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MSA pres.
plans to
meet with
By Jeffrey Kosseff
Day Staff Reporter
Michigan Student Assembly
President Fiona Rose is scheduled to
speak with President Clinton and
Secretary of Education Richard
R+ today in Washington on behalf
o financial aid recipients nation-
Rose and six other college students
plan to discuss the future of financial
aid in light of new statistics that indi-
cate a decrease in student loan
"We are in support of the direct stu-
dent loan program," Rose said. "This
will be a good chance for students to
reaffirm our support for student
Associate Vice President for
Thomas Butts
. said the
Department of
Education chose
a University stu-
dent to partici-
pate in the meet-
ing because of
the University's
Rose early involve-
ment in the
national direct student loans program.
"We were among the first 104
schools to join the program," said
Butts, who is the University's
Washington lobbyist. "We helped to
shape the idea initially.'
Jill Riemer, director of communica-
for the Federal Department of
Education's Office of Postsecondary
Education, said all seven students cho-
sen to meet with the president are
financial aid recipients and were locat-
ed by "word of mouth."
Other students attending the meeting
twill- represent Colorado State
University, Westland College, Hope
College, Heidleberg College,
C rgetown University and Harvard
"We wanted a good mix of stu-
dents," Riemer said. "It wasn't based
on the colleges, but on the individu-
Rose, who receives financial aid,
said it is important for the direct stu-
dent loans program to continue because
it allows students to concentrate on
their studies rather than worry about
bank loans.
"For those of us on student loans, it
iouch easier to get direct loans
rather than loans from banks," Rose
Rose said she is confident that she
will see eye-to-eye with Clinton
because of his past support for student
."He has supported financial aid in
the past, but specifically he has been in
support of direct student loans," Rose

High court hears
right-to-die cases

Justices cautious
of medical suicide
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON -Taking on one of the most
important constitutional questions of the decade,
the Supreme Court yesterday expressed grave con-
cerns over the implications of declaring that dying
patients have a right to a doctor's help in commit-
ting suicide.
During the solemn two-hour hearing, the jus-
tices pursued not just legal questions, but evolving
societal attitudes, the role of modern medicine,
their own personal experiences and moral consid-
erations that thread through the emotional issue. In
the end, it appeared a majority would not vote to
enshrine a right to physician-assisted suicide.
As hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the
white marble plaza outside the courthouse, many
of them in wheelchairs and carrying signs that
read "Not Dead Yet," the justices took up a pair of
cases that could ultimately alter the way the legal
system recognizes the right to die in America.
Although the issue had been simmering for
some time, it burst onto the national agenda when
two appeals courts, one from each coast, upheld a
right to doctor-assisted suicide. Officials from the
two states involved in those rulings, New York and
Washington, have brought the twin cases to the
Supreme Court, hoping for a ruling that would
overturn the lower courts and uphold a state's right
to ban assisted suicide.
In a time of advancing medicine and an aging
population, the issue has captured the public's
attention in a way that few legal questions do,
dividing the medical community, legal scholars,.
and the terminally ill who appear to have most at
stake. Scores of people, some of whom had
camped out in frigid temperatures in hopes of
claiming one of the 50 seats available to the pub-
lic, were turned away before the arguments began.
"Most of us have parents or other loved ones
and we've lived through a dying experience that
forces us to think about these things," Justice Ruth

Kathryn Tucker, an attorney for Washington state
doctors challenging that state's ban on assisted
suicide, meets reporters outside the Supreme
Court yesterday after a hearing on the case.
Bader Ginsburg said at one point.
The Supreme Court first addressed the question
of a right to die in 1990, when in the case of a
Missouri woman thrust into a vegetative state by a
car accident, the court ruled that a person has a
constitutionally protected right to refuse unwanted
medical treatment. But that case involved the
rather passive withdrawal of artificial life supports
brought by parents, who wanted to disconnect
their daughter's feeding tube.
Yesterday's question poses a more-difficult
dilemma and puts the physician in the active role
of bringing on death by providing the lethal injec-
tion or other means of ending a patient's life. If the
Supreme Court were to uphold lower-court rulings
finding a constitutional right to physician-assisted
suicide, states would be able to regulate the prac-
tice but not ban it, as a majority now do.
A decision in the paired cases will be handed
down before the court recesses this summer.
See COURT, Page 7

Book rush
Shaman Drum employee Michael Hogan helps LSA junior Lisa Crispignani find her books for the
new semester. Yesterday many students spent time waiting in long lines to purchase books and

I ________________________________________.

Searches kick off for top spots

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
While students are beginning with a clean slate
for the new semester, some administrators are con-
tinuing unfinished business from last year.
The 15 members of the search advisory com-
mittee for the vice president for medical affairs
met yesterday afternoon for the first time, official-
ly marking the start of the search for the newly cre-
ated position.
The committee, chaired by Dr. Max Wicha,
director of the University Cancer Center, will
attempt to find a candidate who can guide the
University Medical Center and the Medical School
through the changing pressures of the health-care
"The challenge for us is to find an individual
with experience and knowledge in academic med-
icine and understands the priorities of research,"
Wicha said. "The person must also have a strong
knowledge in business and a vision of the medical
center in managed health.
"The position combines business acumen and
academic focus."

The members of the committee, who were
announced at last month's meeting of the Board of
Regents, include Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Nancy Cantor, Engineering Dean Stephen Director
and Beverly Jones, Nursing associate dean.
Despite the diverse backgrounds of the commit-
tee members, not everyone was pleased. Regent
Andrea Fischer Newman (R-Ann Arbor) com-
plained that the board wasn't consulted in select-
ing members to sit on the search committee.
"I think it deserves some outside input,"
Newman said. "I think this being a totally internal
committee is unfortunate.'
The new vice president will report directly to
the president.
The position was created last November in
response =to the transitions the Medical Center is
undergoing. In April, Medical Center officials
unveiled plans to slash $200 million from the hos-
pital's budget during the next three years, citing the
pressures of managed-care companies.
The first phase, which was initiated last July, led
to approximately 200 layoffs from the Medical
Center, with the possibility of more to come.

"Due to changes in the health-care environment
and financial pressures facing health-care
providers, we have determined there is a need for a
single leader for the Medical School and the U-M
Health System," said University interim President
Homer Neal at the November regents meeting.
Radiology chair Dr. Nicholas Dunnick, a mem-
ber of the committee, said he does not anticipate a
lengthy search because the position is a "very
desirable one"
"I think it's a great position - we have one of
the -10 best medical centers in the country and
we're located in a town that is more livable than
other towns with medical centers," he said.
The committee, which is scheduled to meet
weekly, plans to recruit candidates internally and
"We want to get the very best person in the
country so we will consider internal and national
candidates" Wicha said. "We don't want to limit
our search.'
Wicha said the committee plans to present a list
of candidates to President-select Lee Bollinger by
late May or early June. Bollinger will choose from

The SearCh I On
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$erch Chair: homas Kinnear'
Status: Looking for search agency.
B Executive vice preslient for medical affairs
Newly created position in November
Search chair: Dr. Max Wicha
Status: Met for the first time yesterday
the list of candidates, Wicha said.
The search advisory committee for chief finan-
cial officer is also continuing its task. Thomas
Kinnear, vice president for development, will steer
the committee to find a replacement for Farris
Womack, who has returned to the faculty of the
School of Education since stepping down last
The 15-member committee has met several
times and is in the process of picking a search
agency, said Dentistry Prof. James White, a com-
mittee member.
The committee plans to submit a list of candi-
dates by May or June, White said.
-Daily Staff Reporter Jodi S. Cohen contributed
to this report.

City Council votes
to rezone armory
in to apartments

Bollinger to start
shadowing tomorrow

By Meg Exley
Dady Staff Reporter
Continuing a heated debate about the
fbture use of the former National Guard
Armory, protesters marched into Ann
Arbor City Hall yesterday but failed to
ment City Council from voting to turn
tWbuilding into an apartment complex.
The City Council approved a plan by
local developer Ed Shaffran to rezone
and renovate the vacant building at 223
E. Ann St. to make way for new down-
town apartments.
Members voted 9-1 to rezone the

Council turn the armory into a home-
less shelter rather than allow developers
to turn the building into apartments.
Police officers surrounded the cham-
bers yesterday in an attempt to deter fur-
ther protests. Before the public commen-
tary began, Mayor Ingrid Sheldon issued
a public warning that "anyone who
caused a disturbance could be arrested
and charged with disorderly conduct."
Although NWROC members attend-
ed yesterday's meeting, they left before a
vote was taken on the issue. The council
voted to move the armory issue to the

By Katie Wang
Daily Staff Reporter
By the end of this week, the white
house at 815 S. University Ave. may no
longer be vacant.
President-select Lee Bollinger is
expected to arrive in Ann Arbor by Jan.
10, said Walter Harrison, vice president
for University relations.
Upon his arrival, Bollinger will begin
an 11-day period of shadowing interim
President Homer Neal and meeting
with various groups.
"He might want to speak with deans,
executive officers and faculty,"
Harrison said. "It's a time to shadow
and learn what he needs to do?'
Bollinger's shadowing period will be
shortened by a conference he plans to
attend in Israel from Jan. 21-31.

ed by the Presidential Search Advisory
Committee in conjunction with the
regents, encountered a setback in
October when the University was
slapped with a lawsuit from three local
The newspapers alleged that the board
had violated the
Open Meetings
Act when it con-
ducted its search.
Circuit Court
R Judge Melinda
Morris ruled in
favor of the
newspapers and
ordered the
board to open the
Bollinger remainder of its

Despite protest from NWROC, members of the City Council voted in favor of trns-
forming the armory building at 223 E. Ann St. nto an apartment complex.

find another facility in the downtown
area for a homeless shelter," Carlberg
said. "We have a number of different
options right now with several vacant

armory is ideal. There is a greater need
for a shelter than ever before. The pre-
sent shelter is inadequate and does not
meet everyone's needs."


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