The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 3
out' to community
The Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Centewill present "Speak
Out!," an opportunity for survivors of
sexual violence to share their stories
with other members of the University
The event will take place tonight
in the Michigan Union Ballroom at
Free screening of
new Disney film
There will be a screening of Dis-
ney's new animated film, The Incred-
ibles, today in the Natural Science
Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
The director, Brad Bird, will also
be in attendance at the screening,
which is hosted by the Film and
Video Student Association.
To pick up a free ticket, go to the Film
and Video Office on the second floor of
the Frieze Building at the Donald Hall
Collection or the FVSA office in room
4345 of the Michigan Union.
* Daily hosts
The Michigan Daily will host a
debate among various student politi-
cal groups, including the Republican,
Democratic, Libertarian, Socialist and
The debate will take place at 100
Hutchins Hall at 7:30 p.m.
forego food, drink
Participants will observe fasting from
sunrise until sundown tomorrow in this
The Muslim Students' Association
will be serving dinner around 6:40 p.m.
in the Wedge Room of West Quad for
All the money raised from the event
will be going to the Ann Arbor Food
Gate arm collides
leaving parking lot
A vehicle was damaged by a gate arm
when trying to leave a parking lot on Hill
Street Sunday morning, the Department
of Public Safety reports.
A fire alarm was intentionally set
off in the Martha Cook Residence Hall
Sunday morning at about 8:20 a.m.,
according to DPS reports.
In Daily History
School of Natural
third of enrollment
Oct. 26, 1983 - The School of Natu-
ral Resources lost almost a third of its
enrollment this year, forcing the school
to consolidate some courses and elimi-
* nate others.
John Basset, the school's associate dean,
attributed the drop to concern among pro-
spective students over the budget cuts. The
school will undergo a 25 percent budget
cut in the next five years.
Enrollment in the school dropped to
509 students, down 29 percent from last
year. Basset also attributes the drop to
a lack of interest in the field in general
and high tuition rates.
On campus, students
find credit card use
By Carissa Miller
For the Daily
This year it has become easier to swipe on cam-
pus as more and more local stores and restaurants
modify their credit and debit card acceptance
Over the past few months, many local businesses
have changed how they handle credit card purchas-
es. Jimmy John's no longer requires customers to
sign for their purchase, with the exception of deliv-
eries. Espresso Royale, which used to have a $3
minimum on credit card purchases, abandoned the
restriction early this fall.
Other eateries, such as Subway and Potbelly
Sandwich Works, retain their minimum but do not
require a signature.
Katy Kershner, a manager at Potbelly Sand-
wich Works on State Street, said there have been
mixed reactions from customers in response
to the company's change in credit card policy.
Many customers are surprised at the new change
and happy that their experience is quicker and
easier. But others react with uneasiness concern-
ing the security against identity theft because a
signature is not required, she said.
LSA sophomore Jenny Sasena said she uses a
credit card for most of her purchases on campus.
"I think it's good because it gets me in and out
quicker, and I am not worried about theft," Sase-
na said. "But I can see why people might feel it's
Businesses reap many benefits from credit card
acceptance. Credit cards offer consumers the conve-
nience of not having to carry much cash around or
waste time writing a check. By presenting a greater
number of payment options, a business can attract
more customers and bring in more profit.
But there are disadvantages to this practice as
well. Credit card companies charge a fee to busi-
nesses that decide to accept their cards. In addi-
tion to monthly or annual fees, businesses often
pay for transactions on a per-transaction basis.
This fee, charged on each amount taken out by the
card holders bank, typically involves a percentage
deduction of each amount charged being taken out
by the issuing bank. This fee is usually about 2 to 3
percent, but can be higher.
Due to this factor, credit card acceptance is an
additional expense that some businesses cannot
afford. Large businesses with large volumes pay a
lower fee, which gives them an advantage over small
businesses. To combat this problem, many business-
es establish a minimum requirement for credit card
purchases to ensure that there is enough money to
cover the fees of the credit card companies and to
make a profit.
Amer's Mediterranean Deli, for example, absorbs
an average fee of about 2.5 percent, with Master-
Card being the highest of the major credit cards, said
Sean Carter, a store manager. The deli's credit card
processing company takes a portion of the fee and
in turn deals with the credit card companies with
which the business is affiliated.
Though the trend on campus is moving toward
more lenient credit card policies, there are local
businesses that still operate on a cash-only basis,
such as the State Theatre, The Backroom pizzeria
and local ice cream shops such as Stucchi's.
On the other hand, the campus Sprint store has
incorporated another new form of payment that is
becoming popular, electronic check processing.
Electronic check processing converts paper checks,
at the time of sale, into electronic checks by submit-
ting them through the same system used to authorize
credit and debit cards. This procedure cuts down on
handling costs and guarantees payment in the same
way as credit cards.
Tom Scalan, a Washtenaw student and Amer's employee, rings up a customer yesterday.
Amer's on State Street is now accepting credit cards.
Libertarians seek limited gov't intervention
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
At yesterday evening's forum for
University Board of Regents candi-
dates, while the Democratic and Repub-
lican candidates sparred over how best
to ensure that the University receives
more money from the state, Libertarian
candidate James Hudler had a different
"If we say we're the Harvard of the
Midwest - if we really want to be that
- the University should be privatized,"
After the event, Hudler explained
that he believes the government should
not fund education in any way. Such is
the creed of Libertarians: that govern-
ments should be limited to only protect-
lican lawmakers have sought only to
reform the nation's welfare program,
Libertarians have aimed at ending
the current welfare system altogether.
As presidential candidate Michael
Badnarik's campaign website puts it,
"Current proposals for welfare reform,
including block grants, job training and
'workfare' represent mere tinkering
with a failed system. It is time to recog-
nize that welfare cannot be reformed: it
should be ended."
On this year's presidential ticket, the
Libertarians have nominated former
gun-rights activist Michael Badnarik.
The issues Badnarik is concentrating
on in this election are the conflict in
Iraq and the possibility of a draft.
"For young people, this election is
a matter of life and death," said Barb
seeks to limit the role and scope of the ers will be able to vote for Badnarik,
government. This is the first election according to Bill Redpath, the party's
since 1988 when they have not had a national ballot access coordinator.
presidential candidate in all 50 states, "Because the Libertarian Party has
according to the party's website. been around for 33 years, we have
"There's still a possibility that Mr.. organizations in every state, so we can
Badnarik will be on 49 states if we can get on more ballots because we're bet-
get New Hampshire," Moylan said. ter-prepared and more experienced,"
The other missing state is Oklaho- Goushaw said.
ma, where no third-party candidates Although Libertarians believe they
are on the ballot. There is also no pos- will only garner one percent of the pop-
sibility of voters writing in Badnarik's ular vote, they are running as a matter
name there because Oklahoma offers of principle, Moylan said.
no write-in option. "I don't feel that either Bush or Kerry
Still, roughly 98 percent of vot- represent my principles or the principles
of a lot of other Americans," he said.
"We're not just going to succumb to the
two major parties. This is really the start
of something larger - a larger move-
ment toward a libertarian government."
Meanwhile, Libertarians have worked
to take smaller offices across the coun-
try. They expect to field more than 1,000
candidates this year in federal, state
and local office elections. In Michigan,
Hudler said, Libertarians currently hold
15 local elected positions.
-Daily Staff Reporter Donn M. Fre-
sard contributed to this article.
ing the basic rights
vention on all types
of issues - social,
economic or oth-
erwise - so cat-
egorizing them on
a left-right scale can
be a murky task.
"You could call us
mix and match," said.
Instead of funding
should only protect
citizens' basic rights,
Goushaw, a Bad-
Democrats say, 'No,
we're not going to
have a draft' But
the reality is, no
matter which gets
elected, if we stay
in Iraq, we're going
to need a draft."
Badnarik has said
chair of College Libertarians and an
LSA senior. "Libertarians want Repub-
licans out of your bedroom, and Demo-
crats out of your wallet. The basic policy
is that people should have more freedom
to say anything they choose so long as
they don't violate anyone else's rights."
That means when it comes to issues
such as gay marriage, Libertarians side
with some political liberals by saying
that same-sex couples should be able
to marry. But regarding issues such as
welfare, libertarianism takes a socially
conservative stance. Whereas major
welfare initiatives endorsed by Repub-
the draft would be involuntary servitude
and the war in Iraq was a mistake. He
calls for the removal of troops as quickly
Despite the wealth of media cover-
age devoted to independent presidential
candidate Ralph Nader, Badnarik will
appear on more states' ballots. Bad-
narik will also appear on more ballots
than any other third-party candidate
for president in next Tuesday's election.
Voters will find his name on the ballots
of at least 48 states and the District of
Still, this is only a partial victory for
the Libertarians, whose party platform
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