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One hundred eight years of editorlfreedom

Thursday
January 21, 1999

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Trial
Clinton s
tounsel
refutes 2
articles
Mike Spahn
)aily Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON -Two years ago to the
day after President Clinton took his second
oath of office on the Capitol steps, White
House lawyers yesterday continued to argue
that the U.S. Senate should not remove him
from office.
Special Counsel to the President Greg
Craig, armed with bright yellow poster
board and numerous. video clips, argued
or three hours from the well of the Senate
amber against two articles of impeach-
ment passed by the House of
Representatives last month, calling them
frivolous, flawed and unfair.
While Craig's assault concentrated on
Artiele One, which charges the President
with lying under oath to a federal grand
jury, Deputy Counsel Cheryl Mills fol-
lowed the presentation with a discussion
about the Article Two obstruction of jus-
cc charge.
After the proceedings ended for the day,
many senators critiqued the White House pre-
sentation and began to look at what may
unfold over the coming days - options that
include questioning the parties involved, call-
ing witnesses, voting on a motion to dismiss
the case and voting on the articles them-
selves.
In refuting the House managers' presen-
tation of their case last week, Craig
implored the senators to not rely on anoth-
*r person's version of the record and to not
rely on another person's description, char-
acterization, or paraphrasing of the
President's testimony.
"And after reading, seeing, hearing and
studying the evidence for yourselves ...
we believe that you will conclude that
what the President did and said in the
grand jury was not unlawful, and that you
must not remove him from office," Craig
aid.
The case continued on to differentiate
between the testimony offered in the
President's grand jury testimony and the
one he gave in the Paula Jones deposi-
tion, which was included in a failed
House article of impeachment.
See IMPEACH, Page 7A

of the

Century

'U'

doctors

can detect
GHB drug
New technology may help with
surveillance of a 'date rape drug' by
University Hospitals.
By Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud
Daily Staff Reporter
Doctors in the University Hospitals' emergency room are
now able to detect the presence of Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate
in a patient's bloodstream by using new technology intro-
duced earlier this week.
The new tests, which were first used by the hospital earli-
er this week and can be completed in about three hours, were
ordered specifically because of mounting concern about
GHB.
"We were unable to do the test here until recently," said
Jeff Desmond, director of operations for the University
Hospitals' emergency department. "Previously, it was a send-
out test, which would take five to 10 days."
The drug recently came to local attention when it was
detected in the body of Courtney Cantor, an LSA first-year
student who died after falling from her sixth-floor Mary
Markley Residence Hall window last semester.
In addition to the Cantor accident, the death of a Grosse
lie, Mich., teenager earlier this week also was attributed to
GHB combined with alcohol.
The tests will help federal and local agencies with surveil-
lance of GHB abuse and give authorities a better idea of
where and when the drug is used.
In low doses, the effects of GHB include euphoria, reduc-
tion of inhibitions, relaxation of muscles and slower breath-
ing. In higher doses, the drug can lead to nausea, vomiting,
seizures and even death.
The Drug Enforcement Agency attributes at least 26 deaths
to the drug since reports of its abuse began in 1990. More than
600 emergency room visits in 1996 were GHB related, accord-
ing to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
GHB, which has similar effects to ecstasy, is commonly
used at raves and parties, according to the National Institute on
Drug Abuse.
Similar to Rohypnol, or "roofies," GHB can be slipped into
a victim's drink to aid in sexual assaults, since one of its effects
includes memory loss. For that reason, GHB and Rohypnol are
both commonly referred to as "date-rape drugs."
"Its No. I use is to make a person incapable of defending
themselves against a sexual assault," said Virginia Chitanda,
director of the University's Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center. "The danger we have with GHB is that it
can be made in the home, using common household products:'
Adding to the dangers of GHB is the fact that the drug is
odorless, colorless and has very little taste, making it easy to
slip the drug to an unsuspecting victim.
LSA first-year student Laurie Markham said she's careful
not to get slipped the "date-rape drug" when she goes to parties.
"I've heard stories of friends of friends who've gotten it at
fraternity parties," Markham says. "You have to take precau-
tions. It's hard because you want to trust people but you can't."
GHB is commonly known as cherry meth, liquid ecstasy,
grievous bodily harm, lemons and a variety of other slang
terms.
See GHB, Page 5A

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Hundreds of people wait outside the U.S. Capitol building yesterday, hoping to see the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton.
Clinton's defense team argued against Article One and Article Two during the trial yesterday.
Both sides attempt to sway media

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
WASHINGTON - Sitting at opposing
tables on the floor of the Senate chamber,
two groups of advocates, White House
lawyers and House of Representatives
impeachment managers, are polarized in
their views about the removal of President
Clinton from office.
Yesterday, while Special Counsel to the
President Greg Craig attempted to punch
holes in the House's cases, the 13 man-
agers did not lie down and take the punish-
ment.
As the press sat listening to the pro-
ceedings in their assigned section of the

gallery, the managers sent out a continu-
ous barrage of information to reporters,
attempting to give them their view of "the
truth."
Twenty-one press releases citing spe-
cific statements from the White House
advocates poured through the press
gallery, buttressed by a nine-page rebuttal
to Tuesday's White House opening state-
ment that was waiting for the press yes-
terday morning.
While House Manager Rep. Asa
Hutchinson (R-Ark.) said, "This should
not be a battle between the House man-
agers and the White House Counsel,"
releases called the White House pre-

sentation factually deficient, constitu-
tionally flawed and patently false.
Rep. James Rogan (R-Calif.), another of
the House managers, left the trial to per-
sonally attack the White House presenta-
tion, armed with notes from the early part
of the afternoon.
"They said the president was surprised
when the subject of his relationship with
Monica Lewinsky came up during the
deposition," Rogan said. "That's ludi-
crous."
Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made a
point of spending an extended period of
time with the press after the presentation.
See PRESS, Page 7A

Statistics prof. wins
Golden Apple award

stealing jobs

By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
Like she does most Wednesdays, sta-
tistics Prof. Brenda Gunderson wel-
comed more than 350 students to her 10
a.m. Statistics 402 lecture yesterday. But
shortly after she began her lesson for the
day, six students interrupted the class and
handed Gunderson an envelope.
As Gunderson eyed the letter's con-
tents, she began to cry.
"Congratulations," she said, reading
the letter aloud to the class. "It is with
great pleasure that SHOUT, Students
Honoring Outstanding University
Teaching, selects you as the 1999 recipi-
ent of the Golden Apple Award."
As the impact of what she had just

read began to sink in and the class
applauded, Gunderson thanked and
hugged each student who delivered the
letter.
"I was completely honored," she said
afterward.
Each year, SHOUT honors one
University faculty member for teaching
excellence with the Golden Apple
Award. The recipient of the award, which
is sponsored by Hillel and Apple
Computers, then delivers a campuswide
lecture.
The Golden Apple Award recognizes
University faculty "who go above and
beyond the call of duty," said SHOUT
adviser Sarah Musher of Hillel.
See GUNDERSON, Page 5A

DHANI JONES/Daily
Statistics Prof. Brenda Gunderson looks at the apple at the end of her teaching pointer
er office in Mason Hall yesterday. Students Honoring Outstanding University
WachIng selected Gunderson as this year's Golden Apple Award recipient.

Publicity, not numbers, heightens tragedies

By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter
In the wake of several highly publicized, alcohol-
related deaths, many students may be surprised to
rn that alcohol consumption among college stu- P
nts has remained relatively stable on campuses
throughout the country. s
"We know that drinking has not increased over the a
past two decades," John Schulenberg, senior associate c
research scientist at the Institute for Social Research,.
said yesterday. Schulenberg added that although alco- p
hol-related deaths and accidents have not necessarily h

dangerous effects of underage drinking are becoming
more well-known and are more prevalent in the media.
The same phenomenon appears in the public per-
ception of the crime rate, said communications studies
Prof. Nicholas Valentino.
"Crime statistics are decreasing, but public opinion
states that crime is increasing," Valentino said. He
attributes this to an increase in media attention to
crime-related news.
Valentino said media plays a direct role in the way
people view the amount of alcohol abuse, but he said
he does not see a correlation between publicity and

likely to adjust their social behaviors only because
they read about an alcohol-related death, he said.
Since October, at least four students in Michigan
have died after drinking.
In October, LSA first-year student Courtney
Cantor died after falling from her sixth-floor Mary
Markley Residence Hall window. Cantor had been
seen drinking at a Phi Delta Theta fraternity party
prior to her death.
Michigan State University student Bradley McCue
died from alcohol poisoning in November, after drink-
ing 24 shots to celebrate his 21st birthday.

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Twelve-year-old Melanie Huff from Weirlot, W. Va., marches outside the Capitol in
Washington yesterday. More than 6,000 steelworkers from several states
protested the import of foreign steel. See story, Page 8A.

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