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January 4, 2001

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.Mich. Sen.

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fruitful finish

asked to

join Bush's
Cabinet
tLoie Melzish
Daily Staff Reporter
A day before his Democratic succes-
sor was sworn in as Michigan's junior
senator yesterday, Republican Spencer
Abraham accepted President-elect
George W. Bush's nomination to head
the U.S. Energy Department.
During a press conference to
nnounce his nomination, Abraham said
the nation has "vast resources" that are
"crucial to our country's security"
"We can make good use of them,
while at the same time, I believe, meet-
ing our responsibilities as good stewards
for the land, the air and the water," he
said.
Abraham, who was defeated in his re-
election bid by Debbie Stabenow, ini-
tially seemed to be the front-runner for
daransportation secretary, but instead
ush gave that position to current Sec-
retary of Commerce Norman Mineta, a
Democrat.
Abraham has drawn much praise
from local energy companies and mem-
bers of his party, but conservation
groups are anything but thrilled about
his nomination.
"He is an advocate of big auto and oil
companies that cause global warming.
dye think he's a bad choice for the
department and for the environment,"
said Philip Radford, a climate cam-
paigner with Greenpeace USA. "He has
consistently voted against clean-air
measures."
But Abraham has also been showered
with praise.
Charles MacInnis, director of news
and information for Consumers Energy,
said, "We've had a working relationship
vith Senator Abraham on some interna-
ional projects. He was very helpful in
moving those projects"
MacInnis added that under the Clin-
ton administration "we don't really have
an energy policy."
"The demand for electricity is rising
and the supply is not keeping up. The
price of natural gas has tripled in the last-
year," Macinnis said.
Anthony Earley, chairman and chief
Oxeutive officer of DTE Energy, said in
a written statement that Abraham is
"familiar with restructuring and deregu-
lation of the electric industry throughout
the county We believe that his nomina-
See ABRAHAM, Page 5A
Man tried
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repeatedl
By Jacquelyn Nixon
DailyStaff Reporter

Michigan
edges Auburn
in Citrus Bowl
By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Editor

ORLANDO - ABC was billing the Florida Citrus Bowl
as Anthony Thomas vs. Auburn's Rudi Johnson, but it quickly
became apparent that the featured matchup would be Thomas
vs. himself, or Thomas vs. Jamie Morris.
n eSThomas, the senior, rolled over the
prtshursd forTigers with 182 yards and two touch-
complete coverage downs, helping Michigan to a 31-28
oeteoerageit victory. His first score came on an
Bd s -yard scamper near the end of the
second quarter, and that attempt
broke Michigan's record for career rushing yards, held by
oMorris since 1987.
Morris, now a member of the athletic department, was on
hand to witness the changing of the guard.
"It hasn't really set in on me,"Thomas said.
With the record-breaking fun out of the way early, the
Wolverines went about the business of closing out Auburn.
Michigan increased a seven-point halftime lead to 10 by the start
of the fourth quarter to place itself in control of the ballgame.
Miscues by the Tigers prevented them from hacking into
the deficit until Ben Leard found Deandre Green on a 21-yard
touchdown strike with 2:26 remaining in the game.
By then, all Michigan had to do was fall on the onside kick
(which it did, courtesy of Ronald Bellamy) and run out the clock
(which it did, courtesy of Thomas and Drew Henson).
. t 2Auburn's fourth quarter mistakes ruined what could have
JESSICAJOHNSON/Daily become a successful comeback. Trailing by 10 with 13 min-
ABOVE: Members of the Michigan football team celebrate after scoring a touchdown In the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando on New Years utes left in the fourth, the usually-reliable Damon Duval had
Day. BELOW: Wide receiver David Terrell speaks to reporters after the game. See CITRUS, Page 6A
Future unclear for 'M' stars

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Editor
ORLANDO -- In the next two weeks, the Michigan
offense may suffer even more losses on offense than the
graduation of Anthony Thomas and a senior dominated
offensive line.
Wide receiver David Terrell and quarterback Drew Henson
will officially announce whether they will return for their
senior seasons before the NFL Draft deadline on Jan. 12.
With all likeliness, Terrell will enter the April draft, after
the Virginia Dispatch received faxed quotes from Terrell

sent by his uncle Bruce Terrell stating that the wideout
plans to forgo his senior year at Michigan and turn pro.
"The final decision, I think, will be to enter the 2001
draft," the newspaper quoted Terrell as saying. "I have been
told my draft stock is very high in the first round. I must
leave school early because of personal financial reasons.
My uncle and my mom have supported me enough. There-
fore, since I'm able to move on., I must."
Terrell later said he didn't like how the announcement
panned out, refuting the state ment;,lie said a f ter the Cit-
rus Bowl he will still need tiue to sit dow N with coach
See PLAYERS, Page 6A

Cantor family,

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reach settleme

An Ann Arbor resident's family
Wourned the death of a man who leapt
from the Maynard Street parking struc-
ture on Dec. 14. This was his third sui-
cide attempt from the structure.
Following standard procedure, offi-
cers tried to talk the man down from the
structure before he plunged to his death.
Although standing next to a person
about to commit suicide is a difficult sit-
uation the police encounter regularly,
Detective Rich Kinsey, who was on the
scene during the suicide, said it is not
£he hardest aspect of that type of situa-
ion.
The victim had relatives walking
through town when the incident
occurred, Kinsey said. They identified
the victim's jacket from afar and came
closer to the scene.
"The toughest part is the aftermath -
dealing with the family," Kinsey said.
Lt. Khurum Sheikh, who was pre-
ent for the man's second attempt on
ct. 23, said the period between the
man's first and second attempts was
about two days. Sheikh said the
standard procedure for a suicide
attempt is to take the person to an
emergency facility where they eval-
uated by a psychiatrist.

By Jaimie Winkler
Daily News Editor
The family of Courtney Cantor, who died in
1998 after falling from her sixth-floor window,
agreed earlier this week to settle a lawsuit against
the University.
George Cantor, Courtney's father, said the
family has made settlement arrangements, but
could not comment on the terms of the agree-
ment until it is finalized in court. The parties are
scheduled to appear in Washtenaw Circuit Court
on Jan. 10.
Courtney Cantor fell from her Mary Markley
Residence Hall window Oct. 16, 1998 after she
City enlds
snow
re-movalh
qulickly
By James Restivo
Daily Staff Reporter

was seen drinking at a fraternity party. Her
blood alcohol level was .059 percent, lower than
the legal limit of .10 percent. Police ruled her
death accidental after determining that evidence
in the case could not support a direct link to
alcohol. Toxicology reports also showed incon-
clusive amounts of the date-rape drug GHB in
her blood.
The lawsuit, filed in August 1999, alleges
that the University violated its residence hall
lease by failing to "inform, instruct, educate,
warn and counsel" Courtney and other stu-
dents "about the dangers and risks of alcohol
and drugs."
Referring to the 1998-99 Community Liv-

ing at Michigan Handbook, the lawsuit
asserts that the University had an obligation
to inform and counsel students about the dan-
gers of alcohol.
But George Cantor has said his daughter
never received such information.
George Cantor contests that such education
may have prevented his daughter's fall from her
loft and out of the window after she was seen
drinking.
The lawsuit sleks an undisclosed amount of
money greater than $10,000.
University spokesman Joel Seguine said the
University currently hands out much information
regarding alcohol and drug use at Orientation.

"We don't know if alcohol hand anything
to do with her death," Seguine said, adding
that Courtney Cantor's death did "raise
awareness" among students, but the Universi-
ty has always been concerned about students
drinking.
Former Vice President for Student Affairs
Maureen Hartford formed the Binge Drinking
Task Force in August 1998, which wrote a report
in April 1999 made recommendations on how to
curb binge drinking.
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Coordi-
nator for University Health Service Marsha
Benz said that her program became incorporat-
See SETTLEMENT, Page 5A

Judge se As Law
School case to .:rial

The City of Ann Arbor canceled its
snow emergency Tuesday, just in time
for students returning from winter
break.
The city declared the snow emer-
gency on Dec. 26 and originally
planned to continue it until Jan. 12, but
canceled it due to the speedy remedy
of the situation.
Both the city and the University suf-
fered problems due to record amounts

By Lisa Kolvu
Daily Staff Reporter
A federal judge in Detroit has ruled
that the suit challenging the use of race
as a factor in admissions at
the University's Law School
will go to trial. The decision vEM
came one week after U.S. ON
District Judge Patrick Duggan
ruled for summary judgment
in the admissions lawsuit
against the College of Litera-
ture, Science and the Arts.
Nearly one month after the Univer-
sity and its opponents argued proposed
motions for summary judgment, Dug-
gan released his opinion upholding the
use of race as a factor in admissions in
the College of Literature, Science and

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as a factor in areas where there is a
compelling interest for diversity.
In the opinion, based on briefs sub-
mitted by the University, the Center
for Individual Rights and a group of
intervening students, the
court ruled the current sys-
td tem is constitutional, but
tlA \ the former "grid" system,
u sc d fro m 1995-98, is
unconstitutional.
CIR will likely appeal
Dug0 an's decision to the
6th Circuit Court of Appeals in
Cincinnati. Many think this case is
bound for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Duggan': judgment also granted
qualified immunity to former Univer-
sity President James -Duderstadt and
Bollinger. Neither Duderstadt nor

WUISBUWN/ aily
Business Junior Brett Parent walks through the Law Quad yesterday. The city
Tuesday called off a snow emergency expected to last until Jan. 12.

Brown said.
"We've had quite a few burst pipes
since Christmas Eve -- none that I
know of were in dormitories," Brown
said. The buildings affected included

dents were minor.
"None of these were very large -
some simply needed cleaning," Brown
said. "We were very fortunate ... it
was mostly inconveniences so far."

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