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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 11, 1998 - 3A

CRIME
DPS assists FBI
in alleged e-mail
cMime case
Ar -FBI agent requested assistance
rom DPS Tuesday in regard to a possi-
ble computer ' crime involving a
University staff member.
A"California resident reported to the
FBI that her ex-husband, a U! niversity
staff member, accessed her e-mail
account without consent and forwarded
copies of her e-mails to a number of
individuals.
The suspect was interviewed and
denied involvement. The complainant
*dnot want to press charges as long as
activities cease.
Lionel Richie
collection stolen
A Lionel Richie record collection
was, stolen from a campus study
lounge.
The man reported the incident to
PS on Saturday. DPS reports do not
y where the lounge was located.
Officers could not locate the collec-
tion or find any suspects in the theft.
Phone found after
suspected theft
from Frieze
A phone was reported missing from
the communication studies department
the Frieze Building, and was found
ater.
DPS> received a phone call
Wednesday morning reporting a stolen
phone.
The caller said he wanted to make a
report so the communication studies
department could get a new phone.
Ten minutes later, he called back and
told DPS the phone had been found.
Calculator found
in residence hall
microwave
A- calculator mysteriously appeared
in the microwave of a Mary Markley
Residence Hall resident Tuesday.
-The caller said a mug was also taken
from her room when she reported the
cident to DPS.
EOfficers reporting to the scene told
the victim the incident was a prank and
told her to call later if she felt the inci-
dent posed any further threat.
Police reports indicate there are no
suspects in the theil.
Solicitor insults
non-buyers
A solicitor was selling magazines
on the fifth floor of South Quad
KResidence Hall, DPS reports state.
The caller said the man made
insulting statements to people who
refused to purchase the magazines.
K Officers reporting to the scene
were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect is approximately 22
years old, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs. with
short brown hair.
*He, was wearing a blue shirt and
Flue denim jeans.

DPS breaks up
illegal cookout at
Rackham Building
DPS received a call Tuesday
opdrAng three men were having a
okout outside the Rackham
Building, DPS reports state.
The caller said the men fired up a
grill and were drinking beer. DPS
officers reporting to the scene ran
background checks on the three sus-
pecs,
Two of the men were released.
The other suspect had an Ann Arbor
Police Department bench warrant
outstanding and was taken into cus-
dy. -.
- Compiled by Daily StaffReporter
t Jason Stoffer

Festif all
What: A gathering of
University student
organizations
looking to -
recruit new ;
members.
Many groups
will be at Festifall,
including political,
cultural, religious,
social and academic:
organizations.
Where: The DiagI
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When:
Today, 11
'''a.m. to 4;
p.m.
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professor advising Clinton

By Mike Spun
Daily StaffReporter
While most University professors traversed the Diag to
get to work this morning, Kenneth Lieberthal strolled
across the White House grounds to meet President Bill
Clinton and introduce a new set of Asian ambassadors to
the president .
Lieberthal, a political science and business adminis-
tration professor, took a two-year leave from the
University and accepted a job this summer as special
assistant to the president for asian affairs and senior
director for asian affairs on the National Security
Council. The position makes him the chief adviser to
Clinton on issues involving countries from North Korea
to Australia to Burma.
The economic crisis in Japan, nuclear testing in North
Korea and the increasing importance of China in world
affairs have forced Lieberthal to hit the ground running
in Washington, D.C.
"The Asian financial crisis is the fundamental prob-
lem we will have to deal with in my two or 2 1/2 years
here,' said Lieberthal.
Just one month into his term, Lieberthal has already

played an integral role in the Clinton administration s
daily negotiations with North Korea with regard to its
development of nuclear weapons.
it is also coordinating Japanese Prime Minister Keizo
Obuchi's Sept. 22 visit to the United States.
"I'm by no means working alone, but I will pro-
vide final brieflings for the President and attend
the meetinix" Lie berthal said. "I'Il basically be
the note-taker.?
Lieberthal said his expertise in Chinese politics,
which he taught during his 15 years at the University,
qualified him for the position.
I e's been visiting China for the last 30 years.
Lieberthal's colleagues at the University say he is the
perfect man for the job. John Campbell, a political sci-
ence professor who went to graduate school with
Lieberthal and has taught with him for years, said
Lieberthal is a great man and a super teacher.
"lie is very knowledgeable, very smart, and well
respected in China," said Campbell, who specializes in
Japanese politics. "He has, for a long time, worked on
foreign relations with China, but also worked quite hard
at broadening his knowledge of the entire region."

Students have also praised 1 .ieberthal. Law first-year
student Casey Thomson said the proiessors temporary
leave is a great loss f1r the University.
"Ie was an absolutely gret teacher," Thomson said.
"I didn't even want to take his class, but I went to the
first lecture Mnd he totally won me over."
While National Security Adviser Sandy l3erger select-
ed 1.ieberthaI for the post August 10. this is not the pro-
tessor's first contact with XsIihington. I.ieberthal has
served as an adviser to the State Department for nearly
two decades, largely bec auts 01,his trips to China and his
gre-at expertise in i orein relations.
"I had briefed Sandy Herger and his predecessor Tony
Lake several times on issues affecting China,"
Lieberthal said.
Lieberthal keeps a humble -- or at least humorous -
aura among international policy makers.
"But maybe I got the job for lack of other good can-
didates:'he joked.
Working in the Old Executive Office Building, part of
the White I louse compound, has been a dream come
true. But he has not sold his house plans to return to
campus after he is finished in Washington.

OOOOHHHHHHMMMMMM

Women escapes
assault attempt

Assailant attempted to
remove clothing of
women on Diag
By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
A female student was able to
escape from an alleged sexual
assault Wednesday night after the
man grabbed her from behind on the
Diag, according to the Department
of Public Safety.
The man approached the student
at 10:20 p.m., outside the Dana
Natural Resources Building, and
attempted to remove part of her
clothing.
A brief struggle followed and the
student managed to escape.
DPS spokesperson Beth Hall said
the suspect has not been apprehend-
ed.
Hall said anyone with information
about the incident should should call
DPS at 763-1131.
DPS reports the suspect is a 25 to
30-year-old-male, about 5 feet, 8
inches, with a pot belly and possible
whisker stubble.
He was wearing a white baseball
cap and a red T-shirt.
The suspect faces felony charges
for attempting criminal sexual con-
duct in the first degree.
Hall said students should always
make safety a priority and try to

follow DPS safety advice, which
can be accessed at
www. un i/.edu/-saetv.
DPS says students should walk
with a friend whenever possible,
trust their intuition and be aware
that risk increases in secluded
areas.
"If you feel threatened on campus,
look for a blue light emergency
phone or dial 911 on any phone,"
Hall said.
Virginia Chitanda, director of the
University's Sexual Awareness and
Prevention Center, said assaults by
unknown assailants are not the
most common types of sexual
assault.
In 82 percent of sexual assaults,
the assailant knows the victim
beforehand, she said.
"But it's still important for peo-
ple to do what they can to take care
of themselves.
"These types of incidents are very
traumatic for the victims," Chitanda
said.
Beginning Sept. 23, Safewalk and
Northwalk will be available for stu-
dents who do not want to walk home
alone at night.
The services provide walks home
to students living within a 20-
minute walk from the Harlan
Hatcher Undergraduate Library or
Bursley Residence Hall on North
Campus.

DANA IINNANE/Daily

Sophomore Marcy Scott practices yoga in the Wedge Room of West Quadrangle Residence Hall yesterday.
Session settles most issues"
in breatipatcase
Dow Corning works out details of the niulti-billion dollar
settlement in implant case after marathon talks conclude

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Lawyers
for Dow Corning Corp. and women
claiming silicone breast implants made
them sick agreed on most issues to
reach a settlement during a marathon
session that ended yesterday, a mediator
said.
The 21-hour session was to settle
details of a $3.2 billion settlement
between the women and the company
that once was the nation's leading
maker of silicone breast implants.
The proposed settlement is incom-
plete, however, Dow Corning
spokesman T. Michael Jackson said
after the meeting at U.S. Bankruptcy
Court here ended at 7:30 a.m.
The two sides began meeting about
10:30 a.m. Wednesday to try to over-
come what Jackson called "stumbling
blocks" in the tentative deal reached in
July between Midland-based Dow
Corning and lawyers for the 170,000
women.
Kenneth Eckstein, a New York attor-
ney representing the women, described
the proceedings as "intense, good-faith
negotiations." He told The Bay City
Times the work was an "important step
in trying to bring this case to a resolu-
tion."
Federal mediator Francis
McGovern said late Wednesday that
the two sides were working on four
separate documents. He estimated
that agreement had been reached on

"They're sticky issues, and it's
difficult to get through them"
- T. Michael Jackson
Dow Corning spokesperson

80 percent of the material in each
document. The session had been
ordered by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
Arthur Spector.
"They're sticky issues, and it's dif-
ficult to get through some of them....
This was an effort, and a successful
effort, at resolving some of them,"
Jackson said, without giving
specifics.
Points on which the two sides
reached agreement will be made public
when the disclosure statement is filed,
an action not expected for at least sev-
eral weeks, Jackson said. The $3.2 bil-
lion plan will be filed in court Sept. 25,
The Bay City Times and Midland Daily
News reported.
Company chairperson and chief
executive Richard Hazleton, who was at
the federal building for much of the
talks, said Dow Corning wants to see
the matter resolved just as quickly as
the women do.
"Everybody seems to be waiting on
pins and needles for something to hap-
pen," said Betty Buikema, a leader of
the Chicago-based Breast Implant

Information Exchange support group.
"They can at least have hope that
there's going to be a plan. It's one step
to a closure."
Since the tentative deal was
reached in July, the two sides have
struggled to transform the basics of
the deal into a detailed "disclosure
statement" containing specifics of
the proposal, including payouts for
the women.
McGovern and the negotiators plan a
telephone conference call Tuesday to
update Spector on their efforts, Jackson
said.
Under the weight of implant-liability
lawsuits, Dow Corning filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from
creditors in 1995.
Hundreds of thousands of women
with implants have claimed leaking
silicone has caused serious diseases
of the immune system such as lupus,
which can lead to infections, depres-
sion, kidney disease and serious joint
damage.
The company long has maintained
that there's no scientific proof that
silicone causes immune-system ail-
ments.

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FRIDAY
.u "Festifall," Sponsored by Office of
.-Student Activities and Leadership,
Diag, 11a.m.- 4 p.m.
a "Kickoff Shabbat," Sponsored by
- Hilel, Hillel, 1429 Hill St., 7 p.m.
U "Reform Chavurah Welcome Back

Sponsored by Anthroposophical U "Rudolf Steiner's Contributions to
Society, Exhibition Hall, Rackham the Visual Arts," Exhibition,
Graduate School, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sponsored by Anthroposophical
Society, Exhibition Hall, Rackham
SUNDAY Graduate School, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

U "Black Volunteer Network Mass
Meeting," Pond Room, Michigan

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