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:ontinued from Page IA
McClain said on Saturday that Uni-
:versity officials were not sure at the
ime whether the investigation had al-
.ready begun.
. "The consen-
us of the group
was that we There
" could ask the po-
lice to hold up," two of us
McClain said
aboutthe Feb.23 tn s lie
meeting between
agroup oftop ad-
Iministrators. C'
We thought we
'ould have set up informal talks. At the
:time, we didn't know the state police
> had begun the investigation."
University General Counsel Elsa
:Cole denied there was any intention to
_ bstruct justice.
"1 don't understand how it got inter-
preted as being that," Cole said.
"f The reportalso includes dialogue from
1the original 911 telephone call placed


by a CCRB employee on Feb. 17 about
the overcrowding of the BVN event.
The call indicates that LSA junior
Jason Kurian, the CCRB supervisor on
duty during the event, was worried about
crowd control.
"We have floods of people coming in
and we're trying to hold it down to 500
... there's only
two ofus andthese
; only people," Kurian
said. "The en-
and trance is just
flooded with
Pe people trying to
Jason Kurian get in."
The telephone
RB supervisor dispatcher then
asked whether
anybody was act ng "unruly" or if the
buiding was merely crowded.
"It's just really crowded and we're
trying to like keep, there's a limit of 500
people and we have no way of like
controlling that," he told the officer.
A following radio transmission from
the initial reporting officers indicates
that the police had taken Matlock into
custody for "assault on an officer."

Continued from Page IA
"There's apprehension as there is
with any kind ofmajor change," Pitney
said. "You don't know how people
will respond with any kind of new
Pitney said she does not expect
VCM to negatively affect the level of
cooperation between Engineering and
other schools.
"I would hope (cooperation) gets
better," Pitney said. "I'd hope we see
more occasions to plan and collabo-
rate on curriculum initiatives for stu-
Philosophy Prof. Stephen Darwall,
who serves on the Faculty Oversight
Committee that will advise Machen
during the allocation process, said
VCM will provide more fiscal ac-
countability, give incentives for units
to raise more revenue, and prompt
decisions to be
made about Uni- 6 The a4
versity values.h
Darwall em-
phasized that the communi
impact ofVCM is r l
uncertain, and e
that the concerns m
people have are
purely specula- much."
"It's going to
take a lot of close LSAi
watching," he
Cross said the University commu-
nity needs to increase its awareness of
"The academic community is not re-
ally interested in money very much,"
Cross said. "We have an idealism about
the economic and academic environ-
Cross said many faculty have not
wanted to get involved in the issue,
because they want to focus their atten-
tion on academics instead of fiscal con-
Thomas Dunn, chair-elect of the fac-
ulty-oriented Senate Advisory Com-
mittee on University Affairs, said VCM
is "a medium" that can be used for
different purposes.
Dunn said the openness VCM pro-


vides is a strong positive.
"This does give every faculty mem-
ber the opportunity of seeing the costs
of everything, from the president's
office on down," Dunn said. "The
cost of administration ... will become
much more apparent when VCM is in.
"If shrinkages and reductions are to
be made, then it will be far more obvi-
ous as to how those reductions are be-
ing made at the administrative level, as
well as the faculty level."
Dunn said the faculty oversight role
is extremely important in seeing that
the transition to VCM runs smoothly.
"Provided the faculty stay in control
and make those decisions, I don't think
there will be a significant problem,"
Dunn said.
He said the notion of students as a
revenue source is something he finds
"horrifying." Dunn cited a report by
former Provost Gilbert Whitaker that
referred to students as customers.
"I was horrified about this, and still
am," Dunn said.
Dunn credited
ademic Machen with
Y no changing the tone
V IS of this particular
rested i issue.
"The new pro-
vost is not using
this terminology
and is discourag-
ing the use of this
John Cross term," Dunn said.
ssociate dean Vice President
for Research
Homer Neal, who
will become interim president the day
VCM comes into use, said whatever
problems might exist with VCM
should be cured before its implemen-
"Dr. Machen and his staff have in-
vested considerable time in making sure
some of the projected difficulties are
taken care of," Neal said. "The campus
has been talking about this for a long
time now.
"It's hoped the key issues have been
and will be addressed before imple-
Machen said VCM - commonly
called RCM at other institutions -has
been implemented in many of the
nation's major private and public uni-

Senate debates mena health coverage
WASHINGTON - A proposal to dramatically expand health insurance cover-
age for mental illness is drawing fierce opposition from business and threatens to
kill the popular health reform legislation now moving through Congress.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on final passage of a bill today that would make
easier for millions of Americans to keep their coverage if they quit their jobs, are
laid off or suffer from a serious illness.
But the popular legislati n came under attack from business yesterday w
warnings that the mental health provision could sink the entire bill. Up to now th
was no serious opposition to the bill, but business has been successful in the past
in killing any health care legislation it found unacceptable.
The provision would mandate that corporate health plans provide the same level
of benefits for mental illness as they provide for physical ailments.
Critics say the mandate would cause a sharp and unsustainable increase in health
care spending. Current healthi jnsurance programs provide much more restricted
coverage for mental health treatment. Proponents of parity for mental health
coverage, including Tipper Gore, wife ofthe vice president and the administration's
foremost advocate on the issue, say such coverage is not only a question of fairness
but also can reduce costs associated with worker productivity.

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Tornadoes strike
A.; troops follow
FORT SMITH, Ark. - Firefighters
went from house to demolished house
yesterday, searching for more Victims
of tornadoes that killed four people,
including three children, and siashed
hundreds of homes.
The twisters ripped through Fort
Smith's historic district and the suburb
of Van Buren, sweeping some houses
off their foundations, before roaring on
to St. Paul, a rural community 50miles
away. At least 50 people were injured
and more than 330 left homeless.
State troopers patrolled Fort Smith to
guard against looters after five people
who police said were about to start
looting were arrested and charged with
prowling. The National Guard ordeged
45 members to report for duty. .1
The Red Cross said 666 residential
units and 217 businesses were damaged.
Of those, 35 houses, five apartments and
78 businesses were beyond repair. Dam-
age was put in the millions of dollars.
The tornadoes were part ofa series of
storms that moved into Arkansas from

In Oklahoma, severe storms and flash
floods Sunday and yesterday were
blamed for five traffic deaths. Two tor-
nadoes touched down in McAlester on
Sunday, injuring nine people and dam-
aging about 350 buildings.
Phone mergr sparls
consumler debae
NEW YORK - Executives of Bell
Atlantic and Nynex said yesterday that
their $23 billion merger will benefit
both customers and employees by cre-
ating more jobs than layoffs and pro-
viding better, simpler service.
Opponents fear the industry is undo-
ing the 1984 breakup of the old Bell
System, which was meant to encour
Some consumer advocacy groups
objected on the grounds that the deal
violated the spirit of the telecommuni-
cations deregulation law passed two
months ago.
New York State Attorney General
Dennis Vacco said yesterday his office
already had begun to review the deal.

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Yesterday, the Ad Hoc Committee
for Race, Gender and Sexuality pre-
sented the climate committee with four
proposals for discussion, all of which
deal with issues of increasing diversity
within the Law School.
The proposals include changing the
first-year curriculum to address race
and gender; hiring facultymembers with
expertise in race, gender, poverty or
sexual orientation; requesting that the
current faculty address these issues;
and hiring more minority faculty.
"These proposals represent the Ad
Hoc Committee's efforts to work with
the Law School faculty and administra-
tion to facilitate our agreed-upon goal
of creating substantive change in the

areas of race, gender and sexuality at
the Law School," the committee said in
a statement.
The second committee has been meet-
ing to find a successor to McCree, who
will retire this summer. Students and
faculty said McCree has been impor-
tant in addressing the needs of minority
The committee is currently taking
resumes and recommendations for the
position, but has not publicly posted the
job yet.
"It's hard to find someone to succeed
yourself," said McCree, who chairs the
McCree said the committee is in the
process of establishing the position re-
"We're looking for someone who is
mature and has perspective," McCree
Continued from Page 1A
the stress that usually builds up around
this time of year. "It's intended to be a
last chance to celebrate before finals,"
said sophomore Paul Deschamps, a vice
chair who coordinated the event.
"We're kind of advertising this as a
study break kind of event," Mills said.
He said they intend for people to "hope-
fully enjoy part of the show," rather
than staying from 3-9 p.m.
Students said they welcome the cel-
ebration, although finals might make it
difficult for some to attend. "It kind of
gives you a break before you get stressed
out with classes," said LSA first-year
student Kim Richardson. But she con-
ceded "it kind of takes away from your
"I think it's kind of bad timing, but
there's a lot ofthings that are cool going
on," said LSA first-year student Mel-
issa Wasilewski. "I can take half an
hour out of my day - I'm not going to
be studying 18 hours a day."
Mills and Deschamps said the street
party is not a last-minute idea. "The
inspiration came back in October," Mills
said. "A member of wing council sug-
gested it to me."
Other residence halls have similar
flings to celebrate the end of the year.
RC senior A.J. Acharya helped-plan the
East Quad Music Festival, formerly
called Quadapalooza, which showcased
local bands on April 13. "It always gets
a pretty good draw," he said. "It's been
an annual event since 1993."

Former Communists
win Italian elections
ROME - Italy turned to the left,
results from national elections showed
yesterday, but just how far left was in
question as disputes boiled among fac-
tions trying to form a coalition govern-
Parties in the Olive Tree coalition,
dominated by
former Commu-
nists, won a slim
three-seat majority
in the national '.
Chamber of Depu-
ties and a more
comfortable nine-
seat majority in the
On the day after
the voting, seeds of Prodi
discord were
sprouting. The coalition's centrist can-
didate for premier, Romano Prodi, may
be pushed further to the left to satisfy a
hardline Communist electoral coalition
The Olive Tree is dominated by the

Democratic Party of the Left - the
former Communist party - but has
former Christian Democrats in it along
with Communist Refoundation.
State television said President Oscar
Luigi Scalfaro will designate a premier,
probably Prodi, by May 20.
Greek patrol opens
fire on Turkish boat
ATHENS, Greece - A Greek coast
guard patrol boat opened fire on a Turk-
ish fishing boat early yesterday, trying
to stop it afterthe Turkish boat smuggled
illegal migrants onto a Greek islet, offi-
cials said.
Turkey protested to Greece, clan
ing that the Greek vessel had entered
Turkish waters, fired on a Turkish boat
and wounded a Turkish citizen, the
Anatolia news agency reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Emre
Gonensa called the incident "unjustifi-
able." He lateradmitted the fishing boat
had entered Greek territory but said the
firing incident took place in Turkish

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