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Jenner & Block, the firm that prepared
,the brief, said the brief was spearheaded
by Grand Rapids-based Steelcase Inc.
and 3M, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn.
"This was not in any way something
.that the University orchestrated,"
Mehrberg said. "Each company acted
independently. We are trying to create
an opportunity for companies to speak
their view. The companies have come
from every sector of the economy and
every region of the country. It is a broad
based, representative view of America's
Of some controversy is the brief's
inclusion of oil giant Texaco. The com-
pany, which just recently announced a
10() billion merger with Chevron, was
accused of racial discrimination in
But both Mehrberg and University
.Deputy General Counsel Liz Bariy said
they are impressed by Texaco's commit-
ment to diversity.
"We think Texaco had something
substantial to contribute. We are pleased
to have them as a participant,"
"pa' value the support of all the cor-
por-ations that signed on; Barry added.
Company spokespeople agreed affir-
mative action is vital in maintaining a
diverse pool of job applicants and the
workforce. A majority of the corpora-
tions included in the brief recruit from
the University. Dow Chemicals has
more than 500 University alumni and
Steelcase CEO James Hackett is a Uni-
Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan
said the Redmond, Wash.-based com-
: puter giant likes to attract a diverse
workforce as well. "Microsoft recruits
from great institutions such as the Uni-
versity of Michigan, and support those
institutions' efforts to encourage aI
diverse student body to enter and excel
in study programs in high-technology
_fields," he said.
"That's our pool of talent for the
future," said Chuck Mulloy, a
spokesman for Intel. Mulloy added that
the University's policy in admissions is
"consistent to the way we hire."
Paul Allen, Kodak's manager of cor-
porate media relations, said "greater
diversity is a pre-requisite for a compa-
ny like Kodak to have a diverse work-
force. We were more motivated by the
issue than anything."
"They should lead" the fight for
affirmative action, he said, "to make
sure the doors are open to give all peo-
ple an equal shot at the American
dream" Joseph Stewart, Kellogg senior
vice president and ethics officer, said.
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) - Ending
an emergency summit fraught with anger and
mistrust, Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed
yesterday to publicly urge an end to a burst of
bloody conflict and to consult within two weeks
on restarting the ravaged Mideast peace
In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, new vio-
lence flared even as marathon negotiations in
this Red Sea resort reached a finale.
That cast doubt on whether a concerted
effort by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat could
halt chaotic street clashes between Israeli
troops and Palestinian stone-throwers and
gunmen that raged for a 20th day.
Israeli security forces "will be meticulous
in their efforts to end the violence and prevent
further loss of life,' Barak said in Jerusalem,
responding to a provision in the agreement
requiring each of the leaders to make a public
statement denouncing the violence.
lingers ater summit
In a statement issued late yesterday, the ed only by a four-hour rest period, President
Palestinian leadership said, "Our people will Clinton said, "We have made important com-
not initiate violence, but our people were the mitments here today against a backdrop of
victims of this violence." tragedy and crisis. Repairing the damage
Earlier yesterday, as he returned to Gaza, will take time and great effort by all of us:'
Arafat told reporters, "We expect that the imple- The talks were complex ones, involving
mentation will be exactly as we agreed upon." seven parties -- Israel and the Palestinians,
Barak said the agreement contained "clear the United States, the United Nations,
understandings" on ways to calm tensions. Egypt, Jordan and the European Union.
"If the Palestinian side sticks to it and we do Clinton held more than 20 meetings, the
our part, and there really is a calming down, White House said.
then this is a significant change." Underscoring the depths of the bitterness
Soon after the deal was announced, the lingering between the parties, the agree-
militant Islamic group Hamas said it was not ments that emerged from the summit were
bound by it. And in the latest wave of vio- described as "understandings," with no for-
lence, two Palestinians were killed yesterday mal signing taking place.
in fierce gunbattles, pushing the death toll The "understandings" included taking
above 100, nearly all of them Palestinians. some practical steps to cool tensions, such as
An Israeli policeman was critically lifting Israel's blockade of the West Bank
wounded in a Jerusalem firefight. and Gaza, reopening the Gaza airport and
Reading a carefully worded statement at instituting measures to separate the two sides
the conclusion of 28 hours of talks interrupt- at points of friction.
Palestinian youths hurl rocks and bottles during clashes
yesterday in Bethlehem yesterday.
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