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2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 1, 1995


Clinton urges unity in troubled N. Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP)
- President Clinton visited violence-
scarred neighborhoods on both sides of
Northern Ireland's long conflict yester-
day, celebrating a successful 15-month
cease-fire and declaring, "Surely there
can be no turning back."
The first American President ever
to come to the troubled province,
Clinton implored Roman Catholics
and Protestants alike not to surrender
to the impulses of "old habits and
hard grudges."
There was a poignant reminder of the
horror of the past and the promise of the
future when Catherine Hamill, a9-year-
old Catholic schoolgirl, shyly read a
letter to the President:
"My first daddy died in the troubles.

President addresses factory workers

It was the saddest day of my life. I still
think of him. Now it is nice and peace-
ful." Her father was slain by gunmen
who burst into his home and shot him in
front of his family in 1987.
In his main speech ofthe day, Clinton
addressed several thousand people at
Mackie Metal Plant, located along a
"peace line," a wall of steel and stone
dividing Catholic and Protestant neigh-
borhoods. The plant's workforce is
mixed but mostly Protestant. Everyone
is instructed to leave their politics at the
"You must stand firm against terror,"
Clinton urged. "You must say to those

who still would use violence for politi-
cal objectives: 'You are the past. Your
day is over."'
Clinton's peace appeals were loudly
applauded, though a lone heckler,
Cedric Wilson, twice called out,
"Never." Wilson is aligned with Prot-
estant firebrand Ian Paisley, leader of
the most extreme pro-British party, the
Democratic Unionist Party.
Nearly 3,000 officers were put on
duty to protect Clinton during his 24-
hour stay. Dozens of roads were closed,
sewers were searched and sealed, and
metal detectors were erected in Clinton's
Belfast hotel, bombed 37 times since

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the troubles began in 1969.
A crowd estimated at more than
50,000 braved the evening chill to watch
Clinton switch on the Christmas lights
outside Belfast city hall.
Clinton's visit was designed to build
momentum in the peace process and a
sense of accomplishment in the cease-
The journey - with a stop today in
Dublin - also had political reverbera-
tions for Clinton, since 44 million
Americans claim some Irish ancestry.
Arriving here on the heels of a break-
through agreement between London and
Dublin on Northern Ireland, Clinton
stopped first in a hard-line Protestant
neighborhood, where he bought apples
and flowers for his wife, Hillary.
Continued from Page 1.
But Montalvo said the current chal-
lenge is to keep minority faculty at the
University once they have arrived on
"Wehave an enormous problem with
minority retention," Montalvo said. "I
think many members of minorities that
have been on our faculty have not stayed
as long as they could have."
Monts said that the University must
create a climate where minority faculty
members feel comfortable working.
"There are some faculty who leave
the University becausethey'don't like
the atmosphere, but ther are also a
number who leave for other reasons,"
Monts said.
Brewer said that minority increases
are not reflected in every school at the
"Some schools have had a dramatic
increase, others have not, like the School
of Medicine," he said.
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Gingrich FEC allegations 'phony'
WASHINGTON-An angry House SpeakerNewt Gingrich
yesterday curtly dismissed allegations by the Federal Election
Commission that his political organization illegally spent
$250,000 to aid his troubled campaign in 1990. But Demo-
crats renewed their call for an independent counsel to inves-
tigate Gingrich's wide-ranging political activities.
"This is the smoking gun," House Minority Whip David
Bonior (D-Mich.) said of the FEC report, issued Wednesday.
Gingrich denied that GOPAC, the organization he then
chaired, had provided him the funds five years ago. "No, they
did not. They explicitly did not," he told reporters during a Gingrich
brief encounter.
"It is totally phony. That should answer all the questions
you have," Gingrich said. "It is phony. How can I make it clear? The word phony
should get it across to you. The FEC allegations are phony."
The FEC alleges that GOPAC spent more than $500,000 to help GOP congres-
sional candidates in 1989-90 - including at least $250,000 for Gingrich's re-
election campaign - at a time when the committee was prohibited from influenc-
ing federal elections, according to court records released Wednesday.

Rain slows, river number were assumed to havef
the rising water. No deaths or inju
levels decrease in associated with the flooding had b
flooded Washington reported.
Laser may take


SEATTLE - Rain slackened and
river levels inched downward all around
a sodden western Washington state yes-
terday as residents and officials began
to take stock of damage from wide-
spread flooding after three days of
drenching rains.
But most rivers continued to be
under a flood warning, and down-
stream communities defended their
ground with massive sandbagging
In the town of Mount Vernon, popu-
lation 30,000, hundreds of high school
students and others laid down 175,000
sandbags to keep out the cresting
Skagit River. It appeared to be work-
in g.
Washington Gov. Mike Lowry has
declared emergencies in 16 counties
and put the National Guard on alert to
assist in flood operations.
Nearly 600 people sought out Red
Cross shelters in nine counties
Wednesday night, but many times that
Aristide plans to
step down Feb. 7
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Presi-
dent Jean-Bertrand Aristide shut the door
yesterday on the possibility of remaining
in office past his constitutionally man-
dated term, saying the impression he
would not step down was a misunder-
standing and presidential efections will
proceed as planned on Dec. 17.
He also said that if international eco-
nomic aid was cut, the United States
would face an increased tide of fleeing
boat people. Aristide said the U.S. Coast
Guard's apprehension at sea of 1,000
Haitian boat people in the past week,
more than the total for the previous 12
months, was a "warning sign" that the
international community should not
slacken the flow of aid to the impover-
ished nation. He said all those who were
fleeing were "economic refugees."
Although Aristide recently appeared
to hint that he would not step down as
scheduled on Feb. 7, he said had not
intended to give that impression. The
president said the misunderstanding
stemmed from his reluctance to risk
polarizing the nation by publicizing his
decision to leave office in the face of

defense into future
phasers" is a battle command that Pen-
tagon officials believe will soon move
out of the realm of science fiction.
Underan ambitious $5-billion program
that is supposed to revolutionize warfare
much as gunpowderonce did, some ofthe
top scientists in the United States are
working on a high-energy chemical laser
that would shoot lethal beams a few hun-
dred miles to knock out enemy missiles.
The 100,000-pound laser, carried in-
side a Boeing 747 jet , would be power-
ful enough to destroy targets in about
three seconds- forcing missile wreck-
age and any warhead to drop back onto
the enemy launch site.
Guiding the beam would be a com-.
puter-controlled mirror that could ad-
just its shape thousands of times a sec-
ond to offset atmospheric distortion
between the weapon and the target.
demands by his most fervent followers
to stay three more years.
Aristide's handpicked successor,
Rene Preval, is likely to win an easy
victory in the 14-candidate field.
Hostage situation
tests Mdeast peace
JERUSALEM - Israel's army sus-
pended its troop redeployment on the
West Bank yesterday for 24 hours after
gunmen from PLO Chairman Yasser
Arafat's Fatah faction freed two Israeli
border policemen they kidnapped and
held overnight.
The incident in the West Bank town
of Janin kept high-level teams of Israe-
lis and Palestinians working through
the night to avoid a breakdown in the
complex security arrangements being
made as part of Israel's military pull-
back in the region.
Israeli and Palestinian security offi-
cials blamed each other for the incident.
The Palestinians accused Israel of fail-
ing to advise them of their movements
and the Israelis blamed the Palestinians
for failing to disarm groups operating
outside the police force.
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