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team tries to sway Congress

Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The White House
launched yesterday what it called "a powerful
case against the impeachment of this presi-
dent," arguing from morning to night before
an at-times abrasive and exhausted House
Judiciary Committee that President Clinton
4 uld not be removed from office.
To bolster its case, the White House also
issued a 184-page report that sought to rebut
allegations in the investigation by independent
counsel Kenneth Starr and again offered con-
trition for the president's admitted personal
failings in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
"There are no grounds for impeachment,"

said Gregory Craig, special counsel to the
president, testifying before the frostily divid-
ed, GOP-led committee that appears destined
later this week to call for a Senate trial into
Clinton's misconduct.
"As surely as we all know that what he did
is sinful, we also know it is not impeachable,"
Craig said.
Despite the high rhetoric on the first of two
days of live testimony by the White House as
the panel winds down its impeachment
inquiry, committee Republicans seemed little
persuaded and - in fact - all the more deter-
mined to make him pay for his misdeeds by
forfeiting the presidency.

"It added nothing to the facts," said com-
mittee Chair Henry Hyde (R-1ll.) as he left the
session with several hours to go and headed
for the parking garage. He characterized the
hearing as more "a seminar on impeachment
law" than a defense of Clinton's conduct.
One moderate Republican House member,
however, indicated that he would vote against
Yesterday's hearing was consumed by a
series of White House panels of constitutional
experts, veteran lawyers and Watergate-era
lawmakers, who also seemed to fall short of
swaying the GOP committee members against
having the full House vote next week on one

or more articles of impeachment.
It is this larger group - the full House,
where the president's fate wafts too close to
call - that the Clinton legal team was staking
in its defense, hoping to send the 435-member
body a sharp message that Clinton's conduct
does not cry out for impeachment.
The one-part apologetic, one-part combat-
ive defense was clearly aimed at those few
undecided lawmakers, mostly moderate
Republicans, who might be able to see beyond
the polarization in the committee.
But Craig countered: "We believe the presi-
dent should be given a presumption of inno-
See CUNTON, Page 5

"It added
nothing to
the facts.
- Henry Hyde
House Judiciary
Committee chair in
reference to Clinton's

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You're so money

Few students
turn out at 'U'
drinking forum

By Nick Falzone
Daily Staff Reporter


Plagiarism has been a problem in
universities for decades, if not cen-
turies. But with the recent appearance
term paper mills on the Internet,
es that sell pre-written papers, it is
now easier than ever for students to
cheat and much more difficult for pro-
fessors to catch them.
There is, however, a proposed solu-
tion to this problem. A Website,
Integriguard, has appeared recently,
claiming there is a way to combat the
problem effectively and electronically.
Professors who assign students writ-
ing assignments can subscribe to the
egriguard database and pay a month-
ly service fee, the Website states.
The service then asks that the students
in that professor's class submit their writ-
ten papers to Integriguard, which
allegedly checks the papers against all
others in the database for plagiarism.
According to the Website, the essays
are also compared to many of the
papers that are available in typical term
,per mills.
After the check, Integriguard decides
whether or not the paper has "passed"
or "failed" and e-mails the professor
with its decision, the Website states.
Though this system seems efficient
to some, many University professors
have expressed their disapproval.
"It assumes guilt on the part of the
students," English Prof. John Whittier-
Ferguson said. "Any time we have this
kind of security blanket check, we so
giically violate the premises of cor-
nity that student-teacher relation-
ships are designed to foster."
Shannon Ivie, an LSA first-year stu-
dent, agreed that the student-teacher
bond would be violated with the imple-
mentation of a system such as
"There would always be a level of sus-
picion with both the student and the pro-
fessor" Ivie said. "You need to trust the
fessor as much as they trust you."
English Prof. Eric Rabkin said he
believes the problem of plagiarism can
be avoided completely if professors
assign their paper topics specifically.
"We must construct topics that impel
the student to write original work,
Rabkin said.
Visiting English Prof. Nancy Warren
agreed, saying she believes professors
should avoid plagiarism pro-actively by
requiring students to submit outlines,
ews of sources and paper proposals.
ese steps would make it more difficult
for students to purchase a term paper
electronically, Warren said.
Others believe Integriguard is inef-
fective because it does not compare the
papers to anything but the contents of
the Website.
"In most cases, students plagiarize
published materials," English assistant
Prof. Sally Robinson said. "This
Oebsite would not help prevent this."
Kinesiology junior Meghan Broderick
also said she felt this true.
"I think most people copy the words
of authors, not other students,"
Broderick said.
-History Prof. John Carson said he
believes there is a better way of

By NIck Bunldey
Daly Staff Reporter
Questions regarding responsible use of
alcohol have recently surfaced on cam-
puses nationwide, and a University pro-
gram is seeking to provide some answers.
Counselors from DrinkWise, a coun-
seling service at the University Medical
Center's M-Fit Health Promotion
Division, held a discussion titled "Should
I Drink or Not? If So, How
Much?" at the Michigan Dmi
League yesterday afternoon. &
The discussion attracted
just 10 people, a low num-
ber that DrinkWise coordi-
nator Kathy Klykylo attrib-
uted to the final week of
classes for students.
LSA sophomore Gabriel
Sandler, a DrinkWise volun-
teer, said students missed a valuable
opportunity to learn. "It's an important
time for students to come learn about this
topic," Sandler said. "I'm disappointed
that more people didn't come.
"It's tough to get students to come and
to tell them why they shouldn't drink,"
Sandler added. "They don't want to
come and raise doubtful questions."
DrinkWise counselor Donna Dotson
said DrinkWise teaches people to use
good judgment when they drink alcohol.
"Alcohol abuse is a learned habit,"
Dotson said. "We want to ... condition
people so that every drink is a thoughtful
Dotson added that DrinkWise does not
attempt to control drinking habits, but



instead to "set up a system where people
can make responsible choices about
The program "teaches people to stand
outside themselves and monitor their
drinking," Dotson said.
Dotson said that while DrinkWise
does not call for people to refrain from all
drinking, it does not condone the use of
alcohol and supports abstention as a
good option.
KING Dotson said, "33 to 38
;1 percent of people in the
U.S. don't drink. Choosing
not to drink at all is a fairly
normal stance"
DrinkWise encourages
low-risk drinking, which
MI' involves making intelligent
I S decisions regarding alco-
hol, said counselor Teresa
Herzog-Mourad, adding that the pro-
gram acknowledges that any use of alco-
hol can never be entirely ┬žafe. "There's
no such thing as no-risk drinking,"
Herzog-Mourad said.
Dotson said some people realize that
alcohol carries risks with it, but continue
to drink because they feel immune to its
dangers. "People don't believe they will
be harmed," Dotson said. "If you gave
them a test they would answer the ques-
tion correctly, but if you monitor their
behavior you'd say they don't understand
it at all."
Dotson said DrinkWise condemns
the underage use of alcohol, and coun-
selors who meet with young drinkers
See DRINKING, Page 2

LSA Junior Susannah Sperry grabs at cash yesterday In the Michigan Union. The money cage, filled with $500, was part
of 'The Blizzard of Bucks Crazy Game Show,' a University Activities Center study break event.

MSA votes to support GEO negotiations

By Jennifer Yachnin
Daily StaffReporter
Michigan Student Assembly members
passed a resolution last night supporting the
Graduate Employees' Organization in contract
negotiations with the University for the period
of 1999 to 2002.
The resolution "is saying, generally, we have
an idea of what they're fighting for and we
support them," MSA Rackham Rep. Jessica
Curtin said.
The resolution supports the increase in
compensation for teaching and other benefits
including improved dental care, and also pro-
visions providing all GSIs with equal oppor-
tunities to teach. The resolution also requires
the assembly to submit a copy to each member
of the University bargaining team and to send
an assembly representative to future GEO ral-

"I think the demands of the GEG are very fair
and just,' Curtin said. "This has a lot to do with the
quality of education we receive as undergradu-
GEO Bargaining Commission Chair Andrea
Westlund said the requested 37 percent total
increase, for pay andbenefits, is equivalent to
about $5 million per year.
MSA Dental Rep. Jimmy Boynton raised
concerns about the effect of the increased
class size and the number of GSIs hired by the
"Even if they did increase class size, they'd have
to increase the fraction ofGSI teaching"Westlund
Several assembly members objected to a provi-
sion calling for all GSIs to be offered "at least two
terms of employment in their first three terms" as

a graduate student. The provision is intended to
provide equal opportunity employment to graduate
"We've found certain groups of graduate stu-
dents are having problems teaching," Westlund
Student General Counsel Dave Burden, who
opposed the provision, said GSIs with poor teach-
ing skills should not be allowed the opportunity to
instruct students for two semesters.
"The isn't a place where we'd like to have fair-
ness ... this is our education," Burden said.
Academic Affairs Chair Vikram Sarma, who
supports CEO's contract demands, said the
University "picks the best people for Graduate
Student Instructors ... when they get it they
deserve the best options."
The resolution passed, with 35 votes of
approval, no votes against and one abstention.

Assembly members also voted to sustain a
resolution until the next meeting in January
against Ann Arbor Police Department raids on
student parties involving underage drinking.
"I think everybody is generally in favor of it in
concept but I think they have some objections to
the way it was worded," MSA Communications
Chair Joe Bernstein said. "It's worded as if MSA is
really mad and upset on behalf of the student
Bernstein said the resolution may be rewritten to
promote "positive progress" in the University
community, rather than attacking the administra-
tion and AAPD officials.
MSA passed a third resolution supporting
the MSA Students' Rights Commission review
of the Student Code of Conduct, which will be
submitted to the University Board of Regents
next week.

Pressure builds as students try
to cope with finals stress

By Robln Immerman
For the Daily
The countdown has begun.
"Only 13 days, 4 hours, 10 minutes,
and 30 seconds left until my last final,"
LSA junior Allison Emmett said yester-
But, who's counting anyway?
Undergraduate and graduate students
alike are feeling the stressful burdens of
this time of the year.

Some students use this week as a time
to outline a plan for their studying,
while others leave the studying prepara-
tions until the last minute.
"I just freak out for the next week
studying a ton, and then I crash;' LSA
junior Meaghan Atkinson said.
Cramming works for some students,
but others say they need to take a break
to revive themselves during their final
exam preparations.

But exercising isn't for everyone.
Other activities, such as eating more
than usual throughout the day, prove to
be stress-reducing. "I eat at least five
meals a day during finals, because then I
have something to look forward to while
I study," LSA junior Natalie Orenstein
said. "It's like a reward for all my study-
ing, and it keeps me going."
To successfully survive finals, it's
important to maintain a positive



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