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One hundred eleven years ofeditoridlfreedom


CLASSIFIED: 764-0557

February 20, 2002


Motive in
o kilg of
teens accused of stabbing two Dart-
mouth College professors to death talked
their way into the couple's home and
killed them in a plot to steal their ATM
cards and PIN numbers, an indictment
unsealed yesterday charges.
In the six months before the murders
in Hanover on Jan. 27, 2001, Robert Tul-
loch and James Parker went to four other
randomly chosen homes but did not get
in, the indictment says.
It says they finally succeeded by
telling professor Half Zantop they were
students conducting an environmental
survey. Zantop and his wife, Susanne,
were found slain later that day.
Their four alleged previous
attempts, two near their homes in
Chelsea, Vt., and two in Hanover
near the Zantop home, failed because
no one was home or the people who
answered the door would not let them
in, the indictment says.
The last of those failed attempts was
the same day the Zantops were mur-
dered, the indictment alleged.
Tulloch, 18, is charged with first-
degree murder. He has indicated he will
use an insanity defense at his trial, which
is scheduled to start in April.
Parker, 17, has pleaded guilty to
reduced charges and agreed to testify
against Tulloch. The Grafton County
Superior Court indictment dated Friday
and unsealed yesterday does not say
*whether the details came from Parker.
It is the first time authorities have
clearly stated a theory for the killings,
which rocked Hanover. Previously,
authorities had said only that the motive
was robbery.
The new indictment charges Tulloch
with murder conspiracy. The penalty for
each of the multiple murder indictments
he still faces is mandatory life in prison
without parole.
The Zantops' bodies were found in
their study by an arriving dinner guest
the evening of Jan. 27,2001.
The indictment alleges that Tulloch
and Parker came up with the robbery-
murder plan in June 2000.
It says their first attempt was in July at
a home in Vershire, Vt., near Chelsea,
where they cut the phone line before Tul-
loch knocked on the door as Parker hid
nearby. Tulloch allegedly told the person
who answered the door his car had bro-
ken down. The person refused to let him
in and the two left, the indictment says.


GSIs across

By Maria Sprow
Daily Staff Reporter




The University's administration and
Graduate Employee Organization are
not alone in experiencing problems with
contract negotiations. Though the trend
for graduate student union organization
is gaining momentum around the coun-
try, some unions say they are still experi-
encing problems gaining recognition
that they exist.
Colleges such as Michigan State Uni-
versity and Temple University in
Philadelphia, Pa. are currently in the
same boat as the University of Michigan
as they are in the midst of negotiations
and working without a contract. A few,
such as instructors at the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst, who are
holding a rally tomorrow to support
child care causes, have just begun to
work under new contracts but are
already working to ensure the success of
future negotiations.
Childcare has been a hot topic for
Amherst students since their negotia-
tions in 1998, which took two years
to settle.
Michigan State graduate student Scott

Hinkle, a member of the Graduate
Employee Union's steering committee,
said Michigan State's GEU feels espe-
cially frustrated with the way their nego-
tiations are going.
"(Michigan State's) chief negotiator
is in Barbados for vacation," Hinkle
said, adding that negotiations have
been suspended until his return.
"Though we do support people's rights
to go on vacation, we think it's a little
dubious for them to suspend negotia-
tions while the chief negotiator is gone,
and while we are waiting for our con-
tract to be ratified."
Because the union was officially
organized in April 2001, this is the
first attempt at negotiations between
Michigan State administrators and
the university's GEU. The two par-
ties have been bargaining since
Michigan State students are plan-
ning to hold an informational picket
today and tomorrow to gain support
for the GEU.
"We are going to be telling people
that this is not technically a picket, not
technically a strike, but we are holding
See GEO, Page 7

Michigan's athletic trainers incorporate Impersonations of Michigan's athletic teams into their skit to earn perfect
scores from the judges. Inside: Every sports team participated in the third annual Mock Rock. Page 3.

Debt threatens economic recovery

By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter

LSA sophomore Samantha Gewertz does
not have a credit card and said she does not
want one.
"I'd rather deal with cash - it's easier," she
said. "I see with my friends that when you
have a credit card you can make a purchase
without seeing the consequences of it."
In the past year, consumer credit, or the
money that people owe for purchases other
than houses, has steadily increased. Accord-
ing to Federal Reserve statistics, consumer
debt rose 6.5 percent in the fourth quarter of
2001 to a current level of $1.6 trillion. This
trend has many economists questioning the
impact this issue may have on the forecasted
economic recovery.
"When consumers borrow more, it leads to
more spending. In the short run, consumer

debt helps because it provides stimulus," said
Business School Prof. Anjan Thakor. "If it
doesn't end up providing enough stimulus,
consumer debt can be a tremendous negative."
"Whether it's a plus or minus depends on
how long we remain in a recession," he said.
James Russell, director of equity research
and products at Fifth Third Bank in Cincin-
nati, agreed, stating that throughout the reces-
sion, "the consumer has been the bright spot.
There have been record auto purchases."
But Russell noted that this year there will
not be large tax cuts or a boom in home refi-
nancing, which provided $85 billion to con-
sumers last year.
"People are not being cautious about their
spending. There has been no slowdown in the
last several months, and this makes consumer
debt potentially worrisome," he said, adding
that he would not go so far as to consider cur-
rent debt levels a "crisis."

Russell added that a key determinant of
consumer debt will be unemployment.
"If unemployment goes up, that's where
consumers pull back," he said.
Business School Prof. Richard Sloan said
he shared the same attitude.
"People have been accelerating their spend-
ing," he said. "You're borrowing from the
future for the present. It's a case of hoping
consumer sentiment remains high, but I'm
not sure if it will."
Thakor noted that "when these (debt)
amounts show up on the bank balance sheets,
it hurts."
As Sloan pointed out, this may have nega-
tive implications.
"There are now a lot of loans to people
with low credit quality and it may be difficult
to collect this money," he said. "If a recovery
doesn't come soon, consumer debt could get

Freshman nursing student Rachel Andeer uses her
credit card at the Michigan Union Bookstore.

Requirements for
welfare emphasize
work over school

President's House to
undergo extensive
renovation this year

By Leslie Ward
For the Daily
State and Family Independency
Agency policies discourage welfare
recipients from obtaining an associ-
ate's or bachelor's degree, despite
research indicating that post-second-
ary education is the most effective
way to stay off welfare on a lifelong
basis, according to a report released
by the University's Center for the
Education of Women last week.
"We believe that Michigan is miss-
ing a great opportunity to get people
who are receiving public assistance
into permanent jobs that pay enough
. so that they can actually support their
fmilies," Elizabeth Sullivan, pro-
gram manager for policy and advoca-
cy for CEW, said.
The report, researched and written
by the Coalition for Independence
Through Education, focuses on the
refusal of FIA to count class time as a
fulfillment of work requirements, lack
of agency-provided child care for stu-
dents with children and the economic
benefits to the state that would be
gamed through the increase of income

"I feel like I am
being penalized for
going to school. No
matter how I try to
better my situation
all they care about
is the number of
hours I work"
- Survey respondent

By Kara Wenzel
Daily Staff Reporter
The President's House is expected
to undergo a $975,000 renovation
project that should be completed by
December, just after a new president
is scheduled to move in.
"It's a historic structure and a visi-
ble symbol of leadership at the Uni-
versity," Chief Financial Officer
Robert Kasdin told the University
Board of Regents last Thursday.
Regent Larry Deitch (D-Bingham
Farms) requested the Facilities and
Operations Department compile a
report on the types of renovations the

house needs, and the regents
approved the renovations at last
week's meeting.
Julia Truettner, University building
historian, said the President's House
is important to the University com-
munity because "it is the only one of
the original buildings to survive.
The original buildings built around
the Diag served as professors' hous-
es, dormitories, main buildings and
the University Hospital, and all but
the president's house were torn down
"to give way for newer and more
modern buildings," she added.
The renovations will update some
See HOUSE, Page 7

The fifth-floor stacks in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library afford a view of the
President's House, which will be renovated later this year.

in Michigan, 45 percent of those sur-
veyed responded that the general
message from FIA representatives
was that education was not impor-
tant, encouraged or supported. But
six different studies of welfare recip-
ients have shown that after recipients
complete post-secondary education,
they work more steadily, find jobs
related to their degrees and earn
higher wages.
"I feel like I am being penalized
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Term limits will remain unchanged

By Loule Meizlish
Daily Staff Reporter
Despite a persistent movement to repeal the state's
term limits law, elected officials will see no changes
in the length of time they are eligible to serve - at
least for now.
The term limits law, tacked on the state Constitu-
tion by Michigan's voters in 1992, limits the governor,
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terms, one of which began before 1992 and thus did
not apply under the law. Secretary of State Candice
Miller is finishing her final term in office after two
terms. Miller is running for a seat in the U.S. House
while Engler's future remains uncertain.
The term limits have also forced many legislators to
take risky shots at higher posts. Washtenaw County's
Sen. Alma Wheeler Smith (D-Salem Twp.), for exam-
ple, is making what some see as a longshot bid for
goverorwhileS Anate Minrity Teader Dan DeGrow

which leads to ineffective legislatures.
"It created a lot of havoc that people on the outside
have no idea of," said Sen. Joanne Emmons (R-Big
Many term-limited state representatives, like Dex-
ter Democrat John Hansen, are sacrificing their last
term in the House for a chance to run for a four-year
term in the Senate.
Kevin Kelly, managing director of the Michigan
State Medical Society and one of the leaders of an


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