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effective part."
Granholm wants a greater emphasis placed on
other scholarships that are need-based, such as
the Great Lakes Scholar and Michigan Education
Trust programs, Cherry said.
Proposal A, enacted in 1994 to freeze property
taxes and shift the responsibility for funding pub-
lic education from communities to the state, has
been a success but may need changes, he said.
Cherry said the state pledged to pay $400 mil-
lion to public education each year - a promise
that has not been kept, he said.
"If we just meet that $400 million promise that
was made when we passed Proposal A, that's a

tweak of the best kind."
As the state faces a budget deficit, Cherry said it
will have to reduce some programs. While he said
more research is necessary to determine where to
cut, he added a shift in priorities is necessary.
Jared Cook, an LSA senior and member of the
College Democrats, said Granholn and Cherry will
focus on the most important issues in Michigan.
"Posthumus doesn't care about the environ-
ment, he doesn't care about mental health, and
Granholm wants to shift priorities in those direc-
tions," Cook said.
Cherry's promises didn't match what
Granholm has said on many issues, said LSA
senior Matt Nolan.
"Jennifer Granholm has said repeatedly she
wants to reduce the merit portion of the Michigan

Merit Award," Nolan said. "For students, it's
probably the biggest issue in this election."
"There's too many things they're saying they
want to spend money on and at the same time not
raise taxes," he added.
While tuition levels are not set by state govern-
ment, Granholm will work to keep higher educa-
tion affordable, Cherry said.
"We're going to have to sit down with university
presidents and convince them it's in their long-
term interests" to avoid large tuition hikes, he said.
The biggest cities in Michigan are where the
state faces some of its biggest problems, he said.
But he added taking over those communities'
responsibilities, as the state has done with Detroit
Public Schools and with Flint city government, is
not the answer.

"We'll try to partner with those communities to
find out how we can work with them to get back
on track," he said.
Cherry said the Granholm administration will
also use technology development programs to
revitalize large urban areas.
Detroit is a better location than Washtenaw
County's York Township for the site of Nex-
tEnergy economic development, he said. The
city was substituted for the township last
month as a center for the alternative energy
research program.
Cherry's lawmaking experience will help him
take an active role in the Granholm administra-
tion, he said. Granholm "would like to see me
a focus in on getting her legislative program
through the legislature," he said.

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resources available, in case they ever
get caught in a tough situation.
"People need to secure their
belongings. They shouldn't leave their
backpacks or purses unattended. They
need to lock their offices or rooms,"
Brown said.
"They need to be aware of the
emergency telephones all over cam-
pus. Those phones are also in eleva-
tors and in the parking structures, and
those phones go right into the DPS
control center. We get there as soon as
we can."

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the number of casualties as well as the
chance that Hussein would respond with
weapons, Levin said.
In reply, Raczkowski, a Michigan
state Rep. for Grosse Pointe Park, said a
U.S. military operation in Iraq must not
be subjected to U.N. control, and he
pointed out that under the current U.N.
resolution on Iraq, weapons inspectors
are not permitted to search Hussein's
presidential palaces, which cover 12
square miles.
"We have been attacked," he said.
"We can no longer leave this man to
produce more weapons."
Raczkowski added that Great Britain
and several other nations will join a
potential U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Both candidates agreed the United
States must invest money in its infra-
structure, but Levin said he believes
the return of a real budget surplus is a
key economic goal. Bush's tax cut pro-
gram, which he said mainly benefits
only wealthy families, is partly respon-
sible for the current budget deficit,
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included round-the-clock locked
entrances and increased patrols.
Later this semester, DPS and Uni-
versity Housing are expected to add
security cameras to main hallways and
entrances and automatic door locks to
individual rooms.
Brown said South Quad, East
Quad and West Quad resident halls
will be the first to see the new
She added that besides locking their
doors, students can take some addi-
tional steps to remain safe.
"Report any suspicious activity or
people to the Department of Public
Safety immediately," she said. "The
reason to call DPS immediately is so
DPS has a chance to catch the sus-
pects if they are still in the hall."
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Levin said.
In support of the tax cuts, Raczkows-
ki said they free income for consumer
"That's what spurs our economy -
disposable income," he said.
Both candidates blamed the North
American Free Trade Agreement for
economic woes. Raczkowski said it
encourages big businesses to export jobs
to other countries, and Levin said it pro-
vides countries with free access to the
U.S. market, even if they place restric-
tions on U.S. imports.
Levin also linked tax cuts to problems
with higher education funding, saying
that although he supports increasing the
number of federal scholarships and Pell
Grants, the federal budget does not have
enough funds to enact his proposals.
Raczkowski said his key to increasing
the affordability of higher education
funding is to provide tax deductions or
eliminate the taxes on college funds par-
ents put aside for their children.
The candidates were also asked
whether they support the privatization of
prescription drugs and Bush's plan to
privatize Social Security.

Raczkowski said prescription drugs
should remain under the Medicare pro-
gram, but using the analogy of buying.
food in bulk, he said several states
should join together when placing drug
orders. Levin said senior citizens should
have the option of buying privatized pre-
scription drugs.
Raczkowski said he does not sup-
port Bush's plan to privatize Social
Security because he doesn't believe
"that retirement money that has been
taxed once should be taxed again," and
Levin said that Social Security funds
"shouldn't be subjected to the crap-
shoot of the stock market."
Both candidates also opposed the pri-
vatization of the Great Lakes water sup-
ply. Levin said the government should
tighten water quality regulations to
avoid privatization, and Raczkowski said
control of the water should be placed
under the states.
The debate was not devoid of per-
sonal attacks, most of which came
from Raczkowski. He referred to
Levin as a "U.N. Senator" because of
his proposal on Iraq, and in terms of
investing money in Michigan's infra-

structure, Raczkowski said, "We don't
need a senator from Michigan, we
need a senator for Michigan."
Raczkowski also said Levin's voting
record in the U.S. Senate contradicted
much of what Levin said during the
"He's got a record of running away
from everything he talked about
today," Raczkowski said. "He's moder-
ating the tone of a voting record he just
doesn't have."
As examples, Raczkowski pointed out
that Levin voted several times to
increase Social Security taxes, and that
he has presided over five economic
recessions while serving in the Senate.
During the debate Levin emphasized
his accomplishments during his 24-
year tenure in the U.S. Senate, refer-
ring to numerous bills that he had
helped to write on several of the issues
brought up during the debate.
Yesterday's debate will be the only
televised debate for the Senate race
between Levin and Raczkowski. The
two Senate candidates will hold a
debate in front of the Detroit Econom-
ic Club today.

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The maximum penalty for the
charge is 20 years in prison and/or a
$500,000 fine, but under Martin's
plea agreement, the prison time could
be reduced or eliminated, and the fine
cut to $6,000.,
The delay should ensure that Martin's
sentencing occurs after the trial of for-
mer Michigan basketball star Chris
Webber, who is facing federal charges in
Detroit for lying to a grand jury and
conspiring to obstruct justice.
Webber's father, Mayce Webber Jr.,
and his aunt, Charlene Johnson, were
indicted on the same charges. Each pled
not guilty, and their trial is not expected
until next year.
Martin testified in May that he took
money from an illegal gambling ring
that he ran in Detroit auto plants, com-

bined it with other funds and loaned
money to four former Michigan basket-
ball players, including $280,000 to Web-
ber during his high school and college
playing days.
Because the alleged loans took place
while Webber and his teammates were
amateurs, the Michigan basketball pro-
gram could face disciplinary action
from the NCAA.
"We are cooperating fully with the
investigation," Michigan Athletic Direc-
tor Bill Martin said.
Webber has repeatedly denied his
guilt in the charges against him, and he
still maintains his innocence.
"I will fight this case to the end, and I
feel that I will be vindicated," Webber
said at a press conference Sept. 10.
He has not commented publicly since
that time.
The sentencing delay could strength-
en the case against Webber. The brose-

cution would still hold sway over Martin
when he testifies in the Webber case.
"It's clear that Martin will not be sen-
tenced until after the Webber trial, and
the reason for that is the government
wants as much leverage on him as possi-
ble to make Martin testify the way the
government wants him to testify," Don
Heller, a Sacramento defense attorney
and former federal prosecutor, told The
Sacramento Bee. "It's basically a form
The case against Webber and his
family is set to take place during the
upcoming National Basketball Asso-
ciation season. Webber, who hopes to
challenge for an NBA title this season
with the Sacramento Kings, could be
pressured into cutting a deal in order
to avoid missing games to defend
-The Associated Press contributed to
this report.

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ticipate in a wide variety of community
service projects in the Ann Arbor area.
Sites included the Ann Arbor Hospice,
Ozone House, the Ann Arbor Civic Cen-
ter, Nichol's Arboretum and Recycle
Ann Arbor.
"Every year you do something
new. I guess you find out ideas about
helping other people that you would-
n't even think of," LSA junior Aditi
Saxena said. "I did it freshman year
and it was just a pretty cool experi-
ence. You meet a lot of people and
you get to help out too."
Gandhi Day of Service, which began
at the University in 1997, takes place
around Oct. 2 every year in honor of
Gandhi's birthday. The vision of its cre-
ators was that it would "unify people
daily k

through the common goal of serving
communities in need."
"I feel like living out Gandhi's legacy
is an important job that everyone should
be responsible for," said Engineering
freshman Anika Kumar.
The event has now expanded on a
national level. In 2001, 5,000 volunteers
from 40 different universities did 25,000
combined hours of community service.
"This event is so important to us
because it began at this campus and
has since then spread to every corner
of the country. It is amazing to carry
on a tradition that started just five
years ago but has impacted so many
college campuses across the nation in
such a short time," said LSA sopho-
more Katya Melkote, a service coordi-
nator for IASA.
Melkote said aside from spreading the
Gandhi's legacy, one of the day's goals is

to encourage a variety of students to
meet and interact with each other.
"A lot of times, non-Indians and non-
IASA members feel as if they aren't
allowed or shouldn't participate in
Gandhi Day, but the ideas and philoso-
phies that Gandhi preached are universal
to all people across the world, not just
Indians," Melkote said.
Melkote's co-coordinator, LSA junior
Avani Patel, said they worked very
closely with SPARK this year in order to
send participants to sites that really need
the use of volunteers.
"It was a successful partnership
because we were able to bring a lot
of different and diverse ideas to the
table by combining the goals and
visions of a cultural organization
with the goals and visions of a com-
munity service based organization,"
Melkote said.

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