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One hundred sixyears ofeditorialfreedom

December 6,1996


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By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan football player Charles
Winters plans to turn himself into the
Detroit police today to face felonious
charges of assault with intent to do
great bodily harm and malicious
destruction of property, said his attor-
n Steve Fishman.
inters is also planning to appear
ore a 36th District Court judge later
today, where bond will be set and a pre-
liminary hearing will be scheduled.
The maximum penalties for the
assault and destruction of property are
10 and 14 years in prison respectively,
said Wayne County Prosecutor Richard
"He will plead not guilty," Fishman
said. "Charles Winters is an excellent
kd-one of the best to come out of
Detroit as far as I
am concerned.
"I'm confident
a just result will be
reached in court'
Winters was
arrested the night
of Nov. 12 for
allegedly beating
his ex-stepfather,
ers Horace Davis, into
with a baseball bat. Davis, who was
listed in critical but stable condition at
Grace Hospital in Detroit, was released
Dec. 2, said a hospital spokesperson.
Athletic Director Joe Roberson said
that unless Winters, a reserve free safe-
ty for the team, is sent to jail, his foot-
ball scholarship should remain intact.
"I don't think (the charges) should
W ean effect at all on his scholarship,"
he said. "I imagine if he's found guilty
he won't be around, but we're not going
to pull his scholarship from him."
Roberson added that Winters' case
should not have much of an effect on
the team.
"If it was going to affect the team, it
would've affected them at Ohio State,"
he said.
ut Winters, an LSA senior, could
A face charges under the Code of
Student Conduct.
According to the Code, violations
that occur outside of Ann Arbor may
violate the Code only if the behavior
poses an obvious and serious threat or
See WINTERS, Page 7

House bill may relax search rules

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
The Michigan House Higher Education
Committee approved two bills yesterday intended
to allow more secrecy in the way universities select
their presidents.
The bills, approved 4-3 and 4-1, would exempt
searches for university presidents from Michigan
laws dealing with open meetings and public
The legislative measures mandate the names of
five finalists to be revealed, followed by a vote
delayed for at least 30 days. It took the University
Board of Regents only 18 days to select Lee
Bollinger to be the next president.
"That's too long. It's way too long,"
University Regent Daniel Horning (R-Grand
Haven) said of the 30-day minimum. He said a
30-day process will put added pressure on can-
didates, whose status at their home campuses

will suffer from the prolonged waiting period.
"It was in the best interest of everyone if we
acted swiftly."
Sen. John Schwarz (R-
Battle Creek), who sponsored
the legislation, said the 30-
day requirement is too long,
and that he hopes to cut it
down to 14 days as the bill
moves forward.
"It's a number we'll try to
change," Schwarz said,
adding that he also thinks
the requirement that five
final candidates be Homing
announced is an excessive
expectation. "The five finalists is more than I
would like. It is a quantum improvement to the
existing system, as handed down by a number of
court systems"

Schwarz said a number of other public uni-
versities in the state - including Michigan
State University, Oakland University and Ferris
State University - have encountered legal dif-
ficulties in their presidential searches.
Movement on the bill was not necessarily
inspired by legal controversies at the University
of Michigan, he said.
"We're going to have a lot of searches coming
up (in the state) - three or four in the next few
years, minimum, and probably more." Schwarz
Cynthia Wilbanks, associate vice president for
University relations, said the bill's details could
change as it goes through conference committee
between the state House and Senate.
"There is a lot of give and take going on,"
Wilbanks said.
But Horning said the time frame given in the
legislation could do more harm than good.

"I still don't think that does enough to expand
the situation, to put the best qualified people's
name in the hat, Horning said "You need to get to
good, qualified people, and show them a plan that
protects them:"
During the search process, Horning and other
regents spoke often about how legal constraints
made the search more difficult.
The measure would allow university search
committees to meet in secret to review applica-
tions, interview and discuss the qualifications of
candidates for president.
An amendment approved in committee yes-
terday said a presidential search advisory com-
mittee must contain at least one student, one
member of the faculty, one administrator, one
alum and one representative of the general pub-
A university's governing board could name less
See SEARCHES, Page 2

President announces
national security team

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Clinton, laying the founda-
tion for his second-term Cabinet, nominated U.N.
Ambassador Madeleine Albright yesterday to be the first
female U.S. secretary of State and picked retiring Sen.
William Cohen (R-Maine) to be secretary of Defense.
Ending a tortuous search for a national security team,
Clinton also picked National Security Adviser Anthony Lake
to run the troubled CIA and filled Lake's current post with
his deputy, Samuel Berger.
Clinton, who has stressed his desire for diversity and
bipartisanship in his selections, declared in an Oval Office
announcement that the four had "remarkable qualities of
intellect, energy and leadership. All are committed to work
together as a team that will rise above partisanship ..,"
The new team does not signal a major change in policy
direction for the Clinton administration, aides said. But it is
likely to bring a decided shift in style.
Albright, who would be the most high-ranking woman
ever in the U.S. government, is far more outspoken than the
mild-mannered man she replaces, Warren Christopher. Arid
the politically moderate Cohen showed himself in 24 years in
Congress to be an independent-minded figure who often
went his own way, to the frustration of some leaders of his
The selections will relieve pressure on Clinton, who has
drawn increasing fire for the twisting path of his selections,
and for apparently neglecting the wishes of powerful
women's groups who pushed to have more high-ranking
women in the Cabinet ranks.
Officials said they now expect Clinton to announce all
other Cabinet nominations by Christmas. They said he will
announce his selections simultaneously for the economic
posts, including the Treasury, Commerce Department, Labor
Department, and U.S. trade representative.
The selections drew praise from some senior congression-
al Republicans, including Sen. Jesse Helms (D-N.C.), chair
of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Helms, who was
consulted before the selections, called Albright a "tough and
courageous lady" and predicted the nominees would win
Administration officials hope both choices will help them
convince a budget-conscious Congress to spend money for
U.S. diplomatic needs, and on the peacekeeping missions that
are a growing element of Pentagon activities.
Albright's forceful expression of administration policy has
won her praise at home, but sometimes grated on foreign
See CABINET, Page 9
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Ringing in the season
Department of Public Safety officer Kristen Mister rings the Salvation
Army bell to collect money for the Christmas holidays at the Pierpont
Commons yesterday.

Several of Clinton's selections for his second-term Cabinet
yesterday pose with Vice President Gore during his
Cabinet coices
Show consistency
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Clinton made a dramatic
statement about the importance of diversity, loyalty and per-
sonal -hemistry in the construction of a second-term
Cabinet. But in unveiling his new national security team yes-
terday, he left unanswered the question of where he hopes to
take foreign and defense policy the
News next four years.
A month ago, wholesale depar-
tures from his Cabinet signaled the
possibility of significant changes in
a second Clinton term. But after the first round of appoint-
ments announced yesterday, that appears more doubtful.
What was most notable about the nominations was the
symbolism of choosing the first female secretary of state in
America's history and the first prominent Republican in this
administration. But the implicit message in yesterday's Oval
Office ceremony was one of continuity far more than of
change in foreign policy, both in personnel and in policy.
See CHOICES, Page 9

Womack to leave legacy
of financial strength'

By Jodi S. Cohen
Daily Staff Reporter
With an almost $3-billion annual
lget spreading from the Athletic
Department to the Zoology museum,
the University's complexity can be seen
through its financial statistics.
The man behind the money has less
than a month to oversee the University's
finances. Farris Womack, executive
vice president and chief financial offi-
cer, plans to step
down Dec. 31 after
steering the
University to its
current financial
strength - at a
time when univer-
sities nationwide
are struggling with
declining budgets.
During his
WomWck eight-year term as
CFO, Womack
contributed to increasing the
Sversity's endowment from $300
ion to $1.5 billion, which is now
above even some of the nation's top pri-
vate institutions.
"We will look back on his tenure as
giving Michigan the financial strength
to really be the leaders and best"
.we orrdn t .1-rnA ir4.gdt Ct

strongest universities in the country
financially,' said Duderstadt, whose
term coincided almost exactly with
Womack's. "You could not have said
that 10 years ago."
Womack's financial wisdom has
been felt in many of the expansion
efforts at the University, ranging from
humanizing the staff thr ugh M-
Quality management to rebuilding the
physical structure of the campus, said
University Treasurer Norman Herbert.
"He has meant a lot to the
University, Herbert said. "It's great to
work with him. He's challenging and
very supportive and he has tremendous
vision and lead-
ership skills"
Herbert said * o
Womack always W n
thinking about abu t *v4
the future and he's put
looking at a
"five-year -
agenda." u$y 5 l u
"When you -
think about Viepsdn
everything he's Vice presider
put a stamp on,
it's amazing,"

As Lee Bollinger prepares to
begin his presidency in
February, the seven executive
officers of the University are
also in flux. See Page 20.
"intuitive understanding of what the
University is about, coupled with exten-
sive experience and great wisdom in
financial business matters."
Under Womack's leadership, the
U n i v e r s i t y
became the
1 think nation's first
U public university
to receive an
AA 1 bond rating
from Moody's
' St~p f Investment
-az~n ! Service. In its
UE U report, Moody's
alter Harrison said one reason it
for University gave the
University this
relations distinction was
because of its
success in obtaining external research


By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
While some students spent their
semester reading poetry or practicing
French, Robin Yeasting helped develop
the world's first heat-raised Braille
Yeasting was only one of the 50
Engineering seniors from Mechanical
Engineering 450 to display her group
project from this semester at the fifth
annual Mechanical Engineering Senior
Design Expo.
The 20 group projects ranged from
fixing the light on air bag switches to
creating a mobile medical cabinet to aid

Engineering students show their automotive differential demonstration model at
the Mechanical Design Expo yesterday.

sponsored by Lisa Weiss in the
University Unions Graphic Design
Office, who has been developing
Braille materials for the past 10 years.
The group members took great pride
in the design of their machine.
"There is no other system that can

nation system for the switch on an air
bag system for ITT Automotive found
the perfect solution to their problem -
a software program with a price tag of
"We finally negotiated with the com-
pany to give us the program for free,

said Walter Harrison
Inivitr relatiAns

n, vice president for


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