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dOore news on GATT
The General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade vote passed
the U.S. House of
Representatives yesterday,
288-146. The Senate will
vote on GATT tomorrow.
0 Nine of Michigan's 16
presentatives voted for
* Clinton praises Congress
for approving GATT
M See additional stories, Page 7

One hundred four years of editorial freedom


House approves GATT by wide margin

House of Representatives, brushing
off critics who protested the legiti-
macy of a vote by a lame-duck Con-
gress, passed a historic world trade
agreement yesterday that supporters
boasted would provide the largest tax
cut in history.
The House voted 288-146 for the
rewrite of the General Agreement on
Tariffs and Trade, sending the measure
to the Senate, where supporters were

still searching for the votes needed
for its passage.
The four hours of debate were
brought to a close by House Speaker
Thomas Foley, who in his final speech
in the chamber where he had served for
30 years urged his colleagues to pass
the measure.
"It is impossible to imagineasingle
act of this Congress that can do more to
contribute to our economic growth,"
said Foley, who was defeated in the

November elections in a Republican
sweep that gave control of both the
House and the Senate to the GOP for
the first time in 40 years.
Foley was one of 85 House mem-
bers who were either defeated or chose
not to seek re-election participating in
the first lame-duck session of Congress
in 12 years, a fact that GATT opponents
pointed to often during the debate.
The GATT accord would cut tariffs
by 38 percent worldwide, extend the rules

of world trade to new areas such as agri-
culture and services and create a new,
more powerful World Trade Organiza-
tion (WTO) to referee trade disputes.
Supporters said the trade agree-
ment, which took seven years to ne-
gotiate, would mean lower prices for
U.S. consumers on everything from
computer chips to potato chips and
would boost American companies and
farmers by lowering the trade barriers
they face overseas.


Veteran pro
named inter
By RONNIE GLASSBERG to one year, o
Daily Staff Reporter Until the new
fter 32 years as an Engineering will lead the
alty member, Glenn Knoll has been "I think r
amed interim dean for the college, ties are to k
eginning winter term. and to make
Knoll, a professor of nuclear engi- opportunitie
leering, will succeed Peter Banks, Knoll said.
can of the college since 1990. Banks Knoll earn
ill assume the presidency of the in chemical
nvironmental Research Institute of Institute of '
chigan on Jan. 1. master's in ch(
Knoll's appointment requires the Stanford Univ
*oval of the Board of Regents be- in nuclear end
ore going into effect. versity in 196
"This type of opportunity hasn't Knoll said
risen before. Certainly it's a chance executive cor
o serve in a role that I did not the dean's of
nticipate would arise and it's a the college.
rivilege to serve in this role," Knoll excellent sta
aid. "I think I'll be exposed to a lot and with the
f ideas and opportunities that I'm impossible t
ot aware of now as a faculty mem- order," he sa
Martin sai
ilbert R. Whitaker Jr., provost any major cl
nd executive vice president for aca- during the in
emic affairs, said Knoll was widely think the col
uggested by the faculty. We'll just c
"I feel he's a good choice to keep Martin said.
hings going ahead," Whitaker said. Besides th
I would like him to keep all of the neering dean
ctivities going and keep the college needs to fill t
oving ahead." Rackham Sch
Knoll completed four years of ser- ies.
on the college's executive com- To find a
ittee during the summer. He also formed an
;erved as chair of the nuclear engi- chaired by Fr
eering department for I1 years, up tor of the Micl
ntil 1990. tions and pr
"I think he's a great choice. He and library
an step in and do the job without any members an
eed for additional training," said Carolyn Wint
illiam Martin, Engineering associ- mittee.
te dean. "I think he'll provide some Unlike E
e and solid leadership over the Rackham dea
ext year while we're looking for a within the Un
ew permanent dean." not have its o
Whitaker said he should have a works closely
ommittee formed within the next 10 colleges.
ays to conduct a national search for "The know
new dean. is so importar
The search could span six months Whitaker said

r longer, Whitaker said.
dean takes office, Knoll
my major responsibili-
eep the ship afloat ...
e sure we don't miss
s when they arise."
ned a bachelor's degree
engineering from Case
Technology in 1957, a
emical engineering from
ersityin 1950andaPh.D.
gineering from the Uni-
d his experience on the
mmittee and the staff in
fice will help him lead
"I think we have an
ff in the dean's office
ir help it won't be an
ask to keep things in
d he does not anticipate
hanges for the college
nterim period. "I don't
lege will miss a beat.
ontinue on as before."
e search for a new Engi-
, the University also
the open dean's seat in
iool of Graduate Stud-
new dean. Whitaker
advisory committee,
ancis Blouin Jr., direc-
higan Historical Collec-
ofessor of information
studies. Seven faculty
nd Rackham student
erer serve on the com-
ngineering, the new
n will be selected from
iversity. Rackham does
wn faculty, so its dean
with other schools and
iledge of the University
nt to make that work,"

However, opponents charged that
lowering U.S. barriers would mean
America's factories would face even
more competition from low-wage for-
eign workers. They also said the new
WTO would represent an unprec-
edented infringement on America's
sovereignty,.and they accused support-
ers of railroading the legislation through
the lame-duck session.
"What a tragedy that we cannot
See GATT, Page 7
phones to
'U' safety
N Ameritech provides
DPS with 30 phones
to be used by
Safewalk, Northwalk
Dai yStaff Reporter
Safety is just a phone call away,
thanks to a donation from Ameritech
that provides $20,000 worth of cellu-
lar phone equipment and air time to
the University's Department of Pub-
lic Safety.
The cellular phones will be used
primarily by Safewalk and Northwalk
services in hopes of increasing cam-
pus safety and preventing sexual as-
saults that have recently plagued the
Ann Arbor area.
It's part of a regionwide cam-
pus safety program by Ameritech,"
said Janine Krasicky. spokeswoman
for Ameritech Cellular Services.
'It's going to be a useful tool for
students because a lot of times if
they're on their rounds ... it will be
useful for them to be able to go
ahead and get somebody right
Representatives from Safewalk,
Northwalk and Ameritech Cellular
Services met yesterday to announce
the joint campus safety effort and
donation of the cellular phones at
DIPS headquarters. Also on hand were
DPS Director Leo Heatley and Uni-
versity Vice President for Student
Affairs Maureen A. Hartford.
"We'll be taking care of the equip-
ment, the air time (and) all of the
maintenance on the equipment as
well," said Debbie Ravetta, vice presi-
dent and regional marketing manager
of Michigan Ameritech Cellular Ser-
"That's worth about $20,000 in
this particular program," Ravetta said.
"At this time we have no end date to
that program."
Many Ann Arbor residents have
See PHONES, Page 2

Firefighters train for disaster
in tunnels under Chem Bldg.

Daily Staff Reporter
Contrary to popular belief, the
Chemistry Building has not been
plagued by fires this week. The
firefighters gathering en masse on cam-
pus are taking part in training exercises,
familiarizing themselves with the tun-
nel system that lies beneath campus.
"This exercise is definitely ben-
eficial for us. Without familiarity with
the tunnels, it would be pretty easy to
get lost down there," said Ann Arbor
Fire Department Lt. Don Fisher.
The seven miles of tunnels house
high- and low-pressure steamlines,
water lines, condensate lines and ex-
pensive fiber optics.
Fisher said the Ann Arbor Fire
Department has responded to calls-in
the tunnels on several occasions, in

the event of fire or "confined space
rescue operations."
Workmen are in various sections
of the tunnel every day. They work in
small groups, carrying flashlights and
air-monitoring equipment. The na-
ture of the work increases the need for
emergency precautions.
"Should we have to rescue some-
body we want all our people to be
aware of any problems they might run
into in the tunnels," said James C.
Kay, Ann Arbor Fire Department bat-
talion chief and training officer.
Kay, also the technical rescue team
co-ordinator, said the tunnels are much
safer now. "Most of the combustible
material has been removed and security
is much better than it used to be," he said.
Department of Public Safety Di-
rector Leo Heatley said that the elabo-

rate tunnel security system can aid in
emergency situations. "The alarm lets
us know when someone enters the
system and which direction they are
moving in," Heatley said.
Kay said the exercises will become
an annual event. "We get new people
all the time. We want to make sure that
everyone is prepared to deal with the
tunnels," he said.
Fisher said that firefighters need to
be familiar with the system because
other emergency personnel may not be.
He noted that tunnel access holes do not
appear on most University maps due to
past break-ins and vandalism.
This week, firefighters from ev-
ery shift at both the North and South
stations will tour the tunnel system.
There are two tours a day and each
lasts about an hour.


ire trucks sit parked outside the Chemistry Building yesterday, where firefighters ran drills in underground tunnels.


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