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The Michigan Daily - Monday, December 3, 2001-- 7A

Ashcroft addresses
security of borders.

Anthrax found in
Conn. post office
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Operations. Officials announced Fr
Trace amounts of anthrax were day they had found a single spore o
found at a postal facility that sorts anthrax on the Seymour letter.
mail for the town where a 94-year "This finding is not a comple
woman mysteriously died of the dis- surprise," Steele said. "The publi
ease last month, officials said yester- should not be panicked by trace el
day. ments occurring nearly 60 days ago

DETROIT (AP) - Attorney General John
Ashcroft met last night with area law enforcement
officials and representatives of the Arab-Ameri-
can community to discuss border security and the
Justice Department's anti-terrorism efforts.
The meetings at the U.S. Attorney's office in
Detroit came on the eve of formal announcements
with Canadian officials expected here and in
Ottawa related to the 4,000-mile U.S.-Canadian
border in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist
"This is a border area, and border security has
been an important topic," Justice Department
spokeswoman Mindy Tucker said of Ashcroft's
Ashcroft met with local representatives from
the Immigration and Naturalization Service and
the area's anti-terrorism task force to discuss
local efforts in assisting the nationwide terrorism
investigation and prevention efforts, Tucker said.
In his meeting with the Arab-American repre-
sentatives, Ashcroft wanted to learn more about
how the terrorist attacks and the investigation
have affected the community, Tucker said. He
also wanted to work to find ways to ease the
backlash against Arab-Americans in the wake of

the attacks.
An issue that has been at the forefront in south-
eastern Michigan - home to one of the nation's
largest Arab-American populations - is the
department's effort to question about 5,000 men
nationwide ages 18-33 in the terrorism investiga-
"He is open to any ideas as to how to accom-
plish those interviews in the most effective way
and in the best way for this community," Tucker
said of Ashcroft.
More than 600 men in Michigan have been
identified as part of the Justice Department's
nationwide effort to contact the visitors and
determine if they have been approached by
Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization, al-
Officials in southeastern Michigan are mailing
letters to interviewees. In western Michigan, offi-
cials are going door-to-door. Federal officials
have said the men are not considered suspects in
the investigation.
Earlier yesterday in Washington, Ashcroft said
the addition of several hundred National Guard
members and military helicopters at U.S.-Canadi-
an crossings will improve border security and


U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is interviewed on
ABC's "This Week" in Washington yesterday.
speed the flow of trade.
"We really want to be able to do a better job all
along the border," Ashcroft said.
The Justice Department announced that an ini-
tial deployment would send 419 National Guard
troops to 43 land, sea and air ports of entry in a
dozen states. To bolster security in the wake of
the attacks, the INS sent 120 inspectors to border

Ottilie Lundgren, of Oxford, was
the fifth person in the nation to die
since the anthrax scare began in
October. The source of her exposure
has baffled officials, who are investi-
gating whether she could have come
in contact with tainted mail.
The spores were found on four
sorting machines during tests at the
Southern Connecticut Processing &
Distribution Center in Wallingford.
The center processes about 3 million
pieces of mail daily for Oxford and
other towns.
The trace amounts most likely
were left on the machines when a
letter sent to Seymour, near Oxford,
passed through the facility on Oct.
11, said Jon Steele, vice president of
the Postal Service's Northeast Area

The tainted Connecticut machines
will be decontaminated, a process
that could take several days, Steele
said. The center will remain open for
business, he said.
The facility was tested on four
separate occasions and 389 samples
were taken, said Steele.
The latest round of tests involved
a special vacuum with a filter
designed to trap minute particles.
Five samples in that round revealed
the anthrax, said Mike Groutt, a
CDC spokesman.
"This is a very small about of
anthrax," said Dr. Joxel Garcia, the
state's commissioner of public
health. "The people of Connecticut
should not be concerned about open-
ing their mail."

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year of the school's predoctoral pro-
The School of Dentistry is
defending its decision to alter the
students' grades and is standing by
the quality of students it produces.
"The dean does not unilaterally
determine grades. All grading is
done by members of the faculty,"
said School of Dentistry Dean
William Kotowicz in a press
release. "Any action the school
takes with respect to its students is
done with careful attention both to
the rights of the students and the
school's paramount concern for the
quality of its education."
University spokeswoman Julie
Peterson said the University is
unable to comment on the issue
because of privacy issues, but added
that the University stands behind
the School of Dentistry's grading
"The University is very respectful
of the faculty's privilege to grade,"
said Assistant General Council Dan
Sharphorn. "The administration and
the lawyers are not doing the grad-
Kotowicz said the University
School of Dentistry is one of the
top dental schools in the country

"The University is
very respectful of
the faculty's
privilege to grade."
Dan Sharphorn
Assistant General Council
and students who graduate from the
school pass their board examination
within six months of graduation.
Yohn said he believes the actions
of administrators in this case do not
only involve two students, but the
entire student body.
"Students should be outraged
about grade inflation because, one,
inflated grades make a black mark
on their diploma and reduces their
credentials," he said.
"Two, inflated grades affect a stu-
dent's class ranking, i.e. students
with inflated grades may display
students without inflated grades.
"Three, all students should be
treated fairly and equally, students
with inflated grades got special
"Four, American students with
inflated grades lose their competi-

The commission will submit three
to five final designs to the mint by Feb-
ruary 2002 which will, in turn, choose
a winner by the end of next year. Other
commission members said they have no
ideal design, but they want a coin that
would represent all of the state.
"My role here is to make sure that we
effectively are inclusive of all interests,"
said commission member Keith Molin,
a former University associate athletic
director and a member of Gov. William
Milliken's cabinet.
Molin said there are many groups
each clamoring for different designs.
"It's really kind of an educational
exercise and an exercise in Michigan
history," he said.
"It's got to be something that, when
you take a look at it, even without tak-
ing a look at the label, you can say, 'It's
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Another commission member, North-
ern Michigan University President
Judith Bailey, echoed Molin's remarks,
but added, "The quarter should be one
that represents the state and one that
people around the state and coin collec-
tors are interested in."
Bailey said she was pleased that the
governor chose commission members
from "a broad spectrum of people."
Those interested in submitting a
design for the quarter can do so by mail
or through the state's website,
www.michigan.gov, where visitors can
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"It's going to be a whole new experience as far as the
parties go," Basford said. It's going to come down to
individuals making a conscious effort in their decisions
for the fraternity to become successful in upholding the
policies, he added.
Two 18-year-old women told police they were drugged
and raped at the Oct. 25 semiformal event held with
Delta Delta Delta at the fraternity house at 604 S. State.
The fraternity said in the statement that one of the
women has since decided not to press criminal sexual
misconduct charges, but the Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment is still continuing its investigation.
"We would still follow through ... even if someone
didn't want to pursue it," AAPD Sgt. Michael Logghe
Logghe said one of the victims was reserved about
pursuing prosecution. He added that this is normal in
many possible sexual assault situations because of the
crime's negative effects on the victim.
The fraternity has begun to reevaluate its rush process
in light of its new alcohol-free policy.
"It's a learning process for us right now," Basford said.
"We're in the middle of trying to get everything togeth-

Delta Sigma Phi and Sigma Nu are the only fraterni-
ties on campus that have gone partially or fully sub-
stance-free. Interfraternity Council President Marc
Hustvedt said Delta Sigma Phi is an alcohol-free house,
but Sigma Nu designates certain rooms as substance-
Beta Theta Pi also plans to hold educational programs
and bring in speakers to discuss issues concerning the
treatment of women.
"I know there are connections through our nationals
and they have a lot of experience in bringing people," he
Kokkinen said he was on site a few weeks ago to assist
the chapter in handling the investigation.
"My personal role was just to help the men in the
process - help them deal with all the authorities
involved," he said. "The chapter is committed to working
with the general fraternity and the University."
Kokkinen said the chapter and general fraternity are
working on several educational directives and sanctions
necessary to refocus the members in their rededication
"We intend to help the chapter in the areas that would
be useful," he said.
Kokkinen said when the investigation is complete, the
national fraternity will take actions against the chapter
members if it is necessary.

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"I thought they were very profes-
sional and responsive to our needs,
and I was quite satisfied with the ser-
vices they provided our committee,".
Slemrod said.
Maynard said A.T. Kearney could
also work efficiently to help complete
the search by next spring.
A.T. Kearney has never worked with
the University to find a president, but
it does have experience with other
institutions, including Dartmouth Col-
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University, the University of Massa-
chusetts system, the University of

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Storbeck said a presidential search
differs from others in that presidential
searches attract more candidates, and
the candidates tend to come from the
highest tiers of an organization.
The announcement of the consult-
ing firm puts the search one step clos-
er to starting. The regents announced
at their Nov. 15 meeting that they will
act as a committee of whole to form
the presidential search committee. At
the same meeting, they announced
Rackham Dean Earl Lewis as the
chair of the presidential search advi-
sory committee, which has yet to be
Storbeck said a core team of three

or four people would work most close-
ly with the search, but they would take
advantage of the resources of the full
staff. Preliminary work is already
underway with advertisements being
drafted to get the word out about the
search, Storbeck said.
A.T. Kearney's consulting fee is
one-third of the first year's salary for
the person hired, in addition to travel,
advertising and express mail expenses.
University President Lee Bollinger
will leave the University of Michigan
at the end of the semester and is to
become Columbia University's presi-
dent July 1, 2002. Former Business
School Dean B. Joseph White will
serve as interim president until a per-
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