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locate rapist

Gov. John Engler (left) and challenger Howard Wolpe field questions following last night's final gubernatorial debate in East Lansing.
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By FRANK C. LEE
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor police released addi-
tional information yesterday on the
multi-agency task force responsible
for identifying and apprehending the
man who allegedly raped and beat a
41-year-old Ann Arbor woman last
Thursday night near Community High
School.
The suspect is believed to have
sexually assaulted three other women,
raped and killed a fourth, and is in-
volved in six attempted rapes on the
city's west side in the past two years.
These brutal acts have prompted
police and the University to join forces
to prevent further attacks.
The task force, which was formed
Monday, is currently comprised of 12
investigators and a secretary from the
Ann Arbor Police Department
(AAPD), two detectives from the
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Depart-
ment, two detectives from the Michi-
gan State Police Post in Ypsilanti and
three investigators from the Criminal
Intelligence Division Office of the
Michigan State Police in Livonia.
Two detectives from the
University's Department of Public
Safety (DPS) and a support staff are
also on the task force to investigate
See TASK FORCE, Page 2

Calls to
Safewalk
rise 200 %
By FRANK C. LEE
Daily Staff Reporter
With students' fear of the se-
rial rapist mounting, calls to the
University's student-run walk-
ing services have skyrocketed.
Thursday's attack of an Ann
Arbor woman is believed to be
the 10th attack over two years.
"We've had record numbers,"
said Eric Kessell, a Safewalk co-
coordinator. "Last night, we had
95 walks which is about 200 per-
cent more than we usually do. At
this point, we're pretty much
stretched to capacity. We have
more walks than we can handle
within our 20 minute radius."
Safewalk and Northwalk are
volunteer organizations that pro-
vide an alternative to walking
alone at night. A co-ed or all-
female team will accompany a
person to any location within a
See SAFEWALK, Page 2

By JONATHAN BERNDT
Daily Staff Reporter
EAST LANSING- With a
chance to sit down and clash without
time limits, Michigan's gubernatorial
candidates zipped through numerous
issues during last night's final tele-
vised debate.
The candidates said they enjoyed
e "no-rules" format, which allowed
interruptions - something both took
advantage of several times.
"I like it," said Democratic chal-
lenger Howard Wolpe. "You can do a
little direct engagement."

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"We liked the interchange," said
John Truscott, Republican incumbent
John Engler's press secretary. "That's
definitely the governor's forte. We liked
the opportunity to correct the record."
The candidates' interpretations of
each other's record clashed, as did
numbers and priorities on funding
education and law enforcement.

"The issue in education is how do
we empower parents," said Engler,
who has been an outspoken advocate
for school choice and charter schools
as ways to improve public education.
"Governor, what you have done is
put a $1 billion timebomb under the
children of this state," Wolpe said,
referring to the shortfall some econo-
mists are predicting for 1995.
Engler said economic growth and
Proposal A's mix of taxes in which
voters traded a sales tax for hike a cut
in property and income taxes in March,
would provide adequate funding.

"I can make that guarantee. There
won't be a shortfall," he said.
And Engler this time closed the
door on diverting funds to religious
schools, something Wolpe has at-
tacked the governor on since their
debate 11 days ago although it is
currently prohibited under the state
constitution.
On the college funding front,
Wolpe renewed his pledge to reopen
the Michigan Educational Trust pro-
gram, which invested parents' depos-
its to guarantee four years of tuition at
See DEBATE, Page 2

I'U' to ask state for additional $26.9M in funding

By LISA DINES
Daily Staff Reporter
The University will ask the state for an
additional $26.9 million over the next two
years, to reverse the decline in state funding.
The University's Board of Regents must
approve the request today before it can be sent
to the Legislature.
The plan calls for $9 million in addi-
nal funding next year, or a 3.2-percent
increase, based on the expected rate of in-
flation. - alleged to have attacked a 10th
woman Thursday \The plan then asks for an
additional $17.9 million in fiscal year 1996-

97 to compensate for what the University
deems low funding levels in past years.
A funding increase would translate into
lower tuition in the future, said President
James J. Duderstadt.
"If the state can begin to restore an ad-
equate level of funding, then we would not
have to charge as much," he said.
The University received an additional $6
million last year - an increase of 2.3 percent
- but inflation is expected to remain at 3.2
percent.
"Since the state is not subsidizing (in-state
tuition), we've had to ask students to pay a

little more," Duderstadt said.
Associate Vice President for Government
Relations Keith Molin said the state is unable
to keep up with the rising costs of running
schoosl like the University. The state pro-
vided 51.6 percent of the University's general
fund in 1985-86, compared to 37.3 percent of
this year's fund.
"The cost of higher education is increas-
ing much more quickly than the state's ability
to generate the revenue," Molin said.
State Sen. John Schwartz (R-Battle Creek),
chair of the educational appropriations com-
mittee, said it is too early to predict alloca-

tions.
"Most universities will come in with a
request that may be on the high side," he said.
"My policy is to try and get as much money
into higher education as possible."
Funding for higher education depends on
the state budget, which is to be proposed in
February.
Schwartz said the University must com-
pete with other universities for scarce state
dollars.
"You have an infinite amount of needs
chasing a finite number of dollars," he said. "I
have to consider 14 other budgets and be fair."

Duderstadt said he was optimistic about
the prospects for increased funding because
the state economy is strong.
He added that he hopes the state will
examine its priorities before making appro-
priations. Duderstadt said corrections, feder-
ally mandated programs and K-12 education
take up a large part of the budget.
"At what point do we stop spending our
future?" he asked. "We must invest in the'
future."
Schwartz disagreed. "I think (higher edu-
cation) is given a high priority. It's one of the
largest budgets - $1.5 billion."

22 die in
Jsraeli bus
bombing
Los Angeles Times
TEL AVIV, Israel - A suicide
bomber, apparently an Islamic mili-
tant opposed to the Arab-Israeli peace
negotiations, blew up a crowded bus
ring the morning rush hour in the
heart of Tel Aviv yesterday, killing
22 people and wounding 48.
The explosion lifted the bus off
the pavement and scattered charred
bodies of passengers, many of them
dismembered, up and down Dizengoff
Street, turning cosmopolitan Tel
Aviv's central thoroughfare into a
slaughterhouse.
"People went flying into the air,
ns and legs thrown in different di-
rections," said Moshe Reiner, who
was walking to work when the blast
occurred at 8:55 a.m. "It was a very
terrible thing. There are no words,

$250,000 state grant will fund
new 'U' engineering institute

By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Staff Reporter
A new University institute will
help improve the productivity and
efficiency of small businesses and
will provide an opportunity for Engi-
neering students to learn skills that
may eventually land them jobs in the
"real world" of engineering.
Gov. John Engler and University
officials jointly announced Tuesday
the establishment of a new University
Institute for Manufacturing Technolo-
gies. The state has pledged an initial
$250,000 start-up grant.
The not-for-profit institute is the
first of its kind in the country. "It is a
not-for-profit institute that is related
to the University but not directly con-
trolled by the University," said Engi-
neering Dean Peter Banks, a co-orga-
nizer of the project.
The institute will employ approxi-

mately 100 University graduate and
undergraduate students to develop
new engineering technologies in re-
sponse to the growing needs of small-
and medium-sized private industry.
Students will solve problems re-
lated to agile machining, laser tech-
nology and auto body assembly.
George Carnigan, associate dean
for graduate education in Engineer-
ing and co-organizer of the project,
said the institute will help prepare
engineering students for careers after
college and graduate school.
"The major motivation for estab-
lishing (the institute) is providing
another mechanism for engineering
education," Carnigan said. He added
that the project is "intended mostly to
provide more or less a hospital or
clinic to gain some experience that
industry tells us is missing."
Mechanical engineering students

will be primarily involved in the insti-
tute, along with industrial and opera-
tions engineering, electrical engineer-
ing and materials science engineering
concentrators. Mechanical engineer-
ing is currently the largest depart-
ment in the college and offers more
openings in the job market than most
engineering fields.
Engler said the research from the
institute will create and retain 9,000
jobs in engineering.
"It's tying together bits and pieces,
something new, something bor-
rowed," Banks said. "Basically what
the state is saying is that the institute
is a good idea, the state is going to
invest in it."
The most notable of the institute's
four or five centers will be a Center
for Laser Processing, which will be
modeled after the internationally re-
See INSTITUTE, Page 2

AP PHOTO
A victim is carried off after a bus was bombed in Israel yesterday.

really, to describe the horror we saw."
The Islamic Resistance Move-
ment, known as Hamas, said in tele-
phone calls to local radio stations that
it was responsible for the bombing, its

third and most devastating attack in
Israel in two weeks. Hamas opposes
the year-old peace accord between
Israel and the Palestine Liberation
See ISRAEL, Page 2

New rules strengthen
fraternities' role in
sanctioning haZing

Buttons inform
on alcohol abuse
By AMY KLEIN
Daily Staff Reporter
A University sorority is supporting a nationwide
campaign this week to address the problem of alcohol
abuse as part of National Collegiate Alcohol Aware-
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