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Ford donates $5.5M
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trip to Mideast
By RONNIE GLASSBERG
Daily Staff Reporter
The Ford Motor Co. announced Monday
vill donate $5.5 million to the University's
Campaign for Michigan - the largest single
gift in the five-year campaign to raise $1
"It's a tremendous gift and it's one that
we're very grateful for," said Roy Muir,
associate vice president for development.
"We've been talking about this with them
for some time. We have had a long-standing,
very active interaction with Ford."
4 The grant will be used to help support the
Michigan Joint Manufacturing Initiative, the
National Pollution Prevention Center and
the Department of Physics.
The Campaign for Michigan began in
1992 and runs through the middle of 1997.
To date, the campaign has raised $700 mil-
Bob Culver, Ford's planning manager
for scientific research laboratories, stressed
Ford's long-standing relationship with the
"Ford's had a long history of a very
beneficial relationship with the University,"
said Culver, who also serves as the college
relations contact for the University. "I think
this special relationship is one that's been
Ford world headquarters sits in Dearborn
growing over the last decade."
Allan Gilmour, Ford vice chairman and a
University alum, serves on the Campaign for
See FORD, Page 2
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The Washington Post
CAIRO, Egypt - With a call to "all parties to
follow the brave and hopeful inspiration of Israel
and Jordan," President Clinton began a four-day
Middle East journey today surrounded by ex-
traordinarily tight security, including the use of
U.S. military personnel.
Clinton said on his departure that the trip is
designed to celebrate recent progress toward
peace and nudge holdouts closer to the goal of a
comprehensive Middle East settlement. Along-
side the steps toward peace, however, have come
terrorist strikes provoking increased concern for
the president's safety and turning the regional
tour into what sources in Washington called a
Clinton, accompanied by a huge contingent
of U.S. officials, security forces and Jewish and
Arab-American activists, arrived in Cairo in the
early morning hours. He was greeted by Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and immediately
visited the tomb of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian
president who made peace with Israel and was
assassinated in 1981.
Clinton is to meet with Mubarak later today,
a session that will then be expanded to include
Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman
Yasser Arafat for discussions on implementation
of the agreement between the PLO and Israel that
was signed in Washington a year ago.
Correspondents traveling with the president
noticed an increased level of security precau-
tions, such as bag searches and airport-style
metal detectors, on the trip to Cairo.
As he left the White House yesterday for the
flight here, Clinton asserted his trip is more than
a ceremonial celebration of its centerpiece -
today's treaty signing between Israel and Jordan.
"It is an opportunity to pursue new steps....
My goal is to make clear that the time has arrived
for all parties to follow the brave and hopeful
inspiration" of Israel and Jordan, he said.
Clinton said continued participation by the
United States "is crucial" to-building a compre-
hensive peace. He portrayed his visit as part of a
bipartisan U.S. effort that began with President
Jimmy Carter's Camp David Accords, signed by
Israel and Egypt at the White House 15 years
ago, and continued with the Bush administration's
convening of a Middle East peace conference in
Madrid in 1991. Referring to the signing cer-
emony between Israel and Jordan, Clinton
said he is helping to fulfill "a mission pursued
by the United States, and of presidents of both
parties, since the end of World War 11 Peace in
the Middle East is a fundamental interest of the
To celebrate the historic signing and the U.S.
role in the peace process, the White House
assembled a who's who list of figures in the
American Jewish and Arab communities to ac-
company the entourage.
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at the Ann Arbor Public Library.
Sunday's assault is
not related to Ann
Arbor's serial rapist
By FRANK C. LEE
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor police have found simi-
ities between the alleged kidnap-
ping and threatened rape of a Univer-
sity student Sunday morning and an-
other case that occurred last June.
The abduction of an 18-year-old
female around 3 a.m. from an Ann
Arbor church where she was volun-
teering is not the work of the city's
serial rapist, police say, but resembles
another assault that occurred at a North
,te Street home months before.
According to police records, both
incidents involved forced entry and
threats made by an unidentified man.
Both women were able to talk the
suspect out of raping them. The de-
scriptions the women gave police are
also alike - except for the age.
The woman in the first incident
described the man as being in his
teens or early 20s. The second woman
ve a similar description, but said
the kidnapper was older, between 30
and 40 years old, with gray facial hair.
However, a police tracking dog fol-
lowed scents in both incidents that led
to the city's west side.
In June, the alleged attacker forced
The American Customer
Satisfaction Index measures
how customer feel about
products and services offered
by companies and government
agencies. Here are some
highlights of the index:
sector got the highest score -
that includes clothing, beer
The lowest score went to the
public administration and
government sector. The IRS
had the lowest score within
'U' unveils new customer satisfaction index
By RYAN C. FIELDS
Daily Staff Reporter
Customers are happier with the
quality of their beer than cold meats,
movies and athletic shoes, a new study
of consumer attitudes reports.
The above information is derived
from a comprehensive new tool to
measure the progress of the economy
- the American Customer Satisfac-
tion Index (ACSI).
University business professors
unveiled the new index at the 10th
annual Quality Forum at Ford Motor
Co. headquarters in Dearborn yester-
day. Business School Prof. Claes
Fornell, director of the University's
National Quality Research Center,
said one goal of the index is to show
how the quality of products and ser-
vices affects profits and the overall
"Unless we measure quality in a
systematic way, we will not know
what its contribution is to the
economy," Fornell said.
ACSI is not designed to replace
the Consumer Price Index (CPI), but
rather to complement the current in-
dicator and provide a clearer view of
ACSI scored numerous sectors of
goods and services in the economy.
The United States received a 74.5 out
of a possible 100 - a score that,
according to the report, "is not high
enough to protect our domestic indus-
tries from foreign competition."
Manufacturing nondurables re-
ceived top honors in the breakdown
of the score, compiling an index of
81.6. Canned foods, chocolate and
confectionery industries rated high-
est in the sector with scores of 87. The
entire sector includes clothing, beer,
cigarettes, gasoline, baked goods, cold
meats and cheese, and newspapers.
The public administration and gov-
ernment sector received the lowest of
all scores with a 64.3. The Internal
Revenue Service received the lowest
score in this division with a 55. This
sector includes garbage collection,
police services, and central-city and
"Low scores indicate that the in-
dustry may be vulnerable to new com-
petitors," according to the report.
See SATISFACTION, Page 2
Economy weakens as Fed
signals interest rate hikes
From Daily Wire Services
New York - The economic news
was mostly grim this week: Consumer
confidence fell for the fourth straight
month, the dollar hit an all-time low,
worker wages are creeping up only
slightly and interest rates are rising.
Taken together, the news sug-
gested that the economy, which had
been thought to be growing at the
healthiest clip since the 1990-91 re-
cession, isn't necessarily as robust as
The freshest signals on the
economy's direction came from the
Conference Board, aNew York-based
research group. It found that con-
sumer confidence dropped in Octo-
ber for the fourth straight month.
That's important because consum-
ers who lack confidence in the
economy spend less and borrow less.
That, in turn, means merchants sell
less, factories cut back on output and
employers eliminate jobs. Consum-
ers account for two-thirds of the
nation's economic activity.
"I think the consumer confidence
figures are among the first barom-
eters that there's a sense of unease
out there in the consumer heartland,"
said David Bostian, an economist at
Herzog Heine Geduld, a New York
The conference Board attributed
the drop largely to rising fear that
there will be fewer jobs in the months
ahead. Consumers also scaled back
plans to buy cars, appliances and
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