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September 25, 2001

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New group
By Karen Schwartz
Daily Staff Reporter
Inspired by what they said was the
need for a prevalent student voice
advocating affirmative action, mem-
bers of a new campus group met yes-
terday to discuss who they are -
and who they aren't.
The formation of Students Sup-
porting Affirmative Action is, in
part, intended to provide an alterna-
tive to the Coalition to Defend Affir-
mative Action and Integration and
Fight for Equality By Any Means
"We are not BAMN; we are not
affiliated with BAMN," said LSA
junior Michael Simon. "We work
towards the same goal with a differ-
ent focus."
That different focus, the group's
founders said, will be largely rooted
in their status as a student-led pro-
affirmative action organization -
something they argued the campus
was lacking.
Group founders said SSAA will
work to promote education about
affirmative action and give students
a voice and an avenue to learn about
what's going on, LSA sophomore
Kristen Harris said.
"We're all students, started by stu-
dents, organized by students, for stu-
dents. That's the main difference,"
Harris said. She added that SSAA
also is unique because it represents
student leadership from a diverse
variety of campus organizations.
LSA sophomore Alyx Cadotte"
said she attended the meeting
because she likes the ideas that it
"I think that it's a good idea that
students have finally taken the initia-
tive to start a group on their own that
promotes awareness of affirmative
action," Cadotte said. "I want to get
Simon said that although SSAA's
membership represents and invites a
broad spectrum of ideas about affir-
mative action ranging from radical to
moderate, the membership agrees on
at least one thing.
"We agree that affirmative action
is the means to an end in correcting
injustice," he said. "And we may dis-
agree on exactly how to do it but we
all agree it's important."
LSA sophomore Jackie Bray, one
. of SSAA's founders, said the Univer-
sity is in a historic position with
regard to the future and issue of
affirmative action.
"Students on this campus have a
responsibility to vocally support
affirmative action. In recent years
the student voice has been lost.
SSAA is an attempt to allow that
pro-affirmative action student voice
to go through," she said.
"It was really important for stu-
dents to stand up in a very organized
but non-violent way, so we can start
mobilizing for what we know will be
quite a semester."
LSA senior Jeremy Menchik said
he attended the meeting. because he
feels affirmative action is an integral
part of ensuring a diverse university
education and the best way to pre-

pare students for the real world.
"The University should be a
si See SSAA, Page 2






First suspect
charged for
aiding attacks

authorities have charged the first
person with aiding the terrorist
hijackers, according to court docu-
ments released yesterday. The num-
ber of people arrested or detained in
the wide-ranging investigation grew
to 352.
Herbert Villalobos was charged in
federal court in suburban Virginia
with aiding one of the suspected
hijackers to fraudulently obtain a
Virginia identification card a month
before the Sept. 11 attacks.
A second man who aided with the
I.D.'s is cooperating and was not
charged, prosecutors said. The court
records disclosed as many as five of
the hijackers got. Virginia cards in
the month before the attacks.
Meanwhile, the terrorism investi-
gation proceeded on several fronts.
Attorney General John Ashcroft
disclosed that 352 people have been
AP PHOTO arrested or detained in the investiga-
tion and an additional 392 people
were being sought for questioning

about the attacks in New York and
"We think they have information
that could be helpful to the investi-
gation," the attorney general told
The Federal Aviation Administra-
tion grounded farm crop dusters
another day for fear they could be
used in a biological or chemical
attacks - a ban that was being lifted
at midnight - and also considered
asking airports and airlines to take
new precautions with their own
The FAA said it was considering
requiring that the workers' identifi-
cations be verified, followed by
new checks of employment histo-
ries and possible criminal back-


Secretary of State Colin Powell watches President Bush In the Rose Garden of the White House yesterday as Bush
announces the signing of a bill that will freeze the assets of terrorists and terrorist organizations.

he order on background checks
uld affect tens of thousands of
ort workers who have access to
ure locations in airports, people
h as baggage handlers, food ser-

Bush orders freeze on terrorists'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush
ordered a freeze yesterday on the assets of 27 peo-
ple and organizations with suspected links to ter-
rorism,including Islamic militant Osama bin
Laden, and urged other nations to do likewise. For-
eign banks that don't cooperate could have their
own transactions blocked in the United States.
"Money is the lifeblood of terrorist operations,"
Bush said. "Today, we're asking the world to stop
The move was an effort to choke off financial
support for bin Laden, whom the United States con-

siders the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pen-
tagon. The list names 12 individuals, including bin
Laden and an Egyptian militant suspected to be his
top deputy; 11 organizations, including bin Laden's
al-Qaida network; three charities and one business.
Missing from the list are Hamas, Islamic Jihad
and Hezbollah, militant groups that are on the State
Department's roster of terrorists but that some Arab
nations see as legitimate fighters against Israel.
Bush acknowledged that terrorists' assets in the
United States were small. But his order also gives

the Treasury Department wider authority to go
after transactions of foreign banks that refuse to
cooperate in the campaign against terrorism.
"It puts the financial world on notice," Bush said
in a Rose Garden appearance. "If you do business
with terrorists, if you support or sponsor them, you
will not do business with the United States of
The president said he recognized that some
European countries would probably need to rewrite
their own laws to meet America's conditions.
Switzerland, for one, is well known for banking

Bush said the administration would respond on a
"case-by-case basis" in determining compliance.
He also announced the creation of a foreign
asset tracking center at the Treasury Department to
"follow the money as a trail to the terrorists."
Previous efforts to cut bin Laden off from funds
have been unsuccessful, including steps by the
United States and the United Nations in 1998 to
freeze his assets after the U.S. Embassy bombings
in Africa. Bin Laden, an exile from Saudi Arabia,
See ASSETS, Page 2

Draft unlikely for
war on terronism

By Lizzie Ehrle
Daily Staff Reporter

After Afghanistan's ruling Taliban
announced yesterday that it was sta-
tioning some 300,000 troops through-
out the country to defend against
possible U.S. attacks, Americans are
looking for details on U.S. retaliation
- whom it will be against, what form
it will take and how many will be
A more specific question, one that is
inevitably asked when facing a possible
war, is whether a military draft will be
"I think it's on people's minds," said
Laura Reeds, an LSA senior. For people
she knows, the chance of a draft has
come up as a "what if" for the future.
"It's possible, but I don't think it
would happen soon," she said.

"I don't think it's in the cards," said
history Prof. Jonathan Marwil. "What-
ever they're planning to do will not
require huge numbers of people."
The draft, which hasn't been used for
almost 30 years, was instated because of
vacancies in the armed forces that could
not be filled by volunteers. In 1973, two
years before the end of the Vietnam
War, the government stopped drafting
non-volunteers, instead moving to an
all-volunteer military that is still in
effect today.
When the draft was used, there were
exemptions given to those with educa-
tion and family responsibilities as well
as for health reasons. During the Viet-
nam War, those who could afford to go
to college went just to avoid the draft,
Marwil said. "It got to be a very unfair
system.," he said.
See DRAFT, Page 2

University chemistry Prof. BJ Evans, shown with neighbor LSA sophomore Eric Cereshie, lives with his wife next to the
Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He says they are "mostly good kids."
Lelong A2 residents call
campus 'home sweet homey

Use of hangover
pill questioned
By C. Price Jones
For the Daily
Rather than suffer the throbbing pain, nausea and loopy
detachment during or after drinking alcohol, taking a pill
will relieve these hangover symptoms, at least according to
manufacturers of "anti-hangover" pills. But students say the
pill may not be the cure-all it's advertised to be.
Categorized as a dietary supplement, one pill - dubbed
"Chaser" - is touted as "completely effective -on wine,
beer, spirits and cocktails."
Chaser's ingredients include calcium carbonate, or chalk,
and vegetable carbon, or. charcoal, which attract and bind to

Dough boy

By Shawn Sion
For the Daily
Ann Arbor residents of all types
reside among students and, for the
most part, knew what they were
getting into before they moved
into predominantly student neigh-
borhoods. In general, people that
live in the area say they actually
love the abundance of students
and that it is one of the reasons
they stay.
However, people that have lived
in Ann Arbor for a long period of

worse and worse.
"The maintenance of student
properties is getting worse and the
level of filth in general is rising,"
said chemistry Prof. B.J. Evans,
who lives with his wife Adye Bel
on Oxford Street amidst a cluster
of fraternity houses.
"It's not the students' fault, but
the idea of leadership that the fra-
ternity system strives for is not
working. They need the alumni
involvement that used to be pre-
sent in order for them to properly
manage a household," Evans said.

husband caught three young girls
urinating on the side of their
"Things like that did not used
to happen," she said.
Still, some families enjoy hav-
ing young people around.
"The house on the corner used
to play their music really loud -
it was good quality though. They
had good speakers so we enjoyed
it," said John Ducmanis, who
lives on Wells Street with his
wife where, they said, there is a
good mixture of students and
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