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Cllinton database tied to funds, donors
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r WASHINGTON (AP) - Months
'after denying a White House database
was used to solicit campaign contribu-
"tions, the Clinton administration scram-
:bled yesterday to explain why a top
fund-raiser says it helped him woo
donors and award "special graces."
Republicans quickly labeled the data-
base "a hotel link with the Lincoln
President Clinton and Hillary
'edham Clinton ordered the computer
"system in 1993 to track lawmakers,
reporters, political supporters and oth-
,ers -who attended White House func-
"tions. Invitation lists, thank-you notes
"anti other social correspondence were
developed from the list of at least
Clinton spokesperson had told
reporters and skeptical congressional
investigators that the database was not
> used to track political donors or solicit
Now Truman Arnold is saying in
interviews that the database helped the
Democratic National Committee identi-
fy prospects for increased donations.
He also said it made it easier to reward
long-ignored donors with White House
visits, trips aboard Air Force One,
Lincoln Bedroom sleepovers, and pres-
"It was most helpful to us because we
were looking to the disaffected," the
former party finance chair told the Los
Angeles Times. "The database helped
us to see who had been invited to what."
It also had detailed records - birth
dates, telephone numbers, fax numbers,
pet projects, nicknames, dietary needs.
In many cases, notations indicated that
a person was a party donor.
"If people who give money are treat-
ed with special graces and made to feel
they're appreciated, they'll come right
back and give the next time;"Arnold, an
oilman and longtime Clinton backer
from Texarkana, Texas, told Time maga-
Rep. David McIntosh, the Republican
chair of a House panel investigating the
database, said, "There is something
wrong with having a system in the
White House that keeps track of all
donors, sets up a hotel link with the
Lincoln Bedroom, sets up airline reser-
vations on Air Force One and sets up a
restaurant with White House coffees.'
A committee spokesperson said
Arnold may be asked to testify before
FDA approves new diabetes drug
WASHINGTON -The Food and Drug Administration approved a drug yester-
day that offers a million diabetics the hope of reducing their insulin shots.
Hitting pharmacy shelves by the end of March, Parke Davis' troglitazone is the
first drug to attack the underlying trigger of Type II diabetes, the disease's m
It somehow resensitizes the body to insulin, a hormone that converts blood sugar
Some patients - about 15 percent of those who tested the drug - no longer
needed insulin shots because the amount their bodies manufactured became suffi-
cient again. Most patients still needed insulin but required fewer injections each day.
"It's an exciting new drug" said Dr. Philip Cryer, president of the American
He issued a caution: "Nobody ought to abruptly stop their insulin. They have to
work with the doctor to see if troglitazone has an effect and then reduce insulin
Troglitazone will be sold under the brand name Rezulin, but Parke Davis said
price has not been set.
About 16 million Americans have diabetes. Type I diabetes typically strikes chil-
dren who cannot produce insulin and need daily shots of the hormone to survive.
President Clinton Is escorted through the Pentagon by Defense Secretary William
Cohen and Cindy Bowman, a member of the Air Force Honor Guard.
Without directly disputing Arnold's
quotes or the publications' characteriza-
tions of his comments, White House
spokesmen said they were confident the
database was only used for official pur-
poses. A Democratic National
Committee statement said Arnold did
not have direct access to the database
but information from it was forward-
ed "through the appropriate chan-
Federal law prohibits the White
House from putting a taxpayer-financed
program to partisan use.
Neal bids farewell to University presidency
Continued from Page 1.
Two months later, both Medical
.School Dean Giles Bole and University
Health System President John Forsyth
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announced they were resigning, leaving
the Medical Center's fate uncertain.
After exploring numerous options for
the future of the Medical Center, Neal
created a new executive officer position
to oversee the affairs of the Medical
Center and the Medical School.
"These are things that are time sensi-
tive - the health and the Medical
Center are things that we cannot wait
on," Neal said when he announced the
creation of the position last fall.
Neal said the most difficult aspect of
his job was reflected in the intricacies
of the decision-making process sur-
rounding the hospital's future.
"(The most difficult part of the job)
is making sure that you touch base with
everyone who will be impacted by your
decision before that decision is ren-
dered," he said..
"It is a very complex institution and
in any given day the president has to be
involved in issue-making, ranging from
issues related to the Medical Center,
athletic policies, to funding decisions
for the University," he said.
During last year's controversial
search process, which resulted in the
selection of Bollinger, Neal effectively
maintained stability in the administra-
tion, said Regent Shirley McFee (R-
McFee said Neal served the position
with "creativity and grace."
"(Neal has) really performed the
interim function with extreme sensitivi-
ty and capability;" McFee said. "He held
the University as steady as she goes.'
In October, questions surrounding
the legality of closed regents meetings
came to light after three local newspa-
pers filed suit against the University.
The newspapers alleged the regents had
violated the state's Open Meetings Act
by discussing potential candidates in
"I think the restrictions under which
the search had to be conducted were
just terrible;" Neal said. "The concept
that the Board of Regents would not be
allowed to talk
to candidates in
private is almosth
unbelievable - H
but I think the
regents handled iVO ity
the search in an Steady as
a d m ira b le w a y ."Ad s n-
weAnda jst ne esM
week ago, Neal Jgo
announced the - Regent
establishment of (
for Diversity;" which will allocate
$450,000 toward creating programs to
"In these times when affirmative
action and minority programs have
been challenged, the University has
retained its commitment to diversity,"
said LSA junior Sudhakar Cherukuri.
"Dr. Neal set the tone."
Neal described the racial climate of
the University as "basically good," but
acknowledged there are some serious
"The University is quite reflective of
society in general," he said. "Issues of
diversity will always be important to
work on and is clearly an issue that
President Bollinger will have to work
Even as he dealt with the University's
turbulence, Neal managed to maintain
his trademark smile and sense of humor.
At last month's regents meeting, Neal
showed a five-minute video humorously
depicting his time as interim president.
"I'll miss his wonderful sense of
humor," Machen said. "He likes to poke
fun at himself and he has the ability to
break serious tension with his humor."
Neal's immediate plans will take him
far away from the University - to a lab-
oratory in Switzerland - where he will
spend the next six months working with
nuclear physics, his true passion. Along
with their suitcases, Neal and his wife
Jeannie will bring with them fond mem-
ories of the time he spent as president.
These memories include welcoming
the class of 2000 and bidding farewell
to the winter 1996 graduates.
"Officiating at graduation was quite a
thrill," Neal said. "In a setting like that
you really see what the University is all
about. You see thousands of graduates
getting their baccalaureate and going off
to various frontiers around the world."
Jeannie Neal said that when she
reflects on the past seven months, her
favorite memories are of the people the
couple has met.
Dental schools boot
A co-ordinated refusal by many of
the nation's dental schools has forced
U.S. News and World Report to scuttle
its plan to rate them in a forthcoming
issue. The rebuff is the most tangible
demonstration yet of a growing back-
lash against the newsweekly's decade-
"We think the survey is horribly
flawed," said Dominick DePaola, pres-
ident of the Baylor College of Dentistry
Several editors at the magazine said
they would attempt to address the den-
tal deans' concerns and devise another
way of judging the schools in subse-
The magazine's autumn rankings of
undergraduate campuses and spring
rankings of graduate and professional
programs has become a rite dreaded by
many campus administrators, as it is
often used by prospective applicants
and donors to measure a school's
strength. The issues are among the
magazine's top money-makers and they
are often used by administrators at
highly ranked schools to tout their
Last fall, a coalition of undergraf
ates at U.S. campuses started to call 'n
college administrators across the coun-
try to reject pleas for information -and
Saudi Arabia may
buy 102 U.S. jets
WASHINGTON - The Saudi
Arabian military is preparing a requ t
to buy 102 F-16 fighter jets from
United States worth between $5 billion
and $15 billion, industry and diplomat-
ic officials said yesterday.
Some industry executives and diplo-
matic officials speculated Thursday
that the Saudis are timing the purchase
application to calm Clinton administra-
tion and congressional anger over what
the Justice Department calls the king-
dom's lack of cooperation in the inv -
tigation into the truck bombing ther
June that killed 19 U.S. airmen.
"We've had a
said. "When I
look back, I
think of Jesse
and the people
we had the plea-
sure of meeting"
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Switzerland, one of the first stops he
will most likely make is to his favorite
restaurant: Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger.
"Since I have been in Fleming, a
combination of factors have led me to
Blimpy's," he said. "However, I am sub-
jected to a lot of peer pressure?'
Neal has many opportunities for the
future. After his European research pro-
ject is completed he plans to return to the
University's research department, with
the option of returning to his former
position as vice president for research.
He also hopes to further the research ini-
tiative for undergraduates that he has
advocated throughout his presidency.
"For the next year or so I do have an
obligation to help our research group
get itself ready for our next experi-
ment;' Neal said. "One of the draw-
backs in my being in the administration
is that we have not positioned ourselves
to be part of the wave of the next high
energy physics projects"
Neal said that if the timing is right, he
would consider serving as president of
another university, but for now he will
remain with the maize and blue.
"I care deeply about the University,"
Neal said. "I got my degree here.
Everything I am in regards to a physi-
cist is due to the University.
"I'm a loyal alum appreciative of the
University and eager to give back as
much as I can,' he said.
returns to power
CHAK JHUMRA, Pakistan - At an
outdoor rally in this farming town this
week, thousands of jubilant supporters
of Nawaz Sharif tossed firecrackers
and chanted his name, thrusting their
fists into the air. Then they chanted:
"Prime minister! Prime minister!"
That is what Sharif was from 1990
until his dismissal in 1993, and that is
what he is likely to become again after
Monday's parliamentary elections.
Analysts estimate that Sharif's Pakistan
Muslim League will be the leading
vote-getter but will fall short of a major-
ity in the 217-member parliament.
A return to power by Sharif and his
pro-business party would restore busi-
ness confidence in a struggling econo-
my, but conflicting campaign promises
could complicate Pakistan's relations
with the International Monetary Fund
(IMF). A Muslim League government
also might revise Pakistan's relations
with the Taliban, the Islamic militia that
controls three-fourths of neighboring
Afghanistan and that Sharif suggested
is a group of "religious fanatics?'
Outside Pakistan, Sharif has been
known primarily as Benazir Bhu
nemesis and the man who became
prime minister after the nation's politi-
cal and military establishment forced
her out of office in 1990. Bhutto had
been hailed in much of the world as a
crusader for democracy.
threatens to bomb
JERUSALEM - The decision by a
senior Hamas leader to drop his fight
against extradition from the United
States to Israel prompted warnings yes-
terday that the militant Islamic group
could resume bombings in Israel.
The impending transfer and trial of
Mousa Abu Marzook, already has pro-
vided a new rallying point for his
Islamic Resistance Movement, known
as Hamas. The organization issued '
threats yesterday against Israel and 1
the Americans who have interests in the
Arab and Muslim world."
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