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One hundredfve years ofeditorialfreedom

February 15, 1996

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bows out
of race
tfer Iowa
From Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON - Texas Sen. Phil
Gramm (R-Texas) yesterday lambasted
the "protectionism" of fellow
conserative Patrick Buchanan as he of-
ficially ended his campaign for the Re-
publican presidential nomination with-
out endorsing any other contender for
the nomination.
*Buoyant in defeat, Gramm said he will
now concentrate on winning re-election
to the Senate, dismissing suggestions he
was scurrying back to Texas out of con-
cern that his seat was in jeopardy because
of the presidential race.
Gramm's exit, after a fast start and
even faster finish, followed his fifth-
place showing Monday in Iowa's cau-
cuses and earlier
losses to Buchanan
in Louisiana and
Alaska. "When the
voters speak, I lis-
ten, especially
when the voters are
saying someone
else's name," he
told a news confer-
ence on Capitol
Gramm Chuck Yob,
ramm's campaign manager for Michi-
n, told The Michigan Daily on Tues-
day that Gramm's poor finish was not
due to his political platform.
"Gramm went against the whole Iowa
group by working with (the early cau-
cuses in Alaska) and Louisiana," Yob
said. "He's been on the outs with lead-
ership of both states for not letting them
blackmail him into waiting for Iowa."
Even though rumors of Gramm's
uickly closing campaign were run-
ng rampant, Yob defended Gramm's
days on the campaign efforts. "Gramm
is still the only conservative in the race
that can take the social and economic
conservatives and put (them) together.
Just like Reagan ... that's what it takes
to win the Republican Party."
Although Yob was optimistic, and
said Gramm was "in it for the long
haul," his campaign for the Republican
residential nomination bid is indeed
Despite speculation that he might
endorse Senate Majority Leader
BobDole (R-Kan.), Gramm said he
needed time "to step away, to reflect"

Next 'U pres.
wil notbe a
'usual sus

Phillip Martin (left), a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, kisses Robert Welcher, a Rackham student, yesterday.
Vs Day withKiss-rn-

By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The Board of Regents said yesterday
that the next University president should
not be among the "usual suspects" -
candidates such as current presidents at
other schools.
"Confining ourselves to the usual
suspects with the usual resumes ... isn't
likely to be just the right person at just
the right time," said Regent Philip Power
(D-Ann Arbor).
Mirroring comments made during a
series of nine public forums in the last
few months, Power said the board must
choose a person who will serve the
needs of the University as it moves into
the 21 st century.
"I ask you to be creative and look for
that person with unusual experience or
interests," Regent Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) said during a meet-
ing with Malcolm MacKay, the presi-
dential search consultant. Deitch added
that candidates could come from the
government or private sector, and not
necessarily from a business background.
"I worry that if we talk too much
about the CEO, we put ourselves in the
pool of usual suspects," Deitch said. "I
don't want to limit what we do to that
group of people."
The board also stressed that the presi-
dent must be chosen based on the im-
portant issues the University will face
during the next 10 years, citing techno-
logical and economic changes.
"The leader of the University has to
be able to serve in the changing society
we live in," said Regent Shirley McFee
(R-Battle Creek).
The discussion stemmed from a job
description written and presented by
MacKay, who is the managing director
of the New York-based firm Russell
Reynolds Inc. The draft was not only a
starting point for yesterday's discus-
sion, but it also will be given to poten-
tial candidates.
"The main value of this document is
to have you think and tell me the quali-
fications ofthe position," Mac Kay said.
"It will become the marching order of
the advisory committee."
MacKay was hired by the regents in
January to help them find the successor
to James Duderstadt, who said he would

An analysis of the
comments 228
people made to the
Presidential Search
Committee in public
forums and written
statements revealed

By Carrie Keller
For the Daily
Gays, lesbians and bisexuals celebrated
the holiday of love with the third annual
Queer Kiss-in on the Diag yesterday.
The event, sponsored by the Queer
Unity Project, began at noon with stu-
dent speeches on the steps ofthe Harlan
Hatcher Graduate Library. .
Students spoke in support of the gay
movement and encouraged other gays
not to be afraid to show affection in
public. The group also passed out
condoms to the crowd as a part of Na-
tional Condom Week.
Following the speeches, students kissed
their Valentines, proving that Feb. 14 is
not only for heterosexuals. Students car-
ried signs with slogans like, "Kiss Me,
I'm Gay" and "Love Knows No Gender."
Queer Kiss-in co-coordinator Sally
Green, a first-year Rackham student,
said the evept showed that homosexual
displays of affection are often unac-
cepted in society.
"It is a visibility event to make people
realize that gays, lesbians and bisexuals
still don't have equal rights in society.

for a *

It is both a political event and a fun heterosexuals," said Shana Sussman,
event," Green said. an LSA sophomore.
Participant Erika Banks, a sopho- The organization also led a panel dis-
more in the School of Music, said she cussion in the Michigan Union following
was happy with the large turnout. the Kiss-in. The discussion was a social
"A lot ofhet- commentary on soci-
erosexuals are ety and the norms of
listening, GayslbanS public displays of af-
which is good. fection, Green said.
We want to talk and bs"xuals ajll "''m here because I
to the people think it's upsettingthat
thatdon'tknow d n ' have equaljnon-heterosexualsare
and maybe they denied the acceptabil-
will be the ones fghts ,.. ity to show public dis-
to change - Sally Green plays of affection,"
things," Banks said NeelaGheshalan
said. Queer Kiss-in co-coordinator RC first-year student.
Students in The discussion be-


43 said the next president should
have leadership qualities.
E31 saidthe next president should
have an academic background.
* 16 said the next president should
be creative and open to change.
10 said the next president should
support diversity and affirmative
step down as president on June 30.
MacKay's draft outlined the duties
and responsibilities of the president,
along with some professional and per-
sonal qualifications.
Regent Rebecca McGowan (D-Ann
Arbor) emphasized that the president
must have a good relationship with the
state Legislature.
"Our primary donor on an annual
basis is the state legislature," she said.
"It is (the president's) most significant
responsibility when it comes to raising
The board also said the job descrip-
tion should acknowledge the medical
center and the University's athletic pro-
gram as two primary responsibilities of
the president.
The regents also discussed whether
the leader should come from more ofan
academic, rather than a business back-
ground, a concern raised during the
public forums.
A statistical representation of the
comments of all 228 people who spoke
during the forums was given to the
regents at yesterday's meeting.
The analysis, compiled by Director
of Academic Planning and Analysis
Marilyn Knepp, showed the public's
opinion on the characteristics of the
next leader, their rank of a president's
priorities and the search process.
See SEARCH, Page 2A

the Diag had mixed reactions to the
Kiss-in, but most voiced support.
"While I don't necessarily agree with
them, it is something people have to
become aware of and learn to accept,"
said Stephanie Ongena, an Engineering
first-year student.
"I respect them for having the cour-
age to come out here and show to every-
one that Valentine's Day isn't just for

gan with a clip from a recent Oprah
Winfrey show That discussed the nega-
tive reactions homosexuals often re-
ceive when they are seen publicly dis-
playing affection.
Students then discussed why society is
unaccepting of homosexuality. Gender
roles taught to children and religious be-
liefs were suggested as explanations to
society's uneasiness.

Yeltsin comes home
to announce future

* Russian president
pledges continuation
of reforms
Oresident Boris Yeltsin came home yes-
terday to announce his political plans in
a frigid, industrial city that says it knows
him well - but believes he has lost
touch with its troubles.
"He did a very good job here, and his
wife used to stand right next to us in line
for shoes," says Zoya Kartashova, a
tiny pensioner in fur boots and a thin
purple jacket who was walking home
on a crisp cold day.
"Now I actually feel sorry for him.
e's alone there and doesn't know how
life really is for people. ... I voted for
him last time, but that's it."
Yeltsin, 65, is expected to announced
today that he will seek a second presi-
dential term. He trails in nationwide
opinion polls and appears to fare only
slightly better in his own backyard.
"It's a difficult decision," Yeltsin told
reporters at Yekaterinburg's airport,
(ferring to the decision whether to run
in the June 16 election.
"It would not mean that I will neces-
sarily be elected," he said. "But we
must continue with reforms. We don't
have any other choice. There is no road
back, and we must finish what we have
..nra "

says will be many visits to Russia's
The Ural Mountains city, formerly
known as Sverdlovsk, was at the heart
of the Soviet Union's military-indus-
trial complex. It is ailing now as Rus-
sian industry declines and the military
The city, home to the giant Uralmash
machine-building plant, also is known
for violent feuds between organized
crime gangs. Its workers face constant
delays in their paychecks in addition to
production declines and environmental
and health problems.
Yeltsin last visited Yekaterinburg
in June 1992, when his mother was ill.
H e had been the region's Communist
Party boss before moving to Moscow
in 1985.
During his current trip, he is sticking
to a fairly conventional schedule, visit-
ing a factory, a subway station, a war
memorial and a cemetery, among other.
At Sreduralstroi, a huge construction
company that Yeltsin ran before going
into politics, the past seven years have
been rough. The number of projects is
down by a third, said deputy director
Konstantin Yeliseyev.
Yeliseyevwho worked with Yeltsin,
said he sympathizes with the job the
president faces "rebuilding an entire
economy for 150 million people."
"Rut it cnuld have been done more

E-mail sender
admits to forgery
By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
James Nash, former co-editorial page editor of The Michi-
gan Daily, yesterday admitted responsibility for a forged e-
mail falsely sent under the name of University President
James Duderstadt.
The letter was sent to more than 70 University e-mail
groups early Tuesday evening. It contained several uses of
profanity and a threat to "declare the U-m (sic) invalid." It
followed a long series of letters that began with the recircula-
tion of a year-old racist e-mail.
"It wasn't a serious attempt to be (Duderstadt), but it was a
misuse of his name," said Laurie Burns, associate director for
customer relations with the Information Technology Division
at the University.
Nash said he regrets the incident.
"I am deeply sorry to President Duderstadt and the Univer-
sity community for this embarrassment," Nash said.
Burns said Nash could face penalties for sending amessage
under a false name and for using the account of another person
to post the message.
"Both of these things are considered to be fairly serious,"
Burns said. "They are policies that ITD abides by."
Lisa Baker, associate vice president for University rela-
tions, said Duderstadt has made no comment on the message.
"I know he is aware of it," Baker said.
Burns said Nash could face "various levels of disciplinary
action." She said action could come from the ITD and "disci-
plinary policies that are under the Code of Student Conduct."
"I am in contact with Laurie Burns and await further word
regarding any actions I should take to atone for my action,"
Nash said. "As for possible sanctions, it's too early to tell."
Baker said the e-mail will have no effect on the
administration's relationship with the Daily.
Ronnie Glassberg, editor in chief of the Daily, said Nash
offered to resign from his current position as copy desk editor
early yesterday morning.
"Through contact with ITD and Daily staffers, we were able

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