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January 20, 1999
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President sy."
linton, standing before a Congress Several Repu
orn over his fate, proposed yesterday to 77-minute spe
rotect Social Security with the huge William Rehnq
udget surpluses that Republicans are Clinton's trial, al
yeing for tax cuts. He also announced Republicans, i
he government will sue the tobacco president's spee
n ry for smokers' health costs. business would n
ha day of high drama that shifted of the outcome o
om his daytime trial in the Senate to "Our country
is prime-time State of the Union Rep. Jennifer Du
peech, Clinton made no mention of the ter what the outc
ex-and-lies case that led to his situation, life in A
'mpeachment and imperils his presi- Clinton opened
ency. ing the admon
But with the economy booming and Speaker Den
he budget balanced, Clinton said Republicans and
America's achievements are sometimes a spirit of biparti
verlooked "in the clash of controver- let's do exactly tb
O OeiGopwani dropped and "1
DailyStaff Reporter police persecutio
A Michigan Student Assembly resolu- members" to end
tion to oppose the University's and the The resolution
Ann Arbor Police Department's investi- handed, unreason
gations of LSA first-year student states the actions
Courtney Cantor's death and resulting cials had "noth
actions, provoked hours of debate among addressing the pro
MSA members and University students This resoluti
who attended the assembly's meeting last University stude
night. opinions on drink
ote on the resolution - to "oppose "This resolutio
scagoating and police persecution"- underage drinkin
was postponed until next week, which and former Ir
appeased some assembly members and President Brad H
frustrated others. Suggesting tha
Rackham Rep. Jessica Curtin pro- be altered, MSA
posed the lengthy resolution, which motioned to table
includes seven recommendations and have to make this
states the University administration gent if we want
and the Ann Arbor city government motion was passe
res onded inappropriately to Cantor's The assembly
d*. night supporting
Cantor died after falling from her by an MSA sp
sixth-floor Mary Markley Residence University's Code
Hall room window. Cantor had been The MSA rev
seen drinking at the Phi Delta Theta ted a review re
Fraternity on Oct. 15 shortly before Board of Regents
she died. Last week, 10 Phi Delta In support o
Theta members were charged for fur- Students Rights
nishing alcohol to minors. Five also Savic, a Rackha
were charged with using fraudulent other members o
identification to purchase alcohol and at the regents' me
knowingly allowing a minor to drink. SRC members
e resolution proposed to MSA last and the committ
nit asked for those charges to be goals for the Coc
- not scandal
blicans boycotted the
ech; Chief Justice
uist, presiding over
so stayed away.
n their response to the
ch, said the nation's
not be hurt regardless
f Clinton's trial.
is not in crisis," said
nn, (R-Wash.) "No mat-
come of the president's
America will go on."
d his address by recall-
ition of new House
nis Hastert for
Democrats to work in
sanship. "Mr. Speaker,
hat," the president said.
Students tune in
to Clinton speech
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
Nearly one year after news of the Clinton sex scandal
involving former White House intern Monica Lewinsky
unfolded before the public, President Clinton gave his annu-
al State of the Union address to the nation last night.
But Clinton didn't focus on all of the issues in the nation-
al spotlight. He focused on the economy, education and
social security - not Lewinsky or impeachment.
White House officials last week erased any doubts as to
whether the speech would proceed despite the Senate
impeachment trial, and as Clinton's words "The state of our
union is strong" echoed through the House chamber, the state
of his presidency was in doubt.
Communication studies assistant Prof. Jill Edy said some
viewers may have watched Clinton's address out of interest in
what he may have said about the impeachment. Others may
not have watched because they are annoyed by excessive cov-
erage of the scandal, Edy said.
See CAMPUS, Page 7
President Bill Clinton addresses the
nation in his State of the Union address
In the ornate House chamber where
he was impeached one month ago on a
party-line vote, the president was
received with respect and interrupted
by applause 95 times. Democrats were
most enthusiastic. Two of his harshest
Republican critics - House Majority
Leader Dick Armey of Texas and House
Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas -
See CLINTON, Page 7
Students watch the State of the Union address yesterday at
the Michigan Union.
the scapegoating and
on of Phi Delta Theta
called AAPD "heavy-
able and cynical." It also
taken by AAPD offi-
ing in common with
oblems of alcoholism."
on compelled some
nts to express strong
on is not going to help
g,' Kinesiology senior
at the original resolution
Treasurer Bram Elias
it until next week. "We
resolution more intelli-
things to change" The
passed a resolution last
onsored review of the
e of Student Conduct.
iew committee submit-
port to the University
s in December.
of its findings, MSA
Commission Chair Olga
am representative, and
f the SRC plan to speak
will discuss their report
ee's short and long-term
de, Savic said.
By Jason Stoffer
Daily Staff Reporter
Engineering sophomore Min
Kang had alcohol in his system and
may have taken drugs before he lost
control of his car the morning of
Dec. 29, causing the death of his
passenger, who was also a
"There was alcohol, but we don't
know how much," AAPD Detective
Brian Zazadny said. "The lab is
doing a full screen (for drugs).
They'll pretty much test for every-
Zazadny said preliminary test
results indicate that Kang had alco-
hol in his body at the time of the
accident that killed Engineering
sophomore Kyu Jong Han.
Sources have told police that
Kang also may have consumed opi-
ates before the crash, Zazadny said.
Opiates are a class of controlled sub-
stances consisting of opium and its
Police said in the early morning
hours before the accident, Kang and
[Han were at a party on the 2300
block of Lancashire Street in Ann
Arbor with five or six friends when
they left the party to purchase ciga-
They were returning to the party
when Kang's 1997 Audi, which
investigators believe was exceeding
the posted speed limit, jumped a
curb on Huron Parkway and hit a
See ALCOHOL, Page 5
Friends embrace during a vigil held in South Quad Residence Hall dining room yesterday for LSA first-year students
Sarah Metzger and Celia Zwerdling, who were killed in an automobile accident Monday.
Sr S enS
By Yaet Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
As friends solemnly filed into the third floor Taylor
House lounge in South Quad Residence Hall last night, it
was apparent that the medium-sized lounge would not
hold the more than 200 people who came to honor the
memory of two University students who were killed in a
car accident Monday afternoon.
LSA first-year students Sarah Metzger and Celia
Zwerdling were killed in an accident returning to Ann
Arbor following a weekend ski trip.
Alyssa Rosen and Kelson Smith, who were driving with
Metzger and Zwerdling, also were injured in the crash.
The four students were driving on the Old Mission
peninsula, one mile north of Traverse City, when Smith
lost control of his Jeep.
Friends and family of the students were moved from the
inadequate lounge to a room in South Quad's dining hall,
where guests filled thelarge space. People gathered together,
as friends tried to console each other "We need to be there
for each other;" said Hillel Rabbi Richard Kirschen, encour-
aging people to remain in the dining hall after the service.
"Stay and talk, talk to each other," Kirschen said.
"There is no correct way to mourn," Kirschen added, as
tissues were passed out to those who were crying.
The service was held in the Jewish tradition for both
Metzger and Zwerdling. Prayers were sung to the music
of a single guitar, in both Hebrew and English.
In the Jewish tradition it is customary for mourners to
See VIGIL, Page 7
Today, a fire damaged a second-floor room in the NIS building on Maynard Street.
Fire damages NIS
Minors offered across Big Ten
By Jason Stoffer
Dy Staff Reporter
fire broke out in the News and
I rmation Services Building at 412
Maynard St. at 2 a.m. today, leaving one
room charred and three windows broken.
"We don't know how it started,"
Department of Public Safety Officer
Orlando Firestone said. "No one was
insid ewhen we aot there." Officers said
DPS officials arrived at the scene.
Smoke enveloped the area and at least
five firepersons headed into the building
as the cloud of smoke traveled out toward
the street. The firepersons brought hoses
inside and placed a loud buzzing fan at
the side entrance of NIS facing the
Student Publications Building.
By 2:25 a.m., the workers extinguished
the fire. Five minutes later, lights were
By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
Although a task force of students and faculty members
is planning to vote on the implementation of a minor pro-
gram at the University as early as the end of the term,
similiar programs are already available at other Big Ten
At Indiana University, one of the schools whose program
the task force has examined, minors have been an option for
students for more than 19 years.
Steve Sanders, assistant dean and director of communi-
cation for the College of Art and Sciences at Indiana, said
minors are a "great way of exploring several areas of
diverse. "For some there are no requirements other than
(students take) five courses," Sanders said, adding that
others require that three of those courses be at the 300
level or above.
But other schools, such as the University of Iowa, whose
program for specializing electives in the form of a minor has
also been examined by the task force, do have set require-
ments that all department minors must meet.
Every opportunity to receive a minor at Iowa requires 15
hours of course work. "Of that we only permit that three
hours be introductory course work," said Luke J. Flaherty,
director of academic programs for the College of Liberal Arts
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