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Nov. 6, 1942
University President Alexander
Ruthven defended the University's war
policies, which critics had contended
was not an "all-out war effort." He said
it was not the University's job "to
develop soldiers alone or skilled pup-
pets." The job of the educator is to
maintain or restore civilization, holding
high standards in the hope that "when
the storm is over there will be someone
to recover our freedoms and reorganize
a society of free men," he said.
Nov. 6, 1946
The University announced a deci-
sion to uphold the tradition of allow-
ing women to enter the Michigan
Union only through the side door.
They said the Union was built to pro-
vide a club for men.
Nov. 6, 1953
The student government refused to
take up a 'beard growing' challenge
from Michigan State College (now
Michigan State University), calling it
"an unproductive activity for a student
Nov. 6, 1970
The U.S. Department of Health, Edu-
cation and Welfare disclosed that it had
been imposing temporary financial
sanctions against 11 schools, including
the University, for sexually discriminato-
ry hiring practices. The department con-
trolled nearly all of the $66 million in
federal research funds and withheld the
creation of new research contracts.
Nov. 7, 1950
Reports of large student-run football
gambling pools at the University were
under investigation. Officials speculated
there were two pools with a combined
weekly take of between $1,500 and
$2,000. It was suspected that the pools
were tied to national gambling opera-
tions, and student bookies were warned
they would face stringent penalties if
they were caught.
Nov. 7, 1943
For the first time in history, the
University announced women would
be allowed to compete alongside men
on the Varsity Debating Squad. The
topic of that year's debate was
"Resolved: The U.S. should cooperate
in establishing and maintaining an
international police force upon defeat
of the axis powers."
Nov. 7, 1983
Student activists seized and occu-
pied a radiation laboratory in the
East Engineering Building, block-
ing the door and refusing access to
researchers. The students opposed
the laboratory because it regularly
performed research for the U.S.
Department of Defense. Security
officials forced their way in and
told the protestors they could stay
in as long as they wanted - they
lasted nearly 48 hours. Lab assis-
tants did theoretical work while
kept from their equipment and said
they could have lasted a month.
Nov. 8, 1956
University officials worked to pre-
vent a panty raid that was to follow a
pep rally to be held that night. Offi-
cials planned to utilize student leaders

to identify instigators, who would be
subject to swift disciplinary actions.
"The occurrence of a panty raid is
likely to mean ... that this will be the
last pep rally for a good many years,"
one student leader warned.
Nov. 8, 1962
The University Residence Hall Board
of Governors voted unanimously to
make Mary Markley Residence Hall and
South Quad Residence Hall co-educa-
tional for the following school year. The
board also considered similar plans for
Alice Lloyd Residence Hall and East
Quad Residence Halls, but rejected both.
Nov. 9, 1912
Ann Arbor's prosecuting attorney and
University faculty members united
against local saloonkeepers in an attempt
to charge them with the sale of intoxicat-
ing liquors to students, a violation of
state law.
Nov. 10, 1918
Ann Arbor's taxicab companies
announced that, despite student
protests, they would ask the City
Council for an ordinance to allow
them to raise charged 10 cents to 35
cents per trip. A fraternity president
Aclared that anv rate changer would he

Cox and Peters:

Too close for comfort

By Loui MeWish
and Jordan Schrader
Daily Staff Reporters
DETROIT - It wasn't the governor's race about
which Democrats gathered here were really nerv-
ous. Rather it was the possibility that the state attor-
ney general's office would be held by Republicans
for the first time in almost half a century.
State Sen. Gary Peters, the Democrat nominee,
was running neck and neck with Republican Mike
Cox, and the race was too close to call at 4 a.m. At
that time, Cox and Peters were tied at 49 percent
with 91 percent reporting. A recount was possible
with the race so close.
The race was to find a successor for Jennifer
Granholm, who declined to seek re-election to the
post, instead running a victorious campaign for
in sec. of
state race
By Tomislav Ladika
and Jennifer Misthal
Daily Staff Reporters

"It sounds like it's too close to call," said Deputy
Attorney General William Richards, a Peters sup-
porter, just after midnight. "I hope he'll win."
At about 9 p.m. large television screens at the
Renaissance Center Mariott Hotel showed Peters
and Cox tied with 49 percent each. At 2:35 a.m.
and with 45 percent of the vote counted, Peters led
Cox 51 to 47 percent.
The race between the two had also become the
center of Republican hopes to control the lower half
of the executive branch with the election of
Democrats Granholm and John Cherry Jr. to the
offices of governor and lieutenant governor. Exit
polls early in the night already showed Byron Cen-
ter Republican Terri Land beating Detroit attorney
Melvin Butch Hollowell in the race for secretary of
"I'm cautiously optimistic," Peters spokesman
Mark Fisk said about an hour after polls closed.

"It's all going to depend on turnout."
As election results began to flow in last night and
exit polls showed the two candidates neck-and-
neck, Cox told Republicans at Lansing's Radisson
Hotel it would be a long night.
He was confident, however, that in the wee hours
of the morning he would prevail.
"It's a tight race and at the end of the day, I think
enough people have heard my message," he said. "I
was the underdog but I'm closing fast and I think
I'm going to pass (Peters)."
Cox said his message of experience connected
with Michigan voters. He currently heads the homi-
cide division of the Wayne County Prosecutor's
office and said Peters is too inexperienced to head
the state's top law office.
Later in the night, state Democratic Party
spokesman Ben Kohrman said, "It's going to be
tight and it's going to be late."

The race came down to a de facto referendum on
the role of the attorney general, with Livonia's Cox,
saying the office should become more of an outlet
to for solving violent crime and in cracking down
on those evading child support payments. Bloom-
field Township's Peters, on the other hand, argued a
vote for him was a vote to keep the department's
focus on consumer protection issues.

Mudslinging ads
charactenize fight
to control House

LANSING - Despite a strong lead
in the polls, Republican secretary of
state candidate Terri Land would not
declare an early
victory last t.
night. As of 2 w
a.m., Democrat-
ic candidate saof 1:3a.m:
Melvin Butch erri
Hollowell had Land
made no signs of
co n ce s si o n, 7U
Land's speech
even later into elvin Butch
the night. Hollowell
Land cam-
paign manager
John Yob said
Land was hold-
ing out until
more "hard
numbers" came
in before claim-
ing victory.L
Land said she was waiting for num-
bers from Wayne County to come in
before she made any formal declara-
tion of victory. Land, from Byron
Center, said her time as Kent County
clerk made her patient because she
understood the responsibilities of
counting ballots and making sure
totals were correct.
"We really need those numbers
before we can say anything," Land said.
Yob said the preliminary poll results
looked great. "They've come in just as
we had hoped."
He added the numbers showed Land
exceeded expectations.

DETROIT (AP) - Negative ads
dominated this year's campaign to
control the state House as Republi-
cans fought to keep the majority they
first won in 1998.
A combination of term limits and
newly reapportioned districts opened
53 seats in the 110-member House,
forcing voters in many districts to
choose between new candidates in
yesterday's election
This year's election was the tough-
est challenge for the GOP to keep
control of the House since it first won
a 58-52 majority four years ago and
kept its margin in 2000.
Late last night, GOP House Speak-
er Rick Johnson of LeRoy said he
expected the Republicans to win at
least 59 seats.
"We always felt real comfortable
with the quality of candidates we
had," said Johnson, a LeRoy tree
farmer. "We had a great work ethic."
A spokesman for the House
Democrats wasn't immediately avail-
able for comment last night.
Nine Republicans and 14 Democ-
rats in the House have served the
maximum three two-year terms and
can't run again because of term lim-
its. Some of them and dozens of other
House members ran for the state Sen-
ate, where 27 of 38 incumbents are
leaving because of term limits.
New candidates created tight
House races in Alpena, Bad Axe, Bat-
tle Creek, Canton, Dearborn Heights,
Fenton, Grand Rapids, Manchester,
Muskegon and St. Clair Shores. In
several of those close campaigns,

"We always felt
real comfortable
with the quality of
candidates we
- House Speaker Rick Johnson
negative mailings, television and
radio ads blasted the candidates.
In the 97th House District, which
covers the counties of Clare, Glad-
win, Arenac and part of Bay, Democ-
rat Jennifer Elkins and Republican
David Coker both were the subject of
negative ads.
With 51 percent of the precincts
reporting, Elkins, a Clare County
commissioner from Lake, had a slight
lead over Coker with 52 percent of
the vote, or 6,885 votes. Coker, a
funeral home director from Farwell,
had 48 percent of the vote, or 6,361
One Republican ad criticized
Elkins for receiving public assistance.
She said she hasn't received a welfare
check in years, but receives assis-
tance for her children.
Coker was the subject of a Demo-
cratic ad that said he had 14 tax
liens placed on his business since
1988. He said his taxes are now
caught up.

Republican secretary of state candidate TerriLand speaks to reporters last night.
Land did not declare victory over Democrat Melvin Butch Hollowell.

"We're running ahead of our projec-
tions across the state," he said, adding
that despite a long, late night, Land
and her supporters still felt hopeful
about the election results.
Land said her race was a two-year
ordeal, but she added she enjoys the
political process and elections.
"It was an exciting campaign," she
said, adding her main goal was to sim-
ply get through the night.
Although Hollowell, a Detroit attor-
ney, challenged Land on issues and
refrained from mud-slinging during the
campaign, preliminary results indicate
that he failed to win the majority of

voters over with his ideas for reform-
ing Michigan's voting system and
branch office services.
Despite the early results, Hollowell
refused to concede defeat at the
Democrats' victory party in Detroit,
telling supporters at the Renaissance
Center Marriott Hotel just after mid-
night, "We've got a lot of precincts
waiting to be counted. It's not over yet,
hang in there."
Hollowell said he was proud of the
race he and Land ran, noting it never
took on a negative tone, in stark com-
parison to the races for governor and
attorney general.

GOP expected to
take U.S. House seats

Students exercise
right, duty to vote

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter
While some students spent a couple
minutes walking to area polling sites
yesterday and others chose to ignore
Election Day 2002 altogether, Univer-
sity alum Aashish Shah spent hours
driving around southeast Michigan try-
ing to vote.
Shah was experiencing a problem
common among college students -
not knowing where to place his votes.
After graduating last year, Shah
moved to Farmington Hills for a new
job, but forgot to update his voter regis-
tration card. After attempting to vote in
his local precinct, he was told to come
back to Ann Arbor. But that attempt
failed as well, since the address on his
driver's license did not match the one
on his voter registration card.
"I've been trying to vote since 4:00,"
Shah said at 7:30 p.m., standing out-
side the Michigan Union polling site.
Although he was frustrated running out
of time, he said he understood why he
was having difficulty and was still anx-
ious to vote.
"I drove down here, went into the
polling booth and then they couldn't
find my name," he said. "I don't mind
so much that they couldn't find my
name, but the fact that the clerk's office
has no record of my previous voting
history makes me wonder."
While others also said they experi-
ence some difficulty prior to voting,
most were able to vote before the polls
closed at 8 p.m.
"U Intil an hour ago. I thought I was-

so varied.
Some wanted to vote at home but
did not have a car and did not want to
cast an absentee ballot. Others said
they felt the Michigan elections are
more important than elections in their
home states because. Michigan does
not have a strong Democratic or
Republican stance.
"I'm not from Michigan, but I decid-
ed to vote in Michigan as opposed to
sending in an absentee ballot because
this state doesn't vote consistently, and
I felt a vote here may weigh more than
a vote in my home state," said LSA
sophomore Hilary Baer, who is from
- The Associated Press
contributed to this report.


DETROIT (AP) - Republicans
were poised to win a majority of
. Michigan's U.S. House seats yester-
day for the first time in 30 years.
Republican state Sen. Thaddeus
McCotter declared victory over
Democratic Redford Township
Supervisor Kevin Kelley in the new
11th District. In the state's other
open seat, Republican Secretary of
State Candice Miller led Democrat-
ic Macomb County Prosecutor Carl
And in a third race that attracted
large campaign donations and atten-
tion from party leaders in Washing-
ton, Republican Rep. Joe
Knollenberg declared victory over
Democratic attorney David Fink.

Republican-backed state Supreme
Court incumbents appeared headed
back to the bench yesterday in the
race for two positions on Michi-
gan's Supreme Court.
Justices Robert Young Jr. and
Elizabeth Weaver each tallied 31
percent of the vote with 34 percent
of precincts reporting. Young had
433,643 votes and Weaver had
Maggie Drake had 209,885 votes
or 15 percent, while fellow Democ-
ratic nominee J. Martin Brennan Jr.
had 11 percent in early returns.
Victories by Young and Weaver
would maintain the GOP's 5-2
majority on the state's top court.
The victors earn eight-year terms.

RC sophomore Ellen Kolasky votes
yesterday in East Quad Residence Hall.


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