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Yesterday's rain and freezing temperatures combined to
transform the Diag into a large ice rink. Students
attempted to do their best Nancy Kerrigan imitations,
but few were able to emulate her skill and grace. Top:
LSA sophomore Steven Jiang tried to tackle the glacier
atop his trusty bicycle. Even with his sturdy tires,
however, things didn't quite work out. Bottom: LSA first-
year student Matt Fishbeck thought he found a nifty new
pastime in sliding through the Diag. He didn't always
end up on his feet, though his noble attempt should be

Icy rains
leave 'U'
Students who tried to stumble to their classes yester-
day met an icy reception. In a fall of freezing rain,
sidewalks and roads crusted over with sheets of cracking
ice, making any routine cross-campus trips a dangerous
While the University Hospitals have not experienced
an increase in victims of auto accidents, there have been
a few slip-and-fall incidents caused by the ice.
Joan Rose, spokesperson for the hospital, said, "As for
advice for the students and facility walking across cam-
pus: Don't. For once we agree with the weatherman, if
you don't have to walk across campus, don't."
Conditions are expected to improve today in the early
hours, but turn icy again toward evening.
Although many departments closed early yesterday,
the University is holding fast to its position of conducting
classes whatever the weather.
"Basically, the University does not 'really close down,
but we do ask that faculty who have classes be under-
standing of those who have difficulty because of the
inclement weather," said Lisa Baker, director of public

See WIPEOUT, Page 2
'U' postpones meeting to amend Statement

The icy roads and treacherous side-
walks last night proved to be danger-
ous enough to stop a University event.
The meeting to amend the State-
ment of Student Rights and Responsi-
bilities was cancelled yesterday when
sleet started falling.
The Office of Student Affairs
hopes to hold the meeting next week.
"We can't ask students who have
2 high-level
Justice Dept.
aides reslgnl1
Attorney General Philip Heymann, a
veteran of four administrations who
served as first assistant to Janet Reno,
resigned unexpectedly yesterday - a
move they both attributed to differ-
ences in management style and chem-
And a special assistant to Reno,
Lula Rodriguez, who is under Justice
Department investigation over alleged
vote fraud in a Miami-area election,
also resigned, spreading turmoil to
the top of a third key Cabinet depart-]
There has been speculation that]
Reno herself has fallen from favor in1
the White House, which President
Clinton denied as recently aslast week.
A special counsel has been named to
investigate financial dealings in Ar-
kansas including some by thel
department's No. 3 official, Webster1
Hubbell, when he was a law partner to
Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Renn a former state nrnsecris ]

risked going out all day to risk going
out in their free time," said Rory
Mueller, the assistant to the vice presi-
dent for Student Affairs.
Barbara Olender, the assistant to
the judicial advisor, said the
Washtenaw County Road Commis-
sion told her the roads were too dan-
gerous for driving.
At 1:30 yesterday afternoon a road
commission employee said to
Olender, "'Well, if you called 45 min-

utes ago we would have told you it
was all under control. But honey,
we've lost it."'
Rescheduling is causing head-
aches for at least one concerned stu-
dent organization. Michigan Studen
Assembly Vice President BrianKight
said, "We're disappointing that it got
cancelled because we were really pre-
pared for the hearing today."
Kight has urged Student Affairs to
reschedule the meeting for next

Wednesday since he and other MSA
members will be at a conference of
Big Ten students.
The cancellation is causing sched-
uling hassles for the administration.
Any amendments approved at the
meeting must be voted on by the Uni-
versity Board of Regents for final
The amendments must be submit-
ted by the Tuesday deadline for them
to be published in the agenda for next

month's regent's meeting.
However, Mary Lou Antieau, ju-
dicial adviser of the code, said the
amendments may be able to be pub-
lished in the supplementary agenda if
the meeting is held later next week.
In other news, the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs received notice of an-
other possible amendment proposal
yesterday. The amendment deals with
extending the statute of limitations
beyond the current six month period.

to appear in the Arb
DPS to install cellular system in Gardens

Deputy Attorney General Philip Heyman resigned in a surprising move
yesterday. He cited differences with Attorney General Janet Reno.

Many visitors are drawn to Nichols
Arboretum (the Arb) by the peace and
quiet of its natural beauty and seclu-
sion. But this seclusion also means
contact with the outside world can be
difficult in an emergency. In the time
needed to get to a phone outside the
Arb, an attacker could escape or a
critically injured person could lose
valuable minutes.
In a step to provide emergency
phone services to users of the Arb and
the University's Matthaei Botanical
Gardens, the University's Department
of Public Safety (DPS) will install
call boxes powered by solar cells in
both locations this week.
Robert Patrick, an associate direc-
tor of DPS, said the call boxes will
improve the ability of emergency ser-
vices to respond to calls for help from
these remote locations.
"Any crime from the Arb, where
the victim has to leave the Arb to
report it, that takes valuable time,"
Patrick said.
The call boxes operate much like
the blue-light pedestal phones located

Davidian complex in Waco, Texas,
and the department investigation of
Rodriguez, which was later transferred
to the internal watchdog unit.
Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.)
told reporters, "The Justice Depart-
ment ... is being run by someone who
could qualify for the original amateur
hour and who has been less than what
this nation should be demanding as an
attorney general."
At the White House, spokesperson
Dee Dee Myers denied the adminis-

"There is no precipitating case or
event. The fact of the matter is our
chemistry isn't good. We don't work
as well together as we should, and
that's the conclusion we've both come
With praise for Heymann's work
"to bring great people on board and to
move this department forward," Reno
agreed that "it's a very mutual deci-
Heymann, a Harvard law profes-
sor. wrote Clinton that "the attornev

that these situations will not be prob-
Johnson claimed the systems will

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