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The University is only selectively enforcing its
new Diag policy. While it has not punished the
weekly protesters, the University will do
everything in its power to stop Hash Bash.

Abel Ferrara is one of the world's up-and-coming
filmmakers, but no one knows about him yet. Go
to the video store and check out one of Ferrara's

The Michigan men's volleyball club made it to the
quarterfinals of the North-South tournament this
weekend in Kentucky. The Wolverines lost to
eventual champion Tennessee.

Stormy weather
High 28, Low 20
Colder; High 22, Low 14


One hundred two years of editorial freedom


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Grad fire
of arson
by Will McCahill
Daily Crime Reporter
A possible incident of arson
destroyed racks of books in the
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
early yesterday morning.
When one shelf of books in the
west wing stacks caught fire, the
damage was extended to dozens of
other books by water from the ac-
tivated sprinkler system.
Officers from the University
Department of Public Safety
(DPS) and the Ann Arbor Fire
Department (AAFD) responded to
calls just after midnight yesterday,
when library staff reported
smelling smoke.
Library staff and the few stu-
dents who were still in the closed
building evacuated immediately.
No injuries were reported.
DPS Lt. James Smiley said po-
lice are concentrating their inves-
tigations on the possibility of
"We're aggressively
investigating the incident," he
AAFD battalion chief John

Committee to

search for



Books at the Grad Library suffered water damage estimated in the thousands of dollars when sprinklers did not
shut off after extinguishing last night's fire. Police are investigating the possibility of arson.

Schnur said, "These books don't
start by themselves. We'll have to
wait for the inspectors to look at it
to see if any electrical problems
may have started the fire, but it
generally looks suspicious."
Janis Apted, head of develop-
ment and external relations for the
University Library, said water
funneled down through the can-
tilevered shelving system, through
the ceiling and to the floor below,
damaging books there as well.
The Library Preservation Staff
- charged with caring for library
materials - estimated that dam-

ages will amount to thousands of
dollars. The staff will soon start
efforts to replace books they can-
not save, Apted added.
Although there was a signifi-
cant amount of water damage to
books, Apted said she was pleased
with the way the sprinkler system
worked in the fire, and that it con-
tained and controlled the confla-
gration well.
In a press release yesterday,
Dean of the University Library
Donald Riggs said he was also
happy that a sprinkler system was
in place.

Apted said many of the books
damaged by water can be saved,
whereas "... when fire hits, you
can't save much of anything."
The Library Preservation Staff
worked through the night to clean
up the area struck by fire and to
dry out waterlogged books.
Although the stacks hit by the
fire are closed indefinitely, Apted
said students needing books lo-
cated in these areas can request
them from librarians.
- Daily Sports Editor Andrew Levy
contributed to this story

by Andrew Levy
Daily Sports Editor
The search is on for a new Uni-
versity athletic director, following
yesterday's official announcement of
Jack Weidenbach's retirement, ef-
fective Aug. 31.
University President James Dud-
erstadt has named Chief Financial
Officer Farris Womack as chair of
the 12-person search committee -
consisting of four faculty members,
three students, three alumni, an ad-
ministrator and a staff member.
"It's obvious that (the search
committee) was intended to be rep-
resentative of the groups who have
an interest in - a love for - Michi-
gan athletics," Womack said. "The
committee will have an assignment,
given in a charge from President
Duderstadt. The goal will likely be
to identify a short list of candidates
to present to the president for further
evaluation, so he can present a can-
didate to the (University) Board of
Womack said he is not sure ex-
actly when the committee will start
work, but that he imagines it will be


"That will depend in some mea-
sure on the president's time, ... be-
cause we want him to meet the first
time with us," Womack said.
The student members of the com-
mittee are all athletes. They include
senior football tight end Tony
McGee, senior women's basketball
guard Stacie McCall

and senior women's
swimmer Mindy
G ehr s said
Weidenbach initially
approached her on
Wednesday, and then
, was contacted by
Weidenbach Duderstadt's office.
"They wanted to
decide by the end of June," Gehrs
said. "They informed me that they
would be working until the end of
June. I was thinking about going
home after graduation but I guess
I'm not now."
She said she is not entirely sure
about what the committee will be
looking for.
"I don't know," Gehrs said. "I
need to talk to some people and fig-
See SEARCH, -Page 8

*Clinton prepares to increase middle-class taxes
Students worry that Clinton will refract campaign promises, look to tomorrow's State of Union address

by David Shapardson
Daily Government Reporter
In a 10-minute nationally-tele-
vised "call to arms," President
Clinton urged patriotism by accept-
ing increased taxes while positioning
himself as the defender of the middle
class for Wednesday's State of the
Union address to Congress.
Renewing familiar campaign
themes, Clinton backed off his mid-
dle-class tax cut and said 70 percent
of all new taxes would come from
people making more than $100,000 a
* Making a personal appeal to the

middle class, Clinton said he wished
he did not have to ask for more tax
"But I can't. More Americans
must contribute today. You are not
going alone and you are not going
first," he said. "We are all in this to-
Clinton was short on details re-
garding his economic fixes. He
called for 500,000 new jobs by the
end of next year, 150 specific
spending cuts in the federal budget
and an increase in domestic spending
for programs such as Head Start.
He attacked the "lobbyists and

special interests" who would oppose
the plan. "We must invest in our fu-
ture," he said.
Clinton called for a new philoso-
phy of governing, urging "bold, per-
sistent experimentation,'' in a repeti-
tion of a quotation used in his
Inaugural Address.
In a style reminiscent of Ross
Perot's campaign infomericials,
Clinton used electronic charts and
graphs to detail unemployment, the
rising deficit, a drop in public in-
vestment and the falling standard of
"Many Americans are still work-

ing harder for less," Clinton said in
pitching a campaign slogan. "Nine
million are still out of work; that's
more than when the so-called experts
said the recession was at its worst."
In explaining the vast size of the
deficit, Clinton said an "awful lot of
that money was wasted," and blamed
the deficit on 12 years of Republican
control of the executive branch.
"Those that would keep things
the way they are now must not be al-
lowed to stop change," he said.
In the midst of the midterms
crush, most students skipped the
speech. But those who did watch

voiced reservations after listening,
saying they thought Clinton was re-
tracting earlier campaign promises.
First-year Engineering student
Ryan Francis, who voted for
Clinton, said the tax increase was
essential to reducing the deficit.
"I agree with what he's doing.
I'm happy with what he's doing,"
Francis said. "I guess the middle
class tax increase had to be done."
Melissa Gartenberg, a first-year
RC student who watched the speech
at East Quad, said the speech ap-
pealed to her American pride.
"It was very patriotic, and he ap-

pealed to our patriotic senses," she
said. "Clinton still wants to do what
we want him to do."
University Political Science Prof.
William Sterns said the speech was
"politically smart."
"If he laid out all of his specifics,
he would have people ripping on
him. This way they'll have to wait
until Wednesday," Sterns said.
Like many students, Jano Disch,
an LSA sophomore, said she would
wait until Clinton's State of the
Union address to hear the finer
points of his economic plan.
See CLINTON, Page 2

Staff members
allege dl misuse
by Shelley Morrison
Daily Crime Reporter
Two University staff members were arraigned in
15th district court Friday on charges of misappropria-
tion of funds based on evidence gathered in a ten-
month joint investigation of two University .
Linda Buford, senior financial aid adviser, and
Katrina McCree, program coordinator at the School of
Pharmacy, were arrested by the University Department
of Public Safety (DPS) for allegedly misusing funds
designated for academic travel from Medical Science
Building I in April and May of 1992.
Buford and McCree, who occupied separate offices SHARON MUSHER/Daity
in close proximity within the building, are believed to An apple a day
have conspired in the embezzlement.
DPS officers, in conjunction with the University Betsy Williams, an English TA, fills out a form yesterday specifying the kind ,of health care
Audits Department, have been following accounting she receives. GEO is protesting the new university health care insurance "Grad Care,"
See FUNDS, Page 2 which is to be included in next year's TA contract.
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Stead victorious in
city primary race

by Christine Young
Daily City Reporter
In the 5th Ward Democratic pri-
mary last night, David Stead edged
out a victory over incumbent Robert
Eckstein by an unofficial vote of
The city's canvassing board will
announce the official results later
"I don't think
I won on a partic-
ular issue. It was
a question on
how they wanted
representatives to.
represent them,"
Stead said. "I ran
my campaign not
on criticizing my
opponent but fo-
cusing on the is-
sues and my Stead

Stead added.
Many councilmembers indicated
Eckstein's opposition to Mayor Liz
Brater's stance on issues such as the
Gelman settlement and public hous-
ing led to his loss.
Councilmember Kurt Zimmer
(D-4th Ward) said, "It was the
Brater machine against Bob
Eckstein.... He offended Liz Brater
by not agreeing with the mayor.
David Stead by himself has a lot to
offer. But what he has to offer is
another vote for Liz Brater."
Councilmember Thais Peterson
(D-5th Ward) agreed with Zimmer
that Eckstein lost the primary be-
cause he lacked mayoral support.
Councilmember Peter Nicolas
(D-4th Ward), who backed Eckstein,
said he was disappointed with the re-
sults of the primary.
"If a Democrat incumbent can be
bumped out for supporting issues

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