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For Regent Dan Horning (R-Grand
Haven) Ford's visit was especially note-
The East Grand Rapids-native said he
has followed Ford's carrier from his days
as his representative in the U.S. House to
his tenure in the White House.
Horning said yesterday's naming
approval wasn't only the regents or the
administration giving gratitude to Ford's
years of service, but "this is your whole
Michigan family saying thank you."
Ford later held a press conference
addressing questions including affir-
mative action and next year's presi-
dential elections.
Responding to the two lawsuits
filed against the University in 1997
challenging the University's use of

race as afactor in undergraduate and
Law School admissions processes,
Ford said he approves of the
University's policy.
"I was tremendously impressed," Ford
said. " I have always been against cate-
gorical and numerical quotas ... and I
hope the courts will take an objective
look at Michigan's policy."
Addressing Public Policy students in
the audience, Ford said a political life can
be gratifying but taxing at the same time.
"Politics is a noble profession,"
Ford said. "But, I don't want to mis-
lead you - there are some great draw-
backs to a live in public service."
LSA sophomore Kevin Nowak said
he wanted to see the former president
in person. "This is a bit of history
being made and I wanted to see it
happen first hand," he said.
- Daily Staff Reporter Nika Schulte
contributed to this report.

Continued from Page 1
early in the budget process to tell whether
Gov. John Engler's proposed higher edu-
cation budget would recognize the
University's two proposed initiatives.
"It's a good way for us to communi-
cate with the policy makers some of the
areas where we feel it's important to be
making investments," Wilbanks said.
"Even though they may not fund them,
it's a way to say, 'Here's our plan."'
Regent Larry Deitch (D-Bloomfield
Hills) said he supports the request and the
regents wouldn't ask for more money than
necessary to maintain aquality institution.
"The University advocates funding for
programs we think are.critical to our mis-
sion," Deitch said.
One initiative calls for the creation of
an environmental learning community as
well as another residential community

health sciences that eventually would be
tied to the Life Sciences Institute.
Cantor said the University also
would like to use the requested infor-
mation technology funds to upgrade
computer hardware and software, hire
additional support staff and wire the
campus to accommodate future techno-
logical advances. The University also
hopes to invest more money in devel-
oping fields such as bio-informatics.
"This is an area we'll be putting a lot
of emphasis on,' Cantor said. "This is
just the tip of the iceberg."
Regent Andrea Fischer Newman (R-
Ann Arbor) said both initiatives are
"extremely important" but was skeptical
that the state would be willing to finance
them and still be able to provide ade-
quate funding to the other 14 institutions.
"I think all the universities have wish
lists," Newman said. "We all try to be
reasonable in our requests."

Congress arrives at spending agreement
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders from both parties and President
Clinton spent much of yesterday congratulating themselves over a nearly $400 bil-
lion spending agreement that ran headlong into a regional brawl over dairy prices
in the Senate after winning easy House passage.
House approval of the hefty spending package, the final installment of this year's
$1.8 trillion annual budget, came on a 296-135 tally. In the Senate, two Democr
used parliamentary maneuvers to stall a related temporary spending measure, and the
tactics threatened to close seven departments of the federal government at midnight.
White House and congressional negotiators reached agreement on the overall
spending package, which combined five appropriations measures into one, with a
host of adjustments. They included a 0.38 percent across-the-board budget cut, a
one-day delay in the September military payday and more than $30 billion in
accounting gimmicks that helped finance new teachers, and police, depayment of
the United States' debt to the United Nations and provide debt relief for poor
The package allowed both Republicans and Democrats to claim they had bal-
anced the budget without touching the Social Security Trust Fund.
"This budget is a victory, and a hard-won victory, for the American peopl@
Clinton said during a conference of European leaders in Turkey.



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have fallen like a rock this season, sporting a 6-5 record.
If Ohio State doesn't win today, the Buckeyes will spend the
holiday season at home for the first time since 1988. That alone
leaves the Wolverines wary of their rivals to the south.
"Being an underdog in this game means nothing," coach
Lloyd Carr said. "They are playing for a bowl, so you know they
will come out ready."
Carr already has learned about taking a wounded Ohio State
team lightly. In 1987, the Buckeyes were finishing a lackluster
season that would eventually get coach Earle Bruce fired. They
were big underdogs coming into Michigan Stadium but
emerged with a 23-20 win.
That happened to be Ohio State's last victory at Michigan
"We were huge favorites in this game," Carr said. "We went
up 13-0 in the first half, but they came back to beat us. It just
shows how competitive this game is."

The Wolverines fully realize the ramifications of today's
game. Michigan, smarting from a 31-16 beating at the hands
of the Buckeyes last year, know how important the game real-
ly is.
"I didn't fully understand the rivalry until we lost to them last
year," Hendricks said. "I felt so bad because I didn't play my
best game and I don't want to feel that way again."
While Ohio State doesn't possess a lot of the components that
it rode to a 1 1-1 record last season, it does have quite a bit of tal-
ent. The Wolverines acknowledge the skill of the Buckeyes and
respect how the Buckeyes won last year.
"You have a lot of respect for guys that beat you like that,'
quarterback Tom Brady said. "Games like this are the reason
you come to Michigan."
So it doesn't matter if this year's Michigan-Ohio State game
isn't as high on the national scale. Helmets will be butting and
pads will be cracking tomorrow at Michigan Stadium,
"You can throw the records out when you play this game,"
Hendricks said. "When Ohio State plays Michigan, records
mean nothing."

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U.S. takes lead in
crash investigation
Egyptian experts arrived to help
unravel the mystery of the EgyptAir
Flight 990 crash, a top Justice
Department official made clear yes-
terday that the United States will not
be bound by Cairo's wishes in deter-
mining how best to move ahead with
the investigation.
"We are certainly going to be work-
ing with the Egyptians ... but I would
not say anything iscontingent upon the
approval of the Egyptian government,"
said Deputy Attorney General Eric
Holder, the top deputy to Attorney
General Janet Reno.
That tough stance could set up a
diplomatic showdown with a key ally
if Egypt continues to insist that the
U.S. government is rushing to con-
demn EgyptAir co-pilot Gamil
Batouty, who investigators suspect
may have intentionally crashed the
Boeing 767.
Egyptian citizens and government

officials alike stepped up their criti-
cism yesterday of the U.S. investiga-
tors' keen interest in Batouty and the
prayer that he was heard to utter on the
plane's cockpit voice recorder just
before the jet began its descent, killing
all 217 people on board in the Oct. 3
Activists skeptical of
tobacco Settlement
NEW YORK - Big Tobacco's big
payout is about to begin, but leaders of
the anti-smoking movement aren't cel-
Too many states, they say, are
treating their cut of the $206 billi
settlement as a multi-purpose bd
get booster rather than as ammuni-
tion for a decisive assault on under-
age smoking.
Water projects in North Dakota or
new jails in Southern California are
not what smoking opponents envi-
sioned a year ago when five major
tobacco companies signed the settle-
ment with 46 states.

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Mitchell to revive
Ulster Peace Process
MADRID - Former Senate
majority leader George Mitchell, a
man who has worked near-miracles
in Northern Ireland, pulled another
surprise out of his hat yesterday as
he called on the contending forces
there to take the steps required to
revive the peace process - in a sin-
gle day.
As he ended his Il-week "review" of
the stalemate in the embattled British
province, Mitchell said the only way to
resolve the endless chicken-and-egg
arguments about which side should act
first would be for everybody to agree to
act on the same day.
"I believe that a basis now exists for
devolution to occur, for the (govern-
ment) to be established, and for decom-
missioning to take place as soon as
possible," he said.
The response to Mitchell's simple
but daring proposal was surprisingly
conciliatory. Leaders in nearly all quar-

ters of Northern Ireland's sharply divid-
ed political landscape agreed tha tthe
66-year-old American has once again
brought a degree of order out of chaos.
This is not to say that Mitchell's o-
day plan will be accepted. In partic,
there is evident unhappiness in some
corners of the province's Protestant
Clinton protested b
anarchists in Greece
ATHENS, Greece - When the
American president arrives s
evening for a state visit, the commi ,
a tiny band of black-clad anarchists,
will join in wider street protests against
what they call U.S. bullying in the
"It's beyond our ability to stop his
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expresses its views with firebombs.
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