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A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 18, 1996

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VMfs all-male policy is unlawful,
Clinton lawyer tells hgh court

WASHINGTON (AP) - Virginia
Military Institute's all-male policy un-
lawfully tells women they are unable to
compete with men, a Clinton administra-
tion lawyer told the Supreme Court yes-
terday. Several justices seemed to agree.
But VMI's lawyer said admitting
women would fundamentally alter the
4emanding military-style program at
they college where Stonewall Jackson
Qnce taught.
"Unless we are all to be educated the
same ... we ought to allow these pro-
grams that work," argued Theodore
Olson, representing VMI and the state
of Virginia. The tax-supported college

should be allowed to exclude women
even if the state did not offer a separate
program for them, he said.
Clinton administration lawyer Paul
Bender, however, contended that a lower
court ruling that let VMI keep women
out was based on a "stereotypical view
ofwomen and men." VMI is designed to
teach "manly values that only men can
learn," while Virginia's new program
for women aims to teach "womanly val-
ues, feminine values," he said.
VMI could not exclude blacks by
contending their admission would
change the college's teaching methods,
nor could separate law schools using

different teaching methods be set up for
men and women, Bender said.
Several justices clearly were sympa-
thetic.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aformer
women's rights lawyer, said, "lfwomen
are to be leaders in life and in the
military, then men have got to become
accustomed to taking commands from
women, and men will not become ac-
customed if women are not let in."
Justice Stephen G. Breyer said that
even ifadmitting women to VMI toned
down some of the harsh treatment stu-
dents endure, "Isn't the answer to that,
'so what'?"

FORUM
Continued from Page 1A
state, especially in the Legislature.
He said the new president must be
"someone who knows how to deal with
those in Lansing."
"It is someone who should come from
the humanities."
Other speakers discussed the search
process. Suggestions about ways to get
around the state Open Meetings Act
pervaded many of the comments:
"There is nothing that requires you to
be part of the search process before the
final phase," Cohn asserted.
The act requires that all board meet-
ings be open to the public, including
discussions about potential candidates.
"The Open Meetings Act is in the
hands of the Legislature," said Shirley
McFee (R-Battle Creek), a co-chair of
the search. "We are very sensitive to the
fact that people's privacy needs some
sort of protection. ... How we are going
to deal with that, we are still evaluating."
Maurice Binkow, who graduated in
1954, said the regents should begin the
search by focusing on external candidates.
"You ought to concentrate on outside
candidates rather than inside candi-
dates," he said. "You can always come
back to them later."
After the forum, the board inter-
viewed two competing search firms,
Russell Reynolds Assoc. and Schuyler,
Frye, Baker and Parker Inc.
Last month, the regents interviewed
three otherfirms that may assist them in
the search. The regents do not yet have
a deadline for selecting a search firm.
- Daily Staff Reporter James M.
Nash contributed to this report.

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Forner aide clears Clinton in firings
WASHINGTON-Confronted with his own memos linking
Hillary Rodham Clinton to the White House travel office
firings, a formerpresidential aide testified yesterday that he was
pressured to take the action, but not directly by the first lady.
"She did not order me to fire them," David Watkins told a
House investigative committee looking into the May 1993
dismissals.
But he added: "Did I feel pressure? Yes, I did." He pinned
the blame on others, including Hollywood producer Harry
Thomason, who at the time was working as a private, unpaid
adviser to President Clinton.
The committee's chairman, William Clinger (R-Pa.), said Clinton
he would ask Mrs. Clinton to answer questions in writing
defining exactly what role she played.
Mrs. Clinton has said aides may have misinterpreted her expressions of concern
about possible financial problems in the travel office to mean she wanted the
workers fired, but that she never ordered such an action.
Mrs. Clinton said yesterday that she did not have a hand in the decision.

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Panel cals for a flat
tax in place of
current tax code
WASHINGTON - Fueling a grow-
ing national debate over taxes, an influ-
ential Republican panel said yesterday
that the entire U.S. tax code should be
thrown out and replaced with a drasti-
cally simplified version featuring a single
income-tax rate and few deductions.
"We believe the current tax code can-
not be revised, shouldnot be reinvented
and must not be retained," concluded
the report by the National Commission
on Economic Growth and Tax Reform,
headed by former Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Jack Kemp.
Underthe sweeping flat-tax proposal,
workers would be able to deduct pay-
roll taxes, and the levy on capital gains
would be eliminated. But in a conspicu-
ous bow to anxiety in GOP circles over
the flattax's political viability, thecom-
mission left many details vague and did
not recommend a specific rate for a
proposed levy.
It also left open the question of
whether to retain highly popular deduc-

tions for mortgage interest and chari-
table contributions.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of
Kansas, the Republican presidential
front-runner, yesterday offered a care-
fully phrased endorsement of the flat
tax. Dole expressed sympathy for tax-
ing all income at one rate, but stopped
short of an unequivocal embrace.
Gene causes cancer
in young women
BOSTON -A single gene appears to
cause a large share of breast cancer in
young women, especially Jews, in whom
it may trigger more than a quarter of all
cases under age 40.
Research in the past two years has
found a gene, BRCAI, that is often
blame when breast cancer runs in fa
lies.
Two new studies show the same gene
is frequently the cause when the disease
strikes women in their 20s and 30s,
even without a strong pattern of bi-east
cancer among the victim's familyX
The younger women are when they
get breast cancer, the more likely that it
is caused by a miscue in BRCAI.

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Russian forces step
up attack on
Chechen rebels

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PERVOMAYSKAYA, Russia -
Saying there was little hope of saving
hostages, Russian forces unleashed a
blizzard of rockets yesterday on the
tiny village they have been unable to
take in three days of fighting with
Chechen rebels.
One hostage who escaped from the
village said he did not see anyone alive,
the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
The assault came despite new terror-
ist threats by Chechen sympathizers,
includinggunmen who hijacked a Black
Sea ferry in Turkey carrying200 people
and said they would blow it up unless
the Russians stopped the battle at
Pervomayskaya.
Hundreds of weary Russian troops
pulled back yesterday around the ru-
ined village, allowing their country-
men to fire repeatedly from Grad rocket-
launchers. Pervomayskaya's cluster of
small buildings was also rocketed by
hel i coptergunships and struck by rounds
of artillery shells.
Heavy machine-gun fire in the late

afternoon indicated that the Chechens
were still resisting. The last Russian
rocket attack came shortly after 8p.m.,
ITAR-Tass said.
Bosnian army leaves
ruin behind in retreg
PANJIK, Bosnia-Herzegovina -
After burning and looting houses in an
apparent attempt to prevent Bosnian
Serbs from returning, government sol-
diers were withdrawing yesterday from
a bitterly contested front line in north-
central Bosnia.
NATO officials said the withdrawal
was ahead of schedule, and they ex-
pected forces all over Bosnia to me
6 p.m. deadline tomorrow to pull bac
from former confrontation lines.
In Washington, Defense Secretary
William Perry said the pullback of op-
posing forces is "the most positive de-
velopment" since NATO-led troops
entered Bosnia last month.
However, another step in the U.S.-
brokered peace accord - the release of
all prisoners of war - probably won't
be met by tomorrow's deadline.
None of the troops carried weapC*
- From Daily wire services

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