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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 11, 1996 -3A

Regents give com iuttee
guidelines for pres. search

.U'adds new
tele hone
xc e
During the next few months a new
telephone exchange will replace the
existing 747 exchange on campus, In-
formation Technology Division spokes-
person Bruce Spiher said. The
changeover to the new exchange, 647,
will start soon and is expected to be
completed by Nov. 30.
University phone numbers beginning
with 747 will be automatically con-
jrted to the 647 exchange.
The change is occurring because the
University, which is running out oftele-
phone numbers, only owns half of the
747 exchanges and is trading them to
Ameritech in return for all of the 647
exchange numbers.
Local businesses and households
currently use the other half of the 747
numbers.
The University will only be able to
Jtaintain five-digit dialing on campus
for approximately three more years,
Spiher said.
faculty members to
leceiVe award
Two University faculty members will
receive the Henry Russel Award to-
morrow in Rackham Amphitheater.
The annual award will be given to
Dante Eric Amidei and Celeste Anne
rusati for scholarly achievement and
promise. The award is meant to recog-
nize young faculty members.
The presentation will be followed by
the Henry Russel Lecture, given this
year by Ludwig Koenen, the Herbert C.
Youtie Distinguished University Pro-
fessor of Papyrology.
Prof. to perform
nixed-media play,
Michael Keck, a Martin Luther King
Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting
Professor, is scheduled to give a perfor-
mance of his play "Voices in the Rain"
on March 15 at 8 p.m.
"Voices in the Rain" aims to repre-
-ent both the family and community
backgrounds of young men ofcolor and
their experience of incarceration. It is a
single actor mixed-media theater piece,
*xploring how early violence leads to
more violence.
Keck, an actor, composer and play-
wright, said his play is a completed
work that remains in progress.
The play includes monologues, tra-
ditional prison songs, original music,
sound art and rear screen projections.
Scholarship available
for study in Israel
- The Harry and Sarah Laker Israel
Youth Scholarship Fund is accepting
applications from college students for
an academic year study program in Is-
rael.
The scholarship is celebrating its 20th
"anniversary and is awarding $2,500 in
cash to the winning student who can
"Choose to study at Bar Ilan, Haifa, Tel
Aviv, Ben Gurion or Hebrew Univer-
To qualify, the applicant must be
a resident of the metropolitan De-
troit area who is currently attending
3 college or university in the United
tates-
Applications are now available by
ca~lig (810) 352-8670. The applica-
tion deadline is April 30.

Exhibit examines art
"roductivity in old age
An exhibition focusing on
Rembrandt's later works investigates
he phenomenon of artistic productiv-
ity in old age.
The exhibit, "Bold Strokes: The In-
ventiveness of Rembrandt's Late
Prints," juxtaposes a late work with
earlier prints on similar themes.
The exhibit will be open through
pril 28 at the University's Museum of
rt- C
Compiled from Daily staff reports

By Jodi Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
While many students left campus last
Friday for spring break, the day marked the
beginning ofa long and arduous task for 12
members of the University community.
On March 1, the Board of Regents met
with the recently appointed presidential

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
President Clinton shakes hands with supporters during a stop dedicating the
Taylor Public Works building in Taylor on March 4.
Cli C ton cmpigs
In S suhast Mih.
targes laor u11nios

search advisory
committee to offi-
cially send them off
on their quest forthe
next president. It is
the only scheduled
meeting between
the two groups un-
til the fall, when the
committee will give
the board their list

"Ultimat
the regent
resp$nsibi
- Regent S
(R-E

Clinton cites 'U' study
in claim that auto
industry is growing
By Sam T. Dudek
Daily Staff Reporter
TAYLOR - While Republican
presidential candidates battled each
other for delegates across the coun-
try, President Clinton spoke to a re-
ceptive union-friendly crowd last
Monday in Taylor.
Clinton focused on economic
growth, education, the American
dream and the future in his 30-minute
speech at the dedication of Taylor's
new Department of Public Works
building.
"We should grow the economy by
targeting a tax cut to the people who
need it - theworking families of
America," Clinton said.
"The most important tax cut we can
give is to give families a tax deduction
for the cost of college tuition," he said.
Clinton has proposed making college
tuition tax-deductible up to $10,000.
Law first-year student Jason
Blankenship said he believes a tax break
for families with college students was
the most important issue Clinton raised.
"I like the idea of tax credits for
college tuition," Blankenship said.
Clinton told the crowd of more than
6,000 that under his administration the
Big Three automakers have created
75,000 new jobs.
"Our auto industry is back," he told
the crowd. "For the first time in 15
years our auto industry is leading the
world in sales, in progress and prof-
its."
The president cited a recent Univer-
sity study that predicted 130,000 new
auto industry jobs in Michigan.
Clinton told the crowd that since he
took office, the Michigan unemployment
rate has dropped to 5 percent and "new
businesses have increased by 10 percent."

John Truscott, a spokesperson for
Gov. John Engler, said the president
took undeserved credit for the economic
growth in Michigan.
"He's taking credit for the Michigan
economy, even though the rebound started
long before he took office,"Truscott said.
"Our national economy was much stron-
ger before he took office."
Clinton's visit to Taylor, an indus-
trial city of 70,000, fits in with the
president's campaign strategies, said
Fred Durhal, political organizing direc-
tor for the Michigan Democratic Party.
"Michigan is a targeted state," Durhal
said. "In order to win Michigan you've
got to win southeast Michigan."
Upbeat throughout, Clinton was opti-
mistic about the nation's future in his
address.
"I believe the young people of our
country will have more chances to live
out their dreams than any generation of
Americans," he said.
Armando Perez traveled from Adrian
to see the president. "I like the fact he
stressed education and jobs," he said.
"He gave a good speech."
John Owens missed a day of school
to see Clinton's speech. Owens, a Tay-
lor high school student, said he was not
impressed with the president's words.
"At least it was better than going to
school," he said.
Clinton was originally scheduled to
speak in Taylor last November, but he
postponed the visit to attend the funeral
of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Clinton spoke briefly on the terrorist
bombing that took place in Israel early
last week.
"Our prayers and thoughts are with
the victims there. Our hearts are with
those who fight for peace," Clinton said.
Following the Taylor speech, Clinton
spoke at a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser in
Detroit and a private fund-raiser in
Oakland County.
- The Associated Press
contributed to this report.

of suggested candidates.
The regents explained the committee's
role in recruiting and conducting candidate
interviews. The board also discussed its
general expectations, along with character-
istics it hopes to see in the next president.
The advisory committee consists of
seven faculty members, two students,
two staff members and one alum. Law
School Dean Jeffrey Lehman will serve
as the committee's chair.
"It is with a sense of humility, responsi-
bility and gratitude that we are undertaking
this role for you," Lehman told the regents.
Regent Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek),
co-chair of the search, explained to the
committee their role in the overall process.
"It is a preparatory step to the ultimate
selection of the president," she said. "We
hope that you will conduct a vigorous

search for candidates. We hope that
you will bring us a list offive, unranked
individuals to be considered."
When the list is presented to the re-
gents, candidate names will be made
public. Based on the recommendations,
the regents will choose finalists, inter-
view the candidates and select the next
president.
"Ultimately,
eI it'S it's the regents'
responsibility,"
McFee said.
After review-
lt5"ingthe searchpro-
hirley McFee cess, the regents
discussed quali-
Battle Creek) ties they want in
the successor to
President James Duderstadt, who will
step down from his position June 30.
Regent Nellie Varner (D-Detroit),
co-chair of the search, said the presi-
dent should have strong communica-
tion skills. "We definitely want some-
one who is skilled in acting with the
public sector, especially the legisla-
ture," she said.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)
said he thinks "it is important that insti-
tutions have leadership from outside.
Leaders away from this university might
bring new ideas, new energy."
But Regent Andrea Fischer Newman
(R-Ann Arbor) disagreed. "That per-
son can be found both inside and out-
side," she said. "I think we need to look
at everybody."
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann Ar-

bor) restated the regents' description.
"Much ofthis criteria in my mind subi-
mates to the notion that we are trying and
are going to pick just the right persont
just the right time," he said, echoing the
message the board has expressed sine
the beginning of the search process.
Lehman said he is impressed with the
search so far, especially the public forums
held across the state to gauge the opinion
ofthe University's constituencies, includ-
ing faculty, students and alums.
"You have set a high standard fqr
your advisory committee," Lehmap
said. "We are thoroughly committed to
meeting that standard."
Provost J. Bernard Machen explained
that the committee was formed to "com-
port with the Open Meetings Act." Ag-
cording to state law, all regular meetings
of the Board of Regents must be con-
ducted in public. Because the committee's
task is designated as "purely advisory,' t
is not required to meet publicly.
Members of the. board have said the
committee may help to ensure candidates
some confidentiality, at least until te
final stages. At last week's meeting, the
board again stressed that the committe
must keep strict confidentiality.
"Leaks can occur through casual con-
versation or interaction with a close
friend, spouse," McFee said. The coin-
mittee will meet in closed sessions 4t
their office in the Perry Building.
In the spirit of Nike, Regent Danel
Horning (R-Grand Haven) summed up
the charge to the advisory committee.
"Just do it," he said.

Rackham to offer e-mail votirng

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By Will Weissort
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to combat low voter turn-
out, the Rackham Student Government
is set to offer its students the chance to
vote in Rackham elections electroni-
cally using the World Wide Web.
While Rackham prepares to break
new ground in the electronic world, the
Michigan Student Assembly is waiting
and watching closely.
"Graduate students as a whole don't
pay attention to MSA and other elec-
tions - some don't even know they
could vote in those elections," said Sa-
rah-Marie Bel Castro, Rackham Stu-
dent Government president. "This way
they will be able to click on a few web
sites and get involved."
To vote electronically in the March
elections, Rackham students should
visit Rackham's web site and click on
the voting icon. Electronic voting will
be availible on March 25, 26 and 27.
The Rackham Student Government

office will also provide paper ballots
on March 27 so that students without
access to a computer will also be able
to vote.
Rackham Student Government offi-
cials hope to distribute fliers and put up
posters advertising the web site's ad-
dress. Rackham's home page can be
reached at http://www.umich.edu/
-rstugov.
"Traditional elections tend to be a
jumble - they are noisy and there are
a lot of people standing around," said
Rackham Student Government Rep.
Gibon Lenga. "We want to make the
elections easier, so that more graduate
students will want to get involved."
As Rackham Student Government
members continue to work on the elec-
tronic voting system, they have been in
contact with MSA election officials. MSA
officials are considering expanding elec-
tronic voting to all MSA elections, said
MSA Rackham Rep. John Lopez.
"We are all waiting to see how this

works out this time, but expansion is a
possibility. (An electronic voting sys-
tem) is very definite," Lopez said.-,
Lopez said Rackham officials were
working with Information Technology
Division communication services ro
work out all of the voting system's
potential kinks. ITD plans to review the
system's results from the upcoming
elections and work with the system
further over the summer. "We hope Ao
have a finalized plan by the Novembgr
elections," Lopez said.
"Hopefully MSA can get in on the
ground floor on this," he said. .
Bel Castro said this technologioal
step was necessary and that she was
optimistic about the results electronic
voting will bring.
"We feel like this should be done,"
she said. "It used to be we'd have abQpt
150 votes out of thousands of graduae
students. This system should improve
that - even if we only double our turn-
out, we will still be successful."

advno n emum Cofoamage!

Juiy consultants may
have helped Kevorkian

DETROIT (AP) - Jury consultants
hired by Dr. Jack Kevorkian's defense
team may have made the difference in
the retired pathologist's acquittals on
assisted suicide charges, experts say.
The consultants succeeded in seat-
ing an Oakland Circuit Court jury that
included United Methodist Bishop
Donald Ott, who had pro-Kevorkian
beliefs.
Through homework and research, the
defense team learned what prosecutors
may have overlooked: Ott - the jury
foreman - was a published proponent
of the right to die.
"(Donald) Ott was clearly an articu-
late man. If you listen to his delivery,
the way he spoke, it is clear that he is an
excellent facilitator," said Ken Hylton
Jr., a criminal lawyer in Detroit.

"He had the ability to listen in the
jury room and mediate between differ-
ent points of view, to urge and cajole
until finally they reached consensus."
Friday's verdict of innocent on two
counts of violating a now-expired ban
on assisted suicide required persuad-
ing four jurors to change their posi-
tions.
Lead prosecutor John Skrzynski said
his team does not do background checks
on jurors. Asked if the case was lost in
jury selection, he told The Detroit News
for a story yesterday, "we undoubtedly
could have had a better panel."
Jury consultants try to burrow into
the psyche of each prospective juror.
Information on income, race, religion
and age allows psychologists to predict
behavior.

AREYOA
LEADER?

GROUP MEETINGS
U Alliance for the Mentally liI of
Washtenaw County, 994-6611,
St. Clare's Episcopal Chruch,
2309 Packard, 7:30 p.m.
U Burning Bush Campus Ministry,
930-0621, Michigan Union,

EVENTS
U "Labor Organizing in Mexico,"
sponsored by Student Labor Ac-
tion Coalition, Graduate Em-
ployees Union, LASC, Michi-
gan Union, Kuenzel Room, 12
noon.

STUDENT SERVICES
U Campus Information Centers, Michi-
gan Union and Pierpont Commons,
763-INFO, info@umich.edu,
UMeEvents on GOpherBLUE, and
http://www.umich.edu/~info on
the World Wide Web

LS&A Student Government will hold its
Winter 1996 general elections March 27 and
28 in conjunction with the MSA elections. All
nineteen representative positions, as well as the
offices of President and Vice-President, will
be up for grabs. Now is the time to declare

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