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Adm. Inman
withdraws
tame from
Defense post
WASHINGTON (AP) - Retired
Adm. Bobby Inman withdrew yester-
day as defense secretary nominee,
saying he was "distressed and dis-
tracted" by attacks on his character
*nd reputation. President Clinton ac-
cepted the surprise withdrawal and
began a fresh search to fill the post
Les Aspin is soon to leave.
The Texas businessperson, a
former deputy CIA director, accused
his critics of "modern McCarthyism."
He lashed out at the news media
and accused New York Times colum-
nist William Safire and Senate Re-
*ublican leader Bob Dole of plotting
o undermine his nomination.
"I did not want this job," Inman
said in a hour-long news conference in
Austin. "I'm at peace with myself."
"He's probably not qualified to be
secdtary of defense if he has fanta-
sies like that," Dole said in a speech to
Ai business group in 'Columbia, S.C.
Clinton accepted Inman's deci-
sion with regret."
"While I understand the personal
considerations that have led you to
this decision, I am nevertheless sad-
dened that our nation will be denied
your service," Clinton told him in a
brief letter.
Aspin announced in December that
he was stepping down in January.
Kathleen deLaski, Aspin's press
secretary, said it was not yet clear
ow long Aspin would stay on the
sob. "He'll do what the White House
wants him to do," she said.

GREAT PERFORMANCES

Comm.dept.
fate uncertain
as chair resigns

By JAMES CHO
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
In a unprecedented overhaul of the
Department of Communication, LSA
Dean Edie Goldenberg announced the
appointment of Associate Dean John
Chamberlin as chair of the department
and made preparations to decide the
fate of the department.
The announcement was made at
last week's faculty meeting and the
move comes at a time when the depart-
ment is working to redefine its mission
at the University.
Goldenberg announced department
Chair Neil Malamuth's resignation
and that Chamberlin's appointment

will be effective July 1.
"It was only recently that we felt
sure enough about what Malamuth's
intentions were," Chamberlin said.
Malamuth has been on paid leave
since September; Communication Prof.
Rowell Huesmann has served as acting
department chair in his absence and
will continue to serve in the position
until Chamberlin assumes office.
"When the current acting chair's
term runs out, I will become the chair,
but not in the way one normally chairs
the department, because I've got a full-
time job here and I'm not going to give
that up," Chamberlin said.
See RESIGNATION, Page 2

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily

A member of Huun-Huur-Tu performs their unique form of Tuvan thoat singing at the Arc last night.

Reagan knew of cover-up, prosecutor charges

WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Reagan acquiesced in a coverup
of the Iran-Contra scandal that was
spearheaded by Attorney General
Edwin Meese and carried out at the
top levels of the Reagan administra-
tion, the prosecutor concluded in his
final report Tuesday.
. In two volumes that were immedi-
ately denounced by Reagan, Meese,
ex-President Bush and others, the Iran-
Contra prosecutor said Reagan's aides
withheld information on the scandal

from prosecutors and Congress.
Impeachment of Reagan "certainly
should have been considered" by the
congressional committees investigat-
ing the Iran-Contra affair, Indepen-
dent Counsel Lawrence Walsh said
during a news conference.
Reagan called Walsh's report a
"vehicle for baseless accusations that
he could never have proven in court."
Walsh criticized Bush's pardons
of ex-Defense Secretary Caspar
Weinberger and five other Iran-Contra

figures as either "an act of friendship
or an act of self-protection." The par-
dons were issued Dec. 24, 1992, two
weeks before the scheduled start of
Weinberger's criminal trial.
"President Reagan, the secretary
of state, the secretary of defense, and
the director of central intelligence and
their necessary assistants committed
themselves, however reluctantly," to
secretly arming the Nicaraguan
Contras and to dealing arms to Iran to
gain release of Americans held hos-

tage in the Middle East, the report said.
Walsh's report said that there was
"no credible evidence that President
Reagan violated any criminal statute.
"Nevertheless, he set the stage for
the illegal activities of others by en-
couraging and in general terms order-
ing" military aid to the Contra rebels
in Nicaragua at a time when Congress
banned such aid, the report said.
Meese's November 1986 inquiry,
launched after the Iran arms sales
became public, was "more of a dam-

age-control exercise than an effort to
find the facts," the report stated.
In response, Meese blasted the re-
port. "It was a dishonest report, it made
false statements and false accusations,"
Meese said in an interview.
Reagan said, "It is disappointing
that Mr. Walsh consumed over seven
years and more than $40 million of
taxpayers' money to produce an en-
cyclopedia of old information, un-
warranted conclusions and irrespon-
sible speculation."

Students to propose amendments to code

By HOPE CALATI
DAILY NEWS EDITOR
One year after the Statement of
Student Rights and Responsibilities
became a functioning policy, students,
staff and faculty will have the oppor-
tunity to amend it.
The Michigan Student Assembly
took the first step toward changing
this code of non-academic conduct
last night.
The assembly approved amend-
ments regarding due process, restrict-
ing the jurisdiction of the code and the
amendment process itself.
The Office of Student Affairs has
proposed its own changes, mostly to
clarify the language of the code.
Under the code, students and com-
munity members may file complaints
against a student. The complaints are
investigated by the judicial advisor,
Mary Lou Antieau, and then may be
heard by a student hearing panel, an
administrator or a mediator.
Forty-four complaints were inves-
tigated between Jan. 1, 1993, and Oct.
8, 1993.

Violations under the code range
from hazing to unlawful possession
of alcohol and other drugs to misus-
ing the code.
These amendments must be con-
sidered by the panel. The panel will
meet Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.
During the public hearing and con-
sideration of the amendments, 26 of
50 randomly selected "student hear-
ing panel members" must be present.
If less than 26 members are present,
no amendments may be made. Then
the University Board of Regents will
vote on the amendments at its Febru-
ary meeting.
Brian Kight, MSA vice president
and member of the Student Rights'
Commission (SRC), said, "If you be-
lieve the rhetoric, this code was in-
tended to protect the University com-
munity and the University's ability to
educate and not to put restrictions on
students."
The assembly's proposal to allow
students to have attorneys during hear-
ings may face opposition from the
University administration.

The deadline to propose amendments to the Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities is Jan. 27. Here is the process.
Amendments The panel, which
may be proposed must have at least 26 The Board of
by MSA, SACUA, of the 50 jurors Regents will
any University present, considers all vote on any
executive, a J _: amendments at 6 amendments
panel consisting y p.m., in the Pendelton the panel
of student jurors Room of the Union approves at its
or a petition and may approve any February
signed by 500 of them with a simple meeting.
students. majority.

AP FILE PHOTO
Jack Kevorkian, University alum, has been mentioned as possible speaker.
'Dr. Death' next
COmmencement speake

Daniel Sharphorn of the
University's Office of the General
Counsel contends that the University
is not legally bound to allow students
the right to an attorney in these types
of disciplinary actions.
Kight disagreed in an interview,
"I don't care if the University doesn't
have to do this. ... This is something
they should do. That's right - espe-
cially in serious cases."
One MSA amendment would have
the judicial advisor of the code deter-
mine whether off-campus cases

should be heard individually.
One of the Office of Student Af-
fairs' proposed amendments would
add the University's privacy state-
ment to the privacy protections al-
ready stated in the code.
Kight said in the interview he fears
the University will change the pri-
vacy policy, and by default, change
the code.
MSA voted to spend $500 on pub-
licizing the amendment process.
The assembly will consider other
amendments at Tuesday's meeting.
World shaken
for Californians
Moriday's earthquake forced
residents to dig through buried
homes, fight fires, plug gas
water lines,
S CALIFORNIA and wonder
about friends
and neighbors.

By KAREN TALASKI
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Dennis Denno has a dream, a vi-
sion for the future.
The second-year Rackham student
vants the University to extend a spe-
cial invitation to a famous alum to
speak and receive an honorary degree
at Spring Commencement exercises.
But Denno is having a little trouble
achieving his goal. Denno is rallying
for Jack Kevorkian, the infamous "Dr.
Death," who has assisted in 20 sui-

his books and followed his career
since 1990, when he assisted his first
suicide.
Denno, who created a group called
"Students for Dr. Kevorkian," has
already proposed the idea to
Kevorkian's lawyer, Geoffrey Fieger.
"(Fieger) has given me permis-
sion to pursue this. He definitely didn't
laugh it off. He said, 'The University
won't allow him to speak,"' Denno
said. "I guess I took that as a chal-
lenge."

'U' begins searching for LGMPO leader

By JUDITH KAFKA
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
Almost a year to the day after the
vacancy first arose, the University is
beginning its search for a new coordi-
nator for the Lesbian Gay Male Pro-
grams Office (LGMPO).
Since one of LGMPO's co-coor-
dinators-Billie Edwards-resigned

programming for lesbians, gay men
and bisexuals in the Ann Arbor area..
Associate Dean of Students Rich-
ard Carter explained that the new po-
sition, while titled a coordinator, will
function more like a director.
"The person will work in a more
administrative capacity, with people
from (the Office of the Dean of Stu-

pointed the office will be leaving its
long-standing policy of gender-par-
ity leadership.
"At least two of the three orienta-
tions should be represented - cer-
tainly the two genders," Toy said.
"I'm not denying the bureaucratic
efficiency (of having one person),"
he explained, "but it is not in the best

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