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CLASSIFIED: 764-0557

One hundred eleven years ofeditonalfreedom


October 22, 2001


Bollinger leaving in December


By Elizabeth Kassab
Daily Staff Reporter

Lee Bollinger will step down from his
post as University president at the end of
the semester, when Dean B. Joseph White
will take over as interim president, the Uni-
versity Board of Regents has announced.
The regents on Friday officially appointed
White, a Business School professor who
ended a decade-long tenure as dean this
summer, to temporarily lead the University
while .a search process gets under way to
select a successor to Bollinger.
Although the vote to appoint White to the
interim presidency was officially unani-
mous, two of the eight regents originally
voted against choosing White as the interim

president because the possibility that he
might be a candidate for the permanent
position may compromise the search
"I believe that an
interim president who is
also a candidate will
have a chilling effect on
the candidate pool,"
said Regent Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann
Bollinger, who will
become president of
Bollinger Columbia University
on July 1, moved his chair from the head
of the table at Friday's regents meeting,
making way for White to address the

"I accept ... this nomination with a great
sense of gratitude and a sense of awe,"
White said.
The interim presidency interrupts White's
one-year sabbatical, during which he was
preparing to resume teaching in the Busi-
ness School.
In his acceptance speech to the regents,
White expressed a sense of duty to the Uni-
versity and also dedicated his interim presi-
dency to remembering those alumni who
were victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"Each of us has sought, since September
11, to find our way to serve our country.
The regents have presented me with my way
... to honor these alums," White said.
Bollinger praised the members of his

executive board and recognized White as an
outstanding leader.
"I know him as a loyal, knowledgeable,
imaginative and willful member of this
community," Bollinger said.
"He likes high standards, he sets high
standards for himself," Bollinger added.
"More importantly our daughters were
childhood friends, and I know that he and
(his wife) Mary are very good people."
Both McGowan and Regent Olivia May-
nard (D-Goodrich) said their decisions were
solely based on what they believed were the
best interests of the search process and had
no bearing on White's ability to lead the
"My 'no' vote today will not be a
See WHITE, Page 7A

Former Business School Dean B. Joseph White speaks to
reporters after the Board of Regents appointed him interim
president. He will take over the University's top job Jan. 1.

U.S. troops
likely to
figt well
iinto spring
Los Angeles Times
administration officials warned yester-
day that the military campaign in
Afghanistan could continue well into
the spring and beyond, raising the
prospect of winter fighting for Ameri-
can troops.
"This is going to be a very, very long
campaign," said Air Force Gen. Richard
B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, in an interview on ABC's "This
Week." "It may take till next spring. It
may take till next summer. It may take
longer than that in Afghanistan."
As the airstrikes continued into a
third week and included attacks on the
Taliban regime's troops, Myers also
warned that while U.S. forces would
take terrorism suspect Osama bin
Laden alive if possible, "bullets will
fly" if necessary.
"It depends on the circumstances,"
Myers said. "If it's a defensive situa-
tion, then you know, bullets will fly.
But if we can capture somebody, then
we'll do that."
In northern Afghanistan, U.S. war-
planes launched their closest strikes
yet to Taliban troops near the front line
north of Kabul, the Afghan capital.
Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighters struck
Taliban forces dug in close to the
strategic Bagram air base for about an
hour and were heard circling over the
area again less than four hours later.
The opposition Northern Alliance
has repeatedly said it plans to surround
Taliban troops along the Bagram front
by launching a ground offensive.
In an interview with CNN, U.S. Sec-
retary of State Colin L. Powell said the
Bush administration was in discus-
sions with the Northern Alliance about
the fate of Kabul and another Taliban-
held city, Mazar-e-Sharif, near the bor-
der with Uzbekistan.
"We're very interested in seeing
them take the town in the north,
Mazar-e-Sharif, and I'm quite confi-
dent that they want to at least invest
Kabul," he said. "Whether they actual-
ly go into Kabul or not, or whether
that's the best thing to do or not,
remains to be seen"~
The loss of Mazar-e-Sharif, where
fighting has been intense, could seri-
ously disrupt Taliban's links to other
northern areas and open up a new
route to Kabul.
The Northern Alliance forces near
Kabul have been eagerly awaiting U.S.
airstrikes so they can advance. They
are reportedly 35 miles from the capi-
tal, and perhaps closer.
But U.S. warplanes had so far held
off, apparently in deference to Pak-
istan, a key U.S. ally that opposes an
advance on Kabul by the mainly ethnic
Uzbek and Tajik opposition at the
expense of the majority Pashtun.A
majority of the Taliban's members and
a sizable portion of Pakistan's popula-
tion are Pashtuns.
Powell said it "would be in our
interest and the interest of the coalition
to see this matter resolved before win-
ter strikes and it makes our operations
that much more difficult."
Indeed, U.S. officials are not only
facing the military challenge of con-
tinin te n lit rhnar minter


Court grants reques
that all nine judges hea
challenging affirmative
By Nick Bunkley
and Rachel Green
Daily Staff Reporters

In a ruling underscoring the nat
tance of the admissions lawsuits fa
versity, the federal appeals court he
cases scheduled for tomorrow has1
back to Dec. 6. The change all

t by C R and the Arts. "We moved for that last spring and
they did not respond to our motion, and suddenly
ar cases on Friday they granted our motion and we don't
action know why."
Dec. 6 is the next scheduled meeting of the
full court, which only convenes twice a year.
University Deputy General Counsel Liz Barry
said the main criterion that must be considered
for a case to be heard by all nine judges is its
ional impor- importance.
cing the Uni- A majority of the nine active judges on the
earing on the Cincinnati court voted to grant the petition after
been pushed the three judges who were scheduled to hear the
ows all nine cases tomorrow had requested that a poll be
Q taken.
The University never took a stance on CIR's
request, and Barry said the decision will not hurt
RIA the University as it seeks to defend its affirmative
action policies.
"We're looking forward to making our case
before the full court," Barry said. "Lawyers
br Individual always like to have more time."
ird by the full Despite the change, Cincinnati will still be a
meeting point for proponents of affirmative
was to every- action tomorrow. '
al counsel for "The national march and rally will still go for-
ty over race- ward on Tuesday," said Miranda Massie, attorney
d by the Law for the intervening defendants. "And there will
ure, Science See DELAYED, Page 7A
r ,1'We can be

judges on the court to
hear the case instead of
the normal three-judge
On Friday, the U.S.
6th Circuit Court of
Appeals unexpectedly
granted a request by the

Center fo

Rights asking that the appeal be hea
"It was as surprising to us as itm
one else," said Terry Pell, senior lega
CIR, which is suing the Universil
conscious admissions policies used
School and the College of Literat

as one in education'

By C. Price Jones
Daily Staff Reporter

Amid cheering supporters, sneering critics
and concerned crowds of more than 500 stu-
dents, the Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed the
issues of affirmative action and the campaign in.
Afghanistan at the Michigan League Friday.
"If we can be as one in terror we can be as
one in education," Jackson said, explaining that
unity on the battlefield must be followed by
unity in the classroom.
"If this new wave of patriotism means any-
thing, it means an America of inclusion," he
said. "When the crisis came ... in our pain we
became as one. ... We cannot make it state by
state and race by race; we must make it as fami-
Jackson emphasized that, given the opportu-
nity, anyone can become a hero or leader.

"If George Bush can do a good job, all of
America can do a good job," said Jackson, who
explained he did not intend to detract from
Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
and the war.
Several dozen people attended the event to
protest Jackson himself. They held signs bear-
ing slogans such as, "We Support Child Sup-
port," "Content of Character not Color of Skin"
and "Affirmative Action Racist Sham."
The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action
and Integration and Fight for Equality By Any
Means Necessary, which sponsored Jackson's
visit, needs a new "icon,".said LSA senior Peter
Apel, chairman of Young Americans for Free-
dom. "Affirmative Action propagates the prob-
lem; it's inherently discriminatory."
The show of protest stirred up anger from
Jackson supporters. Prior to the rally, heated
See JACKSON, Page 7A

The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to students Friday at the Michigan League at a rally in support of
the University's use of affirmative action in Law School and LSA admissions.

D.C. postal worker
latest anthrax case

WASHINGTON (AP) - A District of Colum-
bia postal worker is "gravely ill" from inhalation
anthrax, a rare and lethal form of the disease, offi-
cials said yesterday, and five others are sick with
suspicious symptoms. The Postal Service closed
two facilities and began testing more than 2,200
workers for exposure.
The diagnosed man, who was not identified, is
the third person in the nation to come down with
the most serious form of the disease, where anthrax
spores enter the respiratory system and lodge deep
in the lungs. Six others, including two postal work-
ers in New Jersey, have been infected with a highly
treatable form that is contracted through the skin.
Mayor Anthony Williams said the latest victim,
the first in Washington to contract the disease, was
"gravely ill." He was listed in serious but stable
condition at a suburban Virginia hospital near his
Five other nistrict nosta wlarkers have vmn-

Pannell, spokesman for the city health department.
At least two of them are hospitalized, Pannell
As postal workers lined up for testing in Wash-
ington, the number of people directly affected -
although not sickened - by the anthrax-by-letter
scare reached well above 5,000 just in the nation's
capital. Investigators focused on Trenton, N.J.,
where some of the tainted letters were mailed.
Meantime, congressional leaders said they
would reopen the Capitol today, though House and
Senate office buildings will remain closed until
results from environmental testing are complete.
The closures were prompted by an anthrax-laced
letter that arrived a week ago at Senate Majority
Leader Tom Daschle's office. It was processed at
the central mail processing facility where the latest
victim worked, but officials said they did not know
whether the worker came into contact with the let-
ter or whether there might have been other tainted

Authorities found evidence of
anthrax in the Ford Office
Building and a House postal
facility. The Hart and Dirksen
office buildings have also been
tainted with anthrax in findings
reported earlier in the week.
El Buildings tainted Hart
by anthrax Senate
[__ vDirksen
i Senate Office -

Summit aims
to improve
Greek image,
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
In an effort to strengthen the ties between the Greek
community and the University, approximately 200
sorority and fraternity members, Greek alumni, and
University administrators and leaders met this weekend
in the first Greek Summit to discuss fundamental prob-
lems and ignite change.
Many in the Greek community feel their image on a
national and local level has been tarnished by alcohol,
hazing and quality of living conditions. Director of
Greek Life Mary Beth Seiler said alumni concerns
about the Greek leadership on campus initiated plan-
ning for the event.
Robert Deloian, a national speaker on alcohol issues
within the Greek system,.said in his keynote address that



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