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One hundred nie years of editorkil freedom

Thursday
October 28, 1999

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Presidential
Forbes pushes plan
or 'New Economy'

contenders

ly Nick Bunkley
)aily Staff Reporter
Far into the hall, the voice of
tepublican presidential candidate Steve
orbes could barely be heard - but for
hose who arrived late to hear Forbes'
peech at the Michigan Union yesterday
oon, that didn't seem to matter.
i e fact that a presidential candidate
vas on campus brought a crowd of more
han 200 people that took every available
eat and standing space in the Kuenzel
toom and spilled out of the doorways.
Forbes. one of a handful of COP
residential hopefuls fighting to tear
way a share of the lead held by 'ex:s
jov, George W Bush, made a one-day
ampaign trip through southern
Michigan yesterday.
e chiefexecutive officer and editor
i chief of Forbes magazine explained

the key points of his proposed "New
Economy" platform, criticizing the
Clinton administration and poking fun
at Vice President Al Gore, one of two
Democrats running for president.
"It's a wonder NASA doesn't send
ships to Washington to find out what's
going on," Forbes said, joking that he is
unaware of any "intelligent life" in the
nation's capital.
The New Economy package
includes sweeping reforms of income
taxes, Social Security, healthcare and
education.
Forbes has proposed to replace the
nation's 7.5 million-word tax code with
a flat 17 percent tax on all income
above S36.000.
The system we have today i rigged
agi nst you he said. n thin' you
See FORBES, Page 8A

square off
Gore Bradley
set priorities at
towrnmetn
\NO\T R. NH. i Pr idint wre nd former
Sen lBil Br dkey Lchom sn ulr t 'i n. ndJ pniintes told a
Ne iHampshirL iud ne la.I n h t t 1 1 et d president.
the w ll eah '. )rk to x pud bh a ~a e \rae, increase
Mchool Itnding and I gh to e.nua c.ampinn tan ce rorm.
In a nationally televised to n meetine. lore ,ot Ito accen-
luate his diffiercees wvith hi ia mil thr the Oe mo atic presiden-
tial nomination. lie repeaaedl\ chalenged the st of lBradley's
healh care plan. sBing h wuld ipe out We .nre I trilhlon
surplus in the next 10 years and 'nerd the so 'I ea net"
BradleN inihall ignored Gore' attaks then attempted to
brush aside the criticism h r a i he a confient that he
could pay of his plan and other priorites and sta wthin a
balanced budget. But he pointed noeda ntl last night
. ~ G (lore had refused to atach cost estiautes t I ambtious
Room of agenda and said that a politicin 4 ho propoe pror m:
See DEBATE, Page 8A

Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes addresses a crowd of nearly 200 in the Kuenzel
the Michigan Union yesterday afternoon.

Haunted House
held informer
hospital morgue
By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
0 This year's ROTC-sponsored haunted house is an
invitation to dance with the dead -- literally. The
University's Reserve Officer Training Corps. will
hold the event in an all too appropriate venue, a for-
mer University morgue.
ROTC students will host the annual haunted
house in the sub-basement of North Hall, which was
built as a homeopathic hospital in 1899. The haunt-
ed house will run tomorrow and Saturday from 7
p.m. to 11 p.m.
"When students walk past North Hall, they know
old," ROTC Air Force cadet Ryan Ismirle said.
"So when people hear that the haunted house is in
the basement, they know it's going to be dark and
creepy." -
The building was constructed in June 1899 to
replace the existing University hospital.
According to building records, North Hall's
sub-basement was "presumably" the hospital's
morgue.
Because the building's rear wing was constructed
on top of a hill, the basement and sub-basement are
;rated at ground level
The sub-basement has its own door that leads
onto the lawn, which provided easy access for
removing bodies.
ROTC students still refer to the sub-basement as
"the morgue."
Since the morgue retired from its original func-
tion, it has been used to accommodate the ROTC's
annual haunted house.,
The small wooden stairs, black walls and brick
archways help ROTC cadets produce a haunted
ra.
Ismirle co-chairs the event along with ROTC
Army cadet Prabjot Grewel and ROTC Navy cadet

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FBI investiates
etters targeing
ani mal research

By Nika Schulte
Daily Staff Reporter
An organization opposing the use
of live animals in scientific studies
sent threatening letters to research
institutions across the country earli-
er this week, and some University
staff members have reported receiv-
ing similar letters.
"We were one of the universities
targeted for these letters," University
spokesperson Julie Peterson said,
adding that she could nsot confirm
the content of the letters.
The investigation is now being
handled by the FBI, Peterson said.
Special Agent Kevin Caudle of the
Las Vegas Division of the FBI said
animal researchers in Alabama,
Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin
reported Monday that they received
threatening letters containing razor
blades.
But Caudle said he was not aware
of anyone in Michigan receiving the
letters
The letters were postmarked from
Las Vegas signed by a group identi-
fying themselves as the "Justice
Department." Caudle said the FBI is
investigating whether the group is
affiliated with or is an alias for the
Animal Liberation Front, an extreme
animals rights advocacy group.
"We can't find anything on the
'Justice Department,"' he said. "We
don't even know who they are."
Unit for Laboratory Animal
Medicine Director Dan Ringler said
that although neither he nor any of
his staff members received the let-

ters, both the Americans for Medical
Progress and National Association of
Biomedical Research sent e-mails
Monday warning him about the
University being a potential target.
Ringler said he notified the
Department of Public Safety after
reading the e-mails.
While the group may have been
trying to scare University communi-
ty members, Ringler said the inci-
dent has not shaken the confidence
of University researchers.
"I don't think that the University
research community is concerned in
the least," Ringler said.
"This is a fringe group from far
away and is not a concern in Ann
Arbor," he said.
Ringler said he did not instruct his
staff what to do in the event of future
contact by advocacy groups because
the department already follows an
existing procedure for similar inci-
dents.
"We have an understanding to
report to the Department of Public
Safety," he said. "They take it from
there. They seem to do a good job
following up on these things."
Peterson, who also is the PPS
spokesperson, declined to comment
about additional safety measures
being put in place as a result of the
letters.
Peterson said she is unaware of
any other such letters being sent to
the University during the last five
years.
- Daily Staff Reporter Nick Bunkley
contributed to this report.

UANNY KAUGiU/L
A brightly colored scarecrow Is among the ghoulish decorations In the Haunted House created by the
University's Reserve Officer Training Corps in the sub-basement, of North Hall.

Shana McMillian.
Although it is her first year working on the haunt-
ed house, Grewel said she expects a healthy turnout.
Last year, she said, 2,000 people walked through the
display. About half of them were University stu-
dents, she said.
"I think students like going together as groups,'
Grewel said. "That way they can enjoy the experi-
ence together. I've been told by students that they've
had a lot of fun."
Ismirle, who has worked on the event for four
years, said he has seen the house spook even the

toughest students.
"I have seen big, bad fraternity guys scream,"
Ismirle said. "One time, this guy threw his girlfriend
in front of him because he was scared."
This year, proceeds from the haunted house will
go to the Ann Arbor Ronald McDonald House and
Dance Marathon.
Each visitor will receive a free raffle ticket. Raffle
prizes will'Include dinners at the Cottage Inn restau-
rant and a T-shirt.
Ticket for the haunted house are $4for adults and
$3 for children under 12 years old.

Dow Jones adds Microsoft, Intel
to reflect technological growth

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evin Magnuson
Staff Reporter
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
made a landmark change, adding sever-
al companies to its ranks. I
On Tuesday, the editors of The Wall
Street Journal, who maintain the aver-
age, announced that Microsoft, Intel,
SBC Communications Inc. and Home
Depot Inc. will replace Goodyear Tire
ubber Co., Union Carbide, Chevron
a ears, Roebuck & Co. in the aver-
age's 30 company list.
The changes take effect Monday and
reflect the impact the technology sector
has had on the U.S. economy during the
past 25 years. The DJIA will make the
changes to reflect a global economy that

overall economy," said economics Prof.
Saul Hymans, the director of the
University's Research Seminar in
Quantitative Economics.
To accurately reflect the overall
economy, the DJIA will include more
high-tech companies.
Microsoft and Intel are the first NAS-
DAQ stock market issues to be repre-
sented in the DJIA. The NASDAQ
offers the most technology-based stocks
of the three major stock markets.
Previously, all DJIA stocks had been
iisted on the New York Stock Exchange.
SBC Communications is both the
largest local phone company and the
largest deliverer of Internet access, reach-
ing nearly one-third of U.S. homes.

Johnson, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and
Citigroup Inc. replaced Texaco Inc.,
Bethlehem Steel Corp., Woolworth
Corp. and Westinghouse Electric Corp.
"The change is reflective of what
needs to happen to all financial indices.
Over time, they need to make alter-
ations to remain technically sound,"
said Paul McCracken, professor emeri-
tus of economics, Business
Administration and Public Policy.
The DJIA is the oldest continuous
barometer of the U.S. stock market.
Co-founder Charles Dow created the
average in 1896. It first appeared in The
Wall Street Journal on May 26 of that
year.
The average began with 12 companies

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