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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 19, 2001- 7

President-elect Bush dances with singer Ricky Martin during the Presidential inaugural Opening Celebration at the
xincoln Memorial in Washington yesterday.

Continued from Page 1
ciate Lisa Konkol, who faces mobility
challenges, also finds the curb cuts
"The curb cut is not clear, with ridges
or piles of snow at the base, giving me
the need for seamless walking," she
said. "I have relied on the kindness of
others to literally lend a helping hand to
help me step over the icy, unshoveled
curbs, so I would not trip or fall."
Konkol said she has found certain
buildings to be inaccessible because of
a limited number of handicapped spots.
She also said there are not enough
"explicitly marked handicapped spaces
in lots, especially at the old School of
Public Health Building and the Taub-
man Medical Library."
"In my opinion, more spaces are
needed. There is only a limited num-
ber of spots, especially near curb cuts,
and when there is no availability, I'm
stuck," Konkol said.
Brown said the University tries to
keep sidewalks and entrances to build-
ings as clear and safe as possible. As far
as safety is concerned, Brown said, there
have been no serious injuries reported.
Brown said the University places
priorities on ambulance routes, bus
routes and access to classroom build-
ings, as opposed to other buildings not
used as frequently,
"We try to get the snow melted
because of the obvious dangerous
situations, but the unusually cold
weather is a compounding problem,"
Brown said.
While the University is responsible
for its properties, students must walk
on city and private property on the
way to class as well. In the city, prop-
erty owners are responsible for remov-
ing snow and clearing sidewalks, Ann
Arbor Senior Operations Analyst Dean
Bowerbank said.
"We clear the corner routes for
accessibility for everyone," Bower-
bank said. "We try and take on that

The Associated Press
Reports of low wages, forced over-
time and physical abuse at a garment
factory in Mexico have raised eye-
brows of officials at Indiana, Purdue
and other universities in the Worker
Rights Consortium.
The consortium, which monitors
factories for sweatshop conditions, is
sending a delegation to the Kukdong
International-Mexico apparel factory
in Puebla tomorrow to see whether
allegations of workers' rights viola-
tions can be substantiated.
The Korean-owned and operated
factory produces sweat shirts that bear
the logos of Indiana, Purdue and sever-
al other universities, as well as apparel
for Nike, according to the consortium.
Jenny McDaniel, Indiana University's
director of licensing and trademarks,
said Indiana will wait for the delega-
tion's findings before taking action.
"Our goal is not to terminate any
licenses, but we have that in our
power," McDaniel said. "Obviously,
terminating someone's license ends
up in lost jobs.

"We don't want to just cut the con-
tract with the factory, we want to have
them fix the problems," McDanil
Joachim Deguara, member of Purdue
Students Against Sweatshops, agreed.
"We don't want families having
these bad conditions, we want them to
improve," he said.
About 800 factory workers went on
strike last week to protest low pay,
forced overtime, denied wagesviola-
tion of child-labor laws and wrongful
firing, according to the WRC. Several
of those workers have since returned to
the factory, according to a statement
on wvwwnikebizcom.
Nike also is looking into the alIga-
tions. The Nike Website also stats
that a United States-based labort'hts
organization has provided an expet in
local labor law to assist in resolving
the situation.
When he learned of the strike,
Deguara drafted a letter denouncing
the conditions and asked Purdue Presi-
dent Martin Jischke to sign it. Jischke
instead released a statement of his

WRC to examine labo
allegations in Mexico

Continued from Page 1.
Love Ricky" signs distributed by a radio station. "Ricky
Martin was the main reason I came,"said Crystal Wicker
of Washington, D.C. "But I also wanted to be part of his-
The 3:30 to 6 p.m. gala and fireworks did not create
the traffic jams feared by police, who had warned against
holding such an event at the peak of the evening rush
Many federal employees took advantage of a liberal
leave policy and stayed home, and low clouds partly
veiled the fireworks display, preventing it from distract-
ing more motorists.
Instead, it was gridlock yesterday at the curbsides of'
Washington hotels. Across town, the stretch limousines .
of Bush supporters backed up and lbbies overflowed
with Texans and their luggage. Outside the Madison
Hotel on 15th Street NW. sleek black limos sat purring at
every corner, their drivers munching on chili dogs
between drop-offs. Some people chose to stay dry by
donning black cowboy hats instead of' raising urnbrellas
against the light rain.

At the St. Regis Hotel at 16th and K streets NW, head
concierge Jim Roberts fielded urgent requests from his
out-of-town guests: Personal drivers for the limo-less,
dog sitters for those who do not want to leave their pets
unattended during the inauguration and, perhaps the
most difficult request of all, coveted hairstyling appoint-
ments for tomorrow afternoon before the inaugural
The hotel is booked with Texans and New Yorkers
who, incidentally, are getting along just fine, Roberts
said. "Why shouldn't they?" he added. "They're all
In addition to the two-hour, rapid-fire program of'
recording artists who performed at the Lincoln Memori-
al, yesterday's festivities included three candlelight din-
ners for 6,000 Bush backers who had donated at least
52,500- and in many cases S100,000 to the inau-
The public celebration continues today with programs
in tribute to American authors and veterans, a youth con-
cert at MCI Center and the Black Tie & Boots ball spon-
sored by the Texas State Society. Bush's swearing-in is to
occur tomorrow, followed by the inaugural parade and
evening balls.



Continued from Page 1.
that brought unprecedented economic prosperity-
along with a humiliating sex scandal and bitter
impeachment battle.
While Clinton boasted of economic good times,
he hmade no mention of the Monica Lewinsky sex-
and-lies scandal that roiled his presidency or the
impeachment battle that followed.
The president, speaking for seven minutes in a
pime-time, televised speech, said he leaves office
"more idealistic, more full of hope than the day I
#rrived and more confident than-ever that America's
best days lie ahead." He said there is no higher posi-
tion than president but that "there is no title I will
wear more proudly than that of citizen."
Two days before Bush's inauguration, the immi-
: cent change of command was apparent at the White
House. Clinton's aides stripped his photos from the
walls and packed personalpapersinto b kes. Com-
puter drives'verebeing archived and clcared forthe
L'incoming administration. Clinton's staff was to lose*
mail capability at the end of the day.
Emphasizing that the United States must remain a
world leader, Clinton said, "We must remember that
America cannot lead in the world unless here at
home we weave the threads of our coat of many col-
ors into the fabric of one America."

"As we become more diverse,' Clinton said, "we
must work harder to unite around our common val-
ues - and our common humanity."
Clinton said he was proudly grateful to Americans
for the chance to serve two terms - the first Democ-
rat since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be twice elected.
"This has been a time of dramatic transformation,
and you have risen to every new challenge," the pres-
ident said. "You have made our passage into the
global information age an era of great American
He said he had been guided by the values of
opportunity and responsibility for all and had tried to
give America "a new kind of government - smaller,
more modern, more effective, full of new ideas and
policies appropriate to this new time. Working
together, America has done well."
As he has many times, Clinton boasted that Amer-
ica is enjoying its longest economic expansion in
history, with more than 22 million new jobs and the
lowest unemploement in 30 years. Still, the incoming
Bush administration says it is worried about signs of
an economic slowdown.
Clinton said his administration had achieved
progress across the board, fighting crime, reduc-
ing welfare rolls and expanding college opportuni-
"Incomes are rising across the board. Our air and
waterare cleaner. Our food and drinking water is

safer. And more of our precious land has been pre-
served than at any time in 100 years. And America
has been a force for peace and prosperity in every
corner of the globe.
"I am glad to be able to turn over the reins of lead-
ership to a new president with America in a great
position to meet the challenges of the future" Clin-
ton said.
It was the latest, but not the final, goodbye from
the nation's 42nd president. A farewell ceremony is
planned at the airport tomorrow as he leaves Wash-
ington after Bush's inauguration, and a welcoming
rally awaits Clinton soon after at Kennedy Interna-
tional Airport in New York. He also will have a final
radio address tomorrow.
Outside the White House, Pennsylvania Avenue
was lined with thousands of bleachers and a gleam-
ing white presidential reviewing stand for the inau-
gural parade. Bush was in residence at the Blair
House, the presidential guest house.
Clinton leaves office with some of the highest job
approval ratings of any president in the last half-cen-
tury, although many Americans have doubts about
him personally. An ABC News-Washington Post poll
showed that 65 percent approve of his job perfor-
mance, about the same as the job approval rating
Ronald Reagan had at the end of his term. The same
poll found that three-fourths said he lacked high
moral and ethical standards.

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