
Daily StaffReporter
What do ghouls and goblins have
in common with presidential cafidi-
dates Al Gore and George k.
Bush? Both will be out on Hal-
loween night.

But Halloween masks could be
more than just a costume this year,
they could hold the key to winning
the presidential election.
Some voters, bombarded with
ever-changing polls and left feeling
uncertain about the election's out-
come, have turned to Halloween
masks for the answer.
The latest theory in presidential,
polling slates that in every election
since 1980 the winner of the presi-
dential race has been determined by

the number of candidate masks
sold. This theory is headed up by
buycostume.com, an Internet cos-
tume retailer based in Waukesha,
Wis.
"It may be accurate because as
close as the polls are, are about as
close as the sales are," said Bill
Brennan, retail manager for Fantasy
Attic, a costume shop in Ann
Arbor.
So far Gore is trailing in the Hal-
See MASKS, Page 7

MARJORIE MARSHAL!
D ia g u n d e r sle g e : Ann Arbor Police and Fire Department officials assess a crash on State Street
outside the Varsity Soccer Field yesterday, where a truck hit 8 cars.
MSA elections begin Truck plows into

By Jane Krull
Daily StaffReporter
As the chalkings across campus have
announced, Michigan Student Assembly fall
election campaigns are under way.
On Nov. 15 and 16, students will elect eight
LSA representatives, three representatives from
Engineering and Rackham, two from Business
and one each from Dentistry, Medicine, Music,
Nursing and Social Work.
Besides 12 unaffiliated candidates, MSA hope-
fuls are associated with three party slates: The
Blue Party, the Defend Affirmative Action Party
and the Michigan Party
Another party on campus used the name
"Michigan Party" a few years ago, but the new
Michigan Party has no affiliation with the past
group, said Michigan Party Chairman Doug
Tietz, an LSA representative Candidate.
"The Michigan Party has new faces and new

ideas,' Tietz said. "It is an easy name for people
to remember."
The reason the parties formed was to allow
candidates with similar goals to run together with
a common name.
The Blue Party's issues are still under discus-
sion.
"The platform has not been decided upon yet,"
FALL Ere-,s said Blue Party candidate Jes-
M S A sica Cash, running for one of
the open LSA seats.
DAAP's main goal is
"mobilizing the campus in the
defense of affirmative action,"
said LSA representative hope-
ful Agnes Aleobua. "We're also building support
for the MLK Day march and rally on Jan. 15."
The Michigan Party wants to focus more
spending on community service and multi-cultur-
al groups, Tietz said.
See MSA, Page 2

8 cars on State St.
By David Enders the east side of the street. The truck
Daily Staff Reporter skidded along the wall in front of
the soccer field for about 300 feet
Two people were taken to the before the entire left front wheel
hospital and police closed State was torn off and the truck came to a
Street from Stimson Street to stop.
Dewey Avenue for two and a half "We believe the driver may have
hours after a nine-car accident yes- had some sort of medical incident,"
terday afternoon. Ann Arbor Police Department Sgt.
An unidentified woman driving a Mark Szynwelski said. "Two people
green Dodge Pickup truck struck were taken to the hospital, several
eight cars as she careened through were treated at the scene" by Huron
both lanes traveling north on State Valley Ambulance.
Street. After traveling nearly 2,000 The driver of the truck struck a
feet, the woman drove the truck pair of cars at the intersection of
onto the sidewalk in front of the Stimson and State before continu-
Michigan Varsity Soccer Field on See ACCIDENT, Page 2
Students denied
aid due to past
drug convictions
By David Enders
Daily Staff Reporter

Dorothy Hamilton, a supporter of the Defend Affirmative
Nctlon Party, chalks up the Diag yesterday to campaign for
he party.

Former Israeli adviser speaks
on current Mideast violence

By Louie Meizlish
Daily StaffReporter
0 As the violence in the current
Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues,
so does campus discussion on the sit-
uation.
About 150 people filled University
Hillel to hear Yossi Olmert, former
adviser to past-Israeli Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir speak about the cur-
rent tensions in the Middle East.
Olmert's visit to Ann Arbor was
part of an Israeli government-spon-
red speaking tour of the United
tes.

"Our goal is to inform the student
body as to what is happening in the
Middle East and to make sure the
facts they're getting aren't too biased,"
said Eric Bukstein, co-chairman of
the Israel-Michigan Political Affairs
Committee, the group that sponsored
the discussion.
Olmert was an adviser to former-
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
and also advised the Israeli Minister
of Defense.
Olmert opened his speech by
asserting that current Prime Minister
Ehud Barak "has made the most
astonishing set of concessions that

any Israeli prime minister has made to
the Palestinians ... If I was Yasser
Arafat, I tell you what I would've
done. I would've accepted the conces-
sions." Instead, Olmert said, Arafat
"opted for violence to extract more
concessions from Israel."
He added Arafat "wants 100, if not
more, percent of everything he stands
for."
He also blamed Arafat for releasing
Hamas and Islamic Jihad members
who had been imprisoned for alleged
terrorist activities. "If there's an explo-
sion (in Israel), we'll all know who was
See OLMERT, Page 2

According to a report filed by the U.S. Department of
Education statistics, more than 1,300 students across the
country have been denied federal aid since Oct. 22 because
of drug convictions.
A law enacted as part of the federal Higher Education
Amendments of 1998 puts restriction on the amount of aid
students who have a conviction for sale or possession of illegal
drugs can receive. The law went into effect in July. Of the
more than 8 million students that have applied for aid this
semester, 1,327 will receive none and another 5,675 will
receive only partial aid.
See AID, Page 2

Yossi Olmert, a former adviser to past-Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, speaks at Hillel last night.

WEATHER NEWS ARTS SPORTS
Tonight 'u' awards prof. Thanks Bono Rivalry burns
Mostly Clear. University alum and Sociology prof. Mayer Zald is the Fans can be thankful for the latest The Michigan Hockey Team is No.
( o Low 37. latest to receive the Distinguished Senior Faculty release from U2, "Can't Leave in both polls and will host Michiga
Tomorrow Award after nearly 25 years on the faculty. PAGE 3. Behind," which take the band back State on Saturday at Yost Arena.
n Partly sunny. High 64. to its rock roots. PAGE 5. PAGE 9.

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