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2 -TheMichigan Daily --Wednesday, une'4, 1997%
1997 graduates enter most
generousjob market inyears-

By Will Wissert
Daily Staff Reporter
A University senior sat intently working on an application
shortly before graduation last month.
Was he applying to graduate school or for a job in a far-
away city?
No, he was working on was an application for employment
at The Mongolian Barbecue. For this senior, and the hundreds
like him, glamorous jobs have been hard to come by in the
far-from-friendly job market.
But according to recent employment trends and work force
surveys, the luck of college graduates nationwide is project-
ed to improve over the coming months.
Manpower Inc., a national polling firm, questioned 16,000
companies nationwide about future staffing plans, asking
firms'if they intended to increase, decrease, or maintain staffs
in the coming months. Manpower found that 30 percent of
those employers polled said they were prepared to hire new

workers - the highest percentage in nearly 10 years.
In addition to Manpower's results, the National Association
of Colleges and Employers reported that companies nation-
wide have been sending recruiters to college campuses in
record-breaking numbers.
Bright economic forecasts such as these have left experts
clamoring about graduate-friendly markets and an end to
early '90s downsizing and employment slumps.
However, not all recent graduates have found the job mar-
ket as friendly as promised.
"People talk about how great the job market is butI haven't
seen the repercussions of that - I haven't been able to find a
job," said recent LSA graduate Amy Adams, a philosophy
and communications major. "I've interviewed in Chicago and
am going to do some interviews in New York. I am optimistic,
but I have had definite difficulties finding a job."
Economics Prof. Matthew Shapiro said all of the classic
See MARKET, Page 3

FILE PHOTO
Graduates Laeki Harris, Kasey Johnson and Lorri Pearson are surrounded by fellow
graduates at the commencement ceremony in Michigan Stadium last month.

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ning, Zitko said. "I think there's some
question as to whether he really is guilty
or not."
However, Robert Precht, a defense
attorney in the World Trade Center
bombing and director of the Office of
Public Service at the University's Law
School, said the prosecution's use of
indirect evidence is no cause for worry.
"The concern McVeigh was convict-
ed on circumstantial evidence is mis-
placed," Precht said. "Circumstantial
evidence can be, and often is much more
powerful than direct evidence:'

Matsch, a 1953 University Law
School graduate, received.praise for the
manner in which he conducted the trial.
Richard Rohr, a Detroit lawyer, who
worked with Matsch on the University
Law Review, said Matsch's personality
helped keep the trial in proper bounds.
"Matsch is not one to put tp with
nonsense" he said. "I thought his rul-
ings were good and he kept things from
becoming a circus."
"Dick was a very highly respected per-
son in law school and he continues to be"
Rohr said. "It is nice to see such a superi-
or intelligence at work on the bench"
The jury's decision was not made
without an emotional toll. Two jurors
held tissues near their eyes as the verdict
was read, coming close to tears.
Andrea Lyon, an assistant clinical
Law professor, said that "the length of
time it took to deliberate indicates some
jurors had doubts.
"My guess is that the two jurors who
were crying were emotionally attacked
and pressured into a guilty verdict;' she
said.

Lyon was not surprised by the out-
come of the trial.
"(The defense) almost always loses
death penalty cases because of the horri-
ble crime, weeping families and a lack
of political diversity on the jury' Lyon
said. "The odds of prosecution not win-
ning are 100 to one."
LSA senior Kevin Cox said that
McVeigh was tried fairly, and the guil*
verdict fit the crime.
"Granted, they didn't see him actually
in Oklahoma City, but a lot of the evi-
dence definitely did point to him;' Cox
said. "He was given a fair trial."
Atthough the jury returned a guilty
verdict, their work is not complete ---
they now must decide McVeigh's penalty.
"If the death penalty was ever fit for
anybody, it would be Timothy
McVeigh," Cox added.
Precht warns the jury not to let emo
tions affect their decision.
"I hope all sides will reduce emotion-
alism in the case and concentrate on the
facts because emotionalism causes unre-
liable results," said Precht.

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