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September 28, 2001

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Despite jobless claims, recruiting high at 'U'

By Ted Borden
Daily Staff Reporter

The national economic outlook continued
to darken yesterday as the U.S. Labor
Department announced jobless claims have
risen to a nine-year high. According to
reports, nationwide claims for state unem-
ployment insurance jumped last week from
392,000 to 450,000, the highest level since
July 1992.
This news follows reports that numerous
companies will be issuing thousands of lay-
off notices in the coming weeks. Delta Air

Lines announced earlier this week that due
to decreased demand for air travel it would
lay off 13,000 employees and Ford Motor
Co. recently closed several plants because
increased security measures at U.S. borders
have delayed the arrival of needed parts,
resulting in a decrease of factory orders in
the coming months.
"The numbers were exacerbated by the
tragedy," said Jon Schmitz, director of equity
strategy at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati.
"They were going to rise anyway, but with the
terrorist attacks, everything picked up speed."
Schmitz said he agrees with many econo-

mists' view that the country is heading into a
slight recession.
"We will get more indications next week
when more economic numbers come in from
the second quarter," he said, adding that many
areas of the economy, including technology
and manufacturing, have fallen into a position
that many economists classify as a depression.
"It's going to be at least another six
months before we see any turnaround,"
Schmitz said.
Despite the increasing numbers of the
unemployed, job recruiting continues on

"Certainly, there have been some
changes," said Lynne Sebille-White, assis-
tant director of recruitment services at the
University's Career Planning and Placement.
"There have been some industries more
affected than others - but we have not seen
a huge decrease in the companies recruiting
on campus."
"The last several years have been uncharac-
teristic - there were so many positions avail-
able. Now, it's turning to something more
typical," Sebille-White said.
"We advise using a variety of resources to
locate positions," she said, adding that a

number of job fairs are coming up.
Seniors looking for post-graduation posi-
tions seemed neutral when asked about their
thoughts on the future.
"I'll admit, I'm a little nervous," said LSA
senior Danielle Craig. "This past summer, it
was really hard just to find an internship
because everyone was cutting back. I can't
imagine it will be any better after everything
that has happened since then."
"I'm really hoping for the best," said Engi-
neering senior Chris Locke. "Definitely, com-
panies are still out there hiring. At the moment,
I'm just keeping my fingers crossed."

Groups try to
from BAMN
By Anna Clark
Daily Staff Reporter
Today's peace rally in front of the Ann Arbor federal
building, sponsored by the Alliance for Peace and Jus-
tice, is part of an anti-war campaign distinctly separated
from the protest led last week by the Coalition to Defend
Affirmative Action and
W ho exactly Integration and Fight for
WVJ1C - Equality By Any Means
is B AS N . Necessary.
is BAMN? Since the United
States was attacked by
It's hard to avoid terrorists on Sept. 11,
S this BAMN, which has tra-
noticing this ditionally held strong
group on campus, stances on the nation's
most heated issues, has
but few people led campaigns against
have delved into going to war and
h against the scapegoat-
the org anizations ing of Arab and Muslim
history and students.
But its recent anti-war
political ties. rally and disbursement
PaOg12A of fliers has been met
P ge 2A with some backlash.
At the last Michigan
Student Assembly meeting, BAMN sponsored twoanti-
war resolutions, asking for the assembly to take action
against war hysteria and to support a green armband cam-
paign against racial scapegoating. Both were voted down.
BAMN member Luke Massie said the organization's
anti-war campaign has ignited the most intense back-
lash the group has yet received.
"We've not experienced this kind of smear and bait-
ing before," Massie said.
But he quickly added that it was to be expected.
"Any time you try to improve society, you will be
slandered," Massie said.
LSA junior Fadi Kiblawi said that it is not BAMN's
_ platform he has a problem with so much as the organi-
zation itself.
Kiblawi, who is an executive member of the Univer-
sity's Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee,
said he was upset that BAMN did not talk to any of the
Arab or Muslim community on campus before initiat-
ing their campaigns.
"They didn't ask the Arab and Muslim leaders, the
people who represent me," Kiblawi said.
"I personally feel it's disrespectful to the groups
affected most," he said. "I don't like BAMN speaking
for me."
Kiblawi also said he believes BAMN's anti-war
efforts are insincere.
"I personally feel they hijack issues and exploit them
to push their own cause," he said.
But RC freshman Emily Bate, a new BAMN mem-
ber, said the racial inequality in the U.S military con-
nects BAMN's fight for the preservation of affirmative
action and the anti-war movement.
She noted that there is a disproportionate number of
minorities who do not have any other choice but to
enlist in the army.
"BAMN really understands that all these political
movements are tied together," Bait said.



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Los Angeles Times
CHICAGO - President Bush urged
Americans yesterday to "get on board"
the nation's airlines and "enjoy life,"
and called for armed National Guard
patrols at airports to quell the public's
fears about security.
But as Bush outlined new security
measures at an upbeat rally on the
O'Hare Airport tarmac, debate rum-
bled among members of Congress
over whether he is going far enough in
using the government's power to guar-
antee safety.
Senior Democrats said uniformed
federal officers should carry out pas-
senger and baggage screening. They
called for a $3-per-ticket fee to perma-
nently finance a new air security ser-
vi e that would be similar to U.S.
Customs. For his part, Bush is propos-
ing higher standards and closer federal
oversight for private guards hired by
the airlines.
"We're being offered half a loaf on
this critical part of security'on our air-
lines," said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-
"This is a bedrock responsibility,"

added Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.).,
"The most basic responsibility of gov-
ernment-is to protect its citizens
against acts of war."
The U.S. Conference of Mayors,
which is also calling for federal
officers at security checkpoints,
announced yesterday that Los
Angeles Mayor James Hahn would
head a new task force to lobby
Congress and the administration on
the issue.
Bush authorized federal funding,
estimated at $100 million to $150
million, to states whose governors
choose to temporarily deploy the
National Guard to augment security
at commercial airports until his
security program is fully imple-
mented. That could take four to six
months, the White House estimat-
One key element of the president's
initiative is a significant and perma-
nent expansion of the Federal Air Mar-
shals program. Armed plainclothes
officers will be present - but unan-
nounced - on many flights. Previous-
ly, marshals flew on only a handful of

President Bush urges Americans to begin flying again and ask governors of every state to call up the
National Guard to help with airport security at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago yesterday.

Islamic clerics urge bin Laden to go

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Facing the prospect of
U.S. attacks, Islamic clerics urged Osama bin Laden to
leave Afghanistan. The United States said the call yesterday
fell short of its demands, and a Taliban official acknowl-
edged the alleged terrorist mastermind might have problems
finding another nation willing to accept him.
The clerics' statement, issued at "the end of a two-day
meeting of the Ulema, or council of religious leaders, set no
deadline for bin Laden to depart and included a warning of
a jihad, or holy war, against the United States if its forces
attacked this impoverished country.
And in a statement issued late yesterday through its
embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, the Taliban government
repeated its stand that it would not force bin Laden to leave
because that "would be an insult to Islam."
Nevertheless, the clerics' statement represented the first
sign that some figures in Afghan leadership wanted to com-
promise on the previous hardline stance against any move to
surrender bin Laden, the chief suspect in the Sept. 11 terror
attacks in the United States.
"This Ulema council requests the Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan to persuade Osama bin Laden to leave

Afghanistan and select a new place for himself," the clerical
statement said.
In Washington, the Bush administration dismissed the
clerics' decision.
"We want action, not just statements," Secretary of State
Colin Powell said. He said bin Laden must be surrendered
and not given continued haven in Afghanistan or any other
"The sooner he leaves and is brought to justice, the better
off I think the world will be," Powell said in Washington.
The United States has also insisted that bin Laden's training
camps be closed and his hundreds of followers driven out of
The government of Pakistan, which has offered U.S.
forces access to its air space and land in an attack on its fel-
low Muslim neighbor, refused to comment on the clerics'
action. "We have not received an authoritative version of the
decision, so we are not in a position to respond,"
Mohammed Riaz -Khan, the Foreign Ministry spokesman,
told reporters in Islamabad.
Despite the clerical statement, a senior Afghan govern-
ment official in Kabul said it could take bin Laden a long

time to decide where he will go. No government could
accept bin Laden without risking economic and political
isolation as well as a possible U.S. attack.
That would effectively limit his options to places like
Chechnya, Somalia or northern Yemen - all of which are
largely under the control of warlords.
"Osama has many enemies, and he must find an appropri-
ate place to go. This is a big task, and it needs time. It must
happen slowly," Education Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi
said. "The United States must not set itself and the Afghans
on fire."
The Taliban, a devoutly Muslim religious militia that
controls about 95 percent of the country, have allowed bin
Laden to live in Afghanistan for the last five years after the
government of Sudan pressured him to leave. The Taliban
leadership say they are able to convey information to bin
Laden through radio communication with Taliban security
personnel who travel with him.
In Egypt, Diaa Rashwan, a Cairo-based expert on Islamic
activism, said bin Laden may already have left Afghanistan,
secretly fleeing to a nearby Central Asian republic during
the clerics'_Pneeting.

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Women of all faiths
asked to wear hijabs ,;

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The Illini are undefeated and
looking for a repeat of their 1999
upset in Michigan Stadium.
Michigan came away with a 38-21
victory over Western Michigan.
Illinois topped Louisville, 34-10.

By Tomislav Ladika
For the Daily
Annie Kelly says she is a devout Christian, but
today she joins Islamic and non-Islamic women
across campus in donning a hijab to support the
Muslim community.
At a teach-in last night at the Law School, the
Muslim Student Association and students in the
School of Social Work encouraged women on
campus to wear headscarves today as a show of
solidarity against reports of harassment towards

attacks. Men and women not comfortable wearing
a hijab were encouraged to wear white. wrist-
"I hope that the kids in my class ask me why
I'm wearing a hijab," Kelly said. "That's one way
I can spread the importance of supporting Mus-
Washtenaw County resident Dawn Wolfe said
she wore a hijab last. Sunday and that she plans to
wear it again today. She said she is donning the
traditional Muslim garb as a symbol of America's
religious- freedom, and said that because she

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Leenah Abouzahr and LSA senior Negla Fetouh make
white ribbons for peace during a teach-in at Hutchins Hall


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