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encourage Microsoft to seek a lesser
sanction during setdement talks. But it
could also stymie negotiations and
encourage Microsoft to battle the case
through America’s courts for years.
The Justice Department, which last
month disclosed that it had hired as its
adviser a financial consulting firm,
Greenhill & Cos. LLC of New York,
believes that lesser sanctions - such as
prohibiting the company from abusing
its influence or publishing its wholesale
prices - would be inadequate to rein in
The Justice Department declined to
publicly discuss its plans.
It wasn't immediately clear exactly
how the government envisions the
restructuring of one of America’s most
successful companies, with $19.7 billion
in sales last year alone. But one source
said lawyers do not envision dividing
Microsoft into one company to sell its
dominant Windows operating system,
another to sell its software applications
and a third to sell its Internet content, as
has been suggested by some.
Another breakup option that had
been under consideration was dividing
Microsoft into smaller duplicate compa
nies, dubbed “Baby Bills” after the com
pany’s famous billionaire chairman, that
would be set against each other to com
The 19 state attorneys general, who
hired their own advisers separately from
Justice, are deciding whether to endorse
Justice’s breakup proposal but are lean
ing in favor of it, sources said. At least
one state has cautioned that a breakup
could be unduly disruptive to con
sumers, who rely on Windows as a de
facto standard to run their software
applications and their PCs.
Critics warn that competing versions
of Windows could lead (o software that
doesn’t run on some computers.
Breaking up Microsoft into smaller
companies would be “stupid, because it
just creates confusion in the market
place,” said Michael Cusumano, a pro
fessor at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology who has written about
Microsoft’s battle with the former
Netscape Communications Corp. “The
breakup sounds like a mess to me.”
The government expects to formally
present the breakup plan next week
when it meets privately again in
Chicago with Posner, the mediator.
Jackson, the trial judge, urged gov
ernment lawyers during a meeting in
November to agree among themselves
on sanctions before bringing any formal
recommendation for him to consider.
Microsoft spokesman Jim Culiinan
said Wednesday that “the notion of
breaking up Microsoft is an extreme and
radical proposal not justified by what
has been presented in this case.”
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Congress Takes Resolution to State
By Kim Minimi
Assistant University Editor
In response to intensifying student
efforts to protest the death penalty.
Student Congress sent a resolution to
the N.C. legislature demanding a mora
torium on executions in the state.
Student activists presented Gov. Jim
Hunt with the resolution lasi month at a
human rights discussion at Raleigh’s
Old Capitol. “1 think we really got
through to (Gov. Hunt),” said Kara
Mannix, student who presented Hunt
with the resolution as he attempted to
leave the room.
“1 think it was the first time (he) was
very personally and closely confronted
with this issue of the death penalty.”
Days after Hunt was given the reso
lution, he granted clemency to Wendell
Flowers, who was scheduled to be exe
cuted on Dec. 17 for the 1986 stabbing
death of a fellow inmate.
This was the first time Flunt granted
a death row pardon in his four terms of
“ This was done by (Hunt’s) manner
of reading the law and his reviewing the
facts,” said Tad Boggs, the governor’s
press secretary. “He undoubtedly read
the resolution, but his policy regarding
the death penalty has not changed.”
Lindsay Whitfield, Finance
Committee Chairwoman of Student
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Congress, sponsored the resolution after
seeing demonstrations in the Pit.
After drawing up the resolution,
Whitfield sat in the Pit with several
CEDP members and surveyed student
opinion with a petition. Whitfield said
more than 300 signatures were collect
ed. “As Congress members, we’re sup
posed to represent the greater majority
of students,” she said.
Speaker of Congress Mark
Kleinschmidt said Congress should not
limit itself to student issues within the
“If the student body at large has a
belief that involves outside authority,
Congress should feel comfortable artic
ulating that student belief in resolution
form,” he said.
Whitfield said Congress was not
explicitly calling for an end to the death
penalty, but a freeze.
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“There are a lot of different ethnicities,
but people are people.”
Classes met seven days a week on
the consecutive days between stops.
But Danser said the field components
enhanced his learning experience.
“I learned a lot better being there
firsthand and talking to the people,”
said Danser, a junior anthropology
major from Durham.
life on a Semester At Sea ship has
its advantages and drawbacks, the par
ticipants said. The entire ship facilitated
a university and its demands as well as
600 college students and their needs.
The 23,500-ton ship equipped with
a library, movie theater and a comput
er lab could have its cons, as well.
“It was a big ship, but it got smaller
and smaller,” Danser said.
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often in the best interest of the child and
the parents to involve the grandparents
in the family.
“I believe grandparents are still part
of what we call the nuclear family,” said
Decker, who plans to reintroduce the
bill in the next legislative session.
“Parents aren’t alone.”
But others believe parents should be
the only people responsible for their
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“We don’t think the policy is right -
whether you want to call it racist, dis
criminatory, ineffective, whatever. Does
it make sense to keep killing people
while you’re reevaluating your policy?”
Mannix said Congress’ decision to
pass the resolution was very significant.
“It was very symbolic,” she said. “It’s
very powerful coming from a large and
prestigious school like Carolina.”
Whether or not the resolution affect
ed Hunt, Whitfield said Congress will
continue striving to represent students.
“Student government can be more
than day-to-day legislation, it can repre
sent the ideas of the student body,” she
said. “Student government can and
should be a vocal voice of student opin
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On-board features such as the pool
and bar could distract students from
academic work, the students said.
Students spent four to six days in
each country completing field assign
ments and sightseeing.
The students passed by historic sites
from the Great Wall of China to the
pyramids of Egypt.
“It’s one thing to see a picture, and
it is another thing to go and be right in
front of it,” Danser said. “No picture
could do that any justice.”
Semester At Sea gave its participants
a different perspective in which to
view the world.
Soffe said the experience gave her a
more complete understanding about
things she had learned in school.
She said, “It made the world a little
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There is concern grandparents’ rights
could take precedence over the rights of
parents, said John Rustin, director of
government relations at the N.C. Family
Policy Council, a Raleigh-based
research and education group.
“The parents have the responsibility
to raise their children and should have
the right to determine who influences
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