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4B - The Michigan Daily - Voter's Guide - Thursday, October 31, 2002
Tuition costs top issue in regent election

The Michigan Daily - Yoter's Guide
Youth battles experience for U.S

By Tommmla Laika
Daily Staff Reporter

The University of Michigan is the nation's most
expensive public school, but the major party candi-
dates for two open spots on the University Board of
Regents have indicated a concern to keep its educa-
tion affordable by focusing their campaigns on
curbing tuition increases.
"Having gone from a family where no one had
gone to a university to a family where everyone has
gone to a university, I see the importance of the
University continuing to be accessible to working-
class people," said Democratic candidate Ismael
Ahmed, director of the Dearborn-based Arab Com-
munity Center for Economical and Social Services.
To combat tuition costs, which have risen 71 per-
cent over the past 10 years, the candidates have
emphasized their personal experience.
As evidence that he will not support tuition
increases beyond inflation, Republican candidate
Andrew Richner, a state representative from Grosse
Pointe Park, said he established a record during his
six years as a state representative of repeatedly
opposing tax increases.
"I'm in the best position as a former legislator ...
to understand how the appropriations process
works," Richner said. "I know who to talk to."
Current Regent Andrea Fischer Newman, an
Ann Arbor Republican running for re-election, said
during her eight years on the board she has always
voted against unreasonable tuition increases -
often feeling like the only voice on the Board call-
ing for a reasonable budget.

Newman added that experience on the board is
invaluable because "it takes about two years when
you come on to the board to really understand how
the University works."
Both Richner and Newman said the University
administration is capable of controlling the budget,
but they also said securing additional appropria-
tions from the state Legislature and more private
donations is necessary.
Richner said money can also be saved from
health care, but that faculty salaries and benefits
cannot be cut.
He said regents should lobby the state govern-
ment for increased appropriations - something
Michigan State University does effectively, Richner
said - and the University should attempt to win
more federal grants and donations from alumni and
Unlike Richner and Newman, Ahmed said his
business experience managing ACCESS' multi-

million dollar budget will help him control costs at
the University. He said the state might reduce
future higher education funding, and that the Uni-
versity must "more clearly assure government
assistance for programming."
Democratic candidate Greg Stephens, business
manager and financial secretary for International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 252, said
he will concentrate on construction costs. Stephens,
from Saline, said construction companies face
"many hoops to jump through" while working at
the University, but his expertise can help improve
the efficiency of the building process.
"It will lead to lower construction costs and we
can use those savings on tuition," Stephens said.
An example Stephens offered of unnecessary
construction spending is the remodeling of the
President's House, which the regents approved.
Somewhere along the process, someone arbitrarily
removed the gas service, resulting in a stove that

did not work, Stephens said.
In addition to higher education affordability, the
candidates also offered opinions on the lawsuits
challenging the University's use of race in its
admissions policy.
Both Stephens and Ahmed said they support the
admission policies because diversity is an impor-
tant part of the college experience, and Ahmed
added he would like to see the policy extended fur-
ther to include students of working class families.
Unlike the Democratic candidates, Newman said
while she supports diversity, the University must
maintain flexibility in its admissions policies
because some sub-standard schools do not ade-
quately prepare their students for the University's
academic environment.
Richner said the Law School admissions case
comes close to using racial quotas in admissions,
which he said he does not support. As an alterna-
tive for promoting diversity, Richner said the Uni-
versity should reach out to minority communities
through increased recruiting and funding.
Improving Detroit and its image is especially
important, Richner said, because the spouses of
faculty that the University tries to recruit look to
Detroit for job opportunities.
Ahmed said the University should provide tutor-
ing services and conduct research projects for
Detroit and other local communities, as well as
create a system of rewards for faculty and students
who engage in such activities.
In addition to the four major party candidates,
six third party candidates are also listed on the bal-
lot for the general election on Tuesday.

By Tonislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Carl Levin has served
Michigan for 24 years, but this fall his opponent
Andrew Raczkowski says Michigan needs an
"aggressive new approach" to bring federal fund-
ing back to the state.
Michigan is currently a federal donor state,
meaning taxpayers pay the government more
money than the state gets back. Raczkowski, a
Republican state representative for Farmington
Hills, said for every dollar paid, Michigan deserves
a dollar back to fund infrastructure repairs.
Raczkowski said Levin, a Democrat from Detroit
seeking a fifth Senate term, forgot about the state
once elected to the Senate. He said he will set aside
partisan politics while fighting for equal funding.

Levin said he has fought hard to increase
Michigan's federal funding during his tenure to
90 cents per dollar.
Levin and Raczkowski dis- or te
agree on U.S. policy toward
Iraq. As chairman of the Senate I
Armed Services Committee,
Levin said the United States 0 Democrat
must attack with international
support. A solitary attack will
weaken the worldwide coalition -
against terrorism and leave the
United States with fewer ports K ReInbACUn
facilities to use for launchingnene
attacks, Levin said.
"This world is much too
interrelated to go at the world's issues in a unilat-
eral way," Levin said.

U.N. weapons inspections will be useless if Iraq
does not allow all possible weapons sites to be
examined, including the royal
=t ,palaces, Raczkowski said. In this
case, the United States should
attack even without U.N. sup-
"It's debate, upon debate,
upon debate that gets us
nowhere," he said. "A lot of the
nations that are blocking us
currently are nations that
haven't been there in the past."
For higher education
Raczkowski said parents should
receive tax credits for money
they save for their children's college education.
"There should be no taxes paid on college educa-

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Kaltenbach, Dingell run for House

By Autumn Brown
Daily Staff Reporter

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Martin Kaltenbach, the Republican
candidate for Michigan's 15th Con-
gressional District ran unopposed in
the primary election. But in the general
congressional election, Kaltenbach
will challenge incumbent U.S. Rep.
John Dingell, whose 46-year tenure in
Congress began when he replaced his
deceased father in 1955.
Dingell, a Democrat from Dearborn
and a Georgetown University alum,
worked as a Wayne County assistant
prosecutor prior to his election to Con-
gress. Kaltenbach, also from Dear-
born, is a University alum and works
as a real estate investor and appraiser.
Dingell said he supports Pell Grants,
student loans, business integrity, pharma-
ceutical benefits and protecting wildlife.
One of Dingell's main accomplish-
ments while in Congress was the Insider
Trading and Securities Fraud Enforce-
ment Act of 1988. It was implemented
in the ImClone scandal, which involved
domesticity mogul Martha Stewart.
Kaltenbach said the ImClone scan-

dal is indicative of structural problems
within economic policies.
"The ImClone scandal is sympto-
matic of lots of things that go on in
new companies, but aren't seen in
older companies," Kaltenbach said.
"Newer companies get caught up in
the pursuit of profits and profiting
shareholders and as a result these com-
panies have become corrosive."
Kaltenbach said he believes that the
solution to the problem of corruption
within large companies is obvious and
he said deregulation is the remedy to a
poor economy.
"The SEC has to be strengthened, as
it is obvious that it is lax," he said.
"What is needed is the maintenance of
a policy of lower taxes and less regula-
tion by the government until the econ-
omy picks up."
Dingell said the implications of
prominent scandals in the securities
market are far-reaching.
"If people don't trust the securities
market then they won't invest. Jobs
will vanish and the economy will take
a down turn," he said.
As a World War II veteran and one of

the few Democratic supporters of for-
mer President George Bush's Gulf War
initiative, Dingell is noticeable as one of
the most outspoken members of Con-
gress against Bush's authorization of the
use of military force against Iraq.
In a recent statement, Dingell urged
the U.S. government to proceed into
the Iraq conflict with the utmost trepi-
dation and the utmost discretion.
The proposed resolution is a proposi-
tion offered by the president to remove
highly destructive weaponry from the
possession of Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
"The president has chosen the
wrong course. He has given us a
request for a blank check," Dingell
said. "There has been inadequate or no
discussion with our allies and friends."
Instead, he encourages the United
States to seek the counsel of the Unit-
ed Nations. "It is my view that the
game here is to win. And we best win
by using the resources of the United
Nations and the following of the whole
world as we assemble a coalition to
disarm or dispose of Saddam Hus-
sein," Dingell said.
Kaltenbach said he supports regime

change in Iraq. "The only thing that
the resolution is lacking is commit-
ment," he said.
"Hussein should be treated as a way-
ward child who, once removed, will
make Iraq a better place to live in."
Kaltenbach also said Americans
should realize that the Iraq resolution is
the unmistakable solution to the conflict.
"The resolution is necessary and
should have been done a long time
ago," he said. "In 1988 Democrats
were unanimous on the point, but
nothing can be done about it."
Libertarian Gregory Stempfle is also
running for the seat.
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