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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 12, 1998 - 9A

Technical jargon causes
stumbles in Microsoft case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Perhaps Microsoft attorney John
Warden explained it best: "There are a few of us, including
myself, who still use fountain pens and legal pads."
And it shows at the big antitrust trial in Washington.
A case that's full of technical jargon like ISPs, OEMs, NTs,
and CPUs may seem no place for techno-neophytes. Yet some
key players in the Microsoft trial sometimes seem just that.
Could it be that Warden, Justice Department attorney David
Boies and U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson are
showing their age when they stumble over technology's lingo,
seemingly less familiar with it than the average 8th grader?
The signs were apparent from the beginning.
Microsoft is renowned for its Powerpoint software, the stan-
dard for business presentations worldwide. But when
Microsoft's Warden made his opening statement, he stuck to an
old standby: the overhead projector, sliding documents one by

one, adjusting the focus by hand.
Compare that to the government's flashy, high-tech presenta-
tion, with Boies uniderscoring each point with documents
enlarged by computer on screens throughout the courtroom.
Boies has shown he's no technophile either.
Take, for example, his repeated references to "American
Online," known to most people as America Online, the world's
leading online service provider.
Then there was the day Boies questioned a witness about a
"Log in?" the witness offered. "L-o-g, i-n?"
"Yes," Boies replied, realizing his mistake.
"You're going fine," reassured the witness, one of the nation's
top technology executives, Netscape's James Barksdale.
"I knew that, I knew that. I was just testing to see whether you
were paying attention,' Boies said.

A soldier dressed In a World War I uniform plays an original 1914 bugle under the Arch of Triumph yesterday in Paris.
The ceremony commemorated the 80th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Great War veterans honored

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Semins complained that much of last
night's discussion was unbalanced.
"We're focusing on the accused stu-
dent. We need to place equal attention
on the complaining student, Semins
Attendees also debated legal aspects
of the Code, such as the consistency of
its sanctions, student representation
during the trial process and the prospect
of "double jeopardy." Double jeopardy
refers to being tried twice for the same
offense without new evidence being
"It's hard to establish a precedent
when the Code is still new," said David
Votruba, an LSA junior. "I don't want a
situation where there is no way for the

University to sanction students for non-
academic offenses."
MSA LSA Rep. Mark Sherer ques-
tioned the need to hold students to
"higher standards" at the University.
"The Code ... should not be equated
with civil criminal courts," Sherer said.
"If someone is acquitted in the court
system, they can be prosecuted under
the Code."
Savic added that other student con-
cerns involve testimony given during
Code hearings.
"I think the reason why people some-
times get upset is because things that
are said in a Code hearing can be used
in a court of law," Savic said.
LSA first-year student Lanni Lantto
spoke about a student involved in a
recent Code hearing, in which the sanc-
tions for the student charged with sexu-

al misconduct were not comparable to
those in a recent similar case.
"She doesn't feel like the Code did
anything for her ... like it worked,"
Lantto said. "There might be loopholes
in the Code they want to work on."
Law first-year student Rachel
Schwartz and Law third-year student
Alessandra Murata attended the forum
to collect information for the Law
School Student Senate Honor Code
Commission, which is working to cre-
ate an honor code for the Law school.
"We're looking more in to what peo-
ple's concerns are about forming a
code," said Murata, commission chair.
MSA members will collect anony-
mous surveys about the Code in the
Angell Hall Fishbowl and will hold two
or three similar forums in January,
Savic said.

YPRES, Belgium (AP) -
Thousands of poppy petals rained
down from a World War I memorial
arch in Belgium yesterday while
Queen Elizabeth i and several war
veterans observed a minute of
silence, 80 years after the gunfire of
the Great War stopped.
Sun bathed a towering stone arch-
way with the last light of day near
where thousands died in the battle-
field trenches of Ypres before the
war ended on Nov. I1, 1918.
The queen, who filled her day with
acts of remembrance in France and
Belgium, joined Belgian King Albert
II at the 100-foot-tall archway, which
is inscribed with the names of 55,000
Commonwealth soldiers whose
remains were never found.
The area has been made famous by
a poem written by Canadian soldier
John McCrae after his friend was
killed here during a 1915 battle.
It begins with the memorable lines:
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row ."
The gateway, where a local fire
department bugler still plays the
mournful Last Post every day, is ded-
icated "to the armies of the British

Empire who stood here from 1914 to
1918 and to those of their dead who
have no known graves."
In a ceremony in nearby Mesen,
the queen and Irish President Mary
McAleese dedicated a monument to
50,000 Irishmen who died in the
Great War.
Their sacrifice has been ignored at
home for decades because they
fought for Britain while Ireland
revolted against British rule.
The Island of Ireland Peace Park
was inaugurated amid hopes it will
help reconciliation across the
Catholic and Protestant religious
divide in Northern Ireland.
Earlier, the queen marked the 80th
anniversary of the moment when
World War I ended - at the 11 th
hour of the 11Ith day of the I Ith
month of 1918 - in Paris with all
the pomp and ceremony the French
stage so well.
At the stroke of II a.m., Queen
Elizabeth arrived at the Arc de
Triomphe where she was greeted by
President Jacques Chirac. Under the
monument she laid a wreath by the
eternal flame at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier.

They then met with four World
War I veterans, all more than 100
years old.
Germany's new chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder was absent from
the ceremonies in Belgium and
France. Last month, his office cited a
heavy workload. Yesterday, he let it
be known there had been "no direct
invitation," and his absence was not
intended as a snub.
The Great War was supposed to be
over quickly - a "war to end all
wars." But it became a four-year
nightmare of unimaginable brutality
in which millions died.
The French-Belgian border is
strewn with cemeteries holding the
remains of soldiers of many nations.
The war killed 13 million civilians
and 8.5 million soldiers. Germany
lost an estimated 1.7 million sol-
diers; Britain lost more than
900,000; Italy lost 650,000; and the
United States lost 116,000.
France was proportionally the
hardest hit, with 1.3 million dead.
The sheer devastation wrought on
the country can be measured by the
30,000 or so monuments in cities.
towns and villages across the nation.

Continued from Page 1A
students in attendance. He asked them to reconsider their sup-
port of the Israeli government.
"Do you want to support a racist regime?" he asked.
Eastern Michigan political science Prof. Michael Harris
followed Newash, saying his comments were inappropriate.
"The fact is, the U.N. decided on a partition," Harris said,
responding to criticism that the Israeli government has been
heavy-handed in dealing with the occupied territories.
In "the peace agreement - or let's not even call it a peace
agreement - co-existence will never be achieved without a
minimum level of trust," Harris said.
The fourth panelist, anthropology Prof. Nabeel Abraham,
was more temperate in his brief address. Calling himself "anti-
state, he said he is suspicious of all ethnic states. As a solu-
tion to the strife, he suggested the possibility of autonomous
"It's clear that the moderator's job will be harder than he
anticipated," Singer said, drawing laughter from the audience.
But he added, "Let me admonish you that we came here to
look at the future."
Newash and Abraham argued most about the claim of gross
inequality between Palestinians and Israelis.
"No matter what protocols you adopt, it will not stick" if the
inequality is not redressed, Hassan said.
."It's not that (Palestinians) hate Jews. It's that they have a

boot on their neck" Abraham said.
Audience members interrupted the panelists frequently and
angrily from their seats, ignoring the microphones set up for
"Israel is not evicting Palestinians" Harris said defensively
at one point.
"They sure as hell are' interjected audience member Art
Boley, a community member.
At another point, Consul General Rimon acknowledged
there are problems with Israeli soldiers intimidating
"Many of the cases werp tried and the soldiers put in jail"
Rimon said.
"And freed the next day" jeered community member Mary
Noor from her seat.
Student organizer Rabiah said she was satisfied with the
evening. "I think it sparked controversy and emotion,' she
said. "And I think that's good." She added that "the panelists
tended to talk more than we had anticipated.
Brian Reich, chair of the Major Events Committee at
Hillel, said communication between Muslims and Jews is
"Considering where the peace process is going globally, it's
important that everyone on a local level understand it,' Reich
Moderator Singer offered his own view on the evening's
debate in his closing remarks, giving advice to the organizers
for changes to future panels.



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