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Today: Cloudy. High 64. Low
Tomorrow: Sunny. High 73.


One hundred eight years of editoria-l freedom

September 10, 1999

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UN pulls
from East
DILI, Indonesia (AP) - The United
Nations evacuated its embattled com-
pound in East Timor today, leaving but
a skeleton crew to continue working to
bring the territory to full nationhood.
The pullout came after the workers
spent several days trapped in the
besieged compound. Among those
*cuating was U.N. mission head Ian
Martin, wearing a light blue flak jacket
and riding on the back of one of the
trucks heading for the airport. Some
gunfire was heard in the distance.
Yesterday, the Roman Catholic
Church accused pro-Indonesian militi-
amen of targeting nuns and priests in
predominantly Catholic East Timor,
where voters have overwhelmingly
chosen independence from mostly
Apslim Indonesia.
"The world is talking and we're
dying," nun Esmeralda de Araujo was
quoted as saying by the Vatican's news-
paper 'Osservatore Romano. "It's hell
here and I'd like to cry out to everybody
to save us" ''
Keeping the U.N. compound func-
tioning is considered key to the world
body's plans to give East Timor nation
status after its people voted over-
elmingly on Aug. 30 for indepen-
Mnce from Indonesia, which invaded
in 1975. The result triggered a backlash
of looting, burning and killing by anti-
independence militias. The Indonesian
army had pledged to ensure security.
More than 200,000 East Timorese
have been forced to leave their home-
land, U.N. officials said. More than
50,000 were shipped to militia-run
camps in West Timor, where refugees
ld of iassacres and arson attacks by
i-independence militias either backed
or led by Indonesian army units.
International outrage grew yesterday
with the Pentagon suspending official
relations with the Indonesian military,
and foreign ministers at an Asia-Pacific
summit demanding that Indonesian
leaders stop the rampaging militias.
While some countries advocated an
international peacekeeping force, key
tions shied away from committing
ops absent an invitation from the
Indonesian government. NATO said it
wouldn't take part in such a force.
In Washington, Gen. Henry Shelton,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
told the Senate Armed Services
Committee yesterday that the crisis pre-
sents no threat to U.S. national interests
that would justify sending American
troops. Shortly after, President Clinton
suspended relations with Indonesia's
.litary and insisted its government
ow in international peacekeepers.
Leaf fire
cuts into
Law Quad
at -
By Nick Bunkley

and Jewel Gopwani
Daily Staff Reporters
A fire in the Law Library last night
interrupted students studying inside the
building but did not cause any signifi-
qnt damage.
Ann Arbor Fire Department
Battalion Chief James Breslin said a
significant buildup of leaves above the
underground portion of the Law
Library near Tappan Avenue and
Monroe Street caught fire shortly after
10:30 p.m.
"We were just chatting and enjoying
the autumn smell of leaves burning and
T en we turned around and saw it was
tually a fire," said a female witness
who did not want to be identified.
Breslin said the cause of the fire has
not been determined but the leaves may
have been ignited by a smoldering cig-
The flames were contained within a
mechanical snare below cnete tiles


ad aims to curb drinking

By Asma Rafeeq
Daily Staff Reporter
Full-page ads for "binge beer" in several
national newspapers today might surprise readers.
But after a quick read it's clear that the tongue-
in-cheek "beer ads," supported by 113 university
presidents including University President Lee
Bollinger, actually aim to raise public awareness of
the dangers of binge drinking.
"It's important for the University to address

this problem in a variety of ways," Bollinger said.
"No decent university can stand by and be inactive
in the face of binge drinking."
Experts define binge drinking as consuming
five or more successive drinks for men and four or
more successive drinks for women.
The ad features a beer bottle labeled "Binge
Beer" with the headline "Hitting college campus-
es this fall."
Text underneath the bottle reads in part: "It's

tough to be a college kid today. That's why we
developed Binge Beer ... v e understand that
sometimes you just need five or si drinks the
night before that big test ... ho z say hlling off a
balcony is such a bad thing' And vhat. a n occa-
sional riot? Or even a little assault betw een
But the ad campaign. launched by the National
Association of State Universities and Land-Grant
Colleges, is not targeting college students, said

Band under new



By Samantha Walsh
Daily Staff Reporter
This Saturday, as a stadium
packed with more than 111,500
screaming fans anticipated the
beginning of another Michigan
Football season, Music senior
Greg Whittmore tried desperately
not to lose his lunch.
"I almost threw up, standing
there waiting to run, out of the
tunnel; I was so nervous!"
Whittmore said laughing after
Wednesday's band practice at
Elbel Field.
Saturday's game against Notre
Dame marked Whittmore's debut
- Michigan's 42nd marching
band drum major.
Whittmore has big shoes to fill
after three-year drum major
Ramon Johnson graduated last
"Ramon Johnson wrote the
book on Michigan marching, but
Greg has been doing an awe-
some job," said Engineering
sophomore Ken Maschke, who
is also a member of the
Michigan Marching Band. "To
be that good, you have to love
what you do."
But love is not everything when
it comes to getting the job.
In March, drum major candi-
dates plunged into an extensive
selection process, including an

lpIn '99
application with essays regarding
the band member's philosophy and
qualifications, interviews and an
audition. The audition consists of
performing a full routine and
delivering an inspirational speech
in front of the entire marching
"The Michigan Marching Band
has a high standard and a tradition
to live up to," band Director James
Tapia said. "We look for someone
who is inspired as well as inspir-
ing." .
During auditions last spring,
Whittmore admits his confidence
level was high. He conducted his
high school band, played the clar-
inet for Michigan his sophomore
year and was assistant drum major
last year.
Despite his qualifications and
confidence, Whittmore felt the
need to practice other skills tradi-
tionally performed by the drum
"I'd come out here all summer
and work out," Whittmore said.
"There are a lot of traditions that
haven't changed, thingsl have to
know how to do."
Whittmore explained that the
famous back bend drum majors do
before every game was first per-
formed by a drum major many
years ago who was missing a ver-

Steve MacCarthy, the Executive Director of
University Relations at Penn State University.
"The point is really to make parents as well as
opinion-makers aware of the problem:'
MacCarthy said. "We're hoping parents will sit
dox n and talk to their kids about the issue."
He cited the 1997 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
which found that more than one-third of first-year
college students are already drinkers when they
See BOLUNGER, Page 2
I dies in 'u'
0 Details sparse in death
of 47-year-old woman
From stif reports
A 47-year-old woman whose identi-
ty has not been released by Department
of Public Safety officials was found
dead yesterday afternoon on the fourth
floor of a parking structure adjacent to
the Taubman Health Care Center.
DPS officials are not ruling out
any possible causes of the woman's
death, although University
spokesperson Julie Peterson said
officials consider suicide a "distinct
"There isn't any evidence of foul
play at this time," Peterson said, but she
reiterated that "the police are investi-
gating a number of possibilities.
Among them is the possibility that this
is a suicide, but they have not ruled out
Peterson said the woman was already
dead when DPS officers arrived at the
scene after receiving a phone call
around 3 p.m. yesterday.
She also could not confirm whether
the woman was affiliated with the
University in any way and whether the
woman was involved in a client-
patient relationship with University
"I couldn't confirm it one way or
another," she said.
Peterson said she could not confirm
if there are any witnesses to the
woman's death, but said she does not
EDatly believe there are any.
Local TV media reported yesterday
that the woman's death was a murder,
saying she had been shot.
Peterson described the reports as
rumors and said none of the reports had
been confirmed by official University
ated She added that DPS investigators
from definitely are not in the mindset to be
n - looking for a suspect or collecting
yball information about a potential suspect
State in the women's death at this point in
the time.
outh "Evidence does not lead us to
East believe that anyone using the parking
structure is in danger," Peterson said.
ident The Washtenaw County Medical
[this Examiner is expected to add crucial
very- information from the autopsy to the
rally DPS investigation within the next few
t the days, Peterson said.
cam- Peterson said the parking center will
not be closed, although the fourth floor
nual was partitioned off following the dis-
foot- covery of the woman's body yesterday
ige 2 while DPS officials investigated the
crime scene.

Canr featured a
pep rally today

By Jodie Kaufman
For the Daily
The biggest party of the
weekend will attract some
of the campus' most well-
known personalities.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
today, Michigan Football
coach Lloyd Carr, Athletic
Director Tom Goss, Vice
President for Student
Affairs E. Royster Harper
and the Wolverine captains
will speak to thousands of
spirited fans at the Alpha
Delta Phi football pep rally.
The entire 425-member
Michigan .marching band,
the dance and cheerleading

teams and an estim
5,000 fans will spillf
the fraternity's front law
usually a sand volley
court - into Southc
Street. For two hours,
street will close from S
University Avenue to
Madison Street.
Alpha Delta Phi Pres
Brandon Armitage said
event "is open for ev
one." He added the pep
is "a great way to ge
Greek name acrossc
After 20 years, the an
pep rally has become af

TOP: Music senior Greg Whittmore leads the Michigan Marching Band during the Notre Dame
game last weekend. ABOVE: Engineering seniors Branton Cole and Jeff Poniatowksi hang a
banner from the balcony of the Alpha Delta Phi house yesterday in preparation for today's pep

I L.

Rosh Hashanah heralds new
year, rekindles old dilennas

By Anand Giridharadas
For the Daily
The season of the Jewish High Holy
Days begins tonight with Rosh
Hashanah, the celebration of a New
Year and new possibilities. For thou-
sands of Jewish students at the
University, though, the day will mean
classes as usual, and the perennial
tradeoff between religious and academ-
ic obligations.

for private ceremonies and family gath-
erings, and administrators have advised
faculty to make "every reasonable
effort" to accommodate those students.
But a handful of student religious
leaders feel the University's policy of
accommodation often falls short in the
eyes of the students they represent.
In its effort to balance the academic
functions of the University with the
needs of an increasinglv diverse student

Jewish holidays as a student, said LSA
junior Heather Dreyfuss, during a Hillel
open house Tuesday evening.
LSA junior Sarah Mohiuddin, a
Muslim Student Association board
member, conveyed a similar outlook.
When asked if academic commitments
had ever discouraged her from observ-
ing a Muslim holiday, she immediately
answered, "Definitely."
Last year, on the final day of

Rice lost its opener last week at the University
of Houston, 28-3. Rice's triple option offense
could pose problems for the Blue defense which
has looked vulnerable to the option in the past.
Both Tom Brady and Drew Henson will see
time at quarterback a gain, following the
rotation used against Notre Dame.

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