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October 21, 2002
@2002 The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Vol. CXIII, No. 33

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issues key
to House
By Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporter
CHELSEA - When the Michi-
gan Legislature redrew the borders
of districts throughout the state,
state Rep. Gene DeRossett found
that if elected to a third and final
term, he will represent a very dif-
ferent constituency than before -
including many college students.
The new 52nd district includes
northeast Ann Arbor, which means
some University students living on
and around North Campus will
choose between DeRossett and his
Democratic opponent, Pam Byrnes
of Lyndon Township, in the Nov. 5
While students are a new addition
to DeRossett's potential voter base,
the Freedom Township Republican
said he looked out for their interests
-in his first four years in office.
A bill he spon-
sored and guided
to passage aids
families in saving
more money for
their children's
higher education,
he said.
The law
changed the
Michigan Educa-
DeRossett tion Savings Pro-
gram, raising the maximum amount
of investment toward a beneficiary's
education from $125,000 to
$235,000 and giving more control
to the person setting up the account,
he said.
To critiques that these policies
favor the wealthy, DeRossett coun-
tered that they release money to
help others.
"If more and more people save
for their children's education, then
it leaves more money to help subsi-
dize and support children who have
a disadvantage, or who do not have
the financial means."
Students will find him available
and willing to address their prob-
lems, just as other constituents
have, he said.
Quick to say he is not a politician
- the House seat is his first elected
office after a long career as a con-
struction business owner and realtor
- DeRossett added that public
office is part of how he fulfills
responsibility to his community.
People "have seen me in the
classrooms. ... They see me in the
community working with youth," he
That focus on education is the
reason the Michigan Educational
Association gave him its endorse-
ment, he said. The group typically
endorses Democrats.
DeRossett said he has also initiat-
ed legislation that protects women
and children from abuse.
He worked successfully to pass a
bill ensuring domestic violence will
stay on a person's criminal record,
even after the offender moves to

Candidates debate office reforms

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

EAST LANSING - While debating improve-
ments to service in secretary of state branch
offices, Democratic candidate Melvin Butch Hol-
lowell said employees should be hired to assist peo-
ple waiting in line, while Republican opponent
Terri Land said her goal was to eliminate lines all
The two candidates, who are both vying for the
seat being vacated by term-limited Secretary of
State Candice Miller in the Nov. 5 general elec-
tion, also debated voting methods and election
procedure Friday on WKAR-TV's "Off the

Record," shown on public television stations
across Michigan.
Hollowell, a Detroit attor-
ney, said people often do not
know which lines to stand in
or what paperwork to fill out
at secretary of state branch
offices. He proposed hiring
"greeters" who would help
people with the process of reg-
istering or renewing their dri-
ver's licenses.
Hollowell "That greeter going there
cuts through the administrative process, points
(people) to the right lines and I think raises the level

of service that the people of Michigan deserve,"
Hollowell said.
Land, who is from Byron
Center and served two four-
year terms as Kent County
clerk until 2000, said her goal
is to not have any lines. She
said this can be accomplished
by extending the branch
offices' hours, and by institut-
ing a "flextime" program in
which employees have stag-
L~and gered work hours. She said
flextime would speed up transactions and improve
efficiency by placing more workers in offices at

noontime when traffic is heaviest, and fewer work-
ers during the rest of the day.
Hollowell's plan of hiring at least one extra
employee for each of the 173 branch offices in
Michigan would break the Department of State's
budget, Land added, noting the state's fiscal woes.
Although he did not provide details outlining
which budget funds would be allocated to hiring
the greeters, Hollowell countered by saying his
idea would save taxpayers money because people
would not have to fill out as much paperwork as
they do now.
He also proposed adopting a policy currently
used in Georgia which would waive state fees for
See DEBATE, Page 7A

Sitting pretty

Hopefuls urge
citizens to cast
votes on Nov. 5

By Louie Melzlish
Daily Staff Reporter

natorial nominee Jennifer Granholm
and several other statewide Democ-
ratic candidates rolled through
Washtenaw and western Wayne
counties Saturday in the hopes of
boosting Democratic turnout, ask-
ing college and high school sup-
porters to help them achieve a win
on Election Day.
Earlier in the day, Granholm, the
state attorney general, shook hands
and greeted shoppers at the Ann
Arbor Farmers Market before
speaking at a small rally for local
candidates at Ann Arbor's Wheeler
Speaking to Democratic loyalists
about to go out canvassing neigh-
borhoods for the party's candidates,
Granholm said it is high time for a
new administration in Michigan.
"If we don't start rewriting histo-
ry. for these little ones right here,"
Granholm said while pointing to
two children in the audience, "if we
wait another eight years, it'll be too
late for them."
Granholm faces Republican Lt.
Gov. Dick Posthumus in the Nov. 5
general election.

Eighteenth District state Senate
candidate Liz Brater, placing a pin
on Granholm's coat emblazoned
with the Michigan "M," told her:
"It's Game Day and you have to be
properly dressed."
The attorney general encouraged
the attendees to put all their energy
into supporting local candidates,

for the state
both houses
of which are
now con-
trolled by
"I don't
want to be
your veto
she said.
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District House candidate Pam
Byrnes of Lyndon Township and
53rd District incumbent Chris Kolb
of Ann Arbor, as well as incumbent
Ann Arbor mayoral candidate John
Hieftje, Granholm said, "We all
need to work together to build one

Michigan Equestrian Team member Catie Case, an LSA junior, competes with her horse Bert in an
advanced walk-trot-canter equitation class against riders from other schools in the region during a
horse show Saturday.
Tanner ecture explores
affinjnative action issues

By Autumn Brown
and Andrew Kaplan
Daily Staff Reporters

With the population of students of color shrinking
within the University of California system, many institu-
tions have looked to the University of Michigan as the
torchbearer of affirmative action.;
At the Tanner Lecture this weekend, "Specter of Group
Image," Anita Allen-Castellitto, a professor of law and

philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, applauded
the decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to f
uphold the University of Michgan Law School's use of
race in its admission policies. Allen-Castellitto said she
hopes this decision will encourage other institutions to
follow suit in admission policies regarding minority A
She cites her days as a law student at Harvard Univer-
sity and the isolation she experienced from being the
See TANNER, Page7A
t. , Participants begin their 5-kilometer route through Ann Arbor Saturday for the
second annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Wak seeks to

Fortune telling, psychic
readings near campus
available for students

raise money for
cancer research

By Lauren Hodge
Daily Staff Reporter
"I first started seeing dreams when I was
six," said Jacey, a psychic who wishes her last
name be witheld. The events occurred infre-
quently at first, but as she got older, the dreams
would reflect real life events in a matter of
days, she said.
From tarot card reading to yoga, Jacey spe-
cializes in psychic reading. Located at 1720 S.
State St., Jacey's Psychic, Palm and Card Read-
ing provides a variety of services from tarot card
reading to yoga.
Jacey's mother was a psychic, so she immedi-

real pictures of the future. Her mother helped
Jacey start her first business when she turned
16. Jacey practices full time now in the space of
her own home.
Jacey's clients come from all different age
groups, some as old as 80. She meets many stu-
dents as well as adults in numerous business
fields. A mortgage banker who wished to
remain anonymous said he always finds satisfac-
tion in her work. A client for more than a year,
he seeks Jacey's services about twice a month.
"She has practiced all readings on me, but
mainly we meditate."
Many of her clients find Jacey's services
stress-relieving and fun. Organizational studies

By Elizabeth Anderson
For the Daily

Cold weather and cloudy skies
could not dissuade breast cancer
survivors and their supporters from
volunteering to help end breast can-
cer. On Saturday, more than 1,000
women and men participated in the
second annual Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer walk in Ann

noncompetitive pledge walk includ-
ed breast cancer survivors, family,
friends and supporters.
The purpose of the walk was to
raise money to aid breast cancer
research and to support cancer sur-
"It's a great day for breast cancer
survivors and we can look forward
to a better tomorrow," said speaker
Beverly Zizka of Brighton, a breast
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