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Friday, November 2, 2012

Feisty U.S.
nears end

Former Michigan Daily Editor in ChiefTom Hayden speaks at the Port Huron Statement Conference in East Hall Thursday.
Hden: Student avism
still relevant years later

Polls: Stabenow
has large lead
over challenger
Daily StaffReporter
A few hours after the polls
closed on primary election night
in 1992, Pete Hoekstra's phone
started ringing, and 'it didn't
stop. On the line was a cadre of
local journalists scrambling to
find out where Hoekstra, then
a little-known candidate for the
U.S. House of Representatives,
was holding his Election Night
The journalists had not both-
ered to ask before because they
had assumed he would lose.
He had only raised $45,000,
$30,000 of which was his own
money. He had no political
experience and was running
against Guy Vander Jagt, a
26-year incumbent who chaired
the National Republican Con-
gressional Committee.

"It was probably the one year
that I could have won - some-
one with no money, getting on
a bicycle, running against a
26-year incumbent," Hoekstra
recalled in an interview last
week. "Itwas perfect timing."
Two decades after his five-
point victory over Vander Jagt,
18 of which he spent in Congress
before a failed gubernatorial run
in 2010; Hoekstra is again chal-
lenging an entrenched incum-
bent, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Despite polls showing Stabe-
nowholding a large double-digit
lead, the race between the can-
didates has been one of the most
heated in the state.
For Hoekstra, the fierceness
of the contest has offered a new
reality of campaigning. He has
not ridden his bike to meet vot-
ers across the .state, as he did
to defeat Vander Jagt in 1992,
in subsequent House elections,
and in his run for the governor-
ship in 2010.
Instead, he has consistently
criticized Stabenow for her
policies, often targeting what
See SENATE, Page 3

SDS founder
recalls Port Huron
Daily StaffReporter
Fifty years later, the statement
- which he later finished in a
* cramped house on Arch Street
- is considered one of the most

influential documents for Amer-
ican left-wing activists. After
speaking at conferences across
the country, Hayden, also a for-
mer state California senator and
editor in chief of The Michigan
Daily, returned to the University
on Thursday night to deliver the
keynote address at the confer-
ence, A New Insurgency: The
Port Huron Statement In Its
Time and Ours, which celebrates
the 50th anniversary of the pub-

lication's debut.
Political novelists, University
professors and members of the
original Students for a Demo-
cratic Society, the organization
that drafted the statement, gath-
ered on campus to give lectures
and participate in panel discus-
sions about America's new left
and the future of participatory
democracy. About 500 Universi-
ty students, Ann Arbor residents
and former members of SDS

packed into an East Hall audito-
rium on Thursday night to listen
to Hayden's speech.
In his address, Hayden dis-
cussed the writing process
behind the 25,000-word docu-
ment, as well as its ramifications
today. He said the statement was
influenced by many different
activists and groups, as well as
individual SDS members.
"One lesson that I learned is
See HAYDEN, Page 3

Steele, Horning hope to
change balance on board

Republican regent
candidates talk
* out-of-state ratio
Daily StaffReporter
The two Republican can-
didates running for the Uni-
versity's Board of Regents are
striving to bring a more conser-
vative perspective to the Demo-
crat-controlled board as they vie
for two open spots on Election

Among their primary con-
cerns are lowering tuition costs
by reallocating the University's
endowment and encouraging
more studentsto take spring and
summer courses by offering low-
ered rates.
Republican candidate Dan
Horning said he hopes to focus
on lowering the cost for in-state
students to prevent constant
year-to-year tuition hikes. Spe-
cifically, he said he would like to
work on ratios between in-state
and out-of-state students that
garner the greatest financial
efficiency for the University.
"The biggest challenge today,
for me, is striking the balance

between in-state and out-of-
state (students): engaging prop-
er tuition for the out-of-state
and international students and
finding more access for the in-
state students," Horning said. "I
think in-state students are pay-
ing too much, and I don't think
out-of-state students are paying
Horning was previously
elected to the board in 1994 and
served for eight years, primar-
ily dealing with construction
and facility improvement on
Central Campus and serving as
vice chair of the search commit-
tee that hired University Presi-
See BOARD, Page 3

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder answered questions from voters Thursday evening in Detroit.
Snyder canvasses state

RZA talks 'Iron Fists,' career


to release martial
arts thriller.
DailyArts Writer
For RZA, it may never be
enough. Despite being the de
facto leader of the Wu-Tang

Clan and having been heralded
as one of hip hop's most for-
midable talents, the rapper-
producer, whose given name
is Robert Fitzgerald Diggs,
has widened the wake of his
legacy by authoring books, act-
ing in television and film and
even composing film scores and
Now, all his ambitions
and talents, cultivated from

childhood to manhood, from
"C.R.E.A.M." to Grammies,
have culminated in his directo-
rial debut: "The Man with the
Iron Fists," a martial arts movie
about a vicious battle for gold in
a fabled Chinese village.
RZA found time away from
his many posts to sit down for
an exclusive interview with
The Michigan Daily to discuss
See RZA, Page 3

By A
up and
town h
the tw(
ring to

vernor weighs to enshrine collective bargain-
ing rights in the state constitu-
on state ballot tion, started by calling collective
bargaining essential, and ended.
proposals with angry criticism of Snyder's
decision to end benefits for the
NDREW SCHULMAN spouses of same-sex employees.
Daily StaffReporter When the man finished his
question, Snyder stepped back
'ROIT - As a man stood and said he did not take issue
began to ask a question to with collective bargaining, but
lican Gov. Rick Snyder at a disapproved of the, proposal,
all forum here Thursday which he said would wipe more
it was immediately clear than 170 laws from Michigan's
o would not agree. books.
audience member, refer- The exchange highlighted
Proposal 2, which aims two prominent themes of the

town hall, hosted by Snyder and
Steven Clark, a news anchor at
WXYZ-TV. At times intense, and
often interrupted by rounds of
clapping and booing, the event
spoke to eventhe most minuscule
details of the sixballot proposals.
Snyder, who responded to
audience members in the small
auditorium in front of a standing
banner that read "Say Yes to One,
No to the Rest," blamed most of
the night's confusion on a cam-
paign of misinformation by pro-
posal supporters and detractors.
He most vehemently defended
See SNYDER, Page 3

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