2A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 8, 1997
Continued from Page IA
Students in his class who attended his office
hours said that Bollinger manages to squeeze in
time for them between phone calls and formal
Law School Dean Jeffrey Lehman, who chaired the
search advisory committee that ultimately led to
Bollinger's selection, said Bollinger learns and devel-
ops his vision by deliberating and talking with com-
"I think a sense of accessibility, his openness
and his willingness to talk to people is sometimes
hard, in a 35,000-student community, to get a
sense of," Lehman said. "I think it is wonderful
that he is able to express that part of his charac-
While literally opening doors to students,
Bollinger also has reached out to the faculty. In
his inaugural address, Bollinger spoke of faculty
autonomy. He regularly attends meetings of the
faculty's governing body and endorses increased
"People are hungry for
some kind of
-- Lee Bollinger
faculty access to the Board of Regents.
But now, Bollinger may be faced with the greatest
challenge of his presidency - defending the
University's use of race as a factor in the admissions
process. The two recent lawsuits attacking the
University's affirmative action policies leave the world
of higher education wondering what the future holds.
Bollinger - as a lawyer, scholar, educator and,
most notably, president - bears the responsibility of
answering for the school.
He says the University will uphold its policies at
But personally, he views the lawsuits as touch-
ing much deeper chords. He says affirmative
action is the most important issue in the nation. It
is not about wining and losing; to him it"is an
open debate and discussion of where the
University, and higher education in general, will
go. It is an examination of how far society has
come in gripping diversity.
Workitg through the lawsuits, which Bollinger
acknowledges will be extremely difficult, may enible
the community to delve deep into its intellectual val-
ues. Bollinger and the administration are in the process
of planning meetings and events that they hope may
assist the University in understanding the nature and
seriousness of the question.
When defending the University in this fight and others
yet to come, Bollinger knows that no one can have too
many allies. So far, he has found them - in the regents,
the administration, the student body and the faculty.
"There is just an attachment that I feel to this
place that is inexplicable, and so the sort of rela-
tionships I have with people are very deep and
very long," Bollinger said. "To me, a life worth
living, a life most worth living, is working with
people in that basis that you've known for a long
AROUND THE NATIQN
Clinton to consider nuclear weapons -
WASHINGTON - Turning U.S. nuclear policy toward an emerging threat,
President Clinton has decided the United States will consider using nuclear
weapons against attackers who hit American forces with chemical or biological
The policy, made explicit in a classified presidential directive, marks th
administration's first instruction to the Pentagon shaping a nuclear strate
against the increasingly worrisome possibility that nations such as Iraq
might turn chemical or biological arsenals against U.S. troops.
A senior Clinton administration adviser said yesterday the policy con-
forms with two decades of White House statements on the possible "first
use" of nuclear weapons. But it adds presidential weight to the emerging
concern about "rogue states" that has replaced the nuclear terror of the Cold
Approved last month by Clinton, principal elements of the "Presidential
Decision Directive' or PDD, were reported yesterday by The Washington Post. In
many respects, the directive follows long-standing policy on nuclear weapons,
including continued support for the nuclear triad - bombers, land-based missilO
and missile submarines - and basic reliance on nuclear weapons as a mainstay o
national security. .
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Regardless of which teams ended up
playing in the upcoming Rose Bowl, the
Nortons planned to go. But being serious
Wolverine fans, they could not be more
"thrilled" to sing "The Victors" in
Pasadena on New Year's Day.
"We had already ordered the tickets,
but that was the icing on the cake,'
Harriet Norton said. "I am going to
scream my little head off."
Perry Norton said he does not know
who will win the Rose Bowl but he still
remembers which team was victorious in
the game the couple missed 50 years ago.
"In January of '48, they beat
Southern California by 49-0,' Perry
Norton said. "That was the same score
as Michigan's first Rose Bowl 46 years
before when they played Stanford.
"We want them to win, but we don't
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WASHINGTON - When asked
about the uncertainties of global warm-
ing, President Clinton often defers to his
chief environmental adviser - Al Gore.
"Read the vice president's book,' is
Clinton's advice to those who question
the need to rein in greenhouse gases.
Gore was arriving Sunday in Kyoto,
Japan, to press before delegates from
150 nations the U.S. position that green-
house gases must be cut but not so
rapidly as many demand. En route, the
vice president gave no assurance that an
agreement was in sight.
"It's a very tricky situation and suc-
cess is far from assured," he said. "A lot
of issues are undecided."
The United States would stabilize
greenhouse gases, principally carbon
dioxide from burning fossil fuels such as
coal and oil, at 1990 levels over the next
dozen years. Environmentalists have
embraced a tougher European proposal
that would cut emissions 15 percent
beyond the U.S. plan.
The Clinton administration decided to
send Gore to the contentious climate
conference after days of debate with
political advisers anxious it might back-
fire on the vice president if no treaty
emerges or if he is viewed by environ-
mentalists as accepting a weak agr4
Reno with contemnt
WASHINGTON - Republicans
threatened Attorney General Janet Reno
with contempt of Congress yesterday
over her decision to forego an indepen-
dent counsel's investigation of Wh
House campaign fund raising.
One senator, Orrin Hatch of Utah,
said he's asking FBI director Louie
Freeh to bypass Reno, and investigate
impropriety in fund raising. "I have no
doubt that the political appointees in
the department who have been influ-
encing her are doing nothing but pro-
tecting the president," Senate
Judiciary Committee chair Hatch said
on CBS' "Face the Nation."
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Crashing plane hits
apartments, ks 42
IRKUTSK, Russia - A Russian
military cargo jet plowed into a resi-
dential neighborhood in a Siberian
city on Saturday, spewing fiery
wreckage as it broke into pieces and
hit an apartment building. At least 42
people were killed in one of Russia's
worst air disasters.
The mammoth An-124 - report-
edly carrying two jet fighters -
plunged to the ground 20 seconds
after takeoff from Irkutsk, damaging
four apartment buildings, an orphan-
age and a school, witnesses said.
Scores of terrified children were
"I thought somebody was shooting.
... I only saw the plane moving quiet-
ly to the ground, one wing lower than
the other," a woman who saw the
crash told the Independent Television
"Everything is in turmoil," Irkutsk
journalist Valery Pochekunin said
several hours after the crash. "I can
see tens of bodies."
By midday yesterday, 42 bodies
had been recovered and the toll wad
expected to increase as some 1,400
firefighters, soldiers and medic
personnel with heavy machinery a
dogs scoured massive heaps of rub-
ble. The workers searched through
the night as temperatures plunged
20M Africans have
AIDS, experts say
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - M
than 20 million people in sub-Saha
Africa carry the virus that causes
AIDS, and most of them don't even
know it, an expert told an international
"The situation in this region is
unprecedented," said Dr. Peter Piot,
executive director of the U.N. Program
Piot was addressing the opening ses-
sion of the 10th Intemationsl
Conference on AIDS and Sexua
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