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One hundred three years of editorial freedom

RIegenits cha-ng
of ethics bylaws
called 'political'
By LISA DINES
Daily Staff Reporter
A change in the University's conflict-of-interest by-
law has one regent and a candidate for the board charging
that the move is politically motivated.
The University Board of Regents yesterday revised its
Regental and Executive/Senior Officer Conflict-of-Inter-
est Policy to eliminate a "loophole" created by a change in
state law. Although all the Democratic regents favored the
change, both of the Republican regents abstained from the
vote.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor) urged the board to
e more time to review the alterations and charged that
the changes were made on political grounds.
According to the bylaw - adopted in May 1993 -
regents and executive officers are responsible for follow-
ing state laws on conflict of interest. In July, the state
Legislature modified the statute to allow institutions like
the University to enter into previously restricted contracts
with professional service firms such as architecture, engi-
neering and law firms.
The revised regental bylaw defines a conflict of inter-
as any service contract with a firm that employs or is
associated "in any capacity" with a regent. Contracts with
non-service corporations are not affected by the changes.
The change in the bylaw will affect Republican candi-
date for regent, Andrea Fisher, who is a principle in the law
firm of Miller, Canfield, Padduck and Stone - a limited
liability firm that does bond work for the University. If she
wins a spot on the board in November, the firm would no
longer be able to take on new work from the University.
"I am the only one it will affect. It is a direct political
The vote was 6-2 on party lines," Fisher said.
Fisher said she was disappointed by the partisanship
that she said is shown by the vote. "I am just amazed that
the board is all of a sudden politicized ... you should do
what is best for the University and the students."
Fisher said the firm, which is the biggest in the state,
was prepared to lose the business with the University if it
was ruled a conflict of interest upon her election to the
board.
Walter Harrison, vice president for University and
government relations, said the firm is "one of our major
side councils. We use them for a number of cases."
Fisher, who served on the Oakland University Board
of Trustees, said the firm is large enough that the loss of
revenue will be easily absorbed. She added that the firm
lost business with Oakland University during her tenure
there.
Fisher said that while she "has no problem with what
they have done," she feels the policy signals out her type
of firm - a professional service firm. She said the
University has done business with other types of corpora-
See REGENTS, Page 2

U.S. arnves safely in
Officials say civil
5 a Cud rp

MICHAEL FITZHUGH/Daily
RC sophomore Jodi Masley (with megaphone) protests the U.S. expeditionary force in Haiti.
students rally on Diag
aaisU.S.Hiiplc

The Baltimore Sun
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The
first units of the U.S. intervention
force, armed for battle but on a mis-
sion of peace, swept into this explo-
sive capital by land and sea yesterday,
receiving what their commanding
general described as a "warm wel-
come" from the Haitians.
By sundown almost 2,000 U.S.
troops were ready to help keep the
opponents and supporters of returning
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from
each other's throats, but as dusk fell,
the first public clash occurred be-
tween pro-Aristide supporters, de-
manding the arrest of this island's
military leaders, and the junta's para-
military forces.
It occurred at the gates of the port
as the first Americans to land by sea
were being driven into the city to take
up strategic control points. In front of
the American troops' eyes, the militia
used crowbars to break up the anti-
junta demonstration.
The U.S. troops were ordered by
President Clinton to help the orderly
political transition from military to civil
power and to protect the lives of U.S.
citizens. Over the next few days, 13,000
more troops are expected to arrive and
fan out across Haiti.

The Haitian army was ordered by
its commander, Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras,
to cooperate with the U.S. troops trying
to maintain a fragile calm.
Lt. Gen. Henry H. Shelton, com-
manding general of the 82nd Airborne
Division from Ft. Bragg. N.C., met
with General Cedras and described the
atmosphere as "one of cooperation."
A central fear was that civil war
could easily erupt between the bitterly
opposed political factions. Shelton said
the U.S. mission was "to prevent Civil
disturbances wherever we can," but
said he hoped that the Haitian military
would "handle their internal distur-
bances with their own forces."
Emmanuel Reyme, first secretary
of the Haitian Chamber of Deputies,
said, "It's a peace, but a scary peace."
He warned that if one Haitian was
killed during the U.S. intervention, the
chamber would not pass the new am-
nesty law which is central to the agree-
ment reached Sunday night between
former President Carter and Cedras.
The accord called on Cedras to re-
sign as army commander once an am-
nesty law, protecting top military com-
manders from prosecution and exile, is
passed by the parliament, or by Oct. 15
See MISSION, Page 7

By JODI COHEN
For the Daily
As the carillon struck noon, students gathered
around the steps of the graduate library, while two
activist campus groups were ready with their signs
and voices.
About 10 students from the National Women's
Rights Organization Coalition (NWROC) and the

Revolutionary Workers League protested yester-
day afternoon for about one-half hour, urging the
Clinton administration to remove U.S. troops.
Jessica Curtin, an LSA sophomore and mem-
ber of NWROC, said, "We must oppose U.S.
invasion because this is only an effort to keep Haiti
See PROTEST, Page 2

fan out across Haiti.

House endorses Haiti deal, seeks withdrawal date

m

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON -- Relieved that U.S.
forces were able to enter Haiti without blood-
shed yesterday, the House overwhelmingly
endorsed the agreement negotiated by former
President Carter for the removal of Haiti's
military leaders. But the Clinton administra-
tion faced an embarrassing confrontation
with Congress as angry lawmakers demanded
a deadline for the troops' withdrawal.
With congressional sentiment still run-
ning strongly against the so-farpeaceful mili-

tary intervention, Democratic leaders in both
the House and Senate scrambled to avert the
conflict with President Clinton. They crafted
a carefully worded resolution supporting the
mission of the 15,000 troops being sent to
Haiti without endorsing the policy that put
them there.
The resolution, negotiated by Democratic
andRepublican leaders, passed the House by
353-45. But it faces delays in the Senate,
where Minority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.)
and other Republicans balked at what they

said was language possibly implying sup-
port for the U.S. occupation. Negotiations
continued, but a vote was not expected be-
fore Tuesday at the earliest.
Democratic leaders made no secret of
their hope that the Haitian military junta's
agreement to relinquish power by Oct. 15
would avert a divisive debate, which would
likely undermine Clinton and embarrass the
Democrats by exposing their differences and
disarray over foreign policy.
"All Democrats are grateful to President

Carter for allowing us to dodge a congres-
sional bullet and grateful to President Clinton
for proving once again that, when he's put in
a corner, he's at his best," said Rep. Bill
Richardson (D-N.M.)amemberof the Demo-
cratic leadership who also sits on the House
Intelligence Committee.
President Jimmy Carter publicly difers,
with the Clinton administration on areas of
the peace accord, showing signs of in-
creased tension. Page 7.

Judge says search is ' M
egal; Simpson set to5
tand trial next week

'Milestone': Endowments
exceed $1 billion for 1st tine

From Daily Wire Services
LOS ANGELES - Superior
ourt Judge Lance Ito yesterday ruled
ere was sufficient evidence to try
.J. Simpson on murder charges in
e slayings of his ex-wife and her
riend.
Ito also echoed a ruling by a Mu-
pal Court judge who found that a
antless search of Simpson's es-
ate hours after the killings was legal
ecause officers said they were con-
erned that other victims might be

blng signs when they arrived at the
house before dawn June 13.
"Under those circumstances, I feel
that the actions by the detectives were
justified," Ito said.
Motions to dismiss criminal cases
at this stage rarely are granted, and
defense attorneys had not held out much
hope of succeeding in the Simpson
case, so Ito's ruling yesterday was
widely predicted.
The hearing did, however, include
a detailed description of the

By RONNIE GLASSBERG
Daily Staff Reporter
For the first time in its history, the
University's endowment fund exceeds
$1 billion. And Farris W. Womack,
executive vice president and chief fi-
nancial officer, wants to hit the $2
billion mark by the end of the decade.
"It is a milestone. It is something
that we should all be proud of,"
Womack said at yesterday's Univer-
sity Board of Regents meeting.
Over the past 10 years, the
University's endowment fund has
grown from $160.6 million to $1 bil-
lion through gifts, internal transfers
and investment income.
Endowments are used to fund spe-
cific University programs. During the
past year, endowments provided $42.9
million for University distribution.

"That 43 million is a significant
number and of course it's growing. I
believe annual giving represents the
margin of excellence. The margin of
excellence comes from these resources
- endowments and annual givings,"
Womack said.
The University uses interest from
endowment investments to support pro-
grams. Investment allows for this use
- and for the endowment to grow -
as long as growth remains above the
rate of inflation.
The distribution policy limits en-
dowment distribution to 5.5 percent.
The University reinvests financial re-
turns beyond the 5.5-percent level,
Thomas Kinnear, interim vice presi-
dent for development, said that it is
possible the University will increase
endowment levels by $250 to 400 mil-

lion by the end of the decade. The rest
of the growth for achieving $2 billion
level of endowments would need to
come from investments.
Womack said the University tries
to increase the endowments' value
through these investments. "If you get
the gifts and don't do well in managing
them, then eventually the purchasing
power is eroded," Womack said.
Kinnear said it's important that the
University has another source of in-
come to support its programs.
"Basicallythe University ofMichi-
gan has no choice to maintain excel-
lence or growing in excellence without
development," Kinnear said. "The cru-
cial item is that the income off of (the
endowment) allows scholarships, new
See ENDOWMENTS, Page 2

AP PHOTO
OJ. Simpson, right, and defense
attorney Robert Shapiro confer.

rnside and need help. prosecution's version of the killings, as to ask her when and why she shredded
"The detectives in this situation well as of the latest surprise develop- documents found during a search of
ere confronted with a brutal and ment in the unfolding double-murder Simpson's office.
iolent killing, multiple killings," Ito mystery: Prosecutorsdisclosed that they Clark told Ito that police spotted the
aid, adding that the officers were want to put Simpson's longtime assis- documents during an Aug. 12 search
onfronted with a number of trou- tant, Cathy Randa, on the witness stand See SIMPSON, Page 2
Computerromesgs

Editors' note: This semester the
)aily will look at new computer tech-
:ology at the University.
By FRANK C. LEE
Daily Staff Reporter
A new computer program unveiled
ier this month allows students to
ckly access their University records.
From any campus computing site,
tudents can use Wolverine Access,
he University's user-friendly infor-
nation program. Wolverine Access
;iyes students ready access to a variety

Technology
and

tem several weeks
ago after six
months of devel-
opment.
In designing
the program, the
six-member de-
velopment team
built upon re-
search done at
other institutions.
"Cornell Uni-
versity, about five

will still have those windows in the
LSA lobby, so you can always get
stuff there."
The free service is sponsored by
the University's Information of Tech-
nology Division and is overseen by the
Wolverine Access Development team
headed by project leader Kurt
Richardson.
More services will be available next
month. New options will allow stu-
dents to change their address, e-mail
University offices, check weather fore-

INSIDE
NEWS 3
Regents approve $2.5M to
refurbish the Student
Activities Building,
Student Organization
Development Center changes
its name.
ARTS 5
Jean-Claude Van Damme may
be stunningly gorgeous, but

Engler, Wolpe hit trail
with messages on crime

LANSING (AP) - Gov. John
Engler and Democratic challenger
Howard Wolpe focused on crime and
economics on the campaign trail yes-
terday.
Engler, who has a strong lead ac-
cording to recent polls, announced at
the Capitol that he has the support of55
of the state's 83 county sheriffs. The
gnvrnor sid that shom the sham

credit is like a crowing rooster taking
credit for the dawn," Wolpe said. "The
economic recovery feels pretty good.
But many of these workers know too
well that their jobs are anything but
secure."
He said thegovernorhas dismantled
too many programs to promote jobs
and higher skills. He said it is just now,
citttinoa ramm-naar that ,Funcilr i

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