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TODAY
Clouds and showers;
High: 71, Low: 45.
TOMORROW
Some sun, cooler;
High: 66, Low: 40.

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One hundred and one years of editorial freedom
Vol. CII, No.8 Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wednesday, October 9, 1991 TheMicfhganDal
Senate dela s vete On
3d3 2 e3tj.MM. Senate delays vote on

Thomas

nomination

Harrassment allegations to be considered in upcoming week

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate
yesterday postponed its vote on Clarence
Thomas' Supreme Court nomination for
one week to investigate allegations he sex-
ually harassed a former aide. Thomas
"totally and unequivocally" denied the ac-
cusation.
The embattled nominee requested a de-
lay to "clear my name" as several crucial.
Democratic supporters said they could not
vote for him until the allegations were
aired.
Senate Majority Leader George
Mitchell of Maine said the allegations
should be "publicly and fairly resolved."
Anita Hill, a law professor who says
Thomas made repeated lewd remarks to her
when she worked for him a decade ago, said
she would cooperate with the Senate. "I in-
tend to go to Washington if it is re-
quested," she said.
Thomas appeared a sure bet for confir-
mation until Hill's allegations became
public over the weekend. Since then, sev-
eral Thomas opponents have urged new
committee hearings to investigate Hill's
allegations.
Thomas supporters had initially fought
a delay, but relented when it became clear
there might not be enough support for con-
firmation if the Senate voted yesterday. "I
can count," said Senate Republican leader
Bob Dole of Kansas.
The decision to delay the vote capped a

dramatic and remarkable day which saw
the Senate agonizing not only over how to
proceed with the nomination but also with
the larger issue of its sensitivity to the is-
sue of sexual harassment.
Even as they reluctantly agreed to the
delay, Republicans vented anger that a pri-
vate committee report on Hill's allega-
tions was leaked to the media. Sen. Hank
Brown (R-Colo.), a Judiciary Committee
member, said he would demand appoint-
ment of a special prosecutor to investigate
unspecified violations of Senate rules.
Under the agreement reached yesterday
night, the vote on the Thomas nomination
was delayed exactly one week, until 6 p.m.
EDT Oct. 15.
Mitchell said the delay was "to give
time for further inquiry into this matter
by the Judiciary Committee." He did not
say what action the committee would take.
Seven of 13 Democrats who had an-
nounced their support for Thomas - Alan
Dixon of Illinois, Richard Bryan and
Harry Reid of Nevada, Joseph Lieberman
of Connecticut, J. James Exon of Nebraska,
Wyche Fowler of Georgia and Richard
Shelby of Alabama - all called for a de-
lay in the vote.
If supporters forced a vote, "this sena-
tor would be in a position to vote against
the nomination," Bryan said. Exon said he
would either abstain or vote against
Thomas if the vote were held yesterday.

Danforth proposed that the Senate
Judiciary Committee take testimony from
Thomas and Hill.
Mitchell met privately with Dole and
others as a growing number of senators
urged postponement.
Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) chairperson
of the Judiciary Committee, reversing his
earlier position, joined the call.
President Bush, asked in late afternoon
if he was standing by the nomination, said,
"You're darn right."
Thomas remained out of public view.
Danforth released a sworn affidavit in
which the nominee said, "I totally and un-
equivocally deny Anita Hill's allegations
of misconduct of any kind toward her, sex-
ual or otherwise."
"At all times during the period she
worked with me, our relationship was
strictly professional," Thomas said.
"During that time and subsequently, the
relationship has been wholly cordial."
"These allegations are untrue," Thomas
said in the affidavit he had signed earlier in
the day. "I am terribly saddened and deeply
offended by these allegations."
Hill, flanked by three bodyguards and
surrounded by reporters and photogra-
phers, made her way into the University of
Oklahoma Law School yesterday after-
noon, declining to answer questions.

Apple of my eyeB
Steve King, a senior systems engineer for Apple Computer, restacks 2,000 monitors at the
"Kickoff '91" sale distribution in the Sports Coliseum.

TAs give overwhelming
support to new contract
by B. Ted Deci ity because it improves teaching said Oko.
Daily Staff Reporter conditions," said Oko. "We still Mark Rogers. a teaching assi

s-

After two weeks of voting,
University teaching assistants have
given overwhelming approval to a
new two-year contract, announced
Graduate Employees Organization
(GEO) President Tom Oko last
night.
Of 1,600 University teaching as-
*sistants, approximately 524 voted,
and 97 percent approved the contract
negotiated for them by the union,
said Oko.
The new contract is the product
of seven months of negotiations be-
tween the University and GEO and
is supplemented with a grievance
process which will provide a forum
for graduate students to air
complaints.
"It will improve teaching qual-

need stronger language on class size
and low fraction TA's."
In the contract, GEO sacrificed
some salary increases to insure that
low fraction teaching assistants -
those who work less than ten hours
a week - receive partial tuition
waivers.
The final form of the contract is
expected to be drafted in two or
three weeks, and will go into effect
as soon as both parties have signed,
said Colleen Dolan-Greene.
Under the new two year con-
tract, GEO must notify the
University by November 1, 1992 if
it plans to negotiate revisions.
"We hope to prevent working
without a contract next time by
starting about two months earlier,"

tant in the communications depart-
ment, said he was happy with the ef-
forts of GEO's bargaining team.
"They got the best they could," he
said.
"The belief that there is no im-
minent threat of strike certainly
makes it easier to plan, especially in
a lab class. As far as my day to day
teaching goes, I won't be getting
much more dynamic because of some
new bells and baubles added to my
contract," said Rogers. "I am happy
about the salary increase though,"
he added.
In addition to approving the con-
tract, 60 percent of teaching assis-
tants agreed to strike if GEO leader-
ship deemed it necessary in the
See CONTRACT, Page 2

Newman
research,
VP office
by Andrew Levy [ 'A<
Daily Research Reporter .' /

Paper chase
John Hampstra, an employee of Recycle Ann Arbor, sorts plastic and paper in a warehouse located on
Elsworth Rd. Recycle Ann Arbor, a privately owned and non-profit organization, runs the largest residential
recycling program in Michigan.
State representatives request
audit of 'U' use of state funds

Ask anybody who knows her,
work, and they will say that Sarah
Newman has excelled - as a stu-
dent, as a teacher, as a scientist, and
as an administrator. So, when her
name came up for the post of
Associate Vice President for
Research at the University, there
was little question she was the one
for the job.
"One thing is that she provides
coverage in the medical and health
sciences, an arena which I certainly
can claim no expertise in. Secondly,
she brings two kinds of essential
qualities to the job; that is she has

by Henry Goldblatt
Daily Administration Reporter
Only days after federal auditors
cleared the University of misusing
millions in government funding,
administrators are facing the
possibility of a new audit.
Reps. Morris Hood (D-Detroit)
and Pat Gagliardi (D-Drummond Is-
land) have requested a state audit of
the University's use of state grants
and appropriations.
The audit comes in response to
the recent federal government audit
which questioned the University's
classification of some expenditures
- such as first-class airline tickets
- as costs indirectly related to re-
search.

$275 million in state appropria-
tions, not including additional
grants.
University officials said there
was no need for an audit of state
funds since auditors are constantly
scrutinizing the University's use of
state funds.
"We have state auditors here all
of the time anyway," Molin said.
"Much of what they want to have
audited is already in the process of
being audited or scheduled to be au-
dited," he added.
Molin said he thought the two
legislators proposed the audit be-
'We have state

last time we were down there was
in 1984."
Garbarino also said he thought
the University has not been audited
in five or six years. He added that he
thought the on-campus auditors
have not focused on this issue.
Both administrators and repre-
sentatives from the auditor gen-
eral's office said they do not expect
an audit to turn up any questionable
expenditures similar to those un-
covered by the federal audit.
"Every audit finds something,
but I wouldn't expect anything ma-
jor," said Executive Director of
University Relations Walter
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