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10 - The Michigan Daily Summer Weekly - WednesdayAugust 12, 1992
Union to welcome
new 'U' students

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Nicole Converse
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan Union is mixing an
all day open house Sept. 9 and creative
programming ideas in an attempt to
make new students feel more at home.
New students at a large university
are often - at the very least - over-
whelmed, finding thefiveminutesgiven
at orientation to get to know the people
with the most similar social security
numbers to be humorously inadequate
for building close friendships.
LSA senior Vaclav Nedomansky
remembered his introduction to the
University as "a tour and the orienta-
tion, which was some speeches and a
few forced games."He said he believes
the open house would provide a more
relaxedatmosphereand"loosenpeople
up.
Inaneffort to combat this intimidat-
ing scenario, the Union programming
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committee's open house features ac-
tivities such as an outdoor Moonwalk
and carnival-like games of skill.
Additionally, there will be free bil-
liardsafter7p.m.,amovieintheAnder-
son room with free refreshments, a Jazz
group on the patio, a band in the U-
Club, sales of posters and plants, and a
raffle. The raffle grand prizeis freetext
books for a semester.
For students who need to take care
of business, there will be an all week
student book exchange as well as a job f
fair sponsored by the Work-Study Of-
fice Sept. 8 and 9.
Art McVicker, director of Union
programs,said theactivitiesareplanned
to provide new students an opportunity
"to get to know the building and what
they can expect throughout the year."
McVicker added that is it also a good
time "to relax and have some fun before
classes start."
KAISHA HALCU/Daily
JFK files
The files of the U.S. Presidential Commission on CIA Activities related to the Kennedy Assasination are on
exhibit at the Gerald Ford Library. Renewed interest in the president's death has followed in the wake of the
movie "JFK." The library is located on North Campus and is open to the public.
Political apathy to blame for low voter turnout
by Gwen Shaffer 'This being astudentprecinct, we're between the candidates," she said. not a permanent Ann Arbor resident,
Daily News Editor always low," said Marshall Franke, a Julie Murray, who was working at the politics influence the students and
In contrast to Ann Arbor's reputa- volunteer at the Union booths. the Union site, said she believes few I'm one of them," Cassidy said.
tion as a politically thriving city, few "I expected we would get at least students voted because the majorraces In comparison to other on-campus
voters turned out last Tuesday to exer- 100 voters today, and here it is 5 p.m. involved Republican candidates. sites, the Sports Coliseum was busy
cise their rights in deciding who the and only 31 people have shown up." "Most students I know are Demo- withresidents who wanted tohave asay
next elected state officials will be. Another volunteer, Ed Taylor, said crats and most of the candidates are in which candidates will be represent-
Although the 19 percent of regis- he was also surprised that local resi- running unopposed," she said. "People ing their interests. As of 6 p.m., 175
tered voters that did make it to the polls dents did not express more interest in think the real decision will be made in people had voted there.
is "average" for a state primary, voter the elections, particularly as a result of the fall during the general elections." Wayne Middleton, a poll attendant
turnout is generally higher when there recent redistricting. As of two hours before polls closed at the Sports Coliseum, said that al-
is an upcoming presidential election, "The primary is really connected to last Tuesday, 26 voters had cast ballots though the number of voters seemed
according to the county clerk's office. the presidential elections," he said. at South Quad. Judy Warren, who was high for a primary, there is still too
Particularly in precincts comprised Taylor also said the fact that voters attending the poll site, said she did not much apathy surrounding state politics.
oflargestudentpopulations, poll work- cannot split a party ticketin the primary consider the turnout unusually low. "Only 50 percentof those eligible to
ers had little to do on election day. Poll elections may have kept some voters at "It would be low if people were in vote are registered, and of those, only
site attendants at the Michigan Union home. school, but everybody is on vacation," 20 percent actually vote," he said.
hadvarying views on why voterapathy However, as Ann Arbor resident Warren said. "It is a miracle the democratic pro-
was so widespread this election. LaurenSargent exited the voting booth, However, many students remain- cess works at all."
she said she strayed from party lines to ing in Ann Arbor for the summer did Those who did go out of their ways
vote for acandidate thatrepresentedher not vote in the state primary. to stop by local polling sites said they
pro-choice beliefs. Colette Cassidy, an LSA senior, believe their voteshave thepotential to
Is, "I'mnot aregistered Democrat, but said she was completely unaware that make a difference.
ts* C USave ''/ Iwanted to vote for Lore Rogers on the last Tuesday was election day. A woman who would identify her-
choice issue," she said. "I never read the newspaper or lis- self only as an "old-leftie" said she
... When purchased before Sargent added thatshe thoughtvoter ten to the news," she said. voted for Bob Alexander for state rep-
September 1a-$103 pathy was related to poor media cov- Cassidy said she regrets not becom- resentative mainly because she agrees
*vice erage prior to the election. ing more informed aboutlocal political with his pro-choice stance.
"There is little ability to distinguish issues and voting. "Even though I'm "Ie best fit my politics," she said.

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by Hope Calati
Daily Staff Reporter
Transportation Services is investi-
gating an accident involving a Univer-
sity bus and a pedestrian last Monday,
said Transportation Services Manager
Pat Cunningham.
"It is very difficult to determine
whathappens sometimes with errors of
judgement," Cunningham said.
The driver of the bus, Brian Smith,
was being evaluated for a job with the
department as a part of the application
process when the accident occurred.

Smith was attempting to turnright from
Church Street onto South University
Avenue, Cunningham said.
Smith has a commercial driver's
licence which allows him to operate
vehicles such as University buses, but
he was not hired by the University.
"We've never had any incidents
like this in the history of the depart-
ment. We hope to never have it again,"
Cunningham said.
University buses have had six acci-
dents atthatcornerinthe last five years.
University buses turn that corner an

estimated 85 times a day.
The girlinjured during the accident,
Tiffany Hopkins, is in fair condition,
according to a University Hospitals
spokesperson.
Hopkins injured her leg as the Uni-
versity bus was turning right onto S.
University from Church.
Hopkins and her parents were un-
available for comment.
No lawsuit had been filed by the
parents of the victim against the Uni-
versity in this incident as of the begin-
ning of the week.

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