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Continued from Page 1A
Sellers, Stacey and Anthony - stating there is
no racial connection to a decision on Ellerbe.
"I think that the accusations are totally without
merit and absurd," said Regent Dan Horning (R-
Grand Haven). "There is no other university that
has done so much for minorities and affirmative
Regent Olivia Maynard (D-Flint), a member of
the NAACP's Flint chapter, said critics need to
look at both sides of the argument before making
a judgment.
"Everything from what i've seen is that they
have not seen the whole picture," Maynard said.
"And I think it's important for every school to
look at the whole picture."
Spending time as an athlete, professor and
associate dean, Donald Deskins has seen the
entire picture in spending over 40 years with the
University. He is one of the black members of the
Board in Control, and has said that he's never
had any gripes towards the University in its
stance on minorities.
"Our department has had reasonable represen-
tation of African Americans over the years -
anywhere from three to six;' Deskins said.

Deskins also said there hasn't been any men-
tion of such discrimination in the department,
and that the topic hadn't even been "brought up
as topic of discussion through the transition"
period of the past year-and-a-half, during which
four prominent black employees have left the
Athletic Department.
"I think it's important that they raise the issue
of what are we doing in the area of minority hir-
ing," Athletic Director Bill Martin said of the
NAACP's letter. "And I think it's very reason-
able. No problem with that at all."
While Martin said he understands the con-
cerns, he pointed out that three of the four people
used as examples of a problem in the Athletic
Department actually moved on to promotions at
other places of employment.
The fourth was replaced with another black
"Isn't that why a lot of people leave jobs is to
get a promotion?" Martin asked. "To move up?
That's what happens in the academic collegiate
world. A lot of times you've got to move from
school to school for promotions simply because
of the age of certain people in the job you might
otherwise have."
Anthony's letter to Bollinger has not been
made public, but he told the Detroit Free Press.

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that Ellerbe is being held to unfair standards
because he is black and that Ellerbe has not been
given enough time to succeed.
Athletic Director Tom Goss' forced resigna-
tion last year also incensed the NAACP. After
Goss, four high-ranking black employees left the
University's Athletic Department - and critics
like Anthony feel it would be unfair if Ellerbe
were next in line to go.
If Ellerbe leaves, women's track coach James
Henry would be the only black head coach at the
Martin emphasized that the Athletic Depart-
ment and the University as a whole have been
trying to create more opportunities for minori-
ties. Their efforts include several internships cre-
ated by Martin especially for minorities, with
one that he is paying for out of his own salary.
"I want to create more entry level positions,"
Martin said. "I think every school has an obliga-
tion to start people in on a career track for
women and minorities.
"I've also negotiated with Nike - that wasn't
part of our Nike contract - two summer intern-
ships for student athletes, and I've designated
one for a minority student. Which never was the
case before we got here, even though we had
internships with Nike."
Continued from Page 1A
Last season, guard Jamal Crawford
had several problems dealing with
NCAA amateurism rules before sitting
out the rest of the season and subse-
quently entering the NBA draft. Then,
fellow freshman Kevin Gaines was dis-
missed from the team in September fol-
lowing charges of drunken driving.
Critics' feelings that Ellerbe has lost
. . control of his team were supported
once again last month when freshmen
Bernard Robinson and Avery Queen
showed up late for practice prior to a
game with Indiana, while Maurice
Searight failed to make it at all.
Searight was subsequently suspended
and didn't play the rest of the season,
while Robinson and Queen didn't start
in Michigan's next game.
Just six days later, the three freshmen
violated team rules once again by skip-
ping curfew from a hotel and didn't
return until early the next morning.
Continued from Page 1A
Added Horning: "I truly believe
they did not pick the best candidate."
Other members of the Board of
itted Regents. echoed Horning's senti-
"If he had a degree from Harvard,
they would've selected him," said
Larry Deitch (D-Bloomfield Hills).
Bollinger's candidacy first cap-
tured media attention in the begin-
ning of January, when the search
committee narrowed its initial list of
300-400 names down to less than 40.
Some of those who didn't make the
first cut included President Bill Clin-
ton and Vice-President Al Gore.
As the months wore on, media
attention continued to focus on
Bollinger, especially after he was
interviewed for a third time in New
York City at the end of February. As
reports continued to put Bollinger at
the front of the pack of a search that
was supposed to be confidential,
frustration in Ann Arbor mounted.
"The sooner it ends, the better for
everyone," University Regent David
Brandon (R-Ann Arbor) said last
week, referring to the tense wait for
Harvard's official announcement.
Many in the University communi-
n ty expressed relief that Bollinger
will remain in Ann Arbor for the
foreseeable future.
"I am overjoyed that Harvard has

been stuffy and foolish enough to
pass him up," said English Prof.
go Ralph Williams. "They couldn't have
done better than Lee Bollinger."
University Regent Olivia Maynard
agreed. "I'm really very happy Lee
Bollinger is staying president of the
University of Michigan, but I would
have been happy for him if he had
received the offer,'she said.

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Lott won't rule out scaling back tax cut
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott raised the possibility yesterday that Congress
could scale back President Bush's tax cuts in the future if projected surpluses do not
materialize - a shift apparently intended to win support from reluctant centrisof
both parties. V
The suggestion from Lott comes one day after Bush indicated he might be wil
ing to compromise on his $1.6 trillion tax cut and just a few days after a nationwid
poll found that Americans would overwhelmingly support a tax cut if it were au
matically pared down in the absence of a surplus.
Bush has opposed automatic "triggers" that would make tax cuts contingent on
reaching goals in paying down the debt or having a certain level of surplus money
available each year
Tax relief passed the Republican-controlled House last week with little support
from Democrats, whose help will be crucial if Bush's plan is to pass in a Senate that
is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.
Lott said a trigger would inevitably undo the tax cuts. But for the first tim e
suggested an alternative.
"A trigger, which is automatic, it's sort of like, now you see it, now you don't,"
Lott (R-Miss.) told "Fox News Sunday."
Would-be Y2K terrorist goes to trial today
This working-class port town on America's northwest tip seems an unlikely
focus for an international probe involving Osama bin Laden, the USS Cole and
the French terrorist hunter who helped put Carlos the Jackal behind bars.
But Port Angeles, prosecutors say, is where a plot to usher in a bloodybs.
millennium began to unravel.
At the center is Ahmed Ressam, the soft-spoken Algerian whose trial on ter-
rorist conspiracy charges begins today in Los Angeles.
He was arrested 15 months ago after taking a ferry boat to Port Angeles from
Canada. Customs agents said they noticed him sweating and shuddering during
routine questioning.;0
When agents popped the trunk of Ressam's rented sedan, they found nitrbglyc-
erin and other bomb-making materials. The charges he faces include plotting a
terrorist attack and possessing explosives.
"It just shocked me;' said Cindy Englebertson, clerk at the Necessities and
Temptations gift shop, across the street from the ferry dock. "We go around with
our car doors unlocked and our houses unlocked here. We're not used to this.@

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FBI to be examined
in spy investigation
The FBI will be scrutinized in an
internal Justice Department investiga-
tion to determine how a former agent
allegedly sold U.S. secrets to Russia
for 15 years without being detected,
Attorney General John Ashcroft said
Ashcroft has ordered the depart-
ment's inspector general to review
FBI security procedures in the wake
of espionage charges against former
agent Robert Philip Hanssen, a
counterintelligence expert. The
investigation could lead to a recom-
mendation of discipline "if there
was any wrongdoing by anybody
aside from Hanssen in this case,"
department spokeswoman Mindy
Tucker said.
A similar inspector general investi-
gation in 1994 led to the reprimand of
11 senior CIA officers in the Aldrich
Ames spy case.
Inqu' highlights
Navy visitor program
The inquiry shedding light on the role
civilians may have played in the USS
Greeneville's sinking of a Japanese
trawler also is highlighting the Navy's
protectiveness of a program that helps
the otherwise stealthy submarine force
garner public support.
That conflict won't easily be resolved
by the three admirals overseeing the
court of inquiry that entered its second

week yesterday.
But regardless of their findings; the
program that allows "distinguished visi-
tors" onto submarines, as well as other
Navy ships, is unlikely to survive in its
current form, one military expert said.
"The program of distinguished" Visi-
tors on submarines is certainly dead for
the foreseeable future - not be" e
they had any direct contribution toes,
but it just doesn't look good," said Gary
Solis, a retired Marine lieutenant
colonel and judge advocate.
State grapple with
tightening budgets
The slowdown in the nation's econo-
my has forced state government's t
only months ago were puzzling over
what to do with their blossoming bud-
get surpluses to confront shrinking
revenues for the first time in six years.
After years of expanding services,
cutting taxes and putting money into
rainy-day funds, many states have begun
to trim spending again in anticipation of
a continued economic downturn. A few
are even thinking about dippingto
their reserves to make ends meet.
"The growing number of states
expecting to grapple with tight budgets
is reminiscent of the last economic
downturn in the early 1990s,-aid
Democratic California State Sei Jim
Costa, president of the National Oifer-
ence of State Legislatures. "But states
have a long way to go before they reach
the drastic budget-balancing measures
implemented a decade ago.
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Michigan Daily erred on
Friday in reporting that the
University of Michigan's
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indicated Bollinger was
preparing to leave Ann
Arbor. As soon as the
information was confirmed
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the Daily.
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the nrocess knew what the

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