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THOMAS
Continued from page 1
accusations and a two-day FBI probe
ensued..
While Thomas maintained his si-
lence, the White House issued a
statement saying it had "reviewed
the (FBI) report and determined
that the allegation was unfounded."
A Senate vote had been scheduled
for tomorrow, and a majority of
senators had indicated their support
for Thomas, a conservative appeals
judge who would become the second
black to sit on the nation's highest
court, succeeding the retiring Justice
Thurgood Marshall.
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.)
chair of the Judiciary Committee,
could not be reached for comment
on Hill's allegations or the com-
mittee's handling of it.
But Sen. Howard Metzenbaum
(D-Ohio) called the allegations

"very serious charges, very disturb-
ing" and said the full Senate should
review them before voting on
Thomas' nomination.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said
that "obviously every senator
should read this (FBI report) prior
to his or her vote."
Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) said
the accusations are "more typical of
a political campaign than of a
Supreme Court nomination."
One Judiciary Committee mem-
ber, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said
he had confronted Thomas about the
accusations before voting for the
judge in committee.
Thomas said he had helped Hill
get a job at Oral Roberts Law
School where she previously
worked, according to Specter.
Thomas also said Hill had called
him last spring asking him to make a
speech at a law school, said Specter.

POLICE
Continued from page 1
In Thursday night's incident, it is
unclear whether the police obtained
an identification before pursuing the
suspect.
Sheikh said it is possible that the
officers knew the suspect from the
past and were able to recognize him.
"In this case, anything is possi-
ble. Often an officer will recognize
a suspect's name, or know what a
suspect looks like. It's possible that
they knew who this suspect was,"
he said.
LSA Senior Devlin Ponte, presi-
dent of the Black Student Union,
felt the recent police actions, in-
cluding those of last Thursday
evening, may represent an abuse of
power by the AAPD and DPSS.
"I think the police have been ha-
rassing not just Blacks but whites
and other students as well," Ponte
said. "As a student I have a concern
for the University. As a Black stu-
dent I have another concern - how
they will treat Black people."
"History shows that security
agencies like the University and
Ann Arbor Police don't know how
to deal with Black people, and don't
understand the situation of Black

people," he added
Ponte also questioned the police
officers' reasons for stopping other
people they suspected were involved
in the incident.
"They stopped this sister Shenita
Talton. What information did they
have to stop this woman - did they
have a tip? Was it because she was
wearing a certain color coat, or was
it just because she was Black?"
Ponte asked.

Ponte also called for the Univer-
sity and city police to publicly de-
fine the circumstances under which
officers can draw a weapon.
"Not only Black students but
everyone is asking 'How do they de-
cide when and where it's right to
pull a gun?aWhat is the policy?
Ponte said.
LSA senior Todd Ochoa also
questioned the police's decision to

'I think the police have been harassing not
just Blacks but whites and other students as
well. As a student I have a concern for the
University. As a Black student I have another
concern - how they will treat Black people'
-- Devlin Ponte
President of the Black Student Union

they stopped random Black women
to question then about the incident.
"The police have no grounds
whatsoever to question people on
the basis of race," he said.
He added that he felt the whole
incident might be racially fueled.
"The man they arrested did not
fit the description of the height of
the suspect or what he was wearing.
The only thing he fit was that he
was Black," he said.
While some students said they
felt the police action was justified,
many agreed with Ochoa and were
disturbed by police making arrests
of unarmed suspects with guns
drawn.
"Sometimes we have to leave
these things up to the police," LSA
senior Jenny Jaimeson said. "When I
came here my freshman year I heard
this was one of the most dangerous
college campuses. I'm tired of hav-
ing that reputation, and I'm all for
anything to make the campus safer."
"Personally, I feel threatened to
hear that campus police are drawing
their weapons on people," LSA se-
nior Dan Wong said.
LSA first-year student Laurie
Duthie agreed. "I think (the campus
police) need to do some looking into
the procedures that they use."

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"Nine times out of ten they stop
you because you're a Black person
and just happen to be in the area.
There's not too many here so the po-
lice might as well just stop them
all," he said. "And being Black has
its stereotypes to begin with.
"I think in the past there has al-
ways been the issue of the atmo-
sphere for Black students and that
issue is once again raised," he added.

draw their weapons.
"In my opinion - because I
don't know exactly what went on
- I can't say if they abused their
power or not, but they walked a
very thin line if they didn't. If they
drew guns just because Ann Arbor
cops told them to, that's very irre-
sponsible," he said.
Ochoa also wondered if police
were adhering to the policy when

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AUDIT
Continued from page 1
lion in question. But, that $1.9 mil-
lion was not directly charged to the
government; it was used to deter-
mine what percentage of future
costs the government should pay.
University Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer Earnis
Womack responded to thetgovern-
ment' s questions about the $1.9
million in a press release Friday.
"While we do not agree even
with that figure, we do concur with
the auditor's conclusion that these
costs be considered when negotiat-
ing future rates," Womack said. The
University will meet at the negoti-
ating table with the federal gov-
ernment again in 1993.
Although the audit report re-
leased Friday will end the attention
focused on the University, the Of-

fice of Management and Budget an-
nounced a plan last Thursday for
stronger regulation of research
costs at universities nationwide.
"What they're saying is: we
don't know how to clarify what is
and what isn't allowable, so we'll
just put a cap on it," Harrison said.
The cap will only apply to general
and administrative costs, and not to
space related costs.
While Harrison said there is lit-
tle doubt that the University will
lose money because of the new regu-
lations, it is not yet clear the extent
to which funding will be affected.
However, he added that the
changes will be beneficial to both
the government and research univer-
sities in the long run since the guide-
lines for what constitutes a re-
search-related cost are more clearly
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HAITI
Continued from page 1
The proposal being considered
yesterday was thought likely to bar
Aristide from new elections, and it
was not known whether lawmakers
would allow him to return to Haiti.
Under the constitution, no president
can succeed himself.
A delegation of diplomats from
the Organization of American
States (OAS), representing eight na-
tions, warned Cedras of possible

hemisphere-wide sanctions if Aris-
tide is not returned to power.
Arisitide says Cedras led the
Sept. 30 coup that ended his 7-
month-old administration, the first
democratically elected government
in independent Haiti's nearly 200-
year history.
Diplomats who took part in the
meetings with Cedras said yesterday
that no agreement was reached on re-
instating Aristide.
Organization officials also said
that possibly creating an interim
government was not discussed.

Glass houses AP Photo
A Croatian boy looks through the broken windows of an apartment
building as the Croatian flag waves above him. The European Community
threatened to impose sanctions on warring Yugoslavia if the fighting did
not stop by midnight yesterday.

RALLY
Continued from page 1
in which individuals are not ha-
rassed, excluded, or made to feel un-
comfortable because of sex, color,
religion, sexual orientation,
lifestyle, or political beliefs."
"I was disillusioned to get here
and find out the propaganda was just
that - propaganda," Dierauer said.
Dierauer added that in dorms, she

had seen several signs telling stu-
dents to "tell someone" about dis-
crimination. "I have witnessed dis-
crimination against lesbians and gay
men, and the regents are the ones do-
ing it," she said. "So, who am I sup-
posed to tell?"
Some people passed around peti-
tions demanding that the University
open family housing to people of all
sexual orientations. Sullivan said
the petitions, when completed, will

be given to University President
James Duderstadt.
LSA junior Alex Maus said he
stopped by the rally to educate him-
self about the issue. Maus said his
association with the Greek system
helped motivate him to see what the
rally was about.
"Where I'm from, in the Greek
system, there's a lot of anti-gay and
anti-lesbian attitudes," he said. "By
all means publish that the Greek
system is homophobic, because they
are."
Frances Rivera, a graduate stu-
dent in political science, said she
thought the demonstrators ex-
pressed valid points. "This is dis-
crimination - any which way you
cut it," she said.
Communications senior Robin
Stephens, who lives in family hous-
ing, said she attended the rally be-
cause "I do think this is a form of

discrimination."
And she added, "I think they also
discriminate against African-Amer-
icans in family housing in the way
they place people when the units are
open."
Stephens said she thought fami-
lies of the same ethnic group were
placed together in family housing,
effectively segregating the housing
community. By doing this, she said,
Housing "creates animosity among
residents."
Stephens said some current fam-
ily housing residents opposed al-
lowing access to lesbian and gay
families because they feared their
children would see something they
shouldn't be seeing.
To this argument, Stephens said,
"What the hell are they going to
see? They're (lesbian and gay cou-
ples) not going to fuck on the
steps."

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