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One hundred four years of editorial freedom
Amid applause, GOP taps Gingrich as next speaker

The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - House Re-
publicans yesterday named Rep. Newt
Gingrich as their choice to become the
first Republican speaker in 40 years at
a televised caucus meeting that com-
bined the enthusiasm of a football rally
with the seriousness of a history lec-
*re.
His most boisterous fans among
the incoming House majority gave
him thunderous applause and chanted,
"Newt! Newt! Newt!" after the Geor-
Lecturer
suspended,
TA to hold
last classes
By LISA DINES
and RONNIE GLASSBERG
Daily Staff Reporters
Communication lecturer Nancy
Thornhill has been suspended, leav-
ing the teaching assistant to take over
the course instruction, a University
official confirmed yesterday evening.
The TA, Kylo Hart, told students
last Monday in class that he would
teach for the remainder of the term
and that Thornhill would not return.
Hart offered no explanation for
Wornhill's extended absence.
Vice President for University Re-
lations Walter Harrison confirmed
Thornhill's suspension.
"Beyond that I can't comment,"
he said. "I can't comment on person-
nel matters."
Thornhill, a faculty member since
1992, could not be reached after re-
peated attempts during the week.
.Zhornhill's salary is $31,350 for an
ght-month appointment.
At a Friday communication de-
partment faculty meeting, interim
chair John Chamberlin reportedly told
the faculty of Thornhill's suspension,
according to several faculty members
who attended the meeting.
Chamberlin would not confirm the
suspension yesterday afternoon, but
id discuss the impact of the change
See SUSPENSION, Page 2

gia lawmaker won a voice vote in an
election lacking suspense. He for-
mally takes over as the first GOP
speaker since Joseph Martin of Mas-
sachusetts on Jan. 4, when the 104th
Congress opens.
In his 50-minute speech, Gingrich
set a graver tone that, befitting a former
history professor, compared the new
GOP-controlled House to its recent
predecessors and what he considers
the last big change in the federal
government's role, the New Deal. He

also offered his colleagues a reading
list of four books and four historical
documents, including the Declaration
of Independence and the Federalist
Papers.
On several occasionsGingrich,51,
and about to begin a ninth term in the
House, paused and choked back emo-
tion as he moved one formality closer
to fulfilling his ambition to be speaker.
"I think we want to say to the nation
that we have nothing to fear but fear
itself," Gingrich said, quoting Franklin

D. Roosevelt's declaration amid the
Depression. "We can dramatically im-
prove the quality of life, the economic
opportunity and the safety of virtually
every American between now and the
year 2000."
Gingrich reminded his colleagues
that the party twice won a majority
after World War II, in 1946 and 1952,
only to lose control in the next elec-
tion. The last time a House Republi-
can majority got reelected was in 1926.
"We are now faced with the challenge

of (setting) a longer precedent," he
said.
Gingrich's election by acclama-
tion topped the ascension of a conser-
vative Republican leadership that has
shifted south and west along with the
House membership of a party founded
in the Midwest. The top three leaders
represent Georgia and Texas.
Rep. Richard Armey (R-Texas), a
former economics professor, was cho-
sen on a voice vote as majority leader,
the second-ranking post. For the last

two years, Armey, 54, has played the
role of combative partisan as chair-
man of the House Republican Con-
ference - the party caucus. He was
uncontested for the majority leader's
post.
Another aggressive Texan, Rep.
Tom D. DeLay, won a three-way race
See HOUSE, Page 2
M Clinton administration
accuses Gingrich of false
remarks. Page 7.

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

Racist'

e-mail

message raids
CAEN system

By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
About 10,000 Engineering stu-
dents received a "very racist" elec-
tronic mail message yesterday, in-
spiring mixed reactions from the Uni-
versity community.
A message that originated from
the University of Texas was sent to all
Computer Aided Engineering Net-
work (CAEN) users late Sunday night.
However, Texas officials say the ap-
parent sender did not create the mes-
sage.
Charles Warlick, director of the
Computation Center at the University
of Texas-Austin, said, "It's not a mat-
ter of anyone here doing anything
suspicious."
Rather, a network "cracker" deci-
phered the password of Texas student
Carol Johnson and used her account
to send the message. Warlick said that
in this case and most others, Johnson
was not the actual sender.
"All we know with any certainty
is that it originated at a computer
terminal at the Univeristy of Texas,"
said CAEN Director Randy Frank,
who warned University students not
to respond to the message he called
"very racist."
Frank's bulletin also told users
See E-MAIL, Page 2

E-mam essae
"FREE MONEY CAN BE
YOURS!"
"If you are an 80-IQ welfare
mother producing illegitimate
offspring at 9-month intervals
starting at the age of 13."
"If you are an illegal alien in
need of medical services while
you give birth to a new
'American' citizen, now that
you are north of the Rio
Grande."
* "If you are a member of
Jewish organized crime gangs
newly arrived as 'refugees'
from Russia."
"If you are a homosexual
'performance' artist the
National Endowment of the
Arts will pay you handsomely
to literally or figuratively fling
dung at your audience...."
* "If you are one of the quiet,
sober, thrifty, hard-working,
decent and almost infinitely
tolerant White majority, your job
is to work hard to provide all the
free money and free goodies
that the criminals - uh, I mean
politicians who like to give away
to buy votes for the minority and
special voting blocs."

MICHAEL FITZHUGH/Daily

Holiday lights hang in the trees along Main Street yesterday.

Students start the long trek
down the road for a Rhodes

By ZACHARY M. RAIMI
Daily Staff Reporter
Seven University students and re-
cent graduates have cleared the first set
of hurdles in the long run to be Rhodes
Scholars. All will be interviewed to-
morrow, and if successful, advance to
the regional competition Saturday.
"I'm very excited and nervous,"
said LSA senior Marah Gubar, one of
e students to be interviewed.
Only 32 students in the nation will
become Rhodes Scholars, a prestigious
worldwide scholarship that awards stu-
dents two years of graduate study at
Oxford University in England. The
University's Senior Scholarship Com-
mittee endorsed seven students, from a
field of about a dozen.
Leah Niederstadt, who won the
award last year, was the first Univer-
y student to win since 1980.
For the first time in at least 10 years,
all of the committee's endorsements
were granted state interviews, said
Nancy Pietras, a financial aid officer

for the LSA Honors program.
Ruth Scodel, director of LSA Hon-
ors, said this proves "that we have
some truly outstanding students (at the
University)."
Scodel said many factors contrib-
uted to the students' selection. "Luck,
good students and a policy of trying to
spread our good students over states"
other than Michigan led to the larger
than usual number of University candi-
dates.
Prof. John Knott, chairman of the
Senior Scholarship Committee, ex-
plained that students compete only
against those from their home state.
The committee tries to spread its en-
dorsements among many regions of
the country so that more University
students are considered. Of the seven
candidates, three are from Michigan.
The next step is for the candidates
to compete in state competitions before
moving to the regional level. Students
are interviewed by a panel, which in-
cludes former Rhodes Scholars.

To prepare for the interviews,
many of the candidates have been
catching up on current events and
studying ethical issues within their
field of concentration.
However, LSA senior Karen Jones,
a math major in the Inteflex program,
said preparation for this part of the
competition has not been easy.
"(It is) a culmination of your whole
college experience and that way there
is not much preparing you can do,"
Jones said.
The lengthy application process
began last March. Along with a mass
meeting for interested students, profes-
sors encourage their students to apply.
Most applicants are juniors with at
least a 3.7 grade point average.
Students do not have to apply for
the Rhodes Scholarship through the
committee, but are encouraged to do
so. Knott said the committee "gives
them a boost."
Knott said the committee selects its
students based on the same criteria

Race for the Rhodes
These 'U' students and recent
graduates will be interviewed
tomorrow by their home states'
Rhodes Scholar committees.
Derek Douglas, LSA graduate,
'Michigan
Brian Kalev Freeman, LSA senior,
Maryland
Marah Gubar, LSA senior, Indiana
Karen Jones, LSA senior,
Michigan
Katherine Metres, LSA graduate,
'Illinois
Jonathan Phillips, LSA graduate,
Connecticut
Rajiv Shah, LSA senior, Michigan
used by the Rhodes Scholar commit-
tee. These include a high grade point
average, participation in a wide variety
of campus activities and an ability to
articulate themselves well.
In addition, students must be se-
niors or recent graduates younger than
24 and submit five to eight letters of
reference.
"You have to be able to think on
your feet," Knott said, and have "some
presence."
Katherine Metres, a University
See RHODES, Page 2

New campus police
station receives few

assistance
® Department of
Public Safety
location more of a
lost and found than
emergency center
BY SPENCER DICKINSON
Daily Staff Reporter
The Community Police Office in
Mason Hall has begun its third week
of operations, and University Depart-
ment of Public Safety Officer Dave
Russell said it is "making slow
progress."
Traffic in the office for the most
part consists of students asking for
directions. "Every time someone
comes in here for directions, they
learn where the office is here, and
they'll know where to find us when
they need us," Russell said.
The ground floor of Mason Hall is

requests
home to the office used by Ann Arbor
police and DPS officers. Since Nov.
15, the office has been open from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. with a student recep-
tionist on duty.
Officers from both police depart-
ments use the office to fill out reports,
take breaks and make contact with
students and faculty on Central Cam-
pus.
The office also serves as a lost and
found for students' books, wallets and
jewelry. "Probably no one will come
around looking for this," Russell said,
picking up a silver earring, "but wallets
and IDs are a different story." Students
are encouraged to turn in lost items to
the office.
The Community Police Office
also serves as a location close to the
Central Campus where officers can
be available on a continuous basis.
See DPS, Page 2

Graduate Degrees Nationwide
As the national job market becomes more competitive, a common
solution is going to graduate school, delaying enterence into a
crowded field and gaining more knowledge simultaneously. In
*t991, more than 350,000 students completed post-graduate
degrees across the country. Here is the total number of degrees
conferred and a breakdown by race.
Master's: 328,645 Doctoral: 38,547
.4%
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Graduate degrees more in demand
with recent changes in job market

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By VAHE TAZIAN
Daily Staff Reporter
If law school, business school or
medical school are not in your plans,
then a master's or doctoral degree
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graduate degree. Weider says that the
lack of jobs available to students with
bachelor's degrees is very discourag-
ing. "With the job market so chal-
lenging, students must be focused on

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