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Jodi S. Cohen
nJef Eldr.dge
'y-Staff Reporters
The next University president may be chosen
" ss than a week.
Board of Regents met privately yesterday
nd decided to begin publicly discussing final-
ists Nov. 5.
"Next Tuesday, the
_egents will meet in the
Regents' Room to choose
he next president of (the
University)," Regent
Deane Baker (R-Ann
or) said last night.
egents have spent the
1 week interviewing
d socializing with the
Presidential Search
dvisory Committee's
four recommended candi-
tes - Dartmouth Provost Lee Bollinger;
Stanley Chodorow, provost at the University of
Pennsylvania; Carol Christ, provost and vice
Student
may have
falsified
tesearch
From Staff and Wire Reports
The University found its scientific
integrity questioned yesterday when it
was revealed that a junior scientist had
falsified research in five major genetics
projects.
The junior scientist worked on vari-
ous studies with Dr. Francis Collins, a
former professor of human genetics at
tUniversity and the current head of
t:National Center for Human
Genome Research.
The head of the National Institutes of
Health agency has asked that all or part
of five published articles on a mnajor
leukemia research project be with-
drawn.
"This is a very disturbing series of
events," Collins said yesterday.
In a "Dear Colleague" letter mailed
1 othe genetics research commu- Rp
SCollins said the junior scientis~t Reun
had confessed "to a stunning series of rnm
performing some experiments and that
he made up the data that he reported.
The data was used both in the scientif- By Je
ic publications and as his thesis for a lDaily
*doctorate at the University. En
The alleged fraud is being investigat- welfa
ed by the NIH's Office of Research Th
Integrity, Collins said. front
The University has also started its abou
own investigation. Weif
'This is an unusual incident. It is Thi
very serious. We dealt with it by com- recei
mencing an investigation. We want to fundi
see what the full extent of this is:' said A
U a Baker, associate vice president for "I
versity relations. bill,"'
"Obviously this is of great concern, for t
We have policies and processes in place "The
to deal with misconduct in research:' Fil

Baker said it is important for the -
University to resolve this problem. "It
is incumbent upon the University toQ
keep public faith. The public should.
have no doubt of the institution's com-
mitment to academics" she said.
Some members of the University a
ilty said they were shocked that
ollins' research was found to be falsi-
fied, but said they could see how this
might happen. By K
"Collins is a man of high scientific Daily
standard and ethical standard," said Tl
Julian Adams, a biology professor. annu
"This can happen in any big lab in the room
world. Collins has a large research and
operation and what happens some- man}
times, unfortunately, is someone breaks "1
* rules." com
Medical students at the University Rucl
also said they understood how this kind the c
of problem could occur. one
"It can happen anywhere. It's hard to Al
talk to everyone (who assists in their
research). Mentors don't have to verify or en

pres. may be named next week

Regents to open discussions on Election Day

chancellor at the University of California at
Berkeley, and Provost and Vice Chancellor at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Larry Faulkner.
Vice President for University Relations
Walter Harrison said he was not sure about the
Tuesday meeting's format and did not estimate
its probable length.
"They will start this deliberation process
Tuesday. They might complete it by Tuesday,"
Harrison said.
"I would hope that we will come to some sort
of conclusion as quickly as possible," said
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-Ann'Arbor).
The board will use this week to individually
review transcripts from interviews and town-hall
meetings with the four finalists, Harrison said.
They also will most likely conduct reference
checks with the candidates' colleagues and seek
input from members of the University commu-

nity.
"Part of the difficulty is that they don't know
how each other feels!' Harrison said about the
regents' upcoming decision.
According to a recent court decision, regents
cannot discuss candidates with each other or
with a PSAC member. Regents also cannot pri-
vately discuss recommendations they get from
third parties.
Newman said it is difficult to predict whether
the board will come to a consensus about a can-
didate on Tuesday because regents have not been
able to discuss their opinions with each other.
"I would hope we have an 8-0 support,"
Newman said. "With this board, lots of things
could happen."
PSAC Chair Jeffrey Lehman and search con-
sultant Malcolm MacKay also will attend
Tuesday's meeting.
Until that meeting, the regents will have a lot

to consider.
Regent Shirley McFee (R-Battle Creek), who
co-chairs the Presidential Search Committee,
said she will use the next
week to sift through doc-
uments and contemplate
the candidates..
"That's, in my mind.:
the cooling down period >
that we now do," Mc Fee
said. She said regents will
use the coming days to
"reflect on what we
learned."
Each candidate came Mc ee
with a different emphasis
and personal style.
Though the four candidates look similar on
paper - all are provosts at major universities,
and all have backgrounds in the arts and sci-

ences - their approaches were different enough
to satisfy Newman.
"There's been a diversity of ideas and experi-
ences, and each one is very different," Newman
said. "Each one comes at everything differently.
Each one has given a variety of answers:'
Without naming her preference, Newman said
she is slowly designating a favorite among the
four.
"I definitely have some strong feelings. I am
not completely there yet," she said.
The last nine days were a benchmark in the
University's history of presidential searches. For
the first time, finalists for the presidency were
publicly questioned by the regents. Candidates
and questioners were left to sink or swim on
their own, without the shield of confidentiality.
Bollinger discussed philosophical ideals
about academic freedom and open communica-
tion.
Christ talked about implementing a 16-per-
cent across-the-board budget cut at Berkeley
while preserving undergraduate education.
See PRESIDENT, Page 7

Candidates or
regent debate
U' concerns

By Jeff Eldridge
Daily Staff Reporter
Four candidates for the University
Board of Regents met last night under
the shadow of recent developments in
the presidential search - a subject that
led off more than an hour of discus-
sion.
Gathering in the Michigan League.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),
Republican Mike Bishop and
Democrats Olivia Maynard and S.
Martin Taylor discussed issues facing
the University. The meeting was mod-
erated by Michigan Student Assembly
members, and about 25 students were
in attendance.
Near the top of the agenda was the
presidential search and the duties of
the next president.

Baker, the only incumbent in the
race, said choosing the new president
is the issue of greatest significance to
students, adding that board members
hope deliberations will be completed
by Tuesday night.
Taylor noted the coincidence that the
University will choose its president on
Nov. 5 - the same day the 50 states
will pick a leader for the country.
"We'll be getting two presidents on
that day," Taylor said.
Maynard said the four candidates for
University president possess strong
credentials.
"'ve been impressed with the
thoughtfulness and ability of the three
men and one woman!' Maynard said.
Bishop said the next president needs
See DEBATE, Page 2

WARREN ZINN/Uaily
blican candidate Mike Bishop from Rochester Hills gestures during last night's debate of candidates for regent. He is
ng against Democrat Olivia Maynard from Detroit for University regent.

candidates clash over welfare bill signing

ennifer Harvey
Staff Reporter
notions run high when candidates talk about
are.
is election season, those emotions are at the
of political debates. Candidates disagree
t whether or not the recent passing of the
are Reform Bill was the right decision.
he bill institutes a five-year lifetime limit for
ving welfare and changed rules about the
ing of and eligibility fqr welfare.
lot of Republicans said it was a good move.
am absolutely in agreement with the welfare
said Joe Fitzsimmons, Republican candidate
he U.S. House in Michigan's 13th District.
current system hasn't worked"
tzsimmons said the changes will help people

move off welfare and
into the work force.:
"The best welfare in-
the world is a job," he '
said. "People need a-
helping hand, not a_
handout.""
But Democrats are,
divided on the issue,
some maintaining the
changes made by the No. .1 i
bill are wrong, and oth-
ers saying the bill is a good start but needs requ
improvement. Fn
U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) said she quat
thinks the bill is far from perfect. "The current bill "'
has a number of problems and cannot deliver tool

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everything it promis-
es," Rivers said in a
written statement.
Rivers said she
thought a move for
change was necessary.
"I voted for the welfare
bill with great reluc-
tance" she said. "But I
wanted to be clear that
I supported change
and responsible

making this bill work for real families in the real
world."
Gov. John Engler, a Republican, said President
Clinton and other Democrats are not committed to
welfare reform. Engler said that even though
Clinton signed the bill, he has no intention of
enforcing the bill as is. He said Democrats will try
to change the bill in the 105th Congress.
"(Republicans) are delighted the president
signed the bill," Engler said. "But we don't like his
apologies for signing the bill. It's all 'wink, wink,
nod, nod - we'll fix it."'
Mark Brewer, chair of the Michigan Democratic
Party, said Clinton signed the bill to set change in
motion, but that Clinton knew changes would need
See WELFARE, Page 7

irements."
urther legislation is necessary to ensure ade-
e services for current recipients, Rivers said..
Real reform means giving people the right
s," she said. "The next Congress must focus on

urvivors share stories of rape, & '
ssault in 10th Spea Out'

atie Wang
Staff Reporter
he warm glow of two candles set the stage for the 10th
al "Speak Out," last night in the Michigan Union ball-
n. After two hours of sharing stories about sexual abuse
the road to recovery, one candle was left glowing and
y of the 250 attendees left feeling overwhelmed.
thought it was pretty amazing to hear all the strength
ing from the women and men who spoke tonight!' said
hi Mishra, an LSA first-year student. "If everyone had
courage to speak out against sexual assault, it would be
way we can fight it"
bout 25 females and one male shared with the audience
stories of abusive relationships that resulted in violence
motional abuse. For several of the survivors, this was not

"It was scary not to remember everything then and it was
scary to remember everything when it did come back," she
said.
After the memory of the rape surfaced, she said she began
to experience nightmares.
"For the first two years after the rape. I had nightmares
every night," she said. "I expected to be raped in my night-
mares, I expected to be raped everywhere.
"When I'm awakened at night, I am not a 20-year-old girl,
I am a 12-year-old child," Loughran said.
Phil Francis, the only man to speak, spoke emotionally of
the verbal abuse he receives from his father.
"This is the first time I'm disclosing this!' he said. "Even
though I'm speaking out tonight, I still feel it's silent because
there's one person I wanted to get my message to tonight and

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