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January 22, 1998
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sue other opportunities'
as reason for departure
By William Nash
Daily Staff Reporter
Charlie Nelms announced his plans
retire after a relatively short - but
eventful - career as chancellor of the
University's Flint campus.
He will officially step down July 31,
making his stay in Flint just less than
four years. Before taking the position
in Flint, he was chancellor at Indiana
University at Richmond for seven
"It wasn't a specific person, or event.
I just wish to pursue other opportuni-
*s," Nelms said Tuesday.
"Eleven years is a long time being
Nelms would not reveal what other
opportunities he is pursuing, but he
indicated that he plans to move out of
the state of Michigan.
Former University President James
Duderstadt appointed Nelms to the
top job at Flint in September 1994.
Nelms was the first choice of both
*uderstadt and the faculty advising
committee set up to assist in selecting
the new chancellor.
Nelms "built a new spirit of cooper-
ation with the community and trans-
formed Flint into an urban university,"
The change from being a university
in an urban area to being an urban uni-
versity that deals directly with the sur-
rounding community was one of
*lms' main focuses.
He helped create the Center for
University Outreach, which deals with
the community's economic and social
problems, and he acquired 25 acres
from the failed AutoWorld to be used
for the school.
Although Nelms is actively
involved with the community, he
said what he will miss most - the
students - is unique to the univer-
"With a campus this size, you
know and interact with a lot of stu-
dents," Nelms said. "I'll miss know-
ing the face I'm handing the diploma
There has not been a great deal of
public speculation as to who will take
Nelms' job. President Lee Bollinger
will have the final decision regarding
"I can only hope that our search for a
$W chancellor leads us to find a per-
son of Chancellor Nelms' caliber,"
Bollinger said in a written statement. "I
expect to announce plans for a search
for Chancellor Nelms' successor in the
Dan Haggerty, president of the Flint
See CHANCELLOR, Page 5A
Clinton denies allegations of affair
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Clinton had
long ago planned to devote yesterday to build-
ing up public interest in next week's speech on
the State of the Union. Instead, he spent his
afternoon with a revolving door of reporters, in
a campaign to keep his presidency from buck-
ling under the force of allegations about his
relationship with a former White House intern.
In a remarkable series of three interviews in
which the president was questioned bluntly and
without apology about adultery and obstruc-
tion of justice, Clinton denied having had a
sexual relationship with a then-White House
intern, 24-year-old Monica Lewinsky. But he
also repeatedly refused to say whether he ever
discussed with Lewinsky how she should
answer questions about their relationship.
While declining to describe his relationship
or his conversations with Lewinsky in any sig-
nificant detail, Clinton was emphatic that he
never encouraged her to lie to attorneys seek-
ing a statement from her in the Paula Jones
sexual harassment case.
"I did not urge anyone to say anything that
was untrue," Clinton told interviewer Jim
Lehrer of PBS's "NewsHour" program.
It was precisely this allegation that had
engulfed the White House yesterday in a furor
that aides acknowledged threatens to be the
gravest legal and political challenge Clinton
has faced in his five years as president.
An allegation that Clinton and Washington
lawyer Vernon Jordan, Jr., one of the president's
closest advisers, coached Lewinsky to commit
perjury in the Jones case prompted Whitewater
independent counsel Kenneth Starr on Friday to
secretly seek and gain authority from a three-
judge panel to expand his investigation.
Only late Tuesday evening did Clinton and
his lawyers learn of Starr's new avenue and of
the potentially damaging evidence - includ-
ing taped conversations between Lewinsky and
a co-worker - he has already assembled.
Within hours of the news of the allegations
breaking at midnight Tuesday, the White House
was in the midst of a full-blown media frenzy,
with senior aides and lawyers meeting and
talking by phone through the night about how
to respond. The most important element of the
See CUNTON, Page SA
President Clinton applauds his wife; Hillary, at a black-tie
dinner held last night at the White House.
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supporters on Diag
By Susan T. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
Music, chanting and more than 150 students
and faculty members filled the Diag in the bit-
ter cold yesterday in support of affirmative
Academics for Affirmative Action and
Social Justice, a new group on campus
comprised of University graduate students
and faculty members, organized the rally
and march that fea-
tured students, fac-_
ulty speakers and "The main
Nadia Kim said it was
time for graduate stu- action !
dents and faculty
members to breaka
their silence and
speak out m on the
importance of affir-
"There was a need for not only under-
reflect the real world. In fact, tWe need to be the,
real world inside the Law School to do our job
effectively," Scarnecchia said. "We can't teach'
lawyers to go out and do justice in a law
school that is forced to be racially segregated"'
LSA sophomore Sarah Douglas said she
was impressed by the amount of people who
came to the Diag to support affirmative action.
"I think it's great that so many students and
faculty members came out to support such an
Douglas said. "I
- think their point is
really clear and the
audience is very
- Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Guglielmo said yes-
sociology professor terday's rally was
intended to make it
crystal clear that
University students and faculty members sup-
port affirmative action.
"We felt there was a need for those
schooled in theses issues to get involved,"
said Guglielmo, a Rackham second-year
Sociology Prof. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
said he joined AAASJ because he felt it
was important as a professor of color to
"The main goal is to defend affirmative
action," Bonilla-Silva said. "Undergraduate
students have been in the forefront, and we
wanted to be apart of that."
LSA sophomore Sylvia Robinson, who
participated in the rally, said that despite
the advances that minorities have made,
affirmative action is still a necessary pol-
"I feel until institutional racism in lower
education is abolished, we need affirmative
action," Robinson said.
graduate students but for graduate stu-
dents, faculty and staff who study issues
such as social justice to really have a
voice," said Kim, a Rackham first-year stu-
dent. "Basically, we wanted to unleash all
that we know about inequality."
Law Prof. Suellyn Scarnecchia, who spoke
at the rally, urged the audience not to let the
University go back to segregation in higher
"We need to find the courage to speak out
and be heard and be counted among the sup-
porters of affirmative action," Scarnecchi
said. "Because we want to educate, not seg-
Scarnecchia said that as a professor at the
Law School, her job is to prepare profession-
als to lead, hold power and settle disputes in a
"The Law School community needs to
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An affirmative action supporter pickets yesterday In the Diag as part of a rally organized by Academics
for Affirmative Action and Social Justice.
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By Lee Palmer
N Sily Staff Reporter
SHundreds of nennle chanted Viva
By Christine M. Paik
Daily Staff Reporter
In a world connected by the information superhighway,
cellular phones and high-tech automobiles, the need for engi-
neers is at an all-time high.
But as demand continues to build, analysts say there is a
nationwide movement away from the engineering field.
Gregg Schuckman, public affairs director of the
American Association of Engineering Societies, said the
number of engineering bachelor's degrees being granted
at universities in the United States has decreased over the
"In 1988, we awarded 71,386 bachelor's degrees and it
dropped every year until 1992, when it was at 63,653,"
Schuckman said. "That's a 10 percent drop in five years.
Since that time, it has come back up to last year's total,
65,091, but that's less than a 2 percent increase."
This trend means big bucks for students willing to go into
Martin Luther King!" and "Viva Caesar
Chavez!" in the Mendelssohn Theatre last
night. The voices were led by Dolores
Huerta, a woman who has been described
as the most prominent Mexican-American
labor leader in the United States.
Huerta co-founded the United Farm
Workers of America with Caesar
Chavez more than 30 years ago and has
dedicated her life to improving the
working and living conditions of U.S.
"It's great to come here to Ann
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Dolores Huerta speaks last night before an enthusiastic crowd at the Mendelssohn
Theater. She is regarded as a prominent labor leader in the United States.
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