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Mideast
delegates
ready to
talk peace,
MOSCOW (AP) - Israel and
Arabs gathered yesterday for a
multinational conference on Middle
East peace, but prospects were
clouded by a Syrian boycott and a
Palestinian attempt to use delegates
opposed by the Jewish state.
Foreign ministers and senior
diplomats from more than 20 na-
tions arrived in Moscow at the invi-
tation of the United States and
Russia for a two-day conference on
regional issues tied to the peace pro-
cess, such as water-sharing, envi-
ronment, and arms controls The
meeting begins today.
Syria, the key Arab party in the
U.S.-brokered peace effort, stayed
away from the conference, saying in-
sufficient progress was being made
in the parallel bilateral peace talks
held in Washington. Lebanon was
absent for similar reasons.
Palestinians flew to Moscow
with a delegation including mem-
bers from Arab-dominated east
Jerusalem. This was barred under
rules made before the first round of
talks, which began in Madrid, Spain,
on Oct. 30.
t .Israel said it would only accept
Palestinians from the Israeli-occu-
pied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Israel considers Jerusalem the na-
tion's capital and not part of
occupied lands.
"The Madrid formula is his-
tory," delegate Saeb Erakat said.
"We are here with an open heart and
good faith. We are one people."
The eight-member delegation
was headed by an East Jerusalem res-
ident, Faisal Husseini. Only three of
the delegates were from the
occupied lands.
Erakat said the full delegation
will attempt to attend the meeting
today. "If they prevent us from en-
tering, we will enjoy touring
Moscow," he said.

Flowers discusses

Clinton a
NEW YORK (AP) - An
Arkansas woman said yesterday she
had a 12-year affair with Democratic
presidential contender Bill Clinton
and he's "absolutely lying" when
he denies it. Clinton shot back: "She
didn't tell the truth."
Gennifer Flowers told a news
conference that the Arkansas gover-
nor told her "he loved me." She re-
leased audio tape that she said cap-
tured Clinton talking to her about
the likelihood of reporters
inquiring about their relationship.
The voice urges a denial, then
says, "They can't run a story like
this unless somebody said, 'Yeah, I
did it with him."'
The authenticity of the tapes has
not been independently verified.
Flowers, who first told her
story in a paid interview with the
Star tabloid, said at the news con-
ference, "The truth is I loved him.
Now he tells me to deny it."
Clinton told reporters that
Flowers, an Arkansas state em-
ployee, had "changed her position
for money." He referred reporters
to an interview he and his wife
granted to CBS's "60 Minutes"
that was aired Sunday night.
Clinton has acknowledged talk-
ing with Flowers on the phone after
she called to express her distress at
being named in news reports
alleging that they had had an affair.
His wife, Hillary, said at a cam-
paign appearance yesterday in South
Dakota, "We've said all that we

llegations
have to say. We've explained
ourselves as best we can."
Flowers appearance marked an
escalation in the campaign contro-
versy that has thrust Clinton into
an unwanted spotlight at precisely
the time his candidacy appeared to be
taking flight.
The Arkansas governor is gener-
ally acknowledged to be the front-
runner for his party's nomination,
and leads in fund-raising and cam-
paign endorsements. He has shown
strongly in the polls in New Hamp-
shire, where the first primary will
be held on Feb. 18:
Flowers said local Republicans
in Arkansas had approached her six
months ago to divulge the details of
her story, but she refused.
"No one from this office has any
involvement whatsoever," re-
sponded Richard Bearden, executive
director of the Arkansas GOP.
It wasn't the only part of Flow-
ers' account that has been
challenged.
- She told Star that she met
Clinton at the Excelsior Hotel in
Little Rock in 1979 or 1980. The ho-
tel did not open until November
1982.
- She said she performed on the
"Hee Haw" television show for
two seasons beginning in 1979. A
spokesperson for the show's pro-
duction company said Flowers never
appeared.

01

A drop in the bucketP"
David Wurster, a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity member, helps raise money for
People Understanding the Severly Handicapped (PUSH) as part of his
fraternity's National Philanthropy Week project.

Help, I'm melting
An icicle melts near East Quad as
warmer weather finally arrives.

Court upholds law to protect kids
from indecent telephone messages

WASHINGTON (AP) - The
Supreme Court cleared the way yes-
terday for enforcement of Congress'
latest attempt to protect children
from sexy telephone messages - a
law that threatens to destroy the
"dial-a-porn" business.
The court, without comment, re-
jected a challenge to a 1989 federal
law requiring telephone companies
to block access to sex-message ser-
vices unless a customer asks in
writing to receive them.

The law has not been enforced
while the free-speech challenge
acted on yesterday was pending.
The court gave the industry a re-
prieve in 1989 when it struck down
a ban on all sexually oriented dial-
up message services.
That decision acknowledged that
Congress .had a legitimate interest
in preventing children from being
exposed to "indecent" messages.,
But the justices said the blanket ban
limited the content of adult tele-

phone conversations to that which is
suitable for children to hear.
Congress quickly passed a new
law that requires phone companies
to block access to such services, un-
less written requests for access are
received.
One possible loophole is that the
law imposes the requirement on a
phone company only if it bills its
customers for 976 calls. It does not
apply if the message-service com-
pany bills the customer directly.

DRUGS
Continued from page 1
added.
In contrast to these results, the
survey revealed that use of legal
drugs - alcohol and cigarettes -
is still widespread among students.
More than half of the high
school seniors surveyed drank an
alcoholic beverage in the prior
month; while almost a third en-
gaged in "binge drinking," five or
more drinks in a row, in the prior
two weeks. However, the survey
reports that these numbers have de-
clined since 1980.
According to the survey, drink-
ing among college students re-
mained virtually unchanged since
last year. In 1991, 75 percent of
REGENTS
Continued from page 1
decision stands, the regents will be
forced to conduct future searches in
unofficial subgroups or hire special
personnel to screen candidates and
present one name to the regents.
ie added that these systems will
still protect candidates' privacy.
"That still does not solve the
press's problem. The court's opinion

college students had consumed al-
cohol in the past month and 43 per-
cent reported binge drinking.
Johnston attributed the prob-
lem to both social control and so-
cial encouragement.
"Social control is lower in a
college situation than most oth-
ers," Johnston said. "College also
tends to mean animal house drink-
ing, unfortunately."
Students had mixed reactions
about whether or not drug use has
declined on campus.
"I don't think drug use is de-
clining," said Loryn Weisenberg,
an Art School sophomore. "There
will always be new people who
want to try it."
has left all public bodies in higher
education in an impossible position.
Hopefully, the Supreme Court will
have the wisdom to see the folly of
the situation," he said.
After Brown spoke, the regents
voted to appeal the case.
Regents Veronica Latta Smith
(R-Grosse Ile) and James Water;
(D-Muskegon) were absent from
the meeting.

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FACULTY
Continued from page 1
"At the time, I didn't realize that
issues were not being revealed to
us," said Medical Professor Charles
Smith, who moved last month to
table Brewer's proposal to discuss
administration and faculty
communication.
In sponsoring last night's resolu-
tion, Smith urged the assembly to
accomplish "something substantial."
Referring to the faculty as "a
community of frustration," History
Professor David Hollinger suggested
that the Assembly governance be re-
structured, suggesting that in the
past Assembly leaders were not
competent.
Speakers focused on the impor-
tance of faculty consultation in for-
mulating new policies.
"Education is the fundamental
mission of the University and fac-
ulty have the responsibility to up-
hold this mission," said Engineering
Professor Harris McClamroch.

Several speakers said they were
afraid that the faculty has not been
playing a large enough role in
University governance.
Hollinger referred to an excess of
"regental adventageousness" and
urged the faculty to take on a greater
decision-making role.
Hollinger's concern was echoed
by Keith Yohn who said the faculty
has never taken a leading role in pol-
icy making.
Yohn added the faculty must
communicate directly with the re-
gents if they are to voice their
concerns.
Every speaker at the open meet-
ing shared a general concern to con-
front the administration.
"I wouldn't say they treat us with
contempt," Brewer said, "they have
to notice us to treat us with
contempt."
In other business, SACUA
elected its new chair Ejner Jensen
and vice chair Don Board. Jensen
will also run the Senate Assembly
meetings.

YALE
Continued from page 1
and research output is probably
lower than in other departments.
The committee considered statis-
tics such as the number of students
in a given major and the school's na-
tional reputation in research and
graduate studies.
The primary recommendations in
the committee's report suggest
eliminating both the linguistics de-
partment and operations research
department - a mathematics field.
Moreover, it suggested cutting
the sociology department by 40 per-
cent, and consolidating the three
engineering programs.
News of the faculty cuts did not
shock students, said David Pepper,
Yale Daily News managing editor.
"It was no big surprise, we heard
about it all along."
However, Pepper said students
were upset by the fact that almost
all departments will be cut by 11
percent. "It's something they said
they weren't going to do."
University Linguistics Professor
John Lawler said Yale established

the first linguistics department and
called the field "the best kept secret
in America."
"Linguistics has been very for-
mal and not linked to other pro-
grams - when times get bad you
need allies and if you don't have
them you're the first to go," he said.
Despite such drastic cuts, Long
reassured that they will not lay off
staff and faculty members and cur-
rent engineering students will not
be affected. The restructuring will
take place over the next 10 years.
Long said the wide-reaching cuts
may "keep tuition increases low,
faculty salaries high, and save
financial aid," Long said.
Pepper said he believes the re-
structuring may put an end to large
liberal arts schools and will be the
beginning of an "overall academic
trend in the future of universities
trying to be selectively excellent."
A meeting will be held on Feb.
13 for faculty to air their concerns
about the recommendations, and
they are encouraged to turn in com-
ments throughout the month. The
president and provost will then
review the report again.

M A CY'S
Continued from page 1
while it reorganizes without re-
tribution from unpaid creditors.
Macy's entered bankruptcy court
protection as Federated and its affil-
iated company, Allied Stores Corp.,
prepared to emerge from Chapter
11. Like Macy's, they were swamped
by takeover debt.
Retailing analysts said Macy's
will undergo a reorganization pro-

cess similar to Federated and Al-
lied, selling or closing underper-
forming stores. How that will af-
fect Macy's 69,500 employees re-
mains unclear.
The biggest change was expected
to be in Macy's ownership.
Macy's creditors could end up
owning the company, in much the
same way that Federated and Allied
creditors will hold the equity in
those companies.

el

TRIALS
Continued from page 1
Rozoviks said she was surprised
that law was "not all glamor," and
decided to specialize in international
and immigration law to escape the
stress and demands of courtroom
litigation.
Schoenhaus said he discovered

that trials are "almost like wars," but
he found the arguing and debating
very exciting and "an invaluable
experience for the future."
At the invitational competition
held in Dayton, Ohio in November,
the team placed third among college
teams throughout the midwest. LSA
junior Derek Johnson won an award
for best witness.

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