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*Resident director espouses religious beliefs in dorm dining hall

By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
While publicly expressingreligious
or political beliefs may not be uncom-
mon on the Diag, diners and dining hall
employees were startled to hear the
rhetoric in Couzens Hall yesterday.
Resident Director (RD) Anne
*Kuschner stood up on a chair and began
to preach the gospel in the dorm's caf-
eteria during lunch.
"Shewent fromAnne, my RD since
freshman year, to a disciple, an apostle,
Posby takes
*stand in 'U'
physician s
killing
ASSOCIATED PRESS
A man accused of fatally shooting
his doctor in a hospital examining room
was called to the witness stand in his
lawyer's effort to convince a jury he
was insane.
Chester Posby said doctors con-
spired to cripple him.
Posby ;is on trial in Washtenaw
County Circuit Court on a charge of
murder iniihe June 25, 1992, death of
Dr. John Kemink at the University of
*Michigan Medical Center.
Called as a defense witness, Posby
repeated his earlier claims that he suf-
fered brain damage from mistreatment
by a series of doctors.
"If criminal acts had not been done
to me, (the killing) would not have
happened," Posby testified Monday.
"It was a scheme, a scam, a conspiracy
for money. Dr. Kemink was setting me
eup for the hatchet man. The hatchet
man was waiting for me. Dr. Kemink
was setting me up for a brain opera-
tion."
Posby said his problems began in
1990, when he received a mail offering
of a free hearing test. He said a series of
visits to doctors, including Kemink,
resulted in hearing loss, a punctured ear
drum and loss of balance.
"It's the cruelest form of torture
*which can be inflicted by one human
being on another," Posby said. "They
do it for grosses. It was unethical treat-
ment. One doe told me, 'There will
come a time when you won't be able to
walk.'"
Under cross examination, Posby
denied he was mentally ill.
"No I don't have a mental illness,"
Posby said. "I never had a delusion,
enever even a headache before this. I
know what a delusion is. It's believing
something happened which didn't. Of
course I know murder is wrong."

Elijah the Prophet, and then John the
Baptist, all in my one-hour lunch," said
John Kovacik, an LSA juniorwho was
eating lunch at the time.
Couzen's Dining Supervisor Nate
Jones said, "She felt her convictions
and she acted upon them."
Jones added, "We're trying to keep
the cafeteria as a neutral ground," after
helping to stop the commotion
Kuschner's speech caused.
Originally Kuschner asked Jones
for permission to make an announce-

'She went from Anne, my RD ... to a disciple, an
apostle, Elijah the Prophet, and then John the
Baptist, all in my one-hour lunch.'
- John Kovacik
LSA junior

comment, many others who were
present had much to say.
LSA first-year student Samantha
Maltin said she felt the incident was
inappropriate for the setting, and com-
plained to housing officials, including
Mary Ramirez, housing program di-
rector, who could not be reached for
comment.
Maltin said she was offended be-
cause Kuschner "abused her power,
and it was inappropriate," and also
because this is the week of Passover.

Maltin said she politely asked
Kuschner to leave, but when Kuschner
continued her speech, Maltin asked,
"This is ridiculous - have you heard
of the Diag?"
Dining hall employees said
Kuschner would not step down so
they called security.
Many students said they felt
Kuschner's behavior was out of line.
"It's almost like she took advantage of
her authority over us," said first-year
Art school student Rachael Smith.

ment, which Jones said he assumed
related to the building. "She didn't
indicate that it was anything personal,"
Jones said. Then, she stood on achair in
the dining room and began a speech, in

which she quoted the book of Revela-
tions, offering to baptize students with
water from a bottle on the table and
cleanse them of their sins.
Although Kuschner declined to

STAND BY YOUR CUBE

First lady made
$100,000 in '70s
cattle investment

'R

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
A man practices Tai-Chi next to the Cube in the light snow yesterday afternoon.
Clinton administration rveals
new political-asylum measures

THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON - Claiming the
political-asylum system is suffering
massive abuse, the Clinton administra-
tion yesterday announced a package of
measures designed to produce such strict
and swift judgments that it will deter
many from filing fraudulent claims.
Administration officials ac-
knowledged that the asylum system
might remain swamped under a back-
log of cases unless the new mea-
sures produce a dramatic reduction
in the number of new applications.
"That is policy-making by pious
hope because the system will remain
open to abuse even as it retreats from
the humanitarian spirit of asylum," said
Arthur C. Helton, director of migration
programs at the Open Society Institute,
one of several critics who argued that

the administration's plan is based on
unrealistic assumptions and unnecessary
restrictions.
Under the new rules asylum seekers
can be denied the right to plead their cases
in personal interviews if asylum officers
decide they are making "frivilous" cases
on the basis of written applications. They
would then be put into deportation hear-
ings. No definition of "frivilous" is in-
cluded in the new regulations that go into
effect after a 60-day comment period.
Applicantswho do get an interview
will either be granted asylum within 60
daysorreferred to an immigrationjudge
under the threat of deportation. Any-
thing the applicants say in the inter-
views, such as describing how they got
into the country, can be used against
them to justify deportation.
Other aspects of the package previ-

ously disclosed by the administration
include a $130 application fee, and
much-tighter restrictions on the grant-
ing of work authorization to applicants.
"The problem we have faced in
recent years is that people with no
legitimate claim to asylum are apply-
ing in record numbers, some brought
by smugglers, some using fake docu-
ments, and some overstaying the visas
granted to them as visitors," said Doris
Meissner, commissioner of the Immi-
gration and Naturalization Service.
The administration's plan calls for
doubling the number of asylum offic-
ers and giving them the power to quickly
approve cases.
There would be a much-smaller
increase in the number of immigration
judges who would hear cases that were
not immediately approved.

THE WASHINGTON POST
WASHINGTON - The White
House yesterday released documents
showing that first lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton parlayed a $1,000 investment
into nearly $100,000 in less than a year
by trading in cattle futures and other
commodities.
The Clintons' large profits in com-
modities trading were nearly as large as
their incomes for those years and came
at a time when they had virtually no
assets.
Commodities trading is done on
margin - meaning that it takes only a
small amount of money to control a
large contract. But it is generally thought
to be extremely risky, because if the
market goes down, an investor can be
liable to come up with the full amount.
A White House official said yester-
day that Hillary Clinton was not risking
more than she could afford because she
normally had enough money in her
account to cover any losses.
Jack Sander, chair of the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, said in an inter-
view last night that "it is very possible"
to make $100,000 on a $1,000 cash
investment "if you are lucky enough to
be in a market that has a precepitous
trending move. And 1978 and 1979
was the biggest bull market in the the
history of the cattle market."
Sander added that the rule of thumb
that 75 to 80 percent of commodities
investors lose money is correct. "I be-
lieve she (Hillary Clinton) would have
been one of those if she was trading the
year before or the year after ..."
The trading records for Hillary
Clinton's account at a commodities
brokerage firm in 1978 and 1979 were
provided to reporters to refute a
Newsweek report asserting that she did
not put up any of her own money. As
recently as Friday, the White House
had refused to say how much money
Hillary Clinton invested in commodi-
ties.
"Mrs. Clinton put up her own
money, invested itin her own accounts,
and assumed the full risk of loss," said
a statement issued by the first lady's
press secretary, Lisa Caputo, and White
House Staff Secretary John Podesta.
White House officials have said
that Hillary Clinton began the trading
in October 1978, when Bill Clinton
was the state's attorney general and
about to be elected governor, on the
advice of James Blair, a close friend

who was then an outside lawyer for
Tyson Foods.
One official yesterday described
Blair, now general counsel for Tyson,
as an "important adviser" who was
"active in the markets" and helped
Hillary Clinton. The official said she
also "talked to other people" and read
the Wall Street Journal to research her
trades.
m
The Journal reported yesterday tha
her broker, Robert L. Bone of the
Springdale, Ark., office of Refco Inc4
was accused by commodities regula-;
tors of allocating profitable trades to
some investors and losing investment,
to others. He was disciplined in De,
cember 1979 for "serious and repeated
violations" of various record-keeping
and other procedural requirements.
But a White House official saiI
Hillary Clinton "had no knowledge o
any allocation oftrades...She lost money
in that account on several trades. Be
yond that, we really know nothing abou(
it."
The White House said Hillary
Clinton traded through two separate
accounts in Little Rock and Springdal
In her main account, with Refco,
she invested $1,000 cash in October
1978, made a profit of $5,300 the next
day, and continued to reinvest the prin-
cipal and proceeds. Over three months,
she had profits of $49,069 and losses of
$22,548, making her net gain $26,541.
The next year, Clinton made profits
of $109,600, and lost $36,600, for a net
gain of $72,996 from January through
July, when she stopped trading. AWhite
House official said Hillary Clinton
stopped trading after becoming preg-
nant with Chelsea because she found it
too "nervewracking" and closed the
account in October.
From her initial investment of
$1,000, her gain was $99,537 from
October 1978 through July 1979.
Although the White House said
Hillary Clinton stopped trading after she
became pregnant, she opened a second
account, through stockbroker Stephens
Inc. in Little Rock with $5,000 cash in
October 1979, the month that she closed
her Refco account. She had small net
losses in 1979 and 1980 totalling around
$1,000 before she closed the account in
March 1980, just after Chelsea was born.
A White House official said the full
records for that account could not be
gathered in time to release them yester-
day.

Societies honor students' academic achievements

By MARISA MA
FOR THE DAILY
The honorary societies at the Uni-
*versity give students more than just
padding for their resumes.
The foremost purpose of an honor-
ary society is to "honor members with
distinguished academic excellence,"
said Natalie Depcik, president of Phi
Lamda Upsilon, the pharmacy, chem-
istry and molecular biology honor so-
ciety.
Dale Briggs, faculty advisor to an
engineering honor society, Tau Beta
Pi, said membership also involves"giv-
ing back in turn to what's given to you
(as a scholar)."
In giving back, members partici-
pate in service projects ranging from
raising money for the Domestic Vio-

lence Project to entertaining patients in
the University Hospitals' psychiatric
unit, as done by members of Sigma
Alpha Iota, the honorary society of
music.
One popular service provided by
honorary societies is tutoring.
Phi Lambda Upsilon members tu-
tor for chemistry classes up to the 468-
9 level. Electrical and computer engi-
neering honorary society Eta Kappa
Nu tutors Scarlett Middle School stu-
dents and offers review sessions for
classes like Physics 240.
The Golden Key Honor Society
consists of students with various ma-
jors and provides a book of members'
names and what classes and times they
are able to tutor.
Honorary societies also hold social

functions where people with the same
major can meet and network between
chapters nationwide and even world-
wide.
Evan Young, a former member of
Mortar Board, an honorary society that
recognizes service, leadership and aca-
demic service, said, "All members are
heavily involved in the community or
student population."
He added that membership allows
"networking between (people in) in-
fluential positions."
Departmental societies often orga-
nize activities centered around the con-
centration, from performing open mu-
sic recitals to conducting Parke-Davis
tours.
Some honorary societies also make
scholarships available to members.

Apart from the professional honor-
ary societies, most are usually open to
juniors, seniors and graduate students.
Admission is by invitation.
Grade point average and class stand-
ing may be the only admission criteria
for some honorary societies, but de-
partmental societies may require a spe-
cific number of credit hours and a de-
clared major.

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Corrections
John Chamberlin is the associate dean for academic appointments.
* LSAjuniorTaha Dias was involved in a fight in the Law Quad Saturday. Thiswas incorrectly reported in yesterday's Daily.

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