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Former cream puff Purdue could challenge Wolverines
By RACHEL BACHMAN
Daily Football Writer
When the nation's sports pundits called
Michigan's 1994 football schedule one of the
most grueling, chances are slim that Purdue
figured into their calculations. Saturday's 1
p.m. game in West Lafayette was probably
*oked on as a given.
The Boilermakers (2-1-2 Big Ten, 4-2-2
overall) were dwarfed by the likes of Notre
Dame, Penn State-- almost everyone. But then
Purdue went 2-1 in non-conference play and
beat Illinois and Minnesota. 0
And, faster than you can say, "Rose Bowl
bumper stickers, half price," Michigan (5-3, 3-
2) found itself tied with the Boilermakers, along
with Ohio State and Illinois, for second place in
"This is Purdue's best team in 10 years,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said.
He is not taking this team lightly. In the
wake of the Wolverines' 31-19 upset by Wis-
consin at home last weekend, he is downright
"You'll see character from his players," the
coach predicted last Monday.
Moeller's primary challenge Saturday -
besides motivating his troops - will be con-
taining preseason All-American fullback Mike
Alstott. The junior has 866 total yards rushing,
110 more than Michigan tailback Tyrone
Alstott also is averaging over 105 yards
per game and has 62 points on the year. He
poses a considerable threat to the Wolverine
defense, which has had a foot in the basement
of most defensive categories.
,. Matchups and predictions on the Purdue
game, others. Page 7
By ANDREW TAYLOR
Daily Staff Reporter
Carr has shown an interest in
Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Bob Carr
(D-East Lansing) ordered an investi-
tion of the transportation secretary's
4cision that declared millions of
General Motors pickup trucks unsafe.
"I was outraged and deeply disap-
pointed when the secretary (Federico
Pefia) ignored the advice of his tech-
nical assistants," Carr said. "It seems
to me that the secretary has gone
outside the bounds of the law."
Pena announced last month that
his office determined that 1973-87
OM C-K pickup trucks present an
"unreasonable risk" of fire or explo-
sion in side-impact collisions because
their fuel tanks are mounted outside
the vehicles' frames.
Carr ordered the Transportation
Department's inspector general to re-
examine the case. Carr has that au-
thority as chairman of the House ap-
propriations subcommittee on trans-
Carr, who is running for the U.S.
Senate against former GOP state chair-
man Spence Abraham, said his action
was necessary because Pena over-
ruled the recommendation of the tech-
nical staff at the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration
"The secretary has neither engi-
',ering or technical background. The
#Vople in his office who wrote the
decision have no engineering or tech-
nical background," Carr said.
The NHTSA began investigating
the trucks' safety in mid-1992, when
See CARR, Page 7
Banks to take private-sector job
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Ann Arbor Mayor Ingrid B. Sheldon distributes campaign literature to students yesterday. See story, Page 5
Molester seen on N Campu
By RONNIE GLASSBERG
Daily Staff Reporter
College of Engineering Dean Pe-
terM. Banks unexpectedly announced
his resignation Wednesday to assume
the presidency of the Environmental
Research Institute of Michigan.
After serving for nearly five years
as dean, Banks will leave his Univer-
sity post Jan. 1. Banks' appointment
as dean ends in June, when he would
have been up for renewal.
"It's a great opportunity to lead
ERIM. It's a first-rate organization,"
Banks said. "These type of positions
are both difficult to attain and only
come up now and then. It's simply a
question of timing."
ERIM is an independent, non-
profit organization that specializes in
imaging technologies, including sen-
sor-system design and development,
data processing and applications.
"I think the timing caught most
people off guard. But it sounds like an
opportunity he had a hard time turn-
ing down," said William Martin, En-
gineering associate dean for academic
affairs. "He's a very good leader. He
had a vision for the college and moved
us along that path."
Provost and Executive Vice Presi-
dent for Academic Affairs Gilbert R.
Whitaker Jr. said, "I had heard ru-
mors that they were talking to him,
but I didn't know for sure anything
would come of it."
Banks, however, did not apply for
the position, said Gary Claypool, vice
president and general counsel of ERIM.
Banks said the college is on a great
course."It's already ranked very close
By FRANK C. LEE
Daily Staff Reporter
A man resembling the suspect who
is believed to have sexually assaulted
five women was spotted last week on
the University's North Campus by
students and faculty.
These sightings prompted the En-
gineering dean, Peter Banks, to warn
the school's staff and to spread the
word that a man was seen in the area
matching a composite drawing re-
leased Wednesday by Ann Arbor po-
"I wanted to alert people to the
fact that several of our staff felt they
recognized the person included in the
Daily story, Wednesday, and (the
Daily) may be responsible for that."
Jack Love, administrative man-
ager of the Computer Aided Engi-
neering Network (CAEN), decided to
post an electronic message on the
network warning the University com-
munity of the possible danger.
In his message, he said that "the
person who has been committing a
series of assaults on women in the
Ann Arbor area ... has been reliably
identified as operating on North Cam-
pus and specifically in the (Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science)
Police are searching for a serial
molester whose latest victim was a
University student. She was abducted
at gunpoint from the Huron Hills Bap-
tist Church on Glazier Way on Oct. 23.
See MOLESTER, Page 2
By KATIE HUTCHINS
Daily Staff Reporter
Alcohol Awareness Week is back,
and it's going to be bigger and better
than ever before, said Marsha Benz,
coordinator of the series of events.
"1 think ... it's got a mass-media
appeal," said Benz, who also serves
as the University's alcohol and drug
education coordinator. "We're going
to hit people in a lot of different areas
... because it provides a variety of
different sorts of events.,,
NFL sportscaster Pat Summerall
and Olympic diving silver medalist
Bruce Kimball will speak at Crisler
Arena Tuesday. The presentation is
designed to raise awareness of prob-
lems associated with binge drinking
and the help that is available to Uni-
versity students, faculty and staff.
The University Athletic Depart-
ment is sponsoring the event, which
will feature Summerall, a recovering
alcoholic, and Kimball, a University
graduate who served 5 1/2 years in
prison for vehicular manslaughter. In
addition, student athletes and Univer-
to the top and I think it will very
quickly be recognized as the top engi-
neering institution in the country,"
Banks said. "I feel happy with what's
happened in the past five years. I feel
very proud of our engineering school."
Whitaker said Banks has added
much to the college. "I think some of
the areas of the program have improved.
I think the relationship of the school to
the alumni and external constituencies
has improved during his tenure," hesaid
To fill the position, the University
will conduct a national search with the
help of a committee, which will in-
clude faculty and students, Whitaker
said. Until a new dean is chosen,
Whitaker said he will name an interim$
dean in consultation with the College
of Engineering Executive Committee.
See BANKS, Page 2
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Police released this composite of
the serial molester.
TAKE IT IN THE ARM
3rd Ward candidates
clash on taxeS, services
Editors' Note: This is the third in a
series of profiles on candidates for the
n Arbor City Council.
By JAMES M. NASH
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor's 3rd Ward City Coun-
cil race pits a long-time Democratic
activist against a former Democrat
turned Republican and a Libertarian
who has lived here all his life.
All three candidates are firmly
rooted in the ward, which includes
giSt Quad and some Greek housing.
ey are running to replace Demo-
cratic Councilmember Ulrich Stoll,
who is retiring. Lee Pace unsuccess-
fully challenged Stoll in April 1993.
The candidates represent vastly
different political ideologies. Jean
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bor should be run much like a private
Carlberg taught high-school math
and history in Ann Arbor before retir-
ing in 1993. She was active in the
civil-rights and social-justice move-
ments during the 1960s and '70s.
Pace has been a toolmaker for the
General Motors Corp. for 29 years. He
worked on a joint committee with the
Ann Arbor Public Schools on civil-
rights issues. Pace is the vice president
of the Southeast Ann Arbor Neighbor-
hood Association. He also serves on
the YMCA's board of directors.
Carlberg downplayed the ideologi-
cal chasm between her and Pace, say-
ing the two major-party candidates
"share many of the same issues."
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Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA - For nine days, Su-
san Smith's story never changed: A
gunman had taken her children.
There was no ransom demand and
no suspects. Police did not even have
a crime scene to search - the gun-
man took it with him. Smith said he
had driven off in her car with the
toddlers -Michael,3, and Alexander,
14 months - crying in the back seat.
Smith stuck by her story even when
a nationwide search for the car turned
up nothing but false leads. Her home-
town of Union, S.C. stood by her,
despite unconfirmed rumors that she
had failed lie detector tests.
Smith, 23, was arrested and
charged with two counts of murder.
The warrant showed she had con-
fessed to killing her sons.
Identification of the bodies would
have to await an autopsy. Union
County Sheriff Howard Wells said,
Smith was incarcerated in an undis-
Wells did not discuss a motive or
say how authorities were led to the
car. Hundreds of volunteers from the
small town combed the area. The lake
/Dairv already had been dragged.
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