Wednesday, July 22, 1992 - The Mihgan Daily Summer Weekly - 3
by Hope Calati
Daily Staff Reporter
Libraries at the University, Michi-
gan State University and Wayne State
University are combining resoarces in
the Michigan Research Libraies Tri-
angle (MRIT). The progam focuses
oncooperativc cottection development
document dclivery and interlibrary loan
University Library Dean Donald.
Riggs said this collaboration will make
the library systems of the three largest
research libraries in the state of Michi-
gan more effective and cost efficient.
The libraries have previously col-
laborated in interlibrary loans, Davis
The MLRT is working on a coop-
erative development of collections to
spread access to resources in special-
ized areas, Director of Michigan State
University Libraries HiramDavis said.
"Our focusisreally in thosespecial-
ized areas," Davis said. "The Univer-
sity of Michigan has a law library. We
do not. Wayne State has some other
areas of strength."
An MLRT taskforce is working to
increase computerized access to re-
sources on the three campuses. The
three universities operate their online
is developing and testing software,
PacLink, to provide seamless links be-
tween the online systems of the univer-
sities. The software may be available
by this fall.
Wayne State University Directorof
Library Automation Louis Ba . said
she is not certain when the money will
beavailable toimplement th - software,
"If we can get this tink-ge done
first, the next thing is to allow students
and faculty to request that the items e
sent to their campus," Bugg said.
MRLT has reduced the amount of
time to fulfill interlibrary loan requests
from about two weeks to about two
days, Riggs said.
Wayne State University Libraries
Dean Peter Spyers-Duran added,"That
is not where the cooperation is going to
end. We are looking at acquiring data-
However, funding for this project
hasnot been secured.Library members
are in the process of writing a budget
and proposing funding requests.
"We are daily looking for outside
help to accomplish this,"Spyers-Duran
said. "The project willhelpnot only the
universities but the state economy as
Riggs projected the completion of
these proiects within two to five years.
The Ann Arbor Civic Band performs Sunday as part of the Huron River Day festivities held at Gallup Park.
by Adam Hundley
Once praised for being a business-
man above party politics and Washing-
ton bureaucracy, Ross Perot suffered a
backlash in the Ann Arbor community
last week after unexpectedly dropping
out of the presidential race.
'There was a lot of irrational sup-
port forhimbased on frustration," Ann
Arbor resident Carry Jones said. "Now
people realize he wasn't for real."
Some students went so far as to
assert that Perot was mentally unbal-
LSA seniorJohn Bradley said. "He was
scary because he was like someone
who's crazy with alot of money."
Many students admired Perot's busi-
ness skills but agreed Perot was not
suited for the rigors of an election cam-
"His advisors said he either had to
run a real campaign or he wouldn't
have a chance of winning ... but Perot's
a businessman. H1e's only going to do
things if he thinks he can win," L.A
sophomore Andrea Cousino said.
eeved at- Perot
But Jones believes Perot will still
have a less immediate impact on the
"He probably is rationalizing that
he can exert some power without put-
ting himself through the hassle of a
campaign," Jones said.
Jerry Case, who works for Property
Administration at the University, ar-
gued that Perot could not handle the
outside pressure he was feeling from
the press and other political party fac,
Most students said Perot could not
have won the election but expressed
disappointment that he did not stay in
the race until the end.
"People vote along party lines and
Perot's independent ... but I'm kind of
sad because I would have liked to see a
three-way race," Cousino said,
Cousino added, "He made things
Caseagreed, "Itgoestoshow we're
really only a two-party system in this
Most students and Ann Arbor resi-
dents interviewed said Arkansas Gov.
Bill Clinton - not current President
George Bush -will benefitmost from
'The way the economic system isin
this country, there's too much unrest.
People wantchange, and Clinton is the
only one who will give it tothem,"Case
Voicing similar concerns, Cousino
said, "Perot was a protest candidate;
now Clinton is the only alternative to
Bradley however, argued that Bush
will benefit most from the new two-
"If Perot had stayed in he would
have thrown the election into the House
of Representatives, which would have
hurt Bush," he said.
The House, whichis predominantly
filled by Democrats, would have had
the power to select the President if no
clear winner emerged in the electoral
Most students said they will wait
until Bush and Clinton fully outline
their new campaigns before deciding
which candidate to support.
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