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November 1, 1999
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BOSTON (AP) - An EgyptAir jetliner with 217
people on board, including dozens of American
tourists, plunged mysteriously into the ocean off
Nantucket Island early yesterday, 33 minutes after
leaving New York for Cairo.
By nightfall, searchers had retrieved debris and one
ody, but held out little hope of finding survivors in
the chilly Atlantic waters.
Authorities said there was no distress call from the
pilots before the Boeing 767 plummeted to the sea in
two minutes from its cruising altitude of 33,000 feet.
Though the FBI and other intelligence agencies began
checking on the possibility of sabotage, President
Clinton and other officials said there was no immedi-
ate indication of foul play.
Searchers found two partially inflated life rafts, life
*kets, seat cushions and other small debris, none
with any burn marks, said Coast Guard Rear Adm.
Richard Larrabee. A finding of such marks on debris
could suggest the possibility of a fire or explosion
aboard the plane.
The air search was suspended after dark, but ships
continued scouring the area. The Coast Guard said
chances of anyone surviving more than 12 hours in the
58-degree water were slim.
A Navy salvage ship, the USS Grapple, and Navy
divers were leaving Norfolk, Va., last night and are
expected to join the search by late today, with orders
to take debris and remains to a Navy base in Rhode
U.S. officials indicated a majority of the 199 pas-
sengers on Flight 990 were Americans, including a
group of 54 people bound for a 14-day trip to Egypt
and the Nile. Alan Lewis, chief executive of the
Boston-based travel agency Grand Circle Corp., said
most of the group members were from Colorado,
Arizona and the Pacific Northwest.
The plane started its flight in Los Angeles and
stopped at New York's John F. Kennedy International
Airport. It took off again at 1:19 a.m. and went down
at 1:52 a.m., roughly 60 miles south of Nantucket. The
Coast Guard deployed ships, reconnaissance planes
and helicopters to search an area of about 36 square
miles, in waters about 270 feet deep.
State-owned EgyptAir, confronted with the worst
crash in its history, said non-American passengers
included 62 Egyptians, two Sudanese, three Syrians
and one Chilean. There were 18 crew members,
It was the fourth time in three years that a major
search operation was launched in the region for a
plane lost at sea. The series of crashes began with
TWA Flight 800 off Long Island in July 1996, fol-
lowed by Swissair Flight Ill off Nova Scotia in
September 1998 and the single-engine plane carrying
John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister off
See CRASH, Page 7A
Big Ten student
focus on diversity
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
MADISON - Student government members from nine
Big Ten universities, including the Michigan Student
Assembly, tackled campus issues such as diversity, Title IX
and the administration-student relations at the Association of
Ten Students Fall 1999 Conference this weekend at the
University of Wisconsin at Madison.
"Our hope is that MSA can always come back from ABTS
with new ideas and concrete benefits for students," said MSA
President Bram Elias, an LSA senior.
"This year, the general assembly of Big Ten schools decid-
ed to have an emphasis on diversity," explained Wisconsin
senior Amelia Rideau, who coordinated the event.
Rideau, who is vice chair of the Associated Students of
Madison Student Council, said the resolution, which passed
after an extensive debate this summer, came in response to
"very few women, people of color and (the lesbian, gay,
1exual and transgender community) who have been present
at these conferences."
The emphasis on diversity resulted in a two-session work-
shop in which all 80 representatives participated. The first ses-
sion consisted of a series of "self-identifying exercises." During
these exercises, workshop leader Michael Franklin described a
category, and everyone who. identified with the description
would stand up.
The categories varied from derogatory names to perceptions
about different ethnic groups.
"When representatives of their campuses are trying to
earn diversity or implement diversity they have to con-
sider three major things - safety, comfort and sanity -
of not just everybody but specifically those groups who
have been and still are oppressed due to sexism, racism
and homophobia," Franklin said.
He defined sanity as "the ability to understand, compre-
hend and succeed on an academic level."
Representatives presented opposing views when Franklin
asked how they felt about the iconography of Native
Americans used for an athletic team's nickname.
"It's not demeaning," a representative from Ohio State
iversity's student government said, "It stands for some-
thing good, something strong."
But University of Iowa sophomore Azadeh Tavakoli
said "a lot of Native American children see themselves
made being made fun of on these hats and uniforms.
I've worked on research which has proven that the high
rates of alcoholism and suicide are a direct result of
She added that she has experienced these issues her-
self and witnessed them in her family.
During the second diversity workshop, delegates dis-
*sed, with their university representatives, diversity issues
relevant to each institution.
They then met as an entire delegation and shared their
"It was good to sit down and discuss diversity on a formal
See CONFERENCE, Page 7A
A woman cries at the Cairo, Egypt airport yesterday after being informed that her
relative was among the 217 passengers killed in the EgyptAir Flight 990 crash.
By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor City Council elections
often come and go without much
member turnover. But tomorrow's
round promises to be different.
Council elections will bring at least
three new faces to the 11 member coun-
cil with veterans retiring in Wards I, i,
'With two Republicans retiring,
Second Ward Rep. David Kwan and
Fourth Ward Rep. Patrick Putman, and
the absence of Republican candidates
in Wards I and III, the possibility of a
Democratic stronghold exists.
Currently, Democrats hold a seven to
four advantage on council. With eight
members, Democrats would hold a
super-majority, the total votes need-
ed to override vetoes by Republican
See ELECTIONS, Page 7A
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Engineering sophomore Jessica Ryu and Engineering first-year student Adam Forney lead runners
in the Walk for the Wild in Nichols Arboretum on Saturday.
o hosts walk to
san.vI.e Alaskan la..nds
By Asma Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Hoping to raise money and awareness in
support of the preservation of a 1.5 million
acre-coastal plain in the Alaskan wilderness,
more than 50 students participated in the Walk
for the Wild at Nichols Arboretum on Saturday.
SNRE senior Jenny Kerekes, an organizer of
the event, said that oil industry lobbyists keen
on developing the tract of land in remote north-
east Alaska could endanger life for the more
than 165 species living there.
"Area in tundra is a very fragile ecosystem
that has been developing for a very long time,"
Kerekes said. "Even a small presence (of oil
drilling) could disrupt the system."
British Petroleum Amoco and other oil giants
are lobbying Congress to open up the coastal
plain for oil drilling, claiming that new oil
developments are necessary to meet the world's
energy demands and advanced technology
makes it possible to drill without harming the
But groups such as the Sierra Club and the
Alaska Wilderness League warn that oil com-
panies have a track record of environiental
According to the Alaska Wilderness League,
hundreds of spills involving thousands of gal-
See WALK, Page 7A
By Nicole Tuttle
Daily Staff Reporter
LSA junior Bria Barker wasn't sure
what she wanted to do after graduation,
so she looked for an experience that
would focus her interests into a career.
Through the Minority International
Research Training program she discov-
ered a love for health issues and now
wants to study public health.
Founded in 1993, MIRT sends his-
torically underrepresented minorities
overseas to research biomedical and
behavioral science topics. The National
Institute of Health provided MIRT with
a $789,000 grant to continue its pro-
gram during the next four years.
The NIH supports the MIRT program
in more than 30 colleges and universities
nationwide. Participating students at the
University conduct their research in
Chile, South Africa and China.
With the new funding, MIRT's sites
will expand to include Costa Rica and
India, said Kate Restrick, director of the
University's Center for Human Growth
Undergraduate, graduate and med
ical students join research groups in the
different cities and are encouraged to
publish the results of their work.
"Research is the common denom-
inator between us and them," said
Kimberly Yee, a second-year med-
ical student who worked in China.
"But the language barrier was pretty
hard. It was the first time I had ever
been illiterate - I'd walk down the
street and not be able to read the
Some participants said cultural dif-
See MIRT, Page 2A
Senate proposal targets telemarketers
By Nick Bunkley
Daily Staff Reporter
A proposal being drafted by one state sena-
tor aiming to cut down on dinnertime interrup-
tions may also hinder phone solicitors' ability
to collect donations for the University.
Sen. Mike Goschka (R-Brant) is drawing up
legislation that would restrict the times tele-
marketers can place calls at night and said he
hopes to introduce a series of bills to the Senate
floor by the end of this month.
"It dawned on me after talking to my con-
stituents that something needs to be done to
allow people to eat in peace," Goschka said. "I
wish you could just pass laws to eliminate
them (telemarketers), but you can't.".
But Telefund Director Leah Hoover said a
law that restricts the organization, which solic-
its donations from alumni, from calling in the
"This would really put a damper on our
fundraising efforts. "
- Leah Hoover
ter 5 p.m., but he is also considering a
in calls only between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
gan law currently permits telemarketing
o be placed between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
over said Telefund employees solicit
ions from alumni between 6 p.m. and 10
n weeknights and during four-hour peri-
n Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
e current time frame for us works well,"
er said. "After 9, we just phone people out
h year, Hoover said, Telefund raises more
money to their alma mater, she would like to see
a differentiation made that between fundraising
organizations and commercial sales calls.
"We are the not-for-profits?' she said. "If
there is any change in the policies I would hope
they would look at the source of the calls."
Goschka said his bills would tighten time
restrictions on all telemarketing calls, because
he is concerned about protecting Michigan res-
idents from unwanted "nuisance calls:"
-People get really emotional over this issue,"
Goschka said. "They don't like to be bothered"
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