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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 17, 2000 - 3


Michigan electoral

acist graffiti
ound in Mason
all bathroom
Racist graffiti was found Monday
fternoon in a stall of a men's bath-
oom in Mason Hall, Department of
ublic Safety reports state.
A paint shop was contacted for
'mediate removal. DPS did not report
laving any suspects in the incident.
U' driver hits
arked vehicle
,e driver of a University vehicle was
eported having struck a parked vehicle
onday morning in the 700 block of
appan Street, DPS reports state.
The parked vehicle was unattended
t the time of the accident.
hone stolen from
outh Quad lobby
telephone was reported stolen
onday afternoon from the lobby of the
outh Quad Residence Hall, DPS reports
DPS did not report having any sus-
ects in the incident.
tudent accidently
uts hand while
hopping lettuce
A staff member of East Quad Resi-
ce Hall reported accidentally cut-
mg her hand with a knife Monday
vening, DPS reports state.
The accident happened while chop-
ing lettuce.
bandoned truck
tuck in soil,
roperty damaged
n abandoned truck was found stuck
freshly turned soil on the North
ampus Diag on Monday evening
PS reports state.
The driver was not at the scene and
he vehicle was impounded.
DPS reports state that there was
xtensive damage to property.
aundry swiped
rom Lloyd Hall
lothes were reported stolen
onday night from the laundry room
f the Alice Lloyd Residence Hall,
PS reports state.
DPS did not report having any sus-
ects in the incident
ash stolen from
spresso Royale
PS reports state that $170 were
rted stolen Tuesday morning from
cash register at the Espresso Royale
offee shop in Pierpont Commons on
ofh Campus.
DPS reports state that there are
urrently no suspects in the inci-
elI phone taken
rom Church St.
rking structure
A cell phone was reported stolen
rom a car on the top level of the
Thurch Street parking garage Tuesday
vening, DPS reports state.
DPS reports state that there is one sus-
ect described as a male wearing a dark
aggy coat, baggy jeans and an orange

unken minors
rrested, cited for
ighting near ICU
Fourjuveniles were reported fighting
uesday evening outside the Prenatal
ntensive Care Unit of the University
ospitals, DPS reports state.
Officers made contact with three of
he subjects, arresting one for disor-
erly conduct and for being a minor
n ossession of alcohol. The other
subjects were cited as minors in
ossession of alcohol but were later
- Compiled by Daily Staf Reporter
Caitlin Nish.

By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily StaffReporter
Given the recent electoral chaos now facing
the nation, Michigan Secretary of State Candice
Miller has proposed a number of reforms to the
state's electoral process, including making Elec-
tion Day a holiday and standardizing state voting
"I think as disturbing as the situation is in Flor-
ida, it does provide an environment to try to cham-
pion these electoral reforms," Miller said yesterday.
"Having a standardized voting system is something
we should seriously consider. Here we are in the
21st Century, and we're using equipment that is 40
or 50 years old."
Miller's proposal to make Election Day a state-
wide holiday follows the success of the United Auto
Workers being excused from work last Tuesday to
vote. Miller, a Republican; said her proposals were

not sparked by claims that by having the day off,
UAW voters delivered Michigan to the Democrat
Al Gore.
"I'm not looking at this from a partisan point
of view," Miller said. "Hats off to the UAW.
They obviously increased voter turnout, particu-
larly among their membership. But why should it
just be them?"
Michigan Democratic Party officials are not
exactly jumping at the chance to back Miller's
"We have always believed that Election Day
should be a holiday, but Candice Miller has a his-
tory of not helping voters," state party spokesman
Dennis Denno said. "She's really a 'Johnny-come-
lately' on this issue."
Specifically, Denno cited Miller's support of
Senate Bill 306, which made all Michigan residents
vote in the precinct designated by the address on
their driver's license.

re orms proposed
"Look, this woman has really done little to help still isn't working," Denno said of the progr
Michigan voters ... students in particular. This is Miller instituted that is designed to keep a me
really all just a ploy for her gubernatorial cam- accurate count of Michigan's registered voters
paign," Denno said. Miller said because of Michigan's election lav
Due to term limits, Gov. John Engler cannot the controversy surrounding the Florida recot
seek re-election when his third term expires in could never occur here.
2002, leading to speculation that Miller may seek to "I'm pleased to tell the voters In. Michigan t


become his successor.
"As chief election officer, it is my goal to turn as
many people as possible out to vote," Miller said.
"Clearly, the UAW did a good job of getting their
vote out, but generally I would say that is a good
Democratic concerns run deeper than Miller's
motives for election reform. Democrats and others
harbor anxiety that the current situation in Florida
could happen in Michigan.
"Look at what happened in East Lansing. With
all the confusion over Senate Bill 306, students
were turned away ... her Voter Qualification File

our laws are much better. We would never do what
they are doing in Florida because Michigan is not a
voter intent state," Miller said in regard to the hand
counting of the ballots in Florida, which opponents
have criticized as subjective.
But, she cautioned, dispute over the fairness of
certain ballots is not a concern limited to Florida.
"You know that butterfly ballot that's creating
all the trouble in Florida? Guess what? We have
that too," Miller said. "Also, of our 5,300 precincts
1,400 of them use punch cards. These are the rea
sons we should be moving toward a more uniform
voting systern."


accountable for.

factory labor conditions

By Anna Clark
and Susan Luth
Daily Staff Reporters

"We can profess to support human rights
until we're blue in the face ...
-Jackie Bray
LSA freshman

School about media facts about this year's presidential campaigning yesterday.
addres eduring
panel discu,.,ssionI-

Members of Students Organizing for
Labor and Economic Equality pushed
forward on two separate initiatives this
week intending to hold the administra-
tion accountable for labor conditions
in companies contracted by the Uni-
During the public comments section of
yesterday's University Board of Regents
meeting, SOLE members pressed the
administration to adopt a code ofconduct
for the production of University apparel
that would be written into each licensing
and supply contracts.
"The University has written a policy
statement against sweatshops and it has
even joined organizations to monitor
companies that produce U of M apparel,
but it has yet to make its principles
legally binding by writing its code of
conduct into licensing and supply con-
tracts," LSA freshman Jackie Bray, a
SOLE member, told the regents.
"We can profess to support human
rights until we're blue in the face, but
we can't actually do anything about it
until we hold these companies legally
accountable," Bray said.
SOLE members proposed a time line
for the University to follow, asking that
the Standing Committee on Labor Stan-
dards and Human Rights recommend the
code to Bollinger by Dec. 7 and suggest

that the University include it in future
contracts. By Dec. I1, SOLE proposed
that Bollinger send the code to the direc-
tor of the Collegiate Licensing Commit-
tee to include in future contracts.
SOLE member Peter Romer-Fried-
man, an RC senior, said the University
is accountable for current violations of
workers rights because it isn't making
explicit the standards it professes to
"The University could've responded if
it had written its code of conduct into its
contracts. Without a code, it has no legal
or legitimate way to implement workers
rights," Romer-Friedman said.
University Regent Olivia Maynard
(D-Goodrich) said while she is unaware
of the specific criteria SOLE is.push-
ing, she supports the anti-sweatshop
movement. "This process is going to
take time, but it is my hope that we
will nonetheless be able to move ahead
in it," she said.
In a separate push on Wednesday,
SOLE members went to the offices
of University President Lee Bollinger
and General Counsel Marvin Krislov to
deliver a letter asking for the Universi-

ty's support in defending workers rights'
at Van Dyne Crotty Inc., a laundromat in
Toledo, Ohio.
The company is contracted to do laun-
dry service for the University, such as
cleaning dining hall uniforms and hospi-,
tal linens.
SOLE members said the company has
not only failed to bargain in good faith'
with its workers, but has also refused to'
provide themwith enough wages to cover:
everyday basic necessities. Because of
the laudromat's tie to the University,
SOLE members have asked Bollinger
to threaten to terminate his association
with the corporation unless conditions'
"We feel that the university has the
responsibility to defend these workers'
rights because (the workers) are part of'
the university community," Bray said.
"The University has released a policy,
statement that supports labor standards
that Wan Dyne Crotty is obviously in
violation of. It would be a huge double
standard for the University not to seek a
positive outcome."
An employee at the laundromai
declined to comment.

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
Amid the climax of the presidential
election, as the nation waits to find
out who won Florida's 25'electoral
votes, a panel of campaign experts last
night discussed the tactics that have
led presidential candidates George W.
Bush and Al Gore into a nail-biting
race for the White House.
Hosting the panel at Hale
Auditorium at the School of
Business Administration, the Uni-
versity's Yaffe Center for Per-
suasive Communication invited
Owen Dougherty, a representative
from advertising agency J. Walter
Thompson Co., communications
department Chair Mike Traugott
and Depaul University marketing
Prof. Bruce Newman to speak.
During the two-hour discussion
the panel members addressed par-
ticular themes prevalent through-
out the Bush and Gore campaigns.
Among these were a "lack of pas-
sion" expressed by the candidates
as well as a lack of risk-taking in
defending their platforms.
Newman said that both the Bush
and Gore campaigns were weak in
their use of dramatic themes to cap-
ture the American people, tactics
popularized by many predecessors
- most notably Ronald Reagan.
But Newman said both candidates
attempted to exploit'emotion in their
campaigns. However, Bush, he said,
was the real winner in this category.
"There is something that both candi-
dates did ... but I think one succeeded
and one failed."
Newman said Bush's sense of
humor and charm relative to Gore's
rigidness and appeal to rationality
was ultimately more effective.
Dougherty agreed with New-
man's observation that passion was
missing in the presidential race.
"Fuzzy math and lock boxes just
don't cut it as something to look
back upon," he said.
Dougherty compared these tech-
niques to what he called more

effective strategies by Reagan-like
commercials that featured "Main
Street America" through the use
of "gauzy" American flags hanging
from white picket fences.
But Newman said that the use
of "characterization" popularized by
Reagan played a major part in the
projection of each candidate's image.
He said such characterization was
prevalent in Bush's John Wayne image
and the fact that both candidates wore
cowboy boots consistently.
In Bush's case. Newman said
the combination of Bush's person-
ality coupled with 'his similarity to
Wayne, created a sort of "bad boy"
image that Americans find charm-
ing. Similarly, he said Gore's recent
development of a muscular upper
body projects an image of strength
that has the ability to generate con-
fidence among voters.
Traugott said Bush and Gore's aban-
donment of the stronger campaigns of
the past for "softer. fuzzy ads" was
indicative of the circumstances that
exist in the country at this time.
He said that since there are no
real pressing issues facing the coun-
try, such as a wan (Ir a weak econ-
omy, the candidates were trying to
maintain a more positive demeanor
without being too risky.
In an effort to generate votes with
no overwhelming national issues, the
panelists said the candidates took an a
more populist stance by creating local
issues to divide the vote.
Business senior Dan Schwartz said
he felt the presidential campaign was
not necessarily different from past,
but instead it was all too familiar. And
he said the use of personal attacks
instead of self-promotion may be the
very reason the nation is equally
divided at this time.
"I think its basically what you see
in any election. But it's a lot about
what's wrong with the other candidate
instead of what's right about them.
"They're not really candidates
you can rally around. I think that's
why the country is so divided now,"
Schwartz said.


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