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One hundred sip years of editortlfreedom

Thursday
October 17, 1996

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Search moves ahead after legal injunctions

Conflicting Schedules
Yesterday, the Board of Regents announced a new plan for carrying out the remainder of
the search for the 12th University president. Following a court ruling Tuesday, the plan is
vastly different from the plan announced on Oct. 8, which was found to be in violation of a
permanent injunction and the state's Open Meetings Act.

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
At 9 a.m. this morning, the University com-
munity will likely know the names of the five
candidates recommended by the Presidential
Search Advisory Committee to be Michigan's
12th president.
Barring any additions or deletions by the
University Board of Regents, one of these five

Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News claim-
ing the search plans violated a permanent
injunction and the state's Open Meetings Act.

Vice President for University Relations
Walter Harrison said the regents' ability to make
the best choice could be impeded by the judge's

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people will become the
next University president.
"I am delighted that we
are finally going to have
the chance to make our
final report to the regents
and to the public," said
PSAC Chair Jeffrev
Lehman, who will unveil
the list.
"We are pleased to be

Morris declared
two parts of the
regents' planned
search process
illegal: a closed.
informal session
where regents
could individually
review back-
ground material
on all people con-
sidered for the
presidency, and
private, one-on-

"I am delighted that we
are finally going to have
the chance to make our
final report to the regents
and to the public."

ruling - but that
the process had to
continue regard-
less.
"I think that the
court ruling will
severely restrict
the information
that is available to
the regents.-
Harrison said. "I
think that may
very well affect
the search, but the
regents fet.

- Jeffrey Lehman
PSAC chair

New Plan
Announced last night
Today: The Board of Regents will convene
an open meeting at 9 a.m. with
Presidential Search Advisory Committee
Chair Jeffrey Lehman. Lehman will release
the names of the top five candidates along
with 300 recommended names to the
regents and the public. Lehman will also
review the process used by the PSAC thus
far. The regents will then review back-
ground materials in an open study session.
Tomorrow: The regents will meet in a
closed-session "to review the specific con-
tents of certain applications." Following
this meeting, the regents will meet in an
open meeting to consider and adopt a list
of finalists for the presidency.
Monday, Oct.21 and following:Finalists
will visit campus for open interviews, town
meetings open to the public and social
functions open to the media.
In the future: The regents will meet to
determine the next steps.

Old Plan
Halted by court order Friday, Oct40
Sunday, Oct. 13: PSAC was to release the
names of its top five recommended candi
dates to the regents.
Monday, Oct. 14: PSAC was to release
these names to the public in an open
meeting. Following this meeting. regents
were to spend the afternoon reviewing
candidate materials in private.
Tuesday, Oct. 15: The board was to meet
in secret with Lehman to review applica-
tions of prospective candidates.
Wednesday, Oct. 16: The regents were to
meet openly to adopt a list of finalists for
the presidency.
Today and beyond:"Candidates could
request one-on-one meetings with individ-
ual members of the Board of Regents.

able to present the long list of prospects that our
mmittee was able to develop with the help of'
The entire community," Lehman continued. "And
we are especially pleased to be able to present
our collective endorsement of outstanding indi-
viduals who are willing to participate in a public
process, should the regents choose to select
them as finalists."
Today's meeting comes on the heels of a rul-
ing handed down Tuesday night by Washtenaw
County Circuit Court Judge Melinda Morris.
The search had been previously frozen after a
wsuit filed by The Ann Arbor News, the

one sessions
between candidates and individual regents.
One closed meeting, between the regents and
Lehman, may proceed - with strict limitations
that participants discuss only material that can-
didates request to remain confidential.
Now, the regents will review application
materials publicly tomorrow afternoon, and the
one-on-one meetings have been scrapped from
the announced process. All other meetings
between the regents and candidates will be open
to the public.
On Friday afternoon, the regents will present
the final list of candidates they will consider for
president. The regents may add or delete names
from the list recommended by PSAC.

despite their reservations about that. that the
most important thing to the University now is to
find the best possible leader.-
Along with the final five candidates recom-
mended by PSAC. the names of all other candi-
dates nominated for the presidency will be
revealed --- a list numbering some 300 strong.
Harrison said the regents will not receive the
names and records of the final fire nominees
before the meeting tomorrow. "We're not giving
anybody anything in advance." he said.
In the nullified plan. the regents were to have
received this information the night before the

See SEARCH, Page 7A

Suspect
arrested
n strng
of assaults
* Man suspected of
attacking student in
Bursley parking lot
Anupama Reddy
y Staff Reporter
A man was arrested by the Ann Arbor
Police Department on Tuesday morning
on suspicion of two sexual assaults and
two armed robberies, which occurred
over the past two weeks.
The 33-year-old Ann Arbor man was
taken into custody by a team of uni-
formed and undercover surveillance offi-
cers, according to an AAPD statement.
When police picked the man up, he
*d his companion were apparently
checking out several businesses on the
south side of Ann Arbor, according to
an AAPD statement.
The suspect's name is being withheld

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*The 33-year-old man
is being charged
with his involve-
ment in a string of
robberies and
assaults, including
the Oct. 5 sexual
assault of a female
Unjiversity student..
The 18-year-old s
assaulted and
robbed at gunpoint
Wn a North Campus
parking lot across
from Bursley resi-
dence hall,
University student on

pending his
sc hedul ed
arraignment
today.
"we just
need to get
more evi-
dence before
he is
c h a r g ed,"
said AAPD
Sgt. Phillip
Scheel.
The man
is allegedly
responsible
for two sexu-
al assaults,
including the
attack and
armed rob-
bery of a
f e m a l e
North Campus

Carrying their message
Phil Booth, Lee Booth and Fred Chase picket on the corner of Liberty and Fifth streets outside the Detroit Free Press' Ann Arbor office yester-
day. They are part of a group called Jobs With Justice, whose primary goal is supporting labor groups. Before they started picketing, they had
wanted to go inside the Free Press office, but were barred by Ann Arbor police officers.
Candidates mute on socia security

Locals pose
questions in
final debate
U At every turn, Dole takes on Clinton
in 2nd face-off
SAN DILGO (AP) - I .ooking to revive his White House
hopes, Bob Dole forcefully challenged President Clinton's
ethics and honesty in their final debate yesterday and said lie
was different because "my word is my bond." Clinton
ignored most salvos. saying "no attack ever created a job.'
Determined to revive his White I-louse hopes in the cam-
paign's final 20 days. Dole turned in an aggressive debate
performance. airing differences with the Democratic incum-
bent on welfare. taxes. alfirmative action. health care.
Pentagon spending and ethics.
But for all the point-by-point differences. Dole said the
decision voters face on Nox. 5 boils down to this: "When I
am president of the United States. I will keep my word. My
word is my bond."
After a traditional first debate with a single moderator, the
second and final Clinton-Dole encounter used a town hall
format, with the questions coming from a group of uncon-
mitted 113 voters chosen by the Gallup polling organization.
Ross Perot was again excluded by the debate sponsors, on
grounds he had no chance to will the election.
University communication studies Prof. Michael Traugott
said the town hall format played to Clinton's strengths and
helped him deliver a generally more powerful performance
last night.
"The president has a clear adxantage -not only because
the president is more articulate, but he seems to connect
more with people." Traugott said.
Traugott said the audience was more responsiv e to
Clinton's comments, and generally remained "emotionless"
during Dole's commentary.
See DEBATE, Page 8A
Watchers: Style, not
issues make imat
PORTSMOUTH. N.H. (AP) -- Bob Dole's jokes drew
some chuckles. One voter said she's "never disappointed in
Bill Clinton" because "he can speak well,' Dole's~"stammer-
ing and incomplete sentences" drew another's pity.
After the second presidential debate yesterday, style, not
specifics, seemed to make the major initial impression with
one group of voters. And even style's impact proved marginal.
"Nothing I saw tonight is going to change my opinion,'
said Brad Cown, 38, a lawyer from Portsmouth who plans to
vote for Dole.
He and nine other people -- Dole backers, Clinton sup-
porters and undecideds -gathered yesterday night on sofas
and chairs, in a college professor's Victorian house. Their task
was to decide if anything in the debate would make them
rethink their opinions.

Experts say Dole's tax cut
will require the spending
of social security dollars
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Staff Reporter
Republicans and Democrats have responded
to the issue of Social Security reform this cam-
paign season with a collective silence.
While both presidential camps vow the
expenditure will be "off the table" in dis-
cussing budget cuts, neither has presented a
plan to revise the system - which many say
cannot exist much longer in its current form.
"There is no difference whatsoever (between
the stance of Bob Dole or President Clinton)
because neither has said zip," said School of
Public Policy Dean Edward Gramlich, who
chairs Clinton's Advisory Council on Social
Security.
The issue that has mobilized some of the
country's biggest and most powerful voting
blocks, such as the American Association of
Retired Persons, is receiving minimal attention.
"Both candidates think that this is a pretty
complicated issue" Gramlich said. "As long as

road, said Trent Wisecup, spokesperson for
GOP Senate candidate Ronna Romney.
Wisecup warned that an influx of 77 million
baby boomers into the system is "somethiig
that has to be dealt with on the political fray."
Democrats and experts contend that Dole's
proposal to balance the federal budget and cut
taxes 15 percent across
the board would require' -
dipping into funding for a
entitlements such as
Social Security.
"I don't think realisti-
cally it is possible for
him to cut enough non-
entitlement spending to1
make it possible for him
to make a 15-percent tax
cut and balance the bud-
get." Gramlich said.
Olivia Maynard, former director of the state
office on aging under Gov. James Blanchard.
said keeping Social Security off the table and
balancing the budget would be difficult "given
the enormity of the 15-percent tax proposal."
Maynard is a Democratic candidate for the
University Board of Regents.

Clinton has also promised that his plan to
balance the budget will not result in cuts in
Social Security.
Republican proposals to slow the rates of
increase for entitlements such as Medicare and
Social Security have been perceived as "cuts"
by Democrats, Wisecup said.
"The federal gov-
ernment can be down-
sized," he said.
Romney's opponent,
incumbent Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.), has
criticized Romney's
attitude toward Social
Security.
"Ronna Romney
.vants to privatize the
. 7 in a 12-part series system," claimed Steve
Serkain, press secretary for the Levin cam-
paign.
Wisecup said that although Romney sup-
ports studying all options of reform, she has
not put forth proposals or suggested that gov-
ernment should privatize Social Security.
"She's never laid out any program (except to
say that) if you don't change the program then

early on the morning of Oct. 5 and the
rape and armed robbery of a manager
of a west-side Subway restaurant early
Sunday morning.
* In the first sexual assault incident, a
female University student was in the
parking lot across from Bursley resi-
dence hall at 8:30 a.m. She was
approached by a man wearing a blue
cloth around his face. He forced her at
gunpoint into the passenger side of her

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