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BIAMN to
protest
Title IX
symposium
By Jeannie Baumann
Daily Staff Reporter
Members of the Coalition to Defend
Affirmative Action By Any Means
Necessary plan to protest a Title IX
symposium sponsored by the Universi-
tyournal of Law Reform today.
Curt Levey, director of legal and
public affairs for the Washington,
D.C.-based Center for Individual
Rights, is scheduled to be one of the
speakers at the two-day symposium.
CIR is the law firm representing
students suing the University because
of its use of race as a factor in the
admissions process.
"CIR made its name originally by
attacking women's rights," said LSA
seor Aimee Bingham, a member of
BAMN. "They should be afraid to set
foot in the city and the community that
they're trying to resegregate."
"We have to call out that cynicism,
that hypocrisy. We are going to unite
the campus to defeat the CIR, BAMN
member Lisa Resch said.
Title IX is a federal statute passed in
1972 that prohibits discriminatory
pr ices in higher education on the
ba of gender, The law has particu-
larly affected intercollegiate athletics.
But Levey said he is not involved
with the admissions lawsuits filed
against the University's Law School
and College of Literature, Science and
the Arts.
"Title IX is a completely separate
issue," Levey said. "I have zero
involvement with the lawsuit. I'm
more ignorant of it than I'd like to be"
vey is scheduled to speak on a
panel at 3:45 p.m. today titled "How
should we determine gender equity in
sports?"
Although Levey is not working on
the lawsuits against the University, he
is currently involved in a lawsuit
against Miami University in Oxford,
Ohio, challenging its use of Title IX.
"The way gender equity is deter-
m needs changing, he said, claim-
in iami uses a quota system to
determine gender equity.
"Quotas are illegal and a bad idea. It
should be based on interest, not num-
bers" Levey said.
University of Michigan Journal of
Law Reform Editor in Chief Shannon
Kimball said the symposium is an
annual event centered around a differ-
ent issue every year.
"Our overall purpose is to generate
ren proposals and discuss ways to
nmT Title IX work more effectively,"
Kimball said. "Our purpose is not to
promote a particular ideological view-
point."
Kimball said she welcomes
BAMN's participation in the sym-
posium. "I think that they certainly
would argue their litigation strate-
gy," she said, adding that there
w Id not be discussion of affirma-
ti action. "This is no way related
against the lawsuits of the Universi-
ty."
But Rackham student and BAMN
organizer Jessica Curtin said Title IX
and affirmative action are very closely

linked.
The CIR has "intentionally been
using white women in their lawsuits.
See SYMPOSIUM, Page 2

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McCain

plans

town meeting

By Jeremy W. Peters
Daily Staff Reporter
The Feb. 22 Michigan GOP primary will be a
pivotal point in the presidential campaign of Sen.
John McCain - so important that the senator has

barometer for the midwest," Rubens said.
"Michigan is the number one priority."
But three days before the Michigan primary,
candidates will square off in the South Carolina
primary, where a recent poll indicates McCain is
currently five points ahead of Bush.

scheduled a town meeting on
campus the day before voters
will head to the polls.
The Arizona Republican
trounced Texas Gov. George
W. Bush in the New Hamp-
shire primary earlier this week
and a strong finish in the South
Carolina and Michigan pri-
maries has been deemed criti-
cal by both political analysts
and McCain supporters alike.
Bill Ballenger, editor of
Inside Michigan Politics,
emphasized the importance of
a victory for McCain in
Michigan.;

All eyes on Michigan

X Texas Gov.
George W. Bush
plans to visit
Detroit, Troy
and Allendale tod

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McCain, who spent more
than five years as a prisoner of
war in Vietnam, believes he
can appeal to the state's large
population of military veter-
ans.
Bush, a former fighter
pilot in the Texas Air
National Guard, is well
aware of McCain's populari-
ty with the armed forces
population and met yester-
day with a group of veterans
in South Carolina.
Rubens said he is confident
that McCain, not Bush, will
capture this large, heavily vot-

Arizona Sen. John McCain will visit
the Ukrainian Cultural Center in
Warren on Monday.
* Magazine editor Steve Forbes will
speak at the Jackson County GOP
Lincoln Day dinner Wednesday.
Source,:The Associated Press

"Obviously everything is critical for him at this
point," Ballenger said. "If he wins in the South
Carolina primary, or comes close ... and then
wins here, he could really be on his way to the
nomination."
Last night at a mass meeting for campus
McCain supporters in the Michigan League,
McCain Michigan co-Chair Will Rubens, an
LSA juni'or, echoed the need for the senator to
fare well in the primary. McCain's home state
primary is also scheduled for the same day.
"McCain sees Michigan as a swing state ... a

ing segment of the population.
"I think Gov. Bush is a veteran in his own
right, but being in the Texas Air National Guard
is not the same as being a PO.W," Rubens said.
"I think they'll find it a little hard to swallow that
Bush is as sympathetic to the needs of veterans
as McCain is."
Rubens said one of the ways the senator plans
on carrying Michigan is by winning over the stu-
dent population. McCain is scheduled to visit the
University Feb. 21 to take part in a town meeting
See MCCAIN, Page 2

Beck performs the song "Milk & Honey" from his latest album "Midnite Vultures" last night at Hill
Auditorium. See story in Daily Arts. Page ;.
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By Dan Krauth
Daily Staff Reporter
The traditional image of college students
working to make ends meet by returning
empty soda cans for change or holding a
job in a residence hall cafeteria may have
faded with the past century.
Many University students are switching
from after-school jobs to online investing
and earning thousands of dollars.
"It's exciting to see how a few clicks of
the mouse and typing a few numbers can
make you money," LSA freshman Adam
Zweibel said.
Numerous students like Zweibel
research investments online on Websites
such as charlessch wab.com, erade.com
and aneritrade.com. These Websites
have tips and charts on the latest invest-
ments in stocks, options, bonds and
mutual funds.
"When I get a tip on something that
looks hot, I act on it and I check my portfo-
lio under vnivahoo.com," Zweibel said.
Zweibel started investing online at the
beginning of the academic year with
$1,500. Now, five months later, Zweibel
boasts more than S8,300 in his portfolio.
LSA freshmanAnthony Chubb has also
clicked his way to successful earnings.
Although Chubb initially invested

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Magitrate
clears charge
for 'U'alum
U Ten of the 23 protesters have been
cleared of charges for their part in a
protest against the School of Americas
By Shomad Terrelonge-Stone
Daily Staff Reporter

DAVID ROCHINO/ Daily
LSA sophomore Josh Warsaw, a member of the Michigan Interactive Investments Club,
checks stocks online in the Angell Hall Computing Site last night.

S2,000 last May, Chubb's earnings now
total S45,000.
Chubb said he spends about an hour per
day checking his investments. Chubb said
one secret of his success is that he buys
many penny stocks using Ameritrade, an
online investing site, and then researches
them on other sites and by watching news
sources such as CNBC.
The increase of student investing
prompted LSA senior John Yen and two
other students to begin the Michigan
Interactive Investments Club in the fall
of 1998.
Through Mll, which is a non-profit stu-
dent-run investing organization, more than
50 students meet weekly to focus on learn-
ing how to research stocks.
"We teach people the business and the

jargon," said MII President Yen, a former
Merrill Lynch intern.
While the group teaches technique that
can be used for individual investing, the
group also invests collectively.
"We all have one portfolio and buy as a
group. All of the returns that we get go
back to the organization," Yen said.
Yen said first-time investors can benefit
by using online resources.
"If you want to get involved with
stocks, go with the online investing but
with a low amount of capital -- until
you're experienced - that's how I start-
ed," he said.
LSA sophomore Josh Warsaw said
Mll has taught him to "evaluate stocks
better, how to understand the numbers and
See INVESTING, Page 7

Charges against University alum Abby Schlaff for her
part in an illegal protest against the U.S. School of Americ-
as were dropped by the United States Magistrate for the
Middle District of Georgia, Columbus Division.
Schlaff said she received a letter earlier in the week from
the court clearing her of the misdemeanor charges.
Last month Schlaff and 22 other protesters received let-
ters in the mail from the court stating that they were to
appear before the United States Magistrate to be arraigned
on the charges against them for actions during last Novem-
ber's protest of the SOA in Columbus, Ga.
The 10th annual demonstration, which involved more
than 10,000 religious, labor and student leaders, mourned
the killing of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and
daughter in El Salvador on Nov. 16, 1989.
Ignoring threats of arrest, Schlaff and more than 5,000
other protesters crossed onto Fort Benning property in a
simulated funeral procession carrying signs and crosses to
commemorate those who were killed in Latin America by
SOA graduates.
"The charges were dropped because we chose not to prose-
cute further," Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean Daskull said. "We
considered each of the defendants based on the strength of the
evidence and the allocation of our resources."
Schlaff said she was disappointed that the charges against
her were dropped because she thought if she went to trial,
"it would have got more publicity," against the SOA, she
said. "I think that's why they dropped the charges."
Schlaff's offense was punishable with a sentence of
between 30 days and six months in prison and a maximum
fine of 55,000. If she was convicted, the judge would have
had the authority to reduce or suspend the sentence. Thirteen
of the 23 protesters have been arraigned and will be charged,
but 10 protesters have had charges against them dropped.
SOA was established in 1946 in Panama. In 1984 it was
relocated to Fort Benning, Ga. Schlaff and other protesters
allege that SOA is responsible for the death of hundreds of
thousands of Latin Americans who were tortured, massa-
cred, assassinated and raped by graduates of the school.
But SOA supporters deny these allegations and say the
school provides relevant military training and education to
soldiers from Latin America and the Caribbean while pro-
moting democracy and respect for human rights and cooper-
ation between the militaries of the western world. Supporters
also say SOA teaches democratic values to the U.S. and
Latin American students who fill the school's classrooms.
Schlaff said she is not sure if she would do the same

Chinese students ready to kick off new year

By Tiffany Maggard
Daily Staff Reporter
The ball may have dropped a month
ago in Times Square, but New Year's
celebrations in China will'begin
tonight and many University students
will be commemorating the holiday on
this side of the globe as well.
According to the Chinese lunar cal-
endar, the millennium begins at mid-
night tonight. The rollover to the year
4698 is the beginning of the year of
the dragon, one of the 12 signs of the

The dragon is a symbol of
longevity, love and prosperity. In a
typical New Year's celebration, the
"dragon dance" is performed to dis-
pel evil spirits and welcome pros-
perity into the new year.
"Everyone wants their kid to be born
in the year of the dragon," Chen said.
Chen said many of the traditions
associated with the new year are simi-
lar to customs for holidays like
Thanksgiving and Christmas. "It's like
Thanksgiving because families get
together. It's like Christmas because
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"Basically, the whole country
stops," Chen said.
Asian American Association Pres-
ident Teresa Kuo said she remem-
bers attending the festivals and
watching the fireworks in China as a
child.
"I remember it being very elabo-
rate," she said.
Chinese Studies associate Prof. San
Duanmu said most people commemo-
rate the occasion by spending time
with family.
"The biggest thing is family gather-
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