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The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 13, 1997 - 5A

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Elder sister Aditi Sharangpani said
yesterday at the memorial service,
"Artie was a source of life for all of us.
Her light was that of a shooting star,
shining brilliant and gone far, far too
LSA junior Probir Mehta said the
community will definitely miss
S ngpani. "She touched so many
pe le" said Mehta, an acquaintance
of Sharangpani's. "Her memory will be
She definitely left her mark on
IAA," Mehta said.
hrangpani continued to be
inv yed with IASA this year, and
he-pesl plan the group's three-day con-
feredee this past weekend.
ASA members decided to dedicate
th ent to Sharangpani's memory.
;was an obvious decision," said
Mehta; a conference co-chair.
Khet made a tribute to Sharangpani
during an IASA dinner Friday evening.
A moment of silence followed.
Most of all, friends of Sharangpani
said they will remember her lively smile.
"She just had the most beautiful
smile," Bilolikar said.
Kher agreed. "You could always
fSher warmth when you saw her
s We. She'll always be remembered
fo& her ability to make everyone
.Bilolikar said the family is waiting
to hear from the National
TCansportation Safety Board about the
release of Sharangpani's body, which
coul take between two to five days.
After the release of the body, the
family will hold a private cremation
,Servce. Bedi said. "That will be a per-
sWvl religious ceremony"
Continued from Page 1A
Jones' father said. He said the Metro
Airport official asked him not to hang
op and gave him her name and phone
number in case he wanted to talk to her
Jones had been teaching at the
tersity since the fall of 1994 and
became an associate dean of Rackham
in January 1996. Previously, she was
director of graduate studies and coordi-
nator of teacher education in theatre at
the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro. She held that position for
12 years.
Jones' intellectual curiosity was
nued from Page 1A
During the next two weeks,
Bollinger plans to meet with campus
groups, deans and regents before leav-
ing for a conference in Haifa, Israel. He
is scheduled to officially begin his
tenure as president Feb. 1.
Chemistry Prof. Thomas Dunn, chair
of the faculty's governing body, said he
is looking forward to exploring the
qmpre of Bollinger's relationship with
t Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs.
"The most important thing is how he
perceives the nature of faculty gover-
nance and how he feels it should serve
the University" Dunn said. "How does
he want to use its expertise, because it
is.a pipeline to the faculty members"
After two years in Hanover, N.H.,
Bollinger said the biggest change is the
aesthetic transformation the campus
* undergone.
"The amount of building construc-
tion on the campus has improved its

physical appearance," Bollinger said.
"The aesthetics are better."
His wife, Jean, is still living in
Vermont, but she plans to join him in the
president's house next month. The cou-
ple. does not anticipate making any
major changes to the residence, but they
non adding a few personal touches.
:yesterday morning Bollinger, an
avid runner, reacquainted himself with
the University campus by jogging five
nules through the streets of Ann Arbor.
"1 love the things of Ann Arbor that
we all know about ... the coffee hous-
es, the book stores, the record stores,'
Bollinger said.
"One of the reasons we love it is that
it, has this unique combination of a
medium-size community with a very
,e city of cultural context."

Continued from Page 1A
Metropolitan Airport. Hammerschmidt
had said Saturday that the flight
appeared normal until the "event."
"The 'event' was termed an 'event'
by the people who were listening to our
cockpit voice recorders. What they
meant precisely by an 'event' is still
unclear," he said yesterday.
"When we said 'event' ... we meant
that something occurred. It could not be
defined. It could not be explained. It
was sort of a puzzle."
While the investigation continued
yesterday, about 200 of the victims' rel-
atives visited the crash site and a
memorial made of hay bales.
About 150 yards from the craters dug
by the plane's nosedive are a dozen
square hay bales surrounding a blue
sign with white lettering:
"In memory of passengers and crew
of Comair flight 3272 from the com-
munity of Monroe County and south-
east Michigan."
And at Immaculate Heart of Mary
Motherhouse Chapel in Monroe,
about 1,000 people attended a memo-
rial service for the crash victims. The
Rev. David Campbell, a chaplain at
Mercy Memorial Hospital, told rela-
tives, friends and community mem-
bers that their lives would be inter-
twined forever.
"Your lives have touched ours," he
said. "None of us will ever be the
About 30 investigators combed
through the site yesterday, putting
debris and human remains in bags. The
crews were still focusing on recovering

the remains, according to a newspool
established by the NTSB.
In yesterday's 9-degree temperatures,
searchers warmed themselves in a tent
near the crater.
Two large pieces of the plane - a
cargo door and a piece of the skin of the
airplane - had landed about 100 yards
from the scorched area near the 30-
foot-wide crater left by the burning
Hammerschmidt said the pilot and
co-pilot of flight 3272, a twin-engine
turboprop Embraer 120, reported noth-
ing unusual during the flight, air traffic
controllers said
nothing seemed -
amiss, and crew W hat
who had flown
the plane earlier meant pa
in the day
reported that all an 'even
was well.
"The cockpit unclear.
voice recorder
indicates an - Johnf
uneventful, rou-
tine, orderly,

Before flight 3272 took off, there had
been two warnings about "moderate,
occasional, severe turbulence,"
Hammerschmidt said.
Shortly after the crash, a DC-3 pilot
in the area made a report of moderate.
mixed icing at 5,000 feet, he said. Ice
on the wings can change the shape of
the surfaces that lift the plane, causing a
loss of control.
Investigators say the crew was aware
of the weather. The de-icing systems on
flight 3272 apparently had been turned
on and working, according to the cock-
pit voice recorder. But investigators will


ecisely by
t, is still
NTSB member

do more tests to
see if they were
working when
the plane
The plane was
de-iced before
l e a v i n g



businesslike flight from Cincinnati into
the Detroit area," Hammerschmidt said.
The only other evidence of trouble
during the plane's final moments so far
have come from eyewitnesses, who saw
the plane spinning or turning, stabilize,
then plummet to earth.
One witness told investigators that the
plane had spun over to its right several
times. Two others said the plane's wings
had been rocking before the crash.
"They all indicated that the airplane
stabilized, then the nose of the aircraft
abruptly pitched and descended vertical-
ly to the ground," Hammerschmidt said.

refused to offer analysis of the evi-
dence so far. Hammerschmidt didn't
know when more analysis of the voice
and flight data recorders would be
At a temporary morgue in the
Monroe County airport, 125 people
were working in two shifts from 6 a.m.
until midnight to identify the remains, a
process that the chief county medical
examiner said could take several days.
"We're approaching it with as much
dispatch as we can to identify the dead
and comfort the living," Dr. David
Lieberman said.

Bouquets of flowers lie outside the office door of theatre Prof. Betty Jean Jones,
who died tragically in Thursday's crash of Comair flight 3372.

Insurance agents assess damage

admired by many. She was a specialist
in American Theatre and Drama with
an emphasis in American Film Studies.
Her essays and critiques were published
in books and journals throughout the
Jones' most recent production, "The
Tooth of Crime" which she directed
last April, was "a production she want-
ed really bad," said Stacy Mayer, a
School of Music senior who was an
understudy in the play.
In "The Tooth of Crime," Jones used
a unique approach to direct the rock 'n'
roll play, which required the collabora-
tion of everyone from actors to stage
Those who knew Jones said they will

never forget her inspiring personality
and great strengths.
"She was ... very vibrant and ener-
getic and alive and extremely tolerant,"
said Rackham Dean Nancy Cantor.
"She loved what she did, she loved
where she was, she loved what she
was," a distraught Robinson said Friday.
Jones was one of four faculty mem-
bers of the University's newly revived
doctoral program in theatre, said Bert
Cardullo, associate professor of theatre
and drama. Cardullo said her presence
in the theatre department will be great-
ly missed. "When she was here, she was
really quite a presence and really full of
life," he said. "That's one of the reasons
it was as shocking as it is?'

DETROIT (AP) - No amount of money can bring back
the 29 family members and friends who died when Comair
flight 3272 nosedived into the ground on its way to Detroit
Metropolitan Airport.
But insurance companies are on the scene trying to deter-
mine how much to compensate each victim's relatives in
some way for their loss.
"Right now, an insurance executive is putting a price on
each seat," Chicago lawyer Robert Clifford, who represents
plaintiffs in airline crashes, told The Detroit News.
The amount for each victim could range from $1 million to
$2 million, he said.
An important factor in determining the costs is how much
investigators believe the victims suffered before the crash
Thursday afternoon.
"The plane was in distress; it went into a roll; the people on
board knew it," said J. Douglas Peters, a senior partner in the
Charfoos & Christensen law firm, which represented some of

the 156 victims of the crash of Northwest Flight 255 in 1987.
The victims' ages, health and job status are other elements
in trying to place a dollar amount on human life.
Lansing forensic economist William King makes a living
determining the compensation for people injured or killed in
When 120 died aboard a plane bound for Detroit from
Washington, D.C., four years ago, King had the job of deter-
mining the value of the lives lost.
The more accurate the evaluation, the less legal debate will
be necessary later - easing the stress the families already
feel from their losses, King said.
Another factor is whether the victims had children, King
said. That alone can drive the value to more than $1 million.
"If the victims are retirees, you won't go over $1 million,"
he said.
King also said a settlement can be reduced if the defense
finds out a victim had a terminal or life-threatening disease.

. _ _... .

Continued from Page 1A
preserve the progressivity of Social
Security," said Public Policy Prof. Mary
Corcoran. "It will help lower-income
people more, and I liked that."
However, some view Gramlich's plan
as just an additional federal income tax.
"It essentially imposes another pay-
roll tax on working Americans," said
Michael Tanner, director of the social
security privati-
zation plan for
the Cato It Will
Institute, a con-
servative lowe-inMc
think tank. people m
"The govern-
ment control of - Prof.
the funds is School o
acknowledged that there are cuts in ben-
efits, but he said such cuts are necessary.
Tanner said he supports the personal
securities plan, which would place
more than three-quarters of income
taxes in individual investment accounts.
"That is the closest to full privatiza-
tion," Tanner said.

The final and most traditional plan
would maintain the current benefits but
place a tax on them. The government
would then invest tax revenue in the stock
market. Tanner said he would prefer
Gramlich's plan over this plan because it
is "one more step to socialization"
Gramlich said his plan will most
likely "appeal to centrist Democrats
and centrist Republicans." Gramlich
said his plan has not been well received
by labor unions because of the cuts in
Congress is not
ep expected to
decide on a plan


Mary Corcoran
of Public Policy

anytime soon.
"I wouldn't
look for anything
before the end of
the congressional
s e s s i o n,"


Gramlich said.
"It's going to be a
slow process, and it ought to."
However, Gramlich said a plan
should be passed within 11 years -
before "baby boomers" begin to retire.
"If you let the baby boomers go into
retirement before a plan passes, that
will water down what the plan will
accomplish," Gramlich said.

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