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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 1, 2004 - 3

Gandhi Day
provides volunteer
Hundreds of student volunteers will
take on numerous volunteer projects
across Southeast Michigan communi-
ties tomorrow in the annual Gandhi Day
of Service.
The activities will begin at 10 a.m.
- participants meet in the Chemistry
Building's atrium - and volunteers will
return to Ann Arbor at 4 p.m. Interested
students can register for the event at
http: //uuis.umich.edu/ginsberg/serve/
gandhi -form.cfm?EventID=2.
Gandhi Day, sponsored by the Indian
American Students Association and
SPARK, celebrates the life of Mohan-
das Gandhi, whose nonviolent resis-
tance earned India independence from
Great Britain.
Lectures examine
Ann Arbor's 'Black
English Case'
Two panels this weekend will look
back at the "Black English Case," a 1979
trial in which black elementary students
sued the Ann Arbor School District for
discrimination for not teaching a black
dialect of English.
The first panel, taking place today at
4:30 p.m. in Auditorium 3 of the Mod-
ern Languages Building, will look back
at the case. The second, tomorrow at 5
p.m. in the same location, will consider
the trial's effects on sociolinguistics.
Spray-paint vandal
strikes East Quad
A caller reported to the Department
of Public Safety Wednesday morning
that his room in East Quad Residence
Hall was vandalized. The student said
an unknown person spray-painted the
Donation box
destroyed in
Markley Hall
A caller from Mary Markley Resi-
dence Hall reported to DPS Wednesday
morning that a donation box was dam-
aged in Burnham House. Money might
have been taken from it, the caller said.
Money, credit
cards stolen from
CCRB court
Money and credit cards were stolen
from a court in the Central Campus
Recreation Building, a caller reported
Wednesday morning. The caller said the
cards and money were stolen while they
were left unattended at the court.

In Daily History
Law School
journal named
censor of year
Oct. 1, 1993 - The American Civil
Liberties Union named University Law
School publication the "Arts Censor of
the Year."
The Michigan Journal of Gender and
Law received the award - which the
ACLU began giving out in an attempt
to call attention to restrictions on speech
and artistic expression - in connection
with a censorship controversy dating
back to last October.
The ACLU pinpointed the journal
for requesting that Ann Arbor artist
Carol Jacobsen remove a videotape
0 from her display at a law school confer-
ence on prostitution. Student organizers
claimed images in the video were taken
from pornographic films. Jacobsen said
her exhibit, "Porn'im'age'ry: Pictur-
ing Prostitutes," intended to give voice
to prostitutes, including documentary

House committee
admonishes DeLay
over Medicare vote

Joe Schwarz, Republican candidate for Congress, reacts as Socialist congressional candidate Jerome White talks
about corporate responsibility for mercury levels In the Michigan fish population. Local high schoolers questioned
candidates at the Candidates' Forum on Children's Issues at the University's C. S. Mott Hospital yesterday.
Local youthquetoen
political candidte

ethics committee said yesterday that
Majority Leader Tom DeLay acted
improperly when he tried to persuade a
Michigan Republican to change his vote
from "no" to "yes" on a bill to provide a
Medicare prescription drug benefit.
The commit-
tee approved The House
an investigative
report that serves committee
as "a public Majority L
against DeLay Tom DeLal
(R-Texas), Rep. mpo e y
Candice Miller improperly
(R-Harrison Rep. Nick
Twp.), and the
lawmaker they change his
were trying to
Nick Smith (R-Addison).
DeLay and Miller linked a favorable
vote by Smith to support of the House
candidacy of Smith's son, the committee
said. Smith made exaggerated statements
about the attempts to influence him and
failed to fully cooperate with the investi-
gation, the committee said.
The majority leader said he accepted
the committee's findings, and its guid-
ance that linking official actions with
political considerations is impermissible
and violates House rules.
"During my entire career I have
worked to advance my party's legis-
lative agenda. However, to this end,
I would never knowingly violate the
rules of the House," he said. "I deeply
believe that as members of the House
we must conduct ourselves at all times
in a manner that reflects creditably on
this institution."
Miller said she also accepted "their
findings that I may have committed a
'discreet violation of the rules.' I also
agree with the committee's finding that
there was no evidence adduced of a pat-
tern of misconduct."
The investigation, by a four-member
subcommittee, was triggered when the
retiring Smith said unidentified law-
makers and business interests promised
substantial money to his son's congres-
sional campaign if he voted for the
Medicare legislation. Smith said the
same interests threatened to support
other candidates if he didn't change his
vote from "no" to "yes."
The committee found DeLay "offered
to endorse Representative Smith's son

y tried to
Smith to

"that referenced
the congressio-
nal candidacy"
of Smith's son,
the report said.
tive Smith fairly
tive Miller's

By Leslie Rott
Daily Staff Reporter
Political candidates don't often
talk about their positions on issues
related to youth. But young people
got a chance yesterday to speak their
minds to local candidates.
The University's C.S. Mott Chil-
dren's Hospital held its Candidates'
Forum on Children's Issues, last
The event was a "non-partisan
event to help voters determine who's
for kids and who's just kidding," said
Patricia Warner, the hospital's Chief
Administrative Officer.
Candidates hoping to represent
Washtenaw County in Congress
and the state Legislature discussed
issues ranging from the effects of
mercury on children and improv-
ing children's access to health care
coverage, to job training for teens
and educational opportunities for
expelled students.
The forum consisted of teens
from local communities who asked
the candidates questions about their
stance on issues.
. The candidates each took part in
one of three panels and answered the
questions presented by the teens.
The candidates engaged in heated
debates in order to let the community
and the children know their stances.
On some issues such as job training
and adoption, the candidates offered
clear differing positions.
"The state has gone through a sig-
nificant budget crisis. Time spent
in school and on (homework) is the
answer," said Joe Yekulis, a Repub-

in exchange for Representative Smith's
vote in favor of the Medicare bill. In the
view of the investigative subcommittee,
this conduct could support a finding that
Majority Leader DeLay violated House
Miller made a statement to Smith

lican candidate for the state House
from Chelsea.
State Rep. Chris Kolb (D-Ann
Arbor) said, "We owe (children) the
chance to be successful."
Alma Wheeler Smith of Salem
Township, Democratic candidate for
the state House, was the only candi-
date present to talk about adoption
Specifically, she spoke on the
subject of the adoption code and the
rights of homosexuals and single
parents to adopt children. "Children
deserve support regardless of what
the family looks like. Families are
what they are," she said.
On the topic of improving chil-
dren's health care coverage, the can-
didates had differing opinions on the
best way to provide coverage.
Sharon Renier, Democratic candi-
date for the U.S. House, said that the
answer was a single-payer system in
which the more affluent members of
society contribute more to taxes.
"A lot of people in this country
aren't paying their fair share," Reni-
er said.
In response to these sugges-
tions, some candidates offered their
thoughts on what factors contribute
to the lack of health care coverage.
"Vast social inequalities ... con-
tribute to bad health care," said
Socialist Equality Party candidate
Jerome White, who is running in the
15th district for Congress.
On other issues, the candidates
only made vague calls for action.
The candidates expressed con-
cern over motor vehicle accidents,
the leading cause of death in chil-

dren under 18.
Yekulis said, "I know from having
picked up a lot of broken bodies how
serious this issue is." in reference to
his work on the Washtenaw County
police force.
This issue also encompassed dis-
cussing mothers and their rights to
nurse their children while driving.
Erik Sheagren, Republican candi-
date for the state House, said, "It is
a bad idea for children to be nursed
in the car."
The other candidates on this panel
Melissa Slaim Dyer, advocacy
coordinator of the Hospital, said
the goal of last night's event was "to
educate the candidates about what
is important to kids and to educate
community members and groups
about the stance of the candidates."

statements to
vote, him during the
vote as a threat
of retaliation
against him for voting in opposition to
the bill."
In finding fault with Smith, the report
said his statements about the financial
offer "appear to have been the result of
speculation or exaggeration" on his part.
Smith, who later backed off the
allegation, stood firm in the pre-dawn
House session on Nov. 22, 2003, and
voted against the bill - which passed
by five votes.
Smith said the amount offered for
his son's campaign was $100,000. But
on Dec. 5, Smith partially reversed
himself in an interview with The
Associated Press.
He said someone outside Congress
had offered his son "substantial and
aggressive campaign support" and Smith
assumed that meant financial support.
But he said it was "technically incorrect"
to say money was offered.
Smith also said Republicans weren't
pressuring him to back away from his
previous comments.
Brad Smith lost in a six-candidate pri-
mary to Joe Schwarz.
Smith later explained that he didn't
think the incident met the legal definition
of bribery. Under federal law, it is illegal
to directly or indirectly promise some-
thing of value to a public official in order
to influence a vote.
"If bribery is saying 'Look, you're not
going to get that bridge in your district
unless you vote for this,' then I'm sure
the Justice Department is going to have a
full-time staff looking into this," he said.
"There's just a lot of political bluster on
the floor."


"The best anime I've ever seen."
The Village Voice - J. Hoberman

"Stunningly beautiful..,' Innocence' doesn't
just reveal a wealth of visual
enchantments; it restates
the case that there can be
more to feature-length
animations than cheap jokes,
bathos and pandering:"
The New York Times - Manohla Dargis
"Let the images of 'Ghost in the
Shell 2: Innocence' wash over you,
and enjoy the beautiful ride. *,
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Crust


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to feel, who decides
what is human...

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