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NATION/WORLD

IMSA
Continued from Page 1
ing Sunday night's chalking Kirk refused
to shake hands with QUP members.
"They are trying to make it sound like
I did not want to shake hands with them
because they are gay -the truth is I had
two large cuts on each of my middle fin-
gers I got while chalking," Kirk said.
"My hands were dirty, they were bloody
- I do not believe-anyone there would
have wanted to shake hands with me"
Other assembly members were quick
to emphasize that the resolution did not
mention Sunday's events.

"What we are taking a stand against
is the action of spreading hate mes-
sages, we are not condemning that
group," said LSA Rep. Ryan
Friedrichs. "This has nothing to do with
the College Republicans."
LaLonde said he was unsatisfied with
the resolution because it did not men-
tion the College Republicans by name.
"They admitted they did it and we
did nothing to them," he said.
Kirk said that while his group support-
ed QUP's right to free speech, the gay-
rights group has exaggerated the issue.
"QUP is over-blowing this," Kirk
said.

VP candidates get
ready for debate

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The Washington Post
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Vice
President Gore and Jack Kemp last night
wrapped up three days of preparation for
today's vice presidential debate, an event
that many will view more as a warmup
for the 2000 presidential campaign than
a significant devel-
opment in the Nov.
5 election.
Aides to both
candidates predict-
ed the two will
focus on familiar
issues, such as
urban revitalization .
and the tax propos-
als that have differ-
entiated their top- Kemp
of-the-ticket run-
ning mates this fall. They insist that nei-
ther man is looking ahead to a presi-
dential bid four years from now.
But political enthusiasts say the White
House ambitions of Gore and Kemp will
make today's debate more intriguing.
"In a sense we're getting a preview of
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the campaign of 2000, and that makes it
more interesting," said Thomas Mann,
a political scholar at the Brookings
Institution. Past vice presidential
debates have produced some memo-
rable soundbites, such as when Lloyd
Bentsen told Dan Quayle in 1988,
"Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy,"
Mann said. "But there's little evidence
that running mates make a big differ-
ence," he said.
When Gore and Kemp square off in a
St. Petersburg auditorium for 90 min-
utes at 9 p.m. today, they will compete
for TV viewers with the Atlanta Braves
vs. St. Louis Cardinals playoff game.
About five million fewer Americans
watched Sunday's presidential debate
between President Clinton and Robert
Dole than watched the first presidential
debate of 1992.
Nonetheless, the Clinton and Dole
camps are treating today's debate like a
major event, secluding the running
mates for hours of closed-door
rehearsals with legions of advisers and
stacks of briefing papers.
SEARCH
Continued from Page 1
Tuesday are illegal according to the
state's Open Meetings Act, which
requires that most meetings of public
bodies be open.
"The Michigan Supreme Court
specifically said when it ruled that the
last search was illegal, that only infor-
mation that is highly personal that is
contained in an application can be dis-
cussed in a secret meeting"Lowenstein
said, emphasizing that keeping the
entire application secret is illegal.
In the 1987-88 search that resulted in
the selection of former President James
Duderstadt, the University lost a five-year
legal battle with The Ann Arbor News
and the Detroit Free Press after it kept
presidential search information secret.
"The court said you could not have a
closed meeting to discuss the entire
application. That circumvents the
whole purpose of the law;' Lowenstein
said. "Regents want to eliminate any-
thing that might be embarrassing from
the public discussion."
Harrison said the closed sessions are
exempt from the state's Open Meetings
Act because "some of this stuff is con-
fidential and we don't want it floating
around." Harrison said the law allows a
public body to discuss job applications
in secret if the applicant asks to keep
materials confidential.
"You can't hold a closed meeting just
because the applicant has checked a
(confidential) box. The only thing you
can discuss in a closed session is infor-
mation that is of a highly personal
nature," Lowenstein said.
Personal information would include
medical history and marital status, she
said.
Varner said the board is complying
with the law because all decision-mak-
ing will be open to the public.
When the board meets publicly
Wednesday morning, it will consider
and then announce its list of finalists.
While this could be the same as the
advisory committee's recommenda-
tions, the board also may add or sub-
tract names during these discussions.
Chemistry Prof. Thomas Dunn, who
chairs the faculty's governing body, said
the search process loses its credibility
when regents can change the advisory
committee's recommendations.
"The faculty and staff screening
committee went through all the names
and they would have judged the person
to be less qualified than the others"
Dunn said. "By a whim of regental
approval, it is difficult to imagine that
this person should be put back on the

list. You're negating the process that
has been put in the first place."
Dunn said that instead regents could
have nominated someone tothe adviso-
ry committee during the early stages of
the search.
Beginning Thursday, finalists will
arrive on campus to meet with members
of the University community, including
students, faculty and administrators.
Both internal and external candidates
will stay for about a day-and-a-half.
When the finalists are on campus,
they will participate in "town meet-
ings" with members of the University
community and the general public.
They also will attend an "evening
social function with a mix of invited
guests" and can request separate meet-
ings with individual regents.
The five finalists PSAC plans to rec-
ommend already have been scheduled
for campus visits, Harrison said.
"Those five know what their sched-
ules will be like," Harrison said.
"They also know the regents might
choose not to make them finalists."
Michigan Student Assembly

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Pope's surgeons say
no sign of tumor
ROME - Surgeons removed Pope
John Paul II's troublesome appendix
yesterday and said they saw no signs a
benign colon tumor had returned.
Doctors sidestepped questions about
the pontiff's other health problems,
including a marked hand tremor.
The 76-year-old pope's vital signs
held up well during surgery at Gemelli
Polyclinic, and doctors said he came
through it successfully.
John Paul quickly regained con-
sciousness after general anesthesia,
greeting and thanking everyone.
"He should be sitting in an armchair
tomorrow," said Dr. Corrado Manni,
chief anesthesiologist for the 50-minute
surgery.
"The appendix that was the cause of
the pope's ills doesn't exist any more"
Manni said.
The appendectomy aimed to cure
what the Vatican said were recurring
bouts of inflammation and fever that
caused John Paul to cancel some public
engagements this year. Frequently, the
pope's energy flags and he walks with

Detroit gets $34.2M
for demolition
WASHINGTON - The Clinton
Administration announced yesterday it
was awarding $34.2 million to Detroit
mostly to demolish some of the city's
worst public housing at the Herman
Gardens and Jeffries Homes develop-
ments.
The administration also awarded
$1.4 million to demolish the Daniels
Heights project in Saginaw.
The U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development awarded a total of
$716 million in grants nationwide, with
most of the funding going to demolish
public housing and build new housing.
Detroit had the fourth largest grant,
with Chicago receiving the most -
$122 million.
In an attempt to make public housing
safer and more community- and job-
oriented nationally, the rebuilding pro-
jects are being combined with job train-
ing for residents and a crackdown on
crime including new guidelines to bar
drug dealers and other criminals from

public housing.
Since 1993, HUD has demolished
23,000 housing units and -plans to
demolish 100,000 by 2000.
More students take
Chinese, Arabic
WASHINGTON - Chinese and
Arabic are the fastest-growing foreign
languages on college campuses.
Chinese enrollment rose by 36 per-
cent and Arabic by 28 percent between
1990 and 1995, according to a survey
by the Modern Language Association
of America being released today.
Spanish remains the No. I studied
language at the 2,700 two- and fer-
year colleges that responded to the
association's survey. French and
German kept their second- and third-
place rankings. Japanese eclipsed
Italian for fourth place.
Douglas Black, a Georgetown
University student from Binghamton,
N.Y., says heightened interest in the
Middle East is luring more students to
Arabic.

Smoking linked to blindness in elderly
CHICAGO - New research gives smokers one more reason to quit: Pack-a-
day-or-more puffers double their likelihood of developing the most common cause
of blindness among the elderly.
Age-related macular degeneration, a tusually untreatable affliction, impairs the
vision of an estimated 1.7 million Americans and causes more new cases of blind-
ness than any other ailment among people age 65 or older, according to the g
ernment.
Smoking already is blamed for promoting cataracts, another major cause ol
vision loss. Cataracts threaten the vision of far more people than macular degen-
eration but cause much less blindness because most cataract sufferers keep their
sight with treatment.
The more people smoke and the longer they smoke, the higher their risk oI
developing macular degeneration, according to two new studies in today's issue of
The Journal of the American Medical Association.
"It is another reason to either not smoke, quit smoking or reduce your amount
of smoking," said Dr. Johanna Seddon of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
and Harvard Medical School.
Years after quitting, former smokers still faced up to double the risk of get g
the condition, the new research found.

4

Nobel prizes in

econoncs awarded
NEW YORK - An American econo-
mist with unorthodox ideas - among
them that "it's insane to try to balance
the budget" - yesterday shared the
Nobel economics prize with a British
professor.
William Vickrey, professor emer
at Columbia University, and James
Mirrlees of Cambridge University in
England were cited for explaining how
governments as well as consumers use
incomplete data to make decisions.
Vickery and Mirrlees will split the
$1.12 million prize for innovative stud-
ies on "asymmetric information."
The theory refers to the way in which
everyone - from corporations to con-
sumers - makes decisions based in
varying kinds and amounts of data.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

difficulty.
That image generated concern that a
bowel tumor, removed in 1992 and
described as benign, had returned.

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