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One hundred three years of editorial freedom
Vol CIV, No7 Ann Arbor, Michigan .hursday, October 7 1993 Q 1993 The Michigan Daily

Clinton
may send
*more troops
to Somalia
WASHINGTON (AP) -Deflect-
ing calls for swift withdrawal from
Somalia, President Clinton is prepar-
ing to authorize a short-term troop
. increase while setting a deadline for
pulling out, a senior administration
official said yesterday.
"It is essential that we conclude
our mission in Somalia but that we do
it with firmness and steadiness of
purpose," Clinton said at a East Room
ceremony as aides discussed the di-
fection of his policy. 4
Pentagon sources said one option
under consideration calls for sending
at least 2,000 new combat troops and
more heavy weaponry. The possible
deployment would come on top of the
movement of some 650 troops and
armored vehicles that are being flown
to Somalia this week.
There are 4,700 Americans cur-
tently in Somalia.
"We are anxious to conclude our
role there honorably," Clinton said,
"but we do not want to see a reversion
to the absolute chaos and the terrible
misery which existed before."
A senior administration official,
commenting only on condition of
anonymity, said Clinton planned to
send additional troops to bolster pro-
tection for peacekeeping forces al-
ready in Somalia. The official refused
to specify the extent of the troop in-
crease.
The president held intense talks
with foreign policy advisers to re-
*view his options, spurred by congres-
See SOMALIA, Page 2

'U 'KickOff
computers
s truck by virus

By JAMES CHQ
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
University students and faculty
who purchased Macintosh computers
at this year's Computer KickOff sale
may have gotten more than they bar-
gained for.
Four hundred of the computers
sold on the first day of the kickoff
included a software disk infected with
a virus, and students who loaded this
software may have a very sick system
right now.
"The virus is more annoying than
dangerous," said Bruce Burrell, con-
sultant for the University's Informa-

tion Technology Division (ITD).
Fortunately, the virus will not de-
stroy files or system files. It will,
however, cause the computer to beep
inadvertently. And Burell warned
users to beware of "unknown and
unintended side effects of the virus,"
which could cause frustration and
grief.
Distribution of more than 2,200
new computers purchased at the
KickOff sale by students, faculty and
staff began Tuesday morning.
University computer consultants
were alerted to the problem Tuesday
afternoon when a customer called 764-
See VIRUS, Page 2

PETER MATTHEWS/Daily
Robin Currey, School of Nursing sophomore, completes a transaction with Andy Palms, manager of Campus
Computing Sites, at the Sports Coliseum during the University's Computer KickOff.

Law School faculty considern boycott

School may halt
Colorado recruiters
from coming to 'U,
By DAVID SOMMER
FOR THE DAILY
Law school officials are trying to
decide whether or not to tell recruiters
from the Rocky Mountain State to
take a hike.
Yesterday, Law School Dean Lee
Bollinger received a proposal from
the Queer Law Students Alliance
(QLSA) to boycott the state of Colo-
rado.

The boycott would prohibit Colo-
rado-based employers from using
campus facilities for recruiting. How-
ever, firms who are actively attempt-
ing to overturn Amendment 2 would
be exempted.
The QLSA is opposed to
Colorado's Amendment 2, which bans
any legislation protecting lesbians,
gay males and bisexuals from dis-
crimination.
The Law school administration is
currently considering QLSA's pro-
posal, but has not reached a decision
at this time.

While some Law school students
and faculty members approve of the
boycott wholeheartedly, others main-
tain that a boycott may be an inappro-
priate form of protest for the Law
school.
Michael Silverman, Law student
and QLSA member, said the Univer-
sity is sending out a message that it
accepts the Colorado amendment.
"Not doing something is as much a
political statement as doing some-
thing."
"By not allowing Colorado law
firms to recruit at Michigan, we are

prodding them to take action against
Amendment 2. The firms will not
have access to some of the 'top-notch'
lawyers in the country," Silverman
said.
The next step for the QLSA cam-
paign will be to directly lobby the
Law school faculty. Members of the
QLSA will contact Law school fac-
ulty members on an individual basis
in order to enlist support for the boy-
cott.
The possibility of a boycott -
and its implications - will be dis-
cussed at the Law school faculty meet-

ing two weeks from tomorrow.
Amendment 2 was passed by the
Colorado legislature last November.
However, an injunction by the Colo-
rado Supreme Court is preventing its
enforcement at present.
Michigan is among many states
that are considering amendments simi-
lar to Colorado's Amendment 2. For
this reason, it is important to raise
consciousness about the issue;-
Silverman said.
New York University and its Law
school have already adopted boycotts
of Colorado.

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Report: Campus crime is on a downswing
Statistics show fewer incidents of rape, aggravated assault, robbery on campus

All serious crimes at the University hit five-year lows last
year. Less than half as many assaults were committed,
and less than one-third as many rapes occurred, than in
1991. Here are the numbers over the last five years.
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By PAUL DeFLORIO
FOR THE DAILY
The amount of crime on campus is
down, according to the most recent
statistics released by the University
Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Reports of rape, robbery and ag-
gravated assault account for the most
significant decreases, falling by at
least 50 percent each and marking the
lowest statistics in the last five years.
DPS Lt. Vernon Baisden said in-
*vestments in cracking down on crimi-
nal offenders have paid dividends and
driven the crime rate down.
"We believe that a strong message
has been sent to the criminal element
in our community. We will seek
prosecution against anyone who com-
mits a criminal act against any stu-
dent, staff member or visitor to our

campus," he said.
One of the most dramatic drops
was in crimes of aggravated assault
- which fell from 31 reported inci-
dents in 1991 to 15 in 1992. Aggra-
vated assault entails any attack in-
volving injury, with or without a
weapon.
Baisden said in addition to the
general crack-down on crime, the
decrease in aggravated assaults can
be attributed to the apprehension of a
particular group of assailants who
were responsible for a number of at-
tacks, but he did not provide details.
In addition to the 15 aggravated
assaults, one murder, three rapes and
seven robberies were reported to DPS.
There were close to 2,000 larcenies,
or minor thefts, 21 motor vehicle
thefts, 18 arson incidents and 92 li-

quor violations. Eleven people were
arrested for weapon violations, and
62 students were taken into custody
for drug violations.
The University statistics also fare
well when compared to crimes on
other college campuses. University
statistics are near the lowest in every
category of crime.
Despite the improving figures,
however, many students said they are
still concerned about campus crime.
Becky Banks, an LSA first-year
student, said that although she has not
had any problems on campus, she
does not feel safe alone at night.
"You go with a friend or use
Safewalk," she said, adding that al-
though she does not carry a weapon,
she knows plenty of women who carry
an "arsenal" to defend themselves.

Patience Atoien, an RC first-year
student, carries a metal three-pronged
spike on her key ring to provide some
degree of protection against assault.
"I just feel safer with it," she said.
Although some students may feel
safer and more confident about pro-
tecting themselves when carrying a
weapon, Baisden warned that it could
be dangerous and illegal.
He noted that the brand-name re-
pellent Mace is illegal in the state of
Michigan, although "some other so-
lutions are legal, depending on their
active ingredient."
He also stressed that illegal weap-
ons, such as firearms and
switchblades, would not be tolerated.
Although students are permitted to
carry such weapons as stun guns and
See CRIME, Page 2

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JONATHAN BERNDT/Daily

.Yeltsin gains momentum,
pulls Lenin's tomb guards

State colleges face program cuts, staff layoffs

MOSCOW (AP) - President
Boris Yeltsin followed his bloody
victory over hard-line lawmakerswith
a demand yesterday that opponents in
the provinces resign, and he yanked
the ceremonial guard from Lenin's
Tomb - a symbolic but potent blow
against Communist holdovers.
In a stern, commanding voice,
Yeltsin said on national television
that elections should be held in De-
cember for every legislative body in

They did not even march away in
their customary goose step. They sim-
ply waved their white-gloved hands
at tourists and walked away from the
red granite and black marble mauso-
leum -the pantheon of communism
where generations of Politburo mem-
bers stood on holidays.
Police said that for the time being,
the body of Bolshevik leader Vladimir
Lenin would remain in its glass sar-
cophagus for tourists to see.

Here is part ofrthe plan for a
new government in Russia.
Executive
Presidential election scheduled
for June 12,1994.
Parliament
Both houses have been dissolved.
Elections are scheduled for Dec.
11-12.
Military
Defense ministry commands it and,
the president will remain
commander-in-chief.
Judiciary
Body of 13 members still in effect
but left virtually powerless by

ASSOCIATED PRESS
A $7.9 million budget deficit forc-
ing Ferris State University to con-
sider dramatic program cuts and fac-
ulty layoffs is among the worst finan-
cial struggles Michigan colleges face
with limited state funds.
The Ferris State board of control
will consider the elimination of 20
degree programs and 72 professors'
jobs to make up the financial short-
fall.
"We had been doing some belt
tightening in recent years, but now
we're at a point where even that's not

'We had been doing
some belt tightening in
recent years, but now
... that's not enough.'
Betty Pritchard
vice pres., Ferris State
versities. "There is heightened atten-
tion when a particular institution has
a more severe budget situation.
"Flat budgets ... force institutions
to rethink and examine their own in-

ministrators are also considering cuts
in instructional programs.
Northern Michigan has absorbed
about $9 million in cuts in the last
three years, spokesperson Mike Clark
said.
The $3.5 million shortfall. pro-
jected for this year, will be covered by
tuition increases, an early retirement
program of 46 employees and a fac-
ulty agreement to accept less than a 7
percent raise that was previously ne-
gotiated.
About $400,000 was saved in
eliminating a academic programs in

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