WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court yesterday set the
stage for an important ruling on the
constitutionality of enormous puni-
tive-damage awards that have become
increasingly common in a range of
Thejustices agreed to decide
whether such awards that far exceed
actual damages violate a constitu-
tional ban on excessive fines. At
stake are huge sums of money
awarded in a variety of lawsuits.
The court is studying the issue in
an appeal by Browning-Ferris Indus-3
tries Inc., a waste collection busi-
ress with headquarters in Houston.
The company was ordered to pay $6
million to a Burlington, Vt., com-
petitor that accused the Texas com-
pany of undercutting its prices in an
effort to drive it out of business.
The high court last May declined
to decide the constitutionality of
such enormous punitive-damage
awards in personal injury and breach-
Left unresolved was the legiti-
macy of skyrockrting punitive-dam-
The justices announced yesterday
that they will now tackle the issue,
with a decision expected in July.
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LSA forms search
panel for dean
BY STEVE KNOPPER
LSA Dean Peter Steiner an-
nounced to the LSA faculty yester-
day that he has formed a search ad-
visory committee of nine faculty
members and two students to name
Steiner announced last month that
he would leave office by Sept. 1,
1989. University searches for new
officials generally take about a year
Committee member Brian Shull,
a Rackham graduate student, said he
was asked last Wednesday to serve
on the committee. Because the
committee hasn't met, Shull would
not predict when a new dean could
Shull said the new dean should be
"someone who's going _to want the
school to stay within the top 10"
who will maintain strong research,
teaching, and undergraduate educa-
Geological Sciences Prof.
William Kelly, chair of the new
committee, was unavailable for
comment last night.
Steiner will leave office after
serving three years of a five-year
term, as he promised when he ac-
cepted the deanship in 1986. The
committee that chose him was com-
prised of nine faculty members and
President-elect George Bush gestures as he opens meeting with University presidents yesterday in
Washington. Included is University president James Duderstadt.
understood that and agreed to help can aspire to the best that our educa-
P re s. Bush by setting carefully "the tion system offers," said Schmidt
Continued from Page 1 educational priorities and the science "We expressed our great concern
research priorities in the country." at the shortage of well-educated peo-
limits on federal resources and the "We discussed the essential im- ple in science and engineering in this
need to make hard choices about the portance of maintaining the open- country," Schmidt said, who cited
federal budget to bring the deficit ness and accessibility of higher edu- the dearth of minorities in these
under control." He said the presidents cation so that all our young people professions.
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nifies something great about the
opportunities for women in sports.
"Traci has showed us that it is
possible for young women starting
out in sports to achieve high levels
of achivement in both athletics and
academics," said Foster. "She has
helped to disspell the stereotype that
all athletes are dumb jocks."
Babcock, who plans to continue
her running at Cambridge, has had
her achievements and personality rub
off on the cross country team the
past four years.
"Traci has been kind of like a
mother to us," said women's cross
country co-captain Mindy Rowand.
"She's always there if one of us has
a bad day. Not only is she #ri
incredible athlete, but she's also a
great team leader. It's phenomenal
what she's accomplished."
Phyllis Ocker, Associate Director
of Athletics for Women, also'
expressed much pride in the fact that
an athlete had been awarded tie
"This to me is what college
athletics are all about," said Ocker,
"The scholarship honors both a great-,
student and certainly a great athlete.
Traci is the epitomy of what we
would like our athletes to be."
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