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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 3

New admissions
standards adopted
by universities
EUGENE, Ore - By 2005, Oregon
universities will prize skill mastery
over SAT scores and high school GPAs
when deciding who they accept. State-
administered proficiency tests will
replace the decades-long scoring
The Oregon University System's
plan -= titled the Proficiency-based
Admissions Standards System will
put higher education in line with a bill
passed in the 1995 Oregon Legislature
to implement more skills testing at the
K-12 level. PASS participants will gain
admission by demonstrating skills in
subjects ranging from English and
math to visual and performing arts.
Although the University will contin-
ue to use grades and SAT scores as
admissions criteria after 2005, PASS
students will receive preferential
admission treatment.
"PASS won't be the only way for
students to be admitted into the Uni-
versity," University admissions Direc-
tor Martha Pitts said. "What it means is
that if there is one space available for
two students, and one of them has par-
ticipated in the PASS system, that stu-
dent will be the one admitted."
She added that out-of-state admis-
sions standards would not immediately
change, but like the rest of the system,
They "would be evaluated over time,"
Pitts said.
Oregon's change reflects a nation-
wide philosophical shift from test
scores and grades to skill proficiency.
Washington, Maryland and California
are implementing systems similar to
Oregon's, and several state universities
have tentatively agreed to accept each
other's proficiency-based admissions
standards, Pitts said.
Other schools are moving toward
tests such as the SAT-II, which is a
series of separate tests in math, writing,
foreign language, physics, chemistry
and biology. Most require math and
writing plus a third of the student's
choice. California University System
Assistant Vice President Michael
Reece said his system is also consider-
ing creating its own testing system to
further emphasize proficiency.
"In this day and age, with the
emphasis placed on achievement, we're
emphasizing achievement rather than
some vague notion of aptitude," Reece
said. "The SAT-II demonstrates mas-
tery of a specific subject matter. That's
why it's preferred" instead of the SAT.
Historian faces
more charges of
Ambrose, the well-known historian
who recently admitted using wording
similar to that in passages of Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania history profes-
sor Thomas Childers' "Wings of
Morning" in his "The Wild Blue,"
has been accused of borrowing pas-
sages from the late Jay Monaghan's
"Custer: The Life of General George
Armstrong Custer."
Forbes magazine is reporting that in
his 1975 book "Crazy Horse and
Custer," Ambrose used similar phrases
to those written in Monaghan's 1959
work. The new accusation comes just
one day after the publication of a Week-
ly Standard article in which Ambrose is

accused of plagiarizing Childers' work.
Ambrose has admitted to using
wording and passages in his latest
book, "The Wild Blue," that are at
points nearly identical to "Wings of
Morning, an historical book written by
Childers in 1995 about his uncle's expe-
rience on a B-24 bomber crew during
World War II.
In both books under question,
Ambrose reportedly cited and credited
the writers he has been accused of
copying, but did not place quotation
marks around the passages in question.
Officer dies after
double transplant
DETROIT - Tragedy struck the
Wayne State University Police
Department over winter break when it
lost 15-year veteran Randy Guzowski.
Guzowski, 42, died Dec. 23 of
complications from a kidney and liver
transplant he received in November.
- Compiled from U- Wire reports by
Daily StaffReporter Maria Sprow

WASHINGTON (AP) - There's no EZ lane at
the airport, even for Very Important Passengers. th
In an age of increased security, notables as v
well as no-names are getting the once-over and p
then some at airports around .n¢
the country. Members of M
Congress and their kids, for- * a
mer Vice President Dan
Quayle and even Transporta- i
tion Secretary Norman Mine- t
ta have gotten the full
treatment from screeners. w
The latest: Rep. John Din- h
gell, who at age 75 and after b
46 years in Congress was L
asked to drop his trousers at Dingell t
Washington's Reagan National Airport over the to
weekend. d

"They felt me up and down like a prize steer," wr
he Dearborn, Democrat later recounted. "I was
ery nice, but I probably showed I was dis- br
leased." ult
When word of Dingell's experience reached pa
lineta, the secretary called the congressman to
pologize and commiserate. cli
"I'm afraid a lot of travelers could probably aft
dentify with that experience, including the secre- ry
ary," said Mineta spokesman Chet Lunner. lik
In Mineta's case, "he had to stand there for
what seemed like 10 minutes while they wanded su
im and re-wanded him, had him remove his sci
elt, empty his pockets, take off his jacket," said cal
Iunner, who himself had breezed through securi-
.y for the same flight from Baltimore-Washing- do
on International Airport. "Eventually they Ba
iscovered a stray Altoid mint" whose aluminum mn

to airpor
apper had triggered the alarms.
For Dingell it was his steel hip joint, knee
ace and surgically implanted ankle pins that
imately led guards to ask him to remove his
nts in a back room.
Quayle, who had the metal file on his toenail
ppers confiscated on a flight out of Washington
er guards poked through every item in his car-
on suitcase, joked yesterday, "I guess I looked
e a security threat."
Syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry wasn't
re what it was that prompted guards to turn his
reening at Denver's airport into what he jokingly
lled a "near-proctological" experience.
"I cannot imagine terrorists getting anything
ne if they were traveling with a baby," said
arry, who was flying with his wife and 20-
onth-old daughter.

t security
David Stempler, president of the Air Travelers
Association, said ordinary passengers should find
all this evidence of "equal inspection under the
law" reassuring.
"Everyone gets the same kind of scrutiny, and
that's good for airline passengers,"he said.
For all the recent evidence of security lapses, a
number of notables can testify to tight screening.
Podesta, former chief of staff to President
Clinton, figures it's his olive skin tone and his
casual dress now that he's a college professor that
have gotten him singled out for extra screening
on at least eight flights in recent months.
On one shuttle flight to Washington from New
York, he said, "All the guys in business suits"
strolled onboard, while he was detained for extra
searches along with a black teen-ager and three
South Asian men.

Ready to roll

Levin pushes for
improvements to
border secunity

Public Policy students Hillary Mull, Orysla Kulick and Julio Perez watch as Ann Arbor resident "Acme" takes a shot in
Michigan Union billiards room yesterday afternoon.
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DETROIT (AP) - Leaders in
Michigan and Ontario say a system of
"reverse inspections" could prevent Ter-
rorists from crossing the U.S.-Canadian
border and speed up delays that have
been plaguing the crossings since the
Sept. 11 attacks.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and Remo
Mancini, corporate vice president of the
Canadian Transit Company, said the
move is needed for the safety of both
countries and to streamline international
trade commerce between the two coun-
"If you want to protect your bridges
and tunnels from explosives than you
do it before people cross them not
after," Levin (D-Mich.) said. "It's a no-
Levin said he does not see any major
problems with establishing the new sys-
tem, but said he's yet to receive an
answer from U.S. Customs officials and
doesn't understand what's taking so
On Friday, Levin and fellow Democ-
ratic Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow
sent a letter to the commissioner of the
U.S. Customs Service urging the imple-
mentation of the system.
Levin said that if he doesn't receive
an answer by Jan. 18, he will convene a
congressional committee hearing and
call the commissioner to testify.
"This is a matter of principle," he

said. "Once we get an answer, there are
a number of logistical issues, but I think
we can solve them."
Under a "reverse inspection" system,
United States and Canadian customs
officials would set up stations on oppo-
site sides of the border.
Forms of the system are found at a
few Canadian airports and at the Eng-
lish Channel tunnel, Mancini said.
Jim Mitchie, a spokesman for U.S.
Customs in Washington, said customs
officials are aware of Levin's letter and
that a response is forthcoming.
Mitchie said that reverse inspections
are one of a number of changes that
American and Canadian officials are
considering to improve safety and effi-
ciency. But he said there's no time
frame for making a decision on its
A plan commissioned by Canadian
Transit includes the creation of an
"International Zone" that would span
both sides of the border. There would be
separate traffic lanes for frequent
crossers like .those in the Nexus pro-
gram and the Just in Time delivery ser-
vice, Mancini said.
A short-term plan could be imple-
mented in as little as 90 days and a long-
term plan, which would include the
construction of new buildings and the
acquisition of new property, could be up
and running in 20 months, he said.

LANSING (AP)-- The state has drastically cut the num-
ber of questions on standardized tests requiring students to
write out answers in their own words because they're too
expensive to grade.
The state budget crunch is the main reason the Michigan
Educational Assessment Program tests have been changed,
state officials said yesterday.
In most cases, the number of test questions requiring
written responses will be replaced by multiple choice ques-
tions. For example, the eighth-grade social studies test used
to have seven open-ended questions. This year it will have

Some tests also will have fewer multiple-choice ques-
tions. The fourth- and seventh-grade reading tests have been
cut from 68 to 40 multiple choice questions.
"It's going to take less human hours to correct the test,"
said Department of Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton.
"We had to do some belt-tightening. But we're still real con-
fident that the test is a good barometer."
The savings will come from not having to pay as much to
the two testing companies the state uses. NCS Pearson Inc.
of Minnesota grades the multiple-choice portions of the
tests, while Measurement Inc. of North Carolina grades
open-ended questions.

Job cut speculation
overshadows new
cars at auto show



Michigan Book & Supplv

DETROIT (AP) - Speculation,
rumor, leaks and announcements
over job cuts at General Motors
Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are steal-
ing much of the spotlight from the
dozens of new vehicle introductions
at the North American International
Auto Show.
The most sought-after quarry during
the media preview this week is the low-
down on the restructuring plan Ford
will announce on Friday.
Between interviews with top execu-
tives in the warren of cubbyhole
offices in the recesses of Ford's multi-
level exhibit area, reporter "scrums"
on the show floor and rubbing elbows
with executives at nearby. eateries,
reporters. have been trying to quiz,
cajole, interrogate and beg them for
DaimlerChrysler AG went through
the same challenge at last year's show
when speculation was rampant over that
company's impending restructuring
"A year ago it was impossible to talk
about product," Dieter Zetsche, presi-
dent and CEO of the Chrysler Group of
DaimlerChrysler, said Tuesday. "Look
at us now, the discussion we're having
about product, we could never have
done that a year ago."
Across the floor of the Cobo Center
show floor in another collection of
prefab offices, GM executives are
busy spinning their take on news that
leaked out Monday - its plans to
offer early retirements and voluntary
buyouts to thousands of salaried

GM had set a goal
of reducing its
white collar work
force by 10
percent each year.
In one such room yesterday, vice
chairman Robert Lutz said GM wants
to cut 10 percent of its North American
white collar work force, or about 4,700
people through attrition and the buy-
"No aspect of this should be seen as
an emergency action," Lutz said. "It's
business as normal."
For the last several years, GM had set
a goal of reducing its white collar work
force by 10 percent each year through
such offers and retirements as part of its
ongoing "slimming" and cost-cutting
efforts, Lutz said. The No. 1 automaker
also will delay handing out annual
merit raises to employees until late
2002. GM traditionally gives out pay
raises at midyear.
One analyst predicted the product
messages would reach customers
despite all the attention paid to business
"They're looking for products and
services that meet their needs, so I think
they're cutting through that clutter,"
said analyst J Ferron of PriceWater-

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