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Monday
October 30, 1995

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The Washington Post
L'AVENIR, Quebec - In this vil-
lage 50 miles from Montreal, a young
man named Dany Labonte confessed
he still didn't know how he will vote
today in the provincial referendum on
secession from Canada.
"Too many questions in my mind,"
he said, shaking his head sheepishly.
But there is just one question on the
ballot. "Do you agree that Quebec
should become sovereign," it begins,
"after having made a formal offer to
Canada for a new economic and politi-
cal partnership ... ?" The last polls put
the number of voters expected to vote
yes slightly ahead of the no votes, but
there remains a large contingent of un-
decided Quebecers.

rote expected
bec secession

Splitting Canada0
Quebec, Canda's
second-largest
province, has a
long history of a
separatist
movement.'
Today's vote is
the second in 15
years. Some
facts about the
province:
Population: 7.3 millio
land Area: 594,860 The Language Barrier
sq. miles While the rest of Canada is
Average Salary: mainly English-speaking, 82
$20,439 U.S percent of Quebecers speak Compared to Michigan
FonrealLavals: French as their first Population: 9.3 million
Motel 'aal language. Land Area: 96,810
Quebue City, About 9 percent are native sq. milesa
St. Leonard English speakers. $1rage
Daiy Graphic

Rene Gagne, a co-worker, edged over
and gently punched his friend on the
shoulder. "I'll convince him for the
yes," Gagne said, explaining his sepa-
ratist viewpoint. "We've had 50 years
of this nonsense. It's like a business.
It's the choice between having some-
one else run your enterprise, or decid-
ing to run it yourself."
The Rev. Denis Lemaire said he voted
no the last time, in 1980, as did 60
percent of Quebec voters faced with a
similar ballot proposal for"sovereignty."
"This time I'm not so sure," said
Lemaire. He said he was skeptical of
the "deceptions" of separatist leaders,
promising an easy and cost-free transi-
tion to independence.
The separatists' "offer" of a Euro-

pean Union-style partnership with
Canada has helped to calm many Que-
becers. But the English-speaking Ca-
nadian majority outside Quebec rejects
any concessions to, deals with or spe-
cial status for Quebec - let alone an
equal place at a negotiating table.
Lemaire said he'd been reading about
the economic costs and political un-
knowns of declaring a republic on the
northern border of the United States.
But he said economic questions were
not as important as ones of political
destiny.
"People say they want to affirm them-
selves, they want to be put in charge,"lhe
said. Lemaire also said he has no illu-
sions regarding serious economic prob-
lems that face Quebec and Canadaunited

or separate. Even so, he liked something
he heard from the separatist premier of
Quebec, Jacques Parizeau: "Once we're
sovereign, we won't be able to blame
everything on the English."
In that brief exchange can be found
the critical elements at play in today's
vote: the weariness at the end of de-

cades of sometimes bitter squabbling
over Quebec's place inside or outside
Canada; the imagined consequences of
breaking up a peaceful industrial de-
mocracy and launching a quasi-ethnic
state on an inchoate nationalist gamble;
and the tug of collective memory,
See QUEBEC, Page 7A

Chinese
student
speaks on
Tiananmen
By Jeremy Bloom
For the Daily
Being a student leader often requires
long hours on campus heading the ef-
forts of a small group of people with a
common interest.
For Li Lu, a simple attempt to talk
about problems in the government
turned into the 23-day demonstration in
Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Lu came to the University over the
weekend to speak at a conference orga-
nized by the Office of Student Activi-
ties and Leadership.
"The people who played an impor-
tant role (in the demonstration) were no
older than you," he told the crowd of
about 100 people in the Pendelton Room
of the Michigan Union.
After the demonstration Lu went into
hiding and is now a student at Columbia
University.
"If someone would have the courage
to stand up, others might follow. We've
got to be the first," he said. "You don't
have to be different from everyone else,
you have to know they are just like you.
That is the essence of leadership."
These attitudes enabled a dozen col-
lege students to begin world change.
"In many respects it is a completely
different world than it was six years
ago," Lu said. "More countries have
moved away from dictatorship. The tide
against communism started in
Tiananmen Square by Chinese students."
Lu is "a living example of the whole
concept of taking responsibility," said
Tami Goodstein, a Student Activities and
Leadership coordinator. Lu shows that
everyone has the capacity to be a leader,
said Goodstein, who coordinated the con-
ference with Roger Fisher. "We all have
an effect on others," Goodstein said.
Lu is the third generation of his fam-
ily to fight for change in China. When
his parents and grandparents were ailed,
Lut was given away to peasants. He
knew nothing of his natural family until
age 10, by which time he had lived with
12 foster families and spent two years
in an orphanage.
For others, especially those just be-
coming student leaders or interested in
becoming more involved, the confer-
ence offered opportunities for
roundtable discussions on women's is-
sues, social change, diversity and inter-
national activism. Nine workshops fo-
cused on life transitions, leadership
styles and marketing co-curricular in-
volvement, among other things.
The conference was specifically de-
signed to attract more than the typical
leaders. "We've got everyone from
group president to new students inter-
ested in learning more about leader-
ship," Goodstein said.
"I came to this conference to learn
about myself and develop my leader-
ship skills," said Sapna Yathiraj, an
LSA senior. "You don't have to be a
stand out or a student leader' to benefit
from something like this."
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Nectaiine
leads to
pickets
HUES Magazine claims
party shutdown was
racially motivated
By Gail Mongkolpradit
Daily Staff Reporter
A downtown Ann Arbor dance club
is facing pickets from a multicultural
organization following an incident a
week ago that also led to another group
canceling a party scheduled last night.
HUES Magazine, an Ann Arbor-
based multicultural women's magazine,
is picketing the Nectarine Ballroom for
alleged discriminatory practices. The
picketing is scheduled to be held to-
night from 9 to midnight in front of the
Nectarine, located at 320 E. Liberty St.
HUES is also holding a "Speakout
Against Discrimination and Police Ha-
rassment" Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Yesterday, the Rainbow Oasis Coali-.
tion stood in front of the Nectarine to
inform prospective party-goers that the
AIDS Prevention and Awareness Fund
Raiser had been canceled.
The groups' protests stem from an
alleged incident Oct. 22 in which Nec-
tarine management shut down a HUES
fundraising party -a move party orga-
nizers claim was racially motivated.
The party's stated goal was to raise
$2,000 for two shelters for battered
women - SAFE House in Ypsilanti
and MY Sister's Place in Detroit.
Organizers say about 25 people were
at the party with more waiting to be let
in at 10:10 p.m. Then, they say, Nectar-
ine owner Mike Bender shut the party
down at 10:30 p.m.
"He handed me a check for $500, but
I kept on trying to convince him not to
shut down the party," said Tali Edut, a
HUES co-publisher. "I wondered why
he would give HUES $500 because the
Nectarine allowed us to use their facili-
ties for no charge at all," she said.
Repeated attempts by The Michigan
Daily to contact Bender or a Nectarine
representative were unsuccessful. In an
e-mail message to HUES, a Nectarine
employee described what he said was
the dance club's position.
In the message, employee Noah Scot
Snyder wrote:
"The Nectarine had only scheduled
three bouncers, because they thought it
would be a mellow crowd of mostly
women (not to be sexist, but the people
who usually start acting up when they ,
get drunk at a bar, at least in mine a
well as the Necatarine's (sic)
management's experience, is men.)
With all the men that showed up the
management knew they couldn't con-
trol them in a worst case situation (on a
normal Saturday night when the crowd
is mostly frat boys, there is still several
bouncers (six or so.) The Nectarine's
managemnet (sic) feels like they were
intentionally misled."
See NECTARINE, Page 5A

TONYA BROAD/Daily

Above: An alumni cheerleader rides a
unicycle around the stadium during the
Homecoming game against Minnesota
on Saturday. The cheerleaders
performed before and during the game.
Right: University alum Mike Wallace
conducts a round of "The Victors"
during halftime Saturday. Wallace was
made an honorary member of the
Michigan Marching Band.

Senate approval of
budget leaves many
issues to be resolved

Budget Numbers
The House passed the
federal budget bill
Thursday and the Senate
followed suit with a similar
bill Friday. Here are some
numbers on the budget and the vote
tallies.

Devil's Night is just
another night in A2

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beneath
the high-profile fights over Medicare
and tax cuts, the massive Republican
budget bill is also a battleground for
smaller, but no less intense, showdowns.
The bruising battle over who will
shoulder health care costs for thou-
sands of retired coal miners pits giants
of the coal and steel industries, like
Peabody and Pittston, LTV Corp. and
U.S. Steel, against each other.
"It's a classic Washington big com-
pany-versus-big company fight," said
Morrie Feibusch, a spokesman for the
Bituminous Coal Operators Associa-
tion, and just one of many less-publi-
cized - but no less contentious -

miners.
But that would mean shifting all the
costs for 67,000 beneficiaries - an
estimated $60 million a year - onto
the shrinking number ofcompanies still
in the mining business. Those compa-
nies, including Peabody, Westmoreland
and Consolidation Coal, have formed
an unusual alliance with the United
Mine Workers union to oppose the
change.
Feibusch said that to undo the
pooled liability arrangement Congress
wrote in 1992 would amount to cor-
porate welfare for the companies that
avoid health care assessments, since
part of the money to make up for the

Saves $450 billion from projected
spending on Medicare and
Medicaid programs in the next
seven years.
The tax cuts total $245 billion.
Only one Senate Republican voted
against the bill - William Cohen
of Maine.
Michigan's delegation split its vote
along party lines.
The bills now head into conference
committees, though President
Clinton has threatened to veto
anything resembling the current
spending plans.
a lower alcohol content.
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By Zachary M. Raimi
Daily Staff Reporter
While large cities across America
will attempt to extinguish fires andcom-
bat crime tonight - Devil's Night -
the city of Ann Arbor is expected to
remain calm and controlled.
Among University and city law en-

forcement agents,
the consensus is
that Ann Arbor tra-
ditionally has few

We see

year on Devil's Night.
Sgt. Phil Scheel of the Ann Arbor
Police Department said that histori-
cally the police department has not had
much to worry about on the night ei-
ther.
However, Scheel said the depart-
ment will beef up security a little, "but
nothing signifi-
cantly, simply be-
to get cause we don't
r fgo have a lot of prob-
lems or the man-
power."
than V"We seem to get
more problems on
Halloween than
' Devil's Night,"
;t. Phil Scheel Scheel said.
e Department Young children
are often robbed of
their "trick-or-

problems on more pro
Devil's Night.1
"The whole Ann Hallowee
Arbor community
is pretty good," Devil's N
said Department of
Public Safety -S
spokeswoman Ann Arbor Pol
Elizabeth Hall.
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