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DNA
Continued from page 1
rapes - in Eberwhite Woods,
Longshore Drive, and Miller Avenue
of Ann Arbor, according to media
reports.
The last attack in which sufficient
DNA evidence was left behind was the
May 7 rape and-murder of Christine
Gailbreath, aUniversity employee, near
the Westgate Shopping Center.
The Ann Arbor News reported
yesterday that Mitchell toldepolice
upon arrest that he was employed at
the Kroger grocery store located at
Westgate Shopping Center.
Ann Arbor Police Officer James
Baird, who arrested Mitchell, testified
Thursday at the preliminary hearing that
he found a condom in Mitchell's wallet.
There were no bodily fluids found at
the crime scene of the most recent rape
when a 41-year-old Ann Arbor woman
was attackedOct. 13 near Community
High School. Police believe that a
condom may have been used in that
incident. In October, widely reported
DNA tests linked some of the rapes to a
single individual.
Mitchell, who lived in Inkster for
more than 10 years, was arrested 11
times-twice for sexual assaults.
Scheel said Mitchell closely fits
the behavioral profile developed by
Michigan State Police Sgt. David
Minzey and the FBI
A tentative trial date for the unarmed
robbery and assault charges is set for
Feb. 13 in Washtenaw Circuit Court. If
convicted on the felony charges, he could
race up to 15 years in prison.

STUDENTS
Continued from page 1
Mitchell proves to be the serial rapist,
the University should "maintain its
focus on safety issues."
Wright, who has worked on im-
proving campus safety, stresses that
the serial rapist is - while a high
profile threat - only responsible for
a small fraction of Ann Arbor crime.
Emily Berry, chair of MSA's
Women's Issues Commission, said,
"We should be careful not to let our
guard down." Acknowledging that
even she "felt a bit safer," Berry said
this arrest "should not affect people's
efforts to improve public safety."
She said women on campus should
not forget that a threat still exists.
"First, date rape is still by far the most
common form of sexual assault," she
said. "Second, if (women) let our
guard down, that will only make it
easier for rape to occur."
Nicole Paradis, a recent graduate
of the School of Social Work is also
concerned students might "stop wor-
rying." She cited a 1989 study that
states that 84 percent of sexual as-
saults on campus were perpetrated by
"an acquaintance."
Safewalk co-coordinator Eric
Kessell said: "We had a huge increase
after the October assault." He said
Safewalk has been "consistently busier
as fear of the serial rapist increased."
Though he did not speculate on
the effect of the arrest on student
behavior, he asserted that "the serial
rapist was only responsible for a mi-

COURT
Continued from page 1
Also recently retired is JusticeByron
R. White, who did not share the
others' expahsive view of the Con-
stitution, yet nonetheless endorsed
some affirmative action and other
policies intended to compensate for
past discrimination.
"We certainly have lost the most
articulate and eloquent voices on be-
half of equal protection and equal
rights," said civil-rights lawyer Will-
iam L. Taylor. "Whether that changes
the arithmetic (in terms of votes on
issues), we don't know. The new jus-
tices may fill the gap, but that is still to
bedetermined."
Commenting on the four new
faces at the court, Notre Dame law
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professor Douglas W. Kmiec has
written, "Putting aside the divided
nature of the court's earlier opin-
ions (on race preferences), this dra-
matic change in personnel alone
suggests that some serious rethink-
ing may be undertaken."
The dispute over howjudges should
determine whether the vestiges of seg-
regation remain and what improve-
ments it may order will be heard on
Wednesday.
The 17-year-old case, Missouri vs.
Jenkins, has bounced about the federal
courts on a myriad of issues. A key
question now is whether the constitu-
tional guarantee of equal education can
require schools that already have spent
hundreds of millions of dollars on court-
ordered improvements to produce equal-
ity in Black and white student-achieve-
ment scores.
A new judicial trend of greater
scrutiny for affirmative action may
be emerging.

nuscule number even of non-acquain-
tance rapes."
But many still question whether
Mitchell is the serial rapist. "It seems
like the media and public opinion
have already convicted this guy," said
first-year LSA student Vidya Kumar.
Members of the University Black
community are especially concerned
about the implications of the arrest of an
African American. The local NAACP
chapter was looking into legal action
against Ann Arbor police as a result of
the description of the serial rapist they
released, whichtheNAACP says could
include a large percentage of Black
males.
Shane Ward, an Art School jun-
ior, accused "evil" white people of
carrying out a "full investigation of
the local Black community" each time
a crime occurs, in an article published
in the December issue of the Black
Student Monthly.
In a telephone interview with The
Michigan Daily yesterday, Ward was
quick to point out that Mitchell is
innocent until proven guilty, and said,
"Everyone seems happy to have
caught a Black male."
When asked if the arrest of a spe-
cific suspect would affect the percep-
tion of Blacks in general, he said,
"Probably not."
Lisa Hoston, an LSA junior who
drew a cartoon criticizing the descrip-
tion of the serial rapist in the Black
Student Monthly, said whatever the
outcome of the Ann Arbor rape inves-
tigation, "Society will still look nega-
tively at the Black male."
STUDY
Continued from page 1
universities and 42.4 percent entering
highly selective public universities are
interested in political issues," said Dey,
who oversaw the poll at the University.
The survey also indicated that first-
year students polled discuss politics
less frequently than previous classes.
Nationally, 16 percent of first-year
students discusspolitics on a frequent
basis, down from 18.8 percent last year.
At the University, 25.2 percent of
first-year students debate political is-
sues frequently-down from lastyear's
30.2 percent.
As for political attitudes, 45.4 per-
cent of University first-year students
identify themselves as "middle of the
road." Nearly 20 percent described
themselves as conservative, while 34.8
percent labelled themselves liberal.
Robin Evans, co-chair of the Col-
lege Democrats, said the majority of
students identifying themselves as
"middle of the road" can be attributed
to students not really knowing or car-
ing about political affairs.
"A lot of it is that people are un-
aware. (Identifying themselves as
middle of the road is) a safe bet. They
don't know anything about the liberal
or conservative sides."
In addition to political issues, the
survey -sponsored by the American
Council on Education - polled stu-
dentattitudes on smoking, alcohol con-
sumption, gun control, crime and stu-
dents' jobinterests.
The survey found:
A rise in cigarette smoking.
About 12.5 percent of first-year stu-
dents said they smoked, compared to
9 percent in 1985.
A decline in beer consumption.
About 53.2 percent of student reported

drinking beer. At the University, 53 per-
centoffirst-yearstudents said they drink.
- Daily wire services contrib-
uted to this report.
HINUATYG
PA RINTING

LOS ANGELES (AP) - O.J.
Simpson's upcoming book probably
won't contain any startling revelations
and may be just an attempt to gain good
publicity and much-needed cash, legal
analysts said yesterday.
"I can't believe defense lawyers
didn't go over this with a fine-toothed
comb to find out if there's anything that
could hurt them," said Loyola Univer-
sity law professor Stanley Goldman.
"If there is, they would have cut it out."
However, it could give prosecutors
grounds to seek delays while they study
its contents.
The book, "I Want to Tell You,"
reportedly describes Simpson's agony
over being wrongly accused of the June
12 killings of ex-wife Nicole Brown
Simpson and her friend Ronald
Goldman.
It is Simpson's response to more
than 300,000 pieces of mail he has
received since he was arrested,

INVESTMENT
Continued from page 1
Moody's at the date of purchase, and
they maintained those high ratings
until the day before Orange County's
bankruptcy declaration Dec. 6.
Standard & Poor's and Moody's es-
tablish credit ratings for investments.
Investments given the highest credit rat-
ings are considered among the safest.
Mellon bought about $25 million
of the notes with money from a trust
fund of about $935 million. If the $25
million was a complete loss, the
University's share would total about
$256,000, Herbert said.
"Specifically, I do not think the
guidelines of the trust fund allow them
to hold" such investments, said Univer-
sity Treasurer Norman G. Herbert. The
guidelines do not list taxable municipal
bonds, such as Orange County's, as
possible investments, Herbert said.
This sum is a fraction of the approxi-

mately $2.1 billion the University has
invested with Mellon and other banks.
"There's always a risk (of losing
money) when you invest,"Herbertsaid.
He explained that, while the Uni-
versity had encountered situations
similar to this before, "We have yet to
realize a loss, and we don't expect
one in this case."
Herbert said Orange County made
an interest payment to Mellon late
Friday. The Friday payment has not
yet been credited to the fund's inves-
tors, but Herbert expects the Univer-
sity to be credited today.
University officials have not said
what they would do if the Mellon
investment is not returned.
Herbert said the payment indicates
Orange County will not default on its
debts to Mellon. "I believe Orange
County will refinance their debt and
restructure, and make all payments,"
Herbert said. The value of the bonds
has risen some since the interest pay-

ment, he added.
The trust fund monies affected by
the Orange County bankruptcy have
been segregated from the rest of the
fund, and frozen since the county filed
for bankruptcy, Walsh said. This will
allow investors to hold the same per-
centage of money in the Orange County
bonds as they do in the overall account.
Although Orange County declared
bankruptcy on Dec. 6, the University
was not informed that its money coul*
be affected until Dec. 22, Herbert said.
Mellon spent the two weeks gather-
ing information on Orange County before
it informed its investors, Walsh said.
"It's been very difficult to get re-
liable information, including prices
(of the notes), from Orange County,"
she said. "On Dec. 22 each of our
investors did receive a letter, and they
were also contacted by phone."
Herbert said the University' o
policy of investing with the bank is
under review.

-
Simpson book may be attempt
at cash, reclaiming of image

Lawrence Schiller, who collaborated
with Simpson on the project, told The
New York Times.
Simpson receives 2,000 to 3,000
pieces of mail daily from people all
over the world, including children who
enclose their allowances, Robert
Kardashian, Simpson's longtime per-
sonal lawyer, told the newspaper.
The book is to be published next
month, the Times reported yesterday.
NeitherSchillernorthepublishinghouse,
Little, Brown & Co. of New York, re-
turned calls for comment yesterday.
Schiller, a former neighbor of
Simpson's, is a producer, director and
journalist. He collaborated with
Norman Mailer on his Pulitzer Prize-
winning "Executioner's Song" and
Mailer's forthcoming "Oswald's Tale:
An American Mystery."
News of the book came just before
the start of a hearing on whether ju-
rors may hear evidence about domes-

tic violence in Simpson's marriage.
Prosecutors may seek a delay in
the start of Wednesday's hearing since
the book discusses allegations of spou-
sal abuse, and prosecutors could see
more time toinvestigate, analysts'sai .
Prosecutors could subpoena the
manuscript of the book since it is a
public statement, not a private, privi-
leged discussion such as one betweena
lawyer and clientThey also couldget
notes ortaped interviews that wentinto
the book's production, analysts said.
District attorney spokeswoman
Suzanne Childs said prosecutors had
no comment about the book. Simpson,
defense lawyers did not immediately
return calls for comment.
Goldman's father denounced'the
book. "I guess it's another disgusting
attempt at commercialism. Coming
from the defendant, it's perhaps even
more outrageous," Fred Goldman told
KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

GROZNY
Continued from page 1
halt. Government statements in Mos-
cow have differed sharply from real-
ity in Chechnya, leaving the impres-
sion that Russia's commander-in-
chief is not fully in control.
Yeltsin sent tens of thousands of
troops into Chechnya, a mostly Mus-
lim region of 1.2 million people, in a
bid to reassert Moscow's control.
Russian reinforcements continued
to arrive yesterday. About 10 light
tanks accompanied by more than 30
trucks carrying troops and ammuni-
tion rumbled in from the southwest.
Russian forces also launched spo-
radic air attacks on outlying villages
and ridges, where Chechen fighters
have deployed in recent weeks to con-
duct a guerrilla war.
Russian troops in Grozny were
positioned roughly in an arc running
from northwest to northeast of the
prized presidential palace, in central
Freedom Square.
Tank and paratroop units weretrying
to move in from the east near the central
market and the west from the railway
station in a bid to encircle the palace.
The multi-story building has taken
several direct hits and has been gutted
by fire on its top floors, but rebels still
held the palace on yesterday.
The heaviest attack came from
long-range rockets, artillery and mor-
tar fire. Small craters, burned-out
rocket nose cones, contorted steel and
a sea of smashed glass marked the site
of a missile attack on Grozny's main
bus stationjust west of the city center.
The fighting has started to drive
even the stalwart remaining residents
from Grozny, once home to 400,000
people. Rebels pushed an elderly
woman in a wheelbarrow from the
city center. A family with belongings
packed into ababy carriage filed along
a road south of Grozny, with no idea
where they'd go.
THE CLASSWIDS
just read re, okay?

YELTSIN
Continued from page 1
by surprise last week.
After tacitly supporting the war at
first, the administration was forced to
shift gears abruptly when the fighting
turned unexpectedly sour forYeltsin's
military forces.
"Nobody knows where this is com-
ing out," said one senior official, re-
ferring to a bitter disagreement be-
tween pessimists at the CIA or De-
fense Department who think Yeltsin
is largely finished and optimists within
the State Department and at the U.S.
Embassy in Moscow who think
Yeltsin may yet recover by halting
the war and ousting the aides who got
him into it.
Several senior officials, anxious-
to avoid saying or doing anything to
further undermine the embattled
Russian president, stressed on Fri-
day that Washington still backs
Yeltsin because he is the senior
elected official who has endorsed
reform. They said a major study of
what might happen if Yeltsin is re-
placed is not warranted now.
Another policymaker insisted
that no matter what happens to

Yeltsin, Washington would continue
to pursue its present policies.
"We will continue our economic
assistance, and argue with the Con-
gress about that. We will continue
to have close political relations s
we can discuss matters such aW
Bosnia and NATO. And we will
continue to try to integrate Russia
into the G-7," a group of the world's
most powerful industrial natirons,
the official said.
"We promised ourselves in 1993
that the course of Russian history ws
going to be aroller-coaster," theoffical
said. "What we are seeing now is one of
the great depressions in Russia's couis@
since 1991." But he added that "reform
is so deeply entrenched there that there
are others who can carry it on even if
Yeltsin goes."
But some U.S. intelligence ana-
lysts and independent experts have
asserted that, at best, Yeltsin is
likely to emerge from the crisis
with deep political wounds, at-
most certainly leaving the doo
ajar for those opposed to U.S.
backed reforms to press their
agenda more vigorously.
Washington needs to begin,,pre
paring now to deal with this chal-
lenge, these experts said.

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