2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Harvard president will step down
because of divisive climate caused
by his comments on gender
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Lawrence Summers
ended his tumultuous stint as Harvard University presi-
dent yesterday, choosing to resign June 30 rather than
fight with a faculty angered by his management style
and comments that innate ability may explain why few
women reach top science posts.
"I have reluctantly concluded that the rifts between me
and segments of the Arts and Sciences faculty make it
infeasible for me to advance the agenda of renewal that I
see as crucial to Harvard's future," Summers wrote in a
letter posted on the school's website.
"This is a day of mixed emotions for me," he added in
a conference call with reporters.
Effective at the end of the academic year, Summers'
move brings to a close the briefest tenure of any Harvard
president since 1862, when Cornelius Felton died after
two years in office. Summers has led America's wealthi-
est university, with an endowment of more than $25 bil-
lion, since 2001.
He became embroiled in several controversies early in
his tenure, among them the departure of prominent black
studies professors such as Cornel West.
Last year's comments to an academic conference
on women in science grew into a broader debate of
Summers' management style, which some considered
brusque and even bullying. He was also criticized by
some for his handling of plans to expand Harvard's cam-
pus across the Charles River in Boston.
The discontent prompted a 218-185 no confidence
vote from Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences last
March. Faculty votes are symbolic because the seven-
member Harvard Corporation has sole authority to fire
the university's president.
Another no confidence vote was scheduled for next
Tuesday. It was called following the resignation of Fac-
ulty of Arts and Sciences Dean William Kirby: Some
faculty believe he was pushed out by Summers, though
Harvard University President Lawrence Summers,
center, speaks outside his office in Harvard Yard
after announcing his resignation yesterday.
Kirby has said the decision was mutual.
Yesterday, Kirby issued a statement saying Sum-
mers had accomplished a great deal during his ten-
ure, and "he has set in motion important initiatives
for the university's future."
Derek Bok, Harvard's president from 1971 to 1991,
will serve as interim president of the University from July
1 until the conclusion of the search for a new president.
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February 22, 2006
Court mulls partial-birth abortion ban
The Supreme Court said yesterday it would consider reinstating a federal ban on
what opponents call partial-birth abortion, pulling the contentious issue back to the
high court on conservative Justice Samuel Alito's first day.
Alito could well be the tie-breaking vote when the court decides if doctors can
be barred from performing the abortion procedure.
It is the first time the court has considered a federal restriction on abortion, and
conservatives said they expect the membership change to affect the outcome.
"This is the frontline abortion case in the country," said Jay Sekulow, chief
counsel for the conservative American Center for Law and Justice, who represents
members of Congress in the case.
Justices split 5-4 in 2000 in striking down a state law barring the same pro-
cedure because it lacked an exception to protect the health of the mother. Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor, who was the tie-breaking vote, retired late last month and
was replaced by Alito.
SAN QUENTIN, Calif.
Ethical objections delay execution
The execution of a convicted killer was postponed yesterday after two anesthesiolo-
gists refused for ethical reasons to take part, renewing the long-running debate over
what role doctors may play in the death chamber.
Michael Morales, 46, was supposed to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. But the
execution was put off until at least yesterday night after the anesthesiologists objected
that they might have to advise the executioner if the inmate woke up or appeared to
"Any such intervention would clearly be medically unethical," the doctors, whose
identities were not released, said in a statement. 'As a result, we have withdrawn from
participation in this current process."
The doctors had been brought in by a federal judge after Morales' attorneys argued
that the three-part lethal injection process violates the Eighth Amendment.
Bush threatens veto over port deal
President Bush said yesterday that a deal allowing an Arab company to take
over six major U.S. seaports should go forward and that he would veto any con-
gressional effort to stop it.
The Senate's Republican leader had promised just such an effort a few hours earlier,
and the House's top Republican called for "an immediate moratorium" on the deal.
"After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward,"
Bush told reporters who had traveled with him on Air Force One to Washington. "I want
those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern
company is held to a different standard than a Great British company.Iam trying to conduct
foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, 'We'll treat you fairly."'
Violence plagues capital; 30,dead
A car bomb exploded yesterday on a street packed with shoppers in a Shiite area of
Baghdad, killing 22 people and wounding 28, police said. It was the deadliest bomb
attack in the Iraqi capital in a month.
Terrified children screamed and several women wailed for their dead, crying, "the
terrorists, may God punish them." Shattered bits of fruits and vegetables from vendors'
pushcarts lay scattered on the street amid pools of blood.
At least eight other people were killed and more than 30 injured yesterday in bomb-
ings and shootings elsewhere in Baghdad.
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