20A- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 23, 1997
4 neles Times
kMTHBROOK, I. - President Clinton, high-
educational standards as a top priority of his
rn term, yesterday called on U.S schools to raise
k oficiency in science and math to the highest
ni the world.
the first trip of his new term, Clinton chose to
school district in suburban Chicago that ranks
5 p internationally in science and math, arguing
k hools all over the United States should embrace
KI Standards and find out how they rate.
have to, in short, commit ourselves for the first
math, science top prioriy
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time now to have the best education in the world, not
just for the few but for the many" Clinton told a packed
gymnasium at Glenbrook North High School. He also
said educators and parents should not "be afraid" of
tests used to gauge progress toward that goal.
"I do not understand why we are so afraid to do this,"
he said. "Don't we believe in our children more than
Clinton, however, stopped short of calling for
mandatory testing before high school diplomas are
granted, a heated topic within educational circles.
The administration also disclosed yesterday that
Clinton's new budget
j would propose sharp
increases in spending for charter schools, which are
allowed to operate with extra levels of autonomy, and
a federal program known as Goals 2000 that provides
states with cash they can use to upgrade their class-
rooms and train teachers.
Yet Clinton's trip, coming two days after his inau-
gural, was more than a pitch for progress in education,
an area in which the federal government has tradition-
ally played only a limited role. It also underscored his
vision of the presidency in his second term, one in
which Clinton will try more than ever to exploit the
White House bully pulpit as a way to get things done
in an era of tight federal spending and divided gov-
Senate confinns Albright, Cohen
WASHINGTON - The Senate ratified President Clinton's
ground-breaking national security team with lightning speed
yesterday, confirming Madeleine Albright as the nation's first
female secretary of state and former Republican Sen. William
Cohen as defense secretary.
Both won 99-0 approval with no word of doubt or dis-
"She's a strong lady. She's a courageous lady," Senate
Foreign Relations Committee Chair Jesse Helms (D-N.C.) said
of Albright, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during
Clinton's first four years in office. Alb
The Cohen debate was equally laudatory.
"It's a pleasure to participate in your coronation - I mean, your confir-
mation," said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), welcoming back his former col-
President Clinton was quick to turn the praise back on the Senate, saying it "sent
a strong signal to the world of its determination to work in a constructive and bipar.
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In their closing remarks, the two sis-
ters encouraged everyone to write in the
guest books in the back of the ballroom.
They extended their family's sympathy
at the loss of a
friend, a cowork-
er and a resident O l
At one point door to h
during the cere-
mony, audience physical
invited to speak. -
Many of Engineering fi
about their joyful and fun-filled expe-
riences with her.
now is the
- Stacie Waxtan
"She was my most reliable friend,"
said Engineering senior Lata Rangarajan,
adding that she will miss Sharangpani's
unconditional love and warmth.
Sharangpani was an RA in Mary
Markley residence hall. Her residents
remembered her openness and generosi-
ty at the service.
"Only now is
the door to her
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said the family
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of organizing a memorial fund in which
the University and Procter & Gamble
may participate by establishing scholar-
ships in Sharangpani's name.
"People have been generous so far,'
A collage of pictures stood on a
table at the back of the ballroom
along with the guest books as testi-
mony of Sharangpani's many friend-
On the ballroom's small stage were a
picture of a smiling Sharangpani, can-
dles and vases filled with flowers.
. "It's very important to understand
that she's still here," Bedi said.
Sharangpani's parents and sisters
recited a Hindu prayer, which was
Sharangpani's favorite, later translat-
ed by Manju Deshpande, an inter-
preter and good friend of
"For her, all her life was about giv-
ing," Deshpande said. "I'm very excit-
ed that someday I'll meet her again -
and we all will."
tisan spirit with the administration on o
Oldest known fossil
Fossil hunters digging into a 2.5-mil-
lion-year-old geological formation in
Ethiopia have unearthed a horde of
stone tools that they say are "the oldest
known artifacts from anywhere in the
The find by Rutgers University
researchers, reported in today's issue of
the journal Nature, predates by as much
as a quarter of a million years the earli-
est previous evidence of stone tool
manufacture. It is also slightly earlier
than the oldest incontestably dated fos-
sils of the genus Homo - the evolu-
tionary group of all modern people.
That poses something of a problem,
said Richard Potts, director of the
human origins program at the
Smithsonian Institution: "We now have
stone tools that are older than the sci-
entific consensus" about the earliest
direct ancestors of human beings.
The discovery thus deepens what was
already a profound mystery: What kind
of creature first produced these imple-
ments? Was it, as most experts have
ur nation's foreign policy and national
argued, the immediate predecessors of
Homo sapiens, whose superio" mental
capacity made tool use possible? Or
could it have been some other member
of the bipedal hominid family, such as
the smaller-brained, bigger-toothed
Australopithecus, a now-extinct group
which lived in East Africa.
at the same time?
unveils new model
WASHINGTON - A leading AIDS
researcher yesterday raised the provoca-
tive notion that powerful drug combina-
tions could eradicate the AIDS virus
from the body - in effect, a cure - a
word researchers would not have ev
whispered a scant few years ago.
Dr. David Ho, respected director of
the Aaron Diamond AIDS Researche
Center in New York, said a mathemati-
cal model developed by one of his cot
laborators projected it would take about
three years to eliminate the virus from
an infected individual in a successful
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Yeltsin's return to
Kremlin a surprise
MOSCOW- Boris Yeltsin showed
up at the Kremlin yesterday for the first
time in two weeks, a surprise appear-
ance that took the wind out of a parlia-
mentary move to oust him because of
his poor health.
The Communists - who sponsored
the long-shot bid - failed to win
enough votes to end Yeltsin's presiden-
cy and call for new elections.
The appearance clearly was timed to
quell claims Yeltsin is too sick to gov-
ern, although officially he went to the
Kremlin for what aides said was a
working meeting with Prime Minister
The visit was reported by the presi-
dential press service, but it said no pho-
tographs or video footage of Yeltsin's
return to work were made. Neither
were there any reports of journalists or
other witnesses seeing Yeltsin enter the
The president, who had heart surgery
in November, hasn't been seen in per-
son or in pictures since he fell ill with
pneumonia Jan. 6.
The presidential press service also
said Yeltsin spoke with his Ukrainiah
counterpart on the phone yesterday
Aides said the 65-year-old leader later
returned to his country home, where
A doctor on Yeltsin's medical team-
criticized the president for interrupting
his recovery to make the visit.
S. Africa defers
arns sale to Syria
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -
Hoping to defuse a bitter dispute w
the United States, President Nels
Mandela's Cabinet deferred a decision
yesterday on whether to allow a $640
million sale of sensitive weapons tech-
nology to Syria's dictatorial regime.
U:S. diplomats said privately they
believe the move effectively killed the
sale, which would have supplied sophis-
ticated, laser-guided targeting and firing
systems for hundreds of aging Soviet-
made T-72 battle tanks in Syria's arsenal.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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