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January 6, 1999
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trial set to
War against winter
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Without a clear
blueprint on how to conduct the
impeachment trial to remove President
Clinton from office, Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott announced yesterday
that the proceeding will open tomorrow
Among the unresolved matters that
Stinued to split the Republican
majority on the eve of the historic trial
were questions over such basic proce-
dural issues as how long the trial would
last and whether witnesses would be
Underscoring the murky outlook,
Rep. Henry Hyde (R-1ll.), who is to
argue the case against Clinton in the
trial, emerged from a meeting with
aides last night and conceded he had lit-
t dea of what to expect.
"Everything is under negotiation.
All kinds of rumors are going around.
Time is wasting. We need to agree on
a format," Hyde said, echoing a frus-
tration shared by his team of 12
"managers," all fellow House
Republicans, who will assist him in
Despite such unresolved muatters,
the White House reacted yesterday with
"Time is wasting.
We need to agree
on a format."
- Henry Hyde
equanimity - in sharp contrast to the
confrontational tone it adopted during
the House impeachment proceedings.
White House lawyers are "prepar-
ing for all eventualities," presidential
spokesperson Joe Lockhart said. "We
expect this process to move forward in
a way that's fair, bipartisan and expedi-
Lott (R-Miss.) announced the trial
opening after he and his Democratic
counterpart, Minority Leader Tom
Daschle (D-S.D.), discussed the case at
the Supreme Court with Chief Justice
William Rehnquist, who will preside
over the trial.
Adding still more uncertainty to the
timetable is Rehnquist's schedule for
next week. The chief justice told
Daschle and Lott that oral arguments at
the Supreme Court may prevent him
See IMPEACH, Page 7A
By Kelly O'Connor
and Jaimie Winkler
Daily Staff Reporter:
To ring in the new year, the sky
opened up and dumped nearly 16 inch-
es of snow on the City of Ann Arbor.
The large amount of unexpected
snow has delayed students returning to
Some students who are unsure
about their reserved spots in classes
have been calling department offices
to let professors know they might not
make it back for the first day of class.
"I am getting calls from people
who are stranded," said Linda, a recep-
tionist in the Romance Languages
department who did not want her last
She said she takes the names of the
students and write notes to the instruc-
tors to ensure the students will not lose
their places in classes.
In the English department, five
professors have called to notify the
University that they are stranded. The
department plans to post notes telling
students classes are canceled.
For students who cannot attend
classes due to inclement weather and
are worried about losing their places in
classes with long wait lists, "we're
going to wait until Monday to adhere
to our policy' said Terry Jansen, who
oversees the introductory composition
In addition to the stress of starting
classes, students may be faced with
another worry - removing snow from
walkways leading to their apartment or
Chapter 105 of the Ann Arbor City
Code states that all snow and ice that
has accumulated prior to 6 a.m. must
be removed by 2:30 p.m. of the same
day. In many cases, snow removal is
taken care of by landlords.
The city is enforcing the ordinance
on a complaint basis at this time, said
Building Department Director Larry
See STORM, Page 7A
in, car accident
By Jason Stoffer
IDily Staff Reporter
*Ann Arbor Police Department
detectives said blood alcohol test
results will help determine whether
charges will be filed in the Dec. 29 traf-
fic death of Engineering sophomore
Kyu Jong Han.
Police said Engineering sophomore
Min Kang, 21, was returning with Han
to a party when his 1997 Audi hopped a
curb on Huron Parkway and slammed
Kang, who was recently released
from the hospital, said he could not
recall anything about the crash.
"I have a shock right now because
of the accident," Kang said. "A life is
gone and I almost died, too. (Han) was
a nice person and he was my friend."
Police said Han and Kang were at
an apartment party with five or six
friends on the 2300 block of
Lancashire Drive when they left to buy
People present at the party told
detectives that both students had been
drinking, and police reports said they
detected a "strong odor of alcohol" at
the crash scene.
Kang said he could not recall if he
was drinking before getting behind the
"I don't remember anything about
that night," Kang said.
Ann Arbor Police Department
detective Brian Zazadny said tests
scheduled to be completed later this
week will determine if Kang was legal-
See ACCIDENT, Page 2A
student Priya Franklin
shovels the area
surrounding her car
yesterday. Franklin's car
was trapped by snow in the
parking lot of her apartment
Right: Cars on South
Division Street were
covered by snow yesterday.
Students make resolutions
By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
In spite of swept-up confetti and thrown-out
plastic champagne glasses, many students are try-
ing to preserve the promise of the New Year by
making resolutions to improve their behavior or
abandon destructive habits.
For LSA first-year student Andi Rameau, Jan.
I marked the beginning of her separation from
cigarettes. After one final ceremonious puff New
Year's morning, Rameau has remained smoke-
free for the past five days.
Even though Rameau has been able to stick to
her resolution she admits it hasn't been easy.
"Of course there's temptation, but I haven't
given in Rameau said.
Not all students can make such a claim.
Only two hours after the ball dropped in Times
Square, LSA sophomore Sheetal Patel broke her
cigarette-free hopes for 1999.
"Everyone was mad at me because I hadn't
even waited a day," Patel said.
Although Patel has not lit up since, she said
that quitting her use of cigarettes has been difficult
to endure not only for her but her friends as well.
"My roommate is not so happy with me;
either," Patel added.
Patel said that another of her resolutions, to
increase workouts, has been stccessful because she
has diverted her temptation to smoke by exercising.
While many would consider Patel's lapse to
indicate failure, psychology Prof. Christopher
Peterson said going astray does not merit a
See NEW YEAR, Page 2A
Engineering senior Bruce McCully, left, and ISA senior Matt Lederman, right, start the new year by
working out at the Central Campus Recreation Building yesterday.
Judge certifies class status in lawsuit Sunny farewell
By Katie Plona
Daily Staff Reporter '
A Detroit judge ruled last week that the
lawsuit challenging the University's
College of Literature, Science and the Arts
admissions practices received class action
status, which may allow thousands of appli-
cants to gain entrance to the University in
The lawsuit, which was filed more than
one year ago, is scheduled for trial this
With the new class action status, the two
named plaintiffs represent a class of simi-
larly situated applicants who also could
seek to enter the suit. According to Detroit
Federal Judge Patrick Duggan's opinion,
the court currently is not considering dam-
not granted admission to (LSA) for all aca-
demic years from 1995 forward and who
are members of those racial or ethnic
groups, including Caucasian, that defen-
dants treat less favorably on the basis of
race in considering their application for
admission," court documents state.
Duggan certified the class on the "issues
of liability: whether defendants' use of race
as a factor in admission decisions violates
the Equal Protection Clause of the
Fourteenth Amendment of the
Constitution," court documents state.
The Center for Individual Rights filed
the lawsuit Dec. 14, 1997 against the
University on behalf of two individuals,
Jennifer Gratz, who applied in 1995 and
Hamacher, who applied in 1996.
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The University had filed a motion
denying the class-action certification.
Since the suit was filed, the University
has vigorously defended its use of race as
a factor in its admission process.
CIR senior legal counsel Terry Pell
could not be reached for comment yester-
University spokesperson Julie Peterson
said the University has no comment, but is
still studying the ruling. The University
could appeal Duggan's decision.
Hamacher has testified that he intends
to apply for transfer to the University. He
currently attends Michigan State
University, where he is presently sopho-
According to the. court documents, the
I niversit said Hamaeher must have at