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September 25, 1998

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House
inquiry
may
expand
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The House
Republican who will preside over any
hearings on the fate of President
Clinton set a speedy timetable yester-
day for opening a formal impeachment
in uiry and announced that he may
den his investigation to include
matters beyond the Monica Lewinsky
scandal.
Rep. Henry Hyde (R-1ll.) said he
expects his House Judiciary
Committee to vote Oct. 5 or 6 and the
full House to vote by Oct. 9 on whether
to convene hearings to determine if
Clinton committed perjury or obstruct-
ed justice in concealing his sexual
liaisons with the former White House
intern and, if so, whether he should be
iBeached.
But whether the House inquiry will
expand beyond the Lewinsky matter
depends on what the committee
receives from the office of Independent
Counsel Kenneth Starr, Hyde said. It
could encompass other White House
controversies - such as the Clintons'
involvement in the Whitewater real
estate development in Arkansas before
h presidency, irregularities with con-
ntial FBI files and the firing of the
White House travel office staff.
"We want to hear anything and
everything - good, bad, indifferent,
exculpatory, accusatory - that bears
on the main question," Hyde said.
"There may be other matters that we
feel bear on the main question of the
fitness of the president for this office"
At the White House, presidential
spokesperson Mike McCurry cautioned
tht the public may chastise Hyde for
ring too quickly and unfairly and he
warned that the committee's work so far
has raised "quite legitimate concerns
about the way in which politics intersects
with these proceedings."
And House Democrats, who prefer
public hearings before any inquiry is
launched, decried the Hyde committee
for not seeking testimony from Starr or
Lewinsky before moving ahead with a
f House vote.
'his is an effort to run out the clock
before the (Nov. 3) election," charged
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) a leading
Judiciary panel member. "They're try-
ing to make the president look bad and
their side good. The Republican posi-
tion is totally hypocritical."
Hyde announced the House
timetable at a news conference in the
Judiciary Committee room, flanked by
two large portraits - one of himself,
tJ other of former Rep. Peter Rodino
(N.J.) who chaired the committee
during the Watergate scandal of the
Nixon administration. Hyde's portrait
had been unveiled only a dy earlier.
"The reason I have called this meet-
ing is for you all to admire the picture
See CLINTON, Page 5
Asian
nrolhnent

declines on
campuses
By Susan t. Port
Daily Staff Reporter
ue to the financial crisis that is rav-
a g Asian economies, many U.S. col-
leges and universities are experiencing
a decline in the number of students
from those struggling countries.
Campus officials from U.S. schools
said they expect a sharp decline of stu-
dents from Indonesia, Malaysia, South
Korea and Thailand this semester.
But University International Center
Director Zahir Ahmed said he has not
)qnoticed a drop in Asian students.
'We attract some of the wealthier
students;' Ahmed said, adding that this
year there are more undergraduate
international students.
But Ahmed said there are a number
of undergraduates enrolled who are
experiencing financial problems.

Bill aims at
punishing
sports agents

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan safety Marcus Ray may
never play in another Michigan football
game because of his alleged dealings
with an agent. The football team, the
University and Ray himself will all be
penalized if the allegations are proven
true.
But the agent who contacted Ray suf-
fers no consequences from his actions
that are legal, but violate NCAA rules.
That may not be the situation in sim-
ilar cases for much longer.
The state House of Representatives
passed two bills yesterday that, in addi-
tion to a third bill passed in May, will
give the University ammunition in its
fight against agents and boosters.
The bills, sponsored by Rep. Kirk
Profit (D-Ypsilanti), would hold liable
any individual who "interferes with a
prospective advantage" through contact
with student athletes. That means any
contact with an individual that could
potentially cause the athlete to break
the NCAA's rules regarding contact
with boosters or agents would now have
ramifications for the athlete and the
other individual.
In addition, the bills would allow uni-
versities to declare agents trespassers on
campus and subject them to prosecution.
Profit said the work on the bills has
been long and arduous, but the combi-
nation of bills hopefully will help all
schools, especially the University. He
said problems in the Michigan and
Michigan State athletic programs were
catalysts for the legislation.
"The University's athletic programs
have a strong commitment to play by
the rules, but I think it's important to
add to that commitment the force of
law," Profit said.
If passed by the Senate and approved
by Gov. John Engler, Profit's legislation
will impose a $50,000 penalty and up to
one year in jail to anyone who breaks
the rules. Profit said he does not antici-
pate any problems in the Senate, and
Engler's administration has expressed
support for the measure.

Members of the Michigan Athletic
Department have been asked to give
their input on the legislation, and
Athletic Director Tom Goss said he
plans to support the bill.
"We work diligently with our athletes
to be sure they know the rules, but the
agents know them too," Goss said. "It
really bothers me because the agents
are the adults in the process, and they
are the ones in this for a profit."
Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr
said during his press conference concern-
ing Ray's suspension that he would not
discuss his feelings about agents in a
public forum. Carr said the department
tries its best to protect players, but some-
times there are breaks in the system.
"We have an educational process,"
Carr said. "We bring the FBI in once a
year to discuss - among other things
- the gambling issues, the drugs. And
a big part of that discussion centers
around the agent issue in intercollegiate
athletics.
"Throughout the country, this is an
issue that confronts nearly every major
college," Carr said.
Proponents of the bill said they hope it
never has to be fully enforced, rather they
hope it will be used as a deterrent to
potential boosters and agents on campus.
"There needs to be something on the
books so that at least the fear of a law-
suit exists" Goss said.
Bo Schembechler, the former
Michigan football coach whose biogra-
phy included a chapter titled "Get Those
Agents Off My Campus," said most
agents he's come into contact with have
not been very reputable. He said that
despite coaches' efforts to inform ath-
letes about the dangers posed by agents,
players are constantly harassed by agents.
"The agent problem is not new, and
its not going away," Schembechler said.
"Any legislation that would put some
fear into those guys would be good."
The agents often times "just don't
give a damn" about the consequences
for athletes, he added.
- Daily Sports Editor Sharat Raju
contributed to this report.

DANA INNANE/Oai~y
ILSA sophomore Mary Olsen gets an "M" drawn on her cheek yesterday with face paint she purchased to show her
spirit row at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines will take on the Spartans in the annual rivalry game tomorrow
'fces old-time-rval

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
When the talk turns to the Big
Game, fans around the state of
Michigan split their families.
Wives don't speak to husbands,
brothers divide their allegiances and
the state's very core splits over the
fall Saturday when Michigan plays
Michigan State (i.e. tomorrow at
12:10 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.)
Some of the players will tell you
that this game means everything.
Some will say it's just another week.

What: Michigan-Michigan State
When: Saturday, 12 p.m.
Where: The Big(ger) House and
ABC Channel 7 in Ann Arbor
But beyond the facade, deeper in
the soul, lie the feelings of hatred. For
Michigan natives it may be that the
opposing school didn't recruit them or
that they grew up on one side. For the
out-of-staters it's because the intensity

is forced upon them.
Regardless, it's all about war.
"Every guy in this game on both
sides of the ball knows the impor-
tance of it," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said. "The state is immersed"
This year's game has less national
luster than in the past, but the game
plans are just as intense for the
coaches.
Inside: The 100-year rivalry between
Michigan and Michigan State, Page 13.
See STATE, Page 7

'U'keeps,
tradlition
of 'real'
operators
Campus operators answer a
variety of questions from the
useful to the unthinkable
By Adam Zuwernk
Daily Staff Reporter
They've probably helped you dozens of
times. But if you passed them on the street,
you wouldn't recognize them.
They are the University's telephone oper-
ators.
With the push of only a "0," any student
on campus can be connected to a live per-
son who can provide them with everything
from campus numbers to pork chop
recipes.
"We are one of only two schools left in
the Big Ten who still have real people"
working as telephone operators, said
University operator Beth Roth.
Located across from Crisper Arena,
University operators take calls from 8 a.m.
to 2 a.m. every day, answering phones with
the familiar, "Good afternoon. University
of Michigan-Ann Arbor."
On weekdays during the school year, the
University's 17 operators - 14 female and
3 male - receive on average 4,700 calls
per day, said Tim Donnelly, supervisor of
operator services. This number drops to
around 1,500 calls on the weekend and
reached 7,331 calls on Sept. 8, the first day
of classes.
Unfortunately, the operators can't answer
everyone's questions.
"A lot of them ask for Ann Arbor restau-

Wrong digi
creates phone
confusion
Applicants reach
pornography hotline
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter
Some Flint area high school students and parents hoping to*
join the ranks of the Maize and Blue got a little surprise when
they dialed a University of Michigan-Flint information hot-
line.
A one-digit error in a phone number that was printed in an
information packet and distributed to prospective Flint cam-
pus students directed them to "a 1-800 gay hotline that was
giving out 900 numbers," instead of the University's infor-
mation hotline, said Donna Ullrich, director of University
and alumni relations for the Flint campus.
The admissions office at the University's Flint campus
mailed the packets to more than 15,000 prospective students
about 10 days ago. Ullrich said the letter was intended to
recruit students and inform them about the application
process.
The University found out about the error when a parent
called officials in the admissions office to tell them she had
trouble getting through to the University information line.
Andrew Flagel, the director of admissions for the Flint
campus, said the office already has responded by mailing a
postcard this week to all of the high school students who
received the original letter. The postcard apologizes for any
inconvenience and embarrassment the misprint may have
caused dialers.
John Crouch, a counselor at Flint Central High School,
said he heard about the misprint from some students who
were talking about it earlier this week. But, Crouch said, he
is not too worried about the repercussions of the mistake.
"We have a great rapport with (the University), so it's ..
one of the things we laugh off," Crouch said.
Sue Frederiksen, Frankenmuth High School's guidance
director, said the school's football coach approached her after
one of his football players showed him the letter.
"From my understanding, there were about three students
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NATHAN RUFFER/Dady
University operator Felica Smith takes a call yesterday during her shift. The University is one of
few Big Ten conference schools to still have live operators.

tor Alice Morrill said.
Operators say the majority of students
are friendly and willing to work with the
operator to find the information they need.
Some of them need guidance, but most
of them are really patient," Roth said. "If
we're courteous to them, they are courte-
ous in return."
Students have differing opinions about
the demeanour of the operators.
"They've been friendly and helpful every
time," said LSA senior Daina Stein. "I used
them a lot when I lived in the dorms. They
never weren't able to help me."
But other students did not receive the
same friendly service.
"Thet were curt and nasty," LSA senior
Erin Kaminitz said. "They were able to
help me, but it seemed like I was putting

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answering a continuous stream of calls,
they are still able to joke and not take
themselves too seriously.
"It's sad when you make somebody's day

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