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Since the U-M Board of Regents holds full power
over students on this campus, it would make
sense to have a student on the board to
represent our views.

You've seen their show, now read the book. Penn
& Teller explain how to stab a fork in your eye
and more in their wild and crazy new book,
"Penn & Teller's How to Play with Your Food."

The Michigan women's basketball team opens its
season tonight at Crisler Arena against the Toledo
Rockets. The Wolverines hope to avenge last
year's 89-69 loss to Toledo.

Today
Cloudy and cold;
High 37 Low 25
Tomorrow
Still more clouds; High 40, Low 26

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One hundred two years of editorial freedom

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Court bucks
Guam's law
on abortion
Supreme Court upholds
1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling

IKtiSTFF I U L UIL T II aiiy
Brick break
Sophomore Tiffany Brandt reads a paper on a window ledge while waiting to talk with her English professor for help on a paper in Haven Hall yesterday.
MSU searches for newpresident

Associated Press
The Supreme Court sustained
women's basic right to abortion yes-
terday, voting 6-3 against reviving a
1990 Guam law that would have
prohibited nearly all such operations.
The justices refused to review
lower court rulings that had declared
the U.S. territory's sweeping law'
unconstitutional.
Yesterday's action, which ac-
tivists on both sides of the national
debate had expected, marked the
first time in 20 years that the high
court declined to review a major
abortion dispute.
"There are apparently some ap-
plications of the statute that are per-
fectly constitutional," said Justice
Antonin Scalia.
Scalia, along with Chief Justice
William Rehnquist and Justice
Byron White, voted against the
court's brief order.
Scalia said a federal appeals court
wrongly stuck down the Guam law
"on its face."
Michigan abortion activists saw
the decision as another sign that the
high court will restrict - but not
ban - abortions.
"The fact that they're not going
to hear Guam is good news for the
pro-choice movement. My under-
standing is what it means is they
won't be overturning Roe this term,"
said Sarah Smith-Redmond, the ex-
ecutive director of the Michigan
Religious Coalition for Abortion
Rights.
Barbara Listing, president of

by Shelley Morrison
Daily Higher Education Reporter
Michigan State University offi-
cials expect to complete the search
for a new president by September
1993 despite having to comply with
the state Open Meetings Act, which
they fear will intimidate prospective
candidates.
MSU is seeking to fill the void
left by former President John
DiBaggio, who left the university
last year to become president of
Tufts University.

But university officials say the
task is hampered by Michigan's
Open Meetings Act, which requires
them to release detailed information
about finalists including credentials
and references.
The act applies only to those se-
lected as finalists by more than half
of the eight-member Board of
Trustees.
Board member Jack Shingleton
called this stipulation a detriment to
the selection process.
"The bottom line is that candi-

dates are reluctant to put their names
in the hopper if their strengths and
weaknesses will come under public
scrutiny," Shingleton said.
"Ideally we would like to have
candidates be able to have informa-
tion about credentials kept
confidential."
Terry Denbow, MSU vice presi-
dent for university relations, agreed.
"In my opinion, you will not get
the breadth of candidates if their
strengths and weaknesses will be
discussed publicly," Denbow said.

"It's a balance between the peo-
ple's 'right to know' and the candi-
dates' right to privacy," Denbow
said.
Denbow also said DiBaggio
probably would not have undergone
the selection process if it had en-
tailed a public critique of his record.
"I think to call it a 'secret search'
is a misnomer. I personally would
not want my weaknesses to be dis-
cussed in public," he said.
The presidential selection process
See MSU, Page 2

I

Women say religion not
a factor in sorority choice

Right to Life of Michigan, said the
ruling was not surprising. She said it
reinforced what the court said in
June when it upheld parts of a re-
strictive Pennsylvania law but said
women still had the right to an
abortion.
"They had ample opportunities in
(the Pennsylvania case) and made a
decision not to and were very em-
phatic that Roe vs. Wade stands.
This is another message from that
court that they're not ready to take
another look at the decision," she
said.
U-M Professor of law and public
policy Kim Lane Schepple agreed.
After the Pennsylvania decision,
she said, "It was clear that all total
bans on abortion are going to be de-
clared unconstitutional."
Schepple, who tracks the abortion
issue, said the justices may have
wanted to duck the issue.
"The abortion issue is so con-
tentious on the court right know that
the justices don't want to have to
talk about that any more than they
have to," she said.
"Taking up the Guam case puts
the spotlight on the court again.
What they were saying in the case
by their decision is they don't want
to be at the center of the issue
again."
Portions of the Pennsylvania law
upheld by the court in June included
a waiting period, a requirement that
women be given information about
the risks of abortion, and parental
consent for minors' abortions.
U-M, city
examme
research
accessibility
by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
The U-M needs to make its prod-
uct-related research more accessible
in order to benefit local industry,
university officials said last night.
Ann Arbor city and U-M leaders
met to brainstorm ways to pool re-
sources in order to help local science
and technology industries.
Officers outlined ways in which
U-M research - specifically from
the College of Engineering - could
benefit Ann Arbor area industry.
Jay Hartford, U-M executive di-
rector for technology transfer, spoke
about a concept that would allow
new manufacturing firms to use re-
search findings to create new local
businesses.
"The university needs to work
with manufacturers in southeast
Michigan and small companies with
great promise on how to commer-
cialize technology," Hartford said.
He specifically cited current re-
search in the electronics and com-
puter-software related fields.
"The research in the Solid State
Electronics Lab takes 30 years to

by Jen DiMascio
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering sophomore Julie Pinsky says
there is more to choosing a sorority than
religion.
"It picked me. I just didn't want to be a part
of a house that is basically just one thing. I
want to be friends with people who are every-
thing," said Pinsky, an Alpha Delta Pi member.
Pinsky, who was one of six Jewish women
in her 43-person pledge class, said she sought
diversity in a potential sorority rather than
homogeneity.
Many women echoed Pinksy's sentiments,
saying that religion did not factor into their de-
cisions to join a particular sorority.
LSA sophomore Chrissie Johnson, a mem-
ber of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, said she

thinks students often segregate themselves by
religion when choosing to live outside the
Greek system.
She added that living in the Theta house has
exposed her to diverse religions and customs.
However, LSA sophomore Royce
Bernstein, a Sigma Delta Tau sorority member,
said religion was definitely a factor in her
choice of houses.
Bernstein said she began rush not wanting
to join an all-Jewish house, but said she chose
her sorority because she felt most comfortable
in a predominantly Jewish house.
She added that being Jewish is not a re-
quirement to join her sorority, but "it just kind
of works out that way."
Panhellenic President Laura Hansen said
See RELIGION, Page 2

Ann Arbor store merchants
optimistic about holiday sales

* Local employees report
healthy sales during holiday
weekend
by Will McCahill
U Daily Staff Reporter
When Sunday finally arrived after last

vigorous, even compared to recent holiday
seasons.
A recent forecast by U-M economics Prof.
Saul Hymans and researchers Joan Crary and
George Fulton predicted that the state economy
will have to wait for the national economy to
strengthen before it sees substantial growth.
But many area merchants said yesterday

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