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November 17, 1997

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By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
lDaily Sports Editor
MADISON - After four straight four-loss seasons
and a summer of soul-searching, Michigan's coaches
concluded that a lack of grit and mental toughness had
Pi holding back their talented teams. They demand-
e change, and Saturday they got it. Their top-ranked
Wolverines gutted out a 26-16 victory over No. 23
Wisconsin to secure at least a share of their first Big
Ten title since 1992.
The gamesset the stage for next week's showdown
in Ann Arbor with No. 4 Ohio State - the team that
was undefeated and ranked No. 2 the past two years
before losing to Michigan. All the Wolverines have
achieved this season will be highlighted or erased
then, running back Chris Howard said, because "no
sowill remember what you did in the past if you lose
that kind of game."
A victory would give the Wolverines (7-0 Big Ten.
10-0 overall) the Big Ten title outright, sending them
to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1992 sea-
son with a chance to win their first national champi-
onship since 1948.
But nine perfect seasons have been ruined in the
Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, which often displays a
series to
Symposium intended
to educate students
about contentious topic
By Katie Piona
Daily Staff Reporter
With the lawsuit that challenges the
U iversity's affirmative action prac-
tj looming, members of various stu-
dent organizations have united to spon-
sor a four-day symposium this week to
shed light on the pressing issue.
"Affirmative Action 101:
Understanding the Controversy"
intends to inform members of the
University community about the social
policy through a series of two-hour
speech and discussion sessions focus-
i on several topics, including affir- u .
Live action's history and the politics
surrounding the controversial issue.
"We really wanted to provide educa-
tion for the students on both sides of the
issue so they can make a wise decision
regarding what stance they would like to On a guide
take on the issue," said Kenneth Jones, students
who chairs the Michigan Student
Assembly Minority Affairs Commission.
MAC, along with the Women's
Issues Commission, organized the
posium, while more than 10 stu-
t organizations, many with contrast-
ing opinions on affirmative action, are 1n !
Affirmative Action 101 By Diba R
Daily Staff R
Tonight: History of affirmative Dytfus
an gell Hall, Auditorium C, 7-9 p.m. fifth-grad
*romorrow: Academic affirmative On Fri
action Elementar
Angell Hall, Auditorium C, 7-9 p.m. with wid
I Wednesday: Politics and affirmative SERVE ar
action Walking

Angell Hall, Auditorium D, 8-10 p.m. after surf
Harris ask
Thursday: Student Panel and The vol
discussion University
Angell Hall, Auditorium C, 7-9 p.m.

climbs to

10-0; OSU


The Showdown

Countdown to The Game
No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Ohio State
Saturday, noon (ABC)

victory was their first as the nation's top team since
1977. Michigan has won 10 games for the first time
since 1991 and is 10-0 for the first time since 1974.
And for the first time in recent memory, letdowns
have been liquidated.
"It's tough when you're down and when you have
all the critics telling you you're mediocre, that you
don't have it anymore, you can't coach, you can't
play," Carr said. "All those things make it tough for
guys to continue to believe. I think the great thing
about this group of kids is their resolve. We haven't
had an emotional letdown all year long."
They marched out bearing what Carr called the
"tremendous pressure" of being No. I before 79.806
fans at notoriously noisy Camp Randall Stadium. They
played in wind-chill temperatures that plunged below
15 degrees in a brisk breeze. And they were able to
overcome difficulties on offense as their defense, rated
best in the nation, struggled. The defense gave up its
second touchdown reception and second second-half
touchdown of the season, and it was scored upon in the
fourth quarter for just the second time.
Carr said "the offense won this game for us," and
defensive end Glen Steele said the offense "bailed out
See BADGERS, Page 4B

different Michigan team than the one that usually
plays in games like Saturday's. Letdown losses have
haunted the Wolverines, who last year lost to a strug-
gling Purdue team and blew a 16-point lead to lose at
The Wolverines, who jumped from No. 4 to No. 1
after beating Penn State last week, had lost their pre-
vious three games as a top-ranked team. Saturday's

Tight end Jerame Tuman (80) hugs wide receiver Tai Streets on Saturday after
Streets scored the Wolverines second touchdown in the Michigan-Wisconsin game.
China dissident
freed after 18
years in pnson

DETROIT (AP) China's most
prominent pro-democracy campaigner
was freed on medical parole yesterday
after nearly 18 years in prison and
flown to Detroit, where he was hospi-
talized immediately.
Wei Jingsheng, first arrested in
March 1979 during the crackdown on
the Democracy
Wall movement.
suffers from heart
problems, high
blood pressure and
other ailments
made worse during
his prison term.
After his arrival
at Detroit,
M e t r o p o I i tan i
Airport about Wel Jingsheng
10:40 a.m. yester-
day, the 47-year-old Wei was admitted
to Henry Ford Hospital, hospital
spokesperson Meg Leonard said.
Wei was in fair but stable condition
last night, said Dr. Thomas Royer, Henry
Ford chief medical officer. He was being
treated for hypertension and being eval-
uated for other medical problems, but
Royer didn't specify exactly for what.
"A lot of his problems aren't known
yet," Leonard said.
Wei was taken to the hospital immedi-
ately after arriving in Detroit, Royer said.
"We're pleased Mr. Wei was able to

walk into the hospital without assis-
tance" he said. "We are conducting fur-
ther tests, and in the meantime are assist-
ing him in getting much-needed rest."
Royer declined to answer questions,
saying the hospital was honoring Wei's
request for privacy. Leonard said Wei
could be released from the hospital as
early as today.
Kenneth Lieberthal, a University
political science professor and expert on
China, said the recent summit between
the presidents of China and the United
States was a driving factor in Wei's
"This release is very welcomed,"
Lieberthal said. "It reflects the types of
progress that can be made when both
sides have an interest in dealing seri-
ously with the concerns of the other."
But Lieberthal cautioned that Wei's
release is likely more symbolic than
"Frankly, I see this as a small part of
what should be the human rights discus-
sion with China," he said. "This is
important for some individual people,
but it affects extremely few people in
"The more important issues are
cooperation in the development of
China's legal system, anti-poverty pro-
grams, and environmental programs
that have a broad impact on China."
See CHINA, Page 2A

ed tour of the University, Detroit fifth-graders jump on the 'M' on the Diag after learning of its symbolism. The
came to the University with a program called Students Establishing Educational Dreams.
et ro fiftraders get
sid look at campus life.

ed University students watched as more than 80
ers surfed the Web in computing sites, filled the
and infiltrated the Michigan Union basement.
day, the curious students from Stellwagen
ry School in East Detroit observed campus life
e eyes as a part of Students Establishing
al Dreams, a program organized by Project
nd the Student Athlete Advisory Council.
g out of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library
ing the Web, Stellwagen fifth-grader Tierra
,ed, "Do we get to do more fun things?"
unteers who buddied up with the children were
students involved in Project SERVE and other

interested students.
"I think it's a great program because a lot of them were
very enthusiastic about it," said Lona Stoll, an LSA first-
year student. "A lot of them are really thinking about col-
lege now, and they have a better idea of what it's like."
Stoll said she was interested in getting involved with
community service and saw this as an excellent opportu-
"We played on the computers. We looked up snow
tigers (on the Internet). That was fun," Harris told her
teacher as the group headed to the Chemistry Building to
partake in a chromatography experiment.
Friday's snowfall added to the excitement as many stu-
dents tried to make snowballs without getting caught.
See SERVICE, Page 3A

' hosts intergroup
dialogue conference

Iraq anticipates attack, clears hospitals

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
When Ximena Zuniga began the
Intergroup Relations, Conflict and
Community (ICRCC) program in 1988,
she gathered students in the Blue
Carpet Lounge of Alice Lloyd
Residence Hall and held discussions on
differences in race, gender and culture.
Now an intergroup dialogue facilitator
at the University of Massachusetts,
Zuniga returned to the University this
weekend with 80 educators nationwide to
attend a conference highlighting the pro-
gram she founded. The conference was
held in the LSA building, close to the pro-
gram's offices in the Michigan Union.
"This was a very small, marginal pro-
gram" Zuniga said. "It's very exciting to
see how far the program has come.
There has been an incredible change."
Representatives of the federal govern-
ment, colleges and universities across the
country and higher education associa-
tions attended the conference to observe
and participate in the University's
renowned intergroup dialogues..
Hundreds of University students par-
ticipate in , IGRCC programs each
semester through first-year seminars,

"The U of M has
shown great
-- Sonya Jarvus
Consultant for Initiative on Race
list of 14 "Promising Practices" in race
relations. "It is well-developed and pro-
vides some useful ideas that I will make
sure the staff has a chance to review."
Intergroup dialogue has always been
an important part of Clinton's Initiative,
Jarvus said.
"The President has strongly indicated
he wants to focus on dialogue," he said.
Teresa Brett, co-director of IGRCC,
said the conference gave educators
from across the nation an' opportunity
to showcase their programs. "People are
talking broadly about different aspects of
their programs;" she said.
The conference "is the result -of, a
number of years of planning'" Brett-said.
Zuniga said the conference was an
effective way of getting out tbhe mes-
sage of the usefulness of intergroup

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Saddam
Hussein stressed yesterday that Iraq
"does not seek conflict" with the
United States and expressed hope that
a solution to the crisis could be worked
even as officials ordered citizens
tlbe prepared for a possible U.S. air
Saddam, who provoked the standoff
by expelling American members of
the U.N. weapons inspection team,
met with his Cabinet yesterday and
said he hoped a conflict could be

"Iraq does not seek conflict with the
United States and if there is a solution
to this crisis ... we
would be happy,"
he said in a state-
ment carried by the
Iraqi News
Kuwait andj
Syria, which sup-
ported strikes
against Iraq during
the 1991 Persian s
Gulf War, said Hussein

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed
Saeed al-Sahhaf said the use of force
"has proven that it does not lead to
solutions, but to a complication of
His remarks were aired on Iraq tele-
vision and carried by E's Middle East
News Agency.
The United States yesterday pressed
forward with its military buildup, send-
ing the aircraft carrier USS George
Washington through the Suez Canal
toward the Persian Gulf.

would be removed.
Hassan Abdel Jabar, a doctor at
Baghdad Central Hospital, said the hos-
pital would only accept emergency
cases "because we are expecting a
strike by the Americans."
Thousands of Iraqi civilians flocked
to Saddam's palaces in Baghdad and
industrial installations around the capi-
tal to join other people serving as
human shields.
Kuwait and Syria, which supported
strikes against Iraq during the 1991
Persian Gulf War, said they were


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