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Tuesday
January 26, 1999

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senate
begins
debate on
4ismissal
® Democrats call for
impeachment articles to
be thrown out
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Senate
closed its doors yesterday to debate a
Democratic attempt to dismiss all
c krges against President Clinton and
IWj his impeachment trial to an end.
House prosecutors pressed their case
for testimony by Monica Lewinsky and
a shortened list of additional witnesses.
The senators deliberated into the
night in a rare secret session as the
White House, confident of Clinton's
ability to win eventual acquittal,
announced it would ignore a written list
of questions submitted by Majority
Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and other
Pjubli cans.
n attempt by two Democrats to
open debate was rejected by a vote of
57-43 - it would have needed a two-
thirds majority to pass - after last-
minute legal arguments by the White
House and House prosecutors on the
question of dismissal.
Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) the lead
prosecutor, told the Senate that dis-
missal would mean that "charges of
Iury, obstruction of justice are sum-
itily dismissed, disregarded, ignored,
brushed off, and these are charges that
send ordinary folk to jail every day of
the week and remove federal judges."
There will be continuing contention
about Clinton's case, he said, unless the
articles of impeachment themselves are
brought to a vote.
"The case cannot be made. It is time
to end it," countered Nicole Seligman,
a £rivate attorney who has long repre-
s ed Clinton and is part of his
impeachment defense team.
No votes are expected before
today or possibly tomorrow, but after
more than two weeks, the first presi-
dential impeachment trial in 131
years is quickly approaching a piv-
otal moment.
House Republicans are expected to
produce a formal proposal for witness- -
e today, to be voted on after the
IWrocratic attempt to dismiss the
charges.
A decision by the House prosecutors
to winnow their witness list during the
day marked an attempt to hold the sup-
port of wavering Republican senators
whose votes will be crucial when the
roll is called.
Lewinsky remains at the top of the
list, House officials said, and there is
continued interest in seeking testimony
frm Betty Currie, the president's sec-
fry. Additional consideration is
being given to addingspresidential
friend Vernon Jordan to the list, or per-
haps a White House aide, either chief
of staff John Podesta or Sidney
Blumenthal.
The officials, who spoke on condi-
tion ofanonymity, said the idea of
trying to question Kathleen Willey
had been dropped, as had the idea of
moning any of a handful of other,
IW well-known women who have
alleged that Clinton made unwelcome
sexual advances.
House prosecutors had long
sought their testimony to see

whether Clinton or associates tried
to intimidate them to change their
stories.
"We've got to prioritize this and get
down to the bare minimum and not run
the risk of getting zero witnesses
tuse we put on too many," said Rep.
i es Rogan (R-Calif.) a members of
the House team prosecuting the presi-
dent.

Applicants see

longer wait

By Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
High school guidance counselors and
the students they advise are noticing a
change in the way that the University is
processing applications - from a rolling
to a modified rolling admissions system.

Under rolling
admissions, the
University processes
applications when

redily

they are received, R
sometimes making
decisions in four to six weeks.
University spokesperson Julie
Peterson said the University received
a record amount of applications from
the current first-year class and the
volume of applications coming into
the Office of Undergraduate
Admissions this fall indicated that
trend would continue.
Because of this trend, a modified
rolling admissions process was imple-

mented by the University this fall.
Provost Nancy Cantor said applications
are being processed in a series of four
batches.
The first of these responses came in
December, when few students were
admitted and far more were deferred,
Peterson said.
"To date, we have only admitted a
small fraction of our fall 1999 class,'
Peterson said. Rolling admissions often
allows students to be more sure of their
college future early in the fall.
"Because of uncertainty over the
eventual size of the full applicant
pool, we chose to be somewhat more
conservative in admitting students
very early in the process than we
would have been in the past,"
Peterson said.
Peterson said the University is unique
among highly selective universities
because of the use of a rolling admis-
sions system. Many colleges and uni-

versities do not let applicants know
whether they are accepted or denied
until March or April.
University officials said the next
batch may be coming as soon as next
week.
"This change reflects our desire to
make the process as fair as possible for
all applicants," Peterson said.
Students frustrated by
University
In early December, high school
senior David Enders received a letter
from the University's Office of
Undergraduate Admissions.
"Thank you for your interest in the
University of Michigan College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts," the
letter began. "After careful considera-
tion and review, we cannot yet take
final action on your application and
must defer our decision until mid-April
See ADMISSIONS, Page 7

High school
student Matt
Molenenda
watches the cube
spin during a
campus tour
yesterday. Behind
him, his mother
talks with LSA
sophomore
Rebecca
Hunnicutt.
JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily

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'U' tobacco
divestment
debated
SACUA says Bollinger
Kasdin are key players
By Nick Faizone
Daily Staff Reporter
Although the issue of tobacco divestment hit University
meeting rooms more than a year and a half ago, discussions
still continue on the issue.
Yesterday, the Senate Advisory Committee on University
Affairs and other members of the University faculty spoke
extensively about whether the University should keep approxi-
mately $25 million of its funds invested in tobacco stocks.
Physics Prof. Martin Einhorn, chair of the financial affairs
advisory committee, said that while the University Board of
Regents will ultimately decide whether the University will
divest its funds from tobacco stocks, they will most likely
take advice from University President Lee Bollinger and
Chief Financial Officer Robert Kasdin before taking action.
"The Regents are going to do what's recommended by the
president," Einhorn said. "And the president is only going to
be moved if there's a better intellectual investment or if
tobacco is a special enough issue to divest from."
Sociology Prof. Marilynn Rosenthal agreed that these two
administrators would be the most influential in the tobacco
divestment decision.
"Kasdin and Bollinger will be the ones to convince,"
Rosenthal said. "And they will be especially interested in
moral arguments."
SACUA currently is organizing a tobacco divestment sym-
posium, scheduled to take place in April, to educate the
University community about the complexities of the issue.
SACUA Chair William Ensminger said Kasdin and
Provost Nancy Cantor plan on attending the meeting, but
Bollinger has a prior commitment.
Ensminger said Bollinger stated that there had to be wide-
spread campus action before the divestment issue would
come before the regents.
"Bollinger said that when all the elements of the
University - the faculty, the students, the administration and
the alumni - become concerned, then the regents would
form a committee to investigate" the divestment, Ensminger
said.
See TOBACCO, Page 2
Snowing a little love

KE.LLY MUVKINNELLL/Uaily
Delta Sigma Phi fraternity members meet rushees with a friendly game of pool during winter rush yesterday. IFC officials said despite
recent fraternity involvement in parties ticketed by Ann Arbor Police Department, winter rush numbers are similar to last year.
Rushees flock to fraternities
despite recent alcohol concerns

By Lauren Gibbs
Daily Staff Reporter
Starting Sunday evening, first-year male
students battled the winter weather in the
hopes of becoming part of the University's
Greek system. But with recent raids by the
Ann Arbor Police Department on fraternity
parties and a more heavily-enforced alcohol
policy, questions remain as to whether
"Going Greek" will still have the same
appeal to students.
The overall turnout after the first night of
rush proved that the numbers have not sig-

nificantly changed from last year, said
Interfraternity Council President Rohith
Reddy.
In addition, the number of rushees at
some houses has not been any lower than
projected. "We got the numbers that we
expected, and I don't think that they are any
different than they would be if there hadn't
been the recent focus on the fraternity sys-
tem," said Mike Ruggnetta, rush chair for
Alpha Sigma Phi.
The focus on the Greek system - result-
ing from the death of LSA first-year student

Courtney Cantor in October - has not all
been perceived as negative, Reddy said.
"I think that the recent publicity has
increased the awareness of alcohol for the
entire community, not just Greeks. I think
that the increased responsibility on each
member will actually increase rush and help
people realize that (fraternities) are more
than just social," Reddy said.
Cantor fell out of her sixth-floor Mary
Markley Residence Hall window after a carry-
ing-in ceremony for the Chi Omega sorority
See RUSH, Page 2

Northwest offers apology vouchers

By Risa Berrin
For the Daily
lith no water and food remaining and
only one lavatory working, LSA first-year
student Dana Perlman remained on a
Northwest aircraft for more than seven
hours at the Detroit Metro Airport in early
January.
Perlman said she will be compensated

Killian said he cannot remember a time
in Northwest's history where compensa-
tion had to be made for this type of situa-
tion.
"The weather provides us with a con-
stant challenge. We just try to do the best
we can," Killian said. "Those passengers
that were stranded for the designated time
period will be eligible for vouchers enti-

Perlman was told that the delay was due
to an insufficient number of plowed path-
ways to the terminal gates.
"The pilots were furious that not enough
gates had been plowed. There also seemed
to be little communication between the
airport and the pilots," Perlman said.
The vouchers apply only to passengers
that flew on Jan. 2 and 3. The vouchers

issued on a case-by-case basis.
"If some passengers have not been con-
tacted by mail, they should contact us by
phone, fax, or e-mail," Killian said.
Perlman said her family had not yet
been contacted by the airline.
"The airline was not very apologetic on
the day of the ordeal either. Only the crew
seemed to feel bad for us," Perlman said.
I TS Airwa~vs ren. DaveJohnson said that

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