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By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter
With Columbia University's Board
of Trustees expected to accept Lee
Bollinger as the successor of retiring
President George Rupp tomorrow, the
University of Michigan must now
begin looking for its 13th president.
The University of Michigan Board
of Regents has not announced how or
when it will initiate the search for a
new president, University spokes-
woman Julie Peterson said yesterday.
The regents have discussed conven-
ing before their scheduled Oct. 19
meeting to get the process under way.

Bollinger was in Florida for a speech
yesterday and is scheduled to travel to
New York City today for the trustees
meeting, Peterson said.
Law School Dean. Jeffrey Lehman,
who chaired the presidential search
committee that brought Bollinger to
the University in 1996, said the regents
should consider how they want the
process to work and decide what kind of
leader they would like to see at the helm
of the University before appointing a
search committee.
"The constitution of Michigan
gives complete authority over the
conduct of presidential searches to
the democratically elected Board of

Regents," Lehman said. "Traditionally
the Board has adopted a process that is
inclusive and participatory."
Lehman outlined the three stages the
search process took in 1996. There were
town meetings across the state of Michi-
gan, followed by the search committee's
submission of a list of possible candi-
dates and a shorter list of recommenda-
tions. The final phase was a selection
process from a pool of four finalists.
Lehman said the regents have com-
plete freedom to conduct the search in
the way they see fit, and the selection of
Bollinger's successor may follow a dif-
ferent process than the last search.
The University's second-highest

academic post is also vacant. Provost
Nancy Cantor left the University to
become chancellor of the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this
summer. The provost search commit-
tee has not said how Bollinger's
departure will affect the search or any
plans to alter the process.
. Bollinger's departure complicates
the provost's search because candi-
dates would be hesitant to commit to
the University if they didn't know
who they would be serving under,
said University of Hartford President
Walter Harrison, who was the Univer-
sity of Michigan's vice president for
University relations under Bollinger

and former President James Duder-
stadt.
Duderstadt, like Bollinger, announced
his intention to leave in the midst of a
search for a new provost, which prompt-
ed the regents to suspend the provost
search until a president was selected.
University Vice President and Secre-
tary Lisa Tedesco has been serving as
interim provost since Sept. 6.
Lehman said he is confident the Uni-
versity will function normally while its
top academic posts remain unfilled.
"This is a very similar situation, and
the University did fantastically well (last
time). The University moved forward
See SEARCH, Page 7

Hockey
team set
for 'war'
at MSU
By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer
Tomorrow will be the culmination
of four months of anticipation and
hype when Michigan and Michigan
State face off in the middle of Spartan
Stadium.
But Michigan coach Red Berenson
is not putting too much emphasis on
the Wolverines' season opener tomor-
row against
No. 1 Michi-
gan State.
"We can't
make or
break our
season with
this game,"
B erenson
said. "It would be a great win for us,
but we can't put too much pressure on
ourselves."
The game will be played outdoors in
front of an expected record-setting
crowd of about 72,000 under the lights
at Spartan Stadium.
All of the pregame build-up and
media frenzy that have surrounded the
event have caused some anxiety for
Michigan.
"A couple of guys said that they
were really nervous," Michigan cap-
tain Jed Ortmeyer said. "We just let
them know that it's just another game.
It'll be neat, but as soon as the puck
drops we've got to be serious and play
Uhard."
Eight freshmen are expected to play
significant minutes tomorrow. No one
may ever have quite the same intro-
duction to collegiate hockey.
"I don't know how to describe
the feeling," Etic Nystrom said.
"My first true game here is going
to be in front of nearly 75,000 peo-
ple. It is going to be an intense
game with lots of adrenaline flow-
ing.
Berenson is confident that the team
he puts on the ice - freshmen through
seniors - will be mentally and physi-
cally prepared to win.
"It'll be a game that they can
remember for a long time," Berenson
said.
"It's going to be quite an event.
But I think we are talking enough
about it that when the time comes
they will be expecting it and
ready for it."
The fourth-ranked Wolverines are
not simply hoping for an upset this
weekend. They expect great things
from themselves.
"I really don't have any concerns,"
Ortmeyer said. "We just need to go out
there and play road hockey and get a
couple behind their goalie."
That will no easy task.
Michigan State's junior goaltender,
Ryan Miller, is the reigning Hobey
Baker Award winner. Last year, he
shut out the Wolverines twice and the
Spartans won four of five games
against them.
So what specifically did Michigan
do to prepare for Miller and the Spar-
tan defense? Nothing.
"We can't have the team worry-
ing about their goalie during the
week," Berenson said. "If we tell

Digging it

Bush commits
$300 million

to aid
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON - President Bush
committed an additional $300 million
in humanitarian assistance to
Afghanistan yesterday, as U.S. and
international aid officials warned of a
rapidly worsening crisis in which mil-
lions of Afghans are in danger of star-
vation.
"This is our way of saying that
while we firmly and strongly oppose
the Taliban regime, we are friends of
the Afghan people," Bush said in an
announcement at the State Depart-
ment. Americans, he said, were "a
compassionate people," and one way
to show it was "to help the poor souls
in Afghanistan."
Aid officials believe that as many as
1.5 million Afghans will flee the coun-
try in coming weeks in anticipation of
U.S. military retaliation for the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks in New York and
Washington. With millions more
already without food and shelter inside
Afghanistan, the Bush administration
has been anxious to demonstrate that
its fight is with terrorism, and not
against innocent civilians.
On the home front, Bush announced
new initiatives to assist workers who
lost their jobs as a result of the Sept.
11 attacks, or who live in the states
hardest hit by the economic downturn.
Thoseworkers will be eligible for 39
weeks of unemployment benefits
instead of the standard 26 weeks, and

kfghanis
will be offered emergency grants to
continue their health insurance or take
job training.
At the State Department, Bush told
hundreds of cheering foreign service
officers and staff that America had
built a strong international coalition
against terrorism. "It's a strong coali-
tion because we've made it clear this is
not a war between Christianity or
Judaism and Islam," he said. "This is a
war between good and evil. And we
have made it clear to the world that we
will stand strong on the side of good,
and we expect other nations to join
us."
Aides said the president hoped to
encourage other countries to follow
the U.S. lead in boosting humanitarian
assistance. The world must "seize this
moment, to say that out of this evil act
will come good," Bush said.
The administration indicated it will
mount a substantial reconstruction
program in Afghanistan if military
strikes result in the unseating of the
Taliban regime that has refused to sur-
render terrorist leader Osama bin
Laden.. National security adviser Con-
doleezza Rice said the United States
has begun to explore with the United
Nations and other international organi-
zations "how one might think about
the reconstruction of Afghanistan in
the future"
"The UnitedStates has no beef, no
problem with the people of
See TERROR, Page 7

ETHAN ORLEY/Daily
Students In the Corporate Environmental Management Program and the City Year volunteer program help clean up
Nichols Arboretum yesterday. The group trimmed trees of old limbs and put down carpet to prevent erosion.

U'

researchers prepare biochemical defenses

By Lisa Hoffman
Daily Staff Reporter
As nightmares of possible biological and
chemical terrorist attacks continue to scare many
Americans, University researchers push to devel-
op defense techniques against biochemical
weapons.
Although researchers feel the possibility of
biological and chemical warfare has been blown
out of proportion since the events of Sept. 11,
they feel America should be aware of the possi-
bilities.
"I think there is a significant risk," said James

Baker, head of the University Medical School
allergy and immunology department.
"Certainly there are countries that have these
agents, but I don't think the risk is any different
than before Sept. 11," he added. "People should
prepare appropriately for these issues, but run-
ning around saying the sky is falling isn't going
to help."
Researchers urge the public to understand that
biochemical warfare requires sophisticated deliv-
ery mechanisms and labs to grow the viruses in. .
"You'd have to spread them across a fairly
large geographical area with a large population
because they would denature," said pathology

department chair Peter Ward.:"It is true that if
terrorist organizations were able to produce
viruses in large quantities, it could be an
absolutely devastating event, but it is unlikely
that a group would be able to obtain and culture
the viruses."
Ward, whose research involves mustard gas
and its extensive damaging effects on the lungs,
hopes his work will lead to an antidote for people
on the battle field and in the general population
exposed to the deadly chemical.
"It's a very cheap compound to manufacture,
so if a terrorist group decides they want to
expose a population to something like that, it's

not difficult to make," Ward said. "The trick is
how do you distribute it in the air."
Mustard gas, which was used in the 1980s dur-
ing the war between Iran and Iraq through short-
range missiles, causes blister formation around
the eyes and skin. If inhaled, it can severely dam-
age the mucousal tissue in the lungs.
Using rats, Ward and a consortium that he's
involved in have found that injections of a com-
pound called NAC, which is used to treat chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, greatly reduces
the damaging effects of mustard gas.
"We think that perfecting the exact way this
See CHEMICALS, Page 7

U.S. blames crash of Russian
airliner on Ukrainian missile

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian
airliner carrying at least 76 people
from Israel exploded and plunged
into the Black Sea on yesterday,
raising fears of a terrorist attack.
U.S. officials said a missile fired
during Ukrainian military exercises
apparently downed the plane by
accident.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
said terrorists may have caused the
crash and he had no reason to doubt a
Ukrainian denial which stressed mis-

down in pieces 114 miles off the
Russian coastal city of Adler, locat-
ed on the Georgian border, said Vasi-
ly Yurchuk of the Ministry of
Emergency Situations.
The Sibir Airlines plane was on its
way from Tel Aviv to the Siberian city
of Novosibirsk, about 1,750 miles east
of Moscow, Yurchuk said. -
President Bush said he was deeply
saddened.
"My heartfelt sympathies, and those
of the American people, are with the

address Putin's contention the crash
may have been the work of terrorists.
An Armenian airline pilot flying
nearby witnessed the explosion and
crash.
"I saw the explosion on the plane,
which was above me at an altitude of
36,300 feet," said Garik Ovanisian.
"The plane fell into the sea, and there
was another explosion in the sea. After
that I saw a big white spot on the sea
and I had the impression that oil was
burning."

No. 15 MICHIGAN
vs..
tomorrow I 3:30 p.m. I beaver stadium I abc
THE OPPONENT
Penn State is looking for its first
victory of the season and trying to
avoid its first-ever 0-4 start.
LAST WEEK
Michigan rolled to a 45-20
win over Illinois. Penn
State lost to Iowa, 18-24.

OUTLOOK
Patemostill just needs one win to tie

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