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Reaction in
Ann Arbor
mirrors nation.
By Kelly O'Connor
and Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporters
Frustration swept from an East Quad residence hall room
' the halls of the Capitol Building yesterday morning as
resident Bill Clinton's embarrassing grand jury testimony
was broadcast around the globe.
Whether or not they believed Clinton should remain in
the Oval Office, students and politicians were surprised to
see their president split legal hairs in front of the grand
Public Policy graduate student Fred Lehmann said, as he
viewed the Clinton testimony at the Brown Jug restaurant
over a breakfast of eggs and toast, he thinks the end is near
for the president.
"The guy is incredibly clever to play people around the
y he has," Lehmann said. "But now the grand jury is nail-
ing him down. In the end, he'll have to admit it."
Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) and most other members
of the Michigan congressional delegation refused to com-
ment yesterday on Clinton's testimony. A Rivers' spokesper-
son said Rivers needs more time to review the transcript of
the testimony.
Other politicians did not remain closed-lipped on the topic
and expressed their anger and dissatisfaction with the president.
Tom Hickey, the Republican candidate running against
Rivers, said the Lewinsky matter has disrupted the nation
Ng enough, and he called for Clinton to resign.
"My view was crystallized last week when I was in
Washington and (the Clinton matter) was the only thing on
the minds of legislators," Hickey said. "The nation's work
needs to be done, and I think as long as Clinton remains in
office" the country's priorities will continue to take a back-
seat to the scandal.
America watched the president's face turn red and his tone
grow edgy as attorneys from Independent Counsel Kenneth
Starr's office probed into the nature of Clinton's relationship
with Monica Lewinsky.
"The most powerful man in the world is squirming over a
Sckettes throw rug and cherry cordials," LSA first-year stu-
dent Andy Wiginton said, referring to two of the gifts the
President gave Lewinsky. "It's insane.
"The first thing out of everyone's mouth is 'poor
Chelsea,"' he said.
Throughout the testimony, Clinton repeatedly said he
See ANN ARBOR, Page 9






humble and defiant, President Clinton
tussled with prosecutors over "the truth
of my relationship" with Monica
Lewinsky in a grand jury deposition
released 'yesterday by Congress and
broadcast unedited across a broad spec-
trum of American television.
The videotape and 3,183 pages of

Presidential spokesperson Mike
McCurry said it "should now be clear to
everyone" that "the president's conduct
does not rise to the level of an impeach-
able offense." Still, he added: "The
White House couldn't feel anything but
awful about the day that we have gone
through as a nation."

printed material were pro-
vided by Independent
Counsel Kenneth Starr to
augment his report to the
House. Republicans in
Congress voted to release
the material as a prelude to
a possible impeachment
The public's main focus
was on the videotape of
Clinton's Aug. 17 appear-

<Cllnto 's,
F testimony

Much of the material
released yesterday was
Lewinsky's version of the
relationship as she testified
over the summer to the grand
jury. Portions of her account
was published last week in
Starr's report to Congress.
The president resisted per-
sistent efforts by prosecutors
to get him to admit that he
committed perjury last

ance before a federal grand jury investi-
gating whether Clinton committed per-
jury or took other steps to cover up his
relationship with Lewinsky, the former
White House intern.
"It's an embarrassing and personally
painful thing," Clinton declared in testi-
mony recorded in secret and now laid
bare to the nation and world.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-lowa) mini-
mized the day's events.
"I don't expect a meaningful impact
on the public's overall impression of the
president or the process that's under
way," he said. "Based on the expecta-
tions built up by both sides, the broad-
cast failed to register on the Richter

January in the Paula Jones lawsuit when
he denied "sexual relations" with
Lewinsky. Prosecutors expressed exasper-
ation and grand jurors forwarded a ques-
tion to Clinton asking on what grounds he
could refuse to answer questions.
"Look, I'm not trying to be evasive
here. I'm trying to protect my privacy,"
Clinton snapped. At another point, he
said: "I can't explain why I didn't answer
every question in the way you seem, to
think I should have."
Painfully aware that the video
footage "will be forever in the historic
annals of the United States," Clinton
lamented that he had "to contend with
See CLINTON, Page 9

LSA junior Stephen Rom watches President Clinton's August 17 grand jury testimony at the Brown Jug
on South University Avenue yesterday afternoon.

Scandal may affect curricula

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
While it plays out in Washington D.C. and
the media, the Clinton scandal has found its
way onto the University campus.
Professors and students are talking about the
controversy, but most professors say they do
not plan to incorporate the Presidential philan-
dering into the structure of the class.
Some professors, including political science
'f. Vincent Hutchings, plan to include a lec-
ture on impeachment in class, but others say
the topic will only be a mentioned briefly.

"I haven't incorporated it into the class,"said
history Prof. Regina Morantz-Sanchez. "I do
drop some comments, though."
The topic spans departmental bounds, caus-
ing many professors to comment on the scandal.
Hutchings said the impeachment process is
complicated and vague, and even he has to do
research to lecture on impeachment.
"Reasonable people could look at this and
see impeachable offenses, but there are two
sides to this," Hutchings said last week.
Morantz-Sanchez said the topic is a tough
one to figure out, but she said she is certain it

is more about politics than sex.
'"This would be much more appropriate for a
course on politics or law," said Morantz-
Sanchez, who is teaching a class on the history
of the family in the United States. Her curricu-
lum deals with the evolution of the family over
the past 150 years, a history that has included
a great deal of sexually influenced change.
"In the past, infidelity didn't get exposed in
the public sphere," Morantz-Sanchez said.
"But as an American historian, I would say
they could do the same kind of Starr Report for
See CLASSES, Page 9

Inside this issue:
0 Excerpts from Clinton's grand jury
testimony, Page 8.
® Photos of the dress and a note
from Lewinsky to Clinton, Page 8.
® Classes discuss the impact of the
tapes' release, Page 9.
® Members of congress assess
political ramificatons, Page 9.
® Lewinsky's grand jury testimony,
Page 9.

ays tech
too low
By Lauren Gibbs
For the Daily
President Clinton's Information
kchnology Advisory Committee
ently said in a written report that the
federal government is not providing the
funding needed for technology research,
especially in the areas of information
and communication technology.
"Federal support for research in infor-
mation technology is dangerously inade-
quate'" the report stated. "Computers on
university campuses and other civilian
research facilities are falling rapidly
ind the state of the art"
Gary Olsen, the assistant dean of the
School of Information, said technology
research funding has not yet become a
problem for the University, even though
the Internet and e-mail have become an
integral part of everyday life for many

Clinton calls for fight
ri ooo

against terro
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Keeping his public focus on
international events, President Clinton renewed a global call to
arms against terrorism yesterday and attacked the idea that it is
mainly an American problem of American making.
"This is a threat to all humankind," Clinton said in a 21-
minute speech to the opening of the 53rd session of the United
Nations General Assembly. The hundreds of delegates gave
Clinton a rare standing ovation as he was introduced in the cav-
ernous hall at U.N. headquarters.
White House aides were quick to tell reporters that Clinton
was moved by the warm greeting, which offered a measure of
support for a beleaguered president whose videotaped grand
jury testimony in the Monica Lewinsky matter was playing on
TV even as he spoke.
"It reflects the love and respect that the international com-
munity feels for you," Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy
Berger, quoted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as telling
the president afterward.
Stressing that the United States is carrying its load in the anti-
terrorism battle, Clinton said he would submit a request to
Congress this week for emergency funding to repair damage to
the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that were bombed
last month and to beef up embassy security worldwide. Aides
later said he would ask Congress for $1.8 billion.
Clinton also held a one-on-one meeting at the U.S. mission to
the United Nations with Sharif. His Pakistani government and
neighboring India are locked in a nuclear arms competition and
tensions over the territory of Kashmir. Clinton has sought for

ism at U.N.

This is a threat to all
- President Clinton
during an address to the United Nations
during his address to the U.N. General Assembly tomorrow.
Berger was not more specific except to say the statement would
be about the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which Clinton
wants both India and Pakistan to sign as a way of reducing ten-
Clinton is due shortly to decide whether to scrap his plan to
make stops stop in India and Pakistan this fall during an Asia
trip that was scheduled before the two countries shocked the
world by detonating nuclear test devices in May in defiance of
American warnings.
On a busy day in Manhattan, where thousands of people
lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the president, Clinton also
participated in a symposium at New York University School of
Law on the emergence of a global economy and the challenges
it presents to liberty and democracy. First lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton also spoke at the forum, which drew foreign leaders,
including British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italian Premier
Roo Prodi.
In brief opening remarks to the symposium, Clinton said the
world needs to think about ways to make the emerging global
economy "work for ordinary people." Part of that challenge, he

Third-year graduate students at the Electronic Engineering and Computer Sciences
building operate a laser used for special holography and biomedical imaging.

instruction;" Olsen said.
According to the August 1998
Interim Report to Clinton by PITAC,
"within the next two decades, computer
networks will have penetrated more
deeply into our society than any previ-
ous network, including the telephone,
radio, television, transportation and
electrical power distribution networks.
Information technology will be one of

vice president for research, said the
nation is shifting in the right direction,
but perhaps not fast enough to meet
both educational and research needs.
"I am seeing evidence that many fed-
eral agencies are identifying and
responding to these needs, but I think a
gap still exists between what our facul-
ty can do now and what they want to do,
and that will take more bandwidth and

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