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WASHINGTON - President
Clinton's impeachment trial, although
in recess, became embroiled anew in
partisan controversy yesterday as
Senate Democrats bitterly accused
independent counsel Kenneth Starr of
attempting to influence the proceeding.
whey leveled that charge in televised
iierviews amid published reports that
Starr believes hr has the authority to
seek the president's criminal indictment
before Clinton leaves office.
"There is just no end to what this
man is willing to do to continue to pur-
sue the president" said Sen. Richard
Durbin (D-Ill.) on NBC's "Meet the
Press," referring to the court-appointed
"Ken Starr is once again running
ok," declared Sen. Charles Schumer
(D-N.Y.) on CBS' 'Face the Nation.'
"The timing is very suspicious."
Some GOP senators dismissed
Starr's conclusions as irrelevant to the
Senate trial. But several Republicans
rued the timing of the disclosure, made
by The New York Times, which attrib-
uted the information to unnamed Starr
Charles Bakaly, a Starr spokesperson,
lined yesterday to discuss the inde-
pendent counsel's intentions and said of
the report's timing: "This wasn't some-
thing we put out ... We certainly don't
See IMPEACH, Page 7A
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CEO contract expires today

* Negotiators from both sides
say they might reach an
agreement at tonight's meeting
By Nick Faizone
Daily Staff Reporter
At the last negotiation meeting before the
Graduate Employees Organization's contract with
the University expires at midnight tonight, it
would not be surprising to find tensions running
high between the debating sides.
But representatives from GEO and the University
said they are optimistic about the outcome of
tonight's meeting, despite disagreements between

both sides during the past months of negotiations.
"What we're trying to do (tonight) is reach an
agreement;" GEO spokesperson Chip Smith said.
"We're really going work hard to get this done"
University Chief Negotiator Dan Gamble said
his team is also prepared to settle GEO's contract
at tonight's meeting. "We have all the ingredients
for a settlement," Gamble said.
The contract affects the jobs of 1,600 Graduate
Student Instructors and the classes of thousands of
Yesterday, GEO called an emergency meeting of
its stewards council to get approval for a signifi-
cant change of its wage proposal, Smith said.
Although Smith said he was unable to discuss the

specific changes until after the negotiation meet-
ing today, he said the new proposal will be more
desirable for the University.
"The wages package we're going to submit
should get some response from them," Smith said.
"It's more of what they want; we're trying to keep
the dialogue going."
GEO is currently asking for a 27 percent increase
in GSis' salaries, a recalculation of how wages are
counted and a waive of their registration fee.
Last month, Dan Gamble said the University
would probably not compromise with GEO unless
it lowered its wage request to a single digit.
Gamble said yesterday that if GEO's new proposal
complied with the University's request, he would

also present a proposal tonight that could meet
GEO's expectations.
"I would provide them with a new proposal that
I think they'll like a lot" Gamble said. "I think it
will be very acceptable for them"
Gamble said the University's proposal would be
a combination of an annual increase in GSls'
salaries and an adjustment of the way their wages
are calculated.
He 41so said the University may present
information on compensated training programs
for international graduate students and affir-
See GEO, Page 7A
inside: GEO members are also lobbying for paid
training for international GSIs. Page 3A
~ rdyear
aster Plan, labor contracts among
items on president's agenda
i.e Winder
rking on his third year as University president, Lee
r continues to look for ways to improve the University
as, from research to architecture to student affairs.
riday, Bollinger took a few moments to share his
r the coming year.
Master Plan, a project Bollinger introduced at his
ation in 1997, is designed to unify the University's
I campus areas. "It will go on
y years," Bollinger said.
iger's plan could expand to
increasing the amount and effi-
if the University's transportation
and parking and finding a way to
North and Central campuses.
her of Bollinger's goals for the
to work with other colleges in
an, including Michigan State
ity and Wayne State University, in
if common intellectual interest." Bollnger
ed that the universities are just
tg to discuss how to share knowledge.
my firm belief that great universities should build
r," Bollinger said.
ng the upcoming year, several key issues may be
tincluding contract negotiations between the
te Employees Organization's and the University
use of race as a factor in the admissions process-
the Law School and the College of Literature,
and the Arts.
's labor contract with the University expires today and
lawsuits challenging the University's use of race as a
n the admissions process are scheduled to go to trial
ing his attention to the GEO contract, Bollinger cited
history of excellent relations between Graduate
k Instructors and the University.
reasonably confident that there will be a resolution,"
;er said. He added he did not expect to see harsh rela-
is develop between the groups.
:re's so much a tradition of good will," he said.
rding the lawsuits, Bollinger said he is pleased with
ount of student discussion on campus, although the
ity has not taken an official position on the interven-
ng pursued by dozens of University studentsin both
ink this is one of the major public issues of the time,"
;er said.
Inger also said that "doing very significant fundrais-
See BOLNGER, Page 2A

iBy Michael Grass
Daily Staff Reporter
ising simulated cases, more then
40 students and faculty members
began annual training this weekend
for Code of Student Conduct arbi-
tration proceedings. Saturday
marked the first part of the three-
tiered training process, which is
scheduled to continue today and
later this month.
By the end of the month, the partici-
pants will be ready to take part in actu-
al Code proceedings, said Gwyn
*1swit, assistant resolution coordina-
tor for the Office of Student Conflict
A panel of five students or a fac-
ulty or staff member decides
whether a student violated the Code,
the University's internal discipline
Student panelists are nominated
by their respective student govern-
nts and faculty members are
her nominated by Vice President
for Student Affairs Maureen
Hartford, by a school or college
dean or by the faculty Senate
Advisory Committee on University
Affairs, Hulswit said.
The College of Literature, Sciences
and the Arts has the largest number of
Code student panelists with 24 mem-
See CODE, Page 7A
he respon-
sibility for
on the 108-year
tradition of The
Michigan Daily has been passed to
new hands, beginning with this
We congratulate and thank the
graduating senior editors and
riters, whose dedication and
houghtfulness established the
highest standard of journalistic
ethics, which we hope to continue.
There will be some changes in
the pages of the Daily, as always
with transitions. We hope you,
our readers, will regard them as
improvements and enjoy and
appreciate each new issue to
- The editors

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mlch.) joins several other politIcians for an annual conference hosted by the American Israel Pubiic Affairs Committee
yesterday at Hillel. -
POlS ur e sdents to be aCtive

By Kelly O'Connor
Daily Staff Reporter
Lobbyists, politicians and students con-
cerned with the future of the state of Israel
gathered yesterday for a conference hosted
by the American Israel Public Affairs
The all-day conference, "From the
Great Lakes to the Dead Sea," drew 150
students from seven colleges and universi-
ties in Michigan and featured speakers
including U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)
and U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann
Arbor), who both spoke about lobbying in
Washington, D.C.
The conference began at 9 a.m. with infor-
mational sessions to inform participants on
aspects of U.S. involvement with Israel. The
sessions included Amatzia Baram, a well-
known professor in Israel who is visiting

Georgetown University this year.
After a lunch break, students listened
while various political leaders spoke about
the importance of student involvement with
Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate
Armed Services Committee, began his talk
by asking students to remain strong in their
commitment to activism in spite of the
impeachment proceedings against President
Clinton, which Levin called "extremely dis-
couraging and intensely partisan."
"Don't let all these events turn you off to
the absolute necessity of being involved in
public life' Levin said.
Rivers lead a discussion about how stu-
dent lobbyists can best prepare themselves
for what they will face meeting legislators in
Washington, D.C.
Being prepared and knowing what ques-

tions are appropriate in a lobbying session
are very important, Rivers said.
"There is a tendency to say, 'we give you
money.'That is very uncomfortable forthe law-
maker," she said."There is an ethical problem."
Lobbying is about compromise, Rivers
"If you're getting someone to agree with
you on half your issues - good," she said.
"Chalk it up to a victory"
When asked to describe a typical dayin the
job of a U.S. legislator, Rivers said every day is
unique. She added that the impeachment pro-.
ceedings occupy much of lawmakers' time.
"Impeachment has become the bloody
accident on the highway of life and everyone
has slowed down to gawk," she said.
Levin told the audience a story about an
experience that affirmed his belief in the
See AIPAC, Page 2A

Environmental justice topic Super celebration turns sour
of Amb panel discussion

Effects ofpollution
By Yael Kohen
Daily Staff Reporter
The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee panel
discussion on environmental justice in the Midwest and the
Middle East on Saturday highlighted effects of pollution and
environmental conflict among nations.
The panel discussion was part of a weekend-long confer-
ence aimed at increasing student activism among the Arab
community and fighting ethnic stereotypes.
Experts traveled from all over the country to address sev-
eral issues including student activism, issues of identity,
women's issues and media stereotypes and discrimination.
There is a "need to organize" said Amer Ardati, ADC con-
ference coordinator and treasurer, adding that more network-
ing must occur between Arab groups across the nation.
Speakers on the environmental justice panel addressed the
problems in the United States as well as the Middle East.
Environmental justice activist Kathryn Savoie spoke
about the environmental racism that exists in the United
States - not only among Arab-Americans, but other minor-

impact relations
ity groups as well.
Poorer minority neighborhoods tend to have bigger prob-
lems with pollution and contamination than wealthier white
neighborhoods, Savoie said.
"The EPA does a better job" protecting white communities,
Savoie said. She cited the fact that fines for polluting in nicer
white neighborhoods are higher and therefore corporations
are less likely to dump waste there.
Adjunct Michigan State University assistant Prof.
Rosina Hassoun stressed the importance of water in the
Middle East and the problems that arise because of it.
Water is "seen as a major issue in the region," Hassoun
said, adding a list of common problems associated with
water including agriculture, waste disposal, pollution and
class struggle.
Part of the problem in Israel is the different water systems
the Arabs and Israelis use, Hassoun said.
Hassoun said there are three schools of thought pertaining
to the conflict of water; the first is that water problems are

Black History Month
Black History Month begins today and the
University schedules various events and
activities to celebrate.

She's all that' and then some

The teen movie makes a comeback
with Rachael Leigh Cook and
Freddie Prinze Jr. in 'She's All That.'

Second-half collapse
The Michigan women's basketball
team falls apart in the second half,
dropping a 70-46 decision to
Wisconsin yesterday.

Denver Broncos fans jump through fire on Larimer Street in downtown Denver
yesterday as they celebrate the Broncos 3419 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Denver police sprayed tear gas onto rowdy fans following the victory.
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