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Teresa to
her duties
CALCUTTA, India (AP)-Mother
Teresa, whose wish to retire was re-
jected by nuns from around the
world, said yesterday her re-election
as head of her charity was part of
God's "own plans."
The balloting was to have been a
vote to choose a successor to the
frail, 80-year-old nun who is known
as the "saint of the gutters" for her
work with the destitute and the poor.
"I was expecting to be free, but
God has his own plans," Mother
Teresa said when she met reporters
for the first time after Saturday's
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate
withdrew her decision to step down
as superior general of the Missionar-
ies of Charity after ballots were c.st
by 103 delegates summoned from
missions around the globe.
Calcutta's Vicar General Mon-
signor Francis Gomes, who presided
over the secret balloting, said
Mother Teresa had little choice but
to accept the unanimous vote.
Mother Teresa said she had been
firm on stepping down until the bal-
loting forced her to change her deci-
sion. "These things cannot be de-
cided beforehand," she said.
In March, Pope John Paul II said
he was bowing to Mother Teresa's
wish to retire from the top post of
the order she founded. He had rejected
her earlier requests-to step aside.
Mother Teresa suffered a nearly
fatal heart attack a year ago. She re-
turned to work but asked for retire-
ment within a few months.
Asked if she would slow down
her pace of work, Mother Teresa
replied: "We have sisters who are ca-
pable of helping."
She said she would continue to
travel according to the needs of her
Along with Mother Teresa, four
aides were elected. Sister Fredrick, a
Maltese nun who previously was
head of the charity's U.S. chapter
based in Washington, was elected as
Mother Teresa's deputy.
Mother Teresa was elected to a
further six-year term.

New computer
program may
aid law students

by Amy Quick
You finally made it - law
But after all of the excellent un-
dergrad work, LSATs, law school
applications and essays, you discover
the dreaded truth: you're a closet
slob. You can't get organized. Your
notes are scribbles that continue up
the sides of the paper. The page in
the middle of the briefs on Hadley v.
Baxendale is missing, and the coffee
just spilled all over your tort notes.
But there is hope. Numina
Group, a student-run Chicago-based
company, is marketing Legal-Eze,
computer software designed specifi-
cally to assist law students in orga-
nizing their notes and budgeting
their study time. For students that
enjoy working with computers, the

the group's Chief Operating Officer,
is currently attempting to market the
program to the University Law
A group of University law stu-
dents has been experimenting with
the software and based on their reac-
tions, the University law school will
consider purchasing it for law stu-
dents' use.
However, law computing center
system analyst Ted Graham has ex-
pressed doubts about the program.
He said although he believes a com-
puter program designed for law-stu-
dents is a good idea because there are
few, if any, he pointed out that
many law students are not interested
in computers and tend to use only
word processors.
The program puts notes in a data

'When I first began law school, I was
overloaded with information. All that was
suggested to me was a word processing
program that was totally inadequate'
-David Gray
Legal-Eze Creator

One more line
Mikami Sumitaka waits in yet another line at Ulrich's Bookstore. After waiting a substantial amount of time,
he was waited on by a cheery book clerk who bestowed a large amount of costly books upon him.
Auto-workers GM near end
of negotiation Strike likely

DETROIT (AP) - A lack of
public rancor may hide an undercur-
rent of trouble as contract negotia-
tions between the United Auto
Workers Union and General Motors
Corp. enter their final days before a
possible strike.
Economic uncertainty stemming
from the Mideast crisis and the out-
wardly calm atmosphere since the
talks began in mid-July haven't
changed views of some labor ob-
servers that a strike at the world's
largest automaker is likely.
The union's contracts with GM,
Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp.,
covering more than 450,000 active
employees, expire at midnight Fri-
day. An average of 88 percent of the
union membership voting in special
local elections last week gave the
UAW authorization to call a strike
against GM.
The union is continuing a tradi-
tion called pattern bargaining, and
chose GM as its target. The UAW
plans to use a settlement with GM
as a pattern for agreements with Ford

and Chrysler. About 300,000 GM
workers are covered by the national
UAW contract.
The UAW last struck GM in
1984 - a one-week walkout that
shut all of the automaker's assembly
plants and its technical center in
Warren, Mich.
Ron Glantz, an auto analyst with
Dean Witter Reynolds in San Fran-
cisco, late last week held to his fore-
cast of months ago that the UAW
would hit GM with a two-week
strike. At the end of July, the union
had about $770 million in its strike
"At the least, you're going to
have wildcats," Glantz said. "As wa.
saw when that Flint fuel tank factory
went down, one strike can be awk-
UAW Local 659 last month
struck GM's AC Rochester West
parts plant in Flint for six days. The
result was the temporary idling of
seven assembly plants left without
Union officials who head the

union team at GM, have said that
walkout was over local issues and
was unrelated to the national negoti-
GM and tAW negotiators have
remained mostly behind closed doors
since talks began July 18.
In the few updates company and
union officials have given, com-
ments have centered on how hard the
bargainers are working and how
much progress is being made.
"We've been doing some good
work and I'm pleased with the way
negotiations have gone up to this
point," said UAW Vice President
Stephen Yokich, who heads the
union team at GM.
"Before anybody gets the wrong
idea, I've been in negotiations like
this and you run into the brick wall
and you're on strike nine days later,"
he added. "And I've been in negotia-
tions where you thought you were in
the ditch and bang, you're out of the
ditch and you have a settlement."

program might be something to
David Gray, a first-year law stu-
dent from IIT/Chicago-Kent College
of Law, first thought of the idea to
create software that catered specifi-
cally to law students.
"When I first began law school, I
was overloaded with information. I
wanted a computer program that
would help me organize all my
work. All that was suggested to me
was a word processing program that
was totally inadequate," Gray said in
a press release.
Gray's classmate, Glenn Spence,
had had similar problems. Working
together, they decided which software
functions they thought would be
ideal for law students. Spence and
Gray joined forces with computer
programmer George Chis, and soon
Legal-Eze became a reality.
With University graduate busi-
ness student John Ringlein, Spence
and Gray formed Numina Group.
The group began marketing the
software in August, and Ringlein,

base and organizes them alphabets=
cally and by class, subject, and due
date. It also:
gives a chronological list4ot
all briefs for the year or for one class
at a time
allows students to customize
or make changes to the default list of
case briefs by adding the sections;
sources, classes and subjects desired
enablesthe student topri,ten;
tire briefs quickly
prints an entire course outling
at the end of the term
has a time analysis function
which charts time studied foreach
Graham also said some of the
functions don't seem very useful. "I
don't think the pie chart is likely to
change how much time students
study, and most students are pretty
organized with notes by the time
they get to law school."
However, first-year law student
Glenn Forbis said, "I do all my
briefs on my PC anyway.



Rebel faction captures Liberian
President during skirmish

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MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - A
rebel faction shot President Samuel
Doe in both legs and captured him
Sunday during a battle in the
capital's port, the British
Broadcasting Corp. reported..
More than 60 people, including
dozens of Doe's bodyguards, were
killed in the fighting between the
Doe loyalists and rebels led by
Prince Johnson, the BBC World
Service reported. It said the battle
took place outside the headquarters of
a West African task force in Mon-
Doe had left his fortified seaside
mansion to pay an unscheduled visit
to the commander of the West
African task force, Lt. Gen Arnold
Quainoo of Ghana, the BBC's corre-
spondent in Monrovia reported.
Johnson and some of his fighters
followed Doe, and a quarrel erupted,
the BBC report said. The two sides
then started battling with riles, ma-
chine guns and grenades.
Johnson's rebels wounded Doe in
both legs and carried him off to their
base camp, the report said.

Johnson called the BBC and de-
clared himself president of Liberia
until an interim government can be
installed. Rival rebel leader Charles
Taylor of the National Patriotic
Front has also claimed the presi-
dency in the past.
The BBC said Johnson pledged to
put Doe on trial. Earlier, Doe and
Johnson had called an informal
cease-fire between their forces.
Rebels in the 8-month-old civil
was have accused Doe of nepotism,
stealing millions of dollars of state
money. They also hold him respon-
sible for the deaths of thousand of
civilians killed during the civil war.
Liberia's civil war began Dec.
24, when Johnson helped lead rebels
loyal to Taylor in an invasion from
Ivory Coast. In March, Johnson
broke away to form his own faction.
Doe had been holded up in his
fortified mansion in Monrovia.
Sunday's capture of Doe came
after Taylor's rebels launched their
own attack against some of the
3,000 soldiers in the West African
force at the port Saturday.

The task force had called for relief
agencies to return to Monrovia and
promised to assure their safety. U.S.
Marine helicopters Saturday flew in
four workers from the U.S. Agency
for International Development and
officials of the Belgium-based Doc-
tors Without Borders and the Feed
the Hungry programs.
The war has left Monrovia with-
out running water and telephone
communications. Very little food
had made it to the capital, a city of
400,000 people, for about two

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