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Wednesday
January 10, ±996

One hundredfive years of editoradfreedom

ailback
eaves Blue
or green
There will be no
Heisman Trophy
f.Tshimanga
abutuka.
Yesterday,
Michigan's junior
tailback announced
he will forgo his se-
nior season to enter
the NFL Draft.
Biakabutuka set
Michigan's senior Biakabatuka
season rushing
r rd last season with 1,818 yards. He
1~ a career high 313 yards on the
ground in the Wolverines' 31-23 upset
of Ohio State on Nov. 25.
Biakabutuka was also given
Michigan's Bo Schembechler Most
Valuable Player Award.
See story on Page lB.
WINTER
REAK
Inside today's Michigan Daily, there
are reports on several important events
affecting the University community that
took place over winter break:
'U' Dearborn
udent survives
Plane crash
One of four survivors in a Boeing 757
jet crash near Buga, Columbia, Univer-
sity of Michigan-Dearborn student
Mauricio Reyes didn't start the winter
semester with his classmates last week.
His injuries, which include four frac-
tures in his face and a fractured sternum
and pelvis, will require complicated
surgery, Reyes' brother, Andres, said
week.
See story on Page 3A.
'U' student wins
Marshall Scholarship
RC senior Ben Novick has been cho-
sen as a Marshall Scholar.
One of40 winners nationwide, Novick
was selected from 800 applicants. The
nners are granted two years of study at
British university. Novick said he
;lans to get a degree in Modern History
from Oxford University.
Novick is a writer and editor of the
Gargoyle, the campus humor maga-
zine.
See story on Page 3A.
LSA student faces
15 felony charges
WSA sophomore
Crystal Lujan and
23-year-oldAnnAr-
bor resident Dale
Lipke will face more
than 15 felony
rhares elatinn to a

Cinton sehaassment case to proceed

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Arkan-
sas sexual harassment case against Presi-
dent Clinton can go to trial, a federal
appeals court ruled yesterday, setting
the stage for a Supreme Court battle.
Clinton's attorney argued that Clinton
should not be questioned under oath on
such matters while serving as Presi-
dent. But an appeals panel in St. Louis
decided on a 2-1 vote that the case
brought by a former Arkansas state
employee, Paula Jones, can proceed.
"The President, like all other govern-
ment officials, is subject to the same
laws that apply to all other members of
Budget
n.egotato
suspended
for a wee
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Budget negotia-
tions between President Clinton and
Republican congressional leaders broke
off yesterday, leaving in serious jeop-
ardy the heart of the GOP agenda, a
balanced federal budget.
After months of political wrangling
and 50 hours of face-to-face talks be-
tween Clinton and GOP leaders, both
sides yesterday saidthe discussions were
suspended for at least a week.
If a compromise is not reached by
Jan. 26, temporary spending author-
ity for many programs once again
lapses. House Speaker Newt Gingrich
(R-Ga.) said shutdowns would not be
a feature of future budget disputes,
but other House Republicans were
less willing to predict that the current
operations of the federal government
would remain funded and federal
workers would always remain on the
job.
Republicans said they would return
to the talks if Clinton had something
new to offer. "While the talks are going
to be in recess for a while, we stand
ready to continue discussions when the
White House has new ideas to present,"
said Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole
(R-Kan.).
But Clinton maintained that progress
was being made and that he was work-
ing to achieve the goal of a balanced
budget by the year 2002. "We moved
closer together today," Clinton said at a
White House news briefing. "I want to
keep working together. I am very much
hoping that we can make this agree-
ment."
The failure to reach agreement all but
ensures that the fiscal and philosophi-
cal issues over the size and scope of
government that have dominated the
political landscape in Washington since
Republicans seized control ofCongress
will be central in the political cam-
paigns for the White House and Con-
gress this year.
The breakdown came after three days
of do-or-die talks at the White House in
See BUDGET, Page 2A
Inside: Federal shutdown
inconvenienced students. Page3A

our society," the court ruled. "A sitting
President is not immune from civil suits
for his unofficial acts."
"Obviously, we're a little disap-
pointed, but there was a very strong
dissenting opinion ... which we believe
the Supreme Court will follow, assum-
ing it takes the case," said Robert
Bennett, Clinton's attorney.
If the top court did agree to take the
case, there's virtually no chance a trial
would start before the 1996 election.
The Supreme Court would not hear
arguments until October at the earliest,
and a decision would not be expected

until sometime next year.
Jones, a former Arkansas employee,
alleges that Clinton sexually harassed
her during an encounter in a Little Rock
hotel suite in 1991. She has said she
rejected Clinton's suggestion that they
engage in sex.
Clinton has denied ever having an
encounter with Jones, and has said he
cannot recall whether he ever met her.
Bennett has tried to have the case dis-
missed on grounds of presidential im-
munity.
In a statement, Gilbert Davis, one of
Jones' attorneys, saidhis client was"very

pleased" with yesterday's ruling. "This
goes beyond the parties in the case be-
cause it stands on the proposition that no
one is above the law," Davis said.
He said the next step - barring any
further legal delays - would be taking
sworn statements from Clinton and a
former Arkansas state trooper that Jones
has alleged first told her that Clinton
was interested in meeting her in the
private hotel suite.
Bennett argued in September that let-
ting Jones' case proceed would set the
precedent ofexposing sitting Presidents
to lawsuits by anyone who disagrees

with their policies. In addition, Bennett
has contended that the lawsuit would
unfairly distract Clinton from the per-
formance of his official duties - an
argument often employed by govern-
ment officials to avoid testifying in
civil proceedings.
But Davis, Jones' attorney, hasas-
serted that his client is due the same
rights to a fair and speedy trial as any-
one else - whoever the defendant is.
Bennett has two weeks to appeal the
three-judge panel's decision by asking
the full 8th Circuit court to consider the
matter.

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* Closed airports, roads trap students
at home for first day of class
By Lisa Dines and Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporters
The Blizzard of'96, which has buried the East Coast under
as much as 35 inches of snow and closed airports from
Washington, D.C., to Boston, has kept many University
students from returning to Ann Arbor for class this morning.
With roads slippery and train and bus stations closed
Sunday and Monday, travel became easier yesterday, allow-
ing some students to reach town.
"They are slowly moving people out (yesterday) that have
been here since Sunday," Detroit Metropolitan International
Airport spokesman Mike Conway said yesterday. "It's kind
of a mess."
USAir spokesman David Castelveter said, "This has to rank
up there as one of the worst problems ever."
LSA junior Adam Polsky said he had two of his flights
cancelled and will not return in time for classes. He is
scheduled to leave at 2:20 p.m. today from Washington
National Airport, if all goes well.
"We are all stuck like rats in the house," he said from his
home in Potomac, Md. "It's stopped snowing. I'm sure I will
get out tomorrow. Make that, I hope I will get out tomorrow."
Michael Peters, an LSA and Music senior, has been snow-
bound in Gettysburg, Pa., since Sunday. Peters said he has
passed the time playing board games and talking on the phone.
Peters had planned to drive back to campus on Monday,
but about three feet of snow blocked in his car.
"It was actually illegal to drive so they could get roads
cleared," he said. "I think once I reach the Pennsylvania
Turnpike, I'll be OK. It's a matter of getting out of the house
and the area."
Pennsylvania officials declared a state of emergency,
closing most major highways during the storm.
LSA Dean Edie Goldenberg issued a statement to faculty
members yesterday, saying, "This has prompted numerous
calls from stranded students who are concerned that they may
miss some classes. Please convey to your faculty the need to
be flexible so that students do not lose their spaces in classes
as a result of the inclement weather."
English Composition Board Associate Director Wayne But-
ler said, "We tell them if they can't make it, that's fine." Butler
also said two of the department's faculty were still stuck in
Philadelphia and New York. "It's affecting everybody."

KR-ITENSCAEFR/Daily

Above: Two University
students return to Detroit
Metro Airport yesterday
afternoon. Many students
are stranded at East Coast
airports due to the winter
storm.
Left: Central Park in New
York City, where an official
20.6 inches of snow was
measured following a two-
day blizzard, lies still
buried in the white stuff
yesterday.

,t3 k ,.F;# 2 r^ '~l AP PHOTO
E~ast coast digs itself out from the Blizzardof9

The Associated Press
Crews digging the East out after the
Blizzard of '96 piled the snow 15 feet
high or dumped it by the truckload into
rivers yesterday as cabin fever set in
among snowbound families.
"For the first time in my life I felt like
a prisoner. You couldn't leave, you
were a hostage here, a hostage to the
weather," said Jim Vanstone, a traveler
from Montreal who was stuck for two
days at Newark International Airport in
New Jersey.

At least 86 deaths were blamed on
the storm that paralyzed much of the
East under 1 1/2 to 3 feet of snow.
In New York, airline flights began
arriving and taking off again as run-
ways were cleared of snowdrifts up to
20 feet high.
Schools remained closed yesterday
from northern Georgia to New Hamp-
shire. New York City's 1 million school-
children got another day off-the first
snow days ever in the lives of those kids
who've always lived in the city: New

York's schools last closed in 1978.
Many government offices and busi-
nesses were closed for a second day.
A new but weaker storm headed for
the region; 3 to 5 inches was possible
overnight in Massachusetts with light
snow in New York. Snow also fell again
during the day in Washington.
Still more snow could arrive this
weekend, but it was too soon to predict
how much.
Getting the blizzard's 2 to 3 feet of
snow off sidewalks, streets, highways

murder and two ar-
sons. The two are
accused of taking
rt in a two-week Lujan
e spree, during
which 47-year-old Daniel P. Rice was
beaten to death and then torched along
with his house, School of Music sopho-
more Erika Banks was assaulted and
her' Ziwet House room burned.
See story on Page SA.
Search Forums
Continue
*he University Board of Regents will
be holding the remainder of its.
presidential search forums
throughout January.
1 Open forum Jan. 10 from 6:30-8
p.m. in Grand Rapids at the Amway
Grand Hotel.
Open forum Jan. 17 from 6:30-8
p.m. in Detroit at the St. Regis
Votel.
N Forum for faculty, staff and
students Jan. 18 from 10 a.m.-noon
at.University of Michigan-Flint in the
Michigan Rooms, University Center.
Flint Chancellor Charlie Nelms will
moderate.

Students arrested for
protesting S e at
Dec. commencement

and runways was just the beginning.
For starters, where do you put it?
Philadelphia city crews dumped
truckloads into the Schuylkill River.
Crews excavating New York City's
Rockefeller Center heaped it up outside
the "Today" show studio and then
trucked it to docks to be dumped into
the Hudson River.
Trenton, New Jersey, scraped it up
and made a mountain out of a parking
lot at the ,Trenton Thunder baseball
stadium.
Regents
e
to renin
Athletic
Departmnent
By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
In an action that could permanently
alter sports programs at the University,
the Board of Regents has mandated a
rewrite of the bylaws that govern inter-
collegiate athletics.
Under the first draft of the proposed
changes, the regents' approval would
be required to determine the long-tertn
budgets and objectives of the Athletic
Department. The University Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics cur-
rently holds these reponsibilities.
The Board in Control would be re-
duced to an advisory council to the

By Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Staff Reporter
Department of Public Safety officers
arrested 12 people for disturbance of law-
ful meetings at December's winter com-
mencement.
About 30 protestors chanted "Soli-
darity forever ... The union makes us
strong" when the University gave an
honorary degree to Detroit Free Press

where all 12 were arrested.
"When they began to be noisy enough
to disrupt the ceremonies, we did ask
them to stop, and when a number of
them refused to stop, that's when we
arrested them and removed them from
the building," Peterson said.
Both University administrators and
Shine said they expected a possible
demonstration at the commencement.
"I've spent my life in journalism de-
fending people's rights to express them-
selves to society," Shine said after the
ceremony. "I thought there might be
something that might be a protest."
GEO President Scott Dexter, who par-
ticinated in the demonstration but was not

Publisher Neal
Shine. The group in-
cluded members of
the Graduate Em-
ployees Organiza-
tion and striking De-
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A Department of Public Safety officer arrests a protester at winter commencement
ceremonies on Dec. 17. Twelve people were arrested for interrupting the speech of
honorary doctoral degree recipient Neal Shine, publisher of the Detroit Free Press.

intended to signify a position on the six-
month-old strike.

Although a few honored graduates
also held up signs during the protest,

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