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April 4, 1996

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Union members rally outside the LSA Building yesterday to support GEO.
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By Jeff Eldridge
and Josh White
Daily Staff Reporters
Theodore John Kaczynski, the man
the FBI believes to be connected with
the Unabomber case, lived in East Quad
for two years and earned two degrees in
mathematics from the University dur-
ing the 1960s.
FBI agents raided Kaczynski's Lin-
coln, Mont., home yesterday and took
him into custody. Kaczynski's detain-
ment follows 17 1/2 years of investiga-
tion into the mysterious bombings, some
of which targeted university professors
around the country.
University officials confirmed that
Kaczynski earned a master's degree in
mathematics from the University in 1964
and finished his doctorate in mathemat-
ics in 1967. While not listed in the
Michiganensian yearbooks for 1963-
67, Kaczynski is in the Rackham gradu-
ation register for summer commence-
ment in August 1967.
Mathematics Prof Peter Duren, who
worked with Kaczynski on his doctoral
thesis, described Kaczynski as individu-
alistic and meticulously neat.
"He was very independent, very seri-
ous and very smart. A real analytical
mind," Duren said.
Duren said Kaczynski dedicated his
life to his studies while he was at the
"At that time, he was really wrapped
up in mathematics. I don't think he was
involved in anything else," Duren said.
Duren also said Kaczynski nevergave
any mention of political beliefs.
"When he was at Michigan, I don't
think he was political," Duren said. "If
he's the Unabomber, that's a different
person than the one I knew"
Duren said Kaczynski was not overly


Left: Kaczynski's 1994 Montana driver's license photo. Right: Unabomber

ficials would try to obtain his course
records sometime today.
The tnabomber, in his "Manifesto"
published last year, mentioned the In-
dustrial Revolution as leading to"wide-
spread psychological suffering"and said
that advancing technology would cause
"social disruption and psychological
suffering." The Unabomber may have
targeted McConnell because of
McConnell's views expressed in his
r textbook, "Understanding Human Be-
Psychology Prof. Charles Morris said
McConnell performed an extensive
experiment involving genetics and be-
havior. In the 1960s, McConnell per-
formed a series of experiments on flat-
worms which he believed connected
genetics with intelligence.
McConnell, who died in 1990, was
APPHO considered a leader in the psychologi-
sketch. cal area of behavioralism.
"It (behavioralism) takes the view
eering," that human beings are largely control-
analysis lable," Morris said. "The Unabomber
ns using might have taken that as offense to his
nnected In his manifesto, the Unabombercon-
ed three demned "genetic engineering" that
ee began could "begin to invade our sphere of
in May freedom." He also referred to "the ma-
s sent to nipulation of an individual to adjust
. James him to the system."
Michigan Morris said McConnell was very
85, that outspoken about his beliefs, and that
Sept. 15 the Unabomber might have strongly
Nicklaus disagreed with them.
ds to his "At the time it happened, it was to-
s to the tally out of the blue," Morris said, not-
ing that "someone could have been
Bernie mightily offended" by McConnell's
night no . outspoken approach.
between The Unabomber also spoke out
t that of- See UNABOMBER, Page SA

By Anupama Reddy
4 ily Staff Reporter
Yellow placards promoting solidar-
ity checkered the Diag during
yesterday's labor union rally.
"This is one day in a lot of days to
stand up for unions," said Jerry Collie.
"I say let's go."
Collie is president ofthe local Ameri-
can Federation of State Council Mu-
nicipal Employees Union, which repre-
sents 2,600 University employees.
Members of the All-Campus Labor
* uncil - an affiliation of six labor
unions on campus - gathered to cel-
ebrate camaraderie and to protest the
slow bargaining process between the
Graduate Employees Organization and
the administration.
State Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-
Salem Twp.) gave a speech in favor of
unions. She said she supported GEO in
the recent nonstop bargaining talks with
ee University, which began Monday.
"I'm behind GEO because they are
part of the University community that
educate our children," Smith said. "I
support you. I encourage you. Go for it.
"I'm also here to support the All-
(Campus) Labor Council. This solidar-
ity is absolutely thrilling."
The council includes GEO and the
Skilled Trades Association, local chap-
ters of AFSCME, the American Associa-
tion of University Professors, the Interna-
nal Union of Operating Engineers, and
'TSE, a stage hands association.
"Without labor unions, millions of
Americans would join the working
poor," said Frank Williams, chief stew-
ard of the Skilled Trades Association.
"Unions are virtually all that stand be-
tween the workers and (management).
Organized labor is still a powerful force

in our economic life."
Williams also said the University ad-
ministration must standby what they say.
"Don't tell us one thing and do an-
other," Williams said. "The adminis-
tration must do what's right for all of us
and not just for a chosen few."
Cecil Angel, a striking reporter from
the Detroit Free Press, gave the audi-
ence of union members advice about
"One of the things we've learned is
(that) there is no way you're going to
win unless you stick together, hold tight
and stand firm," Angel said.
Students agreed that the collaboration
of the unions was an impressive feat.
"I think that it's really encouraging
that they all are coming together in
support of each other," said SNRE
sophomore Nicole Burns.
Art junior Jodie Brasseur said she was
pleased to see the other unions supporting
GEO in its contract negotiations.
"I think it's really great they're be-
hind each other," Brasseur said. "It was
good (that) all the other unions were
behind them."
Rackham first-year student Marcus
Willensky said he was disappointed the
rally did not address the issues.
"It was a non-issue (rally)," Willensky
said. "It was a lot ofbluster, a lotofnoise."
GEO President Scott Dexter left the
marathon bargaining session with the
University to speak encouraging words to
the onlookers. He said GEO had a respon-
sibility to stand by its fellow unions.
"When other unions start negotiating
their contract we'd better damn well be
there," Dexter said.
Dexter concluded the rally by leading
the members to the LSA Building, where
nonstop bargaining talks are being held.

sociable, but was not unfriendly to other
"He was a loner," Duren said. "I don't
think he really avoided people. He could
talk to people in the usual types of
Kaczynski's 80-page dissertation,
titled "Boundary Functions," was pub-
lished in January 1968. Current math-
ematics Prof. Paul Federbush said the
phrase "boundary functions" is a very
broad term.
"It arises in all sorts of things,"
Federbush said. "It's often associated
with applied mathematics."
Former mathematics Prof. Wilfred
Kaplan, who taught graduate courses
when Kaczynski was at the University,
said Kaczynski might have been in-
volved in complex analysis studies.
"It is by far the most important appli-

cation in physics and engin
Kaplan said. "It is a complex
that involved complex equatio
imaginary numbers."
The Unabomber has been co
with mail bombs that have kill
people and injured 23. His sprc
at Northwestern University
1978, and one of the bombs wa
University psychology Prof
McConnell in 1985. The M
Daily reported Sept. 18, 19
McConnell was not hurt in the
blast, but that his assistant, 1
Suino, sustained "flesh woun
arms and superficial wound
University spokesperson
DeGroat said that as of last i
connection had been made1
Kaczynski and McConnell, bu

Brown killed in Bosnia plane crash

The Washington Post
A U.S. military plane carrying Com-
merce Secretary Ronald Brown and 32
other people crashed into a hillside yes-
terday while trying to land in extremely
bad weather near the Croatian port city -
of Dubrovnik. No survivors were found,
and the State Department said Brown is
presumed dead.
Croatian rescue teams working in
darkness and blinding rain until past
midnight this morning found the bodies
of 10 people at the crash site, all of them
Americans, before suspending their
search until sunrise. Meanwhile, a team
of I1 U.S. special forces troops was
reported to be making its way overnight
through rugged terrain toward the
The Air Force T-43A aircraft,
whose passengers also included other
Commerce Department officials and
a group of American business leaders
looking into postwar reconstruction
projects in the former Yugoslavia,
smashed into a rocky 2,300-foot hill-
top about 1.8 miles from the
Dubrovnik airport.
The plane disappeared from airport
radar screens at 2:52 p.m. (7:52 a.m.
EST). Air Force Lt. Gen. Howell
Estes, operations director for the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the
Pentagon that there was no evidence
of an explosion aboard the plane or of
hostile fire around the airport. The
area had been engulfed by fighting
between Serb and Croat forces in re-
cent years but has been quiet since
last summer.
Besides Brown, those aboard the
plane included 12 U.S. government of-
ficials, 13 business executives, New
York Times reporter Nathaniel Nash
and six crew members. Among the ex-
ecutives was Washington-resident Paul
Cushman Ill, head of international and

.Marathon talks continue

By Anupama Reddy
Daily Staff Reporter
Next week's scheduled walk-out
loomed as the bargaining teams of the
University and the Graduate Employ-
ees Organization continued their non-
stop negotiations yesterday,
Both parties agreed atthe onset of the
talks Tuesday not to speak to the media
d to include only GEO bargaining
team members in the discussions.
"(Bargaining) has been going well,"
said GEO Presi-
dent Scott
Dexter, who
came from the NE h
non-stop bar -ekth
gaining session
to address union Atrte'Jttw
Sembers in
sterday's soli-
darity rally on the
The reason why the administration
agreed to the marathon bargaining ses-
sion was because "they knew the Uni-
versity community was completely be-

GEO spokesperson Pete Church said
there was no clear way to identify the
outcome of non-stop bargaining until it
is over.
"They're still in meetings and will
continue to be in meetings," Church
said. "We have no way of knowing how
it will turn out."
Dirnbach cautioned that GEO mem-
bers are still planning to walk out April
8 and 9 if an agreement is not reached
by both sides soon.

Cabinet members bow their heads at the Commerce Dept. yesterday. From left are Health and Human Services Secretary
Donna Shalala, Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, Attorney General Janet Reno and Education Secretary Richard Riley.

embassy banking operations for Riggs
National Bank.
The Pentagon said the aircraft, a mili-
tary version of the Boeing 737 com-
mercial jet, was more than a mile off
course as it approached the airport, situ-
ated on the Adriatic coast about 12
miles southeast of Dubrovnik. Estes
said the federal government has begun
an investigation into the cause of the
crash, but it appeared likely that low
visibility and gusty winds may have
been factors.
The airport, which has mountains

looming near the runway and does not
have the precision approach equip-
ment common in the United States, is
considered an extremely difficult
place to land in poor weather. Al-
though five planes landed there in the
hours before the crash, Croatian Air-
lines diverted some of its commercial
flights away from Dubrovnik because
of harsh weather.
Reports of Brown's death immedi-
ately plunged much of official and
political Washington into shock.
He had a number of close friends

at the White House in addition to
President Clinton and the first lady,
and was known by virtually every
major figure in the Clinton admin-
istration. In brief remarks to Com-
merce Department employees yes-
terday, Clinton praised Brown as
"one of the best advisers and ablest
people I ever knew; he was very,
very good at everything he ever
Inside: Crash leaves execs working to
plan ahead for tragedy. Page 8U.

o talk.1
-- Scott Dexter


"We are pre-
pared to implement
our walk-out next
week to demon-
strate our commit-


and solidar-

MSA admin. coordinator fired for aiding party

Dexter also said

GEO president to the crowd that
the administration
was beginning to bargain in good faith.
"In the last week, they've started to
talk and take a few baby steps," Dexter

By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Following a disciplinary hearing yes-
terday, the University terminated the

and accused him of using MSA re-
sources to aid the Wolverine Party in
the recent MSA election.
"Based on the contents of that hear-

MSA President-elect Fiona Rose said
since Stefanic is both an MSA em-
ployee and paid by the University, any
time he gave to the Wolverine Party
rnct thi- c. .AintQ mnna

MSA software and resources. Wol-
verine Party members Andy Schor,
Matt Curin, Erin Carey, Aaron Will-
iams and Michael Nagrant received



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