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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 4, 2002 - 3

THIS WEEK

Bill would establish districts for regents

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Dec. 4, 1957
The Student Government Council
urged the administration to adopt a
more precise marking system. Under
the plan, a .3 would be added to the
numerical equivalent for a plus grade
and subtracted for a minus grade.
Dec. 4, 1968
Business administration Prof. Paul
McCracken was named by President-
elect Richard Nixon to head the Coun-
cil of Economic Advisors. He cited
inflation and global monetary prob-
lems as the major economic problems
facing the administration.
Dec. 4, 1978
# In anticipation of widespread infrac-
tions of the new law which raised the
drinking age from 18 to 21 when it
went into effect Dec. 22, the Ann Arbor
City Council unanimously passed an
ordinance making violation of the law
punishable by a $5 fine.
Dec. 5, 1946
The U.S. Postal Service prohibited
packages over 18 inches long or weigh-
ing more than five pounds in order to
save energy. Many students were
unable to mail their dirty laundry home
to mom.
Dec. 6, 1949
Michigan football coach Bennie
Oosterbaan was named "Coach of the
Year" for steering the Wolverines to the
top-ranking position in the final AP
football poll. Oosterbaan received
more than twice as many first place
votes as his closest rival.
Dec. 7, 1971
The Daily learned John Lennon and
Yoko Ono had agreed to make their
first appearance in two years at a rally
for radical leader John Sinclair. They
would join many other national radical
leaders in a fundraiser at Crisler Arena
after Sinclair was given up to ten years
for possession of two marijuana ciga-
rettes. He claimed he was arrested
because of his political beliefs.
Dec. 8, 1916
University medical officials encour-
aged all students to receive a vaccina-
tion against smallpox in order to
prevent an epidemic. Several cases
were reported in Ann Arbor and Ypsi-
lanti in the preceding days.
Dec. 8, 1953
Members of the Delta Tau Delta fra-
ternity found a pregnant goat named
'Reginald I' chained to their bathroom
sink. Fraternity pledges purchased the
goat for $12 from a local farmer and
locked him to the sink as a prank.
Dec. 9, 1935
The Daily reported that 91 students
would be displaced or lose jobs if a
block of homes and businesses would
be torn down to make way for the new
Rackham building.
Dec. 9, 1950
The administration announced in a
letter to the student body that it was
worried about student morale and stud-
ies being affected by the conflict in
Korea. The message called on students
to "devote themselves to the work
which they have undertaken and to
keep faith with the future."
Dec. 9, 1922

The Board in Control of Athletics
granted formal recognition as minor
varsity sports to hockey, swimming,
wrestling and golf, bringing the total
number of varsity sports to ten.
Dec. 9, 1971
The Student Government Council
voted to publish a list of names and
telephone numbers of undercover
agents operating in Michigan, despite
the government's warning that publica-
tion of the list would be a felony. The
list was stolen from a state police
office and circulated in an under-
ground pamphlet at Michigan State
University.
Dec. 10, 1912
Members of the Law School football
team learned that they might lose a
credit of class hour for their time spent
away from classes while at away
games.
Dec. 10, 1955
An Ann Arbor couple was evicted

By Tomislav Ladika
Daily Staff Reporter
A bill proposed in the Michigan House of
Representatives yesterday could either ensure or
prevent university boards from representing var-
ious parts of the state.
Rep. Michael Bishop (R-Rochester), vice chair
of the House Commerce Committee that approved
the bill, said an advantage of the bill is that it would
ensure that university boards are more representa-
tive of the state.
But Regent Olivia Maynard (D-Goodrich) said if
the bill is signed into law, her county will never
field another representative on the University of
Michigan Board of Regents.
Candidates for university boards are currently
nominated at party conventions and compete in a
statewide election. The House bill proposes creat-

ing four voting districts concurrent with the dis-
tricts used in state Court of Appeals elections. Two
representatives from each region would be elected
to serve on each public state university board.
Maynard is the first regent ever to be elected
from Genesee County. Because the bill groups
Maynard's county with the more populous Oakland
County in the second voting district, the two repre-
sentatives for the district will always come from
there, she said.
Rep. Joseph Rivet of Bay City, the ranking
Democrat on the Commerce Committee, said parti-
san interests are the true motivation behind the bill.
"It is a very partisan issue," Rivet said. "The real-
ity is that it's a method ... to ensure Republican
control of election offices."
Maynard said two of the districts traditionally
vote Republican and another is usually split. She
said legislators should not try to rush to approve a

bill that proposes such significant changes.
"This is a pretty serious change. To ram it
through in five days without any discussion ... is
blatant politics," Maynard said. "I'm very troubled
to it coming through in a lame duck session."
Maynard added that none of the current regents,
as well as Regent-elect Andrew Richner (R-Grosse
Pointe Park), support the bill.
Bishop said although Gov. John Engler will sign
the bill if both the House and Senate approve it, he
is not sure that it should become law because some
representatives may live too far from the universi-
ties to attend all the board meetings and events.
"If you have a board member that lives in the
Upper Peninsula, you're going to have a tough time
getting them there," he said.
Geographical location is not a significant issue,
Rivet said.
"I think the talent of the individual is far more

important than where they come from," he said.
He added that some university boards already
have representatives from different parts of the
state, and that parties can nominate candidates from
different regions if they want to.
Maynard said before she became a regent, the
University Board of Regents had a representative
from Petosky. Because he was a pilot, the regent
could fly into Ann Arbor, but a representative driv-
ing from northern Michigan would need to set
aside two days to attend a meeting, she said.
"It's really tough. You would be very much hand-
icapped," she said.
Bishop said despite potential detractions, the bill
would reduce the amount of money required to
campaign for a university board because voters
would be more familiar with local candidates and
the candidates would not have to campaign across
the entire state.

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MSA welcomes its new
members, thanks outgoing

By Carmen Johnson
Daily Staff Reporter

Good-byes and welcomes to leaving
and newly-elected representatives were
expressed at last night's Michigan Stu-
dent Assembly meetings.
Two meetings were held, includ-
ing the "out meeting" - the last for
representatives who finished their
one-year term - where many rep-
resentatives conveyed their grati-
tude to representatives and
encouraged new representatives.
"Make your victory worthwhile,"
Engineering representative Ruben
Duran said, to the new representatives.
The resolution Against the War on
Iraq was tabled until next week in order
to make the resolution tangible to the
campus community, said Pete Woi-
wode, sponsor and communications
committee co-chair.

"We would like to see something
done to advocate on behalf of this
resolution if it passes," Woiwode
said. Additions will appear on the
resolution text next week specifying
what MSA will do to advocate
against the war.
For the 23 new representatives and
representatives elected last winter, a
second "in meeting," was held after the
first to brief them on current projects.
MSA president Sarah Boot said the
candidates' party affiliation should not
interfere with MSA's main goal as the
student voice.
"Parties only divide the assembly,"
Boot said. "Party lines should be dis-
solved so we can work together."
Executive officers briefed represen-
tatives on projets currently in progress
such as the airBus, the push to make
Spring Break one week later, improv-
ing recreational sports facilities and

"Make your victories
worthwhile."
- Ruben Duran
Engineering representative
providing a bus to William Monroe
Trotter House and "The Rock" on the
corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Hill
Street.
The new assembly also passed a res-
olution that pushes the administration
to upgrade their environmental sustain-
ability efforts. MSA will send a copy of
the resolution to the University Board
of Regents and University President
Mary Sue Coleman. The resolution will
such as a 10-point list of requests, like
to significantly increasing the percent-
age of renewable energy purchased by
the University.

LSA junior David Haglund looks at a display on the Diag yesterday set
up by groups demanding that Dow Chemical take responsibility for
allegedly contaminating Bhopal, India

Bill may limit unwanted calls

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LANSING (AP) - People would be
able to receive fewer unsolicited calls
from telemarketers under a bill approved
yesterday by a legislative panel.
"I believe it will reduce those calls by
75 percent," said Brian Mills, a
spokesman for state Rep. Ken Brad-
street, a Gaylord Republican who helped
reach an agreement on the legislation
after months of debate.
The legislation would allow telemar-
keters for charities, political groups and
public safety organizations to continue
calling people on Michigan's no-call list.
Other companies exempt from the
legislation include those that solicit peo-
ple who are already their customers and
those that received earlier approval from
a consumer to make such a call.
Despite the exemptions, AARP
Michigan said the bill will significantly
reduce calls from telemarketers.
Meningitis
Vaccines at
MSU _may
not work
EAST LANSING (AP) - Michigan
State University is sending letters to
2,300 students warning that the manu-
facturer of a meningitis vaccine they
received says the inoculations may not
Work.
The producer of the adult version of
the vaccine said it may not ward off a
strain found in certain parts of Africa
or in laboratories which study the dis-
ease, the Lansing State Journal report-
ed yesterday.
Michigan State has Study Abroad
programs in Ghana and Senegal,
where people could be at risk for
meningitis.
But university officials said most
students aren't at risk, and the school
was sending the letters as a safeguard.
"The reality is there aren't a large
number of students who travel to
sub-Saharan Africa," said Kathi
Braunlich, communications and
planning coordinator at Michigan
State's Olin Health Center.
"But we want people to be well-
informed."
The faulty vaccines date to January
2001, and are produced by Aventis Pas-
teur in Bridgewater, N.J.
Company spokesman Len Lavenda
said the company will pay for revacci-
nations for people who are at risk. He
would not say how much of the vaccine

"Consumers really have only one
choice right now to avoid telemarketers
and that's to purchase a service or a
machine to screen their calls and a lot of
people can't afford that and shouldn't
have to," said Bill Knox, spokesman for
AARP Michigan.
Even Larry Evans, the president of a
direct marketing company in West
Bloomfield, said the legislation is a
good idea.
Evans' company, PSI Call Center,
makes business-to-business calls,
receives calls from consumers interested
in certain products and calls customers
for research purposes.
Only the research calls would be lim-
ited by the legislation, Evans said.
"If someone doesn't want to be
bothered and hates being called,
they are not a good prospect for
your business," he said. "A no-call

list actually has a benefit for com-
panies."
The compromise legislation must be
approved by the House and Senate
before moving on to Gov. John Engler
for his signature.
The no-call list would be established
by either the Michigan Public Service
Commission or a designated vendor,
according to the bill.
Fees paid by consumers and solicitors
would cover the cost of managing the
list, although the cost hasn't been deter-
mined, Mills said.
Fees for telemarketers aren't set
in the legislation, but customers
wouldn't have to pay more than $5
for a three-year period.
The customer fee would be similar to
those in the other states that have no-call
lists, Mills said. At least 26 states have
similar lists, Knox said.

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